When you’re choosing new door hardware, there are a bewildering number of decisions to make. Here’s

When you’re choosing new door hardware, there are a bewildering number of decisions to make. Here’s how the pros do it. Giving tired cabinets an upgrade with new hardware is one of the oldest tricks known to decorators — and for good reason. It’s a surprisingly easy way to transform a kitchen or bathroom. The same strategy works just as well on a larger scale, with doors. New hardware can go a long way toward making even the most ordinary doors look special. “It’s very, very important, because it’s the touchpoint when you enter a home or enter another room,” said Piet Boon, a Dutch designer who is a stickler when it comes to hardware, and who has designed collections of his own for Formani. “Sometimes we use very flat doors, and then the door handle becomes this sort of beautiful object, like a piece of functional art.” Magdalena Keck, an interior designer in New York, likened door hardware to fashion accessories. “Let’s say you’re dressed all in black, with a really simple outfit, but have a beautiful watch or great shoes,” she said. In the same way, “you can totally elevate a space just with hardware.” But replacing the hardware on doors isn’t nearly as simple as changing cab...

Women and Fair Trade Festival held in Central Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — It was an event where customers could shop for the holidays while benefiting a cause. The 16th Annual Women and Fair Trade Festival featured products made from women and cooperatives from around the world. Some of the items for sale included clothes, jewelry, pottery and soap from countries like Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala and Palestine. The festival was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin in Central Austin. All the money will go straight to workers and not companies. Adjustable Dog Collar The event was sponsored by the nonprofit Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera or “Austin So Close to the Border.” The group raises awareness about labor and human rights issues. “The purpose of the sale is not only to sell but to let people know what fair trade is, which is the direct sale from producers to consumer,” Castillo said. “When we buy outside, the benefits go to corporations. We just buy them unconsciously without knowing where your T-shirt or your blouse or where your jacket comes from and who’s benefiting from it – and it’s corporations,” she said. Pet Bed, Dog Leash, Dog Toy, Dog Brush, Dog Bed, Pet ...

For someone who had a 1983 Toyota single cab long box 4×4 pickup as their first

For someone who had a 1983 Toyota single cab long box 4×4 pickup as their first vehicle, the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax is a bit of a dream truck. Dave Szabadi of Calgary is originally from Kelowna, B.C. It was there that he and his dad bought a well-used Toyota truck and fixed it up. Szabadi drove the truck for a number of years, and says it always ran so well that almost every vehicle he’s owned since has been a Toyota – from Tacomas to 4Runners, and even a 2006 Tundra. “I’d modify them with a two-inch or three-inch lift kit and slightly larger tires,” Szabadi says of his trucks. “Right now, I have a 2017 Tacoma with bigger tires, but it’s otherwise stock.” Szabadi and his wife live in Cochrane and both commute to jobs in northwest Calgary. The other vehicle in the driveway is a Subaru Legacy, and the couple have two children, a three-year old son and a nine-month old daughter. “You don’t realize how much car seats take up in terms of room in a vehicle until you put them in there,” he says. “We put about 25,000 kilometres on a vehicle in a year, with driving to work and trips out to B.C. to visit family. “In my personal vehicle, I’ll always want something that can go off-road...

Vallejo Water Main Break Floods Cars, Second Water Main Break Reported Nearby

A water main break in Vallejo early Saturday morning flooded cars and impacted water service for a hotel and several residences, city officials said. Just as crews were finishing a massive cleanup from the initial water main break Saturday night, a second break was reported nearby. In the first break, the 14-inch cast iron pipe on Ifland Way, east of Sonoma Boulevard and west of Broadway Street, ruptured just before 3 a.m. on Saturday. The burst pipe flooded cars on the street. When repair crews shut off water flow to the pipe and began work, the nearby Regency Hotel as well as two apartment buildings and some houses were impacted by the water shutoff. City officials said repair crews were continuing work on Saturday afternoon and estimated water service would be restored by 9 p.m. 201 Induction Stainless Steel Round Welded Pipe The city distributed bottled water to impacted residents. But over the next day, some residents may find their water is discolored, cloudy or milky. City officials said they should run their water until it runs clear, ideally with an outdoor garden hose. Late Saturday night, a second water main break was reported nearby, but officials say it is not as bi...

Chinese bolster navigation system with dual Beidou launch

Nearing the completion of the global coverage of its navigation satellite system, China launched a new pair of navigation satellites on Saturday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province. The launch of Beidou-3M21 (Beidou-50) and Beidou-3M22 (Beidou-51) took place from the LC3 Launch Complex using a Long March-3BGZ/YZ-1 – Chang Zheng-3BGZ/YZ-1 – launch vehicle. Launch time was 00:55 UTC and it took four hours to complete the mission. The MEO satellites are the Medium Earth Orbit component of the third phase of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system. The satellites are part of a fleet that will expand the system into global navigation coverage. The satellites are using a bus that features a phased array antenna for navigation signals and a laser retroreflector, with a launch mass 1,014 kg. Spacecraft dimensions are noted to be 2.25 by 1.0 by 1.22 meters. Usually, the satellites reside in a 21,500 – 21,400 km nominal orbit at 55.5 degrees. The satellites are equipped with lightweight hydrogen maser clocks, which will serve as a more stable precision frequency reference to make the satellite navigation system work more accurately. This was the si...

Oprah Just Featured Products Made by 23 Women (Yes, Lady Gaga Is One of Them) in Her Gift Guide

The media queen released her 2019 holiday gift guide – and a third of it is brought to us by women entrepreneurs. The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. Ahead of that, Oprah released a list full of recommended gift-able goodies — many of them made by women. Every year, the media mogul publishes a list of her “favorite things” that could serve as ideal presents. Of the 79 items she featured for the 2019 holidays, 23 of them are brought to us by women-owned businesses. Some of those female founders are familiar to us — like Sara Blakely, the billionaire behind undergarment company, Spanx. And some of them are international household names for other reasons, like singer Lady Gaga, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. A hemp spa treatment set is made by Gloria L. Williams for customers’ pampering needs. ($150 per set) CEO Denise Lee and her team are offering a simple sweatshirt to comfort-loving customers. ($135 each) These black pants come from the Sara Blakely-founded brand best known for its undergarments. ($110-$128 each) A DIY cheese and charcuterie board made by Boo Simms and Sarah Simms Hendrix lets you assemble the appetizers yourself....

Movies on TV this week: Sept. 29: ‘Almost Famous’ and more

The Breakfast Club (1985) ★★★ IFC Tues. 3:15 p.m. BBC America Fri. 6:45 p.m. BBC America Sat. 2 a.m. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) ★★ AMC Sun. 9:30 a.m. IFC Sat. 2 p.m. IFC Sun. 2:15 a.m. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★ E Sun. 6 a.m. Bravo Fri. 11:56 p.m. Bravo Sat. 7:22 p.m. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) ★★★ E Sun. 9 a.m. Bravo Sat. 10:42 a.m. Bravo Sat. 10:25 p.m. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) ★★★ E Sun. 11:30 a.m. Bravo Sat. 1:18 p.m. Bravo Sun. 1 a.m. Madea’s Witness Protection (2012) ★★ Bravo Sun. 4:30 p.m. Bravo Mon. 1:32 a.m. Bravo Thur. 11:30 p.m. Bravo Fri. 6:18 p.m. The Outsiders (1983) ★★ Sundance Sun. 10:30 p.m. Sundance Mon. 7 p.m. BBC America Wed. 10 p.m. BBC America Thur. 2 a.m. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★ Syfy Mon. 12:57 p.m. Syfy Mon. 8 p.m. Paramount Sat. 5 p.m. Paramount Sat. 10 p.m. The Breakfast Club (1985) ★★★ IFC Tues. 3:15 p.m. BBC America Fri. 6:45 p.m. BBC America Sat. 2 a.m. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★ E Sun. 6 a.m. Bravo Fri. 11:56 p.m. Bravo Sat. 7:22 p.m. Monsters, Inc. (2001) ★★★ Freeform Mon. 9 p.m. Freeform Tues. 6:45 p.m. Disney Wed. 8:35 p.m. Disney Thur. 3:45 p.m. The Princes...

Atlantic Technology Bookshelf Speakers the First of Many to Feature SKAA Wireless Technology

The SKAA-compliant FS-252 bookshelf speakers the first in a new range of high-performance wireless products from Atlantic Technology. The FS-25 bookshelf speakers are Atlantic Technology’s first products to incorporate SKAA technology. SKAA wireless technology has been adopted by a variety of audio manufacturers, the latest being Atlantic Technology. The company’s first SKAA compliant product, the FS-252 system, is comprised of a pair of compact, powered two-way stereo bookshelf speakers. Designed for home theater applications, they are acoustically matched to work in systems with Atlantic Technology sound bars and LCR speakers. The FS-252 can be connected to a variety of analog sources including CD players and TVs via wired connections; the speakers connect to wireless digital media sources that are equipped with Bluetooth or SKAA transmitters. For analog and digital products without SKAA built in, an SKAA transmitter can be added to create a high-performance wireless connection. The FS-252 is both an SKAA transmitter and receiver. As a transmitter it can cast simultaneously to up to four additional SKAA systems, amps or headphones for single or multi-room use. Adding or ...

What are your priorities for your next lighting project? Are you aiming for energy savings? Is

What are your priorities for your next lighting project? Are you aiming for energy savings? Is the constant need to replace failed lamps cutting into the time you could be spending on other maintenance? Or are you just not happy with the quality of your existing light sources? LED lighting could help solve these issues. This ultra-efficient light source is more affordable than ever thanks to plummeting component prices and energy efficiency incentives. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, make sure your LED retrofit delivers maximum value with these tips. What issue are you trying to solve with an LED retrofit? Are you mainly prioritizing energy savings, or are there other problems that the new installation needs to solve too? The General Services Administration (GSA) recommends asking yourself these questions to help define your needs: For the Waukesha (WI) School District’s natatorium, energy savings was a high priority, but the need to improve lighting conditions was also urgent. The existing metal halide fixtures had a half-life of about 8,000 hours, by which point they would lose around 40 percent of their original light output, says Jeff Gatzow, vice president of Op...

PerkinElmer-owned Tulip Diagnostics to acquire medical devices maker Biosense

Tulip Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd, an in-vitro diagnostic firm, has acquired Mumbai-based Biosense Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a medical devices maker, for an undisclosed sum of money. The acquisition will also provide an exit to private equity investors in Biosense such as Insitor and Menterra, and other angel and venture capital investors in the company, Tulip said in a statement. Mumbai-based 7i Capital Advisors acted as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Biosense and all its shareholders on the transaction. Abhishek Sen, co-founder and chief executive officer at Biosense, said the move would allow the two companies to combine their product portfolio and allow its customers to access the latest technologies in the in-vitro diagnostics segment at an affordable cost. “This acquisition also further expands Tulip’s footprint in the point-of-care diagnostics market directly reaching to clinics and doctors across India,” 7i Capital Advisors executive director and partner Manoj Patkar added. Biosense, which was founded in 2008, produces innovative and customer-centric point-of-care technological devices. Its products include the SYNC Glucometer; Uchek, a smartphone-based portable diagnostics s...

Intel Comet Lake-S Desktop CPUs: Specs, Price & Release Date

Intel’s 10th generation of Desktop CPUs, dubbed ‘Comet Lake’, are coming out next year. The entire CPU lineup was leaked a couple of weeks ago. The leak promised up to 10 cores, 20 threads, an 80W TDP, a W480 chipset and a new LGA 1200 socket. All of the Comet Lake SKUs will also be supporting multi-threading. In this article, we will try to cover all of this and more that we know about Intel’s upcoming Comet Lake desktop CPUs. Before we move on to the details, let us start with a quick list of all the things that the 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs are promising to deliver: The lineup that was leaked last week consisted of seven segments: Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron and Xeon W. The CPUs with 10 and 8 cores will be based on the Comet Lake-S 10+2 wafer. The others will be based on the Comet Lake-S 6+ 2 wafer. There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the performance capability of the Comet Lake S CPUs. Leaked slides from Intel show that in multi-threaded compute workloads, the next gen Comet Lake S family of CPUs perform 18% better than their predecessors. The slides also show that in regular Windows based work, the 10th gen processors perfor...

SO the story goes, Jamico Jamlang visited an island off Misamis Occidental where dolphins used to

SO the story goes, Jamico Jamlang visited an island off Misamis Occidental where dolphins used to race with pumpboats of fisherfolk going out to the island. But as time went by, the waters surrounding that island degraded into an environmental mess that the stories of the dolphins swimming with bancas became a thing of the past.  A frequent traveler, Jamico was disturbed that if people didn’t take care of their environment, and kept on throwing away their trash that wouldn’t degrade in the water, the same tragedy that befell that island would be replicated elsewhere. And there would no longer be tales of gorgeous sunsets on placid seawaters, of dolphins, dugong (seacow) and whalesharks swimming alongside humans, or taking plunges into clear, cool beach waters. He became an advocate of sustainable tourism, and sought to reduce plastic waste and the use of products that helped people adopt an environment-friendly lifestyle. His advocacy was further strengthened while working for a major food and beverage company in the country after graduating from the University of the Philippines, and realized it was producing a lot of single-use plastics. SO, along with fellow 20-somethings wit...