Oregon Bill to End Mink Farming, Compensate State’s Few Remaining Producers

Mink Farms Incubate Cruelty and COVID-19

Oregon state Sen. Floyd Prozanski introduced a bill this session to phase out mink farming in the state by the end of the year.

When it comes to confined animal populations, mink pose the greatest threat of spreading COVID-19 and incubating new and dangerous variants.”

— Scott Beckstead

SALEM, OREGON, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — SALEM, Ore.— Oregon state Sen. Floyd Prozanski introduced a bill this session to phase out mink farming in the state by the end of the year.

The legislation, Senate Bill 832, follows similar actions taken by Ireland and the Netherlands to permanently close all mink farms and discontinue mink-breeding programs in order to protect public health against the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. A report published in Science in January determined that the virus is transmissible between mink and humans.

The legislation, which is supported by Animal Wellness Action and the Center for Biological Diversity, includes programs to assist Oregon mink producers’ transition to other lines of work.

“We know that mink farms, including those right here in Oregon, have the potential to enable dangerous mutations of the coronavirus that could pose a serious threat to our fight against the disease,” said Sen. Prozanski (D-Eugene). “S.B. 832 will eliminate that threat by bringing about an end to the already-dwindling mink farm industry while assisting current Oregon mink producers in transitioning to new fields.”

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, there are 11 state-permitted mink farms in Oregon, but only seven are still actively producing mink. If lawmakers adopted this bill, Oregon would lead the nation by being the first state to adopt a prohibition on mink farming, joining other nations that have banned the practice.

Mink farming has long been controversial for its inhumane treatment of animals to produce a luxury garment easily replaced by other fabrics.

“When it comes to confined animal populations, mink pose the greatest threat of spreading COVID-19 and incubating new and dangerous variants,” said Scott Beckstead, director of campaigns for Animal Wellness Action and a former mayor of Waldport who grew up on an Idaho mink farm. “This is a very marginal, unprofitable industry, and there’s just no reason to risk breathing life into the virus by allowing mink operations to continue to operate.”

Oregon reported outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 (the animal virus linked to COVID-19 in humans) in one of its industrial mink-farming operations in November 2020 and January 2021, but never disclosed the location to the public despite the health threats that it posed.

In December biologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services captured three mink in the wild, two of which also tested positive for the virus. All three mink are believed to have escaped confinement at the affected facility, which was under quarantine at the time, raising additional wildlife safety concerns.

“Here in Oregon, we know the threat of diseased farmed mink escaping and putting wild animals at risk is very real, because it happened just last month,” said Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The truth is, this industry poses a grave threat to wild animals and public health and should no longer be allowed to operate in Oregon.”

Mink are members of the mustelid family, which in Oregon includes native mink, federally protected Humboldt martens, Pacific fishers, wolverines, ermines, long-tailed weasels, American badgers and river otters. Mink typically roam and hunt over areas as large as 2,500 acres. By contrast, the unnatural, barren conditions that mink are subjected to in these facilities greatly increases their susceptibility to the virus as their stress levels rise, and result in abnormal, psychotic behaviors such as pacing, swaying, self-mutilation, cannibalism and infanticide.

Their intensive confinement at mink farms provides viruses with the ideal conditions to spread and mutate. In Denmark, mink farms generated a COVID-19 mutation, referred to as the “Cluster 5” variant, that had a combination of mutations that had not been previously observed. In response, Denmark — the world’s largest mink producer, with more than 1,100 farms — ordered farmers to cull all 17 million mink in the nation.

Most of the 2.7 million U.S.-produced mink pelts sold in 2019 went to China; fur markets in the West have collapsed because of consumer concerns about animal welfare.

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Emory University Partners with Bisk to Launch Premier Online Lean Six Sigma Professional Education Programs

TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Emory University, through its Emory Continuing Education division, and Bisk, a global leader in digital learning, are proud to announce their partnership to support 100% online Lean Six Sigma programs and pave the way for additional programs designed for the nontraditional, career-focused learner.

Through the Lean Six Sigma programs, Emory Continuing Education (ECE) further cements its longstanding commitment to enrich the lives and enhance the careers of nontraditional students through valuable certifications and programs that create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge. The programs include Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (standard and corporate editions), and Lean Continuous Improvement.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt students will learn to identify potential Lean Six Sigma process-improvement opportunities, implement the data-driven methodology to optimize process improvement, and apply the Six Sigma tools to improve quality and the Lean tools to remove waste.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt will give students the opportunity to build their knowledge in core methodologies using a data-driven approach to process improvement. Students will utilize industry-leading software to prepare them for work in dynamic fields.

Lean Continuous Improvement will help prepare students to be a Lean practitioner, executing highly effective Kaizen events, identifying and eliminating waste, and improving flow. Students are taught to define value, manage teams and stakeholders, value stream mapping, and drive overall equipment efficiency, and more.

These six-week online programs will be guided by faculty who are subject matter experts with proven expertise in their respective fields. Emory’s dedication to educational excellence has led the university to be ranked as a top 25 national university by U.S. News & World Report 2021.

“We fill a critical need by developing talent quickly with our certificate programs, supporting people and employers both in Atlanta and around the world,” said Paul Welty, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at Emory University and Interim Executive Director at Emory Continuing Education. “Emory believes in the power of education to create positive change via personal and professional success for our students. Partnering with Bisk helps fulfill our objective to equip participants with the skills needed to secure and maintain attractive jobs in a variety of industries.”

“Emory University is a pioneer in helping to improve and sustain local and global communities through education. We are honored Emory has decided to partner with Bisk to offer vital professional education programs that extend its mission to nontraditional learners,” said Bisk CEO Mike Bisk. “Our role in helping transition Emory’s high-quality academic programs to an accessible online learning environment is a responsibility we take with deep dedication to its success.”

“We are excited to partner with Emory to bring our expertise to their students. Decades of partnering with top-tier institutions and broad expertise in learning experience design, student success and marketing make Bisk uniquely qualified to provide best-in-class online education services,” said David Blinn, SVP of Partner Success at Bisk.

Enrollment is currently underway for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate program, which began February 15, and the Lean Continuous Improvement program, which begins April 14. Programs are offered for enrollment monthly.

About Emory University
Since 1836, Emory’s mission—to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity—has guided the university in its work to drive discovery, serve the common good, and prepare leaders to make a difference in the world. As a leading research university, and one of only 65 universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU), Emory’s passion, purpose, and resolve help sustain and improve global communities through individual actions and collective impact.

About Emory Continuing Education
For nearly 70 years, ECE has served as the university’s noncredit division, with thousands of student enrollments each year from the metro Atlanta community and beyond. ECE offers a wide range of certificate programs and open enrollment courses (including fully online and hybrid options) for both professional development and personal enrichment. Areas of focus include emerging technologies – artificial and business intelligence, big data, and cybersecurity – as well as management fundamentals, information technology (IT) and graphic design, communications, Human Resource (HR) and project management, lean six sigma, academic and professional test preparation, health coach, English as a Second Language (ESL) and many more.

About Bisk
Bisk partners with leading institutions to deliver online degree and certificate programs to learners around the world. We provide the resources, expertise, and technology to help institutions grow and students thrive. Through our online education services, we have supported more than 1 million enrollments for universities such as Villanova University, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Technology. Our mission is to amplify potential through transformational learning experiences. To learn more, visit bisk.com.

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Akiba Antiques Will Offer Spring Fine Arts Auction in March

Damien Hirst (British, b.1965) Original Spin Painting

Damien Hirst (British, b.1965) Original Spin Painting

Robert Brackman (American, 1898-1980)  Harvest Time

Robert Brackman (American, 1898-1980) Harvest Time

Large Japanese Satsuma Porcelain Charger

Large Japanese Satsuma Porcelain Charger

(2 Pc) A Pair of Carved Chinese Wooden Chairs

(2 Pc) A Pair of Carved Chinese Wooden Chairs

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Akiba Antiques Will Offer Spring Fine Arts Auction in March

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Akiba Antiques will welcome spring with a fine arts auction on March 2nd, 2021. Collectors can find over 650 lots from the auction catalog, such as paintings, decorative art, Asian art, and silver things. Live bidding will begin at 12:00 PM EST on LiveAuctioneers.

This fine arts auction includes several notable works from American and British artists. An original spin painting by Damien Hirst is among the key lots (USD 5,000 – $10,000).
Hirst started making his now-signature spin paintings while living in Berlin in the mid-1990s. For Hirst, a sense of movement defines each spin painting. The available piece features a strong white streak on top of black, yellow, and moss green.

Other available lots in this fine arts auction include a painting titled Harvest Time by American figural artist Robert Brackman is also on offer ($1,000 – $10,000). Brackman arranged three figures in the scene, demonstrating his skill with composition and light.

Items from Japan and China are also available in the fine arts auction. A Japanese Satsuma charger is particularly notable ($1,000 – $5,000).
It was made in southern Japan around the late 19th or early 20th century. Original Satsuma pottery features a gold base with elaborate enamel decoration. A samurai warrior is visible at the center of the available charger. In the background, wise men and scholars look on while holding scrolls. Those interested in Asian art will also find a pair of carved wooden Chinese chairs ($200 – $2,000)

A Japanese sterling silver and amber flask ($200 – $2,000), and various precious stone carvings. A palace-sized Chinese jade, precious stone, and cloisonné planter will be on offer as well ($5,000 – $15,000).

Art Deco items have a strong presence in this sale. The catalog includes a pair of French glass and bronze sconces shaped like dancers ($1,000 – $8,000), a geometric Art Deco wall mirror ($200 – $1,000), and several vintage glass bottles for perfume and flowers.

Akiba Antiques’ spring fine arts auction will offer several other key items:

* Antique Royal Vienna porcelain plates ($200 – $2,000 each)

* Lithograph of The Studio by Alberto Giacometti ($200 – $2,000)

* Wedgwood black basalt service set with candlestick holders ($100 – $1,000)

* Georg Jensen silver pieces (assorted)

* Tiffany & Co. sterling serving spoons ($100 – $1,000 each)

Akiba Antiques was founded in the 1980s in Paris, France by Charles and Franceska Akiba. Their joint collecting and selling experience was in French furniture and European fine art. The couple eventually moved to the United States and settled in Dania Beach, Florida, where the auction house continues to host regular sales both live and online.

This upcoming Akiba Antiques fine arts auction will begin at 12:00 PM EST on March 2nd, 2021. Visit LiveAuctioneers for the complete catalog and to place a bid.

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With Loki to the Moon: USA Today bestselling author Tina Glasneck sends her Norse mythology-inspired books to the Moon

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Four Times the Fight, new upcoming book by USA Today Bestselling author Tina Glasneck featuring the beloved Norse god, Loki.

Moon with words Writers on the Moon in the center.

Writers of the Moon launches in July 2021

Hell Chronicles series pictured in ereader devices, including the titles Hell for the Holidays, Hellish, Hellbent, Helltown, Hellbound, and Hellraiser

Loki appears in the Hell Chronicles, becoming a main character in the novel Helltown.

USA Today bestselling author Tina Glasneck sends her books to the Moon with the Writers on the Moon project, as a part of Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission 1

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — USA Today bestselling author Tina Glasneck is sending her catalog of Norse-inspired fantasy novels to the Moon, and she’s taking Loki with her. In the first commercial payload, as part of the Writers on the Moon lunar time capsule project, her books will join the Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission 1 on the United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur rocket. Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, current Amazon CEO, supplies the flight's rocket engines. Set to launch in late 2021, the payload will be delivered to Lacus Mortis, for future anthropologists and generations.

Glasneck, best known for her Hell Chronicles series, has authored more than twenty titles, and now the full catalog of her Norse mythology-inspired fantasy novels are headed to the Moon as a beacon of hope. “Future space travelers will discover the lunar time capsule and learn about our culture and world through the items we’ve left behind,” says Glasneck, “just like we’ve learned about the Norse, Egyptian and Greek cultures before us.”

Loki, the trickster god, who plays a significant role in Glasneck’s writing, will appear in her upcoming book, Four Times the Fight. She will bring back the character she’s been longing to write about again, to the delight of her readers. Every series needs a good trickster, and in her writing, Glasneck introduces readers of this series to the debonair gent of light and shadow. Four Times the Fight will be a crossover novel set before her bestselling Hell Chronicles series that sees the Norse gods come to Earth and wreak a bit of havoc.

Glasneck loves to weave mythology and fantasy together to create adventurous tales. Loki is one of the cornerstones of her fantasy world, making an appearance in at least seven of her titles thus far. “I’m saddened that I won’t have Loki’s next book in the time capsule. But I hope he’ll understand.”

Although many connect Loki to the fantastic British and Hollywood actors' portrayals, Glasneck is adamant that there is more to Loki than the contemporary pop-culture interpretations. “No, when I’m writing my books, I use Norse mythology and scholarly resources as inspiration. The source material is rich with information.”

Loki, a shapeshifter in Norse mythology, plays a major role in the myths. He is more than a simple trickster in some tales, garnering great gifts for the gods after his pranks go a bit awry. “I’m sure Loki loves our modern-day interpretation of his character, as do I.”

Glasneck, who holds a Master of Arts in Religion, weaves together her interests in mythology, fantasy, and history. She’s delighted to continue her storytelling journey, and this time with Loki by her side. “The gods are always looking for vessels. I’m just happy Loki chose me to share his story.”

Led by Dr. Susan Kaye Quinn, the one-hundred twenty-five participating authors in the Writers on the Moon project will include art, music, single-titled novels, whole collections of series, and anthologies in the lunar time capsule.

The digital payload will be uploaded onto a SanDisk Extreme microSD card and sent to the Moon for posterity.

Astrobotic, a space logistics company and an official NASA partner, will deliver the Writers on the Moon payload. This inaugural mission with the Peregrine Lander and the Vulcan Centaur rocket will propel a library for the future to new heights.

When asked why she wished to partake in this project, Glasneck admits that it’s not just about her. “It's about hope. It’s also something for my children. I want to show them that you can shoot for the Moon and indeed land on it.”

Glasneck’s next book, Four Times the Fight, is due out at the end of March.

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Choosing the Right Property Management Company for You

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SAVANNAH, GA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — So you’ve decided to get into the short-term rental game, turning your investment property into real profit. However, you don’t have the time or energy to spend on all the details of managing that property. Who does? Being 100% hand-off as a short-term rental property owner is the dream. That’s when you need to hire a property management company to be your eyes, ears, and brain. But which one is the right one for you?

Anyone can promote themselves as the “best property management company in town!” So you’ll have to sift through the madness and baseless claims to find just the right one because choosing the wrong property manager could cost you time and money, defeating the entire purpose of using one in the first place.

As a leader in the property management industry, Mt. Royal Homes has proven to be a reliable source when helping owners research and select the company they want to work with. So let’s take a look below at Mt. Royal’s unsolicited advice on choosing the right company that works for you.

Choosing a Good Property Management Company
As the property owner, you will literally be buying more time for yourself.
The property management company will oversee all cleaning and housekeeping, resulting in a consistently impeccable home/unit.
Only skilled and licensed professionals will perform maintenance and repair work.
Your guests will receive fast inquiry responses and on-call emergency contacts.
The property management company will have a wealth of knowledge from insurance claims to security protection.
Your occupancy and rates will be monitored regularly.

Choosing a Bad Property Management Company
You would have to manage cleaning, maintenance, or guest issues on your own if the property management company isn’t holding up their end of the deal.
Your occupancy and rates will suffer, affecting your bottom line.
The personal touch with guests will be lackluster and disappointing.
Guests will notice the lack of attention paid to them and write bad reviews online.
Theft and property damage could go unnoticed or unreported.

Small or Large Property Management Company?
There is no question when it comes to choosing the size of the management company you want to go with: a smaller, local company will give you the attention and listing value that you deserve (and pay for). And being local, the company will be a better, more spatially aware source for your out-of-town guests.

How to Find A Property Management Company Online
If you’re located in a fairly populated area, you will likely have many options when it comes to finding a property management company. You can simply do a Google search for “property management company (city).”

But if you have trouble finding one through a search engine, try looking to social media like Facebook Groups. Post about your property manager search in a related group, and see the responses you get. Most of the time, people who feel very passionately either way about a company will give you their honest opinions.

Always Read the Reviews
First, no matter what size, you must choose a property management company with an online presence: website and social media. Having an online presence is a good indicator of guest satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) in the form of reviews.

Many property management companies encourage owners to leave reviews, and you can certainly reach out to these owners to see if you can get any more feedback about that specific company. If they were extremely positive or negative, it’s always a good idea to try to contact a fellow owner about their experience.

At the same time, take all negative reviews with a grain of salt. Just as some guests leave unfair negative reviews on listings, the property management company could be the recipient of an unfair review from an angry host. Luckily, if the reviewer will talk to you about their bad experience, just ask them a few questions to understand the cause of the negative review and make your own judgement if it was earned by the company.

Yelp, Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Google My Business, and Facebook Reviews are all excellent and trustworthy platforms for real property management company reviews.

Questions To Ask Your Potential Property Manager
If you’ve finally narrowed down your search to your top one or two property managers, now all you need to do is communicate with them, ask the tough questions, and dig even more. Below is Mt. Royal Homes’ list of top five questions you need to ask and the answers you SHOULD hear:

Do you monitor guest reviews? (Answer: “Yes.”)
What is the biggest issue you have with managing all of your properties? (Answer: The only wrong answer is if they say none.)
How do you handle early check-in and late check-out requests? (Answer: “We accommodate this when possible, most of the time.”)
How do you hire cleaners? (Answer: “We send the same cleaners to the same properties whenever possible.”)
How long does the average owner stay with the company? (Answer: “A year or longer.”)

Final Thoughts
All property management companies are not created the same. Like anything worth doing, you need to spend time figuring out what is right for you as the owner. Know exactly what you need and communicate those needs and your expectations with any potential property manager. You’ll save yourself more time, money, and headaches in the long run.

If you’re still having trouble figuring out what’s what with property management companies, reach out to Mt. Royal Homes and learn how the process of listing your property can work seamlessly.

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Anblicks joins AWS Select Partner network

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Anblicks - Cloud Data Engineering Company : Enabling Enterprises with Data-Driven Decision Making

Anblicks joins AWS Select Partner Network that allows it to deliver unique solutions to global customers and provide them a competitive edge over rivals.

We are excited to be partnered with AWS. We can now deliver unique AWS cloud solutions to our customers in a highly cost-effective manner”

— Chintan Mehta, Vice President of Technology – CloudOps at Anblicks.

ADDISON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Anblicks Inc., a leading Cloud Data Engineering company, has announced that it has achieved AWS' Select Partnership status. AWS also has certified Anblicks for two unique services, i.e., AWS RDS and AWS Database Migration Service. The achievement will allow Anblicks to deliver AWS services to its global customers and provide them a competitive edge with AWS Certified experts. Anblicks has opened doors for a vast range of innovations and state-of-the-art solutions for its customers with this partnership.

"We are excited to be partnered with AWS. We can now deliver unique AWS cloud solutions to our customers in a highly cost-effective manner" says Chintan Mehta, Vice President of Technology – CloudOps at Anblicks.

The partnership further allows Anblicks to explore new markets in the cloud industry as most organizations exponentially adopt AWS for their products and services.

About AWS (https://aws.amazon.com/) :
Amazon Web Service or AWS is the world's largest and most comprehensively adopted cloud platform. The company offers more than 200 fully-featured services from data centers spanning across the globe. The AWS products and services cater to fast-growing startups, established MNCs, and various government agencies worldwide.

About Anblicks (www.anblicks.com):
Anblicks is a Cloud Data Engineering Company enabling customers to make data-driven decisions since 2004. Headquartered in Addison, Texas, Anblicks helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation journey, paving the road for new and streamlined business across the globe. The company commits to deliver excellence to the customers in Data Analytics, CloudOps, and Modern Apps using state-of-the-art services, solutions, and accelerators.

AWS Partner profile: https://partners.amazonaws.com/partners/001E000001KaCZLIA3/Anblicks

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Steeped Coffee Wins On Trend® BEST OF SHOW Honors at 2021 KeHE Summer Show

Steeped Coffee Wins On Trend® BEST OF SHOW Honors at 2021 KeHE Summer Show

Be Your Own Barista with the New Standard in Single-Serve Coffee

The Steeped team was humbled to receive ‘Best of Show’ honors, said Josh Wilbur, CEO, Steeped Coffee”

— Vicki Garfinkel Jakubovic

SANTA CRUZ, CA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Steeped Coffee, a Certified B Corp, quickly becoming the new standard in single-serve coffee, has been awarded On Trend® BEST OF SHOW at the 2021 KeHE Summer Show. Steeped took top honors at this year’s virtual trade show featuring more than 550 providers of fresh, specialty, natural, and organic products.

Making quality coffee accessible for all, Steeped Coffee is the only fully compostable brewing method that doesn’t require a machine, grinder, or specialty equipment to prepare premium coffee. Brewed similar to tea, Steeped delivers a simple cup of barista-approved coffee in minutes. Each pack contains craft-roasted, freshly ground pre-portioned coffee that is triple nitro-sealed to guarantee freshness and quality.

“Steeped doesn’t let anything get in the way of good coffee. Our proprietary process removes all barriers to entry, including the environmental impact of enjoying premium coffee at home,” said Josh Wilbur, CEO and Founder of Steeped Coffee. “The Steeped team was humbled to receive ‘Best of Show’ honors, not just for the coffee or beverage category but for the entire show. We’re excited to see Steeped Coffee on every shelf, so ethical single-serve coffee can be accessible to anyone who loves great coffee.”

The annual KeHE Summer Show is a hub for innovation, connection, and discovery and is recognized as one of the top 25 fastest-growing shows by Trade Show News Network. KeHE, also a Certified B Corp, brings together the distribution of more than 30,000 natural food stores, chain and independent grocery stores, retailers, and industry leaders, highlighting thousands of the top natural and organic, fresh, and specialty products on the market today.

“We’re looking for brands that are purpose-driven, have high-quality ingredients, are innovative in their category, represent a future trend, have a unique taste profile, and will appeal to consumers at the shelf,” said Rachelle Radcliffe, KeHE’s Director of Brand Development.

Steeped Coffee is available in five different roasts: light, medium, dark, decaf and the ‘Best of Show’ Breakwater Blend, a fair trade organic French roast. Find out more at SteepedCoffee.com or contact KeHE.

For business inquiries, contact sales@steepedcoffee.com or visit steepedcoffee.com/business.

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T+A Launch The New Caruso R all in one system with two speaker varients

New all in one Hi-Fi system from German manufacturer T+A.

HERFORD, GERMANY, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Press Contact: Alan Porter +44 7922 073208 alan@napthineporter.com
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T+A, the Herford-based luxury Hi-Fi manufacturer, is launching three new products within its Caruso family. Closely resembling the Caruso all-in-one audio system, the Caruso R mirrors the functionality of its sibling but, for the first time in the Caruso range, does not include internal speakers. The loudspeaker duties will be taken care of by two new speaker packages – the floorstanding S 10 and standmount R 10. As of March 29th 2021, the new Caruso R will be available from specialist dealers at an RRP of € 2,700 / $3,800 / £ 3,000, while the S 10 and R 10 have the RRP of € 2,250 / $ 3,300 / £ 2,500 and € 1,150 € / $ 1,600 / £ 1,300 respectively.

The Herford-based Hi-Fi specialist T+A elektroakustik has introduced three new products in its Caruso series. The new Caruso R is the first of its type, being a fully functional amplified music-player, rather than an all-in-one device. The decision to opt for a system without speakers is explained by International Sales Director, Oliver John: “The Caruso R closes a gap in our Lifestyle line-up by addressing customers who are looking for a classic stereo system with the added benefits of the modern user interface and connectivity of the Caruso Multi-Source-System.”

To match the Caruso R, the Herford firm is introducing two new loudspeakers in the form of the Caruso S 10 floorstanding and R 10 stand mount, which coordinate neatly with the Caruso R in visual and sonic terms.

During the development stage of the Caruso R, the challenge lay in transforming an all-in-one system into a receiver and adapting the Navigator OS operating system to suit this change. “Although the Caruso’s Navigator OS represented a strong starting point, we had to rethink many aspects of the user interface, and adjust them to suit the altered facilities”, says Project Manager Jörg Küpper. “In the final analysis, the product we developed is a blood-brother to the Caruso, but still a truly independent unit which will be received with just as much enthusiasm by new customer groups”, Küpper continues.

The centre of the Caruso is dominated by a high-resolution landscape-mode 7” screen, which is the key element in the intuitive operation of the whole system. The Caruso R can also be controlled using the Caruso Navigator App for Android and iOS, as well as by the remote control handset which is supplied as standard. The designers at the Herford family company were faced with a difficult balancing act: on the one hand the Caruso R was required to be a compact device; on the other it had to exude an impressive presence in the room. To achieve this, the distinctive loudspeaker grilles were replaced by black-lacquered aluminium cheek panels, while the Caruso R’s landscape touchscreen makes the unit appear wider to the eye. The contrasting silver cover subtly accentuates this effect, with the result that the Caruso R has an elegantly compact, extended silhouette.

In technical terms the new Caruso satisfies virtually every requirement in terms of music. Analogue and digital inputs are present, as are FM and DAB tuners as well as Bluetooth and Airplay 2 receivers. Like its predecessors, the Caruso R can deliver all current sources in a single unit. Music from the home network, or via Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz, is reproduced with equal brilliance as music from the classic CD. Inside the Caruso R, there is the stunning new Streaming Client which was first introduced with the new Caruso and provides access to the Amazon Music HD and Spotify Connect music streaming services. If desired, users can set up the Caruso as the control centre of their home life by means of Amazon Alexa. As you would expect, the Alexa functions and microphones can be switched off at any time to protect a private environment.

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Zalemark Holding CEO Outlines New Directions for Company


TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Zalemark Holding Company Inc. CEO Xia Wu is pleased to provide shareholders with a vision of the Company’s strategic direction moving forward.

Ms. Wu noted that “We have previously completed the acquisition of AeroponLeaf Holdings, which was originally focused on cannabis production and sales. The pandemic has unfortunately forced delays in starting the development of our Hastings County facility for now.

At the same time, there has been a rush of new companies producing flower and concentrate products that have resulted in this area becoming quite crowded, and reducing opportunities for long-term profitability. While AeroponLeaf will continue to develop opportunities within the cannabis industry, we have made the corporate decision not to proceed with growing our own product, and instead to pursue licensing opportunities with manufacturers of more specialized products, distributing these products under the AeroponLeaf trademark. We will now focus our efforts on opportunities where we can work with partners to distribute these higher value products that are more strongly differentiated from simple flower and vaping oriented products.

To that end, we hope to announce a new licensing agreement in the near future to distribute some very innovative new products that are the result of intensive research and development efforts with a new strategic partner.

In the interim, we have also taken the time to consider our overall strategic positioning, and have made the decision to move towards becoming a diversified holding company. To that end, we will be seeking to complete a private placement to raise additional capital to acquire additional subsidiaries in a number of key sectors which we have identified”.

Mr. Yang Li, Vice President of Business Development adds “We are currently in discussions to acquire a company working with a major charitable organization to develop a transitional housing facility in Pickering, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Durham region of Ontario. The facility will help those in need until they can be placed in more permanent housing solutions. The charitable organization involved is also looking for us to develop management offices and logistics operations for them on the property we have identified.

Additionally, we are pursuing development of a downtown shuttle transportation service within a major growing metropolitan municipality in the Durham region of Ontario.

Other opportunities exist to acquire a marina and restaurant property within the hospitality industry.

We anticipate there will be further announcements to provide greater detail about these exciting new business developments as we aggressively pursue these acquisition opportunities”.

About Zalemark Holdings Company, Inc.

Zalemark Holding Company Inc., currently trading on the OTC Markets under the symbol “ZMRK”, is a U.S. public company, currently domiciled in the State of Delaware.

Zalemark and its current and planned future subsidiaries are focused on investing in targeted profitable industries including;
• Custom real estate development projects with targeted partners;
• Hospitality & tourism;
• Municipal transportation projects;
• Consumer Packaged Goods development and manufacturing for cannabis related products such as topical pain creams.

Our objective is to achieve steady, sustainable growth that delivers favorable returns for our shareholders. We will achieve our success through best-in-class management and operations.

Our expertise, experience and network of relationships with partners in our targeted industry sectors will ensure success and profitability.

Forward Looking Statements

Information in this press release may contain ‘forward-looking statements.’ Statements describing objectives or goals or the Company’s future plans are also forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the financial performance of the Company and market valuations of its stock, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the ‘Safe Harbor’ provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks relating to the ability to close transactions being contemplated, risks related to sales, acceptance of Zalemark Holdings Corp Inc.’s products, increased levels of competition, changes, dependence on intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in Zalemark Holdings Corp Inc. periodic reports filed with the regulatory authorities.

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Email: info@zmarkholding.com

Yang Li
Zalemark Holding Company Inc.
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Former Israeli Intelligence Officers Launch Vacs.live, Providing Transparency Into Global Vaccination Numbers

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — vacs.live provides the public with global vaccination numbers and data, with the goal of increasing positive vaccination awareness and the total number of vaccinations administered around the globe. In the nearby future, they plan to show the impact the COVID-19 vaccine has on global economic and health metrics. vacs.live prides itself on making its data and insights easily digestible by its users in addition to adhering to responsible data and AI practices.

vacs.live was developed by former Israeli intelligence officers who realized there was a problem in the way COVID-19 vaccination data and information was being delivered to the public. “There were 2 main problems I saw with the data,” co-founder Ori Riechman says. “Either the data was really hard to understand or derive insights from OR there was a bias in the data, according to the motivations of the author(s) or publisher(s).” In a time where economic and social systems are more reliant on data than ever before, it is vital that the data that is being fed to governmental institutions, businesses, and people is reflecting the truth as much as possible. There are implications on healthcare systems, travel, and the global economy if people make data-driven decisions based on faulty or biased data.

Currently, vacs.live allows users to view vaccination numbers on a global, country, or state level. Data exhibited includes the total number of people who have been administered the first vaccine, the first and second vaccines, the percentage of the total population who have been vaccinated, and the percentage of the total population who have been vaccinated and/or recovered from COVID-19. The team is working on adding addition new features to the platform which will include estimates on herd immunity on a global, country, and state level, correlations between vaccination rates and mortality rates, unemployment rates, and other socioeconomic factors, and will provide national information for each country or state on the benefits of getting vaccinated.

“Our motivation is to get as many people vaccinated as possible and get life back to normal as soon as possible,” says Jonathan Fishner, co-founder. “It’s pretty simple. Good data is good for the people. More vaccines is good for the people. It’s been a hard enough year as it is, let’s do some good for the people.”

About vacs.live
vacs.live was founded by former Israeli intelligence officers Ori Riechman and Jonathan Fishner after they recognized a problem with the current way COVID-19 vaccination numbers and data are being relayed to the public. Their vision is to leverage the power of responsible data and AI practices to increase global vaccination numbers. The future product roadmap aims to include new metrics such as estimates on herd immunity on a global, country, and state level, correlations between vaccination rates and mortality rates, unemployment rates, and other socioeconomic factors, and will provide national information for each country or state on the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Ori Riechman

Source: EIN Presswire