U.S. Supreme Court eases government ability to seize property

U.S. Supreme Court eases government ability to seize property

June 24, 2005

In a major decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has expanded the right of government to seize private property for public good by allowing the city of New London, Connecticut to invoke eminent domain and seize homeowners’ property for economic development reasons.

In a closely-divided decision, 5-4, the court determined that the city’s economic development plan constituted a “public use”, and therefore qualified under the U.S. Constitution’s fifth amendment’s Eminent Domain clause.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the majority decision, and was joined by Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. “Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government,” Stevens wrote, and justified the decision further by saying municipal authorities are better positioned to make decisions regarding a community’s best interests than judges.

Writing the dissenting opinion, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor rejected the economic justification as a public use, pointing out that wealthy individuals are more capable of defending themselves and so are less at risk. But the greatest issue was the liklihood of abuse of eminent domain:

“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall or any farm with a factory.” A separate dissent was also included written by Justice Clarence Thomas.


Costa joins Juventus FC on one-year loan

Costa joins Juventus FC on one-year loan

Saturday, July 15, 2017

On Wednesday, Italian football club Juventus announced an agreement with German club Bayern Munich for a one-year loan of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa for a fee of €6 million, to run until June 30, 2018.

26-year-old Douglas Costa joined Bayern in 2015 under Pep Guardiola’s management from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. In two seasons at the Allianz Arena, Costa has scored fourteen goals and provided 27 assists, making 77 appearances in total. He won two consecutive Bundesliga titles, a DFB Pokal, and a DFL-Supercup. Before joining the Bavarian club, the left-footed winger won five consecutive Ukrainian Premier League trophies.

In the agreement with Bayern, Juventus can exercise an option to buy the player for €40 million before July 1, 2018. Bayern may receive an additional €1 million subject to conditions in the contract. Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “We had serious and constructive talks with Juventus’ representatives. All of FC Bayern’s financial demands have been met”.

Upon asking why he joined Juventus, Costa told the Juventus’ interviewer that he “had always dreamed of playing” with the Old Lady and said he was “delighted to be part of” Juventus’ team.

Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The automobile manufacturer Toyota has said that it will recall up to 1.8 million cars across Europe, after a problem with the accelerator pedal was discovered.

According to the firm, eight models were affected by the problem — AYGO, iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis, and RAV4 — after it was discovered that the accelerator may become stuck in a depressed position, resulting in uncontrollable speeding.

On Thursday, Toyota said it would recall 1.1 million cars in the US; a day previous, it had suspended eight models from sales. Last week, 2.3 million cars in the US were recalled due to the pedal issues.

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe commented on the recall. “We understand that the current situation is creating concerns and we deeply regret it,” said Tadashi Arashima. The firm, however, noted that it wasn’t aware of any accidents resulted by the malfunctioning accelerator pedals, and not many pedal problem incidents were reported in Europe. “The potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances,” Arashima added.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, meanwhile, commented that Toyota showrooms could lose as much as US$2.47 billion worth of revenue due to the incident.

“Toyota veterans will likely hear the news with disbelief and keep faith in the brand, but new customers could definitely be scared off,” remarked Robert Rademacher, who is the president of the trade group ZDK, as quoted by Business Week. “This recall has a dimension which we’ve never seen before.”

There are concerns that the problem may result in reduced consumer trust in Toyota. Hans-Peter Wodniok, an analyst for Fairesearch GmbH & Co. in Germany, noted: “If this is a one-time event, huge as it is, Toyota may be forgiven. But if something happens again in the next months and years, they will have gambled away customer trust in Europe as well.”

Analysts for Morgan Stanley, however, said they believed Toyota would not suffer much from the incident. “The company’s actions to correct the situation are timely enough to avoid major brand damage,” they remarked in a note to investors.

Get Handmade Wood Furniture For Comfort, Durability And Aesthetic Appeal}

Get handmade wood furniture for comfort, durability and aesthetic appeal


abigaylemark1Furnishing your bedroom with handmade wood furniture has a number of benefits. Home gives comfort and peace to the body and mind. The sense of touch and sight are triggered to create a perception that brings on a feeling of relaxation. And, bedroom is where this feeling is incited to the utmost level. Solid wood furniture including handmade wardrobes, bookcases, dressing tables, etc., creates perceptive comfort, being a product of nature. This being the first and most important advantage of having solid wood handmade furniture in your bedroom, let’s talk about the others. The aesthetic quality of this furniture cannot be compared with any alternatives. The antique and pure quality strikes the right note with your visual senses. Mass produced furniture doesn’t stand anywhere near these pieces handcrafted by master carpenters. Its elegance is simply superb. In this day and time, when we are running after bargained prices, handmade wood furniture gives us the benefits of unique designs. They will also give its worth for years to come, even decades if required. As for wear and tear, solid wood is natural resistant to rough weather conditions. You do not need to worry about termites and fungus if you maintain them properly. Handcrafted wood furniture makes your bedroom look and feel grand in every way possible, apart from making you a responsible citizen. Wood is an eco friendly product. There are no harmful effects to the environment. So, every time you look at it, you can breathe in deep and remain mesmerised by its resilient beauty without a tad of guilt. Having solid wood handcrafted furniture gives you the flexibility to create your own designs and have them made accordingly. You can have handmade wardrobes in a variety of combinations of drawers, top boxes and doors. If you wish you can have a full length door or one with drawer or box or both. Mirrors can be placed on one or two adjacent or separate doors. Custom made wood furniture can have two doors with our without drawers at the bottom, three, four or six doors with drawers and top boxes in different combinations. It can be made according to the space, budget and requirement. It is easy to maintain and clean. Use a simple dry wipe or any wood cleaner in case of stains. Solid wood furniture is designed and handcrafted as per your instructions and storage needs. This is especially beneficial in case of rooms with an unusual shape, for instance an attic room or a lobby with tilted roof. The wardrobe and other pieces of furniture will need to be made accordingly. You can have floating drawers and dust panels in them so that the dust doesn’t settle on your clothes. This brings down your cleaning time as well. Given all these advantages of having handmade wood furniture in your bedroom, there’s no reason as to why you should not consider having a few for yourself. Handmade wardrobes along with other handcrafted solid wood pieces of furniture will give your room a classy appeal and enhance its aesthetics to a whole new level altogether. Allow your senses to drown in a comfortable environment with beautiful handmade wardrobes (http://www.hangandsnooze.co.uk/Handmade-Bedroom-Furniture/handmade-wardrobes) and other pieces of handmade wood furniture (http://www.hangandsnooze.co.uk/Handmade-Solid-Wood-Furniture).

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SBC teams with Scientific-Atlanta for cable TV rollout in 13 US states

SBC teams with Scientific-Atlanta for cable TV rollout in 13 US states

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Regional U.S. telephone giant SBC Communications is one step closer to offering cable television to the 18 million households in its 13 state coverage area. The company announced a $195 million contract with Scientific-Atlanta Thursday to provide a video operations center and regional hubs for the new service. Under the brand name, U-verse, the SBC’s television rollout is set to launch in 2006 after field trials begin later this year.

The company is seeking the so-called “triple play,” where a telecommunications company offers voice, data and video in one bundled package. Local telephone companies like SBC have been losing business to cable TV companies, which have added telephone and Internet services in recent years.

In a slew of recent deals, SBC is looking to stop that trend. Within the past six months it has signed alliances with various technology firms to build out a fiber network to the home strategy. For instance, SBC has a $1.7 billion deal with Alcatel to build out its fiber optic network and a 10-year, $400 million, pact with Microsoft to license its IPTV technology to allow multi-channel television to stream over its Internet backbone.

In most of the U.S. only cable TV companies like Comcast have been able to offer the “triple play” of voice, video and data services. But traditional phone companies like SBC and Verizon have been upgrading their copper wire telephone networks to fiber optic. SBC says it plans to spend billions of dollars to overhaul its telecommunications network, saying the aging and brittle copper wires which were originally laid in the early 1900s do not have enough bandwidth to allow television capability.

The Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Recycling Scrap Metal In Millville

byAlma Abell

Have you ever considered the environmental impact that occurs as more renewable resources accumulated in New Jersey landfills? If you have, then you understand that this growing problem has a clear solution, recycling. For example, Scrap metal in Millville is a renewable resource. By bringing your scrap metal to a recycler, you are doing your part to end this problem.

Basic Principles for a Safer Environment

The basic principles for a safer environment include reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling at any point that an item is obsolete. The principles offer a cycle that is beneficial for everyone. It stimulates the economy through exportation of goods and reduces energy consumption across the board.

Applying the Principles to Copper

Copper recycling is advantageous and presents a wealth renewable uses. By applying these principles, you can reduce copper-related waste since products that use this resource are long-lasting and continue to work longer after newer models are released on the market. The products are reusable; they include washing machines, gas lines, air conditioners, and cellular phones. Opportunities for recycling copper include removal from plumbing pipes, non-functional appliances, and irreparable tubing.

Why You Should Recycle?

Copper that is dumped in a landfill generates a high cost not only for waste management companies, but also for the environment. As waste management providers mine for copper and other Scrap metal in Millville sulphur dioxide is produced and released into the air. These harmful gas emissions could cause devastating results on the immediate area surrounding the landfill and the environment as well.

Recycling saves energy. As compared to extracting copper from pure ore, the generation of recycled copper requires only ten percent of the necessary energy used. By using recycled copper, further resources are conserved including coal, oil, and gas. It also reduces the release of carbon dioxide into the air.

The benefit of recycling scrap metal presents growth for everyone. According to statistics, recycled products such as copper sustained only a ten percent reduction in value as compared to newly mined metals. The overall benefit is the reduction in cost for the consumer and a possibility of a safer world tomorrow.

Bus crash in Victoria, Australia injures twenty, some critical

Bus crash in Victoria, Australia injures twenty, some critical

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A bus crash in Victoria, Australia has injured at least 20 people, two of whom are listed as critical. One victim is reported to be still trapped in the wreckage.

The accident occurred between a bus and a semi-trailer on the Princes Highway in the Traralgon area around 10:50am AEST. The La Trobe Valley Busliner bus was traveling east when it collided with the back of a heavy haulage truck.

Those critically injured are being airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne. Others are being transported by Ambulance to La Trobe Valley Hospital in Traralgon.

SES crews are on scene, along with St. John Ambulance and fire crews.

The eastbound lanes of the highway have been blocked by police and traffic is being diverted.

2010 UK general election results

2010 UK general election results

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This table shows the results for 649 of 650 constituencies in the 2010 general election in the United Kingdom (not including the delayed constituency of Thirsk and Malton, which will hold its election on 27 May).

The “Constituency” column shows the name of each constituency, linked to the relevant Wikipedia article. the “Result” column shows the winning party, and whether they held or gained the seat (and, if relevant, who they gained it from). The “Votes” column shows how many votes were received by the winning party, the “Share” column their share of the vote, and the “Swing” column the swing in the direction of the gaining party.

In the general election, people over the age of eighteen around the United Kingdom may choose to vote for a candidate at their local polling booth, and Members of Parliament are elected to each constituency based on the first past the post system. Whichever party has a majority of MPs after all constituencies have announced their results has the opportunity to form a government.

The incumbent party before the dissolution of parliament was Gordon Brown’s Labour Party, exit polls suggested a small Conservative Party majority, which—when this swing is projected nationally—would cause a hung parliament. The exit polls also suggested that despite reports that support for the Liberal Democrats had surged following the first national televised leaders’ debates in the United Kingdom, the Liberal Democrats would suffer from a third party squeeze.

On the morning of Friday 7, 2010 the accuracy of the exit polls was demonstrated when it was revealed that there was indeed a hung Parliament and that although the Conservative Party had the greatest number of seats and votes it would be impossible for them to achieve an outright majority. The constitution of the United Kingdom allows for the incumbent Labour Party to first attempt to form a government and incumbent Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announced that he would allow civil servants from the Cabinet Office to help facilitate negotiations. Despite the Labour Party openly courting the Liberal Party, their leader Nick Clegg has stated that as the party with the most seats and most votes the Conservatives have the right to attempt to form a government.

Some seats were also be contested by one or more of a number of smaller parties and independents, including the United Kingdom Independence Party, the British National Party, and the Green Party of England and Wales, who all already hold seats in the European Parliament and local government authorities, all hoped to gain their first seats in the House of Commons in this election. History was made when the Greens won their first Parliamentery with their leader Caroline Lucas winning Brighton Pavilion. In Northern Ireland the Alliance Party also won their first seat with Naomi Long taking Peter Robinson’s seat.

Please refresh this page periodically to see the latest results as they come in.

Party Seats Net gain Votes Share
Conservative Party 305 +97 10,681,417 36.1%
Labour Party 258 -91 8,601,441 29.1%
Liberal Democrats 57 -5 6,805,665 23.0%
Democratic Unionist Party 8 -1 168,216 0.6%
Scottish National Party 6 0 491,386 1.7%
Sinn Féin 5 0 171,942 0.6%
Plaid Cymru 3 +1 165,394 0.6%
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 0 110,970 0.4%
Alliance Party 1 +1 42,762 0.1%
Green Party of England and Wales 1 +1 284,566 1.0%


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Volunteers endure bed-rest study

Volunteers endure bed-rest study

Tuesday, March 22, 2005Volunteers began a 60 day bed-rest marathon on March 19 to study simulated weightlessness effects on women astronauts. The study, Women International Space Simulation for Exploration(WISE), is conducted at the MEDES Space Clinic in Toulouse, France.

The 12 women, selected from 1600 applicants hailing from France,Great Britain, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic began the study after a 20 day screening for baseline comparison data as the study progressed.

The women will conduct all activities from eating, bathing, and reading while lying in hospital beds tilted headfirst at a six degree angle. This particular position, called head-down tilt bed rest was determined from previous studies to remove the vertical load of gravity on the body, inducing changes similar to what astronauts in a genuine weightless environment experience [1].

Long term exposure to weightlessness creates a number of physiological and psychological problems in astronauts such as:

A total of 24 women will participate in the study. A second group of 12 will join in September.

Three groups of eight women each will be studied over the course of the two campaigns of bed rest. One group will serve as a control, receiving no specific treatments, the second will exercise, while the third will receive nutritional supplements.

The study is designed to fill in gaps of knowledge on the differences between men and women during extended weightlessness. It also aims to develop countermeasures for reducing the debilitating effects of long spaceflights.

Participating agencies in the study include the European Space Agency, NASA, the French Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.


Sabi Sands Safari Is The Real Gem Of Africa Where You Will Love To Spend Couples Of Days!}

Sabi Sands Safari is the Real Gem of Africa Where You will Love to Spend Couples of Days!


Sandy RussellSpending a holiday in Africa and you are not visiting the safaris of this part of the world; it seems to be an annoying situation for sure! There are hardly any African holiday packages that appear as a complete one without a visit to the African safaris. And when you are looking for the best African holiday packages, a tour to the Sabi Sands safari should be added to make the holiday look fabulous and more memorable. A tour to the Sabi Sands safari can really help you get close to the African nature. The Mother Nature has blessed this part of world with assortment of wild animals, amazing landscapes and the great Savannahs. And this time, you are going to explore all these aspects of African nature simply by going for the African holiday packages offered by the leading travel agency in Africa. When it comes to Sabi Sands safari, Nikoroh Bush lodge may appear as the best place to stay. This place is known for its wildlife that has managed to thrive here in a great way. This is the place, where guests can have the real opportunity to explore and feel what it takes to be a part of the African nature. This place is located right at the heart of Sabi Sands safari which is also a privately owned game reserve. This safari is also sharing its boundary with the Kruger National Park. A major part of this border is still unfenced. It’s the Nikoroh Bush Lodge which is considered as the actual gem of Sabi Sands safari. Whether you are here for the first time or you are an avid traveler, you will surely love to explore this game reserve which has become very popular among tourists these days. In order to make your holiday a more laid back style, the leading travel agency in Africa has come up with such African holiday packages that carry a stylish accommodation facility, great foods and great amenities. The meals you are going to be served here are amazing and can fill your taste buds with great joy. There will be a dedicated, professional and qualified chef to prepare such food items for the guests. and to offer you more, there will be African drummer who will play the traditional drum around you. This brings enormous entertainment for the guests. you can even dance with the beats of drums and can make your holiday a completely enjoyable one. When you dance and hear to the drum beats around the open fire called as Boma, your heart and mind will be filled with sheer enjoyment for sure. It’s the night time when the open fire can set the right tone and mood for you under the wide and dark sky of Africa. Your tour to the Sabi Sands safari will become very memorable and you will surely not like to forget this so quickly. Here, you can also take advantage of both nature walls and game drive which is offered to all the guests.

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