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U.S. Chamber of Commerce says Retail Theft a ‘National Crisis'

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Organized retail theft rates have spiked significantly in the past year, affecting communities across the nation. This theft is perpetrated by organized criminal rings that steal large amounts of goods from businesses of all types and sizes with the intent to resell them, particularly online. The problem is so severe that 54% of small business owners experienced an increase in shoplifting in 2021. These crimes are not victimless. In addition to the growing number of thefts that turn violent, innocent consumers, employees, local communities, and business owners and shareholders bear the costs of rising retail theft. What can be done, how big of an issue is retail theft in your local area, and what role can Congress play? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is demanding that Congress take action to address the rise of organized retail theft – arguing the issue has become a nationwide emergency. Retailers that were already struggling to rebuild their businesses and attract customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic are “now faced with large-scale theft and looting, much of it stemming from organized crime,” Neil Bradley, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief policy officer, said. “Retail theft is becoming a national crisis, hurting businesses in every state and the communities they serve,” Bradley added. “We call on policymakers to tackle this problem head-on before it gets further out of control. No store should have to close because of theft.” The average large retailer lost $700,000 per $1 billion in sales as of 2020 — an increase of more than 50% over a five-year period, according to the National Retail Federation. The Chamber of Commerce called on federal and state lawmakers to take concrete steps to address the problem. Those recommendations include urging Congress to pass legislation to stop the sale of stolen goods online; pressing states to update the definition of organized retail crime and increase penalties; and encouraging law enforcement and prosecutors to hold those who engage in organized and significant retail theft accountable. For more information, visit www.uschamber.com/retailtheft. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 25, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Leading protagonists held by police in fight to protect cannabis patients.

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Article written by Rip Nicholson When kissing a loved one amounts to having your business and your earnings taken from you, two founding members of a pro-cannabis collective have taken their fight to the powers that be and have since been fined by NSW Police for protesting cannabis laws in urgent need of review. Two members of a group of activists asking the question ‘WHO ARE WE HURTING?’ artist Alec “Craze” Zammitt and pro athlete turned entrepreneur and podcaster, William “Willy Biggs” Stolk - jointly known as the Australian ‘Kings of Cannabis’ - have fought on many battlefields for the advocacy of drug reform policy in Australia. Along with Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge projections, the group of activists have worked alongside the Legalise Cannabis Australia Party (formerly the HEMP party) through a series of well-orchestrated and very daring public awareness and guerrilla campaigns and protests which have each proved to be successful. Who Are We Hurting? Australian 420 Protests. The latest ‘Who Are We Hurting?’ installation ‘Opera House laser beam stunt’ as coined by The Daily Telegraph saw the pair projecting pro-cannabis slogans across the famous white sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the wee hours of 20 April, this year (also known as 420 - the international day to celebrate the cannabis plant). Using industrial projectors to illuminate the question, ‘420’ and dancing cannabis leaf animations across the iconic landmarks, the event was posted and shared throughout social media. How a kiss can get you prosecuted under broken driving legislation. In 2020, Zammitt, a former owner of a private security firm, had his licence to operate his business revoked due to a positive roadside test finding traces of cannabis in his system, thus stripping him of his ability to operate the enterprise. Zammitt along with representation from Mark Davis of Sydney City Crime disputed these results from NSW’s Government’s controversial mobile drug testing program insisting the positive test was most likely caused by cross-contamination by way of intimacy with his partner, a fellow medicinal cannabis patient. After being reviewed by an expert doctor in the field, it was found to be entirely possible that the cannabis detected in Zammitt’s system was picked up from a kiss exchanged with his partner prior to driving the car in which he was tested. Zammitt received two no-convictions for driving with cannabis in his system and was allowed to maintain his driving licence. Despite this, the NSW Police revoked Zammitt’s licence to operate his business. Without further evidence to suggest Zammitt was indeed under the influence of cannabis or any requirement for Zammitt to be removed from the roads, Zammitt believes his vehicle was targeted due to prior protests and his case shines a light on the many flaws present within the mobile roadside drug test systems throughout most Australian states. “This has become a de facto means of drug testing all citizens, and they’re doing it through licensing,” said Mark Davis. “There’s no onus on the police to prove these people were affected by drugs in any way, but you still have hundreds of people ending up with criminal convictions – even for trace elements in their system,” said Davis. 58-year-old Magistrate David Heilpern has retired after 21 years in service after stating he could not in good conscience continue to apply the law as stated and take away licences for drug driving out of his Lismore court — sometimes as many as 30 in a day. David Heilpern has since annonced his involvement as campaign lead for Drive Change, an initiative dedicated to fixing this legislation in Australia. "An enormous number, the vast majority of people who are brought before the courts on this charge, are not affected [by the drug]," says Heilpern. Mr Heilpern says there's not enough evidence to suggest a clear link between a positive test for cannabis and adverse driving, given the minute levels of the drug detected in roadside tests. "When they introduced random breath testing, the road toll decreased massively. When they introduced seatbelt laws, there was a reduction in the road toll,” said Heilpern. “I have seen nothing to show that there is any reduction in the road toll as a result of the thousands and thousands of people who are appearing before courts for historic use of cannabis." Cannabis has been legal in Australia for years now. Doctors at MediCann Clinics, the clinic prescribing Zammitt must advise patients that they cannot legally drive if there is any THC in their system. Clinic founder, Matthew Shales gets first-hand reports of the very real frustrations that come from drug driving laws as they stand. Shales is a committed advocate for his patients’ right to not be discriminated against with the current driving laws in Australia prohibiting cannabis from being present in the system. “Unfortunately, as the rules currently stand, we have to advise our patients that they cannot legally drive if there is any THC in their system, even if they are not impaired,” said Shales. “This has negative impacts for patients by either forcing isolation through not being able to drive or through a heightened level of anxiety for the patients that choose to drive, which is the opposite outcome we are hoping to achieve by prescribing patients medicinal cannabis. NSW Government’s controversial mobile drug testing program has come under scrutiny following a recent study released by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney, comparing the length of time in which someone is likely to be impaired by cannabis to the duration of the time it can be detected in their system. The study found that a user’s impairment is likely to last three to 10 hours but can be detected in the body for weeks after consumption. Currently, a medicinal driving defence amendment - The Road Transport Amendment Bill (Medicinal Cannabis – Exemptions from Offences) Bill, 2021 is before parliament in deliberation with NSW Greens MP, Cate Faehrmann heading up the passing of the Bill in the near future. The strength of which is geared around gathering traction of enough support through the committee report. However, questions remain on what experts are to be heard from and ultimately, who is responsible for the final decision. Here, the fight continues as to whether those who require medical cannabis can be free to drive without fear of a positive roadside drug test. “Current driving laws in Australia are forcing patients to choose between their medicine or their independence. We are trying to improve the quality of life for our patients, yet the ancient driving laws currently in place make it exceedingly hard to do so.” said Shales. Zammitt and Stolk’s current case is not without precedent. Theirs is not dissimilar to that of the 2018 actions of comedy group and tv show The Chasers who projected radio broadcaster Alan Jones phone number alongside "Advertise Here, Call Alan'' on the same very sails of the Opera House on which Zammitt and Stolk would later be charged for ‘advertising’. Despite the widespread media coverage, The Chasers were not investigated by police. Zammitt and Stolk have been issued infringement notices relating to offences that uniquely apply only to the Opera House under obscure legislation known as the Sydney Opera House Trust By-law 2021. Similar legislation titled 2015 applied at the time of The Chasers projection. The maximum fine for the infringements against Zammitt and Stolk is $1,100 for each offence and is set for a hearing on 20 December. Contact Details News Direct Newsroom newsroom@newsdirect.com

July 25, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Research Shows Positive Sentiment for Ron DeSantis Steady, No Fluke

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Today, Ready for Ron, a draft committee encouraging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, released research it commissioned from Impact Social showing positive sentiment amongst critical “floating voters” towards Governor DeSantis remains steady. Previous reports showed positive sentiment for Governor Ron DeSantis growing by more than 8 points from earlier analysis reports, indicating the gain is no fluke, but part of steady momentum. “It’s great to see positive sentiment towards Governor DeSantis staying high in these reports – despite an increasing drumbeat of attacks from the left,” stated Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, Chief Legal Counsel for Ready for Ron. “The response from our work to build grassroots support is impressive, and this research confirms the tremendous support we see on the ground. The positive feedback and engagement are significant and continue growing exponentially.” Ready for Ron launched an advertising and grassroots mobilization effort in late May to help convince Ron DeSantis he has the support to win the Presidency in 2024. The PAC also filed an official Advisory Opinion Request with the Federal Election Commission to ask if it may share its supporter list with Governor DeSantis to convince him to run and when – not if - he becomes a candidate. To generate the report released today, Impact Social researchers analyzed the publicly available social media discussion in relation to Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump among swing voters from June 29, 2022 to July 13, 2022. Additional reports are expected to continue every two weeks. Previous reports are available here. “We carried out detailed language analysis of US social media discussions back to May 2016 to capture social media users into a database of 40,000 swing voters,” explained Phil Snape, Director at Impact Social. “With 40,000 participants, we are operating what is likely the world’s largest focus group – as big as a Football stadium.” The summary of Impact Social’s second report states: This has been a difficult period for Donald Trump with net sentiment falling 11pts (-30 to -41) over the last two weeks. This should set off alarm bells in Mar-a-Largo. It has long been believed that Jan 6 divides people into two camps. Those who love Trump think his involvement in events that day are a nonsense, a witch hunt cooked up by his enemies desperate to bring him down and ensure he never runs again. Whereas those on the left are convinced of his guilt regardless of any evidence to the contrary. However this analysis shows that floating voters, particularly those on the right, are increasingly siding against him as new revelations of what happened on Jan 6 take their toll. This has resulted in an increase in the amount of posts stating that they are against Trump (+15pt- 31 to 46). Worryingly for team Trump are the low number of people on the right who are prepared to defend his actions. When discussing Jan 6 right leaning voters tend to pivot away from events and try to draw attention to other Trump ‘successes’ such as low unemployment or relative global peace. It is therefore fair to conclude that many on the right seem uncomfortable talking about the events of that day. It is also interesting to note how few floating voters speak about the ‘stolen election’. This conversation has been almost non-existent within this 40K panel since this analysis began six weeks ago, which begs the question of how many floating voters side with Trump and believe the Democrats stole the presidency? For his part Ron DeSantis seems to be coasting along. Despite being in the middle of a re-election campaign - which by design means that the candidate is duty bound to upset some voters in order to attract others - his net sentiment among floating voters remains consistent at -6. In fact, in contrast to Trump, the conversation over the period has remained largely the same with those in favor of his politics and style seeing him as a good governor, with a solid track record in office and their preferred candidate ahead of Trump for 2024. “We are excited to see our efforts paying off. Support for Ron DeSantis continues to grow, despite increasing attacks from the Left, and his base is solid,” Rodríguez-Baz continued. “We are building the biggest grassroots movements ever, and with support growing like this, it will happen even quicker than anticipated.” Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at www.ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. “Despite reports to the contrary, the only war on former President Donald Trump, is coming from the radical left. All of us at Ready for Ron appreciate his leadership and effective policies that led to a booming economy, lower crime, and affordable gas prices. We are #ReadyforRon to carry these policies and the America First agenda forward,” Rodríguez-Baz said. Impact Social is a specialist social media, online monitoring, and analysis company. Its unique methodology ensures unrivalled accuracy to show what has been said and its impact. Impact Social is the only company in the world providing this high level of analysis. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with ‘Ready for Ron’ legal counsel, Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, or an Impact Social spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

July 22, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Advocates Applaud House Concurrent Resolution Calling for an Article V Inflation-Fighting Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Proposing Convention

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The Let US Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment Citizen’s Campaign, Inc., a coalition of nonpartisan advocates concerned about the impacts of inflation and out-of-control national debt applauded the introduction of House Concurrent Resolution 101 calling for an Article V Convention of States to propose Amendments to the United States Constitution and stipulating ratification by state conventions, effectively a vote of the people. The companion Archivist Article V Application Counting & Calling Act, HR 8419, is designed to ensure Congress complies with its ministerial mandate to call an Article V Convention “upon the application of two-thirds of the states.” It parallels the Archivist’s current responsibility to count state ratification resolutions and certify when an Amendment is added to the US Constitution. Lead sponsor Representative Jodey Arrington from Texas introduced the legislation with original co-sponsors Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Representative Yvette Herrell of New Mexico to enforce Article V of the United States Constitution that states: ‘The Congress,...on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…to the United States Constitution… “ The Concurrent Resolution introduced today states in part. “…beginning in 1979, when Congress appears to have failed in its constitutional duty to count applications and call a ‘Convention for proposing Amendments’, the Nation’s debt has increased to more than $30,000,000,000,000 (Trillion) from $830,000,000,000, (Billion) while the value of the dollar has declined by over 70 percent…” “On behalf of my granddaughters, I want to thank U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington for correcting Congress’ constitutional failure in 1979 to call the Amendment Proposing Convention of States. Ironically, 39 states, five more than needed, had filed Applications to Call the Convention to address high inflation amid rising debt. Most importantly, the Resolution would prohibit any proposed Amendments from being added to our Constitution without a majority vote by the people for yes-pledged delegates in three-quarters of the state conventions,” stated David Biddulph, Co-Founder of the Let Us Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment Citizen’s Campaign, Inc. The resolution calls for Congress to set the time and place for an Article V convention for proposing fiscal constraints on the federal government unless the Archivist finds that Congressional Records do not support a finding that the thirty-four Applications required to call a Convention of States for Proposing Amendments was ever achieved. Dr. Barry Poulson, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado, stated, “Other countries have taken the lead in imposing fiscal constraints on their governments, and this resolution will allow U.S. citizens for the first time to incorporate fiscal constraints in our Constitution. The federal government is too big, too expensive, and too intrusive in our lives. It is time for citizens to decide how much government we want and are willing to pay for.” Hon. David M. Walker the Former Comptroller General of the United States, stated, “I commend Rep. Jodey Arrington, the lead sponsor, and all the cosponsors for their leadership in introducing legislative proposals designed to restore federal fiscal sanity and recognize the rights of the states under Article V of the Constitution. The time has come to end the dereliction of duty by Congress and defuse our ticking debt bomb.” Admiral William Owens, United States Navy (ret), former vice chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff stated, “Our country seriously needs a strong reminder of both states rights and the seriousness of acting fiscally in the best interests of our country and our national security. This convention for proposing amendments will not only be historic, but it will also be a monument to our founders and to our present-day legislators taking the right action on behalf of our people.” The Concurrent Resolution is a significant victory in the fiscal responsibility coalition’s “StopInflating.US” campaign to encouraging citizens concerned about higher prices, slow growth, and its impact on future generations to support a state-drafted, voter approved, inflation-fighting, fiscal responsibility amendment to the Constitution. ### Please visit: https://letusvoteforbba.org/. To learn more about the calls for an Article V Convention of States or to schedule an interview with a Let US Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment Citizen’s Campaign, Inc. spokesperson, contact Mae James at 386-423-4744 or info@letusvoteforbba.org. T Contact Details Mae James +1 386-432-4744 info@LetUsVoteforBBA.org Company Website http://letusvoteforbba.org/

July 20, 2022 05:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Surety Industry Successful in Fighting False Claims Act Liability - SFAA Supports Effort with Amicus Brief

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The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing all segments of the surety and fidelity industry, hails the Order entered by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissing all claims against Hanover Insurance Company and Hudson Insurance Company under the Federal False Claims Act. In addition, all claims against Centennial and Michael Schendel, the surety agency and the account agent, were also dismissed. In its Amicus Brief, ex rel. Andrew Scollick v. Vijay Narula, et al., SFAA argued Plaintiff claims would result in a novel and precedent-setting theory expanding liability to sureties for False Claims Act violations related to government determinations certifying contractors as minority businesses qualified for set-aside construction contracts. “We are extremely pleased with the court’s Order and were confident the court’s decision would align with the surety industry’s position, resulting in a positive outcome for the defendants, the surety industry, and most importantly, small, disadvantaged, and emerging contractors,” said Julie Alleyne, Vice President, Policy & General Counsel, SFAA. “Any other ruling would certainly have had a detrimental impact on the ability of these contractors to obtain bonding for federal construction projects and for surety companies to provide these essential bonds,” continued Alleyne. SFAA also argued the federal government, and not the surety industry, has the duty and obligation to establish and police contractors the government certifies as disadvantaged business enterprises eligible for set-aside contracts. A decision in favor of the plaintiff would have unfairly and unreasonably expanded sureties’ exposures, thereby limiting sureties’ ability to issue Miller Act surety bonds for set-aside construction contracts. The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing all segments of the surety and fidelity industry. Based in Washington, D.C., SFAA works to promote the value of surety and fidelity bonding by proactively advocating on behalf of its members and stakeholders. The association’s more than 425 member companies write 98 percent of surety and fidelity bonds in the U.S. For more information visit www.surety.org. Contact Details Peter Roth +1 703-401-0676 proth@surety.org Company Website https://surety.org/

July 20, 2022 03:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA Announces Program Year 2023 Award Recipients

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The National Contract Management Association announces recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Innovation in Contracting Award, Outstanding Fellow Award, Fellow Award, Best Contract Management Magazine Article Award, Contract Management Education Award, and the Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award. These outstanding achievements were honored earlier today at World Congress. This year’s winners are: Lifetime Achievement Award Darryl A. Scott, USAF (ret), Fellow Bill P. McNally, Fellow Innovation in Contracting Award Joint Artificial Intelligence Center/Chief Digital & Artificial Intelligence Office Keith William Gibson, CFCM - TryAI Bonnie Evangelista - Tradewind Outstanding Fellow Award Faye Orick, CPCM, Fellow Fellow Award Michael Freelander, CFCM Ashley McGrew Harden Jessica Johnson, CPCM, CFCM Dr. Dolores Kuchina-Musina, CFCM Laura C. Kunkle, CPCM, CFCM Michael Levy Kameke Mitchell Wanda Wallace, CPCM, CFCM Charlie E. Williams, Jr. Best Contract Management Magazine Article Award Kate Vitasek, "Back to Basics for Strategic Sourcing and Outsourcing" Contract Management Education Award Naval Post Graduate School Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award Tammy L. Smith The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

July 20, 2022 09:00 AM Central Daylight Time

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Telland Releases First of Its Kind Farmland NFTs on Telos Blockchain

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The mint is currently underway on Telos EVM providing users with a unique opportunity to own collectable artistic NFTs representing access to yields from 100 square meters of physical land within the Proyecto Ecológico Nuestro Paraíso in the Northwestern region of Piura, Peru, South America. However, the use-case of Telland NFTs goes far beyond simple ownership. These land plots will contribute to the growth of local farmers' sustainable organic produce and a more robust economy in the region. Perpetual Rewards for Holders Users that mint one or more Telland NFTs will receive annual rewards in perpetuity, financially backed by the revenue generated from the South American farmland. Currently there are only 100 NFT parcels of land priced at $150 USD in TLOS tokens each available to mint. The rewards payment breakdown is as follows: Year 1 of ownership - Holder receives minimum guarantee of $30 (20% APR on NFT mint price) Year 2 of ownership - Holder receives a minimum guarantee of $50 (33% APR on NFT mint price) Year 3 of ownership - Holder receives a minimum guarantee of $75 (50% APR on NFT mint price). This minimum continues perpetually from year 3 onwards. The collection debuts at an ideal moment as accumulating land ownership is more challenging for millennials today than at any other time in our history. Furthermore, Telland NFTs offers holders a chance to generate passive revenue from a real-world asset that benefits the environment while omitting painstaking bureaucratic processes and paperwork. Telland is also a participant in the Telos Mission NFT contest, which offers NFT creators a chance to win substantial prize money and acclaim in the NFT community. The contest has over 60 submissions to date and Telland's participation provides yet another opportunity for value increase in the event Telland is announced a winner. Public voting begins on July 23, 2002, on the TaiKai Network. "We chose Telos primarily for two factors: the community and the technology. The vision of the founders of Telos was to create a community around the ideas of service to society and care for the environment. Telland wants to do just that by converting arid lands into farmlands that produce fruits with a high nutritional content that help the well-being of humanity. In terms of technology, the ease of creating and deploying smart contracts in the Telos EVM, the incredible speed and low cost of transactions was such that the decision to build on their network was simple." -Paul Gonzales, Telland Co-founder "Telland is an amazing example of real-world application of NFTs and a glimpse at the future of tokenised land and real estate. At $150 an NFT, these prove to be a very interesting way to gain exposure to the value of real estate. The idea of being able to buy and trade land rights with such ease is magical to anyone who has had the pleasure of making a traditional real estate purchase where the process is incredibly slow (taking 2-4 weeks) and requiring middle men and costly fees" -Justin Giudici, Telos Foundation CEO About Telos Live since 2018, Telos Blockchain (ticker: TLOS) is an ESG compliant Layer 1 smart contract platform that offers full-service compatibility with Solidity, Vyper and Native C++ smart contracts. The Telos EVM is the most powerful and scalable Ethereum Smart Contract platform built to power Web 3.0. Telos features a robust, third-generation, ESG compliant evolutionary blockchain governance system, including smart contracts, advanced voting features, and flexible and user-friendly fee models. In addition, Telos supports the blockchain ecosystem by serving as an incubator and accelerator for decentralized applications through development grants. Come build with us. About The Foundation The Telos Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization established as a promotional and funding body to advance the Telos Blockchain Network and provide support to network applications. Contact Details The Team hello@telosfoundation.io Company Website https://www.telos.net/

July 19, 2022 10:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Tech CEO gives away free career coaching

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Victor Cho, a two-time internet CEO (and most recently the CEO at Evite.com) has released a powerful Career Acceleration Course that he is making available 100% free of charge at https://www.victorcho.com/course. This self-paced video course is filled with his top ten secrets for building a faster career trajectory and overcoming the obstacles, mindsets, and behaviors that prevent career growth. “I have always had a deep passion for bringing my teams to the next level in terms of how they operate, collaborate, and lead. The ten lessons I have put into this course are all must-have skills that every employee should master—from the front line to the C-Suite,” says Cho. “Anyone who masters even just one of these lessons will get some career lift, and anyone who masters them all will find themselves on a rocket-ship trajectory.” The ten lessons of the program delve into three critical career areas: 1) how to build your core capabilities; 2) how to deliver real impact; and 3) how to add positive energy into your organization. The specific lessons include: BUILDING YOUR CAPABILITIES: Attacking your job from the CEO's vantage point Building skills before you actually need them Proactive self-reviews and critiques DELIVERING REAL IMPACT: Mastering self-driven urgency Framing for impact and clarity, and then delivering it Mastering divergent thinking BECOMING ENERGY ACCRETIVE: Mastering inquiry vs. advocacy Driving change across multiple stakeholders Up, across, and down communication Building your extended network Courses like this typically run from hundreds to even thousands of dollars, but Cho is making this course available completely free. Those who partake in the course will simply be asked to donate (if they have the means) to one of several charities that he has identified that help underprivileged children in need, both in the U.S. and the Ukraine. “I have always wanted to put my coaching lessons into a more scalable form in order to help those who didn’t work in the companies I managed,” say Cho. “I really hope those who take and apply these lessons will find value in this coaching gift, and in exchange, will help those in need elsewhere in the world.” The course is available starting today at https://www.victorcho.com/course and any inquiries can be sent to course@victorcho.com. www.VictorCho.com is the official web presence for Victor Cho. A passionate consumer advocate, Cho was most recently the CEO at Evite where he helped lead the company back from the brink of COVID19 extinction and returned it to growth and financial health via a successful corporate extraction. Before that Cho was the CEO during a multi-year turnaround effort at Kodak Gallery (formerly ofoto.com) and he served as the Vice President and leader of Intuit’s $1billion+ web channel. He also spent seven years at Microsoft, where he launched some of the company's earliest Internet commerce and SaaS initiatives. Cho has received numerous awards for his work, including being named the Internet Person of the Year by the Internet Marketing Association and receiving an Italian Knighthood from the Royal House of Savoy for his philanthropic efforts--which have raised nearly $30M for charities and non-profits. Contact Details www.victorcho.com Media course@victorcho.com

July 19, 2022 08:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FeganScott Announces Investigations into Potentially Deadly Safety Defects Found in Certain Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 18, 2022 NEW YORK – Today consumer-rights law firm FeganScott announced it has launched two investigations into Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on behalf of vehicle owners and lessees of 2021 Ford Expedition, 2021 Lincoln Navigator, 2013-2019 Ford Escape, 2013-2018 Ford C-Max, 2013-2016 Ford Fusion, 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicles relating to safety defects placing consumers at risk of injury or death. One of the potential defects, found in 2021 Ford Expeditions and 2021 Lincoln Navigators, can lead to spontaneous engine compartment fires. Ford informed the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) that fires can start while vehicles are in operation or parked with the engine off. Ford has issued a recall for these vehicles, but FeganScott urges drivers to take caution. “What we find particularly troubling is that Ford still hasn’t offered a fix for the problem, rather telling owners to park their vehicles away from structures in case they burst into flames,” said Elizabeth Fegan, managing member of FeganScott. “This is a completely inadequate response to a defect that has significant safety implications to consumers.” In its NHTSA filings, Ford disclosed 16 instances in which the Ford vehicles named in the recall have caught fire. “I am confident that the number of fires is likely higher, but the lack of awareness around the issue accounts for the under-reporting,” Fegan added. Fegan noted that Ford owners who have not had their vehicles combust should also be concerned given the unaddressed risk of future fires, as well as the economic impact of the issue. “We’ve seen this time and time again: the resale value of cars with tarnished safety records can plummet, economically injuring every single vehicle owner.” The firm is also investigating a second safety-related recall of 2013-2019 Ford Escape, 2013-2018 Ford C-Max, 2013-2016 Ford Fusion, 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicles. This defect concerns issues with a transmission cable that can detach, resulting in the vehicle rolling away without warning and leading to dangerous collisions. Indeed, similar rollaway defects have resulted in the death of passengers. “Ford has been aware of the defective components installed in these vehicles for many years yet has failed to timely inform drivers or offer a sufficient remedy,” said Fegan. “Ford must be held accountable for its decisions that place millions of people at risk.” The firm continues to investigate these defects, which may be present in other Ford vehicles and model years. Owners and lessees of the vehicles in question are urged to contact FeganScott at Ford@feganscott.com to learn more about their rights under the law. ### About FeganScott FeganScott is a national class action law firm dedicated to helping victims of consumer fraud, sexual abuse, and discrimination. The firm is championed by acclaimed veteran class action attorneys who have successfully recovered $1 billion for victims nationwide. FeganScott is committed to pursuing successful outcomes with integrity and excellence while holding the responsible parties accountable. Media Only: feganscottpr@firmani.com About FeganScott FeganScott is a national class action law firm dedicated to helping victims of civil rights violations, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and consumer fraud. The firm is championed by acclaimed veteran, class action attorneys who have successfully recovered $1 billion for victims nationwide. FeganScott is committed to pursuing successful outcomes with integrity and excellence while holding the responsible parties accountable. Contact Details Mark Firmani feganscottpr@firmani.com Company Website https://feganscott.com

July 18, 2022 01:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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