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On Snake Oil and Medicine

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The people who sell snake oil stand on boxes and shout about it’s great value, how it has changed lives, how you will never be the same. They promise fast, effective, easy answers to serious problems. They’re great at their pitch. These hucksters want you to believe that the snake oil is going to cure what ails you, just like it has cured all the other people who have tried it.The snake oil itself often comes in a pretty package. Not only do the words sound good; the packaging is amazing. There are excellent graphics, inspiring images, and tons of facts and figures that the snake oil salespeople point to in order to prove that what they sell can and will help you. It’s a compelling picture.And, the snake oil tastes good, too. It’s a happy, bubbly, sugary substance. It’s high octane, and you can almost feel it working at first sip. You try it, and you want more.It’s easy to believe that there are easy answers. But for difficult, important, and serious issues, there isn’t.The medicine that heals you is different. Most of the time, your health is greatly improved by doing things that aren’t nearly as attractive as the snake oil. There is nothing sexy or magical about eating right, exercising regularly, eating well, drinking more water than you want to, and not drinking too much alcohol. There isn’t anything particularly sexy about making your calls, either.When you do need real medicine, it doesn’t come in a pretty package, and it doesn’t taste good. If you wait too long to take your medicine, you can miss the opportunity and suffer worse outcomes from failing to deal with a little discomfort when you had the chance.One of the reasons snake oil is so attractive is that the real medicine you need to take is so unattractive. But the snake oil will cost you time, money, and the overall results you really want.When you haven’t been doing what you should have been doing, you need to take your medicine. You’ve never heard anyone say, “You need to take your snake oil.”last_img read more

Gurus in trouble: Charges Against Some of India’s Self-styled Godmen

first_imgAsaram was sentenced to life imprisonment till death for raping a teenage girl + studying at his ashram in August 2013. The disgraced “godman” was arrested in Indore on September 1, 2013 and has been lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail ever since. While reading out the judgement, the judge said “In my humble opinion, Asaram not only broke the faith of the complainant but also spoiled the image of saints among common men.”Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

Southern spice ain’t always nice

first_imgAkshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in Holiday.Lucky they make films down South, where else would most Bollywood bigwigs look for those 100-crore inspirations. Watching Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, the latest Hindi biggie photocopied from a southern blockbuster, you sense deja vu.They just keep coming in, these remade-toorder packages for the northern audience from Tamil, Telugu or Malayalam hits, dialogues mostly translated word for word and with almost all melodrama/ slapstick/ violence diligently retained. Production creativity usually involves signing a top male lead, retaining the technical crew of the southern original and adding the essential Hindi naach-gaana (a dash of Yo Yo Honey Singh always helps).Wait, there is a catch. Bollywood bigshots have taken to the fad blindly but these southern remakes are not exactly setting new yardsticks – not even on the commercial scale. A quick check of stats reveals it all. Eversince Aamir Khan’s Ghajini triggered off the trend in 2008 rehashing a Tamil superhit of the same name, every superstar worth his gym-toned six-pack has scampered to acquire remake rights of southern hits. The box-office story however does not agree with the craze, a look at Bollywood’s all-time top 10 highest grosser list reveals.Eight out 10 films on the domestic list are not southern remakes. Dhoom 3, Chennai Express, 3 Idiots, Ek Tha Tiger, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Krrish 3 and Dabangg 2 make up the top seven on the chart, with Dabangg at number nine.Salman Khan’s Bodyguard, remake of a Malayalam hit of the same name, and Akshay’s Rowdy Rathore, inspired by the Telugu flick Vikramarkudu, are Bollywood’s only all-time hits that have made it to the list touting the remake formula – that too at numbers eight and 10 respectively.advertisementThe scene is worse for Southern remakes on the global list. Only Bodyguard retains its top-10 spot, with Jab Tak Hai Jaan yanking Rowdy Rathore off the list.Clearly Bollywood fans, domestic and foreign, are not all impressed. Yet, the southern remakes keep coming in. Earlier this year Salman Khan tried rehashing Chiranjeevi’s Telugu blockbuster Stalin as Jai Ho and the outcome was far from encouraging for the trade. The formula worked for Salman with Wanted and Ready, and he should hope it clicks for his Eid release Kick, yet another Telugu remake. Ajay Devgn’s Singham and Son Of Sardaar, Akshay Kumar’s Boss and John Abraham’s Force are some other recent hits to translate Tamil/Telugu / Malayalam melodrama into Hindi.Holiday, which has crossed the `50-crore mark in its opening week rehashing last year’s Tamil blockbuster Thuppakki, will not be Akshay’s last tryst with the southern film factory. His upcoming Gabbar reruns the 2002 Tamil hit, Ramanaa. THE trend of course is not new. It became popular around the eighties when Jeetendra did a series of Hindi hits with Telugu directors such as T. Rama Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao, K. Bapaiah and Dasari Narayana Rao. All these films mostly co-starred Sridevi, Jaya Pradha or Meenakshi Sheshadri, served the same convenient purpose – drawing plots from Tamil or Telugu originals. Other top stars of the era including Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty followed suit. Saleable plots those days were all about heightened drama. The current lot mostly looks southward for sleek action. The mood has changed, the inspiration hasn’t.NOT QUITE ON THE BALLFootball fever is all over and FIFA, governing body of the game, has readied a grand ode to itself. A full-length drama titled United Passions traces 100 years of FIFA history starting 1904, and aims at highlighting the organisation’s contributions as immense.Their problem is no one is buying the film. It was meant to release this week coinciding with the FIFA World Cup after a somewhat lukewarm premiere at Cannes earlier this year.So far, the film has managed only one screening in Azerbaijan (why Azerbaijan? No idea frankly). Most leading footballing markets in Europe except Portugal and Russia have been reluctant to commercially release the film. United Passions director Frederic Auburtin has been quoted in The Sunday Times, London, as saying distribution hassles have come in the way.Truth is no one is quite willing to shell it out for a 25-million flick that stars Tim Roth as FIFA president Sepp Blatter.While on Blatter, the rumour is he might have doctored the script a wee bit, to glorify his character on screen beyond all the muckraking associated with the world’s most popular game. Uh, well… what’s sport without some matchfixing?REKHA WOULD SEE REDJust heard the joke of the year, and I had to share this one. Dirty Politics director K.C. Bokadia has apparently grandly announced the film will change his heroine Mallika Sherawat’s (left) fortunes, same way his 1991 release Phool Bane Angaray brought Rekha back to the limelight. Huh? I quite don’t know which one to react to – the comparison with Rekha, or Bokadia’s assertion hinting that Rekha could ever go out of the limelight. In any case, hadn’t Mallika set out to turn the fortunes of Hollywood the last we heard?The add-on stumper about Dirty Politics, based on the sordid Bhanwari Devi case, is that Mallika now wants a raunchy item number in the film. Shot on herself. Hang on, wasn’t she playing a sari-clad social crusader in the film?advertisementlast_img

New Mahindra Scorpio to be launched today

first_imgNew generation Mahindra ScorpioThe much awaited new Mahindra Scorpio, which aims to be a completely different Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) from what it was earlier, is being launched on Thursday. Faced with increasing competition from compact SUVs such as Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster, and also other true blue SUVs such as the Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Xenon XT, the Scorpio once again wants to stand out, resulting in various modifications.So far, we are aware that the new Mahindra Scorpio will get the same mHawk engine as in its earlier avatar. This engine is capable of developing 121 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque. However, heavy modifications in terms of technology and safety are expected in the new vehicle. In addition to this, several styling changes have also been forecast, as spy shots revealed earlier. The fit and finish in the latest Scorpio is also expected to be better.For further information, do catch the live webcast of the new generation Mahindra Scorpio .last_img read more


first_imgJLR sure to grow volume and market share in 2018: SuriMumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India, whichhas clocked a 66 per cent volume growth in theJanuary-June period, is hopeful of maintaining the momentumthrough the rest of the year and expects to “close 2018 with arobust double-digit growth that will be much above theindustry average.”Buoyed by a strong product portfolio, in the firsthalf of 2018, the Tata Motors subsidiary sold 2,579 units, up66 per cent over the same six-month period in 2017. In theentire 2017, its volume stood at 3,954 units, up 49 per centover 2016.This had helped the British brand cross its owntargets both in volume as well as in marketshare terms, whichcrossed 11 per cent in 2017 against a target of 10 per cent.”The brand JLR is becoming popular by the day. We aresure to more or less continue (the 66 per cent volume growth)momentum of the first half into the rest of the year. We aresure of clocking robust double-digit growth, which will bemuch above the industry growth rate,” Rohit Suri, presidentand managing director of JLR India, told PTI.He attributed the good H1 show to “the good run thatthe Discovery Sport and the Evoque from the Land Rover stableand the XE and XF from the Jaguar platform.”On the other hand, the market leader Mercedes-Benzgrossed 8,061 units, up 12.4 per cent over the six-monthsperiod in 2017, and the No 2 player BMW sold 5,171 units inthe same period, clipping at around 14 per cent. And theSwedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spike involumes at 1,242 units.advertisementThe third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figuresIn the beginning of the year, JLR said it would have abig product offensive this year with 10 launches, includingvariants.When asked about market share target for 2018, hesaid, “we will definitely grow the market share. We closed2017 with 11 per cent of the market pie, but refused toproffer a number for the same in 2018.”As an industry the luxury car segment should gross at41,000 to 42,000 units this year, he added.Asked about the pre-owned car business, Suri said, theApproved business, which is the brand name of its secondscar arm, is doing pretty well clocking around 20 per cent ofits new sales.Asked whether they are planning to increase engineproduction from the Pune facility, he said, “we continue tolook at more growth opportunities. But there is no immediateplans to massively scale up our operations here. At the sametime let me add that we do a lot of things in Pune and notjust assembly. One of them is engines.”On whether they will have small cars in the country, asegment thats growing at a much faster clip and which hashelped its larger rivals like Mercedes and BMW to cornervolumes, Suri said, “there is no immediate plan that isIndia-specific. We’ll continue to roll in our global productsto this market as we don’t look at any India-specific productin the short to medium-term.”Meanwhile, Suri said the company opened its 27thintegrated sales-cum-service outlet in Chennai today.The second outlet in the Southern metro is located onthe Chennai-Bengaluru highway and is one of the largest as itsspread over 2,800 meters.With this the company has 27 outlets in 25 cities andmay add two more this year, Suri added. PTI BEN DSK DSK DSKRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

4-Star QB From NFL Family Announces Nebraska Commitment

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Scott Frost has landed his quarterback in the class of 2019. He got one with some impressive football bloodlines.Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian four-star quarterback Luke McCaffrey announced his commitment to Nebraska moments ago. McCaffrey chose the Huskers over Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss, UNC, Washington and others.He is the youngest member of the McCaffrey clan. His father Ed was a longtime NFL wide receiver and older brother Christian currently plays running back for the Carolina Panthers.Another brother Dylan is a quarterback at Michigan, and oldest brother Max played wide receiver at Duke and briefly in the NFL.After much consideration, I am extremely blessed to announce that I am officially committed to The University of Nebraska! #GBR pic.twitter.com/BvYFUVTFDH— Luke McCaffrey (@mccaffrey_luke) June 4, 2018The top 2019 recruit in Colorado, Luke McCaffrey hasn’t been limited to quarterback thus far. In fact, he’s never been the full-time starter there for his school.McCaffrey was the primary backup to Blake Stenstrom, a Colorado signee, last season. In the playing time he received, McCaffrey completed 54-of-71 passes for 878 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.He also rushed for 548 yards and nine touchdowns and hauled in 19 receptions for 147 yards and one score.In 2016, McCaffrey was primarily a receiver, catching 47 passes for 717 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 245 yards and two TDs that season as a sophomore.last_img read more

Pictou Nursing Home to be Replaced

first_imgPictou and area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement of Shiretown Nursing Home, an 89- bed long-term-care facility in Pictou. Premier Rodney MacDonald joined Health Minister Chris d’Entremont to announce the facility replacement today, Feb. 6, in Pictou. “Last spring, we outlined a plan to build a long-term-care system that meets the needs and reflects the values of Nova Scotians,” said Premier MacDonald. “The Continuing Care Strategy will allow Nova Scotians to live well in a place they can call home. Today’s announcement is another step forward in making that plan a reality.” “Nova Scotians want to know that — if they need it — long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Shiretown Nursing Home has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the days to come.” The replacement of Shiretown Nursing Home became necessary in part because of its age and also because of demands placed on the facility by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities being built in the future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will also allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Pictou is expected to be completed by March 2010.last_img read more

Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition Shastri

first_imgCoolidge (Antigua): The reappointed Ravi Shastri says his primary endeavour will be facilitating a smooth transition by the time he leaves the scene. There will also be room for experimentation, he said, as the team looks to leave a lasting legacy. Shastri, 57, was on Friday reappointed for a second term. As per BCCI’s constitution, the national team’s head coach has to be below 60 years, the age Shastri will be approaching by the time his current tenure ends. The 2023 World Cup still a long way and winning 2021 World T20 is the realistic goal for the team. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Next two years is to see that smooth transition happens because you will get a lot of youngsters coming, especially into the white ball setup. There will be youngsters coming into the Test match setup as well,” Shastri told BCCI tv. “You will need to identify another three-four bowlers to add to the pool, those are the challenges. So that the team, at the end of our tenure, in 26 months, my endeavour would be to leave the team in a happier place. So that they can leave a legacy for the time to come,” the former India all-rounder said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe wants the team to leave the kind of legacy that future generations would find it difficult look to emulate. “I had the belief that this team could leave a legacy very few teams have left behind in years to come, not just for the moment they are playing but at the end of it all… the kind of legacy other teams going down decades will want to try and emulate. “That is the desire, we are on track. There is always room for improvement. And with youth coming in through the ranks, I think it’s very exciting time. When you strive for excellence and you strive to raise the bar day in, day out, then you got to pay attention to that detail. When you do mess up, you have an off day, don’t let that day go by, in fact, make sure that you are focussing and concentrating on how you can get over that barrier,” he said. Shastri, who had the public backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the short-listing was initiated, has been reappointed for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. Among all the candidates, Shastri’s record was unmatched as the team reached the No.1 ranking in Test matches under his guidance and won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years, besides decent success in the limited overs format. “It’s been superbly consistent if you look at the performance over the last two-three years. But like I said that is the bar they have set and now it’s up to them to raise the bar,” Shastri assessed the team’s performance in the last two years. “There is no other way, they have to. Unless you make those efforts, even at the cost of certain results, you will not know what your best setup is. There is a time when you got to invest in getting youth into the side in ensuring that you have better combinations, you are better kept all-round.” Shastri stressed on the improvements the current setup has made in fielding. “On thing that is most important is that over the last four-five years the biggest improvement is fielding and the endeavour is to make this the best fielding side in the world. “So it is a clear diktat to whoever wants to play for this team the standards of that particular player’s fielding will have to be of the highest level, especially in white ball cricket.” “Collectively, looking at the coaches, the players, the team management the endeavour is to keep this consistency going and try and take it to another level.” He also thanked the three-member committee led by Kapil Dev along with Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad for showing faith in him for another term.last_img read more

CBC head defends coverage after Scheer suggests too much focus on US

first_imgOTTAWA — The CEO of the CBC is defending its coverage of American politics after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer suggested the public broadcaster places too much emphasis on the United States and should focus more on Canadian stories.Appearing before a committee of MPs today, Catherine Tait was asked by Liberal MP Wayne Long to respond to Scheer’s comments, which he says he found concerning.Tait says the CBC’s primary focus is local, but that it’s important to also cover news from around the world so Canadians can see how international events could affect their lives in Canada.Scheer told The Canadian Press earlier this week that if he is elected prime minister, he would like to scrutinize the national public broadcaster to ensure the CBC tells enough Canadian stories.Tait stresses the importance of the CBC remaining independent of government or politics, calling this the key difference between a public broadcaster and state-run media.Tait also says the Crown corporation’s revenues have been declining by $20 million a year, despite a major cash infusion from the Trudeau government — the result of government funding not being tied to inflation coupled with a decline in advertising and subscription revenues. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Changes to Emera Incs ownership rules would allow more foreign investment

The Canadian Press HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is proposing legislative changes that would lift foreign ownership restrictions for Nova Scotia Power’s parent company, Halifax-based Emera Inc.Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says the change would remove a provision that restricts non-Canadians from owning more than 25 per cent of the voting shares of the company.MacLellan says another change would see Emera and Nova Scotia Power commit to keeping their head offices and principal executive officers in Nova Scotia.The minister says the changes will give Emera more funding flexibility and the access to capital that’s needed to help it compete in the global market.The legislation maintains the current rule that no outside entity can hold or control more than 15 per cent of the company’s voting shares.Bruce Marchand, Emera’s chief legal and compliance officer, says the changes will have no effect on the province’s ratepayers. read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1525797 up 6601

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,257.97, up 66.01 pointsDow — 22,092.81, up 66.71 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,476.83, up 4.67 pointsNasdaq — 6,351.56, up 11.22 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.13 cents US, down 0.37 of a centPound — C$1.6495, down 0.24 of centEuro — C$1.4886, down 0.42 of a centEuro — US$1.1812, down 0.56 of a centOil futures:US$49.58, up 55 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,264.60 per oz., down $9.80(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $21.813 per oz., $701.29 per kg.) read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Take a break: Fretting about returning to work Monday? Relax. It’s a holiday for most Canadians, including Bay Street traders. The Toronto Stock Exchange is closed.Real estate tax: As of Tuesday, foreigners buying property in Vancouver will have to pay a 15 per cent tax. The B.C. government introduced the levy in an effort to cool down the city’s torrid real estate market — two months after saying it wasn’t in favour of it out of concerns it would deter investment from Asia. Concerns are now rising that foreign capital will migrate elsewhere, including Toronto.Earnings, earnings, earnings: It’s another big week for earnings. Quarterly results are due from numerous corporate giants, including Molson, Saputo, Quebecor, SNC-Lavalin and Canadian Tire.Bombardier: The Montreal-based manufacturer of planes and trains releases its second-quarter results Friday. Bombardier, which has been the focus of much public attention as it makes a push to sell its CSeries passenger jets, is still awaiting response from Ottawa for its request for federal funding.Jobs: The monthly jobs report for July comes out Friday. The unemployment rate dipped in June to 6.8 per cent, but any enthusiasm was dampened due to several factors including a loss of jobs and the fact that fewer people were looking for work. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Meet Genie The awardwinning cat who helped 11yearold girl through her cancer

first_imgGenie, a cancer-nursing cat, has been named Cat of The Year.The rescue animal helped her owner through bone cancer treatment.She was given the honour for helping her young owner, Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.The child, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2016, said that Genie helped her deal with long spells in hospital and several painful operations.Ms Henderson said the cat deserved the prize from the Cats Protection League. “I think she’s great. She deserves it. She’s always been there for me,” said Evie.”She would come round my leg with the plaster and she would sit by my feet. She would smell my plaster and she’d come up on to the sofa and do pitter-patter on my knee.”When I’ve been too ill to have friends round or go outside and I’ve been stuck in the house, she’d come round me and that made me a lot happier and gave me great comfort.”She also said Genie’s moulting helped her deal with the trauma of losing her hair.She said: “It was very upsetting for me because I had long brown hair. But at the same time as it was spring, Genie was moulting as well so it was sort of like I’m losing my hair and Genie’s losing her hair as well so that eased the shock of it all.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hair Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hairlast_img read more

Google now lets everyone block sites from search results

first_imgIn the middle of last month Google surprised everyone by introducing a Chrome browser extension that allowed you to block sites from search results if you didn’t want to see them anymore. It was called Personal Blocklist and instantly became popular because it can drastically increase the quality of search results for an individual.The only problem with Personal Blocklist is that it requires you to use the Chrome browser and install a plug-in. That meant any user that prefers to, or is forced to use an alternative like Firefox or Internet Explorer, couldn’t take advantage of the blocking feature.Google must of realized this and has responded by introducing an alternative filtering option that requires no plug-in and is browser-independent. Instead it becomes part of the search result link options and is managed by a Google account login.A new option should appear next to the Cached link in search results to “Block all -domain name- results”. As long as you have a Google account, and are logged in, it will remember which sites you have blocked. The next time you search they won’t appear. It’s possible to temporarily block without a login, but it won’t survive beyond you leaving the search page as far as we can tell.With blocks in place Google won’t show those search results in future, but will tell you how many sites got blocked from your search. This appears as a link at the bottom of the search page so you can choose to look at them if you so wish.Google isn’t using the data gathered from this feature for search rankings, but will keep looking at it to see the effect it has. For now, if you use Chrome 9+, IE8+, or Firefox 3.5+ with the English-language versions you should see this new feature already or it will appear very shortly.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Mjolnir Tool Set Puts a Hammer Inside

first_imgI like tools that are designed ergonomically, for simple and easy use. I also like tools that can be easily weaponized. ThinkGeek’s Thor Hammer Tool Set falls squarely in the latter category, since it’s basically a full toolbox on the end of a stick. Ever wonder how Thor fixes things around the house? Well, probably Asgardian magic-science. But since you’re not Asgardian, you can use this Mjolnir toolkit instead.Here’s the toolbox closed. Yeah, that’s Thor’s hammer. Big dumb silver-colored head, big dumb leather-colored handle, just asking to be used for bludgeoning your foes. Disappointingly, the hammer head is a hard plastic shell rather than metal. It still feels very sturdy, but it feels like Asgard’s workmanship with Ur-metal isn’t quite as impressive as Craftsman’s. Thankfully, it stays securely closed and sits solidly on the handle, with four thick plastic tabs (two on each side) keeping the toolkit together.AdChoices广告Popping open the tabs lets you unfold the hammer into a compact, full set of tools. The centerpiece of the toolset is a 13-ounce claw hammer built into the handle. It means the hammer looks comically long when it isn’t locked inside the set, but that’s part of its charm. It also means you can get some good leverage with it. The claw hammer head is a hefty solid steel, and is affixed very strongly on the plastic and rubber handle, so don’t worry about sending it flying because of some loose fasteners or adhesive. Despite the plastic bits, the tools in this toolkit are quite sturdy.The other tools in the set aren’t quite as Asgardian, with steel fixtures and handle is made of red plastic and black rubber. There’s a 6-inch pair of pliers, a 6-inch adjustable wrench, a quick-release ratchet wrench, a ratcheting bit driver, a 10-foot tape measure, a spirit level, and a small lockback folding knife that takes utility blades.The ratchet wrench and bit driver have plenty of accessories in the box, so you can handle most bolts, nuts, and screws. The wrench comes with 24 sockets in both metric and imperial, a 2-inch extension bar, and four socketed bits for working with big, difficult screws. The bit driver has six double-sided bits including different-sized Philips, slotted, Pozidriv, and hex bits, plus a 3.5-inch extension bar.All of the tools and trays of bits click securely into slots in the box, except the head of the claw hammer, which rests loosely in the middle and is secured by the box itself when closed. If you make sure every tool is where it should be, you can close up the hammer head and swing it around with little fear of rattling and your tools getting mixed up. This is still a thick plastic box filled with a bunch of metal bits and secured by tabs, though, so don’t actually pretend to be Thor with it; no matter how securely closed it might seem, you’re inviting chunks of metal flying everywhere and breaking all of your things and loved ones. It’s a toolbox, and should be treated like a toolbox.The toolset is made by Ukonic, a manufacturer and wholesaler of licensed tools, housewares, and clothes. If you see tea sets, mini fridges, or rugs on ThinkGeek or at GameStop, there’s a good chance Ukonic made them. And no, you can’t buy directly; they only supply to retailers, which is why this is the ThinkGeek Thor Hammer Tool Set and not the Ukonic Thor Hammer Tool Set. They don’t have the pedigree of Craftsman or Snap-On, and the plastic and rubber used for the handles of the tools aren’t particularly dense or precisely molded, but these are still solid steel tools that can handle most home repair jobs. The hand tools all feel solid, even if the handles aren’t the best. I’d feel confident using these tools to dismantle or repair whatever pipes or masonry I could reasonably fix without power tools or professional work.The ThinkGeek Thor Hammer Tool Set is $99, which is pretty expensive for this kind of hand tool set. Of course, if you just wanted tools, you’d go to Home Depot instead of ThinkGeek. If you’re handy (or know someone who is) and want a big dumb Mjolnir filled with useful hand tools, this is a fun, if a bit expensive pick. These aren’t Snap-On tools, but they’re solid, and in a fun Marvel-themed package. With a hammer inside a bigger hammer.last_img read more

Claude Puel believes Ghezzal will bring something different

first_imgLeicester city boss Claude Puel sees a big future for new boy Rachid Ghezzal claiming will bring something different to his team.Ghezzal, 26, followed up his first goal for the club on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood with his first Premier League goal against Liverpool.However, Puel was still full of praise for his new signing’s performance despite the loss to Liverpool.“I think he played a very good game,” said Puel.“He kept good ball under pressure. He has the quality to play between the lines. He can move, he can shoot, he can cross, he can give assists and good service.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I said when he came from Monaco, it was a very interesting signing for us. He offers something different to the other players.“It is important for our squad to have this player and I am happy about his performance.“For his first start in the Premier League, he did a lot of good things. In the battles, too, and his defensive work. All good things to continue to improve and give his best for the future.“I am happy about his listening, about his consistency in the game. He played a lot of time, three days before, and repeated a good performance today. It was amazing. It was good for him and for the squad.last_img read more

Bridging funding for Columbia River Crossing

first_imgKnock aside the steel beams and concrete, and there’s just one thing that the Columbia River Crossing will be built upon: money.And one of the largest public works projects in the Pacific Northwest has an unusual plan to get that money — one that relies on the federal government, two states and local tolls to pay the estimated $2.63 billion to $3.76 billion price tag.The CRC is coming of age in an era where paying for big infrastructure projects is growing increasingly difficult, so having a diversified portfolio works in the project’s favor, Director Nancy Boyd said. Not one partner — the states, the feds or the commuters — could pay for this by themselves, she said.“With the current state of the economy, trying to finance a project of this magnitude in any of those realms alone couldn’t be done,” Boyd said. “In my mind, you have to have all three.”U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made it clear he’s a fan of the project, and President Barack Obama has mentioned it in his memos. A steady stream of state legislators on both sides of the Columbia River have said they’re also for seeing a new Interstate 5 bridge, light rail into downtown Vancouver and up to seven interchange improvements over five miles.last_img read more

Scientists just discovered a new dinosaur with leathery bat wings

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 15 Photos Tags This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurscenter_img 0 null To the Batcave! Cheung Chung Tat Holy leathery membranes, Batman! An exquisite, fascinating fossil find in northern China has provided new evidence that some Jurassic dinosaurs developed membranous wings like those seen in modern day bats. A complete analysis of the find is published in the journal Nature on May 8, detailing the new fossil, which researchers have named Ambopteryx longibranchium. The nearly-complete fossil was spotted in 2017, lying in a rock formation dating back 163 million years. Remnants of the creature’s plumage and tissues were well-preserved, allowing researchers to slowly piece together the history and form of the unusual dinosaur.The researchers found soft tissue around the dinosaur’s flanks and across its arms, showing it had folds of leathery skin that would have resembled wings. The fossil also contains a “styliform” — a long bone that extends from the wrist — providing further evidence the membrane likely ran from Ambopteryx’s flank to its fingertips.Measuring approximately 13 inches in length, Ambopteryx would have lived in the trees of the Jurassic period and used its wings to glide through the air, rather than for powered flight. It belongs to a group of dinosaurs known as the scansoriopterygids, which all contain lanky arms, but it’s only the second fossil found in the group to contain the styliform bone.That is significant, because it strengthens the case the first “bat-winged” fossil, located in 2015 from a location only 50 miles away, was indeed a flyer. Dubbed “Yi qi”, the fossil was bizarre enough that it divided paleontologist opinion on whether or not the creature had wings. We know dinosaurs eventually evolved feathery wings and became today’s birds, but besides Yi qi, there wasn’t any prior evidence in the fossil record to suggest this type of non-avian flight.That makes Ambopteryx a powerful find, lending weight to the idea Yi qi did indeed develop a separate method of flight, similar to that of the pterosaurs but different to the line of dinosaurs that would eventually become birds. The membrane may even be present in previously discovered members of the scansoriopterygids, though at present it is believed the other members had more bird-like wings.last_img read more

VW Type 20 electric concept is a slick batteryelectric microbus

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Vans 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 3:28 VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIt might be a little too SEMA-y for some people’s tastes, but those weird orange bits are made using some unique methods. Volkswagen VW’s undergoing a bit of rebranding, taking its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and turning it into the Innovation and Engineering Center California, which will be its largest R&D facility outside Germany. To commemorate the occasion, it’s rolled out a wicked new concept that mixes both new and old.Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled the Type 20 concept. Starting with a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus, the automaker ripped out its guts and replaced it with something just a little more up to date. It sports a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, a 2,500-watt onboard charger and an electric motor that makes 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There’s more than just a new powertrain in there. A clever pneumatic suspension, developed with Porsche, allows the Type 20 to change its ride height through software, rising as the driver approaches. Using a 720p wide-angle camera in the driver’s second window, the concept uses facial recognition to allow the driver entry to the vehicle.It keeps getting weirder, too. There are direction microphones in three locations — outside in the front, by the driver and in the back where the passengers are. These feed into a voice assistant that is capable of understanding more natural language commands than what VW currently offers in its passenger cars. If a command is given from the exterior, the vehicle “responds” with LED-light feedback through the headlights and the VW badge on the front end, but it can respond to certain questions like, “Are you ready to go?” Facial recognition technology means that the Type 20 will greet you by name as you approach and unlock the door for you. A quick look at the pictures below shows some weird, wild structures both inside and outside the Type 20 concept. These were created with the help of Autodesk, using something VW calls “generative design,” which creates some very organic shapes for the wheels, steering wheel, side mirror stanchions and the supports for the rear seats. Volkswagen determined a set of physical parameters and let a computer design around them. Designers then drilled down further until they had look that you see here. Weird, but still really cool. There’s also a holographic display in the dashboard that doesn’t require special glasses, likely an extension of the GTI concept VW created for this year’s Wörthersee show.Volkswagen will bring the Type 20 to Monterey Car Week later this summer, but its permanent home will be at the new Innovation and Engineering Center California to show visitors and employees alike what is possible using off-the-beaten-path ideas. Other historic and prototype cars will be on display alongside it, as well. 2 VW Type 20 concept takes what’s old and makes it new again Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagenlast_img read more

Audis RS 7 Sportback Launched in India at ₹128 crore Salman Khan

first_imgGerman luxury car manufacturer Audi has introduced its five-door coupé RS 7 Sportback in India with a price tag of ₹1.28 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai).Salman Khan Drives Audi RS 7 Home (varinder chawla )last_img