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Lights, Camera, and Dell Technologies

first_imgAt Dell, we have a strong track record of working with studios to help explore new ways of immersive storytelling using technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence.Today, we are thrilled to be part of an incredible new collaboration with Sony Pictures, Deloitte and Intel to help create Innovation Studios, a one of a kind immersive technology facility on the Sony Pictures Studios lot that will help storytellers around the world. Dell is proud to power the studio with Precision workstations, PowerEdge servers, Isilon storage, Alienware and much more to ensure artists have all the computing power they need to bring their creative visions to life.Innovation Studios is a space designed to usher in a new era of filmmaking and visual effects by digitizing the real world. For example, a scene that takes place in New Delhi no longer needs to be shot in India. The entire experience can be digitally replicated in Innovation Studios by leveraging the latest in research and development from Sony Corporation and others in areas including volumetric video and customizable set scanning. This will allow new stories to be told that would never have had the chance using traditional filmmaking methods and budgets.A creator needs access to the right tools to bring their vision to life – and Innovation Studios has chosen the best. Dell has been the technology provider of choice for filmmakers for many years, and is the only technology company with an end to end ecosystem to consume, create and power VR and AR. In fact, five out of the last seven Academy Award-winning movies for visual effects used Precision workstations to create the incredible on-film experiences. The technology transforming ghosts from imagination to reality in the re-imagined Ghostbusters, and the power behind every single frame of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been built on a Dell Precision workstation, rendered on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server and a good portion stored on Dell EMC storage.Our dependable and scalable technology has not just been limited to film production either – Dell also has a strong track record in driving technology innovation to help customers tell their stories and communicate their ideas in innovative ways across a range of industries, from supporting the world’s first VR product launch for Jaguar’s I-PACE concept to working with Nike, Meta and Ultrahaptics to create a vison of the future of design.https://youtu.be/noutzo3xT8kPrecision workstations drastically reduce creation times, provide easy playback and pre-visualization of content. In addition, this caliber of digital effects requires an incredible amount of back-end computing power, speed and storage. Dell EMC provides flexible, reliable, and easy-to-manage storage solutions that help media companies create, maintain and protect their most valuable digital media assets. With simplified management of storage, our customers can focus on what they do best: creating and delivering great media content.We’re excited to be part of a collaboration leading the way to the future of AR, VR and mixed reality storytelling where key technologies are more accessible – we believe technology should foster creativity. We envision Innovation Studios as a place where the power of technology and the art of storytelling intersect and we cannot wait to see the amazing content that filmmakers and other creative professionals will unleash later this year.last_img read more

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Europe’s court condemns Russia over 2008 war with Georgia

first_imgTBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Europe’s top human rights court has found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in Georgia’s breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed Thursday’s verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili described the court’s ruling as “historic,” noting that Georgia was “recognized as a victim of this war and it is a great achievement for our country, our society, our history and our future.” The August 2008 war erupted amid rising tensions over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, much of which was under control of Russia-backed separatists.last_img read more

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Criminal Gangs Seek to Expand Control before Colombian Balloting

first_imgBy Dialogo July 28, 2011 Electoral violence may increase sharply in Colombia this year after a decade of sustained decline, as criminal gangs seek to consolidate and expend their control over local governments with a view to the upcoming elections, the Crisis Group think tank said on 25 July. The organization, headquartered in Brussels, fears an increase in attacks on candidates in the elections scheduled for late October, when Colombians will elect approximately 1,102 mayors, 32 governors, and thousands of town councilors and local legislators. It will be the first electoral test for the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, who is seeking to prevent the interference of illegal armed groups in the process. “Illegal armed groups seek to consolidate and expand their holds over local governments in the October 2011 governorship, mayoral, departmental assembly and municipal council elections,” Crisis Group said. The organization said that the emerging criminal gangs made up of former extreme-right-wing paramilitaries, which constitute Colombia’s chief security threat, do not appear to be taking a unified approach to the balloting. “Some will be content with minimal relations to local politics to guarantee their impunity, access to information and freedom of action. But NIAGS (new illegal armed groups) are rapidly evolving into larger, more robust criminal networks, so some could develop a more ambitious political agenda,” the organization warned in a report. Government officials and candidates in Colombia were accused for years of connivance with paramilitary groups, leftist guerrillas, and other illegal armed organizations. Massacres, murders, kidnappings, and attacks against the country’s economic infrastructure declined after 2002 due to a U.S.-supported military offensive by former president Alvaro Uribe.last_img read more

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Credit unions lose ‘primary’ status with half of millennials as they age

first_imgAccording to a study by FICO, one in five Millennials aged 18-24 say they use credit unions as their primary financial institution. But this drops to only 10% for older Millennials, those ages 25-34.There are roughly 6,000 credit unions in the US today, collectively holding over $1.3 trillion in assets. In FICO’s survey, they earned high marks for overall trustworthiness, especially around the perception of providing greater transparency on fees.“Millennials ages 18 to 24 years old are noticing the value that credit unions provide as an alternative to large banks,” said Joshua Schnoll senior director at FICO. “In particular, this age group is attracted to low and transparent fee structures and better interest rates.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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CUNA to attend Sept. 7 CUAC meeting on overdraft initiatives

first_imgCUNA will be in attendance at next week’s meeting of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC). The council, which has several CUNA members on it, will discuss overdraft and financial empowerment initiatives, according to the notice published by the bureau this week.The CUAC advises the bureau on regulating financial products and services, including how its actions affect credit unions.The meeting will be held at CFPB’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sept. 7. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”: Fair lending issues

first_imgLately, we’ve been receiving some questions stemming from fair lending issues that came up during NCUA examinations. We will review some of these today, but overall credit unions can take a variety of actions to proactively address fair lending risk. These actions include carefully drafting fair lending policies and procedures, training employees, performing risk assessments and ongoing monitoring of compliance with fair lending laws.Fair lending laws are designed to provide fair and equal access to credit, based on individual creditworthiness, without regard to a prohibited basis such as race, gender or national origin. Fair lending laws include the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (Regulation C), and Fair Housing Act.From a litigation perspective, discrimination cases are often based on one of two theories – “disparate treatment” or “disparate impact.” A standard disparate treatment case involves a conscious decision by the credit union to discriminate against an applicant on a prohibited basis. On the other hand, disparate impact cases are far more nuanced and fact intensive. These types of cases involve a facially neutral policy that has a disparate impact (or disproportionately burdens) members of a protected class. Disparate impact cases do not require applicants to demonstrate an intent to discriminate and may be proven using statistical evidence. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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With the #first time, Zaba is helping small entrepreneurs in tourism

first_imgZagrebačka banka invites everyone to apply for the tender via the web by September 30: www.prviput.hr. Anyone who thinks that their idea, location, project or product enriches the tourist offer of Croatia, by applying to the competition within the project #prviput have the opportunity to win a free and comprehensive marketing campaign that will ensure their visibility to the general public and present their entrepreneurial stories. The presentation of the #first time project was held outdoors, on the Zaluka Heritage Estate in Zagreb, under strict epidemiological measures and with an acoustic performance by musicians Nika Turković and Matija Cvek.  Unique project for the affirmation of domestic tourism presented: Zaba with the project #first time helps small entrepreneurs in tourism The #first time project with small original products with an original tourist product provides strong professional and financial assistance for promotion, and on the other hand, for all who want to discover the beauties of domestic destinations, provides a unique place with all information about the undiscovered tourist offer of Croatia. An expert jury will select the 15 best entries, two of which will win a major marketing campaign that includes a TV spot, while the rest will be promoted on digital channels. The members of the expert jury are Iva Barbarić (Zagrebačka banka), Kristina Mamić (HTZ), Ivana Crnić (Ministry of Tourism and Sports), Iva Kaligarić (Señor), Goran Jović (photographer), Sanja Čižmar (505 Conference), Iva Mihalić Krčmar ), Hrvoje Bujas (Voice of Entrepreneurs) and David Skoko (chef).  The project will be followed by an online website prviput.hr as a kind of platform where citizens can be informed in one place about unique destinations and experiences throughout Croatia, throughout the year. With this platform, Zagrebačka banka supports the development of domestic tourism throughout the year.  “We are in a very challenging year for the whole economy, and especially for small entrepreneurs in tourism. At Zaba, we recognized that entrepreneurs today, more than ever, need not only financial, but comprehensive support, primarily in promotion and digitalization, in order to better define their business plans and position themselves in the market. That’s why we launched the #first time project. Since the beginning of the year, we have launched many significant socially responsible projects. #first time is another contribution to the community in which we live and do business and where we want to be part of the solution “, said Romeo Collina, President of the Management Board of Zagrebačka banka. Romeo Collina, President of the Management Board of Zagrebačka banka / Photo: Zaba The time of the pandemic, when it is difficult to travel outside the country, is ideal for joint discovery of the charms of Croatia, which helps the sustainability of domestic tourism and small businesses that are most affected by the corona crisis.  Zagrebačka banka launches project #first time which aims to support micro and small entrepreneurs in tourism and create the largest online platform for the promotion of undiscovered beauties and unique experiences of Croatia. Owners of accommodation, hotels, eco-villages, family farms, tourist guides, diving instructors and many other business entities with an original tourist offer can apply for the competition. Thus, in the first wave of the big national campaign, places for autumn and winter tourism will be promoted, and the campaign will continue next year, in order to give additional impetus to tourism on the eve of the new season.  “It is with pleasure that the Croatian National Tourist Board has accepted the partnership in this stimulating project and I thank the leadership of Zaba for putting small entrepreneurs in tourism who operate in insufficiently discovered parts of Croatia. Our country abounds in hard-working and creative tourism workers and beautiful tourist destinations, and I am sure that the jury will not be easy to choose the best. I hereby invite all those interested to submit their hidden tourist pearls to the competition and show why their place or their tourist offer deserves to be recognized throughout our country, but also beyond. “, said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Find out more about the project at www.prviput.hr. The #first time project will be implemented in partnership with the Croatian National Tourist Board, from which they emphasized the importance of such projects for Croatian tourism, especially during the off-season. last_img read more

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New Zealanders wear face masks as Auckland lockdown lifted

first_imgLimits on public gatherings in Auckland remain and the rest of the country remains in alert level 2, which means social distancing norms must be followed.New Zealand announced 9 new coronavirus cases on Monday, five of which were in the community and were traced to the known Auckland cluster.New Zealand has recorded 1,387 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far, and 22 deaths.  Schools and businesses reopened in Auckland on Monday after the lifting of a lockdown in New Zealand’s largest city to contain the resurgence of the coronavirus, but face masks were made mandatory on public transport across the country.The Pacific nation of 5 million people had appeared to have succeeded in halting community transmission of COVID-19, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown earlier this month.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scaled back the restrictions in Auckland on Sunday, but made masks compulsory on public transport. Topics :center_img Ardern said on Monday that she was confident the new measure would be taken up across New Zealand, adding that “a bit of smiling with the eyes behind the mask” and kindness to Aucklanders in particular, would help get the country through the latest outbreak.”We have a plan that we know will work. We just need everyone’s compliance and help. If everyone sticks to those guidelines and rules, coupled together with all the public health measures that we have, we can make this work,” Ardern, wearing a mask herself, told reporters in Auckland.Students in Auckland returned to school after many weeks of disruptions.”To me it’s so good for them to go back to school. Online work, online school is alright but it’s still not good enough for them. So it’s good to get out of the house,” said one parent.last_img read more

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Mark Steven Gaylord

first_imgMark Steven Gaylord, 53, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away May 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born July 15, 1963 in Lafayette, IN, son of Kendall E.”Kenny” Gaylord and Karleen Gaylord.Mark liked to hunt and fish. He was a carpenter for over 20 years and he also black topped driveways. Mark loved to laugh, and make others laugh. He enjoyed spending time with friends, but his favorite pastime was time spent with his family.Surviving are father, Kenny Gaylord of Aurora, IN; mother, Karleen Gaylord of Aurora, IN; children, Cole Gaylord of Aurora, IN, Jessica Camp of Rising Sun, IN, Sarah (John) Collins, Marcus Isles of Lawrenceburg, IN. and Rebecca Hartmann of Dillsboro, IN; Brother, Michael Gaylord of Aurora, IN; step sister, Wendy Veach of MN; and grandchildren, Nathan, Morgan, Eve and Hunter and Tré Taylor.A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Milan American Legion. Covered dish welcome.Contributions may be made towards Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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DeYoung makes most of Tri-City opportunity

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 21) – After an early crash took point leader A.J. Ward out of the running, Myron DeYoung got the Friday win and the top spot in Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified point standings at Tri-City Motor Speedway.Last week’s runner-up Matt Szecsodi found some room on the bottom coming out of turn two and led lap one. Szecsodi built a good lead until trouble struck as point leader A.J. Ward was involved in a four-car crash.Ward took his car to the pit area but his crew could not get it fixed in time and he was out of the race, finishing 17th.Szecsodi continued to lead until lap 12, when Todd Matheson drove by. His turn up front last until lap 17, when DeYoung snuck by.Matheson fought his way back to the front on the following circuit but DeYoung regained the lead for good on lap 19.The victory was his fourth this season at Tri-City and gave him a nine-point edge over Ward in the standings with one week to go. Matheson finished second, Szecsodi third, Gavin Hunyady fourth and Mitchell Hunt fifth.last_img read more

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