Coburg And Moreland Stations Back Open, Level Crossing-Free

first_imgCoburg And Moreland Stations Back Open, Level Crossing-Free VIC PremierTwo new stations at Coburg and Moreland are now open to passengers on the Upfield line thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s blitz to remove four dangerous and congested level crossings and elevate the rail line.Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll welcomed some of the first trains through Coburg and Moreland stations after crews worked around the clock from July on Victoria’s biggest ever level crossing removal project – removing boom gates at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.Removing these four level crossings from the Upfield line, including the notorious Bell Street level crossing, which is used by around 41,000 drivers per day, has already improved safety, reduced congestion, and slashed travel times by freeing up traffic on one of Melbourne’s busiest arterial roads.Trains were able to run on the Upfield line from early November while crews continued work to prepare the new, modern Coburg and Moreland stations for passengers. The stations are energy-efficient and offer better accessibility, with lifts and stairs to take passengers from the concourse to the train platforms.Passengers can enter both stations from the south-eastern side of the rail line, with the remaining entrances and paths to the stations to open next year when landscaping, pedestrian and cycling paths are completed.Station facilities at the premium Coburg Station include fully accessible toilets, a Protective Services Officers pod and a climate-controlled waiting area, while Moreland Station proudly incorporates local Wurundjeri heritage in the station and landscape design around the station precinct.As work continues on the landscaping and open space underneath the rail line, the car parks at both stations will open early next year – but alternative parking is available in the meantime at Batman Station in Coburg North.In January, the construction team will start work on the open space underneath the rail line, creating almost two MCGs worth of space for the community to enjoy and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, grasses and seedlings.Opening in mid-2021, these new open spaces underneath and alongside the Upfield rail line will feature something for everyone. The project will build three half size basketball courts, playgrounds, a dog park, table tennis tables, skating and parkour area and exercise equipment.The open space is designed to improve east-west connections and delivers an upgrade to the Upfield Bike Path, including separated cycling and walking paths along the rail line and more lighting for safety.Work on level crossing removals in nearby Glenroy and Preston will ramp up next year, with major construction contracts set to be awarded by the end of this year. The Labor Government is removing 75 level crossings by 2025, with 44 already gone for good. For more information visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.As stated by Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll“While we’ve removed 44 dangerous and congested level crossings, we’ve also built 30 new stations around Melbourne – delivering the modern public transport infrastructure our growing state needs.”“This huge level crossing project in the North may be finished and open to passengers, but we’re not stopping here – with two more level crossings to go in Glenroy and Preston to ease congestion and improve people’s journeys.”As stated by Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn“The two new, level crossing-free stations will transform Moreland and Coburg. Thanks to the community for their patience through the works this year – and I look forward to seeing the new open space open for everyone to enjoy.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd

first_imgRelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 22, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding paid tribute to former parliamentarians Ambassador Ben Clare who died on December 17 and Colonel Leslie Lloyd who died yesterday (December 21).Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Bruce Golding recalled that Ambassador Ben Clare served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with distinction.“Mr. Ben Clare entered Parliament in 1989 and served until 2002 and during that period was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs… I can’t think of any Ministry for which he was more suited because of his temperament, because of his urbanity. He served there with sufficient distinction and accomplishment that even after leaving active politics, as we know, he served as a distinguished ambassador and I want to join in expressing condolences to his family,” Mr. Golding said.Of former Member of Parliament, Colonel Leslie Lloyd, the Prime Minister said that he had many personal reflections of Col Lloyd as they were members of the same family .Mr. Golding also boarded at his home while attending high school.“He was one of three people who have been members of this House defending different parties… He was someone who held strong views that defied party affiliation or friendship and he was never unwilling to defend those views even if he stood alone. So he was somebody of courage and of conviction even though there were many issues where he and I disagreed…I want to express condolences to Yolande and Eddy and all his family and friends”, Mr. Golding said.Colonel Lloyd was a Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew and then for Central Kingston. He was a former officer in the Jamaica Defence Force.Mr. Golding said that both former Members of Parliament served the public well.center_img Advertisements RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloydlast_img read more

Empty venues for Spanish sports

first_img(AP): FOOTBALL MATCHES and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues, at least until the end of the summer, the mayor of Madrid said Saturday.José Luis Martínez-Almeida told the Onda Cero radio station that the coronavirus pandemic quite likely “won’t be under control” by then for events with big crowds to resume normally.“In the spring and summer, there won’t be any events with crowds in Spain, and possibly not in the fall, either,” Martínez-Almeida said. “Because, obviously, the situation will not be fully under control. We will have to change our habits and behaviours even after being allowed to go back on to the streets.”Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries with more than 190,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, only behind the United States. More than 20,000 have died in the European nation.last_img read more

Theia Technologies Honored by Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Awards Program

first_imgThe 4K 1/1.8″ Compact Lens family created by Theia Technologies, a high-resolution imaging technology specialist, was recognized by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of experts from system integrator and end-user companies.Theia was honored with a bronze-level award. Theia’s family of 4K 12 megapixel resolution lenses provide 112 to 7 degrees HFOV offering 4-10 mm and 12-50 mm focal ranges. Covering 1/1.7″ 4K imagers, while resolving the smaller 1/2.3” sensor pixels, both offer IR correction for day/night cameras. At 64.5 mm long by 59 mm diameter, they’re the most compact for comparable 4k lenses to facilitate use in domes, bullets and small enclosures. They are offered in fully motorized, manual, DC auto-iris, P-iris, CS/C and board mount combinations.“Theia is honored to once again be recognized for innovation in imaging technology,” said Mark Peterson, vice president of advanced technology for Theia Technologies. “We strive to design and develop unique and innovative lens technology and related products which provide excellent value to the markets we serve. We are delighted that industry continues to recognize our contributions.”- Sponsor – “This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry,” said Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design. “Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria: • Originality • Innovation • Impact on Designers, Systems Integrators, End Users • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed • Leveraging a novel technologyThe 2016 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured on the June issue of Vision Systems Design magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

[Video] Don’t Buy the New Google Nexus Q, Yet

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Survey: Google+ Whomps Facebook on User Satisfaction

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Google#social networks#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img antone gonsalves Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification If Facebook doesn’t stop walking over its users, it risks having them leave for social networks that do a better job of keeping them satisfied – particularly Google+. That’s the message in the latest survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which lists several ways in which Facebook continues to alienate its user base.While Google+ topped the survey’s social media category, Facebook was dead last. Users are angry over the way it handles just about everything they care about: privacy, advertising and the way they interact on the social network. The survey suggests that if Facebook doesn’t dramatically improve customer happiness, people could leave when given an alternative. “We know that consumers go where they’re satisfied,” said Larry Freed, president and chief executive of ForeSee, which partnered with the ACSI in releasing the survey.Facebook’s bottom-of-the-barrel ACSI score of 61, 17 points below Google+, indicates that Facebook has done a dismal job of coddling users during the many changes the site has gone through while trying to build a business around advertising.“A reasonable person would say Facebook at some point has to make money, but users aren’t always reasonable,” Freed said.Facebook’s Latest StumbleHow a company handles change plays a big part in determining whether customers stay or head for a competitor. Facebook’s latest flub came with Timeline, the user interface introduced in January that transformed users’ bulletin-board-like profile into a visual scrapbook of their lives. The ACSI found that the switch to Timeline was users’ most common complaint.Many people were shell-shocked when the switch to Timeline became permanent. Facebook could have helped users with the transition by letting them switch back and forth between the two interfaces for a much longer period of time.“You want to make changes, you want to make improvements, and yet, if you make them too drastically, consumers struggle,” Freed said.Other Reasons to HateThe ACSI survey also found that users don’t trust the company to ensure their privacy. This skittishness continues despite Facebook’s efforts to give users more privacy controls. People also remain concerned about their data being sold to advertisers and whether it is sufficiently secure.Another user concern is control of their own experience. This month, for example, Facebook caused an uproar on the site by switching users’ default email addresses to @facebook.com without notification.Increased advertising on the site also bothers users. Many see Facebook ads as intrusive and as having no relevance to them. Facebook will have to find a balance to avoid alienating people further.“Satisfaction is a combination of what you get and what you expect,” Freed explained. “The expectations over the years have been not a lot of ads, if any, and now either Facebook will have to adjust or consumers will have to adjust.”Google+ as Competitor?For now, there’s still no place for disgruntled Facebook users to turn to as an alternative. Google claims that 150 million people log into its Google+ social network at least once a month, with half of those signing in daily. That’s a mere fraction of the more than 900 million “monthly active users” claimed by Facebook. But Google+ is only about a year old. It could still grow into a viable alternative to Facebook, particularly if it continues to satisfy its users. Google+ made its debut on the ACSI with a score of 78, tied for number one with Wikipedia.As things stand, Google+ doesn’t have the heft to encourage people to leave Facebook. Instead, Google highlights things it claims the service does better, such as tracking topics people care about and acting as the social glue across Google’s other products, including YouTube, Blogger and Gmail. But Freed predicted that could change over time: “As they grow that network, at some point, it may be big enough to be a direct competitor.”last_img read more

6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps

first_imgRelated Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Nobody wants to be in the dark about where his money is or how it’s performing in the market. Every one of today’s leading investing apps is an improvement from the once-a-quarter mailers that brokers used to send out. Every bank app is better than a monthly statement. With that said, some fintech apps are more user-friendly and informative than others. Which user interface elements make for a great personal finance app? The following are musts for a top-notch user experience:1. A goal promptWhether they’re saving, spending, or investing, your users have financial goals in mind. Although everyone’s priorities and risk preferences are different, offer preset fields for common goals. Credit and checking account apps should ask for spending limits on overall and categorical expenses. You might want to spend less than $100 per week on groceries, for example. If you approach or exceed that limit, your app should notify you. Saving and investing apps should work the same way. Round, a newer offering that provides everyday investors with access to active managers on Wall Street, learns about its clients’ goals—like homeownership, travel, and retirement. By learning about how much a client is trying to save—as well as his timeline—Round’s clients receive tailored portfolios based on their goals. Better yet, they get help tracking their progress. 2. Account or asset mix chartsVanguard’s app may need a fresh coat of paint, but it does well in one key area: Vanguard investors get pie charts that display their ideal and current asset mixes. In visual and percentage terms, they display how much of the user’s portfolio is allocated toward asset types like stocks, bonds, and real estate.Credit and banking apps should take a similar approach to spending. Use charts to show what percentage of spending over a given time frame went to common categories like retail, restaurants, and services. Another way credit and banking apps should break down spending is by account and authorized spender. If a user keeps two accounts with a bank—a savings account and a checking account, perhaps—he should be able to easily see how his assets are divided. Credit cardholders should be able to quickly check how much of the total bill each authorized user is responsible for. 3. Credit scoreAnother thing that every bank and credit card app should contain: a credit score summary. Although users can request their report once a year from each of the three credit reporting agencies, annual checks don’t cut it. Consumers need to see how their spending and payment habits affect their ability to get credit, and they need to know if their score suddenly tanks. A credit score readout isn’t as important for investing apps, and none to our knowledge offers one. Still, it’s a small feature that users would appreciate. The question of whether to pay off debts or invest the funds is made easier when users have the full picture right from their palm.4. Obvious transfer toolsMost consumers have more than one financial account. When a credit card bill comes due, they want to sink more money into the market, or they’re socking away money in savings, users need an easy way to transfer funds.Although I won’t name the company because it’s since corrected the issue, I recently spent hours on the phone because of unclear transfer tools. When I went to transfer money into a checking account I’d recently opened, the “to” and “from” text was cut off in the app’s interface. As a result, I tried to pull money from an account that had nothing in it. 5. Click-to-contact functionalityIn no industry is strong customer support as important as in finance. Users need to be able to talk to a human being when they spot an error, a transfer fails, or they’re confused by the fee structure. Give users as many ways as possible to reach out. TD Ameritrade’s app is the one to beat in this category. At any time of day and on any day of the week, users have access to text, phone, and instant messaging support. This interface feature becomes even more important if you don’t have physical locations. TD Ameritrade has branches around the country, but many online banks and brokers do not. 6. Fee breakdownNobody likes to be blindsided by fees. Although you don’t want to rub your fee structure in your user’s face, you should make it clear and accessible. What does that look like? Don’t stick fee information in a terms-and-conditions document and call it a day. Take a look at Acorns: Users pay $1, $2, or $3 per month, depending on their subscription tier. Keep fees simple, and explain them at sign-up and in a “Frequently Asked Questions” tab in your app. If your customer support strategy includes a chatbot, plug in a straightforward explanation of your fee structure. Fees may seem more important than app interface features, but users consider both when choosing a financial provider. Give them another reason to choose you, especially when that reason is as simple as a fresh design. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app building#app development#financial apps#financial tools#Fintech#fintech apps#fintech tools#personal finance#personal finance apps#personal finance tools Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

Strained relations between enforcement agencies says Goldray Ewing MP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – It is said that there is some power struggle at play and involves who will actually be the first ‘go to’ for the Coastal Radar team – the Police or Border Control officers. We also contacted the shadow minister for this area in the PDM, Goldray Ewing who said his understanding is that relations between these agencies are strained. One time ago, the Police, Immigration and Customs worked collaboratively in a unit called SPICE; it is an acronym for Special Police Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That SPICE unit was dismantled under former Governor Gordon Wetherell. The unit was supposed to be an elite enforcement agency; instead it plummeted into ‘shame and scandal’ with scathing criticisms, a barrage of complaints and accusations of the most vile corruption until its operations were suspended in September 2009. An investigation was launched and it was the last the country has heard of the organization. Border Control Minister Hon Donhue Gardiner, in recent times told media there is a ‘spice-like’ organization which still performs some functions of the now disbanded group which many believe brought undue terror to the legal, illegal, unskilled and professional expatriate community. We have questions to authorities on this so called disharmony which is said to exist now between Police, Border Control and the near three year old Coastal Radar team. Meanwhile residents have expressed that the fall out between the DR and Haiti may have negative results for the TCI and The Bahamas. Ninety nine Haitians were trying to make it to shore here in Provo on Saturday. The Bahamas Defense Force reports they’ve captured 44 illegal Haitians off Exuma just yesterday morning; among the women and men, two little boys. Recommended for you TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Related Items:border control, donhue gardiner, goldray ewing, gordon wetherell, marine police, rdbf, spice Premier attends town hall meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officialslast_img read more