Apple TV owners can now screen mirror multiple device types and up to four devices simultaneously with the new Ditto tvOS Receiver app. The Ditto app can screen mirror a number of device types to the Ditto tvOS Receiver including:Chrome OSAndroidWindowsiOSiPadOSmacOSConnections to the new Ditto tvOS Receiver are established through the Ditto Connect app on the sending device (loaded on the sending device). The apps wirelessly connect a user’s device directly to the Apple TV. The Ditto tvOS Receiver is available on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. An active Ditto subscription ($150/year or $15.99/month) is required to use the product. A free 30-day trial is available.You can learn more here.
Matrox announced Friday that the Matrox D-Series D1480 multi-display graphics card is now shipping. Purpose-built to power next-generation video walls, this new single-slot graphics card supports up to four 4K@60Hz DisplayPort monitors. It can be combined to drive an output video wall of up 16 synchronized 4K displays. Along with an assortment of video-wall software and developer tools, the D1480 card enables OEMs, system integrators and AV installers to deploy high-performance display walls for a broad range of commercial and critical 24/7 applications, including control rooms, enterprises, industries, government, military, digital signage and broadcast.The D1480 can drive up to four 4K DisplayPort monitors from a single-slot card. OEMs, system integrators, and AV professionals can add — and synchronize — displays by framelocking up to four D-Series cards via board-to-board framelock cables. Also, D1480 offers HDCP support to display copy-protected content and Microsoft DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 and OpenCL 1.2 support to run the latest professional applications.D-Series cards work seamlessly with Matrox’s complete video wall portfolio. OEMs and system integrators can pair D1480 with Matrox Mura IPX capture cards to add advanced HDCP functionality to capture and display content-protected sources — including set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc and media players, and video game consoles. D-Series can also be combined with Matrox QuadHead2Go multi-monitor controllers to create ultra-large-scale configurations of up to 64 x 1920×1080@60Hz screens.D-Series includes the Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software. Users can select from a variety of tools — including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management and edge overlap. This helps to configure and customize multi-display setups. The Matrox MuraControl video-wall-management software meanwhile provides users with an intuitive platform to manage video wall sources and layouts either locally or remotely and in real-time. Matrox video wall APIs, SDKs, and libraries are also available for developers and AV installers interested in creating custom control functions and applications.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As mobile technologies evolve and become a way for underserved populations to access financial services, the Credit Union National Association has written to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to urge continued coordination with payments regulators. The letter acknowledges that such services can help with member access to financial services, but also notes implementation costs and regulatory burdens that currently exist.“The CFPB should minimize regulatory burdens associated with offering mobile financial services, to ensure that credit unions and other providers are able continue to provide these innovative services to consumers,” reads the letter, signed by CUNA Assistant General Counsel Dennis Tsang. “The agency should also recognize that implementation costs to provide mobile services can be quite significant for credit unions and other smaller financial institutions.”A Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. white paper from April estimated that, of the underbanked and unbanked households, almost 90% had a mobile phone and 71% had a smartphone. CUNA believes that these populations could gain enhanced access to credit union services through these devices and phones.Mobile financial services offered by credit unions can include a mobile website or downloadable app and the use of text messaging to check balances, account history and transfer funds.CUNA’s 2014 Technology Spending Survey showed, that of the 200 credit unions that responded to the survey, nearly 60% offer mobile financial services and another 28% percent said they plan to do so within the next two years. continue reading »
My late mother had a favorite saying – “Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth.” In other words, “shut up and listen!” I’m sure that we’ve all found ourselves in the middle of a discussion where the other person is talking and while we are supposed to be listening intently, what we’re actually doing is preparing our response – formulating what we’re going to say and how we’re going to say it.Organizations across all industries will inevitably have to address complaints and concerns from their patrons. It’s going to happen. Many organizations put a focus on customer service training, which includes of course, handling complaints. The problem that exists with such training is that many companies don’t include any serious training on the art of listening. Instead, employees are given a folder or binder full of potential complaint scenarios as well as scripts or “comebacks” to handle those situations. NEWSFLASH – the consumer is smarter and savvier than ever before in history. They know when they are being fed a line.Here is a list of phrases/comebacks that should NEVER be used:“There’s nothing we can do” – Awful. There is always something you can do. It may not be exactly what is requested but at least make the effort to find some kind of solution. Consumers come to you for solutions. They want you to empathize. Many times, simply offering tiny concessions can diffuse anger and ease tension that exists in a difficult situation.“It’s our policy to….” – NEWSFLASH! No one gives a damn about your policies. Don’t get me wrong – it is important to have policies in place in order to protect the integrity of your business and to ensure that the organization remains viable. But for goodness sake, don’t point to a policy as a way of getting out of listening to someone that is asking for help!“Unfortunately…..” – Say this and you’ve already lost. Using “unfortunately” to begin a response basically sends a message to your brain that it’s going to be disappointed with the rest of the response so it stops listening! What happens instead is that the consumer gets a rush of adrenaline and, like a lion about to pounce on its next meal, as soon as you’re done talking (or before you’re done talking) the unmistakable displeasure of an even angrier consumer will be thrust upon you. If you’re in the service business, eradicate “unfortunately” from your vocabulary.Need training?? HINT: every organization should be developing its employees! Take a look at our customizable training packages. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sean McDonald Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC and the Founder of ABSURD! Leadership. He is a highly regarded speaker at national and international conferences for the credit … Web: www.YFPTips.com Details
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Certex, a supplier of steel wire ropes, lifting products and services to the oil, gas, industrial and renewable markets, designed and supplied the below-the-hook solution for loading the helipad using a 300-tonne capacity crane on board a barge.The hexagonal helipad, which when fully assembled measures 44 sq m, was lifted from the gas rig in two sections; the heaviest piece weighed 89 tonnes, while the smaller section weighed 35 tonnes.Certex used a MOD 110H spreader beam at an outreach of 6 m for the heavier section and a MOD 110 at 6.5 m for the smaller section. The former can lift up to 170 tonnes at 11.5 m, while the latter provides 110-tonne capacity at 14 m.The beams were combined with different rigging equipment, including wire rope slings and shackles, also supplied by Certex, for each lift.”Pad-eyes were required on the side of the end units so they could be connected to winches on the barge crane to control manoeuvring of the helideck during positioning into place,” explained Jason Griffen, technical sales at Certex. “We provided calculations in advance of the project so Modulift could weld the modifications accordingly.”The modifications were required to eliminate the use of guide ropes and the requirement for personnel to work in proximity of the loads as they were landed on the supply vessel, says Modulift. www.certex.co.uk www.modulift.com
STUDIES by Railforum Nederland suggest that it may be possible to boost capacity on the Dutch rail network by 30 to 40% over the next five years with relatively minor modifications to signalling and track layouts.NS is currently struggling to handle its growing traffic, with many passenger trains cancelled due to shortage of crews and rolling stock. Transport Minister Tineke Netelenbos fined NS Reizigers 26m guilders at the end of May, after punctuality fell to 77% of trains arriving within 3min against a target of 88%. The Railforum proposals, drawn up in association with NS Reizigers, Railned, Verkeersleiding, Holland Rail Consult and Railion Benelux, envisage improvements to key corridors linking Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag to Eindhoven, Arnhem and Zwolle. Work would include moving signals to shorten block lengths, adding overtaking loops and strengthening power supplies, at a cost of 600m to 750m guilders per corridor. More significantly, train operations would be ’homogenised’ to reduce the conflict between fast and slow services. Inter-city trains would each serve one or two more intermediate stations, allowing the elimination of stopping trains. Heavy freights would be split into shorter sections which run faster, freeing up further paths. Operating costs are predicted to increase by 10% for passenger traffic and fall by 5% for freight.
zoom inzoom outAUSTRIA: Proposals for a €2bn package of infrastructure enhancements to expand the capital’s S-Bahn network were unveiled by the Mayor of Wien Michael Ludwig and ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä on December 3.Ludwig pointed out that the city’s population is expected to reach 2 million by 2027, and that the number of passengers using S-Bahn services has been rising rapidly. The network is now carrying 89 million passengers a year.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe Second Rail Infrastructure Package is intended to follow on from the projects in the first package adopted in 2016, several of which are currently under construction. According to Matthä, the majority of the projects in the second package would be finished by 2026-27, and the remainder by the early 2030s. The start of work must await agreement over the financing, with negotiations expected to begin in 2020. The usual model sees the federal government contributing 80% and the remaining 20% coming from local authorities.By far the biggest proposal in the package is quadrupling of the 11·8 km section of ÖBB’s Südstrecke main line between Wien Meidling and Mödling, which is priced at €1·2bn, including the construction of new stations at Brunn Europaring and Tullnertalgasse. The two extra tracks would provide capacity for 12 S-Bahn services per hour in each direction.The 13·2 km Wiener Stammstrecke between Meidling and Floridsdorf would be fully modernised and equipped with ETCS Level 2, while station platforms would be extended to 220 m. This would increase capacity of the cross-city S-Bahn core from the current 700 trains per day to 900, providing for future ridership growth.The 1·9 km single line connection between Hütteldorf and Penzing would be doubled, with a new station to be built at Wien Baumgarten. This would allow S-Bahn route S45 to operate at 15 min intervals in each direction. A second reversing siding at Aspern Nord would enable similar headways to be provided on route S80, while the stabling sidings at Floridsdorf would be expanded to accommodate an extra 40 trainsets. The package also envisages the modernisation of 12 stations, including Matzleindsdorfer Platz, Handelskai, Liesing and Franz Josefs Bhf.Feasibility studies will be undertaken for capacity enhancement on a 15 km section of the Laaer Ost line between Wien Hbf, Simmering and Süßenbrunn, and for a potential extension of route S45 from Handelskai to Praterkai. Also in the early stage of planning is a second cross-city S-Bahn axis, which would connect Wien Hbf with the northwestern suburbs around Heiligenstadt; several route options are currently under consideration.Pottendorfer lineMeanwhile, ÖBB is investing €680m in upgrading the Pottendorfer line which connects Meidling with Ebenfurth and Wiener Neustadt. It expects to start routing long-distance trains to Graz, Klagenfurt and Villach over this line from 2023, freeing up capacity on the Südstrecke for more frequent suburban services. The route will be cleared for 200 km/h operation between Inzersdorf Ort and Wampersdorf and 140 km/h from there to Wiener Neustadt.On November 22 a 9·4 km section of double track was commissioned on the Pottendorfer line between Hennersdorf and Münchendorf. Work is due to start in 2020 on doubling and realignment of the 11·8 km from Münchendorf to Wampersdorf; this is due for completion by 2023, along with a new station at Ebreichsdorf.
Rhino Poaching Crisis in the Rise in South Africa South Africa sees decrease in rhino poaching South Africa has seen a decrease in rhino poaching due to intensified anti-poaching efforts, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy said on Sunday.From January to June this year, the number of rhinos poached around the country stood at 318, compared with 386 during the same period last year, Creecy said in a statement issued to mark the World Rhino Day.The Kruger National Park in northern South Africa bears the brunt of rhino poaching, losing 190 rhinos in the first six months of this year, according to Creecy.The minister said the park, one of Africa’s biggest game reserves, saw a total of 1,202 incursions and poacher activities in the first six months of this year.“Although the battle to end poaching is far from over, we are proud to say that our efforts as a government, as private rhino owners, and as concerned citizens, are paying dividends as we continue to implement the Integrated Strategic Approach to the management of rhinos,” said Creecy.She pledged to redouble efforts to make sure that communities on the borders of South African parks benefit from conservation and the biodiversity economy so they are not vulnerable to recruitment by syndicated poaching operations.Creecy said South Africa has continued to battle organized crime targeting its national and private parks as demands for rhino horn increase.South Africa is home to about 85 percent of the world’s rhino population, making it the center of the poaching crisis. EnditemRelated Steady decline in South Africa’s rhino poaching menace, says minister
Share LocalNews Early detection & treatment critical to reduce blindness from glaucoma by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 86 Views one comment Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Glaucoma patient. Photo credit: learningall.comThe significance of early detection and treatment in order to reduce blindness associated with glaucoma has been highlighted by Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux. This as Dominica has joined in the global observance of World Glaucoma Week from Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 March 2016 under the theme ‘Prevent Blindness from Glaucoma; Get Involved!’ World Glaucoma Week is organized jointly between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association in an effort to eliminate blindness resulting from glaucoma.Glaucoma can be described as a group of eye diseases which causes progressive optic nerve damage resulting in a gradual loss of vision. Minister for Health and the Environment Kenneth Darroux, in his address to the nation in observance of the week, stated that no effort must be spared to reduce the incidence of blindness from glaucoma and all must be involved in the early detection, diagnosis and management of glaucoma.“It is also of great importance to know that the loss of vision and blindness from glaucoma is permanent, meaning it cannot be reversed, and whilst it cannot be cured, it can definitely be controlled, making it imperative that detection, diagnosis and management be made in a timely manner”.Minister Darroux said early detection and adherence to treatment to lower the intraocular pressure is one of the main strategies needed to reduce blindness from glaucoma.“In order to maximize the effectiveness of this strategy one must target those at risk – mainly blacks over the age of 40 years, and the relatives of people already diagnosed with open angle glaucoma.”Dr Darroux highlighted several treatments and preventative measures that are available here in Dominica, geared to combat glaucoma and its effects:1. Delivery of eye services in all seven Primary Health Districts, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Dominica Infirmary and in the private sector to enhance affordability, availability and accessibility for screening and treatment for glaucoma; 2. Performing opportunistic screening for glaucoma for all patients seen at the eye clinics irrespective of their presenting complaints; 3. Providing some of the glaucoma medications free of charge in all primary health districts and others at cost price at the Princess Margaret Hospital; 4. Screening eye examinations by the VOSH team in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Dominica during their annual eye missions in Dominica for over 20 years and 5. Treating open angle glaucoma with Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT is an ongoing research for over a year in Dominica. Dr Darroux informed that this year the eye team during their scheduled eye clinic, will be hosting an exhibition and lecture on glaucoma at the St. Joseph health Centre on Thursday, March 10 from 9am. “In addition, there will be a number of radio talk shows, during the week, to inform the general public. We will continue to provide the resources for regular comprehensive eye care including treatment of glaucoma and of course to the further enhancement of these services when our New National Hospital is commissioned in a few years from now,” Dr Darroux informed.