Louisiana Credit Union League Announces 2020 OMNICOMMANDER Partners as Marketing and Website Award Winners at Virtual Annual Meeting

Christel Deskins

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla., Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OMNICOMMANDER, a financial technology firm specializing in website development and full outsourced marketing for credit unions, is proud to announce another round of award-winning partners in various categories at the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) Annual Conference. While OMNICOMMANDER clients won a multitude of awards, three awards were specifically for projects executed with OMNICOMMANDER. The winners are as follows:

Newsletter $0$50 Million in Assets:
1st Place: BRECO FCU

Website $50$200 Million in Assets:
1st Place: Wymar FCU

Website $0$50 Million in Assets:
2nd Place: Barton Plant Employees FCU

While this year’s LCUL Annual Meeting was virtual due to the complications of COVID-19, it was still an extremely successful event. The online conference and educational forum theme was PIVOT – a reference to an iconic episode of Friends, as well as an ode to the

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Georgia teachers celebrate virtual learning with awesome hype videos

Christel Deskins

Two Georgia high school teachers who recently started their year online decided they would not let the changes of school this fall hold them — or their students — down.

So they made a hype video about it.

Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans are teachers at Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia, a 75,000-person town three hours north of Atlanta.

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Williams and Evans, who started a tradition of back-to-school video several years ago, felt that some positive energy in 2020 would be more important than ever.

“We have been affected dramatically by COVID-19 here, and some of our students lost family members to the virus,” Williams, who teaches AP U.S. History and other social studies classes, told TODAY Parents.

Albany was hit particularly hard by COVID-19 last spring; at one point, it was

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People are really into the DNC’s virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?

Christel Deskins

People are really into the DNC's virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?
People are really into the DNC’s virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?

It’s just like Eurovision, but with more calamari.

The second day of the Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, and in a true sign of the times we’re in, Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in a virtual roll call.

Local delegates from 57 states and territories “called in” to officially nominate Biden via video message, with some elected Democrats and others members of the public nominated by their state to make the announcement. Running in alphabetical order starting with Alabama and ending with Biden’s home state of Delaware right at the end, viewers were treated to a bona fide cornucopia of background staging choices behind each state representative.

The Eurovision Song Contest’s been doing this type of thing for decades during the judging process, in which each country awards national competitors

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North GA Moves To Virtual Format For Saturday Of Service

Christel Deskins

NORTH GEORGIA — The University of North Georgia already planned to expand its Saturday of Service, traditionally held the first week of the fall semester on the Dahlonega Campus, to all five campuses this August. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting large gatherings, the university will employ a “pay it forward” strategy that leads to service throughout the northeast Georgia region, culminating on Saturday.

The virtual event encourages UNG students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in community service and random acts of kindness from Aug. 17-22 and post their efforts on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NighthawksTogether.

“We want to create more opportunities for UNG faculty, staff, students, and alumni to serve,” said Bobbi Larson, UNG’s director of economic development and community engagement.

One example of virtual volunteerism is to read to kids via a virtual platform. Community organizations can submit virtual volunteer opportunities to be considered for

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How Virtual Concert Platform Wave Plans to Save Live Music

Christel Deskins

Eight years ago when Tupac Shakur’s hologram was billed to perform at Coachella, the idea seemed almost unthinkable to most. But now as the coronavirus pandemic continues, artists and fans are increasingly turning to live streaming platforms and companies like Wave, a Culver City-based software firm that creates avatars of the musicians and hosts them at virtual online concerts. Wave is trying to capitalize on the unique situation that puts their tech in high demand: It’s not every year that nearly all in-person concerts get canceled at once. Similar to recent efforts at Epic Games, which brought in 12 million viewers across the globe for a Travis Scott in-game virtual concert in April, Wave is creating a way for artists to simulate a live show and make up for money lost because of canceled tours. Artists including John Legend, Tinashe, Lindsey Sterling and Glitch Mob are several of its recent

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Hong Kong FilMart Working With RightsTrade on Historic Virtual Market

Christel Deskins

Leading online B2B licensing platform RightsTrade has been selected to provide the technological backbone for the upcoming FilMart in Hong Kong. Turning such a large and busy fair into a virtual market has been a long time coming.

The film and TV market, a flagship event for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, had been expected to operate as a face-to-face event in its usual slot in late March. But the coronavirus outbreak caused the fair organizers to postpone it to the end of August. And, as it became clear that COVID-related travel restrictions were not going away in a hurry, they chose to keep the calendar position, but switch the market over to virtual one, running Aug. 26-29.

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“We’ve built a dedicated website, a self-contained ecosystem. Once an executive is registered with FilMart they are offered the choices to attend conferences, screen titles as a group,

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Livi, Hong Kong’s latest virtual bank, chooses to compete on ease of service, cash rewards on debut

Christel Deskins

Livi, the virtual bank co-owned by Bank of China (Hong Kong), hopes to attract customers with cash rewards and the convenience of easy payments at shops through quick-response (QR) codes.

The fourth virtual lender to start operations in Hong Kong this year, Livi launches on Wednesday. Online e-commerce company JD Digits and Hong Kong conglomerate Jardines are its other owners.

“We do not compete on pricing. But we believe our mobile apps can offer a good customer experience to attract clients to use our services,” said David Sun, Livi’s chief executive.

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Virtual banks are a core part of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s efforts to encourage the use of financial technology to cut costs and enhance services. These banks cannot have any physical branches and must operate online only. Hong Kong’s is a competitive market –

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HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

Christel Deskins

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved administrators’ proposal to hold the first semester online while also establishing in-person learning centers. The plan presented by Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson was approved, 8-1.

The dissenting vote came from Tamera Rush, who represents Council District D, which includes the northern part of Harford County.

Approval of the virtual learning plan came after hours of discussion, with board members asking questions of school system leadership on logistics.

While a hybrid model consisting of in-person and virtual instruction had been considered in recent months, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the more than 37,000 students enrolled in Harford County Public Schools in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months showed an increase

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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

Christel Deskins

DARPA held the second trial in January this year and pitted participants’ greatly improved algorithms against AI adversaries developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Both trials were hosted in person at the APL.

The third trial will be streamed from the APL, as well, with eight teams flying against the lab’s AI adversary algorithms on the first day and then against each other in a round robin tournament on the second. It’s the first time the participants are pitting their AIs against one another in public. On the last day, the top four AIs will compete in a single-elimination tournament for the championship title. The last team standing will then get the chance to fly against an Air Force fighter pilot controlling a virtual plane.

Col. Dan “Animal” Javorsek, program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, said in a statement:

“Regardless of whether the human or machine

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How to host a virtual party that’s absolutely lit

Christel Deskins

Sometimes a hat can make an outfit. The same goes for parties and the PopSci team knows it.
Sometimes a hat can make an outfit. The same goes for parties and the PopSci team knows it.
Sometimes a hat can make an outfit. The same goes for parties and the PopSci team knows it. (Purbita Saha/)

Follow all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage here, including tips on enjoying summer activities, ways to tell if your symptoms are just allergies, and advice on which masks to buy.

It seems like it’s been 84 years since planning a party started with finding a venue, but the pandemic has shown us there are other ways to celebrate birthdays, milestones, or just the simple fact of existence. Now, using whatever video conferencing app your heart prefers, you can see your friends from the comfort and safety of your home, and party like it’s 1999.

Depending on what you’re celebrating, the people you’re inviting, and what you’re in the mood

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