Riders saving lives in Lesotho

first_imgThe Lesotho branch of Riders for Health operates in some of the most rugged terrain in Africa. (Image: Riders for Health) Riders for Health, the motorbike-based charity arm of the MotoGP racing championship, is inviting its supporters to take part in an inspirational ride through Lesotho, where they will help raise funds for the organisation and experience its work first-hand.Experience Africa is touted as “an adventure for the heart and mind”. It was launched at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show in November 2009 by Riders co-founder and multiple MotoGP champion Randy Mamola, and takes to the road in October 2010.The eight-day trip can accommodate a limited number of riders. Details are expected imminently, and interested off-road biking fanatics are encouraged to email experienceafrica@riders.org to make sure they don’t miss out on any announcements.Mamola has already ridden the route, which encompasses some of the famous Roof of Africa rally’s roads, and confessed to being overwhelmed by the experience.“I have had the most incredible 10 days riding in the wonderful country of Lesotho,” he said at the launch. “The Riders for Health Experience Africa ride is sure to be a life-changing experience.”The NGO’s country director Mahali Hlasa, the Riders’ first female trainer, will chaperone the adventuresome group.Experience Africa participants, who pay £5 000 (R58 819) upfront, are assured that £2 000 (R23 525) of that sum will go directly to the Riders initiative. Flights, accommodation, motorbikes, meals, and mechanical and medical support are covered by the remainder. A valid motorbike licence is a prerequisite.They will ride through the mountainous country to raise funds and awareness of the organisation’s ongoing work, and will also be able to get a personal glimpse into the outreach projects already underway.They can expect to interact with health workers in the country, riding with them to isolated areas and experiencing how reliable transport has transformed their jobs. They will also visit clinics and communities and see how the treatment of HIV/Aids and tuberculosis is accelerating because of increased accessibility to medicines and education.Riding to save livesRiders for Health is the official charity of the Grand Prix motorbike championship, or MotoGP. The organisation operates in Gambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Lesotho, with projects completed in Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Its patron is HRH The Princess Royal.Lesotho is in particularly dire need of the Riders’ assistance. The tiny kingdom lies among the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg and Maluti mountains, and this harsh terrain is often difficult to navigate with conventional vehicles. Even those with four-wheel drives can struggle.Lesotho is the only country on earth whose entire altitude lies over 1 000m above sea level. Its lowest point is at the junction of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers at 1 400m, and its highest is the Thabana Ntlenyana peak at 3 482m. More than 80% of the country lies higher than 1 800m.The kingdom has been hard hit by the global HIV/Aids epidemic. About 25% of the adult population is thought to be HIV-positive, according to international Aids charity Avert.This is where the Riders’ work is so crucial. People living in more remote areas have to make their own way to reach basic facilities such as shops and clinics – sometimes trudging for hours and in freezing temperatures.Using motorbikes to navigate tricky terrain, Riders for Health brings care to communities that otherwise might have no help at all. Working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and related bodies, the organisation enables health workers to easily reach their patients, and also transports medical samples to laboratories for testing and diagnosis.Mobilising the biker communityThe organisation was born out of the concern and interest of a group of people working on the MotoGP circuit in the 1980s. Some of them, including Mamola, visited Lesotho in the late 1980s and were dismayed to see the many broken-down cars that could not be fixed because of lack of expertise.The group decided to take action by developing innovative ways of managing vehicles in difficult conditions, and at the same time began mobilising support for a new transport initiative that would minimise the toll taken by rough terrain on less hardy vehicles.The international motorbike community responded enthusiastically and continues to give prominence to the scheme at events such as the British Grand Prix and the annual Riders/MotoGP Day of Champions.The first national programme was run in Lesotho in 1991, followed three years later by another in Zimbabwe. The organisation is based in the UK but has branches in a number of European countries as well.last_img read more

iPhone as RFID Tag & Reader: Coming Soon

first_imgTimo Arnall from Touch noted in a follow-up post in November that RFID and NFC peripherals are beginning to be released for the iPhone. 2010 could be a great year for RFID in the consumer market, if it is to be a feature of the next iPhone. Expect to see it in Android devices too. Will mobile phones provide the tipping point for adoption of the Internet of Things? We’ve seen now that mobile phones are a big driver of consumer adoption for both barcodes and RFID tags, so we wouldn’t be surprised. richard macmanus According to a number of believable blog reports, RFID is set to be a part of the as yet unannounced iPhone 4G. Apple holds a patent for a touch screen RFID tag reader and is said to be testing an RFID-enabled iPhone currently. So RFID could be a feature of the iPhone 4G as soon as Spring 2010. As MacRumors succinctly explained in November, mobile phone usage of RFID technology will come in the form of Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is a new standard based on RFID and it has three use cases: the phone as an RFID tag; the phone as RFID Reader; and peer to peer communication (P2P) between two NFC-enabled phones.The first two use cases are the most interesting. Using the iPhone as an RFID tag means it can be a deployed as a payment device (similar to a credit card), identity card, security device, and more. This type of functionality is already happening in Japan, where the RFID Suica chip is installed in some mobile phones.Using the phone as an RFID Reader allows the iPhone to interact with RFID-enabled objects in the real world. Check out this prototype from a Norwegian research organization called Touch, using the iPhone as a Media Player: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img We began our Mobile Web Meets Internet of Things series yesterday with a look at barcode scanning. We wrote that smartphones are increasingly being deployed as readers for barcodes – in particular via apps available on iPhone and Android. These applications, such as RedLaser on iPhone and ShopSavvy on Android, allow you to scan a barcode on a product or object and get more information about it.We noted however that RFID tags are more functional and flexible than barcodes. While barcodes are cheaper and getting traction in the U.S. with the QR format, the potential for RFID tags is even greater. Apple knows this and if rumors are to believed, RFID will be integrated into the iPhone 4G later this year.RWW’s Mobile Web Meets Internet of Things Series:Mobile Apps For Barcode ScanningiPhone as RFID Tag & ReaderSensors & Mobile PhonesMobile Phone as Proximity Sensor Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

3 GoPro Array Videos That Will Blow You Away

first_imgHave you seen this?! Freeze video in 3D space with a camera array system.  In this post we showcase a few of the better examples of this cool video production technique.A camera array is created when multiple cameras are lined up and are all rolling at the same time.  The result, when actions takes place in the frame, is that the cameras can be cut together to create a super slick action sequence that gives the appearnce that the action is frozen in time…but in 3 dimensional space.The look is reminsecent of the trademark Matrix time freezing effect, except that its done entirely in-camera.  In the past, some photographers have experimented with this technique using still cameras that fire sequential shots that are then assembled in a video editing application.  Here’s one such example that was created using a ring of Nikon DSLRs:Now the GoPro video camera has spawned a new crop of creative pros looking to use the cam to create similar effects.  GoPros are compact, provide decent video quality and are realtively inexpensive.  They seem like a natural fit for making a video camera array.This surfing video was one of the first to utilize this production technique with the GoPro and made quite a splash when it was released in the fall of 2011.  A camera array of 48 GoPros were used to create the look.This next video shows that it doesn’t take a lot of money (or a ton of GoPros) to pull of this look.  With only 15 GoPros in this video camera array the team at Permagrin Films was able to create some Matrix style 360 freeze effects.Parkour to the extreme! Chilean video production company Aerolabs ran some tests on their GoPro array and came away with some pretty slick looking shots.Have you seen this camera array technique utilized in other videos?Share links and your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

Taxman Issues Prosecution Notices To MNCs To Meet Steep Revenue Targets

first_imgTax officials have issued prosecution notices to directors of several multinationals, intensifying their pursuit of collections with a view to meeting steep revenue targets, said people with direct knowledge of the matter.Prosecution notices make such cases equivalent to criminal offences and give income tax officers additional powers, akin to those of the police, said experts, adding that taxpayers can only seek relief from a magistrate’s court in such instances. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli blows a kiss to Anushka after 58th international hundred

first_imgVirat Kohli struck another hundred on Monday and before people could see him celebrate his 23rd century in Test cricket, the camera panned to Anushka Sharma as she brimmed with pride in the stands of Trent Bridge.As Kohli soaked up the atmosphere and raised his bat after a nervous few moments at the crease. Anushka was seen applauding his husband for another Test match century and Kohli reciprocated by blowing kisses towards her.Incidentally, Anushka was also present at Edgbaston, when Kohli scored a fighting 149 to bring India back into the Test match in the first innings.However, just before the Lord’s Test, controversy broke out over Anushka being part of a team photo along with the Indian cricketers and support staff outside the Indian High Commission in London.Following the incident, Anushka clarified that everything was done within the guidelines and no protocols were broken. She soon left England for promotional works for her new film Sui Dhaaga, which is slated to release on September 28.Also read – Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundredShe was spotted again in the stands on Monday as Kohli played a seamless innings. He was seven short of his century before the teams walked off for tea. As they came back, Kohli looked a completely different batsman while facing the new ball to James Anderson.Also read – India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar Dravid in elite listadvertisementThe Englishman drew an edge from him, which went straight through Keanton Jennings’s hands for a boundary, leaving Anderson in sheer agony. In the very next ball, Anderson drew another edge of Kohli’s bat but it landed short of Alastair Cook, who was waiting for the ball with eyes wide open.Kohli drew a single of the very next ball and in the next over, he finally got to his century with a boundary in an unconvincing manner. Woakes bowled a ball fuller outside off and Kohli went for the drive with gentle hands but he got an outside edge through short third man and into the fence.Also read – Virat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketKohli breathed a sigh of relief and spread his hands arms up in joy as the whole stadium including his wife applauded another heroic knock from the Indian captain.But his joy was short-lived as he fell for 103 in Woakes’s very next over.Woakes bowled an inswinger on off and it tailed back in late. Kohli tried to flick but missed to get hit on the pads as he was given out lbw.Also read – 10 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket: 17675 runs, 57 hundreds Virat Kohli received a standing ovation as he left the ground after his hundred (Reuters Photo)This was was Kohli’s second hundred in England in the ongoing series and the sixth in international cricket in 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year. This century was his 58th overall.Kohli also joined Virender Sehwag and Steve Smith with 23 centuries in Test cricket. Kohli now has 440 runs from three matches in the series. England’s Jonny Bairstow is a distant second with 206 runs.last_img read more


first_imgDennis Daugaard is finishing his final days as the Governor of South Dakota.The two term Republican is retiring because of term limits, and says the strength of the people of South Dakota helped him deal with challenges he faced in office such as the Missouri River floods of 2011:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………stepped up. ;18In farewell comments he issued, Daugaard thanked his cabinet, staff and state employees for their efforts, and acknowledged his Lt. Governor, Matt Michels:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………serving us. :20Daugaard’s parents were both born deaf, and he says their hard work inspired him to succeed in life through hard work:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..all work has dignity. :24Daugaard says many South Dakotans carry those same values with them and set that same example every day.He says it has been his great honor to be governor and he knows the state’s best days are still yet to come.last_img read more

Pep delighted with Aguero & Jesus

first_imgManchester City Aguero and Jesus partnership delights Guardiola Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 23:51 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AgueroJesus - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Sergio Agüero Guardiola The two strikers have been in fine scoring form this season, but it is their other work that most pleases the Citizens boss Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has moved to the next level this season and has been pleased with his link-up play with Gabriel Jesus.Aguero has scored seven goals in seven matches in all competitions this term, continuing his fine form to move within one of City’s all-time scoring record ahead of their Champions League meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.City -2 11/10 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Guardiola feels Aguero is now about more than just the goals as he offers the team a different option in attack.”I think the qualities that [Aguero] had in the past are the same,” the City manager told a pre-match news conference. “Maybe now we play more with him, not just in the finishing department.”Before, Sergio just scored a goal. Now, when John [Stones], Nico [Otamendi], Fernandinho and Yaya [Toure] have the ball, we know he is there and that helps to be more involved.”Jesus has also hit the ground running this season with five goals of his own, but Guardiola has also been impressed with his selfless work for the team.”Now we have five strikers I trust,” he added. “There is no doubt about his ability, his impact since he arrived, on and off the pitch. I am delighted with him.PEP: On and off the pitch. I am delighted with @gabrieljesus33. He helps Sergio score, helps our pressing and dynamic. He’s so important.— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 25, 2017″He helps Sergio to score goals, in our pressing and dynamism and fighting, in a lot of things that maybe we didn’t have. With him, we have it. He is so important.”The most important thing is age. He is so young and a number nine striker from Brazil. He trains every day and fights every game and has the desire to become a really good player in world football.”Guardiola was also asked about the development of young players at the Etihad Stadium after Pablo Maffeo hit the headlines for his marking of Lionel Messi while on loan at Girona, with the City manager believing such moves prove beneficial.He said: “I’ve always said that Premier League second teams don’t compete very well. They [City’s young players] need this kind of competition.”If they can’t play in the first team they need to go in other leagues and play in those big games and face players like Messi. That’s the best way to improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Klopp’s rotation not the reason for derby draw

first_imgLiverpool Derby draw deflating for Liverpool but Klopp was right to rotate Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Henderson Mignolet Lovren Liverpool Everton Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Everton Liverpool v Everton Opinion The German’s selection was not to blame for the Reds matching their longest-ever unbeaten run against Everton with a draw rather than a victory With 76 minutes played as the snow cascaded down at Anfield, the post-match line was clear: No Philippe Coutinho or Roberto Firmino, no problem.Liverpool had dominated the Merseyside derby so thoroughly that the 1-0 scoreline – courtesy of another stunner in Mohamed Salah’s bulging collection – was incredibly kind to Everton at that point in a ridiculously one-sided encounter.Jurgen Klopp’s men had created more than enough to wreck the visitors’ festive period for a second year running, but as Dejan Lovren gave referee Craig Pawson a decision to make after putting his hands on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it felt like Christmas had been cancelled for the Reds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wayne Rooney Liverpool Everton Premier LeaguePenalty to Everton. Wayne Rooney over it. The boyhood Blue, who became Manchester United’s all-time top scorer, converting the spot-kick to level matters. It was his first goal in the rivalry and the only sniff Sam Allardyce’s charges had on Sunday afternoon.And so, when the clock struck 77 minutes and the scoreline was altered, so too did the narrative.Klopp’s rotation, which would have been marked as a sign of strength otherwise, was to blame for the dropped points – not a moment of cunning from Calvert-Lewin met with idiocy from Lovren, or the opportunities Liverpool spurned to further put their boot on the throat of their rivals.The German’s shuffling of his pack has allowed the Reds to have an important balance of rhythm and freshness through an exacting time. Having watched the injuries stack up during a packed schedule in the previous campaign, Klopp wanted a squad more equipped to handle a heavier workload and has put his roster to good use in recent weeks.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool EvertonLiverpool have not suffered defeat in the 10 matches since their 4-1 humiliation at Tottenham, scoring 33 times and conceding seven as the manager has switched both personnel and formation.The suggestion that Klopp’s selection is the reason for his side matching their longest-ever unbeaten run against Everton with a draw rather than victory is a result-based analysis rather than one taking into account the contrasting performances as a whole.The plan from the visitors in the opening half could be summarised by the phrases ‘get rid’ and ‘get back’. Liverpool were more troubled by slippery surface than their neighbours, who huffed and hoofed with zero threat.They had just a solitary shot in the first 45, with no corners or crosses from open play. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had more touches than any of his team-mates and Jordan Henderson had completed five more passes than Everton had collectively strung together.Mohamed Salah Liverpool EvertonIt would have been frustrating had Liverpool entered the interval on level terms, but on 42 minutes, the player of the match at that stage and the standout star of their season combined to break through.Joe Gomez, phenomenal on his debut in this fixture, fed Salah on the right. The Egyptian shrugged off Cuco Martina with ease before shimmying away from Idrissa Gueye, and as Ashley Williams approached, he curled a beauty into the top corner.It was the 25-year-old’s 13th league goal of the campaign – the same figure managed by Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho in the entirety of 2016-17.After the break, Liverpool’s control of the clash continued with Salah heading wide, Gomez nodding over and Everton engaged in more clearances than anything they managed to offer in the encounter.Mane was atypically guilty of poor decision-making, and as Klopp reflected afterwards: “Only one team tried for over 95 minutes to win it. The other team were not in our box and didn’t have a chance bar the penalty.”Joe Gomez Wayne Rooney Liverpool EvertonThe 50-year-old was also accurate with his response when asked about rotation. “I thought before the game, yes. Still yes, even when the result doesn’t show it,” he said of his decision to hold Coutinho and Firmino in reserve.”We did it in the last six or seven weeks. We do it like this. I’ve said it here, I’ve said it to the boys already, we can change as much as we want when we win the games, but when we don’t win the games I take the blame. I have no problem with that. The boys who came in were fresh and did a brilliant job; they played, they worked hard. We worked hard, it was a derby, we accepted it, we took it as a derby, it’s a fight.”You need to be ready for each challenge – and we were ready for each challenge. We tried everything. We could have scored, we had clear chances, half-chances – we had everything you need but we didn’t use it, that’s how it is and we know that. It was always clear a day like this could happen – we wanted to win 1-0 and we didn’t. I was really happy with the performance of the team, that’s how it is. They played well.”Can they play better? Yes. But it’s an intense time. Ask everybody who played during the week, it’s intense what we’re doing, so that’s why we made changes. We thought we needed fresh legs – that’s what we had and we could have won it. We didn’t, so – as I said – blame me.”Allardyce, meanwhile, noted that it was encouraging to see both Coutinho and Firmino on the bench. However, that did not in any way alter his approach to the clash – Everton were devoid of ambition regardless and were rightly grateful to have received a point in a derby they were a distant second best in. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea struggles are not down to his tactics

first_img Eden Hazard was unable to assert himself against an excellent Manchester United midfield on Monday night. Photograph: Rob Newell – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years? Facebook Maurizio Sarri has had no contact with the Chelsea hierarchy this week and has claimed the ferocious debate around his preferred tactical approach is “a false problem” as he desperately clings to his position at Stamford Bridge. Jonathan Wilson Sarri confirmed he had not spoken to the owner, Roman Abramovich, who has not attended a game this season, or the director Marina Granovskaia since the loss to United. He was reluctant to draw conclusions, either, from the chairman Bruce Buck’s ominously conspicuous presence in Sweden and at Stamford Bridge this week.Regardless, it seems doubtful the Italian will be able to rebuild bridges with a fanbase in open revolt this week. “It’s very easy: we need to win three or four matches in a row,” he said. “It’s the only solution. I can understand very well the frustration of our fans because they are used to winning and now we are in trouble. But there isn’t another way. We have only to have good performances and good results. And, in this moment, it’s very difficult to think that we are able to win three or four matches in a row.“But, in football, everything can change in one day. I think that we need, first of all, a good performance. A good result. Then, with more confidence we are able to do everything. I have to think that I will be the manager of Chelsea for a long time, otherwise I cannot work. I am not sure [it will work] but I have to think this. I have to work and I want to work with a long-term target.” Jonathan Wilson Pinterest Share via Email Chelsea fans don’t often have time to turn on a manager – this felt decisive news The Italian will lead his beleaguered side into the second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Malmö knowing defeat in any of the team’s next three matches – they play the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday and host Tottenham in the Premier League next week – would likely spell the end of his tenure at the club seven months into a three-year deal.Discontent among the fanbase spilled over this week with chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” and, more pertinently, “fuck Sarri-ball” during the FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Manchester United, with supporters infuriated by the predictability and lack of flexibility to Sarri’s outlook. The depth of antipathy surprised the board and left them contemplating how best to proceed.Sarri has been without his assistant Gianfranco Zola, who is suffering from a gallstone problem, and could be without goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Wembley after he succumbed to a hamstring complaint. Yet, while he could rest Jorginho on Thursday, he suggested he would not change his formation against Malmö or consider restoring the World Cup and two-times Premier League winner N’Golo Kanté to a midfield anchor role.Instead, the head coach returned to the familiar theme of his players’ mental fragility. “The system is a false problem,” he said. “I know very well that, when we are losing, I have to put a striker on the pitch. When we are winning, I have to put a defender on the pitch. But I want to see the football in another way.“I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not all in a match. In the last match [against United] we played better, better and better, especially in the first half. We have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90 and were not able to score. They only played 15 or 16 balls into our box and scored two goals. So we have to solve this problem: a problem of aggression and determination in both boxes.” Share on Pinterest Chelsea The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Maurizio Sarri Share on Messenger Read more Antonio Rüdiger admitted the team had underperformed and pointed to a lack of confidence, suggesting Sunday’s meeting with City – 6-0 victors when the teams met this month – would “show the truth”. Yet the Germany defender fell short of rallying support behind Sarri and likened the head coach’s penchant for tactical meetings on match-day mornings to sitting in a classroom back at school. “There’s no fatigue [caused by training on the day of games], because it’s not like we are doing box-to-box runs,” he said. “It’s not physical. It’s just the tactical things he likes to do.“That’s his way. It’s new for the majority of the players but we have to adapt to it. It’s the same if you sit in the school the whole time listening to someone. Of course, sometimes, it gets [mentally tiring] but at the end of the day you have to do your job. The City game will show the truth. That will show our way this season.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Forget Drycleaning; Swash Your Clothes!

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Dry cleaning can be a hassle. It’s expensive, it can take a long time, and it isn’t very good for the environment. Unfortunately there aren’t that many alternatives, but luckily the folks at Whirlpool and Tide have come up with a machine that solves all these problems.Named the Swash, the system helps save your dry cleaning problems in three ways: First of all it saves time by helping garments look their best under 10 minutes. Second of all, it cuts your dry cleaning costs down by about 50 percent. Third of all, it saves your clothes by preventing dyes from fading and fabrics from pilling. White, blue and orange lights count down cycle completions and also alert you in case anything goes wrong. In addition, it’s nice and compact, so for those of you who don’t live in compact apartments, there’s plenty of room to store Swash, which can fit right into your closet. And, you don’t need any complicated water pipes, just a standard outlet.In those 10 minutes, it removes wrinkles, neutralizes odors, and restores the fit of your clothes, returning them to the condition that you bought them in. How about that? You may never have to go to the dry cleaner again.Still not sure about it? Swash only costs $500, and if that investment is too high, they’re giving a 45-day risk-free trial.We have to say, with all the delicate clothes in our wardrobe and the nuisance of ironing and dry cleaning, Swash just might be a god send.For more information, visit swash.com. Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawnlast_img read more