QNet Expects Higher Growth in Central Asia

QNet, the flagship international direct selling subsidiary of Hong Kong based QI Group of Companies, is expecting higher growth in Central Asia, its Executive Chairperson, Donna Imson said today.

 

 

QNet, the flagship international direct selling subsidiary of Hong Kong based QI Group of Companies, is expecting higher growth in Central Asia, its Executive Chairperson, Donna Imson said today.

“Central Asia has become a major market for QNet after we established agencies and representative offices in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

“Similarly, we have recognized the need for an agency office to be established here to support our Independent Representatives (IRs), and further promote and sustain our business in the region,” she said, adding that QNet operates in over 100 countries and has five million customers.

Her speech was read out during the opening of its agency office called Timson LCC, in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). Present at the event was Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Sanjar Mukanbetov and Deputy Head of the President’s Administration, Alman Usubakunov.

Imson said Kyrgyzstan offered vast potential to develop human capital, and like the rest of Central Asia, it has a lot of motivated and entrepreneurial-minded people who find network marketing to be a good business option compared to seeking regular jobs.

On a global scale, she said network marketing sources attribute the industry to be currently worth USD 120 billion with over 60 million distributors.

Among QNet’s popular products, she said, are Amezcua harmonised energy wellness range, the Bernhard H. Mayer® luxury timepiece and jewellery collection, the natural energy Himalayan Crystal Collection™, and In-Voice, which provides all-in-one telecommunications solutions.

Others include Olé Olive Leaf Extract, FibreFit and NutriSky® from its nutrition range, and Physio Radiance from its skin care range, apart from its home care products which will further raise its turnover.
Imson said QNet had invested almost USD 200,000 to create brochures and a website in the Russian language, and produce product training videos to help its IRs develop their business.

However, she cautioned that the network marketing business is not a “get-rich-quick scheme”.

“Like those who have already achieved financial freedom through QNet, all our IRs must work hard, think smart, stay committed, prepare for initial challenges, and be dedicated to closely following our established and proven business plan to achieve success,” she said.

Earlier, in welcoming QNet to the country, Usubakunov said the Government had an open policy and consistently encouraged foreign companies to set up offices in Kyrgyzstan.

“As a reputable international company, the fact that QNet is investing in Kyrgyzstan will inspire confidence and encourage other companies to similarly do so,” he said.

Adding to this, Mukanbetov, said the country was in need of investment and manpower training to develop further.

“Direct selling is still a fairly new industry in the country. Training our people in such skills will allow them to earn an income without depending on available jobs. This is something to be encouraged as it will help the national economy to grow,” he said.

Those who wish to learn more about QNet can visit its website at http://www.qnet.net

About QNet

Since 1998, QNet has been one of the foremost pioneers of the direct selling profession throughout Asia, distributing an innovative range of lifestyle products to millions of customers around the world through its cutting-edge e-commerce platform. In its second decade, the company is fast emerging as a global direct selling brand with major operations in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and a worldwide presence in almost 30 different countries through representative offices and agency partnerships.

In addition to its strong portfolio of exclusive wellness brands – including nutrition, energy, personal care, home care and other lifestyle product categories – QNet also offers a proven business opportunity to promote the company’s products, representing the potential for an entrepreneurial business venture through network marketing.

QNet, the flagship of the QI Group of Companies, is driven by the mission of ‘Raise Yourself To Help Mankind’ (RYTHM). This philosophy is embodied in many widespread educational, environmental, cultural, and disaster relief philanthropic initiatives, which are enabled by our corporate social responsibility arm, the RYTHM Foundation.

For more information, please visit http://www.qnet.net.

QNet expects higher growth in Central Asia

BISHKEK (Kyrgyzstan), Nov 19, 2010: QNet, the flagship international direct selling subsidiary of Hong Kong based QI Group of Companies, is expecting higher growth in Central Asia, its Executive Chairperson, Donna Imson said today.

“Central Asia has become a major market for QNet after we established agencies and representative offices in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

“Similarly, we have recognized the need for an agency office to be established here to support our Independent Representatives (IRs), and further promote and sustain our business in the region,” she said, adding that QNet operates in over 100 countries and has five million customers.

Her speech was read out during the opening of its agency office called Timson LCC, in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). Present at the event was Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Sanjar Mukanbetov and Advisor to the Head of President’s Administration, Almanbek Usubakunov.

Imson said Kyrgyzstan offered vast potential to develop human capital, and like the rest of Central Asia, it has a lot of motivated and entrepreneurial-minded people who find network marketing to be a good business option compared to seeking regular jobs.

 

On a global scale, she said network marketing sources attribute the industry to be currently worth USD 120 billion with over 60 million distributors.

Among QNet’s popular products, she said, are Amezcua harmonised energy wellness range, the Bernhard H. Mayer® luxury timepiece and jewellery collection, the natural energy Himalayan Crystal Collection™, and In-Voice, which provides all-in-one telecommunications solutions.

Others include Olé Olive Leaf Extract, FibreFit and NutriSky® from its nutrition range, and Physio Radiance from its skin care range, apart from its home care products which will further raise its turnover.

Imson said QNet had invested almost USD 200,000 to create brochures and a website in the Russian language, and produce product training videos to help its IRs develop their business.

However, she cautioned that the network marketing business is not a “get-rich-quick scheme”.

“Like those who have already achieved financial freedom through QNet, all our IRs must work hard, think smart, stay committed, prepare for initial challenges, and be dedicated to closely following our established and proven business plan to achieve success,” she said.

Earlier, in welcoming QNet to the country, Usubakunov said the Government had an open policy and consistently encouraged foreign companies to set up offices in Kyrgyzstan.

“As a reputable international company, the fact that QNet is investing in Kyrgyzstan will inspire confidence and encourage other companies to similarly do so,” he said.

Adding to this, Mukanbetov, said the country was in need of investment and manpower training to develop further.

“Direct selling is still a fairly new industry in the country. Training our people in such skills will allow them to earn an income without depending on available jobs. This is something to be encouraged as it will help the national economy to grow,” he said.

Those who wish to learn more about QNet can visit its website at www.qnet.net

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For more information or clarification, please contact Batyr Komurzoev, Business Development Manager at +996551018783 (mobile), or write to batyr.komurzoev@qnet.net.

QNet joins Virgin Racing as Official Direct Selling Partner

Abu Dhabi, November 10, 2010: International Direct Selling Company QNet, today announced an exciting new partnership with the Virgin Racing Formula 1 Team, hours before the 2010 F1 Grand Prix kicked off in Abu Dhabi.

The long-term partnership will see the QNet brand become the Official Direct Selling Partner of Virgin Racing.

QNet, a leader in Direct Selling in Asia and with a significant presence in the Middle East is the flagship subsidiary of the QI Group of Companies, an international conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong.  QNet distributes a wide range of wellness and lifestyle products and services through its cutting edge e-commerce platform to millions of customers worldwide.

For QNet, which has been involved with motorsport through its sponsorship of teams in the Formula BMW, Formula V6 and the GP2 Asia series from 2004 to 2010, the move to Formula 1 is a natural progression, ensuring exposure for the brand on a global stage, in the highest of sporting arenas.

At the launch event, Vijay Eswaran, the Executive Chairman of the QI Group, Graeme Lowdon the CEO of Virgin Racing, and Sir Richard Branson expressed their delight at this new partnership:

Vijay Eswaran:
“The way I see it, it is the coming together of two dynamic lifestyle Groups – Virgin and QI. For us, it was a decision made easy by the commitment and dedication shown by the Virgin Racing team. Plus, of course there is always the Richard Branson factor, which is undeniably a major plus point for us!

It is rare for me to come across another individual, especially one of Sir Richard’s stature, who has the same viewpoint on life as I do. I see this as the beginning of a journey between the QI Group and the Virgin Group with QNet and the Virgin Racing F1 Team kicking off the journey.”

Graeme Lowdon:
“It is very exciting to be able to announce QNet as a new long term partner for Virgin Racing at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Much like our team, QNet is young and progressive company with an aggressive development strategy for success. We are looking forward to 2011 with confidence and QNet, along with all our partners, can be assured that we will be relentless in pursuit of our racing objectives. We look forward to working together with QNet in the years ahead.”

Sir Richard Branson:
‘I am absolutely delighted by this news. Having been personally involved in the partnership discussions, it’s particularly pleasing for me to see this come to fruition. I look forward to working with QNet on this project and hopefully many others.’

Redefining success and failure

To a person who struggles every day just to make the cut, meet someone else’s expectations and earn a name in the future, a man calmly and effortlessly gives assurance that it is no shame to keep on trying and fail in the process for it only humbles that person to reach his or her destination that is success.

For Joseph Bismark, author of The Gem Collection A Compilation of Wisdom and group managing director of Qi Group of Companies, the biggest failure would be not trying.

“Discouragement or otherwise, is purely a matter of perspective,” Bismark said.

He recalled that when he was just starting to play baseball, every time he picked up the bat, he was sure that he would strike out. The realization that each swing he missed was not a failure, but merely one step closer to a successful hit, to a home run, helped him to rise in every challenge. Bismark admitted that though he may have his share of failed attempts in business, there was never a time he thought of quitting. He never sees misfortune as a scapegoat not to succeed.

“So too, it is in business. Some ventures can fail, but all you need is that first home run. The others follow naturally, easily and in quick succession. When you look at your business ventures from this perspective, the question of discouragement doesn’t arise at all. Each situation becomes a learning process, and learning is fun,” he added.

He noted that every day there is a different challenge one needs to face, and for him, not being able to overcome that challenge is a failure.

“Every day I fail,” the humble executive said.

Even in his leadership style, Bismark would give his staff or directors all the rope that they need and when they hang themselves with it that would be their problem.

He gives them room to make mistakes because he believes it is important to make mistakes in order to succeed. “Make a mistake, acknowledge it and learn from it,” he mused.

For Bismark, misfortune is all about perception.

In an interview, he noted that one of his favorite stories in the book is “Maybe or Maybe Not,” which is about how people treat misfortune as negative and fortunes as positive.

“I don’t know if one can be a judge and say that a particular event or sudden twist of fate can be considered good or bad,” Bismark said.

Coming from a broken family, he ended up in the monastery. As a kid, he was overwhelmed by many questions, and he would ask himself why he was so unfortunate to experience this or that.

Looking back, he saw that as a nice blessing because if that did not happen he would not have that opportunity to acquire the kind of learning he got from the monastery.

“Now I never see misfortune as it is. It’s just a question of when do I realize that it is actually a fortune,” he said.

Defining success

MORE than being a genius or having an impressive résumé, determination tops the list of what makes people successful, Bismark pointed out.

He went on to say that, “Success, I believe, is a very personal attribute, and lacks a singular definition that would be acceptable to all. After all, what is success? And who is really capable of judging another’s?”

Does success imply material wealth? Does it mean a rewarding career? Does fame equate with success? Or is a successful life one that is lived in love and service?

With these questions, Bismark is convinced that the definitions of success are as numerous as the number of people and their corresponding viewpoints.

“I find it important and fulfilling to pursue spiritual growth,” he said.

The ancient saying “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” has always resonated in him, and he strongly believes that it’s a feat for a person to a have balance of both.

He was around 18 years old when he came back to live in the city, and what shocked him the most was the general tendency toward inappropriate associations.

It pained him to see many young people leading a life of excess, of indiscipline, and with scant control of their senses. Drug abuse, intoxication, sexual promiscuity, and violence were so prevalent; it was as if, these were “accepted norms” of society.

Moreover, Bismark observed that urgent things normally consume many people today such as paying the bills and earning money.

“The urgent things are not really important if you look at it. The more important things—health and relationship with people—are not urgent,” he said.

As when urgency takes control of people, they tend to depend too much on technology. Bismark argued that there is a need for technology for it cannot be stopped from happening.

“As long as it would not destroy our environment, I’m not really against technology.”

Many people would use the possessions they have—cars, cell phones, or laptops—as a measure of how successful they are. Bismark pointed out that back in old times people used to walk and accept what they had.

“Don’t make it [technology] or the lack of it a reason why you’re not successful. Rip me off with all the flashy technologies available, I can still make it. That’s what it should be,” he emphasized.

Spirituality and business

ACCORDING to Bismark, there is no conflict between managing a business and being spiritually driven at the same time.

It is but any business’s goal to make profits. He argues that by “being spiritual” implies living a life of poverty, is not entirely true.

According to him, spirituality has never meant penury, nor does it imply living the stringent life of an ascetic.

“To be spiritual simply means to be consciously connected with the Supreme in all our thoughts and deeds,” he said. History, he notes, is replete with accounts of sagely kings and rishis who have ran kingdoms on spiritual values. To ignore this case would be inappropriately to assume that a spiritual person has to be poor, just as it would be to believe that every poor person is spiritual.

“A spiritual person may have wealth, and he would know fully well that he is just a container. He is more likely to take just what he needs, and use the resources at his disposal to help others,” he said.

Leading a business

BISMARK said his business philosophy is no way different from his personal philosophy. Every person’s philosophy applies equally to his or her personal and professional lives.

For him, it is not possible to differentiate the two as it would be absurd to live by two sets of differing philosophies at the same time: one governing our personal conduct and the other, our business.

“A leader has to be in constant touch with his inner being. In my opinion, there can be no other way,” he said.

As an example, nonviolence is a philosophy he firmly believes in and this translates into both his personal life and that of his business, as the practice of vegetarianism.

The Qi Group from its very inception has abided by this fundamental rule of all life being sacred and has remained vegetarian in all of its events, be it a corporate lunch, press events or feeding thousands at a convention.

Vegetarianism is not a food choice nor is it a lifestyle statement or even a health preference; it is simply a statement of our philosophy that all life is sacred, Bismark said.

According to him, leadership is all about stepping up and taking charge. To do this, one needs to be clear about the direction he or she needs to be headed in. This clarity comes only from connecting with one’s inner-self, with one’s core values.

The importance of connecting inwards pushes people to realize their potential, in searching for qualities that every good leader must have such as strength, humility, determination, purpose, passion and confidence.

Part of leading a business is the opportunity and responsibility to work with a lot of people. And for Bismark, there are really no “difficult” people but only people who “differ.”

“We tend to judge people as difficult merely because they hold opinions that differ from ours. If a difference of opinion was enough to classify a person as difficult, wouldn’t we be equally guilty of being ‘difficult’ to someone else, by extension of the same reasoning?”

Rather than criticizing the person, he tries to focus on the issue that is being debated upon. By doing so, it helps him to keep prejudices in check and opens doors to finding areas of commonality and mutual agreement.

“It forces us to look at the issues objectively rather than through the colored lens of personal bias,” he said.

Surprisingly, Bismark noted that he has always appreciated people with diverging viewpoints as he feels how they act as sharpening tools to his own intellect. An appreciation and understanding of other’s viewpoints generally makes for good personal and professional sense, he added.

Beyond the dollar value of CSR

ONE of the most striking lines from book reads, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” When asked why is this so, Bismark willingly offered his thoughts.

According to him, gratitude is the greatest virtue because every other core value springs from it. Gratefulness comes from a deeper understanding of the truth of the “Supreme.”

Gratitude results in humility, from which springs appreciation and thankfulness. From humility alone is borne the realization of our blessings and gifts.

Perhaps, humility is one word that never runs out of Bismark’s system as he wrote in the book as a dedication, “Humility is courage.”

A humble man is naturally appreciative of all that he has, and unconditionally thankful for the same. “How else can one be appreciative, if one is not even grateful for what he/she has to appreciate?”

As the front man of a multimillion-dollar company, Bismark believes that corporate social responsibility (CSR) cannot be limited merely to providing resources to the indigent or mitigating the negative impacts, if any, of their business operations on the communities they operate in.

It is the mindset of “social responsibility” that matters, he said.

Funny thing is, Bismark and his company are already into social initiatives even without them knowing that there is an existing term for that.

“We don’t want to be seen by other people as a company who is just there to help a few people and pose in front of the camera, get the photo published and declare we are a socially sensitive company.”

The Singapore-based executive never liked the idea of getting attention in order for people to notice them. But he was advised that it’s a good move for the company to do more initiatives in the future.

Bismark said that Qi’s foundation is very active in helping communities in different parts of the world including his native country, the Philippines.

After the onslaught of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, a dedicated group of company employees extended their help. According to him, the foundation partners with local organizations in the country to carry out their projects.

Bizmark pointed out that respect for all living entities and the absence of a mentality of exploitation is the key.

“The social structure that we operate in is not confined to just people and communities. We share the earth with other nonhuman life forms and we must be mindful of the effects of our actions on them,” he said.

Bismark argued it has been proven that practice of nonvegetarianism contributes toward an unsustainable strain on our ecology and resources. “How then can we claim to be environmentally conscious, yet practice nonvegetarianism at the same time?”

He lamented that an organization must attempt to see beyond the “dollar value” of its CSR activities and focus on the micro impact.

“In my opinion, an understanding and appreciation of the broader issues that concern the societies we live in, would be the first step for organizations toward better corporate citizenship,” he pointed out.

Going back

ALTHOUGH he is based in Singapore where he mainly oversees the company’s business operations, settling in his own native land will always be an option for him and for his family.

As the founding director of the Qi Group, he has the tall task of managing the company operating diverse business lines ranging from e-commerce, direct marketing, property development, telecommunications, lifestyle and leisure in nearly 180 countries.

Given this responsibility, Bismark still flies to the country quite often together with his family as he proudly describes Philippines as a country that has very dynamic combination of talented, diligent people and abundant natural resources.

With the two mentioned assets, he argued that the country lacks the optimum management of these two, which is a key to any economic growth.

“In the coming years, political intent, public will and an attitude of accountability are what will make the tell-tale difference between the Philippines emerging as a powerhouse in Asia or struggling to play catch-up with its counterparts,” Bismark said.

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Rajesh Rao
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Entering Malaysia in a big way

PETALING JAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) – Qi Group, the Hong Kong-based global e-commerce company headed by entrepreneur Datuk Vijay Eswaran, is eyeing strategically-located properties in Malaysia in the leisure, hospitality and health-related industries including setting up affordable specialist hospitals in what is seen as a homecoming for the self-made multi-millionaire.

This, together with the group’s purchase of a RM60 million building in Section 8 here as its regional headquarters and ambitious plans for the Endau-Rompin resort, marks its commitment and entry into Malaysia in a big way.

The regional headquarters here would consolidate its operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, he told Bernama in an interview today.

Vijay, who has carved out a name for himself among renowned Hong Kong financial circles more than a decade ago, said as a conglomerate with a global reach, the group will continue to look for choice properties in Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Kenya besides Malaysia to expand its leisure and hospitality businesses.

Nevertheless, the current focus is on moving to Malaysia in a big way and building up a track record with financial institutions.

“We could have purchased the HQ building outright ourselves from our funds. But we went through the process of getting 60 per cent financing to build up our financial credibility and rapport locally,” he said.

Starting out in 1998 as an e-commerce outfit, the Qi Group has grown into a multinational conglomerate with six key businesses — telecommunications, lifestyle and leisure, luxury and collectibles, training and conference management, property development, and a global retail and direct sales business — with subsidiaries in 30 countries.

Vijay said the group’s continuing and increased presence in Malaysia was also underpinned by a firm belief in the country’s economic potential and the need to build up its local persona.

A massive venture Qi is undertaking in Malaysia is the Endau-Rompin resort project in Pahang covering 200 acres (about 80 hectares) at a development cost of US$250 million.

Grand plans are in store for the resort over the long-term which will showcase a marina, mixed development, villas, a boutique hotel, as well as cultural and heritage centre when it is operational in five years’ time, he said.

It was purchased for US$28.1 million (RM70 million) initially.

The group is also setting up five private specialist hospitals in the next three years with an investment of RM18-RM20 million each providing affordable medical services in various fields such as surgery, dermatology, emergency operations, general clinic, etc.

But the catch here is that affordability would come about from the hospitals being located outside urban centers such as Banting for which land has already been acquired.

The four-storey hospital with 40-60 beds is expected to be fully operational is two years’ time. Other potential sites for such hospitals include Kluang and Kuantan.

He said: “We are banking on the affordability of medical tourism in Malaysia which is a powerful incentive to lure tourists as Malaysia is a lot cheaper than Singapore. It fits into our tourism strategy.”

Vijay also revealed that the company was working with the Pahang government to rebuild Istana Pekan, which was a classic palace, built without a single nail or cement being used, and sitting on the premises of the royal palace grounds.

“Malaysia is not playing up our culture and heritage as much as we should like Bali and Thailand (and) more so with the distinctly different culture between Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan and the west coast,” said Vijay.

Vijay, who hails from Terengganu, is passionate about spicing up the state’s culture and heritage with classical east coast Malay architecture which would offer tourists from all over the world a secondary story and not just the usual sun, sea and sand.

Once the resort is operational in five years’ time which he describes as more of a labour of love, the group also has plans to develop the legendary lake of Tasik Chini, which would add on to the 100 million-year old Endau-Rompin heritage forest area.

“We are going to preserve the mangrove swamp and backwaters on our property and build cabins on stilts so that we can preserve the ecological balance of the project,” he said.

Asked on the returns from these investments, he said what was going to be profitable was the resort itself which can be patronised by the group’s captive tourist market from its Vacation Club which has six million customers worldwide in its database.

Already, the diversified company is bringing in a whole bunch of tourists worldwide to Malaysia, Thailand, Bali and the Middle East.

To tap into that potential, the group was on the lookout for an urban hotel in Kuala Lumpur which can be a stopover for them to spend a couple of days for shopping and thereon choose to hop on to Endau-Rompin and Tasik Chini for a feel of culture.

To this end, he said the group was negotiating with two hotels, “but we may not acquire both. One is right down in Jalan Sultan Ismail in KL and another in PJ, which is stone’s throw away from Amcorp Mall” which houses Qi’s current operations.

“We are also eyeing resort properties in Mauritius, Kenya for safaris, and an island in the Maldives to add to our expansion plans,” he said.

In Thailand’s island paradise of Koh Samui where it owns the Prana Resort, he said the group was already building its second upscale hotel along the island’s Boh Put beach.

The groundbreaking for the second resort in Koh Samui is set for this month.

Vijay also revealed that the group “definitely has its eyes open for properties in Sabah and Sarawak, probably an island off Sandakan as well as in Balik Pulau in Penang.”

As to whether there would be a cap to this process (of acquiring properties), he said there was none as it’s a matter of “finding the right location and acquiring properties to meet our needs.”

When asked on the funding needs against a backdrop of such ambitious plans and acquisitions, he lamented that “it has been both our boon and bane.”

Elaborating, he said that never needing to seek external funding was a boon as funding from within the group makes life easier as everything was internal.

But it was a bane because “we have never been able to build up strong financial relations with banks as a result of which they don’t know who we are.”

That is why “we are changing our strategy to negotiate with banks for loans and hire purchase agreements rather than traditionally buying outright,” he said.

“The PJ headquarters has given us a good base as far as our credit worthiness is concerned,” said Vijay.

The company’s employees have started moving into their new headquarters in PJ8 here. It would initially house its financial, administrative, information technology and backroom audit operations to be followed by other external functions.

They include graphic works in Thailand, copyrighting (Philippines), call centres (split between Philippines and Malaysia), legal as well as travel and vacations (Singapore).

“Department by department is being consolidated because we are pretty far and quite widespread and our staff here of over 400 people now from a mere 80 five years ago will support our global operations,” he said, clearly reaffirming that Qi is in Malaysia for the long haul.

Malaysian link to F1 contender

PETALING JAYA, Feb 11: QNet, which has been involved in motorsport through its sponsorship of teams in the Formula BMW, Formula V6 and the GP2 Asia series, has now moved into the more prestigious Formula One.

This is a natural progression, ensuring exposure for QNet on a global stage in one of the world’s most prestigious sporting arenas, through its global partnership with the Marussia Virgin Racing team.

In November last year, Malaysian entrepreneur Dato’ Vijay Eswaran, the executive chairman of the QI Group of Companies, of which QNet is a flagship subsidiary, and Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group announced a long-term partnership between Virgin and QNet.

Since 1998, QNet has been one of the foremost pioneers of the direct-selling industry throughout Asia, distributing an innovative range of lifestyle products to millions of customers around the world through its cutting-edge e-commerce platform.

In its second decade, the company is fast-emerging as a global direct-selling brand with major operations in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and a worldwide presence in almost 30 different countries through representative offices and agency partnerships.

In addition to its strong portfolio of exclusive wellness brands – including nutrition, energy, personal care, home care and other lifestyle product categories – QNet also offers a proven business opportunity to promote the company’s products, representing the potential for an entrepreneurial business venture through network marketing.

QNet is driven by the mission of ‘Raise Yourself To Help Mankind’ (RYTHM). This philosophy is embodied within the QI Group of Companies and its widespread educational, environmental, cultural, and disaster relief philanthropic initiatives, which are enabled by its corporate social responsibility arm, the RYTHM Foundation.

Marussia Virgin Racing made its debut as Virgin Racing in the 2010 Formula One season with Branson’s Virgin Group as the title sponsor of the team.

On Nov 11, 2010, it was announced that Marussia Motors, a Russian sports car manufacturer had taken a controlling stake in the team, thus the name change to Marussia Virgin Racing from 2011 onwards.

The team will compete under a Russian racing license, becoming the second Russian team in the sport after Midland (which later became known as Force India).

The team’s new car, which is the world’s first to be designed entirely on computers and without the use of a wind tunnel, represents a big step up from the 2010 challenger and is expected to provide a better edge for drivers Timo Glock and Jerome D’Ambrosio to earn honours during the 20 races scheduled in 2011.

The QNet logo will be prominent on the front wing and rear wing endplate of the newly unveiled MVR-02 race car. It will also be positioned on the overalls of the drivers, mechanics and team members.

The QNet brand will also be prominently displayed in Marussia Virgin Racing’s garage, transporters, motorhome, and Paddock Club suite among others.

As part of the sponsorship deal, the drivers and Sir Richard Branson will also be available at selected QNet events worldwide.

For further information please contact K.P. Waran at 013-3311670, or write to kpwaran@human-equation.com.

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Hackers not Behind Website Attack, Says QNet

 

QNet has confirmed that its e-commerce portal was recently the target of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This caused its main website to be offline for over 36 hours.

 

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (Vocus/PRWEB) March 23, 2011

QNet has confirmed that its e-commerce portal was recently the target of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This caused its main website to be offline for over 36 hours.

QI Group IT Director, TG Kintanar said, “As a global direct selling company with a busy trading portal, it is not unusual for QNet to become a target for such attacks, although this has never happened before.” QNet is a subsidiary of the QI Group of Companies.

 

“Let me stress that the cyber-attack on our website was not the work of hackers. The DDoS merely blocked customers’ access to our services, causing them great inconvenience. However, as QNet’s online security measures were in place, our customer database remained intact throughout the attack. Nothing was compromised.” Kintanar said.

 

He added that upon noticing the attack on March 9, the QNet IT team immediately started working round-the-clock to set up an alternate transactional website so that its customers could continue their business without interruption.

 

“We deliberately kept our website offline for some time as the volume of these attacks increased substantially and we worked to mitigate them. Hours after the initial attacks began, we were able to restore full functionality to http://www.qnet.net though we restricted access to it.

“Taking a leaf from this experience, we are working with cyber-security experts to further strengthen our systems, ward off future attacks and return to business-as-usual much faster,”

Kintanar stressed.

 

In 2009, Facebook confirmed that it too had become a victim of DDoS. However, no user data was at risk and they too restored full access to the site within hours.

A year earlier, in 2008, the CNN News website twice faced a DDoS attack. CNN fixed the attacks by limiting the number of users that could access the site from specific geographical areas.

 

Cricket wiz is QNet product ambassador

SINGAPORE, Sept 30, 2010: Cricket spin wizard, Muttiah Muralidaran, has been appointed product ambassador for QNet, the global direct selling company.

 

The three-year appointment is the first upon his retirement from Test cricket, on July 22 2010, after making history as the first bowler to take 800 test wickets with the last ball of his career, resulting in Sri Lanka beating India.

 

“My fitness has always been my secret to playing good cricket. But I discovered that there are wonderful products that could be used to enhance our natural energies. I got hooked when I discovered the QNet range of energy products. And as I began to use each one, I discovered that my energy levels actually improved, so I am more than happy to endorse their products,” he said.

 

Although Muralidaran declined to reveal the value of the deal, he said it involved endorsing “all the exclusive products distributed by QNet, particularly their wellness and energy range.”

 

QNet Regional Director for Singapore, Zaheer Merchant, said the company had a significant presence in the region through offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. But the Island State was chosen as the venue to make the global announcement of Muralidaran’s appointment as it is an active cricket playing nation.

 

“Our national cricket team has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974, and has played in every ICC World Cup qualifier, except in 1995 and 2005.”

 

“Singaporeis also the regional headquarters for QNet’s travel and lifestyle division, under which our wellness and energy products are categorized. So it is fitting that we announce his appointment here,” he said.

 

Merchant added, “Murali fits perfectly with our core values which are Service, Teamwork, Integrity and being Results Oriented. Hence, there is a clear synergy between our corporate values and all that Murali stands for.”

 

Muralidaran’s commitment to his game, goal-oriented focus, resilience, integrity, and ability to smile in the face of adversity are traits that inspired QNet to appoint him as its product ambassador.

 

Earlier, Merchant also presented a cheque for S$10,000 to SCA president, Imran Hamid Khwaja.

 

“We will use the money to help fund the training of young cricketers. Muralidaran has inspired a generation of cricketers and we hope one day to have Singaporeans who can meet or even exceed his achievements,” Imran said.

 

 

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About QNet

 

QNet is a dynamic wellness and lifestyle company designed to enrich the lives of its customers worldwide through an exclusive product portfolio and a unique business opportunity.

Through innovative lifestyle brands that engender high brand loyalty and satisfaction, combined with local, on-ground support and services, QNet has established itself as a global direct selling company with a strong Asian heritage. By offering a proven ecommerce business opportunity to promote the company’s products and services, QNet represents the potential for additional or sole income for business entrepreneurs.

To learn more about QNet, visit www.qnet.net

Vijay Eswaran in Forbes Philanthropy Heroes list

 

Kuala Lumpur, June 25, 2011: Malaysian entrepreneur and Executive Chairman of the QI Group Vijay Eswaran features among the top 48 philanthropists in Forbes Asia‘s annual list of Heroes of Philanthropy in the region. The list features some of Asia-Pacific’s most high-profile and interesting givers to society. Four philanthropists were picked from each of the 12 markets in the region. Vijay Eswaran features as one of the four from Malaysia along side Vincent Tan, Koon Yew Yin and the husband & wife team of Angela &HijjasKasturi.

Vijay Eswaran, who comes from a family of philanthropists, has been deeply involved in a number of charitable projects worldwide through his two foundations – RYTHM Foundation and its Malaysian chapter Vijayaratnam Foundation. While RYTHM Foundation, registered in Hong Kong has been involved in various initiatives globally in the areas of education, disaster relief, children and community development, its Malaysian Chapter, Vijayaratnam Foundation that Vijay Eswaran established in honour of his father is involved in youth and women empowerment, arts & culture, child mentoring and environment protection projects in Malaysia.

 

RYTHM Foundation has been involved in rehabilitation projects for some of the most devastating natural disasters in recent times such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, the Central Java earthquake in Indonesia in 2006, the Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines in 2010 and most recently the floods in coastal Sri Lanka. Vijayaratnam Foundation is most well known for its projects Footprints, a mentoring program for children in orphanages, Maharani, a series of educational & empowerment camps focused on adolescent girls from under privileged backgrounds and Taarana, a centre for children with learning disabilities.

 

“ I am deeply humbled by this honour. I come from a family where philanthropy has been a way of life. My parents have instilled in me the value of being in service to others from a young age. And one of my icons is Mahatma Gandhi whose teachings form the basis of RYTHM – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind, which led to the inception of the RYTHM Foundation.

 

The Foundation was conceived not to primarily be a donor or a charity, but instead to be a catalyst to innovate, inspire and implement new synergies that would allow people to stand on their own feet as opposed to looking for aid. Which is why we focus on the time and effort we are able to give people in need, as opposed to the size of the cheque.  This honour is ultimately a recognition of 13 years of being in RYTHM.”  Says Vijay Eswaran on being chosen as one of the 48 Heroes.

 

“Some are big tycoons, even billionaires, who have a large vision of how best to help society and have donated millions of dollars to back up that vision. Others are little-known citizens who are extremely generous with their limited funds,” said Forbes Asia Senior Editor John Koppisch.

 

He said the magazine’s goal is not to rank the biggest givers by dollar amounts or percentage of assets, as those figures would be impossible to collect. “Instead, the aim is to call attention to a mix of notable people and causes throughout the region and to encourage more giving,” he added.

Vijay Eswaran in Philanthropy Heroes list

 

About Vijay Eswaran

Dr.VijayEswaran, the Executive Chairman of the multinational conglomerate, QI Group of Companies, is a successful entrepreneur, a bestselling author, well-known speaker and committed philanthropist. He is the author of the highly successful book In the Sphere of Silence, translated into 6 languages and three other books on life management – In the Thinking Zone, 18 Stepping Stones and On the Wings of Thought.

 

A highly respected motivational speaker, Dr. Vijay Eswaran lectures around the world on a variety of subjects ranging from spirituality to business at leading universities, management and business leadership forums. Most recently he was a panelist at the WEF’s East Asia Summit in Jakarta and the Commonwealth Business Forum of the CHOGM in Trinidad & Tobago.

 

In late 2006, he was conferred with the honorary title ‘Dato’ by His Royal Highness The Sultan of Pahang in Malaysia and is hence known as Dato’ Vijay Eswaran in Malaysia. He is the recipient of the International Excellence in Business award from GOPIO (Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin) and was conferred with an honorary doctorate in management by SMC University in Switzerland.

Questnet Expanding In Home Care Products

Questnet is an international direct selling  and marketing company which has announced it would be launching its first home care product, which is the advanced water purifier and energizer called “HomePure” at  its biggest training and conference, which would be conducted at  Malaysia, V- Malaysia 2010.

 

Water on the earth’s surface easily gets contaminated due to continuous environmental and industrial pollution. Water pollution is a foremost problem in the global context. It has been noticed that it is the principal worldwide cause of deaths and diseases.

 

Questnet is having its presence in many developing companies where, access to clean drinking water would be difficult. But drinking clean water is necessary. So Questnet has come up with a HomePure, water purifier.

 

HomePure is a seven in one ultra filtration system, which helps to reduce dirt and bacteria with no condition of recontamination and demineralization. Home Pure makes sure that the water becomes safe, clean, odorless, energized and perfect for drinking.

 

HomePure, has an automatic seven-filter media Ultra filtration (UF) System, which collectively brings the seven filter stages, together into one single filter cartridge. This is an innovative filtration system that includes a sediment pre-filter which very effectively filters suspended solids such as rust residues, mud, sand larger than 5 pm (5/100 mm) an ultra filtration hollow fiber membrane, which assures removal of bacteria due to having a pore size ranging from 0.01 to 0.1 micron and an anti bacterial silver- lite stone, which helps to prevent the water from getting re-contaminated.

 

Performance test on the pollutant removal rate of the water filtration system was conducted by TUV SUD PSB, Singapore (Test report 719165835-CHM 10-EKH); KEWWI Sdn Bhd, Malaysia and more “one sample of water filter branded; Home Pure has been tested by SIRIM QAS International Sdn.Bhd. Sample of water after filtration was collected and has been tested for certain elements in twenty-fifth Schedule of food Regulations 1985.For details, please refer to Test report No.2010KL0408 dated 31st March 2010”.

 

HomePure is available along with the entire Questnet product range, for convenient purchase, by the company’s distributors, along with the general retail public through the company’s web site http://www.quest.net