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Wendy’s surpasses the King

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Despite having over 1,300 locations more than Wendy’s, Burger King bumped down to the number three ranking of United States hamburger chains. In 2011, Wendy’s sales came out on top with $8.5 billion with Burger King close behind at $8.4 billion.

Wendy’s edged Burger King out of the number two spot for the first time since Dave Thomas founded the company in 1969.

McDonald’s still holds the number one spot, squashing both Wendy’s and Burger King with sales of more than $34 billion from 14,098 U.S. locations. Around the globe, Burger King clutches onto the number two ranking among hamburger joints.

Since 2006, the restaurant business has had a make-over in the top five competitors. According to Technomic, the top three restaurant chains used to be comprised entirely of hamburger chains: including McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s, respectively. Today, Subway is ranked second with $11.4 billion — a 48 percent jump, with Starbucks right behind with $9.8 billion — a 39 percent jump.

According to Technomic, Five Guys Burgers and Fries is creeping up on the other chains by making the largest leap last year.

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Telehandlers have gained enormous popularity in recent years and are now a familiar sight on construction jobs and farms worldwide. There are two type of telehandler those constructed with a rigid chassis and the up and coming telehandlers manufactured with an articulated chassis.

The most common telehandler found is the rigid chassis telehandler which utilizes a side mounted mast. This telehandler platform is great for pallet work, but very inefficient for loading work long term, as the stress on the front CV joints and chassis is immense, when the bucket is filled. The rigid bodied loaders are designed for pallet work arent generally recommended for bucket loading tasks as maintenance costs are high long term.

Articulated telehandlers and loaders are rapidly gaining popularity as users are beginning to identify the longevity benefits when they invest in a quality, heavy duty, articulated telehandler, particularly for bucket work. Articulated loaders are built on a heavy duty articulated loader chassis one that is designed for earthmoving and heavy duty pushing work. There is no doubt worldwide that articulated loaders dominated heavy earthmoving and this same design has been incorporated into the telehandler vehicle. This allows users to benefit from the strength of an articulated loader combined with the lift of a telehandler.

Please note, it is important to decide initially if a telehandler is actually the best choice for the job. An articulated front end loader is often a better choice for most tasks as it is stronger and requires less investment than an articulated telehandler. For heavy duty work it is best to invest in a heavy duty machine, and for small jobs a mini loader is often the best loader for the job. If you are comparing mini loaders and mini telescopics, (i.e. telehandlers under 4 tonne in operating weight) pay careful attention to the tipping height of the telescopic, as the SWL decreases dramatically when the telescopic boom is extended and can easily place the operator in a dangerous position. Generally the less a telehandlers weighs, the easier it is to get in this unsafe position.

This article focuses on comparing true rigid chassis telehandlers to equivalent articulated telehandlers usually those with an operating weight from 5 tonnes. Some of these advantages of an articulated telehandler are outlined below.

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When looking at buying an articulated loader or telehandler it is important to buy a loader with the seating position at the rear of the loader. One of the biggest advantages of articulated vehicles is the great visibility all around the cabin. An articulated telehandler or loader has a mast mounted on the front chassis and the driver sits on the rear. This set up will give the greatest driving efficiency, when reversing, particularly in tight areas. The driver simply reverses the same as a car. However with a few brands on the market, the operator sits on the front chassis. If the operator has to sit on the front of the loader, every time they reverse it is the same as reversing a car and trailer with a very short drawbar. The trailer swings in the opposite direction to the steering wheel and therefore more thought must go into it.

Articulated telehandlers have a great all round view as the mast is mounted in front of the driver and the operator can see both sides of the load. This allows the operator to work in confined spaces, if necessary, as they are confident of not accidently hitting personnel or vehicles in the area. The view out the rear of the loader is also superb as there are no connection points from the mast to the loader.

In a rigid chassis telehandler, the mast is mounted at the back, usually on the right hand side (RHS) of the telehandler. The operator sits on one side of the telehandler and the mast is mounted on the other side. The operator sits very low and has very poor vision of one side of the load, as the mast blocks vision. When stacking, it can be very difficult to make sure the RHS side of the load is stacked in tight. The vision out the RHS is sometimes completely obscured due to the side mounted mast. If the mast is raised anywhere near the operators head height, they cannot see anything to their direct right, it becomes a total blind spot and very unsafe. The mast is also mounted at the back RHS and this post is constructed extremely strongly as it bears the total weight of the mast and load. The post assembly obscures the vision out the back RHS and creates another blind spot. These blind spots force the operator to work very, very carefully, often with someone to monitor personnel and equipment in the vicinity and this significantly slows productivity. The operator must be extremely cautious the whole time. This is a big reason why articulated telehandlers and loaders are gaining even more rapid popularity for their superior view and safety which in turn maximizes productivity.

Some objections exist due to the SWL differences between articulated telehandlers and rigid chassis telehandlers and it would be good to clear up a few points. Rigid chassis telehandlers generally have a higher SWL compared to an articulated telehandler. This is the due to the fact the counterweight in an articulated loader, when fully articulated, comes closer to the front end, so SWL decreases. In a rigid telehandler, the counterweight stays at the same distance, no matter the steering position. The chassis length is longer in an articulated telehandler compared to a rigid chassis telehandler to offset this disadvantage and allows the telehandler to pick up more weight if driven correctly, ie., the operator should always load and unload their bucket with the telehandler straight not articulated. This extra chassis length is a huge advantage in rough terrain work, particularly when coupled with an oscillating rear axle and allows the telehandler to perform on rougher ground and maintain stability where a short wheel based machine cant. The mast height is also restricted in articulated telehandlers by manufacturers to ensure stability.

When comparing the lifting capacity of an articulated telehandler with a rigid telehandler, one must compare the tool frame at the same position out the front of the machine. Articulated telehandlers have a front mounted mast, and to accommodate the tool frame and telescopic sections, the bucket or pallet forks START at 1.2m from the wheels, giving you an effective working distance, to unload trucks for example. Rigid telehandlers on the other hand, have rear mounted masts so the telescopic sections are contained within the length of the chassis and the tool frame starts at the wheels. This retracted position is often not of much use and the tool frame must be extended before a bucket can be loaded or a pallet picked up. For this reason to compare the rigid chassis telehandler lift capacity, one should measure this at the same distance out from the front wheels, identical to the position where the articulated telehandler tool frame starts, as the carrying capacity will be less than the fully retracted position.

For bucket loading work it is usually better to purchase an articulated loader if the mast height is suitable for the application. An articulated loader will give a much faster loading speed than a telescopic as the telescopic cylinder doesnt have to be extended to unload to get above the trucks dump height. The cylinder must then be retracted to load the bucket again. By not having to extend the telescopic cylinder, it saves time and wear on cylinders and bushes, and there is potential to damage the extended cylinder, if the operator forgets to retract the cylinder when loading.

Articulated telehandlers also have a number of other amazing benefits due to their articulated steering. The turning circle of an articulated loader can be incredibly small, due to the front chassis operating somewhat independently to the rear chassis and as it is more like driving two small machines it gives unsurpassed access into confined areas.

One advantage of articulated steering is the ability to use rigid axles that need very little maintenance. Rigid bodied telehandlers however must use CF joints to steer. As the loader bucket is filled, the telehandlers centre of gravity shifts the machines entire weight onto the front wheels, axles and CV joints which end up taking constant punishment as they must steer under this load. However, articulated telehandlers have rigid axles so there are no CV joints to get damaged when the centre of gravity shifts forwards when loading the steering is controlled by articulating the whole front chassis.

Articulated steering also allows the operator to perfectly position a load just by turning the steering wheel, it really functions like an inbuilt side shift. Rigid bodied telehandlers however must move the whole machine to change the position of the load and can waste a lot of time during loading exercise. Crab steer can help somewhat, but the telehandler must still be completely moved to change the loading position at the mast face.

I hope this article has been of benefit showing the operational differences between an articulated telehandler and a rigid chassis telehandler. Articulated telehandlers are rapidly growing popularity worldwide and soon may become as common as the rigid chassis telehandlers due to their superior visibility and high productivity.

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Wikinews interviews a Restore the Fourth organizer

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A grassroots movement known as Restore the Fourth, dedicated to the protection of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, are to hold protests countrywide on July 4. The planned protests come in the wake of information about NSA surveillance leaked last month, notably the PRISM surveillance program and the collection of Verizon phone records. Wikinews interviewed Jett, a national organizer from this recently created movement.

((Wikinews)) First of all, could you explain what Restore the Fourth is all about?

Jett: At its core, RestoreTheFourth is about protecting citizens’ constitutional rights. Specifically, we’re dedicated to bringing awareness and action to the expanding overreach and elimination of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution.

((WN)) What is your role at Restore the Fourth?

Jett: My job at RestoreTheFourth could be summarized as ‘project coordinator’. Every person who wants to help can help in a tremendous way. I simply make sure that their skills get used in a way that would be most beneficial to the movement: web development, public relations, etc. I also field questions from the press and promote knowledge of our cause.

((WN)) What are your plans for direct action, outreach, etc.?

Jett: Our press release includes a list of ‘demands’ for what we want to see in order to restore our privacy rights, including reform of the PATRIOT Act and increased accountability for public officials. In the very short term, these protests and demonstrations bring awareness to the issue, something that’s really important in enacting reform. In the long term, however, we expect to create a legal organization dedicated to restoring these rights inherent to every American. By partnering with various other organizations that share our moral values, we can further these goals.
On July 4, we will have over 100 protests in all 50 states, showing that the citizens of America are truly serious about protecting their rights.

((WN)) By what means do you hope to achieve such change?

Jett: This movement started only a few weeks ago, and since then we’ve experienced exponential growth and progress. Since the movement is still very young, plans diverge in the long term on what we hope to achieve. Personally, I’d like to see a combination of legislative and litigative action (something like what the ACLU does), and others want to see further plans of action. With organizations such as the BORDC, stopwatching.us and the EFF behind us, I feel that we can achieve all of this and much more.
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((WN)) Is the movement US-only or will it extend to other jurisdictions as well? Do you think it would be fair for the US to spy on non-citizens?

Jett: I believe that rights are inherent to all humans, not only United States citizens. In the long term I’d certainly like to see people of all nations protected from the slow elimination of privacy that we’re all experiencing.
He’s [Edward Snowden] being treated as a ‘martyr’ of sorts. It seems to distract from what he truly believed in.

((WN)) What do you think about Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing?

Jett: I think that too much attention is being given to his personality instead of what he fought for. He’s being treated as a ‘martyr’ of sorts. It seems to distract from what he truly believed in — transparency for the government and inherent privacy for all Americans.

((WN)) What do you think about his future, given the legal grey zone in which he currently is?

Jett: Hard to say. He may be captured by any number of agencies, or he may live a free man. Whatever happens, he has the eyes of millions of people on him, all of whom will yell very loudly if anything occurs.

((WN)) Thank you very much for your time.

Jett: Thanks for the opportunity.
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CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Don Davies running in Vancouver Kingsway

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Don Davies is standing for election in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway.

A lawyer, he has spent the last 25 years fighting for human rights. A two-time student government representative, Davies was involved in the anti-apartheid, third world and peace movements. Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989, Davies and family moved to Vancouver in 1991, where he became the Director of Legal Resources for Teamsters Canada (Local 31), the next year. He is a long-time volunteer for children’s charity Variety, is Chair of the Parent Advisory Council at Mount Pleasant school, and a Director of the Meridian Cultural Society, among other things.

Wikinews contacted Don Davies, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

The riding is vacant, after Conservative Minister of International Trade David Emerson’s resignation. Emerson was elected in 2004 as a Liberal, serving as the Minister of Industry. Two weeks after re-election in 2006, he crossed the floor to join then-new Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had won a minority government. Emerson was the first MP in Canadian history to cross the floor before a new government was sworn in. He has stepped down, after pressure from other parties.

Besides Davies, major party candidates include Liberal Wendy Yuan, Conservative Salomon Rayek, and Green Doug Warkentin. Also putting their hat in the ring are Matt Kadioglu (Libertarian), Kimball Cariou (Communist), and Donna Peterson (Marxist-Leninist).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

This Saturday at 11 am, Davies will host NDP leader Jack Layton in the Commodore Ballroom at “rally4change”.

Polish Archbishop resigns after spying revelations

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Polish Archbishop resigns after spying revelations
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22 Mar

Monday, January 8, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Stanislaw Wielgus, the Archbishop of Warsaw, resigned yesterday after admitting to have worked for the secret police of Poland during the operation of the Communist government. At a mass in Warsaw Cathedral, the Archbishop was to have marked his formal installation. Instead, he tendered his resignation. The resignation came at the request of Pope Benedict XVI, who had appointed Wielgus one month previously.

The reaction to the resignation is mixed. Polish President Lech Kaczy?ski, who attended the service, applauded the resignation. Wielgus’ supporters gathered outside the cathedral, yelling “Stay with us”. Those opposed to the Archbishop also gathered outside, carrying banners that said “non possumus” (“we cannot allow that”).

Since the late 1960s, the former Archbishop spied on members of the Church for about 20 years. After the Gazeta Polska newspaper published allegations of his actions on December 20, Wielgus denied them. However, when church officials announced they had obtained documents showing that Wielgus had willingly co-operated with the secret services, he acknowledged that the accusations were true. There is some suspicion[1] that the documents were leaked by communists, in retribution for the Catholic Church’s role in the fall of European communism.

A poll, conducted by the TNS OBOP Institute and published January 5 in the Polish daily Dziennik Polska-Europa-?wiat, revealed that 26% supported the Archbishop’s immediate resignation, 41% thought that he would have to resign “after some explanations”, 20% believed that he should keep his position, and 13% had “no opinion”.

Cardinal Józef Glemp will retain the position of apostolic administrator until a replacement is chosen.

Consider An Airport Van Service For The Perfect Tour Guide

byAlma Abell

If the family is going to be taking a vacation to Hawaii, it is obvious that there is a great desire to do plenty of sightseeing. This means that it is important to be sure to have someone to do the driving. Get started by hiring an Airport Van Service to pick up the family from the airport and deliver them to the hotel. This way, everyone can get cleaned up and get ready to go see some of the most popular attractions.Clearly, it is going to be very easy to get lost in the area. Because of this, it is always a good idea to rely on someone else to take over the driving. A professional driver will be waiting at the airport. At this point, they will expect instruction regarding where to go. Of course, it is possible to look at the different things that they have to offer on their Facebook page or even their website, Hawaiiexecutivetransportation.com. Don’t get discouraged if it seems difficult to know where to go in Hawaii. This is something that is very common.One thing is for certain, it is quite often the vacation of a lifetime. This means that nothing should be overlooked. It doesn’t matter whether it is necessary to have a limousine, a sedan, or even an SUV. Maybe someone is getting married and they need a ride to the airport or anywhere else in the area. If this is the case, it is definitely a special occasion and it should be treated appropriately.

Maybe there is a corporate event coming up. If this is the situation, there’s a good chance that impressing someone is important. Make arrangements to have someone available to meet clients at the airport. A driver will deliver them to the meeting and make sure that they are well cared for during the commute. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It makes sense to make sure that someone is available to drive. Visit this website today and get started with making arrangements to have a professional driver from an Airport Van Service to pick up everyone in the party from one of the many airports in Hawaii.

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate
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22 Mar

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

WWE wrestler John Cena undergoes neck surgery after injury

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WWE wrestler John Cena undergoes neck surgery after injury
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22 Mar

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Stamford, Connecticut-based company World Wrestling Entertainment issued a press release last night, stating that wrestling performer John Cena is expected to recover from his injuries, after a surgery.

WWE Medical Program head, described in a press release as a “renowned neurosurgeon” Dr. Joseph Maroon performed the operation on Cena, after he sustained injuries during the SummerSlam match on Sunday August 24. He suffered a herniated disc in his neck, in a lost match against a wrestler named Batista.

Just hours after surgery, he visited the locker room of the SmackDown/ECW taping, commenting to the WWE website that: “I feel great. Dr. Maroon is fantastic. He explained every possible procedure he could and could not perform, and the potential risks of all of them. I explained to Dr. Maroon not only my immediate goals, but also my long-term goals. He took them all into consideration and recommended the most commonplace procedure with the least amount of side effects.”

While the option of fusion surgery was chosen previously by other WWE wrestlers (Edge, Steve Austin, Chris Benoit), Maroon removed a fragment from Cena’s spinal cord, which had been blocking a nerve.

The operation lasted 90 minutes; recovery is expected to take three months, instead of a previously suggested 12-14 months.

In his WWE career, Cena is a three-time WWE Champion, a three-time United States Champion, and a two-time World Tag Team Champion. He also won the 2008 Royal Rumble. Before being promoted to the main WWE roster, Cena trained in and wrestled for Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, holding the top titles of both promotions.

Google News seeks patent for search system that returns ‘quality’ links

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Google News seeks patent for search system that returns ‘quality’ links
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21 Mar

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Google News submitted patent applications both in the United States and world-wide in September 2003 for a system of ranking search returns. The patent protection filings seek to control Google’s approach that filters headlines through a complicated algorithm, including the quality of the news organization. How much of this system is currently in use by the search engine giant is unknown.

Primitive search engines are expected to organically evaluate links based on how closely the keywords typed in the search field match an object link, and how many other links are attached to the object. Then a measure of relevance is calculated before returning a reply.

It seems some measure of the work being done at Google is a reaction to search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns which can, if done effectively, skew results to certain domains. A challenge for Google is to develop its technology to nullify efforts on the dark side of SEO and link-spamming.

What also seems to be coming out from this, according to research from the Internet Search Engine Database, is that Google does indeed have a ‘sandbox’ where domains are evaluated first by a human factor before being released into its algorithms.

In its first ever Securities and Exchange Commission filing since the company went public last year, Google indicated that it intends to spend US$500 million on technology development, more than double the $177 million it spent two years ago.

The language used in the lengthy patent application itself is difficult to understand. An excellent article titled “Google United – Google Patent Examined” found below, describes some of the nuts and bolts of Google’s techniques.

Japanese Military Swords Rich In Tradition And Quality Of Construction

By Mary Murtha

Ever since humans learned how to shape metal, the sword has been the weapon of choice for many warriors. It is a sturdy, durable weapon that has been a fixture in the hands of soldiers for thousands of years. Military swords have been used in combat in nearly every continent and come in a myriad of styles.

The process of creating traditional Japanese military swords is not really a process it is an art. These swords are made using an intricate process developed by the Chinese and improved by the Japanese. The method involves an extraordinary amount of labor, and frequently, several workers would create swords through an assembly-line like process. The sword maker must heat, fold and hammer the metal until it reaches the desired thickness.

The steel used in Japanese military swords is thought to be the best for the creation of these deadly blades. Folding and hammering the metal enabled the steel to reach its strongest and most resilient state. Air bubbles were beaten out and the composition of the steel was turned uniform, thereby eliminating points of weakness.

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Japanese military swords were only allowed to have a single edge; the dull side was for support. Up until the onset of World War II, the majority of Japanese military swords were made by hand. With industrialization and a need to mass produce, swords created during WWII were done so by machine.

It is interesting to note the quality of these blades drastically decreased as the progression of the war gradually turned against Japan. High quality military swords created at the beginning of the fighting were replaced with low quality swords made with poor materials as combat came to an end. American forces in the Pacific Ocean had created a stranglehold on Japans ability to obtain resources and the quality of these weapons reflected it.

Today, with the modern weapons available to soldiers, military swords are no longer needed for combat. However, modern armies still produce swords for many of their troops as part of tradition. There are still a handful of traditional Japanese military sword makers that work to keep the art alive.

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