Friday, April 3, 2009

General Motors (GM) and Chrysler will receive bridge loans from the government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario, however no more will be forthcoming from either Canadian or US governments unless the companies can reinvent themselves.

“This is a regrettable but necessary step to protect the Canadian economy. We are doing this on the assumption that we obviously cannot afford either in the United States or Canada a catastrophic short-term collapse.” said Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

“We cannot, we must not, and we will not let our auto industry simply vanish. This industry is, like no other, an emblem of the American spirit; a once and future symbol of America’s success,” said Barack Obama, President of the United States. “These companies – and this industry – must ultimately stand on their own, not as wards of the state.”

Chrysler will receive CA$1 billion and may in fact be eligible for as much as CA$4 billion. If Chrysler succeeds in the next 30 days with a restructuring plan it would be eligible for a US$6 billion loan. A part of Chrysler’s restructuring plan must include a partnership with Fiat within 30 days to appease the US administration. Fiat is a supplier of smaller fuel-efficient vehicles, and the merger will help Chrysler to be viable in the North American market. A Chrysler court bankruptcy would inevitably lead to it being sold off.

As a part of Chrysler’s restructuring plans, Tom LaSorda, the president of Chrysler announced that Canadian operations would fold if it does not receive both the US commitment of $2.3 billion of aid and a new Canadian Auto Workers CAW contract to reduce all-in costs by CA$19 per hour. As a result of this announcement Chrysler’s auto sales volume in Canada dropped 23% compared to March of 2008.

GM has until the end of May to restructure its company to receive up to CA$7.5 billion. As part of the companies restructuring, General Motor’s chief executive Rick Wagoner was replaced Sunday with Fritz Henderson, the current chief operating officer. Henderson spoke out on Tuesday that GM has submitted a restructuring plan which would close five plants, and this may be increased to meet the requirements for financial aid. He is in full compliance with Obama’s auto task force to seek bankruptcy if GM cannot negotiate with their unions, bondholders and others.

GM recently brought forward the “GM Total Confidence” program providing consumer purchase protection for customers who lose their job for economic reasons within the first two years from purchase. As a result of Chrysler’s restructuring announcement in Canada, GM’s Canadian vehicle sales volume fell only 17.3% compared to 2008, an increase from the previous month.

GM must reduce some of its legacy costs which include its pensions and union health care costs. A part of GM’s ailments arose from investing in supplying truck and SUVs during an economy of high gas prices when consumers were demanding fuel efficient vehicles.

Tony Clement, Canada’s Minister of Industry, is hoping that the CAW will support the restructuring process and re-negotiate their agreement. Whereas a United Auto Workers negotiator has said, “I don’t see how the UAW will do anything until they see what the bondholders will give up.”

The Obama administration is looking toward bankruptcy proceedings for the automakers, “as a mechanism to help them restructure quickly and emerge stronger. [It will] quickly clear away old debts that are weighing them down. What we are asking is difficult. It will require hard choices by companies. It will require unions and workers who have already made painful concessions to make even more. It will require creditors to recognise that they cannot hold out for the prospect of endless government bailouts.” said Obama.

The auto parts suppliers and IT software exporters in India have already been affected by the declining auto sales. GM and Chrysler software contracts provide US$300 to 350 million a year to vendors in India. As well these two major automakers usually award US$1 billion contracts to auto parts suppliers. “We are worried and closely watching the developments in the US to gauge the impact. The decline in auto sales in the US has already hit the order books of Indian suppliers,” said a Delhi auto parts supplier.

“Going forward, the industry will undoubtedly be smaller, but if our efforts are successful it will be viable and it will support good jobs for Canadians,” said Clements.

Betty Sutton, Ohio’s Congresswoman put forward the CARS act which provides a US$3,000 to 5,000 incentive for those who trade in their vehicle for a fuel-efficient car. “It clearly stimulates the economy, and it gets the consumer into the showroom and gets them buying again. But importantly — and this is what I particularly like about it — it really helps the environment quite a bit in two respects.” said William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company has not come forward with requests for assistance.

Since December GM and Chrysler have received US$17.4 billion government loans.

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When you look in the mirror, does your skin look dull? Do you see more and more wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots every day? You may feel that this is just a part of life and there’s nothing that you can do. Perhaps you’ve tried some over the counter products and haven’t seen the results you were hoping for. However, you don’t need to give up hope and give in to the dull skin with wrinkles forever; you just need to know what else you can do to fight the signs of aging.

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The first thing that you need to do is take a long, hard look at your skin the mirror. Some people think their skin looks fine, but then when they take off their make up and really take a close up look at their skin, they start to see dark spots, dry, flaking skin, oily areas, and fine lines. While there’s no miracle cure that will treat all of these issues for good, getting regular facials in Omaha can help with a lot of them.

You may think that a facial is just a nice way to lay back and relax and be pampered. It can be just that, but it can also do a lot of good for your skin. A lot of dullness in your skin can come from old, dead skin cells. facials in Omaha can remove this dead skin, which will help to give your face a natural glow. Removing this skin will also help to fade dark spots and smooth out wrinkles. A facial can also help to unclog your pores, which will help to prevent break outs as well. Depending on the type of facial you have, you can also help nourish your skin with minerals and nutrients.

You don’t need to live with dull, wrinkly skin. You can have a youthful glow in just an hour. Having a facial on a regular basis combined with good daily care of your skin can help keep the signs of aging at bay. There’s no rush to look any older than you are.

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London, England— Tuesday evening saw Zsuzsanna Krajnyak, of Hungary, take bronze in the women’s wheelchair fencing individual foil category A. She defeated fellow Hungarian Veronika Juhasz by a score of 15 to 4.

The bout was the first of four concurrent medal matches to end, with Juhasz unable to score a hit until Krajnyak had already amassed five. Juhasz’s final hit was scored when Krajnyak was ahead with 11 hits. The match was penalty free, despite Krajnyak rocking in her wheelchair as she parried with her opponent.

When Krajnyak was asked by the media about her victory over her fellow countrywoman, she said: “It was good to know that Hungary had secured a medal [before the bout] — it proves Hungary has a strong fencing history.”

The Paralympic campaign is not over for Juhasz or Krajnyak, both are scheduled to compete in the Women’s Individual Epee – Category A event and the Women’s Team – Category Open event.

At the London Games, Paralympic wheelchair fencing features five medal events for women and sven for men, using several weapons including the foil, epee and sabre. Wheelchairs used in competition are held in place using medal plates, with the fencer with shorter reach choosing the distance between the chairs. A-classified wheelchair fencers have, according to the International Paralympic Committee, “good sitting balance and good trunk control with their fencing arm not affected.”

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It is important for people to shower everyday? This is a question that is frequently asked in many forums. There are those who believe that it is important to do this on a daily basis, while others argue that it is not necessary. There are those who seek medical advice on whether they should adhere to a daily bath or simply opt for an occasional one. The main reason behind this is to ensure that personal hygiene is adhered to and while this is the case, there are other important reasons that make it a necessity. The following are some of the top 3 reasons you need to shower everyday.

1. Get rid of harmful bacteria

If you have doubts about the importance of having a shower everyday, then you need to consider all the unseen microbes that hover on your body. These are known to nest outside and sometimes inside the skin and they can impact on the health of your skin negatively. People are exposed to different types of environment on a daily basis and regardless of what they do it is not possible to keep the germs at bay. For the purpose of ensuring that these do not have a negative effective on your overall health, it is ideal to shower everyday.

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2. Gets rid of skin discomforts and diseases

There are some skin diseases and discomforts which are brought about by dirt. In order to ensure that you don’t suffer from such, it is ideal to take a shower everyday. Some of these conditions include acne, athletes’ foot, scabies and dermatitis among others. In addition to this, it ensures that dirt and other odors are removed. What is more, it is the only way to ensure you slough off any dead skin cells that might interfere with your hygiene. While at it, it also gives you the opportunity to smell fresh, feel clean and feel revitalized thus ensuring you feel relaxed.

3. Leaves you feeling reinvigorated and refreshed

After having a hard day either at work or school, a shower can turn your life around. The body experiences fatigue during the day and you might feel sluggish or even sick from time to time. This is especially true if you don’t shower everyday. People who make the commitment to shower everyday say they feel refreshed and reinvigorated afterwards. In essence, it is an ideal way of cooling down body temperatures and when feeling sick, taking a shower everyday can also work wonders for your body. It also gets rid of symptoms of sickness. More importantly this is the only way to minimize body odor.

While society expects you to take a shower everyday, it is ideal to remember that this is a personal choice. Though there is no harm in showering infrequently, it is also advisable to keep in mind that you should work towards promoting your health in order to prevent diseases. If this is not adhered to, it is increasingly easy to increase the spread of infectious diseases and this would be a heavy burden on society. What is more, taking a shower everyday will not harm your social life but rather, improve it.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

On Monday, two US Republican Party legislators, Greg Walden and Frank Pallone Jr., respectively the chairman and the ranking member of the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, co-wrote a public letter to Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, about open-source software (OSS) and improving its security. They requested Zemlin to answer their questions by no later than April 16.

The letter contained the following four questions; each of the first two has a further two follow-up questions.

  1. Has the CII [Core Infrastructure Initiative] performed a comprehensive study of which pieces of OSS are most crucial to the “global information infrastructure”?
    1. If not, does the CII plan to perform such a study?
    2. What would the CII need in order to do so?
  2. Has the CII, or any other organizations, compiled any statistics on OSS usage?
    1. If not, does the CII plan to perform such a study?
    2. What would the CII need in order to do so?
  3. In your estimation, how sustainable and stable is the OSS ecosystem?
  4. Based on your response to the previous question, how can the OSS ecosystem be made more sustainable and stable?

Walden and Pallone exemplified Heartbleed, a “critical cybersecurity vulnerability” that allowed the hacking of websites and passwords, and millions of medical records in 2014. They also wrote that, in response to that vulnerability, The Linux Foundation established a multi-million dollar project, the Core Infrastructure Initiative, intended to improve the global infrastucture of such software.

The politicians noted large tech companies like Microsoft, Apple Inc., and Adobe Systems respond more quickly to such critical vulnerabilities than distributors and developers of open-source software.

Open-source software is “publicly accessible” and usually freely-licensed for a wide range of use, such as modification and commercial uses. Walden and Pallone also expressed praise toward open-source software and cited a 2015 survey conducted by Black Duck Software saying 78% of companies used such software.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Bathurst Regional Council has begun preparing the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit for the inaugural Bathurst International Motorsport Festival (BIMF) to be held between April 13 and 16, 2006. The Mount Panorama motor racing circuit is considered to be the home of motorsport in Australia.

Council’s staff have been busy cleaning the facilities, erecting signage, checking pedestrian bridges and inspecting the track surface for the past few days.

The BIMF will be the first event to be held at the 6.2 kilometre circuit over Easter since 2000. In 2000, Event Management Specialists held the first motorcycle racing event since 1990, but due to EMS going bankrupt a short time after their 2000 event was ran and the inability of the then Bathurst City Council to find another promoter, the Easter event was canned.

The BIMF is inspired by the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in the United Kingdom. The Bathurst Regional Council and event promoter Global Entertainment Team promise that the event “will cater for all motoring enthusiasts, collectors and historians”.

According to the BIMF website, the on-track program consists of:

  • Manufacturers showcasing their vehicles and track times
  • Historic touring car races
  • Aussie racing car races
  • Australian GT sports car
  • Parade laps by car clubs
  • Parade laps and races by “Legends of Motorsport”
  • Stunt car and bike events
  • Rally cars
  • Displays of cars from all eras of Mount Panorama’s history
  • The chance for patrons to purchase a ride around the circuit in a race car.

Off the track, the organisers have promised manufacturer displays, merchandise stands, music, joyflights, Off-road demonstrations and joyrides, autograph sessions and interviews with influential people in the Australian motor industry.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Scott David Dover, 45, a father of two young boys in Cedar City, Utah, was arrested on Thursday and charges against the father could be filed today.

Police say he used electric dog collars to discipline his children. Conviction could result in up to 15 years in prison. Dover is being held in Iron County Jail; bail was set at ten thousand dollars.

Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said that the boys, both about six years old, did not have any burns or marks on them and that it was not known whether the collars had ever been placed around their necks. He also said, however, that Dover admitted to using the collars on his sons.

“It sounds bad, but it actually administers a mild shock. He just felt that was an option for discipline. We disagree vehemently,” said Womack.

Cedar City Police were contacted on Wednesday by the Department of Child and Family Services.

“The kids are OK. Try to always remember that this child needs guidance, protection and someone to show them the way. To us, discipline means guidance, working with children on their strengths or showing them that some things could be done differently,” said Carol Sisco, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Human Services.

The “shock-collars” emit small electrical currents and are used for training dogs.

So far, the mother has not been charged. Latest reports said the boys were still living with her. Police are still deciding whether to file charges against her.

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Singapore is an exciting destination for people looking for jobs, best quality education excellent standards of living, law and order and of course a clean green environment to live in. The country maintains strict law and order, protecting civic rights and administration, rules and regulations for environmental protection and maintaining clean, fresh air and most notably, littering the streets. There are scores of excellent schools, colleges and universities imparting the best quality education. Singapore can be small in size but it is an important center of business, commerce and industrial developments.

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The first thing apart from a secure job which you need is a place to live in. Singapore homes are quite easy to find from a different country as there are a number of property web portals where people post ads for their homes/flats/apartments/condos for sale or rent. You can rent or buy apartments at extremely affordable rates from these portals. One can also contact the owners, realtors, contractors, builders etc directly. The websites contain information about the property owners, the types of properties, locations, number of rooms, baths etc, photographs, asking prices and other available facilities. The information is 100% authentic and thus ensures that you get value for money. There are luxury apartments for those who believe in fine living in style in various popular locations of the country with facilities for transport, easy access to the schools, colleges, offices etc.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

California State Senator Joseph Dunn, school officials, and environmental professionals met with Kennedy Elementary School parents in a town-hall style meeting in Santa Ana Thursday evening. The parents aired their concerns over health issues at schools and workplaces, including a rash of leukemia cases in the student population, and began a dialogue they have been working toward for years.

Representatives of Markland Manufacturing and of AQMD also spoke at the meeting, explaining their positions. The outcome of the meeting was that Senator Dunn and members of the community will tour the Markland facility and meet with county officials, and another public meeting will be held in a couple of weeks.


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Friday, April 3, 2009

April Fools’ Day pranks harmlessly pervaded worldwide again this year. Media outlets and internet sites have joined family, office workers, and friends to provide a wide variety of practical jokes. Ireland, France, and the United States celebrate April Fools all day, whereas a few countries celebrate jokes only until noon such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

Car and Driver claimed that GM and Chrysler were ordered out of NASCAR by the White House by the end of 2009 in order to receive any more government loans. There are press releases about this short-lived prank which received controversial feedback.

The Swiss Tourism Board has announced that volunteers were desperately needed, The Association of Mountain Cleaners “makes sure that our holiday guests can always enjoy perfect mountains. Using brooms, brushes, water and muscle power, they clean the rocks of any bird droppings.”

This year Gmail produced a new autopilot feature for April 1, 2009 which can read your email and automatically respond to every message.

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BMW released its new Magnetic Tow Technology which allows your BMW to magnetically attach to the vehicle ahead of you. This enhanced technology allows the driver to remove their foot from the gas pedal and turn off the motor.

The Guardian proposed its move to Twitter, which would allow the newspaper to fit its article content into 140 character messages or “tweets”. Included in this venture was the archiving of past events reported by The Guardian, such as, “1927 OMG first successful transatlantic air flight wow, pretty cool! Boring day otherwise *sigh*”

Google’s technological break through for April Fool’s Day was CADIE, (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity). By extracting internet search patterns combined with Brain Search, a part of CADIE technology, Google can now search your thoughts and memories.

Wikipedia even fooled Fox News who claimed that “every item on the home page of the user-generated site Wikipedia is fake. The featured Wikipedia article regaled the “Museum of Bad Art” in Boston.” However, each item on the main page was based on reality — even news articles such as NASA reports a shower of diamonds over the Republic of Sudan, which was based on a meteorite which passed over Sudan whose fragments did reveal diamonds upon discovery.

The Conficker Internet worm had been in the news warning of a worst case scenario when computers worldwide would be affected by the virus. Even the chief security adviser for Microsoft, Ed Gibson, didn’t want to make any predictions about what would happen. Experts just knew that it was set to go off on April 1. Several anomalous happenings were attributed to Conficker including Leroy “Mac” MacElrie who claimed to be the programmer of the Conficker worm and turned himself in to police. ran an advertisement offering hotel room bookings on the moon which would be offered on European websites starting at £800 a night.

Qualcomm ingeniously revealed a new wireless networking technology called wireless convergence. Making use of the flight patterns of pigeons. They then use innovative solutions to converge the birds with wolves to protect the internal improvements.

Media outlets were not the only ones pulling pranks. Gaming websites across the internet Blizzard, Joystiq, and affiliates posted reviews and announcements of games with tongue in cheek. YouTube offered viewers a unique April Fool’s experience as videos were offered upside down. In Ireland, U2 fans received a U2opia concert on a shopping centre roof top concert rather than the real thing.

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