Philips Tv Matches Your Lighting to the Picture

Philips' Elevation TV is the first to combine Philips 'Hue' internet-connected lightbulbs with 'Ambilight' technology, which projects light from the edge of a TV screen.

First launched in 2004, Ambilight is now designed to bathe the whole of your living room in corresponding light to that which is shown onscreen.

Philips claim the additional light already makes the TV screen appear wider, making the viewing experience "more immersive". The new set also allows compatible lights around the television to be added to the system by inputting their serial number. Lamps, overhead lighting and other light sources can echo the same lighting as around the TV, extending the experience to the entire room.

The feature can apparently reduce eye strain from watching TV in a darkened room. Pupils are forced to dilate or contract rapidly as the images on the screen change.

Filming on an iPhone: accessories review Life After Journey for ThatGame Company The Evil Within preview Ambilight in action, echoing the colours displayed on screen Individual Philips Hue lightbulbs can be purchased for other light fittings in the room, connecting wirelessly to its own ethernet-connected hub, and to each other.

Like the Elevation TV, they can be controlled from the a smartphone, and can change colour to match with the music you're playing at the time.

Whilst innovative, the Hue bulbs have been criticised for their price, starting at £179 for a three bulb starter pack and £50 per additional bulb.

The level of light emitted can be controlled via an Ambilighthue app available for Android and iOS based smart devices, with users able to set alarms for the lights to automatically turn on or off as you come home.

The new 60" model will be available for £2,800 in the UK from September.

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Is the Traditional Energy-saving Lamp Regulator Used for LED Circuit? Detailed Analysis of 11 Defect
Is the Traditional Energy-saving Lamp Regulator Used for LED Circuit? Detailed Analysis of 11 Defect
Can the controller of traditional energy-saving lamp act on LED circuit?There are many options for buying LED bulbs, but compatible led dimmers are difficult to choose. Many users will confidently say that it is OK to use the dimmer of traditional incandescent lamps. Now the most commonly seen on the market is thyristor dimmer, which is divided into DC and ac. it is very easy to use in incandescent lamps.After selecting the LED lamp with appropriate color temperature, lumen grade and beam angle, the dimming requirements are met. Different from the random dimming method of ordinary incandescent lamps, dimming LED bulbs with thyristors may be successful, but many problems will occur in most cases.Four conditions:The most common problem is that there is a buzzing beep or a strong stroboscopic. Ordinary incandescent lamps only need to adjust the voltage to adjust the light and shade, but it may not work for LED lamps. We have done experiments and the following four situations have occurred:1. It can't be opened at all. It doesn't light up at all!2. It can only be on at 100% illumination.3. It can work normally, but the buzzing sound is very loud.4. Stroboscopic occurs when it is adjusted to a certain brightness.Dimming principle:During the test, sometimes the LED can be used normally after it is dimmed to a certain limit. We judge that the reason why it doesn't light up is that the applied voltage of the dimmer is too small to reach the required voltage.The internal circuit of LED is much more complex than that of incandescent lamp. The real led dimmer is not only regulating voltage, but also has three principles:1. Wave width control dimming: digitize the square wave of the power supply and control the duty cycle of the square wave, so as to control the current.2. Constant current power supply regulation: the current can be easily adjusted by analog linear technology.3. Grouping control: group multiple LEDs and control them with a simple grouping device.Note the strobe:The reasons for the most stroboscopic cases are as follows: the adjustable resistor itself is not a very reliable component. Often, due to the entry of dust or the lax manufacturing process, there will be an instant jump fault when operating the adjustable resistor, and the light source will flash. Therefore, we need high-quality adjustable resistance, or use linear technology to regulate current rather than voltage.In fact, the internal driving function of LED itself can easily adjust the brightness and darkness, but most LED manufacturers remove this function to save costs. Whether the LED lamp can be dimmed is usually marked on the box. If there is no mark on the box, please use the dimming function with caution or use a special LED dimmer.Dimming will reduce life:A reminder is that dimming can easily reduce the life of the bulb. Why? Simply take a dimming method: we divide one second into 1000 parts, each part is 1 millisecond, and then make the LED light work for 7 milliseconds and turn off for 3 milliseconds through the control chip. In this way, it only works for 0.7 seconds in one second. However, due to the fast flashing interval, we can't feel its brightness flickering with our naked eyes, and we will only feel that its brightness has darkened, which is 0.7 times the original, This achieves the effect of dimming. Similarly, we can achieve 50% brightness, 32% brightness and any brightness. Blink in this way, it's strange not to break early!In order to avoid various problems, try not to use the physical dimming method for the smart bulb. Take out the mobile phone and open the app to adjust the light and shade.In fact, I still like to use the way of grouping device to control the brightness, which is simple, safe and easy to use. It can be easily done by touching the key switch or independent grouping switch. It is not necessary to fine tune the brightness from 0 to 100% perfectly in the home. It is OK to realize several levels of brightness adjustment, which can fully meet the needs.Analysis and retrieval of 11 disadvantages of LED wick:Compared with traditional incandescent lamps, led filament lamps have higher requirements for packaging. It is reported that at present, led filament lamps have very strict requirements for filament working voltage design, filament working current design, LED chip area and power, LED chip luminous angle, pin design, glass bulb sealing technology, etc. it can be seen that the manufacturing process of LED filament lamps is very complex, and there are certain requirements for the financial strength, supporting facilities and technology of manufacturers.In the production process, due to different processes, the requirements for materials are also different. In addition, in production, many equipment need to be transformed according to the performance characteristics of LED filament lamps, which also makes the manufacturers of relevant materials of LED filament lamps miserable. The defects in the bulb material also make the LED filament lamp easy to be damaged during transportation. The complex process and low yield make the LED filament lamp unable to obtain high praise from manufacturers and consumers.1. Difficult process, poor heat dissipation and easy damageAlthough led filament lamps have attracted much attention in the domestic market in the past two years, at present, the problems existing in the production of LED filament lamps can not be ignored: the manufacturing process is difficult, several different processes need to be integrated, and the yield is low; More than 8W led filament lamps are prone to heat dissipation problems; It is easy to be broken and damaged in the process of production and use.2. Structure, performance and price to be improvedDue to the relatively late entry of LED filament lamps into the market, the market-related sharp bubbles, tail bubbles and spherical bulbs are mainly "patch type". In addition, the filament lamps that entered the market in the early stage are far from consumers' expectations in terms of structure, performance and price, which makes consumers have some misunderstandings about led filament lamps. With the breakthrough of key technologies, the maturity of packaging technology and the improvement of bubble sealing technology, the luminous efficiency, finger display, service life and cost of LED filament lamps will be improved to a certain extent.At present, the LED filament lamp needs to be improved in too many places. It is like a newborn "premature baby". It is not very mature in all aspects, with high cost, complex production process and low production capacity. Therefore, we should improve the raw materials, led beads and manufacturing process in the future, so as to improve the production capacity of LED filament lamps, reduce losses and improve delivery efficiency.3. Low power and poor heat dissipation are obstaclesAffected by the production process, there are many problems in LED filament lamps, such as high cost and high damage rate during transportation due to the defects of bulb material. In addition, the heat dissipation of high wattage led filament lamps has also become an obstacle for LED filament lamps to enter ordinary people's homes.Problem 2: high priceAccording to the market survey, the average retail price of a 3W led filament lamp is about 28-30 yuan, which is much higher than that of LED bulb lamps and other lighting products with the same power, and several times higher than that of LED incandescent lamps with the same power. Therefore, many consumers are scared away by the price of LED filament lamps.At this stage, the market share of LED filament lamps is less than 10%. Nowadays, as a characteristic product, led filament lamp restores the luminous feeling of traditional tungsten filament lamp and is loved by many consumers. However, the high cost, low light efficiency and small application range of LED filament lamps are also the problems that lighting manufacturers must face and look directly at in the next stage.1. Supporting materials increase product costThe market prospect of LED filament lamp is very bright, but there are difficulties in the promotion of LED filament lamp at this stage, mainly due to its high cost and the lack of large wattage, which makes the application of LED filament lamp limited to the flower lamp market. In addition, the matching of raw materials also increases the cost, because there is no standard in the specification and shape of filament lamp, and its market volume is small, As a result, the supporting materials are basically customized, and the manufacturing cost remains high.2. The cost of LED filament is too highAmong all parts of LED filament lamp, the highest cost is led filament, mainly because of its complex production process and high cutting cost; The production efficiency is not high and the degree of automation is low, resulting in the cost. At present, the cost of 3-6w filament bulb can be controlled below 15 yuan, of which the cost of LED filament accounts for more than half.3. The packaging of LED filament lamp is exquisiteThe packaging of LED filament lamps is more exquisite. The light effects encapsulated by each enterprise are different. Led filament lamps still have certain limitations in power and heat dissipation, resulting in higher prices than ordinary LED light sources.Problem 3: small marketAt this stage, the power of the best-selling led filament lamp in the market is basically less than 10W, which shows that at this stage, the LED filament lamp is technically trapped in the problem of heat dissipation and can not achieve high power. It also shows that it can only cover a small section of the whole lighting product line and can not be widely promoted. Even if it plays the "nostalgic" brand, the LED filament lamp market is only a small market, It can't become the mainstream for the time being.1. Low consumer acceptanceWith the shrinking incandescent lamp and energy-saving lamp market, LED lighting products are slowly recognized by end consumers. However, at present, the market of LED filament lamps is still very limited. Due to the limited application and power of LED filament lamps, the acceptance of LED filament lamps by end consumers is not very high.In addition, consumers do not know enough about led filament lamps. Many people think it is just an improvement of ordinary incandescent lamps.2. The main demand comes from the projectAs LED filament lamps are mainly used in flower lamps, and their main demand comes from engineering lighting, general dealers will not mainly promote LED filament lamps. Even if a few businesses sell LED filament lamps, they won't have too much inventory.Problem 4: difficult to promoteEntering the terminal market, we can find that the LED filament lamp is not as hot as expected for two reasons:1、 Many stores do not promote filament lamps as key products, and consumers' awareness and acceptance of filament lamps are not high;2、 Compared with LED light source products such as bulb and sharp bulb, led filament lamp products have no qualitative change. On the contrary, the price is relatively high and it is difficult to go. Let alone replace the market position of LED bulb, energy-saving lamp and other products.Therefore, at present, the market advantage of LED filament lamp is not very obvious, and the market is basically waiting and trying.At present, the difficulty of pushing led filament lamps in the terminal market lies in:1、 Poor integration between traditional bubble sealing industry and LED packaging industry (concept and process integration);2、 It is not easy to reverse the concept of end consumers;3、 The acceptance of LED filament lamp products by society and government is not clear. In addition, the price of LED filament lamp is high, and consumers have not really distinguished the difference between LED filament lamp and incandescent lamp, which leads to the difficulty of LED filament lamp market promotion.1. Merchants are not active in promotionAt present, if led filament lamps want to achieve good performance in the market, they also need to strengthen publicity and innovation. The development of LED industry is increasingly fierce, and industry standards have been issued one after another, which has exacerbated the market development resistance of LED filament lamps. Especially at this stage, many consumers do not understand led filament lamps, and merchants are not active enough in promoting led filament lamps. Even most merchants are not very optimistic about their development prospects. In actual sales, customers usually see or ask, Businesses will push this product.2. High price makes promotion difficultAt present, it is difficult to promote LED filament lamps in the market. Because consumers do not know much about led filament lamps, the probability of purchase is very small. In addition, due to the impact of e-commerce, the transaction rate of LED in physical stores is lower. Some consumers pay more attention to the price when purchasing products. Therefore, there is still a long way to go for LED filament lamps to enter the families of ordinary consumers.3. Lack of new selling points of LED filament lampsAt present, led filament lamp is in the primary stage of promotion, and very few people know its advantages because of the appearance and original quality of the product
MVD Cracks Down on Fancy Lights
Following public complaints of illegal use of fancy lights and high-beam LED fittings on vehicles, the enforcement squad of the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD), in a series of inspections recently, found 485 instances in Kozhikode city.Squad members said the additional light fittings and alterations were mostly found on new models of motorbikes during their inspections on the national and State highways."We launched the special drive on March 19 noticing confidential complaints on the increase in the number of vehicles fitted with the high-beam lights and their role in causing flash blindness on highways. In the inspection, it was found true," said Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement) P.M. Shabeer. He said the drive would be continued with the support of five squads.₹1.25 lakh collectedWithin the last three weeks alone, the MVD squad collected ₹1.25 lakh as compounding fee from the violators. Most of the cases were tracked during the inspections carried out on the Ramanattukara-Vengalam stretch of the Kozhikode bypass road. The squads also removed the spot lights, customised LED lights and other ornamental light fittings on the vehicles on the spot.In the wake of noticing increasing incidents, the enforcement squad is also planing to secure a Lux Metre to scientifically measure the intensity of the lights and track more cases. As of now, they are mainly tracking vehicles with visibly altered lights and additional LED fittings.Also, the department has plans to increase the frequency of checking against road rule violations with the joining of the newly recruited Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors. Thus, the existing number of five squads will be increased to 12 in Kozhikode regional transport office limit alone."The additional lights can directly fall on the eyes of drivers in the opposite direction and instantly cause flash blindness. Many are yet to be aware of the big risk involved in such amateur practices," said Mr. Shabeer.
The Really Useful Column
Make a change from drab drapes with stunning shutters, If you fancy an alternative to curtains, consider shutters. Traditionally, wooden shutters have been expensive and thus out of most people's reach. Liberty Shutters, the brainchild of Peter Wellings, has created a range made of low-cost polywood, which, although a form of plastic, is almost impossible to tell apart from wood. These shutters have the distinct advantage of being easier to maintain and are about half the price of wooden blinds at £160 a square metre. They also come in 3,000 different colours (matched to any swatch you produce). The good news for allergy sufferers is that they trap far less dust than curtains. For information on stockists and sizes, call Peter Wellings or Nathan Clarke on 01273 888233 or visit www.libertyshutters.co.uk.SILVER SERVICE If you have always dreamed of commissioning something in gold or silver but don't know where to start, visit The Goldsmiths' Company's new online directory at www.whoswhoingoldandsilver.com. Whether you want to design a whole set of cutlery or just a salt pot, the easy-to-use directory will guide you to the best person for the job by outlining each designer's background and giving examples of their work and contact details. Prices start from £100.ALL THAT GLITTERS I am always surprised by how difficult it is to find good-quality reproduction period light fittings. The ranges on offer seem very limited. So I was delighted to discover Dernier and Hamlyn, designer and manufacturer of reproduction lighting since 1888. It doesn't just produce standard chandeliers, it has seven collections - including Georgian, Adam, Pugin and Lutyens - all with period detail. Fittings can be modified to the buyer's requirements. The company claims to offer one of the widest and most comprehensive ranges of quality reproduction lighting on the market. Dernier and Hamlyn also offers a restoration and chandelier cleaning service and has an excellent website at www. dernierhamlyn.com. Dernier and Hamlyn, 3 Egerton Terrace, SW3 (020 7225 5030).BARGAIN OF THE WEEK Discount shopping is big news (Matalan is one of the fastest growing stores in the UK at the moment) and bargain hunters should consider a trip to a BAA McArthurGlen shop, part of Europe's largest chain of designer outlet centres. As with many discount outlets, you have to travel outside London to enjoy low prices, but if you are prepared to make a trip to Ashford, Swindon or York (all easily accessible by train), you can take advantage of their huge homeware departments that sell popular brands at a fraction of their original cost. Look out for Liberty, Wedgwood, Dartington Crystal, Edinburgh Crystal, Tefal, Rowenta, Whittard of Chelsea and more famous names. Call 0800 316 4352 first to check what's available or see www.mcarthurglen.com.GOING GREEK Classical statuary - urns, columns, busts - has the ability to add a touch of elegance to almost any interior. Elinor Wynne Lloyd is one of the few people in London dealing exclusively in top-quality bronze and marble reproduction pieces.Made in Greece and only sold in the UK through Wynne Lloyd, the hand-picked range includes statues, vases and relief panels. Prices start from just £24 and reach £1,800 for a top-of-the-range piece. The quality is high and Oxford classicist Wynne Lloyd is an expert in her subject. To view the stock, call 0845 330 3864 or visit www.itsallgreek.co.uk.REALLY USEFUL NUMBERS The London Tradesmen's Directory on 0906 780 8888 (premium line) is a list of recommended and reliable London-based workmen from all trades. All you pay is the price of the telephone call (about £2). It even offers a competitively priced emergency callout service for plumbing problems, storm damage, lock-outs, break-ins and vandalism. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note: some mobile and office lines bar premium-rate calls.Do you know of any people, places or services that should be featured in The Really Useful Column? If so, e-mail me at and I'll investigate.
Top Tips to Cut Your Winter Power Bill
As winter properly sets in, you've likely found yourself with a growing power bill.Last year, the average Kiwi household spent $2101 on power, about $160 per month.So with shorter days requiring lights on earlier and colder nights enticing us to switch on heaters and electric blankets, how can you keep your power usage down?We spoke to Vanessa Willats, product manager for Partner Eco for Schneider Electric New Zealand, and got six smart tips for reducing your usage plus found out how much you'll save with each tip.Shorter winter days mean we're switching on lights earlier and using more power. You can mitigate your electricity use by changing light bulbs to LEDs. They're a greener option and are also more energy efficient, using up to 80 per cent less energy and lasting 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.LEDs are available to suit in a range of shapes and sizes, from down lights to floodlights. Switching your light fittings to dimmable LEDs not only saves you power, but their long life makes for easy maintenance.Vanessa recommends using warm white in living areas to give them a cosy feel, and cool white in other areas like bathrooms and kitchens where a crisper light is required.Savings • Switching to energy-efficient lighting could halve your household lighting costs • According to Energy.gov, replacing your home's five most frequently used light bulbs with models that have earned the energy star can save up to $75 a year.It's easy to do but we often forget to turn off our light switches and appliances at the wall when we're not using them.Many household appliances, especially entertainment systems and tech devices, still chew up energy even when they're on standby mode. You can save yourself some cash by unplugging all of your appliances or using a multi-plug board so all appliances can be turned off properly at the same time when you're finished with them - including the kids' Xbox.Savings • According to Energy Wise appliances left on standby can cost you more than $100 a year on your power bills.Homes waste a lot of power through unnecessary heating. A programmable timer can help keep losses to a minimum by letting the temperature in your home stay at the right level to suit you.You can use a timer to set the air conditioning (heating) to "off" during the day, when the house is empty, and programme it to turn on shortly before you're due home. This means you're coming home to a warm, cosy house. You can also do the same with your towel rail.Savings • According to Energy Wise if you have your towel rail on for four hours a day rather than all the time you could save $130 a year.Cutting down your power consumption can be difficult if you don't know where you're using the most electricity.There is a range of products available that help you monitor your electricity consumption around the clock via an online app.For example, a PDL product called Ecomind allows you to keep track of your electricity consumption, analyse your usage and learn how to save energy. It's also a great way to teach kids about saving power.With winter's cold chill, it's hard to resist the comfort of a natural gas heater or reverse cycle air-conditioner. But the reality is these appliances can have a significant impact on your energy bill, especially when they're not properly maintained.When filters have a build-up of dust, efficiency is impaired leading to higher costs. Ensure your household heating is always running at its optimum by cleaning the filter once a week. Better still, put a reminder in your phone so you can set and forget.It's also a good idea to regularly check your fridge, freezer and oven seals to make sure you're not using additional energy due to a leak.Maintaining your power outlets and switches will also save you money. Damaged home electricals can not only use excess energy but are a potential safety concern because they contain live wires. Not only will this help you save on your energy bill but it will prolong the lifetime of your appliances.When it's frosty outside, a long, hot shower can be difficult to resist. But research shows hot water accounts for 21 per cent of all energy used in the home.Keeping shower lengths to a minimum, ideally two minutes, is a quick and easy way to downsize your bill.Vanessa's tip for kids: Make it a game for the kids by having a suctioned plastic hour glass on the wall. Whoever showers fastest wins!Savings • According to Energy Wise a 15 minute shower costs around $1, a 5 minute shower around 33c. That means a family of four could be saving around $18 a week, or $900 a year, just by taking shorter showers.
Deborah Telford: Effortlessly Elegant Family
By Deborah Telford You could be forgiven for thinking the stylish makeover of this Freemans Bay house involved professional input from an architect and interior designer. But Jo Urlich can claim much credit for transforming the Wood St property from a rundown rental into an effortlessly elegant family home, which boasts light and a surprising amount of space. Jo and her husband bought the two-storey 1890 villa five years ago after selling a smaller house in Vermont St, Ponsonby. "We'd looked at a few houses but none of them had a decent view. Our Vermont St house had a nice westerly outlook so we wanted something similar," says Jo. This property's striking city views and central location - Wood St runs off the lower end of College Hill and is less than two kilometres from Queen St - sold Jo the first time she saw it. She could also see past the home's altered interior and scruffy garden, which included fake stones, a water feature and "a sea of uneven red bricks". "The house was in horrendous condition. Somebody had certainly had a few goes at it."Working with an architectural draftsman, Jo began a six-month renovation of the house within about 12 months of moving into it five years ago. The couple and their son, Raphael, who's now 7, moved out of the house during the renovation while Jo was pregnant with their daughter, Luella, who is now 4. The project involved reconfiguring the internal layout of the main downstairs level, including pushing out one wall to the west to create more living space and increasing the size of the upstairs level by about a third. "The house has such a great aspect that we wanted to make the most of the sun by creating a larger living area that would flow out to the garden. This space is brilliant and we use it all of the time." The renovation also added a second bathroom, a separate toilet, new decking, a loggia off the living room and included repiling, rewiring, carpeting and painting. "Pretty much nothing was left untouched." More recently they have installed a heated, mineral pool in the north-facing back garden and changed some windows in the house, which still has beautiful, original leadlights. Walking past a single garage and off-street parking space, you enter the house on its ground level. A small hallway leads through to a semi open-plan dining room, family room and kitchen with the street-facing, formal lounge opening off here. This east-facing room catches the morning light and has great views of the city skyline, especially from its window seat. Jo's sense of style is evident in the beautiful light fittings and finishings she has chosen, including Spanish wood-look porcelain ceramic herring bone-patterned flooring in the living area. The pristine kitchen includes a striking antiqued-mirror splash back behind generous bench space. Beyond the kitchen, an existing west wing has been converted into a guest bedroom which overlooks the pool, a separate laundry, an office and the main bathroom. Stairs off the hallway lead up to three bedrooms on the upper level including the master and en suite. This level includes a separate toilet and the bedrooms have views to the city or back towards Ponsonby. "It's a great house with lots of space for everyone. I love the sun, so it's nice to always have a sunny spot to sit in." The fully fenced garden is quiet and private so the property does not seem close to the city. The family has loved having friendly neighbours, and being able to walk to Ponsonby, the central city and great local parks and facilities including nearby Costley Reserve and the Westhaven boardwalk where the kids ride bikes and scooters. The new plan is to leave Auckland.On the web link
MVD Cracks Down on Fancy Lights - the Hindu
Following public complaints of illegal use of fancy lights and high-beam LED fittings on vehicles, the enforcement squad of the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD), in a series of inspections recently, found 485 instances in Kozhikode city.Squad members said the additional light fittings and alterations were mostly found on new models of motorbikes during their inspections on the national and State highways."We launched the special drive on March 19 noticing confidential complaints on the increase in the number of vehicles fitted with the high-beam lights and their role in causing flash blindness on highways. In the inspection, it was found true," said Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement) P.M. Shabeer. He said the drive would be continued with the support of five squads.₹1.25 lakh collectedWithin the last three weeks alone, the MVD squad collected ₹1.25 lakh as compounding fee from the violators. Most of the cases were tracked during the inspections carried out on the Ramanattukara-Vengalam stretch of the Kozhikode bypass road. The squads also removed the spot lights, customised LED lights and other ornamental light fittings on the vehicles on the spot.In the wake of noticing increasing incidents, the enforcement squad is also planing to secure a Lux Metre to scientifically measure the intensity of the lights and track more cases. As of now, they are mainly tracking vehicles with visibly altered lights and additional LED fittings.Also, the department has plans to increase the frequency of checking against road rule violations with the joining of the newly recruited Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors. Thus, the existing number of five squads will be increased to 12 in Kozhikode regional transport office limit alone."The additional lights can directly fall on the eyes of drivers in the opposite direction and instantly cause flash blindness. Many are yet to be aware of the big risk involved in such amateur practices," said Mr. Shabeer.
Lipstick to Cosmetics Factory Processing Plant, Let Your Mouthbleast Is More Healthy
Lipstick to Cosmetics Factory Processing Plant, Let Your Mouthbleast Is More Healthy
IT'S an ongoing debate amongstwomen far and wide: is it really worth splurging on luxury make-up?With the news this week thatone in three women are putting make-up ahead of household bills, we have brought in make-up artist Sophie Fleur Thorp to partake in a blind testso that we canreach some kind of a conclusion...Cheap ThrillsMiss Sporty Mission Correction Multi-Action Foundation in Medium, £2.99MUA Blusher in Cupcake, £1Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Mulberry, £2.99MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner in Starry Night, £1Collection Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara in Black, £2.99Total: £10.97The Verdict“The three-in-one foundation concealer is quite disappointing. The texture is too thick, yet it doesn’t conceal imperfections and, instead of highlighting the skin, it leaves it looking matte. I struggled to build this up to hide problem areas without it looking caked on, so I’d recommend using a separate product to blur or hide any blemishes. The mascara is OK, although it doesn’t offer anything special and needs to be layered up to really get the volume and length I desire. The real winners are the liquid lipstick – it doesn’t budge and the pigments are vibrant – and the blusher, which delivers intense colour with a subtle shimmer. The eyeliner is also great. For a kohl pencil, it went on smoothly, with little pressure or pulling, and I was able to build it up and blend it out to create a glittery, smoky eye.”Mid-range MagicMax Factor Miracle Match Foundation Blur & Nourish in Caramel, £12.99Gosh Natural Blush in Electric Pink, £7.99Sleek Makeup Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette, £9.99Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 005, £4.99Soap & Glory Supercat Easy Precision Black Ink Eyeliner, £6Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara in Radiant Black, £9.99Total: £51.95The Verdict“I love that I can build up the foundation to disguise imperfections without needing a separate concealer. And the highlighting palette is going straight into my kit! The cream and powder combo is great, as you can mix them together to intensify the glow, plus it also doubles up as a shimmery eyeshadow. The mascara gave my lashes amazing volume and comes with a handy mirror – great for on the go. The lipstick is also impressive as it has the perfect balance of strong pigments and moisture, making it last all day. I wasn’t keen on the eyeliner, though. It took ages to dry, and left smudges and an imprint every time I blinked.”Super SplurgeYSL Touche Éclat Le Teint in BD60, £32.50Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Neutral, £17.50Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush in Plush Petal, £29Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Colour Stick in Headliner, £24Nars Unrestricted Matte Eyeliner Stylo in Black, £21Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara in Black Vinyl, £25Total: £149The Verdict“Although this foundation didn’t make the same promises of concealing and highlighting as the other two did, it offered both and then some.My skin felt smooth, hydrated and illuminated – and there was little need for concealer. The blush palette offers a gradient of colour, meaning that you can both highlight and blush in one sweep. However, the shade was too light and blurred into the highlighter, so didn’t give the result I wanted. I wasn’t keen on the bullet shape of the lipstick – I prefer a hard edge, so you can get a clean line along your pout. The eyeliner went on well and dried immediately, and I was blown away by the mascara! After two swipes, I had full lashes without any hard work or layering.”Sophie’s best of the bunch YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint in BD60, £32.50Sleek Makeup Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette, £9.99Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 005, £4.99MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner in Starry Night, £1Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara in Black Vinyl, £25 The Overall Verdict“This test goes to show that you can mix and match high-end and high-street brands to create the perfect make-up bag – for your pocket and your face!”Now that you've got your dream kit sorted, try these tips to help you get your face ready in just fives minutes.Stockists: Bourjois (Boots.com), Charlotte Tilbury (Selfridges.com), Collection (Superdrug.com), Estée Lauder (Selfridges.com), Gosh (Superdrug.com), Marc Jacobs (Harrods.com), Max Factor (Boots.com), Miss Sporty (Superdrug.com), MUA (Superdrug.com), Mars (Narscosmetics.co.uk), Rimmel London (Boots.com), Sleek Makeup (Sleekmakeup.com), Soap & Glory (Boots.com), Urban Decay (Debenhams.com), YSL (Yslbeauty.co.uk)
Is the Used Car Dealer I Bought My Car From Liable at All Since My Airbags Did Not Deploy?
Is the Used Car Dealer I Bought My Car From Liable at All Since My Airbags Did Not Deploy?
Is the used car dealer I bought my car from liable at all since my airbags did not deploy?Air bags know when to deploy. They are pretty smart— — — — — —WHAT SPEED SHOULD CAR AIR BAGS GO OFF AT?They do not explode on the basis of speed. They do go off on the basis of vibration, via a shock sensing system. You could be stopped, and if someone hits you on the back at a high speed, sufficiently strong, then the bags will go off on your face.They are primary targets for decapitation).— — — — — —can i be sued for not letting my car buyer know that the air bags didnt work?Used cars are usually sold "as is". However, there is laws in most states that you have to give money back within a few days, if they want it. This is state law, so it's different everywhere.— — — — — —does a 1978 pontiac firebird have air bags? if not is there a way that i could install some?I had a 1976 and I am 6'3" there is plenty of leg room. No they did not have air bags. There are no retrofit kits to add them. A custom installation would cost more than the car is worth. Get it and have fun— — — — — —I was hit front and back of my car and my airbags didn't deploy?Air bags are designed to deploy when you vehicle is going over a certain speed. I certainly doubt you will be able to sue— — — — — —What's the best car for someone to get as a "first car"?smothing with a full compliment of air bags all around— — — — — —Air Bag to Glove Compartment?Bad idea. replace the air bag. If it's wreck again and the passenger is hurt, it's on you— — — — — —Should i keep a vehicle that been in an accident several times n air bags deployed?I agree with the redneck lol. but if it was me... i wouldnt keep it— — — — — —" How long are air bags supposed to last?"?There's no way anyone here can tell you for sure what the problem is with the information provided, but all of the new body style Volkswagens, including the Touaregs, have recently had many faults relating to the side airbags in the front seats. Most of these faults are fixed by simply bypassing the side airbag connector located under the seat with wire overlays. However, it could be any number of other things, crash sensors, seat belt latches, the passenger occupant detection system, the list goes on. I would get it checked out though as soon as you can, because in the event of an accident, the airbag system may not work as designed— — — — — —how do air bags in cars help to reduce the force of impact on passengers in car accidents?The airbags absorb the blow of impact, slowing you down much more gently than the windshield. The airbags inflates, then deflates as your face and head are pushed against it, dissipating much of the momentum and lowering the over all force exerted on your head— — — — — —1994 Mer. GM Air bag light blinks on and off. Can air bags deploy without collision? Why does it blink?Have it checked by the dealer. Do not screw around with safety items .— — — — — —had a car accident the air bags didnt come off, should i sue the car company?YEs dude call them rtell them what happen get your inshurence involved with this ad Bam ur gonna get allot of money out of this— — — — — —I was in a car accident and my air bags didn't deploy. I'm was driving a 96 Sunfire? Do I have law suit ?Sure. Anyone can sue anyone. Have fun paying the legal fees— — — — — —Do air bags really protect you all that much?If you are in US. then you should have an airbag in your car. Its a rule— — — — — —can we sue for the air bags not deploying by hiting a tree head on?My opinion is that since the tree was uprooted , the vehicle did not experience a severe nough stop for the air bag to deploy.— — — — — —If a car gets hit by lightning, will the air bags be activated?Yes it can and this has happened many times, that airbag can pop right out if the car gets hit by lightning
How Does Money Laundering Work?
How Does Money Laundering Work?
How does money laundering work?Here's how it works: The problem with money generated from crime- especially large scale organised crime- is that you need to have some explanation as to where the money is coming from, otherwise you will raise suspicion with the authorities. Money laundering is the process of disguising this illegally obtained money as legitimate profits, which you can then use without attracting attention. The most common way to do this is for criminals to own some kind of legitimate business, normally called a "front". They can then disguise their illegal money as profits obtained by this business. For example, suppose you owned a nightclub and charged entry to get in. In a typical night, perhaps you get 200 patrons. A money launderer might instead record that they had 400 patrons per night, and enter their illegally obtained money as entry fees for the 200 fake customers. They can now say they obtained the money legitimately as part of their business. Obviously, this is entirely illegal, and many organised criminals are brought down by money laundering and related charges, rather than for their other crimes. As such, you have to be very careful when doing. Good money-laundering operations use fronts that do not use up too many physical resources, so it's hard to confirm how much of its business is legit.— — — — — —Money laundering: how banks stay one step ahead of criminal activityMoney laundering is a technique used by criminals-from mobsters, drug traffickers, terrorists, to corrupt politicians-in order to cover their financial tracks after illegally obtaining money. It's well-known that money laundering can often involve foreign banks and legitimate businesses-so how do banks actively prevent money laundering from happening? The answer? Anti-money laundering. Anti-money laundering is a way for banks and other financial institutions to detect suspicious activity. By doing so, they help prevent criminal profits from becoming camouflaged and integrated into the financial system. Here's the lowdown on the techniques banks use to fight back against criminal financial activity. Money laundering is a process that disguises the source of criminal money in order to make it appear legal. Since 1990, money laundering itself has been a crime-and it's easy to see why. Money laundering is big business, with an estimated €740 billion to €2 trillion laundered each year. That's an eye-watering 2% to 5% of the global economy. In the EU alone, €197.2 billion is laundered each year. Profits gained from criminal activity is often known as "dirty" money, because it links directly to the crime and can be traced. In particular, lugging around physical cash-think dodgy deals and briefcases filled with bank notes-is far from logistical. Criminals need to "clean" the money, so that it can appear legal and be used for investments without fear of being caught. That's what money laundering is-"washing" dirty money to make it clean. Money laundering typically follows a basic three-step process. The first step is placement-this is the point where dirty money first enters the financial system. Layering then hides the source of the money using various bookkeeping tricks. And once the source of the money has been successfully disguised, comes the last step-integration, when clean money can be withdrawn or invested. Money laundering techniques vary in complexity. The most common method is to process dirty money through another cash-based business. Many criminal organizations own multiple "front organizations," from restaurants to casinos. Legitimate profits from these businesses mix with criminal money, hiding the source. Breaking Bad fans will remember Walter White purchasing the A1A Car Wash to launder the money that he made from his drug business. Another technique is called structuring, which is the act of dividing large sums of money into smaller amounts and spreading them across multiple accounts. Anti-money laundering policy in the EU means that transactions of €10,000 and higher are investigated. Structuring bypasses this by depositing multiple smaller amounts that appear less suspicious. Other techniques used by money launderers include: • None Currency exchanges where dirty money is exchanged by foreign currency providers. The provider may be unaware of the money's origin, or that the cash-based business is a front organization. • None Real estate purchases allow criminals to transform their money into houses and business property, which can later be sold. • None The art industry has also been targeted for money laundering, due to its levels of secrecy and the potential for high-value items. In 1989, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was created to combat money laundering. The FATF organization sets the framework for anti-money laundering (AML) policies, and supervises countries to make sure that they comply. Individual countries also have their own supervisory schemes that oversee national institutions. Globally, the UN, World Bank and International Monetary Fund all have AML schemes in place. Anti-money laundering is a framework for putting best practices into action in order to detect suspicious activity. The easier it is for criminals to spend illegal money undetected, the more likely they are to commit crimes in the future. As a result, AML regulations make "obligated entities" be aware of red flags to watch out for, and makes sure that such institutions proactively monitor their clients' activities. But who exactly are the "obligated entities?" Obligated entities refers to institutions that encounter financial transactions, which could be targeted by money launderers. These include banks, payment processors, and gaming or gambling businesses. In the EU, the European Banking Authority sets guidelines and regulations on supervision. Anti-money laundering supervisors then monitor each individual institution to see how effectively they carry out their AML tasks. Institutions have to comply with customer due diligence. The Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) is a EU-wide law that provides a framework for institutions across Europe. Transactions between "high risk" countries and transaction amounts of €10,000 or more are carefully monitored. Suspicious activity is then reported. As the foundation of the financial system, banks need a sharp eye to spot suspicious behavior. Like all institutions, banking AML policies are shaped by the framework set by the FATF. Frontline employees are trained in anti-money laundering techniques and are legally required to report suspicious activity. Banks may hire employees whose purpose is to boost anti-money laundering practices. These security experts are known as AML compliance officers. In addition, AML banking is supported by three key factors: identity checks, AML holding periods, and AML transaction monitoring software. Specific institutions, such as banks, are required to follow Know Your Customer (KYC) processes. These are the steps that banks must take to verify the identity of their customers. Although anti-money laundering policies provide the framework, individual banks are responsible for their own customers, and it's their responsibility to flag high risk transactions. So what do banks verify? Know Your Customer policies require banks to verify the customer's name, date of birth, address, and occasionally additional information, such as occupation. Banks typically ask customers to verify their identity with ID documents when opening an account. More recently, banks are using biometric identification, such as face or voice recognition, and fingerprint scans. Another tactic to help prevent money laundering is the AML holding period. This is a policy where deposits must stay in an account for a minimum of five trading days. Slowing down the process assists with anti-money laundering measures, and allows more time for risk assessments to take place. Many banks have millions of customers, and oversee millions of transactions. With such a high volume, it's impossible to manually monitor every single transaction. That's where AML transaction monitoring software comes in-this technology allows banks and other financial institutions to monitor transactions on a daily or real-time basis. Such software combines different sources of information, such as the account holder's history, risk-assessment, and the details of individual transactions such as the total sum of the money, countries involved, and the nature of purchase. Transactions can include cash deposits, wire transfers, and withdrawals. When a transaction is deemed to be high risk, it's flagged by the system as suspicious activity.
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