Nevada Statehood

Nevada Statehood

The U.S. Postal Service is releasing the Nevada State­hood Forever Stamp. The stamp’s official first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place in Las Vegas this Thursday, May 29. The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Smith Center for Performing Arts.

Attending the ceremony will be Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS Board of Governors Vice-Chair James Bilbray, Nevada Lt. Gov Brian Krolicki, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and many others as they celebrate Nevada’s 150-year birthday.

The stamp art depicts a close-up view of an area in Fire Canyon, part of Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park.

The painting is an oil-on-Masonite panel. Captured by Reno Nevada artist Ron Spears at dawn, the sandstone formations glow in shades of brilliant reds and yel­lows — a result of various quantities of iron in the rock — highlighted by deep purple and blue shadows.

New Postcode System First of its Kind

New postcode system

Most Postal Services around the world employ a postcode system that assists in the accurate delivery of mail throughout their service areas. In a handful of countries, such a system doesn’t exist. Though they’ve made do with unique addressing systems, one of the remaining postcode-less countries will soon adopt an innovative system that’s a world’s first.

Ireland currently has an address system that uses the name of a city or town, street name, house number and/or name, and apartment number similar to other countries, but no accompanying postcode. Beginning in 2015, only a single, seven character alpha-numeric code will be needed to send mail to a specific destination. That’s when the Irish government expects Capita Ireland to introduce its new coding system.

In 2013, the Irish government selected Captia Ireland as its contractor of choice in establishing the new postcode system. A 10 year agreement, signed in January of this year, secured the coding and roll-out of the new system. The new code will provide every address in the country with a unique code, eliminating possible confusion and guesswork that might plague certain addresses in the current system.

The project is 9 years in the making and has been beset with delays and shifting priorities over the years. The new contract establishing the service arrangement gives the project momentum and helps relieve skepticism about its previously questionable future.

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