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Announcing the 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens, the Brightest 50mm Prime Lens in SIGMA's Lineup

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 new SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens, a remarkably compact, ultra-fast standard prime lens for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The new SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is the brightest in the SIGMA 50mm prime lens lineup, while delivering extremely high optical performance from its widest aperture. It has achieved the highest level of performance among successive generations of Art lenses. The F1.2 maximum aperture allows photographers to actively take advantage of the large bokeh effect and to shoot handheld with a wide aperture in low-light situations such as indoors and evening scenes. Thanks to the excellent correction of various aberrations such as spherical aberration, sagittal coma flare, and axial chromatic aberration, along with SIGMA's first 13-blade rounded diaphragm, which maintains a circular bokeh effect even when the aperture is stopped down, this lens delivers beautiful imaging characteristics. Dual HLA-driven floating focusing, with one group near the front of the lens and one group near the back, provides stable optical performance from close to distant focus. The design also minimizes focus breathing, with very little change of the angle of view as focal distance changes, which is helpful for video capture. The dual floating HLA autofocus achieves focus smoothly, swiftly and silently for both still and video, and the manual focus ring can be assigned to be linear or non-linear response on compatible L-Mount cameras. Despite the fast aperture, the SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens is has the lightest weight in its class *, and is 30% smaller than the SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens. It is very similar in size and weight to the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens, which was achieved in part by streamlining the optical system. * Full-frame mirrorless 50mm F1.2 lenses as of March 2024. As a DG DN Art lens designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless camera systems, the SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is built with dust and splash-resistant structure, water and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element, and durable brass bayonet mount; along with click/de-click and lockable aperture ring, an AFL button, and AF/MF switch. Offered in L-Mount and Sony E-mount versions, the lens will be available on April 18, 2024 at a retail price of $1,399 through authorized retail partners. Learn more at the SIGMA America website: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/50mm-f1-2-dg-dn-a Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN Unveiling another SIGMA Art line F1.2 lens. Elevating photographic mastery beyond conventional limits. Highest descriptive power to take advantage of F1.2 brightness Lightest weight lens body in its class, suitable for a wide range of applications A wealth of functions for professional use and excellent build quality Supplied accessories: CASE, LENS HOOD LH782-03, FRONT CAP LCF-72mm III, REAR CAP LCR II Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: April 18, 2024 * 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 #SIGMA50mmF12Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtPrime #SIGMADGDN The lightest in its class* ― Bright F1.2 maximum aperture and the highest level of descriptive power from SIGMA's Art line. SIGMA's Art line has been offering new possibilities and surprise for expression, and now the SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is here to break the standards. SIGMA's focus with this lens is on the descriptive power that is perfectly usable from the widest aperture, and on portability that allows the high performance to be demonstrated in any field. In terms of image rendition, SIGMA achieved high resolving power from the maximum aperture throughout the entire focus range, while also enriching the beauty of the large bokeh effect at F1.2. In addition, the lens construction and mechanical design have been stripped down to the bare essentials, resulting in a significantly compact and lightweight body. The lens is also equipped with a full range of functions suitable for professional use, including high-precision AF using the latest HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) that reduces volume while maintaining the same thrust. We hope users will enjoy the superb Art F1.2, which will transform everything they capture and even their photographic experience into something extra special. * As an AF 50mm F1.2 interchangeable lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. (As of March 2024 by SIGMA) [Key Features] 1) Highest descriptive power to take advantage of F1.2 brightness The SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art has been designed with an emphasis on high resolution from the maximum aperture to the full focus range and large, beautiful bokeh expression. The contrast between the sharpness of the focus surface and the melting bokeh effect creates a three-dimensional effect thanks to its F1.2 aperture. In addition, the 13-blade diaphragm allows for beautiful bokeh expressions. Focus breathing is also well-suppressed that the F1.2 rendering can be fully utilized in video recording. Brightness of F1.2 maximum aperture and high resolution from minimum to infinity focus The latest optical design achieves high resolving power with each aberration thoroughly suppressed from the maximum aperture. The lens is capable of rendering details without color bleeding in any situation. In addition, the incorporated floating focus is advantageous in improving short-range performance, ensuring a stable, high-level image quality throughout the entire range from the minimum focusing distance to infinity. Rich and beautiful bokeh without color bleeding By correcting spherical aberration, sagittal coma flare, axial chromatic aberration, and other aberrations, the lens delivers natural bokeh images that blur smoothly and without color bleeding from the focal plane. Double-line bokeh is also suppressed, allowing users to take advantage of the mellow bokeh effect in their expression. Rounded diaphragm with 13 blades The lens incorporates SIGMA's first 13-blade diaphragm, which maintains a circular shape even when stopped down from the maximum aperture. The surface accuracy of the aspherical lens has been enhanced to the utmost to enable smooth and beautiful round bokeh expressions. Designed to minimize focus breathing Optimization of the focus group arrangement and aspherical shape significantly suppresses focus breathing. The change in angle of view due to focus shift is minimized, creating a natural-looking focus shift when recording video. Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Flare and ghosting, which reduce image quality, are addressed under all conditions of incident light, based on the most advanced simulation technology. High backlight resistance enables clear and sharp images under any lighting conditions. L2) Lightest lens body in its class*, suitable for a wide range of applications By uncompromisingly pursuing high optical performance and portability, which are inherently contradictory, the highest level of performance has been condensed into the lightest lens body in its class. The SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art can be used not only in limited situations and applications, but in all kinds of shooting environments. * As an AF 50mm F1.2 interchangeable lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. (As of March 2024 by SIGMA) Dual HLA incorporating a new system A new system was developed that significantly reduces the volume while maintaining the same thrust of the HLA, which is characterized by its high driving accuracy and quietness, and is featured in each of the two focus groups. This technological innovation has realized both high-speed autofocus and a compact lens body. Lens construction and mechanical design stripped down to the absolute minimum Each piece of glass is made as thin as possible while employing glasses with a high refractive index and four aspherical lenses. The high level of production technology at SIGMA's only manufacturing base, the Aizu factory, provides the exacting precision necessary for processing these thin glass elements and making this mass production possible. In addition, the floating focus ensures high performance while shortening the overall length, resulting in a compact lens. In the mechanical design phase, emphasis was placed on weight reduction. Through the systematic elimination of individual components, SIGMA attained the distinction of producing the lightest lens in its class, weighing a mere 745g / 26.3oz.* * These figures are for L-Mount. 3) A wealth of functions for professional use and excellent build quality In addition to various functions that support photography, such as the AFL button* and an aperture ring, the construction of the lens body itself and its high-quality touch and feel are also pursued. The SIGMA 50mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is designed with high functionality and reliability to meet the stringent demands of professionals, as well as excellent build quality for long-lasting, reliable use. * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Proud to be a tool of expression, excellent build quality with SIGMA's Art line specifications By assembling high-precision parts made of lightweight and strong TSC* and other materials, the lens has the high level of rigidity and durability of SIGMA's Art line specifications without sacrificing portability, as well as excellent build quality that allows for long-lasting and reliable use as a photographic tool. * TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has a high affinity to metal parts, which contributes to high quality product manufacturing. Various shooting assist functions The lens is equipped with an AFL button which can be assigned to a range of functions via the menu on selected cameras. In addition to the aperture ring, the lens is equipped with an aperture ring lock switch and a click switch to turn the click on and off. Dust and splash resistant structure* and water and oil repellent coating In addition to a dust and splash resistant structure, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating, allowing users to shoot without concerns even in harsh outdoor environments. * The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable. Includes a petal-type hood with lock A dedicated petal-shaped hood is supplied. A locking mechanism is provided for secure attachment. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (4 aspherical elements) Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) * Function available on supported cameras only. Dust and Splash Resistant Structure Petal-type hood with lock LH782-03 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 13-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [ Key Specifications ] [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ SIGMA Global Network: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/corporate/world-network/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/a024_50_12/ [ 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, Fujifilm, 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 dozens of 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 more information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog. Follow SIGMA America (Photo): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Follow SIGMA Ameica (Cine): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Contact Details SIGMA Corporation Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 sigma.pr@sigmaphoto.com SDDPR Stacey Doss stacey@sddpr.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

March 26, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAVEX 2024 Global Incident Management Benchmark Study Reveals Significant Third-Party Reporting to Companies

NAVEX Global

NAVEX, the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software, has released its 2024 Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report. The annual benchmark report offers valuable insights into workplace culture, analyzing trends from 1.86 million global reports spanning thousands of organizations that together employ more than 50 million employees. Amid a record number of tips to the SEC and a burgeoning DOJ whistleblowing program, NAVEX’s comprehensive analysis sheds a critical light on the state of workplace environments worldwide, guiding organizations toward program improvement. "NAVEX remains the gold standard in risk and compliance data analytics, continually innovating our benchmarks to enhance corporate compliance programs and offer business leaders insights into the trending risk areas for their organizations," says NAVEX Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Carrie Penman. "This year's report introduces crucial third-party reporting insights, highlighting an organization’s need to adopt internal and external reporting avenues to bolster integrity, foster accountability and equip the organization to tackle emerging challenges effectively.” This year’s analysis of the data revealed several key themes and notable findings, including: Report volume and case substantiation reach milestones. Internal reporting programs saw a record level of use as measured by NAVEX’s Reports per 100 Employees metric. In addition, the Substantiation Rate metric reached an all-time high, meaning more reports were received and more were found to be true. Report volume, and the substantiation rates of the reports received, are two of the most highly watched metrics in the annual NAVEX publication. To see both reach the highest levels ever is good news. For those with trusted and effective internal reporting programs, this added up to greater visibility into the trends of risk, ethics and culture playing out in their organizations’ operations – real-time intelligence to inform business decision-making. In 2023, organizations received a median 1.57 Reports per 100 Employees across their internal reporting systems, exceeding the previous record of 1.47 set in 2022. More organizations (23%) received five or more Reports per 100 Employees, making this population the largest in the NAVEX data set. And while year-over-year values fluctuated, every size of organization – from the smallest companies to enterprises with over 100,000 employees – has seen report volumes rise comparing 2021 and 2023. At 45%, the overall median share of substantiated or founded reports in 2023 reached an 11-year high. Third parties more likely to report business integrity and financial misconduct issues. In a first for this report, NAVEX analyzed its database by both employees and third-party reporters. Its analysis shows these two groups are distinct across several metrics, highlighting the insight organizations see by promoting their reporting programs internally and externally. Third parties as a group delivered a far greater median share of reports related to Business Integrity matters than employees in 2023 (50% versus 17%). Encompassing topics like conflicts of interest, vendor issues, fraud, global trade and human rights, this category of issues can manifest in various elements of a supply chain. Third-party reporters also showed twice the median share of Accounting, Auditing & Financial Reporting reports as employees in 2023 (10% versus 4.5%). Story emerging on accounting-related reporting – internally and externally. Accounting-related reports -- while lower in overall percentage of reports received internally by organizations at a median of 4.3.% in 2023 -- often receive an outsized share of attention due to potential for regulatory action and the well-publicized bounty program offered by the SEC and its Office of the Whistleblower. The SEC's program is witnessing unprecedented growth in tips and generously rewarding valuable information. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is launching a similar initiative. Specifically, reports related to Accounting, Auditing, and Financial reporting: Showed the longest time between when an incident was observed and when it was reported to the organization By a large margin, were least likely to be reported anonymously Comprised an outsized share of cases for organizations that receive very few Reports per 100 Employees – meaning while these organizations received well below the benchmark number of reports, they had a much more significant percentage of accounting-related reports Experienced the longest time to investigate and close the case Had among the highest median Substantiation Rates, at 50% Were most likely to cause an employment separation event as a result of a substantiated case Accounted for twice as many of the reports submitted by third parties than those submitted by employees Small increase in report volume shows big payoff in healthy report mix. A diverse array of topics, inquiries, and allegations in internal reporting indicates a robust program. NAVEX’s findings reveal that even minor efforts to promote internal reporting significantly improve the mix of report types received. For instance, in organizations with the lowest report volume, only 8.7% of reports pertain to HR, Diversity, and Workplace Respect. However, in the next tier, this proportion jumps to 36.3%. This trend persists across different report volumes, emphasizing the importance of fostering a reporting culture. A varied mix of report types signifies trust in internal reporting to address a broad spectrum of issues. Even a slight increase from minimal reporting yields a more comprehensive and insightful flow of reports. "With NAVEX's integrated data platform, companies gain unparalleled risk signal data that empowers them to foster healthier workplace cultures, helping them achieve outcomes that matter most,” explains NAVEX Chief Product Officer A.G. Lambert. "Data isn't just numbers; it's the compass guiding organizations toward success and ensuring they stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of risk and compliance." Additional notable findings include: Workplace behaviors and discord were clearly visible in the data as more organizations return to office environments. As is always the case in these reports, workplace behaviors and other human resources related matters are by far the highest percentage of reports received by organizations. Workplace Civility matters continued to increase in prominence in 2023, representing a median of 18% of reports and the highest median reporting rate in 2023. This was followed by Discrimination, at a median 12%, Harassment, at a median 7.1%, then Retaliation at a median of 2.0%. The HR, Diversity and Workplace Respect category overall has seen a multi-year increase in its median share of all reports (from 50% in 2021 to 55% in 2023). These figures underscore the growing importance of fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment. Highlighting the seriousness with which organizations are taking reports received, more substantiated reports (18%) resulted in separation from employment in 2023, up significantly from 14% in 2022 and 12% in 2021. The share of reports resulting in no action – effectively the opposite end of the outcome spectrum – fell from 17% in 2022 to 14% in 2023. Nearly nine out of 10 reports of Imminent Threat to a Person, Animals or Property were substantiated in 2023 highlighting the importance that reporters possess the training, knowledge, tools and trust that promote rapid reporting of dangerous issues. This need is made even greater by a new California workplace violence prevention law expected to take effect this year that includes requirements for reporting, incident management and training around this issue. For more insights on the 2024 Whistleblowing & Incident Management Benchmark Report, join Jane Norberg, Arnold & Porter partner and former chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower, Keith Thomas, FedEx corporate integrity & compliance lead counsel, Carrie Penman, NAVEX chief risk & compliance officer, and Anders Olsen, NAVEX senior data scientist, for an informative webinar where they will discuss the results of this year’s analysis in detail. Watch the webinar here. NAVEX is trusted by thousands of customers worldwide to help them achieve the business outcomes that matter most. As the global leader in integrated risk and compliance management software and services, we deliver solutions through the NAVEX One platform, the industry’s most comprehensive governance, risk and compliance (GRC) information system. For more information, visit NAVEX.com and our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact Details Navex Global scott.levesque@navex.com Company Website https://navex.com

March 26, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mela Artisans Launches Capital Raise to Fuel Expansion and Empower Global Artisans

Mela Artisans

Mela Artisans, a mission-driven artisanal sourcing platform, announced the official launch of its capital raise campaign, aiming to accelerate growth and further its commitment to empowering artisans across India, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Through this initiative, Mela Artisans invites investors from around the globe to join in its journey toward sustainable impact and market expansion. Founded on the principle of preserving traditional craftsmanship while promoting female empowerment and community development, Mela Artisans has established itself as a leader in the artisanal lifestyle product market. Over the past 13 years, the company has built an industry-leading supply chain and forged strong partnerships with major US retailers, achieving a notable $4 million run rate. As part of its growth strategy, Mela Artisans plans to expand its product lines, enter new markets, and strengthen its e-commerce presence, targeting a $30M run rate by 2026. This capital raise will enable the company to scale its operations, invest in new technologies, and further its mission to provide sustainable income streams for artisan communities. The leadership team, comprising seasoned entrepreneurs and experts in retail, e-commerce, and artisanal product sourcing, is poised to steer Mela Artisans through this next phase of growth. The team's unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit, market expertise, and commitment to social impact makes Mela Artisans a compelling investment opportunity. Investing in Mela Artisans is now more accessible than ever, with opportunities available to individuals and institutional investors alike. This inclusivity aligns with the company's belief in democratizing the impact investment space, allowing more people to contribute to and benefit from the preservation of global artisanal heritage. For more information about Mela Artisans and to learn how to invest, visit https://invest.melaartisans.com/. Mela Artisans is a mission-driven artisanal sourcing platform that designs and sources lifestyle products crafted by artisans in India, Vietnam, and Indonesia using heritage techniques. The company focuses on female empowerment and sustainable community impact, connecting skilled artisans with global markets through an industry-leading supply chain. Mela Artisans is committed to preserving traditional craftsmanship while achieving scalable business growth and social impact. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. Mela Artisans has filed a Form C with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its offering, a copy of which may be obtained here: LINK HERE Contact Details Mela Artisans Investor Relations Mela Artisans Investor Relations invest@melaartisans.com Company Website https://invest.melaartisans.com/

March 25, 2024 05:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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March 25, 2024 01:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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An Inherited Condition Could be the Cause of Your Early Heart Disease or Stroke, But Your Doctor is Probably Not Testing for It

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Y_mu9ZpIO88 Heart disease is still the single biggest threat to American health today. Family Heart Foundation research shows that less than 5% of Americans are being screened for the most common, life-threatening genetic condition that causes early strokes and heart attacks – elevated Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) for short. Elevated lipoprotein(a) is the most common genetic cause of early heart disease and stroke. One in 5 people worldwide have inherited high Lp(a), and most don’t know it. You inherit your Lp(a) level from your parents. Because elevated Lp(a) isn’t screened for, the first sign of this condition may be a stroke or a heart attack. Elevated levels of Lp(a) increases the risk of blood clotting and plaque buildup inside the blood vessels, which can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart and brain. Compared to the general population, people with elevated Lp(a) have 2-3 times the risk for a heart attack and stroke at a young age. The higher your Lp(a), the higher your risk. Lp(a) is not measured in the standard cholesterol panel. It’s important to understand if you have elevated Lp(a). Multiple therapies are in development but in the meantime, there are things you can do to manage your other cardiovascular risk factors, such as keeping your LDL cholesterol levels very low. The Family Heart Foundation can help you find a healthcare provider near you and connect you to others living with elevated Lp(a). The Family Heart Foundation is the only patient-centered, research and advocacy organization focused on addressing the lack of screening and care for people born and living with this common life-threatening condition. On March 20 th a nationwide media tour was conducted featuring Dr. Amit Khera, Professor and Director of Preventive Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center and Misty Votaw. Topics they discussed included: Who should have their Lp(a) measured and when. Misty’s story and how the Family Heart Foundation provided resources. If you have elevated Lp(a), what can you do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. What the Family Heart Foundation is doing to address gaps in care for 60 million Americans at risk. For more information and to find out if you have elevated Lp(a), contact the Family Heart Foundation’s Care Navigation team at FindLpa.org. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 25, 2024 01:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Monster Energy Unveils New Java Monster Irish Crème Flavor in Spectacular Fashion at Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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Monster Energy, the brand synonymous with exhilarating energy drinks, has once again taken innovation and celebration to the next level. In an unforgettable display of excitement and flavor, Monster Energy proudly introduced its latest creation, Java Monster Irish Crème, amidst the vibrant festivities of Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade. In a city renowned for its spirited St. Paddy’s celebrations, Monster Energy went all out to ensure the launch of Java Monster Irish Crème was as memorable as the legendary patron saint himself. The Chicago River gleamed a brilliant emerald, mirroring the lively spirit of the day, thanks to Monster Energy's participation in the annual river-dyeing tradition. But the spectacle didn't stop at the water's edge. The streets of Chicago were alive with the roar of the Java Monster truck, a behemoth of energy making its way through the parade. Decked out in striking Monster Energy branding and the bold, irresistible allure of the new Java Monster Irish Crème flavor, the truck was the beating heart of the giant green serpentine procession… a serpent even St. Patrick would have allowed back into Ireland! Adding to the day's excitement, the Monster Energy team, alongside the enchanting Monster Girls and a particularly mischievous leprechaun, traversed the parade route. Their mission was clear and delightfully received: to gift thousands of eager parade-goers with cans of the new Java Monster Irish Crème. This creamy, dreamy addition to the Java Monster lineup is infused with the rich, smooth taste of Irish crème, promising an invigorating energy boost with every sip. "The launch of Java Monster Irish Crème is not just about introducing a new flavor; it's a celebration of innovation, energy, and community," said Dan McHugh, CMO at Monster Energy. "We're thrilled to share this moment with the city of Chicago and to bring a taste of Irish tradition to the Java Monster family. This new flavor is our way of paying homage to the vibrant energy of St. Patrick's Day, and we couldn't think of a better place to do that than in the heart of the celebration here in Chicago." As the festivities continued, a wrapped Monster Energy boat made its way along the now-green Chicago River, turning heads and drawing cheers from the crowd. The vibrant Monster Energy and Java Monster branding stood out against the festive backdrop, creating a memorable spectacle that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the day. Monster Energy is excited for consumers nationwide to experience the unique blend of premium coffee and Monster’s energy blend with the delicious taste of Irish crème. The Java Monster Irish Crème is now available wherever Monster Energy drinks are sold. Join us in celebrating this thrilling new addition to the Monster Energy family. Here's to a future filled with energy, excitement, and the incomparable taste of Java Monster Irish Crème… sláinte! # # # About Monster Energy: Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, eSports or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes, gamers and musicians represent. More than a drink, it's the way of life lived by athletes, bands, believers, and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at www.monsterenergy.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 21, 2024 01:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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ECO Animal Health focused on innovation and global expansion as it grows its pipeline

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ECO Animal Health Group PLC CEO David Hallas joins Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with more on the global animal health company focused on pigs and poultry. Hallas explained the company offers a variety of products aimed at maintaining animal health and treating diseases, particularly respiratory and intestinal issues. While a significant portion of its revenue is attributed to its flagship product, Aivlosin, he said the company maintains a diversified portfolio with operations in over 70 countries, more than 20 products, and around 200 licences for different indications. Hallas highlighted the company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2024 trading performance, driven by increasing demand for its products, especially Aivlosin, which assists in raising healthy animals to meet the global protein demand. The company's growth is notably robust in Brazil, a key protein producer. Hallas clarified that the company's operations and revenue are not overly dependent on China, with over 75% of revenue generated from outside this region. Despite challenges in the Chinese market reported by competitors, Hallas differentiates ECO Animal Health's sector from genetics, emphasizing its focus on animal health and prevention. The company is also expanding its product line with the upcoming launch of vaccine products in 2025, following recent trademark approvals in the EU, UK, and the US. Additionally, ECO Animal Health has initiated a limited share buyback, viewing it as an opportunistic use of funds following property disposals, while still prioritizing investments in innovation and the current business. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

March 21, 2024 12:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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ASSOCIATION OF PICKLEBALL PLAYERS, UTR SPORTS LAUNCH FUNDRAISING PROGRAM TO SUPPORT AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY THROUGH PICKLEBALL

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The Association of Pickleball Players (APP), the American Cancer Society and UTR Sports are teaming up to fight cancer through Doubles Dink for Cancer, a first-of-its-kind community-based fundraising program. The year-round program is designed to unite communities around the beloved sport of pickleball and in support of a single mission: to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. With nearly 50 million adult Americans playing pickleball, Doubles Dink for Cancer invites players of all levels to play pickleball or organize an event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise funds to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families. Hosted on UTR Sports’ innovative software, these volunteer-led, round robin doubles tournaments can happen anytime, anywhere—from a local pickleball or tennis club, to community courts or even homemade, temporary courts lined with chalk. Events are designed to be fun and open to everyone, including the most experienced pickleball players and people picking up a paddle for the first time. “Pickleball offers physical, social and emotional benefits—all important to a battle against cancer. Doubles Dink for Cancer builds on this as a fun way to get moving, raise awareness and leverage the pickleball community for good,” said APP Founder Ken Herrmann. “With the majority of people having a personal connection to cancer, we hope you join us in rallying behind the American Cancer Society to bring renewed hope for patients and their families on a national scale.” Doubles Dink for Cancer will also showcase how pickleball can play a part in cancer avoidance, as people maintain an active and healthy lifestyle—an important factor in reducing cancer risk. Cancer can impact anyone at any age and finding cancer early increases survival rates. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.9 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. At present, one in two men and one in three women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Doubles Dink for Cancer will donate 70 percent of proceeds from registration fees to further the American Cancer Society’s mission through funding cancer research discoveries, enhancing direct patient support in 20,000 communities across the country and through advocating for policies that enhance access to cancer care. “We’re excited to work with the Association of Pickleball Players to broaden our reach and amplify the message that physical activity, like playing pickleball, can help prevent cancer,” said Dr. Arif Kamal, chief patient officer at the American Cancer Society. “Uniting this community around reducing cancer risks and supporting our mission is invaluable and will help us impact more lives.” Doubles Dink for Cancer is now live in Florida, providing a pilot launch in one of the strongest pickleball communities in the world before its national roll out in Summer 2024. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area represents the single largest concentration of pickleball players in Florida, with 20 percent of the state’s pickleball-playing population residing in the area. According to the APP’s 2023 player participation research data, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area is the fourth largest pickleball market in the nation, with 3.1 percent of their population having played the sport at least once in the past twelve months. Each Doubles Dink for Cancer event, regardless of tournament size, will be supported with the following signature elements: An event page on UTR Sports where organizers can invite friends, manage registration and communicate with players Resources for beginner event organizers to easily manage the tournament, including a toolkit with sample schedules, scoresheets, brackets, volunteer needs and more For more experienced organizers, access to UTR Sports technology to run the event using its tournament management software Branded T-shirts for event participants “We are excited and honored to be partners on this great initiative,” said Mark Leschly, UTR Sports Chairman and CEO. “Cancer impacts so many Americans, and the opportunity to support the battle while playing the great sport of pickleball is a win for everyone. We are proud to host these events on UTR Sports and look forward to what we can accomplish together.” Community members interested in planning a local event or serving as a Doubles Dink for Cancer ambassador can access resources and additional information at theapp.global/doublesdinkforcancer. Each player will pay a registration fee to participate, as they do for any local tournament or court rental, with 70 percent of proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving cancer research and commitment to advancing health equity through essential programs and services. In addition to nationwide community events, Doubles Dink for Cancer will have a strong presence at all APP Tour events. Local cancer survivors, caregivers, advocates and their families will be recognized on Championship Court for as living proof of the American Cancer Society’s mission. Doubles Dink for Cancer will also be highlighted through on-site activations, signage and broadcasts at APP Tour events. More information, including updates for Doubles Dink for Cancer’s national roll out, will be available at theapp.global/doublesdinkforcancer or by following the APP on Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. # # # 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 theapp.global 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, 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. Follow UTR Sports on social media @UTR_Sports. Media Contacts: Julianne Olivo for the APP at jolivo@intersport.global Darrya Lipscomb for the American Cancer Society at darrya.lipscomb@cancer.org 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 theapp.global and on Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Julianne Olivo jolivo@intersport.global Company Website https://theapp.global

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OYO US Outpaces Industry, Clocks 17% Growth in Per Room Revenue in 2023

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Global travel technology company, OYO’s US operations reported that it has outpaced the budget hotel industry’s per room revenue (RevPar) growth in 2023. While OYO's per room revenue witnessed a ~17% growth in 2023, the budget hotel segment in the US’s per room revenue saw a 9% decline y-o-y in 2023, according to STR report. OYO has also witnessed above average growth in certain markets like Pennsylvania and New Mexico, where per room revenue has improved by more than 25% in 2023. Other states such as Oregon and Washington have seen a jump in Used Room Nights by approximately 25%. Occupancy rates across OYO hotels in the US surged ~9% y-o-y in 2023, whereas Average Room Rate (ARR) recorded 7% growth in 2023 as compared to 2022. Talking about the development, Gautam Swaroop, CEO-OYO International said, “ Despite broader market challenges, OYO demonstrated resilience in 2023. By focusing on our core markets, driving operational efficiency and leveraging on our tech and data, we have been able to show growth in revenue for hotels owners' part of the OYO network in the US.” Dilip Narendrabhai Patel, the owner of OYO Blue Jam Motel Salem, who has been part of OYO since April 2020 said, “We have seen consistent, sustained growth in revenue for our hotel in Washington DC. Our hotels have been showing 28% growth in 2023 alone (vs 2022) and OYO’s tech integrations and innovations have simplified the way we work and has brought efficiencies across board.” OYO offers hotels access to a large base of regular customers through its app and website, and lists hotels on multiple Online Travel Agents (OTAs) to boost booking demand and revenue. OYO’s best-in-class Artificial Intelligence-enabled pricing software automatically drives the best booking prices across all channels, based on room type, seasonality and other factors, therefore, enabling such an increase in online revenues. OYO has started offering hotels the flexibility of not having to invest heavily in redoing the hotel to join the OYO platform, something that other budget hotel chains insist on. Therefore, the initial investment to join OYO is minimal. It has been focusing instead on standardizing service led components such as customer support and booking experience. OYO helps ensure great experience for customers, with ease of search and a quick booking experience, highly competitive room prices as per market demand patterns, automated tools such as Artificial Intelligence powered chatbots to quickly resolve customer queries, loyalty programs and easy refund, if needed. OYO recently announced that it has partnered with Stripe to ease the payment experience for its customers and hotel owners in the US. The integration will provide hotel owners with a flexible and seamless solution for in-person payments with Stripe Terminal at their hotels. OYO hotels in the US will also be enabled with real-time payouts through Instant Payouts with Stripe, which will improve their cash flow. OYO also announced the launch of a virtual front desk solution for its partner hotels in the US. The self check-in technology is integrated with smart lock systems, allowing guests to enjoy keyless entry and exit without the need for physical key cards. Round-the-clock virtual front desk powered by ChatGPT reduces front desk operations expenses by ~60%, saving an average OYO hotel ~$30,000 annually. The virtual front desk supports 80+ languages and promptly assists guests in their preferred language, addressing queries and concerns in real-time. Additionally, the system automates payment collection, streamlining the entire process for a hassle-free experience. ChatGPT4 also analyses guest preferences to provide tailored recommendations for activities, dining, and local attractions. OYO has presence in over 35 countries globally. It owns a vacations home business in Europe called OVH (OYO Vacation Homes) which operates legacy brands such as DanCenter and Belvilla. About OYO: OYO is a global platform that aims to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses with hotels and homes by providing full-stack technology products and services that aim to increase revenue and ease operations; bringing easy-to-book, affordable, and trusted accommodation to customers around the world. OYO offers 40+ integrated products and solutions to patrons who operate over 168,711 hotel and home storefronts in more than 35 countries including India, Europe and Southeast Asia, as of September 30, 2022. For more information, visit here Disclaimer: Oravel Stays Limited is proposing, subject to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, to make an initial public offering of its equity shares (the “Equity Shares”) and has filed the Draft Red Herring Prospectus (“DRHP”) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”). The DRHP is available on the website of SEBI at www.sebi.gov.in, websites of the Stock Exchanges, i.e., BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited at www.bseindia.com and www.nseindia.com, respectively, and is available on the websites of the Global Coordinators and Book Running Lead Managers, i.e., Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited at www.investmentbank.kotak.com, www.jpmipl.com and www.online.citibank.co.in/rhtm/citigroupglobalscreen1.htm; the websites of the Book Running Lead Managers, i.e., ICICI Securities Limited, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited, JM Financial Limited and Deutsche Equities India Private Limited at www.icicisecurities.com, www.nomuraholdings.com/company/group/asia/india/index.html, www.jmfl.com and www.db.com/India, respectively. Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and for details relating to the same, refer to the Red Herring Prospectus which may be filed with the Registrar of Companies in the future, including the section titled “Risk Factors”. Potential investors should not rely on the DRHP filed with SEBI for making any investment decision. The Equity Shares offered in the Fresh Issue (as defined in the DRHP) and the Offer for Sale (as defined in the DRHP) have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and, may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Accordingly, the Equity Shares are only being offered and sold (i) within the United States only to “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act) in transactions exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements under the Securities Act, and (ii) outside the United States in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act and pursuant to the applicable laws of the jurisdictions where those offers and sales are made. There will be no public offering of the Equity Shares in the United States. Contact Details Anupriya +91 97911 63065 anupriya.d@oyorooms.com Company Website https://www.oyorooms.com/

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