united states – Urban Art Adventures http://www.urbanartadventures.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 14:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-17.png united states – Urban Art Adventures http://www.urbanartadventures.com/ 32 32 Three more shows to stream on Crunchyroll https://www.urbanartadventures.com/three-more-shows-to-stream-on-crunchyroll/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:03:00 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/three-more-shows-to-stream-on-crunchyroll/ Crunchyroll Finally Adds Toei Animation’s Popular Anime dragonball, Dragon Ball Zand Dragon Ball GT to its streaming service on March 15. English subtitles and dubbing will be available. Upon release, the anime will stream in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A series, Dragon Ball Superis already currently available to watch with English […]]]>

Crunchyroll Finally Adds Toei Animation’s Popular Anime dragonball, Dragon Ball Zand Dragon Ball GT to its streaming service on March 15. English subtitles and dubbing will be available. Upon release, the anime will stream in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A series, Dragon Ball Superis already currently available to watch with English subtitles.

Crunchyroll subscribers will finally have access to every season of dragonball, Dragon Ball Zand Dragon Ball GTwhich is fantastic because Dragon Ball Super has been available on the service for quite some time now. It makes sense that Toei wants all his dragonball content in the same place.

the dragonball the series joining Crunchyroll was shortly since unifying the platform with Funimation in a bid to expand its already impressive anime library.

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the dragonball The anime franchise first aired in the United States in the late 1980s. This Japanese anime adventure series was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984 and is based on a Toriyama created manga series of the same name. It consists of five anime series, twenty anime movies, seven specials, four crossovers and much more.

The franchise’s story and plot are somewhat inspired by the Chinese folk tale “Journey to the West” as we follow the protagonist, Goku, from childhood to adulthood, and his friends as they fight numerous antagonists with their respective evil agendas. Starting mostly as a comedic action anime, it eventually started to include more dramatic storylines that leaned into the action side of things with touches of humor here and there.

Ever since its life as a manga series and with the help of the much-loved anime franchise, the dragonball managed to spread throughout the video game industry as well as literary reference guides to accompany the series. It remains one of the most popular anime franchises of all time.

For those new to the franchise, the official anime series synopsis for each series can be found below:

  • dragonball – Goku is a strange, bushy-tailed boy who spends his days hunting and eating, until he meets Bulma, a bossy beauty with boys on her brains.
  • Dragon Ball Z – Goku, the strongest fighter on the planet, is all that stands between humanity and the villains from the darkest corners of space.
  • Dragon Ball GT – The Dragon Balls have been scattered to the ends of the earth, and if Goku cannot collect them in one year, the Earth will meet the final catastrophe.


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Payment Processor That Helped Fake Bilk Discount Clubs Consumers to Pay $2.3M in FTC Case https://www.urbanartadventures.com/payment-processor-that-helped-fake-bilk-discount-clubs-consumers-to-pay-2-3m-in-ftc-case/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/payment-processor-that-helped-fake-bilk-discount-clubs-consumers-to-pay-2-3m-in-ftc-case/ A payment processor that allegedly helped a bogus discount club system debit tens of millions of dollars from consumers without authorization will have to pay $2.3 million and face a permanent ban from working with high-end customers. risk following a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit. According to the FTC’s complaint in the case, which was first […]]]>

A payment processor that allegedly helped a bogus discount club system debit tens of millions of dollars from consumers without authorization will have to pay $2.3 million and face a permanent ban from working with high-end customers. risk following a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit.

According to the FTC’s complaint in the case, which was first filed in 2017, iStream Financial Services and its senior executives, Kris Axberg and Richard Joachim, allegedly debited money from consumers seeking loans on salary or cash advances, but were signed up for a bogus coupon service and charged an upfront fee of up to nearly $100 plus up to $19.95 per month. Consumers were enrolled in the discount club program online and through outbound telemarketing.

The complaint alleged that 99.5% of consumers illegally charged for “discount clubs” never accessed any coupons, and that tens of thousands of them called the defendants to try to reverse the charges, while that thousands more disputed the fees directly with their banks.

“The order announced today prohibits iStream from processing high-risk payments and orders it to pay $2.3 million that can be used to reimburse defrauded consumers,” said Samuel Levine, director of the Bureau of FTC Consumer Protection. “Unfortunately, this amount represents a small fraction of the approximately $40 million in total losses suffered by consumers as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s decision in AMG. Without a legal solution to restore the FTC’s strongest authority to obtain refunds, these consumers, and millions more like them, cannot be cured.

Payment processors, like iStream, offer merchants the ability to obtain customer payments for products and services through electronic banking. According to the complaint, iStream, in conjunction with merchants, used a type of payment called a remotely created check (RCC) to withdraw money from consumer accounts, causing significant harm to hundreds of thousands of consumers, often those who could least afford to have funds unexpectedly taken from their accounts without authorization.

iStream, which processed all payments for the discount club from November 2010 to April 2016, consistently ignored the high return rates generated by discount club transactions, a red flag indicating illegal debit. According to the FTC’s complaint, iStream also ignored other indications of fraudulent activity, including that the primary merchant client involved in the scheme from 2010 through September 2013 was EDebitPay, LLC, a company that had previously subject of previous enforcement actions by the FTC for engaging in very similar misconduct.

Under the proposed settlement order, defendants will be permanently prohibited from using any form of remotely created payment orders, including RCCs, as well as from processing payments on behalf of any customer whose activity involves outbound telemarketing, discount clubs or offers to help consumers. with payday loans. The order will also prohibit the defendants from providing payment services to any customer that the defendants know or should know violates the FTC Act or the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).

The order will require the defendants to conduct a thorough screening of all of their existing customers as well as all future customers to ensure that the customers do not violate FTC or TSR law.

The FTC’s case against the other defendants in the case, including the merchants operating the discount club system, is ongoing.

The Commission’s vote approving the stipulated final order was 4-0. The FTC filed the draft order in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

REMARK: The stipulated final orders have the force of law when approved and signed by the judge of the district court.

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FourKites data shows protest by Canadian antivax truckers had limited impact on supply chain https://www.urbanartadventures.com/fourkites-data-shows-protest-by-canadian-antivax-truckers-had-limited-impact-on-supply-chain/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/fourkites-data-shows-protest-by-canadian-antivax-truckers-had-limited-impact-on-supply-chain/ AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Latest data from FourKites illustrates the impacts of vaccination mandates and subsequent protests on shipping volumes and on-time deliveries had some effect, but no major disruption to the U.S. or Canadian economy or market trucking. Average wait times between the United States and Canada increased by 17% in mid-January, followed by 26% at the […]]]>

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Latest data from FourKites illustrates the impacts of vaccination mandates and subsequent protests on shipping volumes and on-time deliveries had some effect, but no major disruption to the U.S. or Canadian economy or market trucking.

Average wait times between the United States and Canada increased by 17% in mid-January, followed by 26% at the end of the month. As of February 10, wait times for travel from Canada to the United States were trending up 23%, while travel from the United States to Canada was trending up over 40% for shipments Monday/Tuesday compared to Monday/Tuesday of the previous week. All of this translated into on-time delivery volatility, which as of February 8 was trending down slightly for travel from Canada to the United States, and down almost 10% for travel from the States. United to Canada for Monday/Tuesday shipments, versus Monday/Tuesday of the previous week.

There was a significant decrease in shipping volume across the border from mid to late January, with consecutive drops of 7% in the weeks of January 15 and January 22. In mid-February, truck shipments to the United States from Canada rebounded by about 23%, likely due to Canadian exporters trying to expedite freight blocked by protests as well as winter storms . Travel from the United States to Canada also rebounded 15%.

Downstream impacts

Although FourKites have yet to see any large-scale impacts in Canada or the United States, the situation remains volatile near the border. Notably, the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, was closed for nearly a week. This bridge handles about 8,000 trucks a day – about 25% of trade between the United States and Canada – which means its closure has had an outsized impact.

The shutdown has driven up costs, with full truckload spot rates soaring. If additional protests cause disruption for an extended period, FourKites may see a larger impact on intra-Canadian truckload prices and a slight impact on prices in the United States.

The number of rerouted trucks also increased for Canada-US and US-Canada trips. At the height of the disruption on February 8, trucks traveling in both directions were driving up to 9% further to cover the same ground as before the protests. Since then, the distance traveled has decreased by 2% more than the pre-mandate average from Canada to the United States, and by 4% more than the pre-mandate average from the United States to Canada .

Hope for a resolution?

While the bottleneck caused by the closure of the Ambassador Bridge has been resolved, protests and delays continue to spread, prompting stakeholders up and down the supply chain to fill the gaps. And shippers are applying the lessons they’ve learned time and time again over the past two years to stay nimble and mitigate the impact. Companies that have real-time visibility into their shipments are best equipped to respond quickly, being alerted to potential delays, communicating across their networks, and finding alternate shipping routes to keep goods flowing. .

Editor’s Note: To see more graphs of this data, go to: https://www.fourkites.com/blogs/border-blockade-the-latest-supply-chain-impacts-from-ongoing- trucker-protests/

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FourKites® is the #1 supply chain visibility platform in the world, extending visibility beyond transportation into jobsites, warehouses, stores and beyond. Tracking over 2.5 million daily shipments by road, rail, ocean, air, parcel and courier, and reaching 176 countries, FourKites combines real-time data and powerful machine learning to help businesses digitize their chains end-to-end supply. More than 1,000 of the world’s most recognized brands, including 9 of the top 10 CPGs and 18 of the top 20 food and beverage companies, trust FourKites to transform their business and create more agile, efficient and sustainable supply chains. To learn more, visit https://www.fourkites.com/.

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With Beijing Winter Olympics, global sport shows resilience https://www.urbanartadventures.com/with-beijing-winter-olympics-global-sport-shows-resilience/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 12:04:15 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/with-beijing-winter-olympics-global-sport-shows-resilience/ Organizing this type of event, a massive gathering of sports people in one place, is extremely difficult under the current circumstances, as the variants of the coronavirus continue to see record numbers of new infections every day. As of Thursday, the number was 3,068,378 new cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. However, this […]]]>

Organizing this type of event, a massive gathering of sports people in one place, is extremely difficult under the current circumstances, as the variants of the coronavirus continue to see record numbers of new infections every day. As of Thursday, the number was 3,068,378 new cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

However, this year’s Games appear to be off to a fantastic start with all measures in place to ensure the safety of tournament participants. The Games take place in a tightly controlled atmosphere, informally known as a “bubble”.

It took months for Chinese health authorities to design this health fortress to ensure a healthy environment for players, teams, judges and event officials. This is an advanced quarantine system that prevents unwanted contact with people outside the bubble.

Also, as part of the measure, the Games, for the first time, have no spectators. There are participants by invitation only. China is not taking any risks. The health of thousands of participants could be at stake.

Then there is artificial snow. The Beijing Olympics are the first winter games to use almost 100% artificial snow. Organizers use dozens of snow generators and hundreds of snow blowers to create 1.2 million cubic meters of powder. Interestingly, analysts say the process could actually be “the norm” for future Olympics due to increasing global warming.

Like many past sporting events, the Beijing Olympics were not without controversy. Several countries, led by the United States, are diplomatically boycotting the opening and closing ceremonies for political reasons. While it is their sovereign decision to choose the boycott, the Olympics should be free from politics.

It is the largest global gathering in the world of sport representing the ideals of honest competition and brotherhood. Athletes wait and train for years for the chance to compete in the Games. Denying them the opportunity to participate in these prestigious games for political reasons is not justified.

This particular tournament is to be applauded as it represents the world’s triumph over the relentless pandemic.

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The CLE Silent Film Festival will celebrate the music of JS Zamecnik https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-cle-silent-film-festival-will-celebrate-the-music-of-js-zamecnik/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 05:03:41 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-cle-silent-film-festival-will-celebrate-the-music-of-js-zamecnik/ Cleveland’s First-Ever Silent Film Festival and Symposium: The Music That Once Filled the Silence will be this month, celebrate the emergence of music paired with movies in theaters across northeast Ohio. The festival begins on Sunday February 13 and ends on Sunday February 20. The week-long festival is presented by the Cleveland Arts Prizethe Cleveland […]]]>

Cleveland’s First-Ever Silent Film Festival and Symposium: The Music That Once Filled the Silence will be this month, celebrate the emergence of music paired with movies in theaters across northeast Ohio.

The festival begins on Sunday February 13 and ends on Sunday February 20. The week-long festival is presented by the Cleveland Arts Prizethe Cleveland Institute of Art CinemathequeCleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and features films and their associated concerts, talks, and workshop.

A silent film festival has been a nurturing dream since Emily Laurance, visiting associate professor of music history at the Oberlin Conservatory and chief organizer of the festival.

I’ve long wanted to build something like this in Cleveland, a city whose history was shaped by the same era that produced these movie classics,” she says. “He gives [music students and working musicians] opportunities to engage with the art of the past in ways that bring out their own creativity, and to reflect on the power and potential scope of meaning in purely instrumental music.

At the center of the Silent Film Festival is a long-forgotten name.

American composer, conductor, and Clevelander native John Stepan Zamecnik (1872–1953) was a pioneer in composing music to accompany then-silent films. He deserves to be remembered – and celebrated – as one of the most important figures of the silent film era and a pioneer in the evolution of film soundtracks.

Zamecnik (pronounced ZAM-ish-nick) went on to score some 40 films, including the 1927 film “Wings,” the first film to receive a Best Picture Oscar.

If you haven’t seen this classic, you’ll want to see it when it screens Friday, February 18 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque in a gloriously restored version that not only preserves the original hue, but also the Zamecnik original. . sheet music.

Cinematheque director John Ewing likes to describe “Wings” as the story of “two American flyboys who love the same woman, each other, and planes (not necessarily in that order). The thrilling aerial sequences and battle scenes are both authentic and spectacular.

The Cinematheque is one of five area institutions that will participate in this weeklong celebration of one of Cleveland’s many forgotten old masters whose rediscovery – and celebration – was identified last fall by the Cleveland Arts Prize. like a profound rediscovery.

The festival begins Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at the Hermit Club, where Zamecnik once wrote music and conducted a small orchestra in a series of zany musical revues so popular they had to be held across the street at the Euclid Avenue Opera. Accommodation.

The February 13 performance will feature members of the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Isabel Trautwein, performing chamber music Zamecnik wrote while studying with the great Czech composer. Antonin Dvorak in Prague.

The program will include a masterpiece of DvorakZamecnik’s brief stay in America that gave us his majestic New World Symphony, as well as colorful examples of the music Zamecnik wrote to accompany specific types of scenes in silent films. Tickets cost between $15 and $100 and can be purchased in advance.

It was the rapid rise in the 1910s of the new rage – silent films – that was to open up a whole new career path for Zamecnik – one of its famous teachers. Dvorak, who died in 1904 – could never have foreseen.

Zamecnik gave his compositions such titles as “The Awakening”, “The Furious Mob”, “The Evil Plotter”, and “Remorse”. Word spread, and soon movie theaters across the United States were writing to its publisher, Cleveland-based Sam Fox Publishing, begging for this music.

Audiences from New York to Los Angeles, seated in the dark, were riveted to the on-screen action as Zamecnik’s imaginative and richly written music set the tone. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking on his door.

Zamecnik’s music breathed life and color into every film he appeared in, from the naval battles between the U.S. Navy and Barbary Pirates in the 1926 silent 11-reel epic “Old Ironsides,” to the poignantly humorous from 1928’s “Abie’s Irish Rose,” a highly anticipated adaptation of the longest running play in American stage history about a marriage between a Catholic and a Jew.

Zamecnik was to prove just as adept at tackling more serious subjects in films as landmark as 1929’s “Betrayal.” the last silent appearance of the great German actor Emil Jannings. Zamecnik also scored the 1933 Spencer Tracy film The Power and the Glory.

Zamecnik’s music was played in thousands of movie theaters virtually every night for 15 years. The opening theme of a popular circus march he composed for the 1935 film “World Events” would begin and end on the 20and Movietone news distributed nationally by Century Fox for decades.

And if the music that many Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters sped to sound eerily familiar, that’s because it was often Zamecnik’s recycled silent movie lines.

Zamecnik remained true to his craft until his retirement in 1938, continuing to provide music for Combat Marines, Rin Tin Jr. and Charlie Chan’s Adventures in Egypt. But his heart, he admitted to his sons, would always belong to the silent era.

Charles Rogers (left), Clara Bow and Richard Arlen in Finally, hearing Garbo speak had been expensive: low-fidelity recorded music that struggled to be heard above the now endless dialogue and sound effects. In the era of silencers, the glorious sounds of rich orchestral music played live by musicians seated a few feet away had given audiences an almost visceral thrill, enriching and deepening what unfolded on screen: the sweetness of first love, the haste of bravery, the sting of betrayal, the rediscovery of hope.

For a week in February, Clevelanders will once again be able to experience what Jazz Age audiences experienced when the lights went out and the camera’s eye opened to another world.

Four of the films for which Zamecnik has produced full scores will screen at the Cleveland Silent Film Festival, three of which will be accompanied live by the acclaimed Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, which has won national acclaim for its mastery of the art of performing. this music.

The restored 1913 Apollo Theater in Oberlin will present “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”, directed by and starring the great comic book physical genius Buster Keaton. While awaiting a visit from a son he hasn’t seen in years, a beleaguered tour boat owner waits for a burly junkyard like himself. Jr., played by Keaton, shows up with a thin mustache and a beret, strumming a ukulele.

The Cinémathèque will present Eric von Stroheim’s lavish 1928 silent melodrama “The Wedding March” on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. The Cinémathèque will close the Cleveland Silent Film Festival with a screening of the 1927 film “Sunrise.” – the deeply touching story of love lost and found, considered by many to be the greatest film of the silent era.

Under the direction of Mount Alto Orchestra director Rodney Sauer, students from the Oberlin Conservatory will accompany short silent films with music from historical photoplay. The show will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space and will be free and open to the public.

“Cleveland is the perfect place to host a music-focused silent film festival,” says Laurence of Oberlin. “Not just because it was an early film music publishing center, but because of the number of exceptionally good music students in the area.”

Case Western Reserve University will host Sauer on Friday, February 18 for a free symposium on the art of silent film music. “This is an emerging field of employment for professional musicians,” Sauer says.

Laurence adds: “It has been humbling and satisfying to see the enthusiasm generated by this project, and how it has enabled so many artistic and educational institutions in the region to work together towards a common vision and to find new audiences to share it with, especially in a time when we all need something to bring people together and create something positive.

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Pinwheel raises $50 million in Series B https://www.urbanartadventures.com/pinwheel-raises-50-million-in-series-b/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 11:25:35 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/pinwheel-raises-50-million-in-series-b/ Pinwheel, today announced it has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by GGV Capital, with continued participation from Coatue, First Round Capital and Upfront Ventures, as well as new investments from strategic partners including AMEX Ventures, Indeed, Kraken Ventures, Franklin Templeton, and more. Pinwheel’s mission is to help create a fairer […]]]>

Pinwheel, today announced it has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by GGV Capital, with continued participation from Coatue, First Round Capital and Upfront Ventures, as well as new investments from strategic partners including AMEX Ventures, Indeed, Kraken Ventures, Franklin Templeton, and more.

Pinwheel’s mission is to help create a fairer financial system by providing an API that allows businesses to easily and securely connect payroll accounts to their apps with consumer authorization. By establishing this layer of income connectivity, fintechs, financial institutions and many others can develop new tools or services that provide equitable access to financial services for all, including the 67% of Americans considered financially secure. bad health.

While income and employment status are the primary determining factors in all financial decisions, this information is not readily available, making it impossible to tailor financial service offerings to a person’s specific financial situation. . Pinwheel’s market-leading data coverage covers nearly 80% of employed people in the United States. It’s the industry’s most comprehensive level of data, from traditional forms of income and work through payroll systems for the Top 500 Employers, to a burgeoning ecosystem of less traditional income and work such as platforms for the economy of concerts and creators. This breadth of data solves the missing middle of income, ushering in the next generation of equality-focused fintech innovation.

For example, Pinwheel provides real-time data on a person’s income and uniquely covers not only scheduled direct deposits for salaried employees, but also hourly clockings, most accurately presenting any type of income. This data can be used to enable offers such as Earned Wage Access (EWA), through which a person can receive their money as soon as they have earned it, bypassing the waiting period for a paycheck . When encountering an immediate financial need, a person now has an option that can actually maintain or improve their credit by avoiding high interest payday loans or credit cards. Likewise, Pinwheel’s technology can also be applied to other scenarios such as loan appraisals, etc. This establishes a more symbiotic relationship between consumers and financial services. Pinwheel’s industry-favorite flagship products, such as direct deposit switching, income and employment data, and paycheck-linked lending, power innovations like these.

With Pinwheel, by developing unique offerings that will improve the overall fiscal health of people in the United States, fintechs and financial institutions are able to more successfully acquire new customers and retain existing customers, while offering consumers with enhanced experiences that disrupt the financial status quo. Pinwheel works closely with its clients including Block (formerly Square), Varo, Lendly and Daylight to pave the way for a fairer financial system.

“With this latest cycle so closely following our Series A, we are poised to rapidly scale and introduce new solutions that will change finance as we know it,” said Kurtis Lin, co-founder and CEO of Pinwheel. “I’m especially passionate about fighting the vicious cycle of paycheck-to-paycheck life that afflicts nearly 80% of people in the United States, by developing products that will fuel EWA and loan opportunities. I look forward to a world where people are proactively offered new payment terms for a personal loan if they lose their job, or faster access to their paycheck in times of crisis instead to deal with loan sharks.”

“Pinwheel’s API unlocks the power of the revenue layer, driving the next wave of innovation in the fintech ecosystem,” said Tiffany Luck of GGV Capital. “Pinwheel has the ability to impact every American who receives a paycheck. Such an opportunity, coupled with the company’s mission to build a fairer financial system, uniquely positions Pinwheel to reshape financial life. of so many people in a positive way. We are proud to partner with them on this journey.”

With its leading team of many fintech industry veterans, Pinwheel has built an enterprise-ready platform that securely runs over 4.6 million processes per month, an increase 400 times over the previous year. Pinwheel is the market leader in conversion rates. Last year, Pinwheel increased its annual recurring revenue by 177 times.

With this funding, Pinwheel plans to triple its workforce to 180 people, with a particular focus on engineering roles, continue working on EWA, and expand into new areas such as tax preparation. Additionally, the company will continue its commitment to setting the industry standard for consumer data security. Last year, Pinwheel received its SOC2 Type 2 compliance. Not only is Pinwheel the only payroll data provider to have a CISO, but it is also the only company that handles both direct deposit change and providing payroll data to be a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA).

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Study shows surprising scale of plant virus https://www.urbanartadventures.com/study-shows-surprising-scale-of-plant-virus/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 02:03:45 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/study-shows-surprising-scale-of-plant-virus/ We rely on pollinators like bees for all kinds of different crops. But that same flexibility could put plants at risk for disease, according to new research from Pitt. In the first study of virus hitchhikers on pollen grains, Pitt biologists show that a variety of viruses travel on pollen, especially in areas close to […]]]>

We rely on pollinators like bees for all kinds of different crops. But that same flexibility could put plants at risk for disease, according to new research from Pitt.

In the first study of virus hitchhikers on pollen grains, Pitt biologists show that a variety of viruses travel on pollen, especially in areas close to agriculture and human development where bees dominate.

“Our understanding of viruses on pollen in general was non-existent prior to this study,” said Professor Emeritus Tia-Lynn Ashman of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. “Most of what we know about plant viruses comes from agricultural species that are obviously diseased. We just had no idea what was going on there.”

Since most previous research has focused on a small handful of viruses, the team didn’t know what to expect in their search, or even if they should expect much.

“That was one of our questions,” Ashman said. “Do we not know much about these viruses because there aren’t many of them, or we just don’t know how to look at them?”

By sequencing the genetic material found on the pollen grains of 24 plant species across the United States, the group found signs of numerous plant viruses already shown to travel on pollen – as well as six new species, three new variants of ‘known species and incomplete virus traces of more than 200 others that have never been identified before.

The team, including Pitt biologist James Pipas, former Ph.D. student Andrea Fetters (A&S’21G) and Ph.D. student Amber Stanley, published their research in the journal Nature Communication January 26. For viruses, the tiny spiny carriers of plant genetic material we know as pollen provide a convenient way to move from host to host. It is also a direct path to a plant’s reproductive organs, the part of a plant where the cells are not covered with a hard outer surface. In this way, it’s similar to how viruses invade our own bodies through our less protected noses and mouths.

Ashman offered another analogy: “Pollinators are essentially the intermediaries for the sex of plants – since plants cannot get up and move to another plant, they depend on an intermediary,” she said. . “So you can link this to a sexually transmitted disease.”

Pushing this point home, the researchers found that the pollen produced by plants with more flowers that help them attract pollinators also harbored more types of viruses. The team also observed a greater variety of pollen-borne viruses in areas close to human habitation and agriculture. Ashman suspects that one reason for this pattern could be honey bees: since they visit a wide variety of flowers over a large area, they meet all the criteria for spreading viruses. Native pollinators are much more specialized.

This is a lesson not only for the way we farm, but also for backyard beekeepers.

“Bees have the potential for super-spreading,” Ashman said. “People think beekeeping at home helps pollinators. But when we do an activity like bringing bees into town, we bring whatever comes with them. »

Including, perhaps, any viruses they catch on their travels. As for what these viruses do — whether they harm pollinators and plants or paradoxically help them — that will be for future studies to determine. Either way, the work shows yet another way humans can put the brakes on when we design ecosystems for our own benefit.

“It’s a caveat to how when we change our environment, we potentially change these virus-host interactions,” Ashman said. “All of these things are interconnected.”


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The Dan Marino Foundation launches a unique financial literacy program for people with disabilities https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-dan-marino-foundation-launches-a-unique-financial-literacy-program-for-people-with-disabilities/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 20:07:18 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-dan-marino-foundation-launches-a-unique-financial-literacy-program-for-people-with-disabilities/ Fort Lauderdale, FL and Cherry Hill, NJ – The Dan Marino Foundation this week has launched a new financial literacy program that offers free lessons accessible to everyone, but specifically designed for people with disabilities, with the aim of providing everyone with the opportunity to more successfully and independently navigate their lives and his personal […]]]>

Fort Lauderdale, FL and Cherry Hill, NJThe Dan Marino Foundation this week has launched a new financial literacy program that offers free lessons accessible to everyone, but specifically designed for people with disabilities, with the aim of providing everyone with the opportunity to more successfully and independently navigate their lives and his personal finances.

The program is based TD Bankall the sequel to Adaptive Financial Education Course and is made possible by a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.

“It’s amazing the opportunity TD Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation have given individuals free access to this financial literacy program on EduEx, the Foundation’s virtual learning platform, paving the way for the financial independence for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. said Mary Partin, CEO of the Dan Marino Foundation.

“We are extremely proud to work with the Dan Marino Foundation to make financial literacy resources free and widely available. By working with the Dan Marino Foundation to use TD’s adaptive financial literacy program, we are equipping these individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to live their lives with greater financial confidence and independence,” Nick Miceli, Regional President of Florida to TD Bank and Board Member of the TD Charitable Foundation.

The new program offers online lessons that provide insight into how to create a budget, file taxes, pay bills, create traditional savings accounts, and set savings goals. Lessons help users become familiar with financial institutions to reduce reliance on alternative financial services such as payday loans and cash checks. Also included are steps on how to buy a car, apply for a loan, access credit, and better understand investing.

The Dan Marino Foundation relies on EduEx to deliver this program, along with a number of valuable online courses, resources, and tools such as social skills training, self-advocacy, and self-advocacy courses. career exploration/development for people with disabilities.

By providing these resources, the Dan Marino Foundation hopes to empower individuals to succeed in employment and achieve greater independence. The fully immersive platform offers gamification, personalized curricula, and self-paced lessons for more efficient and interactive delivery.

About the Dan Marino Foundation: Founded by Dan and Claire Marino shortly after their son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism in 1992, the Dan Marino Foundation has a long and distinguished history of life-changing programs and services, with a mission to “empower people with autism and other developmental disabilities”. The Foundation has raised more than $87.5 million to create and support unique and impactful initiatives. These include the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center, Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, and Marino Campus Post-Secondary School Using technology as a game changer, the Foundation is at the forefront of creating award-winning technologies, using virtual reality and blended to create job interviews and social skills practice (VI|ready), and EduEx, an online virtual learning platform providing employability, financial s and independent living.

About the TD Charitable Foundation: The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $200 million and more than 19,400 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information about the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at TDBank.com.

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Free government COVID-19 tests now available to order for delivery https://www.urbanartadventures.com/free-government-covid-19-tests-now-available-to-order-for-delivery/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 20:05:39 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/free-government-covid-19-tests-now-available-to-order-for-delivery/ JThe government website where you can order four free COVID-19 home tests and have them shipped to your door is now live and available. Starting today, January 18, you can visit a new federally run website, COVIDtests.gov, and order free rapid home COVID-19 tests. The United States Postal Service (USPS) will deliver them to your […]]]>

JThe government website where you can order four free COVID-19 home tests and have them shipped to your door is now live and available.

Starting today, January 18, you can visit a new federally run website, COVIDtests.gov, and order free rapid home COVID-19 tests. The United States Postal Service (USPS) will deliver them to your home, also free of charge. The website was supposed to officially launch on January 19, but it is live and accepting orders a day earlier.

The program is part of President Biden’s effort to procure and distribute 1 billion free home coronavirus tests to the American public. So far, the White House has secured contracts for 420 million tests and “tens of millions” are ready to ship immediately, senior officials said in a phone call with reporters Jan. 14, ahead of the official website launch.

How to order free home coronavirus tests from the government

Here’s how to get your free at-home COVID-19 tests:

  • Visit COVIDtests.gov, the official federal government website for the program.
  • Press the “order free home tests” button, which will redirect you to another site operated by the USPS to place your order.
  • Enter your name and residential address which will be used for shipping.
  • Follow the instructions to place your order, which includes four tests per address.
  • OPTIONAL: Enter your email address to track test shipments.

People who have difficulty accessing the internet or the website can order the tests by calling a toll-free number next. (We’ll update this article when the phone number is released.)

“COVID-19 home tests will be shipped free of charge from the end of January. The USPS will only ship one set of 4 free tests to valid residential addresses,” reads an order confirmation message from the USPS. “We are unable to process duplicate orders for the same address.”

Once your order is confirmed, the White House says the USPS will ship your tests in seven to 12 days by first-class mail. Senior officials said they expect shipping time to decrease as the program ramps up.

“Every website launch comes with risk,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Tuesday. “We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two, but the best technical teams in the administration and the postal service are working hard to make this a success.”

Free Home COVID-19 Testing FAQs

What types of free COVID-19 tests are available for delivery?

The White House says the tests are rapid home tests that have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. The exact marks are unclear, but the administration says the tests will only be rapid antigen tests, also called over-the-counter (OTC) or self-tests or home tests. PCR tests, which require samples to be shipped to labs for results, are not part of the program.

How long will it take for the tests to be delivered?

Orders will ship between seven and 12 days, according to White House estimates.

Exact delivery times may vary. The USPS website states that first class mail is usually delivered within five business days. And this may add to the processing time of the shipment.

How many home tests can I get for free?

The current order limit is four per residential address. This number is independent of the number of people living in your home. The order limit is currently on the first 500 billion tests. The Biden administration is in the process of procuring an additional 500 billion, and officials have indicated that the four-per-household limit could be reviewed as more tests become available.

Do I need health insurance?

No. The tests available through COVIDtests.gov are available to anyone with a residential delivery address in the United States and its territories. No proof of residency or insurance is required to place an order.

I was able to order my tests before January 19th. Was it a problem?

PSAKI acknowledged on Tuesday that the website was live and accepting orders ahead of the official launch of COVIDtests.gov and special.usps.com/testkits as part of a beta test. Orders placed during the beta testing period will be honored.

If not, how can I get free at-home COVID-19 tests?

In addition to the four free tests available through COVIDtests.gov, the White House announced a free home test program for people with private health insurance.

Since January 15, private insurers have been required to cover the cost of home testing, either by covering upfront costs at pharmacies and retailers – in the same way prescription programs already operate – or by reimbursing you for the cost tests you paid for out of pocket.

Additionally, several states have been distributing their home testing stockpiles via local libraries and community centers. According to the White House, in-person testing is also available for free at more than 20,000 FEMA test centers or pop-up sites.


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The novel “Run and Hide” shows the pitfalls of the impending Asian century https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-novel-run-and-hide-shows-the-pitfalls-of-the-impending-asian-century/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.urbanartadventures.com/the-novel-run-and-hide-shows-the-pitfalls-of-the-impending-asian-century/ People walk near the India Gate monument amid heavy smog in New Delhi, India, October 28, 2016. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images After hundreds of years of Western domination, the world is now poised for an “Asian century”. After a long period of decline, demographic and economic trends show that Asia is regaining its […]]]>

People walk near the India Gate monument amid heavy smog in New Delhi, India, October 28, 2016.

Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images

After hundreds of years of Western domination, the world is now poised for an “Asian century”. After a long period of decline, demographic and economic trends show that Asia is regaining its historic role as a global center of economic growth as well as an incubator of political and social change. The character of what the Asian century will look like will therefore have many consequences for people around the world. There are already strong signs, evident in the emergence of ethnonationalist, authoritarian and religious extremist politics across the continent, that Asia’s rise will be no less chaotic than that of the West before it.

Indian author Pankaj Mishra has devoted his career to analyzing the psychology of Asia’s rising masses, especially its young men. His latest work, a novel, “Run and Hide”, is his most searing look at the subject to date. The book tells the story of three young Indian men, graduates of the most famous technical university in the country, who rose from poverty to wealth and fame in a few decades. It’s a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of success in the developing world and a parable about the dark side of the Asian century – or centuries – to come.

In decades past, Asia’s iconic anti-colonial leaders, often educated in the West, tended overwhelmingly to the left. They fought against Western colonialism but espoused many ideas shared by Western liberals, including a belief in individual liberty, secularism, and universal human rights. It went without saying that they represented the opinions of a majority of their compatriots and that the nations they ruled, once rich and free, would be the bulwarks of liberalism. On a continent where Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping and Tayyip Erdogan are among the most popular leaders today, that assumption no longer holds water.

The book is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of success in the developing world and a parable of the dark side of the Asian century – or centuries – to come.

The three men in Mishra’s novel – Virendra, Aseem, and the enigmatic main character, Arun – represent millions of Asians successfully emerging into a life free from material need but wounded by cultural loss and filled with insatiable new psychological desires. To varying degrees, men attempt to “trample on the past”, to quote one of the characters’ favorite lines from VS Naipaul, leaving behind their ancient cultures. They embrace the unknown pleasures of wealth and travel, even as the slower rising masses in their own country turn to reaction. Humiliated by the explosion of inequality that newfound wealth like that of the protagonists has helped to create, most people channel their rage into supporting populist parties that promise revenge in their name against liberals and minorities.

In various ways, Mishra’s characters find that they are unable to survive in the new world they inhabit. Arriving at the top of the pyramid of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – the realization of their potential – they discover that the air up there is terribly thin. Their wealth and success lift them briefly before pushing them down a path of self-destruction.

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The cover of the novel “Run and Hide” by Pankaj Mishra.

Image: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

There is a political subtext of Mishra’s book that is very important for understanding politics in the developing world: suffering does not necessarily ennoble. People’s long-sublimated dark urges—for material goods, recognition, sex, revenge—often begin to erupt self-destructively within them as their material conditions improve.

In a passage from “Run and Hide”, Arun, raised by a poor and abusive father who now supports Modi, addresses the enthusiasms of a liberal friend who grew up wealthy and unwittingly devotes herself to various progressive causes. “From what I had seen of non-whites, beginning with my obsessed father libtard, it seemed safe to fear that, regardless of their skin color, today’s poor and oppressed are very likely to be persecutors tomorrow – even sooner,” he told her. He points out, with some unease, that the liberal friend’s progressive platitudes on Twitter do not, to use the example of the Arab Spring, fully explain “the fact that some brave protesters against tyranny in Tahrir Square could turn, if given the chance, into rapists.

Rising living standards in India and China have created publics with strong ultranationalist and even xenophobic views on domestic and foreign policy. These public sentiments are beyond the ability of their governments to fully respect them, even if they embrace some of these qualities. Across the Muslim world, democratic elections have repeatedly demonstrated that conservative religious parties enjoy broad mass support. Even in small Asian countries like Sri Lanka and Myanmar, militarized and authoritarian politics that ignore liberal freedoms and trample on minority rights have proven popular. Countries that were once deeply poor and now feel somewhat stronger have shown potential flaws just as deep as the West whose central role in world affairs they are gradually supplanting.

Mishra’s work demonstrates that the fallibilities of audiences in Asian countries are less evidence of their own shortcomings than of the community of human behavior around the world.

If Asia’s massive political awakening revealed popular sentiments that turned out to be deeply anti-liberal, that does not make Asians so different from Westerners in their political evolution. Even as it grew into the wealthiest and most developed region in the world – thanks in part to its ruthless colonial exploitation of Asia and Africa – Europe destroyed itself with two catastrophic world wars motivated by nationalism and sectarianism. Far-right parties are once again on the march across the continent as they channel popular unease among majority populations over identity and immigration. Donald Trump’s entire presidency, punctuated by a now infamous riot by his supporters on Capitol Hill, shows that the United States is deeply suffering from the same tendencies.

In this way, Mishra’s own work, including “Run and Hide”, demonstrates that the fallibilities of audiences in Asian countries are less evidence of their own shortcomings than of the similarity of human behavior and psychology across the world. world. If the Asian century – symbolized by countries like India and China, not to mention Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Iran or Saudi Arabia – is to be less exploitative than the he Western-dominated order that preceded it will require the same scrutiny of the politics and social trends of emerging countries that we have come to accord to the West.

The 21st century will be Asian. For it to succeed, it will take a lot of painful criticism of the type that Mishra gives in her novel. The West should bring these assessments where warranted, for our own good – but primarily for theirs.

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