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Ripken Baseball Expands Programming in Pigeon Forge

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Ripken Baseball, the leader in youth sports events, announced they are gaining access to four additional fields in the City of Pigeon Forge. As one of the most sought-after youth sports complexes in the country, Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge will be able to host teams from around the country on 10 total fields, including access to the newly renovated fields at Pigeon Forge’s Wear Farm City Park. The park’s four fields will be completely upgraded and reimagined prior to the start of the 2023 season. Similar to the original six fields at Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge which opened in 2016, each field at Wear Farm City Park will become a youth replica of famous Major League Baseball parks of the past and present. Residents of Pigeon Forge will benefit from the renovations as Wear Farm City Park will continue to host tournaments throughout the year on state-of-the-art artificial turf that closely replicates real grass. “Every year, our teams and their families take home countless fond memories of the Pigeon Forge area when they participate in The Ripken Experience™,” said Cal Ripken, Jr., who co-founded Ripken Baseball with his brother Bill Ripken. “The views are unbelievable and the feeling you have when you experience our complex is special. The demand to play here is through the roof. This is an exciting opportunity to expand and welcome even more baseball families to Pigeon Forge.” Wear Farm City Park’s four fields will be transformed into youth replicas of the following big league stadiums: St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, and Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. The $3 million renovation project will begin this summer. “Pigeon Forge’s partnership with Ripken Baseball is a successful one, as demonstrated by the annual increase in demand for the ball fields and the direct impact on our city’s tourism industry due to the many families who visit,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. “The upgrades to Wear Farm City Park are a win-win for The Ripken Experience™ and our Pigeon Forge residents as these fields bring vast improvements for everyone to enjoy.” Pigeon Forge residents and local youth teams will enjoy the renovations immediately following completion. The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge’s access to Wear Farm City Park applies primarily to daytime hours during the summer season, allowing the four baseball fields to remain available for Pigeon Forge residents during evenings, weekends, and most Fridays. The addition of artificial turf provides longer days during the winter months (November through early March), earlier year-round start times, and quicker turnaround during the event of rain. Wear Farm City Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park, which also has soccer and youth football facilities, will continue to host youth baseball leagues. The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge hosts more than 1,000 teams annually from over 30 states, traveling from as far away as California, Alaska, and overseas. Players’ families, many of whom are first-time visitors to Pigeon Forge, have a significant impact on the Pigeon Forge economy. A 2018 economic impact study attributed $33.8 million in visitor spending to The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge during the facility’s nine-month season that year. The appeal of Pigeon Forge as a family vacation destination was a major reason the city built the $22.5 million complex and contracted with Ripken Baseball to operate it. During seven seasons of operations, the facility has solidified Pigeon Forge as a major sports tourism destination. In addition, research indicates that 99 percent of those who visit the facility reside outside of Sevier County. Tournament participants, coaches, and their families contribute to the local economy through overnight lodging stays ticket purchases to area attractions, restaurant dining, and other purchases. Pigeon Forge is located in Sevier County just six miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since opening its doors in March 2016, more than 5,000 youth baseball teams and 250 high school softball teams have taken to the six fields at The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge. In total, more than 75,000 players and coaches have traveled to play ball on fields that offer unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains, with an additional 1,000 teams expected to travel to the complex for competition in 2022. The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge is located on a ridge above Pigeon Forge. Each field borrows its design inspiration from current and former ballparks highlighting the professional player progression from the Minor to Major Leagues, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The others are Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va., the oldest park in the Appalachian League; Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., known as “Little Fenway”; Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., a filming location for the “42” movie about Jackie Robinson; BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M. The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge hosts tournaments nine months out of the year and offers year-round branded events in its 14,000-square-foot clubhouse. Tournaments are free to spectators, and parking is free at the complex. Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com and toll-free at 800-251-9100. To learn more about Ripken Baseball and for The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge, visit RipkenBaseball.com. Cal Ripken, Jr. headshot and The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge facility images are available here. Photo credit: The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge About Ripken Baseball Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big-League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way – the Ripken Way. Recently expanding the best experience in youth sports to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments, Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience™ Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), and The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge (Tennessee). # # # Contact Details Eric Nemeth +1 602-502-2793 nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://www.ripkenbaseball.com/

May 25, 2022 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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VAPORESSO BigSleeps x TwoJsKicks Street Artists Vaping Collaboration

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VAPORESSO has teamed up with two American urban icons, BigSleeps x TwoJsKicks, as part of a stylish new look for the vape kit brand. BigSleeps, the founder of BigSleeps Ink/Letters To Live By, is a legendary lettering tattoo artist based in LA, USA. BigSleeps has artistically developed his Chicano style lettering design and artwork. Creating something unique and out of the ordinary, just like the ethos of the VAPORESSO brand. He is regarded as the leading artist of Chicano lettering style and highly regarded in the Chicano community. Jaysse Lopez, or TwoJskicks, is the founder of the biggest USA sneaker re-sell store ‘Urban Necessities’ and is a social media star, with 905k followers on INSTAGRAM and 310k YouTube subscribers. TwoJskicks, is regarded as the king of sneakers by ‘sneakerheads’ and front of mind in the face of the ever-changing trends. VAPORESSO has teamed up with BigSleeps and TwoJskicks to launch a unique and first-of-its-kind design for the best-selling XROS Nano vape kit. The NEW product design will launch at The Vaper Expo UK, Birmingham NEC on the 27th – 29th May 2022. Come and see the designs at the show… To celebrate the innovative design collaboration, VAPORESSO has revealed a stunning new logo. The new logo features the letter “V” at the forefront to symbolize the passion characterising the vaping community. Encircled behind by the letter “O,” symbolizing a vapor ring opening up. The ‘O’ represents the joy, love and hope VAPORESSO brings. ’V’ and ‘O’ are the defining symbols for VAPORESSO. The VAPORESSO logo redesign represents a new direction of brand personality along with the collaboration with BigSleeps and TwoJskicks. MOVE BEYOND THE ORDINARY with VAPORESSO as it focusses on innovation according to user’s needs and strives to create reliable products of the best quality style. VAPORESSO is exhibiting at The Vaper Expo UK, Birmingham NEC on the 27th – 29th May 2022 on stand D56. For further information on VAPORESSO Contact: Grace Dewhurst – Phone – 07850 448 408 Email - grace@linkup-china.com Nia Thomas – Phone – 07723 019 767 Email - nia@linkup-china.com Background information of VAPORESSO VAPORESSO was created in 2015 and is dedicated to establishing a smoke-free world while raising the quality of life for our users. Based on our continuous innovation, strict quality control, and substantial commitment, VAPORESSO creates products that can fit all levels and styles of vapers. VAPORESSO strives to be able to help as many people as possible. The chairman and CEO Simon Lai was a smoker for 11 years, before turned to vaping. “When we started VAPORESSO, we had a big dream to make switching to vaping as easy as possible for everyone.” - CEO Simon Lai. SMOORE is the parent company of VAPORESSO, which is the largest global vaping device provider. SMOORE is the first to be publicly listed in the industry, with a valuation of over 25 billion USD, which set a significant milestone in history. Find more information in https://www.vaporesso.com/about-us Built by vapers, for vapers Contact Details VAPORESSO Grace Dewhurst +44 7850 448408 grace@linkup-china.com Nia Thomas +44 7723 019767 nia@linkup-china.com

May 24, 2022 04:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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It’s Home Renovation Season! Here’s How to Have Fun & Stay Calm Through Your Next Big Project

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We’re entering home improvement season, with May traditionally being the kick-off month when demand for home projects increases for the summer. It makes sense: better weather, more schedule flexibility with summer breaks and longer days make it easier to get work done on time. Recently, Home Care Expert at Angi, Mallory Micetich, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about how to set yourself up for a successful and low-stress home renovation or remodel. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/C-6sm6nhuUA Major renovations can be daunting, though. Budgeting, financing, finding pros, figuring out timelines, living through the mess…In a recent Angi survey, nearly 40% of people reported feeling anxious leading up to a major renovation or remodel, but fortunately, there are lots of tried and true tips for how to make a renovation make it more of a walk in the park than an emotional rollercoaster. Here is some of Mallory’s favorite advice for how to stay calm and have fun throughout the whole process, and come out of it with a home you love even more than before: Plan Ahead May is the start of home improvement season, so high-quality pros are in high demand. In a recent survey Angi did of adults who recently completed major renovations or remodels, the biggest regret was not planning far enough in advance. Planning ahead can help ensure you get the pro you want and you can finish your renovation on time. It can also ensure you have time to set the right budget and prepare for any surprises you may face throughout the process. Planning ahead can really help you remain calm and in control throughout the whole process. Hire (The Right) Pros We found the whole renovation or remodeling process to be distinct for those who chose to DIY vs. hire a pro. People who hired pros for the full project were twice as likely as DIYers to report feeling calm both before and during the renovation. DIYers expected to feel in control (35%) or excited (34%), but ultimately felt anxious (36%) as they prepared for the renovation. So, even if you’re handy, when it comes to the bigger projects like kitchen or bathroom remodels, additions or gut renovations, it may be best to leave it to the experts to protect your mental health and that of your family. It’s important to know your limits when it comes to DIY projects. They can be great ways to learn new skills, bring your family together or flex your creative muscles, but they can also be risky, dangerous and sources of anxiety. At Angi, we encourage people to think about the three T’s when deciding whether to DIY or hire a pro: time, tools and talent. If you’re lacking in any of these areas, the DIY route can end up being much more expensive, stressful or dangerous than you’d like. In those cases - especially for the bigger renovations or remodels - it’s best to look for a local expert to get the job done right the first time. Buffer Your Budget In our recent survey, budgeting and financing caused the most anxiety in major renovations. It’s important to set a clear budget with your contractor and make sure you understand any additional fees you might face, like permits, materials and labor. Contractors are great at what they do, but unfortunately they can’t see through walls or under floors, so they’re not always able to anticipate every electrical, plumbing or pest issue that may pop up once they start working. A good rule of thumb is to include a 10% buffer in your budget to ensure you have the ability to cover any surprises that may pop up along the way. Give Yourself Space It’s one thing to live in your own clutter (no judgment), but it turns out renovations make bad roommates. Over one-third of people who lived in their home through the full renovation process reported fights between family members, while that number drops to 19% for those who only lived in the home through part of the process. People who took a break from the process also reported lower levels of anxiety attacks, emotional breakdowns, and tense moments with contractors. So, if you have the means and ability to spend some time away from the renovation and give yourself and your family a break from the chaos, it can make the process much more manageable. Set Boundaries Before the renovations actually begin, create a code of conduct with your contractor to start things off on the right foot. Regular, open communication with your contractor is key to forming a positive working relationship and having a calm, fun and successful renovation. Some boundaries to discuss may include: - Hours when work is allowed to be done - What bathroom(s) workers can use - Areas that are off limits - Worksite organization and clean-up protocols - How and when the contractor and workers can contact you with questions or issues Check out the Angi app or visit our website at Angi.com for access to high quality local pros, cost estimates and more tips on how to have the best home reno experience possible. About Mallory Micetich Mallory Micetich is a Home Care Expert, with particular expertise in small home living and consumer protection. While currently renting in Denver, CO, she has been a homeowner, investor, landlord and renter over the last decade. She is committed to minimizing her environmental footprint and to small home living, having lived in only properties of 1,000 square feet or less. Mallory is currently the VP of Corporate Communications at Angi, where she focuses on bringing awareness to Angi and what we do every day to help homeowners love where they live. Survey Methodology This data used in this segment is based on a survey commissioned by Angi Inc. and conducted using the online survey platform Pollfish. The consumer sample of 1,000 U.S. adult homeowners all went through a major renovation or remodel within the last five years. The sample was surveyed between April 20, 2022 and April 21, 2022. The margin of error is 3.1% and no additional weighting was applied to the sample. Pollfish’s survey delivery platform delivers online surveys globally through mobile apps and the mobile web along with the desktop web. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 23, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Hudson Valley Duck Farms File Lawsuit Challenging NYC’s Controversial Foie Gras Sales Ban

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Hudson Valley duck farmers, organized as the Catskill Foie Gras Collective, filed suit today against New York City challenging its ban on the sale of the delicacy, foie gras, which will go into effect on November 25, 2022. The Collective asserts that the sales ban violates a state law, Agriculture and Markets Law § 305-a, which prohibits municipalities, like the City, from adopting local laws that unreasonably restrict farming operations in certified agricultural districts. As a practical matter, the sales ban will wipe-out millions of dollars in revenue for the State, New York City, restaurants, wholesale distributors, retail store owners, and transportation companies. The Collective predicts that over 100 farm workers in Sullivan County will lose their jobs. The Collective also notes that, if allowed to stand, the NYC law will set a dangerous precedent allowing local legislative bodies to effectively control or eliminate other farming practices in agricultural districts. “Today, it’s foie gras, a gourmet delicacy thousands of New York City residents enjoy,” said Marcus Henley, a spokesperson for the Foie Gras Collective. “Tomorrow it could be chicken eggs that aren’t raised cage-free. Or milk-fed veal or non-organic fruit. Do you really want a small group of special-interest lobbyists controlling what you can and can’t have for dinner? This ban creates a nightmarish precedent for farmers and consumers alike.” The Collective is also seeking a preliminary injunction to postpone the ban until the courts can determine its legality. Otherwise, the Collective may be forced to halt its weekly shipments of duck products into the City. “This is the kind of law that puts people out of work, and farmers out of business, and we are asking the court to maintain the status quo until the lawsuit is resolved.” said Henley. “The sales ban is not only groundless and unconstitutional, it also clearly violates a state law which was enacted to protect farmers from local acts like this,” said Henley. “We’re confident that the courts will see it this way and that the city’s top chefs and their guests will continue to enjoy our foie gras products.” Advocates for the sales ban included animal rights groups, who notoriously misrepresented how foie gras is produced and claimed that ducks are treated inhumanely during the production process. Hudson Valley Foie Gras and La Belle Farms maintain that their ducks are well cared for, are allowed to roam freely, and are processed in a government-inspected facility, strictly adhering to animal welfare and federal regulations. Both farms produce foie gras using a special hand-feeding method, like no other farm in the world, so as not to harm the ducks. “We invite everyone who cares about freedom to make some noise. Write their legislators, write their newspaper editors, voice their concern to restaurant owners,” urges Henley. “Don’t allow a small group of well-funded lobbyists dictate what you can and can’t chose to eat. If we don’t win this case, who knows what the next food ban will entail.” To view a copy of the lawsuit, click here or visit www.LawsuitPressRelease.com. For more information about foie gras production visit: https://foiegrasfacts.org. About Catskill Foie Gras Collective: The Catskill Foie Gras Collective is comprised of Hudson Valley Foie Gras and La Belle Farm, the main producers of foie gras to restaurants and retail food stores. The collective serves as a resource for factual information and independent articles about our farming. For more information, visit: https://foiegrasfacts.org/ Contact Details Catskill Foie Gras Collective Lynn Munroe +1 845-548-1211 lynn@maracaibomedia.com Company Website https://foiegrasfacts.org/

May 23, 2022 02:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Have Suitcase, Will Travel: Trends and Insights on Destinations U.S. Travelers Want to Visit by Travelport

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/xxXF7z1TE-Q After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, Americans are ready to travel. While the last two+ years have been a significant challenge, the global travel industry recovered more than 50% of its gross booking activity by the end of 2021. Should this trend continue along the same trajectory, it could reach 85% recovery by the end of this year. Even though we just sprung into spring it is never too early to start locking in plans for travel in June, July and August. With school breaks and extra sunshine, the summer months are peak travel season for Americans. The demand for travel is so high that a recent survey from Travelport finds people prioritize travel over entertainment, shopping and even self-care. Want to know how travel starved Americans are? Get a load of these stats from the survey: · 75% of respondents would forgo concerts to travel · 75% would stop buying new clothes to travel · 74% would give up spa treatments to travel “While the last two+ years have been a significant challenge, the global travel industry recovered more than 50% of its gross activity by the end of 2021,” said Jen Catto, Chief Marketing Officer for Travelport. “Should this trend continue along the same trajectory, it could reach 85% recovery by the end of this year. The pent-up desire to travel is strong. Our latest survey findings clearly demonstrate this, highlighting how many indulgences people are willing to sacrifice in order to travel again. For more information, visit http://www.travelport.com About Travelport: Travelport is a global technology company that powers bookings for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide. Buyers and sellers of travel are connected by the company’s next generation marketplace, Travelport+, which simplifies how brands connect, upgrades how travel is sold, and enables modern digital retailing. Headquartered in the United Kingdom and operating in more than 180 countries around the world, Travelport is focused on driving innovation that simplifies the complex travel ecosystem. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 23, 2022 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Second-Generation Minuteman Press Franchisees in Cupey and San Juan, Puerto Rico Continue Family Legacies for 27 Years and Counting

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For Frances Torruellas and Tere Quiñones, owning a business runs in the family. Frances is the co-owner of her Minuteman Press franchise in Cupey, working alongside her father Juan A. Torruellas. Tere is the owner of Minuteman Press located in Hato Rey, San Juan. Both family-run franchises opened in 1995, and both Frances and Tere are proud to carry on their family legacies for 27 years and counting. Father & Daughter Team Juan Arturo & Frances Torruellas Make a Dynamic Team for Minuteman Press in Cupey Minuteman Press in Cupey, Puerto Rico, first opened in July of 1995. Juan A. Torruellas originally began looking to own a business in 1994, and he found the right fit with Minuteman Press. Juan reflects, “I was very determined to have my own business but had not defined what it would be. The year 1994 was the beginning of my journey seeking what type of business I would like to operate; I was sure that it would not be a food business but I did want a service-based business. For the past twenty years prior, I held managerial positions in finance and administration which helped me in that process. I was convinced after my participation in a franchise show in Miami, Florida, that my business would be Minuteman Press.” After several meetings with Minuteman Press representatives in Puerto Rico, Juan officially signed his agreement and entered training. Juan says, “On July 1, 1995, our presses started running. Like all beginnings, we went out day by day to present our innovative services in the printing business. By following the training and advice from Minuteman Press, we raised a bank of loyal customers, many of whom continue with us after 27 years.” In order to sustain their success and longevity, Juan talks about the need to adapt. He says, “We have recognized the need to evolve according to the needs of our customers, which is why in recent years the ‘printing on demand’ concept has been a priority in our operation, as well as offering a range of promotional products that meet the market needs.” He proudly adds, “Over the years, we have been recognized by Minuteman Press International for reaching monthly sales volumes of $250,000, as well as receiving their Customer Service Award, Top Quality Award and Top Appearance Award.” “Our philosophy has always been to treat the client honestly, to offer guidance on the best alternatives in terms of cost without affecting the quality of the product, and to have integrated services available to improve the image of each client.” -Juan A. Torruellas, owner, Minuteman Press, Cupey, Puerto Rico Second Generation in Sight Frances Torruellas first joined the team of Minuteman Press in Cupey in 2005, worked her way up from customer service to manager, and then became owner in 2018. Juan shares, “My daughter Frances Ivette joined the Minuteman Press team in the customer service area in the year 2005, a year after she attended the training in Farmingdale, where she was able to gain a broader perspective about our business. In a short time, Frances dominated the operation and became our manager. As her interest for the business kept growing, she became owner in 2018.” He adds, “I am so proud of the job she has done, and this truly is a family business.” When asked for his final reflections on operating his business, Juan says, “We must give an important and warm mention to now-retired RVP Jeff Robey, who supported us for many years. Jeff is truly special and was instrumental to our growth.” Juan concludes, “We are proud to represent a franchise in Minuteman Press International that has maintained its relevance and prestigious name throughout all of our years in this exciting and ever-changing industry.” Tere Quiñones Shares Insights on Running the Family Business and Carrying On Her Father’s Legacy as Owner of Minuteman Press in Hato Rey, San Juan Minuteman Press in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico first opened in April of 1995. At that time, Tere Quiñones was in college and her father ran the family business. Tere says, “After I graduated from college and began to work on my Master’s degree, I helped my father out at the shop. Little by little, I learned every aspect of the business and fell in love with it. Never did I think that I would continue his legacy, and in some ways, I believe that Minuteman Press chose me.” As Tere reflects on her family’s 27 years in business, she shares the following three keys to the success and longevity of Minuteman Press in San Juan: “ 1. It’s very important to maintain an excellent group of employees, where we all feel like family. A comfortable working environment is important. If there is a good and happy staff, the daily workload feels easier. 2. Honesty. Always be honest to clients about the job request, whether it’s possible or not to meet their deadlines. That way they will always know that what you are telling them about any specifics of the job will be the truth. 3. Quality. Maintain the same printing quality, go that extra mile and make sure that even with changes in technology/machinery the quality remains the same. If there is a slight change in the quality, always contact the client beforehand let them know. Avoid surprises to your clients.” When asked about the various ways Minuteman Press in San Juan has grown, Tere shares, “Three ways we have grown over the years are by adding promotional products, doing email marketing campaigns targeting specific industries, and direct referrals from happy clients.” She continues, “Our key growth areas right now are wide format printing, hotel collaterals, and parking signage for companies. We also do a lot of Every Door Direct Mail as well as printing for schools. There is always going to be a need for printing; you just have to find what your customers are looking for.” “Our community is mixed between small businesses, schools, and seniors. We have a potpourri of walk-ins that makes every day different. Our clients have different needs and degrees of knowledge. Being able to assist them all and provide products and solutions is very satisfying.” - Tere Quiñones, Minuteman Press, San Juan, Puerto Rico Speaking of community, Minuteman Press in San Juan also stands out by making their center a place of learning. Tere says, “We have a copy center that is open to teachers and students, with special prices and offerings. It’s a nice resource for them and a great way to educate them about what we do.” Tere also appreciates the support she has received over the years. She says, “Minuteman Press International has always been present in assisting in all situations. Having a group of people that are always willing to advise us and help is definitely an advantage.” As she reflects further on the rewards of owning a business, Tere says, “The biggest reward of owning a business is having the ability to do something that you love. I also appreciate the flexibility because it’s much easier to be there for family activities and events than if you were working for someone else.” She concludes, “If you love what you do and work hard, the rest just seems to fall into place.” Minuteman Press in Cupey is located at Winston Churchill Avenue #138, Crown Hill, Cupey, PR 00926. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/pr/cupey/ Minuteman Press in San Juan is located at Ave. Americo Miranda #1503, San Juan, PR 00921. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/pr/san-juan20/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

May 23, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Dao Announces the Launch of its First Asian Property – Dao by Dorsett AMTD IDEA Singapore

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HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 May 2022 - Dao by Dorsett is delighted to announce its first property in Asia – Dao by Dorsett AMTD IDEA Singapore, owned by DHI Downtown Pte Ltd (“DHI Downtown”), a joint-venture company of AMTD Assets Alpha Group under AMTD Group Inc and Dorsett Hospitality International Limited, which will open its doors in the city’s vibrant central business and financial district on 1 st July 2022. The property will be rebranded from Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore. Developed by leading Asia hotel group Dorsett Hospitality International, Dao by Dorsett is Social, Custom-Fit and Harmonious – encouraging guests to ‘ live your way, anywhere’ with sustainability in mind from the onset. Dao by Dorsett AMTD IDEA Singapore boasts 268 fully serviced apartment units, two dining destinations and a beautiful pool deck overlooking downtown Singapore and the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront. The studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom options offer a plethora of choice for guests travelling with family or on business. From biodegradable in-room amenities to partnerships with small local businesses, the aparthotel’s mindful approach to travel will create an uplifting and inviting experience for all guests. “AMTD enjoys our partnership with Dorsett, with our long-built trust with each other and our deep understanding of Dorsett’s leading roles in the industry and capabilities, we are confident that our prestige hotel under the Dao brand will be taken to the next level and best serve our customers from worldwide”, Dr. Calvin Choi, Chairman of AMTD Group. DHI Downtown is pleased to announce the appointment of Roy Liang as the General Manager of Dao by Dorsett AMTD IDEA Singapore. Roy and his team will spearhead several new initiatives at Dao by Dorsett AMTD IDEA Singapore, including a deeper integration into the local community, exciting chef pop-ups at the pool deck, wellness-focused offers and a number of art and community tie-ups. About Dorsett Hospitality International Dorsett Hospitality International is one of Asia’s fastest-growing hotel groups. As a Hong Kong hospitality brand, we are proud to have an international footprint in 25 major cities worldwide with a total of 54 properties with our strategic partners TWH and AGORA Hospitality Group, including Dorsett Hospitality International’s 4 core brands: Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, Dao by Dorsett, d.Collection, and Silka, each with their own distinct identity and offerings to cater to diverse travel needs. Since the group’s establishment in Hong Kong in January 2007, we have grown by leaps and bounds with hotels across China, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe; more properties are planned in the development pipeline. For more information on Dorsett Hospitality International, visit: www.dorsett.com. About AMTD Assets Alpha Group AMTD Assets Alpha Group is the real estate arm of AMTD Group, focusing and specialising in hospitality and lifestyle concepts globally. AMTD Assets Alpha offers a customer-centric VIP members approach for its business portfolio in the following key areas comprising stylish hotels and serviced apartments, property rental, food and beverage, and club membership services across major cities globally. Contact Details Assistant Director Marketing Communications| Dorsett Hospitality International Yi Li Dawson yili.dawson@dorsett.com Marketing Communications Manager | Dorsett Hospitality International Christie So christie.so@dorsett.com Company Website https://www.dorsett.com/en/index.html

May 23, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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2022 Taitung East Wave Festival Officially Launches from 5/14 to 5/28 at Shanyuan Bay, Taitung

Taitung County Government

TAITUNG, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 23 May 2022 - The 2022 Taitung East Wave Festival held its opening ceremony with Taitung County Magistrate April Yao kicking off the event at Shanyuan Bay on May 14. The event will last for 15 days until May 28 with a total of 15 planned activities. A series of splendid beach and sea area recreational activities will allow the public to experience a total new way to enjoy summer in Taitung. Registration for most of the activities was fully booked the moment registration opened, demonstrating the high expectations from the public towards the activities. Taitung has the longest coastline in the whole of Taiwan, measuring 176 kilometers in length, this lengthy stretch of coastline is perfect to transform the East Coast into the recreational access point to the Pacific Ocean. The Taitung County Government has been actively involved with the revitalization work for Shanyuan Bay, allowing the public to enjoy the sea in a safe recreational area while experiencing the beach barefooted. It will continue to promote various dryland and sea activities to transform Taitung into a one-of-a-kind paradise for the summer and to enrich the available opportunities for the public to become closer to the ocean. Surrounded by the sea, Taiwan has a close story with the Austronesians, where Taitung is the origin of the Austronesian navigation culture. For the public to experience what it means for Taitung to be a coastal city, The Hawaii-imported Outrigger Canoe—the one and only of its kind in Taiwan—will be on display for 15 days to symbolize that this event started here, on the East Coast, in Taitung. ※ Please refer to the Taitung East Wave Festival Facebook Page for more event info. ◎ FB fan Page: Taitung East Wave Festival https://reurl.cc/1ZmE7Q Contact Details Media Contact Liu Chi-peng v0009@taitung.gov.tw

May 23, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Play Globally Inc. Welcomes Stephen Crystal to its Advisory Board and Partners with SCCG Management

Play Globally

Play Globally, Inc., a worldwide provider of free-to-play gaming innovations, today proudly announced the appointment of Stephen Crystal to its advisory board as well as a new partnership with Crystal’s firm, SCCG Management. This partnership brings additional expertise in sports betting, iGaming, sports team marketing, affiliate marketing, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management and legal affairs in the casino and iGaming industry. Crystal will join veteran Advisory Board members Susan Hensel and Victor Pronk, providing over 75 years of collective experience across the sports betting and iGaming space. These globally recognized leaders provide high-value strategic prowess to Play Globally’s seasoned executive team as the company prepares to launch its LuckyFans prototype. LuckyFans drives live and recorded in-play sports data into a poker engine to determine the outcome of a fast-paced poker game. LuckyFans is free-to-play and leverages advanced machine learning and GPS technology for contextual fan engagement, sweepstakes, and prizes. SCCG was founded by Stephen Crystal who has served as President/CEO of multiple casino holding and public gaming companies. SCCG brings a vast international network of strategic client partners including top sportsbooks and racebooks, sports and racing leagues, fantasy sports and rewards entities, communications and marketing platforms, authentication technology and casino entities. Crystal has worked as an investor and advisor on financial and M&A projects totaling over $4B and served as the President, owner and operator of four major Las Vegas casinos. In addition to Crystal, the SCCG team also includes David Hanlon who served as a C-level executive at gaming giants Caesars World, Inc., Harrah’s, the Rio, and IGT in addition to serving as an Advisor to the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program. Pierre Cadena also plays a key role on the SCCG team, having helped to position Playtika, Otter Media and Crunchyroll for acquisition, each totaling over $1B. During his tenure at Caesars Interactive Entertainment as the VP of Strategy and Corporate Development, Pierre helped build Playtika, one of the world’s largest social mobile games. “The addition of Stephen to the Play Globally Advisory Board and the addition of his SCCG team to Play Globally’s team provides our company with a wealth of expertise in our space,” says Play Globally’s President/CEO Stephen Dunham. “We’re excited to partner with such well-respected industry leaders and to join their global network of strategic partners.” “Play Globally’s ingenuity and strategic role in the sports betting space presents a unique opportunity for leagues, teams, fans, and aligned entities worldwide,” says Stephen Crystal. “The combination of Play Globally’s existing intellectual property, their executive and advisory team, new upcoming technologies, and strategic positioning in the industry, particularly when combined with SCCG’s extensive network and capabilities, makes this opportunity particularly exciting.” About Play Globally, Inc. Play Globally, Inc. is a developer of innovative free-to-play games that utilize live, real-time in-play sports and racing data to determine the results of a live poker game. The company’s LuckyFans product line is scheduled for release in 2022 for a variety of professional sports and racing contests, providing users the opportunity to win real money sweepstakes prizes. LuckyFans is legal in all 50 states and most jurisdictions around the world. About SCCG Management SCCG Management is a consultancy that specializes in sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs for the casino and iGaming industry. Contact Details Alex shapiro +1 732-770-9395 ashapiro@hotpaperlantern.com Company Website https://www.playglobally.com/

May 19, 2022 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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