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SIGMA Cine Lenses Chosen as Benchmark for Giant Screen Cinema Association’s Camera Assessment Test


SIGMA Corporation of America, a leading camera and lens manufacturer for both photography and cinema applications, is proud to announce that its SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime was selected as the benchmark cine lens for the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s (GSCA) Camera Assessment Test (CAT). Results of the CAT were unveiled today during the Filmmakers Symposium portion of the GSCA Film Expo, held March 11-13 at the AMC Citywalk IMAX Theater & Universal City Hilton. A team of cinematography professionals — led by renowned cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC and Michael Daut, co-chair of the GSCA Innovations Committee — conducted an extensive test to showcase the strengths of six higher-than-6K-resolution cameras. The objective was to provide filmmakers with invaluable information on how each camera performs in challenging shooting situations. This groundbreaking test involved a wide range of cameras, lenses, shooting scenarios, and locations. “The evaluation required lenses that provided sharp, clean, crisp images while being as ‘neutral’ as possible,” said James Neihouse, ASC. “We chose the SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime lens for its exceptional corner to corner sharpness and ability to cover a full frame (Vista Vision) size sensor. In Giant Screen documentaries, we like an image that is as close to reality as possible, which is why we liked this SIGMA lens. Other lenses were considered but rejected for bringing their own ‘look’ to the images.” “We are honored that the GSCA selected the SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime as the benchmark lens to assess these leading Cine cameras in the most demanding real-world situations,” reports Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of SIGMA America. “ and this demonstrates SIGMA’s dedication to crafting exceptionally high-performing lenses for filmmaking.” Six cameras went through rigorous testing which examined sensor size and resolution, sensor space, compression, dynamic range, log space, RAW capture, lens mount, recording media, usability, reliability, flexibility, and support. The six selected cameras were ARRI Alexa 35, Canon R5C, Kinefinity MAVO Edge 8K, RED V Raptor XL, SONY A1 and SONY Venice 2. About Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) GSCA is the essential organization that supports, grows, fortifies, and sustains the international network of premium giant screen theaters and content creators to provide immersive, transformational, educational, cinematic experiences. GSCA’s membership includes more than 200 organizations in over 20 countries and includes museums, science centers, and other institutions with giant screen theaters; production and postproduction professionals; content distributors; manufacturers; service providers; and other related businesses from around the world. GSCA is a member-driven organization with a full-time staff that works to meet the association’s needs and promote its members’ interests. About SIGMA Corporation of America SIGMA Corporation of America, founded in 1984, is the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of lenses, cameras, and photo accessories. Headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY, SIGMA America expanded its US operations in 2018 with the opening of SIGMA Burbank, a multifunctional showroom, event space and repairs/distribution facility located in the heart of the Los Angeles entertainment industry. 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. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 SDDPR Stacey Doss Company Website

March 12, 2024 09:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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MHTN Launches: The First 24/7 Mental Health Streaming Network

Mental Health Television Network

The Mental Health Television Network (MHTN) officially launches today, marking a groundbreaking moment as the world's first 24/7 streaming platform dedicated exclusively to mental health news, education, and resources. MHTN aims to revolutionize the conversation around mental well-being, providing reliable information from medical experts, reducing stigma, and empowering individuals seeking support. "The need for greater awareness and accessible mental health resources has never been more urgent," states Kieran Clarke, Co-Founder and CEO of MHTN. "With MHTN, we're creating a comprehensive, trustworthy hub where viewers can find accurate information, inspiring stories, and tools to enhance their mental health journeys." "MHTN isn't just about watching; it's about engaging viewers to connect, learn, and find pathways to support," says Troy McGuire, Founder & President. "This platform gives a voice to the millions whose experiences with mental health often remain in the shadows." The network's leadership includes Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Bober, a distinguished psychiatrist dedicated to responsible, medically informed approaches to mental health content. "MHTN provides a vital opportunity to combat misinformation and harmful stereotypes around mental health," says Dr. Bober. "We will always prioritize evidence-based perspectives and empowering those dealing with mental health challenges." MHTN's diverse programming will feature documentaries, in-depth interviews with experts, news coverage of mental health developments, spotlights on community initiatives, wellness workshops, and more. It boasts a unique partnership structure with leading mental health organizations, ensuring content aligns with the latest research and best practices. Key Features of MHTN: Live & On-Demand Programs: News roundups, documentaries, expert panels. Interactive Resource Hub: National hotline directory, support group finders, therapist locators. Social Media Integration: Live Q&A sessions and hashtag campaigns promoting dialogue. Partnerships: Collaborations with leading mental health advocacy groups for greater impact. How to Watch: MHTN will soon be available through major streaming services and apps and as a direct subscription offering. Visit for more information. ### About Mental Health Television Network (MHTN): MHTN is a groundbreaking media platform dedicated to transforming how we understand and address mental health. Utilizing the power of media, MHTN's mission is to increase awareness, provide information, and cultivate open conversations about mental well-being. Contact Details Mental Health Television Network Kieran Clarke +1 971-226-1749 Company Website

March 12, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Safety Shot (NASDAQ:SHOT) Now Available Through Go Puff and BevMo


In the timeless pursuit of pleasure, humanity has long savored the delights of alcohol, yet the morning-after discomfort remains an unwelcome companion. However, for the first time, investors may have the opportunity to partake in a venture poised to revolutionize the recovery experience and redefine wellness in the beverage industry. Safety Shot, Inc. has emerged as a trailblazer in the beverage industry, pioneering a first-of-its-kind beverage designed to alleviate the effects of alcohol consumption rapidly. Their patented formula accelerates the detoxification process, leaving consumers feeling better faster, revolutionizing both nightlife experiences and morning recoveries. In September 2023, Safety Shot, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOT) announced its groundbreaking intention to develop a concentrated form of its innovative beverage platform to treat alcohol poisoning in hospital and emergency settings. Safety Shot leverages a meticulously crafted blend of scientifically proven ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, and nootropics, to enhance metabolic pathways responsible for breaking down blood alcohol levels. The formulation promotes faster alcohol breakdown, aiding in recovery and rehydration, thus setting a new standard in post-alcohol consumption care. The Market: The global recovery drinks market pulsates with opportunity, boasting a projected CAGR of 6.0% during the forecast period (2019–2024). This growth trajectory mirrors a broader shift towards health consciousness and holistic wellness, propelling demand for organic recovery beverages. With isotonic drinks leading the way, Safety Shot is well-positioned to capture a significant share of this growing market. The global hangover cure products market was valued at USD 2.34 billion in 2023, and Safety Shot remains at the forefront of industry innovation, bolstered by increasing alcohol consumption worldwide and a growing awareness of anti-hangover products. Embracing Growth Opportunities: Recently on March 8, Safety Shot, Inc. made a groundbreaking announcement through its social media platform, "@DrinkSafetyShot_" on Instagram. The company's post featured @MatthewEspinosa and included the following caption: "You heard it here first - @MatthewEspinosa announcing you’ll soon be able to buy SafetyShot on @gopuff & and at @Bevmo_co. Drop a cheers below to celebrate 🥂" Leading instant commerce platforms, GoPuff and its beverage-themed BevMo, link consumers to everyday necessities by acting as an interface of accessibility and convenience. With its inventory of approximately 4,000 products stored in local micro-fulfillment centers, GoPuff promises swift delivery of goods directly to consumers' doorsteps, redefining the shopping experience with unparalleled ease and efficiency. The integration of GoPuff and BevMo into Safety Shot's distribution network marks a significant milestone in the company's expansion strategy. This strategic partnership enhances Safety Shot's market reach and visibility, positioning it as a formidable player in the wellness beverage industry. By tapping into these established platforms, Safety Shot gains access to a broader consumer base and opens doors to new avenues of growth and market penetration. Recent Developments: On February 27, 2024, Safety Shot announced its plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Jupiter, Florida, to Scottsdale, Arizona. This move, scheduled to commence soon, aims to enhance operational efficiency and bring the company closer to its major production and distribution centers. In conjunction with this strategic decision, Safety Shot appointed Danielle De Rosa as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 1, 2024. Brian John, Safety Shot CEO, expressed confidence in De Rosa's strategic financial management capabilities, emphasizing her track record in managing growth, cash flow, and operations. John stated, "We're bringing Danielle on board to benefit from her strategic and diligent approach to managing growth, cash flow, inventory, and operations." A pivotal leadership transition occurred on February 28, 2024, with Jarrett Boon succeeding Brian John as the Chief Executive Officer of Safety Shot, Inc. Boon, a seasoned entrepreneur known for his success with ventures like LifeLock and GBB Drink Lab, brings over 30 years of industry experience to his new role. Commenting on the transition, Boon remarked, "I am excited to take the business forward and even more excited about the tremendous potential that Safety Shot has to improve the health and well-being of millions of consumers in the growing $1.56 billion market." Further reinforcing its leadership team, Safety Shot appointed John Gulyas as Chairman of the Board, succeeding Glynn Wilson, PhD. Gulyas, a co-founder of Safety Shot beverage, expressed his dedication to advancing Safety Shot's mission of becoming a leading wellness beverage brand. "I believe Safety Shot is a once-in-a-century kind of functional beverage that can improve well-being," Gulyas stated, emphasizing his commitment to enhancing shareholder value and product visibility. CapitalGainsReport (CGR) is not operated by a licensed broker, a dealer, or a registered investment adviser. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investment advice. 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Nothing contained in this article constitutes a solicitation, recommendation, endorsement, or offer by CapitalGainsReport/RazorPitch or any third party service provider to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments. All content in this article is information of a general nature and does not address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Nothing in this article constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information in the article constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto. CGR/RazorPitch is not a fiduciary by virtue of any persons use of or access to this content. Contact Details CapitalGainsReport Mark McKelvie +1 585-301-7700 Company Website

March 12, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fueling Your Body Right: Celebrating Healthy Eating Habits During Nutrition Month


March is National Nutrition Month, a pivotal time to reflect on the foods, meals, and habits that shape our health and wellness journey. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Mia Syn did a satellite media tour to share a few tips and help you enhance your nutrition and wellness plans throughout the coming months. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: The key part in planning a nutritional diet that is sustainable is to still enjoy the food that we eat. It’s hard to enjoy and stick with a diet plan when you don’t enjoy the taste. Get the essential nutrients your body needs One simple way is by incorporating supplements. Nature Made®, the leading national vitamin and supplement broadline brand with over 50 years of delivering high-quality products backed by science, just introduced new Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin Gummies, a new line of easy-to-take gummies scientifically curated to address common dietary shortfalls and help consumers get more essential nutrients in their daily diet1. Not found in other gummy multivitamins from top broadline brands, Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin Gummies offer 20 essential nutrients for daily nutritional support and offers a good source of High Absorption Magnesium Citrate to support muscle relaxation and nerve, heart, and bone health and Calcium to support strong bones, as well as an excellent source of all eight B vitamins to support brain function†. The assortment, available in mixed berry and tropical fruit flavors, comes in three varieties – Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin for Adults, Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin for Her, and Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin for Him – and complements the brand's comprehensive lineup of key vitamins and supplements. Nature Made® Advanced Multivitamin Gummies are available now at and Walmart, with Amazon, Target, and other major retailers nationwide rolling out the assortment in the coming weeks and months. To check availability and learn more about Nature Made, please visit Get more protein into your daily diet There are numerous nutritious options to consider boosting protein intake. This year’s lent and Easter season coincides with National Nutrition Month in March so it’s a great opportunity for people to turn to salmon for their meals. The MOWI Atlantic farm-raised Salmon is, freshly processed and packed with care and high standards. It’s an excellent choice as it is both delicious and nutritious - you can even feel the delicate Omega 3 element and natural Oil which are essential for heart health. MOWI has the highest certifications in the industry: The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP). Mowi's Salmon comes in different sizes and preparations, such as the 12 oz fillet, Sweet Bourbon, Tuscan Herb and it is even available with its very own plank that is perfect for the barbeque. The Fresh MOWI Atlantic Salmon is farm-raised, freshly processed, never frozen and packed with care and high standards. This company utilizes skin pack technology that allows the product to breathe out, but nothing to breathe in. This technology extends the shelf life of the product while keeping it fresh and tasty. And most importantly it is fully transparent so consumers can see it well. Mowi Salmon is fresh never frozen and available at stores or online within in as little as 24 hours. For more information go to Incorporate fruits and vegetables in your diet Incorporating fruits and vegetables is key to a balanced diet. Birds Eye has done the prep work for you with their Steamfresh vegetables. Just grab a Steamfresh bag from the freezer and cook it in the microwave. They’re ready to enjoy in minutes. Whether it's broccoli florets or sweet peas, they're a versatile addition to any meal. Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables are picked at peak ripeness then flash frozen to lock in key nutrients and there are no artificial ingredients, flavors or colors. And they’re available at retailers nationwide. For those seeking even more variety, Daily Harvest provides a range of plant-based options - Smoothies, Pops, Harvest Bowls, Grains, Pastas and Bites - made with farm-to-frozen fruits and veggies and over 200 unique ingredients. No gluten, dairy, artificial sugar, gums, or GMOs. From sweet to savory, breakfast to dinner (and dessert), Daily Harvest is a convenient way to enjoy nutritious meals without the hassle of prep. All you have to do is heat, blend, or simply open the package to enjoy. It’s really easy! Visit to order direct or use the store locator on their website to see where Daily Harvest can be found near you. For more information, visit Sources: 1 Reider CA, Chung RY, Devarshi PP, Grant RW, Hazels Mitmesser S. Inadequacy of Immune Health Nutrients: Intakes in US Adults, the 2005-2016 NHANES. Nutrients. 2020;12(6):1735. Published 2020 Jun 10. doi:10.3390/nu12061735. † These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. About Mia Syn Mia Syn, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and founder of Nutrition By Mia, a popular online wellness destination frequented by millions of readers around the globe. She holds a Master of Science in human nutrition from Columbia University and has been featured by dozens of major media outlets including Women's Health Magazine, Cosmopolitan and SHAPE. As one of the most recognized and trusted young nutritionists in the country, she has helped hundreds of her clients and millions of her readers lose weight, improve their health and develop better sustainable eating habits for life. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

March 11, 2024 11:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Centre for Neuro Skills Promotes Dr. Stefanie Howell to Director of Research Integration

Centre for Neuro Skills

Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a leader in traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation services, today announced the promotion of Stefanie N. Howell, Ph.D., CBIS, to director of research integration. “Stefanie has been integral to Centre for Neuro Skills’ research program, looking closely at how we can not only improve the lives of our patients but people with brain injuries everywhere,” said David Harrington, president and CEO of Centre for Neuro Skills. “I’m excited to see the outcomes of our research efforts and how this can give us new insight into improving patient care. Since joining CNS in 2016, Howell has coordinated and designed clinical research studies, written manuscripts and provided education focused on methods for facilitating recovery and maximizing patient outcomes. Howell was promoted to Senior Neuroscientist in 2022 and now oversees the integration of CNS’ original research to expand understanding of brain injury, its causes and best treatment practices in the clinical setting. CNS’ ongoing research includes: Effects of Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Stroke CNS researchers evaluate the durability of outcomes obtained during post-acute rehabilitation following stroke and TBI. This will also determine if rehabilitation outcome is associated with future occupational status, life quality, cognitive function, and overall health, including rehospitalization. Traumatic Brain Injury and the Gut Microbiome Years after a brain injury, some individuals develop a complex set of conditions that prevent them from absorbing essential amino acids. The purpose of this study is to determine if altering the diet in these individuals can change their amino acid absorption and reduce symptoms and markers of neuroinflammation. Effects Of Aerobic Exercise and Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury Exercise contributes to overall health and protects and heals the brain, but the response to exercise may change after a brain injury. Through examining exercise and how it facilitates recovery, CNS hopes to determine the individual response to exercise (and how it has changed), in order to better tailor therapy to each person. Outcome Biomarkers After Brain Injury Patients consent to providing biological samples to help identify biomarkers in blood, saliva, and other tissues that will help CNS increase diagnostic and prognostic capabilities, tailor patient care and determine how much treatment is necessary. This study will allow clinicians to foresee potential risks that may inhibit recovery and aid intervention effectiveness, allowing CNS to better evaluate current and novel therapeutic interventions. Sleep Alterations After Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Sleep-wake disturbances have been identified in up to 80% of those with brain injuries. Sleep problems are linked to impaired attention, decreased cognitive functioning (including memory and attention) and overall diminished response to rehabilitation. This study will determine the nature of sleep-wake disturbances post injury. Researchers may then identify whether disturbances are related to the type, location, or time since the injury, as well as the impact sleep has on outcome and responsiveness to rehabilitation. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Following Traumatic Brain Injury This is a noninvasive technique of neurostimulation, which uses low amplitude direct current to alter brain cell firing. Studies suggest that tDCS is a painless technique for electrically stimulating the brain with almost no risk of harm. This form of therapy has been studied as a treatment modality for stroke patients but there is less evidence in literature for effectiveness in treating traumatic brain injury. This project will analyze the effects of a three-week program of tDCS on motor recovery and attention/concentration in individuals following a traumatic brain injury. To learn more about CNS and its research, visit *** About Centre for Neuro Skills Centre for Neuro Skills is an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive rehabilitation and medical programs for those recovering from all types of brain injury. CNS covers a full spectrum of advanced care from residential and assisted living to outpatient/day treatment. Founded by Dr. Mark Ashley in 1980, CNS has seven locations in California and Texas. For more information about Centre for Neuro Skills, visit:, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube. Media, please note: Visual assets, including photos, are available. To request an interview with CNS leadership or clinical staff, please contact Robin Carr at 415.766.0927 or # # # Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-766-0927 Company Website

March 11, 2024 08:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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VOESH New York Expands Nationwide Presence with Walmart

VOESH New York

VOESH New York, a leading clean body care brand renowned for its natural and effective bath and body care solutions, is thrilled to announce its nationwide, omnichannel launch at Walmart. Starting March 9, 2024, consumers can shop VOESH’s innovative Pedi Moments line, a collection of patented pedicure kits for a salon-worthy treatment at home. Each Pedi Moments kit includes one sea salt soak, one sugar scrub, one mud masque, one massage butter, and one nail file. Select your favorite from three mood-boosting scents, Mango Delight, Lavender Relieve, and Green Tea Detox, available for purchase on and in over 1,331 Walmart stores nationwide. Vera Oh, Co-Founder of VOESH, expressed her excitement about the brand's growth trajectory in 2024, stating, "For over a decade, we've remained dedicated to providing beauty professionals with clean and efficacious hand, foot, and body care products for their services. Now, we're happy to continue championing the 'VOESH Clean Difference' by forging this exciting partnership to serve everyone, further solidifying VOESH's position as a frontrunner in the consumer market." Established in 2013, VOESH New York is celebrated for its unwavering commitment to 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable practices. With a keen focus on consumer safety, the brand proudly excludes over 1,680 EU-banned ingredients, alongside an additional 400 potentially harmful ingredients, ensuring that every product undergoes rigorous dermatologist testing. For more information about VOESH and its range of clean and efficacious body care products, please visit To find Pedi Moments at a Walmart near you, please visit For more information, visit VOESH New York’s website at or contact About VOESH New York: Founded in 2013, VOESH New York has emerged as a premier destination for clean and efficacious body care solutions catering to head-to-toe wellness. Noteworthy products include Pedi in a Box, Mani in a Box, the award-winning Shower & Empower Vitamin C Shower Filter, and Collagen Gloves and Socks. VOESH New York is committed to providing 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable products because every body deserves better beauty! All VOESH New York products are certified by PETA and registered with the EU CPNP and UK SCPN, maintaining vegan, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested standards. VOESH New York proudly excludes all 1,680+ EU-banned ingredients and an additional 400+ potentially harmful ingredients. Contact Details absolute R relations Colleen Mathis +1 917-690-5560 Company Website

March 11, 2024 10:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Association of Pickleball Players (APP) and UTR Sports have announced a groundbreaking new initiative for millions of recreational pickleball players across the nation—the creation of APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues. Pickleball players, league coordinators, and facility operators are encouraged to sign up now to receive additional details for the inaugural season at With nearly 50 million adult Americans playing pickleball, APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues now offers athletes of all ages and abilities the opportunity to form teams and compete head-to-head in their local communities. It establishes the largest grassroots team pickleball competition ever. Registration will open on the UTR Sports software platform in spring for the 2024 season, culminating with the APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues National Championships in December 2024 at The Fort, the APP’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues is an unprecedented pickleball competition that builds on our commitment to making pickleball an inclusive sport for all,” said APP EVP - Competition, Melissa McCurley. “The APP is already well-established as the premier entity for professional and amateur players in the U.S. and worldwide. This national network expands on that as an accessible, local format for the millions of new pickleball players regardless of their skill level and age. Playing in a tournament for the first time can be intimidating, but APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues are an approachable entry to organized pickleball competition that you can play with your friends at your local court.” “We are excited to announce the expansion around our partnership with the APP with the launch of pickleball leagues,” said Mark Leschly, Chairman and CEO of UTR Sports. “As APP’s official and exclusive technology for ratings and rankings, harnessing our technology platform for events and leagues naturally furthers our mission to grow level-based pickleball play for everyone.” Pickleball players across the United States will be invited to form teams and compete at the local and national level to be crowned national champions. Divisions within each league feature competitions for men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles teams among three age groups (ages 39 and below, 40-59, and 60 and older) and three skill levels using the UTR Pickleball Rating: recreational, intermediate, and advanced. Below are key dates for the 2024 season of APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues: Spring: Registration opens Early Summer: Summer Session begins Summer: Registration re-opens for Fall Session Fall: Fall Session begins December 7-10: APP Leagues National Championships at The Fort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Each team will be comprised of a minimum of six and a maximum of 16 players. Team captains will be elected to organize team rosters, coordinate scheduling, and secure a venue for home matches. Venues can include park districts, country clubs, indoor tennis clubs, private courts, or any other local area approved by APP UTR Sports Pickleball Leagues. This initiative builds on the APP’s authority as the catalyst and steward of pickleball, providing opportunities for pickleball players of all ages and skill levels through a robust slate of playing formats. It joins the APP’s calendar of world-class pickleball events, which offer the opportunity to win prize money and be seen on internationally televised broadcasts. More information about the APP, its initiatives, and the full 2024 competition schedule are available on More information about UTR Sports, its ratings, and technology solutions for pickleball providers and players, is available on Behind-the-scenes access and player content are also available by following the APP and UTR Sports on Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook, and LinkedIn. # # # Media Note: The APP offers its library of pickleball photos and b-roll to media for use in pickleball-related articles and news stories. Please click here to view and download files, with credit given to the Association of Pickleball Players. About the APP: The Association of Pickleball Players (APP) provides opportunities for pickleball players of all ages and skill levels—professionals, amateurs and recreational—to compete in world-class pickleball events for the opportunity to win prize money and be seen on internationally televised broadcasts. The APP was founded in 2019 and operates the first and only tour fully and officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball. In 2023, it held 19 events across the country and supported five international tournaments. The APP prides itself on developing the next generation of pickleball champions through its APP Next Gen Series, the APP Next Gen National Team and other youth initiatives. The 2024 schedule, recent news and additional information about the APP are available at and on Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. About UTR Sports: The mission of UTR Sports, formerly Universal Tennis, is to connect and grow the sports of tennis and pickleball with accurate global ratings, innovative events, and a global community centered around level-based play. The UTR Sports Platform is anchored by our patented ratings technology. UTR Sports provides the technology tools and solutions relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers. UTR Sports is creating opportunities and pathways, including the UTR Pro Tennis Tour, for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun, affordable, and flexible experience. Media Contacts: Daniel Sagerman at the APP, or 847-800-8182. Ben Makarenko at UTR Sports, or 416-618-0422. The Association of Pickleball Players (APP) provides opportunities for pickleball players of all ages and skill levels—professionals, amateurs and recreational—to compete in world-class pickleball events for the opportunity to win prize money and be seen on internationally televised broadcasts. The APP was founded in 2019 and operates the first and only tour fully and officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball. In 2023, it held 19 events across the country and supported five international tournaments. The APP prides itself on developing the next generation of pickleball champions through its APP Next Gen Series, the APP Next Gen National Team and other youth initiatives. The 2024 schedule, recent news and additional information about the APP are available at and on Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Association of Pickleball Players (APP) Daniel Sagerman +1 847-800-8182 Company Website

March 08, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Prime Hospitality Group Honored as Best Places to Work in 2024


Prime Hospitality Group (PHG), a prominent leader in the hospitality industry, proudly announces its inclusion in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's esteemed 2024 Best Places to Work in Indiana list. This recognition underscores Prime Hospitality Group's commitment to fostering a positive and motivating work environment for its Support Center team members. "As a company dedicated to prioritizing the development and satisfaction of our team members and restaurant guests, being recognized among the best places to work in Indiana is a significant honor," stated Kristy Rans, President of Prime Hospitality Group. "The unwavering commitment of our Support Center is the direct result of our success, and we are immensely proud of the culture they have cultivated together." To be eligible for this accolade, businesses must be based in Indiana and have at least 15 employees, either full-time or part-time. Prime Hospitality Group, headquartered in Indianapolis, has shown its dedication to the state since 2017. "The honored companies offer a blueprint for employee attraction and retention, and we are excited to celebrate their success. We hope the values and strategies on display in their workplaces can serve as models for other Indiana employers as we work together to address Indiana’s talent pipeline needs," says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Vanessa Green Sinders. The Best Places to Work in Indiana award evaluation process involves a thorough assessment of workplace policies, practices, demographics, and employee satisfaction levels. PHG has excelled in both qualitative and quantitative measures, demonstrating its dedication to fostering a supportive and fulfilling work environment. "Prime Hospitality Group has experienced notable growth and expansion over the past seven years," noted Kristy Rans. "Despite this growth, our commitment to maintaining a robust company culture and making a positive impact has remained resolute. This recognition is a testament to the remarkable individuals who contribute to our organization each day." Prime Hospitality Group extends its gratitude to its employees for their continued dedication and to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for this esteemed recognition. As PHG continues to grow and thrive, it remains committed to ensuring a vibrant and fulfilling workplace for all. About Prime Hospitality Group, LLC Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Prime Hospitality Group (PHG) is the largest Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchisee with 12 locations in Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Iowa. PHG also owns and operates Bin 23 Bistro, a traditional European Bistro serving French-influenced favorites, and The Exchange, a craft cocktail and whiskey bar. The PHG brands are built on delivering best in market experiences by providing elevated hospitality to its guests. Visit to learn more and follow @primehospitalitygroup on LinkedIn. Media Contact: Mina Fischer, or (317) 581-6000 Contact Details Justin Brackett Justin Brackett +1 843-284-6594 Company Website

March 08, 2024 08:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Lioness Games debuts first board game Biome on Kickstarter, races to over $200K in days

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Lioness Games, a new entrant in the board game industry, has made a remarkable debut with its first game, Biome which has raced to over $200,000 in orders on Kickstarter within days of its launch. The game, inspired by the founder's passion for board games and nature, was funded in a mere nine minutes, attracting over 3,500 backers from more than 20 countries. Biome is a nature-themed strategy game with 120+ different plants and animals. The game is for 1-4 players, emphasising card placement and tableau building. Players navigate through the four seasons, each impacting their biome differently, as they strive for biodiversity and activate unique abilities of flora and fauna to win. As players progress through the game's four seasons, they must adapt their strategies to the changing conditions, making for a dynamic and engaging gameplay experience. For example, each Spring, players place baby animal tokens in straw nests and in Summer time, they must protect their baby animals from their opponent's predators by playing plant cards. The unique wooden components and player interaction make for a dynamic and engaging game gameplay experience. Leonie Grundler, the founder of Lioness Games, former tech industry professional and a long-time board game enthusiast. She worked at Airbnb in Germany and found inspiration for Biome during her time spent in board game cafes in Berlin. "Living in Berlin is where my love for board games went from being just a hobby to a passion” recalls Leonie Grundler. After nearly 18 months of development, Biome is ready for people to enjoy. Kickstarter has proven to be an invaluable platform for small game publishers, with games being the largest category, accounting for 30% of all money raised. The success of Biome highlights the importance of building a community of followers months in advance of launching a game on Kickstarter. Despite the board game market being a $14 billion industry, less than 4% of top board game designers are women and Lioness Games aims to bring a fresh perspective to the industry. Leonie Grundler added: "I never thought I would make a board game or run a Kickstarter campaign, but here we are, a few days in and $200,000+ in sales. I love nature and board games, so it was natural that my first game would be nature, specifically biodiversity, themed. At Lioness Games, we're changing that narrative by creating games that resonate with a broader audience. Our flagship game, Biome, is a testament to this, offering a unique blend of strategy and environmental education.” The game's engaging mechanics and educational value have already garnered praise from nature lovers and gaming enthusiasts alike. Jamie Williams, who runs the TableTopTikTok channel on TikTok remarked: “I have not been this excited about a game in so long. This game scratched every itch I could possibly have! It is so thematic and the pieces are incredible. This game is phenomenal.” While the designer of the board game Dusty Droz, co-founder of Dux Somnium Games and the creator of Botany, added: “I absolutely love how Biome's art and gameplay make your habitats come to life as you play through the game. You can imagine your birds nesting in the tree cards, your opponents' predators slithering across the table, and your giraffe ambling across your board. If the immersion by itself wasn't enough, the way you use your cards and their positioning to build mini-engines and combos throughout the game is just plain fun”. Looking ahead, Lioness Games is committed to designing unique games that spark joy, facilitate connection, foster strategic thinking, and drive wonder among players. In line with the game's theme, Lioness Games is committed to giving back to nature. A portion of Biome's profits will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network to support their mission of protecting vulnerable wildlife Paul Thomson, Senior Director of Conservation Programs at Wildlife Conservation Network, commented: "Biome is so rewarding! Its beautiful cards and pieces, the objective of creating a diverse and resilient environment -- it has us hooked. Our team at the Wildlife Conservation Network loves how the game helps you strategize how to protect the species. It's perfect for nature lovers and game enthusiasts alike.” For more information about Biome and to support the Kickstarter campaign, visit: Kickstarter Page About Biome Biome is the first game by Lioness Games. Designed by Leonie Grundler, with help from graphic designer Grzegorz Siwek and art illustrator Jessica Apel. Biome is a nature themed board game for 1-4 players where people must build a biodiverse biome, protect their baby animals and unlock special abilities of their plants and animals. Biome is the ultimate nature themed tableau builder. About Lioness Games Lioness Games is owned by Leonie and Rish and is based in San Francisco, California. Lioness Games is an independent board game publisher committed to designing unique games that serve to spark joy, facilitate connection, foster strategic thinking and to drive wonder among players. Contact Details Lioness Games Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 Company Website

March 07, 2024 01:22 PM Eastern Standard Time

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