Truck Bed Covers Save Gas And Transform Your Truck}

Submitted by: Rodney Sawyer

Truck bed covers are attachments to a pickup trucks bed that protect against weather and provide security from theft. This allows you to store items in the bed away from the weather, from damage, and from the prying eyes of thieves. Unlike truck attachments like camper shells, bed covers do not provide additional vertical cargo space. Bed covers are best when you desire your truck to maintain a low profile or when you wish for your truck to have an easy on, easy off cover for its beds.

1. Save Gas!

As air flows over the front end of your vehicle, it careens into the hollow bowl of your bed and produces opposite force to your truck. This could easily eat several miles from your gas mileage every time you use your truck. These types of covers also provide extra gas mileage by reducing air drag that is exacerbated by the truck bed – an aerodynamic nightmare. You could even save about 10% on your gas with a good truck cover!

2. About Bed Covers

– Strong, rigid canopy covers

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– Protect your transport items

– Some are detachable

– Easy to install

– Do not restrict the use of your tailgate

3. History Of Truck Covers

Truck covers are also known as truck bed covers. They have evolved from a number of versions that have been designed for a different uses. Because of this, no one person can claim to have invented the truck cover. Soft covers gained became popular on major speedways. Sport truck racers used soft truck covers to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. Hard top truck covers rose in prominence as an alternative to camper shells. These highly-customized truck bed lids evolved to suit the various needs of truck drivers.

4. Truck Cover Storage Basics

When you need to transport items ranging from groceries, to heavy furniture, the truck cover does the trick. The cover shields your items from view, from the weather and from damage. Even simple covers can sufficiently protect your stuff. In some instances, truck covers employ strategically-placed weather seals that channel the moisture away from the covers. With such equipment, truck owners have a greater peace of mind when transporting items sensitive to such. With most models, installation requires no drilling into the truck bed.

Black is the standard color offered by most manufacturers, but many do offer a variety of other colors. When purchasing a truck bed cover, you need to decide between a hard cover (solid fiberglass) and a soft cover (vinyl). The differences between the two are highlighted below:

5. Hard Covers

Firmly attached, they do not blow off even at highway speeds. They are available with hinge systems to allow an easier lifting of cover to put or get cargo. It also is secure and lockable. These hard covers weigh about 100 lbs. Hard covers are also more expensive than vinyl covers. They are more durable and are also weatherproof.

6. Soft Covers

These, on the other hand, are easy to remove and install. They often just snap on to the truck rails and are ready to go. Although they may not be as tough as hard covers, they are still strong enough to provide protection for 1 to 2 people. If you are hauling large cargo, these covers come off easily to accommodate the extra space.

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Revenge killings follow shooting of Karachi politician

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Businesses remained closed for a second day on Wednesday in the Pakistani financial capital of Karachi, to mourn Raza Haider, a leading politician of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), assassinated on Monday. Nineteen people were killed on Tuesday in revenge killings, bringing the death toll to 49 over two days. Twenty-five shops and a number of vehicles including trucks and buses were burned in a series of arson attacks across the city.

Haider was gunned down while attending a funeral near the centre of the city. An officer at the Nazimabad police station said “[t]he number of attackers and the mode of their transport are not clear, but initial investigations suggest that there were more than two people who came on a motorcycle and they were probably backed by armed men in a car. They first shot at the legislator’s guard Khalid Khan and then entered the mosque and fired at Mr Haider who was in the ablution room.”

Following the first night of revenge attacks and arson the MQM accused its main political rival, the Awami National Party (ANP), of supporting the Islamist militants suspected of the assassination. The MQM is a coalition partner with the ANP in the national government and is known as a party that holds great potential for mass mobilization in the province of Sindh.

The Associated Press (AP) said that the MQM’s accusation “appeared to reflect the complex and vicious political and ethnic fault lines that crisscross Karachi.”

The AP also said that Sharfuddin Memon, the head of the Citizen’s Police Liason Committee had speculated that Haider’s killing may be related to a government operation against “land mafias”, who illegally occupy commercially valuable land. According to the AP’s report it is alleged that some of these mafias have the backing of political parties.

According to human rights organizations there have been more than 300 political killings in Karachi this year.

By Tuesday evening the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre had received 17 dead bodies and 55 injured. The head of the hospital, Dr Seemi Jamali, said that they had transfused 200 blood units to victims of targeted violence and that 31 gunshot victims had been operated upon that day.

This week’s wave of violence and attacks began with the assassination of Raza Haider, but due to the nature of Karachi politics the exact motive behind Haider’s murder is unclear. The Associated Press commented that the city has long been plagued by political violence between supporters of rival parties “that draw votes from different ethnic groups in the city of 16 million people.” The publication said this muddied the reasons for the bloodshed.

Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s Interior Minister was quoted by media as saying Islamist militants were likely suspects. He said that Haider had been on the extremist hit list. The BBC reported that they had been told by security officials in Karachi that there is evidence to suggest the assassination was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Pakistan’s deadliest militant group.

The BBC News website also reported that senior MQM leader Babar Ghauri had said: “Every MQM activist will now be looking to pay back the people involved in this heinous act”.

Raza Haider was laid to rest on Tuesday at the Martyr’s Graveyard in Azizabad, northern Karachi. Hundreds of MQM members and supporters attended to pay their final respects to Haider and to his guard Khalid Khan, also killed in the shooting. The funeral took place under tight security, and with activists raising slogans against the violence that has gripped the city.

Sadr City suicide bomber uses fruit truck to kill 66 on market day

Sunday, July 2, 2006

A suicide bomber exploded a truck bomb in the crowded Al-Ula market in Sadr City in Baghdad on Saturday, killing 66 people and injuring over a 100.

‘At the beginning of this market, the criminal blew up his dynamite-packed truck after trying to go over the pavement,’ said Iraq’s Deputy Health Minister Sabah al-Hussein.

The explosion happened when a police patrol was passing by and caused heavy casualties in the morning market rush. Some shoppers were sent flying on top of nearby two-storey buildings.

The force of the blast left a large crater and wreckage of blown-out cars and windowless buildings. Rescuers were left to pick through a sickening scene of human remains mixed in with exploded vegetable matter and dead animals.

Sadr City, a Shiite city of two million in which religious leader Moqtada Sadr has found popular support, had many times before been targeted by Sunni terrorists who were blamed by some residents for this attack.

It was the deadliest bombing of civilians since Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki‘s government assumed responsibility for domestic security in May 2006.

Experts said the truck bomb was a lethal concoction of explosives, shells and shrapnel hidden under a consignment of fruit. The driver of the truck blew himself up in the explosion.

Cheap Kitchen Remodeling Projects For Under $100}

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Remodeling your kitchen can easily add to the value of a home and provide among the best returns on investment. But kitchen remodeling can also cost you a bundle of cash. However, by choosing products and projects carefully when planning a kitchen remodel, you can refresh a room with smart improvements that dont cost much at all.

Here are five cheap kitchen remodeling ideas for great kitchen looks, safety and water savings on a budget.

Re-accessorize cabinets: As many a clotheshorse will tell you, a great look is all about the accessories, and the same goes for an on-display room like the kitchen. Changing the knobs and pulls on your kitchen cabinetry is an easy, cost-effective way to liven things up, whether the approach is attention-getting color and styling or the subtle introduction of a coordinating finish and simple lines.

Create colorful storage: Thanks to construction commonly involving composites, particle board and veneers, much of the cabinetry manufactured in the last 30 years has made refinishing impossible. However, if youre willing to go over the grain with a few coats of paint, you can create a sharp new appearance that harkens back to the classic kitchen looks of yesteryear. Choose an oil-based finish, which is far more durable and forgiving of everyday kitchen grime than latex, and also pick up a coordinating primer. Then remove all cabinet doors and drawers, numbering or otherwise marking them with their locations for easy replacement later. A good cleaning, sanding and careful application of the primer and paint, and voila, you have a kitchen that looks brand new!

Switch out the faucet: Another focal point in the kitchen is the faucet, and with a wide range of styles and constructions available in the neighborhood of $100, you can amp up the style standard while creating easy utility. Kitchen faucets bearing the EPAs WaterSense seal are on the way, and you can also reduce your water use to a convenient and conserving flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute by adding an aerator to current faucet models.

Get organized: Make the most of cupboard and drawer space by installing organizers, spice racks and specially sized lazy Susans. This may not initially seem to have the visual impact of other ideas on your list, but youll notice the difference in clear counter space and convenient access to what you need when you need it.

Dress up dcor: Ages-old accumulations of kitchen art, countertop and raggedy rugs can make a kitchen look dated and depressed, so take time to undo what all those years have done with a clean sweep and strategic new additions. Roll out new throw rugs in easy-care colors and fibers, edit displays of collectibles, and throw in a new decorative feature such as a designer bulletin board for display of kids art projects.

It is possible to remodel your kitchen on the cheap with our kitchen remodeling ideas. Just use these remodelling tips and you’ll be saving money while adding value to your home in no time.

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Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Friday, December 30, 2005


  • 1 Richard Niyonsaba
  • 2 Denial of food
  • 3 Background and Criticisms
  • 4 Sources

The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

Wikinews interviews Darcy Richardson, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama

Friday, November 25, 2011

U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Darcy Richardson of Florida took some time to answer a few questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Richardson, 55, is a political activist that helped form the New Democrats in 1989 and founded the progressive Battleground Blog earlier this year. He is also a political historian, and has authored six books covering third parties and presidential elections, including A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign (2002). His current work, The Spirit of ’76: Eugene McCarthy’s Struggle for Open Politics, chronicles the late Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy’s 1976 presidential campaign for which he volunteered. Richardson admires McCarthy, and served as manager for his 1988 presidential run. Recently, Richardson advised Brian Moore’s Socialist Party USA presidential campaign in 2008.

In addition, Richardson himself has sought political office, albeit unsuccessfully. In 1980, he ran for Pennsylvania Auditor General, and in 1988, vied for one of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seats as a member of the Consumer Party. Last year, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Florida as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari.

Richardson has criticized President Barack Obama’s policies for being too similar to those of former President George W. Bush. He hoped to convince several prominent progressives to challenge Obama in the Democratic primaries, but none were available to do so. Last month, Richardson decided to begin a campaign himself and announced through his Battleground Blog that he would challenge Obama in the Democratic Party primaries as a progressive candidate. So far, he has qualified for the New Hampshire primary in January and the Missouri primary in February. In an interview with the Independent Political Report, Richardson proclaimed his campaign slogan as “no fourth term for George W. Bush.”


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Policy
  • 3 Campaign
  • 4 Related news
  • 5 Sources
  • 6 External links

Details emerge on fatal stabbing at Belgian day care centre

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Prosecutor Christian Du Four has released more details on the fatal stabbing in a day care center in East Flanders, Belgium, yesterday, in which two children (six and nine months old) and one employee were killed. Ten children and two adults were injured.

The alleged perpetrator, a 20-year-old man from nearby Sint-Niklaas, was arrested in the neighbouring municipality of Lebbeke shortly after the crime. Belgian news website have named the arrested man as Kim De Gelder.

The attacker wore a bullet-proof vest under his clothes and a backpack containing a knife, an axe and a fake pistol. Two other knives were found near the crime scene.

The prosecutor confirmed that the man’s face was painted white with blackened eyes as he committed the crime, which led international media to make comparisons to the Joker, the villain from the Batman series.

“I have a question,” the killer told the first employee he encountered, after which he immediately stabbed her, and started his rampage. One female day care worker attempted to disarm the killer while others locked the doors. The killer stabbed employees trying to carry children to safety.

The arrested man is not cooperating with the investigation and has not confessed. The prosecutor described his attitude as “passive”. “He says nothing to his questioners. He is absolutely uncooperative,” the prosecutor explained. Yesterday, media reported that the killer was laughing at the officers who were questioning him, but the prosecutor today denied these speculations.

According to the crime scene investigation, the man entered the building through an unlocked side-entrance which gave immediate access to the room with the babies. He stabbed several of them, then went to another room where he stabbed other children. He then fled on the bicycle on which he had arrived.

Panic struck in Dendermonde amidst fears that the man would attack more crèches or schools. There were reports that the killer carried a note with names and addresses of other day care centres or schools nearby, something which the prosecutor could not comment on. The Associated Press says three judicial officials anonymously confirmed that the attacker carried addresses of three other nurseries. Following news of the stabbings, all schools in Dendermonde were ordered to keep all gates shut.

Eyewitness Hans Staelens told reporters that he had noticed a suspicious character in the street where the day care centre ‘Fable Land’ was located. He described him as “not too tall, thin, red hair, dark eyes, like make-up”.

The alleged killer lived alone and was unemployed, but does not have a criminal record. “There is no element whatsoever that makes us believe he has a psychiatric history,” the prosecutor told the press at a conference today. He has commissioned three psychiatrists to examine the man. Kim D. was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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One child and one woman died in the day care centre itself, with another child dying in hospital. All injured are reported to be in stable condition. Three children and one adult remain in intensive care. Five others also remain hospitalised, although several are expected to be discharged at some point during the weekend.

54-year-old Marita Blindeman, who was killed in the attack, worked in the day care centre, which was sponsored by social services, since she was 18. Since the death of her father, she lived with, and took care of, both her mother and her sister, who has a learning disability. Just two years ago, she started having a relationship with a man, according to her son in a letter to newspapers.

Only six of the 18 children in the crèche, all under the age of three, were uninjured. Meanwhile, the decision has been taken not to reopen the day care centre, but to provide day care in other facilities. Six employees were present during the attack.

Friday evening, the Belgian crown prince and his wife visited the crime scene. The couple, who have four children, were moved deeply by the killings.

Some hundred people have signed a mourning registry in Dendermonde’s city hall, and flowers and teddy bears were left at the day care centre. A silent demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon and a mourning ceremony will be held on Monday evening.

Several media outlets have discussed the safety of day care centres. Minister Veerle Heeren said she would consider additional safety measures if the investigation suggests it, but also added that, “a day care centre should be a haven, not a prison.”

Adverse Credit Loans: Bad Creditors Can Easily Grab Funds}

Adverse credit loans: bad creditors can easily grab funds


Peter Darwin

A bad credit status is obviously not liked by anyone as it is difficult to handle blemished credit records. Your loan application is also rejected if have bad credit like arrears, late payments, IVA, CCJs, defaults and bankruptcy credited to your report. Are you facing such problems and need funds? Want to rebuild your credit status as well? There is one financial solution on which you can depend on; adverse credit loans. These loans offer adequate financial help to bad creditors. All types of bad credit are approved and accepted for adverse credit loans.

Adverse credit loans are offered in secured and unsecured forms. Secured adverse credit loans are backed by security. You can offer your car, property, shares and valuable documents as security. Through secured loans you can advance a substantial loan amount ranging from 5000-75000 for a term of 5-25 years. The repayment term is longer and can be easily met by you.

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Unsecured adverse credit loans are not backed by security and are free from collateral attachment. You can raise a small loan amount within a range of 1000-25000 for a small period of 1-10 years. One can conveniently borrow a required sum of money that is possible to repay.

Adverse credit loans are offered at slightly higher rates of interest. The bad credit records are considered risky as you may falter your loan repayments. Thus by providing funds at higher rates lender compensate the risk.

You can apply for adverse credit loans through banks and even online. The online application is very simple and convenient. You can easily apply and even spot a lower rate deal if you do a little research work. There are various lenders providing lucrative and profitable deals at lower rate, one can be easily yours!

Through adverse credit loans you can easily consolidate your debts, finance education, buy car, renovate your home, pay off wedding expenses and use for business purpose. By consolidating debts and paying your installments duly and regularly you can even improve your credit scores; but will have to be very punctual.

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Google removes German BMW from search results

Monday, February 6, 2006

The search engine Google announced the removal of the official German BMW web site from its search results today. Google is reported to have removed the website due to the use of a trick to raise its website ratings in the search engine’s results.

The online version of Forbes magazine reported that the German word for used car, Gebrauchtwagen, appeared 42 times in a doorway web page created by the German car manufacturer. Doorway web pages contain many keywords designed to attract search robots. The page presented to Google’s robot for indexing was significantly different from the page presented to the site’s visitors.

According to a recent blog post by Matt Cutts, one of Google’s software engineers, this technique is “a violation of our webmaster quality guidelines.” These guidelines encourage webmasters to “avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings.”

BMW reacted to the measure by claiming that it had no intention of manipulating the search results, but instead used the doorway pages with the objective of “offering a better service” to those looking for used cars.

Indulge In An Amazing Selection Of Food And Drink At Xscape Milton Keynes}

Indulge in an amazing selection of food and drink at Xscape Milton Keynes


Declan Ellis

At Xscape Milton Keynes, youll find everything you need to enjoy the perfect day out, from bowling to watching a film to indoor skydiving Milton Keynes. As well as brilliant, unique activities – including indoor skiing Milton Keynes – Xscape is home to 21 amazing places to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Whether you fancy a quick but delicious sandwich or a beautiful three-course meal, theres guaranteed to be something to get your taste buds dancing when you experience the food and nightlife Milton Keynes at Xscape.

Fast food treats

Sometimes you just need some food thats quick and easy. Especially on a busy day out at Xscape enjoying skydiving Milton Keynes and other energetic activities, there sometimes just isnt enough time for a sit-down meal. At Xscape, there are plenty of places to go for a quick refuel, including McDonalds, Shake A Shake, KFC, Five Guys and Subway. After hours of fun exploring the leisure centre and enjoying skiing Milton Keynes at Snozone, youll be more than due a little bite to eat. Whether you choose a healthy salad or a tasty burger, theres something to suit all the family.

Taste of Italy

Italian food is always a great option. With beautiful flavours and a wide range of options, your day at Xscape will be rounded off perfectly with a visit to an Italian restaurant, before heading off to enjoy some nightlife Milton Keynes. At Xscape, you can choose between ASK Italian, Frankie & Bennys or Pizza Express. While they all have their own vibe and menu, gorgeous food including authentic pizzas and pasta dishes can be found at each. What better way to wind down after indoor skydiving Milton Keynes at iFly?

Indulge in a Grill

There are plenty of places to get an amazing grill at Xscape – think steaks, burgers, ribs, wings – everything youd want after an afternoon of skiing Milton Keynes. Some options for great grills are: Coal Grill & Bar, Clarys Bar & Grill, Harvester and Harrys Kitchen. These have a popular drinks menu as well as gorgeous food, so they really add to the nightlife Milton Keynes as well as offering incredible meals.

A Touch of Spice

If youd prefer something a little spicy rather than a traditional Italian or a mixed grill, Chimichanga or Nandos could be the perfect place for you to visit after your skydiving Milton Keynes experience. From fiery fajitas and loaded nachos to extra hot chicken wraps and spicy rice, these restaurants offer incredible food and a pleasant atmosphere to go with it. A family day out isnt complete without a tasty meal, and Chimichanga and Nandos both offer a taste like nowhere else.

A Meal with a View

If youd like a meal with a view, Snozones Snobar is the restaurant for you. The tables overlook Snozones indoor snow slope so you can enjoy watching people practising their snowboarding and skiing Milton Keynes skills as you dine. Combine a lovely meal with some fun on the slope and youre guaranteed an exciting and memorable day out.

To find out more about all the food and nightlife Milton Keynes options available to you on your day at Xscape, head over to their website where you can find opening hours, menus and all information about the other activities at the centre.

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