Residents welcome moves to cut odour

25 05 2012

News that the awful smell from a Dubai sewage plant could be virtually eradicated has been welcomed by people who own property nearby – some of whom said the smell is so bad they moved out. News that the awful smell from a Dubai sewage plant could be virtually eradicated has been welcomed by people who own property nearby – some of whom said the smell is so bad they moved out. A number of people who own homes in the Persia and Morocco clusters of International City, as well as in nearby Al Warqa, told 7DAYS they have chosen to rent out their homes rather than live in them because of the pong. ​ The plant’s smell has driven some people away from the area, residents claim “When I took up my home in Morocco two years ago the stench was awful, especially at night due to the strong winds. I couldn’t even use the balcony,” said Abdul Kadir Rafeeq, a lecturer in Dubai who bought his one-bedroom flat for Dhs300,000. “Besides the inconvenience, I worried for the health of my two daughters.” Dubai Municipality said on Tuesday it hopes to reduce odour emissions from Al Aweer Sewage Treatment Plant by up to 98 per cent using new treatment processes. It admitted it had received complaints about the problem. Iranian businessman Behram Khoadad is another homeowner who says he was driven away, this time from the Persia cluster. And, he said even those he rented his apartment to could not bear it and moved out after about two months. But, the homeowners said they are looking forward to moving back once the pong is gone. Mohammed Abdulaziz Najm, director of sewage treatment at the municipality, said studies had been conducted over a number of years to come up with the best solution. “With more developments approaching the plant, the health of people and safety of the environment have become a major priority,” he said, adding a special task force was formed about six months ago to deal with the problem. “Through this task force and our improved methods, we have so far attained a 98 per cent reduction in the smell and we have seen a remarkable decline in complaints,” said Rashid Karkain, head of the Al Aweer operation section. However, some tenants at International City said yesterday they could still smell the plant.


Anotec OEM

2 05 2012

While many consumers may not be familiar with what an OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer product is, they are becoming more and more common. This is particularly true due to the rise in online shopping. This brief article takes a look at what these OEM products are, their differences with retail products and try to answer if they are things consumers should or should not buy. What it Means to be an OEM Product To put an OEM product in the simplest terms, it is a product from a manufacturer that is sold without the retail packaging to system integrators and retailers for purchase in or with a completed computer system. Often they are sold in larger lots or groups to help reduce the costs to the company using the parts for integration. What the OEM product will come with will vary depending upon the type of product being sold. So, how does the product vary? Typically the component that is purchased as an OEM product lacks all retail packaging. Also missing might be cables or software that may have been included with the retail version. Finally, there may be no or reduced instructions included with the OEM version of the product. A good example of these differences can be seen between an OEM and retail hard drive. The retail version is often referred to as a kit because it includes with it the drive cables, installation instructions, warranty cards and any software packages used to help configure or run the drive. The OEM version of the drive will only include the hard drive in a sealed anti-static bag with no other materials. Sometimes this will be referred to as a “bare drive”. Retail vs. OEM Since price is such a huge factor in the purchase of product by consumers, OEM products offer a major advantage over a retail product. The reduced items and packaging can drastically reduce the cost of a computer component over a retail version. This leads to the question as to why anyone would chose to purchase the retail version. The biggest difference between a retail and OEM product is how warranties are handled. Most retail products come with very well defined terms for service and support in case the product has any problems. OEM products on the other hand will generally have shorter warranties and limited support. The reason is that the OEM product is supposed to be sold as part of a package via a retailer. Therefore, all service and support for the component in the system should be handled by the retailer if sold in a complete system. As a user who is building a computer system or upgrading a computer system, the retail version may also be important. If you are unfamiliar with what is required to install the component into the computer system, the manufacturer instructions can be very useful as are any cables that you may not have. OEM Software Like hardware, software can also be purchased as OEM. OEM software is identical to the full retail versions of the software but it lacks any packaging. Typically this will be seen with software items such as operating systems and office suites. Unlike OEM hardware, there are more restrictions on what will allow the software to be sold by a retailer to a consumer. OEM software typically can only be purchased with a complete computer system. Some retailers will allow the purchase of the software if it is also purchased with some form of core computer system hardware. In either case, there must be some additional purchase of hardware to go along with the OEM software. Be careful though, a number of unscrupulous retailers and individuals sell OEM software that is actually pirated software, so check the retailer before purchasing. Determining OEM or Retail When shopping for computer components, sometimes it may not be obvious if the item is an OEM or a retail version. Most reputable retailers will list the product as either “OEM” or “bare drive”. Other items to look for would be in the product description. Items such as “Packaging” and “Warranty” can provide clues as to whether it is an OEM version. The biggest problem comes with the various pricing engines on the web. If a manufacturer uses the same product designation for an OEM and retail product, it is possible that retailers on the results page could be offering either version. Some pricing engines will list “OEM” next to the price, but others may not. Always read the product description if you are not sure. Are OEM Products OK? There should be no physical difference in a component if it is sold as OEM or in retail. The difference is the extras that are provided with the retail version. If you are comfortable with the terms of the OEM product compared to the retail version, then it is generally better to buy the OEM product for the reduced cost. If items such as product warranties bother you, purchase the retail versions for the peace of mind they provide.

Kingston Council and EPA smell a win – Council – News – Moorabbin Leader

30 04 2012

Kingston Council and EPA smell a win – Council – News – Moorabbin Leader: “KINGSTON Council and the EPA are gearing up for a fight at VCAT to close a Clayton South tip site.

Transpacific Industries will appeal on April 30 against the council’s refusal to extend its landfill operations at the Fraser Rd site by another 10 years.

A spokeswoman for the company, Carla Young, declined to comment pending the legal proceedings.

But nearby residents are venting their frustrations on Leader’s Facebook page, Stop the Stink: Make Kingston odour free .”

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What Is That ‘Old Books Smell’? Chemistry Has Answers – Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg – Video – The Atlantic

19 04 2012

What Is That ‘Old Books Smell’? Chemistry Has Answers – Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg – Video – The Atlantic: “Based on research by scientists at University College, London, a video from AbeBooks explains the causes of the characteristic odor of old books. According to the video, the lead scientist on the study described it as a “combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”

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Ministry says Monday’s smells weren’t from compost plant

22 03 2012

GUELPH — The municipal organics plant on the city’s south-east side has been cleared as the source of two odour complaints, city councillor Ian Findlay has announced. “In my mind, I think that ends it,” Findlay said Wednesday. The provincial Ministry of the Environment was informed by two residents near the Dunlop Drive composting plant Monday morning of odour problems. It launched an investigation along with municipal solid waste staff. They concluded, as Findlay reported on his blog, that data on prevailing winds that morning indicated the air from the plant was moving away from the residents, not toward them. It suggested the plant wasn’t the source. Findlay said at this time of year it wouldn’t be improbable to have various unknown scents in the air, such as fertilizers on nearby agricultural fields. He was unaware of other public complaints in recent months, he added. The facility temporarily stopped accepting new waste last November after about 10 pungent odour complaints were lodged by neighbours. The city has monitored operations to reduce the risk of stenches emanating from there. “I’m always afraid of those odours popping up. I don’t think they can make it odour-free,” vocal plant critic Ken Spira said Wednesday. He’s president of the community action group Guelph Waste Management Coalition. Bob Crashley, who lives on Glenholm Drive near the plant, said Wednesday there was indeed an odour in the air Monday but hard to source. “I could smell something in the air, but I wouldn’t attribute it to the plant,” Crashley said, concluding it had more of a chemical smell than one of rotting waste. One of the MOE complainants, in a report, described it as a compost or gas odour detectable shortly before 9 a.m. Monday on Glenholm. A second at that time and place compared it as a garbage-like smell.

Neighbours complain about Darwen brewery’s acrid odours

13 03 2012

AN award-winning micro-brewery looks set to continue production in Darwen despite a neighbour’s complaints over ‘acrid’ odours. Hopstar Brewery set up in a new industrial unit at Rinus Business Park, in Grimshaw Street, Darwen, in July 2010. A year later Owen Taylor, who runs Tower Signs in a neighbouring unit, complained of headaches and nausea as a result of odours produced during brewing. Subsequently, Hopstar managing director, Natalie Tyson, said work had been carried out to prevent odours from passing into other units. And in an attempt to satisfy her neighbour, she has sent a retrospective plans to Blackburn with Darwen Council, requesting a change of use to a micro-brewery. The application, which will be discussed by the borough’s Planning and Highways Committee next week, includes a letter of objection from Mr Taylor. It says: “At certain stages of the brewing process, odours are produced. “I would describe this odour as a strong, malty, acrid smell.” Mr Taylor said the odours got into neighbouring premises through cavities in exterior walls. He said: “The odours passing into adjacent properties cause negative effects to the health of staff members exposed to the odours for a long period of time. “I personally suffer headaches and nausea as a result of this. “The odours can cause damage to stock such as garments and any paper-based materials, which readily absorb smells.” According to Mr Taylor, the odours often find their way into customers’ cars, which are stored overnight at his premises. Hopstar was started by Barry Tyson in the garage of his home in Pope Lane in 2004. Its ales have won a number of industry awards. Miss Tyson said: “When we signed the lease we were under the impression that we had permission for a micro-brewery, so we started out. “We have been told that we probably don’t need to submit these plans, but we wanted to keep our neighbours happy. “We are on an industrial estate and we have done everything we can. “We have sealed up all the gaps and cavity and installed a special condenser that turns steam into water, so hopefully the application will go through.” The Planning and Highways Committee will meet at Blackburn Town Hall, at 6.30pm on Thursday (15).

Odours are a thing of the past

14 02 2012

Odours Are now a thing of the past. Due to odour control .

The ramp-up will be gradual in order to verify that the air containment and odour management systems are functioning properly, but she expects the facility will return to full-scale operations by April.

Not long after opening the new composting facility last year,  it was shut down after neighbours in the area complained of foul odours coming from the plant.

Anotec reviewed the air containment and odour management systems, and with input from a residence, devised an action plan to resolve the odour issues.

Most recently, odour control systems were to be installed on the acid waste tank in the air containment system. And rather than using automated sensors, now staff will use hand-held absorption tubes several times a day to measure odour levels. As well, a modified scrubber/humidifier will operate using pH levels rather than ammonia levels.

Anotec will also design and install a permanent connection between the blower room and the odour management system, which should prevent any odours from escaping.

The plant began operations in early 2007 on the site where a previous  composting plant had operated. That plant was the subject of several odour complaints until it was closed in the spring of 2006.

The new facility cost about $39 million to build.