Preparations for General Assembly millennium summit move forward

Adopting a resolution on the format of the Assembly’s sixtieth session – kicking off on 14 September with a three-day mid-term review of worldwide progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – delegations welcomed Secretary General Kofi Annan’s comprehensive report “In Larger Freedom,” which will be the centre of the discussions.Mr. Annan presented his agenda of “bold but achievable” reforms to the Assembly in late March as a five-year update on the UN Millennium Declaration, in which world leaders pledged to build a better and safer planet for the next century.He called for action, “not more words,” to fulfil pledges already made on a range of pressing issues, from greater investment in developing countries to steps to fight terrorism and collective action against genocide and ethnic cleansing. The plan also called for a major shake-up of key UN bodies, including possible enlargement of the Security Council and replacing the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights with a Human Rights Council.The measure adopted by the Assembly today decides that the High-Level Millennium review will run from 14 to 16 September, and follow the basic format and structure of the 2000 Millennium Summit: three days of plenary debate, comprising two meetings per day, and four round-table discussions, each covering the meeting’s agenda.Recognizing the importance of the Summit, the Assembly invited the Head of State or government of the country presiding over its fifty-ninth session, Gabon, and the Head of State or Government of the sixtieth session to preside as co-Chairs. The Assembly also decided that the Holy See and Palestine, in their capacities as observers, will participate in the summit. read more

UK light commercial vehicle market up in July

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK new van market registrations rise 11.0% in July, with 25,862 models registered.Demand for medium and large vans drives growth, both segments rising by double digits.Year-to-date LCV market stays strong, up 9.0%, as buyers invest in latest, cleanest vehicles.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market rose in July, up 11.0%, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The market has grown in every month of 2019, with 25,862 new models registered in July for use on UK roads as operators were enticed by the range of new models and attractive offers on the market.Growth in July was driven by demand for medium vans, weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes, and large vans, weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes, the segments rising 17.2% and 16.9% respectively. Meanwhile pickups, 4x4s and smaller vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes all saw declines in the month. In the year-to-date the market is up 9.0% and SMMT’s latest 2019 forecast has been revised up accordingly, to 363,000 units.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of growth for the new van market is welcome relief for the automotive sector as it faces multiple challenges simultaneously. Buyers continue to be attracted to the latest, cleanest vans which is good news for the manufacturers that have invested significant amounts to create them, but also for the environment and exchequer. Buying cycles do fluctuate, however, and for this performance to continue we need an end to Brexit uncertainty starting with a favourable deal for the industry. read more

Dolphins TE Derby placed on IR with foot injury

DAVIE, Fla. — Tight end A.J. Derby has been placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins, and they have claimed rookie defensive back Dee Delaney off waivers.Derby has been hampered by a foot injury much of the season and played in only four games, including the first three.Delaney, who went undrafted, was waived by Jacksonville on Monday. He has spent much of the season on their practice squad.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press

Apollo 17 astronaut proposes dismantling NASA

first_imgA former senator is proposing a dramatic change in the direction of national space policy that would also include the dismantling of NASA.The proposal comes from a senator who served one term in the mid-70’s, but his resume before being elected gives his proposal a bit more credence due to the fact he was an astronaut. In fact, Harrison Schmitt was one of the first scientist-astronauts at NASA in 1965. He went on to join the crew of the last lunar mission, Apollo 17, and became the first geologist and the second to last man to ever walk on the Moon.AdChoices广告Schmitt has proposed, via, that beginning with the next elected President in 2013 we should start a new space policy from scratch. What Schmitt proposes is that NASA should sunset as an agency two years after the International Space Station (ISS) de-orbits in the next 10 to 15 years. In the meantime, many of NASA’s science activities can be folded into other existing and new agencies.Schmitt believes that NASA Space Science activities, including lunar and planetary exploration science as well as space-based astronomical observatories, should be moved into the National Science Foundation (NSF). NASA’s climate and other Earth science research would become a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As far as aeronautical research and technology goes, Schmitt wouldn’t merge that into an existing agency, instead using them to form a re-creation of the precursor to NASA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The NACA would manage Langley Research Center, Glenn Research Center, and Dryden Flight Research Center, and turn them into pure aeronautical research and technology laboratories. The Ames Research Center, which Schmitt believes is redundant, would be auctioned off to the highest bidder.In addition to the re-creation of the NACA, Schmitt also proposes the creation of the National Space Exploration Administration (NSEA, which would be responsible solely for the human exploration of deep space.Read more at AmericasUncommonSense.comBrian’s OpinionSchmitt and I are in full agreement in that a dramatic change in space policy needs to occur. Personally, I believe that NASA is in the midst of an identity crisis. During the era of the Space Shuttles we turned our back on establishing a permanent presence on the Moon in favor of near-Earth orbit missions including building the ISS. We have been so narrowly focused on that shortsighted goal that we now face the retirement of our Space Shuttle fleet and the reality of hitching rides with Russia to orbit.President George W. Bush attempted to expand our vision beyond Earth’s orbit back to the Moon only to have that mission nixed by President Obama who prefers we set our sights farther to include an asteroid and Mars. It seems to me it doesn’t really matter whether NASA or another agency begins work on the human exploration of deep space if the measure by which that occurs changes with every president being elected into office. I would propose that presidents no longer be able to set space policy. Instead, I believe space policy should be set by a bi-partisan commission with members voting for change and requiring a majority to get it. This would allow for some consistency in space policy by giving whatever agency is charged with carrying it out ample time to actually achieve its objectives.last_img read more

All terrorist suspects held for trial

first_imgThe final two of the six suspected members of Revolutionary Struggle arrested last Sunday were remanded in custody on Friday, as the police gathered more information about how the terrorist group rented apartments in Athens they used as safe houses. A magistrate decided that authorities had gathered enough evidence to warrant Evangelos Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis being held in custody. Stathopoulos denied playing any part in the organisation and argued that an injury suffered in a car crash several years ago had left him with serious health problems. He added that between 2000 and 2007 he had to appear at his local police station twice a month after being released on bail following a conviction for another offense. Stathopoulos claimed that he was being persecuted for his political beliefs. Kortesis’s lawyers argued that the charges against him were not specific enough for him to answer. They said that this confirmed there was no evidence to link him to the terrorist group, which had been active since 2003. The magistrate rejected both arguments. Meanwhile, police confirmed that the gang used forged identification cards, found in the car of another suspect, Constantinos Gournas, to rent two apartments in Kypseli, near central Athens. The fifth-story apartments were next to each other. Police only found balaclavas, handcuffs and gloves in one of the apartments. The other property had been emptied 6 months ago. Officers believe that the gang rented the second apartment to avert any suspicion from their neighbours. Police continued to search for a property where the group may have hidden their arms and explosives. As six suspected members of the Revolutionary Struggle extremist guerrilla group faced a prosecutor last week, officers of the police’s counterterrorism unit continued their search for a hideout containing explosives and weapons used by the organization. The six who were arrested were Nikolaos Maziotis, aged 39, Panayiota Roupa, aged 41, Evaggelos Stathopoulos, aged 32, Christoforos Kortesi, aged 31, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, aged 32 and Constantinos Gournas, aged 30. They were charged with membership of a terrorist group and causing explosions and weapons offenses in connection with a string of attacks on police and business and government targets over the past 7 years. The suspects arrived at the main Athens court complex escorted by anti-terrorist police, and were whisked into the prosecutor’s office. As they were leaving dozens of people who had gathered to chant s=logans in support of the detainees threw plastic bottles and scuffled with police, who responded with pepper spray. Nikos Maziotis, the group’s suspected leader, was quoted as saying that he would not testify. “These charges are politically motivated and so we will not defend ourselves,” Maziotis allegedly told the court. Police are also seeking the hideout where the organisation stored its weaponry and explosives. So far raids on apartments in Nea Philadelphia, northern Athens, have turned up only computer hard drives containing proclamations and hand-drawn sketches, not explosives and weapons. Forensic experts on last week were examining bullet casings from a Kalashnikov assault rifle found in a remote spot on the slopes of Mount Hymettus by officers who had followed one of the six suspects there over the weekend ahead of their arrests. Police believe the group had used the spot for firing practice. Revolutionary Struggle first appeared in 2003, a year after authorities eradicated Greece’s deadliest left-wing group, November 17, and has bombed banks, government buildings and the Athens Stock Exchange, in 3 cases causing injuries to bystanders. Its most spectacular hit was the 2007 rocket-propelled grenade attack on the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy, which caused minor damage but no injuries. The U.S. government subsequently offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Revolutionary Struggle members. The group also shot and severely wounded a riot policeman last year. That attack came during a spike in anarchist violence that followed the fatal police shooting of an Athens teenager in December 2008 and days of rioting in Greek cities. Police are expected to be looking to arrest more people who are suspected of being members of the terrorist group, sources said as more details emerged about the contacts between the six alleged members that have already been caught. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

When The Doctor Met Karen Hallion Artist Mash Ups Tell New Stories

first_img The Doctor has met countless characters over his *mumbles ambiguous number* years traveling through space and time.And thanks to artist Karen Hallion, that includes famous fictional faces like Hermione Granger, Little Red Riding Hood, Belle, and Cindy Lou Who.Illustrator and part-time Jedi, Hallion lives in Massachusetts (though based on her colorful Instagram feed, you’d think she has winter homes in Orlando and Anaheim) with her family—including two cats, Obi and Kenobi.Despite contributing to Marvel, Lucas, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Disney, not to mention having designs featured on Threadless, TeeFury, and Qwertee, Hallion recently helped to inspire a nation with her Nasty Lady Liberty caricature, widely circulated during and after the 2016 US presidential election.Her original, authentic, creative concepts reek of Fandoms: Disney/Pixar, Star Wars, Jim Henson, Hamilton, Joss Whedon, Harry Potter, Marvel and DC Comics, Studio Ghibli—often tinged with girl power.Just back from another Walt Disney World vacation, Hallion chatted via email with Geek about launching a freelance art career, infusing her work with personality, and her favorite Doctor.Little Red Riding Hood (via Karen Hallion)Geek: How did you get involved in art as a full-time job?Karen Hallion: About five years ago, I lost my job as an elementary art school teacher. Up until that point, I had been doing a lot of mermaids, geisha, and art nouveau work in my spare time, when I wasn’t teaching and had already started to think about trying a freelance career in art. When I lost my job, I looked around at some of my favorite artists, and I thought I am going to focus all of my efforts to make this work as a successful career. I started doing some pop culture designs and ended up [submitting] some work to TeeFury, which was my introduction to T-shirt design, and it kind of took off from there.Geek: From your online descriptions, you’re clearly a fangirl. What are your favorite genres and shows?Hallion: There are too many to choose from! Obviously, Star Wars and Disney are at the top of my list, and Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are huge favorites of mine. I have really gotten into gaming recently, too.Mulan (via Karen Hallion)Geek: How do those interests filter into your artwork?Hallion: I get excited by the beauty and strength of these characters, particularly female, and just have to try and capture them myself in a particular way.Geek: From where did the idea to combine Doctor Who and Disney/Pixar/other franchise characters come?Hallion: I started watching Doctor Who because a fellow artist thought I would enjoy it. What struck me was that his companions are not necessarily just love interests, but also cohorts in his adventures. I started imagining who else might make good companions for him and thought of Cinderella; what an interesting twist to her story it would be if he appeared right at that moment.The Disney princesses yearn for excitement and adventure, so I try to place the Doctor at the point in their story where it seems they are ready for things to change, but before the love interest shows up. By doing so, I aim to create a new story with my vision for these characters as empowered women who choose adventure not solely based on romantic love. I wanted to make a commentary on alternative possibilities for them as women and illustrate a change in their storylines that would alter their outcomes in a strong and meaningful way.Geek: You obvious have a good understanding of Doctor Who. How long have you watched the show?Hallion: Not that long, actually. I just managed to binge watch a lot of it. I started watching it in 2012.Geek: Who is your favorite Doctor?Hallion: Definitely Ten [played by David Tennant].The Wicked Queen (via Karen Hallion)Geek: What is the inspiration for the characters you draw with the Doctor/TARDIS?Hallion: My inspiration is always to tell a new story, to take that character somewhere adventurous or even humorous that just creates a whole new tale for them.Geek: Why only include the Doctor’s hand peeking out of the TARDIS?Hallion: Everyone has their favorite Doctor; I wanted to leave it up to an individual’s imagination which Doctor they thought made sense in each scene, which ones they fantasized being in that particular story at that particular moment.Cindy Lou Who (via Karen Hallion)Geek: What character, if any, have you always wanted to place into the Whoniverse, but haven’t yet?Hallion: Too many! I have a list a mile long of ideas but not nearly enough time to execute them all. I have a Peter Pan idea sketched out, as well as Jane from Tarzan, so [I] am hoping to get to those soon.Geek: What sort of reception have you gotten from customers and fans about the mashups?Hallion: It’s been really positive! Most everyone I have as fans really relate to this idea of creating new storytelling through art and seem to respond in a really excited way. It’s a lot of fun to see others connect to what I am passionate about, too, and share that with them. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

9/18 NXT Results: Austin, Texas (Balor vs. Corbin)

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ric Flair Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Ian Hunter 9/18 NXT Results: Austin, TexasThanks to Calvy for passing along this live report.* Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Jordan & Gable and Blake & Murphy.* Apollo Crews def. Tye Dillinger.* Bull Dempsey def. Solomon Crowe.* NXT Women’s Champion Bayley def. Dana Brooke.* Dawson & Wilder def. The Vaudevillians in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic match.* Emma def. Carmella.* Samoa Joe def. Tyler Breeze.* NXT Champion Finn Balor def. Baron Corbin.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Pays Tribute To Late FriendVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Videos Articles WhatsApp The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Gene Okerlund Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sundaylast_img read more

Patriot Prayer I-1639 rally at WSU Vancouver stays civil

first_imgDespite concerns to the contrary, Tuesday’s Patriot Prayer demonstration stayed civil.The rally at Washington State University Vancouver drew a few dozen people over its two hours, including Patriot Prayer members and supporters, curious onlookers and students. Early during the event, which started around noon, there were about as many police and media as guests gathered around the Firstenburg Family Fountain, near the center of campus.The Patriot Prayer group called the demonstration to show its members’ opposition to a firearms measure, Initiative 1639, on the November ballot.Patriot Prayer events, often held in typically liberal-leaning cities, have frequently turned violent as counterprotesters fight with group members. White nationalists and other far-right extremists often join the group’s larger rallies.WSU administrators allowed professors to cancel classes and students to stay at home due to safety concerns. It appeared many chose to stay at home.Previously, student diversity groups at WSU Vancouver encouraged students to avoid campus. On Tuesday, some hung signs and chalked messages around the fountain decrying bigotry.Clark College canceled Monday’s classes in response to a Patriot Prayer demonstration at the campus, but the group intends to return Wednesday.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas drops Arsenal return hint

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas dropped a major hint over his potential return to Arsenal once his contract at Stamford Bridge ends in seven monthsThe 31-year-old Spaniard has been on the fringes of Chelsea side since the arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.Although he has got a couple of chances to make an impact under Maurizio Sarri, it’s obvious the ex-Napoli boss prefers Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, and Kovacic over the former Barcelona star.Widely recognized as one of the best playmakers the Premier League has seen over the past ten years, Fabregas has been one of the cornerstones of Blues’ 2017 EPL title.However, due to a lack of playing time, Catalonia native is considering a departure, hoping to find some regular first-team football.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The British publication, Football London, have transcribed Fabregas’ interview with Marca, where the player expressed his desire to keep playing at the highest level.“In seven months my contract ends with Chelsea. It will be 16 seasons playing at the highest level, over 750 games, a lot of training, traveling… I feel young and strong but maybe I can’t do 60 games a season. With my style, I think I can keep playing for longer and obviously I want to keep playing for many years.”When asked about the potential return to Arsenal, Fabregas replied:“Of course, Arsenal will always be in my heart and I will never forget them so why not return. You never know.”The Spain international has played a total of 215 Premier League games with the Gunners before returning to Barcelona in 2011.last_img read more

Workarounds for Common Open Source Bugs

first_imgOpen Source CMS PLatforms are certainly no exception to the occasional tech glitch. On one hand, publishers using open source solutions have access to a vibrant online community, which makes it easy to ask questions in a forum and receive help within a few business days. But for immediate open source gratification, it’s helpful to be armed with workarounds that solve platform gripes.“If there’s a bug, we always fix it in the next release,” says WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, “so it’s never around for more than a month or two. The most common issues aren’t ones that are bugs, but generally mistakes from users, typically when they’re trying to modify their template or CSS.” NMP (National Mortgage Professional) Media Corp. relies on Drupal’s modules and executive vice president Andrew Berman has found that common glitches are “most likely to happen in the way you create your themes. Sometimes Web editors want the themes to be a certain way, and the implemented CSS won’t allow them to do this.” But for Berman’s site, which sees “a few thousand uniques per day,” his more recent dilemma posted in the Drupal forum is how to best optimize their database (to free up server space) due to a recent traffic increase. Fixes for Common OS Issues Regardless of the glitch (or a mistake on the part of the user, as Mullenweg classifies the majority of these bugs), knowing what modules are available as well as the workaround options can’t hurt. While there are certainly a number of widely-used systems, Drupal expert Chris Free, director of Web development for Chicago-based firm Chromatic, which works on sites including The Great Political Debate, and Louis Landry, development coordinator at Joomla, offer ideas on how to get solve common open source complaints. While experts confirm that glitches within Drupal, Joomla and WordPress—and the majority of OS systems—are generally remedied in a few months’ time, here are some quick fixes for the time being:Optimizing Servers. With Joomla, the most common problem publishers have is that their servers are not set up optimally, says Landry. As a result, there are problems installing extensions and “doing other things that require proper handling of file ownership,” he says. He recommends that servers have suPHP, fcgi, PHPSuExec, or an equivalent. More importantly, the Joomla Extensions Directory can modify the limitations in the current version of the platform. Caching. “We constantly hear from our clients that things aren’t publishing out,” Free says of Drupal. “The trick is to empty the system cache for the actual CMS.”Category and Structure. One limitation within Joomla is the section/category structure, says Landry. To work around this without using an extension is to rely on the menu system rather than on-the-fly navigation. This means having one master menu and then structure all content using sub-menus and has the advantage of giving you detailed control over your URLs, which is probably the other most commonly discussed topic. To set up your site to take full advantage of menuing, Landry suggests mapping out plans for hierarchical navigation. Then create one master menu with sub-menus to reflect that. In Joomla, presentation of menus is done via modules. Depending on how the site looks, publishers may want to make a separate module (a copy of the main module, but with slightly different parameters) for each sub-menu. Another approach is to use one module and control which levels are displayed. Experiment with start level, end level, and whether to display sub-menu items to get the display you want. Browser Issues. Does your content publish correctly on Firefox but not Internet Explorer? There’s a reason. “That’s a bug in the Drupal system,” says Free. “Typically we tell people to use Firefox when managing content since it does the least amount of damage to markup (IE is a prime culprit).”Formatting. For anyone knee deep in the OS world, formatting can be the bane of your existence. The trick, says Free, is not to copy and paste text directly from Microsoft Word, but do everything in a plain text editor and suggested online resources that can strip out these egregious markups. “It’s not foolproof, but is helpful,” he says of the available modules, which are like plug-ins. After finding and installing these modules, the editors create rich text and function as other word processors (albeit very basic) that write the corresponding HTML as you type.”Permissions. A general complaint with regard to Drupal is “‘I’m trying to change a page on the site and my changes aren’t sticking,’” says Free. Enable the “content permissions” helper module that comes packaged with the CCK as a first step. If it’s already enabled, check the field permissions for that user at “admin/user/permissions.” By default, only users with administer CCK privileges can edit/view each field, he adds.SIDEBAREvents for CMS EnthusiastsHalf the battle in troubleshooting common open source bugs is engaging in open dialog, as well as developing a broad understanding of the platform. While most users may have a love-hate relationship with their open source solution, one of the incentives to is the robust community—both online and in person. Here, some events and groups that offer face time with developers, colleagues and OS experts to gain solutions to CMS gripes:Bay Area TYP03 Users GroupFebruary 4, 2010San Francisco, April 19-21, 2010San Francisco, Californiasf2010.drupal.orgCMS Expo 2010May 3-5, 2010Evanston, More on this topic Workarounds for Common Open Source Bugs Comparing Open Source CMS Social Media Apps For CMS Making Sense of CMS Options Making Sense of CMS The Rise of the Web CMSJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

FierceMarkets Acquires Digital Pub StorefrontBacktalk

first_imgStorefrontBacktalk founder Evan Schuman, along with the brand’s editorial team, will make the transition to Questex and FierceMarkets as a result of the deal. FierceMarkets, a division of b-to-b media company Questex, that targets a variety of market verticals, has acquired StorefrontBacktalk, an online product covering the retail technology industry. The deal is unique for FierceMarkets in that the company has traditionally launched into a market, but FierceMarkets president Maurice Bakley says the brand gives the company a quicker entry into the market with an established audience. The deal also triggers and solidifies the formation of a new retail media group. “The audience and editorial talents of StorefrontBacktalk, combined with FierceMarkets’ proven marketing platforms and digital media DNA, will bring benefits for both readers and marketers in the Retail space,” says Bakley in a statement. “We look forward to building out a strong offering of media properties to serve this dynamic industry.”last_img read more

Monaco first state in Europe fully covered by 5G

first_imgMonaco first state in Europe fully covered by 5GMonaco first state in Europe fully covered by 5GThanks to Monaco Telecom, the Principality of Monaco is now completely connected to 5G, making it the first in the world to achieve total coverage with the high-speed technology.The 5G roll-out is the first pillar of the Extended Monaco programme led by the Prince’s Government, which seeks to bring Monaco into the digital age.Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Officer, highlighted the enormous change that 5G will bring about: “5G is not simply an improved version of 4G, it represents a paradigm shift. Whilst all of the previous generations focused on telecommunications and exchanges between individuals, 5G is shaping the integration of digital technology into every part of our society and our economy. Energy, health, media and transport will all be transformed thanks to 5G… The technology offers enormous opportunities for the Principality, its residents, its public policies and its economy, and these will benefit everyone.”This new technology is essential if we are to offer our clients better service and meet their growing expectations for high-speed mobile access” he said.“The future applications of 5G in the everyday lives of Monegasques look extremely promising. In parallel with the launch of 5G, Monaco Telecom is continuing to roll out its fibre network in order to deliver service quality that is acknowledged as the best in the world. This is our goal for the company and our mission as the national operator.”The power of 5G, implemented via a precise network in the territory, will be an essential platform for digital transition. This launch proves that, day after day, the Prince’s Government is shaping the face of the Monaco of the future,” he concluded.From a technical point of view, 5G will make it possible to increase speeds ten-fold and reduce connection times by 10. Simultaneous processing will also be improved ten-fold and will be able to support more connected objects via antennae. Thus, 5G will make it possible to support the exponential growth in mobile Internet use. The first smartphones capable of using this new technology will be available in 2019.“5G represents an enormous opportunity for us to attract further demand from both MICE and leisure segments” said Alison Roberts-Brown, Regional Director of Visit Monaco Australia and New Zealand.“This is yet another testament of Monaco’s dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking approach and commitment to offering its visitors nothing but the best quality services” she added.As part of the “Smart Principality” concept, developed by the #ExtendedMonaco programme, Monaco is also currently trialling its first autonomous electric shuttle bus on the Rock, providing a service for residents and tourists.Earlier this month, H.S.H. Prince Albert II officially launched MonaBike, a new electric bike sharing scheme in the Principality and the latest step in promoting soft mobility. The scheme aims to encourage cycling in the Principality, to improve coverage within the country, and to increase the capacity of the existing bike stations.Source = Monaco Government Tourist Bureaulast_img read more

Captain Alex charts a course to Australia on Solstice

first_imgCaptain AlexCaptain Alex charts a course to Australia on SolsticeCelebrity Solstice® has said bon voyage to Captain Tasos and welcomed aboard Captain Alex ahead of her return to Australia in October.Captain Alex has been with Celebrity Cruises for over 18 years, most recently sailing on the newest ship in the fleet, Celebrity Flora® and navigating North America and the Caribbean on Celebrity Summit ®.Celebrity Solstice will be steered by Captain Alex around Alaska and Hawaii before heading to Australia and New Zealand for Summer down under.Captain Tasos has led the Celebrity Solstice crew for more than three and a half years, completing more than 70 cruises together and successfully making memories for 218,000 guests. He is moving on to command Celebrity Equinox® ahead of her next season in the CaribbeanSource = Celebrity Cruiseslast_img read more

LendingQB Customers Can Now Access ValuAmerica Title Services

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Technology LendingQB Customers Can Now Access ValuAmerica Title Services Clayton Holdings LLC LendingQB mortgage loan originations Radian Group Title Services ValuAmerica 2017-05-10 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img May 10, 2017 554 Views In an effort to streamline the mortgage loan origination process, ValuAmerica announced Tuesday that LendingQB customers will now have access to ValuAmerica title services.The two companies began an integration earlier this year, making ValuAmerica’s appraisal services available to LendingQB customers. Now customers will also be able to access ValuAmerica’s title services through LendingQB’s lending solution.Tim Nguyen, President of LendingQB says this integration and others like it “validate[s] the importance of companies aligning their technologies in order to provide the best experience possible for lenders.”LendingQB provides web-based lending solutions to the mortgage and real estate industries. ValuAmerica provides title, closing, appraisal, and settlement services and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clayton Holdings, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Radian Group, Inc.“The latest update to our integration with LendingQB allows loan officers to order valuations, title products and private mortgage insurance without having to leave their loan origination system (LOS), ultimately creating a more efficient loan origination process,” said Shawn Murphy EVP at ValuAmerica.“ValuAmerica and our sister company, Radian Guaranty, are dedicated to providing the best possible customer experience,” Murphy said.Nguyen echoed Murphy’s sentiment that the integration streamlines the mortgage process, saying, “ValuAmerica’s mortgage products provide access to a wealth of resources that streamlines processes for lenders.”“By now having a full suite of title and appraisal services within our LOS, lenders can save during the origination process,” Nguyen added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Latest: George Lucas’ museum buys Rockwell masterpiece by The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2018 1:26 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Latest on the sale of a Massachusetts’ museum’s artwork, including pieces by Norman Rockwell (all times local):4:15 p.m.The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles says it has bought Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” from a cash-strapped Massachusetts museum.The museum founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas said Wednesday that it has acquired the piece from the Berkshire Museum.“Shuffleton’s Barbershop” is among as many as 40 pieces being sold by the Berkshire Museum, which says it will be forced to close without an influx of cash.The Lucas Museum says it will loan “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where it will be on display into 2020.The Berkshire Museum announced Tuesday that 13 other pieces will be auctioned next month.The Lucas Museum broke ground last month on its billion-dollar museum dedicated to the art of visual storytelling. The museum is expected to open to the public in 2022.___3 p.m.The Massachusetts museum that won a legal battle over its plan to sell dozens of works of art has announced that 13 of those pieces are being auctioned next month.The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield last week received permission from the state’s highest court to sell 39 pieces, including one by Norman Rockwell.That Rockwell piece, “Blacksmith’s Boy-Heel and Toe,” is among those being auctioned by Sotheby’s in May.In a separate transaction, the Rockwell work, “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” will be sold to another non-profit museum and put on display locally for up to two years.The struggling museum announced the sale last year to raise $55 million so it could stay open and refocus its mission. The museum says it hopes to meet its financial goal without selling all the pieces.last_img read more

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