Stop saving and start investing! I’d ditch a Cash ISA and buy FTSE 100 shares in 2020

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Saturday, 18th January, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Investing in FTSE 100 shares could prove to be a better idea than having a Cash ISA in 2020. Interest rates are currently close to historic lows, while the pace at which they are likely to rise in the coming years could prove to be relatively slow.By contrast, the FTSE 100 could deliver high returns. Many of its members trade on low valuations and offer high dividend yields. This could lead to improving total returns that boost your long-term financial prospects. As such, focusing your capital on large-cap shares, rather than cash savings, could be a good idea.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Low cash returnsCash ISAs have proved to be a simple and effective means of building a cash balance in previous years. However, a low interest rate that is unlikely to move significantly higher due to a modest rate of inflation and economic uncertainty in the UK may mean that Cash ISA returns are low.Furthermore, the tax advantages of a Cash ISA are highly limited at the present time. Assuming an interest rate of 1.5% on the capital held in a Cash ISA would mean that you would require a balance of over £67,000 to obtain tax benefits versus a bog-standard savings account. This is because the first £1,000 in interest received from savings accounts each year is not subject to tax for basic rate taxpayers.Therefore, rather than using up your annual ISA allowance of £20,000 on a Cash ISA, it may be a better idea to invest instead in FTSE 100 shares through a Stocks and Shares ISA.Improving FTSE 100 potentialThe FTSE 100 may have experienced a decade-long bull market, but the index still seems to offer good value for money. Sectors such as banking, retail, financial services, industrials and healthcare offer low valuations and improving growth prospects, with a number of their members seeming to have a potent mix of rising dividends and wide margins of safety.Furthermore, with the index being focused on international markets, it offers geographic diversity that helps to reduce risk. This also provides investors with access to the high growth potential of emerging economies, which could offer improving financial rewards in the coming years.Through diversifying across a range of FTSE 100 shares, it may be possible to reduce your risk of loss. Diversifying reduces company-specific risk. It means one company’s weak financial performance would affect your portfolio to a lesser degree when there are a number of other stocks held alongside it. As such, with the cost of buying and selling shares being cheap, it makes sense to own a range of companies that operate in a variety of different sectors.Emergency cashOf course, holding some cash in case of emergency is always a good idea. However, focusing the majority of your capital on a Cash ISA, rather than buying FTSE 100 shares, may not be a rewarding experience – especially with large-cap stocks appearing to offer favourable risk/reward ratios. Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Stop saving and start investing! 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House Snik / MADE architects

first_img House Snik / MADE architects Manufacturers: Jaga, VANDERSANDEN, ARWO BOUW, ReynaersDesign Team:Gill Matthyssen, Liesbeth Storkebaum, Fiona Deziron, James ScottArchitects:MADE architectsCity:AntwerpCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Johnny UmansRecommended ProductsCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsJUNGLight Switch and Light – Plug + LightDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. This challenging small extension transforms an existing family house into a more flexible home, without losing the connection with the architecture of its uniform neighbourhood. Save this picture!© Johnny UmansSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Johnny UmansThe existing building is part of a recently build neighbourhood in the southern part of the Antwerp city centre. The house is situated at the edge of two different typologies: wide but shallow buildings and narrow but deeper buildings. It is a two-story building, part of the first type (wide but shallow). The inhabitants wanted more space to be able to invite their (newly composed) family: they wished for a larger living room as well as an extra space on the first floor with a flexible use, as workshop (for theatre costume design) and a guestroom.Save this picture!© Johnny UmansAligning the garden elevation with the adjacent building on the right instead of the one to the left made it possible to enlarge the building with 2.80 m, also the maximal expansion allowed by the urban planning department. The transformation is made visible by literally extracting the rear façade in red brick. The new sides that appear are finished in white plasterwork.Save this picture!First Floor PlanAt ground level, the new extension now occupies the full width of the building plot, the first-floor volume is situated at the right side, where a common wall existed. The upper floor volume keeps the same distance of 2.80 m from the border on the left side. By this gesture the rowhouse transforms and obtains a new orientation to the northwest and is enriched with a green roof.Save this picture!© Johnny UmansSave this picture!Section BBBetween the living area and the garden, a large folding window integrates the lush city garden completely in the home. The use of the same polished concrete creates a seamless transition between inside and outside.Save this picture!© Johnny UmansThe designer’s workshop is situated on the first floor and can be split in two rooms. By lifting a part of the floor, a podium is created. Through the glass sides of the podium the two adjacent rooms are connected in a subtle manner with the living room below and natural light reaches to the central part of the ground floor.The existing housing development was entirely constructed on foundation piles.Save this picture!© Johnny UmansUsing the same type of foundation wasn’t possible for the new extension (for technical as well as financial reasons). A lightweight structure was required, directing us to a wood construction in CLT – cross laminated timber. The important benefits of a CLT structure, apart from the weight, are the extreme reduction of the constructing time and the thin structural walls (only 8 cm). As the dimensions to expand where very limited, the compact façade system was a major asset.Save this picture!Section AAThough the rear façade is copying the colour of the original brickwork of the building, the classic and simple brickwork pattern is replaced by a more layered and frivolous pattern, inspired by examples of the School of Amsterdam.Save this picture!© Johnny UmansProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Complete City: Filled In – A Design Competition To Test and Visualize Housing Po…IdeasParticipants Call for MEDS Silesia 2021Student Competitions Share CopyAbout this officeMADE architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionAntwerpExtensionsOn FacebookBrick HousesBelgiumPublished on May 26, 2021Cite: “House Snik / MADE architects” 26 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Belgium 2019 ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962258/house-snik-made-architects Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962258/house-snik-made-architects Clipboard Year: center_img Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses Photographs Photographs:  Johnny Umans Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Johnny Umans+ 19Curated by Hana Abdel Share House Snik / MADE architectsSave this projectSaveHouse Snik / MADE architects CopyHouses, Extension•Antwerp, Belgium Architects: MADE architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Toni&Guy Charitable Foundation celebrates raising £700,000 for the Variety Children’s Hospital

first_img Toni Mascolo, Founder of TONI&GUY, and his wife Pauline visited the TONI&GUY Ward to see how this substantial donation has helped improve the lives of children at the hospital London – 15th March, 2013: Cav.Uff. G T Mascolo OBE KCSG and his wife Pauline Mascolo DCSG, on behalf of the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation, today celebrated raising £700,000 for the creation and ongoing support of the TONI&GUY Ward at the Variety Children’s Hospital, at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill.  The couple presented a cheque to Professor Anil Dhawan, Clinical Director-Child Health at King’s College Hospital and met the children and staff for whom the Ward was created.In 2003 the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation pledged to raise £700,000 within ten years, for Variety, the Children’s Charity, to renovate an entire wing of the Variety Children’s Hospital.  The money was raised via events held personally by Toni and Pauline Mascolo, such as Annual Summer Garden Parties, and by salon staff who held National Hair Days, in-salon events, and participated in personal challenges such as Marathons. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 March 2013 | News Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Funding The resulting TONI&GUY Ward now specialises in treating children with sickle cell anaemia, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and leukaemia. The renovations have included creating a special playroom packed with toys, books and games so that families can enjoy spending time together, as well as ensuring that all rooms on the Ward are equipped with mini fridges, flat screen TVs and fold-down beds so that parents are able to stay with their children and provide them with long-term comfort and support. Toni Mascolo said that “raising the money to complete the renovation of the TONI&GUY Ward has made me incredibly proud of the Foundation’s accomplishments and the TONI&GUY staff’s achievements over the past decade and we hope to continue supporting many worthwhile causes, like Variety, the Children’s Charity, for years to come.” Laurence Davis, Chief Baker at Variety, the Children’s Charity, said “Toni and Pauline are longstanding supporters of Variety and their tremendous efforts over the past 10 years have helped countless children at the Variety Children’s Hospital. Their continued fundraising to support the TONI&GUY Ward will provide children who are suffering from long term illnesses, with a much improved environment to help aid their recovery.” The Variety Children’s Hospital opened its unit at King’s College Hospital in 1985 and helps more than 40,000 sick children each year from both the local community and the rest of the world.  It is now one of the UK’s leading paediatric units, offering the highest quality medical care in child liver disease, neurosurgery, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. It prides itself on maintaining comfortable and engaging surroundings, with the children’s happiness in mind.  With Variety’s support, in  partnership with  King’s College Hospital Charity and corporate donors such as the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation, as well as patients, family and staff, the Variety Children’s Hospital has been given a completely new look, with state-of-the-art equipment and refurbished modern wards. Variety, the Children’s Charity, helps children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. It does this by providing practical help including Variety Sunshine Coaches, Variety Wheelchairs and specialist equipment through the Grants programmes, as well as creating memorable childhood experiences in our Variety at Work scheme. To find out more about Variety, the Children’s Charity or to donate to their various projects, please visit www.variety.org.uk For further information contact:DDA PR                                  TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation   Leslie Funcken                       Cameron Tewson02079329800                          Fundraising and Charity [email protected]          [email protected] NOTES TO EDITORS About Variety: Variety, the Children’s Charity, set up its UK office in 1949. The charity runs fundraising initiatives throughout the UK and has raised over £200 million in the last six decades, dedicated to increasing positive experiences for children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.  Variety in the UK operates under: Events, Corporate Donors, Sunshine Coaches, Wheelchairs, Legacy, Personal Giving, Community Fundraising, Regions, Youth Clubs, Disability Sports, Appeals and Young Variety.With a focus on helping children make the most of their childhood, Variety, the Children’s Charity, provides both practical help, including Variety Sunshine Coaches and Variety Wheelchairs and specialist equipment through their Grants Programme, as well as creating memorable childhood experiences in the Variety at Work scheme. In 2012, 63 Coaches were given away 123 Wheelchairs and trikes were donated and over 50,000 children and young people attended VAW events.Variety is also a big supporter of disabled sports access and last year partnered with SportsAid where 17 of their funded athletes were successfully picked for Team GB for the Paralympics 2012.Variety, the Children’s Charity, launched in the United States in 1928. It is the oldest international children’s charity and ensures children and young people who are sick, disabled and disadvantaged benefit from positive childhood experiences.  It has offices across 13 countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Jersey, Republic of Ireland, France, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean) which help children on a local community level.Boasting an illustrious history stretching back to the golden age of entertainment, Variety was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when a group of eleven men involved in showbusiness set up a social club which they named the “Variety Club” in 1927.  On Christmas Eve 1928 a small baby was left on the steps of the Sheridan Square Film Theatre. Since efforts to trace the mother failed, the members of the Variety Club undertook to fund the child’s living expenses and education. The club decided to raise funds for other disadvantaged children and Variety’s charitable status was born.Since its inception, Variety has designated as “Chief Barker” the person elected by the Trustees of the Charity to act as Chairman of the Board. It is in honorary position. “Chief Barker” reflects the charity’s Showbusiness roots; these included circus, from which the term emanates.The charity has raised US $1.7 billion and helped millions of children internationally. Variety is a registered charity in England and Wales (209259) and Scotland (SC038505)For more information or to donate to Variety, please visit www.variety.org.uk About the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation: The TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation was established in 2003 by Toni Mascolo and his wife Pauline, with the aim of supporting a number of worthwhile charitable causes. The Foundation currently funds a number of projects, including: the renovation of the TONI&GUY Ward at the Variety Children’s Hospital – London, Macmillan Cancer Support to help people in the UK living with cancer, Hair and Beauty Benevolent to support hair and beauty professionals that have fallen into financial difficulty, and Queen of the Angels Foundation in Italy, a refuge for young people. The TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation is a UK registered charity 1095285. About King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, with more than 7,000 staff providing around 1,000,000 patient contacts a year.  King’s has a unique profile, with a full range of local hospital services for people in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark as well as specialist services to patients from further afield.  The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. King’s also plays a key role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students with its academic partner, King’s College London. For more information, visit www.kch.nhs.uk.You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at togetherwecan.org.uk/kings-college-hospital Brand Publicity DDA Public Relations Ltd 192-198 Vauxhall Bridge Road London SW1V 1DX Tel: +44 (0) 20 7932 9800 Dir: +44 (0) 20 7932 6805 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7932 4950 Mob:+44 (0) 7515 098 298 www.ddapr.com  40 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1center_img Toni&Guy Charitable Foundation celebrates raising £700,000 for the Variety Children’s Hospital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. 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Free car park should be used as school drop-off zone

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsFree car park should be used as school drop-off zoneBy Alan Jacques – September 13, 2020 793 Print Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Previous articlePike Sign Conor LayngNext articleWATCH: O’Hanlon Pleased with Annacotty Progress Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin The former Cleeves toffee factory site on Limerick’s North Circular Road.LIMERICK City and County Council’s decision to open a free 122 space car park close to the city centre has been welcomed locally, with suggestions it should be used as a school drop-off zone.The Cleeve’s site, adjacent to Shannon Bridge, is open from 7.30am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Accessed from the Condell Road, parking will be available to the public free of charge.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Welcoming the decision, Aontú representative for the Ennis Road area, Philip Norden says the local authority should now promote the free car parking site to help alleviate the “huge traffic jams caused by the closure of one lane of the Shannon Bridge” and work with local schools to use the car park as a drop-off zone in morning peak hour.“The Cleeves car park site is an ideal site as a school drop off zone and for people to park and walk or ride into town and should be promoted by the Council,” he told the Limerick Post.“The recently published Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy includes radical plans to have the Ennis Road and Sarsfield Bridge also closed to car traffic. This is going to make traffic flow even worse,” he claimed.Mr Norden is now calling for the immediate building of a pedestrian/ cycle bridge attached to the Shannon Bridge, so as to facilitate the reopening of the lane now closed. “A proper traffic plan is required for emergency vehicles and all road users, including the safe passage of cyclists.“A cycle/foot bridge could be built to the existing Shannon Bridge. This type of bridge would save a huge amount of time and money and be sufficient to meet the needs of all road users including for emergency vehicles and buses.“A new standalone bridge will take decades to build, if ever, will cost millions and face environmental challenges, whereas using the existing structures will avoid huge delays and costs,” he explained. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Emaillast_img read more

US rig count up eight as prices continue to climb

first_imgLocal NewsIn the Pipeline TAGSrig count Pinterest The rig count in the Permian Basin was up five this week, the latest count Friday by Baker Hughes shows, with 229 rigs active in the region. A year ago, 198 rigs were active in the region.Nationally, the oil and gas rig count is up eight from last week at 448 rigs. A year ago, 374 rigs were active. The count shows that 344 rigs sought oil, up two from the previous week, and 103 explored for natural gas, up seven from the previous week.The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in August of 2020 at 244.The regional benchmark Plains-West Texas Intermediate Posting ended Friday at $61.38 per barrel, up $1.32 from last Friday’s close. National benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude ended at $64.90 per barrel, up $1.32 from the previous week. By Odessa American – May 7, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img US rig count up eight as prices continue to climb Facebook Twitter Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 7, 2021Next articleECISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year Odessa American Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Time taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeks

first_imgThe time it takes landlords and letting agents to evict a tenant through the Section 21 notice eviction process is getting longer, official figures show, throwing the government’s plan to ban ‘no fault’ evictions into disarray.Figures just released this week by the Ministry of Justice reveal that it took on average 17.3 weeks to make a claim to the courts and get access to a property during the first three months of 2019, a week longer than a year ago.The government is part way through consulting on plans to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and instead force landlords and letting agents to rely solely on the longer and more complicated Section 8 notice system.This, the Residential Landlords Association has argued, is likely to lead to both additional costs and time taken to evict tenants.Commenting last month on the news of the proposed changes to the eviction process, housing secretary James Brokenshire (left) said: “By abolishing these kinds of evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them,” he said.But as The Negotiator reported earlier this week, the Residential Landlords Association has just completed a poll of 6,500 professionals in the industry about the proposed changes, warning that they would lead to nearly half of landlords exiting the private rental sector.“With the demand for private rented housing showing no signs of slowing down it is vital that landlords are confident that they can quickly and easily get back their property in legitimate circumstances,” said its policy director David Smith.Ministry of Justice James Brokenshire Residential Landlords Association David Smith evictions May 24, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Time taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeks previous nextRegulation & LawTime taken to evict tenants increases by seven days to over 17 weeksOfficial figures from Ministry of Justice put government’s plans to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions into disarray.Nigel Lewis24th May 201901,234 Viewslast_img read more

Talking rot(i)

first_imgNaan bread, it’s the future! As part of the government’s recently announced obesity drive (presumably to reduce it, not promote it), it will be reintroducing cookery in schools, including teaching kids how to make a “simple curry”. Bad timing, then, that curry is now being blamed for a rise in food allergies by intolerance experts YorkTest. The number of UK curry houses swelled from 500 in 1960 to 10,000 now, and recorded intolerances to chilli pepper soared by 350% between 2002-2007. As confirmed curry addicts, British Baker staff met this news with a unified scream of “Lies, all lies!”last_img read more

Improving the User Experience in the Digital Workplace

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Anand Johnson, Senior Advisor, Technical Marketing, Dell EMC VDI Ready Solutions.Ensuring a good user experience is a challenge for businesses interested in moving toward a digital workplace. While it seems intuitive that user experience improvement leads to increased productivity, that’s not the primary goal. “Increasingly, the success of digital workplace programs is being defined by how well business goals align with user needs, rather than just by productivity and costs savings,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global head of ISG Research, in a news release about ISG’s recent Digital Workplace of the Future report.In the digital environment, the user’s emotions and attitudes define the user experience. Aligning with user needs includes providing an experience that enhances how a person perceives and feels about the digital workplace. In fact, the ISG report identifies a shift away from traditional service level agreements (SLAs) in favor of end-user experience agreements (XLAs). The goal of an XLA is to monitor the user’s experience, identify gaps affecting the user, and then take corrective action. Ultimately, if the user enjoys working in the digital workplace, the benefits can include embracing new digital tools that improve productivity and collaboration with the business to further improve the digital transformation.Operating systems and digital workplace applications are also designed to enhance the user experience, as software companies realize the important role that the application experience plays in the selection process. For example, each version of the Windows operating system has made advances in improving the user experience. In my own experience, it was an adjustment moving away from using shortcut keys, to the more visual experience provided by the Quick Access Toolbar in Office programs. However, in exchange, we receive a visually rich and intuitive user experience that created a demand for improved graphics virtualization.It’s interesting how the presentation of color can play a significant role in the user interface of a program. “Research reveals people make subconscious judgments about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone,” according to CCI Color Institute for Color Research. This research highlights the importance of the presentation layer in the digital workplace. While a graphics processing unit does not affect the selection of color used in a user interface, it does affect color depth. In general, the greater the color depth the broader the spectrum of colors available.The new NVIDIA T4 data center GPU with NVIDIA GRID software is designed to provide a native-PC user experience in a digital workplace. Users can use multiple screens and watch 4K video. The T4 also supports VP9 video decode and H.265 (HVEC) encode/decode and provides support for more than 1 TB of system memory.Dell EMC now offers an integrated, validated, and tested solution for the digital workplace. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution combines PowerEdge servers with the NVIDIA T4 and GRID software and provides a comprehensive pathway to improving the user experience. After component integration, the solution is performance-tested to ensure its validity. As part of the testing process, engineers tune the system to maximize performance and efficiency, and document best practices. Finally, a separate team of experts evaluate the test results to ensure that the systems can be properly configured and sized for customers.Monitoring the Dell EMC VDI solution is free and easy with Live Optics. Live Optics is a remote and agentless software for collecting data about your PowerEdge environment. It streams workload data from your system to an online analytics engine that measures, analyzes, and reports workload characteristics. Live Optics saves time by automating data collection and drives transparency by enabling system monitoring.The goal of the new Dell EMC solution is to accelerate the time-to-value for the business in achieving an enhanced user experience for digital workplace users. Every digital workplace solution is different, requiring the design and size of the solution to match a customer’s requirements. This solution offers a great deal of flexibly in how it can be configured and sized for digital workplaces. Thus, customers have the capability to start with a foundation that matches their current requirements and incrementally grow as the business grows.The user experience in the digital workplace doesn’t have to be a challenge. Companies can quickly enhance the digital workplace with a powerful combination of NVIDIA T4 cards, GRID software, and PowerEdge servers. This VDI solution was developed by a team of experts who have used digital workplaces, designed solutions, and been customers themselves. They understand the value of solutions that are easy to use and enable your business to quickly achieve its goals.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorAnand is working as a Tech Marketing Engineer in Dell EMC VDI ready Solutions. He is specialized in VDI technologies, primarily based on VMware and Citrix Suites. In his role as Tech Marketing Engineer, he analyzes VDI solutions and build collaterals, which enable customers to understand technology better. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Anand worked on projects related to VDI solutions and managed all aspects of design and implementation of desktop virtualization projects.last_img read more

SMC senior honored for community service

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Lizzy Pugh tutors children, serves as a teacher’s assistant at a local primary center and writes letters to grade school students through the College’s pen pal program. But Pugh, a religious studies and German double major, does not clock these service hours to further her major. Rather, she got involved in service to get to know the greater community. “I wanted to know South Bend,” Pugh said. “Service is not only an excellent way to know South Bend, but also to know not only the triumphs, but the tribulations the community faces. You get to get in there and be with them in solidarity, face those things and help them overcome them.”As a result of her efforts, Pugh won the “Patricia Arch Green Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College Academy of Tutoring Program.” The Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE) gave the award as part of National Volunteer Week, which ran from April 19 to April 23. Green, for whom the award is dedicated, graduated from the College in 1961 and spent her life doing service. In 2008, Green’s husband established this award, which goes to a student in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program who has done “exemplary” volunteer work. Colleagues of Pugh say she is one of these people. “[Pugh] is an example of service and dedication to others,” CAT program director Olivia Critchlow said in a press release. “She leads in a very gentle way that is far beyond her years and is a very compassionate listener to everyone she encounters. She is an asset to the College, but even more importantly, an asset to our community.”Pugh has clocked over 475 hours of service during her time at Saint Mary’s. At Warren Primary Center, Pugh works with children with learning disabilities, such as Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia. She said seeing a child transform from a student who cannot stand reading into one who gets excited about it is one of the most fulfilling experiences.“They would rather be dragged through the mud on a rainy, cold day than read a book,” Pugh said. “So, my favorite thing is, even just in a few weeks, they run up to you and say, ‘Can you read with me today?’ They are just so excited about reading.”Pugh said she remembers one girl in particular who struggled with reading for a very long time because she was coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.“She was reading [a chapter book], when the year before I had to pull teeth to get her to read a book,” Pugh said. “[It] was really a testament to the work of not only myself, but also the other young women who worked in those classrooms, as well as the teachers.”After graduation, Pugh said she hopes to continue service work, whether in the classroom or aiding women and children. In addition to her work in the local schools, Pugh has also been involved in campus ministry and OCSE events and planning. No matter where life takes her, volunteer work will always play a role, she said. “I know I want to work with kids and faith, or even just service,” Pugh said. “Service is just such a part of my life and I can’t imagine it any other way.”last_img read more

New Legislation Places Further Restrictions On Waste Dumping

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – New legislation to help prevent large scale illegal waste dumping in New York has been signed in to law.Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to help place further restrictions on waste dumping.According to the Office of the Governor, the legislation strengthens penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances.Additionally, it will also designate fraudulent schemes involving the disposal of solid waste as a new crime in New York. “Illegal dumping is a significant problem and too often its costs are unjustly passed on to the community,” said Cuomo in a statement. “Not only does this legislation strengthen criminal penalties to ensure sanctions do not simply become another cost of doing business, but it further discourages large-scale illegal dumping by holding developers and waste haulers accountable for creating the problem in the first place.”Cuomo’s office stated that the legislation officially goes into effect on January 1The Governor also signed a law limiting the circumstances under which Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can arrest people on immigration violations at state courthouses.The law, passed by the state Senate and Assembly in July, requires a warrant signed by a judge for ICE to make an immigration arrest. An arrest with an administrative warrant, which is not signed by a judge, or with no warrant at all would not be permitted.The law’s supporters said courthouse immigration arrests had increased in recent years under the Trump administration, leading to fear among some that going to court proceedings on other matters could expose them to immigration enforcement.In June, a federal judge blocked federal immigration authorities from making civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arresting anyone going there for a proceeding.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more