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SIGMA Announces 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, a Premium Wide-Angle Prime Lens Offering Stellar Performance for Photo and Video

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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 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, a full-frame, wide-angle prime lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. Building on the legacy of its extremely versatile predecessor, this lens offers improved sharpness from edge-to-edge, enhanced portability, and adds useful features that are characteristic of SIGMA’s DG DN Art line lenses, such as a manual aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video use. With incredible image quality from corner to corner, robust build quality with a dust and splash-resistant structure, plus new details that enhance the lens’ usability in the field, the new SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is destined to be a favorite of landscape, astro, architectural, street and wedding photographers, filmmakers, vloggers – anyone who requires a versatile, wide angle of view with minimal distortion and outstanding low-light capability. Newly-introduced features include a Manual Focus Lock, which allows the user to set focus manually and lock it in place, which is especially useful for time-lapse shooting or very long exposures. A Rear Filter Holder provides an opportunity to use rear-mounted filters for various effects without causing distortion or vignetting. The new SIGMA 24mm 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 $799 in late August 2022. Learn more about the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/24mm-f1-4-dg-dn-a Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN Stellar results, anywhere, anytime. An astrophotography lens for everyday use. Wide viewing angle and astrophotography-level optical performance Compact for an F1.4 large-aperture, wide-angle lens beyond belief Superb build quality with a range of useful features Supplied accessories: Case, Petal-type lens hood with lock (LH782-01), Front Cap (LCF-72 III), Rear Cap (LCR II), Guide Plate (GP-11) 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 #SIGMA24mmF14Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtPrime #SIGMADGDN Stunning power of the Art series lens in a compact body: Explore the versatile potential of "24mm F1.4" with SIGMA. Featuring a very large maximum aperture of F1.4, outstanding suppression of optical aberrations as well as a wealth of thought-out features, the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art enables photographers to capture breathtakingly clear images with ease even in the most demanding lighting conditions. The versatile viewing angle of 24mm and the luxurious brightness of its F1.4 maximum aperture make this lens the perfect choice for all possible situations, from casual snapshots taken indoors to architectural photographs and even nightly astrophotography. The outstanding image quality achieved by its dedicated mirrorless optical design and the use of each glass element and optimal part resulted in a thorough suppression of optical aberration such as sagittal coma flare to ensure peak performance in every part of the image, within a compact and lightweight body. Additional features such as a front filter thread, rear filter holder and useful buttons such as the newly introduced MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch further expand the possibilities and versatility of the lens. The SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art brings the power and pleasure of an astrophotography lens into everyday situations. [Key Features] 1. Wide viewing angle and astrophotography-level optical performance The fantastic optical performance of the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is powered by the optimal arrangement of 17 elements in 14 groups, including two FLD, one SLD and four aspherical glass elements. The successful suppression of optical aberrations such as sagittal coma flare, which cannot be corrected by the camera, contributes to lens' clear and accurate point-image reproduction capabilities in every part of the frame. Other unsightly effects such as ghosting or flares are minimized by its state-of-the-art optical design, and the use of Super Multi-Layer Coating and Nano Porous Coating (NPC) allow the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art to deliver visual punch even in backlit conditions and near maximum aperture. Its power to render clean and accurate images in any situations make this lens ideal for everyday use as well as technically demanding genres like astro-, landscape and architectural photography. Experience the power and joy of one of the most versatile lenses in SIGMA's Art F1.4 lineup. 2. Compact for an F1.4 large-aperture, wide-angle lens beyond belief The SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art delivers its brilliant optical performance in a compact, portable and easy-to-use body. Thanks to an optimal placement of each single part, the use of complex aspherical glass elements, the freedom afforded by the short flange back distance and a fierce fight for every single gram, the lens comes at an astonishingly small size and weight despite its wide viewing angle and large maximum aperture without any compromise of its optical qualities. With its handy dimensions, the 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is easy and convenient to use in any given situation, from travel and street photography to night-time photography. The wide viewing angle of its 24mm focal length makes it easy to get everything into the shot without losing focus of the subject – ideal for single or group portraits and documentary photography. The SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art opens up endless possibilities to anyone who values high optical performance, versatility and convenience, from professional photographers to users who are new to a wide-angle prime lens. 3. Superb build quality with a range of useful features The SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is equipped with both a front filter thread and a rear filter holder, as well as a new MFL switch that disables the focusing ring to prevent accidental changes that will be especially helpful when photographing the stars at night. The dust- and splash-resistant structure* 1 of the lens itself and the water- and oil-repellent coating of the front element will keep the lens safe and functioning even during shoots in harsher environments. Thoughtful features such as a focus mode switch, a freely configurable AFL button* 2 and the aperture ring lock switch to prevent accidental changes further enhance the intuitive and flexible nature of the lens. The petal-type hood has a lock mechanism to prevent unintentional removal. Filmmakers will especially appreciate the fast yet silent autofocus driven by a stepping motor and the aperture ring click switch that allows for smooth aperture control. With its exceptional optical performance and superb build quality, the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is the latest result of SIGMA's relentless, uncompromising pursuit of perfection down to the smallest detail. *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 14 groups, with 2 FLD, 1 SLD, 4 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping Motor Front filter thread (72mm) 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) Nano porous coating 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 Focus mode switch Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only) Petal-type lens hood with lock (LH782-01) 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: 14 groups, 17 elements (2 FLD, 1 SLD and 4 aspherical lens elements) Angle of view: 84.1° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 25cm / 9.9 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:7.1 Filter size: 72mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 75.7 x 95.5mm / 3.0 x 3.8 in. Weight: 520g / 18.3 oz. [Product Barcode] L-Mount: 0085126 405694 Sony E-mount: 0085126 405656 [Accessories: Supplied] Product Name / Barcode FRONT CAP LCF-72 III: 0085126 929633 PETAL-TYPE LENS HOOD LH782-01: 0085126 939977 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 72mm: 0085126 931810 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 72mm: 0085126 930950 SIGMA PROTECTOR 72mm: 0085126 931087 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 72mm: 0085126 930691 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 72mm: 0085126 930820 [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/ [Information] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/ Product information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/a022_24_14/ 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 Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 SIGMA.PR@sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

August 08, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Learn More about Simply Better Brands Corp. from Benzinga

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August 05, 2022 03:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Telos Network Announces Winners of Mission NFT Contest to Share 175,000 TLOS Prize Pool

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After several months and over 100 project submissions, the Telos Network (Ticker: TLOS), a third-generation L1 blockchain, has announced the much-anticipated closing and winners of its renowned Mission NFT contest. The contest, which started May earlier this year, aimed to provide digital artists with the opportunity to mint their collections on Telos’ industry-leading EVM and share a prize pool of 175,000 TLOS. Mission NFT was hosted on the TAIKAI Network, a crowd-sourcing platform designed to connect businesses with creators. Public voting took place on TAIKAI and received over 1,000 votes from the NFT community to narrow the submissions to 20 finalists, of which a Telos judging panel awarded the top five winners. They are as follows: Build-A-Dummy (25,000 TLOS) Mochi NFT (25,000 TLOS) Duel of NFT (25,000 TLOS) Alien Collection (25,000 TLOS) Telland NFT (25,000 TLOS + The Big Gooey’s Pick 50,000 TLOS) A detailed description of each Mission NFT winner can be found on the Telos Medium channel. Telos thanks all involved, including participants and its community, for helping to make Mission NFT a resounding success. About TAIKAI TAIKAI is a talent and crowdsourcing marketplace built on the Telos blockchain that allows businesses to connect with highly-skilled individuals worldwide through hackathons and hiring challenges. In addition, the platform enables participants with the best ideas and products to thrive and be rewarded for their contributions. About Telos Live since 2018, Telos Blockchain (ticker: TLOS) is an ESG compliant Layer 1 smart contract platform that offers full-service compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts. The Telos EVM is the most powerful and scalable Ethereum Smart Contract platform built to power Web 3.0. Telos features a robust, third-generation, ESG compliant evolutionary blockchain governance system, including smart contracts, advanced voting features, and flexible and user-friendly fee models. In addition, Telos supports the blockchain ecosystem by serving as an incubator and accelerator for decentralized applications through development grants. Come build with us. About The Foundation The Telos Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization established as a promotional and funding body to advance the Telos Blockchain Network and provide support to network applications. Contact Details The Team hello@telosfoundation.io Company Website https://www.telos.net/

August 05, 2022 12:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Back-to-School Wellness Sets Students up for Success

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Wellness remains top of mind as parents start to prepare for the upcoming school year, as it is a big contributor to their children’s success. But creating healthy routines during the transition from Summer to back to school is not always easy. Whether it’s meal prep, building in a balanced diet, shifting weather patterns or busy schedules, parents are balancing a lot. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/dWT8EHKnR4o To help achieve success in the 2022-23 school year, it is important to focus on daily routines that enhance your kids’ lives. In fact, eating well throughout childhood and adolescence supports proper growth and development while preventing various health conditions. The CDC recommends meals containing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, oils, and a variety of proteins. There are many ways to achieve these goals, including solid food, vitamin supplements, and plant-based protein. Additionally, youth should avoid empty calories. Added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily intake for those 2-18 years of age. Approximately half of these empty calories come from soda, pizza, and whole milk. Beyond diet, exercise and well-being also contribute to a student’s success in the classroom. A U.S. study showed that when pollen counts doubled, a percentage of elementary schoolers saw a drop in testing scores when compared to their counterparts. Nearly 1.7 million children have one or more allergies. Antihistamines can help treat symptoms and hives so children can stay focused on their studies, extracurricular activities and more time outside. Syn hopes to help parents plot out their family’s nutrition and wellness plans throughout the upcoming school year. KICK OFF THE DAY WITH BREAKFAST: An easy way for to start off a new school year is with breakfast. Syn says it helps a child's attention span, concentration and memory—all important for learning in school. “Maybe kick off the day with something fun and tasty like banana pancakes or mini-fruit kebobs. The kebobs are easy to make with pineapple, strawberries, grapes, and blueberries—just pair it with a flavored yogurt as dip,” adding, “You can also try apple cinnamon oatmeal. Grab a store-bought oatmeal and top it with apples, cinnamon, raisins and pecans.” The goal is to make sure children have the energy they need to make it to lunchtime. SWITCH UP THE MENU: Syn admits that the school year can get hectic, and parents are often left looking for convenient ways to eat well throughout the entire day. However, we all know convenient doesn’t always equal healthy. The registered dietician and nutritionist recommends Sweet Earth Foods, which offers delicious, flavor-forward and nutrient-dense vegan and vegetarian options that are perfect to have on-hand during the back-to-school season. Two options Syn highlights include the Korean BBQ-Style Chik’n entrée bowl, which has lots of veggies like edamame, snap peas, and a cauliflower rice blend. She says, “The sweet and spicy Gochujang style sauce is packed with flavor and everyone in the family will love it. And since it’s a prepared meal, all you have to do is heat and eat; it’s ready in just 3 minutes in the microwave or 20 minutes in the oven.” “The Mindful Chik’n comes ready-to-eat and has the taste and texture of traditional chicken with 18 grams of protein, making it a perfect addition to weekday meals,” says Syn, adding, “You can serve it fresh from the fridge or cooked in a family favorite recipe, like chik’n fajitas, a stir fry, or even a chik’n pesto pizza.” Sweet Earth products are available at retailers nationwide. Consumers can also find them at a nearby store by using the store locator found at SweetEarthFoods.com. Direct link: https://www.goodnes.com/sweet-earth/ Social media handles: @sweetearthfoods Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter CUT DOWN ON CLEAN UP TIME: Parents are always searching for extra time, especially during the school year. Syn says there is a way to make mealtimes even more convenient, while reducing stress in the kitchen. Whether it’s breakfast, a lunch on the go, or dinner, the Chinet® brand can help make cleanup easier, allowing parents more time to focus on other aspects of life, including personal wellness. Syn says the Chinet Classic® products are made for exactly what’s on your menu, adding, “They’re perfect for a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, or a plate of bacon and eggs during breakfast. Obviously, they make lunch and dinner clean up easier than ever!” She points out how the Chinet Comfort® cups are perfect for morning coffee or a “make your own” espresso bar. She says, “The cups are sturdy, keep your drinks warm, and the lids help protect from accidental spills.” For more information, go to mychinet.com. Direct link: https://www.mychinet.com/products/ Social media handles: Facebook.com/mychinet Instagram.com/mychinet Twitter.com/mychinet SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE: Nearly 1.7 million children have one or more allergies. With allergy season about to kick off in parts of the country, Syn says there is a way for parents to give their kids some relief so they can still enjoy the outdoors as they head back to school. “So, when it comes to back-to-school prep, parents will want to ensure their kids are feeling well and at their best,” adding, “Children’s Claritin® is the #1 pediatrician recommended non-drowsy oral OTC allergy brand and provides kids with indoor and outdoor allergy relief whenever they need it most.” New research finds that children spend less than eight minutes playing outside each day. The registered dietician and nutritionist is inspired by the brand’s commitment to help kids spend more time outside. “Through their multi-year initiative, The Outsideologist Project, Claritin® is committed to helping kids get outside one more hour a week by providing expert-curated outdoor activity ideas. It can be anything from going to the local playground, playing hopscotch, or even tossing a ball in the backyard.” For more, check out @outsideologistproject on Instagram and Facebook for fun and exciting ideas and inspiration to help children spend more time outside. Direct link: https://www.claritin.com/the-outsideologist-project Social media handles: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutsideologistProject/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outsideologistproject/?hl=en Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 05, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Rapidly growing Global Sneaker Platform The Edit LDN enters the Metaverse with Bloktopia

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The high-end global marketplace for sneakers, The Edit LDN is progressing into the metaverse by creating a premium store within Bloktopia’s crypto paradise. London-based founder Moses Rashid entered the brand into Harrods in October of 2021, but is now taking the sneaker community to the next stage in their purchasing journey for luxury products by setting up shop virtually. “We clearly see a trend that luxury brands need a Web3 strategy, and for us, this feels like a natural fit. We're finding our audience is more digitally focussed, has an interest in Crypto and NFTs, and an increasing desire to attain product in different ways. Our partnership with Bloktopia is our first big step to executing our vision of being the most innovative player in the market ” said Moses Rashid, founder of The Edit LDN. Moses launched the business in January 2020, and has scaled the company to new heights with a 525% growth from Y1 to Y2 & on track to deliver another 500% growth in Y3, making The Edit LDN the UK’s no1 sneaker destination for servicing a global audience. Streetwear retailers have in recent years increasingly launched limited editions of some of their products—sneakers, but also other clothing. A number of designer labels have followed suit. That has spawned big business in the resale market, with buyers snapping up in-demand products and selling them on at a profit. Despite the higher price tag - consumers are falling over themselves to be the first to own the hottest drops. The Edit LDN have deep rooted relationships across this market to provide the most limited and exclusive items for their customers at lightning speed, plus with commercial partnerships with Harrods & Threads Styling, it’s like buying from any other store except the higher quality in customer service. For those who have been sleeping on web3, the Metaverse is the bridge between physical and virtual worlds within the decentralised and open source virtual world. Cryptographic protocols will emerge for managing digital value, for example, digital art, real estate & advertising space. The facilitators that make this happen will be NFT’s on the Blockchain allowing for affordable and rapid transactions. Bloktopia, is a VR Skyscraper made up of 21 levels to pay recognition to 21 million Bitcoin. It contains everything that anyone will ever need to know about the benefits and pitfalls of Cryptocurrency, Blockchains and NFTs. Built in the Unity gaming engine on Web3 technology, the Bloktopia metaverse is the next iteration of the internet, allowing users to achieve anything that can be done in the real world. It is focused on social connection, but without the boundaries of geographical location. Its visitors will learn about crypto from trusted sources like University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies. They will be able to earn cryptocurrency, play games, socialise with friends, be creative and buy things they desire. Bloktopia launched its token $BLOK in late 2021, and took the crypto sector by storm, claiming the most successful launch of the year - returning over 1000x for early investors. And with an organic following into the millions, when the metaverse goes live, expected later this year, it will become an entertainment destination of choice for many. Ross Tavakoli, CEO of Blocktopia, said: “As a big sneakerhead myself, we’re really pleased to be able to partner with the UK’s number 1 sneaker destination, Edit LDN. Fortnite makes $2m a day from in-app purchases like skins (digital clothing) for avatars. Bloktopia will offer a different, interoperable option. Allowing the purchase of digital wearables, in this case sneakers, through an NFT function which means they won’t be restricted to just our metaverse, and can be worn across hundreds of games and other metaverses. That makes the fashion industry and the metaverse such a good fit, as it creates a whole new income stream for our partners like Edit LDN. The customer can also be sent the sneakers physically too.” The meshing of these two worlds go hand in hand - consumers are just as likely to purchase the hottest garms for their avatar as they are themselves. It’s also about two companies, passionate about what they do - Rashid being a sneaker collector himself and Tavakoli adopting this space as early as 2015, both entities are disruptors in their own space and early adopters of web3 and NFT’s will be quick to jump on this. The possibilities for this partnership are endless, as the metaverse changes and evolves so does the sneaker world. Bloktopians will be able to purchase an ‘Edit LDN’ sneaker NFT for their avatar and then receive an in hand sneaker for themselves. This is yet another step in Moses Rashid’s plan for The Edit to become ‘the Amazon of the sneaker world’, after just launching The Edit’s same day service which is a resale first. Moses Rashid added: “We live in the Amazon age of Now, so we’ve focussed our business on ensuring the supply chain works quickly and scale on a global level. This is a real game-changer for a market that traditionally took 2-4 weeks for product to arrive. Looking forward, we see customers interacting with the shopping experience in different & interesting ways. With this in mind, The Edit LDN will be the bridge for both the physical and virtual worlds, through Sneakers ” About THE EDIT LDN Founded in 2020, The EDIT LDN has quickly become a global authority in the Sneaker and High End streetwear market, launching their Global Marketplace digitally connecting investors and owners of sneakers with actively engaged buyers - a gender neutral and international audience. With partnerships including Harrods, Galleries Lafayette and Threads Styling - The Edit LDN has a wide client base including International celebrities including Music stars, Footballers through to the NFL. Brands include: Jordan, Yeezy, Louis Vuitton, Fear of God, Dior, amongst others. The platform is fast becoming synonymous with speed of service, authenticity, diverse selection of secure payment methods, and first class customer service. THE EDIT LDN is a British business, scaling incredibly quickly with a huge focus on the USA. Further information visit: www.theeditldn.com Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.theeditldn.com/

August 05, 2022 11:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Top 4 Credit Cards for Everyone’s Wallet

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Finding the best credit cards for your lifestyle isn’t always easy. Fortunately, these four make a great place to start. Secured Credit Card A secured credit card is a type of credit card backed by a cash deposit. The deposit acts as collateral to protect the lender if you default and don’t make repayments. Secured credit cards are simple: After you deposit cash, the lender issues a credit line often equal to your security deposit. Then, you use the card and pay it off like any other card. When you close the account or graduate to an unsecured card, you receive your deposit back. Secured credit cards make great options for credit card beginners and anyone with a poor or no credit history. Because the issuer reports the card to credit bureaus, secured cards can boost your score quickly. As you try to improve your credit, the cash-backed credit limit helps to build responsible credit habits. Cashback Card Cashback credit cards offer cash rewards on everyday purchases. Most rewards take the form of dollars or points and operate on a percentage basis. (For instance, earning 2% cashback or 2x points on every dollar spent.) You can usually redeem your rewards for a check, bank transfer, or credit statement. Cashback cards come in three main flavors: Flat-rate cards offer the same cash back on every purchase (usually 1-2%), making them ideal if you want cashback without complicated reward programs. Bonus category or tiered cards offer “tiers” of rewards depending on where or what you buy. (For example, 2% on dining out, 3% on groceries, etc.) You may prefer a tiered card if you tend to shop at specific retailers. Rotating rewards cards change their bonus categories quarterly or yearly. You may like rotating rewards cards if you’re highly organized and want to earn more cashback on seasonal purchases. Cashback cards make it easy to earn money on the money you’d spend anyway – helping you “save” through shopping. Gas Card Gas stations may issue gas credit cards that offer discounts, rewards and perks for filling up. Many, like those offered by Shell or ExxonMobil, offer 5-10 cents off per gallon. Gas cards tend to operate more like store cards in that you can only use them at particular stations or brands. Gas station credit cards can help you earn cashback on gas while curbing your credit use. Due to their limited acceptance, you can also use them to establish or rebuild your credit without worrying that you’ll overspend. Travel Points Card Travel points cards make some of the best rewards cards for frequent travelers. As the name suggests, they help you earn travel-specific rewards and discounts. Depending on the card, you may receive points or miles on every dollar spent that can help you score free or discounted: Airline tickets Airport lounge stays Hotel stays Car rentals Meals Or upgrades For many people, travel rewards cards make it easy to save up for that much-needed vacation. Some travel points cards also offer redemption options for non-travel expenses, though your points may not go as far. How Do Credit Cards Help You Achieve Your Financial Goals? Your credit cards can work for or against your financial goals. It all depends on how you manage your spending. Build Your Credit Score You can use credit cards (especially secured cards) to build your credit score and responsible credit habits at the same time. In time, you may qualify for better interest rates or larger loans, such as a car or home loan. Boost Your Savings with Everyday Spending Rewards cards make it easy to earn cashback and travel points on everyday purchases. The key is finding cards that align with your spending habits and advance your financial goals. You can use the cash or points saved to cover your holiday shopping, save for your future, enjoy a free vacation, or reduce your grocery bill. And if you pay off your bill monthly, you’ll enjoy all these perks without paying interest or fees. Safeguard Against Fraud Most credit cards now offer built-in fraud protection, too. Aside from letting you off the hook for fraudulent purchases, they may also provide identity theft protection. Defending your financial status from scammers helps you stay on track with your financial goals. Track Spending More Easily Credit cards also make it easier to tally up your monthly budget. When you pay for purchases with cards, it’s difficult to keep track of all your receipts. But with a credit card, you can use the online or mobile app to break down your spending by category, simplifying the budgeting process. Compare the best credit cards for you Finding the best credit card can be a hassle – but not with Benzinga. We make it easy to shop and compare credit cards that fit your lifestyle. Frequently Asked Questions What type of credit card is most widely accepted? Visa and Mastercard tie for the most widely-accepted credit card by global merchant acceptance at 52.9 million apiece. Discover comes in second with 44 million merchants. What is the best option for credit cards? The best credit card is the one that meets your needs. For instance, while cashback cards can help your savings goals, secured credit cards make it easy to control spending and build credit. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

August 05, 2022 09:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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This Is How Often You Should Change Your Insurance Plans

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As you move through life, your wants, needs and long-term goals will change with your lifestyle. Often, that means your insurance requirements evolve, too. Knowing when to change insurance carriers or plans ensures your coverage stays in line with your busy life. Here are a few important considerations when you need to shop for insurance. How Often Should You Change Your Insurance Plans? As a general rule, it’s wise to review your insurance plans: Every 6-12 months or once per coverage period Anytime your insurer hikes premium costs or slashes benefits When you experience a major event that impacts your coverage needs, like: Moving to a new house or region Making a major purchase (vehicles, fine jewelry) A birth or death in the immediate family Any of these reasons is enough to change insurance plans or carriers. Updating your coverage to match your needs (and your budget) ensures you protect the people and possessions you value most. But while cash is king, getting a good deal isn’t everything – the content of your policy matters, too. Sometimes, it’s worth paying a little more for your peace of mind. Benzinga explores a few potential reasons to change insurance carriers. You Can Find Cheaper Rates Elsewhere Regularly shopping for insurance helps you sniff out the carriers that offer better rates or discounts. Compare offers from at least three to five companies to ensure you’re getting the best deal on coverage. You’ve Recently Moved You may need to change insurance carriers when you move, especially if the move impacts your rates or coverage. Not all insurers operate in all regions – and even if yours does, your rates may rise based on location. For instance, you may pay higher auto insurance premiums in more populated areas. You Experience a Qualifying Event or Lifestyle Change Generally, you should reevaluate your coverage anytime you experience a “qualifying event” or major milestone like: Getting married or divorced Adding your teenager to your auto insurance Having or adopting a baby Retirement Whether you need more coverage, less coverage or a more affordable policy, consider such events an opportunity to evaluate and change insurance plans or carriers to fit your new lifestyle. Your Insurance Carrier Changes its Terms Maybe it’s not you who changes but your insurer. Carriers periodically update their geographic policies, prices, coverage offerings and accepted service providers. While the company may suggest alternatives, there’s no guarantee a replacement will suit your needs. You might as well take that opportunity to shop for insurance on your own. Your Provider Stops Accepting Insurance Health insurance is particularly finicky, with providers, insurers and in-network hospitals in flux. Maybe your doctor stops accepting Medicare insurance – or your Medicare plan stops paying for your doctor. Either way, you’ll have to switch insurance plans, doctors or both. Poor Customer Service or Claims Experiences When you’re paying your premiums, your insurance company is happy to take your money. But when you actually need to make a claim, you may find that it is reluctant to pay out. If you have to go through a major hassle to make a claim, receive your funds or just get a call back, it’s time to reconsider your carrier. Which Insurance Plans Should Change Regularly? You should review and compare insurance at least once a year, regardless of the type of policy. But some plans may need to change more – or less – frequently. Homeowners Shopping for homeowner’s insurance at least once a year ensures you don’t miss a better deal elsewhere. You may also change insurance carriers when your rates increase or you move to a new city. Making expensive renovations or purchases that require enhanced coverage also provides opportunities to change insurance plans. Auto Car insurance policies may not last a full year; some offer six-month plans. Either way, it’s wise to re-shop your auto insurance before every renewal, as car insurance rates famously fluctuate on a dime. Time, location, your driving history and even accidents that aren’t your fault can impact your individual premiums. Health Health insurance is a bit unique because many insurers limit plan switches or sign-ups to their annual open enrollment period. However, special exceptions exist for “qualifying life events” like marriage and divorce, having children, losing work coverage or moving to a new zip code. Life Life insurance pays out when the policyholder dies. Because it’s designed to pay for end-of-life expenses, lost income and housing costs, it’s crucial to buy enough coverage to secure your family’s future. On top of your annual evaluation, consider whether other life events impact your coverage needs, like: Your age and relationship status Having a baby Buying a home You might need to switch if your rates rise or you need higher coverage amounts. You may also want to switch to a different type of policy, such as moving from whole to permanent life insurance). Business Business insurance is a must for business owners to cover property damage, liability and business interruption costs. Because business needs are change, you may need to shop for insurance more than once a year. For instance, when you hire more employees, move to a new office or release new products, it’s probably time to increase your coverage or change insurance carriers. Compare Insurance Companies If you’re ready to shop for insurance plans, Benzinga has the insights you need to make an informed decision, from pet insurance to vision insurance. Frequently Asked Questions How frequently can you change car insurance? You can change car insurance as often as you need. You may have to pay a cancellation fee if you leave your current carrier in the middle of a policy. When should you switch insurance companies? You should consider switching insurance companies at least once a year to ensure you’re getting the best rates and coverage. You should actually make the switch when you can get better value elsewhere. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

August 04, 2022 02:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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What You Need to Know About This Rare Chronic Autoimmune Disease

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Less than 150,000 people in the US suffer from IgA Nephropathy, a rare chronic autoimmune disease that affects the kidneys. The rarity of this disease leaves patients and their families feeling isolated and unsupported. Recently Andrew Udell, North America President at Calliditas Therapeutics and Judy Akin an IgA Nephropathy Patient and Advocate conducted a satellite media tour to talk about IgAN and available resources to diagnose it and treat. IgA nephropathy, sometimes referred to as IgAN, is a chronic autoimmune disease and is a leading cause of end-stage kidney disease with more than half of IgAN patients progressing to require dialysis or kidney transplant within 20 years of initial diagnosis. Although this disease affects kidneys and often results in kidney disease, it actually originates outside of the kidneys and it thought to start in the gut. Similar to other chronic autoimmune diseases, the burden of IgA nephropathy is significant. Only 130,000-150,000 people in the United States suffer from this disease, so patients and their families are often left feeling like they are living on an island with nowhere to turn to for support. Thankfully changes are happening. Both advocacy groups and biopharmaceutical companies are working towards providing support, education, and finding new treatments for this complicated disease. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) or you’ve been living with the disease for many years, there are available resources to support you. IgAN Connect can help you understand IgAN, approaches to management, and ways to help you live with this chronic autoimmune disease. IgAN Connect also provides helpful information and resources you may need today or in the future. For more information and resources related to IgAN go to iganconnect.com. It is also always recommended that individuals living with IgA nephropathy, or their loved ones, speak directly with their doctor and engage with the numerous advocacy groups that exist to provide support. --------------------------- About Andy Udell As President, North America at Calliditas Therapeutics, Andrew Udell has more than 20 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Calliditas, Andrew worked as Vice President of North America Commercial at NeuroDerm. Andrew began his career in the pharmaceutical industry in various sales and marketing positions, including being responsible for a multi-functional team for a multi-billion franchise. About Judy Judy is an IgA nephropathy advocate. After her diagnosis with the rare disease in 2019, she began to share about her experiences through a written blog and on the social media platform TikTok. Judy has around 4000 followers on her TikTok account. Most of them are people living with various forms of chronic illness. A lot of her videos focus on the chronic pain and kidney disease that so often results from IgA nephropathy as well as the lifestyle choices she makes to help manage her disease. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 04, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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It’s Time to Rethink Weight: What the Cultural Conversation Gets Wrong

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When it comes to weight, everyone’s journey is different. Recently, Actor, Curve Model, Podcaster and Body Positivity Advocate, Hayley Hasselhoff, teamed with Plenity on a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss her own health journey and some simple tips that can help people reach their goals. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/MCtSF-EOHYI As someone in the public eye since the age of 14, Hayley knows firsthand that weight does not define who you are. According to Hayley, “You can love your body just the way it is, and you can also love your body while working to achieve your goals.” Coming out of the pandemic, Hayley wanted to focus on being more health-minded and set personal goals, igniting a newfound health journey, and ultimately leading her to Plenity. Plenity is a prescription weight management product, made from naturally derived building blocks and designed to mimic the physical properties of vegetables to help you feel fuller so you can eat less. Plenity® is indicated to aid weight management in adults with excess weight or obesity, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25–40 kg/m², when used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Plenity helps you feel fuller so you can feel more satisfied with smaller portions. While size doesn’t define your worth and happiness doesn’t come from a specific size, the way we take care of our own personal health is of utter importance. Nobody should feel shame for having different or changing health goals throughout their lives. As Hayley enters her 30s, it has become clear that people evolve over time and their bodies evolve with them. Instead of allowing ourselves to live in a state of self-judgment, we should appreciate and shamelessly be able to say that our health goals will evolve with us over time as well. For more information visit MyPlenity.com Plenity® is indicated to aid weight management in adults with excess weight or obesity, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25–40 kg/m², when used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Patients who are pregnant or are allergic to cellulose, citric acid, sodium stearyl fumarate, gelatin, or titanium dioxide should not take Plenity. The overall incidence of side effects with Plenity was no different than placebo. The most common side effects were diarrhea, distended abdomen, infrequent bowel movements, and flatulence. Contact a doctor right away if problems occur. If you have a severe allergic reaction, severe stomach pain, or severe diarrhea, stop using Plenity until you can speak to your doctor. Rx Only. For the safe and proper use of Plenity or more information, talk to a healthcare professional, read the Patient Instructions for Use on MyPlenity.com, or call 1-844-PLENITY. About Hayley Hasselhoff HAYLEY HASSELHOFF is a multifaceted talent. She is an Actor, Curve Model, Designer, Host and Body Positivity and Mental Health Advocate. Hayley Hasselhoff is known for being one of the world’s leading Curve models. She has made an impact within fashion, committing to promote and celebrate inclusivity in the industry for all genders, races, shapes and sizes. At 14, she made her fashion debut by signing with world-renowned modeling agency Ford Models. She has headlined Paris Pulp Fashion Week, the Sheego show at Berlin Fashion Week, the UK Plus Size Fashion Week, and most recently she led the diverse swimwear show at Miami Swim Week 2022 for the beloved brand CUPSHE. Hayley has graced editorials with Marina Rinaldi, Luisa Via Roma and Simply Be. Hayley’s popularity and entrepreneurship in the modeling and fashion industry has garnered notice from a number of top outlets, most recently, Hayley graced the cover of Playboy Germany, making history as the first Curve Model to do so in a European edition of Playboy shot by world renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. After years of struggling to find quality pieces that fit her own curves, Hayley went on to design offerings that were tailored to perfection while still achieving that layered, accessible look. Hayley added “Fashion Designer” to her title and designed her first collection for UK plus size apparel brand Elvi for sizes 14 to 38. She’s released two collections thus far which have been sold online through Elvi.co.uk, Navabi, ASOS and in-store at Next and exclusively in the US at Nordstrom. Most recently, Hayley partnered with Plenity, an FDA-cleared clinically proven and nature-inspired approach to weight management. Through this partnership she continues to further the conversation that women can love their body just the way it is while working to achieve new overall wellness and health goals. On the small screen, Hayley most recently was featured as Patty Jenkins in fan favorite Paramount+ series “Why Women Kill” with Alexandra Daddario and Lucy Liu. Additionally, Hayley starred in the lead role of Amber on the ABC family drama series, “Huge”. She also appeared on Disney XD’s comedy series “Pair of Kings” as well as Nicole Byers hilarious comedy series, “Loosely Exactly Nicole” for Facebook Watch. Hayley also previously appeared on Good Morning America’s Strahan, Sara and Keke as the resident style and makeover host from beginning 2019 to end of 2020 and ITV’s This Morning as a Style Host since 2017. Since 2017 Hayley has been an avid writer, regularly contributing to Marie Claire UK as their Fashion and Wellbeing editor, alongside being their resident Curve Columnist where she lends her expertise in styling and creative direction. She has also been a Creative Director Consultant for brands such as Matalan and Navabi. Currently Hayley regularly contributes as Fashion Host for Good Morning America. In 2021 Hayley created the podcast, “Redefine You with Hayley Hasselhoff” housed by CBS and available on all streaming platforms. In this eye opening series, Hayley brings her listeners open and honest conversations focused on wellbeing and finding your own inner power. Each episode follows some of the top people in the entertainment world as they highlight their own journey to self and discuss their wellbeing challenges along the way. The podcast serves to guide listeners to live a life full of acceptance with the goal of understanding the true meaning behind how personal struggle can still lead to success. Hayley is dedicated to philanthropy and giving back. She is a passionate advocate, speaking up on issues that relate to women’s health, well-being and equality. Regularly contributing her voice on pointed topics of discussion on “Good Morning Britain''. She regularly travels across the globe to mentor and promote positive body image and confidence to young women and In 2015, she spoke in Parliament to petition for a law to protect the health of models working in the fashion industry. Hayley founded “Teens Helping Teens” which has raised over $100K for Children’s Hospital LA and is a supporter of Project Zero and Free A Girl. She regularly partners with leading nonprofits to destigmatize mental health conversations and launched her own mental health incentive called CheckInWithYou- the ongoing incentive encourages the continued conversation about coping skills in these unprecedented times and has seen participation from names such as Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Ricki Lake amongst others. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

August 03, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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