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After the initial Volkswagen scandal discovery of millions of cars outfitted with software to avoid strict emissions regulations, the chief executive of the German auto manufacturer Martin Winterkorn resigned. His replacement was announced on September 25 as head of Porsche, Matthias Muller. Along with the announcement of the new chief executive came companywide changes that are intended to repair damage to the company after “Dieselgate.”

The effects of the Volkswagen software that duped emissions tests on the diesel models is yet undetermined. The environmental impact is considered to be substantial with 11 million vehicles around the world emitting nitrogen oxides 10 to 40 times above U.S. legal limits, according to the the website of the Driscoll Firm. This was done by the “defeat device” inserted into diesel passenger cars that sense when a vehicle is being tested rather than driven on a road, triggering the vehicle emissions to regulation levels.

Berthold Huber, the chairman of the company’s supervisory board called the incident “a moral and political disaster.” Under the new chief executive, removal of several leaders in connection to the scandal is underway. Among the suspended individuals is Christian Klingler, the former top sales and marketing executive at Volkswagen. As stock and sales continue to drop around the globe, Volkswagen hopes that the new leadership will promote the regrowth of trust.

One of the main concerns for consumers is in regards to compensation that that former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn promised was coming. Volkswagen made a statement assuring that $7.3 billion dollars was set aside for VW diesel passenger vehicle owners affected by the scandal. In the wake of falling estimated values of affected vehicles, many drivers are upset that they were deceived into harming the environment and are now possess fraudulent vehicles. However no plan has been released to the public on how these funds will be distributed to the car owners. However no plan has been released to the public on how funds will be distributed to the car owners.

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Many of the regular dog food brands you will find in the supermarket are much cheaper than the all natural dog food varieties available. This is mainly because regular dog foods are often made up of a lot of fillers and food scraps from meat, poultry and produce processing plants that would otherwise be thrown out. It can be tempting to go for price rather than quality, but it may cost you more in the end. Here are 5 benefits you can get from an all natural dog food diet.

Better digestion

An all natural food diet especially formulated for dogs takes into consideration the needs of your pet. Dogs are not people, and there are some foods that they simply cannot digest. Grains such as wheat, corn and soy found in regular dog food acts as a stopper, keeping essential nutrients from being absorbed by the body. The dog becomes lethargic and obese and may even develop digestive problems.

Healthier coat and skin

Dogs can develop allergies to artificial preservatives, flavors and colors used in regular dog food. It manifests in skin rashes, excessive shedding and digestive upsets. All natural dog food formulas by definition do not include these ingredients.

Fewer trips to the veterinarian

When a dog gets the right kind of nutrition, there is no reason why a visit to the veterinarian is necessary save for an annual check-up, immunization shots and the like. A healthy dog saves you money on vet visits, medical procedures and medications.

No need for supplements

Most of the good-quality all natural dog food brands incorporate the essential vitamins and minerals needed by dogs as recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). If you buy the right dog food for your dog’s particular breed, size and age and follow the feeding guidelines, then you will not have to buy supplements separately.

Happier pet and pet owner

Good quality all natural dog food is more expensive but the savings from having a healthy dog all the time will more than make up for your investment. Moreover, healthy dogs are generally happy, well-adjusted and alert, and that makes pet owners happy as well.

According to The Rugged Pup, for best results you should gradually acclimate your dog if you are switching to an all natural dog food diet. This will ensure that the transition is smooth and mess-free, and prevent intestinal distress.

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The permeation of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs is nothing short of epic. Because it was used in so many products, it has gotten into everything directly or indirectly. It is a real challenge to recycle even paper without tripping on legal statutes.

The laws that apply to toxic Monsanto PCBs (Monsanto Company was the only PCB producer in North America back in the day) are mainly the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) and the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA). Both laws pertain to the amount that a toxic substance can be present in any substance.

In the case of old newspapers, recyclers find themselves in what is called the PCB paradox. The ink in these old newspapers contains PCBs among other harmful substances. The TSCA allows ink producers to use PCBs as a stabilizer as long as it is not more than 50 parts for million. What recyclers do is remove the ink and treat the PCBs, but still a little bit remains in the wastewater, which usually goes into the river or the sewage plant. At this point, the CWA regulations kick in, which prohibits wastewater with more than 64 parts per quadrillion of PCBs. That is about 700 million times less than what legally goes into the plant in the form of newspaper ink.

This is a decided blow on the recycling movement, because these federal regulations make this impossible on an industrial scale. However, it is important to remember that the small amounts of PCBs discharged into the environment at this point would not have been such a big deal if Monsanto had not already recklessly discharged thousands of pounds of PCB-laden effluent. As it is toxic Monsanto PCBs are everywhere and in everything at dangerous levels. The laws are simply trying to achieve a balance between industrial need and environmental protection. If anyone should be blamed for the PCB paradox, it is the PCB producer.

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Spending time in Appleton, Wisconsin? No one can blame you as it has been reported to be one of the best places to live in the United States of America. There are plenty of facilities where you and your family can enjoy your stay in Appleton and truly experience the very best that this town has to offer.

Thinking of a place where your kids can have the most fun? The Building For Kids could be exactly what you’re looking for. Spacious enough to contain a lot of educational and exciting exhibits for kids, as well as crafting areas where children are encouraged to expand their horizons and express with their imaginations, it is the perfect space for kids and parents to spend time with each other while learning new things as well!

Another quite picturesque space where the family can spend time are the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin. Truly beautiful and magnificent to behold, it’s like stepping into the gardens that only fairytales told you about when you were little – or the ones that your little ones still believe in. Surrounds yourself with nature and all the delicate beauty it has to offer, these gardens allow for you and your family to rekindle your soul with nature, which is always healthy. These are also quite educational for the children as they can learn about different species and appreciate nature and its many splendors firsthand.

But, truly, if you’re going to Appleton, Wisconsin – a trip to The History Museum at the Castle is mandatory in order to get the full Appleton experience. What a waste it would be if you were not to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to see all of Appleton’s wonderful history, complete with exhibits that detail the lives of notable people from this town such as Harry Houdini and Edna Ferber. There is something in this museum for everyone – kids and adults alike – and so it would really be recommended if you’re going to stop by and spend some time in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living.” These are words spoken by Albus Dumbledore in the famed story that is known to nearly every living person in the world today. Unfortunately, these are words that are more than simple musings of a fictional character – these are words that hold a harsh truth for it is the living who must then deal with the repercussions of having to live without their deceased loved ones.

Losing a beloved is never easy and the life lost cannot be replaced by any sum of money or with any goods or apologies. According to the law offices of Hankey Law Office P.C., if liability can be determined to an offending guilty party, showing proof that the death was born out of negligence by that given individual or corporation, then there is unrest where peace should only reign. It can be exceedingly difficult to deal with the aftermath of loss as these are trying, emotionally charged times that can muddle the legal proceedings that can be quite perfunctory and tedious. This is why starting your claim as soon as an incident occurs is vital to quickly receiving compensation.

If prior the to death, the victim suffered wounds or damage that required medical attention, the surviving beneficiaries of the victim is entitled to reimbursements for the procedures, as well as compensation for the loss of income that befalls the loved ones now left behind and in what can only be an extremely difficult situation. Financial recompense will never replace the love and company now lost to you forever but there is some small measure of comfort that can allow you to transition back into some kind of normal in as smooth and efficient a manner as possible.

If you or someone you know has suffered a similar circumstance, do look into availing the services of a wrongful death attorney who can help you make things right. With the right kind of help, you need not even doubt the possibility that in the years now to come, even after the pain of this loss has come upon you, all can be well again.

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