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    Read These Car Books While Youre Quarantined – Autoweek - March 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Working from home? Youre not alone. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have asked at least some employees to stay away from HQ. So have Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, Airbnb you get the picture.

    If social distancing (literally unheard of a couple weeks ago) is the new normal, youre going to need to curl up with a good book. Here are some Autoweek favorites to get you started.

    Uncommon Carriers, by John McPhee

    This is a book about people who do everything from drive trucks to pilot ships to drive coal trainsits a book about transportation. Why should you read it? Because McPhee is a nonfiction-narrative master, one of those writers who makes you interested in subjects you didnt know you were interested in.Uncommon Carriersis a perfect example of McPhee practicing his craft. Wes Raynal

    Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, by A.J. Baime


    In the '60s, Ford was faltering, and Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca and racer Carroll Shelby figured the best way to bring Ford some needed publicity was to do something no American automaker had ever done: Design, build and race a car that could beat Ferrari at Le Mans,the worlds mostprestigious race. Wes Raynal

    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip, by Peter Hessler

    Hessler is considered one of the best writers on China. AfterRiver TownandOracle Bones, this is the final book in his award-winning trilogy on the countrys economic rise. Hessler spent seven years traveling the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming it, and hedescribes the massive effort to build factories and roads in the traditionally rural nation. Wes Raynal

    100 Drives, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to Do, What to See, by Joe Yogerst

    The title of this new road trip guide by the fine folks at National Geographic is self-explanatory. It lists 100 classic and off-the-beaten-path drives and offers tips, activities for the kids (theyre not in school!!!) and even has playlists. Wes Raynal

    Reid Railton: Man of Speed, by Karl Ludvigsen

    $140.22 (36% off)

    Its about time Reid Railton, whom many consider one of the best automotive engineers of all time, got his due.Reid Railton: Man of Speedis a deep dive into his life, triumphs, tragedies and odd exploits.Im not going to lie: Its an expensive addition to the library at about $140. If you cant spare the cash, see if you can borrow a copy on interlibrary loan. Its worth it. Graham Kozak

    Drive to Win: Essential Guide to Race Driving


    Drive to Win: The Essential Guide to Race Drivingis a book written byCarroll Smith,an engineer-turned-racing-driver-turned-team-manager that takes an unemotional approach to explaining how cars work and how to drive them better. The existing good books are all written from the point of view of the driver,says Smith.This book is not. Here we are going to look at what the driver does (or should do) from the point of view of the racing car. Robin Warner

    My Years with General Motors, by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.

    Lets get one thing clear:Alfred Sloan is not a natural storyteller. Still, buried in his windy monologues are the roots of storied and beloved GM brands, the tough decisions and educated guesses that led to articles of gospel in modern business schools. And, most of all, the reminder of what GM once was: a seemingly unstoppable global economic powerhouse. Required reading for any student of automotive history. Andrew Stoy

    Chiltons Auto Repair Manual, 1984: American Cars from 1977 Through 1984


    READTHE MANUAL. Good advice, but did you know you can gain incredible insights frompretty much any manual? Its true. My personal favorites are Malaise-era Chiltons automotive manuals, which are chock full of Rube Goldberg emissions control solutions and appalling specifications (190 hp from a 460-cid V8 engine in 1977, for example). If you cant find one on Amazon, check a local thrift store or library dollar "book" bin. Doesnt have to be about cars, even:appliance repair books, HVAC troubleshooting guides, you name ittheyllall make you a better mechanic. Andrew Stoy

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    Yes, We’re OPEN! List of Local Merchants Open for Business – - March 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Area businesses that are remaining open amid the coronavirus outbreak. Please support all of these valuable parts of our local economy.

    Want to add your business, or have a revision? Email This page will be updated periodically.

    A & B FAMILY FOODS - Open on 8th & Thain.

    A & W MOSCOW - Open daily 8 AM-9 PM.

    ALIBI SPORTS EDITION - Open normal business hours.

    ARBY'S CLARKSTON - Drive-thru and carryout only. Hours 11 AM - 8 PM.

    ARBY'S LEWISTON - Business as usual. Hours 11 AM - 8 PM. Salad Bar temporarily closed.

    ARBY'S MOSCOW - Open daily 11 AM - 8 PM.

    ARBY'S ORCHARDS - Business as usual. Hours 11 AM - 9 PM.

    AMPERSTAND OIL & VINEGAR TAP HOUSE - We have grocery and food items and beer & wine!

    ANTIONIO'S - We have delivery, pick up and dine in!!!

    APPLEBEE'S - We're open. Dine in and carside both. Normal business hours.

    BAMBOO GARDENS - (509)758-8898. Take out and delivery services. Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM; Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

    BIRCH & BARLEY PULLMAN - Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:30 1:30 - Carry out orders from the lunch menu, 3:00 5:00 - Carry out HAPPY HOUR + dinner menu items, 5:00 8:00 - Carry out dinner menu items and family style options.

    THE BLUE LANTERN COFFEE HOUSE - Online orders only at: Order Pick up days: Monday 12 PM- 3PM, Wednesday 12 PM- 3PM, and Fridays 12 PM- 3PM. Products available: Landgrove Coffee Beans, Fresh Scones, Fresh Sourdough Bread, Fresh Granola, Eggs, Cheese, Honey, Elderberry Syrup Kits, Loose-Leaf Teas, and more!

    BOOMERS SPORTS CELLAR- Open normal business hours.

    BRAVAS/BROCK'S SPEAKEASY - Remains open at this time.

    CLEARWATER CANYON CELLARS - Our tasting room is temporarily closed, but we are offering curbside pickup Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm. Just give us a call and we'll meet you at your vehicle! We offer free shipping on six or more bottles to wine club members.

    CORNER VILLA BAR -Open 7 days a week. Sunday - Wednesday 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Thursday - Saturday 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM.

    DROVERS RUN AT JACQUES SPUR - Located alongU.S. Hwy 95, Culdesac, ID. Open normal business hours, Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm; Sunday 9am - 9pm. Dine In or Take Out Available.

    EL SOCIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT - Open regular hours in north Lewiston.

    EMERALD GARDEN - Open for take out and curbside only. Call your orders in at 509-758-9618

    ERNIE'S STEAKHOUSE - Open normal hours, 11 AM - Close. Curbside to go and door dash to go available.

    FEEDING STATION RESTAURANT - Tekoa, Wa. (509) 284-3141. Open for take-out only 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

    GOLDEN DRAGON - Open normal hours. Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 8pm. Closed Mondays. Dine in and pick up available. Locally owned and operated. Get out enjoy the sunshine and good eats.

    GROCERY OUTLET - Open 8am to 9pm daily and we are doing our part in the community to make sure everything is clean wiped down and disinfected to keep everyone safe!! We are also doing our very best to keep our shelves as full as we can with what we have available!! Thank you to the kind and understanding customers! We appreciate you!!

    HAZEL'S - Open for to-go/carry out. Same hours as always. 6-2:30 weekdays, 7-2:30 weekends.

    JACOBS BAKERY & RESTAURANT - Open in Uniontown, WA! Open normal hours for take out and curbside! Fully stocked bakery case as well.

    JEFFREY'S RESTURANT - Open regular hours.

    JOLLYMORE'S - Open. Offering delivery and take-out.

    KODIAK COFFEE - Located in Mall 21 in Lewiston, we are open forcarry out, curbside service and delivery through Mad Dash!Follow us on Facebook at Kodiak Coffee, Lewiston Idaho for updates to business operations/hours.

    MAD GREEK MOSCOW - Open regular hours. Extra precautions taken with sanitizing the restaurant and hand sanitizer available at the front door. We are offering children IN NEED a free slice of pizza TO-GO BAGS Monday-Thursdays 2-4pm for the next 3 weeks. We also offer FREE DELIVERY! 208-997-8333

    MAIN STREET GRILL - Business as usual Hours Monday-Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM. Sunday 8 AM - 4 PM.

    MYSTIC CAFE - Business as usual, with revised hours. Monday 8 AM- 2 PM. Tuesday thru Thursday 8 AM - 3 PM, and 5 - 8 PM. Friday & Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM and 5-9 PM. Sunday 8 AM - 2 PM.

    PARADISE GRILL AND CAFE (MOSCOW) -Open regular business hours.

    PARAISO VALLARTA - Open for to go orders, 11:00 to 9:30

    PAREJAS CELLARS - Our location in Clarkston is closed, but will offer curbside pick up as well as deliveries locally. Please call for more info (208) 553-1236.

    PHIL'S FAMILY FOODS - Open in Kendrick.

    RED LION HOTEL - MERIWEATHERS - MJ BARLEYHOPPERS - Open normal hours. 20% Off Curbside Pickup orders, free delivery on orders $25 or more.

    RED LOBSTER - Open normal hours.

    RIVER CITY ESPRESSO - Open and ready to serve you! We are still offering deliveries!

    RIVERPORT BREWERY - Riverport Brewery will also be open 3 to 7 for to-go sales only. We sell new growlers, grunts and crowlers, and we're filling growlers brought in.

    SINALOA MEXICAN RESTAURANT - Taking TO GO ORDERS, call at (509) 758-9344, 800 Diagonal St., Clarkston

    SEASONS BITES & BURGERS -Open normal hours, Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM we are encouraging take out food, but we will have our dining room open. Thank you. 301 Main St. Lewiston in Morgans Alley.

    SEASONS RESTAURANT - Seasons Restaurant in Grangeville is open normal hours and ready to serve you.

    SHARPS BURGER RANCH - Our Lewiston location is open as normal. Our Clarkston location is operating out of the drive thru only.

    SHOOTERS SPORTS BAR - Open normal business hours. Monday thru Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to midnight. Thursday and Friday 3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    SKALIICKY'S SWEET SENSATION BAKERY - Located inside Newberry Square! Open Monday - Saturday. Grab n Go, curbside, and Delivery available for those that dont want to dine-in.

    SONIC DRIVE-IN - Open normal business hours. 9am - 9:30 p.m.

    SOUTHWAY PIZZERIA - Business as usual. Hours 10:30 AM - 10 PM.

    SPOT ON YOGURT - Open regular hours.

    STARBUCKS - Both the Lewiston and Clarkston Starbucks are open. Our Lobbies are open for grab and go, and the drive-thru is open.

    STATION 3 - Open for take-out and delivery.

    STOMPING GROUNDS COFFEEHOUSE - located in Genesee, ID is serving up breakfast, lunch and black rifle coffee as usual for dine in (As state regulations permit), to-go and Curbside pickup. I sell bags of black rifle coffee too and can deliver it to the curb with your order. Call 208-285-1776 to schedule your time to pickup. You can pay over the phone with a card or pay in person. Operating normal business hours.

    STRIKE & SPARE - open 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Stock up on your home made turkey noodle get it to go by half gallon or a gallon. We are open in the bowling alley, bar, and restaurant dine in or take out come see us!

    TACO TIME CLARKSTON - Drive-thru and carryout only. Hours Monday-Saturday 7 AM - 10 PM, Sunday 7 AM - 9 PM.

    TACO TIME LEWISTON - Business as usual. Hours Monday-Saturday 7 AM - 10 PM, Sunday 7 AM - 10 PM.

    TACO TIME MOSCOW - Hours Daily 11 AM- 7 PM

    TANACIOUS P'S TEA & COMMODITIES - Open at Newberry Square. Will even deliver.

    THAI GARDENS - (509)758-1388. Take out and delivery services Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM; Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

    TOMATO BROTHERS - Open for carryout, delivery and online ordering only.

    THE TRAILS MAIN STREET GRILL & LOUNGE - Open on Main Street in Grangeville.

    WAFFLES N MORE - Open regular hours.

    WAYBACK CAFE - Open for full service. They also take over the phone orders and are partnered with DoorDash!

    WHITE PINE FOODS - Open in Deary.

    WRANGLER BULLROOM - Open as usual. We are taking every precaution to keep our customers and employees safe and still give great service and food.

    ZANY'S - Business as usual. Opening at 11 AM daily, closing Monday at 9 PM, Tuesday thru Saturday at 9:30 PM and Sunday at 9 PM.

    ZONE 208- Open normal business hours.

    A-1 LOCK & KEY - Open regular hours, all services available.

    A-L COMPRESSED GASSES - Open for all your welding gas, propane and welding supplies 7:30-5:00 Monday-Friday. Thank-you for your patronage.

    AIRBIRDGE BROADBAND - Open in Grangeville.

    ALL THAT GLITTERS - Will continue to stay open just in case proms/formals get rescheduled! Wed-Fri 5-8pm and Saturdays 11-4pm.

    ALL VALLEY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT -836 6th St, Clarkston. Open regular hours, Monday - Thursday 9-12, 1-5; Friday 9-12, 1-4.

    APPALOOSA EXPRESS BUS SERVICES - Beginning Monday, March 23 will have limited schedules for ALL routes. Monday - Friday 5-8 AM, 2-630 PM.

    ARTBEAT - Open for all your shirt and printing needs.

    AUTOPRO TECHNOLOGIES - Open Monday - Friday 8-5.

    AQUATOUCH CAR WASH - Open for business, Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm; Sunday 10am - 4pm.

    ASHLEY KING OF WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE - Available to give virtual tours of homes!

    BARBER DAN - 931 Bryden Ave, Suite B. Open my regular hours. Tuesday through Friday 8am to 5:30pm Saturday 8am til Noon.

    BARGAIN HUNTER MALL - Open limited hours. This week on Thursday & Friday from 11-5. Check out our FB page for online pictures an more info!

    BANN & BANN AUTOWORKS - 2812 Clearwater Ave Lewiston. Open 8-5, Monday - Friday.

    BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY - By Melissa Mayberry. Phone number: (208) 827-6729. Photographer for all your special occasions and events! Check out my Facebook page!

    BECKY'S FABRICS - Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. For those who don't want to come in, they also have a curbside pick-up! Call ahead at (208) 743-4448.

    BECKY'S PET GROOMING/CENTRAL BARK GROOMING - Both open Tuesday - Friday 8 -- 2. (509) 780-7534. Central Bark (509) 758-9600. Hours may change day to day, but no plans to close.

    BIG LOTS - Open regular hours.

    BLUE MOUNTAIN AGRI-SUPPORT -Located at 620 Thain Rd. Open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.

    BOB JACKSON BODY REPAIR - Open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.

    BORN AGAIN CONSIGNMENT - Will remain open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm until further notice.

    C & L LOCKER (MOSCOW) - (208)882-3396. Open normal hours, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Located at 3025 Highway 8, Moscow, ID.

    CELLULAR SALES VERIZON RETAILER - Open as usual hours at 821 21st Street, Lewiston.

    CENTRAL BARK PET SALON - 520 5th St in Clarkston is still up and running for the valley's dog grooming needs. Open regular hours Tuesday - Friday from 8am-2pm. 509-758-9600.

    CLASSIQUE CUTS - Open at 820 21st Street, Lewiston. Call (208) 746-6222.

    CLARKSTON CBD CO. - Open 11 to 7 Monday through Saturday.

    CLARKSTON VETERINARY CLINIC - Open normal hours. If youpart of a high-riskgroup of people and are concerned with being out in public during this time you can call to check in from the parking lot. We are also happy to come outside to get your pet while you wait in the car. Located at 1409 Peaslee Ave in Clarkston. (509) 758-9669

    CM APPLIANCE REPAIR - Open and servicing your appliances. (208) 305-8696, 9am-5pm Monday - Friday.

    COLLEGE CABS - Still running 24/7 offering rides & delivery in Pullman, Moscow, and the surrounding communities. 855-829-4487. We are the only service still offering 24/7 rides and we are not charging any hazard rates. Pullman & Moscow to Spokane for only $249 + $10 per additional passenger. Our cabs are being frequently fumigated, cleaned, and all high contact areas are being sterilized after every single run. We are asking customers to limit rides to 2 passengers and you will be asked to sit in the rear seat to maintain as much social distancing as possible.

    COMMUNITY BANK - Effective Monday, March 23rd, Community Bank will be closing the lobbies of all bank branches until further notice. This step is an effort to help protect our customers and employees in addressing the potential risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drive-thrus and ATMs at all branches will remain open at this time. For customers who require access to their safe deposit boxes, please inquire at the drive-thru window or contact the branch in advance.

    COMPLETE SUITE FURNITURE - open normal hours located in the old Hastings building! Monday-Friday 9am-7pm Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 11am-5pm

    COPPER STATE NUT & BOLT - 719 5th in Clarkston. Open 7-5 Monday - Friday.

    CORNERSTONE TILE & CONSTRUCTION - Owner Chris Mayberry is a General Contractor. CT&C is a small business specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels and small jobs. Licensed and insured. Phone number: (208) 553-2170. Call for a free estimate and check out our Facebook page!

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    Roundup of What’s Open, What’s Closed in Miami Beach due to the Coronavirus Pandemic – RE:MiamiBeach - March 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    UPDATED Sunday, March 22

    The number of emergency orders, closures, and restrictions came at us fast this past week. Heres the list of whats open and closed on Miami Beach as of Sunday, March 22.

    Miami-Dade Transit Update:As of Sunday, March 22, all Miami-Dade transit fares and parking fees at metrorail stations will be suspended.

    Miami-Dade Transits Metrobus system will continue to run weekday routes across Miami-Dade County with reduced frequencies.The following Miami Beach routes may experience reduced frequency on weekdays:79, 103, 110, 112, 113, 119, 120 and 150.Metrobus weekend services will remain operating as published and will be monitored closely. Customers are encouraged to use contactless, online and mobile payment methods to ride transit and the Countys online services and mobile application (Go Miami-Dade Transit) to stay connected. For Miami-Dade County transit updates, please click here.

    The Parkmobile app is a free download on iOS and Android. For details,click here.

    Questions? Call the Citys Customer Service Call Center at 305.604.CITY (2489) which has expanded hours Monday through Friday from 8 am until 10:30 pm.

    The City has also set up a webpage with coronavirus updates including information on closures, all of the emergency orders, business assistance and resources, impacted City services, Seniors/Special needs updates, and more.

    The Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.866.779.6121.

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    Amy Lindgren: Workers of America: Keep calm and carry on – Press - March 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    What a difference a few weeks can make. In February, Americans were concerned about politics, March Madness, spring breaks and all the things that occupy us in good times and bad.

    Now were talking about not inadvertently killing Grandpa and staying six feet away from strangers and loved ones alike. People whose work seemed solid are feeling the earth shift beneath their feet and everyone is being advised, perhaps for the first time in the history of modern dentistry, not to come in for a regular cleaning.

    As they say on the Progressive commercials: What is happening here?

    Thats an answer I dont have, but I do have advice, at least in the context of careers and job search: Keep calm, carry on. Youll recognize that as the now-famous counsel given to English citizens while they were dodging bombs and running households on half-rations of food.

    That sentiment makes a good bumper sticker, but it makes an even better life philosophy. This is one of those times when it does no good to panic. Why? I just told you: Because it does no good. Seriously, panic is the one thing you dont want to do, for any number of reasons. Panicking wont change things, it blocks you from productive thinking and it compels you to do things you later regret.

    If those reasons not to panic arent good enough, use this one instead: Because you have other things you need to do right now. If you are a worker in a critical field such as health care, you need your focus on self-management so you can stay healthy enough to help others.

    If you are a manager or business owner, your leadership is needed so that others know what to do. If you are a communications professional, your ability to keep others informed is absolutely critical. If you are a teacher or school administrator, you dont need to be told that students and parents are looking to you for both guidance and continuity.

    Mental health professionals, delivery drivers, food preparers, farmers, transportation workers, grocery store cashiers, gas station owners, home health aides (bless you), social workers, emergency plumbers, poets and artists, we need you all and we need all those I havent named here. And of course, if you have children or elderly people dependent on you, you are just plain needed, in ways that seem to be changing on an hourly basis.

    So you see, you cant afford to panic. What should you (all of us) be doing instead? Heres advice for the uncertain weeks and months ahead.

    Build cash reserves If youre receiving a paycheck, bank what you can. That might mean temporarily changing your withholding or pausing retirement contributions, with that money going to savings instead. Why? I dont know, except to say that cash reserves are important in the best of times, and certainly now.

    If youre not receiving a paycheck, think about reducing outgoing expenses, bartering one of your skills for someone elses to lower costs, or even renting out a room or performing small jobs for cash if you can find takers. These are the pre-gig-economy gigs that kept our grandparents afloat in tough times.

    Leverage unusual opportunities Every upheaval comes with a side helping of opportunity. For example, with interest rates so low, can you refinance your mortgage to improve cash flow?

    Perhaps you have a skill, such as webinar development, that small businesses could use at this very moment. Even a simple notification on your Facebook page might be enough to attract interest. If youre currently out of work, getting a foot in the door in this way could translate to something bigger later.

    Learn, learn, learn If you have a reliable internet connection and a computer, nows the time to download all the free training you can find, whether thats a video on appliance repair or an e-book on accounting practices. If you dont have the tools for online learning, theres still the library and independent bookstores. One way or the other, if youre not employed right now, it makes sense to prepare for being employed.

    Plan the job search which brings us to this sticky wicket: Should you continue job searching, or pause? While many employers are struggling to support the workers they already have, others are all-hands-on-deck as they try to manage an overflow of work. Youll need a strategy that integrates the skills you can offer with the work employers need done.

    For the moment, my advice is to plan, then act. Even if the action is necessarily delayed, youll still need the plan. Why? Because whatever your work is, you are needed. So stay sharp, keep calm, carry on. When this thing shakes out, well need clear heads and ready hands so we can pick up where we left off.

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    What you can repair is what you own – Experts & Views – Legally India - March 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Last year, European Union has ratified the Right to Repair regulation. According to these regulations, the manufacturers of the household electronic appliances i.e. lighting, washing machines, dish washers, and refrigerators, will have to make it easier for the consumers to get them repaired. Though the regulations does not include every aspect of the Right to Repair movement, as the activist claim, but its one of the starting step to be taken by developed countries in giving the consumers the liberty to own. Not only the EU, some US states are also thinking of implementing similar regulations in their respective states.

    You can own a product, but cannot save it from dying. With the Right to repair, this paradigm will change. A right to repair refers to a consumer ability to have faulty goods repaired at a competitive price by a manufacturer, a third-party, or in some instances, self-repair, using available replacements parts and having access to information to make the repairs.

    What are the regulations about?

    The recently implemented regulation are part of measures taken by the EU to implement the Ecodesign directive. It is an effective tool for improving the energy efficiency of products. It helps eliminate the least performing products from the market, significantly contributing to the EUs 2020 energy efficiency objective. There are other non-EU countries like USA, Australia and Brazil among some, which have legislations similar to that of EU but the latter become the first to have an effective Right to Repair regulations.

    The regulations, other than easing the repair of the household electronic appliances, also includes the manufacturers liability to supply the spare parts of the product for up to 10 years, ensuring that these appliances could be easily disassembled with common available tools, in addition to make them last longer. The rules further provide to make such appliances more user friendly.

    The regulations are effective on the household appliances only and does not include our favourite smartphones within the domain. There was a long demand to include them within these regulation. A report from environmental groups recently stated that extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emission in the European Union. As smartphones has the largest impact climate impact, the inclusion to have proved to be boon for the EU Climate sustenance goals.

    Why was this necessary?

    Suppose you bought sophisticated device, say an expensive Refrigerator. After the warranty period, you come across some difficulty in the cooling. What you will do? Obviously, get it fixed. But when you went to a nearby repair shop, you came to know that the compressor needs to be changed, which is not available in the market. This forces you to go to the authorised companys service centre to get that changed, whose billing can cost you a hand and a leg.

    With the passing of regulations giving effect to the right to repair, the manufactures will be obliged to provide the repair documentation and spare parts of the electronics to the consumers or to independent repair shops.

    The curious case of Apple

    In December 2017, it was discovered that Apple was intentionally slowing down phones with older batteries. They defended this tactic by saying it was intended to reduce performance issues, but had many people wondering if Apple was covertly pushing people to upgrade to a new phone. What you do when your car gets a dead battery or a flat tyre? Did you switch to a new car or you get that battery or tyre fixed. Almost all the consumers will go for the second option. In the Apples case, the company stated that the issue can be resolved by replacing the battery, which Apple Inc. doesnt make available to customers or third-party businesses.

    Isnt this a sense of coercion on the consumers which the manufactures do by creating a sense of vacuum where there is no competition in the market so that they could charge exorbitantly and make a bank?

    But in August 2019, Apple announced New Independent Repair Provider Programme to sell parts, tools and repair guides to independent shops so they can fix broken iPhones. Though the same comes with some conditions, its a big U-turn for a company which has spent years lobbying against the introduction of right to repair laws. Such type of programmes could help save the right of a triangle consisting of manufacturer, consumers and independent repairers offering a safe repair of the product.

    Ill-Effects on the consumers

    There are various problems faced by the consumer in the absence of Right to Repair.

    Saving the mother earth

    With the increasing awareness and apparent effects of Climate Change being observed, there was an increasing demand to reduce the electronic waste. Such types of regulations are a stepping stones towards saving carbon emissions and using the electronic resources more wisely. Australia and its jungle crisis

    Libby Peake from the think tank Green Alliance told BBC News: The new rules are a definite improvement. We think they could have been better, but its good news that at last politicians are waking up to an issue that the public have recognised as a problem for a long time. The new rules will benefit the environment and save resources. (See here)

    This was necessary to give effect to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and the commitments which the world demands from the leaders of the countries who assemble in the Climate Change Conference every year with little or no braveries to implement Climate saving measures.

    Concern for the Manufacturers

    In order to do the repairs, the consumers or the independent repair shops, other than the spare parts and service information, need a wholesome accessibility to the specialised tools and softwares. Thats where the things gets tricky.

    Some manufacturers are afraid that the independent repairers might not have the required skill, techniques, and repair machines, which may lead to poor repair and damaging the machine, which might potentially render them dangerous.

    Digital Europe, one industry group said: We understand the political ambition to integrate strict energy and resource efficiency aspects, but we are concerned that some requirements are either unrealistic or provide no added value. The draft regulations limit market access, deviate from internationally-recognised best practices and compromise intellectual property.(See here)

    Last year we have surpassed 50 million metric tonnes of E-waste.

    Its Viability in India

    India, being a developing country and home to highest population of people living below poverty, must think to imbibe such laws in its legal system. The extra cost of repair pose a burden on the lower-middle and middle class strata. With the unemployment rate going high, and the slow economy also marks a burden on India, which is in a sheer need of some economic miracle.

    India is also a signatory of the Paris agreement to limit Climate change and curb the emission of greenhouse gases. Therefore, in addition to the societal and welfare obligation, it also need to fund its programme working for the Climate Change. In such situations, the Electronic waste and its disposal is a worrisome task for the authorities.

    The passing of Right to repair laws can act as a measure to assist the government in controlling above evils to a reasonable level, although not eradicating the same in toto.


    As the liberty principle applies, you must have full control over the product which you own. Every person has the right to enjoy, manage and alienate his belonging, be it movable or immovable. But such right gets limited applicability, in case of electronic appliances, due to the policies of the manufacturers. With the changes coming in the western world, its time that we become aware of our Liberty to own. As it has been said, If you cant fix it, you dont own it.

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    Adventures at the Repair Cafe | Columnists – San Mateo Daily Journal - March 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    We have a hard time letting things go at the Mays household. In part because we are sentimental, but also because we like to make things last. We recycle but the idea of reusing and reducing are big in our house as a way to lessen our overall environmental impact.

    So when my wifes clock radio broke, I kept eyeing the next Repair Cafe at the Burlingame Library to see when I could bring it in.

    Just to be clear what we are talking about, this clock radio appears to be one of the first ones ever made. Its about half the size of a VCR (remember those?) and actually belonged to my wifes mother. There is not a digital component to it, but Im pretty sure the hands of the clock may have some kind of glow-in-the-dark things on them. But the radio works, and quite well at that. It has a nice resonance to it and gets most of the stations.

    I spotted the calendar entry about two weeks ago (one of the advantages of being a newspaper editor is that you get to see the calendar entries first) and marked my own wall calendar.

    While I had high hopes, I also knew the chances of getting the thing fixed were quite slim. So off we went to the library with our clock radio in tow. There, we encountered Dean Peterson, who among many other things, is quite handy and offered to take a look. While the prognosis was not good, he took it apart to see for sure. Lo and behold, it was not meant to be. Though Peterson was not able to fix the clock (to be honest, I dont think anyone can) we were able to catch up. Turns out we had worked with each other a bit on a series of stories I did long ago about MTBE in our groundwater and the efforts by then state senator Byron Sher to combat it. Its one of the reasons why we have double-lined gasoline storage tanks at stations now. Peterson was head of the countys Environmental Health division and was critical in me getting the data I needed for my series. He retired a few years back and has been spending his time volunteering in a variety of ways including for the Burlingame Parks Foundation and leading kayak tours, among other pursuits. Seems once you are in service, it gets in your blood.

    While in front of the library, my wife spotted the Bay Area Bike Mobile making repairs and she suggested we get my daughters bikes frayed brake cable fixed. I did, and the helpful volunteers funded by regional grants were able to fix it lickety-split. They even offered handy advice on how to prevent such fraying in the future. Now, with the repaired bike, we were ready to hit the trail the next day with full confidence in our braking ability.

    The point of the repair cafe is to keep things out of the landfill and to prove that sometimes what you are already have is good enough. They had small appliance repair, a sewing machine and even someone who could fix jewelry.

    Cynthia Rider, who organizes the event for the library, said it was the brainchild of Lisa Rosenthal when she was on the library board and former Burlingame mayor Terry Nagel through her work with the Citizens Environmental Council. They have about three a year and now a total of about 11, Rider said. And they couldnt do it without the volunteers who donate time, equipment and sometimes material to help, she added.

    At the repair cafe, Rider said they once had six people get in there to sew repairs by hand to a hammock. Longtime volunteer Carol Nowlin regularly fixes jewelry mostly with sentimental value that people dont want to take to a jeweler. A common repair is a lamp, and what is now known as the infamous chicken or rooster lamp. She said Peterson once fixed a lamp in 30 seconds. For Peterson, he said he enjoys fixing toys so he can show kids how things work.

    To my mind, it was a great event and the fact that the library puts it on should definitely be applauded and encouraged. Its fun. And if it keeps items out of the landfill and being used by families, even better.

    Jon Mays is the editor in chief of the Daily Journal. He can be reached at Follow Jon on Twitter @jonmays.

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    Don’t buy new, fix the old: The repair business is booming – - March 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    We've all heard the phrase, "They don't make things like they used to."

    Now a growing number of eco-minded Canadians are deciding that just won't do. Coffee makers, lamps, toasters and kettles can often be fixedinstead of tossed into the trash when they stop working.

    "A lot of things these days break quite easily," says Wai Chu Cheng, the co-founder of Repair Caf Toronto, a non-profit organization with 800 volunteers on call, eager to teach people how to fix household items. "People aren't sure they can repair it themselves, and we show them how."

    The Repair Caf holds monthly gatherings, where not only small appliances and other household goods get fixed, but also clothing that needs patches or mending.

    When the Repair Caf started seven years ago in Canada, there was only one chapter, in Calgary. Now Cheng says there are 47 similar Caf organizations in cities across the country providing the same type of services free. More are coming; Cheng says she's been getting calls from community groups who want help to set up their own, local repair group.

    The cost of replacement has always been a motivation to have things repaired, but nowadays Cheng says climate and waste concerns are driving a surge in interest, particularly with young people.

    Anita Neufeld came to a recent Repair Caf with a broken tape deck. "The main reason for me to fix things is to be able to reuse stuff and keep it out of the landfill."

    For-profit companies are also on top of the trend. Tim McGuire is CEO of Mobile Klinik, a chain of 80 stores that repair mobile devices in malls and Walmart locations across the country. He points out that the chain was recently ranked as the 12th fastest growing company in Canada, with plans to have 200 locations coast to coast within the next three years.

    "There are a lot of people that would like to get more years out of an electronic device, rather than putting it into a landfill," he says.

    McGuire says it's not uncommon for manufacturers to advise consumers to buy a new device, instead of having an old one fixed. But it appears many people are loathto incur that expenseor to contribute to Canada's waste situation.

    "If you go back two years, the average phone lasted about two and a quarter years. Now customers are keeping their phones for over three years, and we see that continuing to increase every year," he says.

    At a recent Repair Caf event, some of those in attendance blamed manufacturers for building devices with "planned obsolescence" in mind, in order to boost sales.

    "They're made to be broken," says Paul Magder, one of the co-founders of the Toronto chapter. "They're made to be thrown out, to make money for the manufacturers. That's their business model."

    Magder, who once worked in the manufacturing sector, says it's all about cost. "They use plastic parts, cheap parts and then they break. If they have to use metal parts it'll be more expensive, but then it will last longer."

    Consumers, however, are highly price-sensitive, and manufacturers focus on keeping prices as low as possible, in order to compete.

    In a statement provided to CBC News the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers cautions, "An untrained or uncertified person performing a repair may not be aware of or understand how to ensure an appliance continues to meet the various safety standards required to keep Canadians safe."

    Michael Coteau is a member of theOntario Legislaturewho introduced a private member's bill last year, proposing a requirement for manufacturers to make parts and repair instructions widely available. But as a Liberal-sponsored bill, it was promptly voted down by Ontario's Conservative majority government.

    "My father is a washing machine repairman," says Coteau. "That's what he's done his whole life. As consumers, as Ontarians, as Canadians, we need to make sure that as we move along in this age of advancement in technology, we have control of our devices.'

    Coteau points out that the European Union parliament is on course to pass "right to repair" legislation, specifying the number of years a manufacturer must make reasonably priced parts available, among other measures to promote repairability in appliances. In addition, 20 American states are considering similar legislation, according to the Washington-based Public Interest Research Group.

    But Coteau says that shortly after he tabled his bill, a delegation from the tech industry arrived in his Queen's Park office. "It was a whole industry group, and they came in and sat down to make a counter argument to the right to repair movement, saying that it was dangerous for people to open up their products."The group also made an argument about compromising intellectual property.

    "I don't think it's reasonable," says Coteau. He's considering reintroducing his bill.

    But many Canadians aren't waiting for legislation or for manufacturers to act. They're helping each otherat events like the Repair Caf gathering in Toronto.

    "I have a pair of probably 20-year-old jeans that are being repaired," explained Brian Brenie, as a fixer showed him how to patch his favourite denim. "They're so comfortable, I just can't get rid of them and I don't want to throw them away, so I always come to the Repair Caf to get these types of things done."

    Charmaine Iding came to the Caf to get her phone fixed, and got a necklace restrung while she was there. "The real problem is in design where they don't make things to be fixed they make things to be obsolete, so people will keep consuming. That is the real problem."

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    Homeserve (LON:HSV) Price Target Raised to GBX 1,090 at HSBC – Slater Sentinel - December 22, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Homeserve (LON:HSV) had its price target lifted by investment analysts at HSBC from GBX 1,000 ($13.15) to GBX 1,090 ($14.34) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, December 12th, Stock Target Advisor reports. The firm currently has a reduce rating on the stock. HSBCs price objective points to a potential downside of 14.04% from the stocks previous close.

    Other analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Homeserve in a research report on Tuesday, November 26th. Morgan Stanley reissued an overweight rating and set a GBX 1,360 ($17.89) target price on shares of Homeserve in a research report on Thursday, November 14th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed an outperform rating and issued a GBX 1,500 ($19.73) price target on shares of Homeserve in a report on Wednesday, November 20th. UBS Group reissued a buy rating on shares of Homeserve in a report on Wednesday, November 20th. Finally, Peel Hunt reaffirmed an add rating and set a GBX 1,350 ($17.76) price target (up previously from GBX 1,250 ($16.44)) on shares of Homeserve in a research report on Monday, November 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the companys stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of GBX 1,342 ($17.65).

    HSV opened at GBX 1,268 ($16.68) on Thursday. Homeserve has a fifty-two week low of GBX 847.50 ($11.15) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 1,298 ($17.07). The companys 50-day moving average is GBX 1,214.53 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 1,173.95. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.24 billion and a P/E ratio of 38.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 86.86, a current ratio of 1.25 and a quick ratio of 1.23.

    HomeServe plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides home repair and improvement services to household customers under the HomeServe brand. It offers plumbing, drainage, electrics, water supply pipe, gas supply pipe, appliance repair, pest infestation, and locksmith services, as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services.

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    Puls Announces Expanded Suite Of Home Services And New Membership Program, Puls+, In 22 Markets Across The US – PRNewswire - December 19, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Puls, the trusted home services company, today announced the launch of more than a dozen new services in cities across the U.S. The new services include furniture assembly, appliance installation, sheetrock repair, interior painting, wall hanging, holiday light hanging, and more have been added to Puls's existing services including appliance repair, TV mounting, and mobile device repair. Puls also today announced the launch of Puls+, a membership program rolling out in cities across the U.S. The annual membership program providesconsumers a 20% discount onall Puls services, priority booking, an extended guarantee, and premium customer support.

    "We've taken the headache out of hiring technicians for home services. Our customers love our easy scheduling, same-day appointment availability, and quality guarantee," said CEO Mitch Galbraith."We consistently hear from our customers they wish we offered more services, so we've responded."

    "Offering the Puls+ membership program to consumers is another step in delivering on our promise to enable customers to truly 'own' their home. Puls+ makes in-home services from Puls even more affordable, faster and hassle-free," said Itai Hirsch, President & Co-Founder of Puls.

    Puls has served more than 350,000 customers since its inception growing its nationwide network of skilled technicians to more than 6,000 providers and is now hiring to meet demand. The company saw a 425% year-over-year increase in the number of home services jobs completed by Puls technicians. The new membership program is available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, Tampa, Tucson, and DC.

    Bookings for home service appointments and signups for themembership program are accessibleonline via the Puls website:

    About Puls: Puls is a San Francisco based company that provides in-home repairs and installations to customers across the U.S. Operating with a network of more than 6,000 fully vetted technicians.Puls offers appliance repair and other service appointments at the click of a button and empowers its professional technicians to quickly and efficiently fix problems and provide peace of mind. Puls makes your home work so you can make everything else work.

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    A customer escaped the Jersey City attack. He says it was clear the shooters ‘came to kill’ – CNN - December 19, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Lax was in the JC Kosher Supermarket on Tuesday when a heavily armed man and woman stormed in, killing three people before engaging in an hours-long standoff with police.

    "The way they came in, they came to kill, to shoot," Lax, who runs an appliance repair shop in the neighborhood, told CNN on Friday.

    Lax said he initially hid in the salad bar area and saw the male shooter, wearing a black raincoat, pass by him. When he stood up, the female shooter carrying a "long gun" was facing him.

    "The second she starts pivoting herself, I just went right in and push back her arm and just run right out of the store," Lax said.

    "I didn't look right or left, I just ran for my life," he said.

    Attack was an act of terrorism, officials say

    Authorities are not yet sure why the shooters, David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, attacked the store, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. But it is being investigated as an act of terrorism with "a hate-crime bias slant."

    "We believe the suspects held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people, as well as a hatred of law enforcement," Grewal said, citing evidence and witness interviews.

    Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Friday it was important to call out anti-Semitism.

    "We've always had a diverse community and I think people need to realize that if anti-Semitism can exist in a place that's accustomed to diversity, it can really exist anywhere," Fulop told CNN's "New Day."

    "And every day and every moment that you don't call it out, you're wasting an opportunity to bring attention to it because there's less eyes focused on it."

    "But we will not be defeated, we will not stand down, we will not be intimidated," Greenblatt said.

    Investigators are checking a note found in a stolen U-Haul truck that the killers drove to the market -- a note that contained both anti-Semitic and anti-police writing, a law enforcement source told CNN. Posts with similar sentiments also have been found on social media linked to the shooters, the source said.

    The FBI has also issued a notice to law enforcement in the region "requesting assistance locating a vehicle associated with" Anderson.

    Investigators are looking for a white 2001 Ford van, with New Jersey license plate B40-JSD.

    Deadly attack began at a cemetery

    Authorities have said that the attack began near a city cemetery where the shooters killed Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals.

    He was trying to stop the shooters when he was killed, police have said.

    A bystander called 911 to report Seals' body at the cemetery at 12:38 p.m., authorities said. But by that time, the shooters had already driven the stolen U-Haul to the market and began their attack.

    Police arrived at the supermarket around 20 minutes after the attack began, starting a long shootout that left two police officers injured.

    The shooters were armed with an AR-15-style rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a 9 mm Ruger semiautomatic pistol and a 9 mm Glock 17 pistol, with a pipe bomb and a .22 caliber Ruger pistol with a homemade silencer found in the U-Haul, Grewal said. If not for the actions of the police, they could have done more harm, Grewal said.

    Around 3:25 p.m., an armored vehicle broke into the supermarket's entryway, and law enforcement soon found the bodies of the three victims and two attackers inside the store, Grewal said.

    The three people in the market were Mindy Ferencz, 31, the store's co-owner; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a customer; and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, a store employee.

    Store owner was next door as his wife died

    In Jersey City, crowds of men in black hats surrounded Ferencz's casket in the Jersey City neighborhood of Greenville at the site of a synagogue under construction. Hundreds of women, separated from the men as per Orthodox Jewish tradition, were standing in the bitter cold sobbing.

    Ferencz owned the store with her husband, who was next door at the small synagogue at the time of the attack, according to Yossi Steinmetz who was there as well.

    When shots broke out, her husband desperately tried to call her and tell her to lock the doors to take cover, Steinmetz said. She didn't answer.

    At Deutsch's Brooklyn funeral, mourners spoke in Hebrew through tears as at least a dozen NYPD counterterrorism officers and nearly 100 "Shomrim" members Hebrew for guardians stood watch.

    Deutsch and Ferencz both had ties to the Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

    "This is just an atrocity. Of course, we accept everything, but this is more than we can handle," Deutsch's cousin, also named Moshe Deutsch, told CNN. "The question is, is it a sign of hatred? Is it a sign that we are not safe in New York anymore?"

    CNN's Nicole Chavez, Julia Jones, Elizabeth Joseph, Melanie Schuman, Alec Snyder, Alexandra Field, Rob Frehse, Evan Simko-Bednarski and Julian Cummings contributed to this report.

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