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Ignite Launches Authentic Apparel E-commerce Store

Wednesday December 26 th 2018

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ignite International, Ltd. has launched direct-to- consumer e-commerce sales of apparel and accessories with the opening of Ignite’s new e-commerce merchandise store. The store offers a selection of consumer demanded exclusive merchandise including hats, water bottles, hoodies, bikinis, shorts, and t-shirts. The super-premium cannabis brand makes this curated collection available for fans to wear and live the Ignite lifestyle.

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The full collection is available now at . This adds to a growing product selection from Ignite and is the first opportunity for fans to purchase Ignite apparel and show off the world-famous goat’s head logo.

“What brands you choose to buy, wear and display makes a personal statement,” said Shannon Bard, COO of Ignite Cannabis Co. “We’re getting thousands of requests from fans of the brand to sell them Ignite apparel, especially the items they have seen all over social media and on celebrities and influencers. This is the only place to get that official Ignite merch.”

Many of the items available have been featured on founder and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian’s Instagram feed, and on the social media accounts of other celebrities and influencers such as the available for $30.00, the available for $75.00 and the available for $40.00. Ignite’s premium apparel products are created with detailed precision while providing superior comfort and style.

Ignite opens its merchandise store in conjunction with its continued expansion. It has quickly become a major player in the cannabis industry featuring premium quality cannabis and  products delivered in the form of concentrates, pre-rolls, oils and flowers, with new products being continuously released and SKUs repeatedly selling out due to popularity. The CBD line, which contains no THC, gained immediate attention after the CBD Spearmint Vape Pen won the 2018 High Times Cannabis Cup “Best CBD Vape Pen.”

Ignite’s online merchandise store is available online at .

About Ignite International, Ltd.
Founded by Dan Bilzerian, based in Los Angeles, and spanning a wide variety of cannabis and CBD products, Ignite wants to change what users, and society, think about cannabis. The company delivers customers superior strains of cannabis and the purest CBD products possible. Ignite has built the world’s first super-premium cannabis lifestyle brand, currently for sale in Dispensaries across California with the company’s CBD products sold nationally online. From packaging and branding, to what’s inside, Ignite delivers at the highest caliber of levels never before seen in this new industry and builds on the foundation that trust and quality truly matter. For more information visit  and .

About Dan Bilzerian
After being honorably discharged from the Navy following a four-year service, Dan attended the University of Florida where he majored in both business and criminology. He then went on to became one of the world’s most successful professional poker players, winning over $50 million in a single year. Despite not adhering to any social norms — and continuing to be unapologetically himself — he developed a flawless trustworthy reputation within the gambling community for always doing what he said he would do, a mindset that he’s carried with him into numerous investment opportunities, business ventures, and personal pursuits — creating an empire. Now, he’s dedicated to build the most trusted brand in the cannabis industry.


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‘Funding secured’: The 17 most unbelievable things people in tech said in 2018

Tuesday December 25 th 2018

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The last 12 months have been a strange and confusing time in tech, especially for the giants housed mostly in Silicon Valley.

This is the year that the default public attitude to tech firms such as Google and Facebook became one of suspicion, resulting in greater scrutiny from politicians and media.

Business Insider has captured something of the changing spirit with a list of the 17 most jaw-dropping quotes from 2018.

The list is, perhaps unsurprisingly, jointly dominated by Facebook executives and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, both of whom had a trying year under the spotlight. Other figures include Steve Jobs, after the Apple cofounder’s daughter Lisa wrote a poetic and devastating memoir which showed her father in a new light.

“You’re getting nothing.”

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It’s an open secret that Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was not only a visionary but an exceptionally difficult man.

A memoir published this year by his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, lends further nuanced depth to that image and examines their often frosty relationship.

In one heartbreaking extract, told for the first time, Brennan-Jobs recalled that her father would replace every Porsche as soon as it got a scratch. She asked whether she could have one once he replaced it.

“You’re not getting anything,” she recalls him responding. “You understand? Nothing. You’re getting nothing.”

“Funding secured.”

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Elon Musk’s Twitter activity prompted great scrutiny of the Tesla CEO this year, but the tweet that bit back hardest was his infamous claim that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private.

The full tweet appeared to contain a marijuana reference. “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420,” he wrote. “Funding secured.”

Ultimately, the tweet led to Musk being slapped with a $20 million fine from the SEC after it became apparent that funding had not in fact been secured. Under the terms of the settlement, Musk also had to step down as chairman of Tesla.

“I saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors to cover his ass after that tweet.”

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A surprising twist in the tale of Elon Musk’s “funding secured” debacle was when rapper Azealia Banks weighed in with her account of events.

Banks claimed that after being invited to Musk’s LA home to collaborate with Grimes, who was in a relationship with Musk at the time (it is unclear whether they are still a couple), she saw him scrambling for investors.

“They bring me out there on the premise that we would hang and make music,” Banks told Business Insider in a DM. “But his dumbass kept tweeting and tucked his dick in between his ass cheeks once shit hit the fan.

“I saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors to cover his ass after that tweet. He was stressed and red in the face.”

Banks later wrote an apology letter to Musk, saying “I feel terrible about everything.”

“I know tech better than anyone.”

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In December, President Trump tweeted that he knows tech better than anyone else in response to criticism about his plans for a border wall with Mexico.

In two tweets Trump declared: “The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better.

“I know tech better than anyone, technology …..on a Border is only effective in conjunction with a Wall. Properly designed and built Walls work, and the Democrats are lying when they say they don’t. In Israel the Wall is 99.9% successful. Will not be any different on our Southern Border! Hundreds of $Billions saved!”

There is considerable evidence to suggest Trump is not the foremost expert on technology, such as the fact he refers to an iPad as “the flat one.”

“Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hauled before US lawmakers in April to explain the role the social network played in spreading misinformation.

Lawmakers used the session as an excuse to grill Facebook about privacy too, with Democratic senator Dick Durbin asking: “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

The point was to illustrate Facebook’s uncanny ability to show people ads and friend recommendations based on their whereabouts.

Unsurprisingly, Zuckerberg said no.

“Senator, we run ads.”

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When Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April, many were surprised at the senators’ lack of tech-savvy. Perhaps the best example of this was when 84-year-old Utah senator Orrin Hatch asked how Facebook can be a profitable business and yet remain a free service.

Zuckerberg responded, “Senator, we run ads.”

“I hope I am able to assist as a cat.”

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Feeling, perhaps, that two Congressional appearances were enough, Zuckerberg snubbed similar grillings from other countries. He declined to appear in November before a group of representatives from nine countries hosted in Westminster.

Instead, Facebook sent VP and British peer Richard Allen in his place, and Belgian lawmaker Nele Lijnen flummoxed him with an unexpected question: “Do you know the expression ‘sending your cat’?”

Allen admitted he did not, and she explained it was a Flemish idiom meaning to not show up.

“I hope I am able to assist as a cat,” Allen responded.

“No, no, you are sitting next to the cat,” Lijnen explained.

“I choose to go to the moon, with artists.”

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in September that Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to fly to the moon as a private passenger aboard the Big Falcon Rocket.

Maezawa in turn announced he would be taking six to eight artists along for the ride.

“We have taken down another great icon.”

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This year the rise and fall of disgraced blood-analysis startup Theranos was deliciously chronicled in the book “Bad Blood.”

But despite the fact that the SEC went on to charge Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes with fraud, some of its supporters remained loyal to the end.

Venture capital investor Tim Draper defended Holmes in an interview with CNBC. He also wore a Bitcoin-patterned tie.

“I feel that we have taken down another great icon,” he said. “This woman came to me when she was 19 years old and she said I’m going to transform health care as we know it and she got bullied into submission. And this is not what America is made of.”

Holmes stepped down as CEO a month later.

Read more: The rise and fall of Theranos, the blood-testing startup that went from a rising star in Silicon Valley to facing fraud charges

“I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt.”

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In a recording of an internal Amazon all-hands meeting heard by CNBC in November, CEO Jeff Bezos said in response to a question from a staffer: “Amazon is not too big to fail … In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail.”

“Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years,” he added.

The quote was eye-catching because Amazon has made Bezos is the richest man in the world.

This isn’t the first time Bezos has alluded to Amazon’s inevitable demise either.

“If you Google the word ‘idiot,’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up.”


Google CEO Sundar Pichai was, like Zuckerberg, hauled before US Congress this year.

Pichai was questioned about alleged anti-conservative bias at the company, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren gave Pichai the chance to explain how Google search works.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot,’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that. How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?”

Pichai responded that Google employees cannot manually interfere in any search results.

“Facebook has a black people problem.”

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Facebook employee Mark S. Luckie published a scathing goodbye note criticising racial discrimination at the company in November, asserting that Facebook has a “black people problem.”

“Facebook’s disenfranchisement of black people on the platform mirrors the marginalization of its black employees,” he wrote.

Trump’s trade war with China is the “stupidest thing in the world.”

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Numerous business leaders have spoken out about Trump’s trade war with China, but perhaps none so bluntly as Jack Ma.

China’s richest man and founder of ecommerce giant Alibaba simply said in November it was “the most stupidest thing in this world.”

“People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being ­disciplined over ‘idle time’ and ­losing their jobs just because they needed the loo.”

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This was the quote that reignited global outrage at conditions in Amazon’s warehouses.

Reporter James Bloodworth went undercover as a worker in an Amazon warehouse (or “fulfillment centre”) as research for a book on low-wage jobs in Britain.

He claims to have found a bottle of urine while working there, and told The Sun that people urinated in bottles so as not to be disciplined for taking the time to walk to the toilet.

Amazon has categorically denied this, and dismissed Bloodworth’s reporting.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people.”


In March of this year, Buzzfeed obtained a 2016 memo from Facebook executive Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, seemingly justifying growth at all costs.

“So we connect more people,” Boz wrote. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people.”

Mark Zuckerberg subsequently condemned the memo, saying Facebook has, “never believed the ends justified the means.”

Bosworth himself claimed in a statement that he didn’t agree with the memo when he wrote, but rather he wanted to “surface issues” he felt warranted more discussion.

“I’ll be holding your hands with your dying ­business like in a hospice.”

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Facebook’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, detonated a media bomb after reportedly telling news organisations that they’d end up “in a hospice” if they didn’t work with the social and ads giant.

Brown met with Australian news organisations and plugged the benefits of working with Facebook, but then shocked executives by saying: “We will help you revitalise journalism … in a few years the ­reverse looks like I’ll be holding your hands with your dying ­business like in a hospice.”

“I f—ing hope he sues me.”


Musk got in hot water after he accused British rescue diver Vernon Unsworth of being a pedophile, after Unsworth criticised Musk’s idea of rescuing the 12 boys who became stranded in a Thai cave using a miniature submarine.

Even more surprising was when Musk doubled down on the claim in an email to a Buzzfeed reporter.

Unsworth did file a lawsuit against Musk in the US, and is planning legal action in the UK.

True Leaf Announces Warrant Repricing

Monday December 24 th 2018

VERNON, British Columbia, Dec. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. (“True Leafâ€� or the “Companyâ€�) (CSE: MJ) (OTCQB: TRLFF) (FSE: TLA), a leading global cannabis and hemp wellness brand for pets, announced today that it has approved the repricing of 2,354,254 warrants expiring on May 29, 2019, and 3,025,983 warrants expiring on June 12, 2019. The exercise price will change from $0.45 per share to $0.355, bringing it in line with the closing market price per share at December 21, 2018.

The repriced warrants will have an accelerated expiry date. In accordance with Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) rules, the term of the warrants will be reduced to 30 days commencing seven days from the end of the closing market price of the shares exceeding the amended exercise price by 25 per cent for 10 consecutive trading days.

True Leaf will notify all warrant holders via mail of the proposed amendments to the terms of the warrants. Should warrant holders consent to and agree with these changes, they should sign and return the amendment to the Company by February 1, 2019 in order for the changes to each warrant to be effective.

Although authorized and approved by our Board of Directors, none of the proposed changes in the warrants are effective with respect to any warrant until written warrant holder consent and agreement is received by the Company.

About True Leaf

True Leaf is a leading global cannabis and hemp wellness brand for pets. Inspired by the unconditional love our pets give us every day, we return that love through our wellness pet products which help maintain and protect the natural vitality of our pet companions. “Return the Love� is the purpose that drives our business and is at the heart of our values to bring happiness to pets and their owners.

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Paul Sullivan
Director, Public Relations
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Investor Contact:

Kevin Bottomley (Canada)
Director and Corporate Relations
M: 778-389-9933

Joe Green (US)
Edison Advisors
O: 646-653-7030
M: 917-575-7089
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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements and management may make additional forward-looking statements in response to your questions. Such written and oral disclosures are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and True Leaf hereby claims such safe harbour protection for all forward-looking statements. True Leaf believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, True Leaf’s actual results and performance and the value of its securities could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements due to the impact of many factors summarized in the “Risk Factors” section of True Leaf’s Offering Circular Form 1-A filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities and other discussions of risk factors contained in True Leaf’s periodic filings or supplements to the offering circular. True Leaf’s Offering Circular Form 1-A can be found at Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. True Leaf undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such information for any reason after the date of this presentation unless required by law. 

Shikun & Binui’s Chief Financial Officer Tal Raz Announced his Intention to Resign his Position

AIRPORT CITY, Israel, Dec. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Shikun Binui Ltd. (TASE: SKBN.TA), a global construction and infrastructure company headquartered in Israel, today announced  that Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Tal Raz, has announced his intention to resign from his position. Raz served as the Group’s CFO for the past six years, and was in charge of the Group’s financial management.

As part of his tenure, Raz led countless fund raises at the Group, together with purchase and sale transactions, and financial closures of mega-projects in which the Group was involved. In addition, Raz took an active part in the Group’s relationship with institutional investors, banks, rating companies and the capital markets in both Israel and internationally.

Tamir Cohen, Chairman of the Shikun Binui Group, “I would like to thank Tal Raz for his long string of achievements, in which he helped promote the Group’s business. I wish him much success in all his future endeavors.”

Moshe Lahmani, Chief Executive Officer of the Shikun Binui Group, “I would like to thank Tal for six years of meeting challenges and taking action. Over Tal’s tenure, we faced a number of challenges in the markets in which we operate, and Tal always knew how to navigate wisely and efficiently. Tal will continue to serve in his job until we indentify a replacement and conclude an orderly overlap period.”

Tal Raz, CFO of Shikun Binui, “After six years of professional development, broad new experiences and meeting significant challenges, I have decided to end my tenure at the Company. I feel that it is time to further my personal development, and that in my current position, I have reached the full potential. We have gone through six challenging years. We have raised debt and capital amounting to billions of shekels, we have successfully realized assets, strengthened ties with the capital market, banks, institutional investors and rating companies, while successfully and correctly managing the Group’s cash flow in a challenging market. I would like to thank the Chairman of the Board, both past and present members of the Board of Directors, the management team and all the employees for our shared, both challenging, as well as meaningful, period.”

About the Shikun Binui Group
The Shikun Binui Group is a global construction and infrastructure company that operates in Israel and internationally in seven segments: 1) infrastructure and construction contracting outside of Israel; 2) infrastructure and construction contracting within Israel; 3) real estate development within Israel; 4) real estate development outside of Israel; 5) renewable energy; and 6) concessions. The Group’s activities focus on large, highly complex projects carried out for entities in private and public sectors with a focus on sustainability.

This summary announcement was prepared solely for the convenience of the reader and does not replace Shikun Binui Ltd.’s (hereafter – “the Company”) full report. The information contained in this announcement is, by its nature, incomplete. All of its contents are provided as a supplement to the Company’s report, and are subject to the declarations therein stated. This announcement includes forecasts, assessments, estimates and other information relating to the Company or its subsidiaries, or to other parties or to future events and matters, the extent of whose realization is not certain and is not under the sole control of the Company (forward-looking information, as defined in the Securities Law-1968). The key facts and data serving as the basis for this information are facts and data, among others, related to the current status of the Company and its businesses, facts and data relating to the current status of the operating segments in which the Company engages in its areas of operation, and other macroeconomic facts and data known to the Company on the preparation date of this presentation.

It is understood that forward-looking information does not constitute a fact and is based solely on subjective assessments. Forward-looking information is uncertain and for the most part, is not under the Company’s control. The realization or non-realization of the forward-looking information will be influenced, among others, by the risk factors that characterize the Company’s operations, as well as developments in the general environment and external factors that impact the Company’s operations. The Company’s future results and achievements could differ significantly from those presented in this presentation. The Company is not obligated to update or modify the said forecast or assessment, and is not obligated to update this announcement. This announcement does not constitute an offer to purchase the Company’s securities or an invitation to receive such offers. An investment in securities in general, and in the Company in particular, carries risk. One must take into account that past data do not necessarily indicate future performance.

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+972(3) 630-1058

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10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, TSLA, AMZN)

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Here is what you need to know. 

  1. Mnuchin moves to calm marketsTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday tweeted that he held individual phone calls with the CEOs of the six largest US banks and reiterated that they have “ample liquidity.” On Monday, he has a call scheduled with the President’s Working Group on financial markets, which includes the the Board of Governers of the Federal Reserve System, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  2. The US government partially shuts downThe shutdown, which was sparked by President Donald Trump’s final-hour demand for $5 billion of funding for a wall along the southern border, will likely last through at least December 27.
  3. The White House is reportedly mulling a meeting with Fed Chairman Jeorome PowellTrump’s advisers have discussed a meeting between him and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell after a report last week said the president was thinking about firing the chairman, The Wall Street Journal says, citing a soure.
  4. Stock markets around the world were mixedChina’s Shanghai Composite (+0.43%) led the gains in Asia and Britain’s FTSE (-0.4%) trailed in Europe. The SP 500 was set to open little changed near 2,418.
  5. Charles Schwab’s $3 trillion investment chief outlines how his firm is preparing for the next stock-market meltdown. Jeff Kleintop, the global chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, outlines three stock-market shifts that he expects to unfold as investors try and become more defensive over the next year. 
  6. Machines driving a ‘fire sale’ is a top market risk in 2019, Deutsche Bank says“There’s just no consensus on why stocks are selling off the way they are,” Torsten Sløk, Deutsche Bank’s chief international economist, said in a phone interview.
  7. Tesla slashes prices in China — againThe electric-car maker dropped the price of certain Model 3 sedans by up to 7.6%, for a starting price of 499,000 Chinese yuan ($72,000), Reuters says.
  8. Amazon is expanding its fleet of cargo planes. The e-commerce giant announced Friday that it will add 10 cargo planes to its fleet over the next two years, bringing its total to 50, and it’s a sign that UPS and FedEx could be losing their biggest customer. 
  9. Here’s how 2018′s biggest US IPOs have performedBusiness Insider looked at the 23 US initial public offerings in 2018 that raised $500 million or more — here’s how they did.
  10. US markets will close early for Christmas. US equity markets will close at 1 p.m. ET and the US Treasury market will stop trading at 2 p.m. ET. They will remain closed on Tuesday and reopen on Wednesday.