Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment

Thursday, July 31, 2008

From the middle of July, Sony Corporation refreshed their senior laptop brand VAIO from “Video Audio Integrated Operation” to “Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer”. According to Sony Taiwan Limited, this refreshment is an attempt to relocate the laptop consuming market for business and entertainment factors.

In the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Europe, Sony promoted their new product series for different populations including BZ for business, FW for home entertainment, Z for ultra-slim, and SR for complex applications.

Different with past series, Sony added “Clear Bright” screening technology for high-definition display, and “full-carbon production” features. BD-burning and Intel Centrino 2 processing technologies will be featured in all the new models. For security issue, Sony also embedded fingerprint system to prevent personal data to be stolen. Continued from TZ series, innovative designs including “Green Power Button”, “Situational Switch” are also added in newly-launched series.

“Due to consuming market differences, Sony only promoted BZ series in Europe and America but not included Asia. Although the TICA Show in Taipei will be different, functionality will be the greatest issue when a consumers choose a notebook [computer] before buying.” addressed by executives from Sony Taiwan Limited, during the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Taiwan.

What Is Indole 3 Carbinol And Why Is It Good For Me?

By Darrell Miller

Perhaps, many are still unfamiliar with the term Indole 3 carbinol. Its arrays of benefits are not yet fully unleashed and divulged to the general public hence, it is but right and fitting to educate the people about the wonders it brings and its value for us human beings. Indole 3 carbinol is a compound that could be evidently found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. What make the compound very interesting are its dominant and potent antioxidant properties as well as its capacity to enhance and facilitate the bodys anti toxin enzyme mechanism. Studies could prove that Indole 3 carbinol is a potent agent to combat the wrath of different cancers such as the breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.

The said agent has the power to breakdown cancerous estrogens as well as dioxin, which is a harmful pesticide. When compared to the leading anti-estrogen drug called tamoxifen, Indole 3 carbinol is more effective in fighting estrogen promoted cancer cells for it could reach a greater efficacy compared to the 60% efficacy rate of tamoxifen. The National Cancer Institute was able to conduct a test regarding which among the more than eight anti cancer agent is the most effective, in that test, Indole 3 carbinol emerge victorious.

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Indole 3 carbinol is not only effective in fighting cancer but it is also beneficial and vital for the treatment of different autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is also not limited for estrogen-triggered cancers for it shows a lot of potential in addressing prostate cancer, lung cancer, and cancer cause by the Human Papillloma Virus (HPV). For you to grasp the full value and benefits of Indole 3 carbinol, experts would highly recommended you to have enough intake of the said compound. When I say enough, you should consume at least 200 to 400 mg of Indole 3 carbinol daily. The said range is the one used during the clinical trial for cancer prevention. However, achieving such amount in your diet may be difficult hence; you need to employ discipline and perseverance for you to make things happen.

Because of the fact that heat could destroy significant amounts of nutrients in cruciferous vegetables, you need to consume large amounts of foods that contain high Indole 3 carbinol for you to meet the recommended amount of 300 to 400 mg. However, consuming large amounts of cruciferous vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner may turn out to be unappealing to the appetite of many therefore; effective supplements manufactured by esteemed companies could be taken as an alternative to suffice your needs of the daily recommended dose of Indole 3 carbinol. Diet modification is also an important measure to fight cancer. For you to achieve optimum state of wellness, you must know how to eat right by avoiding foods that are carcinogenic. These foods include processed meat, canned goods and the like.

Indole 3 carbinol can be found at your local or internet vitamin store in 100mg and 200mg doses. Always choose name brands like Solaray to ensure quality and purity of the product you buy for better health.

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Duke of Edinburgh leaves UK hospital following exploratory surgery

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of the current British monarch, today departed from the London Clinic, located in the centre of the British capital, after eleven days. Prince Philip, who is aged 92, was hospitalised on June 6 to be given exploratory surgery on his abdomen.

According to the BBC, it was thought the Prince would remain in hospital for two weeks. The abdominal surgery was pre-planned, Buckingham Palace previously reported, although the reasons why this surgery was arranged have not been publicised.

The Duke of Edinburgh missed numerous royal occasions while he was in the private building, including the Trooping the Colour on June 15 to celebrate the Queen’s Official Birthday. As he was staying in the Clinic, over a thousand cards were sent to the Duke. Also, members of the British Royal Family, including Charles, Prince of Wales; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Prince Harry of Wales; and his wife, Elizabeth II, visited him.

A Buckingham Palace statement said the Duke was in “good condition and good spirits”, adding that he would take a two month time period to recover. “The Duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic and the many members of the public who have sent good wishes”, the statement added. ITV News Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart commented, “for a man of 92, who spent 11 nights in hospital, the Duke looked extraordinarily fit.”

Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

The Benefits Of Commercial Solar Energy

Submitted by: Christy Maraone

Colorado businesses large and small continue to face a never ending battle of rising conventional electrical costs. In fact, this is often one of the largest monthly business expenses and can run in the thousands of dollars. The good news for businesses is that there is no better time for business owners to go solar PV. Commercial solar is now more affordable than ever with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), 30% federal investment tax credit, grants and accelerated depreciation on renewable energy equipment. Think you can t afford the initial upfront cost? Think again! There are several options to acquire solar including a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and commercial solar leasing options.

As Colorado businesses battle the ever-increasing electrical costs, solar PV is a quick, easy way to impact your bottom line. By installing solar today, you can capitalize on the incredible incentives and rebates, not to mention immediately saving on your monthly electrical bills. Solar PV is a great way to offset future rises in energy costs and minimize your environmental footprint.

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Commercial and industrial solar PV come in a variety of options including Crystalline, Thin Film Laminates, and Solyndra. Determining the right commercial solar option to fit your needs will depend on a variety of factors including money, system preferences, facings, shadowing/obstructions, desired output, management and connections. Crystalline panels have the highest sunlight conversion technologies, are manufactured in a frame with shatter resistant glass, and are hail resistant. Thin Film Laminates are flexible, lightweight, good for low and diffused sunlight technology, adhere directly to your roof and are severe hail and hurricane wind certified. Solyndra is lightweight, hail and wind resistant, and self-ballasting.

Commercial and industrial solar PV come in a variety of options including Crystalline, Thin Film Laminates, and Solyndra. Determining the right commercial solar option to fit your needs will depend on a variety of factors including money, system preferences, facings, shadowing/obstructions, desired output, management and connections. Crystalline panels have the highest sunlight conversion technologies, are manufactured in a frame with shatter resistant glass, and are hail resistant. Thin Film Laminates are flexible, lightweight, good for low and diffused sunlight technology, adhere directly to your roof and are severe hail and hurricane wind certified. Solyndra is lightweight, hail and wind resistant, and self-ballasting.

Finding a quality commercial solar company is imperative as you explore different solar PV technologies and installation options. The right company will not push you into any certain products but will determine the right product depending on your budget and roofing situation. A proper solar assessment and exploring different financing options can take some time, thus making the process a bit lengthy but once installation is complete, your savings are nearly immediate. While range of ROI s may vary, typical technologies are around 4-7 years. With current incentives and rebates, getting started has never been easier!

Douglass Colony Group designs and performs full-service turn-key commercial solar installations for commercial, industrial, educational, and government customers in the U.S. By adding commercial solar to your building today, Douglass Colony Group will ensure that your building and property are protected and that your PV-system is optimized throughout the expected life of your investment. Whether ballasted or penetrated rooftop, carports, awnings, or ground mounts, Douglass Colony has the application and technology that s right for you.

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Scientists report two life-saving treatments for Ebola

Thursday, August 15, 2019

On Monday morning, Director Anthony Fauci of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announced a trial of four possible Ebola drugs was stopped early because two of them had already shown considerable progress in treating the disease and saving the lives of those infected. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a hemorrhagic fever with a high mortality rate and spreads via human-to-human contact.

The PALM trial, for the Swahili phrase pamoja tulinde maisha or “together save lives,” began last November and collected data from 499 patients from the towns of Beni, Butembo, Mangina, and Katwa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has suffered an Ebola outbreak for roughly the past year.

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Director General of the DRC’s Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale that monitored the trial, said, “From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable[.]” He went on to say thousands of deaths could be prevented.

While one experimental vaccine appears able to reduce Ebola mortality, up until now, no drugs have been clearly demonstrated suitable for treating existing infection. One antibody cocktail, ZMapp, initially showed promise in the field, but formal studies indicated it had less benefit than sought in preventing death. In the PALM trial, ZMapp served as a control, meaning scientists used it as a baseline and compared the three other treatments to it.

The other three treatments were remdesivir, an antiviral drug; mAb114, a monoclonal antibody first isolated from human survivors of an outbreak in Kikwit in 1995, now produced by the Florida company Ridgeback Biotherapeutics; and REGN-EB3, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies from Ebola-infected laboratory mice whose immune systems had been altered to be similar to humans’.

The overall mortality rates were 49% for patients treated with ZMapp, 53% for remdesivir, 29% for REGN-EB3, and 34% for mAb114, but patients treatment early with low viral loads had a death rate of only 6% to 11% when treated with REGN-EB3 or mAb114.

Mike Ryan of the World Health Organization (WHO) told the press the new drugs were only part of the solution: “What will stop Ebola, under professor Muyembe’s leadership and that of the government of the DRC, is good surveillance, good infection prevention and control, good community engagement, excellent vaccinations, and the use of these therapeutics in the most effective way possible.”

Past EVD outbreak mortality rates have been at least 25%, as high as 90%, and averaged around 50% according to WHO’s statistics. According to Muyembe, many people do not seek treatment because they see their friends and relatives die after entering a care facility. “Now that 90% of their patients can go into the treatment center and come out completely cured,” he told the press, “they will start believing it and building trust in the population and community[.]”

Per the WHO’s Monitored Emergency Use of Unregistered and Investigational Interventions framework, all treatment centers in the DRC are to be permitted to administer mAb114 and REGN-EB3 to patients, even though research into the two treatments is not yet complete, and ZMapp and remdesivir are to be retired. A follow-on study, to be performed in the same four treatment centers as PALM, is to involve randomly assigning patients either a mAb114 or REGN-EB3 regimen.

In the DRC’s current Ebola outbreak, two thirds of those known to be infected with Ebola, over 1800 people, have died.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate Wayne Simmons, Don Valley East

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wayne Simmons is running for the Freedom Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Don Valley East riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Wayne did not answer “Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?”

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Washer And Washing Machine Cycles Of Operation

By Richard Caldwell

A typical wash cycle of a typical agitator-type washing machine begins with a fill period of anywhere from 2 to 5 min. depending on the water level selected and the water pressure. Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore (Sears), Frigidaire, and GE may have minor capacity differences and thus time differences. The washing period, which will be for anywhere from 2 to 12 minutes, also depends on the setting the operator has selected. After the wash cycle is completed, the machine pauses for 1 min for the purpose of reversing motor rotation. After the 1-min pause, water is pumped from the spin basket and the outer tub. The spin basket does not spin during this operation, although, if there is no clothing or very little clothing in the spin basket, there is a tendency for it to move slightly. The washer agitator may also move very slightly, and this must not be mistaken for a fault in the washer. The motion of both the basket and the agitator will not occur in cases where there is a least a minimum amount of clothing in the basket.

The following is the general cycle of operation, with the approximate time used in the various states:

Wash fill – 3 to 4 minutes

Wash – 1 to 15 minutes

Spin – 2 to 3 minutes

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Rinse Fill 3 to 4 minutes

Rinses 2 to 3 minutes

Spin Dry 3 to 5 minutes

Total Time 14 to 34 minutes

This is not exact cycle and like I said above, there are minor differences between such brands as Whirlpool, Kenmore (Sears), Maytag, GE, and others. The time for one complete cycle may range from as little as 14 minutes to as long as 34 min, depending on the particular machine and length of the washer period which the user selects.

During the washer pump out period, water enters the spin basket and removes all suds from the outer tub as well as the spin basket and clothes load. By the end of the pump out period, all water has been removed from the spin basket and the outer tub. After the pump out period, the spin basket spins under power for a period of minute. After this time, power to the motor is turned off, and the basket is free to coast. The spin basket coasts through the next 2 min. during which time rinse water enters the washer basket and pump still operates.

The initial power spin and the subsequent coasting of the spin basket, together with the spin-spray water entering the clothes, have a tendency to wash any lighter-than-water soil from the fabric and flush it away from the clothing. The washer spin basket is operating only at slow speed at this time; therefore, the clothing is not packed so tightly that a scum or lighter-than-water soil will be trapped.

After the initial spin rinse, the normal extraction spin of our typical washer occurs for a period of 2 minutes, after which the spin basket wills with water for a period of not less than 2 minutes and not more than 4 min, depending upon the original setting of the water level switch. The difference between the initial fill and the rinse fill comes about through the fact that the clothes in the spin basket contain some water which is not found in the original load.

After our typical washer is filled with rinse water, there is a 4 min period of agitated deep-wave rinse. The 1 min pause and 2 min pump out periods are repeated, after which the spin basket operates for a total of 7 min to extract water from the clothes. After the first 3/4 min, a1 /4 min spin spray occurs for an additional fresh-water rinsing. Please understand the cycle of operations, because if washers pause for 1 min and you do not realize the reason for it, you may have already have called the service technician before the machine starts again. The cycle times of various operations of the washers are given in the service manuals.

Please use this as a basic guide to understand the basic operating principles of the top-load automatic washing machine. Once again, there are slight variations between Maytag, Whirlpool, and Kenmore (Sears), so special considerations may be necessary.

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