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Apr 28

Steps On How To Cook Chicken Barbecue}

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Bbq

Submitted by: Mark Dodd

One of the all-time family favorites is chicken barbecue. In every home, parties involving a main meal count in this type of food. It is conventional but never out of taste. Most people think that it is easy to prepare. Moreover, it does not cost many ingredients. All you have to do is have the right grill, right temperature and right meat.

There are basic steps to follow in cooking chicken barbecue- with these steps; you will be able to serve the best-tasting barbecue for your family and friends.

1.Cut the chicken into smaller parts, like thighs, breast, and the like. Wash them well and trim off excess fat or skin. Always consider the cleanliness in preparing food. It must not be sacrificed at any rate. Excess skin will just give more fats, so better get rid of it.

2.Make sure that you cut the chicken into even portions by a sharp knife. This will make these parts evenly-cooked. It would be very tasteful too.

3.Marinate these cut parts overnight. You can use the marinade of your choice. Place the marinated chicken in a container that will not allow to leak or will not allow outside elements to enter. Zip-lock bags are commendable. Then, put it in the refrigerator.

4.Another option is to rub barbecue spice rub to the chicken parts then place them in the refrigerator also overnight so that the flavors could be best absorbed.

5.After marinating, take out the chicken parts and place them on a cookie board or other flat containers. After that, sprinkle some barbecue rub to the chicken parts you have placed in the container.

6.Set the smoker between 225 to 250 degrees and put the chicken into the grill or smoker. In cases where you have to use grill over charcoal, make sure that you place the charcoal on one side of the grill leaving the other side for the chicken.

7.You have to cook the chicken for 4 to 6 hours at the above-mentioned temperatures.

8.Start grilling with skin side down. As cooking time has finished, you can turn the chicken to get done with the skin side up.

9.In order to make them more tasty, brush on them a mixture of apple juice or pineapple juice and barbecue sauce while grilling.

Before serving the barbecues, you could brush on them your favorite barbecue sauce. If you want it sweeter or hotter, you can experiment on the sauce you are going to use. You could freely put the taste you want. Just see to it that you heat the sauce.

These steps may seem easy but they may vary the taste of your chicken barbecue according to how you do them. Chicken barbecue will stay as a favorite for many. Make the best one for you, your home and anywhere you want to.

About the Author: Mark Dodd is a freelance writer for the Cooking Times. He writes a regular column which is published every Thursday. His latest ‘favorite pick’ is

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Apr 28

Hundreds of thousands rally in Australia against IR legislation

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Hundreds of thousands rally in Australia against IR legislation
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

People rallied in 300 locations across Australia today to protest the Federal Government’s proposed changes to industrial relations laws, WorkChoices. According to police, around 150,000 people congregated in Melbourne, from where speeches were broadcast throughout the country. In Sydney, thirty thousand gathered in Belmore Park and Martin Place to watch the broadcast before marching to Chifley Square.

Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), said that under the changes many working conditions would be under threat, including “penalty rates, public holidays, overtime pay, control over rostered hours, shift penalties, even 4 weeks annual leave.” The government has claimed, despite various expert assesment to the contrary, and opposition from major Australian religious and charity organisations and some concern from its own backbench, that the IR changes will improve the economy and ultimately benefit workers, and dismissed the protests as having “little effect”.

Apr 28

Man in Florida, USA, arrested for using 911 to complain about fast food

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Man in Florida, USA, arrested for using 911 to complain about fast food
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A man in Boynton Beach, Florida located in the United States, was arrested for misusing the city’s 911 emergency phone service. Jean Fortune, 66, called 911 to complain about a fast food order from Burger King he had not yet placed.

On Monday Fortune called 911 to complain that the Burger King he was going to eat at did not sell lemonade. He also complained to 911 operators that the food he had yet to order, was going to take 15 minutes to complete.

“You cannot dial 911 because you are unhappy with your burger, ok. I know you don’t seriously think that the police need to make Burger King give you food faster,” says the operator as Fortune continued to complain. “If it takes 15 minutes to cook, it takes 15 minutes to cook, ok. You don’t need to call 911.”

It turns out, after nearly three minutes of arguing with the operator, Fortune never even placed an order.

“Have you given them any money?,” asks the operator. Fortune replies “no.” The operator then asks Fortune, “have they given you any food?” Again Fortune replies “no.” The operator then tells Fortune that he is able to “just drive away” from the situation, but he disagrees and tells her he will “just move [his] car”. The operator warns Fortune that the police are on their way and then tells him to not block the drive-thru.

When police arrived, they arrested him for misusing the emergency line, which is a criminal offense in Florida. He was formally charged with the crime, issued a notice to appear in court and then released.

Apr 6

Taking Man S Competitive Nature Up A Notch

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Risk Management

Taking Man s Competitive Nature Up a Notch

by

felixstendahl

Contests are fun, challenging, and sometimes can get you worked up about bringing home the bacon. A series of trials on time, ability, and competitive spirit can determine who can complete them and emerge as victor. With the Internet as a major resource, contests have grown even fiercer than ever before.

In reality, people have been competing as far back in ancient history only in different contests from what people know today. Survival, in itself, is widely considered as a form of competition where the winner gets to live another day. Over the years, the concept of competition has slowly changed to include friendly rivalries in more non-lethal games. Soon, they found themselves vying for two things: gold and glory.

With respect to its capabilities, the Internet made the competition more exciting. Many displays of talents find their way in the World Wide Web, allowing the world to see various talents from across the globe. As a result, almost anyone with a competitive spirit can join any contest of his choice. In short, online contests may double the number of your rivals.

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Since the Internet brings people closer, it also brings them closer to the heat of the competition. If you are a contestant, you end up fighting for first place against more determined contestants. However, that is what makes contests very exciting and worth the glory that comes along with victory.

The Internet also made modern contests more organized, especially by using

contest software

. This program allows contests to be managed more efficiently by arranging content in a well-filed manner. Many contest organizers today enlist the aid of software providers to provide clients a working online contest system. If it were not for online contest software, people may not get the chance to vote for their favorite entries online.

The online

contest app

is an integration of processes that manage contests from the setup to the monitoring phase. It keeps track of how many people and entries are participating in the contest. It can also create updates on how the contest is progressing and which entry is close to stepping on the first place platform.

At the end of the day, contests are all in good fun whether people win or lose. In a world where the Internet is the place for almost everything, a

contest application

is an organizer s companion for holding events which determine the best of the best. For more information about contest software and how they work, inquire at your preferred service provider.

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Apr 6

Wikinews interviews Sue Gardner on Wikipedia blackout

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Wikinews interviews Sue Gardner on Wikipedia blackout
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Today, the English version of Wikipedia is taking part in a 24-hour ‘blackout’ to protest two proposed U.S. anti-piracy laws, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act. The protest mirrors similar actions from other websites including Reddit and Boing Boing. The White House stated on Saturday that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet”.

In the midst of the Wikipedia blackout, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation Sue Gardner answered some questions posed by Wikinews’ Tom Morris about the effectiveness of, and background to, the blackout.

((Tom Morris)) Do you think the blackout is going to actually be effective?

((Sue Gardner)) Yes. In my opinion, the blackout has two main goals—to raise awareness about the dangers of SOPA and PIPA, and to encourage readers to contact their elected representatives and give their views. The first has already been accomplished: there are already more than 4,000 stories in Google News about the blackout, and it was a trending topic on Twitter almost immediately. So we know we’ve been effective in raising awareness. What remains to be seen how many people will contact their elected officials.

((TM)) What do you say to people who have decided to leave the editing community as a result of the blackout?

((Gardner)) I hope nobody stops editing Wikipedia because of the blackout. I watched the community decision-making process unfold on the English Wikipedia, and I thought it was a good one. People first started talking about SOPA more than a month ago. Jimmy started the straw poll in mid-December. Over 1,800 English Wikipedians from many different countries participated in the discussion over the last three days. As the admins who closed it noted, this is by far the largest-ever number of participants in a community discussion on English Wikipedia, and the overwhelming majority of them supported action. So I would hope that anybody who opposes the blackout would also agree that the decision-making process was a good one, and would therefore be okay to accept it, however reluctantly.

((TM)) How much technical planning went into the blackout before the community consensus was decided on Monday night?

((Gardner)) Last Thursday Geoff Brigham [Ed: Wikimedia’s legal counsel] asked engineering to do an internal assessment of the technical implementation requirements, because the community discussions at that point were suggesting there would likely be some kind of action. Engineering did an initial assessment based on e.g. the Italian blackout, implications for search engines, etc., and then a lot of work happened over the weekend. The bulk of initial development and testing happened on a sprint on Martin Luther King Day, a public holiday in the United States, and the final launch development and testing sprint happened on Tuesday.

((TM)) Does the fact that this is affecting only English Wikipedia and not the sister projects and other language projects concern the Foundation?

((Gardner)) No. My understanding is that the English Wikipedia is the only project and language-version enacting a blackout, but that several other projects and language versions are putting up supportive banners, with the Italian Wkipedians doing a clickthrough informational interstitial. The German Wikipedia decided to put up banners even before consensus was reached on the English Wikipedia, and the Arabic Wikipedia, Italian Wikipedia and Commons later made the same decision. (There may be others, that I don’t know about.) I think that’s fine: each project and each language has different circumstances that argue for different types of action, or for no action. There is no one right answer that fits everybody.

((TM)) Some have said that the lack of participation by opponents of SOPA in the commercial sector (sites of the size of Twitter, Facebook, Google etc.) is going to hamper the effectiveness of the blackout – is this a concern?

((Gardner)) No. I don’t think anybody ever expected the big commercial sites to black out: most aren’t in a position to participate in something like this even if they wanted to. For example, they might have shareholders to answer to, participation might cost them significant revenue, or it could break contractual agreements (such as a commitment to maintain a certain level of uptime, or some other service delivery). Most sites are constrained by various commercial considerations: that makes Wikipedia’s participation particularly powerful and important.

((TM)) Given both the Italian shutdown and the SOPA blackout, is the Foundation going to come up with a policy or set of conditions which limit when these kind of things happen? There are plenty in the community who support the SOPA actions but are concerned that this will set a bad precedent.

((Gardner)) Yeah, I empathize with those people and to a certain extent I share that concern. The Wikimedia movement does not have a lot of experience with advocacy, and probably mistakes will get made. At this time the Wikimedia Foundation doesn’t have any plans to develop policy governing protests or advocacy work. But, I think it probably does make sense for the Foundation to create venues for these discussions so people can share thinking and expertise. So for example, we may create a mailing list dedicated to advocacy/lobbying. And there is some good thinking starting to happen [on the project-wide protests page on Meta].

Apr 6

Interview with Dalbir S. Kathuria, Regional Council candidate for Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton, Canada

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Interview with Dalbir S. Kathuria, Regional Council candidate for Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton, Canada
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Brampton municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council or the council of the Peel Region.

Wikinews contributor Nick Moreau contacted many of the candidates, including Dalbir S. Kathuria, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. This ward’s incumbent is John Sprovieri; also challenging Sprovieri is Derek Begley, Sherdaljit Dhillon, Mahen Gupta, Satpaul Johal, and Vahid Saadati-Khanshir.

Apr 5
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Israel elects 18th Knesset

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Israel elects 18th Knesset
Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The centrist Kadima Party won a plurality of the seats in Knesset, the Israel parliament, in Tuesday’s election beating out the right-wing Likud Party by a single seat.

The ninth and current Israel President Shimon Peres will call on Tzipora Malka “Tzipi” Livni, Kadima party leader to attempt to form a government through a coalition. This will be difficult for Livini as Hard line parties including Likud won a majority of the seats in the Knesset. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu might be tapped to form a coalition government if Livni fails. 65.2% percent of the voting population voted on Tuesday.

The key issue which has faced some 5.3 million registered voters, in 9,000 polling stations nationwide is which leader can best assure the security of the state while chances of a peace deal seem remote amid a campaign that generated little enthusiasm.

Political analysts are predicting that Mr. Netanyahu, not Ms. Livni, will be asked by Israel’s president to form the next government.

Both Ms. Livni and Mr. Netanyahu are courting the third-place Yisrael Beitenu Party, headed by Avigdor Lieberman. Yisrael Beitenu party which won 15 seats is seen as critical in securing the 61 seats required in the country’s 120-seat parliament.

Another possible political scenario would be a power-sharing government between Ms. Livni and Mr. Netanyahu, in which each leader would serve as prime minister for two years, rotating midway through the four year term.

“Netanyahu and Livni complement one another. You have the common sense of Livni and the broader strategic vision of Netanyahu. Bibi needs her and she needs him,” said Daniel Schueftan, a senior Israeli academic and deputy director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, where he also serves as a senior lecturer in the School of Political Sciences.

The Knesset (????) is the legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem. It was first convened on February 14, 1949, following the elections held on January 20th 1949. As the legislative branch of the Israeli government, it enacts laws, elects the president and prime minister (although s/he is ceremonially appointed by the President), supervises the work of the government, reserves the power to remove the President of the State and the State Comptroller from office and to dissolve itself and call new elections.

I believe in the right of the Jewish people to the entire land of Israel. But I was also raised to preserve democratic values.

The composition of the current Knesset was determined by the 2006 election, the Seventeenth Knesset. Though it has not yet happened in the current session, in every Knesset to date (save the remarkably stable 1955 Third), parties have split up during the Knesset’s term, leading to the creation of new parties or resulting in MKs sitting as independents.

Last December, a record 43 parties had registered with the parties registrar, compared to 31 for the 2006 elections, although in the end, only 34 parties submitted a list of candidates. On 12 January 2009, Balad and the United Arab ListTa’al alliance were disqualified by the Central Elections Committee on the grounds that they failed to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and called for armed conflict against it. Balad and Ta’al were also disqualified from the 2003 election, but won a Supreme Court case which allowed them to run. On January 21, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 8 to 1, again revoked the ban.

Every 4 years (or sooner if an early election is called, as is often the case), 120 members of the Knesset (MKs) are elected by Israeli citizens who must be at least 18 years old to vote. The Government of Israel must be approved by a majority vote of the Knesset. 120 seats are allocated by party-list proportional representation, using the d’Hondt method. The election threshold for the 2006 election was set at 2% (up from 1.5% in previous elections), which is a little over two seats.

After official results are published (on February 18, in this election), the President of Israel delegates the task of forming a government to the Member of Knesset with the best chance of assembling a majority coalition (usually the leader of the largest party.) That designee has up to 42 days to negotiate with the different parties, and then present his government to the Knesset for a vote of confidence. Once the government is approved (by a vote of at least 61 members), he/she becomes Prime Minister.

Kadima leaders believe that Livni can form a coalition with at least Labor, Meretz and Israel Beiteinu. Livni and Netanyahu have started meeting with potential government coalition partners, Livni with Avigdor Lieberman of ultranational party, Yisrael Beiteinu and Netanyahu with Eli Yishai of the Shas, an ultra-Orthodox party.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu (??????????? “????” ???????????) was the 9th Prime Minister of Israel (June 1996 to July 1999) and is Chairman of the conservative Likud Party. He is the first (and to date only) Prime Minister of Israel to be born after the State of Israel’s foundation.

Netanyahu was Finance Minister of Israel until 9 August 2005, having resigned in protest at the Gaza Disengagement Plan advocated by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He retook the Likud leadership on 20 December 2005.

As of December 2006, he became the official leader of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud Party. In August 2007 he retained the Likud leadership by beating Moshe Feiglin in party elections.

On May 4, 2006, Ehud Olmert (???? ??????) became the 12th and current Prime Minister of Israel. He was the mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003, was elected to the Knesset and became a minister and an Acting Prime Minister in the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

On January 4, 2006, after Sharon suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke, Olmert began exercising the powers of the office of Prime Minister. He led Kadima to a victory in the March 2006 elections (just two months after Sharon had suffered his stroke) and continued on as Acting Prime Minister.

On April 14, 2006, Sharon was declared permanently incapacitated, allowing Olmert to legally become Interim Prime Minister. On 4 May, 2006, Olmert and his new, post-election government were approved by the Knesset, thus Olmert officially became Prime Minister of Israel.

Olmert faced corruption charges amid a challenge for leadership from Kadima by Foreign Minister Tzipora Malka “Tzipi” Livni (?????? ???? “????” ????), age 50, the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel. Livini is a lawyer, mother-of-two and former agent for Mossad Israel’s foreign intelligence agency who has moved from a strongly Zionist nationalist background to become a leading Israeli advocate of a two-state solution with Palestinians.

On July 30, 2008, Olmert announced that he would not seek re-election as party leader and that he would resign from his position as Prime Minister immediately after a new Kadima leader was named. On September 17, 2008, Livni won the election and became the new leader of the Kadima party. She sought to form a new government that would gain support from a majority of the Knesset.

After failing to reach agreement with various parties, Livni’s attempts at forming a new government were unsuccessful and instead an election was scheduled for February 10, 2009. Aside from Livini and Netanyahu, the other candidates were Ehud Barak, the 10th Prime Minister of Israel, and current Minister of Defense, deputy prime minister and leader of Israel’s centre-left Labor Party, and Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the far-right party Yisrael Beiteinu.

The hiatus allowed Olmert to cling to his Prime Minister post for at least a further five months as head of a caretaker government. On December, 2008, Operation Cast Lead was launched on Gaza. The February 10 election came three weeks after a 22-day Israel–Gaza conflict, where Israeli military offensive in the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

Meanwhile, Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu faction received 15 Knesset seats, thereby holding the key to the makeup of the 18th Knesset, has on Thursday unexpectedly departed for vacation abroad, leaving his suitors from Kadima and Likud — as well as the Israeli public — in the dark about his intentions.

“Our position is already clear and I know exactly what I am going to tell President Shimon Peres. [But] in order to know whom we are going to recommend, we will wait six more days,” Lieberman said. “I think it is too early and there is no point saying whom we support. I have met with both Livni and Netanyahu and with additional people in the political system but my position is already clear and solid. When we go to the President we will say very clear things,” he added.

Apr 4
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Hiring A Car With Go Rent A Car

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Car Parts

Hiring a Car with Go Rent a Car

by

Vianne Cook

If you are visiting or staying in Sunshine Coast for a short period of time, maybe for a vacation or business trip, transport will be one of your prime concerns. While you can always rely on public transport, there is nothing more convenient than having your own car during your stay.

Renting a car is the best option if you plan to drive freely and not be paying every time, or be dependent on sometimes unreliable public transport to arrive. For the best rent-a-car service in Sunshine Coast, Go Rent a Car is the best choice. The service is available for all Sunshine Coast areas that include Maroochydore, Noosa, Nambour, Coolum, Caloundra, and Mooloolaba.

Convenience

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Go Rent a Car s business is built around its focus on providing the best convenience to customers. Customers have a broad range of choices of cars and rental deals. They conveniently get the rented car from the Sunshine Coast Airport once they have landed. The company can deliver the vehicle to them at the stated place of preference, whether it is a hotel, resort, a residence or a business office.

The company s cars are equipped with free maps with comprehensive street directories. For better convenience, there is a choice to hire vehicles with GPS satellite navigation.

Choices

The Car Hire Sunshine Coast Company offers a broad range of cars for customers to choose from. These include small cars, medium-sized cars and large vehicles to accommodate a larger number of people. Cars for rent include Hyundai Getz, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Echo, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Nissan Tiida, Kia Magentis, Kia Carnival and Kia Grand Carnival.

Customers can choose from manual or automatic drive cars. They also have the option to choose cars with baby and booster seats. For groups with lots of baggage, they can choose a vehicle with soft roof racks.

Pricing

The company charges competitive prices for its cars for rent. There are also special deals for longer term rentals. There are no charges that are not included in what has been agreed upon, so there are no surprise charges when you pay. This has helped the company to build trust from its customers, who have proved to be satisfied with the contract as more than 80% of the company s clients are repeat customers.

Miscellaneous Services

The car rental company is aware of any incidents that may worry customers during the rental period, so they have prepared for every scenario. For instance, if the customer has accidentally locked the keys inside the car, someone from the company will go and help. Assistance can also be given to customers if they run out of fuel or need to replace a tyre. These services usually come with a small extra charge.

Go Rent a Car

provides the best services to customers. We have all types of cars for rent and renting car is the best option for family members.

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Apr 4
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Police officer killed as car bomb explodes in Omagh, Northern Ireland

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Police officer killed as car bomb explodes in Omagh, Northern Ireland
Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A bomb positioned below the car of a police officer in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom has exploded, killing him. The unidentified 25-year-old officer, recently employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland after graduating from a college of police training three weeks prior, was directly involved in the incident as he sat inside the vehicle outside his residence in Omagh, County Tyrone, which occurred at a time immediately before 1600 BST (1500 UTC) today. The man, who died at this location, has now been identified as Constable Ronan Kerr.

I have absolutely no doubt the overwhelming number of people in NI want to move on. It’s only a few Neanderthal who want to go back. They will not drag us back to the past.

It is currently uncertain as to whether or not any other individuals were killed or injured as a result of the incident. It is also unclear who was responsible for committing the act. It is thought that dissident republicans were responsible for the bomb blowing up today, due to numerous similar prior incidents involving them.

Gerry Adams, the current president of Sinn Féin, has stated: “I want to send my condolences to his family at this hugely traumatic time. Sinn Féin is determined that those responsible will not set back the progress of the peace and political process.”

Shaun Woodward, the present Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has claimed that “[t]his evil and cowardly attack will sicken everyone across Northern Ireland. These crimes are targeted on those who protect the community. We all deeply mourn the brave young man whose life was taken by this savage crime. We all have a duty to stop those behind it from succeeding.”

Over the course of the past one-and-a-half years, numerous incidents of a similar nature have taken place with Police Service of Northern Ireland employees being targeted. Despite various devices being unsuccessful in detonating, a police officer suffered an explosion in January 2010. As a consequence, both of his legs were lost. In a separate incident in May 2008, another police officer lost their legs as the result of a bomb attack. In March 2009, a group of dissident republicans were responsible for fatally shooting a policeman in Craigavon, County Armagh.

David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, said of today’s incident: “Those who carried out this wicked and cowardly crime will never succeed in dragging Northern Ireland back to a dark and bloody past. Their actions are rejected by the overwhelming majority of people right from all parts of the community.” Meanwhile, Peter Robinson, the current First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive, commented that “[i]t was a young man who was bravely entering the police service, recognising that he was putting his life on the line. I have absolutely no doubt the overwhelming number of people in NI want to move on. It’s only a few Neanderthal who want to go back. They will not drag us back to the past.”

Apr 4
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Toyota accused of misleading public over recalls

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Toyota accused of misleading public over recalls
Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toyota has been accused by a U.S. House of Representatives committee with misleading the public and investigators over its recent recalls.

The accusations, in a statement from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, claim that Toyota both relied on a flawed study in its assessment of the issue of sticking accelerator pedals at the heart of the recalls, and then made misleading statements about its response. According to the authors of the letter, Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak, Toyota dismissed, rather than investigated, the idea that the cars’ computers were at fault. In a statement, James Lentz, the president of Toyota’s American division, claimed that hardware issues were to blame, and that dealers were repairing the faulty part. Toyota also released a study commissioned from the research firm Exponent that said electronic systems were not to blame.

According to the House committee, however, the study involved only six vehicles, none of which had problems with their electrical systems, and was insufficient to produce an accurate result. “Our preliminary assessment is that Toyota resisted the possibility that electronic defects could cause safety concerns, relied on a flawed engineering report and made misleading public statements concerning the adequacy of recent recalls to address the risk of sudden unintended acceleration.”

The company is under a criminal investigation, and has received two subpoenas for documents from two House committees relating to the recalls, although whether they are directly related to the letter is unclear. The documents are related to accelerator issues in several models, as well as brake problems with the Prius hybrid car, and were served earlier in in February by a federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Toyota has released upwards of 75,000 pages of documents under the requests.

In a separate, though related, development, it has emerged that Toyota last year negotiated a limited recall for two models, the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES, that were affected by the accelerator recalls, saving the company an estimated $100 million. A confidential internal presentation in July 2009 made the claim, and a month later, a Lexus ES, one of the models under the limited recall crashed in California, killing four people. The claims apparently referenced a September, 2007 recall of floor mats that could trap gas pedals, the same problem that triggered a full recall of numerous Toyota cars to fix the same problem. In the same presentation, the company claimed to have avoided recalls of another model related to rust, as well as delaying new federal safety regulations.