South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust launches benefits platform

first_imgSouth Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) has launched a bespoke employee benefits platform for its 7,500 members of staff.The platform, designed and administered by Ernest Grant Benefits, allows SWFT employees to actively engage with their current benefits, while delivering an expanding range of salary sacrifice schemes and a comprehensive range of rewards and offers.The portal, which was implemented in September, also provides access to partnership deals, such as retail discounts.SWFT wanted to centralise the delivery of benefits in line with the expansion of its workforce, with the aim of providing 24/7 access to employees, helping to increase employees’ engagement and the value they receive from their benefits.The Trust worked with Ernest Grant Benefits to develop a strategy to communicate the platform to its workers via both printed and electronic communications. The provider, which was selected to administer the platform because of its experience with NHS pension and salary sacrifice schemes, has taken part in a range of events organised by SWFT, such as recruitment days and health and wellbeing groups, to engage them with their reward package.last_img read more

Stay uptodate with the Autumn Statement

first_imgChancellor George Osborne will unveil the Autumn Statement at 12:30pm today (25 November). Stay tuned to the Employee Benefits website for the latest news and updates from the Statement. These will cover all announcements impacting employee benefits, from pensions and pay to childcare and salary sacrifice arrangements. We will also be live tweeting during the announcement. Follow @EmployeeBenefit for instant updates.last_img

National Express gains living wage accreditation

first_imgNational Express has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The Birmingham-based organisation has committed to pay all UK employees the living wage rate of £8.25 an hour, ensuring the same wage rate for all agency and contracted staff.The move will benefit around 350 employees.The living wage was introduced at National Express’ bus division on 3 January 2016. It will be rolled out at its coach and rail businesses by the end of 2017.The living wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, and is updated annually. Employers choose to pay the wage on a voluntary basis.It is distinct from the government’s statutory national living wage rate of £7.20, which will come into effect in April 2016 for employees aged 25 and over.Peter Coates, managing director of National Express UK Bus, said: “Our staff do a great job helping hundreds of thousands of people get to work and school and to see their family and friends every day. We are always looking at what more we can do to recognise this hard work and committing to become a living wage employer testifies to our determination to be the best possible employer.”Sarah Vero, director of the Living Wage Foundation, added: “National Express is the first private transport group to accredit, and we hope their announcement and the leadership that they are showing will lay down a marker in the transport sector.”last_img read more

Spectromax becomes living wage employer

first_imgIT and software development firm Spectromax, which employs more than 400 staff, has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation, which already pays its employees in excess of the statutory national living wage of £7.20 an hour, has committed to paying staff at least the higher voluntary rate of £8.25 an hour, and £9.40 in London.The voluntary rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.Bhuwan Kaushik (pictured), chief executive officer at Spectromax, said: “We want to be an organisation that puts people first. Indeed, Spectromax has always paid close attention to the rising cost of living and factored this into employee wages, which is why we are incredibly proud to be a living wage employer.“The fact is, employers have a duty of care to their employees, and should be doing everything within their power to ensure they have a comfortable and happy life, without the stress of poverty. After all, many of us spend a huge proportion of our lives at or thinking about work.”last_img read more

More than a third believe they perform better when working from home

first_imgMore than a third (38%) of respondents believe that they perform better when they work from home, according to research by cleaning organisation Cleanology.Its survey of 1,056 individuals also found that 34% of respondents have noted an increase in presenteeism, with 64% feeling more pressure to attend work when they feel unwell and 21% believing they are now more prone to illness compared to a year ago.Around half (53%) of respondents state that they have caught a cold from a colleague who should have taken a day off work, although 23% cite a dirty workplace as a reason for illness; 39% of individuals carry cleaning wipes with them, 36% feel they have to clean their desk and 30% clean the kitchen area, believing it has not been properly cleaned. Just under two-thirds (62%) admit to not being able to work to the best of their abilities when unwell.Dominic Ponniah, chief executive officer at Cleanology, said: “Our findings raise important questions about standard work practices and whether businesses would benefit from encouraging people to work from home.“More than half of those surveyed had caught a cold from a colleague, while 62% agreed that they are not able to work to the best of their abilities when they are sick. Respondents felt guilty for coming to work coughing and sneezing.”Respondents cited the top reasons behind making them feel unwell as sick colleagues (66%), dirty toilets (28%) and computer keyboards (24%).Ponniah added: “While only a quarter of people blamed a dirty workplace for catching an illness, two out of five carry cleaning wipes. For us, this is a telling insight into the standard of cleaning in many workplaces. For employers, it must also raise questions about the link between cleanliness in the workplace and productivity.”last_img read more

Reward raised to help catch Parkland synagogue vandals

first_imgPARKLAND, Fla. (WSVN) — The reward has been raised for help in catching the people responsible for vandalizing signs outside a Parkland synagogue in October.Chabad of Parkland was vandalized just before Rosh Hashana, with slogans such as “Free Palestine” in graffiti on a sign outside and expletives spray-painted on the building.Now, $4,000 is being offered as a reward for any information.If you know anything, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for that reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Georgia woman takes pregnancy photos during eclipse

first_img(WSVN) – A Georgia woman has her mother-in-law to thank for her amazing pregnancy photos taken during Monday’s solar eclipse.Nichole Carver is 33-weeks pregnant with her baby boy, and wanted to have a unique set of photos to mark the occasion.“This is our last planned pregnancy as we have experienced the joys of birthing two healthy children and the sadness of loss after delivering my second child, a little girl named Emma, stillborn back in 2014,” Carver told Fox 5. “Our little boy is nothing short of a miracle to us and what better way to celebrate him than capturing this once in a life moment in time.”Carver’s mother-in-law, Lisa Cruikshank, works with Still Pearl Photography, and snapped the magnificent pictures Monday afternoon.“We had 99.1 percent totality,” Carver said. “I pitched the idea to her and she ran with it and the photo is out of this world amazing!”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New system allows MiamiDade Police to write traffic citations quicker

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A new system will allow Miami-Dade Police officers to write speedy citations electronically.The new electronic system went into effect, Monday, allowing officers to write up tickets in about five minutes.“It reduces the amount of time we’re stopping at the side of the road with the violator. That way we can go out and conduct more traffic enforcement, but it also reduces the amount of time we’re sitting there,” Miami-Dade Police Officer George Wilhelm.The system links up with electronic crash software, which officers have been using to write up crash reports.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lung cancer awareness fundraiser held in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgConcerned South Floridians came together to raise awareness, support and hope in the battle against lung cancer.The Memorial Cancer Institute hosted the Lung Force Sunset Soiree at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale, Friday night.Guests enjoyed a light dinner, cocktails, a silent auction and a fashion show by Neiman Marcus.7News legal expert Howard Finkelstein was among the night’s guests.Proceeds from the event will go toward research and improving the lives of lung health patients.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

First Tee of Miami moves to new location makes way for Inter

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The First Tee of Miami will be moving to a new location as Inter Miami FC takes over the land to build a soccer stadium.City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and CF owner Jorge Mas announced a deal has been made between the two organizations.The First Tee of Miami program is a non-profit organization aimed to help the youth of Miami-Dade County through golf.The Melreese Golf Course is where Jorge Mas and David Beckham’s group plans to develop their new soccer stadium in Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Advanstars Pharmaceutical Representative Folds

first_imgAfter a 41-year run, Pharmaceutical Representative magazine will fold. The January 2012 issue will be its last, as the magazine closes after 492 issues.A changing economy, as opposed to a struggling one, appears to be the cause of the magazine’s demise. In a message on Pharmaceutical Representative’s website, editor-in-chief Reid Paul says, “It’s more than a numerical decrease in the number of pharmaceutical sales professionals. The ‘traditional’ sales role of the rep is rapidly evolving into something new and different that defies easy categorization.”Paul also notes the evolving publishing environment as a factor of the closure, “Pharm Rep was one of the first, but now reps and execs have a broad range of options to communicate and find objective information on the industry.”Parent company Advanstar Communications will continue to publish sister mag Pharmaceutical Executive. Here, Paul says, “…we will continue to cover the essential sales and marketing issues that confront this industry as it continues to evolve…” Paul did not offer further comment on the closure, and Advanstar Communications did not immediately return request for comment. Other Advanstar titles include Applied Clinical Trials, Spectroscopy and Pharmaceutical Technology.last_img read more

Hearst Launches Dr Oz The Good Life

first_img[This article first appeared on FOLIO: sister site min.] Hearst Magazines will launch Dr. Oz The Good Life in partnership with daytime talk show host and bestselling author Dr. Mehmet Oz.  The women’s health magazine will debut with a March/April issue set for nationwide release on February 4. “We have a successful track record of partnering with great brands,” says David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, in a release. “Dr. Oz is an ideal collaborator.”Oz is the founding editor with Alison Brower as editor-in-chief and Lisa Oz serving as editor-at-large. The rest of the editorial team is filled out by a revolving door of contributing writers, doctors, personal trainers and financial experts. Each issue will open and close with content written by Oz, including a “From the Heart” open letter sharing his personal anecdotes and photos and back-page recurring column, “Dr. Oz’s Prescription,” which is a call to action for readers.The first issue covers a range of topics including the staple “Ask Dr. Oz Anything” column, an “Around the World” story that looks at global trends for physicians and traditional healing remedies, and to include some male-specific content, a “Her Heart vs. His Heart” story focused on heart disease, a leading killer of both sexes. Also, there are stories on fitness, sleep, stress control and even the importance of skincare to your overall health.The first issue totals 148 pages, 66 of which contain advertising including Dove, Mazda, Neutrogena and Rado Switzerland, and will have a total distribution of 800,000—375,000 on newsstands with a $3.99 cover price and the rest going to subscribers of the magazine and select other Hearst titles.A 53-year old cardiothoracic surgeon, Oz became a staple in American homes with his appearances as the health expert on the long-syndicated daytime powerhouse, “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Through Winfrey’s dedicated audience, Oz was able to grow a media business that includes bestselling books, a popular nationally syndicated talk show and work as a contributing author to Time and O, The Oprah Magazine.“There is an inextricable link between health and every area of our lives,” says Oz in a statement. “I want this magazine to be the place for women to find information that enlightens them, but also delights them and emotionally connects with them.”A second issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life, a May/June issue, is scheduled to hit newsstands on April 15.last_img read more

Printing Executive Nick Simon Dead at 57

first_img Nick Simon, president of Publishers Printing and fifth-generation head of the 150-year-old company, passed away last Friday, according to a statement from the company.  His funeral mass was held Wednesday morning at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, followed by a burial at Cave Hill National Cemetary. According to an obituary, expressions of sympathy can be sent to The Society of St. Vincent DePaul, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Bullitt County Seven Counties Services Behavioral Health, or the Bullitt County Library. Simon started working at Publishers after his graduation from Northwestern in 1981 and inherited the role of president upon the passing of his father, Frank E. Simon, in 1990. Simon is survived by his three children, Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander, and their mother, Nanette Simon; his brother, Michael, and sisters, Elizabeth Montgomery and Franny Aprile; his stepfather, Joe Thomas; and his girlfriend, Rhonda Karageorge. Together with his brother, Michael, who served as executive vice president, the pair navigated the company for the next 26 years through arguably some of the most difficult times in the history of the printing industry and generated unprecedented growth. The company employs nearly 1,400 workers at plants in Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, according to Printing Impressions. The company’s plants shut down on Tuesday before reopening yesterday evening.center_img “The man known more for his generosity than any wealth he may have earned passed away on Friday morning,” wrote The Pioneer News last week, in a tribute that details some of Simon’s many contributions to Kentucky’s Bullitt County over the years. “Publishers Press will carry on business as he would want,” read the company statement from the company. “To that end, the succession plan is not yet finalized. The Board of Directors, in consultation with the leadership team, is working to ensure a smooth transition after Nick’s sudden and unexpected passing.” Nick Simon Over the course of his life, Nick Simon received as many—if not more—awards for civic service as he did for outstanding business leadership, the list of which is far too long to include here. In 2003, the Greater Louisville chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him Philanthropist of the Year. last_img read more

Defense Bill Debate Could Cover School Choice Language Help Bases Counter Threatening

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR One of the more controversial amendments that may be debated when the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill hits the House floor this week would allow active-duty military families to create education savings accounts for their children using federal impact aid dollars. The funds could be used for private schools, online learning programs or tutors; attending a public school on a part-time basis, or college; instructional materials, computers and other equipment; educational services and therapies; fees for standardized exams; and other expenses. Participating children could not enroll in a public school on a full-time basis under the amendment offered by Jim Banks (R-Ind.). Participants would receive $4,500 or $2,500 in the first school year, depending on whether or not they lived within the boundaries of a “heavily impacted local educational agency.” House Democrats previously have warned that including a school choice provision in the authorization bill could jeopardize its prospects for passage. … Lawmakers have filed over 550 amendments to H.R. 5515. The House Rules Committee likely will block most of those from reaching the floor when it meets today and Tuesday. Another amendment affecting defense communities would expand the categories of military facilities where potentially threatening drones can be shot down. The rider, proposed by Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), would add training installations and facilities with mobility airlift missions to the current list which covers nine categories.last_img read more

Oregon Delegation Introduces Legislation to Support Rural Airports Used by Military Aircraft

first_imgRural airports that are heavily used by military aircraft would be eligible for federal support to help maintain commercial air service, under legislation introduced by Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley (D) and Ron Wyden (D). The measure would make it easier for rural airports at which military operations make up more than 10 percent of total airport operations to qualify for subsidies under the Essential Air Service program, according to a news release. The senators — along with Oregon Rep. Greg Walden (R), who is introducing a companion bill in the House — want Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport, home of the Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, to become eligible for federal assistance needed to attract air carriers.Klamath Falls News photo by Brian Gailey Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Luis Fonsi Despacito Wins Record Of The Year 18th Latin GRAMMYs

first_imgNews Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Facebook Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Prev Next JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Song Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Song Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 9:42 pm Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? 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Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Puerto Rican’s smash hit with Daddy Yankee wins Record Of The Year at The Biggest Night in Latin MusicTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 5:33 pm Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s smash collaboration “Despacito” won Record Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Email Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year | 18th Latin GRAMMYs See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Twitter “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year luis-fonsi-despacito-wins-record-year-18th-latin-grammys Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com “Good evening! A very good evening to all. Thank you very much. This award is [about] teamwork. Record Of The Year involves many people. Come, come guys, the producers of “Despacito”: Please, this is yours too. Come here, come here. Thank you very much, father God. Thank you very much to the Academy. Thank you very much. Before anything, teamwork. Daddy Yankee, thank you very much for joining “Despacito.” You’re big Daddy Yankee. Thank you, Erika Ender. Thank you to my producers from Colombia … Andresito Torres, Mauricio — I love him. Thank you to everyone involved — to the engineers, to all the people that get the credit but are part of the success. Thank you Universal Music [and] Jesus Lopez. Thank you to my management, Tony Mojena. Thank you to my family that are watching me from home: my wife, and my two children that I love so much, Mikaela [and] Rocco. I love you so much. This is for Puerto Rico. Long live Puerto Rico.” — Luis FonsiArguably the most ubiquitous song of the summer of 2017, “Despacito” topped several charts worldwide, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Portugal. The remix version featuring Justin Bieber, which took Best Urban Fusion/Performance honors, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for 16 consecutive weeks, tying with “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men for the most consecutive weeks at the top in the chart’s history. “Despacito” also won for Best Short Form Music Video and Song Of The Year.The other Record Of The Year nominees were “La Flor De La Canela” — Rubén Blades, “El Surco” — Jorge Drexler, “Quiero Que Vuelvas” — Alejandro Fernández, “El Ratico” — Juanes feat. Kali Uchis, “Amárrame” — Mon Laferte feat. Juanes, “Felices Los 4” — Maluma, “Vente Pa’ Ca” — Ricky Martin feat. Maluma, “Guerra” — Residente, and “Chantaje” — Shakira feat. Maluma. Read morelast_img read more

Wilmington Town Museum To Hold Annual Holiday Social On December 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Town Museum (430 Salem Street) will hold its Annual Holiday Social on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1pm to 4pm.This old-fashioned holiday celebration features fun for the entire family, including:Children’s holiday craft roomSeasonal musicHoliday decorationsRefreshmentsDecorated wreathes and swags will be for sale.A donation of $5 per person, or $15 per family, is suggested.Have a question about the event? Call the Tavern at 978-658-5475.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Town Museum To Hold Annual Holiday Social On December 4In “Community”Wilmington Town Museum To Hold Annual Holiday Social On December 3In “Community”Wilmington Town Museum To Hold Its Annual Holiday Social On December 6In “Community”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday May 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, May 2, 2019:#1) Drop-In MeditationThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding drop-in meditation at 12:30pm. If you’re interested in starting a meditation practice, join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home.#2) LEGO BuildingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation.  Kindergarten+.#3) Tech Buddies Drop-InThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Tech Buddies Drop In Session from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.#4) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

CES 2019 HiMirror wants to help track your weight

first_imgIt’s also supposed to be able to determine muscle to fat ratios and suggest exercises for you.We’ve tested out the Naked Labs Body Scanner, a device that rotates while you stand on it to create a 3D image of your body with your measurements and changes over time. HiMirror’s second new product at CES, the HiSkin, is supposed to check your skin’s hydration and melanin levels on your forehead, eyes, upper check, lower cheek and neck. The HiSkin is designed to be used with a HiMirror, an existing skin analysis mirror sold by the company.Both the Smart Body Scale and the HiSkin sound intriguing, but I’m skeptical of the HiSkin and how it works with the HiMirror to analyze things like hydration. We’ll just have to take a closer look for ourselves.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Other cool stuff Post a comment 3:23 This smart mirror scanned our (nearly) naked bodies,… Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice HiMirror has a Smart Body Scale at CES 2019 — as well as a HiSkin skin analyzer (not pictured). HiMirror HiMirror has a couple of new devices at CES 2019 — the Smart Body Scale and the HiSkin.The Smart Body Scale is supposed to measure weight, body mass index (or BMI), basal metabolic rate, total body water, skeletal muscle mass and bone mass.  20 bathroom items you should throw away todaycenter_img Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) Naked Labs’ body-scanning mirror might be the smartest thing in the CNET Smart Home Naked Labs’ all-seeing smart mirror lays your insecurities bare 0 Smart Home Tags 21 Photos CES 2019 CNET Smart Home CES Productslast_img read more

The best HDMI cables cost less than 10 Here they are

first_imgTo connect anything to your TV, you’re probably going to need HDMI cables. Gone are the days of multicolored cables to deliver audio and video. HDMI covers both.  Befitting its status of the AV cable of AV cables, it’s everywhere. Even the checkout lines at grocery stores have HDMI cables. There are a lot of numbers and abbreviations, however, making for a confusing mess for anyone trying to figure out which cables to buy for their new TV.  The good news is that cheap HDMI cables are perfectly fine for most TVs, including new ones with 4K resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Vision. Price has little to do with whether a cable will work with your new gear, and many inexpensive cables deliver the exact same audio/video quality as high-end ones. Your old cables might work too, but again, not all will. If you’re considering getting a new TV, a 4K Blu-ray player, a new game console or a 4K HDR media streamer, you may also be in the market for new HDMI cables. Fortunately, you can get the maximum performance possible in an HDMI cable for less than $10.  Four great 4K TVs for every budget TVs Audio Home Entertainment See at Monoprice Cable recommendations (6 feet): AmazonBasics or Monoprice Before you buy a new cable, ask yourself whether you really need one. Chances are, your old one will work perfectly well for 4K and HDR video. See below for more details on that. But let’s say you definitely want a new cable. Maybe you don’t want to risk a non-working new TV while you wait for ordered cables, or you’re just pretty sure your current cables won’t work. Here are your two best options.  I used 6-foot/1.8m as the example for pricing, but of course there are longer and shorter options. You can save some money getting shorter cables, but make sure they’re long enough for you to place your gear where you want. Amazon AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable: $7 Do you really need new cables? As we mentioned above, just because you’re getting a new TV doesn’t necessarily mean you need new HDMI cables, even if you’re upgrading to something with 4K and HDR. Over short distances, say under 6 feet (2m), just about any recent “High Speed” HDMI cable should work fine. “High Speed” is the rating used by HDMI companies to indicate cables that have the bandwidth to handle 1080p and greater resolutions. You can think of bandwidth like a pipe. You need to be able to get a lot of “water” through the pipe with 4K and HDR content. A cable needs to be “big” enough to handle it all. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell just by looking at a cable whether it can handle the deluge of data required for 4K and HDR content. Even if it says “High Speed” on the jacket, that’s not 100 percent useful. A cable can be considered “high speed” if it passes 1080p, but not be well enough made to handle 4K. The only way to verify it works is to test it. The most famous of the cheap HDMI brands, Monoprice has dozens of options to chose from. The linked cable is “Premium Certified,” which is actually a certification. It basically means the cable is more or less guaranteed to work with 4K and HDR. The Premium Certified logo isn’t required for 4K HDR, but if you see a cable that’s Premium Certified and has the matching hologram and QR code, it’s a pretty safe bet it will work. Monoprice’s are among the least expensive Premium Certified cables out there. It has longer and thicker versions as well. And just like Amazon, there’s a lifetime warranty. Why are these two the best? Because they’re the cheapest ones we trust. We don’t specifically review HDMI cables here at CNET, but in our TV test lab we’ve been using inexpensive cables from Amazon and Monoprice for years. All of them have carried hundreds of hours of 4K and HDR video flawlessly, with way more plugging and unplugging than typical cables are subject to. None have failed. There are cheaper options, but beyond our own experience, these two have great user reviews and have sold HDMI cables for years. They’re also rated to have the bandwidth to handle 4K and HDR content. This is often listed as “18Gbps,” referring to the amount of bandwidth possible with the HDMI 2.0 standard (see below for HDMI 2.1 details). Other options Maybe you don’t want a Monoprice or Amazon cable for some reason. We checked a few other large retailers and found cables we liked from each one. Here they are. Target’s selection of HDMI cables is quite poor, with most unable to handle the full bandwidth of 4K HDR. One exception is a 4-foot Philips cable, which at $11 seems needlessly expensive. But maybe you have a Target gift card and nothing better to spend it on. Monoprice Now playing: Watch this: Most of Best Buy’s cable offerings are outrageously expensive. It still sells a 6.7-foot/2m $696 cable, for instance. But it has some offerings that aren’t bad. This Dynex cable is 6 feet/1.8m and “supports speeds up to 18Gbps.” It only has a 90-day warranty though, so the above options are probably better. More HDMI Info on CNET 8 See at Walmart 61 Photos The simplest of the simple. “Meets the latest HDMI standards (4K Video at 60Hz, 2160p, 48 bit/px color depth)…”. They also have multipacks, 3- and 15-foot versions, and so on. They’re the ones we use the most in CNET’s TV test lab.Free delivery if you’re a Prime member, and they have a lifetime warranty. 4.6/5 stars from around 17,000 reviews.center_img See at Target Comments 2:18 Share your voice Monoprice Certified Premium Ultra Slim: $4 The best TVs of CES 2019 Best Buy See at Best Buy Dynex DX-SF116: $7 at Best Buy What is HDMI 2.0b? HDMI 2.0: What you need to know Do you need new HDMI cables for HDR? HDMI 2.1 is here, but don’t worry about it now The good thing is, if it works, it works. For example, if you’re sending a 4K HDR signal from your 4K Blu-ray player to your 4K HDR TV, and the TV shows a 4K HDR signal, you’re set. It’s not possible to get a better image using a different HDMI cable. That’s not how the technology works. There are only two “fails” with an HDMI cable. The most likely is you won’t get any signal at all: A blank or flashing screen. First, check that everything’s connected correctly, and all your settings are correct.  Also remember, if one step in your chain isn’t 4K HDR, nothing is. As in, if you connect a 4K Blu-ray player to an old sound bar and then to a 4K TV, you won’t be able to get a 4K signal to the TV. Also, some TVs only have one HDMI input that’s 4K -compatible. Check your owner’s manual for that, too.  A closeup view of the HDMI cable failure known as sparkles. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET The only other “fail” mode of HDMI cables is sparkles. This looks like snow on the screen. It can be heavy enough to look like static, like an old TV tuned to a dead channel, or it can be random-but-regular flashes of white pixels. This means you’ll need new cables.  If the TV is receiving the same resolution you’re sending it (e.g., the TV says it’s 4K HDR when you’re sending 4K HDR), you’re all set. A different cable won’t make that image sharper, brighter or anything else.  What about HDMI 2.1?  You’re going to start seeing products touting the next-generation HDMI connection, called 2.1. This is a huge leap forward in terms of bandwidth, capable of up to 8K resolutions and beyond. There will be new cables needed to handle these higher resolutions, called Ultra High Speed, but unless you’re buying an 8K TV, you don’t need them. Actually, even if you are buying an 8K TV, you probably don’t need them.  For more info on that, check out HDMI 2.1: What you need to know. Longer cables? The vast majority of you will just need an HDMI cable of a few feet/meters to connect your TV to your nearby cable/satellite box, video streamer, Blu-ray player or game console. Some of you, though, are looking for something a bit longer. There are a lot of variables to consider, which we’ll discuss, so we don’t have a simple pick. In broad strokes, the build and material quality is much more important in long HDMI cables than short. Over 15ft/3m there is a much higher chance that a mediocre cable won’t work, or won’t work at the resolution you want. This still doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on a long cable, there are plenty of options for roughly the same price per-foot as the ones mentioned above. It does mean that no-name cables might be less likely to work.  To put it another way, a poorly made 3ft/1m cable will probably work fine for most people, but a poorly-made 15ft/3m cable probably won’t. With any long-run solution you’re considering, make sure it can handle 4K/60, HDR, etc. Many options can’t. There are three technologies to consider: Active: Active HDMI cables have a small chip built into the cable that takes a little power from the device’s connector, and uses it to boost the signal. These cables cost a little extra, but are far more likely to work. A long passive cable might work for you, but it might not. It depends on your gear. Since they’re not significantly more expensive, they’re worth considering for any long run. Optical: Though a similar technology to the old-school audio interface, HDMI-over-optical is capable of far greater bandwidth. It’s also capable of far greater distances. It’s easy to find options that are over 330ft/100m. Prices have dropped radically in the last few years, with options available for similar prices per-foot as traditional copper cables. Most don’t even need external power. They work, and look, just like a thin HDMI cable.  Wireless: You could also skip cables completely and just go wireless. This isn’t quite as simple as it sounds, though. There are far too many considerations to get into here, but a few things to keep in mind: 1) They’re going to cost more than cables; 2) 4K options often only work in-room, and can be blocked by anything, including cabinet doors and even people. Though wireless seems like it should be easy in this era of near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi, it’s not. If you’re considering this, definitely do your research before you buy. Connected thoughts There are, of course, many other options.  If you want to keep hunting for the best deal, make sure the cable you’re considering is either Premium Certified, says it can do 4K/60, or can handle 18Gbps bandwidth. And it’s an added bonus if it has a warranty like the Amazon or Monoprice cables. There’s no such thing as HDMI cable “versions.” As in, there’s no such thing as an “HDMI 2.0” cable. The version numbers refer to the connections in your TV, receiver, sound bar, etc. So your TV and 4K Blu-ray player need to both have HDMI 2.0 to watch HDR content, but the cable connecting them couldn’t care less. It’s just a dumb pipe.  As long as that pipe is “big” enough, as in it has enough bandwidth, you should be good to go. The 18Gbps you’ve seen mentioned here came about with the HDMI 2.0 spec, so if a cable claims it, it’s likely built to handle the additional data that HDMI 2.0 connections can provide.  Lastly, if you want to run the cables through a wall, make sure you get HDMI cables specifically made for that. Check your local building codes for what you need.  Originally published November 2017 and updated extensively since then.Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  See at Amazon Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Philips 4ft. High-Speed HDMI Cable: $11 at Target Tripp Lite P568-006: $5.63 at Walmart Walmart’s marketplace has dozens of HDMI cables. Of the ones the company seems to sell itself, evidenced by the “Free Pickup” tag, the Tripp Lite linked here claims in one place to be 18Gbps. If you dig down through the details you can find that it does have a lifetime warranty. I can’t see any reason to get this cable over Amazon or Monoprice, but it’s an option.last_img read more