Ozzy Osbourne’s personal possessions fetch $800,000 for charity

Ozzy Osbourne’s personal possessions fetch $800,000 for charity

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 23, 2017

Sunday, December 2, 2007

American heavy metal performer Ozzy Osbourne, who became famous as the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath and later as a solo act, has raised more than US$800,000 for The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, founded by his spouse Sharon Osbourne at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, by auctioning off personal items.

A number of the items that he auctioned off over the two day period have been seen on his reality TV show The Osbournes, which featured home life with Sharon, Ozzy and their two children. Amongst some of the higher-priced items were a carved walnut Victorian-style custom built pool table which raised $11,250, a painting from Edourad Drouot which fetched $10,500, a pair of Ozzy’s famous round glasses which raised $5,250 and a dog bed given to Sharon by Elton John which sold for $2,375.

Some more famous items were also amongst the 500 lots offered. Ozzy’s black satin coat, complete with bat-wing cape, raised $3,300 and a hand-painted floral cup used regularly on The Osbournes made $1,625. A bronze plaque of a demon’s head that was regularly seen in its position adorning the front door of their house had been expected to go for $800 to $1,200instead raised $8,750. A wire model of the Eiffel Tower from on the kitchen table sold for $10,000, while skull-covered trainers Ozzy had worn reached $2,625. Bidders came from as far away as Germany to buy what they could from his mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

However, three cars included in the auction failed to attract bidders and did not sell. They were a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, estimated at $160,000 to $180,000, a 2005 Cadillac CTS-V sedan estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 and a 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 Club Coupe previously owned by author Danielle Steel estimated at $40,000 to $50,000. Sharon had earlier said of the cars “We’re not great car people. They really don’t do a lot for us.

Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, which organised the two-day sale, said “It did very well. It raised some good money for a very worthy cause.”

“For a celebrity garage sale, it was pretty spectacular.,” he went on. He also commented on the fact that there was fierce competition for the many artworks included. “We had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you don’t see every day. For the most part the metalheads were outbidding the art crowd.”

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Stylish Buffets &Amp; Hutches For Your Dining Room}

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 19, 2017

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Dining room furniture includes a lot of different pieces of furniture apart from table and chairs. There are sideboards, cabinets, buffets & hutches which help in decorating and other services as well. Stylish buffets and hutches add personal flair to your dining. They are great to bring in extra storage space and functionality to your dining room.

A dining room hutch and buffet adds elegance and class to the dining area. For a touch of formal grace go for large elaborate buffet hutches, while for a more relaxed and informal appearance a smaller, functional one would help large and small rooms alike. It might be difficult to adjust dining room furniture all at once, for which buying multi-functional furniture is ideal. The buffet and hutch come in pair or can be bought separately.

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Hutches stand tall against the wall, utilizing the vertical space rather than the floor space and are perfect for small rooms. Their beauty is the glass doors which gives lot of open space for display. Beautifying the open display is also an art as it should not be cluttered giving it an untidy and unimpressive look. The drawers and small cabinets of the hutch can be used for storage purpose. If you are looking for something more sophisticated then go for mirror backed hutches which enhances the beauty of the china and silverwares on display.

Buffets can be decorative, useful for storage and also act as server tables. They are beautifully designed with useful storage space and glass cabinets for display. They serve the best dining furniture because of their multipurpose features. They also support other home decorative items, which makes them look more elegant.

In order to utilize the space, accommodate all furniture and to leave considerable free space, concentrate on room corners. Sideboard buffets and cabinet buffets look good when you need something to stand alone against the wall. Always choose the furniture carefully keeping the room size and in mind.

Buffets and hutches also elaborate on your personal taste for decorating your home beautifully. They come in variety of designs, colors and sizes to fit in well with both large and small rooms requirement. Its not necessary for a dining room to be elegant and sophisticated. They can be kept simple and yet beautiful as its all about showcasing your personal style.

Place your hutch in the dining room for a beautiful backdrop or a buffet for a comfortable serving when entertaining guests over dinner. They both make good and useful dining room furniture and can be purchased online to get the best bargain.

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Victoria Wyndham on Another World and another life

Victoria Wyndham on Another World and another life

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 19, 2017

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Victoria Wyndham was one of the most seasoned and accomplished actresses in daytime soap opera television. She played Rachel Cory, the maven of Another World‘s fictional town, Bay City, from 1972 to 1999 when the show went off the air. Wyndham talks about how she was seen as the anchor of a show, and the political infighting to keep it on the air as NBC wanted to wrest control of the long-running soap from Procter & Gamble. Wyndham fought to keep it on the air, but eventually succumbed to the inevitable. She discusses life on the soap opera, and the seven years she spent wandering “in the woods” of Los Angeles seeking direction, now divorced from a character who had come to define her professional career. Happy, healthy and with a family she is proud of, Wyndham has found life after the death of Another World in painting and animals. Below is David Shankbone’s interview with the soap diva.


  • 1 Career and motherhood
  • 2 The politics behind the demise of Another World
  • 3 Wyndham’s efforts to save Another World
  • 4 The future of soap operas
  • 5 Wyndham’s career and making it as a creative
  • 6 Television’s lust for youth
  • 7 Her relationship today to the character Rachel Cory
  • 8 Wyndham on a higher power and the creative process
  • 9 After AW: Wyndham lost in California
  • 10 Wyndham discovers painting
  • 11 Wyndham on the state of the world
  • 12 Source

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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 19, 2017

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

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AFC Asian Cup: Qatar scores late to draw with defending champions Japan/Table

AFC Asian Cup: Qatar scores late to draw with defending champions Japan/Table

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 19, 2017

2007 AFC Asian Cup Group B
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Vietnam 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
Japan 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Qatar 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
2007 AFC Asian Cup Group B table as of June 9, 2007.

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Non Owner Car Insurance: Common Misconception Points About Coverage}

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 18, 2017

Submitted by: Ed Sneineh

Individuals purchase insurance to satisfy specific financial, personal or law related wants. Because people’s needs are different then it can follow that whatever is ideal for someone may not be suitable for another customer. Non owner auto insurance is one of the most misunderstood coverage in the insurance industry.

Non owner auto insurance offers bodily injury and property damage insurance coverage for accidents that caused by the neglectful acts of the insured customer while the he/ she is operating a vehicle that is not owned by that insured person. The coverage obtained is subject to the same State laws that regulate the auto insurance community.

There are few misperception about non owner auto insurance coverages: The following is a list of primary factors regarding non owner policies:

– Non owner auto insurance features additional coverage, not primary insurance, on the vehicle that you operate but you do not own. In other words, the car that you drive must be insured with a primary policy, as well. State rules mandate motor vehicles, not humans, to be insured for liability. Therefore your non owner insurance certificate will insufficient as a proof of liability insurance for a non insured car that you operate.

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– Non owner does not offer any coverage if the operator is operating a commercial auto, or a private passenger car that is used for commercial purposes, such as transporting merchandise for a price.

– Non owner auto insurance offers liability coverage only and, without question, no physical damage (comp & collision.) This can be problematic when an insured with non owner policy (a 20 year old driver, for instance) is using his/her parent’s brand new luxury vehicle where the young operator is not included on the parent’s policy. If the young operator is involved in an auto accident while driving that auto, the parent’s policy may refuse all coverage, and the youthful driver’s non owner policy will only assume the liability part of coverage, resulting in a situation where there may be no physical damage coverage to take care of the parent’s luxury auto.

Non owner auto insurance is not designed to be a substitute for regular auto insurance. If an operator is supposed to be scheduled on a particular policy covering a particular vehicle (a resident of the same household, or one who is provided that car for regular use) then there could be a problem related to the validity of certain coverage in the event of an auto accident while using that car. To overcome potential problems you need to schedule all the operators in the household and all the operators that use the insured vehicle(s) on regular basis.

So what are the purposes of the non owner insurance? Non owner auto insurance is used for certain situations including:

a. Meeting legal requirements. Sometimes the authorities may ask from a licensed driver to have auto insurance coverage to go with certain financial responsibility rules related to maintaining driving privileges. If the person does not have a regular car insurance policy to file with the state then she or he will have to cover that requirement by purchasing a non owner policy. Satisfying state financial responsibility requirement through non owner policy is called ‘non owner sr22 insurance filing.’

b. Additional Protection. When someone has doubts about the adequacy or authenticity of insurance that already exists on autos that the person may be driving then a non owner policy will be of value. Non owner insurance will pay above and beyond what the primary insurance on a particular vehicle pays.

Non owner coverage in commercial settings

As indicated earlier personal non owner provides car insurance coverage similar to the coverages that the Personal Auto Policy provides. Non owner is useless in situations where the vehicle used is a business vehicle or if the accident happens during driving any auto for commercial use (using your relative’s vehicle to deliver pizza for a food establishment.)

A similar notion in commercial insurance exists. The concept is called ‘hired and non owned auto’ which may be obtained as part of the business owner policy or a business auto policy. Hired auto will pay for damages that you, the owner of the business, may create while driving a rented vehicle or “non-owned” vehicle for commercial purposes. Non owned auto refers to paying for damages that you or any of your employees cause while driving any auto that you do not own for commercial purposes (ie you send your employee to make a deposit or to purchase office supply using their own vehicle.) Every business needs to pay attention to these coverages if they are required, because they are optional and extra premium must be paid to get them.

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Ford, Fiat to produce small cars together

Ford, Fiat to produce small cars together

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 18, 2017

Friday, September 9, 2005

Italian-based Fiat Auto SPA and US-based Ford Motor Co. announced they signed an agreement to cooperate in designing two small car models. This came only seven months after General Motors severed their relationship with Fiat.

Both companies plan to work together on a new version of the popular Fiat Cinquecento and on a replacement for the Ford Ka, both to be based on the Fiat Panda platform.

The cooperation can help reduce the companies’ small car production costs and ease financial difficulties they are facing. Ford is struggling with high labor and health care costs, while Fiat suffers from its unprofitable Italian plants.

After the deal was announced, shares of Fiat rose $0.06 to $9.44, while Ford gained $0.06 to $9.95 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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Sheffield tram-train project back on the rails

Sheffield tram-train project back on the rails

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 18, 2017

Monday, March 28, 2011

An ambitious project to bring a unique tram-train service to Sheffield and Rotherham, in the United Kingdom, is back on track, following the announcement of a £150,000 Government grant on Thursday. The plans, which were originally to see tram-train operation on a trial basis over the Penistone line during 2010, have been on the cards since 2008, but were shelved during 2009 to allow alternative proposals to be drawn up. The current plans will now see the vehicles operating along a currently-freight-only line between Rotherham and Meadowhall, before linking up with the existing South Yorkshire Supertram network there and continuing onto the streets of Sheffield.

The plans to use tram-trains — which are already in widespread use throughout continental Europe, but not at all within the UK — have come about as an alternative to an original proposal to extend the Supertram network to Rotherham, which would be a much larger expense for the same or even fewer benefits.

Whilst the journey between Sheffield and Rotherham is already covered by mainline trains, project officials believe that the new service – running via Meadowhall South and Rotherham Central and terminating at Parkgate, with a twenty-minute headway throughout – will attract extra custom to the intermediate points between the two conurbations, as well as making travel easier for people who find it hard to walk to and from Sheffield’s railway station; the tram-trains will serve the heart of the city-centre.

Now that the funding for further feasibility work has been approved, Network Rail, Northern Rail and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) can continue to look at the business and project case for the trial, which will look at a range of issues, including economic and environmental benefits of the tram-trains, and ensuring that the vehicles will be safe to run on both the Supertram network and heavy rail tracks.

Transport Minister Norman Baker announced the sum, and stressed the Government’s commitment to the scheme: “There is no doubt about finance being available to deliver the scheme. The Government is committed to a trial of tram-trains in the UK and the route between Sheffield and Rotherham is the best place to develop it. This is a unique scheme.

“Tram-trains offer passengers travelling from rural and suburban areas into city centres a viable, environmentally sound alternative to short and medium car commuting that can cut congestion and reduce overcrowding at railway stations.

“These sorts of rail fleets are already in use on the continent, but this is a first for the UK. The funding we are providing for this exciting project represents a real chance for us to test whether they can be adapted successfully for South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.”

David Brown, director of SYPTE, added: “We have done an awful lot of work on the plans so far and further efforts will look at ensuring the vehicles are compatible with both types of network, which are the same gauge.”

If further investigations are successful, the system could be up and running by 2014.

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STS-115 launch delayed

STS-115 launch delayed

Posted by D3ctJ9 on June 18, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2006

The launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, on mission STS-115 has been delayed by at least 24 hours due to a short in number one of the Orbiter’s three Fuel cells. NASA expects to have more information available at 1pm EDT when they will have a meeting followed by a press conference.

The delay could result in a rollback, as the problem cannot be resolved on the pad. The flight has been delayed multiple times since August 27th.

NASA managers have extended their hold on the Space Shuttle Atlantis launch until at least Friday, due to a problem in the shuttle’s electrical power system. At a 6 p.m. briefing on Wednesday, NASA’s STS-115 Mission Management Team announced that because of the fuel cell anomaly it would be prudent to spend another 24 hours to research the issue. The management team will meet again at 1 p.m. on Thursday to assess the data gathered about the fuel cell issue and decide whether the launch will take place on Friday.

Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-115 crew is set to launch Friday morning on an assembly mission to the International Space Station. The launch time for Atlantis is targeted for 11:41 a.m. EDT

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Used Bucket Truck Get Best Asset While Keeping To Budget

Posted by D3ctJ9 on May 30, 2017

Submitted by: Erik Jones

Investing in bucket truck is always better in the long haul as it helps a business make considerable upfront savings. For getting a vehicle which suits your needs perfectly, there are various factors which need to be taken into consideration.

Economic crunch or not, it is important for businesses to get the best asset while keeping to their budget. Bucket trucks are important to a number of businesses or industries particularly construction and telecommunication. However, they need not spend the most to get the best truck. A well chosen budget truck could come in half as much price as a new truck, and be as much efficient.

Some businesses prefer renting bucket trucks instead of putting in capital in buying them. However, in the long run, they find out that they have ended up shelling out as much money as rent as they would have to spend while buying a brand new one. Had the business decided to buy the truck, it would have recovered all the investment in the same time and chances are, might have made some extra income, by itself renting out the truck.

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By purchasing used truck, a business can make considerable upfront savings. Buying a reconditioned bucket truck will let you get the truck for a lower price point than buying a new one. Usually, it is only the large businesses that prefer new bucket trucks. An average business would more or less decide on a used vehicle, which is usually enough to take care of its needs.

There are many considerations that go into the purchase of a reconditioned bucket truck. The foremost factor to be considered is to determine the requirements. Different trucks come with different features and your decision depends on the type of job you expect the truck to perform. Although the basic job done by these trucks is the same, the vehicles are designed with different configurations to take care of specific jobs.

Lift capacity and the working height is a major configuration that must be kept into account. Small truck offer a working height of approximately 40 feet while the taller ones protrude above 140 feet. Cost of the truck is also proportionate with these factors. Routine work conditions you encounter are also important along with the size of the truck itself. It will be hard to operate a larger vehicle in a tight construction area. A smaller vehicle would better suit such conditions.

Another factor to consider is the weight capacity. You need to make sure that the weight capacity exceeds the capacity of the planned job requirement. While a truck is designed to carry one person with necessary tools and equipment, there are used bucket trucks that can carry two people at a time. Again, the more weight capacity would translate into account. Hence, you need to ponder over your requirements to find out what exactly are your needs.

You also need to weigh the boom. The term denotes the type of lifting arm in the truck. Two different types of booms deployed in the truck are, telescopic and articulating. Telescopic boom has a single joint which makes it difficult to maneuver the vehicle in tight locations. However, these are easy to maintain and inexpensive. Articulated boom has three articulated joints that allows the boom to fold or adjust to the available space. The other side is, it is expensive and needs to be maintained well.

In nut and shell, you must decide on the truck you need, factoring in your requirements and budget. Once you have your mind clear on the vehicle you need, visit the websites of used truck dealers, discuss with them your requirements and get a truck which best suits your needs.

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