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  • Saving snapshots of history

    first_imgFour curators from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, received lessons in photo conservation during a 10-day visit to Harvard, as part of a $3.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a conservation program at the Hermitage.The stakes are high. Russia’s signature museum, founded by Empress Catherine the Great in 1764, houses more than 470,000 aging and vulnerable photographs, some bound in fragile, ornate 19th century albums that belonged to the last czar.From Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, the visitors — already skilled in organic materials, paper, paintings, and other conservation areas — worked with authorities at the Weissman Preservation Center, an arm of the Harvard Library devoted to assessing, treating, and preserving rare photos, paintings, paper artifacts, and other treasures.During hands-on workshops, the Russian conservators studied photo album terminology and structure; digitization technology and work flows; survey methods; surface cleaning techniques; cataloging and housing; safe-handling strategies; and the ethical and practical considerations of removing photographs from albums and “disbanding” them.“Albums have context” and should be preserved intact for their historical value, said Peter Kosewski, the Harvard Library’s director of publications and communications.The visitors concentrated on assessing, treating, and preserving photo albums from the Hermitage collection.“They had never seen things like book wedges before,” said Weissman Preservation Center Director Brenda Bernier, the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, who observed the visitors during their first hands-on workshop on albums. “Now they’re going to take their first solo flight.”In the Weissman Center’s sunny fourth-floor conservation laboratory, the materials are so rare that elevator access requires a special code. While Bernier looked on, Catherine Badot-Costello, a book conservator at the Harvard Library, stood over a fragile album. It lay on a wedgelike foam cradle to relieve stress on the old binding.She talked about issues like surface dust, leaf tearing, and planar distortion, the wavelike curl old pages can assume. “There are many problems with this structure,” said Badot-Costello.That set off a bilingual conversation on the ethics of replacing or adding interleaving, the thin sheets of blank paper between album pages. Such changes can be “provocative,” said Harvard photo conservator and St. Petersburg native Elena Bulat, who provided translation when necessary.The photographic holdings at the Hermitage represent “a very rare collection,” she said, including gift albums to the royal family from around the world, studio portraits, and even ethnographic views of 19th century Siberia, where the czar Nicholas II funded oil exploration.Many photos were destroyed after the 1917 Russian Revolution, said Bulat. “Unfortunately, history in Russia worked that way.” But thousands of others were saved, guarded in remote corners of the Hermitage through several wars, she said. “Now the interest in this collection is incredible.”The ethics of interleaving were just one of the discussions of conservation minutiae that drove the Russians’ visit. There were lessons on archival-level photo cleaning, starting with soft brushes and cotton, and then moving to white erasers and solvents, such as water-ethanol.And there were lessons on paste recipes — concoctions of purified wheat starch that are reversible and that will not degrade fragile photographs and other objects. Such recipes are little known in Russia, said Bernier, so the visitors will go home with a recipe from Harvard.The Russians were even treated to a close look at salt prints, the earliest kind of photographs, which date to 1839. Harvard has close to 3,000 of them, a high number. (University-wide, there are 8 million photographic images spread over about 50 repositories.)Most discussions related to what experts call “treatment decisions.” The starting place is an assessment of each photograph or album, based on a detailed survey method developed at Harvard. The survey, designed to go directly to a computer program, was developed to assess the preservation needs in diverse, highly decentralized collections like those at both the Hermitage and Harvard.The 10-day course on photo conservation was daunting and detailed. “Right now,” said visitor Natalia Avetyan, “my head is a hot pot.” She is curator of photographs in the Department of Russian History and Culture at the Hermitage.The Hermitage already has 17 conservation laboratories, said Avetyan, and 126 staff conservators who are experts in painting, stained glass, archaeological artifacts, and other facets of art.But the museum will soon have new storage systems and a laboratory devoted just to photographs, modeled on the Weissman system. And that model might one day spread Russia-wide, said Avetyan, simply because of the prestige of the Hermitage museum.A department of photo conservation at the Hermitage could easily be considered just an administrative concern, an entity with a budget, staff, and space, said Boston photo conservator and consultant Paul Messier. “But to train the personnel … is quite another matter. This is where the Weissman Center really fits in. It’s a vital piece in the training curriculum for our Russian colleagues.”Messier is co-director of the Mellon Foundation grant, which has a four-year clock that started ticking last March. The initiative to start up the Hermitage photo conservation program is led by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.Messier called the Weissman Center an ideal, comprehensive model for the Hermitage, since it’s a coordinated, multidisciplinary group of experts “all working together for a single mission.” Conservators, technicians, and catalogers join as a unit, often in support of digitization projects.The Weissman template could be “scaled up” worldwide, said Messier, “to fundamentally establish photo conservation where it doesn’t exist, like Russia.”Bernier said the Russians’ visit helped the University’s experts take a fresh look at photo conservation.  “We’re very lucky that we have this very well thought out photo conservation program here at Harvard,” she said. “It’s gratifying to know it’s being looked at worldwide as a model.”Natalia Avetyan examines a volume of photographs.last_img read more

  • Vietnam, the ongoing memory

    first_imgThe United States will soon mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. A few images from the war’s last day — April 30, 1975 — remain embedded in American culture. They are largely representations of shame, waste, and defeat. A Huey helicopter perches on a Saigon rooftop while refugees line up below. At the deserted American embassy, North Vietnamese tanks burst through the front gates. On the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, sailors tip a scrapped chopper into the China Sea.The U.S. phase of the war lasted 20 years and cost the lives of 58,220 American service members. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos suffered more than 3 million military and civilian deaths. Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), where the final helicopter fled from, is far away: 8,770 miles from Harvard Yard.But this fall, 14 students were undeterred by time or distance. They recently finished the final exam for HIST-LIT 90ak, a seminar on the Vietnam War in American culture. They read novels, poetry, and letters. They watched Hollywood movies, pondered grave documentaries, and pored over public documents.“The Vietnam War produced a remarkably wide array of representations,” said course instructor Steven Biel, executive director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and senior lecturer on history and literature. What drew him, in part, to teach the course, he said, was “the richness of the archive.”The seminar was in its third iteration, and the same offering next fall will likely be the last. Biel co-taught the course first in 2011 and then again in 2012 with then-lecturer Jeanne Follansbee, a specialist in 20th century American literature. Before that, the two had teamed up for a sophomore tutorial on methods in American history. A half-semester unit on Vietnam took off like a rocket.“The discussions were so terrific,” said Biel, that a full course was in order, creating an “inviting way for freshmen and sophomores to see what kind of interdisciplinary work we do” in history and literature. It helped that during and after the war a steady stream of poetry, fiction, films, and pop music about Vietnam continued to appear.The young look backIn the seminar, age was a force multiplier. On average, the seminar students this fall were 19 — the same age, Biel pointed out, as the average American enlisted man who served in Vietnam. That matched a theme of the course: that the experience of teenage soldiers at the tip of the spear was central.“We wanted to start with the grunts. These are people who were exactly their age,” said Biel, “who were thrust into a situation of extraordinary confusion, violence, and horror. It does give you a real entry point into the realm of affect. What did it feel like to fight?”“Affect” refers to experiencing an emotional state. It is felt rather than thought. The affective realm the course meant to stimulate was not just about the American experience of the war. Students also read and watched in order to feel the effects of the war on those who fought for South and North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. They took in the suffering of civilians in the war zone as well as those left at home to powerlessly worry, and sometimes to mourn.A North Korean villager surveys the damages after a U.S. air raid destroys his home, killing his family.In “Regret to Inform,” a 1998 documentary viewed late in the semester, a Vietnamese bar girl forced into prostitution told how the tides of war swept her helplessly along. “When people decide to go to war, they wouldn’t come and ask people like me,” she said. “We were so naïve. We expected the world to love and protect us.” In the same film, a woman imprisoned by the South Vietnamese said, “The cruelty we experienced is longer than a river.”There is power in every narrative, but Biel had a related lesson to impart, a sense that everything has to be subject to a critical eye. Of the course, he said, “We don’t look at anything as a transparent window into the war.”When the American phase ended, Biel himself was just 14 years old. But the echoes of Vietnam were felt then, and now. One student said, “This war seems more real to me than any other.” Both her parents had been war protesters.The power of analogies“I don’t think this war is particularly remote,” said Biel, especially since Vietnam is still so powerful as an analogy. “That’s what draws a lot of students to the course,” he added. “Analogies are constantly being made to the Vietnam War.”The students learn to see these descriptive parallels to present wars as both “inviting and problematic,” said Biel. “But when we talked about [Daniel] Ellsberg and ‘The Pentagon Papers,’ it was inevitable that [Edward] Snowden would come up — and the ethics of whistle-blowing.”Not a lot of time was spent on the policy-making legacies of the war, he said, but “there is inevitably a significant amount of attention in the course to issues of culpability and responsibility,” moral quandaries that litter any battlefield, like bodies. The course also invited “questions of imperialism and self-determination,” said Biel, “those big questions that clearly resonate with students and don’t seem distant.”A question that resonated with John Manzo ’15, an economics concentrator, was the idea of grand deceit at high levels of the government. “To read ‘The Pentagon Papers’ and to know the facts of what was being told the American people was like a punch in the gut,” he said. “I never though you could make lies on that grand a scale.”Manzo had grown up listening to an uncle talk about his years as a protester and about one legacy of the war, a mistrust of government. Offered Manzo, “This has really made me take a second look at what he said.”To start out, the course focused less on grand ideas and more on the experience of grunts. On the reading list was Michael Herr’s vivid and hallucinatory “Dispatches” (1977). So was Tim O’Brien’s classic view from inside a flak jacket, “The Things They Carried” (1990). “Platoon” (1986), a film written and directed by Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone, took the class inside the murk and mayhem of combat.Manzo absorbed a related lesson, one that makes him sound like many college students — and combat soldiers — 40 years ago. “People didn’t know who the enemy was,” he said, “so everybody was.”Presidents and policymakers and protesters were discussed, too. Students read selections from documents like “The Pentagon Papers,” from journalists like Frances FitzGerald, David Halberstam, Seymour Hersh, and Stewart Alsop, and from commentaries on the Weather Underground, about racial tensions in the military, the draft, POWs, war widows, the My Lai massacre, and the cultural function of memorials.The students even looked further back, to a time when Vietnam was a proxy American war and not a hot, high-numbers conflict. That view is reflected in “The Quiet American,” Graham Greene’s 1955 novel about Alden Pyle, a well-meaning American naïf whose idealism is pitted against the fatalism of Thomas Fowler, a British journalist covering the war.Students heard Greene’s story twice, the second time in the 1958 film version, whose script made Fowler not a font of rough wisdom but a dupe of the communists. Still, Greene’s unintentional prophecy about the fate of the war was preserved in both the book and film. Pyle is killed — the early embodiment of that helicopter tipped into the sea. Pyle had become, Fowler observed, a “very quiet” American.Meaning and memoryAny war is rich territory for a course meant to examine the complex machinery of cultural history, said Biel, since “conflicts over meaning and memory” live on well after the fighting.Some of those postwar conflicts got played out on the big screen. The students watched a string of Hollywood movies released barely after the war had ended: “Coming Home” (1978), “Apocalypse Now” (1979), and “The Deer Hunter” (1979). They were all anti-war films, though full of leavening sympathies for those who fought, and of moments of wishfully rewritten history. (In “The Deer Hunter,” Robert De Niro attempts to save villagers from a My Lai-style massacre, this one perpetrated by North Vietnamese.)By 1985, in “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” the history of the war is not rewritten, but it is revenged: A ripped Sylvester Stallone, complete with a disco hairdo and stylish knife, rescues forgotten POWs. Meanwhile, the enemy soldiers, in a nod to the Cold War of the Reagan years, have morphed into Soviet look-alikes.But let judgment wait, cautioned Biel. “For all their limitations, evasions, and problems, those films are attempting some kind of reconciliation to the war.”The course’s documentary offerings attempt to get closer to the truth but still fail to evoke a totality of experience. “Hearts and Minds” (1974), “Regret To Inform” (1998), and “The Fog of War” (2004) are single chapters in a big book about the war that is still being written.The course was only half over when Biel and Follansbee took in a late-October screening of “Hearts and Minds” at the Harvard Film Archive, in time for the documentary’s 40th anniversary. (It won an Oscar in 1975, a month before the war ended.) Among the panelists on hand was director Peter Davis, who was in Vietnam with a camera crew for seven weeks in 1972. They shot 200 hours of film that was whittled to under two hours.Before going, Davis did little but read and watch films on the war, most of them expository. He wanted to make a film that was impressionistic instead. “I wanted to show,” said Davis, “not tell.”His appearance, and the screening, co-sponsored by the Mahindra Center, was a gift to Biel’s course, which met once a week at the Barker Center. The panel largely ruminated on the power of the past, including Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History Hue-Tam Ho Tai. She is the author of “The Country of Memory” (2001), about how the Vietnamese experienced the war, and she witnessed both a Vietnam at war and — as a graduate student at Harvard 40 years ago — a United States roiling with protest.“The documentary is very powerful, was very necessary,” she said of the Davis film. “But it was done 40 years ago.”“It’s true,” said filmmaker Robb Moss, professor of visual and environmental studies. “Documentaries always sit in time.” But the catharsis that “Hearts and Minds” created in 1974 is still possible. “The divisions were so profound,” he said. “We’re still living them today.”Memories of another war haunt the film, and Vietnam itself, said Joseph Pellegrino University Professor Peter Galison, also a filmmaker, whose class in high school was the last to get draft cards. “Vietnam seems very much a piece of World War II,” he said, including in patriotic platitudes and even in the “bearing of the officers.” Today, added Galison, unafraid of analogies, the war “seems very present.”That wasn’t always so, said Davis, who traveled to Vietnam after the war to find that Americans were well-liked and the conflict seemed distant. But then came 9/11 and the string of conflicts afterwards, which broke the spell of lessons learned. Once again, he said, “We flew to war on the wings of lies.”The film, the course, and the study of history and literature itself are about investigating the power of personalities and events that are materially gone but culturally remain. At the screening, Mahindra Humanities Center Director Homi Bhabha told Davis what he might have told Biel, too: “I want to thank you for helping us not forget the past.”last_img read more

  • US Sanctions 2 Collaborators of Nicolás Maduro’s Son

    first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo August 28, 2020 The United States sanctioned two Venezuelan brothers on July 23 for supporting Nicolás Maduro’s son and the “corrupt activities by members of the illegitimate regime” of Venezuela.The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Santiago José Morón Hernández and Ricardo José Morón Hernández as collaborators of Maduro’s son, Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra.“While the Venezuelan people suffer, the illegitimate Maduro regime has focused its efforts on retaining its grip on power,” Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin said.“The United States is committed to targeting individuals who facilitate and enable this corrupt regime as they continue to ignore the welfare of the Venezuelan people,” he added.The document says that members of the Morón Hernández family are trusted partners of Nicolás Maduro and his son, Nicolás Ernesto, and that Santiago and Ricardo distribute assets for Maduro and his family worldwide.OFAC says that Maduro’s son hired Santiago and Ricardo to conduct business on his behalf, and both brothers have used different companies to conduct transactions. In addition, Santiago is Maduro Guerra’s main assistant and accompanies him regularly, while Ricardo handles operational activities.The press release says that the three men and other partners are central figures in Venezuela’s gold industry.Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra is accused of conducting illicit transactions, including the sale of gold mined in Venezuela and dispatched from the Central Bank of Venezuela, which was designated by OFAC in 2017. According to the institution, Santiago and Ricardo Morón supervise the financial mechanisms of the illicit gold trade.Authorities designated Santiago for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support, or goods or services to support Maduro’s son.Ricardo has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services, in support of public corruption by senior officials of Venezuela’s illegitimate regime.OFAC rules that all property and interests of these individuals that are in the United States or in the possession or control of persons in the United States are to be frozen and must be reported to its authorities.It also freezes any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, by 50 percent or more by the designated individuals.The office states that U.S. sanctions are not necessarily permanent, but are intended to bring about a positive change of behavior.The sanctions on individuals and entities might be revoked if they take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses, and speak out against abuses committed by the “illegitimate Maduro regime, or combat corruption in Venezuela.”last_img read more

  • Criminal procedure rules amendments

    first_imgCriminal procedure rules amendments March 1, 2006 Regular News C riminal procedure rules amendments The Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. The committee proposes amendments to rules 3.170 (Pleas); 3.180 (Presence of Defendant); 3.213 (Continuing Incompetency to Proceed, Except Incompetency to Proceed with Sentencing: Disposition); and 3.640 (Effect of Granting New Trial). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are summarized below and reproduced in full online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before April 3 with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on George Euripedes Tragos, committee chair, 600 Cleveland Street, Suite 700, Clearwater 33755-4158, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case for June. The committee chair has until April 18 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (THREE YEAR CYCLE), CASE NO. SC06-169 PROPOSED AMENDMENTSlast_img read more

  • Sagaponack Man Accused of Setting Fire to Patchogue Bar

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged arsonist who was previously accused of setting fire to a $34 million oceanfront Hamptons mansion is facing new charges of allegedly trying to burn down a Patchogue bar last year.David Osiecki pleaded not guilty Dec. 18 at Suffolk County court to an additional charge of arson.Prosecutors said the 54-year-old Sagaponack man used his cigar to set a decorative bale of hay afire at Off Key Tiki Bar on Baker Place following an argument with the owner of the establishment on Nov. 3, 2013.The fire caused major damage but no injuries.Osiecki was previously charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to a seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom house on Dune Road in Bridgehampton on April 14, 2014.Judge Fernando Comacho ordered him held without bail on Dec. 18. Osiecki is due back in court on Feb. 6.last_img read more

  • How do you stack up? Results from our 2016 Digital Marketing Survey

    first_imgDid you know that marketing professionals at credit unions overwhelmingly agree on the best method to attract new members, but only a small minority of them is doing something about it?And that’s not all:A quarter of credit union marketers are still not using email marketing82% are not using a marketing automation platformOnly 15% claim that their digital marketing strategy is fully planned for 2016It is also interesting that marketers have strongly-held beliefs about what the best methods are to attract new customers, but most aren’t doing anything about it today.  As an example:82% say that word of mouth and referrals are the best way to attract new customers but …only 39% have a referral program in placeIt’s probably no surprise to you that budget, time, and resources are cited as the primary challenges to implementing these marketing tools and strategies at credit unions across the country.  So what to do about it?  And – perhaps more importantly – where’s all this data coming from?RewardStream and CU Grow recently surveyed marketing professionals at credit unions and community banks across North America.   Responses came back from marketing managers, VPs and CMOs at credit unions with assets from hundreds of millions to over $1 billion, and credit union memberships from under 10,000 members to over 200,000.   The responses from this cross section of credit union marketers tell us a lot about how marketing managers are trying to get more done with less, how they’re struggling to get executive buy-in, and trying to get their jobs done with technology that may not be best suited for their needs.The survey participants have shown us that there’s some work to be done to drive better marketing practices and adoption of technology amongst marketing professionals at credit unions.   And it’s possible that there’s more at play here than a lack of budget, time and IT resources.  After all, every department in every business across the country could use more time, money and people.  But based on the types of tools that marketers say they are using, and the lack of broad adoption of digital marketing techniques, it seems like it’s time to turn the standard obstacles of limited budget and resources into opportunities.  Indeed, the market for Software-as-a-Service (aka SaaS) marketing automation systems has been built on those very simple needs:To do more with less.To centralize marketing activities.To deliver more effective results.To make marketing metrics available across the business.Marketing and sales professionals have started a variety of different software companies over the past twenty years because those founders discovered that they were constantly trying to drive new business with limited marketing budgets, shrinking marketing teams, and IT departments overwhelmed with the core on-premise business tools.  They needed technology solutions to human challenges. SaaS technology – the ability to access powerful software tools hosted off-premise or in “the Cloud” – is now delivering on it’s promise to provide easy access to broadly-available tools, simple user interfaces, integrations with your back-end systems, online support and training, helpful user communities, and – most importantly – self onboarding designed to get you up and running quickly.Marketers now have a rapidly expanding universe of digital marketing tools to choose from, all of which are designed to save time, money and headcount.   And it’s not all hype. If we look at Gartner’s digital marketing hype cycle,  some solutions like lead management tools (where email marketing platforms lie) and campaign segmentation tools are well on their way to the plateau of productivity, meaning that they’re ready for prime-time.But while it might not all be hype, it certainly is confusing.  This graphic, showing the thousands of software tools that exist today to fulfill any number of marketing functions, is terrifying enough to drive any self-respecting marketer back to account statement inserts and bus bench advertisements.  And perhaps therein lies the challenge:  The confusing array of options available to marketers may be causing inertia.  After all, who has the time to do the research to find the right tool for the job?  And who can explain and justify the tools to an executive team unfamiliar with marketing in general, let alone digital marketing strategies?Many of you will remember the revolution that occurred as we marketers transitioned from sending snail-mail to generating email campaigns in order to reach our audiences and generate leads.   The ability to see who has opened the mail, and who has clicked on the call to action has completely changed the makeup and resourcing of our marketing departments.  Credit Unions who have transitioned the majority of their members from those printed statements to e-statements can easily understand the powerful effect that digital communications have had on other aspects of the business.It seems therefore that building a complete digital marketing strategy needs to start with some basic questions of us:What are our goals?  (e.g. Attract a younger demographic; grow our loan business; increase the acquisition of high lifetime value members.)Do we have a plan to achieve those goals? (e.g. Leverage marketing techniques that will increase response rates from millennials; create a product plan and vision to that delivers differentiated loan offerings; segment our member base to identify high LTV clients and drive more business from that demographic.)Can we execute the plan with the resources and budgets that we have? (e.g. Can our team actually reach our target audience with the right message and nurture those prospects through to a buy-decision?)Can we accurately measure the results we achieve? (e.g. How will we know if our efforts have been effective? … and can we achieve the growth initiatives profitably?)Can we act on what we learn to tune the process along the way?  (e.g. Can we respond quickly to what we learn, and tune messages, media, and delivery to be more effective?)For those of us without digital marketing strategies in place or the tools we need, the question is easily answered:  Either we have all the marketing people we need to achieve our growth initiatives or we don’t.  And if we don’t, the right software is always cheaper than people.We also know that implementing software solutions is fraught with many perils:We train someone up, and they leave;We get a program up and running, and priorities shift faster than the technology can adapt;Our results take longer to reach a return on investment than the executive team is comfortable with.The software vendor’s promise fails to meet expectations: the old bait and switch.And so on. So what’s an intelligent marketer to do?It would seem that the key would be to focus on the areas of your growth initiatives that are going to achieve the biggest bang for the buck, and choose tools that can help you get better at that. Start simple. Start with something that you can focus your time and attention on: And it makes sense to choose customer acquisition initiatives are the most effective, and the least expensive to implement.Learn more about what credit union marketers have to say about this conundrum by downloading the results of our survey today.  If you don’t have time to read the report, you can also watch a short webinar introducing the highlights.Use the comments below to let us know where your challenges lie, and how your team is adapting. 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Parker Neil Parker is the VP Product Management and Marketing at RewardStream. Neil has 20 years experience in Product Management and Marketing at companies such as Glenayre, Infowave, Sierra Wireless, Contigo … Web: rewardstream.com Detailslast_img read more

  • The Masters: How Sky Sports are covering during coronavirus pandemic | Golf News

    first_img Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland – Advertisement – Sky Sports Golf host Nick Dougherty takes you behind the scenes into the work behind the production of this year’s Masters After a long wait the Masters is finally here, with a different look for Sky Sports’ coverage as the world’s best golfers vie for the final men’s major of 2020.The iconic tournament, which traditionally marks the start of the men’s major schedule, was pushed back from April to a November slot for the first time due to the coronavirus.Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty will be fronting the coverage along with Sarah Stirk, but travel restrictions caused by the pandemic mean the broadcast will come from Sky Studios in west London, rather than on site at Augusta National, Georgia.All on-site staff must wear masks as they arrive, before they undergo a temperature check to ensure safety precautions are taken. The Masters takes place from November 12-15, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel. Tiger Woods returns to defend his Green Jacket at Augusta National, with the event moved from April due to the coronavirus pandemic Last Updated: 11/11/20 2:36pm 6:52 Rich Beem will be on site at Augusta along with NBC Golf Channel host Cara Banks, while Butch Harmon will once again be part of the coverage from his home in Las Vegas.The Zen Green Stage – being used for the first time for Sky’s Masters coverage – will be a key part of the innovative technology being used as Sky Sports bring you closer to the action.Sky Sports is the exclusive live broadcaster of the Masters in the UK. Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – center_img The award-winning Sky Sports Golf team will have four commentary positions, with Ewen Murray, Paul McGinley and Andrew Coltart all part of the on-air coverage.The Covid-19 era means a screen will separate the two commentators while they analyse the live pictures, all while there is talkback from the director and producer. – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Sky Sports Golf host Nick Dougherty takes you behind the scenes into the work behind the production of this year’s Masters When’s The Masters on Sky Sports? Ways to watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory drew more than 100 million total viewers

    first_imgThe viewers and ratings marked an increase over last season’s Super Bowl, when the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams.That game drew 98.2 million viewers on CBS and a total number of viewers including on Spanish-language ESPN Deportes and streaming platforms of 100.7 million viewers.Sunday’s game marked the first ratings increase for a Super Bowl in five years.Topics : The Kansas City Chiefs’ stirring 31-20 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers drew more than 102 million total viewers on various Fox platforms, the Nielsen research company said Monday.The overnight ratings showed the NFL championship extravaganza in Miami attracted 99.9 million viewers on the Fox television network.The number swelled to 102 million viewers including those watching on the Spanish-language simulcast on Fox Deportes and streaming on Fox and NFL and Verizon platforms.last_img read more

  • PREMIUMIndonesia opposes EU’s planned two-tier food safety standards for vegetable oils

    first_imgLinkedin Log in with your social account Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has labeled the European Union’s plan to impose different food safety standards for palm oil compared to other vegetable oils as discriminatoryThe EU Commission plans to issue later this year a regulation that will limit the concentration of 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) – a chemical byproduct toxic to the kidneys and testes in high dosages – in vegetable oils sold within the bloc.Concentrations will be limited to 2.5 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for palm, olive pomace and nut oils and 1.25 mg/kg for rapeseed, maize, sunflower and soybean oil.Indonesia’s Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato said in Jakarta on Friday that the proposed “discriminatory” two-tier system would make EU consumers “perceive palm oil as bad” compared to other v… Google Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Indonesia EU-Indonesia palm-oil discrimination 3-MCPD Malaysia WTO India China Forgot Password ?last_img read more

  • $100 is too much for borrowers

    first_imgThe majority of Queensland borrowers can only bear a small change in interest rates before they are tipped into mortgage stress.Comparison website Finder.com.au have released survey results showing 55 per cent of Queensland mortgage holders would be financial stressed if home loan repayments rose by just $100 per month.Finder said this is equivalent to an increase in the average home loan rate of 0.45 per cent based on the national average mortgage of $360,600.The result was mirrored across other states with New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australian all recording 59 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to find the extra $100 per month.In South Australia, a whopping 71 per cent of mortgage holders would struggle to deal with the increase.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoBessie Hassan, a money expert at Finder, said the results show many borrowers have overextended.“The typical mortgage holder would be in trouble when interest rates got back up around 5.28 per cent,” she said.“That’s a pretty small window before borrowing costs start to hurt.”Ms Hassan said some owner occupiers were getting into huge housing debt at record low interest rates, but it wouldn’t take much to be in the red.She said given major lenders have already announced out-of-cycle interest rate increases, borrowers at their limit need to consider their options.“The reality is borrowers have overextended themselves if it only takes a $100 leap in repayments for more than half of all homeowners to reach their tipping point.”last_img read more