Dollar Tree stores to pay Vermont $100,000

first_imgDollar Tree Stores, Inc, a national chain that retails discount merchandise, will pay the State of Vermont $100,000 to settle claims that its offer of products containing high amounts of lead and cadmium in Vermont violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. The settlement also requires the company to cease selling jewelry and comply with legal limits on the amount of lead and cadmium in consumer products. Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell praised the settlement, the second of its kind against a major company, as a milestone in the campaign to protect children in Vermont by reducing their exposure to toxic metals. Both lead and cadmium are widely known to be toxic substances that can cause serious harm to humans, particularly children, if ingested.The case arose following public reports in late 2007 that certain items of jewelry at Dollar Tree contained high levels of lead and cadmium. The Attorney General’s Office then arranged to test four products from a Dollar Tree store in Vermont—earrings, a necklace, a digital watch and a pony tail holder—and learned that they contained very high concentrations of one or both of those metals. Lead concentrations ranged from 165 to over 1,600 times the current legal limit and cadmium levels were also extraordinarily high.Dollar Tree, which is based in Chesapeake, Virginia, has six stores in Vermont. The settlement prohibits the company from selling in or into the State of Vermont any products commonly understood to be jewelry, and requires it to comply with all current and future state and federal limits on lead and cadmium. Dollar Tree must also pay the State $100,000 in civil penalties and costs, of which $50,000 is earmarked for children’s health programs through the Vermont Department of Health.Parents are strongly advised to keep all cheap metal jewelry away from their young children. Lead in children’s jewelry has been pervasive in the marketplace and is dangerous.Source: Vermont Attorney General, 2.8.2010last_img read more

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Soon the largest annual gathering of family tourism – 4.FOS

first_img4. Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) will be held on February 2, 3.2.2018. in the Congress Center of the Zagreb Fair organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.It is the largest annual gathering of family tourism aimed at education, presentation of innovations in legislation and networking of participants with exhibitors of products and services relevant to family accommodation, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that family accommodation makes up more than 50% of the total tourist market and that 350.000 people live on it speaks volumes about how important this market is for the demographic development of Croatia and why we need to deal with it systematically. Many here recognized the opportunity to stay in their country and work in their property”Said the president of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Danijela Cavlovic.Cavlovic points out that the role of the host includes much more than painting the walls, investing in bedding and cutlery and other regular maintenance. He warns that this is an activity that is fully involved in digital evolution, so those who are not familiar with new tools and trends can hardly survive among the increasingly resourceful and creative competition. Therefore, the Family Accommodation Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce started organizing a Family Accommodation Forum four years ago, in order to educate about the changes and needs of this market and connect providers of products and services for this activity. So far, more than 10.000 people have passed through the Community education system.One of the topics of this year’s edition will be the categorization of accommodation, but also the potential impact of the adoption of a new real estate tax on family accommodation providers. There will also be talk of the digital revolution, price management, the importance of branding and niche marketing. The representative of the European Association of Family Accommodation (EHHA) Carlos Villaro Lassen, who was joined by the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in March last year, will show European practices and expectations in regulating the collaborative economy market.Photo: Booking.comThis largest annual gathering of accommodation providers was organized with the aim of educating on the most important issues in tax policy, legal changes, marketing trends and the digital revolution and the importance of raising the quality of the offer in this fastest growing tourist market. The Forum will also present the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia awards for the best facilities in family accommodation, as well as awards for the best European holiday homes. The forum is free for all participants. Favorable accommodation prices are provided for visitors outside Zagreb, and transportation is provided by regional tourist boards. More information about the Forum and the program is available on the official website fos.hgk.hr.Last year, 35 million overnight stays were realized in householdsAccording to the latest available data, over 90.000 households with over 540.000 beds are registered in Croatia, and directly 350.000 people are involved in the provision of household accommodation services. The value of the registered capacities is estimated at 15 billion euros, while the owners invest 120 million euros a year in their current maintenance, based on a minimum of 200 euros per bed. They invest another 130 million euros a year in additional facilities such as swimming pools, wellness equipment, cycling, children’s facilities, horticulture and marketing. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism, in the past year, most overnight stays were realized in households, a total of 35 million.


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Unai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash

first_imgUnai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash Comment ‘Because the most important thing is the club, the team and finding a performance.‘Previously we were all speaking between us to take that decision. I know all the supporters want to know something [more] but now is not the moment.’However, with Arsenal now four points off the top four pace ahead of Saturday’s match against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, Emery confirmed the former Real Madrid is back in his plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes he will feature,’ said the Spaniard during his post match press conference.‘We have a match on Saturday and we will look at the possibility to use him again alongside other players and this is the way sometimes.’Evaluating his overall performance, Emery added: ‘I think he played very well. Tonight, you’ve seen he is a skilful player in the team and he was very positive every time and I think he played a very good match.‘We spoke before the match, and we made the decision in the second half to take him off because he hasn’t played for a little while and we want to keep his fitness as he was very tired but for him it was great to play 60/65 minutes.’Should Mesut Ozil start vs Wolves?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi speaks out on own goal in 5-5 thriller against LiverpoolMORE: Kieran Tierney stops Arsenal players from walking straight down tunnel after Liverpool defeat Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Oct 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link959Shares Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return during last night’s 5-5 draw against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admitted he is ready to consider Mesut Ozil for Premier League selection after the Arsenal playmaker made an eye-catching comeback against Liverpool.Ozil was unable to save his side from a demoralising penalty shootout defeat, but was involved in all of Arsenal’s best attacking play before he was substituted in the 65th minute.The 31-year-old contributed to three of his side’s five goals on the night and produced a sublime back-heel assist which gifted Ainsley Maitland-Niles the chance to put Arsenal 4-2 ahead 10 minutes into the second half.Ozil had been omitted from the previous six matchday squads and had made just two appearances all season before he was brought back in from the cold by Emery last night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Arsenal coach revealed last Saturday that Ozil’s exile had the backing of the club’s executive committee, saying:’ Here we have one agreed strategy as a club and a team.Crazy and incredible match. 🙈 Losing on penalties is always tough, but definitely some positive things to take away from Anfield Road tonight. Thanks for the away support! 🙏🏼❤ Focus on Wolverhampton now! ⚽ #M1Ö #COYG #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/vIQdoF4T8J— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 30, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sally Caswell: If we legalise cannabis we must keep business at bay

first_imgNZ Herald 22 January 2019 COMMENT: We must beware of extreme ideological positions in our cannabis discussion. In particular it would be good to acknowledge the “war on drugs” is not a particularly relevant concept. In fact we are moving towards decriminalisation of cannabis use in New Zealand due to police discretionary practices.Ministry of Justice figures for 2017/18 show three people were imprisoned for cannabis possession and it is very likely they had an extensive conviction history — legalising cannabis possession will not reduce incarceration. But this is not to argue against an informed debate on cannabis in New Zealand, including the possibility of legalisation.Cannabis use does not inevitably result in harm for the individual user, nor is it risk-free. Looking at the emerging evidence from the United States where several states have legalised cannabis, often allowing profit-making industries to take control, it is very likely that if we follow suit, thereby increasing availability and normalising use, we will experience more harm.A recent review of US data has drawn attention to increases in cannabis potency, prenatal and unintentional childhood exposure and, in adults, an increase in cannabis use, fatal vehicle crashes, cannabis-related emergency room visits, and cannabis use disorder (which includes dependence and harms such as social and interpersonal problems and neglect of major roles in order to use).About one in five lifetime users met criteria for cannabis use disorder.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12193750last_img read more

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Discover Dominica Authority to observe Courtesy Week

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority to observe Courtesy Week by: – May 4, 2012 Share Photo credit: rjdposters.com(Roseau, Dominica – May 4, 2012) Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and Ministry of Tourism will observe the week of May 8 to May 11 2012 as Courtesy Week. This will form part of Tourism Awareness Month activities. The objective of the week is to promote the understanding of the value of respect, discipline, good manners and positive social interaction to the development of tourism. These are some of the important practices to maintain as a hospitable people and as a destination seeking to succeed in the Tourism Industry.The DDA has organized radio discussions and airing of customer service tips to seek to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role it plays in the development of tourism. This campaign along with others will commence in May but the Authority hopes to continue with different activities throughout the year at schools and to the general public as reminders.“We at the Discover Dominica Authority continue to inform persons that Tourism is their business and as such we would like to identify the small areas and activities where they can participate. This week we are asking persons to “Just Smile”; a simple act of courtesy which can change the day of a visitor, a friend or a fellow Dominican. Throughout this week we ask persons to take heed of the tips which will be aired daily and let us all play our part in developing Dominica and the Tourism Industry,” announced Mr. Colin Piper, Director of Tourism.Tourism Awareness Month is an annual event which has been celebrated in May for the past six (6) years by the Discover Dominica Authority. Press Releaselast_img read more

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Football grinds to a halt, but not in Australia

first_img Promoted ContentPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart RaceThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared Read Also: Ronaldo’s mum admits she is lucky to be alive after hospital releaseSydney moved eight points clear of Melbourne City with a battling 1-1 draw in a surreal derby match against Western Sydney Wanderers.Elbow bumps replaced handshakes, substitutes were forced to sit 1.5 metres apart and goals were met by silence, with former Bolton and Reading striker Adam le Fondre clapping to an imaginary crowd when he opened the scoring.Fans were there in spirit though, with Sydney FC supporter club The Cove tweeting: “This one’ll be different, but know that we are with you as always and forever have your back.”Perth Glory play Western United in the weekend’s final game on Sunday evening.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Melbourne City were also in action, thumping the Central Coast Mariners 4-2 in an eerily quiet Central Coast Stadium to strengthen their hold on second place behind leaders Sydney FC.They also had some die-hard support with Melbourne fan Will Purssey finding a vantage point outside the ground at Gosford, north of Sydney, to catch a glimpse of the action.“The weirdest away trip I’ve ever done,” he said on social media. “The players after the game, they came up to me – social distancing obviously, but massive thank you to them.” Loading… Sydney FC’s Adam le Fondre claps imaginary fans in an empty stadium after scoring New Zealand-based Phoenix are making the biggest sacrifice, relocating to Australia so the season can be finished, separating them from friends and family for weeks, if not months. “The decision to travel to Sydney in an attempt to complete this season, was made as a club,” said Phoenix general manager David Dome. – Weird trip – Despite being in quarantine since last week, health officials have allowed them to train at a remote facility. With both teams unable to play, their opponents this weekend, Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets, faced each other instead with Roar winning 1-0, thanks to veteran forward Scott McDonald’s first-half strike. Despite the lockout, a handful of fans chanted and banged drums outside the ground during the game. “Incredible effort from this pair of Roar supporters #RoarAsOne,” the team tweeted afterwards, showing a video clip of players walking to the turnstiles to applaud them at the end of the game. Not everyone approved, despite the players keeping their distance. “Really… told to stay away for safety reasons and the players clap that! No idea of the times we are living in,” one supporter said on Twitter. Coached by former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler, it was Roar’s third win on the trot as they moved up to fourth. Football might have ground to a halt across the world, but not in Australia where they are soldiering on, with a handful of fans turning up to cheer on their teams outside shuttered grounds this weekend. An empty Bankwest Stadium, where Sydney FC played Western Sydney Wanderers The domestic A-League has six rounds to go and Football Federation Australia decided to press ahead without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite two of the 11 teams undergoing mandatory quarantine. Like rugby league and Australian Rules, which are also pushing on with their seasons, it has lucrative broadcast commitments with the fear of financial repercussions part of the thinking. In opting to keep going, Football Federation Australia head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said they were adhering to government directives and expert medical advice. “We understand that these are difficult times for everyone,” he said. “We will always put the health, welfare and safety of our players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, administrators and fans at the centre of our decision-making process.” Australia is far from immune to the virus, and has sealed its borders, banning entry to anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident from Friday evening, with more than 1,000 cases confirmed. While the action continued, there were only four fixtures. That’s because Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory are serving mandatory 14-day quarantine stints after playing in New Zealand last weekend and failing to get back to Australia before tough new entry rules took effect.last_img read more

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Solskjaer: ‘Inter a good move for Sanchez’

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In Barbados6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way read also:Just-in: Sanchez makes Inter move permanent with three-year deal “Alexis enjoyed his time there and they liked him, so, of course, that’s a good move for him. I wish him all the best, he’s a top player that we want to see play his best football. “For whatever reason, we didn’t see the best of Alexis but he’s a top professional and we wish him all the best.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wished Alexis Sanchez ‘all the best’ when he confirmed the agreement with Inter. ‘For whatever reason, we didn’t see the best of him’. Alexis’ permanent transfer from United to Inter will be officially announced today and Solskjaer thinks the Chilean has made ‘a good move’. “We will announce tomorrow, so I can confirm that he’s agreed, and we’ve agreed,” the Norwegian said at a press conference last night.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bent unhappy with Villa treatment

first_imgDarren Bent has criticised former manager Paul Lambert, accusing him of “alienating” him at Aston Villa. And the 29-year-old told the Daily Express: “It was really difficult at Villa. A few of us were kind of alienated to train with the kids. “It has been difficult. There were times when I was thinking, ‘Do I really deserve this?’ It’s all well and good not being part of the squad – but to be treated like we have been is bad. “It was horrible. It wasn’t so much the injuries – although they certainly didn’t help – it was just the uncertainty. There were times I was in the squad and times I wasn’t, and there was just no explanation why. “I understand that not every player can be every manager’s cup of tea but to be alienated like that, to be kicked out of the first-team dressing room, when I’ve played a long time, when I’m an international, just felt a bit disappointing.” Bent has won 13 caps for his country, with four goals, and hopes a prolific campaign at Craven Cottage can catapult him back into the reckoning for the World Cup qualifying campaign and next summer’s tournament in Brazil. He said: “I’m not just hungry to play football again, I’m absolutely starving. I’ve missed out on a couple of major competitions with England, but I just hope this is my year. “I need to get back to playing regularly and scoring goals for Fulham – that’s my priority. There’s still so much to come from me, I can promise you that. I’m just desperate to remind people what I can do.” Press Associationcenter_img The striker last week joined Fulham on loan in a bid to revive his Premier League career and his England ambitions, having been frozen out of the first-team picture at Villa Park last season. Bent started just seven games in the league during the last campaign, scoring three goals, as Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann established themselves as Lambert’s first-choice partnership. last_img read more

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Wilshere laments Fabregas departure

first_imgCesc Fabregas has been Arsenal’s biggest loss in the transfer market, according to Jack Wilshere. The Stevenage-born playmaker said the long-serving French manager’s loyalty even through lean spells of form helps get the best out of Arsenal’s young talent. Wilshere said: “He’s been the main person in my career: he gave me a chance when I was 16. “He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day and that helped my career massively, just learning from the way they play. “Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too. “Some games I didn’t play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes. If you make mistakes he sticks with you, and that’s huge. “I feel like I’ve been around for a long time now, I should be used to playing week in, week out. “I’m 21 but in football ages I’m a bit older than that. I’ve got a few years’ experience and hopefully that can help me, so I’m looking forward to the next three to four years.” Wilshere revealed he would love his two-year old son Archie to play for Arsenal one day, and also confirmed an interest in coaching when his own playing days come to an end. “I’d like to think coaching,” he said. “Even yesterday I took a youth session and I like teaching youngsters about football. “That’s the only thing I wanted to do growing up. “I would have been so happy growing up if a professional footballer had come back and given me some advice.” The England midfielder admitted he was “really upset” when Spanish role model Fabregas swapped Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011. Wilshere believes Arsenal felt the loss of Fabregas more keenly than the departure of Robin Van Persie, even though the Holland striker’s goals secured the Barclays Premier League title for Manchester United last term. But 21-year-old Wilshere is confident new recruit Mesut Ozil can fill the void left by the likes of Fabregas and Van Persie’s exits. “The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him,” he told Arsenal’s official club website. “He’s similar to me starting at a young age. “I was the most upset about him leaving. But to arrive I’m excited about Ozil, he’s settled in nicely. “His first game away at Sunderland he got an assist and was man of the match. “He plays the Arsenal way and I think there’s a lot more to come. “He’s so comfortable on the ball, right foot, left foot. “If you look at his stats he runs the most, he makes it look easy but that only masks how hard he works.” Wilshere hailed boss Arsene Wenger’s “special care” as the driving force behind his blossoming Arsenal and England career. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Girls basketball Bees top Liverpool, near rematch with C-NS

first_imgUnleashing its defensive pressure in the opening minutes led to turnovers and lots of baskets, B’ville amassing a 27-5 lead and then continuing to add to that margin.It was 67-30 after three periods as Ola Bednarczyk put in 18 points, with Hannah Mimas and Jordan Roy each getting 11 points, Sydney Huhtala and Megan Brecht nearly got to double figures, too, both getting nine points as Kyrah Wilbur finished with eight points.On Friday, B’ville’s game with Henninger was snowed out, so it would need to make up that game and then take on Corcoran Tuesday before the clash with C-NS.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story As far as regular-season finales go, the girls basketball game between Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse next Thursday night at Baker High School has few equals.Plenty is on the line, from the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division regular-season championship to a possible top seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs.The Bees’ lone blemish this season was a 50-45 defeat to the Northstars on Jan. 17. Ever since, C-NS has built a 10-game win streak and risen to no. 12 in last week’s state AA rankings, two spots ahead of B’ville at no. 14. Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketballcenter_img B’ville’s girls opened a hoops doubleheader with Liverpool Tuesday night, and unlike the boys game decided in the final seconds, these Bees put things away quite early in an 80-49 victory.For this game, the Bees donned special pink jerseys to go with the boys team wearing throwbacks in their game against Liverpool.All told, they raised more than $2,900 for Maureen’s Hope, a foundation dedicated to offering support and assistance to those facing cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.last_img read more

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