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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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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Florida's Educational Leadership in “Florida School Choice...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. DeSantis has issued an official proclamation declaring Jan. 23-Jan. 29 Florida School Choice Week. The proclamation from Gov. DeSantis comes on the heels of a year of historic school choice expansions nationwide, including the expansion of Florida's voucher, tax-credit scholarship, and education savings account policies. The proclamation highlights Florida's nationwide leadership in offering families choice opportunities, including the funding of "more than 192,000 scholarships, more than 55% of which were funded with private donations, for students with special needs, students from low-middle income families, students who have endured bullying, and students who struggle with reading." In issuing the proclamation, Gov. DeSantis joins a bipartisan group of more than 30 governors and more than 400 state, city and county leaders across the U.S. who have recognized the Week. This year marks the twelfth annual School Choice Week, which will feature more than 26,000 events nationwide. Families will celebrate Florida School Choice Week with more than 3,000 events and activities across the state, planned by parents, teachers, and other community members. These fairs, informational sessions, rallies, and more aim to inspire conversations about the school choices parents have or want for their children, and encourage families to play an active role in their children's education. "Florida families have shown time and time again how deeply they care about their children having access to diverse learning opportunities through different school types and scholarship programs," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "We are grateful to Gov. DeSantis for officially recognizing the importance of educational choice, and we cannot wait to see pictures of all the wonderful events happening across Florida." National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective K-12 education options for children. As a not-for-profit effort, the Week focuses equally on traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home education options. Every January, participants plan tens of thousands of events and activities –– such as school fairs, open houses, and student showcases –– to raise awareness about school choice across all 50 states. Year-round, National School Choice Week develops resources and guides to assist families searching for schools or learning environments for their children. The effort is nonpolitical and nonpartisan and does not advocate for legislation. For more information, visit schoolchoiceweek.com/florida. SOURCE National School Choice Week

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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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CGTN: How is Tonga coping after being battered by a volcanic...

Fakafanua was traveling to New Zealand when the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano was smoldering. He was in New Zealand when it erupted and so, was able to communicate with the rest of the world. His wife Krystal, who was in Tonga, told him how shockwaves vibrated the entire building where they live. It was a different feeling from an earthquake. The shockwaves went right through the body. While saddened by the loss of life -- three deaths had been confirmed by Jan 23 -- Fakafanua told Liu Xin the authorities were relieved that the toll wasn't higher. He also shared some good news. Hopefully, schools would reopen soon, probably on January 31.A long road to recoveryHowever, communication in Tonga was still far from being back to normal. While voice calls and texts were possible, emails were intermittent.The politician felt the damage to infrastructure and the effects of the volcanic ash and the tsunami would probably be felt for years to come.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization echoed him, saying in a statement on January 21 that the ashfall could have detrimental effects on crops and livestock. Around 86 percent of Tongans are engaged in some form of agriculture – either farming or raising livestock or fishing. COVID major concern in relief efforts Fakafanua said the international community had responded swiftly in providing aid. However, "We need water, we need food."Anti-COVID-19 efforts will also add to the difficulties in receiving external assistance. Tonga, which has reported just one case of COVID-19 so far, is receiving foreign relief assistance in a contact-less form to ensure there are no new infections. All international humanitarian supplies are being dropped off without the crew coming in contact with the islanders. China rushed cash assistance and emergency supplies on January 20.The Point with Liu Xin, CGTN's  flagship Talk show program, is a 30-minute commentary on global news through Liu Xin's unique perspective. (387 words)  https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-22/How-did-people-in-Tonga-feel-Liu-Xin-spoke-to-its-parliament-speaker-172hqLbzJ2o/index.html SOURCE CGTN

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