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Nikon Announces Z 6II and Z 7II: Small But Meaningful Improvements

Nikon has just announced the second generation of their full-frame mirrorless bodies, updating the Z 6 and Z 7 to Z 6II and Z 7II. These feature updates improve some crucial areas of camera performance, but is it enough to keep them competitive? Check out the features that have changed and decide for yourself.

Firstly, the bodies are the same. Other than some slight differences to accommodate things like the new vertical grip (finally!), all the buttons and controls have remained in the same positions. This makes interoperability between cameras a breeze, but also reflects the very small degree of change involved in this update. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s actually changed.

Dual Processors

The cameras now feature dual EXPEED 6 processors. These power a number of the camera’s features, so more power is always welcome. In this case, the greater available power has allowed

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Lowe’s Announces 2020 Vendor Partners of the Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Each year, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. recognizes vendor partners who continue to raise the bar in delivering outstanding quality, innovation, value and service. Lowe’s is proud to announce it has named Altman Specialty Plants, Monopy and Reliance Worldwide (Sharkbite) as the company’s 2020 Vendor Partners of the Year. Even during these unprecedented times in the world and the retail industry, these companies have remained committed to going above and beyond to meet customer needs at a time when home has never been more important.

Furthering the company’s commitment to offering more sustainable products in its assortment, Lowe’s recognized LG Electronics with the company’s first-ever Sustainability Award. With more than 80 percent of its portfolio being ENERGY STAR certified products, LG Electronics offers customers a wide selection of environmentally friendly appliances from washers and dryers to refrigerators, ranges, ovens and dishwashers. Its robust sustainability strategy

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces Renovation

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort on the Island of Hawaii, announces a resort-wide renovation of accommodations and amenities. The multi-million dollar enhancement program will update almost every aspect of the Resort, further enhancing the guest experience while maintaining the distinct, authentic character of the Resort.

The Hualalai Resort is rooted in Hawaiian culture and strives to connect its guests with the island through every touchpoint and experience. The current architecture reflects this ode to Hawaiiana, and the new enhancements maintain this important connection. The Resort has tapped internationally-renown design firm BAMO to bring the vision of this renovation to life. BAMO is known for its luxury approach, elegant space planning and functional design, with award-winning projects across the world.

“We are extraordinarily proud of the experience we provide our guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and are thrilled to enhance their visit through

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The Home Depot Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

Breakthroughs in cooking take top two spots

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot® today recognized the latest product innovations to hit shelves, in store and online, with the announcement of its 2020 Innovation Award winners. Supporting its DIY and Pro customers, the retailer, its merchants, and suppliers have continued to bring state-of-the-art products to the market throughout 2020.   


The Home Depot announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

This year, The Home Depot’s overall Innovation Award winner and first runner up define innovation in cooking platforms. From frying to grilling and smoking, the top two products elevate the at-home cooking experience. In addition to appliances and grills, finalists cover categories from across the home including lighting, home security, flooring and more.

Top winners include:  

Overall Winner: The Frigidaire Air Fry Range by Electrolux saves time and space with its all-in-one stove, oven and new Air Fry Range cooking capabilities. The large-scale cooking capacity features no-flip

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Solar & Home Improvement Contractor Point-Of-Sale Lender Dividend Finance Announces New Lending Platform & Broader Loan Product Suite

 

Dividend Finance Inc., a U.S.-based fintech that specializes in point-of-sale lending to solar and home improvement contractors, announced on Wednesday the launch of a new technology platform. Founded in 2013, Dividend claims it is a leading national provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient financing solutions to property owners.

“We give our customers the opportunity to obtain clean energy financing through a comprehensive suite of financing options. Our flagship product, the EmpowerLoan™, continues to expand its product offerings into the storage and home-energy space.”

Dividend reported that in addition to a new solar + home improvement partner portal, it is now offering its solar contractors an array of new products and enhancements including:

  • Dividend Lite: a new single-page URL application
  • New solar loan terms, including a 25-year 2.99% APR, 20-year 1.49% APR, 15-year 1.49% APR, and 10-year 0.99% APR
  • Flexible credit criteria and funding requirements
  • Same-day approvals and project funding

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces Resort-Wide Renovation

The Hualalai Resort is rooted in Hawaiian culture and strives to connect its guests with the island through every touchpoint and experience. The current architecture reflects this ode to Hawaiiana, and the new enhancements maintain this important connection. The Resort has tapped internationally-renown design firm BAMO to bring the vision of this renovation to life. BAMO is known for its luxury approach, elegant space planning and functional design, with award-winning projects across the world.

“We are extraordinarily proud of the experience we provide our guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and are thrilled to enhance their visit through this comprehensive renovation,” states Sebastian Hinsch, Resort Manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “As we look to the future of Hualalai, we are excited to introduce these new amenities and features while continuing to provide the personalized service and genuine

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Dividend Finance Announces New Lending Platform & Broader Suite of Loan Products

Dividend Finance Inc. (“Dividend”), a leading FinTech point-of-sale lender to solar and home improvement contractors, is announcing the launch of a new technology platform. In addition to a new solar + home improvement partner portal, Dividend is offering its solar contractors an array of new products and enhancements including:

  • Dividend Lite – a new single-page URL application which makes qualifying and signing up a customer faster and easier;

  • New solar loan terms including a 25-year 2.99% APR, 20-year 1.49% APR, 15-year 1.49% APR, and 10-year 0.99% APR*;

  • More flexible credit criteria and funding requirements; and

  • Same-day approvals and project funding

Dividend’s New Partner Portal
With solar and home improvement in one portal, Dividend is making it easier than ever for contractors to provide a fast and informative sales experience to their customers. Dividend’s new portal offers a faster credit application process, the ability for users to update and resend documents,

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The Home Depot Names Ted Decker President and Chief Operating Officer; Announces Additional Senior Leadership Promotions

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Edward “Ted” P. Decker has been named president and chief operating officer, effective October 5, 2020. Decker, a 20-year veteran of the company, has served as executive vice president of merchandising since 2014. As the company’s chief merchant, he has been responsible for all store and online merchandising departments, merchandising strategy, services and vendor management, marketing and in-store environment. In his new role, he will assume additional responsibility for global store operations, global supply chain, and outside sales and service.

“Ted is an incredible leader who has enhanced our competitiveness and interconnected strategy by blending the art and science of retail while also driving outstanding results with both our in-store and online customer experience,” said Craig Menear, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot. “We are extremely

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LHC announces improvements for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Louisiana Housing Corporation announced on Wednesday improvements to the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LERAP) that aim to improve access for renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19.

LHC has reduced the application length and divided it into components for renters and landlords. E-signatures are now allowed for faster receipt of documentation required by the federal government. In addition to hosting in-person outreach events in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LHC is scheduling events around the state to serve those with limited access to the internet, or who otherwise may need help in submitting their application.

“We know COVID-19 has impacted thousands of Louisianans, and emergency rental assistance is needed by many. LHC’s goal is to provide that assistance as soon as possible and after receiving feedback on how to improve the process, we have made several adjustments,” said LHC Executive Director Keith Cunningham, Jr. “Although there are federal requirements

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University of South Carolina announces tuition freeze

During the State of the University address, President Bob Caslen announced the university’s next steps in response to COVID-19, including a tuition freeze.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina announced a tuition freeze for the next academic year to lessen the financial burden on students caused by the coronavirus. 

University President Bob Caslen outlined the plan during his State of the University address Wednesday, Sept. 30.  

During the address, Caslen spoke about the university response to COVID-19, as well as additional steps for USC as the state’s flagship university. This includes “expanding access to underserved residents and boosting its research enterprise,” according to the university. 

This was Caslen’s first State of the University address as president of USC. He began the address by thanking UofSC researchers and staff. 

“The very fact that our campus is open and has remained open; the fact that we are delivering education to

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