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Mexico on the verge of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs
Sep 16

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Congress of Mexico has passed a bill that will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. The passage of the bill has drawn criticism from Washington, D.C.

Under the law possession of up to five grams of marijuana, half a gram of cocaine (or about 4 lines) or 25 milligrams of heroin would no longer be a crime in Mexico. In addition, possession of small amounts of LSD, MDA, ecstasy, and methamphetamine would also be legalized, officials said.

Current Mexican drug possession law allows charges to be dropped against defendants if they can prove that they are addicts and if the amount is the quantity necessary for personal use. The new law reportedly removes the “addict” requirement and sets specific legal quantities

President Vicente Fox is expected to sign the bill. According to President Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, “This law gives police and prosecutors better legal tools to combat drug crimes that do so much damage to our youth and children.”

San Diego Mayor and former police chief Jerry Sanders seems to disagree, calling the legislation “appallingly stupid, reckless and incredibly dangerous.”

“If enacted, even the most reasonable person will have room to question Mexico’s commitment to the war on drugs,” he said. “I think many, including myself, will view this as a hostile action by a longtime ally to the United States.”

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E Cigarettes Vs Tobacco Dependence Study Sep 13

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Electronic cigarettes (often referred to as “e-cigs”) have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but relatively few electronic cigarette scientific studies have been conducted to determine whether or not e-cigarettes are likely to produce a lower level of physical dependency than traditional cigarettes. A recent study spearheaded by Dr. Jonathan Foulds, Professor of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, has aimed to remedy this lack of publicly available scientific research by way of conducting an online survey of over 3,600 current and former smokers who now use e-cigarettes as an alternative nicotine delivery system. The study found that most current e-cigarette users actually feel “less addicted” to e-cigarettes than they did when using traditional tobacco cigarettes.

The survey indicated that although e-cigarette users may not have changed their overall amount of nicotine intake (24 tobacco cigarettes per day versus 24 e-cigarettes per day), they did experience a noticeable decrease in the amount of withdrawal symptoms that normally accompany smoking cessation, such as irritability and physical urges. Below are some other interesting data points that were mined from the study:

* E-cigarette users did not feel the need to vape right after they wake up in the morning, a sharp contrast to the typical early morning cigarette urge that most traditional tobacco users experience.

* Most e-cig users could now make it through an entire night without waking up in the middle of the night to satisfy a nicotine craving.

* Roughly two-thirds of the survey participants reported a major reduction in nicotine cravings once they switched to e-cigarettes.

* Only 25% of participants reported feeling any kind of anxiety, irritability or nervousness when they were not able to use their e-cigarette. This is a sharp contrast to the over 90% of traditional tobacco cigarette smokers who experienced these types of symptoms.

Although there has been quite a bit of speculation as to what exactly accounts for the difference in physical dependency symptoms between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, one of the most commonly accepted explanations is that e-cigarettes on average deliver less nicotine than traditional cigarettes. This is thought to help keep nicotine levels in users’ blood lower than what is typically experienced with tobacco cigarettes. The accessibility of e-cigarettes is also thought to be a factor; there is a certain amount of “craving buildup” that can happen when a person is not allowed to smoke in public facilities, which can sometimes lead to nicotine binges when they finally do get an opportunity to step outside and have a smoke. Since vaping is typically allowed in public places, users are better able to keep their nicotine cravings at bay.

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Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC
Sep 13

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC. The organization claims to have arranged for 22,158 people to send a message regarding the “American Freedom Agenda Act” proposed by Ron Paul, in addition to supporting many other laws. The full text of the interview can be found below.

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Senior Chinese official executed for spying for Taiwan
Sep 12

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Chinese government official convicted of working for the Taiwanese government has been executed, and thousands of civil workers viewed the taped trial for “educational purposes” on Monday. The prisoner’s name was Tong Daning and was in his mid-50’s and held a rank just under “Assistant-Minister” before he was found guilty of espionage. According to the anonymous sources, Daning had been selling state sources for over 15 years, making a profit of about US$250,000.

Daning is the highest ranking person executed in China since 1999, when a Major General and Senior Colonel were executed for selling state secrets. China and Taiwan have been spying on each other ever since 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was officially created, but that has not stopped over 1 million Taiwanese citizens from working and investing over 100 billion USD in China. There have been many cases of espionage within the last few years, with all but two resulting in a death sentence.

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Kosmala’s 2012 Games inclusion highlights Australian Paralympians’ longevity
Sep 10

Friday, June 8, 2012

Libby Kosmala’s selection in the Australian shooting team for the 2012 London Paralympics highlights age is not a barrier in the Paralympics. Celebrating her seventieth birthday in early July, expected to set a record for most appearances at her eleventh Games, Kosmala is likely to be the oldest athlete in attendance.

Her first Games were the 1972 Heidelberg Games competing in swimming and athletics events and winning a bronze medal in the mixed medley relay. Kosmala then switched to shooting and between 1976–1988 won nine gold and three silver medals.

At the 2008 Beijing Games she narrowly missed a medal, coming fourth in the Women’s Air Rifle Standing SH1. In 2011 at the IPC Shooting World Cup, her level of competitiveness was highlighted by finishing fifth in the final of the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1. Kosmala is looking forward to the London Games saying: “It’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to it. In over ten Paralympic Games, my greatest success was at Stoke Mandeville in 1984, so I’m looking forward to competing in London again for Australia”.

Kosmala loves beating athletes half her age: “Competition brings out the best in you. I’m old enough to be their grandmother for a lot of the players, but they really are lovely”. Kosmala’s training involves physical training, three shooting sessions per week and mental relaxation training. The London Games will be her swansong but she will still keep shooting. She puts her longevity down to steadiness and a keen eye. Ashley Adams is to join her on the shooting team, attending his fourth Games, as will newcomers Luke Cain, Jason Maroney and Bradley Mark.

Russell Short, a vision-impaired thrower and the Australian Institute of Sport’s first athlete with a disability scholarship, in 1988, has been selected for his seventh Games. Another athlete likely to attend his seventh Games is Kieran Modra, a vision impaired cyclist. Selections for the cycling team are yet to be confirmed.

Two athletes who extended their Paralympic careers by changing sports have been selected; Greg Smith, who previously took part in track and field events, will be competing in wheelchair rugby. This is to be his fifth Games. Liesl Tesch, a former Australian wheelchair basketball player and captain, will be competing in sailing for her sixth Games.

Contrasting Australian Paralympians with their Olympian counterparts, the Australian Olympic Committee recently selected sporting shooters Russell Mark and Michael Diamond for the London Games; this to be their sixth Olympics and equalling the participation records of rower James Tomkins, sailor Colin Beashel, and equestrian Andrew Hoy.

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Insurance For Landlords Comparison Sep 07

Insurance For Landlords Comparison

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Rigoberto Richard

You can easily take out special cover to protect rental revenue for whatever reason you aren\’t receiving the money, and additionally you might have legal expenses insurance to offer you legal costs if you\’re taken to court or take a tenant to court. There is no doubt that insurance cover for landlords needs to be comprehensive and allow for virtually any situation that may occur, what\’s more, it has to fit different budgets and degrees of cover.

One other sort of cover you could look at is liability insurance and it will protect you if a person is injured in your property and they claim for that. You must figure out what you class as essential and non-essential cover and then sit down and shop around, research and compare to find the best packages around. Landlord insurance isn\’t just run of the mill off the shelf stuff and a lot of insurance companies don\’t supply it, that will mean your job of finding a good deal that little bit easier.

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If I say insurance for landlords it sounds pretty simple will it be simple to find and put in place suitable cover? As a landlord precisely what do you require from your insurance?

When you\’ve got property you own and rent out furnished or partly furnished then you will know of the insurance coverage you\’ll need. Unfortunately there isn\’t any common type of policy for insurance for landlords and that means you can create a package to match you and exactly what you need to cover. A couple of things may be regarded as quite essential where insurance cover is concerned and you really do need to safeguard your property and yourself from a number of items. On the face of it your building insurance and contents insurance appear to be any standard house owner insurance but they really aren\’t.

If you let out property you are essentially producing income for yourself and that is the key reason you can\’t have standard homeowners insurance set up. You have to have specific insurance for landlords set up should you be wanting to claim for different items and scenarios which could come about. It is possible to obtain cover that will protect you from rental income loss if the tenant either will not pay or simply leaves without warning. Several things like fire and flooding would make your premises unfit for renting out for quit some time when you are getting repairs and redecoration done, and the rent revenue lost could possibly be quite a total.Losing your rent earnings could be a very bad thing particularly in these tough financial times and that\’s why this cover may perhaps be critical. There\’s insurance cover for instances when you could be taken to court or need to take a renter to court and this would be legal costs cover.

Insurance for landlords should have some kind of contents cover when you have any furnishings or things in the property. Your tenants may possibly prefer to purchase their own contents insurance however you could put some in position alongside your own if you wanted to. As with your own house contents cover as a landlord it is possible to opt for such things as new for old replacement costs and accidental damage of things. Landlords insurance can encompass all of that insurance plus more to present you the perfect degree of cover to protect against most things.

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Global economy could lose up to 51 million jobs this year, says UN agency
Sep 07

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The International Labor Organization (ILO), a branch of the United Nations concerned with labor and workers’ rights issues, issued a report Wednesday explaining how the global economic crisis could create a global employment crisis by the end of the year.

“By the end of 2008 working poverty, vulnerable employment and unemployment were beginning to rise as the effects of the slowdown spread,” the report states. “If the recession deepens in 2009, as many forecasters expect, the global jobs crisis will worsen sharply.” Even for those who keep their jobs, the report predicts that “earnings and other conditions of employment will deteriorate.”

In a worst-case scenario, the ILO says 51 million jobs could be lost in 2009, meaning that 7.1% of the world’s working population would be out of a job. In a more realistic scenario, the report foresees a loss of 30 million jobs, with a global unemployment rate of 6.5%. The unemployment rate has increased in recent years, from 5.7% in 2007 to an estimated 6% in 2008.

Even the report’s most optimistic scenario for this year, a loss of 18 million jobs at an unemployment rate of 6.1%, is not much different than the ILO’s October 2008 prediction of 20 million jobs lost this year due to the financial crisis.

The report warns that developing countries in South Asia and Subsaharan Africa will be harshly affected by the economic crisis. Although working poverty – defined as having daily wages of US$2 or less – is on an overall decline, these regions are still characterized by poor working conditions, low salaries, and an insecure job market. This will only worsen in 2009, according to the ILO.

“Taking into account that a wage and salary job in poor regions may still not ensure all the components of a decent job, it becomes understandable that only a minority of working people have a job that is well paid, respects their fundamental rights and ensures some security in case of job loss, personal or family illnesses, or other difficulties.” The report says that by the end of 2008, nearly 53% of workers around the world could be in “vulnerable employment”.

In terms of actual unemployment, however, developed countries are the ones most likely to be affected by the downturn, as they are more tied to the global financial system. The unemployment rate in the European Union and other developed economies increased by 0.7 percentage points in 2008, the largest increase of all regions. “Globalization combined with rapid technological advances is another challenge for labour markets in the region,” the ILO says. “It is important for workers and employers to be ready and able to adjust quickly to change and to stiffer competition.”

A wage and salary job in poor regions may still not ensure all the components of a decent job…

Still, the unemployment rate of 6.4% in these developed countries is far less than in North Africa and the Middle East, which had unemployment rates of 10.3% and 9.4% respectively. East Asia had the lowest unemployment rate of the regions at 3.8%.

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The report urged global economies to take cooperative measures, including working with the United Nations, in order to stem the economic crisis. It also asks governments to address the “negative social consequences of globalization” by placing on emphasis an social justice-based programs targeted toward women, youth, and other “vulnerable groups”.

In particular, the ILO says governments should establish public infrastructure projects such as road construction, expand health insurance and unemployment benefits, and focus on the creation of green jobs when devising their stimulus plans. “When governments design fiscal stimulus packages, it is important that they consider employment-related goals, including explicit employment growth targets,” the report concluded.

“In the world, there remains a huge untapped labour potential, and economic growth and development could be much higher if everyone was given the chance of a decent job.”

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Kids TV star Lunar Jim to tour malls in Canada
Sep 05

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lunar Jim, the star of an stop-motion animated series for preschooler, will be touring Canadian malls this fall. Produced by Alliance Atlantis, the tour will run from September 9 to October 14.

The tour will feature part of Jim’s lunar village, an inflated replica of his home on Moona Luna. Also at the events will be a colouring activity, an area to play with the recently launched Fisher-Price toys, and have their photo taken with a costumed character version of Jim, and cut-out characters of the rest of the cast.

The tour coincides with the launch of Lunar Jim toys by this month. Canadians can watch the series on CBC and Société Radio-Canada (SRC), the French version of CBC.

  • Coquitlam Centre (Coquitlam, British Columbia): September 9 – 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Landsdowne Centre (Richmond, British Columbia): September 10 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Southcentre (Calgary, Alberta): September 16 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton, Alberta): September 17 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Polo Park Shopping Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba): September 23 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Northgate Shopping Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba): September 24 – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Square One (Mississauga, Ontario): September 30 – 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Upper Canada Mall (Newmarket, Ontario): October 1 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Centre Mall (Hamilton, Ontario): October 7 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Masonville Mall (London, Ontario): October 8 – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Mic Mac Mall (Halifax, Nova Scotia): October 14 – 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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How To Shop For Small Business Bookkeeping In Mountain House, Ca Sep 02

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If you own your own business, then you are probably already aware just how easy it can be to get lost in the paper work and legalities of ensuring your companies bookkeeping is kept up to date. If you don’t stay on top of this responsibility, then it can make doing your end of year tax preparations more complicated to complete. If you are tired of trying to do this on your own, then you should consider hiring a company to help you with your Bookkeeping in Mountain House, CA. Don’t let the process of finding a firm to help you with your accounting overwhelm you.Use the following three tips so you can make the process easy and worry free.

ReferencesAsk the company you are thinking about using to provide you with references. This should include a list of current clients that you can contact to ask questions about the service they receive. Don’t hire a company until you independently verify their ability to properly maintain your bookkeeping records. This will help ensure you get all the help you deserve.

Licenses and TrainingAsk the firm that you use what training and licenses the employees they hire have. If they don’t use individuals that have the proper training, then it could cause your books to become even more confusing and complicated to understand. After you are given the training infomrat6ion, make sure you research the certifications so you can have an understanding of the education they have.

FeesThe money you pay for the services you receive will vary depending on the size of your business and your current needs. The company you choose may charge a flat fee, or per form that they fill out on your behalf. Make sure you understand all of the fees you are expected to pay upfront, so you can properly budget for the Bookkeeping in Mountain House, CA that you need for your business.

With the right research you can find a bookkeeper who will be able to keep your companies financial information on point. In the Mountain House area, make sure you contact Tax Care Pro by calling them today, or Browse their website for more information. They have over 20 years of experience so you are sure to get the expert help and advice you need to keep your companies financial documents in order now, and in the future.

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MetLife to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup
Sep 01

Monday, January 31, 2005

Metlife announced on 01/31/05 that they were going to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup. Travelers Life and Annuity is an insurance underwriter. MetLife is a large life insurance and annuities underwriter. MetLife will have to borrow a lot of money to pay for the company, so rating agencies like S&P warn that the AA credit rating of MetLife might be lowered. This would cause the interest rates at which all of MetLife’s debt must be repaid to increase.

Citigroup committed to continue distributing Travelers life insurance and annuities through its Smith Barney stock brokers, Primerica agents, and Citibank branches.

Citigroup was previously known as Travelers Insurance before it bought Citicorp. First the Property and Casualty business of Travelers was spun off, and now the life insurance division has been sold off. This is primarily because insurance underwriters get a lower price to earnings multiple from the stock market because of the cycles and uncertainty associated with the insurance business. Also, having an insurance underwriter and a bank together does not usually create “cross-sell” opportunities, because consumers and businesses almost always buy life insurance and annuities through brokers who have a duty to give them other options. Citigroup will continue to sell insurance through its brokers as before.


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