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July 29, 2013

Ford Mustang’s experimental vibrating LED shift knob

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Last week, Ford let me test the first-ever haptic shifter knob on a Shelby GT500. The elegantly simple device vibrates every time the car’s engine hits 3000 rpm, reminding the driver it’s time to change gears.

Really, it’s a more modern dash-mounted shift light some cars have to tell a driver they are holding a gear too long. The vibration is clearly noticeable, even on the GT500, and feels about the equivalent of being blown up on Call of Duty.

But this particular device also uses an LED screen on the top of the shift knob to tell you what gear the car has engaged.

Made from printed plastic, an LED screen

, and the vibrating motor stolen from an Xbox 360 controller, the high-tech shifter handle was created by Zach Nelson, a Ford mechanical engineer who has been working on the company’s new Open XC program.

Open XC allows developers to connect to Ford cars and trucks through the car’s diagnostic port and read real-time data about the car via a Bluetooth connection.

Once the device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, is connected to the port, Nelson could read dozens of data points on a Bluetooth-enabled touch pad.

“I only needed three data points for this device, the car’s engine speed, vehicle speed and what gear it is in,” he said.

But lots more information is available. If Nelson wanted to, he could make the shifter knob change colors to match the LCD interior lighting, which on the Mustang can be one of five colors.  The shifter knob can also be set to provide guidance on how to drive more efficiently or how to extract maximum performance.

I, however, could not tell which mode we were in during my short drive, since I was simply trying to get the revs high enough to make the device buzz again. It worked flawlessly.

“This could be used to help drivers keep their eyes on the road and might even help teach some people to drive a stick,” Nelson said.

Indeed. But more importantly, the shifter knob demonstrates how agile the new program Ford created is and how the open-source philosophy creates a new kind of collaboration for an automaker.

Whereas in the past a device like this may have cost millions and taken years to build, Nelson began developing this shifter handle in earnest three months ago.

“There is really this great group engagement,” Nelson said, “where you can see what people are doing and work together.”

Ford has not said whether the vibrating shifter knob will ever go into production but the plans to make them will be available on OpenXC’s site.

“Based on the nature of open source tools, our goal is to provide innovation such as the haptic shift knob to the open source community,” said Craig Daitch, a Ford spokesman.

Computer programmers and software developers have a long tradition of sharing information and creating platforms where crowdsourcing and testing make a program better.

Automakers, however, have traditionally held all of this information very close to their vests, relying on either in-house talent or contractors to create new technology. Now, nearly anyone can contribute.

What Ford has done is give developers easy access to a lot of the information cars create so they can find interesting things to do with the info. It’s worth noting the device does not control the vehicle, but rather allows access to that information. It’s the difference between knowing the gas pedal is pushed 19 percent down and being able to push the gas pedal down 19 percent. Click on their website hmhid for more information.

July 25, 2013

Honda Civic

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This is especially impressive because the IIHS implemented more stringent testing guidelines for this year, including a new small overlap frontal crash test.

‘Free first 2 Years Insurance’, ‘Free 5yr/100,000 Km free service’ and ‘Free first 2 Years Registration’ through a scratch card system. All the customers who buy Honda Car during the Ramadan promotion will be provided with a scratch card and lucky 30 winners will be selected for each of the above offers. So in total 90 lucky new Honda Car owners will enjoy the ‘Holy Month of Giving’ in an exclusive Honda style. During this Ramadan, Honda brings an offer where everyone is a winner by offering free 1st Year insurance, Registration & 3 years / 50000 KM(whichever is earlier) service package on all 2013 MY vehicles apart from any of the below mentioned high value gifts.

The new Honda Civic has major design upgrades with a multitude of standard features, while still maintaining the efficiency and value that has made the Civic an automotive icon for the past 40 years. The new model now comes with all-new front and rear exterior styling, along with extensive interior styling improvements on all models. Retuned steering and suspension sharpen the Civic’s handling, while extensive body and chassis upgrades improve the ride comfort and interior quietness.

The Civic lineup offers more style,

performance and technologies in a sleek, sporty exterior and premium hi-tech interiors while keeping intact its core attributes of safety, spaciousness and fuel efficiency. With such a combination, the 2013 Civic is designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s car buyer. The 2013 Honda Civic will be available in LXI, EXI and VTI grades.

The new safety technologies built into the 2013 Civic include application of the next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering II body structure. It has additional front end structures designed to help increase occupant protection by dispersing crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes.

The completely redesigned 1.8L, i-VTEC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder 139 HP engine for the 9th generation Civic introduced in 2012, remains unchanged for 2013, continuing to provide exceptional responsiveness, refinement, and fuel efficiency. The engine is mated with 5-speed automatic transmission helps the driver to enjoy a superb starting acceleration, zippy city driving and a smooth, relaxed highway cruising.

The 2013 Honda Civic provides a host of class-leading standard features viz., keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, AUX jack, center console with armrest and digital multiplex meter, to name a few. The EXI grade include additional features like 16″ alloy wheels, fog lights (optional), sunroof (optional), Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Audio, rearview camera, color i-MID display, USB/iPod interface, steering wheel audio controls, outside temperature gauge. Available on Civic VTI are exclusive features like HID headlights, chrome door handles, 17″ alloy wheels, auto AC and leather interiors.

The New Civic has certainly lived up to its hype. The stylish and attractive sedan is a beautiful reflection of fine taste and high standards. And not to mention, outstanding performance too.

And the good news for all customers purchasing 2012 MY vehicles from Honda is that, they will get the best and low pricing on all cars. Also 2012 MY vehicles come with free 3 years / 100 000 KM mileage warranty + any one of the below mentioned high end gifts.

July 22, 2013

Toyota Avalon sedan

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I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m a fan of big sedans. I’ve always loved the large Mercedes S-class and Audi A8 sedans.

Large sedans have been put on the back burner in recent times, and we’ve seen an influx of midsized cars roaming about. While most fill the needs of the average family, I’m glad to see the larger models making a comeback, such as the all-new Toyota Avalon XLE Touring sedan.

The XLE model comes with a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower similar to the one found in a Lexus ES350. The power is transferred via the six-speed VVT-i automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The touring trim adds the Drive Select system with ECO, Normal and Sport modes.

Standing in front of the Avalon

, it resembles a more refined Camry. Thin Quadrabeam headlamps and a large open grille that stretches to the fog lights dominates the front end. This design isn’t for everyone at first, but grows on you with time.

From the side is where you see just how long this sedan is. The overall length is 6 inches longer than a Camry at 195.2 inches to allow for a very spacious and comfortable interior. To put it in perspective, the large Audi A8 is 202.2 -inches long.

Around back are very elegant LED tail lamps and dual exhaust tips. This sedan has a very “full” appearance; not a lot of swoopy lines.

Inside you will find a multisurface dashboard with leather and plastic materials throughout and air vents that blend well into the design. The 6.1-inch touch screen houses stereo controls, and HVAC buttons are just below that for easy use. All other buttons around the screen are touch controls and are very easy to use.

Below the dash is a storage area with a sliding cover to hide away your valuables. The steering wheel is thick and has the perfect amount of weight during cornering or on straightaways.

Driving around town is very easy. Light steering, good brakes and the ECO setting make for soft shifts. On the highway, the car floats a tiny bit, especially in high-speed cornering.

Roomy interior space for all occupants, a strong V6 engine, exceptional steering feel and a very soft, yet responsive ride sums up the Avalon. It’s the total package for a family sedan.

Whether you are driving in the city or on two-lane back roads, you will be immersed in just the right amount of luxury, quiet and responsiveness. This isn’t a Lexus, but it’s as close as you can get without drowning in technology and breaking the bank.

I found the Avalon to be roomier, just as powerful and less “flashy” than the Lexus. Two car seats fit in the back and leave plenty of legroom for the front passengers, and the trunk is absolutely enormous.

If you are looking for a little more room in your sedan, the Avalon may serve your needs well. Gas mileage is rated at 24 mpg combined, and I was able to get 23 mpg during my test.

July 18, 2013

2013 Lexus ES 300h is refined

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The best-selling Lexus car, the ES entry-luxury sedan, now comes as a gasoline-electric hybrid, and what a fine hybrid it is.

The 2013 ES 300h has an impressive government fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway; it earned an overall five-out-of-five-stars safety rating in federal government crash tests; it’s a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, with predicted reliability of above average.

And it comes with the improvements made for 2013 in the non-hybrid, sixth-generation ES. So, the 300h rides on a longer, front-wheel drive platform than the previous ES had, and it has upscale styling that makes it look more like the pricier Lexus LS 460 flagship. The ES 300h even has the striking “spindle” grille that appears on sportier Lexus cars.

The 2013 ES 300h also has 41.9 inches in the front-seat legroom and a whopping 40 inches of legroom in the back seat.

Still, the ES 300h and its gasoline-only sibling, the 2013 ES 350, remain mid-size sedans that are comfortable and refined to drive and ride in. The 200-horsepower hybrid ES 300h has a luxury car starting retail price of $40,145.

This is $2,880 more than the starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $37,265 for a base, 2013 ES 350 with 268-horsepower V-6 and no hybrid system.

But since the ES 300h’s city fuel mileage rating is roughly double the 21 mpg of the 2013 ES 350’s, and the hybrid is estimated to get 8 more miles per gallon on the highway than the ES 350 does, the $2,880 difference in base price can be recouped after fewer than 45,000 miles, given today’s gasoline prices.

Competitors include the 188-horsepower, 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, whose starting MSRP, including destination charge, is much lower: $36,820. The MKZ Hybrid has the top federal government fuel economy rating among luxury-branded, gasoline-electric hybrid sedans: 45/45 mpg; the ES 300h ranks second.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, which uses the same hybrid drive system as the ES 300h and has the same underlying platform, has a starting retail price of $36,350.

The base ES 300h comes with standard eight-speaker sound system, 10-way, power-adjustable front seats, unique, small “puddle”-illuminating lights under the outside mirrors that light the ground as driver and front-passenger exit, 17-inch wheels, light-emitting diode (LED) turn signals, halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, power moonroof and a high-grade, vinyl NuLuxe material on the seats.

But the feeling inside the new ES is more upscale than in the previous model, in part because there’s luxury-imbuing stitching atop the dashboard and the dashboard is modernized with a layout that almost looks serene. This is not an easy accomplishment, given the number of buttons and knobs and displays in today’s cars.

Passengers didn’t sense that this ES has only a 2.5-liter, dual cam, four-cylinder engine operating with a fuel-thrifty Atkinson cycle. The car accelerated strong and steadily and power felt more like that from a V-6, though there were no V-6 engine sounds.

In the test ES 300h, the 156-horsepower four cylinder was peppy — with 156 foot-pounds of torque at 4,500 rpm — and meshed seamlessly with the two on-board electric motors/generators and 1.6-kilowatt battery pack that helped save on gasoline.

Everything was managed expertly by electronics, and during the test drive, there was no hesitation or shuddering of the car during the transitions from electric power to engine power.

July 15, 2013

Tata Aria and Mahindra XUV500

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It’s been five and a half hours now and still no sign of them. I’m sitting alone in the Aria at the Pangong lake, hours away from any form of communication and I haven’t the faintest idea as to where these people are. We haven’t been in touch for two days now thanks to the sheer lack of communication in the Himalayas. You see, I was already in Ladakh while Ashok and crew were driving up from Delhi in the XUV500. The plan was for them to meet me on the 29th at 10am in Pangyong. It’s now 3:30 in the afternoon and clearly things aren’t going according to plan.

Nervousness progresses to genuine worry and I decide to drive to a nearby hamlet in search of a satellite phone. But when I’m politely told there’s no such thing by the bemused locals I start to formulate an escape strategy. I need to head back to Leh if they don’t show up and I must, at all costs, clear the treacherous Chang la pass before nightfall. A quick calculation reveals I have to be leaving immediately to avoid driving in the dark. I decide to do one last recce of the road along the lake to see whether they might have passed me when I was at the village before heading for Leh. Ten minutes along the lake side and nothing. Just short of giving up and heading for Leh I spot the XUV’s unmistakable LED lamp wholesalers frantically flashing away in my mirror. They’d made it and in completely Bollywood style timing!

After the politest welcome I could muster (still too colourful for print) Ashok introduced me to the guys who’d be keeping us company for the next few days. Lallie Sangha, his brother Udaibir and their cousin Sanam who I later found out were all great drivers and had plenty of experience with rallying. But more importantly they knew this side of the country like no one else and we couldn’t have done this trip without their help. With introductions out of the way we got down to business. First order was to tank up both cars with diesel from a jerry can; we weren’t going to find anymore fuel for the next two days.

But why were we here? Long time readers will remember how we took Tata and Mahindra’s finest on a tour of the high altitude mountain lakes in Ladakh back in 2002. Well the game has moved on significantly since then and both companies have new, flagship products. The Aria and XUV500 have taken over from the Safari and Bolero that we drove back then. So have things really changed much?

Well, what’s seen the least change has to be the terrain. It’s still achingly beautiful and properly treacherous, not to mention the ultimate test of a vehicle’s reliability and ability to withstand abuse. Connectivity is still about the same. The BRO repeatedly builds roads and nature relentlessly destroys them; a constant vicious cycle. The number of tourists however has risen, especially at Pangong after its inclusion in Amir Khan’s 3 Idiots made the lake a popular sightseeing spot with tourists. But that’s hardly any reason to justify a visit. Pangong lake is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sights I have ever taken in. First of all its sheer size blows you away. This is the world’s largest and highest saltwater lake.

It stretches for a massive 134km and only 40 per cent of it lies in India. The rest is in China-occupied territory. While the lake is completely frozen over in winter the warmer months have the water glistening in a range of vibrant colours from near purples to shimmering emerald greens. And the colours constantly change with changes in the sun’s angle or if it gets blotted out behind some of those phenomenal cloud formations that are so common here.

So that’s about the location, what of the cars? Well both vehicles were big steps ahead for their makers. The manufacturers were venturing into unexplored territories of design, technology and most importantly, price. When the Aria was launched at the 2010 Auto Expo it attracted plenty of attention for being India’s first crossover, having four driven wheels and costing over Rs 15 lakh on road.

July 11, 2013

Benz CLA from under $50K

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Mercedes-Benz has announced an Australian starting price of $49,900 plus on-road costs for its CLA-Class compact sedan, making it at least $9000 pricier than the A-Class hatchback upon which it’s based

Opening the batting for the all-new three-variant small sedan line-up is the sub-$50,000 CLA 200, which will be a direct rival for the cheapest version of the first Audi A3 sedan that arrives here priced from about $45,000 in January.

Like the A 200 hatch, the CLA 200 is powered by a 115kW/250Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with fuel-saving idle-stop function, which in this case reduces consumption to 5.7L/100km despite an 8.5-second claimed 0-100km/h acceleration figure.

Standard equipment across the CLA range will include a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, nine airbags and a reversing camera.

The CLA 200 offers 18-inch five/twin-spoke alloy wheels, Wholesale xenon headlights, a black diamond grille, power-folding mirrors, LED Lamp Wholesalers, active park assist with parktronic (90-degree and parallel self-parking), twin exhaust outlets, Artico-trimmed sports seats, Becker MapPilot navigation, Audio 20 media interface, colour TFT screen, a leather-clad steering wheel, thermotronic climate-control and blind spot assist.

Moving up to the hitherto unseen CLA 250 Sport costs $63,400 plus on-roads — $13,500 more than the A 250 Sport – but brings the same 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four, which in this case consumes an estimated 6.6L/100km and sprints to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds.

Australians will be among the first in the world to have access to the CLA 250 Sport, which will come standard with a host of AMG-badged extras from the A 250 Sport, including 18-inch AMG wheels, an AMG body kit including silver diamond grille, AMG interior trims and an AMG sports steering wheel.

Also standard will be a panoramic sunroof

, intelligent lighting system, rear privacy glass, red brake calipers, anti-theft alarm, sports seats in black red-cut leather, Artico upper dash and electric heated memory front seats.

Rounding out the range is the piping-hot CLA 45 AMG sports sedan at $86,900 plus ORCs ($12,000 more than the A 45 AMG), which brings all-wheel drive and a 265kW/450Nm 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo petrol four that consumes 7.0L/100km and can hit 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds – the same as the A 45, AMG’s first four-cylinder model.

The top-shelf CLA scores all of the above, plus 19-inch multi-spoke AMG wheels, the AMG Driver’s Package (with derestricted 270km/h top speed), AMG night (black-out) package, AMG Performance exhaust, a twin-blade grille, distronic plus radar cruise, lane keep assist, metallic paint, AMG performance seats in black red-cut leather, AMG performance steering wheel, COMAND navigation and Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio with digital radio.

First examples of both the CLA 200 and CLA 45 AMG will be available from October 1, while the CLA 250 Sport arrives here on February 1 and a CLA 200 CDI diesel will join the range by mid-2014.

Mercedes-Benz says it will deliver about 200 A 45 AMG and 100 CLA 45 AMG vehicles this year, to an order bank that stretches out to at least February 2014.

July 8, 2013

Toyota FJ Cruiser is a big

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The FJ Cruiser is certainly not Toyota’s poster child for fuel economy. But I have a feeling that’s not what the Japanese automaker had in mind when they reintroduced it in 2006.

Based on the iconic FJ40 that stemmed from the 1960s, this retro-inspired SUV is quite possibly one of my favourite vehicles in the manufacturer’s lineup.

It has style, character and a quirkiness I couldn’t help being charmed by. Not to mention, over the years, it has been offered in some pretty wild colours – like a bright blue and a vibrant yellow.

Boisterous colours aside,

the FJ Cruiser not only sparkles on the street, but shines off road.

There are many adjectives I’ve heard when it comes to how the FJ carries itself. Some include awesome, hideous, a blank stare, very cool and more. It can be quite polarizing to some, but the two-and-two door design hits all the right notes.

Since this FJ was the Trail Teams Special Edition (a limited production model), it came with a few exterior and interior enhancements that added to its road presence.

First, there were the LT265/75R16 BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A Tires with unique 16-inch black TRD Beadlock-style alloy wheels. You can’t miss these! They come in handy should you find yourself off the beaten path and perhaps want to forage a path for yourself.

Looking up, it is equipped with a roof rack,  hid off-road lights with off-road rock rails. More on this later.

The Cement Grey colour might not be the most eye-catching hue the FJ has offered, but I still think it looks darn good. It’s complemented by matte black bumpers, door handles, exterior mirrors and a matte black front grille. And you’ll also find “Trail Team” badges around its body to let you know who you’re dealing with.

Inside, a dark charcoal cabin greets you with cloth-upholstered seating and room for five.

A floating ball-type multi information display sits atop the centre stack that displays outside temperature and has a compass and inclinometer.

Overall, the interior composition is easy to work with, especially with its large climate knobs.

The FJ comes with Toyota’s part-time four-wheel drive system along with vehicle stability control, active traction control, an automatic disconnecting differential, and a two-speed transfer case. To protect its underside while roughing it in the bush, there’s engine, fuel tank and transfer case protector plates.

There’s also the capability to tow 2,268 kg (5,000 pounds) and the space for 27.9 cubic feet of personal items behind the second row seats.

Sitting tall in the driver’s seat, the FJ’s wide window offers a panoramic view of what’s going on in front. The three wiper blades (yes, the windshield is just that wide) give it an added touch of coolness.

On the road, the FJ does a good job at not jostling around its passengers. After all, it was created in the image of a go-anywhere SUV. Still, it is quite comfortable to drive even with its huge tires on.

Road and engine noise don’t intrude on one’s fun when sitting inside. It does, however, have some rather large blind spots, so make sure you double check over your shoulder when changing lanes.

As mentioned, the inclusion of the roof lights added a bit of height. There was a little sticker in the top corner of the driver’s side that mentioned its height of being 6-foot-9. For urban dwellers like myself, there was no way it was fitting in my underground parking lot! Furthermore, be careful when driving in height-regulated places like at shopping malls or industrial complexes. You never want to hear the scratching of anything on your vehicle.

July 3, 2013

Community Light Centres will power education

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The Chief Executive Officer of Philips Africa, JJ van Dongen has told citifmonline that he is optimistic that the company’s ‘Community Light Centres’ project will go a long way to transform education and healthcare provision in Ghana.

Speaking during the Accra stop of the company’s fourth consecutive pan-African Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow, JJ van Dongen noted: “In terms of light centres where we announced earlier this year 100 light centres; now these are areas of about 1000 square meters where we use solar lighting impact sports, market places and children’s education. 26 of those centres will be based here in Ghana.”

The Community Light Centres is an initiative being undertaken in partnership with the KNVB and the Football for Water Sanitation and Hygiene program and will see the creation of areas of light for rural communities which live without electricity using efficient solar powered LED lighting.

A Philips Light Center is an area of 1000m2, or the size of a small soccer pitch is to be used for sport and other important activities such as healthcare clinics, education and evening classes, social events and commercial activities. A Light Center extends the day by enabling communal life after dark. It creates a safe area and supports sanitation programs.

The Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow showcases innovations and initiatives in lighting and Healthcare that creates a meaningful impact on people’s lives in Africa. The 2013 version covers 12,000 kilometers crossing 17 countries and 18 cities across the continent. During the roadshow, the Philips team engages in a dialogue with customers, governments, NGOs and media on the key challenges facing Africa today.

The roadshow also highlights the benefits of Philips’ LED lighting and solar solutions which offer energy efficient, cost effective and reliable on- and off-grid illumination. Philips will be promoting its new solar powered LED Street and Area lighting solutions.

With the aim of helping the county achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 focusing on the improvement of maternal health and reducing child mortality, JJ van Dongen noted that the company had also made significant investments.

Over 100 clinical professionals, he pointed out had been trained in Ghana in various healthcare areas.

“Besides training a hundred healthcare professionals; nurses, midwives, in terms of latest practice in terms of healthcare, we have made the announcement of one million lives impacted by 2020. We are working with the Ministry of Health in ten centres to improve mother-child mortality.”

“Ghana is our hub for our West Africa business so we operate out of Ghana. We have been here for 60 years and have been operating with the Ministries of Health as well as Ministries of Energy in the past and more than 100 hospitals in Ghana are serviced by Philips engineers in terms of medical equipment,” he noted. More information about the program is available on the web site at

July 1, 2013

Residents want better lighting

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Bukit Bandaraya Residents’ Association president Datuk Mumtaz Ali is also calling for the police to erect three police beat bases in the area.

“We have called for beat bases to be set up at Lorong Maarof next to the Petronas station, Jalan Jejawi park and at the Bukit Bandaraya Community Centre. The beat bases will benefit those who are going to the park, school and community centre,” he said.

Mumtaz said that the association will help contribute funds for the beat bases.

“We would like to focus on community policing. We want to work together with the police to create a neighbourhood watch,” he said.

Mumtaz said that City Hall should look into the lighting around their neighbourhood to prevent crime in their area.

“We hope that City Hall will soon change the light bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are brighter. We would also want them to light up the back lanes,” he said.

Mumtaz reiterated that City Hall should look into the maintenance of the community centre, which is frequented by many people.

“The audio system at the main hall is not working properly and plug points in most areas of the centre are also not working. We want City Hall to look into the cracks at the tennis court which have yet to be fixed,” he said.

Resident Peggy Goh, 69, who lives in Jalan Kemaris, said the residents wanted the police to patrol the area more often. She said that there had been 10 break-ins since middle of last year.

“We want police to make their presence felt to deter crime here,” she said.

Ann Makosinski, a high school junior in Victoria, British Columbia, was trying to think of a way of harvesting untapped energy when she was inspired to make the flashlight.

She realized that the warmth generated by the human body was an overlooked energy source.

Her project objective was to create a flashlight that ran solely off the heat of the hand.

That objective was accomplished when she discovered Peltier tiles, which produce electricity when one side of the tile is heated and the other is cooled.

Makosinski realized she could use these tiles to create energy for her flashlight if she left the device hollow.

Holding the flashlight on the outside would cause the tiles to heat  up on one side while the ambient air would cool down the tile on the inside of the flashlight.

The power created by the tiles was enough to power an LED light, but it did not create enough voltage.

To troubleshoot that issue she created a circuit that would allow for transformers, upping the voltage.

It worked! The flashlight does have one issue: it works better in colder temperatures since the inside is better able to cool down comparative to the person’s body heat. More information about the program is available on the web site at

June 27, 2013

Forever LED Light

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Energy Saving Solutions USA’s Founder & CEO Peter Stein is an admitted news junkie, but it seems he’s been an especially keen observer of late.

As his Miami-based company prepares to launch its most important product to date – the Forever LED Light – Stein has dutifully taken note of the many cities around the country who are converting to LED lights in an effort to save money and the environment.

“It appears that every day there are a handful of cities, towns and municipalities around the United States who are making the move to LEDs,” said Stein, who oversees a fast growing company that designs, manufactures and sells LED lighting to commercial properties at zero upfront cost.

“With our soon-to-be launched Forever LED Light, we are now able to offer to cities and municipalities the first-ever full line of LEDs – including roadway lighting fixtures that are guaranteed for life.”

The Forever LED Light will be the first LED light offered with a lifetime guarantee. The product line will be exclusively administered by McCusker & Company and backed by Service USA, which are world class warranty and service providers out of Dallas.

McCusker & Company and Service USA are true leaders in developing innovative solutions for warranty administration and support services worldwide.

Cities that have recently made moves to LED lights include Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oakland, Calif. and Los Angeles. Relative to LA, the city swapped out 140,000 street lights for LEDs and expects to save about $10 million annually.

“Think about this for a second – if a city like LA decided upon the Forever LED Light, that $10 million savings annually would swell considerably,” said Stein. “Once swapped out, the changing of lights is over and done with. There would be no further need to get the ladder out. And, if in the very remote chance a light does need to be changed, it’s 100 percent covered with no additional cost.”

As the Forever LED Light launch looms in the next couple of weeks, Stein said he would welcome interaction with any city, town or municipality to discuss its LED lighting needs.

“While some have already made the move – and we applaud them for doing so given the environmental impact – I’m confident there are many more out there considering this option,” said Stein. “We are available any time to discuss how we can help.”

Energy Saving Solutions USA – the creators of the LED with a lifetime guarantee – provides businesses, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations energy-efficient LED and induction lighting technology that is designed to save money and help reduce the environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions. The Miami, Fla.-based company also offers organizations the Forever Green Savings Program  which allows for a conversion to LEDs with no up-front costs; payments are based on a portion of their electrical savings. More information about the program is available on the web site at

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