Why Households In Hong Kong Need To Understand The Importance Of Filters


The process of filtration makes use of filter media to ensure that municipalities are provided with clean and safe drinking water that will comply with all state regulations. Filter media is also effective at removing pollutants from storm water in the form of suspended solids and phosphorus. Sand is one of the most common types of filter media used but there are other organic materials like wood chips and leaf molds that are also effective.

In Hong Kong, it was found out that in three more public housing estates there is an excessive level of lead in their tap water. It was estimated that more than 4,500 new families will be affected which raises the affected areas to seven.
Of the four main contractors who are responsible for plumbing across these estates, China State Construction Engineering and Shui On Building Contractors have agreed with the Housing Authority to put NSF 53 certified water filters for each of the households affected. However, this is only a temporary solution to put the minds of the residents at ease.

NSF 53 certified water filters for lead reduction are tested to ensure that they can actually reduce the level of lead from 0.15mg/L to 0.010mg/L or lower. The filters are also tested beyond the manufacturer’s recommended assurance to ensure that they will function effectively. Most of the water filters that have been certified by NSF for lead reduction are made from a combination of activated carbon and special metal absorbents. The filters have the ability to treat particles of lead in water through their pores that are too tiny to allow the lead particles to pass through.

If a consumer makes use of a water filter that has not been certified by NSF, it means they have confidence on the claims of the manufacturer. However, they have no way of verifying whether the claims are accurate. If the water filter is certified by NSF, the consumer is provided with the assurance that the product was tested through a credible organization. However, no matter what type of filter is used by a consumer, it is important to be replaced on a regular basis according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Zion Harvey Becomes The First Child Recipient Of A Double Hand Transplant

Every day, there are different operations undertaken by surgeons and one of this is eye surgery through the premier facilities at LaserEyeSurgeryGlasgow. As most people would emphasize, it is very important to take care of one’s body. However, there are uncontrollable instances that happen to people that would place their health at risk.

As just recently published, an 8 year old boy became the first child in the entire world to undergo a bilateral hand transplant. The operating procedure was spearheaded by the surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was assisted by their colleagues at Penn Medicine.

Training for the surgery

The surgery was a successful one and was the result of years of training which was also reinforced by months of preparation and planning for the specific surgery. The director of the Hand Transplantation Program at Philadelphia emphasized that the operation would not have been successful without the presence of such a remarkable team.

Four years ago, the Penn team operated their first ever hand transplant on an adult. This gave them ample experience as a foundation to plan and prepare the next complex procedure to a child.

The patient

The patient who undergone transplantation was an 8 year old boy, Zion Harvey, he had received a transplant for his kidney and both his feet and hands were amputated several years ago after he suffered infection.

Initially, the boy was just seen at the Children’s hospital as one of the patients in its pediatric orthopedic care. After sometime, he was identified as a viable patient to undergo the first pediatric hand transplant.

The chief of staff at the said institution, Dr. Scott H. Kozin, said that the collaborative effort between both institutions was a major key in assembling the team and organizing the players who will be orchestrating such a very demanding and complex surgical procedure that had never been performed before on a child.

Zion underwent comprehensive assessments before he received the positive news that he could undergo a bilateral hand transplant. It was the kidney transplant that he received earlier which made him a possible candidate for the complicated surgery. Doctors conceded that as he had already been into a major operation, this meant that he was already taking in immunosuppressant medication in order to prevent the rejection of the transplanted organ.

Fighting Against The Evil In The Middle East


Boilers are closed vessels where water and other fluids are heated. When placed inside the boiler, the fluid will not necessarily boil. The vaporized or heated fluid exits the boiler and is used in different applications or processes which includes central heating, cooking, sanitation, water heating and power generation.
In different countries and regions around the globe, boilers are used in unique applications. Even in Syria, a war torn country, these machineries are also used by manufacturing plants and power energy generating plants. In Syria, peoples’ lives have been disrupted by the ongoing battle against ISIS power. Several troops from the West have joined the Kurdish Militia fighters in hopes of winning against the evil in the place. Today, several Kurdish Militia fighters are now recruiting Western fighters to fight for their cause.

Fight against ISIS
According to one Westerner who joined forces with Kurdish Militia in fighting against ISIS, the fighting has been very heavy in the last few weeks. The group of Western fighters is known as the YPG or the Lions of Rojava. In their Facebook page, they posted that they plan in sending these ISIS terrorists to hell and are fighting the good cause in order to save humanity.

The Westerner, known as Rose, stated that the Kurdish militants are fighting to stay and defend their land and people. There are also women who fight and that they are just people who want to live peacefully in their land.

Rose is a Bronx native and has hated terrorists since the attack on the World Trade Center by commandos from the Al Qaeda unit. Though he wanted to serve in the US military, he could not do so because he already has full custody of his son. But his passion in fighting terrorists never really dwindled and so he joined the Kurdish Militia.

The American said that ISIS has always been updated in posting their cruel activities through social media like burnings, beheadings, mass killings and stoning of young and innocent people. Because of these things that he reads and watches in the internet, he was inspired to fight against the group.

Salinda Phu Quoc Island Resort & Spa Opens To Travel Enthusiasts


When it comes to vacation rentals in Thailand, many options can be considered just by reading out online reviews done by the most popular and trusted travel sites. There are numerous islands in Thailand that may be considered as the main attractions of the country. A few of which are Ko Phi Phi, a small archipelago in the province of Krabi; Ko Chang, the third largest island in Thailand; and islands in the province of Phuket.

An addition to the island resorts that serve as the treasure of tourism in the kingdom of Thailand is one that recently opened – Salinda Phu Quoc Island Resort & Spa. It is considered to be the very first luxury resort in the island of Phu Quoc, located in the Gulf of Thailand, about ten minutes away from the international airport and a fairly short flight away from Saigon and Hanoi.

The place is said to present to tourists an ultra-contemporary architecture – a style that is defined by experts as constantly changing or not being limited to a specific style. The 121 deluxe rooms and villas featured in the island are said to represent strongly the concept of innovation and local traditions at the same time. Additionally, special presidential suites are also available.

What tourists usually look forward to experiencing are said to be offered by the island resort. Beautiful garden and ocean views, as well as a balcony to view all these from are said to be part of every room.
Asian countries had always been known by westerners for their traditional ritual healings. The other treasure of the island resort is the Salinda Spa, managed by the Guru Spa Thailand – one of the best known to offer treatments by herbal and holistic remedies deeply rooted in Thai and Viet philosophies.

When it comes to food, Thailand is widely known to offer one of the best rich varieties of flavors in the whole of Southeast Asia. It is for this reason that most western countries nowadays have Thai restaurants all over that are generally enjoyed by the locals. In the Salinda Phu Quoc Island Resort & Spa, the Salinda Restaurant, an open kitchen style, apart from serving the most favored dishes of Thailand, also offers a selection of contemporary international cuisine.

A Webpage That Archives Anti-Semitism Testimonials On US Campuses


Websites and web pages Perth are useful tools for information. In fact, websites and the Internet as a whole; has become one of the biggest sources of information in this digital age. The internet can provide a person with useful information without having to physically go to a library and undergo a long search for references. Unfortunately, even with the necessity that the Internet provides, it can also be used the wrong way such as spreading hate and unrighteous concepts such as racism.

Racism is truly alive in the world and Jews are probably one of the biggest cultures that have become victims of racism. The conflict in the West Bank and the Gaza has also not helped in the situation.

Last 2014, the Anti-Defamation League has observed and noted the largest buildup of Anti-Semitism in the US in the last decade and has reported at least 912 incidents concerning anti-Semitism. In fact, 2014 had been a very violent year for Jews who are not only staying overseas but within the US as well.

The increasing numbers of activists who are calling for the end of the occupation in the West Bank and Gaza have also meant a rise in the number of people who are against Jews.

There is now currently a webpage that archives the anti-Semitism testimonies of Jewish American students. A student from the University of Washington had shared how some people had branded him as toxic and worthy of their dislike. This happened after he wore a Star of David around his neck.

Another student had also shared how he fears how he cannot discuss Judaism without taunts being thrown at him. There are also some Jewish students who have been victims of violence. There is also a student from Florida who had shared how for the first time in his life, he now understand what it means to stare racism right at the eye.

All of these testimonies have been recorded and archived in the AMCHA Initiative’s webpage, gathering the anti-Semitic experiences of more than one hundred Jewish students in the past year in order to spread awareness.

Loneliness Increases Chances Of Early Death


Batman has Robin while Han Solo has Chewbacca. The partners do not only save each other’s lives in the face of danger but enables the hero and the side kick live much longer. Recent clinical study suggests that having companions help you live longer and stabilize your emotions.

Being alone most of the time and feeling lonely is not a healthy lifestyle. Researchers proved that loneliness can crawl into the life of an individual like a stabbing knife, increasing the chances of early death by around 30 percent.

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lungstad of Brigham Young University, one of the researchers said that the effects of being alone and feeling lonely should be taken seriously. When you are not happily connected with other people, signs of loneliness creep in. This serious emotional problem will increase early death. The researchers reported that if you are well connected, you have greater chances of living a healthy long life. Another area that people should show concern is when they are surrounded and connected with other people but still feel lonely.

Being alone and feeling isolated and lonely are some of the major factors that was considered upon arriving at the conclusion that most people experience early deaths because of loneliness. One also has to consider in the analysis the age group and the illness or disease carried by the participants. The age of most participants in the review was 66. This research shows that there is still a need to look into the behavior and effect in the younger age group.

Battling loneliness

Despite inconclusive of the effects in other age groups, the research brings light to the benefits of getting connected and having friends around. In a study last 2013 of 3000 breast cancer patients, the research group discovered that women who are socially isolated reported higher rate of breast cancer symptoms.
The research is clear on one thing: having supporting friends and strong social connections will help you live a longer and better life.

People from across the globe take on some unique efforts to avoid loneliness. In restaurants in Finland, Tokyo and Hongkong, stuffed animal companions are a regular sight for diners who do not have human companions.

Uber Protests Turn Violent


Uber, the mobile-based ride application, which functions very similar to a private taxi service, has been under hard scrutiny since its wake in 2009. Founded in California, Uber allows smartphone users to request for rides from private vehicle-owning drivers connected with Uber for fares which cost lower than that of conventional taxi rides. By May 2015, over 300 cities worldwide have implemented Uber into their transport services.

However, the rise of Uber has not been as peaceful as would seem. In Paris, France, 2,800 taxi drivers took part in a strike against Uber with about 30 blockades citywide. Taxi drivers have been furious with Uber, which allows passengers cheaper fares than that of taxis.

Taxis operator businesses have reported to be endangered by the influx of Uber low-cost drivers into the market. The law has assisted the drivers by banning Uber in January 2015. However, it has still been difficult to enforce the law against Uber drivers.

The strike also was difficult to control as it had went out of hand to the point of being violent. People have reported to be dragged out of their vehicles by the mob. There were also accounts of people having had their vehicles damaged or even destroying by striking taxi drivers. This violence prompted police to eventually break up the mob with tear gas and by clearing out the burning tires.

This violent protest was a result of unheard peaceful protests in the past in cities like Toulouse and Marseille.

Taxi driver Stephane Molla is outraged by the fact that Uber, though outlawed, is still present and prevalent. Another driver, Fabrice Moreau believes Uber has always been unfair since it didn’t require drivers to go through the rigorous process that taxi drivers go through such as license registration and bans on flat-rate plans. They didn’t have to pay taxes, undergo 250 hours of mandatory training, and did not need to carry insurance.

In line of the events, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for calm and said he had told prosecutors to bring a prohibition order Uber.

However, violence among drivers is still present. Reports say that there have been incidents where taxi drivers themselves would pose as Uber customers and would drag Uber drivers out of their vehicles for mauling.

Drivers caught violating the Uber ban may face at least a year in prison and at least about a $17,000 fine.