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United States to Ban Goods Made in Xinjiang China

Under a new law the United States will ban imports of all goods made in whole or in part from any good from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, effective June 21, 2022. Companies need to use the next 180 days to ensure their supply chains do not include such goods.

President Biden signed into law Dec. 23 the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act, which effectively deems all goods mined, produced, or manufactured in the XUAR to be produced by forced labour in China. Even those not importing directly from China may have goods detained if the materials used to produce the imported goods in a second country are tied at any level to XUAR or specific entities or commodities associated with forced labour in China.

Under this law, imports of goods from the XUAR will be banned unless United States Customs and Border Protection determines that:

  1. the importer of record has fully complied with relevant guidance to be provided by CBP, as well as any regulations issued to implement that guidance;
  2. the importer has completely and substantively responded to all inquiries for information submitted by CBP to ascertain whether the goods were made wholly or in part with forced labour; and
  3. by clear and convincing evidence, the goods were not made wholly or in part by forced labour.

Any good from the XUAR that thus overcomes the rebuttable presumption of being made with forced labour will be included in a public list to be issued by CBP 30 days after making such determination.

Further, an interagency Forced Labour Enforcement Task Force will have to develop a strategy to prevent the importation of forced labour goods from China along with the following lists:

  1. entities in the XUAR that produce goods with forced labour
  2. entities working with the government of the XUAR to recruit, transport, transfer, harbour, or receive forced labour or Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, or members of other persecuted groups out of the XUAR
  3. products made wholly or in part by such entities
  4. entities that exported products made with forced labour from China to the United States
  5. facilities and entities, including the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, that source material from the XUAR or persons working with the government of the XUAR or the XPCC for purposes of poverty alleviation program or pairing-assistance program or any other government labour scheme that uses forced labour

The Task Force must seek public input no later than Jan. 24, 2022, and the public will be given no less than 45 days to submit comments. A public hearing must be held within 45 days after the close of the public comment period.

The State Department must then submit a report to Congress by March 23, 2022, that provides a strategy to address forced labour in the XUAR along with lists of (1) entities in China or affiliates that use or benefit from forced labour in the XUAR and (2) foreign persons that acted as agents of such entities or affiliates to import goods into the United States The final strategy to be developed by the Task Force must be in place by June 21, 2022.

Importantly, the UFLPA calls for the Task Force to provide guidance to importers with respect to the following:

  1. due diligence, effective supply chain tracing, and supply chain management measures to ensure they do not import any goods made with forced labour from mainland China and especially from the XUAR
  2. the type, nature, and extent of evidence that demonstrates that goods originating in mainland China were not made wholly or in part in the XUAR
  3. the type, nature, and extent of evidence that demonstrates that goods originating mainland China, including goods detained or seized pursuant to Section 307, were not made wholly or in part with forced labour

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., has developed a program to help companies review their supply chain visibility. The STR program first provides a stocktaking of procedures, policies, and programs in place to evaluate the level of due diligence and reasonable care. Next is testing and tracking to review a shipment to determine if the procedures in place can timely provide the necessary documents to CBP to rebut a claim of forced labour. Finally, CBP will assist in responding to any CBP-issued detentions.

For more information on ST&R’s import compliance reviews and how they can benefit your company, please contact Charles L. Crowley at (914) 433-6178 [email protected].

Customs Attorney Charles Crowley

Customs Attorney Charles Crowley

Arowana Media Holdings Launches Reg CF

Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 04, 2022 – McapMediaWire – Mike The Pike Productions Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (“The Company”), ($MIKP) flagship subsidiary Arowana Media Holdings Inc. officially announces its live offering on NetCapital.com for the company’s growing portfolio of entertainment IP rights which currently includes Dynamite Comics’ iconic Vampirella universe, Barbara O’Connor’s NYT Bestselling novel Wish, and Graeme Reynold’s visceral werewolf saga, High Moor, among others.

Fans, Shareholders, and Investors interested in development stage company opportunities are invited to review the offering and accompanying pitch deck.

A recent Forbes article by Peter Csathy conveys the power of a model like ours given the current state of the industry, and can be found here: Content Ownership Is King: That’s Why Movie, TV & Music Libraries Are In Such High Demand.

Ownership in Arowana shares is separate from ownership in $MIKP shares, however management is confident that funds raised in Arowana will indirectly benefit the parent company and its shareholders.

“We are excited to announce the offering on Netcapital today as part of a soft launch, which will be followed by a robust online and social marketing campaign in the coming days,” states Producer and CEO, Mark B. Newbauer, who has personally funded much of the existing portfolio to the benefit of The Company and its shareholders.

“More than ever, studios/streamers are seeking Entertainment IP as source material for content development, and we have identified a number of exciting properties we feel have significant market potential.  As well, we are honoured to have aligned ourselves with a team of industry renown professionals such as Jon Levin (producer with nearly four decades as an agent with CAA) and Joseph Lanius (entertainment attorney with extensive experience in rights, production, and distribution).

“Jon’s contributions to so many clients and companies reach back 38 years. His ability to pick great stories and entertainment is only surpassed by his character and integrity. He’s going to be one of the great producers in our business; in many ways, he already is” CAA partner, Bryan Lourd.

“Another near-term priority for us is to see Mike The Pike Productions Inc. (OTC: MIKP) through to Pink Current on OTC Markets with updated filings and disclosure in line with stated requirements,” adds Newbauer.

Details on existing and any additional assets will be covered in subsequent announcements alongside the Reg CF campaign.

About Arowana Media Holdings & Mike The Pike Entertainment:

Arowana Company Logo

Arowana Company Logo

Arowana Media Holdings Inc. is an IP Acquisitions and Development Company with a focused plan to build a diverse portfolio of IP to be produced and exploited in the entertainment marketplace via its flagship subsidiary, Mike the Pike Entertainment, LLC, which will acquire, incubate and develop IP which can then be used to complement horizontally integrated subsidiaries focused in Film / Television / Streaming, Publishing, Software / Gaming, esports, AR/VR, and Artificial Intelligence.

Contact:

Mike The Pike Company Logo

Mike The Pike Company Logo

CEO: Mark B. Newbauer
Email: [email protected]

Useful Pieces Of Advice To Help You Travel Safely With Your Motorcycle

A motorcycle ride might seem entertaining and thrilling, especially in places where the atmosphere is pleasant, like Florida; but the dangers one can encounter throughout it can be much more harmful than a car accident. If a motorist confronts an accident, they are likely to have more physical damage since motorcycles are not covered, minimising their protection against road crashes.

Hence, the risk of driving a motorcycle is higher, and we must take extra precautions before and while riding for our safety.

Examine Your Motorcycle For A Safe Ride

A safe ride does not begin when you ease off the clutch. The likelihood of a safe motorcycle ride depends on numerous factors that we must examine long before we go out on the road.

Choose the Correct Bike

The most important factor that predicts the safety of a ride is how good a bike is. We must choose the right motorcycle for a stable and safe journey throughout. A bike must have a comfortable seat to support your physical health by keeping your back upright. It must have low maintenance to save your efforts in their preservation. Do not forget to consider the fuel efficiency, power ratio, wet weight, and mileage for a healthy engine and functioning.

Regular Maintenance

Before setting out on an expedition, ensure that you have properly investigated every part of your vehicle. Fix an issue as soon as they come to light. For instance, loose brakes, clutch issues, broken lights, and the list goes on. Have a regular cleaning and maintenance service with a professional service provider to avoid risks while driving.

Some Useful Tips To Travel Safely With Your Motorcycle

Use Brakes

Utilise the brakes while you ride a motorcycle. Push your brakes as soon as you sense any situation that might lead you to danger. Brakes help a rider to have a quick stop when they encounter damaging situations while changing lanes, turning, or crossing a big vehicle. Maintain a safe distance from the other vehicle and firmly hold or press the brake when there is a chance of hitting them. Upgrade your brakes regularly and have a safe ride.

Stay Alert

Whenever you begin your journey on a motorcycle, ensure that you are alert and watchful, especially when you’re riding in the United States. Avoid driving when you feel drowsy and distracted. Due to the negligent practices of the riders, the dangers of riding a motorcycle in Florida, in particular, have increased over time. Many incidents that have been reported until now were the result of the irresponsible behaviour of the riders. The bike riders who lose their focus are more likely to face accidents. Have some coffee or tea before you ride on a bike or keep yourself mentally alert to avoid incidents that might have fatal consequences.

Check The Forecast

Motorcycles have more exposure to the outer environment. They do not have windshields to protect the riders from weather conditions like rain or storms, nor do they have extra shelter and coverage to prevent those situations. Hence, it is recommended to stay updated on the weather forecast before a bike rider leaves for their journey. Avoid riding a bike if rain or storm is predicted in your city.

The Use Of Correct Accessories

Arm yourself with the correct accessories for safe and sound transportation. The correct use of accessories will protect you against possible dangers and give you a safe and comfortable experience while riding. While purchasing a bike, do not forget to buy gloves and a jacket for protection against harsh weather. Wearing appropriate shoes will help you have a firm grip on the accelerators and brakes. Whereas, a good-quality helmet will protect you against head injuries.

The Dangers of Driving A Motorcycle

Lane Splitting

Bike riders have the dangerous practices of splitting lanes, overtaking other vehicles, and rushing through narrow spaces, which multiplies their chances of having severe accidents.

Zero Shelter

A motorcycle, as compared to a four-wheeler, is not covered and has zero protection from the outer environment, which maximises the risk of accidents for a bike rider.

Compared to cars, motorcycles are fuel-efficient, fun, and easy to ride. They help you soak the fresh breeze and engage directly with the scenery. However, motorists are prone to risk the minute they throw a leg over their bike, and this is why it is always suggested to stay aware of the potential risks to help prevent them in the best possible way. Stay on the safe side of driving whenever you get behind the wheel using this helpful guide.

5 Employment Basics For Companies Expanding Overseas

Your company is doing well in the United States, and you are looking to expand internationally. That can be a very exciting time! But besides the practical logistics (e.g., Do I need to set up a subsidiary to hire someone overseas?), what fundamentals do you need to know before you take on an employee in another country? Once you grasp the basic differences between dealing with United States- and non-United States employees, you will foster smoother employee-employer relationships and prevent unexpected hits to your bottom line. Following are five points to consider as you hire and manage employees in other countries.

  1. Understand that every country has its own distinct employment laws and that when it comes to employee protections, other countries tend to be more like each other than they are like the United States. The most important distinction is that there is no employment at will in the rest of the world—meaning that employment is contractual and that generally speaking, you cannot just terminate or even materially change the employment contract unilaterally without consequences.
  2. Many employee relations issues flow from the absence of at-will employment, especially when United States management is unfamiliar with the reasonable expectations that employees outside the States have about their employment relationship with companies. Since employees have the contractual right to continued employment, they are trained to behave differently from United States employees. They are entitled to ask questions, push back on instructions they disagree with, and communicate with employers in ways that United States managers may be unused to—all without fear of being perceived as “questioning” the company’s strategy. In addition, because they receive paid vacations by law, employees usually do not hesitate to take all of the (often very generous) vacation time allotted to them. Especially in Europe and common law jurisdictions in the Americas and Asia Pacific region, employees do not hesitate to demand their legal and contractual rights under statute, collective bargaining agreement, or contract. In many countries, poor performance also is not legally sufficient reason to terminate employment, so employers must carefully hire motivated employees or find ways to provide extra motivation for extra effort. Unlike in many U.S. states, “continued employment” is never sufficient consideration for restrictive covenants imposed after initial employment has begun, precisely because the employee is already protected from dismissal.
  3. Beware of hidden expenses. American employers often front-load employee costs in their employment offers, because they expect certain costs and termination expenses to be minimal. But outside the United States, you may want to reconsider base salary offers that are substantially over market, because the cost of terminating someone’s employment can be substantial. So, not only should budgets take into account potential termination costs down the road, but when termination pay is based on “total remuneration,” as is the case in most countries, any out-of-pocket cash benefits over base salary—including annual discretionary bonuses—will increase the severance cost when an employee does not work out. In addition, in many countries almost all employees are entitled to overtime pay—even at the manager level—so you may want to take that into consideration when pricing an offer, or take the appropriate steps to avoid unexpected overtime costs. Another potential surprise cost lies in jurisdictions that require an extra holiday “allowance” or 13th, and sometimes even 14th, month of pay on top of base salary. If you do not know about these in advance, you may get a nasty surprise when you cannot take back a too-generous offer.
  4. Did we mention that employment is contractual outside the United States? This is true even in Canada, and even if many United States employers do not realise it. So let an employment contract be your friend! It is a good thing (and many times legally required), to have a written contract laying out the respective rights and obligations of the parties. Without it, you may not be able to enforce certain expected behaviours, the employee will always get the benefit of the doubt, and the employee will sometimes get substantially more generous entitlements that you might have otherwise been able to control by agreement.
  5. Rightly or wrongly, local employees, unions, labour authorities, and courts sometimes perceive United States employers as arrogant and wilfully ignorant of local expectations, customs, practices and laws. Given that all of those players usually play a greater role in the employer-employee relationship than in the United States, showing them that your company is looking to forge relationships and work within the system to everyone’s benefit can go a long way toward easing your path and helping you achieve your goals.

Majic, ICOA & PVBLIC Foundation Host a Successful Investors Dinner

Houston, Texas, Nov. 10, 2021 – McapMediaWire – Majic Wheels Corp. (OTC Pink: MJWL) (“Majic”), ICOA Inc. (OTC Pink: ICOA) (“ICOA”) and PVBLIC Foundation concluded a productive and successful investors’ dinner on November 1st, for a Chilean delegation composed of 30 prominent entrepreneurs and innovators, garnering interest for the three organisers, as well as their respective businesses.

The dinner guest list includes entrepreneurs looking to help incubate and fund promising blockchain projects. The agenda of the program was to host a dinner set-up for the attendees, with the goal of presenting the respective roadmaps of ICOA and Majic for the near future.

The attendees expressed interest in ICOA, Majic and the PVBLIC Foundation, creating hopeful prospects for the companies. Dr. Vin Menon, a Strategic Advisor for ICOA and Majic and a Co-Founder of iBG Finance, as well as an expert on the technology services industry, shared his excitement about the outcome of the event.

Dr. Vin Menon, Co-Founder of CGCX and IBG Finance added “We have always believed that the blockchain is the future of technology. With both of these companies, ICOA and Majic, venturing into the space, complemented by the overwhelming support of changemakers in the global market, we can be sure that the months ahead for the blockchain industry will be a tremendous success.”

The respective companies were pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest shown by the dinner attendees. Hadria Wong, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of ICOA, stated “We have been in the industry for many years now. But events like this one where we meet with the most innovative minds from across the globe still manage to excite me. This incredible amount of support shows us that there are endless opportunities we can tap into to create something meaningful. The key is to build, pioneer, then network.”

Hadria Wong is a seasoned investor and operator in Silicon Valley who has spearheaded VC investments in technology and consumer products throughout his 10 years of experience in the field.

Majic expressed its gratitude to all attendees. According to David Chong, Chief Executive Officer of Majic “The team behind Majic is immensely thankful for the opportunity provided to meet these prospective investors. We are looking forward to further expanding our efforts so that we can continue to develop projects that will create a positive global impact. We believe that this is only the beginning.”

David Chong is a business veteran with over 30 years of experience leading private and publicly listed companies in China, the United States, Europe, and Singapore, among other states. Chong is a venerated expert on financial management, corporate governance and investor relations, and multiple other business functions. Chong also held roles as a CFO, Managing Director and Strategic Advisor to NASDAQ: CREG, Hover Energy, NexG, and MULG, among others.

About ICOA

ICOA Inc.

ICOA Inc.

ICOA Inc. is a publicly traded company in Las Vegas, Nevada, focused on providing wireless and broadband solutions for networks establishing connectivity in high-traffic public locations. Recently, ICOA entered into the world of decentralised finance (DeFi), non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse, Web 3.0, and cryptocurrency in general, through multiple acquisitions.

For more information about the Company visit:

Our OTC Markets Profile: https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/ICOA/overview

Our website is: http://icoainc.com/

Our Twitter account is: https://twitter.com/icoa_inc

About Majic Wheels Corp.

Majic Wheels Corp.

Majic Wheels Corp.

Majic Wheels Corp., a Delaware corporation, intends to position itself as a player in the disruptive industries of Fintech and software development by means of acquisitions and mergers. Majic Wheels Corp. is listed and traded on the Over-the-Counter Market under the trading symbol “MJWL”.

For more information about the Company visit:

Our OTC Markets Profile: https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/mjwl/overview

Our website is: https://majiccorp.co/

Our Twitter account is: https://twitter.com/MajicCorp

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/apolloassets

About PVBLIC Foundation

PVBLIC Foundation

PVBLIC Foundation

PVBLIC Foundation is an innovative non-profit organisation that mobilises media, data, and technology for sustainable development and social impact around the world. The Foundation connects public, private, and non-profit sectors, plugging innovations into social agendas and helping governments, NGOs, and intergovernmental organisations amplify their impact through original programs, creative partnerships, and strategic donor funds. The foundation has managed programs and partnerships that have reached more than a billion people in 125 countries and inspired global action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This press release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “plans,” “suggests,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “intends,” or similar expressions. Many forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results implied by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to continue to enhance our products and systems to address industry changes, our ability to expand our customer base and retain existing customers, our ability to effectively compete in our market segment, the lack of public information on our company, our ability to raise sufficient capital to fund our business, operations, our ability to continue as a going concern, and a limited public market for our common stock, among other risks. Many factors are difficult to predict accurately and are generally beyond the company’s control. Forward-looking statements speak only as to the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

SOURCE: Majic Wheels Corp.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Majic Wheels Corp.

Contact: David Chong
Email: [email protected]

ICOA, Inc.

Contact: Hadria Wong
Email: [email protected]

Silo Pharma Enters Into Sponsored Research Agreement

Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 27, 2021 – McapMediaWire – Silo Pharma Inc. (OTCQB: SILO), a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the use of psychedelics as a therapeutic, today announced that it has entered into a sponsored research agreement with Columbia University pursuant to which Silo has been granted an option to license certain assets currently under development, including Alzheimer’s disease.

This agreement incorporates the work of Dr. Christine Ann Denny, an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Denny and her team are focusing their efforts on the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.8 million Americans, including one in ten people, age 65 and older, currently live with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Denny’s pioneering research into whether ketamine and the novel inventions that may be licensed by Silo may improve memory retrieval, halt, or even reverse, the process of Alzheimer’s disease-related to memory loss or cognitive aging, could have life-altering implications for people suffering with everything from Alzheimer’s disease to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Eric Weisblum, CEO of Silo Pharma stated “We are excited to partner with Dr. Denny and Columbia University, a world-renowned institution that is at the forefront of research and development in this area. To be able to bring hope and possibly a therapeutic to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is an exciting proposition for Silo Pharma. The unique compounds being developed at Columbia have shown tremendous promise and we look forward to continuing to explore and develop these therapeutics.”

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Investor Relations Contact:

Contact: Brett Maas
Tel: 646-536-7331
Email: [email protected]

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Tel: 954-699-7611