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Uno Pizzeria & Grill Rewards Restaurant Industry Workers with $1 Pizzas

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

The Restaurant and Hospitality industries were some of the hardest hit during the Covid-19 Pandemic with many companies eventually closing their doors for good. Those that continued to operate relied heavily on their employees to show up to work and deliver exceptional service to their customers. Uno Pizzeria and Grill knows this was no small feat and wanted to recognize those industry employees who worked through the toughest of times. As a show of support for all fellow staff, UNO Pizzeria and Grill has handed out thousands of vouchers good for a $1 Individual Deep Dish or Thin crust pizza of their choice. They allowed their staff, both restaurant and corporate, to be the ones to distribute them to their fellow neighborhood establishments. “We hope this act of kindness will serve as a show of support to all those in the hospitality community who continue to provide spectacular service during these challenging times and help keep spirits high while we all work so hard”, stated CEO Erik Frederick. “We know the effort and commitment it has taken to persevere through these tough times for our staff as well as all hospitality and restaurant staff. We wanted to show our appreciation and admiration to all of the dedicated service workers out there in our communities. After all, we’re all in this together”. About UNO Pizzeria & Grill Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes approximately 90 company-owned and franchised UNO Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 18 states, and the District of Columbia, India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. An additional 6 locations are scheduled to open this year. UNO is all about connecting people over amazing pizza – from its famous Chicago Deep Dish, which UNO invented in 1943, to its Chicago Thin Crust, to its gluten-free and vegan pizzas. The Company also operates Uno Foods, a consumer packaged-foods business which supplies grocery stores, club stores and various foodservice industries, with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com. Contact Details Uno Pizzeria and Grill Lindsay Rhoades lindsay.rhoades@unos.com Company Website https://www.unos.com/

March 10, 2022 01:21 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Graton Resort & Casino is First US Property to Unveil New Kascada® Dual Screen Gaming Experience

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Graton Resort & Casino will unveil Light & Wonder™’s new Kascada Dual Screen slot cabinet on March 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The advanced-tech games are first to market for Graton Resort & Casino. “We are excited to partner with Graton Resort & Casino on the first to market launch of Kascada Dual Screen,” stated Matt Wilson, Group Gaming CEO at Light & Wonder. “At Light & Wonder we are fully focused on developing great game content and hardware. Kascada Dual Screen builds on the proven performer, Kascada Portrait and we couldn’t be more proud to build momentum by launching it with one of our most celebrated brands, Double Money Link ®.” Kascada Dual Screen will offer Graton guests the opportunity to experience two high definition 27” displays, lightning-fast game play, ambient lighting and crisp, custom multi-channel sound. Graton Resort & Casino is the luxury destination in Sonoma County for gaming, hospitality and entertainment. The casino features over 3,000 slot and video poker machines, more than 115 table games and live poker. Dining options include Tony’s of North Beach for Italian fare and the sophisticated 630 Park Steakhouse. The hotel at Graton Resort & Casino is a AAA 4-diamond property, including an expansive pool area, 24/7 concierge and spa/salon. For more information on Graton Resort & Casino or to book your stay, visit www.gratonresortcasino.com. MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: To request further information, interviews or additional images, please contact Brianne Miller at Graton@landispr.com or (650) 575-7727. For information regarding Light & Wonder, please contact media@lnw.com. About Light & Wonder, Inc. Scientific Games Corporation, doing business as Light & Wonder Inc., is the global leader in cross-platform games and entertainment. The Company brings together 5,000 employees from six continents to connect content between land-based and digital channels with unmatched technology and distribution. Guided by a culture that values daring teamwork and creativity, the Company builds new worlds of play, developing game experiences loved by players around the globe. Its OpenGaming™ platform powers the largest digital-gaming network in the industry. The Company is committed to the highest standards of integrity, from promoting player responsibility to implementing sustainable practices. To learn more, visit lnw.com. About Graton Resort & Casino Located in Sonoma County, Graton Resort & Casino has a commanding presence among the rolling hills of Northern California's wine country. Owned and operated by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Graton Resort & Casino features table games, the latest slot machines, upscale and casual dining, plus entertainment options for visitors and locals alike. For more information, please visit www.gratonresortcasino.com. All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States by SG Gaming, Inc., and/or its parent or affiliates. SG Gaming, Inc. is a licensed gaming manufacturer and a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, d/b/a Light & Wonder. © 2022 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ### Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Brianne Miller +1 650-575-7727 andreamjdavis@gmail.com Company Website https://www.gratonresortcasino.com/

March 10, 2022 09:54 AM Pacific Standard Time

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BNPL fintech in3 secures $11.1m Series A from Finch Capital; partners with Worldline of offer free BNPL services

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in3, a leading Dutch Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) fintech business, has today announced a $11.1m funding round from Finch Capital as growth soars. In addition to this, in3 are today launching free BNPL services for consumers, starting in the Netherlands, through an innovative partnership with global digital payments leader Worldline. Working with payment service partners, in3 offers consumers the ability to pay for purchases in three instalments at zero costs: no interest or transaction costs and without credit registration. Current customers include Kwik Fit, EP, La Souris, Matt sleeps, Dekbed-Discounter. Through their partnership with WorldLine, in3 will provide them with a technology stack that will allow both online and offline merchants, who are part of the Worldline network, to offer BNPL payment services to its customers without additional integrations. The BNPL payment in the Netherlands is expected to grow by 74.8% in 2022 reaching $7.6b. This growth has been spurred on businesses moving online and by the growth of ecommerce, more generally. The pandemic certainly helped propel the move to online. Looking ahead, the BNPL payment adoption is expected to grow steadily at a CAGR of 32.8% over the next 6 years. The BNPL Gross Merchandise Value in the country will increase from $4.3b in 2021 to reach $41.7b million in 2028. Hans Langenhuizen, CEO in3: “We will be supporting Worldline’s merchants by enabling them to offer BNPL to consumers at no fee. We look forward to working with their team and customers. This is testament to the robust platform of in3 and our dedicated team to create seamless integrations with all our partners.” in3 was created in 2018 as an antidote to the traditional BNPL market, Hans Langenhuizen reflected on the early days: “Our founding team was part of the early wave of the BNPL movement in the early 2010s. It quickly became a crowded market so we stood back and took a fresh look at the BNPL model and saw several limitations in all of the available products. First, you need to pay the full amount within 14 days and there are very low spending limits. At the same time we noticed a demand to pay larger expenses in instalments. But paying in instalments has even more disadvantages for consumers such as high interest rates and they are documented in their national credit register. These products benefit from people who cannot afford to buy at one time. This was not sustainable from perspective.” “in3 was our honest approach to offer BNPL to consumers without costs which effectively allowed people to pay in 3 instalments within sixty days, with 0% interest. Because of the term of 60 days, a registration in the credit registers is not required. This gives the consumer the possibility to buy what they want instead of compromising on quality products. For example, you can buy that refrigerator at no extra cost and then you have three salaries to pay for it. Our merchants profit from in3 in their checkout as well: it results in a substantial increase in transactions and importantly, a higher average transaction value. We see that the buyer more often goes for the more expensive product.” Erwin Oudshoorn, Manager Direct Sales Netherlands: “BNPL is a tremendous value add for merchants in today’s uncertain times and we are thrilled to work with the team at in3 to expand our service offerings.” To support the company’s rapid growth, In3 has secured a $11.1m funding round from Finch Capital. The capital will be used to further build out the technology platform and continuously invest in improved customer satisfaction through strategic hiring across the entire team. Radboud Vlaar, MD Finch Capital: ‘’in3 has demonstrated a steady and consistent growth trajectory due to its strong technological capabilities and management which has enabled it to provide BNPL to Dutch consumers through integrations with payments providers. The company is enabling a truly omnichannel payments solution.’’ About In3 In3, founded in 2018, provides more than 1,500 online and offline merchants with Buy Now Pay Later payment solutions. Working with payment partners, it offers consumers the ability to pay for purchases in three instalments at zero costs: no interest - or transaction costs and without credit registration. With its seamless technology platform and consumer friendly approach, in3 scores an average customer satisfaction of 9.3/10 according to kiyoh.com. This year’s goals are to enter the German market and roll-out an in-store solution. For more information: http://www.payin3.eu/. About Finch Capital Founded in 2013, Finch Capital is a series A/B investor in high-growth financial technologies companies run by exceptional entrepreneurs. Our mission is to fund and support the best entrepreneurs creating products that will shape the future of finance. We leverage our international network and industry expertise to enable our portfolio companies to grow into leaders in their field. We have a track-record of backing future industry champions including AccountsIQ, Aylien, BUX, Brickblock, Brytlyt, Fixico, Fourthline, Goodlord, Grab, Hiber, Twisto and ZOPA. Finch Capital consists of a team of 12 investment professionals with wide entrepreneurial experience (e.g. Adyen, Deliveroo, Deepmind), prior investment experience (e.g. Accel, Atomico, Egeria) and industry backgrounds (e.g. Facebook, Google and McKinsey), located across offices in Amsterdam, London and Jakarta. Finch Capital is an active producer of original research on the State of European Fintech and the Fintech sector post Covid-19. For more information see www.finchcapital.com. About Worldline Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry and #4 player worldwide. With its global reach and its commitment to innovation, Worldline is the technology partner of choice for merchants, banks and third-party acquirers as well as public transport operators, government agencies and industrial companies in all sectors. Powered by over 20,000 employees in more than 50 countries, Worldline provides its clients with sustainable, trusted and secure solutions across the payment value chain, fostering their business growth wherever they are. Services offered by Worldline in the areas of Merchant Services; Terminals, Solutions & Services; Financial Services and Mobility & e-Transactional Services include domestic and cross-border commercial acquiring, both in-store and online, highly-secure payment transaction processing, a broad portfolio of payment terminals as well as e-ticketing and digital services in the industrial environment. In 2020 Worldline generated a proforma revenue of 4.8 billion euros. worldline.com Contact Details in3 Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://payin3.eu/en/

March 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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ibble Launches Social Networking App Landing One Of The Largest Series Seed Funding In Texas History

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ibble, a new social media app empowering people to spark conversations and ignite new ideas has received $12.7MM, the largest series seed funding round in Texas history. Leading the seed round was Drive Capital followed by TTV Capital, Unknown Ventures, and Get Engaged Media. The investment in ibble comes amidst societies overwhelming frustrations with current social media platforms as they increasingly cut content; remove conversations and restrict engagement. “ibble is a Social Media App built on the idea of learning through conversations and having the ability to talk directly with the experts without the friction that currently exists on traditional social media apps and platforms,” said Raymond Kaminski, CEO and Co-founder of ibble. “We believe that talking with your community, not at your community, through the power of audio and video can spark more meaningful conversations and create more insightful engagement." ibble’s mission is to help people connect with and learn from experts through the power of video and audio conversations. Users are able to ask experts questions directly as well as spark conversations with their peers, naturally expanding candid conversations without friction. Is an expert always right? No, of course not. We believe what makes someone an "expert" is their relentless pursuit of the truth about a certain subject and their willingness to share it. For people who have been frustrated by structured and ad focused social media platforms that stifle conversations and are not easily suited to video and audio conversations, the solution is ibble – the social media app built by a distinguished team of entrepreneurs who believe that conversations and connections must have a healthy environment to thrive and grow in this digital age. “Brands, celebrities, influencers, the news, sports figures and more are looking for new ways to engage but that is almost impossible when dealing with the limits of current social media apps and platforms,” said Irving Lee, Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at ibble. “We built ibble knowing that authenticity is not found in a like, comment or status update, and how could it? ibble provides a platform that celebrates real conversations with real people and threads that mirror real life conversations; conversations you can jump in and out of." With ibble anything is possible through the power of conversation. Users can start a video or audio conversation about their favorite show. They can also ask their favorite influencer or celebrity a question and get a response back with a simple click of a button. ibble makes conversation easy because ibble has made conversation through social media possible, with a focus on the natural flow of conversations and questions. For brands, shows, influencers, celebrities and others, ibble has made it easy to talk with their community members directly while not having to worry about being throttled or competing brands advertised to them while they are communicating with them. About ibble ibble is the social media app that enables experts and their communities to directly engage through audio and video conversations. ibble makes events more accessible and adds depth through back-and-forth video and audio posts. Learn more at https://www.getibble.com/ Contact Details ibble Jason Jepson +1 949-394-7033 press@ibble.io Company Website https://www.getibble.com/

March 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Nice Healthcare Raises $30M Series A To Reinvent The Way Primary Care is Delivered

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Nice Healthcare, the clinic that comes to you, today announced that it has closed a Series A funding round of $30 million led by DNA Capital, with participation from existing investors Waterline Ventures, Conductive Ventures, and Santa Barbara Venture Partner and new investors Brown Venture Group, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Daren Cotter, and Eddie Cisneros. Nice Healthcare is solving systemic pain points by bringing integrated primary care directly to the patient with in-home and virtual visits, lab tests, x-rays, mental health services, prescription medication and physical therapy. The company’s unique blend of innovation and personal touches are a welcomed disruption in modern medicine. Nice Healthcare focuses on bringing affordable healthcare benefits to small and medium sized businesses, the backbone of the US Economy. Small businesses generate 44% of US economic activity and employ 48% of US employees, yet few healthcare innovations are focused on this segment. Further, much of the innovation often caters to tech savvy, high earning consumers or those who are marginalized. What is often missed is the middle, working class families. Nice Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare solution that enables SMBs to offer medical care to families that is affordable and accessible. ”Healthcare innovation is worthless if it does not simultaneously and immediately reduce health insurance premiums, reduce patient out-of-pocket costs, and make care more accessible,” said Thompson Aderinkomi, Co-founder and CEO of Nice Healthcare. “Nice Healthcare has accomplished these three things from day one and this funding will enable us to bring our truly impactful model of care to more homes nationwide.” In addition to the Series A, Nice is also announcing an expansion of its C-suite to support continued growth with key executive hires, including the addition of Steven Bayer as Chief Experience Officer, Charles Wyatt as Chief Financial Officer and Shadé Akande as Chief People Officer. Since 2020, the company experienced 300% growth, added physical therapy and mental health to its service offerings and expanded into 20 markets to support demand. “We at DNA Capital are delighted to partner with Nice as they continue to scale their high touch and affordable primary care services to large cross sections of rural and suburban middle to low income working individuals and families across America,” said Partha Mishra, Partner at DNA Capital who joined Nice’s Board of Directors. “We are equally excited to back one of the most diverse founding teams and a culture that celebrates diversity and promotes respect for one another and inspires trust amongst the people they have the privilege to serve.” Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nice Healthcare is currently available in parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon and Washington, with plans to expand into more markets. More than 400 small businesses currently use Nice Healthcare for their employees healthcare benefits. In addition to the investors who participated in Nice’s Series A financing round, OATV was an early investor and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the company. To learn more about Nice Healthcare, visit www.nice.healthcare. Nice Healthcare is making truly integrated comprehensive healthcare accessible, allowing patients to easily get care for their everyday needs. By utilizing a mix of technology, logistics, and expert clinical care, they bring a fully integrated clinic to you, providing in-home and virtual primary care, mental health therapy, and physical therapy Their clinicians can also offer patients x-rays, 35 labs and blood draws and a formulary with over 550 medications with no out-of-pocket costs. Since launching in Minnesota in 2017, Nice has expanded its integrated care services to 12 states. Contact Details Nice Healthcare Karen Swim, APR +1 586-461-2103 pr@nice.healthcare Company Website https://www.nice.healthcare/

March 10, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Telos Blockchain Joins Bloktopia’s Metaverse

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Telos Blockchain (Tlos) has become a virtual tenant of Bloktopia and is already organizing to put that space to good work. With Bloktopia now ready to launch its Alpha, the Telos team will be able to use the space as a virtual meeting room for all its AMAs (ask me anything - meetings). Telos has plenty to talk about regarding its recently launched Ethereum Virtual Machine (tEVM ), its decentralized file storage system ( dStor ), its roadmap and a metaverse environment just seems like the perfect setting for these talks. After all, both the tEVM and dStor can and will be used to power the needs of Web 3.0 based dApps. “Bloktopia’s metaverse is a positive step in Web 3.0 adoption and the Telos team is eager to jump in feet first. This is just the beginning of a multi-trillion-dollar industry, and this is just the first step of our grand metaverse ambitions.” Justin Giudici, Acting CEO at Telos Foundation. Introducing the tEVM: Telos is a 3rd Generation, ESG compliant layer 1 blockchain that has been executing energy-efficient smart contracts uninterrupted since 2018. Every transaction on the Telos Network uses less than 0.000002 kWh of energy per transaction and costs end users zero to near zero in gas fees. Telos can generate blocks / smart contracts for Solidity, Native C++ and Vyper faster than any other chain. The network’s core strength stems from its tight use of C++ and custom Wasm runtime environment. It is super-efficient and is one of the main reasons why Web 3.0 dApps can deliver instant transactions while using Telos. Telos is already capable of sustainably delivering hundreds of millions of almost fee-less transactions per day before any future sharding / rollups. The Metaverse will need this level of capacity to thrive. Telos' current capacity is sufficient to handle the transaction needs of every single existing layer 1 chain, including all their future forecasted growth for the next decade. With any one of the following third-party comparisons, one can clearly see for themselves some of the proven strengths of Telos. Cardano, Solana, Polkadot, Fantom and Telos vs the Clock Telos vs Fantom Telos vs Avalanche vs Binance Smart Chain vs Ethereum *Visit links above For Web 3.0 commerce and entertainment to thrive, dApps need speed, capacity, affordability, energy efficiency, decentralization and even decentralized file storage. P2P file storage is precisely why Telos dStor was developed. dStor is a decentralized peer-to-peer cloud-based file storage system that is fully integrated into the Telos architecture. With dStor, individual users, collectors, digital graphic artists, musicians, filmmakers and gaming companies can store all their digital Web 3.0 content seamlessly and simultaneously. This storage capability is available in all global regions, in a decentralized environment and for prices far lower than conventional services that only have single-region availability. *Developer Alert: Telos Spark Hackathon - 100,000 Tlos for First place! Live now! - Register Here Telos Ignite Grant Program - 12 million over 4 years! Live now! - Register Here The next era of blockchain will be very exciting for both developers and end users alike. Keep an eye out for our virtual meetings on bloktopia! About Telos Telos is a 3rd generation smart contract platform that offers compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts, providing full EVM/Solidity support as well as a fee-less native smart contract layer upon which the EVM is built. Telos performance is unrivaled in the industry and was purpose-built to offer speed, scalability, cost-effectiveness, decentralization and end-user fairness. The network can sustainably support hundreds of millions of transactions per day, produces blocks in 0.5 second intervals on a first-in-first-out basis (eliminating frontrunning on the network), offers a fee-less native and low per transaction cost EVM (<$0.10), and a fully decentralized block producer network. 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/

March 09, 2022 03:26 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Color Factory Chicago Announces Green Ball Pit in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the special place it holds in the heart of Chicagoans, interactive art museum Color Factory is proud to unveil the color of its Chicago-themed ball pit coming to Willis Tower this June. Inspired by the city’s St. Patrick’s Day traditions as well as Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, baseball turfs, oldest L line, and more, Color Factory has chosen green as the color of its finale experience. The 2,600 square foot ball pit exhibit will be installed in the original lobby of the Sears Tower and is one of over a dozen installations at Color Factory Chicago. As part of the experience, Color Factory has invited artist Adrian Kay Wong to paint a site-specific mural on a piece of original travertine preserved from the former Sears Tower. The mural will be presented entirely in shades of green and will highlight the artist’s own verdant memories of Chicago. Depicting what a weekend of walking in the city might be like for Wong, his piece will pay homage to the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Navy Pier, Garfield Park Conservatory, and more. A sneak peek of the design is attached. “Color Factory is passionate about storytelling through color and we love how green captures so much of what makes this city special. From the bronze lions of the Art Institute to the pickles and relish atop a Chicago dog, our team has found greenspiration everywhere and has carefully handpicked each hue that will adorn our most playful ball pit experience yet. We are thrilled to have worked with talented visual artist and former Chicagoan Adrian Kay Wong to beautifully illustrate some of the iconic elements that inspired our color choice. It feels fitting that this homage to Chicago would fill the space of the former Sears Tower lobby and we’re so excited for everyone to see it this June,” said Tina Malhotra, CEO of Color Factory. Color Factory encourages its guests to reconnect with themselves and others through experiences that leverage art and color to inspire play and unfiltered emotion. Featuring the work of an impressive roster of local, national, and international clients, Color Factory Chicago is the museum’s largest location yet and will engage the senses in numerous and unexpected ways. Additional information on Color Factory can be found at https://colorfactory.co. Sign up for updates on Color Factory Chicago at https://colorfactory.co/chicago-signup/ Find media assets here. ABOUT COLOR FACTORY Color Factory is an interactive art museum that invites visitors to experience the joy of color through multi-sensory installations, immersive rooms, and carefully curated moments. In each of our locations, Color Factory collaborates with artists, art institutions, nonprofits, and brand partners to bring more art and color to the world. At the core of Color Factory's mission and work are our partner artists. These creatives, designers, and makers tell their unique stories through site-specific exhibits created just for Color Factory. Our experiences are thoughtfully designed to awaken natural curiosity and encourage uninhibited play. Every hue is hand-selected and paired with a sensory experience to unleash the full power and impact of color. Inspired by the cities that we call home, we create custom palettes for each of our locations and work to identify local charities and businesses to support and give back to the community. Since our 2017 launch with a temporary space in San Francisco, Color Factory has grown into a series of permanent locations in New York and Houston, with a new flagship location in Chicago this year. To learn more, visit https://www.colorfactory.co/. Contact Details Jalila Singerff | Senior Account Manager I jalila@jiveprdigital.com | 613.614.6777 +1 613-614-6777 jalila@jiveprdigital.com Company Website http://colorfactory.co/

March 09, 2022 01:52 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Innersense Organic Beauty Launches I Create Shine

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Award-winning clean beauty brand, Innersense Organic Beauty, is expanding their hair care line with I Create Shine, a new luxurious glossing serum. This silicone-free shine oil is formulated to work on all hair types. Crafted with a lightweight blend of cold-pressed plant extracts, this luxe formula flash-absorbs into strands, radiating shine from beneath the hair’s surface. Smoothing macadamia and cranberry seed oils seal in glossy moisture while shutting out frizz, while antioxidant-rich sunflower and sesame oils shield against damage. Lotus flower provides antioxidant properties to smooth and gloss hair, and the light fragrance promotes relaxation and serenity. I Create Shine is vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and made with organic ingredients. The product is dispensed from a recyclable glass dropper bottle that is housed in a 100% PCR recyclable unit carton. Innersense Organic Beauty is both Plastic and Carbon Neutral and offsets all of their plastic usage as well as carbon emissions. “Developing products that are essential for hair health is important to us, and we are excited to announce our first new product launch of the year,” says Greg Starkman, Co-Founder of Innersense Organic Beauty. “It took us 3 years to create this lightweight, silicone-free formula that utilizes only plant oils to nourish and protect all hair types and textures.” I Create Shine (50 ml) retails for $40 and is available at innersensebeauty.com. About Innersense Organic Beauty Beauty professionals Greg and Joanne Starkman founded Innersense Organic Beauty to bring clean, pure and toxin free hair care to salons, retailers and consumers. The clean hair care brand’s products include shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrub, styling and treatment products for all hair types. For more information, visit innersensebeauty.com. For press inquiries: Archita Patel BPCM archita@bpcm.com Contact Details Archita Patel +1 281-725-2121 archita@bpcm.com Company Website https://innersensebeauty.com/

March 09, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Disney Shareholder Proposal On Human Rights Highlight Company’s Complicity in China Genocide

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On Wednesday, March 9, National Legal and Policy Center will present a resolution at The Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholder meeting that would require an annual report on the company’s efforts to determine human rights impacts in dealing with foreign entities. The resolution comes in light of what has been Disney’s longtime cozy relationship with the communist government of China, which has been credibly accused of slavery, torture and genocide. “Disney for too long has taken its partnership with this authoritarian regime too lightly, and it’s time for shareholders to receive an accounting of the company’s interactions,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “Unfortunately the company’s board of directors opposes our resolution. We will see if our fellow shareholders agree with them.” Chesser will present the resolution at the meeting, and excerpts of his remarks will be posted afterward at NLPC.org. The full text of NLPC’s shareholder resolution follows: Proposal — Human Rights Due Diligence Report Resolved: Shareholders request that, beginning in 2022, Disney report on the process of due diligence, if any, that the Company undertakes in evaluating the human rights impacts of its business and associations with foreign entities, including foreign governments, their agencies, and private sector intermediaries. SUPPORTING STATEMENT Disney became the center of controversy in 2020 when it was reported that the film credits for Mulan offered “special thanks” to eight Chinese government entities in Xinjiang province. Both the Biden and Trump administrations have formally characterized the Chinese government’s policy toward the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang as “genocide.” The credits also expressed thanks to the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomy Region Committee, the Chinese Communist party’s propaganda agency in Xinjiang. According to the September 3, 2020 Wall Street Journal, “Disney shared the script with Chinese authorities,” prior to receiving permission to release the film in China. Mulan’s titular character was played by Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei, who in 2019, expressed support for the police crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. In an October 7, 2020 letter to British legislators, Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, stated: “In any motion picture production, several factors are considered when making decisions about where to produce the film, including: economics, logistics, accessibility, availability of actors, to name just a few.” Notably absent was how a production might impact human rights. If one were to “name just a few” factors, it would seem that human rights would be paramount, especially in parts of the world like Xinjiang Province, China. Information on Disney’s due diligence on human rights, or lack thereof, would allow shareholders to better evaluate business and reputational risks inherent in cooperation with totalitarian and authoritarian regimes that violate human rights. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Paul Chesser +1 703-237-1970 pchesser@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

March 09, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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