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CleverTap Gaming Unveiled at GDC 2023

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CleverTap, the all-in-one customer engagement platform, today at Game Developers Conference 2023 unveiled CleverTap Gaming – soon to go live in the summer of 2023. Through full player management, the latest offering will help boost revenue from LiveOps, Lifecycle Marketing, and Remote Configuration by 3x with personalization across the entire player journey. The platform is powered by TesseractDB™, CleverTap's proprietary data engine, which is built for real time triggering & segmentation with high performance, low latency, and massive economies of scale. CleverTap Gaming brings holistic and sophisticated multi-channel campaigns inside and outside the in-game experience. With a simplified UI, it reduces the dependence on technical teams and increases operational efficiency. By leveraging CleverTap’s proprietary TesseractDB™, it offers rich granularity with unlimited data points and no restrictions on lookback period. Previously, the lack of these features could have been a limiting factor for game studios trying to maximize retention and lifetime value, but CleverTap Gaming unlocks these use cases enabling game studios to scale their personalization efforts to new heights. Also, given its versatility, CleverTap Gaming offers a vast array of benefits within various functions in typical game studios: LiveOps: With over 2000 unique player attributes (10x more than the industry average), LiveOps Managers can improve the relevance of their offers with much more granular insights into user behavior and preferences. Marketing: Consumers have vastly different preferences and a single journey does not fit each and every one of them. As such, conditional logic, advanced branching, and unified composition flow across all channels can help marketers plan campaigns with contingencies in mind. The advanced segmentation feature can also help marketers create better-targeted campaigns from the outset. Development: The ability to integrate with existing backend solutions lowers the barrier to transition for gaming studios with other solutions. Native Unity SDK means the platform can enhance developer productivity and shorten release cycles considerably. “Modern gaming is evolving. They are no longer static endpoints – and with features like LiveOps and Remote Configuration, developers are empowered to make changes in real-time without the constraints of approvals and a relaunch.” said Lawrence Hsieh, Principal Product Manager at MobilityWare. “CleverTap Gaming gives us an all-in-one cost-effective solution that ensures consistency and efficiency while not only developing but also promoting an update.” “With over 2.6 billion mobile game players globally, it is only a matter of time before the growth trajectory flattens out and retention becomes a bigger area of focus. We hope that CleverTap Gaming can accompany those studios looking to stay ahead of the curve by maximizing their pre-existing user base via personalized and relevant messaging,” said Sunil Thomas, Co-founder and Executive Chairman at CleverTap. “When we acquired Leanplum last year, we looked to strengthen our footprint within various verticals and geographies. CleverTap Gaming is another step in this direction, and we are confident that it will further accelerate our growth journey.” About CleverTap Gaming, powered by Leanplum CleverTap Gaming is powered by Leanplum and helps gaming studios achieve engagement and revenue goals by providing the tools and expertise to deliver more personalized player experiences at scale. Learn more about what CleverTap can do for your brand at clevertap.com. For a platform demo, visit clevertap.com/live-product-demo/ About CleverTap CleverTap is the all-in-one customer engagement platform that helps brands personalize and optimize all consumer touch points to improve user engagement, retention, and lifetime value. It's the only solution built to address the needs of retention and growth teams, with audience analytics, deep-segmentation, multi-channel engagement, product recommendations, and automation in one unified product. The platform is powered by TesseractDB™ – the world’s first purpose-built database for customer engagement, offering both speed and economies of scale. CleverTap is trusted by 2000 customers, including Electronic Arts, TiltingPoint, Gamebasics, Big Fish, MobilityWare, TED, English Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, AirAsia, Papa Johns, and Tesco. Backed by leading investors such as Sequoia India, Tiger Global, Accel, and CDPQ the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with presence in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, Bogota, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Jakarta. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release may represent CleverTap's belief in connection with future events and may be forward-looking statements, or statements of future expectations based on currently available information. CleverTap cautions that such statements are naturally subject to risks and uncertainties that could result in the actual outcome being absolutely different from the results anticipated by the statements mentioned in the press release. Factors such as the development of general economic conditions affecting our business, future market conditions, our ability to maintain cost advantages, uncertainty with respect to earnings, corporate actions, client concentration, reduced demand, liability or damages in our service contracts, unusual catastrophic loss events, war, political instability, changes in government policies or laws, legal restrictions impacting our business, impact of pandemic, epidemic, any natural calamity and other factors that are naturally beyond our control, changes in the capital markets and other circumstances may cause the actual events or results to be materially different, from those anticipated by such statements. CleverTap does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or updated or revised status of such statements. Therefore, in no case whatsoever will CleverTap and its affiliate companies be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in conjunction. Contact Details Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

March 23, 2023 04:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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How Champagne Competes With The Stock Market

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The story of Champagne includes Romans bringing vines to present day France, monks perfecting the carbonation process, and more recently, investment returns that outpace the most notable indices. In an ever more volatile stock market, alternative assets are becoming more popular. This includes fine wines such as Champagne. Impressive Returns Champagne has been the second best performing region over the past two years, gaining 56.0% (through February 2023) on the London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) versus an S&P 500 return of around 4.4% through the same time frame. The names leading the way for this index include Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Krug and Cristal. To understand the factors behind Champagne’s rise, you have to look at its changing place within the secondary market. According to a Liv-ex report, Champagne only amounted to about 2% of secondary trading a decade ago. As of September of 2022, that share had climbed to 12.4%. This is demonstrated evidence that demand and liquidity continue to increase for bubbly. When taking these factors into account, Champagne has emerged as an increasingly compelling investment category. Scarcity is also a factor in younger vintages. The Champagne region of France has not had the most consistent of growing seasons, and not every year’s crop becomes a vintage. 2021 for instance had early frost, which damaged yields for many producers. While this was a major disappointment to wine lovers, it feeds into the supply and demand variables that drive wine prices on the secondary market. 2022 was also a banner year for the trade of Champagne on Liv-ex, with 2008 Cristal being the most traded wine by value. Hedging Risk Obviously it would be ill advised to think this asset will constantly outpace equities. The broader appeal of Champagne and other investment grade wines lies in its non-corollary nature. Wine markets largely operate independently from traditional equity and bond markets. That’s why diversification into this asset class could provide a strong hedge against volatility for portfolios. There is also a potential hedge for economic conditions outside of public market volatility. Champagne’s performance is led by high profile names such as Krug or Bollinger. Because of the high priced nature of these wines, there is a bit of a buffer against broad economic uncertainty. That’s not to say that wine markets won’t be hit by economic circumstances, but the pocketbooks of the consumer-base capable of paying for these levels of Champagne are a little more insulated. This means spending power for collecting and drinking these wines stands to be less impacted by an economic slowdown. If you reference the Liv-ex 1000 index performance through two periods of major economic disruption, 2008 and 2020, you’ll note that price movements for the 100 most sought after wines were either quicker to rally, or less impacted as a whole. Simplify this down to the Champagne 50 index alone, and performance has been even more steady. Through 2020 and the covid-19 pandemic, investment-grade Champagne prices were relatively unscathed relative to the stock market. As the prices of the most in-demand collectible fine wines have continued to appreciate over time, the relative value of top champagne bottlings has increased dramatically. Another important catalyst has been the successful positioning of champagne as more than just wine, but as a true luxury good - the fact that major players in fashion and luxury such as LVMH, also own some of the most prestigious champagne houses is no accident. Their marketing leverage is being used to great effect, as global demand, secondary market activity, and prices are following accordingly. Investing in Alternatives Like Wine Alternative investments under management are projected to reach $17.2 trillion by 2025, as investors seek diversified returns. Investment platform Vint views wine and spirits as a key piece of that mix, given the stability and historical performance of the market. Investing in the asset class through a professional can be more conducive to long term results, rather than simply storing a few wines in your basement. Vint’s platform allows investors to invest in shares of wine through securitized offerings, rather than having to go out and purchase an entire wine collection on your own. Vint makes decisions based on proprietary analysis and fundamental research, to attempt to bring the return potential of fine wine and rare spirits to investors. This article was originally published on Benzinga here. Founded in 2019, Vint set out to financialize fine wine and spirits and create a new asset class. Vint received SEC qualification in 2021, thereby creating the first fully-transparent, efficient platform for wine, spirits, and futures collection investing. Vint offers expert-curated, thematic collections of fine wine & spirits to institutional, accredited, and non-accredited investors. Since launching, Vint has securitized and offered over $6M worth of assets. Through Q3 2022, Vint has generated returns of 28.3% for asset exits on a net annualized basis since inception. Vint is backed by leading investors Montage Ventures, MS&AD Ventures, Goat Rodeo Capital, Fintech Ventures & Slow Ventures. To learn more about Vint, visit Vint.co. This is not investment advice. All investors should do their own research, due diligence, and make their own decisions when it comes to investing capital in markets. Please read Vint’s disclaimer Contact Details Brady Weller Brady@vint.co Company Website https://vint.co/

March 22, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Detecting Early Signs of Heart Disease

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One in five people worldwide have inherited high lipoprotein(a) and most don’t know it. Because high Lp(a) isn’t screened for, often the first sign of this condition can be a heart attack or stroke. There are more than 60 million people in the United States at high risk for a heart attack or stroke because they were born with high lipoprotein(a). Recently, Katherine Wilemon, founder and CEO of the Family Heart Foundation, teamed up with preventive cardiologist Dr. Seth Baum, chief scientific officer of Flourish Research, on a nationwide satellite media tour to raise awareness and encourage people to get screened. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/NGQBZxqF-GI Lp(a) is a cholesterol-like substance that is unrelated to the food you eat or how you live. People inherit Lp(a) levels from their parents and high levels of Lp(a) significantly increase your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. High Lp(a) is a "triple threat" as it can clog your arteries like LDL cholesterol but it also promotes inflammation and increases the risk of your blood clotting. If you have heart disease or have had a stroke, or someone in your family has experienced cardiovascular disease, it is important to get screened for high Lp(a). In addition, if your LDL cholesterol is very high — over 190 mg/dL —you should also have your Lp(a) tested. Research from the Family Heart Foundation revealed that fewer than 1% of Americans had ever had their lipoprotein(a) tested – and it’s a simple blood test. “The truth is with 20% of the population affected, and heart disease continuing to be the single biggest threat to one’s ability to live a long healthy life, everyone should be screened,” said Dr. Baum. The Family Heart Foundation declared March 24 Lp(a) Awareness Day to raise awareness worldwide. In its second year, this day draws attention to high Lp(a) as an under-recognized cause of premature heart disease and stroke. “March 24 is a perfect time for everyone to think about their family history, be screened for high Lp(a) and maybe change the future for millions of Americans,” said Wilemon. For more information, visit FamilyHeart.org. The Family Heart Foundation’s Care Navigation team can answer questions and connect you to a healthcare provider near you. About Katherine Wilemon On the month she turned 39 years old, Katherine Wilemon’s world was rocked by a heart attack caused by a complete artery blockage. It was the importance of family that drove Katherine to investigate the deeper physiological issues that contributed to her cardiac event. She learned that she had familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), and, years later, that she also had elevated levels of lipoprotein(a). The more Katherine advocated for herself, the more she encountered an inadequate understanding of genetic conditions such as FH. Always an entrepreneur, she founded the Family Heart Foundation in 2011 to increase early diagnosis and treatment. Over the years the Foundation has helped create a national research registry for FH, established diagnostic codes and consensus statements for care, and provided a community for those living with inherited cholesterol disorders. Now, the organization has expanded to drive awareness and scientific understanding of Lp(a) so that others with high levels can better protect themselves and their families. About Seth Baum, MD, FACC, FACPM, FAHA, FNLA, FASPC Dr. Seth J. Baum is Chief Scientific Officer at Flourish Research, and clinical affiliate professor of Cardiology at FAU Medical School. He actively consults in Clinical Lipidology and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and continues to offer lipoprotein apheresis for patients in southeast and central Florida. Dr. Baum has practiced Preventive Cardiology and Clinical Lipidology since 2000. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the National Lipid Association, and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. Dr. Baum is a past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). He currently serves on both the ASPC and Family Heart Foundation Advisory Boards. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and abstracts as well as two books. In 2013, he was awarded Cleveland Heart Lab’s “Heart Award” for lifelong dedication to Preventive Medicine. In 2019, Dr. Baum received Mended Hearts’ biennial Dwight Emary Harken Award. Dr. Baum is the Founder of Excel Medical Clinical Trials, LLC, a consortium of clinicians dedicated to the safe and professional conduct of high-level scientific trials. He has served as Principal Investigator in over 100 clinical trials covering a broad range of disease states. Dr. Baum is the Chief Scientific Officer of Flourish Research, a leading national clinical research company. Dr. Baum is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Electrophysiology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 22, 2023 09:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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What Is Autologous Cell-Based Therapy, The Treatment Revolutionizing Regenerative Medicine That Could Be Set To Explode Over The Next Few Years?

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By Julian Richard, Benzinga Successful Autologous Cell-Based Therapies The global CAR-T cell therapy market is growing continuously due to novel clinical and commercial developments in this therapy. As a result, the Global CAR-T cell therapy market is expected to be worth USD 4.36 billion by 2028 from 2.31 billion in 2023, growing with a healthy CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period. Companies like Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ, Bristol-Meyers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) as well as Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) all are focusing on this innovative CAR-T cell therapy. Autologous cell based therapies are personalized therapies using your own cells to target a disease or disorder. Personalized therapies targeting cancer such CAR-T cell therapies have generated impressive clinical results with complete remission rates in B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia in over >80% of patients. One of the reasons this therapy has been successful is because it is autologous. In 2017, the U.S. FDA approved the first two CAR-T cell therapies: Novartis’ Kymriah ® for treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Gilead subsidiary Kite Pharma’s Yescarta ® for certain types of large B-cell lymphomas, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These autologous therapies are patient-specific where the therapeutic CAR-T cells are created from a patient’s own cells. The Value of Autologous Stem-Cell Therapies Autologous stem-cell therapy is a novel medical technology that is revolutionizing the way the medical community approaches the treatment of metabolic, autoimmune and degenerative diseases. Additionally, this technique has been used successfully to develop skin grafts for wound care, treat burns and bedsores and speed up recovery after surgery. The method involves extracting stem cells from a patient’s body and culturing them in laboratory conditions before reintroducing them into the patient. Stem cells are a unique type of cell that can develop into any other cell in the body. These “supercharged” cells can be used for tissue regeneration and repair, making stem cells a potent tool in modern personalized medicine. Stratified medicine simply cannot compete with this customization, precision, and safety profile. The main benefit of using autologous cells is that these cells come from your own body and therefore do not trigger any immunological rejection reactions. They also minimize the risk of infection from non-patient sources. This allows autologous cell therapy to be used safely over a longer term, ensuring that the patient can access consistent and reliable treatment without risk of rejection or complications due to incompatibility. In 2021, the autologous cell therapy market was valued at $4.3 billion and was projected to skyrocket to $29.1 billion by 2031—marking a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% from 2022-2031. Although the market is still nascent, it is expected to eventually create a new healthcare sector with revenue similar to that of the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and medical devices industries. An Autologous Stem Cell-Based Approach to treat Disc Pain BioRestorative Therapies Inc (NASDAQ: BRTX) focuses on innovative “home-grown” autologous stem-cell therapies to address unmet needs in patients with common yet serious diseases. It was founded by medical doctors, scientists and world-renowned stem-cell researchers committed to developing novel stem-cell therapies. The lead candidate in BioRestorative’s musculoskeletal stem-cell platform is BRTX-100, administered as a minimally-invasive single intradiscal injection. BRTX-100 is currently being evaluated in an FDA gold standard phase 2 double-blind, controlled, randomized study in those with chronic lumbar disc disease (cLDD). Chronic lumbar disc disease affects over 500 million individuals globally and is currently only treatable with opioids and surgery. Despite being the most commonly prescribed drug for cLLD, no clinical data supports the use of opioids in cLLD, which only serves to increase the opioid crisis in the USA. Surgery for cLLD carries many disadvantages and limitations. The cost of surgery can be high. While surgical intervention may reduce pain in some cases, it often fails to restore previous levels of function or mobility. Revision or reoperation rates for surgical intervention in the spine can be upwards of 20-30% of the cases performed. Furthermore, a more extended recovery period is associated with an increased risk of mechanical instability of the spine and potentially increased failure rates compared to non-surgical treatments. It would appear a bright future awaits BioRestorative Therapies and the autologous cell therapy market in general as patients increasingly look at personalized alternatives to surgery and conventional medicine. BRTX-100 is an innovative and minimally-invasive technology set to revolutionize lower back pain treatment. Visit https://www.biorestorative.com for more information on the company and its product candidates. This article was originally published on Benzinga here. BioRestorative Therapies was founded by scientists and researchers committed to developing stem cell therapies to address unmet needs in patients with highly prevalent conditions.Our advances in stem cell biology and delivery protocols harbor great promise in conditioning our bodies’ own regenerative potential to treat major diseases more effectively than current interventions.Today, BioRestorative is actively developing programs that aim to dramatically increase quality of care for both (i) chronic back pain caused by disc degeneration, as well as (ii) metabolic disorders including obesity and diabetes. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Investor Relations ir@biorestorative.com Company Website https://www.biorestorative.com/

March 22, 2023 09:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Global Wellness Company Fine Hygienic Holding Launches eon Longevity, an All-Natural Herbal Longevity Supplement

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Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH), one of the world’s leading wellness groups, today announced the launch of eon ™, a powdered, herbal beverage supplement that supports overall health and longevity. Comprising an all-natural, proprietary herbal blend, eon Longevity +Plus (eon’s signature product) underwent one of the largest clinical studies in the supplement space. The results verified that eon supports the health of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems; regulates normal metabolic balance; and helps reduce inflammation — all of which result in a healthier and stronger body. One of the most impactful findings is eon’s ability to reduce inflammation, which is a breakthrough since inflammation is at the core of most, if not all, diseases in the human body. “With these outstanding clinical results, it can be argued that eon could be the healthiest beverage a person can consume and should be part of everyone’s personal wellness program to improve quality of life and even life expectancy,” said Medical Wellness Association (MWA) President Dr. Christopher Breuleux, who underwrote the clinical study. “We are a company devoted to improving people’s health and lives by providing reliable, tested, high-quality products,” said eon Founder and FHH President of Wellness Elia G. Nuqul. “We are extremely happy to finally make this amazing product available after more than 3.5 years of hard work. The biggest reward in all this is knowing we have something that can really improve people’s health and lives, and unlock their longevity at an affordable price.” eon is the first FHH product to be fully procured, manufactured, packaged and launched in the U.S. The beverage supplement has also been professionally certified by the MWA. FHH CEO James Michael Lafferty said, “eon reduces total body inflammation, resulting in significant health benefits. You will not find a modern drug using these powerful ingredients to battle inflammation, which is often linked to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer's disease.” Inspired by Tea from the Mediterranean The inspiration behind eon’s innovation came from a viral video viewed by Lafferty and Nuqul. It featured a centenarian man youthfully navigating his village, climbing trees, and attributing his long and healthy life to his herbal tea. Captivated by this video, Nuqul embarked on an international sojourn to locate the elder gentleman and learn directly about the drink that kept him so spry. After studying, modifying, and enhancing the tea with the MWA, eon is the result. “eon is a beautiful marriage of nature and science. The ingredients of this beverage supplement have been tested independently and proven to have significant health benefits, most notably in the battle of inflammation and the systemic problems it causes,” added Lafferty. “Here was this centenarian living a healthy and full life attributed to drinking this drink, so we asked ourselves: What if the root to longevity is in the Mediterranean — and what if this benefit was available to everyone for the same price as a cup of coffee?” Clinical Study Results The clinical study, underwritten by the Medical Wellness Association, was one of the largest ever in the wellness supplement industry. Each participant consumed the beverage daily, all under medical supervision. The clinical trials scientifically proved, with statistical significance, that the consumption of eon Longevity +Plus yielded a range of health benefits, including: Reduces and controls inflammation and pain, a breakthrough since inflammation is at the core of most, if not all, diseases in the human body Supports cardiovascular and respiratory health Powerful source of antioxidants Regulates normal metabolic syndrome and improves gastrointestinal (gut) health Improves kidney and liver function (*amongst a subset of the clinical study) Reduces pre-diabetes risk factors Reduces stress Improves mood, vitality and sleep eon Now Available In addition to the clinically proven eon Longevity +Plus (which includes the highly bioavailable curcumin), customers also have access to eon Longevity, which is the all-natural herbal proprietary blend inspired by the centenarian man (without the curcumin). For best results, consume either blend at least once daily mixed with warm or cold water on an empty stomach. It may also be added to other beverages such as coffee or tea. The beverage supplement is only available as individual stick packs online at www.eon-longevity.com. About eonThe eon Longevity Blends™ are all-natural, herbal beverage supplements inspired by a generations-old formula and created by nature. Through one of the largest clinical studies conducted in the supplement space, eon Longevity +Plus (eon’s signature product) has been scientifically proven to provide significant health benefits when consumed at least once a day, especially through the reduction of inflammation. eon is part of Fine Hygienic Holding, one of the world’s leading wellness groups. More at www.eon-longevity.com. About Fine Hygienic HoldingFine Hygienic Holding (FHH), one of the world’s leading wellness groups and MENA’s leading manufacturer of hygienic products, serves consumers in more than 80 countries around the world. Originally established as a paper manufacturer, FHH has transformed into a wellness company dedicated to enhancing global health and wellbeing. Committed to becoming “the shining star of the Arab FMCG business world,” the Group focuses on wellness, sustainability, pioneering CSR programs, and state-of-the-art production processes. Fine Hygienic Holding offers a diverse array of award-winning products, including sterilized facial tissues, napkins, kitchen towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, adult briefs, jumbo rolls. It also offers away-from-home products to accommodate all types of private and public institutions in addition to its advanced range of personal protective equipment and long-lasting germ protection solutions. FHH also brings Nai natural iced teas and innovative nutritional supplements, such as eon and Motiva, to the market. Contact Details Rana Kawalit | │ Corporate Communication & PR Director +971 54 531 5575 Rkawalit@finehh.com Company Website https://www.finehh.com/

March 21, 2023 05:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Traveling on a Budget in 2023

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While prices for flights, hotels and rental cars are all up across the board, demand for travel isn’t slowing. A recent survey from pay over time provider, Affirm, revealed that despite record-high costs, the average person plans to take three trips this year and spend over $3,000 on travel. Furthermore, 3 in 4 of Millennial and Gen-Z respondents plan to take up to 6 trips this year, with over half planning to spend up to $5,000 on travel. Traveling on a budget can help ensure that people are spending responsibly while also providing ways to make their money go further. Affirm SVP and Financial Health Expert, Katrina Holt, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour, offering her top tips for financially-conscious travelers in 2023: Don’t forget to set a budget. The recent Affirm survey found that nearly 1 in 5 plan to travel this year without setting a budget beforehand, which can easily lead to overspending. When creating a budget, be sure to consider expenses across accommodation, meals, transportation and shopping. Use a transparent, flexible pay over time option like Affirm to spread out your costs and stick to your budget. By selecting Affirm at checkout, approved travelers can split travel costs into biweekly or monthly payments. Travelers will see the total cost of their purchase and will never pay more than they agree to upfront Affirm does not charge late or hidden fees. Watch out for gimmicks that come with travel credit cards. Early sign up bonuses might be enticing, but can easily lead to overspending as you try to hit the minimum. 0% APR credit card promotions can come with deferred interest and surprise you with balloon payments down the line. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/2ZCQtGXL7y8 Affirm is helping travelers by offering a smarter way to pay at some of the largest travel merchants in the US and Canada, including American Airlines, Expedia, Hotels.com, KAYAK, Vrbo, Priceline, and more. For more information, visit Affirm.com About Katrina Holt Katrina Holt is the SVP, Operations and Financial Health Expert at Affirm. Affirm is a new kind of payment network — one based on trust, transparency and putting people first. As a technology and financial services executive, Katrina brings more than 27 years of financial services, operations, and risk management leadership. Prior to Affirm, she was the Chief Compliance Officer at GE Capital Bank and WebBank, respectively. Earlier in her career, Katrina served as the Audit Director for GE Capital, as well as a commissioned bank examiner with the FDIC. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Utah and a BS in Accounting from Weber State University. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 21, 2023 02:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Colorado pet owners say yes, they want access to mid-level veterinary professionals and telehealth

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Responding to increasing costs and unavailability due to the state’s significant veterinary workforce shortage, four out of five Colorado pet owners say they would not hesitate to have their animal seen by a newly-created mid-level veterinary professional associate, similar in function and oversight to a physician assistant (PA). These are among the findings of an independent survey of Colorado pet owners announced by the Vet Care Coalition (VetCareCoalition.com), an expanding alliance of animal welfare organizations, veterinarians and technicians, pet owners, ranchers and other experts working to establish workable solutions to the state’s costly veterinary workforce shortage. The Vet Care Coalition is pursuing legislation in Colorado’s statehouse to achieve three common-sense initiatives toward addressing the state’s veterinary shortage: 1. Establishing a path for creation of a mid-level veterinary professional associate (VPA), similar to a physician assistant (PA) in human medicine. A VPA will be a master’s degree-level professional working under the supervision of a veterinarian to provide care such as examining pets, diagnosing minor conditions, performing routine surgeries and leading healthcare teams. These professionals will generate practice revenue while increasing overall workforce capacity, helping to increase patient availability while lowering costs. 2. Codifying the availability of veterinary care through telehealth services, which are increasingly used in human medicine. More than half of the state’s pet owners surveyed said they would be comfortable using virtual veterinary care for their animals. 3. Expanding the role of registered veterinarian technician specialists (VTS), with additional training and credentialing. “Vet tech” specialists are often underutilized in veterinary practices because Colorado regulations unreasonably limit what they can legally do. Expanding the role of a VTS will increase veterinary care capacity across the state while helping encourage retention at a time when many are leaving the sector due to burn-out and lack of professional growth. Colorado’s veterinary shortage is well-documented In 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture identified 25 rural and urban Colorado counties as having “veterinary shortage situations” in food animal medicine – a situation that contributes to higher prices while putting food safety at risk. In addition, the Veterinary Care Accessibility Project (AccessToVetCare.org) gave Colorado a score of only 58 out of 100, noting that veterinary care is nearly inaccessible in much of the state. The shortage has had a negative impact on pet owners and their animals across the country – and could get much worse. A Mars Veterinary Health study found that without solutions put in place soon, the U.S. will have 15,000 fewer veterinarians than it needs by 2030, leaving some 75 million pets without any veterinary care at all. The Colorado survey, conducted in mid-January by Corona Insights research firm, asked 556 pet owners across the state how they have been impacted by the veterinary shortage and gauged their initial comfort level with being seen by a VPA or via telehealth services. The research found that high veterinary costs generate the greatest level of concern and dissatisfaction among pet owners, with almost 25 percent saying high costs made them decide against taking their animals in for necessary care over the last year. The U.S. Dept. of Labor Consumer Price Index shows that between 1997 and 2022, veterinarian services steadily rose at almost twice the rate of inflation. Through 2021 and 2022 alone, the nation’s veterinary shortage contributed to service prices increasing by more than 13 percent. More than a quarter of survey respondents also said they were significantly challenged in finding and making timely appointments with veterinarians in their area. Logical and urgent need for a mid-level veterinary professional “While the human medical profession has embraced physician assistants for more than 50 years, veterinary medicine inexplicably still has no such mid-level professional position,” said coalition spokesperson Dr. Apryl Steele, past president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and current CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “Animals will suffer until we fill this glaring need,” said Dr. Steele, “while Colorado’s veterinary workforce will continue to be severely overworked and understaffed.” The American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized physician assistants in 1971, with the first PA certification tests implemented by the National Board of Medical Examiners two years later. “The VPA would not replace a veterinarian or a veterinary technician,” said Dr. Steele. “Rather, it will enhance a practice while providing credentialed veterinary technicians with a career path toward greater responsibility and compensation.” In Colorado’s USDA-identified veterinary shortage areas, VPAs will be allowed to work under indirect supervision to help increase access to care for food and fiber animals. “It’s important to understand that fully utilizing veterinary technicians and creating a mid-level veterinary PA are complementary options for solving Colorado’s veterinarian workforce shortage crisis,” said Dr. Steele. “We absolutely need both.” About the Vet Care Coalition The Vet Care Coalition is an expanding alliance that includes animal welfare organizations, veterinarians and technicians, pet owners, ranchers and other experts with a common goal to find workable solutions to the state’s costly veterinary workforce shortage. Organizational coalition members supporting the legislation include the Animal Welfare Association of Colorado (AWAC), Colorado Voters for Animals, the Dumb Friends League (DFL), Thrive Pet Healthcare, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Virtual Veterinary Care Association, Animal Policy Group, WellHaven Pet Health, Larimer Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Mars Petcare. Individual supporters include four former presidents of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), as well as a growing number of veterinarians, practice owners and animal welfare advocates across the nation. For more information and to support efforts to increase access to veterinary care across Colorado, please visit www.vetcarecoalition.com. Contact Details Vet Care Coalition Steven Silvers +1 720-402-8820 ssilvers@vetcarecoalition.com

March 21, 2023 08:50 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Axis Medicare Advisors Partners with AmeriLife to Accelerate Growth

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Louisville, Ky.-based Axis Medicare Advisors, one of the nation’s top designers and distributors of market-leading Medicare Supplement and ancillary health products for Aetna. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Our business was built on ‘trust,’ and today, I’m excited to announce that we, too, have found a trusted partner in AmeriLife to propel Axis forward,” said James “Jamie” Sarno, president and CEO of Axis Medicare Advisors. “Our team is excited to join this industry leader. We look forward to tapping into AmeriLife’s incredible leadership and resources to continue delivering excellence for Axis agents and their clients.” Founded in 1991, Axis has grown from a small outfit into a leading Medicare solutions shop known for its deep Medicare Supplement and ancillary health product portfolio, best-in-class customer service, and expert knowledge of the evolving and complex Medicare space. Now, Axis will have full access to AmeriLife’s best-in-class technology, tools and resources and leading distribution platform, positioning it for significant growth and long-term success. Relatedly, Sarno will join AmeriLife as vice president of Medicare Supplement and Specialty Health and will report to AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer of Health, Scotty Elliott, effective April 3. Sarno brings over 35 years of experience in the Medicare Supplement market to AmeriLife, and as a national advisor for Aetna, he has supported the design of proprietary products that remain core to AmeriLife’s holistic health offering. With Sarno’s departure, Ronnie Lapinsky will assume day-to-day operational oversight of Axis. “Ronnie has been a loyal friend and valuable asset at Axis for more than 21 years,” added Sarno. “There’s no one better suited to continue Axis’s legacy of protecting seniors and helping them with the ever-changing landscape of Medicare.” “We’re thrilled to welcome Axis Medicare Advisors to AmeriLife’s Health family and, at the same time, Jamie to our growing Health leadership bench,” said Elliott. “Both represent the continued, incredible run of growth for our Health distribution. We can’t wait to work with Jamie to elevate our Medicare Supplement and health specialty strategy while also helping Ronnie and his team at Axis expand and grow their business to new heights.” ### About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and 120 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. About Axis Medicare Advisors Founded in 1991 and based in Louisville, Ky., Axis Medicare Advisors is a leading Medicare and specialty health insurance agency serving seniors nationwide. Axis’s team of professionals offers unparalleled customer support, expert advice and a portfolio of health solutions from some of the biggest insurance carriers in the market. For more information, visit AxisMedicareAdvisors.com. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

March 21, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Greene Concepts Secures New Retail Distribution to Five Hundred Grocery Stores

Greene Concepts, Inc.

McapMediaWire - - Greene Concepts, Inc. (OTC: INKW) is pleased to announce it has finalized a retail and distribution agreement with Merchants Distributors (MDI) and Lowes Foods. Both entities will shelf and carry BE WATER’s TM new six-pack configurations throughout the Eastern U.S. with a reach of nearly 500 grocery outlets. Distribution to the new retailers occurs March through late-April. The agreement includes 400 independent stores covered by MDI and 80+ Lowes Foods Stores throughout the region. 380 of the 650 MDI stores will utilize BE WATER planograms, a schematic tool used to plan a retail store layout. Planograms place special attention on product placement and displays, as well as point-of-sale locations. Brian Adkins, Greene Concepts Sales Consultant, notes, “We have worked aggressively to achieve the first large-scale grocery distribution deal for BE WATER. MDI and Lowes Foods are fantastic partners and I am very pleased that they see the value in bringing on our BE WATER six-packs. It takes time to secure retail relationships and share with distributors and retailers the benefits of BE WATER and its appeal to consumers. We have been able to secure both accounts resulting in the aggressive movement of BE WATER production and distribution. This is a significant step forward for us all.” Brian Adkins continues, “We have almost tripled Greene Concepts’ footprint of BE WATER throughout the country to bring the total store count of BE WATER to over 800 stores nationally. The availability of six-packs increases the entry point for consumers to purchase BE WATER at a reduced cost. Because of MDI and Lowes Foods, BE WATER will be seen and purchased by a larger audience before the end of April and I could not be happier for the company, our customers, and especially for Greene Concepts shareholders. Thank you for continuing to believe in us and in our progression together.” Lenny Greene, CEO of Greene Concepts, states, “The timing of these new distribution and retail deals coincides with the release of our new six-pack configuration which passed our sample tests and will come off the line in full production and begin reaching MDI and Lowes Foods stores in March with availability at each of their locations by the end of April. We are thrilled to have our BE WATER product line reach new audiences while vastly increasing our revenues and product reach. I would like to give a special thanks to Brian for making this happen and am blessed to have him as part of the Greene Concepts team. I also thank MDI, Lowes Foods, and their parent company Alex Lee for trusting us as a premium beverage supplier.” Follow Greene Concepts Inc. on Twitter as well as BE WATER TM Submit investor questions to IR@greeneconcepts.com About Merchants Distributors (MDI), LLC Merchants Distributors (MDI) is a privately-owned wholesale grocery store distributor headquartered in Hickory, NC. MDI supplies over 600 retail food stores with food and non-food items in 12 Eastern states to include NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, AL, WV, OH, FL, PA, MD, and KY. MDI has been supplying retail supermarkets for over 90 years. In addition to full-service distribution to supermarkets in 12 East Coast states, MDI offers cold storage to manufacturers, provides digital services for retail, has a large format print facility, and exports to over 30 countries. The company has a strong customer focus and offers a variety of services to help their customers succeed. https://www.mdi.com/ About Lowes Foods, LLC Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and operates more than 80 full-service supermarkets in the Carolinas with an annual revenue of $1.6 billion. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. Lowes Foods operates independently while purchasing through MDI for their distribution. This also includes several Just$ave stores. To learn more, visit https://www.lowesfoods.com / or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. About Alex Lee, Inc. Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs nearly 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets across the Southeastern United States. In addition, Alex Lee is the parent company of Lowes Foods as well as Just$ave food stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC. For more information, please visit https://www.alexlee.com. About Greene Concepts, Inc. Greene Concepts, Inc. ( http://www.greeneconcepts.com ) is a publicly traded company whose purpose is to provide the world with high-quality, healthy and enhanced beverage choices that meet the nutritional needs of its consumers while refreshing their mind, body and spirit. The Company’s flagship product, BE WATER, is a premium artesian bottled water that supports total body health and wellness. Greene Concepts’ beverage and bottling plant is located in Marion, North Carolina, and their water is ethically sourced from seven spring and artesian wells that are fed from a natural aquifer located deep beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greene Concepts continues to develop and market premium beverage brands designed to enhance the daily lives of consumers. Safe Harbor: This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based on the current plans and expectations of management and are subject to a few uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect the company's current plans and expectations, as well as future results of operations and financial condition. A more extensive listing of risks and factors that may affect the company's business prospects and cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the reports and other documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and OTC Markets, Inc. OTC Disclosure and News Service. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, because of new information, future events or otherwise. CONTACT: Greene Concepts, Inc. Investor Relations IR@greeneconcepts.com Contact Details Greene Concepts, Inc. IR@greeneconcepts.com Company Website https://greeneconcepts.com/

March 21, 2023 08:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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