The Tribhuvan International Airport continues to have problems with its sorry runway conditions as well as the maintenance provided which is below standard. The management of the airport seems unfazed by the complaints of the major stakeholders of the airport including all its passengers and the airlines operating there.
It was just recently that the TIA management decided to purchase heavy equipment in their attempt to perform runway maintenance so that it will have better preparedness in times of disasters but it was all left unused after it has been bought. This only shows how extremely bad the management of the airport because no one is accountable for the purchase and the use of the equipment.
A statement from officials of TIA said that the disaster preparedness training that they had back in 2012 to 2013 covers the training of the personnel involved in major operations in terms of disaster management as well as the purchase of heavy duty equipment which will be used for maintenance. The training was held at the Pacific Disaster Center located in Hawaii.
According to TIA Civil Engineering Division’s official, the heavy equipment they have procured includes concrete saw and a mobile asphalt plant. The total purchase amount was almost 200 million Rs. It was said to be reserved as a method of disaster preparedness but it is still not used more than two years after it has been purchased and left out in the open.
The said equipment is able to produce hot-mix asphalt at a rate of six tons for every hour that will be very useful in case there is surface repairs needed on the runway right after natural disasters such as earthquakes.
A station manager working for an international airline questioned the move of the management, or the lack thereof, despite the fact that the airport’s current state is in a level of emergency.
The spokesperson of TIA, Prem Nath Thakur, said that technicians will be working on the runway but he added that he has no knowledge of existing equipment that is left unused inside the airport premises including concrete saw and asphalt plant.
Wearable fitness trackers are the newest trend in weight loss fitness programs. The device keeps track of what an individual has been doing to help achieve the fitness goal. However, according to recent findings of American Medical Association, the technology devices are less effective than traditional and non-technological weight loss programs. Results from the two-year study revealed that young adults who did not wear the fitness trackers lost an average of five pounds more than the participants who wore the tracking device.
The objective of the AMA study was to determine whether the wearable device will help an individual lose weight over a long term period of time because other studies have shown that the wearable tracking device was effective for short term use. The authors of the AMA study concluded that the devices used to monitor and provide feedback on an individual’s physical activities are less effective than standard behavioral weight strategies.
Are the wearable fitness trackers useless? Not necessarily because people who wore the device lost weight although not as much as standard fitness programs. There were certainly improvements in terms of body fat loss. Participants in the research belong to the 18-35 age groups who were overweight or within the obesity range. Instead of using BMI as the indicator of fitness, the research used body fat percentage, lean mass, bone density and cardiovascular fitness.
Participants were asked to undergo a new set of diet and exercise program that was designed to gradually increase the exercise activity from moderate to vigorous. After 6 months, the participants were divided into two groups with one group continuing with the diet and exercise regimen while the other group was given an exercise tracker. Both groups lost significant weight but the standard non-wearable intervention group lost more weight than those using the fitness tracker.
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When you find yourself locked out of your own home one day or even your vehicle, it is important to keep in mind that using Google search and picking out the number one on the list may be a bad idea. The reason why is that top search results are usually advertisements that promises consumers a fee of $15 or $19 for their emergency services but the truth is that it will costs a lot more than that after they have rendered their services.
This scheme is known to be in operation for several years already.
Upon searching, you will be shown the company that carries a generic name that promises a cheap fee for their service call. The result is that a dispatcher from another state will be receiving your call.
The trick is that they can’t determine exactly the amount of the service but they will only state the starting prices of their services and majority of them are too cheap to be true.
They will employ various reasoning tactics and one of them is that the price of the service will depend on how high the security level of the specific lock that they have to unlock for you. Once the service is done, they will charge the customer with a fee worth a few hundred dollars.
The truth is that majority of the houses are using only standard types when it comes to dead bolt locks. Not many are equipped with high security locking system. If your lock is the standard type, a legitimate locksmith will tell you that it will not cost you over $150.
Another important factor to keep in mind, legitimate locksmiths will be able to give you an estimate of how much they will charge for the service. For those that refuses to give you or can’t tell you an estimated price, it is better to find another locksmith who will.
If you have locked yourself out, the key is not to panic. Search for the local locksmiths and decide on which one is best and reliable before calling a mobile locksmith in Perth.
Louisville, KY – March 29, 2016 – Are you finally planning to take a great leap and buy a house for yourself? If you are, then you must’ve gotten lots of advice from family and friends. Normally, when buying a house, the first things that people prioritize and consider are the plumbing, the cabinets, and the floor. However, once they have actually bought the house, what dissatisfies them the most is the heating and the cooling system. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of ignoring the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system until it is too late. If you’re going to buy a house, it is greatly recommended that you pay much attention the heating and cooling system as well because it is greatly responsible in making the house habitably comfortable for you and for the most part, your comfort should be on top of your list.
Here are the top features of the HVAC system (in no particular order) that you should know about.
Ductwork design and type. If you want your home to be as comfortable as it can get, you should make sure that your ducts are properly sized and balanced. Go for the round ducts that are externally insulated because they are the most efficient.
Since 2006, 13-SEER has become the minimum efficiency for new air conditioners. Before it was 10-SEER. You should know that the higher the SEER, the lower your utility bill can be. If your efficiency is close to 20-SEER, the cost to run the air conditioner could even be half of what a 13-SEER air conditioner would cost on the bill.
Indoor Unit Location. Where you put your units matter. If you place your furnace in the attic, chances are it will eventually leak but if you place it in the basement, there will be less risk.
Outdoor Unit Location. Make sure that you place your outdoor unit someplace it can’t be seen otherwise it’ll get damaged.
Last year, 2015, federal law had phased out R-22 because of its potential for global warming and ozone depletion. It is recommended that you use something environment friendly like R-410A.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire – September 1, 2015 – During a meet up with Paul from Pro Jet, he had greatly stressed the importance of maintaining one’s plumbing system during the fall or in other countries, Autumn. Most of the time, people would only start to care for their plumbing during the winter when they should have been doing that long before. Autumn serves as a chilling reminder that it’s all going to get worse in the winter. That is why it is important that you already start preparing during the fall so as to avoid serious problems when winter arrives.
According to Paul, the best way to keep your plumbing maintained during autumn is to follow the tips below.
When you leave the outside water hoses connected, they may freeze during the winter. What’s worse is that the freezing can expand all the way to the pipes and faucets inside the house which can cause breakage. Always make sure to disconnect outside water hoses.
When you see your outside faucets dripping or leaking, you should immediately call a plumber to repair the leaks because when winter arrives and the water freezes, the buildup of frozen water can cause cracks, no matter what the pipes are made of.
Drain the water from outside lines and shut off the interior valves.
Using Styrofoam insulation kits, which can be bought at home centers, cover the outside faucets.
Heat is an important necessity during the cold season that is why you should insulate unheated areas like the garage or the basement. Also, make sure to insulate the pipes that are prone to freezing by covering them with heat tape.
To avoid cold penetration, make sure that leaks on doors are sealed.
Clean and repair your water heater because they work twice as much during the cold season.
When you leave your house for a significant amount of time, make sure to drain the water system by opening the faucets of the highest and lowest points of the house. Also, shut off the main water valve.