Israel On the Road: What I Learned from Israeli Taxi Drivers

I love to move from city to city, through the hills, across the plains, stuck in snarling traffic or flying down the highway. I love the winding roads through emerald green forests, and the long, flat stretches through the vast, white deserts. And mostly, I love to take taxis because I love to talk to the drivers — like Gila, who wears turquoise rings, smells like coconuts and brays when she laughs; or Yossi, who knows all the words to every song by Tina Turner; or Ahmed, who prays five times a day facing Mecca and speaks fluent Yiddish. I love that in an Israel that is often divided between religious and political differences, we get to share space. I love how all the taxis smell the same — like cherry air freshener and cigarettes. I love how all the drivers complain about the cost of living, love their families and can’t wait for their next cup of coffee. And mostly I love how each person on the road has such different stories about who they are and what they’ve seen and where they want to go. “Taxi?” the man with the gold teeth asks. “Yes. Jaffa Port, please.” “Seventy shekels.” “Nu. B’emet. Oh, come on. We’re 10 minutes away.” “Fine. I’ll do it for 60.”I roll my eyes and st...

Samsung Galaxy M11 goes official with triple cameras

Samsung has quietly made the Galaxy M11 official as the device is now listed on the official UAE Website. As the name suggests, it is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy M10 of last year & comes with a lot of upgrades in almost every department, whether it is the design, the cameras, the display, the battery etc. The price isn’t mentioned on the website, but the Samsung Galaxy M11 is a budget offering from the brand. We knew the design already so we won’t talk about that much. In short, there is an Infinity-O display on the front & triple cameras + fingerprint scanner on the rear. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom. The Galaxy M11 features a 6.4-inch HD+ (720 x 1560) TFT LCD panel & the website only mentioned a 1.8GHz octa-core CPU. As per some sources, it is the Snapdragon 450, but the website doesn’t confirm the name. There is 3GB RAM & 32GB storage that is expandable up to 512GB. There is a 5,000mAh battery and 15W fast charging support. Android 10 runs out of the box with OneUI 2.0 on top. On the rear, there are triple cameras that include a primary 13-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture lens, a secondary 5 Megapixel ultrawide camera, and a third 2 Meg...

Our View: Social distancing painful but necessary to fight coronavirus – Opinion – The Fayetteville Observer

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Locklear, the superintendent for more than 100 United Methodist Churches in our region, explained in an electronic letter why the churches should cancel services this past Sunday. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, who heads the United Methodist Churches in eastern North Carolina, had given pastors and congregations the same advice. Locklear quoted extensively Dr. Wes Wallace, a member of the Methodist church who also serves as a medical officer with NC-1, a federal Disaster Medical Assistance team. We believe one statement Wallace made perfectly describes why it can be hard to convince people social distancing is necessary: “We need to do it when it feels silly to be doing it.” In other words, we need to be early. By the time an outbreak has spread, and the need is clear, it is already too late. The U.S is trying to avoid the fate of Italy, which, after China, is second in the world in both confirmed cases of COVID-19, at 31,000, and in number of deaths, at 2,500. Current estimates are that between 70 to 150 million Americans will be infected with coronavirus, a respiratory illness. Locklear wrote: “We know we have been effective in precluding this ...

Regular HVAC maintenance keeps your HVAC system performing efficiently and delivering conditioned air everywhere you need

Regular HVAC maintenance keeps your HVAC system performing efficiently and delivering conditioned air everywhere you need it. The nature of HVAC maintenance changes depending on the season, however. Here’s what you can expect throughout the year. Different parts of the system require different maintenance depending on the conditions they’re exposed to, explains Todd Tewksbury, associate and senior mechanical engineer for Bala Consulting Engineers. Here are some of the maintenance tasks you’ll likely need to schedule on the different components of your HVAC system, though note that you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how and how often to do maintenance on each part. This condenser needs to be cleaned. Without regular maintenance, the condenser won’t transfer heat as efficiently, forcing the unit to work harder. The coils should be sprayed with an antimicrobial treatment to keep microorganisms from growing. The coils and tubes in your HVAC equipment are responsible for heat transfer during both heating and cooling seasons. Heat is transferred out of your space during the summer and into your space during the winter via the fluid flowing through your coils. Dir...

Viral evolution identifies a regulatory interface between paramyxovirus polymerase complex and nucleocapsid that controls replication dynamics

Paramyxoviruses are negative-polarity RNA viruses of major clinical importance. The dynamic interaction of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) complex with the encapsidated RNA genome is mechanistically and structurally poorly understood. Having generated recombinant measles (MeV) and canine distemper (CDV) viruses with truncated nucleocapsid (N) protein showing defects in replication kinetics, we have applied a viral evolution approach to the problem. Passaging of recombinants resulted in long-range compensatory mutations that restored RdRP bioactivity in minigenome assays and efficient replication of engineered viruses. Compensatory mutations clustered at an electronically compatible acidic loop in N-core and a basic face of the phosphoprotein X domain (P-XD). Co-affinity precipitations, biolayer interferometry, and molecular docking revealed an electrostatic-driven transiently forming interface between these domains. The compensatory mutations reduced electrostatic compatibility of these microdomains and lowered coprecipitation efficiency, consistent with a molecular checkpoint function that regulates paramyxovirus polymerase mobility through modulation of conformational ...

The air duct system in your home is one of the most important and most neglected

The air duct system in your home is one of the most important and most neglected systems you own. Most people that have severe allergies have their ducts cleaned regularly. Other people never even consider that the reason the whole house got sick when little Johnny came home from school with a cold is because of the air duct system.Your furnace or heat pump moves the air around your home several times an hour when it is running. Your duct system is tied to every room in the home and all the heated or cooled air passes through your HVAC equipment and the duct system. All of it. Cleaning the equipment and the ducts are very important for a healthy home or office environment. Cleaning the complete system takes special tools and equipment to do it correctly. When cleaning the system, you should remove and clean the blower wheel in the unit and clean the indoor coil. You should also seal all the ducts, room vents and the equipment so you can reduce and prevent new contamination. Cleaning the entire system is great and will eliminate dirt, germs and bacteria’s for a short while, but contamination of germs and viruses will happen the next time anybody coughs or sneezes in your home. EP...

2020-2025 Global and Regional Glass Fiber Reinforcements Industry Production, Sales and Consumption Status and Prospects Professional Market Research Report

The report by  Research covers complete analysis of the Glass Fiber Reinforcements report on a regional and global level. The report comprises several drivers and restraints of the Glass Fiber Reinforcements. Likewise, it covers the complete segmentation analysis such as type, application, and region. This report provides information on key manufactures, industry chain analysis, competitive insights, and macroeconomic analysis. Global Glass Fiber Reinforcements report provides the latest forecast market data, industry trends, and technological innovations. The in-depth view of Glass Fiber Reinforcements industry on the basis of market size, market growth, opportunities, and development plans offered by the report analysis. The forecast information, SWOT analysis, and feasibility study are the energetic aspects studied in this report. By Market Players: RTP Company, Owens Corning, Hexcel, PPG, Bodo Moller Chemie, Baotec, Center Glass, Changzhou Pro-Tech Industry, SRM, Suntex Composite Industrial, Nippon Sheet Glass, Nittobo, Polycore Technology, Fulltech Fiber Glass, Hunkuk Fiber Glass, Huatek, KCC Corporation, Kush Synthetics, Texas Fiber Group By Application Automotive, Marine,...

Believe It or Not, There Was Actually Good COVID-19 News Today

<!–*/ */ /*–>*/ Let’s face it, the COVID-19 coronavirus is concerning, and the daily financial headlines about it are even scarier, thanks to the constant media coverage. However, it’s never a good idea to make investment decisions out of panic. That means taking the very real negative headlines along with the positive ones, and making as objective an assessment as you can. No doubt, U.S. headlines have been nerve-wracking, with cases multiplying in hotspots like Washington state, New York, and northern California. In addition, Italy looks especially dour, with the entire country recently being put on lockdown. The World Health Organization (WHO) says we are “very close” to a pandemic — albeit one that can possibly be contained. China reported only 19 new cases in the country today, with 17 in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated. That’s a fairly remarkable decline in a country that experienced a huge explosion of cases just a little over a month ago. Since late December, China has reported 80,000 cases, with 67,000 in Hubei province, home of the origin city of Wuhan. The recent declines are fairly striking, consider...

2019 Air Quality on Track to Be Beijing’s Best in Six Consecutive Years

With four months in the bag for 2019, Beijing is showing a marked improvement on air quality once again, the sixth consecutive year that the air quality has been on the upswing (possibly more but we only have comparable data for the previous five). The average AQI in January through April of this year has been 82 – not fabulous by international standards but a decent improvement on last year’s measure of 97 for the same period. If this holds up through the year, we are looking at beating 2018’s annual average AQI of 95 by more than 10 percent. This follows the trend of improvement that the city has made annually every year since at least 2014, back then the city’s average AQI was 127. The next year saw an improvement of 3 percent to 123, then 2016 fell 8 percent to 114. In 2017 the AQI improved by 10 percent to 102, and last year it dropped 7 percent to 95. Of course there are many ways of quantifying bad air – PM2.5 concentration, the total number of acceptable air days, or average AQI readings. I prefer to use the latter only because a) I am lazy and this data is readily available from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and b) AQI is a catch-all rating for air quality th...

Stage lighting has the power to make or break an event or a live performance. There

Stage lighting has the power to make or break an event or a live performance. There are lots of reasons why good lighting is needed for the stage thus if you are in the process of hunting for quality stage lights, you have to know the basics. Read our handy guide and reviews on stage lights for the information you need. Answer: The most commonly-used stage lights are the following: • Floodlight • Spotlight • Scoop light • PAR light • Fresnal lantern Answer: One big benefit of using stage LED lights is that it provides lower heat output. The heat that stage LED lights emit is significantly low that they’re often used as lighting for ice and butter sculptures. Answer: Always use stage lights and related equipment in the methods and procedures recommended by its manufacturers. Theatres and venues should always have a first-aid kit included, and all staff knowledgeable when it comes to first aid and CPR methods. Keep yourself from running cables throughout walkways since this is risky. Always tape the cables down or cover them with a carpet. Answer: To make the stage look even more appealing, avoid using only a single color. Experiment with contrasting hues like baby blue or light a...

45 Clever Products We’re Starting To See Everywhere

In my several years of writing about products, I’ve seen a lot of weird trends. What starts off as something few people can envision using suddenly becomes one of those clever products we’re starting to see everywhere. And while not every trendy gadget deserves the hype it gets, there are some truly game-changing products that actually have a positive impact on your daily life. These are legitimately awesome things that months and even years after purchasing, you find yourself reaching for again and again. They’re unique, innovative, and often solve problems you didn’t even realize you had. Have you ever struggled with false eyelash glue? Magnetic eyelashes ensure you’ll never have to again. Do you know the frustration of reaching for your morning coffee only to find that, 20 minutes after you brewed it, it’s ice cold? Then you may be interested in this heated coaster that keeps your drink warm. Do you hate the monotony of chopping individual cherry tomatoes, grapes, or other finicky little round produce? Lucky for you, there’s a kitchen gadget that lets you halve a bunch of those little suckers all at once. Those are just just a few of ...

Mayor Ted Wheeler, City Officials and Intel, AT&T, Current by GE, and PGE celebrate Traffic Safety Sensor Project

200 Safety Sensors are being installed on 122nd, Hawthorne and Division as part of first major milestone in Portland’s Smart City PDX initiative. PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mayor Ted Wheeler joined officials from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and representatives from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), AT&T (NYSE: T), Current by GE (NYSE: GE) and Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) today to celebrate the Traffic Sensor Safety Project, the first major milestone for Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve people’s lives. Rather than starting with a technology and looking for reasons to use it, Smart City PDX is structured to first identify inequities and disparities in the city and then strategically apply data and technology to address those challenges. On June 20, 2018, Portland City Council will vote on the Smart City PDX Priorities Framework, a structured process for evaluating new technologies, uses of information, and related partnerships to ensure they provide tangible benefits to the people of Portland. As the first project under the Smart City PDX banner, the Traffic Safety Sensor Project helped to inform the dev...

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