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The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More …

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More … Tagged with: CoreLogic EXOS Financial services industry mortgage Padgett Law Group Schiller Knapp Servicing Veterans United  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More … Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. April 11, 2019 1,427 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img From partnerships and promotions to recognition and new services, catch the latest happenings in the industry in this update.CoreLogic recently announced its Instant Merge credit report and flood services are now available on LendingPad, a web-based, end-to-end loan origination system (LOS). The inclusion of Instant Merge credit reports joins the previously available Flood Determination services from CoreLogic in a series of planned product integrations on the LendingPad platform.The Instant Merge credit report provides specific demographic information, current and historical tradeline details and public records and inquiries with additional features such as identity verification, multiple scoring options, and detailed creditor contact information. Lenders can request an Instant Merge credit report and find the most up-to-date borrower information available from the three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.“LendingPad is proud to be at the forefront of mortgage lending technologies and working with reputable industry leaders to enhance loan origination processes,” said Wes Yuan, Managing Director for LendingPad. “Our mutual customers will immediately enjoy the convenience and benefits of the CoreLogic credit and flood products inside of the LendingPad platform.”___________________________________________________________________________Padgett Law Group (PLG) has announced that Marissa M. Yaker has been promoted to Managing Attorney over the firm’s multi-state foreclosure practice. The promotion includes the firm’s foreclosure practices in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. In her new role, Yaker will specifically focus on FHA timelines, general processing timelines, and client education related to foreclosure changes, updates, and news across PLG’s multi-state footprint.“Timeline, turnaround, and quality are hallmarks of the PLG experience, and each of these are areas where Marissa excels. We are thrilled to have her in this expanded role where she’ll be able to share her talents for thoroughness, quality legal work, and efficient operational excellence with more of our clients and other PLG team members,” said Robyn Padgett, PLG’s Chief Development Officer.___________________________________________________________________________Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP has announced the promotion of Gregory J. Sanda to its partner ranks. Sanda is jointly responsible for the firm’s complex foreclosure litigation and eviction departments. His practice also focuses on commercial mortgage foreclosures, appellate work, and commercial litigation. For several years, Sanda has instructed on all topics related to foreclosure and has presented at various industry events on developments in foreclosure law, post-foreclosure issues, including eviction, the FDCPA, and other debt collection law and regulation. He is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Creditors’ Association of Upstate New York. Sanda is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (B.B.A. 1999), the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2003), and the George Washington University School of Business (M.B.A. 2003).“Since joining our firm, five years ago, Greg has contributed greatly to the firm’s continued success. Together with his extensive litigation background and business insight (MBA) he will continue to add tremendous value and expertise to our firm and within the partnership ranks,” said William Schiller, Managing Partner at Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP.___________________________________________________________________________Pittsburgh-headquartered, EXOS Technologies, a ServiceLink company providing cloud-based digital technologies to the mortgage industry, is partnering with California-based digital technologies and solutions company Tavant to amplify its digital strategy. Through this partnership, Tavant’s AI-powered digital lending platform – VΞLOX, which has processed more than 4 million digital mortgage transactions, is integrating with EXOS Title, EXOS Valuations, and EXOS Close.”EXOS is an innovative industry platform that enhances the consumer experience through key touch points that are often overlooked in the digitization of the origination process,” said Kiran Vattem, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at ServiceLink. “We’re confident that EXOS will be a great addition to Tavant’s robust package of products.”___________________________________________________________________________Veterans United Home Loans, has made the Top 5on Great Place to Work and Fortune’s list of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance for the second year in a row. The list ranks the Top 30 largest companies and the Top 30 small and medium companies, with Veterans Unitedranking No. 3 on the large companies list. The ranking considered feedback representing more than 726,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the financial services and insurance industry.“Our employees are committed to living out our values and providing the Veterans and service members we serve with the best possible customer service experience,” said Dr. Amanda Andrade, Chief People Officer at Veterans United. “Our biggest asset in our company is our employees. The dedication and drive they bring each and every day is unparalleled in our industry.”Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included “employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Previous: How Technology Is Powering Property Preservation Next: Mountain West Financial Rolls Out Lender Price System The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CoreLogic EXOS Financial services industry mortgage Padgett Law Group Schiller Knapp Servicing Veterans United 2019-04-11 Radhika Ojha Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Rashford emerges joint-favourite for British Sports Personality, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, has emerged the bookmakers’ joint-favourite to win Britain’s Sports Personality of the Year Award after his successful campaign for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays.British ministers originally said that school food vouchers would not be available over the long holiday, prompting the 22-year-old forward to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy. On Tuesday, the government bowed to pressure and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said it would provide a COVID-19 summer food fund costing around 120 million pounds.Rashford’s efforts have seen his odds of 80/1 cut to 6/4, making him the joint-favourite for the BBC award alongside WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Tyson Fury, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.Rashford has already helped to raise around 20 million pounds with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families.Other contenders for the award, voted for by the public in December, include Mercedes Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, and Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson, who are both at 12/1.Cricketer Ben Stokes won the award last year for his 50-over World Cup-winning heroics and Ashes displays against Australia. Reuters/NAN.Tags: British Sports PersonalityManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordTyson Furylast_img read more

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Etihad Airways; Non stop innovation

first_imgStephen Scourfield was a guest of Etihad Airways. The fact the sign on the building says Innovation Centre speaks volumes for Etihad Airways but the interior says even more. I had previously received an emailed media release labelled Flying Reimagined and read through the words on the page — but here they are before me. Here, quite literally, are the products of reimagined flying.For the designers’ brief in rethinking what was offered in Etihad’s A380 and 787 cabins was to not just improve on the industry-standard offerings but take a blank sheet of paper or, rather, a blank screen, and start again.•A smooth, contemporary Arabic interior that makes it look more like a boutique hotel than an aircraft. Cupboards and trolleys covered by Arabian louvre screens. Walking on to the plane is more like walking into the foyer of a boutique five-star hotel•An economy seat with one firm “wing” to rest your head on. A big touch screen and no controller in the armrest to take space and knock with your elbow. It has a 28cm flat screen and yet the seat is very slim, giving more space.•The Business Studio seat is 56cm wide and upholstered in soft, supple Poltrona Frau leather. •And in that Business Studio, a lot of flat space — in fact, three separate areas,so when you are eating at the table, your laptop can still be open in front of you on the big, curved shelf, your tablet beside you on a separate area. And there before you, a 45cm flat screen. Beside you, electric window shades. There are full stem wine glasses and no carts in the cabin. It all has what I’d call a “mini suite” feel.•The Lobby on the A380, with curved seating for six people to sit, mingle, and with a service bar.•The First Apartments, which give first-class passengers a huge armchair (77cm wide), a full-length ottoman, or sofa, where two more people could easily sit, room to stand and move, a 61cm monitor that swings so guests can watch from armchair or bed, a chilled mini-bar, a lit vanity unit with a big mirror, and a four- minute shower in a full-height shower room. The curving aisle sets the scene — this is not straightforward aircraft interior design.•The one Residence feels more like a separate charter jet, or perhaps the interior of a yacht. There are three rooms — a lounge with sitting space, a bathroom with a full double shower, and a bedroom with a double bed. It comes with a chef and butler and feels very removed even from the rest of First Class. As one insider at the Innovation Centre put it: “It’s like a secret.”•Throughout it all, clever lighting that really enhances, moulds and highlights the gorgeous spaces.And now I see that the labels which looked just like catchphrases on the media release were, in fact, the philosophical foundations upon which all this was built.•Economy Class = “simply smarter”.•Business Class = “intelligent living”.•First Class = “my private universe”.And it was done in an unusual way — rather than choosing one design studio, Etihad picked three leading UK agencies to work together, in partnership, on what it says is: “The single biggest commitment to cabin interior product design made by any airline in the world.”They asked Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding to work together to innovate and redefine . . . to recreate a luxury boutique hotel experience that embraced Arabian modernism.And here, in the Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s corporate communications manager James Sanderson is showing me around full-size mock-ups of all classes of the A380 and 787 cabins. I am sitting in the seats, moving around the cabin, experiencing the shifts in lighting.Mock-ups were very much part of the design process, as ideas were tested with customers. It was a long process, with design concepts worked on through 2011 and 2012, before moving into the technical design phase through 2013 and 2014.The results across the board really are outstanding, as you can see if you join me to “walk through the cabins” in our online Video Feature.In the adjacent TrainingAcademy, there are more full-sized mock-ups. But in these, groups of cabin crew are being trained to deliver impeccable service.With 4500 crew expected to quickly rise to 5500 — with new recruits and refresher training — the TrainingAcademy, which opened in 2007, is a busy place.James Sanderson and James Gerber, manager business class training, take me through the Culinary Innovation Room.“We don’t have to teach our chefs how to cook — they are qualified chefs, just as our food and beverage managers are qualified at that, ” Mr Gerber says.But they do have to be trained in Etihad presentation and approach, and need to train in a confined space as they cook on board, at the “front end of the plane”, from a set of ingredients which include fresh, top quality and vacuum-packed proteins such as rib-eye steak and chicken breasts.Premium crew go through wine tastings, so they can advise guests, and the week after my visit there’s to be a “plating workshop”.The Flying Nanny training room is like a kindy. “But Flying Nanny is not just a title, ” Mr Gerber says. The Flying Nannies on board do this on top of their usual duties. They spend two days in the classroom, the second with outside trainers who give insight into child psychology and family dynamics. Then they dig into their Flying Nanny Kit for face paints, to run colouring competitions, which the flight’s captain might judge, and to show children how to make a hat like theirs from a paper coffee cup, with string under the chin and toilet paper for the veil.In the Style and Image Suite the women are advised on the best lipstick shades, make-up to suit their complexion, and how to put their hair in a French twist, plait or bun, and the men on skin care and to shave after breakfast, “when the skin has woken up”.For new recruits from 125 countries, but with the common language of English, there’s six and a half weeks initial training at the academy, and four and a half weeks of it is aircraft training, in a variety of mock-up aircraft, from the relatively small A320 to A380s.First there’s full first-aid, from CPR to delivering babies. There’s general cabin training from catering and heating food, to handling turbulence and “guest scenarios”.Then there’s cabin decompression, nose wheel collapse and firefighting — right down to a mock cabin which is filled with smoke, and which they have to enter to fight a fire. There’s ditching, where they will be screaming commands in the cabin, using chutes and treading water in the ditching pool before learning how to care for people and thelife raft that the chute becomes.In fact there’s so much training going on that the academy runs with two full sessions a day, one from 3.45pm to 11.45pm.And with that, I arm doors and cross check . . . and finally know what that means.Etihad’s open secretsAbu Dhabi transformationAbu DhabiInternationalAirport is undergoing a major transformation, for which $US6.8 billion has already been allocated. After its Terminal 3 was opened in 2009 it was capable of handling 12 million passengers a year but the additional Midfield passenger terminal will take that to more than 20 million, with the possibility of doubling it to 40 million. The 1.8km-long terminal is under construction and due to be opened in July 2017 — in fact, as we land in Abu Dhabi and pass it, I count 38 cranes at work. The development also includes a second 4100m runway, parallel to but 2km away from the existing runway.US Immigration Pre-clearanceEtihad Airways has another  real point of difference with its US Immigration pre-clearance. Passengers travelling to the US basically go through US Customs and Immigration before boarding their flight in Abu Dhabi and arrive as a “domestic flight”, avoiding the queues at those immigration counters in America. Amenities with meaningIt is more than just a bag of goodies. The amenities kits on Etihad planes are designed to reflect the airline’s culture. “Respect”, as one insider puts it. For the woven patterns on the little bags are Emirati “sadou” by weaver artisans at Sougha, a social enterprise funded by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. Sougha aims to revive Emirati culture. Cuisine on boardEtihad’s corporate executive chef Thomas Ulherr has designed a menu across the fleet that blends Arabic hints with modern European cuisine. There will be a choice of three meals in economy class.Try this in business class — for entree, a choice of Arabic mezze, smoked Baltic salmon or artichoke soup. For main course, perhaps the black truffle ricotta ravioli or braised lamb shanks in Arabic spices. For dessert, Um Ali, which is a flaky pastry baked in rosewater-scented cream.last_img read more

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Green valley lives up to its name

first_imgJoaquin Valverde, owner of Valverde Country Hotel, has installed a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the Gauteng. The new solar facility has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens. (Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Joaquin Valverde   Valverde Country Hotel   +27 72 587 0362RELATED ARTICLES • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • First CT homes to feed power to grid Wilma den HartighWhen Joaquin Valverde bought Valverde Country Hotel in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg in Gauteng, about nine years ago, he had a vision to transform what was an abandoned building into a thriving business.But Valverde didn’t want to do it the conventional way – he wanted an eco-conscious business with a low carbon footprint.Instead of just paying lip service to going green, he’s introduced various greening initiatives at Valverde over the years. The most recent introduction is a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the province.“We are embracing the trend to go green, which seems quite apt considering that Valverde means ‘green valley’ in Spanish and Italian,” Valverde says. “We believe that it is time for businesses to take environmental responsibility seriously.”Finding a concept that worksInstalling solar power technology at the hotel was a lengthy process and the final product is the result of many months of design, approvals and testing.Regardt Botha from RHB Consulting, a small engineering consulting company responsible for the design of Valverde’s solar facility, says that an initial proof of concept phase was completed in May last year. This involved levelling the ground and installing the ring feed piping, pumps and the first set of geysers.After about six months of testing the system over the coldest part of winter, the second phase was completed at the end of last year.Botha explains that the hotel’s solar power project had a few challenges. Usually, solar collectors are mounted on the roof of a building where the most sunlight can be captured.However, this was not possible at Valverde as all the buildings have thatched roofs, which could result in rotting of the thatch if the hot water leaked out.The positioning was also important as the collector panels had to face north and be installed away from buildings to prevent shadows on the panels.The solution to Valverde’s challenges was a centralised hot water plant and a ring feed to circulate it throughout the facility.Instead of hiding the geysers and panels, the mini solar farm was installed right next to the hotel’s swimming pool. “We decided to make a feature of it,” Valverde says.Sun power to heat waterThe new solar facility, valued at R150 000 (US$20 000), has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens.This particular system, made from high quality materials to capture the maximum sunlight, is one of the most accessible types of solar technology for businesses and residential homes. It’s affordable, requires little maintenance and is relatively easy to install.The hotel can expect savings of about R10 000 ($1 300) to R12 000 ($1 600) a month on its electricity bill. “It will allow a 40% energy saving in the long run,” says Valverde.And there is no question about it – the water heated using this system is hot. On a visit to the farm early in the day the water temperature had already reached 70 degrees Celsius. Botha says on a sunny day, the water temperature can be as high as 95 degrees Celsius.If the water gets too hot, it is mixed down using a tempering valve to between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius to prevent scalding.Botha says one of the criticisms of this solar system is that the water does get very hot, but he argues that this is actually a benefit. The system’s highly effective sun energy storage capacity means that even with two consecutive rainy days, a situation not unheard of in the area, there will still be enough hot water to go around.Two-phase heating systemThe two-phase heating technology of the facility consists of two rows of five geysers, each connected to a solar panel. The first row of pre-heating geysers feeds into the second row of main supply geysers, which ensures that the hotel always has a supply of hot water ready to use.The dual glass vacuum tubes made from toughened glass are one of the unique features of this system, and work just like a conventional thermos flask keeps beverages hot.The thermal insulation mechanism doesn’t allow heat to escape easily, keeping liquids warmer for longer than in a typical container.When the tubes absorb solar energy, the sun penetrates the outer tube, heat is absorbed by the inner tube and the vacuum between the two retains the heat.“Because the tubes are round, they are less sensitive to the sun’s orientation and can absorb a greater amount of heat,” explains Valverde. “A specially formulated coating allows the tubes to absorb maximum heat without radiating it out again.”Reducing water consumptionBesides reducing energy consumption, cutting back on the amount of water used by the facility is another top priority for Valverde.So he’s installed a grey water recycling plant that works with a bio-filter to clean water using bacteria and natural filters.All wastewater runs through a natural filtering system, and is collected in two dams.“In doing this we are able to reduce our overall water consumption by using the water for irrigation,” he explains.Indigenous fish species such as tilapia and barbel have been introduced to the dam, which helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem by attracting local birds, frogs, ducks and even the occasional fish eagle.The hotel owner has also invested in other water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads.Buying local, reducing wasteWhenever possible, Valverde sources fresh produce from local farmers. This further reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint and supports local suppliers.“We buy all our lettuce, herbs and some vegetables from a local farmer who produces everything organically,” he says.All organic food waste is disposed of in the hotel’s worm farm and the compost that results is used to cultivate the gardens and the vegetable patch on the property.Awarded green statusValverde recently became a member of the Event Greening Forum, an initiative that promotes sustainable and ethical business practices within the events industry in South Africa.“If you look at our picturesque surroundings it’s easy to understand what inspires us to preserve our natural heritage,” he says.last_img read more

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

first_imgOf course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. “It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Tokyo governor won’t speculate on Olympic bribery scandal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, photo, competitors battle during a national lightsaber tournament in Beaumont-sur-Oise, north of Paris. In France, it is easier than ever now to act out “Star Wars” fantasies. The fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.It’s now easier than ever in France to act out “Star Wars” fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it’s still light years from becoming mainstream.The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers’ photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as Star Wars characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break.In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes.“We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer.Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don’t get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters “sudden death,” where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters.Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in Star Wars. Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace” that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay.Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024.But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try.Or, as Yoda would say: “Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,” Aubailly says. ”Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try.”And the young at heart.Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he’s had for the Star Wars universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977.He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green “because it’s the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master.”“I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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LG Stylo 5 goes official: Key specs, price, and everything else you need to know

first_imgThe LG Stylo 5 has been in news for quite some time now. In the past, we have seen reports and leaks giving us a glimpse of the features that the LG Stylo 4 successor could feature. And now, after weeks of speculations, LG has finally launched the device, the LG Stylo 5 that is.But there is a catch. You need to be in the US to be able to buy this phone. However, if you are living in the States, you can get your hands on either the platinum gray or the blonde rose colour variant of the LG Stylo 5 from Cricket Wireless for just $229.99 (Rs 15,900 approx).In terms of the design, the newly launched LG Stylo 5 looks quite similar to the LG Stylo 4 – something that image leaks in the past have hinted to. The phone comes with a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1,080×2160 pixels. It sports thick bezels on the top, which houses the front camera, and bottom and thin bezels on the sides. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that is common feature in LG smartphones.The LG Stylo 4 successor is powered by an octa-core processor. LG hasn’t specified if it is using a MediaTek processor or a Qualcomm processor, but we do know that the processor is coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. In terms of the camera, the newly launched smartphone features a single camera both, in the front and at the back. At the back, the LG Stylo 5 sports a 13MP camera and in the front, the phone comes with a 5MP camera, which as I mentioned before, is placed inside the thick bezels on the top.advertisementThe phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie with LG’s user interface on top and it is backed up a 3,500mAh battery. The LG Stylo 5, as goes the name, comes with a stylus and a host of stylus-centric features such as Screen-off Memo that allows you to take notes even when your screen is off, Pop Lens and Draw Chat.The phone is available for sale in the US. However, if you are wondering when you will be able to get your hands on the device in India, then there is no word from the company yet.ALSO READ: | LG Stylo 5 image renders leaked ahead of launchALSO READ: | LG Stylo 5 image leaked online ahead of launchALSO READ: | 10.or G2 with 5000mAh battery, 15W fast charging announced, to launch during Amazon Prime Day 2019last_img read more

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INPEX 1st Condensate Cargo Sent from Ichthys FPSO

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: INPEX The first shipment of condensate from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project in Australia has departed, the company said. The cargo departed from the project’s massive offshore floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) — the Ichthys Venturer — moored in the Browse Basin, some 220 kilometers off the northwest coast of Western Australia.“This shipment of condensate is destined for the Asian market and signifies an important step forward as we begin to generate revenue from a project we expect will operate for 40 years to come,” Seiya Ito, INPEX President Director Australia, commented.Later this year, the Ichthys LNG Project will commence shipment of cargoes from Bladin Point near Darwin in Australia, with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports expected to follow in sequence.The Ichthys LNG Project is a project led by Japanese INPEX alongside major partner TOTAL, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, JERA and Toho Gas.At peak, the project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tons of LNG per annum, up to 1.65 million tons of LPG per annum and up to 100,000 barrels of condensate per day.last_img read more

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TERI bats for dual use of Kolkata trams overhead power lines

first_imgKolkata: A policy research organisation has advocated bolstering the city’s tram infrastructure, including exploring the possibility of electric buses making use of the same overhead power supply network. A top official of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said at an event here Thursday that a number of European cities run trams and buses on the same electric overhead wire network. “Tram infrastructure should be improved. The state government can explore dual-use of tram overhead power supply network, as the same can be shared by electric buses,” TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said on the sidelines of a Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) programme. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He was responding to queries on the condition of tram services in city at a time when the central government is promoting e-vehicles. “Electric buses can use the overhead tram network wherever there is such availability before switching to its own to complete trips,” he said on Thursday. Mathur said if approached, it can undertake a detailed study for better use of the city’s tram infrastructure. The TERI official said according to a finding, Kolkatans use public transport for 79 per cent of their trips. In a bid to promote electric transportation to control emissions, the Department of Heavy Industries, under the FAME-1 scheme, had recently selected 11 cities for providing subsidy to procure electric vehicles on a pilot basis. A senior official of the West Bengal government said around 60-80 electric buses would be procured, 60 per cent of which will be funded by the Centre.last_img read more