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RockItCoin Becomes First Crypto ATM Business to Launch Spanish-Language Website as...

CHICAGO, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- RockItCoin, the most trusted name in Bitcoin ATM™, today launched a Spanish-language website, recognizing the importance of access to the burgeoning cryptocurrency market by Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States. The company has become the first to do so, once again leading the industry in supporting greater inclusion and access investing in cryptocurrency for as many people as possible. RockItCoin's multi-language ATMs allow easy, walk-up access and fast conversion of cash into cryptocurrencies. The RockItCoin website also supports online transactions in the following cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC). In addition, for anyone wanting to buy/sell over $10,000, RockItCoin offers a highly personalized OTC service. "Due to language and other constraints, many members of the Hispanic community have been largely shut out from the rising Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets," said Michael Dalesandro, Founder and CEO of RockItCoin. "RockItCoin's new Spanish-language website and multi-language CryptoATMs are the safest and easiest choice for anyone seeking to turn cash into Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. By making cryptocurrency information accessible to Spanish-speaking consumers, RockItCoin is helping families and Hispanic communities with greater access to financial opportunities and a way to grow their financial assets using cryptocurrency. Spanish-speaking consumers can now find and access a RockItCoin Crypto ATM close to where they live and work with personal customer support 7 days a week." For interest in hosting a crypto ATM, please visit us at https://rockitcoin.com/host. For locations and interest in using one of RockItCoin's crypto ATMs, please visit https://rockitcoin.com/locations About RockItCoin Founded in 2015 by Michael Dalesandro, RockItCoin is a crypto blockchain company based in Chicago, IL. RockItCoin's network of over 1,000 multi-language ATMs across the US provides consumers with an easy, safe, and fast way to buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin. Consumers can also access and manage a wide variety of other cryptocurrencies through the company's Wallet app. In addition, RockItCoin distributes, operates, places, and sells 2-way Bitcoin kiosks to support small businesses gain additional revenue from crypto. For more information, visit: https://rockitcoin.com, En Español: https://rockitcoin.com/es/ SOURCE RockItCoin Related Links https://rockitcoin.com/

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Wendell Scott, NASCAR's First Black Driver's Story Shared As 3D AR...

NFT Collection Honoring the Man Who Broke the NASCAR Color Barrier Tweet this 100 years after his birth and 58 years after his NASCAR victory, Wendell Scott continues to break barriers as his legacy is now irrevocably entwined with technology that is shaping the future of how users engage with the world around them. NFTs are a fitting mode to share the story of Wendell Scott as NFTs, like Wendell Scott, disrupted society while simultaneously paving the path for change in a broken system. Akin to NFTs impact on technology, cryptocurrency, and the future of Web 3.0, Scott's impact shook NASCAR's status quo and made the sport more inclusive and accessible. Owners of these NFTs have a chance to be a part of history in the making.  A monumental series of firsts, these historic NFTs were created in partnership by leading digital agency Worldwide XR (WXR), Extended Reality content developers Vue XR, and Wendell Scott Ventures (the joint venture between David Steward II's Lion Forge Films (Academy Award®-winning Hair Love), parent company Polarity, a leading black-owned entertainment holding company and Scott 34 Racing) and are the first ever NFTs to be released of an African American NASCAR driver. This will be Nifty's first time releasing a 3D Augmented Reality (AR) digital car on their platform. The first of it's kind and an exact 1:1 replica of Wendell Scott's first-ever NASCAR winning 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air. Much like the blockchain allows users to operate on a decentralized system, the Extended Reality (XR) version of Scott's car breaks it away from its physical confines of its display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and brings it to the masses. This AR asset can also be utilized in Metaverse applications.Depending on which NFT is purchased, owners will also receive Authentik Studios' SILO™ Digital Frame that brings your NFTs to life by allowing users to display your collections on a 43" HD high-fidelity audio display from the comfort of their home. Users can access their entire NFT gallery via the SILO™ App & enjoy their NFTs in unparalleled 4K resolution.About Wendell ScottBorn in rural Virginia in 1921 during the Jim Crow Era, a time when racial segregation was enforced by law, Wendell Scott's life and career was filled with adversity. After serving as a mechanic in a segregated division in WWII , he was denied access to NASCAR due to the color of his skin. From his first job as a taxi driver, Scott sharpened his driving skills bootlegging moonshine during the Prohibition era.Scott used trials and tribulations to propel him forward. Scott became the first African American team owner and spent nine years in the "Dixie Circuit", a smaller regional competitor to NASCAR, until he was finally able to persuade NASCAR to grant him a license to race in 1953 – officially breaking the sport's color barrier.Scott won the Jacksonville 200 race in 1963, only to see the win given to a white driver on a "clerical error" (later reversed). After competing in 496 NASCAR races, with 147 Top 10 finishes, a horrific near-death crash in 1973 ended his career. Scott died of cancer in 1990 and was officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015, becoming the first African American in NASCAR history to do so.Wendell Scott's career was repeatedly challenged by racial prejudice and threats on his life. However, his determined struggle as an underdog would prove to win the hearts of thousands of fans and fellow racers. Scott was, and still is, a pop culture icon who was the subject of the film "Greased Lightning" starring Richard Pryor and was the inspiration for the character of River Scott in Disney's animated film "Cars 3."The Wendell Scott Foundation is run by CEO Warrick Scott and provides educational programs designed for students aged 8 through 18 using STEM-related resources and programs, as well as learning and mentoring opportunities to communities across the country. For more information about the Foundation go to www.wendellscott.org.Media Contact: [email protected] SOURCE Authentik Studios

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Op-ed: Market leadership is shifting. Here’s why investors should pay attention

Westend61The market, as we know, is seductive, luring its participants skillfully until they are as hooked as the sea bass that can't resist the shimmering flies we cast at them on Buzzards Bay. Poor fish. Poor buyers of bitcoin at $61,000, Snowflake at $380, and Teladoc at $290. But just because we fall for the darlings and shun the hated doesn't mean inevitable decimation. Those bass get thrown right back (about 99% of them, anyway), and the dregs of one market can, and often should, rise again. Let's take, for example, the performance of the technology sector, which fell from grace to disgrace at the end of 2020.  As the table shows, the strongest sector last year, technology, has been the weakest this year, as the halo effect for digitally dominant global players during the pandemic wore off, and vaccines offered a road to redemption for 2020's losers. The shares of reopening groups, such as airlines, hotels, energy, financials, and industrials began to rally hard in late 2020 as those industries anticipated a post-pandemic earnings surge, exceeding the earnings' advance in technology companies. If stock prices anticipate earnings changes, the data above supports technology's underperformance over the past six months. The profit trajectory of industries knocked out by Covid, such as energy, financials, and industrials, propelled by a huge wave of pent-up demand, appears to surpass that of technology. In summary, that is the argument made by cyclical and value stock bulls over the past six to nine months.  They backed the right groups, as the price changes above depict.   Avoid making assumptionsHowever, making broad assumptions from a collective data set can lead to some misleading conclusions.  To say that baseball is boring just because pitchers take too long to deliver each ball is an oversimplification (although a definite contributor).  Similarly, the S&P technology sector is dominated by Apple and Microsoft, which account for 41% of its market weight, both of which have underperformed this year, and does not include several of the most visible and dominant digital growth companies. Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix are all members of the FAANG cohort, but only two reside under the tech heading. After some blistering growth in 2021, Apple and Microsoft should see more moderate profit increases in 2022. As the table below illustrates, most of these large-cap growth names are expected to show earnings per share growth ahead of the S&P next year, although many of them have underperformed the S&P this year.We have written about how the multiples of many large-cap growth stocks have fallen as their earnings estimates have advanced, rendering them more attractive in the past few months. The table below highlights the movement toward the Nasdaq and the growth stocks recently.If we compare the top ten performers among the thirty largest S&P 500 stocks year-to-date and over the past month, we see a sharp recent shift from value names like Chevron, Exxon, and JPMorgan toward growth/tech.  The only names appearing on both lists are Alphabet, Nvidia, Paypal and Facebook.  The market appears to be embracing large-cap tech and digital names after having steered away from them for over half a year. After handsomely rewarding cyclical and reopening stocks, investors may now be looking toward 2022 and seeking higher long-term sustainable growth rates at comparable price-earnings ratios. The fact that the 10-year Treasury rate has fallen back from its march toward 2% into the 1.5% level is also positive for growth stocks. While it would be naïve to suggest that this trend should continue for the rest of 2022, markets frequently revert to forward-looking earnings growth as they rotate among industries.Now, let's find an antidote to four-hour baseball games that can simultaneously shift momentum back toward that sector of the sports universe.     Karen Firestone is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Aureus Asset Management, an investment firm dedicated to providing contemporary asset management to families, individuals and institutions.

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Beijing Winter Paralympics bring world warmth, human touch: Global Times editorial

BEIJING, March 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The waves triggered by Bing Dwen Dwen, the cute panda mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, are continuing, and Shuey Rhon Rhon has followed. On Friday, the Paralympic Winter Games kicked off. The opening ceremony, with the theme "Blossoming of Life," is a continuation of the warmth and human touch that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games brought to the world and makes the significance of this event go beyond sports. Letting go of the barriers of countries and races and breaking through the shadow of war and disputes, the calling for "Together for a Shared Future" unites people around the world and promotes a peaceful and more inclusive world.March 4 was the second day of the second month in the Chinese lunar calendar. On this day, there is a folk saying that "the dragon raises its head." The Beijing Winter Olympics gave people the budding hope and vitality of early spring, and the "dragon raises its head" symbolizes the vitality and color of all things. At the Beijing Winter Olympics, athletes challenged the limits of human beings and allowed the audience to enjoy a visual feast; the Winter Paralympics will provide athletes a platform to show the world self-esteem, self-confidence, self-improvement and self-reliance. Their spirit of self-improvement and hard work and the inspiration and emotions they bring to the global audience will also have a long-lasting effect.Since the first Winter Paralympics in Sweden in 1976, the Winter Paralympic Games have continued to grow and become a stage for the world's athletes with disabilities to demonstrate their competitive levels and the value of life, and also build a bridge of friendship for the world. At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging and some regions are plunged in great uncertainty, but the Beijing Winter Paralympics are still held as scheduled. This is China's new contribution to promoting the development of the Olympic cause and the cause of the disabled.Facts have once again proven to the world that China is worth trusting. China has presented a simple, safe and splendid Winter Olympics to the world. Athletes from all over the world can communicate and compete here without any worries. We are confident toward and capable of hosting a same splendid Paralympic Winter Games to ensure that athletes with disabilities can show the beauty of life to the fullest in a beautiful, barrier-free experience. People will see that despite the changing international situation, the three core values of the Olympics - Excellence, Respect and Friendship - will still shine brightly at the Beijing Winter Paralympics, and the belief in unity and peace will once again be upheld.Honorary Life President of the IOC Juan Antonio Samaranch once said sports for the disabled could awaken the conscience of mankind. There are more than a billion people with disabilities in the world, accounting for about 15 percent of the world's population. China is home to over 85 million people with various disabilities. The Beijing Winter Paralympics have provided a window to allow the world to see their existence, efforts and hardships. The Games have also offered the world an opportunity to applaud for the unremitting efforts athletes made to improve themselves and urge society to care for persons with disabilities. Promoting peace, inclusiveness and integration is the important connotation of the name of Winter Paralympics mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon and also the warm message it conveys to the world. On the eve of the opening of the Beijing Winter Paralympics, China's State Council Information Office published a white paper titled "China's Parasports: Progress and the Protection of Rights." It revealed that the participation rate in grassroots cultural and sports activities for persons with disabilities has increased from 6.8 percent in 2015 to 23.9 percent in 2021 in China. In the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games, there will be guide dogs wearing the anti-counterfeiting traceability code as well as many high-tech facilities and services that serve persons with disabilities. Beijing has made considerate preparations for the Paralympic Winter Games no less than the previous Winter Olympics. Beijing has worked with meticulous attention and conscientiously to fulfill the spirit of the Paralympic movement. This is a natural international extension of the Chinese government's philosophy of "exercising governance for the people."At the opening ceremony, the last torchbearer was a blind athlete. When he fumbled several times and tried to insert the torch into the snowflake cauldron, the audience cheered for him; when the torch stayed in the center of the big snowflake, the whole stadium burst into applause. This scene is moving. Some netizens said, "Although he can't see the light, he lights up the night sky for us." This night, fireworks filled the sky and life blossomed. Surprises and hopes that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics brought to the people have been engraved in history, and so will the warmth and human touch the Winter Paralympics will bring."The two Olympics will be equally wonderful." We expect on the Paralympic fields, athletes will inject peace, warmth and positive energy into this turbulent world with their friendship, courage and strength. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202203/1253977.shtml SOURCE Global Times

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