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Washington Post Purchased By Amazon Founder Bezos

August 12, 2013 at 7:50 am Comments are Disabled

washingtonpostThe Amazon.com founder that brought books to the digital age, Jeff Bezos has acquired another pillar of old media- The Washington Post. Bezos, 49 has forged a deal to purchase the broadsheet and other newspapers for a whopping $250 million. The announcement on Monday that came as a surprise to many has reiterated how the internet has profusely altered the media landscape.

The Post is Sold

Like many newspapers, Washington Post of late had been witnessing a dwindling number of readers and advertisers, both of whom were rather drawn to the internet. The venerable newspaper that was once held in high regard for busting the Watergate scandal had been in the past few years forced to cut staff, scale back ambitions and shut down several bureaus.

Now with the Post in the safe hands of Bezos it is hoped that days would change for the yesteryear formidable paper. On his acquisition, the Amazon founder made it clear that there is a need to invent to new strategies in the internet age and urged the staff to be prepared to be experimental.

Maximizing your Stay at Apartments for a Holiday

August 8, 2013 at 9:13 am Comments are Disabled

Travelling to the Gold Coast for the first time can be troublesome if you’re really not familiar with the place. Goal Coast is the perfect location for those who want to escape from their busy schedule and unwind with their family and friends. The place offers many theme parks, wonderful beaches, and shopping centres that you will enjoy. There are plenty of reasons to love about the place.

When planning for a trip, the very first thing you need to think about is where you will be staying. When it comes to accommodation, there are many Gold Coast holiday apartments to choose from. If you’re on a budget, you can find some affordable accommodation, too. With the number of lodgings available, you must know how to pick the perfect one. The right choice of accommodation will make your vacation experience a worthwhile one. If you’ve already chosen a place to stay, learn how to maximise the place to make the most out of it.

Know all Complimentary Products and Services

One of the easy ways to make the most of your stay is by checking all the perks you can receive. Some offer complimentary breakfasts, snacks or dinner for their guests. You can also look for free services offered by the management. Massage and spa treatments are only a few of the services you can get.

Check out All the Amenities

Convenience is one factor you should prioritise when looking for a perfect accommodation. Look for a Gold Coast holiday accommodation that offers amenities such as gymnasiums, swimming pool, secured parking lots, playground for children, and many more for your convenience.

Be Keen on your Room Choice

It’s important to choose your room carefully. Wrong choice of room can ruin your entire vacation. If you want a more private and quite place, go for a secluded location and avoid areas near elevators or vending machines. You should also inspect the furniture, fixtures, and beddings to avoid hassle. Report any damages on the furnishings and faulty fixtures to the management immediately.

Reliability is the most important factor to consider when choosing a perfect holiday accommodation in Gold Coast. Proper planning and preparation are important to keep a fun and hassle-free travel.

Packaged Greens Pose Higher Health Risks – Experts

August 7, 2013 at 7:20 am Comments are Disabled

Food safety authorities say that contamination is quite possible during the harvesting, washing and packaging of leafy greens in the wake of two American states linking the outbreak of a stomach bug to bagged salads. While nutritionists say that chances of contracting an illness from vegetables is low than without consuming them, they do mention that packaged salads increase health risk since the ingredients are mixed from several batches.

More on the Issue

stomach bugIowa and Nebraska had recently reported that a packaged salad containing iceberg, lettuce, carrots and red cabbage was contaminated with the parasite cyclospora which had caused sickness in some 400 people across the two states.

Last year too, the Food and Drug Administration had recalled around 20 packets of the bagged salad as they were found to be contaminated with E.coli bacteria that can cause serious illness.

Experts warn consumers to wash and rinse the greens well before eating, even if they are prewashed to reduce health risk.

Keith Urban To Return To “American Idol”

August 6, 2013 at 3:31 am Comments are Disabled

urbanDim the lights, here we go!

Good news to “Idol” fans, Keith Urban is still in it to win it, as Fox’s chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly confirmed Thursday that the country singer will be back for another season of “American Idol.”

“He did a great job on the show. Fans loved him and you can see how much he loved doing the show,” Reilly said during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

Reilly also addressed rumors that former judge Jennifer Lopez may be returning to the panel next year for season 13.

“Most of what you’re reporting or you read is true. (Lopez) has been a close part of the show all along,” he said. “There have been discussions there. There is no deal with her or with anybody else.”

Names coming out of the rumor mill of who will be joining the long-running singing competitioninclude season three contestant Jennifer Hudson and “Idol” mentor will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.

The judges’ panel went through a major shakeup at the end of season 12 when original judge Randy Jackson announced less than a week before the finale that he was leaving the show he helped build. And two weeks after the season finished, judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj quit as well.

Report: Bucks Trade Brandon Jennings

August 2, 2013 at 6:09 am Comments are Disabled

The Detroit Pistons have made another offseason decision, acquiring point guard Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks. It is the team’s latest attempt to end their four consecutive years of postseason drought.

Jennings has a new home

According to a source familiar with the agreement, Detroit landed the point guard from the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Knight and two prospects.

The source said Jennings has agreed to a sign-and-trade $24 million, three-year deal with the Pistons. Detroit would give up Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton in the agreement.

Sign-and-trade deal for Jennings

Detroit is active this offseason, signing free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups, and Luigi Datome along with bringing back Will Bynum.

The Pistons signed Billups in part to mentor Knight, but have decided to replace him with Jennings.

They expect Jennings to give them a better shot this season than Knight, who hasn’t proven that he can be a reliable point guard.

Milwaukee drafted Jennings 10th overall in 2009 out of Oak Hill Academy and could’ve matched any offer made to the restricted free agent.

Good Vibrations: Identifying and Solving Machine Vibrations

August 2, 2013 at 6:08 am Comments are Disabled

Industrial machineries often produce certain levels of vibration during operations. It comes with the territory, so to speak. When vibration reaches beyond normal levels, however, it may be a sign of problems that need urgent action. Failing to find a solution can lead to serious and costly damages.

Vibration can wear down the equipment faster and reduce its lifespan. Vibrating machineries also create noise, which can be hazardous and can contribute to safety risks. When there are instances of unwanted vibration, the equipment may be consuming too much power as well.

Preventing and solving vibration problems is crucial since they are indications of wear and tear for most industrial machines. Vibration control products such as vibration mounts can help in vibration reduction, in addition to regular maintenance. Be on the lookout for the following causes so you can minimize machine vibration:

Wear

Regular maintenance is important as worn out parts may cause vibration and other serious problems. When left unchecked, a chipped gear tooth or a broken drive belt can lead to accidents, which in turn can cause downtime.

Misalignment

Machinery vibration may be due to shafts being out of line. This may occur during assembly or it could also happen over time because of expansion caused by excessive heat. Another cause would be shifting or improper reassembly of parts after maintenance. The resulting vibration may be in the axis of the machine.

Looseness

Always make sure that all spare parts, screws or bearing of your machineries are attached properly. Loose parts can cause unwanted vibration. If the vibrating equipment has loose bearings or screws, it should be checked right away to prevent further problems.

There are various tools available for vibration reduction, depending on the cause of vibration. Vibration pads are among such tools. These types of anti-vibration solutions are usually cheap, easy to use and resistant to changes in environmental conditions. You can use anti-vibration to isolate noise, extend equipment life, and reduce maintenance costs by minimizing excessive wear and tear.

Taking Your Pet to the Vet, Minus the Stress

July 31, 2013 at 4:15 am Comments are Disabled

Immanuel Kant once said of pets, “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” One way of showing love and care for your beloved pets is by taking him to a vet when they’re sick or for a routine checkup. Some pets dread it, while some don’t seem to mind at all. Here are some ways to make the visit go a little more smoothly for both of you.

Birds

Transport birds in small house cages or carry cages. Don’t leave the water in the cage to avoid spills. Don’t worry about your bird getting thirsty. They don’t generally drink in a moving vehicle. If it is a long trip to your Castle Hill vet, carry a separate water bottle and stop for a short water break.

Birds can feel stress sitting in a cage while watching the scenery pass by. To help ease and relax them, cover the cage with a sheet or towel.

Reptiles

Keep your pet reptile in a secure container that won’t move around too much while the car is moving. Try plastic boxes with air holes but line its base with a towel or newspaper for them to grip. They can also be transported through calico bags but be careful that they are not bumped around or sat on. Keep temperatures comfortable for your reptile friend.

Fish

Transport fish in clean plastic containers, such as storage containers with a lid or a bucket that is free from chemicals. Use a container with a large surface area for ample oxygenation.

Having a pet that is feeling under the weather is not fun. That is why it is best to take him to a Castle Hill veterinary hospital when he’s showing signs of being ill. After all, they can be the perfect companies, reciprocating as much love as we have for them.