Largest Veterans Cannabis Certification Event in USA to be Held in Jackson, Mississippi on April 30 to Kickoff Veteran Cannabis Support Program Initiative, an brand platform, announced today that they will be holding a cannabis mass-certification event for Mississippi veterans at the Westin Hotel, in Jackson, Mississippi on April 30, 2023.

The event will provide over $75,000 worth of medical cannabis diagnosis, certifications, and cannabis subsidies for 250 Mississippi veterans seeking medical cannabis certification, who due to financial hardship, have not been able to afford certification on their own.

ElysianMed, the parent company of will be covering the costs for the event, as well as the prescriber costs, for all 250 veterans. ElysianMed has partnered with renowned Better Business Bureau accredited medical cannabis certifier Chronic Cardz who will be providing the prescribers and patient resources for the event.

The event is being held to launch the company’s Veteran Cannabis Support Program (VCSP) initiative, which provides resources and benefits through partnerships with local dispensaries, prescribers, and other medical cannabis businesses, to veterans seeking medical cannabis as an alternative form of treatment.

– The Event Will Provide Fair and Equal Opportunity for Veterans to Attend –

In order to provide fair and equal access to the event, will choose the 250 veterans for the event via a random draw, on April 20, 2023.

In order to enter the random draw, interested veterans may signup for free using the event signup form here:

Attending veterans will also be provided with information on VCSP-certified dispensaries where they can receive VCSP cannabis subsidies, guaranteed discounts, and can be assured of veteran-friendly service and care.

– The Event Could Position Mississippi as a Leader in Medical Cannabis Outreach for Veterans –

The event will be held to kick off the national rollout of the Veteran Cannabis Support Program (VCSP), a private initiative founded by the ElysianMed CEO, Roman Alexander Wellington.

Wellington stated, “We have just been informed that a veterans cannabis mass-certification event of this scale, where the fees for the certifications are completely covered for 250 veterans, has never been done in a single day in the US. So we are proud to be able to launch this first event in Mississippi where there is such a high concentration of veterans, especially those facing financial hardships.”

When asked about the event, Mississippi State Representative De’Keither Stamps (District 66), a US Army Veteran and co-sponsor of Mississippi cannabis legislation HB-1158, stated, “I am grateful that organizations like ElysianMed ( and Chronic Cardz have seen the tremendous effort Mississippi has put in to make medical cannabis available to our veteran population, and that they have chosen to hold such a momentous & historic event here in our beautiful state.”

“Veteran & service member Representatives like myself are determined to fight for the rights of all veterans to have access to better, more affordable, and alternative healthcare treatment options. It is my hope that by having events like this, Mississippi can help lead the charge across the nation for medical cannabis to be seen as a safe alternative treatment option for our veteran communities.”

Representative Stamps, along with other key political leaders in Mississippi who have championed veteran’s rights to medical cannabis, will be in attendance at the event.

Representative Stamps has also been invited to speak at the press conference that will be held on the morning of the event, and share his thoughts on the medical cannabis program and veteran’s rights in the State moving forward.

Additionally, several political and business VIP’s from around the country who are interested in seeing the results for the veteran community of such an event, have also requested to attend the event.

Wellington stated, “We have received tremendous interest in the event from political and business leaders in other states which already have active medical cannabis programs, as well as those still considering it. Several have asked to either attend the event themselves, or send representative delegates. It is our hope that this event will allow us to show the incredible benefit that providing veteran-focused medical cannabis programs can have not just in Mississippi, but across the nation.”

Invitations to the event for both Mississippi and national political, veteran, and business leaders will officially start being sent out on Monday, April 3, 2023.

Roman Alexander Wellington, and several of the ElysianMed Senior Vice presidents, will also be personally delivering invitations to several key Mississippi political and local business leaders who have requested to attend the event, when the executives begin arriving in the state next week.

– Chronic Cardz Partners with VCSP Initiative to Provide Event Certifications –

For weeks, Mr. Wellington had attempted to find a prescribing physician or group that would be willing to offer a discounted rate for the veterans attending the event, but the rates he was given were still way out of any reasonable price range.

However, he was then introduced to Chronic Cardz CEO Shantell Robinson, who stepped up the moment she heard that veterans were the beneficiaries of the event. Within a day, they had negotiated a rate with Chronic Cardz which will provide the necessary prescribers needed to get all 250 veterans certified at the event.

Ms. Robinson stated, “The veteran community is something very near and dear to my heart as my grandfather was a Korean War veteran, and I had to see how veterans did not receive the healthcare they should have, which is why we have made helping veteran patients a priority in the other states we service for many years.”

Ms. Robinson continued, “Since Chronic Cardz began operations in Mississippi, we have received an enormous number of veterans coming to us, and the one thing we keep hearing is that they can’t afford the rates being charged at many of the other clinics. So for ElysianMed and its platform to hold this event, and offer to personally cover the costs to get 250 veterans certified, is something I know will be a blessing to many people. I’m proud that Chronic Cardz was able to partner with them to help make this happen, and we will continue to work with the platform and VCSP initiative to assist in their future events as well.”

– Thousands Of MS Veterans Could Receive Free Certification After the Event –

The April 30 mass-certification event is only the first of many currently being planned throughout the state of Mississippi over the next year. Current plans are to hold similar events each month in various key cities around Mississippi allowing for easier access to the events by veterans, especially those facing mobility issues or lack of transport.

The events will be fully funded through revenue’s generated from the business listing fees on the platform, allowing the events to remain free to veterans.

Teresa Teran, a widely respected multi-state advocate and thought leader, who is a veteran herself, also stepped forward to lend her experience and support to the event.

Ms. Teran stated, “As a veteran and advocate, when I found out about the VCSP program, I loved how well it was thought out and that it was getting help to the veteran community quickly. I know a lot of eyes at the highest levels of both the government and business sectors, are going to be watching this event closely to gauge the support for medical cannabis within the veteran community.”

– Invited Media Will Get to Meet Key Players in the MS Cannabis Industry –

Members of the local and national media will be given the opportunity to speak with attending VIP guests, including key politicians and cannabis business leaders, conduct private one-on-one interviews, and attend the event press conference.

However, due to security and patient privacy concerns, any member of the media wishing to attend the event must register before the event. Media interested in attending or covering the event, or conducting private one-on-one interviews with the VIP’s in attendance (private interview room will be made available) may request approval at:

Further announcements regarding the event, the VIP Guests, and continuing developments will be announced over the next two weeks.

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India is the largest ‘connected’ nation in the world today with more than 800 million broadband users: MoS Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar has said that India is the largest ‘connected’ nation in the world today with more than 800 million broadband users. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of the India Internet Governance Forum 2022, here yesterday, with the theme ‘Leveraging Techade for Empowering Bharat’. The Secretary, MeitY, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.


MoS, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar addressing IIGF 2022

Speaking on the occasion Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that we are the largest ‘connected’ nation in the world with 800 million Indian users. 5G and the largest rural broadband connectivity network project at BharatNet will have 1.2 billion Indian users constituting the single largest presence of the global internet. He further said that we also expect further technological innovations as well as updated regulatory policies to remain relevant. The deep involvement by all stakeholders will be the third leg of this Global Standard Cyber Law Framework that we hope will catalyze the Indian internet and the economy, he added.


The MoS said that India now has a tremendous powerful offering, identity authentication to a very diverse and rich suite of applications, and improved accessibility to the internet to countries in the Global South which have not been able to step up and create the same sort of pace of digitization of the economy is an internetization of their economies. He further said that during the G20 Presidency, the Prime Minister declared that he will be open to India offering that platform to all those nations in the Global South that want to transform their digital economy and their governance model as India. The multistakeholder architecture of the Indian internet happened after a lot of effort. In the next few years, this multistakeholder engagement must go beyond the intellectual academic discussion to ensure the internet grows and innovation grows while keeping both safe and trusted and accountable for all the billion digital nagriks of India, he added.


The Secretary, MeitY, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma addressing IIGF 2022

Speaking about the second edition of IIGF, the Secretary, MeitY, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma said that the Digital India program augments India’s mission with digital literacy initiative skills with an exemplary indigenous success story, which has become a world story with technical progress shaping new India. The theme of IIGF 2022 “Leveraging Techade for Empowering Bharat” is appropriate as India is looking at the major initiative of connecting the unconnected ones with best internet connectivity. He further said that we are looking at building laws which ensure the privacy, protection, data, security and safety of our citizens. We are also looking at how to create a trillion-dollar digital economy in the next three years, he added.

About IIGF

The India Internet Government Forum is an initiative associated with the UN Internet Governance Forum (UN-IGF). The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder platform bringing representatives together from various groups, all at par to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet.



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The World’s Largest Spirits & Wine Rating Competition, PR%F Awards 2022, Masked & Unmasked, November 5 & 6 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 PR%F Awards Spirits, Wine & Beverage competition is set to be held in Las Vegas on November 5 and 6 at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. PR%F Awards has partnered with the college of hospitality as a platform to provide valuable education and experience to its students. PR%F Awards is the first spirits and wine competition to partner with a top-ranked college at a fully accredited university.

More than 40 Hospitality College students will participate behind the scene, learning how to create, manage and operate the world’s largest spirits competition. In addition, a group of senior students will provide a best-of-show tasting evaluation for tequila, whiskey, and vodka.

PR%F judges and partners will also become part of the curriculum, instructing, mentoring, and working with students from the college.

“Many of our students are interested in careers in the beverage industry,” said Dr. Murray Mackenzie, associate professor in residence at the Hospitality College. “Giving these students the opportunity to become involved in a spirits competition of this caliber brings incredible dimension to their learning experience.”

“We are very pleased to expand our PR%F Awards platform in 2022 and partner with William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV,” says Michele D. Tell, executive director of PR%F Awards. “The opportunity to work with students, staff, and instructors at the college and expand the PR%F Awards is a wonderful opportunity.”

More than 70 judges (spirit/wine experts) who are all beverage buyers will assemble in a private tasting competition rating more than 700 spirits and wines that have elected to participate in the rating competition.

This year, this unique competition will host two very distinct, separate competitions – PR%F Awards-Masked, The Double-Blind Tasting, and PR%F Awards-Unmasked, The Total Package.

PR%F Awards is a beverage competition that credits the diverse and distinctive categories of international and domestic spirits, wine, and other beverages and decorates these brands with accolades and medals through a proprietary 100-point rating system.

This prestigious honor for winners selected by beverage industry buyers is the ultimate competition with more than 300 categories.

PR%F Awards sequesters judges from across the United States for a two-day private tasting experience in Las Vegas. Each judge is a key buyer and decision maker in the spirits/wine industries and comes from different facets of the industry: distributors, retail, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, resorts, airlines, liquor stores, box chains, and online distributors.

PR%F Awards will continue its tradition of creating a double-blind tasting competition with buyers from across the US rating spirits, wines, and beverages in a 100-point rating system. After tasting points are accumulated, the distinguished panel of judges (all buyers) will evaluate each brand unmasked, showing their naked contents. Judges will see and feel the bottle, can, or product, read the ingredients, and see the overall marketing package (look, feel, and approach) the brands want to convey to the patron.

All winners receive a beautiful bespoke medal, a template press release to be used at will, an “entered” graphic, a “winner” graphic, online/collateral marketing use of the award, PR%F Award logo, and medals – with no additional licensing fees. A special edition of PR%F The Magazine, featuring all PR%F Awards 2022 winners, will be distributed to its 14 million readers following the competition.

The rating system is Century Award (100 Points voted unanimously), Double Gold (96 to 99 points), Gold (91 to 95 points), Silver (85 to 90 points), and Bronze (79 to 85 points).

The entrant fee is $495 per entry/SKU for submission into two competitions—PR%F Awards Masked Tasting Competition and PR%F Awards Unmasked for The Total Package Competition.

Another available specialty package will include entry into PR%F Awards competitions and a streaming video on PR%F Live! hosted by James Beard Award winner Jennifer English. In this video, Jennifer will conduct an in-depth interview with the brand maker about their brand, and she will do a taste evaluation on air with the brand creator. This video will be distributed to all PR%F Awards outlets and given to the brand for personal marketing.

All submissions must arrive no later than October 15 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Submissions can be mailed to Opulent Wines & Spirits, Attn: The PR%F Awards, 4691 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89103. For those with distribution in Nevada, contact the distributor directly to arrange for shipment to Opulent Wine & Spirits. International entrants without an importer to the US, contact PR%F’s importer, PARK STREET. For more information about this outstanding opportunity, specifications, and pricing, call 1-888-959-7260.

PR&F Awards 2022 is a private judging competition and will be held November 5-6 in Las Vegas at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For more information, visit

About PR%F Awards

PR%F Awards is the premiere spirits, wine & beverage awards program held annually in Las Vegas. Hand-selected judges, all buyers, from across the US rate and merit spirits, wine and beverages to win medals and accolades while giving our judges a chance to be introduced to hundreds of emerging new brands. PR%F Awards and PR%F-The Magazine are owned and operated by The Original Brand, LLC. Go to or call 888-959-7260.

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry, the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled access to hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs an average of 175 industry mentors with students. With the 2018 completion of the college’s state-of-the-art academic building, Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

About Food & Beverage Magazine

Food & Beverage Magazine is the premiere worldwide destination multi-platform medium for global restaurants and hospitality, ideas, trends, and quality, located at 1930 Village Center Circle, #3197, Las Vegas, Nev. 89134.

About PR%F The Magazine

PR%F The Magazine is an online digizine that focuses on the trends of the spirits, wine and beverage industry-worldwide, and is aligned with Food & Beverage Magazine.

About Delta Sky Club®

Delta Sky Club® is where fresh and healthy food, great amenities, and the industry’s most innovative beverage program put the pleasure back into travel. Relax in one of 54 airport locations and enjoy handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, and craft beers.

About The NEAT Glass

Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology (NEAT) is the best spirits glass available, significantly surpassing standard tulip and snifter glasses in aroma detection and identification. The flavor is 90% aroma, and NEAT removes nose-numbing ethanol to unmask and showcase all the character aromas hidden in tulips and snifters. NEAT is changing the way the world drinks through sensory science, physics, and chemistry to deliver what is in the glass without nose-numbing ethanol. Today the NEAT glass is the world’s leading judging glass, used in over 30 major international spirits competitions. Over 180,000 spirits judged in NEAT, and over 60,000 medals awarded since 2012, makes NEAT the world’s official spirits judging glass.

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Kolkata largest cape size vessel with highest parcel load arrived at Sagar Anchorage in SMP Kolkata

           The historical milestone was achieved at its zenith on 1st September, 2022 when ‘M V Mineral Yangfan’, cape vessel with an LOA of 299.92 mtrs. and a beam length of 50 mtrs on account of M/s Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) arrived at Sagar Anchorage on 01.09.2022 to discharge 70,300 MT of Coking Coal by Floating Cranes. This is the largest dry bulker to arrive at anchorage with the highest ever parcel load.


Incidentally, ‘M V Mineral Yangfan’ is the 18th cape vessel in the current fiscal, while only four (04) cape vessels were handled till August in the last fiscal out of a total of fourteen (14) cape vessels, which were handled in 2021-22.  

Cape vessel ‘M V Mineral Yangfan’ LOA 299.92m, beam 50 mtrs. and a draft of 9.3m registered at Portugal. The load port of the vessel was New Port, USA and the last port of call is Dhamra. Railway Division of Haldia is working in tandem with Marine Division for quick evacuation of cargo from the port and this is making HDC, the most preferred port of call which is 80 Miles away from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP, Kolkata) and 25 Miles away from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC).

          After a long persuasion from the management of SMP Kolkata, SAIL has agreed to bring two (02) cape vessels per month and has a plan to mobilize cargo throughput of 1.5 MMT per annum at anchorages.

           Calling of such a Cape Vessel ‘M V Mineral Yangfan’ at Sagar Anchorage at 9.3 metre draft is a laudable landmark in the history of SMP, Kolkata despite its natural constraint being saddled with the responsibility of maintaining such one of the longest and most unpredictable navigational channels in the world said Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMP, Kolkata.


Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMP, Kolkata stated that the arrival of ‘M V Mineral Yangfan’ is significant, not only for being the 1st Cape vessel at Sagar, but also for carrying 70,300 MT of cargo which otherwise would have been carried in 2-3 separate vessels.

Appreciating this significant achievement Shri Kumar further stated that despite SMP, Kolkata being the only rivering major port in the country, SMP, Kolkata has been consistently maintaining its pivotal position in Indian Major Ports for the last 152 years.

Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMP, Kolkata emphatically said that with the active co-operation of port users, specially SAIL and whole hearted efforts of all employees SMP, Kolkata will be able to attain many other remarkable records.


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Asia’s Largest Play-2-Earn Crypto Expo to Kick Off in Bangkok August 10 to 13

Play-2-Earn Hybrid Expo Asia, the world’s first event focused specifically on the Play-2-Earn industry for businesses only, is to be held this year in Bangkok, Thailand from August 10 to 13 at W Hotel Bangkok and Metaverse. With up to 250 physical C-suites and more than 500 virtual attendees expected from all around the world, the expo is to bring together the entire ecosystem of the P2E industry from guilds, venture capitalists, game developers, exchanges, launch pads, and key opinion leaders.

With a direct approach to connecting the most experienced individuals and companies and building a strong P2E community, the expo stands out by focusing entirely on a business-to-business approach rather than being consumer-centric.

What to Expect at P2E Hybrid Expo Asia

3-Day programme will present an immersive experience for more than 250 physical and up to 2,000 virtual attendees. More than 50 speakers will participate in panel discussions to share their insights and experiences. Each day will end with an evening of networking at a unique location across Bangkok, including at W Bangkok’s very own House of Sathorn featuring welcome drinks on the first night. The second night will be at Bangkok’s one of the trendiest rooftop bars at Tichuca Bar and the event will end off with a pool party at Wet Deck at W Bangkok on the last night.

A business matching portal will be provided for all the attendees one month prior to the event to be able to request for meetings with others in attendance to nurture connections and synergies for partnerships. With virtual booths of sponsors in tow, the hybrid component of P2E Expo Expo will ensure virtual attendees from around the world will have access to all the insights being shared.

Play-2-Earn Industry in 2022

Play-2-Earn Hybrid Expo Asia comes at a significant time in the P2E industry, having taken off just a year ago. Despite being in its early stages, a huge number of game projects have raised a significant amount of funding and the concept of Play-to-Earn has evolved into Play-to-Earn and Move-to-Earn. There is a significant shift for traditional game developers to join the Web3 movement, which demonstrates P2E as an industry itself making a real impact and empowering third world countries.

P2E industry being in its early phases of development is more the reason to attend, connect, and share insights with those in the same field to strengthen the community and the industry. The environmental conditions such as the bear market we are facing today further underscores the need for the P2E industry to evolve and find the perfect balance to self-sustain and grow.

Final Winner at Pitch Competition to Win up to $3,000,000!

Impressive lineup of judges from the P2E space will be physically present at the event including venture capitalists and guilds such as DFG/Jsquare, Enjin Starter, Faculty Group, Openspace ventures, SeaX Ventures, and YGG SEA. Every game is able to submit its whitepaper on the website to be shortlisted and invited to pitch. With a total of 8 pitches by game developers, the pitch competition at P2E Hybrid Expo Asia is one of the most coveted parts of the event programme especially with more attention towards the introduction of the new games that are emerging in the market.

Future of Play-2-Earn Hybrid Expo Asia

Play-2-Earn Hybrid Expo Asia stays true to its mission of empowering the P2E ecosystem and is looking to host the expo throughout the year with its subsequent one planned for early 2023 in the exciting destination of Bali, Indonesia. Bali is widely known for playing host to a huge surge of Web 3.0 and blockchain residences from those flying in from around the world and it will be an exciting spot to kickstart 2023 for the P2E community.

Register today for your ticket (limited tickets left!)

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