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U.S. Auto Sales in March Fell Less Than Estimates on Incentives

April 2 (Bloomberg)—U.S. auto sales tumbled 37 percent in March, less than analysts estimated, as record incentive spending helped blunt the effect of job losses and low consumer confidence.

By News on the Net - Thursday, April 2, 2009 - Full Story

Accelerate efforts to counter the global threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Beijing - Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.

By Guest Column - Thursday, April 2, 2009 - Full Story

My 2009 MLB Predictions

In 2006, I was the subject of derision when I predicted the Tampa Bay Devil Rays would win that year’s World Series.  Much of it was deserved as the team had the worst record in Major League Baseball that season losing 101 games.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - Full Story

Obama says GM, Chrysler must ‘stand on their own’

U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the restructuring plans from GM and Chrysler Monday and gave the automakers a short window to revise their bids if they want to receive federal bailout money.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - Full Story

Canada readies $4B auto lifeline

OTTAWA - The federal and Ontario governments have agreed to extend $4 billion in stop-gap funding for Chrysler Canada and General Motors Canada while issuing a stern warning to the companies and their union that time and patience is running out.

By News on the Net - Monday, March 30, 2009 - Full Story

Proposed Pesticide Ban Presents Problems

The Cosmetic Pesticide Ban is making its way through the Ontario provincial legislature. Normally such would proceed with all the speed of cold molasses. Here, politicians and their bureaucratic accessories are moving with all the enthusiasm of dung beetles heading for an open sewer.

By Wes Porter - Monday, March 23, 2009 - Full Story

Of Sheep and Sheepdogs: Book On Combat Revised

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once told Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman: “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.”

By Jim Kouri - Sunday, March 22, 2009 - Full Story

CogniFit Harnesses the Power of Personalization with New Personal Coach Brain Fitness Program

Seattle, WA – March 18, 2009 – CogniFit®, Ltd., a leading producer of personalized brain fitness programs, today announced the release of CogniFit Personal Coach™, an online brain fitness training program, at the Aging in America (ASA) Conference. CogniFit Personal Coach provides scientifically proven, personalized exercises for people who want to maintain their cognitive vitality. The program uses patented techniques to assess and enhance essential cognitive abilities and psychomotor skills.

By Guest Column - Saturday, March 21, 2009 - Full Story

100 years of a spy-empire

Secret Wars. One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6When Sir Winston Churchill resigned from the office of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, in 1955, he was quoted as saying “I will not preside over the dismembering” of what was previously The British Empire. But as the Empire shrank quickly to the size of the United Kingdom, the “Spy-Empire” of MI5 and Mi6, founded in 1909, never receded but expanded world-wide and turned high-tech.

By David M. Dastych - Friday, March 20, 2009 - Full Story

Windsor auto workers seize shuttered plant

A group of disgruntled workers at a recently closed auto parts supply company in Windsor, Ont., have taken over the plant.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - Full Story

The ostrich policy

- Alexander Maistrovoy

The West don’t struggle with the threat of Islamic fanaticism, they pretend that this danger does not exist at all.


By Guest Column - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - Full Story

Son of a Betula – Its Birch Syrup

“Birch syrup,” she exclaimed. “You mean maple syrup, don’t you?”

By Wes Porter - Monday, March 16, 2009 - Full Story

Eye-opening survey finds Canadians lack critical knowledge about glaucoma

On the eve of World Glaucoma Day, results from a recent CNIB survey suggest many Canadians lack critical knowledge about this serious eye condition and are not taking the necessary steps to detect it early.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - Full Story

Saint Patrick’s Cabbage

Apostle of Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh St. Patrick has given his name to many things. St. Patrick’s Purgatory, for example, was where the saint had a vision of purgatory, traditionally on tiny Station Isle in Lough Derg, southeast Donegal. Then there is St. Patrick’s Cabbage. No, not the mythical shamrock nor a member of the Brassicaceae but a Saxifraga.

By Wes Porter - Monday, March 9, 2009 - Full Story

Getting relief down under

Sent in by a reader
It has been so hot in Aussie for over a week… up to 40 degrees Celsius everyday, very dry also.

A guy at work lives at Maude. His wife sent him these photos of a little wild Koala which just walked into the back porch looking for a bit of heat relief.

She filled up a bowl with water and this is what happened!

By Guest Column - Sunday, March 8, 2009 - Full Story

Darwin’s Beagle – A Scientist’s Floating Laboratory

“You care for noting but shooting, dogs and rat-catching,” his father once told him, “and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.” It was not much of a comment on a man who had an enormous influence on the life sciences – and beyond.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, March 8, 2009 - Full Story

Aluminum in Water Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

Higher levels of aluminum in drinking water appear to increase people’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, whereas higher levels of silica appear to decrease the risk, according to French investigators.

By News on the Net - Friday, March 6, 2009 - Full Story

Not exactly your parent’s tune-up

What is a tune-up? Go and ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of the term and chances are there will be 10 different answers. Certainly the classic tune-up was once the heart and soul of the automotive business.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - Full Story

Profits up again at Porsche

Stuttgart. After the first six months of the current 2008/09 business year (August 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009), Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart can look back on a further increase in Group profit before taxes.

By Guest Column - Monday, March 2, 2009 - Full Story

March Gardening

Tired of winter? Suffering from a severe case of cabin fever? Cast a jaundiced eye on the pendulous forms of the local weeping willows. Their twigs have turned a bright yellow signalling the approach of spring. The more upright shoots of native black willow are orange coloured in similar anticipation. Time to remind ourselves of the old garden adage: When you fall through the bed I’ll meet you in the spring.

By Wes Porter - Monday, March 2, 2009 - Full Story