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Cooper Tire Awards Annual Roy V. Armes and Centennial Scholarships




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Six students receive awards from national scholarship programs
benefitting children of Cooper employees

FINDLAY, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced that six high school
seniors have been selected to receive scholarships to pursue higher
education. The Roy V. Armes Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, and
five Cooper Centennial Scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, were

The Roy V. Armes Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor former
Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Roy Armes, upon
his retirement. Armes served Cooper for nearly a decade, and this fund
was created in recognition of his contributions and achievements. The
scholarship is focused on high-achieving students who will attend a
four-year institution of higher learning to pursue careers in business
or engineering and goes to the child of a Cooper employee in the United

The recipient of the Roy V. Armes Scholarship is:

  • Kaleb Manley —Kaleb is the 18-year-old son of Larry Manley,
    Control Room Operator for Cooper’s Texarkana plant, and his wife,
    Alicia. He is a graduate of Arkansas High School in Texarkana,
    Arkansas and is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the
    University of Arkansas. Kaleb was a four-year member of Student
    Council, serving as President his senior year, and a member of the
    National Honor Society, Robotics Club and Tobacco Prevention Club. He
    was a letter-winner in soccer and played football. Outside of school,
    he has served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, was a delegate
    to Arkansas Boys State, has been an active member of his church, and
    held a job averaging more than 20 hours per week.

The Cooper Centennial Scholarship is in its fifth year and was
originated to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary in
2014. The scholarship is available to the children of Cooper employees
in the U.S. who are outstanding high school seniors who will pursue
degrees at a college, university or technical school.

Centennial Scholarship recipients are:

  • Benjamin Howard—Benjamin is the 18-year-old son of Fleet
    Services Senior Specialist Marybeth Howard, who is based at Cooper’s
    Findlay headquarters, and her husband, Doug. He is a graduate of
    Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio and intends to study
    biochemistry/pre-dentistry at The Ohio State University. An active
    student-athlete, Benjamin was a four-year member of the basketball and
    baseball teams and served as team captain of both. He also
    participated in soccer and was a member of the National Honor Society
    and Student Athletic Leadership Team. He has volunteered with the West
    Ohio Food Bank, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Salvation Army
    Red Kettle Campaign, American Red Cross blood drives and multiple
    youth basketball and baseball camps.
  • Madelin Kreinbrink—Madelin is the 18-year-old daughter of Rod
    Kreinbrink, Manufacturing Reliability Director, who is based at
    Cooper’s Findlay headquarters, and his wife, Heather. She is a
    graduate of Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, where she ranked
    first in her class. She intends to study nursing at The Ohio State
    University. Active in music, Madelin was a four-year member of show
    choir, including three years as part of Findlay First Edition and one
    year as a member of Voices in Perfection. She was a member of Teen
    Leadership Corps, the National Honor Society, Junior Statesmen of
    America and served as a delegate to Buckeye Girls State. Madelin was
    also active as a member of her church youth group and served as part
    of the youth board.
  • Alyssa Smith—Alyssa is the 18-year-old daughter of Jeff Smith,
    Tire Inspector at Cooper’s Texarkana plant, and his wife, ARhonda. She
    is a graduate of Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Arkansas, where
    she earned the honor of valedictorian. She intends to pursue a degree
    in engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Alyssa
    was a four-year member of Student Council and the softball team. She
    has participated in Fellowship of Christian Students, Art Club, and
    Interact Service Club. She also has been an active member of her
    church ministry team and volunteered for Special Olympics, Harvest
    Texarkana Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Tim
    Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine.
  • Lillian Swails—Lillian is the 18-year-old daughter of David
    Swails, Millwright at Cooper’s Findlay plant, and his wife, Lisa. She
    is a graduate of Arlington High School in Arlington, Ohio and intends
    to pursue a degree in environmental safety and occupational health at
    the University of Findlay. Lillian was a four-year member of the
    Arlington All-Brass Band, FFA and participated in numerous school
    plays and musicals. She was a member of both the National Honor
    Society and Science National Honor Society. Outside of school, she was
    a six-year member of 4-H and participated in Junior Fairboard and
    Hancock County Junior Leadership. Lillian has volunteered for several
    years with the Arlington Village Festival.
  • Jacob Tackett—Jacob is the 18-year-old son of Chad and Tracy
    Tackett. Chad is the Mold Shop Supervisor for Cooper’s Findlay plant
    and Tracy works as a Graphic Designer at Cooper’s Findlay
    headquarters. He is a graduate of Riverdale High School in Mt.
    Blanchard, Ohio, and intends to study engineering technology at Owens
    Community College. Jacob was a four-year member of his school’s
    industrial arts program and participated in baseball, basketball and
    golf, serving as captain of the golf team. He was an active member of
    Boy Scouts of America, holding many leadership positions and earning
    Eagle Scout rank. He was also active in his church youth group and
    operated a part-time firewood business.

“This very deserving group of scholarship winners has not only excelled
in the classroom, but has served as student leaders, been active members
of their communities and held part-time jobs while in school. We are
proud to support them with scholarships from Cooper,” said Brad Hughes,
President & Chief Executive Officer. “I congratulate these exceptional
students and their families, and wish them the best as they pursue
continued education toward their career goals.”

Cooper’s scholarship program is administered by the Findlay-Hancock
County Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic agency that
manages nearly 400 funds, including 115 scholarships. To be considered
for these awards, each student is required to submit an application and
essay. An independent committee then selects the winners. This year, six
students were selected from among 40 qualifying applicants nationwide.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a
global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture,
marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck,
motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio,
with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations
within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries
around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit,


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SLANG Worldwide to Participate in Investor Events




Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – August 7, 2020) – SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE: SLNG), (“SLANG” or the “Company“), a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) company with a diversified portfolio of popular brands, today announced its participation in upcoming investor conferences.

August 12: Canaccord Genuity 40th Annual Growth Conference

SLANG CEO Chris Driessen will present at 10:00am EDT and be available for investor meetings, along with other members of the executive team.

August 18: Benzinga Virtual Cannabis Capital Conference

SLANG CEO Chris Driessen will participate in a fireside chat at 1:05pm EDT titled “Adaptability in Business – When and Where to Apply Capital or Pull it Back.”

Mr. Driessen has also joined the Benzinga Cannabis Advisory Council, comprised of thought leaders from different segments in the industry who come together to share their knowledge, connections and expertise with the Benzinga community.

The Company will post details of these and other events on its website, including links to any available webcasts, when they become available. Investors who wish to receive SLANG news releases, monthly newsletters and other information are encouraged to subscribe to the Company’s investor email list though its website.

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About SLANG Worldwide Inc.

SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG. For more information, please visit

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This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in the industry to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of SLANG at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to regulatory risks, risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, changes in laws, resolutions and guidelines, market risks, concentration risks, operating history, competition, the risks associated with international and foreign operations and the other risks identified under the headings “Risk Factors” in SLANG’s final long form prospectus dated January 17, 2019 and “Risks and Uncertainties” in the management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019 and three months ended March 31, 2020, each as filed on SEDAR at SLANG is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

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PAOG CEO Interview: Cannabis Pharmaceutical Development; Acquired Revenue; Updated Financials; Why PPS Is Undervalued and Timing of Anticipated Correction




Sandusky, Ohio–(Newsfile Corp. – August 7, 2020) – PAO Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: PAOG) today announced an interview of CEO James C. DiPrima on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon. The interview is available on the MoneyTV website discussing new cannabis pharmaceutical developments, a recently acquired revenue stream, upcoming financial reports bringing the company current with OTC Markets and discussing why the current price per share (PPS) of PAOG is undervalued and what event is anticipated to correct the valuation . Mr. DiPrima also appeared on MoneyTV last week following PAOG’s acquisition of two medical cannabis companies.

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Interview Highlights:

Mr. DiPrima discusses PAOG’s partnership with a Contract Research Organization (CRO) and a formal agreement in the works to advance an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to ultimately achieve Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for RespRx (one of the two acquisitions executed by PAOG last week) as a COPD treatment.

Based on positive results from an informal trial of RexpRx with 25 COVID-19 patients, PAOG also plans to make Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP) application after entering into a CRO agreement.

The COPD treatment, RespRx, is derived from a patented cannabis extraction method – U.S. Patent No. 9,199,960 entitled, “METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING HERBACEOUS PLANT MATERIALS INCLUDING THE CANNABIS PLANT.”

Mr. DiPrima confirms a recently published new PAOG website and the coming publication of PAOG’s financial reports. He further confirms the company now has a revenue base with the acquisition of a cannabis cultivation operation from Puration, Inc. (PURA). Mr. DiPrima concludes the interview with a discussion of why he believes the PPS is undervalued and that he anticipates a PPS correction when the PAOG financials are published.

MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon is the internationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, featuring informative interviews with company CEOs and executives, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures. MoneyTV is seen in over 200 million TV households in more than 75 countries.

The MoneyTV Interview is available at and will be syndicated across multiple channels and platforms.

Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Technical complications, which may arise, could prevent the prompt implementation of any strategically significant plan(s) outlined above. The Company undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


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PURA Announces Dividend Declaration Date and Anticipated Date of Record




Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – August 7, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) today announced plans for a formal declaration of a dividend distribution this coming Monday, August 10, 2020. The dividend declaration is expected to be announced the following day, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The plan is for the dividend distribution date of record, or the day on which a shareholder must own stock to be eligible for the dividend to promptly follow the declaration date. The declaration date is subject to regulatory approval and the specific date will be released accordingly. The plan is also to pay the dividend promptly. The payment execution is subject to the payment process which involves the transfer agent(s) for the distributed stock and the broker network.

The planned dividend distribution to PURA shareholders results from the recent sale of PURA’s cannabis cultivation operation to PAO Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: PAOG).

The cannabis cultivation operation was sold last week in exchange for PAOG common stock. The stock is slated to be distributed to PURA shareholders in a dividend distribution. The planned distribution ratio is 1 for 1. Accordingly, PURA shareholders will receive one share of PAOG stock in exchange for every PURA share held.

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Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
(800) 861-1350

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