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Airport odyssey reveals how awful and annoying we are - 10 Feb 2016 00:17


[[html]]Passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wait at the baggage claim on Friday.<br><br>STORY HIGHLIGHTS<br><br>Thanksgiving pilgrimage marks busiest air travel week of the yearSix-airport odyssey offers insight into how travelers are seen and behaveWe ignore rules, cast blame, forget our bludgeons and strip for no reasonAirport employee in Miami: "You never know what you're going to see" <br><br>Across America (CNN) — A family tried to sneak a dead man, propped up in a wheelchair, through airport security in New York. A couple had to be stopped while having sex in the corner of a Phoenix, Arizona, airport terminal. A man flying out of Chicago, Illinois, set a rat free, insisting he had to do this for religious purposes.<br><br>These are just some of the tales gathered last week as I traveled 5,900 miles through six American airports just days before millions of travelers started the annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage, making this the busiest air travel week of the year. <br><br>What I saw wasn't very pretty. For all our bellyaching about airline and airport employees, watching us through their eyes was, well, eye-opening. And kind of embarrassing. <br><br>But before we go there, know this: I'm not here to defend the industry of air travel. I can gripe with the best of you.<br><br>Travel tips for airline passengers<br><br>On this several-day assignment alone, I experienced delays, collapsed in a seat that wouldn't recline when I needed sleep most and got elbowed in the head during a complimentary drink service. <br><br>I arrived from Miami, Florida, to a ripped bag in Atlanta, Georgia, and my luggage got to Chicago from New York one hour after I did. A flight attendant snapped at me en route to Los Angeles, California. I was forced to climb over cleaning equipment to get out of a Phoenix airport bathroom, and I paid too much to choke down that falsely advertised "fresh" muffin in a New York terminal.<br><br>I know flying is far from perfect, but the truth is so are we.<br><br>Most striking and amusing were the stories from Transportation Security Administration agents. They are the personnel whose government-ordered procedures, including pat-downs and X-ray scanning machines, are the subject of ongoing controversy and protests.<br><br>These agents, most all refused to be named, have seen everything, including sights they would have preferred to miss. One in Chicago's O'Hare bemoaned those travelers who have spontaneously stripped, even though no one asked them to. Another Chicago agent spoke of the babies she's snatched as parents nearly sent their offspring on conveyor belts through X-ray machines.<br><br>They've chased cats through terminals, watched an escaped bird fly overhead and come face-to-face with pet monkeys and other exotic creatures. One agent, while previously working at Washington's Dulles, opened a cooler to find a live penguin.<br><br>A Miami agent counted the Elvis impersonators as the weirdest passengers he's dealt with, but a supervisor in New York's JFK airport scoffed at this one.<br><br>"That's nothing," he said. "We once had a dead guy."<br><br>About five or six years ago, he said, a family trying to avoid the cost of shipping a relative's body to the Dominican Republic, plopped him in a wheelchair and headed to security. They said he was really sick, and when this supervisor touched the ice-cold corpse and told them the guy was dead, they feigned surprise.<br><br>Earlier this year, JFK agents found 14 pounds of marijuana taped to a woman's body.<br><br>"The weird part: Guess where she was going?" the supervisor said. "Jamaica. Who the hell smuggles marijuana into Jamaica?" <br><br>It seems we are not the smartest bunch.<br><br>He pointed to a locked metal bin, one he said fills up weekly and holds the "hard stuff," not the liquids that are simply tossed in the trash. Bludgeons, bullets, brass knuckles — all items the travelers usually say they simply "forgot" they had. But once a woman admitted the carving knife removed from her carry-on had purpose. She needed it to stab her husband in the eye.<br><br>Waiting to pass through security, we grumble about the rules, sigh when we see slow bin loaders and bark at those who seem to cut in front of us. Running late, we might yell from the back of the line that we have a flight to catch.<br><br>"And everyone else is just waiting to use the bathroom?" an agent muttered.<br><br>The ones who complain the most, TSA agents said, are those who leave their cell phones in their pockets, fail to remove their laptops or shoes, or otherwise ignore the rules everyone else is following. While I had previously smiled at the small victory of sneaking a 7.8 ounce rolled-up tube of toothpaste through unnoticed, now I felt a tinge of guilt.<br><br>During my first pat-down, the one I got intentionally by refusing the backscatter X-ray (and because my editor told me not to come home without one), the agent — who had no clue what I was doing and that I was mentally taking notes — talked me through her every move.<br><br>"I'll be using the back of my hands on your buttocks," she said. "And here's the part everyone's talking about," she continued, moving the back of her hands up my inner thighs to the "point of resistance. See that wasn't so bad now, was it?"<br><br>Indeed it wasn't. And the passengers I met along the way didn't seem to mind either.<br><br>"Whatever keeps us safe," I heard more than once. Granted, one man — a veteran to pat-downs, given his replaced hip and knees — said a Las Vegas, Nevada, agent recently took matters a little too far. But "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," we joked.<br><br>Bring your brain. And make sure it's functioning properly.<br><br>—Travel tip from US Airways customer service representative<br><br>And passengers can create plenty of mayhem on their own.<br><br>Two women conspired in a check-in line to fool agents into believing they had only two carry-on bags.<br><br>Passengers cornered clerks manning the "baggage drop only" lines, seeking seat and flight changes, and leaving a long line of eye-rolling travelers waiting.<br><br>We might show up without photo identification or, in the case of international travel, expired passports — assuming we remember to bring them.<br><br>We grow indignant when we arrive late and are told our bags can't be checked.<br><br>We cast blame on customer service agents for weather delays and unleash obscenities when they refuse to open the locked doors of airplanes that are seconds away from departure.<br><br>"I've been doing this long enough to know if someone's screaming and yelling, it's not my blood pressure that's going up, it's his," said a US Airways representative who's dealt with the likes of us for 24 years.<br><br>When you travel this holiday season, she begged, "Bring your brain. And make sure it's functioning properly."<br><br>The stress of travel can bring out the worst in all of us.<br><br>New parents board flights without extra diapers, forcing flight attendants to scramble for alternatives.<br><br>We stare airline professionals in the eye and insist that a 30-pound second bag is only a purse.<br><br>In Atlanta, after completing paperwork for Delta to fix my ripped bag, I watched a grown man slump to the floor and weep because he'd left his wallet on a plane now halfway to Louisville, Kentucky.<br><br>Many of those working in airports love what they do because they're touched and entertained by us.<br><br>A 24-year-old woman who works at a jewelry stand in Miami has been prayed for by missionaries, played therapist to the heartbroken and ogled hairy men teetering by in stilettos. She once watched a lady, sitting on a nearby barstool, flash passersby until security took her away.<br><br>"You wake up in the morning," she said, her smile wide, "and you never know what you're going to see."<br><br>At times, they are reminded of our inherent goodness. A restaurant employee in Phoenix Sky Harbor was nearly brought to tears recounting how whenever a uniformed member of the armed services comes in, other travelers invariably pick up the bill.<br><br>About six hours later, I joined others in boarding a red-eye from Los Angeles to Atlanta.<br><br>We fumbled with our numerous bulky bags and groaned when we were forced to shove them in overhead compartments further back than our seats or, worse yet, check them because there's not enough room for all that we insist on bringing. Flight attendants said our bags cause delays, and yet they absorb our insults when planes don't leave on time.<br><br>Drama unfolded almost immediately after we took flight. A passenger, incensed that the woman in front of her dared to recline into her space, began slamming her hands into the back of that seat, setting off call buttons and forcing an off-duty pilot to intervene.<br><br>"Fifteen minutes into the flight, and they're already arguing," a flight attendant said after the passengers had deplaned.<br><br>Asked whether they had tips for us travelers as we head into the holiday season, the flight crew's eyes lit up.<br><br>"Stay home," a pilot quipped from the cockpit.<br><br>"Just check the damn bags," said a tired flight attendant, as she wrapped up a 10-hour work day.<br><br>Then this, from another pilot: "Did you say check the small children, too?"<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Your House Is Only As Strong As Its Foundation by Nick Messe - 07 Feb 2016 21:53


[[html]]You want your home to last a lifetime, and that's only possible if it stands on a strong foundation. Your basement walls have a tough job. They must support the house, withstand the pressure of the earth around them, and keep out moisture which can lead to deterioration, mold, and mildew.<br><br>Your basement walls may already be showing signs of age, in which case you will want to talk to foundation contractors about options to reinforce the walls. In times past, your options would have been limited to major excavation and possibly even rebuilding portions of your foundation. More modern solutions can reinforce the basement walls without doing major construction work that disrupts your yard and your life.&#13;<br><br>As the pressure of the earth around the basement pushes in on the foundation, the walls are forced inwards. In time, this will cause cracking and bowing, and eventually may weaken the foundation enough to threaten the stability of the house. Foundation contractors will evaluate the condition of the basement walls and install bracing to prevent the bowing.&#13;<br><br>It is possible to even push the walls back into the proper shape without major external work. These supports can be made of steel and anchored to the floor joists and the concrete basement floor, or they can be made of space-age materials such as carbon fiber and attached directly to the block walls for a less intrusive, more appealing solution.&#13;<br><br>If you have problems with water leaking into the basement, you need a basement waterproofing solution. Waterproofing contractors will inspect the damage and figure out where the water is coming from. Then the existing mold and mildew damage must be repaired and measures must be taken to prevent further problems. The contractor will use specialized cleaning equipment and chemicals to kill and remove the mold and mildew. Then special surface treatments and paints can be applied which will resist new growth. Finally, sealing compounds or sheets are added to keep out moisture.&#13;<br><br>Once the basement is repaired and reinforced, measures must be taken to keep out the water which caused the problems in the first place. Pooling water from downspouts, yard drainage, and driveways can be redirected, preventing its seepage into the foundation. Depending on the layout of the property, additional drainage can be put in place around the basement walls.&#13;<br><br>If all of that isn't enough, extra drainage can be added to the basement itself to remove the water as it seeps in. This can take the form of a drain pipe or a sump pump system, depending on how deep the basement is. For extra insurance against basement flooding, battery backup systems can be installed to keep the sump pumps working even when the power goes out. Contact xperienced foundation contractors who will evaluate your situation and consider all of these options to determine the best solution for your unique situation.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Cleaning Up the Looney Front - 07 Feb 2016 10:13


[[html]]The huge monitor lizard rests on a bed of filthy litter — plastic bottles, wrappers, jars — on the lushly jungled shore of soaring Rakata island, the largest remnant of, arguably, the most famous volcanic eruption in human history, when Krakatoa literally blew its top in 1883. Nobody now lives here, or on nearby Anak Krakatau, Child of Krakatoa, the active, smoking, still growing volcano that pushed though the sea's surface in 1927, and now tops 1,000 feet. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013066Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Giant monitor lizard on bed of litter.<br><br>But Krakatoa's remnants lie in the the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java, and nature's tides and currents bring enormous amounts of garbage discarded by communities along the shores of both huge islands — flip-flops, plastic bottles, yogurt containers and much, much else — to the black volcanic sands of a national park that should be one of nature's most pristine environments.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013083Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>View of Rakata shore blissfully free of litter.<br><br>Even more paradoxical, Indonesians are generally among the cleanest people on Earth, forever showering, their clothes spotless, and their homes swept squeaky clean. Yet, they're way up there among the top competitors for a gold in the litter Olympics.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013033Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Anak Krakatau volcano with steaming fumaroles.<br><br>The lizard stirs, saunters over, sticks out a foot-long bluish tongue and gives Yours Truly a couple of almighty swipes with her very long, very vigorously lashing tail. Wow, that really stings, young lady. I'm not the one who dumped the garbage here!<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013071Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Lizard speaks with forked blue tongue.<br><br>Wherever you go throughout the vast, superbly beautiful Indonesian archipelago, you're going to find litter, litter and then more litter, in the most idyllic or spectacular of places. Hundreds of miles to the north on Sumatra, the hill town of Berastagi nestles beneath two volcanoes — massive, perfectly coned Sinabung soaring over 8,000 feet to the north, and the craggy battlements of 7,257-foot Sibayak sawing at the skyline to the west.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013473Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Mt. Sinabung, before recent eruption.<br><br>Sinabung began a series of eruptions in September, putting it out of bounds. But Sibayak is accessible. The scene is positively Dantesque. White and sulfur-yellow crags, sharp and saw-toothed, soar above a fringe of verdant jungle around the caldera, hissing columns of steam swirl up from ochre-ringed fumaroles and the smell of sulfur hangs thick in the air. Welcome to Hell's Kitchen. The Earth's great furnaces are working overtime.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013501Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>The fumaroles of Sibayak.<br><br>The landscape is one of utter desolation but for the bright young sparks who have clambered down the vertical cliffs to the crater floor to spell out their names in giant letters with pumice and volcanic rocks. A certain Jimmy seems to have the biggest one.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013503Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Name droppers at the bottom of Sibayak's crater.<br><br>But even up here, amid this scene of forbidding perfection, plastic water bottles, Oreo wrappers, Bintang beer bottles, cans, bags and discarded lighters, litter the stark summit landscape, and the slippery path and hacked stone steps, most of them broken, that lead up through the jungle belt. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013521Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Sibayak's caldera.<br><br>Moving on south to Lake Toba, the minibus driver does his own little bit to bury the vast archipelago under mountains of garbage, opening his window to hurl out a soda bottle. At 360 feet, Sipiso-Piso is Indonesia's highest waterfall — a splendid sight hurtling out of a hole from an underground river just below the rim of the cliff near the lake's northern end. Stupendous views from the steps and walkways down — and stupendous garbage littering the steps and walkways down.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013558Custom.JPG" src="" width="270" height="360"/><br><br>Sipiso-Piso waterfall.<br><br>Nearby, in a grassy enclosure, is the palace of the Similingun kings, whose line became extinct in 1947. It's a collection of pavilions with roofs in the traditional soaring style, topped with horned buffalo heads — and a collection of littered garbage. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia2013563Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>View over Lake Toba from Sipiso-Piso waterfall.<br><br>In the heart of a Borneo, in the Dayak longhouse settlement of Kaluas Palin, in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, a local lady kindly adds to the litter bonanza, hurling a large cardboard box and other garbage into the swirling current of a rain-swollen river. In remote Manokwari in West Papua, where spotlessly clean people live in wooden shacks on stilts, the canals are clogged with garbage. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Indonesia20131156Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Kaluas Palin Dayak longhouse. <br><br>And on the island of Flores, at the top of Mt. Kelimutu, with its craggy volcanic cliffs softened by groves of trees and its three changing-color lakes — Turquoise, Brown and Black Lake — a sign written in stone says: "Local people believe this place is sacred. Please respect this site by not doing any damage or littering." It's certainly not written in stone metaphorically, for litter they do, and in great profusion — plastic bottles, wrappers, cigarette butts and much else fouling the ground beyond the guard rails.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Australiaplus1268Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Kelimutu's "please don't litter" message written in stone.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-Australiaplus1300Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Kelimutu's Turquoise lake.<br><br>So it goes on, and not only in Indonesia. In Sierra Leone in Africa, Freetown's Lumley Beach is a wonderful crescent of white sand with palms and a lush mountainous backdrop, but it must have one of the filthiest, most polluted waterlines ever, replete with old plastic bottles, flip-flops, shoes, toothpaste tubes, combs, tooth brushes and any old crap you can think off.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-dsc01785Custom.jpg" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Lumley Beach.<br><br>On the other side of the continent, in Somaliland, on the outskirts of the port of Berbera, a forest of "African flowers" spreads out within a stone's throw of a caerulean sea — that at least is what the locals call the millions of discarded blue, pink and yellow plastic bags flapping vigorously from the branches of thorn trees or swarming in a mass assault over the bushes. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-DSC06606Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>African flowers in Berbera, Somaliland.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-DSC06610Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>More African flowers.<br><br>To the north, in Djibouti, layers of plastic bags drape the stoney arid plains and scant bushes. At Lake Assal, at 500 feet below sea level, the lowest point in Africa, a plastic bottle bobbles in one of the thermal pools, a plastic spoon reposes nearer the lake and an empty tuna fish tin has taken up residence on the blindingly white salt-caked shore. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-DSC06071Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Lake Assal.<br><br>To the south-west, in Luanda, capital of Angola, on the hills above the port, the vast leprous scar of a musseque (slum) called Boavista (Good View), with satellite dishes sprouting from its shanty tin roofs, teeters on the edge of the slopes above a cataract of foul refuse. But that's to be expected of any slum anywhere, just as you expect garbage in a gully in the town centre of Wabag in Papua New Guinea. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-DSC03879Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Boavista Musseque in Luanda.<br><br>More interestingly, at the domestic terminal at Luanda's Quatro de Fevereiro (February 4) International Airport, the floor where check-in clerks sit is littered with refuse — half empty food containers, plastic water bottles, reams of paper — and the clerks' chairs are in various stages of brokenness. On the road east to the Kalandula Falls people, as usual, throw drink cans and other garbage out of the windows. <br><br>On the other side of the world in tiny Tuvalu in the South Pacific, at either end of the Funafuti atoll where lagoon meets ocean, garbage breeds everywhere — old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-IMG_7291Custom.JPG" src="" width="480" height="360"/><br><br>Pristine shore at southern end of Tuvalu's Funafuti atoll.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-IMG_7293Custom.JPG" src="" width="480" height="360"/><br><br>Closer look at "pristine" shore.<br><br>In the Atacama desert in northern Chile, hundreds of crosses and little shrines mark the spot where drivers, drunk or otherwise, have opted for a short cut across the ravines. That is, of course, when the mass of plastic bottles, broken glass and other rubbish has not totally littered up the edges. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-IMG_5448Custom.JPG" src="" width="480" height="360"/><br><br>Road in the Atacama desert.<br><br>Even on the steppes of Mongolia, roads, fields and ovoos — heaps of stones and wood draped with blue scarves where prayers are offered up to the spirits — are littered with garbage, plastic bottles, bags, and broken glass. At the other end of Eurasia in the Caucasus, in the forests and along the trails of Mt. Kazbek in Georgia, plastic bottles seem to outnumber fish in some of the streams. <br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-IMG_1930Custom.JPG" src="" width="480" height="360"/><br><br>Bottle near sacred tree in Mongolia's Chuluut gorge.<br><br>For the mother of all industrial garbage wastelands, make your way to Ebeye in the Marshall Islands, where a causeway leads six miles on across further islets to beaches filled with the moulding carcasses of rusted cars, trucks, construction equipment, steamrollers and boats, abandoned on the reef shoreline, ivy growing all over them.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-IMG_5245Custom.JPG" src="" width="480" height="360"/><br><br>Ebeye's industrially decorated shoreline.<br><br>But if you think the scourge of litter is the monopoly of the developing world, think again. Even in Ottawa, capital of squeaky clean, first-world Canada, a visit to Rockcliffe Park and the Rideau Canal reveals ugly scabs strewn with garbage, broken bear bottles and Coke cans.<br><br><img alt="2013-11-17-DSC01086Custom.JPG" src="" width="479" height="360"/><br><br>Ottawa's Rockcliffe Park.<br><br>Wow! I could be back in Indonesia.<br><br>Africa, Canada, Green, Indonesia, Ottawa, Sierra Leone, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Angola, Borneo, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Atacama Desert, Mount Sinabung, Ocean Litter, Monitor Lizard, Kalimantan, Rideau Canal, Lumley Beach, Mt. Kazbek, Lake Toba, Kaluas Palin, Danau Toba, Assal Lake, Rockliffe Park, Sibayak, Detritus, Flores, Wabag, Somaliland, Krakatoa, Krakatau, Garbage, Djibouti, Luanda, Dayak, Funafuti, Sumatra, Anak Krakatau, Longhouse, Berbera, Littering, Sipiso Piso, Bintang, Rubbish, Litter, Rakata, Ebeye, Kelimutu, Berastagi<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

6 Different Types of Camper Trailers Brisbane - 06 Feb 2016 21:31


[[html]]Are you looking for different variations available in camper trailers Brisbane? If yes, then you have picked the correct article for interpretation purposes. Continue reading till the end because by doing so, you will come to know about 6 most common types of trailers available worldwide.<br><br>1. Fifth Wheel Campers: As the name suggests, this particular category of trailers does not appear like a surplus extension. Additionally protruding storage space in front of these trolleys easily slide over or get attached with the back of the truck. Hence, the towing becomes easy as the camper becomes the part of the vehicle rather than simply becoming an uncontrollable extension behind.<br><br>Also keep in mind that fifth wheel trailers are the biggest amongst all the variations and are generally preferred for handling shipping tasks in huge factories.<br><br><img src="" alt="" /><br><br>2. Trailer Specifically for traveling: These are slightly smaller than the five wheelers but; are usually preferred by people who are always on the roads.<br><br>3. Expandable Ones: Well, expandable camper trailers Brisbane have surplus divisions for special cabins. For example, in a regular rectangular shape trailer, a minor partition can be made for facilitating a separate kitchen area. Hence, multiple divisions can be made based on the requirement.<br><br>4. Tent Trailers: These are a combination of a trailer and a full-size tent. Thus, you can easily pack it up when you are on the wheels and can simultaneously unpack the tent, when you require taking a rest on the way.<br><br>5. A-shaped camping trailers: Rather that opting the conventional rectangular shape, these campers possess the shape of an English alphabet A. Most of the trekkers prefer using this category of trailers because it is the most suitable selection for one or two person. Attaching one such camper behind the normal size car or truck does not impart undue pressure on the wheels and simultaneously, towing them in hilly areas also remains easy.<br><br>6. Campers in the shape of a tear-drop: Hey! Have you seen a tear drop? Obviously you might have seen! In actual, how does it appear? Like a water droplet, Right? So, teardrop trailers are also of the same configuration. It is the smallest size trailer amongst all the available options.<br><br>Trust it guys! Camping is a real fun altogether but; it can even get tedious without properly selected Camper Trailers Brisbane. You can refer online portals for buying one such tremendous product but; make sure to analyze your requirement before finalizing an adamant selection.<br><br>In the end, there comes a simple yet powerful tip for all the readers out there!<br><br>Look for something that is cheap and is simultaneously fully equipped with several features rather than spending numerous dollars over a costly yet lesser beneficial item.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Belly Ring Care Guide - 06 Feb 2016 17:19


[[html]]<img alt="Belly rings require extra care." data-caption="Belly rings require extra care." data-credit="Wikimedia Commons, photo by Walter Hell-Hoeflinger" data-credit-link="" src="" title="Belly rings require extra care."/>Belly rings are among the most popular body piercings today. They are also one of the piercings most susceptible to infection. Learn how to care for a navel piercing to help it heal properly.<br><br>Belly Ring Healing Process<br><br>Belly piercings have a long healing process. A piercing can take six months to a year to heal. Due to the location of the piercing, the slow healing and the tendency for the area to get sweaty, infection can occur very easily. Piercing aftercare is very important to keep the area healthy and help it heal faster.<br><br>Navel Piercing Aftercare <br><br>The first thing you should do to prevent infection is go to a reputable piercing professional. Make sure the piercer wears clothes, clean equipment and has a sterile work environment. Regulations on piercing vary by location. Find out what your local requirements are for piercing professionals and make sure you choose one who meets those standards.<br><br>Always follow the aftercare instructions from your piercing professional. Here are some general guidelines to help keep belly piercings healthy:<br><br>Clean the piercing twice a day with antibacterial soap. It may be necessary to clean the site more frequently if it gets dirty or sweaty from working out or sports activities. Use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of antibacterial soap to the piercing and gently remove any debris or scabbing.After the general cleaning, place a drop of antibacterial soap on the piercing, and carefully rotate the jewelry back and forth to keep the hole open and healing smoothly without scabbing.Rinse the soap off and dry carefully. You can also apply a little hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to the area for extra protection again infection.Use a saline soak once a day or every other day to promote healing and fight infection. You can use contact lens saline solution or make your own by adding salt to boiled water. If you make your own, make sure it cools before use. Pour a small amount of saline solution into a small cup and bend over the cup until the piercing makes contact with the solution. Keep the solution on the area for 10 to 15 minutes.Do not remove the original jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.Only touch the piercing with clean hands. Limit touching the area to cleaning sessions to avoid risks of infection.Taking a multivitamin daily can help promote healthy wound healing.General Belly Ring Care <br><br>After the piercing heals, you will still want to take steps to protect the pierced area from injury and irritation.<br><br>Here are some tips for general belly ring care:<br><br>Protect the piercing from catching on clothing. Extra care should be taken to prevent it from catching on things when jewelry is uncovered, especially when you are not use to having jewelry in that area.Do not wear jewelry that feels uncomfortable, itchy or gives you a rash. The jewelry should feel comfortable and not cause any stress to the skin. If you have a metal allergy, be sure to only wear gold, surgical steel or other hypoallergenic nickel-free jewelry.After doing any activity that makes you sweat, such as exercising, wash the belly button area carefully because sweat can collect there.Always remove navel jewelry playing sports, doing heavy chores or any other rough activity that could pose a risk of ripping out the jewelry.Now that you know how to care for your navel jewelry, enjoy exploring belly ring fashions.Sources: <br><br> website<br><br>Body Piercing Land website <br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Foundry technology goes global at GIFA 94. - 05 Feb 2016 18:48


[[html]]More than 750 exhibitors from 38 countries displayed the most advanced technology available today, further demonstrating the continued globalization of the metalcasting industry <br><br>In German, it's called Giesserei Faschausstellung. Translated to English, it is called Foundry Trade Exhibition. But metalcasters of all languages simply refer to it as GIFA. And every five years, tens of thousands of metalcasters from nearly every continent and country make their way to Dusseldorf, Germany, to see the best metalcasting technology in the world. <br><br>No metalcasting technique, operation or process were left uncovered during the 8th International Foundry Trade Fair held June 15-22 at the Messe (Fairground) in Dusseldorf. And beyond the new technical developments exhibited at the eight-day event, GIFA 94 clearly demonstrated the foundry industry has become a world wide enterprise. <br><br>Organized by the German Foundrymen's Assn. and Dusseldorf Trade Shows, GIFA has grown considerably in international participation since its outset in 1956. That first GIFA featured 428 exhibitorsincluding 71 from outside the borders of the then West Germany. By 1984, total exhibitor participation had grown to 509 with 205 foreign companies. <br><br>GIFA 89 attracted 624 exhibitors, including 266 non-German companies from 28 countries. This most recent exhibition continued the rising trend of international participation as 372 foreign companies from 38 nations were included among the 755 total firms exhibiting this year. The 38,517 square meters (about 414,600 sq ft) of exhibits this year also surpassed the 38,000 square meters (409,000 sq ft) of foundry equipment and materials shown in 1989. <br><br>As expected, German firms dominated the GIFA 94 exhibition as 383 occupied 21,855 square meters of space. Italy was the leading foreign exhibitor with 76 companies, followed by Great Britain with 53, the U.S. and France with 42 firms apiece and Switzerland with 29. Other North American participation included three companies from Canada, and Mexico's first GIFA appearance, with one firm. <br><br>International Attendance <br><br>GIFA 94 was held concurrently with two other major exhibitionsMETEC 94, the 4th International Exhibition for Metallurgical Technology and Equipment, and THERMPROCESS 94, the 6th International Exhibition for Industrial Furnace and Thermic Production Processes. Together, the three shows drew 71,000 visitors from 98 countries. <br><br>While an attendance breakdown of each exhibition was not available at press time, estimates are that more than 50% of the visitors to the three events were from countries other than Germany. Of foreign attendees, 36% came from overseas, with a majority from the U.S., India, Brazil and Japan. <br><br>Growing U.S. Presence <br><br>Compared with their 1989 exhibit area, U.S.-based companies more than tripled their participation in GIFA. This year, 42 U.S. exhibitors occupied 1657 square meters (17,830 sq ft) of exhibit space. In 1989, 26 U.S.-based firms exhibited and purchased exhibit space totaling 497 square meters (5350 sq ft). <br><br>Of these 42 companies, 16 were head-quartered in the U.S. Pavilionfive more than when the first U.S. Pavilion was organized in 1989. <br><br>A Game Plan for Coverage <br><br>From an editor's standpoint, covering GIFA is a daunting task. Even with two of us on the job this year, covering every exhibit would require each of us visiting an average 50 booths a day. Add to this meetings with publishers and editors from most of the major metalcasting publications, as well as a host of others from nearly every country. Add some time helping out in the AFS booth in the U.S. Pavilion, and nine hours a day just don't go too far. <br><br>So in planning our coverage of GIFA, our criteria was to visit every active modern casting advertiser, speak with someone in the booth and ask them, "What's new?" We picked up selected literature and, in many cases, took a photograph of the booth. Generally, our visits ranged from 20 minutes to an hour. <br><br><img src="" width="338" /><br><br>In addition, we stopped at dozens of other stands looking for interesting new developments. Whenever possible, we attempted to speak with someone in the booth and asked for available English-language brochures. We also inquired about a product's availability in North America. <br><br>In total, we visited and interviewed people at more than 200 booths. The following report, in large part, reflects this game plan. While it is necessarily concise and not inclusive of every company we visited, upcoming issues of modern casting will bring you more of what we saw at GIFA 94. <br><br>Molding &amp; Coremaking <br><br>Many of the mold and coremaking equipment displays at GIFA were so massive and featured so many products that it became a challenge to pinpoint what was new. Disamatic, for example, displayed a wide variety of complete molding systems, not to mention new robotics and casting cleaning equipment. The Dynapuls molding system uses the principles of impulse molding and adds compaction rods to further compact the mold. The rods pneumatically penetrate the sand to preset depths, depending upon the pattern's contour and geometry. <br><br>On the core side, Disa featured its Combi-Core system. Rather than blowing sand into the corebox, this system, with the use of compressed air, extrudes or forces the sand and binder into the corebox in a controlled fashion starting with the end of the core cavity. <br><br>George Fischer Foundry Systems also exhibited an array of equipment and systems for various sand and molding operations. Their Impact-Plus molding unit uses a two-phased air wave system. The first provides precompaction while the second high-energy wave assures even compaction around the pattern's contour. Introduced at GIFA was a further refinement of this system: a flexible squeeze pad that provides additional compaction after the impact cycle. <br><br>Laempe (Laempe + Reich in the U.S.) exhibited what it calls the "Smallest Foundry in the World." The Core/Mold Center LCM is described as a closed system with only one operator and one combined set of tooling for cores and molds. Capable of both short and long production runs, the system simultaneously produces a complete mold, including two cores, ready for casting. To take it a step further, the addition of a robot yields a completely automated system. <br><br>New green sand core equipment, a fine sand slinger and a green sand middle mold system were highlighted at the Heinrich Wagner Sinto booth (Roberts Sinto in the U.S.). The middle mold system features a horizontal three part mold that allows doubling of castings produced in the same mold from a single pour. <br><br>Along with its established line of automatic flaskless matchplate molding machines, Hunter Automated Machinery also featured its space-saving turntable mold handling systems which, in addition to automating mold handling, enhance pouring operations and provides integral fume control. <br><br>Vulcan Engineering displayed a wide range of engineering services, foundry cleaning, grinding, mold handling and robotic systems. The highlight of their GIFA booth was their lost foam (EPC) systems. Along with the equipment, Vulcan displayed various foam patterns and castings in production (including GM's Saturn subsidiary). <br><br>An automated coremaking system called Eurocor was highlighted by Redford-Carver. Available for vertically and horizontally parted tooling, this system can be used for coldbox and heat-cured processes. It features a video operator interface to control the entire operation including cycle progress, diagnostics and maintenance. <br><br>Direct Shell Production Casting (DSPC), developed by Soligen, Inc., was demonstrated in the Ashland Chemical stand. The DSPC process makes ceramic shells similar to those used in investment casting directly from a CAD file without tooling, wax or shell dipping. <br><br>Brunswick Industrial demonstrated its automatic single-stage jolt-squeeze machine. The entire system is comprised of only seven components and, reportedly, reduces sand consumption by 25% and eliminates strike-off operations. <br><br>Mold/Coremaking Materials <br><br>A variety of developments was on display, ranging from resins to organic and inorganic binder systems to coatings. Nearly anything a sand foundry needs to produce complete cores and molds was available in the Ashland Chemical booth. These included coldbox, nobake, heat-cured binders systems, refractory coatings, core adhesives, release agents and various metallurgical chemicals. Also featured were Ashland's value-added services such as environmental, health and safety programs. <br><br>The development of new inorganic binder system described as "essentially a warmbox, warm air cured" product and called Cordiss was discussed at Borden's Foundry and Industrial Resins' stand. Though not yet available in the U.S., the new system is under development to meet many of the new environmental and health regulations confronting foundries. Borden also featured its complete line of coatings and specialty products for core and moldmaking operations. <br><br>In addition to its established line of bentonite products, American Colloid Company displayed its Hevi-Sand. This chromite sand has been developed for difficult metalcasting applications to reduce and eliminate casting burn-on, penetration and veining. <br><br>Described as an "environmentally friendly" system, Foseco's Ecolotec is a one-part water-based binder that is cured with C[O.sub.2]. The resin is free from isocyanates and peroxides, and the levels of free phenol and free formaldehyde are very low. This system was developed by high-volume, automated coremaking. <br><br>Hydrobond was featured by Bentonite Corp. It is described as the "first water-tempered synthetic bentonite designed, rather than mined, for green sand molding." Available in various mixtures, this clay product reportedly can be modified to equal the performance of sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite. <br><br>Sand Testing <br><br>Sand testing equipment was also a hot topic among GIFA exhibits. One such item was George Fischer's new Sand MultiTester PMT. In one instrument, test samples of resin-hardened sands and green sand are produced and 11 important physical properties are determined. Values are shown on the instrument display, and can be saved and printed for recording. <br><br>Displayed from the Hartley Controls booth was the automatic bond determinator. The unit automatically tests and controls sand moisture, compactibility, green strength and bond percentage, and compensates for bond burnout. With no operator required, the unit offers computer accuracy, speed and reliability. <br><br>Along with its cooling, mixing and reclamation machines, National Engineering Co. demonstrated its Simpson/Gerosa sand lab equipment. The universal sand strength machine offers microprocessor technology and electronic load cells to automatically test calculations. The firm also described the fully computerized sand machine that will be released in 1995. It downloads data so no manual charting is required. Incorporating electronic calibrations, it includes information on stress straining curves, green deformation, maximum strength, deformation and failure. <br><br>Melting Equipment/Materials <br><br>Among the developments at GIFA were automatic pouring and inoculation. <br><br><img src="" width="373" /><br><br>At the Inductotherm booth, the Visipour automatic pouring system was highlighted. A self-adjusting metal pouring control system, it consists of a video camera, computer, position controller for positioning and servo-controls for the stopper-rod mechanism for accurate mold filling. After memorizing the initial pouring routine, the software analyzes the video images to determine if the metal flow rate has been altered by a change in bath level or reduction in nozzle diameter, and compensates for these changes in metal flow rate. <br><br>The IsoPour inoculation unit was on display at ABB Metallurgy's exhibit. Consisting of an integrated intermediate ladle used as a pressurized pouring furnace for inoculating and alloying cast iron, it controls melt treatment immediately before pouring. Also featured was the firm's IFM medium frequency coreless furnace, which reduces noise emissions to admissible levels. <br><br>Unveiling its pouring furnace with coreless inductor was Junker, Inc. A compact, high-powered coreless induction furnace, it provides easy access to all furnace areas, is easy to deslag, can be totally emptied for extended down periods, allows fast changing of alloy and efficient stirring. Also featured was the firm's high turbulence mixer, unheated pouring devices and Duo-Melt tandem melt operation. <br><br>Ajax Magnethermic answered attendees' questions on its line of induction melting equipment, including the Pacer Melting System. From simple melt and pour systems to sophisticated computer-controlled melt shops, Ajax product lines cover induction melting equipment of all sizes up to 1500 tons. <br><br>The new LaserPour PLC system for cope and drag lines was demonstrated by Selcom, Inc. Designed for high accurate close-loop control of iron from a bottom-pour vessel, the unit's laser light continuously determines the distance from the measurement probe to any surface. The unit achieves [+ or -]5 mm tolerance for metal level, and allows post-cycle changes for special situations, such as if the casting requires high ferro-static pressure for proper mold fill. <br><br>American Colloid Company showcased its Maxofluss nonferrous melt preparations. The line includes dust and emission reduced powders, fluorine-free modifying tablets, chlorine-free grain refining and degassing tablets, and melt preparations. Maxolin core/mold coatings were also featured. <br><br>Introducing foundries to transistorized induction melting, Pillar Industries unveiled its Mark 10 power supply. A technology used in induction heating, the unit is a voltage-fed inverter with a series tuned furnace circuit, which requires switching the full current that flows through the coil. It eliminates energy-absorbing reactive components, provides added protection with a current limiting factor, and a crowbar thyristor protects the IGBT transistor in the event of an abnormal condition. <br><br>To improve inoculant effectiveness, Foseco featured the MSI 90-68E automatic late stream inoculation system. The system includes advanced monitoring functions, a high standard of inoculant dispensing reproducibility and a control unit fitted with a printer port. It ensures that the addition is made just as the iron flows into the mold. Concentrating on the V-Cast and Dry-Vibe product lines, Allied Mineral promoted its refractories for automatic pouring, channel furnaces and new product developments in induction melting steel. <br><br>In addition to the firm's silicon metal, ferroalloys and inoculants, Globe Metallurgical, Inc. highlighted the Inmold process and the newly patented Sigmat process for making ductile iron. The Inmold process consists of pouring low-sulfur ductile-base iron into a mold in which the magnesium pickup by the iron controls the ductile iron microstructure. The Sigmat process is a variation of the Inmold processoutside the mold. The iron is poured into a tightly sealed box and the flow rate is matched to the consumption of the alloy in the box. <br><br>Casting Handling/Treatment <br><br>With every step of casting handling and treatment represented at GIFA, a few areas are outlined here. <br><br>Among the products featured at Didion's booth was its new rotary media drum that combines shakeout, sand conditioning/screen, casting cleaning and cooling in one step. Also highlighted was the rotary lump crusher/sand reclaimer, which crushes, scrubs, screens and classifies large mold lumps to reusable grain size, while automatically discharging tramp metal and debris from the drum. <br><br>Featuring surface preparation equipment, Wheelabrator Corp. displayed its line of blastcleaning equipment. This included the Super II Tumblast batch machine, the SW/210 Spinner Hanger for cavernous and odd-shaped work, and continuous operation models such as the Wire Mesh Belt and the Ultrablast. <br><br>Demonstrating the "3-in-1" process to remove sand from castings, reclaim it and heat treat castings in one step was Consolidated Engineering Co. A new development provides a single collection source for all waste gases from coremaking and captures and destroys gases from pouring. The unit's single-stream processing burns out sand, heat treats to T6 and, after cooling, reuses the sand for cores. A fluidized bed volatilizes binder to clean sand grains. <br><br>In addition to vibrating drums and conveyor systems, General Kinematics demonstrated its new Vibra-Mill VMC nobake sand processor for sand reclamation. The unit's low volume of air flow maintains cooling as lump breaking takes place, and air turbulence and sand tumbling remove heat. Tramp material and fines are separated and sand is discharged at the original grain size distribution. <br><br>U.S. Pavilion <br><br>As a cost-effective channel for American firms to exhibit under one collective front, AFS, the CISA Export Trade Group and Dusseldorf Trade Shows joined in sponsoring the U.S. Pavilion. Offering participants an exhibitor's lounge, translators and added exposure, the U.S. Pavilion featured: <br><br>Adolf's Pattern Shop, Inc.; AFS; Beardsley &amp; Piper; Bentonite Corp.; Brunswick Industrial, Inc.; The Centrifugal Casting Machine Co., Inc.; CISA Export Trade Group, Inc.; Dependable Foundry Equipment Co./Redford Carver Foundry Products Co.; Didion Manufacturing Co.; Equipment Merchants International, Inc.; Fibre-Glass Evercoat; Foundry Management &amp; Technology; Hartley Controls Corp.; Hunter Automated Machinery Corp.; modern casting magazine; THT Presses, Inc.; and Visi-Trak Corp. <br><br>GIFA: Through the Eyes of An Editor <br><br>As a first-time traveler to GIFA, I kept an editor's diary of daily events, conversations and observations during the eight-day exhibition in Dusseldorf in June. The following are notes from one of my days. <br><br>7:18 a.m.The AFS/modern casting contingent meets in the breakfast room at the Madison II hotel in downtown. Besides Publisher/Editor Dave Kanicki and myself, AFS is represented by Chuck Jones, executive vice president; Maria Komon, vice president finance; Bob Eppich, vice president technology; and Dave Schmidt, manager of Software Services. <br><br>8:05 a.m.After setting up the special GIFA issue of modern casting at the AFS booth and at the GieBerei-Praxis (Foundry Practice) German trade magazine's booth, I stopped at the U.S. Pavilion lounge. Over pre-show coffee and orange juice, exhibitors are talking about the shock of the alleged O.J. Simpson murders and the massive heat wave in midwestern U.S. With that weather, no one is complaining about the cool, windy, German weather. <br><br>9:26 a.m.During a break in action at Vulcan Engineering's booth, Parker Strom discusses his 31 years with GM and his work with Saturn. Part of the team that made the decision to go with lost foam/EPC in 1985, he says they worked 12-hour days in trailers set up around the Saturn plant. After things were running so smoothly "he eliminated his own job," Strom joined Vulcan on a "half-time, full-time basis." Vulcan, he says, is setting up lost foam lines in India, China and Germany. <br><br>10:36 a.m.Walking the floor, I met up with Edgar Wyrwas, Wyrwas Aluminum Industries. He says he is looking for an improved sand system as well as core knockout for his shell cores. With his 25-man shop, he says finding equipment can be difficult because so much of it is designed for larger foundries. He is looking for ideas that can be engineered to a smaller scale. "Business is good," he says, "although the shop has had some headaches it hasn't had in quite some time, like meeting demand and delivering on time." <br><br>10:50 a.m.Raymond Monroe and Malcolm Blair, Steel Founders' Society, say they met the previous day with representatives from seven nations in Dusseldorf to review ISO 9000 steel casting standards. Together with officials from Germany, France, Great Britain, China, Czech Republic and the U.K. they reviewed documents on stainless steels, heat resistant steels, corrosion resistant steel, and visual inspection, welding, centrifugal casting and ferrite measurements. <br><br>11:03 a.m.Minutes before the news conference at DISA Technologies, Stephen Cheung, Disamatic, says the biggest market for the equipment supplier remains the U.S., although Western Europe and Japan are also being targeted. "All three are on different economic cycles," he says. "In the U.S., it is good, while Europe and Japan are on the low end." Cheung says you don't hear much about Japanese buzzwords such as kaizen anymore, and added that since Japan has never been in a recession like this before, it will be interesting to see how they do. <br><br>1:18 p.m.Noel Hoekstra and Anne Meerboth-Maltz, Dusseldorf Trade Shows, Inc. (DTS), give Dave Kanicki and I a formal tour of Messe's press center. Each day, we check the press center's pigeonhole racks for news releases and photos from all three shows. It also includes phones, fax machines, typewriters and computers for press use, as well as a restaurant. The still expanding Messe, they say, offers 2 million sq ft of exhibit space15 times the size of last year's CastExpo in Chicago. <br><br>1:49 p.m.Walking the exhibit floor, I ask Paul Mikkola, GM Powertrain Group, what has impressed him thus far at GIFA. Pulling out his notebook, he highlighted a diecasting machine that features 100% filling of shotsleeves, opposed to the standard 60%. A dosing furnace allows full shot sleeve filling. <br><br>Mikkola also says another booth features a coremaking system with four different coreboxes that can replace 32 core machines with one. With this technology, an entire core department can be run with two to four people. Also, he says he examined a decoring process that places energy on a casting in one spot. The casting itself is vibrated to remove the core, rather than putting it on vibrating equipment and dealing with those problems. He also was intrigued by a lightweight cast gray iron engine block he saw at another display. "It has such thin walls you could almost see through it," he says. <br><br>2:24 p.m.In a collective booth of South African (SA) firms, Dave Van Niekerk, Davcor, a core machine supplier, talks about the state of business in SA. He says his firm just got approval from Germany to exhibit at GIFA in January, since no nation wanted any sort of business contribution from SA or its companies until the political situation was resolved. <br><br>Over the last six months, he says SA's foundry industry (110 foundries) really turned on its heel. Plants are now at full production capacities and looking to expand, and many nations that previously had sanctions are now doing business with SA. "The normalization of the political system has been the mass of change," Van Niekerk says. "The peaceful election was a very big factor. It showed the country's workability to get it together." <br><br>Martin Reeves, Mineral-Loy, adds "This GIFA couldn't have come at a more opportune timeboth for us to see new foundry technology and be seen. A couple hundred of South Africans have come to GIFAthat's a very good sign for the future." Although the nation's metalcasters aren't yet ready for much of the technology at GIFA, he says they need to see what directions to eventually take. "We don't want to head the wrong way." <br><br>Reeves said the South African Metal Casting Assn. (SAMCA), which was founded June 6, will focus on training. "We've grown up on imported skills from Europe, and we must address the issue that we don't have many black managers. In any business there is an "us vs. them" view of management, but in our case, there is the racial issue as well." <br><br>3:09 p.m.Discussing his firm's sand regeneration unit, Bruno Bonnato, Fataluminum, says it isn't reclamationit's regenerationsince the quality is better than new sand. Following the regeneration process, the round grain size of the sand offers better compactibility. Besides the sand regeneration equipment and piston casting machines, he says the firm is concentrating on permanent mold, low- and high-pressure diecasting and lost foam/EPC markets in North America and Asia, although Europe is looking up as well. <br><br>3:38 p.m.Returning to the AFS Publications booth to restock modern casting issues, Bob Eppich says several Eastern European foundrymen and instructors wanted books but didn't have enough money. Two Russian foundrymen even offered to trade a bottle of vodka and 2 oz of caviar for the $10 Iron Casting Handbook. According to Eppich, the two foundrymen felt Russia has fallen 50-75 years behind the rest of the world in technology. AFS 2nd Vice President Henry Dienst, National Engineering Co., says it will take several generations to catch up, but they have the desire and are working hard for it. <br><br>3:45 p.m.At Heinrich Wagner Sinto (known as Roberts Sinto in the U.S.), Dick Howard describes the firm's new green sand core machine. Another development is the middle mold systeman alternative to standard cope and drag molding. This system doubles casting production by using an intermediate mold. Therefore, a foundry can produce four castings from a mold instead of two. Brake drams cast via this method are on display. <br><br>4:06 p.m.At a news conference at GEMCO, a foundry engineering firm in the Netherlands, it was announced that after two years of negotiations, the firm signed a contract to supply a $6.2 million turnkey iron foundry for Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd., Guangxi, China. GEMCO will handle construction, installation and commissioning, and training and education. Casting six-cylinder engine blocks, the Yuchai foundry expects to supply 100,000 engines per year. The project will take 33 months to complete. <br><br>A bit different from U.S. trade show news conferences, GEMCO featured alcohol, herring, etc. At GIFA, many booths offered beer, sandwiches and soft drink, and several exhibits featured restaurant-type settings with waiters and waitresses. <br><br>Distance Walked: 6.79 miles (10.86 km). <br><br>7:11 p.m.Jogging through the Altstadt to the Rhine River, I injured my ankle. After appointments with a general physician (who incidentally went to high school in Minnesota), a radiologist and an orthopedic surgeon, the fee (including four x-rays) totaled just 135 deutsche marks, or $84-even for an American business traveler. Discussing Germany's socialized health-care system with my future mother-in-law (a German native now living in the U.S.), she says Germans can see any doctor they wish without the need for basic medical insurance. Health care, especially for the older generation, is terrific, she says. <br><br>She says the system used to be better years ago, but as people (including doctors) began to exploit the system, coverage was reduced. A recent development are credit card-like health cards that are issued to Germans every few months. These cards contain detailed medical records that can be accessed by the office computer at each visit, rather than having to fill out time-consuming applications and forms.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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German Vacuum Cleaning Equipment comes to UK. - 05 Feb 2016 10:21


[[html]]JTT Equipment Services Ltd are specialists in the supply ofindustrial, commercial and public sector vacuum equipment. In-factoryexplosions occur and should not be under-estimated, especially whenprocessing food stuffs based on whole grains and powders.<br><br>The JTT team is capable of developing extraction and containment&#13;systems for almost any type of building, working independently or in&#13;association with systems' integrators.&#13;&#13;<br><br>At the centre of JTT capabilities in this field is the German Ruwac&#13;range of vacuum cleaning equipment. This range is used in Europe by&#13;processors such as Nestle but is still in its infancy here in the UK,&#13;where sole distribution is held by ITT.&#13;&#13;<br><br>The Ruwac range is a range of fixed and portable extraction systems&#13;featuring explosion-proof components and materials. As the housing of&#13;each modularly built mobile unit is of fully electrostatically&#13;conductive glass rein forced plastic construction, electrostatic charging is reliably ruled-out, as are friction and impact sparks.&#13;&#13;<br><br>Sparking is further minimised by placing the electrical&#13;system's three-phase motor and, indeed, its protection switch&#13;external to the vacuum's suction flow. The unit is thus protected&#13;to the standard guidelines IP54 in terms of dust tightness and water&#13;spray. Moreover, because the systems inner surfaces are smooth dust does&#13;not collect, so facilitating continuous extraction speed.&#13;&#13;<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="275" /><br><br>COPYRIGHT 2001 Food Trade Press Ltd.<br><br>&#13; No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.&#13; <br><br>Copyright 2001 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Sales / Service :: Auto Scrubber - Top Pointers to Remember Before Buying One - 03 Feb 2016 22:13


[[html]]Auto scrubber is one cleaning equipment invention that has really made it easier for cleaners to scrub and scour floors in large buildings. Just imagine how long it would take for one to finish cleaning all the floors in a 40-story building or a sprawling structure with an area of 10,000 square feet by using only traditional cleaning tools like mops, buckets and scrubbing pads. Apart from the automatic features, makers of auto scrubbing machines are also finding ways to make this type of cleaning equipment lighter, multifunctional, and more affordable.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>How does an auto scrubber work? This equipment basically functions in the same way as traditional cleaning. First, it wets the floor, then scrubs it, and finally dries the floor surface by sucking out all the remaining moisture on the floor. Unlike traditional cleaning, however, a machine does all three steps at a fraction of the time. Automatic scrubbers usually come with rotating pad or brush to agitate the dirt on the surface of the floor, a solution line to wet the pad or brush and make the removal of grime and dirt easier and faster, and a squeegee attached to the vacuum motor to help dry the floor. More advanced automatic scrubbers have two tanks. One called the solution tank holds the detergent and the other called recovery tank holds the dirty water.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="341" /><br><br>There are many types and sizes of automatic scrubbers available in the market. No wonder first time buyers may find it hard to pick the perfect one for the job. As a rule of thumb, however, the size of the machine is determined by the diameter of the scrubbing pad or brush. If you need to use the tool in a large area, you may want to pick a 40-inch unit. A large auto scrubber is usually propelled by a motor and can run about 3 miles per hour. However, if you want to save on money, you may want to select a smaller unit, which is mainly propelled by the force of the user.<br><br><img src="" width="382" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Aside from size, one major consideration in buying an auto scrubber is the price. Large units that are typically battery operated may be fully automatic, but they can really cost a lot with price tags that can go as high as $30,000. However, if you have a limited budget, you can get electric units, which are great for small areas. Electric automatic scrubbers are not only affordable but they are easy to repair too.<br><br>&#13;&#13;<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Entrepreneurial Lessons From Nearly 50 Years in the Pizza Business - 03 Feb 2016 09:38


[[html]]Franchise Players is Entrepreneur's Q&amp;A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you're a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email moc.ruenerpertne|rolyatk#moc.ruenerpertne|rolyatk.<br><br>Bill Walsh likes to say that he has pizza sauce running through his veins. The franchisee entered the pizza business nearly five decades ago. He climbed through the ranks at Pizza Hut corporate, until the brand was purchased by PepsiCo in 1977. Walsh decided to continue his cheesy "labor of love" as a franchisee, becoming a partner of Daland Corporation, a company that today own 106 Pizza Hut restaurants. Here is what he has learned.<br><br>Name: Bill Walsh<br><br>Franchise owned: President of Daland Corporation, Pizza Hut (106 restaurants in 12 states)<br><br>How long have you owned a franchise? <br><br>Since 1978.<br><br>Related: This Franchisee's Story Gives True Meaning to Today's Celebration of the American Worker<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="400" /><br><br>Why did you get into franchising? <br><br>It was an opportunity to own my own business.<br><br>What were you doing before you became a franchise owner? <br><br>Working in a variety of roles at Pizza Hut, Inc. On Oct. 4, 1966, I started my Pizza Hut career for $0.50 an hour and all the beer I could drink as a freshman at Wichita State University. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. But, my father thought I was crazy because I had left an afternoon spot welding job where I was being paid $4.50 an hour. In January of 1967, I became the store manager at the Kellogg and Rock Road Pizza Hut in Wichita, where I earned $14,000 that year. In 1967, that was in the top 10 percent income bracket in the United States. It was one of the higher volume Pizza Hut restaurants at the time and I managed this restaurant until 1969 when I became an assistant area manager.<br><br>During this time, I had decided I loved the restaurant business so I changed my college major from English (I had always wanted to be a high school teacher) to Business Administration. In 1971, I moved to Charleston, W. Va. as an area manager for six restaurants that Pizza Hut, Inc. had just acquired from a franchisee. In 1972, I moved back to Wichita to become the director of training for Pizza Hut, Inc.<br><br>It was a perfect job. Pizza Hut, Inc. sent me to a number of management courses to gather the best learning at the time on planning, organizing, directing, staffing and controlling. I held that position for three years. During that time, the Training Department held over 30 classes a year to teach both company and franchise area general managers how to manage restaurants better with the goal being to improve sales and profits. In 1975 and 1976, I was the director of operations for the 600 company-owned restaurants in the eastern half of the United States. In 1977, I became the vice president of franchising. Virtually all of the United States had been franchised or was held for company development so my role was to help franchisees be more successful in their restaurant operations and assist them in making more money out of their enterprises. In October of 1977, Pizza Hut was acquired by PepsiCo and offered me a number of promotional opportunities in their other companies: Pepsi-Cola, Wilson Sporting Goods, etc. But, I was in love with the restaurant business and joined/invested in a 1/5 ownership in the Daland Corporation Franchise group in April of 1978. <br><br>Why did you choose Pizza Hut? <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="323" /><br><br>David Novak, the former CEO of Yum Brands, once said, Its the food, stupid. I believe he was and is correct. In the restaurant business, the key is the food and I love the Pizza Hut food.<br><br>Related: This Police Officer Spends His Off-Duty Hours Working as a Cleaning Franchisee<br><br>How much would you estimate you spent before you were officially open for business? <br><br>Because I bought a percentage of an existing enterprise, my situation is a little bit different. Today, a delivery/carryout unit costs in the realm of $350,000 for the interior buildout in an existing commercial strip center/mall, equipment and beginning inventory and change fund. <br><br>Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research? <br><br>Twelve years at Pizza Hut, Inc., from $0.50 an hour pizza maker to vice president.<br><br>What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise? <br><br>Federal, state and local government rules and regulations.<br><br>What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise? <br><br>Make sure you are not just buying a job. Many franchises limit you in regard to the number of stores that you can own and operate. <br><br>Whats next for you and your business?<br><br>I believe the pizza business and the Pizza Hut system will continue to be a great investment for many years to come. I anticipate growing our company with additional Pizza Hut restaurants. We will also continue to look at other restaurant opportunities. <br><br>Related: Why I Franchised KLA Schools<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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