Your Corner Wrench: What should be in your young driver’s tool kit?

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Is your kid heading to college with a new ride? Make sure the trunk is well-stocked with all the essentials, from jumper cables and washer fluid, to wheel wrenches and other tools. Back to school sometimes means heading back to class with a new (or new-to-them) vehicle for lucky students. With this comes every parent’s nightmare – a roadside breakdown on some lonely, crime-ridden back road, in a blinding blizzard. Whether it’s a new ride with a full factory warranty and a roadside assistance plan, or a hand-me-down beater, a few ounces of prevention are worth a treasure trove of cures.If your nest-departer is travelling some distance away, the first tool they need is an auto club membership with full roadside assistance coverage. Services such as CAA offer much more than just battery boosts and tows – they will also cover flat tire changes, emergency fuel delivery and recommendations to approved and verified repair centres, along with associated retailer discount plans.Unless the vehicle has a purpose-built cargo storage pocket, a washer-fluid jug tray is a must to avoid liquid spills and stains. A good set of booster cables using at least 8-gauge wires – they get thinner as the gauge number increases – and at least 16 feet long can be invaluable, as long as someone knows how to use them. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED Don’t forget a good quality utility knife and flashlight or emergency flasher unit. This kit should also include a set of properly fitting work-gloves, towels, first-aid kit and, of course, duct tape. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img advertisement Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Trending in Canada Roadside Breakdowns: Here’s when to pull a MacGyverCarefully check out the jack and tire wrench kit. Few professional weight-lifters can easily use what carmakers pass off as wheel wrenches. After decades of use, the traditional cross design is still the best hand-operated wheel nut wrench on the market. It takes up more room, but will definitely work no matter what your upper body strength. Many DIYers swear by battery-operated impact wrenches, but unless they’re kept fully charged, they aren’t of much use during a roadside emergency.A small, 12-inch square pad of some strong thick wood also comes in handy as a jack plate when working on soft ground. A 12-volt air compressor and emergency light combo can avoid having to change out a flat in many cases. You can consider a can of tire sealant, but few of these will reinflate a flat tire with the weight of the vehicle on it, but can be used in concert with an air-compressor to stop up a minor puncture.Unless your new student driver is mechanically proficient, a fully stocked wrench bag won’t be of much use. But a small kit with a multi-headed screwdriver (with automotive related tips), a few metric hand wrenches, medium weight hammer, and both locking and non-locking pliers will suffice and will also find use around a dorm room or apartment. Some cable bags come with easy-to-follow instructions and many cable kits now have LED correct-circuit indicators to make things fool-proof, but nothing beats a little personal instruction in the driveway. The engine wiring repair costs you save may be your own.RELATED ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Catskill Chill Releases Heartwarming Video Narrating The Chillfam Experience

first_imgOne of the most community-oriented festivals in the Northeast, Catskill Chill, will say goodbye to its beloved home of Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY after this summer. Our friends at Human Being Media have released a video in conjunction with the festival that perfectly conveys what it means to be a part of the “Chillfam,” whether you are a longtime or first-year camper.Chillfam News Corner: Interview With Lotus/Electron/Stratosphere All-Stars Drummer Mike GreenfieldCatskill Chill will take place September 18-20 featuring performances from moe., Lotus, Electron, Lettuce, Twiddle, The Motet, Break Science, Dopapod, Turkuaz, Kung Fu and many more. Get tickets here.A Farewell To Camp Minglewood: Catskill Chill’s Many Memorable Musical Highlightslast_img read more

Azell Williams

first_img Mrs. Williams died peacefully at her home with family by her side.Funeral services will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Hannah Funeral Home Chapel.Visitation will begin at 8:00 a.m. Pastor Walter Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Service entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Special Thanks to Evangel and Texas Home health Hospice and all that rendered their services. May 29, 1932 ~ March 19, 2017last_img

Cree and Eta Devices to Demonstrate the World’s Most Efficient Power Amplifier (70%+) for Mobile Base Stations

first_imgCree, Inc. and Eta Devices, Inc. demonstrated the world’s most efficient reported power amplifier for mobile base stations at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, February 24-28, in Barcelona, Spain.  Current-generation mobile-base-station amplifiers employing silicon LDMOS transistors can provide amplifier efficiencies up to 45 percent. By contrast, Eta Devices’ next-generation power amplifiers are able to deliver efficiencies higher than 70 percent under a 4G LTE modulation format and are thus poised to revolutionize current industry efficiency standards. “Eta Devices’ next-generation power amplifiers leverage the performance and reliability advantages of Cree’s GaN HEMT RF transistors to realize game-changing efficiency benefits for the mobile-base-station industry,” said Jim Milligan, business director, Cree RF. “Our transistors have been instrumental in demonstrating Eta Devices’ amplifiers, which perform 50 percent more efficiently than the best incumbent silicon power amplifiers currently available in the 4G LTE market.” The world’s mobile networks consume approximately 120 TWh of electricity per year, and 50–80 percent of these networks’ power is consumed by their power amplifiers and associated components. Implementing Eta Devices’ new power amplifier solution on a global level could save mobile operators 60 TWh of energy per year, which is equivalent to the amount of power produced by more than seven average-sized American nuclear power plants. It could also save up to 50 percent of the $36.5 billion spent to power mobile base stations each year.  “Mobile operators gain dramatic advantages by adopting our new technology,” said Mattias Astrom, CEO of Eta Devices. “In addition to cost savings, our power amplifiers provide operators with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, which contributes to a more sustainable planet. In fact, if implemented on a global basis, our solution would reduce carbon emissions by approximately 36 million tons per year, which is equivalent to eliminating the annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by 7 million cars.”last_img read more

City Hall pushes for completion of proposed site in 24 hours

first_imgOne day after angry vendors protested in front of City Hall and the Ministry of the Presidency against their removal from the Stabroek Market area and the lack of a smooth transition to the new proposed site on Hadfield Street, the City Council is pushing to have the location opened for vending within the next 24 hours.Vendors protesting outside Parliament on WednesdayOn Wednesday, vendors took their cries to the front of Parliament Building during the first sitting of the National Assembly after a hiatus. Several vendors gathered outside the barricades at the Public Building to express their disapproval of how the situation is being handled.Town Clerk Royston King stated on Wednesday that the contractors would be working assiduously to have work completed on the new site within the next 24 hours.King, who is overseeing construction work at the proposed site, also reassured the vendors that they would be satisfied with the final results at the new location, which is situated south of the Parliament Building.The new temporary location is said to be equipped with facilities that were absent at the present location which will make vending more comfortable.In a recent interview, the Town Clerk told Guyana Times that the site was expected to have proper lighting, as well as full security and sanitary facilities.Vendors can also look forward to having compactors to deal with the garbage generated and removable, collapsible tents.These facilities will, however, come at a price, as King had indicated that the vendors would be required to pay to maintain the site. The amount to be paid by each vendor has not been disclosed.ApologyIn a social media post, Deputy Mayor Sherrod Duncan expressed his apologies to the vendors for the circumstances surrounding the removal.“I believed that we should have exerted greater efficacy on getting the proposed area ready for our vendors, who are such an important part of the character of our City. I offer the City and affected vendors in particular my unreserved apology,” part of the post stated.This came after vendors had lambasted City Hall for removing them without adequate plans in place to have them transitioned immediately to the new location as was promised.During a protest on Tuesday, the vendors had voiced their anger against the decision, which they said put a halt to their livelihood.In addition, vendors had claimed that when they turned up at the location to ply their trade, the gates were secured with padlocks, prohibiting them from entering.King had responded to this, stating that the property was privately owned and City Hall had received permission to utilise the land, but only until construction work had been completed would it be opened for vending.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), in a statement to the media, condemned the actions of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, stating that it was putting up a “façade” about cleaning up the city when its objective was to “remove the vendors”.“Operating in true military style, facilitated by civilian operatives, the APNU/AFC Government demonstrated their anti-people, anti-poor and elitist predisposition towards a social strata, which in the face of rising unemployment and increasing economic difficulties have chosen to eke out a living – a living that has placed them in a daily and nightly struggle to make end meets,” the Party said.The City Council was also lambasted for being stimulated by Central Government to make the decision which is contrary to the laws of Guyana which allows for vending to be done in the Stabroek Market Square from 06:00h to 18:00h.The PPP believes that speaking to the vendors to derive a way forward on how they could earn a living wage would have been a more approachable method instead.It maintained its position that “the vendors must be allowed to ply their trade and earn a living in an honest and law-abiding manner, as they have been doing.” Stabroek Market restoration– PPP condemns action by Govtlast_img read more

SaaS and the Cloud: A Contrarian Voice Questioning the Hype

first_imgWhile cloud computing may be delivering on it’s promises to users of the technology, things may not be as rosy for the vendors that are providing the services.Anthony Miller, analyst at TechMarketView, is one such contrarian.  It’s not that he’s not a believer in the many benefits that the cloud offers businesses, it’s that he thinks that cloud technology will be a blow to technology vendors.Miller questions, for example, figures from other analysts like IDC that say that the Cloud will be an engine for job creation and growth for IT, creating as many as 14 million jobs.  Miller says that the very nature of cloud services is all about reducing expenses and cutting back, and that any effect of the cloud on IT will actually be ‘deflationary’.  Miller said that “Our own forecasts for the UK market suggest that spending on software and IT services will decline in real terms (i.e. excluding inflation) until 2015 and then will remain pretty much flat (plus or minus) till the end of the decade.”What will the effect be on technology vendors?  Miller says that the problem with SaaS is the last ‘S’ — ‘Service’.  Up until the cloud, vendors only needed to build their software, now they also need to host and handhold it.  Delivering software in that way is simply more expensive than just shipping it on a disk.  Yet vendors are charging less for it.  Miller especially questions the rationale behind the pricing of SaaS options.  He says that “Flexibility should come at a premium, not a discount.”  He points to cloud-vendor star  Salesforce continues to lose buckets of money, despite their rising revenues.Miller said that “The underlying factor is that cloud computing, just like every other major technology trend in the market, is designed to lower the cost of computing for organizations, whether they are private sector enterprises or public sector bodies. So, not surprisingly, as organisations look for ways to cut costs, going to the cloud is one of the things they are looking at…  But suppliers need to be aware of the cost of delivering the service, because if the cost doesn’t change and the revenue comes down, that will hit profit margins.”In an interview with TechWeek Europe, Miller said that “We are in our sixth consecutive year of market decline – and the IT market will continue to grow more slowly than gross domestic product (GDP) till the end of the decade, and probably indefinitely.”  To Miller, within IT, only the outlook for mobile seems promising.  “Mobile is breaking the mould: it’s the biggest disruptive force we have ever seen in the technology sector.”last_img read more

Govt pursuing “disruptive” policies: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Hitting out at the government for bringing changes in the Finance Bill, the Congress today accused the BJP-led regime of pursuing “disruptive” policies and suffering from “indecision”. This government prefers to run as a “rampaging elephant” to impose its whims and fancies, Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in the Lok Sabha. Participating in the resumed debate on the Finance Bill, he said like many changes made in rules after demonetisation, now there are changes in the Finance Bill too. “You are proving that you are suffering from indecision,” he said. On Tuesday, the government introduced as many as 40 amendments to the Bill, including making Aadhaar compulsory while filing income tax returns. While the Congress government pursued adoptive and persuasive policies, this government is pursuing “disruptive and coercive policies”, Chowdhury said. Responding to criticism that the erstwhile UPA regime had resorted to tax terrorism, Chowdhury wondered “in which parameter is it (the Finance Bill) different from tax terrorism”. On the move to make Aadhaar number compulsory while filing income tax returns, Chowdhury asked whether the present infrastructure was ready for such a system and urged the government to make Aadhaar voluntary. Questioning the BJP over the proposal to write off loans of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, he wanted to know why the same was not extended to farmers in other states. It looks like the government is “doing such things whenever there are polls”. BJPs Nishikant Dubey urged the Congress not to mislead the people as the Opposition party questioned the GDP numbers. Taking a dig at the Congress, he said it wanted answers on surgical strikes as well as GDP numbers and also alleged that the previous regime had indulged in tax terrorism. Ranjeet Ranjan (Cong) wanted to know what have the poor people received from the government “except for speeches and announcements”. She urged the government to look into corruption in sports in the country. Abhishek Singh (BJP) said the Oppositon has been demoralised by the recent victories of the BJP in various elections, including the state polls. The government should come out with a separate policy and allocation for the development of left-wing extremism affected areas, he added. Shivkumar Udasi (BJP) claimed the government was working in a transparent and honest manner. (More) PTI RAM ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Find a gig / share a gig in new online network for freelancers

first_imgWhat’s the best way to get gigs or find freelancers? By asking your network!That’s one of the many reasons we built an online community (called Hives): to make it easier to find a great network of local and national freelancers.One of our most popular Hives this week is Work, work, work. Created by long-time Freelancers Union member Marc Scheff, Work, work, work is all about posting work you need done or work you can do.Check out the network.Screenshot of one conversation in Work, work, work.Post now to meet other freelancers! Even if you don’t feel like posting publicly in the network, but you feel like working with another HIve member, click on their name and get their contact info on their profile (or Email them directly through their profile).And while you’re there, browse through 50+ brand new Hives started by members of Freelancers Union over the last week.Have fun — and get that gig.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Had A Pin Inserted In His Wrist, Per This X-Ray Photo From His Father

first_imgEzekiel Elliott wrist x-ray photo.Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.last_img read more