Does Our Commander in Chief Know How to Command?

With all the money we’ve spent for defense, how can we be so defenseless?

We are at war with the coronavirus. If putting it that way offends you, try substituting “emergency” for “war.” I am absolutely comfortable calling this a war because people have died and will die and we are losing.

If we had thrown everything at the enemy and still lost, it would not hurt so much. If I don’t lose my own life, I think it’s virtually certain I will lose a family member and, yes, that is painful. People die in a war, though. It’s the idea of not fighting back with everything we’ve got that ratchets up the pain.

In the virus hot spots, we are running out of intensive care beds and will soon run out of any kind of hospital beds.

The people who are tasked to take the fight to the enemy — -doctors, nurses, and various medical technicians — -are running out of personal protective equipment. Masks, gowns, and the other things that form a barrier to keep the virus out. The shortages grow with the numbers of patients.

What is this failure to throw everything at the virus that has me so exercised?

1. The Defense Production Act gives the POTUS authority to order particular companies to produce particular items that are needed to respond to the emergency. President Trump has signed a proclamation claiming the authority but he has issued no orders.

2. The Army Corps of Engineers has a standing mission to respond to problems within its expertise. They have the ability to raise hospitals in parking lots next to the over full regular hospitals, but requires orders from the Commander in Chief.

3. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a standing mission to back up civilian hospitals if they become overcrowded because of a public health emergency, but opening them up requires orders from the Commander in Chief.

4. Two Navy hospital ships, the U.S.N.S. Comfort and the U.S.N.S. Mercy are always available to respond to civilian disasters.

5. The hero of World War II who became a two term president, the man who commanded the Normandy Invasion, had a common military specialty: logistics. That is military speak for having what you need where you need it. Military logistics has to move more stuff quicker than UPS or Fed Ex, but the Commander in Chief has to order the military to pick up medical supplies and take them to the front.

It’s a fine bit of irony that President Dwight David Eisenhower — the aforementioned hero of WWII — sold the Interstate Highway System to the taxpayers based on the need for highways wide and straight enough for military vehicles. That is, the Interstate system was built for national defense.

It’s hard to even talk about Eisenhower and Trump in the same article. Trump has faced the press every day for the last week and he has found somebody to blame for every shortcoming in the battle against coronavirus. Eisenhower gave his troops a rousing pep talk before sending them off to liberate France and then wrote a letter in his own hand “just in case:”

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

Ike never had to use the “just in case” letter but The Donald has never had to write one. Some of us see blame for our losses in the war with the coronavirus in the five major weapons (there are probably others) that we the taxpayers have already bought. They have in common that they require orders from the Commander in Chief to get into the fight.

I have been puzzled about why Mr. Trump will not engage, particularly since he gives the impression in his daily briefings that he has engaged. These exercises in misdirection have gone on for more than a week, and I finally have a theory.

Can it be that Donald John Trump takes casualties without mobilizing available defenses because he does not know how to give a lawful order and cannot bring himself to ask people who do?

Remember when he was running for the office, he made the bizarre claim that he knew more about the military than those who served because he attended a military-themed prep school?

Remember his claim after he was elected that he knew more about military endeavors than the generals who worked for him?

Remember how, when Trump put his staff together, he kept at least one general in the top echelon, often in the job called “designated adult in the room?” The generals dropped like flies and all the adults have left the room.

Now, if General Trump wished to ride to the rescue at the head of the cavalry, he must first mobilize the cavalry. He will need a field commander, and I would recommend Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Russel L. Honoré, Gulf War veteran and one of the few heroes of the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Honoré brings a suggestion from WWII, that the government “graduate” senior nursing students and that doctors who have done their academic work should be thrown into the breach and their work recognized as their internship. Whatever you think of whether we are as desperate for doctors and nurses as we were in WWII, the fact will remain that the Commander in Chief has to pull the trigger.

My epiphany about Trump’s lack of action came when I remembered his first attempt to drum transsexual troops out of the military. He did the deed — or thought he did — -on Twitter.

The reaction of the brass was predictable. Even those who opposed recruiting transsexuals in the first place would oppose getting rid of them because the services had adapted and did not need any further uproar.

So the Joint Chiefs of Staff simply ignored the Trumpian tweet. Back then, he still had military persons working in the West Wing, so somebody showed him how to give an order.

An order to mobilize a unit not currently in the fight is a bit more complicated. Perhaps Mr. Trump is still living in the movies, where all orders are verbal and there are no after-action reports?

Tell Mr. Trump how much he resembles John Wayne. Point out that 27 states have called out the National Guard and tell him how much bigger the force he could mobilize with a stroke of his pen would be. Then put an order in front of him to the Army Corps of Engineers with a list of places needing auxiliary hospitals.

If he refuses to sign, then we know he really does not want to mobilize the Corps of Engineers. The problem will be more political than psychological, but it will still be a problem with human lives at stake.

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Journey of a JuBu—A Novel for Today’s Stressful Times

Over the past several years, I had the pleasure of working with a client on his debut novel, Journey of a JuBu. The writer, Blaine Langberg, is an orthodontist by day, and an author and stand-up comedian by night. We planned the book launch before the pandemic hit; little did we know that the book’s timeless wisdom would be so timely in today’s upside-down world. Below are excerpts from an interview the author did with his publicist, Aline Weiller. It provides an introduction and some context to this amazing book that can offer readers a path to keeping calm and staying focused when everything around us is as crazy as it’s ever been.

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Aline: Where are you from originally?

Blaine: I grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, and received my undergraduate degree in Math with a minor in English from Union College. I enjoyed using my analytical ability to delve into the meaning of literary fiction, culminating when I wrote my thesis on Fractal Repetition Structure in Poetry. I went on to receive my Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and remained at Harvard to complete my specialty training in orthodontics. Since 2003, I’ve practiced orthodontics (aka straightening teeth), during the day while spending my evenings writing. I have completed two full (unproduced) screenplays, and the movie short, “Look At Me,” which was screened at the 2009 Connecticut Film Festival and can be viewed on YouTube. During the last four years, I have devoted my time to writing Journey of a JuBu.

Aline: What authors and/or books inspired you to write JuBu? Also, who is your favorite author and what types of writing do you enjoy?

Blaine: I’ve always loved a great story whether it’s told by a book, a television series, or a movie. In high school and college I worked in the old B. Dalton Bookstore and was gobbling up books nightly. My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, though I also admire Philip Roth and especially loved Portnoy’s Complaint. On the spiritual side, I connected strongly with The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, which helped inspire me to write Journey of a JuBu. I realized there is a market for exploring spirituality through a modern fictional story.

Other books I enjoyed growing up were A Separate Peace, the Lord of the Rings series, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. On the less serious side, I got a kick out of the short funny essays by Robert Fulghum in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. For nonfiction, I’m a fan of Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David McCullough. As you can see, my taste in books is quite diverse. I love to cycle through book genres, and it’s common for me to go from reading spiritual books by Eckhart Tolle to Abraham Lincoln’s biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin, or from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo.

Aline: How long have you been a pop culture enthusiast and how did it influence your writing?

Blaine: I have been into pop culture since I was little. After my homework was done, I would watch television for hours—reruns of “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Facts of Life.” I was binge-watching shows before binge-watching became a thing. As a teenager, I would sneak down to our tv room at night to watch HBO comedy shows. And then there was my obsession with reading. My father owned a pharmacy, so I would go to his store every Saturday and read comic books, magazines like “Mad Magazine” and “Sports Illustrated” and even a few issues of “Seventeen” to learn about what girls were thinking about. Immersing myself in pop-culture has helped me create relatable characters that people will find funny and entertaining. It’s also helped me have a keen ear for dialogue between my characters.

Aline: What or who gave you the idea to write JuBu?

Blaine: I began writing this book for myself—it was therapy for me as I dealt with turning 40 and the stresses in my life with balancing work, family, and the inconvenient truth that I was aging. I’ve always had anxiety, and I delved into meditation to help quiet my mind. Writing this book was a great way for me to explore spirituality and how I could incorporate a spiritual practice into my life. The book helped me organize my thoughts and provided a fun outlet for me to get my feelings on paper.

About seven years ago I decided to write a story loosely based on what I was going through, a neurotic Jewish dentist trying to find his spiritual footing. Obviously, the narrator, Jacob, is my alter-ego—an orthodontist who writes a meta-fiction coming of age novel about his conversion from Judaism to Buddhism. Like me, Jacob, is reluctant to face the intense personal scrutiny that accompanies publishing a memoir, so he hides behind the veil of his alter-ego, Adam Freeman, a Yale-trained pediatric dentist. Adam, the protagonist, is a snarky, anxiety-plagued man-child who has difficultly drawing boundaries at work and stepping up as a husband to his wife. After a panic attack at his dental office, Adam looks for answers as to why his body is failing him by exploring alternative medicine and mindfulness. Although I wrote the book for my amusement, I began to notice that my journey was relatable to a large number of people when I started reading chapters to my writing group at the Westport Writers’ Workshop. Their responses were extremely encouraging.

Journey of a JuBu is unique because it brings a fresh and funny perspective to spirituality for Generation Xers. It is also a novel within a novel and references numerous popular television shows through the 80s to today.

Aline: Tell us a little about the main characters and what you drew from in your real life?

Blaine: You know the old adage, “write what you know”? Well, I drew on my experience as an orthodontist who loves writing and is trying to balance the stress of running a practice with family life and turning 40. Like my characters, I deal with anxiety, and the book incorporates a lot of research I’ve conducted to help me control my body when it isn’t cooperating with what my mind wants. I have to admit that I wrote the book for a selfish reason: to gain perspective on my life. It made me laugh as I was writing it and also got me emotional at points. But while I wrote the book for me, I realized that other people were connecting with the story when I gave it to them to read. It was clearly bigger than a self-help book for just one person. That is why I am putting it out there.

Aline: Have you always had a good sense of humor? How long have you been doing stand-up comedy?

I have loved comedy ever since growing up watching TV in the 80s. After I got up the nerve to take a comedy class, I realized comedy was another way to tell a story, but with more instant gratification than writing. And who doesn’t like instant gratification. I realized I connected with comedians and the audience instantly, and that it was a rush to make people laugh. I get a surge of energy when everyone in the room finds me funny. Plus, being in a house with three daughters and working with all women, stand-up the only time in my life where I can speak and a room full of people will listen to me without talking back.

Aline: If you had to do an elevator pitch, how would you describe JuBu to readers.

Blaine: I like to pitch the book as “Seinfeld meets The Celestine Prophecy.” I want to teach you about spirituality while making you laugh and be entertained.

Aline: What sets JuBu apart in the fiction market?

Blaine: I feel the market is ripe for a book like Diary of a Jubu. Spiritual books such as The Celestine Prophecy; Eat, Pray, Love; and Breakfast with Buddha have all shown commercial success. In addition, witty, self-deprecating television shows like “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” have generated tremendous popularity. However, no one has combined spirituality books with the quirky humor of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David the way my book does. Although there are quite a few spiritual books out there featuring people searching for their truth, my book is the first to chronicle a 40-year-old Jewish man exploring Buddhism in a way I believe almost anyone can relate to.

We live in a unique time in America—and especially now during the pandemic—where people are looking for answers and exploring spirituality more and more. It is my goal and passion to present this story to the masses so that people can enjoy one man’s journey of balancing his neurotic Jewish side with his Zen, Buddhist teachings.

Aline: So what’s next?

Blaine: My dream is to adapt Journey of a JuBu into either a television series or a movie. I feel that the characters lend themselves to being on screen and taking shape in an actor’s performance. The book is filled with dialogue that pops off the page and I feel it would play out well on either the big or small screen. I would pitch it to streaming services as “The Big Bang Theory meets Entourage.”

Parenting in the Eye of the COVID Storm

It’s raining, lightly, and the late-March morning is finally warm enough for open windows.

My daughter lost a tooth and wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy. “Can you draw a picture of yourself on this paper so I know what you look like?”

Down the street, a personal message chalked on the sidewalk, adorned with Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie, awaits a special celebrant: “Happy birthday, Jackson! We miss you!”

This is life in the eye of a storm. Out There is swirling chaos, but here, in the eerie calm, we are carefully recalibrating. Taking stock of what’s left and what to hold tightly when the tempest returns.

Out There, the sheer enormity is overwhelming. Literally beyond comprehension. The distance traveled by a microscopic protein; the number of humans infected, lives lost, and livelihoods vanished; the deepening deficit of ventilators; the mounting tally of lies told: All are escalating exponentially (likely outdated even by the time you read this). The United States, ever chasing hockey-stick growth, has achieved it in the macabre.

It’s all astronomical. A load too heavy to lift. A sadness too deep to bear. A rage too hot to touch. It’s too big for me, and I’m tapping out. I’m opting out of bigness.

Regular American life under shelter-in-place has come to a standstill. While Out There, healthcare workers frantically, heroically, grapple with the growing chaos, and institutions panic and pull their levers of power, the rest of us are adjusting to something strange and unsettling. It’s the stuff of fairytales (Grimm’s, not Disney’s) and John Lynch stories. It is… quiet.

Missing are the planes crisscrossing the sky, the police sirens screaming outside the window, the hurrying. What even is this life without hurrying?

On the parenting front, social media and private conversations are dominated by the impossibility of simultaneously being a productive professional and an effective remote-learning teacher. (Not to mention that there’s a reason people who aren’t teachers aren’t teachers.) No amount of higher education and careful career counseling could have prepared us for this.

I get it. I know all too well the stress of meeting work expectations while also maintaining a home for four kids, of folding laundry during a Zoom call and pausing on an email to help my children navigate Google Classroom.

Still, as “Out There” spins ever more out of control, I’m finding fresh joy in the minuscule, and solace in the intimate.

We break from schoolwork to take a bike ride. The kids proudly announce that they’ve planted tomatoes, carrots, and snap peas in their mom’s garden. My boys, who complain incessantly about school-mandated music class, picked up their guitar and drum sticks and wrote a song. It was terrible; I couldn’t be prouder. Meet the new education, same as the very old education.

COVID-19 is no “respecter of persons.” You can’t bluster or buy your way out of it, and even the young and robust are susceptible. It is the great equalizer, and facades of status are crumbling.

My point is not to sugarcoat or gloss over the pain and massive disaster we face. We, as people, are stripped bare. Our societal failings are exposed: As bigness succumbs to smallness, all we are left with is our humanity. In humanity is grace, and in grace, dignity.

Neighbors compile ad hoc food banks and establish “shopping buddies” for senior citizens.

Anonymous donors buy meal vouchers to local restaurants, hard hit by the shutdown.

A restaurant adjusts its corporate status to become nonprofit, providing under-priced, high-quality meals to people in need.

Thousands of Rosie the Riveters stitch and donate masks to hospitals.

Even Twitter, the Web’s cruelest medium, has been overrun by photos of homemade sourdough.

Last week, a comedy producer in Los Angeles received an unexpected $35 refund. Under normal circumstances, that miniature windfall might be a brief moment of excitement, maybe even a dinner out. Instead, she tweeted an offer: “Does anyone need $35 right now for groceries, medicine, etc? I got an unexpected $35 refund from a utility company so if you’re in need, message me and I’ll venmo you.” Inundated with responses, people reached out to fund her “grants.” Then, more people followed suit, offering random “grants” of their own.

It is all humanity, dignity, grace.

There is dignity in mourning. Grace lies in the care of our most vulnerable. Dignity can be found amid imperfection. In ritual, in listening, in small gestures and simple pleasures: grace.

Three text messages from a friend, apropos of nothing, announce:

I’m making bread with my toaster. It came out well. 

I’ve started using cloth napkins.

I’m playing Hot Wheels with the boys.

On Facebook, another friend, whom I haven’t seen in two decades, wrote,

A moment of beauty: With all the hard work we’ve been doing for Covid-19 communications, and the increased demands on my business, and the increased parenting pressures, and setbacks and discouragement, and focus on mortality, and isolation—my coffee bushes are in full bloom. Beauty, wonderful fragrance, the buzzing of bees, the promise of a future coffee harvest, and a refreshing and needed reminder of the beauty, preciousness, and perseverance of life on our sacred Earth.

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Athletic Support: ‘Coronavirus? We’ve Got Games to Play!’

Dear Athletic Support: It seems like every time I turn on the television or check my Facebook page, there’s another sporting event canceled due to the Coronavirus. Both of my kids are athletes, and we have multiple tournaments scheduled for the spring. So far, I’ve only heard rumors of their tournaments being canceled, but I must say I am a little hesitant to pack my family into a gym or sit too close to the other parents in the stands. Am I overreacting at this point? Or not reacting enough? — Corna-fied Mother

Dear Corna-fied: With basically all major sporting events canceled for the foreseeable future, your question couldn’t have come at a better time. Before I go any further, let me make one point clear: I’m not a doctor. I’m a former football player and coach. My family is, however, taking certain steps to remain safe. Here’s a look at our daily life:

Ours is a world of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. A fog hangs thick over our living room from an endless stream of Lysol spray. My 3-year-old daughter strips out of her clothes when she comes home from preschool, and anyone who wishes to hold our infant son must wash his hands (actually, scratch that; nobody’s holding little for the next couple weeks). We don’t go over to friends’ houses anymore, and our kids definitely aren’t going to be playing in the Chic-fil-A play place anytime soon.

At this point, we’re wary, to say the least, but we’re not holed up in a bunker surrounded by cans of green beans. My biggest worry is the panic that comes as a result of COVID-19 will do far more damage than the disease itself.

There are already reports of people around the country hoarding vast quantities of hand sanitizer, bottled water, and toilet paper. Some have even gone so far as to steal medical facemasks and other equipment from places that really need it, like hospitals.

This sort of behavior makes me worry far more than the actual virus. Even if this pandemic dies out sooner than expected, people’s reaction to it could cause far more damage than COVID-19. No matter what, remember we’re all on the same team.

Looking ahead, I’d be willing to bet your kids’ upcoming tournaments will get canceled. Many schools across my home state of Arkansas have already begun to shutter their doors. If your forthcoming athletic events don’t get canceled, remember you still have a choice. Sports are important, sure, but as we’ve seen from the decision-makers at both the collegiate and professional levels, nothing is more important than player safety.

And, please, don’t feel like your son or daughter’s athletic careers will be in jeopardy if they don’t play ball for the next couple weeks, or months (hopefully this all blows over by then). In the meantime, wash your hands and carry a few extra bottles of hand sanitizer, if you can still find any.

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Coffee, Scrubs, and Rubber Gloves

Today marks three months on the job. Some days I feel like a visiting angel. Other days, like today, I’m a fraud in scrubs.

My client was transported to the hospital today.

The hunky paramedics — “what’s your role here?”

Me — “I’m just her caregiver.”

Today marks three months on the job. Some days, I do feel like a visiting angel. Other days, like today, I’m a fraud in scrubs. I have no credentials and no experience unless being a mom counts for something. But I’m catching on to this whole caregiver thing. — You either make it or you don’t. Sink or swim baby.

So far, I’ve been swimming.

I’ve gotten great reviews, clients often ask me to come back and damn it feels good to be helpful. But I am just a caregiver. I have nightmares about stopping at Target after work and someone needing help. Everyone’s face is stricken with panic and staring at me to save a life.

I freeze like a deer in headlights and wake up in a cold sweat.

Between you, me and the dollar spot, it sure does feel good to walk around in those scrubs and play dress up. I get a kind of respect that I’ve never experienced while being a stay at home mom. The thing is, I don’t deserve that respect. I’m not a doctor, a nurse or anything close to it. Yet.

There is a slight chance I’m putting too much pressure on myself. — It’s only been three months. But I’m hungry. I’m hungry for more knowledge, more schooling and if I’m being totally honest with you, more money. When people need help, I want to be the answer they are looking for.

Thank you for listening ❤

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Best-Selling Budget Cars in Malaysia in 2020

Cars are a necessity for almost everyone nowadays; and with the poor condition of the Malaysian economy, everyone is looking to save some of their hard-earned cash by buying the best budget cars available in Malaysia.

The rise in petrol price always steals the smile from the people’s faces. Private cars are a necessity for everyone, but no one wants to empty their pockets refilling their cars. That is why I’m here bringing you the best budget cars in Malaysia to help you save your precious bucks. WapCar.my has an awesome range of cars that will meet up to everyone’s budget.

Car industries are always trying their best to come up with the best fuel and cost-efficient cars that are in our budget. So, here are some best-selling budget cars in Malaysia that are under RM 100,000.

1. Perodua Bezza

Perodua Bezza 1.0 Standard G – A/T is a budget car that is quite affordable with a price of RM 34,500. It is a fuel efficient car built with lightweight EEV engines that helps with low fuel consumption. This car has a keyless entry with a push-start button, also equipped with stability control and hill start assist. It also has a flexible 60:40 split-folding rear seats, making it an ideal car for the family.

Monthly repayment starts from RM416 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM75.

Compression Ratio:  11.5:1

Max Output:              50km/6000rpm

Max Torque:              91Nm/4400rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 4.7L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity:  36L

2. Proton Iriz 1.3 MT

Proton Iriz 1.3 MT starts from RM40,000 and onwards making it a budget-friendly car. Proton Iriz has a 5-star MCAP rating and comes with two airbags, ABS, hill start assist and traction control making one of the safest budget cars available. Iriz is quite a comfortable car, but it is a bit less spacious than other cars.

Monthly repayment starts from RM534 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM83.

Compression Ratio:  10:1

Max Output:              70kw/5,750rpm

Max Torque:              120Nm/4,000rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 5.8L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity:  40L

3. Suzuki Alto 1.0 A/T

Suzuki Alto 1.0 A/T GLX is available with a starting price of RM44,800. It is built with a 1.0L engine designed to burn less amount of fuel that most cars. The three-cylinder configuration of the engine makes is compact and light and helps to create less friction, making it more eco-friendly. This results in lower fuel consumption and emissions, and higher output.

Monthly repayment starts from RM599 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM73.

Compression Ratio: 10.0

Max Output:             50kw/6,000rpm

Max Torque:             87Nm/4,500rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 5.2L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity:  35L

4. Hyundai i10

The price of Hyundai i10 starts at RM48,400. It is another cost-friendly and affordable car for the people. This car is both stylish and spacious for its price. The driver information display system shows you more than the usual ones such as outside temperature and tire pressure monitor.

Monthly repayment starts from RM543 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM83.

Compression Ratio: 10.1:1

Max Output:              50.8kw/5,500rpm

Max Torque:              99Nm/4,500rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 5.8L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity: 40L

5. Kia Picanto 1.2 A/T

Kia Picanto 1.2 A/T is a well-priced, small and economical city car that is affordable to buy and maintain. It starts with a price of RM61,888 and is a stylish and safe car that looks great around the town.

Monthly repayment starts from RM654.98 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM73.

Compression Ratio: 10.3:1

Max Output:             68kw/6,000rpm

Max Torque:             119.6Nm/4,000rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 5.61L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity: 35L

6. Honda Jazz 1.5 S

Honda Jazz 1.5 S is another well-valued car with a price of RM65,000. It is an affordable and safe car that comes with safety features like standard dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensor and Multi-angle Rear Camera and so on. Honda Jazz claims to have better fuel efficiency and better acceleration with its continuously variable transmission (CVT) with enhanced gear ratios and a G-Design Shift; And obviously, to go with the name – a Display Audio entertainment system.

Monthly repayment starts from RM843 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM87.

Compression Ratio: 10.3

Max Output:             88kw/6,600rpm

Max Torque:             145Nm/4,600rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 5.6L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity:  42L

7. Toyota Vios 1.5G

Toyota Malaysia brings you three different variants of Toyota Vios, but in this article, we are going to know about the 1.5G variant. Toyota Vios 1.5G is a budget-friendly and environment-friendly car that starts with a price of RM75,000. This eco-friendly car doesn’t compromise when it comes to performance thanks to its Dual VVTi engine choices and the remapped engine software that further enhances output. It comes with vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control that is available on all its variants.

Monthly repayment starts from RM972 and the estimated cost to refill fuel tank is RM87.

Compression Ratio: 10.5:1

Max Output:             80kw/6,000rpm

Max Torque:             141Nm/4,200rpm

Fuel Economy:          Est. 6.3L/100km

Fuel Tank Capacity: 42L

These are the 7 best affordable budget cars that you can buy for yourself in Malaysia. They are both eco-friendly and cost-efficient. So, choose the car that suits your needs and enjoy the ride.

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College Campus Talks SoulPancake Book


We got a college campus to tell us what their favorite page of the SoulPancake book is!

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I molesta my pages are 62 threw 63
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because they made me think and open my
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eyes and they changed some aspects of my
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life hey I’m Stacy and our family really
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huge for the seven how do you keep
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yourself in check we like this because
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we’re good friends and you need good
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friends to keep yourself down hi I’m
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Kelsey and my page is 62 61 beauty in
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the bland and it makes me think about
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those things like that often I’m Hailey
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and I like page 10 because I think it’s
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really awesome and it reminded me of the
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military and a Saturday which I put
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together to form a poem my name is
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Darren I like page 129 because inspire
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me dry story about a person who is
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afraid to disengage yeah Molly and I
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chose page 6 because it brings out my
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inner inspiration and creativity while
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I’m writing hi I’m
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which was the question what would you
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say if you have 50 decades to talk to
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stranger as taking kids ever life visit
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a minister hi my name is Carly and one
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58 and I like it because I when I look
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for the book this is the first thing
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that like catches my eye and I love
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GE Healthcare and ECHOLAB Radiology Train Over 200 Healthcare Professionals in Two Workshops Across Lagos and Abuja

The training was designed for hospital professionals including radiologists, radiographers, specialists, and general practitioners

The following has been submitted as a press release and has not been edited by The Good Men Project.

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 16, 2020/APO Group/ –

GE Healthcare (GEHealthcare.com) in collaboration with ECHOLAB Radiology and Laboratory Services has held two medical clinical workshops in a week across Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria. The events have benefitted over 200 healthcare professionals. The training forums themed ‘Elevating Radiology’ focused on topics including Computed Tomography (CT) & Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) in stroke management, among other topics which will help practitioners optimize their work. The training was designed for hospital professionals including radiologists, radiographers, specialists, and general practitioners.

Speaking about the forum, Eyong Ebai, General Manager, West, Central & French Sub-Saharan Africa for GE Healthcare. said, “Precise diagnosis is a result of quality imaging services done by well-equipped and well-trained clinicians. This can greatly help to improve patient satisfaction and the bottom line of both public and private healthcare providers. We are honored to collaborate with ECHOLAB to ensure Nigeria’s medical professionals are equipped with the right skills to continue providing better outcomes for patients.”

We are honored to collaborate with ECHOLAB to ensure Nigeria’s medical professionals are equipped with the right skills to continue providing better outcomes for patients

Training and skill development have become an essential ingredient in ensuring the efficiency of healthcare staff. Rapidly developing technologies and constant updates in procedures mean that staff need to continually reevaluate their training needs. GE Healthcare’s objectives with the workshops, is to provide equipment’s users with opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills to optimize equipment usage, clinical practice and patient care.

Pius Ihimekpen, Sales and Marketing Director of ECHOLAB said, “Our mission is to provide world class practice delivery of diagnostic services in Nigeria as the ultimate one stop shop with a full range of diagnostic services to investigate a wide range of illnesses and conditions. The trainings delivered in collaboration with GE Healthcare are important in our experts keep up with technological advancements in the healthcare industry and remain relevant in providing patient-centred services.”

Training and education are key to strengthening healthcare systems. GE has a strong commitment to advance education, skills development of healthcare professionals to promote local capacity across Africa. GE Healthcare has established three healthcare training centres and one innovation center to serve the continent. Additionally, GE’s Lagos Garage, launched in 2016 to support SME development in Nigeria has trained 1,000 entrepreneurs so far, to use the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies; 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters as well as business development.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of GE.


GE Healthcare and ECOLAB Radiology team during the training
Source: GE

Media contact:
Annette Mutuku
Communications Director, GE Africa
[email protected]

About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare (GEHealthcare.com) is the $19.9 billion healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE). As a leading provider of medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing, and cell and gene therapy technologies, GE Healthcare enables precision health in diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services. With over 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry and more than 50,000 employees globally, the company helps improve outcomes more efficiently for patients, healthcare providers, researchers and life sciences companies around the world.

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Eater Saltine Toffee

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The mix of sweet and salty is irresistible and this saltine toffee is the perfect combination of those flavors! With only a handful of ingredients and fun decorations, this Easter saltine toffee is so easy to make and delicious!

These are a great dessert to add to your Easter table. For other ideas you can check out my Easter Magic Bars, and my Easter Egg Basket Cupcakes.

One of our favorite family traditions is a Christmas treat we have fondly named Christmas Crack.

The reason?

It is highly, highly addictive. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like it. I make a ton if it every Christmas season to give to friends, neighbors, family… everyone!

Because we love it so much I decided that this year I should make an Easter version! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, I mean why should a family favorite be reserved for just one holiday?

The cool thing about this saltine toffee is that it only takes a handful of ingredients, and it doesn’t take long at all to make, so you can have it ready in no time.

My Christmas version is made with milk or dark chocolate, and the directions are a little different, so if you’re looking at this thinking that you’d prefer it with brown instead of white chocolate head over there and check out that recipe.

One thing to note about this recipe is that I used the white chocolate candy melts not white chocolate chips. I have tried to make this using white chocolate chips before and they don’t melt very well, the candy melts create a much better coating.

You can get the white and colored candy melts at most craft stores, Walmart, or on Amazon.

You don’t have to use all of the colored chocolates, I just added them for a bunch of color, you can use sprinkles or any colors you choose… or none.

Here’s how to make this Easter Saltine Toffee –

Ingredients-

1 Cup (2 sticks) of butter

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

Saltines- approx one sleeve

2 Cups White Candy Melts

1/4 Cup Colored Candy Melts- I used pink, blue & yellow

1/2 tsp Shortening for each color candy melts

Easter Sprinkles – I used the Wilton Mini Egg Sprinkle Mix

The first thing you’ll want to do is line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and arrange your saltines to cover the baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 350

Now in a saucepan over medium heat melt your butter and then add in the brown sugar. Increase the heat to med/high until the mixture begins to bubble. Allow it to boil for 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over.

Next pour the sugar and butter mixture over your prepared crackers and place the baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes. The butter and sugar mixture will start to bubble.

After 10 minutes remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack, allow to cool for about 5 minutes

Now in the bowl of a double boiler (or a heat safe bowl placed over a pan of water) melt your white chocolate candy melts until nice and smooth.

Now pour your melted candy melts over your caramel layer and spread it out evenly using a spatula.

If you are using sprinkles you can sprinkle them on now so that they stick in the melted chocolate.

Next it’s time to add the colored chocolate swirls. Working with one color at a time place 1/4 cup colored candy melts and 1/2 tsp shortening in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until the candy melts and shortening are completely melted and smooth.

Then using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate across your white chocolate layer.

Repeat with additional colors until you’ve used as many as you’d like. You can add more sprinkles in between color additions.

Once you’re finished with your decorating just let everything cool. When it is completely cool break it into chunks and enjoy!

If you don’ t eat it all at once it keeps well in an airtight container. If it is very warm in your house you might need to keep it in the fridge.

This makes a great addition to your Easter meal, packaged up in baskets or for gifts for teachers, neighbors or friends!

Easter Saltine Toffee

Easter Saltine Toffee

Yield: 10

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This Easter saltine toffee is the perfect blend of sweet and salty for your Easter celebrations!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • Saltines
  • 2 Cups White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • 1/4 Cup Each Colored Candy Melts
  • 1/2 tsp Shortening for each color candy melts
  • Easter Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 35o and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Arrange saltines in a single layer covering the baking sheet.
  3. In a saucepan combine butter and brown sugar and heat over med/high heat until it comes to a low boil, continue boiling, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes
  4. Pour the butter/sugar mixture over the saltines and spread it out evenly then place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and place on a cooling rack.
  6. Melt your white chocolate melts in the bowl of a double boiler until smooth. Pour it over your caramel mixture and spread evenly. If desired sprinkle with sprinkles.
  7. For the colored drizzles- add 1/4 cup of colores melts and 1/2 tsp shortening to a small microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until smooth. Drizzle over white chocolate with a spoon. Repeat for other colors.
  8. Allow to cool completely, then break into pieces.

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The Grandpa Threat

How do you best motivate sons with a father’s experience

As a father or as a son have you ever heard or used “the grandpa threat”? It involves responding to something a child has done with, “Do you know what my father would do if…” or, “When I was your age, my Dad would…” How do you feel about using or react to hearing such lectures from the past?

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The Manhood Game cards were created and developed by Dr. George Simons as a way to reframe men’s perceptions of themselves.

As Dr. Simons writes in his intro post:

Life is often played as a game in which men’s welfare is a pawn to be sacrificed. Today I invite you to join me in another game, diversophy Manhood, a game for reframing men’s perceptions of themselves, for refreshing their mission in life, and disarming social biases that attack male health and limit the possible in their own eyes and actions. Each day I will post a new card from this game, a snippet of wisdom to GUIDE our exploration, a RISK to face, facts to test our SMARTS, a CHOICE to make, or an experience to SHARE.

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