16 November

French workers use threats in compensation demand

Friday, July 17, 2009Following similar threats by workers at New Fabris and Nortel, workers at JLG in Tonneins, France, threatened to blow up several platform cranes. The JLG factory announced in April 2009 that it will fire 53 of its 163 workers by the end of 2009, while the remaining 110 jobs will not be secure over the next 2 years.

JLG Tonneins was acquired in 2006 with its parent JLG Industries, a maker of aerial work platforms, by the U.S.-based Oshkosh Corporation. Despite being hugely profitable in the past, production has been much reduced since 2008 with the contraction of the construction industry and lower demand for its products. Despite excellent past results the new American management demanded sweeping cuts at the company.

In the view of locals, “the company’s actions are a disgrace given the expensive perks, such as official cars, for its corporate fat cats, compared to the sacrifice, silence, and dignity demanded by the company of those it has made redundant.”

The management offered severance pay of 3,000 (US $4,200), however the workers demanded a severance package commensurate with “the wealth that their labor has generated.” Worker’s delegates requested a “supra-legal” payment of € 30,000, on Thursday 16 of July the management responded with a counter offer of € 16,000. On Thursday night the worker’s actions secured the € 30,000 settlement initially demanded.

16 November

Wikinews Shorts: September 5, 2006

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

14 November

Singer Britney Spears faces hit and run charges

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said yesterday that pop music super-star Britney Spears was facing charges for a hit and run offence and driving without a valid drivers’ license.

Charges were filed following an accident in which police allege Spears smashed her car into another vehicle in a parking area in August of 2007.

She could face a maximum of six months in jail and US$2,000 in fines if convicted.

A group of paparazzi recorded a video Britney steering her car into another vehicle on August 6 as she tried to pull into a parking spot in a Studio City lot.

Kim Robard-Rifkin was the owner of the other car and she filed a police report three days after the accident. The 59-year-old nurse found out that it was Spears who ran into her car after watching a video on a celebrity website.

Robard-Rifkin said, “I simply want my car fixed, the same as I would fix somebody’s car if I had done that.”

Spears will be arraigned on October 10.

14 November

Quiznos restaurant chain airs controversial commercial

Friday, April 3, 2009

Quiznos, a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in selling submarine sandwiches, has aired a controversial television commercial, with an extended version only appearing in the late-night lineups. The commercial is a promotion for the company’s new sandwich, the ‘Toasty Torpedo’. Bob Sassone, a writer for TVSquad.com, argues that it is homosexually themed and compares it to pornography.

The commercial begins with a toaster oven talking to Scott, a Quiznos sandwich maker, in a male voice. “Scott, I want you to do something,” says the toaster to Scott. As he takes a bite of a Torpedo and appears to look in the direction of his genitals, Scott says to the toaster, “[sic] not doing that again. That burned.” The toaster replies, “We both enjoyed that.”

Later in the commercial, the toaster asks Scott to make one of the sandwiches and says the price of it is “sexy” and then “sexier.” Scott grins and does so. The toaster then asks Scott to “stick it in me”. The sandwich just happens to be 12 inches long, giving the appearance of a special relationship between Scott and the toaster oven.

Quiznos published a press release on March 24 announcing the new line of sandwiches. They stated that their price of US$4 helps to ease the economic pinch. In a statement to Wikinews Quiznos stated that their commercials are within the company’s character and they were designed to get people talking.

“We developed our new ads to be consistent with the Quiznos brand and to get people excited about our new Toasty Torpedoes. Some of the ads are edgy and provocative, but they’re well within the confines of the Quiznos brand character,” said Rebecca Steinfort, chief marketing officer for Quiznos to Wikinews.

“Since Quiznos has a broad range of consumers that eat at its more than 4,500 restaurants nationwide, we tailor our commercials to be relevant and appeal to our diverse customers – all of whom are watching different kinds of programming. The new ads are fun and entertaining, and the edginess and innuendo of the ads are designed to get people talking about our new Toasty Torpedoes, and that’s exactly what we want: people to talk and taste our new sandwiches,” added Steinfort.

Bob Sassone a writer for TVSquad.com, one of the Internet’s top television weblogs, compared the commercial to a pornography film.

“The new Quizno’s commercial is probably the closest we’ll get to a gay porn flick in a mainstream sub shop ad,” Sassone wrote.

In 2007, the company made another controversial commercial. It featured people on the street eating samples of a Quiznos ‘Prime Rib Dinner’ sandwich. They promoted it as having a lot of “meat” and near the end it featured two women eating a sandwich saying, “It’s not lacking any meat. And that’s what real women need”.

“Nevertheless, Quiznos remains committed to providing its customers with high-quality ingredients at everyday lower prices, all with excellent service. As such, we encourage consumers to give feedback on the commercials to our corporate marketing department through the website,” said Steinfort.

12 November

Seven Signs Your Home May Need Replacement Windows In Topeka Kansas

byAlma Abell

The windows of a home are more important than many homeowners realize. They provide protection from the outside environment and allow for healthy air circulation. While vinyl windows can last up to forty years, older windows begin to break down much faster and often need to be replaced before other components of the home. It is important homeowners are able to recognize the warning signs they need Replacement Windows in Topeka Kansas.

  • If the windows of a home are crank style, it is likely time they are replaced since this style of window went out decades ago. It is especially important they are replaced if their components are no longer working properly.
  • When the windows of a home does not stay open or shut, it behooves an owner to seek the experts for Replacement Windows in Topeka Kansas.
  • Should a homeowner find their windows are drafty, this means there are openings that are allowing air in. These can cause increased energy costs for a homeowner.
  • If the windows are cold to the touch and have a film of moisture on them, this is a sign there are problems that need to be addressed. This shows the windows are not acting as a barrier against the outside temperatures.
  • When older windows are no longer able to lock, this presents a major safety concern. Not only does this allow for the possibility of a break-in, but it can also present a danger to smaller children who can open the window and fall out.
  • If older windows begin leaking during a major rainfall, it may be time for Replacement Windows in Topeka Kansas.
  • Older windows require extensive maintenance that can often be difficult to carry out. Replacing the windows with new vinyl models will make the maintenance tasks much easier.

If your older windows have become an eyesore or are a pain to deal with, now is the time to consider replacements. For more information on your replacement options, visit Arrowexteriors.net. They provide homeowners with the window replacement services they are in need of, along with exterior solutions. Call today for your appointment to get started.

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12 November

U.S. Congress reaches deal on payroll tax cut extension

Friday, December 23, 2011

Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner announced yesterday that he would agree to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. In an effort to end the impasse between the House and Senate, Boehner told Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid that he would schedule a House vote on the Senate version of the bill that would extend the tax cut, which was due to expire at the end of the year.

Speaker Boehner announced the agreement in a brief statement: “Senator Reid and I have reached an agreement that will ensure taxes do not increase for working families on January 1”. Boehner informed other congressmen of the deal in a conference call yesterday evening.

The House may pass the bill via unanimous consent today, which would not require the presence of all members. Boehner and Reid also agreed to a bipartisan negotiation committee to sort out differences and extend the tax cut for an entire year, a goal recently sought by Republicans in the House.

The extension of the payroll tax cut, which would prevent approximately 160 million Americans from seeing a tax increase in 2012, had already been passed by the Senate last weekend. Earlier yesterday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell joined several other Republican Senators in encouraging the House to pass the extension.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said that once the House acts, he “will be happy to restart the negotiating process to forge a yearlong extension.” At a news conference, Speaker Boehner issued a statement: “We have fought the good fight. Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want.” President Obama also responded to the development in a statement: “This is good news, just in time for the holidays. This is the right thing to do to strengthen our families, grow our economy, and create new jobs. This is real money that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”

The tax cut extension impasse began when the House effectively rejected the Senate-approved version of the bill on Tuesday after being faced with opposition from House Republicans, specifically those associated with the Tea Party movement, who advocated for spending cuts and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

11 November

NBA 2K8 Asia Championship: Taiwan Stage Highlights

Monday, December 24, 2007

The “NBA 2K8 Asia Championship” Taiwan Qualifier, organized by NBA Asia Corp. and sponsored by Microsoft Taiwan, was held on December 22 & 23. According to the organizer, Taiwan was chosen as the first on-site stage tournament because of some of the market share factor on the gaming industry and the gaming population.

In Taiwan’s qualifier, the organizer successively invited models from Catwalk Production House and two Taiwanese bands (Yummy, 2moro) for friendship matches with the public. With the entertainers’ participation, it attracted media and press in the entertainment industry.

On the other hand, to conjunct with sports and gaming, the organizer set the experience area with not only the Xbox 360 gaming console but also a shooting machine.

In this 2-day qualifier, due to some issues on the arrangement of the schedule, some registered gamers offered to quit the championship, but it didn’t take effect on the results of the single day champion, the 2-day champion, and overall champion. Finally, Yu-cheng Lin won the overall champion to participate in the Grand Final of the championship in South Korea on January 12, 2008.

According to the organizer, the Hong Kong qualifier will start on January 5 & 6, 2008 at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.

11 November

Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Friday, December 30, 2005

Contents

  • 1 Richard Niyonsaba
  • 2 Denial of food
  • 3 Background and Criticisms
  • 4 Sources

The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

11 November

Night Club Runs Limousine Services

Submitted by: Rafi Michael

Nightclub runs in Toronto are common. Party lovers go to clubs to have a good time and some people opt to use limousine rental services. In areas such as Ontario, a person can contact limousine companies to transport them to or from the club. Nightclub runs are enjoyable because most of them have entertainers who make sure that the party does not end before dawn. Nightclubs offer a variety of entertainments such as live bands, parties with themes and DJ mixes. The most common characteristics of most nightclubs in Toronto include the availability of drinks and music. Most people take part in nightclub runs during the weekend when they have less official duties to attend to.

A person can make a nightclub run more interesting by classic limo services. One may ask for chauffer services, which include VIP treatment. Such services come for an extra fee. Going to such clubs with friends makes it even more interesting as opposed to going alone. One does not necessarily have to hire an expensive limo. A person can hire cheap party bus services if they cannot afford the expensive ones. Mississauga is ideal for holding night parties due to its exquisite nightclub features, which include car services.

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The locations of nightclubs in Toronto enable a person to access limousine services without the need to worry about distance costs. The limousine rentals charge their clients for the distance covered and transportation services offered. Nightclubs runs in Toronto take place far from institutions such as churches and hospitals; this is because the noise may affect the activities that take place in these institutions. Some nightclubs can offer to contact limousine companies for their customers.

Nightclub runs in Ontario may be costly depending on the means one uses to get to the club and the club a person visits. The services offered in most of these clubs are customer friendly and this is what makes a club to be popular. The services offered such as quick drink or food order deliveries also contribute to this. The organizing of nightclub runs should involve the adherence to Canada Laws. Nightclubs should offer quality foods and drinks to its customers to keep them coming back for more. Dancing in nightclubs is common with the youth who want to have a good time.

In a situation where a person is too drunk to go home alone, the nightclub may call car services to transport the person home for a fee. A person can ask a party limo chauffer to wait until the party is over in order to take them back home or to their hotel. Nightclub runs can however get an underage in trouble with the law, especially if one commits an offense. Underage partygoers are not allowed to participate in such activities unless accompanied by adult supervisors. People who have the attained the required age may take part in Nightclub runs. An adult should therefore take full responsibility of their child or teenager. Nightclub runs ensure that a party stays alive until the revelers get too tired to party any more.

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10 November

Rugby Union: Queensland’s Ballymore Cup quarter finals

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Ballymore Cup Quarter Finals were played Wednesday. The Ballymore Cup is a state wide Rugby Union competition in the Australian state of Queensland. Schools participating in the Greater Public Schools (GPS) competition do not compete in the Ballymore Cup.

The North Queensland quarter finals are played as a round robin competition between four teams in Makay while the three other quarter finals are played at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.

Below are reports off each match in division 1.

Siena Catholic College 11 – 5 Marsden State High School

Siena Catholic College from the Sunshine Coast managed to slip past Marsden State High School 11 points to 5. Both sides crossed the oppositions line but penalties committed by Marsden gifted Siena the victory.

Siena defeated reigning champions Mountain Creek State High School in the Sunshine Coast division 1 competition final. They will play the winner of this weekends North Queensland Carnival in the semis.

Corinda State High School 0 – 44 All Saints Anglican School

Brisbane West’s Corinda State High School never seemed to be in the match as All Saints Anglican School from the Gold Coast eased pass them 44 point to zero. All Saints ran rings around the Corinda defence.

All Saints will play John Paul College in the semi final.

North Side Christian College 0 – 47 John Paul College

John Paul college will meet All Saints Anglican School in the semis after they defeated North Side Christian College forty-seven points to zero.

Rockhampton Grammar School, Whitsundays Anglican School (Mackay), Townsville Grammar School and St Augustine’s College (Cairns) will play the North Queensland Carnival as part of the Ballymore Cup quarter finals this weekend.


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