The US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, and Secretary of State, John Kerry, have both refrained from repeating Obama’s trade warning. Meanwhile, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, has already called for the US to pursue a free trade agreement with the UK, arguing that discussions should begin now in order to ensure a “smooth trade relationship”. … [Read more...] about The UK’s potential new trade agreements
Putting blockchain solutions for U.S. land ownership into production is likely to take more time, experts say. One challenge is that simply loading new records into the database as they’re created isn’t enough. Before blockchains can fully replace an existing system, someone will have to digitize all the historic records currently gathering dust in the county courthouse basement. Otherwise, anyone verifying the chain of title for a particular property will have to consult both the blockchain and the historic paper records. Another issue is that land records are currently distributed across thousands of jurisdictions and 50 states, and while blockchain technology might ultimately save time and money, state laws and local practices can’t switch systems overnight. … [Read more...] about Will Blockchain Revolutionize Global Real Estate Next?
Everydayhero started in Australia and debuted in the U.S. in 2014. So far, it’s helped Blackbaud raise more than $350 million for global causes. In recent years, the tech’s main selling point has been less about visualizing massive-multi-day events than giving people options about where the money they are raising might go. After all, people who identify more closely with a cause are probably more likely to become strong advocates for it. … [Read more...] about This Charity Race To End All Charity Races Is Going To Lap The Earth Three Times (Metaphorically)
In a statement, Gunnlaugsson said: “I went over it with the chairman of the Independence that if parliamentarians did not trust themselves to support the government to complete the joint ventures I would break the parliament and call for elections at the earliest.” … [Read more...] about Iceland’s president rejects PM’s request to DISSOLVE parliament amid Panama Papers scandal
The Book Flood tradition, according to The Reykjavik Grapevine's Hildur Knutsdottir, dates to World War II, when strict currency restrictions limited imports of most gift-making materials and products--with the exception of paper. "The restrictions on imported paper were more lenient than on other products, so the book emerged as the Christmas present of choice. And Icelanders have honored the tradition ever since," Knutsdottir writes. … [Read more...] about Iceland Celebrates Christmas Unlike Any Other Country in the World