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Chrysler files for bankruptcy, Fiat Group SpA to run company

Friday, May 1, 2009 

The American auto company Chrysler filed for bankruptcy Thursday, however a deal with European auto maker Fiat went through. The emerging Chrysler will be owned 55 percent by the United Auto Workers, eight percent by the United States Government, two percent by the Canadian Government and Fiat would begin with a 20 percent share.

Chrysler Chief Executive Robert Nardelli will step down when the bankruptcy proceedings are finalized.

Initially, the Italian company, Fiat, will appoint three members on the emerging Chrysler’s new board, and the United States government will appoint six. Fiat can assume the majority of the ownership upon repayment of American loans.

Chrysler administrators expect that the bankruptcy should take a couple of months.

“We expect this to be a very short, 30-to-60-day bankruptcy process, during which the company will function normally,” a top administration official said, “People will be able to buy cars, they will have their warranties honored, and everything should go on normally.”

The bankruptcy filing indicated that Chrysler was in debt to 20 creditors to a tune of more than $10 million each.

Meanwhile, the deal with Fiat did go through, and Chrysler should have cars designed by Fiat out on the market by 2011.

“It’s a partnership that will give Chrysler a chance not only to survive, but to thrive in a global auto industry,” said American president Obama, “Fiat has demonstrated that it can build the clean, fuel-efficient cars that are the future of the industry.”

However, automotive analyst Erich Merkle has hesitations.

“History would show that alliances really don’t work that well,” Merkle said, “even though, no matter how good they may look on paper.”

The restructuring has been managed by Steve Rattner, a former investment banker, and the U.S. Government auto task force.

Obama has set three ultimatums before Fiat. Fiat should produce a 40 mile per gallon vehicle while managing the new Chrysler, transfer fuel efficient Fiat technology to Chrysler factories in the United States, and produce cars in Chrysler factories and distribute them in Europe.

Mountain Bike Fenders What People Are Saying

Mountain Bike Fenders – What People Are Saying


Dave McIntosh

Many people ask if it is worth having fenders on a mountain bike. My answer is few things will ruin your bike ride like getting muddy and wet. Cyclists know that you get wet when it rains but you get dirty wet from what comes up off the roads and trails. Mountain bike fenders can keep the filth and wet from the roads off you and make you rides a whole lot more comfortable.

People all over the place have learned this lesson a here is what a few of them have to say about it.

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‘I live in California and full fenders on my bike allow me to ride on days where the mist that we call ‘rain’ only causes me to get minimally wet. Yes I also wear a rain jacket and occasionally rain pants, but with having the full fenders my shoes only get a little damp but my socks stay dry. Not only that but with my fenders my raingear only has to be resistant instead of water proof, which saves me some money and gives me more options.’

Another person says ‘I live in the Midwest and have cycled through thunderstorms. It seems like during these storms a bucket of water being tossed on you every second especially in a typical spring storm. Yes when it downpours like that you get wet even with fenders, but the fenders still protect your bottom bracket from the penetrating wet.’

Still another said “I am fairly new to mountain biking and I intend to start commuting to work. I just bought some fenders and installed them myself. It took a little to get them on right but now I’m set for any wet days that want to ruin my rides. Part of the problem was the fenders I bought didn’t match the holes on my bike. My bad. So make sure you order the right ones as it will save you some hassles.’

You can save yourself from the hassles the last person had by buying clip on fenders. That way you don’t need to rummage around in the garage looking for tools as they attach quickly to the frame with a tool free procedure. Just clip it on and you’re set go. On the days you don’t need it just undo the clip and store it ready for another rainy day.

This leaves your bike looking clean and clutter free. These fenders protect the backs of your legs plus your back and backside. Their design keeps them nice and rigid yet if they are bumped to spring back into position centered over the wheel. That means you don’t have to constantly readjust them during rides and it helps them resist breakage.

As I said at the start, there isn’t much that ruins a ride quicker that getting muddy and wet. So you can keep both cleaner and dryer by simply installing mountain bike fenders on both the front and rear wheels of your bicycle. By using fenders you will be able to get more rides in and enjoy them more.

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No surprises for sport in 2012/2013 Australian federal budget

Thursday, May 10, 2012 

On Monday in Canberra, the Australian government released its annual budget, one that promises a A$1.5 billion surplus for the year, but little was said of the potential impact of the budget on Australian sport in an Olympic year when Australia is looking to earn the fewest medals since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There were no apparent surprises for the sports sector in Australia in this budget. The budget, available online, claims A$380 million has been spent preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games.

According to Keith Lyons, the University of Canberra Director of the National Institute of Sport Studies, sport is an important part of Australian culture and the development of sport enjoys bipartisan support. The sport “budget supports infrastructure developments and reflects a renewal of Australian sport venues post Sydney [Olympics] 2000. The Active After School investment reflects a commitment to support participation and engagement in physical activity and sport.”

When Tony Naar of the Australian Paralympic Committee was asked about the impact of the budget on his organisation’s efforts, he said there was little to report as there were “very few previously unannounced initiatives… the overall level of program funding was in line with the final year of the current funding cycle”.

The budget promises to support cricket, specifically the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and soccer (football) with the 2015 Asian Cup by allocating funding for facility improvement. A$50 million will be spent on redeveloping the Sydney Cricket Ground, A$30 million on redeveloping the Adelaide Oval, and A$15 million on redeveloping the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. A partnership between the government, New South Wales Government and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust will cover additional costs associated with the Sydney Cricket Ground with work completed by 2014. Local sporting infrastructure will be supported in the budget with A$30 million earmarked for this, A$10 million specifically to improve Melbourne’s Olympic Park Precinct, A$5 million to support football in western Sydney, and A$3 million for Football New South Wales to build a new headquarters.

The budget promises assistance to parents to defray the cost of their children’s extracurricular activities including sport as part of the SchoolKid Bonus, which will replace the Education Tax Refund. Support for school based youth sport with A$39.2 million allocated to Active After-School Communities, a program that reaches 190,000 children, which encourages them to participate in school sports. In an attempt to curb drowning deaths of young children, an initiative has been launched to improve water safety that will be run through early childhood centres. A$19.2 million was extended to the Australian Sport Commission to run its Active After-School Communities program in 2012/2013 with similar funding for 2013/2014. 2,000 schools and 1,300 after/out of school programs will benefit from the funding.

Community Street Soccer was allocated A$1.0 million for 2012/2013 and A$1.6 million for 2013/2014. Aimed at bringing the homeless and unemployed into the community through participation in soccer, Reclink Australia will be given the funding to implement the program.

A$4.8 million was allocated to the Clontarf Foundation in New South Wales to support local sport and utilised elsewhere encourage Indigenous girls to participate in sport in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland through the Sporting Chance Program.

Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are addressed in the Federal budget, with A$2.6 million allocated for 2011/2012, A$2.0 million allocated for 2012/2013 and A$1.0 million allocated for 2013/2014. Some money will go towards sport as a part of these celebrations.

The Federal government is investing in Glenorchy, Tasmania, budgeting A$8.7 million in the redevelopment of the King George V sports and community precinct, with the money given to the local government. Not all of the money is earmarked for sport, with some money paying for a dedicated office for the Migrant Resource Centre.

A$1,870,000 less was budgeted for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority from what was actually spent in 2011/2012’s budget. The government expects A$5.8 million in savings in the next four years because of changes in athlete doping testing.

In the 2011/2012 budget year, A$2,729,510 was spent on Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport in special appropriations. The 2012/2013 budget earmarks A$1,117,783 for this category. All money in the category is allocated in line with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. In the Sport and Recreation Special Account out of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet appropriation budget, the cash flow and balance opened the budget year with A$920,000 and receipts totaled A$317,000.

In the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport appropriation budget, the Sport and Recreation Special Account had has an opening balance of A$949,000. Estimates for receipts for 2012/2013 are A$537,000, up from A$220,000 in actual receipts in 2011/2012’s budget. The Australian Sports Commission spent A$214,534,000 in 2011/2012 in their first budget category, and have a smaller budget of A$101,942,000 for 2012/2013 in the same category. In their budget second category, they spent A$54,159,000 in 2011/2012, with the 2012/2013 budget increasing the budget to A$166,201,000. For total appropriations, the first area decreased by a total of A$117,170,000 and the second area saw an increase in of A$114,353,000.

Gunman on the loose in Melbourne

Monday, June 18, 2007 

Police in Melbourne, Australia are on the hunt for a gunman who killed a man and injured two others in the city’s central business district this morning.

Officials warned all office workers to remain indoors, and train services to Flinders Street Station were temporarily on hold, as investigations were carried out on the intersection of Flinders Lane and William Street.

Malcom Bates, who witnessed the shootings at around 8:15 a.m., said the gunman grabbed a woman from inside a taxi. “The lady got away and he turned and shot three people basically point blank,” Mr Bates said. “I was right across the road”. He said that the incident took no longer than the “wink of an eye”.

Paramedics struggled to revive the one victim for almost an hour before declaring him dead at the scene. The two injured people have been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.

Police believe the incident began at the Bar Code 24-hour bar in King Street, when a woman attempted to get into a taxi. She was apparently grabbed by the hair by the gunman who then shot her and two men who attempted to come to her aid.

Police have identified the gunman as Christopher Wayne Hudson, aged 29. They believe him to be a member of the Hells Angels bikie gang. Police have described Hudson as about 180 cm tall, with short brown hair and wearing a dark tracksuit top and dark denim jeans.

A building worker on a construction site on the corner of Queen and Flinders Streets has reportedly discovered a handgun. It is understood the gunman may have thrown the weapon into the site as he fled the scene.

NZ Junior Black Socks win 2 in Canberra against the ACT

Thursday, March 22, 2012 

Hawker, Canberra — The visiting New Zealand Junior Black Sox beat the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) boys U15 team 10-1 and 12-5 in two games last night played at the Hawker International Softball Centre.

The match was part of a training camp in advance of a tournament. New Zealand dominated the game. Auckland’s Marshall Layt-Maynarf pitched for New Zealand in the second game.

New Zealand has long been a power in men’s softball. When the New Zealand’s junior players were asked how they won so easily when Australia has been so dominant in the past few years, they replied Australia’s open men’s team has been able to win based on the strength of one pitcher. When a representative of Softball ACT was asked about this, they confirmed this but said Australia dominated because of not one pitcher, but two. One of those pitchers, Adam Folkard, has the best pitching speed in the world in the men’s game and plays for the ACT.

After their games wound up, the New Zealand players watched the second match of the Australia versus New Zealand test series. They socialized with the Australian locals but most left before the second match concluded at 22:45 AEST (11:45 UTC).

New Zealand will go to Sydney to compete in junior international challenge in Sydney this Saturday.

Maximize Your Long Term Disability Claim Recovery

By Evan Zagoria

Don’t let your long term disability claim go unpaid by your employer or insurer. Fight back with information and the help of a professional specializing in collecting the benefits you may be entitled to. Learn the facts!

Statistics show that people are more likely to become disabled prior to age 65 than die. If you become disabled, you still have to pay for your mortgage and automobile expenses, buy groceries, pay medical expenses, etc. Social Security disability benefits will typically replace 25-30% of your income, perhaps less, particularly at higher income levels. However, Social Security disability benefits may not be payable if you are disabled from your job but not from any work. Long Term Disability Benefits (LTD) can be an important supplement to Social Security Disability benefits or provide benefits not otherwise available.

LTD coverage or plans can be purchased individually, through a private policy, or are usually obtained as an employee benefit through your employer. If provided as a benefit by your employer, these claims are governed by a federal law, The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, also known as ERISA. If the employer is a governmental entity or a religious organization, the plan could be exempt from ERISA.

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These disability policies come in many forms. They can pay 50% of salary, 60%, but usually no more than 70%. The definition of disability can be for your own occupation or any occupation. Depending on how these plans are purchased, the benefits can be taxable or non-taxable. Employer provided LTD policies will almost always be subject to reduction or offset for Social Security disability or other forms of disability income that your receive or qualify for. These policies can exclude payment for pre-existing illnesses and limit payment for mental-nervous disorders, substance abuse disorders, and self-reported disabilities. There are limited time frames to file applications and appeals and statutes of limitation to file lawsuits, so it is important to act promptly and apply for benefits. Also, plans may have different waiting periods where you must be disabled for a certain number of days or months before benefits become payable.

ERISA accords significant advantages to the employer or insurer. These cases are heard in Federal Court. You are not entitled to a jury trial. It is CRITICAL to get experienced legal help early in the process, before your administrative appeals are exhausted, not after.

The employers and disability carriers have deeper pockets to investigate and adjudicate these claims. They can require you to be interviewed in your own home by their employees, they can make you attend medical exams by their doctors or attend a functional capacities evaluation (FCE). They can have you followed by an investigator taking videotapes of your activities and interview your neighbors. They may conduct Internet searches to see if you are active in groups, write articles, have sued other people before, are in a bowling league, or are involved in other activities that they may claim shows that your are not disabled. These activities are designed to provide grounds for denying claims or to disregard otherwise supportive medical records.

The only weapon you have to fight back is a skilled disability lawyer. An experienced attorney can obtain detailed medical depositions and opinions from your doctors and others, not just routine medical records, to neutralize and outweigh the plan’s evidence. It is very important to obtain skilled representation before you have exhausted your administrative appeals. The ‘file’ or ‘record’ in an ERISA appeal is usually closed as of the final administrative appeal. You are usually precluded from submitting new medical evidence in Federal Court. Even the most medically sophisticated claimants will have difficulty knowing what proof of disability is required, what their medical records say, how to neutralize LTD doctors, and best create the record for your case.


These cases are usually handled on a contingency fee basis so there is no legal fee charged unless you recover benefits. However, a fee contract can be uniquely structured for the specific needs of every client, incorporating retainers, hourly fees, or special contingent fee arrangements that fit your situation.

About the Author: Evan Zagoria of Provizer & Phillips, P.C.,

; (800) 399-EVAN (3826) has spent his entire career of over 30 years handling social security and other disability matters. He is a former attorney for the Social Security Administration, and a member of the Board of N.O.S.S.C.R.


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Blue Jackets Send Mason back to OHL

Saturday, January 12, 2008 

The NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets returned goaltender Steve Mason back to the OHL on January 11 after an emergency recall since January 7. Mason never played for the Blue Jackets during the recall.

Before the recall, Mason led Team Canada to victory against Team Sweden in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

The 19-year-old has played 3 pre-season games with the Blue Jackets and went 1-2-0 with a 1.78 goals against average and .913 save percentage. He was drafted 69th by the Blue Jackets in 2006.

Bus Advertising: Corporate Video Tricks And Tips

Bus Advertising: Corporate Video Tricks and Tips


SkyTip Media

Bus Advertising: Corporate Video Tricks and Tips

Most marketing departments don\\’t know how to make a corporate video worth talking about.

When it comes to producing corporate videos, most internal marketing departments are \\”safe departments.\\” \\”Safe\\” works. \\”Safe\\” is easy. \\”Safe\\” will keep your job. \\”Safe\\” sells. \\”Safe\\” gets me through the day.

Not really. \\”Safe\\” doesn\\’t produce conversations. \\”Safe\\” doesn\\’t ignite action. \\”Safe\\” doesn\\’t make me think harder. Or differently. Or stretch me. \\”Safe\\” doesn\\’t make me go, \\”A-Ha!\\” We want correction NEED that A-Ha moment to happen!

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When no one is talking about your video and management wants to know where the ROI is from the video, you\\’ll be doing some fancy footwork dancing down the hallways of the ivory tower. Now that\\’s hard. That\\’s a day you might want to call in \\”sick.\\”

Here are ten ways how to make your corporate video get noticed, ignite conversations and spark some action. Oh, yeah…and keep management happy, too.

oThink ONE. There is only one person you need to think about when making your corporate video: the person in front of the tube. Period. Double period. Triple…

oThink CUSTOMER. Your customers can tell your story, too. Let them tell the world how great you are. It\\’s one thing when you toot your own horn. It\\’s another when customers toot it for you.

oThink PLAY. Does your video have \\”playful\\” moments? Even the most reserved companies have opportunities to capture some fun and playfulness. Find those moments and your video will outshine your competitor\\’s in a heartbeat.

oThink 30. Every 30 seconds change your pace, rhythm, content. You can make your ten minute film feel like five minutes with this trick. Create new \\”chapters\\” with new ideas or themes. Change the music, too. Your video will be so engaging, repeat viewings will be demanded. It works like a charm.

oThink TIMELESS. It goes back to that \\”story\\” thing my brain really loves. A powerful story is timeless; it\\’s magical. It doesn\\’t get stale. The same is true with a powerful corporate video.

oThink REAL. People know a lie when they see one. Authenticity works.

oThink QUALITY. Hire the most qualified producer and director you can. Find a producer who understands exactly what you are trying to accomplish; not what they need to make their demo reel look better.

oThink HERO. Find your heroes. When given the chance, employees want to tell their story. They want to change the world with their journey. What they need is the opportunity and the chance.

Who wants a bonus Tip! Think DESIGN. Video is incredibly malleable. You can keep your corporate branding people happy by integrating your current logo guidelines, etc. Or you can break out a bit and create something different.

You know what\\’s hard? Producing a film that is boring. That\\’s really, really hard. Now take these tips you just learned and go out and make that film that will make sure that your clients will go: A-HA ! You can do it and remember following these simple tips will not only help you reach a larger audience, it will impact the point of making money. Each and every marketing tool music video in this example should be utilized to make a dollar, if it doesn t do that they you are wasting your time.

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