Toyota Recalls Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK


Toyota Recalls Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK – One of the famous car manufacturers, Toyota, has called in approximately 19,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to the concerns about possible problems with fuel systems.

The company said that hundreds of Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models could be at risk of fuel leaks and will need to be modified by mechanics. But it also said that there had been no accidents suspected of being related to the defects.

The company’s officials said they were writing to the owners of the affected vehicles to arrange repairs. The move is part of a recall of almost 1.7 million vehicles internationally.

In a statement, Toyota Company said: “As a result of customer feedback in other markets worldwide, Toyota GB today announced it would recall a number of its Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK to carry out modifications to their fuel systems. It is working with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) to contact registered owners and keepers by letter to advise them of the procedure for taking their vehicle to an authorized Toyota or Lexus repairer for the necessary work to be done.”

Almost 15,500 British owners of Toyota Avensis 2.0 Liter and 2.4 Liter petrol engine models which were produced between July 2000 and September 2008, are entitled for the free repair. The repair would take up to four-and-a-half hours.

On the other hand, nearly 3,100 UK-registered Lexus IS 250 petrol engine vehicles which were produced between August 2007 and February 2009, are also affected.

Jon Williams, the managing director of Toyota GB PLC said: “We are committed to putting the customer first and have a total focus on the quality of all products. We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption.”

Japan’s transport ministry announced that slight cracks could appear in fuel pipes which may cause leakages if untreated. If the car is continued to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage.

Bugs Are Healthy Alternative Food


Bugs Are Healthy Alternative Food – A scientist from Netherlands, Arnold van Huis, has suggested bugs as a healthy, green, alternative food, saying it is time to break old eating habits.

He insisted that insect dishes could be the answer to the global food crisis, shrinking land and water resources and climate-changing carbon emissions. He also added that children don’t have a problem with eating insects.

Professor van Huis provides lectures, tastings and cookey classed with a master chef who prepares Dutch-farmed bugs. The scientist articulated: “The problem for adults is psychological and only tasting and experience can make them change their minds.”

According to a professor at Wageningen University, insects had more protein than cattle per bite, cost less to raise, consumed less water and did not have much of a carbon footprint.

As a matter of fact, insects are a long-established food in some parts of the world such as Mexico and Thailand.

The professor has been working with a local cookery school to produce a cookbook and suitable recipes, to encourage bug consumption. Chef Henk van Gurp has formulated recipes for meal worm quiche and chocolate pralines with buffalo worms. He sees no reason to disguise the ingredients.

He thinks that once international leading chefs begin preparing this food, others will follow. According to Margot Callis, it is good food, of high nutritional value and very healthy for elderly people.

Insects are already bred as foods for birds, lizards and monkeys at the Callis family’s farm near the university, and currently, the owners are eyeing the human market.

A New Daughter Through Surrogate For Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban


A New Daughter Through Surrogate For Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban have become parents to a new baby daughter born with a surrogate mother.

The actress and the country star have named the baby girl Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, the couple’s biological daughter , and she was born on December 28 in Nashville.

Last week, the pair went into the hospital on the down low and visited Faith and the surrogate during her stay. They entered the hospital through the back, took the service elevator to the top floor, which they rented exclusively for themselves.

The celebrity couple just released a statement saying, “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”

They, both 43, had kept the birth a secret, saying nothing about being new parents when they attended the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.

Kidman walked empty-handed after the best actress in drama prize went to Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Ki9dman had been nominated for her performance in Rabbit Hole. The film tells the story of a young couple struggling to come to terms with the death of their child.

In 2006, Keith and Nicole were married. Then, Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in July 2008. Kidman and her ex-husband Tom Cruise also adopted two children during their marriage, Isabella and Connor.

Man with the Golden Voice Ted Williams: A Hoax?

Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man who is said to have a “God-given gift of voice”, has been called a “hoax” by radio jock Howard Stern no less.

Stern thinks Williams’ “homeless man” story is too good to be true, calling the latter a hoax, saying anyone with that kind of a voice could not have been homeless.

Stern’s assessment may be partially correct because Williams was not actually homeless all his life. As his roadside sign for help reads, “… I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Happy holidays.”

It will be recalled that Williams surged to his new-found fame after a Columbus dispatch “discovered” him and his golden voice… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Barely a day after an internet video of Williams and his golden voice went viral, this once homeless man who has admitted to falling on hard times no thanks to alcohol and drugs, has been swamped with job offers and voiceover gigs. According to him, he has even landed “an Ohio citizen’s dream job” after being offered full-time work and a house by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, the Cavaliers will probably have to compete against MTV, the NFL and the countless more reportedly vying for Williams’ services. Right now Williams is en route to New York for a few more appearances, and to visit his 92-year old mother in Brooklyn.

Flock of Blackbirds Died in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve


Flock of Blackbirds Died in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve – As many as 5,000 birds began falling over the small town of Beebe shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve. On Monday, officials says that fright likely killed thousands of birds which dropped onto a small town in Arkansas.

A state veterinarian George Badley said, “We right now are pretty confident that the trauma is what caused the die-off.”

In addition, a local resident reported that he heard about 20 loud booms Saturday night, which he assumed to have been fireworks or a canon to get rid of nuisance birds. Then, he saw a huge flock of frantic birds when he went outside.

Badley could hear the blackbirds fluttering around. He could hear their wings and he could hear them hitting into things.

Facts show that Blackbirds have poor night vision and they were likely killed because they banged into houses, trees and each other in their fright.

However, the state is conducting further tests to make sure the birds were not poisoned or diseased. It was not a good weekend for wildlife in Arkansas.

Almost 80,000 to 100,000 dead fish were floating in the Arkansas River about 100 miles away from Beebe, a day before the birds were killed, a day before the birds were killed.

Officials believe they were killed by disease because only one species, the drum fish, was affected. The spokesman for the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, Keith Stephens, said it’s possible that a tornado which whipped through Arkansas and killed three people Friday morning may have had something to do with the bird deaths.

Queen Elizabeth II Has Her First Grandchild


Queen Elizabeth II Has Her First Grandchild – According to a statement from the Buckingham Palace, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburg, he Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.”

Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth became a great-grandmother for the first time when her grandson Peter Phillips gave birth to a baby girl.

Peter Phillips is the only son of the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, and her first husband Mark Phillips. Peter Phillips is married to Autumn Phillips, a Canadian, who gave birth on Wednesday.

The newly born baby girl is the 12th in line to the throne. Her birth also made Zara an aunt. The royal family said last week that Zara, who is a successful equestrian athlete, was to marry rugby player Mike Tindall.

Peter and Autumn Phillips lived until recently in Hong Kong, where Phillips worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland. He now works for the bank in London.