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Slashing Methane Emissions 30% By 2030 Could Be Key To Achieving Net Zero Targets — Here’s What AgTech Companies Are Doing To Help

Pond Technologies Holdings Inc.

The latest estimates put annual global methane emissions at 580 million tonnes (Mts) per year, creating atmospheric concentrations that are 2½ times denser than preindustrial levels. About 25% of that methane comes from the agricultural sector alone — mostly from gassy cows whose burps contain methane. With an estimated 1.4 billion cows worldwide and each cow belching approximately 220 pounds of methane each year, those burps add up. President Biden has even supported a bill that would tackle this issue, to the tune of $20 billion, due to its impact on the environment. That’s why companies like Pond Technologies Holdings Inc. ( OTCQB: PNDHF ) are exploring cost-effective, scalable ways to cut agricultural methane emissions and help nations around the world meet their Global Methane Pledge. Nations Need To Cut Methane Emissions If They Hope To Hit Net Zero Goals As part of the Global Methane Pledge launched at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) last year, 111 countries collectively responsible for 45% of methane emissions committed to reduce those emissions to 30% below 2020 levels by 2030. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gasses in Earth’s atmosphere — it has over 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide and accounts for as much as 30% of the global temperature increase scientists expect to see in the next 20 years. Because of this enhanced warming effect, cutting 170 Mts, 30% of 2020 levels, in methane emissions would be the equivalent of scrubbing 4.7 billion to 6.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere per year. If the global temperature increase surpasses 1.5 C above its pre industrial average, scientists warn of the following changes in our climate could occur: Extreme heat events — like the recent record-breaking heat wave that swept Europe this summer, sparking wildfires in four countries and contributing to over 1,000 deaths — that used to happen once a decade or less would happen more than four times per decade. The risk of severe flooding will more than double for 73% of the world’s population. The total forest area at risk of forest fires would nearly double in the United States alone and fires could become about 37% more frequent. An average of more than 114 million people each month will be exposed to extreme drought conditions that could ruin food crops and make already-scarce drinking water even harder to come by. Curbing Agricultural Emissions Might Hinge On Discovering An Anti-Methane Diet For Livestock Methane in agriculture is produced primarily by livestock — especially cows — as their digestive process produces methane as a byproduct that is released when they burp. That means tackling methane levels for farmers means devising a way to make cows burp less. The approach that’s made the most progress is changing cows’ diet. Royal DSM (OTCQX: KDSKF), for example, has already shown some success with this approach using a feed additive called Bovaer that’s been shown to reduce methane from burping by around 30%. Algae May Hold Another Key To Slashing Methane Emissions In April, Pond Technologies partnered with Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC and Livalta/AB Agri, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc (LSE: ABF) to identify algae strains that could reduce methane emissions when added to livestock feed. The research partnership could be a promising one as a separate study of red macroalgae (seaweed) found that it could cut methane emissions by up to 80% when added to cattle feed. However, scaling the production of seaweed would require turning large swaths of shorelines into seaweed farms, which could end up having its own environmental impacts on ocean and coastal ecosystems. That’s why Pond is partnering with these companies to explore microalgae strains that could offer the same methane-busting benefits as seaweed. Pond has already deployed what it reports is an innovative, scalable algae grow system that allows producers to grow microalgae in tanks where the conditions are optimized for algae growth. The tanks also help cut CO2 emissions themselves. Because algae use CO2 to grow, the proprietary Pond tanks can take the raw stack gas from power plants, factories and other high-emission facilities and convert it into clean, breathable air. The goal, then, is to identify microalgae strains that can be grown in these CO2-scrubbing platforms so that the companies can harvest them and turn them into feed additives. That way, each batch is pulling double duty: scrubbing emissions as it grows in the tank and curbing emissions again after it’s fed to livestock. Featured photo by Jan Koetsier on Pexels About Pond Technologies Located in Markham, Ontario, Pond has developed a proprietary system that can profitably transform CO2 into valuable products. Its Pond Carbon business focuses on absorbing greenhouse gas emissions, transforming these into food, feed, and nutraceutical ingredients. Pond recently added a Biotech division focused on the growth of unique strains of microalgae to be used as a reproductive medium for the expression of human antibodies and proteins. For more information, please visit https://www.pondtech.com/. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Pond Technologies, Inc. Grant Smith info@pondtech.com Benzinga Benzinga Brand Studio contributors@benzinga.com Company Website https://www.pondtech.com/

August 10, 2022 08:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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News Media Group, Inc.

Contact Details Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

August 09, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT HIBBETT & CITY GEAR CUTZ FOR KIDS EVENTS IN GALVESTON

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett | City Gear and Nike host Cutz for Kids Back to School events at two Hibbett & City Gear stores in Galveston, both located at 2711 61 st Street. The public is welcome to stop by on Sunday, August 14, 2022, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm to join the festivities. Kids of all ages will be able to get free haircuts on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Galveston Hibbett | City Gear Cutz For Kids events are two of 19 being held across the country to get kids excited about the new school year and going back to campus in style. There will be free children’s haircuts from local barbers, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “With our generous partners at Nike we are hosting the Cutz For Kids events with free haircuts to make the back to school season more fun,” said Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc. “One of our Associates came up with the Cutz For Kids concept about four years ago and it has been a great success across the country.” Hibbett | City Gear is known for newly released, exclusive and hard-to-find footwear and apparel. Stores are filled with stylist curated toe-to-head outfits to inspire customers while they shop. There are upscale amenities like phone charging stations, exceptional customer service and convenient shopping options such as; Buy Online Pick Up In Store, Reserve Online Pick Up In Store, Curbside Pick Up and Ship to Store. Customers can also take advantage of a generous customer loyalty program called Hibbett Rewards, Klarna split payment options, text communication updates and much more. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

August 09, 2022 10:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT CITY GEAR CUTZ FOR KIDS EVENT IN DAYTON

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett | City Gear and Nike host Cutz for Kids Back to School event at City Gear located at 3185 W. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Ohio. The public is welcome to stop by on Sunday, August 14, 2022, between 12 noon and 4pm to join the festivities. Kids of all ages will be able to get free haircuts on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Dayton Cutz For Kids event is one of 19 being held across the country to get kids excited about the new school year and going back to campus in style. There will be free children’s haircuts from local barbers, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We are hosting Cutz For Kids at City Gear with our generous partners from Nike to send kids back to school in style with a cool new haircut,” said Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc.” One of our Associates came up with this concept about four years ago and it has been a great success.” Hibbett | City Gear is known for newly released, exclusive and hard-to-find footwear and apparel. Stores are filled with stylist curated toe-to-head outfits to inspire customers while they shop. There are upscale amenities like phone charging stations, exceptional customer service and convenient shopping options such as; Buy Online Pick Up In Store, Reserve Online Pick Up In Store, Curbside Pick Up and Ship to Store. Customers can also take advantage of a generous customer loyalty program called Hibbett Rewards, Klarna split payment options, text communication updates and much more. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

August 09, 2022 10:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT HIBBETT & CITY GEAR CUTZ FOR KIDS EVENTS IN LOUISVILLE

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett | City Gear and Levi’s host Cutz for Kids Back to School events at two Hibbett & City Gear stores in Louisville. The public is welcome to stop by on Sunday, August 14, 2022 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm to join the festivities. Kids of all ages will be able to get free haircuts on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Louisville Hibbett | City Gear Cutz For Kids events are two of 19 being held across the country to get kids excited about the new school year and going back to campus in style. There will be free children’s haircuts from local barbers, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We are thrilled to be able to host this event with our generous partners at Levi’s and help local youth get back to school ready with free haircuts,” said Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc. “One of our Associates came up with the Cutz For Kids concept about four years ago and it has been a great success across the country.” Hibbett | City Gear is known for newly released, exclusive and hard-to-find footwear and apparel. Stores are filled with stylist curated toe-to-head outfits to inspire customers while they shop. There are upscale amenities like phone charging stations, exceptional customer service and convenient shopping options such as; Buy Online Pick Up In Store, Reserve Online Pick Up In Store, Curbside Pick Up and Ship to Store. Customers can also take advantage of a generous customer loyalty program called Hibbett Rewards, Klarna split payment options, text communication updates and much more. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

August 09, 2022 10:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT HIBBETT CUTZ FOR KIDS EVENT IN CLEVELAND

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett | City Gear and adidas host Cutz for Kids Back to School event at Hibbett in Cleveland, Ohio, located at 16824 Harvard Avenue. The public is welcome to stop by on Saturday, August 13, 2022, between 12 noon and 5 pm to join the festivities. Kids of all ages will be able to get free haircuts on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Cleveland Hibbett Cutz For Kids event is one of 19 being held across the country to get kids excited about the new school year and going back to campus in style. There will be free children’s haircuts from local barbers, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “With our generous partners at adidas we put together this Cutz For Kids event so local youth can get ready for their new school year with new haircuts and a fresh start,” said Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc. “It’s always a fun time and we enjoy giving back to the Cleveland community.” Hibbett | City Gear is known for newly released, exclusive and hard-to-find footwear and apparel. Stores are filled with stylist curated toe-to-head outfits to inspire customers while they shop. There are upscale amenities like phone charging stations, exceptional customer service and convenient shopping options such as; Buy Online Pick Up In Store, Reserve Online Pick Up In Store, Curbside Pick Up and Ship to Store. Customers can also take advantage of a generous customer loyalty program called Hibbett Rewards, Klarna split payment options, text communication updates and much more. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1105 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

August 09, 2022 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Best Online Casino: 3 Top Casino Sites August 2022

BetBeard

Best Online Casino Payouts When it comes to online casinos, players want two things: fast payouts and great games. Betbeard, offers both. In addition to a wide variety of online slots, table games, and video poker titles, Betbeard also features some of the fastest payouts in the industry. Players can withdraw their winnings via e-wallet within minutes, and receive their funds within hours. This makes Betbeard one of the best online casinos for players who want their winnings fast. 3 Best Online Casinos in 2022 Betbeard Online Casino Betbeard is the best online casino, it offers instant withdrawals and great customer service. So, if you win big, you can get your money right away. They also have a wide selection of casino games, so you can always find something to play. Betbeard offers a big welcome bonus and low minimum deposit requirements. Unlike other online casinos, it offers more than 3 000 slot games and table games. If you want to play live dealer games, there is a great variety as well of blackjack, online roulette, and baccarat. Withdrawals are fast, so players can win real money and have fun at the same time. Betheat Online Gambling Site Betheat is one of the most popular online casinos, with thousands of players gambling online every minute, it offers 4 deposit match bonuses, progressive jackpots, and many more real money games. Players participate in slot tournaments for the chance to win real money prizes. Every month the top 30 players are rewarded for their loyalty with cash prizes. Betheat casino clients can play various classic table games and enjoy a regular deposit match bonus. Bitstarz Casino Bitstarz is another good casino site with low minimum deposit methods and loads of slot games, it has a lucrative deposit bonus for new clients as well. Every player is eligible for matching bonuses for its 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th deposit. Like most online casinos Bitstarz has regular promotions and gives aways, they are handing out a brand new Tesla to their monthly tournament winners. These are the 3 online casinos today, that stand out from the crowd and are worth your attention, they all offer fast payouts, deposit match bonuses, specialty games, live dealer games, slots, and real money casino games. On top of that Betbeard offers a sports betting section with high odds, accumulator boost, and fast bet settlement. How to Find out if a Casino is a Legitimate Gambling Site The answer to this question depends on the online casino you choose. Many online casinos are legitimate gambling sites. However, some online casinos are not legitimate gambling sites. To find a legitimate online casino, you should look for an online casino that is licensed and regulated by a reputable gambling authority. You should also look for an online casino that has a good reputation with players. If you are unsure about an online casino, you can always contact customer support and ask them questions about the online casino. A legitimate gambling site is a website that offers online gambling games. Gambling sites can offer online casino games, online poker, online sports betting, and online bingo. What's the best online casino in the US There is no easy answer to this question. Many online casinos cater to US players, and each one offers a different experience. The best online casino for US players will depend on what you are looking for in an online casino. If you want an online casino with a wide selection of games, Betbeard is a good option. If you are looking for an online casino with fast payouts, Betheat is what you are searching. It is difficult to say definitively which online casino is the best for US players. However, these two online casinos are a good place to start your search. Casino websites like Betbeard are a rare gem, make sure you try their loyalty program including free spins for every deposit. Are Online Casinos Legal This is a difficult question to answer because online gambling is legal in some countries and illegal in others. It is also important to note that online gambling is regulated differently in different countries. In general, online gambling is legal in the United States, Australia, Canada, and most European countries. However, online gambling is illegal in some Asian countries, such as China and South Korea. If you are unsure about the legal status of online gambling in your country, you should contact a lawyer or research the laws in your country. What is the Legal Age to Gamble Online The legal age to gamble online varies from country to country. In most countries, the legal age to gamble online is 18 years old. However, in some countries, the legal age to gamble online is 21 years old. Online gambling sites offering real money casino games are very strict in implementing underage gambling restrictions. Online Casinos Licensed by Curacao When it comes to online gambling, players want to know that they are playing on a safe and secure site. One way to ensure that an online casino is safe and secure is by looking for an online casino that is licensed by Curacao. Curacao is a country in the Caribbean that is known for its strict gambling laws. All online casinos that are licensed by Curacao must adhere to strict standards. This means that they must offer a fair and safe gambling experience for all players. When you are looking for an online casino, be sure to check that they are licensed by Curacao. This will ensure that you are playing on a safe and secure site. Are Online Casinos Legit Yes, online casinos can be legitimate gambling sites. However, not all online casinos are legitimate gambling sites. 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Online slots are returning a portion of all bets called Return to Player (RTP). It is important to remember that online slots are a game of chance and the RTP should only be used as a guide. The higher the RTP, the higher the chance of winning. However, online slots are also very volatile, meaning that they can go through long periods without paying out. This is why it is important to set a budget and stick to it. When it comes to online gambling, players want to know that they are playing on a safe and secure site. One way to ensure that an online casino is safe and secure is by looking for an online casino that is licensed by Curacao. Curacao is a country in the Caribbean that is known for its strict gambling laws. All online casinos that are licensed by Curacao must adhere to strict standards. This means that they must offer a fair and safe gambling experience for all players. Online Casino Strategy There is no guaranteed online casino strategy that will guarantee you will win. However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of winning. The first thing you should do is set a budget and stick to it. Online slots are very volatile, meaning that they can go through long periods without paying out. This is why it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Even playing in the best online casino, will not be enough to win if you have no strategy and betting budget. It is also important to remember that online slots are a game of chance. The higher the RTP (return to player), the higher the chance of winning. However, online slots are also very volatile, meaning that they can go through long periods without paying out. This is why it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Another online casino strategy is to play online slots with higher denominations. This means that you will be betting more money per spin, but you will also have a higher chance of winning. Finally, you should always remember to have fun when you are playing online slots. This is a game and it should be treated as such. If you are not having fun, then you are not going to win. Best USA Online Casinos Online gambling in the USA is legal and the industry is growing at a phenomenal rate. In this guide, you will be shown the best USA online casinos. The online casinos are reviewed and rated according to their games, quality of sportsbooks, KYC procedures, and customer service. You should also pay attention to the license the casino has obtained. If there is no license then you are not protected and you may become a victim of fraud. Online casinos licensed by internationally recognized bodies like MGA and Curacao EGaming are safe so always look at the badge under the slots. Some of the best USA online casinos include betbeard, BetMGM, betheat, and Caesars. Best UK Online Casino Sites Best online casino sites in the UK differ from those in the US by game selections, bonuses, and licensing authorities. UK gambling sites are registered with the UK Gambling Commission which is responsible for the regulation of all forms of gambling in the UK. The commission ensures that all licensed gambling sites meet strict standards for fairness, security, and customer protection. All local online casino sites in the UK must be registered with the Gambling Commission. There are international casino sites, that are not registered with the UKGC, they are still safe places to play and have fun, provided they have an adequate license. If you decide to play in a casino site outside the UKGC then be sure to ask their customer support if they accept players from the UK. Best Canada Online Gambling Sites The Canadian online gambling market is one of the biggest in the world. Many people in Canada enjoy gambling online, whether it’s playing casino games or betting on sports. The Canadian government has made it easy for people to gamble online by making it legal to do so. However, they have also put in place some regulations to protect players from scams and fraudulent activities. The Canadian Gambling Commission is the main regulatory body for online gambling in Canada. They are responsible for ensuring that all gambling activities in the country are fair and safe. All Canadian gambling sites must be licensed by some regulatory body to operate legally. There are many different types of Canadian gambling sites, from online casinos to sports betting and online poker. You can find a gambling site to suit your needs and preferences by doing a bit of research. Once you find a good Canadian gambling site, you can be sure that you’ll have a great time playing and winning. Casino gaming is fun at the best online gambling sites betbeard and betheat. If you are looking for the best online casino in Canada then there are many factors to consider. The most important thing is to make sure that the casino is licensed and regulated by a reputable authority. The Canadian Gambling Commission is a good place to start. You should also make sure that the casino offers a good selection of games, has a user-friendly interface, and provides excellent customer support. Australia Real Money Casino Sites Top online casino sites in Australia offer progressive jackpots, free spins, and no deposit bonuses. Betheat offers all three of them, so you can try the casino without the need to deposit first. Australian gambling regulation is pretty tough, and local online casinos have many limitations such as welcome bonus rules, wagering on real money games, and the inability to offer quality live dealer games, therefore most Australian online gambling players are playing on international gambling sites, to enjoy the greater variety of slots, and table games they offer. Best Online Casino Games The most popular casino slot game in 2022 is Starburst by Netent. The game has been released in 2021 and since then has been topping the charts. It has a high RTP of 96.26% and high volatility making it ideal for players searching for big wins. It's 5 reels to 3 rows slot with 9 pay lines There are other slot real money games like Sunrise Reels and Immortal Romance which are also very popular in the gambling community. Best casinos will offer thousands of slots from tens of slot providers so players never get bored and will always have a new slot to spin. Online Casino Gambling Problems Make sure you check out Betbeard page on responsible gambling for more information about how to stay safe while playing at online casinos. Betbeard takes responsible gambling seriously and wants to make sure all players are always playing safe. They have several measures in place to promote responsible gambling, such as setting limits on deposits and losses and providing links to support organizations. Betbeard also offers a self-exclusion program for players who feel they have a gambling problem. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, be sure to get help from a professional organization like Gamblers Anonymous. Furthermore, Betbeard offers free gambling addiction resources, so if you ever experience that you lose control of your casino game then contact their support. Only the best casino websites offer support for problem gamblers so make sure you take advantage of it if you ever feel in need. Best Online Casinos to Play Unlike other top online casinos, betbeard welcome bonus is very flexible, the wagering is 35 times, and the max bet while playing with bonus funds is 2 euros. Online casino players love casino bonuses with clear instructions and no small print. Bitstarz welcome bonus at the online casino site is one of the best in the business. You can get up to $1,000 in welcome bonuses, and the wagering requirements are only 30x. The customer support is excellent, and you can reach them 24/7 via live chat or email. Betbeard is a great bitcoin casino, striving to satisfy its players by offering thousands of slot games, and massive bonuses. Contact Details Betbeard Michael +44 7828 710102 affiliate@betbeard.com Company Website https://betbeard.com/en/sport

August 09, 2022 09:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GLOBAL LEADER ZERO LATENCY LAUNCHES ITS NEXT GENERATION IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM IN THE U.S.

Zero Latency

Zero Latency, a global leader in immersive entertainment, is announcing the expansion of its next generation technology to the U.S., beginning with Las Vegas and brand new locations in Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Orlando opening later this year. Since Zero Latency first introduced the concept of free-roam virtual reality to the world in Melbourne, Australia in 2015, the company has continued to push the progression of the industry forward. Today, its next generation virtual reality entertainment platform release allows Zero Latency to once again provide customers with the most effortless, immersive experience available anywhere. In partnership with HTC, Zero Latency is able to bring up to eight players together to experience the same amazing content game library, but now with more freedom of movement and agency than ever before. Now, with the ability to remove backpacks and extra wires, Zero Latency customers will experience the most distraction-free, immersive experience available to them in the world. The new platform uses an exclusive remote rendering stack, the latest 6E wireless technology to seamlessly stream 5K VR to all players simultaneously, and the HTC VIVE Focus 3 to deliver an increased performance that is up to 16 times greater than that of traditional all-in-one headsets. “The new Zero Latency platform offers the closest experience yet to simply stepping inside another world. We intentionally provide effortlessly immersive experiences that we think people will enjoy, and we can’t wait to share that with more customers around the world,” said Tim Ruse, Chief Executive Officer at Zero Latency. “By removing equipment, like backpacks, we’re actually able to provide a heightened player experience to our customers in the United States and across the world. Our existing titles feel better than ever, and we can’t wait to blow people away with what we have coming next.” Customers can now discover Zero Latency’s award-winning library of game titles without wires through its seven premium game environments, including Ubisoft-exclusive “Far Cry VR,” “Sol Raiders,” “Undead Arena,” “Singularity,” “Outbreak Origins,” “Engineerium,” and “Zombie Survival.” The HTC VIVE Focus 3, customized to enhance the experience offered at Zero Latency, provides awe-inspiring 5K visual fidelity with a 90Hz refresh rate and 120 degree field of view, immersing players and up to seven of their friends in mind-bending worlds that sound just as real as they look. Its range of hardware and software features are game changing for location based entertainment, improving player experience and operational efficiency. “Our customers often tell us Zero Latency is the best VR experience they’ve ever had,” said Scott Vandonkelaar, Chief Technology Officer at Zero Latency. “Delivering experiences as deep and interactive as ours has never been possible with an all-in-one headset, so we built our own solution. Remote rendering and 6E wireless streaming means we can deliver our experiences at previously impossible performance levels, with less technology and fewer player distractions than ever. We’re thrilled by the results and can’t wait for customers to experience it for themselves.” Zero Latency's latest platform doesn't just improve the experience for customers; it changes the game for owners and operators globally too. With a decrease in entry costs for new owners, hardware management, equipment maintenance, and a simplified player onboarding experience, it's the most affordable and easy-to-use iteration of the Zero Latency platform yet. Customers can experience the new Zero Latency platform now in the United States at Zero Latency Las Vegas located in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino or in one of over 20 additional venues launching worldwide in the coming months. For more information about Zero Latency, go to https://zerolatencyvr.com/. ### ABOUT ZERO LATENCY: Zero Latency is a global leader in immersive entertainment, working at the cutting edge of VR and location-based experiences. With more than 55 venues across over 20 countries, Zero Latency is the largest free-roam VR network in the world. Since opening the world’s first free-roam VR venue in 2015, Zero Latency has thrilled more than 2 million players worldwide. Over the past year alone, the company has seen a 124% jump in games played within the U.S. and 288% growth globally. Zero Latency is continuously innovating to raise the bar for customers, owners, and operators. Other firsts include: Partnering with Microsoft in 2019 to develop “inside out” tracking technology Launching Sol Raiders in 2019, the world’s first free-roam eSports game Releasing the AAA-exclusive Far Cry VR experience alongside Ubisoft in 2021 SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Instagram and TikTok: @zerolatencyvr LinkedIn: Zero Latency VR Contact Details Jive PR + Digital Kiandra Madison +1 404-376-9490 kiandra@jiveprdigital.com Company Website https://zerolatencyvr.com/

August 08, 2022 01:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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SIGMA Announces 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, the World’s First and Only 20mm F1.4 Lens Designed Exclusively for Mirrorless

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, a full-frame, wide-angle prime lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. It is the first and only lens of this specification, joining its predecessor – the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – as the only 20mm F1.4 lenses available for full-frame platforms. With superb optical clarity from corner to corner, outstanding build quality with a dust and splash-resistant structure, and new details that consider the needs of discerning users, the new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is optimized for astrophotography, while offering performance that makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, wide-angle prime lens. In addition to its impressive imaging capabilities and premium Art line features, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art introduces a Manual Focus Lock, which allows the user to set focus manually and lock it in place, especially useful for time-lapse shooting or long exposures. A new Lens Heater Retainer keeps this useful astrophotography weather accessory firmly in place while in use. A Rear Filter Holder provides an opportunity to use rear-mounted filters for various effects without causing distortion or vignetting. And a convenient front filter thread allows users to also utilize commonly available 82mm filters. The new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens will be available for both Sony E-mount and L-Mount systems in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $899 in late August 2022. Learn more about the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/20mm-f1-4-dg-dn-a Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN An Art Level 20mm F1.4. The ultimate lens for astrophotography. Highest optical performance on a new level Designed for perfect results even in the most demanding conditions Superb build quality and usability with uncompromising attention to detail Supplied accessories: Case, Petal-type lens hood with lock (LH878-04), Front Cap (LCF-82 III), Rear Cap (LCR II), Guide Plate (GP-21) Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount * The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change. * This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA20mmF14Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtPrime #SIGMADGDN Outstanding optical quality and a range of invaluable features – The ultimate astrophotography lens from the 20mm F1.4 pioneer. The F1.4 series represents the SIGMA Art line, which pursues the highest optical performance and rich expression. The full-frame SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is a mirrorless version of the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art; the one and only lens* with its unique specification of maximum aperture of 1.4 and an ultra-wide angle of 20mm. This lens offers overwhelming optical performance and unlimited potential for ultra wide-angle creativity at a compact physical size. The exceptional F1.4 brightness and the breathtaking sharpness across the entire image even at maximum aperture make this lens the ultimate choice for astrophotography. In nightly darkness and focused to infinity, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art captures stars in the sky as clear, precise pinpoints of light. State-of-the-art optical design and the large, high-precision double-sided aspheric glass front element made it possible to add a front filter thread without any compromises regarding optical performance or size. The addition of other invaluable features such as a rear filter holder and a variety of useful switches further increases the creative possibilities and easy usability of the lens. Its incredible sharpness and very bright aperture, coupled with the compact body and thoughtful features, make the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art the ultimate lens for astrophotography and an ideal companion for any photographically demanding situation. * As an AF interchangeable lens for mirrorless cameras that covers 35mm full-frame (as of August 2022, by SIGMA) [Key Features] 1. Highest optical performance on a new level The SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art delivers exceptionally detailed results that easily satisfy the high demands of professional photography and other high-end applications. With 17 glass elements arranged in 15 groups, including two SLD, three aspherical glass elements and the largest class double-sided aspherical glass element in SIGMA's history, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art rigorously suppresses various optical aberrations such as sagittal coma flare or image distortion to produce highly-detailed images with exceptional sharpness and accuracy from the center to the furthest corners, allowing photographers to make use of the entire field of view afforded by its ultra-wide viewing angle. This ultimate astrophotography lens is the culmination of the unparalleled manufacturing technology of SIGMA's sole production base in Aizu, Japan, as well as the company's know-how and experience with large-aperture wide-angle lenses, such as the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art. 2. Designed for perfect results even in the most demanding conditions SIGMA's outstanding design and high-precision manufacturing capabilities made it possible to equip the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art with a front filter thread despite its very large F1.4 aperture and 20mm ultra-wide viewing angle. The lens also comes with a rear filter holder, allowing photographers the freedom to combine multiple filters to suit a huge variety of shooting situations for near-unlimited creative potential at an ultra-wide viewing angle — for example, using a front filter to reduce light pollution and a softening filter on the rear to take impressive photographs of nightly landscapes with star-filled skies. The new MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch to turn off the focus ring makes it easier to concentrate on the shoot without worrying about accidentally changing the focusing distance. Further, the lens also equips a lens heater retainer, meaning that lens heaters used to prevent internal condensation as the temperature drops on longer night shoots will stay securely attached to the barrel without protruding into the image and causing unsightly vignetting. With its brilliant optical power and its full range of useful features despite its compact and lightweight body, the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is the ultimate choice when photographing the night sky. 3. Superb build quality and usability, uncompromising attention to detail Its dust- and splash-resistant structure* 1 and the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front glass element make the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art safe to use during longer outdoor shoots, especially during the night. Thoughtful features such as a focus mode switch, a customizable AFL* 2 button, and an aperture ring lock switch enhance the lens usability. An aperture ring click switch can be used to turn the aperture ring click on and off, allowing photographers to enjoy the sound and feel of the click, as well as smooth aperture operation during video recording. The robust body is built from a combination of aluminum and Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), giving it a sleek finish, and the included petal-shaped lens hood is equipped with a lock mechanism to keep the hood securely fastened to the lens, and the rubberized grip area makes attaching and removing the hood a quick and easy process. Manufactured in Japan with an uncompromising approach towards every single detail, the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers photographers an exceptional experience with high-end results even in the most difficult conditions, thanks to its outstanding optical performance, exceptional build quality perfect for professional use, brilliant and precise ergonomics, and a range of useful features. *1 Although this construction allows the lens to be used in light rain, it is not the same as being waterproof. *2 Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. [Additional Features] Lens construction: 17 elements in 15 groups, with 2 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping Motor Front filter thread (82mm) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections and auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Support for DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water- and oil-repellent coating Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button Programmable function only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Manual Focus Lock (MFL) switch Rear filter holder Lens heater retainer Focus mode switch Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only) Petal-type lens hood with lock (LH878-04) Dust- and splash-resistant structure Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately, L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens is evaluated with SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount "Made in Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [Key Specifications] The figures below are for the L-Mount version: Lens Construction: 15 groups, 17 elements (2 SLD, 3 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 94.5° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 23cm / 9.1 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.1 Filter size: 82mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 87.8 x 111.2mm / 3.5 x 4.4 in. Weight: 635g / 22.4 oz. [Product Barcode] L-Mount: 0085126 414696 Sony E-mount: 0085126 414658 [Accessories: Supplied] Product Name / Barcode FRONT CAP LCF-82 III: 0085126 930028 PETAL-TYPE LENS HOOD LH878-04: 0085126 939960 REAR CAP LCR II (L-Mount): 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (Sony E-mount): 0085126 929879 [Accessories: Optional] Product Name / Barcode SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 931834 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 930974 SIGMA PROTECTOR 82mm: 0085126 931100 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 82mm: 0085126 930714 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 82mm: 0085126 930844 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! 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