300 per cent growth in ads on dark web for false vaccine cards in USA

Multiple news outlets across the U.S. are reporting a rise in counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards, leading to a 300% growth in advertisements on the dark web for such documentation since January. With people looking for falsified documents as a way to travel, start a new job, return to school, or other public activities, the need for verified vaccination documentation featuring sophisticated anti-counterfeit technology is imperative for the protection of individuals, organizations and communities.

300 per cent growth in ads on dark web for false vaccine cards in USA

Real Vaccination ID cards are embedded with industry-leading forgery-prevention technology to combat counterfeiting and help people prove their COVID-19 vaccination status. Thankfully, a North Carolina-based company with over two decades of experience verifying 35 million medical documents – including vaccine records – and issuing over half a million badges, is providing both individuals and organizations with a way to prove vaccination status using methods to eliminate the risk of fraud and forgery. 

Launched in January of 2021, the company's Real Vaccination ID is a driver's license-sized card that indicates the cardholder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, and includes a photo ID, name, address date of birth and physical identifiers. Each card is also embedded with industry-leading forgery-prevention technology, making it next to impossible for individuals to counterfeit. Before a card is issued, an individual must also submit proof of identity and vaccination records, which are verified by a team of experts to further reduce the risk of fraud.
 

Petroleum Development Oman signs major service contracts worth $4 billion

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) signed major service contracts worth $4 billion covering project delivery and maintenance and integrity work in the North and South of its concession area. The agreements with Arabian Industries Projects (AIP) LLC and Special Technical Services (STS) LLC encompass the design and execution of more than 200 on-plot projects and will run for seven years with an optional three-year extension.

signed major service contracts worth $4 billion

Current Omanization levels will double over the life cycle of the contracts, resulting in several thousand additional employment opportunities for Omanis, with a focus on skilled jobs, supervisors and engineering positions. A Training for Employment Scheme has been introduced, enabling the training, re-skilling and up-skilling of over 1,000 Omani personnel, and about 1,500 Omani employees from incumbent PDO contractors will be transferred and redeployed to the new contractors.

Local sub-contracting businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will also benefit with specific targets for both, and an obligation on the part of the contractors to ensure and monitor their use. In addition, the deals include a strategy to develop a domestic firm to execute maintenance and integrity tasks in a selected cluster in the PDO oil and gas portfolio within five years. This further builds on the focus to introduce and mature a domestic contractor for turnarounds to carry out facility maintenance in scheduled shutdowns as recently endorsed by Oman LNG, OQ, OPAL and PDO.

The signings took place at an official contract awards ceremony at PDO’s Mina Al Fahal headquarters, which was attended by PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci, AIP and STS Chief Executive Officers Sadiq Sulaiman and Rejeesh Mani, and the companies’ Managing Directors Amer Al Sulaimani and Alex Clark. The scope and scale of contracts are significant, spanning the execution of maintenance, integrity, field improvement proposals, turnaround activities, and the delivery of brownfield projects.

Under the terms of the deals, AIP will carry out project delivery in the North of Block 6 and maintenance and integrity work in the South, while STS will be responsible for project delivery in the South and maintenance and integrity in the North. Over 70 major continuous improvement ideas were generated during workshops to incentivize high performance and optimize efficiency, ICV and delivery and embedded into the contracts.

Hot Match-3 Zombie Game hits ten million downloads

Published by 37Games, Puzzles & Survival is a match-3 puzzle and strategy game with a nice splash of zombie apocalypse. The game incorporates a combination of match-3 gameplay with great strategic elements that helps set Puzzles & Survival apart from the crowd. The game is now a top grossing title on several mobile game charts, ranking as high as top 21 in the North America Market's free game chart. Released in August in 2020, the game started to gain traction at the end of year, becoming the top 33 grossing mobile game in the U.S. The game has now accumulated over ten million downloads across all platforms, according to a statement from 37Games.

Hot Match-3 Zombie Game hits ten million downloads

Puzzles & Survival tweaked traditional match-3 gameplay and reinvented itself among other strategy titles. In the game, players take on the role of a commander of a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world where players must try to govern a sanctuary against hordes of zombies. Players must collect resources to develop their sanctuary and recruit wandering heroes to help the community survive. Match-3 gameplay is used as the game's main combat mechanic. Players solve match-3 puzzles to perform different attack combos against waves of enemies and have to make use of each heroes' unique skill set to create specific battle strategies. Puzzles & Survival's match-3 combat mechanics and base management system allow for exciting gameplay that users will definitely enjoy.

37Games' Puzzles & Survival is a novel attempt at innovating match-3 game titles that have flooded the mobile gaming market. Having the game set in a zombie-infested wasteland is quite the opposite of the casual vibe that most match-3 games seek to emulate. But it's worth noting that the post-apocalyptic theme of zombies has always been a popular trope in entertainment media and will be well-received and recognized by players.

Puzzles & Survival is an example that shows that there are many possibilities in combining different types of gameplay to reinvent classic gaming genres. Puzzles & Survival and 37Games will continue to do well in the market in the foreseeable future because of its fresh and engaging approach to mobile gaming.

Superpedestrian debuts next-gen operating system Briggs

Superpedestrian debuts its next-gen operating system Briggs - upgrading every LINK e-scooter. LINK is the only e-scooter powered by VIS (Vehicle Intelligent Safety system), a sophisticated onboard safety system that combines artificial intelligence, 73 sensors and five microprocessors. VIS runs 1,000 vehicle health checks every second in a ride, and monitors, governs and fine-tunes vehicle performance in real-time. Because VIS can be continuously upgraded with new operating systems, features and updates, LINK scooters get more responsive with every update.

Superpedestrian debuts next-gen operating system Briggs

LINK is engineered to get smarter over time - their ability to continuously upgrade the operating system makes LINK unique. This makes for constantly-improving vehicles for riders, better protection for pedestrians and more robust safety performance for cities. Cities should demand nothing less for their citizens.

Key features of Briggs include 22% faster geofence reaction. LINK scooters can react in just 0.7s, making the industry's fastest-responding geofence system; 3X capacity for onboard geofences. The Briggs operating system can now accommodate 24,000 discrete onboard zones in one city; 7X more precise geofence accuracy. Enhanced mapping resolution makes parking control more precise and geofence enforcement faster; 10% more range. Powertrain efficiency boosts scooter range to 61 miles: three times the range of common alternatives and two days extra battery life increased to 22 days.

Superpedestrian also unveiled new ergonomic design features for the latest scooters in production with updated front suspension, that decreases rider fatigue on longer trips and increases ride stability. A brighter color scheme featuring more extensive use of its safety yellow. The scooters also get a redesigned deck mat, a smoother ride and increased grip underfoot. Revised handlebar grips are more comfortable for riders and more durable.

Human Horizons smart factory for intelligent vehicle manufacturing

Industry-leading new mobility and autonomous driving research company, Human Horizons, has recently released details of the new HiPhi X super SUV assembly plant, the HiPhi Plaza. Equipped with cutting-edge automated machinery, the assembly line has been built in a repurposed gasoline-powered vehicle plant in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. Mass-production has already commenced and deliveries are expected to begin in May 2021. One major highlight at the new production facility is that the HiPhi X will autonomously drive itself off the assembly line and park in the nearby lot.

Human Horizons smart factory for intelligent vehicle manufacturing

Assembly of the HiPhi X in the new smart factory will be supported by a number of sophisticated technological tools. Hundreds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices connected through 5G and organized by powerful Manufacturing Operating Management (MOM) cloud computing software, 'Digital Twin', will ensure the entire operation is managed efficiently and autonomously. For factory operators, the use of Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) on SAP's HANA as an enterprise resource planning (ERP) will allow for rapid production scheduling of orders. Currently, worldwide, only Daimler and Volvo are using this cutting-edge ERP system which can greatly increase the speed at which customized orders are processed.

The architectural design of the factory itself feels ultra-modern, as if out of a sci-fi world. The space has been modeled on Human Horizons' brand spirit of "to explore, to be free and to create". In the body workshop, assembly is entirely automated by 130 C4-interconnected KUKA robots which produce a higher quality body. Painting and coating of each vehicle inside and out is also 100% automated using the latest generation of German Dürr Group's automatic spraying robots which apply 8 coats of weather resistant paint, producing a near flawless finish that meets the superior standards for premium luxury vehicles.

Batteries assembled in the Human Horizons workshop are exceptionally safe and have achieved a 100% quality inspection pass rate. The company uses China's leading manufacturing execution system (MES) process for assembly of the batteries and employs big data analytics for error-monitoring, full process information traceability, and quality assurance. Final assembly of the vehicle utilizes an over-the-air system with a large number of 360-degree intelligent Automated Guided Vehicles transport vehicles, assisted suspension conveyor line, and Firmware Over-The-Air offline detection software via the 5G supported cloud platform to identify and notify of any potential defects.

After production, Human Horizons' vehicle-to-everything (V2X) collaboration technology allows the HiPhi X to drive itself safely off the assembly line, over to the designated delivery area, and park securely using the in-built Level 4 Automated Valet Parking (AVP) functionality. This is the final step in an almost entirely automated manufacturing process underpinned by a world-class quality control system that ensures the safe and consistent production of the world's first evolvable super SUV, the HiPhi X.

DJI FPV drone combo an intuitive aerial device

DJI have introduced the DJI FPV Combo, an immersive and intuitive aerial platform with the DJI FPV drone that guarantees powerful propulsion, long battery life and high wind resistance, making the system reliable and visually stunning. DJI FPV exceeds its competitors in several qualities. Thanks to the front sport LEDs and the customizable color lights on the aircraft arms, the DJI FPV allows pilots to make their drone more unique than ever. Experience the thrill of immersive flight via DJI Goggles V2 for DJI FPV and super wide angle FOV 150° HD video transmission up to 120fps ensures  a smooth, real-time view of your flight.

DJI FPV drone combo an intuitive aerial device
This drone is aimed at both experienced and novice pilots thanks to the three intuitive flight modes that allow anyone to fly in peace from the first day. The hybrid flight mode combines the freedom of manual flight with the simplicity of the controls of previous DJI drones.The N mode is ideal for new pilots and offers immersive flights with traditional drone flight controls, in conjunction with DJI safety features such as obstacle detection. The M mode allows you to have complete and unlimited control together with the FPV flight experience.

The  DJI Motion Controller is compact and intuitive and allows the drone to be controlled following the natural movements of your hand. This is not a simple innovation of FPV flight; it is a completely revolutionary way to fly. Even for experienced pilots, manual FPV flight can be intimidating, which is why DJI FPV is equipped with an emergency brake and hover button. Just press this button on the remote controller while flying in any mode and at any speed and the drone will stop and hover in place stably in just a few seconds

Bottom Auxiliary Light, Intelligent Return to Home (RTH) and RTH when battery level is low, as well as front and bottom obstacle sensing, are all built into DJI FPV to ensure safe flight, even at high speeds. RockSteady Slow Motion 4x stabilization and distortion correction provide riders with smoother and more dynamic results. The DJI FPV drone is capable of recording video in 4K/60fps at up to 120Mbps, allowing to capture crystal clear details that will make the footage as exhilarating as the flight itself. No matter how dynamic maneuvers may be, RockSteady EIS technology will always ensure ultra-smooth footage.

The DJI Virtual Flight app allows pilots to practice flying in realistic scenarios before entering the real world. By simply connecting the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and the remote controller, drone will be immediately ready to direct your flight in a totally risk-free virtual environment. DJI FPV supports Audience Mode. By simply connecting other DJI FPV Goggles V2 to the drone channel, you will be ready to share your emotions right away.

Omani study indicates impact of COVID-19

An Omani study in which 1,580 citizens and residents took part shows that 30% of them, the majority being women, suffered moments of anxiety and sleep disorders related to Covid-19. In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA), Dr. Hamad Nasser al-Sinawi, Senior Consultant at the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, said, “Upon the start of the pandemic, we conducted a research that confirmed frontline operators’ exposure to psychological pressures which turned into disillusionment when the cases of infection went up. Exhaustion also had its toll on medical staff who had to continue working for longer durations due to the steady rise in cases that required medical care.”

Omani study indicates impacts of COVID-19

Dr. Hamad added that depression and sleep disorders figure high among psychological impacts that show on patients of all age groups.  Dr. Hamad pointed out that, at present, taking the vaccines and living with the virus (Covid-19) is one of the most efficient methods of gradual return to normal life. Some countries vaccinated a large proportion of their populations and set themselves on track for the next stage, said Dr. Hamad, noting that hesitation about taking vaccines or believing rumors circulating in social media or exaggeration of the phobia will only lead to the persistence of infection and more loss of life and money.

35 million downloads of Captain Tsubasa online game

KLab Inc., a leader in online mobile games, announced that the Japanese and global versions of Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team have reached a combined 35 million downloads worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, the 35 Million Downloads Worldwide Campaign kicked off on Friday, March 12 in the Japanese and global versions of the game.

35 million downloads of Captain Tsubasa online game

The 35 Million Downloads Worldwide campaign will include multiple events where players can receive fantastic rewards such as Dreamballs, Black Ball (SSR)s, and more from daily scenarios, missions, and login bonuses. There will also be multiple new Transfers available including a special Daily Free 10-Player Transfer and Dream Pot Transfer.

New Players Taro Misaki (All Japan JY), Louis Napoleon (France JY), and Elle Sid Pierre (France JY) will debut in their respective Transfers. They will have Lv.10  Main Special Skills, and the background will feature special locales in Paris where the players are casually dressed. Fans will not want to miss out on this special campaign.

Created by Yoichi Takahashi, Captain Tsubasa is a Japanese manga that centers on the sport of football. Since premiering in Shueisha's landmark manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump in 1981, the series has grown into a legend that has inspired and delighted countless football fans around the world for decades. Its popularity extends beyond borders, having been translated and published around the world in 20 languages, finding fans and winning the hearts of football lovers around the globe.

Pokémon announces new video games

Pokémon announced the new Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus - video games coming to the blockbuster series that spans 25 years. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will launch in late 2021, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch in early 2022. All three games will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

Pokémon announces new video games
In 2006, Trainers were introduced to the Sinnoh region with the release of the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games on the Nintendo DS system. Players can once again visit the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, which are faithful remakes of two iconic Pokémon games. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will introduce fans to the Sinnoh region of old - before the existence of Pokémon Trainers and Pokémon Leagues. It’s in this long-gone era that players will embark on an entirely new adventure to create the region’s first Pokédex.

Bettie Crocker Barbie new initiative to help girls

Driven by the belief that the kitchen is the original lab, where culinary science and personal expression fuel confidence and creativity in all makers, Betty Crocker introduces the BettyLab. Through this platform, Betty Crocker, along with a number of innovative partners, will offer resources, ideas and inspiration for people to learn and explore in their own kitchens. For its first initiative, Betty Crocker is partnering with Barbie and the brand’s Dream Gap Project initiative, another cultural icon that shares a commitment to helping children reach for the stars.

Bettie Crocker and Barbie team up to inspire young girls
By age 5, many girls stop believing they can be anything they want to be - the time of this drop in confidence is called the Dream Gap. In 2018, Barbie launched the Barbie Dream Gap Project as a global initiative to give girls the resources and support they need to continue believing in themselves. 

Now, along with a $100,000 donation that the brand will be making, Betty Crocker is working with the Barbie™ Dream Gap Project initiative to help inspire all parents to build girls’ confidence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and beyond through the power of baking and culinary science. To draw attention to this important cause, it is introducing a special edition Betty Crocker + Barbie Dream Gap Project “Baking Better Futures” cake mix that is available at retailers for a limited time. 

Chieftain Elite - custom-inspired styling

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, unveiled the latest in its Elite lineup of ultra-premium, limited edition motorcycles with the 2021 Chieftain Elite. Combining unmatched power with bold, custom-inspired styling, the 2021 Chieftain Elite was designed for riders who demand the best of the best and want to stand out from the crowd. Its limited run of only 120 worldwide make it Indian Motorcycle’s most exclusive Elite model yet.

Chieftain Elite - custom-inspired styling
Starting at $34,999, the Chieftain Elite’s premium two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Carbon Crystal paint delivers a custom-inspired aesthetic. Premium finishes, such as the Thunderstroke 116’s Slate Smoke finish and color-matched badging throughout set the Chieftain Elite apart from any other bagger on the road.

Each Chieftain Elite undergoes a meticulous paint process that takes more than 24 hours to complete by hand. From the gunmetal flake layered within the paint to the Slate Smoke engine finishes this premium bagger has a custom feel with utmost attention to detail. Lowered suspension and a 19-inch precision machined front wheel under an open front fender add to the bike’s custom-inspired design.

As Indian Motorcycle’s most powerful air-cooled engine, the Thunderstroke 116 delivers class-leading performance with 126 ft-lbs of torque. Rear cylinder deactivation improves rider comfort when traversing through slower traffic, and three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, allow riders to adjust the bike’s throttle response. The throttle map for each ride mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct personalities.

Masdar and Ethiopia to develop solar power projects

Masdar and the Government of Ethiopia, are exploring the development of solar power projects with a total capacity of 500 megawatts (MW), along with the related grid infrastructure across Ethiopia. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a ceremony at the Prime Minister’s office in Addis Ababa, the country’s capital. The signing was witnessed by HE Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, who presided over the ceremony, and HE Mohamed Salem Al Rashdi, the UAE’s Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Masdar and Ethiopia to develop solar power projects

The agreement covers the development, financing, design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning, insurance, ownership, operation, maintenance and transfer of photovoltaic (PV) plants, and the infrastructure required to transmit the electricity. Additional plans call for the signing of power purchase agreements and other agreements later this year, and to begin commercial operations in 2022.

"This initiative will mark a significant step forward for Ethiopia’s efforts to diversify its energy mix and to drive economic development," said Al Ramahi. "Masdar has been a catalyst for renewable energy and clean-tech innovation in more than 30 countries around the world, and we look forward to working with the Government of Ethiopia to help deliver universal access to electricity for all its people."

While Ethiopia’s electricity grid is almost 100 percent supplied by clean energy sources, chiefly hydropower, more than half of its population still lack direct access to electricity. Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program aims to achieve universal energy access by 2025, and to become a power hub in Eastern Africa. The government is also focused on diversifying its energy mix with wind, solar, and geothermal sources to reduce dependence on hydropower, which is vulnerable to fluctuations in rainfall.

Porsche twin legends unveiled by LEGO Group

The LEGO Group has taken the covers off a new LEGO version of one of the most coveted nameplates in automotive history, with the unveiling of the two-in-one LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa set that brings together two icons from the 1970s and 80s. LEGO builders and classic car enthusiasts alike will love the dual building routes of this set. The new two-in-one LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa set can be built either as the fixed roof 911 Turbo model or as the open-roofed 911 Targa at one time, allowing fans to choose between classic coupe or convertible style.

Porsche twin legends unveiled by LEGO Group
Channelling the essence of the ubiquitous German sports car, the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants feature all the hallmarks of their namesakes, from the aerodynamic shoulder line to angled headlamps and sculpted bonnet with Porsche badge and rear-mounted flat six ‘boxer’ engine.

Beneath their elegant silhouettes, the LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants hide a wealth of detail. On both versions of the model, the 2+2 sports seats and dashboard are finished in dark orange and nougat, an eclectic colour scheme based on contemporary upholstery options from the Porsche 911. Further interior details include a handbrake, gearshift and functional steering, while the front seats also tilt forward for access to the rear bench seats.

Several features which are unique to the 911 Turbo and 911 Targa variants of the set ensure they are equally characterful but distinct when built. The LEGO Porsche 911 Turbo sports distinctive Turbo badging, a wide rear axle, turbocharger and intercooler, denoting its blistering performance credentials. Its athletic look is completed with an integrated rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the LEGO Porsche 911 Targa’s roof is fully removable and can be stowed underneath the hood of the car. The iconic Targa Bar completes the look, along with Targa badging and a brick-built wraparound rear window. The set is priced at  $149.99.


Fastest series production car

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the fastest series production car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife as Maro Engel drove a notarized record lap in the AMG GT Black Series. How close the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series actually is to motorsport has now been impressively demonstrated by GT3 racer Maro Engel on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. 

Fastest series production car
With an officially measured and notarized certified time of 6:43,616 min for the 20.6 kilometer-long track (measured without the straight at track section T13) and 6:48,047 min for the 20.832 kilometer-long total track (measured with the straight at track section T13), the new V8 meteor is placed in the top group of the street-legal “sports cars” category and number one among the fully standard, unmodified models.

Maro Engel made full use of all the possibilities offered by the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series as standard: such as the most powerful AMG V8 series engine ever with 537 kW (730 hp), the sophisticated aerodynamics and extensive suspension adjustment options. For example, the front splitter made of visible carbon fiber was extended to the “Race” position, and the lower and upper wing blades of the rear spoiler were each adjusted in the middle position.

$8 million funding raised for dog training device

Companion announces $8M in seed funding to transform how to train, engage and communicate with dogs. The funding comes from leading institutional investors and VCs along with some of the largest pet companies and charities in the world. Participating investors include IA Ventures, Tuesday Capital, frog Design, Companion Fund, backed by Mars Petcare, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Wheelhouse Partners, PETStock and Central Garden & Pet. The funding will be used to continue rolling out the device and coaching service to early adopters.

$8 million funding raised for dog training device
Companion makes it easier than ever for pet parents to engage and train their dog at home. The Companion device uses computer vision combined with machine learning to precisely detect and analyze dogs' movements and behaviors. Using state-of-the-art positive reinforcement techniques, and its proprietary data and algorithms, the Companion rewards your dog for desired behaviors such as sit, down, stay and recall. Given Companion brings infinite patience and consistency to practicing positive behaviors, pet parents have the assurance that their dog will maintain these behaviors over time. Altogether, the dog's experience with Companion refines trained behaviors into consistent and repeatable actions and serves as a powerful foundation for our integrated coaching service.

By training basic obedience skills, Companion teaches independence and confidence and offers highly engaging activities for the dog. As pet parents return to work following COVID, they need proven solutions to engage their dog when they're not at home and feel confident leaving their dogs. The technology has been privately offered in the SF Bay Area since 2018 and will begin shipping to select early adopters throughout 2021.

UAM pioneer raises €200 million additional funding

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced the signing of their Series D funding round, raising €200 million in additional capital. Cumulatively, Volocopter has raised €322 million. The funding will be used to solidify Volocopter's leading position in the UAM market by bringing the VoloCity, the battery-powered air taxi for cities, to certification and by accelerating the launch of its first commercial routes. 

UAM pioneer Volocopter raises €200 million additional funding
VoloCity electric air taxi by Volocopter Volocopter is in the final stages of providing new, sustainable mobility options for cities around the world. Their future services range from electric autonomous air taxis flying passengers directly and safely to their destinations to transporting goods with the company's VoloDrone. Having ten years of development experience, Volocopter is a leader in the urban air mobility space. 

As the first and only electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company to receive Design Organisation Approval (DOA) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Volocopter expects its first commercial air taxi routes to be opened within the next two years.  VoloCity is the fifth generation of Volocopter aircraft and has a strong path to being the first certified electric air taxi for cities. Volocopter already has the extensive partnerships necessary to set up the UAM ecosystem for launching both the company and the industry into commercial operations. 

New investors in Volocopter include funds managed by BlackRock, global infrastructure company Atlantia S.p.A., Avala Capital, mobility technology giant Continental AG, global technology focused investment fund Jericho Capital, global technology and business solutions provider NTT via its venture capital arm, Tokyo Century, a leading Japanese leasing company, leading family offices, and others. All existing investors, including Geely, Daimler, DB Schenker, Intel Capital, btov Partners, Team Europe, and Klocke Holding amongst others also joined the round. Volocopter has performed several milestone flights in Helsinki, Stuttgart, Dubai, and over Singapore's Marina Bay in recent years. While the first routes are yet to be announced, the company has committed to establishing air taxi services in Singapore and Paris with plans to expand many more routes in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Music megastar Amr Diab launches self titled Amr Diab EDP 34

Middle East and Africa's numero uno megastar, Egyptian singer Amr Diab launched his first perfume titled Amr Diab Eau De Perfume 34. Diab is the first Arab singer in the world who launched a perfume bearing his name. He shot the perfume ad in Dubai with Egyptian model Engy Kiwan.

Music megastar Amr Diab launches self titled Amr Diab EDP 34
For the past thirty years, Amr Diab has captured people’s hearts all over the world. He is a trendsetting icon who resonates with different generations through his music and talent. Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page. 

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. The journey of Amr Diab’s music has been one of growing musical excellence since the beginning. His chart topping albums have sold millions of copies and many of his songs were translated into several languages.

Five of his albums topped Billboard’s global top ten hits, in addition to winning many international awards during his career;  Amr Diab is the first Arab singer to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, where he was recorded as the first Arab singer to receive the largest number of international music awards for most album sales in the Middle East.


Enhanced Labs Signs Mr Olympia Winner Big Ramy

Enhanced Labs, The Maker of Highly-Effective Sports Supplements has signed Mr. Olympia 2020 Champion Big Ramy to a 3 Year Deal. Enhanced Labs makes high-end sports supplements for athletes, bodybuilders, personal trainers, and crossfit communities. While other brands continue to focus on fast growth through high-margin and low-dosages, Enhanced Labs positions itself as the sports supplement brand built by athletes for athletes.

Enhanced Labs Signs Mr Olympia Winner Big Ramy

Since launch in 2019, Enhanced Labs has experienced double digit month over month growth, with growth rates of over 40% per quarter, sustained. That growth continues with the stunning announcement that Enhanced has signed to an exclusive contract the winner of Mr. Olympia Big Ramy from Egypt for a 3 year deal. This is sure to shake up the bodybuilding and harder-edge sports supplement community, as few had Enhanced on the radar to make such a move.

Industry news outlets stack3d.com and generationiron.com posted announcements on the contract signing as it highlights the continued growth and explosion of Enhanced Labs as a now-established leader in sports supplements in the global marketplace. Much of the distribution network that Enhanced relies on for growth is international and makes it the best possible fit for the Egyptian Mr. Olympian Big Ramy.

Enhanced primary products are a glucose disposal agent named SLIN, a men's health product named Black Ox, and a strength product called Arachidonic Acid. They can all be found on their site at www.getenhanced.shop or on the Amazon marketplace.

Look for Enhanced Labs to continue to re-shuffle the sports supplement industry and eat into the volume of traditional supplement companies. Now with Mr. Olympia behind them, the growth potential becomes exponential. The growth makes sense: Enhanced offers a 30 day money back guarantee on all of their products and have a return-customer ratio of over 2/3.

Sony Music Signs Egyptian Artist Hamaki

Sony Music Middle East announced an exclusive recording, licensing and distribution agreement with renowned Egyptian popstar, producer and TV personality Hamaki. This is the first time the world leading Arabic pop star has ever signed to an international record label and will see the release of multiple singles and an album in 2021.

Sony Music Signs Egyptian Artist Hamaki

Further strengthening the company's commitment to Arabic music and growth of the region, Sony Music also announced a multi-year, multi-artist production agreement with one of the world's leading Arabic music producers, Hamdy Badr, and his Cairo-based production company, Craft Media. The partnership with Badr, who is also Hamaki's music producer, will help grow and scale Egyptian Pop music through multiple projects with hit recording artists and developing talent over the coming years.

Hamaki has forged an impressive career in the Arab world, amassing over a billion audio and video streams worldwide through a career of hits including Rasmak fi khayali, Kol youm men da, Ya Sattar, Oddam El Nas, Mel Bedaya and Wahda Wahda. Hamaki is also a producer and TV celebrity, enjoying success on stage and on screen. In 2010, he won Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2016, he was awarded Best Arabic Singer for the Murex D'or and Best Middle Eastern Artist at the Big Apple Music Awards. Hamaki also received widespread praise in 2019 as a coach in the fifth season of The Voice Arabia and The Voice Kids.

Founded by Hamdy Badr, Egypt's leading producer and artist manager, Craft Media has powered many of Egypt's biggest super stars such as Hamaki, Maya Diab, Pousi and Mahmoud Al Lethy and has helped deliver numerous TV programs in the Middle East, including The Voice, Carpool and The Masked Singer shows.

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