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SWAIN, WILLIAM G., – aged 84 of Seaville, NJ

first_imgSWAIN, WILLIAM G., – aged 84 years passed away Friday at his home. Born in New York, New York, he has been a resident of Seaville for 20 years and is formerly from Yonkers, New York. Mr. Swain had worked as a Computer Systems Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Stanford, CT before retiring. He belonged to the American Legion Post #0298, Woodbine NJ and the United States Naval Association. He is survived by his beloved wife Grace J. Swain, dear father of two Daughters, Denise M Braga (Gene) of Seaville, NJ, Diane M Sirabella (Anthony) of Pound Ridge, NY, two sisters, Katherine Phelps and Margaret Maslak both of Dumont NJ and four grandchildren, Victoria, Alexa (Derek), Tayler and Madison. Friends may call Monday, December 5, 2016, afternoon from four o’clock until six o’clock at the Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo NJ. A mass of Christian burial will be offered Tuesday, December 6, 2016, morning, ten o’clock at the Church of the Resurrection, St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 200 Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ 08223. Final resting place will be private in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, Cape May Court House. Those who desire may send memorial contributions to the Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriors.org. Email condolences may be made at www.Godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Animal Collective Announces ‘Sung Tongs’ World Tour

first_imgAnimal Collective will perform their fifth studio album Sung Tongs in its entirety at 17 shows when they embark on a tour of Europe and the United States this summer. The concerts will feature a limited lineup of David Portner (aka Avey Tare) and Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear).Originally released in 2004 to much critical acclaim, Sung Tongs was recorded by Portner and Lennox without the other two members of Animal Collective. The band performed the album in full live for the first time ever at Pitchfork’s 21st birthday celebration in 2017 in New York City, just as they will this June and July on the road.Animal Collective – Sung Tongs [Live In Full] – Pitchfork 21st Birthday Celebration[Video: Pitchfork]The newly-announced tour will kick off in London, U.K. on June 12th before the European leg wraps up in Athens, Greece on June 23rd. Porter and Lennox will then head to the United States, where they will get started in New York City on July 20th and finish up in Los Angeles on July 31st. Supporting acts Laraaji and Lonnie Holiday are slated to open for them at a handful of the American dates.Tickets for the Sung Tongs tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 31st. See below for a full list of dates. Animal Collective Sung Tongs Tour Dates:June 12 London, UK @ TroxyJune 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso NoordJune 14 Berlin, Germany @ HeimathafenJune 15 Copenhagen, Denmark @ VegaJune 17 Paris, France @ TrianonJune 19 Barcelona, Spain @ Sala ApoloJune 20 Madrid, Spain @ Joy EslavaJune 21 Lisbon, Portugal @ Teatro CapitolioJune 23 Athens, Greece @ Summer Nostos FestivalJuly 20 New York, NY @ Town Hall^July 21 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre^July 23 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre*July 25 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre*July 27 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre*July 29 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre*July 30 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*July 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel*^w/ Laraaji *w/ Lonnie HolleyView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Leaders need diverse teams for creative problem solving

first_imgTypically, when hiring and building workplace teams, leaders prefer people who look like them, but that doesn’t get us innovation, said Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, HBS, at a recent Faculty of Arts And Sciences Diversity Dialogue. “A strong leader’s job is to bring different people together and coordinate” them to come up with creative solutions to problems, she said.Using the Lessons Learned from the (2010) Chilean Mine Rescue case, Edmondson said, “It’s harder to convince people who are not like you” to work together as a team to develop solutions. Citing the Chilean rescue, she said, “People rose up to take on tasks that needed to be handled. Through cooperation and teamwork, they survived.” She went on to say that “leaders need to be open to new ideas, especially when there is not an established procedure.”“Diversity issues matter less when there is a crisis,” said Russ Porter, FAS administrative dean for science, who attended the dialogue. People are more likely to look beyond difference and seek ideas from all sources when there is a crisis.  Edmondson agreed, saying that “collaborative problem solving” is most important, and “all people need to be heard.”The Diversity Dialogue was the final of three this year offered in partnership by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more

U.S. gun suicide rate second-highest worldwide

first_imgMore than 250,000 gun-related deaths occurred in 2016, and half of them happened in just six nations: Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Guatemala, according to a new study in JAMA. The U.S. ranked 30th in gun homicides, but had the second-highest rate of gun suicides.David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an Aug. 28, 2018 PBS News Hour article that the study provides evidence that guns “are a major public health problem, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world.” Hemenway, who directs the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, added that good data are crucial if policymakers want to bring down the number of gun-related deaths.In an Aug. 28, 2018 Forbes article on methods being discussed for reducing harm from school shootings, Hemenway dismissed the suggestion to arm teachers. Given that school shootings are very rare occasions, he said, “The likelihood of any particular teacher in any given year preventing a school killing (that they could not have prevented without a gun) seems close to zero.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Faust named University Professor

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Celebrated historian Drew Faust, Harvard president emerita and Lincoln Professor of History, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.Faust, who was Harvard’s 28th president from 2007 through last June, will become the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor on Jan 1. She succeeds Helen Vendler, who stepped down on July 1 to become Porter University Professor Emerita.Faust’s groundbreaking scholarship has addressed questions central to American life and the human condition. A historian of the American South and the Civil War, she has transformed the understanding of the nation’s most devastating internal conflict, shining new light on how the efforts of those caught up in the crisis and its aftermath reshaped the nation.“The reason I got so interested in the Civil War, moving from the antebellum South to the Civil War period in the focus of my research, is that it is a moment when people are confronted with the necessity of change and how they respond to that. What changes do they make, and what ones do they resist?” Faust told Harvard Magazine in 2007.Faust is the author of six books, including “Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War” (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), for which she won the Society of American Historians’ Francis Parkman Prize in 1997. Her most recent book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” (Knopf, 2008), explores the Civil War’s unprecedented death toll and its effects on 19th-century Americans. It won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was named one of the 10 best books of 2008 by the New York Times.“Drew Faust is an eminent scholar of the Civil War and the American South, and one of the nation’s most admired historians,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “Her works, rendered in elegant and lucid prose, serve as exemplars of the craft of doing history through painstaking archival research and incisive analysis. With their close attention to issues of race, gender, identity, family, and other central elements of the fabric of American life, they reflect extraordinary insight into past lives and events while illuminating themes of continuing deep relevance to our national conversation.” In June, the Library of Congress honored Faust’s work with the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The honor “recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience.”Faust’s scholarly contributions were similarly acknowledged in 2011 when she was asked to give the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. In her talk, delivered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Faust explored society’s fascination with war throughout time and spoke of “this struggle between the impossibility and necessity of communicating war’s truths.” She said, “As we continue to be lured by war, we must be committed to convey its horrors. We must make it our work to tell a true war story.”Faust holds several honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from Yale University, Princeton University, and Oxford University. She has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award (2013), the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award (2014), and the Massachusetts Historical Society’s John Godman Ropes Award in Service to History (2018). She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1993, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and the American Philosophical Society in 2004.Faust came to Harvard from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 as the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her leadership at Radcliffe helped transform the former college into one of the world’s foremost centers for interdisciplinary research, study, and scholarship.In 2007 Faust began her 11-year run as Harvard’s president. Early on, she shepherded the University through the 2008‒09 financial crisis. Throughout her presidency, Faust championed efforts to create more effective collaborations among the University’s many parts, in both academic and administrative domains. She expanded financial aid to improve access and opportunity for students of all economic backgrounds, advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research, worked to return ROTC to campus, and oversaw a record-breaking $9.6 billion capital campaign.She also sought to foster greater inclusion and diversity among students, faculty, and staff, to integrate the arts more fully into campus life, and to promote innovation in learning and teaching, including the launch of edX, an online learning partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Before Harvard, Faust served for 25 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Annenberg Professor of History, chair of the Department of American Civilization, and director of the Women’s Studies Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1968, magna cum laude with honors in history, and her master’s degree in 1971 and doctoral degree in 1975 in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.The University Professorships were created in 1935 to celebrate “individuals of distinction … working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.” Faust joins 24 other Harvard faculty members who currently hold such a professorship.last_img read more

Taking Dell Projectors to Places They’ve Never Been

first_imgVery few technologies have had as much long-term relevance in the workplace and classroom as the overhead projector. As workplace and classroom display technology has evolved, bigger and brighter is not only better, but expected, while also needing to be simple to connect to.While the fundamental idea remains the same, we’ve come a long way since the days of transparencies and dry erase markers. Modern projectors allow presenters to project directly from their laptops and mobile devices, and in many cases, audience members can even connect their own devices to take over presentation duties.As a result, projectors now fit more naturally into the presentation workflow, expanding rather than defining the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s with this type of expansion and enablement in mind that Dell is pleased to introduce the Dell Advanced Projector 7760, our first laser (lamp-free) projector. The 7760 stretches the boundaries of where, when and how students or professionals and their colleagues can collaborate, and it’s the latest addition to Dell’s growing Large Displays portfolio, serving conference rooms and classrooms with a strong line-up of projectors and large monitors.This high-brightness projector is an improved, lamp-free version of the current Dell 7700 FullHD, providing an excellent color gamut with rich, true colors. We designed this projector to address some of the limitations of lamp-based projectors to create a more ideal option for a few common use cases:Brightly lit roomsStandard projector images can be difficult to see in rooms with windows or bright lights, such as conference rooms and hotel meeting rooms. The Dell Advanced Projector 7760 laser projector provides 5,400 lumens for a bright, large-scale image in a wide range of lighting circumstances.It also makes it easy for anyone to present. With LAN Display, workers can present from any compatible device, including laptops, phones and tablets connected to the network, and can trade presentation duties throughout the course of a meeting. For any devices that aren’t connected by LAN, we’ve made it easy to connect wireless display dongles. And since audio is of key importance in today’s multimedia world, we’ve given the projector two 10W speakers for quality, on-board sound fit for rooms of any size.Lecture halls and auditoriumsIn addition to the bright image, centralized capabilities and quality sound, the Dell Advanced Projector 7760 laser projector can fill large screen sizes (up 300 inches diagonally), making it a good fit even for halls and auditoriums with 20-plus people.Heavy duty applicationsUnlike most projectors, the Dell Advanced Projector 7760 laser projector can be set to operate 24/7 and has 360-degree placement capabilities, so users can mount or place it in any position or angle. These capabilities, combined with the long laser life of 20,000 hours, make this projector ideal for companies that have heavy duty needs.Bigger screens, lower costsOne of the primary benefits of projectors compared with other large-format displays is the cost savings, which can be significant for small businesses and educational institutions with limited budgets. Whereas, in the past, these organizations have required the IT or facilities maintenance resources to replace lamps as they burn out. The laser projector supplants that need by providing 20,000 hours of laser life, up to 10 years for most organizations. It’s low energy consumption, means a lower operating cost as well. All of this is backed by our reliable technology and two-year, extendable Advanced Exchange warranty.The Dell Advanced Projector 7760 laser projector is a shining example of what Dell does best – bring innovative technologies to market that solve real challenges for real users. The Dell Advanced Projector 7760 is a far cry from the projectors of our childhoods, but for good reason – today’s needs are far more complex. And as those needs continue to evolve, our goal is to provide the innovative technology to support customers in working more efficiently and effectively, whether they’re presenting to a conference room of project collaborators, an auditorium of colleagues or a child’s fifth-grade classroom. We’re excited to share this device with customers and look forward to seeing it reach new audiences, while also creating unimagined possibilities for thousands of loyal Dell users.last_img read more

Jersey Boys Are Teleporting! Here Are Eight Places They Could Go

first_img Related Shows 3. Next to some hay Those satin jackets sure are soft… Right, Lennie? 7. Chilling with Olaf Who needs a streetlamp to sing under when you’ve got a giant snowman? No one, that’s who. No one. 4. With a giraffe Who wouldn’t want to go on safari with four crooning dudes? Plus, they’d add some killer four-part harmony to “Hakuna Matata.” 5. At Emerson’s Bar and Grill Hey Billie Holiday, it’s OK—while you take your booze break, the Four Seasons are happy to fill in. A new poster for the Jersey Boys movie has been released (check it out below, to the right) and it looks awesome—but wait just a minute! Doesn’t it look an awful lot like the poster the film released in April (bottom left)? In fact, the guys are in the exact same positions, just standing in front of some bar instead of a brick building. The only explanation is teleportation. Since Frankie Valli and his crew obviously have superpowers, we thought they might want to hang out with The Bridges of Madison County’s Francesca and Robert while they’re uh, getting down to business. Below, check out some other fun places the Jersey Boys guys could travel to. Movie execs, take note. 2. In the ring with Rocky Forget “Eye of the Tiger.” The Italian Stallion’s new theme song should be “Bye Bye Baby.”center_img 6. At the beach Fine, this isn’t from a show, but how adorable do Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons look all dressed up in their bright green vacation jackets? View Comments 1. Storming the barricades You know what those passionate revolutionaries need? Some fighting music. May we suggest “Walk Like a Man”? Jersey Boys from $59.00last_img read more

What now, Lieutenant?

first_imgA friend of mine was a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and led a platoon in battle. He told me the worst feeling he had in combat was when his troops would look at him after plans A, B, and C failed and ask, “What now, Lieutenant?” There was no plan D. I imagine that the world’s Central Bankers are experiencing a similar feeling these days.With regard to the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of Japan (BOJ), and perhaps even the Federal Reserve (Fed), it appears they have used every plan in the playbook, and have even created a host of new ones, with very little to show for their efforts. I believe one of the Central Banks’ greatest fears is the perception that they are powerless. It appears perception has become a reality. Even the Fed is down to their last bullet: one measly 25 basis point rate cut and that’s it. Except for a couple of outliers, I don’t think any Fed governor has the stomach for Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), mainly because it’s just a stupid and dangerous policy.If anything, the Fed may have actually eased this week with Chairwoman Yellen’s speech on Tuesday. She said, “I consider it appropriate for the committee (Federal Open Market Committee) to proceed cautiously in adjusting policy. This caution is especially warranted because, with the federal funds rate so low, the FOMC’s ability to use conventional monetary policy to respond to economic disturbances is asymmetric.” Additionally, since the March FOMC meeting, the Fed has talked about letting the unemployment rate run below the Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU). This is essentially moving the goalpost on their inflation and growth targets in order to push back the levels they would have to see in order to move forward with monetary policy normalization. This is why the market has swiftly taken FOMC rate hikes out of 2016 as evidenced by a 75 basis point two-year Treasury note. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

What Is the Best Air Purifier You Can Buy in India? Everything You Need to Know

first_imgAnd of course, the problem isn’t just about the air outside the house — the air inside is no better. Not only are the pollutants from outside coming in, but because pollutants inside the house from cleaning sprays and perfumes, candles and cooking gas, and even dander from your pets or chemicals like varnish on your wooden furniture, are all entering the air you breathe. – Advertisement – There isn’t a definitive answer — we simply don’t test enough air purifiers to be able to say “this is the one”, and from what we can tell, most people who are making similar recommendations are also actually looking at the same pool of products. Apart from the basic functions (which boil down to a fan and a filter) most air purifiers come with various extra features and you’ll have to decide what is actually useful for you.All the purifiers in the list are ones that I’ve personally tested, using an Air Quality Monitor (this one, if you’re curious) to independently verify their effectiveness, and so that we’re not reliant on the inbuilt air quality measurements. This has the additional advantage of allowing us to test the effective range of the air purifier — with the AQM, you can check the readings at various parts of a room to see how far away the air is actually getting cleaned. PM10 particles, which are connected to construction sites, burning crops, and pollen, had peaked around Diwali last year, and from late December continued to decline slowly until March, after which the levels dropped sharply and remained low until September, from when there’s been a sharp rise. NOx particles, which are largely linked to vehicular pollution, dropped to almost zero in March, but from August, this has also been rising, as people have started to get back to work and more cars are on the roads again. PM2.5 particles, which cause smog, have been rising steadily across September and October, after a six-month period where the air was clear.Dhariyash Rathod, CEO of Smart Air India, a company that makes DIY air purifier kits that are much more affordable than a typical air purifier, also warned that the winter is not going to continue to see clear skies. “Despite the COVID crisis and people working from home, Delhi has witnessed very poor air quality in the past few weeks. Factors such as crop stubble burning, industrial pollution, and low temperatures are some of the reasons for deteriorating air quality in Delhi,” he said.breezo aqi breezoBreezo’s dashboard showing the PM2.5 levels for the last yearPhoto Credit: BreezoThe drop in power consumption and subsequent shutdowns of power plants led to some of the biggest gains in air quality, and as life returns to normal (and so does demand) this is turning around again, bringing the smog back to the city, Blue Sky’s Puri said. Add to that stubble burning picking up again in September, and the problem is only getting worse.“What we’ve seen across these readings suggests that crop burning and the power plants are the main causes for pollution in Delhi and the other areas in the region,” Puri said. “This means that the air quality is going to get worse again, unless major changes are made.” And although there are some measures coming in place such as smog towers, the volume of pollution is so great that unless you’re standing right next to a tower you’re not likely to see a real benefit, she pointed out.Abhilasha Purwar, CEO of Blue Sky, wrote about this in a blog post and said, “As the world reopens again, it will fall upon us to reimagine its structure. Reimagine the priorities for the budget, policy, technology, and implementation. Re-demand clean air, lower emissions, aggressive climate action.”Simplifying the jargonSo it’s clear that you need to buy an air purifier. But buying an air purifier is complicated, as there are a huge number models to choose from, with a number of different features, and it’s hard to quickly and easily make sense of the jargon. Some even argue that this is intentional — if there’s enough confusion in the customer’s mind, they might be more likely to stick to known brands, and expensive models, when something much simpler could do the job. More likely though, is the fact that brands all keep looking for some differentiation to stand out in the market, and in doing so, end up creating this confusing mess without even having to try.However Rathod of Smart Air has some tips that customers can keep in mind.“There are thousands of air purifier models to choose from, so how can you find the best air purifier that’s right for you? First, ignore the marketing hype. First thing which one should look in an air purifier is to ignore the claims about proprietary technology that aren’t backed up by the test data. Find third-party test data like AHAM to verify a purifier’s effectiveness,” he said.“Go straight to the numbers — instead of marketing hype, focus on the numbers. The most important numbers for an air purifier are the room size it covers (in sqft or m2) and its CADR rating. Room size means how big a room the purifier can cover (when running on its highest setting). CADR tells you how much clean air is coming out of the purifier. If you’re looking for a quieter air purifier, choose one with a higher room size/CADR number and then run it on low,” he continued.As Rathod pointed out, the core of a purifier is really just two parts; the filter and the fan. The design will determine what’s most effective in sucking in air and clearing out the room, and while a HEPA filter is a standard to be followed, additional filters like a charcoal filter help trap gases like CO2 and so you’ll want to check about the different filters in a purifier before you purchase it.CADR — Clean Air Delivery Rate is an important number to look at, as Rathod pointed out. But some companies don’t use this figure. Dyson, the British company which is best known for its vacuum cleaners, entered the air purifier market a few years ago, and it argues that this figure isn’t too useful for real world conditions. “CADR test is done in a small 12 square meter room, with the air purifier kept in the middle of the room, with a ceiling fan to spread the air around the room,” the company said in a mailed response, “The challenge however is that this isn’t exactly representative of the real-world environment.”So Dyson instead uses something it calls a POLAR test. As part of this test, the company explained, the air purifier in question is placed in one corner of the room, pretty much how you would probably keep it in your living room or bedroom. The pollutants are then added into the room from the other corner, which is perhaps the toughest test of strength for an air purifier. There are nine air quality sensors places in all corners of the room including one sensor in the centre, to understand the exact air quality in the different parts of the room at all times.“Customers in India like to compare specs a lot,” a Xiaomi representative told Gadgets 360 earlier, “but this is one product where I don’t think that’s actually a great idea. I think you should focus on how transparent the brand is being, like when it gives you indicators about clean air, so you actually know what the purifier is doing. Look at things like the cost of the filter, and how easy that is going to be to replace. Look for smart features, by which I don’t just mean convenience, but smart like automatically adjusting the filter based on the air quality, and sending you an alert to change the filter.”Speaking to Gadgets 360 earlier, Girish Bapat, Director, West and South Asia for the Swedish company Blueair, stressed on the importance of a HEPA filter. “A HEPA filter will remove most of the PM 2.5, allergens and mites, from the air. It an also filter out smaller particles, like cigarette smoke,” he added. “You should check the particle size that is being filtered, it should be 0.3 to 0.1 which catches even viruses that make people fall sick. But that doesn’t remove bad odours and pollutants in gases. For that, activated carbon is best. Sulphur gases and carbon fumes from the outside, cooking releases gases, so a carbon filter is very important too.”“Finally, know that more expensive doesn’t mean better. It seems logical, the phrase ‘you pay for what you get’ exists for a reason, right? And who wouldn’t want to pay more to protect their health? Unfortunately, the purifier world doesn’t work like that. Turns out air purifiers are surprisingly simple – they’re just fans and filters that can even be DIY-ed at home,” said Smart Air’s Rathod.What other features are important?So far, we’ve got an understanding of some of the causes of pollution, and why we need a purifier at all. CADR (or other measures that similarly give you and idea about the rate at which clean air comes from the purifier) are the main starting point to look for. A genuine HEPA filter is another important factor to look at. Further filters like a pre filter will help extend the life of the HEPA filter, and a charcoal filter will help with gases. So far this is simple enough.How about purifiers that have additional features like displays showing the air quality, or ultraviolet light to kill viruses (specially for people who are worrying about COVID?) and other features like Internet connectivity and smartphone apps?Let’s talk UV first. Dyson points out that UV light uses radiation to destroy bacteria, viruses and mould. However, it does not remove dust, allergens or particles in the air. This means that for the normal pollution related issues, you don’t need to buy a purifier that has this feature — but if you don’t mind spending the extra money, it could have benefits. However, it’s worth noting that for covid specifically, the likelihood of the virus simply hanging in the air in your home is pretty low. Companies like IQAir are doing this for hospitals, but at home it might not really make a big difference.iq air IQAir’s air purification systems are being sold in hospitals for air quality control“When buying an air purifier, the consumer must check if the purification system is capable of removing small particles (0.0003 size microns), viruses and bacteria. It should provide quick cleaning for all sizes of rooms and have a real-time air quality assurance feature that can help you analyse the pollutant levels in the air,” said Dipanjan Chakraborty, Business Lead, Domestic Appliances, Philips Indian Subcontinent.Some purifiers, such as the ones from Dyson’s line, include humidifiers for dry conditions, and heaters for the winter. Having tried these, it’s safe to say that they’re extremely effective in those roles — but from a purification perspective, this doesn’t make a difference. If you don’t want to clutter your house with multiple devices to deal with dry air or cold weather along with pollution, this could be very handy, but these purifiers are also a lot more expensive than something basic like a Mi Air Purifier, so you’re going to have to balance the cost against your needs.Other features, like a digital display showing the air quality, sound nice in theory, but in practice don’t really affect your usage. The best way to use an air purifier is the same way you use a water purifier — you keep it running at all times while at home. You wouldn’t filter only some of the water in your home, and in much the same way, you won’t be constantly checking the air quality and adjusting the purifier. Almost every purifier on the market has an auto mode which checks the particulate matter levels, and automatically adjusts the fan speed to compensate.Smart apps that let you control the purifier whole away from home also sound nice, but in practice, you’re not likely to use this feature often — these are fun gimmicks, and if you don’t mind spending the extra money, by all means go for them, but they’re not essential.Can you build a DIY purifier?Actually — yes. We’ve mentioned this before, that the core of a purifier is a filter and a fan, and Smart Air started out by selling kits to put together your own purifier. Today, the brand sells its own air purifiers as well, priced at Rs. 8,499. We haven’t tested this one yet, but it claims a CADR of 315cbm per hour, and it has a fantastic design.However, the company still sells standalone HEPA filters too, for Rs. 3,550 — or if you like, you can buy some on Amazon, where they are even cheaper. Just make sure that you’re buying a genuine HEPA filter, and strap it onto a fan to get started. Visit the Smart Air website to learn more about DIY air purifiers.SmartAir kit The DIY Air Purifiers Smart Air got started withPhoto Credit: Smart AirWhich air purifier should I buy?If you’ve made it this far, you should have an idea about how to choose an air purifier yourself. Look for a brand that’s well known, so that it’ll be easier to get servicing done when needed. Look for key information like the use of a genuine HEPA filter, the air delivery rate, and other features that matter to you. For a bigger room, you’ll need a higher CADR, and for a small room, you don’t need to spend so much money. But if you’re not interested in wading through all the details and just want someone to help you figure out which air purifier to buy, here are some of my favourites, which I’ve personally tested.One of the cheapest air purifiers in our list is the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3. It’s priced at approximately Rs. 10,000 on Amazon, but I’ve seen the price drop by a few hundred rupees during festive sales. Unlike the original Mi Air Purifier, which came with a “HEPA-like” filter, this one comes with a true HEPA filter and there’s a touch display for the controls that also shows the AQI level, and a CADR of 380cbm per hour.It’s affordable and effective, and has a simple appealing design, which makes it a popular choice among many people. But if you’re looking for a different brand, then at around the same price, the Philips AC1217 is another good option. Having used this one in Delhi, it’s tested in some of the worst conditions. It’s typically selling for just over Rs. 10,000, but frequently discounted as it is an older model. It’s effective and fairly quiet too, with a CADR of 260cbm per hour. For bigger rooms though (around 300 to 400 sq ft) the Philips AC2887 is a better idea — it has a higher 333cbm per hour CADR, making it a good value for money buy.For just a little more, we’re still big fans of Blueair, and specifically the Blueair Blue 211 priced at just over Rs. 20,000. This purifier is small and stocky and looks great with a colourful cloth filter on top apart from the other filters. It doesn’t have too many bells and whistles — you just turn it on and let it do its thing. But it’s very effective despite its small size, with a CADR of 590cbm per hour. When tested in a large open room, this was the most effective purifier as seen with the AQM — it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or a display or an app, but if you just want to switch it on and forget about it, this is a good pick.Our last two picks are three Dyson air purifiers — the Dyson Pure Cool Link Air (review), priced at Rs. 29,900, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Air Purifier (review) priced at Rs. 55,900, and the Dyson Pure Humdify + Cool Air Purifier and Humdifier, also priced at Rs. 55,900.Although Dyson doesn’t agree with CADR as a measure, in our own testing we found these to be highly effective — the second most effective purifier we’ve tried, after the BlueAir. Aside from the air purification, these are premium products that are popular for their design, and they double up to fill secondary functions — whether cooling the room (which is fun but not that meaningful in most Indian cities), acting as a humidifier (which isn’t as effective as a standalone humidifier that you can get for less than Rs. 5,000, but does the job well enough that you don’t need to keep two devices in the room) or a room heater (which it does much more safely than a typical radiator or blower).These purifiers come with all the bells and whistles, and the experience of owning one is definitely one that speaks to the premium positioning of these products. But if your main concern is air quality, then the cost of the newer devices especially might be a bridge too far for many people.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Air Purifiers in this ArticlePrice Blueair Blue 211Rs. 23,995 Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3Rs. 9,999 What causes air pollution, and is it likely to get worse?Tejasvini Puri, at Blue Sky analytics (a Delhi-based company that analyses air quality) talked to Gadgets 360 about some of the data that the company has gathered this year, and explained that although pollution did significantly drop during the lockdown, this was not just because of fewer vehicles on the roads (as people had to stay home for social distancing) but also because of a decrease in the electricity requirements, as industrial units also had to go offline at the start of lockdown.- Advertisement – Philips AC1217Rs. 9,575 Dyson Pure Cool LinkRs. 29,900 So, it’s clear that we need air purifiers, but what’s the right one to pick? In this guide, we’re going to explain how air purifiers work and what you need to know about them, so that you can make a more informed choice — but if you’re looking for some suggestions instead, then just jump to the last section, called “Which air purifier should I buy?” to see our recommendations.- Advertisement – What is the best air purifier to buy? This is a question that comes up a lot, especially from people in Delhi. Although the early days of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus saw the air quality improve drastically, things have been inching back to normal, and particularly in North India, the levels of pollution are again highly dangerous. A number of factors go into this — from a return in electricity demand, to more vehicles coming back on the roads, and as an annual feature, stubble burning in farms in Punjab, which experts say is a huge contributor to the problem of air pollution. Although stopgap measures like restricting the number of cars on the roads, or banning fireworks will help somewhat, they won’t be able to make a big difference either.And that’s why, if you can afford one, then having an air purifier is a must. However, this doesn’t just apply to people living in Delhi (or the North Indian region) alone. In Mumbai, the air quality in the Colaba area is 800 (it should ideally be under 50) according to AQICN. On Breezo’s data, it is 915 at the time of writing, and other areas like the airport are much better — but still ten times worse than the acceptable levels. According to the platform’s visualisation, that’s the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes. Bengaluru appears to be one of the best major cities in terms of air quality, with levels that are only three times higher than the acceptable.- Advertisement – Philips AC 2887Rs. 15,999 Dyson Pure Humdify+CoolRs. 59,900 Dyson Pure Hot+CoolRs. 59,900last_img read more

Online booking of accommodation through the sharing economy is used by every sixth person in the EU

first_imgAccording to the results of the 2017 survey, which he is conducting Eurostat EU statistical service, and some are the result of surveys conducted in 2017 on the use of ICT (information and communication technologies) in households and individuals, 17% of individuals in the EU have arranged accommodation (room, apartment, house, cottage, etc.) using the web site or application in the previous 12 months.The research was conducted in context sharing economics, where transactions relate between private persons. Thus, most respondents used more well-known websites or applications, ie those that specialize in this particular service, but also other sites or applications, including social networks.On the other hand, contracting internet transport services was less common, used by around 8% of individuals in the EU. Again, this is mostly done through dedicated websites or sharing economics apps. While online booking of accommodation, be it a room, apartment, house, were more common among individuals aged 25-54 (22%), arranging transportation services from another private person tends to be more popular among the younger generation those aged 14 to 16 years).An online accommodation service in the context of the sharing economy, most used in the UK and the Netherlands. Thus, in the UK 1 out of 3 people (34%) aged 16 to 74 used online accommodation booking, in Luxembourg 1 out of 5 people (22%), Ireland 21%, Malta and the Netherlands 20 percent.In contrast, the Czech Republic (1%) recorded the lowest percentage among the Member States for which data are available, followed by Cyprus (4%), Portugal and Romania (6% each), as well as Croatia (7%).last_img read more