Car Body Types Explained

Most of us don’t buy new cars all that often, so it’s no surprise that some people get confused over the descriptions of the various types of cars that are available on the market. Most of the terms used to describe a type of car refer to its body shape, rather than its performance, or other features. If you are thinking of buying a new car, then arm yourself with the facts before you hit the showrooms with this simple and easy to follow guide to the various types of cars and their body shapes.

Sedan

A sedan, which is sometimes called a saloon, is the standard passenger car that has a bonnet at the front, a boot for luggage in the back, and usually four doors. This is one of the most popular types of car and they are ideal for families, as they usually seat four or five people comfortably.

Hatch-back

Hatch-backs are the types of cars that have no rear boot, but they have a rear compartment that can be accessed via a door that swings open at the back. The other feature of this type of car is that rear luggage compartment is not sealed off from the passenger compartment. Hatch-backs are usually smaller cars and they often have only three doors, including the swing door at the back.

Estate

Estate cars, or wagons, are like a larger version of a hatchback with an extended rear compartment for storing luggage. Like a hatchback, this type of cars luggage area is not separated from the passenger compartment and, usually, the rear seats can be folded down to accommodate a greater amount of luggage when it is required. Due to the extended rear compartment, estate cars are normally quite long.

Coupe

A coupe will be quite a small, two door car, and they are usually quite sporty in style too. They will normally only seat two people comfortably, but they might have two very small seats in the rear, but with very limited leg room.

Convertible

Convertibles, sometimes called cabriolets, are the types of cars where the roof can be removed so that it can be driven with the roof open in the summer. They are usually a similar sized car to a coupe style car and they too generally have limited room inside and are not suitable for any more than two people. The roof is often made of soft fabric; hence the term soft top, but more expensive convertibles might have hard tops that are folded back by hydraulics.

M.P.V

The term M.P.V, or multi-purpose vehicle, is usually applied to vehicles that have large bodies, like a van, but it still has both rear and side doors. Examples of M.P.V’s are people carriers, minivans, and multi utility vehicles (M.U.V’s). They can often seat as many as seven people and they are also characterised by being higher off the ground than a saloon type of car.

Pickup

Pickup trucks are the type of vehicle that has a flat-bed open space at the rear of the vehicle for carrying luggage and equipment. They are usually large vehicles, often 4×4, and they are designed to carry heavy loads, as well as people.

Off-Road

An off-road vehicle, such as a Land Rover, or a Jeep, will have been designed to be driven on the roads as well as off them. Typically, they will have a 4×4 drive, and the ability to be driven in very low gears, so that they can cope with muddy and difficult terrain.



Source by Neil Savin

Awards Given to the Nissan 300ZX

The fourth generation Nissan 300zx hit the U.S. market in 1990! Since its nationwide drop, car enthusiasts have been fascinated by this wondrous machine. Not only has it gained the attention of sport car drivers all over the world, but it has also garnished more awards than most cars have ever dreamed of seeing. In fact, speaking of cars dreaming…the 300ZX should definitely have been featured in The Fast and The Furious Series, as the fastest car.

Topping out at 280 mph, the 300ZX holds the land speed record, awarded at the 1991 Bonneville Speed Trial. Imagine…that was without serious modifications! The Z32 could reach 60 mph, easily in just under 6 seconds! The Fairlady Z easily made the Chevy Corvette, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Mazda RX-7, Dodge Viper, Toyota Supra and Porsche 968 shutter in fear at the thought of racing against it. But racing awards are not the only titles that the 300ZX holds under its hood.

In 1990, the first year of the fourth generation, Motor Trend named the 300ZX “The Import Car of the Year” and “One of the Top Ten Performance Cars”. Further, the Z32 was placed on Automobile Magazine’s “All-Star” list, and honored with “Design of the Year” by the same forum. That same year, Road & Track and Car and Driver called the 300ZX “One of the Ten Best Cars in the World”.

You are probably reading this thinking….whatever. Many cars gain these distinctions in their first year, and then quickly lose their popularity and fan base. While this is true for many vehicles, it did not, nor does it now, apply to the Fairlady Z.

For seven straight years, from 1990-1996, Car and Driver awarded the 300ZX “One of the Ten Best Cars”, and for five years, from 1990-1994, it was on Automobile Magazine’s “All-Star” list! The reputation of the Z32 is virtually unheard-of!

Even after Nissan stopped importing the Fairlady Z to the United States, it continued to win awards. Automobile Magazine named it one of the coolest cars of all time in 2004, and in 2006, gave it the distinction of being included in lists like, “20 of the Greatest Cars of the Past 20 Years”, and “25 Most Beautiful Cars in History”.

The question remains, will the 300ZX continue to win awards? The answer is a resounding, YES! People are modifying and accessorizing the Z32, so that it will continue to be faster, sleeker and more appealing. Modified suspensions, air intakes and brake kits [http://modified300zx.com/index.php?cPath=4_85] all contribute to the ZX continuing to excel at races and drifting challenges.

Finding aftermarket parts and accessories [http://www.modified300zx.com/] has become a relatively easy task, with the advent of eCommerce sites that offer every possible thing for every possible vehicle. However, when I buy aftermarket parts and accessories, I want to buy them from someone who loves and respects the Fairlady Z as much as I do! That place, in my opinion is, without a doubt is Modified 300ZX [http://www.modified300zx.com/].



Source by Jennifer Lassiter

The Best Selling Item On eBay!

What is the best selling item on eBay you ask?

I’m not going to play you out with lame ideas for eBay businesses that don’t work, or tell you to go out and research everything yourself. Nope, not here! All you need to know right now is that sunglasses are an easy money machine selling in eBay. Even with summer ending soon, sunglasses remain popular year round. I know you’ve probably seen a lot of articles like these throughout the years, but this isn’t your typical fake out. I’m going to tell you everything that I’ve done (recently) this past summer to buy a car, get my own place, and conquer eBay.

When people ask me “what is the best thing to sell on eBay”, I usually don’t tell them. I’ve decided to spill the beans on here now because I have moved on from eBay, and have started my own company. Why waste good advice when I can offer you (the people) great eBay tips for selling and the ability to make money?

So here’s what you do. Create an eBay account. If you don’t have one already it’s easy so I won’t explain it here. Now while creating your eBay account think of a business name you want to go by. Something catchy like shademebaby or whatever. It’s not a big deal if you don’t like it, because eBay lets you change your name after a month anyway. Also, most customers on eBay don’t care about your name and won’t repeat shop with you anyway.

Now I’m going to give you an eBayer ID I want you to look at, and copy as much as possible. They sell the most sunglasses on eBay, and are good at it. They sell like 10,000 pairs of sunglasses on eBay a month. The name is “SHARPKO”. Search for it on eBay and check out how he sells sunglasses, and see what his listings look like. This is going to come into play later when I tell you how to create your listings effectively.

Some other notes about your eBay account you should take into consideration is the following: setup your paypal account and link it to eBay. You’re going to need to create an eBay store at some point so look into that. It costs 16.00 a month.Don’t buy it yet though. If you’re not familiar with your eBay account you should be by now.

The next obvious step we have to take is to look for inventory to sell. Well, instead of sending you off and wishing you good luck on your search I’m going to provide a link to the best sunglasses wholesaler out there right now. Olympic Eyewear has the best quality sunglasses out of any other wholesaler website out there. Trust me, I went through this process already so I know first hand. If you want to search for your own wholesaler feel free. Simply type in wholesale sunglasses on Google and you’ll find plenty. Be warned though, other quality of sunglasses out there suck balls.

So now that you’re at Olympic eyewear’s website we need to focus on 3 brands. The DG sunglasses, XLoop sunglasses, and Aviators. These are the three most popular brands of sunglasses on eBay. Don’t bother with most of the other brands unless you see something you really like. Now depending on how much money you have, will depend on how much stock you buy. The average cost is around $30 a dozen per box. But, wait! Guess what? You can sell your sunglasses without buying them first. Here’s how…

Pick a group of 5-10 sunglass styles you like. Now right-click and save the images for the sunglasses. Now when you go and create listings on eBay, just use the stock images the website provides and “act” like you already have the sunglasses. Now, when you start selling them you can use the money other people pay you and use that to buy your inventory. Since Olympic Eyewear accepts paypal it makes it even easier. Words of caution though… you are not going to sell all 12 pairs of a certain style before you have to purchase them. So you’re going to have to pay some of it. Also, look at Olympic eyewears shipping times and see how long it’s going to take to arrive to your house. You don’t want to keep your eBay customers waiting or they will leave you negative feedback and ruin your eBay account. It took like 4 or 5 business days to reach me. As soon as they came to my house I shipped them out and it was never a problem.

Of course that is the risky way to do business. The proper way would be to pick 5-10 styles and purchase them upfront. Don’t worry you will sell them eventually. A word of advice is not to go overboard on the styles you choose. Stick with 5 to 10 styles of the brands I mentioned above. If you discover a certain style sells a lot, I recommend buying multiple dozens. The only flaw olympiceyewear.com has is that their sunglasses sell FAST. They run out of stock quickly, so if you find a good seller buy as much as you can afford. It sucks when you sell out of a style and go to purchase more and they have run out… trust me I’ve been there multiple times.

Oh, one more note. Try to purchase in bulk. If you only buy one or two dozen at a time you’re going to get killed with the shipping costs. The best way to do it is find what sunglasses sell first, and then spend over $500 on an order at a time. I frequently spent over 1k on sunglasses. The positives to this are that you don’t have to worry about stock for awhile, and olympiceyewear offers discounts the more you buy. I think I saved like 10% on my order for spending over a thousand dollars, so that paid for the shipping costs right there.

Now that you have your sunglasses picked out and ready to sell, you have to find shipping supplies! Forgot about those didn’t ya? Don’t worry I have the hookup. Purchase your tape from Walmart. You’re going to need a lot of it so buy 3-4 rolls at a time. Also, I recommend buying “stuffing” for your boxes so that the sunglasses are more secure. It’s not necessary but I found that the customers liked it better this way.

It doesn’t matter what sunglasses you buy, they all fit into 6x3x3 shaped boxes. I scoured the internet for the cheapest box prices and formed a relationship with mobe packaging you can find here. I know there website looks a little bad, but the prices are great and shipping is SUPER fast. I received my boxes within 2 days every time! Here is the exact page to get the boxes. I always bought white corrugated boxes because I thought they looked better, but you can get brown if you prefer. They are pretty much the same price. So for 50 boxes it costs 9.75, and the shipping is also a great deal. Make sure you select the FedEx option for shipping. I would recommend buying at least 100 boxes to start.

Okay, now that you have the shipping supplies and sunglasses it’s time to start listing them on eBay. I hope you know HTML/CSS because it makes it a lot easier to create listings on eBay that look good. If you don’t, no worries. I’ll post the outline that I used to list my sunglasses. I’m not expert in this area, so feel free to design your own outline. Think of eBay listings as a one-page advertisement for your product. Did you look at SHARPKO eBay profile yet and his listings? You want your listings to look like his.

Anything that looks like the above example is what we are aiming for. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same. For more ideas look at other eBay’ers selling sunglasses and what their listings look like. Make sure though that you come up with an outline you like, and use it for all of your listings! You want all your listings to be identical except for the sunglass images. It makes it a lot easier for you and your potential customers to identify you and organize your listings. When you have over 1000 listings up at a time, you want to make it as easy as possible for you to make changes.

Designing an outline is going to take a day or two. It’s probably one of the biggest details you have to pay attention to. It’s not as easy as slapping up an image with a simple description anymore. If you need help designing an outline there are a few programs and websites out there to help you. Simply type in eBay outlines or designs on Google, or search eBays forums for help and advice. If you know someone who can design a sweet outline for you, then you’ll have a huge advantage over the competition.

Okay, so now that you have your stock, shipping supplies, and listing outlines ready to go, it’s time to post them for the world to buy. The single, most important aspect of selling on eBay is your posting strategy. Here are some questions you need to take into consideration before posting anything. How much are you selling for? How many listings are you going to have? Are you going to sell auction or fixed price format? What days and times should you post your listings? How many days should your listings run for? How much should you charge for shipping and handling? etc.etc.

I can’t answer all of these for you, but I’ll focus on the more important ones in this article. Shipping costs. I know exactly how much it costs to ship sunglasses, and lucky for you, I’m nice enough to share it with the world. Sunglasses (including the box) weigh around 4 ounces. Sometimes you’ll have them weigh a little over that depending on if the sunglasses are heavy, but no worries. You are going to ship via the USPS (regular post office). Each box going out anywhere in the USA is going to cost you a little less then $2.00. Packages leaving the US are around $4 depending on exactly where. All you need to know is how much the box weighs because you’re going to be printing all your shipping labels from home.

Before all of this though, you need to decide how much to charge customers for shipping. I recommend charging more then the actual cost. People don’t know how much it costs for you to ship so take advantage. I was charging 2.99 per package, and 4.99 for international. I made an extra dollar every time. Some people charge more, some people charge less. Play around with whatever works for you. You also have to take into consideration the price you charge for the product vs the price for shipping. If your selling sunglasses for 6.99, you can get away with charging more for shipping. If you sell for 9.99 a pair, you probably want to charge only 1.99 shipping. It’s all relative. Find your sweet spot.

If you’re not familiar with printing your own shipping labels, it’s really easy. Make sure you have a printer. It can be any old printer, nothing special. If you’re shipping a lot of sunglasses though, you’re going to need to buy ink a lot. After someone makes a purchase from you on eBay, you go to it and find the link that says print shipping label. Fill out whatever information it asks for, and it will create a label for you that you print. Since you know the sunglass packages weigh 4oz, the label will automatically calculate the cost. After you print the label, cut it down to size, and tape it to your box. Now you can walk right into your post office, and drop the boxes off without waiting in line. It was funny walking in the post office when there was a long line, walking past everyone, and setting my boxes on the counter and walking away. Oh, and you pay for the shipping labels through your PayPal account so its really easy. They just deduct the cost right from there for you.

How much to sell for? This question is really up to you. Like I talked about with the shipping costs, you have to find what people are comfortable paying for. I will tell you that people prefer a lower overall price vs the higher one (obviously). I charged 7.99-8.99 per pair with 2.99 shipping and it worked great. You may want to charge 9.99 w/1.99 s&h or even higher then that. I will also tell you that the eBay average selling price is 10 bucks for a pair of the sunglasses you’re selling. So work with that and develop a winning price strategy.

Remember, selling sunglasses is about VOLUME! You’re going to be making around 4-5 dollars per profit per pair. The more you sell, the more money you make. Since they are so easy to sell, it shouldn’t be hard for you to grow into a power seller.

How many listings should you have? My advice is A LOT. As many as you can afford. The more listings you have up, the better chance you have of selling something and attracting attention to your store. It’s a numbers game, and if you want to compete you’re going to have to put up big numbers. It’s okay if you start small though. Focus on growing your inventory so that you have at least 200-300 listings up at one given time. I know a lot of sellers that have 1k+ listings going at once, and I know that SHARPKO usually has between 4-5k listings rotating around the clock. Think more listings = more exposure = more customers = more money!

How should I list my items? This is the big question you need to answer. Will you sell auction style or fixed priced? Well before you can answer that question you need to see how many items you have available to sell? You see the problem lies in how eBay lets you create listings. You can’t post duplicate items when you sell via the fixed price format. So every fixed price listing has to be a different color sunglasses. eBay will remove duplicates real fast. Auction style listings though let you create as many duplicate listings you want. So it would make more sense to sell auction style then right?

Well, yes and no. Auction style lets you reach the front page, sell duplicates, and more. However, auction style costs more overall. Its 25c to post an auction style listing. If you purchase the basic store, and post a fixed price listing, it’s only 20c. However, the big difference is fixed price listings can be set to the “good till’ cancelled” duration. Auction listings can only be set to 7 days max. Huge difference here.

If I have 200 pairs of sunglasses and decide to list them at fixed price it’s only going to cost me $40 a month, plus the selling fee. If i take those same 200 sunglasses and list them auction style its going to cost $50+selling fee, and only last 7 days until I have to repay another $50 to list them again. The fees will begin adding up really fast. Yes, you will sell more using the auction style because you’ll receive more exposure, but in the end, eBay fees will kill you.

The best method I found to work is this. List all of your sunglasses via the fixed price method and set the duration to “good til’ cancelled”. Also list the quantity to more then 1 (even if you only have 1 of them, you can buy more). This way, your listings never end and you won’t be paying crazy fees. You can test the auction style waters if you’d like, but be warned, the fees do add up fast.

What times/days should I create listings? It really doesn’t matter what day you have your listings end for. You would think that the weekends would be a good time right? Well, after months of thinking that, I came to find that I sold more on Mondays or Tuesdays then the weekends usually. With that said, Saturday still seems like the best day to have your listings end. There are programs on eBay that can give you information on how many people are searching for your listings and things like that. You can use those to your advantage since most of them are free. One of the eBay apps I used was outright. It shows you how much money your making vs spending. It’s a great tool to see if what you’re doing is working or not.

Make sure when you create listings that you spread the time out a little. Don’t have all your listings end at the same time. I would use a timer (you can Google timer), and set the timer to 2-3 minutes at a time, and every time the timer goes off post one of the listings. If you’re going to use the fixed price format, it really doesn’t matter because they run for a month. Setting your listings by time is a strategy you should use when listing by auction format because it makes sure you have listings on the front page of eBay every time someone searches for the word sunglasses. This helps get your listings more exposure, which leads to more bids.

Well, that’s all I got for now. There’s a lot more I could probably go into, and I might in a future article, but my fingers hurt right now – Thanks for reading and I hope you can make as much money as I was selling sunglasses this past year! It’s really not that hard, trust me.



Source by Adam Maxum

How to Start an Indian Restaurant – Top 7 Things to Know

  1. FINANCES – If you want to start an Indian restaurant, as with any other restaurant, it is very important to make sure you have your finances are in order. Without finances you will struggle as there are many costs associated with starting an Indian restaurant. The worst thing that could happen is having to stop because you have run out of money.
  2. KNOW YOUR MARKET – Know what your market not only wants, but what they need and give it to them. This will make sure you have a successful business
  3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CHEF – have a chef who is competent and reliable unless this is you. Your chef will be crucial in making sure your food is at a certain standard and also that it is consistent
  4. FIND THE RIGHT LOCATION – location, location, location is not only the truth about houses. Finding the right location will make your restaurant more appealing and give it a head start
  5. DECIDE THE DECOR AND BE CONGRUENT – Being congruent in your design from the menus to the food and decor will make people feel comfortable and not know why. This is really important. So it is good idea to plan this from the beginning
  6. PLAN YOUR MENU – some restaurants stretch themselves too far because they have so many things they would like to give to the customers, and this is great but can leave the chef and everyone else not doing anything well. It is better to provide fewer things and in a timely manner then give it all and make mistakes. It is very easy to do this with Indian food since there is so many things to offer.
  7. BE PREPARED BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOORS – Before you open your doors for the first time, make sure you are ready since you do not often get a chance to make a first impression and the customers will be looking for a reason to come back, so make sure you give them one.

Once you are prepared and decide you want to open and start an Indian restaurant, you will want to make sure you follow these rules. There are really large statistics stating that that over 80% of small businesses fail. You do not want to be one of those statistics. You need to learn as much as possible before you decide to open your restaurant. Make sure you read everything you can and get good guidance.



Source by Kathryn Langley

The Seven Basic Skills of Wrestling – Introduction

Wrestling, man’s oldest and most challenging sport, can trace its history back 5,000 years. Inscriptions on the walls of the tombs at Beni Hasan, Egypt, show maneuvers that are the same as those practiced in any wrestling room today.

This article describes the Seven Basic Skills as outlined by USA Wrestling’s National Instructional Staff.

As a member of the USA Wrestling National Coaching Staff, I had the privilege of introducing the Seven Basic Skills at the USA Wrestling National Developmental Camps, Clinics, and at training camps for team members.

With these skills as a foundation, a well conditioned and mentally prepared athlete can attain the level of CHAMPION. They will help the wrestler reach his/her full potential. In all athletic endeavors, mastery and application of these fundamentals will produce competitive excellence.

The Seven Basic Skills include:

Position

Motion

Changing Levels

Penetration

Lifting

Back Step

Back Arch 

These Basic Skills provide sound bio-mechanical skills needed to obtain competence and proficiency at all levels of wrestling. As a coach it is essential that you learn the fundamentals of these skills and develop a proficient communication that will enable you to train your wrestlers daily using a consistent vocabulary that expresses these basic skills. You must coach your athletes in such a consistent manner that they will understand when you are telling them that they need to improve their position they will know what you mean. If you are telling them that they need to change their level or create motion during a match they will understand clearly what you are telling them to do. By adopting such a fundamental vocabulary you will be able to take your wrestlers and your program to that championship level.

It is imperative that all wrestlers understand clearly what each skill requires and that they include them in their repertoire of technique and skill set. No matter what maneuver is being executed, one or more of the Seven Basic Skills will be essential to completing the move successfully.

In the next article, I will discuss the first skill known as Position.

Coach Hatfield



Source by Ron Hatfield

Carlisle, Cumbria – The Largest City in England

Town information- The city of Carlisle, Cumbria, with its estimated 103 500 inhabitants, is located in north west England in Sovereign State of the United Kingdom on 54 Degrees 54′ 27″ North and 2 Degrees 56’38” West Co-Ordinates. Carlisle covers a total area of 4015 square miles and is currently ranked the largest city in England in terms of area. An astonishing fifty-two councillors represent the twenty-three electoral wards of the city.

Twinning- Carlisle is twinned with Flensburg in Germany and Stupsk in Poland, since 1961 and 1987 respectively.

Population- Caucasians account for 99. 1 percent of the population with Asians following at 0. 3 percent and Blacks at 0. 1 percent. Population density is approximately 96. 9 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Climate- The city experiences a maritime climate with cold summers and mild winters. Average summer high’s range from 17 to 20 Degrees Celsius and lows 10 to 12 Degrees Celsius. It thus recommended that you pack plenty warm clothing for both summer and winter vacationing in the area.

Transportation- Transportation options in the city range from road, train, air and coach services. M1, M6, M25, M40, M61 and M62 and adjoining motorways links the city directly to London, North Yorkshire, Humberside, the South East and North West. Carlisle Airport caters for prearranged private and commercial aircraft. Express coaches operate services to the city nationwide.

Activities- The city of Carlisle is rive with activities from jogging, cycling and fishing to pony trekking through Kershope Forest. Water sport are also very popular in the area and include canoeing, rowing, wind surfing and sailing. Hadrian’s Wall National Trail offers a 84 mile and Cumbria Coastal Way 150 mile long walking trail for visitors. Guided or self-guided walks around the city are also available. Talkin Tarn Retreat near Brampton offers activities for absolutely everyone in the family, suiting all ages, abilities and preferences of course.



Source by Simon Haughtone

Parking Issues in Major Cities

All major cities experience massive struggles with providing ample parking to their residents. Individuals who live in big cities like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC know all too well what a difficult and time consuming task it is to search for and find a parking spot.

Major cities have historically had to deal with the chronic shortage of parking spaces, whether in garages or on the street. Moreover, in most areas of most large cities, one has to pay for on-street parking on weekdays and Saturdays, whereas parking on Sundays is free.

Looking for parking is stressful and frustrating. The usual complaints of residents and guests in big cities trying to find parking are:

• there are not enough spaces;

• spaces are too far away;

• parking costs too much;

• I did not know where to park;

• I couldn’t find any parking so I had to double-park or park in an illegal spot;

• I thought I found a good spot but as it turned out I parked in an illegal spot; now I have a parking ticket / my car has been towed;

• I could not get a parking permit; and

• the parking staff at this garage is rude.

Any city (big cities especially) needs to provide convenient and affordable parking for its residents and visitors. Additionally, looking for a spot in a big city can add about 40% to city traffic. Obviously, providing more space is paramount, and there are multiple ways to do so.

1. Parking Facilities

Creating more facilities, either government- or private-owned is a common way to increase supply. These facilities are certainly expensive to build and maintain. The price to enter and use a parking facility needs to be justified in consumers’ eyes so that individuals will want to pay to park at a particular establishment.

Naturally, building more parking facilities not only adds to costs but also takes away space available previously for building houses or offices or other businesses. City officials need to balance housing and business needs versus parking needs of their residents. Moreover, officials and businesses must weigh carefully whether the new facilities will be used effectively, i.e., to full capacity.

2. Street Parking

Another way to increase supply is to increase on-street parking. Cities and local governments can design streets with parking lanes. Alternatively, officials can elect to convert some of the traffic lanes into parking lanes. Finally, officials can choose to minimize restrictions for on-street parking. As street parking is convenient, visible, and relatively inexpensive, it can help alleviate some of the parking concerns.

Disadvantages of adding more space for parking on the streets are clearly fewer traffic lanes which might lead to heavier traffic. Big cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, DC are already in the top 10 heaviest traffic cities in the United States. Therefore, in the cities where the traffic is already an issue, there needs to be a careful balance struck between potentially adding to traffic by adding more parking.

Any big city should also devise best practices for both garage uses and street parking. In Boston, for example, most streets in the downtown area are equipped with high-tech parking meters, which are said to have increased revenue by about 34%, as fewer meters are expired.

Similarly, in New York City, the ParkSmart project introduced time-variable meter pricing (higher rates during peak periods and lower rates off-peak). This project has led to higher revenue and fewer expired meters. In San Francisco, SFpark, based on the same variable timing-pricing model or demand pricing, has proved to be successful as well.



Source by Kyle A Smith

3 Facts About Electromagnetic Energy – Best Alternative Energy Source for Our Energy Crisis?

When you first heard of electromagnetic energy you possibly had no idea what it even was. Maybe it has something to do with magnets? Maybe even a collection of giant Magnets! Jk But if you had any idea on the true understanding of this energy source you would be amazed.

Fact #1: Electromagnetic radiation causes both electric and magnetic fields at all times. So this is how we begin to understand it true power.

Fact #2: It was first recorded by Hans Christian Orsted, a Danish physicist and chemist. He discovered it by using his compass and then turning on the battery!

Fact #3: There are 9 types of electromagnetic waves which produce energy and can be used for different purpose’s other then power your home.

I’m telling you these Facts because I want to let you know that this is real and not something make believe or some gimmick. This is a awesome energy source that has been purposely surpassed by unknown people, but their are theories behind it. This source has been used before by civilization and was able to give power for them as well. As to what they were powering scientist are still debating to this day but we do know for a fact that it has been used.

How could such a cheap and limitless power supply just be forgotten and vanish, you ask? Well just think about that for a second and you should realize that the energy business is a trillion dollar a year business! Now that’s a lot of money to risk if the masses discover a free way to power their homes,cars, or anything else that might need energy.

Slowly but surly we as a great country are coming to terms with our energy crisis. Yet is the government moving to slow to actually turn it around so millions of Americans will not have to go cold,starve, and lastly die because of not enough power to go around. You may be thinking that can’t happen in the USA but you are dead wrong my friend. Recently in California that was a blackout that lasted weeks because of power outages caused by not enough supply. I could go on and on with different instances of energy shortages being a real and scary problem for states, countries, and even The US of A.

How well do you feel right now that if the power to your house would be shut off, you could survive? That your groceries would last, your lights could turn back on, or how long could you keep warm in the winter? Can you really say right now that life would be fine and dandy for you. If so great job and keep up the good work. But if not? Join the millions of others whose lives depend on our power being provided for us, at a steep, growing cost, but nonetheless.

Prepare now while we still can, because who can honestly say what will come tomorrow or the next day. No one that who. So instead of waiting around for our government or others to fix this growing problem lets take charge ourselves! Become independent and live freely off the grid once and for all.



Source by Christopher C Cardenas

The Importance of Ambulance Services in Society

Certain situations in life require immediate medical care and a fraction of a second delay can drastically change somebody’s life. The ambulance service and paramedics are very important in society as they save hundreds of lives daily by responding to emergency calls. They operate from ambulance stations located in various areas with control centres that respond to emergency calls and dispatch them when needed. Whether the patient is in rural retreats, busy seaside resorts or large urban conurbations, they reach the emergency scene within minutes of the call.

The emergency ambulance service crew includes a technician and a paramedic. Once the paramedics arrive at the emergency scene they evaluate the situation and the condition of the casualty and decide whether to take them to the hospital or just treat them there. One of the important roles of the ambulance crew is to stabilize and treat patients quickly to prevent any mishap before the patient reaches the hospital.

They provide immediate and effective life-saving care in a safe and clinical working environment with maximum mobility. They are well trained in first aid skills to be able to deal with profuse bleeding, crush and fall injuries, cardiac arrests, road accidents, and much more.

During earlier times they were used to transport patients after the doctor or fire department rescue squad applied simple first aid. Mostly the patient would ride alone however, in some cases the doctor rode along in the ambulance. Today, ambulances come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes equipped with a huge range of essential pre-hospital emergency machines including heart defibrillators, intravenous drips, splints, oxygen, drugs and much more. All ambulances have radios installed in them. Many times ambulances also transport non-emergency patients that might be transferring to another hospital or treatment centre.

In some cases patients may be transported in an air ambulance which is basically an aircraft specially designed for providing emergency medical assistance in critical medical situations. An air ambulance is used when the patient has to be transported over a long distance or terrain or if the patient has to be quickly transported to a treatment centre. Air ambulances are equipped with basic equipment like ECG monitors, ventilators, medication and stretchers.

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Source by Malik Afzal Asif

Short History of BMW

BMW has come a long way since its inception as an aircraft engine manufacturer to one of the most popular family, luxury and sports car manufacturers today.

The company began in 1913 as the Rapp-Motorenwerke firm, making aircraft engines, before merging with the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke factory, located nearby on the outskirts of Munich, in 1922. The letters BMW stand for Bayerische Motoren Werke.

In its early days, BMW mainly manufactured aircraft engines and occasionally motorcycle engines. In fact, the BMW badge was designed to resemble an aircraft propeller, and it wasn’t until 1929 that the firm became automobile manufacturers after purchasing the Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach factory which produced Austin Sevens.

Developing the style of car manufactured over time, in 1936 BMW started to produce the 328 sports car which went on to enjoy incredible success. In 1999, the BMW 328 was nominated as car of the century.

For the three years leading up to World War II, BMW manufactured aircraft engines, motorcycles and cars. During the war, the company focused on aircraft engines and ceased making cars altogether. In 1948, motorcycle manufacturing started again but it was not until 1952 that BMW began building cars once more. The launch of the BMW 501 luxury car was not a big hit, however, and the company did not make a profit as a result and so the company brought the design and manufacturing rights to the Isetta – a micro-car, cheap to manufacture – and began selling these.

BMW’s luck changed during the next decade and the 1960s brought considerable success for the firm. The BMW 1500, a four-cylinder sports car, was introduced in 1961 followed shortly afterward by the BMW 2002, a two-door car that stayed in production until 1976 and was the predecessor of the BMW 3 Series.

The ’70s saw BMW continue to build their reputation for creating original and sought-after cars, as this decade saw the launch of the 3, 5 and 7 Series. Between 1970 and 1993, BMW increased its output fourfold and turnover by an incredible 1700%.

Between 1994 and 2000, BMW had ownership of the British Rover Group but the venture was not successful and the company soon got rid of Rover. However, BMW retained the rights to Mini and has enjoyed – and continues to enjoy – considerable achievement with this business.

Today, BMW is seen as an innovative manufacturer and has a reputation for excellence, both for its design and quality of cars.



Source by Chris D Taylor