America: Rome is Safe and Open for Business

Coronavirus has been deadly but the effects of media-induced hysteria surrounding it, has been more devastating to the tourism sector of the Italian economy.

ROME, RM, ITALY, February 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — ROME — Information is critical to a free society but misinformation, when spread rapidly, can also have dire consequences. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been deadly but the effects of media-induced hysteria surrounding it, in some respects, has been even more devastating – especially to the tourism sector which is vital to the Italian economy. However, the fact remains, Rome, as a destination, is safe and remains open for business.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi and Lazio Region president Nicola Zingaretti have both stressed the fact that there is no Coronavirus emergency in the capital city of Italy. Yet the sharp rise in tourist cancellations and drop in bookings has occurred – despite the fact that there is no Coronavirus emergency in Rome according to Raggi.

While the Coronavirus virus has mainly been concentrated in the north near Milan, it’s Rome's tourist industry that has suffered the most.

“This is the first time in the 30-years since I have been in the travel industry, where Americans have canceled tours like this because of fear from a virus. Yet the rest of the world, while in lesser quantities, still continues to book tours here for the upcoming season,” says, Therese Billman, manager, Romaround Tours.

Bookings are also down 60-70 percent in March and April with bookings "sharply down" up to June, according to trade associations Assoturismo Confesercenti Roma e Lazio and Fiavet Lazio

Roberto Paolini, tour guide with Rome Live Tours, says, “We have seen a decline in American tourists as of the last week here at the Coloseo but it’s Rome … people are resilient – they are still enjoying their wine and food in outdoor cafes and restaurants and enjoying our beautiful, historic city as always.”

However, the effect of cancelled hotel reservations, coupled with numerous cancelled events, has so far led to the loss of €1.5 billion to the tourism sector in Rome and Lazio, according to Stefano Fiori, president of the tourism section of Unindustria, quoted in Corriere della Sera.

“Some US-based news reporting has been misleading regarding the Coronavirus in Rome and that has caused confusion – which has led to would-be tourists canceling their travel plans. Rome now has zero active Coronavirus cases and of the three mild cases confirmed, all have fully recovered. It’s time for potential visitors to be assured that Rome is safe and still a great place to visit today,” says Scott Spinucci, a media communications veteran of the United States, and now a spokesman for Rome-based 7 Hills Tours.

Italian economic minister, Dario Franceschini, announced today that he is hopeful domestic tourism will resume and will work to return international tourism flow (to seasonal norms).

According to data reported by 2019, travel and tourism contributed 237.8 billion euros to the Italian gross domestic product (GDP).

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Cinequest and Kaiser Permanente Present Thrive Award to Documentarian about her Global Journey of Healing and Awareness

Cinequest will be from March 3 to March 15, 2020

Shannon Harvey had her dream job as a radio journalist at age 24 when she was diagnosed with a devastating auto-immune disease.

North American premiere of "My Year of Living Mindfully" chronicles Shannon Harvey's determination to find a treatment using techniques of mind-body medicine.

My Year of Living Mindfully is sure to inspire countless individuals to not only find their own inner strength and peace but also see the world in new ways.”

— My Year of Living Mindfully

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, February 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every year the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente, honors one film for its life-affirming themes and resonance with the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award. This year the award is being bestowed on "My Year of Living Mindfully."

Shannon Harvey had her dream job as a broadcast journalist at age 24 when she was diagnosed with a devastating auto-immune disease. Her immune system had become hyperactive and was attacking normal, healthy tissues. Her muscles and joints were inflamed and she was told if her disease continued to progress she could end up with organ failure, or wheelchair bound.

"My Year of Living Mindfully" chronicles her determination to find an effective treatment using the cutting-edge techniques of mind-body medicine. Cinequest will be its North American premiere.

Shannon wondered: is it really possible to ease suffering and promote physical and mental healing using the simple practice of meditation that can be done by anyone at any time or anywhere? The film follows Shannon’s worldwide journey from her home in Australia to Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East and then back Down Under.

She undertakes a year-long experiment with herself as the subject that synthesizes the works of leading scientists with the ways of mystics. Her goal is to learn if meditation can dramatically improve her health and well-being, or is it just another over-hyped self-help fad? "My Year of Living Mindfully" is sure to inspire countless individuals to not only find their own inner strength and peace but also see the world in new ways. It is a must-see for those seeking insight and questioning their place in the world.

Previous winners of the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award have included such stirring films as Clownvets (2019), the inspiring story of legendary Dr. Patch Adams and his team’s trip to Guatemala on a mission of “humanitarian clowning” to help veterans suffering from PTSD; Pick of the Litter (2018), which follows the lives of a litter of Labrador Retriever puppies from birth through their training to be guide dogs for the blind; and The Bullish Farmer (2017), the story of a Wall Street investment banker who turned his back on high finance and transformed his life by becoming an organic farmer.

"My Year of Living Mindfully" director, producer and star Shannon Harvey is available for interviews and will receive the award at the Hammer Theatre in Downtown San Jose on March 5 at 7 p.m. after the North American Premiere screening of her film.

About Cinequest:
The Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival fuses innovation with the arts to empower great creations and to connect audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other— forging community, joy, and our future. Set in Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness, impact, and legacy result from applying this powerful integration of creativity and technology to democratize opportunity and to transform lives. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, Mavericks Studio, and Picture The Possibilities global youth programs. The 30th edition of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival occurs March 3 – 15 in San Jose and Redwood City, CA (Silicon Valley) We're commemorating CINEQUEST's 30th Anniversary by celebrating the power of creativity today and the future of CINEQUEST itself! www.cinequest.org Please watch The Story of Cinequest.

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What Lies Beneath: the Mystery of Coronavirus and Shincheonji-phobia

Over 500 church members of Shincheonji (SCJ) tested positive for the virus and have become the target of scapegoating and blame.

NEW YORK, NY, USA, February 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The rapid proliferation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) resulted in 13 deaths and 2,022 confirmed cases as of February 28 2020 in South Korea. While the cause and solution of the infection have not been identified, over 500 church members of Shincheonji (SCJ) tested positive for the virus and have become the target of scapegoating and blame.

On February 19, South Korean President Moon Jae-In stated that a full survey and diagnosis of Shincheonji members were necessary. On Feb 25, SCJ submitted a list of 210,000 members to health authorities with the condition the personal information of their members remain protected. On 26th, health authorities began telephone surveys and tests on those who showed symptoms.

Chosun Ilbo, a major newspaper in South Korea, reported that 5 people with pneumonia were found positive with the virus according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters before any Shincheonji member was involved. The medical community noted that the COVID-19 cases had already proliferated before the mass infection of members of the church. This raises doubts on reports echoed by some Western media that patient 31, a female Shincheonji member, had been the main agent spreading the infection throughout the country.

The mass infections focused attention on the Shincheonji Church. Unfortunately, several media reports relied on low-level internet sources and interviews with Christians who regard Shincheonji as a serious competitor and have labeled it a cult.

“Shincheonji members generally do not recognize themselves in reports they read in the media. For instance, they do not regard their founder, Chairman Lee Man Hee, as the second coming of Jesus or as God. Publishing these claims without fact-checking shows media do not do their homework and only relied on bias sources,” said Mr. Kim Shin Chang, General Director of Department of International Relations of Shincheonji Headquarters.
Shincheonji Church is controversial in Korean society. This is mostly due to its rapid growth in the past decade which has occured the at the expense of the politically influential conservative and fundamentalist Christian churches in Korea. Shincheonji’s members exceeded 200,000 in 2018, and this spectacular growth contrasts with the gradual decrease of members in conservative and fundamentalist Christian groups in South Korea, which have been plagued by corruption scandals.

Another example of societal pressure against SCJ was covered by Munwha Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), a leading South Korean television. They reported on February 26th that a female Shincheonji member fell from a window of her house and died as a result of her husband’s violence. The husband tried to coerce her to leave Shincheonji. Before her death, the police received reports of domestic violence.

As confirmed in several reports by Belgian NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF), Shincheonji members have been the main target of kidnapping and confinement promoted by pastors with the aim of compelling them to renounce their faith, called forced conversion or deprogramming, resulting in over 1,000 human rights violation cases.

When one of its members died during a coercive conversion attempt, Shincheonji reacted with protest of more than 120,000 Korean citizens in January 2018 to demand justice. The annual 2019 International Religious Freedom Report by the U.S. Department of State mentioned the incident. However, the Korean government did nothing.

“We are asked why we hide our identity or affiliation to Shincheonji. What is happening now with the virus outbreak clearly answers the question. When the fact that we belong to Shincheonji becomes known, we are forced to quit our jobs. We cannot send our kids to school. Vulnerable members are exposed to domestic violence. We fear the coronavirus, and we also fear the virus named hatred and insult.” states a member of Shincheonji.

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Global Alarm Systems And Equipment Market 2020 Segmentation (Residential, Commercial and Industrial) Overview

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The alarm systems and equipment market covered in this report is segmented by end-user into residential, commercial and industrial.

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LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, February 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The global alarm systems and equipment market is expected to grow at rate of about -0.55% to nearly $13.4 billion by 2023. The alarm systems and equipment market is driven by increasing investments in smart homes, which is driven by safety and security concerns among households. However, the inconvenience caused due to false alarms is expected to limit the growth of the alarm system and equipment market.

The alarm systems and equipment market consists of sales of alarm systems and equipment and related services for the protection and security of residential or commercial buildings. Alarm systems and equipment are devices that give an audible, visual, or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition. They can perform functions such as access control, lighting, and heating control in homes and buildings. The different types of alarm systems include door alarms, motion sensor alarms, glass break sensors, water alarms, and heat alarms.

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The global alarm systems and equipment market is further segmented based on type and geography.
By End-User – The alarm systems and equipment market is segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial.
By Geography – The global alarm systems and equipment is segmented into North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. Among these regions, the Asia-Pacific alarm systems and equipment market accounts for the largest share in the global alarm systems and equipment market.

Trends In The Alarm Systems And Equipment Market
Companies in the alarm systems and equipment market are increasingly investing in wireless protocols for fire detection. Fire safety systems find applicability at homes, many government offices, private offices, and public places.
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With increase in economic growth, technological development, and low interest rate environment, the scope and potential for the global alarm systems and equipment market is expected to significantly rise in the forecast period.
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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Help in the Aftermath of the Jakarta Floods

Volunteers of a local posyandu in a suburb of Jakarta practice administering assists.

Volunteers of a local posyandu in a suburb of Jakarta practice administering assists.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers in their yellow T-shirts

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers in their yellow T-shirts

Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti, training new Volunteer Ministers and forging partnerships in Jakarta.

Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti, training new Volunteer Ministers and forging partnerships in Jakarta.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers receive copies of booklets on Scientology Volunteer Minister skills.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers receive copies of booklets on Scientology Volunteer Minister skills.

Lead Volunteer Minister for Indonesia training volunteers at a local posyandu

Lead Volunteer Minister for Indonesia with new volunteers

A Scientology Volunteer Minister and the women of local healthcare clinics mobilize to provide help to those affected by recent Jakarta floods.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In Jakarta since January when New Year’s flooding paralyzed the Indonesia capital, Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti was preparing to return home Tuesday when two coastal cyclones inundated the city, once again leaving it incapacitated.

But where he was on his own when he began providing relief in early January, today he is joined by dozens of volunteers he has trained in the basic skills of the Volunteer Minister (VM).

Surbakti has been working with the women who volunteer at local “posyadus,” an acronym for Pos Pelayanan Terpadu (integrated service post in Indonesian). Posyandus were created in the early 1980s to establish clinics staffed by volunteers who extend basic healthcare to the nation’s most vulnerable—the children and pregnant women. Although lacking funds and resources, the more than 260,000 posyandus comprise a grassroots institution that brings help throughout the country.

Over the past several weeks, Abdi has delivered dozens of seminars in local centers and has trained hundreds of local posyandu volunteers in the basic technology of Scientology assists. Assists are techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that speed healing by addressing the emotional and spiritual factors in stress and trauma. Easy to learn, assists are vital skills for these volunteers, who can now use them to help those who come to them seeking relief.

Surbakti described one seminar where he was welcomed enthusiastically by a posyandu located in a village mosque. That morning, the volunteers were providing care to local babies. After they finished their work, the workshop began, with 10 volunteers taking part in the training. “Through the afternoon you could see a gradual change in the women—it was as though a burden was lifting and they were more at peace,” said Surbakti.

“I never thought I could feel like this,” said the leader of one of the posyandus who received an assist during a workshop. “This is new for me and it feels good.” “Thank you for the knowledge, which is very needed to serve the villagers,” said another volunteer, who now sees assists as a vital way to help the elderly and those who are disoriented.

One woman’s grandson came home sick with a fever which persisted for three days. After she learned to provide assists, she used the technique with him. When they started he was sweating profusely. Then he began to relax and he finally fell asleep. When he woke up, his temperature was normal. The next day he felt fine and returned to school.

“This is a necessary program and must be continued for my villagers,” said the leader of the neighborhood watch who organized a local workshop. “This is a form of humanitarian aid that will bring harmony and kinship to those who participate. It doesn’t take a lot to do this but the results are huge—I’m just beginning to realize how much this means.” The only problem the workshop posed to this village leader was that people were upset when they heard it was scheduled on a weekday because they couldn’t attend, so he resolved it by setting up another assist workshop for Sunday.

Posyandu volunteers who have trained on assist technology are now wearing the signature yellow T-shirts of the Volunteer Ministers movement. And while the new floods are a terrible challenge and hardship, the VMs are optimistic. Possessing technology they can use to provide relief, they too now live by the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister: “Something can be done about it.”

The Church of Scientology Volunteers Minister program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. The Church provides free online training on the Volunteer Ministers website.

Watch films based on the tools of the Volunteer Minister on the Scientology Network.

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Electoral College Documentary to Screen at Denver’s EFPalooza

Movie Poster for Winner Take All"

Winner Take All screens March 21st at Denver’s Historic Bug Theater

“Winner Take All,” a film about the U.S. electoral system, was named “official selection” of the Emerging Filmmakers Project 2020 festival

As adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia and under ongoing consideration by Virginia’s legislature, the compact fully preserves the Electoral College.”

— Michael Steele, Former chairman of the Republican National Committee

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Denver, Colo., February 28, 2020 / EINPresswire.com / — Colacino Productions LLC, in association with Winner Take All Documentary LLC is pleased to announce that the documentary film, “Winner Take All,” (winnertakeallfilm.com) has been named an “official selection” of the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival (http://www.efpdenver.com/2020-efpalooza-film-festival/, https://www.facebook.com/events/229202978128408/). The event is a three-day film festival celebrating the best of the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, the home of Denver’s independent film scene since 2002. This year’s event will be held March 19th, 20th and 21st at Denver’s historic Bug Theatre. “Winner Take All” will screen in the 1:00 p.m. “Saturday Afternoon Shorts” block on March 21st.

“Winner Take All” explains how the frequently misunderstood Electoral College works, why its election results have conflicted with the popular vote, and a national movement afoot to change the way it works through an interstate compact. “As adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia and under ongoing consideration by Virginia’s legislature, the compact fully preserves the Electoral College,” wrote Michael Steele in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal on February 20, 2020. “The problem isn’t the Electoral College itself” says filmmaker, Don Colacino. “It’s the way states have chosen to allocate votes,” a key concept addressed in the film by Constitutional scholars, legislators, and the founding documents themselves.

With growing interest in the topic, EFPalooza is the third festival to recognize the film in the lead-up to the 2020 election. The League of Women Voters is also screening the film at various voter outreach events in Colorado and Maine and is also available on Prime Video in the U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081N215SX and the UK https://www.amazon.com.uk/dp/B081N215SX.

More information can be found at winnertakeallfilm.com. Winner Take All Documentary LLC created the film in association with Colacino Productions LLC (colacinoproductions.com), a Business-to-Business (B2B) film production company focused on documentary, commercial, and industrial films. The company provides both documentary- and narrative-style content creation and production services.

For more information please contact info@winnertakeallfilm.com. To learn more about the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project visit the EFP website at www.efpdenver.com and The Bug Theatre’s website at www.bugtheatre.org.

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Cinergy Entertainment Partners with Upbring Amarillo

Cinergy Entertainment Hosts a Day of Fun for Local Amarillo Foster Children

This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community and bring joy to these children”

— Traci Hoey

AMARILLO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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CINERGY ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH UPBRING AMARILLO
Cinergy Entertainment Hosts a Day of Fun for Local Amarillo Foster Children

Dallas, TX- DATE, 2020 Cinergy Entertainment Group, a leader in family entertainment, is hosting a free day of fun for Upbring Amarillo foster children of all ages. Last year Upbring Amarillo placed 70 children in need in safe homes. Cinergy is honored to provide a day for these children to enjoy free games, movies and attractions.

“We are so happy to welcome Upbring Amarillo children into our center to enjoy a day of worry-free fun,” says Traci Hoey, Vice President of Marketing. “This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community and bring joy to these children”.

Upbring Amarillo aims to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. They see a future guided by faith, education, and action in which communities will be free of child abuse.

Cinergy Entertainment is excited to give back to the local community, always striving to bring joy and fun to as many children and families as possible. For more information visit www.Cinergy.com

About Cinergy Entertainment
As an Inc 5000 recipient, Dallas, Texas-based Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. is a visionary industry innovator and regional operator of five luxury cinema entertainment centers in Texas and Oklahoma with 51 screens, 44 lanes of bowling and 6 new axe throwing lanes. The company, which was recently named 2019 Top FEC of the World by IAAPA, has additional locations under development across the country. All Cinergy centers feature recline and dine cinemas serving alcoholic beverages and a menu of chef-inspired American favorites. In addition to upscale cinema amenities, all Cinergy locations feature a unique selection of interactive games and a variety of other amenities, including bowling, laser tag, escape rooms, Hologate VR, Triotech Dark Ride, Sky Walker, an elevated ropes course with zip lines and axe throwing lanes.

Cinergy is privately held by the Benson family. For more information, visit Cinergy at www.Cinergy.com.

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Lounge Lizard Announces their Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship Winner

Winning Web Design Submission for the Lounge Lizard Web Design Contest

Winning Web Design Submission

Lounge Lizard, a website development company and digital marketing agency, announces the winner of their bi-annual Web Design Scholarship.

NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lounge Lizard Announces their Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship Winner

Lounge Lizard has officially announced the winner of their fourth semi-annual Web Design Scholarship. Out of 72 phenomenal web design submissions, Yun Ha Seo, a student at the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, was awarded the Lounge Lizard Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship. Along with the $1,000 Scholarship, Yun Ha will be receiving design critique and feedback from Ken Braun, the Founder, and CCO of Lounge Lizard.

Each applicant had to provide a web design submission, which can be from the past or present and submitted either as a design or live URL. Out of numerous designs, many showcasing profession-level skills, Yun Ha Seo’s entry impressed all of the judges and received the highest overall score. Yun Ha's website recounts the events surrounding the terrible 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy that took the lives of 304 people of the 476 total passengers. In addition to the timeline documenting the sequence of events, Yun Ha has also included a memorial page where user's can express their condolences to the victims and their families and read the notes left by others. Yun Ha’s winning submission can be viewed by following this link.

With an already impressive level of design skill, Yun Ha will benefit from Braun’s decades of experience in the design world. Ken is an inducted member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Forbes Agency Council in addition to a judge for the WEBBY Awards and CSS Design Awards.

Applications are now open for the Fall Semester scholarship which can be found here. One, $1,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded based on the student’s submitted web design for each semester. Applications are due by October 4, 2020, for the Fall Semester.The web design submission can be from the past or present and submitted either as a design or live URL. The design scholarship is only open to students attending school in the United States and either be a student at an accredited school or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application.

About Lounge Lizard Worldwide, Inc.

Lounge Lizard Worldwide, Inc. provides customized digital marketing solutions that combine creativity and technology. The company’s services include marketing strategy, brand identity design, UI/UX design, website development, web app development, mobile app development, social media, and search engine optimization.

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Converse Auctions' online-only East Meets West Auction on March 13th marries Asian objects with Western culture items

Oil on canvas portrait by Alexei Harlamoff (Russian, 1840-1925), depicting a young girl wearing traditional ethnic dress, her soulful eyes staring directly at the viewer (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Elaborately decorated gilt bronze lidded censer with beast handles, 16 ½ inches tall, with colorful accent characters, bats, flowers and tendrils on the body and lid (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Chinese huanghuali lotus cabinet, elaborately carved all over in three-dimensional designs. The three top doors lift up and slide in, and there are two drawers underneath (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Lovely carved marble torso of a female, done in a style consistent with Constantin Brancusi’s. Unauthenticated, signed on the plinth “C. Brancusi 1943” (est. $2,000-$4,000).

William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator, 80 inches tall, having a pinwheel time only escapement with grid iron pendulum (est. $5,000-$8,000).

The auction will be Internet-only but previews will be held in Converse Auctions’ new gallery located at 1 Spring Street in Paoli, just outside of Philadelphia.

The auction is packed with 579 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items – a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture.”

— Todd Converse

PAOLI, PA., UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A striking oil portrait painting of a young girl by Russian artist Alexei Harlamoff, a handsome William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator clock, a pair of fine elaborate zitan folding chairs with dragon arms, and a gorgeous bronze enamel censer in a presentation box are a taste of what’s in Converse Auctions’ East Meets West Auction on Friday, March 13th at 10 am EST.

The auction will be online-only, but previews will be held in Converse Auctions’ new gallery located at 1 Spring Street in Paoli, not far off Interstate 76 and just outside of Philadelphia, north and west of the city. Previews will be held Tuesday through Thursday, March 10-12, from 10-4 Eastern time. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. People can also register and bid online at www.ConverseAuctions.com (and enjoy a lower buyer’s premium in the process).

The auction is packed with 579 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items – a tantalizing blend of objects from the East alongside items from the Western culture (hence the title ‘East Meets West’). All lots have a starting bid of $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the collecting world, and old pros as well, to bid early and bid often.

Items from the East include Chinese fine furniture, bronzes, carvings, glass, paintings, jewelry, wooden boxes and brush pots, textiles, vintage Japanese textile kimonos, robes, obis and accessories, scrolls, prints, porcelain, books and cryptomeria.

Items from the West will feature fine art paintings and prints by Vlaminck, Cope, Sobossek, Burliuk, Dauchot and others, plus Mexican child portraits and Haitian paintings, a torso attributed to Brancusi, furniture and sterling silver (including a Reed & Barton service for eight).

Also offered will be clocks, European and American pottery and porcelain, Mid-Century Modern lots, art glass, decoys, insulators, African tribal artifacts, books, jewelry, vintage accessories (to include a lovely Hermés scarf), large Persian Tabriz and other rugs, and many other great items.

The oil on canvas portrait by Alexei Harlamoff (Russian, 1840-1925), depicts a young girl wearing traditional ethnic dress, her soulful eyes staring directly at the viewer as she delicately touches the flower garland that crowns her head. The 28 inch by 34 ½ inch painting is signed lower right “Harlamoff” (est. $6,000-$9,000). The William Gilbert Jewelers wall regulator, 80 inches tall, has a pinwheel time only escapement with grid iron pendulum (est. $5,000-$8,000).

The elaborately decorated gilt bronze lidded censer with beast handles, 16 ½ inches tall, has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. It has colorful accent characters, bats, flowers and tendrils on the body and lid, plus a presentation box. The two zitan folding chairs boast heavily carved legs, arm rests and back, all in a dragon and cloud motif. The backsplat has a dragon carved into it and the back of the chair is carved in a ruyi with flaming pearl. The pair should finish at $3,000-$5,000.

A pair of oil on canvas portraits of young girls, each one rendered by a Mexican artist and with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, is sure to get paddles wagging. One is a rare painting by Horacio Renteria Rocha (Mexican, 1912-1972). It shows a girl elaborately dressed, holding chicks in her uplifted apron, as hens, chicks and puppies play at her feet. The other, by an unknown artist, is of a girl in fancy clothes with a toy dog. Her name is in a banner: “Nina Delores Vakao, AD 1890.”

An elaborately carved huanghuali lotus cabinet, carved all over in three-dimensional designs, is expected to change hands for $2,000-$4,000. The three top doors lift up and slide in, and there are two drawers underneath. The drawers are carved in lotus blossoms and leaves. Also, a bronze Buddha with a well-worn patina, accented in gilt bronze and bezel set turquoise stones, has an estimate of $800-$1,200. The figure is on a lotus petal and is in a custom wood presentation box.

Two very different lots share identical estimates of $2,000-$4,000. One is a large Persian Tabriz Oriental rug, 108 ½ inches by 150 inches, executed in dark reds with central flower and tendril motifs surrounded by various flower and tendril borders on blue backgrounds. The other is a lovely carved marble torso of a female, done in a style consistent with Constantin Brancusi’s stylized, simplified art. The unauthenticated piece is signed on the plinth, “C. Brancusi 1943”.

A short black silk Japanese kimono, or Haori gown robe, made around 1970 and decorated with cranes and flowers, 48 inches by 55 inches, should gavel for $100-$200. Also, a complete set of eleven The Tale of Genji books by Murasaki Shikibu, in Japanese, translated by Tanizaki jun and published in 1950, each book individually slipcased, will be offered up as one lot (est. $40-$80).

An oil on board painting of a village scene overlooking the sea by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), signed lower left but unauthenticated, unframed and measuring 17 inches by 13 ½ inches, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000; while a pastel Parisian café scene by the French artist Gabriel Dauchot (1927-2005), featuring a beautifully dressed couchette sitting at a table while a server stands behind her, undated, 22 ½ inches by 28 inches, should hit $300-$500.

A mahogany slant-top desk with two over three drawers, plus a top cupboard with an arched top and Eastlake style brasses, likely marriage, with two adjustable shelves and two drawers, has an estimate of $800-$1,200. Also, a pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish bent wood arm chairs, measuring 27 inches by 27 inches by 31 inches, will be sold as one lot (est. $500-$800).

Converse Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, you can send an e-mail to info@ConverseAuctions.com. Curious about an item’s value? Bring your items (or photos) to Free Appraisal Tuesdays, every Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm at the new Paoli gallery.

For more information about Converse Auctions and the East Meets West Antiques Auction on Friday, March 13th, please visit www.ConverseAuctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

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Todd Converse
Converse Auctions
+1 610-722-9004
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Source: EIN Presswire

Times Direct Reveals Why Direct Mail is a Good Way to Reach Millennials

A Los Angeles area agency highlighted why direct mail is an excellent way to reach millennial audiences.

IRWINDALE, CA, USA, February 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Times Direct Reveals Why Direct Mail is a Good Way to Reach Millennials

A Los Angeles area agency highlighted why direct mail is an excellent way to reach millennial audiences and how marketers are missing out on a big opportunity to engage the younger generation.

Millennials are on track to become the largest living generation in the country and bring in an annual buying power of $200 billion. Many marketers are looking for better ways to reach this target audience and have turned their efforts towards purely digital marketing tactics. Times Direct, an agency based in California, shares tips and trends in the market and noted that millennials are actually more likely to engage with marketing materials in their mailbox than their inbox. This is explained to be due in part to the bombardment of digital advertisements these millennials have seen since childhood and the fact that newer email systems automatically categorize marketing emails into a separate promotion or junk folder.

According to findings from the US Postal Service, “Over 85% of millennials pick up the mail at the first opportunity and spend over 9 minutes on average engaging with their physical mail.”

Here are the main reasons offered by Times Direct that marketers should re-evaluate digital-only campaigns with the younger generation:

1) Their Mailboxes Are Empty

According to DM News, 90% or millennials find direct mail reliable and 87% like receiving it. This is due in part to the fact that their mailboxes are largely empty. Physical mail presents an opportunity for businesses to connect with a group that views print mail as more official than digital advertisements.

2) Mail Is More Personal

The millennial generation cares about personalization. Direct mail can offer a connection by reaching a specific individual with their first name and customize mail piece based on their age, gender, offer, and target action. Times Direct offers personalization with their services because it significantly improves the outcome.

3) Direct Mail Delivers Results

Millennials tend to remember physical promotions and are more likely to be motivated by them over digital messages. Campaigns with direct mail offer a higher ROI for organizations over purely digital campaigns.

Findings shared by Times Direct proved that a smart mix of print and digital marketing will be more effective in reaching millennials than single sourcing. Any businesses interested in reaching the younger generation with their products or services can contact Times Direct to learn more about their fully integrated marketing solutions.

Contact Times Direct

Kristin Ranta
General Manager
626-472-5293
Timesdirect@latimes.com

About Times Direct

Times Direct is a full-service direct marketing company based in the Los Angeles area that offers robust brand-building tools and proven strategies to help businesses of all sizes. This agency creates marketing campaigns combining direct mail production, strategic services, and multichannel marketing. Any organizations looking to include direct mail in their marketing campaigns towards millennials can inquire about their full-service direct mail production services that include strategy, design, offset and digital print, data processing, inkjet and laser personalization, full lettershop, and bindery.

Kristin Ranta
Times Direct
+1 626-472-5293
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire