Watch $65 Roll Bar Crash-Tested By Dropping A Mazda Miata On Its Head

Folks, we’re going to do our best to avoid the obvious cliché about purchasing cheap items but honestly, it’s tough. There’s a time and a place to take the less expensive road, but when it comes to safety, most of the time you get what you pay for. Dammit, we didn’t even get past the first paragraph. Oh well, we tried.
To make that live for you, Donut Media has a rather telling video about roll bars. We aren’t talking about off-road bars, but rather, functional bars for convertibles. To be specific, this clip focuses on the Mazda MX-5 Miata – a small roadster that often leaves driver and passenger heads level with or even above the windshield. Should an accident cause the car to roll over, that’s no bueno.
Enter the contestants for this comparison. In the cheap corner, we have a silver roll bar that was allegedly purchased online for a whopping $65. It looks rather stylish, but with four small mounting points on a single horizontal axis, it probably won’t offer much protection. In fact, the bar flexes just with a bit of human muscle pulling on one end. The other bar is black and triangulated, and though it costs $600 it’s considerably heavier and doesn’t offer a hint of movement.
Before proceeding, we have no idea if the $65 roll bar was actually marketed as a functional bar. Oftentimes, such items are considered style upgrades but regardless, this video shows why such a design should never be relied upon to serve as an actual protective device. That’s because the video sees a wrecked MX-5 with the cheap roll bar installed literally dropped on its roof.
How did the sketchy bar hold out? Technically speaking, the bar itself didn’t bend and none of its four mounting points came loose. However, the location of those mounting points allowed the bar to flex forward upon impact, actually hitting the crash dummy skeleton in the head. With no other reinforcement points outside the single horizontal axis, the bar was effectively useless.
So then, what’s the moral of this story. In short, you get what you pay … yeah we already covered that. Um, don’t drop a Miata on its roof with a cheap roll bar unless you’re already a skeleton? Sure, that works.
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Nghệ An: Nam sinh lớp 9 tắm biển bị sóng cuốn trôi tử vong


Nghệ An: Nam sinh lớp 9 tắm biển bị sóng cuốn trôi tử vong
Ngày 21/7, tin từ chính quyền xã Diễn Hoàng, huyện Diễn Châu, tỉnh Nghệ An cho biết, trên địa bàn vừa có một em học sinh bị đuối nước thương tâm khiến nam sinh lớp 9 tử vong khi tắm biển.


Nghệ An: Nam sinh lớp 9 tắm biển bị sóng cuốn trôi tử vong
Dân sinh – Ngày 21/7, tin từ chính quyền xã Diễn Hoàng, huyện Diễn Châu, tỉnh Nghệ An cho biết, trên địa bàn vừa có một em học sinh bị đuối nước thương tâm khiến nam sinh lớp 9 tử vong khi tắm biển.


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Chiều ngày 20.7, khi cùng nhóm bạn rủ nhau ra bãi biển xã Diễn Hải (Diễn Châu – Nghệ An) tắm, em N. không may bị đuối nước, tử vong.. Ngày 20.7, thông tin từ UBND xã Diễn Hoàng, huyện Diễn Châu (NghAn) cho biết, trên địa bàn vừa có một em học sinh bị đuối nước tử vong khi đi tắm biển.


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Nghệ An: Đi tắm biển cùng gia đình, bé trai 12 tuổi bị sóng cuốn tử vong … khiến một cháu bé 12 tuổi khi đang tắm biển thì bị sóng cuốn ra xa, tử vong. … Làm rõ vụ nữ sinh lớp 8 bị bạn nắm tóc, đập đầu xuống nền gạch trước cổng trường; Video.


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Vào thời điểm đó, Nguyễn Công Cường (SN 1993, quê Tân Kỳ, Nghệ An), hiện là sinh viên Trường Cao đẳng Giao thông vận tải Miền Trung cùng bạn bè xuống bãi biển Cửa Lò tắm. Do không biết bơi nên tắm được một lúc thì Cường bị sóng đánh dạt ra xa và chìm dần.


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Trong lúc đi tắm biển cùng bạn, nam sinh lớp 9 ở huyện Diễn Châu (NghAn) bị đuối nước tử vong. Ngày 20/7, ông Nguyễn Tân – Chủ tịch UBND xã Diễn Hoàng, huyện Diễn Châu (NghAn) cho biết, trên địa bàn vừa có một em học sinh bị đuối nước tử vong khi đi tắm biển.


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Competition for Hong Kong university spots dips as 1,100 fewer entrance exam takers meet minimum requirements

More than 1,100 fewer would-be students will compete for placements at Hong Kong’s eight publicly funded universities this year, as the number meeting the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exam’s minimum requirements dropped nearly 6 per cent from 2019.
The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority on Tuesday also announced that only seven who sat for this year’s exam achieved a perfect score across its seven subjects, down from 12 in 2019.
Of the 50,000 full-time and part-time candidates who sat the exam, about 45,000 are day school candidates, those who recently completed their secondary education.
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Among that group, 18,572 achieved the minimum requirement for local undergraduate programmes, a 5.6 per cent drop from last year’s 19,676. They will compete for just 15,000 subsidised local first-year degree places.
“With the decrease of eligible students, obviously, I think it would be easier (to enter local universities) to some extent,” said Dr So Kwok-sang, the exam authority’s secretary general.
“But it (still) really depends what programme choice the candidates’ take … the choice of the programme, the various criteria in terms of admission, would impact on actual or final outcomes of the admission figures.”
The authority also revealed on Tuesday that four male and three female students had attained a level 5** ” the highest score possible ” across all seven DSE subjects. Two of that group also earned a level 5** in an extended mathematics module elective.
Two students with special educational needs attained 5** in six subjects.
This year’s exams, originally scheduled to take place in March, were delayed by a month because of the Covid-19 pandemic. When they finally did take place, about 310 candidates were absent due to illnesses or other issues, and applied for assessed results.
The exam authority said there was no significant change in the overall performance in the English and Chinese-language exams, despite the cancellation of oral exams in those subjects due to the pandemic.
In the history subject elective exam, sat by 5,000 candidates, one compulsory question asking candidates whether they agreed Japan “did more good than harm to China” in the first half of the 20th century was scrapped after sparking outrage from Beijing’s foreign affairs arm in the city and pro-establishment lawmakers.
The Education Bureau ultimately took the unprecedented step of asking the exam authority to disqualify the question, which they did following lengthy meetings about a week later.
The authority on Tuesday said the 5,000 candidates’ history grades were largely unaffected following adjustments to the grading scheme. Still, grades for those attaining level 3 in the history portion dropped by about three percentage points this year, to 74.6 per cent.
The 50,000 candidates marked a record low to sit the DSE exams since they were first introduced in 2012, a reflection of the city’s shrinking number of high school students in recent years.
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This article originally appeared on the South China Morning Post (www.scmp.com), the leading news media reporting on China and Asia.
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Singapore’s retired military dogs search for new homes

Nineteen dogs who served in Singapore’s army have retired and are in need of new homes.


The dogs, which include an 11-year-old German Shepherd and 9-year-old Springer Spaniel, are from the Singapore Armed Forces’ Military Working Dog Unit, it was announced yesterday. The online adoption drive runs till Aug. 14.


“These SAF veteran dogs have ‘ORD’-ed and are looking for a loving new home to spend the rest of their one’lives in!” the Defense Ministry announced, referring to the Operationally Ready Date which signifies conclusion of one’s national service. “From guarding military installations to sniffing out explosives and narcotics, they have served [Singapore] with distinction. The time has come for these canine soldiers to enjoy their golden years.”
These SAF veteran dogs have “ORD”-ed and are looking for a loving new home to spend the rest of their lives in! 🐕 From guarding military installations to sniffing out explosives and narcotics, they have served 🇸🇬 with distinction. The time has come for these canine soldiers to enjoy their golden years.
Interested in making them part of your family? Visit go.gov.sg/mindef-dogadoption20 for more details! This year’s adoption drive runs from 20 Jul to 14 Aug 2020.
All dogs go t…hrough regular health checks, including annual vaccination, and a routine heartworm and parasite prevention programme. They have also gone through basic obedience training.
P.S. The Military Working Dog Unit will continue to take full care of any retired dogs that are not adopted.
The four-legged veterans up for adoption are between 7 and 13 and include breeds such as German Shepherd, Springer Spaniel, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinoi. SAF dogs typically retire at 10.
The ministry said the canines are trained and healthy. It will continue to care for any animals who are not adopted.
“The [Military Working Dog Unit] will continue to take full care of any retired dogs that are not adopted. All the dogs have gone through basic obedience training, and go through regular health checks by in-house vets, annual vaccinations and a routine heartworm and parasite prevention programme,” the ministry said on its website.
Annual licensing fees and obedience training fees depend on the breed and the number of dogs in a household.


Interested adopters are required to apply online and will be contacted if short-listed.


This article, Singapore’s retired military dogs search for new homes, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.
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Jalan Klang-Banting closed due to soil erosion, sedimentation


Large surface cracks spark Jalan Klang-Banting closure …
The soil erosion and sedimentation in Jalan Klang-Banting, near Johan Setia, July 20, 2020, believed to be due to the boring of piles for the construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project.


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Soil erosion and sedimentation that occurred in Jalan Klang-Banting, near Johan Setia, yesterday could be due to the boring of piles for the construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project. — Picture by BERNAMA. Jalan Klang-Banting closed due to soil erosion, sedimentation. July 21, 2020.


Jalan Klang-Banting closed due to soil erosion, sedimentation
SHAH ALAM: Soil erosion and sedimentation that occurred in Jalan Klang-Banting, near Johan Setia, today could be due to the boring of piles for the construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3 …


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KLANG: The deformation of about 30 square meters of road at Jalan Klang-Banting near the traffic light of Kampung Johan Setia towards Banting, which is belie…


Large surface cracks spark Jalan Klang-Banting closure
The soil erosion and sedimentation in Jalan Klang-Banting, near Johan Setia, July 20, 2020, believed to be due to the boring of piles for the construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project.


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Soil erosion and sedimentation that occurred in Jalan Klang-Banting, near Johan Setia, today could be due to the boring of piles for the construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project. South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said the road was completely closed this afternoon and the route diverted towards Jalan Bayu …


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KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — Another sinkhole had reportedly appeared two hours after the first incident at Residensi 16, Jalan Taman U Thant, here, yesterday. The second incident is believed to have occurred about 5pm and less than 30 metres from the location of the first incident which also caused the walls of the residential area to cave in.


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Soil erosion, feared to be caused by piling for the LRT3 project, at the Klang-Banting road. (Bernama pic) SHAH ALAM: Both lanes of the Klang-Banting road have been closed after soil erosion and …


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No measure too small in struggle to turn back tide of infection

The rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation has prompted a flurry of measures from the government to tighten the city’s defences against contagion. They include the mandatory wearing of masks in indoor public places, such as shopping centres, as well as on public transport. Even with much cooler weather still months away, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has warned that a new wave of infection could lie ahead in the winter. If that is the case, the city needs a comprehensive, proactive anti-pandemic strategy now.
The latest daily caseloads provide ample justification. After a record 108 new cases of infection were reported on Sunday, another 73 emerged yesterday. More triple-digit totals cannot be ruled out. Hong Kong is facing a crisis, and Lam has conceded the situation is severe. She and other officials attributed the increased number to mass testing. But Dr Leung Chi-chiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Medical Association, says the spike in cases, especially those of an unknown source, shows prevention measures have been too lax. This risks putting further strain on our overworked health care system.
The government’s stepped-up response includes ordering civil servants to work from home from yesterday and extending restaurant restrictions, such as the 6pm-5am dining-in ban, until July 28. The decision about working from home is overdue and should be followed by the private sector.
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A local group of politicians and former officials has also suggested asking Beijing to send experts to help with testing. Zhang Wenhong, head of Shanghai’s Covid-19 clinical expert team, says Hong Kong’s strategy of trying to keep the pandemic at a low level may consume fewer resources in the short term, but incur higher social and economic costs in the long term. The benefits of sharing and cooperation with the mainland may make it worthwhile to put aside political considerations.
Officials need to show a sense of urgency about applying the new law on masks in indoor public places, and reconsider the decision not to include outdoor public spaces, even if those who exercise find masks inconvenient. No measure is too small to consider if we want to turn back the tide of infection. It requires the government to act decisively and the community to act responsibly. Second and third waves may be harder to manage when authorities are trying to force another round of behavioural change.
This raises the question whether we should limit numbers in malls or supermarkets to ensure proper social distancing. Now some people are calling for a curfew. That might seem extreme, but it is a measure of widespread concern and strengthens the case for other complementary and integrated measures as part of a proactive strategy to rein in the contagion.
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Australia’s iron ore exports to China strong, but weak global demand indicates mixed coronavirus recovery

Australian iron ore exports to China surged in the first half of the year, as demand from steel mills rose to supply Beijing’s infrastructure building push to boost the coronavirus-hit economy.
Iron ore exports from Australia to the rest of the world, though, remained weak, reflecting the sharp differences in the pace of the recovery in major economies from the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian mining giant Rio Tinto reported a 3 per cent increase in total iron ore shipments in the first half of the year, including a rise in a new trend of port-side sales in China, amid the need for more flexible trading in the early days of China’s economic recovery.
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But while Chinese demand for iron ore has improved progressively since it reopened its economy in May, Rio Tinto cautioned in its first half report that recovery in demand around the world, such as in Japan and Europe, has “yet to begin meaningfully and is likely to be subdued when it does”.
Alongside steady sales of seaborne iron ore to support longer-term contracts, Rio Tinto, the second-largest diversified miner in the world, gained 61 new customers for port-side trading. This new sales venture started in September last year, and allows buyers to acquire iron ore in smaller volumes with shorter lead times and smaller credit lines than seaborne trading, allowing steel producers to keep their inventories to a minimum but still restock on a just-in-time basis if demand rises.
The increasing attractiveness of port-side trading underlines a need for more flexibility in the early days of recovery, when there is still volatility in Chinese demand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, said Tim Harcourt, former chief economist at the Australian Trade Commission.
“There’s efficiency gains and less regulation. It’s a clear sign of China’s industrial production coming back,” he said, adding that flexible port-side trading is helping steel producers reduce variable costs to make production viable in the short-term.
Rio Tinto’s strong iron ore sales in the first half of the year were tied to a 9.6 per cent increase in total Chinese imports compared to a year earlier, according to data from China’s General Administration of Customs.
Chinese gross domestic product also expanded by a stronger-than-expected 3.2 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, a sharp reversal from a first quarter contraction of 6.8 per cent.
Iron ore prices have also performed well on the back of rising Chinese demand, soaring to nearly US$110 per tonne in July, a level not seen since August 2019.
This was driven not only by a rise in demand from China, but also a fall in the supply of iron ore from mines in Brazil, where the number of coronavirus infections has soared and is now the second-highest in the world, after only the United States, economic research firm Trading Economics said.
But the downside risk in rising iron ore prices is that profit margins for steel production will be squeezed, which may lead to a slowdown in production that could trigger a future decline in Chinese demand, ANZ Research said in a new report on Monday.
Rising inventories at Chinese steel producers also signal a potential slowdown in demand for Australian iron ore.
“Inventories are a good gauge for underlying demand strength. Iron ore inventories have started building up, signalling waning demand strength,” according to the report by ANZ’s Daniel Hynes and Soni Kumari.
And with a likely decline in Chinese iron ore demand on the horizon, and a slow pickup in steel production among major customers outside China, the industry is not yet on a firm upwards trajectory, both Rio Tinto and analysts cautioned.
But some are optimistic. Australia’s department of industry expects the long-term performance of its iron ore exports to be positive, with China’s demand set to remain strong in the future given a need for it to rely on its domestic economy to produce growth in 2020. That means prices will stay relatively high, according to the department’s “Resources a…
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Les Reines du shopping : Cristina Cordula évoque un protocole “hyper strict”


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Depuis le déconfinement, Cristina Cordula a pu reprendre les tournages des “Reines du shopping“. Mais forcément, c’est dans des conditions très particulières que se déroule la compétiton.


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Lors d’une interview accordée à Télé Star, Cristina Cordula a évoqué unprotocole hyper strict” à respecter.”De retour à Paris, toute l’équipe était ravie de se retrouver mais il fallait rattraper le temps perdu.Nous venons de terminer une session de tournage intense des Reines du shopping, suivant un protocole hyper strict : prise de température trois fois par jour …


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Les Reines du shopping : Cristina Cordula évoque un protocolehyper strict” … Nous venons de terminer une session de tournage intense des Reines du shopping, suivant un protocole hyper strict : … Les candidates font leur shopping en masque, évidemment, et en appliquant les gestes barrières”, a-t-elle détaillé. Des mesures pas si …


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Les Reines du shopping : ce « changement » qui perturbe …
Il y a quelques semaines, Cristina Cordula a repris les tournages des Reines du shopping.Un retour tant attendu pour la star du relooking de M6 qui était restée confinée chez elle au Brésil …


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Il y a quelques semaines, Cristina Cordula a repris les tournages des Reines du shopping. Un retour tant attendu pour la star du relooking de M6 qui était restée confinée chez elle au Brésil …


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Les Reines du shopping : ce “changement” qui perturbe …
Il y a quelques semaines, Cristina Cordula a repris les tournages des Reines du shopping. Un retour tant attendu pour la star du relooking de M6 qui était restée confinée chez elle au Brésil, avec son mari Frédéric Cassin et son fils Enzo. Une longue pause pour l’ancienne reine des podiums …


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Les reines du shopping inédit à la rentrée 2020 en mode crise sanitaire. Cristina Cordula a pu revenir sur Paris après le déconfinement (elle était confiée au Brésil avec son mari Fréderic et son fils Enzo) pour faire le tournage des reines du shopping.. Mi-juillet, Cristina Cordula confie dans Télé Magazine lors d’une interview « Nous venons de terminer une session de tournage …
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