Two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants close in Buffalo, New York, USA

Friday, May 11, 2007

At least two Kentucky Fried Chicken [KFC] restaurants, operated by G & H Restaurant Specialties, have closed in Buffalo, New York “for remodeling,” according to signs placed on the front doors of at least one location on Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street in Buffalo. The other KFC is located on East Delavan Avenue, also in the City of Buffalo.

Despite the claim of closing for remodeling, the Erie County Health Department says that several health code violations were found at both locations. The most recent violation was logged by the health department in March at the Elmwood location for failing to keep food stored at correct temperatures. Violations were also cited for failing to keep cooking supplies and equipment sanitary and for not supplying hot water to the bathroom for employees.

G & H Restaurant Specialties has not released a statement regarding the violations, but the corporate offices in Louisville, Kentucky for KFC said, “our franchisee has finalized a plan for some structural repairs… The units will be temporarily closed while these building maintenance issues are addressed. [They will be] re-opened as soon as the repairs are complete.”

The health department also gave violations out to the East Delevan store for failing to maintain a clean floor throughout the restaurant and for not stopping food from becoming contaminated. Several rat traps were also found inside the storage cooler and around the kitchen area, but the establishment was “not free of rodents,” said Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department, Dr. Anthony Billittier.

Billittier also said that caulking and traps were seen on the outside of the East Delevan restaurant, which was an attempt to keep the rats out. “It shows that they’re trying to take care of a problem. But it also shows that they have a problem.”

As of Thursday, May 10, 2007, the Elmwood KFC has yet to reopen. It is not known if the East Delevan location opened today or not.

CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government shutdown

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Unlike some parts of the US Federal Government, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been open during the federal government shutdown and recording a record-low number of complaints submitted by consumers against mortgage companies, credit card companies, student loan providers, banks, money transfer providers, companies who provide credit reports, and other companies providing consumer loans.

With data not available for yesterday, the first four days of the shutdown had daily totals of 37, 16, 13, and 3 complaints. With the exceptions of September 29 with 15 complaints and September 28 with 23, it is the lowest daily total since March 16 of this year when 36 total complaints were recorded and February 23 of this year with 14. The total complaints are also down from the same dates last year, when the total complaints per day for the first four days of October 2012 were 272, 298, 288, and 225.

Of the 69 filed complaints recorded so far this month, 27 were complaints about mortgage companies, 21 were about bank accounts and 10 were about credit card companies. 40% of credit card companies complaints, 42.9% of bank account complaints and 48.1% of mortgage complaints are currently listed as still in progress. Most of the rest have been closed with an explanation.

Bank of America leads all companies in terms of total complaints filed this month with 9. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC and JPMorgan Chase have 7 complaints each. Ally Bank, Sovereign Bank, and Wells Fargo have 4 each. Flagstar Bank and Equifax have 3 each. Citibank, Nationstar Mortgage, TD Bank, Amex, and FirstMerit Bank have 2 complaints each. 18 financial services companies have 1 complaint each filed against them.

During the government shutdown, some CFPB staff have voiced their opinions on Twitter. Dan Munz, deputy assistant director for consumer engagement at the CFPB, tweeted, “Boy, shutdown week has really created a sudden bumper crop of amateur federal management experts.”; “Also, seems like Boehner is singlehandedly undoing whatever progress he’d made in portraying this as a Dem [Democratic Party] shutdown.”; and “Basically, there’s now a strong incentive to fill legislation with minor symbolic things you can bargain away later to protect the core.”

The agency has been able to stay open during the government shutdown because it is funded by the Federal Reserve. According to Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post, Republican members of the United States House of Representatives have put closing the CFPB on their wish list of items in negotiating for a new debt ceiling limit. Party members have previously stalled the appointment of Richard Cordray as the CFPB boss as a way of hindering it from engaging in oversight of financial organizations in the the US.

Wikinews 2014: An ‘Original reporting’ year in review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 With the English-language Wikinews continuing to increase the amount of original content published, we take a look back at some of the eighty-plus original reports from our contributors during 2014.

Doughnut on display in Springfield, New Zealand

Sunday, July 15, 2007

An oversized delight has been erected in the small town of Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, as part of the 20th Century Fox massive worldwide marketing campaign for The Simpsons Movie.

The giant, pink frosted doughnut was made locally, and the locals are celebrating the fact that their town shares a name with the fictional town of Springfield in the hit Fox cartoon series.

The series screens on both TV3 and Sky 1 locally, with the movie set for release nationwide on July 26, 2007. However, the movie will not be screened locally, with residents having to travel to Christchurch to watch the movie.

Springfield Township Committee chairman William Townshend says not to get too excited about the piece as it only has a resource consent that allows it to be erected for two months. He also said those hoping for a piece would be disappointed. “It is definitely not edible.”

Ainslie Burton, spokesperson for the visitor information centre, says the doughnut will be hard to miss.

An estimated 3,000 people attended today’s unveiling at midday (NZST), Springfield’s 2001 population was 219.

Tips On Fast Food And The Fine Dining Experience

By Michael Bryksa

It’s tough to find the balance between business and customer experience.

As a restaurant owner or manager, you want as many table turnovers as possible within a span of one hour. Quick turn turnovers mean good business. You’re making good money, isn’t that what the restaurant business is for in the first place? But unless you’re operating a fast food burger joint, you also want your customers to relish their meals and overall dining experience, because this experience will dictate whether they’ll visit your place a second time, or never again.

Owners of fast food joints have nailed down the fast food experience down to an exact science. It’s been proven that eating in loud places encourages faster dining. This increases table turnover. Bright colors like orange, yellow and red also speed up eating, as well as intentionally “uncomfortable” seating. Reading the experience alone makes me want to gobble up my sandwich twice as fast.

On the other hand, you’re losing out on customers who’re looking for a more refined dining experience. You know, those customers who don’t mind spending $100 on a single tab. These customers want comfortable seating, soft music playing in the background, baked scallops on the menu, and all the fixins of a fine dining experience.

As mentioned earlier, striking a balance between the two is easier said than done. If you try too hard to become both, you’ll end up being none, which is worse. Your business won’t live for long.

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The thing is, you need to decide whether you want to cater to casual diners or the uptown folks. Here are some tips:

1. Seating locations

If you’re looking to service casual diners, try positioning your seats and tables away from the walls and closer to the center of the room. This creates an atmosphere proven to encourage customers to eat faster so you could turnover tables more quickly.

On the other hand moving tables closer to the walls creates a sense of privacy and intimacy that encourages longer meals and lots of talking during dessert.

2. Deny reservation on busy nights

Friday nights you’re going to be expecting a lot of customers, even for fine dining establishments. One way to deal with this is to turn down reservations so each one of your tables is always occupied. At the same time, this also creates a – slightly – more chaotic environment in the restaurant which would prompt eating customers to dine more quickly than usual.

3. Train your staff

Your staff play a huge role in the turnover frequency of the tables in your restaurant.

For instance, clearing the tables as soon as diners vacate them encourage newcomers to sit down and occupy that table almost immediately. If you also trained your staff to process orders and bills faster, it is an indirect way of nudging customers to eat faster so they’re quickly on their way out the door.

Good business and a pleasant dining experience are two opposite extremes of the same spectrum. As the restaurant owner, the decision is yours whether you want a high table turnover business, or a kind of restaurant that goes for the quality-over-quantity model.

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European Commission to investigate anti-competitive allegations against Google

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, has started investigating web search giant Google over anti-trust allegations by price comparison service Foundem and French legal services website At stake are allegations that Google’s AdWords results are manipulated to prioritise certain advertisers.

The complainants allege price comparison sites receive a lower ‘quality score’, thus being knocked out of fully automated, unpaid-for results; or, being required to pay more for advertising through the search giant’s AdWords program. Google rejects Foundem’s allegations, arguing the majority of content on price comparison sites is duplicated from other sites, asserting Foundem “duplicates 79% of its website content from other sites, thus adding no value.” The company line is, “[w]e have consistently informed webmasters that our algorithms disadvantage duplicate sites”.

The European Commission has a history of carrying out anti-trust investigations involving technology companies. Microsoft was ordered to pay substantial penalties for ‘bundling’ Windows with their Media Player; and, within the EU, must distribute a version of Windows that does not have said bundled software. A similar battle was fought over the automatic inclusion of Internet Explorer with their operating systems.

Google has previously been the subject of anti-trust allegations and investigations. United States authorities blocked Google from buying Yahoo!, citing concerns over a near-monopoly in search; Google’s purchase of mobile advertising company AdMob was also subject to anti-trust scrutiny by the US prior to being allowed to go ahead.

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Renovation into Modular Kitchen


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The integral improvement of the kitchen is sometimes a headache for those people who want to change appliances, furniture, and even distribution. To help them with this headache task modular kitchen dealer will help them with some tips to keep in mind.

The kitchen, besides being one of the central points

of the house, where more time passes, is also the place of the house that more wear suffers for the daily use. It is, without doubt, the stay of the house that most


a great investment. This budget varies significantly, depending on the size of the room, the qualities of the chosen coatings, the material of the worktop, the appliances and the selected furniture.

Most of the people looking for modular kitchen in Nagpurin any case, since integral kitchen renovation is a considerablefinancial cost, it is convenient to go to kitchen studies or shops specialized in the design of kitchens

, where a professional study the project in detail, i.e., evaluate the architecture of the space taking into account the needs of the client and the style that he wants to transmit to his kitchen.

There are many advantages that the reform has entrusted to a team of experts in the equipment of kitchens, services that characterize and differentiate these specialized points of sale.

1.Measure size of kitchen

Of course, for a perfect design, they also take into account the water intakes, electricity and architectural specialty of the space like from the location of doors and windows to beams and pillars.

2.Distribution Plans & Facilities

The distribution plane is made according to the water intakes and plugs. Otherwise, if you consider that moving them would take better advantage of the space and would achieve an optimal distribution of the plant, will propose and design a new location of the facilities.A professional will make the plan with the kitchen facilities

to provide all the information to the company that will carry out the renovation.

3.Quality Furniture

They not only have furniture catalogs, but also faucets, sinks, storage systems, handle doors and showcases.

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4.The Appliances you need

If you choose to change the kitchen completely, in shop you will find your ally to make your kitchen an integral and complete space. We have all the ranges of appliances ( ovens , microwaves, plates , hoods, fridges, freezers , dishwashers , washing machines , coffee makers …) so that your kitchen is perfectly equipped.

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Different Behaviors Of Paralleling Igbts}

Submitted by: DAVID SMITH

The paralleling behavior for IGBTs deserves of an special attention that has to be given to the drive circuit, this is due to the variation of the gate threshold voltage of the different chips, simply connecting the gates is not adequate. As they are not just a few of them but several, Instead, each gate has to be driven by its own gate resistor in order to ensure that the chip with the lowest threshold voltage does not clamp the voltage for the others and carry all the current.

The layout of the emitter circuit has to be very symmetrical in order to minimize differences in emitter inductances and resistances. Even minor, unavoidable differences in the emitter inductances and resistances will generate compensation currents between the gate drive emitter connections. It is recommended to use a resistor in the range of at least 0.5 Ohm, but not to exceed approximately 1/3 of the total gate resistance.

The on-state behavior is something more critical when it comes about paralleling igbts. Some devices such as the P700 six-pack suggests a relatively variation in IGBT collector-emitter and diode forward voltage. For the IGBT, the collector-emitter saturation voltage at 25 C is given as 1.7 V typical and 2.25 V maximum. No value is provided for the minimum voltage. Keeping this in mind, the paralleling of chips cannot be recommended, since the current sharing among the individual IGBTs cannot be ensured. The situation is even worse for the diodes in parallel systems but it can be avoided depending it its final use.

However based in the present times, the actual spread of the devices within one power module is lower than the parallel system users. This is due to the fact that they are picked from locations either exactly next or very close to each other on the same wafer, and will as is stated, feature similar electrical characteristics.

Using multiple smaller chips instead of one larger chip improves the thermal behavior, as they doesn`t heat as quickly as a larger one, they tend to devides the heating properties well, This is due to the fact that not only the chip itself, but also a certain area around the chip, will participate in the transfer of heat from the chip to the heatsink. Parallelling systems have improved thermal spreading when using two small chips instead of one large, with in equal total area in both cases.

This case can also be seen when comparing the thermal resistance of the 100 A IGBT in the P569-F module with the 35 A IGBT in the P700-F module. The thermal resistance junction to heatsink for the 100 A the device is 0,57 K/W. The resistance for the single 35 A IGBT is 1,29 K/W, resulting in an resistance of 0,43 K/W, when 3 of them are used in parallel. This provides an improvement of about 25 % in thermal performance,one point for these kind of system, that left behind the more traditional one-module igbt old system,this also compensates for some if not all of the de-rating required due to the non-ideal current sharing.

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Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar

Friday, November 30, 2012

Qatari non-profit organization Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) launched a low emissions car at the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha. The car was designed and developed in Qatar.

Revealed during a press conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the car in addition to an internal combustion engine, includes an automotive thermoelectric generator designed to capture waste heat to produce hydrogen. GORD expects the heat waste collecting system to be compatible with any gasoline or compressed natural gas car.

GORD chairman Dr Al-Horr summarised the key concepts of the invention in a statement saying, “Our car produces electricity at no cost by capturing thermal waste energy, reducing costs and eliminating the need for an external source of electricity. Also, bulky compressed-hydrogen cylinders are a thing of the past, as our concept accomplishes the production of hydrogen by using water through fuel cells integrated within the car.”

Most of the energy in Qatari vehicle comes from the the car’s gasoline tank, supplemented by a thin film photo-voltaic panel on the roof. Normally in a combustion engine, chemical energy stored in a fuel, such as gasoline, is converted into heat energy through combustion. This heat energy is then converted into mechanical energy, manifested as an increase in pressure in the combustion chamber due to the kinetic energy of the combustion gases. The kinetic energy of these combustion gases are then converted into work; because of the inefficiencies in converting chemical energy into useful work, internal combustion engines have a theoretical maximum effiecincy of 37% (with what is achievable in day to day applications being about half of this). Of the chemical energy in the consumed fuel used by an internal combustion engine 40% is dissipated as waste heat. However, the Qatari vehicle uses a thermoelectric generator to convert this waste heat into electricity. Such generators are used in space vehicles, and produce electricity when thermoelectric materials are subjected to a temperature gradient, the greater the gradient the greater the amount of electrcity produced. In the GORD vehicle the electricity produced is used to electrolyse potable water to produce hydrogen which can be introduced into the vehicle’s existing fuel system.

The researchers showed that the heat waste collection engine caused a decrease in the car’s emissions, including a decrease of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide emissions by more than 50%, the fuel efficiency increasing by 20%. On its website, GORD said that the heat waste collector engine is universal, “Any car can be adapted to accommodate the system as it doesn’t alter any electro-mechanical systems”.

Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.