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Whether we’re in the office or at home, productivity has become a precious commodity for workers. For some of us, the challenge is staying focused amid a million daily distractions. For others, it’s simply finding ways to optimize our performance as much as possible. But across the board, it’s clear that having the right technology has become an essential component of a productive workday.Studies have shown that the monitor(s) workers use can play a key role in enhancing productivity. That’s why Dell is focused on designing monitors that solve productivity and performance challenges. Now, we’re excited to announce the expansion of our innovative Dell UltraSharp line of monitors to better meet the needs of users in color-critical professions and professionals who work simultaneously with multiple applications.Dell UltraSharp 30 Monitor with PremierColor (UP3017)As anyone who’s worked in a visual field knows, small changes to color can immensely change the mood, tone, accuracy and even professional credibility of videos and images. That’s why it’s crucial that users responsible for setting those color levels be presented with a crisp, color-accurate image as they design or edit.The Dell UltraSharp 30 Monitor with PremierColor (UP3017), the newest addition to an impressive lineup of Dell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor that address a wide range of color-critical needs, takes this commitment to color a step further than its same-sized predecessor (U3014) with 99 percent coverage achievement across four professional color spaces – AdobeRGB, sRGB, REC 709 and DCI-P3. These last two color spaces are of key importance to animation designers and video editors when ensuring color accuracy during post-production work.Perhaps one of the most exciting enhancements is the ability for users to fine-tune their colors using Custom Color mode or calibrate the monitor in-house using Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software with the optional colorimeter (sold separately). With the software development kit, you can tweak your color parameters according to your proprietary color solution.This new monitor also addresses another key need of professionals in color-critical fields – the ability to adjust and rotate the monitor to suit their current viewing needs. While our original 30-inch model offered a wide range of adjustability, the new release offers even more options, including the ability to rotate the monitor panel clockwise or counter-clockwise to view the entire screen in portrait orientation, a greater height adjustability range and wider forward and backward tilting angles. Users will have the flexibility to adjust the screen to suit them, rather than the other way around.And since we know that dual monitors can enhance productivity, we’ve made it easier to view dual content in two ways. First, users can connect two PCs to the same UP3017 monitor in order to view and interact with content from each source side-by-side or as picture-in-picture, using a single mouse and keyboard. Secondly, users can daisy chain two monitors to replicate or extend content across both monitors, without requiring both to be connected to the source. Both of these options offer significant productivity enhancements for editors and designers who can save a great deal of time and energy by viewing multiple source files simultaneously.Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3417W)For users looking for productivity enablers that minimize distractions and help them stay focused on a singular task, we’ve created an even more immersive and comfortable viewing experience with the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3417W).The U3417W model builds on the innovations we’ve introduced with our line of curved monitors by providing an increased screen curvature. It takes the benefits of curved, ultra-wide screens even further by better optimizing users’ field of view, while continuing to minimize reflection and offering near-uniform visual focus. It also optimizes eye comfort with a flicker-free viewing experience, ComfortView which minimizes blue light emissions, and less head-turning needed to see the entire image on screen, all of which can be significant benefits for users who view the monitor for hours on end. This has obvious applications for not only workers but gamers and those using the immersive viewing experience for home entertainment. It’s also ideal for executives and discerning professionals who work with multiple applications or files at the same time.The new release offers this increased curvature on top of the same impressive specs, including powerful dual 9W speakers and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture features, offered by the U3415W. PC Mag named the U3415W its top pick for ultra-wide monitors, while TechRadar Pro called it “the ideal replacement for dual-monitor setups.”Of course, both monitors build upon the already-solid foundation of the preceding Dell UltraSharp products, including precise, accurate colors right out of the box, and crisp, high-contrast images. And our Premium Panel Guarantee and Advanced Exchange Service provide the reliability our customers have come to expect.The same philosophy that has made us a successful PC brand for over 30 years has made us the world’s number one monitor brand for three years and in North America for 16 years. We listen to our partners and customers and provide practical innovation based on real needs. Whether you’re a worker in a color-critical field, a multi-task-oriented professional or both, let us know how these new monitors are affecting your workday. We look forward to working with you to continue meeting pressing needs as Dell technology and the workplace evolve together.
This would be left to the consultant community, which thoroughly rejected the idea in its consultation responses and said it would affect the use of ABCs in levy calculations.However, the PPF spokesman said the lifeboat fund was happy to accept ABCs and the contribution they make to scheme funding.ABC structures involve sponsors giving schemes legal claim over an asset that provides income streams in return for a reduction in deficit contributions.The use of these structures can potentially reduce the liability burden of a scheme entering the PPF, thus reducing the levy.A PPF spokesman told IPE: “These are complex structures, and the value they have on insolvency may be very different to the value at which they are stated in scheme accounts.“If advisers are confident about the value of these arrangements, they should be able to give assurance to trustees and to the PPF. And if they aren’t, we don’t think the PPF should give credit in levy calculation.“Ultimately, if ABCs prove to be worthless, other levy payers end up paying the price.”Responses from the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA), the Society of Pensions Professionals (SPP), Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt all said the extension of liability from trustees to advisers was unnecessary.Towers Watson said a duty of care already existed for trustees, and that extending this to the PPF would not always be possible.Senior consultant Joanne Shepard previously told IPE: “Subject to legal opinion, extending each adviser’s duty of care to the PPF may not always be unachievable – in which case, perfectly good assets would not be recognised for levy purposes.”The ACA said it was not appropriate for advisers to have an uncapped liability to the lifeboat fund, given that there is a cap between advisers and trustees.This was the lifeboat fund’s final consultation before Experian takes over from Dun & Bradstreet for the 2015-16 levy calculation. The UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has defended its stance on forcing consultants to legally stand behind valuations of asset-backed contributions (ABC) when used to reduce levy payments.The rebuttal comes after a recent consultation on the PPF levy saw consultants criticise requirements for the extended ‘duty of care’.A spokesman for the lifeboat fund challenged advisers to give clear assurances on the valuation of ABCs if they were “confident about the value”.In the last consultation before the new levy and solvency-risk formulas come into use, the PPF suggested ABCs would require an independent valuation that recognises a legal ‘duty of care’ to the fund.
Ali Campbell. Image via: solarnavigator.netLegendary Ali Campbell of the UB40 band will take the stage this evening when the fifteenth edition of the World Creole Music Festival gets underway at 8pm at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau.Ali Campbell whose birth name is Alistair Ian Campbell is a solo artist, songwriter and was the lead singer of the UB40. UB40 is a British reggae band who according to Wikipedia is a “British reggae band formed in 1978 in Birmingham. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 has sold over 70 million records”.Executive Marketing Officer of the Dominica Festivals Commission Leroy “Waddicks” Charles says everything is in place for the show tonight.“Everything is working out well for tonight; we will have Kolobarst of Martinique who sings traditional music. After that we will be having Ali Campbel the legendary singer of UB40 who will sing several songs of the UB40 including “Red, red wine” and all the other songs which have made him popular. We have the New Generation Grammacks featuring Jeff Joseph; they will be there with us tonight as well as Karmonik for the first time in Dominica. This is a group which features the music of Haiti including the new generation Compas and WCK; the great creators of Bouyon music tonight,” he said.Charles also invites all visitors and the general public to come to celebrate with the Domincia Festivals Commission this evening.“We are inviting everyone to come to the festival, it is our fifteenth anniversary and we are inviting all the visitors who are on island to come to celebrate with us.Dominica Vibes News Share 1212 Views no discussions EntertainmentLocalNewsWCMF 2011 Ali Campbell scheduled to perform tonight at WCMF by: – October 28, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share