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Auto Companies Show Off The Latest In Electric Technology At Vegas SEMA Show

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Companies in the automotive and car parts industry like Fox shocks, paid attention to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the big players show off their latest models and technological developments. The notable theme throughout the 2019 iteration of the event is the embracing of electric technology.

Ford, known for its bold moves and developments, was present at the show to unveil their 900 HP Mustang Lithium, a one-of-a-kind iteration of the classic American muscle car, powered by twin motor electric drive system.

Chevrolet, meanwhile, showed off their E-10 concept, a truck model that’s powered by an electric drive system in its rear, dubbed the ‘eCrate’, which the company suggests may soon be available for buyers looking for performance parts.

The aftermarket industry has no limits to its creativity, according to Chris Kersting, President and CEO of SEMA, a North American organization that represents trade specialty and aftermarket parts and accessory manufacturers, like Fox shocks, and the like.

SEMA members are forecasted to generate about $44.7bn in revenue in the US alone for 2019, which is a notable increase from 2018’s $42.92bn. For comparison, the worldwide movie industry raked in a total of $41.7 billion in 2018.

Over the past couple of years, a small chunk of SEMA’s members have been exploring electric technology to see what they can do with it. For example, California’s Unplugged Performance is currently offering a wide range of modifications for Tesla products, like brake and suspension upgrades and the like.

Cj3 EVV owner CJ Whelan says that electrification is basically the Wild West of the auto industry; full of potential.

SEMA reports that most of the businesses aimed at electric vehicles haven’t been reporting their income yet, but expects that particular segment of the market to grow quickly, which will, in turn, attract more prospects.

Part of the uncertainty stems from the difficulty of integrating electric technology into vehicles.

However, with major automakers like Chevrolet and Ford embracing electric technology, vehicles, and conversion, the segment could grow. The Chevy E-10 Concept, in particular, started out as a 1962 C-10 pickup, which got an electric drive system derived from the one in the Bolt EV. Chevy states that the Concept has 450 horses, with a 0-60 record of 5 seconds.

Ford’s Mustang Lithium, meanwhile, will be acting as the company’s test bed, with plans to create an all-electric Mustang that can take on the Porsche Taycan.

Ford Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer Hau Thai-Tang says that the company has made no secret that it’s working on electrifying their most iconic brands. He adds that the Lithium is a great chance to showcase what kind of performance an electric powertrain can deliver to an iconic, well-loved vehicle.

4 Tips To Retain Your Truck Drivers

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Truck driving is a tough job. Trucking industry is facing a critical shortage of drivers due to the everyday challenges of truck driving and low wages when compared to other professions. Though truck driver’s compensation has increased in the past years due to the shortage, it is still not in line with the rising inflation.

One of the critical problems faced by companies trucking in Hamilton, Guelph, and all over the world is retaining good drivers. Here are some useful tips to solve the problem.

The First year is Crucial

The retention strategy should start from the first day of recruitment. Most trucking companies report that around 55% of new drivers leave the company within the first 6 months. To solve this issue you can take steps like meeting the recruits regularly to discuss issues they are facing, starting mentoring programs to train the new drivers and partnering senior drivers with the new drivers.

Respect the Views and Opinions of the Drivers

Experienced truck drivers become experts as they do the same job for years together. They can provide you valuable suggestions from their driving experience. Have regular discussions and show that you respect their experience.

Make Sure They are Connected

Make sure that your drivers are educated, entertained and engaged while away from home. Encourage them to stay connected with family, friends and co-workers through social media. You can give regular updates and educate them through webinars and online tutorials. Equip the vehicles with latest entertainment tools to enable the drivers to cool down during their off time.

Take Care of their Mental and Physical Health

Truck driver profession is challenging. Drivers are on duty for most part of the time and suffer from mental health conditions due to stress. It is important to take care of the physical and mental health of the drivers to ensure they are fit for driving. Give them access to health clubs at home and on the go. You can also enroll them in workshops and courses that improve their mental health.

An experienced driver is a valuable asset to companies engaged in trucking in Hamilton and all over the world. It is important to pay attention to driver retention strategies to ensure that your drivers are happy and stay with you.

4 Tips On Professional Attire For Women For Less

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One of the things that you would think about when you are a newly hired employee is what you are going to wear to the office. If you are thinking about professional attire for women, you would automatically imagine spending a sizable amount for your new wardrobe. While this can be true, there are tips for you to minimize your expenses. Here are some tips:

Invest on new clothes

Investing new clothes doesn’t mean you would binge shop and bust all your savings for a new wardrobe. Investing means buying a few pieces of quality clothes every after a few weeks instead of buying a lot of cheap items that can only last for a few washing. Buy clothes that can easily be paired with other clothing items and those that can be worn over and over again without being too obvious. Clothes such as slacks, blazers, and black skirts are example of professional attire for women which can be easily be paired with other items.

Accessorize

Instead of buying flashy clothes to achieve that attractive look, you can opt to wear elegant but affordable accessories such as a few jewelries, bold necklaces, some bangles and other items that can accentuate your attire. Neutral colors such as black, gray, and beige, including white are some of the colors that you can easily mix and match with other colors, items and accessories.

Hunt for on sale items

If you have the patience, you can find high quality pieces of clothing on a discounted price from shopping malls and online markets. Look for end of season sale or clearance sale as they are generally cheaper but with quality that remains high.

Rummage your closet

Lastly, when you need professional attire for women, you don’t have to look too far. All you have to do is check out your closet or clothes that you have kept away since you don’t need them at the moment. You might be surprised at the gems you will find in your cabinet that are still in good condition and can be used to impress your new colleagues at work.

Tortilliera Closed By Public Health Department Due To Cockroaches And Rodent Droppings

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Pests like files, rodents, cockroaches and ants can cause a number of problems for food establishments. Flies can enter a restaurant while guests are entering or exiting through the open doors. Cockroaches will immediately create a wrong impression among customers. The best way to preserve the restaurant’s reputation is to call national exterminators that will ensure that the business environment is pest-free.

A tortilleria at Pico Rivera was ordered closed by Los Angeles County Public Health Department because of fresh and old rodent droppings and live cockroaches. An inspector from the health department visited the La Fortuna Tortilliera on 9237 Whittier Avenue last October 8. The inspector made a report based on his findings.

The inspector found more than 20 fresh and old rodent droppings on the floor behind the water heater and on the ledge between pipes. There were 2 live nymphs and 1 live adult cockroach on the floor behind the water heater. The tortilliera was given a score of 83 and ordered shutdown. Last October 11, it was re-inspected and allowed to reopen.

The public health department grades facilities with a number and letter score like school report cards. Once a facility is closed because of cockroach, fly or rodent infestation, sewage problems or absence of running water, 7 points are lost by the facility in addition to the 4 points deducted for major health violations. The facility losses another 3 points from its inspection score if 2 major health hazards like unsafe food temperatures are found.

When the permit of a restaurant or market is suspended, they have to close until another inspection is carried to find out whether they fixed the problems. Closures can be ordered during routine or owner-initiated inspections, investigations for complaints and re-inspections. Facilities receive their grades on the day they are ordered closed.

The best pest control services are provided by national exterminators that will strive to solve pest problems. A business must always be protected from pest situations that can cause an inspection from the public health department. Aside from pest control, exterminators will control any future threats that can compromise the health and safety of customers.

 

 

Collect Memories From Australia’s Tropical Paradise

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North Queensland is the perfect example of Australia’s tropical paradise with its sweeping coastlines, lush forests and endless natural wonders. If you love road trips along the coast, you can take the Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle that will allow you many unforgettable memories without blowing the holiday budget.

Visitors who want to experience nature at its finest can take the scenic route to Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest. You can fly to Cairns Airport and take a road trip along the coast. One of the most scenic road trips across the world starts from Cairns all the way to coast of Café Tribulation. The Great Barrier Reef is one side while stunning tropical rainforests are on the other side.

Port Douglas is the best place to be to experience luxury. The town is home to Four Mile Beach, resorts, restaurants and boutiques. It takes under hours to drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation but a visitor must allocate at least two days of the holiday to explore the Daintree River, Jindalba Boardwalk, Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation fully.

During the holiday season, a ferry can take a visitor across the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation. The ferry operates from 6 in the morning up to 12 midnight; however, it is closed during Christmas Day. The boat trip takes 10 minutes and costs $30 return.

Mossman Gorge is part of the 100 million-year old Daintree Rainforest. It is the home of the most popular waterholes in Australia. The Daintree National Park boasts of its countless well maintained walking tracks. The park can be accessed through shuttle but for a small fee of $11.80 per adult.

The Daintree National Park backs onto the Great Barrier Reef. As you venture into the park, you will see 2 UNESCO world heritage sites. The park has 30,000 species of flora and fauna for every 120,000 hectares of forest.

The best option for a traveler who wants to relax is the Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle service. You can be picked up from the Cairns Airport through to Palm Grove or be collected from a Cairn hotel and taken to your desired destination.

Forget About Flat Tires With Michelin’s Uptis

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Do you remember the Michelin Tweel or futuristic-looking tires that are supported by rubber spokes instead of pressurized air? The French manufacturer of rubber goods has developed a tire that is strikingly similar to futuristic-looking tires. It is expected that the tire will be seen on public roads within the next few years.

The name of the prototype is Uptis or short for Unique Protocol-Proof Tire System. According to Steve Cron, senior principal product engineer of Michelin, Uptis is scheduled to be launched by General Motors vehicles by 2024. The two major companies are working together on the tire development project using Chevrolet Bolt, an all-electric hatchback as their developmental platform.

Uptis has numerous benefits compared to conventional pneumatic tires. The first benefit is never having to deal with a flat again. Uptis can run over broken glass, debris or drywell screws. The tire does not require maintenance or periodic air pressure checks. Vehicles that have been fitted with Uptis tires no longer need a jack, spare tire or tire pressure monitoring hardware.

Another advantage is Uptis tires can potentially be re-treaded when worn out instead of replacing them with a new set. A fresh layer of rubber can be applied on the tire similar to large tires that are used on tractor trailers and heavy equipment. Uptis tires have very high lateral stiffness to improve vehicle handling.

Uptis tires are based on Michelin’s Tweel that was introduced five years ago. Tweel is being used on non-roadgoing vehicles like skid loaders, lawn mowers and ATVs. At present, the exciting new tire design is undergoing small-scale testing. Tweel is not being used on road-going motor cars because it was designed for industrial applications with polyurethane-reinforced spokes for added stiffness. Meanwhile, Uptis is made from pure rubber that has been strengthened by fiberglass and resin.

It is easy to buy car tires but it is difficult to choose the right ones. The tire you want may not be within your budget and won’t work well for your location and lifestyle. There are specific qualities of different tires that include cost, appearance and brand and there is always the perfect tire from the selection of good tires.

DoD’s Focusing On The US’s Small Businesses

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The United States’ Department of Defense have noted that small businesses are under threat, with foreign nation states targeting them in order to infiltrate. The DoD reported this recently, adding that there must be more security of small businesses, as well as contractors that deal with cyberthreats.

Katie Arrington, the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition for Cyber’s Special Assistant, said that the US is losing in terms of cyber security, when she spoke at an event hosted by the AFCEA. She says that these adversaries, and their attacks cost the US about $600bn annually, which she notes will multiply when 5G rolls around, thanks to its capability to handle near-unlimited bandwidth. Arlington reports that, in response, the DoD’s latest cyber security maturity model certification (CMMC), has small businesses in mind during its development.

The CMMC is the framework that the DoD uses to grade a company’s cyber-security level, on a five-point scale, with one being the least secure, and five being the most secure. The new framework will require small US businesses to get their system checked and graded by the DoD, based on the purpose of the system and the nature of their business.

Simply put, a business that works on janitorial services or the like will only need to comply with the first level of the CMMC, compared to level 3, which amounts to the NSIT 800-171, or level 4, which is only used for exquisite systems that deal with major information.

Arrington notes that, in the past, the system that the US’s small businesses had to comply with was only two-tiered, which allowed companies to get a Plan of Actions & Milestones (POA&Ms) after complying with only 80 controls. She says that the US’s adversaries could just intrude and invade systems while the POA&Ms were being worked on.

Some in the market have noted that these new requirements from the CMMC might help with external forces, it could damage smaller companies pretty hard, to their detriment, with some saying that it might create entry barriers in the markets, limiting them, and reducing the number of competitors, which always happen to the detriment of the businesses, as well as the customers.