Best Monitors for Workplace Productivity

first_imgIn today’s workplace, productivity is always top of mind for employees, managers and leadership. So, it’s only natural that companies equip their teams with the latest products to achieve peak productivity. Whether you are an engineer, sales person, administrator, teacher, healthcare professional or accountant, Dell’s latest line-up of professional monitors has the right display to help you be more productive.With slimmer bezels, the new professional monitors offer a better visual experience while also making it easier to configure your dual- or multi-monitor setup. On select models, the bezel width is nearly 40 percent thinner than previous versions. And with a flicker-free screen and Dell ComfortView, the new P-model monitors are much more comfortable on your eyes by minimizing blue light emissions, allowing you to view your screen over time with ease. These monitors also feature panels with in-plane switching technology that offer consistent colors from virtually any viewing angle.The new P-model monitors are designed with the latest technology in mind and sport a wide range of conveniently accessible digital ports, including two USB 3.0 ports on the side, so you can future-proof your desk setup with a range of flexible mounting options such as arms and display stands. Speaking of which, these monitors help reduce desk clutter with their integrated power and cable management.Not only do the P-models boost the productivity of employees, but they also help boost a company’s bottom line thanks to the eco-conscious design – meeting the latest environmental standards such as ENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold, TCO Certified Displays and more – that reduces energy consumption and associated costs.Hot Hardware described P-family monitors as:“The perfect blend of productivity-boosting performance and comfort in an eco-conscious design with low power consumption for enterprises of all sizes that want to help limit carbon footprints.”At Dell, we constantly strive to make you and your business more productive, which is one of the many reasons why we’ve been the #1 manufacturer of displays in North America for 16 straight years and worldwide for three years.And with our Premium Panel Guarantee and three years of Advanced Exchange Service and Dell ProSupport (optional for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), we’re committed to giving you peace of mind so you can focus on what you do best.Visit today to find out more about the other exciting aspects of the new P-family of monitors.last_img read more

Zoe Kazan & More to Join Cherry Jones in MTC’s When We Were Young

first_img When We Were Young and Unafraid Kazan has appeared on Broadway in A Behanding in Spokane, The Seagull and Come Back, Little Sheba and her screen credits include Revolutionary Road, It’s Complicated and Some Girls. Saylor co-stars in the Showtime series Homeland as Dana Brody. Boothe is best known for originating the role of Josephine in Ruined at MTC. Darragh has appeared on Broadway in Our Town. View Comments When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne (Kazan) is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny (Saylor), forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she’s been trying to help. Cherry Jones Related Showscenter_img When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam McKinnon, will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Russell H. Champa, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and fight direction by Thomas Schall. The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid. Joining the previously announced Cherry Jones will be Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. The new play will have a limited engagement at the off-Broadway New York City Center – Stage 1, with performances beginning on May 21 prior to a June 17 opening. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014last_img read more

NACTA Conference

first_imgFor more information about NACTA, please visit in 1859, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia is the state’s home for cutting-edge research, student-focused instruction and Cooperative Extension public service and outreach programs. On three campuses across Georgia – in Athens, Griffin and Tifton – CAES offers courses of study in 22 majors, 18 minors and 28 graduate programs that cover the breadth of agricultural, environmental and food sciences. In each field, students are able to work directly with world-class researchers who are finding answers to tomorrow’s food supply and environmental questions. For more information, visit More than 300 faculty and graduate students from agricultural colleges across the nation will gather at the University of Georgia this week to learn about the latest research in teaching and mentoring students in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines, is conducting its 2015 annual conference at UGA. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), home to several nationally recognized instructors, is hosting the event. “At CAES, we strive to provide engaging, challenging instruction that prepares our students to become the next leaders in the world of agriculture and environmental sciences,” said Jean Bertrand, assistant dean for academic affairs at the college and chair of the 2015 NACTA conference planning committee. “Participating in the NACTA conference gives instructors the tools needed to lift their teaching effectiveness to the next level and keep an eye on the developments of the future.” Over the five days that NACTA members are at UGA, they will cover best practices for teaching agricultural sciences through skill-sharing presentations. Topics to be discussed range from curriculum for undergraduate research methods to teaching international extension programs through service-learning. Presentations will focus on service-learning strategies, curriculum development, student recruitment, experiential learning and other topics facing higher education instructors across the country. In addition to sharing oral and poster research presentations, the conference will include tours of UGArden, the UGA Campus Arboretum, The Trial Gardens at UGA and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia as well as local farms, historic sites and culinary landmarks. last_img read more

It’s time to own the payment relationship

first_imgPayment options are among the stickiest of Matt WilcoxIt’s no longer news that payment relationships are one, if not the, wave of the financial services future. Experts have harped on the subject ad infinitum.People like me have harped on it, too. And part of the message seems to have gotten through loud and clear.Financial institution decision-makers are well aware that rising adoption trends attest to demand, and that being slow to supply risks losing business to speedier competitors.It is no idle threat. As mobile options supplant in-person transactions, it becomes easier for once-loyal clients to disengage and defect.Readers of Credit Union Magazine need no reminder of the value of sticky products, and payment options are proving themselves among the stickiest. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump eggs on primary challenge to GOP governor who acknowledged Biden’s win

first_imgRenacci’s beef with DeWine, whom he spent months running against in the 2018 gubernatorial primary before he switched to the Senate race, goes back much further than the aftermath of the 2020 election, though. Back in September of last year, Renacci argued that the state had seen little private-sector job growth during DeWine’s first six months in office, and the former congressman notably declined to rule out a primary bid. Renacci has also spent his 2020 attacking DeWine’s measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, with him writing last month that the state was “committing economic suicide” under its current leadership.Renacci also used his weekend to trash DeWine on Twitter for recognizing the results of the election and for considering new restrictions on restaurants and bars as COVID-19 cases rise, and he called for voters to “Ditch DeWine.” However, Renacci wouldn’t say if he was considering taking on the governor himself, though he did add, “It’s always the right for citizens to primary or run for office if they believe change is necessary.”Ohio has become a rough state for Democrats over the last few years, but Renacci could give Team Blue more of an opening if he managed to take the nomination from DeWine. Renacci ran a weak campaign against Brown in 2018, and national Republicans never bothered to spend much money to aid him.- Advertisement – While DeWine, who served as Trump’s state co-chair, added, “The White House, or the president and his campaign, has every right to go into court” and challenge the results, his admission that “Joe Biden is the president-elect” was not what Trump wanted to hear. Indeed, Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz noted that Trump’s tweet came just 39 minutes after Fox had aired a clip of DeWine’s comment.Campaign Action- Advertisement – Renacci also pissed off his party by loaning his campaign $4 million but never spending most of it (almost $3.5 million in loans were repaid to the candidate after the campaign was over), and he managed to attract unhelpful headlines like, “Jim Renacci failed to pay strip club owner for governor campaign flights.” Brown ended up winning 53-47, even as DeWine prevailed 50-47 and the GOP swept every other partisan statewide race that same evening.Georgia Runoffs● GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: Republican Sen. David Perdue recently launched his first TV spot of the Jan. 5 runoff, which ties Democrat Jon Ossoff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The commercial shows a clip of Schumer saying, “Now we take Georgia, then we change America,” footage that conservatives have already made plenty of use of.Ossoff, meanwhile, is connecting Perdue to Donald Trump, who is the first Republican presidential nominee to lose Georgia since George H.W. Bush in 1992, in the Democrat’s second runoff spot. The ad, which is similar to one that ran in the first round of voting, features audio of both Trump and Perdue using almost identical language to downplay the coronavirus as a chart shows its death toll skyrocketing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Meanwhile in the special election, Democrat Raphael Warnock is out with two new spots against appointed GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler. One ad slams the stock transactions made in Loeffler’s name before the stock market crashed in March, while Warnock uses the other commercial to push back on the senator’s attacks against him.Warnock says in the latter piece, “I believe that in the greatest nation in the world, people should have affordable healthcare. That Georgians who work hard every day deserve a livable wage, and that seniors ought to be able to afford the costs of prescription drugs.” He concludes, “Kelly Loeffler may think that’s radical, I think it’s common sense.”Senate● MO-Sen: Republican incumbent Roy Blunt’s team recently confirmed that he would seek a third term in 2022, and there’s no obvious Democratic opponent on the horizon. Abe Rakov, a longtime aide to 2016 nominee Jason Kander, told the Kansas City Star over the weekend that Kander would not seek a rematch in two years.● NH-Sen, NH-Gov: Former Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte did not rule out seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan when she was asked about the idea on Friday. Ayotte, who sits on the board of the conservative group Winning for Women, told Roll Call, “I’m very happy with what I’m doing right now. So I’m not focusing on running for office.” There has also been some speculation that Ayotte could run to succeed Gov. Chris Sununu if he takes on Hassan instead.Gubernatorial● VA-Gov: Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been talking about running for his old job next year for a while, and Axios reported on Sunday that he’s told friends that he plans to go for it “in the coming weeks.” McAuliffe has not yet said anything publicly about his 2021 plans, though his spokesperson confirmed last week that the former governor would not be seeking any posts in the Biden administration.The Democratic field already consists of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, and Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, and another potential candidate is also expressing interest in seeking the nomination. Reporter Brandon Jarvis tweeted on Saturday that Del. Lee Carter, a self-described socialist, “believes there is a path to victory for him and he is strongly considering running.” Carter soon replied with a GIF of The Office’s Dwight Schrute captioned, “It’s True.” (Yes, we do indeed live in a world where politicians communicate their interest in higher office through GIFs.)House● MS-04: On Thursday, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo’s campaign said that he was under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing nearly $200,000 in campaign funds. Palazzo’s treasurer argued that the congressman had done nothing wrong, and added, “I think in the final analysis, it’s going to be a disgruntled employee and a sore loser that is driving this thing.”The probe stems from a March complaint from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which accused the congressman’s campaign of spending $60,000 in rent in 2018 and 2019 for a Palazzo-owned farm they did not ultimately use; CLC also said that the campaign paid more than three times as much rent per month during this time than the state’s other three congressmen combined. As Roll Call‘s Chris Marquette explains, “House rules allow members of Congress to lease property to their campaigns if there is a bona fide campaign need for the space and specify that the campaign cannot pay more than fair market value.”The CLC also said that Palazzo’s campaign paid $128,000 since he took office in 2011 to an accounting firm run by his now-former wife, who is not a certified public accountant; the couple divorced in 2016, but the campaign continued to make the payments. Marquette writes, “If a family member wants to sell services to a lawmaker’s campaign, there needs to be a bona fide campaign rationale for it and it cannot be more than fair market value, according to federal law and House rules.”Legislative● AK State Senate: While Alaska Republicans maintained their 13-7 majority in the state Senate, Democrats are hoping that GOP infighting will give them a chance to form a governing coalition. The baker’s dozen of Republicans met on Friday but failed to decide on a new Senate president, though the members said they were still confident they’d be able to work out an agreement for an all-GOP ruling majority.Called RacesA handful of major races remain uncalled, and Daily Kos Elections is tracking them here.● CA-39: The AP called this contest on Friday for Republican Young Kim, who defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros in their rematch from two years ago.● UT-04: Republican Burgess Owens secured a pickup for his party on Monday when freshman Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams conceded defeat; the AP called the contest a short time afterwards.● AK Ballot: The Associated Press has called a defeat for Measure 1, which would have increased the state’s fuel production tax; the referendum lost 58-42.Grab Bag● Deaths: Former Iowa Sen. Roger Jepsen, a Republican who won his only term in a big 1978 upset, died Friday at the age of 91. Jepsen, who was a former lieutenant governor, took on freshman Democratic Sen. Dick Clark during Jimmy Carter’s midterm year, and he looked like the underdog during the entire campaign. The New York Times notably called Jepsen “a rather plodding campaigner with a tendency to get tangled up in positions that he repeatedly had to clarify or back away from,” while it said Clark had “reputation for being both articulate and tireless on the hustings.”National Right to Life, though, made Clark its top national target, and it found a willing ally in the anti-abortion challenger. Jepsen ended up defying the polls and winning 51-48, a result that was attributed to his performance among anti-abortion Catholic voters who had yet to fully align themselves with the Republican Party. Clark’s campaign manager afterwards blamed his defeat on the 300,000 pamphlets that were circulated in churches by anti-abortion forces the Sunday before the election.Six years later, though, Jepsen faced a tougher contest from five-term Rep. Tom Harkin. The Democrat began the 1984 contest with a wide lead over Jepsen at a time when the economy, especially in farming areas, was suffering. However, the race turned very close and ugly, and the lead would shift multiple times.Harkin, notably, went after Jepsen after the news broke that he’d joined a spa in 1977 that listed “nude modeling, nude encounters and nude rap sessions” as offerings; the spa was shuttered three months after Jepsen joined it after authorities raided it for prostitution. Jepsen defended himself by saying that he’d ventured there once out of “curiosity and weakness” and never went back.Harkin took a decisive lead in the polls late in the campaign, and despite Jepsen’s attempts to once again use abortion as a wedge issue, the Democrat didn’t lose his advantage. Ronald Regan ended up carrying Iowa by a 53-46 margin during his 49 state landslide, but Harkin’s strong showing in farming areas that were still struggling helped propel him to a 55-44 win. Reagan appointed Jepsen afterwards to the National Credit Union Administration, but the former senator never sought office again.last_img read more

PensionsEurope calls for ‘full, unambiguous’ PRIP exemption

first_imgEuropean regulation that would introduce Key Information Documents (KIDs) for investment products should be revised to remove second and third-pillar pensions from its scope, PensionsEurope has said.The lobby group called for a “full and unambiguous exemption” for pension funds from the regulation proposed for packaged retail investment products (PRIPS), arguing that it would be wrong to classify occupational pension funds as a financial product.Concerns that occupational funds would be forced to publish KIDs were raised by the German pension fund association (aba) last year, after the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) revised the draft regulation first published in 2012 – a draft that made clear occupational funds should be excluded.PensionsEurope said any information document aimed at pension fund members should provide “tailor-made and comprehensive” information, and argued that the emphasis solely on information regarding investments would be insufficient. “Therefore, it should be clear that, although we fully support the provision of transparent and clear information on occupational pensions, the proposed PRIPS regulation is not the suitable vehicle to achieve this,” the organisation’s position paper said.It further took issue with the approach of implementing the new rules through a Regulation, rather than through a Directive, as it would have a “direct and immediate impact” on EU member states’ labour laws – in violation of existing treaties specifying that social policy is a matter for individual member states.“In those areas that do not fall within its exclusive competence,” the paper said, referencing social policy issues, “the EU should regulate through a Directive, which gives the necessary flexibility to implement EU laws into member states’ social and labour laws, and not through an immediately binding and hence inflexible Regulation.”Echoing concerns previously raised by the aba, PensionsEurope also said the European Parliament should not seek to adopt any legislation for occupational pensions without consulting the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.However, it also said existing and forthcoming pensions legislation – namely the revised IORP Directive, as well as the former Portability Directive – would form an “adequate layer of protection” for those participating in occupational pension funds.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesPensionsEurope position paper on PRIPSlast_img read more

Swiss regulator to publish catalogue for minimum risk standards

first_imgSwitzerland’s regulator – the Oberaufsichtskommission, or OAK – is to unveil in the coming months a catalogue of minimum risk standards to be applied by all Pensionskassen from next year. Speaking at the annual BVS conference, the regional supervisory body for the canton of Zurich, André Tapernoux, head of risk management at the OAK, confirmed that the regulator would decide on the standards “over the next few months”. The introduction of a unified risk-assessment catalogue has been under discussion by pension fund representatives, industry experts and regional supervisory authorities for the last year.One of the chief proponents has been BVS director Roger Tischhauser, who has argued that regional supervisors need a standard by which to measure Pensionskassen.  At the conference in Zurich, Tapernoux agreed, acknowledging that regional supervisory bodies required “reliable individual figures” for each Pensionskasse.He said the OAK had therefore concluded it was “useful to make it mandatory for Pensionskassenexperten to calculate certain key figures”.Tapernoux told IPE the regulator had not yet decided which parameters the new catalogue will include, but he did say they would be taken from existing guidelines issued by the SKPE, the chamber of pension fund experts.In those guidelines (FRP 5), the SKPE included a ‘tool kit’ of risk factors to consider with respect to the financial security of the pension plan, its recovery potential, regulatory requirements and ongoing financing.Among the proposed calculations were changes to the funding level, with additional contributions during recovery periods, or a more holistic view of expected returns from assets in view of liabilities.Martin Wagner, drawing on his experience as managing director at the Credit Suisse Pensionskasse, told delegates that trying to increase a funding level by 100 basis points would entail a 700bps increase in contributions from salaries.In his role as president of the SKPE, Wagner added that the FRP 5 guidelines helped pension funds calculate possible scenarios before acting on them.At the OAK, Tapernoux stressed that Pensionskassen would “only have to calculate figures relevant to their pension plans”.He added that the supervisory body was aware of the extra effort and costs involved but pointed out that the OAK would discuss “useful solutions” for smaller Pensionskassen.Wagner pointed out that some lay trustees at Pensionskassen would need guidelines to “help them along”, and argued that mandatory calculations were “not a corset but an aid”.He said the FRP 5 guidelines had been set up using “key figures that any expert can calculate easily, without too much additional cost”.Reacting to audience comments regarding further consolidation in the second pillar, Tapernoux said it was “not the OAK’s intention to speed up this process by introducing these risk parameters”. See the latest issue of IPE magazine for more on individual investment choices in the Swiss second pillarlast_img read more

Klaveness Maritime Agency Expands Services

first_imgKlaveness Maritime Agency Inc. (KMAI), part of Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness, informed that KMA in Manila is expanding its crew management services to include two new principals.The companies in question are Singapore-based Nordic Maritime Crewing Services and India’s Chellaram Shipping.Crew management company Nordic Maritime Crewing Services will be bringing in two oil-chemical tankers, namely Northsea Rational and Northsea Logic, Klaveness said.Each of the two vessels has a complement of up to thirteen Filipino crew, who are all to be deployed by KMAI.Furthermore, KMAI will provide Filipino officers for Chellaram’s managed vessels.As explained, KMAI plans to work closely with Chellaram’s crew management company in India, Chellaram Shipping Private, in an effort to gradually increase the number of Filipino sea personnel in its fleet.last_img read more

U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Samuel scores hat-trick as Flamingos thrash Guinea

first_imgRelatedPosts Flamingos trash Guinea, romp into final round Enyimba crash out CAF Confederation Cup Guinean President bags traditional title in Daura Yemisi Samuel scored a hat-trick as the Flamingos thrashed their Guinean counterparts 6-1 on Saturday in a first round first leg game of the 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Nigeria took charge of the game from start to finish in Conakry as Chinyere Kalu opened scoring three minutes into the game after benefiting from a defensive error. Samuel fired in a stunner from 35 yards to double the lead for the Nigerian national under-17 women team against the hosts eight minutes  later. Flamingos almost got the third in the 34th minute, which could have been Samuel’s second goal of the match, but her effort went off target. The visitors underlined their dominance as Rofiat Imuran profited from a goalmouth scramble to increase the tally for her side four minutes later. After 65 minutes of play, Imuran bagged her brace after being superbly teed up by Olashola Shobowale to extend Nigeria’s lead. The hosts, however, pulled one back, no thanks to a defensive mix-up in the Flamingos area in the 81st minute. Samuel went on to hit a double four minutes later as Flamingos recovered to create a five-goal lead. The striker completed her hat-trick in extra time as the game ended 6-1. NAN.Tags: Chinyere KaluFlamingoesGuineaOlashola ShobowaleRofiat ImuanYemisis Samuellast_img read more

Baines relishing top-four pressure

first_img A comprehensive 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday took them to within a point of the fourth-placed Gunners with a match in hand and significantly raised their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time. Having already beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal this season, Everton’s position in the hierarchy is moving to a place where regular victories over the Premier League’s so-called big sides are no longer classed as a surprise. “It is a big win,” said Baines. “We knew that if we hadn’t won it was going to be a tough uphill battle to finish higher in the league but we have now worked ourselves into a position where it is in our own hands with the game in hand. “You could see from the performance and effort level how much we wanted to win. “It is one of the best performances because of the commitment and desire to win, combining that with the quality we showed. “Having got the third goal we controlled periods of the game and kept a clean sheet, which against a team like Arsenal was a notable effort. “It showed we had all aspects of the game: that we could show some quality in our attacking play, get some goals, we could dig in and fight when we needed to and we showed we are capable of doing all of those things to win a game. “We are perfectly comfortable being underdogs or having the expectation – it is probably nice to have that little bit of expectation to drive us on. “We are aware of the task in hand and we have some tough games to play but they are here at Goodison where our form has been exceptional and we will have confidence going into those games. Defender Leighton Baines believes Everton will embrace the growing expectation surrounding the club and lay down a significant marker in their history. Press Association “We have done well against a lot of the big sides. We have done well against Arsenal in the league, done well at United and played well at Goodison against Chelsea and Tottenham so we have held our own in that group against what you consider the top sides. “We have a few games left to try to push on and the fact we are in this position is great for us.” Entry into Europe’s elite would be a major step for Everton both on and off the field as in addition to the financial rewards it brings it also elevates the club to a new level in terms of potential transfer targets. But the players have to remain focused as the Toffees will have to extend their club record-equalling run of six successive league wins much further to gatecrash the top four. “We have a game in hand (at home to Crystal Palace) coming up and until we get to that point where we have played the same amount of games and have worked ourselves above Arsenal then it probably still feels like we are playing catch-up,” added Baines. “It is hard because you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and start thinking about the Champions League too much but we all know what it means to any club, particularly one who hasn’t been competing in those circles for a long time. “It would mean great things but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves at this point. “You look at the top four and it changes. Liverpool have worked themselves into that bracket and United are not quite there at the moment but they will come back stronger. “We will try to work our way in among that pack if we can but it has always been difficult because we haven’t always had the funds to go and spend but if we could get into a competition like the Champions League then it would help in that aspect. “It raises the bar a little bit and makes the club more appealing to potential signings and gives the manager, the chairman and the board a little more scope financially to push themselves in the market more. “There are a lot of things that qualifying for a competition like that can do but there is still a lot of work to be done for us to get there.” last_img read more