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U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

Friday, May 15, 2009

American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) announced plans Friday to shut down about 1,100 of its dealerships, in an effort to evade bankruptcy and lower its expenditures.

GM’s move comes a day after Chrysler, another U.S. car maker, released a list of 789 dealerships that it was closing. Unlike Chrylser, GM will not publicly announce the dealerships that it intends to shut down. Instead, dealerships whose franchises won’t be renewed after October of next year will receive a private letter telling them of the decision.

At the moment, GM has 6,246 dealers in the U.S. It intends to reduce that number to 3,605 by the end of 2010. GM said the dealerships that were to be closed are “underperforming and very small sales volume U.S. dealers.”

“They’re dealerships that are in most cases hurting, losing money, and in danger of going out of business anyway,” said GM’s sales, service, and marketing vice president in a telephone conference. “It’s a move that people could argue should have been taken years ago but this leadership team had no choice but to do it today.”

The dealers that are to be closed represent 18% of the firm’s dealership network, but only 7% of GM’s 2008 revenue.

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Burgundy or Bourgogne is a historical region of Western Europe, most of which today lies in modern-day France. The history of Burgundy makes it an exciting place to explore. But it is the wines of this region that make Burgundy a popular region of France. Needless to say, there is a lot to explore here for the first time visitor. Try staying at the holiday properties in Burgundy if you want to spend a leisurely vacation here. Holiday rentals in Burgundy are plenty and you can choose to stay in any of the fantastic cities here.

The capital of Burgundy, Dijon is a 90-minute ride from Paris via the TGV train. The Dijon Burgundy Airport is also the easiest gateway to the place and you can choose to stay at a hotel, B&B or one of the exciting holiday properties in Burgundy. From Dijon one can take the Owl tour or visit the famous Fine Arts Museum. One can also take a boat trip on the Burgundy canal. Yet another place that makes Burgundy the famous place that it is, Chablis is famous across the globe for its wines. The region is primarily famous for three winesPinot Noir, Gambay and Chardonnay. A visit to wine-town Beaune is also a must.

The churches, cathedrals, chateaus, palaces, museums and medieval towns of Burgundy make it an architectural paradise. A historical tour of Burgundy would include the Fontenay Abbey, Auxerre town, and the Chateau of Bazoches. The place witnesses cold winters, summers warmer than the coast, and frequent rains and snowfall.

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For history buffs, a visit to Arcy-sur-Cure will be an unforgettable experience as they get to see the finest cave paintings the region has to offer. Plan a day out for the mineral water springs of the region, as the springs are known to have therapeutic properties.

Burgundy region is known for having the finest villages in France.Villages as Montreal and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, which were fortified towns in middle ages, are sure to leave one awe struck with their architecture designs.

When in Burgundy plan a day out for visit to Flavigny village which has been listed as one of the most beautiful village in France.

The churches of St. Philiberts and Basilica Ste.Madeleine are considered as one of the best in the world. Known for its Romanesqe architecture St. Philiberts is the most visited church in Burgundy.

The museums of Burgundy are sure to grab your attention. Burgundy has something in store for everyone. From descriptions of fighter jets and motorbikes to finest collection of paintings in France, to the history of phonographs and radios, a visit to the museums of Burgundy is sure to leave you amazed.

Your journey of Burgundy is incomplete without a visit to Beaune, which is known, as wine capital of Burgundy.The annual wine auction at Beaune is the biggest such event in whole of France.

Vineyards as Pommard and Corton-charlemagne are famous among wine lovers and with numerous options available for a comfortable stay, you are sure to remember the vineyards of Beaune for long.

Burgundy is indeed a travel destination with authentic representation of French architecture at its best in the numerous museums of Burgundy, and one is sure to remember the visit to Burgundy for times to come.

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Hidden treasure worth billions of dollars discovered in Indian temple

Hidden treasure worth billions of dollars discovered in Indian temple

Monday, July 4, 2011

Officials announced that a treasure containing sacks of diamonds and gold coins as well as golden idols, jewelry and other riches has been discovered in the secret subterranean vaults of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, in the southwestern state of Kerala, India. Estimates of its worth have been rising and it is now thought to be worth US$20 billion.

The Hindu temple was built in the 16th century by the kings of the then Kingdom of Travancore to serve as a royal chapel for the rulers of Travancore. The six vaults containing the treasure have been undisturbed for over a century. Assessment of the treasure began on June 27 after a lawyer concerned about the security of the treasure petitioned India’s Supreme Court, which then appointed a seven-member panel of experts to inventory the treasure. The panel does not have the power to determine to whom the treasure will belong. Estimates of the treasure’s worth are rising, provoking a heated debate as to how the treasure will be used in a country that has 450 million poverty-stricken people.

The chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, announced on Sunday the treasure would remain with the temple, and security matters would be decided in consultation with the Travancore Royal Family, the temple management, and the temple priest.

The gold was offered to the lord. It is the property of the temple.

“The gold was offered to the lord. It is the property of the temple. The government will protect the wealth at the temple,” Oommen Chandy said. Meanwhile, hundreds of armed police have been deployed around the temple to protect the treasure.

However, the view that the treasure should remain at the temple has been disputed. Among the dissenters is eminent jurist V R Krishna Iyer, who said the treasure should be put in a national trust for the peoples’ benefit. “God’s wealth belongs to the people, not to the king. It’s meaningless to say that it belongs to Hindus or any particular religious community,” said Iyer. “A mechanism should be devised to ensure that the benefits of it reach the poor and the needy and not the rich.”

Five of the six vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple have been inventoried.

God’s wealth belongs to the people, not to the king. It’s meaningless to say that it belongs to Hindus or any particular religious community.

On Saturday, reports leaked to the press revealed that the treasure, including a golden idol of Mahavishnu and a golden ‘anki’, were found in one of the vaults, estimated to weigh 30 kilograms, along with precious stones, silver, two coconut shells of pure gold and another golden idol as well as other jewels and valuable coins. The panel hopes to find more treasure when the sixth and final vault is opened, but the attempt was suspended on Monday because the iron door inside presented “technical problems” requiring further consultation before opening. This vault is thought to contain the bulk of the wealth.

Keralan officials in a preliminary estimate said that the treasure was worth over US$11.2 billion; those estimates have now risen to US$20 billion. Historians say that the temple’s location on a site through which passed lucrative trade routes support the higher evaluations.

“Traders, who used to come from other parts of the country and abroad for buying spices and other commodities, used to make handsome offerings to the deity for not only his blessings but also to please the then rulers,” said P.J. Cherian, the director of Kerala Council for Historic Research

Some suggest that the profit from the sale of the treasure would be enough to wipe out the entire public debt of Kerala and fund future Kerala projects such as seaports, airports and highways.

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Residents fear environmental hazard on site of partially collapsed building in Buffalo, New York

Residents fear environmental hazard on site of partially collapsed building in Buffalo, New York

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Buffalo, New York —Residents in Buffalo, New York fear that demolishing a nearly 200-year-old livery and stable which partially collapsed on Wednesday June 11, could cause an environmental hazard.

Wikinews has learned that according property records with the city, the stable was converted into a gasoline station and auto repair shop in 1950, and is designated as a body shop. During that time at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.”

Property reports give the tanks a ‘construction code’ of a “C – Average”, meaning the tanks were not designed to last for a significant period of time. That rating has residents concerned that the tanks could pose an environmental hazard if they are not properly taken care of.

Wikinews has not been able to determine if the tanks have been removed or if they were emptied when the gas station closed sometime in the 1980’s. Wikinews has also contacted the city of Buffalo for a comment regarding the tanks, but has yet to receive a response.

The building was scheduled for emergency demolition on Thursday June 12, but was stopped by police after residents raised concerns for the safety of those living around the building. According to New York law, since the city ordered the demolition, they are required to perform an ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ or SEQR when a project or demolition has the possibility of posing an environmental hazard.

According to New York law, a SEQR should be performed “to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the existing planning, review and decision-making processes of state, regional and local government agencies at the earliest possible time. To accomplish this goal, SEQR requires that all agencies determine whether the actions they directly undertake, fund or approve may have a significant impact on the environment, and, if it is determined that the action may have a significant adverse impact, prepare or request an environmental impact statement.”

The law states, “SEQR requires the sponsoring or approving governmental body to identify and mitigate the significant environmental impacts of the activity it is proposing or permitting.” It also states that it is the duty of the governmental body in charge of a project to enforce the laws of the SEQR. It also states that agencies must give “appropriate weight with social and economic considerations” when undergoing major projects.

The law also allows citizens to enforce the regulation stating, “citizens or groups who can demonstrate that they may be harmed by this failure [SEQR], may take legal action against the agency” or governmental body behind such a project. The court system in New York has been known to “consistently” rule in favor of plaintiffs who file lawsuits against agencies who do not perform a SEQR.

Residents won a restraining order to stop demolition after State Supreme Court Justice Judge John. F. O’Donnell signed a temporary injunction. Residents are concerned demolition crews moved too fast, and are not doing enough to protect them and their surrounding properties. They are also concerned that the city did not consider all the options or risks before ordering the building to be demolished.

On June 15, Judge Jerome C. Gorski ruled that the city can resume demolition, but “on a limited basis” only to remove fallen rubble that landed on properties, and to remove any loose bricks or material from the building, but not below its truss line. Because of the risk of further collapse, the workers are ordered “to use only hand tools.” to remove the loose material and debris. Residents are attempting to save portions of the building’s side walls and its facade. The demolition crew began to remove some materials, as ordered by the court on Tuesday, June 17.

Judge Gorski also ordered that the plaintiffs present their case in front the State’s Supreme Court in Rochester. The hearing took place on Monday morning on June 16 at 10:00 a.m. (eastern time), and the case is currently “being discussed,” said an anonymous source close to the lawsuit to Wikinews.

Bob Freudenheim is the building’s owner who has housing violations against him for neglecting the building. Residents state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions, and many are afraid that once the building is demolished, Freudenheim’s charges of neglect will be abolished. According to WGRZ Channel 2 News, in the past three months, Freudenheim has received at least five housing code violations from the city. WGRZ states that the orders, which they obtained, were to fix the building “to a safe condition.”

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on Thursday June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel from being built on the corners of Forest and Elmwood Avenues in 2006 and 2007, which Wikinews extensively covered. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built.

Freudenheim has not released a statement, and Wikinews has not been able to contact him regarding the issue.

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Parts of US airplane fall from sky in Brazil

Parts of US airplane fall from sky in Brazil

Friday, March 27, 2009

Portions of a DC-10 jet registered to the Miami, Florida-based Arrow Cargo company fell from the sky over a residential area in the city of Manaus, Brazil on Thursday.

Parts of one of the turbines of the aircraft caused some damage to a car and a few houses, but no injuries were reported. The airplane was traveling to its destination of Bogota, Colombia. According to the Brazilian Defense Ministry, the parts that detached are the rear exhaust diffuser and a section of the exhaust. The involved plane, registered N526MD, was built in 1978.

“I opened the window after I heard this huge boom and I see this thing up in flames, right in front of my doorway,” said Aparecida Silva, a local resident, to Globo TV. “I had no idea what it was, I thought it was some weird, ugly thing or a UFO or something.” ((Translated from Portuguese))Portuguese language: ?Estava no melhor do sono, ouvi uma pancada, abri a janela e vi algo pegando fogo. Aí eu não sabia o que era e disse: é um bicho feio, um extraterrestre ou algo assim.

Rai Marinho, a representative for the Arrow Cargo in Manaus, said that the jet, which was carrying an engineer and three crew members, had engine difficulties soon after taking off. It was able to keep flying, but was obliged to divert to Medellin due to inclement weather, where it landed without incident. The representative added that his company would pay residents for the damage.

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Category:Lauren Jackson

Category:Lauren Jackson

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Creator of website satirizing Glenn Beck on winning domain name case

Creator of website satirizing Glenn Beck on winning domain name case

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wikinews interviewed the creator of a parody website satirizing American political commentator Glenn Beck, about his thoughts after prevailing in a domain name dispute brought by Beck before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Florida resident Isaac Eiland-Hall created the website in September, and it asserts Beck uses questionable tactics “to spread lies and misinformation”. Eiland-Hall was represented in the case by free speech lawyer Marc Randazza.

Wikinews interviewed Randazza for the article “US free speech lawyer Marc Randazza discusses Glenn Beck parody”, and previously reported on the Beck v. Eiland-Hall case in articles, “US free speech lawyer defends satire of Glenn Beck”, “Satirical website criticizes Glenn Beck for ‘hypocritical’ attempts to silence free speech”, and “Glenn Beck loses domain name case over parody website”.

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Nike, the world s leading supplier of athletic footwear, accessories and sports equipment, has always been an innovator in the design of modern athletic footwear. Their years of continuous research and testing to create the most user-friendly footwear have made them into the global corporation that they are today. From its original concept of the waffle design, various technologies have been introduced to the market, focusing on the type of cushioning system that would offer the best comfort and protection for athletes during their training and competition. One of Nike s low profile but advanced technologies is the Nike TN or Tuned Air.

To understand the technology of Nike TN, we must first look into Nike s original creations: Nike Air, Air Max and Zoom Air. Nike Air was the first air technology in 1979 developed by Nike for maximum cushioning. The pressurized gas within a flexible urethane plastic capsule is placed beneath the heel, forefoot or both to reduce impact to the foot. Next, Nike developed its Air Max series, with the visible air unit in the heel. This shoe was created to withstand the brunt of hard, repetitive impacts. Eventually a thinner and lightweight cushioning system, Zoom Air, was created to provide great cushioning. Subsequently, the TN or Tuned Air technology was introduced to the market as a system of individual pods underneath the shoe designed to absorb impacts at all areas of the foot.

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Nike TN shoes are the best footwear for athletes undergoing rigorous training or those preparing for competition. Its cushioning system is designed to protect all areas of an athlete s foot and allows for maximum performance. However, newer technologies and trends have affected people s perception of these shoes, resulting to it having a much lower positioning in the market. These shoes were also considered heavier than other Nike models, thus limiting its ability to provide athletes optimum performance. This led to Nike s re-design of the TN series where they made it more customized for the needs of the modern athlete.

Nowadays, Nike s TN series is composed of various models, specifically TN 2012, TN, TN 3, TN Women 2012, Air Max Men, and Women s Air Max. The newer line, Nike TN 2012, offers the same air pod technology to protect the user from possible injury due to impact from training and other activities. The modern design of the shoe is offered in an array of colors to suit any athlete s style. Fortunately, you can get cheap Nike tn shoes online and have it delivered to your doorstep whenever you want. Just make sure to do a thorough research on the Web to ascertain that you are getting Nike s original TN athletic shoes because protection and comfort should never be compromised.

Nike s TN series is definitely an underrated but straightforward line of footwear for athletes. It provides utmost protection and comfort which is important in preventing injuries during training. If you think that this is the shoe for you, then grab yourself a pair at any Nike store and enjoy the benefits that the TN shoes bring.

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Tanker explodes on I-75 north of Detroit

Tanker explodes on I-75 north of Detroit

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A tanker explosion on Interstate 75 has destroyed a part of the Nine Mile Road overpass in Hazel Park, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. One man, truck driver Ronald Martinez, has been killed and only 4 injuries have been reported.

On July 15, 2009 at about 8:15 PM EST, a tanker carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline collided with a semi-truck from Meijer grocery stores, causing an explosion that resulted in heavy black smoke that could be seen for miles.

It is believed that the tanker was clipped from behind by driver Saied Haidarian-Shahri, 27, of nearby Clawson. The tanker’s two parts broke in half when a semi-truck rammed into the gasoline-filled tanker and it exploded. The driver of the semi-truck sustained only minor injuries.

Saied Haidarian-Shahri was a relatively new driver, getting his license within the past 6 months. Reports say he was doing 70 mph in a 50 mph zone, called the “9 Mile Curve”, along the Chrysler Freeway. There were no traffic violations on his license. He has been blamed for causing the accident.

The explosion resulted in the collapse of the Nine Mile Road overpass over the freeway. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has decided that the rest of the overpass cannot be saved.

MDOT has closed down the freeway between Interstate 696 and Eight Mile Road both northbound and southbound. Local streets surrounding the site have been closed too. This is expected to cause trouble for commuters who travel one of the most used freeways in the metro area.

About 2,000 residents of Hazel Park are now without power due to the accident.

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