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Kevel Secures Series C Funding and Names Puja Rios as President/COO, Expanding its C-Suite team

Kevel

Kevel, the API led ad serving company, is announcing it has raised $23M in Series C funding. This round of funding was led by Series B investor Fulcrum Equity Partners with investment from Godwin Capital Group, Iberis Capital, Dunnhumby Ventures, as well as continued participation from Commerce Ventures. The new funding allows Kevel to deepen its retail media focus and drive advanced product innovation to retailers and marketplaces offering on-site retail media ad products. “What makes retailers different from traditional publishers is that they have unique 1st party data and closed loop attribution,” stated James Avery, CEO, Kevel. “Kevel’s flexible API tools enable retailers to build differentiated retail media platforms leveraging their unique attributes to provide advertisers with innovative, cutting edge decisioning, ad formats, targeting, and site performance, all while keeping their data safe and secure at scale.” In order to effectively expand further into the retail media market and continue to serve its retailers, Kevel is announcing the expansion of its senior leadership team with the addition of former Frame.io Chief Revenue Officer Puja Rios joining the company as President / COO. Her strategic appointment comes at a critical time for the business as it looks to capitalize on the retail media momentum, with ad spend expected to increase 10.4% to $141.7 billion in 2024. With over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Rios has a proven track record of scaling revenue, building high-performance teams and delivering stellar results. Rios focus will centralize around the next phase of growth for Kevel, expanding the company’s client base further into the retail media sector. “ Kevel’s success and innovation in the retail media market reflects its relentless pursuit of pushing boundaries to deliver a solution that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of its customers,” commented Rios. “I am proud to join a company where innovation knows no bounds and where we are redefining what's possible in the ever-evolving landscape of retail media.” This heightened focus on retail media comes at a pivotal time for the billion dollar retail advertising industry as it enters the age of differentiation. Retailers and marketplaces are striving to capture advertiser demand for inventory, flexibility and maximum ROI by offering the best mix of data targeting, ad formats and measurement while balancing the preservation of their brand, data assets and shopper experience. Avery continued, “We see a large shift in the retail media landscape as brands focus on doubling down on the retail media networks that are delivering value, and cutting back from the retail media networks that are commoditized. This is pushing retailers to invest in moving from off the shelf solutions to building high-end, differentiated retail media networks. Adding Puja to our team is going to enable us to scale with more retailers and help them in their quest to earn their spot on the media plans of the largest brands in the world." For more information about Kevel, please visit www.kevel.com About Kevel Kevel powers innovative, flexible ad tech infrastructure APIs that fuel its ad serving solutions. It’s unique offering empowers multi-brand retailers to launch differentiated retail media networks that improve the shopper experience while maintaining total control of their first-party data. Kevel believes that every digital retailer should have the capability to scale their own distinct ad platform, just like big tech players like Amazon. Customers like Edmunds, Klarna, Delivery Hero, Leroy Merlin, Slickdeals, and other leading retailers and marketplaces all launched their own retail media network with Kevel. The company has garnered numerous accolades, most recently earning recognition as one of the leading 100 innovative tech start-ups driving the future of brand-to-consumer in 2023 and awarded the MarTech Breakthrough Award for best overall ad tech company in 2022. Learn more at www.kevel.com Contact Details Kevel Jennifer Choo +1 973-343-8819 jchoo@kevel.com

March 07, 2024 02:43 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Roughly Half of Nations That Invest in AI Develop Their Own Generative Models, Reveals the First Global GenAI Landscape

AIport

AIport, an online community dedicated to covering the latest international ML developments, has crafted the first volume of its Global Generative AI Landscape 2024. This initial edition examines notable GenAI players worldwide across several key categories. This is the first generative AI landscape analysis to emphasize regional attributes and encompass four times more nations than the average GenAI landscape available to the public. The research process involved examining all 62 countries invested in the AI market, as featured in the Global AI Index by Tortoise. In-house model developers were identified, filtered by the team of editors and data scientists, and subsequently cross-referenced with current GenAI landscapes from Sequoia Capital, Antler, Base10, and others, before being segmented into ten GenAI categories. As the final step, the data was divided into continental regions: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. The first volume of the global GenAI landscape from AIport aims to present a balanced view of international companies, encompassing not only Western firms, but also those from other regions. The landscape offers a comprehensive analysis, detailing which players are developing GenAI solutions, their locations, and the specific nature of their contributions. It contains a total of 128 generative models from 107 companies. As Avi Chawla, a data scientist and community manager at AIport, put it: “We noticed that many generative AI landscapes tend to focus either on the Silicon Valley giants or the tech powerhouses of Europe, covering no more than 10 countries on average. While this approach does serve its purpose, it can’t really offer a complete picture. To address this, we decided to dig deeper, and this is what we came up with after weeks of research. We believe Volume 1 of our Global Generative AI Landscape 2024 provides an objectively international outlook. And we’re also planning to delve into other aspects of GenAI more closely in the future.” The landscape and key highlights Of the 62 countries listed in the Global AI Index, only 35 develop their GenAI solutions in-house. Roughly 90% of them focus on one model type. Regional leaders by the number of active GenAI companies are North America – USA; South America – Argentina; Europe – UK and France; Asia – China and Israel; Oceania – Australia and New Zealand; Africa – South Africa. The average number of GenAI models per company is the highest in North America, being the only region to have at least one model from each of the 10 model categories. Approximately 10% of all companies covered in the study have implemented multimodality in their GenAI models, with a majority of these developers located in the US. This indicates that while multimodality represents an emerging trend, its adoption outside North America still remains in the nascent stages. A total of 11 companies worldwide have developed more than one type of GenAI model. Stability AI leads with five distinct GenAI model types (image, video, audio, 3D, and code), followed closely by OpenAI (chatbot, audio, video, and multimodal) and Google (text, image, audio, and multimodal) – both with four model types. Microsoft, Meta, Tencent, Baidu, and Yandex are among those companies that developed between two to three types of distinct GenAI models. 13 companies have developed multiple models within a single GenAI category. AssemblyAI has two speech-to-text models, MosaicML offers two iterations of its MPT for code generation, while IPOXCap has introduced two chatbots designed for business intelligence applications. About AIport AIport is an online community of AI writers, researchers, and data scientists that aims to provide a transnational perspective on AI. Recognizing that most ML-related publications primarily focus on the “big leagues” in the West, AIport seeks to be more inclusive by widening the angle and broadening the narrative. This approach ensures a more diverse and impartial representation, offering a well-rounded take to the global AI community. Contact Details NettResults LLC Nick Leighton +1 949-478-5880 nick.leighton@nettresultsllc.com Company Website https://aiport.substack.com/

March 07, 2024 10:22 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Comcast Boosts Speeds for More Than 12 Million Xfinity Internet Customers

Comcast California

Today, millions of Xfinity Internet customers who subscribe to value-focused products – Connect, Connect More, Fast and Prepaid – are waking up to faster speeds at no additional cost. As the need for data increases in ever-connected households, Xfinity is ensuring customers can stream, surf, and share on a network and service they can rely on today and in the future. “For more than 20 years, we have shown our appreciation to our customers with annual speed increases,” said Emily Waldorf, Senior Vice President, Consumer Internet Services, Comcast. “Streaming live sports, gaming, and other data-rich applications are driving Internet consumption to new heights, and with the potential that funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program will not be renewed, this year we have really leaned into boosting speeds for our value portfolio so all our customers can take advantage of these new capabilities.” Starting today, new and existing customers can take advantage of the following speed increases: Connect: 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps Connect More: 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps Fast: 400 Mbps to 500 Mbps Xfinity Prepaid: 50 Mbps to 200 Mbps Value Beyond Fast Speeds The speed increases rolling out today are made possible by Comcast’s fiber-based network which has been built to deliver an exceptional Internet experience, ubiquitously, to the more than 60 million homes and businesses across the country. It is a culmination of years of research, technological breakthroughs, and massive investments, more than $20 billion since 2018 alone, in development and infrastructure. Fast speed is an important feature of a comprehensive connectivity experience that also combines this powerful network with sophisticated hardware and software to deliver incredible benefits to consumers: Reliability – Fast Internet speeds won’t matter if you don’t have a reliable broadband connection. Xfinity has greater than 99 percent reliability, and the Xfinity network utilizes artificial intelligence to keep customers connected by fixing issues before they even affect homes. Digital Security – xFi Advanced Security, included for free for customers who lease an Xfinity gateway, protects connected devices from malware and other threats at the gateway before they reach connected household devices. Since launching xFi Advanced Security, Xfinity has stopped more than 10 billion cyber security threats. Next-Level WiFi – Next-generation Xfinity gateways deliver advanced WiFi capacity to power hundreds of devices in homes and more than a billion devices each year across Comcast’s network. Later this year, Comcast will introduce its latest gateway, the XB10, the first to incorporate unified DOCSIS 4.0, WiFi 7, and AI technologies. The XB10 will be capable of delivering symmetrical multi-gig speeds over WiFi and connect up to 300 devices. WiFi Boost Pods work with Xfinity gateways to extend WiFi coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the home. The latest WiFi extender, Storm-Ready WiFi, is Xfinity’s most powerful device to date and helps maintain a strong connection even if the power goes out. Visit an Xfinity store or visit Xfinity.com to learn more about Storm-Ready WiFi. Keeping Customers Connected The federal government recently announced that the Affordable Connectivity Program could end as early as April if it does not receive additional funding. The speed increases rolling out today will help to ensure those who may be affected by the end of ACP will continue to have access to fast, affordable, reliable Internet options. Xfinity Promotional Offers – Xfinity is making its current promotional offers on other tiers of service available for new and existing ACP participants. Customers are encouraged to call 1-800-Xfinity to learn more about what offers may be available in their area. Teams are ready to work with customers to move them to a plan that best fits their budget and connectivity needs if they will no longer be able to afford their current tier of service without the $30 ACP benefit. Internet Essentials – Xfinity customers benefitting from ACP are automatically eligible to enroll in Internet Essentials for as low as $9.95 a month or Internet Essentials Plus, which doubles the speed of traditional Internet Essentials for $29.95 per month. Both services provide fast and reliable home Internet with no credit checks or cancellation fees and come with equipment included. To learn more about Xfinity’s Internet and connectivity solutions for customers, click here. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast California Adriana Arvizo +1 925-200-1919 Adriana_Arvizo@comcast.com Company Website https://california.comcast.com/

March 07, 2024 09:15 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Rabbis Blast Anti-Defamation League CEO Greenblatt for ‘Slanderous’ Attacks

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The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), an organization of 2,500 rabbis, has joined the chorus of complaints about Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Even as antisemitism flares around the globe and Israel faces unprecedented threats, Greenblatt has been trashing American conservatives, using ADL’s good name to promote his domestic partisan goals. “The ADL appears as concerned with a target’s politics as whether he or she is actually hateful—much less antisemitic,” said Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, Chairman of the CJV Rabbinic Circle. Greenblatt’s latest assault was on the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), recently held in Washington, D.C. CJV criticized his “slanderous” attacks on what took place at the event, which Greenblatt likened to the rants of Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. By all accounts, CPAC was a strongly pro-Israel event. As the CJV pointed out, NLPC got a taste of the ADL’s bias in November, despite our long history of fighting antisemitism: In November the ADL issued a statement implying that two policy organizations, the National Center for Public Policy Research and the National Legal and Policy Center, employed “conspiracy theories or conspiratorial language… that could be interpreted as an antisemitic dog whistle.” Both of these organizations are robust fighters for Israel and against antisemitism. This smear of NLPC 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.” ADL cited as evidence that NLPC and our ally, the National Center for Public Policy Research, are critical of “globalism” and “globalist organizations” like the World Economic Forum. The ADL gave a clue that it knew its own attack was groundless when it also included this disclaimer: 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. Elle Krasne-Cohen in a recent opinion piece distributed by the Jewish News Service, also has come to NLPC’s defense. She wrote: 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. We are grateful that our contributions to fighting antisemitism are being recognized. In case Greenblatt or anyone else is still confused, here is our track record: 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 the 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 to divest Unilever holdings from 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 on the issue of 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 Greenblatt, 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 07, 2024 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top 7 Best ICO Crypto to Invest in 2024

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The cryptocurrency market has been gaining significant traction in recent years, offering investors a new and exciting way to grow their wealth. One of the key investment avenues within the crypto space is Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). ICOs allow projects to raise funds by offering their native tokens to the public, while IPOs involve the sale of stock to raise capital for mature companies. With the potential for exponential gains, ICOs and IPOs have become popular choices for investors looking to get in early on promising projects. 2024 holds immense potential for the ICO market, as innovative projects continue to emerge with groundbreaking ideas and unique features. In this blog, we will delve into the top 7 best ICO crypto projects to invest in 2024. But before we dive into the standout projects, let's get an overview of the top ICO cryptos for the upcoming year. It is important to note that while we have conducted our own research and analysis, we always recommend doing your own research and due diligence before making any investment decisions. Understanding ICOs An ICO is a fundraising method where startups or established projects raise capital by issuing new cryptocurrencies, also known as tokens. Compared to traditional methods like venture capital, ICOs offer wider accessibility and potentially faster funding. Why Invest in ICOs? High Potential Returns: Early investors in successful ICOs can experience significant returns on their investment. Early Access: Be among the first to participate in potentially groundbreaking projects shaping the future. Weighing the Risks Volatility and Uncertainty: The crypto market is inherently volatile, leading to unpredictable price fluctuations. Regulatory Risks and Scams: The evolving regulatory landscape and potential for scams necessitate thorough research. Evaluating an ICO Team and Advisors: Look for a team with proven experience and a reputable advisory board. Whitepaper and Roadmap: A clear, detailed whitepaper outlining the project's vision and a realistic roadmap are essential. Technology and Solution: Assess the innovation and technical feasibility of the proposed solution. Community and Support: A strong community and responsive customer support foster trust and project stability. Regulatory Compliance: Understand the legal framework surrounding the ICO and ensure compliance. Top 7 Best ICO Crypto to Invest in 2024 Here are the list of Top 7 Best ICO Crypto to Invest in 2024 for maximum returns: 1. 5th Scape (5SCAPE) 2. Sponge V2 (SPONGE) 3. Scorpion Casino 4. UDAO (UDAO) 5. ScapesMania (MANIA) 6. Minetrix (BTCMTX) 7. BlastUP (BLP) 1. 5th Scape (5SCAPE): This project aims to build the future of AR and VR gaming, with plans to develop VR games, an industry-leading VR headset, and an AR/VR development marketplace. The 5SCAPE token is the heart of this ecosystem, granting users access to exclusive content, in-game features, and potential governance rights. 2. Sponge V2 (SPONGE): This evolved meme coin aims to redefine the meme coin space by offering play-to-earn gaming features and attractive staking rewards. The $SPONGEV2 token fuels the ecosystem, allowing users to earn rewards by playing games and participating in the network. 3. Scorpion Casino: This innovative platform seeks to revolutionize online gambling by integrating blockchain technology. It promises transparent and secure transactions, enhanced fairness through smart contracts, and a user-friendly gaming experience. 4. UDAO (UDAO): This Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) focuses on building a sustainable future by investing in renewable energy projects and promoting environmental consciousness. The UDAO token empowers community members to participate in governance decisions and share potential profits. 5. ScapesMania (MANIA): This project aims to create a decentralized gaming ecosystem where players can own their in-game assets and monetize their experiences. The MANIA token serves as the utility token within the platform, facilitating various transactions and access to exclusive features. 6. Minetrix (BTCMTX): This project disrupts Bitcoin mining by introducing a novel stake-to-mine model. Users can stake BTCMTX tokens to earn mining credits redeemable for cloud mining power, democratizing Bitcoin mining participation. 7. BlastUP (BLP): This Layer 2 scaling solution aims to address scalability issues and high transaction fees on the Ethereum network. BLP token holders benefit from faster transaction processing and potentially increased network usage as the ecosystem grows. The Importance of Diverse Investments in Crypto ICOs When it comes to investment decisions in the crypto market, diversification is key. Investing in a variety of ICO projects spreads the risk and increases the potential for long-term gains. Here are some reasons why diverse investments in crypto ICOs are essential: 1. Mitigating Risks: The crypto market is known for its volatility, with prices fluctuating rapidly. By diversifying your investments, you spread the risk across multiple projects, reducing the impact of any potential losses. If one project underperforms, the gains from other projects can help offset the losses. 2. Catering to Market Changes: The crypto market is highly dynamic, with new trends and technologies emerging regularly. By investing in diverse ICO projects, you position yourself to capitalize on the latest market developments. This flexibility allows you to adapt to changing market conditions and take advantage of new investment opportunities. 3. Gaining Exposure to Various Industries: The crypto space offers investment opportunities in a wide range of industries, including finance, gaming, technology, and more. By diversifying your investments, you gain exposure to different sectors, increasing your chances of finding projects that align with your investment goals and interests. 4. Maximizing Potential Returns: Diversifying your investment portfolio increases the potential for higher returns. While some projects may experience moderate growth, others may skyrocket in value. By having a mix of investments, you position yourself to benefit from the projects that outperform the market, potentially maximizing your overall returns. 5. Reducing Dependence on a Single Project: Relying heavily on a single ICO project can be risky, as the success of that project dictates the fate of your investment. By diversifying, you reduce the dependence on any one project, spreading the potential for success across multiple investments. 6. Diversification in crypto ICOs is not only a smart investment strategy, but it also allows you to participate in the growth and evolution of various industries. However, it's important to conduct thorough research and due diligence before investing in any project. Understanding the unique features, market demand, and potential risks of each project will help you make informed investment decisions in the crypto market. Understanding the Mechanics of an ICO Before diving deeper into the world of ICO investments, it's crucial to grasp the mechanics behind these fundraising mechanisms. Initial Coin Offerings, also known as ICOs, have gained popularity in recent years, providing cryptocurrency projects with a means to finance their development and growth. In the following sections, we will explore the structure of an ICO, the role of token economics, the key differences between ICO, IEO, STO, and IDO, and the potential risks and rewards associated with ICO investments. The Structure of an ICO The structure of an ICO typically involves several key components that enable projects to raise funds and launch their native tokens. Let's take a closer look at the key elements of an ICO: Initial Coin Offering (ICO): An ICO refers to the fundraising process in which projects offer their native tokens to the public. This initial token sale allows investors to participate in the project's growth potential by acquiring tokens at a discounted price. Token Generation Events: ICO projects often conduct token generation events, which serve as the primary means of token distribution. These events can take the form of presale rounds, public sales, or private investment rounds, depending on the project's strategy and funding requirements. Total Supply: Projects determine the total supply of tokens in their ICO, which represents the maximum number of tokens that will ever exist. The total supply is an important factor to consider, as it affects the token's scarcity, demand, and potential price appreciation. Investor Participation: Investors can participate in an ICO by purchasing the project's native tokens in exchange for popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. This participation provides investors with the potential for capital appreciation and the opportunity to support innovative projects from the early stages. Roadmap and Token Utility: ICO projects typically have a roadmap outlining their development plans and milestones. Additionally, the token's utility within the project's ecosystem is a key consideration for investors. Understanding the token's value proposition and potential uses can help assess the project's long-term viability. Understanding the structure of an ICO is essential for investors looking to participate in token sales. By grasping the key components, investors can navigate the ICO landscape and make informed decisions in the crypto market. Now, let's delve into the role of token economics in ICOs. The Role of Token Economics in ICOs Token economics play a vital role in the success of ICO projects, impacting the value and utility of the native tokens. Here's a closer look at the key factors that influence token economics in ICOs: Token Holders: Token holders form the community of investors and users who hold the project's native tokens. The number of token holders and their engagement in the project's ecosystem contribute to the liquidity and demand for the tokens in the market. Market Demand: The demand for tokens is crucial in determining their value in the crypto market. Factors such as the project's potential, the market need for the project's offerings, and the growth potential of the industry influence market demand for the tokens. Token Utility: The utility of tokens within the project's ecosystem is a key component of token economics. Tokens can serve various purposes, including governance rights, access to platform features, payment for services, or rewards for participation. The token's utility enhances its value and incentivizes token holders to actively engage in the project. Economic Model: The economic model of the project defines the token distribution, supply, and potential token rewards. How the project balances token rewards, scarcity, and token supply affects the market dynamics and the potential price appreciation of the tokens. Market Cap: The market capitalization of a project's native tokens reflects the total value of the tokens in circulation. Market cap is calculated by multiplying the token price by the total supply of tokens. It serves as an indicator of the project's market value and potential attractiveness to investors. Token economics play a crucial role in shaping the success of ICO projects. By understanding the role of token holders, market demand, token utility, economic models, and market cap, investors can evaluate the potential of ICO investments. Now, let's differentiate between ICO, IEO, STO, and IDO. Differentiating Between ICO, IEO, STO, and IDO The cryptocurrency space offers various fundraising mechanisms, each with its own characteristics and benefits. It's important to differentiate between Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), Initial Exchange Offerings (IEO), Security Token Offerings (STO), and Initial DEX Offerings (IDO) for informational purposes. In the following sections, we will explore the key differences between these offerings and guide you in selecting the right type of investment for your portfolio. The Key Differences While ICOs, IEOs, STOs, and IDOs all contribute to the blockchain fundraising space, they differ in their key characteristics: Initial Coin Offerings (ICO): ICOs are decentralized fundraising mechanisms that typically involve token sales to the public. ICO projects rely on community engagement and cryptocurrency exchanges to facilitate the token sale process. ICOs provide projects with the means to finance their development while offering investors the potential for capital appreciation. Initial Exchange Offerings (IEO): IEOs, on the other hand, are token offerings facilitated by cryptocurrency exchanges. Unlike ICOs, where projects handle the token sale process, IEOs take place on crypto exchanges, which perform due diligence on the projects before listing the tokens. This added layer of exchange involvement enhances the security and credibility of the token sale process. Security Token Offerings (STO): Security Token Offerings involve the sale of tokens that represent an investment contract in a regulated asset, such as equity in a company, profit-sharing rights, or debt securities. STOs are compliant with securities laws, offering investors the potential for ownership in the project and the expectation of financial returns, much like traditional investment vehicles. Initial DEX Offerings (IDO): Each type of offering has its own advantages and considerations, dependent on factors such as regulatory compliance, project reputation, investment goals, and risk appetite. Now, let's explore the importance of choosing the right type of investment in the crypto market. Choosing the Right Type for Your Investment When it comes to investing in the crypto space, due diligence and careful consideration of the investment type are essential. Here's why choosing the right type of investment matters: Due Diligence Investment Decisions Crypto Space By conducting due diligence, aligning investment decisions with personal goals, and staying informed about the crypto space, investors can choose the investment type that best suits their needs. Whether it's ICOs, IEOs, STOs, or IDOs, each offering provides unique opportunities and potential rewards. However, it's important to carefully evaluate each investment in the crypto market, considering factors such as regulatory compliance, project transparency, market demand, and investment potential. Now, let's turn our attention to identifying potential ICO scams. Identifying Potential ICO Scams Scams in the ICO space are prevalent due to the lack of regulation and oversight, making it crucial to be vigilant. Watch out for promises of guaranteed returns and unrealistic claims about projects. Conduct thorough research on the team behind the ICO, checking for verifiable credentials and past experiences in the crypto industry. Be cautious of projects with plagiarized whitepapers or vague project details, as these can be red flags signaling potential scams. Red Flags in ICO Projects When considering ICO projects, it's crucial to watch out for signs that may indicate potential scams. Be cautious of exaggerated profit guarantees, lack of team transparency, or copied whitepapers. High-pressure tactics to rush investments and unclear tokenomics are also red flags to be aware of in the crypto market. Stay vigilant and conduct thorough research to avoid falling victim to fraudulent schemes. How to Stay Safe While Investing in ICOs Engaging with trustworthy partners can boost investment security in the volatile cryptocurrency market. Staying updated through project team communications and regular updates is vital for informed decisions. Verifying details on the official website is a key step in conducting due diligence. Joining the project's Telegram channel offers real-time access to critical updates. Thoroughly researching new meme cryptocurrencies or tokens like meme kombat ensures informed investing decisions. The Steps to Invest in an ICO Understanding the mechanics of an ICO is crucial for successful investments. The initial step involves selecting a suitable ICO from the plethora available. Following this, purchasing the necessary cryptocurrency to participate in the ICO is essential. Transferring the acquired cryptocurrency to a secure Web3 wallet and finalizing the purchase marks the completion of the process. Each step demands meticulous attention to detail and thorough research to minimize risks and maximize investment potential. Step 1 - Selecting a Suitable ICO When choosing an ICO, having a strong community can be beneficial. It's crucial to assess the project's roadmap and ensure transparency in its goals. Market demand plays a significant role, and analyzing growth potential is key. Consider these factors to make an informed decision. Step 2 - Purchasing the Necessary Cryptocurrency When acquiring cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, it's typical in the cryptocurrency market. Opting for reputable exchanges for cryptocurrency purchases is advisable. It's prudent to factor in fees and transaction speed during the purchase. Verifying wallet compatibility with the selected ICO is essential. Accurately calculating the required amount before making the purchase is crucial. Step 3 - Transferring to a Web3 Wallet and Making the Purchase To ensure the safety of your investments, transferring purchased cryptocurrencies to a secure Web3 wallet is crucial. It is advised to complete transactions promptly after the transfer and double-check the wallet address for accuracy. Following the ICO's purchase instructions precisely is essential for a seamless process. Keep your wallet's security measures up to date to safeguard your assets effectively. Risks Associated with ICO Investments Understanding the risks associated with investing in ICOs is crucial. The volatile nature of the cryptocurrency market, coupled with the lack of regulations, poses significant challenges for investors. The potential for losses due to market fluctuations and the absence of regulatory oversight can lead to substantial financial risks. It is essential for investors to conduct thorough research and due diligence before considering an ICO investment to mitigate these inherent risks. Understanding the Volatility of the Market Market dynamics impact ICO token values considerably. Preparedness for abrupt price shifts is pivotal. Regularly tracking market trends holds significance. Diversification aids in managing volatility effectively. Reviewing historical price actions before investment is vital. Potential for Loss Due to Lack of Regulation Investors face risks from regulatory uncertainties, legal challenges, and lack of protection in unregulated ICO markets. Caution is crucial to avoid financial losses. Understanding jurisdictional implications is key to navigating the unregulated landscape, ensuring informed decision-making amidst potential drawbacks due to the absence of regulations. The Potential Rewards of ICO Investments Opportunities for potential rewards in ICO investments include opportunities for capital appreciation and possibilities of earning passive income. Investors can benefit from the growth of projects, leading to capital appreciation over time, as well as earning passive income through various mechanisms within ICO projects. Understanding these key factors is essential for investors looking to capitalize on the potential rewards offered by ICO investments. Opportunities for Capital Appreciation Capital appreciation in ICO investments can result in significant gains, with high-potential projects offering lucrative returns. The value of ICO tokens has the potential to increase over time, subject to strategic investment decisions. Timely market analysis is essential for maximizing capital growth. Possibilities of Earning Passive Income Exploring various avenues to generate passive income through ICO investments is crucial. Staking rewards from tokens offer a steady income stream, while engaging in token holder activities can boost earnings. Leveraging decentralized finance options enhances passive income opportunities. Additionally, holding onto ICO projects long-term can lead to significant returns, and reinvesting dividends can establish a sustainable passive income flow. Embracing these strategies can optimize the potential for earning passive income in the dynamic cryptocurrency market. Using Social Media and ICO Calendars to Find ICOs Utilizing social platforms and ICO calendars can aid in discovering potential ICOs efficiently. Social media acts as a hub for updates and discussions on various projects like green bitcoin or meme kombat, providing insights into the cryptocurrency market trends. ICO calendars streamline the process by listing upcoming offerings like scorpion casino or meme coin, allowing investors to track opportunities easily. By leveraging these tools and staying informed about new meme cryptocurrencies or key factors, investors can make more informed decisions in the dynamic world of blockchain investments. At press time, Meme Kombat is offering a 109% staking APY, making it a top contender for the best ICO crypto to invest in 2024. Utilizing Social Media for ICO Discovery Discovering innovative ICO projects can be facilitated by actively engaging on various social media platforms. By tracking influential figures within the cryptocurrency market, valuable insights into potential ICO investments can be gained. Participating in ICO communities online aids in assessing the prevailing market sentiment. Interacting with existing token holders via social media can provide valuable perspectives for making informed investment decisions. Keeping abreast of the latest news and trends in the cryptocurrency space through social media channels is crucial for maximizing investment opportunities. Understanding the Role of ICO Calendars Utilize ICO calendars as a centralized resource for upcoming token sales in the cryptocurrency market. Plan your investment journey efficiently with these platforms, staying informed about presale rounds and token generation events. Keep ahead of new opportunities by monitoring ICO calendars, which streamline the process of tracking and discovering ICO projects. Stay updated on the latest updates and key factors in the crypto presale space, including the launch of new tokens, to make well-informed investment decisions. Does Investing in ICO Crypto Promise a Profitable Return? Analyzing potential returns on ICO investments is crucial. Thorough research assesses profitability, market demand, and growth projections. Informed decisions based on market cap and rewards determine profitable outcomes amidst risks. Understanding the rewards and risks ensures a strategic approach to ICO investments. Conclusion Investing in ICO cryptos can be both exciting and risky. It's crucial to diversify your investments and thoroughly research each project before committing. Understand the differences between ICO, IEO, STO, and IDO to make informed decisions. Be cautious of potential scams and prioritize safety measures. While there are rewards, remember the market's volatility and lack of regulation. Utilize social media and ICO calendars for investment opportunities. Ultimately, ensure you're comfortable with the risks associated with ICO investments and set realistic profit expectations. Making well-informed choices is key to potentially reaping rewards in the world of ICO cryptos. Luxurify is a leading name in luxury jewelry, synonymous with timeless elegance, impeccable craftsmanship, and unparalleled quality. With a commitment to creating pieces that transcend trends and celebrate the artistry of jewelry-making, Luxurify continues to be the preferred choice for those who seek the epitome of sophistication. Contact Details Alex +1 302-597-6768 Apexreviews154@gmail.com Company Website https://skyscrapersllc.com/

March 05, 2024 11:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

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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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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 11:15 AM 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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