Oct 21 2017

Last British volume car manufacturer closes down

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Friday, April 15, 2005

The last British-owned volume car manufacturer, MG Rover, has closed down, with the loss of 5,000 jobs.

International accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCooper was brought in last week to put the company into administration. Today PwC announced that MG Rover’s only hope, the Chinese car company SAIC, had no interest in buying the ailing firm. With no further source of revenue, PwC has closed the company’s factory in Longbridge, Birmingham and has laid off 5,000 workers.

Some 1,000 workers will continue for a while to complete the remaining cars left on the production line.

The BBC reported PwC joint administrator Tony Lomas as saying “We’ll explore what we would describe as the break-up of the business, we will carry on with the interested parties who want to talk about pieces of the business.”. PwC said around 70 offers for various parts of the company had been made but no serious offers of money made.

Recent efforts to save the company had been centered on convincing SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.) to buy the company as a going concern, but the Chinese company stated it would only buy the company if it’s financial position could be guaranteed to be secure for at least two years. The British government could not make such a commitment due to European Union trade and competition rules.

The SAIC company did buy the designs for the 75 and 25 models and for the K-Series engines for £67m.

The Rover car company has a long but troubled history. It was formed in 1968 after a series of mergers of existing car manufacturers, and was nationalized in 1975 after it ran into financial difficulties. In 1979 a long-running deal to collaborate on developing new vehicles was established with the Japanese company Honda. In 1988 the company was privatized and was bought by British Aerospace. In 1994 British Aerospace sold the business to BMW, who then sold the Land Rover brand to Ford and finally sold the company in 2000 for just £10, retaining the well-known Mini brand for themselves. The MG Rover company was run by a private group until its collapse.

MG Rover has not launched a new model since the 75 was introduced in 1998 during the period of ownership by BMW. Their next newest model was the 25, originally launched as the 200 series some ten years ago. Rover also produced the 45, which dates from 1990, and the ZF sports car first launched in 1995. Sales of Rover cars accounted for just 3% of the UK car market in 2004.

Tony Blair announced a £150 million support package for the recently unemployed workers of the MG Rover plants, though it has been claimed that his generous offer may be more as a result of the nearby marginal seats in the upcoming elections than compassion on his part.

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Oct 21 2017

Obama renominates Bernanke as US central banker

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

United States President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he is nominating Ben Bernanke for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States.

Obama made the announcement during a brief break from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

“The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world has ever faced. As an expert on the causes of the Great Depression, I’m sure Ben never imagined that he would be part of a team responsible for preventing another. But because of his background, his temperament, his courage, and his creativity, that’s exactly what he has helped to achieve. And that is why I am re-appointing him to another term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve,” the President said.

Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom

“Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom; with bold action and outside-the-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall,” Obama added.

“We have been bold or deliberate as circumstances demanded, but our objective remains constant: to restore a more stable economic and financial environment in which opportunity can again flourish, and in which Americans’ hard work and creativity can receive their proper rewards,” Ben Bernanke said while accepting the nomination.

Ben Bernanke, who succeeded Alan Greenspan on February 1, 2006, will now face a Senate confirmation hearing.

“There will be a thorough and comprehensive confirmation hearing,” said Senator Christopher Dodd, who is the chair of the Senate Banking Committee. “I expect many serious questions will be raised about the role of the Federal Reserve moving forward and what authorities it should and should not have.”

“I am extremely pleased to learn that Ben Bernanke has been nominated for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve,” read a statement by Jean-Claude Trichet, the President of the European Central Bank. “We have had an excellent and very close working relationship during the current episode of exceptional challenges for the world economy. The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank have, together with other central banks, initiated an unprecedented level of close cooperation, which has been key in coping with the present situation.”

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Oct 21 2017

The White Stripes to tour ‘Great White North’

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Grammy Award-winning rock band The White Stripes announced on Wednesday the Canadian leg of a tour in support of their soon-to-be-released album, Icky Thump. The tour, which would be the first cross-Canada excursion for The White Stripes, will see the band play dates in all provinces and territories.

The latest tour for The White Stripes will kick off June 1 in Nürburgring, Germany and will play several dates in Europe before starting off in Canada on June 24, in Burnaby, British Columbia. Canadian dates will include stops in northern locales such as Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.

The White Stripes, made up of guitarist/singer Jack White and drummer Meg White, have developed a significant worldwide following with their blend of punk and blues, guitar-oriented rock. The band had expressed interest in playing cities they had not yet visited. “Having never done a full tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog,” said Jack White on The White Stripes website. “We want to take this tour to the far reaches of the Canadian landscape. From the ocean to the permafrost.” The band’s website referred to Canada by its nickname, the ‘Great White North’.

The White Stripes have played to thousands in large outdoor festival settings, but will have to deal with different logistics while setting up in a northern location, such as Iqaluit.

Some 500 tickets for the Iqaluit show are to be sold, with an admission fee of approximately CA$40. Mike Bozzer, the city of Iqaluit’s economic development officer, told CBC News that talks have taken place with The White Stripes’ publicist regarding equipment, technicians, security and other such details. “It’s definitely going to have some economic impact, and they’ll come back home with positive stories of the city,” said Bozzer.

The band’s ten-year anniversary will be reached at a point during the Canadian leg of the tour, which will be commemorated. “Another special moment of this tour is the show which will occur in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on July 14th, The White Stripes’ Tenth Anniversary,” said Jack White.

Following the Canadian dates, The White Stripes will embark on a tour in the United States, which will reach some 16 states they have not yet visited during their career, among other repeat locations.

2007 Canadian Tour Dates   Venue City Province/Territory
June 24   Deer Lake Park Burnaby British Columbia
June 25   Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse Yukon
June 26   Shorty Brown Multiplex Arena Yellowknife Northwest Territories
June 27   Arctic Winter Games Arena Iqaluit Nunavut
June 29   Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary Alberta
June 30   Shaw Convention Centre Edmonton Alberta
July 1   TCU Place Saskatoon Saskatchewan
July 2   MTS Centre Winnipeg Manitoba
July 3   Community Auditorium Thunder Bay Ontario
July 5   Molson Amphitheatre Toronto Ontario
July 6   Bell Centre Montreal Quebec
July 7   John Labatt Centre London Ontario
July 8   Bluesfest Ottawa Ontario
July 10   Moncton Coliseum Moncton New Brunswick
July 11   Charlottetown Civic Centre Charlottetown PEI
July 13   Cunard Centre Halifax Nova Scotia
July 14   Savoy Theatre Glace Bay Nova Scotia
July 16   Mile One Centre St. John’s Newfoundland

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Oct 21 2017

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Get cleaning Solutions At St Albans

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With the proper cleaning technique, cleaning products, and equipments, a professional carpet cleaner does not only clean the carpet more effectively and efficiently, he also prolongs the life of the carpet. Carpet cleaning in St Albans removes stains, grit, allergens, dirt, and sand. It also maintains the beauty of the carpet. If you are looking for companies that offer services like carpet cleaning St Albans the good news is that you will not have much trouble finding one as these is many good organizations that offer services like carpet cleaning in St Albans. A professional carpet cleaner also has all the available cleaning solutions. He has experience in using most of them and therefore is in the best position to refer the best cleaning products for the type of carpet that one has which can bring more effective results, quicker drying time, and lesser odor. He is also exposed to the products and equipments which are more environment-friendly. If you really want to make your dwelling look beautiful and hygienic, then it is one such service, by which you will feel that you are at right place. Carpet cleaning by professionals assures cleaner and more beautiful carpets. Carpet cleaning in St Albans can be a daunting task for home or business owners. Because the carpet can be huge especially if it’s wall to wall carpeting, it is best to hire a professional carpet cleaner rather than attempt to clean the carpet by oneself. Carpet cleaning can take too much effort and many hours to complete. Also, a home or business owner may not have the necessary equipments and tools to clean the carpet effectively and efficiently. Proper cleaning also prolongs the lives of carpets. Professional carpet cleaners also make use of more environment-friendly equipments, tools and cleaning solutions.

Carpet cleaning in St Albans is best done by a professional carpet cleaner. The carpet cleaning service can make use of cleaning methods. For the cleaning method, carpet cleaning makes use of special machines which uses better chemical technologies which permit very low moisture or no moisture cleaning. It removes allergens, sand, grit, dirt, and stains. It also keeps the carpet beautiful. Carpeting is a common and popular decoration or comfort measure. It is a popular concept and is getting even more popular by the day. A home or business owner can also turn to the internet for help. A professional carpet cleaning service is available in most locations. We are professional cleaning services and have websites which a prospective customer can refer to. There are also customer reviews available in the internet so one can make an informed choice. Carpet cleaning in St Albans which makes use of cleaning method uses application cleaning solutions. This kind of carpet cleaning method is very popular because of its quick time. Hiring the best professional carpet cleaner. One can ask friends, relatives or colleagues for best service.

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Oct 20 2017

Wikipedia victim of onslaught of April Fool’s jokes

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This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Today Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone with access to the Internet can edit, was the victim of an onslaught of practical jokes, as April Fool’s Day kicked in various timezones around the world, at least those parts which follow the Gregorian calendar. It is believed that Wikipedia contributors were kept busy tidying up and removing prank articles and changes made by other Wikipedia contributors, and were expecting to be cleaning up the aftermath for days afterwards.

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Oct 20 2017

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/LA-ND

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.

Contents

  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Louisiana
  • 3 Maine
  • 4 Maryland
  • 5 Massachusetts
  • 6 Michigan
  • 7 Minnesota
  • 8 Mississippi
  • 9 Missouri
  • 10 Montana
  • 11 Nebraska
  • 12 Nevada
  • 13 New Hampshire
  • 14 New Jersey
  • 15 New Mexico
  • 16 New York
  • 17 North Carolina
  • 18 North Dakota

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Oct 20 2017

Nine firefighters killed in South Carolina blaze

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Nine firefighters were killed on Monday while battling a massive fire at a furniture warehouse in Charleston, South Carolina.

Firefighters were called to the scene of a massive blaze at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C. at around 6:30 p.m. EST. At around 7 p.m., nine firefighters were sent inside the inferno to rescue people who were trapped inside the building. They rescued two before the ceiling collapsed on top of them. All nine firefighters who were inside the warehouse died. They are:

  • Capt. William Hutchinson, 48
  • Capt. Mike Benke, 49
  • Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34
  • FF Mark Kelsey, 40
  • FF Bradford Baity, 37
  • FF Michael French, 27
  • FF James “Earl” Drayton, 56
  • FF Brandon Thompson, 27
  • FF Melven Champaign, 46

The disaster recalls Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that killed six firefighters on Dec. 3, 1999, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The chief of the Worcester Fire Department flew down to South Carolina for the memorial service.

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Oct 20 2017

Antique Chests

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Antique Chests

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The antique chest is one of those pieces of furniture without whom life can be pretty inconvenient. Since these antique chests have come into my home, life afforded me so much space and easy management of my time. The antique chests and the antique chests of drawers as we know them today were as recent as the 17th century.

The antique chest has evolved from antique coffers. Antique coffers were basically crude deep boxes raised off the ground on legs or feet with a lift-up lid. Antique Coffers acted as trunks for storing treasure, secure places for weapons, food larders, and places to keep clothing clean and dry.

The antique chests are now serving as all purpose furniture in kitchens, bedrooms, and children s room and even in garage. Antique chest started featuring in libraries and personal study rooms. Sought by collectors who value true beauty, these antique chests became more popular. Newer uses for these antique chests were invented as time passed one of which is as a decorative accessory announcing to the world the superior social standing of the owner. In many homes, this crafted Antique chest served the basic function of a storage unit. Among the more affluent, the antique chests were a veritable treasure trove of ballroom gowns, corsets and stockings, and other costumes needed for special occasions. In humble homes antique chests were adapted to provide bedding areas for children and as a makeshift hutch or cabinet for family dinners

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The antique chests underwent many changes in the manner of their decoration. Initially an antique chest was a simple marriage coffer. Later the sarcophagus form of the antique chests became more popular. In Italy decorative ornament in gesso spread over the surface of the carved wood of the antique chests was the basis of gilding. The Spain antique chests were ornamented similarly but had leather covering.

Initially the antique chests were serving the purpose of a marriage coffer and it was essentially a portable piece of furniture. The antique chests were claimed to be the most respected of any antique furniture. The antique chest has served as a seat, a couch, a bed, as a travelling trunk, and as a safe receptacle for valuable household goods and personal effects. As a curio the antique chest ranks second to none. The antique chest is a useful receptacle for bedding and luxurious textiles and upholsteries. The antique chest is a safe place to keep the textiles in. These antique chests are trusted containers for precious items and were easily loaded onto ships and horse carriages with their mistresses on long journeys.

The material of the antique chest:

These antique chests were crafted in fine hard wood planking for durability. Ornate carvings with raised ridges and exquisite designs were added to the antique chests indicating how much these antique chests were cherished by their owners. These antique chests further were stained and glazed with shiny surfaces and bright colors befitting the status of the owners.

Though the evolution of these antique chests can be traced back to the original simple marriage coffer but soon became extravagantly decorative. These antique chests no longer remained empty boxes with large capacity but evolved into antique chests of drawers with convenient division spaces.

The convenience of the drawers turned the antique chest a handy storing place for bed-linen and clothing. The antique chest of drawers can be raised on stands on twisted supports or legs or on ball like supports.

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Oct 19 2017

Tom Cruise orders €14,500 takeaway meal

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Tom Cruise this week took the delivery service to a whole new level. Celebrating his 43rd birthday with numerous guests at a party in the USA, Cruise decided to call up his three favorite chefs, all living in Italy, to prepare a meal.

Cruise decided to fly all three chefs out to the United States at a cost of €14,500. According to the Daily Mail the chefs cooked the celebrity tagliatelle ragu, veal, and chocolate tiramisu.

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Oct 18 2017

Copyright on musical recordings extended by twenty years in EU

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Council of the European Union voted yesterday to extend the term of copyright on sound recordings by twenty years, from 50 years to 70, preventing a number of early recordings of 1960s rock musicians including The Beatles from entering the public domain. The 1962 hit “Love Me Do” would have entered the public domain in 2012 if this legislation had not been introduced. EU member states have to enact the copyright extension within two years.

The news was welcomed by representatives of the recording industry and by some recording artists. Cliff Richard has campaigned for term extension. Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones said the decision was “obviously advantageous” to performers, and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba welcomed the continued control over the group’s recordings: “Now I won’t have to see Abba being used in a TV commercial”. Geoff Taylor from the British Phonographic Industry said “[a]n exceptional period of British musical genius was about to lose its protection. As a matter of principle, it is right that our musicians should benefit from their creativity during their lifetimes, and that they should not be disadvantaged compared to musicians in other countries.”

Extension of the copyright term also has critics. Jim Killock, from the British digital rights advocacy group the Open Rights Group (ORG), said the move “puts money into the pockets of big labels” but will be “unlikely to benefit smaller artists and it will mean that a lot of sound recordings that are out of print will stay out of print”. Singer Sandie Shaw, of the Featured Artists’ Coalition, said the move would be “extremely good news for record companies and collection agencies, but bad news for artists” and would lead to artists having “20 more years in servitude to contracts that are no longer appropriate to a digital age”.

The extension to 70 years is less than that EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy proposed in 2008. At that time, Wikinews interviewed Eddan Katz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Becky Hogge, then Executive Director of ORG, in Brussels. The two organisations were gathering like-minded groups to oppose harmonisation with the US’s 95-year term. Characterising the sought extension as “Cliff Richard’s pension”, Hogge asserted, “[w]hat you’ve got at the end of the day with copyright term extension is basically […] rent seeking by special interest groups lobbying governments to change the law in order that they may economically gain directly.”

Two reviews of intellectual property rights in Britain have concluded it would not be economically beneficial to extend copyright terms on sound recordings. The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property in 2006 concluded extension of the copyright term would “negatively impact upon consumers and industry”. The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth in 2011 concluded it would be “economically detrimental”. A study conducted by Bournemouth University’s Center for Intellectual Property Policy and Management concluded 72% of the economic benefits of the term extension would go to record labels, with 28% going to artists, only 4% of which are going to less successful artists.

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