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Working from Home? Feeling alone? Check out My Home Office Hacks

Yes, working from home has many benefits—commute, wardrobe, optional bathing, etc. You do tend to feel like you’re missing out on things. Best coffee? Latest productivity app? Where to shop for a new (fill in the blank). This used to be the kind of info you would get in the lunchroom at work or grabbing a coffee. My Home Office Hacks, a new Substack newsletter by Joe D’Eramo of Plymouth, MA, will attempt to bridge that gap.

“There are plenty of folks who work from home now. Whether it’s running a business, contractor/freelancer or staff of a company. There are so many of doing this, why not help each other out by sharing what’s working, what’s not. Or what do I do from losing it at my keyboard?” said D’Eramo, who has been working remotely since 2002 as the owner of HiRoad Communications. “My Home Office Hacks is virtual water cooler where we share ideas about the remote working experience.”

Adds D’Eramo, “Input and ideas from readers about what’s working for them are always welcome.”

My Home Office Hacks officially launched in May 2021 as a monthly newsletter. D’Eramo upgraded My Home Office Hacks to a weekly newsletter in October. The newsletter is published on Monday mornings.

In addition to helpful home office tips, My HOH, as D’Eramo affectionately refers to the publication, features the author’s dry sense of humor featured in some of his previous writing efforts—mostly notably his self-published book, Recipes for the Roommate-Impaired.

Titles of some of the first editions of My Home Office Hacks include: Thank you, Chuck Norris; Working from Home and the Second Best Line from Con Air; I Hate When People Eat on Zoom Calls; and Could You Do That in a Normal Office.

“A lot of people treated working at home as sort of a snow day at first. It is definitely not as easy as you might think,” said D’Eramo. “In a lot of ways, it’s more difficult as bosses still expect you to produce. And if you own your own business, you know you have to put the work in. My HOH tries to fill a bit of the void left by not being in an office.”

To subscribe to My Home Office Hacks, visit https://iworkfromhome.substack.com/ or www.hiroadcommunications.com.

About HiRoad Communications:
Based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, HiRoad Communications is owned by freelance copywriter Joe D’Eramo. HiRoad generates copy for web content, marketing communications materials, PR pieces, articles, blogs, social media sites and more. For more information, visit www.hiroadcommunications.com or call 617-848-0848.

John Powers Named Martinizing VP of Franchising

Naples, FL, January 12, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Clean Franchise Brands (CFB), the largest dry cleaning and laundry company on the planet, recently named John Powers as the vice president of franchising for Martinizing Dry Cleaning. Powers took on the role after CFB acquired Martinizing in Spring 2021.

As vice president of franchising, Powers will lead efforts to recruit new Martinizing Dry Cleaning franchise owners in the U.S. and abroad. Part of that initiative includes the acquisition of independent dry cleaners and laundromats to be converted to Martinizing locations.

“We are delighted to have John in this role. His experience with the Martinizing brand and his more than two decades in franchising make him an invaluable asset as we begin to sell Martinizing franchises throughout the US and internationally,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Clean Franchise Brands.

Powers began with Martinizing in 2018. Prior to that, he was part of the corporate teams for such franchises as Ruby Tuesdays, BD’s Mongolian Grill and Molly Maid.

“CFB’s acquisition of Martinizing has been a game changer in so many ways and the timing could not be better,” said Powers. “The pandemic has led many independent dry cleaners to sell or retire. With the resources that CFB can offer, prospects can buy a franchise with a set location and customer base already there. I’m feeling very fortunate for this opportunity at this point in time.”

Powers, a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, resides in the greater Detroit area with wife Deborah. The couple have two adult children, Brooklynn and Lauren.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning was not the only franchise CFB acquired in Spring 2021. CFB also added 1-800-Dry Clean, Pressed4Time and Dry Cleaning Station in Spring 2021. Combining those franchises with the franchise CFB already owned, Lapels Dry Cleaning, gave CFB more than 400 locations in seven countries including Canada, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Peru—making it the largest dry cleaning company on the planet!

“The pandemic has been a very difficult time for dry cleaners. Many local independents have not survived. Yet recent industry reports indicate a strong trend in growth for the dry cleaning and laundry industry,” said Kevin Dubois, CFB CEO. “We are very excited to have finalized the FDD for Martinizing Dry Cleaning and make that opportunity available to prospects literally across the globe.”

According to a report put out by Research and Markets, “The dry-cleaning and laundry services market is poised to grow by $13.62 billion during 2021-2025, progressing at a CAGR of almost five percent.”

For complete information on the Martinizing Dry Cleaning franchise opportunity, visit martinizingfranchise.com. To schedule an information call about the Martinizing opportunity, call 248-654-7009 or go to https://calendly.com/martinizing/introduction.

About Martinizing Dry Cleaning:
As part of Clean Franchise Brands, Martinizing is among the largest U.S. based dry-cleaning franchise systems with more than 400 locations in seven countries including Canada, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Peru. Martinizing was founded in 1949 and remains a trusted, iconic name in dry cleaning in the U.S. For more information, visit https://www.martinizing.com/.

About Clean Franchise Brands, LLC:
Based in Naples, Florida, Clean Franchise Brands, LLC is now the owner of the following brands: Lapels Dry Cleaning; Martinizing Dry Cleaning; 1-800-DryClean, Pressed4Time, Dry Cleaning Station and Bizziebox. Collectively, the brands have 500 plus stores in 40 states and nine countries. Clean Franchise Brands corporate offices are located at 711 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102.

For more information, go to https://calendly.com/martinizing/introduction or contact John Powers at jpowers@cleanfranchisebrands.com.

Double Wins for Sleeve Sponsor Jetcoin as Huddersfield Defeats EPL Burnley in FA Cup Game, After Successful $JET Fundraise

Singapore, January 13, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Blockchain-powered sports and entertainment NFT solution Jetcoin celebrates the victory of their sleeve-sponsored team Huddersfield Town A.F.C. which has defeated Burnley in the FA Cup Third Round.

This comes close on the heels of the sport NFT solutions provider’s IDO which closed successfully a week before, followed by its listing on popular BSC (Binance Smart Chain) DEX (decentralized exchange) Pancakeswap, with 80% of the funds raised, locked in liquidity on the platform.

“Broadcast in 38 countries with potential viewership of 200 million, the FA Cup games offer massive global exposure and we couldn’t be prouder of our team Huddersfield’s amazing performance on the pitch this past weekend,” declares Jetcoin CEO and founder Eric Alexandre.

Three match jerseys worn at the game are redeemable for fans through the JET Interactive NFT cards.

History on Repeat? Double Underdog Wins with Jetcoin Sleeve Sponsorship

Currently, Burnley competes in the top tier of English Football, the English Premier League, while Town competes in the Championship, the second tier. For Jetcoin, the upset win is reminiscent of the 2018 FA Cup Championship when another David-Goliath tale played out as Wigan Athletic F.C., a League One team two divisions down EPL, scored a historic win against Manchester City, the then leading team in the EPL. Both times saw sport NFT solutions provider Jetcoin supporting the underdog with sleeve sponsorship and emerging victorious.

2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of Huddersfield’s only FA Cup success in 1922, a run which began with a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor, home stadium to Burnley.

Staking Program Officially Open with 1 oz Pure Silver Minted $JET for 1st 100 Participants

$JET holders can now swap and trade on Pancakeswap in the WBNB/JET liquidity pool:

Pancakeswap https://pancakeswap.finance/swap?outputCurrency=0xc5b43669a899c5da2a98b2bf8c9082d5e8d5ee0d

Dextools https://www.dextools.io/app/bsc/pair-explorer/0xbc2b703b506fb780c8ef79d1ae5f475cdec774c3

To reward its supporters, Jetcoin is rolling out a 30-day staking program for liquidity providers (LPs) who provide liquidity to the WBNB/JET pool to earn limited edition JET NFTs.

In addition, the first 100 participants who stake 1 BNB worth of the WBNB/JET pair for 30 days will also receive a 1 oz pure silver physical Jetcoin ($JET). This limited reward offer will be dropped into the ‘Rewards’ slide of the JET NFT app 7 days before the staking period of the LP tokens ends.

Detailed step-by-step instructions on how to provide liquidity for the WBNB/JET pair in PancakeSwap and how to lock the Liquidity Provider (LP) tokens can be found here: https://jetcoins.medium.com/stake-earn-nfts-with-jet-2f0183381191

Vigilance Please!

The correct JET contract address for the $JET BEP20 Token is as follows:
0xc5b43669a899c5da2a98b2bf8c9082d5e8d5ee0d

$JET token holders are reminded to be vigilant against scammers and fake addresses and should exercise caution whenever participating in transactions. Only the following official channels contain the most current and accurate information about the developments of $JET.

Jetcoin Official Channels:
Website: https://jetcoin.io/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JTCinstitute
Telegram: https://telegram.me/joinchat/ERrH8w3gjAsfmdCrgjGCOQ
Medium: https://jetcoins.medium.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGDlUZ10qHQ8Te8IpZkLLGQ

About Jetcoin:
Blockchain-powered Jetcoin ($JET) is digital fuel that gives fans and supporters in the world of sports and entertainment a unique opportunity to benefit directly from the success of their favorite athletes and stars. Through the JET NFTs, individuals participate in their talents’ success stories when they choose to purchase unique NFT series of artwork and collectibles from emerging talents in sports and entertainment. When the talents mature in their careers, the value of their image rights increase, translating into rewards for the fans holding the NFTs.

To date, Jetcoin has sponsored Championship Football Club Huddersfield Town A.F.C., English Football League Derby County FC, Wigan Athletic F.C., English Premier League perimeter banner advertising, two Serie A football teams (A.C. Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona); three luxury yacht shows (Singapore, Phuket and Penang Rendezvous); and three Formula One Official After-Parties in Singapore.

About Huddersfield Town:
Huddersfield Town Association Football Club is an English professional football club based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Founded on 15 August 1908, it entered the Football League in 1910. The team is currently competing in the Championship, the second tier of English football.

Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Official Channels:
Website: https://www.htafc.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/htafc
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialHTAFC
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/htafc/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/htafc/

World’s Fastest, Carbon-Neutral Blockchain Launches Archethic Lab, by The Builders for The Builders

Paris, France, January 13, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Archethic, the world’s fastest and most secure blockchain network, has launched the Archethic Lab web portal, featuring a series of tools that make it easier for users and developers to join the project’s growing ecosystem.

The website contains links to Archethic’s testnet and mainnet beta, regular video tech updates, as well as all the tools and documentation a newcomer will need to get started.

“We’re embracing the spirit of community-led scalable initiatives with an open invitation to developers looking for an exciting blockchain project to get involved with from an early stage,” said Sebastien Dupont, Chairman, Archethic Foundation. “This initiative is led by Web3 builders for Web3 builders. With Archethic’s highly scalable blockchain being perfectly primed for real-world use in high-traffic use-cases such as content publication (or website hosting), mailing solutions, we’re very excited to watch this project evolve as crypto and blockchain are finally being adopted into the mainstream.”

Test how to safely store $UCO in the Archethic Mobile Wallet

One of the tools that will be of use for anybody interested in supporting the project (not just developers) is the Archethic Mobile Wallet. The wallet supports transactions of Archethic’s $UCO tokens and is also compatible with NFT transfers on the Archethic testnet.

A GitHub page is available with APKs for downloading a mobile wallet on Android devices. The page also includes a repo for developers to build their own wallets and a beta version of a web app wallet.

The wallet is highly secure, with no funds being lost should the wallet be deleted from a device. A 24-word mnemonic recovery password is all that’s needed to re-access the wallet on any compatible device. Users must make sure to keep their recovery password safely recorded in an offline or analog format for the highest security.

Build a one-page website (any website), explore the network and more

The other three tools are aimed at developers looking to get started building on the Archethic blockchain. In all cases, complete documentation has been provided — usually in both written and video form — to make it easy to learn the ropes.

AEWeb is a tool that helps web developers deploy websites on the blockchain. Boasting a decentralized security layer that is on par with aviation security standards, Archethic is a top choice for deploying a website that is as secure as can be from hacking and all other possible security failures.

A lot of websites get created globally every day where 99% of them are very small, and medium-sized websites, its maintenance, security risks & costs are very high.

AEWeb provides a single solution to all these problems within a fraction of the total cost.

Plus it’s simple to use and saves a lot of time and is secure.

Beacon Chains

The Beacon Explorer is a blockchain explorer that makes it possible to examine the “beacon chains” used to coordinate and synchronize the Archethic network. Archethic uses a unique consensus protocol called ARCH that runs multiple grouped beacon chains in parallel, with each chain being composed of blocks containing a single validated transaction each. The ARCH consensus protocol is what allows Archethic to operate so blazingly fast, capable of processing up to 1 million transactions per second.

Testnet Faucet

Lastly, developers looking to build DApps that interface with UCO will need a way to test their projects. The Archethic testnet comes equipped with a UCO faucet that supplies 100 UCO at a time, strictly for testing purposes. This allows developers to build projects without burning their own funds to validate code. Being a naturally eco-friendly blockchain, Archethic is also cost-efficient, and the UCO faucet is yet another step toward saving resources of all kinds.

The Archethic mainnet beta launched in June of 2021 after four years of research and development aimed at solving limitations and challenges faced by other blockchains. The project aims to disrupt mainstream industries such as retail and finance, giving interested developers ample opportunity to build innovative new technologies with the potential to make a real impact.

About Archethic Public Blockchain:
Archethic is a highly scalable, tamper-proof Blockchain with scalability greater than 1 Million TPS, and a validation time of fewer than 5 seconds. The blockchain has the capacity to handle up to 90% maliciousness, 3.6 billion times less energy consumption than Bitcoin, and 0.1% of the transaction fees.

The platform aims to replace and improve all current applications with a comprehensive and open ecosystem, allowing people to move from the trust imposed by centralized to decentralized systems while keeping identity and privacy under the control of the user.

With Archethic, you can access your identity but no one owns it. The security and threat issues that centralized systems pose helped us realize that self-sovereign identity is needed now more than ever. An Open Source autonomous & Decentralized network in the hands of the world population created by the people, for the people.

Archethic Official Links:
Website: https://archethic.net/
Whitepaper: https://archethic.net/ARCHEthic_WhitePaper.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/archethic
Telegram: https://t.me/ArchEthic_ENG
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_official_archethic/
Discord: https://discord.com/invite/CJZJvVReBx
GitHub: https://github.com/archethic-foundation
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmP7Sg_TdBfbO1_u4EyIKzg

Dr. Renz’s Herb Bitters Bottle Brings A Record $24,150 in Part 1 of The Mel Hammer Collection Sold Online December 10-19

Sacramento, CA, USA, December 29, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A Dr. Renz’s Herb Bitters bottle (San Francisco, circa 1868-1881), 9 ¾ inches tall, with a uniquely styled applied tapered top (one of maybe four known), light lime green in color, sold for $24,150 in the online-only sale #72 of Part 1 of the Mel Hammer bottle collection, which began December 10th and ended December 19th, by American Bottle Auctions.

The Mel Hammer collection is an incredible hoard gathered over a 50-year span by a man who dedicated much of his adult life to the acquisition and study of antique glass. Part 1 featured many of Mr. Hammer’s favorites, such as schnapps and gin bottles, bitters bottles and inkwells, many boasting 9.5 grades. Part 2 will be held in March. Mr. Hammer died on Thanksgiving Day.

The Dr. Renz’s Herb Bitters was easily the top achiever in the 137-bottle auction and the price was a new auction record. A winner at the 1869 California State Fair, the bottle is one of just a handful known with the unique style tapered top. It was undoubtedly the first embossed bottle made for this bitters. All known examples have a green hue, with crudity consistent with the era.

“The bitters stole the show, but there were some very respectful bids in all categories,” said Jeff Wichmann, the owner of American Bottle Auctions. “We were amazed at some of the prices of the squares and inkwells. For instance, out of the sixty or so early squares – including gins, schnapps and sarsaparillas – fifteen did a thousand dollars or more. One gin sold for $10,925.”

That was lot #64, a bright medium green Wister’s Clubhouse gin bottle having an applied top with the earlier sticky ball type pontil. These bottles are very popular with collectors, as they come in a multitude of colors. In addition, they are typically very crude, with lots of character. This one was no exception. The condition was exceptional, except for small, minor scratches.

Lot #124 – a square, red amber whittled Turner Brothers bottle – was one that Mr. Hammer had purchased in one of Mr. Wichmann’s auctions. It boasted an applied top with graphite pontil and showed both Turner Brothers locations (Buffalo, New York and San Francisco). The bottle checked every box: the color, crudity, rarity and condition were all exemplar. It brought $3,910.

A Dr. Wonser’s USA Indian Root Bitters bottle with an applied top, medium amber in color and showing lots of uneven glass and whittle, was near-perfect and sold accordingly for $15,525. The amber and aqua Wonser’s are among the most sought after and coveted Western bitters out there. For its distinctive design, unique name and overall appeal, Dr. Wonser’s are simply hard to beat.

A barrel-shaped Greeley’s Bourbon Whiskey Bitters bottle with applied top (G102), 9 ½ inches tall, attracted bidders because it was a true purple Greeley’s. While these barrels come in shades of purple or puce, they are often very dark and hard to see through or are an off color, similar to the bourbon whiskey bitters. Such was not the case with this example. The bottle sold for $4,600.

A Pride of Kentucky Old Bourbon bottle (Livingston & Co., Sole Agents), made sometime in the mid-to-late 1870s, was one that Mr. Hammer actually found near his home in Redding, Calif. The lightweight bottle with an applied top was as whittled as any Western fifth around, and the color, while an old amber, showed a perfect depth throughout the bottle. It finished at $9,200.

Catawba Wine Bitters bottles are huge with collectors. Lot #119 was a choice example, medium green in color, with embossed grapes, an applied top and graphite pontil. This one was sold by American Bottle Auctions in Part 1 of the Grapentine collection. It boasted good overall whittle and crudity. It’s the pontiled version, with all graphite intact. It found a new owner for $6,900.

Turning to inkwells, there were two in the sale that performed exceptionally well. One was an M100 staved barrel type teakettle inkwell, a beautiful amethyst in color. There are only a couple of barrel inks and they’re quite rare and highly sought after. This one had a pedigree: it’s said to have been produced for the Henry Harrison presidential campaign of 1840. It brought $5,060.

The other was an umbrella ink with a rolled lip and open pontil, 2 ½ inches and grape in color (the color most collectors are looking for). No umbrella ink collection would be complete without a puce or grape colored example. This inkwell has a medium to deeper hue, easy to see through on one’s shelf. It is now gracing the shelf of the winning bidder who paid $3,450 for it.

A Russ’s Aromatic Schnapps (N.Y.) bottle with applied top and smooth base, olive green in color, the edges making for a stronger eight-sided bottle instead of a square one, made $3,450.

A Vonthofen’s Aromatic Schiedam Schnapps bottle with applied top and graphite pontil, a nice bluish-green in color and much larger than the usual Aromatic Schnapps, hammered for $2,070.

A Charles Cordial Gin (London) bottle with applied top and smooth base, a beautiful bright green fifth gin bottle that really shines on the shelf, with lots of crudity, graded 9.5, hit $1,600.

Part 2 of the Mel Hammer bottle collection will be held sometime in March 2022 (dates and times to be announced; watch the website for details). “Things will be pretty much split down the middle between Parts 1 and 2 in terms of value, variants and number of bottles,” Wichmann said.

To learn more about American Bottle Auctions and Part 2 of the Mel Hammer collection, which goes online in March, please visit www.americanbottle.com.

About American Bottle Auctions:
American Bottle Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single bottle or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free, at 1-800-806-7722; or, e-mail them at info@americanbottle.com. To learn more about American Bottle Auctions, please visit www.americanbottle.com. Updates are posted frequently.

The Toothboss to Offer in-house Dental Plan for Uninsured Patients

South Weymouth, MA, December 29, 2021 — Dr. Richard Wolfert, DMD, a South Weymouth, MA dentist, recently announced the availability of an in-house dental plan for uninsured patients at The Toothboss, the name of his South Weymouth, MA dental practice located at 1121 Main Street (Route 18). The dental plan is being offered via a third party, Quality Dental Plan.

For a nominal fee per individual, the plan includes two simple cleanings, two complete dental exams, and X-rays. The plan also includes a 20 percent discount on most dental procedures at The Toothboss. Additional child family members can join too at a reduced rate.

The plan starts January 1, 2022. Patients and interested members of the general public can call 781-335-0604 with questions about Quality Dental Plan or about joining the program. With Quality Dental Plan there are no claim forms, no deductibles, and no waiting period.

“Between Covid, the current employment market and other circumstances, we have seen fewer people with dental insurance coming to our practice,” said Dr. Wolfert. “We don’t ever want not having insurance to be a reason for people not coming in for regular checkups and cleanings. So, we reached out to Quality Dental Plan and put this in place.”

The dental plan goes into effect on January 1, 2022 for Toothboss patients. Patients can use the plan as soon as they sign on.

“The QDP plan is also something we can offer to small businesses who can’t afford to offer their employees a dental plan,” said Dr. Wolfert. “We are happy to work something out with businesses who want to pay all or part of the dental plan so their staff members can get affordable dental care here at the Toothboss.”

For complete information on the in house dental plan at The Toothboss, you can visit www.toothboss.com or call 781-335-0604.

About The Toothboss:
The Toothboss offers: comprehensive examinations (written treatment and treatment plan provided); cosmetics; crowns, bridges and tooth-colored restorations; partial and full dentures; periodontics (early cases treated); oral surgery; restoration of conventional and small diameter implants; and emergency services (24-hour emergency phone number available).

The Toothboss accepts most insurance plans. They also accept payment from most PPO and indemnity plans, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Delta Dental. They also accept all major credit cards and have arranged payment plans through Springstone.

To schedule an initial consultation, please call 781-335-0604. For more information, visit http://www.toothboss.com

MRHB DeFi Closes Successful USD5.5M Fundraise with IDO and Announces 5 Million Pool of MRHB Token Rewards for Liquidity Providers

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 1, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- The world’s first ethical and halal DeFi ecosystem platform MRHB DeFi officially concluded its successful fundraising with its final public IDO rounds on DODO and ZeeDO launchpads, altogether raising a total of US$5.5 million with around 85% coming from a global community of investors looking for an ethical and halal entry into the cryptoverse.

Immediately following the close of the IDO, the MRHB token was listed on the popular DEX PancakeSwap, a leading decentralized exchange on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). For the very first time, early supporters of the project were able to trade and swap their MRHB tokens.

5 Million Pool of $MRHB Token Rewards for Liquidity Providers

Instead of standard buy/sell order books, Pancakeswap uses the Automated Market Maker (AMM) model where trades are done through a ‘Liquidity Pool’ whereby users invest funds (become Liquidity Providers or LP’s) to the pools to facilitate swaps.

MRHB DeFi has now announced that over the next three months, $MRHB token holders can become Liquidity Providers on PancakeSwap and earn their share of the pool of 5,000,000 MRHB token rewards.

The following MRHB/USDT liquidity pool has been set up on PancakeSwap, and MRHB Rewards will only apply to this pool:

  • https://pancakeswap.finance/swap?inputCurrency=0xd10332818d6a9b4b84bf5d87dbf9d80012fdf913&outputCurrency=0x55d398326f99059ff775485246999027b3197955

Liquidity Providers to the pool can earn in two ways:

  1. By supplying liquidity to the pool, the liquidity providers earn transaction fees on PancakeSwap as profit. The total trading profits made will be divided among the LPs, proportional to the amount of funds contributed and the amount of time funds are invested in the pool.
  2. In addition, MRHB DeFi will offer a reward to the LP investors on condition that they invest funds into the pool at any point during the three month loyalty period. The $MRHB token reward pool will initially begin at 5,000,000 to be shared among the LP token holders. The number of tokens awarded will change over time but will be visible on the MRHB Reward Dashboard (https://rewards.mrhb.network/). Investors can withdraw their funds at any time.

As an extra incentive for LPs, MRHB DeFi has announced that LP’s who lock their tokens for the full 90 days in the pool will have the right to claim an NFT from the first collection at their Souq NFT marketplace. Souq NFT is the first anti-NSFW NFT marketplace in the world that is focussed on creating an ethical and halal marketplace for digital art and other NFT assets.

MRHB DeFi has provided more detailed instructions on how to be Liquidity Providers in the following videos:

  • How to Buy/Swap MRHB Tokens Using Metamask Wallet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LqaeY9Ttw
  • How to Make Passive Income by Providing Liquidity on Pancakeswap:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LqaeY9Ttw

A Conditional ‘Hibah’ Gift

The LP token rewards are defined as a conditional gift (‘hibah muallaqah bi al-sharth’) that is provided by a third party, permissible according to the Islamic Fiqh. Since there is no (bilateral) exchange contract or transaction between MRHB DeFi and LPs (liquidity providers), MRHB DeFi is considered a third party and is providing the rewards as a gesture of appreciation to their loyal supporters.

As the share of rewards depends on various factors such as the number of providers and amount of time invested, such LP rewards are not fixed, although they will be stated at the time the tokens are invested into the liquidity pool.

Such rewards must also be considered together with the price movements (Impermanent Loss) of the MRHB token to assess the overall return to the token holder should they withdraw their funds from the liquidity pool.

Reminder for Vigilance

The correct MRHB DeFi contract address for the $MRHB BEP20 Token is as follows:
https://bscscan.com/address/0xd10332818D6A9B4b84bf5d87DbF9D80012FDF913

MRHB token holders are reminded to be vigilant against scammers and fake addresses and should exercise caution whenever participating in transactions. Only the following official channels contain the most current and accurate information about the developments of $MRHB.

MRHB DeFi Official Channels:
MRHB Reward Dashboard: https://rewards.mrhb.network
Website: https://marhabadefi.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marhabadefi
Telegram: https://t.me/mdf_official
Telegram Announcements: https://t.me/marhabadefi_ANN
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHuvZG9DbS5ffeoqLX_bERg
Medium: https://medium.com/@mrhbdefi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marhabadefi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRHB-DeFi-105893235209147
Telegram (Arabic): https://t.me/mdf_arabic
Telegram (Russian): https://t.me/marhabadefi_russia
Telegram (Turkish): https://t.me/MarhabaDefiTR
Telegram (Persian): https://t.me/mrhbdefi_persian
Telegram (Urdu/Hindi): https://t.me/MRHBDeFi_Urdu_Hindi

About MRHB DeFi:
MRHB DeFi is a halal, decentralized finance platform built to embody the true spirit of an “Ethical and Inclusive DeFi” by following faith-based financial and business principles, where all excluded communities can benefit from the full empowerment potential of DeFi.

The diverse team comprises researchers, technocrats, influencers, Islamic fintech experts & business entrepreneurs, who came together to ensure that MRHB DeFi prevails in a manner that will impact society as a whole, essentially bridging the gap between the faith-conscious communities and the blockchain world.

Signed and Numbered Ansel Adams Photos and Gold Rush-Era Tokens do Well in Holabird’s December Dreams Auction Dec. 17-19

Reno, NV, USA, January 5, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A Wells Fargo Express Chinese Western directory from 1878 sold for $13,750, while signed and numbered photographs by Western photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) and rare tokens from the glory days of America’s Gold Rush era all did well in Holabird Western Americana Collections’ December Dreams: Premier Americana Auction held December 17-19.

The three-day sale, held online and live at the Holabird gallery in Reno, featured over 1,900 lots of rare books, art, mining, numismatics, stock certificates, postcards and more. Highlighted collections included more parts of the Ken Prag postcard collection, the Bill McIver token and medal collection, the MacKenzie Montana collection and the Ron Lerch Western collection.

Following are highlights from the auction, which enjoyed an 80 percent sell-through across all 1,900 lots. About 7,500 people registered to bid, with the top categories being art, directories and numismatics. “We’re attracting hundreds of new collectors with each sale that goes by,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. All prices include buyer’s premium.

Day 1 contained over 600 lots of philatelic (stamps); military, political and firearms; gaming collectibles; and model railroad and toys. Postcards, many of them from the Ken Prag collection, included California (especially wine country), Hawaii, Disney, Titanic and Pioneer cards. The gaming section included items from the Shirley Bovis Cowboy Museum in Tombstone, Ariz.

Of the 500 postcard lots from the Ken Prag collection, about 350 lots were California-related, but 40 lots or so were Hawaii-themed. Lot 1370 was a collection of more than 210 postcards with color renderings of rare and exotic fishes of Hawaii. Most were from a series published for the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. All were from the early 20th century. The lot went for $1,387.

Day 2 was packed with 683 lots of books (featuring Part 1 of the Ron Leach Western directory collection); mining artifacts and ephemera; and stock certificates and bonds, to include mining and railroad. There were about 200 directories from the Ron Lerch collection. Directories are considered a “primary source” material and, as such, are essential aspects of historical research.

The Wells Fargo Express Chinese directory from 1878 is one of the most sought-after, rare and important of all the Western directories and sold accordingly, for $13,750. It was a directory for Chinese houses in San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, Marysville, San Jose, Portland and Virginia City for that year. It was well-used and worn, with Chinese notes on pages throughout.

Other noteworthy directories, all from the Ron Leach collection, included the following:

  • A first edition copy of the Hawaiian Kingdom Statistical and Commercial Directory from 1880-1881, including a tourist guide. Each island in the Kingdom was listed, along with officials, principal villages and descriptions of the islands, plus colored ads ($2,250).
  • A Brown’s Marysville (Calif.) Directory for the year beginning March 1861, a general and business register of citizens with statistical tables, historical references and more, prefaced by sketches of industrial enterprises and charitable organizations ($7,810).
  • A very rare copy of the A.R. Dunbar &Co.’s Chinese Mercantile Directory for 1897, listing all the principal Chinese merchants and manufacturers in the U.S., Canada and Hawaii, 216 pages from the press of Brown, Meese & Craddock, San Francisco ($8,435).

Other Day 2 highlights included a handbill issued by Wells Fargo in 1866 (Gold Hill, Nevada), extolling the thefts of company monies used by several WF agents to gamble on mining stocks ($3,375); and a Britton & Rey lithograph depicting a pair of life scenes of gold miners in the 19th century, titled Bar Room in the Mines and Long Tom, one of only five known copies ($1,625).

A rare stereo view of gold miner Ed Schieffelin (who founded Tombstone, Arizona in 1877), showing him with a pick, breaking a rock, taken by Charles O. Farciot, hammered for $3,125. Also, a stock certificate for 42 shares from 1863 for the Byron Gold & Silver Mining Co. (Sutro, Nevada), a company mentioned by Mark Twain in a letter dated Feb. 3, 1863, finished at $812.

Day 3 was a busy one, with 614 lots of Native Americana (baskets and jewelry), art (featuring Ansel Adams, three signed Salvador Dali prints, Thomas Kincaide, Japanese woodblocks and prints and more), numismatics (including coins and currency, medals and so-called dollars), tokens (featuring Part 2 of the Bill McIvor Nevada token collection), and general Americana.

The signed and numbered photographs by Ansel Adams were from a special edition of fine prints from Photographs of Yosemite (Calif.) by Ansel Adams. Images included Moon and Half Dome, the tenth print made of this world-class photograph from 1960 ($9,687); Bridal Veil Fall, from circa 1958-1970 ($7,500); and El Capitan in Winter, also printed circa 1958-1970 ($5,625).

Offerings from the Bill McIver Nevada token and medal collection included the centerpiece of his collection: possibly the finest known 12.5-cent token from The Payteller (Rhyolite, Nev.), showing a bearded miner with a pick, shovel and lunch bucket, plus a mountain and rising sun ($5,500); and a Copper Block Buffet (Valdez, Alaska) gold nugget token, good for $1 ($2,625).

Other tokens included an extremely rare Rhyolite token for the Southern Bar (“Good for a Drink or Cigar”), very rare, round in shape, 24mm, made by L.A. Rubber Stamp Company ($2,125); and a Victor Venturino token from the Eureka County (Nev.) town of Mineral Hill (“Good for 12 ½ Cents in Trade”), round in shape, 25mm, with what appeared to be a plug or a hole ($2,500).

A great numismatic rarity was found in an 1851 letter. Prior to the establishment of a Branch US Mint in California, private firms made their own gold coins. Some came under fire in 1851 for not containing sufficient gold. These firms, including Dunbar & Co., were “attacked” in the local press, which adversely affected their value. Reacting to this adversity, the letter addresses how Dunbar would cure and defect. It is the first original document to discuss this important period.

The letter was signed by Dunbar & Co. and dated March 31, 1851, noting the receipt of 192 9/16 ounces of gold dust at $17.125 per ounce to be paid in Dunbar & Co.’s (gold) coin on demand, “or if said coin will not pay at par at the time of such demand, the amount shall be redeemed at the office of Dodge & Co. in current silver at the hands of Henry D. Cogswell.” It made $2,500.

A pair of magnificent signed and labeled art prints by the renowned Japanese landscape artist Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), titled Kura at Tomonoura and Lugano, each signed in pencil and both 10 ¼ inches by 15 ½ inches, went for $3,125. Also, a scarce signed and numbered print by the Spanish Surrealist master Salvador Dali, titled Thumb Tree (although the actual title of the work wasn’t found online and is therefore unknown), numbered “59/350”, realized $2,625.

Native Americana was led by a Tlingit Indian basket, 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, with seven swastikas false embroidered into the middle band, circa 1900 ($1,000); a large Haida (Alaska) ornate design box with patterns on all sides with shell inlays as eyes of birds and animals, plus typical red and black patterns ($625); and a vintage, museum-quality sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace, unmarked, with 20 gorgeous turquoise stones ($938).

Online bidding was via iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com. Holabird Western Americana Collections is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to fredholabird@gmail.com.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, visit www.holabirdamericana.com. Updates are posted often.

Nye & Company will Hold An Important Two-Day Online-Only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction January 19th and 20th

Bloomfield, NJ, USA, January 6, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction planned for Wednesday and Thursday, January 19th and 20th, at 10 am Eastern time both days, will offer a wide variety of fine and decorative arts, with a concentration on 17th thru 20th century paintings, furniture from the 18th through the 21st century, silver and jewelry.

The auction will be headlined by property from a private Southern New Jersey collection, the NAMITS collection, property from descendants of the New York and Philadelphia Clinedinst family, property descended in the Fulton, Ludlow, Livingston and Phillips families, property from the estate of John Strawbridge Lloyd of Philadelphia and, lastly, a small selection of Rev War-era property approved for deaccession by the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City.

A headliner of the auction is one of the earliest known paintings of Martin Van Buren, by Thomas Sully. Initialed and dated 1810, the painting descended in the estate of John Strawbridge Lloyd. This early Sully work depicts a young Van Buren in a striking half-length pose. Documentation goes back to the early 1920s, when it was sent to the Pennsylvania Museum of Art.

Also, coming from the New York and Philadelphia Clinedinst family is a portrait marked as Hannah Van Buren on the verso, but it is more likely a portrait of the late President’s daughter-in-law, Angelica Singleton Van Buren, who assumed the role of “White House Hostess” during Martin’s presidency.

The fine art category includes a bold yet refined 16th/17th century British School Portrait of a Gentleman, one that serves as a window into the life of Elizabethan aristocracy. For those who enjoy the Old Masters, there is a small selection of paintings from private collections. There are also a number of 19th century American and European paintings from a private Southern New Jersey collection, led by a tonalist and impressionistic landscape by Emile Gruppe (1896-1978). The painting perfectly captures the New England landscape.

Another interesting work is by the Russian artist Mikhail Guermacheff (1867-1930). The autumnal landscape is a nice representation of the artist’s oeuvre. William Stanley Haseltine’s depiction of Bald Face Cliff in Ogunquit, Maine is perfect for those looking to take a piece of Vacationland home with them. There is also a signed George Inness painting of a Haystack in the Moonlight.

For fans of traditional furniture, the star of the auction is a George IV desk made by Morel & Seddon in 1828 for Windsor Castle. This highly documented secretaire was made for room 231. The craftsmanship is exceptional and clearly fit for a king. There is also a large set of twelve Regency dining chairs that are well proportioned and beautifully designed and a pair of oversized Regency sofas.

American furniture is also represented in the sale. It will be led by a Federal fan-inlaid chest of drawers, probably Southern, and a Queen Anne high chest of drawers, made in New England circa 1750. The estate of John Strawbridge Lloyd also contains a rich selection of early American furniture, English Toby jugs, Chinese Export and silver.

After celebrating its 300th year in 2019, the Fraunces Tavern Museum decided to implement a reinterpretation of one of its rooms. Deaccessioned items include a Federal style mahogany sofa, a set of Regency dining chairs, two Federal style gentleman’s dressing tables and a Regency breakfast table. These items present a perfect opportunity for patrons to help support the museum and its collection efforts.

For those who prefer more contemporary and designer furniture, there is a Bunny Williams designed breakfront and additional items personally selected by Bunny Williams Interior Design for a prominent New York City patron. A pair of Billy Baldwin chairs supplied to Mrs. William McCormick (Deeda) Blair by Billy Baldwin for her Washington D.C. residence and a Jacques Adnet attributed floor lamp complements a Marcel Wanders-designed for Louis Vuitton leather and carbon fiber lounge chair.

Following along the line of being modern and contemporary, the sale features a small selection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art from the NAMITS collection. The group is led by a Purvis Young Goodbread Alley era painting of two figures, dated 1976. Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Sybil Gibson works are also being offered from the same collection.

People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from January 5th thru January 19th-20th at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to info@nyeandcompany.com.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction Wednesday and Thursday, January 19th-20th, visit www.nyeandcompany.com.

Safer Places, Inc. Launches Transportation Division

Middleboro, MA, January 7, 2022 — Safer Places Inc., a firm providing pre-employment screening, tenant screening and security consulting, today announced the launch of a transportation division. With this division, Safer Places will provide additional resources for public and private sector companies in the recruitment and hiring of drivers.

“With the current supply chain issues, finding qualified drivers is paramount for many organizations. As much as companies want to hire drivers, a bad hire has an even bigger impact on an organization,” said David Sawyer, president of Safer Places, Inc. “With this special division, we can customize a background check—including drug testing and social media screening/monitoring—that provides companies the needed data to make an informed hire.”

The new transportation division is also better able to assist companies with government contracts. The federal government now requires that opioids be included in US Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated drug tests. In recognition of this requirement and the expanded drug use during Covid-19, Safer Places, Inc. has expanded customized drug testing services. Previous tests (DOT. or other) already included heroin, but didn’t include semi-synthetic opioids such as hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone, more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, Lortab, Norco, Percocet and Dilaudid—those are now included.

“Driving a truck is both physically demanding and mentally taxing. Many drivers work long hours and are away from their families for extended time,” commented Sawyer. “Better drug testing can avert disaster and also help an individual get the help they need before trauma occurs.”

Safer Places also offers a host of other background check services. Those services include social media screening and monitoring services in deference to the greater concern in the business community regarding the social media posting practices of job applicants and current employees.

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 70 percent of all employers use social media to screen their candidates. Additionally, of those employers, more than 50 percent said they found something that made the employer not hire the candidate (other studies on this topic put this percentage closer to 69 percent).

“Most employers review job candidates’ online profiles and postings to make sure there is no hate speech, bullying or any other type of objectionable behavior. This approach can create a slew of legal issues and put your company at risk of violating EEOC protected class information as well as FCRA rules,” said David Sawyer, president of Safer Places, Inc. “That’s why more and more employers outsource social media screening to companies like Safer Places, Inc. With our enhanced social media screening and monitoring services, we screen candidates and employees and provide a report that redacts extraneous information such as religious affiliation, sexual orientation, military status, and other information that should not and cannot be considered when making a hiring decision. By shielding an employer from information they would see if they did this on their own, they are less likely to encounter a lawsuit for discriminatory practices against a protected class.”

For more information about Safer Places’ transportation division—including customized screening and drug testing–visit www.saferplacesinc.com or call 508-947-0600.

About Safer Places, Inc:
Safer Places, Inc. is a full-service firm that provides pre-employment screening, security consulting, tenant screening, and additional verification services for schools, private and public companies, property managers, property owners and anyone seeking to research an individual’s background.

Since the events of September 11, 2001, the importance of background checks has taken on increased prominence, and Safer Places, Inc. has undertaken a number of educational initiatives for the public, including a monthly videocast and SAFERupdates. SAFER provides ongoing information for those looking to learn more about background verifications, drug testing and other related topics in a series of short, live videocasts, recordings of which can be found on Safer Places, Inc.’s YouTube channel.

Elements of a background check can include Social Security trace, criminal history search, education verification, checking with sex offender registries, drug testing, driving record/license verification, employment verification/references, terrorist watch lists, and credentials verification/history. Increasingly, companies are using background checks as a condition of continued employment, particularly when an individual is being considered for a new position or promotion.

Safer Places, Inc. maintains offices at 25 Wareham Street, Suites 2-26, Middleboro, MA 02346. Its principals are board certified in security management, holding the CPP (Certified Protection Professionals) designation from ASIS International and they maintain memberships in a number of organizations including the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA) and ASIS International. For additional information, please visit https://www.saferplacesinc.com or call (508) 947-0600.