Tips To Ensure Your Van Hire Service Runs Smoothly.

Submitted by: Rod Albert

Many businesses and homeowners are beginning to hire out vehicles as and when they need them. This can often be much more cost effective in the long run, especially if you do not require a van full time. Van hire services are an effective and efficient solution for anyone, no matter what the purpose or occasion. But when it comes to hiring your van or vehicle there are some things that you need to do before finalizing to ensure that you are receiving only the very best service for your needs and requirements.

There are a whole host of things that you can do beforehand to ensure that you only receive the very best service and gain the most from your van hire. These following tips can help you to ensure this.

Planning is an important aspect, planning what vehicle you require, how long for and your budget is essential as this ensures that you are not paying way more than you should and you do not have a van that suits your needs and requirements exact. All too often people are eager to jump at the cheapest price but this does not always equal out the rest of the service, they are not receiving the best vehicle for their needs which means that the service was not efficient at all.

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Always compare companies. With one company you may find that you are being provided with everything you require but you are paying a small fortune. Comparing companies could mean that you receive everything you desire for a lower price, ensuring that you find the best price and the best company is essential and comparing is the best way for you to ensure this.

Ensure you look at the hire vehicle before finalizing the service. This is an important aspect as you do not want to leave the company with a vehicle that is the wrong size or cannot offer you what you need. There are vast selections of hire vehicles now available on the market to ensure that we can all find the very best vehicle however it doesn t mean that we all are. Ensure you check the van out before hiring it; you can always change your mind.

Making sure you are comfortable with the vehicle is also valuable to get right. This is because a van is often much higher, wider or longer than a normal car, maybe than the one you are driving. Taking the wheel of another vehicle can be difficult and daunting as it is but when it comes to hiring the vehicle you can be made to pay more due to any damage or harm that has come to the vehicle. Being comfortable with the vehicle ensures that you can drive it properly and that you know where you can and cannot go or park.

When it comes to hiring a vehicle for your needs and requirements it is essential and much more valuable for you to ensure that you are fully prepared before entering a company s premises. Knowing what you require beforehand ensures that you are not going to walk away with a vehicle that is not right for you at a price that is really out of your price range. Taking these tips into consideration could ensure that you find the very best and most efficient service.

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Study: Herd animals detect Earth’s magnetic field

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Study: Herd animals detect Earth’s magnetic field

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Large herd animals may have the ability to detect earth’s magnetic field, concluded scientists in Germany in a report published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences after performing studies of cattle and deer grazing and sleeping patterns. The animals tended to face north-south oriented toward the earth’s magnetic poles. Hynek Burda of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany led the team that announced the unconfirmed study. Burda and his team gathered cattle data via analysis of Google Earth images.

The team originally intended to test for possible human magnetic field detection by studying the orientation of sleeping bags in outdoor campers, but it proved difficult to obtain data because humans usually slept under tents. Cattle were easier to observe, and 8,510 head of cattle at 308 locations demonstrated a strong tendency to align body orientation in accordance with the earth’s magnetic field. Other possible factors such as wind or sunlight direction did not supply a better explanation for the behavior.

I think the really amazing thing is that hunters and herdsmen and farmers didn’t notice it.

To compare against a second large species, Burda and his team analyzed data on 2,974 deer studied through photography, direct observation, and snow imprints. The deer demonstrated a similar pattern. “I think the really amazing thing is that hunters and herdsmen and farmers didn’t notice it,” said Burda according to a National Public Radio report.

Other scientists found the results of the study intriguing. Peter August of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, commented: “I was really amazed at the consistency with which they found north-facing cows and deer. It was really intriguing.” No independent study has yet confirmed the Duisburg-Essen team’s findings.

This is the first study that indicates magnetic field detection in large mammals. Burda’s previous research involves naked mole rats, a small blind mammal species whose behavior indicates an internal magnetic compass. According to a report by Jeremy Hsu at MSNBC, “Previous research has shown that animals such as birds, turtles and salmon migrate using a sense of magnetic direction, and small mammals such as rodents and one bat species also have a magnetic compass.”

Wikinews finds citizens’ feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

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Wikinews finds citizens’ feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wikinews spoke to several residents of the US state of Texas finding varying opinions, and responses, to the threat from the West Nile virus; this, in contrast to the troubling media reports released recently. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness so-far this year.

A Longview woman, said, “[…] It’s terrifying. I’m so scared.” The woman was quick to point out a virus-related death occured in her city the same day. When asked about her daily routines, in light of the virus, she said, “I don’t go outside. I stay indoors. West Nile [virus] is bad.” The Director of Nursing for a large encampment located near Tyler said their operation had seen no cases of the illness, despite serving over 19,000 campers this summer. Her staff took no special precautions during August.

Although having some worries, Jimmy Philmont, 39, of Fairfield told Wikinews, “[…] I don’t let it keep me up at night. Overall, I’m not too scared.” Asked if he was aware of recent virus-related deaths in Texas, Philmont said, “Yeah, I am. That’s kind of scary. But, you have to live your life, you know? The world is hot now. You can’t go hide in a hole somewhere.” Earlier in the month, Tim Whitley, a city official in Malakoff, told Wikinews his city had began using a pesticide specialist to spray twice-weekly. Whitley explained two treatments per week is more often than usual for the city, “With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously”, he said.

A nurse at a senior activity center in Austin told media she’d taken time to educate their facility’s clients about the virus and proper precautions; Adding, “They feel less alarmed and we try to protect our folks here […]”. Mark Kitsmore, 54, of Tyler said, “Honestly, I’m not too worried about it.” He jokingly commented, “I’ve probably used a little more bug spray over the past few weeks, though.”

Twenty-six people have died so-far this year as result of having contracted the virus, approximately half occurring in Texas. The mayor and county judge in Dallas have declared a state of emergency in response to the virus.

Canadian actress Barbara Kent dies at age 103

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Canadian actress Barbara Kent dies at age 103

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Barbara Kent, a popular Canadian actress in silent movies who starred in the 1926 film Flesh and the Devil, died on October 13 at the age of 103.

Kent was born Barbara Klowtmann on December 16, 1907 in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada.

She was among the last of the surviving players from the silent film period.

She attracted attention in the 1927 film No Man’s Law by swimming nude; she wore a flesh colored bathing suit in scenes that were considered very daring at the time. She made a smooth transition into talking pictures, opposite Harold Lloyd in the 1929 comedy Welcome Danger.

Over the next few years she landed several roles including one in the 1933 film Oliver Twist – the first non-silent adaptation.

Following the death of her husband in 1949, Kent retreated from public life. She came to refuse to acknowledge her film career and extend very few interviews.

4 Factors That Contribute Toward An Independent Retailer’s Brand

Submitted by: Frank Lucer

Many chain stores and mass merchandisers allocate a significant portion of their budget to building their brand. For example, consider Starbucks Coffee (arguably, a retailer). The stores are designed to carry a similar appearance. The employees are trained according to a specific regimen. The products are displayed in a manner that is consistent throughout the chain.

Now, think back to the last time you visited a store in which everything seemed inconsistent. Maybe the merchandising strategy was incoherent; perhaps some employees were far more knowledgeable and helpful than others; maybe the assortments were within disparate categories. Such a store cannot build a cohesive brand. And that prevents the store from developing a recognizable identity that customers can easily recall.

In this article, I’ll describe four factors that contribute toward an independent retailer’s brand. It is not enough to integrate them individually; they form a cohesive group of key elements that work seamlessly together.

#1 – Inventory Selection

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The items you stock on your floor represent far more than mere sales and profit. They create an expectation in your customers. By focusing closely on a niche, and filling your inventory with assortments from related categories, you’ll communicate a consistent message. When people think of visiting your retail shop, they will know what they can expect to find.

A lot of independent retailers stock their floors with assortments from unrelated categories. That creates confusion. It discourages the impression that the retailer is an authority in his niche. Effective branding requires that you tighten your inventory around a few core categories.

#2 – Superior Customer Service

This is a key area that sets independent retailers apart from their big-box competition. Your employees should be knowledgeable about the products you carry on the floor. They should also be willing to offer creative solutions to the problems presented by your customers.

People will always value the level of service they receive in a retail environment. Oddly, the chain stores and discounters seem to give little attention to it. That creates a branding opportunity for your retail store. By encouraging your staff to do whatever it takes to please customers, your store will gain a reputation for top-notch service. In many cases, your customers will drive past the mass merchandisers on their way to your shop because of the service they expect to receive.

#3 – Floor Layout And Product Organization

Many people will visit (or avoid) your shop solely due to the “feeling” they get when they observe your floor layout. That includes the space available between the aisles, the display of products and promotions, and the cleanliness of your floor. Your visual merchandising strategy plays an important role in developing your brand identity. The challenge is designing an experience that your customers find pleasant. Because every customer is different and their experience will be unique to them, it’s worth asking them to share their thoughts.

#4 – Price Strategy

Few small retailers think of their pricing as a part of their brand, but it communicates your identity. If you’re selling premium items, taking drastic markdowns can impact their perceived value (not to mention your margins). On the other hand, if your retail shop specializes in budget-conscious products, your prices must be low enough to position your store properly. This has an enormous influence on the image people retain about your shop.

Branding is a complex science in which your inventory, level of service, visual merchandising, and pricing structure converge to generate a memorable identity. Each element requires close attention. The advantage is that you can dramatically improve the loyalty your customers feel toward your small retail shop.

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Controversial wind farm approved by US government

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Controversial wind farm approved by US government
September 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Friday, April 30, 2010

The US government today approved plans for a controversial wind power project off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, which, if built, would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

The company responsible for the project, Cape Wind, received a permit from the federal government to commence construction of the wind farm, which was announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Boston. Salazar said in statements at the event that he was “approving the Cape Wind project,” which would “be the first of many projects up and down the Atlantic coast.” Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said that “America needs offshore wind power, and with this project, Massachusetts will lead the nation.” He also commented that “Cape Wind is good for our environment and good for our energy needs,” despite opposition from some groups.

Construction of the wind farm in the near future is not certain, as there are additional regulatory procedures the company must complete, and opponents have threatened to take the project to court. According to the leader of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a group opposed to the wind farm’s construction, numerous permits related to the project were being appealed, and close to a dozen parties intend to sue the project, claiming it violates environmental regulations.

Supporters of the project say that it will provide up to 75% of the power for the region, and will benefit the environment by providing a clean and renewable source of power, as well as providing hundreds of new jobs in the area during construction of the wind farm. Opponents, which included deceased US Senator Ted Kennedy, claim it will destroy the natural beauty of the region, and will raise the costs of electricity in the area.

Bomb threat delayed an Air France flight to Paris days before Flight 447 crashed

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Bomb threat delayed an Air France flight to Paris days before Flight 447 crashed
September 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wikinews has learned that Argentine media reported on May 27 that an Air France flight traveling from Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paris, France, was delayed after the airline reportedly received a bomb threat, just days before Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

According to momento24, on May 27, authorities boarded Air France Flight 415, a Boeing 777 en route to Paris and searched the plane for a bomb, but found nothing. They were acting on a threat that had been phoned in. The search lasted for nearly two hours and none of the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. Air France issued a statement saying the threat was later proven to be “false” and that the plane had only taken 32 minutes to search, and was then allowed to proceed to its destination.

“We have no signs so far,” that the cause of the crash is related to terrorism, said Herve Morin, France’s minister of defense in an address on Europe 1 Radio. He also added that “we can’t rule out a terrorist act since terrorism is the main threat to Western democracies.” Argentinian police say that there is no known link between the two events.

Air France Flight 447 was an Airbus A330 en route from Rio de Janerio to Paris on June 1, with 228 people on board, when it vanished from radar screens after entering an area with severe turbulence. The exact cause is still under investigation.

On June 2, wreckage from the plane was spotted in the Atlantic Ocean 650 kilometres from the coast of Brazil. An airplane seat and life vest were found floating in Atlantic waters on Tuesday. A French ship arrived at the area on the same day, and confirmed the debris.

All on board the aircraft are feared to have been killed in the crash. The main goal for search crews will be to find the cockpit voice and data recorder to help find out what caused the crash. French authorities have sent a vessel carrying two mini-submarines to attempt recovery of the flight data recorders, which can broadcast locator signals for up to 30 days. However, the Brazilian defence minister said on Tuesday that it may be hard to find them due to the depth of the ocean in the area, saying that “it could be at a depth of 2,000 or 3,000 metres [6,500 to 9,800 feet] in that area of the ocean.”

Chicago’s Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower

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Chicago’s Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower
September 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Friday, July 17, 2009

On July 16, 2009, the largest skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois was officially renamed Willis Tower. Willis Group Holdings became a major tenant of the building in March, 2009. As part of the deal whereby they agreed to lease 140,000 square feet of the building, they were given the naming rights to the tower, which had been known as the Sears Tower since its opening in 1973. It is the largest skyscraper in the United States and was for a time the largest skyscraper in the world; though it has since been surpassed.

Sears, Roebuck and Company owned the building from its conception until it sold it in 1994. It is currently owned by American Landmark Properties of Skokie, Illinois. Sears had mostly moved out of the building by 1992, and closed its last offices there by 1995. However, they retained the naming rights until 2003. Since no deal had been worked out to rename the building by that date, it retained the Sears Tower name until Willis Group Holdings negotiated the naming rights as part of their lease on the building. The naming rights did not cost Willis any additional money, and they will retain those rights until at least 2024.

Willis Group Holdings is a London-based insurance company, incorporated in Bermuda. They are leasing 140,000 square feet of the building at a rate of $14.50 per square foot, and are consolidating their five Chicago-area offices to the new space.

Though lettering on the building had been changed on July 15, the official change did not occur until July 16, during a private ceremony involving 500 Willis employees and invited guests. The date and time name change was kept quiet until the actual lettering was changed, though the change was anticipated for several months. The tourist areas to the building, which includes a 103rd floor observation deck, will retain its current name, Skydeck Chicago.

The renaming has received some criticism from columnists in local papers, such as the Chicago Tribune, as Willis has almost no name recognition in the Chicago area. Several local residents have expressed their displeasure in the renaming, including one who started the website www.itsthesearstower.com. Chicago Historical Society senior curator John Russick has stated of the name change, “The Sears Tower has been an icon here for the last quarter of a century. For the generation that grew up calling it the Sears Tower, it’ll be hard for people to shift and start calling it something else.”

Reduce Costs Every Time You Shop For Cheap Cardboard Boxes Using A Good Quality Company

September 24th, 2016 in Shipping | No Comments

Submitted by: Marita Denni

There’s no question that operating an organization is usually expensive plus its the everyday costs that soon accumulate. If you wish your company to succeed monetarily then it makes sense to save cash where you may. So why spend lots of money for packaging supplies if it is possible to locate a good quality company online that can supply you with cheap cardboard boxes. Cardboard is a great packaging material as it may be remade as well as recycled frequently, rendering it an energy effective and environmentally friendly solution. You need to choose your provider carefully if you want to purchase cheap cardboard boxes which might be up to the work in hand.

The reason a large number of entrepreneurs are choosey regarding how they package their products when preparing for mailing them to their buyers is that often sturdy materials will secure their merchandise in transit. If you would like strong cardboard boxes for packaging that aren’t going to cost you a lot of money you need to make time to get a quality provider. You can find a web based vendor of packaging supplies that will work with you to ensure that you get the items you would like at a good price. Should you be fortunate you will find a supplier that provides discounts on quantity purchases, for those who supply a lot of goods to clients this kind of offer can save you hundreds of pounds over the course of a year.

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If you run an organization that provides household domestic equipment such as washing machines, dish washers as well as spin dryers, then you will require a supply of large, heavy duty cardboard boxes to package them securely. Get the best online supplier that can supply all of your current packaging requirements, Large, heavy duty boxes are specialist products therefore you need a company that will promise a frequent availability of the resources you need. Getting merchandise off to your buyers promptly shows that you will have gotten your packaging materials punctually, be sure the supplier you have chosen has a rapid turn around on order placed.

It doesn’t matter how successful a business is many company owners will always be looking to reduce their fees wherever they are able to. Packaging is a thing you need to have when getting goods to your buyers; you’ll need the appropriate size as well as strength containers for large domestic goods. Heavy duty cardboard boxes are the most useful and safest way to pack large electrical goods ready for shipping. Get your boxes at a cost to suit your budget from a good quality supplier. There’s no question that operating an organization is usually expensive plus its the everyday costs that soon accumulate. If you wish your company to succeed monetarily then it makes sense to save cash where you may. So why spend lots of money for packaging supplies if it is possible to locate a good quality company online that can supply you with cheap cardboard boxes. Cardboard is a great packaging material as it may be remade as well as recycled frequently, rendering it an energy effective and environmentally friendly solution. You need to choose your provider carefully if you want to purchase cheap cardboard boxes which might be up to the work in hand.

The reason a large number of entrepreneurs are choosey regarding how they package their products when preparing for mailing them to their buyers is that often sturdy materials will secure their merchandise in transit. If you would like strong cardboard boxes for packaging that aren’t going to cost you a lot of money you need to make time to get a quality provider. You can find a web based vendor of packaging supplies that will work with you to ensure that you get the items you would like at a good price. Should you be fortunate you will find a supplier that provides discounts on quantity purchases, for those who supply a lot of goods to clients this kind of offer can save you hundreds of pounds over the course of a year.

If you run an organization that provides household domestic equipment such as washing machines, dish washers as well as spin dryers, then you will require a supply of large, heavy duty cardboard boxes to package them securely. Get the best online supplier that can supply all of your current packaging requirements, Large, heavy duty boxes are specialist products therefore you need a company that will promise a frequent availability of the resources you need. Getting merchandise off to your buyers promptly shows that you will have gotten your packaging materials punctually, be sure the supplier you have chosen has a rapid turn around on order placed.

It doesn’t matter how successful a business is many company owners will always be looking to reduce their fees wherever they are able to. Packaging is a thing you need to have when getting goods to your buyers; you’ll need the appropriate size as well as strength containers for large domestic goods. Heavy duty cardboard boxes are the most useful and safest way to pack large electrical goods ready for shipping. Get your boxes at a cost to suit your budget from a good quality supplier.

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CN Health & Safety Plan planned to be cancelled

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CN Health & Safety Plan planned to be cancelled
September 24th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Monday, August 29, 2005

On July 18, 2005 CN Rail notified the CAW that they intend to cancel the CN-CAW previously Negotiated Health & Safety Plan. The CAW will be going to arbitration this fall to address the issue. The CAW has asked that employees notify their Health and Safety Rep about any safety concerns at the work place.

One terminal has lost 5-6 full-time positions. CN Rail used to have part-time positions filled as well, but at this time there are no part-time employees to cover work if a full-time employee is absent. Overtime is necessary to keep the trains running on time. Intermodal traffic goes up, but staff goes down. CN Rail expects the trains to go out on time, and in a safe condition, but staff is overworked, because there are not enough of them. In fact, one worker noticed that most of the rail cars that contained 40 foot overseas containers did not have their loading guides in place. Trains are not allowed to go out without these guides placed into the cars (the guides stop the loads from swaying from side to side in the cars), important for safety with double stacked containers, but it seems that in this case the lack of employees forced the train to leave without them.

Some recent derailments have come to the attention of the media and politicians.

On August 3rd 2005 there was a derailment in Wabamun Lake Alberta that spilled toxins into the lake. 2 days later there was a derailment in Cheakamus River near Squamish BC. Both derailments spilled hazardous materials into the water. Many are saying that CN took too long to notify people of the toxic spills.

The Conductor on each train carries with him the shipping manifest with him and has access to that information at all times. Almost any CN terminal that has a clerk working at it with access to the CN Intranet can get this information within minutes.

CTV news has said that this is the 5th derailment for CN this month.