Coway stands as one with Malaysians to fight against COVID-19

Coway Malaysia (Coway) has been active in fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and care for the communities since its establishment 15 years ago. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Coway’s efforts did not wane but picked up pace instead. The multinational company was one of the first among its peers to leap into action at the start of the pandemic last year. Generous donations in cash and kind were made to various parties, to both the government and the public with contributions worth more than RM 2 million to date.  

As our country continues its battle against COVID-19, Coway is committed to bring together Malaysians to stay stronger and hopeful to fight against COVID-19. Coway wants to provide assistance and support in any possible way until the battle is won. This campaign is called We Stand As One. It seeks to highlight the power of coming together as a community to overcome the challenges during these trying times for a better Malaysia.

Coway Aid for Covid-19

This year Coway did its part to ensure the safety of high-risk Covid-related facilities, in their effort to bolster the National Immunisation Programme. A total of 101 of its air purifiers were donated to 4 mega vaccination centres (PPVs) in the Klang Valley while 3 air purifiers and 3 water purifiers were donated to Covid-19 Assessment Centre Bandar Tun Razak in Cheras.

Coway also donated RM400,000 to MERCY Malaysia’s Food Aid Programme that would feed 3,600 vulnerable families in urban and rural areas. To help ease the burnout of healthcare workers, Coway gave away 6 air purifiers to the NGO’s Mental Health Psychosocial Support initiative. These will be placed in well-being spaces, a space that has been set up to provide care and ease for healthcare workers at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang and Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

In early 2020, Coway gave 100,000 face masks to Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), thousands of Stay Safe kits (hand sanitisers and masks) to food delivery riders and their customers, as well as hundreds of air purifiers to over 38 public hospitals treating Covid-19 patients. On top of that, Coway donated RM300,000 to the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 fund.

To drive the importance of hygiene in combating the Covid-19 virus among its customers, the company introduced 5 new value-added services through its Heart Service, Mattress Care Service, Health Planning Service as well as its Production Installation, Relocation and Repair services. The services will use advanced sterilisation methods to boost customer’s home hygiene standards. Coway then extended its hygiene services to the public by assigning its Health Planners (sales personnel) and Homecare Technicians to disinfect public spaces such as schools, residential areas, police stations, government offices and more to help keep the public safe.

Coway CSR: Happy Water Project

Coway believes that everyone deserves safe, clean water. Thus, Coway implemented Happy Water Project in 2017 to provide continuous access of clean water to underprivileged communities. The first to benefit was the Orang Asli community in Kampung Sungai Tiang, Cameron Highlands, which only had a polluted river as their source of water. To fulfill the community’s needs, Coway installed a rainwater harvesting system with a sizable tank and pump.

Coway collaborated with Global Peace Foundation to help more people access to clean water. To date, Coway manages to aid more than 700 families throughout Pahang, Perak and Selangor. The exercise included educating the villagers on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices and how to use the filters given to them. Water pumps, pipes and water tanks were installed in the villages so that the community needn’t walk up to 3 km just to fetch water from the nearest river. 

Coway Malaysia’s products

Coway has long been synonymous with high quality water, air and sleep, as well as its technologically advanced range of products with sleek designs. Its main offerings are a range of hi-tech water purifiers and air purifiers, providing pure water and fresh air to the users. Other innovative Coway products include bidets, water softener and premium mattresses.

Life-changing Journey with Coway

First established in South Korea, 1989, the company became a market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of well-being household appliances. It has since expanded worldwide to reach over 8 million customers. The brand arrived on Malaysian shores in 2006 and this year is the 15th year serving 2 million homes in Malaysia. As the Best Life Solution company, Coway is committed to provide cleaner water, fresher air and better sleep to everyone for a happier and healthier living.

To know more about the uplifting We Stand As One campaign, go to Coway WSAO webpage or Coway YouTube page.

Iñaki Williams breaks the record of 202 consecutive games in LaLiga Santander: he hasn’t lost a single match in five years and a half!

The Athletic Club striker has participated in all LaLiga Santander matches since April 2016. Since then, five coaches have passed through Athletic, three presidents through the United States White House and Real Madrid has won three more Champions League

History was made during Athletic Club’s Friday night clash with Deportivo Alavés at San Mamés this weekend. It was Iñaki Williams’ 203th consecutive appearance for the club in LaLiga Santander, moving him into first on the all-time rankings, over the legendary Real Sociedad player Juan Antonio Larrañaga, with the longest streak of consecutive games in the whole LaLiga Santander history. The former record of 202 games was set in 1993.

Williams’ incredible run began against Atlético de Madrid. He returned from an injury to play against Los Colchoneros back in the 2015/16 campaign, on April 20th 2016. After playing the final five matches of that season, he played in all 38 of Athletic Club’s games in 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, as well as the first 8 fixtures of the current campaign. In other words, there hasn’t been an Athletic Club LaLiga Santander match that hasn’t featured Williams during five years and a half, since a 1-0 win over Malaga CF all the way back in spring 2016.

At that time, Real Madrid only had won 10 Champions League trophies, the Spanish National Team was still the current European champion, Erling Haaland was still playing in the reserve team of Bryne FK, Stranger Things had not yet been released, and the president of the United States was still Barack Obama… and in all this time in which the world has changed so much, Iñaki Williams has not missed a single Athletic Club match in LaLiga Santander.

Williams’ story is a unique one. Born in Bilbao to a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother, he grew up in neighbouring Pamplona and started playing for local teams in the area. Since he lived far away from the complex, teammates would take turns at bringing him to training and Williams remains grateful for the support he received from those teammates and the various coaches and directors who helped him along the way. He was so talented that Athletic Club took notice while Williams was playing in Pamplona and he was soon incorporated into the club’s Lezama academy.

Playing for the Basque side’s B team, Bilbao Athletic, Williams really stood out and first-team coach Ernesto Valverde was so impressed with what he was seeing that he handed the youngster his first-team debut against Córdoba in December of 2014, aged just 20. A few months later, in February 2015, he netted his first goal for the team by scoring against Torino in the Europa League.

Before long, Williams had become Athletic Club’s talisman in attack, complementing Aritz Aduriz perfectly. By scoring big goals in big moments and by causing problems for opposition defences every time he produced one of his trademark sprints, Williams was key in the various successes enjoyed by Athletic Club over the following seasons.

Williams became so important that he was never dropped. It takes good health and a clean disciplinary record to set a consecutive appearance record like his, but it also requires the unwavering confidence of a coach – or coaches. Over the period of Williams’ 203 LaLiga Santander matches in a row, he has had five coaches and every one has consistently named him on their team sheets: the current coach Marcelino, Gaizka Garitano, Eduardo Berizzo, Cuco Ziganda and Ernesto Valverde.

In the boardroom, they believe in Williams too and, in 2019, he penned a nine-year contract that will run until 2028, a commitment rarely seen in modern football. No other player in LaLiga Santander had a contract that runs that far into the future (Jon Moncayola just renewed his contract for 10 seasons with CA Osasuna until 2031), but Williams and Athletic Club are a match made in heaven and they want this special bond to continue.

“I have always said that I am where I want to be,” he stated as he signed his new deal. “It’s a matter or pride for me to be linked with this great club for so many years, a club that has given me everything. Athletic Club always believed in me and this is my home.”

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Five duels to follow in Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

This weekend’s LaLiga Santander match between the Colchoneros and Culés will bring up some spectacular collective and individual clashes.

There is a blockbuster fixture in LaLiga Santander this weekend as Atlético Madrid take on FC Barcelona, a match that should produce some thrilling football as two strong teams do battle and as some of the best individuals in their positions go face to face. There are several interesting duels worth keeping an eye on and they are detailed below.

The goalkeepers: Jan Oblak vs Marc-André ter Stegen

Atlético and FC Barcelona boast two of the best goalkeepers in world football in Jan Oblak and Marc-André ter Stegen. The latter hasn’t yet been able to win the Zamora Trophy, given out each season to the goalkeeper with the best goals conceded record in LaLiga Santander, and there’s one main reason for that, which is that Oblak has been in the way. The Slovenian has claimed this prize five times, most recently in 2020/21 as he helped Atleti win the title. This season, Oblak also leads the Zamora Trophy standings after the first few matchdays, having let in just six goals across seven matches so far. Ter Stegen, meanwhile, has only just returned from an injury, having required surgery on his right knee at the end of May and having missed the start of the season, only returning at the end of August. Yet, it hasn’t taken long for the German to once again show why he is one of the best around. From his four league appearances so far this campaign, Ter Stegen has managed to keep two clean sheets already.

The defence: José María Giménez vs Gerard Piqué

In defence, Atlético and FC Barcelona can sometimes be like day and night. On one hand, the Colchoneros have produced one of the most solid defensive lines in LaLiga Santander over the past several years, while FC Barcelona have a philosophy of attacking no matter what and leaving some space behind. Two of the players leading those back lines are José María Giménez and Gerard Piqué. With Giménez, he is one of the best centre-backs in the competition. There may be others who score more goals, who play with a more elegant style or who can bring the ball out better, as may be the case with the Catalan, but few are as rock solid as the Uruguayan.

The midfield: Koke and Marcos Llorente vs Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets

The midfield battle could be more decisive than ever and FC Barcelona will have to be careful. Despite Barça’s tradition of dominating in the middle, this is also one of Atleti’s best positions as they have Koke and Marcos Llorente who can control matches. They complement each other perfectly, combining control with physicality and energy. FC Barcelona have a similarly strong duo in the form of Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, with the Dutchman one of the most talented modern stars of the competition and with the Spain international one of the most experienced. This clash in the centre promises to be a special one.

The attack: Luis Suárez vs Memphis Depay

Luis Suárez was one of Atlético’s best players as they won the LaLiga Santander title last season, his first as a Rojiblanco after having moved from FC Barcelona. He quickly scored a brace in 20 minutes on his Atleti debut and finished the season by scoring two of the vital four goals over the final two matchdays, for the victories that delivered the championship. The Uruguayan meant business from the start and remains a permanent threat in attack. In this weekend’s match, Suárez and co. will be looking to outscore the Barça attack centred around the talents of summer signing Memphis Depay. Already, the Dutch forward has been one of the stars of the 2021/22 LaLiga Santander season as he has scored three goals and provided one assist over his first six appearances. More than the numbers, he has carried the attacking responsibility on his shoulders.

The dugout: Diego Simeone vs Ronald Koeman

Diego Simeone is the LaLiga Santander coach who has been in his current position the longest and he’ll go up against one of the more recent hires in Spain’s top flight, Ronald Koeman. These two tacticians represent the values of their clubs so well, although there might not be as much of a clash of styles as in previous meetings between these sides. Above all, Simeone demands intensity and balance from his squad, which is now so deep in the forward positions with João Félix, Antoine Griezmann, Ángel Correa, Luis Suárez, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar and Matheus Cunha. FC Barcelona have always been known for playing attacking football, while they are also looking for intensity and balance under Koeman, who is backing La Masia talent like few before him. These coaches know what it means to win, having taken the LaLiga Santander and Copa del Rey titles respectively last season. They’ll be out to collect another victory at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano this weekend. Don’t miss Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona live this Saturday at 3:00am on BeINSports

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LaLiga Santander Matchday 8 preview: Atlético de Madrid vs FC Barcelona headlines a huge weekend of action

The first LaLiga Santander fixtures of October are coming up this weekend, with several eye-catching games well worth tuning in to. But none more so than the headline fixture, the battle between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona on Saturday night.

This huge weekend kicks off with a Basque derby on Friday with Athletic Club welcoming D. Alavés to Bilbao. With fans back in the stands this season, derby matches feel extra special once again and that’ll be the case at San Mamés under the floodlights. Fan favourite and hometown boy Iñaki Williams is also in line to play his 203rd consecutive game in LaLiga Santander, a number which would see him break the record for consecutive top tier appearances in Spanish history.

On Saturday afternoon, Radamel Falcao will be looking to make it four goals from the first four matches of his Rayo Vallecano career. The newly promoted side are in excellent form, with three victories in a row and a goal from their new Colombian superstar in each of them. It won’t be easy when they visit CA Osasuna, a notoriously tough away day, but Rayo Vallecano are brimming with confidence right now.

A couple of mid-table clashes follow: RCD Mallorca hosting Levante UD and Cádiz CF vs Valencia CF at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. None of these four teams have been able to secure a win in the past couple of rounds, so motivation to take all three points this weekend will be sky high.

Up next on Saturday night is the blockbuster Atlético de Madrid vs FC Barcelona clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (9pm CEST). Atleti’s 1-0 win in this fixture last season thanks to a very special strike from Yannick Carrasco certified their status as serious title challengers, the three points acting as a springboard to push on from and win LaLiga Santander. Diego Simeone’s men will be hoping for a similar boost this weekend and Antoine Griezmann might even be the man to deliver it against his parent club, especially after netting his first Atleti goal since his summer return in the Champions League in midweek. Barça will feel quietly confident too, though, as Ansu Fati is back and he has picked up where he left off by already finding the back of the net. This really could be an epic battle and one that could well prove crucial in this season’s title race.

Five more fixtures follow on Sunday, starting with Elche CF vs RC Celta as current Franjiverdes coach Fran Escribá takes on his former club. This could be a fascinating tactical tussle, with both these sides playing quite unique formations to start off this season.

Later, at 4.15pm CEST on Sunday, LaLiga Santander leaders Real Madrid are back in action as they visit RCD Espanyol. Having won 15 of their past 16 meetings with the Catalan club, this could be a good opportunity for Los Blancos to bounce back from some midweek European disappointment. Another storyline to look out for on Sunday afternoon: Espanyol star striker Raul De Tomas going up against his boyhood club.

Two matches kick off simultaneously at 6.30pm CEST on Sunday evening, with Getafe CF vs Real Sociedad and Villarreal CF vs Real Betis. Getafe, known as Los Azulones will be hoping to finally put a point on the board after losing each of their first seven matches of this season. They face a La Real side going through an injury crisis themselves, but still in top form. Over on Spain’s east coast, the Yellow Submarine face the Verdiblancos after their respective midweek European trips. This could be a game where squad depth proves key, and one which will see Villarreal’s Algeria international Aïssa Mandi facing the side he left just this summer.

Just like the first fixture of this matchday, the final one is a regional derby. Sunday night throws up an all-Andalusian affair: Granada CF hosting Sevilla FC. Granada are still chasing their first victory of the Robert Moreno era, so will be hoping to repeat what they achieved last year when they won this fixture 1-0.

Watch LaLiga Santander live this weekend on BeINSports.

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