Miller & Miller’s Online-Only Petroliana, Advertising Signs & Memorabilia Auction, December 4th, is Packed with 530 Lots

New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, November 24, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will usher out 2021 with an online-only Petroliana, Advertising Signs & Memorabilia auction on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 9 am Eastern time. The sale will include seldom-seen Canadian soda signs from the 40-year collection of James Burridge and the advertising collection of the late Dave Toccalino.

The sale also boasts a carefully curated offering of jukeboxes, gasoline pumps, toys and original memorabilia from the 1890s-1970s. Overall, 530 lots will come up for bid, in categories that include advertising signs, advertising tins, general store, tobacco, clocks, coin-op, petroliana (gas station collectibles), automobilia (car collectibles), breweriana (beer memorabilia) and more.

“In the early 1980s, Jim Burridge built a collection of the rarest Orange Crush, Coca-Cola and other soda advertising signs,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “His entire collection is offered here and the condition is off the charts. Also, petroliana collectors will vie for a pair of single-owner Red Indian gasoline signs and the cleanest collection of White Rose and Enarco oil cans we’ve ever offered. It’s a great lineup of good, fresh, honest advertising.”

An expected top lot is the rare, 1930s Canadian Eco Model 160 clockface gas pump with original reverse painted glass dials and the correct nozzle. It’s marked “Service Station Equipment Co. Ltd. Toronto Winnipeg Made in the U.S.A.”. The rare Canadian clockface pump, which has had an older, professional restoration to the Texaco colors, carries an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.

Vintage Canadian service station signs will be led by a circular, 1946 McColl-Frontenac double-sided porcelain sign, six feet in diameter, marked “P&M-46” on the bottom (estimate: $12,000-$15,000); and a 1930s Red Indian single-sided porcelain sign, also circular, five feet in diameter, marked “The W. F. Vilas Co. Limited, Cowansville, P.W.” (estimate: $7,000-$9,000). Both signs are from Harron’s General Store in Elsinore, Ontario. Their slogan was, “Call Elsinore, 424”.

Also up for bid will be a circular, 1957 Supertest double-sided porcelain sign, among Canada’s most iconic service station signs, five feet in diameter, marked “P&M Orillia 57”, with an overall condition grade of 8.25 (estimate: $7,000-$9,000); and a professionally restored 1950s Canadian ESSO double gasoline pump, professionally restored to Imperial ESSO, with original porcelain faces and a reproduction globe, tagged “Gilbarco Sales”, graded 8.25 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

Slot machines, jukeboxes and phonographs will feature the following American-made examples:

  • A 1947 Mills “Bart” Black Beauty model 25-cent slot machine fitted to a later hand-carved, painted life-size prospector after Frank Polk, working (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1956 Seeburg (Chicago) VL200 Select-O-Matic jukebox, referred to as “VL” or “The Cadillac of Jukeboxes”, operates via coin or a credit button (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1920s Edison Opera Cylinder phonograph, considered by collectors the finest of the Edison cylinder phonographs, with mahogany case and horn (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Soda memorabilia is also hugely popular with collectors. The auction will include the following:

  • A 1930s Canadian Orange Crush single-sided tin sign, 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, graded 8.75, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario” (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1930s Canadian Coca-Cola single-sided tin sign, also 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario”, graded 9.25 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1930s Canadian Orange Crush single-sided tin sign, 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, graded 8.5, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario” (estimate: $4,000-$5,000).

Finally, for categories, these barber shop items are sure to be a big hit for collectors of the genre:

  • A 1920s American Koken porcelain barber chair with nickel-plated trim, professionally restored including brand new top grain upholstery and plating (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A 1930s American Emil J. Paidar (Chicago) child’s barber chair, porcelain with a painted white horse, restored, with new upholstery and horse’s head (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).
  • A 1940s American Emil J. Paidar (Chicago) porcelain and cast-iron barber pole, with a lighted rotating striped cylinder, encased in glass, 83 inches (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).

Automotive offerings will be led by a 1940s American Desoto Plymouth Service dealership sign, double-sided porcelain, graded 9.25, circular, 40 ¼ inches in diameter (estimate; $4,000-$6,000).

This will be an online-only auction, with no in-person event to attend, but bidders can tune in to the live webcast on December 4th at www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com to watch the lots close in real time. Internet bidding will be provided by the Miller & Miller website, as well as the popular platform LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the online-only December 4 auction, visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

World Record Sale from PAI Totals Over $2.6 Million as Rare Posters Auction LXXXV on Nov. 14 Realizes Multiple Top Sales

New York, NY, USA, November 25, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Poster Auctions International’s (PAI) third sale of the year, on November 14, finished at $2,638,320. Rare Posters Auction LXXXV was a world record auction with many lots surpassing their previously realized prices.

Jack Rennert, President of PAI, said, “If there was any doubt about the poster’s vitality, this auction surely proved its lasting—and increasing—cultural and artistic value. Despite the economic impacts of the last two years, our sales continue to increase at an amazing pace. Collectors bid passionately, allowing us to break a number of world records for important artists including Alphonse Mucha, Leonetto Cappiello, and Walter Schnackenberg. Of course, much of this sale’s success can be attributed to the strength and rarity of the consignments we received.”

As with previous auctions this year, Alphonse Mucha continued to be the star of the show. Works by the Belle Époque master of beauty soared to new heights this auction, and his record-shattering sales include: the 1911 Moravian Teachers’ Choir (Pevecké Sdruzení Ucitelu Moravskych), which was won for $43,200 against an estimate of $7,000-$9,000; the 1898 Reverie, printed on silk, sold for $48,000 (est. $20,000-$25,000); his 1901 decorative panels, Ivy & Laurel, earned a winning bid of $43,200 (est. $17,000-$20,000); the 1897 Nestle’s Food for Infants sold for $43,200 (est. $10,000-$12,000); the 1895 Amants was claimed for $48,000 (est. $20,000-$25,000); his 1896 La Dame aux Camelias earned a win of $50,400 (est. $17,000-$20,000); the rare, hand-signed proof of his 1896 Salon des Cent / XXme Exposition garnered $43,200 (est. $30,000-$40,000).

All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The great Montmartre mythologizer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, saw continued interest in his work. The top sale from this auction was his 1899 Jane Avril, which was won for $108,000. The 1899 Confetti sold for $43,200; his 1893 Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret went for $50,400; the 1894 La Loge au Mascaron Doré sold for $45,600.

Further Art Nouveau works also spurred tremendous interest. A never-before-seen design by Pal, The Lions / Nouveau Cirque, from ca. 1894, inspired a sale of $7,800 (est. $2,500-$3,000). F. Hugo d’Alesi’s 1894 maquette for Centenaire de la Lithographie / Galerie Rapp was won for $43,200 (est. $30,000-$40,000). Adolfo Hohenstein’s exquisite 1898 A. Calderoni was secured for a bid of $7,800 (est. $3,000-$4,000). Privat Livemont’s iconic 1896 Absinthe Robette continues to reach new sales heights; this time, it was won for $22,800 (est. $10,000-$12,000). Louis J. Rhead’s ca. 1896 Bechstein was highly desired, leading to a winning bid of $12,000 (est. $4,000-$5,000). Manuel Orazi’s elegant Maison Moderne, from 1900, sold for $72,000. Two iconic works from Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen inspired passionate bids: his 1905 Clinique Chéron was won for $31,200 (est. $17,000-$20,000), and his 1894 Lait pur Stérilisé sold for $22,800 (est. $14,000-$17,000). And this auction’s catalogue cover, Walter Schnackenberg’s 1912 Odeon Casino—the best printing seen yet—sold for the highest amount to date: $50,400 (est. $25,000-$30,000).

Celestial bicycle posters captivated collectors at auction. The anonymous ca. 1895 Cycles Gladiator soared off into the cosmos for $45,600 (est. $30,000-$40,000). H. Gray’s 1899 Cycles Sirius was claimed for $9,600 (est. $4,000-$5,000), and Pal’s 1895 Fernand Clément & Cie. touched the stars with a winning bid of $12,000 (est. $5,000-$6,000)—both record sales.

Further designs for transit scored exceptionally high bids. Roger Perot’s 1933 Grand Prix de Nice sold for $8,400 (est. $5,000-$6,000); Plinio Codognato’s forceful 1923 Gran Premio d’Europa / Fiat earned a winning bid of $90,000 (est. $70,000-$90,000). Collectors also vied for Leslie Ragan’s 1941 New York Central / Empire State Express, which surpassed its estimate of $4,000-$5,000 for a final sale of $11,400.

For Leonetto Cappiello, known as the father of modern advertising, sales were also fruitful. A 1911 maquette, Carnaval / Vinho do Porto, sold for $33,600. His 1926 Automoto / Byrrh made its auction debut, and collectors clamored for the rare design; it was won for $10,200 (est. $7,000-$9,000). His striking 1931 Kub sold for $60,000, and the 1933 Le Petit Dauphinois inspired a winning bid of $38,400.

As for Art Deco works, several notable designs were auctioned. Burkhard Mangold’s 1914 Winter in Davos—which has not been at auction in 14 years—exceeded its estimate of $12,000-$15,000 for a win of $20,400. Gert Sellheim’s 1936 Australia / Surf Club sold for $9,600 (est. $7,000-$9,000). Martin Peikert’s 1945 ski poster, Wengen-Männlichen, quickly surpassed its estimate of $1,400-$1,700 for a win of $7,200. Otto Baumberger’s handsome 1923 PKZ sold for $5,280 (est. $2,500-$3,000). A. M. Cassandre’s 1928 Londen was won for $15,600 (est. $8,000-$10,000), and his 1931 L’Atlantique went for $24,000. A 1932 maquette by Paul Colin, Ces Messieurs Dames, secured a winning bid of $14,400 (est. $10,000-$12,000). Works by Luciano Achille Mauzan also performed well: his 1930 Bertozzi sold for $6,000 (est. $3,000-$4,000); his 1921 Gallia / Oeufs Séchés went for $3,360; his 1929 Crosley was won for $7,800.

Poster Auctions International’s next Rare Posters Auction will be held in New York on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Consignments are accepted until December 10. To learn more about PAI, visit www.posterauctions.com.

About Poster Auctions International:
Poster Auctions International is located at 26 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. PAI may be reached by phone at 212-787-4000, or via email at info@posterauctions.com. To learn more about PAI, visit www.posterauctions.com.

South Coast Improvement, Co. Wins Second Renovation Project with Pegasus Senior Living at Pegasus Evergreen Place in Brockport, NY

Brockport, NY and Marion, MA, November 24, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- South Coast Improvement Company, a design-build general contractor serving states in the eastern region of the United States from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean, recently won the $2.4 million contract for a renovation project at the Pegasus Evergreen Place, a Pegasus Senior Living assisted living community with memory care services located at 90 West Avenue, Brockport, NY.

The Marion, Mass.-based South Coast Improvement Company began the renovation of the occupied space in October 2021 and will complete work in late spring 2022.

“This is our second project with Pegasus Senior Living and we’re proud to add them to a long list of repeat customers,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “South Coast has a longstanding and well-earned reputation up and down the east coast for successful renovation projects in occupied assisted living facilities—particularly those with memory care units. We look forward to showing our mettle on this project as we bring the South Coast way to New York state.”

The 22-week renovation features: Exterior building upgrades including but not limited to new windows, fascia/soffits, concrete repairs, fences/gates, new storage shed, exterior kitchen and landscaping; upgrades to Activity Room, Community Room, Salon, Staff Break Room, Common Area Rest Rooms and Café. Those upgrades consist of new flooring (carpet & LVT) ACT ceilings, paint, and upgrades to the commercial kitchen.

Additionally, the renovation will include a new roof, the replacement of 42 resident AC units, a new eight-ton supplemental cooling system and replacement of RTU’s.

The architect for the renovation is MCG Architecture.

Pegasus Senior Living manages dozens of communities across the United States, each firmly rooted in its local geography, empowered to provide customized attention and committed to the individual well-being of its residents. For more information, visit https://www.pegasusseniorliving.com/

With its headquarters in Marion, Mass. and with an office in Reading, Pennsylvania, South Coast Improvement Co is a recognized leader in providing building and renovation services to a client base of senior living, healthcare, institutional and retail clients. For more information, please call 508-748-6545 or visit www.southcoastimprovement.com.

About South Coast Improvement Company:
South Coast Improvement offers a range of design, construction and management services across a variety of sectors—interiors as well as exteriors—including office buildings, health care facilities, educational institutions, commercial properties, assisted living facilities, and residential communities.  South Coast Improvement’s services include: Preconstruction analysis; Construction management; General contracting; Design/build services; Capital improvement; Building envelope improvements; and Interior renovations.

For more information, visit https://www.southcoastimprovement.com or call 508-748-6545.

Fast, Scalable, Tamper-Proof ARCHEthic Blockchain Continues to Run Smoothly since Mainnet Launch

Paris, France, November 25, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Following 4 years of research and period of development, ARCHEthic Mainnet Beta launched on the 30th of June, 2021. The testnet which was launched this year will run simultaneously with the mainnet on the same infrastructure. The launch has set the ball rolling for ARCHEthic whose mission is to solve the impending challenges rocking the blockchain sector.

ARCHEthic is a decentralized consensus protocol blockchain built from the ground up, designed with cutting-edge technology to stay ahead of other blockchains in terms of scalability, security, sustainability, and simplicity.

Commenting on the significance of the launch, the ARCHEthic team stated that: “We have been patient and transparent in our approach, we have taken the time to get academic validation of research concepts, building and testing the ARCHEthic Blockchain protocol before making a foray into the market. Today with the launch of our Mainnet Beta, we are confident about offering true value to the community.”

Since blockchain has become a revolutionary technology, the growth and adoption of the technology have maintained an upward trajectory. With a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.9%, the global blockchain industry is predicted to hit $56.7 billion by 2026, up from $6.0 billion in 2021. This giant growth rate is a testament to the widespread adoption occurring at break-neck speed.

With Bitcoin being the pioneer, Blockchain technology has continued to find increased adoption in various fields even outside of the cryptocurrency terrain.

While adoption stays on the rise, the issues of blockchain scalability and security have been a hot topic as many of the existing blockchain technologies fall below an optimum threshold. These issues form a focal point and a building block on which the ARCHEthic blockchain is built upon.

ARCHEthic Design Stands Tall Among Existing Blockchains

ARCHEthic blockchain design infrastructure deploys a unique consensus protocol built from the ground up called ARCH Consensus Mechanism. The ARCHEthic Blockchain uses the concept of “transaction chain”. Unlike other blockchains that require blocks containing multiple transactions to be linked together by chains, in ArchEthic, blocks are reduced to their atomic version (the smallest). Thus, a block represents only one transaction with its own validation proofs.

According to its whitepaper, once a transaction is validated, it will be synchronized and saved on its own transaction chain. All transactions of the same nature are grouped together in the same transaction chain. This principle of operation makes it possible for transactions to run parallel thereby fostering the scalability of the network.

The brainchild of years of research done by the team, the ARCHEthic blockchain is designed with the end-user in mind which makes it well suited for retail and mainstream enterprise adoption.

Taking the Bitcoin network, for instance, it currently runs with a validation time of 10 minutes while handling 7 transactions per second, while Ethereum has a validation time of 15 seconds, processing 20 transactions per second. Newer generation blockchains like Harmony can handle up to 10 million transactions per second.

Despite the improvement made by Harmony blockchain, the network is still limited to the number of transactions it can handle per second. This unarguably is a prime reason why the ARCHEthic network infrastructure is unique. The “transaction chain” mechanism deployed by ARCHEthic makes it possible to handle an unlimited number of transactions per second, thereby leaving room for scalability and seamless handling of high network traffic.

ARCHEthic’s Ability to Scale Does Not Compromise the Security of the Network

The ARCHEthic security layer makes it possible to support an infinitesimal risk of network corruption, even if 90% of available nodes are malicious.

As contained in the whitepaper, if the number of nodes in the network increases, the probability of detecting an anomaly among the nodes selected to perform a transaction, if at all, increases drastically. Compared to other blockchains, the ARCHEthhic blockchain could continue to function properly, even with 90% of the network being malicious.

ARCHEthic also handles data efficiently. When transactions are broadcast, a pool or set of storage nodes is determined and receives a copy of the transaction made in order to save it. This is accomplished through sharding, which ensures that the nodes are less loaded with data and can store at least between 190 and 9000 times the number of transactions of the Bitcoin network.

This mechanism of unique node operation reduces the power consumption of the ARCHEthic blockchain. The ARCHEthic Yellow Paper compares the power consumption of ARCHEthic to Bitcoin in an interesting way.

“Considering that 10 nodes are dedicated for 10 seconds to validate and replicate a transaction and that Bitcoin processes 93 million transactions per year, it would take 295 ArchEthic nodes to cover the current mining power of the Bitcoin network. Knowing that a node spends 15 Wh, over a year, the technology would consume 38,805 kWh/year or 3.6 billion times less than Bitcoin itself.”

It is intriguing to see the massive innovation going on in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. More fascinating is the fact that innovations like ARCHEthic are rising to the occasion at a time when the blockchain scalability hurdle has been a bane on the industry.

About ARCHEthic Public Blockchain:
ArchEthic is a highly scalable, tamper-proof Blockchain with scalability greater than 1 Million TPS, and validation time of less than 5 seconds. The blockchain has the capacity to handle up to 90% maliciousness, 3.6 billion times less energy consumption than Bitcoin, and 0.1% of the transaction fees.

The platform aims to replace and improve all current applications with a comprehensive and open ecosystem, allowing people to move from the trust imposed by centralized to decentralized systems while keeping identity and privacy under the control of the user.

With ARCHEthic, you can access your identity but no one owns it. The security and threat issues that centralized systems pose helped us realize that self-sovereign identity is needed now more than ever. An Open Source autonomous & Decentralized network in the hands of the world population created by the people, for the people.
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ARCHEthic Official Links:
Website: https://archethic.net/
Whitepaper: https://archethic.net/ARCHEthic_WhitePaper.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/archethic
Telegram: https://t.me/ArchEthic_ENG
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_official_archethic/
Discord: https://discord.com/invite/CJZJvVReBx
GitHub: https://github.com/archethic-foundation
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmP7Sg_TdBfbO1_u4EyIKzg

Hiring and Retention Solutions in Challenging Times, Scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 9 a.m

Plymouth, MA, November 20, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Employers can’t fill critical positions. More than 40 percent of current employees are resigning. Customers and clients are annoyed by lack of service, product and attention. What can an employer do?

In response to this crisis, a complimentary webinar entitled “Embracing the new workplace. Hiring and retention solutions in challenging times” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 9 a.m. To RSVP, please visit shorturl.at/buCIJ.

Employment expert panelists include Denise Noble of HR Engineers based in Franklin, MA; David Sawyer of Safer Places based in Middleboro, MA and Brad Pinta, Esq. of Pinta Law Group located in Quincy, MA. Steve Dubin of PR Works, Plymouth, MA will moderate the discussion. The panel will offer specific advice, tips and examples of how to attract and retain the best and brightest.

Noble will expand upon new methods of attracting quality candidates to the workplace and how to create a work environment that encourages employees to be heard, seen, valued and connected to a common goal. Sawyer will outline how to use custom background checks to make a better and more informed hiring decision. Pinta will underscore his personal challenge with hiring and firing legal staff and the ironic litigation that could arise from these processes.

The business community is encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by three leading organizations including My Pinnacle Network which hosts monthly meetings for business-to-business professionals at five locations throughout Massachusetts including Braintree, Mansfield, Needham, Pembroke, and Westborough; South Shore Networking Professionals which connects business people monthly at locations throughout the South Shore; and Rockland Trust, offering a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services to businesses and individuals through retail branches, commercial lending offices, investment management offices, and residential lending centers located in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as through online, mobile and phone banking.

Please RSVP for the event at shorturl.at/buCIJ. Or call My Pinnacle Network at 781-582-1061.

Not Your Mother’s Sugar Cookies. Infuse Your Holidays with A Little Extra Cheer This Year

Boston, MA, New York City, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Atlanta, GA, Nov 20, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Looking to raise the bar on your holiday treats? Just in time for the holidays, three cannabis infused and decadent recipes including Cinnamon Rolls, Mug Cake, and Puppy Chow are brought to you via the collaboration of Green Goddess Supply, Butter Brewer and @loudgirlgoodies.

Green Goddess Supply has teamed up with Butter Brewer and chef extraordinaire Carolyn Alexander from @loudgirlgoodies to provide you with everything you need: The Armoire home grow system to grow your own flower, the Butter Brewer infuser appliance, and a selection of decadent, mouth-watering recipes from @loudgirlgoodies.

It’s like having a mini dispensary in your own home!

Carolyn Alexander of @loudgirlgoodies developed the three amazingly decadent desert. She used cannabis grown at home in The Armoire home grow system, and infused it into coconut oil with the Butter Brewer machine. You will agree that the results were amazing (and incredibly potent!)

Ingredients.

Add one Armoire, this heirloom quality cabinet is a discreet, easy-to-use, low maintenance growing and nurturing system that gives you impressive results in a quick and consistent time frame. Best of all, it does everything, even drying, without being an eyesore, a stinker or bug nest.

Blend in tinctures via the Butter Brewer, a new kitchen counter-top appliance that looks like a crockpot and operates fairly similarly.  However, it’s designed to quickly and easily decarboxylate your flower and then produce infused products such as oils, butters, tinctures and more. What took days can now be accomplished in less than an hour.

Follow the simple instructions from Extraordinaire Carolyn Alexander from @loudgirlgoodies to provide you with some very easy-to-make, yet decadent and mouth-watering recipes that are perfect your friends in high places.

For more information on transforming your holiday, visit Green Goddess Supply at bit.ly/3kkVZ9n, https://www.greengoddesssupply.com/ or call (617) 765-2334.

Why High Standard Services Matter To The Digital Transformation Of Your Company

Digital transformation journey allows organisations to evaluate everything that a business does from internal systems to customer interactions to improve efficiencies

Palmira Software House, an award-winning company that helps entities both big and small to shape their digital direction, will be at Gitex 2021 on the Software AG stand to share their best tools to help organisations mobilise and build capabilities but also support the execution for sustainable results of its digital transformation journey. A digital transformation journey that aligns people, process and technology initiatives of the organisation to be more closely in line with its business strategy and vision.

November 19, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Digital transformation adds value to every interaction and changes the way business gets done. The bottom line is that, when implemented professionally and correctly using the best-in-class tools, a digital transformation journey is guaranteed to increase an organisation’s return on investment.

Palmira Software House, an award-winning company that helps entities both big and small to shape their digital direction, will be at Gitex 2021 on the Software AG stand to share their best tools to help organisations mobilise and build capabilities but also support the execution for sustainable results of its digital transformation journey. A digital transformation journey that aligns people, process and technology initiatives of the organisation to be more closely in line with its business strategy and vision.

“Embarking on a digital transformation journey allows an organisation to step back and revisit everything that a business does from internal systems to customer interactions, be it online or in person. Such a journey emboldens better decision-making capacities, game-changing efficiencies as well as greatly improved customer experience with more personalisation says Jamal AlMahamid, CEO, Palmira Software House.

Palmira Software House currently provides pioneer digital transformation services, has delivered innovative and complex projects to public and private sectors, including governments, banking and telecommunications in the EMEA region.

Palmira team
Palmira team

“We truly create connected organisations and digitalise customer journeys that pay back in reducing cost, increasing customer satisfaction and gaining competitive advantage ahead of rivals,” said CEO of Palmira Software House, Jamal AlMahamid, who has a broad background in successfully digital project delivery and partnerships with global, high-ranking companies that are specialised in digital transformations such as Software AG, Cloudera, KNIME and Liferay.

“Additionally, we empower organisations with the ultimate in planning tools to manage their digital transformation initiatives that reduce complexity and risk,” he added.

It is easy to see why digital transformation is important for organisation’s growth yet 84 per cent of companies, according to Forbes, will fail while embarking on a digital journey. A large part of this is due to the lack of professional knowledge in terms of the tools and methodologies required to ensure that an entity defines concrete objectives that drive an organisation through a successful journey of digital transformation.

A premier regional partner of world class technologies such as webMethods, ARIS and ALFABET, ARIS and ALFABET from Software AG, Palmira Software House has implemented technologies that generate 301 per cent return on investment by streamlining processes and increasing efficiency.

Software AG, the owner of ARIS, ALFABET and webMethods, has over the years named Palmira as ‘The Most Certified Partner, Globally’ (2021); ‘Special Innovation Partner of Software AG’ (2019); ‘Excellence in Projects Delivery’ (2020); ‘Receive Special Recognition, Innovative Adaption of Business & IT Transformation’ (2019), as a global best implementation for ARIS (Business process Analysis) and ALFABET (Enterprise Architecture and IT Portfolio Planning tool).

MRHB DeFi Backed by Polygon Technology to Build New Decentralised Philanthropy Protocol DePhi in World’s 1st Halal Ecosystem

Melbourne, Australia, November 19, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Ethereum’s biggest DeFi chain Polygon and ethical DeFi platform MRHB DeFi are leading the charge on the next big thing in DeFi — decentralized philanthropy — or DePhi for short which is estimated at over USD 300 billion each year in Muslim countries alone with around USD 1.5 trillion in assets held by around 160,000 foundations globally.

“Polygon has become one of the leading full-stack scaling solutions for Ethereum, given its speed and scalability,” says Deniz Dalkilic, MRHB DeFi CTO. “As Marhaba strives to achieve its end goal of building a comprehensive, secure and scalable ecosystem where liquidity is a priority, we are thrilled to announce our integration with Polygon. To expand our presence on Polygon we have received a grant from Polygon to optimise our solutions for their network.”

The Polygon team has been enthusiastic in its support of the ethics-based startup, recognizing that MRHB DeFi is the first Islamic finance d’App. Polygon has agreed to support MRHB DeFi’s plan to develop a sidechain solution that opens up DeFi to millions globally. The two parties have recently signed an agreement which puts into writing their aim to bring philanthropy to the crypto space, stating that:

  • MRHB DeFi intends to build its DePhi (Decentralised philanthropy) protocol on Polygon technology, which would be a dedicated philanthropy protocol based on funding social initiatives for the benefit of the community, using the quadratic funding model.
  • With this solution, MRHB intends to catalyse the crypto philanthropy ecosystem, with focus on being the first mover in channelling the annual Zakat contributions of the Islamic World (est. USD 300 billion annually)

Quadratic funding is a technique that applies mathematics to ensure the optimal funding – more democratic, more scalable – of community and social, charitable initiatives.

Bringing Philanthropy – a Key Pillar of the Islamic Faith – to DeFi
DePhi forms a key part of MRHB DeFi’s strategic plans for its protocol. As part of MRHB’s approach to supporting a more ethical and community focused approach to decentralized finance, DePhi seeks to bring a key pillar of the Islamic faith — charity or zakat — to what is still a sector driven by self-interest. Once the DePhi protocol is implemented, MRHB DeFi users will have the option to send a portion of their crypto asset wealth to charities which would be linked to the platform, thus fulfilling their voluntary or faith-driven obligations.

End users who wish to donate will be able to deposit funds and generate rewards via trading fees on liquidity pools created by MRHB DeFi. After depositing the donation, assets would be locked for 60 days before being distributed to one of pre-approved charities nominated by the donor.

In addition, MRHB DeFi will set aside five percent of its DAO treasury to be invested in these pools as a form of crypto endowment, as such, this will generate wealth in perpetuity for charitable causes.

CTO Dalkilic adds: “Decentralized philanthropy represents a significant step forward in sharing the benefits of DeFi globally and allowing for community- and public good- focused initiatives to be supported from the cryptoverse. Polygon is one of the most respected projects in the crypto space, and we’re excited to align our vision of using DeFi for good causes, with theirs.

“Being the first d’App on Islamic finance, we have received strong support from the Polygon team to bring the project to the community. Polygon is the latest in a long line of partnerships we are fostering and developing as we work to grow our vision of an ethics-first platform and project.”

MRHB DeFi recently partnered with Ethereum scaling and privacy engine zkSync, a leading ZK-Rollup solution for Ethereum. It has also received strategic investments and backing from Blockchain Australia, Mozaic, Contango Digital Assets, NewTribe Capital, Sheesha Finance, Acreditus Partners, EMGS Group, MKD Capital and Sinofy Group.

About MRHB DeFi:
MRHB DeFi is a halal, decentralised finance platform built to embody the true spirit of an “Ethical and Inclusive DeFi” by following faith-based financial and business principles, where all excluded communities can benefit from the full empowerment potential of DeFi.

The diverse team is comprised of researchers, technocrats, influencers, Islamic fintech experts & business entrepreneurs, who came together to ensure that MRHB DeFi prevails in a manner that will impact society as a whole, essentially bridging the gap between the faith-conscious communities and the blockchain world.

MRHB DeFi Official Channels:
Website: https://marhabadefi.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marhabadefi
Telegram: https://t.me/mdf_official
Telegram Announcements: https://t.me/marhabadefi_ANN
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Medium: https://medium.com/@mrhbdefi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marhabadefi
Telegram (Arabic): https://t.me/mdf_arabic
Telegram (Russian): https://t.me/marhabadefi_russia
Telegram (Turkish): https://t.me/MarhabaDefiTR

About Polygon:
Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, stand-alone and enterprise chains, data availability solutions, and more. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 3000+ applications hosted, ~600M total transactions processed, ~60M unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured.

If you’re an Ethereum Developer, you’re already a Polygon developer! Leverage Polygon’s fast and secure txns for your Dapp, get started here.

South Coast Improvement, Co. Enters Mississippi Senior Living Market with Renovation Project at Pegasus Ridgeland Place in Ridgeland, MS

Ridgeland, MS and Marion, MA, November 19, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- South Coast Improvement Company, a design-build general contractor serving states in the eastern region of the United States from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean, recently won a $1.3 million contract for a renovation project at the Pegasus Ridgeland Place, a Pegasus Senior Living assisted living community with memory care services located at 410 Orchard Park, Ridgeland, MS. The renovation represents South Coast Improvement Company’s first project in the state of Mississippi.

The Marion, Mass.-based South Coast Improvement Company began the renovation October 2021 and will complete work in late spring 2022.

“We are thrilled to win our first project in the state of Mississippi and even more thrilled to work with a company of the quality and stature of Pegasus Senior Living,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “South Coast has a longstanding and well-earned reputation up and down the east coast for successful renovation projects in occupied assisted living facilities—particularly those with memory care units. We look forward to showing our mettle on this project as we introduce another region of the country to the South Coast way.”

The 26-week renovation features: Exterior building upgrades including but not limited to new windows, fascia/soffits, concrete repairs, fences/gates, new storage shed, exterior kitchen and landscaping; eleven resident room finish upgrades (paint, carpet, millwork, plumbing/electric fixtures and appliances; modernization of building elevators and the replacement of 30 resident AC units; and selective interior building renovations ranging from new flooring (carpet & LVT) and ACT ceilings to paint and upgrades to the commercial kitchen.

Additionally, the renovation will include a new roof, five-ton supplemental cooling system and replacement of RTU’s, boiler and building generator system.

The architect for the renovation is MCG Architecture.

Pegasus Senior Living manages dozens of communities across the United States, each firmly rooted in its local geography, empowered to provide customized attention and committed to the individual well-being of its residents. For more information, visit www. https://www.pegasusseniorliving.com/.

With its headquarters in Marion, Mass. and with an office in Reading, Pennsylvania, South Coast Improvement Co is a recognized leader in providing building and renovation services to a client base of senior living, healthcare, institutional and retail clients. For more information, please call 508-748-6545 or visit https://www.southcoastimprovement.com

About South Coast Improvement Company:
South Coast Improvement offers a range of design, construction and management services across a variety of sectors—interiors as well as exteriors—including office buildings, health care facilities, educational institutions, commercial properties, assisted living facilities, and residential communities.  South Coast Improvement’s services include: Preconstruction analysis; Construction management; General contracting; Design/build services; Capital improvement; Building envelope improvements; and Interior renovations.

For more information, visit https://www.southcoastimprovement.com or call 508-748-6545.

Paintings by Indian Artists B. Prabha and Maqbool Fida Husain Lead The Way in Bruneau & Co.’s Nov. 15th Online Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, November 19, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Paintings by two renowned Indian artists took top lot honors in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction held November 15th. A work by B. Prabha (1933-2001), titled Indian Women Painting, soared to $38,750, while a Cubist figural watercolor by Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011), of a couple on horseback, realized $10,625.

Both artists have appeared in past Bruneau & Co. auctions. In September, an oil on canvas Cubist painting by Husain, depicting a rider on the back of a wild horse, sold for $43,750. In March 2020, an equestrian-themed watercolor on paper by Husain realized $16,250. In that same auction, a figural oil on canvas by B. Prabha, titled Woman with a Pear Basket, brought $11,875.

The B. Prabha painting in the November auction was the expected top lot, but it still sailed past its $15,000-$20,000 estimate to sell to an eager bidder. The work depicted six Indian women with their hair tied back and long limbs, walking through a village, 30 ½ inches by 77 ½ inches. It was signed by Prabha’s agent, Nayana Sarmalkar, and came with a certificate of authenticity.

“It’s always nice to see an appreciation for a beautiful painting, as the Prabha soared over the estimate and sold to a collector in Illinois,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co’s president and an auctioneer. The painting was by far the top achieve of the 325+ lots in the auction.

The Husain watercolor depicted a man and woman in bright polychromatic outfits on the back of a white horse. Housed in a 33 inch by 27 inch frame, it sold within estimate. Dubbed “the Picasso of India,” Husain started off painting billboard signs in India but quickly developed his own style by blending together folk, tribal, and mythological arts.

The auction featured fine items pulled from prominent estates and collections across New England, to include artwork, decorative arts, collectibles, Asian arts and other objects.

“Internet competition was fierce,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer. “This was a great auction to round out 2021. The last two auctions will be Historic Arms and Militaria and then Comic, Toy, TCG & Sports on December 11th before the holidays. It was great year for us.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the Bruneau mobile app on iTunes or GooglePlay. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

A mixed media portrait painting mounted to canvas, signed by Han Van Meegeren (Netherlands, 1889-1947), depicting a man in a robe clutching his chest as he stares off into the distance, 73 inches by 33 inches, finished at $5,938. Meegeren was known for his forgeries of famous works by Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Johannes Vermeer, among other artists.

A late 19th/early 20th century Malles Goyard large rectangular French steamer trunk that opened to one removable tray with two lidded compartments brought $5,312. The trunk was marked, “Malles Goyard 233 Rue Saint Honore Paris Monte Carlo Biarritz” on a metal tag and “Goyard” on the top of the lid. Each side was initialed “H.C.” in red letters.

An Odd Fellows taxidermy baboon hand lamp, made in the United States in the late 19th or early 20th century, 22 ¾ inches tall, changed hands for $4,375 (blowing past its $250-$400 estimate). The taxidermy baboon hand was surrounded by deep purple velvet inside a clock case decorated with acanthus leaves and a brass eye. The Odd Fellows was a non-political, non-sectarian fraternal order founded in 1819 in Baltimore by Thomas Wildey.

A gorgeous Chinese Art Deco rug, made circa 1920 and measuring 11 feet 7 inches by 9 feet 2 inches, featuring a blue, green, yellow, red and purple pictorial landscape over a red field surrounded by blue borders, sold to a determined bidder for $4,062. It, too, easily bested its estimate of $800-$1,200 by about fourfold, despite some minor wear.

Lots 1, 2 and 3 were circus sideshow banners, led by Lot 1, titled That Strange Creature Obby Dobby Alive by Fred G. Johnson (American, 1892-1990), considered to be the best sideshow circus banner artist in history. The banner, 7 feet 10 inches by 9 feet 7 inches, featured a large, colorfully painted iguana in a jungle setting. It gaveled for $3,750.

Fetching the same amount was an early 20th century, German-made F & R Enders 4/4 violin, with a label marked “F & R Enders Reproduction of Nicholas Gagliano” to the interior. The instrument, one of several in the sale, featured a spruce face with an ebonized finger board and chin rest. The back consisted of a single piece of tiger maple.To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently.