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The NSW Demerit Point scheme is on the verge of being amended. We asked our leading traffic lawyer, Danny Saad a few questions on the changes.

Q: The demerit points scheme has been in place for over 40 years. What has triggered the changes now in 2010?

A: The changes were suggested following a study by the NRMA of over 1000 drivers in October 2010. Half of those who participated in this study thought it was necessary to increase demerit point allowances for drivers. There were also calls for a fairer demerit points system, as some opined that the NSW demerits points system was too harsh, with too many people losing their licences over minor offences.

Q: What are the changes and which offences will be affected?

A: Firstly, demerit points for unrestricted drivers will be increased by one point, from 12 to 13 demerit points. Professional drivers will receive an additional point, changing their demerit point limit from 12 to 14 demerit points.

Secondly, the demerit point weighting has been changed in relation to 22 offences. You will notice that there have been no amendments made to offences whose primary purpose is minimising threat and risk to others. Such offences include red light camera offences, speeding, and seatbelt offences.

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Q: I am a provisional licence holder. How will these changes affect me?

A: Only unrestricted licence holders will receive an extra 1 demerit point or 2 demerit points (for professional drivers). Provisional licence holders and those holding a Learners Permit will still have the same amount of points allocated to them (Learners= 4 points, P1 drivers= 4 points , P2 drivers= 7 points).

Provisional drivers however will be subject to the new demerit point allocations for certain offences (ie, they will receive the same amount of demerit points as unrestricted drivers for driving in a bus lane- 1 demerit point).

Q: Since some offences incur 0 demerit points, does that mean that I will not be charged if I (for example) forget to switch off my indicator after turning a corner?

A: Although some offences have been reduced to 0 demerit points, they remain as ticketable offences, meaning that there are no demerit points attached to the offence, you may still receive a fine if you commit the offence. This is similar to how parking fines (no demerit points but fines may be incurred).

Q: When will the new demerit points scheme become effective?

A: Before suggestions to make or amend a law come into effect, the proposed bill is examined by the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, which constitute NSW Parliament. The bill must be assented to by both houses.

The bill outlining the licensing changes has been introduced to the Legislative Assembly (lower house in NSW Parliament) as the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Bill 2010. The bill is yet to be assented as of 2 December 2010. Therefore, to date there have not been any legislative amendments and so the demerit points allocated to unrestricted drivers remains at 12 points.

Q: How will the demerit points scheme changes affect the way people use the road?

A: The changes in demerit points may have one of two outcomes:

a) Drivers may become more complacent on the roads as they know that there is less at stake (in terms of demerit points and loss of licence). Furthermore, the offences where demerit points have been reduced do not pose much of a threat to others (ie bus lane offences). Offences that are in place in the interest of safety are not affected, thus people may be more inclined to commit the lower weighted, less dangerous offences.

b) Drivers will not change their attitudes to driving offences and appreciate the purpose of the changes, to impose fair penalties for traffic infringements.

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Parking March 19th 2017

One dead after bus and bicycle crash in Hampshire, England

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Monday, July 19, 2010

A person has died after being involved in a collision between a bus and a bicycle in Hampshire in the south of England, United Kingdom. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was cycling in the seaside resort of Southsea when a number 700 Stagecoach single-decker bus, which was travelling from Brighton to Southsea, collided with her bicycle at approximately 1315 BST (1215 UTC) on Saturday. A helicopter transported the woman to Southampton General Hospital, where she died at approximately 1630 BST (1530 UTC) on the same day.

None of the occupants of the bus were injured. The 53-year-old bus driver has now been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Hampshire Constabulary is requesting any witnesses to the accident to contact them. PC Phil Hunt also mentioned: “We are also trying to trace the passengers, who left the scene before we could speak to them.”

The road traffic accident occurred in an area where Portsmouth City Council had been intending to place a new cycle route, but the plans to do so were cancelled last week. The plans, which would have cost £250,000 (US$382,373, €296,481, A$441,126), were said to have been cancelled due to financial difficulties.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum vice chair Jon Spencer has stated: “Sadly, we’ve had to wait less than a week for a brutal illustration of why we need this cycle route.” The vice chair of the local cycling group continued: “The road at Clarence Pier is very narrow, very crowded by parked cars and very busy. It is the most popular part of the seafront but at the moment it is a no-go area for cyclists. The city council are obviously happy for this to remain the case.”

This terrible accident is yet another reminder that large vehicles, busy traffic and cyclists are not a happy mix.

John Holland, the chair of the Forum, wrote on PompeyBUG, a local cycling Internet forum: “Portsmouth Cycle Forum is very sad to learn of the death in a road accident of a woman cyclist at Clarence Esplanade on Saturday 17 July. Our thoughts lie with her family and friends to whom send our deepest condolences. The cyclist was involved in collision with a bus in the vicinity of Pier Road and Clarence Esplanade, close to Clarence Pier.

“This terrible accident is yet another reminder that large vehicles, busy traffic and cyclists are not a happy mix. Whilst it will be some time before the details are made public, we urge the Portsmouth City Council to press ahead with making this section of our seafront much safer and calmer for all. Almost exactly one year ago, a cyclist was seriously injured Clarence Esplanade when a car reversed blindly from a parking bay into the road.

“Portsmouth City Council is on the verge of postponing Phase 2 of the Southsea Seafront Cycle Route. Had this been in place yesterday then this awful incident might have been avoided. We urge councillors to think again. A safe and segregated cycle route can be built – one which doesn’t loose any car parking, one which doesn’t stop people looking out to sea from their cars, one which doesn’t involve cycling on the promenade. We will be pushing hard for this – we don’t want any more injuries and fatalities on our seafront roads.”

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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

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This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Uncategorized March 18th 2017

Canada’s Beaches—East York (Ward 32) city council candidates speak

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Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Beaches—East York (Ward 32). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Donna Braniff, Alan Burke, Sandra Bussin (incumbent), William Gallos, John Greer, John Lewis, Erica Maier, Luca Mele, and Matt Williams.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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  • 1 Sandra Bussin (incumbent)
  • 2 William Gallos
  • 3 Erica Maier
  • 4 Luca Mele
Uncategorized March 18th 2017

Is Assisted Living San Diego Fair To Your Parents?}

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If you have not assessed the viability of San Diego independent living for your parents, you may be overlooking a terrific option. Unfortunately, your parents’ old age will inevitably lead to a decrease in their function. This is all a part of the cycle of life. Sentimentality aside, you should face the facts that an assisted living community in San Diego will help you and your parents in their retirement.

People with aging parents find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. They either have to shoulder the burden of taking care of their parents themselves or surrender their duty to a independent living community. Some cultures, particularly those in Asia, consider the latter option distasteful, but it does not have to be this way. You will get to see your parents as often as you please while leaving the unfortunate duties to the medical professionals.

A San Diego retirement community has its high and low points like many businesses do. Primarily, medical attention is available 24/7. Each San Diego independent living center is staffed with accredited nurses and doctors who are trained to work with geriatrics. You are aware that they are getting certified assistance for all sorts of events. Other than that, you are running the risk of something happening requiring immediate medical attention, like a fall. In the hands of the San Diego assisted living staff, you can be sure your loved ones are receiving professional care.

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The second benefit is that you get an opportunity to breathe. You do have to accept the facts that you cannot just take care of your parents, your kids, your job and your personal life without compromising one or the other. Often, constantly being around an ailing parent with no respite can really strain familial relations and be extremely difficult on your children. By taking your parents to a San Diego nursing home, you create a win/win situation. They benefit from the enhanced care, and you benefit from the fact you don’t have to use all your time on caring for them. Remember, your parents do not want you to stop living your life so that you can prolong theirs. It really is the best of both worlds. You can visit your parents as often as you would like. This means that your interactions are more likely to involve actual conversations rather than you having to play doctor. There are many assisted living San Diego homes for you to choose from and all of them offer spacious living quarters, numerous amenities and activities such as group interaction sessions, health centers and others. So when you need to decide quickly or have any questions on elder care or anytime that you have any questions or concerns in respect to retirement homes or nursing homes, feel free to reach out and speak to someone and search on line for a reputable eldercare referral services for assisted living in San Diego.

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Real Estate February 23rd 2017

Australian cricketer dies after being struck in neck

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney today (Thursday, local time). Hughes was playing a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughs passed away,” said Australian national team doctor Peter Brukner in a statement.

As the news broke, condolences came from around Australia’s sporting community.

“A sad, sad day. Absolutely devastating. Thoughts go out to Phillip Hughes’ family and friends. #RIPPhillipHughes,” Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with Philip’s family and everyone affected by this tragic accident,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.

“The West Australian Football Commission [WAFC] on behalf of football in WA extends sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Phillip Hughes,” tweeted the WAFC.

Today was meant to be the third day of the Sheffield Shield match Hughes was involved in. The entire round of matches was abandoned after the incident.

Uncategorized February 23rd 2017

Grand National winning horse ‘Comply or Die’ dies, aged 17

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Comply or Die, the racehorse who won the 2008 Grand National has died at the age of 17. His death was announced by his former trainer, David Pipe. He died over at the weekend in Gloucestershire, where he had been staying with jockey Timmy Murphy. He was cremated on Monday and his ashes will return to Murphy.

Murphy was the jockey in the saddle when Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National. Speaking to the Press Association, he spoke about the horse’s death. He said, “He was part of the furniture at home so it’s very sad. He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away. He paraded at Cheltenham and Aintree and was getting ready to do some dressage in the summer. I’m not actually sure how he died, to be honest, but it wasn’t nice to come home to. He was cremated on Monday. He was a happy horse and he was also very clever.”

During his racing career he made £798,809 in prize-money after winning a total of eight races.

The 2008 Grand National victory was his greatest achievement and he almost matched it when he came second place in 2009. He retired in 2011 but remained active, often being paraded at race grounds such as Aintree and Cheltenham. He also participated in some hunting activities. Pipe said, “Since his retirement he had been a lead-horse at Timmy Murphy’s establishment before trying his hand at dressage, a discipline in which he had proven very successful”.

Tributes have been paid to Comply or Die on social media by horse racing fans with several tweeting their appreciation and memories.

Uncategorized February 23rd 2017

Thousands continue to flee fighting in Yemen

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of civilians continue to flee their homes in northern Yemen as fighting between government troops and Al Houti rebel forces enters a fifth month. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the situation in the Saada province remains particularly tense as more people arrive there.

The U.N. refugee agency reports clashes have broken out in a number of districts in the Saada province as more people arrive. It says the situation in the Razeh district is particularly serious.

The UNHCR says the civilian population there faces restrictions of movement and lacks basic services such as electricity and water. It says shortages of food and other commodities are pushing prices up sharply and an increasing number of people cannot afford to buy what they need.

U.N. refugee spokesman Andrej Mahecic says the influx of huge numbers of people in neighboring Hajjah and Amran provinces is putting a strain on shelter and aid.

There are now some 21,000 IDPs living in a camp initially designed to shelter up to 10,000 people

“Over the past month alone, the IDP [internally displaced people] population of al-Mazrak One camp in Hajjah governorate has doubled. There are now some 21,000 IDPs living in a camp initially designed to shelter up to 10,000 people and overcrowding is presently the top concern for us,” he said. “At least some 500 families in al-Mazrak camp are sharing their tents, normally meant for one family, with one or two other households. We estimate another 1,300 families who are accommodated in 48 large communal tents in four transit areas of the camp, are presently waiting for allocation of a family tent.”

The UNHCR reports overcrowding in the camp is hampering delivery of humanitarian services. The agency says it reached an agreement with Yemeni authorities this week to build a third camp. And, plans are underway to set up a camp that would potentially house some 7,000 people.

Mahecic says the number of IDPs settling with local populations outside the camps has increased as well. He says local communities are bearing the brunt of the continuing displacement in Yemen. He says aid agencies are looking at ways they can assist host families.

The U.N. refugee agency reports an estimated 175,000 people have been affected by the conflict in Yemen since 2004, including those displaced by the latest crisis.

Uncategorized February 23rd 2017

Wholesale Perfume How To And Methods

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Submitted by: Raymond Nwambuonwo

I remember trying to buy someone special her favorite perfume but the price almost gave me heart attack. I pondered for awhile if I should break the bank for the gift or find something less expensive. But my research exposed a section of the perfume business that is not well known – wholesale perfume.

Your first action is to locate a wholesale perfume outlet. Check out wholesaleperfume (info) and browse through the huge listing of wholesale perfume stores. The two biggest perfumes stores on online are Perfume worldwide located in Plainview, New York with over 6,000 products and Fragrance. net located in Hauppauge, New York with over 10,000 products. You might also find other stores online that offer wholesale prices.

Team Up With Friends and Family

Probably the best way to buy wholesale perfume is to find friends and family members and then team up with them to buy perfumes in bulk since the best wholesale price is for bulk purchase. The more you buy, the more you save.

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Another more profitable option is to contact the two listed perfume stores or others you might know that sale at wholesale prices and ask about their Affiliate program. This is the kind of program whereby you get sometimes better than wholesale prices without having to buy in bulk.

Create a business name and contact the two listed stores and inquire about the affiliate program. Now your first sale will be to yourself and your friends and family members.

The requirements are not hard to meet and when approved you’ll be given access to another section of the stores website to view the below wholesale prices. This can become a very profitable side business if you so desire.

With this method, I was able to buy most fragrances at least 60% off regular price. If you decide to make this a side business, use a markup of at least 20% to 30% above your wholesale price. Trust me, your prices will still be cheaper than most department stores and perfume store retailers.

Please watch out for perfumes stores that advertise wholesale prices and are charging you full retail. Also some perfume brands have main distribution points. Those brands will be cheaper at the main wholesale store than any where else.

Be sure to pay attention to the sizes advertised. It is not uncommon to get 4 ounces while expecting 5 ounces. Remember all online perfume stores enlarge their perfume bottles to better reflect on their website.

Do you know what perfume you would like and want? Start your search online and you might be shocked at some of the discounts offered. Most online perfume stores can almost give you wholesale perfume prices because of cheaper operating cost.

Pay close attention to the stores return policy and do make sure the store only offers original perfumes. Knock-offs is very common, but the store must let you know and the perfume will not have any brand packaging.

With all the insights and warnings now is the time to take off your shoes, turn on your computer and start your search for that special designer perfume. Now is the time to buy that special designer fragrance for your friend or a lover or just buy for yourself because you feel alive and very happy.

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Fashion January 26th 2017

Dorothy’s dress from Wizard of Oz sells for £140,000

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The auction hammer came down Wednesday, in London, on Judy Garland’s blue gingham dress, worn in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” It sold for £140,000 (about US$262,157.40).

The identity of the buyer, who sealed the deal on the telephone, was not immediately revealed. Bonham auctioneers told reporters there was a pre-sale estimate of £35,000 (about US$65,529.47).

The dress, one of the most recognizable in the movie world, was made for the 17-year-old Garland who had a 27-inch (68-centimetre) waist. Her name is still on a tag on an inside hem. It was auctioned as part of a sale of rock and film memorabilia and was described as a “cherished memory for millions of fans worldwide.”

The story of the “Wizard of Oz,” which sealed Garland’s legend as a worldwide star, tells the story of a young Kansan, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto. They are whisked away from their rural Kansas home by a tornado to a magical realm called OZ.

In their travels, they meet other now-famous characters, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.

Although the film started with only modest success, it has since become a screen classic.

Uncategorized January 26th 2017