Preppers – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:10:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://combatarmsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon.png Preppers – Combat Arms Blog http://combatarmsblog.com/ 32 32 MidwayUSA’s record-breaking solar installation shows clean energy isn’t just for lefties in 2022 https://combatarmsblog.com/midwayusas-record-breaking-solar-installation-shows-clean-energy-isnt-just-for-lefties-in-2022/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:04:29 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/midwayusas-record-breaking-solar-installation-shows-clean-energy-isnt-just-for-lefties-in-2022/ If you take a look at the MidwayUSA website, you’ll realize pretty quickly that it’s not one of today’s stereotypical large companies that cares about projecting a progressive image at the world. Wikipedia says it sells “hunting and outdoor products” which is true, but it could mean anything from REI to a doomsday prep shop […]]]>

If you take a look at the MidwayUSA website, you’ll realize pretty quickly that it’s not one of today’s stereotypical large companies that cares about projecting a progressive image at the world. Wikipedia says it sells “hunting and outdoor products” which is true, but it could mean anything from REI to a doomsday prep shop that sells used military gear to people who think the world is going to end. So you should look at the website itself to see where the bread and butter is:

A screenshot showing the main product categories featured at MidwayUSA.

If you are familiar with shooting sports and firearms training like me, Midway is a name you will hear often. They sponsor, among other things, popular hunting, shooting and outdoor shows. When you find something on the site you want, they’ll ask if you want to round up to the next dollar to donate a little to the NRA (or give them more if you want).

Dig a little deeper, and they have an entire page devoted to talking about their support for the NRA, which says at the top:

“No company in America is more dedicated and more supportive of the goals of the National Rifle Association than MidwayUSA.

Inside the MidwayUSA facility, most employees have NRA Membership and Lifetime Membership stickers next to their nameplate. Most departments host a sign that reads “100% NRA Department”. The Potterfield family is also a regular contributor to NRA Foundation endowments.

So yeah, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s not your typical big business that wants to impress progressives. That alone puts him in pretty hot water with them.

But at the same time, it’s a company that takes advantage of the outdoors in a way that most city dwellers who hate them for it don’t. Midway will be happy to sell you parts for an AR-15 or a concealed carry gun (the two things that are becoming popular in urban and suburban areas), but they are also very into hunting and other outdoor activities. It doesn’t matter what a person’s political leanings are, if you get outside regularly and see nature and the wilderness, you realize pretty quickly what a valuable resource it is.

And, you want to protect it.

But, MidwayUSA doesn’t just put up a few shots of its Elmer Fudd-looking honcho leader with a break-0pen shotgun (something the young “tacticool” may laugh at you for). He puts his money where his mouth takes care of the outdoors and nature with a record solar installation at his headquarters.

MidwayUSA’s new 300,000 square foot headquarters has been fitted with a 1.612 megawatt rooftop solar array, one of the largest in Missouri. In addition to contributing to its sustainability mission, it will also save the company up to $4,500,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years.

MidwayUSA selected EnergyLink to be the prime design-build contractor for its project. With NAESCO Energy Service Company certified status and over a decade of solar power experience, they were more than qualified to handle the full-scale solar project – from the audit phase through to engineering, procurement and construction.

“The MidwayUSA project is the new benchmark for companies looking to be more sustainable,” noted Jeremy Nolen, project manager at EnergyLink.

“It is proof that with the right ESCO it is possible to be more sustainable in an economically viable way.”

“We chose the most cost-effective solar panels, inverters and shelving products for the project to save our customers money in the short and long term. In fact, they will save over $150,000 at 1 year alone compared to no solar panels installed. And cumulatively, they are expected to save $4.5 million over 20 years!”

Once completed, the lasting impact of the project is estimated to be significant. MidwayUSA would offset 2,176,200 kilowatts of electricity annually. This equates to 3,399,528 pounds of CO2 emissions or 1,704,607 pounds of coal. In other words, it takes 187 million fewer smartphone recharges per year than without the project.

There’s no reason why even the most conservative businesses, organizations, and individuals shouldn’t switch to solar power

On the one hand, it’s easy to ignore this and say that right-wing people and corporations are only turning to solar power and embracing other clean energy because it makes financial sense now. While this is true in many cases, there are even more reasons why conservatives should consider clean energy and electric vehicles.

Ask any conservative, and they’ll tell you that things like national security, keeping America strong on the world stage, energy independence, and disaster preparedness are high priorities, politically speaking. . As many readers know by now, cleantech is a big contributor to all of these things.

In terms of national security, the supply of lithium, cobalt and rare earths is a big problem. Not only are they used in clean energy products, but they are also used in essential things like medical imaging. With all the things we do with these products, letting countries like China control them all puts America in a bad position, and it’s not good for the Americas-first philosophy.

Energy independence means using more energy made here in the United States. Although it often comes in the form of “Drill, baby, drill!” in the conservative mind, energy is energy. If you use solar power instead of oil, that leaves more US oil for domestic use and export instead of importing oil. I don’t think I have to explain the benefits there.

When it comes to disaster preparedness, both red and blue states have had problems with the network. Obviously, this is an issue on which no one party has a monopoly. Decentralizing power generation takes the strain off the grid and helps more Americans keep lights on and businesses like Midway running even in bad weather, terrorist attacks, or anything else that can disrupt power generation.

So it’s not just a question of price. It’s something that’s great for outdoor enthusiasts and great for the country. It’s a real win-win.

Featured image provided by EnergyLink.


 


 


 

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This Week’s Japanese Game Releases: KonoSuba’s Dungeon RPG Sequel Gungrave GORE, More https://combatarmsblog.com/this-weeks-japanese-game-releases-konosubas-dungeon-rpg-sequel-gungrave-gore-more/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 08:29:05 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/this-weeks-japanese-game-releases-konosubas-dungeon-rpg-sequel-gungrave-gore-more/ Gungrave GORE for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! Cursed Relic and the Puzzled Adventurers for PlayStation 4 and Switch are the highlights of this week’s Japanese video game releases. Also new this week are Amakano for Switch, Harvest OverRay + Ano Ko […]]]>

Gungrave GORE for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! Cursed Relic and the Puzzled Adventurers for PlayStation 4 and Switch are the highlights of this week’s Japanese video game releases.

Also new this week are Amakano for Switch, Harvest OverRay + Ano Ko wa Ore kara Hanarenai for PlayStation 4 and Switch, and Cleopatra Fortune S-Tribute for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

Get the full list of Japanese game releases this week below. It should be noted that Gematsu will receive a small percentage of money from purchases made through Play-Asia links. You can also save five percent with our one-time use”GEMATSU4“promo or multi-use code”GEMATSUCOM” promo code.

Physical and Digital

  • Amakano (To change)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Repentance (PS4, Switch) – Already available worldwide.
  • fitness runner (To change)
  • Gungrave GORE (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series/One) – Launching worldwide.
  • Harvest OverRay + Ano Ko wa Ore kara Hanarenai (PS4, Switch)
  • Just Dance Edition 2023 (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! Cursed Relic and the Puzzled Adventurers (PS4, Switch)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Ultimate Edition (PS4, Switch) – Already available worldwide.
  • OMORI (Switch) – Already available worldwide.
  • soulstice (PS5) – Already available worldwide.
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer: Lotus Labyrinth R Super Special Miracle Prize (Switch)
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded Super Special Miracle Prize (Switch)
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer: Lotus Labyrinth R and Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded Super Special Miracle Price Double Pack Limited Edition (Switch)

Digital only

  • A building full of cats (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Aliisha: The Oblivion of the Twin Goddesses (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Arctictopia (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Cleopatra Fortune S-Tribute (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC [Steam]) – Global launch.
  • dead station (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Elysion 2: Saints Genes (To change)
  • Floating Cloud God: Anniversary Edition (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • football battle (Switch) – Already available worldwide.
  • Freud’s bones (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Gungrave GORE (PCS [Steam]) – Global launch.
  • How to Fool a Liar King Remastered (PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Just Dance Edition 2023 (PS5, Xbox Series) – Launching worldwide.
  • KnifeBoy restarted (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Monmusu Gladiator (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Mr. Prepper (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Net Enjou Jikenbo: Moete Moeru SNS Idol Tenraku Illustration Quiz Game (To change)
  • Risk system (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Saint Kotar (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Savior or the abyss (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Swoon! Land escape (Switch) – Launching worldwide.
  • Windstorm: the beginning of a great friendship (Switch) – Already available worldwide.

The PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Switch titles listed above can be purchased through Japanese PlayStation Network and Nintendo accounts using prepaid cards:

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Top 8 Black Friday Emergency Preparedness Deals https://combatarmsblog.com/top-8-black-friday-emergency-preparedness-deals/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 00:42:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/top-8-black-friday-emergency-preparedness-deals/ Salt Lake City, UT –Direct News– Every American is feeling the pinch of inflation, rising prices at the pumps and skyrocketing food prices. ReadyWise is here to offer relief with its amazing deals this Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. They know your dollars are limited, so everyone has to go for something worthwhile. In these […]]]>

Salt Lake City, UT

–Direct News–

Every American is feeling the pinch of inflation, rising prices at the pumps and skyrocketing food prices. ReadyWise is here to offer relief with its amazing deals this Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. They know your dollars are limited, so everyone has to go for something worthwhile. In these uncertain times, there’s no better place to spend money than preparing. Here are the top 8 must-have Black Friday deals to get and be prepared.

72 hour emergency food kits are an essential product that everyone should have. These kits are perfect for your car if you need to bug out at short notice, in your second home or cabin, if you need quick meals, or as a starter kit when working on your survival food storage. The 72-hour kits provide one person with breakfast, lunch/dinner and a drink for three days. Dry bags are another ideal solution for on the go, with enough meals for seven days packed in a convenient reusable 10 liter dry bag. Both of these products are also great to have around your workplace or keep in college dorms.

The impending recession threatens to impact holiday shopping ahead, so it’s crucial to put your money where it matters most. ReadyWise is an investment in your future, especially with long-term food storage solutions like their Basic 3-Month Emergency Food Set, which is a consumer favorite and is on sale now for Black Friday. and Cyber ​​Monday. This packet provides one person with food for 90 days at 2,000 calories per day. Another great option is their 4 Week Supply – 2 Bucket Set which is ReadyWise’s most popular set and best for anyone starting to build up their emergency food supply. This package provides you with healthy and delicious meals that will give you an edge in an emergency.

Emergencies such as natural disasters or extreme weather conditions often result in power outages due to power grid outages. Having backup power and a water supply is another absolute must. ReadyWise offers a generator and solar power package, a portable power supply to power your life, designed to provide rigorous environmental protection. They also have water storage and filtration solutions like their Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle which removes up to 99.99% of pollutants for up to 100 gallons of filtered water.

Create a more stable and secure future for your family with ReadyWise. With Black Friday deals, you can save big on today’s best-selling emergency food kits. Take advantage of their hot new items, #10 cans which are on sale now during their presale with 45% off bundles of cans or 30% off individual cans. These single ingredient items are perfect for everyday use or for emergencies.

ReadyWise also offers bunker solutions for the ultimate preppers. As you may have seen on CBS 60 Minutes, preparedness is on the rise in 2022, and there are more mainstream preppers than ever who are prepared for the ultimate doomsday events like a massive power grid outage in following a solar storm or a nuclear attack. ReadyWise has solutions for all of these events with their MOAB – THE MOTHER OF ALL PACKAGES. This set is for the mother of all disasters and is popular among celebrities. This bundle includes five years of emergency food supply!

The logistics of preparation can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This year’s Black Friday is right around the corner, and ReadyWise has some great sales to help your family prepare for emergencies. With ReadyWise Emergency Food Supplies, you know when disaster strikes, you can count on them.

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Floodland Review | GodisaGeek.com https://combatarmsblog.com/floodland-review-godisageek-com/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:51:04 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/floodland-review-godisageek-com/ In the past, the end of the world was a fantasy. There are countless books and movies that focus entirely on the world that might follow this one after it disappears due to a meteor strike, zombie virus, or alien invasion. But much less fantastic, and therefore much more frightening, is the very real and […]]]>

In the past, the end of the world was a fantasy. There are countless books and movies that focus entirely on the world that might follow this one after it disappears due to a meteor strike, zombie virus, or alien invasion. But much less fantastic, and therefore much more frightening, is the very real and imminent threat of climate change. It’s a road to apocalypse less traveled by entertainment media; one far too close to home to be an escape. And yet, this is the focus of Floodland, a new post-apocalyptic city-builder from Vile Monarch.

In fact, the “city” constructor is not quite accurate. Floodland is more like a large-scale survival game that sees you scavenge for resources just to stay alive a bit longer. Except that instead of controlling a single survivor stranded on a beach wearing a simple loincloth, you are responsible for a few dozen of them. It’s not a feel-good game, at least not in the true sense of the word. It has something in common with 2017’s The Flame in the Flood, from developer The Molasses Flood, in that even when you win your small victories, you feel like failure is inevitable, a dark shadow lurks somewhere. goes ahead – and you’ve got no choice but to keep moving forward anyway.

Floodland begins by selecting one of four “Clans”. The choice, including former firefighters or a group of engineers, determines the modalities of starting your nascent commune. Firefighters are more resistant to disease, for example, while former commuters, good neighbors, are able to filter water more efficiently and work longer. There is even a team of “preppers“, the survivors of Oakhill, who consume less food than the other clans. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately each is a viable starting point. You can also customize your difficulty by adjusting the availability of resources and the general mood of your people.

If you choose to play the Prologue (and you should be doing this for the first time), you’ll be guided through the first few days as you start out with just a small storage camp and 10 survivors. Each game starts on an island surrounded by toxic water and shrouded in thick fog, and you’ll have to send people out to collect food, recyclables, wood, and water. You can ransack the few buildings around you to quickly increase your resources, but very soon it will be up to you to develop your technology based on Old World science.

So you create water distillers to filter flood waters, foraging huts to gather berries and mushrooms. You set up fisheries, sawmills, and build tents, then cabins, then houses, to house your survivors. Periodically, you will meet other groups and, if you have enough resources, you can induct them into your commune. You’ll even meet members of other clans, who will join you in an uneasy alliance that needs constant nurturing.

Floodland Review

Be clear though: this is not an action game. There are no zombies or military units to attack your home – and there is no need. The very world of Floodland itself is dangerous enough. As I said before, this is not a game where you feel like you’re winning – and that’s a double-edged sword. You are under the almost constant threat of revolt, pandemic or famine. After a while, you will form a council, which will allow you to establish laws to govern your people. This is followed by the formation of a police force or militia, and increasingly advanced technologies. Boats are needed to cross the water, while scout camps allow you to send brave souls to find literature and supplies, Old World relics, and other survivors. But even these elements are in danger.

It took me several days to collect supplies left behind by a scout party I had sent too far and had perished in the desert. My first commune failed completely when it contracted a pandemic that decimated the small population. I saw my people poisoning themselves with rotten food, I saw mutated fish attacking my fisheries and finally leaving me only berries to harvest because I didn’t have enough workers left to run the hut foraging or kitchens. And this isn’t one of those games where you can click on the town hall and produce more settlers; humans are the most valuable and scarce resource you have in Floodland.

But while it may be dark, it’s also incredibly addicting. Perhaps because it always seems so hopeless, every little victory is cause for celebration. Passing a law that everyone agrees with, or accepting a marriage that unites two restless clans; maybe overcoming a pandemic with everyone intact – those moments instill little bursts of endorphins almost as surely as defeating a Dark Souls boss.

Floodland Review

It is also aided by aesthetics. A haunting watercolor art style depicts a blurry and unpredictable world, and the fact that you can’t zoom directly near the ground forces a sense of detachment. You cannot go down there and comfort the family who lost their father due to your reckless planning, you can only coldly appoint another worker to take his place. Every once in a while a song will play, about nothing but setting the mood, and that too reminded me of The Flame in the Flood, which used Chuck Ragan’s heartbreaking soundtrack to full effect while during.

And yet, Floodland is not without its problems. For starters, bugs abound. Sometimes I was unable to zoom in or out at all; at other times, natural disasters and events would unfold in quick succession at a pace that must have been a glitch. It is also incompatible with its policy. Once in a while, the leader of another clan would chastise me with a sentence and then immediately congratulate me, whether I did an action in between or not. It’s also worth mentioning that the autosave pauses the game for several seconds each time, and it’s regular enough to start annoying.

Floodland Review

On top of that, Floodland isn’t very good at telling you what things are doing. I don’t mind the lack of grip in a survival sim, but I’ve found that progression has stalled a few times because I had to figure out how to build something the game wanted me to build but didn’t have. not explained. It was infuriating every time, and also unnecessary. Floodland doesn’t need to tell you what to do next, but it should at least tell you how to do it once you figure it out.

Those gripes aside, Floodland is an excellent survival sim that constantly forces you to think about your actions and make tough choices. Research and influence tokens aren’t given freely, and you’ll often have to make tough decisions about what to build and invent next. Make the wrong choices and people may die or leave your colony altogether, reducing your chances of survival or expansion. It may not be joyous or thrilling, but the world of Floodland never lets go and presents a dark and touching vision of the future that nevertheless manages to be rewarding and satisfying.

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Team Aster Ori midlaner suddenly retires after TI11 https://combatarmsblog.com/team-aster-ori-midlaner-suddenly-retires-after-ti11/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 15:00:25 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/team-aster-ori-midlaner-suddenly-retires-after-ti11/ Team Aster has announced that midlaner Ori has retired from competitive play following the team’s fourth-place finish at The International 11. (Photo: Valve Software) Chinese Dota 2 powerhouse Team Aster announced on Tuesday (November 8th) that midlaner Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang has retired from competitive play, a week after the team placed 4th at The International […]]]>

Team Aster has announced that midlaner Ori has retired from competitive play following the team’s fourth-place finish at The International 11. (Photo: Valve Software)

Chinese Dota 2 powerhouse Team Aster announced on Tuesday (November 8th) that midlaner Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang has retired from competitive play, a week after the team placed 4th at The International 11 in Singapore.

Aster made the announcement on his official Weibo account, saying they “respect the player’s wishes” regarding his decision to draw the curtains on his career.

The team did not reveal why Ori, 27, suddenly decided to retire.

“After communication and confirmation, the club has decided to respect the player’s wishes. We thank Ori for his contributions to the Aster team. From now on, there will be no more ‘Scorching Sun’ in China”, a translation of Aster’s statement read.

Ori’s retirement comes as a huge surprise after Aster’s 4th place finish at The International 11 (TI11), the recently concluded world championship tournament for Dota 2.

It was the team’s best placement in the tournament to date, and they were the only Chinese team to advance to the finals weekend after PSG.LGD were kicked out of the tournament by Liquid.

Ori is the fourth player to retire after TI11, following fellow Chinese stars Lu “Somnus” Yao and Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida as well as Finnish legend Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen.

Faith_bian and MATUMBAMAN had announced before TI11 that they planned to retire after the tournament’s conclusion, unlike the sudden exits of Ori and Somnus.

Ori’s career

Ori started his professional career in 2016, debuting with a minor team called DUOBAO. However, he is best known for his stint as a mid laner for Vici Gaming (VG) from January 2017 to November 2021.

In his time with VG, Ori has become one of China’s top midlaners, helping the team win two major championships at DreamLeague Season 11 and the EPICENTER Major, both in 2019, as well as reaching the Top 3 in four other Majors.

Ori also helped VG reach Top 12 in TI8 as well as Top 6 in TI9 and TI10.

After spending over four years under the VG banner, Ori joined Team Aster in November 2021, helping his new team rise to the top of a highly competitive Chinese scene.

Ori helped Aster finish in the Top 3 in Chinese Regional Leagues and Regional Finals throughout the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, finishing third in the PGL Arlington Major and second in the ESL One Malaysia 2022.

Ori’s crowning achievement will be his final tournament appearance at TI11, where he earned the highest TI ranking for himself and Aster.

With Ori’s retirement, Aster will be looking for a replacement for the upcoming DPC 2022 season.

Composition of the Aster team:

  1. Du “Monet” Peng

  2. N / A

  3. Lin “Xxs” Jing

  4. Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao

  5. Yu “皮球” Yajun

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For more esports updates, visit https://yhoo.it/YahooEsportsSEA and check out Yahoo Esports Southeast Asia Facebook page and Twitteras well as our Gaming Channel on YouTube.

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Power struggles: UK businesses brace for winter blackouts | Energy industry https://combatarmsblog.com/power-struggles-uk-businesses-brace-for-winter-blackouts-energy-industry/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:57:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/power-struggles-uk-businesses-brace-for-winter-blackouts-energy-industry/ In trader for almost 40 years, James Daunt has had to deal with numerous power cuts. “Sometimes there’s a flood or a huge JCB excavator has come through your power supply,” says the Daunt Books founder and managing director of Waterstones. “You can run the guy next door’s current, or sometimes you’re literally walking around […]]]>

In trader for almost 40 years, James Daunt has had to deal with numerous power cuts. “Sometimes there’s a flood or a huge JCB excavator has come through your power supply,” says the Daunt Books founder and managing director of Waterstones. “You can run the guy next door’s current, or sometimes you’re literally walking around with a torch picking up books for customers in the dark.”

But this winter could present a very different challenge. If the gas supply is too low, the government has crisis plans for a series of continuous three-hour blackouts, with parts of the UK going dark in turn. This week, the Guardian revealed that officials had also dusted off the Yarrow program, which would kick in if there was a complete nationwide blackout. It’s about prioritizing food, water and shelter for young and old, and looking at how to communicate with the public. Only hospitals, oil refineries and certain other critical services would be protected.

One of the last major blackouts, in August 2019, affected the electricity supply of a million customers and caused chaos for rail, road and air commuters. Store checkouts froze, computer systems crashed and factories closed.

Thousands of bosses across the country are scrambling to prepare their businesses for worst-case scenarios.

In retail, ensuring stores can still trade is a priority. Waterstones checkout systems are backed up by uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units, which can operate offline. “When the power comes back, all the money flows,” says Daunt. “Inverters can’t supply enough power for adequate lighting, but you keep going in the dark – customers are very tolerant.” At other stores without these safeguards, transactions become nearly impossible in an increasingly cashless economy.

As the threatened three-hour blackouts are designed to be spread evenly across the country, Daunt thinks it could be “swings and roundabouts” for its 300 stores nationwide, according to the where and when the cuts will fall.

For supermarkets – with huge supply chains, coolers and lighting needs – energy is a huge resource. Sainsbury’s said this week it could control ventilation and lighting in stores and could be “very nimble” in responding to problems, although it did not stock generators for every store. Waitrose says ‘the vast majority of our main buildings have secondary power supplies’. Iceland boss Richard Walker says the retailer is “mapping our future energy needs” and installing solar panels in its stores and warehouses. He admits, however, that nationwide power cuts would make it difficult to keep stores open.

In the City, where lost trading time could cost millions of pounds, disaster protocols are being considered. London banks can use locations beyond the Square Mile, mainly in Essex and Surrey, which have been strained during the pandemic. JPMorgan said it has contingency plans for all of its locations and may even move staff between offices in different countries.

Trade body UK Finance says companies are “making sure their ducks are lined up” and are looking at precedents in markets such as South Africa, where power cuts are commonplace. Typically, city businesses have at least 72 hours of backup generator power, as well as on-site engineers.

Industries where being efficient over time is crucial are particularly vulnerable to power outages. A senior The newspaper’s director says he has an empty ‘Mary Celeste’ style office away from his central London newsroom to ensure he can keep publishing in an emergency on tight deadlines . The site has a capacity of approximately 30 senior writers and production staff.

“The office is intended for use in the event of a disaster. It has a backup generator, which is tested regularly,” he says. “Technological improvements allowing people to work from home have made it a little less important – the key is to have remote access to your main system and protect your server.”

Working from home will depend on robust telecommunications, but this is an industry accustomed to outages, usually caused by issues such as storms and falling trees hitting overhead lines.

BT operates 6,000 exchanges in the UK, each with a backup generator. Simon Lowth, BT’s chief financial officer, said this week he had held talks with the government about the potential use of the generators for wider public use “to help cope with peak demand”. Its ubiquitous green cabinets, seen on British street corners, which provide broadband connections, have four hours of backup power.

The owner of British Gas Centrica advises businesses that rather than protecting an entire site from power loss at huge cost, they should prioritize essential systems.

Some industries simply cannot operate in the dark: power cuts in the West End in 2016 forced the abandonment of performances at some of the country’s best-known venues.

Some consumers have started contingency planning. Demand for airfryers, electric blankets and energy monitors had already soared as shoppers sought to lower their bills. Now, Google Trends data shows a surge in searches for portable power supplies and torches.

The slightly apocalyptic scenario has also drawn interest from survivalists, or “preparers,” who proactively prepare for emergencies. A Reddit discussion among preppers on the prospect of UK blackouts shows users encouraging each other to buy bioethanol fireplaces, USB-powered electric blankets, pre-packaged dry meals, water filters and plumbing supplies in case the pipes freeze.

A senior energy executive says, “The further away your home is, or the more critical a service your company provides, the stronger your power loss plans need to be.”

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Anderson: Better training options and higher pay are key to winning and retaining good shop workers https://combatarmsblog.com/anderson-better-training-options-and-higher-pay-are-key-to-winning-and-retaining-good-shop-workers/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:00:09 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/anderson-better-training-options-and-higher-pay-are-key-to-winning-and-retaining-good-shop-workers/ To change. Simply put, that’s what Collision Advice CEO Mike Anderson thinks needs to happen to collision repair shops to find and keep technicians and other employees on the payroll. “Something has to change. We can never get the best of the best until we can pay a better salary. … Fifteen to $18 an […]]]>

To change. Simply put, that’s what Collision Advice CEO Mike Anderson thinks needs to happen to collision repair shops to find and keep technicians and other employees on the payroll.

“Something has to change. We can never get the best of the best until we can pay a better salary. … Fifteen to $18 an hour is not enough.

In 2017, the average body shop spent 10% of its sales on administrative salaries and in June this year that figure rose to 14%, 15% in some shops, Anderson added.

Anderson described ways for shops to better select and retain collision repair employees during the first session of this year’s Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the SEMA Show Monday in Las Vegas. Anderson asked three members of the public what they offer entry-level repair planners. They answered between $18 and $20 an hour with five to seven days of vacation after one year and 50 to 100 percent employee health insurance coverage. Compare that to Amazon, Anderson said, which has a long list of benefits, including 401(k) savings plan, paid tuition, employee and family health insurance, savings accounts, and more. health savings, maternity and paternal leave, and more. And fast food restaurants offer $19 an hour with paid time off and volunteer service.

So how do stores compete with these lines of work? In addition to increasing the starting salary offered, Anderson said benefits needed to be looked at differently. Consider rewarding great work with a memory, not just a monetary bonus. One example he shared was of a store owner who paid for cleaning service once a week for a month for one of his employees. Also, paid vacation [PTO]which gives employees extra money on top of their normal salary to take time off and gives them the flexibility to use the extra money to go on vacation.

It’s also about rethinking your store’s employee structure. Frontend estimator, CSR, backend estimator, a designated parts person, a full-time mechanic, a technician with an apprentice, another technician with two apprentices, a painter with a preparator and a carrier batch form a team that can easily bring to $300,000 a month in sales but, even better, each position could be promoted to create a career path instead, Anderson said. CSR at the front-end estimator to the main estimator, then up to the manager or parts to the CSR at the front-end estimator, and so on. This creates the opportunity for two more shifts than doubling sales and creating four-day workweeks, or even a three-day workweek once a month, he said.

Keeping an exemplary crew comes down to training and knowing how to prove the need for repair procedures to get reimbursed by insurance companies, Anderson said. This means answering four questions: Is the repair procedure required by the OEM? Is this an included operation? Is there a predetermined working time and if not, how long is it worth? Paint manufacturer bulletins found on the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) website, DEGweb.org, Material manufacturer bulletins described in the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) guide to comprehensive repair planning, scan tools, owner’s manuals and the vehicle itself all come into play in determining the answers to these questions, Anderson said.

“Five, six, seven years ago it wasn’t about who got the people,” Anderson said. “It was about who could get the car. … Today people have a two-month backlog, so it’s not about who gets the car, it’s about who gets the people. Your biggest competitive advantage over anyone in your market is culture – how you treat your employees, how you pay your employees, and how you recognize your employees.

Matching personalities to skills is important when considering hiring. Anderson shared descriptions of some of the roles. A CSR loves people and people love them – they can handle unhappy customers, are good at multi-tasking, and are good at filling out paperwork. Frontal Estimator is more extroverted while Senior Estimator is introverted – make the sale rather than researching repair procedures and working behind the scenes.

“When we set up our team and our cellular system, we started to see that there were people who were really good at certain jobs, and then what we did was we tested them for figure out what made them work,” Anderson said.

Seeing the success of each type of employee and matching candidates with those characteristics has led to faster hiring and a five-fold increase in sales in Anderson’s stores in two years.

Training for repair planners – also known, among other things, as planners and estimators – includes the following:

    • Technology skills – how to use the workshop management system and a digital camera to take photos of damaged vehicles
    • Communication skills – listen and communicate effectively with customers, CSRs, adjusters, technicians, management, third-party payers and others to explain why certain procedures were necessary to be reimbursed by insurers.
    • Vehicle terminology – names of parts and components
    • Understand the disassembly 100% – not what to remove, but why for a more complete disassembly.
    • Understand estimating systems, P-pages, estimating software and tools.
    • Understand how to identify collision damage – how vehicles are designed to deflect inertial forces, direct vs. indirect damage, look for broken or stressed spot welds, cracked and peeling paint, etc.
    • Understand the mechanical systems – airbag systems, safety restraint systems, suspensions and safety controls of these.
    • How to research, understand and document OEM repair procedures.
    • How to make informed decisions about parts (single-use parts and repair versus replacement).
    • Understand advanced painting processes and color identification.

And, Anderson noted, hiring experienced repair planners should include writing an estimate to see how well they write line notes and research OEM repair procedures. Or, ask them specific questions about a component and its repair to determine their knowledge base.

Rather than hiring new hires, Anderson recommends shops use online and in-person training resources from multiple sources, including OEM repair how-to websites, collision tips, the CSIS Master Plan Optimization (BOT), I-CAR, the three estimating systems (CCC, Audatex, and Mitchell), RepairLogic, and the Database Enhancement Gateway Estimating Toolkit ( DEG) for OEM owner’s manuals. There are also a few online photography training options available on YouTube from Accountable Estimating and Collision Hub, as well as in-person classes at Apple and Samsung stores.

Collision Hub also offers an online course in case documentation for repairers to learn documentation techniques to strengthen negotiations with payers. Collision Advice “Who pays what?” quarterly survey results can also be used to teach repair planners what is considered non-included. Anderson said stores should also consider reading the book “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your
Life Depended On It” by former FBI Chief International Negotiator Chris Voss and co-author Tahl Raz for more on negotiation strategies.

The RDE series continues until the end of the SEMA Show on Friday. Check out the full program here. Recordings of the previous year’s RDE sessions are available for purchase at https://rde.scrs.com.

More information

Anderson also provided the following resources for workshops to use for training:

SCRS Quick Tips: youtube.com/user/SCRSCollision/videos

DEG Estimating Tips: https://degweb.org/category/estimating-tips

Nissan/Infiniti training

Porsche training

BETAG North America Online Training: betagnorthamerica.com/findAnElearningCourse.php

Ask I-CAR: https://rts.i-car.com/ask-i-car.html

Body Building and OEM Material Repair Guidelines: https://rts.i-car.com/collision-repair-news/crn-706.html

Mitchell Training Portal: https://miportal-mitchell.force.com/miPortal/Home_miportal

Collision Hub Estimating Training: https://collisionhub.com/product/introduction-to-auto-estimating-live/

Vale Training Estimating Course: https://www.valetrainingsolutions.com/our-courses/estimatics/

Audatex Estimating Worklist: http://www.audatexsolutions.com/Falcon/Novo/Estimating/Worklist

Mitchell Estimation training videos: http://www.mymitchell.com/tchs/helpfiles/rcw/1033/Content/40670.htm

Electronic Parts Catalog: https://degweb.org/oem-parts-epcs-free

RepairLogic: https://go.oeconnection.com/repairlogic-waitlist?utm_source=mike-anderson&utm_medium=sell-sheet

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Feature Image: Mike Anderson, CEO of Collision Advice (Lurah Lowery/Repairer Driven News)

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Hudson, Walsh, Revere, CVCA, Medina, Hoover progress in men’s football https://combatarmsblog.com/hudson-walsh-revere-cvca-medina-hoover-progress-in-mens-football/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 04:18:45 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/hudson-walsh-revere-cvca-medina-hoover-progress-in-mens-football/ BOYS SOCCER Division I, Northeast District 2 Finals Hudson 5, Twinsburg 2 The top-seeded Explorers played in their ninth straight district final and reached the knockout stages for the third straight season and sixth in the past nine years on Saturday at Nordonia. Hudson (18-1-1) beat fourth-seeded Twinsburg (13-6) early on to take a 2-0 […]]]>

BOYS SOCCER

Division I, Northeast District 2 Finals

Hudson 5, Twinsburg 2

The top-seeded Explorers played in their ninth straight district final and reached the knockout stages for the third straight season and sixth in the past nine years on Saturday at Nordonia.

Hudson (18-1-1) beat fourth-seeded Twinsburg (13-6) early on to take a 2-0 lead and beat the Tigers for the second time this season.

“It’s really tough every year,” Explorers coach Steve Knapp said. “Having been there before and having won, I think those kids have a little bit of an advantage, so that helps, but no, it never gets old.”

Noah Zappone and Sam Robledo gave Hudson a two-goal cushion.

Twinsburg’s Jarren Fuentes scored both of Twinsburg’s goals.

DJ Ashe scored twice and Gavin Mertes had a goal and an assist for the Explorers.

Hudson will face Walsh Jesuit (15-4-2) on Wednesday at Twinsburg High School.

Division I, Northeast District 3 Finals

Walsh Jesuit 2, Hunting Valley University School 1 (OT)

The sixth-seeded Warriors won a district final for the first time since 2010 and did so by blowing some hearts out of Solon.

The third-seeded Preppers (12-6-1) took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Aiden Ptacek, but Andrew Conti netted a pass from Xavier Munro in the 49th minute to level the score.

It stayed that way until Brady Catanzarite ended it at 1:48 into the extra session to push Walsh to another week.

“It means a lot in that it’s been a process over the past three years since I came back,” Warriors coach Tony Catanzarite said. “We kept building with a long-term vision in mind. We’re not trying to win a game here or there. We’re trying to put the program on a long-term trajectory.”

Division II, Northeast District 5 Finals

Revere 5, Catholic Mentor Lake 2

The top-seeded Minutemen (17-1-1) won their ninth district title in the last 15 years and reached the knockout stages for the third straight year and they did it with speed, precision and incredible skill at Nordonia.

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Aficionadough – Dinner at Pizza Constant in My Life: Dante’s https://combatarmsblog.com/aficionadough-dinner-at-pizza-constant-in-my-life-dantes/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/aficionadough-dinner-at-pizza-constant-in-my-life-dantes/ I have vivid memories of my first encounter with pizza. It looked and smelled unlike any other food I had come across in my short life as a toddler in Clintonville. Certainly, in this time of Columbus, variety was not the spice of life. I had no idea how I was supposed to eat the […]]]>

I have vivid memories of my first encounter with pizza. It looked and smelled unlike any other food I had come across in my short life as a toddler in Clintonville. Certainly, in this time of Columbus, variety was not the spice of life. I had no idea how I was supposed to eat the multicolored mix of ingredients on my plate.

For some reason, I decided that my dining room would be the 4-foot transitional space on the staircase connecting the first and second floors of my childhood home. I must have felt the need to isolate myself to study this strange new dish. As I pondered, weak and weary, this picturesque and curious place that I had never seen before, my hunger cried out to me: “What’s the point?!

The cheese on top confused me, it was neither orange nor yellow. I took it off the top. The bread underneath was a little fizzy. Had what I thought was a very odd tasting ketchup. I didn’t finish that first square, stolen from a take-out box from Dante’s Pizza. It was too much of a shock to my system.

Little did I know then that Dante would become a fixture in my family’s life and was in heavy rotation for Friday night pizza for years to come.

Joe Apollonio opened Dante’s in 1973 and the pizzeria has always been a family affair – he named the business after his brother. Family members have been the body of employees for years, and many employees have become family members over the years. After nearly 50 years in the business, two heart attacks, open-heart surgery and a global pandemic, Apollonio felt it was time to ditch the pizzeria. In this case, and more importantly, in the line of this Clintonville icon, it was to one of his employee-family. In 2022, Apollonio appointed Christina Taylor (on site since 1995) to take the reins of the pizzeria with the blessing of pizza-making kingpin Pat West.

The next step was the first interior update since 1966. The end result added more heart and soul to the dining room, handicapped accessibility and very nice bathrooms. Almost everything else remains the same and as it should be. Customers can watch their pizzas assembled before their eyes at the home counter in an experience not unlike a gladiator in a Roman colosseum… Many items are made from scratch. Employees memorize regular orders from their long-time customers. Payment is always made in cash or by check. One thing is new though, you can now pay through Venmo.

Dante’s has been a Clintonville staple since 1973

After countless years of ordering takeout, I had never dined at Dante’s. I decided to make my first restaurant experience a family affair, with my mother, my wife and my son. As soon as we walked in, I spotted a couple of pals having dinner with several of their longtime friends. All had spent years in Clintonville and they also chose the same day to reconnect for the ultimate community experience.

My family is familiar with the rules of engagement for an Aficionadough mission: Order a pizza, at least half the pepperoni, an Italian sub, and at least one other signature dish. Spaghetti with meatballs and rigatoni with the same were selected. The items guaranteed we would have a roll with butter to go with the pasta dishes – an essential addition, as well as an opportunity to test some meatballs – a potential tipping point for my very Italian wife. Hometown meat hero Ezzo Sausage Company’s pepperoni was one of two pepperoni topping choices, so we opted for that without hesitation. I was allowed a few moments before the first bites started taking pictures. The pizza that was served to us was exactly the model I was eating at the time. The smells, flavors and consistency were all I remembered and hoped for.

A slice of Dante

Pizza at Dante has a long history that predates the opening in 1973. At age 14, Apollonio immigrated to Columbus from the Abruzzo region of Italy. He started working as soon as he arrived. His first job was at Romeo’s Pizza (opened in 1950) which was Columbus’ first pizzeria. He then moved on to Leonardo’s Pizza (opened in 1953) where he eventually became manager.

The pizza served at Dante today has not changed from what was first served when it opened. The dough and sauces are homemade. A light hint of oregano completes the whole thing at the end. The lightly edged crust is crispier and crispier than the typical Columbus-style pizza. Although I find that many local pizzerias drift towards a light coating of sauce, Dante’s is a place where you never need to ask for extra sauce, it is generously served. I had forgotten over time a Dante’s signature – a light dash of grated cheese on top, which tends to blend in with some of the pepperoni. Simply put, we all enjoyed the pizza.

The bread was fresh and probably from the Auddino bakery. My wife and I shared the Italian sub. We both agreed that our halves were perfectly grilled with just a hint of char on the meats to add to the favor experience. I noticed that our sub didn’t have the ubiquitous slice of iceberg, but a layer of seasoned salad with a trace of sliced ​​carrots in the mix.

Dante’s Italian Submarine

The two pasta dishes met. We enjoyed our meal as well as the token amount of leftovers the next day.

The ambiance of Dante’s is simple, it is not intended to be a fine dining establishment but many would agree it is a find. Most drinks are served in a chilled can with a glass of ice. Taylor, the owner herself, will probably be your server most of the time. Bathrooms are spacious with tidy white tiles lining the walls.

The heart of the space is a collection of four photos framed together. One of the photos (top left) shows Apollonio and Taylor together as a link from past to present. For a place as iconic as Dante’s, showing those ties that bind is just as important for guests as it is for staff. When you dine at Dante’s, I hope you take a moment to stop in front of these photos, you’ll feel at home when you do.

The Dante family watches over the guests

Although this was my first experience of dining at Dante’s, it won’t be my last. It was a simple and fulfilling outing that I enjoyed for the meal itself, knowing that I was part of an ongoing tradition dating back five decades.

For more information, visit dantespizza614.com.

All photos by Jim Ellison

Dante’s Spaghetti and Meatballs
Dante’s updated seating area
Order tickets and oregano
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Prosecutors will have another chance to wrap up closing arguments before jurors decide the kidnapping case https://combatarmsblog.com/prosecutors-will-have-another-chance-to-wrap-up-closing-arguments-before-jurors-decide-the-kidnapping-case/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 22:16:00 +0000 https://combatarmsblog.com/prosecutors-will-have-another-chance-to-wrap-up-closing-arguments-before-jurors-decide-the-kidnapping-case/ State prosecutors will get another chance Tuesday morning to present closing arguments in the trial of three Jackson County men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The trial is the latest test of whether prosecutors can convince jurors that a group of men committed crimes when they discussed a kidnapping and possible murder […]]]>

State prosecutors will get another chance Tuesday morning to present closing arguments in the trial of three Jackson County men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The trial is the latest test of whether prosecutors can convince jurors that a group of men committed crimes when they discussed a kidnapping and possible murder of the governor in 2020.

A total of 14 men were initially charged in connection with the plot. Six of them have been charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the governor. A jury found two of the men not guilty in a trial that ended this spring. Two other men were convicted in August, while two others pleaded guilty on their own.

The Jackson County trial is the first for men charged in state courts. The three men on trial were not central to planning for the spring and summer of 2020. But prosecutors say Paul Bellar, Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico offered crucial assistance to plan leader Adam Fox, who was one of the convicted men. in federal court.

As members of the so-called “Wolverine Watchmen” militia, the three men helped train Fox, which prosecutors say amounted to providing material support for an act of terrorism.

Defense attorneys said the formations were defensive in nature, as part of preparing for the possibility of disasters.

But Deputy Attorney General Sunita Doddamani told jurors they were not “preparers”, preparing for natural disasters.

“They didn’t store food, water and beans, did they?” Doddamani said during his closing arguments on Monday. ‘They didn’t offer courses in first aid or burns or CPR or anything like that – skills you might need for societal breakdown. They were preparing for war – war with the government.

Prosecutors also pointed to a protest at Michigan’s Capitol building in 2020 against pandemic emergency orders, in which Bellar, Musico and Morrison entered the building with assault rifles and posed outside the office. of the governor in the building. A Michigan state trooper said Whitmer was not in the building that day.

Kareem Johnson, attorney for Pete Musico, said the men were acting legally at the Capitol building.

“Even though they wanted the Wolverine Watchmen to keep their grievances to themselves, the law allowed them to protest that way,” Johnson said. “And the law doesn’t say you can only protest if you do it politely. You can shout. You can shout. That’s the point.”

The state capitol commission has since voted to ban people from openly carrying weapons in the building.

Prosecutors also showed messages between the men in which they called for violence against police officers and politicians, while mocking other militias they referred to as “Fudds,” a reference to Elmer Fudd.

In a message, Paul Bellar said the governor should be “dragged through the streets and hanged” for orders during the pandemic that has shut down businesses and schools.

But Bellar’s attorney, Leonard Ballard, said Bellar’s actions tell a different story. He distanced himself from Fox and left the state before kidnapping plans took shape. He then created his own chat group, Ballard said, in which he pushed back against the idea of ​​catching politicians.

“His mind is thinking, ‘eh you know, we said a lot of crazy stuff,’ which they did,” Ballard explained. “‘We put a lot of crazy stuff on the wire’, which he did. ‘I said a lot of crazy stuff here and there’, which he did. But he’s only accused of none of those things. None of that.”

Prosecutors will have another chance to rebut defense attorneys’ closing arguments when the trial resumes Tuesday morning. After that, Judge Thomas Wilson will instruct the jurors on the charges, and the jurors will begin deliberations.

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