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Canada to legalise marijuana to ‘make it more difficult for kids to access’

Sunday, April 16, 2017

In order to put the cannabis drug (marijuana) out of reach of minors, the Canadian federal government announced a bill to legalise cannabis for the age group of eighteen and above, on Thursday. The bill would allow adults to possess cannabis publicly, previously a criminal offence.

Canada’s health minister Jane Philpott tweeted, “Today we tabled new legislation to legalise, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. Our goal: keep it out of the hands of youth, and profits out of the hands of criminals.” ((fr))French language: ?Ajd nous avons déposé un nouveau projet de loi pour légaliser le cannabis, le réglementer de manière stricte et en restreindre l’accès. Notre objectif: garder le cannabis hors de la portée des jeunes, & les profits hors des mains des criminels. The Canadian government, via their official website, explained cannabis is available illegally, and their measures to stop it did not work. Criminal organisations are making money selling cannabis. Under-aged people can obtain the drug easily; they said, “it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes.”

The bill allows provinces and territories to set the age limit above eighteen. In order to prevent criminal gangs from making a profit, selling the drug needs a license permitting its sale. Adults can purchase the drug online from a licensed producer if a retail shop is not available in the province.

Adults can carry up to 30 g (slightly over an ounce) of cannabis and grow at most four cannabis plants at home, for personal use. The plants should be no taller than a metre, the bill proposed. Selling cannabis to minors would be a specific criminal offence.

The legislation requires parliamentary approval and royal assent. If passed, the bill would be under effect by July 2018, the government said. Health and safety experts and law enforcement were consulted before proposing the legislation. Except for medical purposes, possession of the drug remains illegal until the bill is passed. Regardless of the status of the bill, import and export of the drug would be illegal.

Previously when the government increased the taxes on cigarettes to discourage citizens from smoking, a black market for cigarettes developed.

Along with legalising cannabis, the bill would also permit the police officials to use tools like oral fluid drug screeners to detect if drivers are under the influence of the drug. Zero tolerance against drivers under influence of drugs is proposed. The government would also implement a public awareness campaign on the perils of driving under the influence of drugs.

The government still working on the restrictions. Lawmaker and former police chief Bill Blair said, “We do accept that more important work remains to be done.” If the bill is passed, Canada would be the second country to legalise cannabis completely. Uruguay is the first. Some countries, such as Germany, allow medical use of cannabis, but recreational use is prohibited.

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Tips On How To Use Old Wrought Iron Gates And Railing In Different Ways

By Danica Reynes

There are many ways you can reuse those old wrought iron railings or gates, such as hanging pictures on them, using them as headboards, making decorative pot racks out of them, or installing them in your garden as borders or trellises.

There is an elegance and charm associated with wrought iron, whether it is used for a railing, post or gate. If you have Los Angeles iron works and wrought iron pieces that have outlived their usefulness or you discovered some in salvage yards and thrift stores, there are many design ideas which you can follow in order to reuse these items, including.

Use as a headboard to decorate bedrooms

You can hang a piece of your wrought iron railing behind your bed for a charming headboard that be a great accent piece to break the monotony of walls and complement the room’s design schemes. Accentuate any room by using dark metal wrought iron pieces in red, green, and gold color schemes. Enhancing a comfortable cottage-themed room with the stylish and well-worn look of a weathered, white ironwork headboard will make the room more delightful. Painting your wrought iron piece white and sanding off portions to produce a slightly worn look will achieve the shabby chic effect so popular today.


Snaps can be dangle on it

Wrought iron piece can be used as a back ground on your wall or as a base for setting up framed photographs there. Hang the wrought iron section in such a way that its bars are running horizontally and then use hooks to attach the photographs on the horizontal bars. For a fun look, randomly arrange pictures and frames on your wall.

Install a piece on the ceiling as a decorative pot rack

A wrought iron piece can be used for decoration and also be functional. As a rack for pots, a home cook can use them in the kitchen. A wrought iron gate can become a decorative and functional accessory; when mounted to your kitchen ceiling for example it can be used to display kitchen utensils. One option is to paint the pot rack to coordinate with the rest of the room, or you may decide to maintain the original rustic look by leaving it alone.

You can fit it in the garden as a border or as a supporting system

A garden with a deep green grass can be perfect for the use of wrought iron pieces where they will stand out. You can use an old wrought iron gate or a piece of wrought iron railing as a support beam for vines to climb up as they grow. Embed the wrought iron deep enough in the ground so that it does not collapse later. Wrought iron railing sections may serve to surround your garden plot. Not only will these beautiful wrought iron pieces serve as wonderful decor that will surely spruce up the landscape, they’ll also protect your flower beds from pets, children and any other unwelcome guests. You don’t need to be concerned if the wrought iron pieces used are not all in the same condition and are of different sizes, because this will provide an unconventional twist.

The great thing about wrought iron pieces is that they have a unique beauty and charm that allows you to use and reuse them in a nearly infinite variety of ways.

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Death toll from Borneo bridge collapse reaches eleven

Monday, November 28, 2011

The death toll from the weekend suspension bridge collapse on the Indonesian island of Borneo has risen from four to eleven. Search and rescue teams continue to look for bodies in the Mahakam River.

The number of wounded is currently 39 injured; reports from locals suggest 33 people remain missing at the scene in East Kalimantan’s Kutai Kartanegara district, where “Kalimantan’s Golden Gate Bridge” linked the towns of Tenggarong and the regional capital, Samarinda. A six-month-old baby is among the dead.

Cars, motorbikes, and buses all fell into the Mahakam River when the bridge came down during repairs. Another car was left overturned and balanced upon wreckage over the water. State-owned builders PT Hutama Karya completed the bridge about a decade ago in the image of California’s Golden Gate Bridge. A cable on the 720-metre structure is thought to have failed as workers dealt with it; six of the repair crew were reported missing yesterday. It had been the longest suspension bridge in Borneo.

Eyewitnesses described heavy traffic at the time of the collapse, and one survivor said he left his truck to investigate a traffic jam. Some people were left trapped by debris as the bridge came down. “It happened so fast, only about 30 seconds,” according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugoroho.

National search and rescue head Daryatmo said yesterday cranes will attempt to move debris today, with new reports saying echo-sounding equipment will be used to check it is safe to begin lifting. It is believed the bodies of more victims will be found trapped in vehicles beneath the water, which is 35-40 metres deep. Visibility is poor, and one official explained authorities are still unsure how many vehicles are on the riverbed.

“The above-water search is continuing, but underwater operations have not been carried out because we’re worried that the bridge’s pylons are unstable and could collapse any time,” said Nugoroho today. He explained that bodies had washed onto the riverbanks overnight and were recovered today.

The president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has sent three ministers to the site to investigate the accident, while Bambang Widaryatmo, head of East Kalimantan’s police, promised “parties found to be negligent will be prosecuted”. The government has promised a replacement ferry service. The river is closed to boats as rescue operations continue, and a 22-strong team has been dispatched from the national police, comprising six forensics experts, five disaster victim identification specialists, and eleven investigators. They are there to augment the East Kalimantan Police. Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih yesterday visited survivors in Parikesit Hospital and promised them medical treatment at government expense.

Some people swam ashore after falling, with the aftermath filled with screams. Survivor Syakrani, 24, yesterday asserted “The authorities should have closed the bridge if it was under repair.” His words were followed by a Jakarta Globe editorial declaring the accident “unacceptable”.

The Globe went on to comment upon suggestions corruption may have played a role; “It is too early to point fingers and look to place blame, but if shoddy materials were used in the building of the bridge, those responsible must answer to the public.” Another suggestion is coal barges striking the bridge may have weakened it. Local coal company Harum Energy lost five percent of its share value today amid fears the river blockage will hamper their ability to ship coal.

Samarinda’s seen a population and construction boom lately. A few years have seen the population triple and the construction of a large mosque, and a sports stadium; an airport and port are set to follow. However, the Corruption Eradication Commission warns 70% of the corruption it investigates concerns government contracts and up to 40% of money earmarked for infrastructure ends up stolen.

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Retired U.S. vets sue Donald Rumsfeld for excessive service cutbacks

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

One thousand residents of the Defense Department-managed Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. filed a class-action lawsuit on May 24, asserting that the cut-backs in medical and dental services imposed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are illegal. The operating budget for the home was reduced from $63 million in 2004 to $58 million for 2005. The residents cite cuts in on-site X-ray, electrocardiogram, physical and dental services, and the closing of the home’s main clinic and an on-site pharmacy.

Chief Financial Officer Steve McManus responded that the changes not only save money but also achieved improved efficiencies. “We’re really trying to improve the benefits to our residents,” he said.

Most of the home’s costs are paid for by a trust fund and monthly fees paid by residents. By law, the Armed Forces Retirement Homes are required to fund, “on-site primary care, medical care and a continuum of long-term care services.”

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State Farm Insurance allegedly destroying papers

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Zach Scruggs, a lawyer for United States Senator Trent Lott, says that State Farm Insurance Company is destroying records related to claims for damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The records allegedly contain information saying that State Farm fraudulently denied insurance claims made by its policy holders, including Lott, that had homes there were damaged or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the Gulf Coast.

Scruggs said that Lott has “good faith belief” that many employees of the insurance company in Biloxi, Mississippi are destroying engineer’s reports that were inconclusive as to whether or not water or wind was the main cause of damage to the buildings affected by the hurricane.

Lott is among thousands of home and/or business owners who had their property damaged or destroyed during the hurricane and had their claims denied because State Farm claimed that their policies don’t cover damage caused by floods or water that was driven by the wind.

State Farm has not issued a statement on the matter so far.

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Why Children Lost Their Interest In Kids Toys Quickly

Why Children Lost Their Interest in Kids Toys Quickly



In daily life, most parents find that after they bought kids toys for their children, they would have strong interests in the first few days. However, gradually they lost their interests. As parents, do you know the reasons.


In fact, some toys are designed based on the adults\’ thinking model so that they don\’t arouse the children\’s interest. Just from the toys external form, you would notice it is very delicate, however, they don\’t have the function to develop children\’s intelligence so that it is very boring. Children can\’t tell the reason why they don\’t like these toys, but the tired mood can be fully reflected from their expression or behaviours. Therefore when buying toys for kids, parents should not only pay more attention on the toys\’ delicate outward appearance. How to solve such terrible situation? According to the children development experts, semi-finished kids toys can fully develop children\’s creativity and imagination so that they would not feel tired from the playing process. Specifically speaking, it is the toys, in fact, which are the materials in the daily life such as sand, clay, water, wood, handmade paper, paints, building blocks, cardboard, leaves and so on. With these raw materials, they can use their imagination to make anythings they like. Take the string beads games for example. Just a few rope with some colorful beads, children can use their skillful hands to make all kinds of interesting combinations. From the playing process, it is not only develop children\’s small muscles controlling ability, but also foster their sustained attention ability. How to play with this game? Four steps are introduced below. Firstly, give an education about the safety and health topic before playing the game. It is very dangerous if children put these beads into their mouths, nostrils and ears. Therefore it is necessary to give this education lesson. Secondly, choose the right beads and right rope. When playing, you can offer different colors, different shapes and different sizes beads for children and the length of rope should be moderate. At the beginning, they are likely to grasp big size and colorful beads. Thirdly, teach your children to use the right way to string beads. After finish the work, you should ask children to enjoy their works such as collar shape, bracelet shape and sun shape. Fourthly, from easy to hard and teach them in accordance of their aptitude. At beginning, you should teach them some easy skill and then gradually ask them to finish complicated works.

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Interview with Derek Begley, Regional Council candidate for Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton, Canada

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Brampton municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council or the council of the Peel Region.

Wikinews contributor Nick Moreau contacted many of the candidates, including Derek Begley, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. This ward’s incumbent is John Sprovieri; also challenging Sprovieri is Sherdaljit Dhillon, Mahen Gupta, Satpaul Johal, Dalbir S. Kathuria, and Vahid Saadati-Khanshir.

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