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Jewish News Syndicate Commentary: Anti-Defamation League ‘Smeared’ National Legal and Policy Center

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In an opinion piece distributed by the Jewish News Service titled, “When Will the ADL Start Fighting Antisemitism on the Left?, Elle Krasne-Cohen has come to the defense of National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC). She points to the Anti-Defamation League’s embrace of causes like Black Lives Matter and juxtaposes it with an incident closer to home for NLPC: More recently, the ADL smeared two mainstream policy organizations—the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) and the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC)—accusing them without evidence of antisemitism. The ADL claimed that mere criticism of “globalism” or “globalist organizations,” including the antisemitic United Nations, is an “antisemitic dog whistle.” Krasne-Cohen continues: The NCPPR and NLPC are mainstream organizations, neither of which, to my knowledge, has displayed antipathy towards Jews or any other racial or religious minority. The smear was in the form of a posting on the ADL website on November 21 titled “Conspiracy Theories, Some With Antisemitic Roots, Crop Up in 2023 Shareholder Proposals.” The post appeared only six weeks after the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack, while antisemitic incidents and demonstrations were exploding worldwide. Why the ADL would devote time and resources to attacking NLPC, which has a long history of fighting antisemitism, was completely baffling to us. Equally baffling, the hit piece was dropped as the Thanksgiving holiday was getting underway. It was almost as if the ADL wanted the story out but didn’t want anyone to report it. The strategy, if it existed, worked because no one else covered it. Even more weirdly, the post itself carried this all-purpose disclaimer that tended to negate the impression that every other word of the post was calculated to create: At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that either organization’s agents espouse overt antisemitism, or that these proposals were filed with antisemitic intentions. So what is going on here? What was behind the attempted smear of NLPC and our ally, the National Center for Public Policy Research? Could it be that the ADL just doesn’t like us filing shareholder proposals, a form of activism dominated for many years by the Left? Krasne-Cohen and a number of other Jewish commentators and activists are making this case that the ADL, under the “leadership” of former Obama White House staffer Jonathan Greenblatt, has devolved into an ideological and partisan tool. ADL’s hit and run on NLPC was actually quite clever. Even if no one paid any attention to it when it was published, whoever wrote it (the piece is unsigned) sought to plant it on the internet for anyone to find for years to come. Any journalist seeking to discredit us can now simply describe NLPC as a “group that, according to the ADL, promotes antisemitic conspiracy theories.” It was a nice try but it is not going to work. NLPC’s track record of fighting antisemitism over many years is just too strong. Indeed, while the ADL has been sanitizing antisemitism by partnering with the likes of Al Sharpton, NLPC has been consistent, resolute and effective. To wit: Ben & Jerry’s - When the Unilever subsidiary Ben and Jerry’s announced in 2021 that it would end ice cream sales in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” NLPC swung into action, launching the StopBenandJerrys.org website. In September 2021, NLPC filed a Complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Anuradha Mittal, the anti-Israel chair of the Ben & Jerry’s board of directors. A few weeks later, she was named 2021 “Antisemite of the Year” by the website StopAntisemitism.org. Mittal appeared to have violated laws governing self-dealing by acting as a trustee of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation while approving donations to her personal nonprofit where she is executive director taking a full-time salary. Also, the president of Ben & Jerry’s charitable foundation, Jeff Furman, steered more than $100,000 of its funds to his own nonprofit organization. In the wake of October 7 Hamas attack, Flaherty wrote an op-ed titled, “Unilever, Ice Cream and Antisemitism.” Unilever Divestment - NLPC was a proponent of Unilever divestment efforts in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. From the September 16, 2021, New York Times: “We are doing this because somebody has to hold the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s accountable for their anti-Semitic use of their platform and company resources,” said Tom Anderson, a director of the National Legal and Policy Center. NLPC collaborated with activist investor Michael Asher in support of Unilever divestment by New York State and New York City. In Virginia, Flaherty met with State Attorney General Jason Miyares and urged him to seek divestment of state funds from Unilever. In North Carolina, NLPC asked Treasurer Dale Folwell requesting divestiture of Unilever holdings in public pension funds. Black Lives Matter & Patrisse Cullors - As a result of original NLPC research, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation co-founder Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign from the group in 2021. NLPC’s allegations, detailed in a Complaint to the IRS, related to her purchase of four pieces of real estate, and apparent self-dealing and inurnment. NLPC has also emphasized Cullors’ 2015 call at Harvard Law School for individuals to “step up boldly and courageously to end the imperialist project that’s called Israel.” NLPC was early in reporting about Black Lives Matter’s (BLM) links to anti-Israel groups. In 2016, Carl Horowitz, then a member of the NLPC staff, wrote a website post titled “Black Lives Matter Activists Join Anti-Israel Boycott.” Following October 7, NLPC asked Visa, Inc. to remove its BLM endorsement from its website and condemn Hamas and antisemitism. We had raised the BLM issue earlier in the year at the company’s shareholders’ meeting. NLPC had also raised the issue of Coca-Cola’s support for BLM at the company’s annual meeting. ADL’s Omar Resolution - NLPC has been a persistent critic of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Talib. While we have cited financial irregularities in a Federal Election Commission complaint against Ocasio-Cortez and a House Ethics Committee complaint against Omar, NLPC has also criticized hostility to Jews by these members. In 2019, NLPC endorsed and publicized the ADL-initiated House resolution condemning Omar. See this op-ed titled “Antisemitism and Islamophobia: No Moral Equivalence” by Horowitz. Foreign Funding of U.S. Higher Education - The recent spate of on-campus antisemitic incidents has shed light an issue on foreign financial support for American colleges and universities, an issue that NLPC has investigated and publicized for several years. See this column by Charles Gasparino that extensively quotes NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar. Al Sharpton - Whereas the present leadership of the ADL has sought to erase Sharpton’s past, NLPC will not forget his incitements in the 1991 Crown Heights riots, in which a Jew was murdered, nor will we forgive his dangerous statements, such as “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” Sharpton was fined $285,000 in 2005 by the Federal Election Commission as a result of an NLPC Complaint for running an “off the books” presidential campaign. For several years, NLPC raised the issue of support for Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) at the shareholders’ meetings of American corporations, including PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch and Colgate-Palmolive. Unlike the ADL, NLPC has never used the fight against antisemitism as a partisan weapon. In 2010, NLPC objected to the sponsorship of Sharpton’s National Action Network annual meeting by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the participation of then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele. In 2009, NLPC asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to end his partnership with Sharpton in a campaign for “education reform.” That same year, NLPC criticized then-President George W. Bush for praising Sharpton. Jesse Jackson - In 2005, the New York Stock Exchange ended its financial support for Jackson’s Citizenship Education Fund, in response to a demand by NLPC that cited Jackson’s 1984 “hymie” and “Hymietown” comments, as well as financial improprieties involving the Fund. And if none of this is good enough for the ADL, it should be noted that NLPC has many Jewish supporters, including prominent individuals and former government officials, several of whom serve on the boards of local and national Jewish organizations. From 2001 to the time of his death in 2019, Edward M. Ackerman of Dallas was a key advisor and major donor to NLPC. His legacy is carried on today by NLPC and the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. The ADL itself has partnered with the Ackerman Center. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

March 04, 2024 03:02 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc. Joins NYSE and Welcomes the Mark J. Muller Equities Team to Strengthen Its Equity Trading Operations.

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., a Veteran Owned broker-dealer, is delighted to announce it has been approved for membership by the New York Stock Exchange and began operating today on the iconic NYSE trading floor. In conjunction with this milestone, the firm proudly introduces the esteemed Mark J. Muller Equities trading team to its floor operation. Comprising seasoned professionals including Mark Muller and Robert Moran, the team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Roberts & Ryan Inc. The addition of the Mark J. Muller Equities trading team to the firm's already robust equity trading platform serves to fortify Roberts & Ryan's capabilities, reinforcing the company's commitment to anticipating and addressing client needs and concerns. Membership at the NYSE will empower the firm to harness broader liquidity pools, achieve parity in situational trading, and access real-time insights from point-of-sale access. These synergies, combined with Roberts & Ryan's existing institutional trading operation, will enhance the company's ability to serve equity clients effectively. Additionally, Roberts & Ryan will be well-positioned to assist clients during key price discovery events on the NYSE Floor, such as IPOs and secondary offerings. Founded on the core value of prioritizing competence, Roberts & Ryan Inc. places client satisfaction at the forefront of its operations. As a Veteran-Owned firm with the requisite certifications to fulfill all DEI mandates and set-asides, the company is dedicated to its social mission. A portion of all commission dollars earned is donated to foundations supporting Veterans and other deserving charities. Since 2018, this initiative has generated over $1.8 million in charitable contributions, benefiting more than 800 Veterans and their families. The combination of competency, diversity, and charity has enabled Roberts & Ryan Inc. to make a meaningful impact in the community. When asked to share his thoughts, Mark Muller, Managing Director of Roberts & Ryan's NYSE Floor Operations, remarked, "The Muller team is excited to be part of the Roberts & Ryan family, a firm that not only provides great service to its clients, but also supports our nation's Veterans and disadvantaged young adults. With our shared vision and commitment to excellence, we will continue to provide value-added executions from the floor of the NYSE." "With these strategic developments, Roberts & Ryan Inc. is poised to deliver enhanced services and value to our clients while upholding our commitment to excellence, integrity, and social responsibility," said Edward D'Alessandro, Chief Executive Officer of Roberts & Ryan, Inc. About Roberts and Ryan, Inc. Roberts & Ryan, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. With over $1.8 million in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, focusing primarily on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Roberts & Ryan, Inc. Sadie Millard, Chief Administrative Officer +1 646-542-0012 smillard@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

March 04, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Media and Democracy Project Supports Pennsylvania Senators' Request for Swift Action on WTXF License Renewal

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The Media and Democracy Project (MAD) today renewed its call for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into FOX Corporation's (FOX) conduct before approving the license renewal of FOX 29 Philadelphia (WTXF-TV). MAD submitted comments in support of U.S. Senators John Fetterman and Bob Casey’s recent letter, agreeing that the Commission should “act swiftly” and designate the WTXF application for hearing. In light of serious allegations of rule violations and concerns regarding character, MAD emphasizes the critical need for a thorough investigation into a Murdoch-owned FOX broadcasting affiliate. “FOX Corporation’s (FOX) conduct following the 2020 election was so destructive of the national interest that the Commission must designate the application for hearing,” the filing reads in part. “The documents that are the subject of MAD’s motion can only reinforce what is already in the public record, further demonstrating the egregious behavior of FOX and its leadership.” MAD asserts that it has “raised substantial and material questions of fact concerning FOX’s fitness as a licensee based on its promotion of false election narratives and its failure to maintain current political files.” While there is no set timeline for an FCC decision, MAD is encouraging the Commission to: Prioritize a swift but thorough investigation: The Philadelphia community deserves a licensee that operates in the public interest, and any delay in the FCC's decision only prolongs this uncertainty. Grant MAD's Motion for Production of Documents: Access to additional information is crucial to uncovering the truth and ensuring a fair and complete review. Hold a hearing to examine the evidence: MAD believes the seriousness of FOX's alleged misconduct warrants a full and public airing of the facts. “If properly pursued, the Commission likely would conclude that the station is not serving its community well and the community would better be served by a licensee other than FOX,” the filing continues. “Apparently, despite FOX’s entreaties, the senators were willing to give only a lukewarm endorsement to FOX 29, as they would to any television station in the Philadelphia viewing area.” The filing ends, “granting MAD’s Motion for the Production of Documents will enable MAD to bolster its allegations with relevant information not yet in the public domain or available either to it or the Commission. Airing of these documents is essential to the fair and neutral review that the senators request.” The Petition to Deny and Motion for Production of Documents are pending while FOX faces a number of court challenges, including those put forth by election administration company Smartmatic and a host of pension derivative shareholders. The rush by proponents of FOX to support the station and the various calls for its relicensure is more about avoiding the additional scrutiny FOX management is sure to face in the Smartmatic and shareholder lawsuits. Each of these will show what we know to be true from Dominion—management knowingly pushed false news to protect FOX's profits. All the evidence in each of these lawsuits must be evaluated to ensure the FCC has the information necessary to rule on whether FOX, Rupert, and Lachlan Murdoch have the character to remain trustees of the public airwaves. A copy of MAD’s filing can be found here. The Media and Democracy Project: MAD is a non-partisan, all-volunteer, grassroots organization focused on strengthening a free and independent media in the public interest. MAD aims to improve our national discourse so that American voters can engage in informed decision-making. As part of that goal, MAD has an interest in the responsibility of journalists and media to report fully, accurately, and fairly on the electoral process and the outcome of elections. Additional information is available at www.MediaAndDemocracyProject.Org. To sign up for more information from The Media and Democracy Project, click here. Contact Details Raynor Ave. Aaron Alberico +1 202-744-0786 aalberico@raynoravenue.com Company Website https://www.mediaanddemocracyproject.org/

March 04, 2024 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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March 04, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HTX DAO and HTX Ventures Attend Blockchain Festival Asia 2024: Advancing the Adoption of Innovative Crypto Technology

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On March 2, HTX DAO attended the Blockchain Festival Asia 2024, sponsoring both the event and the Lanyard session. This marked HTX DAO's debut at a top-tier crypto summit, highlighting its objective to enhance global recognition and attract more renowned industry institutions for its ecosystem development. HTX DAO was officially established on January 18, with the aim of being a leading decentralized autonomous organization in the blockchain ecosystem and focusing on open finance and tokenized economy. Currently, the HTX DAO ecosystem has enlisted the support of 19 major industrial players, including HTX, TRON, Poloniex, BitTorrent, Spark Digital Capital, APENFT, Stratified Capital, JustLend DAO, OIG Group, Double Peak, stUSDT, Zebec, USDD, ANKR, Sun.io, Merkle 3s Capital, WINkLink, TUSD, and Owlit Finance. HTX DAO has expressed its commitment to exploring the possibility of user autonomy within the community, facilitating information sharing across multiple channels. It aims to establish a self-governing ecosystem characterized by reciprocity and mutual benefits among platform and project teams, as well as Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and users. By tapping into the community's wisdom and power, HTX DAO is committed to transforming HTX into a truly people-centered exchange. Furthermore, through organizing offline community engagement activities worldwide, HTX DAO endeavors to establish direct and trustworthy connections, thereby encouraging increased participation from practitioners and institutions within the crypto industry towards the development of the HTX DAO ecosystem. During the summit, Amelia Chan, the HTX Strategic Partnerships Lead, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of "Trading on DEX vs CEX: What’s the Difference and What Are the Risks? KYC Procedures with Technology". The choice between CEX and DEX, according to Amelia, depends on various factors, such as requirements for fund control, attitude towards regulation, user experience, liquidity needs, trading preferences, and the importance placed on anonymity. In comparison, CEX offers convenience and high liquidity, while DEX ensures privacy and allows individuals to have full control over their assets, aligning closely with the decentralized principles of the cryptocurrency industry. Amelia also pointed out that HTX prioritizes user information privacy and asset security. Currently, through the implementation of advanced encryption algorithms and multi-factor authentication mechanisms, the exchange is taking all possible measures to ensure the safety of users' accounts and assets. Moreover, it provides an extensive array of user-friendly trading features and tools, empowering users to perform trades with increased precision, speed, and efficiency. Looking ahead, HTX plans to introduce even more innovative products to cater to the diverse demands of its users. It's noteworthy that HTX Ventures also participated in the summit as an exhibitor. HTX Ventures, the global investment arm of HTX, adopts a strategy of direct investment and fund investment, having invested in over 200 projects in 2023. These projects span various fields, including infrastructure, DeFi, RWA, L1 & L2 public chain ecosystems, SocialFi, NFTs, and education. Seeking to explore emerging business models within the industry, it offers comprehensive support to collaborative projects, including financing, resources, and strategic consulting, to foster the growth of the blockchain ecosystem. In an earlier statement, HTX Ventures mentioned that, in 2024, the Web3 sector is poised for deep integration, improved regulatory adaptability, and a trend towards maturity. This will facilitate the gradual implementation of interoperability between chains and ecosystems, driving the cryptocurrency market towards maturity and mainstream adoption. Moving forward, HTX and HTX Ventures are dedicated to closely monitoring the innovation and development of the Ethereum ecosystem, while continuously advancing investment and project incubation to nurture the next generation of Web3 enterprises. As per reports, the Blockchain Festival Asia 2024 took place in Singapore on March 2. The event brings together experts from various fields including blockchain technology, cryptocurrency exchanges, DeFi, NFTs, cryptocurrency mining, GameFi, and the broader fintech industry, offering a platform to explore cutting-edge industry developments and emerging trends. About HTX DAO As a multi-chain deployed decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), HTX DAO demonstrates an innovative governance approach. Unlike traditional corporate structures, it adopts a decentralized governance structure composed of a diversified group, jointly committed to the success of this organization. This unique ecosystem advocates open values and encourages all DAO participants to propose collaborations and protocol enhancements that can promote the development of HTX DAO. Contact Details HTX DAO media@htxdao.com

March 04, 2024 03:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top 5 New Crypto Coins to Watch in 2024

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The cryptocurrency world keeps evolving rapidly, and 2024 has introduced a wave of exciting new crypto coins. Investors and crypto coins enthusiasts are eager to explore opportunities that promise significant returns. New projects and tokens are emerging every day in this sector. In this article, we shall see the list of new crypto coins considered best for investing in 2024. Stay with us till the end, as it will help you gauge which one is perfect for you to invest in. 5 New Crypto Coins in 2024 Hare are the List of New Crypto Coins of The Year 2024 1. 5th Scape Coin (5thScape) It is a popular new crypto coin which combines virtual reality with the blockchain system, 2. Hypergrowth Protocol (HGP) It is suitable for investors seeking stability in their return on investment. 3. Ocean Data Network (ODN) It is suitable for those investors seeking data privacy while investing in crypto coins. 4. Sustainable Energy Coin (SEN) As the name suggests, these new crypto coins mainly focus on renewable energy. 5. MetaVerse Guild (MVG) These crypto coins allow users to dive into the immersive world to buy and sell properties. Let us take a closer look at all the above new crypto coins: 1. 5th Scape Coin (5thScape) 5th Scape Coin stands out not just for its unique name but also for its ambitious mission to transform the gaming industry. Based on an Ethereum blockchain, 5th Scape aims to create a decentralized virtual gaming ecosystem where players own their in-game assets and experiences. Imagine a world in which you can seamlessly transfer your hard-earned virtual items across different games, participate in community governance, and even monetize your creations through a robust NFT marketplace. It is the vision 5th Scape is striving to make a reality. Click Here to Visit 5thScape Presale Page Key features of 5th Scape Coin Interoperable Game Network: Connect and interact with various games within the 5th Scape ecosystem, carrying your assets and progress with you. Player-Owned Economy: Own your in-game items and currency with the freedom to trade, sell, or utilize them as you see fit. Decentralized Governance: Participate in shaping the platform's future through transparent and accessible voting mechanisms. NFT Marketplace: Create, buy, and sell unique digital assets, giving players the power to monetize their creativity and skills. Sustainable Blockchain: 5th Scape's PoS consensus mechanism significantly reduces the total energy consumption compared to traditional crypto coins mining methods. Seamless VR and AR integration for an immersive gaming experience. Enhanced privacy and security through state-of-the-art encryption technologies. 2. Hypergrowth Protocol (HGP) HGP focuses on DeFi (Decentralised Finance) by offering high-yield staking opportunities. Users can lock their digital assets in Hyper Growth pools, earning passive income through automated yield-generation strategies. HGP utilizes complex algorithms to optimize returns and minimize risks, appealing to individuals seeking stable and profitable crypto investments. The below three hyper-growth crypto coins are worth watching and considering to add to your investment strategy. Avalanche (AVAX-USD): A leading layer-1 network in terms of its architecture. Solana (SOL-USD): Its enhanced performance makes it a strong player and a preferred choice in the DeFi space in 2024. Near Protocol (NEAR-USD): This token has seen outsized interest in recent weeks due to several catalysts. 3. Ocean Data Network (ODN) ODN strategically tackles the issue of data privacy and monetization. It empowers individuals to control their data, selling it on a secure marketplace to researchers and businesses while retaining ownership. ODN aims to democratize data access and create a fairer value distribution system for data owners. 4. Sustainable Energy Coin (SEN) SEN promotes ecological responsibility by connecting investors to renewable energy projects. SEN holders can fund clean energy initiatives and earn rewards based on the generated electricity. This innovative approach encourages investment in renewable energy infrastructure and combats climate change. The vision is to see a future with sustainability, equitable and resilient transportation, buildings and communities. The funds raised through these crypto coins will go to the sustainable energies of low-income communities. 10% tax will be levied, 5% will be distributed to the holders, and 5% will be added to the liquidity of the firm. 5. MetaVerse Guild (MVG) MVG caters to the rapidly growing Metaverse scene. MVG tokens act as a passport to exclusive virtual worlds, enabling users to purchase land, build structures, and engage in unique experiences within the Metaverse. MVG aims to foster a thriving virtual community and drive the development of immersive digital spaces. Remember, the cryptocurrency market is inherently volatile and involves significant risks. Thorough research and a cautious approach are crucial before investing in any new project. We have recreated this list to provide a glimpse into some of the promising newcomers in the crypto landscape, not financial advice. While exploring these fascinating possibilities, keep your eyes peeled for the game-changing potential of the 5th Scape Coin. Its vision for decentralized virtual gaming might reshape how we interact with virtual worlds in the future. Conclusion In conclusion, the new crypto coins of 2024 bring forth a diverse range of offerings, each with its unique value proposition. While hyper-growth protocol tokens stand as promising for gaining substantial returns, investors should carefully research and assess the potential of each coin based on their individual goals and risk tolerance. As the crypto landscape continues to evolve, staying informed about these new opportunities is essential for those looking to ride the wave of innovation in the digital asset space. Contact Details Spark Metro Alex +1 302-597-6768 media@sparkmetro.com Company Website https://sparkmetro.com/

March 03, 2024 11:24 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Photography and Videography Jobs Soar in 2023, Finds Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com (ASX: FLN), the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by number of users and jobs posted, today published the fastest growing online jobs for 2023 based on data from more than 1 million projects posted to the platform. The data reveals that jobs related to video content creation are in high demand. Videography ranked as the second fastest growing skill of 2023, with Video Production and Video Editing jobs also growing significantly and placing in the top growing jobs. Other video-related jobs, such as YouTube Video Editing and TikTok, were also amongst the top 25 fastest growing jobs on Freelancer.com for 2023. Fueling this demand is an increase of brands incorporating video in their marketing strategies. According to Wyzowl, video content marketing is an essential part of a majority (88%) of marketers strategies with most (85%) planning to increase spending on video in 2024. Demand for skills in photography and photo editing was also a driver for new jobs. Adobe Lightroom projects saw the highest percentage growth across the year, while Photography as a skill grew by 3,625 total jobs. In terms of earning potential, freelancers in the United States are charging up to $300/hour for Photography skills, $200/hour for Videography and Video Editing, and $160/hour to create TikTok content. “Advances in generative AI are changing the way businesses are communicating and marketing themselves. A boom in video and photography services is a clear indication that there’s a shift towards visual, highly-produced content as opposed to reliance on legacy forms of internet marketing, such as a reliance on blog posts and articles to generate traffic. We expect this trend to continue and are already seeing signs of video and marketing categories continuing to increase in 2024,” said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive at Freelancer.com. One example of how businesses are shifting towards video and moving away from written content is evident when looking at the decreasing skills of 2023. Blog writing ranked as 13th in the top falling jobs on Freelancer.com, decreasing by 66% from 4,872 to 1,648 jobs posted in 2023. While some may speculate that the introduction of generative AI tools is impacting writing, blog writing was the only writing skill present in the falling jobs. In fact, other forms of writing such as Fiction Writing (up 36.1%), Creative Writing (up 18.8%) and Microsoft Word (up 16.8%) were both amongst the fastest growing jobs of the year. “AI can’t replace creativity, yet. Although this may emerge with model scale. We said this in the middle of the year when we saw creative writing jobs increase in Q2 2023 and the sentiment remains the same in 2024. What we are seeing is that our freelancers are moving up the stack. They’re evolving from just blog writers to editors. Moving from just illustrators to directors. Ultimately, AI is elevating our talent and improving efficiency and productivity in the process,” added Barrie. Top Freelance Jobs The most popular job in 2023 was graphic design, with more than a quarter million projects requiring the skill. Graphic design has always historically been the number one job type on Freelancer.com for over a decade. Jobs related to graphic design are also the best way for new freelancers to break into freelancing, as there is an abundance of projects offering Website Design, Logo Design, Icon Design, and other forms of graphic design available. Best Paid Skills Per Hour on Freelancer.com in 2023 Marketing, photography and video related jobs took out the top spots for the best paid skills per hour on the platform for 2023. These skills being paid the most is consistent with these categories also being the most in-demand for the year Best Paid Jobs per Project on Freelancer.com in 2023 As for jobs paid per project, internet marketing takes out the top spot, followed by website design, graphic design, data entry and video services. ###### Freelancer Fast 50 Freelancer Fast 50 The Freelancer Fast 50 index is the world’s largest forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. The data is based on 1,122,000 jobs posted to the Freelancer platform between 1 January to 31 December 2023. 2023 Growing Skills 2023 Falling Skills About Freelancer Twelve-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and projects posted. More than 71 million registered users have posted over 23 million projects and contests to date in over 2,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer also owns Escrow.com, the leading provider of secure online payments and online transaction management, and Loadshift, an Australian enterprise freight marketplace. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN and is quoted on OTCQX Best Market under the ticker FLNCF. Contact Details Freelancer.com Marko Zitko +61 404 574 830 mzitko@freelancer.com

February 27, 2024 08:23 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HTX DAO Announces Strategic Partnership with SUN.io to Drive Ecosystem Development

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HTX DAO announced a strategic partnership with SUN.io on February 25. Through this collaboration, both parties aim to bolster HTX token liquidity and offer rewards to platform users. Building on mutual benefits, they will collectively foster the healthy and orderly development of the HTX DAO ecosystem. HTX DAO, a pioneering Decentralized Autonomous Organization within the blockchain ecosystem, is driven by a vision of open finance and a decentralized tokenized economy, prioritizing the restoration of governance to HTX token holders. The governance control of HTX DAO is in the hands of HTX token holders. Individuals who hold HTX tokens have the power and responsibility to make decisions and determine the direction and allocation of resources within the HTX DAO. SUN.io, the first platform integrating on-chain token swaps, liquidity mining, stablecoin swaps, and DAO on the TRON public chain, offers users a diverse range of one-stop services. It aims to establish an integrated DEX ecosystem with a high level of functionality, profitability, and security by leveraging multiple transaction protocols. SUN.io offers various incentives for participants, including rewards of transaction fees offered to liquidity market makers, liquidity mining of LP Tokens, and staking rewards for the SUN token. Through this strategic partnership, it is projected that HTX DAO will supply HTX-TRX liquidity equivalent to 50% of its quarterly revenue to LPs. At least 80% of this liquidity will be directed to SUN.io, and the LP tokens will be deposited into a zero-address. Based on the revenue of HTX Exchange in 2022 and 2023, the partnership is anticipated to increase the total liquidity of SUN.io 's TVL by at least $100 million, representing more than 20% of its total TVL. In appreciation, SUN.io will utilize community governance to vote on granting a minimum of $10 million worth of SUN tokens (with the upper limit adjusted based on the actual LP-Forecasting contribution values) to HTX DAO users. Furthermore, HTX DAO users are allowed to exchange the donated SUN tokens in a dynamically adjustable manner, with the aim of attracting more community members and encouraging active participation in community governance for the development of SUN.io. The final interpretation of the event shall rest with HTX DAO and SUN.io, and its validity shall endure indefinitely. Click the link to read the announcement: https://htxdao-1.gitbook.io/announcement-en/ About HTX DAO As a multi-chain deployed decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), HTX DAO demonstrates an innovative governance approach. Unlike traditional corporate structures, it adopts a decentralized governance structure composed of a diversified group, jointly committed to the success of this organization. This unique ecosystem advocates open values and encourages all DAO participants to propose collaborations and protocol enhancements that can promote the development of HTX DAO. Contact Details HTX DAO media@htxdao.com

February 25, 2024 11:05 PM Eastern Standard Time

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College Sports to Be One of the Best Media Investments in 2024, per Big Chalk

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Many industry watchers believe issues like conference realignment, the Transfer Portal, and NIL will damage the long-term value of college sports as a media asset. New consumer research from Big Chalk, a marketing analytics company, shows these fears to be unfounded. On the contrary, growth in consumer engagement with college sports may never be higher than in 2024. “College sports are undergoing drastic and rapid changes,” said Rick Miller, Big Chalk’s Marketing Effectiveness Practice Lead. “We wondered if consumers would react poorly to these changes and begin to tune college sports out. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Big Chalk surveyed nearly 2,000 U.S. consumers regarding their viewership levels across college sports in general, with specific questions about college football. The data indicate fans will increase viewership from an average of about 11 games per viewer in 2023 to 13 games in 2024 – an uptick of almost 17%. To see if storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, Big Chalk also gathered net sentiment scores for NIL, the Transfer Portal, and conference realignment – but despite rumblings from some pundits, these issues are not driving fans away from the product. Perhaps one of the more eye-opening findings from the research is the level of influence college sports provides its sponsor brands. “More than 13% of respondents say they prioritize college sports sponsor brands during their purchase process,” said Miller, “and another 30% say brand sponsorship positively influences their purchase decision, even if it doesn’t automatically make the brand a shopper’s number-one priority.” Some college football sponsors continued to see double-digit unaided brand awareness weeks after the football season ended. “Perceptions of College Sports 2024: What CMOs and Media Strategists Need to Know” is the first of a two-part release of Big Chalk’s research. It is available for free download at: https://dust.bigchalk.co/perceptionsofcollegesports About Big Chalk Big Chalk is a marketing analytics and outsourcing company that specializes in CPG companies and similar consumer-facing brands. Big Chalk’s blend of consumer marketing experts and data scientists provide the tools and consulting services that brands of all sizes need to grow sales and build connections with their customers. Contact Details Big Chalk Cristina Itze +1 847-957-1861 cristina.itze@bigchalk.co Company Website https://www.bigchalk.co

February 22, 2024 12:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

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