Authorities In Tajikistan Plan Ban On Divorce By Text Message

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Convenient but soon to be banned.

Tajikistan’s Council of Ulema is set to issue a fatwa banning a so-called SMS-divorce, the state religious committee have announced. The move comes amid growing complaints that some Tajik men – working as migrant laborers in Russia – divorce their wives by sending a mobile-phone text message or just making a phone call.

Sunni Islamic traditions allow men to divorce their wives by merely saying “talaq,” an Islamic term for a declaration of divorce. Tajik religious leaders, however, insist that ending a marriage is not such a simple matter…

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Ban Plastic Bags Rap Video Goes Viral

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OK, so the Great Pacific Garbage Patch may not be anywhere near as big as we thought, and some activists think plastic bags are a distraction from the major environmental issues we face. But that doesn’t stop many others from holding up the single-use plastic bag as a symbol of all that is wrong with our consumer culture. Now a viral rap video is making the rounds, calling on cities around the Globe to step up and ban the single-use plastic bag.

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China Declares Skype Illegal

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No more Skyping in China

After having already banned Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Chinese government has now decided to outlaw Skype, as well. The move, announced in the People’s Daily, means that all Internet phone services will now be considered illegal within the country, except for those offered by two state-operated telecom companies — China Unicom and China Telecom…

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New York City to Ban Smoking Outdoors

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Smoking outside could soon be illegal in New York.

New York City officials have announced a plan to ban smoking outdoors.  City officials said that the new legislation would outlaw smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas throughout the American city.  That means no smoking in Central Park or on the Coney Island boardwalk.

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California to Become the First State to Ban Plastic Bags

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 Californians use an estimated 19 billion plastic bags a year.

California is to become the first US state to ban plastic bags in supermarkets in a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a “great victory for the environment.”  Shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bags or pay at least 5 cents each for recycled paper ones under the ban which was approved by state politicians.

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New Bill Would Ban Salt In New York City Restaurants Kitchens

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Slowing down sodium intake is a new goal.

Over the past few years New York has gained a reputation for taking the health of its citizens seriously – or nannying them, depending on your point of view.

Now a member of the city’s legislative assembly has gone a step further by introducing a bill that would ban the use of salt in restaurant kitchens.

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Study: Driver Cellphone Bans Do Not Reduce Crashes

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Impact of cell phone ban doubted

A national crackdown on distracted driving takes an unexpected turn today. A new study shows that the number of traffic crashes did not drop in three states and the District of Columbia after they banned drivers from using handheld cellphones.The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C., before and after handheld bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.

 

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California To Pull The Plug On Big Screen Plasma TV’s

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California to ban big screen tv’s

The “guvernator” is leading California where no state has dared before. In a world first, big screen plasma televisions are to be banned in California because they use too much energy.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has given his backing to the move which would prohibit the sale of TV sets more than 40 inches wide.

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Study Finds Plastic Bottles Release Harmful Chemical Into Liquids

Study Finds Plastic Bottles Release Harmful Chemical Into Liquids

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Hard plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles are not devoid of health risks because a study has found that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) – which is used to make plastics and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes–often releases into the liquid contained in such containers.

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Australia Moves Slowly Closer to Complete Plastic Bag Ban

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Plastic Bags are Bad, Mkay?

Today’s the day. The day when the state of South Australia officially bans single use plastic shopping bags. Perhaps you heard, at the start of the year, retailers will be fined if they provide customers with plastic, or even so called ‘degradable’ bags. All they can offer instead are truly compostable (ie, worm and microorganism friendly), or reusable bags.

Other states did not come to the party when the Australian government attempted, last year, to make the nation plastic bag free. So South Australia is going it alone.

Well, maybe not entirely alone….

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