2021-07-20
Winning At The Olympic Games: ‘It’s A Question Of Time,’ Says Omega
No other brand is more actively involved in sports timekeeping than Omega. In addition to partnerships in golf, sailing, athletics and swimming, it will have been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games for 90 years next year.This role has not only involved mastering the different needs to timing a whole host of sports precisely, but also the continuous development of the equipment that today and tomorrow’s athletes, and their coaches, rely on.The behind-the-scenes complexity of time-keeping for sports at the highest level is underappreciated. There has to be a willingness to take risks, for a start. It is because of Omega’s representation, based on time-keeping facts, that a finishing line photo gave Michelle Chardonnet her medal bronze back in 1985 for the 100m hurdles completed in 1984. Originally Kim Turner and Michele Chardonnet were declared as tied for third, but the IAAF proclaimed Turner the sole bronze medalist. Upon appealing, Chardonnet was given her bronze medal six months later.The enduring position of Omega was not pre-determined. In the 1980s, the whole Swiss watch industry was endangered by the quartz revolution and subsequent technological breakthroughs by Seiko, Citizen and Casio.Nicolas Hayek engineered a turnaround by federating multiple companies into one new group and launching Swatch. One of the companies taken under Swatch’s wing was Omega.Today, the Swatch Group is a family-run business led by Hayek’s two children with another generation lined up behind. One of its companies — Swiss Timing — is what haute couture is to LVMH. The worldwide leading company in developing and producing electronic scoring and timing systems for sports competitions, it is also an experimental lab that pushes the boundaries, creates desirability and stuns everyone in the rest of the business.With sports so important to billions of people and the creator of deep emotions, Swiss Timing — with Omega as its vehicle — has an important place in the world. And never more so than right now, as live sports return in more accessible formats after a war-like silence necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.Innovation for accuracyOmega has a key value in common with competitive athletes: improving time. And it is in this purpose that its innovation lies. But measuring the 100m sprint requires totally different technology to measuring the 200-meter backstroke, say, and Omega’s appreciation of this has led the company to receive countless awards for services to the world of sport.Advances in measuring the one hundredth of a second are what matters to establish world records. It’s both empowering and a huge responsibility.And yet, the innovation is not just about the time keeping, but about feeding an entire ecosystem with innovation, from electronics to printing and filming capabilities, TV and display electronics, sound engineering and hardware.While the many editions have changed a lot since the 1932 LA games where Omega made its foray into the Olympic world, the spirit of high performance remains and Omega continues to align with it.How did they get here?In 1976, when Omega was allowed to use the words “Official Timekeeper of the Olympics”, the contract was 20 pages long. Today, the rights and obligations are laid down in a 197-page document.Since 1936, Omega has been sending not only clocks but entire teams of repairers and technicians to the Games. The company is required to cover 35 sports, with a comprehensive list of specifications of 150 to 300 pages for each. An “Olympic Result Information System” produces 54 different sets of results and statistic sheets for each event, and a daily report 30 minutes after the end of each.Omega started benefiting from the publicity coming from larger TV broadcasts in the 60s, as the International Olympic Committee received money from television stations for the first time. Innsbruck 1964 provided the first large-scale TV broadcasting opportunity. The public was informed of the times athletes had taken on giant screens by Omega for the first time ever.Tests of new technologies are always done before the Olympics, at regional championships, for example. Ensuring transparency is a key concern: in 1968, Omega started to provide the press, TV, judges and the general public with additional information and statistics.Tokyo 2020: Unfazed by the COVID pandemicor the 29th time in history, the brand will fulfil its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games in Tokyo this month.339 events in 33 sports will be competed in Japan, and Omega will be measuring every second  of  action.  New  sports for this years Games provide new timing challenges: karate, sport climbing, surfing, baseball and skateboarding.Omega’s precision and equipment is a vital part of every athlete going for gold. The company’s timekeeping evolution is set to continue in Japan with new motion sensing and positioning technologies that will redefine our understanding of sport. It will tell the complete story of each event as it unfolds. With the use of motion sensing and positioning systems, a comprehensive range of real-time data will be collected, giving everyone a total understanding of how each event was won.Spectators will be entertained by being able to see exactly how an athlete reached their final time and result, providing incredibly helpful learnings for athletes and coaches too. Furthermore, the information will give commentators and analysts much more content for their storytelling of a victory. In the absence of a colorful crowd on site to tell the story visually, this will be highly valued.How did Omega adapt to the postponement? Well, time on the job has, to some degree, helped Omega be agile – a prerequisite for innovation.“Omega has been operating since 1848 and during that time we have witnessed many social and economic difficulties throughout the world,” says Raynald Aeschlimann, Omega’s President & CEO. “We have learned to be adaptable and this recent Olympic Games challenge is no exception. We are a very resilient brand and we have been able to adjust very well.”“From a logistical point of view, the postponement required some reorganization for our timekeeping team. However our close relationship with the IOC, which has been ongoing since 1932, has ensured that we’ve been greatly supported and that our changing needs have been catered to in a straightforward way.”That said, being prepared for the unplanned has always been something Omega has prioritized. Just think, snowstorms can bury key timekeeping equipment for ski competitions and it’s on the Omega team to be able improvise and repair things quickly.Omega wants to break records tooOmega invented a much precise digital technology[+]OMEGAAs OMEGA approaches 100 years of Olympic Games timekeeping, its evolution from simple stopwatches to high-tech equipment – with time itself unchanging – perfectly shows the innovation and pioneering spirit possible in a brand.In London in 2012, Omega introduced three new pieces of “futuristic” equipment, including new starting blocks used by sprinters and short-distance runners; the innovative “swimming show” that instantly ranks the top three finishers in the pool; and the high-precision “quantum timer” used in athletics and water sports that has an enhanced resolution of one millionth of a second.Today, even more devices are being used such as the light and electronic sound “starting pistol” in bright red, and the Omega Scan’O’Vision MYRIA that captures 10,000 frames per second in a photo finish.“I expect we will continue in the same way, with many more exciting developments to come,” says Aeschlimann. “But really, the next frontier is already here. Motion sensing and positioning systems are helping us to see and understand each event in a brand new way, with in-depth data and live athlete information being collected like never before.”All that started in PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and you’ll see much more of it on screen from July 23rd at Tokyo 2020.Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephanegirod/2021/07/13/winning-at-the-olympic-games-its-a-question-of-time-says-omega/amp/ + ((true || articleGrid.gridState.count > 0) ? '' : ' grid__wrapper--lazy') + (articleGrid.gridState.season == 1 ? ' active' : '')" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; -webkit-box-pack: center; justify-content: center;">...
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2021-07-20
INSTANDA secures top industry talent to drive growth in North America
Digital insurance leader announces the additions of seasoned industry experts, Paul Gabrik and Debbie Wilson, to build on impressive North American market momentum MINNEAPOLIS, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ --  INSTANDA, the SaaS-based digital insurance platform provider, announces a new strategic hire and a key promotion to the North American team following rapid growth and client wins. New hire, Paul Gabrik, and recently promoted to the senior team, Debbie Wilson, will be reporting to Greg Murphy, Executive Vice President of North America at INSTANDA. Under Greg's leadership the company has won an impressive 12 new customers and increased staff by 150% since the start of 2020. These senior appointments have been made to support the growing customer portfolio, increase delivery capability through partners, and drive new client acquisitions in the region. As Chief Revenue Officer, Gabrik will be focusing on high-performance revenue strategies to grow the pipeline by developing complete customer insurance solutions using INSTANDA's powerful no-code platform. In addition, Gabrik will develop an executive sponsorship program for strategic clients to share best practices and help shape the long-term capability roadmap for INSTANDA. Gabrik brings over two decades of Sales Management Leadership experience in Consulting, Enterprise Software, SAAS and Services Solutions. His background spans a wide cross-section of businesses from Silicon Valley software companies such as McAfee, Mercury Interactive, and Hewlett Packard, to PE and VC-backed start-ups in the insurance sector. Accomplishments: VP of Sales/Partners at Accenture Software Group he led a 250+ member sales organization. While at Accenture, Paul was part of the leadership that acquired Duck Creek Technologies. VP of sales at Hewlett Packard, he led an acquisition of $800m in revenue. EVP of Secure Islands, Israeli-based Credit Suisse start-up, generated $30mn revenue in less than a year.As Chief Operating Officer, Wilson will be responsible for scaling INSTANDA's growth through partner capabilities and INSTANDA's delivery function, ensuring a seamless product implementation experience for clients. She will also be streamlining the tech partner strategy to deliver core capabilities for a world-class customer experience. Debbie comes with over three decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in insurance and software companies, and an impressive pedigree of change for multiple Property and Casualty and Life and Annuity firms in the Fortune 500. Accomplishments: CIO for top 10 brokerage firm in Canada executed 150 acquisitions, grew revenue from $35m to $750m. VP for Global Business Development at OneShield. VP at Majesco - puts her in a prime position to ramp up partner capabilities and scale INSTANDA's delivery.Greg Murphy, Executive Vice President of North America at INSTANDA added: "I am excited to announce the appointments of two highly-regarded leaders in Paul and Debbie who have extensive industry experience and have deliberately chosen to join the leadership team at INSTANDA because they believe in our mission of simplifying insurance technology for the enterprise. These hires signal a new chapter of growth for the business. Their commitment to scaling INSTANDA in North America and capturing incremental market opportunities by delivering high quality customer experiences with the INSTANDA platform will be instrumental in taking things to the next level." INSTANDA's strong insurance expertise and easily configurable software is a key differentiator in the market. Unlike its competition which tends to be highly inflexible, expensive, and require year plus implementation cycles, INSTANDA can bring complex insurance products to market in a matter of weeks by allowing insurers to easily configure products without the worry of software limitations or upgrades. By creating a unique customer insurance experience MGAs, carriers, and partners alike can build and launch complex insurance products their way, at speed, and remain agile to meet the expectations of today's customers. INSTANDA is committed to investing in additional product enhancements and full insurance solutions to serve its growing customer base within the North American insurance market. This will position INSTANDA to become the leading SaaS insurance core platform in the largest insurance market in the world. According to Forrester, the market for no-code platforms, like INSTANDA's, is growing at 40% a year, with spending expected to hit $21.2 billion by 2022. INSTANDA is poised to have a front-seat in this growing market and will continue to add top talent as the company scales. About INSTANDA Insurance is complex, but it does not have to be difficult. INSTANDA offers carriers and MGAs the possibility to break away from traditional 'systems heavy' product introductions. By rewriting the narrative on how to build and implement products, INSTANDA's Software-as-a-Service based digital insurance management platform is empowering insurers to thrive in a new generation of insurance. By putting control in the hands of insurers, creating customized products with speed and ease can now become the norm. Headquartered in the UK, with offices across North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, INSTANDA has helped over 60 clients create over 2,800 insurance products across 13 countries. Join the INSTANDA movement, and visit https://instanda.com/us/ for more information.   View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/instanda-secures-top-industry-talent-to-drive-growth-in-north-america-301336464.html SOURCE INSTANDA ...
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2021-07-20
MYM, The First French Social Network that Brings Creators Closer to Their Fans, Launches Its New Version to Expand Its Community
PARIS, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ -- Launched in 2019, MYM is a revolutionary private social network offering new perspectives for relationships between influential personalities (artists, sportsmen, coaches, models, designers...) and their communities. MYM allows fans to access exclusive content from their favorite creators and influencers, via a subscription, and to interact with them. MYM for whom? And how? MYM offers a platform designed for creators, fans and all those who wish to promote the talents of tomorrow, the ambassadors. Like in any private club, creators own a space of their own, where they are free to create, propose and exchange any contents they want. On the other hand, fans can have a direct and authentic relationship with their favorite personalities through a subscription that gives them access to exclusive contents in a secure environment. Finally, MYM offers a platform dedicated to agents (players, artists), agencies, labels, producers, etc. MYM is the only platform to offer a tailor-made business model for creators of famous/influential people, ambassadors (managers) and fans (community) at the same time. New cutting-edge technology features Push: an existing but improved feature that allows content creators to inform their entire community of exclusive news: the release of an album, an intimate concert, an important event, or even backstage access. MYM TV: Coming soon. The content creator will have the possibility to have his own TV channel to broadcast his content (live, studio, backstage, show, etc.).  Dashboard: the platform provides ambassadors (agent, manager, sponsor, label, producer, etc.) with a effective management tool that allows them to follow activities and revenues generated in real time as well as billing follow-up.  Concierge service: in addition to the 24/7 support, MYM offers a customized service to assist creators in managing their account, messaging system and contents.  Security, at the heart of MYM's challenges Since its creation, MYM has made the security of all its users an absolute priority. The founders, two young French entrepreneurs, rely on AI-based solutions reinforced by moderators to track down any drift related to this new model. MYM offers a secure environment based on proven control systems that rely on 2 major pillars: the control of public and private contents, and the protection of minors through user account verification and certification. The minimum age required to open a creator account is 18. On MYM, each account must be mandatorily and systematically certified. Without certification, the creator cannot be paid and cannot neither post new contents nor converse with his subscribers. Moreover, creator profiles that have not obtained their certification do not appear in the search engine and remain invisible. A very strict protocol has been implemented to ensure the veracity of the information provided (double-sided ID, a selfie with an ID number on A4 paper sheet, verification of mobile number). MYM uses the latest biometric technologies to carry out these controls and moderates contents when necessary. "Social networks are entering a new era. An era when influential people connect, interact live, and share exclusive contents with their communities and fans. An era when passion and creation really are valuable. At MYM, we put the creator back at the center of the project. We give them all the cards to make a living from their passion and to be supported by their community, creating a kind of private club 2.0," says Gaspard Hafner, cofounder of MYM. "We are proud that MYM is one of the few platforms to certify its creators. Our ambition is to become the first generalist "Exclusive Social Media", and this ambition will accelerate all along 2021. We are the only ones to offer a tailor-made business model for each of our targets: ambassadors (managers), fans (the community) and content creators," explains Pierre Garonnaire, cofounder of MYM. Claire Delzescaux - claire.delzescaux@gen-g.com  View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mym-the-first-french-social-network-that-brings-creators-closer-to-their-fans-launches-its-new-version-to-expand-its-community-301336738.html SOURCE Gen-G ...
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2021-07-20
U.S. Polo Assn. Announced as Official Apparel & Team Sponsor for the Italia Polo Challenge - Porto Cervo Arzachena 2021
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. and PORTO CERVO, Italy, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ -- U.S. Polo Assn., in collaboration with its licensing partners in Italy, Incom SPA, Bonis SPA, Eastlab and WIP, has announced it will serve as the Official Apparel and Team Sponsor for the Italia Polo Challenge - Porto Cervo Arzachena 2021. The event will run from July 21-24 along the spectacular Costa Smeralda in the Italian region of Sardinia. U.S. Polo Assn. will provide team and staff apparel for this stunning event. There will also be a consumer experience merchandise tent on-site for attendees to take home a piece of the sport. The Italia Polo Challenge is a circuit of arena polo tournaments comprised of international teams participating in the most exclusive locations in Italy, including Cortina d'Ampezzo and Rome at the Piazza di Siena, and this year it's debuting at Porto Cervo - Arzachena. The circuit was created in 2018 by two passionate polo players eager to bring the tradition and heritage of the sport of polo to a wider audience. "Alongside the Italian Federation, and in partnership with our licensing partners in Italy, it's an honor to be the Official Apparel and Team Sponsor for such an exciting polo tournament with one of the world's most picturesque backdrops," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "U.S. Polo Assn. has a strong market presence in Italy, so we look forward to supporting the event and highlighting the sport of polo to consumers and sports fans in this very special place." While the Italia Polo Challenge is new to the global polo circuit, its location is one of the most breathtaking in all of Italy, and its stature is not going unnoticed by the world's top players and sports fans around the world. The event will feature four teams, 12 players, nearly 75 horses and will be watched by thousands of attendees.  "We are excited to be collaborating with U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the sport of polo in the U.S., for this amazing event and appreciate the generosity of the brand in outfitting the teams and staff," said Alessandro Giachetti, Head of Polo, Italian Equestrian Sports Federation. "The authentic connection between the brand and our players enhances this outstanding sponsorship and means something to loyal fans of polo and of U.S. Polo Assn." About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States, and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, sporting goods channels, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 180 countries worldwide. Recently ranked the 5th largest sports licensor in License Global magazine's 2020 list of "Top 150 Global Licensors," U.S. Polo Assn. is named alongside such iconic sports brands as the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Visit uspoloassnglobal.com. USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and its exclusive worldwide licensor. USPAGL manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand and is the steward of the USPA's intellectual properties, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPAGL also manages Global Polo TV which hosts live games and stories about the sport and produces global broadcasts. Visit globalpolo.com. Additional photos are available upon request. For further information contact:  Shannon Stilson - AVP, Marketing  Phone +001.561.227.6994 - Email: sstilson@uspagl.com Stacey Kovalsky - Senior Director, Global Communications Phone +001.561.790.8036 - Email: skovalsky@uspagl.co Related Images u-s-polo-assn.jpg U.S. Polo Assn. U.S. Polo Assn.   View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-polo-assn-announced-as-official-apparel--team-sponsor-for-the-italia-polo-challenge---porto-cervo-arzachena-2021-301336314.html SOURCE USPA Global Licensing Inc. ...
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2021-07-20
Red River Mutual Returns with Community Sponsorship Program, Awarding over $150,000 to Improve Community Spaces Across Manitoba and Saskatchewan
WINNIPEG, MB, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ - Red River Mutual is awarding over $150,000 to communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan through their sponsorship program, Spruce Up Your Story after receiving over 240 submissions from across the Prairies – nearly doubling the response from last year's inaugural campaign. The funds will help rejuvenate and preserve ten community gathering spaces across both provinces, ensuring they will continue to make memories for years to come. "After last year's overwhelming response, we knew we had to carry the program forward," says President and CEO of Red River Mutual, Brian Esau. "Seeing the real impact of these improvements really strengthened our commitment to give back to the communities we serve and go beyond just insurance." After over a year of restrictions and closures, Spruce Up Your Story aims to breathe new life into the winning spaces. The submitted renovation or beautification projects were evaluated based on community use and significance, their commitment to sustainability, and connections to a local insurance brokerage. This year's ten winners are split evenly between Manitoba and Saskatchewan with projects that include: a refresh of the outdoor greenspace around the Abbey Business and Community Center in Abbey, Saskatchewan, to create an outdoor space where the community can come together; the installation of seamless flooring in the Manitou Community Arena, allowing players and community members to enjoy the sports they love in a trip-free environment; and the expansion and improvement of the well-used Scallion Creek trails in Virden, Manitoba, to bring the community together in activity and protect local landmarks. For a full list of winners and details about their projects, please visit https://redrivermutual.com/spruce-up-your-story/winners/  About Spruce Up Your Story The Spruce Up Your Story initiative isn't about bringing a brand-new rec centre or library to life – rather, it honours and protects the spaces that are well-worn and well- loved in our Prairie communities – the places where stories are already being made. Each Spruce Up Your Story renovation or beautification project was submitted by a local community member. Red River Mutual worked with its network of local brokers to promote the opportunity, and Red River Mutual staff helped determine the winners. This year, Red River Mutual awarded over $150,000 to help restore ten places where people connect, laugh, learn, and share across the Prairies. About Red River Mutual  Red River Mutual believes everyone has a right to feel safe and protected and to know that someone is looking out for them – while we're watching out for others. With over 70,000 policyholders with homes, farms and businesses all the way from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Red River Mutual is committed to providing competitive insurance products that meet the changing needs of Canadians. As a company, we know that it's the people we protect that matter most. That's why we've strived to be a positive force in the lives of our customers and their communities since 1875. SOURCE Red River Mutual ...
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2021-07-19
Atlas Renewable Energy and Unipar sign a Solar Energy PPA in Brazil
SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 19, 2021 /CNW/ -- Atlas Renewable Energy, an international leading renewable energy company, along with Unipar, a leader in chlorine, chlorides, and PVC in South America, announced today the signing of a large-scale solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in Brazil. The clean solar energy supply will be generated through Atlas Renewable Energy's Lar do Sol – Casablanca II photovoltaic plant located in Pirapora, State of Minas Gerais. The Lar do Sol – Casablanca II Solar Plant, which will occupy about 700 hectares, will have an installed capacity of 239MWp with 460,000 solar panels. The plant will host bi-facial module technology, which uses the reflection of the sun's rays from their front and back sides, increasing the efficiency of the photoelectric conversion and enhancing the overall production of the plant. The project is expected to generate enough energy to supply two of Unipar´s factories, located in Brazil. Lar do Sol Casablanca II's yearly energy generation will be the equivalent of supplying energy to about 261,662 households, according to the average consumption of a Brazilian family. Moreover, the plant will approximately avoid 40,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. This calculation is based on the GHG (Green House Gases) Protocol, methodology developed by the World Resources Institute which follows the methods used by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). This amount of CO2 emissions prevented will be the equivalent to removing 16,200 vehicles from the streets of Sao Paulo. The Lar do Sol – Casablanca II Solar Plant will be developed, built and operated by Atlas Renewable Energy, whose track record and expertise in Latin America has positioned it as one of the fastest-growing renewable energy companies in the Americas and as an essential player in the energy sector in the region. The project adds to Atlas' rapidly expanding footprint in the Brazilian market with a total of 6 large-scale solar plants amounting to over 1GW. The signing of this long-term agreement with Unipar, one of Brazil's largest chemical companies, attests to Atlas' ability to partner with private companies to help them achieve their carbon emission reduction goals as they transition towards a cleaner source of energy. "The adoption of renewables is becoming a staple of good corporate responsibility and we at Atlas offer a unique opportunity for large energy consumers to clean their energy matrix and at the same time be sponsors of the social and environmental programs we develop to uplift the communities where we operate," said Luis Pita, General Manager of Atlas Renewable Energy for Brazil. "This contract is a testament to our company leadership in the renewable energy sector in Brazil, as we continue to implement tailor-made solutions with top-of-the-line technologies, elevating industry standards and providing a competitive edge to our clients. It's an honor to be working with a national chemical leader such as Unipar and partner with them to advance their sustainability goals." Mauricio Russomanno, CEO at Unipar, says the agreement takes part in the company's commitment to the country's future and the business's sustainability. "This is one more move towards sustainable solutions that improve the company's efforts in the search for energy matrices from renewable sources, guaranteeing access to the essential input for our operation and generating greater competitivity through self-production. The total amount of generated energy destined to Unipar will be enough to produce chlorine for the water treatment to over 60 million people", declares the executive. As part of Atlas Renewable Energy's commitment to the areas where it operates, the construction of the Lar do Sol – Casablanca II Solar Plant is set to contract about 1,200 workers in the peak of its activity. The company will also be executing a series of environmental and social programs including the female workforce program "we are all part of the same energy". The program focuses on the promotion of inclusive practices by empowering the local female workforce through training. With this, Atlas has a goal of having at least 15% female representation in the total workforce during the plant's construction. This initiative will allow local women to have access to new job opportunities within the project's construction, generate an opportunity for their economic stability and enhance their skillsets and potential by integrating them into more technical jobs. About Atlas Renewable Energy Atlas Renewable Energy is a renewable energy generation company that develops, builds, and operates renewable energy projects with long-term contracts across the Americas. The current company portfolio is 2.35GW of contracted projects in development, construction, or operational stages, and aims to expand by an additional 5GW in the next years. Launched in early 2017, Atlas Renewable Energy includes an experienced team with the longest track record in the solar energy industry in Latin America. The company is recognized for its high standards in the development, construction, and operation of large-scale projects. Atlas Renewable Energy is part of the Energy Fund IV, founded by Actis, a leading private equity investor in the energy sector. Atlas Renewable Energy's growth is focused on the leading emerging markets and economies, using its proven development, commercialization, and structuring know-how to accelerate the transformation toward clean energy. By actively engaging with the community and stakeholders at the center of its project strategy, the company works every day to provide a cleaner future. To know more about Atlas Renewable Energy, visit: www.atlasrenewableenergy.com About Unipar Unipar is a leader in chlorine, chlorides, and PVC in South America, raw material that forms the basis of all industries and is traded on the Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3 S.A. - Brazil, Bolsa, Balcão). With around 1,400 employees working in its offices and industrial plants in Cubatão (SP) and Santo André (SP), in Brazil, and Bahía Blanca, in Argentina, Unipar is focused on quality, safety, respect for the environment, community integration, and its recognition collaborators. Throughout its 50 years of history, Unipar has been connected and integrated with the local communities through its Community Advisory Council, which brings together neighbors, social entities, and company representatives. In addition, it is a pioneer in the implementation of the Open Factory Program, which keeps its plants open to visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Contact UniparFSB Comunicação(11)-3165-9596unipar@fsb.com.br Contact Atlas Renewable EnergyJeffrey Group(11)-9943-46870npadilha@jeffreygroup.com View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/atlas-renewable-energy-and-unipar-sign-a-solar-energy-ppa-in-brazil-301336645.html SOURCE Atlas Renewable Energy ...
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2021-07-19
Fiera Capital Expands Agreement with Canadian Institute of Actuaries to Provide Discount Rates for Insurance Contracts Under IFRS 17 Accounting
Reference Curves to Help CIA Members Assess Market Value of Insurance Liabilities for New Accounting Model Partnership with CIA Demonstrates Fiera Capital's Knowledge and Expertise in Insurance Actuarial Field MONTREAL, July 19, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Fiera Capital Corporation (TSX: FSZ) ("Fiera Capital" or the "Company"), a leading independent asset management firm, today announced the expansion of its agreement with the Canadian Institute of Actuaries ("CIA") to provide discount rate curves under IFRS 17 accounting to CIA members. Fiera Capital's CIA IFRS 17 Market Curves and Reference Curves ("IFRS 17 Discount Curves") will enable actuaries in life, health, and property and casualty insurance to use fair value and market-consistent approaches to the liability valuations of insurance contracts. "Our expanded agreement with the CIA is a testament to the depth of Fiera Capital's knowledge and expertise in the insurance actuarial field, and we are proud to have been chosen by the CIA to launch the IFRS 17 Discount Curves," said Jean-Philippe Lemay, Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Fiera Capital. "For the last 10 years, Fiera Capital has partnered with the CIA to produce a monthly CIA Method Accounting Discount Rate Curve, enabling pension plan sponsors to select the appropriate accounting discount rate to value pension and other post-employment benefit plan liabilities. With the IFRS 17 Discount Curves, we will strengthen our relationship with the CIA and continue to simplify our clients' work, making it easier for CIA members and insurance practitioners to meet IFRS 17 requirements. We believe this expanded agreement exemplifies the best of Fiera Capital – our global capabilities, cutting-edge solutions and insights. We look forward to leveraging our experience in insurance asset management services to provide the industry with critical information and meet their larger business objectives." Fiera Capital, which manages more than C$24 billion in assets as of July 7, 2021 for insurance clients, will publish the IFRS 17 Discount Curves on a monthly basis at no cost, helping CIA members assess insurance contract liabilities and compliance with the actuarial guidance for IFRS 17 accounting requirements, which will take effect on January 1, 2023. IFRS 17 will replace IFRS 4, which has allowed insurers to use different accounting policies to measure similar insurance contracts they write in different countries. With a consistent accounting framework across all IFRS jurisdictions, IFRS 17 will enable investors, analysts and others to accurately compare insurance companies, contracts and industries. "Insurance practitioners need clear, accurate market data when determining insurance contract liabilities under IFRS 17," said Jacqueline Friedland, FCIA, President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. "The first service we launched with Fiera Capital, the CIA Method Accounting Discount Rate Curve, has changed how asset managers and pension plan sponsors value future benefit liabilities for the past 10 years. We anticipate the IFRS 17 Discount Curves will greatly assist insurance practitioners as they transition to valuing insurance contract liabilities under IFRS 17. We have enjoyed collaborating with Fiera Capital on these important initiatives and look forward to our continued productive relationship." The IFRS17 Discount Curves are available to the public on the Fiera Capital website at https://www.fieracapital.com/en/institutional-markets/cia-ifrs-17-curves. About Fiera Capital CorporationFiera Capital is a leading independent asset management firm with a growing global presence and approximately C$172.9 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2021. The Company delivers customized and multi-asset solutions across public and private market asset classes to institutional, financial intermediary and private wealth clients across North America, Europe and key markets in Asia. Fiera Capital's depth of expertise, diversified investment platform and commitment to delivering outstanding service are core to our mission of being at the forefront of investment management science to create sustainable wealth for clients. Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange. www.fieracapital.com Headquartered in Montreal, Fiera Capital, with its affiliates in various jurisdictions, has offices in over a dozen cities around the world, including New York (U.S.), London (UK), and Hong Kong (SAR). In the U.S., asset management services are provided by the Company's affiliates who are investment advisers that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or exempt from registration. Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training. For details on the particular registration of, or exemptions therefrom relied upon by, any Fiera Capital entity, please consult this webpage. Additional information about Fiera Capital Corporation, including the Company's annual information form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. About Canadian Institute of ActuariesThe Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) is the national, bilingual organization and voice of the actuarial profession in Canada. Our more than 6,000 members are dedicated to providing actuarial services and advice of the highest quality. The Institute holds the duty of the profession to the public above the needs of the profession and its members. 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2021-07-19
RYU Launches Limited-Edition High-Performance Apparel Collection for Canada Skateboard and Team to Compete at Tokyo Olympics
Starring Athletes Adam Hopkins and Maddy Balt, New RYU Hype Video Highlights Made in Canada Skateboard Collection and Spirit of the Sport VANCOUVER, BC, July 19, 2021 /CNW/ - RYU Apparel Inc. (TSXV: RYU) (OTCQB: RYPPF) (FWB: RYAA) ("RYU" or the "Company"), a creator of award-winning urban athletic apparel, is pleased to announce that while quantities last, consumers can now purchase Hoddies and T-Shirts from its Canada Skateboard Collaboration.  Designed and made in Canada, this limited-edition collection is inspired by the high-performance competition uniforms specially designed by RYU for the Canada Skateboard Team. Designed in collaboration with some of Canada Skateboard's elite team of athletes itself, the designs are scientifically engineered to focus on 4-way movement, weightlessness, durability, and breathability. Further, this 2-piece collection is constructed to withstand the uniquely physical demands of park and street skateboarding as well as the hot and humid conditions athletes are expected to face in Tokyo. The print celebrates Canada's exuberant nature. From a distance, it represents a topographic map of a mountain range. A closer look reveals hidden Canadian symbols - a moose, a beaver, and a maple leaf. "This is why we get up in the morning at RYU! It's been tremendously exciting to push the limits of apparel innovation in designing gear for the Canada Skateboarding team that will be representing our Nation at the Games in Tokyo. Just as exciting, through this limited edition drop, our valued customers can now experience these world-class products for themselves! " Commented Cesare Fazari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RYU Apparel. Click Here to  view the Hype Video and the Canada Skateboarding x RYU Performance Collection https://ryu.com/ Athletes Maddy Balt and Adam Hopkins Feature in RYU x Canada Skateboard Hype Video About RYU Apparel RYU Apparel (TSXV: RYU, OTCQB: RYPPF), or Respect Your Universe, is an award winning urban athletic apparel and accessories brand engineered for active lifestyles. Designed without compromise for fit, comfort, and durability, RYU exists to facilitate optimal human performance. For more information, please visit the RYU website at: http://ryu.com   ABOUT US Skateboard Canada Formed in 2016, Canada Skateboard is recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee, Sport Canada and World Skate as the official National Sport Federation (NSF) for skateboarding in Canada. Canada Skateboard board of directors is composed of skate industry veterans with a shared vision to support, promote and grow skateboarding in Canada. The board includes professional skaters, industry heads, event producers, international judges, coaches, skatepark designers and media managers from the past and present in Canadian skateboarding. Each brings their unique expertise, personality, and a steadfast commitment to skateboarding Forward Looking Statements Disclaimer Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange Inc.) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.  This news release contains forward-looking information that involves various risks and uncertainties regarding future events. Such forward-looking information can include without limitation statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance of RYU, such as statements regarding the fulfillment of its obligations under the sponsorship and promotional license agreement with Canada Skateboard. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and RYU's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information, including adverse market conditions, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the inability of RYU fulfill its obligations under the sponsorship and promotional license agreement with Canada Skateboard. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Except as required by law, RYU does not intend to update these forward-looking statements. View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ryu-launches-limited-edition-high-performance-apparel-collection-for-canada-skateboard-and-team-to-compete-at-tokyo-olympics-301336123.html SOURCE RYU Apparel Inc. ...
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2021-07-16
BetMGM and Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Partnership
Agreement features signage at PNC Park, fan promotions and sponsored presence on Pirates digital channelsBetMGM, a leading sports betting and digital gaming operator, and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced today a new partnership that will include BetMGM branding throughout PNC Park, fan-focused promotions, social media content and more.“Our partnership with BetMGM is one that we are extremely proud to announce,” said David Burke, Pirates Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “We are incredibly excited to partner with such a respected and innovative brand. It allows us the opportunity to provide a unique platform for our fans to engage with Pirates baseball like never before.”Under the partnership, BetMGM content will be integrated across the Pirates’ digital and social platforms. Additionally, BetMGM signage will be prominently featured at PNC Park, including the left field wall and behind home plate.BetMGM’s Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost said, “BetMGM has seen tremendous success in Pennsylvania since launching in December 2020. Growing our presence across the state, in partnership with the Pirates, is a top priority and we look forward to providing Pittsburgh’s passionate sports fans unique promotions and benefits only available on BetMGM.”Source: https://sports.betmgm.com/en/blog/pittsburgh-pirates-betmgm-partnership/...
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2021-07-16
Celtics, Showcase Cinemas Announce Official Partnership
Showcase Cinemas to serve as official movie theatre partner of the Boston Celtics; Partnership Kicks Off with July 15th Movie Screening for Celtics Season Ticket MembersThe Boston Celtics today announced their official partnership with Showcase Cinemas, making it the team's official movie theatre partner. As part of the multi-year partnership, Showcase Cinemas will provide Celtics fans with a wide array of exclusive movie offers and promotions throughout the course of the season."Our business is all about entertainment and teaming up with Showcase Cinemas will allow us to reach fans in a variety of different ways through unique promos and events," said Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Business Development Ted Dalton. "There's no better way to begin the partnership than getting our fans back to the big screen for tonight's season ticket member event."Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, will provide fans with special promotional offers in connection with Celtics away games, including the chances to win tickets to movie screenings and other prizes. The partnership kicks off today with Showcase Cinema's special screening of Warner Bros.' "Space Jam: A New Legacy" for Celtics season ticket members. The Celtics and Showcase Cinemas will also partner to promote National Popcorn Day (Wednesday, January 19, 2022) and National Movie Theater Day (Saturday, April 23, 2022)."As a leading source of New England entertainment for more than 85 years, Showcase Cinemas is thrilled to partner with the Celtics to bring even more entertainment options to both Celtics and movie fans," said Mark Malinowski, Vice President of Global Marketing for Showcase Cinemas. "Both Showcase Cinemas and the Celtics are a vital part of the community and together we will provide a lot of fun, goodwill and surprises in the years ahead!"...
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