Paul Schneider leaving NBC’s Parks and Recreation; Rob Lowe, Adam Scott to appear in series

Monday, March 15, 2010 

The NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation will experience a shake-up in its cast as Paul Schneider, a regular cast member with the critically acclaimed series, will depart at the end of this season.

Officials with the show have also announced this month that Rob Lowe will make an extended guest appearance on the series, and Adam Scott will join as a regular cast member.

Michael Schur, who co-created Parks and Recreation along with The Office creator Greg Daniels, said Schneider is expected to make guest appearances in the third season.

Schneider plays Mark Brendanawicz, a jaded city planner who started in the first season as a love interest for the show’s protagonist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the deputy director of a small town Indiana town. Currently, Schneider’s character is dating Rashida Jones’s character, Ann Perkins.

Schneider is leaving the show to focus on his movie career, following the success of such independent films as Bright Star. Schur added when the character was originally conceived, it was anticipated he would appear infrequently in Parks and Recreation, switching between his city planner job and work in the private sector.

“It’s not something you usually do on TV shows but we thought it was a good way to illustrate both the positive and negative aspects of working for a government,” Schur told the Los Angeles Times. “It was one of the first things we talked about with him.”

Schur added, “He’s going to remain in the world of the show in a way that not only allows but hopefully demands that he’ll reenter it. He’s not going to be killed in some weird accident.”

Lowe and Scott are expected to join the show in May, during the final two episodes of the season. Schur has indicated they will both play characters coming in from outside Pawnee to help the town deal with budget problems.

Lowe, fresh off his departure from the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters, will continue a string of guest appearances into the third season.

Adam Scott would leave his regular role on the Starz comedy series Party Down to join the permanent cast of Parks and Recreation.

“Adam is one of the funniest and most versatile performers around,” Schur told Variety magazine. “When we designed the character he is going to play, we used him as the dream scenario of who we could get.”

Parks and Recreation received mixed to negative reviews during its first season, with detractors claiming it was too similar to The Office, and that Leslie Knope too closely resembled that show’s protagonist Michael Scott), played by Steve Carell.

But The second season, despite lagging in the Nielsen ratings, has been a critical success, with several commentators declaring it a major improvement over the first season and one of the best comedies currently on television.

Rust Removal From Metal In Three Easy Steps

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Rust removal from metal can be more than just tough. If you’re not careful in choosing the right rust removal product to use, it can be expensive, time consuming and dangerous too. Preventing rust from forming should be your priority instead of treating it to save yourself from its negative effects.

However, rust is one of the inevitable things that you have to face in everyday cleaning. No matter how you prevent its building-up by using rust removal products, it always finds a way of getting in to your properties. From simple stains, it could go as far as making your items totally destructed and invalid.

As you may have noticed, almost in every part of your house metal is present. It can be seen in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and in every other rooms even in your garage in the form of appliances, furniture, fixtures, vehicles and others. This overwhelming metal presence makes your house totally vulnerable to rust damage. And since rust can’t be totally prevented, it would be an advantage to arm yourself with proper ‘rust removal from metal’ knowledge.

Generally, the process of rust removal from metal will require money, time and energy. But if you know how to properly implement this process and if you choose the right treatment to use, it can be less expensive and far more effective.

Here is the step by step process of rust removal from metal that you can readily implement.

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Clean surface of loose or flaking rust

Scraping off the bulking rust on the metal surface is the first step of the process. This will make the surface free of any rust flakes. As the damaged area will be exposed, you can rightfully assess the severity of the rust which later will help you in the application of the treatment. Specifically, this will aide the rust removal product to be directly applied to the rusted spot which can be an added factor for successful rust removal from metal.

Apply rust removal treatment

Application of rust removal treatment on the rust damaged spot can be categorized as chemical based or organic. By chemical based, it means that the rust removal product used is of chemical components. With organic, it means that the product is natural which can either be purchased or personally produced.

For rust removal from metal with the use of chemical-based treatments, follow the instruction of how to apply it. Take note of ‘warnings’ for a safer application of the treatment. On the other hand, if you use organic products such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda or mixture of them, simply spread the paste or solution on the rusted area.

Scrub the surface

Rust removal from metal, with either chemical-based or organic, take a little time. You may need to let these treatments sit still before scrubbing the surface. How long will you wait depends on the instructions in the case of chemical based treatments. For home-made organic rust removal products, it usually takes just a few minutes.

Regardless of what product you will use for rust removal from metal, what is important is that you are a following an organized process. However, with the right rust removal product, it could be of greater positive effects.

About the Author: No rust removal product will be effective unless used correctly. Whether organic or chemical based, always make sure to apply it with accuracy and carefulness for a safer rust removal from metal experience.

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North Sea oil spill is Norway’s second worst

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

On Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. CET (UTC+1), Norwegian authorities were alerted to an oil spill in the Statfjord oil field. The spill originated from the oil platform “Statfjord A”, one of three platforms in the field, operated by StatoilHydro.

Kristin Hoffmann of Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (Petroleumtilsynet) told Dagens Nyheter: “This is the second largest in Norwegian history.” The amount of oil released into the sea is believed to be at least 3840 cubic metres, 25,000 barrels, or approximately 4,000 metric tons. This amount would rank the spill low on the list of oil spills.

“It is a significant amount and we are taking it seriously,” said Vegar Stokset, a spokesman for StatoilHydro, though he said the spill was “very far from land.”

The accident occurred in rough seas while tanker Navion Britannia was loading oil from a storage buoy, StatoilHydro said. Christian Sletner of the Norwegian Coastal Administration said, “StatoilHydro has a good preparedness plan, and a satisfactory system for handling this.” He added, “StatoilHydro is responsible for cleaning up. This is the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”

“The amount of damage could range from completely marginal to relatively large if substantial amounts reach land,” Sletner said. “The chances of it reaching land, at the moment, seem to be relatively small.”

No one was injured at the time of the accident and the platform will continue work as usual Thursday, said StatiolHydro Information Director Kai Nielsen. In a press release, StatiolHydro announced that four vessels are on their way to begin the clean-up, though they will have to wait for calmer seas to begin work.

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said in a press release that it is demobilizing disaster teams and beginning to prepare for its investigation of the incident. It will also closely follow StatoilHydro’s clean-up.

Statfjord is 200 km (124 miles) off the coast of Norway, located to the east of Bergen. It is an oil and gas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, though approximately 15% of it is in the United Kingdom’s waters. At peak production, it produces over 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The field is one of the largest known under-sea oil fields in the world.

Suresh Joachim breaks ironing world record

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 

Brampton – Suresh Joachim of Mississauga, Ontario continues to amaze, breaking yet another world record, this time at The Bay Court in Shoppers World.

From Thursday, September 22 at 8 am, to Saturday, September 24 at 3:05 pm, Suresh ironed continuously for 55 hours and 5 minutes, in front of the thousands of onlookers shopping at the mall those three days.

The achievement, now submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records, breaks the previous record by Eufemia Stadler of Zurich, Switzerland. Stadler completed 40 hours of continuous ironing from September 16-18, 1999.

Originally from Sri Lanka and Australia, Joachim is no stranger to the folks at Guinness. He currently holds twenty other records, ranging from greatest distance travelled on ‘up’ and ‘down’ escalators (225.44 km between May 25 and May 31 1998), furthest travelled on a treadmill in one week (659.27 km at a gym in Paris, France), and longest dance marathon by an individual (100 hours at the Dixie Outlet Mall).

This September, Suresh watched television in the lobby of WABC in New York City for 69 hours and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by 19 hours. The event was covered daily on the talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly” as part of their Guinness World Record Breaker Week. He also recently set the record for longest time rocking in a rocking chair, at 75 hours.

A DJ on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recently tried to break Joachim’s record for longest continuous time as a DJ. He was unsuccessful, and Suresh’s 120-hour World Record set on Geethavaani Tamil Radio in Scarborough stands unharmed.

The event helped raise funds for the Universal Fund for Suffering Children, whose funds are “utilized to save the world’s children from poverty, disease and war.” All of Joachim’s stunts have been dedicated to this charity.

What’s next for Suresh? He plans to start static cycling from October 18th, 2005 to October 22nd, 2005, in Britain. Suresh’s goal is 150 world records, which would beat the long-time record breaker Ashrita Furman, who has accumulated 94 records. While Furman started two decades ago, Suresh only discovered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991, and started record breaking in 1996.

You can visit Suresh online at www.sureshjoachim.org

North Sea oil spill is Norway’s second worst

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

On Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. CET (UTC+1), Norwegian authorities were alerted to an oil spill in the Statfjord oil field. The spill originated from the oil platform “Statfjord A”, one of three platforms in the field, operated by StatoilHydro.

Kristin Hoffmann of Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (Petroleumtilsynet) told Dagens Nyheter: “This is the second largest in Norwegian history.” The amount of oil released into the sea is believed to be at least 3840 cubic metres, 25,000 barrels, or approximately 4,000 metric tons. This amount would rank the spill low on the list of oil spills.

“It is a significant amount and we are taking it seriously,” said Vegar Stokset, a spokesman for StatoilHydro, though he said the spill was “very far from land.”

The accident occurred in rough seas while tanker Navion Britannia was loading oil from a storage buoy, StatoilHydro said. Christian Sletner of the Norwegian Coastal Administration said, “StatoilHydro has a good preparedness plan, and a satisfactory system for handling this.” He added, “StatoilHydro is responsible for cleaning up. This is the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”

“The amount of damage could range from completely marginal to relatively large if substantial amounts reach land,” Sletner said. “The chances of it reaching land, at the moment, seem to be relatively small.”

No one was injured at the time of the accident and the platform will continue work as usual Thursday, said StatiolHydro Information Director Kai Nielsen. In a press release, StatiolHydro announced that four vessels are on their way to begin the clean-up, though they will have to wait for calmer seas to begin work.

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said in a press release that it is demobilizing disaster teams and beginning to prepare for its investigation of the incident. It will also closely follow StatoilHydro’s clean-up.

Statfjord is 200 km (124 miles) off the coast of Norway, located to the east of Bergen. It is an oil and gas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, though approximately 15% of it is in the United Kingdom’s waters. At peak production, it produces over 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The field is one of the largest known under-sea oil fields in the world.

Blue Ocean Strategy

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Clive Sexton – Impact Executives

How do you become the iPod of your industry?

Do you want to create new demand with a new group of previous non-customers? Do you want to break out of the red ocean of bloody competition by creating uncontested market space, ripe for growth that makes competition irrelevant?

Like human beings, corporations do smart things and crazy things. There is no such thing as a permanently excellent company or industry. To improve the quality of our success, the authors of Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) have studied what we do that makes a positive difference and understood how to replicate it systematically. This is called making smart strategic moves or value innovation – creating powerful leaps in value for both the firm and its buyers, rendering rivals obsolete and unleashing new demand. The strategic move that matters most is to create blue oceans.

Voted as the bestseller by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, BOS examines a wide range of strategic moves across a host of industries. The framework addresses not only the analytical aspects behind the creation of BOS but also the allimportant human aspects of how to bring an organisation and its people on its journey, with a willingness to translate these ideas into action. An understanding of how to build trust and commitment, as well as an understanding of the importance of intellectual and emotional strengths are highlighted and brought to the core of this strategy.

Speaking recently at the London Business Forum, one of the authors, Ren e Mauborgne, highlighted the six principles that every company can use to successfully formulate and execute blue ocean strategies.

The six principles show how to:

reconstruct market boundaries;

focus on the big picture;

reach beyond existing demand;

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get the strategic sequence right;

overcome organisational hurdles;

build execution into strategy.

Rejecting traditional thinking about strategy, this landmark book charts a bold new path to winning in the future. Are you ready to boldly go where no man has gone before and be the Star Trek, Comic Relief, Google or Twitter of your industry?

Are you True Blue or Bloody Red?

Answer the questions below to determine how blue is your ocean?

Is your company facing heightened competition from domestic and international rivals?

Do your sales representatives increasingly argue that they need to offer deeper and deeper price discounts to make sales?

Are you finding you need to advertise more to get noticed in the marketplace, yet the impact of each advertising pound spent is falling?

Is your company focused more on cost cutting, quality control, and brand management at the expense of growth, innovation, and brand creation?

Do you blame your slow growth on your market?

Do you see outsourcing to low cost companies or countries as a principal prerequisite to regain competitiveness?

Are mergers and acquisitions the principal means your company sees to grow?

Is it easier to get funding to match a strategic move made by your competitor, than it is to get internal funding to support a strategic move that allows you to break away from the competition?

Is commoditisation of offerings a frequent worry of your company?

List your key competitive factors; now list your competition s. Are they largely the same?

If you answered yes to a majority of these questions, then your company is stuck in the red ocean.

Blue Ocean Strategy offers you a way to swim out of the red ocean filled with sharks. It presents a theory, tools, and frameworks to allow your company to break away from the competition and create a blue ocean of new market space.

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After reading BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY, you will never again see your competition in quite the same light. Kim and Mauborgne present a compelling case for pursuing strategy with a creative, not combative, approach. Their emphasis on value innovation and stakeholder engagement alone makes this book a must-read for both executives and students of business.

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North Sea oil spill is Norway’s second worst

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

On Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. CET (UTC+1), Norwegian authorities were alerted to an oil spill in the Statfjord oil field. The spill originated from the oil platform “Statfjord A”, one of three platforms in the field, operated by StatoilHydro.

Kristin Hoffmann of Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (Petroleumtilsynet) told Dagens Nyheter: “This is the second largest in Norwegian history.” The amount of oil released into the sea is believed to be at least 3840 cubic metres, 25,000 barrels, or approximately 4,000 metric tons. This amount would rank the spill low on the list of oil spills.

“It is a significant amount and we are taking it seriously,” said Vegar Stokset, a spokesman for StatoilHydro, though he said the spill was “very far from land.”

The accident occurred in rough seas while tanker Navion Britannia was loading oil from a storage buoy, StatoilHydro said. Christian Sletner of the Norwegian Coastal Administration said, “StatoilHydro has a good preparedness plan, and a satisfactory system for handling this.” He added, “StatoilHydro is responsible for cleaning up. This is the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”

“The amount of damage could range from completely marginal to relatively large if substantial amounts reach land,” Sletner said. “The chances of it reaching land, at the moment, seem to be relatively small.”

No one was injured at the time of the accident and the platform will continue work as usual Thursday, said StatiolHydro Information Director Kai Nielsen. In a press release, StatiolHydro announced that four vessels are on their way to begin the clean-up, though they will have to wait for calmer seas to begin work.

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said in a press release that it is demobilizing disaster teams and beginning to prepare for its investigation of the incident. It will also closely follow StatoilHydro’s clean-up.

Statfjord is 200 km (124 miles) off the coast of Norway, located to the east of Bergen. It is an oil and gas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, though approximately 15% of it is in the United Kingdom’s waters. At peak production, it produces over 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The field is one of the largest known under-sea oil fields in the world.

Suresh Joachim breaks ironing world record

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 

Brampton – Suresh Joachim of Mississauga, Ontario continues to amaze, breaking yet another world record, this time at The Bay Court in Shoppers World.

From Thursday, September 22 at 8 am, to Saturday, September 24 at 3:05 pm, Suresh ironed continuously for 55 hours and 5 minutes, in front of the thousands of onlookers shopping at the mall those three days.

The achievement, now submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records, breaks the previous record by Eufemia Stadler of Zurich, Switzerland. Stadler completed 40 hours of continuous ironing from September 16-18, 1999.

Originally from Sri Lanka and Australia, Joachim is no stranger to the folks at Guinness. He currently holds twenty other records, ranging from greatest distance travelled on ‘up’ and ‘down’ escalators (225.44 km between May 25 and May 31 1998), furthest travelled on a treadmill in one week (659.27 km at a gym in Paris, France), and longest dance marathon by an individual (100 hours at the Dixie Outlet Mall).

This September, Suresh watched television in the lobby of WABC in New York City for 69 hours and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by 19 hours. The event was covered daily on the talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly” as part of their Guinness World Record Breaker Week. He also recently set the record for longest time rocking in a rocking chair, at 75 hours.

A DJ on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recently tried to break Joachim’s record for longest continuous time as a DJ. He was unsuccessful, and Suresh’s 120-hour World Record set on Geethavaani Tamil Radio in Scarborough stands unharmed.

The event helped raise funds for the Universal Fund for Suffering Children, whose funds are “utilized to save the world’s children from poverty, disease and war.” All of Joachim’s stunts have been dedicated to this charity.

What’s next for Suresh? He plans to start static cycling from October 18th, 2005 to October 22nd, 2005, in Britain. Suresh’s goal is 150 world records, which would beat the long-time record breaker Ashrita Furman, who has accumulated 94 records. While Furman started two decades ago, Suresh only discovered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991, and started record breaking in 1996.

You can visit Suresh online at www.sureshjoachim.org

North Sea oil spill is Norway’s second worst

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

On Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. CET (UTC+1), Norwegian authorities were alerted to an oil spill in the Statfjord oil field. The spill originated from the oil platform “Statfjord A”, one of three platforms in the field, operated by StatoilHydro.

Kristin Hoffmann of Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (Petroleumtilsynet) told Dagens Nyheter: “This is the second largest in Norwegian history.” The amount of oil released into the sea is believed to be at least 3840 cubic metres, 25,000 barrels, or approximately 4,000 metric tons. This amount would rank the spill low on the list of oil spills.

“It is a significant amount and we are taking it seriously,” said Vegar Stokset, a spokesman for StatoilHydro, though he said the spill was “very far from land.”

The accident occurred in rough seas while tanker Navion Britannia was loading oil from a storage buoy, StatoilHydro said. Christian Sletner of the Norwegian Coastal Administration said, “StatoilHydro has a good preparedness plan, and a satisfactory system for handling this.” He added, “StatoilHydro is responsible for cleaning up. This is the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”

“The amount of damage could range from completely marginal to relatively large if substantial amounts reach land,” Sletner said. “The chances of it reaching land, at the moment, seem to be relatively small.”

No one was injured at the time of the accident and the platform will continue work as usual Thursday, said StatiolHydro Information Director Kai Nielsen. In a press release, StatiolHydro announced that four vessels are on their way to begin the clean-up, though they will have to wait for calmer seas to begin work.

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said in a press release that it is demobilizing disaster teams and beginning to prepare for its investigation of the incident. It will also closely follow StatoilHydro’s clean-up.

Statfjord is 200 km (124 miles) off the coast of Norway, located to the east of Bergen. It is an oil and gas field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, though approximately 15% of it is in the United Kingdom’s waters. At peak production, it produces over 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The field is one of the largest known under-sea oil fields in the world.

10 Tips When Buying A Binocular

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The term binocular covers a whole range of optics, binoculars, spotting scopes, night vision goggles, and so on. So before you even think of buying a binocular you need to find out what you need and what you are going to use it for. Binoculars are used by people in operas, while hunting, in war, for bird watching, and in astronomy. For astronomy and bird watching you will need high powered binoculars while for other uses you could even consider compact binoculars which weigh little.

The joy of watching things up close cannot be described; you will be able to see every small detail clearly as though you are within touching distance. When buying a pair you must think of quality, long lasting, good grip, ideal weight, and lens power. Before you buy ask about what kind of prism and lens the binocular has, plastic lenses are more expensive than glass and often have coatings that enable you to see even in low light conditions. The functionality of a binocular depends on factors like lens size and quality prism quality; lens coatings; adjustable and easy to use settings.

Here are a few thoughts:

1.Know your need. Read all about binoculars their power and uses.

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2.Determine how often you will use a pair and what its cost is. Think about it should you spend valuable dollars to satisfy a whim and then let the pair reside in your cupboard?

3.Surf the internet and make a study of the different brands. There are so many options available; Canon, Bushnell, Nikon, Steiner, Leupold, Olympus, Meade, Vanguard, and more. Weigh the pros and cons of each kind and read unbiased reviews.

4.Always make the effort of taking a survey. Comparison shopping is a mantra that is being followed world wide. Get quotes from different sites.

5.Check out auction sites too. Very often designer glasses are sold for almost a pittance at auctions. Here you could even buy a second hand binocular.

6.If you have patience then wait for off season sales this is when binoculars are sold at discounted prices.

7.Always check what the lens specifications are and about warrantees.

8.Since binoculars are specialized items it is best you buy from online stores that specialize in binoculars. Only specialists will be able to answer your questions and guide you on what kind of binoculars would be ideal for your needs.

9.Be sure to ask about whether the pair you are buying are waterproof and also whether they can be use at night. Only a few models have night vision capabilities.

10.While purchasing online be sure to check payment gateway securities and shipping time. Find out where the binoculars will be shipped from and also about what happens if there is breakage in transit.

According to experts the most common tip is to buy the most expensive binocular you can afford.

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