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Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The automobile manufacturer Toyota has said that it will recall up to 1.8 million cars across Europe, after a problem with the accelerator pedal was discovered.

According to the firm, eight models were affected by the problem — AYGO, iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis, and RAV4 — after it was discovered that the accelerator may become stuck in a depressed position, resulting in uncontrollable speeding.

On Thursday, Toyota said it would recall 1.1 million cars in the US; a day previous, it had suspended eight models from sales. Last week, 2.3 million cars in the US were recalled due to the pedal issues.

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe commented on the recall. “We understand that the current situation is creating concerns and we deeply regret it,” said Tadashi Arashima. The firm, however, noted that it wasn’t aware of any accidents resulted by the malfunctioning accelerator pedals, and not many pedal problem incidents were reported in Europe. “The potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances,” Arashima added.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, meanwhile, commented that Toyota showrooms could lose as much as US$2.47 billion worth of revenue due to the incident.

“Toyota veterans will likely hear the news with disbelief and keep faith in the brand, but new customers could definitely be scared off,” remarked Robert Rademacher, who is the president of the trade group ZDK, as quoted by Business Week. “This recall has a dimension which we’ve never seen before.”

There are concerns that the problem may result in reduced consumer trust in Toyota. Hans-Peter Wodniok, an analyst for Fairesearch GmbH & Co. in Germany, noted: “If this is a one-time event, huge as it is, Toyota may be forgiven. But if something happens again in the next months and years, they will have gambled away customer trust in Europe as well.”

Analysts for Morgan Stanley, however, said they believed Toyota would not suffer much from the incident. “The company’s actions to correct the situation are timely enough to avoid major brand damage,” they remarked in a note to investors.

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UK’s Liverpool FC unveils plans for new stadium

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Liverpool FC revealed the plans for its new Stanley Park Stadium today. The stadium is to be built over the next three years in Stanley Park, to replace Liverpool’s long time home at Anfield. The plans as submitted would provide for a capacity of 60,000, with a possible increase towards 80,000.

The design by HKS is situated approximately 8 meters below the surface to lessen its impact. The cost of construction is said to be £300 million.

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Keep Your Belongings And Clear Space With Storage Garages

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byAlma Abell

If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a lot of stuff in your home that you could stand to get rid of. Millions of people have a problem with hoarding items that they don’t need. Some people have boxes of clothes, shoes, and accessories that are years old, and that haven’t been worn or used in some time. These items only take up space and give your home a cluttered look. But what if you don’t want to throw these belongings away? The solution you’re looking for might be a Storage Garage.Storage services have been used for years here in the United States. There are tens of thousands of these services around the country. They allow customers to store everything from food to furniture. Some services even allow you to store large vehicles if the space permits you to do so.

These facilities charge storers a small fee once a month. You can usually find a space that can be rented for only a few dollars every 30 days. However, the cost to occupy the space is usually determined by the size of the Storage Garage. For instance, a 5×10 storage space will cost a little more to maintain than a 5×5 storage space.

There are a number of advantages to having a storage garage. One advantage is the fact that the storage area is accessible 24/7. All renters will have either an access code to enter the area or a physical key. The second advantage is the fact that these areas are being constantly monitored by security cameras and guards. All of this security means that you can rest assure that your property will be safe while you’re away.

Investing in a place like St. Anne’s Self Storage is also a great way to clean out your home. Millions of homes have attics and closets that are filled with newspapers, family pictures, old clothes, and other miscellaneous items. Yes, some of these items can be thrown away. However, if you have items that are taking up space, but that you’d like to also keep, you can simply store them in a storage facility. This way you can de-clutter your home and still keep your things.

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US intercity passenger train collides with truck, derails

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

An Amtrak passenger train de-railed after hitting a pickup truck in Plant City, Florida, in the United States. The driver of the pickup truck was killed on impact. The crash occurred at a marked railroad crossing inside of an industrial area, according to an Amtrak spokesperson.

None of the 133 passengers were seriously hurt, however, the train’s engineer and five passengers were taken to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries. The remaining passengers were taken to a local bowling alley. Although the train’s two locomotives and nine cars de-railed, they remained upright.

Witnesses report the train sounded its horns at the appropriate times. It was reported the pickup truck simply drove in front of the train.

The crash is the second to occur this week with a train; on Monday, a driver in a Pontiac Grand Am deliberately ignored the lights and crossing arms at another railroad crossing in the area, and drove around them, into the path of a different Amtrak train on the same route. The impact caused the car to go airborne. All four people in the car were killed; no one on the train was injured.

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Danish Integration Minister’s car burned

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Copenhagen, Denmark – The Danish Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj’s car was set ablaze outside her family-home on the morning of Wednesday 8 June. From there, the fire spread to the family’s garage, and further on to the side of the house, damaging the roof above the kitchen and children’s room.

At the same time, an e-mail was sent to several media agencies, where a group calling themselves “Action Group Beate” claimed responsibility, saying it is a “protest against the racist immigrational laws of Denmark”. The police found the computer used for sending the mail within a few hours, and closed down the cybercafé whilst removing the computer.

Throughout the Danish political system politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition have expressed their outrage over the terrorism.

The insurance company is currently assessing the amount of damage done to the home, but so far they have made an estimate of £27.000, just for the house damages.

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Information About Using Brick Pavers In Bradenton For Your Pool Deck

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byAlma Abell

If you’ve decided to build a new pool deck or remodel your existing one, you should consider using Brick Pavers in Bradenton. These tiles are made of clay and not only do they look great, they’re affordable too. Below you’ll learn more information about brick pavers for your swimming pool deck.

Types

Brick pavers are available in various colors, so you’ll be able to choose a color or a combination of colors that compliment your pool deck. The bricks can be strategically placed to create a design or a customized look. Pavers are also available in smooth or rough texture. Slip resistant pavers are often used around pool areas to reduce the the occurrence of falls.

Maintenance

Once your brick patio is installed in FL, there’s hardly any maintenance to be done. These bricks resist stains and if you want to clean them, you can use a pressure washer or a garden hose and detergent, if needed. Between each washing, you can use a broom to sweep off any dirt or debris that has collected on your deck. Brick pavers are durable and they hold up well in areas that have a lot of activity, such as your pool area. The water and chemicals from your pool will not deteriorate or otherwise degrade brick pavers. They’re resistant to cracks and chips, and they’ll last a long time.

Installation

Before the installation begins, the site will have to be excavated to prepare the ground for the correct depth. Any stones or roots will be removed so that the soil is clean of any debris. The surface will be leveled and a weed control solution will be sprayed on the soil. Next, the contractor will fill the area with sand and level out the area again. The contractors will begin laying the Brick Pavers in Bradenton and after all the bricks are placed, sand will be poured over the pavers. The contractor will spray water over the bricks to fill the sand in between the bricks.

Sparkling Kleen Pools and Spas offers pool and deck remodeling, and spa installation in FL.

US Nazi leader talks about Barack Obama, the economy and more

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The National Socialist Movement is, according to its website, the largest and most active Nazi party in the United States. Accordingly, it refers to itself as ‘America’s Nazi Party’ and aims to instigate major change in the US.

Wikinews was able to conduct an interview with the head of the party, Commander Jeff Schoep. Fresh back from a march in Missouri, Commander Schoep told Wikinews his views on Barack Obama, the economy and much more.

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April 19, 2018

Volunteers endure bed-rest study

Tuesday, March 22, 2005Volunteers began a 60 day bed-rest marathon on March 19 to study simulated weightlessness effects on women astronauts. The study, Women International Space Simulation for Exploration(WISE), is conducted at the MEDES Space Clinic in Toulouse, France.

The 12 women, selected from 1600 applicants hailing from France,Great Britain, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic began the study after a 20 day screening for baseline comparison data as the study progressed.

The women will conduct all activities from eating, bathing, and reading while lying in hospital beds tilted headfirst at a six degree angle. This particular position, called head-down tilt bed rest was determined from previous studies to remove the vertical load of gravity on the body, inducing changes similar to what astronauts in a genuine weightless environment experience [1].

Long term exposure to weightlessness creates a number of physiological and psychological problems in astronauts such as:

  • Reduced capacity for physical exertion
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Affects of confinement and isolation
  • Impaired circulatory function

A total of 24 women will participate in the study. A second group of 12 will join in September.

Three groups of eight women each will be studied over the course of the two campaigns of bed rest. One group will serve as a control, receiving no specific treatments, the second will exercise, while the third will receive nutritional supplements.

The study is designed to fill in gaps of knowledge on the differences between men and women during extended weightlessness. It also aims to develop countermeasures for reducing the debilitating effects of long spaceflights.

Participating agencies in the study include the European Space Agency, NASA, the French Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

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Top 10 U.S. Counties With The Most Millionaires

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America has more number of millionaire households than there were a few years ago, according to TNS Global, one of the world’s largest market information companies. As of mid 2006, the total number of millionaire households has increased to a record high of 9.3 million. This is an increase of 5 % from the previous year and it is of note that the number of millionaire households in the U.S. has gone up for the fourth consecutive year.

The TNS annual Affluent Market Research Program (AMRP) revealed that the total net worth of millionaires, excluding the value of their primary residence was $2,167,167 with investable assets of $1,442,841. The median age for the head of America’s millionaire household is 58 of which 45 % are retired.

TNS Financial Services, a division of TNS, has ranked the country’s top 10 counties that have the highest number of people who earn $1 million or more in salary. The AMRP study is derived from a representative national sample of over 1,600 households with a net worth of $500,000 or more, not including the primary residence.

The top 10 counties with the highest number of millionaire residents are:

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1. Los Angeles County, California: With 268,136 millionaire households, Los Angeles County has the largest number of millionaires among the counties in the U.S. The County has 23 % of California’s millionaire households and 3 % of those in the country.

2. Cook County, Illinois: Cook County, which includes Chicago, has 171,118 millionaire households forming 40 % of such households in Illinois and 2 % in the nation.

3. Orange County, California: Orange County consists of 10 % of California’s millionaire households with 116,157 millionaire households. It forms 1 % of the nation’s millionaire households.

4. Maricopa County, Arizona: With 113,414 households, Maricopa County has the 4th largest number of millionaire households in USA. This makes 62 % of Arizona’s total millionaire households and 1 % of the nation’s.

5. San Diego County, California: The fifth county in the U.S. and the 3rd in the State with the most number of millionaire households, San Diego has 102,138 millionaire households that make up 9 % of such households in California. It also accounts for 1 % of the total millionaire households in the country.

6. Harris County, Texas: With 99,504 millionaire households, Harris County accounts for 16 % of those in Texas. Harris County forms 1 % of America’s total millionaire households.

7. Nassau County, New York: This New York County has 79,704 millionaire households forming 13 % of the total households in the state. Nassau County accounts for 1 % of the nation’s millionaire households.

8. Santa Clara County, California: The third county in California to have the highest number of millionaire households. Santa Clara County has 74,824 millionaire households and consists of 6 % of the state’s and 1 % of the nation’s millionaire households.

9. Palm Beach County, Florida: With 71,221 millionaire households, Palm Beach County consists of 11 % of Florida’s total millionaire households and 1 % of such households in the nation.

10. King County, Oregon: At tenth position, King County has 68,390 millionaire households forming 33 % of such households in Washington and 1 % in U.S.A.

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