New Live Music Blockchain-Driven Platform Successfully Launches Rewarding System

first_imgIf you want to work in music, Viberate has a perfect opportunity for you. The blockchain-driven platform for the live music industry introduces a rewarding system, enabling music enthusiasts from all over the world to help shape the future of the industry while being compensated for their efforts.Viberate is on a mission to list and map the global live music industry, deliver more transparency, increase payment discipline, and enable under-the-radar artists to gain exposure. Like other cyber networks, the company’s goal is to develop a comprehensive marketplace where musicians will be able to get paid in cryptocurrencies, and give event organizers a set of tools to find and book performers in an easier way. The platform is currently up and running here, listing more than 130,000 profiles of various musicians from all over the globe.The company is now completely decentralizing their operations. “We are rolling out a mechanism which will allow our contributors to receive a reward for helping us grow,” said Vasja Veber, COO and cofounder. This means that everybody that either expands their database, keeps it up to date or helps grow the community and promote the service will get paid in VIB tokens. All the activities which will get you a crypto reward are listed here. The company says they will distribute 5,000 VIB tokens among the contributors each day or a 1.2 million dollars’ worth of tokens in the following 2,000 days.Veber also points out that, according to their research, more than a half of the existing users have contributed to the platform out of support for the project and their love of music. “Since those very users play a crucial role in helping us change the music industry, we want to reward them for their efforts, as they are actually a part of the team.” Moreover, Veber suggests that since Viberate will invest over a million dollars’ worth of tokens into the community, some of the contributors will be able to quit their jobs: “Our top contributor has earned over 42,000 VIB, which translates to approx. $7,000 at press time – not bad for roughly one month of work.”Viberate has gained the world’s attention in September, when they successfully raised 10.7 million dollars in under five minutes, becoming one of the most successful crowdfunding projects to date. The company has issued their own crypto token VIB that can be exchanged for bitcoins and ethers.“We believe anyone interested should be able to participate in shaping the future of the music industry,” Veber explained. It is worth noting that the music industry – already a huge one – is poised for additional growth in the coming years. That is another reason why Viberate is confident of the potential of their business. “And we urge people interested in music to join us and become a part of the movement.”Learn more about Viberate on the company’s website.last_img read more

Mendoza adds new position of associate dean for undergraduates

first_imgA new position of associate dean for undergraduate studies has been added to the Mendoza College of Business’ leadership team, the University announced in a press release Friday. Jim Leady, an associate teaching professor of finance, will begin the position July 1.Leady will oversee the existing undergraduate curriculum, as well as develop new initiatives for business students. As the new associate dean, Leady will work with Mendoza’s academic departments and with Notre Dame’s other colleges to create opportunities for undergraduates.Martijn Cremers, the Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance, who served as Mendoza’s interim dean, said the position was a crucial addition because there are new academic developments occurring in the college.“Undergraduate studies at Mendoza is undergoing major changes, including transitioning from basically a three-year curriculum to a four-year curriculum, the addition of four minors open to non-business majors and organizational changes to our Office of Undergraduate Advising, which will mean adding four additional student advisers to the office,” Cremers said in the press release. “We also plan to explore further significant innovations and enhancements of our undergraduate curriculum, and thus hope to strengthen the college’s administration of our undergraduate studies by adding an associate dean.”Leady said in the release he is looking forward to beginning preparing students to be leaders in their eventual business fields.“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead the transformation of undergraduate business education at the University,” Leady said. “We want to leverage Mendoza’s unsurpassed excellence in preparing young women and men to be leaders in business and the community to broaden opportunities for current Mendoza students and expand programs for non-business majors.”Leady has been a faculty member of Mendoza since 2006 and teaches economic courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He also served as the assistant chair and director of undergraduate studies for Mendoza’s Department of Finance and advises the Corporate Finance Club.Throughout his career, Leady has taught courses in public finance, labor economics, game theory, intermediate microeconomics and principles of economics at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Military Academy and his master’s and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. Leady continues to serve as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 766th Transportation Battalion, with his most recent deployment to Kuwait in 2015-2016.Tags: business, economics, Jim Leady, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

Watch Something Rotten!’s Adam Pascal Perform ‘Hard to Be the Bard’

first_img View Comments Adam Pascal Related Shows Star Files It may be hard to be the Bard, but dang does Something Rotten! star Adam Pascal make it look easy. The Broadway fave and Rent Tony nominee will complete the eggcellent tuner’s Broadway run, which is set to end on January 1, 2017. But fear not: as previously announced, he will join current co-stars Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti on Rotten!’s national tour, which kicks off on January 17 in Boston. While you get hyped up to catch him on the Great White Way or in a city near you, check out’s Broadway Unplugged video of Pascal strumming out “Hard to Be the Bard.” Delightfully different from our own “Hard to Be the Bard” music vid with Borle, Pascal proves that all he needs is an acoustic guitar and those signature golden pipes of his to rock hard. Check out the full performance below, and be sure to catch Pascal in his sexy stint at the St. James!center_img Adam Pascal Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten!last_img read more

Quick Hits: Regional Runners Competing in U.S. Marathon Championships This Weekend

first_imgZAP Fitness elite runners will compete for top marathon title this weekend The California International Marathon will host the US Marathon Championships this weekend in Sacramento, California. The event is the national championships for marathon running in the United States. Winners take home the title of the American National Marathon Champion and a purse of $20,000. The diverse field of runners includes seasoned veterans and marathon newcomers. ZAP Fitness, a training center for Olympic hopefuls in Blowing Rock, NC will send 5 athletes to compete in the race. Joanna Thompson is coming off a 10thplace finish at the Boston Marathon in April. Andrew Colley, Matt McClintock, Joe Stilin and Josh Izewski are each making their marathon debuts and have sub-64-minute half-marathon personal bests. The oil and gas industry renews push for offshore drilling despite a ban by Florida voters Florida voters recently approved an amendment to the state Constitution banning offshore drilling along the coast. In response, the Florida Petroleum Council released a report detailing a projected $2.5 billion in revenue that could be made possible from personal and corporate income tax, property tax and sales tax as a result of offshore drilling. Opponents of offshore drilling point to industrial disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that dumped 184 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and produced massive losses in Florida’s tourism and seafood sectors. Opponents also point out that oil represents a very small portion of Florida’s economic activity. Rare Mandarin duck inexplicably makes home in Central Park A rare and colorful Mandarin duck native to East Asia has recently been spotted at the Central Park Pond in New York City. It’s presence baffles birders because the Mandarin duck does not live in the US outside of zoos. Theories on the bird’s arrival in Central Park include a daring escape from a local zoo, though no zoos have reported a missing Mandarin duck, or an escape or dump by a private owner. Observers note that the duck has a black bank around its leg, indicating that it was once privately owned. No matter its origin story, the New York Postreports that the duck is integrating well with its surrounding wildlife, including mallard ducks—a staple on the Central Park duck scene.last_img read more

Bolivia, Brazil Join Forces Against Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 19, 2012 Brazilian aircraft carry drugs from Bolivia On Jan. 26 and 27, the heads of the Bolivian Armed Forces (FFAA) and the Brazilian Joint Command met in Campo Grande, Brazil, to coordinate their anti-narcotics strategy along the 3,000-kilometer-long border. It followed a memo of understanding signed by the two countries’ ministers of defense last October; other areas of cooperation include disaster assistance as well as Brazilian logistical, technical and equipment support for the Bolivian Armed Forces, and use of unmanned aircraft for border patrols. The bilateral meeting was headed by FFAA’s commander in chief, Gen. Tito Gandarillas, and the Brazilian commander of the Joint Command, José Carlos de Nardy. The need for this bilateral cooperation has become more apparent as Bolivia, the world’s third-largest producer of cocaine, grows increasingly attractive to international drug trade organizations. Bolivia has also become a significant transit zone for cocaine of Peruvian origin, says a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Last December, Bolivia participated as an observer in Brazilian’s Operation Agata 3, which focused on integrating all the branches of Brazil’s Armed Forces in the protection of border areas. In late January, Bolivia’s Special Force Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN), working with Brazilian police, captured 12 drug traffickers on the border with Brazil — just as the heads of both countries’ armed forces met to coordinate strategies in the fight against drug trafficking. “In a combined operation with information from Brazil, we apprehended 12 people involved in cocaine traffic and other crimes,” Col. Gonzalo Quezada, director of FELCN, told reporters. He said six of the detainees were Bolivian, the other six were Brazilian, and that operation took place in the border area of San Matías on the Bolivian side and Cáceres in Brazil. The information Brazil supplied revealed that the Brazilian suspects had long criminal records including previous convictions for drug trafficking, among other things. In January, FELCN seized more than 1.5 tons of cocaine and 30 tons of marijuana, said Quezada. It has also stepped up the pace of destroying laboratories and eradicating illegal coca plantations, with a goal to eliminate 10,000 hectares in 2012. “We are going at a good pace in our interdiction efforts,” Quezada said. Bolivia is now the top exporter of cocaine to Brazil, say authorities. In January, news media revealed that Brazilian companies offering flights in border areas rent their small planes to drug traffickers. Such planes often change their flight plans to stop in Bolivia to pick up drugs, said FECLN’s Quezada. He told reporters that both countries will significantly step up vigilance of aircrafts that have changed their itineraries. Quezada also noted similar problems with Paraguay and Argentina. Brazil’s Federal Police has repeatedly denounced low-flying planes in border areas that attempt to cross into Brazilian airspace. According to official government reports, these planes travel up to 50 kilometers into Brazilian territory and deliver large quantities of cocaine to Brazilian drug kingpins. Most of this cocaine comes from the Bolivian drug-producing region of Chapare, and it’s distributed throughout Brazil, according to the report. Despite the high cost of operations, drug traffickers continue to use aircraft because they almost always succeed in penetrating Brazilian airspace. “Even the Bolivian and Brazilian suppliers living in Bolivia, who had traditionally used land routes and rivers, and mules, have now opted for air transport,” Eder Rosa de Magalhães, a spokesperson for the Federal Police in Mato Grosso, told local media. center_img Border collaboration Bolivia, Brazil and the U.S. anti-drug accord As part of joint efforts in the fight against organized crime and drug smuggling, Bolivia, Brazil and the United States recently signed an agreement to strengthen ties and define their joint cooperation. Wilfredo Chávez, Bolivia’s minister of government; Marcel Biato, Brazil’s ambassador to Bolivia, and John Creamer, charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, signed the three-way accord Jan. 21 at a ceremony in La Paz. “The project specifically seeks to develop methodologies for the detection of new areas of expansion of surplus coca cultivation, to verify measurement methodology, to monitor crops, to provide technical support for the reduction of surplus coca cultivation in areas under eradication and rationalization, to provide regular feedback for effective planning, to prioritize new areas of intervention, and to ensure that relevant information is available in a timely fashion,” reads the joint communiqué. Under the deal, the United States will provide equipment and training, Brazil will be responsible for supplying satellite images as well as needed training in this area, and Bolivia will handle surveillance. The agreement also calls for better and more efficient monitoring of illegal crops — since Bolivia does allow for legal coca growing — targeted for eradication. Bolivia has 31,000 hectares of coca under cultivation, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This is exceeded worldwide only by Peru, with 57,000 hectares, and Colombia, with 61,200 hectares. On Jan. 31, Brazilian Federal Police launched Operation Brasiguai, dismantling a Foz do Iguaçu-based criminal network that had long been involved in drug trafficking. The operation lasted nine months as police tightened the knot around the network and gathered evidence. Operation Brasiguai resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of vehicles, firearms and other contraband. This group specialized in cocaine, and used luxury cars and sport-utility vehicles to hide drug shipments coming in from Bolivia and Paraguay, hiring drivers and registering vehicles in their names, said police.last_img read more

CFPB taskforce should examine impact of rulemaking

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law should look closely at how the CFPB’s rules have impacted credit unions, CUNA wrote to the CFPB Monday. The CFPB is seeking information to assist with the taskforce, which was announced last October.“We urge the Taskforce, as it conducts its review, to look closely at the outsized impact that the Bureau’s rules have had on credit unions as community-based financial institutions and to recommend the Bureau streamline regulations with an eye toward improving the financial health and well-being of consumers,” the letter reads. “To that end, credit unions believe the Bureau’s rules should focus on Wall Street banks and the unregulated and under-regulated sectors of the financial services industry.”The letter outlines several legislative and regulatory recommendations to ensure credit unions can continue to provide high-quality financial products and services to members. Among the major principles, CUNA highlighted:The current single-director CFPB leadership structure should be replaced with a bipartisan commission, ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Inquiry for Brisbane’s unit market is starting to pick up with predictions sales will follow

first_imgReal estate signInquiry for Brisbane’s unit market is starting to pick up with predictions that sales will also pick up towards the end of the year.Place Projects analyst Lachlan Walker said while the recent lift in inquiries had not translated into sales yet, it was coming.“I get the feeling we are sort of through the worst of it and I think it (the number of sales) will be similar next quarter and then we’ll start to see some pick-up in the back half of the year,” he said.His latest apartment report revealed there had been 144 unconditional off-the-plan unit sales in the past quarter worth $96 million. An artist’s impression of Brisbane 1 which had the highest number of off the plan sales in the March quarter.And units were selling for 5.3 per cent more than at this time last year – this was the second consecutive quarter the average price of off-the-plan apartments increased.The report found two-bedroom apartments were most in demand during the quarter, accounting for 56 per cent of sales, while about a quarter of sales were for one-bedroom apartments.The most common price point for buyers was between $550,000 and $650,000. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFirst look inside the new W Hotel00:60 Mr Walker said there were 2012 new apartments available for sale throughout inner Brisbane and an additional 3500 apartments expected to be completed by the end of this year.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoHe said the unit market was starting to show “resilience’’ and with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority now loosening lending restrictions on banks to investors, sales volumes would return to long-term averages in the future. Newstead Central also recorded solid sales in the March quarter. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson“Not coincidentally, a large proportion of owner-occupier sales were in recently built or soon to be completed developments. Generally, owner- occupiers are looking for a home, they want to be able to see the finished product before committing.”He said demand for the right product at the right price still existed.“From our conversations within the market, we know that there has been solid interest and sales in recently-built stock which has had to be resold, indicating that demand hasn’t disappeared and buyers are still active.”It predicted that sales figures would not decline further.As a result of demand from owner- occupiers, the report predicted that developers would refocus on townhouses, house and land packages, and more premium apartment product.center_img Lincoln on the Park recorded strong sales. Picture: the March quarter there were 56 projects being sold off-the-plan in inner Brisbane.The report found there were only six unconditional sales within the Brisbane CBD in the quarter but the average sale price was $1.55 million – including a penthouse which sold for more than $3 million.North of the Brisbane River, there were 74 unconditional sales with Newstead Central Laguna chalking up the highest number – nine. South of the river there were 64 unconditional sales with 11 units selling in Brisbane 1 and 10 in Lincoln on the Park.Mr Walker said the majority of buyers in the unit market at the moment were definitely owner-occupiers.The latest apartment report by property consultants Urbis said the owner-occupier market had remained very active even though the investor market had slowed. Director of property economics research Paul Riga said this quarter, owner-occupier sales overtook foreign investor sales, making up 34 per cent of total sales.last_img read more

Allseas Buys Dutch OTEC Firm

first_imgSwiss marine contractor Allseas has acquired Bluerise, a specialist developer of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology that delivers renewable energy solutions.Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Bluerise has been researching and developing OTEC technology for 9 years, designing systems that utilise the natural temperature difference in the ocean between cold deep water (5°C) and warm surface water (25°C) to generate clean electricity.Allseas will use its offshore expertise and record of deep-water technologies to advance Bluerise concepts and accelerate the implementation of OTEC technology for renewable energy projects.To remind, Bluerise was recently declared bankrupt by the court in Den-Haag.The company which last year partnered with Ecopower Lanka to build an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) project in Sri Lanka, filed for ‘suspension of payments’ due to the inability to pay the employees and its creditors.last_img read more

Deadly crashes erupt in Cote d’Ivoire

first_imgDeadly clashes erupted in several towns on Thursday in Cote d’IvoireOne elderly man was killed and several injured in the unrest that saw police fire teargas to disperse protesters.Several homes and cars were also reportedly set on fire. Deadly clashes erupted in several towns on Thursday in Cote d’Ivoire, in the first major outbreak of unrest ahead of next month’s presidential poll. The protests were called by opposition groups a day after the Constitutional Council announced the 10 contenders, after the incumbent Alassane announced candidature for October’s presidential poll along with nine others. Big is Beautiful in Cote D’Ivoire Related Cote d’Ivoire Prime minister praises China contributions to Africa Investigations underway following deadly Cote d’Ivoire attacklast_img read more

Dele Alli fell out with Mourinho before half-time sub in Everton loss, says Agbonlahor

first_img Promoted ContentMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now The Spurs boss called him “f*****g lazy” in Amazon’s documentary of the club. Agbonlahor played over 300 times for Villa and won three England caps. read also:Mourinho: Ferguson ‘urged’ me to sign Dele Alli during Man Utd era And he believes Spurs need another frontman. He added: “There’s a lot of pressure on Harry Kane. “I feel if they don’t get a striker and get off to a bad start, I can see Mourinho walking or getting the sack. “He is used to spending money. He is not used to begging for a striker.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dele Alli fell out with Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, before their weekend defeat, an ex-England star has claimed. The midfielder was subbed at half-time in Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Everton. And former Aston Villa ace Gabby Agbonlahor, now a talkSPORT pundit, said: “I feel like they need a No 10 as well because I’m hearing from a good source that Dele Alli and Mourinho have fallen out.” Mourinho said he made the change as he wanted more creativity from his midfield, calling them “lazy”. The Special One also repeated his wish to bring in another striker. Agbonlahor spoke on the Sports Bar show on Sunday morning, before Spurs’ loss. Dele, 24, has failed to impress under Mourinho.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more