‘Banning plastic straws will not be enough’: The fight to clean the oceans

If the environmental movement drew up a Most Unwanted list for 2018, the plastic drinking straw surely would land near the top. More than a dozen cities and California banned or limited plastic straws. The corporate giants Starbucks and Disney led a long roster of companies that promised to do the same. A list of luminaries — from football’s Tom Brady, to rock’s Mick Jagger, to former first daughter Chelsea Clinton — embraced the #StopSucking campaign against single-use straws. Environmentalists hope the movement will stir a larger conversation about runaway plastics pollution. Straw bans alone — which have been criticized for not truly reducing waste — will barely dent the flood of plastic spewing into the environment each year. The most often repeated estimate of the amount of plastic spilling into the oceans is 8.8 million tons a year. That’s the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic along every foot of coastline in 192 countries, according to researchers. Other studies show that the synthetics increasingly find their way not just into fish, sea turtles and whales, but into human beings. “We are beginning to understand the impact on human health,” said John Hocevar,...

Contrary to previous reports, the Buick Encore will not be replaced by a slightly larger, China-sourced

Contrary to previous reports, the Buick Encore will not be replaced by a slightly larger, China-sourced crossover. Instead, Buick plans to supplement the subcompact Encore’s healthy sales by slotting a new model alongside it: the Encore GX. Appearing early next year for the 2020 model year, the Buick Encore GX fills the space between the Encore and the compact Envision. Expect its price to bridge the gap, too. Buick didn’t go deep into specs in its announcement; rather, the division claims the Encore GX firms up Buick’s presence in the divisions buyers seek out the most: subcompact, compact, and midsize. We’re talking crossovers, of course — after putting the LaCrosse sedan out to pasture earlier this year, Buick’s lineup now contains just a single passenger car nameplate. Ninety percent of the brand’s U.S. volume comes from utility vehicles. “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of the Buick and GMC brands. The automaker claims the Encore GX ups the Encore’s cargo volume by 5 cubic feet, placing it just 3 cubes shy of the En...

HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) Laptop Review: Best Consumer 2-in-1

HP’s Spectre x360 13-inch offers a best-in-class combination of style, portability and performance. If you’re looking for a lightweight consumer 2-in-1, it’s hard to argue against the HP Spectre x360 13-inch. Starting at $1,029 (£999), the latest version of this tried-and-true convertible features epic battery life, solid performance and a sleek new design with attractive tapered edges and an eye-popping Poseidon Blue color. While its base-level 1080p screen could be brighter, the Spectre x360 has a slew of helpful features, including a USB Type-A port, a hardware webcam switch and an active stylus in the box. The new HP Spectre x360 13-inch and its 15-inch big brother are the first laptops I’ve ever seen that have hexagon shapes… well, sort of. At first glance, these computers appear rectangular, but the upper left and right sides of the chassis are chamfered into mini fifth and six sides, with the power button living on the left corner edge and the USB-C charging port on the right one. These edges are polarizing; I like them a lot because they add an attractive, unique design element and make it easy to feel your way to the power button in the dark. However, some of my coworke...

Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders Market Future Scope (2019-2025): Strong Growth Inannual Results | Genox, I.S.V.E, Vecoplan

The Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders Market Report gives key strategies pursued by driving Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders industry Key Players and Sections of Market like-item determinations, volume, creation esteem, Feasibility Analysis, Classification dependent on types and end client application areas with geographic development and up and coming progression. The Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders market report gives comprehensive outline of Invention, Industry Requirement, innovation and generation investigation considering main considerations, for example, Revenue, ventures and business development. The Global Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders market report offers a thought with perspective by the improved information related with Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders market. The Worldwide Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders report gives a wide stage offering different open gateways for different associations, firms, affiliations and new organizations. This report moreover incorporates approved estimations to build up a superior comprehension of the associations. The Worldwide Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders market reports give the point-to-point data about the legitimately ...

Global RFID Tags for Livestock Management Production Market Share, Revenue, and Average Price by Manufacturers Shared in a Latest Research Report

RFID has already been used for years in some aspects of the agriculture industry. Tagging of animals like sheep and cows allows the farmer to have superior traceability, better breeding control, better conservation efforts and of course, data collection about each and every animal of the herd. RFID can also play a major role with automated feeding, weighing and disease management of the animals, all with a simple tag, in addition to tracking capabilities of a lost animal and return to its rightful owner. Sheep and goat farming, hog and pig farming, equine facilities, poultry and egg production centers, dairy cattle ranching, beef steer ranching, and aquaculture are all areas of the agriculture industry that sees many benefits from RFID applications. This is owing to strong governmental support to farmers to adopt smart agriculture practices and boost the agricultural produce. Access Report Details at: https://www.themarketreports.com/report/global-rfid-tags-for-livestock-management-market-research-report The global RFID Tags for Livestock Management market is valued at xx million US$ in 2018 is expected to reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during ...

20 Best Disney Plus Shows and Movies to Watch on Launch Day, The Mandalorian, High School Musical, Marvel

The days of endlessly searching Netflix for something to watch and then watching nothing because you spent your whole time browsing are over! The arrival of Disney+ means you have a whole new streaming service to search and search and search through, and unlike other recently launched streaming services, Disney+ comes stacked with options all the way to its mouse ears thanks to 600-plus movies and shows from the Disney vaults. Before option paralysis burns the Disney+ menu into your screen, take a look at our list of 20 shows and movies available on Disney+ to watch on launch day. We’ve picked through the animated classics, the best of the Disney Channel Original Movies, the new Disney+ originals, and more to trim the mountain of possibilities into a manageable stack. Have you heard of this one? A bunch of superheroes get together and fight a guy with a big jaw who wears a fancy glove? It’s here, earlier than expected. (Disney also managed last-minute deals for other Marvel movies — Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Iron Man 2, and more — that weren’t expected to be available for launch.) But find a comfortable place to watch: It’s over three hours long. Nowaday...

Fix-It Chick: Replace a cast-iron pipe | News, Sports, Jobs

Step 1: Cast-iron pipe is very heavy. Before cutting out a section of pipe, secure the plumbing stack or run in place. Wrap rebar tie wire or metal pipe strap above the section of pipe to be cut. Use nails or screws to secure each end of the wire or strap to a nearby joist or header board. When securing a vertical stack, wrap the wire or strap below a hub or an elbowed section of the pipe to keep the pipe from slipping down. Step 2: A reciprocating saw with a carbide blade or an angle grinder with a diamond blade will both cut cast-iron pipe, as will a chisel and a hammer. A ratcheting soil pipe cutter is by far the easiest tool to use to cut through cast-iron pipe. Soil pipe cutters can be rented from your local hardware store or rental center. Step 4: Choose a smooth section of the pipe to cut, preferably 4 inches or more from any hub or joint. Make sure the pipe is free of dirt and debris. Use a stiff wire brush to remove any loose rust. Step 5: Wrap the cutting chain around the pipe and lock the chain into place per the manufacturer’s instructions. Step 6: Once the chain is secure and the cutter’s knobs are adjusted properly, use a slow and steady motion to ratchet the chain...

Three arrested on trafficking crack cocaine in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Three men were jailed Sunday each on $100,000 bail on charges they were peddling crack cocaine. Drug agents with township police, Kingston police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force conducted an operation to purchase crack cocaine from Nathaniel Allen Green Jr., 31, also known as Nathaniel Shomo. Arrangements were made to meet in a parking lot at King’s Road and Sans Souci Parkway where Green, John Lynell Lee, 35, and Syheem Carroll, 30, were arrested after the alleged delivery of crack cocaine, authorities said. Green, Lee and Carroll were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the county correctional facility. Green, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy to delivery a controlled substance and a single count of criminal use of communication facility. Carroll, of Nanticoke, was charged with two counts each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and a single count of possession of a controlled substance. Lee, of Nanticoke, was charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. WILKES-...

Yizumi-HPM rolls out three new machines at open house logo-pn-color logo-pn-color

Iberia, Ohio — Yizumi-HPM Corp., the U.S. unit of Chinese injection press maker Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd., showed three new injection molding machines at an open house Oct. 30, including the Iberia operation’s first packaging machine. The parent company has been offering machines targeting thin-wall packaging for about five years, but the new PAC-K press is the North American version of Yizumi’s packaging press, said Bill Duff, general manager of sales and marketing for Yizumi-HPM. “It’s a new market segment for packaging,” Duff said. “We’re not going after the Netstal business or the Husky business in PET. But it’s a machine that could be used in a lot of applications for certain types of thin-wall containers — food containers, yogurt cups, butter dishes, cutlery. And it’s very economically priced.” The servo-hydraulic PAC-K presses are available in three clamping-forces, of 275, 385 and 500 tons. At the open house, a 385-ton press molded yogurt cups on an eight-cavity mold. The cycle time was just under three seconds, Duff said. The high-speed clamping unit uses a negative-angle toggle design, whic...

Intent Solutions Streamlines Data Transmission with AT&T LTE-M IoT Technology

Direct Streaming of near Real-Time Prescription Adherence Data to Clinicians, Healthcare Providers; Using AT&T Connectivity Marks Significant Step Forward for Intent’s Mission Intent Solutions, an Atlanta-based company that provides technology to secure medications and track prescription adherence, is collaborating with AT&T to integrate LTE-M cellular technology into the new release of Intent’s tad™ dispensing system. This marks a significant step forward in Intent’s effort to bring its unique service to a wide range of settings in which patient adherence to medication regimens is critical to success. Scheduled for launch in 2020, the new cellular version of tad will enable direct streaming of near real-time prescription adherence data from tad’s secure pill dispenser to a portal for viewing and management by an individual’s pharmacist, physician or clinical trial project manager. The current version of tad requires Bluetooth pairing between the dispenser and a smartphone or tablet to stream data to the portal so it can be tracked and managed by caregivers. If the user does not have access to a smartphone or tablet, usage data is currently collected when the device is r...

Global Portable 3D Scanner Market Professional Survey 2019 – Structure Light Scanner, Laser Scanner

The Portable 3D Scanner report underlines a basic synopsis of the Portable 3D Scanner market that entails classifications, definitions, industry chain structure, and applications. The report provides a detailed overview of major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends and strategies impacting the global market along with estimates and forecast of revenue and share analysis. The report acknowledges that in these aggressive and speedily developing market settings, the latest marketing data are imperative to ascertain performance and make essential decisions for the profitability and growth of the market. In addition, the research evaluated key market aspects, comprising capacity utilization rate, revenue, price, capacity, growth rate, gross, production, consumption, supply, export, market share, cost, import, gross margin, demand, and much more. The study also presents the segmentation of the worldwide Portable 3D Scanner market on the basis of end-users, applications, geography, and technology. Leading Manufacturers in Portable 3D Scanner Market: Hexagon, Trimble Navigation, Faro Technologies, GOM MBH, Nikon Metrology NV, Topcon Corporation, Carl Zei...

There’s no shortage of Christmas markets, holiday shopping and festive entertainment during London’s yuletide season.

There’s no shortage of Christmas markets, holiday shopping and festive entertainment during London’s yuletide season. Christmastime in London has long set the scene for Charles Dickens’s treasured novels and many a blockbuster rom-com. This year, locations across the city are offering travelers memorable ways to experience Britain’s most beloved holiday traditions. There’s no shortage of festive entertainment during London’s Christmas season. The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, is hosting a six-night performance series in its Signature Suites from Nov. 27 to Dec. 12. The theater company Revels in Hand will perform the play “Four Calling Birds,” a brand-new Christmas comedy, for up to 25 guests per show. “It’s West-End quality theater in your living room,” said Lucy Eaton, founding director of Revels in Hand. Guests can purchase individual tickets (£95, or about $123), which come with Champagne and canapés, or book the hotel’s Christmas in the Clouds package, which combines a suite stay, buffet breakfast and two show tickets with rates starting at £841. Two Red Carnation hotels are offering travelers a more classical version of the arts. Guests overnighting in a Junior Suite at T...

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