Irrigation system pumps can be confusing, especially for less experienced contractors or technicians. For one thing,

Irrigation system pumps can be confusing, especially for less experienced contractors or technicians. For one thing, there are so many different kinds of pumps commonly used in landscape irrigation that are known by many names, formal and informal: lake, jet, shallow well, multistage, submersible, vertical turbine, variable frequency drive and centrifugal. In actuality, all irrigation pumps are centrifugal pumps, and they all work by the same principles. Because of this confusion, there are many inaccurate perceptions and assumptions about pump selection and operation. If a contractor or technician selects a pump based on one or more of these faulty perceptions, it can lead to significant problems for the irrigation system in which it is installed. Some of the more common “myths” or misperceptions are presented here with a basic explanation of the science behind the facts. It is a common practice to replace a pump with a higher horsepower motor when more pressure is needed. In order to determine if this is fact or fiction, we need to look at the relationship between motor horsepower and pump discharge pressure. If the flow of an irrigation system is 30 gallons per minute, the cu...

Volvo Construction Equipment Raises the Bar on Customer Service Commitment

Service Commitment by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) sets a new standard for what customers should expect from manufacturers and dealers Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is raising the bar on customer service in the construction industry with the Service Commitment by Volvo Construction Equipment, a pledge dedicated to providing customers “unrivaled” service and support.  “The Service Commitment further supports our goal to be the No. 1 uptime provider in North America,” says Stephen Roy, Senior Vice President, Americas at Volvo CE. “The Service Commitment will be our blueprint for ‘getting it done’ with unmatched communication, responsiveness and expertise from both Volvo and our dealers.” “This level of service is what our customers already expect from us and our dealers, and this commitment is our way of inviting customers to let us know if we’re not delivering,” says Scott Young, Vice President of Uptime and Customer Support at Volvo CE. Customer feedback through surveys and conversations with dealers will help the Volvo network continually improve upon the Service Commitment. “The direct comments from the customers will go to our dealers and Volv...

Love for the nature and everything in it propelled Noor Mohammed to become a sculptor and

Love for the nature and everything in it propelled Noor Mohammed to become a sculptor and an active environmentalist. Published: 04th January 2020 07:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2020 07:01 AM   |  A+A A- KOCHI: Love for the nature and everything in it propelled Noor Mohammed to become a sculptor and an active environmentalist. His carvings tell tales of the passion he carries for nature and its creations. This inclination is what made 50-year-old Noor from Tirur to convert what was an uncultivable marshy land into a thriving biodiversity park in 2000. “I come from a family that was rooted in agriculture. I have seen my father battle it out to grow crops on our family plot spread across nearly 15 acres,” said Noor. However, the effort would always be in vain. “Even as a young boy, I was attracted to the diversity of nature. In our own land, we had green patches and few other spots where nothing would grow,” he said. “During my ventures around the land, I began collecting interesting things like parts of plants and converted them into sculptures,” said Noor. Sculpting has been and still is his passion. According to him, since the land didn’t yield anything, he began sear...

You’re with friends at your favorite craft brewery enjoying some tasty ales when it hits you:

You’re with friends at your favorite craft brewery enjoying some tasty ales when it hits you: Why not turn your love of great beer into a profession and start your own brewery? If you’re serious — and not just buzzed — understand that it takes a lot of planning, money and patience to make this dream a reality. Starting a small business is already difficult, and breweries are highly capital-intensive businesses that come with additional legal and permitting requirements. But with sober planning, creative financing and tenacity, you could create your own neighborhood watering hole. Here’s some advice to get you started: How much you’ll pay for brewing equipment ultimately depends on the size of your brewery and whether you buy new or used. You can purchase brewing equipment with the smallest capacity (1 barrel, which is 31 gallons of beer, equal to 320 12-ounce beers) for $100,000 or less if you buy it used, or pay up to $1 million or more for a brand-new, 30-barrel system (equal to 9,600 12-ounce beers), says Leonard Kolada, founder of Smokehouse Brewing Co. in Columbus, Ohio. Your brewery needs essential equipment: kettles, kegs, boilers, bottling and canning lines, conveyors, c...

Drake Breaks Bank On Heart-Shaped Necklace, Matching Bling With Future

Drake is lavishing himself with some super-expensive custom jewelry … and one of his newest pieces was a big hint that his upcoming single with Future was on the way. Our sources tell us Drake just dropped over $1 MILLION on a customized heart-shaped necklace, a pricey present for himself. Drake commissioned Gemma Fine Jewelry to make the chain, which comes in at a whopping 100 carats. We’re told the piece took several months to create — heart-shaped diamonds are in high demand, and are extremely difficult to fashion. Champagne Papi’s adding to a growing collection of heart-shaped bling … he’s already got a diamond ring in the shape of a heart. Seems like this design is his new thing. As for the increasing rumblings of a Drake and Future album, check out their matching gold and silver pendants. We’re told the pieces, made by Jason of Beverly Hills, are each worth $200,000 and feature over half a kilo of gold and 40-carat diamonds. Drake and Future had them delivered last month in Atlanta, just in time to shoot a new music video for their single “Life is Good” which dropped Friday. New Product The matching pendants depict an ...

On Friday, AgriTech startup; Jaguza installed its own technology at a farm in Mubende owned by

On Friday, AgriTech startup; Jaguza installed its own technology at a farm in Mubende owned by Mugalura Conusel to transform livestock farming leveraging use of IoT. The team installed a solar powered radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, radar, ear tags, and trackers. The founder & CEO; Jaguza Technologies; Mr. Ronald Katamba is among Ugandan researchers and technologists that are bringing technology to small farms around the country. With technology then, it makes the work easier for farmers reducing on the time they spend outdoor looking after their livestock. After losing all his rabbits mysteriously from an unknown sickness without notice, Katamba says after graduating from university, he thought of developing an application that could help farmers so as they could not face the same problem. However, he developed an application that monitors the health of livestock, but tracks movement as well. The farm manger told PC Tech Magazine the installed system is going to ease his work and the herdsmen as well. “We’re so happy that our boss reached out to Mr. Katamba to have these devices installed here. Now that we the time we spend with the livestock is reduced, we ca...

Fix-It Chick: How to fix a leaking garden hose | News, Sports, Jobs

Don’t throw out that leaking or broken garden hose — repair it with a barbed hose fitting or some self-fusing tape designed specifically for water-tight repairs. Step 1: If the hose is leaking at one end or the other, start by replacing the rubber hose washer inside the female hose fitting. If the hose connection still leaks, apply some pipe thread sealant or Teflon tape to the male hose end threads. Step 2: If a new hose end washer and thread sealant do not do the trick, it may be time to replace the hose end fitting. Use a carton knife to slice the old hose end off the garden hose, making sure the cut is as straight as possible. Step 3: Take the old end to your local hardware store and purchase a replacement barbed-end hose fitting. These come in various styles and sizes. Choose one that is right for your specific application. Hard plastic fittings hold up surprisingly well in lawn and garden applications, but the heavier metal ones are a better choice for farm, ranch and construction applications where hoses are more likely to get thrown about or stepped on. Step 4: Leave the hose in the hot sun long enough for it to heat up and become supple or lubricate the cut end of the h...

Crystal Window supplies 1,532 Magnus commercial vinyl windows in Queens : NYREJ

Queens, NY Crystal Window & Door Systems has supplied 1,532  heavy-commercial vinyl windows for the recently completed One Flushing project. This development represents one of the largest uses to date of the new Crystal uPVC Magnus Series 4500 products. The Magnus architecturally-rated European-inspired vinyl windows provide the strength and durability of aluminum windows yet offer the energy efficiency and low maintenance associated with vinyl window technology. One Flushing is a multi-generational affordable and senior housing development with 231 apartments.  The rental units range from studio to three bedrooms and are set aside for defined income bracket tenants.  A 10-story building with 400 ft. of frontage, One Flushing is located at 133-45 41st Ave. in the Flushing neighborhood.  While one building, the structure used a “sawtooth” offset facade and both light and dark grey textured face brick to break up the monolithic appearance and give the aesthetic illusion of multiple buildings. For the project, Crystal provided a total of 533 Magnus Series 4500 In-Swing Casement and 999 Magnus Series 4500 Fixed Picture windows as well as 418 louver panels to fill the building’s ...

FBI will now notify state election officials when any part of their election systems is hacked

WASHINGTON — The FBI will now notify state election officials about cyber breaches to election systems in their jurisdictions, even those that only affect a single county, FBI and Justice Department officials said Thursday. The change stems from a belief that the “traditional policy did not work in the election context,” an FBI official told reporters in a background call. Typically, the FBI notifies only the victim of a cyber intrusion. When it comes to election systems, the victim is often a county. But if the FBI only notifies local officials, “it may leave the state officials with incomplete knowledge of the threats,” the official said. The policy shift comes after a 2018 episode in Florida in which Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said he had been told that Russian hackers gained access to some voting systems in his state, only to be accused of making that up by then-Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican running to unseat Nelson in that year’s election. Scott said state officials had not been notified of any such breach. Scott defeated Nelson. A few months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report disclosed that Russian hackers did gain access ...

YouTube star Brittani Boren Leach reveals that organs from her late son, Crew, saved two kids

YouTuber Brittani Boren Leach has revealed that the organs from her three-month-old son, Crew, who died suddenly over the holidays, have saved the lives of two children.  Leach, 29, shared the news in an Instagram post on Tuesday that shows her holding her tummy during her maternity shoot.  ‘I never got around to posting my maternity pictures with Crew because by the time I got them back, he had already made his VERY fast and furious entrance to the world. I almost didn’t take maternity pictures because I was just so “busy”.’ ‘I’m glad I did because little did I know, he would spend more time in my belly than he did out. And while he was here he wanted to be with his Mama as much as possible. Now I know why,’ the grieving mother wrote.  She added that she and her husband ‘got the bittersweet call a few days ago, that his liver saved the life of a 1 year old boy, and his heart saved the life of 7 month old boy’. I never got around to posting my maternity pictures with Crew because by the time I got them back, he had already made his VERY fast and furious entrance to the world. I almost didn’t take maternity pictures because I was ju...

The Most Popular H&M Items Fashion Girls Are Wearing RN

We all know and love H&M for its affordable basics and trend-forward pieces, which are always there to solve any last-minute fashion dilemma without breaking the bank. So when we see our favorite celebrities and fashion girls on Insta wearing the brand, we unquestionably bookmark those pieces ASAP. Today we’re sharing some of the most popular H&M items that we’ve spotted on celebrities and fashion girls this month. From a rather expensive-looking houndstooth print skirt set (as seen on Priyanka Chopra) to trending leather separates and a colorful chunky knit cardigan guaranteed to brighten up your ensembles throughout gray and cold January, scroll below for this months most in-demand H&M items to add to your cart right now. Joey King rocks H&M on the red carpet in a playful heart print matching skirt and top—proving that the affordable brand is award-worthy  Leopard print is the new neutral. You’ll unquestionably get so much use out of this versatile and flattering frock. Just add your favorite tall boots in winter. This cute and colorful chunky knit cardigan is guaranteed to cure the January blues! Pair with crisp off-white jeans for a refreshing winter lo...

The IPO class of 2019 in the financial institutions space was not the biggest of all

The IPO class of 2019 in the financial institutions space was not the biggest of all time, but the stock performance of those newly public companies and of the sector should entice others to consider going public. Since the June 28 close through year-end 2019, the price change of the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index, up 15.7%, and financial companies in the S&P 500, up 11.4%, outpaced the 9.8% increase in the broader S&P 500 Index. Of the companies that went public in 2019, the financial sector was one of the best-performing sectors, said Kathleen Smith, principal for the institutional research and IPO exchange-traded fund provider Renaissance Capital. Smith pointed to several financial companies with a private valuation above $1 billion that could go public in 2020. Some of those include Stripe Inc., the payments processor with a $35 billion valuation; Robinhood Markets Inc., the pioneer of free online trading valued at $7.6 billion; Credit Karma Inc., a personal finance company with a $4 billion valuation; and Root Insurance Co., a property and casualty insurtech with a $3.65 billion valuation, Smith said. In 2019, the financial sector saw few blockbuster IPOs. The total value of...

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