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Ford, Fiat to produce small cars together

Ford, Fiat to produce small cars together

Friday, September 9, 2005

Italian-based Fiat Auto SPA and US-based Ford Motor Co. announced they signed an agreement to cooperate in designing two small car models. This came only seven months after General Motors severed their relationship with Fiat.

Both companies plan to work together on a new version of the popular Fiat Cinquecento and on a replacement for the Ford Ka, both to be based on the Fiat Panda platform.

The cooperation can help reduce the companies’ small car production costs and ease financial difficulties they are facing. Ford is struggling with high labor and health care costs, while Fiat suffers from its unprofitable Italian plants.

After the deal was announced, shares of Fiat rose $0.06 to $9.44, while Ford gained $0.06 to $9.95 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Jobs You Can Do Before Calling An Emergency Plumber: Leaking Toilets

Jobs you can do before calling an emergency plumber: Leaking toilets


Robert Weir

Given that they’re used numerous times a day in the average family home, you can’t afford to leave a toilet broken – which is usually where an emergency plumber is called out to sort the problem. However, if you’re confident in your DIY skills, there are some basic repairs you can carry out yourself – which may at least let you know what you’re dealing with and which plan of action may be the most appropriate.

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In most cases, there are three common causes of a leaking toilet – a cracked pan, damaged cistern or leaking overflow pipe. Each come with their own problems and you’ll need different skills for each – so if you’re in doubt, it’s always best to speak to a professional. If you’ve decided to attempt a fix yourself, your first step is to turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to empty it of any waste material. Next, take a good look at exactly where the leak is coming from. If it appears to be emanating from a crack in the toilet plan, you can carry out a temporary repair by filling in the crack or hole with a specialist putty, which your local DIY store will be able to advise on. However, in the long term, you’ll need to replace the whole pan, as patch up jobs will only last a short to medium period of time. On the other hand, the leak could be coming from the cistern. If this part of the toilet is damaged, you can again use putty as a temporary hole or crack-filling fix. Ultimately, though, you’ll need to replace the part – so you should already be thinking about this. Another common cause is a leaking overflow pipe – this may be more tricky to sort out, involving locating the crack and fixing the pipe. For many people, this may be the point where they need an emergency plumber – something which can be expensive if you haven’t got adequate insurance. Take out plumbing cover

and you’ll not only make sure the tradesman who’s called out is fully qualified and vetted, but also won’t have to worry about any nasty bill at the end of the work.

From a few pounds a month, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you’ll be covered, not just when your toilet leaks, but when other things go wrong with your plumbing. All toilets can develop cracks from time to time – but there’s no reason why this should mean that money has to leak from your family budget as a result.

Robert Weir is a writer and editor from Manchester, England. Having produced and revised copy for a number of home insurance institutions, he is highly experienced across a range of home insurance matters including

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Michael Schumacher wakes up from coma

Michael Schumacher wakes up from coma

Friday, June 20, 2014

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has awoken from a medically induced coma and left the hospital in Grenoble, France. Schumacher was induced after suffering severe head trauma following a skiing accident in the French Alps, December last year.

Schumacher’s manager, Sabina Kehm, has chosen not to reveal any more information about his rehabilitation, at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, due to concerns for his privacy.

“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” Kehm said.

The statement, released last Monday, was the first since April when it appeared that Schumacher had occasional moments of consciousness.

Rehabilitation from head trauma of this level could take months or years to complete according to Neurosurgeon Tony Belli, who spoke to the BBC. “It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are.” he said.

Dogs rescue owner during diabetic attack

Dogs rescue owner during diabetic attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

In Centerton, Indiana a man is alive thanks to his 2 dogs.

Bill Burns was taking his nightly stroll with his dogs, Butch and Dusty, when he had a severe diabetic attack in a cornfield.

His dogs immediately reacted.

Morgan County sheriff’s Deputy, Steve Hoffman, was on a rural road just finishing with a traffic stop, when he noticed a light shining from a cornfield. “I noticed what appeared to be an illumination or a light that was flickering and facing my direction,” Hoffman said. When he got out of his car and walked to where he saw the light, he found Butch was holding a flashlight like he would a bone, in his mouth. Meanwhile, Dusty had stretched himself across Mr. Burns to try and keep him warm.

Hoffman said he then noticed that Mr. Burns was wearing a diabetic medical bracelet and immediately took him to the hospital.

Burns says that he does not remember the ordeal, but thinks that Hoffman even seeing the light is remarkable enough for him.

“It’s got to be just fate or faith, one or the other,” Burns said.

The dogs “definitely are the heroes in the story,” said Hoffman.

Burns was in the hospital nearly 4 days before he had been released.

“Had he not had the dogs with him that evening, I think the outcome would have been a lot worse,” Hoffman said.

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A Good Tool For Woodworking Completes Your Shop}

A Good Tool For Woodworking Completes Your Shop


Ray WalbergIf you want to have a great workshop then you must have the right hand tools

. You should also have a tool for woodworking if you will undertake this sort of project as well. You may want to pick the best tool for each job and this will mean having a well stocked workshop. Read on to learn about the top tools that you’ll need to have a great home workshop.

When you are shopping around it can be hard to know where to begin in terms of tools

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. There are so man and many of them do the same thing, so you’ll want to go with the basics. The basics are the first tools you should buy and should always be of the best quality if you plan on using them over and over.

One such tool is the circular saw, this can help you cut lines of all kinds, both straight and curving. You can use two saw horses and a piece of board, perhaps plywood, to have an area to use your saw.

You should also have a table saw if you need to do large projects. You should get one that you can work at different angles. This is especially key if you will be working on tricky areas of your house.

You must also have a sander that runs on electricity if you want your workshop to run smoothly. You can do this with your hands, but that can take ages. If you have an electric sander you will save time and give your wood a professional look that it can only get from an electric sander.

The fourth thing you should have is a router. A router will help you create the patterns you want in your wood. You will use it to help you create furniture or work on moulding. You can get a variety of styles from simple to ornate with a router.

The fifth thin you will surely need is a knife sharpener or a grinding wheel. This will help you keep your tools sharper and in better shape for work any time. If you want details then you’ll need to have your bladed well-maintained. You can get the look you want that is more professional than amateur with the right products.

If you want the best tools, than look for the best brands. There are some brands that are better than others and their reputation counts. You can treat your tool as investments that will last and last when you choose from one of the following brands: Ryobi, Rockler, Sears, Craftsmen, Hitachi, Snap-On, Makita, or Rigid. These tools will cost around the same, but are worth it since you can use them for years to come.

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Obama signs healthcare bill for 9/11 emergency workers

Obama signs healthcare bill for 9/11 emergency workers

Monday, January 3, 2011

Yesterday, United States President Barack Obama signed into law a five-year benefit package to provide healthcare treatment for emergency workers including police, firefighters, and rescue workers affected by illness and respiratory problems contracted while working at the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001.

The bill—the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which is named after a police officer who died of a respiratory illness he got during a rescue operation at the World Trade Center — will provide $4.2 billion over the next five years. This money will be raised by increasing a levy on foreign companies that win procurement contracts from the United States government.

The new legislation also provides new funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, a federal program for victims of the attacks.

President Obama signed the bill in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is staying on vacation. In a statement, Obama said: “We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives to save others. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”

The law was the only one that passed through Congress during the lame-duck session in December, with some Republican opposition. New York Senators and Congressmen have praised the passage of the measures.

“The heroes who rushed to Ground Zero in the hours and days after the attacks will not be forgotten. These first responders were like veterans, and this law keeps with a time-honored tradition of standing by our veterans when they get harmed answering the call.” said Charles Schumer, Democratic Senator from New York. He also vowed to “begin work immediately to make sure this law gets renewed for another five years”.

New York Republican congressman Peter T. King said that “Justice is finally being served”, and that the passing of the law marked “A great day for America.”

Democratic congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said that “The Zadroga law will save lives and fulfills our moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war.”

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Water Testing In Albany Before You Purchase A Home

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byAlma Abell

First time home buyers have much to consider when looking at prospective homes. While the market is competitive, it is better to miss a purchase than to buy an unhealthy property. Water is a precious natural resource buyers should always test for quality. Water Testing in Albany performs broad analysis test letting you know if the water is okay as is or if a water system could provide the home with healthier drinking water.

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H2O Solutions is a licensed water expert specializing in home water testing. The specialist will provide you with an analysis report and an estimate at no cost or obligation as they feel it a public service and their calling card to environmental consciousness. Professionals will also inspect fixtures, plumbing and appliances that use water. Specific testing can tell you if the water is hard. Hard water is that containing high levels of calcium and lime. These minerals cause that annoying build up on your shower walls, in toilets and pipes. Soft water is the ultimate goal. Soft water is free of the minerals making it hard. A water system filters the unwanted excess of minerals and other deposits in the water out making it soft.

H2O solutions are so confident in their products they invite you to bring a sample of your own water to compare with their salt-free water filter quality. They guarantee their clients find no difference between the two water samples. They offer water-softening systems that improve cooking soften skin, wash clothes cleaner free of soap scum, and use less soap and detergents saving money. An added bonus and favorite of many is improved hair texture, bounce and shine. Many clients also rave about improvements with troubled skin such as acne, and flaky skin.

Water purification system makes water just like those you see in the machines at your local grocery store. Personal at home water systems is a better option to lugging around heavy bottles, carrying cases out to your vehicle and hauling purified water inside your home every week. You will not need to worry about recycling a large volume of plastic bottles. Instead, you can pour drinking water from the spout of your kitchen sink. H20 systems are available to rent or purchase. The rental plan includes the option to buy.

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Borussia Dortmund announces former Ajax coach Peter Bosz as team’s new boss

Borussia Dortmund announces former Ajax coach Peter Bosz as team’s new boss

Friday, June 9, 2017

On Tuesday, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) announced Peter Bosz as their new head coach. Bosz, who spent one season with the Dutch Eredivisie runners-up Ajax, was to sign a two-year deal with the DFB Pokal winners BVB which runs through June 2019. Ajax’s assistant coach Hendrie Krüzen also was to leave the Dutch side for Dortmund.

The 53-year-old Dutch manager led the the Dutch capital club to a second place finish in the Dutch league Eredivisie, finishing just one point below Feyenoord Rotterdam and won a silver medal in the UEFA Europa League, losing 2–0 against Manchester United.

Bosz’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel led Dortmund to the DFB Pokal victory, third place finish in Bundesliga the last season and a qualification to next season’s Champions League group stage. Two years ago, Tuchel succeded Jürgen Klopp and his side remained unbeaten in the home games. On May 30, days after winning his first trophy with Borussia Dortmund, the club announced Tuchel was sacked with immediate effect via their official website. “‘Unfortunately we couldn’t see a basis for continued work together built on trust with a successful outlook in the current personnel constellation.”, the CEO said.

Edwin van der Sar, Ajax’s General Manager said, “I have mixed feelings about this transfer. When we brought Peter in to Ajax last summer, it wasn’t our intention that our partnership would end after just one season. Especially in the Europa League, we’ve had an amazing season. For our players, and our coach, that has attracted extra attention from clubs in top European competitions. But we couldn’t go so far as to bind him to his contract, and we worked out a good deal with Dortmund. It’s now up to us, prior to the start of the pre-season, to sign on a good successor.”((nl))Dutch language: Ik heb gemengde gevoelens bij deze overgang. Toen we Peter vorige zomer naar Ajax haalden was het niet de bedoeling dat na één jaar alweer een einde zou komen aan de samenwerking. We hebben, met name in de Europa League, een geweldig seizoen neergezet. Net als bij onze spelers trekt dat ook voor de trainer de aandacht van clubs uit de Europese topcompetities. Het ging ons te ver om hem aan zijn contract te houden en we zijn er met Dortmund goed uitgekomen. Het is nu aan ons om, voordat de voorbereiding begint, een goede opvolger te contracteren.

Under former coach Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund’s key players ?lkay Gündo?an, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Dortmund then-captain Mats Hummels left Signal Iduna Park last season, but signed Ousmane Dembélé, André Schürrle, Marc Bartra and Mario Götze.

This season, Dortmund signed Ömer Toprak, Mahmoud Dahoud, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Maximilian Philipp.

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Firing of Michael Jackson spokeswoman disputed

Firing of Michael Jackson spokeswoman disputed

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Wrangling between musician Michael Jackson‘s legal and public relation teams may have yielded its first casualty. Jackson’s official website,, reports that Jackson’s MJJ Productions has terminated spokeswoman Raymone Bain and public relations firm Davis, Bain, and Associates. On Wednesday, Bain held a press conference amidst a court-issued gag order which she implied was sanctioned by the Jackson legal team. The same day, Jackson’s attorney Thomas Mesereau, Jr. released a court-approved terse message: “I have not authorized anyone to speak or hold any press conferences on behalf of Michael Jackson or his family.”

Despite the announcement, late Friday the Associated Press quotes Bain responding, “I have not been fired by Michael Jackson.” Bain says she works directly for Jackson himself, not MJJ Productions.

The controversy occurs as Michael Jackson awaits a verdict on charges that he molested a teenage boy in 2003. On Friday, the jury completed its sixth day of deliberations. The twelve jurors will reconvene on Monday.

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Blasts in Mexico rips gas and oil pipelines

Blasts in Mexico rips gas and oil pipelines

Monday, September 10, 2007

Oil and gas pipelines in Mexico were attacked in six different places Monday, forcing the evacuation of approximately 12,000 residents. The six blasts were to reported to have happened at about 2:00 a.m on Monday morning.

The company who owns the pipelines, Petroleos Mexicanos, shut down all lines after the attack.

No deaths as a result of the explosions were reported, however; the blasts were blamed for the death of two 70 year old women who died from heart attacks.

Mexican officials have called the blasts “premeditated” and at least one rebel group (most notably EPR) has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

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