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Apple Shareholder: Company’s Actions on Human Rights Don’t Match Its Words

NLPC

Ahead of Apple Inc. ’s annual meeting on February 28, National Legal and Policy Center is highlighting a report it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that explains how the iPhone maker’s claims about its respect for human rights fall far short of its real-world engagements and operations. NLPC, a shareholder in Apple, is sponsoring a proposal (No. 8 on Page 97 of the company’s proxy statement ) that asks the company to explain why its actions fail repeatedly to match its statements and policies regarding human rights, especially considering its ongoing pandering to the government of China. The SEC filing builds on the case made in the proposal, with extensive evidence of Apple’s concern for cheap labor and enormous profits, at the expense of the people who buy and make its products under the brutal communist regime. “Over the past ten years, various shareholders have brought at least six different proposals at Apple annual meetings because of its weaknesses when it comes to protecting human rights,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “Why does the Board of Directors have to keep addressing this issue? Because they only pay lip service to it, while their Chinese government business partners constantly violate standards of respect and decency. The U.S. State Department actually calls it genocide.” NLPC’s proposal and SEC filing note the following examples where Apple fails to follow its own proclamations regarding human rights, rendering them empty: Apple removed the New York Times ’s apps from the App Store in China in 2017, and removed apps including HKmap.live and Quartz from its offerings, during the protests in Hong Kong in 2019; The company severely restricted use of its AirDrop wireless filesharing feature on users’ iPhones during protests against Chairman Xi Jinping’s “zero COVID” policies in late 2022; The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice said in January 2024 that it had cracked Apple’s encryption and was able to track senders. According to The Epoch Times, “That allows local police to find ‘several suspects’ who use the iPhone feature to transmit files containing what authorities have referred to as ‘inappropriate remarks,’ according to the agency;” According to Reuters, “Apple has started requiring new apps to show proof of a Chinese government license before their release on its China App Store, joining local rivals that had adopted the policy years earlier to meet tightening state regulations.” Perhaps most telling, the tech giant lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act when it was up for consideration in Congress. “Apple wants to avoid this embarrassing issue so badly, that the Board asked the SEC to prevent our proposal from being heard by our fellow shareholders, by claiming that they were already addressing the issue,” Chesser added. “Fortunately – even under a presidential administration cozy with both Big Tech and China – the SEC staff followed the facts instead of political bias, and decided to allow our proposal at the annual meeting. “We look forward to explaining to our fellow shareholders why Apple’s carelessness over human rights presents fiduciary and reputational risks to the company.” ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. 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

February 13, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Bloomsbury Publishing new IR head hails the success of Sarah J. Maas franchise

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Bloomsbury Publishing's new head of investor relations Tamsin Garrity discusses the significant success of Sarah J. Maas's latest novel, "‘House of Flame and Shadow," which achieved global number-one status on Amazon upon its release. In an interview with Proactive's Stephen Gunnion, Garrity noted that this marks Maas's 16th book published by Bloomsbury, with six more titles under contract. Garrity highlighted the remarkable 79% year-on-year sales growth attributed to Maas's works, which also bolstered sales of her backlist titles. The popularity of the fantasy and sci-fi genre, as reported by Nielsen BookScan, has grown by 54% in the last five years in the UK, a trend that Bloomsbury is capitalizing on by representing other renowned authors within this genre, including Samantha Shannon, Susanna Clarke, Alan Moore, and Cixin Liu, whose "Three-Body Problem" series is anticipated to be a major Netflix release. Garrity also shared insights into her background and the reasons why Bloomsbury presents a unique investment opportunity. She emphasized Bloomsbury's diversified strategy, balancing academic and consumer publishing, which appeals to portfolio managers. The company's international revenue, digital and audio diversification, and successful acquisition strategy were highlighted as key factors in its growth and attractiveness to investors. Bloomsbury's ability to generate cash allows for reinvestment in its portfolio and acquisitions, contributing to the company's confident and ambitious outlook. With a 127% earnings growth over the last five years, Bloomsbury is positioned for continued success in the publishing industry. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

February 13, 2024 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., America's first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer, is pleased to welcome Andrew Reynolds as its newest Managing Director.

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Andrew Reynolds joins Roberts & Ryan as Managing Director and has more than 30 years of experience in equity trading, capital markets, portfolio management, options & derivatives, sales & business development, investor relations, and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. Reynolds was Head of Equity Trading and a Registered Principal at Tullett Prebon and KCCI Ltd. Before that, he was Head Trader and Floor Broker at Tradition North America and R.J. Murphy & Associates. Prior to that, he was Head Trader at Preferred Technology. Mr. Reynolds began his career as an Options Clerk at Pershing, LLC. “Andrew brings extensive experience in equity trading and represents Roberts & Ryan’s commitment to providing best in class service and execution,” said James McDevitt, Roberts & Ryan’s Senior Director of Equity Sales and Trading, Capital Markets. “He will be a tremendous advocate for our social mission of supporting veterans and their families. I’m very excited to have him join our team.” Mr. Reynolds is a member of the Securities Traders Association (STA), the Securities Traders Association of New York (STANY), Philadelphia Traders (ITAP), and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). He holds SIE and FINRA Series 7, 24, 25, 55, 57 & 63 licenses. Mr. Reynolds served as a Technical Warfare Specialist, Team Leader, and Group Leader in the 25 th Infantry Division of the United States Army and is a graduate of Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia. 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 Michael C. Del Priore +1 646-859-4061 mdelpriore@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

February 12, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Crypto Analysis Platform yPredict Completes All 8 Rounds of Presale Successfully, Expands Team to Accelerate Growth

Spark Metro PR

yPredict, an AI-powered crypto analysis platform, today announced it has completed all its presale rounds to develop its platform further. The additional capital will support yPredict's continued growth as it evolves into a fully-fledged asset analysis platform. "We are thrilled to complete this last presale round, which demonstrates strong investor confidence in our vision," said Raj Sharma, CEO of yPredict. "These funds will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI-driven platform as we scale our capabilities to empower crypto & stocks investors with actionable, data-backed insights." With the presale complete, yPredict is expanding its team by hiring for several key roles, including Product Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Technical Stock Chart Analysis Content Writer, and Crypto Content Writer. These hires will be instrumental as yPredict cements itself as an industry-leading crypto analysis solution. yPredict leverages advanced AI and machine learning to analyze financial market data and identify profitable trading and investment opportunities. The platform delivers personalized, easy-to-understand analytics to help traders of all skill levels make smarter investment decisions. "We are at the forefront of leveraging AI to democratize access to sophisticated crypto market analysis. Our technology enables anyone, not just seasoned professionals, to trade with confidence," continued Raj Sharma. "With our strong funding base and expanded team, we are poised to take yPredict to new heights in 2024 and beyond." For more information on yPredict and its AI-powered crypto investing platform, visit ypredict.ai. About yPredict yPredict provides AI-powered crypto market analysis platform designed to uncover predictive insights and enable high-probability trading. Built by a team of AI and finance experts, yPredict helps crypto investors of all experience levels make smarter trading decisions through advanced analytics and machine learning. The company is based in Wilmington, DE. Contact Details yPredict Ankit Singh +1 302-597-6768 team@ypredict.ai Company Website https://ypredict.ai/

February 11, 2024 05:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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System1 Group Revolutionizes Ads for Maximum Impact in 2024

System1 Group

James Gregory, the CEO of System1 Group Plc joins Steve Darling from Proactive to provide insights into the company's unique approach to advertising. System1 Group aims to assist the world's largest advertisers in making data-driven creative decisions that lead to impactful business outcomes. The company leverages proprietary technology developed over two decades, allowing it to predict how emotions in advertising contribute to long-term market share growth. One standout feature of the company's approach is its ability to test ads and ideas within 24 hours, contributing to the creation of a massive global database of over 100,000 ads for benchmarking purposes. Gregory also highlighted the company's recent successes, including the addition of over 200 new customers in 2023, establishing partnerships with renowned brands like Pfizer, Tesco, Toyota, EasyJet, and others. Gregory emphasized the growing need for marketing teams to demonstrate commercial returns, highlighting a significant opportunity for increased pre-testing spending. Looking ahead to 2024, System1 Group is focused on growth within the $20 billion US dollar market, particularly in the United States. This growth plan is supported by substantial investments in branding, sales capabilities, and marketing efforts. As advertising budgets face increased scrutiny, System1 Group's unique approach provides valuable data and insights to maximize return on investment (ROI). This positions the company as a key player in the evolving advertising landscape, where data-driven decision-making is essential for advertisers looking to achieve impactful results and demonstrate the commercial effectiveness of their campaigns. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

February 10, 2024 06:12 AM Eastern Standard Time

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First-Ever Risk Retention Group for the Cannabis Industry Launches with CLIC RRG

IMA Financial

Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, today announced the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG), the first and only risk retention group designed specifically for the unique needs of the burgeoning cannabis industry. The member-owned insurance solution is now available to cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) nationwide. “We are very proud to announce the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group. We are the first and only insurer in the cannabis space that is owned exclusively by its policyholders,” said Chris Payne, founder of CLIC RRG. “This allows us to offer risk management and profit-sharing opportunities that are unavailable anywhere else in the industry.” The product represents a significant step toward comprehensive insurance solutions tailored to the needs of CRBs across the United States. CLIC members gain access to general liability and product liability coverage from anywhere in the nation, which until now has been out of reach in this high-risk, heavily legislated sector. Tris Felix, Managing Director of Cornerstone Risk Solutions, highlighted the product’s significance: “A member-owned insurance solution is a game-changer for CRB owners whose growth has been historically limited by lack of liability coverage. CLIC RRG owners can build — and benefit from — products that meet the industry’s unique needs, leveling the playing field in a competitive and evolving industry.” As the cannabis industry continues to grow, Cornerstone and CLIC RRG are committed to assessing market responses and potentially introducing additional cannabis industry-specific insurance solutions. “Historically, CLIC RRG coverage lines have been profitable for carriers, yet restricted the policyholders,” said IMA Vice President and Cannabis National Practice Leader Michael Hennessey. “By coming together in a risk retention group, cannabis businesses set their own direction and claim their due benefit.” About Cornerstone Risk Solutions and IMA Financial Group Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, specializes in providing innovative insurance and risk management solutions. IMA Financial Group, a North American insurance brokerage firm, is renowned for its commitment to protecting assets and making a difference in the lives of its clients, associates and communities. About CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) is a private insurance company owned by and operated solely for the benefit of participants in the legalized cannabis industry. The company serves businesses and individuals involved in the sale, manufacture, cultivation, transportation and testing of legalized cannabis-based products. The company’s operations are controlled by policyholders who are licensees in the cannabis industry. Contact Details CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. Chris Payne +1 858-260-9000 chris@clicrrg.com IMA Financial Group Sean Hanft +1 203-313-3205 Sean.hanft@imacorp.com Center Reach Communications Alexandra Campbell alexandra@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://cornerstonerisksolutions.com/

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Goodway Group Selects FreeWheel As First Video-Only Ad Partner

Goodway Group

Today, Goodway Group, a leading, data-driven and technology-enabled digital media and marketing services firm, announced its first, video-only partnership for premium video ad inventory with FreeWheel, a global technology platform for the television advertising industry. The two companies are teaming up to help further scale and open up access to premium, connected television ad inventory for marketers. They are doing so to help tackle some of today’s most pressing industry challenges: access to premium, brand-safe ad inventory, a need for greater transparency into the ad buying process, as well as greater media efficiencies. This partnership aims to address several of those challenges by offering publishers working with Goodway Group many key benefits: First, they can tap into FreeWheel’s direct connection – and access – to a large array of premium video ad inventory. Secondly, publishers will now have greater transparency into the ad buying process, as FreeWheel has one of the industry’s most direct, efficient and simplest paths to premium video ad inventory. Lastly, per the partnership, Goodway Group has first access to test out new betas and innovations, so that its clients can stay differentiated and nimble in today’s complex ad marketplace. “As the TV advertising ecosystem continues to fragment and evolve, we sought a partner with a steady commitment to infusing simplicity, transparency and innovation and FreeWheel clearly stood out,” said Andrea Kwiatek, Director, Partnerships, Goodway Group. “FreeWheel has consistently driven greater innovation and better business results for their clients, and this is fueled by a deep understanding of the challenges that the industry faces today. We look forward to working together with them to help raise the bar for TV advertising for our clients and across the ecosystem.” The partnership comes at a time when, as more video investments shift toward programmatic activation, marketers want even greater transparency on advertising ROI. This partnership aims to address that demand by providing a more enhanced way to streamline marketers’ workflow, thereby allowing greater insight into where and how media dollars are being spent. The savings that are derived from that improved workflow, in turn, are invested back into the TV ad marketplace, allowing marketers to drive even more ad results. “At FreeWheel, we are challenging ourselves, our clients, and the broader marketplace to treat professionally produced commercial break ad inventory different from standard banner ads. This means we need to find innovative ways to make the TV ad buying process simpler and more direct, predictable and effective to buy programmatically,” said Jon Mansell, VP, Head of U.S. Programmatic Demand, FreeWheel. “These are the same guiding principles that are powering our partnership with Goodway and our goal is to help better improve the industry, on all of these pillars, by teaming up with them.” About Goodway Group Goodway Group is a leading data-driven and technology-enabled digital media and marketing services firm with teams in the U.S. and the U.K. Our diverse team of digital strategists, media practitioners, technologists and data scientists have won the most prestigious awards for innovative marketing technology, impactful work and inclusive remote-first places to work including being honored as a multiyear Ad Age Best Places to Work, AdExchanger’s Best Use of Technology by an Agency Award and three MarTech Breakthrough Awards. The firm deploys deep expertise across both consumer and B2B marketing, including brand-performance advertising, retail media and commerce, and advanced analytics using proprietary digital programmatic technologies, data, analytics methodologies, and consultation. Goodway Group is an independent and remote-first media and marketing services firm with a 90+ year history. Find Goodway Group online at Goodwaygroup.com. About FreeWheel FreeWheel empowers all segments of The New TV Ecosystem. We are structured to provide the full breadth of solutions the advertising industry needs to achieve their goals. We provide the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types, and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. With offices in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Beijing, and across the globe, FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, stands to advocate for the entire industry through the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video. For more information, please visit https://www.freewheel.com/, and follow us on X and LinkedIn. Contact Details Alexandra Morrison +1 214-604-9658 alexandra@kitehillpr.com FreeWheel FreeWheel elaine_wong@comcast.com Company Website https://www.goodwaygroup.com/

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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COMCAST OPENS LATEST XFINITY STORE IN EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

Comcast Twin Cities

Comcast today announced the opening of its newest Twin Cities area Xfinity Store in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Located off bustling Commonwealth Drive, the space is thoughtfully designed with the customer experience at the forefront, providing an opportunity to explore and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services. The store is located at 8266 Commonwealth Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, and is now open to the public. This opening marks the 15 th Xfinity Store in the Twin Cities metro area. With a modern and open environment that highlights Comcast’s entertainment and technology offerings, the new store encourages customers to work with dedicated store employees and interact with the latest Xfinity products. Products range from internet, video, connected home solutions, Xfinity Mobile, a flexible and affordable wireless plan, and Comcast Business solutions, including new mobile offerings for any size business. The store is equipped to host live demos and provide hands-on account management services. Customers can also conveniently book appointments online ahead of time through Xfinity’s website. “We are happy to welcome Comcast to Eden Prairie as the location for their newest Xfinity store,” said Pat MulQueeny, President of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber knows how important access to the newest technology is, and with the store’s prime location, it is easier than ever for Eden Prairie customers to access the latest technology and stay connected.” Comcast has also further invested in the Eden Prairie community by donating $5,000 to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund for their annual youth Safety Camp, where children learn about safety from local police, fire, and recreation departments. “We are thrilled to bring this new state-of-the-art store to Eden Prairie,” said Rachel Johnson, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Comcast Midwest. “Xfinity’s unprecedented coverage is only getting faster, smarter and more reliable, and it is exciting to see more and more communities taking advantage of our unmatched products and services.” The store is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. 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 Jill Hornbacher +1 651-425-1695 Jill_Hornbacher@comcast.com Company Website https://midwest.comcast.com

February 08, 2024 08:00 AM Central Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., America's first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer, is pleased to welcome Mark DeVito as its Senior Director of Equity Trading.

Roberts & Ryan, Inc.

Mr. DeVito joins Roberts & Ryan as a seasoned business veteran, whose 35-year career has included leadership roles in investment banking, corporate finance, capital market transactions, alternative investments, and corporate boards. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. DeVito was Managing Director of the Global Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Securities, where he developed key client relationships and originated investment banking transactions. Before Bank of America Securities, Mr. DeVito was Managing Partner at JCS Partners LLC. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Global Energy and Power Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. Additionally, while at Merrill Lynch, he was the Global Head of their Alternative Investments Group and Managing Director of their Debt Capital Markets Group. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Lehman Brothers and Assistant Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton. Mr. DeVito served as a member of the Board of Directors of Nextremity Solutions, the Board of Trustees of Rumson Country Day School and the Executive Board of Family and Children’s Services. When asked to share his thoughts on Roberts & Ryan's latest appointment, Chief Executive Officer Ed D'Alessandro remarked, “I am very excited to welcome Mark to our team. His extensive experience and distinguished investment banking career will be a tremendous asset to Roberts & Ryan. Mark is committed to our social mission of supporting Veterans and their families, and his investment banking experience will be instrumental in helping us grow. We are truly fortunate to have someone of Mark’s caliber join our team to help us get to the next level.” Mr. DeVito is a graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he received an MBA in Finance, and a graduate of Seton Hall University, where he received a BA in Finance. 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, primarily focusing on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Michael C. Del Priore +1 646-859-4061 mdelpriore@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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