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Groveland FL Grief And Loss Counseling Support Therapy Services Launched

Jan 27, 2021

The Grief Leaf of Groveland, FL announces an updated suite of counseling services geared towards helping children, adults, and families cope with loss and mourning.

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Group of Phenomenal Leaders Calls for the Shattering of Cannabis Grass Ceiling With the Release of 5 Whitepapers

Jan 27, 2021

The Arcview Group and National Cannabis Industry Association Jointly Release Women-authored Research in Celebration of the First Woman Vice President Building New Foundations in the Cannabis Industry - The Arcview Group Building New Foundations in the Cannabis Industry - The Arcview Group LOS ANGELES - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) Longtime industry partners and cannabis research leaders, The Arcview Group and National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), champion equity, advocate for social justice, and help those affected by the war on drugs. Together, the two groups are honoring the inauguration of the first female Vice President of the United States through a series of whitepapers conceptualized by Andrew Kline, the former Public Policy Director of NCIA, and written by a collection of exceptional women. "The new presidential administration's pro-cannabis stance is already making waves in our industry and creating excitement around navigating new challenges over the next four years," comments Laura Toomey, Chief of Staff of The Arcview Group. "As more opportunities in cannabis arise across the country, Arcview's newly renamed Women's Inclusion Network is concurrently on a mission to bring more females to the forefront of the industry through the creation of empowering educational materials developed by women for women." Seeking positive change towards gender equality, Gail Rand, CEO and Founder of grand consulting, and Jessica Billingsly, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Akerna, co-led authorship of a series of whitepapers titled "Building New Foundations in the Cannabis Industry: Creating Gender Parity through Ownership, Leadership, Boards, Pay Equality, Branding, and Capital." "The papers cover a variety of timely topics and are focused on identifying problems commonly faced by women executives. Our hope is that people will use these as a resource to help them succeed and positively impact the future of the cannabis industry," states Gail Rand. The five papers authored by notable industry leaders include: Gender Parity in the C-Suite by Christine De La Rosa of The People's Dispensary, Kelly Perez of kindColorado, and Elise Serbaroli of Strimo. Pristine Companies Aren't Good Enough for Cannabis Capital by Debra Borchardt of Green Market Report and Gaynell Rogers of Treehouse Global Ventures. Product Development and Branding by Nancy Whiteman of Wana, BDSA Market Research, and Alison Pugina of Canopy Growth Corporation. Pathways to Equity Ownership by Elise Serbaroli of Strimo, Christine De La Rosa of The People's Dispensary, and Debra Borchardt of Green Market Report. Pay Equity: Minding the "Gap" by Risa Lavine of CohnReznick. Whitepapers, key research takeaways, success toolkits, and the paper's foreword written by Jeanne M. Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer of Arcview Ventures and Founder of Women's Inclusion Network, will be rolled out for free download starting Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. "The document is well-prepared by successful women that represent the perspectives of all women whether Black, Brown, or White and in different verticals within the cannabis industry. The papers will inspire women with advice about successful entry and sustainability within the industry. Every woman seeking to enter the cannabis industry will benefit from reading it and attending the virtual event," said Khadijah Adams, Chair of NCIA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. To jumpstart gender balance in the cannabis industry, The Arcview Group and NCIA invite business owners to join them for an educational webinar led by whitepaper authors on February 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET. Registration is free and includes a fireside chat with Kim Kovacs, CEO of The Arcview Group, and Jeanne M. Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer of Arcview Ventures. All registrants will also gain access to five exclusive virtual after-parties that take a deep dive into each paper. Register for the webinar, get access to download all five whitepapers, and learn more about each author at www.ArcviewGroup.com/NCIA. About The Arcview Group: The Arcview Group is a vertically integrated investment firm servicing the cannabis industry. As a trusted global leader and nexus for investors, companies, entrepreneurs, money-managers, and community, Arcview provides a broad spectrum of programs and services to the industry. By providing the tools necessary and curating cannabis companies, Investor Members have invested in more than 300 private cannabis startups to-date with over $600 million in current deal flow. The Arcview Group ecosystem includes the following entities: Arcview Ventures, Arcview Capital, Arcview Management Consulting, Arcview Ignites, Arcview Market Research, and Women's Inclusion Network. To learn more, visit https://arcviewgroup.com. About National Cannabis Industry Association: The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization broadly representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States. Learn more here: https://thecannabisindustry.org. Media Contact: Christia Brockman, Sunday Brunch Agency on behalf of The Arcview Group sundaybrunch@arcviewgroup.com Related Links 2/5/21 Webinar Registration Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Group of Phenomenal Leaders Calls for the Shattering of Cannabis Grass Ceiling With the Release of 5 Whitepapers

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OurFamilyWizard Adds Two Tech Veterans to Board of Directors

Jan 27, 2021

Offensive Security CEO Ning Wang and Teachers Pay Teachers Chief Commercial Officer Melissa Esmundo Have Joined OurFamilyWizard's Board of Directors MINNEAPOLIS - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) OurFamilyWizard (OFW) is excited to welcome Ning Wang and Melissa Esmundo to its Board of Directors. Both leaders have driven outsized growth for mission-driven companies and bring a wealth of industry and leadership experience. OurFamilyWizard, Offensive Security and Teachers Pay Teachers have received growth funding by Spectrum Equity. Ning Wang is currently CEO of Offensive Security, the leading cybersecurity training and certification company. Wang has over 20 years of experience running fast-growing technology companies, including as CFO/COO at HackerOne, CFO/COO/CTO at Lynda.com, and CFO/COO/CTO at four other technology companies. Ning previously worked at McKinsey & Company and has a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley. "OurFamilyWizard has truly built an outstanding co-parenting solution. With the added stress brought on by COVID-19, it is even more critical to support families navigating the very difficult process of finding a new normal after separation or divorce. I am honored and excited to work with OurFamilyWizard as it strives to reach as many families impacted by divorce or separation as it possibly can, with the mission to achieve better outcomes for parents, kids and the entire family," commented Wang.  Melissa Esmundo is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of Teachers Pay Teachers, an organization on a mission to unlock the power of the world's educators through the world's most popular online marketplace for original educational resources. Esmundo has over 20 years of experience driving growth for mission-driven brands including as the Chief Revenue Officer of ZocDoc and SVP of Marketing at ToughMudder.  "I am thrilled to be a part of the exciting growth path OurFamilyWizard is on. The empathy the team has for supporting customers and the deep trust the market has for OFW's products and people are a strong platform from which to accelerate growth," noted Esmundo.  "I am thrilled to welcome Ning and Melissa to our board," mentioned Nick VanWagner, CEO of OurFamilyWizard. "Ning has proven time and again her ability to accelerate growth of industry-leading companies while taking an authentic and compassionate leadership approach. Melissa has consistently built teams inspired to drive customer impact across B2B, B2C, and Marketplace models. Their experiences will be critical to our growth as we strive to serve the needs of co-parents, children, and professionals within the family law ecosystem. I am fortunate to continue to learn from them and, together, we are collectively stronger." About OurFamilyWizard  Founded in 2001, OurFamilyWizard provides both families and the professionals who serve them with the tools necessary for more seamless and successful co-parenting. Over one million parents and professionals have leveraged OurFamilyWizard to share calendars, messages, journals, files, expenses, and important information such as health and school records. The platform has been recommended by courts in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Press Contact Sara Klemp sklemp@ourfamilywizard.com  612-294-0431 Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: OurFamilyWizard Adds Two Tech Veterans to Board of Directors

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New App to Place the Power of Time Limits Back into the Users Hands for Safer Betting Across All Mobile Betting Apps

Jan 27, 2021

If you’ve used an online betting app in the past year or so, it’s likely that you’ve encountered the time limit feature that companies are now required to offer within their apps. A compulsory addition as stated by UK regulators, this functionality allows you to block yourself from playing for anywhere between 24 hours to […]

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Alibaba Printing Make Public the Essential Elements in Envelope Printing

Jan 27, 2021

Alibaba Printing, a known and well-established printing firm, reveals the essential elements in envelope printing to help businesses create the perfect envelope.

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DJ Khaled King of Influencers and Endexx Featured in Press

Jan 27, 2021

DJ Khaled and Endexx OTC:EDXC Make Multiple HeadlinesMiami, Florida Jan 28, 2021 (Issuewire.com) - FThe Ritz Herald published news today entitled, IS DJ KHALED THE KING OF INFLUENCERS? The Herald makes the case that DJ Khaled maybe today's biggest social media influencer: "Even though there are perhaps millions of influencers worldwide, none has ever been acknowledged at a scale similar to the music wiz, DJ Khaled. He has been called the "King of Snapchat" by a Coca-Cola senior VP for content, titled "The Internet Philosopher we all need", and a social media mogul all because of his extraordinary influence and the wanton growth of his own following across multiple social media platforms. The 45-year-old dilettante has had success in most of his endeavors, be it music production or entrepreneurial projects. In 2019 alone, he earned $40 Million and joined the coveted Forbes Celebrity 100 list. His Ciroc, T-Mobile, Weight Watchers, and Apple endorsement deals have also been actualizing millions for the DJ-turned entrepreneur. The endorsement relationships are mutually beneficial, Weight Watchers alone experienced an immediate share-price gain of 9% after they announced the deal. A brilliant Forbes article aptly titled "All He Does Is Win: 3 Marketing Lessons to Learn From DJ Khaled" quite comprehensively takes a look at the marketing success that the legend has achieved through various engagements." Ritz Herald's, Peter Duncan continues the article speaking specifically about Endexx and how DJ Khaled's venture with Endexx is much bigger than normal as it is his own branded product and not just an endorsement: "Rolling Stone broke the news about DJ Khaled announcing the launch of his new CBD Company as a joint venture with the industry leader, Endexx Corporation in December 2020. The new venture would see a release of hemp-derived CBD products at a premium price point for health and wellness use. These products would be in the form of topical applications, with proprietary formulations. Assessing his past success, it can be ascertained that the new venture would be quite a prosperous project. Even more so because this time around, DJ Khaled is personally invested in the products as the motivation to start the venture is his personal wellness journey as disclosed by Rolling Stone. The venture and its products have complete faith of the thriving entrepreneur. Unlike his previous engagements, this is not just an endorsement deal, but rather a collaboration, whereby he is going to have a personal stake in its success. He will be involved in all the functions of the venture, including the marketing." More can be found here: Ritz Herald Article on Endexx and DJ Khaled Endexx was also featured in Proactive Investors today. Excerpts From Proactive Investor For those unfamiliar with DJ Khaled, he produced the last two albums for multi-platinum rapper and pop superstar Drake. He is also a big believer in CBD as part of his personal-wellness journey. "I was drawn to Endexx Corporation because they're an innovative company that has proven they have the keys to deliver consistent, top of the line, high-quality products," DJ Khaled said in a recent statement. Endexx anticipates that the DJ Khaled-endorsed, hemp-derived, cannabidiol-rich collection will launch in early 2021, which is expected to strengthen the company's position in the market as consumer demand for CBD products continues to grow. "We're in what they call the 'hockey-stick' phase of our growth. We've spent the last six years building the foundation, including the formulation of the product line, and now we're converting into sales and marketing as well as expanding through e-commerce and through commercial retail," Endexx CEO Todd Davis told Proactive Investors. CEO, Todd Davis sums up his vision of Endexx's future with the following quote: "We've secured the necessary marketing assets and distribution platform to grow Endexx into a $200 million-plus company within the next three years."  - Todd Davis  Read the full article here: Proactive Investors Full Article About Endexx Corporation Endexx Corporation, through its operating division CBD Unlimited, develops and distributes all-natural CBD products derived from cannabis Sativa plant (Hemp), containing less than 0.01% THC. Its products range from oils, capsules, topicals, and pet products, all with the shared purpose of therapeutic and pain relief for humans and pets. Phyto-Bites are CBD soft chews for animal use that are formulated to promote health and support the reduction of separation anxiety, pain, and inflammation. The science behind these products involves over half a decade of clinical research in the field and lab work to provide accuracy in dosage and delivery of optimal absorption per serving. Safe Harbor Notice This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to financial results and plans for future development activities and are thus prospective. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding intent, belief or current expectations of the company, its directors or its officers. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's ability to control. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties associated with the company's business and finances in general, including the ability to continue and manage its growth, competition, global economic conditions and other factors discussed in detail in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. This Release was by Pivotal Media and is not Affiliated with Endexx directly. This was published for Information Purposes Only and is not an offer to buy or sell any stock or endorse any investment. Media ContactPivotal Media*****@gmail.com Source :ENDEXX (EDXC) This article was originally published by IssueWire. Read the original article here.

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OMBIKA, The Leading Indian E-Commerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace

Jan 27, 2021

New Delhi, Delhi Jan 28, 2021 (Issuewire.com) - OMBIKA E-Commerce Services Private Limited ( ... Marketplace ); is one of the Leading Indian E-Commerce Multi-Vendor Marketplace Website started with the hardcore motiveto deliver only Genuine & Quality Products at a cheap rate to all user of OMBIKA Globally. Still delivering in all India; very soon start delivering globally. We are not going to compromise withstandard & quality; that's why we are verifying each and every seller of ours. "Indian E-Commerce Start-up seeking for support" from all online shoppers globally. Because it's a universal truth that no one can grow without support & trust. In other words, we can say "Support & Trust is the greatest tool for the success of any business". OMBIKA was launched on 2nd September 2019 and registered under the Companies Act 2013 on 9th January 2019. We have Products available from 110+ Categories for our shoppers/customers, that users can choose the products as per their needs/requirements. Also, Sellers can register them and list their products in their product categories free of cost. We will charge only when the seller's product gets sold from our marketplace. OMBIKA is a purely Indian Start-up and seeking support. During the first year of ours; we are offering Assured Gifts to each and every shopper. So, choose OMBIKA for the best offers and assured gifts and support us in our growth. OMBIKA has also decided to contribute 5% of Company Profit for Social Security & Welfare. So, when you shop with OMBIKA; keep in mind that you are supporting us in contributing to socialsecurity & welfare also. Support OMBIKA!!! Support Nation!!!Media ContactOMBIKAombika2019@gmail.comhttps://www.ombika.com/ Source :OMBIKA This article was originally published by IssueWire. Read the original article here.

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ZenSports Signs Exclusive Skin Deal With Boulter Developments for Colorado Online Sports Betting Expansion

Jan 27, 2021

Mobile sports betting app that offers a traditional book, peer-to-peer betting, and cryptocurrencies begins process of getting licensed in Colorado WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) ZenSports began its U.S. expansion efforts last summer via a deal inked with Strategic Gaming Management, whereby it acquired an option to purchase the Big Wheel Casino to expand into Nevada. Now, the next-generation sports betting company has its sights set on Colorado expansion. Through a deal signed with Boulter Developments LLC, ZenSports will become the exclusive online sports betting skin partner of the new casino to be opened up by Steve Boulter later in 2021. The exclusive deal is for the next 15 years. According to ZenSports co-founder and CEO Mark Thomas, "We're on track to get our Nevada non-restricted gaming license in the next six months, and we're now looking forward to beginning the process to get licensed in Colorado. We couldn't have a better partner than Steve Boulter, who has been a pillar in the Colorado casino gaming community for 30 years." The plan is for Boulter Developments to open a new casino in Central City later in 2021. Once that casino has been approved for a master license, ZenSports will apply for its sports betting operator and internet sports betting license via the Colorado Division of Gaming.  "We're excited to open up a new casino location in Central City later in 2021, and we are thrilled to be partnering with ZenSports on the sports betting side," according to Boulter. "Mark and his team have built the future of sports betting via the ZenSports mobile app, have shown a scrappy mentality for growing its business over the last two years, and are making real inroads here in the U.S. market. They're an exciting partner that we look forward to working with for many years to come." About ZenSports ZenSports is a mobile sports betting app that offers a wide variety of features to appeal to the next generation of sports bettors. In addition to offering a traditional mobile sports book, it also offers a peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace, where anyone in any legal market in the world can create and accept sports bets with anyone else in any legal market in the world, without the need for a bookmaker. Consumers can quickly and easily create their own bets with their own odds and terms, or accept bets that others in the marketplace have created.  ZenSports also offers the ability to fund and wager via cryptocurrencies (in addition to traditional fiat methods). This gives customers a faster, cheaper, and friction-less way to get money in, bet, and get money out. ZenSports has also created its own cryptocurrency utility token called SPORTS, which consumers can use for placing bets, earning discounted betting fees, and getting cash back, bonuses, and other rewards. ZenSports has raised funding from top investors like Jason Calacanis, MicroVentures, Strategic Gaming Management, and others. ZenSports is available for download in the App Store (iOS) and the ZenSports website (Android or Web). About Steve Boulter and Boulter Developments Steve was instrumental in legalizing gambling in Colorado starting in 1989, and opened the first casino in Black Hawk in October 1991. He has been continually licensed by the Colorado Division of Gaming for the last 30 years. He has been active within the community as a football coach for 21 years, is currently President of the Gilpin County School Board and a board member for both Gilpin County Senior Living and the Central City Business Improvement District.  For press inquiries, please contact: Mark Thomasmark@zensports.com LinkedIn ZenSports Media Kit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QdPiGA0nC5sv-Dk7kysL-abKe0gfsnBI?usp=sharing Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: ZenSports Signs Exclusive Skin Deal With Boulter Developments for Colorado Online Sports Betting Expansion

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Veteran Wins MEANest BEARD Worldwide Competition With Incredible Beard & Inspiring Story

Jan 27, 2021

Contestant Lives Life to Fullest in MEAN BEARD Sponsored Contest Kevin Boling, MEANest BEARD Champion Winner fo the 2020 MEANest Beard Contest, sponsored by MEAN BEARD Company BATAVIA, Ohio - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) Thanks to the inspiring story behind his beard, Veteran Kevin Boling from Moses Lake, Washington, USA, has won the "2020 MEANEST BEARD WORLDWIDE CHAMPION" title. Hosted by the American beard care brand MEAN BEARD, the annual "MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest" draws in contestants from all around the globe vying for the respected title and trophy. "It's not only the beard, it's the attitude," said Joe Loving, Managing Partner and judge on the MEAN BEARD panel. "We choose the winner based not only on the composition of the beard but also the man behind the beard and what his beard represents." From fishing and exploring to helping his daughter and son-in-law with their new house, Boling is a caring man of many interests. In 2015, he began growing his beard in honor of a childhood friend who died of cancer.  "When I started growing my beard, I was smoking and living an unhealthy lifestyle," said Boling. "My daughter came to me and told me that my beard was getting yellow. I knew it was the nicotine stains. I had tried several times in my life to quit. Her telling me was the ticket."   Boling's MEAN BEARD motto is, "It's never too late to change your life for the better." He's passionate about pursuing his dreams and living life to the fullest. With the desire to see his grandchildren grow up, Boling was highly determined to pursue a healthier way of life. Through eating right and exercising daily, he even returned his blood pressure and cholesterol to healthy levels. "I feel like I got yet another second chance to live my life," Boling said. "My beard is a representation of my life. There's even a little bit of yellow. Some have encouraged me to cut it off, but I see it as a reminder of overcoming the struggle and turning into a healthier, happier me." This is the seventh year in a row for the "MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest." A panel of five judges oversees the competition, determining the top 12 contestants. Then, they narrow the finalists to the top three and select a winner. For information about "The MEANest BEARD Worldwide Contest," or for beard care tips and more, visit meanbeardco.com or follow @mean_beard on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  About MEAN BEARD We develop and manufacture our exceptional beard care product line, including the World's MEANest beard oil, beard combs, and one-of-a-kind beard enhancer MEAN WHIP. Our beard products are specially formulated with the richest natural carrier oils and finest ingredients to help men grow a glorious, healthy, full MEAN BEARD. From endless beard oil benefits to exceptional results, MEAN BEARD products truly have it all.  As a proud beard company, all our products are made in Ohio, USA, for the MEANest Beardsmen. Since 2014, we have grown a worldwide community of MEAN Beardsmen and the people who love them. Our network is about inspiring greatness, making a difference, promoting beard care and showcasing the men behind the beards. Contact: Jason Dutt, Co-Owner, MEAN BEARD Co. LTD jason@meanbeardco.com (330) 338-4664 Related Links View the Top 12 Beards of 2020 What's the difference between Beard Enhancer and Beard Butter? Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Veteran Wins MEANest BEARD Worldwide Competition With Incredible Beard & Inspiring Story

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Shaquille O'Neal Takes on the Biggest Sunday in Sports With 'Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl' - The Ultimate Big Game Kickoff Show Live From Tampa on Sunday, Feb. 7

Jan 27, 2021

Migos, DJ Diesel and Superstar Special Guest TBA to Headline The Halftime Show Presented by Pepsi Stronger Together Hosted by Terrell Owens & Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson; Featuring Ezekiel Elliott, Anthony Anderson, Nelly, Tim Tebow, Quavo, Offset, Winnie Harlow, Olivia Culpo, Diplo, Drew McIntyre, The Miz and More Competing in Live Challenges; Plus, an Epic Live Performance From Bryson Tiller Presented by Papa John's NEW YORK - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) The biggest Sunday in sports just got SHAQ sized - Shaquille O'Neal is set to bring his unrivaled game-day energy to millions of living rooms with the ultimate Big Game Sunday Kick-Off Show: Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl. Broadcasting live from Tampa, Florida, in a custom-built SHAQ Bowl stadium, the all-new event will feature professional athletes, celebrities, and A-list stars across two teams competing in fun, viral challenges to win the first-ever SHAQ Bowl Trophy. The live three-hour special begins Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. ET and is available for free on Facebook (@SHAQ) and via SHAQBowl.com. Additionally, it will be simulcasted by LiveXLive across 20+ other platforms including LiveXLive, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, Twitter, and more.  "The Big Game looks pretty different than it has in years past. With no in-person events, I decided to team up with Mercari to create The SHAQ Bowl and connect fans across America on the biggest Sunday in sports," said Shaquille O'Neal. "We've got celebrity-fueled viral challenges, plus a superstar musical lineup for our Halftime Show. Be prepared for the most exciting and action-packed kickoff event ever!" Known as the Big Game Weekend's most in-demand and buzzed-about event, Shaq's Fun House returns as The SHAQ Bowl. Hosted by Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, 4x Pro-Bowler Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, and Sarah Walsh, featuring an unrivaled slate of celebrity guests, SHAQ is inviting America to join him for the biggest kickoff event of all time.  The SHAQ Bowl Halftime Show Presented by Pepsi Stronger Together will feature multi-platinum recording artist Migos, DJ Diesel, and a Superstar Special Guest TBA in a one-of-a-kind performance. Plus, Pepsi will present Restaurant Battles, showcasing four local Tampa restaurants live on The SHAQ Bowl competing for a $10,000 grant. The Corona® brand is bringing beach vibes and game-day excitement to fans at home as The Official Beer and Hard Seltzer of The SHAQ Bowl. Papa John's® is serving up its all-new Epic Stuffed Crust featuring an epic performance from Bryson Tiller presented by Papa John's. Fans at home will do what moves them and enjoy a BACARDÍ Coco Conga - The Official Cocktail of The SHAQ Bowl.  Mercari presents The SHAQ Bowl will showcase professional athletes, A-list celebrities, and musical artists in a series of show-stopping viral challenges. The full list of participating talent includes:  Team Kansas City - Diplo, Ezekiel Elliott, Olivia Culpo, Quavo, Steve-O, The Miz  Team Tampa Bay - Anthony Anderson, Drew McIntyre, Nelly, Offset, Tim Tebow, Winnie Harlow Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl Celebrity Challenges Live From Tampa:  #PassTheBall Challenge Presented by Mercari - A sports obstacle course that will include football, basketball, golf, and more  Celebrity Dodgeball - Prepare for the ultimate game of celebrity dodgeball  Hot Wing Challenge Presented by Truff - Shaquille O'Neal will find out who can handle the heat in this hot wing battle featuring Truff hot sauce  Tug-of-War Presented by JCPenney - The biggest battle of strength will be officiated by Shaquille O'Neal   Dance Challenge Presented by Aéropostale - Shaquille O'Neal will serve as a judge when the teams bring their swagger to the dance floor  Six-Pack Challenge Presented by Emsculpt Neo - Witness the celebrity teams as they duke it out in a sit-up challenge to determine which team has the most grit and which celebrity has the strongest core Sauce Showdown Presented by Skillshare - Bring "all the boys to the yard" with a game-day skill test led by famed "Milkshake" R&B singer and chef Kelis Surf's Up Challenge Presented by Nautica - An ocean-inspired challenge to test which team can last the longest on a mechanical surfboard  In addition to the celebrity challenges, Shaquille O'Neal will join in on the fun with one very special challenge: Shaquille O'Neal vs. Bryson The #EpicStuffs Challenge​ ​Presented by Papa John's​ - An epic race between SHAQ and Bryson Tiller in Papa John's Epic Stuffed Chair, the ultimate sports-watching seat to enjoy the new Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza.  Mercari, The Presenting Partner of The SHAQ Bowl, connects millions of people across the U.S. to shop and sell almost anything. Aiming to empower the next generation of athletes by giving them access to pre-loved equipment and gear, sellers on Mercari have the opportunity to "Pass the Ball" to those following in their footsteps. "Mercari is delighted to bring a new element of fun to this year's all-new Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl," said John Lagerling, Mercari US CEO. "This has been a challenging year for many Americans and, at its core, Mercari is about connecting people. We look forward to partnering with SHAQ to bring people together across America in what is sure to be Big Game Sunday's most exciting event." The partnership is highlighted by the forthcoming Mercari x SHAQ Bowl shop, which will offer limited-edition SHAQ Bowl signed memorabilia to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of America. Fans can learn more about the shop at SHAQBOWL.com. The SHAQ Bowl Halftime Show Presented by Pepsi Stronger Together - Pepsi's series of grassroots initiatives bringing tailored programming to communities around the country - will feature multi-platinum recording artist Migos, DJ Diesel, and a Superstar Special Guest TBA in a one-of-a-kind performance. In addition, Pepsi Stronger Together is partnering with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) to donate $100,000 in grants to help struggling bay-area restaurants. Through the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), Pepsi and the NRAEF will award $10,000 grants to Tampa restaurants - recipients of which will be announced live during the SHAQ Bowl.  "Shaq has been an invaluable partner for Pepsi Stronger Together, helping us give back to communities around the country while inspiring people to take action," said Derek Lewis, President, South Division, PepsiCo Beverages North America. "We have seen an incredible response in cities from Miami to Memphis, Louisville to Washington, D.C. - from a charitable food drive, a community basketball court refurbishment, to mentorship programs with local universities - and we are thrilled to be able to give back to Tampa Bay's small business community with the wildly popular SHAQ Bowl as a platform."  Papa John's has teamed up once again with Shaquille O'Neal, a Papa John's board member and restaurant owner to showcase the brand's all-new Epic Stuffed Crust. During The SHAQ Bowl, Papa John's will present a performance from legendary artist Bryson Tiller, known for his 2016 breakout TrapSoul, which paved the way for his musical career while an employee at Papa John's. Most of all, fans won't want to miss SHAQ vs. Bryson in "The #EpicStuffs Challenge Presented by Papa John's," where the pair will race to the finish line in a Papa John's Epic Stuffed Chair, the grand prize of the Epic Stuffs Sweepstakes the company is holding from now until Feb. 14. To learn how to enter and see rules, visit www.papajohns.com/sweepstakes. In a year where tailgates are fewer and watch parties are more intimate, BACARDÍ is bringing game-day excitement to fans at home with its Coco Conga, a delicious coconut mojito, the official cocktail of The SHAQ Bowl. BACARDÍ encourages fans across the globe to "do what moves you" with the cocktail inspired by the brand's reimagining of the global hit "Conga" releasing this week. Corona® will present a special segment full of surprises with some of Shaquille O'Neal's closest friends. Skillshare is excited to bring one of its celebrity teachers, Grammy-nominated artist-turned-cooking-icon Kelis, to The SHAQ Bowl. Kelis' sauce-making class is one of tens of thousands of classes that Skillshare members can explore, including illustration, photography, film, design, productivity, and so much more. In addition to teaching a new skill to each participant and judging their newfound mastery, or lack thereof, she'll also provide recipe demos for viewers at home looking to up their game-day sauce regime.   Xersion® activewear, available only at JCPenney, has created the custom jerseys for SHAQ's celebrity teams which will compete in a series of viral challenges including Tug-of-War Presented by JCPenney. SHAQ will officiate Tug-of-War as the teams battle it out in what is sure to be a highlight of the show. Xersion activewear is built for performance and inspires the Motivation to Move, regardless of size or fitness level.   During the trying times of today, the thought of a six-pack is going straight to the store and bypassing the gym. Watch some of your favorite celebrities take on a six-pack challenge brought to you by Emsculpt Neo, the first FDA-cleared 2-in-1 body contouring treatment that simultaneously melts fat while building muscle. Who will survive? Which celebrity contestants will be smart enough to seek out Emsculpt Neo in advance to get 12-16 weeks of HIIT training in, 30% fat reduction and a 25% increase in muscle? The SHAQ Bowl is produced by Medium Rare, in partnership with ABG Entertainment. Medium Rare's track record at Big Game Weekend is second to none with some of the most viral events in history including Gronk Beach and Shaq's Fun House. Now pulling in huge audiences for primetime broadcasts, Medium Rare recently produced The Sports Illustrated Awards, SHAQ vs GRONK, and Black Entrepreneurs Day. This live broadcast, merging incredible celebrity-fueled challenges, a halftime show, and championship predictions from some of the greatest names in the game, will be no exception as it's poised to be watched by millions of fans around the country. "We are incredibly excited to deliver Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl to millions of Americans on the biggest day for sports and entertainment of the year. There is a real need for an entertainment-driven Big Game kickoff show and The SHAQ Bowl will not only be a warm-up to the Big Game, but a pop culture phenomenon in its own right," said Joe Silberzweig and Adam Richman, Medium Rare.  "Building off of the success of the innovative events we have co-produced with Medium Rare, we are incredibly proud to unveil The SHAQ Bowl as an extraordinary Big Game show watched by millions of fans around the country and developed in partnership with some of the greatest names in the business," said Marc Rosen, President - Entertainment at ABG. The SHAQ Bowl will air live from Tampa on Sunday, Feb. 7, from a brand-new, custom-built studio. The live, three-hour special begins at  3 p.m. ET and is available for free on Facebook (@SHAQ) and via SHAQBowl.com. Additionally, it will be simulcasted by LiveXLive across 20+ other platforms including LiveXLive, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, Twitter, and more. Final Event Flyer 3D SHAQ Bowl Stadium Map Shaq's Fun House Photo Highlights About Medium Rare  Focused at the intersection of Sports & Entertainment, Medium Rare partners with global icons to build live event and content brands. Medium Rare is the creator and producer of: Shaq's Fun House, Gronk Beach, Black Entrepreneurs Day, The Sports Illustrated Awards, SHAQ vs GRONK, and more. Medium Rare also manages and produces custom activations for leading brands and icons including DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O'Neal, Rob Gronkowski, DJ Carnage, and Virgin Voyages. Medium Rare was founded by Joe Silberzweig and Adam Richman, who previously worked with global festivals across Live Nation, Tomorrowland, and LiveStyle. Earlier this year, Joe and Adam were named to the Forbes 30U30 list and Pollstar's Next Gen Impact list. Learn more at www.Medium-Rare.com. About ABG Entertainment ABG Entertainment offers unparalleled storytelling through long-form and short-form content, live event production, hospitality and immersive experiences in collaboration with the world's most influential creators, distributors, brands and artists. ABG Entertainment is a division of Authentic Brands Group, a global brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and owner of a portfolio of iconic and renowned brands that generate more than $14 billion in retail sales worldwide. For more information, visit authenticbrandsgroup.com. About Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal is one of the world's most successful athlete-turned-businessman, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As an entrepreneur, sports analyst, DJ, restaurateur, and brand ambassador, Shaquille O'Neal's signature "Business of Fun" mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors. The 15-time NBA All-Star's unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O'Neal is an analyst on TNT's Emmy Award-winning "Inside the NBA." O'Neal, who has a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to School, Shaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus. The launch of his Las Vegas eatery Big Chicken has further elevated Shaquille's status as he has positioned himself as a successful restaurateur. A second Big Chicken location is open in Glendale, California, and additional locations will debut at sea on Carnival Cruise Lines Radiance and Mardi Gras. Follow Shaquille O'Neal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Mercari US Mercari, Inc. ("Mercari") is your marketplace. Our platform connects millions of people across the U.S. to shop and sell items no longer being used. Mercari is constantly innovating to make exchanges easier, from at-home authentication to improvements in online payments and shipping. Mercari has more than 50 million downloads in the U.S. and 350,000 new listings every day, empowering the next generation to transform the way they shop. Mercari can be downloaded on app stores or accessed online through www.mercari.com. About Pepsi Stronger Together Pepsi Stronger Together is a national initiative to empower and engage communities around the country by providing tailored programming and resources that bring people together. It was conceived with the idea that now, more than ever, we must foster a sense of connection and belonging, starting by investing locally. Launched in May of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - engaging its network of partners in the South to shine a spotlight on essential front-line workers in a variety of industries - Pepsi Stronger Together was expanded in October of 2020 by partnering with NBA teams and charitable organizations to foster, among other things, community and police relations. Get involved at pepsistrongertogether.com and follow the conversation on social media with @pepsistrongertogether.   About Corona® Brand Family  The Corona brand family is home to Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Familiar, Corona Premier, Corona Refresca, and Corona Hard Seltzer. The entire Corona portfolio is brewed in Mexico by Constellation Brands and imported and marketed exclusively to the U.S. by the company. As always, Corona encourages consumers 21 and older to enjoy its products and to Relax responsibly®. Media Contacts:Zach Rosenfield - zach@rmg-pr.comAmanda Sprague - amanda@rmg-pr.com Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Shaquille O'Neal Takes on the Biggest Sunday in Sports With 'Mercari Presents The SHAQ Bowl' - The Ultimate Big Game Kickoff Show Live From Tampa on Sunday, Feb. 7

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PrizePicks Stacks Its Chips for the Future, Closes Round of Strategic Investors

Jan 27, 2021

All-Star Collection of Poker Hall of Famers and Luminaries Joins Group Including NBA Champion Andrew Bogut and Professional Team Owners ATLANTA - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) PrizePicks, the largest independently owned daily fantasy sports platform with the widest breadth of sports coverage of any DFS operator, today announced the close of a strategic round of equity funding by a group of investors highlighted by some of the most prominent names in the world of high-stakes poker. The founding team from Poker Central and PokerGo are the latest poker luminaries to recognize the synergy between poker and DFS. They join a list of PrizePicks investors that includes Hall of Famers Phil Hellmuth and Jack McLelland, popular professional player and streamer Jeff Gross, and Brian Balsbaugh, founder of Poker Royalty, the first management agency for poker players. "Poker professionals are all-in on premium unit economics when they see them," PrizePicks CEO Adam Wexler said. "We're positioned strategically for 2021 and beyond, and that's in large part due to how we've chosen to align with a savvy and diverse set of equity investors rather than a strict venture financing path due to our sound, profitable business model." "This gives us a lot of flexibility for the future should we choose to expand our brand beyond DFS as FanDuel and DraftKings have," Wexler said. "The alignment with the poker industry and these stellar investors will benefit both sides in both the short term and the long term should we move into areas such as sports betting and icasino." The funds will be used, among other things, to increase staffing and grow the executive team, and for platform innovation, which will include several patents. PrizePicks, the third-largest daily fantasy sports platform in terms of monthly revenue -- PrizePicks' average revenue per customer each month is close to $100 -- closed 2020 with five consecutive record-setting months in terms of traffic, engagement, and revenue despite the ongoing challenges COVID-19 caused to the professional sports and live entertainment industries. Joining the poker coalition in this latest round of financing is a mix of individuals such as former NBA champion Andrew Bogut, previous investors such as Phoenix Capital Ventures and Parlay Capital Holdings, and a venture firm affiliated with Magic City Casino, a major south Florida casino operator that announced a partnership with PrizePicks earlier this year around its Magic City Jai Alai offering. "While sports fans are overly focused on the public companies in this category, it's the emerging organizations who are creatively innovating to best position themselves to win over time," said Bogut, the first pick in the 2005 NBA draft and a world champion with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. "It reminds me of how we built it in Golden State -- smart, strategic moves to build a highly complementary group who could reinvent the way championships are achieved." About PrizePicks PrizePicks is the largest independently owned DFS platform in North America. Centered around real-money over/under predictions, PrizePicks allows sports fans to play against the numbers rather than each other and it is the simplest variety of daily fantasy sports with the widest breadth of sports coverage of any DFS operator. Boasting partnerships in 2020 with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, among others, PrizePicks is currently the closest legal alternative to legal mobile sports betting in the majority of the United States including Top 10 markets like California, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. With an existing digital footprint covering more than 60 percent of the U.S. population, PrizePicks is the most accessible type of game for the masses. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, and PrizePicks is the third product from Performance Predictions, a suite of fan engagement solutions including SidePrize, the 2016 Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association's "Rookie of the Year" award recipient. PrizePicks is available in the App Store and Google Play or at prizepicks.com. Media Contact: Cast Influence for PrizePicks: PrizePicksPR@castinfluence.com Press Images: http://bit.ly/PrizePicksPressImages Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: PrizePicks Stacks Its Chips for the Future, Closes Round of Strategic Investors

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Massive Deposit of Battery-Grade Nickel on Deep-Sea Floor Gets Confidence Boost With New Data

Jan 27, 2021

Massive Deposit of Battery-Grade Nickel on Deep-Sea Floor Gets Confidence Boost With New Data Polymetallic Nodule Breakdown VANCOUVER, British Columbia - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) DeepGreen Metals, which is exploring for deep-ocean polymetallic nodules as a lower impact and more cost-effective alternative to terrestrial mining, today announced an upward revision to the nodule resource reported within the NORI-D exploration contract area held by its subsidiary, Nauru Ocean Resources, Inc. The nodule resource is now estimated as 4 megatons (Mt) measured, 341Mt indicated and 11Mt inferred mineral resources. The world's largest untapped deposit of battery metals — nickel, cobalt, copper and manganese — is contained in polymetallic nodules that sit unattached on the Pacific seafloor in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ), between Hawaii and Mexico Using a proven deep-sea resource sampling methodology, a DeepGreen Metals subsidiary has found higher concentrations than previously known of important base metals in its exploration contract area in the Pacific As more nations mandate a phaseout of gasoline-powered cars in favor of electric vehicles, a dramatic demand increase for high-grade nickel is expected As countries invest in large-scale clean energy transition programmes and begin to phase out internal combustion engines, securing the minerals required to build batteries for storing renewable energy and powering electric vehicles is vital. According to some academic forecasts, nickel demand for batteries is projected to jump thirty-fold in the coming three decades. DeepGreen is planning to produce metals from polymetallic rocks to power electric vehicles (EVs), and the company's updated 43-101 mineral resource estimate shows that the abundance of nodules in the company's contract area increased 5.4% compared to its 2019 estimation. In addition, the company reported a notable uplift in grades of manganese (2.2% higher), cobalt (5.4% higher) and nickel (6.1% higher). EV manufacturers are moving towards increasingly nickel-rich chemistries which offer greater energy density than other battery types, while analysts warn that new land-based discoveries of battery-grade nickel may not keep up with the predicted demand. The richer concentrations of metals noted in NORI's updated report were measured by combining the company's earlier seafloor mapping and survey work with boxcore sampling and footage taken during numerous research campaigns conducted since 2018. "Unlike mineral exploration on land, resource confidence in polymetallic nodules is unusually high due to the two-dimensional nature of the resource. You can actually see the nodules lying on the seafloor," said DeepGreen's Chief Development Officer Anthony O'Sullivan, who previously served on BHP Billiton's Global Exploration Leadership team. "We have done the sampling and research to understand the fundamental variance of the nodule resource and we've found that it is remarkably consistent. It's unlike anything that you see on land." The polymetallic nodule fields in the CCZ of the Pacific represent the largest known, undeveloped nickel resource on the planet. A DeepGreen-commissioned white paper finds that nodules under exploration contracts in the CCZ contain more than enough battery metals to power one billion EVs and with a fraction of the social and environmental impacts when compared to land-based ores. Nodules contain high grades of four battery metals in a single ore. This means several times less ore needs to be processed compared to land ores to get at the same amount of metal, resulting in much smaller ESG footprints and lower-cost production. And because deep-sea nodules do not contain toxic levels of heavy elements like mercury or arsenic, all of the nodule mass can be converted into products with economic value to society. Sourcing battery metals from nodules has the potential to generate zero solid waste and eliminate toxic tailings--a big problem for the conventional mining industry that generated over 189 gigatonnes of waste in 2020. The mining industry is the single largest waste stream on the planet producing ninety-five times more waste than all the world's cities combined. About DeepGreen DeepGreen Metals, Inc. is a polymetallic nodules exploration and development company on a dual-mission: (1) supply metals for the clean energy transition with the least possible negative environmental and social impact and (2) accelerate the transition to a circular metal economy. The company holds exploration rights to three polymetallic nodule contract areas in the Clarion Clipperton Zone sponsored by the governments of Nauru, Kiribati and the Kingdom of Tonga, and regulated by the International Seabed Authority. DeepGreen has developed a process for producing metals from polymetallic nodules with near-zero solid waste, eliminating the need for tailings dams on land. More information is available at www.deep.green. Media Contacts For all enquiries, photos and digital assets, please contact: Rory Usher | +44 7470 200232 | rory.usher@deep.green Related Images Boxcore Nodule Sampling A box core brings up an intact sample of the seafloor containing polymetallic nodules from within NORI-D. Photo: DeepGreen. 2020 NORI 2020 Mineral Resource estimate for NORI Area D at 4 kg\/m\u00b2 abundance cut-off. NORI-D is one of four blocks in DeepGreen's exploration contract area held by its fully owned subsidiary, Nauru Ocean Resources, Inc. Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Massive Deposit of Battery-Grade Nickel on Deep-Sea Floor Gets Confidence Boost With New Data

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Innovative Product ExoFlo™ From Direct Biologics Fulfills Unmet but Urgent Medical Need in COVID-19 Treatment

Jan 27, 2021

Medical professionals report dramatic and consistent success in treating patients gravely ill with COVID-19-associated Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Direct Biologics Logo AUSTIN, Texas - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) As intensive care units across the country fill to capacity, hospital beds are in dangerously short supply, and deaths from COVID-19 continue to spike, doctors from medical centers coast to coast are reporting on the remarkable healing properties of ExoFlo, an innovative life-saving therapy that leverages the anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects of bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells, when used on their most seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The physicians note that utilizing ExoFlo, administered as a single IV infusion, is safe and efficacious and is saving lives on a consistent basis. One of the product's earliest advocates, Dr. Vik Sengupta of New York, credits ExoFlo with saving his own life. He has since used it on many critically ill patients, eagerly shared it with colleagues, and coauthored, with his wife, Dr. Sascha Sengupta, a clinical safety trial conducted at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, N.J. as part of the therapy's FDA approval process. The safety data from this study has since set the stage for the FDA approval of ExoFlo for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for COVID-19. "The most common cause of death among critically ill COVID-19 patients is acute respiratory distress symptom, or ARDS, in which the lungs are badly damaged, scarred and fill with fluid," explained Dr. Sengupta. "This is essentially a result of the body reacting to a threat by overproducing cytokines and other mediators of inflammation that cause damage to the lungs and other tissues in the body in a phenomenon commonly known as the 'cytokine storm.' "ExoFlo does two important things: it remediates the inflammation almost immediately by delivering miRNA that stop the inflammatory cascade, and it delivers growth factors that promote the regeneration of healthy lung tissue for a much speedier recovery."        ExoFlo is manufactured by Direct Biologics, a market-leading cGMP manufacturer of regenerative medical products based in Austin, Texas. ExoFlo has amazed doctors with its ability to fill an unmet but urgent medical need, saving the lives of patients experiencing COVID-19- associated Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Time and again, patients were able to be discharged and returned to their families rather than deteriorating to an irreversible state.  "This product could not have come at a better time," noted Dr. Angel Lazo Jr. of New Jersey.  "This product also opens the door to medical solutions for post-pandemic concerns, when there will be an urgent need to address COVID-19 survivors suffering from Post-Acute COVID Syndrome (PACS), often referred to as long-hauler COVID, and to remediate compromised immune systems and likely lasting pulmonary scarring."    Dr. Sengupta recalls his first experience with ExoFlo: "We were all exhausted, working multiple shifts during the worst of the early days of the epidemic when the New York area was hit so hard.  A friend asked me if I could help her elderly parents, both in their 80s and both very ill with COVID-19.  The wife had been admitted to the hospital, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the hospital administration refused us permission to treat her with ExoFlo.  The husband, who had been declining quickly and suffered from a fever, hypoxia, delirium, diarrhea, no sense of taste, and lack of appetite, became the first documented patient in medical history to be administered an exosome-based treatment for critical respiratory illness. He received ExoFlo at home without any adverse reactions and was out of bed and singing arias within two days.  Sadly, and unbeknownst to him, his wife had died in the hospital."   This was a dramatic and eye-opening experience. "When I myself fell victim to COVID, I became seriously ill very fast," noted Dr. Sengupta. "I awoke in the middle of the night, struggling to breath and sinking into delirium, and checked my O2sat, immediately realizing I was going into respiratory failure. I called my wife.  She left her shift at the hospital, rushed home, and administered ExoFlo. Within 24 hours my supplemental oxygenation requirement, fever, and respiratory symptoms significantly improved. And within five days of that single dose, I was almost fully recovered from the acute infection. I firmly believe that ExoFlo saved my life." As word spreads within the medical community, increasing numbers of doctors have been astounded by the efficacy and safety of ExoFlo. Among those who have gone on record singing its praises are Dr. Iman Bar of Newport Beach, Calif., and Dr. Jack Mann of Flushing, N.Y.  "The COVID-19 pandemic has presented doctors with a heartbreaking learning curve," said Dr. Sengupta, who has since become Direct Biologic's chief medical officer. "For months we had no choice but to stand by while patients died despite our best efforts to save them. It's an incredible relief now to have ExoFlo in our arsenal of treatments."  ExoFlo is a biopharmaceutical grade regenerative medicine product that represents a meaningful therapy in the fight against the deadly lung inflammation caused by the COVID-19 virus. The new investigational drug uses extracellular vesicles and growth factor proteins isolated from human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to reduce inflammation and direct cellular communication capable of strengthening the body's defenses and advancing its healing processes.  ExoFlo is currently in a Phase II clinical trial that expands knowledge gleaned from a prospective, open-label study in which 17 out of 24 patients demonstrated resolution of their ARDS, exhibiting biomarker and oxygenation improvements within 48-72 hours following treatment with a single 15mL intravenous dose of ExoFlo. Since receiving FDA approval of an expanded access protocol in October 2020, ExoFlo is also being utilized by physicians around the country as part of single patient emergency or compassionate use protocol, commonly referred to as eIND. About Direct Biologics Direct Biologics, LLC, is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with a recently expanded R&D facility located at the University of California, and an Operations and Order Fulfillment Center located in St. Louis, Missouri. Direct Biologics is a market-leading innovator and cGMP manufacturer of regenerative medical products, including a robust line of extracellular vesicle-based biological products. The company was created to expand the science of regenerative healing by delivering cutting-edge biologic technologies. Direct Biologics' management team holds extensive collective experience in biologics research, development, and commercialization, making the company a leader in the evolving, next generation segment of the biotherapeutics industry. Direct Biologics is dedicated to pursuing additional clinical applications of its extracellular vesicle biologic products through the FDA's investigational new drug application process.  For more information visit http://www.directbiologics.com. CONTACT INFORMATION: Tiffany Kayar tiffanyPR@newswiremail.io Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Innovative Product ExoFlo™ From Direct Biologics Fulfills Unmet but Urgent Medical Need in COVID-19 Treatment

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53% of Decision Makers Think Positively About the Impact of COVID-19 on Organizational Development

Jan 27, 2021

Research study explores organizational development interventions across South East Asia, India and Hong Kong ICF Singapore Chapter - Research ICF Singapore Chapter - 2020 Study of Interventions for Organizational Development in South East Asia, India & Hong Kong SINGAPORE - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) The International Coaching Federation (ICF) Singapore Chapter released the 2020 Study of Interventions for Organizational Development in South East Asia, India and Hong Kong. Nine ICF Chapters collaborated with four professional bodies - Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI), National Human Resource Development (NHRD) Network, People Management Association of Philippines (PMAP) and the Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC) to explore trends in interventions for organizational development in 2020. The Chapter initiated this pioneering study to explore a gap in research. The Organization Development (OD) industry is worth over $300 billion worldwide, and investment is expected to rise sharply. "With over 1300 responses from people professionals and business decision makers, this research project has initiated a conversation between industry experts across the region, offering new opportunities for organizations and service providers," said the Director of Research (ICF Singapore Chapter), Avni Martin. Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the study shows: Organizations are becoming more people-centric with a sharp increase of in-house counseling and focus on employee wellness solutions Decision makers are preferring one-stop-shop service providers that offer broader, more context driven solutions that work at a deeper level to shift mindsets (such as coaching) Despite a slowdown of external investment, OD is still at the forefront of managing change with interventions for OD innovating and evolving to meet current challenges "This commendable work is a treasure trove of useful data for any organization in the region. Organizational development (OD) practitioners and the coaching community will find this data and the analysis helpful to remain informed of the latest trends, ensuring continued relevance and prominent positioning in the marketplace during these unprecedented times," said ICF Director of Coaching Science, Joel DiGirolamo. You can read the full report of the study by visiting https://www.icfsingapore.org/research/industry-research.html The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world's largest organization leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching's role as an integral part of a thriving society. Founded in 1995, its 35,000-plus members located in more than 140 countries and territories work toward common goals of enhancing awareness of coaching and upholding the integrity of the profession through lifelong learning and upholding the highest ethical standards. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities and the world through coaching. Visit https://www.icfsingapore.org for more information. MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Kan, Director of Marketing & Communications, ICF Singapore Chapter +65 96759392 communications@icfsingapore.org Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: 53% of Decision Makers Think Positively About the Impact of COVID-19 on Organizational Development

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STP Network to Launch STP 2.0 on Polkadot

Jan 27, 2021

NEW YORK - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) STP Network has announced that its new iteration of its protocol will feature the synthetic tokenization of assets on Polkadot. STP 2.0 will facilitate the issuance and trading of synthetic assets (ST-Assets) that track assets on other blockchain platforms. It will also give users access to multi-chain assets and new financial products on different blockchains, without expensive bridge fees or heavy overcollateralization. The launch of STP 2.0 is planned for the end of Q1 2021 and the new Standard Tokenization Protocol is expected to be fully functional by Q3 2021. Key features of STP 2.0: Cross-chain tokenization Multi-chain index Built on the Polkadot infrastructure STP 2.0's new cross-chain tokenization will facilitate the issuance and trading of ST-Assets between major blockchain platforms, providing users with more opportunities in decentralized finance including a wider range of products and increased liquidity. The new Standard Tokenization Protocol will also allow users to issue and access multi-chain indices that track the performance of a group of assets across multiple blockchain platforms. Users will be able to leverage this index and employ a range of tools to interact with other decentralized protocols, such as automated market makers (AMMs) and lending protocols. STP 2.0 will be entirely built upon the existing Polkadot platform and will take advantage of its cross-chain capabilities and parachain infrastructure. The goal of this is to allow for increasingly faster and cheaper transactions in the crowded Ethereum ecosystem. Polkadot's parachains will give STP 2.0 a significant advantage when it comes to the issuance and trading of synthetic assets on the platform. About Polkadot Polkadot is a platform built to connect private and consortium chains, public and permission-less networks, and other technologies. The platform facilitates an Internet where independent blockchains can exchange information and complete transactions in a trustless way via Polkadot relay chains, making it easier to create and connect decentralized applications, services, and institutions. The Polkadot platform is the flagship project of the Swiss Web3 Foundation, a company founded to facilitate a fully functional and user-friendly decentralized Web. Polkadot is at the core of the company's vision for a Web where users are in control and free from centralized authorities. About STP Network Standard Tokenization Protocol is an open-source standard for defining how tokenized assets are issued and transferred. Tokens built on top of STP use the protocol's on-chain validator to verify compliance with all necessary regulations and issuer-specific requirements. STP-tokenized assets are fully transferable across any blockchain platform. To learn more about Polkadot, visit: https://polkadot.network For more information on STP Network, visit: https://stp.network Contact person: Richard Lee richard@stp.network Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: STP Network to Launch STP 2.0 on Polkadot

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Al Rosete Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced

Jan 27, 2021

ARMS is pleased to announce the very first scholarship recipient ARMS Logo ARMS Logo MONTEREY, Calif. - January 28, 2021 - (Newswire.com) The Al Rosete Memorial Scholarship has selected its very first recipient. In the first year of the Scholarship's founding, one outstanding high school senior was awarded a full scholarship, for four years, to the Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, Philippines. The first scholar of the Alfredo P. Rosete Memorial Scholarship is Trassandra Ipapo, a freshman majoring in Computer Science. The scholar was selected for her academic achievements, an interest in pursuing a major in computer science, an aptitude for creativity, and a character of unwavering fortitude and perseverance. Founded by Al Rosete's daughter, Niña Rosete, the scholarship enables Filipino youth to continue their education on the collegiate level. The scholarship was founded as a way to commemorate Ms. Rosete's father. "I wanted to design a scholarship that reflected our Dad's interest in science, technology and the arts. It seemed appropriate to celebrate his life by starting a scholarship that recognized students who excelled in technology and showed an impressive level of creativity.  I truly believe that this combination is required to create the solutions we need for lasting change," says Ms. Rosete. Applications were accepted from a pool of incoming freshmen to the Ateneo de Manila University. The school was selected for its long history of excellence in education and service to the community. "The Ateneo de Manila University is a Filipino, Jesuit and Catholic University that focuses on providing holistic education to students at all levels, and producing graduates dedicated to becoming servant-leaders, men and women for others. An Ateneo scholarship represents both intellectual advancement and the shaping of character, both inside and outside the classroom, first as a student, and later as a professional and possibly part of a family of one's own. Given these increasingly challenging financial times, a scholarship becomes doubly precious to whoever is fortunate enough to receive one. The ARMS is a generous opportunity for a hard-working and intelligent, but financially challenged individual, to receive this gift of an Ateneo education," says Dr. Jose Maria Edito K. Tirol, the University's Admissions Director. The Rosete siblings are delighted to have chosen Ms. Ipapo. They believe that her interest in the field of technology, as well as her scope for imaginative thinking, will allow her to create solutions and solve problems. Upon receiving the scholarship, Trassandra said, "It was truly one of my happiest moments, feeling recognized for my efforts and assured that my dream to pursue a career in technology is still within my reach. I am deeply grateful for the trust, belief, and generosity given to me by the Rosete Siblings. Their kindness not only brings me closer to my goal but also inspires me to work hard in order to hopefully give back and leave an impact on the lives of others in the future as they did with me." Related Links ARMS Website Press Release Service by Newswire.com Original Source: Al Rosete Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced

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