Friday, 30 April 2021

Kingpin Sports Betting Tips and Picks Surpasses $500,000 in Handicapper Winnings, the leader in sports betting tips and predictions, has exceeded $500,000 in proven handicapper winnings, making it one of the most profitable and proven handicapping apps in the world. Following the top three handicappers in NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, Soccer, College Football and College Basketball would have yielded a sports bettor over $500,000 betting $1,000 per game - or 500 units at 1 unit per play. $100 bettors would have cashed in over $50,000. Kingpin is available as an iOS app and a Google Play app.

Introduced to the iOS and Google Play stores in 2019, has rapidly changed the landscape of sports betting. Handicappers can get paid by Kingpin, with no entry cost, for placing their picks on the app. Users looking for sports picks can pay a monthly fee to access all of the handicappers on the app as well as the app's proprietary algorithm which makes picks for games based on users' picks. One price provides access to thousands of handicappers, all competing with each other for the top spots. Picks are arranged by expert handicapper, game and sport. Members can find the game they want to make a bet on with their own sportsbook and see what pick the top users in that sport have for that game - specifically telling you how successful they have been on that particular sport. As a free feature to the app, users can chat directly with expert handicappers on a live chat feature within the app, and the app also has live scores and statistics.

Neil, the CEO of, said "The problem with the sports betting handicapping industry has been transparency.  Handicappers flat out lie about their records and their winnings on social media. Many of the big corporate sports betting sites and apps aren't providing analysis of games that is actually resulting in winning long term at sports betting. In fact, some of those same companies are deceiving users by providing snap shots of users' records that cover a winning period, while omitting their losing ways prior to that period. is centered around transparency and ultimately providing users with long term winning handicappers." has been extremely successful - acquiring over 72,000 users and providing over $500,000 in winning picks.  Users who follow the top handicappers picks have been extremely profitable. The Top three handicappers have proven winnings of $180,000 in NBA, $84,000 in MLB, $67,000 in NHL, $64,000 in NFL, $47,000 in Soccer, $44,000 in College Football and $26,000 in College Basketball.

"It's about building something honest that helps users win at sports betting. While it is true we are exploring outside capital, our subscribers and users need to be protected. Selling out is not an option for us," elaborated Neil.

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Nornickel Reports Progress in Sustainable Development Performance in 2020

MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest refined nickel and palladium producer, has retained leadership in the global metals and mining industry in terms of industrial health and safety. The injury rate has fallen to a record low level. The Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) reduced further to 0.21 per 1,000,000 man-hours in 2020 from 0.32 in 2019. The total number of occupational accidents decreased 32% year-on-year.

Vladimir Potanin, Nornickel's President, commented on the Company's sustainability efforts in 2020: "The challenges we faced in 2020 confirmed our strategic adherence to the principles and goals of sustainable development, in particular, the principles of the UN Global Compact. We managed to pursue our employees' health and safety as a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively adapt our business processes to the new reality. A quick and well-coordinated response to the unprecedented fuel spill in Norilsk helped to prevent a major environmental disaster in the Arctic. The Company has learned its lessons, improved its risk management system and set new goals to mitigate its environmental impact."

Zero injuries remains one of the Company's top strategic goals, with a performance on injuries being among key KPIs with a 20% weight set for the management remuneration. The Company employs strict industrial safety rules, with 17 corporate standards having being developed to mitigate safety-related risks. Since 2014, an annual independent assessment of Nornickel's safety culture has been carried out by an independent consultant. The overall safety culture score is assigned based on the Bradley Curve. Over the past seven years, the Company's assessment has improved from 1.4 to 3.0 points (on a 1-4 points scale, where four indicates strong safety culture).

The Company has maintained social support for its employees at a high standard, having avoided redundancies during the pandemic of COVID-19 and allocating a total of US $161M to fight the outbreak. Moreover, the average monthly salary in 2020 increased by almost 11%, remaining one of the highest in the industry in Russia. The share of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements increased to 93.7% in 2020 (versus 83% in 2019).

Nornickel has significantly upgraded its risk management system, including climate change risks, improved the organisational structure and introduced more stringent environmental KPIs for the management. In particular, annual KPIs for 2021 have been revised to include zero environmental incidents, whereas long-term KPIs are currently being designed to include improvements in environmental performance and reduction of the impact on climate change.

More details about Nornickel's sustainable performance can be found in the Company's annual sustainability report for 2020, available on its internet site. In addition, a special white paper covering its industrial incidents has been published. The paper describes the causes of the incidents, measures taken to eliminate the consequences, rehabilitation efforts, as well as subsequent organizational changes aimed at preventing similar incidents in the future.

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CyberLandr Orders Quickly Exceed $50 Million

CyberLandr™ is an innovative camper/overlander for the Tesla Cybertruck that was unveiled April 6, 2021. CyberLandr™, by Stream It, Inc., transforms a Tesla Cybertruck into an adventure vehicle by providing a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and office when deployed—while disappearing completely within the bed (or "vault") of the Cybertruck when stowed. Preorders have continued at a rapid pace and already represents more than $50 million in future revenue.

During their decades-long careers producing products, neither Lance King nor co-founder Bill French have seen a product generate so much enthusiasm. Bill said, "We believe the enthusiasm is a direct result of people envisioning how this new adventure vehicle can improve their lives. People are telling us of many new uses for both wilderness and urban adventures. For example, parents at athletic matches, or the ability to boondock and overland to places previously inaccessible to a traditional RV. We estimate CyberLandr™ will be used 2-3 times more than traditional RVs because it is so easy to take with you."

Lance King, CEO of Stream It, Inc. and lead designer of CyberLandr™ believes fewer than 10% of Cybertruck reservation holders have seen CyberLandr™ in the three weeks since it was unveiled. He said, "We conservatively estimate demand for CyberLandr™ at more than 10,000 units in 2022. This is why we are working with renowned lean manufacturing consultants Munro & Associates to help ensure high quality while we scale manufacturing to meet demand."

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Performive Honored as Multiple Stevie® Award Winner in 2021 American Business Awards®

Performive was named winner of a Stevie® Award in the Marketing Department of the Year category as well as the Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year category in the 19th Annual American Business Awards®.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.'s premier business awards program. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning "crowned," the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, June 30.

More than 3,800 nominations - a record number - from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration. Performive was nominated in the Marketing Department of the Year & Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year categories.

In 2020, the two-woman team of Danielle Walter, VP of Marketing, and Nicolette Downs, Marketing Manager, joined Performive (formerly Total Server Solutions), to define new brand identity and build a marketing program during a time of global uncertainty and disruption. The drive to make a positive impact for IT Leaders through technology motivated the team to complete this impressive rebrand in only 100 days. An award judge commented that the work accomplished was "a herculean effort by a small but mighty team. Kudos for the vision and pulling this off in such an aggressive timeframe."

Performive was honored with two Stevie awards, a Silver for Marketing Department of the Year and a Bronze for Re-Branding / Renovation of the Year. "I knew we had so much more to offer our customers than the brand was communicating," Gary Simat, CEO of Performive, said. "Danielle and Nicolette were able to rework our messaging to speak our true value. I'm so proud of them for gaining recognition in the 2021 Stevie Awards."

One ABA Judge added, "Rebranding a company of this scale is always a big undertaking, with no detail too small. But just seeing the before/after between the websites, it's clear how much work needed to be done. The rebrand truly transformed the perception from an IT company to a people-first company." The full list of 2021 Stevie winners are available at

About Performive

Mid-sized companies worldwide are faced with changing internal and customer expectations while constrained with limited IT staff and fixed budgets. At Performive, we specialize in providing growing SMBs and mid-sized companies enterprise-grade solutions scaled and priced right. In over 20 global locations, Performive delivers secure, hyperconverged solutions with world-class support and on-demand engineering assistance.

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Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Sponsors of The 2021 American Business Awards include John Hancock Financial Services, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro..

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More Companies Are Taking an Active Stance on Social Issues, and Helps Businesses Join the Conversation

Socio-political issues are all over the headlines, and more companies are slowly joining the conversation, taking a more clear-cut stance on many issues dividing generations of people. For some companies, it can mean establishing solidarity with a targeted demographic. For others, it means possibly alienating a large part of their consumer base., through providing some of the best press release distribution services in the industry, helps businesses join the conversation and engage with the audiences that matter most to them.

"For some companies, joining in on certain conversations can really help to identify what they stand for and help to reinforce their brand voice," according to Erik Rohrmann, COO at

In a recent NBC News interview, Walker-Smith says that "the current movement might be new, but marks the next stage in a long-running evolution of how Americans interact with and respond to brands." From Major League Baseball to Coca-Cola, JPMorgan Chase, and several other corporate giants, most are in some way participating in the greater socio-political conversations that affect all Americans.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Market Value to Increase by $ 606.76 Million | High Adoption of Electric Vehicles to upheave Growth | Technavio

The global computational fluid dynamics (CFD) market is set to grow by USD 606.76 million during 2021-2025, registering a CAGR of over 5% during 2021-2025. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Market by End-user and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025
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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Altair Engineering Inc., ANSYS Inc., Autodesk Inc., COMSOL AB, Convergent Science Inc., Dassault Systemes SE, ESI Group, Hexagon AB, PTC Inc., and Siemens AG are some of the major market participants. The reduction in product design time and cost will offer immense growth opportunities. To leverage the current opportunities, market vendors must strengthen their foothold in the fast-growing segments while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Market 2021-2025 : Segmentation

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Market is segmented as below:

  • End-user
  • Aerospace And Defense
  • Automotive
  • Electrical And Electronics
  • Others
  • Geography
  • Europe
  • North America
  • APAC
  • South America
  • MEA
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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Market 2021-2025: Vendor Analysis and Scope

To help businesses improve their market position, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) market provides a detailed analysis of around 25 vendors operating in the market. Some of these vendors include Altair Engineering Inc., ANSYS Inc., Autodesk Inc., COMSOL AB, Convergent Science Inc., Dassault Systemes SE, ESI Group, Hexagon AB, PTC Inc., and Siemens AG.

The report also covers the following areas:

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Market size
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CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2021-2025
Detailed information on factors that will assist computational fluid dynamics (CFD) market growth during the next five years
Estimation of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) market size and its contribution to the parent market
Predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
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Analysis of the market's competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) market vendors
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Executive Summary

Market Landscape

Market ecosystem
Value chain analysis
Market Sizing

Market definition
Market segment analysis
Market size 2020
Market outlook: Forecast for 2020 - 2025
Five Forces Analysis

Five forces summary
Bargaining power of buyers
Bargaining power of suppliers
Threat of new entrants
Threat of substitutes
Threat of rivalry
Market condition
Market Segmentation by End-user

Market segments
Comparison by End-user
Aerospace and defense - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
Automotive - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
Electrical and electronics - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
Others - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
Market opportunity by End-user
Customer landscape

Geographic Landscape

Geographic segmentation
Geographic comparison
Europe - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
North America - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
APAC - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
South America - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
MEA - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
Key leading countries
Market opportunity by geography
Market drivers
Market challenges
Market trends
Vendor Landscape

Competitive scenario
Vendor landscape
Landscape disruption
Vendor Analysis

Vendors covered
Market positioning of vendors
Altair Engineering Inc.
Autodesk Inc.
Convergent Science Inc.
Dassault Systemes SE
ESI Group
Hexagon AB
PTC Inc.
Siemens AG

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Research methodology
List of abbreviations
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Burford Capital Appoints Kenneth A. Brause As Chief Financial Officer

Burford Capital Limited, the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law, today announced the appointment of Kenneth A. Brause as Chief Financial Officer, effective May 3, 2021. Mr Brause will be based in Burford's New York office.

Jim Kilman, Burford's current CFO, was appointed in August 2019 to serve for up to two years, after having previously served as Senior Advisor since 2017. Working with a leading executive search firm, Burford undertook a broad and thorough search for Mr Kilman's successor late last year. After reviewing a number of qualified candidates, Mr Brause emerged clearly as Burford's preferred choice given his deep prior experience in financial operating roles at other listed specialty finance companies. Mr Kilman will spend a three-month transition period with Mr Brause before returning to his Senior Advisor position, in which role he will continue to provide strategic financial counsel to the Company.

Mr Brause, 56, has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a significant focus in specialty finance. Most recently, he was CFO of OnDeck Capital, a New York Stock Exchange-listed specialty lender. Previously, he held a number of executive roles at CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), including serving as Treasurer of its bank and parent company, and, before that, as CFO of its North American Banking business, President of Small Business Lending, and head of Investor Relations. CIT was at the time among the largest specialty finance firms in the United States. Before CIT, Mr Brause held senior roles at American General, the Bank of New York and Bankers Trust. He started his career as a consultant with Booz, Allen, and has a B.S. Economics with concentrations in finance and management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago.

Christopher Bogart, Burford Capital's Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I'm delighted to welcome Ken as Burford's new CFO. With Spencer Stuart's assistance, we conducted an extensive search for our new permanent CFO, and Ken stood out as someone with high quality, career-long specialty finance expertise across a range of strategic and operational roles, including wholesale funding markets. I believe Burford will benefit from his wide range of experience as we continue our growth trajectory and our ongoing expansion of our US capital markets presence."

About Burford Capital
Burford Capital is the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUR) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: BUR), and it works with companies and law firms around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, Singapore and Sydney.

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"Bleach: Brave Souls" Reaches Over 60 Million Downloads Worldwide!

KLab Inc., a leader in online mobile games, announced that its hit 3D action game Bleach: Brave Souls, currently available on smartphones and PC, has reached a total of 60 million downloads worldwide. Starting on Friday, April 30, the 60 Million Downloads Celebration will kick off in-game in commemoration of this milestone. As huge thank you to the community for supporting the game, the celebration will also include a login bonus, special orders, packs, and more to enjoy. The limited Event: Movie Pieces D/F/H will also begin and players will have the chance to get new characters in the Movie Summons: Jet Black!

"Bleach: Brave Souls" Reaches Over 60 Million Downloads Worldwide! Starting on Friday, April 30, the 60 Million Downloads Celebration will kick off in-game in commemoration of this milestone. Also, from Saturday, May 1 there will be a social media campaign where fans will have a chance to win original Brave Souls swag! Furthermore, from Friday, April 30 the limited Event: Movie Pieces D/F/H will begin and players will have the chance to get new characters in the Movie Summons: Jet Black!
Bleach: Brave Souls is an exciting 3D action game based on the world of the mega-hit anime, manga, and novel series Bleach. Build a team using your favorite characters from the Bleach universe and join the fray!

Furthermore, May 1 there will be a social media campaign where fans will have a chance to win original Brave Souls swag!

We are looking for play guide videos to celebrate over 60 million downloads of Brave Souls! This month Nnoitora is joining Epic Raids and we want to see how you beat him! Just post your video of how you beat him and post it in the specified place with the hashtag #EpicRaidNnoitora. 15 people who post a video on the official Discord, Facebook, or post with the hashtag and mention us on Twitter (@bleachbrs_en) or Instagram (@bleachbravesouls_official) will be selected! Check out the official Brave Souls social media pages for more information.

Campaign Period
Saturday, May 1 to Friday, May 14 at 3:59 pm JST (UTC+9)

Prize A (5 people)

Brave Souls Original Folding Fan
Mobile Battery (4th Anniversary Ichigo ver.)
Smartphone Stand 2 varieties
Prize B (5 people)

Brave Souls Original Folding Fan
Mobile Battery (Ulquiorra ver.)
Prize C (5 people)

Brave Souls Original Folding Fan
Mobile Battery (Ichigo ver.)
Overview of Bleach: Brave Souls

Smartphone Support: Android™ 4.1+, iOS 10.0+
* Not available on some devices.
PC (Steam) Support: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
(64-bit OS Required)
Genre: 3D Action
Price: Free-to-play (In-game purchases available)
Supported Regions: Global
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BATON ROUGE IMPROV FESTIVAL Bringing joy and laughter

The Baton Rouge Improv Festival announces the first-ever improv comedy festival based in the capital city from May 12 through May 16, 2021. This year’s virtual festival features some of the most exciting and innovative teachers and performers from across the country and around the world. Notable artists performing and teaching during this year’s festival include Susan Messing from Chicago’s Annoyance Theater and The Second City’s Racheal Mason.

“When we began planning the first-ever Baton Rouge Improv Festival, we knew that it was going to be fun and inclusive,” BRIF Artistic Director Brett Duggan said. “But I had no idea that it was going to include some of the most prestigious improv teachers and the finest performers from all around the world with professional-level broadcast streaming.”

For five days the festival will celebrate the art of comedy improvisation by offering virtual workshops, networking, panel discussions, and live streaming more than twenty improv comedy performances. Tickets and links for these virtual shows and workshops can be found at

-more- page 2, Baton Rouge Improv Festival

While this is primarily an online event, recent changes in Covid-related venue precautions mean some local performances will also offer limited in-person seating. Ultimately, BRIF’s goal is to give voice to the unique and diverse performers who spontaneously create art while uplifting, educating, and inspiring the audiences who enjoy them.

About Baton Rouge Improv Festival

BRIF is a non-profit pending organization created to uplift and serves the community with arts education and inspirational performance. We will reach our goals by using the principles learned by improvisers: we listen, we make our partner look good and we work together with the power of positivity.


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Thursday, 29 April 2021

New York Pandemic on Film

This year's NYC Independent Film Festival pays a lot of attention to the covid pandemic. The moment New York seems to be slowly reopening and the festival is being held in physical form for the first time, covid will still have its grip on the program.

The silence on the streets, the empty buses, the closed stores, but also: the activity inside, the busy houses, the energy that seeks for other forms of expression. The covid pandemic hit the whole world hard. And vibrant New York - the city that never sleeps - suffered extra hard from the harsh measures that were imposed to keep people safe. The city that never sleeps was suddenly silent. An alienating image that we only know from Francis Lawrence's 'I am Legend', in which Will Smith tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Luckily the situation hasn't been as extreme as in Lawrence's science fiction drama: there's still life in New York and with the vaccination campaign running we crawl slowly and carefully out of our hiding places.

The New York City Independent Film Festival collected all different kinds of films on this pandemic and the effects it had on our lives. Documentaries, art films, drama productions... sometimes made with very limited resources - a smart phone or a small Sony camera - with family members as actors and pets as props.
Over the time when people got more used to the pandemic and the measures around it, filmmakers dared to do more and got out to film their impressions and thoughts on the 'new world'. It led to the most beautiful brilliant productions.

One of the most straightforward examples on the festival's program is a film report on the pandemic in this city is the documentary COVID-19 A PORTRAIT OF NEW YORK by Duda Penteado. A portrait of the empty city through the eyes of an experienced viewer, Daily News photographer Luiz Ribeiro.
Another beautiful example is the documentary A HEAD AND A TAIL, on NYC Chinese restaurant 886 that started a donation campaign to donate food to hospitals, which turned out to be a gigantic success. Als o a great example of how big the solidarity was at the beginning of the crisis.

THE QUARANTINE MUSE, an animation by Sally Lomidze about two neighbors who have lived anonymously next to each other in New York for years and find each other in their loneliness due to the lockdown. The same happens in ROOFTOP INTERMISSION by New York filmmaker Masa Gibson, who lets two neighbors meet on the roof of their apartment complex.

It is striking that many filmmakers were inspired by the fact that during the lockdown the telephone or computer turned out to be your best friend. At least seven films at the festival have a phone call or Zoom conversation as the basis of a (new) relationship or event. In BREATHING EASY two women find each other in an online yoga lesson that brings them into a closer conversation about their life situations. Another example of that is STRAWBERRY CAKE with two friends, INTERSECTION in which six youngsters from around the world get in touch and inspire each other to new tasks or the emotional and funny CARE PACKAGE, where a drag queen comforts his sick sister. COVID A LOVE STORY is the unlikely story of two random people who fall in love after one calls the other by mistake. Unlikely sure, but isn't such a sweet love story what we all can use in these dark days?

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Hollywood Star Mark Wahlberg Joins Power Plate as Key Stakeholder and Brand Ambassador

After 15 Years of Avid Personal Use, Film Star Takes Role of Leading Man for Vibration Training’s Leading Bra Power Plate®, the global leader in whole-body vibration training equipment and programming, today announced worldwide film star Mark Wahlberg has officially joined the company as both an investor in the parent company, Performance Health Systems, and brand ambassador for Power Plate. One of the most fitness-oriented of Hollywood’s A-list leading men, Wahlberg has been a steadfast Power Plate user for 15 years, with vibration training playing a central role in his ongoing personal training and wellness-focused lifestyle.

Highlighted by its ability to enhance and accelerate the benefits of conventional exercise, Power Plate’s unmatched PrecisionWave Technology™ allows users to move, feel and live better. It’s for these reasons that Wahlberg has utilized Power Plate products for so many years and has now officially joined the company.

With a diversified mix of products ranging from its gold-standard vibration plate models featuring the company’s PrecisionWave Technology to its targeted vibration products such as the Roller, DualSphere, and Pulse massage gun, Power Plate has been the dominant innovator and driving force for vibration training equipment and programming for more than 20 years.

"The fact that Power Plate has been relatively unknown for so long surprised me,” said Wahlberg. “I've been a satisfied customer for over a decade, so I decided to get involved in spreading awareness about their game-changing products."

Over the past two decades, Power Plate has entrenched itself amongst elite athletic trainers, medical and rehabilitation professionals for its diverse range of benefits, and the totally unique ability to serve the widest range of users, from top athletes and fitness professionals to deconditioned, elderly, or disabled populations. Power Plates are used by countless collegiate and professional sports teams, as well as elite trainers and cutting-edge wellness and rehabilitation clinics around the world.

While Wahlberg’s notoriety and reputation as a fitness icon will be a valuable engine for mainstream awareness, his role will go beyond merely investor and ambassador. He will also serve as an active consultant for ongoing strategy, product, and programming development.

“It’s not often you have the opportunity to align with an individual who can impact every facet of a business, from personal investment and business strategy to increasing brand awareness and credibility, yet that’s exactly what Mark brings to Power Plate. He’s a rare individual whose voice resonates with consumers on a truly global level,” said Lee Hillman, CEO of Performance Health Systems. “Over the years, Power Plate and vibration training has been unequivocally validated by medical, academic and exercise science, and yet it remains a bit of a mystery to too many people. We believe Mark can play an invaluable role in changing that, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

For Wahlberg, Power Plate is the latest addition to an investment portfolio that includes other fitness-oriented brands and ventures that the actor discovered through his own personal use, including F45, a rapidly growing franchise of gyms focused on small-group functional training programs, Performance-Inspired, a provider of all-natural nutritional products and Municipal sport utility gear. The inherent synergies between these companies represent a host of potential strategic partnerships and mutually beneficial collaborations for Power Plate.

“Mark is so much more than a celebrity investor. He brings a deep understanding of fitness methodology, nutrition, and business strategy,” said Hillman. “His involvement in our business carries with it an enormous array of possibilities, and we intend to explore them to the fullest.”

Power Plate with its PrecisionWave Technology is utilized and accepted by professional and collegiate sports teams and athletes, celebrities, major medical and rehabilitation centers, health and fitness professionals, leading health clubs, and fitness and wellness enthusiasts around the world. To learn more about Power Plate products, programming and education, please visit For the latest updates about Power Plate, follow

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About Power Plate

Power Plate is owned, manufactured and distributed by Northbrook, Ill.-based Performance Health Systems LLC, a global company delivering advanced technology solutions through its health and wellness equipment. Power Plate utilizes innovative science and technology to enhance movement through vibration for accelerated health, fitness, and wellbeing results to improve quality of life at any age. Using Power Plate is the innovative, time-saving, and results-driven way to move better, feel better, and live better.

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SOBEREYE’s Founder Antonio Visconti to Speak at the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, Tuesday, May 4th

Antonio Visconti, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOBEREYE, the innovative workplace risk impairment assessment tool in active use by mining, manufacturing, and transportation companies around the world, will be a presenting speaker on the topic “Impairment Testing Saves Lives!” at the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, on Tuesday, May 4th at 1 p.m. Central Time.

“Fatigue, illness, alcohol, and drugs are all forms of impairment. Impaired employees are putting themselves and others at risk of injury and death, exposing businesses to enormous liabilities. Ninety percent of accident reports indicate human error as a contributing cause, but human error is a consequence, not a cause,” Visconti said, in previewing his remarks for Tuesday’s presentation. “In my session, I will discuss an innovative and practical solution to measure impairment risk in the workplace.”

Now in its 87th year, the Minnesota Safety and Health Conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. Most educational sessions will offer the ability to interact with the presenter and other attendees. In addition, the two-day event includes expanded opportunities for attendees to connect in the online Expo area and to meet vendors face to face in their own virtual rooms.

Visconti is among 30 notable speakers at the two-day event, including executives and officials of 3M, OSHA, Aon, Chubb Global Risk Advisors, Target, and Braun Intertec, as well as the Minnesota Safety Council. Registration and additional information about the 2021 Minnesota Safety & Health Conference are available at


Launched in Silicon Valley in 2015, SOBEREYE helps companies prevent workplace accidents by measuring impairment risk on the job when it matters the most. Every day, thousands of people show up to work fatigued, sleep-deprived, under the effect of medication, or drugs. Most people do not recognize they are impaired. SOBEREYE’s one-minute, the self-administered test can save lives in the workplace. Additional information is available at

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Virtual Events Market Size to Expand at a CAGR of 25% during 2021-2026

According to IMARC Group's latest report titled” Virtual Events Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026”, the market is currently witnessing strong growth. The global Virtual Events Market share to exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.

Market Trends:

A virtual event refers to a web-based event that involves individuals interacting in a virtual space through smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, and tablets. Virtual events are web-based events where individuals interact in a virtual space via internet connectivity and smart devices. It incorporates breakout sessions, video and web conferencing, social networking, etc. Virtual events are more personalized and cost-effective than conventional conferencing methods. They are widely used across various sectors, including corporate, healthcare, education, hospitality and banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI).

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Rapid urbanization, coupled with the growing adoption of interactive tools, has augmented the occurrence of virtual events. Several organizations are adopting virtual conferences for event marketing, content and social media development, access management, event outsourcing, etc. Moreover, the integration of various interactive tools, such as polling, chats, and forums, has also upgraded these events. Furthermore, various technological developments, such as the advent of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based virtual events, are also impelling the market growth. These tools aid in enhancing operations through instant messaging, podcasting, and virtual product experience. Additionally, rapid digitization, along with the widespread adoption of audio and video conferencing for recruitment purposes, is also augmenting the virtual events market.

Competitive Landscape with Key Players:

The report has also analysed the competitive landscape of the market with some of the key players.

Adobe Inc.
Avaya Holdings Corp.
Broadsoft Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Citrix Systems Inc.
International Business Machines
Microsoft Corporation
Mitel Networks
Toshiba Corporation
Zoom Video Communications Inc.
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Virtual Events Market Segmentation:

Our report has categorized the market based on Region, Type, Solution Type, Application, and End-Use.

Market Breakup by Type:

Video Conferencing and Unified Communications & Collaborations
Web Conferencing
Market Breakup by Solution Type:

Webinars and Enterprise Streaming
Networking and Collaborations
Content Sharing and Media Development
Event Marketing
Market Breakup by Application:

Virtual Conferences 
Virtual Tradeshows
Online Education Programs
Virtual Reality Exhibitions
Market Breakup by End-Use:

Finance and Banking
Market Breakup by Region:

North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
The Middle East and Africa
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis takes over the world, we are continuously tracking the changes in the markets, as well as the purchase behaviours of the consumers globally, and our estimates about the latest market trends and forecasts, are being done after considering the impact of this pandemic.

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IMARC Group is a leading market research company that offers management strategies and market research worldwide. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses.

IMARC’s information products include major market, scientific, economic, and technological developments for business leaders in pharmaceutical, industrial, and high technology organizations. Market forecasts and industry analysis for biotechnology, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, travel and tourism, nanotechnology, and novel processing methods are at the top of the company’s expertise.

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Royal Caribbean Group provides business update and reports on first quarter 2021

Royal Caribbean Group today commented on the business considering the global COVID-19 pandemic and reported financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

Business Update
Since the last business update, the Company has announced new itineraries for this summer for eleven additional ships from the Caribbean and Europe in addition to the four ships already sailing. The initial reaction to these announcements has been positive, highlighting the strong demand for cruising. These cruises are taking place with adjusted passenger capacity and the enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities, and guidance from the Healthy Sail Panel.

"We are looking forward to resuming operations out of various ports around the world in the coming months. In addition, we have had very constructive dialogues with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recent weeks about resuming cruising in the U.S. in a safe and healthy manner," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO. "Last night, the CDC notified us of some clarifications and amplifications of their Conditional Sail Order which addressed uncertainties and concerns we had raised. They have dealt with many of these items in a constructive manner that takes into account recent advances in vaccines and medical science. Although this is only part of a very complex process, it encourages us that we now see a pathway to a healthy and achievable return to service, hopefully in time for an Alaskan season."

First Quarter 2021
On March 13, 2020, the Company voluntarily suspended its global cruise operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that suspension has been extended for most ships through at least June 30, 2021. More recently, the Company resumed limited cruise operations outside of the U.S. and has announced a series of such overseas itineraries.

The Company reported US GAAP Net Loss for the first quarter of 2021 of $(1.1) billion or $(4.66) per share compared to US GAAP Net Loss of $(1.4) billion or $(6.91) per share in the prior year. The Company also reported Adjusted Net Loss of $(1.1) billion or $(4.44) per share for the first quarter of 2021 compared to Adjusted Net Loss of $(310.4) million or $(1.48) per share in the prior year. The Net Loss and Adjusted Net Loss for the quarter are the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business.

The average monthly cash burn rate for the first quarter of 2021 was approximately $300 million. This is slightly higher than the previously announced range driven mainly by fleetwide restart expenses and timing.

Update on Liquidity Actions and Ongoing Uses of Cash
Since the suspension of operations in March 2020, the Company has raised approximately $12.3 billion through a combination of bond issuances, common stock offerings and other loan facilities. Given the current environment, the Company continues to bolster its liquidity. Among its latest actions executed during the first quarter of 2021, the Company highlighted the following:

Completed a $1.5 billion equity offering at a price of $91 per share;
Issued $1.5 billion of 5.5% senior unsecured notes due 2028, the proceeds of which have been and will be used to repay principal on debt maturing or required to be paid in 2021 and 2022;
Amended its $1.0 billion term loan due April 2022 to extend the maturity date for consenting lenders by 18 months and, in connection therewith, repaid $138.5 million of principal on the facility using proceeds from the senior notes;

Amended its $1.55 billion revolving credit facility due October 2022 to extend the maturity date for consenting lenders by 18 months and, in connection therewith, repaid $277.6 million of principal on the facility using proceeds from the senior notes (with a corresponding reduction in commitments);
Completed the balance of the previously announced amendments to its export credit facilities, which in total defer $1.15 billion of principal amortization due before April 2022 and waive financial covenants through at least the end of the third quarter of 2022 and;

Amended the majority of its commercial bank facilities and credit card agreements to waive financial covenants through at least the end of the third quarter of 2022.

As the Company transitions back to operations, it expects to incur incremental spend related to bringing ships back to operating status, returning crew members to ships and implementing enhanced health and safety protocols. The decision to return each vessel takes into account many variables, including deployment opportunities, commercial potential, cost of operations and cash flow. Given the fluidity of return to service decisions and costs related to the ramp-up, the Company cannot reasonably estimate a monthly average cash burn rate related to such ramp-up. Monthly average cash burn rate for ships that are in lay-up status is expected to remain consistent with previous expectations.

Liquidity and Financing Arrangements
As of March 31, 2021, the Company had liquidity of approximately $5.8 billion, including $5.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents and a $0.7 billion commitment for a 364-day facility.

As of March 31, 2021, the scheduled debt maturities for the remainder of 2021 and 2022, are $0.2 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively.

Net interest expense for the second quarter of 2021 is expected to be approximately $270 million.

"We are prepared and eager for the flywheel to start turning again," said Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO. "Moreover, we are optimistic that with the gradual resumption of cruise operations, our cash flow from operations will sequentially improve, driven by an increase in the inflow of customer deposits. We feel optimistic about our future and are thrilled to see more and more guests around the globe enjoying incredible vacations onboard our ships."

Capital Expenditures and Capacity Updates
Based upon current ship orders and delivery schedules, the projected capital expenditures for the remainder of 2021 are $1.1 billion. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company introduced Odyssey of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean International fleet and now expects the delivery of Silver Dawn to the Silversea fleet during the fourth quarter.

Depreciation and amortization expenses for the second quarter of 2021 are expected to be in the range of $320 million to 325 million.

As it relates to 2022, the Company has two ship deliveries scheduled, both with committed financing: Wonder of the Seas and Celebrity Beyond. Excluding the newbuild deliveries, the capital expenditures for 2022 will depend on the Company's schedule to return to service.

Fuel Expense
As of March 31, 2021, the Company had hedged approximately 43%, 25% and 5% of its total projected metric tons of fuel consumption for the remainder of 2021, and for all of 2022 and 2023, respectively. The current suspension of cruise operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in reductions to the forecasted fuel consumption. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had outstanding fuel swaps of 172,400 and 14,650 metric tons maturing in 2021 and 2022, respectively, that no longer hedge the forecasted fuel consumption. For the remainder of 2021, and for all of 2022 and 2023, the annual average cost per metric ton of the fuel swap portfolio is approximately $446, $514, and $580, respectively.

Update on Bookings
Booking activity for the second half of 2021 is aligned with the Company's anticipated resumption of cruising. Pricing on these bookings is higher than 2019 both including and excluding the dilutive impact of future cruise credits (FCCs).

Cumulative advance bookings for the first half of 2022 are within historical ranges and at higher prices when compared to 2019. This was achieved with minimal sales and marketing spend which the Company believes highlights a strong long-term demand for cruising.

Since the last business update, approximately 75% of bookings made for 2021 are new and 25% are due to the redemption of FCCs and the "Lift & Shift" program. The Company continues to provide guests on suspended sailings with the option to request a refund, to receive an FCC, or to "lift & shift" their booking to the following year.

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $1.8 billion in customer deposits, in line with its December 31, 2020 balance. Approximately 45% of the customer deposit balance is related to FCCs.

Since the suspension of guest operations on March 13, 2020, approximately 50% of the guests booked on cancelled sailings have requested cash refunds.

2021 Outlook
The Company's operation is still heavily impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Company cannot reasonably estimate its financial or operational results. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company expects to incur a net loss on both a US GAAP and adjusted basis for its second quarter and the 2021 fiscal year, the extent of which will depend on many factors including the timing and extent of the return to service.


The Company has scheduled a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time today.  This call can be heard, either live or on a delayed basis, on the Company's investor relations website at


Selected Operational and Financial Metrics

Adjusted Loss per Share ("Adjusted EPS")
Represents Adjusted Net Loss attributable to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. divided by weighted average shares outstanding or by diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as applicable. We believe that this non-GAAP measure is meaningful when assessing our performance on a comparative basis.

Adjusted Net Loss

Adjusted Net Loss represents net loss less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest excluding certain items that we believe adjusting for is meaningful when assessing our performance on a comparative basis. For the periods presented, these items included (i) loss on the extinguishment of debt; (ii) the amortization of non-cash debt discount on our convertible notes; (iii) the estimated cash refund expected to be paid to Pullmantur guests and other expenses incurred as part of the Pullmantur S.A. reorganization; (iv) impairment and credit losses recognized in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and, in 2021, recovery of credit losses recognized during 2020; (v) equity investment asset impairments; (vi) net insurance recoveries related to the collapse of the drydock structure at the Grand Bahama Shipyard involving Oasis of the Seas; (vii) restructuring charges incurred in relation to the reduction in our U.S.

Workforce and other initiative expenses; (viii) the change in the fair value in the Silversea Cruises contingent consideration and the amortization of the Silversea Cruises intangible assets resulting from the our acquisition of a 66.7% interest in Silversea Cruises in 2018; (ix) the noncontrolling interest adjustment to exclude the impact of the contractual accretion requirements associated with the put option held by Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd.'s (previously known as Silversea Cruises Group Ltd.) noncontrolling interest in Silversea Cruises; and (x) the net gain recognized in the first quarter of 2021 in relation to the sale of the Azamara brand.

Available Passenger Cruise Days ("APCD")
Available Passenger Cruise Days is our measurement of capacity and represents double occupancy per cabin multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period, which excludes canceled cruise days and drydock days. We use this measure to perform capacity and rate analysis to identify our main non-capacity drivers that cause our cruise revenue and expenses to vary.

Occupancy, in accordance with cruise vacation industry practice, is calculated by dividing Passenger Cruise Days by APCD. A percentage in excess of 100% indicates that three or more passengers occupied some cabins.

Passenger Cruise Days
Passenger Cruise Days represent the number of passengers carried for the period multiplied by the number of days of their respective cruises.

For additional information see "Adjusted Measures of Financial Performance" below.

About Royal Caribbean Group
Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is the operating business name for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three global cruise vacation brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate 59 ships with an additional 14 on order as of March 31, 2021.  Learn more at or

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release relating to, among other things, our future performance estimates, forecasts and projections constitute forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to: statements regarding revenues, costs and financial results for 2021 and beyond. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "driving," "estimate," "expect," "goal," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "seek," "should," "will," "would," "considering", and similar expressions are intended to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations, are based on judgments, are inherently uncertain and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the following: the impact of the global incidence and spread of COVID-19, which has led to the temporary suspension of our operations and has had and will continue to have a material adverse impact on our business, liquidity and results of operations, or other contagious illnesses on economic conditions and the travel industry in general and the financial position and operating results of our Company in particular, such as: the current and potential additional governmental and self-imposed travel restrictions, the current and potential extension of the suspension of cruises and new additional suspensions, guest cancellations; our ability to obtain sufficient financing, capital or revenues to satisfy liquidity needs, capital expenditures, debt repayments and other financing needs; the effectiveness of the actions we have taken to improve and address our liquidity needs; the impact of the economic and geopolitical environment on key aspects of our business, such as the demand for cruises, passenger spending, and operating costs; incidents or adverse publicity concerning our ships, port facilities, land destinations and/or passengers or the cruise vacation industry in general; our ability to accurately estimate our monthly cash burn rate during the suspension of our operations; concerns over safety, health and security of guests and crew; any protocols we adopt across our fleet relating to COVID-19, such as those recommended by the Healthy Sail Panel, may be costly and less effective than we expect in reducing the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 on our cruise ships; further impairments of our goodwill, long-lived assets, equity investments and notes receivable; an inability to source our crew or our provisions and supplies from certain places; the incurrence of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases on our ships and an increase in concern about the risk of illness on our ships or when traveling to or from our ships, all of which reduces demand; unavailability of ports of call; growing anti-tourism sentiments and environmental concerns; changes in US foreign travel policy; the uncertainties of conducting business internationally and expanding into new markets and new ventures; our ability to recruit, develop and retain high quality personnel; changes in operating and financing costs; our indebtedness, any additional indebtedness we may incur and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business, including the significant portion of assets that are collateral under these agreements; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, interest rate and fuel price fluctuations; the settlement of conversions of our convertible notes, if any, in shares of our common stock or a combination of cash and shares of our common stock, which may result in substantial dilution for our existing shareholders; our expectation that we will not declare or pay dividends on our common stock for the near future; vacation industry competition and changes in industry capacity and overcapacity; the risks and costs related to cyber security attacks, data breaches, protecting our systems and maintaining integrity and security of our business information, as well as personal data of our guests, employees and others; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations or governmental orders on our business; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; emergency ship repairs, including the related lost revenue; the impact of issues at shipyards, including ship delivery delays, ship cancellations or ship construction cost increases; shipyard unavailability; the unavailability or cost of air service; and uncertainties of a foreign legal system as we are not incorporated in the United States.

In addition, many of these risks and uncertainties are currently heightened by and will continue to be heightened by, or in the future may be heightened by, the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks.

More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the caption "Risk Factors" in our  most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as well as our other filings with the SEC, and the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at or the SEC's website at Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Adjusted Measures of Financial Performance
This press release includes certain adjusted financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which we believe provide useful information to investors as a supplement to our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or US GAAP.

The presentation of adjusted financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP. These measures may be different from adjusted measures used by other companies. In addition, these adjusted measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Adjusted measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as do the corresponding US GAAP measures.

(1) A reconciliation to the most comparable US GAAP measure of all adjusted financial measures included in this press release can be found in the tables included at the end of this press release. 

(2) Represents a debt extinguishment loss on the partial repayment of the $1.55 billion unsecured revolving credit facility. 

(3) Represents the amortization of non-cash debt discount on our convertible notes.

(4) Represents estimated cash refunds expected to be paid to Pullmantur guests and other expenses incurred as part of the Pullmantur S.A. reorganization.

(5) Represents impairment and credit losses recognized in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and, in 2021, recovery of credit losses recognized during 2020.

(6) Represent equity investment asset impairments, primarily for our investment in TUI Cruises GmbH in 2021 and Grand Bahama Shipyard in 2020,  as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

(7) Amounts includes net insurance recoveries related to the collapse of the drydock structure at the Grand Bahama Shipyard involving Oasis of the Seas.

(8) Represents primarily restructuring charges incurred in relation to the reduction in our U.S. workforce and other initiatives expenses.

(9) Related to the Silversea Cruises acquisition..

(10) Adjustment made to exclude the impact of the contractual accretion requirements associated with the put option held by Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd.'s (previously known as Silversea Cruises Group Ltd.'s) noncontrolling interest.

(11) Represents the net gain recognized in the first quarter of 2021 in relation to the sale of the Azamara brand.

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Robert Testagrossa Offers Zapier Integration for e-Ink Reader reMarkable for File Backups and Email From Zapier Cloud

Robert Testagrossa, a leading cryptocurrency developer, announced today the launch of a Zapier integration with reMarkable, a note taking and markup tablet. This integration seamlessly connects Zapier to the reMarkable Cloud, which enables users to easily send files to and from their reMarkable tablet.

With this integration, Robert Testagrossa provides users with a simple method for building a Google Drive backup for their reMarkable content, or for automatically emailing files to a designated directory. The files sent through this integration are downloaded in the reMarkable zip format.

Only 0.19 inches thick, the reMarkable is the world’s thinnest tablet that offers a writing experience that mimics paper. With a reMarkable, users can take handwritten notes, read, and review documents, and take notes directly on PDF files. Notes are automatically converted into searchable text.

Zapier connects the various apps used by small businesses across several different categories and has the biggest partner network in the industry. It’s used to develop “no code” integrations between various services and apps. It allows creation of automated rules that are set according to a user’s preferences, allowing them to become more productive. It helps eliminate redundances and repetition in a user’s day.

Robert Testagrossa previously launched a Zapier integration with Auth0, a platform for authorizing, authenticating, and securing access for apps, devices, and users. The Zapier to reMarkable Cloud integration created by Robert Testagrossa is available on GitHub at:

Robert Testagrossa offers an array of development and cryptocurrency-focused solutions.

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Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund supports STEM outreach for Okinawa’s students and future

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation (OIST Foundation), a New York-based not-for-profit organization, launches the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund on Children’s Day, a Japanese holiday that celebrates children’s personalities and happiness.

A special online event announcing the Fund will take place for Okinawan students and feature Dr. Yuko Kakazu, astronomer and Outreach Specialist at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaiʻi and OIST Foundation Education Ambassador.

Registration for the virtual event is free:

The Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund is being created by Bob Nakasone, a prominent Okinawan-American in Hawaiʻi. The Fund, named after his parents, fosters the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in elementary and middle school students. STEM education is essential because it teaches critical thinking, increases science literacy, and creates the next generation of innovators. Outreach programs supported by the fund will be conducted by OIST ( and will have a particular focus on middle school girls in order to shape their long-term interest in science.

This gift represents the first endowment associated with OIST. Further, the Fund is part of the special events taking place this month, which has been named ‘Women in STEM month’ in May at OIST.

At 16 years old, Matsuro Nakasone went to Hawaiʻi to work at a plantation to support his family in Okinawa. While Tsuruko Tamanaha was born in Hawaiʻi, she grew up in Okinawa. After returning to Hawaiʻi to work as a maid, she married Matsuro, and they had six children. They committed to providing the best they could for their children at home and for their families back in Okinawa.

Through hard work and perseverance, they built a successful small restaurant business in Honolulu and ensured that all six children went to college — something that had been out of reach for themselves. Of the six, five were in STEM fields and one in accounting. They have since passed away and their son, Bob, is establishing the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund at the OIST Foundation to honor his parents’ commitment to education and their Okinawan heritage while providing support for Okinawan youth and Okinawa’s future.

Contributions to the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund may be made here:

The mission of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation is to promote innovative global scientific breakthroughs through enhancing and strengthening science and technology research at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and to empower Americans to support the sustainable development of Okinawa and deepen U.S.-Japan relations through OIST.

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