Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Two people have been killed and 47 people have been injured as the result of a coach crash in Cornwall, England. The vehicle, which was carrying 48 passengers as well as the driver, were travelling back from a journey to the village of Mousehole to see Christmas lights. The accident occurred at 2215 GMT yesterday in the village of Townshend, not far from the town of Hayle. Road conditions at the time were icy, which may explain why the accident occurred. The first police car that arrived at the scene lost control on the icy road and crashed into the already overturned coach. The two officers in the car were uninjured, however the earlier crash had caused the deaths of two women. One of them died at the scene of the accident and the other was later killed as a result of the injuries suffered. 47 people were injured, five of them seriously.

The sequence of events that is believed to have happened, according to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, is that the coach went off the road, collided with a tree, going through a hedge before finally overturning, causing the vehicle to end up on its side. 60-year-old Ann Ellis, who comes from the village of Illogan in Cornwall, was physically involved in the crash. Desribing her experience of this incident, she said: “All I can remember is a big bang and we just went over. I got trapped under somebody else and there was someone on top of me. It was difficult to breathe but two gentlemen dragged me out. I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.”

I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.

Derek Smith, lives near where the accident occurred. He said that “[w]e were just going to bed when we heard a knock on the kitchen door. She was covered in mud and had no shoes or socks on and was shaking as she stood there. I could hear this commotion going on.

She said to ring the police and ambulance as their coach had turned over and there were 50 people in it and some of them were injured. My wife rang 999 and the lady was in a real panic. We gave her some socks and boots straightaway because she was freezing as she had nothing on her feet.”

75-year-old Charles Parker, who is living in St. Agnes in the county, was also injured in the accident, suffering injuries to his leg and his head. “The roads were so icy,” he explained. “I heard a cracking noise and all of a sudden we had turned over. I remember later being helped out of the coach through a window. We were close to a house and they took most of the people in there. Then helicopters turned up. It was very frightening.”

Inspector Matthew Shaw, who comes from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, explained “[i]t seems from initial investigations that the coach has slipped on ice. The road is covered in a sheet of ice, it’s treacherous, it’s difficult to even walk down there.” The amount of time taken to transport the injured passengers to a hospital was four hours.

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Auto Insurance: Be It Cheap Or Expensive}

Submitted by: Mark Dodd

John Maxim is an independant writer who writes for several major publications. His latest project can be seen at Accounting Blog.

Cars are considered as valuable property. People have cars as a necessity but for some it is just a form of expressing luxury or vanity. Whatever the reason is, cars must be protected especially the owners and the people on the streets if any untoward incident.

This is where auto insurance comes in.

In the United States of America, there are varied policies concerning car insurance rates. The most common is that rates vary according to car model. As to date, these are the ten cheapest cars to insure and on the other hand, the ten most expensive to insure.

In this fast-paced world of young professionals and rising businessmen, a reliable means of transportation is an absolute necessity in order to stay on track in the urban rat-race. Years ago, owning a car was considered a luxury or status symbol, but now, given the rapid rate of technological developments it has become as essential and basic as eating and sleeping.


Chrysler Town and Country

The Chrysler Town and Country is a minivan marketed by DaimlerChrysler. The Town and Country was introduced in 1990, while its sister vehicles, the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, had already been in production since the 1984 model year. Chrysler’s success.

Chevrolet Cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt is a compact car introduced by Chevrolet in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt is intended to compete with Japanese cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

Dodge Caravan

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The Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan are minivans manufactured by DaimlerChrysler (they were sold by the Chrysler Corporation until 1998). They were introduced in 1983 for the 1984 model year along with sister model the Plymouth Voyager.

Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet’s chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a “prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen.” At its peak sales volume in 1965, the Impala was the best selling full-size car in the United States.

Chevrolet Silverado C/K Pickup

The Chevrolet Silverado from Chevrolet and its GMC counterpart, the GMC Sierra, are the latest line of full-size pickup trucks from General Motors.

As of 2006, the Silverado pickup is the second-best selling vehicle in the United States, behind the Ford F-150 pickup.

These are just five among twenty cheapest cars to insure. For one not to spend bunch of money just for insurance rates, we let you know what cars do not require too much. In this modern time, it pays to have the best car but setting priorities will still be considered.


Honda Civic

Chevrolet Cavalier

Nissan Altima

Ford Focus

GMC Sierra

Ford F-Series Pickup

Chevrolet Silverado

Dodge Ram

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord


Land Rover Range Rover

Porsche Cayenne

G-Class Mercedes-Benz

Lexus LX 470

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac SRX


Sadly, the cold reality is that no matter which brand of automobile you purchase, you can never be totally certain that nothing will go wrong. There are just too many unstable factors on the road, drunk drivers, engine troubles, sleepiness, human error etc.

Yet, there is a way to protect yourself and be prepared for these so-called road hazards and unprecedented mishaps. This is where auto-insurance comes in. Auto Insurance is a form of insurance which comprehensively protects the insured from losses involving road mishaps depending on the type of coverage you purchase.

About the Author: Mark Dodd is an independant writer who writes for several major publications. His latest project can be seen at the Auto Insurance Blog



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20 percent of Victorians drive on worn tyres

20 percent of Victorians drive on worn tyres

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

A survey released today by the RACV and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce found that 20 percent of cars in Victoria have at least one worn or unroadworthy tyre.

The study looked at 1,000 cars last month and found of those 200 had at least one tyre that had worn.

Chief engineer for the RACV, Michael Case said that driving on worn tyres could increase the distance it takes a car to brake and road safety. “Increasing the braking distance can increase the chance of running into the car in front of you and having an unnecessary collision and if that collision is serious enough certainly it can cause injuries” said Mr Case.

It is widely accepted that tyres are one of the most important parts of a vehicle. As tyres are the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road, they affect acceleration, braking and cornering.

As well as the safety issues associated with driving a vehicle with a worn tyre, drivers can be fined for “driving an unsafe vehicle” and fined AUD$171, in addition police may “defect” the vehicle, restricting its use until repaired. Victorian law requires that tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

Wikinews investigated the average price of each tyre on a typical large and small Australian sedan, and SUV and found the cost to be AUD$129, AUD$105, and AUD$191 respectively.

SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding

SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As gas prices have risen in the United States, the regional transport authority for southeastern Pennsylvania, SEPTA, has seen a sharp increase in ridership, which has caused overcrowding on the trains.

“As fuel prices have continued to rise, SEPTA ridership has steadily increased and is the highest in 18 years,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey. Monthly ridership was 22 percent higher last month than a year ago.

“They have crushed loads on their rail lines, already where people are standing, and there’s not enough seats,” said Rich Bickel, the director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

“At peak times some railcars are standing room only and commuter parking lots are nearly full. All Regional Rail lines are running near full capacity and the train station parking lots are at about 90 percent capacity or more,” SEPTA spokesperson Felipe Suarez said.

While SEPTA awaits new Silverliner V trains from Hyundai Rotem, which begin arriving in 2009, it had hoped to lease eight rail cars from New Jersey Transit, at an agreed-upon rate of US$10,000 per month. However, due to problems with insurance and liability indemnification, the deal fell through, according to Casey.

SEPTA has entered a new agreement to purchase the eight rail cars from NJ Transit. The transit authority will pay US$670,000 for the cars and assorted supplies plus one additional inoperative car which will be used for spare parts. The rail cars will be operated using a SEPTA provided locomotive as they are not self-propelled.

The cars are being disposed of by NJ Transit because it has switched from single-floor cars to double-decker cars.

SEPTA is expecting to raise US$3.1 million by selling rail that has been out of service since 1981 at auction.

Toyota recalls 1.7m cars after new concerns

Toyota recalls 1.7m cars after new concerns

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Car manufacturer Toyota is to recall almost 1.7 million cars in two simultaneous recalls, that include the Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250, after concerns over fuel systems, which, if combined, amount to the biggest Toyota recall for six years.

Japan’s transport ministry stated it was possible for slight cracks to appear in fuel pipes in Avensis models, which may widen if the cars continue to be used. In the United Kingdom, Toyota GB are offering free repairs, which are expected to take around four and a half hours each. The Lexus IS 250 is involved in a separate recall, with around 280 thousand models outside of Japan being recalled over a faulty fuel pressure sensor, which can possibly come loose, causing a fuel leak.

The Managing Director of Toyota GB stated “We are committed to putting the customer first and have a total focus on the quality of all our products. We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption”.

Toyota has recalled over 16 million cars globally since late 2009.

What Does A Control Systems Engineer Do?}

Submitted by: Concept System

A common employee in many companies, especially those engaged in manufacturing and production, is someone experienced in control system engineering. This area of engineering reviews design systems and looks at sensors to review the performance of a machine and improve performance. These tend to create systems for automation, meaning that there is not the need for human intervention because the machines have a feedback loop that can make corrections as needed. More and more companies are relying on automation, making this type of engineer in a much higher demand.

The duties of a control system engineer differ based on the actual job and company for which he or she works; however, there are a few common duties and responsibilities one can expect the engineer to do.

Research and Design

It is common for a control system engineer to be in charge of research and designing new control systems for various needs. This might be to create an automated system that works without oversight, generally to be used on consumer items such as anti-lock brake systems on automobiles. However, many engineers are also expected to develop individualized control systems for specific jobs at a company and run it. Other engineers choose to do this on a consultation basis, building automated systems for different companies on an as-needed basis. Some engineers might also work exclusively in research and design for an engineering company that takes orders from other businesses.

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A control system engineer might also have a role in a business where his or her day-to-day job involves overseeing the systems and equipment, especially any control or automated systems. This includes testing and inspections of the equipment to ensure that the system is working as expected. It is essential for the machine to continue to operate as expected with consistent results that fall within specified tolerances. This is an essential task, as any breakdown in the systems would lead to a shutdown of the company’s daily work and end up causing lost profits.

Making Changes

When a system is not performing as expected, it is the duty of the control system engineer to make the changes necessary to get the equipment to work as needed. This might be working on the hardware or software of the system, or it might involve inputting some code to get the system back online. Many times, the engineer is working on a system he or she created, but the engineer might also have to work on a system put in place by a previous engineer, a consultant, or one designed by an engineering company. Therefore, extensive knowledge about the inner workings of the system is an essential component of any control system engineering job.

It is common for someone who wishes to become a control system engineer to undergo specific engineering education with an emphasis on systems and control programming. An engineer might choose to find a career focused on the research and designing of new control systems or might decide to work in analyzing and overseeing controls. In some places, the engineer might be expected to perform all of these functions. Regardless, they play a significant role as more companies head towards increased automation.

About the Author: Concept syst has been writing for 10+ years. He first delved into the world of writing when he wrote his first article for his university’s paper.Since then, Concept syst has enjoyed writing about technology, business, marketing, and anything that he thinks he should write about. For more information please visit at


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US stock markets tumble on ‘Black Monday’ anniversary

US stock markets tumble on ‘Black Monday’ anniversary

Saturday, October 20, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Some say history tends to repeat itself. Today marked a day in history, when 20 years ago, the United States Dow Jones Industrial Average market crashed, on what is known as ‘Black Monday‘. The crash sent the market tumbling down 508 points, losing nearly 24%. On Friday, the Dow Jones nearly broke that record when the market closed at -366.94 points, down almost three percent.

Several factors could be to blame for the loss, one being Turkey’s government approving a measure on October 18 to send Turkish troops into Iraq in an attempt to take out militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). This sent oil prices skyrocketing to the highest prices in history, with the highest record being just over US$89.00, which was set on October 18.

Fears that the housing market in the U.S. has come to a standstill has also lead Caterpillar Inc., which manufactures and sells construction equipment to issue a warning that the standstill would cause profits to drop, and the American economy to be severely hurt. On Friday their stocks lost nearly six percent to close at $73.57.

Investors and experts of the markets are disturbed by the losses calling the situation ugly.

“It’s pretty ugly. A company like Caterpillar should be a poster child for global growth and benefits of the weak dollar. It makes you question: Is global growth really that strong? Has the earnings kick from the weak dollar played itself out?” said Bell Curve Trading chief strategy expert, Bill Strazzullo.

Others believe that the losses were a way of emotionally responding to the events of ‘Black Monday.’

“Some of the earnings reports were a little disappointing but not that bad. I think we’re responding emotionally to the 20th anniversary of the October 1987 stock market crash. I’d like to laugh except it hurts,” said T Rowe Price Head trader, Andy Brooks.

The NASDAQ also took heavy losses to close down 74.15 points or -2.64%, closing at 2,725.16. The S&P 500 was also hit hard, losing 39.45 points, or -2.56%, closing at 1,500.63.

Two British hostages feared dead after bodies found in Iraq

Two British hostages feared dead after bodies found in Iraq

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The British government has said it fears that two bodies handed back by the Iraqi authorities are those of two Britons captured in 2007. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that forensic tests were currently being conducted to determine whether they were indeed those of the hostages.

In May 2007, four security guards and an IT consultant, Peter Moore, were kidnapped at the Ministry of Finance by armed militants of the Islamic Shiite resistance. The kidnappers released a video of the captives, saying that one will be killed if British forces do not withdraw from Iraq.

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Miliband said that “we have never speculated on the outcome of this case although we have been working intensively on it, so the overriding feeling today is one of deep sadness and fear. Our immediate thoughts are clearly with the families of the five Britons taken hostage in Baghdad in May 2007.”

Foreign Office sources have suggested that the bodies have been dead for several months.

Industrial Jewels Is A Global Manufacturing Company That Is Well Known For Making Micro Precision Pr}

Industrial Jewels is a global manufacturing company that is well known for making micro precision pr


Avastika Choudhary

Industrial Jewels is a global manufacturing company that is well known for making micro precision products. This manufacturing company supplies its products to 18 different industries worldwide. Industrial jewels manufacturing company has a wide range of manufactured jewel products. Their products are usually made up of ultra hard materials to ensure that they are quality made and durable for the consumers

One of the hard materials used by the Industrial jewelers is naturally existing sapphire and ruby materials. These materials are well known to be hard and tough. Ruby and are attractive hence best for jewelry use. The better part of these materials is that the materials can be polished. Sapphire materials come up with products like sapphire windows, sapphire stones, and sapphire balls. They are attractive in nature and light blue in color .Before delivery; the manufacturers ensure that the products have been perfectly polished.

The other quality product manufactured by Industrial Jewels is the glass ball. This particular product is mainly used in fiber optic connectors, ball check valves bar code scanners and other bearing applications. The industrial Jewel manufacturers also manufacture half glass balls that are made of sapphire and ruby. These balls are attractive in nature and durable in use. Another product obtained from the glass material is the glass ball lens.

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The glass ball lenses are manufactured in to two forms, which is the full and half ball lens. The product that is made of ceramic includes the ceramic ball. This particular product is hard tough and smooth. It is mainly used in fiber optic connectors, ball check valves, bar code scanners and bearing applications. Ceramic balls are opaque in nature. They are perfectly manufactured with a shiny smooth polish on the surface. The industrial jewelers normally ensure that the ceramic products have been perfectly manufactured and supplied in good quality.

The square windows are made out of sapphire or ruby. They are mainly used in making jewelry watches, medical equipment, bar code readers, IR application, UV application, and optical applications. The glass window is highly resistant to temperature, high transmission bandwidth, and high technical strength. They are also made of different quality polishes to enhance the texture of the surfaces.

The Industrial Jewels Company is well known in their submissive deliverance. Their main mission is to work hard in order to meet the consumer’s tastes and demands. In addition to this, they ensure that all their products are technology-based and up to date.



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