24 Hours of Le Mans: When the drivers ask the Porsche 911 RSR to dance
It’s race time: At more than 300 km/h, the Porsche 911 RSR hurtles down the D338 road from Le Mans towards Tours. In the two chicanes, which are closed off for everyday traffic and are a favourite spot for speed cameras, the ca. 515-hp GTE sports car takes the kerbs hard. Then, as fast as possible through the Mulsanne Corner and Indianapolis to the famous Arnage – the slowest passage of the 13.626-kilometre Circuit des 24 Heures. Exiting out of Arnage, the driver hits the throttle early, and now needs every ounce of courage and experience. In a few seconds, the Porsche Curves loom into sight. Five ultra-fast direction changes that are both loved and feared by drivers, and represent the most spectacular section of the French endurance classic. Le Mans is known around the world for its long straights and famous passages. Corners like Tertre Rouge and iconic features like the Dunlop Bridge get adrenalin pumping in the hearts of endurance fans. However, there is another section that features even higher on the spectators’ list of favourites: the Porsche Curves. Originally, only the long right-hander (Turn 23) after the Arnage curve was given the name Porsche. Now, this title also encompasses Virage du Pont, Esses du Karting and Virage Corvette. The flowing combination of two right-hand and three left-hand turns throws major challenges at teams and drivers – when it comes to downforce and grip, the racing cars reach their absolute limit. “It’s definitely the most demanding passage at Le Mans – and it’s also the one that is the most fun for drivers,” says Jörg Bergmeister. The long-standing works driver and today’s Porsche brand ambassador scored a GTE-Am class win at Le Mans in 2019 with the Project 1 customer team. “Although the cars are set-up for low downforce for the long straights, we shoot through the curves doing over 200 km/h in the Porsche 911 RSR,” describes the tall German. The 1.029-kilometre stretch between track marshals 30 and 33 is over in a brisk 17.6 seconds. Despite constant cornering, the average speed lies at over 210 km/h. “We take the first right-hander in fourth gear, change up to fifth for the next two left-handers, then back down to fourth. It’s a real spectacle,” explains Bergmeister, who has contested 17 Le Mans races between 2002 and 2019. “If you want to be fast over an entire lap at Le Mans, you have set a very fast pace on the long Mulsanne straight,” emphasises the head of operations Alexander Stehlig. “We aim to reach over 300 km/h on the straights. This makes overtaking easier, and that’s important at Le Mans. To do this, the Porsche 911 RSR – like all other cars – is trimmed for very low drag. This means little downforce. It’s a dilemma, because we actually need maximum downforce, particularly in the fast Porsche Curves,” states the engineer. Why is the setup not adjusted to the requirements of the fast corners? The potential lap-time gain would never be able to offset the disadvantages of a slower pace on the long straights. “Based on the low downforce setup, we still have to ensure that the car is well balanced for cornering,” says Stehlig. “And that’s tricky because, through the Porsche Curves, drivers play with the throttle pedal. Sometimes they drive at half-throttle, sometimes they go full-throttle. That results in load changes and so-called pitching – where the front of the car sinks as soon as there’s less thrust. This shifts the aerodynamic balance forward. The car then turns in quickly, but this can easily lead to oversteer, and no one really needs that there. So we make sure that the aerodynamic baseline is as stable as possible and therefore the car remains predictable. That’s the key to success on this part of the track.” In the five curves, the speed fluctuates within the narrow range of 189 to 228 km/h. In each curve, the centrifugal forces reach 2.29 to 2.42 g. Other data also underscores just how fast the Porsche Curves are: The good one-kilometre-long stretch makes up 7.5 per cent of the entire lap. It takes the 911 RSR just 17.6 seconds to get through the five-curve combination at speed – which translates to around four per cent of the entire lap time, or an average of around 3:50 minutes for the GTE-Pro racers. In keeping with the name of this spectacular passage, speed is the trump card. Under normal conditions, the best place for fans to watch the action is from the nearby ferris wheel. “From that vantage point, everyone can see that it’s not simply about gentle sweeps. The Porsche Curves are tight, you experience brutal g-forces. From the cockpit, the barriers, which are often very close to the track, make the legendary passage look even faster. It’s a dream for real racers,” enthuses Bergmeister. “For me, driving through the Porsche Curves is like dancing with the car,” Gianmaria Bruni says about his experience. The works driver from Italy knows exactly how to master the world-famous passage at the absolute limit. In 2018, Bruni turned a sensational lap on the way to pole position. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR, he lapped the 13.626-kilometre circuit in just 3:47.504 minutes – and promptly set a record for GTE vehicles. “When something like that works and you cover this part of the racetrack with its five corners in just 17.3 seconds, it’s hugely satisfying for us drivers. For me, there’s hardly a better feeling,” explains the three-time Le Mans class winner. “It only happens when everything comes together perfectly: Fresh tyres in the optimal operating window, ideal wind direction and no overtaking traffic in the Porsche Curves,” adds the Monaco resident. As soon as two vehicles meet in the fast passage, time will be lost. “When you encounter a slower car, it’s hard to get past. If it’s a prototype that overtakes you, downforce is lost for a moment, you get annoying understeer and at least two-tenths of a second go down the drain,” says Bruni. Since the vehicle has to be perfectly balanced through the Porsche Curves, understeer costs speed. Completely reliable turn-in is essential for the swift changes in direction at over 200 km/h – for safety reasons, as well. “The barriers and run-off zones were changed again and again in recent years, but the basic characteristics have remained almost the same. The Porsche Curves represent an old-school passage,” emphasises Jörg Bergmeister. “Which means, even with sealed run-off zones and the SAFER barriers, sliding off the track there will very probably result in a write-off. Therefore, a controlled attack is the key to the Porsche Curves.”
Nexen Tire Releases First Sustainability Report
Nexen Tire is pleased to announce the publication of its first Sustainability Report. The report outlines the company’s sustainable practices and environmental, social, and economic performance in 2019. Nexen Tire’s 2019/20 Sustainability Report has been published to provide shareholders with consistent and transparent information, highlighting the progress and long-term commitment to its sustainable practices. The report is based on standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and has been verified by the Korea Management Registrar (KMR), a third-party assurance institution. Nexen Tire’s has three core values – Challenge, Creativity, and Collaboration – to achieve its corporate philosophy. The Sustainability Report includes the company’s financial performance under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as corporate ethics, labor and human rights, EHS (environment, health and safety), and supplier responsibilities based on the company’s CSR standards. In addition, Nexen Tire enhanced its CSR policy for purchasing natural rubber from regions including Southeast Asia and Africa by joining the GPSNR (Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber). The company has also been participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in an effort to manage and reduce its impact on the environment. For instance, in 2019, Nexen Tire was able to reduce the waste generated from two of its major plants in Korea and recycle resources at a high rate of 97.2%. “Based on our 78 years’ experience, we are committed to implementing CSR activities and creating social value through continuously innovating and challenging ourselves,” said Travis Kang, Global CEO of Nexen Tire. The 2019/20 Sustainability Report is available for download on the Nexen Tire website at http://www.nexentire.com/international/company/csr_report
The 25th Busan International Film Festival Official Poster Reveal
The 25th Busan International Film Festival, held from Oct 21st (Wed) to Oct 30th (Fri), reveals its official poster. On September 11th (Fri), the Busan International Film Festival announced at its board meeting that it will not proceed with events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Red Carpet, Outdoor Greeting, and Open Talk in order to prevent crowds from gathering. The decision was made with the safety of audiences and citizens in mind. The Busan International Film Festival plans to focus on film screenings in strict compliance with the government’s preventive guidelines and ensure the safe operation of the festival. The 25th Busan International Film Festival’s official poster, announced under these circumstances, embodies the spirit of perseverance. The sculpture, representative of the Busan International Film Festival, stands tall above the Busan seashore and watches over the cinematic frontier. It is also reminiscent of a film projector, whose unwavering beam shines on despite hardships. The blue twilight that shrouds the poster represents all of us who awaken the new day with renewed hope. The poster was created by director Kim Sang-man. It is significant that this year’s poster is the first to be designed by someone currently active in Korean cinema. Kim wears many hats in the film industry: director, art director, and poster artist. Kim started out as the poster artist for The Contact (1997) and continued to create memorable posters for A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), and The Host (2006). He art directed Happy End (1999) and Joint Security Area (2000); and he directed Girl Scout (2008), Midnight F.M. (2010), and The Tenor – Lirico Spinto (2014). He recently gained attention for his poster design for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019). The 25th Busan International Film Festival will be held for 10 days from October 21st (Wed) at the Busan Cinema Center.
Late Night Musicians March Down Broadway for Fair Contract
On October 6, more than 75 musicians joined together in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater to call out CBS and the other television networks as musicians escalated efforts to secure a fair contract, gain wage increases, broader health care coverage, and secure residuals for streaming usage. The rally was supported by New Yorkers from a wide array of labor entertainment unions and included words by Congressman Jerry Nadler, State Senator Brad Hoylman, NYC Councilmember Keith Powers, NYC Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, and AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer. Chants included: "CBS -- you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side!" "We enhance your visuals, pay us fair residuals!" "Streaming content’s all the rage. Time to pay a living wage." “Late night would not be the same without the musicians,” stated NYS Senator Brad Hoylman. “CBS, you have a black eye. It’s time to give the talent [musicians] the pay, the health care they deserve. It’s time to update the contract -- a contract that seems to have been written when Ed Sullivan was the host.” While streaming residuals are granted to actors, singers, writers and others in the industry, the musicians performing on the same shows receive no residual payment for music that is being monetized and featured on streaming platforms, significantly lowering musicians’ overall pay. “The networks -- CBS, NBC, and ABC -- recognize that our music elevates the quality of their shows, and they are more than happy to use our sound and images to enhance the brand of everything they do,” said Jon Lampley (trumpet), Stay Human house band, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “So often we are celebrated for bringing diversity to the screens that we grace--both with our faces, and with our music. Yet behind the scenes we are being told that our contributions aren’t worthy of a fair deal. The networks rejoice when we, the musicians, can add ‘culture’ to these shows that are written and hosted predominately by white men, but off camera they’re unwilling to grant us the economic parity that we rightfully deserve.” The #RespectUs rally continued with a musical march down Broadway concluding in front of the ABC Studio in Times Square. American Federation of Musicians members from Los Angeles to New York continue to strengthen a national member-led campaign as negotiations resume this week.
Russian Helicopters launches Mi-8 test operation program in Indonesia
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) as part of Russian Helicopters holding company (State Corporation Rostec) launches Mi-8/171 type helicopter test operation program, which is aimed at the assessing of all the advantages of helicopters real operation in conjunction with all available corporate support tools and implemented aftersales services of Russian Helicopters holding company. The pilot project is being implemented in Indonesia, where two Mi-8AMT helicopters are already involved in firefighting operations. Helicopters sent to the Republic of Indonesia with crew and technical staff of U-UAP were relocated to the island of Kalimantan almost immediately upon arrival to extinguish forest fires. In the future, the rotorcraft will be on operational duty on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. "A contract with PT. National Utility Helicopters (PT. NUH), a utility helicopter operator in Indonesia with 50 years of experience in providing services for Indonesian Government as well as private companies, has become the pilot project of this program. The main task under the contract is to carry out firefighting operations in the region, as well as provide consulting services regarding the formation of its own air fleet of Indonesian operators for annual firefighting operations” said Leonid Belykh, Managing Director of U-UAP. АМТ-3 Ми-8АМТ In the process of temporary use of helicopters, the customer gets the opportunity to consult the company's specialists in 24/7 mode, access to a replacement fund and a fund of additional equipment. It is worth noting, that one of the first Mi-171A2 helicopters manufactured by the enterprise, since 2018 has been participating in a test operation program at UTair-VU airline, where it successfully fulfills the tasks facing the operator and demonstrates high flight performances. The experience of the joint work of the manufacturer and the customer was reflected in the U-UAP helicopter test operation program for Indonesia. Mi-8/171 helicopters for a long time have been involved in the disaster relief operations not only in Russia, but also abroad. They have proved themselves as one of the most effective tools in the firefighting, medicine delivery and casualty evacuation operations, as well as in passenger and cargo transportation to hard-to-reach areas.
Rostec starts assembling parts for the first Russian offshore helicopter Mi-171A3
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started production of the first pre-production prototype of Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter. Flight tests of the state-of-the-art rotorcraft are to start on the summer of 2021. The first Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter is being built by several plants forming part of Russian Helicopters which specialize in serial production, and JSC “National Helicopter Center Мil&Kamov” (NHC). They are working in close cooperation. The main task of Mi-171A3 is servicing of offshore drilling rigs of companies in the fuel and energy sector. It is capable of transporting people, freight, and carrying out search and rescue operations if necessary – for that purpose, additional installation of a special complex comprising search capabilities, on-board hoists, and medical equipment is provided for. A company which uses the helicopter can convert it into a search-and-rescue version at its own base. "Unique solutions ensuring safety of flights over water have been developed for the first offshore helicopter in Russia. The helicopter's onboard equipment provides for navigation in high latitudes and communication with sea-going vessels. The helicopter has an emergency floatation system and life rafts, and a special crash-resistant fuselage section has been developed for it. Separate parts of the helicopter are already being assembled. The first rotorcraft for flights is to be assembled in early 2021 at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. Besides, in 2021 we plan to show the rotorcraft at MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon for the first time as one of the most recent key developments of Rostec," stated Rostec Aviation Cluster Industrial Director Anatoliy Serdyukov. After being completely assembled, the helicopter will be transferred to NHC; the National Helicopter Center will add avionics to it. After that, a cycle of ground and flight tests will take place. Other enterprises of the holding company will also take an active part in helicopter production. Kazan Helicopters will make the helicopter's cargo floor, which has been made similar to that of Mi-38. Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company is making parts of composite materials for the nose and board panels for the middle part of the fuselage section. "Mi-171A3 is very much sought-after for offshore operations. The rotorcraft has been created as a result of cooperation among Rostec holding companies. Expanding hydrocarbon production on the Arctic shelf requires a fleet of reliable and modern helicopters, which can be operated in the most difficult weather and climatic conditions," emphasized Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky. "Starting from 2022, we will be ready to hand over the first serial helicopters to the launch customer." Mi-171A3 is a multipurpose helicopter meeting the most modern Russian and international aviation standards, including IOGP requirements. The helicopter development started in 2018. The rotorcraft's maximum takeoff weight is 13,000 kg. It can carry up to 24 passengers, and the maximum range is 1,000 km. The helicopter is intended for operation in various climatic conditions, including maritime, tropical and cold climate, with ambient temperatures ranging between -50 С and +50 С. Mi-171AZ avionics will provide for automated and manual control of the helicopter at all stages of the flight, from takeoff to landing, and automatic piloting is possible for both air routes and non-regulatory airspace, irrespective of the degree of ground-based radio navigation.
Rosaviatsiya certified electronic documentation for Ansat
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) granted the Russian Helicopters holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) the approval to make a major change to the Ansat helicopter type certificate. The event took place during the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2020 This document will enable operators to use full electronic documentation with the helicopters. The approval for "conversion of operating documentation into an interactive electronic form" for the Ansat helicopter built by Kazan Helicopters, was granted by Rosaviatsiya in September 11. "This is a unique project in Russia. We can now replace the set of printed documentation with an interactive one. This step will significantly speed up updating the Ansat design, which is especially important in light of our plans to upgrade the helicopter to the new generation. Electronic documentation will also significantly simplify the maintenance and repair of Ansat helicopters", said the Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky. During the exhibition, the Federal Air Transport Agency also issued the holding company a type certificate for the Mi-171A2 helicopter, issued on September 3, 2020 by the South Korean Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA). The type certificate was the successful result of the working agreement between Rosaviatsiya and KOCA concerning certification and airworthiness, signed on September 25, 2019. The technical performance of latest Russian multi-purpose heavy-class helicopter Mi-171A2 was highly appreciated by the Korean side. In addition, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency approved a minimum equipment list for the design of the Mi-38 helicopter type. This document defines the list of equipment for the Mi-38, which are allowed to be inoperative while the helicopter can still be safely used. Operating a helicopter in accordance with the minimum equipment list will significantly help optimizing upkeep costs while maintaining a high level of flight safety.
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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant launches a certified process simulation facility
The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) has launched a certified process simulation facility in its premises. The facility works as a platform for interactive training by the principles of lean production, and was created at the enterprise as part of the Russian governmental project for improving labor productivity and employment. "Factory specialists were the first in the region to receive certificates and the right to train employees of enterprises participating in the Labor Productivity and Employment program." Opening of the process simulation facility at U-UAP was an result of effective interaction between the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Buryatia and the Russian Federal Center of Competences in Labor Efficiency, which provided methodological assistance in its creation", - pointed out the Managing Director of JSC U-UAP Leonid Belykh The training platform allows to conduct interactive workshop training for employees. The facility reproduces a real mechanical engineering production chain and simulates real production processes. The training format consists of eight-hour business game, in which a team of 15 people gets acquainted with methods for identifying losses and determining reserves in workflow optimisation. Its unique format allows the process simulation facility to quickly teach crucial skills associated with the lean production approach. The simulator provides an opportunity to consciously apply lean production tools to increase labor productivity, gain practical experience and knowledge about improvements in the production process that can affect the operational and economic performance of an enterprise. Modern enterprises are not only interested in maintaining the already achieved level of production, but also strive for increasing its efficiency. The certified trainers of the simulator are tasked to teach the employees to speed up their workflow processes and, in doing so, augment the potential of their department, workshop or factory.
Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins Selected by Mexican Embassy to Receive Prestigious Ohtli Award
BELLEVUE, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#OhtliAward--Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins has been named the 2020 recipient of the Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico to those who work with the Mexican community abroad. The Ohtli Award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves by dedicating their professional lives to advancing the prosperity of Mexican-American and Latino communities and opening pathways that improve the quality of life of the immigrant population. The term Ohtli refers to the Nahuatl word for “path” and acknowledges individuals outside of Mexico who have helped pave the way for others. Dr. Hawkins is one of the few non-Hispanic recipients of the Ohtli Award nationwide. She is being recognized for efforts to expand educational opportunities to benefit Mexican youth and adults and improve the quality of their work and family lives. “Dr. Mary Hawkins has walked the road, the path, always looking for ways to build bridges of support and understanding between diverse cultures,” said Guadalupe Sánchez Salazar, Head Consul of the Consulate of Mexico that serves both Nebraska and Iowa. Sánchez Salazar cited Dr. Hawkins’ ongoing advocacy for the Mexican and Hispanic communities, including spearheading outreach and scholarships for Omaha’s South Omaha Hispanic community; providing staffing for the Consulate’s Educational Orientation Window to help advance the Mexican community; and supporting IME-Becas, a Consulate scholarship program for Hispanic students living in the United States. The award will be presented to Dr. Hawkins on Sept. 15 during the Mexican Consulate’s virtual El Grito event celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day. Those who wish to participate in the event can do so by logging in to the event livestream on the Consulate’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ConsulmexOmaha. About the Mexican Consulate in Omaha Founded in 2001, the Mexican Consulate in Omaha serves the needs of Mexican citizens in Nebraska and southwest Iowa and provides a range of consular services, including issuing passports, assisting with visa applications and legalizing documents. The Consulate of Mexico in Omaha also provides Mexican citizens with guidance and information on issues related to healthcare, financial services, education and community engagement. The Consulate in Omaha is one of more than 50 representations of Mexico in the United States. About Bellevue University Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). Contacts Cris Hay-Merchant Director, Strategic Communications Office: 402-557-7298; Cell: 402-933-4998 firstname.lastname@example.org
TAIMI Talks –The First Streaming in-app Event Featuring Top LGBTQ+ Celebrities, Athletes, and Models – Kicks Off on September 12th
With Alyssa Edwards, Blair Imani, Chris Mosier, Jason Wimberly, Ts Madison and Monique Heart as the headliners, TAIMI Talks – a live streaming event by the world’s largest LGBTQ+ platform – is set to lay the groundwork for regular meaningful and empowering discussions with the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TAIMI, the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ platform that features a social network and dating app, is launching its flagship in-app live streaming series — TAIMI Talks. As part of its social mission to combat homophobia around the world and raise awareness about LGBTQ+ issues, TAIMI is focusing on bringing attention to hard-hitting subject matters while also providing entertaining content for the platform’s 8 million users. Top LGBTQ+ celebrities, athletes and influencers are set to take part in the event. As a part of their personal live streaming sessions, influential voices among LGBTQ+ community will share their personal stories, give advice on accepting yourself, and hold workshops to share the experience in their field of work. Alyssa Edwards, the star of Dancing Queen on Netflix and one of the most-known drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will host a dance class for all TAIMI users to join the event. Blair Imani, a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity, will reflect on personal experiences during TAIMI Talks. TAIMI Talks are also going to highlight subject matters that are at times uncomfortable to discuss out in the open. Chris Mosier, a transgender rights advocate and triathlete who is the first known out trans athlete to join a U.S. National Olympic team will talk about making progress in terms of cultural perceptions as well as activating legislative change. Adding some spice to TAIMI Talks is Ts Madison, a transgender woman of color who is an outspoken equal rights activist. Madison will be hosting an exclusive cooking lesson of her favorite recipes. Jason Wimberly, a celebrity trainer, model and television personality is sure to give out a few tips on keeping both physical and mental health in check. Supporting the message of loving yourself and living your life as your authentic self is Monique Heart, another familiar face from RuPaul’s Drag Race. TAIMI Founder Alex Pasykov, who is an avid supporter and an outspoken LGBTQ+ ally, believes TAIMI Talks are a reflection of the evolution TAIMI has undergone. “TAIMI Talks are all about connecting people during these tremendously difficult times,” says Pasykov. “It only makes sense for us to launch these flagship series right after TAIMI’s Pride-focused activities. TAIMI Talks have been a dream of mine for a while now, and I am really excited to see this event unfold!” The streams will be the first of its kind for TAIMI, but certainly this project will continue to evolve in the future. Diana Lysenko, TAIMI Influencer Marketing Team Lead, believes that TAIMI is the perfect platform for celebrities, activists and the media to utilize in order to get their message closer to LGBTQ+ audience. “TAIMI Talks are a project that will continue to grow. We want to showcase different voices from LGBTQ+ celebrities and activists around the world. I can honestly envision this event in French, Spanish, German, you name it. TAIMI Talks are definitely going to become a staple for LGBTQ+ people” TAIMI Talks are set to kick off on September 12th, 2020. The series will run throughout the weekend. TAIMI Talks will be available to all TAIMI users across the world. Get TAIMI HERE ABOUT TAIMI: TAIMI is the world’s largest LGBTQ+ platform that features a social network and dating app. TAIMI has several layers of verification, 24/7 profile moderation, around-the-clock live support, and PIN/Fingerprint/Face recognition. TAIMI has zero-tolerance for judgment, discrimination, hate or aggression. TAIMI is free and available to download in the App Store and Google Play. A subscription-based premium version is also available. OFFICIAL WEBSITE: taimi.com SOCIAL MEDIA: @taimiapp MEDIA KIT: Available upon request email@example.com Contacts Julia Sotska, +17028993848
XanPool Concludes US$4.3 Million Series Pre-A Financing
HONG KONG, Sep 11, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong-based fintech startup XanPool (xanpool.com) is pleased to announce it has raised US$4.3 million in a Pre-A financing round led by blockchain technology and service provider OK Group, alongside Hashkey and Gumi Cryptos, to spearhead its infrastructure expansion into the eastern hemisphere.Xanpool's Jeffery Liu, CEO on Left, and Artem Ibragimov, CTO on Right. XanPool's payment infrastructure allows instant processing of traditional and cryptocurrencies without custody risk. Conventional crypto exchanges require long waiting times - several hours days to days - to clear deposits and withdrawals. Several high-profile exit scams in the space has led users to be wary of keeping substantial amounts of crypto-currency on an exchange. XanPool C2C software enables users to settles their crypto-currency to local-currency trades in seconds instead of hours, without taking custody of customer funds throughout the entire process. This is done by having users run XanPool's custom APIs, which are built into local payment solutions such as FPS in Hong Kong, IBFT in Pakistan, and InstaPay in the Philippines.Essentially, the C2C technology allows individuals and businesses to participate in market-making between cryptocurrencies and the local currency by "plugging" their financial infrastructure (such as bank accounts and e-wallets) into the XanPool network. They will then join an extensive C2C network of over 500 liquidity providers across the Asia Pacific region. XanPool currently has over 75,000 transacting users in over 8 South East Asian countries, and has plans to expand into Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming two quarters. Commenting on the successful funding round, Estrella Du, a representative from OK Group's Investment Department, said: "The Eastern Hemisphere has seen massive adoption of digital payments; we think XanPool's first-principles reconsideration of crypto on and offboarding infrastructure can drive massive efficiency in the Asian ecosystem. OK Group is excited to partner with XanPool in building the next generation payment infrastructure."Jeffery Liu, Chief Executive Officer at XanPool, said, "Our aim is to build the most affordable infrastructure for the processing and of cryptocurrency, and routing of local currency; the money raised will allow us to expand beyond Southeast Asia and reach out to a wider group of users on the Eastern Hemisphere."XanPool's architecture has applications in cross-border payments as well, says Jeffrey. "Besides our geographical expansion, one of the focus areas for our next few quarters will be the traditional-online merchant payment space. Merchants across Asia are encumbered by legacy payments routing institutions, intermediaries, and infrastructure."Cryptocurrencies can enable instant, peer-to-peer cross-border routing and settlement, cutting out the middle men. Imagine a Pakistan merchant accepting Hong Kong dollars with FPS and receiving Rupees through IBFT within a few minutes." Daniel De Weyer, former Global Director at SWIFT, after having worked for over 20 years at SWIFT, has also joined the XanPool team as a Director. As such, Daniel will assist in and lead some of XanPool's geographic, and product expansion effort westwards. About XanPool XanPool software allows anyone to seamlessly enable Crypto to Fiat on or offboarding. Instantly executing and settling transactions without taking custody of customer funds. Our unique C2C software solution and liquidity network makes the onboarding and offboarding infrastructure in crypto much more user friendly, and resilient against existing infrastructure dependency (such as bank partners). We allow institutions and retail to on and off board regardless of their infrastructural limitations.XanPool analogizes its collective technology to a "SWIFT-like Network", but instead of taking days or weeks to settle, XanPool, using only more modern payment solutions with less overhead and risk, can settle similar transactions with a fraction of the cost, and speeds which are magnitudes faster, within seconds. Visit xanpool.com.Jeffery Liu, Chief Executive Officer at XanPool, is available for interviews. Media: Fred Tan, Marketing & PR ManagerEmail: Fred@XanPool.com & Support@XanPool.comPhone: +852 5334 3110 (WhatsApp only) Copyright 2020 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
Samtrade FX Signs Sponsorship Deal with EPL Team Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
LONDON, Sep 11, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Global trading platform Samtrade FX has inked a sponsorship deal with English Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club ("Wolverhampton Wanderers FC"), also known as the Wolves. The sponsorship will be for the current 2020/2021 season.Samtrade FX's latest agreement with the Wolves comes on the heels of the online trading brokerage's two-season sponsorship deal with English Football League team Cardiff City FC, inked in late August 2020. These recent deals are an indication of Samtrade FX's growing interest to expand into the European market.Samtrade FX's sponsorship deal with the Wolves is a digital asset partnership. As the Wolves' Official Forex and Online Financial Trading Partner, Samtrade FX will have its logo, branding, and corporate colours displayed prominently on pitch side LEDs during matches, as well as in the Wolves' social media campaigns.Samtrade FX founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sam Goh, commented on the partnership, "Following our recent sponsorship of the EFL's Bluebirds, we are excited to be sponsoring a prominent EPL team - the Wolves. This partnership with the Wolves further solidifies our global growth strategy, particularly in terms of growing our visibility within Europe.""We are optimistic that this deal will enable us to reach greater heights in our respective fields, and look forward to a fruitful partnership and journey together."Commenting on the sponsorship, Wolves General Manager for Marketing & Commercial Growth Russell Jones said: "We're delighted to be partnering with Samtrade FX as club's official Forex and online financial trading partner. Our ethos is centred around partnering with ambitious companies who share our challenger vision for global brand growth. As an award winning FX company with significant market share in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, Samtrade FX are a perfect fit. In return, Samtrade FX will utilise the club's digital assets to expand their reach into Europe. On behalf of everyone at Wolves, I'd like to welcome Samtrade FX to the Wolves pack."The Wolves' emphasis on unity, best exemplified by its 'One Pack' fan mentality, resonates deeply with Samtrade FX. The latter was founded with the ethos, "for traders, by traders", and has a team of advisors and customer service staff that are committed towards supporting clients throughout their trading journey. This focus on community is an underlying similarity between the Wolves and Samtrade FX.Samtrade FX, an online foreign exchange ("forex") trading brokerage, was founded in 2015 with the clear objective of providing traders with safe, easy, and affordable access to foreign exchange markets. With a network of regional presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the brokerage has progressively expanded its operations since its establishment.Samtrade FX also recently won "Best Trading Platform, Asia", "Best Forex Introducing Broker, Asia" and "Best FOREX ECN/STP Broker" at The London Trader Show 2020, which speaks to its strong reputation and credibility as recognised by the industry's top panel of experts and retail traders from around the world.ABOUT SAMTRADE FXSamtrade FX is an online trading brokerage that provides forex trading and other related services. It was founded with the objective of providing traders with safe, easy, and low-cost access to foreign exchange markets. Samtrade FX's founders and partners are all traders themselves and have extensive trading experience in forex and contract for differences trading. Its Advisory Board includes knowledgeable and experienced professionals who are able to provide clients with unrivalled professional advice.Samtrade FX is incorporated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines under registered number 25290 IBC 2019 by the Registrar of International Business Companies, and is registered by the Financial Services Authority of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to carry on the business of dealing in securities as a Principal. Samtrade UK International Limited is an appointed representative registered with the Financial Conduct Authority, with FSR Number 929921.Media ContactCharles Ngcharles.firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2020 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com