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That damage estimate is expected to rise because the Napa Valley wine harvest has already begun, EQECAT predicted. Dozens of water main leaks were reported, although city officials said the water was safe to drink. At least 120 people were treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, hospital officials told ABC News. Only a handful of patients needed to be hospitalized. Six of those people suffered critical injuries, including the child hurt by the fireplace, who was flown to U.C. Davis Medical Center for further treatment, said hospital president Walt Mickens. The child was in stable condition. All schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District were to be closed Monday. Justin Siena High School also was to be closed. Historic buildings damaged by the earthquake included Sam Kee Laundry, Goodman Library and the Napa County Courthouse, the city said, adding that two commercial buildings also suffered severe damage. Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd said he believed the county courthouse had been retrofitted for earthquakes. “I’ve been through a few of these and I’ve never seen anything like this, particularly in downtown Napa,” Dodd said, according to ABC News Radio. “The county building is just in total disrepair, and they’ve moved it down to the sheriff’s office — so that’s where the coordinating all the emergency services for the county.” A corner of the historic Napa County Courthouse sits exposed following an earthquake, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. President Obama was briefed on the earthquake, a White House spokesman said. The earthquake’s impact was especially powerful on the region’s wine industry, with vineyards reporting busted barrels and smashed bottles. Andrew Brooks at Bouchaine Vineyards says the damage was costly.
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Already, China emits more heat-trapping carbon into the atmosphere than any other nation and twice that of the U.S., the world’s second biggest carbon emitter. Even without the new plants, China’s carbon emissions are projected to double over the next 25 years, while U.S. emissions stay steady, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. “Everybody wants to find a path forward to solve the problems of (synthetic natural gas) and at the same time solve China’s pollution problems,” said Yanling Gong, editor-in-chief of the government-affiliated China National Chemical Information Centre. While less directly polluting than burning coal, the Inner Mongolia plant run by state-owned company Datang has already transformed this corner of rural Hexigten county famous for its long-maned horses and sun-burnt vistas. As a boy growing up there, farmer Adiya could ride his horse through waist-high grass for miles without meeting another person. Now, the 32-year-old says he stays indoors some mornings because of the industrial stench. Since the plant started running in December, it has obscured the blue skies above Adiya’s home with smoke while black pools of wastewater have turned up in the grasslands. “I only wish they could build this factory in Beijing,” said Adiya, who uses only one name, as is Mongolian custom. First developed during World War II, coal gasification breaks down coal into a fuel-gas mix called syngas and then into carbon dioxide and methane. The carbon is often released into the air. The only other gasification plant in the world outside China to commercially produce synthetic natural gas sits in the coal-rich plains of North Dakota. However, that plant became a financial black hole as soon as it began commercial operations in 1984. Natural gas prices leveled off and oil prices fell around the time it launched, knocking askew the plant’s economics. Despite that history, China has seized on the technology as a convenient bridge between its coal surplus and natural gas needs. But warnings about coal gasification appear to be getting through to at least some in China’s government. In a rare show of transparency, the chemical industry group mounted a three-day conference in August to debate the technology’s future, sparking the kind of robust public discussion almost never seen among Chinese policymakers.
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“Some of the larger properties might be putting in new air conditioning and cooling systems. They can see that return investment fairly quickly. When you hear them talk about solar panels the up-front costs are so dramatic, there’s a lot of shift now on renting that product and trying to get it to the marketplace to incentivize these businesses to put that on.” Greene says the interest not only by hotel and restaurant owners, but guests to “go green” has surged in the past four to five years locally. From LED lights, to low flow toilets, recycling programs, to more massive undertakings like upgraded H-VAC systems or even solar panels, there’s a lot that a business can do – at a price. For example, in terms of recycling, there isn’t a major glass recycling plant in South Carolina. So a hotel or restaurant would have to pay to ship it out to a facility in North Carolina or Georgia – a huge cost that many owners can’t justify. Therefore, the glass is typically dumped into the trash. Greene believes there needs to be a change at the state level to offer more incentives instead of a fee-heavy burden solely on businesses. “We need to find way to continue to remove our environmental footprint. However, incentivize these businesses, give them credits, help them go down this path instead of constantly providing additional costs or different fees that could potentially impact their business staying open or not,” says Greene. For the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, they’re already seeing the payoffs from the investment, cutting heat and AC usage by 40 percent since they installed 47 new AC units last year. Thanks to a rewards program with Santee Cooper, those kilowatt savings are translating into a soon-to-be $100,000 rebate check. “We’re taking that money and putting it back into good use,” explains Greene, meaning this green cycle pay off will continue. The Convention Center is actually undergoing another energy audit over the next few weeks, but that’s not a luxury just for them. You too can get one for your home or business from Santee Cooper and other electric companies – and the best part is it’s FREE. Santee Cooper Residential Energy Audit: To become “Green Certified” by the SC Green Hospitality Alliance and the benefits of the title, checkout this guide . (WARNING: Mobile users, the guide is a large file, which affect data charges if you use a limited plan.) 2011: “Green Machine” cost $45,000 initially but saves $1,000 in chemicals each year. 2011: Lighting upgrade in vendor hall, from 1,000-watt to 230-watt fluorescent. It cost $64,000, up front. However, half of that was returned in a $32,000 rebate from Santee Cooper. 2013: HVAC project: 47 rooftop units that were 21 years old were replaced. – Insulation added to roof – MBCC converts to using natural gas from mid-November to the April 1.
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Anheuser-Busch is the brewer of Budweiser, Bud Light, and Stella Artois. NFSM also marks the beginning of a new partnership between the National Restaurant Association and Anheuser-Busch. This partnership will continue into next year and will focus on the importance of responsible alcohol service education, while raising awareness of the industry’s commitment to both food and alcohol safety. “We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s 20-year anniversary of National Food Safety Month and are excited to kick-off this new partnership,” said Josh Halpern, VP of On-Premise Sales for Anheuser-Busch. “For more than three decades, Anheuser-Busch has been committed to promoting alcohol responsibility and this partnership is an example of our ongoing efforts.” About National Food Safety Month The National Restaurant Association’s National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. Each year, a new theme and free training activities and posters are created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. The training materials are based on the association’s ServSafe food safety training and certification program, which is the industry’s gold standard for such programs. For more information, visit FoodSafetyMonth.com . About Tork The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader. Tork is a global brand of SCA, and a committed partner to customers in over 80 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit: torkusa.com or tork.ca . About SCA In North America, SCA produces the Tork line of dispensers, towels, tissue, soap, napkins and wipers used in commercial settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities and the TENA line of incontinence care products used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities. TENA and Tork are the global leading brands in their categories. For more information visit www.sca.com/us . About Anheuser-Busch For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion.
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The company plans to grow production in a very capital efficient manner while at the same time reducing its financial complexity in order to create shareholder value. Now, let’s take a deeper dive into what management had to say about each of these four pillars. More on growth Chesapeake is a growth company. We have the strategy, high-quality assets, and talented employees to deliver growth quarter after quarter. – Doug Lawler. Chesapeake Energy has always been a growth company. However, this time the company is focused on managing its growth in a more sustainable manner. That means it won’t pile on debt in order to build an empire. Instead, the company is focused on growth that matters, which is growth that delivers positive returns and creates value. More on capital efficiency …We will be seven to nine rigs next year. But, in effect, what we’ll be doing is adding more wells because of continued cycle time reductions… And year to date we’ve seen a 20% reduction in cycle times. What that means is I can peel a rig back and effectively have not lost any delivery of this asset. And, so, we’ll think more in terms of well delivery than we will rigs. And it’s one of the great value drivers for this Company as we continue to see those cycle times come down. — Chris Doyle-SVP Northern Division Operations For years, growth in the oil and gas industry meant adding more rigs to drill more wells. That’s no longer the case as multi-well pads are allowing companies like Chesapeake Energy to drill more wells with less rigs. As the following slide from a recent investor presentation notes, the ability to drill more wells with less rigs is improving the company’s cost to drill each lateral foot and therefore returns. Source: Chesapeake Energy Investor Presentation ( link opens a PDF ) More on reducing financial complexity Investment grade is a byproduct of running our business right. And so, we expect to reach investment grade because we’re going to clean up the excessive debt that can be a burden on our capital program in high price environments or low price environments. But the financial stability of the Company, as [CFO] Nick [Dell'Osso] had noted, we are in a position today of really very good strength.
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The plant currently employs 170 people. Recently, pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer Inc. ( PFE ) agreed to acquire a couple of marketed vaccines from BAX for $635 million. The two vaccines include meningitis vaccine NeisVac-C and tick-borne encephalitis vaccine FSME-IMMUN/TicoVac. The two vaccines are sold in some European countries and other markets outside the U.S. As part of the deal, Pfizer will gain partial control of BAXs Orth facility in Austria where these life-saving vaccines are produced. BAX is on the verge of splitting its business into two entities biopharmaceuticals/bioscience and medical device. The company took the decision to split up its business in order to put greater management focus on the two segments, effectively commercialize product offerings, efficiently allocate resources to high growth areas, and bring flexibility in deciding on growth and investment strategies. The split-up is expected to be completed in mid-2015. BAXs BioScience business will focus on immune deficiencies and blood-related disorders and includes the plan to form a partnership or sale of its drug development programs based on the flu and Lyme diseases. On the other hand, BAXs medical device business will continue to focus on intravenous (:IV) solutions, injectable drugs, anesthetics, and other equipments. BAX posted a 5.0% rise in adjusted net earnings to $692 million or $1.26 per share for the second quarter of 2014 from $659 million or $1.20 per share in the same quarter a year back. With this, earnings per share not only surpassed the companys previously issued guidance of $1.18 to $1.22 but also the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5 cents. Revenues in the quarter went up 16.2% to $4,264 million globally and exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,112 million. Excluding the $408 million contribution from the Gambro acquisition, revenues in the quarter grew 5%. For the third quarter of 2014, BAX expects revenues to grow between 12 and 13%, barring the impact of foreign currency. The company also expects adjusted earnings in the range of $1.28 to $1.32 per share for the quarter. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.31 lies within the guided range. For full year 2014, BAX now expects higher revenue growth of 10 to 11% compared with the prior view of 9 to 10%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange. However, BAX narrowed its adjusted earnings per share guidance to $5.10 to $5.20 for the year from the earlier band of $5.05 and $5.25. The Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.16 for the year lies within the guided range. Currently, BAX retain a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the medical products industry include ICU Medical, Inc.
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Whiten Grout I use vinegar around my house often, to help keep the grout in the nice and white. I simply place undiluted vinegar in a bowl, and use an old toothbrush and scrub the grout lines. This is a little time consuming, but the results are worth it. This whites them, and it is much cheaper than buying a grout bleaching kits. Shine Shower Doors My grandmother shared this little “secret” with me, and I am glad that she did. To remove water spots from my shower doors, I use a cloth baby diaper, (these really work well with cleaning), and wash with a mixture of 1 gallon of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. This also works well on the shower tracks, as well as, the nozzles and faucets. Clean the Washing Machine Have you ever had that musty smell in your washing machine? Simply run an empty cycle with 1-2 gallons of vinegar depending on the size of your machine.
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Make beds Wipe down bathroom counters once one is done getting ready for the day Clean up any messes in kitchen following breakfast Daily Nightly Chores After the hustle and bustle of homework and dinner, take the time to do the following chores and one can go to bed worry free! Clean kitchen, load and/or unload dishwasher, and take the out trash Sweep floors Spot clean any messes around the house Clean up living areas By splitting up “big” chores throughout the week, this makes ones home always clean and smelling fresh. In my experience, this has also created a less stressful environment, since my family and I get to spend more time together. Monday Vacuum all rugs, carpets, and bedrooms Sweep and/or vacuum all hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors Tuesday Clean all mirrors, and windows Dust furniture Sweep and/or vacuum all hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors Mop floors Free day! Spend time with the family and relax. Saturday I started creating a “swing day” for our “big” Saturday chores. These chores are grouped, are done based on if it is the first, second, third, or fourth Saturday of month. Wipe down and clean all furniture and cabinets.
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But before you reach for the phone, take a good look to see if your ducts are dirty. Get the Picture Wouldnt it be handy if you could take an incredible journey through your ductwork to see if cleaning is needed? Using a pocket digital camera equipped with a flash, you can come close. Simply remove a floor register, reach as far as you can into the duct (dont drop your camera!), and take a couple of shots. If theres gunk within a few feet of the register, take heart. Its easy to snake a vacuum cleaner hose into the duct and remove the stuff. However, if you see a long trail of junk and a thick coat of dust beyond what your vacuum can reach, your house may be a candidate for professional cleaning. Look for These Symptoms Clogs of dust, cobwebs, and debris, or noticeable particles blowing out of supply registers.
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Tips For Cleaning Baby Toys

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You Rule Chores – 2.49 by Opposite Inc This app is designed to help you manage a household with children. It aims to motivate the kids to help with the housework by making it into a game. The parent takes on the role of referee, while the kids choose avatars to represent themselves in the digital world. The referee is able to set rewards and assign costs to them. The cost of any reward will be specified in terms of gold coins, which are earned through the app by completing chores around the house. When your child has earned enough coins, they can trade them in for the reward of their choice.

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Stop to consider for a moment all of the less than pleasant places that a baby’s hands find their way into on a daily basis – floors, pets, soiled diapers and many others that are just seething with bacteria and germs. Chances are that wherever your child goes a toy is usually within feet of them and the scenario goes baby’s dirty hands to toy, toy to baby’s mouth. The first step for cleaning baby toys is to at least try to keep one specific area such as a single room where you child plays as germ-free as is possible. On top of this vacuum and mop floors frequently because it stands to reason if the flooring is tidy there is much less risk of germs being transferred to toys that are laid upon them. Assemble a few basic items that will become fixtures of your baby toy cleaning kit – baking soda, a few brushes of various sizes, a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar, a bottle of antibacterial hand soap and a tube of ordinary toothpaste. The general idea in cleaning baby toys is to keep the cleaning agents as basic as possible, avoiding strong cleaners that may leave a harmful residue. Remember, chances are the toys will be back in baby’s mouth again in the not too distant future following cleaning. For stuffed animals start by vacuuming the fur and then sprinkling baking soda on them and allowing the toy to sit for an hour or so to absorb any dirt, followed by a good brushing. When stuffed animals begin to look nasty wash the fur in antibacterial hand soap carefully without soaking the stuffing and allow them to air dry.
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Work out a rough budget that you would be willing to spend on a good cleaning company, then use price comparison sites or direct quotes form companies to narrow down the field to a list of on price contenders. As with any other service, cleaning companies advertising prices that seem too good to be true will probably turn out to provide a sub-standard service or add hidden charges to the final bill. Still, include one or two of these companies in your final shortlist, as disreputable firms will be wheedled out at a later stage. Your final shortlist should contain examples of companies offering quotes that are under budget, on budget, and perhaps one or two that are slightly over budget. This will give you a good basis for comparison. Services Included The next thing to do is to consider what services are offered as standard by each company. This information may be freely available on the cleaning companys website (which is always a good sign), or it may be included in the quote. If a breakdown of services offered is not forthcoming, be sure to contact the company directly and ask for this.
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Methods parent company, Ecover, has just announced that it will be introducing a new ingredient, synthetic biology-derived algal oil, into its products. Method has indicated that it will follow the same route. This oil will be produced with new, virtually unregulated, unassessed experimental extreme genetic techniques. The synthetic biology-derived oil that Method and Ecover are supporting is far from natural. It is from highly novel bioengineered algae made in labs using synthetic DNA. Like many of the products of genetic engineering, it wont be labeled or subject to health and environmental assessment and oversight. The commercial use of synthetic biology poses significant threats to the earths biodiversity, could speed rainforest destruction by increasing demand for sugar, and harm sustainable farmers and poor communities across the world whose cultures and income depend on farmingtruly natural commodities such as coconut oil. We call on Method and Ecover to listen to your customers and commit to not use unregulated, unlabeled synthetic biology-derived ingredients in any of your products.

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Simple to treat and solves cleaning a cats ears without including harsh chemicals cleaning a cats ears treatment which is also not expensive and eliminates the requirement to visit the veterinarians most of the time Keeping the cats ears clean and having a look frequently is wise in order to control ear symptoms from flaring up. Ear ache pain is horrible for animals large or small just as it is for people When your precious pets are in misery from ear symptoms then they need YOU to do something to help the ear ache pain. cleaning a cats ears also can cause the cats ears itchy so if you discover that thecat is continually scratching the ears or pawing at them then help is needed Smelly ears, oozing ears, icky sticky debris or substance coming from the ears can all be helped with use of ear remedy {preferred|best|preferably|ideally| the kind which is all-natural For cleaning a cats ears, it is certain that caring for the ear problems right away is best for overallcat health and happiness.and will keep you away from the local area animal hospital Providing treatment at home works marvelously for cleaning a cats ears as long as it is taken care of at the first signs of ear problems Keep your pets ears free of aches Try the holistic remedy Discover today if youre having cat ear problems of any kind. Feline ears are extremely delicate caution when using ANY ear treatment unless it specifically states that is is safe for cats ear problems.
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Heres a handy chart comparing Vapor Fresh to other competitors: SPORTS SPRAY The sports cleaning spray helps to eliminate odors from sports gear such as pads, equipment and sneakers. It has no artificial fragrances, no chlorine, no ammonia, and its non-irritating/non-toxic. So whats the difference with this and Febreze? Heres what Raw Athletics has to say (they will do a better job of explaining than I will): Other sports cleaning sprays either use harsh ammonia or chlorine-based disinfectants to clean the sports equipment, or they simply use artificial fragrances to attempt to cover up the nasty odors. Unfortunately both of these options have drawbacks harsh disinfectants were not meant to come in contact with skin and typically cause some sort of skin discomfort when exposed, and artificial fragrances only mask the problem and wear off quickly.
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