Amended Fire Safety Regulations Proposed


first_imgNova Scotians are being asked to comment on proposed amendments to Nova Scotia’s fire safety regulations. The proposed amendments will take effect Tuesday, Oct. 31, and are necessary to ensure that the province adopts the 2005 National Fire Code. The deadline for comments is Monday, Sept. 25. “Adopting the National Fire Code is in the best interests of public safety,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “The new code will make fire safety requirements more flexible and easier to implement by helping users understand the reasons behind the requirements.” The 2005 National Fire Code is the first objective-based fire code in Canada. The code allows for more flexibility in achieving fire safety in Nova Scotia. It is a sister document to the National Building and Plumbing Code of Canada, which takes effect in Nova Scotia on Friday, Sept. 1. Although Nova Scotia is adopting the national code, the province will be able to add to the provincial regulations at any time to further enhance public safety. The proposed changes can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

TORONTO TEEN ASKS ACTRESS NINA DOBREV TO PROM WITH SLICK DANCE VIDEO


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto-area student Kishore Thavaneethan is asking actress Nina Dobrev out to his prom with a slick dance video that features songs from Drake and Bruno Mars.In the video, entitled “Nina Dobrev, will you be my date to prom?” the teen tells the Hollywood actress: “If you could come, that would be amazing.”Nina DobrevComplete with back-up performers, he dances to songs that include Drake’s “Best I Ever Had,” Bruno Mars’s “Finesse” and “Paatha Oru Lookula” from the Bollywood film “Inimey Ippadithan!” “The first two are my favorites — and you know Drake and her were on ‘Degrassi,’” he told CTVNews.ca over the phone. “They’re also great songs to dance to.”Dobrev, best known from the TV shows “The Vampire Diaries” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” is a “huge role model” for Thavaneethan.She grew up in Scarborough, Ont., where Thavaneethan spent his childhood. “It was inspiring to see her act,” he said, adding her success story is a big reason why he wants to become an actor and dancer himself.“I think if she can make it from there, it’s possible for me as well,” he said, adding he hopes she accepts. “I think Nina is someone … who thinks outside the box and would take on the challenge.”In the video, Thavaneethan promises it will be an “unforgettable night.” The big day is May 2 at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham, Ont. So the ball is in her court.BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘IT WAS FREEZING’Thavaneethan and his friend, who runs the Toronto-based videography company VM Images, shot the video during the chilly March break. He admitted dancing in a tank top might not have been the best decision“It was freezing. It was minus 10 [degrees]. You have no idea how cold it was,” he told CP24 on Monday. But he praised his back-up dancers and high school friends Anam Mulla and Kaaja Gnaneswaran for sticking it out.As for his future, Thavaneethan’s work ethic goes beyond the dance floor.He’s been accepted in the law, politics and governance programs at Western University, Waterloo, Laurier and Ryerson University. But he still wants to still pursue acting in some form or another.“I also want to minor in acting or something performance-based,” he said. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Closing of Victoria Island in Ottawa catches some off guard


first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsVictoria Island is a significant cultural and spiritual place for Indigenous people in the Ottawa area.It’s located just outside of the downtown core and close to Parliament Hill and is used by a number of Indigenous peoples as a site for ceremony and protest.Starting at the end of October, it will be off limits for the next seven years.And that caught some off guard.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img

Expo gives small business tips


first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – About 1,500 people are expected to attend the Small Business Calgary Expo Thursday.It features 150 exhibitors and is billed as Alberta’s largest business to business expo.There are two keynote speakers: Kristen Wood, founder and CEO of The Ten Spot, and Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley.On the Digital Tools Stage, 15-minute rapid-fire sessions are designed to give tips on how to transform and grow a business.The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BMO Centre.last_img read more

Ban to push for further investment in Haiti to widen breakout opportunity


“This is Haiti’s moment, a break-out opportunity for one of the poorest nations to lift itself toward a future of real economic prospects and genuine hope,” Mr. Ban wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on-line edition.The Secretary-General, who earlier this month visited Haiti with former United States President Bill Clinton, said that Haiti stands a better chance than almost any emerging economy, not only to weather the current economic storms but to prosper, because of new US trade legislation. HOPE II, as the act is known, offers Haiti duty-free, quota-free access to US markets for the next nine years. “No other nation enjoys a similar advantage,” Mr. Ban said. “This is a foundation to build on.”He sees it, he says, as a chance to consolidate the progress the country has made in winning a measure of political stability, with the help of the UN peacekeeping mission, and move to genuine economic development, creating the jobs needed to alleviate the country’s massive unemployment, particularly among youth.Mr. Ban said he will be advocating investment in Haiti, for these purposes, at an international donor conference to take place next month in WashingtonPaul Collier, an Oxford University economist and Mr. Ban’s special adviser on Haiti, has helped the Government devise a strategy to create those jobs, emphasizing the country’s traditional strengths in garments and agricultural production. The plan calls for the enactment of new regulations lowering port fees (now among the highest in the Caribbean) and creating the sort of industrial clusters that have come to dominate global trade. It also calls for dramatically expanding the country’s export zones, so that a new generation of textile firms can generate economies of scale, drive down production costs and spark “potentially explosive growth constrained only by the size of the labour pool,” as Mr. Ban put it.Describing some of the experiences on his recent trip, Mr. Ban recalls visiting a factory in the capital where workers earned $7 a day making T-shirts for export, vaulting them into the Haitian middle class. “Under HOPE II, the owner figures he can double or triple production within a year,” he said.The UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSTAH) has been working with Haitians for nearly five years towards creating a secure and stable environment within which key reforms and economic development could take place, he stressed.In related news, today MINUSTAH announced some details of its electoral assistance plan for Haiti’s legislative elections scheduled for 19 April.With voter registration, printing of ballots and training of electoral workers now completed and some 9,500 polling stations in place, the Mission is now distributing some 100 tons of equipment it received last week. It said some 4,000 electoral security workers will be on hand to keep the peace on election day in addition to 6,500 UN peacekeepers. To further assure the success of the elections, MINUSTAH said, it would deploy more than 1800 civilian staff, 11 aircraft, 950 vehicles and some 300 horses and mules. 30 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he will be asking donors to go beyond traditional assistance and invest in Haiti, at a time he called a crucial turning point for the impoverished Caribbean nation. read more

Government upbeat over future of proposed financial city


He said the Government had decided to convert the port city into a financial city in order to help boost the economy of the country. He said Parliament will be fully briefed on the progress of the project in order to ensure there is transparency.CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, the Project Company for the Colombo Port City (CPC), signed a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, the Urban Development Authority and the Project Company recently.The agreement formally replaces the previous agreement signed on 16thSeptember 2014 between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Project Company. The financial city will initially operate as a hub between Dubai and Singapore and will have some of the top international banks operating from the new city.Perera said the financial city will look to promote business between India, other Asian countries, Middle East and Europe. The new tripartite agreement has been signed following the announcement in March this year by the Government to lift the temporary suspension of work on the project until the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development completed the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA).  The SEIA was completed earlier this year, pursuant to a Development Permit issued by the Coast Conservation Department to recommence the project. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is upbeat over the future of the proposed financial city which is to be constructed on the land earlier named the Colombo port city.State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said that the financial city is expected to offer over 15,000 jobs in the first stage. The agreement on the financial city was signed recently between the government and the Chinese company engaged in constructing the new city. read more

Farmers market promises even more fun Thursday


The Brock farmers market returns Thursday and Carrie Kelly will have some extra cash to spend.Kelly is the winner of a draw for a $10-market gift certificate. The draw will happen again this week and anyone attending the market can enter.Sandy Howe and Curtis Gadula (Team Force) have also been crowned champions of the first ladder ball tournament. They competed against teams who epitomized sportsmanship and had fun while doing it.There will be three new games to partake in this week. Bocce ball, washoos (washer toss), and corn hole (bean bag toss) will make their debuts in Jubilee Court. Ladder ball will also return. All are welcome to participate so challenge your co-workers and neighbouring department in the ultimate battle for bragging rights for the week.Two new vendors will also being setting up shop this week. The market runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. read more

Im a fing GP dont you know Stilettowearing doc accused of stamping


first_imgA foul-mouthed family doctor used her stiletto high heel to stamp on the feet of police before ranting: “Why the f*** have I been arrested? I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know,” a tribunal heard.Dr Eve Speight, 54, drunk three glasses of wine and a glass of beer in a village pub during a night out with her husband before having a marital bust up.When officers arrived she is accused of turning the air blue and spitting in the street before stamping her high heel on the ankle of one of the officers and scraping the stiletto down his colleague’s leg as they tried to calm her down.As the two officers pulled her to the ground to restrain her, Speight, originally from Vienna, added: “Why the f*** have I been arrested? I just want to go f***ing home, this is not my home, I’m from Austria. Dr Eve Speight, after her MPTS hearing at the GMC in Manchester Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Eve Speight, after her MPTS hearing at the GMC in ManchesterCredit: Pat Isaacs/Cavendish Press Bob Sastry, counsel for the GMC, said: “Mr A was a neighbour of Dr Speight at the time and the family of Mr A were celebrating the 3rd birthday of one of the children. At about 6pm there were still family members and children aged three in the garden of Mr A’s home.”Dr Speight went to the garden fence looked over and was said to be under the influence of alcohol. She shouted ‘your f**king dog is annoying’ and then said ‘I will f***ing kill your dog’.”Mr A apologised for the dog barking but it would seem Dr Speight began to ask questions about his personal employment which he found strange.”She then said ‘I will cut your balls off’. She was told that her behaviour was inappropriate because of the children. But she shouted at Mr A ‘I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.”She was repeatedly asked to leave and pushed Mr A with both hands to the chest, leaning over the fence as she did so. She was shouting and spitting at this time. When he asked her to stop she spat directly in his face.”This was seen by Mr A’s partner who called the police. She was asked to leave again and did so after a short time. Dr Speight was also shouting homophobic abuse at Mr A, calling him a ‘gay p***y’.”Police arrived at 6.20pm and spoke to Mr A before going to Dr Speight’s property to arrest her.Mr Sastry said: “They went to hand cuff her but he began to be abusive and emotional in their presence. She spat at one constable with the saliva making contact with the lower part of his face. They took her to the ground.”During police interview Speight denied wrongdoing and asked whether she spat at Mr A, retorted: “No – but I wish I did”.She was freed on bail on June 15 but later that afternoon went to a pub with her husband in the village of Stewkley, Oxfordshire.Mr Sastry added: “A phone call was made from someone in the pub to police and it seemed there had been an argument between her and her husband. At 6pm she was seen on High Street North by two officers who approached her and told her they were going to arrest her for a public order offence due to her behaviour.”She said ‘I’m going to have a f***ing cigarette’ and this was said in the presence of a male with two young children. One of the officers considered her to be heavily under the influence of alcohol as she was slurring her words, unsteady on her feet and spitting when talking.”He took hold of Dr Speight who continued to shout and swear loudly and continued to struggle with them but they managed to hand cuff her.”She shouted ‘what the f*** am I being arrested for?’ And raised her left foot and stamped a stiletto type heel to PC G’s ankle. No injury was caused but he could feel the heel through his boot.”She then stamped on PC F’s leg and scraped it down the side and started to kick at him, hitting him a further two times. He felt a sharp pain and arrested her for assaulting a police officer and she continued to try and kick out. She was taken to the ground.”She could be heard shouting ‘why the f*** have I been arrested? I just want to go f**king home, this is not my home, I’m from Austria. Is this how you treat people here? I’ve done nothing wrong, my husband left me in the pub after eight years, I’ve had enough. I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know?’Speight later pleaded guilty to six public order charges at Aylsbury Magistrates’ court in August 2015. The court heard whilst in the police station she became further agitated and needed medical attention after knocking out a tooth.At the time her lawyer said: “She says that she is really ashamed of what happened.”Speight admits misconduct charges relating to her convictions. She faces other charges relating to her prescribing antidepressants to a 15-year-old girl without fully exploring the youngster’s problems. “Is this how you treat people here? I’ve done nothing wrong, my husband left me in the pub after eight years, I’ve had enough. I’m a f***ing GP don’t you know?”The incident occurred just hours after Speight, from Soulbury, Bucks, had been bailed following another drunken foul mouthed bust up in which she raged at a neighbour during a child’s third birthday party over their family dog barking too loudly.During that incident she spat in the unnamed neighbour’s face saying: “Your f***ing dog is annoying. I will f***ing kill your dog. I will cut your balls off. I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.Speight was subsequently convicted of six charges including assault and threatening behaviour but escaped with a 12 month community order after she said she was “stressed out” and going through a divorce.She was later referred to the General Medical Council.The first incident occurred on June 13 last year when Speight was working a locum GP having earlier been a partner for five years at a GP practice in Bicester, Oxfordshire, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told. She was told that her behaviour was inappropriate because of the children. But she shouted at Mr A ‘I don’t f***ing care about your family, you can all go and f*** off’.Bob Sastry, counsellast_img read more

Mother forced to leave babys body with attacking dog so she could


first_imgA mother who “knew” her four-month-old son was dead was forced to leave him with the dog attacking him to save her older child, an inquest heard.Jade Rogers was with her two young sons when the Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, called Bailey, entered the room and attacked, a hearing at a coroner’s court in Chelmsford was told.Baby Archie Joe Darby died after being bitten by the animal on Oct 13.Essex coroner Eleanor McGann praised Miss Rogers’s “bravery” in fighting off the aggressive animal as she managed to save her other son, Daniel-Jay, who was 22 months old. Police car outside a house Daniel-Jay Darby, who was mauled by a dog, with mother Jade RogersCredit: SWNS.com Daniel-Jay Darby, who was mauled by a dog, with mother Jade Rogers She had moved into the house, in Harwich Road, which belonged to her sister, Clare Ferdinand, and her sister’s husband, John Ferdinand, the week before, and Mr Ferdinand had left around an hour before the attack.Mr Biddle said: “Jade was in the living room with her two children. She had Archie in her arms. She was on the phone to Dan [her partner]. They were ‘Facetiming’ each other.”He said the dog entered the living room while Miss Rogers was on the phone.”It growled and immediately attacked Daniel,” Mr Biddle said. “Jade went to get up and tried to move the dog out of the room.”It went straight for Daniel’s head, started biting and shaking his head while she had Archie in her arms.”She tried to pull the dog off Daniel. It dropped Daniel and pulled Archie out of her arms. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “They saw Archie lying on the floor face down with significant injuries and Daniel sitting on the sofa with significant head injuries in a very upset state.”The children were removed to Colchester General Hospital.” Archie was pronounced dead at 4.02pm.Police called specialist dog handlers to remove the dog and it took several officers to achieve this.”We had to use specialist equipment to do that because of his continued aggressive behaviour,” said Mr Biddle. “It never stopped for the whole time until it was put to sleep.”In a statement to police, Miss Rogers said she was alone in the house with her two children at the time of the attack. Det Insp Gary Biddle, senior investigating officer, said the boys’ mother barricaded the dog in the conservatory at the family’s Colchester home, and had to hold the door shut to prevent it from continuing to attack her children.”Jade called the ambulance service and did a heroic job removing the dog from the house to a conservatory area,” he said. “Because of the behaviour of the dog, being very aggressive at the time, Jade barricaded herself against the door to stop the dog getting back into the house.”She could not leave the door and let the ambulance service in.”Fortunately police attended very quickly. They shouted through the letter box to understand why she couldn’t get to the door and she shouted out why.”We were left with no option but to force entry. “It then shook Archie around the room then dropped him.”Jade said she knew instantly that Archie was dead. She decided to save Daniel, thought ‘I can save Daniel’, ran into the kitchen with him, grabbed the phone and dialled 999.”The dog was still having a go at Daniel, grabbed him off the kitchen counter.”On the 999 call you can hear him attacking Daniel and you can hear Jade shouting and screaming, trying to get the dog off.”The inquest heard that Mr and Mrs Ferdinand had owned the dog for around four years.They got it from a dog rescue centre and no previous concerns had been raised about its behaviour.Mr Biddle said officers traced a previous owner of the animal to find out why they had given it up.”She [the previous owner] had a little Jack Russell dog that used to attack Bailey and injure him, so she felt it was unfair to keep Bailey,” said Mr Biddle.A post-mortem examination on the dog concluded that it was healthy and well kept.Police took advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and were satisfied no offences had been committed, he said. Police outside a house near to where a baby boy was killed and a second child injured in a dog attackCredit:Sam Russell/PA Wirelast_img read more

Jagdeo says Harmon wrong on presidential immunity


Opposition Leader; Bharrat Jagdeo, today, slammed the APNU/AFC Government for suggesting that he (Jagdeo) should not benefit from Constitutional immunity due to the fact that he is actively involved in day-to-day politics. Voicing his opinion on the matter, Jagdeo said he was ashamed for the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, for taking such a position since, with his [Harmon’s] legal background, he should be aware that no one can remove a constitutional protection.“Harmon is wrong on this and as a lawyer I am so ashamed for him to think that anyone can remove a constitutional protection,” Jagdeo said while noting that contrary to Harmon’s claims that the police can determine presidential immunity, “only the courts can determine these issues.”Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press briefing last week, proclaimed that former Presidents should relinquish their constitutional right of immunity upon returning to active politics.His comments came on the heels of past President and present Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being cleared from answering to any SOCU officials after he invoked his immunity under Article 182 of the Constitution of Guyana.Harmon had indicated that it was unreasonable to claim that immunity while being actively involved in day-to-day politics.In summary, Article 182 states that a President shall not be personally answerable to any court for any act done in the performance of the functions of his office; no criminal nor civil proceedings can be instituted against him, in his personal capacity in respect of any acts done in the performance of his office, either during the term of office or thereafter; and while he holds office or performs the functions of Office of the President, no criminal nor civil proceedings shall be instituted or continued against him in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by him in his private capacity.Jagdeo held the office of President and performed the functions of that office during the period August 11, 1999 –December 3, 2011.Pradoville 2, a housing project currently under SOCU’s investigation, was developed and lots allocated thereof to the several allottees during the period that Jagdeo was President.Harmon had posited that the Constitution is very clear about immunity relating to a sitting president, who takes certain steps while he is in office. He had said that despite the level of immunity there are certain exceptions. (Ramona Luthi)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidential immunity could be re-examined as part of Constitutional reform process, says HarmonMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”Harmon unwittingly admits to political witch-hunting of PPP leaders – NandlallMarch 12, 2017In “Politics”“Jagdeo had his time, no third term” – APNU’s HarmonFebruary 4, 2015In “Politics” read more

Delivering total positioning coverage across a mine GPS Augmentation technology aids optimal


first_imgMining fleet management specialist Leica Geosystems has launched its GPS Augmentation Network, incorporating exclusive technology developed by Locata Corp. The innovative terrestrial network ensures 24/7 positioning coverage even with adverse GPS situations. Open pits can present challenges for satellite based positioning as the pit becomes deeper, and where the walls are steep. The positioning signals transmitted from satellites can become obstructed by the pit walls, reducing GPS availability and in turn, accuracy. The angle of ‘sky view’ is further reduced where machinery is in close proximity to the pit walls which block GPS signals. Leica’s GPS augmentation network fills these shortcomings in the GPS network and ensures consistent and accurate positioning is always available.   Under an exclusive technology partnership with Locata, Leica’s Jigsaw360 is the first fleet management system with the ability to replicate the GPS satellite constellation from the ground. This ground breaking technology enables a level of control and flexibility which is not possible from the standard satellite GPS network.With this development, Leica Geosystems and Locata have made a significant advance in the availability of consistent positioning signals. The efficiency and productivity benefits of total positioning coverage also have the potential to solve other problems where the standard GPS network has fallen short in the past. For example, GPS collision avoidance systems, and for automated mining developments. In these applications, constant and accurate positioning is critical to safe operation. Consistent and accurate GPS coverage across the deepest and steepest pitsComplete positioning availability ensures the highest efficiency and productivity gains from Leica’s Jigsaw360 fleet management and machine control systemsA significant step in the development of reliable collision avoidance and automated mining systems.last_img read more

One arrested after armed robbery at bank in Montrose


first_imgUpdated 09:10pmONE PERSON HAS been arrested after an armed robbery on a bank at Montrose, south Dublin this morning.Two men held up a branch of Bank of Ireland at around 11.30am with a firearm, threatening staff at the bank on the Stillorgan Road.They left with a small amount of cash before making their getaway in a car.The car was later abandoned a short distance and set alight and the raiders sped off on a motorcycle towards the Sandymount area.A partially burnt out car is removed from the scene at Seamount apartments in Montrose near the robbery earlier (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland).One of the suspects fell off the bike and was later arrested by gardaí. The man in his 30s is now being held at Irishtown Garda Station. A firearm and an amount of money has been recovered and enquiries are ongoing.First published 12:27- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Gardaí seize €34,000 worth of cannabis in DroghedaMore: Man in court over fatal Cork crash seven months agolast_img read more

HTC to focus on making a few awesome devices in 2012


first_imgIn the recent past, Android hardware manufacturers have been belching out new phones and tablets faster than Apple (who offers up one new phone a year with great success) pushes patches for iOS to end users. HTC is certainly guilty of this particular infraction. With almost 20 phones currently on the market (as well as a handful of tablets), they’re as stark a contrast to the Apple strategy as you’re likely to find.That’s going to change in 2012, it would seem. At the company’s year-end dinner, ever-vocal CEO Peter Chou said that it’s time for HTC to take a good, hard look at its approach to the mobile market. Chou went so far as to say the launches of the iPhone and Galaxy S2 were like “nuclear weapons” dropping on the gadget landscape. HTC’s not going to back down from a good fight, of course, so Chou is pushing his crew to narrow its focus. They’ll offer fewer tablets and zero in on producing high-end hardware that offers consumers “something special,” according to Phil Roberson, HTC’s UK chief. We’ve already seen some of HTC’s upcoming phones leaked. The quad-core 2.5GHz Zeta looks like an absolute beast, and the diminutive Primo should bring high-end Beats Audio to users at a very reasonable price. There should be some additional models on display come MWC2012 — and it’ll be very interesting to see just how many HTC brings to the show.One of the big reasons HTC has re-evaluated its strategy is a big slide in income during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011. The company posted $324 million, which was a drop of 26%. Perhaps giving consumers a handful of mind-blowing, attractive devices instead of tossing dozens of models of varying specs at them will get HTC back on track this year.More at The Next Weblast_img read more

High court leery of campaign contribution limits


first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to throw out caps on some contributions by the biggest individual donors to political campaigns.The court’s conservative justices voiced repeated skepticism about overall limits on what individuals may give in a two-year federal election cycle.Chief Justice John Roberts, possibly the pivotal vote in the case, said that telling an individual he can give the legal maximum of $2,600 per election to only a handful of candidates for Congress “seems to me a very direct restriction” on First Amendment rights.The court did not appear willing to call into question all contribution limits in its first major campaign finance case since the Citizens United decision in 2010 took the lid off independent spending by corporations and labor unions.Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., the national Republican Party and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky want the court to overturn the overall limits — $123,200, including a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates, for 2013 and 2014. McCutcheon and McConnell attended Tuesday’s argument.The limit on individual contributions to any candidate for Congress in any given election, currently $2,600, is not at issue in this case.Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, struggled to persuade conservative justices who are skeptical of campaign finance laws that the overall limits serve as a check on corruption. Without them, Verrilli said, donors could write checks of more than $3.5 million and noted that non-presidential election cycles cost a political party and its candidates roughly $1.5 billion.Absent limits, “less than 500 people can fund the whole shootin’ match,” Verrilli said.But Justice Antonin Scalia said that in an era of unlimited independent spending, “I don’t think $3.5 million is a heck of a lot of money.” The other members of the Citizens United majority, Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy also questioned Verrilli’s argument and Justice Clarence Thomas, who asked no questions as is his custom, has long opposed campaign limits.last_img read more

Neutrogena recalls its light therapy acne mask


first_img 0 Personal care Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask Neutrogena Neutrogena has voluntarily recalled its Red & Blue Light Therapy Acne Mask, over concerns of eye injury, according to a statement on the company’s website. Effective now, you can no longer buy the product on their website, or at any other retailer that once stocked it — like Target and Amazon.Read more: Perfect skin, sinus relief and a Roomba-like toothbrush: 5 wellness devices you’ll want in 2019The Light Therapy Acne Mask uses red and blue LEDs to kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation, all to help you combat facial acne. The mask fits over your face to expose your entire face to the light all at once for a 10-minute session. There’s a cutout in the mask that lines up with most people’s eye area, plus an eye shield so that you aren’t unnecessarily exposing your eyes to the light.Despite its design, the company says that it’s received reports of visual effects from customers. Most people haven’t experienced any significant eye issues from those visual effects, but Neutrogena says, “For a small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions, as well as for users taking medications which could enhance ocular photosensitivity, there is a theoretical risk of eye injury.”That theoretical risk was enough for Neutrogena to pull it from the shelves. For anyone who loved what the mask did for their skin and acne, Neutrogena is still selling its Red & Blue Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment. That handheld device works just like the mask, but covers just a small area of skin at a time, which reduces the risk that the light will cause eye issues.While I don’t endorse buying recalled products, you can still buy the mask on eBay if you’re desperate. Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

Landline telephone services restored in most places in Valley


first_imgSrinagar: The communication curbs in Kashmir have been eased to some extent and landline telephone services restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation, officials said on Sunday. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Valley on Saturday, they said, adding the restrictions on communication were eased in view of the improving situation. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Landline telephone services have been restored in most areas across the length and breadth of the Valley, the officials said. They said a few more telephone exchanges providing fixed-line phone services, including in Srinagar, were restored on Saturday evening. The process of fully restoring the landline connectivity, baring in a few pockets, is underway and more telephone lines would be restored soon, they added. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us However, the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here. On Saturday, principal secretary and government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said eight more exchanges having 5,300 landlines — would be restored over the weekend. However, mobile telephone services and internet, including BSNL’s Broadband and private leased-line internet, remain unavailable. They were snapped on August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Advertise With Us Restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the Kashmir valley, but the deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order. Markets across Kashmir continued to remain shut for the 21st consecutive day as shops and other business establishments were closed, while the public transport also was off the roads, the officials said.last_img read more

Hefazat thanks Hasina for rescuing Farhad promptly


first_imgHefazat-e-IslamHefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Wednesday thanked the law enforcers as well as the government for rescuing poet, essayist and political commentator Farhad Mazhar through their prompt action.In a statement emailed to different media outlets Wednesday evening, the Islam-based group also thanked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina for the rescue of Farhad.“The way the honourable prime minister played a role to save the life of an ordinary citizen, Farhad Mazhar, is praiseworthy and it reflected people’s aspirations,” read the statement.The statement further read: “Our call to the prime minister is to please stand firm against all types of interferences in country’s internal affairs and against all unfair demands, in order to build an independent, sovereign, and strong Bangladesh.”It said all the people of the country including Hefazat will stand by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, if she takes such steps.Farhad Mazhar, who had sided with Hefazat during its sturdy street campaigns against then Shahbagh movement, was abducted from his Adabar residence early hours on 3 July.Read more:No answers to who abduct, and whyThree persons forced him into the vehicle blindfoldedFarhad Mazhar admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac HospitalFarhad Mazhar free to go home‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: Khaledalast_img read more

3 hurt in clash between RMG workers BGMEA staff


first_imgPolice and witnesses said about 200 to 250 workers of Ashiana factory located in Rampura gathered in front of the BGMEA building in the morning demanding salary and arrears.Three people were injured in a clash between workers of a factory and BGMEA staff in the capital’s Karwanbazar area on Wednesday.Police and witnesses said about 200 to 250 workers of Ashiana factory located in Rampura gathered in front of the BGMEA building in the morning demanding salary and arrears.They blocked the entrance of the building, chanted slogans and vandalised belongings of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacture and Exporter Association (BGMEA).The workers broke several machines and a car that they chased till the Karwan Bazar rail crossing.BGMEA staff then chased the garment workers and a clash ensued.A female worker and two others were injured in the clash.BGMEA deputy secretary Md Abul Hossain claimed three BGMEA staff had sustained injuries in the attack.last_img read more

Baltimore City Council Seeking Control of City Police Department from State


first_imgBaltimore City Council members are asking the state of Maryland to give them direct control of Baltimore City Police Department policies.Councilman Brandon Scott stands with Council Colleagues, Delegate Curt Anderson, No Boundaries Coalition, CASA De Maryland and Community Mediation in support of House Bill 1504 which would make the Baltimore Police Department a city agency. (Courtesy Photo Instagram/Brandon M. Scott)Despite popular beliefs, the city’s police department has been a state-controlled agency since the late 1800s. Council members have argued in recent years that they lack the control needed to implement reforms within the department.“When we tried to do the body cameras, they [the state] told us we had no authority to tell the police department what to do,” said City Council President Jack Young.Baltimore’s mayor has the power to hire and fire the police commissioner, city taxpayers fund the department, and the city carries the weight of liability for officer conduct. But ultimate oversight and policy-making powers over the department belong to the Maryland General Assembly. Brandon Scott, the city’s Public Safety Committee Chairman is spearheading the drive to give the city a greater ability to implement change in the department. A bill currently before state legislators would address the council’s concerns. “There are several proven instances where we would have already taken action if we had the ability,” said Scott. However, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office said Scott and the council have not met with Pugh to discuss the fallout from their desired change.“Councilman Scott has not spoken to the mayor about any legislation regarding the Baltimore City Police Department or its financial implications for the department or the city,” a spokesperson for Pugh said. “She finds the lack of communications on such important matters to be disrespectful.”State Delegate Curt Anderson, who represents Baltimore City, is sponsoring a bill in Annapolis to address the city council’s concerns. A hearing is set for next month. “You’ve been down there, you know what the process is,” said Anderson. “Most bills don’t pass the first year, but we’re certainly going to work on getting this passed this year.”last_img read more