Hybrid Cars: The Performance Cars of the Future

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When most people think of hybrid cars, they imagine practical, mild-mannered vehicles. But could we someday see hybrid racecars burning up the tracks?
In March of 2010, Porsche (www.porsche.com/usa/) unveiled three hybrids at the Geneva Auto Show: one for the road; one for the race track; and one that is a genuine Porsche supercar. These innovative new Porsches — the Cayenne S Hybrid, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and the 918 Spyder — show that hybrids can be sporty, fast and powerful.
The Cayenne S, Porsche’s first production hybrid car, features a sophisticated parallel full hybrid system with the combined power of a 380 horsepower V6 combustion engine and an electric motor. The car has the potential to significantly enhance fuel economy at high speeds — when the driver lifts off the accelerator at cruising or highway speeds, the gasoline engine can be switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain. This enables the vehicle to move without combustion or electric power.
The GT3 R’s innovative hybrid technology has been developed especially for racing. The front axle features two powerful electric motors that supplement the car’s 480 horsepower, naturally aspirated four-liter flat-six that drives the rear wheels. Instead of the heavy batteries found in hybrid road cars, an electrical flywheel power generator resides next to the driver to deliver energy to the electric motors. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid competed in the 24 Hours on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in May 2010, leading for eight hours before retiring after 22 hours and 15 minutes for mechanical reasons. In the 2010 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta it finished 18th out of a starting field of 41 cars.
With the 918 Spyder high-performance mid-engine concept hybrid sports car, Porsche is displaying its expertise in the field of highly efficient and low-emission drive technology. The 918 Spyder prototype with plug-in hybrid technology combines high-tech performance features with electric mobility to produce a fascinating range of qualities. It has an ultra-compact car’s emission levels of 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer, and it consumes just three liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, but can go from 0 to 62 mph in just under 3.2 seconds and reach a top track speed over 198 mph.

After the Games, Olympic Venue City Comes to Life

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Nearly 3 billion people watched the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on television. Those who tuned into the long track speed skating competition received what was probably their first view of Richmond, British Columbia, the city that hosted the competition in its Richmond Olympic Oval.
But as visitors to the games can attest, there’s more to Richmond than the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Games gave visitors a chance to discover a unique city with plenty of dining, shopping and multicultural attractions — and more are following in their stead. The city is fast becoming a growing tourist destination with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.
Richmond, which is located where the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River meet, is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), a vibrant city center and the new Canada Line rapid transit system, which connects visitors to Richmond and Vancouver in under 25 minutes.
The city offers attractions all its own. Richmond’s 65 percent Asian population results in one of the most authentic Asian food scenes in North America. On Alexandra Street, which is known colloquially as “Food Street,” visitors can enjoy dim sum, as well as Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghainese, Northern Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine. Richmond has over 375 Asian restaurants and three modern Hong Kong-style malls, where a day of shopping can include a tea ceremony and karoake.
History buffs won’t want to miss picturesque Steveston Village. The historic fishing village has two national heritage sites, as well as London Heritage Farm, which recreates life in Steveston from 1880 to 1930 with furniture, clothing, quilts, farm implements and a garden. Today, Steveston houses the largest commercial fishing fleet in Canada, not to mention boutiques, views and local seafood. Animal lovers should book a whale-watching tour to see orcas, as well as seals, sea lions and porpoises.
There are opportunities for recreation as well. In the months following the Olympics, the city transformed the Richmond Olympic Oval into a sports and wellness facility, where families can take a walking tour or get involved in other activites. Visitors can also enjoy 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces, including 80 kilometers of interconnecting dike trails, cycling routes and walkways.
For more information, visit www.allinrichmond.com.

Tips to Start the School Year on the Right Track

(NewsUSA) – Back-to-school mayhem presents a number of challenges for parents. Each morning there are breakfasts to make, lunches to pack and extracurricular schedules to track — all while trying to get to work on time. So, how do you navigate the morning chaos and hold onto your sanity? With these helpful tips, you can make your back-to-school mornings easier:1. Stick to a strict bedtime schedule. According to the Mayo Clinic, school-age children need 10-11 hours of sleep each night. Making sure kids are well rested will help avoid oversleeping and wasted time getting them out of bed each morning.2. Get prepared the night before. Pack all school bags as soon as homework is finished, and lay out school outfits prior to bedtime for the next day.This shortens the list of morning chores and adds a few extra minutes of rest. Also, don’t wait until early morning to pack a rushed lunch with little nutrition value. Preparing the night beforehand enables parents to pack food with nutrients and vitamins, not just potato chips and snack packs. For even better efficiency, plan lunches a week ahead.3. Find a quick and balanced breakfast option. Not many parents have time for eggs and pancakes each morning, but there are quick, quality alternatives. Stock up on cereals that kidswill enjoy and are high in fiber, folic acid, iron, and vitamin C. Try Malt-O-Meal for family favorite varieties packed with whole grains. As an added bonus, Malt-O-Meal is available in resealable bags, which reduces the amount of packaging consumers have to dispose of or recycle by 75 percent. (BagTheBox.com)4. Make a weekly calendar of activities. Organize each family member’s schedule to make sure kids are where they need to be at the correct times. Between extracurricular activities, like sports, clubs, study groups, jobs and friends, it can be a challenge to establish any sort of routine. Set up car pools in case some events overlap. Input alerts in your phone, and set an alarm for each to avoid temporary mental lapses.

Hybrid Cars Get New, Racier Image

When most people think of hybrid vehicles, they imagine practical, mild-mannered vehicles. But could we soon see hybrid race cars burning up the tracks?

In March of 2010, Porsche unveiled three hybrids at the Geneva Auto Show – one for the road, one for the race track and one that is a genuine Porsche supercar. These innovative new Porsches – the Cayenne S Hybrid, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and the 918 Spyder – show that hybrids can be sporty, fast and powerful.

Don’t Condemn Your Digital Images to Hard Drive Solitude

In the past, Americans visited drug stores and photography shops to get their vacation pictures developed. Whether the resulting photographs landed in a scrapbook or a shoebox, they were, at least, a physical reality. Today, many people choose to carry lighter digital cameras – and many of their vacation photos end up languishing on laptops forever.

But Americans can find things to do with their vacation photographs. Here are some more unique ideas that go beyond online scrapbooks or digital photo frames:

Four Tips to Lead Your Dog to Better Health

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Just like people, dogs feel much better when they are healthy. But unlike people, dogs can’t take care of themselves. To keep your favorite furry friend on the track to wellness and better living, follow these tips:
* Exercise builds efficient bodies. Nothing makes a pooch happier than a stroll through the neighborhood. And while your dog’s satisfying his curiosity by sniffing trees and bushes, he’s also burning calories. For more intense physical activity, try throwing some balls or frisbees. This should make your dog run a little harder, helping expand lung capacity and tone muscle. No matter what activity you choose, your canine companion will enjoy the benefits of regular exercise while forging a stronger bond with you in the process.
* Protect your smiles. You probably remember to brush your own teeth, but doggie dental care often goes by the wayside. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, a simple and effective solution can be found using a new type of probiotics, called Teddy’s Pride Oral Care (www.MyTeddysPride.com), that has been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats. These probiotics can be used in addition to brushing or as a stand-alone oral care routine.
* Read food labels. Unlike people, dog’s can’t read food labels. They are dependent upon their owners to give them the best possible nutrition. For dogs, make sure that the first ingredient listed is, for example, “Chicken,” not “Chicken Flavor” or “Dog Food with Chicken” — items that list the name of the meat contain 95 percent of that ingredient, while the “with” designation means that the food only contains 3 percent of chicken or beef.
* Visit the vet regularly. Similar to people visiting the doctor, dogs need regular veterinary care. Every dog has potential health risks it must guard against — and many risks vary according to dog breed. Your dog’s veterinarian will let you know when recommended vaccinations are due, give proper care to keep your dog healthy and notify you about potential health risks and treatments.

Free or Low-Cost Health Coverage Helps Kids Get in the Game

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Each fall, school and community athletic fields are filled with four-year-olds taking their first kick at a soccer ball and high-school seniors practicing in hopes of reaching the state championship football game. At every age, children who play sports learn lessons about teamwork and the value of both winning and losing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are part of sports teams have more energy, perform better in school and are successful long after they leave the field.
Approximately 5 million uninsured kids in the U.S. may not experience the benefits of playing on a team. These kids often miss out because they can’t afford the necessary physical or treatment if they get hurt. Jackie, a 13-year-old eager to go out for her school’s track team, was one of those kids until her family learned that health coverage is available through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Across the country CHIP and Medicaid offer free or low-cost health coverage for kids. Generally, a family of four that earns up to $45,000 a year can get their kids covered. Once enrolled, kids can get doctor and dentist visits, vision and hearing care, hospital care, mental health services, regular check-ups and shots, and needed treatment, including prescription drugs.
Upon learning that Jackie did not have health insurance and that her mother had suffered a heart attack before age 50, the school nurse knew Jackie would need more than a general sports physical to be cleared to participate in track. The nurse connected Jackie and her Mom with an outreach worker who helped enroll Jackie in the state’s health coverage program. Within two days, Jackie went to a primary care provider, and tests indicated a potential heart syndrome. She was referred to a cardiologist, who, after further exams, gave Jackie the green light for track.
Learning about available health coverage programs did more than get Jackie on the team, it potentially saved her life — Jackie is covered both on and off the field. Kids with insurance generally have better health throughout their childhood and into their teens. They are sick less often, get the treatment they need when they are not feeling well and are less likely to miss school — or a big game — due to illness.
Families with uninsured children can get connected to the CHIP or Medicaid programs in their states by visiting InsureKidsNow.gov or calling 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

Getting Your Budget Back on Track

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you often look at your bank statement in puzzlement, trying to figure out where your money has gone, you’re not alone. Many Americans struggle to keep their personal finances under control.

But creating and sticking to a budget might be easier than you think. Here are some tips from The Neat Company (www.neatco.com), a developer of scanning software solutions that helps its customers save, track and manage information, including budgets:

– Save your receipts. You need to know where your money goes before you can budget. Save the receipts from every purchase that you make over the next month.

Some companies will help you track your receipts in digital format on your computer. For example, with a product called NeatReceipts, you can scan your receipts into a computer, then create lists and digital folders that track your expenses.

– Organize and store your bills and documents in one central location. Bills, financial statements and other important documents often end up in various drawers or cabinets, making finding them a challenge. Store all of your documentation in one place, either by using a software-based planning system or creating a filing system at home.

– Break down your spending. At the end of the month, review your receipts to see where your money went. You’ll likely be surprised when you see how you spent it. NeatReceipts offers several reports to identify where you spend your money -; food, utilities, household expenses and more.

– Take control of your spending. Once you see where you spend your money, you can determine where to cut expenses. For example, if you overspend on food, you might cut costs by eating out less, clipping coupons or eating a vegetarian meal once weekly. If you’re spending too much money on utilities, consider investing in energy-efficient appliances, turning off lights when you leave a room and waiting to do your laundry until you have full loads of dirty clothes.

Watch Your Business From Across the World

<b>Watch Your Business From Across the World</b> (NU) – When most people think of video surveillance, they think of cameras in stores.

But many businesses are using them to keep track of meetings and ensure clients and business associates stand behind their word. Cameras can also provide proof of wrongdoing, connecting the dots when people are where they shouldn’t be.

At anytime and in any place you can’t watch, a camera can. Many surveillance systems offer remote accessibility. This option allows people to see what is going on from their PC or laptop, whether they are across town or in a hotel room across an ocean.

CCS International (OTC BB: SITG) is one of the most well-known makers of surveillance equipment. Its video surveillance systems can monitor, record and broadcast real-life conditions to ensure peace of mind.

CCS video systems can be either covert or overt. Covert video does not allow subjects to know they are under surveillance, while overt video does.

Video images are an invaluable tool for companies, whether they are used to help protect against theft and sabotage, or merely to keep an eye on warehouse operations.

The Spy Line-4 from CCS International, for instance, can be set up in a variety of settings – stores, factories, warehouses, board rooms or even in a home office – and can be accessed and controlled from a remote personal computer.

This video security system is available in color and with audio and can transmit high-quality compressed video images from four cameras.

For more information about video surveillance, log on to www.spyzone.com.