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Columbus, Ohio-area School Wins Grand Prize in National Creativity Competition presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs – Earns Visit from the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, May 23

Campus Multimedia

Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Dublin, OH, has been named the national grand prize winner of the Court of Creativity contest presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs. As the grand prize winner, the school will receive a visit from the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, May 23, plus a $1,000 prize that was awarded when they became a finalist. Judges from the Harlem Globetrotters and Jersey Mike’s Subs were impressed by the students’ ability to blend science, music, and basketball in a creative and original way. The school’s participation included multiple grade levels as their 5th graders performed and analyzed 10 different science experiments, and 3rd graders created a basketball movement music routine. "Congratulations to Glacier Ridge Elementary for winning the Court of Creativity challenge," said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. "We were impressed by the creativity and energy from all the submissions we received, and we're thrilled to name Glacier Ridge Elementary as the grand prize winner." Known as the “Court of Creativity presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs,” the six-week contest was open to public, private, and vocational schools with grades Kindergarten through 5th across the United States. It was part of Jersey Mike’s and the Harlem Globetrotters’ ongoing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, teamwork, and creativity among young people. The contest encouraged students to showcase their creativity related to the Harlem Globetrotters or the sport of basketball. “On behalf of the staff and students of Glacier Ridge Elementary School, we are extremely honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Court of Creativity contest sponsored by Jersey Mike’s and the Harlem Globetrotters,” said Pete Kurty, Principal at Glacier Ridge Elementary School. “We are excited to celebrate as a whole school as the Globetrotters perform and then we are treated to a delicious Jersey Mike’s lunch. We would be remiss if we didn’t also celebrate the creativity of the teachers of the winning lesson submissions. Incorporating creativity into instruction is what great educators do every day. However, without the creativity, innovation, and collaboration of the 5th-grade teaching team and the music and physical education teacher, this experience would not be possible. Thank you to Jersey Mike’s and the Harlem Globetrotters for encouraging and promoting creativity and quality instruction in order to provide an amazing educational experience for students.” ABOUT JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS Jersey Mike’s Subs, with more than 2,500 locations nationwide, serves authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs on in-store freshly baked bread — the same recipe it started with in 1956. Passion for giving in Jersey Mike’s local communities is reflected in its mission statement “Giving…making a difference in someone’s life.” For more information, please visit jerseymikes.com or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/jerseymikes), Instagram (instagram.com/jerseymikes), and Twitter (twitter.com/jerseymikes.com). The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters – THE originators of basketball style, captured by dynamic athletes with unmatched skills and influencers of today’s game. The team has showcased their iconic brand of basketball in over 124 countries and territories across six continents since 1926. Winners of 2 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards and Emmy® nominated for their hit NBC weekly series, “Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward,” they continue to break barriers and stand as leaders across diversity, equity, and inclusion. Proud inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, their mission continues to advance the game of basketball and deliver exciting and interactive entertainment to the world. If you have ever seen a jump shot, slam dunk or a half-court hook shot, you have witnessed the creative moves made famous by the Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the full schedules and more information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://www.campusmultimedia.com/

May 10, 2023 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Experience Next-Level Privacy with Sekur Private Data Ltd.’s (OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) SekurVPN: The World's First Big Tech-Free, Swiss-Based VPN

Sekur Private Data, Ltd.

In today's digital age, where online privacy is increasingly under threat, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers a powerful solution to safeguard your online identity and secure your data from prying eyes. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technology that creates a secure and encrypted connection over the internet, allowing users to browse the web privately and anonymously. It does so by routing the user's data through a remote server, masking the user's IP address and encrypting their online traffic. VPNs are widely used for various purposes, such as protecting sensitive data, bypassing geo-restrictions, and maintaining online privacy. They are particularly useful for individuals and businesses that need to secure their communications and personal information from hackers, cybercriminals, and unauthorized access. As internet privacy concerns continue to grow, VPNs have become an essential tool for safeguarding one's online activities and ensuring a safe and secure browsing experience. Growth Outlook For the Global VPN Market The horizon for virtual private networks (VPN) in the global market is looking exceedingly bright. With a staggering market size of $48.94 billion in 2022, the VPN industry is predicted to reach an awe-inspiring $358.64 billion by 2032, with a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.04% between 2023 and 2032. This phenomenal surge is a testament to the escalating need for impregnable and secluded internet connections, alongside the mounting menace of cyberattacks and data breaches. In terms of global revenue estimates, the VPN market is projected to experience substantial growth during this period. The market, which was estimated at $44.6 billion in 2022, is expected to reach a revised size of $137.7 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 15.1% over the analysis period from 2022 to 2030. This growth can be attributed to the increasing adoption of VPNs across various industries and regions, as well as the ongoing advancements in VPN technology and services. Sekur Private Data Launches New, Innovative SekurVPN Product That Swaps Big Tech For Private Swiss IPs, and Includes its Proprietary HeliX Technology With Military-Grade Encryption Sekur Private Data Ltd. (OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) has introduced SekurVPN, a groundbreaking privacy-oriented VPN solution that operates independently of big tech companies and is hosted in Switzerland. The service is designed for users who prioritize privacy and want to conceal their IP addresses from potential hackers while engaging in online activities such as banking, shopping, emailing, or using messaging apps. SekurVPN's pricing is set at $7 per month per user or $70 per year per user, with various currency options available. SekurVPN stands out by not relying on Big Tech or Hyperscaler hosting, assuring that there are no bundled third-party services and preventing data leaks. It does not monitor user traffic, and registration does not require a phone number. The VPN employs its proprietary infrastructure and exclusively provides Swiss IPs, ensuring user data is not shared with external service providers. SekurVPN securely directs all internet traffic through its private servers in Switzerland, incorporating top-tier encryption standards and its proprietary HeliX technology. Each connection has unique encryption keys, keeping users' passwords, sensitive data, and internet usage encrypted even on untrusted public networks. With a simplified user interface, SekurVPN is easy to set up and deploy. Users simply tap or click to establish a connection. The service is presently available on iOS and Android devices, with MacOS and Windows versions expected to launch soon. Alongside SekurVPN, the company provides a bundled Sekur plan that includes SekurMessenger and SekurMail, incorporating proprietary anti-phishing and privacy features such as SekurSend® and SekurReply®. SekurMessenger's innovative "Chat-By-Invite" functionality allows secure communication with non-SekurMessenger users without requiring them to sign up or install the app. Sekur's data privacy offerings are all hosted in Switzerland, where user privacy is stringently protected under Swiss law. The Swiss Federal Constitution's Article 13 safeguards privacy rights, and the Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) restricts unauthorized processing of personal information. For more information on Sekur Private Data, Ltd. and SekurVPN, visit https://sekurprivatedata.com and https://sekurvpn.com Disclaimer: Spotlight Growth is compensated, either directly or via a third party, to provide investor relations services for its clients. Spotlight Growth creates exposure for companies through a customized marketing strategy, including design of promotional material, the drafting and editing of press releases and media placement. All information on featured companies is provided by the companies profiled, or is available from public sources. Spotlight Growth and its employees are not a Registered Investment Advisor, Broker Dealer or a member of any association for other research providers in any jurisdiction whatsoever and we are not qualified to give financial advice. The information contained herein is based on external sources that Spotlight Growth believes to be reliable, but its accuracy is not guaranteed. 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For more information on our disclosures, please visit: https://spotlightgrowth.com/disclosures/ The Post " Experience Next-Level Privacy with Sekur Private Data Ltd.’s (OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) SekurVPN: The World's First Big Tech-Free, Swiss-Based VPN " First Appeared On Spotlight Growth. Contact Details Sekur Private Data, Ltd. Spotlight Growth info@spotlightgrowth.com

May 10, 2023 05:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Guild Esports aims for 5 million-strong audience following strong first half

Guild Esports PLC

Guild Esports PLC chief executive Jasmine Skee joined Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with details of the company's half-year results, which show strong revenue growth and reduced costs. Revenue increased by 241% to £3.7mln compared to £1.1mln last year, while gross profit rose by 256% to £2.5 million. Skee told Proactive that the company diversified its revenue streams through Guild Studios, which focuses on gaming campaigns with brands like Samsung Mobile and Anthony Nolan. It aims to reach an audience of 5 million by the end of the year by focusing on platforms popular with Gen Z and Gen Alpha, such as Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok, she added. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

May 10, 2023 05:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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COMCAST LAUNCHES SPEEDS FASTER THAN A GIG IN DEMING, PORTALES, AND TAOS

Comcast New Mexico

Comcast announced today internet speeds up to 1.2 Gbps (1,200 Mbps) are now available via the Xfinity 10G Network to nearly 20,000 homes and businesses in Deming, Portales, and Taos, New Mexico. These new speeds are available to new and existing customers. With the launch of new, faster speeds, Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of Gigabit internet, will provide internet options ranging from 50 Mbps to 1.2 Gbps, together with video, mobile, voice, home security and management products, and other products and services geared to local businesses. In addition, Xfinity Internet customers who lease a gateway will have access to Comcast’s next-generation cyber protection, xFi Advanced Security, that automatically detects and blocks of cyber threats like malware, providing peace of mind to consumers and businesses. “Comcast is committed to connecting more people to what matters most to them,” said Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President, Comcast. “We’re excited to bring additional internet options to consumers and businesses on our fast, reliable, secure network. Whether it’s for work, school, or entertainment, our fiber-rich, gigabit network is built to meet the needs of tomorrow - today.” Comcast also is addressing digital equity in the communities we serve through Project UP, the company’s $1 billion dollar commitment to help tens of millions of people connect to the internet and build futures of unlimited possibilities. In the last three years, Comcast has invested more than $13.5 million in more than 75 nonprofit and community organizations across New Mexico. Additionally, Comcast will continue to bring affordable, high-speed internet to low-income households through Internet Essentials. In over 10 years, the program has connected more than 10 million Americans, including 412,000 New Mexicans. Comcast also proudly participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides a subsidy of up to $30 per month –up to $75 per month in tribal areas—to pay for Internet service, covering the full cost of both Internet Essentials (50/10 Mbps) and Internet Essentials Plus (100/20 Mbps) for eligible households. Interested customers can visit Xfinity.com/ACP or call 1-800-Xfinity to learn more about this program and find out if they qualify. -More- Powered by the Xfinity 10G Network Comcast’s network and Internet experience are powering homes today and into the future: Ultimate Capacity: Xfinity customers connect nearly 1 billion devices across the company’s network annually. The Xfinity 10G Network with the next-generation Xfinity gateways deliver the most advanced WiFi technology carrying three times more bandwidth to power streaming, gaming, videoconferencing, and more, simultaneously. Fastest Internet: Comcast is the largest provider of Gigabit internet and about one third of Xfinity Internet customers subscribe to gigabit speed products. Unprecedented Coverage: The latest Xfinity Gateway provides a more reliable connection throughout the home. Customers can get wall-to-wall WiFi coverage with a powerful Xfinity WiFi Boost Pod that extends coverage to hard-to-reach areas, with plans for an offering of increased support for in-home WiFi through a “boost guarantee” later this year. Most Reliable Connection: Comcast is scaling the nation’s largest and most reliable network – the Xfinity 10G Network – that passes 60 million homes and business and counting. The company plans to launch a new device that is “storm-ready” with cellular and battery backup to help keep customers connected even when the power goes out. Ultra-Low Latency: The Xfinity 10G Network and the latest Xfinity Gateway are a powerful combination that deliver ultra-low latency for those moments when response times matter most like video games, a fast-growing category with Xfinity households averaging more than one gaming console per home. For local businesses, Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, communications, networking, cybersecurity, wireless, and managed solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest-growing providers of Ethernet services. 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 Julianne Phares +1 505-218-0961 julianne_phares@cable.comcast.com Company Website https://newmexico.comcast.com/

May 09, 2023 11:05 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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BettingLadies.com Launches Sports Betting Industry’s First Affiliate, News and Content Site For All Sports, For Women - By Women

BettingLadies.com

BettingLadies.com, the first sports betting affiliate and content site for all sports written by women, for women, today announced it has officially launched its public-facing site. All content on the site is written, created and produced by women content creators to explicitly provide sports betting news, information, odds and statistics for women bettors of all skill levels. While most sites which target the women-bettor demographic segment their offering by exclusively discussing women’s sports, BettingLadies.com differentiates itself through the discussion of both women’s and men’s sports. This mixed approach to female-targeted content enables bettors to participate in and enjoy wagering opportunities around dominant leagues such as the NBA, NHL and MLB, while also embracing the emerging market of women’s sports betting. “The genesis of BettingLadies.com is about making sports betting more accessible for women. I looked for content to help educate myself as a bettor, but found the majority of resources were clearly created to be consumed by a male audience,” said Val C. Martinez, CEO and founder of BettingLadies.com. “Multiple studies have found that nearly a third of the betting market is women, however the opportunities for female-centric content have been limited. While there are women content creators in the market, I strategically saw whitespace and wanted to create a new space where bettors could consume content from like-minded female sports fans, as well as build a platform where female creators can find a voice in the emerging sports betting market.” Martinez brings more than 20-years experience as a banker and financial executive, leading large business groups in major financial institutions, to her role as founder of BettingLandies.com. In addition to daily news from the sports world and daily betting lines, BettingLadies.com currently hosts the following signature elements: BettingLadies.com Community - Sign up and meet, interact and discuss betting with like-minded women. Lady Locks - Daily videos provide insights and betting information on the day’s biggest sporting events. Betting Guides - Educational videos, tutorials and how-to’s for all betting skills from beginners to the advanced. Tarot Reading - A fun free-to-play game for users to get their fortune on different sports betting experiences. The site’s most noted content creator is a professional wrestler and sports broadcast talent Danielle Kamela. In addition to writing for BettingLadies.com, Kamela creates the site’s signature digital asset, the daily “Lady Locks” series, which posts to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. “What drew me to working with BettingLadies.com was Val’s vision to create an approachable, judgement free and inclusive community, built on educating and supporting the growth of women bettors across the country,” Kamela said. “As a fan and bettor of all sports, Lady Locks provides me the opportunity to be flexible in the content I create, moving seamlessly from NBA to MLB games and NFL games in the fall. I’m excited about the future of this site and giving a voice to women bettors.” In addition to Kamela, BettingLadies.com has plans to expand to more than a dozen featured personalities in the coming months. “Beyond the launch, our goal is to evolve BettingLadies.com to be synonymous with the betting experience for women. We’ll soon begin creating in-person regional betting events based on the growth of our community,” said Martinez. “We’re continually looking for new affiliate partners, as well as voices and creators, to scale and expand our content to new mediums, social platforms and sports. As a true first mover in this category, we see nothing but potential for the future of women sports bettors.” To learn more about the site and to sign up for the BettingLadies.com betting community, please visit BettingLadies.com. ABOUT BETTINGLADIES.COM BettingLadies.com is the first sports betting affiliate and content site written by women, for women. Founded in 2022, the site offers sports betting news, information, odds and statistics for women bettors of all skill levels, written and produced from a woman’s perspective. For more information and content, visit BettingLadies.com on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Contact Details Sterling Randle srandle@hotpaperlantern.com

May 09, 2023 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Shareholder Arrested During Presentation of Proposal at Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

National Legal & Policy Center

During the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting on Saturday in Omaha, Peter Flaherty had his microphone cut, was arrested, and forcibly removed from the arena. Flaherty is the Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which was the sponsor of Proposal #8 to “require hereafter that two separate people hold the office of the Chairman and the office of the CEO.” In support of this resolution for an independent chair, Flaherty attempted to assert that Berkshire “would be less identified with Mr. Buffett’s personal political activities,” and cited Buffett’s support for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other factors. Resolution proponents were allowed three minutes each to speak in support of their proposals. Three other proponents spoke before Flaherty without interruption, including Michael Frerichs, Treasurer of Illinois. Video of the event shows that at 1:08 into his remarks, Flaherty was approached and interrupted at the microphone. It was by Cathy Woollums, a Berkshire official who was a designated liaison with proponents for the meeting. Not audible through the sound system, Woollums told Flaherty that he should stay “on topic.” Flaherty stated into the microphone, “You are not going to censor what I say, ma’am. I’m very sorry. And I appeal to the Chair (occupied by Warren Buffett) that I be allowed to continue. Sir?” Buffett stated, “You may continue but under the three-minute limitation.” Flaherty replied, “Of course,” and resumed speaking at the 1:28 mark until the 2:04 mark when his mike went dead. At the 1:55 mark Warren Buffett attempted to start talking over Flaherty and appeared to give direction to other persons in the hall. This portion of Flaherty’s remarks concerned Bill Gates’ relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Immediately, two representatives of Clark International Security approached and stood in front of Flaherty. He was told to leave or he would be arrested. Flaherty replied that he would leave when he finished his statement. At this point, Flaherty was not fully aware that his mike had been cut, was still under the three-minute limitation, and had already received a favorable ruling from the chair. One of the Clark representatives summoned a uniformed Omaha policeman who was nearby and requested that he arrest Flaherty. He grabbed Flaherty by the arm, advised him that he was under arrest, and led him from the arena. Flaherty was transported by Omaha police to the Douglas County Corrections Center where he was searched, handcuffed, and charged with criminal trespass. Here is a transcript of what transpired before the microphone went dead: I am Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. If we had an independent chair, the Company would be less identified with Mr. Buffett’s political activities. He’s donated tens of billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As Bill Gates explained when the couple was still together, “although the foundation bears our names, basically half our resources have come from Warren Buffett.” If “woke” culture is a disease, then philanthropy is the virus. The Gates Foundation bankrolls the teaching of Critical Race Theory around the country, including that math is inherently racist. The Gates Foundation offers a Gender Identity Toolbox which asserts that gender is the result of “socially and culturally constructed ideas.” This is a lie. Gender is not a cultural construct. It is a genetic and biological fact. 1:08 WOOLLUMS INTERRUPTION You are not going to censor what I say, ma’am. I’m very sorry. And I appeal to the Chair that I be allowed to continue. Sir?” 1:20 BUFFETT: “YOU MAY CONTINUE BUT UNDER THE THREE-MINUTE LIMITATION.” Of Course. We know how much Bill Gates cares about children. He met and traveled with Jeffrey Epstein many times after Epstein was convicted of sex crimes. The Gates Foundation had a huge influence over the COVID response fiasco. Bill Gates defended China’s COVID policies and still discounts the possibility that the virus originated from a lab, even though U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. The Gates Foundation may be the largest single donor to the “dark money” machine known as Arabella Associates. 1:54 BUFFETT TALKS OVER FLAHERTY (UNINTELLIGLBLE) It funds causes like defunding the police that are making American cities unlivable. Money goes, too, to groups conducting... 2:04 MICROPHONE GOES DEAD NLPC filed a proxy memo in support of its resolution on April 21. NLPC was the filer of a similar proposal for an independent chair last year at Berkshire when Flaherty spoke in support of the resolution without incident. The proposal received support from diverse shareholders including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). NLPC sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project and has engaged in shareholder activism since 2004. In 2023, NLPC is the proponent of proposals at 26 companies on a variety of topics. NLPC-filed proposals for an independent chair were also considered this year at Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Goldman-Sachs, Home Depot, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Salesforce, and Visa. Since 2004, Flaherty has spoken at the annual meetings of dozens of companies including Alphabet, Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Goldman Sachs, Merck, Facebook (now Meta), PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Walmart. In connection to NLPC proposals, he has met with many corporate executives over the years, including then-PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and then-GE CEO Jeff Immelt. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability 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

May 08, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Revolutionizing social media marketing: Thumzup Media CEO explains how users get paid to post

Thumzup Media Corporation

Thumzup Media CEO Robert Steele joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share news the company has seen a strong start for its Thumzup mobile app, which allows advertisers to get user-generated content from customers and fans, paying them to become social media advocates for the brands they enjoy. Steele compares the company's model to that of Uber's democratization of ride-sharing. He tells Proactive the company now has over 100 listed opportunities from businesses in its app, an increase of 1,567% since the start of its commercial rollout. Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 05, 2023 01:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder to Criticize Warren Buffett and Bill Gates for Politicized Philanthropy

National Legal & Policy Center

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is the sponsor of a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder proposal to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO. On April 21, we filed a proxy memo in support of our resolution, explaining why we believe the succession plan is inadequate and that the company should be less identified with Warren Buffett’s politics. Here is the statement NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty plans to make at the Berkshire annual meeting on Saturday, April 6 in Omaha, Nebraska: I am Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. If we had an independent chair, the Company would be less identified with Mr. Buffett’s political activities. He’s donated more than $100 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As Bill Gates explained when the couple was still together, “ although the foundation bears our names, basically half our resources have come from Warren Buffett.” If “woke” culture is a disease, then philanthropy is the virus. The Gates Foundation bankrolls the teaching of Critical Race Theory around the country, including that math is inherently racist. The Gates Foundation offers a Gender Identity Toolbox, which asserts that gender is the result of “socially and culturally constructed ideas.” This is a lie. Gender is not a cultural construct. It is a genetic and biological fact. We know how much Bill Gates cares about children. He met and traveled with Jeffrey Epstein MANY times AFTER Epstein was convicted of sex crimes. The Gates Foundation had a huge influence over the COVID response fiasco. Bill Gates defended China’s COVID policies and still discounts the possibility that the virus originated from a lab, even though U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. The Gates Foundation may be the largest single donor to the “dark money” machine known as Arabella Associates which funds causes like defunding the police that are making American cities unlivable. Money goes, too, to groups conducting threatening and vulgar protests at their homes of Supreme Court Justices. Mr. Buffett has quietly funneled more than $4 billion to groups supporting abortion on demand through the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. That’s $4 billion, with a B. Advocacy disguised as philanthropy. Bill Gates has lamented political polarization and even worried aloud about a civil war. But it is billionaires who are funding the most shrill and extreme activists who are tearing our country apart. Ironically, Mr. Buffett has pointed out that corporate executives can make a lot of people mad when they insert themselves into controversy. Anheuser-Busch is finding that out. It cannot renounce its Dylan Mulvaney transgender promotion because it is handcuffed by its longtime support for activists who would turn on them in a minute. Anheuser-Busch gets a perfect grade on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, as do Berkshire portfolio companies like Coca-Cola, Bank of America, and Apple. Bank of America and Apple help bankroll this group, which wants biological men to compete in women’s sports. Worse, it is currently pressuring state legislatures to allow sex change operations on children, and to keep their parents out of the decision. Let’s revisit Coca-Cola, which I discussed at last year’s meeting. CEO James Quincey, a British citizen, tried to kill Georgia’s voter integrity law in 2021 by making inaccurate and inflammatory statements about it. That’s the law that President Biden called “Jim Crow 2.0,” and which prompted Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta. Mr. Buffett jumped on the bandwagon, too, by signing a statement by corporate leaders suggesting that Republicans seek to restrict ballot access based on race. Two years later, we can now evaluate that accusation. Last year, an election was held in Georgia. Turnout was record breaking. According to an independent poll, 99% of voters said they had “no problem” casting ballots. 92% said the new law either had no impact on their ability to vote or made it easier. James Quincey was wrong, and Mr. Buffett, so were you. ### To schedule an interview with Peter Flaherty, please contact Dan Rene at drene@nlpc.org or Jackie Jones at jackie@truthpr.com Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability 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

May 05, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Yellow Labrador Retriever, Sage, Deployed on USS Gerald R. Ford as Part of the FIRST Expanded Operational Stress Control Canine Pilot Program

Mutts with a Mission

NORFOLK, VA, May 05, 2023 - McapMediaWire - Sage, a three-year-old female yellow Labrador Retriever, has been deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, as part of the Expanded Operational Stress Control Canine pilot program. This innovative program is aimed at providing a unique outlet and comfort for Sailors during deployment, with the goal of helping them cope with the operational stress associated with their work. Sage is part of the warfighter toughness mental health and resiliency team on the Gerald R. Ford and is specially trained to help Sailors deal with the challenges of deployment. Animals have been proven to be an effective form of stress relief and can provide a sense of companionship, which is why Sage is expected to be an invaluable asset to the crew during their deployment. Allen Fabijan or “Some Guy Named Allen” a Puppy Raiser and trainer with Mutts with a Mission, a Virginia-based non-profit organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International, helped to raise and train Sage. “We knew Sage was special, we just had no idea what a special role Sage would have the honor of playing for so many deserving sailors. There is no doubt she is the best choice for the Crew of the Gerald R. Ford and the EOSC program,” said Fabijan. The Gerald R. Ford will be the first U.S. Navy ship to have an expanded operational stress control (EOSC) canine as part of the crew throughout deployment. Chaplain Genevieve Clark, Gerald R. Ford and Carrier Strike Group 12’s Chaplain, will serve as Sage’s primary handler while on deployment. In preparation for deploying with Sage, Clark completed 120 hours of handler training with Mutts with a Mission. Three other volunteer handlers aboard the Ford also support Clark in Sage's care and mission. “One of the positives of having Sage aboard the ship is her help in breaking down some barriers to utilizing mental, emotional, and spiritual resiliency resources,” said Clark. “Sailors are coming to more warrior toughness events and improving their morale through the vast network of resiliency resources the ship offers with Sage now present at these opportunities.” During deployment, all Sailors will benefit from spending time with Sage, who will be present with Chaplains, Resiliency Providers, and Mental Health professionals. Sage will be available to Sailors during ship-wide Morale, Welfare, and Recreation events, and her daily schedule will be made available to Sailors for general visitation and morale boosts throughout the day. Mutts with a Mission sent Sage with all necessary supplies for deployment, including a waste collection mat, proper bedding located in the handler’s stateroom, personal protective gear including paw, hearing, and eye protection, and a life vest. “The Sailors of Gerald R. Ford are excited to welcome Sage to the ship. Mutts with a Mission provides an invaluable service to Sailors, one that will aid in stress relief during the ship’s deployment,” said Capt. Rick Burgess, Ford’s commanding officer. “Sage is one of the many resources aboard the ship to help Sailors build resiliency and enhance morale.” The deployment of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) is currently ongoing in the Atlantic Ocean in support of interoperability and maritime security. In total, the GRFCSG is deployed with more than 6,000 Sailors across all platforms ready to respond globally to combatant commander tasking. For more information on Mutts with a Mission, please visit https://www.muttswithamission.org/. For More information on Allen Fabijian “Some Guy Names Allen”, visit https://www.instagram.com/someguynamedallen or https://us1061.com/some-guy-named-allen/ Contact Details Mutts with a Mission info@muttswithamission.org Company Website https://www.muttswithamission.org/

May 05, 2023 09:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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