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Southern Explorations enhancing Costa Rica trips

Betty Tűndik

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Latin American adventure travel company—Southern Explorations, specialising in crafting custom small-group trips and itineraries to Latin America, has recently completed an in-depth scouting mission of Costa Rica’s most underappreciated and underexplored regions with the goal of crafting new custom trips and itineraries to the rugged, rain-forested country. The team was led by Laycob. They discovered unspoiled beaches, witnessed awesome wildlife action, took part in rich gastronomical experiences, and even got in some incredible surfing during the scouting mission. They are now compiling their collective field notes in order to craft self-drive, culinary, and beach/national park explorations.

“Most tourism activities have only scratched the surface of what’s actually out there in Costa Rica,” explains Justin Laycob, Founder & CEO, Southern Explorations. “Particularly when it comes to regions like Nosara and Santa Teresa. You get a genuine sense of adventure just getting into these places. They have a real rustic, bohemian feel. Nosara has been named one of the 20 best surf cities in the world, while those in the know believe Santa Teresa’s potential could very well make it the next great Latin America destination.”

“We’re really impressed by the enhancements at Pacuare Lodge,” notes Laycob. “It was already one of our favorite lodges in all of Latin America and the changes they’ve made have only served to elevate the whole experience further. It’s no surprise National Geographic has identified it as one of their Unique Lodges of the World.”

For those travellers looking to get a feel for what the newest Costa Rica offerings will have in store for them, the Southern Explorations team recommends checking out their recently introduced Undiscovered Costa Rica itinerary.

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Mercari Opens Cambridge Engineering Offices

Vlad Poptamas

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Mercari, The Selling App, today announced the opening of engineering offices in Cambridge, MA, advised by two renowned professors at the adjacent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mercari is the number-one marketplace in Japan. Since entering the U.S. in 2014, more than 45 million Americans have downloaded the app.

At the moment, Mercari’s team in Cambridge is focused on better understanding sellers and buyers, and predicting their intentions ahead of their actions. This helps Mercari deliver a more personalized experience using its recommendation engine. The team is applying machine learning on massive amounts of data to better personalize the user experience based on their preferences, history and interactions.

More broadly, this team is pursuing applied research projects in machine learning, computer vision and other emerging technologies that can help Mercari to make selling even easier than buying.

“Opening the Mercari engineering offices in Cambridge is an important addition to our global technology centers in Palo Alto and Tokyo,” said Dr. Mok Oh, chief technology officer for Mercari U.S. “The expectations of Mercari sellers and buyers are always evolving, so it’s vital that we harness emerging technologies to continuously improve our app and services.”

Advising the team are Dr. Frédo Durand and Dr. Wojciech Matusik of MIT.

Dr. Frédo Durand is a renowned researcher and professor in computer vision and computational photography. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Dr. Wojciech Matusik is widely-recognized professor and entrepreneur in machine learning, 3D vision, and 3D fabrications. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, where co-directs the Computer Graphics Group and teaches machine learning courses

Mercari is looking for talented people to join its technology teams in Palo Alto and Cambridge. A list of all current U.S. openings is here.

 

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Chinsay’s Intelligent Contract Platform Enables Rio Tinto & Cargill to Complete the First Fully Digitalised Iron Ore Trade

Vlad Poptamas

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Chinsay, the leading provider of contract digitalisation solutions in the commodity and freight markets, is announcing today the completion of the first fully digitalised iron ore trade, through a trial achieved in partnership with Rio Tinto and Cargill‘s Metals business on Chinsay’s Intelligent Contract Platform (ICP).

In using ICP, Rio Tinto and Cargill collaborated on a single platform to dramatically reduce the time it takes to create, issue and approve commodity contracts from several days to under two hours. The digitalisation of this fundamental trade process creates the opportunity to automate and deliver post-trade efficiencies by linking front-, middle- and back-office functions.

Colin Hayward, Chinsay CEO, said: “This is a technological milestone for the industry, and we are delighted Rio Tinto and Cargill Metals chose to partner with us and use our ICP as the core technology to create this advance. We are constantly collaborating with clients, market participants, tech vendors and industry consortia to extend digitalisation further along the commodity trade lifecycle.”

“The Intelligent Contract Platform is a great tool that has the potential to benefit the entire ferrous industry,” said Lee Kirk, Managing Director for Cargill’s Metals business. “This is a great example of how we can leverage advancements in technology to benefit from increased speed, transparency and efficiencies that enable us to serve our customers and suppliers better.”

ICP is state-of-the-art technology which allows companies to digitalise pre-trade processes early in the deal lifecycle, creating an agreed contract dataset that can be seamlessly integrated with other operational systems, functions and processes, enabling transparency and traceability across the supply chain.  ICP prepares clients for the use of technologies such as blockchain, ML, AI and electronic trade documentation solutions.

 

SOURCE Chinsay

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Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers Named to Florida Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

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Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (“Trulieve” or the “Company”) (CSE: TRUL) CEO Kim Rivers has been appointed to the newly-established Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for the State of Florida. This committee will collaborate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to help enhance the medical marijuana policies of the state.

“Every day, our Trulieve team helps to bring relief to thousands of people suffering from a range of debilitating ailments and improve their quality of life,” said Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve. “I am honored to be a part of this important initiative led by Commissioner Nikki Fried to further develop patient access and advance policies related to medical marijuana in Florida.”

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has stated that the committee will convene telephonically and in-person bi-monthly to work through ways to expand patient access, increase innovation and technology in the industry, and make recommendations to the Legislature and the Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use to improve Florida’s medical marijuana policies and programs. The 18-member committee is comprised of representatives with a diverse range of backgrounds, including medical marijuana production and sales, science and medicine, law, medical marijuana patients, cannabis activists, and public affairs.

 

SOURCE Trulieve Cannabis Corp.

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