Ciudad de México contará con autos eléctricos en 2011

By | August 5, 2014

22 de noviembre de 2010

La alcaldía de la Ciudad de México anunció que a partir de 2011 iniciará la introducción de autos eléctricos, modelo Leaf fabricados por la armadora japonesa Nissan. El acuerdo implica que la alcaldía coloque la infraestructura de recarga necesaria para estos vehículos y la introducción de 500 autos que funcionarán como taxis.

Marcelo Ebrard, alcalde de la ciudad, celebró que la capital mexicana esté entre las primeras del mundo que contará con autos eléctricos cero emisiones. “México estará dentro del gran cambio tecnológico que en materia de energía se vivirá en todo el mundo”, declaró en un evento en el que fue presentado el modelo, llevado a cabo en la Plaza de Santo Domingo.

El nombre Leaf corresponde al acrónimo en inglés de “Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car”, que se traduce como automóvil familiar, líder, ambientalmente amigable, de costo asequible. El vehículo estará dotado de un motor eléctrico de 80kW (107 cv) con un par de 280 Nm y será propulsado por un grupo de baterías de ion de litio con un capacidad de 24 kWh, que pueden ser recargadas en un enchufe normal de 220V en menos de 8 horas o en un enchufe de carga rápida se cargarán al 80% en 30 minutos.

Advantages Of Choosing Solid Wood For Your Home

By | August 3, 2014

Submitted by: David Bonning

Every wood furniture maker will be more than happy to enlighten you about the joys and benefits of wood furniture and how a quality piece of furniture can really add to the unique and distinctive style of your home. But what is it exactly that appeals to so many and makes it so popular?

For starters, solid wood has a natural look and a beauty and grace that appeals to all styles and tastes, as a feature in a room it immediately draws attention and is guaranteed to be admired by everyone who sees it.

Wooden furniture is solid and tough and can last longer than you! Once you invest in a beautiful dining table set or console table it will be around forever and be appreciated by future generations. Although the wood can be tough and hard skilled craftsmen are experts at making furniture styles that mold to the body and are comfortable and easy to relax in. if you have young children running around bashing their toys into furniture and being their naturally rough selves then wood pieces can endure this battering much better than cheaper woods or furniture made from other materials.

Wooden furniture is straightforward to tailor as it can be shaped and rounded to form various designs, and if anyone in your home suffers from asthma or other allergies then get rid of those dusty carpets and replace them with hard flooring, it’s much easier to keep clean and dust-free, and when varnished looks fantastic.

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Although very strong, it is also lightweight enough to move around the home when you want a change of scenery or the kids are moving into another bedroom as they get older. Keep the house alive and modern by updating your style and d cor every few years, your solid wood dining tables chair sets will still look good with any d cor and background.

Wood is an affordable material, if you can’t afford oak then check out the range of pine items available, stain it in oak varnish and no-one will even know the difference. Wood is a luxury most of us can afford.

Hardwood flooring is often preferred by homebuyers as it’s seen as healthier and cleaner, the transformation it can bring to a room is also dramatic and stunning. If you are intending to sell your home then it might well be worth investing in wood flooring to attract buyers and get the property sold. As well as smartening the property up it’s fresh and contemporary, but timeless and classic. Highly resistant to wear and tear if it’s looking worn after a few years then simply get it re-varnished, Add a few colourful rugs in strategic places and give the whole area a real modern look.

It’s important to keep on top of the cleaning to avoid illness and allergies but the hardest room to keep hygienic is generally the kitchen with food preparation going on and liquids being spilt, and it’s prone to moisture. In areas like this hardwood for the floor covering is ideal as it’s so easy to clean and won’t stain or smell should food and liquids get tipped onto it. Good too for bathrooms as it’s waterproof and highly resistant to steam, molds and mildews, as well as being easy to dry after showering and baths.

If buying oak then make sure it’s solid oak and not veneer or particle board. Furniture that is not true oak may not stand up to the test of time. Be mindful that solid furniture may be on the costly side of your budget, but rest assured that if it’s true solid oak it’s an investment that can last for years to come.

It’s important to create the right ambiance in your home, whether it’s a romantic look for the bedroom or dining sets that add style and elegance to any dining room.

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Owner and manager of Moroccan factory arrested over 55-fatality fire

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Sunday, April 27, 2008 

Police have arrested the owner of a mattress factory in Hay Hassini, Casablanca, Morocco which burned down in a disaster that claimed 55 lives. His son, who was the factory’s manager, was also arrested.

Those killed — 35 of whom were women — were trapped inside by locked fire exits, which were barricaded to stop theft during working hours. “The people who died were either asphyxiated or burned,” commented a firefighter. 17 were wounded. Moustapha Taouil of the Casablanca civil protection service said the blaze was triggered by an inadequatly maintained electric saw on the ground floor. The initial fire quickly engulfed all four storeys of the building.

The Rosamor factory was clearly operating unsafely, officials said. “It’s a building with a ground floor and three upper floors specialising in making furniture, therefore there were highly inflammable products,” said Taouil. “We confirmed during our examination that the owners of the premises failed to respect legal requirements for this kind of industry including staff training… the owner in contravention of the law, locked staff inside the plant apparently to prevent theft of raw material. It was this that prevented them getting out. The fire was caused by lack of proper maintenance of certain machines and electrical installations.” He said a short circuit on the ground floor, which was filled with power saws, triggered the disaster.

As a result of the investigatons, “The plant’s owner, Adil Moufarreh, and his son Abdelali Moufarreh, who was the manager, have been taken into custody after having been questioned by police,” said an official.

28-year-old factory employee Fadila Khadija said “There was no emergency exit, the extinguishers were empty and the working conditions were difficult.” One source said that windows were also unusable as they were covered with iron bars. 20-year-old survivor Omar Elaaz said “I was working on the first floor as an upholsterer. The smoke came up from the ground floor where the foam rubber, wood and glue are stored. I used a gas bottle to break the wire mesh that protects every window.” 31-year-old upholsterer Hakim Hakki told of his own lucky escape and its effect on him from hospital: “I jumped from the third floor with four other colleagues while the women, who didn’t dare to follow us, perished in the inferno. God saved me but I’ll never forget those who died.”

The father of deceased 19-year-old Abdelazziz Darif said his son was paid 250 dirhams (20 euro/31 US dollars) per week and did not have social insurance.

British serial killer jailed for three prostitute murders

By | August 2, 2014

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 

A British serial killer has yesterday entered guilty pleas to all three counts of murder he faced. Stephen Griffiths, 40, who attracted tabloid attention by calling himself the “Crossbow Cannibal”, killed the prostitutes in his flat in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Griffiths, a former van driver with a degree in psychology and studying for a PhD in criminology, was caught when police were alerted to a murder caught on CCTV. A caretaker, reviewing footage from the building where Griffiths’s flat is, saw Suzanne Blamires, 36, and Griffiths enter the flat. Two minutes later, she ran out and he followed, beating her to the ground and shooting her in the head with a crossbow. He raised his crossbow above his head for the CCTV, then dragged the body away. Returning with a drink, he raised the can and one finger to the camera.

Over the course of a weekend, he was seen several times with bin bags and a rucksack. After Griffiths was arrested by armed police on May 24, her dismembered remains were found floating the the River Ayre near Shipley; her head was in a rucksack and it was yesterday revealed a crossbow bolt and broken knife were embedded in it. Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said she was in 81 pieces.

Smith added that Griffiths confessed to killing her and cutting her up by hand; he had previously used power tools on his victims. Shelley Armitage, 31, had been missing since April when police charged Griffiths; a piece of spine in the River Ayre was later identified as hers. Also found by the river was a suitcase containing knives and saws.

It was yesterday revealed her murder was also on video. Griffiths recorded the act on his mobile, which he then lost on a train. Its finder sold it on twice before police retrieved it, but the footage remained. Armitage is seen hogtied on cushions, the words “My Sex Slave” spray-painted in black on her back. She is also seen dead and naked in his bathtub. “I am Ven Pariah, I am the Bloodbath Artist,” Griffiths said as part of a commentary to the video. “Here’s a model who is assisting me.”

The third murder – that of Susan Rushworth, 43 – dates back to June last year, when she vanished. Although police believe she was killed with a hammer and Griffiths has spoken of the death, no remains were ever found and the only physical evidence was one bloodstain in her killer’s flat. Police found evidence he tried to clean up, with bathroom tiles removed and carpets lifted.

“It was just a slaughterhouse in the bathtub,” he told police at interview. He later confessed to police that “I, or part of me, is responsible for killing Susan Rushworth, Shelley Armitage and Suzanne Blamires, who I know as Amber.” Two crossbows, crossbow bolts, and serial killer literature were seized from his flat.

The day before the final murder, Griffiths wrote on MySpace, using the Ven Pariah pseudonym, he had “finally emerged into the world.” He continued: “What will this pseudo-human do, one wonders. Poor Stephen, pretended to be me, but he was only the wrapping. He knew towards the end, that I supplied the inner core of iron. Hatred Bound Tightly In Flesh. At very long last, the time has come to act out.” He would later tell officers he was having a mental “civil war”.

He told the magistrates’ court on his first appearance his name was “The Crossbow Cannibal.” Yesterday, he was asked at Leeds Crown Court merely to confirm his name, answering “yes”. Each murder charge was read to him, and he answered “guilty” to each. Five security guards flanked him. He has also called himself the SF killer. Although he claimed to have boiled and eaten flesh from the first two victims and eaten the third raw, police could not verify this. The Telegraph says the suspect he invented it to increase his fame, but News Limited quotes Sky News as claiming police believed his cannibalistic claims.

Mr Justice Openshaw, the judge, yesterday called Griffiths “wicked and monstrous.” He told the court the killer’s mental health had been investigated and there is “no question that he [i]s fit to plead.” He gave Griffiths the whole life tariff, meaning he will never be released.

Griffiths has attempted suicide while in prison awaiting trial, and police have not yet established if he killed three more women, as he told officers his count stood at six.

At the time Griffiths was charged, Nicky Blamires, 54, has told the press her daughter Suzanne was a “much-loved” family member even though she “went down the wrong path and did not have the life she was meant to have.” “Nobody deserves this,” she said. “All these girls were human beings and people’s daughters.”

Griffiths was known as “the lizard man” in his block of flats owing to his habit of walking his two pet monitor lizards in the area. One neighbour is reported to have quoted him as saying he was studying for “a PhD in murder and Jack the Ripper,” and he has spent time in a high-security psychiatric hospital.

British media was quick to compare the case to Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper”. Sutcliffe was a Bradford killer responsible for thirteen murders and seven attempted murders, including several prostitutes. Since his 1981 conviction he has spent most of the last three decades in Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital near London.

Negli USA il primo dipinto di Michelangelo bambino

By | August 1, 2014

giovedì 14 maggio 2009

Il Tormento di Sant’Antonio è il primo dipinto realizzato da un giovanissimo Michelangelo Buonarroti (aveva tra 12 e i 14 anni), probabilmente nel periodo in cui si trovava a bottega dal Ghirlandaio. Il 13 maggio 2009 l’opera è finita in un museo del Texas.

Ancora oggi non è certa l’attribuzione dell’opera ad un adolescente Michelangelo: gli esperti sono in disaccordo, tuttavia i favorevoli basano le loro tesi sul fatto che sulla parte sinistra del quadro le rocce sarebbero dipinte con il caratteristico tratteggio incrociato tipico solo dell’artista fiorentino. Il dipinto raffigura sant’Antonio fluttuante nell’aria circondato da demoni di colore rosso e verde. Il dipinto è stato realizzato con una tecnica mista olio/tempera su tela.