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Choices For Tv Stands

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Submitted by: Jason Hersh

TV stands range from simple flat screen mounts that sit on your floor to corner units with just a shelf or two to elaborate entertainment centers that can house all your components, CDs, DVDs and records. These days finding a TV stand that fits your d cor, whether it’s modern or traditional, is easy with so many different options available. And you should always look for basic features like proper ventilation (to allow heat to dissipate from any concealed components) and cable management (to hide power and signal wires).

Many modern and contemporary stands are sleek and designed to maximize your space. They can be low profile and wide, or they can be just as wide as your television with room to store just a few audio/video components. Corner stands are a great way to save space and are available in many contemporary designs and finishes. Most modern TV stands will offer some amount of storage for your A/V components or collection of movies, but if you truly want all these items in one place you might be better off with an entertainment center.

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Many contemporary TV stands are designed to be part of a furniture set, making it easy for you to create a cohesive look in your living room or home theater that’s complete with bookshelves, end tables and coffee tables that coordinate with your TV stand.

If you find that you need to move your flat screen from one room to another, or you just don’t like the look of a console-style TV stand, a simple flat screen mount might be a good fit for you. This is also a good option if you have an antique or vintage piece of furniture that you want to use to house your components, but isn’t quite big enough or sturdy enough to support your new flat screen. Often flat screen mounts offer tilt and/or swivel features, and since it just sits on your floor you can easily move it when you need to (look for wheels or casters if you will be moving it frequently). Typically any cables or wires will be concealed inside the metal column that runs down the middle of the stand, so you don’t have to worry about messy wires protruding from your flat screen stand.

Concealed cabinetry with a motorized lift mechanism is a great way to hide your television when not in use. This provides aesthetic and designer appeal without the electronics intruding into your room when not in use. New motorized lift cabinets can hold a wide range of television sizes, and many include concealed space for components as well.

Whatever style TV stand you think you might be interested in, it’s generally recommended that your stand be as wide as your television. This ensures not only that the stand is sturdy enough to bear the weight of your television, but also that your expensive TV doesn’t get knocked over accidentally.

About the Author: I am a hands-on business owner, systems integrator, and long-time technology buff. I have received certifications from CEDIA, SpeakerCraft, Control4, and other organizations related to audio/video, low-voltage, and automation.


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Fire and explosions kill at least 30 at Iranian chemical factory

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Monday, May 26, 2008 

A fire and string of explosions at a chemical factory in Iran have killed at least 30 people. State news agency IRNA says at least 38 more are injured at the facility near Shazand in the industrial province of Markazi.

IRNA reports that a 60,000 litre chemical reservoir exploded to trigger the disaster, which may have been caused by nearby welding work.

23 of the injured people are reported to have sustained burns across 70-100% of their body. It is unclear what was manufactured at the factory, with RTE reporting that it was a pharmaceutical plant, and Agence France-Presse saying the site was used to produce cosmetics and detergent.

Local officials say the property has been almost completely destroyed, but the fire has been brought under control. The fire had rapidly spread from the building of origin to the rest of the complex, leaving roofs caving in and many vehicles burnt out. Some of the dead are charred beyond recognition.

FDA says Coca-Cola’s Diet Coke Plus is misbranded

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2008 

The US Food and Drug Administration has written a warning letter to The Coca-Cola Company that Diet Coke Plus violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act’s guidelines. The December 10 letter, signed by Roberta Wagner, director of the office of compliance at the Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says Coca-Cola should “take prompt action to correct these violations.”

The product’s label describes the drink as “Diet Coke with Vitamins and Minerals.” FDA said the soft drink does not have enough nutrients to justify the use of the word “plus” in its trade name. According to statute, foods must contain at least 10 per cent more of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) or Daily Reference Value (DRV) for a given nutrient “than an appropriate reference food” in order to be called “plus” legally.

The FDA also advised “it is inappropriate to add extra nutrients to snack foods such as carbonated beverages.” The FDA warns Coca-Cola and asks it to revise the drink’s labeling and inform the agency of its reply regarding how it plans to fix the violation, within 15 days of receiving the warning. Coca-Cola says it will submit a reply to the FDA in early January, but currently has no plans to alter the label.

The US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA, FDCA, or FD&C), is a set of laws passed by Congress in 1938 giving authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics. A principal author of this law was Royal S. Copeland, a three-term U.S. Senator from New York, whose concerns about drug safety stemmed from the fact that he was also a homeopathic physician. The act has been amended many times, most recently to add requirements about bioterrorism preparations.

The Coca-Cola Company issued a statement saying, “This does not involve any health or safety issues, and we believe the label on Diet Coke Plus complies with FDA’s policies and regulations.”

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world, and one of the largest corporations in the United States. The company is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in 1886. Diet Coke Plus (also known as Coca Cola Light Plus) was released in the United Kingdom in October 2007.

Forbes has reported that “Coca-Cola has been on a crusade to revamp its image from a purveyor of highly sweetened, fattening products to a more family-friendly image of low-calorie, nutritional drinks. Its violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act could mean hefty fines and a seizure of product from the pop king, but often these sorts of issues are resolved without incident.”