The Asia Pacific Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement in the architecture, interior design, real estate and property development sectors in the region. These prestigious awards attract entries from the best professionals and top industry brands annually.
In this year’s edition, there are 681 winners from across the Asia Pacific in the Architecture, Interior Design, Real Estate, and Property Development categories. Mainland China swept the maximum number of awards (216) followed by Thailand (86). This was closely followed by Hong Kong (63) and Vietnam (45). Other important markets including Singapore (44), Malaysia (43), India (31) and Australia (29), also made a mark at this year’s awards.
The judging panel for this year’s awards consisted of over 100 top industry experts. Luminaries such as Lord Best (Chair of the House of Lords Communications Committee, and Chair of The Property Ombudsman’s Council in the UK), Bill McClintock (Chairman, Guild of Property Professionals UK), and Annie Hampson (Former Chief Planning Officer at the City of London) were part of the illustrious judging panel for the Asia Pacific Property Awards. Each judge was allocated to entries that were of their areas of expertise and knowledge. All entries were meticulously adjudicated on their design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability.
The Asia Pacific Property Awards are one of the biggest and most recognized awards in the industry with over 900 entries received each year from countries across the region. Companies who had the honor of receiving the award are accredited for leading the architecture, interior design, real estate and property developer sectors. Sponsored by LIXIL Asia through its power brands GROHE and American Standard for the third year, the Asia Pacific Property Awards are the largest branch of the International Property Awards (IPA). This year’s 2021-22 top winners were announced through the IPA’s bespoke online ‘Red Carpet’ presentation videos. This is part of the IPA’s approach in providing an innovative and popular alternative in place of the annual live awards event, due to Covid restrictions.
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Satoshi Konagai, Leader, LIXIL Water Technology, Asia Pacific, expressed, “LIXIL is honored to be a part of this partnership that continues to provide us with an excellent opportunity to connect with the best developers, architects and designers in the Asia Pacific. Our earnest congratulations to all winners on your well-deserved success. The achievement and attainment of these highly coveted awards further underscore the outstanding capabilities and accomplishments of the winners. The ongoing pandemic has led to a growing demand for better hygiene products and solutions, and with consumers spending more time at home, the demand for ‘home spa’ experiences have also gradually increased. As a purpose-driven company, we will lead the way in introducing innovative and novel products to meet consumer demand. We look forward to working together with the community to bring LIXIL’s water and housing solutions to more people through our well-loved brands.”
Adele Tao, Leader, LIXIL Water Technology, Greater China, added, “Despite the challenges and disruptions brought about by the global pandemic, LIXIL remains steadfast in our mission to design products that make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Our continued commitment to improve the quality of our consumers’ lives over the years has been pivotal in addressing some of the key challenges consumers face globally. The Asia Pacific Property Awards present us with the opportunity to recognize some of Asia’s most innovative and creative professionals and celebrate their achievements. We will continue to stay engaged with the industry, and will continue fostering stronger collaboration and partnerships with the developer, designer and architect community to achieve even greater things on a global level.”
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Addressing a conference held by the Vietnam Administration of Forestry on July 3, Tuan said that in the first six months of 2017, the sector basically fulfilled its assigned tasks and targets, which is expected to help increase the forest coverage to 41.45 percent this year.
However, the sector still faced several shortcomings. Despite decreasing deforestation, over 1,000 hectares were lost while the alternative afforestation progressed slowly, he noted.
He asked relevant agencies to exert efforts to deal with difficulties in forest production, and drastically implement the target program on sustainable forestry development in 2016-2020 and complete a draft law on forest protection and development.
The official also stressed the need to have specific measures to plant alternative forests.
During January-June, the forest production value grew 5.29 percent. The export turnover of woodwork and forest products reached USD 3.77 billion, up 12.7 percent year-on-year.
Vietnamese wood products have to date been shipped to over 100 countries and territories.
In the period, 40,612 hectares of alternative forests were planted, equivalent to 60 percent of the total area that needs to be covered.
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is the fourth coronavirus vaccine approved in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has given a nod to a Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by the US-based firm Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech Inc. for emergency use.
The vaccine, called Comirnaty, is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine authorized to be administered to Vietnamese people.
Vials labeled “Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine”. Photo: Ministry of Health
Vietnam’s health ministry has asked Pfizer Ltd.Co in the country to be responsible for cooperating with vaccine manufacturers to ensure its production, safety and quality.
Pfizer Vietnam will also cooperate with the ministry’s Administration of Science, Technology and Training to evaluate the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness while working with the National Institute for Control of Vaccines and Biologicals to assess the inoculant before the vaccine could be put into use.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Comirnaty vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) based vaccine against Covid-19 disease. The mRNA instructs the cell to produce proteins of the S antigen (a piece of the spike protein unique to the novel coronavirus) to stimulate an immune response.
Efficacy shown in clinical trials in participants with or without evidence of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 and who received the full series of vaccines (two doses) was approximately 95% based on a median follow-up of two months, WHO said.
Germany’s BioNTech Inc. has recently informed the health ministry that it could provide 31 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam and the detailed supply roadmap will be announced at the shortest time possible.
The mass vaccination in Vietnam began on March 8 for adults above 18. It has so far covered around 1.3 million people using the AstraZeneca inoculant, of whom over 38,000 have been given two shots.
The Vietnamese government has said it is stepping up negotiations with vaccine manufacturers in the US, Russia, and some other countries to ensure a total supply of 150 million doses for 70% of its population this year.
Vietnam has approved three types of Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use: one by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, one by China’s Sinopharm, and the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia.
The health ministry said it is also in discussion to approve other firms including Moderna or Johnson&Johnson for emergency use.
A hospital security guard who had not left his workplace for three months was among three new local infections announced by the Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Monday morning.
L.V.C., 54, hailing from Long Bien District, worked as a security guard at Duc Giang General Hospital in the same district.
C. had stayed at the hospital without returning home for three months.
The man developed a mild fever, coughing, and a sore throat on June 3.
He then purchased and took medicines without a doctor’s prescription, before asking to take a break from work and going home on June 8.
He went back to work on June 12 and was examined by doctors at Duc Giang General Hospital as his symptoms did not improve.
The man was also tested for COVID-19, with his results later coming back positive.
The other two patients confirmed by the Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Monday morning were direct contacts of previously-confirmed cases in Dong Anh and Long Bien Districts.
From April 27 to Monday, Hanoi has recorded 463 local cases of COVID-19 in 13 clusters, becoming the locality with the fourth-highest number of infections in Vietnam, after Bac Giang with 4,137 patients, Bac Ninh with 1,352, and Ho Chi Minh City with 845.
These infections are among the total caseload of 7,523 recorded in 40 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and cities in this ongoing virus wave — the fourth and the worst since the pathogen first hit the country on January 23, 2020.
The nation has documented an accumulation of 10,730 patients, including 9,093 domestic and 1,637 imported cases ever since.
Recoveries have reached 3,998 while 59 patients have died, mostly with critical underlying medical conditions like cancer and chronic renal failure.