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SIGMA Releases 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary Lens, an Essential Focal Length Prime for APS-C Format Cameras

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary lens, a wide-angle fast-aperture prime lens designed specifically for APS-C mirrorless systems. This lens offers a 35mm field of view equivalency with the 1.5X crop factor applied, and is the fourth fast-aperture F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary prime lens, joining the popular 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary for crop-sensor mirrorless systems. The DC DN family also includes the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary Zoom lens. The SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is offered in Sony E-mount, Leica L-Mount, and Fujifilm X Mount versions. The Sony E-mount and L-Mount versions will be available through authorized SIGMA America retailers in late April 2023 for $549. The X mount version will be available in summer 2023. To take advantage of the mobility of APS-C mirrorless cameras, the lens body is compact and lightweight, with a weight of 340g *, length of 76.9mm * and filter diameter of 52mm, offering exceptional imaging performance when paired with compact APS-C mirrorless camera along with high-megapixel, full-frame mirrorless cameras in APS-C crop mode such as the 61MP SIGMA fp L. AF is driven by a quiet, high-speed stepping motor for swift, silent operation for both still and video capture, and excellent flare/ghosting resistance makes it ideal for real-world conditions. The lens is ideal for landscapes, journalism, everyday photography, and so much more; with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.3 and a minimum focusing distance of just under 10 inches. Learn more about the SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/23mm-f1-4-dc-dn-c * L-Mount version Exclusively designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras C | Contemporary SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN A prime lens that is hard to let go. Large aperture F1.4 brightness and excellent resolution from maximum aperture Compact body optimized for APS-C mirrorless cameras A wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses Supplied accessories: Petal Type Hood LH554-01, FRONT CAP LCF-52 III, REAR CAP LCR II Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount, FUJIFILM X Mount * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA23mmContemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADCDN The wide-angle lens ideal for APS-C mirrorless cameras joins the Contemporary line. High optical performance, F1.4 brightness, and compact enough to carry around every day. With an easy-to-use angle of view equivalent to 35mm (on full frame), high optical performance, the brightness of a large F1.4 aperture, and a compact and lightweight lens body, SIGMA's experience accumulated in the Contemporary line has culminated in a lens that is ideal for use with APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens offers excellent resolution from maximum aperture and the rich bokeh effects thanks to its F1.4 brightness. The lens demonstrates its descriptive power in a wide range of applications, including landscapes, portraits, and table photography. In order to take advantage of the high mobility of mirrorless cameras, the compactness of the lens body was also pursued. The SIGMA Contemporary lineup includes several compact and lightweight F1.4 single focal length lenses in the APS-C format, which are surprisingly compact to carry around. If you want to keep your equipment light and small, but not compromise on image rendering performance, this lens is sure to meet your needs, and will be a lens you will never want to let go. [Key Features] 1. Large aperture F1.4 brightness and excellent resolution from maximum aperture. The SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary has an easy-to-use angle of view equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format, as well as the brightness of a large F1.4 aperture and high descriptive power. The optics is composed of 13 elements in 10 groups, including 3 SLD glass elements and 2 aspherical lens elements, to achieve sharp, clear images. The lens delivers excellent resolving power from the maximum aperture. Furthermore, the large F1.4 aperture allows for large, beautiful bokeh effects. The compact, palm-size body allows you to enjoy the rich descriptive power of mirrorless cameras. Careful countermeasures against ghosting and flare enable clear shooting even in backlit environments. 2. Compact body optimized for APS-C mirrorless cameras To take advantage of the mobility of APS-C mirrorless cameras, the lens body is compact and lightweight, with a weight of 340g*, length of 76.9mm*, and filter diameter of 52mm. At the same time, the quality of the lens body itself has not been compromised. The high-precision machining technology of SIGMA's sole production facility in Aizu, Japan, has enabled the lens body to achieve the ideal balance between excellent optical performance based on the latest optical and mechanical design and compactness. The AF drive system uses a quiet, high-speed stepping motor. The latest algorithm enables quick focusing for easy shooting. *The figures are for L-Mount. Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only) For L-Mount cameras, it is possible to switch to "linear focus," in which the focus shifts by a fixed amount according to the rotation angle of the focus ring. *Only for compatible L-Mount camera bodies. 3. A wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses The SIGMA Contemporary line offers a wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses. All of them share the concept of combining superior resolution with compactness and light weight. By combining them according to your needs, you can build a compact photographic system without compromising on image quality. [Additional Features] Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups with 3 SLD and 2 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping Motor Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. Support DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Petal Type Hood LH554-01 Mount with dust and splash resistant structure Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 9-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: 13 elements in 10 groups (3 SLD and 2 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 63.4° Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 25cm / 9.9 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:7.3 Filter size: 52mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 65.8mm x 76.9mm / 2.6 in. x 3.0 in. Weight: 340g / 12.0 oz. [Product Barcode] L-Mount: 0085126348694 Sony E-mount: 0085126348656 FUJIFILM X Mount: 0085126348755 [Accessories: Supplied] Product Name / Barcode Petal Type Hood LH554-01 0085126940461 FRONT CAP LCF-52 III: 0085126929800 REAR CAP LCR II (L-Mount): 0085126937256 REAR CAP LCR II (Sony E-mount): 0085126929879 REAR CAP LCR II (FUJIFILM X Mount): 0085126939861 [Accessories: Optional] Product Name / Barcode SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 52mm: 0085126930905 SIGMA PROTECTOR 52mm: 0085126931032 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 52mm: 0085126930646 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 52mm: 0085126930776 [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/c023_23_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 35 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA +1 631-201-7381 SIGMA.PR@sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

April 03, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DeeLance Crypto Presale Launches to Bring Freelancing & Recruiting to Web3

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Web3 freelance and recruitment marketplace DeeLance launched its presale, raising more than $27,000 in its first 24 hours. This disruptive new platform seeks to revolutionize how companies hire contract employees and freelancers. Thanks to DeeLance’s use of blockchain technology, it’s simpler, faster, and cheaper to hire the right person for every job than ever before. Early investors have 15 days remaining to lock in the lowest price for DeeLance’s native ERC-20 token, $DLANCE. The project is planning an initial exchange offering at a list price of $0.035, representing a 40% increase from today’s presale price. DeeLance takes aim at the $761 billion recruitment industry DeeLance is making waves among analysts and investors because the potential size of its disruption is enormous. The global human resources (HR) and recruitment services industry is worth an estimated $761 billion according to research firm IBISWorld. DeeLance is going toe-to-toe right from the start with publicly traded companies like Upwork and Fiverr. However, DeeLance brings significant advantages for employers and freelancers compared to these legacy recruitment platforms. First, DeeLance makes it significantly cheaper to hire. Its 2% fee for employers is the lowest of any existing marketplace. Its 10% fee for freelancers is also highly competitive. On top of that, DeeLance doesn’t hold up payments for days on end. The platform’s blockchain-backed escrow accounts protect both employers and workers from loss, but release funds instantly once work is transferred and approved. Payments can be made in cryptocurrency as well as fiat, ensuring that there are no payment delays or costly foreign exchange fees. Visit DeeLance Presale Leveraging NFTs to manage ownership over work One of the biggest challenges that existing freelance marketplaces face is transferring ownership from contract workers to employers. Contracts rarely specify who gets to keep the intellectual property rights associated with any piece of content. DeeLance cuts through the confusion by tokenizing work as NFTs. When an employer purchases work such as a piece of written content or software code, they receive an NFT representing their ownership over that work as a deliverable. This ensures that there are never questions about who owns a piece of content and there are no limits on how companies can use the work that they’ve paid for. DeeLance metaverse offers new ways to work and hire Alongside its Web3 marketplace, DeeLance is developing the first metaverse built specifically for recruitment and freelancing. The DeeLance metaverse is an integral part of this platform, not an afterthought to take advantage of the latest trends. In DeeLance’s metaverse, employers looking to hire and freelancers looking for work will be able to interact freely as avatars. Employers can set up offices to hold meetings and interviews or even purchase virtual advertising to supercharge their hiring process. Freelancers can advertise their services and network with clients to encourage repeat work. The $DLANCE token plays an essential role in this metaverse. While contracts on DeeLance can be paid in fiat or a variety of major cryptocurrencies, offices and advertising in the DeeLance metaverse can only be purchased with $DLANCE. This means that employers and freelancers who purchase $DLANCE during the presale can lock in a discount on future office space and advertising in the DeeLance metaverse. It’s an investment not only in $DLANCE itself, but also in the future of their own businesses. Visit DeeLance Presale Limited opportunity to invest in the future of hiring DeeLance is bringing together blockchain, NFTs, and the metaverse to redefine how companies hire and how freelancers find work. It offers a major leap forward over existing recruitment platforms and holds competitive advantages in price, transparency, and speed. Investors, employers, and freelancers can lock in the lowest price for the $DLANCE token during the first stage of the project’s presale. For a limited time, $DLANCE is priced at $0.025 USDT. The price will increase to $0.027 in Stage 2 of the presale and to $0.030 in Stage 3. The presale has allocated 30% of the total $DLANCE supply and has a hard cap of $6 million. Investors can purchase $DLANCE through the DeeLance presale site using Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT), or a credit card via Transak. Visit DeeLance Presale DISCLAIMER: This is not to be taken as investment advice. Crypto is a volatile asset, do your own research before investing and only invest money you can afford to lose. We may receive commission for clicking links in this article. Contact Details Finance News Alex Brown alex@financenews.com

March 31, 2023 02:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Uno Pizzeria and Grill Introduces New $1000 pizza

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

Uno Pizzeria and Grill, the inventor of the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, has announced that it has developed a new pizza variety – the $1000 pizza known as the “UNO Grand”. This deep dish pizza features some trendy and expensive toppings that elevate the price tag of this unique offering. The new pizza is topped with delicately sliced Japanese Wagyu beef, thinly shaved white truffle mushrooms medallions and is capped off with real gold flakes. The toppings sit upon a standard large classic Uno’s deep dish cheese pizza with its flaky and tasty crust, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. This delicacy was the brain-child of new executive chef, Llewes Eki, who joined the Unos Restaurants executive team in January of 2023. “We were striving for a pizza the likes of which have never been seen. The Unos legacy is for innovation and trail-blazing and we are advancing that tradition with the introduction of this one-of-a-kind blend of ultra-premium toppings,” boasted Chef Eki. “Who else can compete with this pizza? We like to say it is large and in-charge”. Uno Restaurants CEO Erik Frederick added, “Chef Eki is certainly making a statement with this premium pie as it is his first dish introduced since he came on board”. Prime A5 Miyazakigyu Japanese Wagyu beef currently sells for around $450 per pound. The $1000 “UNO Grand” pizza contains about 4oz. of the prime in-demand beef. Even more incredibly, Italian white truffle mushrooms sell for around $4,300 a pound. This premium pie features about 2oz. of the exquisite white truffles. The gold flakes add a touch of flair to this bold offering. “We think we are far ahead of the trend on this pizza,” continued Chef Eki. “We anticipate the demand to be ridiculously high once people get to try the pizza. The taste symphony is one that dances on your taste buds and completely elevates your palette. While we know our current guests love their pepperoni and sausage pizza toppings, we think we can attract a whole new level of guest with these ultra-premium toppings. We’re exploring new avenues of distribution such as on private jets, exclusive boutiques and maybe even the White House.” The $1000 “UNO Grand” pizza is available at most Uno Pizzeria and Grill locations and is expected to have a limited time run with the chance to make the regular menu if sales boom as the company expects. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes approximately 80 company-owned and franchised UNO Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 18 states, and the District of Columbia, India, and Saudi Arabia. UNO is all about connecting people over awesome pizza – from its famous Chicago Deep Dish, which UNO invented in 1943, to its Chicago Thin Crust, to its gluten-free and vegan pizzas to its new Detroit Style Pizza. For more information, visit www.unos.com. Contact Details Chris Dellamarggio +1 339-613-7641 cdellamarggio@unos.com Company Website https://www.unos.com/

March 31, 2023 01:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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BioRestorative Therapies (NASDAQ: BRTX) Is Targeting The Global Obesity Epidemic With Its Recent IP Portfolio Expansion

BioRestorative Therapies, Inc.

By Julian Richard, Benzinga BioRestorative Therapies Inc (NASDAQ: BRTX) is expanding its ThermoStem® intellectual property portfolio for treatments targeting obesity, diabetes and other indications related to metabolic syndrome with another patent notice of allowance from the United States Patent Office, adding to its already 19 issued patents under the ThermoStem® patent family. BioRestorative’s ThermoStem® program is a novel cell-based therapy program using cells that have metabolic activity, that once transplanted may be able to regulate the bodies metabolic homeostasis (balance) and potentially induce weight loss and a better metabolic state. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions, such as obesity often times resulting in elevated cholesterol (fat) and glucose levels in the blood, these conditions increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Pioneering research conducted by Biorestorative Therapies demonstrated that brown tissue burns rather than stores energy. This work was published in Stem cells and was performed in a collaboration with the University of Utah. Increased levels of brown tissue support weight loss by increasing metabolism and reducing glucose and cholesterol in the blood. Thus, increasing brown fat levels and activity may be a powerful way to treat metabolic syndrome's significant mortality and morbidity. The ThermoStem® program is unique in that it pioneers the use of cell-based therapy to treat a global unmet medical need. The obesity and metabolic syndrome management space is the subject of intense clinical development and interest in the medical community. ThermoStem® will provide physicians with a therapeutic alternative to drugs with a different mechanism of action currently on the market. with Altimmune (NASDAQ: ALT), Eli Lilly Co (NYSE: LLY) and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) looking to emulate the success of Semaglutide, marketed by Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Semaglutide was FDA-approved in 2021 for “chronic weight management” and was the first drug approved for this indication since 2014. Because ThermoStem® is a biologic rather than a synthetic drug, it might be a safer alternative to drugs currently under development that have demonstrated safety issues, such as Altimmunes (NASDAQ: ALT) weight loss drug that demonstrated gastrointestinal side effects when used. Obesity: A Global Epidemic Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are two distinct forms of the same disease. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, whereas type 2 is linked to lifestyle factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise resulting in obesity. Type 2 diabetes is caused by excess weight, poor diet and lack of exercise, leading to too much glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Cells in the body cannot respond as they would normally by removing glucose from the blood, a condition called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes can often be managed through diet and lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. However, some people with type 2 diabetes may also need medication or insulin injections to manage their condition. Regardless of the type of diabetes, increased blood sugar can cause diseases of the heart, eyes and kidneys and may result in infection and amputation of the feet. The health economic burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes is profound. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 37 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), with up to 95% having type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has historically been considered a disease of adults; however, given the current obesity epidemic, it is becoming more common in children, adolescents and younger adults. By 2030, over one billion individuals will be obese, with 1 in 7 men and 1 in 5 women living with the condition. The World Health Organization has designated obesity as a global epidemic. The total annual cost of diabetes in the United States exceeds $327 billion. This includes direct medical costs, such as hospitalizations and medications, and indirect costs, from lost productivity due to illness or premature death. The burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes is not limited to economic factors alone. The impact of these conditions on the quality of life for patients and carers can be immense. People living with obesity and diabetes are at greater risk for physical, mental, social and emotional difficulties stemming from their condition. Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are common among people living with these conditions, partly due to the discrimination they can experience. Physical disability is also an issue for many people living with these conditions. The emotional toll of living with a chronic illness can be immense, leading to feelings of isolation, fear and frustration. ThermoStem® could potentially help with this burden through its novel approach. The novelty of the ThermoStem® technology was acknowledged by the United States Patent Office’s The Notice of Allowance was issued on February 24th of 2023. By expanding the ThermoStem® patent family with another issued patent, BioRestorative is positioned to further strengthen and secure its novel cell-based approach to treat obesity Visit https://www.biorestorative.com for more information on the company and its product candidates. This article was originally published on Benzinga. 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 31, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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OMID Posts 2022 Annual Report and Provides Update

Omid Hldgs Inc

McapMediaWire -- Today, OMID Holdings, Inc. (OTC: OMID ) posted its Unaudited Annual Report for the Year Ended December 31 st, 2022. The company is pleased to announce that its production facility in Alpha, NJ is now GMP-certified for the production of tinctures as human food according to FDA 21 CFR Part 117. "GMP certification has long been a stated goal of OMID and reaching this milestone has invigorated the OMID team. We believe that GMP certification represents a higher standard of operations within the cannabis industry and we intend to leverage our proven capabilities to take advantage of new business opportunities. As an additional note in response to broad shareholder inquiries: I would like to confirm that the financial audit is on-going with unwavering internal support and I am eager to see it completed." stated Adam Frank, Chairman & CEO of OMID Holdings, Inc. About OMID Holdings, Inc. OMID Holdings, Inc. is a publicly-traded health and wellness company which produces a variety of finished consumer goods. The company operates a facility in Alpha, NJ which is GMP-certified in the production of human food according to FDA 21 CFR Part 117. OMID concentrates its efforts on research, design, development, production, and marketing. Most of the products manufactured by the company include cannabinoids derived from hemp and other herbal ingredients. Acts 2:12 For more information about the company, please visit https://omidholdingsinc.com/ or follow us on Twitter: @OMIDHoldingsInc Safe Harbor Act: Forward-Looking Statements are included within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, products and services, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, including words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "could," "should," "will," and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements and involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements. We are under no obligation to (and expressly disclaim any such obligation to) update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contact: Adam Frank Phone: +1 908-386-2880 Email: info@omidholdingsinc.com Contact Details OMID Holdings, Inc. info@omidholdingsinc.com Company Website https://omidholdingsinc.com/

March 30, 2023 09:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Essentially Group wants to have its beverages "on every table"

Essentially Group PLC

Essentially Group PLC (AQSE:ESSN) Managing Director and CEO Raja Abuljebain speaks to Proactive about his ambitions for the healthy food and beverage company, less than a fortnight on from its AQSE listing. Raja Abuljebain reveals more about his long-term plans, saying that he wants to see the company's beverages "on every table." Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

March 30, 2023 04:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Retiree Shareowners Seek to Limit Verizon Executive Golden Parachutes & Enhance Clawback Policy

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Members of the non-profit Association of BellTel Retirees, Inc. have two shareholder proposals for the 2023 Verizon (NYSE:VZ) shareowner meeting, aimed at strengthening the senior executive clawback policy while limiting executive golden parachutes. The annual meeting will be in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 11. The BellTel Retirees have a long and successful history of shareowner advocacy at Verizon, acting as an integral check for better governance practices. Since 2003, they have achieved 12 changes to corporate governance, including three by majority vote (2013, 2007, 2003). The Association of BellTel Retirees is proposing Item #8, a Shareholder Ratification of Annual Equity Awards policy (Aka: “Golden Parachute”) which recommends shareowner approval of any new and renewed senior executive compensation packages that would include severance or termination payments exceeding 2.99 times base salary plus target short-term bonus. A nearly identical retiree proposal achieved a 44% vote in 2022. This measure seeks to strengthen the current policy, which Verizon adopted following a successful 2003 BellTel-backed proposal that achieved 59% of shares voted. Retirees believe much more scrutiny is needed over exit packages, reflective of the one currently available to CEO Hans Vestberg. As disclosed in the 2023 Proxy, Mr. Vestberg could receive $31.6 million, or more than six (6) times his 2022 base salary plus a short-term bonus, upon termination following any change in company control. The second retiree proposal, by BellTel Chairman Thomas M. Steed, which achieved 37% in 2022, would amend Verizon’s Senior Executive Compensation Clawback Policy (Item #7). The current policy allows cancellation or recoupment of cash and equity compensation when executives engage only in “willful misconduct” resulting in a material restatement of the corporation’s financial results. BellTel believes the company’s current policy wording is too vague and lenient to ever be effective. Proposal #7 urges enhancing the standard from “willful misconduct” to “conduct” that can cause financial or reputational risk to the company. “The executive clawback policy governing senior executives, should reflect the same expectations that all other employees of Verizon are duty-bound to follow. There should not be a double standard,” said Steed, who submitted the proposal. “Since employees can be disciplined or dismissed for failing to execute their duties, senior executives should certainly not be rewarded for harm they cause to the company’s brand or reputation, or actions that result in Verizon needing to pay penalties or restitution.” Retiree and employee shareowners whose shares are held within a Verizon savings/401k plan are required to vote by no later than May 8, 2023. Contact Details Sabrina Petrafesa +1 646-213-1366 SPetrafesa@ButlerPR.com Tom Butler +1 646-213-1802 TButler@ButlerPR.com Company Website https://belltelretirees.org/

March 29, 2023 12:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Macon, GA Moves to New Location & Has Grand Opening

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Richie Moore and his family have owned the Minuteman Press franchise in Macon, Georgia since June of 2017. As they approach six years in business, Richie, along with his father and his wife Elle, have moved to a brand new facility at 4341 Interstate DR, Suite B, Macon GA 31210. To celebrate the move, Minuteman Press in Macon held a grand opening on February 21, 2023, that was sponsored by the Greater Macon-Bibb Chamber of Commerce, the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce. Richie shares, “We have needed more space for the last 3 years. We wanted to get the equipment needed to do the things our customers have been asking us to do and now we have the space and a lot of the equipment needed! We want to show Middle Georgia that the big jobs don’t need to be sent out of our local area, and that Minuteman Press in Macon can produce and deliver for them.” Richie further explains the benefits of the new facility: “We now have a lobby that we can show off our larger jobs and spark ideas in our customers. If that doesn’t do it we want to set up tours of our facility to show the machines’ capabilities for prints. We have just upgraded our main production systems on all of our paper products so that we can print even faster and deliver higher quality. We are able to get longer lasting, higher quality signage done at a fraction of the time it would take a typical sign shop to print.” When it comes to marketing the business, Richie has followed the Minuteman Press system and reached out to his local business community through networking groups. He also focuses on education potential and established customers on the product capabilities that Minuteman Press in Macon has to offer. Richie shares: “We have participated in a lot of networking groups in the last 6 years and that has been some of the main drivers behind our growth. We’ve worked hard on getting out into the community and talking about our vision at Minuteman Press Macon to our customers. Our message is simple: We are showing Middle Georgia that having a quick turnaround doesn’t have to sacrifice quality. We educate them on the fact that having quality doesn’t have to come with the highest price tag. And above all, we make it a point to let our clients know that growing larger doesn’t sacrifice the customer care that our customers receive on a daily basis. “There is a big market for the medium-size niche jobs that sadly is getting left by the wayside. We have customers that want 500 boxes or direct printed bags. They are a small-to-medium sized companies and they don’t necessarily need 5,000 bags that are all the same. They want 500 of 10 different bags so they can sell more products. We want to offer an option to those people who need help with all of their printing needs and don’t want to go to 5 different places to get them all done.” -Richie Moore, co-owner, Minuteman Press, Macon, GA Franchise Support from Minuteman Press International Before franchising, Richie shares, “My wife Elle and I come from the insurance world and before that I worked with computers everywhere. My dad called me up one day and asked if I’d be interested in a printing franchise. One of our computer customers was Minuteman Press Macon and the owner called us and asked if we would be interested in buying the computers back from him. We offered to let us try running the business for a few months and see if it was for us.” He continues, “We did it and we loved helping out the customers. We loved that every day was something new to do. You definitely have to stay on your toes in a print shop! So, my wife and I cashed in our insurance bonuses and bought into a new business with my dad. From there, we have grown it dramatically and want to continue to grow with our customers.” Richie shares his thoughts on the support he and his family have received since joining the Minuteman Press franchise family. He says, “The Minuteman Press franchise has been around a long time and will be around a lot longer. If you have seen it printed, they have had experience with it. Our corporate office has been a great support to us when we had questions on how to help our customers. They have always been supportive in helping us reach our goals. This move to our new building has been the top goal for us for at least 3 years now, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and guidance of our local RVP Dave Walton and the local support team.” Richie adds, “We took over in 2017 but this Minuteman Press franchise has been in Macon for 35 years! We have a lot of experience and knowledge about the products that our clients want and possibly some that you don’t even know about that can help!” When asked about his final thoughts on the move and being business owner, Richie says, “I like to remind all of our clients that WE ARE LOCAL and that we can help. We would love to show prospects what we can do and invite them to tour our facility!” Richie concludes, “For business owners, I would say you need to s urround yourself with smart people that have done it all and are successful. This way, you will end up driving yourself to reach their level. That’s yet another reason franchising and Minuteman Press was right for us.” Minuteman Press in Macon is located at 4341 Interstate DR, Suite B, Macon GA 31210. For more information, call 478-474-6263 or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/ga/macon/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

March 29, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Retirees Fight to Strengthen Clawback Policy, Limit Executive Golden Parachutes at Verizon

The Association of BellTel Retirees

Members of the non-profit Association of BellTel Retirees, Inc. have two shareholder proposals for the 2023 Verizon (NYSE:VZ) shareowner meeting, aimed at strengthening the senior executive clawback policy while limiting executive golden parachutes. The annual meeting will be in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 11. The BellTel Retirees have a long and successful history of shareowner advocacy at Verizon, acting as an integral check for better governance practices. Since 2003, they have achieved 12 changes to corporate governance, including three by majority vote (2013, 2007, 2003). The Association of BellTel Retirees is proposing Item #8, a Shareholder Ratification of Annual Equity Awards policy (Aka: “Golden Parachute”) which recommends shareowner approval of any new and renewed senior executive compensation packages that would include severance or termination payments exceeding 2.99 times base salary plus target short-term bonus. A nearly identical retiree proposal achieved a 44% vote in 2022. This measure seeks to strengthen the current policy, which Verizon adopted following a successful 2003 BellTel-backed proposal that achieved 59% of shares voted. Retirees believe much more scrutiny is needed over exit packages, reflective of the one currently available to CEO Hans Vestberg. As disclosed in the 2023 Proxy, Mr. Vestberg could receive $31.6 million, or more than six (6) times his 2022 base salary plus a short-term bonus, upon termination following any change in company control. The second retiree proposal, by BellTel Chairman Thomas M. Steed, which achieved 37% in 2022, would amend Verizon’s Senior Executive Compensation Clawback Policy (Item #7). The current policy allows cancellation or recoupment of cash and equity compensation when executives engage only in “willful misconduct” resulting in a material restatement of the corporation’s financial results. BellTel believes the company’s current policy wording is too vague and lenient to ever be effective. Proposal #7 urges enhancing the standard from “willful misconduct” to “conduct” that can cause financial or reputational risk to the company. “The executive clawback policy governing senior executives, should reflect the same expectations that all other employees of Verizon are duty-bound to follow. There should not be a double standard,” said Steed, who submitted the proposal. “Since employees can be disciplined or dismissed for failing to execute their duties, senior executives should certainly not be rewarded for harm they cause to the company’s brand or reputation, or actions that result in Verizon needing to pay penalties or restitution.” Retiree and employee shareowners whose shares are held within a Verizon savings/401k plan are required to vote by no later than May 8, 2023. Contact Details Butler Associates Sabrina Petrafesa +1 646-213-1366 spetrafesa@butlerpr.com Butler Associates Thomas Butler +1 646-213-1802 TButler@ButlerPR.com Company Website https://belltelretirees.org/

March 29, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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