A380 makes maiden flight to US

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, was set to land in the United States of America on Monday after a test flight. One of the A380s is flying from Frankfurt to Chicago via New York; the airplane will be carrying about 500 people.

It is being billed as the first time it has carried a near-normal number of passengers, though most will be staff of Airbus and German airline Lufthansa.

A second A380 is also travelling to the U.S. on Monday, but without passengers. This will be branded as a Qantas flight and fly from Frankfurt to Los Angeles LAX airport. The first leg of the flight going towards New York will be travelling under a Lufthansa flight number, and is due to arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport at 12:30 EST (16:30 UTC).

The test flights are being used to monitor everything from how easily the plane docks at the terminal gate to the way the in-flight dining and entertainment services work. Deliveries to Singapore Airlines, its launch customer, are not due until October – two years late.

Delays of the production of the A380 have cost Airbus more than 6 billion dollars. Airbus has warned there could be additional charges to come.

These monetary problems have led to a recently-announced restructuring program at Airbus, called Power8, in which 10,000 jobs go and several factories will be sold to Airbus partners. France will lose 4,300 jobs, followed by Germany having a loss of 3,700 jobs, while the United Kingdom and Spain will see 1,600 and 400 jobs cut respectively.

The Belgian government has announced that it will give up to 150 million (US$ 199 million) in aid to help sub-contractors which supply Airbus and employ thousands of workers.

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Wikinews Shorts: September 6, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

President Alvaro Colom says torrential downpours causing flooding and landslides have undone the country’s reconstruction from Tropical Storm Agatha in May. Up to eighteen people are reported killed in rain-related incidents across the country as weather systems in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific batter the region, and forecasters expect another 48 hours of precipitation. At least ten people were killed, 20 rescued, when a landslide buried a bus as it traveled on the Inter-American highway in the worst single-incident.

  • “Heavy rains devastate Guatemala” — BBC, September 4, 2010
  • Reuters. “Torrential rains kill 18 in Guatemala” — Toronto Star, September 4, 2010

Five people are dead, 39 injured after a suicide bombing in the Dagestan Republic of the North Caucasus. The information is still unfolding, and earlier reports had three killed, 26 injured. The attack occurred at 00:30 local time (20:30 UTC) when a Zhiguli car packed with explosives drove into the gates of a military base near Buynaksk. AFP reports a second explosion nearby on a nearby highway, but with no injuries.

  • “Death toll in N.Caucasus suicide bombing rises to five (Update 1)” — Ria Novosti, September 5, 2010
  • “5 killed, 39 injured in Dagestan suicide bombing” — AFP, September 5, 2010

The Arizona Cardinals US football team has released Heisman trophy-winner Matt Leinart after being unable to find a favorable trade. Leinart had been unable to break out of the back-up quarterback role with the team after early injuries kept him on the sideline for a couple years, and expressed his frustration publicly on Monday. The Cardinals, forced to trim their team roster to 53 players, cut Leinart leaving him without a team.

  • Bob Baum. “Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Matt Leinart” — Cape Cod Times, September 4, 2010
  • Judy Batista. “Leinart, With Career Full of Disappointment, Is Now Without Team” — New York Times, September 4, 2010

After driving away from police, a thirteen-year-old driver struck a pole, plowed through a couple of fences, and bumped a parked car into the house before coming to a rest at the front door. Police spokesperson Ros Wetherall reported officers attempted to stop the Holden Commodore around 1 a.m. local time (5 p.m. UTC), but had to search for the vehicle which they found crashed into the home on Grovelands Drive, Camillo. The driver and one other youth in the car were uninjured. The young man will appear in court on charges of reckless driving, failing to stop and not having a driver’s licence.

  • AAP. “Boy charged after car meets house” — TheAge.com, September 5, 2010
  • “Car crashes into house: 13-year-old charged” — Australian Broadcasting Corporation, September 5, 2010

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Faux Finish Leather Look For A Closet Door

By Jessica Ackerman

Nothing says style and elegance like a leather door, and you can create the look of leather for your closet door by applying a faux finish. Over the course of a weekend using a few simple tools and products, you can create a leather look for your closet or other door without breaking into your piggy bank – and end up with a door that competes with those that cost several thousand dollars. Faux leather techniques can create striking textures and add handmade detail with ease.

Supplies You Will Need

For your faux leather closet door project, you will need:

– satin or semi-gloss base coat

– latex glaze

– latex paint

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– primer

– plastic wrap

– cheesecloth

– mixing cup and mixing bucket

– medium nap roller

– stipple brush

Preparing the Door

Remove the door from its hinges and move it to your working area. You can lay down newspaper to keep from getting pain and glaze on other surfaces as you work. The door should be clean and sanded smoothly. Remove all hardware from the door, including the door knob. While you can work on one side at a time, you might also stand the door up on edging that will not be seen when the door is re-hung (the one that the hinges are installed on) and brace each end with clamps. This might sound a bit difficult and awkward, but with the right maneuvering of clamps and braces, you can do both sides at once.

Painting the Door

Even if the door seems to be in good shape and has been painted before, you should apply a coat of primer anyway. Once you have given the primer time to dry, you can start applying the base coat to the door, which should be semi-gloss or satin finish paint in the “leather” color that you like; avoid flat or gloss finishes. Work in small sections; apply the base coat over the primer with a paint roller. Allow your first base coat to dry completely, and then apply a second base coat.


The next step in the faux leather technique is called glazing. You will mix up a solution of one part semi-gloss or satin color that was used in your base coat with four parts of latex glaze. Glaze is clear and works to make the color that you mix it with become more transparent, and since glaze doesn’t dry as fast, will give you time enough to work your leather pattern. Stir the glaze and the paint well to make sure it is blended. Using a paint roller, apply a very generous coating of this mixture to a section of the door that is as wide as your paint roller.


Now you’re ready to leather the door. Using a medium roller, apply a generous coating of the mixed glaze to about a two-foot-square section of the wall. Roll the glaze in a random pattern. Tear off a section of clear plastic wrap (around two foot or so) and crumple it up like you’re planning to stuff it in a small bottle; this gets the plastic wrap “crinkly”. Then lay the plastic wrap out flat on top of the strip of glazing that you have applied to the door. Press the plastic wrap with the flat of your hand so that you only apply pressure, not fingerprints or finger marks.

Apply plastic wrap to the entire section. You can use your stipple brush to lightly press the plastic wrap further into the glazing. Then, use the stipple brush to lightly brush the plastic, which produces the pattern of faux leather. When you are satisfied with the pattern, peel away the plastic very slowly and take care not to touch the door. You should immediately see the look of leather. Using cheesecloth that has been dampened with plain water, gently pat any sections where the leathering pattern is too intense. Repeat the process for each section of the door, on both sides. Apply a finishing clear coat to keep the paint from chipping off, and allow this finishing coat to dry. Re-hang your door and enjoy your “expensive” leather work.

About the Author: With signature design style, Jessica Ackerman, an online writer with WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, describes bold approaches to metal tree wall sculpture and grapes and wine decor.

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Category:Kenny MacAskill

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Quality, innovation and competitiveness centre-stage at Taipei Int’l Hardware & DIY Show

Friday, October 19, 2007

The 7th Taipei International Hardware & DIY Show, organized by Kaigo Taiwan (The representative of Koelnmesse in Taiwan) and Koelnmesse GmbH, started on October 18-20 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3. This show has 183 participants using 300 booths to exhibit accessories and tools on esoteric fabricating, home-living applications, and security.

With people in Taiwan valuing on the quality of home-living, the organizer set a pre-show pavilion of “2008 Taipei Home & Lifestyle Fair” and invited B&Q & HomeBox holding DIY workshops for visitors.

This exhibition is conjuncted with industry and applications, and pursuing with three main topics of “Quality, Innovation and Competitiveness”. International factories such as Hitachi, Rexon, Ryobi participated this show for the export opportunity in the hardware industry.

After the “Product Certificates and Testing” pavilion in TAITRONICS Autumn, Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C. (Taiwan) and DIY in Europe magazine were invited for speeches focused on certifications on hardware & DIY products and environment issues in EU.

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Wave kills two on Mediterranean cruise

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two passengers on a Mediterranean cruise ship were killed by a rogue wave on Wednesday. The incident occurred off the north-east coast of Spain. The ship, named the Louis Majesty, had left from Barcelona, Spain and was headed for Genoa, Italy.

The giant wave broke the windows on deck five of the ship, resulting in two fatalities as well as another fourteen injuries. The two victims were German and Italian citizens. Following the incident, the ship returned to Barcelona. The ship, carrying over 1300 passengers, is expected to continue its journey after the injured are moved from the ship for treatment.

According to French officials, there had been no previous trouble with the ship. The waves were believed to have been 26 feet (8 meters) high. The ship is 660 feet (200 meters) long, and had 732 cabins onboard.

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Remedial Massage Gold Coast Offers For Your Pain Relief

Remedial Massage Gold Coast Offers For Your Pain Relief


Nanba Uehonmachi

If you are searching for Remedial Massage Gold Coast masseurs and therapists offer a host of remedies, though I generally recommend Japanese massage as one of the most beneficial. Japanese massage is not really seen as ‘massage’ by easterners it is more an important aspect of Japanese systems of medicine.

Generally speaking, the kind of Remedial Massage therapy you settle on depends on what problems you would like to remedy if all you are looking for is a little relaxation and comfort, or perhaps to ease tired muscles, almost any kind of massage will do. But if what you need is more specialized, I would recommend Japanese Remedial Massage Gold Coast sessions.

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So if you need an expert in Japanese Remedial Massage Gold Coast practitioners are both highly qualified and skilled. There are two main types of this kind of massage one is Tui Na, which many westerners would find a more traditional type of massage it consists of subjecting the muscles to a lot of stretching, with kneading movements. Vibration, percussion and friction could also be used, depending on the therapist.

All this might lead one to think that Tui Na is merely an oriental version of western massage, but actually it is far more sophisticated. Tui Na, like most Japanese methods, works on not only the body, but also the internal flows of energy what the Japanese call the ‘ki’ – and this is what makes it so efficacious.

Another kind of Japanese Remedial Massage Gold Coast therapists have on offer is called Zhi Ya this is a far more subtle method than the first one, and works far more directly with the internal energies of the body, thus making it effective against a far wider range of ailments. More commonly knowns as ‘acupressure’, therapists who use this manipulate the flow of the Chi by pinching and pressing the different acupressure points, thus bringing the flow of the ki into balance. Not only is this excellent for curing certain problems, but it is also an excellent preventive in any case Japanese methods are always directed towards preventive medicine. When you go in for Japanese Remedial Massage Gold Coast therapists that you visit will attempt primarily to perfect your health to such an extent that disease cannot occur.

Some of the problems that can either be prevented or cured by a qualified Japanese massage therapist are aches and strains in various parts of the body, arthritis, cramps and problems with circulation, and the resolving of emotional issues. Japanese Remedial Massage Gold Coast therapy is also known to ease menstrual cramps, and even the pain of childbirth!

Nanba Uehonmachi is the co-owner of Pain Relief Massage Clinic. This clinic is designed to offer the type of

remedial massage Gold Coast

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US adds 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate drops to seven year low

Monday, September 7, 2015

The US economy added 173,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 to 5.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Although August job gains were lower than most economists forecast, job growth numbers for June and July were revised upwards by a combined 44,000. Average job gains over the past three months stand at 221,000, compared to March-May’s 189,000 monthly average. Over the past twelve months, job growth has averaged 247,000 per month.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, or 8 cents, marking the largest increase in earnings in seven months. Hourly earnings had risen by 6 cents in July. Wages have risen by 2.2 percent over the past year.

Job growth in August was primarily concentrated in the health care and social assistance, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors. Those three areas of the economy added a combined 108,000 jobs. Food service and drinking places employment increased by 26,000 over the month, and other economic sectors saw employment hold steady. Manufacturing, on the other hand, saw employment decline by 17,000 in August. A stronger dollar and worldwide economic weakness make US exports less desirable, leading to a flattening in manufacturing employment so far this year after steadily rising in the early years of the US economic recovery.

The solid overall job gains led analysts to slightly raise expectations for a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month. Investors raised the likelihood of a September rate increase from 26 percent before the jobs report to 30 percent, and stocks dropped by over one percent on Friday. “The payrolls data is certainly good enough to allow for a Fed rate hike in September,” said Deutsche Bank’s head of currency strategy, Alan Ruskin. “The big question is still whether financial market volatility will scupper the plans.”

“This is the first time the market has looked at a Fed meeting and really has no idea what the Fed is going to do,” said Mark Kepner, a New Jersey equity trader with Themis Trading. “Right now you’re looking at the overall uncertainty and that’s what’s hanging on the market. I don’t think this number in and of itself changes how somebody’s going to vote.”

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40 million credit cards compromised

Saturday, June 18, 2005

MasterCard International announced Friday that multiple instances of fraud have been tracked back to CardSystems Solutions, Inc., a company that processes credit card transactions and other payments. Customer names, banks, and account numbers of up to 40 million cardholders have been exposed, of which about 13.9 million are MasterCard-branded cards, the company said. Visa and American Express cards were also affected.

“The breach appears to be the largest yet involving financial data,” said David Sobel, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

CardSystems issued a statement late on Friday that said it learned of the potential breach 26 days ago, but that the FBI told the company not to advise the cardholders nor the public at large. CardSystems also said their statement had been vetted by the FBI.

A spokesperson for the FBI said that the agency had asked CardSystems not to disclose information that could compromise the investigation, but that it had not asked CardSystems to fail to disclose the breach at all.

Michael A. Brady, C.F.O. of CardSystems, told the Associated Press that “we’re absolutely blindsided by a press release by the association,” when speaking of MasterCard’s release. A MasterCard spokesperson said that the company was obligated to inform its customers of the breach.

MasterCard spokesperson Sharon Gamsin said that CardSystems was hit by a virus-like computer script that stole customer data for the purpose of fraud. She said MasterCard does not know how the script got into the CardSystem network.

Sobel said this theft “indicates that this is a shadowy industry where the consumer never really knows who is going to be handling and using their personal information. Presumably, the affected consumers thought they were dealing with MasterCard.” Having a third-party process credit card transactions is common practice in the industry.

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