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Happy Birthday America!!

On July 4th, 2015 Sikit Atas.com Sports and Music Diner, hosted a fundraising event benefitting P.A.W.S.E., Protective Action for Wildlife in Sabah through Education, with the sponsorship of West Coast Craft. West Coast Craft is an importer of fine craft-beers from microbreweries based in the U.S. teaming up with PAWSE to create a unique craft-beer that benefits wildlife conservation in Malaysia. The festive event, themed “Happy Birthday America,” celebrated the independence of the United States of America with the red, white and blue decor of the nation’s flag. Russel Curtis and band were honored to play the national athem as special guests, the honorable Mr. Joseph Yun, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, and wife Melanie Billings-Yun sliced the first piece of cake. The musical entertainment of the evening was concluded by Malaysian’s top hiphop artist, DJ AUGIE.

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Cheers! Portland ranked Best Beer City in the World

Portland has long been known as a great place for beer lovers – but now the city has earned the official honor of being named the Best Beer City in the World. The Beer Connoisseur magazine asked its international correspondents to nominate and vote on the world's best beer cities and Portland came out on top. This was especially notable since the majority of the correspondents live outside of the U.S. They described Portland as "Beervana" with so many special suds to choose from.

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Good to see you

Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir (right) with Andrew Kalamaris, the Trade Advisor to the Portland Branch of the Portland City Sister Association, during a courtesy visit in the City Hall on 15 June. The duo met in Portland last year during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Friendship Understanding (MOU) between Portland, Oregon and Kota Kinabalu in September last year. Among others, the MOU is to encourage mutual cooperation between both cities to promote friendship, goodwill and cooperative efforts in the areas of environmental preservation, animal conservation, science, education and sustainable economic development and other areas.

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West coast craft and Alameda brewing co. Team up to host delegation from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A delegation from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia will be visiting Portland from September 27th through October 4th. The delegation, consisting of the Malaysian US Ambassador and more than a dozen high ranking officials and business people, will be visiting several businesses, universities and government agencies in order to solidify a Sister City relationship with Portland in 2015. West Coast Craft and Alameda Brewing Co. have teamed up to host the delegation for a brewery tour and dinner. West Coast Craft is proud to showcase Alameda as a top notch Portland craft product. It is a great honor to participate in such important international relations.

Crafting a Global Market

Oregon Executive MBA class 28 members Andy Kalamaris, MBA ’14, and Nate Webb, MBA ’14, graduated from the Portland-based program with more than just an degree. Last year, they founded West Coast Craft, an award-winning craft beer export management company. West Coast Craft focuses on Oregon craft beer, wine, and distilled spirits to help local businesses expand their market to South America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. The idea came to them during the Oregon Executive MBA global study trip to Brazil in 2012.

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