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Mattress Concierge Replaces 2,600 Mattresses at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Mattress Concierge

Mattress Concierge recently completed replacing mattresses for 1,948 hotel rooms, totaling 2,600 mattress, for Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers guests a premier destination resort experience throughout its AAA Four-Diamond hotels. Foxwoods has also been named the Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas in the USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards. “At Foxwoods we pride ourselves on providing our guests with the ultimate destination experience, and knew how important it was that the sleep configuration was as thoughtfully considered as every other resort amenity,” said Chris O’Connell, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Foxwoods. “We were so impressed by the attention to detail in Mattress Concierge’s hand-crafted, comfortable and durable mattresses which made them the ideal partner. They offer our guests a luxurious sleep experience that enhances their stay while at Foxwoods.” Mattress Concierge started work on this project in August 2019 when the resort was making upgrades to The Grand Pequot Tower, which features an exquisitely appointed lobby and twenty-three stories of deluxe rooms and suites. Mattress Concierge also replaced mattresses in The Great Cedar Hotel, which is right in the middle of all the action, and The Villas, which are appointed with beautiful amenities, dedicated butler service, in-room dining, and seamless access to Foxwoods’ exciting offerings. The 1,700 mattresses were handcrafted, delivered, and installed in just two months from purchase order to delivery. COVID-19 delayed the completion of the project until this September, when Mattress Concierge was able to replace 900 additional mattresses for the 30-floor Fox Tower, which boasts modern design and beautifully appointed rooms. This second stage of the project took just six weeks from purchase order to delivery. “We are honored with the trust Foxwoods Resort Casino places in Mattress Concierge to furnish their guests with the ultimate sleep experience at any hotel on the property,” Rob Richards, Managing Director of Mattress Concierge said. “We are particularly pleased with the fact that we could meet the timeframes in which this multi-stage project required for completion. Following the executive purchasing team’s visit to the factory in Hartford, we earned the right to be the exclusive mattress supplier to the largest resort casino in North America.” About Mattress Concierge Mattress Concierge has been providing mattresses to the most discerning clients in the hospitality industry since 2010. These exceptional mattresses are sought after by four- and five-star luxury hotels, inns, resorts and boutique hotels. Mattress Concierge can also custom-design mattresses to meet hotel owners’ particular needs, combining superior quality, comfort and durability. For more information, visit www.mattressconcierge.com. About Foxwoods Resort Casino As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers guests a premier destination resort experience throughout its six world-class casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels featuring over 2,200 rooms; dining options for all tastes; luxurious spas; award-winning golf; state-of-the-art theaters; Tanger Outlet Mall; conference space for groups of all sizes; and free online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. There is always something new at Foxwoods, most recently the arrival of Foxwoods Extreme Adventures. Adventure knows no limit as guests can zipline or race around on a European-style indoor karting track. Foxwoods Resort Casino truly is The Wonder Of It All, providing a personalized and exciting escape for everyone. Foxwoods, opened in 1992, is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a detailed look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com. Contact Details Mattress Concierge Robert Richards +1 860-395-9371 rrichards@mattressconcierge.com Company Website http://www.mattressconcierge.com

November 02, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Recording Artist Guild (RAG) Selects BEASY to Empower and Enable Musicians for the Metaverse

Beasy, LLC

Blockchain Made Easy, LLC (dba BEASY) and Recording Artist Guild (RAG.ORG) announced today that RAG.ORG and Lookhu.com have signed a multi-year enterprise licensing agreement with BEASY to deliver the utility of blockchain to RAG’s more than 20,000 members. “We’ve sought tirelessly to understand and deliver the benefits of blockchain to our members for years and although we succeeded in some ways, we lacked consistency and the ability to scale.” said Byron Booker, Chairman and Founder of RAG. “We’ve been talking with everyone who’s anyone at the intersection of blockchain and entertainment, and while solutions have advanced, BEASY stands out as our winner. BEASY’s solution puts enterprise grade software and the power to legally trade and enforce ownership in the hands of the artist. It’s easy to use, works with all our systems, supports NFT transactions on credit cards and allows us to do so within our brand identity,” he added. “We’re incredibly grateful and excited to be working with RAG. We started building BEASY three years ago for organizations just like RAG to help their communities realize their dreams. And now our dream is coming true as well.” said Bob Kramich, Founder and CEO of BEASY. For RAG creators or sellers, BEASY provides a complete metaverse identity management solution in one simple package through which they can: Mint, rarify and sell their own digital assets on any NFT marketplace, or directly from their web sites. Accept credit cards as a payment method for NFTs. Smarten, manage and control song contracts including fractional ownership splits. Easily onboard friends as fans which expands their serviceable obtainable market and prepares fans to participate in upcoming NFT drops. Establish and manage their official Sovereign Digital Identities including their digital name, official credentials and accomplishments. Manage their Official Partner Network. Maintain the true state of receivables owed and paid across multiple contracts and multiple mediums, no matter how many or how fractional the ownership or micro payment due. Customize, scale and continuously improve using enterprise-grade BaaS software. Rapidly team with a variety of business partners and sell and go to market. For buyers and fans, BEASY makes it possible to participate in the digital asset economy without using cryptocurrencies. As most NFT sites require buyers to use cryptocurrencies, the BEASY Wallet allows RAG fans to buy NFTs using credit cards. The buyer benefits from ease of use and the creator benefits from the expansion of their serviceable obtainable market (SOM). At its highest level, BEASY mainstreams the adoption of blockchain to improve the economic situation of individuals, businesses and communities. “BEASY is not a blockchain game and BEASY is not an NFT marketplace,” explains Kramich. “BEASY is Blockchain-as-a-Service software that is easy to install and use and acts as a combined personal notary and digital asset control center. With BEASY, influencers and creators can participate in multiple blockchain-based games and sell NFTs on any NFT marketplace while preserving the true state of how much is owned and owed across all mediums - no matter how fractional the ownership or how micro the payment. What’s more is that sellers, while operating in main blockchain networks, can do so without forcing themselves or their clients to ever purchase cryptocurrencies. We allow people to use the assets and the networks without forcing them to use the underlying cryptocurrency. Our aim is to do this to any Dapp and any network, to bring crypto-based solutions to the next billion users.” # # # About BEASY Blockchain Made Easy ™️, LLC is a Massachusetts-based technology and professional services company empowering retail and business customers with the ability to deploy customized blockchain-based strategies through easy-to-use blockchain software products. The company’s core product, BEASY Authentication ™️, is a multi-blockchain platform and associated wallet solution allowing users to seamlessly create, sell, and track digital goods in addition to a broad range of other applications such as digital identity management, fractional and whole digital asset ownership, royalties management, contract-to-smart contract management and more. BEASY does this without requiring owning or managing any cryptocurrency on major compatible blockchain networks such as Ethereum, Matic and more. BEASY is committed to making blockchain adoption easy. For more information, go to www.BEASY1.com About RAG.ORG Recording Artists Guild (RAG), a non-profit focused on empowering recording artists since 2009 provides its thousands of members with tools, resources, and technology to help monetize their skills and IP while bringing them exposure and a platform to make their voices heard. About Lookhu Lookhu ( www.lookhu.com ) is a cord-cutter’s dream, delivering unlimited streaming TV channels, exclusive series, and live events worldwide. Lookhu offers influencer driven a la carte channels within specific genres including MMA, Comedy, Spanish, Faith, and more for free, subscription and or on-demand. About Talynt Talynt is an NFT marketplace that focuses on providing a robust marketplace for creators offering Phygital NFTs with live events. Talynt offers exclusive NFT collections from notable celebrities and limited campaigns from TokenOfRespect.com, ApeRockStars.com, CryptoRoadies.com, NFTV.life and more Media Relations Contacts: BEASY, LLC. Contact: David Kaupp SVP, Head of Marketing info@beasy1.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeasyInc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beasy-blockchain-made-easy-llc/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beasy1859/ RAG and Lookhu Contact: Melissa Jones press@lookhu.com Contact: Mellissa Jones press@rag.org Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ragworld/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAGWORLD/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAGWORLD Blockchain Made Easy, LLC is a Massachusetts-based technology and professional services company empowering retail and business customers with the ability to deploy customized blockchain-based strategies through easy-to-use blockchain software products. The company's core product, BEASY Authentication, is a multi-blockchain platform and associated wallet solution allowing users to seamlessly create, sell, and track digital goods in addition to a broad range of other applications such as digital identity management, fractional and whole digital asset ownership, royalties management, contract-to-smart contract management and more. BEASY does this without requiring owning or managing any cryptocurrency on major compatible blockchain networks such as Ethereum, Matic and more. BEASY is committed to making blockchain adoption easy. For more information, go to www.BEASY1.com Contact Details BEASY, LLC David Kaupp +1 978-360-6698 info@beasy1.com RAG and Lookhu Melissa Jones press@rag.org Company Website https://www.beasy1.com

November 01, 2021 04:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Greenland’s Prime Minister to Keynote ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper

Morgan Marketing & Communications

Prime Minister of Greenland, Múte Bourup Egede, will be delivering the keynote address at ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper on Monday, November 1 st hosted by SHIFT clean energy. The supper will conclude the first day of Ship ZERO hosted by ZESTAs (Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association) in Glasgow as part of the COP26 activities. It is expected that the Prime Minister will be announcing a major Greenland government initiative relating to fossil fuel use. "With the Arctic warming at a rate three times faster than the rest of the world, we are in Greenland experiencing the drastic changes first-hand “stated the Prime Minister. “The science is alarming and our collective actions must be accelerated. That is why the Government of Greenland has announced an immediate halt to all new oil and gas explorations and are putting all efforts into developing our green energy sources. We believe that Greenland can become an important partner for zero-emission shipping. We have huge untapped hydropower resources that exceed our domestic demand multiple times, which can generate cheap renewable electricity for e-fuels, and we have an infrastructure well suited for being early adapters." “Ship ZERO 0 – Charging to True Zero” is a three-day workshop including robust technical presentations from zero-emissions solutions providers, as well as finance, insurance, classification sectors and regulators. Speakers’ panels, audience Q&A, and brainstorming sessions will follow each session to facilitate collaborative solution building, as well as giving stakeholders an opportunity to examine how solutions will fit with their individual business cases. The event takes place well before COP26 transport day, which will give the team of researchers and stakeholders time to summarize the outcomes to be taken in consideration by regulators beforehand. “We are honored that Prime Minister Egede will be making such a pivotal keynote address as part of our event”, stated Madadh MacLaine, Secretary-General of ZESTAs. “His leadership will resonate around the globe as we address a zero emission future.” Highlights of the ShipZERO conference include a keynote by Peter Thomson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations as well as the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean on A healthy planet requires a healthy ocean, a healthy ocean requires clean shipping; Why Zero Emissions Needs Better Battery Safety Standards, delivered by Brent Perry, ZESTAs Board Chair and CEO of SHIFT; and How Financiers, Insurers and Cargo owners can enable innovation and accelerate the transition to true zero emissions from Michael Parker, Chairman of Global Shipping, Citibank and Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association. Registration is still open, and media are welcome. Go to https://zestas.org/ship-zero/ The Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association promotes the rapid and large-scale uptake of Zero Emissions Ship Technology (ZEST). Zero emissions means zero GHG emissions at the point of use on the vessel with minimal upstream impacts. By combining zero emission technologies, it is possible to achieve zero emissions at the shipboard level faster. With today’s technologies, the shipping industry can achieve fully zero emissions now, particularly on smaller return to base vessels, as well as drastically reduce emissions on larger, ocean-going vessels with more complicated operational profiles. Contact Details Morgan Marketing & Communications Carleen Lyden Walker +1 203-260-0480 c.walker@morganmarketcomm.com Company Website https://morganmarketcomm.com/

October 29, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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SHOPPERS MISTAKENLY BELIEVE KOSHER IS BETTER FOR HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH

Jewish Initiative For Animals

More than 40% of all food products found in U.S. supermarket aisles have kosher certification. According to the results of two national surveys released by Farm Forward, 40% of adults agreed that a kosher label guarantees an animal “was treated humanely during its life.” Three out of four Americans purchase kosher out of concern for food safety, thinking there is a higher health standard. The new survey results highlight many misbeliefs consumers have about what a kosher label means. “Virtually all kosher and non-kosher meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs come from animals raised on factory farms, yet the perception of kosher as better persists in kosher shoppers’ minds,” said Melissa Hoffman, Director of Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA). “This phenomenon is called kosher humanewashing.” Key Findings Consumer Expectation of Kosher Certification Kosher certifications wield significant humanewashing and healthwashing power among adults. A high percentage of Americans trust kosher to mean that a product is of superior quality, despite the fact that all animal products in grocery stores come from the same factories as conventional. Previous survey work demonstrates 79% of Americans are committed to broad anti-cruelty principles such as ensuring outdoor access. However, kosher-certified animal products often fall short of consumer expectations, including guaranteeing animals have regular access to outdoor pasture. Proof The new data confirms what JIFA has inferred from previous research that shows people think kosher food is inherently better, whether that’s from a perspective of food safety, health, or overall quality. Consumers extend this belief to the way farmed animals are bred and raised. The two identical online surveys, conducted by Survey USA August 4-9, asked people about their purchasing behaviors and understanding of kosher labels on animal products. The general population survey size was 1,500 adults, while the Jewish-specific survey had 500 Jewish adult respondents. Get Involved More than 200 Jewish leaders are responding to this issue by urging communities to adopt better food practices. Join the effort by sharing the leaders’ pledge on JIFA’s website jewishinitiativeforanimals.com/kosher. About JIFA The Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA) supports innovative programs to turn the Jewish value of compassion for animals into action while building ethical and sustainable Jewish American communities in the process. JIFA is an initiative of Farm Forward. Contact Details Susan Peters +1 708-759-7175 susan@effectpartners.com

October 29, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Patients Paying Less for Generic Medicines Year-over-Year: The Safe & Effective Solution for Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices

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FDA-approved generic and biosimilar medicines are central to America’s health care, filling nine out of ten prescriptions dispensed in the United States. Recently, Dan Leonard, President and CEO of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), partnered with YourUpdate TV on a nationwide media tour to discuss why reliable, affordable, high-quality prescription medication is more important than ever. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Lw7uhywvWAY Polling shows drug prices and the cost of health care is the number one concerns for most Americans. These nearly 4 billion generic and biosimilar prescriptions are central to containing costs for patients because unlike other sectors of U.S. health care, their prices are falling year after year. Throughout the pandemic, safe, effective and affordable generic medicines have been readily available to all of America’s patients, whether they are maintaining a chronic health condition or fighting COVID in the hospital. A resilient global supply chain with a strong U.S. presence made sure generic prescriptions were filled even as other consumer goods faced shortages. The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), the trade association of generic and biosimilar manufacturers, just released its 2021 Savings Report detailing the economic benefit of generic and biosimilar drugs to America’s patients. Here are five important highlights: U.S. health care system saved $338 billion in 2020 through the use of generic and biosimilar drugs. Generics fill 90% of prescriptions but account for only 18% of prescription spending 93% of generic prescriptions have a copay under $20.Average generic copay is $6 (versus $63 for brand name drugs) Biosimilar medicines, new competitors to expensive biologic drugs, have cut the growth rate of spending on cancer drugs in half To learn more about 2021 U.S. Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report, visit: accessiblemeds.org About Dan Leonard: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), the nation’s trade association for the makers of generic and biosimilar medicines, which fill 9 out of 10 prescriptions in the United States. Appointed to the position by the AAM Board in summer 2020, Dan is responsible for ensuring the association fulfills its mission to improve the lives of patients and consumers by providing timely access to safe, effective and affordable medicines. Prior to joining AAM, Dan served as president and chief executive officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and conducts research on a number of critical health policy issues. NPC plays a leadership role in the evolving areas of value assessment, value-based contracting and the importance of maintaining a robust innovation ecosystem. Before his tenure at NPC, Dan served as executive vice president of advocacy for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing companies providing health insurance coverage in the United States. Dan has significant experience in politics and government, including time spent with presidential campaigns, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Early in his career, Dan worked as a television broadcast journalist and held on-air and management positions at affiliates across the nation. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Dan received a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Susan. They have two children and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

October 28, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cyvatar Named Finalist in Computing Security Excellence Awards 2021

Cyvatar

Cyvatar today announced that it has been chosen as a finalist in Computing’s Security Excellence Awards 2021 for the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Security Solution Award. Computing celebrates the achievements of the IT industry's leading security companies, solutions, products, and personalities that keep every other part of the industry operating. Award categories include product- and project-related recognition, organizational achievements, and accolades for outstanding individual success. Computing selected Cyvatar for its cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) platform, designed with SMEs in mind. SMEs are increasingly at the mercy of ransomware attacks, phishing scams, and other cyber threats, but unlike larger orgs, most SMEs don’t have the budget or expertise to invest in comprehensive in-house security programs. Moreover, they struggle to show value from the security tools they do buy. Cyvatar CSaaS democratizes cybersecurity, making the best protection accessible and affordable for any SME regardless of budget, even if they have no cybersecurity expertise in-house. Customers can select the membership and pricing that meet their desired business outcomes in seconds; a freemium model ensures they can achieve tangible results fast with no out-of-pocket costs--an industry first. And they can cancel anytime--another industry first. “We don’t throw technology over the wall and expect our customers to figure it out themselves the way many product companies do,” said Corey White, Cyvatar co-founder and chief executive. “We deliver all three pillars of cybersecurity—the teams, technology solutions, and best practices—to SMEs that would not otherwise be able to implement them. Our subscription model ensures they don’t end up buying solutions they can’t use or don’t need, and our platform lets them see at a glance what’s going on in their environment to give them the best cyber prevention available.” Cyvatar offers its proprietary ICARM™ (install, configure, assess, remediate, maintain) methodology to deliver smarter, more efficient solutions, allowing SMEs to achieve security compliance and cyber-attack prevention faster and more effectively. ICARM ensures SMEs won’t get crushed under the weight of too many products, and guaranteed outcomes mean they get maximum value from their technology spend. Choose the Cyvatar membership with the best outcomes for your business today. About Cyvatar Cyvatar is committed to effortless cybersecurity for everyone. As the industry’s first subscription-based, cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) company, it’s our mission to transform the way the security industry builds, sells, and supports cyber solutions. We empower our members to achieve successful outcomes by providing expert practitioners, market-leading technologies, and proven best practices to guarantee business results. Our approach is rooted in a proprietary ICARM (installation, configuration, assessment, remediation, maintenance) methodology that delivers measurable security solutions for superior compliance and cyber-attack prevention, all bundled into a fixed monthly subscription that members can cancel anytime. Cyvatar is headquartered in Irvine, California, with locations around the world. Begin your journey to security confidence at cyvatar.ai and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Contact Details Cyvatar Dan Chmielewski +1 949-231-2963 dchm@madisonalexanderpr.com Company Website https://cyvatar.ai/

October 28, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Spiceology Lands on Shelves at Ace Hardware, Making Ace The Helpful FLAVOR Place

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Spiceology Inc., the fastest growing spice company in America, has announced a partnership with Ace Hardware that enables Ace retailers to carry the leading spice company’s innovative signature blends and collaboration products, further bolstering the nationwide retailer's reputation as a flavor and grilling destination. The entire 23 item Spiceology planogram can now be ordered through the Ace Retail Service Center. In the first 30 days, over 400 franchises stocked their shelves with Spiceology. In the last five years, Ace has seen a 36% growth in BBQ, and expects to see this trend continue. The addition of Spiceology is another step toward being a trusted resource for every type of griller and home cook. “At Ace, we consider ourselves an important part of each of our local communities, and we want to provide our customers with everything they need to make their homes a better place,” said Paige Roszkowski, BBQ Fuel & Accessories Associate Merchant. “We are not just a hardware store anymore, and we’ve reworked our focus internally to give growing sections of the business the deserved attention, including our grilling sections. We’ve seen immense growth in the BBQ space, and we’re excited to have Spiceology on our shelves, showing that premium quality blends should be a staple in everyone’s household.” According to Ace CMO Kim Lefko, in 2020, Ace attracted younger shoppers, more new home buyers, and more women than ever before. And while Ace carries other grilling spice blends, the addition of Spiceology’s diverse and easy-to-use blends highlights the company’s expansion from the grill to the kitchen. As a premium spice and flavor company, Spiceology’s products are made with Grade A ingredients and are ultra-versatile for whatever you are grilling, cooking or creating. Spiceology’s flavor experts develop innovative and easy-to-use blends and recipes, empowering Ace customers to go from home cook to home chef with just a few tablespoons. “We’re changing the way people eat and experience flavor,” said Maria Emmer-Aanes, Vice President of Retail and Grocery at Spiceology. “We admire Ace’s connection to the community, and we are excited to have our products available for their customers, showing just how important it is to have high-quality ingredients in your home to experiment with flavor. Just as Ace stores are a one-stop shop for a growing and more diverse clientele, our ultra-versatile spice blends can be the new go-tos customers reach for in the kitchen and around the grill.” Spiceology - AceNet Direct (Vendor #56309). ABOUT SPICEOLOGY Founded in 2013, Spiceology is the fastest-growing spice company in America and is on a mission to bring the magic back to spices, the world’s first currency. The chef-owned and operated, one-stop spice shop develops innovative blends and offers over 400 ingredients that are ground fresh in small-batches and shipped fresh to consumers and chefs. Spiceology’s “experiment with flavor” ethos is not only embraced through excellent ingredients and unique combinations, but also through responsible business practices designed to create a better world with diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of the workforce. Spiceology products can be found on spiceology.com, in specialty retailers and grocers, in restaurants around the US, and as far away as Australia and Dubai. Visit spiceology.com for more information or to place an order, or follow Spiceology on Facebook and Instagram. For recipe inspiration, visit here. ABOUT ACE HARDWARE Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,200 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com. Contact Details Cassidy Levine +1 908-770-7880 cassidy@spiceology.com Company Website https://spiceology.com/

October 28, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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2021 Jewellery World Awards names Honourees

Jewellery World Awards (JWA)

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 27 October 2021 - Organised by Informa Markets Jewellery since 2012, the Jewellery World Awards (JWA), formerly known as JNA Awards, unveiled its highly anticipated roster of Honourees for its 2021 edition. Following this announcement, the 2021 JWA also staged its three-part webinar series under "Leading Through Changes and Uncertainty," sponsored by Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company (PNJ). The esteemed panel of independent judges spent the last few weeks reviewing and assessing entries from 10 countries and regions, across five continents. In the end, 33 entries were shortlisted as Honourees from a highly-qualified pool of entries. Letitia Chow, Chairperson and founder of JWA at Informa Markets Jewellery, said, "Despite the ongoing challenges brought by the pandemic, we are encouraged by the responses and number of participants this year, with a third being first-time entrants. Through this programme, we hope to highlight and bring out the positives of the trade, as we continue to promote the core values of innovation and excellence." The judging panel includes James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Albert Cheng, CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association and International Advisor of Shanghai Gold Exchange; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Dr. Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy; and Nirupa Bhatt, Senior Advisor to the Gemological Institute of America India. "Entrants this year have showcased the industry's ability to protect and support the workforce in the time of COVID-19. Their innovative approach in utilising online channels to reach out to customers also has helped them navigate these challenging times," Courage shared. Cheng said, "I am happy to see that most participants reported steady sales revenues in the past three years, except for a slight dip in 2019. Indeed, the jewellery industry has demonstrated resilience in the time of the pandemic. I am also pleasantly surprised with their prompt and creative responses in tackling obstacles, as well as with their ability to identify and pursue new opportunities." "As one of the judges, I noticed how important the JWA is to the international jewellery industry. Whether they're startups or large enterprises, those who participated made each category highly competitive with their unique strategies and breakthroughs – making it very difficult for the panel to choose this year's Honouree," Lin remarked. Dr. Lee noted that "COVID-19 further accelerated the industry's digital transformation, and proved itself essential, not just for growth, but also for survival. I was impressed to see the candidates' passion, innovative approach and their contributions despite the challenging conditions before them. Innovation and sustainable strategies are very important in this rapidly changing world, and this year's entrants brought these to the forefront at JWA." Bhatt also commended the entrants' efforts in engaging customers and their use of technology. "Not only is the industry resilient, it is also unstoppable when it comes to reaching out to its customers. As seen in this year's entries, technology is a big enabler, especially in the last two years when manufacturers in the jewellery business continued to engage consumers by incorporating technology into their marketing strategies," she said. The 2021 JWA Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held at JGT Dubai (Jewellery Gem Technology Dubai) on 21 February 2022, Monday. The 2021 JWA is supported by Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group and Shanghai Diamond Exchange, alongside Honoured Partners KGK Group and Guangdong Land (Shenzhen) Ltd. For full list of JWA 2021 Honourees: please visit www.JWAwards.com/results. #JewelleryWorldAwards Contact Details Informa Markets JWA Marketing +852 2516 2184 marketing@JWAwards.com

October 27, 2021 08:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Puzzle & Casino Games Are the Most Played by American Mobile Users

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In June, London-based data research and analytics group, YouGov, released a study concerning the most played mobile gaming genres in the US and UK markets. The research conducted between May 2020 and May 2021 showed that people still play mobile games with pretty much the same degree of regularity as they did during 2020, even after the pandemic shock has mostly worn off. The US currently has 139 million mobile gamers, and the UK has 20 million. Games account for 43% of all downloaded apps, with 62% of users installing one within a week of getting a new smartphone. 2.6 billion people use their mobile devices to play games, with residents of Asia accounting for 48% of this figure. Android apps by far command this sphere, with 78% of the market share. The data accumulated through the YouGov survey revealed that puzzle games dominate the US and UK markets. In the latter region, action titles trailed behind mobile puzzles. Amongst American mobile gamers, card and casino games were the second most popular option, according to the iGaming news site OUSC. When categorizing puzzle apps, the YouGov study encompassed titles like Bejeweled Blitz and Candy Crush Saga in this genre. One in seven Brits stated that they play these games frequently, and the same held for one in six US smartphone gamers. Under the card and casino categorization, fall options like blackjack, baccarat, roulette, slots, and poker games. These use free-play chips and feature in-app purchases. One in nine Americans surveyed said that they play them a few times during a month. This type of software aims to mimic that available at online casinos, which provide money prizes. Action games also ranked high in playability in both markets. These mostly got consumed by Generation Z members, who listed titles like Cut the Rope, and Subway Surfers as their preferred action choices. In the US, one in five Generation Z Americans surveyed stated that they love partaking in gaming fun, enjoying titles from this genre. Yet, only one in fourteen US Generation X members reiterated the same sentiments. That group claimed that it is partial to puzzle apps, and statistics showed that they were more than twice as likely to partake in card and casino action on their phones than their Generation Z counterparts. Naturally, gender and demographic differences were also evident amongst those surveyed, with subtle differences displayed clearly in both territories, the US and UK. However, even gender-based preferences ran parallel in these two markets. Across the board, females preferred puzzle and word and number games. Men shared this sentiment, but not with the same propensity. Per the poll, they were also twice as likely to play action games compared to women, displaying a similar affinity for titles in the adventure genre. Females claimed a total disinterest in these gaming options, as only 4% said they installed such apps. Interestingly, Baby Boomers showed a disproportionately high interest in hidden object games compared to other generations. In essence, these are a sub-genre of puzzle games, where players must locate an item hidden within a given space. The methodology used in YouGov’s research mainly relied on rolling surveys and data collection rather than single questionnaires. Its accumulated information for this and other studies stems from online interviews with people of all races, genders, ages, education levels, and religions. Equal representation was paramount in reaching conclusive and accurate results. YouGov is a London-based analytics and research data group founded in 2000 by Nadhim Zahawi and Stephan Shakespeare. In 2005, YouGov became a public company, and it got listed on the London Stock Exchange under its Alternative Investment Market sub-section. Its research aims to feature demographically accurate sample sizes that it draws from a panel of twelve million people in countries around the globe. Their online methods are more cost-effective than telephone or face-to-face options. The Pew Research Center claims that YouGov continuously outperforms the competition in the data research field, displaying far greater accuracy than any other entity active in this sector. Their surveys get referenced from media companies worldwide, and they have remained the most quoted market research source in Great Britain. Contact Details OnlineUnitedCasinos.com David Trujillo +57 315 2586249 david@onlineunitedstatescasinos.com Company Website https://www.onlineunitedstatescasinos.com/

October 27, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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