UK Supreme Court rules prorogation of parliament unlawful

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Courtroom of the Supreme Court, 2015 Image: Diliff.

Today at 10:30 BST (0930 UTC), the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom issued a ruling on the prorogation — a procedural suspension — of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until October 14. The court found that it could rule on the prorogation, and found the prorogation to be unlawful. The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal on all civil matters in the United Kingdom, as well as criminal matters in parts of the United Kingdom. The Supreme Court is led by President Brenda Hale.

Boris Johnson, August 13, 2019 Image: The White House via John Bolton.

The summary of the decision read in part: “This Court has already concluded that the Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect and should be quashed. This means that when the Royal Commissioners walked into the House of Lords it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper. The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued. This is the unanimous judgment of all 11 Justices.”

Press pack outside UK Supreme Court in London, September 17 Image: Steve Nimmons.

Queen Elizabeth II suspended parliament at the behest of Boris Johnson, the current prime minister, on September 10. He is widely suspected of asking for prorogation to prevent legislative interference in his efforts to complete the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit for British exit. Following that reasoning, the Court of Session in Scotland ruled on September 11 the prorogation was unlawful. The Supreme Court ruled on the appeal of that decision by Johnson’s government.

The High Court of England and Wales also ruled on the same day as the Scottish court, finding that the prorogation of Parliament was not a matter for the courts: “In our view, the decision of the Prime Minister to advise Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue Parliament is not justiciable in Her Majesty’s courts.”

For three days last week, the court heard arguments from the two sides. Former prime minister John Major has accused Johnson of misleading the Queen, and argued that the true intent of seeking prorogation was to shut down debate in parliament, as the Court of Session found. The government’s counter-argument was that prorogation is a political tool given by the legislature to the executive branch. If Parliament does not like prorogation or how it is used, it has the power to change the law. It is not for the Court to opine about the motivations, argued the government’s lawyer, Richard Keen.

Britons voted in a 2016 referendum to leave the EU. After failed negotiations for a deal on trade and deadline extension the deadline currently stands at October 31, 2019. Johnson has repeatedly stated that Britain must leave by that date with or without a deal. On September 13 — two days after the Court of Session ruling — he said he remained “cautiously optimistic” a deal would be reached.

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Skinny Guys Gain Muscle Fast

Submitted by: Kyle Winston

If you are severe about creating a solid commitment to some muscle-building plan, you require to become really cautious of who you take guidance from. Bodybuilding and fitness is actually a multi-billion dollar business with new web sites popping up each and every single day.

Numerous with the so-called experts available truly do not possess a clue of what they re talking about and are only motivated by pushing costly pills, powders and miracle programs on you which you do not truly require.

Should you do not watch your step you might wind up falling for some fatal muscle-building pitfalls which will actually destroy your gains and avoid you from ever achieving the amazing, muscular physique you wish. In this post I m likely to expose four really typical muscle-building myths so that you can maintain you about the correct path towards the mind-blowing muscle tissue and strength gains you deserve.

Myth #1: So that you can construct muscle tissue, you have to accomplish a “pump” throughout your work out. The higher the pump you accomplish, the much more muscle tissue you’ll construct.


For individuals of you who are just beginning out, a pump may be the experience which you get as blood becomes trapped within the muscle tissue muscle whenever you train with weights. The muscle tissue will swell up and leave your system experience larger, tighter, more powerful and much more effective. Although a pump does really feel wonderful, it has really small, if something to complete with correctly stimulating your muscle tissue to develop. A pump is merely the outcome of elevated bloodflow towards the muscle tissue muscle and is definitely not indicative of the effective work out. A effective work out ought to only be gauged through the idea of progression. Should you had been capable to lift much more fat or carry out much more reps than you did within the earlier week, then you definitely did your work.

Myth #2: Constructing muscle tissue will trigger you to turn out to be slower and much less flexible.

This 1 goes back again towards the old days when individuals described bodybuilders as becoming muscle bound and bulky . Contrary to what you might believe, constructing a substantial quantity of lean muscle tissue mass will really rate you up instead than sluggish you down. Muscle tissue are accountable for each and every movement that your system makes, from running to jumping to throwing. The bottom line is the fact that the more powerful a muscle tissue is, the much more force it can apply. Getting more powerful, much more muscular legs signifies elevated foot rate, just as getting more powerful and much more muscular shoulders signifies the capability to throw farther. Powerful muscle tissue are capable muscle tissue, not the other way close to.

Myth #3: You have to usually use ideal, textbook kind on all workouts.

Although utilizing great kind within the health club is usually essential, obsessing more than ideal kind is definitely an completely various matter. If you’re usually attempting to carry out each and every physical exercise utilizing flawless, textbook kind, you’ll really improve your probabilities of injury and simultaneously reduce the total quantity of muscle tissue stimulation you are able to accomplish.

Keep in mind, we aren’t robots! It is really essential which you usually proceed normally whenever you physical exercise. This could mean adding a really slight sway inside your back again whenever you carry out bicep curls, or utilizing a tiny little bit of system momentum when executing barbell rows. Loosen your self up a little bit and proceed the way your system was meant to become moved. Obsessing more than ideal kind will really function against you instead than for you personally.

Myth #4: Should you want your muscle tissue to develop you have to feel the burn!

This really is an additional large misconception within the health club. The burning sensation that outcomes from intense fat instruction is merely the outcome of lactic acid (a metabolic waste item) that’s secreted within the muscle tissue muscle as you physical exercise. Elevated levels of lactic acid have absolutely nothing to complete with muscle tissue growth and might really sluggish down your gains instead than rate them up. You are able to limit lactic acid production by instruction inside a reduce rep variety of 5-7, instead than the conventional variety of 10 and above.

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US adds 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate drops to seven year low

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the US economy added 173,000 jobs in July. Job growth has averaged 221,00 per month for the past three months.Image: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The US economy added 173,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 to 5.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Although August job gains were lower than most economists forecast, job growth numbers for June and July were revised upwards by a combined 44,000. Average job gains over the past three months stand at 221,000, compared to March-May’s 189,000 monthly average. Over the past twelve months, job growth has averaged 247,000 per month.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, or 8 cents, marking the largest increase in earnings in seven months. Hourly earnings had risen by 6 cents in July. Wages have risen by 2.2 percent over the past year.

Job growth in August was primarily concentrated in the health care and social assistance, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors. Those three areas of the economy added a combined 108,000 jobs. Food service and drinking places employment increased by 26,000 over the month, and other economic sectors saw employment hold steady. Manufacturing, on the other hand, saw employment decline by 17,000 in August. A stronger dollar and worldwide economic weakness make US exports less desirable, leading to a flattening in manufacturing employment so far this year after steadily rising in the early years of the US economic recovery.

The solid overall job gains led analysts to slightly raise expectations for a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month. Investors raised the likelihood of a September rate increase from 26 percent before the jobs report to 30 percent, and stocks dropped by over one percent on Friday. “The payrolls data is certainly good enough to allow for a Fed rate hike in September,” said Deutsche Bank’s head of currency strategy, Alan Ruskin. “The big question is still whether financial market volatility will scupper the plans.”

“This is the first time the market has looked at a Fed meeting and really has no idea what the Fed is going to do,” said Mark Kepner, a New Jersey equity trader with Themis Trading. “Right now you’re looking at the overall uncertainty and that’s what’s hanging on the market. I don’t think this number in and of itself changes how somebody’s going to vote.”

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Teen broadcasts suicide online

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Pembroke Pines, Florida teenager killed himself Wednesday, November 19, while broadcasting on the live video site After making suicide threats and being encouraged by viewers and forum members, Abraham K. Biggs, 19, committed suicide by taking an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, which had been prescribed for his bipolar disorder.

Biggs first began blogging about his planned suicide 12 hours before the actual event. He died after taking pills and lying on the bed in front of the webcam. After the broadcast, viewers who apparently thought it was a hoax posted messages such as “OMG”, “LOL”, and “hahahah”.

Hours later, after being alerted by viewers who had noticed that Biggs had stopped breathing, law enforcement and paramedics arrived, discovered his body, and covered the camera. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has reportedly confirmed Biggs’ death.

According to Montana Miller of the Bowling Green State University, the circumstances of this case were not shocking: “If it’s not recorded or documented, then it doesn’t even seem worthwhile. For today’s generation it might seem, ‘What’s the point of doing it if everyone isn’t going to see it?'”

Biggs’ sister Rosalind was angry that neither the website nor its viewers reacted soon enough to save him. “They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours,” she said. She described him as “very happy” and “friendly and outgoing.” “On a normal day, you couldn’t really tell that he got as low as he did.” However, he did have relationship problems with his girlfriend, according to a friend.

Mental health professionals have warned about the possibility that other mentally troubled people would copy his actions. According to Dr. David Shaffer of Columbia University, “Any video showing it as heroic or romantic or glamorous could reduce the anxiety people might feel about suicide. It becomes a respectable behavior and lowers the threshold of suicide.” He and other psychiatrists recommend that potentially suicidal teens talk to others and “tell what’s going on.”

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Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen Four Key Components

Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen – Four Key Components



The Thread Count

This is a measure of the number of yarns woven into one square inch of fabric. Generally, the higher the thread count the softer the fabric is. Good quality bed linens have a thread count of 180 or higher.

However a word of caution, it is quite common to get high thread count fabric that is very poor and discerning customers must be wary when buying products described as Egyptian Cotton.

The Quality of the Yarn


The finest cotton in the world is grown on the banks of the River Nile. Egyptian Cotton is renowned because it yields the longest staple cotton in the world. Staple means the individual cotton fibre or hair.

Here at HomeCottons we select Egyptian Cotton sheets which are only produced in Egyptian Cotton mills producing a strictly limited amount of fabric each day. This ensures the superiority of our cotton and the product created by the craftsmen.

The long staple cotton can be spun into a smoother, stronger, much finer yarn, so that it is possible to weave more threads per inch into the fabric, resulting in a higher thread count.

A word of warning, short staple cotton yarns can be crammed into a square inch to create a high thread count, as a result the fabric will feel course, which cannot be compared to the fine Egyptian Cotton, sold by HomeCottons.

The Quality of Construction

The expertise and experience of the craftsmen is a key component to producing fine linens. From selecting the type and fineness of the yarn to choose for the weave, to the diameter of the yarn to create the desired hand such as silken sateen, crisp percale or lustrous jacquard. The Egyptian Cotton mills we use have extensive knowledge of their craft.

The Quality of Finishing

Our craftsmen’s attention to detail continues beyond selecting, spinning and weaving the worlds finest Egyptian Cotton. Fabric finishing and sewing is key to giving the discerning customer the real thing.

Our Egyptian Cotton sheets are mercerised which helps plump the fibres as a result this strengthens the fabric and gives it a more lustrous look.

The result of all our care and attention gives you the customer an unblemished cloth that is genuinely 100% Egyptian Cotton.

There is nothing like the comfort and luxury of an Egyptian Cotton sheet to transform your quality of sleep, it is a luxury worth the investment.

IC endorses Chris Tyrrell writes for HomeCottons – purveyors of

Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen

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Iraqi deputy health minister kidnapped

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Deputy to the Iraq Health Minister, Ammar al-Saffar, who lives with his sister in Baghdad’s Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya, was kidnapped today.

It is reported that six uniformed men and others wearing suits, arrived at Mr Saffer’s home in police cars and pickup trucks and took him off.

As one of the deputies to the Health Minister, Mr Saffer called earlier this year for as much as $8 Billion to restore Iraq’s health services.

On August 9, 2006, Mr Saffar discussed the health situation in Iraq with the BBC. He said that the insurgents were killing doctors and trying to create a brain drain. 100 doctors had been killed “because they were trying to help people and because they were Shia”. He said that there are about 18,000 doctors in Iraq but many have left, while others practice at home rather than at hospitals where they could be better protected. Under Saddam they were not permitted to leave, now there is no restriction. But now there are cash incentives: under Saddam they earned $2-3 a month, now they can earn up to $500 a month. On security, he said that the people blamed the US for the violence because, although they were responsible for security, they left the borders poorly guarded.

Mr Saffer survived an assassination attempt in June, 2004 when he was fired upon as he left his home. He was uninjured.

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Thought-controlled cybernetic arms demonstrated

Friday, September 15, 2006

Jesse Sullivan has two cybernetic arms, after electrical burns suffered while working as an electrical utility lineman resulted in amputation of both his arms at the shoulder. Claudia Mitchell has a similar cybernetic left arm, after a motorcycle accident resulted in amputation. Sullivan and Mitchell shook hands with these thought-controlled prosthetic arms at an event staged Thursday in Washington, D.C. by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Center for Artificial Limbs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Unlike traditional prosthetic limbs, these are actuated through muscle reinnervation; nerves are grafted onto specific muscles, controlling their contraction, which are then detected by electrode sensors and control the prosthetic limb. “Basically it is connecting the dots. Finding the nerves. We have to free the nerves and see how far they reach,” says Dr. Todd Kuiken, developer of the prostheses and director of neuroengineering at the Rehabilitation Institute. By this chain of communication the prostheses utilize thought-controlled biomechanics. According to Sullivan, “When I use the new prosthesis I just do things. I don’t have to think about it … I do all the yard work. I take out the garbage.”

DARPA, as an agency of the United States Department of Defense, seeks to eventually provide such prostheses for soldiers losing their organic limbs in combat. “We’re excited about collaborating with the military,” said Kuiken. 411 U.S. troops in Iraq and 37 in Afghanistan have had wounds that cost them at least one limb according to the Army Medical Command.

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In depth: Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal controversy

Friday, May 26, 2006

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

In February of 2006, the Savarino Services Construction Corp. proposed the construction of a seven million dollar hotel on Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo, New York. In order for the hotel to be built, at least five properties containing businesses and residents would have to be destroyed. It was not certain whether the properties were owned by Savarino or by the landlord Hans Mobius. The hotel was designed by Karl Frizlen of the Frizlen Group, and is planned to be a franchise of the Wyndham Hotels group.

Elmwood Avenue is known by the community as a popular shopping center, and Nancy Pollina of Don Apparel (who is “utterly against” the construction) claims it’s the only reason why students from Buffalo State College leave campus. Additionally, Michael Faust of Mondo Video said he did not want to “get kicked out of here [his video store property].”

In 1995, a Walgreens was proposed to be built on the same land, but Walgreens later withdrew its request for a variance because of pressure from the community. More recently, Pano Georgiadis tried to get the rights to demolish the Atwater House next to his restaurant on Elmwood Avenue, but was denied a permit due to the property’s historical value. He has since been an opponent to the hotel construction.

In the process of debating the hotel, it was thought that a hotel had previously existed on the proposed site, however; research done at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society had shown that no hotel had previously existed on the site.

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Services For Small Business Owners From An Accountant In Galt, Ca

byAlma Abell

Small business owners have a lot of different job titles. In many cases, they have no employees, and they are the only ones taking care of every aspect of their businesses. When it comes to their accounting systems, they may or may not have a lot of knowledge about how to do things like accounts receivable and accounts payable, tax preparation, and other things that involved the financial end of their businesses. This is an area where there should be no mistakes, and it is often best to hire an accounting specialist to deal finances for a small business. While this can be costly, it is often much less expensive than hiring an employee to do the same work.


There are many services small businesses owners can get from an Accountant in Galt CA. For instance, accounting firms take care of such things as billing, taxes, ledger entries, monthly trial balances, bank reconciliations, and much more. Generally, bookkeepers or junior accountants take care of these tasks. All of the work done is looked over by a certified accountant to be sure that there are no mistakes. The accounting firm will look after things like setting up budgets, doing financial statements properly, and preparing tax returns. They also help with audits, and monitor finances for small business owners.

Small business owners can benefit from the knowledge accountants have about finances and other areas of business. Consulting services are offered that will help any business owner be successful and be able to grow their business. Business owners will learn how to get the most out of their budgets, and how to save money in a variety of ways.

Another area that an Accountant in Galt CA can help with is retirement planning. It is never too soon for anyone to start doing this, because one never knows what is going to happen in life. If one wants to be able to retire early, they need to know they will be financially able to do so, and an accounting firm can ensure that they will be. Talk to the certified public accountants at Symons Accountancy to learn more about all of the services offered.

Dell joins Microsoft-Nortel VoIP Team

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dell Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will partner up with the Microsoft-Nortel Innovative communications alliance (ICA) team to sell Unified Communications and VoIP products.

The announcement on Tuesday the 16th of October 2007 includes Dell selling VoIP, data and wireless networking products from Nortel and the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and other unified communications products.

The partnership with both manufacturers should allow Dell to provide a pre-integrated solution.

In March 2007, competitors IBM and Cisco announced they would join in the competition for developing unified communications applications and the development of open technologies around the unified communications and collaboration (UC2) client platform an application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by IBM as a subset of Lotus Sametime.

“We want to make it simple for our customers to deploy unified communications so their end users can get access to all their messages in one place – whether its e-mail, phone or mobile device. This will pave the way for more business-ready productivity tools,” said vice president of solutions, Dell Product Group, Rick Becker.

  • Customers have four options:
    • Core Office Communication Server 2007 – provides instant messaging and on-premise Microsoft Live Meeting.
    • Office Communication Server: Telephony – enables call routing tracking and management, VoIP gateway and public branch exchange (PBX) integration.
    • Audio and Video Conferencing – allows point-to-point conference, video conference and VoIP audio conference.
    • Exchange Unified Messaging – provides voicemail, e-mail and fax in Microsoft Outlook, and anywhere access of Microsoft Outlook Inbox and Calendar.
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