Video distributor appoints specialist AV Channel Manager

Jon Hubery – AV Channel Manager, Holdan The role will involve supporting AV installers, dealers and resellers to integrate video technology cost-effectively and intelligently into their projects. The position has been filled by, who joins Holdan from AV manufacturer, TV One. Allan Leonhardsen, director of Holdan, commented: “As a distributor of broadcast and video technology, we have always worked closely with AV companies. We often find that we have complementary skillsets: our knowledge of broadcast cameras, vision mixing and media streaming can add a dynamic element to AV installations and video communication systems so we are excited to be working with Jon, who will help us increase the support we can […]

Shell Oil To Spend Over $115 Million to Reduce Air Pollution

The Department of Justice, EPA and Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships (Shell) have agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a large Shell refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas. Shell agreed to spend at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes, and will pay a $2.6 million civil penalty. In addition, Shell has agreed to spend $1 million on a state-of-the-art system to monitor benzene levels at the fenceline of the refinery and chemical plant near a residential neighborhood and school and to make the data available to the public through a web site. “The innovative emission […]

MGC Lighting recruits Medical Sales Assistant in Valencia office

Javier Martinez – MCG’s new Medical Sales Assistant MGC, which also has offices in Ipswich and Suffolk in the UK, has recruited Javier Martinez in the role of Medical Sales Assistant. Martinez is an experienced commercial sales professional with specialist knowledge of medical lamps, medical light guide cables and special batteries. His responsibilities in his new role will involve selling lamps, batteries and diagnostic equipment to Spanish companies offering medical and diagnostic services. Commenting on his new role, Javier said: “I am very excited about the opportunities that exist at MGC and will endeavour to be a real asset to the business to help make the medical and scientific department […]

New N-vest employee to develop training video programmes

Paul Ross, N-vest Paul Ross is an experienced Microsoft product trainer and videographer who has been creating video training programmes for more than five years from his fully-equipped video production studio. He will spearhead the launch of N-vest bespoke video training a library of video training materials for use in N-vest end-user product training and N-vest sales coaching programmes for AV channel businesses. Paul Ross says: “Learning to use software and hardware can be a daunting task, and video is a great way to help your staff and customers to learn at their own pace and build the confidence and competence they need to get up and running smoothly. “We […]

Senate Confirms Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor

President Barack Obama, when announcing Thomas Perez as his pick to be the next Secretary of Labor on March 18, called Perez a “consensus builder.” Perez finally got the consensus of the Senate, who confirmed his nomination 4 months later, on July 18. Perez comes to DOL from the Department of Justice, where he headed DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez is an attorney who helped pay his way through college by working as a garbage collector, to the American people. Prior to joining DOJ, Perez served as secretary for Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where he helped implement the country’s first statewide living-wage law. […]

Micro P appoints product manager

Dan Burgess has a wealth of experience in both Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, operating at both distribution and system integrator level. Dan Burgess His appointment is effective immediately, and he will be responsible for driving sales and building long term vendor and reseller relations.  UK b2b and retail distributor Micro-P is a wholly owned subsidiary of parent company DCC PLC, Ireland’s 6th largest company. Your Comment Cancel reply

U.S. Postal Service Settles with OSHA, Agrees to Improve Worker Safety

A shocking fine of $3 million for electrical hazards at its facilities across the country was averted by U.S. Postal Service (USPS) authorities when a settlement was reached between the USPS, the American Postal Workers Union and OSHA. The settlement follows negotiations stemming from inspections at 42 Postal Service sites in 2009 and 2010 that found violations of OSHA standards on electrical work practices. USPS contested the citations, and OSHA then sought enterprise-wide relief before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. “As a large employer, with a substantial number of affected employees throughout many different types of facilities, the U.S. Postal Service faced many challenges in improving their electrical […]

Gina McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Administrator

By a vote of 59 in favor of confirmation and 40 opposed, Gina McCarthy has been confirmed as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite broad support from bipartisan politicians, industry leaders and environmental advocates, McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s nomination to head EPA, faced significant partisan obstruction since her nomination. McCarthy responded to more than 1,100 questions for the record, nearly four times more than any previous EPA nominee has faced. Groups as diverse as the Small Business Majority, American Sustainable Business Council, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Growth Energy, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, Evangelical Environmental Network, American Public Health Association and American Association of People […]

Extron releases H.264 decoder for pro AV apps

A compact, high performance H.264 streaming media decoder used with Extron SME 100 encoders to provide complete end-to-end AV streaming systems, the SMD 101 accepts streaming resolutions up to 1080p/60 and outputs a variety of resolutions, from 640×480 up to 1920×1200. The SMD101 Fill/Follow/Fit aspect ratio management provides choices for managing streaming content that does not match the display. This compact, energy-efficient decoder can be deployed in simple overflow and monitoring applications or multi-channel streaming systems and high resolution signage systems. The SMD 101 is adaptable to different network conditions and streaming requirements offering both push and pull streaming configurations. Audio output signals are available as HDMI embedded audio as well as […]

New user tech for Tyneside Metro

With a £25 million modernisation of 60 Metro stations across the UK’s Tyneside region underway, specialist Scheidt & Bachmann is replacing over 200 ticket machines with new, more sophisticated versions that boast advanced functionality. The new machines are capable of accepting credit/debit card and smartcard payment as well as cash, with support for six different languages helping to enhance the overall user experience. Their touchscreen user interfaces will make the ticket purchasing process faster and more intuitive – thereby maximising each station’s operational efficiency. The ticketing systems use Zytronic ultra-rugged PCT touch sensors, each essentially a matrix of 10 micron copper capacitors embedded into a multilayer laminated glass sensor substrate. […]