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SIGMA America Introduces New Website Redesigned for Streamlined Browsing Experience on Any Platform

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki; headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan), a leading lens and camera manufacturer for both still and cinema applications, is pleased to announce the debut of its new website. Rebuilt from the ground up, www.sigmaphoto.com is optimized for an informative, enjoyable, and visually compelling experience on screens of all sizes, from phones to studio monitors. A core goal of the new site was to improve the experience for all site visitors, wherever they are, and on whatever device they may be using. This started with a new foundation, built on Magento Cloud Commerce 2, that significantly reduced load times. Combined with rethinking the product organization structure and modernizing the user experience for a mobile-first approach, this enabled a robust and easy-to-navigate site that is performant on all devices. "Our new design modernizes our online experience, allowing customers to easily find and compare the depth and breadth of SIGMA lens and camera offerings in a visually engaging format," says Mark Amir-Hamzeh, SIGMA America President. "From hobbyist photographers to Hollywood filmmakers, the site has been crafted to inform and inspire while guiding the user to the right gear for their purposes." The e-commerce and dealer-finder focus is complemented by a wealth of educational content from SIGMA's talented team of contributors on the redesigned blog. The site itself also delivers on the product promise. SIGMA is a leader in crafting tools for creative visual content and, as such, the site is richly illustrated with imagery captured with its products. Most of the photography comes from SIGMA America Ambassadors, a group of elite working professionals who have chosen SIGMA photographic and cinematic gear for their work, including Global Vision lenses in the Art, Sports, Contemporary and Cine lines, and often incorporating the innovative fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless cameras. The website was designed and developed in partnership with Blue Collar Agency, Hood River, Oregon, SIGMA America's digital agency of record, under the direction of managing partners Rob McCready and Tom Lehman. Key updates include: Revamped homepage displays new announcements and information in a visually stunning way Improved product search functionality via new taxonomies "Build Your Own Kit" Cine lens bundle pricing tool Implementation of a real-time, dynamic "find a product" data exchange with authorized dealers' stock Streamlined customer experience and full purchase functionality on all platforms Educational discount programs for students and educators Streamlined product registration Improved online warranty support services Redesigned blog and workshops/events pages New Press Room for company news, product images, and media inquiries Experience the new website at www.sigmaphoto.com. Screenshot of the new SIGMA America website Screenshot of the new SIGMA America website Screenshot of the new SIGMA America website About SIGMA Corporation Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with over 30 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA Corporation of America Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 sigma.pr@sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

November 03, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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THE INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WEEKLONG LITERARY FESTIVAL

IAAC

- In Its 8th Year, the IAAC Literary Festival offers an intimate interaction with the leading minds and works of authors and poets writing about the Indian experience - The Indo-American Arts Council ( IAAC ), the organization dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the arts in North America, announced today the lineup for its eighth annual Literary Festival on November 7-13, 2022, in New York. Notable speakers, making in-person appearances at the Caelum Gallery (526 W 26th St.) in NY’s renowned Chelsea neighborhood, include Padma Shri, Barkha Dutt, Priya Kumari and Raza Mir. In continuation of its honored tradition, IAAC will also host a live Poetry Panel headlining Arundhathi Subramaniam and moderated by poetry curator, Dr. Ravi Shankar. Prior to the in-person weekend events, there will be a series of virtual events hosted on Facebook and YouTube each evening starting November 7-11 at 6:30 p.m. ET, which will feature ten writers including Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi; London-based restaurateur and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” star, Asma Khan with Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna - author of the world’s first “phygital” (physical and digital) cookbook; plus, actress, dancer and choreographer, Rukmini Vijayakumar. This series also includes a dedicated Children’s Literary Panel on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 which will showcase readings of “When Blackbirds Fly” by Hannah Lalhlanpuii and “Jamlo Walks” by Samina Mishra. "IAAC's Literary Festival showcases writers who bring stories of the Indian experience and ethos to the world. Even as they set new standards of literary excellence, they excite our imagination and shape humanity's future through their thought leadership. The festival attendees will become part of extraordinary conversations. Supporting the festival will be a stellar group of moderators who themselves are literary luminaries. As always there will be a focus on first time regional translations, children's literature and poetry," said Rakesh Kaul, Vice Chairman, IAAC. IAAC’s literary festival will be an intense two-day immersive experience featuring thought-provoking conversations, readings and discussions of stories told by courageous authors. Each authors' skill and expertise cover a wide range of civilizational and cultural topics including archeology, design, dance, history, compassion, wonder and the culinary arts. A panel of four poets will showcase powerful word-play that will make imaginations soar and speak directly to hearts, young and old. Refreshments, breakfast and lunch will be served, wine and cheese will accompany the poetry session. The festival wraps on a high note with the Annual Gala on November 13th. “At IAAC, we pride ourselves on our ability to seek out and find foundational storytellers who are not only noteworthy for their skill with language but whose seminal works also weave remarkable narratives that shape the world around them. This year is no exception; I have had the privilege to work with a dedicated team of literature lovers whose hard work and energy made this festival possible,” said Preethi Urs, Literary Festival Director, IAAC. A full list of writers and featured works below. For the full schedule with dates, times and moderators, please visit IAAC.us. Virtual Events (November 7-11): Kailash Satyarthi's greater body of work Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Nourish your Soul (Interlink Books, May 2022) by Asma Khan Sacred Foods of India in NFT format (Akshaya, June 2022) by Vikas Khanna His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 100 Anecdotes (India Penguin, December 2022) by Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy The Dalai Lama: Leadership and the Power of Compassion (Interlink Books, November 2022) by Ginger Chih which includes a forward by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Finding Shiva: An Inner Journey of the Performative Experience (INDIC, 2021) by Rukmini Vijayakumar Virtual Children’s Panel: When Blackbirds Fly (Duckbill, February 2022) by Hannah Lalhlanpuii Jamlo Walks (India Puffin, September 2021) by Samina Mishra Somnath Hore: Wounds (Art1st, August 2021) conceptualized by Ritu Khoda, written by Likla Lall and featuring illustrator, Kripa (additionally, featuring in-person on November 13) In-Person Events (November 12-13): The Way of the Goddess: Daily Rituals to Awaken Your Inner Warrior and Discover Your True Self (TarcherPerigee, September 2022) by Ananta Ripa Ajmera Tata's Leadership Experiment: The Story of the Tata Administrative Service (HarperBusiness, August 2022) by Bharat Wakhlu, Mukund Rajan, Sonu Bhasin TO HELL AND BACK: Humans of COVID (Juggernaut, February 2022) by Barkha Dutt The Greatest Telugu Stories Ever Told (Rupa, March 2022) translated by Tamraparni Dasu and Dasu Krishnamoorty A Country Called Childhood: A Memoir (Aleph Book Company, July 2022) by Deepti Naval [Block] Chain Reaction - The Future of How We Live and Work (Soul Excellence Publishing, January 2022) by Elizebeth Varghese Tomb of Sand: A Novel by Geetanjali Shree (Tilted Axis Press, August 2021), translated by Daisy Rockwell Shehnai Virtuoso and Other Stories by Dhumketu (Deep Vellum Publishing, July 2022) translated by Jenny Bhatt Rajaraja Chola: King of Kings (Aleph Book Company, November 2022) by Kamini Dandapani Dava Shastri's Last Day (Grand Central Publishing, November 2021) by Kirthana Ramisetti A Matter of Trust (HarperCollins India, July 2021) by Meenakshi Ahamed The View from the Very Best House in Town (Walker Books US, February 2022) by Meera Trehan The Soul Catcher (Bodes Well Publishing, September 2021) by Monica Bhide Mirror Made of Rain (The Unnamed Press, May 2022) by Naheed Phiroze Patel The Candid Life of Meena Dave (Lake Union Publishing, June 2022) by Namrata Patel People of the Indus (India Penguin, November 2022) by Nikhil Gulati Leaf Talks Peace - Buddha's Message of Harmony (Eternal Tree Books, May 2022) by Priya Kumari Talent: The Market Cap Multiplier (Ideapress Publishing, January 2022) by Ram Charan and Anish Batlaw Murder at the Mushaira: A Novel (Rupa Publications India, January 2021) by Raza Mir Smashing the Patriarchy: A Guide for the 21st-Century Indian Woman (Rupa, November, 2021) by Sindhu Rajasekaran KALA - Essays on Contemporary Design Aesthetics (Times Group Books, 2020) edited by Padma Shri Sunita Kohli Somnath Hore: Wounds (Art1st, August 2021) conceptualized by Ritu Khoda, written by Likla Lall and featuring illustrator, Kripa Notable International Poets: Love Without a Story (Westland, April 2019) by Arundhathi Subramaniam My Body Lives Like a Threat (Flowersong Press, January 2022) by Megha Sood Time Regime (Gaudy Boy, March 2022) by Jhani Randhawa Singing in the Dark (Vintage Books, October 2020) edited by Nishi Chawla and K Satchidanandan Attendance Details: For a complete calendar of events between on November 7-13, 2022, visit https://iaac.us/iaac-literary-festival-2022/ RSVP for both in-person and online events at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iaac-literary-festival-2022-tickets-446199724387 Social Media for IAAC: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iaac.us YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XldGWApKYy-IvQPapxFJg Twitter: https://twitter.com/IAArtsCouncil Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iaacny Hashtag: #IAACLitFest For a full press kit including photos and posters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DtbCXBSbA25yTQmf7vfMEWcdWFOGszA-?usp=sharing For IAAC Suman Gollamudi, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council suman.gn@iaac.us About Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC): The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the U.S. to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For information, please visit www.iaac.us. For a full press kit including photos and posters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DtbCXBSbA25yTQmf7vfMEWcdWFOGszA-?usp=sharing Contact Details Indo-American Arts Council Suman Gollamudi, Executive Director suman.gn@iaac.us

November 02, 2022 04:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Winners of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2022 recognised at Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 November 2022 - The prestigious black-tie soirée, the Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2022 celebrated 18 winners of the second edition of Wine Pinnacle Awards presented by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). The most coveted title of ‘Technical Committee’s Choice’ was presented unanimously to Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. Technical Committee Members of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2022 presented by Resorts World Sentosa. From left to right: Oz Clarke, Doug Frost MW & MS, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Kenichi Ohashi MW, Andreas Larsson. The distinguished event at RWS Resorts World Ballroom in Singapore hosted nearly 500 leading figures and luminaries in the wine world which included distinguished winemakers, top wine professionals, and wine enthusiasts. The much-awaited celebration was the finale of a five-day programme that featured exclusive wine dinners, masterclasses, and a two-day symposium. Mr Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa, said “It’s a pleasure to see a great variety of guests from all over the world represented here tonight. The diversity on display – both in terms of attendees and the geographical origin of the nominees – beautifully demonstrates the dedication of Wine Pinnacle Awards to celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and excellence. Leading a business, let alone a vintage, to triumph can be an uphill battle, and, as such, we are eager to shine the spotlight on the commitment, ability, and sheer hard work of our deserving nominees and winners. I wish them the best of luck for the future and congratulate them on their win in these prestigious awards.” A Celebration of Excellence The 18 winners were celebrated while guests enjoyed an exquisite eight-hands, four-course collaboration dinner, by four internationally renowned chefs: chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier (2 Michelin stars, Maison Dunand Bangkok), chef Cedric Vongerichten (Wayan, New York), chef Guillaume Galliot (3 Michelin stars, Caprice Hong Kong) and chef Olivier Bellin (2 Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks). Each course was meticulously paired with exceptional wines from Domaine de Montille, Château Léoville-Las Cases, and Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm. The full list of winners can be found in the Annex. EDITORS’ NOTES High-resolution photographs can be downloaded here: PRESS RELEASE ANNEX All photographs are to be attributed to Resorts World Sentosa (圣淘沙名胜世界) unless otherwise stated. The winners list is published at www.winepinnacle.com ANNEX WINE PINNACLE AWARDS 2022 WINNERS MATURE WINES Best 2002, 2004, 2008 Vintage Champagne 2008 Louis Roederer, Cristal Millésimé Brut Best 1999, 2002 Vintage Burgundy Red 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole Best 1996, 1998, 2000 Vintage Bordeaux Red 1996 Château Latour Best 2001, 2004 Vintage Piedmont Red 2001 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino Barolo Riserva DOCG Best 2004, 2006 Vintage Tuscan Red 2004 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri BEST RECENT RELEASES Best Recent Release: Sauvignon-Blanc 2018 Château Margaux, Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France Best Recent Release: Riesling 2019, Joh. Jos. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Best Recent Release: Burgundy White 2019 Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Best Recent Release: Chardonnay (ex-Burgundy) 2018 Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia Best Recent Release: Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA Best Recent Release: Pinot Noir (ex-Burgundy) 2018 Tolpuddle Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia Best Recent Release: Rhone Red 2016 Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France Best Recent Release: Spanish Red 2010 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain COMFORT WINES Comfort White < 40 Euros 2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany Comfort Red < 40 Euros 2019 Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon, Beaujolais, France Comfort Rosé < 40 Euros 2020 Château Miraval, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France BEST FRIEND OF THE EARTH Best Friend Of The Earth (Winery) Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France PANDEMIC HERO Pandemic Hero (Personality) Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre and a casino. RWS also offers world-class entertainment as well as award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its acclaimed celebrity chef restaurants. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for the 10th year in a row at the TTG Travel Awards. Contact Details Danny Cham +65 6577 9758 danny.cham@rwsentosa.com

November 02, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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XPOINT VERIFY LIVE WITH MOJO

Xpoint Technology

Xpoint’s partner portfolio has increased again with the addition of Mojo, the sports stock market led by visionary founders Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez, Vinit Bharara, and Bart Stein, that is live now in New Jersey. This latest announcement marks another major step in the growth and development of Xpoint as it establishes itself as the geolocation technology specialists of choice for sports betting and iGaming operators across North America. Xpoint’s real-money gaming product, Xpoint Verify, is powering Mojo’s geolocation technology services in New Jersey where both Mojo and Xpoint are state licensed. Mojo is live now, giving sports fans a new way to cash in on their sports knowledge and passion. “Being licensed in New Jersey enables us to work with world-class companies like Mojo, and we’re honored to be part of their team as they take their revolutionary product to market,” commented Marvin Sanderson, Xpoint CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re expecting to see a very busy end to 2022 for our team, and even more so as we look towards 2023 and beyond as we continue to grow, and add more partners to the world-class list of companies we’re already working with.” “Xpoint has been an integral part of our recent launch in New Jersey,” added Vinit Bharara, Co-Founder and CEO of Mojo. “We’re pleased to partner with Xpoint as our geolocation technology provider as we bring our first-of-its-kind sports stock market to fans.” Xpoint Verify is Xpoint’s real money gaming geolocation product, and is offered alongside Xpoint Lite, the go-to option for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators. Embedded within partner platforms (web and apps), Xpoint Verify provides operators with state-of-the-art geolocation technology which helps ensure they meet North American regulatory and compliance standards, and uses location data to help them unlock the true potential of their geolocation investment. For more details, please go to xpoint.tech and follow Xpoint on social media via LinkedIn. ABOUT XPOINT Xpoint provides essential geolocation security solutions and intelligent location-based marketing insights to the global sports betting and iGaming industries. Xpoint’s innovative Verify and Lite platforms ensures partners meet their regulatory geo-compliance obligations, and deliver enhanced value through the generation of location-based data that can drive marketing programs. Recently nominated for two 2022 SBC North America Awards, Xpoint was founded in 2019 and officially unveiled in Las Vegas in 2021, and is led by the company's CEO and Co-Founder Marvin Sanderson, a global sports betting and iGaming industry leader. With North American offices in Toronto, Canada and Miami, Florida, Xpoint is changing the global geolocation market, bringing innovation to an industry that has, to date, viewed geo-compliance as a utility, not a new business opportunity. For more information, visit xpoint.tech and follow LinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates. ABOUT MOJO Mojo is the sports stock market that lets fans use their knowledge and intuition like never before. Mojo gives you the opportunity to make real money bets on an athlete’s career prospects, with real-time price changes and instant liquidity, meaning users can enter or exit their position at any time, just like a stock. The company was co-founded by MLB legend Alex Rodriguez and serial entrepreneurs Marc Lore, Vinit Bharara and Bart Stein. Contact Details Xpoint Tom Webb +1 512-952-9369 tom.webb@xpoint.tech Company Website https://xpoint.tech/

November 02, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GoBubble and World-Cup Winner-backed Striver Launch Partnership to Tackle Online Abuse

GoBubble Media Centre

SPORTS stars and fans can safely interact thanks to a partnership with World Cup Winners, Striver, and global AI provider GoBubble. Striver, which is the brainchild of Entrepreneur Tim Chase and international football legends Gilberto Silva and Roberto Carlos, is a user-generated content platform that aims to change the way people use social media by creating a toxicity-free online environment that allows users to engage in meaningful discussions and share their progressing talents, without the fear of online abuse and bullying. Safety is the core ingredient and Striver selected global AI provider GoBubble after extensive market assessment. Online safety and protecting users from digital harm are of huge importance, ensuring that user profiles, user-generated content, and comments are moderated. GoBubble are pioneers in content moderation technology with their Emotion AI. Instead of keywords or context analysis, Emotion AI scans for UGB (user-generated behaviour) across multiple languages in text, image, video, audio, and emojis to identify and block toxic and potentially harmful content. Co-Founder and CEO at the majority female-run GoBubble, Danielle Platten, said: “We’re proud of the global impact Emotion AI is having in reducing revenue-harming experiences in platforms and saving the human cost of toxic content, for both users and the need for human moderators. “It’s wonderful to unveil the power of Emotion AI at Web Summit through its integration with Striver. We’ve already seen a massive impact from supporting clients in esports, gaming, sports, and corporates, so to be able to help future generations of football enthusiasts in this way is fantastic.” Tim Chase, Striver CEO, said: “For us, there was only one provider we wanted to work with, GoBubble. Their pedigree in innovation and the fact we can use their easy system to build our own content moderation AI meant we could achieve our ambition of changing the way people use social media, creating new ways for fans to interact with their heroes and giving users an online community where they can share their talents without the fear of being abused. Using GoBubble’s Emotion AI we have been able to gamify sentiment, allowing users to build a sentiment rating based on their positive interactions on the platform.” GoBubble’s global-patent-pending AI offers above 90% accuracy (market average is between 70 and 80%) and is fully bespoke to a client. They have the user-friendly building blocks to know they can shape their very own AI to support their commercial objectives. All this includes a personalised analytics dashboard for a deeper understanding of the sentiment within their platform. The technology was created to address the ever-increasing issue of online abuse, by experts in the field of digital safeguarding, law enforcement, online trust and safety, and big tech including Google, Facebook, and Twitter. About GoBubble GoBubble’s Emotion AI technology helps organisations around the globe to create safer, healthier, kinder digital communities. The company is majority female-run, with the Chair and CEO being Danielle Platten (Global Tech Entrepreneur and former Safety Advisor Member at Twitter) and Patricia Cartes-Andres as Board Advisor for Trust and Safety (former Head of Trust and Safety at Twitter, Facebook and previously Google). Facebook’s first Director of Public Policy, Tim Sparapani, is Board Legal Consultant and Co-Founder and Innovation Lead Henry Platten was previously a Police Sergeant and is a global digital safeguarding specialist and Safeguarding Advisor to the Global Esports Federation. Twitter @GoBubbleTeam LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/gobubble Instagram @GoBubbleTeam For GoBubble media enquiries or for more information about the tech, please contact GoBubble - Chief Communications Officer, Laura Watson at laura@gobubblehq.com or +44 (0)7379 388 110 (UK) Contact Details GoBubble Laura Watson - GoBubble - Chief Communications Officer +44 7379 388110 laura@gobubblehq.com

November 02, 2022 04:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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AmeriLife Welcomes Southern Life Insurance Group to its Growing Distribution Network

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AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Southern Life Insurance Group. Southern Life Insurance Group, under the leadership of founders and owners Crystal and Nicholas Poe, is an independent marketing organization (IMO) with a legacy of training service-oriented agents and advisors to deliver on the holistic health and financial needs of their clients. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Today represents a watershed moment in the history of Southern Life Insurance Group,” said Crystal and Nicholas Poe in a joint statement. “We believe that in order to reach your potential, you should surround yourself with great, trustworthy leaders who hold you accountable and push you to new heights. We’re proud to call many at AmeriLife our friends and mentors, and excited for the future that we’ll build – together – on behalf of our agents and clients." Headquartered in LaGrange, Ga., Southern Life Insurance Group offers competitive life insurance and final expense products as well as annuities, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement solutions, and mortgage protection to beneficiaries across the Southeast as well as in Texas and Michigan. The company has built a strong reputation through its rigorous, four-week development program for new and experienced agents that emphasizes – in equal measures – mentorship, client relationship building, and in-depth product training. Now, with access to AmeriLife’s best-in-class technology, resources and distribution leadership, Southern Life Insurance Group is well positioned to accelerate its nationwide expansion efforts. “I’m pleased to welcome Crystal, Nicholas and the Southern Life Insurance Group family to ours,” said Mike Vietri, AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer. “Their mission, values and approach on training agents, with a holistic perspective on their clients’ needs, is perfectly aligned with AmeriLife’s vision for the future of distribution. Their potential is limitless, and we look forward to helping Southern Life Insurance Group succeed and grow.” ### About Southern Life Insurance Group Southern Life Insurance Group has an unwavering commitment to providing the best personal service possible. We are responsive, offer quality products with solid financial backing by A-rated companies, helpful, friendly associates with extensive knowledge and experience. Our valued clients and their family members can rely on us to be there if and when they need us. We take these obligations very seriously. Everything we do is focused on fulfilling our commitments. As your “agent for life,” we genuinely want you to have the best experience possible every time you deal with Southern Life. For more information, visit SouthernLifeIns.com. About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

November 01, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Florida Franchise Owners Celebrate 15-plus Years in Business

Minuteman Press International Inc

Minuteman Press International is proud to acknowledge the following franchisees in Florida who are celebrating 15 years in business. Below you will find their insights on owning a business as well as their advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs and Minuteman Press franchise owners. Kathy Collier Alford Minuteman Press, Town ‘n’ Country, FL “I am not sure where 15 years has gone. Before I opened my shop in November 2007, I was in retail management for 25 years opening new markets all over the country. When I decided to do something different, all I knew is that I wanted to work for myself. Minuteman Press was in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 and looked interesting. My brother originally brought Minuteman Press to my attention as I would have never thought about owning a print shop because I did not know anything about the industry. We contacted the Florida Regional VP, went on a few shop tours, and here I am 15 years later! In the beginning, Minuteman Press has a system for growing your business, and I followed it. You must get plugged in! I did not even know what networking meant. I joined and visited various local groups and met so many people in the beginning that I still print for today. I joined a Chamber of Commerce; I got involved in philanthropy groups that I never had time for in my corporate life. I got involved in the community around my shop, and all of these experiences have been super rewarding. I would never have thought that owning my own printing franchise could help me grow as a person. I learned about all of these amazing things that I did not even know were going on, and I feel super blessed. Minuteman Press also has systems in place to help with pricing and growing my customer base. The Minuteman Press FLEX software has helped tremendously; FLEX has taken us to a whole new level of technology, pricing, emailing, invoicing, etc. If I was to dole out any advice to a new owner it would be to: Teach your staff customer service and treat them right; you cannot do this alone (they are part of my family) Get to know your neighborhood, join groups, and get involved Do the things that have worked that Minuteman Press has already proven can work Build relationships and customer referrals (referrals are the best compliments you can get) Use SEO to your advantage Work hard and you will earn it!” Ken & Lisa Rose Minuteman Press, Clermont, FL Ken Rose is the former Co-Director of Training for Minuteman Press International. Ken and his wife Lisa moved to Florida and from Long Island and they have now owned Minuteman Press in Clermont for 15+ years. Ken shares the following advice that carried over from his time at Minuteman Press International that has helped him achieve success and longevity over the years as a Minuteman Press franchisee: No matter what is going on, you have to have a positive attitude Plan your day the night before and arrive early Do what you say you’re going to do, and do it (Roy Titus, co-founder, Minuteman Press International) Be proud of what you do & always tell people who you are & what you do (Roy Titus) Be active in the community through clubs and organizations, and be visible Pay yourself a fair wage (Roy Titus) Jeff Reich Minuteman Press, Cape Coral, FL Jeff Reich has been the owner of Minuteman Press in Cape Coral, FL for 15+ years. Short and sweet, the advice Jeff shares is as follows: Understand your customers' expectations and exceed them Be persistent Deliver great quality In congratulating these owners, Florida Regional Vice President Larry Trimble says, “I am thrilled to be able to celebrate these impressive milestones with Kathy, Ken & Lisa, and Jeff as well as all of the incredible Minuteman Press franchisees across Florida who have achieved such accomplishments. It is a pleasure to be able to support them with their businesses and I look forward to continuing to do so.” For more information on #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and to see more Minuteman Press franchise reviews, visit https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

November 01, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Black Women, Breast Cancer and the Tests That Can Save Lives

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/13nWSPuDIAs The death rate from breast cancer continues to decline, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. But there's a wide, worrisome gap in Black women's outcomes that remains unchanged. Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. While breast cancer incidence rates among Black and white women are close, mortality rates are markedly different, with Black women having a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer. Black women are disproportionally affected by more aggressive breast cancers because of their biology. A recent study showed that Black women are significantly more likely to have genomically High Risk tumors compared to white women, despite having the same clinical factors. This means that, all other things the same – right down to their age and the size of their tumors – the Black women in the study were more likely to have a more aggressive type of cancer. The way we can address some of these disparities is through genomic tests like MammaPrint and BluePrint, which look at 150 important genes within a tumor to estimate the risk of recurrence of that cancer. The number of genes/RNA analyzed by MammaPrint and BluePrint is higher than any other test, and captures the diversity of pathways that allows for consistent results regardless of race and ethnicity. With that information, we as physicians can make more informed decisions with our patients about what their optimal treatment plan should be. There are a few available genomic tests utilized in the clinic to guide discussions around chemotherapy benefit. One example is MammaPrint/BluePrint which are the most comprehensive tests with the most consistent results across diverse groups of patients, compared to other tests. In addition, only the BluePrint test can catch tumor subtypes that may look less dangerous, but actually behave more like triple negative breast cancer when you further classify. This is a very aggressive kind of cancer, that is over-represented among Black women. It is very important the gene expression profiling result a woman receives about her tumor is consistent and reliable regardless of her ethnicity and race, like MammaPrint and BluePrint’s. Studies showing mis-categorization of risk in minority populations due to under-representation of these patients in genomic studies and clinical trials that lead to the approval of these tests is alarming. Every woman with breast cancer has the right to know the correct and clear biological information from her tumor, regardless of her skin color, so she can make timely decisions about her treatment with her care team. For more information about gene expression profiling, including resources that can help you talk to your doctor to make sure the test being offered will work best and most accurately for you, go to Agendia.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 01, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Franchise Brands benefiting from strong contributions by Filta North America and Metro Rod

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November 01, 2022 09:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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