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How AI is Transforming Healthcare and Saving Lives

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is completely transforming everyday life. From entertainment to transportation, AI is being used to make our lives easier and more efficient. But none of those applications compare to its life-altering impact on healthcare. AI is an absolute game-changer for the healthcare industry, helping save countless lives through precision medicine, robotics-assisted surgery, and connected devices. It’s also becoming increasingly valuable in identifying complex illnesses at an earlier stage. AI-powered diagnostics leverage machine learning algorithms to analyze diverse data like medical records, genetics, and scans for early disease detection by identifying subtle patterns and anomalies often missed by human doctors. AI's rapid and precise data processing highlights subtle health changes, potentially revealing underlying diseases or risk factors. For instance, AI can review mammograms to detect early-stage breast cancer not visible to the naked eye. Over the next five years, the AI healthcare market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.1%, jumping from $20.9 billion in 2024 to $148.4 billion by 2029. As Big Pharma companies roll out bold AI plans for the coming years, one company is developing and acquiring technology and clinical expertise to create an AI-driven medical powerhouse that supports doctors, curbs rising healthcare costs and improves patient outcomes. HEALWELL AI Inc. (TSX:AIDX) (OTCQX:HWAIF is a physician-led healthcare technology company that is focused on AI and data science for preventive care. In a whirlwind four months since its debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange, HEALWELL AI has rapidly gained financial strength, securing approximately $29.5 million and firmly establishing itself as a savvy capital allocator in the AI healthcare space after completing two transformative acquisitions. AI Accelerated Preventive Healthcare Late last year, HEALWELL AI secured a majority stake in Pentavere, a globally recognized, award-winning AI healthcare company specializing in identifying eligible patients for approved treatments. With a successful history of real-world evidence studies and key hospital network collaborations, Pentavere's DARWEN™ AI technology carries validation from global pharmaceutical leaders and has garnered recognition in renowned publications worldwide. The Pentavere deal will provide several key benefits including significant top-line revenue growth through Pentavere's established client base and successful commercialization of real-world evidence studies, strong partnerships with major hospital networks in Canada and the US to expand HEALWELL 's market reach and grant access to new patient demographics, and a team of AI engineers with invaluable to fortify the company's technological capabilities. Following the completion of the acquisition, Pentavere introduced DERMAID, an innovative Real-World Evidence (RWE) solution tailored for Dermatologists and life sciences firms. Leveraging the DARWEN™ AI platform, DERMAID extracts actionable clinical insights to enhance patient care decisions in dermatology. The product has quickly gained traction in the market and has already engaged in commercial activities with multiple leading pharmaceutical companies. HEALWELL AI Inc. (TSX:AIDX) (OTCQX:HWAIF also just finalized the acquisition of Intrahealth Systems, a multinational SaaS-based EHR (Electronic Health Record) provider supporting 15,000 clinicians that care for millions of patients in its global network across Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 2024, Intrahealth is projected to generate over $12 million in revenue, showing double-digit organic growth. Historically, the company has maintained strong financial performance with over 80% gross margins, positive EBITDA, and positive cash flow. Moreover, more than 80% of its revenue comes from recurring sources, which are highly profitable. HEALWELL 's strategic vision involves a deep integration of its cutting-edge AI tools with Intrahealth's platform to pioneer a next-generation AI-powered EHR, aligning with Value-Based Care (VBC) trends and empowering healthcare providers to achieve better health outcomes at reduced costs. HEALWELL has solidified its support structure through a strategic partnership with WELL Health Technologies, the largest clinic group in Canada. WELL Health has invested in each of HEALWELL 's financings, making them the largest shareholder and helping position HEALWELL as a leader in AI-enabled healthcare technology in North America. The alliance between WELL Health and HEALWELL led to the launch of the WELL AI Decision Support service for healthcare providers. This new service is designed to be highly adaptable and is expected to grow over time. Initially, WELL AI Decision Support will enable healthcare providers to accurately identify over 150 complex or rare diseases that are often overlooked by traditional methods. HEALWELL AI is actively pursuing a robust pipeline of potential acquisitions, having evaluated over 100 opportunities to date. Heading into 2024, the company is in talks with various parties to identify new investment and acquisition targets. Their M&A approach focuses on companies with solid revenue, positive EBITDA, and promising growth prospects. Click on this link or check out the investor presentation to learn more about HEALWELL AI Inc. (TSX:AIDX) (OTCQX:HWAIF). Disclosure: 1) The author of the Article, or members of the author’s immediate household or family, do not own any securities of the companies outlined in this Article. 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Market Jar Media Inc. does not endorse or recommend the business, products, services or securities of any company mentioned on PressReach.com. 5) An officer of Market Jar Media Inc. holds 5,483 shares that were purchased at a price of C$0.80 per share on December 20th, 2023. 6) This document contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements, within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, (collectively, “forward-looking statements”), which reflect management's expectations regarding Healwell AI Inc.’s future growth, future business plans and opportunities, expected activities, and other statements about future events, results or performance. 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Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable in the circumstances, as of the date of this document including, without limitation, assumptions about: (a) the ability to raise any necessary additional capital on reasonable terms to execute Healwell AI Inc.’s business plan; (b) that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner; (c) Healwell AI Inc.’s ability to procure equipment and operating supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis; (d) the accuracy of budgeted costs and expenditures; (e) Healwell AI Inc.’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; (f) political and regulatory stability; (g) the receipt of governmental, regulatory and third-party approvals, licenses and permits on favorable terms; (h) changes in applicable legislation; (i) stability in financial and capital markets; and (j) expectations regarding the level of disruption to as a result of CV-19. 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Individuals are strongly encouraged to conduct thorough research, seek professional advice, and carefully evaluate their risk tolerance before engaging in any investment endeavors. Market Jar Media Inc. is neither an investment adviser nor a broker-dealer. The information presented on the website is provided for informative purposes only and is not to be treated as a recommendation to make any specific investment. No such information on PressReach.com constitutes advice or a recommendation. Contact Details James Young +1 800-340-9767 campaigns@pressreach.com Company Website https://pressreach.com

February 21, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Biden Gets Scrutinized For Excessive Reliance On Russian Uranium – Sienna Resources (OTCMKTS: SNNAF) Could Present An Alternative

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga Nuclear power has been a point of contention for politicians and countries since the start of the Cold War. With the impending U.S. election and tensions high across the Atlantic, the question of uranium imports is once again on the American public's mind. In 2022, the U.S. imported 27% of its uranium from Canada, 25% from Kazakhstan, 12% from Russia, and the remaining from 36% other countries combined. Kazakhstan is the world’s largest exporter of uranium; however, Kazakhstan’s lead uranium producer Kazatomprom (OTCMKTS: NATKY) announced recently that it may have to cut production in 2024 due to difficulties with sulphuric acid availability. Amid supply chain disruptions from Kazakhstan, Americans have become increasingly wary about importing uranium from Russia. While distrust of Russia has long preceded the Russian-Ukrainian war, the conflict has resulted in many major economies instituting economic sanctions on Russia. The purchase of enriched uranium is one of the most significant cash flows from the U.S. to Russia. Approximately 64% of Americans believe that Russia’s power and influence are a major threat to their country. Biden has faced scrutiny for continuing the policy of importing uranium from Russia. In December, the House of Representatives passed a ban on imports of Russian uranium to add pressure on Moscow for the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In January, the Department of Energy announced plans to help build domestic uranium supply and to look to more local suppliers for the nuclear industry. As the election approaches, ties with Russia are likely to be a topic of conversation. “It’s inexplicable that over a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Biden administration does not appear to have a plan to end this dependence,” shared James Krellenstein, the director of GHS Climate, a clean energy consulting firm that recently issued a white paper on the subject. As the U.S. works to ramp up domestic production, it may turn to its northern ally as a key importer of uranium. Canada is the second largest producer of uranium in the world, accounting for approximately 13% of global production in 2019. Most of Canada's uranium production comes from mines in northern Saskatchewan. Sienna Resources (OTCMKTS: SNNAF), a company focused on exploring and developing mineral resources, has recently expanded its portfolio in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan, adding the "Uranium Town Project" and the "Dragon Uranium Project" to its assets. The Athabasca Basin region is renowned for its rich uranium deposits, and Sienna's acquisitions provide a sizeable land area spanning over 21,000 acres. The World Nuclear Association has claimed that the highest-grade uranium mine in the world is in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan, adding to the potential of Sienna’s newfound projects. The Uranium Town Project covers an area of 10,357 acres adjoining Denison Mines Corporation’s (NYSE: DNN) operations in the region, while the Dragon Uranium Project spans an impressive 10,845 acres bordering Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ) – the world's largest producer of uranium. As the U.S. establishment faces continued scrutiny from allies and constituents about economic ties with Russia, importing uranium from Canada may present a better alternative. Companies like Sienna could be instrumental in shifting strategic imports away from Russia. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

February 21, 2024 08:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Oncotelic Therapeutics Shares Groundbreaking Discovery In Pediatric Brainstem Tumors Demonstrating Potential For New Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments

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Oncotelic Therapeutics (OTCQB: OTLC), a therapeutics company with a focus on cancer and viral infection treatments, recently published a foundational discovery in pediatric brainstem tumors. The study showed that levels of two specific molecules – Transforming Growth Factor Beta 2 (TGF-B2) and Interferon Gamma Receptor 2 (IFNGR2) – in the tumor environment of children with diffuse midline gliomas (DMG) can significantly impact their overall survival. IFNGR2 is an important part of the body's immune system and helps fight against cancer. High expression of TGF-B2 in patients with low IFNGR2 reduced median survival from 13 months to only 7 months. Therefore, suppressing TGF-B2 with a drug called OT-101 could enhance the immune system's ability to fight tumor growth and improve survival. This finding could have implications for new cancer immunotherapy treatments. "In light of our foundational discovery that elevated levels of TGF-B2 worsen mortality in various cancers, including Diffuse Midline Glioma (DMG), we have further elucidated the underlying mechanisms, particularly focusing on the impact of TGF-B2 on interferon signaling. We hope that sharing these findings from our research team will contribute to the eradication of cancer," shared Dr. Vuong Trieu, CEO and Chairman of Oncotelic. Oncotelic has been involved in developing many cancer and viral infection treatments, including for COVID-19. The company currently has five drug candidates in its pipeline and recently unveiled a state-of-the-art GMP Manufacturing Plant through its joint venture- Sapu Biosciences LLC. The facility is situated in San Diego’s biotechnology hub. This plant will help with the expansion of the drug OT-101, among others. OT-101, also known as Trabedersen, is being developed for the treatment of various types of cancer, including brain cancer in adults and a specific type of childhood brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). OT-101 is an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide that targets TGF-B2, which is commonly found in cancer cells. As Oncotelic’s study found, cancer cells often overexpress TGF-B2, which dampens the body's immune response to the cancer. The company has received pediatric designation from the FDA specifically for the treatment of DIPG in children. This drug has shown promising results in early clinical trials for pancreatic cancer, melanoma and glioblastoma, demonstrating both efficacy and safety. Oncotelic’s partnership with Sapu Biosciences has a common goal of being a global leader in the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies focusing on conditions with extreme unmet medical needs, especially age-related diseases. This is evident in the drug pipeline with its focus on cancers like DIPG, which is highly aggressive and difficult to treat. Approximately 300 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with DIPG each year. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

February 21, 2024 08:20 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Install Solar Panels For 50% Less – Here's How Monalee Is Democratizing Access To Renewable Energy

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By Meg Flippin, Benzinga Solar panels for up to 50% less? Check out how Monalee is revolutionizing the industry here without sacrificing quality and support. Using the sun to power homes requires cutting-edge technology, but you wouldn’t know it from the companies selling solar panels to consumers. Many rely on pushy salesmen, middlemen and drawn-out, complicated processes to get homeowners up and running. There are plenty of reports of salespeople who have little to no knowledge of how solar energy works yet are selling expensive systems to homeowners. It’s not uncommon for them to use misleading and aggressive sales tactics to rake in hefty commissions, often from elderly and low-income consumers who are duped by their bait-and-switch sales pitches. It’s gotten so bad that the Better Business Bureau issued directives warning homeowners of potential scammers. Turning The Solar Industry On Its Head Monalee, a climate tech company that is accelerating the adoption of home solar, storage and EV charging, wants to change that. It's turning the industry on its head with a technology-first approach to selling and installing solar panels. Monalee’s advanced machine learning uses millions of different data points to give customers the best solar design based on their homes and needs. It takes into consideration factors like the direction the roof faces (for example, a roof in the northern hemisphere that faces south will get the most sun and therefore will be the most efficient), and whether there are nearby trees that might provide shade over the panels. Anyone can go to their site, enter their home address and receive an accurate solar quote in less than a minute. Through its state-of-the-art design platform, you know exactly how many panels you’ll need, the best layout to maximize sun exposure and the bottom line cost including discounts and rebates before you sign up. And Monalee does all that at what it says is a steep discount to rivals. By removing salespeople and system designers from the process, Monalee says it’s able to secure the same solar panel systems at half the price compared to the top traditional solar companies in the U.S. In turn, it says it can save customers up to 50% off the total. Consumers get a break without having to sacrifice quality or customer service. Nor do you have to give up peace of mind thanks to the Monalee Guarantee – this ensures the system works as it should for at least 25 years. At the same time, there are real people behind Monalee. Combined, the team has dozens of years in the solar industry under their belts. While Monalee leans on machine learning to streamline the early stages of the process, they are there to coordinate all the in-person appointments and necessary paperwork that needs filing. See How Monalee leverages technology to provide a quick and easy way to get solar panels installed on your roof. To make it even easier for homeowners to install solar panels, the company recently partnered with GoodLeap, the fintech company that provides financing options for residential solar and sustainable home improvements. GoodLeap is just one of the companies Monalee customers can finance their purchases with. Monalee should know a thing or two about giving customers what they want. Founder Walid Halty spent nearly a decade leading sales and marketing at big solar companies before launching Monalee. He knew customers wanted transparent pricing, an easy way to compare options and peace of mind. He also wanted a drama-free process, one that doesn’t take four weeks, the typical lag time between signing a contract and installation. Monalee, which is in 15 states and growing, is doing for solar what Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) did for car buying. Demand For Solar Is Growing The timing seems ideal – the U.S. is aiming for solar to account for 40% of the country’s electricity by 2035 and 45% by 2050. To meet the first goal, it would need to install about 1,000 gigawatts of solar power by 2035. By 2050, solar capacity would need to reach 1,600 gigawatts to achieve a zero-carbon grid. Over the last decade, solar and energy battery storage costs have fallen 85% making it cheaper than coal and other fossil fuels in many instances. The Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law in 2022, is also helping. It provides Americans with rebates and tax incentives to electrify their roofs, embrace electric vehicles, install heat pumps and more. As a result of the law, through 2032, homeowners can get a 30% tax credit when they install solar panels on their roofs. All of this hasn’t been lost on Americans, who are increasingly embracing solar as a cheaper and greener way to power their homes. In 2022, the U.S. added 6.4 gigawatts of small-scale solar. It marked the most in a single year, with rooftop installations on homes representing the lion’s share of the activity. Still when compared to Europe, penetration is low. As of 2022, just 4% of single-family homes in the U.S. were equipped with solar panels. It’s no wonder, then, that Monalee reports hundreds of customers had signed up to Monalee within two months of testing the market. Monalee is hoping to further accelerate adoption with its customer-friendly, technology-driven approach. It is taking the middleman out of the equation, offering transparent pricing and bringing solar panels to the masses. To see how much you can save on your energy bill click here. Featured photo by Bill Mead on Unsplash. Monalee is a climate tech company that is accelerating the adoption of home solar, storage, and EV charging. By leveraging powerful machine learning and removing salespeople and system designers from the process, we are able to secure the same solar panel systems for homeowners at half the price compared to the top traditional solar companies in the U.S., making us the fastest, most efficient way to go solar. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Megan McDonough pr@monalee.co Company Website https://monalee.co/

February 21, 2024 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HomeSphere and Aterra Designs Partner To Offer Homebuilders Electrical Planning and Design

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HomeSphere, the leading platform connecting building product manufacturers to mid-market homebuilders, today announced its latest partnership with a homebuilding industry service provider. Aterra Designs will offer its high-end residential lighting, electrical, and home automation design services, including Aterra Premium, Luminosity, and I3 Interactive Floor Plans, to HomeSphere’s network of 2,700+ builders who collectively construct more homes than the top five public builders combined. “Aterra Designs is the ideal partner as we continue to add products and services that greatly benefit the construction industry,” said HomeSphere President and CEO Greg Schwarzer. “This latest partnership demonstrates our commitment to unlock the unprecedented value of HomeSphere’s platform for more key constituents in homebuilding.” Single-family and multifamily builders use the HomeSphere platform to gain a competitive advantage. Aterra Designs aligns with that goal with a program that streamlines home lighting and electrical planning by connecting the home buyer, contractor and builder. Their proprietary software integrates with any trade or manufacturer, but HomeSphere builders have an exclusive opportunity to increase returns when they pair brands like Leviton Manufacturing and Progress Lighting with Aterra’s services. “Historically, our builders have doubled and sometimes even tripled their sales of lighting, electrical and home technologies. All this, along with receiving better documentation which reduces field errors,” said Aterra Designs President Paul Salmonson. “We look forward to extending this opportunity to HomeSphere builders so they can improve their profitability, connect to a new way of lighting their homes, and create a better customer experience.” Aterra Designs’ recently revamped Luminosity services offer a virtual electrical design tool with real-time lighting and pricing tied directly into the supply chain. Based on builder options, Luminosity generates orders and trade-specific information for installation, purchase orders, and bills of materials, saving homebuilders additional time and costs while increasing the beauty and efficiency of a new home. “We are continually adding valuable partnerships that enable our builders to construct better homes, improve margins and increase customer satisfaction,” said Schwarzer. “Aterra is a new offering, a new category and their services give our builders a new way to attract buyers. It's a win-win-win.” About HomeSphere Established in 1999, HomeSphere connects local and regional homebuilders to exclusive rebate offerings. HomeSphere’s builder network constructs and closes more than 250,000 new homes and units per year, making it the largest homebuilding group in the country by volume. Using HomeSphere-HQ, HomeSphere’s award-winning rebate management platform, builders capture incentives on completed homes, discover new products for their future projects and develop key relationships with the 80-plus manufacturers in HomeSphere’s preferred partner network. For more information about HomeSphere’s products and solutions for homebuilders and manufacturers, visit www.homesphere.com. About Aterra Designs For 25 years, Aterra Designs has brought home builders, contractors, and home buyers together to achieve a common goal: Creating homes as unique as their owners. Our residential designers are experts in lighting, electrical, and home automation design. As such, they can provide a range of coordinated options and create customized lighting solutions. Our focus on maximizing efficiency simplifies the building process and saves time, all while mitigating field errors. And, because we partner directly with top manufacturers, our design consultants can offer innovative new products to home buyers, allowing them to create the home that meets their specific needs. For more information on lighting and electrical solutions, visit www.aterradesigns.com. Contact Details Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 tracy@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://www.homesphere.com/

February 21, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Stifel North Atlantic and ASTRO America Announce a First-of-its-Kind Private Equity Fund Under New DOD-SBA Initiative

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Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard announced at a White House event last Wednesday that the partnership between Stifel North Atlantic (NYSE: SF) and ASTRO America is the first recipient of a “Green Light” to raise private capital for an SBIC Critical Technologies (“SBICCT”) fund. Officially called the AM Forward Critical Technologies SBIC, the Fund is actively fundraising and moving forward with the final SBA licensing process. The SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative is the first program under a historic SBA-DoD collaboration, launched by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and SBA Administrator Guzman in December 2022. By pairing private capital with SBA administered leverage, the initiative will support private sector investment in US national security-vital component-level technologies and production processes. The structure will achieve the important mission of bolstering U.S. national security and the Defense Industrial Base without reliance on deficit funding, while supporting American small businesses. “This new Fund is important to both our national security and American competitiveness,” said ASTRO co-founder and President, Neal Orringer. “Not only will it provide essential financial support to small and medium-sized manufacturers, but it will help modernize key supply chains, helping accelerate adoption of technologies such as metal 3D printing that are increasingly important to America’s defense and aerospace industries.” He continued, “We are grateful for the DoD and SBA’s leadership in developing innovative approaches for catalyzing the injection of private capital into critical defense supply chains, at no cost to the taxpayer.” ASTRO America leads the White House’s AM Forward initiative, which includes a compact between the Administration and seven iconic American lead system integrators. The AM Forward member companies identified access to capital as a key barrier to eliminating bottlenecks, modernizing and increasing resiliency within their supply chains, particularly in metal castings and forgings. In early 2023, ASTRO selected Stifel North Atlantic as the financial partner to manage the SBIC Fund based on Stifel’s rich history of support for small and middle market companies and extensive experience managing SBIC Funds. ASTRO will lead the Fund’s Technical Advisory Board. “We are deeply committed to both our unique partnership in the SBICCT fund as well as with the SBA more broadly,” shared Victor Nesi, Stifel Financial Co-President. “The SBA has made remarkable progress in developing innovative ways to reach out, support and nurture the small business ecosystem that is so foundational to our organization. We are also grateful for the thought leadership provided to this project by key AM Forward member Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).” Mike Nitka, Managing Director at Stifel North Atlantic offered, “This fund is a rare opportunity to mix purpose and passion. We are advancing the adoption of mission-ready production technology for the US aerospace and defense supply chain while supporting the journey of emerging US small businesses. Through this revolutionary partnership with the SBA, DoD, ASTRO America, and our anchor investors, we have the opportunity to create jobs and build US manufacturing capacity. I applaud all involved as this is a truly unique non-partisan approach to solving for a universal American need – national security.” During the event, in addition to key Biden-Harris Administration officials from the White House, SBA and DoD, Stifel and ASTRO executives also met with leading investors from the financial industry and executives from major aerospace and defense companies. With committed strategic and financial investors, Stifel North Atlantic and ASTRO expect to complete the final phase of the SBICCT licensing process and execute a first closing on the Fund in the coming months. After the initial closing, the Fund will begin actively investing in small business manufacturers to help strengthen the U.S. aerospace and defense supply chains. The White House readout of the event can be read here and the SBA overview of the event can be read here. More information on the SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative can be found here. The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan Research Institute and Think Tank. It was established in 2018 to advance the public interest through manufacturing technology and policy. Led by manufacturing professionals with broad public and private sector experience, ASTRO America supports collaborations by government agencies and companies to address supply chain challenges in highly regulated industries, including aerospace and defense. Find out more: https://www.astroa.org/ Established in 1890, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Stifel is a full-service financial services firm with a distinguished history of providing securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, institutions, corporations, and municipalities. Contact Details Elizabeth Heaton +1 202-445-9858 elizabeth@astroa.org Company Website https://www.astroa.org

February 21, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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First-Ever ICO on Bitcoin Blockchain: $3.1M Raised in Under 6 Days

Bitcoin Dogs

Bitcoin Dogs has now raised a total of $3.1M in the first 6 days of its historic presale. The project’s BRC-20 token, 0DOG, is the first-ever ICO on the Bitcoin blockchain. Bitcoin Dogs leverages the recent Ordinals protocol to break new ground in the Bitcoin ecosystem and the team plans to launch a 10k-strong NFT collection later this year. The opportunity to be part of history has been a key selling point for the brand, fuelled no doubt by the token price increasing every three days, until the presale ends on Friday, 15th March - after which the token will become available for trading. In less than 6 days, the Bitcoin Dogs’ X community has surged past 80k followers, with a further 14.5k actively discussing the project in the Telegram community. Bitcoin Dogs (0DOG) is available on the official website. The Road Ahead For Bitcoin Dogs Beyond the historic ICO that has launched the 0DOG token, Bitcoin Dogs has a very comprehensive roadmap as outlined in its whitepaper, comprising a new play-to-earn game as well as one of the largest collections of Bitcoin NFTs to date. Retro 8-bit graphics bring the Bitcoin Dogs universe to life, a subtle nod to early NFT collections like CryptoPunks as well as classic pet simulator games such as Tamagotchi. Gameplay is heavily integrated with social media, a mechanism designed to build community and take the game to a wider audience. Sharing progress allows players the chance to earn in-game currency, which they can then use to compete against other players in hair-raising races and dog-themed competitions. Price Drivers For 0DOG There are a whole host of factors likely contributing to the success of Bitcoin Dogs, including strong project fundamentals and a resurgent crypto market led by Bitcoin, alongside a powerful value proposition. Bitcoin Dogs offers a tangible product, with a game and NFT collection on the horizon. The project roadmap is also clear, with a long-term strategy to sustain interest beyond the ICO. The ICO itself has also been a key selling point: being the first presale for Bitcoin-based tokens has attracted numerous buyers, and the short 30-day window has encouraged prospects to get in early. The increased momentum could also be driven by the price increase every three days. The project’s proximity to Bitcoin is also a likely boon. Bitcoin has seen increased price value in 2024, stabilizing above $50k at the time of writing ahead of the next halving, scheduled for April. With media including Cointelegraph predicting new highs in the wake of the halving, the wider market could also benefit, and if so Bitcoin Dogs is well-positioned to enjoy Bitcoin’s slipstream. Furthermore, the BRC-20 token standard (which allows new cryptocurrencies to be deployed on, and secured by the Bitcoin blockchain) has made waves since it was unveiled in 2023. BRC-20 projects like ORDI and ORNJ have achieved rallies of 3,000% and 677%, respectively. With potential like this at the forefront, Bitcoin Dogs aims to be the leading contender holding the BRC-20 torch. With just 23 days remaining, there is limited time before the highly anticipated open of public trading. About Bitcoin Dogs Bitcoin Dogs is breaking new ground in the Bitcoin ecosystem. For the first time ever, NFTs, gaming, and new token types come together to offer the first ICO on the original Bitcoin blockchain. The truly permissionless immutability of Bitcoin is being harnessed to create the 0DOG token, while a play-to-earn (P2E) gaming experience and NFT collection is being developed exclusively for 0DOG holders. For more information (0DOG) users can visit the Bitcoin Dogs' website. Website | Whitepaper | Socials Contact Details Bitcoin Dogs Bitcoin Dogs Team pr@bitcoindogs.club

February 21, 2024 05:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Announcing the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art and SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports Lenses

SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce two new full-frame prime lenses designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless camera systems, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art and SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports lenses. Both lenses will be available for purchase in mid-March 2024, and both lenses are available in Sony E-Mount and L-Mount versions. The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports lens is a full-frame, ultra-telephoto prime lens exclusively for mirrorless cameras. With outstanding image quality in a remarkably compact and lightweight body, this lens is built for action capture including aviation, sports, and wildlife. The new lens combines fast HLA-driven AF, high-precision OS, and an optical design featuring low-dispersion glass elements, along with splash- and dust-proof construction. This lens is designed for the most demanding situations. The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is the world's first full-frame F1.4 diagonal fisheye lens *. With a 180° angle of view, this lens is designed to take in dramatic, sweeping scenes with the signature fisheye lens effect. Unlike conventional fisheyes, the 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is exceptionally sharp across its entire 180 degrees and offers an ultra-fast F1.4 aperture, making it perfect for a wide range of applications including astrophotography, landscapes, and architecture, as well as action sports such as skateboarding and BMX. * As an interchangeable lens for full-frame cameras for consumer use. (as of February 2024) The retail price of the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is $1,999 and the retail price of SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is $2,999 through authorized SIGMA America dealers. Learn more about these two exciting lenses at sigmaphoto.com: 15mm: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/15mm-f1-4-dg-dn-diagonal-fisheye-a 500mm: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/500mm-f5-6-dg-dn-os-s Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras A | Art SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE 180° of high resolution. An innovative diagonal fisheye lens. Resolving power that overturns the conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses An addition to the Art F1.4 lineup, meticulously crafted for astrophotography A wealth of latest functions and excellent build quality Supplied accessories: CASE, COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01, REAR CAP LCR II, TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141, PROTECTIVE COVER PT-51, GUIDE PLATE GP-21, SHOULDER STRAP Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: March 14, 2024 * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA15mmF14DiagonalFisheyeArt #SIGMAArt #SIGMAArtPrime #SIGMADGDN The world's first* F1.4 diagonal fisheye interchangeable lens for 35mm full-frame. Unparalleled resolving power that overturns the conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses. In developing a fisheye lens featuring an ultra-wide-angle and powerful fisheye distortion, SIGMA has achieved a completely new level of artistic potential, combining the world's first F1.4 aperture for consumer use with outstanding resolving power across the entire image. In terms of optical performance, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art has achieved excellent point image reproducibility and high resolution by correcting various aberrations, especially sagittal coma flare. The lens is capable of handling astrophotography, which demands particularly high-quality performance, even when wide-open. Unlike conventional fisheyes, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is exceptionally sharp across its entire 180° angle-of-view and offers an ultra-fast F1.4 aperture, making it perfect for a wide range of applications including astrophotography, landscapes and architecture. The expressive power of this all-new full-frame mirrorless lens opens a wealth of creative possibilities in wide-angle photography. * As an interchangeable lens for full-frame cameras for consumer use. (as of February 2024 by SIGMA). [Key Features] 1. Resolving power that overturns conventional wisdom about fisheye lenses The latest optical design thoroughly corrects each type of aberration. This diagonal fisheye lens has the unique expressiveness of a fisheye lens and high resolution throughout the entire image from a wide-open aperture. The performance of the lens is guaranteed by a full inspection with SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system. Even wide-open, high resolution and point image reproducibility across the entire image The lens consists of 21 elements in 15 groups, including 4 FLD and 3 SLD exclusive low-dispersion glass elements, and 2 aspherical lens elements. By correcting sagittal coma flare and other aberrations, the lens can precisely reproduce bright points of light across the whole frame even wide-open, making it ideal for astrophotography. Diagonal fisheye lens with 180° angle of view The powerful distortion effect, which is the appeal of fisheye lenses, allows users to enjoy expressions such as a unique perspective and emphasis on the subject at a 180° angle of view. In addition, the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is designed with the strict performance standards of the Art line. Furthermore, all lenses are inspected with SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system. The unique descriptive power of this new fisheye lens, which combines an incredible 180° angle-of-view with very high resolution optics, delivers a level of artistic potential that exceeds other fisheye lenses. Designed to minimize flare and ghosting To prevent flare and ghosting, which reduce image quality, the lens is designed to handle all conditions of incident light based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. High backlight resistance enables clear and sharp images under any lighting conditions. 2. An addition to the Art F1.4 lineup, meticulously crafted for astrophotography The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art offers abundant functions to support astrophotography. With the introduction of this lens, SIGMA now has four F1.4 wide-angle prime Art line lenses with functions specifically designed for astrophotography, including the 14mm, 20mm, and 24mm. In terms of both lineup and functionality, SIGMA fully supports the joy of capturing the stars. Art F1.4 prime wide-angle lens series specialized for astrophotography The SIGMA Art line of F1.4 single focal length lenses with specialized features for astrophotography is expanded to four lenses with the addition of the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art. Users can select the lens that best suits their needs and the expression they are aiming for. MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch The lens is equipped with an MFL switch. When the MFL switch is set to "LOCK," the focus ring operation is disabled, ensuring that once focus is acquired, it will not be changed by unintentional movement of the ring. This is useful for long exposures and other situations where the focus should be fixed while shooting. Lens heater retainer A small step at the front of the lens called a lens heater retainer prevents the lens heater* from protruding over the front element, eliminating the risk of vignetting. * A belt-shaped heat strip that is wrapped around the lens to prevent condensation from forming inside the lens when the temperature drops. Rear filter holder A standard-equipped rear filter holder at the lens mount allows sheet-type filters to be used. Special cover lens cap with a locking mechanism and filter slots The included cover lens cap features two slots to securely store rear filters, as well as a locking mechanism. The cap is specially designed for the SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art, allowing users to carry sheet-type filters without the risk of confusing or forgetting them, while protecting them from scratches and dirt. Tripod Socket The lens is equipped with an Arca-Swiss compatible, lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy tripod socket. The detachable leg can be mounted on a tripod for stable conditions even during long exposures. The shape has been deliberately designed to prevent interference when using a lens heater. * The tripod socket TS-141 is also compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.4 DG DN | Art. 3. A wealth of latest functions and excellent build quality The SIGMA 15mm F1.4 DG DN DIAGONAL FISHEYE | Art is equipped with various functions to assist shooting, including an AFL button*1 to which preferred function can be assigned and an aperture ring, and uses a linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) as the AF actuator to enable fast, quiet, and highly accurate AF shooting. The lens is also equipped with a dust and splash resistant structure*2 to ensure a high level of weather resistance and robustness, as well as excellent build quality that allows for long and reliable use in any environment. *1 Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. *2 The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable. Various shooting assist functions The lens is equipped with an AFL button which can be assigned to a range of functions via the menu on selected cameras. In addition to the aperture ring, the lens is equipped with an aperture ring lock switch and a click switch to turn the click on and off. Dust and splash resistant structure and water and oil repellent coating In addition to a dust and splash resistant structure, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating, allowing photographers to shoot without concerns even in harsh outdoor environments. Adopts a linear motor HLA The AF actuator is a linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator). The high thrust motor and advanced electronic control operate the focus lens at high speed and with high precision to provide comfortable AF shooting. Excellent build quality To support the heavy optical system and enhance robustness and reliability, metal parts are used in key parts of the lens body. Meanwhile, the lightweight engineering plastic TSC* is also used in appropriate places to reduce weight. Furthermore, each control part, such as rings and switches, is designed to feel good. SIGMA is proud of the exceptional build quality of its products, which do not compromise on durability, operability, and a satisfying sense of ownership. * TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has a high affinity to metal parts which contributes to high quality product manufacturing. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 21 elements in 15 groups (4 FLD, 3 SLD, 2 aspherical elements) Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Due to being a fisheye lens, distortion will not be corrected. * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch Rear filter holder (compatible with GUIDE PLATE GP-21) Lens heater retainer Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) * Function available on supported cameras only. Dust and Splash Resistant Structure TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141 Special COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01 with a locking mechanism and filter slots Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [ Key Specifications ] The following specifications are for L-Mount. Lens Construction: 21 elements in 15 groups (4 FLD, 3 SLD, 2 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 180° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 38.5cm / 15.2 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:16 Filter size: Rear filter only Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 104 x 157.9mm / 4.1 x 6.2 in. Weight: 1,360g / 48 oz. (includes tripod foot) [ Product Barcode ] Product Name Barcode L-Mount: 0085126 478698 Sony E-mount: 0085126 478650 [ Accessories: Supplied ] COVER LENS CAP LC1040-01: 0085126 941260 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-141: 0085126 940997 PROTECTIVE COVER PT-51: 0085126 941277 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount) 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount) 0085126 929879 [ Accessories: Optional ] SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/a024_15_14/ Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras S | Sports SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS The crystallization of technology. A whole new ultra-telephoto experience. Perfect for hand-held shooting, a 500mm lens with unparalleled optical performance Compact, lightweight and excellent build quality A wealth of functions to assist in a variety of shooting situations Supplied accessories: CASE, LENS HOOD LH1034-02, TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151, FRONT CAP LCF-95mm III, REAR CAP LCR II Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount Launch date: March 14, 2024 * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA500mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN Clear, sharp images and amazing mobility. A handy-size 500mm that offers a whole new shooting experience. The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is an ultra-telephoto prime lens exclusively for mirrorless cameras that features a 500mm focal length with outstanding image quality in a remarkably compact and lightweight body. By incorporating multiple large-diameter, exclusive low-dispersion glass elements that are challenging to process, SIGMA succeeded in significantly downsizing the lens construction without the use of diffractive optical elements. At the same time, the lens has achieved high resolving power that meets the expectations for a 500mm prime lens. The lens body, composed mainly of high-precision engineering plastic parts, has excellent build quality and weather resistance, including dust and splash resistant structure*, despite its compact size. With its rich descriptive power and incredibly compact size for its focal length, the handy-size SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports offers a whole new photographic experience for wildlife, aviation, sports and other fast-action photographers. * The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable. [Key Features] 1. Perfect for hand-held shooting, a 500mm lens with unparalleled optical performance The latest optical design using exclusive low-dispersion glass elements has succeeded in achieving both an extremely compact lens construction and high optical performance with excellent correction of aberrations. In addition to its size that allows hand-held shooting, the high-speed AF with HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) and the OS2 optical stabilization algorithm support comfortable shooting. High optical performance and compact lens construction The latest optical design has succeeded in significantly downsizing the optical system for a 500mm ultra-telephoto lens. By utilizing exclusive low-dispersion convex elements at the front of the lens, the lens delivers both a high aberration correction capability and a short overall length. The high level of production technology at SIGMA's only manufacturing base, the Aizu factory, provides the exacting precision necessary for processing the exclusive low-dispersion glass elements with a large aperture. The lens has excellent correction of all aberrations, especially axial chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected by the camera body, ensuring a stable high resolution from the center to the periphery of the image. Excellent backlight resistance The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports uses refractive lenses in its optical system to prevent flare and ghosting that are characteristics of diffractive optical elements, allowing for clear images without concern for flare or ghosting even in backlit conditions or when a light source is included in the image. Furthermore, measures are taken against all conditions of incident light based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. High-speed AF with a linear motor HLA A linear motor HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) is used for the actuator, which is characterized by its high driving accuracy owing to the advanced electronic control, as well as its quietness. The HLA enables fast and accurate autofocus even in ultra-telephoto photography, such as sports and bird, where extremely precise focusing is required. OS2 algorithm in optical stabilizer function The latest OS2 optical stabilization algorithm provides an outstanding image stabilization effect of 5.0 stops*. The lens is equipped with two OS modes: Mode 1 is suitable for general shooting, and Mode 2 is ideal for panning shots of motorsports and other sports. In Mode 2, SIGMA's Intelligent OS, an algorithm specially designed for panning shots, enables effective image stabilization even when the camera is moved vertically or diagonally, irrespective of the horizontal and vertical orientation. This ensures that the subject's movement can be captured without losing the panning shot effect. * Based on CIPA guidelines (Measured at 500mm with a 35mm full-frame image sensor) 2. Compact, lightweight and excellent build quality The lens body has been designed to be small and lightweight in line with the optical system, which has been made significantly more compact. Not only is the lens easy to handle in hand-held use, but it also has the weather resistance of SIGMA's Sports line specifications and the excellent build quality that SIGMA prides itself on in terms of texture and the operating quality of each ring and control. High-precision TSC* parts enable both high performance and compact, lightweight design In order to achieve such a compact, lightweight and robust body, materials such as TSC and magnesium have been used in appropriate places. In particular, the production of a large TSC part that integrates functions as an internal structure, as well as an exterior part to reduce size and weight of the lens are manufactured with micron-level precision and they also have a sleek finish that gives the lens its premium feel. The sophisticated processing and production technology of the Aizu factory, SIGMA's only manufacturing base in Japan, enables the high degree of precise production and ensures the high performance and durability of the lens. * TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has a high affinity to metal parts which contributes to high quality product manufacturing. Weatherability of Sports line specifications The mount connection, manual focus ring, switches and exterior connection are all dust and splash resistant to prevent dust and dirt from entering the lens. Further, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating to facilitate maintenance when water droplets or dust adhere to the lens. Cover-type lens hood included A lightweight, high-strength, exclusive cover-type lens hood made of TSC is included. The tip of the hood is rubberized to protect the lens from abrasion and scratches caused by placing the lens upside down. 3. A wealth of functions to assist in a variety of shooting situations The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is equipped with a full range of assist functions including an aperture ring and three AFL buttons* ready to be assigned to preferred functions using the camera. The L-Mount version is also compatible with SIGMA's tele converters for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 1,000mm. * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Full range of customizable functions Equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, the lens enables users to limit the focus driving range during AF when necessary, allowing quick and precise focusing. Further, the lens features three AFL buttons which can be assigned to a range of functions via the menu on selected cameras. The AFL buttons are easy to operate regardless of how the camera is oriented, and make accessing important settings quick and easy. For the L-Mount version, the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 can be used to set OS operation or the focus limiter range for the Custom Mode switch*. * The assigned setting for lenses for Sony E-mount cannot be changed from the default setting because a USB DOCK for the mount is not available. The default setting allows users to switch the visibility of the OS effect in the viewfinder and live view. Equipped with an aperture ring In addition to an aperture ring, the lens is also equipped with an aperture ring click switch and an aperture ring lock switch, allowing for aperture operation suited to the shooting application. Detachable tripod socket The lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy tripod socket is Arca-Swiss compatible. The detachable socket comes with a ring that clicks into position at 90° intervals. * The tripod socket TS-151 is compatible with the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports. Tele Converter for L-Mount (1.4x / 2.0x) The L-Mount version of the lens is compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2.0x). Using a tele converter, the focal length can be multiplied by 1.4x and even 2x, for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 400mm. [ Additional Features ] Lens construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD elements) OS (Optical Stabilizer) function with the latest "OS2" algorithm Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model. * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with "ON" or "OFF" in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to "ON" (AUTO). Supports DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element) Aperture ring Aperture ring click switch Aperture ring lock switch AFL button (3 buttons) * Function available on supported cameras only. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Focus Limiter switch Focus Mode switch Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) * Function available on supported cameras only. OS switch Custom Mode switch Dust and Splash Resistant Structure LENS HOOD LH1034-02 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151 (detachable lens foot type) Compatible with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 / TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 11-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount Mount Conversion Service available "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [ Key Specifications ] The following specifications are for L-Mount. Lens Construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD) Angle of view: 5.0° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F32 Minimum focusing distance: 320 cm / 126 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6 Filter size: 95mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 107.6 x 234.6mm / 4.2 x 9.2 in. Weight: 1,370g / 48.3 oz. (includes tripod foot) [ Product Barcode ] Product Name Barcode L-Mount: 0085126 186692 Sony E-mount: 0085126 186654 [ Accessories: Supplied ] LENS HOOD LH1034-02: 0085126 941239 FRONT CAP LCF-95mm III: 0085126 930042 TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151: 0085126 941109 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126 937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126 929879 [ Accessories: Optional ] SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696 SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 for L-Mount: 0085126 825690 SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2011 for L-Mount: 0085126 826697 SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 931858 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 930998 SIGMA PROTECTOR 95mm: 0085126 931124 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 95mm: 0085126 930738 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 95mm: 0085126-930851 [ Information ] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/ Product Information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/s024_500_56/ [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed at the link below: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/corporate/world-network/ [ About SIGMA Corporation ] Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with dozens of award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. For more information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog. Follow SIGMA America (Photo): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Follow SIGMA Ameica (Cine): Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Contact Details SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA Jack Howard +1 631-201-7381 sigma.pr@sigmaphoto.com SDDPR Stacey Doss +1 631-201-7381 stacey@sddpr.com Company Website https://www.sigmaphoto.com/

February 20, 2024 08:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Together in Healing Launches to Support Sacramento in Addressing Childhood Trauma

Heather Lopez Enterprises

SACRAMENTO, CA — February 20, 2024 — ( NOTICIAS NEWSWIRE ) — In an effort to spur hope and celebrate community care, ACE Resource Network is launching the Together in Healing campaign today, designed to reach Sacramento individuals and families affected by the lasting effects of childhood trauma and other early adversity. The campaign, which runs through May, is intended to provide information and resources, foster a sense of solidarity and understanding, and highlight community connection as a vital source of ongoing support. The bilingual initiative addresses the lasting effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), other childhood adversity, and toxic stress using an accessible approach that integrates awareness-building, digital engagement, personal narrative, and resource sharing. Central to the campaign are online landing pages in English ( NumberStory.org/together ) and Spanish ( HistoriaDeTuNumero/juntos ), as well as bilingual social media channels (@MyNumberStory on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter/X ), which serve as hubs for information, resources, and virtual community. These platforms offer an array of healing activities, evidence-based strategies for stress reduction, and a collection of Sacramento County and national resources curated for helping empower and support community members. "The Together in Healing campaign reflects our support for a world where we can be real about the challenges we’re facing, be empowered by understanding the effects of our early life experiences, and be encouraged to show up for ourselves and each other with care," says Joy Thomas, Director of Communications and Community Engagement for ACE Resource Network, the team behind the campaign. "We heal in relationship, in connection, in community. This campaign celebrates our capacity to create lasting change for ourselves and future generations." Early life experiences can affect health and well-being well into adulthood. Without enough support, ACEs or other early adversity can increase the risk of serious physical and mental health conditions, along with other challenges. ACEs and their negative effects can be passed from one generation to the next. To help address this through a lens of hope, Together in Healing leans into individual and collective strengths and strategies for healing and prevention. Together in Healing is bolstered by support from leading creative and media partners, including HypeSmack, Tribune, iHeart, Amazon, Lamar, Clear Channel Outdoor, Fizzy Labs, Bloggin’ Mamas, and California Bountiful, ensuring the campaign's messages are delivered across a range of platforms, from digital ads and billboards, to bus shelters and beyond. Widespread visibility helps normalize conversations around childhood trauma and health, emphasizing that healing and prevention are possible, and lifting up the role of community. To learn more, visit NumberStory.org/together or HistoriaDeTuNumero.org/juntos. Anyone can help spread the word and join this vital movement to help empower and transform lives within their community and beyond. About ACE Resource Network ACE Resource Network ‘s mission is to reduce childhood adversity and trauma by promoting a greater understanding of childhood trauma and toxic stress; advancing research; and increasing healing spaces and resources. Number Story was launched by ACE Resource Network as the first national public awareness campaign focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). About HypeSmack HypeSmack, a division of Heather Lopez Enterprises LLC, specializes in targeted marketing strategies and content creation. With a proven track record of success with California and Hispanic-targeted clientele, such as Chicano Hollywood, Creep I.E. Con, Cinco de Mayo LA, Nissan, Bean and Chisme, Georgia Latino Film Festival, Nuestro Stories, and more; HypeSmack excels in connecting brands with diverse audiences through innovative digital and event marketing solutions. Their role in the Together in Healing campaign, in collaboration with ACE Resource Network, underscores their commitment to empowering Hispanic families in Sacramento County with resources to address childhood trauma. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mynumberstory/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mynumberstory Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mynumberstory Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-ace-resource-network/ EPK: https://bit.ly/tihepk Contact Details Blue Whale Public Relations Rosalie Hagel Martin +1 954-683-0027 rosalie.hagel@bluewhalepr.com Company Website https://numberstory.org/together/

February 20, 2024 04:55 PM Eastern Standard Time

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