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The 2019 South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) was held in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s
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Contracts to be inked during the 2019 SSACEIF were estimated at a total amount of over US$86.7 billion

The 2019 South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) was held in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on June 12, 2019.

According to the Executive Committee of the SSACEIF, exhibitors from 74 countries, regions and international organizations were featured in the exposition. A total of 3,348 enterprises from home and abroad attended the SSACEIF, in which nearly half of them are overseas companies.

Themed “A Better Gateway and Powerhouse for Shared Development and Prosperity”, Sri Lanka was the theme country of 2019 SSACEIF, and the country of honor was Cambodia.

With 17 pavilions covering an area of approximately 170,000 square meters, six major exhibition zones were also established specifically to highlight attractions and events of featured themes, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, overseas, domestic and China-South Asia Expo.

Compared to the previous SSACEIF, pavilions focusing on the Belt and Road Investment Cooperation, green energy, and natural forest products were set up for the first time. Digital technologies from the Yunnan province were also on display at a newly opened zone.

From the first day of SSACEIF on Wednesday, the regular China-South Asia Expo Section has been officially operating, and will be opened to the public all year round, where…

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Court of Appeals Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict for U.S. Conference of Mayors
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and United States Mayor Enterprises (USME) secured a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The DC Circuit upheld the $8 million jury verdict previously won in a high-profile federal jury trial…

C. F. Martin & Co. Heads to Washington, D.C., to Advocate for Music Education
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Representatives from C. F. Martin & Co.® will travel to Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 20, to advocate for all children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. C. F. Martin IV, CEO, and Cindy McAllister, Director of Intellectual Property and Community/Government Relations, will join music…

Technological Innovations, Global Partnerships Key To Eliminating Poverty, Hunger
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The 3rd annual International Seminar on Global Poverty Reduction Partnerships organized by three Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) — together with the International Poverty Reduction Center…

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In an exclusive interview with ATM, the actor and playwright reflects on mastering one of literature and film's best-known characters through experience, preparation and his Midwestern roots

Eight times a week, actor and playwright Jeff Daniels steps onto a Broadway stage to portray one of America’s most beloved patriarchs – Atticus Finch – in Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed Broadway retelling of To Kill a Mockingbird. In an exclusive interview for the June/July issue of AARP the Magazine (ATM), Daniels discusses landing the job, constructing his own version of the iconic character for the 21st century and utilizing his years of experience to perfect the Tony-nominated role.

From the goofy Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber to the arrogant anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom to the spineless husband Flap Horton in Terms of Endearment, Daniels has always put his heart and soul into every character he has portrayed. The 64-year-old heavily relied on his years of experience to prepare for the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, memorizing the entire script by the first rehearsal, studying the history of Southern towns and reading biographies of Harper Lee.

His dedication to the job and connection to Atticus Finch’s character helped bring the role to life. Daniels’ version of the character reflects similarities to his father – “My dad was very much an Atticus, in that there was a right way to do something and there were all the other ways. He lived like that,” he states.

While Daniels felt a natural connection to the character, he was tasked with creating a version of Atticus that was respectful of Gregory Peck’s iconic movie portrayal, yet breathed new life and relevance into the role.

Daniels’ careful preparation proved beneficial in the end. On the freedom his preparation provided,…

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Regimental flag of the 127th United States Colored Troops purchased for $196,800 at auction, largest amount ever paid by Atlanta History Center for a single historic artifact
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The Atlanta History Center announced today its acquisition of a rare artifact key to the story of the Civil War, the regimental flag of the 127th United States Colored Troops (USCT). The flag is one of fewer than 25 known examples carried by African American regiments during the war.

Given the History Center’s ongoing mission of increasing inclusivity, the organization’s leadership viewed the chance to acquire the flag of an African American regiment as an important opportunity to expand its narrative about the often-forgotten service of the USCT during the Civil War. The History Center rarely makes major purchases for its collections, which have grown organically over nine decades mainly through donations of artifacts. However, on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the History Center purchased the flag for $196,800 ($160,000 hammer price, plus buyer’s premium), the most money the History Center has ever paid for a single artifact.

“We want to tell the entire story of the Civil War and how it impacts our country,” Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale said. “This flag is worth it in exhibit value alone. It’s one of those things that doesn’t need words to tell you what it is and what it represents.”

Measuring 72 by 55 inches, the silk banner depicts a black soldier carrying a rifle and bidding farewell to Columbia, the mythical goddess of liberty. A motto above the soldier reads “WE WILL PROVE OURSELVES MEN.” On the flag’s reverse side an American bald eagle bears a ribbon…

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Companies to Focus on Television-based Care for Elders, Supported by 2020 Medicare Advantage Reimbursement Rule

American Well®, a leading U.S. telehealth company, today announced it is working with Cisco Systems to extend care delivery from hospitals and health systems into the home. For this initiative, the companies will leverage their respective expertise in healthcare infrastructure and collaboration technology, to transform the telehealth options currently available to elder patients. Initial plans include converting in-home television sets into American Well patient CarePoints for broad based, telehealth care delivery.

“Telehealth is quickly becoming an effective way for Americans to get access to urgent care. While this revolution continues, a new breed of telehealth is emerging. This one will go the other way, empowering doctors and nurses to use technology to knock on our door and visit us at home regularly. This will allow healthcare that previously warranted hospital admission or facility stay to take place in the home, where so many of us prefer to be. Importantly, telehealth will allow us, and our elders, to expect a longer, safer and more graceful aging, in our homes,” said Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, CEO at American Well. “A new age is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited to lay its cornerstone today with Cisco.”

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Economic growth is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout 2019, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2019 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2019 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Business Survey Committees. The forecast was presented today by Timothy R. Fiore CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., will re-open the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time after a five-year renovation on June 8th, 2019. The hall, home to the museum’s collection of dinosaur fossils and latest exhibit, Deep Time, has been restored to its former 1910, Beaux Arts Gallery design. EwingCole, an award-winning architecture, engineering, and interior design firm based in Philadelphia, designed and oversaw the execution of
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