The IHG hotel group plans to replace “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its

The IHG hotel group plans to replace “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its 17 brands, including Holiday Inn and InterContinental, becoming the first big brand to act. Now that the hotel industry has largely embraced bans on plastic straws, one major hotel group aims to eliminate the next set of plastic targets: mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and the like. On Tuesday, July 30, IHG will announce it plans to replace all “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its 17 brands, including Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The decision will affect 843,000 guest rooms in more than 5,600 hotels during 2021. “Today’s customers and colleagues expect us to have less impact on the environment,” said Keith Barr, the chief executive of IHG. He called the company’s plastic straw ban, which was announced in October 2018, to be a first step in a wider sustainability program. “This, to me, was the next logical step.” While IHG is the first company to issue the brand-wide ban, many hotels already use refillable dispensers of personal care products, often associated with affordable hotels, rather than single-use ...

Cree 100W Replacement BR30 Floodlight LED review: Cree’s new LED is a bright idea for homes with high ceilings

The Good Cree’s newest floodlight is one of the brightest money can buy, and it dims smoothly on a wide variety of common dimmer switches. It also offers an uptick in color quality compared with the average LED. The Bottom Line This is a very well-rounded LED at a fair price, and perfect if your home has high ceilings. If your home has high ceilings, first off, congratulations on your palace. Second, you might need some extra oomph in your light bulbs since they’re up so high. Thing is, if you’re looking for BR30-shaped LED floodlights, most options in the lighting aisle won’t come much brighter than 700 lumens — bright enough for normal use, but probably dimmer than what you’re looking for. That’s where Cree’s newest LED light bulb comes in. At an asking price of $11 per bulb, it’s a 100W replacement floodlight that puts out 1,500 lumens, which is just about as bright as BR30-shaped bulbs get.  Like most LEDs, it’s efficient, too, with an actual power draw of just 16.5W. Use it to replace a 100W incandescent floodlight that you use for an average of three hours a day, and you’ll knock about $10 off of your yearly...

Know Which Fiber to the Desktop Market Segments May Suffer as Consumer Confidence Takes a Hit

A new business intelligence report released by Advance Market Analytics with title “Global Fiber to the Desktop Market Insights, Forecast to 2025.This report provides a detailed overview of key factors in the Global Fiber to the Desktop Market and factors such as driver, restraint, past and current trends, regulatory scenarios and technology development. A thorough analysis of these factors has been conducted to determine future growth prospects in the global market. Fiber to the desktop involves fiber connection installed from the main computer room to terminal or fiber media converter near the user’s desk. In this optical fiber is used for broadband network architecture to provide all or part of the local loop for last mile telecommunications. Fiber optic cables can carry much more data than copper cables, especially for long distance. Fiber to the desktop method used to drive next generation access. It provides high speed and quality of the service. It provides a download speed of 24 Mbit/s plus and fast upload speed. This technology is especially valuable for desktop applications where wireless connections to the network cannot be utilized and where copper is seen as inadequ...

I am near you. I hear you. Can you hear me? | Ledger Independent

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 I am closer than you know. I am always listening and always watching over you. There is not a place you can go where I cannot see. There is not a word you can whisper that I won’t hear. You are precious to me. If only you would stand still and watch me move. If only you would release your grasp and allow my blessings to flow. You are holding on too tightly. Your closed fists on control won’t allow me room to shower you with good things. Your fear of the unknown is stifling my influence. Your personal limitations are threatening to limit my work in your life. Please remember as you go along your day that I am near to you, my child. I hear your requests. Your downcast voice reaches my ever-listening ears. Your laden pleas tug at my tender heart. Your contrite spirit moves my loving heart and my mighty hand. Gently, I call to you. My child, can you hear me? You’ve called on me time and again asking for direction, asking for peace, asking for help, and I have sent your answer. My beloved, I am telling you: your answer is plainly be...

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series is currently comprised of two watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M. The V is the higher end multisport watch, meant to be a direct replacement of the nearly 5-year old V800.  While the Vantage M focuses on the mid-range, and carves out a bit of a new segment for Polar, it is meant to compete with Suunto’s Spartan Trainer Wrist HR, as well as undercut Garmin a bit in the multisport game. The two units are incredibly similar, both from a design and functionality standpoint. Despite that, this review will be focused on the Vantage V from a data collection standpoint. Said differently: I’ve just done the vast majority of the workouts with the Vantage V as opposed to the Vantage M. I will note however in this review when there are V-only features that don’t apply to the M.  By and large most people are finding similar performance between the M and V units from an accuracy standpoint. Still, I’ll likely aim to do a Vantage M focused review later next month (which also coincides with travel to warmer locales where getting more openwater swim testing is viable again). In any case, onc...

BLM Group USA adds 2 kW fiber laser option to laser cutting machine

The LT5 Lasertube laser cutting machine is now available with 2 kW fiber laser capability for faster processing speeds. The LT5 Lasertube laser cutting machine from BLM Group USA (Novi, MI) is now available with 2 kW fiber laser capability for faster processing speeds. The automated laser tube cutter is suitable for small- to medium-sized round tube applications up to 120 mm in diameter and can process mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and galvanized materials. The machine is capable of producing complex end cuts and features in tubes or used as a laser sawing machine to produce straight cuts, reducing material waste given its narrow cut width (kerf) of only a few tenths of a millimeter. The system is designed for continuous production of small-diameter and thin wall tubes featuring automated tube handling from bar loader to piece unloader. It also offers the ability to send different parts to multiple unloading positions: front, rear, and onto a specific metal belted conveyor designed for short parts. This eliminates the need to separate the parts discharged to a single container by hand, and speeds up the collection of completed parts.  The machine can also...

Global Lawn Scarifiers Market 2020 Share, Global Trends, Key Players Analysis, Industry Opportunities, Development Status and Outlook 2025

This elaborate and detailed research output on Global Lawn Scarifiers Market is an illustrative narrative on ongoing market developments and advances that have a lingering effect on growth estimations and growth patterns in the Global Lawn Scarifiers Market. This comprehensive research offering is strategically designed to focus intrinsically on various market factors that fetch high return on investments and pave way for lucrative avenues in the Global Lawn Scarifiers Market through the forecast span. Additionally, this Global Lawn Scarifiers Market industry report gauges closely remunerative trends and subsequent returns in the Global Lawn Scarifiers Market. Besides hovering across remunerative returns, industry trends, and profit driving factors, this section of the report on Global Lawn Scarifiers Market specifically invests in understanding popular market segmentation besides deriving workable insights on lucrative opportunities widespread in the Global Lawn Scarifiers Market. Report covers following manufacturers: Husqvarna (GARDENA) MTD Products (WOLF-Garten) STIGA John Deere AL-KO Makita STIHL Bosch Greenworks Emak Cobra Garden Texas a/s Einhell 4F Maschinentechnik Agrin...

Finally Legal: Cars You Can Bring to the U.S. in 2020

Not originally sold in the United States, these rides from 1995 are now more than 25 years old, so you can legally import them. Since the passage of the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act in 1988, car enthusiasts in the United States have been able to import any car from a foreign country as long as it’s at least 25 years old. Today, that 25-year reach begins with the 1995 model year, which gave the world quite a range of interesting SUVs and high-performance machinery from Japan, Europe, and Australia. Although these models were not sold in the U.S. for a variety of reasons, usually lacking compliance for our emissions and safety regulations, they are now eligible for legal importation. Like last year, we’ve compiled a dozen of the coolest vintage machines now ready for importing. Although the Subaru WRX first appeared in 1992, it didn’t make it to the U.S. until 2002. In 1995, to celebrate the success of legendary rally driver Colin McRae, Subaru UK created a special limited-edition version of the all-wheel drive Impreza sedans. That year, McRae became the first British driver to win a World Rally championship. The cars were even prepared by Prodrive, the...

Form 20-F NXP Semiconductors N.V. For: Dec 31

For the transition period from                      to                      Jean Schreurs, SVP and Chief Corporate Counsel, High Tech Campus 60, 5656 AG, Eindhoven, the Netherlands Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the Annual Report. Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    ☒  Yes    ☐  No If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.    ☐  Yes     ☒  No Note—Checking the box above will not relieve any registrant required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 from their obligations under those Sections. Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to su...

Types of depression: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. There are several different types of depression. People with depression experience distinct periods — lasting at least 2 weeks — of sadness, low energy, and loss of interest in things that they once enjoyed. People sometimes refer to these periods as depressive episodes. The experience of depression can vary significantly among individuals. For example, it may cause some people to oversleep and others to sleep very little. Each type of depression can have distinct symptoms and effects. Major depressive disorder is the classic form of depression. People with major depression experience symptoms that may include: Depression can also cause physical symptoms, such as aches and pains. It can affect thoughts and concentration and lead to difficulties in making decisions and remembering things. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one episode of major depression in 2017. This number equates to 7.1% of all U.S. adults. Major depressive disorder appears to be more common among women and in those between the ages of ...

Solenoid valve market worldwide is projected to grow by US$902.4 Million, guided by a compounded growth

Solenoid valve market worldwide is projected to grow by US$902.4 Million, guided by a compounded growth of 3.1%. Staying on top of trends is essential for decision makers to leverage this emerging opportunity. The report addresses this very need and provides the latest scoop on all major market segments. Stainless Steel, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 3%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$852.7 Million by the year 2025, Stainless Steel will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth. While global megatrends sweeping through the market influence the primary direction of growth, regional markets are swayed by more granular locally unique business drivers. Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 2.7% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$37 Million to the region’s size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years. Over US$161.4 Million worth of projected...

2019 Dealer Design Awards: HVAC Residential Equipment | 2019-07-29

Today’s growing trend of high-density single- and multifamily homes often means cramped spaces for HVAC systems. Energy efficiency in a compact size and corrosion-resistant package helped Goodman Mfg. Co. take home the Gold award for the AlumaFin7 evaporator coil in the Residential HVAC category of this year’s Dealer Design Awards. “AlumaFin7 is an important step forward on the industry’s path to developing smaller, lighter, and smarter products for residential use that are easier to install and service — particularly when space is at a premium,” said King Tong, product manager – residential indoor splits for Goodman. “Demand for higher-SEER compressors is growing. Introducing an evaporator coil with innovative 7-mm tubing not only evolves the heat transfer process, it provides HVAC contractors with a more complete energy-efficient package.” Research and development on the AlumaFin7 began two years ago, in response to dealer feedback, demand for a corrosion-resistant product, and company innovations to improve the heat transfer process. The patented technology integrated into the design of AlumaFin7 evaporator coil not only improved the heat transfer process, but allowed Goodman...

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