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Ukrainian manufacturer preparing to sell Adolf Hitler dolls

Thursday, April 24, 2008

 Correction — May 3, 2008 This article has been retracted. This article has been deemed a hoax. Please see the follow up article, Hitler doll story found to be hoaxed, for more information. 

News reports are claiming that dolls depicting former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler will go on sale in Ukraine. These reports cite Ukraine’s Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper which reported that a toy manufacturer would release the line of Hitler dolls in the summer.

The 40cm doll will reportedly first be available in Kiev with a £100 (GBP) price tag and comes with a large range of accessories in a presentation box with the dates of Hitler’s birth and death.

Nazis images are illegal in Ukraine, with positive portrayal specifically banned. However, there are allegations that right-wing nationalist politics are gaining strength in the country and that xenophobia and racism are on the rise, including some said to be comparable to that present in Germany under Nazi rule. Fascism and propaganda are also banned.

When the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine, was invaded by Germany under Hitler’s rule 2–3 million Ukrainians were among the casualties, of which 1.5 million were Jews.

Adolf can be dressed in various guises, including “early days Adolf”, which consists of a brown shirt and jodhpurs, and “Wartime Adolf”, which features a grey tunic, black trousers and the Iron Cross medal. The doll also comes with boots and shoes, caps, gloves, full uniforms, cane and belt which can be placed on Hitler, whose arms move, allowing the doll to replicate the famed salute of its real life counterpart.

Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals and there’s a spare head in the kit to give him a kinder expression on his face

Also included is a model of Blondi, Hitler’s female German Shepherd, who was exceedingly loyal to Hitler. Hitler poisoned Blondi with cyanide in 1945 at the same time as taking his own life in his bunker at Berlin.

“It is like Barbie. Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals and there’s a spare head in the kit to give him a kinder expression on his face. He has glasses that are round, in the manner of pacifist John Lennon,” said one saleswoman. The company, which will release the dolls in Summer, says that if demand is high a range of toys themed on the Third Reich may be released, to include barracks, working models of crematoriums and gas chambers, concentration camps and interior models of the chancellery.

The doll is not set to be released until the summer, but BBC News Online has footage suggesting that some stores are selling the doll already.

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Kenmore And Sears Bbq Grills, Replacement Parts And Appliances

By Jason Broderick

To me it has seemed Sears is an integral parts of American history. The evolution of Sears from mail order catalogs to little rural outposts to mega-mall anchor stores grew and developed with the desire and the urbanization of American cities. Kenmore as a brand has always been a part of Sears retail stores and the history of Kenmore has matched the speed and technological innovation of urban growth. I have never thought of Kenmore as a great product but it has always been a useful product with up-to-date features and benefits at a low price. Making innovative technology available (whether in bbq grills, dish-washers, irons or clothes washers) at a realistic price has always been the superficial impression of both Sears and Kenmore for me.

In the world of home appliances, Kenmore has become one of America’s favorites. In fact, almost 33% of all American homes contain at least one Kenmore appliance! Since Kenmore’s first appliance emerged in 1927, the Sears brand has continually added to its lines of appliances, which today includes quality barbecue grills. After purchasing a Kenmore grill, you may need to buy replacement parts and Kenmore BBQ grill replacement parts are not always easy to find at the local Sears retailer.

Many of the commonly known branding that we have become familiar with over the years have become too big to remain manufacturers. The philosophical style, design and levels of quality are maintained while actual manufacturing gets sub-contracted out to smaller more able factories. This business model exists across product lines and it makes replacement parts difficult to find because the manufacturer is not always manufacturing the items needed to repair the grill, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.

For many barbecue enthusiasts, convenience is the most important feature when choosing a barbecue grill. If that describes your priorities, then consider a barbecue grill that’s constructed of stainless steel. While such Kenmore grills may have a higher price tag than the imported box store models (and replacement parts), they definitely provide some practical benefits. The stainless steel construction resists corrosion, staining, and rusting. You’ll probably want your barbecue grill to last for several years, and many people believe one way to achieve that goal is to buy a Kenmore grill that’s made of stainless steel. However, the brightly colored Kenmore grills also last because they are coated with porcelain and sealed. Not only is this material built-to-last, but it’s also easier to clean.

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Side burners are effective when you need to do some secondary cooking aside from grilling. These burners can be located on the side or back section of the barbecue grill, they have the same function. Yes, if you choose Kenmore barbecue grills with burners, then you’ll potentially have extra spare parts to secure. On the other hand, the burners will add variety to your barbecue grill cooking, allowing you to do multiple types of cooking while using a single appliance. I find that many homeowners rarely use a side burner. However, here in Florida if a hurricane comes through a side burner is worth more than gold when the electric goes out.

One of the latest technologies for burners is the infrared sear zone. This technology provides an optimum amount of direct heat for searing steaks and locking-in moisture. Infrared burners are fairly new to barbecue grills, but they can definitely make cooking with your grill more effective.

An electric ignition is crucial if you want to limit the number of hassles that you encounter when firing up your barbecue grill. It can be somewhat embarrassing when you have guests and you’re unable to use your grill because it won’t start. While the parts needed for the electronic ignition are more complex than the standard variety, this feature is certainly worthwhile. With the touch of a button you can start grilling away!

Kenmore barbeque models have varying grill parts including different materials used for the cooking grates. Of all the grill parts cleaned and maintained the cooking grid gets the most attention. If your grill’s grid is porcelain coated, then you may need to replace it soon after buying the grill. As porcelain gets cleaned and scraped the coating will wear away and the steel within will begin to rust. Look for cooking grates that are sturdy, and resistant to rust and stains. Stainless steel grids are certainly the best ones that you can choose although many grillers choose cast iron for its heat conducting properties. Buying a barbecue grill with an inferior grid isn’t worth the money you’d save. After factoring in the hassles of cleaning or replacing the grid, you’ll realize that such grids simply aren’t worthwhile. No one likes the crunchy taste of rust.

“H” burners are the most common type found on Kenmore gas barbecue grills at Sears. As you might guess, they resemble the letter “H” (that’s lying on its side). The oval-shaped burner is another common type found on Kenmore’s grills. Meanwhile, more intricate shapes include “bar”, “figure 8” and “bowtie” burners. Another type of burner has an individual burner for individual controls on the grill. These are referred to as “tube”, “rail”, or “pipe” burners. These burners tend to be straight since they only heat a single section of the barbecue grill. Burners are generally stainless steel, aluminized steel or cast iron and have the same strengths and weaknesses of these materials on cooking grates. Keep the ports clean and they will provide an even heat.

The infrared burner is more intricate than one found on a traditional barbecue grill. Due to the more complex mechanisms, the cost of replacement parts will also be higher. But if you want your grill to heat hotter it’s a wise choice. When you need extremely hot temperatures, the infrared burners are your best bet. If you need a wider range of cooking temperatures, then a traditional burner would be ideal for you as a hybrid with a sear zone and a convectional barbeque area. Infrared burners pressurize the gas to pull more heat from the same gas consumption. It produces an ideal type of heat for cooking.

For over 80 years, Kenmore has been producing quality appliances, including barbecue grills. Remember that the Kenmore grill that you choose will impact which replacement parts you may need in the future.

About the Author: Grill-Repair.com Grill-Repair.com is a Florida based custom outdoor kitchen and custom fireplace company. We stock barbecues, built in bbq grills and provide gas bbq grill replacement service. Kenmore replacement burners, cooking grates and other repair parts are readily available.

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Bank of America leads Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints about mortgages
November 18th, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A review this week by Wikinews of US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaints about mortgages in the United States shows Bank of America leads all lending institutions in complaints.

Since mortgages complaints were recorded in December 2011, 77,622 total have been added to CFPB’s database. 29.2% of these complaints involved Bank of America, with the second most received by Wells Fargo, accounting for 15.5% of all complaints. JPMorgan Chase ranked third by volume of complaints with 9.8%. Ocwen was fourth with 8.7% and Citibank was fifth with 4.8%. Nationstar Mortgage; Green Tree Servicing, LLC; HSBC; PNC Bank; U.S. Bancorp; OneWest Bank; SunTrust Bank; Flagstar Bank; and Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. each had between 1.0 and 3.8% of total complaints. The remaining 14.4% of all complaints about consumer mortgages were divided between about 530 other lending institutions.

The Motley Fool reported last month that for the past fiscal quarter, the biggest US based mortgage lenders were from first to fifth Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Quicken Loans and U.S. Bancorp.

According to the US Federal Reserve, debt for family residences stands at US$10.706 trillion for the second quarter of 2013. As of the end of June of this year, Bank of America is the United States’s second largest commercial bank with US$1.343 trillion in domestic assets. Wells Fargo is the fourth largest commercial bank with US$1.251 trillion in domestic assets. JPMorgan Chase is the largest US commercial bank with US$1.329 trillion in domestic assets and US$1.947 trillion in total assets.

The mortgage complaints in the CFPB report include several subproducts. Conventional fixed mortgages account for 27.1% of all complaints. Conventional adjustable mortgages account for 10.0%. FHA mortgages account for 7.7% of all complaints. Home equity loans or lines of credit account for 3.8% of all complaints. VA mortgages are 1.4% of all complaints. Second mortgages and reverse mortgages each account for 0.6% of complaints. The remaining 48.7% of complaints are about other mortgages or other mortgage issues. A few years ago, FHA loans accounted for about 10% of all US mortgages while VA loans accounted for about 3%. Prime loans accounted for over 75% of the market and the rest were subprime mortgages.

California leads all states by volume of complaints with 14768. It is followed by Florida, New York, Georgia and Texas. When complaints are divided by a state’s total population, New Hampshire leads. The state is followed by Washington D.C., Maryland, Georgia and Florida. Complaints do not correlate with national rankings for August’s foreclosure rate by state where Nevada topped the list, followed by Florida, Ohio, Maryland and Delaware.

Two zip codes account for over 1,000 total complaints between them. 565 complaints originated in the 48382 zip code, which is in Commerce Township, Michigan, located in suburban Detroit. 553 complaints originated in the 33071 zip code, in Coral Springs, Florida. According to real estate website Zillow, there are currently 1,033 properties in foreclosure in Coral Springs while Commerce Township only has 131 properties currently in foreclosure. Four other zip codes have 100 plus complaints originating from them. 91730, in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had 158 complaints. 33409, in West Palm Beach, Florida, had 132. 92626, in Costa Mesa, California, had 125 complaints. 92660, in Newport Beach, California, had 122 complaints. Respectively, the towns had 534, 1,068, 153, and 134 properties currently in foreclosure. These numbers are higher than for the cities of a few sampled zip codes where there was only one complaint, such as Gold Hill, Oregon which has 4 properties in foreclosure, and Decatur, Illinois which has 6 properties in foreclosure.

The CFPB categorizes complaints into six categories: “Loan modification, collection,foreclosure” or problems when a person is unable to pay; “Loan servicing, payments, escrow account” or problems with making a payment; “Application, originator, mortgage broker”; “Credit decision / Underwriting”; “Settlement process and costs”, and “Other”. The CFPB says the complaint types indicate consumers “appear to be driven by a desire to seek agreement with their companies on foreclosure alternatives. The complaints indicate that consumer confusion persists around the process and requirements for obtaining loan modifications and refinancing, especially regarding document submission timeframes, payment trial periods, allocation of payments, treatment of income in eligibility calculations, and credit bureau reporting during the evaluation period.” Currently, 59.6% of all complaints against lenders deal with being unable to pay. 25.1% deal with problems in making a payment. 7.0% have to do with the application process.

Of the complaint-heavy zip codes, for 48382 in Commerce Township, Michigan, 98.9% of all complaints have to deal with being unable to pay. Accounting for 23.4% of all mortgage complaints in Commerce Township, 132 of the complaints for being unable to pay were made regarding Bank of America, accounting for 97.8% or all but 3 complaints against them from the zip. 121 of the Bank of America responses in Commerce Township were closed with explanation and 12 were closed with non-monetary relief. 33071 in Coral Springs is different, with 537 of the 553 complaints being categorized under other. Only 11 complaints relate to foreclosure and issues with being able to pay. 92626 in Costa Mesa, where 32% of the mortgage complaints were about Bank of America and 26.4% were about Wells Fargo, had 93.6% of its complaints dealing with being unable to pay. 5 total complaints dealt with payment issues and 3 dealt with applications.

Beyond regional variance in complaint types lodged, the top five mortgage lenders by volume of complaints all had being unable to pay as their top complaint category, ranging between 55.8% for Citibank and 69.4% for Bank of America. Problems with payment accounted for the second largest area of complaints, with Ocwen having the largest percentage of complaints at 31.9% and Bank of America having the smallest at 18.8%. Foreclosure was the top area of complaints for a number of other lending institutions including 1st Alliance Lending, OneWest Bank, Ally Bank, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Bank of the West, BMO Harris, BOK Financial Corp, Caliber Home Loans, Inc, Capital One, Deutsche Bank and EverBank.

Nationally, complaints reached a high of 5,840 for January 2013, 1,107 more than the next highest month of April 2013. The total emerging for September is the second lowest since records were first kept in December 2011. On a state by state level, this pattern largely repeats with a major exception for Florida which saw a peak of 849 complaints in June 2012. Then, as now, Florida was one of the top five states in the nation in its foreclosure rate. The national January spike came as the Qualified Mortgage standard required by the The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 came into play. It required mortgage lenders to take steps to insure borrowers could repay their mortgages.

Bank of America’s complaint volume follows the national trend, with a spike in January 2013 with 1,925 total complaints. Unlike nationally, the next month by volume of complaints was February of this year with 1,598 complaints. Prior to that, the highest month was May 2012 with 1,418 complaints. The lowest volume of complaints is September this year with 334.

Wells Fargo matched national trends for volume of complaints by month, with the exception of the current month being the lowest on record for number of complaints with 197 compared to the next lowest month, December 2011, when they had 221. JPMorgan’s complaint volume by month spiked in January and March of this year with 504 complaints. April of this year was the next highest month with 493 complaints, edging out May of last year with 488 complaints. September this year is on track to be the lowest month by complaint volume.

The federal government shutdown is unlikely to impact the current mortgage situation in the United States directly for most consumers, though mortgage processing by the Federal Housing Administration could be slower, resulting in fewer mortgages processed.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal
November 18th, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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November 15th, 2022 | Uncategorized |
Aviation articles by Wikinewsie Iain Macdonald.
  • Power firm helicopter strikes cables, crashes near Fairfield, California
  • Germany bans Mahan Air of Iran, citing ‘security’
  • Lion Air disaster: Crashed jet’s voice recorder recovered from Java Sea
  • Iranian cargo plane crashes into Karaj houses
  • Police warn new drone owners to obey law after disruption at UK’s Gatwick Airport
  • Rescue helicopter crash kills six in Abruzzo, Italy
  • UK Civil Aviation Authority issues update on Shoreham crash response
  • Nigerian jet attacks refugee camp, killing dozens
  • Fighter jet crashes during Children’s Day airshow in Thailand
  • Plane carrying 92 crashes into Black Sea near Sochi
  • Hijackers divert Libyan passenger jet to Malta
  • Pakistan International Airlines sacrifices goat, resumes ATR flights
  • Judge rules Air Canada Flight 624 victims can sue Transport Canada
  • PIA flight crashes near Havelian, Pakistan
  • Indonesian police plane crashes near Batam, fifteen missing
  • Investigators blame pilot error for AirAsia crash into Java Sea
  • New Polish government takes down findings on Russian air disaster
  • Pakistani female fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar dies in jet crash
  • Investigators blame pilot error for deadly jet crash near Boston
  • Airshow collision kills one in Dittingen, Switzerland
  • Vintage plane crashes into road during Shoreham Airshow in England
  • Planes carrying parachutists collide, crash in Slovakia
  • Indian army helicopter crash kills two in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Divers retrieve 100th corpse from Java Sea jet crash
  • Taipei plane crash toll reaches 40
  • AirAsia disaster: Bodies, wreckage found
  • AirAsia jet vanishes over Indonesia, 162 missing
  • Inquiry finds proper maintenance might have prevented 2009 North Sea helicopter disaster
  • Ryanair sue Associated Newspapers, Mirror Group
  • Ryanair sack, sue pilot over participation in safety documentary
  • Ryanair threaten legal action after documentary on fuel policy, safety
  • US Marine Corps blame deadly Morocco Osprey plane crash on pilots
  • Kenyan helicopter crash kills security minister
  • Indonesians retrieve missing recorder from crashed Russian jet
  • Report blames New Zealand skydive plane crash that killed nine on overloading
  • Russian passenger jet crashes on Indonesian demonstration flight
  • European Commission clears British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi from Lufthansa
  • US Air Force upgrades F-22 oxygen system after deadly crash
  • Cypriot court clears all of wrongdoing in Greek air disaster
  • Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner to go into service
  • Air France, pilots union, victims group criticise transatlantic disaster probe
  • South Korean troops mistakenly attack passenger jet
  • 27 believed dead in Indonesian plane crash
  • Russian police say Moscow airport bomber identified
  • ‘Unacceptable’ and ‘without foundation’: Poland rejects Russian air crash report
  • Serb pilots defend colleague in Air India Express disaster
  • Investigation into US Airways river ditching in New York completed
  • Reports issued after jets collided twice in same spot at UK airport
  • Final report blames London passenger jet crash on ice
  • Concorde crash trial begins
  • Iranian air politician blames pilot error for yesterday’s jet crash
  • US charges homeless man after plane stolen and crashed in Maryland
  • German jet bound for US searched in Iceland after suitcase loaded without owner
  • Mexican helicopter crash leaves soldier dead
  • Indonesian court overturns Garuda pilot’s conviction over air disaster
  • Zimbabwean cargo plane crashes in Shanghai; three dead
  • Italian Air Force transport wreck kills five
  • UK lawyer comments on court case against Boeing over London jet crash
  • Victims of London jetliner crash sue Boeing
  • Family seeks prosecution over loss of UK Nimrod jet in Afghanistan
  • British Airways and Iberia agree to merge
  • At least nine missing after Russian military plane crashes into Pacific
  • Search continues for nine missing after midair collision off California
  • Russian military cargo jet crash kills eleven in Siberia
  • Nine missing after US Coast Guard plane and Navy helicopter collide
  • Jet flies 150 miles past destination in US; pilots say they were distracted
  • Airliner crash wounds four in Durban, South Africa
  • Cypriot court begins Greek air disaster trial
  • Japan blames design, maintenance for explosion on China Airlines jet
  • Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi released on compassionate grounds
  • Lockerbie bombing appeal dropped
  • Australian receives bravery award for rescues in Indonesian air disaster
  • Fighter jets collide, crash into houses near Moscow
  • Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi moves to drop Lockerbie bombing appeal
  • Iranian passenger jet’s wheel catches fire
  • Tourist plane crash in Papua New Guinea leaves thirteen dead
  • UK’s BAA forced to sell three airports
  • Scotland denies bail to terminally ill man convicted of Lockerbie bombing
  • Pilot error blamed for July crash of Aria Air Flight 1525 in Iran
  • Plane carrying sixteen people vanishes over Papua, Indonesia
  • Airbus offers funding to search for black boxes from Air France disaster
  • 20 years on: Sioux City, Iowa remembers crash landing that killed 111
  • Two separate fighter jet crashes kill two, injure two in Afghanistan
  • Helicopter crash kills sixteen at NATO base in Afghanistan
  • U.S. investigators probe in-flight hole in passenger jet
  • Four Indonesian airlines allowed back into Europe; Zambia, Kazakhstan banned
  • Brazil ceases hunt for bodies from Air France crash
  • Airliner catches fire at Indonesian airport
  • Garuda Indonesia increases flights, fleet; may buy rival
  • False dawn for Air France flight; debris not from crash, search continues
  • US investigators probe close call on North Carolina runway
  • Spanish general, two other officials jailed for false IDs after air disaster
  • Indonesian court jails Garuda pilot over air disaster
  • Pilots in 16-death crash jailed for praying instead of flying
  • New Zealand pilots receive bravery awards for foiling airliner hijack
  • US, UK investigators seek 777 engine redesign to stop repeat of London jet crash
  • Schiphol airliner crash blamed on altimeter failure, pilot error
  • Marine jet crash into San Diego house attributed to string of errors
  • Fatal US Army helicopter collision in Iraq blamed on enemy fire
  • Brazil’s Embraer plans to cut around 4,200 jobs
  • Virgin Atlantic jet fire investigation finds faulty wiring in A340 fleet
  • Six indicted over jet crash at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport
  • Man arrested in India after mid-air hijack threat on domestic flight
  • British Airways plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050
  • US Airways jet recovered from Hudson River
  • Mount Everest plane crash blamed on pilot error
  • Cyprus charges five over 2005 air crash that killed 121
  • 20 years on: Lockerbie victims’ group head talks to Wikinews
  • US, UK investigators collaborating after US 777 incident similar to London crash
  • Brazil blames human error for 2006 midair airliner collision
  • NTSB continues investigation of near-collision in Pennsylvania, United States
  • Turbulence likely cause of Mexico jet crash that killed ministers
  • Bomb ruled out in Mexico plane crash that killed twelve
  • Afghan president Hamid Karzai opens new terminal at Kabul International Airport
  • Cyprus to charge five over 2005 plane crash that killed 121
  • India’s Jet Airways posts biggest quarterly loss in three years
  • Indian aviation sector hit by financial trouble; domestic traffic at five-year low
  • Spanish airline LTE suspends all flights
  • Spanair mechanics to be questioned under criminal suspicion over Flight 5022 crash
  • Oscar Diös tells Wikinews about his hostel within a Boeing 747
  • Preliminary report released on Spanair disaster that killed 154
  • Dozens injured by sudden change in altitude on Qantas jet
  • Soldier dies as military helicopters collide in Iraq
  • No evidence of engine fire at Aeroflot-Nord Flight 821 crash site
  • Indonesian parliament approves privatising of three major state firms
  • Controversy after leak of preliminary report into Spanair disaster
  • Researcher claims unmarked grave contains 1950 Lake Michigan plane crash victims
  • Interim report blames ice for British Airways 777 crash in London
  • Service held in Nova Scotia on tenth anniversary of Swissair crash that killed 229
  • UK government sued over deaths in 2006 Nimrod crash in Afghanistan
  • Four British Airways executives charged with price fixing
  • Unprecedented review to be held on Qantas after third emergency in two weeks
  • British Airways enters merger talks with Iberia
  • EU maintains ban on Indonesian airlines amid accusations of political motivation
  • US military confirms three deaths after B-52 crash off Guam
  • One-Two-Go Airlines cease operating over fuel costs as legal action begins over September air disaster
  • US FAA to make airliner fuel tank inertion mandatory over 1996 air disaster
  • British Airways give medals to Flight 38’s crew
  • Honduran capital’s main airport reopens six weeks after jetliner crash
  • Death toll in Arizona helicopter collision at seven as only survivor dies
  • Continental Airlines to face charges over Air France Concorde disaster
  • Nine oil workers die as helicopter crashes in Siberia
  • Boeing 767 cargo plane seriously damaged by fire at San Francisco
  • Cargo plane crashes near Khartoum; at least four dead
  • Cargo plane crash in Sudan leaves seven dead with one survivor
  • Air safety group says airport was operating illegally without license when Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 crashed
  • Sudan Airways grounded
  • Peacekeeping helicopter crash kills four in Bosnia
  • Report finds LOT Airlines plane was lost over London due to pilot error
  • Indonesian police hand over Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 report to prosecutors
  • US B-2 bomber crash in Guam caused by moisture on sensors
  • Silverjet ceases operations and enters administration
  • Nine killed as Russian cargo plane crashes in Siberia
  • Boeing pushes back 737 replacement development
  • Airliner hijacker found working for British Airways
  • Five of six accused over 9/11 to be tried; charges against ’20th hijacker’ dropped
  • British Airways Flight 38 suffered low fuel pressure; investigation continues
  • Ex-head of Qantas freight operations in US jailed for price fixing
  • Search for Brazilian plane with four UK passengers called off after seven days
  • Spectator killed and 10 injured in German airshow crash
  • Japan Airlines fined US$110 million for price fixing
  • Indonesia angered as nation’s airlines all remain banned in EU airspace
  • All confirmed dead on Kata Air An-32, Moldova asks for Russian investigatory help
  • Airbus parent EADS wins £13 billion UK RAF airtanker contract
  • Final report blames instrument failure for Adam Air Flight 574 disaster
  • Pilot killed as Su-25 military jet explodes near Vladivostok
  • Indonesia grounds Adam Air; may be permanently shut down in three months
  • Adam Air hits severe financial problems; may be shut down in three weeks
  • Alitalia conditionally accepts joint bid by Air France and KLM
  • One year on: IFALPA’s representative to ICAO, pilot and lawyer on ongoing prosecution of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 pilot
  • Adam Air may be shut down after string of accidents
  • Five injured as Adam Air 737 overruns Batam island runway
  • Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent EADS defeat Boeing for $40 billion US airtanker contract
  • Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 pilot released on bail
  • Concern as Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 pilot arrested and charged
  • British Airways Flight 38 investigation focuses on fuel system
  • 16-year-old arrested over alleged plot to hijack US airliner
  • 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
  • No injuries after Antarctica research station support plane crashes
  • Indian Air Force jet catches fire and crashes after refuelling at Biju Patnaik Airport
  • Cathal Ryan, early board member and son of co-founder of Irish flag carrier Ryanair, dies at 48
  • Indonesia’s transport minister tells airlines not to buy European aircraft due to EU ban
  • Indonesian air industry signs safety deal ahead of EU ban review
  • Australia completes inquest for victims of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200
  • Five injured as Mandala Airlines 737 overshoots runway in Malang, Indonesia
  • Calls made for prosecution in light of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 report
  • Four killed as helicopter escorting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf crashes
  • Dozens killed in Congo plane crash, transport minister fired
  • Death toll in One-Two-Go crash reaches 90
  • American Airlines MD-80 engine fire prompts emergency landing
  • Scandinavian Airlines System landing gear failures prompt grounding of Bombardier Q400s
  • Aircraft crashes during mock dogfight at Shoreham Airshow, United Kingdom
  • Finland scrambles fighter jet to respond to Russian aircraft
  • Preliminary report sheds light on SAS landing gear incident
  • Adam Air ticket sales revive after post-crash slump
  • Comair Flight 5191 co-pilot, pilot’s widow sue FAA, airport, chart manufacturer
  • Four Boeing 737’s found with similar fault to China Airlines plane; inspection deadline shortened
  • Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile
  • Black boxes retrieved from lost Indonesian airliner after eight months
  • EU bans all Indonesian airlines as well as several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola
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Only Few Days Left For Nomination Of Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013 31st July 2013 Last Date For N

November 14th, 2022 | Real Estate |

Only few days left for nomination of Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013 31st July 2013 last date for n

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Only few days left for nomination of Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013

31st July 2013 last date for nomination

To be organized on 1st Ocober 2013, the senior citizens day

Senior citizens more than 60 years of age eligible

Hum Honge Kaamyab Ek Din is probably the single line, every senior citizen will be singing now a days, because only few days are left for Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013, and those who have filled in nomination forms must be waiting for 1st October 2013, when 19 winners will receive Indian Senior Citizen awards.

Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013 is a dream project of social organization, being responsible. Based at Indore, organization aims to serve society and exploring the talents of senior citizens of our country is their goal.

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It is presumed that with growing age, a person becomes weak and cannot work, properly, but if we look around us only, we can find several old persons who despite growing age, are still fit and doing their work properly. Many of them, besides their own work are also extracting time for doing social services for betterment of society and humanity. Under the situation, if such stalwarts are given due recognition and honored for their contribution to society and country as a whole, we are sure, a new energy will generate therein and they will discharge their services, more effectively.

On the other hand, we see other kinds of elderly persons also who have surrendered themselves before present circumstances. Such persons include retired persons who expect the same treatment and respect from homes and society, they have been receiving before retirement, and if due to one or another reason their desires are not fulfilled, they take it seriousely and punish themselves by becoming victims of unwanted ailments.Such elderly persons require additional care and under the circumstances, some one is required to look at them so as to make them happy. being responsible, a social organization has been studying the feelings of elderly persons from inception and searching the right opportunity to explore talents of senior citizens.

With an intention to honor the elderly persons of the country, who have done extra ordinary work after 60 years of age, particularly for the benefit of society and humanity, being responsible is organizing an award competition titled Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013 to be held on 1st October, 2013, the senior citizens day.

The salient features of ISC 2013 are as under:

Any indian senior citizen above 60 years of age can participate in the competition

Participant will have to fill in nomination form and send the same to us before 31.07.2013

Total 19 winners will be selected by members of Jury

Each winner will receive cash prize, trophy, shawl-shreefal & certificate

Atul Malikram, President being responsible says We have taken all care to send our invitation to maximum senior citizens of the country, and have sent nomination forms to more than 50 cities till now. It is a matter of pleasure that senior citizens are taking interest in the event and started sending duly filled in nomination forms to us, which will be sent to jury members for identifying winners. This is the first stone of success and we are confident that senior citizens will make ISC 2013 a grand success by actively participating in a very healthy competetion. We are thankful to famous actresses Farida Jalal and Deepti Nawal, popular singer Anup Jalota, noted urdu poets Dr. Rahat Indori & Dr. Basheer Badra, Miss Iran,Melica Amina, Social worker Shabnam Hashmi for accepting our request to select winners of ISC 2013. Many more dignitaries are likely to be associated for a noble cause of honoring the real assets of society and universe as a whole.

I make an appeal to all senior citizens of our country to reach us through their talents and prove that , age does not come in the way of doing any thing and one can start a new inning after 60 years of age Atul added.

We are sure that senior citizens of the country will participate in Indian Senior Citizen Award 2013 with full enthusiasm and make the moment, memorable.

For further information, please contact:

Atul Malikram

+91 9755020247

atul@atulmalikram.in

For further information, please contact:Atul Malikram+91 9755020247atul@atulmalikram.in

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United States Army suspends ammo contract for Afghan security forces

November 14th, 2022 | Uncategorized |

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The United States Army has suspended its contract with a company that delivered old and corroding ammunition from China for use by Afghan army and police forces in a way that violated the contract terms.

The ammunition was supplied by the Miami-based AEY Inc., a company run by a 22-year old named Efrain Diveroli. The nearly US$300 million contract stated that bullets were coming from Hungary, but were actually decades-old, damaged and corroded bullets from China.

Officials from the Army Legal Services Agency notified Diveroli, via a letter, that his company is suspended from future contracting with any U.S. government agency. The letter came as part of an Army investigation since November regarding violation of the contract.

According to the New York Times, Diveroli signed papers back on November 25, 2007 certifying that 28 pallets of ammunition for Afghanistan had been manufactured by MFS 2000, a Hungarian company, according to a memo written by investigators.

AEY violated the contract by breaking two clauses, one stating that the ammunition could not be acquired directly or indirectly from the People’s Republic of China, which is a violation of American law. The other clause specified that it must be packaged to comply with best commercial practices for international shipment.

According to the Times, says the ammunition arrived in decomposing cardboard boxes which contained ammunition dating as far back as 1966. However, Army officials believe some ammunition even dates back further to 1962.

The Army had contracted with AEY in January 2007 to supply various types of nonstandard ammunition for use by the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, an Army official said on background. The company was required to purchase the ammunition and deliver it to Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. AEY was recently awarded a delivery order amount of $48,717,553 on March 17, 2007 as part of the $298,004,398 contract.

Also according to the Times, when purchasing the ammunition, AEY worked with middlemen and a shell company which has been placed on federal list of entities suspected of illegal arms trafficking. Also, the Times reported that, Diveroli was secretly recorded in conversation that suggested corruption on his company’s purchase of 100 million aging rounds from Albania.

Bryan Whitman, The Pentagon’s spokesperson told reporters that suspension of the contract was due to the violation of the origin of the ammunition and the packaging of the ammunition, not the safety and performance.

“Safety and performance has not apparently been a factor, according to our folks in Afghanistan. They have had no safety incidents reported and no reports of any ammunition that has malfunctioned associated with this particular contract,” Whitman told the press.

He also denied that the issue happened because the Army awarded the contract to the lowest bidder and that he was not aware of AEY’s qualifications to fulfill the contract.

“As the United States government does business, they are obviously always trying to ensure they get the best value,” he said. “But that does not mean that, in achieving the best value for the taxpayer, that we will accept something that is below standard for what it is we are purchasing, either.”

I would prefer he became a nice Jewish doctor or lawyer rather than an arms dealer. He’s never asked for my approval on the company. He doesn’t always take my advice, I don’t influence him. As a father of a boy genius he’s hard to control.

According to an Army official, the suspension of the contract will not have an impact on Afghanistan operations and other contractors are expressing interest into entering into a contract. “Besides, there’s no shortage of ammunition already in Afghanistan. This will have no impact,” he said.

Michael Diveroli, Efrain’s father, who originally founded AEY as a small printing business, said of his son’s career choice to CBS’ Miami affiliate, WFOR, “I would prefer he became a nice Jewish doctor or lawyer rather than an arms dealer. He’s never asked for my approval on the company. He doesn’t always take my advice, I don’t influence him. As a father of a boy genius he’s hard to control.”

Angelo Diveroli, Efrain’s grandfather said the young man frequently accompanied him to gun shows when he was younger and became an expert at weapons.

A friend of Diveroli said to WFOR, “The government came here and checked him out and gave him the contract. How do you give someone, a 21 year old kid a contract like that?”

The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command is continuing their investigation, according to officials.

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Canadian power worker says grid is ‘String of Christmas Lights that’s been Running Since the 1950s’

November 13th, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Saturday, August 11, 2007

“Just like they told us that our bridges were safe, they also want us to swallow that our power grid is in no danger of a system-wide, no-power-for-weeks crash”, said tenured power grid expert Donald McCormick, a senior contractor with Hydro One, an Ontario, Canada based electricity provider.

Mr. McCormick indicated that in reality though, there’s no question that the system of grids that supply power throughout the continent are in much worse shape than the majority of bridges, levees and borders in Canada and U.S. He has over two decades of experience in all aspects of power grid construction, infrastructure, maintenance, and distribution. During a recent interview, Mr. McCormick compared the ten major interconnected power regions that comprise the “North American Grid”, to a string of Christmas lights that’s been active non-stop since the 1950s. Mr. McCormick’s qualifications include being a licensed red seal interprovincial/interstate electrical engineer and he’s worked at numerous power generating stations mainly in Canada, but also across the U.S. He’s participated in building regional infrastructure related to both generation and distribution. Additionally, Mr. McCormick is Orange Level qualified as an Atomic Radiation Worker (ARW) registered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. McCormick offered his candid assessment of today’s continental “power grid” by making several observations about this critical, civilization-supporting industry. His power plant experience includes both nuclear and coal, and he’s a certified expert in alternative fuel technologies such as wind, solar and hydrogen. He said that, from nuclear to coal, the majority of power generating plants operating across North America have momentous deficiencies, and the collective 10-region “power grid” has not been maintained properly (across the board) since the 1960s. Population growth has created a state in which North American power consumption is far greater than what is being yielded by current technological capacity to generate consumable energy. Mr. McCormick indicated that the infamous August 2003 blackout, in which the Northeastern U.S., Mid-Eastern U.S. and most of Ontario suffered stifling, life-interrupting blackouts, was just the beginning of something much more significant. In reference to the North American Power Grid Initiative, he said that it’s nothing more than a case of, “too little, too late”.

“You’re frequently seeing substandard parts and equipment being employed, on sites across the continent, and being used for sensitive construction projects, often related to components integral to the grid system itself. North American nuclear energy generating plants are among the worst when it comes to safety violations, not only endangering on-site employees with blatant disregard but also literally thousands of people with regard to unregulated, unnoticed pollution and waste being dumped in rivers, lakes and oceans, into the atmosphere and, more specifically, our entire ecosystem,” said McCormick.

Mr. McCormick strongly feels that another major breakdown of the grid system may occur by the end of this year, and he further stated that he’s also concerned that domestic power grid system is in grave danger of being undermined by terrorists.

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Large study provides new insights in autism’s genetic code

November 12th, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, February 22, 2007

In the largest study of its kind, a genetic analysis of 1,168 families with multiple cases of autism has identified genetic links to autism. A previously overlooked stretch of DNA on chromosome 11 implicates a gene called neurexin 1 and increases the evidence for the involvement of neurexins and genes related to glutamate transmission in the brain.

Genetic studies of autism have previously been undertaken; however the new study involves the collaboration of more than 120 scientists from more than 50 institutions representing 19 countries who pooled their data as part of the Autism Genome Project. The findings were published in the Feb. 18 issue of Nature Genetics.

Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism, said: “The identification of susceptibility genes will provide profound new insight into the basis of autism offering a route to breakthroughs in new treatments in support of families.” Autism Speaks funded this project in conjunction with the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Joachim Hallmayer, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford and chair of the collaboration’s executive committee, explains what is next: “While promising, these results need to be followed up with more refined genetic maps to home in on other specific candidate genes. We also need to look more closely at chromosomal anomalies in large samples of children with autism.” In the paper, researchers caution that the genetic foundation of autism probably involves multiple genes and chromosomal abnormalities.

Autism affects about one in every 150 children, and the CDC has called it an “urgent health concern”. Autism is a developmental disorder which impairs social interaction, communication and features restricted and repetitive interests and activities. Twin studies and other research clearly suggest a genetic basis for the condition. Currently there is no cure for autism, but both behavioral or sensory interventions and drugs can influence the symptoms.

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Intellectual Property Is A Useful Tool For Leather Enterprises To Enhance Competitiveness

November 11th, 2022 | Law Firm |

By Lanbo Jiang

Intellectual property rights are the rights of his or her creative intellectual labor enjoyed exclusive rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and other rights. Intellectual property system gives innovators have the legal right to prevent others without the permission of the rights to use, making protection of rights of innovators, a system encouraging innovation. Intellectual property system has been implemented by countries in the world to protect innovation system.

Tool for Market Competition

Science and technology are primary productive forces, the world economy, every major development is the result of technological development to promote, whether national, or enterprise, the first to master the advanced technology, the first to innovation, who will take the forefront in the development. Intellectual property rights as the protection of intellectual innovation, has become an important means of competition in the market.

Intellectual property system gives technology innovators, brand owners in a certain period of time to enjoy the exclusive right to their intellectual products. This right can be called “legal monopoly, winner takes all.” To any other person to use their innovations, brands must be with the agreement and pay the appropriate fees.

Violation of this exclusive community will conduct a variety of legal measures of sanctions, which can effectively stop without innovators, brand owners permission to use innovation law, brand behavior, maintain innovators, brand owners stakeholders.

In order to capture the market, many international companies have increased in China’s patent portfolio. Foreign companies in China commonly used strategy is the first patent monopoly, then the standard monopoly, and then massive occupation of the Chinese market. “International brands in China, the number of patent applications based on the Chinese market, the standard supply and demand, market potential of Chinese enterprises in which large areas in which international brands will seek patent protection, so you can maximize the inhibition of the rise of domestic brands the speed. “State Intellectual Property Office Yang Tiejun, Deputy Secretary pointed out.

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In recent years, becoming stronger as the awareness of independent innovation and related policies, have made the domestic trademark registration application, utility model patents, design patent applications leapt on board the world’s No. 1 position soon.

However, China’s patent system and intellectual property rights by law enforcement environment, companies will be more to create small applications for the invention and utility model patents, technological level and competitiveness with foreign companies, there is still a large gap.

At present China with independent intellectual property core technology for enterprises of only three ten thousandths, 99% of enterprises do not apply for a patent, 60% of companies do not own the trademarks; Many companies are in a “manufacturing” no “create”, the “property rights “no” knowledge “of the state, some companies even survival depend on imitation and counterfeiting. These are clear to the Chinese patent “Mishap”: quantity, poor quality, competitive patent worrying. The lack of independent core technology of many industrial status, as China’s industrial development and economic construction of the serious constraints.

The Basis of Corporate Brand

As we all know, our traditional manufacturing scale, “China” has long renowned overseas, but no doubt is a traditional manufacturing technology level is not high, lack of independent brands, hard to compete with international brand companies. In particular, a large number of processing enterprises, using relatively cheap labor in China for international brands OEM production, processing fees for modest, the lack of ability to resist risks, and, as China’s economic development, labor, rising income levels, many stickers card processing companies survive difficult to sustain. Faced strong pressure transformation and upgrading.

Leather industry as the traditional manufacturing industry is facing the same problem. Although China’s leather industry output, output ports of the world’s first, is real leather producing countries, but low value-added products, high-end market has long been monopolized by foreign brands.

Industry to sustainable and healthy development must change the mode of development, strengthen independent innovation and brand strategy to improve intellectual property rights. Brand strategy is on the trademarks, trade names (size), goodwill and other intangible assets of the investment, operation and to develop the economy, the development of industry, the development of enterprise management mechanism and competitive strategy.

Specifically, is the brand awareness, striving to well-known brand to brand promotion, and promote industrial development.

Trademark registration is the basis for the implementation of brand strategy. A good logo design does not mean that a good trademark. A good mark in the long-term use, the building has been carefully cultivate, promote, maintain and gradually formed, which are inseparable from the protection of the law. In most countries and regions in the world, the law prior to registration of trade marks are protected by the principle, the same mark, the first to apply for trademark registration to obtain trademark registration, the trademark belongs to whom, the law provided for its registered trademark legal protection.

Worth noting is that trademark protection is a regional, that in a country or region to obtain registration of the mark, only in the country or the region as a trademark protected by law, without obtaining trademark registration in other countries or regions still belongs to an unregistered trademark can not be registered trademarks of legal protection.

Some companies are accustomed to first hit the market, good market prospects see only after the registration of its trademark to apply, but to apply for trademark registration until their own often find their earlier mark has been registered by others, and caused very passive situation.

International Registration of Marks is the first step into the global market in international trade, in order to export their own brands, trademarks must be registered in the country, otherwise, can only OEM for others to do the wedding gown gives way wage, earned by only the low end of industry value chain.

China’s leather industry relies more recent years, more and more Chinese products into the international market, if the brand is registered by experience, would mean the loss of the country (region) of the market. Re-registered trademark, re-create a brand re-enter the country (region), will spend a great price.

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