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Virgin Hyperloop One Announces New Leadership Team to Support Commercialization and Implementation of World’s First Hyperloop System

Global hyperloop pioneer elects Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Chairman and Jay Walder as CEO as company leverages a new round of funding to begin implementation of hyperloop from Pune to Mumbai

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virgin Hyperloop One, the only company that has developed a full scale hyperloop system, announced today that Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, has been elected as its new Chairman. Jay Walder, who is one of the world’s leading mass transportation and technology executives, has been appointed as its new CEO. Mr. Walder will also join the company’s Board of Directors.

The selection of a new senior management team will allow Virgin Hyperloop One to transition its focus from technology startup to mass transportation company beginning with implementation of the world’s first hyperloop system running from Pune to Mumbai. The announcement follows the recent announcement of a new round of funding.

Mr. Bin Sulayem has over three decades of experience across a wide range of industries, bringing a wealth of leadership experience to the Boardroom. Following the recent financing, DP World will become Virgin Hyperloop One’s largest investor, recognizing the value of hyperloop to distribute not only passengers, but time sensitive cargo at the speed of flight and the cost of trucking.

Mr. Walder has led the biggest and most complex transportation systems in the world, serving as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, CEO of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, and Managing Director at Transport for London. Most recently he ran Motivate, the global leader in bike share, before its sale to Lyft. Mr. Walder was also a Partner at McKinsey, where he led the Global Infrastructure Practice for the well-known consulting firm.

“As we enter uncharted territory in implementing an entirely new kind of mass transportation system, we needed a leader with a deep understanding of public transportation, experience in infrastructure financing, a track record of project delivery, and success working with government and private sector partners,” said Sultan Bin Sulayem commenting on the succession plan the team had been working on for months, “We could not have found a more ideal candidate than Jay Walder for the next stage of the company’s development and the historic growth of this new industry.”

“I have focused my career on using technology to advance innovation in transportation, so I could not pass up the opportunity to lead the company that has pioneered hyperloop,” said Mr. Walder. “I look forward to joining the company at this incredibly exciting time and working with our partners to revolutionize sustainable urban development and travel.”

The company is focusing on a major current project in India, where the government has recently declared the Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project as a public infrastructure project with international consortium DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One as the original project proponent. If the government ultimately awards it a concession for the project, the company expects to start constructions on the 11 km test loop in 2019. When completed, hyperloop can reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Pune from about 4 hours to 25 minutes.

Sultan bin Sulayem replaces Sir Richard Branson, who stepped down last month, while Mr. Walder will replace Rob Lloyd, who served as CEO for more than three years and leaves after successfully guiding the company through its largest expansion including creating the first and only hyperloop system, a pipeline of projects globally, and raising substantial funding. During this time, the company has grown and positioned itself as the frontrunner in the hyperloop space. Sir Richard’s board seat will be taken by Virgin’s Patrick McCall.

Ryan Kelly
Head of Marketing and Communications
Virgin Hyperloop One
Tel: +1-610-442-1896

Influbook announces their ICO

Connecting influencers, businesses, and consumers for a new social-commerce experience.

Besançon, Nov 7, 2018: Influbook, the first open-network for Influencers to build their social reputation, connect directly with the brands they love, and join forces to offer consumers a new way to discover products and services through the passionate storytelling of influencers around the world.

The vast majority of influencer marketing budgets go to the top 1% influencers – Influbook empowers the remaining 99%. Without costly marketing services, businesses are challenged with finding, qualifying & connecting with relevant influencers. At the same time, influencers struggle to prove their value and monetize their social media audiences. We enable the perfect match for an influencer of any size with the marketing objectives and budget of any business. The goal is to open up the influencer ecosystem to a wider audience where influencers, marketers & consumers can easily discover, qualify, and connect for free to democratizes influence while generating new revenue opportunities for the sharing economy.

Influbook empowers consumers with a network of shoppable blogs that combine brand descriptions with passionate influencer posts from any social network in a single place…At the moment of buying decision. Based on popular demand, Influbook has also adopted a strategy to white label its platform to companies, cities, and governments as a new way to invite qualified influencers to promote their services directly on their company websites.

“Influencers enable MicroMania with an effective channel to communicate with its community of gamers and Influbook is well positioned to lead this activity”, says Nicolas Bertrand, Senior Vice President, GameStop Europe, and Filip Soete, Chief Commercial Officer, Nice International Airport quotes “At the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, we have thirteen million passengers a year that walk through our Duty Free shops and we are eager to work with influencers to promote the brands we represent. A collaboration with Influbook on a strategy to gain visibility on the social networks of their influencers would certainly be beneficial for the airport and our customers”.

Chaineum, a leading ICO boutique in Europe is assisting Influbook with its ICO and the tokenization of it cryptocurrency, the Fluence, an ERC20 utility token. Fluence can be used for payments and purchases on the Influbook platform with five strong utility cases: E-commerce, Influencer Marketing Campaigns, Community rewards, Cash-back rewards, Voting rights. For more information, visit our ICO website at

Influbook was part of the Alpha startup program at WebSummit in Lisbon on Nov 5 – 8. Nathan Frey, the founder, was pitching on November 6.  Also join us at many other conferences to include BlockShow Asia in Singapore on Nov 27 – 30, World Blockchain Summit Riyadh on Dec 5 – 6, and CryptoBlockCon Las Vegas Dec 11 -12.

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Chaineum Capital Partners
Founded by Laurent Leloup, an expert in blockchain and corporate finance, Chaineum Capital Partners, specialized in decentralized economy and blockchain technology, provides strategic and financial advice, and also accompaniment to corporates, investors, family offices, financial sponsors, banks and governments.
Chaineum Capital Partner is specialized in:

  • Financial and Crypto Financial Engineering, tokenomics, assets tokenization and cryptocurrencies ;
  • process of raising funds via token sale*, fundraising, funding, private placement;
  • M&A advisory, blockchain investments strategy.

Chaineum Capital Partners, the bridge between old finance & crypto finance.
Headquarters in Besançon + offices in Paris, Geneva & Neuchâtel.

Laurent Leloup – CEO

‫نئی ڈسکوری چینل سیریز شنگھائی کی ‘حیران کن کامیابیاں’ پیش کرے گی

شنگھائی، 5 نومبر 2018ء/پی آرنیوزوائر/– مشہور زمانہ ماہرِ تعمیرات ڈینی فوسٹر کی میزبانی میں ڈسکوری چینل کی نئی آل-ایکسس ڈاکیومنٹری سیریز “ہاؤ چائنا ورکس II” جاری کردی گئی ہے۔ تین حصوں کی سیریز میں انہوں نے چین کے سب سے بڑے شہر شنگھائی کے بارے میں اندر تک غیر معمولی رسائی حاصل کی۔

مکمل ملٹی میڈیا ریلیز کے لیے یہاں کلک کیجیے:

نیا مجموعہ چینی کاروباری منتظمین، سائنس دانوں، حکام اور عوام کے کام اور زندگی میں گہری بنیادیں رکھتا ہے، ناظرین کو جدید چین کی انوکھی کامیابیوں اور ترقیاتی منصوبوں کو پیش کرتے ہوئے چینی معاشرے کا وسیع منظر پیش کرتا ہے۔

“زندگی کے نئے راستے”

پہلی قسط کے دوران ناظرین کو شنگھائی کے نئے ثقافتی تخلیق پروگرام کا بصری گلدستہ پیش کیا جاتا ہے، جس میں نوجوان آن لائن لائیو-اسٹریمنگ اور وڈیو گیمز کے ذریعے اپنی صلاحیتوں کو پیش کر رہے ہیں۔ ناظرین ایک معروف آن لائن ناول کے طور پر شروع ہونے والے نئے اسٹیج ڈرامے ٹومب نوٹس میں ڈینی کی کارکردگی اور ایک جدت طراز نئے میکسیکن ریستوران کے دورے پر بھی نظریں جما سکتے ہیں جو نمایاں کر رہا ہے کہ مسلسل اقتصادی و ٹیکنالوجیکل ترقی کس طرح شہر میں ثقافتی ترقی لاتی ہے۔

“ایک جڑی ہوئی دنیا”

دوسری قسط سائنسی و ٹیکنالوجیکل جدّت طرازیوں کے شعبے میں شنگھائی کی کامیابیوں پر توجہ مرکوز کرتی ہے، جس میں ڈینی وی آر کی ابھرتی ہوئی ٹیکنالوجی کی پیچیدگیوں پر تحقیق کرتے ہوئے ایک وی آر کمرشل کے ساتھ کام کر رہے ہیں۔ بلندی سے خوفزدہ افراد ہوشیار! ڈینی ڈینی ناظرین کو شہر کے پہلے 360-ڈگری ورچوئل ریئلٹی رولر کوسٹر پر لے جاتے ہیں، جو شہر کی مشہور زمانہ اسکائی لائن پر ہوا میں معلّق ہے اور اس نئی متحرک ٹیکنالوجی کو میدان میں برسرِ عمل دکھانے میں پیش پیش ایپلی کیشنز کو تسخیر کرتی ہے۔

“منصوبہ بندی کی طاقت”

آخری قسط شنگھائی برادری کی انوکھی سرگرمی کو نمایاں کرتی ہے، جہاں شہر کے تمام عناصر مل جل کر مشاورت و منصوبہ بندی کے ذریعے شہر کی ترقی کو بہتر بناتے اور سہارا دیتے ہیں۔ مستقبل کا شنگھائی ژانگ جیانگ ہائی-ٹیکنالوجی پارک اور اس کی جدید سنکروٹرون لائٹ سورس لیب شہر کے اداروں کے مستقبل بین اقدامات کی ایک مثال کے طور پر پیش کیے گئے۔

ہاؤ چائنا ورکس II ڈسکوری ایشیا-پیسفک ٹی وی نیٹ ورک، چائنا انٹرکانٹی نینٹل کمیونی کیشن سینٹر اور چائنا اسٹیٹ کونسل انفارمیشن آفس کے تعاون اور شنگھائی نیوز آفس کی مدد سے تیار کی گئی تھی۔ یہ پروگرام، جو پہلے 29 ستمبر کو آسٹریلیا و نیوزی لینڈ میں نشر کیا گیا، کوریائی، تھائی، ہندی، تلگو، ملے، ویت نامی، کینٹونیز، انگریزی، تمل، بنگالی اور دیگر مقامی و علاقائی زبانوں میں نشر کیا جائے گا۔

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New Discovery Channel Series to Feature Shanghai’s ‘Amazing Achievements’

SHANGHAI, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Discovery Channels new all-access documentary series “How China Works II” hosted by world-renowned architect Danny Forster has been released. During the three-part series, he gains unprecedented access to the inner workings of China’s biggest city, Shanghai.

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The new anthology is deeply rooted in the work and life of Chinese entrepreneurs, scientists, officials and ordinary people, giving audiences a panoramic view of Chinese society while presenting the unique achievements and development plans of modern China.

“New Ways of Life”

During the first episode, audiences are presented with a visual banquet of Shanghai’s new culture creation program, with young people showcasing their talents via online live-streaming and video games. Viewers can also look forward to Danny’s performance in the new stage play Tomb Notes, which started life as a popular online novel, and a tour of an innovative new Mexican restaurant, highlighting how continued economic and technological development brings cultural prosperity to the city.

VR Online Shopping

“A Networked World”

The second episode focuses on the achievements of Shanghai in the fields of scientific and technological innovation, with Danny working on a VR commercial while delving into the intricacies of this emerging technology. Acrophobes beware! Danny takes viewers on the city’s first 360-degree virtual reality rollercoaster, hovering over the famous city skyline and capturing the avant-garde applications of this dynamic new technology in action.

Shanghai, Let's meet

“The Power of Planning”

The final episode features the unique Shanghainese community spirit, where all elements of the city come together to enhance and support the development of the city through consultation and planning. The futuristic Shanghai Zhangjiang High-technology park and its state-of-the-art Synchrotron Light Source Lab is provided as an example of the forward-thinking actions of the city authorities.

Shanghai, Let's meet

How China Works II was developed with support from the Shanghai News Office in coordination with the Discovery Asia-Pacific TV Network, China Intercontinental Communication Centre and China State Council Information Office. The program, first aired in Australia and New Zealand on 29thSeptember, is to be broadcast in Korean, Thai, Hindi, Telugu, Malay, Vietnamese, Cantonese, English, Tamil, Bengali, and additional local and regional languages.

Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility

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Technology and automation will define the future of road transport according to new IRU research, but significant obstacles stand in the way

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – EQS – 5 November 2018 –

  • In the face of geopolitical and economic uncertainty, technology-driven innovation will be key to meeting the challenges of tomorrow in the road transport sector, according to a survey published today by IRU.
  • This topic will top the agenda of the IRU World Congress, a new global event for transport, logistics and mobility which is opening this week in Muscat, Oman.

The global snapshot survey is based on interview data from 450 transport companies across Europe, the GCC and Asia, and reveals the following headline findings:

    • Majority of transport companies in Europe, Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (57%) view geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat to their development.
  • Technology and innovation key to overcoming challenges and securing the future of the industry – over three quarters (76%) of transport companies surveyed expect autonomous trucks to become a viable option on the roads within the next decade.
  • At the opening of its World Congress in Oman, IRU, the world road transport organisation, urges the industry to fix the digital foundations of transport in order to fully benefit from automation and other innovations.

Findings reveal that transport companies are concerned about macro global issues. Over half (57%) see geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat facing the sector – from escalating international trade wars to growing concerns around Brexit. The risk of global recession and the challenge of keeping up with changing customer demand are jointly seen as the second biggest threats to transport companies at 52%.

Umberto de Pretto, IRU’s Secretary General, commented: “The global transport system touches the lives of each of the planet’s seven billion people, from the food we eat to the consumer goods we buy. So it’s perhaps not surprising that many of the issues facing society today are also considered by transport companies to be their biggest challenges. These include some of the main themes that dominate the international agenda, including geopolitics, trade and the environment.”

Tech to provide a safe, successful, sustainable future

Transport companies recognise that developments in technology and innovation will be key to building a safe, successful and sustainable industry in the future. One in three (33%) transport companies across every region believe that improving safety will be the biggest innovation opportunity, while one in five cite automation.

In fact, transport companies are extremely optimistic about the timescales for automation – over three quarters (76%) of transport companies expect autonomous trucks to become a viable option within the next decade; of these, 29% believe they will be a reality on our roads in the next five years. Transport companies believe the primary benefit of automation will be boosting productivity (50%), followed by helping to cut costs (19%).

Breaking through the road blocks to digitisation

Barriers to adopting technology persist – with transport companies citing the major challenges to adopting technology driven innovation as cost and investment (71%), followed by a limited understanding of the range of emerging technologies available (50%).

This suggests that pockets of the industry have yet to embrace new technologies and processes, and that there is still work to do to fix the digital foundations of the industry before technology-driven innovation can be optimised properly.

Gearing up for automation

Similarly, while many transport companies believe autonomous trucks are just around the corner, the reality is that there is still some way to go before they become a safe, secure and sustainable option on our roads.

While the technology itself is becoming ever more sophisticated, there is a risk that it will be held back by the lack of necessary investment in infrastructure.

Boris Blanche, IRU’s Managing Director, commented: “There is no question that autonomous trucks will eventually be transformative for the industry – helping boost productivity, create efficiencies and enhance driver working conditions. But drivers will not become obsolete any time in the future, and in fact the industry must continue to encourage more drivers into the profession. Proper and responsible adoption over time is required, and we must see full cooperation from all industry stakeholders.”

Umberto de Pretto, continued: “For technology to take hold, and for the industry to truly benefit from it, we must ensure we have the foundations in place. This means first getting the basics right, such as full transitioning to digital documentation, improving traceability, security and efficiency. We must work harder to join the dots between operators, service providers, manufacturers and governments to nurture a supportive environment for innovation and digitisation.

“We must also push for legislation and policies that encourage all operators to invest in the technology needed to make these innovations the norm. At IRU, our role is to champion the potential of the industry and promote this cooperation, to empower all operators in the sector to seize the great innovation opportunity.”

Notes to editors

About IRU

IRU is the world road transport organisation, promoting economic growth, prosperity and safety through the sustainable mobility of people and goods. Founded in 1948, IRU has members and activities in more than 100 countries. IRU conceived TIR in 1949 and continues to manage the system.

About IRU World Congress

The IRU World Congress is the new global event for transport, mobility and logistics. It is a platform for global decision-makers to exchange ideas, debate solutions and define the future of the road transport industry. Centred on the themes of innovation and trade, Innovation on the Move will take place at the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat, from 6 to 8 November 2018.

Survey Methodology

In collaboration with IRU, Random SA developed a quantitative online survey to target transport companies.

The survey was completed by a global sample size of 450 respondents working for a transport operator, transport broker or freight forwarder company in one of the 19 pre-selected countries covering three geographical areas: Europe, the GCC and Asia. The research sample was identified, recruited and surveyed independently from IRU to ensure a broad, robust and representative picture of transport companies.

Quotas were set per country and weighted to reach 150 respondents per region. Additional quotas were set to reach a sample size of minimum 50% CEOs/managers from the logistic department vs. non-managers from the logistic department.

The fieldwork took place from end of August to mid-September 2018 and was conducted under the supervision of Random SA, by Asia Research Partners, one of the leading Asian independent research companies, based in India. Random SA and Asia Research Partners are both members of ESOMAR, the leading global insights association to certify that the highest ethical and professional standards are respected by member research institutes. Random SA ran the analysis (SPSS) in-house based on a statistical significance levels of 95%.

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Karen Mazzoli

Senior Manager – Media and Communications, IRU Geneva

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AFF Tokyo 2018 comes to a successful conclusion

TOKYO, Nov. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Asia Fashion Fair (AFF) Tokyo 2018, organized by Chinatex Advertising and Exhibition Co., a subsidiary of Chinatex Corporation, was held at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Sunshine City from September 26 to September 28, 2018. With enough space for 562 booths, the show was attended by 479 exhibitors and 4,901 professional buyers, setting a new record since the first AFF. During the event, two delegations, one led by Japan China Economic Relations and Trade Centre chairman and Panasonic chairman Shusaku Nagae and another led by Chinese Embassy in Japan Economic and Commercial Counselor Jing Chunhai, visited the show and stopped by the exhibitors’ booths, engaging many of the exhibitors in detailed, in-depth discussions.

In addition to the zones for women’s wear, men’s wear, garments and undergarments that have been part of the show since the first edition, this year’s show added two new exhibition spaces, one for fabrics, accessories and home textiles as well as one for ready-to-wear ODMs. The creativity on behalf of exhibitors that went into the design, setting up and arranging of the booths was duly noted and positively commented on by industry leaders attending the event. As Japan is one of the key markets for Chinese textile firms, AFF, Japan’s biggest event for OEMs and ODMs in the textiles and garments industry, is playing an increasingly important role in promoting cooperation between the two countries.

The 2nd AFF SELECTION is scheduled to be held at Tokyo International Forum from March 6 to March 7, 2018, followed by the AFF Osaka 2019 to take place at Mydome Osaka from April 9 to April 11, 2019.