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Prime Minister Skerrit Reinforces Collaboration in Dubai Visit

Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit

During his most recent visit to Dubai, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica delivered a powerful speech, and shed light on the significant role played by the Citizenship by Investment Programme in shaping the island’s socioeconomic landscape. Speaking passionately, Prime Minister Skerrit underscored how the CBI Programme has been a cornerstone of Dominica's economic strategy, propelling the nation towards prosperity by fostering economic growth, job creation and strengthening health and educational infrastructure. He also reiterated Dominica’s steadfast commitment to maintaining the highest standard of openness and integrity and called for unity amongst Caribbean nations that offer CBI programmes in his address. Embracing OECS Countries Collaboration Prime Minister Skerrit explained how the recent Memorandum of Agreement among OECS countries emphasises the importance of harmonised legislation, standardised application procedures, uniform due diligence processes, and information sharing among member states. “It is my view that these actions are important, and they are necessary, and these are actions that we will follow through with, because there are some things that we need to do together.” He expressed optimism about the collaborative efforts and emphasised the significance of prioritising good governance and ethical practices in the CBI sector. The memorandum signifies a shift towards a more integrated and cohesive framework that unites diverse stakeholders under a common vision of excellence, accountability, and transparency. Honouring Dominica’s CBI Programme Prime Minister Skerrit warmly acknowledged the significance of the CBI programme as a key aspect of Dominica's post-disaster recovery after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017. “We were able to continue generating revenues from the programme, literally 48 to 72 hours after the hurricane hit us. While all other aspects of our economy came to a halt.” Recognising its pivotal role in saving the nation after Hurricane Maria, he affirmed the programme's enduring value as a catalyst for progress, prosperity, and sustainable development in Dominica. He further reaffirmed Dominica's commitment as a nation to the core principles of the CBI programme. He highlighted the importance in providing opportunities for citizens to access both mobility and economic empowerment and the programme's role in fostering a sense of citizenship and belonging, beyond economic benefits. “We understand the importance of the programme to many people, and to our country, but we want to ensure that the programme maintains its integrity.” Acknowledging economic citizens, developers, and agents During his visit, Prime Minister Skerrit engaged in productive discussions with key stakeholders in the industry, exploring opportunities for collaboration and growth. In his address, Prime Minister Skerrit expressed his gratitude to the economic citizens, developers, and agents who have contributed to the strength and resilience of the Dominica CBI Programme. He acknowledged their unwavering support and dedication, emphasising their pivotal role in shaping the programme's success. “…you as agents and developers and promoters, you have one of the most sacred responsibilities where the programme is concerned. What you do can ensure the continued success of the programme, and that's why the programme has been successful.” Marie-Therese Johnson, Director of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), also highlighted the pivotal role that agents and developers play in guiding potential investors towards the possibilities that the Dominica CBI Programme offers. “Your role as agents is not just about transactions; it is about shaping destinies, forging connections, and building bridges to a brighter tomorrow.” Prime Minister Skerrit Emphasises Legal Compliance and Integrity in CBI Programme In a resolute statement, Prime Minister Skerrit underscored the critical role of laws and regulations in governing the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme. He highlighted the authority vested in him by the Constitution and laws enacted by the Parliament, emphasising the importance of adherence to legal frameworks. Prime Minister Skerrit emphasised the need for stakeholders and agents to familiarise themselves with and abide by existing laws. Addressing a key concern, Prime Minister Skerrit reiterated that applicants must contribute the full amount as legislated in the regulations, emphasising that citizenship is not a commodity subject to sales promotions, emphasising the sanctity of citizenship as defined by the Constitution. By emphasising compliance with regulations and laws, Prime Minister Skerrit reaffirmed the Government's commitment to ethical conduct in the programme. Dominica Drives Responsible Investment Practices At the core of the CBIU's operations is a dedication to transparency in every aspect of its processes. From application procedures to due diligence protocols, the CBIU prioritises clear communication, thorough documentation, and adherence to regulatory guidelines. By fostering a culture of openness, accessibility, and accountability, the CBIU aims to enhance the overall experience for stakeholders, providing clarity, guidance, and assurance throughout the citizenship acquisition journey. As Prime Minister Skerrit concluded his visit to Dubai, he expressed optimism for the future of the Dominica CBI programme, reiterating his commitment to upholding the highest standards of excellence. Through continued collaboration and partnership, Prime Minister Skerrit envisions a prosperous and sustainable future for Dominica and its stakeholders in the global citizenship landscape. Contact Details Secretary of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit Commonwealth of Dominica +1 767-266-3919 info@cbiu.gov.dm

April 23, 2024 08:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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14Peaks closes inaugural $30M fund to power software startups in fintech and future of work space

14Peaks Capital

Venture capital firm 14Peaks Capital has successfully closed its first fund at $30 million in capital commitments from an impressive consortium of limited partners (LPs), consisting of influential High Net Worth Individuals (HNIWs) and family offices spanning Europe and the United States. Established in 2022 by Edoardo Ermotti, the fund’s solo General Partner (GP), 14Peaks invests at the earliest stages (from pre-seed to series A) in B2B SaaS companies, with a specific interest in Fintech and the Future of Work. The team is already investing out of its first fund and has 11 companies in its portfolio to date. These include US-based HR/Payment platform Rain (who last year raised $66M in a Series A round), finance and accounting platform FlowFi (who recently announced its $9 million seed round) and Switzerland-based data collaboration company Tune Insight among others. At a time when AI continues to drive rapid change in the B2B landscape, sparking first-mover competition between established and new founders to bring the power of this new technology to business operations, 14Peaks is laser-focused on investing in proprietary technology that has the potential to build strong defensible moats. Against this backdrop, 14Peaks’ focus across Fintech and the Future of Work is expansive, ranging from data collaboration and workflow automation, to payment software and fraud detection. Most venture funds set out to raise capital from as many LPs as possible. When fundraising, Edoardo Ermotti took a unique approach. Before founding 14Peaks, he began investing as a business angel in 2019. To date, he has supported over 25 companies and has selectively invested in funds as a limited partner. Concurrently, he gained experience at a mid-market private equity firm in London. Subsequently, he transitioned to a family office, initially based in Switzerland and later in the US, where he spearheaded the development and leadership of the early-stage investment division. Over the years, he regularly co-invested alongside HNWIs and Family Offices who all shared the same view: they were progressively less interested in allocating their capital to funds with hundreds of Limited Partners (LPs). Funds with larger LP bases tend to have limited transparency into fund activities, fewer co-investment rights, and a generally passive approach to their relationship with the smaller LPs. Edoardo Ermotti wanted to create a closer, stronger relationship between GPs, LPs, and founders by raising from an intimate circle of highly-vetted, seasoned executives and entrepreneurs who could take a more active role in supporting portfolio founders, exchanging ideas, and co-investing with people they trust. “When I started 14Peaks Capital, I wanted to shake things up in how GPs and LPs work together. I've been on the LP side before, spoke to many GPs, and knew there was room for a different approach,” said Edoardo Ermotti, founder of 14Peaks Capital. “Each of the investors supporting 14Peaks is globally successful in their own right, giving our portfolio founders access, through us, to this curated hub of extensive experience and networks.” In addition to access to its all-star assembly of LPs, 14Peaks works closely with its portfolio companies to accelerate traction through targeted go-to-market strategies, recruitment, and general company building efforts With a base in Europe and a vast network in the US, the fund also helps companies expand beyond their domestic markets – whether venturing overseas from the EU to US or across Europe. “14Peaks has been an incredibly supportive investor. Ever since we met them, the team has rolled up their sleeves and been very hands-on and proactive in transforming us into an organisation that can truly scale in an emerging market,” said Han Sahin, the co-founder of a Netherlands-based cybersecurity company, Threatfabric, that 14Peaks invested in last year. The goal with portfolio support, similar to Edoardo Ermotti’s approach to fundraising, is close collaboration: the fund only invests in companies where there is a clear pathway for their engagement to generate additional value. This, Edoardo Ermotti says, is the best way to align interests with founders and together build next-generation companies. “We’re looking forward to diving back in and supporting our founders as they chase their visions. In the past year, we've already seen positive changes in our portfolio companies, and we're confident we can do even more as we expand our platform. Our hands-on approach and the power of our extensive network, fuelled by our tight GP-LP interactions, make us believe we'll keep making a real impact for our founders in the years to come," adds Edoardo Ermotti. 14Peaks’ portfolio founders are so far seeing the results of this new paradigm of GP and LP interactions and the network effects of this close circle. Alex Bradford, the founder of Rain, a HR platform 14Peaks invested last year, said: “14Peaks has been a fantastic partner and instrumental to our growth, plugging us into highly-valuable investor networks and boosting our go-to-market by sitting down and helping us craft business development strategies.” 14Peaks Capital AG has a team in Switzerland. Plans are underway for team expansion in the United States later this year, with strategic hires focused on enhancing market coverage. The collective team brings forth deep experience in investing and supporting founders across various stages and verticals in Europe and the US, with a primary emphasis on B2B SaaS and Fintech. Looking ahead, 14Peaks aims to expand its portfolio to a total of 25 companies out of its first fund over the coming years. In the meantime, Edoardo Ermotti and the team’s top priority is maintaining a concentrated focus on demonstrating the efficacy of their unique model, not only to their LPs, but, crucially, to their founders. About 14Peaks Capital Founded in 2022, 14Peaks Capital is an early-stage venture fund headed by solo General Partner, Edoardo Ermotti. Out of its inaugural $30 million fund, 14Peaks invests in B2B SaaS companies who are building primarily within the Fintech and Future of Work verticals. Backed by an all-star assembly of High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices across Europe and the US, 14Peaks offers extensive operational expertise to support the funds’ portfolio companies from seed to exit to build generation-defining companies. Learn more here: https://www.14peaks.capital/ Contact Details 14Peaks Capital Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.14peaks.capital/

April 23, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast Completes Major Fiber Network Expansion in Spring Hill, Kansas

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Comcast announced today the completed expansion of its next-generation Xfinity network to homes and businesses in the City of Spring Hill. The media and technology company invested more than $13 million to install more than 90 miles of new fiber-rich highways that will offer residential broadband speeds faster than 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and business speeds up to 100 Gbps. The completion is part of Comcast’s ongoing expansion in the Midwest where Comcast is also expanding into Paola/Hillsdale. “The Kelly-Toland Administration recognizes that building reliable broadband services is essential for healthy communities throughout the state,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “With the completion of this project, the Spring Hill community now has the resources needed to stay connected and engaged – and help drive economic development.” "The City of Spring Hill joins Comcast in celebrating the completion of this investment in our community. It will support workforce development, education and greater access to high-speed internet for our residents. This was a big priority of this administration from the start, and I’m glad to see it through to becoming a reality. It also improves our internet infrastructure in a way that is attractive to businesses interested in growing here," said Mayor Joe Berkey, City of Spring Hill. “I am grateful for Comcast’s commitment to expanding broadband access to Spring Hill and also their continued commitment to sponsoring other Spring Hill community events throughout the year.” To celebrate the expansion of Xfinity services to the City of Spring Hill, Comcast will donate $5,000 to the Spring Hill Education Foundation and will host an ‘Xfinity On Tour’ event during the Spring Hill Recreation Center Daffodil Days on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST at the Spring Hill Learning Academy at 300 E. Street. This free, family-oriented community event provides residents the opportunity to learn more about Comcast services, answer questions, and take advantage of exclusive offers. You can also stop into the nearest Xfinity store to learn more. For Spring Hill residents, this expansion means access to all Xfinity Internet service offerings with speeds faster than 1 Gig and advanced WiFi technology from powerful gateways capable of delivering reliable and consistent connections for real-time activities like gaming, live streaming, and video conferencing with ultra-low lag. Residents will also have access to the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Comcast’s professionally installed home security solution, and Xfinity Mobile, one of the nation’s fastest growing mobile services that can save customers hundreds of dollars a year on their mobile bills, and is top ranked in customer satisfaction. “Reliable high-speed internet is essential in today’s digital economy, which is why Comcast continues its commitment to connect more Johnson County region families and businesses to the moments that matter most,” said Kalyn Hove, Comcast Midwest Regional Senior Vice President. “By establishing the best broadband infrastructure today, we are securing the economic prosperity of these communities for tomorrow.” For local businesses, Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, cybersecurity, managed solutions and Comcast Business Mobile products designed specifically for their employee’s needs. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading providers to larger organizations in the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. “We purchased The Bean in Spring Hill nearly three years ago. The most difficult part of doing business was little to no access to internet and proper speeds needed to run our business,” stated Brad Killen, CEO of The Bean. “When I spoke with Comcast Business it was a quick YES to help us. Before switching to Comcast, our WiFi went out every other day and we were running on the slowest speeds. We are now finally getting normal speeds and could not be happier with the service. Everyday dozens of people work, take meetings, or calls at The Bean and this upgrade keeps people coming back for more.” Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast Corporation Jill Hornbacher +1 651-425-1695 jill_hornbacher@comcast.com Company Website https://midwest.comcast.com

April 19, 2024 08:30 AM Central Daylight Time

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Kevel Certified as a Most Loved Workplace

Kevel

Kevel has become certified as a Most Loved Workplace® backed by the research and analysis of Best Practice Institute (BPI). Most Loved Workplace (MLW) validation provides the most comprehensive look at workplace sentiment for organizations today. “Kevel’s driving philosophy regarding the management of our people is that, ‘we are all adults’. We lead with respect, positive intent and transparency, and we actively live our values as the backbone of our regular decision making at all levels of the company. We have continuous growth conversations with our employees and provide company financials openly in regular all-hands meetings to make sure we bring every single person along this journey with us. We collect employee feedback in engagement surveys and openly share the results. We get The regular feedback we get from our employees demonstrates how these practices foster an environment of mental stability, wellbeing and safety that allows us to thrive and grow, driving us towards success as a team.” James Avery, Kevel CEO and Founder Kevel has been certified as a Most Loved Workplace® because of its dedication to being a true people-first organization where vulnerability, authenticity and transparency are encouraged and valued. The Kevel team aims to build an environment where every employee feels respected, welcomed and heard. As a remote first organization, Kevel is focused on providing a highly communicative and collaborative environment that enables flexibility and autonomy for its employees. Kevel strives to promote from within and ensure that every employee has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Most Loved Workplace accreditation certifies companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. Kevel became certified as a Most Loved Workplace based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™, which surveyed employees on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment including the level of respect, collaboration, support, and sense of belonging they feel inside the company. "I started Most Loved Workplaces out of inspiration from my community of people who consciously place love for their employees at the center of their business model," said Louis Carter, the founder, and CEO of BPI and a social/organizational psychologist, thought leader, entrepreneur, and author. Carter's book, "In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace," identifies the specific areas needed to become a highly respected, reputable organization where people love to work with each other – a Most Loved Workplace. Backed by BPI, in its original research that created MLW criteria, Most Loved Workplaces surveyed more than 175 companies and more than 3,000 executives across the United States, the Middle East/Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia. They found that productivity rises as employee sentiment increases, with 94 percent of responders saying they did three to four times more work for a company they loved and 95 percent saying they stayed at companies they loved three to four times longer. The Most Loved Workplace certification is the most valid method to determine employee experience and recognize a great workplace. To view Kevel’s company certification, visit the certification page. To learn more about the Most Loved Workplace certification, visit ​​ https://mostlovedworkplace.com/ and the Best Practice Institute, visit bestpracticeinstitute.org. About Kevel Kevel powers world-class retail media networks with the Retail Media Cloud™. With the combination of the Kevel Ad Server and Kevel Audience, multi-brand retailers, marketplaces, and ecommerce companies can launch limitless ad formats and unique targeting segments online and in-store, all with closed-loop attribution. Kevel believes that every digital retailer should have the capability to scale their own distinct ad platform, just like big tech players like Amazon. Customers like Edmunds, Klarna, Delivery Hero, Leroy Merlin, Slickdeals, and other leading retailers and marketplaces all launched their own retail media network with Kevel. The company has garnered numerous accolades, most recently earning recognition as one of the leading 100 innovative tech start-ups driving the future of brand-to-consumer in 2023 and awarded the MarTech Breakthrough Award for best overall ad tech company in 2022. Learn more at www.kevel.com. Contact Details Kevel Jennifer Choo, Director of Marketing +1 973-343-8819 jchoo@kevel.com

April 16, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comtex Launches Omnia: A Cutting-Edge News API Platform leveraging NLP and AI

Comtex

Comtex News Network, Inc (Comtex), a leading provider of news aggregation and distribution services to top firms in financial services, news publishing, syndication, and analytics, proudly announces the launch of its innovative API platform, Omnia. Omnia is a state-of-the-art API platform designed to revolutionize the way businesses access and utilize news content. Omnia empowers users with instant access to real-time streaming news, AI-generated article summaries, enhanced tagging and categorization based on NLP, advanced filtering, and access to an extensive catalog of curated news sources. Key Features of Omnia Include: Real-time Streaming News: Omnia provides real-time streaming news via websockets push and REST API for seamless integration into existing systems. Enhanced Tagging and Categorization: Leveraging AI and proprietary NLP-based algorithms, Omnia offers enhanced tagging and categorization of content, including press releases, earnings releases, product categories, and more. AI-Generated Article Summaries: Omnia utilizes AI to generate concise and searchable article summaries, enabling users to quickly grasp an article before reading it. Advanced Filtering: Omnia's advanced filtering capabilities allow users to customize their news feeds based on specific criteria, ensuring they receive only the most relevant content. Access to an extensive collection of curated, high-quality sources used by top companies in financial services, analytics, research and a broad range of industries. Omnia is designed for rapid integration and serves a variety of use cases, including training of LLMs, financial platforms, asset management, trading, academic research, legal research, market research, and much more. Commenting on the launch, Comtex CEO Kan Devnani said, "We are pleased to bring a flexible, state-of-the-art news platform with access to curated, premium news sources to market. Omnia is an extendable platform, combining AI with our rich experience applying NLP to news content. This will allow clients to derive more intelligence and insights from the news content we offer and help clients curate and identify the content most relevant to them. Comtex will use Omnia to deliver evolving analytics and insight to its users." Access to Omnia can be trialed by visiting https://www.comtex.com/api. Comtex encourages users to explore its features and capabilities. To learn more about Omnia and request a demo, please contact sales@comtex.com or visit https://www.comtex.com/api. About Comtex News Network, Inc (Comtex): Comtex News Network Inc (Comtex) is a leading provider of news aggregation services to top firms in financial services, news publishing, syndication, and analytics. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Comtex delivers comprehensive news solutions that empower businesses to make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition. Comtex also offers syndication services to content providers and platforms to generate traffic to online content. Contact Details Comtex News Network Media Relations sales@comtex.com

April 12, 2024 02:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Select Sector SPDR ETFs: A Strategic Approach to Precision Investing and Customized Portfolios

Select Sector SPDR

In the dynamic world of investing, Exchange-Traded Funds ( ETFs ) have proved to be a powerful tool for investors seeking diversification, flexibility, and potentially a more sector-driven approach. Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer a focused approach to sector investing, enabling investors to specifically target sectors within the broader market. This method of investment strategy is designed to arm investors with greater control and flexibility over their portfolios. Select Sector SPDR ETFs segment the S&P 500 into 11 investable sectors, covering all broad market segments. They provide access to various industries, allowing investors to craft a diversified portfolio that aligns with their unique investment goals. This approach presents an excellent opportunity for both individual and institutional investors to effectively navigate the financial markets. Each ETF comprises well-known, large-cap companies from the S&P 500, ensuring broad exposure and diversification. The transparent nature of ETFs allows for daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings, providing investors with visibility into their investments. The full lineup of Select Sector SPDR ETFs includes: Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE) Financials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) Industrials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE) Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) These ETFs provide flexible, transparent, and low-cost investment options to both retail and institutional investors. The flexibility offered by these ETFs empowers investors to make strategic adjustments in their portfolios as market conditions change. This flexibility, combined with the transparency of daily disclosure of portfolio holdings, allows investors to always be aware of where their money is invested. Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer a unique opportunity to invest in various sectors with precision and flexibility. They provide a simplified approach to sector investing, allowing investors to customize their portfolios to meet their specific investment objectives. DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication. About the Company: Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals. DISCLOSURES The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalizations and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. The S&P 500 Index figures do not reflect any fees, expenses or taxes. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses before investing. One may not invest directly in an index. Transparent ETFs provide daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1-866-SECTOR-ETF (732-8673) or visit www.sectorspdrs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. Media Contact: Company: Select Sector SPDRs Contact: Dan Dolan* Address: 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203 Country: United States Email: dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Website: https://www.sectorspdrs.com/ *Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. SEL007439 EXP 5/31/24 Contact Details Dan Dolan +1 203-935-8103 dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Company Website https://www.sectorspdrs.com/

April 12, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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American Clean Power Association Providing Solutions and Powering the Future

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/yOLnXhAmafE American made clean power is rapidly growing from coast to coast.. Renewables like wind and solar—coupled with battery storage—led new power generation over the past several years and the future is bright. The clean energy industry is fueled by American workers and supports family farms and communities across this country. Clean energy is a leading source of U.S. job creation and investment. Clean energy provides jobs for nearly a half a million Americans. The U.S. has enough installed clean energy to power nearly 70 million American homes. Harnessing our world-class clean energy resources will play an essential role in strengthening the country’s economy. Fully realizing our clean power potential will create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, boost U.S. manufacturing, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry, representing over 800 energy storage, wind, utility-scale solar, clean hydrogen, and transmission companies. ACP is committed to meeting America’s national security, economic and climate goals with fast-growing, low-cost, and reliable domestic power. On April 3 rd, Jason Grumet, American Clean Power Association, Chief Executive Officer conducted a nationwide media tour discussing the following topics: What is clean power and how widespread its usage is. National and local economic benefits. How adoption of clean power is a major job driver. Benefits of renewable farming and success stories from local farms and farm owners For more information, visit FUELFORTHOUGHT.ENERGY Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 11, 2024 02:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Most cannabis consumers would vote for pro-cannabis candidates regardless of party, new polling finds

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A majority of cannabis consumers who are likely to vote this November would cast their ballot for a pro-cannabis presidential candidate regardless of that candidate’s party, according to a new poll that sheds light on how aligned cannabis consumers are as a voting bloc and what they think about this year's presidential election. When asked whether a presidential candidate’s endorsement of pro-cannabis policies would increase their likelihood of voting for that candidate, 59% of the respondents said: “Yes, this would make me more likely to vote for that candidate regardless of their party.” Just 14% of respondents said they are locked into voting for their party or candidate of choice. The poll was conducted by NuggMD.com, the largest telehealth platform for cannabis, using its own first-party data. The full results are available on the company’s website. It shows President Biden outperforming Donald Trump, 43% to 36%, among those who use cannabis regularly, a population of at least 35 million voting-age people. President Biden also polled well ahead of a generic Republican candidate, while Trump was roughly tied with a generic Democratic candidate. Concerning cannabis policy, the Democratic Party polled better than the GOP among this audience. Fifty-six percent of respondents said Democratic electeds have better ideas for cannabis policy, compared to 16% who said the same of Republicans. But this support is neither universal nor particularly intense. Nearly 40% of respondents indicated that they believe Democrats “want to suppress the legal use of cannabis,” while 68% said the same of Republicans. While 88% of respondents said understanding cannabis culture is a requirement for writing and passing effective cannabis legislation, 73% said elected officials in general currently lack that understanding. “This poll shows that adopting pro-cannabis policies can move more constituents into either party’s camp,” said Deb Tharp, head of legal and policy research at NuggMD. “This is a large voting population we’re talking about, and its demographics are changing quickly.” She continued: “Respondents say they’re motivated by policy commitments and wins, not by grievance politics, outrage, or red meat. The degree to which this emerging constituency is moveable, and how to move them, will probably come as a surprise to insiders of both parties. “To me, it signals that Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot by continuing to embrace the platform of prohibition. Democrats should double down on cannabis and expand their voting base by embracing full decriminalization and expungement for victims of targeted, unjust enforcement.” Methodology NuggMD.com conducted the poll digitally from March 25 to April 3 using a random sample of its first-party data. In total, 53,380 individuals were contacted and 755 completed the survey, resulting in a margin of error of 3.89% at a confidence level of 95%. Six swing states (n=120 in aggregate) were over-indexed. The full data set is available upon request. About NuggMD NuggMD is the nation's leading medical marijuana technology platform, serving patients in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. They've connected over 1,300,000 patients face-to-face with their new medical marijuana doctors via their state-of-the-art telemedicine platform. They believe every human being has the right to explore the benefits of medical cannabis and are fully committed to helping each patient explore every option in their journey to wellness. For further information, visit https://www.nuggmd.com. Contact Details Andrew Graham +1 646-385-0189 andrew.g@getnugg.com Company Website http://www.nuggmd.com

April 11, 2024 12:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Trust & Will Enhances Advisor Platform for Streamlined Estate Planning

Trust & Will

Trust & Will, the leading digital estate planning and settlement platform in the U.S., introduces significant enhancements to its Trust & Will for Advisors platform, serving over 11,000 financial advisors nationwide. With a focus on simplifying estate planning and probate, Trust & Will for Advisors offers comprehensive solutions encompassing wills, trusts, and probate services. The latest features include: Estate Reports: Visualizations of clients' estate plans, providing advisors with automated insights into assets, succession, and planning opportunities. Estate Summary: Client-centric summaries detailing key estate decisions, ensuring advisors maintain visibility and adaptability as clients' circumstances evolve. Personalized Client Insights: Tailored insights derived from clients' estate decisions, facilitating proactive engagement and fostering lasting advisor-client relationships. Legacy Contact: Client-assigned read-only access for designated individuals to assist during the settlement process. New Dashboard Design: Introducing a sleek, user-friendly interface tailored exclusively for financial advisors. Dedicated Support Team: A committed support team providing seamless onboarding for financial professionals utilizing the platform. "We're excited to expand our product offerings tailored for financial advisors, enhancing their ability to serve clients effectively," says Andres Mazabel, Head of Advisors at Trust & Will. "By incorporating direct feedback from our advisor network, we've reimagined the advisor experience from start to finish. These new features empower advisors with enhanced visibility into their clients' holistic financial landscapes, fostering enduring and impactful relationships." Financial professionals can register for a free webinar on April 17, 2024, to learn more about Trust & Will for Advisors. In conjunction with these enhancements, Trust & Will conducted a study to explore generational preferences in financial advisory services amid the impending Great Wealth Transfer. Key findings from Trust & Will’s 2024 Annual Study: “ Planning Through the Pressure: The Millennial Approach to Estate Planning ” include: More than half of Millennials and Gen Z (57%) express interest in working with financial advisors for estate planning, suggesting a generational shift towards professional guidance. A striking 28% of respondents, predominantly from Gen Z (48%), express a preference for using the same financial advisor as their parents or family members. Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) included hiring a financial advisor as part of their 2024 or 2025 financial goals. For the complete study results, please visit http://trustandwill.com/study. Since its inception in 2017, Trust & Will has facilitated estate planning for nearly 700,000 families, safeguarding sensitive financial information through bank-level encryption and SOC 2 Type II compliance. With a network exceeding 11,000 financial advisors, Trust & Will remains the largest estate planning platform tailored specifically for financial professionals in the U.S. # # # Study Methodology For general population data, Trust & Will worked with OnePoll to survey a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Americans aged 18 and older from March 12-13, 2024. ABOUT TRUST & WILL Trust & Will is simplifying estate planning and settlement with attorney-approved, legally valid documents and processes designed to adhere to individual state guidelines. Since 2017, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Trust & Will members leave their legacy with an affordable way to create an estate plan or settle the estate of a loved one. Our platform uses bank-level encryption that protects customer data and complies with the highest security standards, including SOC 2 and HIPAA. Trust & Will is a certified B Corporation and is the official estate planning benefit provider for AARP members, along with several leading financial institutions, who all believe in our mission of helping every family leave their legacy. To learn more, visit trustandwill.com. Trust & Will is an online service providing legal forms and information. Trust & Will is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Contact Details Trust & Will Danielle Nuzzo +1 631-807-7772 danielle@trustandwill.com Company Website https://trustandwill.com

April 11, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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