PUMA becomes official technical partner of CAF

Herzogenaurach – WEBWIRE

Sports company PUMA has deepened its commitment to African sports by signing a long-term agreement with the Confdration Africaine de Football (CAF). PUMA will become the official technical partner of CAF and supply the official match ball at severall CAF events, including the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023.

PUMA has a long-standing tradition of football partnerships in Africa since first equipping national teams starting in 1997. Today PUMA has agreements with six football federations on the African continent, including Morocco, the first African nation ever to reach the semifinals at a World Cup, and Senegal, the current African champions.

The passion for football runs deep in Africa and PUMA has taken a unique and creative approach in its partnerships with its African teams over the years, said Johan Kuhlo, General Manager EEMEA Distribution at PUMA. Our agreement with CAF celebrates this passion for the sport across the continent and we will jointly develop exciting products specifically for African football.

The agreement, which will commence on November 1, will see PUMA supply the official matchball at CAF tournaments, provide the kit for referees and engage in several marketing opportunities, both inside and outside of the stadium. The appeal of African football extends well beyond the continent, with a strong viewership in major markets such as the UK, France and the United States.

PUMA has been a big part of some of African footballs most iconic moments over the years, on the international stage and with some of Africas major clubs, said CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe. Making African Football globally competitive requires that African teams must win on the field, which needs partnerships with global companies with a strong commitment to African Football. We are absolutely delighted to have a world-class company in PUMA join the CAF family as a strong partner in helping us grow the game on the continent.

PUMA and CAF will launch the official match ball for TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote dIvoire 2023 at the Final Draw on October 12 .

Official Partnership Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States Army and National Van Lines, Inc.

 The United States Army and National Van Lines, Inc. proudly announced their partnership, solidifying their commitment to the success and future of soldiers. The official partnership memorandum of agreement was signed on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Division Museum Pavilion in Cantigny Park.

The partnership between the United States Army and National Van Lines, Inc. is part of the Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) program. Through this program, soldiers will have the exceptional opportunity to serve their country while acquiring valuable skills and experience that will aid them in preparing for their future careers. This agreement reinforces the profound value of military service to the nation and demonstrates the mutual dedication of both organizations to support the development and success of soldiers. It also connects first-term Army/Army Reserve/Army National Guard soldiers and Reserve Component to the civilian workforce by providing guaranteed job interviews and possible employment.

The event brought together distinguished individuals from various organizations who attended to witness and celebrate this significant collaboration. Among the dignitaries present were Brigadier General Justin Osberg, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Illinois Army National Guard; Tim Helenthal, CEO & Chairman of National Van Lines; Humberto Zermeno, Congressional Aide, Office of U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) and Captain Clayton Riley, RRB North Region OIC.

The PaYS program prepares, trains, and connects exiting soldiers with job opportunities. Soldiers who participate in the program gain leadership skills, valuable technical expertise, and essential experience. Upon completing their training or first term of service, PaYS soldiers are guaranteed a job interview with five PaYS partners of their choice, providing them with a direct pathway to fulfilling employment.

National Van Lines, Inc., a renowned leader in the moving and relocation industry, recognizes soldiers’ remarkable contributions to our nation and aims to provide them with meaningful career opportunities. By partnering with the United States Army through the PaYS program, National Van Lines, Inc. seeks to leverage the soldiers’ unique skill sets, work ethic, and commitment to excellence.

The ceremonial signing of the partnership agreement marks the beginning of a long-lasting and fruitful collaboration between the United States Army and National Van Lines, Inc. Together, they will empower soldiers to successfully transition from military service to civilian life, offering them a promising future filled with professional growth and personal fulfillment.

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Official Announcement: Nacho


Real Madrid C. F. and Nacho Fernndez have agreed an extension to our captains contract, keeping him tied to the club until the 30th of June 2024.

Nacho has represented Real Madrid for 22 years, ever since joining the clubs Under-11s academy side back in 2001.

He has made 319 appearances for the Real Madrid first team, winning 23 trophies:5 European Cups, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 3 LaLiga titles, 2 Copas del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cups.

Nacho has also picked up 24 international caps with Spain,recently being crowned champion of the Nations League 2023.

Hong Kong – Official launch of Northbound Trading of Swap Connect

Official launch of Northbound Trading of Swap Connect


The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     Northbound Trading of Swap Connect is officially launched today (May 15).

     Northbound Trading of Swap Connect provides a convenient and secure channel for international investors to trade interest rate swap products in the Mainland via a connection between infrastructure institutions in Hong Kong and the Mainland. The scheme aims to facilitate global investors’ management of interest rate risks arising from their allocation to Mainland bonds.

     The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Mr Eddie Yue, said, “The launch of Northbound Trading of Swap Connect is another new milestone in the financial co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland. It will create favourable conditions for global investors to increase their participation in the onshore bond market, and carries special significance for enhancing the recognition of and confidence in Renminbi (RMB) bonds in the international market. Northbound Trading of Swap Connect will also provide new opportunities for Hong Kong’s financial institutions and strengthen Hong Kong’s role as a global risk management centre and offshore RMB hub.”

     The HKMA will closely monitor the implementation of the Northbound Trading of Swap Connect together with relevant Hong Kong and Mainland regulators, and enhance operational arrangements in accordance with market development and investor needs. The HKMA will continue to explore with Mainland authorities the provision of more diversified risk management tools to international investors.

US Treasury Official Keynotes the Future of Money, Governance, and the Law hosted by GBA

The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) announces that D. R. Maurice, speaking in her personal capacity will be a keynote speaker at the “Future of Money, Governance, and the Law” (https://gbaglobal.org/FoMGL/) conference on May 24-25, 2023, in the nation’s capital. The conference brings together government officials, industry leaders like Circle (CRCL) and Ciphertrace, a Mastercard company (MA), academia and many others.
“D R Maurice is a leading expert in regulatory technology, sandboxes, and CBDC digitalization. She has an extensive track record with central bank governance around the world and joins an impressive lineup of leading authorities from government and the private sector for our upcoming event,” said GBA Executive Director Gerard Dache.

Maurice, who works for the US Department of Treasury, will share her extensive experience and personal perspectives on digital assets, central banks, and the future of money. She will be addressing a diverse audience of policy makers, administrators, and influencers from various organizations, including:
– The United Nations
– The European Parliament
– The Digital Currency Monetary Authority
– The Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Association
– The Central Bank of Egypt
– The US Department of State
– The US Department of Justice
– The US House of Representatives
– The US National Credit Union Administration
– The Utah State Digital Innovation & Blockchain Task Force
– Circle (CRCL)
– Ciphertrace
– and many more.

Digital finance is going through a tectonic shift, and CBDCs will be right in the middle of the movement. Ms. Maurice will be followed by a CBDC debate to hammer out some of the dissenting viewpoints. This event promises to be a thought-provoking conference, providing insights from leading voices in government and the private sector.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.GBAglobal.org/FoMGL. For any inquiries, please email events@GBAglobal.org.

Bob Miko

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