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Month: September 2021

Give your brakes a break!

Your brakes are by far the most important safety feature on your vehicle. When they don’t work, you put lives in danger and your vehicle is literally a time bomb. According to the US Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation Statistics, 6,159,000 automobile accidents were reported in 2005. Of these, 2.7 million resulted in personal injuries and 43,443 deaths. Mechanical failures (such as faulty brakes) are a factor in an estimated 12% to 13% of all car accidents according to various available sources. Many of them are due to faulty brakes due to lack of proper vehicle maintenance, something that could have been prevented.

Properly working brakes take care of stopping your vehicle. When you step on the brake pedal, your car transmits the force of your foot directly to the brakes through a fluid – brake fluid. Of course, your foot alone is not enough force to stop the vehicle, so your car multiplies the force through mechanical advantage, also known as lever, and hydraulic force multiplication. Brakes work to transmit force to your tires through the process of friction. The tires also use friction against the road. There is more to it than this, but it can be difficult for the average driver. Most cars use two or three brake systems. You can see a shiny metal disc when you look through the hubcap of your front tire. That is what is known as a disc brake. When you step on the brake pedal, a pad of sturdy material attaches to the brake disc and rubs it to slow down, similar to the brakes on a bicycle. Other vehicles may have drum brakes on the rear wheels that work with a show that pushes the wheel and friction slows it down. No matter what type of brakes you have on your vehicle, once you start to accelerate and reach a decent speed, your car will have a lot of energy. When you start to stop, that same energy turns into heat in your brake pads. Brakes can heat up to temperatures of 950 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. That said, brakes should be made of materials that won’t melt at these temperatures, such as alloys, ceramics, or composites.

Without proper maintenance and repairs, many people are unaware that they are driving with faulty brakes. Too often, people learn only after it is too late and something important has happened. At the first visible or audible sign of brake problems, it is recommended to go to a reputable auto repair shop. Knowing the signs and symptoms of brake problems will make you a more responsible driver. Signs of faulty brakes may include, but are not limited to, a loud screech, grinding, screeching, rubbing, vibrating, pulling, pulsation, reduced responsiveness, strong or soft brake pedal, or the brake light appearing on the dash.

If it’s not what you hear or feel, you should check for brake wear by looking at the brake pads through the gaps between the wheel spokes. The outer pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. There must be at least 1/4 inch of padding at all times. When less than 1/4 inch of pad remains, the brake pads need to be inspected or replaced. A hydraulic system filled with brake fluid activates a set of padded clamps known as calipers, causing them to squeeze together on a disc known as a rotor. The friction that occurs between the pads and the rotor eventually stops the car. All components of a brake system are important.

Even if your rear brakes are the only ones in bad shape, it can still be dangerous. If you have to stop quickly, too much inertia could end up being deadly. You see, braking needs to be done in a balanced way, with around 70-80% of the energy dissipated by the front brakes and enough load remaining on the rear tires to keep the rear ones under control and the car in a straight line. If you do not have pads on the backs or are less than ¼ inch mentioned above, all the energy must be absorbed by the fronts. If there is not enough friction on the rear brakes for the rear tires to grip the pavement to ensure proper control, your front brakes and your front tires will do more of their fair share, which becomes dangerous and life-threatening.

There is no universal life expectancy for brakes, brake pads, brake rotors, or other components of the braking system. Like your own health, habits and maintenance can have a significant impact on the number of miles you drive. Of course, there are a few things you can do to keep your braces healthier over time. Experts recommend emptying the trunk and not overloading the vehicle, not hitting the brakes and causing unnecessary friction, trying to limit stop-and-go driving, navigate with the pace of traffic, ignore your aggressive driving habits, and get your brakes serviced. Annually. Although mechanical failures are involved in only a small percentage of all car accidents, they still represent a risk factor. In some cases, drivers who caused an accident due to faulty brakes were convicted of negligence and liable for damages as a result of a lawsuit. You don’t want to be responsible for something that could be prevented with proper maintenance and routine checks, do you? After all, accidents that never happen are the best.

How to use Twitter marketing correctly

Twitter is a powerful tool to help you understand your customers and also because it is mobile friendly. Since most customers are online today, businesses need to maintain online reputation and Twitter’s online reputation management (ORM) is an excellent tool to use. Almost all brands are talked about on social media. A good reputation can be seriously affected by a dissatisfied customer.

Therefore, the onus is on you to listen and respond to the customer intelligently. Another powerful thing about Twitter is that all public tweets are searchable and you can communicate with anyone directly. The “advanced search” option allows you to do that. The time it takes to reach influencers is reduced, simplifying and making more effective through Twitter, compared to conventional media.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) integrates Twitter effectively into every phase of your event management to increase your popularity. Many IT companies use Twitter to hire staff. This tool helps you reach out, get involved, and build relationships with people you might not have otherwise had access to.

Therefore, Twitter gives you the best opportunities to make your customers your friends. You will have to aim for this and if you can reach this level on Twitter, you will be able to sell whatever you want!

So take advantage of the potential of Twitter and harness it for your start-up.

Marketing through social media platforms has become the norm these days. One of the effective social media platforms that is used for marketing is Twitter. Organizations can use Twitter marketing in the following ways:

* Online reputation management: Twitter has the ability to solve various problems in real time in very interesting ways. Today, it is really important for an organization to manage its online reputation, as any online content (positive or negative) affects the way people view your business. Therefore, many entrepreneurs are drawn to using Twitter as a platform for online reputation management.

* Event Promotions: Twitter is a powerful tool for gaining exposure, when it comes to organizing a physical conference or an online event. Previously, groups planning a festival or other major events had few effective ways to spread the word. But now social media platforms like Twitter in particular have changed that.

* Communication: Twitter is a way to keep your followers updated with up-to-date information about the business. Importantly, it also allows followers to communicate with you. It also leads entrepreneurs to form a business network from different parts of the world, thus benefiting the business. Additionally, it encourages entrepreneurs to generate leads by tweeting about special offers or new products that will help followers gain more information, which could lead to sales.

* Business strategy: many entrepreneurs use Twitter to generate B2B business and consider Twitter as a viable marketing tool. Entrepreneurs also use Twitter as a platform for hiring and sales.

3 easy ideas to decorate Christmas cookies with children

One of the happiest moments I have with my nephews is in my kitchen decorating cookies for Christmas gifts. They had more fun than I did and the gift recipients enjoyed their homemade treats. Let me show you how to decorate Christmas cookies with your own kids.

The easier the process for children, the better. You need three things to get started: an easy sugar cookie recipe, simple royal icing decorations, and several different colored tubes of pre-made royal icing so each child can share the royal icing.

Here is my favorite chocolate sugar cookie recipe to get you started.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted (recipe was tested with regular cocoa)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1-1 / 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 tablespoon. chocolate syrup

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar for two minutes on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and chocolate syrup. Mix well.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and salt.

  5. Add to butter mixture little by little until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes before using it.

The recipe makes 2 dozen cookies depending on the size of the cookie cutter used.

Premade Royal Icing Decorations:Several companies have pre-made royal icing decorations that you can peel off the paper and apply to the baked sugar cookies. During the holidays, companies offer packages of Santa Claus and his reindeer, snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and other designs. I suggest that you remove all the royal icing decorations from the paper, carefully remove the excess paper with a sharp knife, and then place all the royal icing decorations in a small bowl.

3 easy ideas to decorate Christmas cookies with children

1. Independent decoration:Place a sheet of plastic on your floor under the table. Set the children’s decorating table with a plastic tablecloth and place the baked sugar cookies on a tray in the center. Place the pre-made royal icing decorations found in a bowl near the cookie sheet. Punch a medium-sized hole in some of the colored royal icing tubes so the kids can squeeze the royal icing over their sugar cookies, put the top back on, and place them on the other side of the cookie sheet. Place plastic placemats in front of each child, and then place a plastic plate, tray, or sheet of waxed paper on the table near them so they can place their finished decorated sugar cookies. Also place plastic knives in each spot so the kids can spread the royal icing over the top of their cookies and paper towels cut into medium squares so they can wash their hands while decorating. You can also put bottles of different types of sprinkles for them to use as well. Kids love sparks.

2. Supervised decoration: This idea may be a duplicate of the first, except that you are there to supervise and help the children with their decorating. If you know how to use fondant, you can use fondant to cover the sugar cookies and then help them punch out fondant flowers and other shapes of fondant to decorate their cookies.

3. Group decoration:This idea replicates the first idea, but on a larger scale, where a group of children participate in the decoration. Different types of sugar cookies can be baked and then divided among the children to decorate and take home a variety of sugar cookies. Decorating supplies can be purchased by adults and placed in disposable bowls and placed on the decorating table for all children to use. Several adults should be available to restock supplies and provide boxes for children to take their cookies home.

Each of these ideas can be successfully implemented as long as you remember that kids have fun decorating cookies and creating their own edible masterpiece. And when you’re done, be sure to take pictures of the kids with their cookies. This could become an annual event.

To see more sugar cookie recipes and cookie ideas, click below.


Monterey – The Soul of Steinbeck Country

California, the State. San Francisco, the city. Monterey, the city. John Steinbeck, the author. For this Steinbeck fan, San Francisco is pretty close to heaven. From San Francisco it’s an easy trip down the peninsula to Santa Cruz and Steinbeck Territory.

Flight to San Francisco airport in the late afternoon. The signs are immediate America. ‘No Ped Xing’, ‘Squeeze right’, ‘Illegal occupation by more than 132 people’. From Rent-a-Wreck I collect a Chevrolet in two shades: sick cat green and vile yellow. A real pimp. And wasn’t it because I drove to San Francisco for the 1967 Summer of Love, to follow Timothy Leary’s instructions to “turn on, tune in and drop out”?

Was. And wasn’t it in the same car that I parked outside the City Lights bookstore and walked in and heard Ginsberg recite ‘Howl’ and got Jack Kerouac to sign my copy of ‘The Dharma Bums’? Was. This antediluvian American monster is the car of my youth. To hell with today’s characterless pacts. (It’s a sad reflection on the progress that the Rent-a-Wreck franchise now rents out modern compacts.)

Now I drive on Highway 92 and its seductive signs that lead to San José on the Camino Real, the Camino Real. (Yes, I know the road to San José and it is a barren and gloomy city).

Turn onto Highway 1, America’s own Pacific Highway, which takes me over the peninsula and along the coast, the rugged, rocky shoreline on the right, the remnants of cypress groves on my left, and through Santa Cruz to Monterrey. Returning, I will use Highway 9, which is a back road, despite the grandiose title, and follow the St. Lawrence River up into the Santa Cruz Mountains and then through the magnificence of the California Redwoods in the Park. State Henry Cowell Redwoods.

If I have enough time, on the way back I will stop at Felton on Highway 9 and ride a steam train for an hour of nostalgia on the wonderfully named Roaring Camp and Big Trees narrow gauge rail line. No railroad line of my youth ever passed through redwood forests; it is true that only God could have made these trees, one of which is about a hundred meters high.

No train in the darkness of the Rhondda Valley in Wales snorted like the ‘Red Engine’. I think I can, I think I can, down one of the steepest railroad slopes in the world to Bear Mountain.

But that’s tomorrow. Today is for blessed Monterey. Robert Louis Stevenson, in travel book mode, described Monterey on a hook simile as being “comfortably installed next to the barb.” (At the time Stevenson was prowling Monterey, awaiting divorce from the light of his life, Fanny Osbourne.) Long before Stevenson, Gaspar de Portola and the intrepid explorer of God, Father Junipero Serra, claimed Monterey for Spain and the Holy Catholic Church by establishing a fort and mission in 1777. Now I claim it, once again, for myself.

As I drive down the coastal road, the sea is white with rage and foam. A hurricane has wreaked havoc at sea and in Mexico. This is the dying strip of the storm. The waves hit the rocky shoreline and burst into white flags to mark the route ahead. I don’t see sea lions or seals like last year. Perhaps the sea is too rough. Perhaps they have a shelter to hide from the big waves. Maybe.

I stay at the Monterey Bay Inn simply because of its address, 242 Cannery Row. From here, last night, I walked past the hideous tourist mockery that is Fisherman’s Wharf – what sins are committed by the tourist dollar – and continued to the Municipal Pier at the end of Figuero Street. This is where the royal fishing fleet is moored; where buildings are designed for work, not tourism, and pelicans stalk the docks and fish-smelling landings. Pure Steinbeck.

Last night I dreamed that I was Doc Rickett and that he was still working in my laboratory among the wonderful despairs of ‘Cannery Row’. This morning at breakfast, I sadly consider the strong moral purpose that ran through all of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row novels. He was concerned that the major canning companies, by dint of their financial strength, would fight their way to take ownership or control of all agricultural land in the area. Steinbeck was right to be concerned. Because that’s what has happened.

It’s also sad to realize that the year ‘Cannery Row’ was published, 1945, was the year that Monterey’s sardine fishing industry died. As Steinbeck later said: “Now they are fishing for tourists.” At the height of Monterrey there were eighteen canneries, more than 100 fishing boats, 4,000 workers, three gaudy brothels, and a terrible smell of dead fish. Now almost everyone is gone.

(It used to be that Monterey, and the nearby Salinas where he was born, were angry and ashamed of John Steinbeck. In 1944, after the success of ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ Steinbeck bought a house in Monterey; no one rented him an office to write. He was harassed when trying to get firewood and firewood from a local wartime ration office. He wrote that his old friends didn’t like him, partly because of his jobs and partly because he was so successful: “This is not my country anymore. . And it will not be until I die. It saddens me very much. “He wrote late:” After having written “The Grapes of Wrath” … the librarians of the Public Library of Salinas, who had known my parents commented that it was fortunate that my parents were dead so they wouldn’t have to suffer this shame. ”

In truth, the entire American literary establishment should be fried in hell for their treatment of this author. When Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, he was condemned in the newspapers with mild praise. ‘The New York Times’ in particular should hang its head in shame).

There is now a National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, about 25 km inland from Monterey. It’s not for me. I’m not from the school that thinks these things can be packaged up, crossed out, represented. By itself, the center says: ‘Discover Steinbeck’s works and philosophy through interactive and multi-sensory exhibits for all ages and backgrounds, priceless artifacts, entertaining exhibits, educational programs and research archives. Seven themed theaters show “East of Eden”, “Cannery Row”, “Of Mice and Men”, “The Grapes of Wrath” and much more. That is not my scene.

However, we can still see old Cannery Row if we look carefully.

This morning I’m going to Foam Street, where the real Cannery Row begins. I stand silently on the stone pillars of the deserted loading dock. A pleasant melancholy. It would have been better if I had delayed my visit for a couple of months. Because it is the end of summer and the weather is still too warm, too pleasant for my mood. Cannery Row needs a touch of cool humidity in the air for a truly depressing authenticity. And it’s wrong that I’m here on a Saturday. Thursday, Sweet Thursday, is surely the only day to visit Monterey. But how can we change a business itinerary for literary requirements?

Much in Monterey remains the same, much has changed. The Ida Café of blessed memory is now Kalisa’s, downstairs from my hotel at 851 Cannery Row. Wing Chong Market, at 835, has been transformed into the Old General Store and the building that once housed Doc Rickett’s Marine Laboratory still stands at 800 Cannery Row. The last time I was here it was a private club and I managed to get in without a problem. This morning it looks sadly deserted and I was told it is owned by the city of Monterey and the public is not welcome.

Don’t confuse this, the genuine article, with Doc Rickett’s Lab, which is a restaurant at 180 E Franklin Street, and it’s not the kind of place Doc Rickett would have dined at, but didn’t.

When I have finished writing, I will take a walk to Sancho Panza for lunch. This restaurant is located in an adobe building built in 1841 on Calle Principal – Main Street. There, in the crowded, low-ceilinged room, I will drink Mexican Corona beer with lime wedges and eat chili con carne with beans and remember John Steinbeck, the writer who gave me the smell, the feeling, the reality of Monterrey when I was a child. in Wales.

Get slim thighs: how to lose weight fast

How to slim your thighs is a question that many people struggle with most of their lives. It’s a difficult problem area for most, but Asian women have easy methods that they have used for years to get those skinny, slim legs and today we will talk about one of them.

Get slim thighs: how to lose weight fast

1. You will need to exercise, but we don’t want to have thick, muscular legs doing it wrong …

Many women make the mistake of treating their legs like any other part of their body, believing that endless leg press exercises with weights or machines at the gym will “tone” or “shape” their legs.

Doing those routines will definitely shape your legs, but unless you want legs like the Incredible Hulk, you need to find another way!

Asian women practice two main techniques to slim their thighs and not build thick muscles in the legs. The first revolves around simple walking. Walking has a number of benefits that Asian women benefit from that I’ve talked about earlier in articles, but one area that we haven’t specifically covered is how they change their method of walking to match their goal.

For slim legs, Asian women add a twist to their normal walking motion: they walk on the front pad of the foot, without the heel touching the ground.

This can be done with running shoes, tennis shoes, or any shoe that doesn’t have a heel, basically it’s almost like you’re walking on your toes to reach something from a high shelf. Only instead of full extension, your heel is only an inch or a half inch off the ground with each step. So low, in fact, that someone observing you might not be able to tell that you are walking with a different technique than the normal heel-to-toe step.

It takes some practice, but when you do it during your normal walks (you’re walking, aren’t you, haha?), You will find that first the calf muscle starts to take on a nice slim shape, but the most important thing is your powerful thigh. muscles will begin to shrink as they tone. Essentially, it’s like doing hundreds of reps on a weight machine that is almost weightless … perfect for not gaining size, but refining and toning a leaner thigh!

2. There are many secrets like these that Asian women do naturally to maintain their slim bodies throughout their lives, using dozens of tips, tricks and simple methods available to get the body of their dreams.

Instead of committing suicide in the gym or starving your body, both can harm your ability to burn fat and lose weight …

Top 10 ways to get rid of cellulite

If you’ve ever been self-conscious about wrinkled and dimpled skin on your thighs and buttocks, you’re not alone. Cellulite affects almost 90 percent of women of all shapes and sizes. Men rarely get it. Understanding what cellulite is and how it occurs is one of the keys to getting rid of this unpleasant condition. Discover how to get rid of cellulite and enjoy your beach body once and for all.

What Causes Cellulite?

Just below the surface of your skin is a series of fibrous connective tissue that connects the muscles in your body. Over time, this tissue, which is normally tight like a rubber band, can weaken. When this happens, the fat between the tissues begins to protrude, causing a dimpled appearance on the skin. Cellulite is most pronounced on the upper thighs and buttocks. While it can be caused by being overweight, the root causes appear to be genetic. In some cases, dehydration can make the condition worse or more pronounced.

While there is no official cure for cellulite, there are ways to minimize the appearance of wrinkled skin. Top 10 ways to get rid of cellulite will help you take pride in showing off your skin again.

1. Cellulite gel cream

There are a number of creams on the market that promise to get rid of cellulite. Creams with fresh menthol and caffeine seem to be a favorite among users. Green tea helps calm skin, promoting firmness in just one week. Fitness buffs rely on this combination of cooling gel, caffeine, and green tea for a natural, holistic solution for cellulite-affected skin.

2. Strengthen the muscles

Celebrity trainer Joe Dowdell, who trains Victoria’s Secret models, says the best way to get rid of cellulite is to remove the fat from within. Dowdell suggests that a combination of strengthening exercises and interval training will remove pockets of fat throughout the body, including those on the surface of the skin. He suggests that strength training will improve muscle tone, firm the collagen under the skin, and make those pockets of fat less noticeable.

3. Get rid of fat

While thin women can get cellulite, it is more common in overweight women. Cellulite is simply fat poking out where it shouldn’t, so having less fat will result in less cellulite. A combination of a whole foods diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise will reduce the appearance of cellulite. Exercises that firm the legs and thighs will also work well to get rid of the condition. Add a routine of side-to-side lunges, kicks on all fours, and squats to your daily regimen for the best results.

4. Get enough sleep

Sleep is the body’s way of rejuvenating itself. If you don’t get enough sleep, the body begins to divert energy from other parts of the body to support itself. Lack of quality sleep can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and immune system disorders. By getting enough sleep, your metabolism will be higher, allowing your body to better rid itself of the fat lurking under your skin.

5. Stay hydrated

Cellulite was long thought to be caused by poor circulation and dehydration. Drinking enough water will prevent dehydration, which can lead to weight gain. Stay hydrated throughout the day and during workouts.

6. Dry brushing and peeling

A technique often used in spas, from dry brushing to the process of using a stiff wooden bristle brush to stimulate circulation under the skin. This increased circulation helps reduce the appearance of lumpy skin by causing fat to move in an even pattern under the skin. Experts recommend buying a brush made specifically for this purpose or visiting a spa that specializes in cellulite exfoliation. A gentle daily brushing is believed to remove cellulite from the body and show noticeable improvement in just a few days.

7. Try medical treatments for cellulite

Your dermatologist can help you with an in-office treatment that will reduce the appearance of cellulite. These treatments go by various names — VelaSmooth, Thermage, and Venus Freeze — to name a few. These treatments use radio waves to break up fat cells under the skin, melting them so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Others, like Zerona and Smooth Shapes, rely on the work of lasers to remove fat. These treatments have been shown to be effective.

8. Laser surgery

A new procedure called Cellulaze has been shown to be effective in patients in various states. The treatment, which is done in an outpatient setting, works by burning the bands under the skin that are trapping the fat.

The surgeon uses the laser to remove the fat bulges, resulting in a smooth appearance. Cellulaze has also been shown to help with sagging and thin skin, which can make cellulite worse. Recovery time may take a few weeks and bruising and pain may appear. Treatment lasts up to two years.

9 caffeine

One of the main causes of cellulite is water trapped under the skin. Cellulite is most pronounced when a woman is bloated, approaching her menstrual cycle, or retaining water. Caffeine is a natural diuretic that releases excess fluid under the skin. Many women find that taking caffeine pills helps reduce the appearance of wrinkled and dimpled skin.

10. Ultrasonic liposculpture

Unlike traditional liposuction that targets deep pockets of fat, liposculpture targets the fat closest to the skin’s surface. Liposuppression is less invasive and more effective at removing fat and reducing the appearance of bulging thighs and buttocks. Liposculpture, being a precision procedure, requires more maintenance than traditional liposuction. People who undergo liposculpture have to work harder to maintain their appearance through regular muscle toning to prevent cellulite from returning.

While there may not be a total cure for cellulite, you can follow these 10 tips to enjoy smooth and beautiful skin.

Information on how to engage your golden retriever’s mind and body

The Golden Retriever is a sweet, lovable, attractive and fun dog. If you are thinking about adopting one, you want to get as much information as possible about Golden Retrievers.

There are many different ways to get a Golden Retriever, but the number one best way is to adopt from a shelter. People will help you match a dog to your personality and circumstances and you will have saved a dog’s life.

If you are determined to have a puppy, do not go to the pet store. Instead, look for a serious hobby breeder, one who belongs to the American Kennel Club and a local club. If you do, you have most likely found a responsible smart breeder and not a puppy mill.

Golden Retrievers are a great dog for family and companionship. They love to learn and have a great love for children. If you have a family and the dog will receive a lot of attention, then this dog is well suited to your family.

If, on the other hand, you are not at home much and perhaps your household has two income earners and your children are in school all day, then the Golden Retriever is not for you. This dog cannot be home alone all day. It is a very social creature that needs to have people around it.

In fact, your Golden Retriever wants and needs to have people around him to please him. It is part of their nature. They tend to admire human and need to please.

Golden Retriever also needs to get out and exercise, lots of exercise. It is not an apartment dog and it is not a dog that is well adapted to the elderly. They need to be busy both physically and mentally.

Your Golden will do just about any outdoor activity you can think of. Your Golden is great for jogging, for example. He will play fetch for hours and chase a ball until his legs fall off.

He is also an intelligent dog, which means that you also need to keep his mind stimulated. A great way to do this is to teach them a few tricks. It is relatively easy and fun. In addition to the standard commands, sit, stay, heel, come and now, what you should teach him, you can teach him to shake a leg, to roll over, to reach and to go down.

You can also teach your Golden to walk on its own. By that I mean lead her on a leash and follow you. They are smart and eager to please and this is good for engaging the mind.

Of course, a Golden, like any dog, can have many challenges. They love to chew, for example. Obviously this can wreak havoc on your belongings, your shoes, your furniture, you name it, they will chew you up. It’s relatively easy to remedy, make sure they are well exercised so they don’t dump energy from the exercise into chewing, and also make sure they have some really good chew toys. This will divert the focus from your things.

A Golden Retriever is a great companion and a great friend of the family. However, your Golden Retriever is not a guard dog. It may bark at an intruder, but effectively only to welcome them into the home. About the only threatening thing the dog could do is lick the intruder or possibly chew on their shoes.

A Golden Retriever also sheds a lot. You should brush her a lot at least twice a week. The other downside to a shedding dog is that if you have family members who have allergies, you will probably want to consider this breed.

The rule of 14

The Rule of 14 is a bridge bidding convention used on the Acol Bridge. Used by responder when responding to partner’s initial offer.

When opener has opened with a one-of-a-suit offer and responder has a weak hand with a suit that can also be offered at one level, it is generally correct to do so rather than bid 1NT. However, if a change in suit response takes us to level two and we have less than 9 points, then that is when we would normally bet 1NT. It does not mean that we have a balanced hand, it just means that there are no other offers available to us and we have more than 6 points and therefore we should not check.

Here is an example:

(Our hand) South

Swords: 5 2

Hearts: K 9 8 6 3

Diamonds: J 10 5 3

Clubs: Q 6

The partner opened with an offer of a sword. We only have 6 points and we don’t have enough swords to support the partner’s sword offering. Ideally, we’d like to bid our heart on one level, but we can’t. We don’t have enough points to bid at both levels, so we are forced to bid 1NT. This does not show a balanced hand, it just tells partner that we have a weak hand and there are not enough spades to support.

How can we decide if our hand is strong enough for a response on both levels? This is where the Rule of 14 comes into play.

Using the rule of 14

Start by adding up the number of high card points you have. Then add to that the number of cards in the longest suit. If the total is 14 or more, the hand met the Rule of 14 and we can bid on both levels. If the total is less than fourteen, then we should bid 1NT.

Here are some more examples:

Example 1


S: 10 7 2

H: 8 5

D: A 9 5

C: KJ 9 7 3

The partner has opened with an offer of 1 heart. We cannot bid for our clubs without going up to both levels. Using the Rule of 14, we have 8 high card points and 5 cards in our longest suit. This gives us a total of 13, so we must respond with an offer of 1NT.

Example 2


S: 8 7 6

H: 8

D: Q 9 2

C: AQ 10 6 5 2

Partner has opened 1H. As in the previous hand, we want to bid clubs, but this would mean going up to level two. We have 8 high card points, but this time we have 6 cards in our longest suit. Adding these two gives us a total of 14, so we can bid 2 Clubs.

Startup Error: EasyAntiCheat Not Installed – Fornite 2018 Solution

The error “Startup error: EasyAntiCheat not installed” is caused by Fortnite not being able to load the “Easy Anti-Cheat” engine that ships with the game.

While the error will prevent the game from loading properly, it is generally not caused by any deep aspect of your system.

To do this, solving the problem should be relatively straightforward. Otherwise, some additional steps may be required for it to work properly.


The main cause of the error is that the Easy Anti-Cheat application is not present.

To fix this, you need to make sure your system can a) access it b) run it.

The message that appears with this error includes:

Could not start the game

Please help us by reporting this issue: Error Code 20006

The specific causes of the problem are:

  • Fortnite cannot run Easy Anti-Cheat

  • Windows has deeper issues with your files / settings


The way to solve the problem is to reinstall the Anti-Cheat service and then make sure the game works properly.

This is a simple process:

1. Reinstall Easy Anti-Cheat

The first step is to make sure the EAC is working properly.

To do this, you must follow these steps:

  • Go to “C: Program Files Epic Games Fortnite FortniteGame Binaries Win64 EasyAntiCheat” on your hard drive (where installed)

  • Click on “EasyAntiCheat_Setup”

  • Click on “Repair Service”

  • Try to charge it again

If it works after this, it means that the problem can be considered resolved.

If it does not work, you may need to perform a “check” repair on the system.

2. Check the game files

The next step is to verify the Fortnite installation.

This is relatively simple:

  • Load the Epic Games Launcher

  • Click on “Fortnite”

  • Select the “cogwheel” next to the green “Start” button

  • In the drop-down menu, select “verify”

  • Let the process run

  • Reboot your system

  • Try to play it again

After doing this, if the game works, the problem should be fixed.

3. Reinstall VC ++

If the previous two steps don’t (should) work, Visual C ++ could be the culprit.

Visual C ++ is a library that Microsoft created and distributes for use by software developers.

Basically, it provides additional functionality to applications.

While the system is effective, it is prone to getting troublesome, often showing bugs and issues, etc.

To make sure this is not a problem for your system, you should remove any instances of the VC ++ redistributable package on your system and then replace it with a new version:

  • In Windows 7, click “Start”, then “Control Panel” and finally “Programs and Features”

  • In Windows 10, right click the “Start” button, select “Applications and Features”

  • In the list that appears, scroll down to the “Microsoft Visual C ++ Redistributable” lists

  • Write down which ones you have installed (pay special attention to the year and the architecture)

  • After doing this, browse the internet and search for “Visual C ++ Downloads”

  • Click on the Microsoft link titled “Latest Supported Visual C ++ Downloads.”

  • Download fresh copies of each of the packages you listed

  • Once this is complete, uninstall each package from your system

  • Restart your PC

  • Install each new VC ++ package (order doesn’t matter)

  • Restart your PC again

  • Try to play the game again

If more problems are found, it means you have deeper problems with Windows.

To resolve them, it is best to speak to someone with more specific experience with your system. This can come in many different ways, from online communities to paying for professional help.

My 3 best coaches

Coaching for me is more of a passion than a job. There are countless experienced trainers in the world who I admire and then model my training methods. Some of these coaches are Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and John Calipari. Like I said, there are several coaches in the game of basketball that I admire, but these three coaching methods and styles stand out the most for me. These coaches, like me, treat basketball coaching as a passion rather than a job.

Gregg Popovich, the current head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, has been training for more than 20 years and is one of the most experienced coaches in the NBA to this day. Popovich is known for recruiting young players for his team in hopes that his players will play with poise and precision on the court. Popovich, now 68, has always been a basketball addict since childhood. Popovich’s 5 distinct pillars of coaching are something that I model my coaching strategies on. Those five pillars are faith in your team, conflict management, participation, focus, and team building.

Steve Kerr, current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, knows a thing or two about winning and leadership. Kerr won a total of 5 championship rings, including three with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 97, 98) and two with the San Antonio Spurs (1999 and 2003). Kerr has also led the Golden State Warriors to 2 championships in the 2014-15 season and the 2016-17 season. Kerr’s coaching style is based on letting his player take control of leading the team. He believes that his duty as a coach is to prepare and guide them in practice and when the time comes for the game, they should be prepared and ready and able to help each other while the team overcomes the conflicts they may face, with the least help possible. from Kerr himself.

John Calipari, current head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team, has been training since 1988 and currently trains to this day. Calipari is most famous for his years in Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to multiple championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances. There are many factors that lead to Calipari’s success as a coach, but the factor that stands out the most is his philosophy of teamwork. This philosophy is about recruiting the majority of the best prospects in the country to come and play in Kentucky. Additionally, their ability to trust their first-year players by giving them leadership roles on the team allows them to be better leaders on and off the court. Calipari lets the natural talent of its players decide the role they will play on the team.