Cristiano Ronaldo Launches “Striker Force 7” Comic Book As Part Of “Free Comic Book Day” On May 4th

~ Closes 3-Book Graphic Novel Deal With Over 8 Territories in Europe ~

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s biggest superstar is now becoming the world’s next big superhero! Cristiano Ronaldo, the iconic superstar athlete released his first comic book for “Striker Force 7” as part of “Free Comic Book Day” through comic book retailers across the country this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Striker Force 7 Cover for Free Comic Book Day

Led by Cristiano, a motley crew of super-powered agents from around the world must protect the Earth from annihilation – provided Cristiano can teach them how to work as a team! They’re here to save the Earth – but who’s going to save them from each other!?

“I have always been a fan of superheroes and I ‘m thrilled to help to create this new animated series,” commented Cristiano Ronaldo. “In the same way football connects cultures and people around the world, I believe great animated characters and heroes can do the same and that’s why I am excited to bring together these passions of football and superheroes through this project and share it with my fans.”

Striker Force 7 is a new story, created by Cristiano Ronaldo and superhero creator, Sharad Devarajan, and the comic book is based on the animated series currently in production. Cristiano and Devarajan are Executive Producers on the animated series, along with Diego Guarderas of VMS Communications, Polaris Sports team and Jeevan J. Kang, Graphic’s EVP Creative.

The Free Comic Book Day special edition was written by animation writer, Merill Hagan and illustrated by Jeevan J. Kang and for Cristiano’s millions of fans, special limited edition variant cover versions of the book are now also available at StrikerForce7.com

Beyond the Free Comic Book Day special, Cristiano and Devarajan have also closed an 8-territory European publishing deal to launch a series of three original graphic novels based on their characters, with the first book launching later this year.

Additional information can visit www.strikerforce7.com to stay updated on new information.

ABOUT GRAPHIC INDIA

GRAPHIC INDIA is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms. Through their award-winning creative animation studio in India, Graphic’s mission is to create enduring stories and heroes that foster the imaginations and fuel the inspirations of a new globalized generation of youth around the world. www.graphicindia.com

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Miami International Holdings Reports April 2019 Trading Results And New Market Share Records for MIAX Exchange Group; MIAX Emerald Reaches 1% Market Share

PRINCETON, New Jersey, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) today reported the April 2019 trading activity for its three fully electronic options exchanges – MIAX®, MIAX PEARL™ and MIAX Emerald™ (together, the MIAX Exchange Group™). The MIAX Exchange Group collectively executed over 37 million equity option contracts in April for a combined average daily volume (ADV) of 1,765,446 contracts, representing a total U.S. equity options market share of 10.75%.

Trading Volume for MIAX Exchange Group,

Current Month

Year-to-Date Comparison
Equity Options Contracts April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
Trading Days 21 21 21 82 82
U.S. Equity Options
Industry
344,847,772 356,177,370 -3.2% 365,585,219 -5.7% 1,402,047,031 1,550,451,011 -9.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 37,074,375 30,457,841 21.7% 36,139,275 2.6% 142,066,631 126,986,412 11.9%
MIAX 14,929,614 15,707,143 -5.0% 15,205,060 -1.8% 59,407,698 68,931,145 -13.8%
MIAX PEARL 18,750,520 14,750,698 27.1% 19,797,373 -5.3% 78,127,850 58,055,267 34.6%
MIAX Emerald 3,394,241 1,136,842 198.6% 4,531,083
Equity Options ADV April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
U.S. Equity Options
Industry
16,421,322 16,960,827 -3.2% 17,408,820 -5.7% 17,098,135 18,907,939 -9.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 1,765,446 1,450,373 21.7% 1,720,918 2.6% 1,732,520 1,548,615 11.9%
MIAX 710,934 747,959 -5.0% 724,050 -1.8% 724,484 840,624 -13.8%
MIAX PEARL 892,882 702,414 27.1% 942,732 -5.3% 952,779 707,991 34.6%
MIAX Emerald 161,631 54,135 198.6% 55,257
Equity Option Market Share for MIAX Exchange Group,

Current Month

Year-to-Date Comparison
Equity Options Market
Share
April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
MIAX Exchange Group 10.75% 8.55% 25.7% 9.89% 8.8% 10.13% 8.19% 23.7%
MIAX 4.33% 4.41% -1.8% 4.16% 4.1% 4.24% 4.45% -4.7%
MIAX PEARL 5.44% 4.14% 31.3% 5.42% 0.4% 5.57% 3.74% 48.8%
MIAX Emerald 0.98% 0.31% 216.5% 0.32%

Other news and achievements include:  

MIH

  • Announced partnership with the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Inc. (MGEX) pursuant to which MGEX will serve as the exclusive exchange to list, trade and clear futures products on the SPIKES® Volatility Index, subject to CFTC approval.
  • Announced partnership with Templum Inc., a leading innovating financial technology company, and its subsidiary, Templum Markets, LLC, to develop a fully regulated, SEC-registered exchange to list and trade digital securities operated as a facility of an exchange owned by MIH, subject to SEC approval.

MIAX Emerald

  • Reached 1% market share on April 2, 2019, 23 days following launch.
  • Completed its strategic symbol rollout on April 29, 2019 and now list over 2,680 symbols.

MIAX Exchange Group

  • New daily record for market share during April 2019
    • 11.64% market share achieved collectively on MIAX, MIAX PEARL, and MIAX Emerald on April 15, 2019
  • New monthly record for market share during April 2019
    • 10.75% market share achieved collectively on MIAX, MIAX PEARL, and MIAX Emerald

For further information regarding the MIAX Exchange Group, please visit www.MIAXOptions.com or contact MIAX Trading Operations at TradingOperations@MIAXOptions.com.

For further information on SPIKES, please visit: https://www.miaxoptions.com/spikes.

Corporate Communications Contact: Dominique Prunetti-Miller
(609) 897-1465
dprunetti@miami-holdings.com
JConnelly Media Contact: Tony Kono
(973) 525-6855
tkono@jconnelly.com

About MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group

Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) is the parent holding company of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX PEARL™) and MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald™ and together with MIAX and MIAX PEARL, the MIAX Exchange Group), three fully electronic options trading exchanges.

MIAX, MIAX PEARL and MIAX Emerald leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry-leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with traditional pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX), maker-taker pricing and price-time allocation (MIAX PEARL) market structures, and a hybrid market structure with maker-taker pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX Emerald).

MIAX Options serves as the exclusive exchange venue for cash-settled options on the SPIKES® Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE), a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF (SPY).

The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, NJ, with a Miami Operations Center and additional offices located in Miami, FL.

To learn more about MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group visit www.MIAXOptions.com.

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The 125th Canton Fair Showcases Growing Influence of Textiles and Garments Industry

GUANGZHOU, China, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Phase 3 of the 125th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) has gathered nearly 5,000 exhibitors from the areas of textiles and garments, shoes, cases and bags, recreational products, medicine and healthcare products and food, offering a detailed overview of evolving global trade.

Canton Fair Showcases Growing Influence of Textiles and Garments Industry

Maggie Pu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair, noted that facing pressure from uncertainties related to global trade and stricter import standards, Chinese companies’ constant efforts in innovation and improvement of product performances guarantee an increasingly global market share.

Customization and Innovation: A  New T rend  Among Domestic Companies

In response to an expanding market and the continuously evolving specialist tastes of consumers, top Chinese textile and garments companies are not only offering high-quality products but also actively pursuing customization and the development of new techniques.

Tianshan Wool Tex, the leading Chinese cashmere brand and exhibitor, known for its creation of a new-standard in Chinese cashmere, has maintained its competitive edge by tailoring production techniques to different countries’ consumption habits, winning international recognition such as the Spanish International Textile and Apparel Quality Gold Award and the 15th Paris Quality and Technology Award.

Chinese Textiles and Garments Industry Show Increasing International Influence

Latest statistics data from General Administration of Customs, People’s Republic of China shows that the exports of Chinese garments, toys and seven additional labour-intensive products in the first quarter 2019 increased a combined total of 6.5 percent more than last year. Aiming to increase global market potential, Chinese textile and garment companies are gaining increasing market competitiveness on the world stage with comprehensive research and development capability, quick response and service support.

Hebei Bailixin, China’s leading home textile manufacturer, which produces a total of 3,200 tons of a variety of towels annually, exports to 34 countries and regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Japan. Through cooperation with design teams in Japan and Italy, the company is introducing two to three new products every week, with annual export volume reaching US$14.9 million in the global market.

Company manager Liu Hong said: “We might face pressure and a more competitive global market this year. But we are optimistic and expect greater demand from emerging markets.”

In addition to showcasing Chinese manufacturing, the Canton Fair also strives to introduce leading international brands into the Chinese market. The 125th edition features Gohar Textiles and Cotton Empire from Pakistan, the century-old houseware brand, R.L. Khanna and Shiv Shakti Exports from India, and companies from Turkish textiles and apparel center Denizli.

For more information, visit: http://cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx

About Canton Fair

China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and fall. Established in 1957, the fair is now a comprehensive exhibition with the longest history, highest level, largest scale and largest number of products as well as the broadest distribution of buyer origins and the highest business turnover in China.

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LONGi Capacity Planning: By end 2021, Mono wafer: 65GW, mono module:30GW

XI’AN, China, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On April 30, 2019, LONGi released its 2018 annual report and first quarterly results. The report shows LONGi’s operation revenue in 2018 was RMB 21.988 billion, an increase of 34.38% over the previous year and net profit attributed to shareholders of listed companies was RMB 2.558 billion. As of the first quarter 2019, the company’s total assets was RMB 43.165 billion. Independent third-party research data showed LONGi accounted for 40% of the industry’s monocrystalline silicon wafer capacity, reinforcing its position as the largest monocrystalline module manufacturer in the world. According to BNEF, the financial health index, as measured by Alman-Z score, LONGi ranks second in all global photovoltaic enterprises and first in China.

Product shipment and capacity planning

7.072GW Mono Cell and Module Shipment in 2018

In 2018, LONGi overseas shipments of monocrystalline silicon wafer were 3.483 billion pieces, an increase of 59% over the previous year. Annual shipment of solar cells andmodules reached 7.072 GW, a 50% increase over the previous year. LONGi has actively promoted its brand internationally, made breakthroughs in business operations, and achieved rapid growth in shipments in the US, Europe, India, Latin America, Japan, Australia and Africa.

Looking ahead, LONGi will continue its focus on the global market and strive to achieve customer, service and management globalization to serve customers with high-efficiency advanced products.

By the end of 2021, mono wafer 65GW, mono module 30GW

By the end of 2018, the production capacity of LONGi monocrystalline silicon ingot/wafer had reached 28GW. The Chuzhou 5GW module factory in Anhui Province was operational in March 2019, further expanding LONGi’s global high-efficiency monocrystalline module capacity.

LONGi Solar Logo

LONGi also released the latest capacity planning: By the end of 2019, the capacity of ingot/wafer will be 36GW, cell capacity 10GW and module capacity 16GW. By the end of 2020, the capacity of ingot/wafer will be 50GW, while cell capacity will be 15GW and module capacity 25GW. By the end of 2021, the capacity of ingot/wafer will reach 65GW, the capacity of cell 20GW and the capacity of module 30GW.

The report consistently showed that sustained R&D investment has provided strong support for the development of new technologies and products in LONGi. In 2018, LONGi has obtained 526 patents.

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Hong Leong Bank and Emirates Skywards Partner to Launch Emirates HLB Cards

Partnership to benefit a growing Malaysian travel segment and add more value and rewards for Emirates Skywards members

Daily spends on Emirates HLB cards earn Skywards Miles redeemable for flight rewards on Emirates and partner airlines

Welcome bonus of up to 10,000 Skywards Miles

Attractive benefits including first year anniversary bonus rewards, complimentary Emirates Lounge access, airport transfers and golf privileges

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLB” or “the Bank”), one of Malaysia’s leading financial service organisations and Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, have launched a new range of co-branded credit cards for customers in Malaysia. The Emirates HLB cards were launched in Kuala Lumpur by Domenic Fuda, Hong Leong Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards and Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard.

Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards, Domenic Fuda, HLB Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard during the launch of Emirates HLB Mastercard cards in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The Emirates HLB card portfolio comprises three variants – the Emirates HLB World Elite, the Emirates HLB World and the Emirates HLB Platinum card – and is designed to offer a host of exclusive benefits to customers with diverse requirements and interests. The credit cards will be supported by network provider Mastercard.

Emirates HLB card holders can hit the ground running with a sign on bonus of up to 10,000 Skywards Miles after their first spend and can also earn Miles at a higher rate when purchasing flight tickets directly with Emirates and on any eligible international spends.

Emirates HLB World Elite and World card customers will also be offered complimentary access to the Emirates Lounge in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai and Emirates Skywards Silver membership for one year, unlocking exclusive perks such as priority check-in, boarding and additional checked baggage allowance on Emirates flights. Subject to minimum spend criteria, World Elite and World customers will also be eligible to receive up to 160,000 bonus Skywards Miles which can be redeemed for a Business Class return ticket on Emirates between Kuala Lumpur and Europe.

According to HLB Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Domenic Fuda, the partnership with Emirates Skywards is part of the Bank’s strategy to accelerate the growth of its payments’ business, leveraging on the growing travel segment in Malaysia.

“Malaysians have a high affinity for traveling and based on available data, we know that Malaysians are ranked amongst the global Top 5 when it comes to flying, on average taking 5.5 flights annually. This partnership with Emirates Skywards comes at an opportune time and is part of our continued focus on enhancing value for our customers in everything we do. We have been looking at solutions that focus on travel and lifestyle and the Emirates HLB Card portfolio is a key piece of that, completing our travel offerings that now range from budget to luxury airline partnerships covering the world’s leading destinations,” said Fuda.

Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards said, “Whether shopping for groceries or for movie tickets, customers can use their Emirates HLB card to earn Skywards Miles on their daily spend, helping them reach their next flight or lifestyle reward faster. We are always looking to offer more value and benefits to our members through the Emirates Skywards rewards programme with its ecosystem of over 100 partners in the travel and lifestyle segment. We are delighted to be working with Hong Leong Bank in Malaysia to roll out our first co-branded credit card in the market and look forward to growing our current family of over 240,000 Emirates Skywards members in the country.”

“As Malaysia increasingly becomes more affluent, Mastercard is seeing greater consumer appreciation for premium products and experiences. For most people in the country, vacations are not viewed as an indulgence anymore but rather a necessity for a balanced life and wellbeing. Not only do they seek out the most incredible experiences in the cities they travel to, they are also becoming rather savvy in finding ways to unlock rewards that offer them more. From free Wi-Fi access to complimentary chauffeur services and golfing privileges, Mastercard’s offering in the Emirates HLB Card delivers a range of such benefits. Additionally, the continued partnership with Emirates Skywards and HLB offers cardholders overseas medical and travel insurance so they always have peace of mind,” said Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard.

Some of the unique benefits that customers can access with their Emirates HLB cards include:

  • Earning Skywards Miles for transactions at the rate of up to 2.5 Miles per MYR 4 spent
  • Welcome bonus of up to 10,000 Skywards Miles
  • First anniversary Skywards Miles bonus of up to 160,000 Miles upon meeting a minimum spend criteria. The bonus Miles can be redeemed for a return Emirates Business Class ticket from Kuala Lumpur to European destinations
  • Emirates Skywards Silver membership for one year
  • Complimentary access to Emirates Lounges in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai
  • Complimentary airport transfers in Malaysia and golf access privileges globally

Customers can visit https://www.hlb.com.my/emirates for more information on the Emirates HLB cards and details on card application.

About Hong Leong Bank

Hong Leong Bank Berhad is one of the leading financial services organisations in Malaysia. With a heritage of more than 100 years, it provides comprehensive financial services covering consumer banking, business banking and trade finance, treasury, branch and transaction banking, wealth management, private banking and Islamic financial services. Hong Leong Bank, which has won awards for its innovations in the financial services space, also has one of the largest service and distribution network of branches and business centres in Malaysia.

About Emirates Skywards

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each membership tier providing exclusive privileges. Emirates Skywards members earn Skywards Miles when they fly on Emirates, flydubai or partner airlines, or when they use the programme’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including tickets on Emirates or flydubai plus Emirates Skywards partner airlines, hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping.  Visit Emirates Skywards online at: www.emirates.com/skywards or skywards.flydubai.com

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About Hong Leong Bank Berhad

For further information, please visit www.hlb.com.my or contact:

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Microsoft delivers new advancements in Azure from cloud to edge ahead of Microsoft Build conference

Microsoft continues commitment to building the most productive platform for developers, enables developers to take advantage of the latest computing trends

REDMOND, Washington, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. announced a series of new Azure services and developer technologies that put advanced capabilities spanning AI, mixed reality, IoT and blockchain in the hands of developers. The company will share these and additional advancements in hybrid cloud and edge computing at its Microsoft Build conference to empower developers.

Microsoft company logo.

“It’s an incredible time to be a developer. From building AI and mixed reality into apps to leveraging blockchain for solving commercial business problems, developers’ skillsets and impact are growing rapidly,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and AI Group. “Today we’re delivering innovative Azure services for developers to build the next generation of apps. With 95% of Fortune 500 customers running on Azure, these innovations can have far-reaching impact.”

Furthering Microsoft’s commitment to building the most productive AI platform

Microsoft announced a new set of Azure AI technology aimed to help developers and data scientists apply AI to any solution.

  • Azure Cognitive Services power applications to see, hear, respond, translate, reason and more. Microsoft is launching a new Cognitive Services category, called “Decision,” that delivers users a specific recommendation for more informed and efficient decision-making. This category includes Content Moderator, the recently announced Anomaly Detector, and a new service called Personalizer, which uses reinforcement learning to provide users with a specific recommendation to enable quick and informed decision-making.
  • Microsoft is bringing AI to Azure Search with the general availability of the cognitive search capability, enabling customers to apply Cognitive Services algorithms to extract new insights from their structured and unstructured content. In addition, we are previewing a new capability that enables developers to store AI insights gained from cognitive search, making it easier to create knowledge-rich experiences leveraging Power BI visualizations or machine learning models.

New innovations in Azure Machine Learning simplify the process of building, training and deploying machine learning models:

  • MLOps capabilities with Azure DevOps integration provides developers with reproducibility, auditability and automation of the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle.
  • Automated ML advancements and an intuitive UI make developing high-quality models easier.
  • Visual machine learning interface provides no-code model creation and deployment experience with drag-and-drop capabilities.
  • To enable extremely low latency and cost-effective inferencing, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of hardwareaccelerated models that run on FPGAs, as well as ONNX Runtime support for NVIDIA TensorRT and Intel nGraph for high-speed inferencing on NVIDIA and Intel chipsets.

Expanding opportunity at the Intelligent Edge

The company introduced several new products and solutions today that continue to address the existing and emerging needs of hybrid cloud and edge computing:

  • Microsoft introduced Azure SQL Database Edge to support the spectrum of edge compute needs. A SQL engine optimized for lower compute requirements with built-in AI, the product combines data streaming with in-database machine learning and graph capabilities to enable intelligence on the edge. Because Azure SQL Database Edge shares the same programming surface area with Azure SQL Database and SQL Server, developers can easily take applications to the edge without having to learn new tools and languages, providing a consistent programming experience.
  • Microsoft also announced IoT Plug and Play, a new open modeling language to seamlessly connect IoT devices to the cloud, enabling developers to navigate one of the biggest challenges they face — deploying IoT solutions at scale. Previously, software had to be written specifically for the connected device it supported, limiting the scale of IoT deployments. IoT Plug and Play will offer customers a large ecosystem of partner-certified devices that can connect quickly.
  • For mixed-reality development, Microsoft is making it easier to create for HoloLens 2 with the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, which provides the community of mixed-reality developers with access to solutions to help them build and run mixed-reality experiences across a range of devices.
  • Unreal Engine 4 support for streaming and native platform integration for HoloLens 2 will be available for developers by the end of May to create high-quality, photo-realistic renders and immersive, mixed-reality experiences for solutions spanning architecture, product design, manufacturing and more.

Doubling down on investments to empower blockchain developers

Last year, Microsoft announced Azure Blockchain Workbench, which gave developers a simple UI to model blockchain applications on a preconfigured Azure-supported network. Today’s announcements take it even further.

  • Azure Blockchain Service simplifies the formation, management and governance of consortium blockchain networks, allowing businesses to focus on workflow logic and app development. Azure Blockchain Service deploys a fully managed consortium network and offers built-in governance for common management tasks, such as adding new members, setting permissions and authenticating user applications.
  • Microsoft also announced this week that J.P. Morgan’s Ethereum platform, Quorum, is the first ledger available in Azure Blockchain Service, giving Microsoft and J.P. Morgan customers the ability to deploy and manage scalable blockchain networks in the cloud.

More than 6,000 developers and content creators will join Microsoft in Seattle next week for the conference to learn about the latest advancements in cloud and developer technologies, as well as get hands-on experience with them. Today’s announcements give developers of all kinds new cutting-edge tools to create the next generation of applications for intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. There will be even more showcased next week at Build.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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