Ford’s US auto sales spike, surpassing GM
Ford’s US auto sales spike, surpassing GM

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that its sales in the United States rose 43% in February compared to the same period last year, as the automaker outsold rivals Toyota and General Motors.

The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers

Ford said that total sales improved to 142,285 units, compared to 141,951 units sold by GM. Additionally, Ford said that its share of the total US car market rose to 17%, up from 14% a year ago. The increase was better than analysts had predicted, and Ford’s stock rose to a five-year high in morning trading, before declining later in the day. Ford’s sales were significantly influenced by a 74% increase in fleet sales to businesses. Rental car agencies alone accounted for around 30,000 units sold. Sales to retail consumers increased only 28%.

The increases were led by sales of two sedans, the Fusion and Taurus, which rose 166.5 and 93.3% respectively, although sales of other models such as SUVs and pickup trucks also increased. Both models were significantly redesigned last year, and analysts said that improved quality from such cars were driving the increases.

Other companies also reported February sales today, nearly all reporting sales gains as well, although none as large as those of Ford. Toyota was the sole exception to the sales gains, as their sales declined 8.7%, as the company was faced with a global recall during the month that led to a temporary stoppage of production for some models.

“The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers,” said Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president of sales and marketing. However, he believed that traditional Toyota customers were not buying rival autos, but rather awaiting the results from the recalls.

Using Invention Submission Services}

Submitted by: Steve Gillman

You see the ads for those invention submission services on television and in magazines. Getting the help you need to market your invention from a company that knows all the ins and outs – it’s a great idea, isn’t it? Of course, you may have also heard the stories of people who have spent $15,000 and more for these services, and gotten nothing but general advice and form letters sent out to potential buyers.

Frightening? It should be. Not all these companies are entirely ethical, and even the honest ones can take a lot of your money for no result. How do you protect yourself when hiring help for the invention submission process? Start by asking the following questions before you agree to a thing.

1. What is the total number of inventions they have evaluated in the last three years, and how many did they decline to represent? Most inventions out there are not really marketable. If the company accepts 90 percent of potential client’s inventions, they are more interested in quick money for themselves than in helping inventors.

2. Have they ever been investigated by, or in trouble with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), Better Business Bureau, Attorney general’s Office, or any other agencies? What was the result of the investigation?

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3. How many customers have made money due to their services? If they refuse to give any answer, or any examples, try the next company.

4. What is the total number of their customers who have received a licensing agreement as a result of their services? If it is less than 5%, try the next company.

5. What up front fees are required, and what do you get for that fee? The more reputable companies will have smaller fees. They plan (or hope) to make their money from royalty agreements they get for you. You want a company that is betting on your invention.

6. Can you get the names and phone numbers of previous customers. Get several that are in your area. If they can’t give you any, be suspicious.

7. Do they provide a written opinion of the marketability of your product? (Note: I paid for this from a company that does only this, and so has no bias. For less than $200, they took a good look at my product, and gave good reasons why it wasn’t very marketable. I suspect many invention submission companies would have gladly told me it was great and taken thousands to “promote” an invention that in the end wouldn’t sell.)

8. Can you get copies of any contracts and forms before you pay the fee? If not, move on.

9. Who chooses and pays the patent attorney? You should do this, so the attorney is directly representing you.

You may be a great inventor, but know nothing about patenting, selling or licensing an invention. This is why invention submission companies exist. Just be sure you get satisfactory answers to these important questions before you hire one.

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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags
Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

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They are cheap, useful, and very plentiful, and that is exactly the problem, according to researchers. A report issued on Feb. 23 by a cadre of environment and economics researchers suggested that Kenya should ban the common plastic bag that one gets at the checkout counter of grocery stores, and place a levy on other plastic bags, all to combat the country’s environmental problems stemming from the bags’ popularity.

Nuclear plant sealed off after traces of explosives found on bag
Nuclear plant sealed off after traces of explosives found on bag

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

At least two men in Sweden were arrested after security officials at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant discovered traces of an explosive material on a plastic bag. Oskarshamnsverkets Kraftgrupp OKG operates the plant, which is one of three nuclear power plants in Sweden.

Reports say that on the outside of a bag was Acetone peroxide, or TATP, primarily used as a high yield explosive, but is also an organic peroxide used in making chemicals for cleaning.

The unidentified men in their 40’s to 50’s, who were contractors and welders hired for doing work at the plant, were stopped as they entered the plant. Authorities were called to the scene along with the bomb squad, who sealed off parts of the plant when they detected the explosive material on a bag’s handle. Security detected the material in what is described by CNN as a “routine” security check. Police believe it was on one of the man’s hands when it rubbed off onto the bag, but no bomb was found after an extensive search. Both men have been charged with attempted sabotage and are still undergoing interrogation. Both face sentences of up to two years in prison.

Plant officials state that the plant has never received a threat “not in the past, not now, and we have no threat for the future,” said President of OKG, Lars Thuring. “The only thing that we have found is this trace of explosives in the bag.”

TATP is “very unstable, very sensitive to both friction and shocks,” said Swedish Defense Research Agency expert, Svante Karlsson. A small amount could cause serious damage to someone handling the material which is described as ‘Mother of Satan’. Would-be ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid used the substance in an attempt to blow up American Airlines flight 63 from Paris, France to Miami, Florida in 2001. The same substance was also used in the July 2005 bombings in London, England.

The plant’s reactors, where the men were scheduled to work, were turned off on May 11 for routine maintenance. The rest of the plant’s operations were not interrupted.

Don’t Miss The Best Hen Party In London}

Don’t Miss The Best Hen Party In London



A hen party is an event worth waiting for. It promises to be a lot of fun. It is exciting, thrilling and often times completely outrageous. It is however, the last opportunity for the bride to be to really have a wild time with all her girlfriends.

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There is no doubt that London is the best possible destination for a hen party- there are just so many options available. However, most of the options like male strippers, comedy clubs, drag cabarets, etc. are all tried and tested and are by now pass. If you are looking for some new excitement for your hen party London, you are in luck.

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If you want to make a final splash on your hen night with some wild and outrageous fun before you wed, you are not alone. There are many like you and thankfully, the growing demand for some unique and wild fun is now finally answered. One of the most popular option for a hen night London now is a full entertainment event that is offered y some comedy clubs. It includes everything that you would want for your hen party London. It offers a comic drag queen hostess and hunky male attendants, standup comedy and full monty, games and gags, buffet and cocktails and finally a DJ to dance the night away!

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Abu Ghraib prison camp struck by tractor bomb
Abu Ghraib prison camp struck by tractor bomb

April 5, 2005

A suicide tractor bombing struck the American held Abu Ghraib prison camp Monday, the 2nd attack in two days. Four Iraqi civilians are reported wounded.

The explosion occurred near the gates to the prison camp, and comes on the heels of a large attack earlier on Saturday, where both US soldiers and Iraqi detainees were injured. The apparent motive of the Saturday attack was to free detainees.

The New York Times reports that an official of the Interior Ministry said a letter was written by a woman who claims to be a detainee at the prison. In the letter, she reportedly begs to have the prison attacked to save her from the dishonor of rape by her American captors. The letter was circulated among Sunni mosques.

An internet posting by the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claims responsibility for both the Abu Ghraib attacks. The Al Qaeda militant group also claimed responsibility for the first attack.

The report of the tractor bombing came as military officials were announcing that a short riot broke out Friday in another American prison called Camp Bucca. Rocks were thrown and tents set on fire during a protest over several prisoners who were being transferred. Four guards and twelve prisoners were injured.

The Camp Bucca facility holds about 6,000 detainees, while Abu Ghraib holds 3,300.

US Supreme Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional
US Supreme Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

Thursday, June 27, 2013

In a ruling released yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5–4 that portions of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional and married same-sex partners should not be prevented from receiving federal benefits including tax and social security benefits, and recognition for the purpose of immigration.

In the majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.” Kennedy said DOMA “writes inequality into the entire United States Code”.

The case was brought by 84-year-old Edith Windsor, who was married to Thea Speyer. The State of New York recognised their marriage, but following Speyer’s death, Windsor had to pay more than US$300,000 in inheritance tax.

In addition to a decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court also ruled on a case brought by supporters of Proposition 8 in California, a ballot measure which made same-sex marriage illegal in 2008. The resulting same-sex marriage ban was challenged in the court and a lower court held that the measure was incompatible with the US Constitution. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by supporters of Proposition 8, arguing they do not have standing to defend in court a law the State of California is unwilling to defend. Therefore the lower court decision holds. California Governor Jerry Brown said: “I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted”.

President Barack Obama welcomed the decisions: “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” Obama instructed Eric Holder, the US attorney general, to ensure the ruling is implemented in federal law.

Anthony Romero from the American Civil Liberties Union said the fight for same-sex marriage rights would now return to the states. Chad Griffin from the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights organization, pledged: “Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states.”

A number of opponents of same-sex marriage have voiced their opinions on the Supreme Court decision. Michele Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, stated: “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations.”

Bachmann went on: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people’s representatives through DOMA. What the court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp said the “courts have allowed the desires of adults to trump the needs of our children”.

British scholar Tony Judt dies aged 62
British scholar Tony Judt dies aged 62

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

British historian Tony Judt died Friday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 62. Judt was known for his contributions to European history and his controversial position regarding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Judt’s death was announced in a statement from New York University (NYU), where he was a professor. He died in his home in Manhattan, said the school. Judt is survived by his third wife, dance critic Jennifer Homans, and their two children, Nicholas and Daniel. Judt’s first two marriages both ended in a divorce.

Tony Robert Judt, a secular Jew, was born on January 2, 1948 in London, but spent much of his adult life in the United States. The descendant of Marxist Lithuanian rabbis, he was sent to a camp in Israel as a teenager, and became a Zionist. Later, he spoke at a Zionist convention in Paris and worked as a translator for the Israel Defense Forces in 1967, starting with the Six-Day War.

An alumnus of King’s College, he began teaching at NYU as Professor of European studies in 1987. Judt had previously taught at Cambridge, the University of California, and Oxford University.

Judt, also an author, became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2005 book Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. The almost 900-page book covers the history of the development of Europe after World War II. He also wrote about topics such as the fall of Marxism and Communism.

In September 2008, Judt was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. One form of motor neurone disease, ALS targets nerve cells and causes a loss of speech and movement abilities. Left paralyzed and unable to breathe without assistance, Judt continued to lecture. Earlier this year, Judt was able to write a group of personal essays for The New York Review of Books, in which he discussed the disease. “In contrast to almost every other serious or deadly disease, one is thus left free to contemplate at leisure and in minimal discomfort the catastrophic progress of one’s own deterioration,” he wrote. In 2009, Judt was the recipient of a special Orwell Prize, given to him for “intelligence, insight and conspicuous courage.”

Judt’s later views on Israel differed from those he had held as a teenager. In 1983, he called Israel a “belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno state,” opposing a two-state solution. Earlier this year, he wrote, “most Israelis were not transplanted latter-day agrarian socialists but young, prejudiced urban Jews who differed from their European or American counterparts chiefly in their macho, swaggering self-confidence, and access to armed weapons.” His stance on the topic was the subject of much controversy, even leading to his removal from the editorial committee for The New Republic.

Good Doctors Note Methods}

Submitted by: Clintpo Curtis

There is legal and ethical dilemma of using counterfeit medical doctor note in play too.

Nowadays, most firms have no-fault termination policies which attendance centered. If an employee has poor attendance report, he or she can be terminated. Generally, no-fault termination policies are position based mostly. The employees have to achieve the maximum restrict of points for unexcused absences just before being terminated. Therefore, numerous men and women want to prevent this reaching the restrict and resort to making use of fake excuse notes.

Being aware of that working with a fake doctor’s notice is legally incorrect, numerous folks however use them. They check out to get genuine searching notes from the Web and then fill in the specifics and submit the take note to the HR Department or their supervisor. On the other hand, this is an offense that can draw in jail time as well as penalties if the employer finds out that the take note is forged and not issued by a genuine medical professional for a real health care challenge.

Imagine a scenario in which you find $100 lying on your boss’ table. Would you walk absent with that income? Most in all probability not. Why? Since it is morally incorrect to steal and plus a person would be frightened of getting labeled a thief. Similarly, when you submit a fake doctor’s take note, you are breaching society’s moral, ethical and legal specifications.

Actually wonder what your medical professionals want from you? We asked that rather question of through 350 medical practitioners in a survey in January of 2008. The answer was integrity!

Not exceptional marketing skills or ailment state knowledge but integrity. A further examine, The 2006 Entry Report, surveyed 663 great prescribing physicians and found that integrity ranked as the second most essential trait they looked for in an marketplace representative. Their initial alternative was they desired a revenue representative to knowing of the correct use and function of the merchandise relative to other therapy possibilities. Integrity is a vital trait for a pharmaceutical, professional medical system or biotech representative to have in today’s competitive industry put.

TAP Consulting wondered just what integrity meant to a health care provider, so we asked 25 medical professionals that question.. In the course of 25 mobile phone interviews in spring of 2008 we asked medical doctors what integrity in a revenue representative meant to them. Of course it is not just students that are determining to download fake physicians notes these days. Many men and women who work are also acquiring that these notes are handy as properly. There are many men and women who perform tough at their work, but when they get sick, they really don’t usually have the cash available to pay for that doctors’ check out.

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British singer Susan Boyle released from clinic
British singer Susan Boyle released from clinic

Friday, June 5, 2009

British singer Susan Boyle has been released from a private mental clinic. On May 31, Boyle was admitted by ambulance to the Priory clinic in London, England after she began to act strange in her hotel room, reportedly suffering an “emotional breakdown.”

Boyle’s brother, Gerry Boyle, told GMTV that Susan is “a lot more like herself,” and that she is “much happier.” He also added that Boyle is “now beginning to believe that, ‘Yes indeed, I will be a singer.'”

Boyle, 47, from Blackburn, West Lothian, in Scotland, came in second place on the British reality show Britain’s Got Talent (BGT). Boyle was beaten by the dance group Diversity on Saturday who got 24% of the public vote, with Boyle receiving 20%. She took the world by storm after her debut appearance on April 11 singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the award-winning musical Les Misérables. Just a day after appearing on the show, Boyle became a YouTube sensation with her performance receiving nearly 9 million views. To date, the YouTube clip has been viewed by over 66 million people worldwide.

Traditionally, finalists of the show go on a concert tour of the UK, although producers for Britain’s Got Talent will not say whether Boyle plans to be a part of it. A spokesperson stated they are respecting Boyle’s privacy amid her health concerns. Rehearsals for the tour are reported to begin next week, with the first show starting on June 12.

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