The Tao of Chinese Calligraphy is the Way to the Whole World

The exhibition “From Inception: Wang Dongling 60 Years of Calligraphy” opens at the Zhejiang Art Museum on October 16, 2021. It focuses on China Academy of Art’s professor, Wang Dongling’s 60-year exploration of calligraphy art, from traditional calligraphy to other styles such as Chaos-Writing (Entangled Calligraphy), Big Writing, Silver Gelatin Calligraphy, Calligraphy on Bamboo Stalks, Calligraphy using immersive virtual reality. The long span of time covered by the exhibits, the diversity of styles, the depth of academic research, and the novelty of media experimentation are unprecedented in both Wang Dongling’s exhibition history and in Chinese calligraphy exhibition history.

In Exhibition Hall No. 4, named “Fantasy Land of Calligraphy,” is a world of colored glaze illuminated by lights and colors: from abstract ink paintings to silver gelatin calligraphy, to the use of materials like stainless steel mirror and clear acrylic, and to the numerous representations through new media such as iPad calligraphy and motion capture digital art.

In Exhibition Hall No. 5, named “Scholar’s Snow Cave,” the small-sized works in Regular Script and big-sized works in Cursive Script encompass calligraphy genres including album leaves, scrolls, tablet inscriptions, screens, etc.

The hanging scrolls in four scripts in Exhibition Hall No.6 showcase the six decades’ creative journey of Wang Dongling. The newly created “Big Writing” installation in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of Confucius’ passing represents the contours of the journey of Confucius.

He initiated the project “Big Characters Travel the World,” a plan to construct writing scenes of Chinese calligraphy at art institutions worldwide, promoting academic communication between calligraphy and international art circle. In his view, Chinese calligraphers must enter the scenes of international art for mutual illumination and inspiration in cross-cultural exchange. It is only by “manifesting the common through differences” that calligraphy can return to its true origin in cultural dialogues and make due contributions to the culture of humanity as a whole.

St Kitts and Nevis Expands Visa-Free Travel to Palestine, Recording Fourth Diplomatic Agreement in Less Than Four Weeks

The Premier of Nevis and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of St Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley has been actively building international relations over the last month. During the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement in Serbia this week, Minister Brantley signed a visa-free waiver agreement with Palestine. Palestine is the fourth nation to formalise diplomatic relations with St Kitts and Nevis after Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Egypt in the last four weeks.
Foreign Minister Riad Maliki of the State of Palestine and Foreign Affairs Mark Brantley of St Kitts and Nevis signed a visa-free waiver agreement at the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement in Serbia this week.

“A historic day for St Kitts and Nevis as we sign [a] reciprocal visa waiver agreement with HE Riad Maliki Foreign Minister [of] the State of Palestine allowing visa-free travel between our two peoples. St Kitts and Nevis continues to expand its diplomatic footprint globally,” wrote Minister Brantley on Instagram.

Visa-free waivers allow restriction-free travel to citizens of the nations that sign the agreement. This means that an entry visa is not needed for nationals of either country before entering the country the deal is signed. This privilege also extends to individuals who have received citizenship through economic means, like St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. Since 1984, the Programme has invited foreign nationals worldwide to become St Kitts and Nevis citizens after passing due diligence checks and investing in the country’s economy.

The State of Palestine, the newest addition to St Kitts and Nevis’ growing list of visa-free travel offerings, allows its citizens to enter close to 35 destinations. However, with millions of Palestinians living aboard due to political instability, many face difficulty travelling internationally or even back to their homeland. Through this “historic” agreement, Palestinian diaspora and entrepreneurs who chose to partake in St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme can generally travel visa-free not only to Palestine but to nearly 160 countries and territories, including central education and business hubs.

St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme is one of the most popular options for second citizenship in the Middle East due to its expansive allowance of dependants which promotes family reunification. It also holds reputation as the “Platinum Standard” programme in the investment immigration realm. Successful applicants of St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme usually gain the opportunity to grow their commercial network and secure their future, knowing that their new citizenship can enable a legacy by being passed down to generations.

Investors can now take advantage of a limited-time offer extended to December 31st 2021. Under the offer, families of up to four can obtain citizenship by contributing US$150,000 to the Programme’s Sustainable Growth Fund instead of the US$195,000 contribution that previously applied to a typical family of four.

It’s Official: Quark Expeditions is Heading Back to the Antarctic starting

Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, has confirmed it will resume polar voyages to Antarctica in November, starting with the inaugural voyage of its game-changing new vessel Ultramarine. Quark Expeditions is proud to be one of the first polar operators to return to the Antarctic.
Credit: Acacia Johnson (PRNewsfoto/Quark Expeditions)

“We’re beyond thrilled to make it official: It’s all systems go for our Antarctic season to launch on November 25, 2021, now that Argentina is opening up its ports and airports to international travelers on November 1,” said Thomas Lennartz, Vice President of Sales at Quark Expeditions. “And we’re doubly excited because our highly-anticipated Antarctic 21/22 season will also be the inaugural sailing season of our technologically-advanced ship Ultramarine, whose maiden voyage will the specially-curated Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia expedtion.”

While many itineraries in Quark Expeditions’ Antarctic 21/22 season have sold out already, cabins are still available on two one-of-a-kind voyages:

• Essential Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Torres del Paine: Retrace Charles Darwin’s epic voyage to the “edge of the world” on a 15-day journey into Chile’s spectacular network of fjords and channels.

• Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia: This 20-day voyage follows in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1917), including Elephant Island and wildlife-rich South Georgia.

“All of the voyages in our Antarctic 21/22 season are designed to fulfill the pent-up desires of travelers who’ve long dreamed about exploring the Polar Regions,” said Lennartz. “Thanks to Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, superb onboard amenities—including a spa with floor-to-ceiling windows—and the largest portfolio of off-ship adventure activities in the industry, our guests will celebrate their return-to-travel in the most memorable way possible.”

Learn more about the nine voyages in Quark Expeditions’ Antarctic 21/22 sailing season, and how the Quark Expeditions team is keeping guests safe on their return to polar travel.

About Quark Expeditions: Specializing exclusively in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading innovator of polar adventure since the company took the first group of consumer travelers to the North Pole in 1991. Quark Expeditions has been innovating ever since. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers—some of them equipped with helicopters—Quark Expeditions delivers deeply immersive polar experiences—and is able to take guests deeper into the Polar Regions than anyone else. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, wildlife experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an onboard program that enriches the passenger experience.

About Travelopia: Travelopia is one of the world’s leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers across the world.

USD 34.07 Billion Growth expected in Agricultural Machinery Market by 2025 | 1,200+ Sourcing and

The Agricultural Machinery will grow at a CAGR of 3.57% by 2025. This report offers key advisory and intelligence to help buyers identify and shortlist the most suitable suppliers for their Agricultural Machinery requirements.

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Westerra Credit Union Goes Live On Blue Sage’s Digital Lending

Westerra Credit Union, a Denver-based financial services community that offers mortgages and other financial products to its members, announced it went live on the Blue Sage Solutions Digital Lending Platform. Designed with modern technology, the cloud-based Digital Lending Platform provides mortgage originators with end-to-end functionality for the entire lending and loan fulfillment process, regardless of channel.

Westerra’s goal for upgrading its lending technology was to find a strategic partner to help them meet the needs of its members for years to come.

“We needed a technology platform to integrate across all our applications, but our membership keeps growing, so we also needed a solution that can scale as we expand,” said Westerra Vice President of Mortgage Lending Michelle Burke. “The Blue Sage team partnered with us to deliver a new system built on the latest technologies.”

“Our Digital Lending Platform scales to fit the needs of all lenders, banks, credit unions and independent mortgage companies,” said Blue Sage Founder and President Carmine Cacciavillani. “I think our clients are seeing that Blue Sage provides the right technology for today’s market, and our open architecture easily scales and upgrades to serve customers in the future.”

Westerra also uses the Blue Sage platform to open new accounts for members through access to Westerra’s core banking system. “What used to take 45 minutes can now be completed in less than 5 minutes, since we have a seamless experience between members and our back-office systems across our consumer products,” Burke said.

Westerra can also define dynamic workflows for its users based on borrower information and product availability. “Rate shopping in Blue Sage’s point-of-sale system is huge for our members and prospects to offer competitive rates,” Burke added. “With Blue Sage as a partner, our vision is that when members apply for a mortgage, the system automatically opens a share account when moving to funding.”

“Our team at Blue Sage has enjoyed partnering with Westerra,” said Cacciavillani. “Our Digital Lending Platform is a next-gen solution built from over thirty years of experience engineering best-of-class systems for lenders. We are excited to watch Westerra grow and serve their members in new ways using our platform.”

About Blue Sage Solutions
Blue Sage is an innovative, cloud-based digital lending platform for retail, wholesale and correspondent lenders that provides a superior lending experience for every borrower. The company’s technology is 100% browser-based and provides end-to-end functionality for the entire lending and fulfillment process, regardless of channel. Blue Sage also includes an LO Mobile Office application, and all products are delivered through a secure, fully managed, dedicated cloud model. The company’s technology was developed over the past four years by the founders of Palisades Technology Partners, developers of Impact, the first end-to-end web-based loan platform which was used by five of the 10 largest U.S. originators. Blue Sage Solutions is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.bluesageusa.com.

About Westerra Credit Union
Westerra Credit Union is a financial cooperative locally-owned by the people who have accounts at the credit union. Eight Denver teachers started the credit union in the midst of the Great Depression. They pooled their funds and made loans to each other to strengthen families and the community during that crisis. Today they carry that mission forward to help families and communities through the financial hardship of the COVID-19 crisis. Denver-based Westerra Credit Union holds over $1.9 billion in assets and serves 125,000 members throughout the Denver metro area. For more information, visit www.westerracu.com.

Crypto ELONGATE Officially Reveals Its Tech Roadmap

Social impact frontrunner in the blockchain space Elongate recently participated in the 2021 Crypto Expo Dubai held this October 14-15 at the Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City. During the conference, Elongate – led by its Chief Operations Officer Hasan Aziz and Chief Brand Officer Alexander Gambon – revealed its blockchain tech roadmap and ecosystem for the first time.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.

In their keynote speech titled The Future of Philanthropy, Hasan and Alex revealed Elongate’s tech roadmap that is composed of innovative solutions that make up Elongate’s Earn+Give Ecosystem. The speech signaled the upcoming launch of 5 interrelated tech products centered around the Elongate token – the Crypto Lightning Exchange, Elongate Spark, Elongate Stretch, Social Impact Management Platform, and Elongate Games and Collectibles. Various pieces of information about Elongate’s tech plans were spread across social media leading to the conference, and a preview of their conference talk can be found in Elongate’s official YouTube channel.

According to new details on the elongate.cc hub, the Crypto Lightning Exchange is an enterprise wallet management system directly integrated with Salesforce that allows its native clients to leverage cryptocurrency transfers in their current sales processes. Elongate Stretch is a streaming service with compelling on-demand original series, podcasts, and documentaries. Content creators large and small will collaborate in this platform to create viral media that makes the world a better place. The Social Impact Management Platform is a radically transparent platform that is open to all charities around the world for showcasing and documenting social impact. Charities and NGOs that receive donations will provide direct updates, funds tracking, and create new opportunities for fundraising directly with their patrons.

The Elongate Spark is a social media platform where users can like and share social impact causes, accelerate fundraising campaigns, and communicate with passionate supporters around the world. Finally, Elongate Global is also in the works of developing mobile games integrated with its Elongate token and gamification mechanics that bridge its mission of earning and giving. Exclusive collectible NFTs are also in development that integrate with the gaming products and provide various exclusive access points.

Elongate’s CTO, Hasan Aziz, said: “We are extremely proud to finally announce the Elongate ecosystem. This is the start of a new chapter where we bring social impact to the next level.” “In just 6 months, we have been able to disrupt and redefine what it means to bring social impact on the blockchain. The launch of the Elongate ecosystem shall further our initiatives to make a difference in the world, with financial incentives for the investor” Elongate CBO, Alexander Gambon, added.

During the expo’s awarding ceremonies, Elongate was awarded Best Social Impact Project on the Blockchain, a culmination of Elongate’s socially impactful initiatives. The conference was attended by various tech and blockchain luminaries and leaders of other token projects.

USD 34.07 Billion Growth expected in Agricultural Machinery Market by 2025 | 1,200+ Sourcing and Procurement Report | SpendEdge

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Major Price Trends in the Agricultural Machinery’s Procurement Market

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The most widely adopted pricing models in the Agricultural Machinery Market
Volume Based pricing
Fixed pricing

Download our free sample report to know more about the latest price trends and various pricing models

Will there be an Increase in the Spend Growth for Agricultural Machinery Procurement?

The report provides a complete drill-down on Global Agricultural Machinery spend outlook at a global as well as regional level. Current spend scenario, growth outlook, incremental spend, and other key information is available individually for North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and APAC.

Subscribe to our “Free Limited Period Starter Procurement Plan” to get the following:

Crypto ELONGATE Officially Reveals Its Tech Roadmap, Wins Award For Best Social Impact Project 2021

Social impact frontrunner in the blockchain space Elongate recently participated in the 2021 Crypto Expo Dubai held this October 14-15 at the Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City. During the conference, Elongate – led by its Chief Operations Officer Hasan Aziz and Chief Brand Officer Alexander Gambon – revealed its blockchain tech roadmap and ecosystem for the first time.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.

In their keynote speech titled The Future of Philanthropy, Hasan and Alex revealed Elongate’s tech roadmap that is composed of innovative solutions that make up Elongate’s Earn+Give Ecosystem. The speech signaled the upcoming launch of 5 interrelated tech products centered around the Elongate token – the Crypto Lightning Exchange, Elongate Spark, Elongate Stretch, Social Impact Management Platform, and Elongate Games and Collectibles. Various pieces of information about Elongate’s tech plans were spread across social media leading to the conference, and a preview of their conference talk can be found in Elongate’s official YouTube channel.

According to new details on the elongate.cc hub, the Crypto Lightning Exchange is an enterprise wallet management system directly integrated with Salesforce that allows its native clients to leverage cryptocurrency transfers in their current sales processes. Elongate Stretch is a streaming service with compelling on-demand original series, podcasts, and documentaries. Content creators large and small will collaborate in this platform to create viral media that makes the world a better place. The Social Impact Management Platform is a radically transparent platform that is open to all charities around the world for showcasing and documenting social impact. Charities and NGOs that receive donations will provide direct updates, funds tracking, and create new opportunities for fundraising directly with their patrons.

The Elongate Spark is a social media platform where users can like and share social impact causes, accelerate fundraising campaigns, and communicate with passionate supporters around the world. Finally, Elongate Global is also in the works of developing mobile games integrated with its Elongate token and gamification mechanics that bridge its mission of earning and giving. Exclusive collectible NFTs are also in development that integrate with the gaming products and provide various exclusive access points.

Elongate’s CTO, Hasan Aziz, said: “We are extremely proud to finally announce the Elongate ecosystem. This is the start of a new chapter where we bring social impact to the next level.” “In just 6 months, we have been able to disrupt and redefine what it means to bring social impact on the blockchain. The launch of the Elongate ecosystem shall further our initiatives to make a difference in the world, with financial incentives for the investor” Elongate CBO, Alexander Gambon, added.

During the expo’s awarding ceremonies, Elongate was awarded Best Social Impact Project on the Blockchain, a culmination of Elongate’s socially impactful initiatives. The conference was attended by various tech and blockchain luminaries and leaders of other token projects.

UPL Announces Long-term Collaboration With Chr. Hansen To Develop And Commercialize Microbial Solutions

a world-leading champion of sustainable agriculture and OpenAg™, has announced a long-term strategic collaboration with Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company, to develop microbial-based biosolutions (including biostimulants and biopesticides) that will help growers around the world fight pests and diseases, and improve crop quality and yields.

Through this collaboration, UPL will use its global presence to undertake research and identify opportunities and product concepts to address farmers’ pain points. From these insights, Chr. Hansen will design biological products based on their microbial capabilities and UPL will register and commercialize these products via its extensive global distribution network.

UPL is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of biosolutions, and earlier this year launched ‘NPP – Natural Plant Protection’ – a new global business unit championing UPL’s comprehensive portfolio of natural and biologically derived agricultural inputs and technologies.

Vicente Gongora, Chief Marketing Officer at UPL Ltd. said:

“Biosolutions are a core pillar of our global purpose and work to reimagine sustainability – for food systems, for farmers, and for our environment. Building on the launch of NPP earlier in the year, we are proud to partner with Chr. Hansen to further expand our portfolio of products and technologies – and to offer new and sustainable solutions for more farming communities.

“Consolidating our distribution networks and R&D facilities alongside Chr. Hansen’s unique microbial experience and expertise presents a powerful opportunity to change the game for farmers and for sustainable agriculture globally. We look forward to sharing more news on the biological solutions that we are developing for the future, and we are excited about the legacy we will build together.”

Kim Christensen, Vice President of Plant Health at Chr. Hansen said:

“UPL is a significant distributor of biosolutions worldwide. Combining that with Chr. Hansen’s significant innovations in research and development, as well as our unique microbial capabilities and ability to breed our own bacteria, will mean better, targeted products that can go to market faster. The partnership is an important step in our 2025 strategy of growing a better world naturally. In essence, the collaboration aims to establish a product pipeline that has the best interests of farmers at heart.”

The UPL-Chr. Hansen partnership has already identified several projects relevant to farmers globally and aims to develop a product pipeline for all major crops that will enable farmers to fight crop diseases and increase their yields. The companies are expecting the first registrations to start coming by the end of 2022.

Jacobi Asset Management Receives Approval to Launch the World’s First Tier One

Jacobi Asset Management has received approval to launch the world’s first tier one Bitcoin ETF. The Jacobi Bitcoin ETF is a centrally cleared crypto-backed financial instrument, authorised by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) and with custody provided by Fidelity Digital AssetsSM. It is Jacobi’s intention to list the Jacobi Bitcoin ETF on Cboe Europe, one of the largest pan-European equity exchanges, subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) listing approval.

Launched in May 2021 to shape the future of digital asset management, Jacobi brings together decades of expertise from Banking, Regulation, and Fintech to shape the future of digital asset management by designing, issuing and managing institutional crypto products and funds connected to digital assets.

Jacobi is spearheaded by CEO Jamie Khurshid, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker and pioneer of regulatory transparency in financial markets. Jamie was named by Financial News as one of the top 40 under 40 in European trading and technology and ranked in the ‘Exchange invest’ Top 1000 most influential people in global financial markets. He has appointed a team with extensive financial services, regulatory and crypto asset expertise.

CEO Jamie Khurshid said: “We are excited to be launching a new secure, transparent and accessible product to track the performance of Bitcoin. We are de-risking investments in crypto by removing the technology risk associated with the physical asset and the counterparty risk associated with traditional funds or tracker products that are unregulated leveraged debt instruments. We are proud to collaborate with Europe’s leading regulated firms for a truly tier 1 offering to service market demand, subject to the necessary regulated approval. This is an exciting moment for Europe as regulatory approval comes ahead of those waiting for a decision from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.”

“The Jacobi Bitcoin ETF will finally bring digital assets wholly into the mainstream investment infrastructure with the support of the leading firms we are working with. It will provide investors with the opportunity to participate directly in physically-settled Bitcoin. This new ETF provides simple, secure, accessible investing into one of the world’s most exciting asset classes via some of the world’s leading regulated entities,” commented Roy McGregor, Chairman of Jacobi Asset Management and former CEO of Credit Suisse Channel Islands.

Jacobi Bitcoin ETF investors will benefit from the security of Fidelity Digital Assets’ enterprise-grade custody and execution services, designed to enable institutional investors to safely secure, trade and support investments in digital assets. Chris Tyrer, Head of Fidelity Digital AssetsSM in Europe, commented: “Greater diversity of investor interest has created significant demand for additional vehicles for exposure to help provide broader access to digital asset markets. While safekeeping of assets is a top priority for investors and asset managers in all asset classes, the highly technical nature of digital assets places even more emphasis on this and underscores the need for institutional-grade custody solutions like ours.”

The Jacobi Bitcoin ETF was developed to meet regulatory standards by Christopher Jehan, Head of Fund Architecture and former Chair of the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association (GIFA). Christopher led the team at Midshore Consulting in designing the Fund with legal work performed by Collas Crill led by Partner Wayne Atkinson and Senior Associate Gareth Morgan.

Prior to FCA listing approval, Jacobi Bitcoin ETF investments will be facilitated through Sigma Asset Management (Guernsey) Limited (“Sigma”), the fund manager providing management and administration. Fund consultancy support will continue through Midshore Consulting.