Cadillac unveils Obama’s ‘Beast’, the 2009 Presidential State Car

Cadillac unveils Obama’s ‘Beast’, the 2009 Presidential State Car

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The US Secret Service has released the first photos Wednesday of the new presidential limousine that will transport Barack Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue next Tuesday as part of the 56th Presidential inaugural parade after he is sworn in at the Capitol. The First Limo – the 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine – will replace President Bush’s Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine that rolled out in 2004.

Nicknamed “The Beast”, the hulking machine is a new model year 2009, modified limousine. According to General Motors, the new “2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine” is the first not to carry a specific model name. The Obama Mobile was introduced on January 14 with noticeably different styling borrowed from the Cadillac Escalade and STS, while the suspension is most likely related to the Chevrolet Kodiak medium-duty truck.

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Mr. David Caldwell of General Motors has revealed that the sleek black car would include a hand-crafted interior and “state of the art electronics.” The car’s high-tech security features include five-inch-thick (12.7-centimeter-thick) bombproof glass, tough-as-nails tires, and a sealed interior that’s invulnerable to chemical attack. The armoured limousine has been heavily modified to withstand potential attacks by weapons or bombs. The San Francisco Chronicle puts it in a proper perspective noting, “a half-inch of transparent armor is enough to stop a .44 Magnum round at point-blank range; at a thickness of 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches, the same material can withstand higher-velocity bullets fired from military assault rifles.”

According to spy photographer, Brenda Priddy, and General Motors, the limousine, which has the intricate, dual-textured grille, is also equipped with standard Goodyear Regional RHS truck tires in a 285/70R19.5 size, on 19.5-inch wheels. The rims have a run-flat device (manufactured by Hutchinson Industries). Xenon headlights from the Escalade are installed in the front, while the rear has some STS part. The doors are at least 20 centimeters (8 inches) thick. It carries the US flag on the front fenders and an embroidered Seal of the President of the United States is affixed to several panels in the back.

According to the US Secret Service, the vehicle would be a “valuable asset” in providing the President with the highest level of protection. “Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world,” Nicholas Trotta, Assistant Director for the Office of Protective Operations said in a statement. The new limousine is the responsibility of White House Transportation Agency.

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The Presidential State Car is the official state car used by the President of the United States. It is informally known as “Cadillac One”. The current Presidential State Car is a 2005 hand-crafted, armored, and stretched DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan) built on a GM four-wheel drive platform. It was first used on the second inauguration parade of George W. Bush in 2005. But the version to be used by President Obama uses a GMC Topkick chassis, while maintaining the Cadillac exterior.

The President of the United States travels in one of two armoured Cadillac limousines based upon the normal sedan, the Cadillac DTS, with heavy customisation. Lincoln cars have also been used in the past, most notably by President John F Kennedy. The current limousines were custom-built by O’Gara, Hess and Eisenhart, founded in Fairfield, Ohio in 1942. It specializes in armouring limousines for presidents and heads of state.

President William McKinley was the first US president to ride in an automobile. However, it was President Theodore Roosevelt who rode on the first government-owned car, a white Stanley Steamer. Roosevelt’s successor, William Howard Taft, was the first president to use a presidential state car that was permanently stored in the White House garage.

Meanwhile, Obama’s 2005 Chrysler 300C Hemi was auctioned on eBay with a starting bid of $100,000 and a buy-it-now price of $1,000,000. It has less than 21,000 miles on it and is in like-new condition. He leased the car in 2004 and traded it for a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2007. The car was sold to Tim O’Boyle.

UK’s ITV cancels police drama “The Bill” after 27 years

UK’s ITV cancels police drama “The Bill” after 27 years

Friday, March 26, 2010

British television network ITV announced today that it will cancel long running police drama The Bill. The Bill is one of the United Kingdom’s longest running drama series, having premiered the pilot episode, entitled “Woodentop”, in 1983.

The series has suffered from declining ratings despite an overhaul in 2009 which included a move to a post-watershed time slot. In a statement, ITV announced that the cancellation was part of a “creative rethink” and that the money saved from the cancellation would be put towards shorter-term dramas. ITV’s Peter Fincham said that “The Bill has been a fixture on our screens for more than 25 years and has been the home of some of the UK’s best serial drama storylines, and a great showcase for terrific scriptwriting and fine acting talent. But times change, and so do the tastes of our audience.” Fincham went on to explain that the decision to cancel the series was a “creative decision” rather than one intended to cut costs.

Ninety people are currently employed on the production team for The Bill and production company Talkback Thames announced that there was a possibility of a “significant number of redundancies”, but the company is entering into consultation with employees. The current series will end later in 2010 and ITV will not be recommissioning it. Investing in shorter-run dramas, ITV announced that, inter alia, a new short series written by Anthony Horowitz is forthcoming.

Explosion, steam eruption near Grand Central Terminal in New York City

Explosion, steam eruption near Grand Central Terminal in New York City

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A pipe has burst in New York City, the largest city in the United States, causing a generator to explode. The explosion occurred in Midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Terminal (GCT) and the Chrysler Building, and approximately at the intersection of 41st Street and Lexington Avenue. Nearby buildings have been evacuated, and a large area has been blocked off. There are reports of a very large crater at the scene.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has officially ruled out terrorism. Grand Central Station was quickly evacuated soon after the incident. Subway lines 4, 5 and 6 have no service in both directions between the 125th Street Station and the Bowling Green Station. 42nd Street Shuttle service has been shut completely.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) received a call at 5:56 p.m. EDT (UTC-4) reporting an explosion. More than 170 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Witnesses reported that buildings in the nearby area shook. This was a five-alarm response.

At least 20 people have been reported injured, and one woman, Lois Baumerich, died from a heart attack. Two people are currently in critical condition.

There are potentially harmful materials at the scene of the explosion and HAZMAT crews are on the scene to clean up debris. There are reports that pipes were wrapped in asbestos, but the air is being tested, and results should be available late Wednesday night.

ConEdison Workers are on the scene as well, and it appears that they are working nearby.

Emergency workers are reporting that the situation is not under control. They are still unable to confirm why the pipe exploded due to the inaccessible nature of the scene at the source of the explosion. The pressure of steam has subsided and the air appears to have cleared, revealing the crater. Disruption of electricity in the surrounding area is minimal.

GCT is reported to be reopened at this time. An area was cordoned off and people trapped in the vicinity due to fears of asbestos pollution resulting from the explosion.

According to a press conference with the mayor, the pipe involved was built in 1924, and a likely cause of the eruption and explosion was cold water leaking into the pipe, possibly from rain or from a water pipe. A tow truck had fallen into the crater left by the explosion, and the explosion also shattered glass on nearby buildings.

Kitchen Remodeling In Hershey, Pa And Remodeling Your Galley Kitchen


Do you find that you are constantly dealing with storage space issues in your kitchen? How do you feel about the overall design of your kitchen? If you are tired of dealing with a small galley kitchen and not having enough storage, it is time to remodel. When it comes to Kitchen Remodeling in Hershey PA, you should let your imagination roam. Next, you should talk to the consultant about knocking down a wall and expanding the space. He will go over all of your ideas with you and discuss storage solutions.

You may be able to take down a wall in your kitchen and gain some space from your dining area. If so, you may find that you will have enough room to have a kitchen island installed. The kitchen island will give you an additional workspace, and you could store your pots, pans and cookbooks underneath it. You will also love how open and airy the kitchen will feel. The best Kitchen Remodeling in Hershey PA will make life easier, and you will not feel as if your kitchen is a glorified shoebox.

In terms of the cabinetry, it is a good idea to consider custom cabinetry. In fact, you may be able to have cabinets that climb from the floor to the the ceiling. Further, the inside of the cabinetry will have the right amount of storage for your needs.

Have you ever noticed the amount of wasted space when it comes to the space above your cans, this will not be a problem with good design. Instead, all the space can be accounted for so that it can be maximized for your benefit. The best Kitchen Remodeling in Hershey PA does not happen overnight. It takes proper planning and attention to details. As a result, you will love the look and the storage space that you will gain.

Granite is a popular choice when it comes to Kitchen Remodeling in Hershey PA and for good reason. It resists heat and scratches. It also protects against mold and mildew. So, if you have been thinking about having it installed, you should tell the consultant from Deimler & Sons that. He will be excited to hear all of your design ideas.


India: Maharashtra plastic ban comes into force

India: Maharashtra plastic ban comes into force
June 26th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Monday, June 25, 2018

On Saturday, the plastic ban in the Indian state of Maharashtra came into force. In an attempt to minimise pollution, the state government has introduced a ban on single-use plastics.

The leader of the Yuya Sena political party, Aaditya Thackeray, said on Twitter, “The ban on single use disposable plastic cups, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic plates and cutlery, styrofoam cutlery and non woven bags”. He added, “these are global issues now and we have taken a step to combat it”.

Plastic pollution has led to the choking of drains, marine pollution and a risk of animals consuming plastics. This year, India’s motto for World Environment Day — June 5 — was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. People violating the plastic ban are to face a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees (INR) for the first offence. For the second offence, the fine is INR 10,000 and the third time offence is INR 25,000 and a three-month prison term. Deputy municipal commissioner Nidhi Choudhary said, “To weed out corruption, we plan to give inspectors payment gadgets for electronic receipts of the fines”.

The Maharashtra government has given a 90-day period for manufacturers to dispose of existing polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) plastic spoons and plates, while shopkeepers and citizens in general have six months to dispose of plastics. However, the ban does not prohibit plastic usage for wrapping medicines or milk cartons thicker than 50 microns.

The state government had announced the decision for the plastic ban on March 23. According to NDTV’s report, Maharashtra is the eighteenth Indian state to enforce a state-wide plastic ban. Aaditya Thackeray also said, “I congratulate the citizens for making this into a movement, even before the ban was enforceable, giving up single use disposable plastic.”

Bomb scare closes Times Square, New York

Bomb scare closes Times Square, New York
June 26th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A car containing a bomb was discovered in Times Square, New York City, causing the evacuation of streets surrounding the area.

Reports say the vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder, parked outside a theatre on 45th Street and Seventh Avenue, had smoke coming out of the back at around 6:30 p.m EDT (10:30 p.m. UTC). Unconfirmed reports say an unknown man ran away from the car. A roughly square area of the city, its boundaries formed by 43rd and 48th Street and 7th and 8th Avenue, was evacuated.

The New York Police Department bomb squad was called in and were able to retrieve the package using a robot. Officials removed gunpowder, consumer-grade fireworks, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, three propane tanks, electrical wiring, and two clocks with batteries that apparently were fashioned as one or two detonators. The bomb has been described as “amateurish”. No casualties or injuries were reported.

As of yet police have not named a suspect and are reviewing security footage. The car used by the suspect was stolen and had a non-matching license plate; the legitimate owner of the plates does not appear to have been involved in the incident.

President Barack Obama has congratulated the speediness with which the New York Police Department responded.

New York has been in a state of constant alert since the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. In September 2009, a plot to attack the New York Subway with suicide bombers was uncovered by police. In December 2009, Times Square was evacuated due to a illegally parked van, although it contained no explosives. On March 6, 2008, a small bomb was set off in front of the United States armed forces recruiting station in Times Square.

Direct Sales Jewelry: The Cookie Lee Jewelry Opportunity

June 25th, 2020 in Jewelry | No Comments

Direct Sales Jewelry: The Cookie Lee Jewelry Opportunity



Cookie Lee jewelry and accessories are made with contemporary and classic design. Its sales catalog displays unique and affordable jewelry collection. If you become a consultant in this particular jewelry brand, you will definitely enjoy the benefits of working even at home and achieve financial freedom. You can sell and present the products to the buyers at whatever strategy you think is lucrative and earn commissions.

Cookie Lee Jewelries are unique, fashionable and trendy and most of all, affordable and will perfectly match any age group. With the wide range of choices offered, women and even men will definitely have unlimited lineup of fashion jewelries. Because jewelries are women s best friend, they never cease to look for what s new and what s the hottest. This is why Cookie Lee is always on the go to provide the ever changing demands and tastes of buyers. There are lots of brands that cater equally elegant jewels. But quality-wise, Cookie Lee collection is one the best options.

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In addition to fashion, these accessories are designed to match and perfectly fit any wardrobe and any occasion. So anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd can use them to add class and attitude to their persona. Whatever the occasion, there is an ideal jewelry piece that will suit the needs. Whether it is for fun outdoors, business functions, weddings, night outs, whatever it is, there are lots of available jewelry that will complement your taste.

More than just style and fashion, Cookie Lee offers good business opportunity to women who wanted to earn, own their own business, while just staying at home with the kids. If you are not familiar with this but you are interested in becoming a sales representative, this article will give you a basic overview of what you can get and the advantages of owning your own jewelry business. If you become a sales representative, you can earn 50% of every item that you can sell. This is very lucrative and this is the reason why more and more are taking part of this profitable business opportunity.

Before becoming an independent sales rep, you will have to pay an initial startup cost and you have to purchase $300 worth of products a year, which is $25 a month. And after that, you can sell as much as you want or you can host as many shows as you want. This greatly depends on how much you are willing to shell out and how much you are willing to earn. Typically, an average show is said to sell about $400-$500. However, your sale will depend on how good are you at selling and marketing.

In addition, Cookie Lee jewelry consultants can also earn 50% on building recruits. This means that, the more people you are going to recruit, the more your down line will be and the more you will earn. However, a drawback at this setup is that since the products are bought beforehand, many will be unable to financially start up the business. But if you already are an established sales rep and you already have large inventory, there is no need for a minimum requirement for sales or the number of recruits to hold because you already have established your business and it is up to you to allow it to grow and expand more.

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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags
June 24th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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They are cheap, useful, and very plentiful, and that is exactly the problem, according to researchers. A report issued on Feb. 23 by a cadre of environment and economics researchers suggested that Kenya should ban the common plastic bag that one gets at the checkout counter of grocery stores, and place a levy on other plastic bags, all to combat the country’s environmental problems stemming from the bags’ popularity.

Owner wants $10 million for Flight 93 crash site land

Owner wants $10 million for Flight 93 crash site land
June 23rd, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Mike Svonavec, the owner of the land in Somerset County, Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001 has set a US$10 million price tag for his property, which is sought by the group, Families of Flight 93 and the United States National Park Service for building a memorial dedicated to those on the plane.

Svonavec says that the price is fair market value for the 273 acre property and the organization would not be charged for the exact site of the crash. The organization has offered to buy the land for no more than $500,000 at least three times.

Currently, the U.S. National Park Service only owns approximately 60 acres of the land. PBS Coals Inc. owns 864 acres of the land and Svonavec owns 273 acres. The entire field is nearly 2,000 acres.

The permanent memorial is estimated to cost $58 million and is scheduled to be constructed starting in 2008 or 2009. On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, a ribbon will be cut at the site.

Svonavec has also placed a box on the crash site temporary memorial, where visitors can leave a “donation” to pay for his asking price for the land as well as the cost of providing security at the site. Funding was provided for the cost of security, but in February the funds were already used up and Svonavec says he can no longer afford to keep the land maintained and secure. Reports say that the security company that is currently in charge of security charges $10,000 per month.

“That land has been paid for with 40 lives…the donation box is an insult to that cost. I think Svonavec believes his land, because it has the blood of my cousin and 39 other people, it’s worth more,” said Patrick White, Vice President, Families of Flight 93.

Tips On Finding Steering Column Services

June 22nd, 2020 in Earthmoving Machines | No Comments


If you are a car owner, then you know all too well how common repair issues are. Dealing with the repair issues you have right away is the only way to reduce the amount of damage done. The steering column on your vehicle allows you to change the direction if your car by turning your steering wheel. Just like any other part of an automobile, eventually the steering column will fail. Getting it replaced will require the help of professional steering column services. Finding the right service to handle this work can be much easier when thinking about the following factors.

How Long Have They Been Doing This Type of Work?

Finding out how long a business has been providing steering column services is important. Generally speaking, the longer a business has been fixing steering columns, the easier you will find it to get the comprehensive services you need. By going in and getting some estimates on the steering column work needed, you can get an idea of which company is the right fit for the repairs at hand. Doing a bit of research online is also a great way to find out what type of reputation a company has.

When Can They Have the Repairs Done?

When trying to narrow down the selection of available steering column services, be sure to find out how long it will take each company. The last thing you want is to be without your vehicle for an extended period of time due to the inconvenience it will cause. Most of the steering column services out there will be able to let you know how long it will take them to complete these repairs. Be sure to also ask each of the services in your area about how much they are going to charge for the steering column repair or replacement needed.

At BJ’s Auto Theft & Collision, you will have no problem getting the steering column services needed. Go to their website or call 303-227-1222 for more information on what they can do.