Brooklyn, N.Y., protest demands justice for Akai Gurley, slain by NYPD

first_imgDemanding justice for Akai Gurley, Dec. 6.WW photo: Anne PrudenBrooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 6 — Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old unarmed Black father, was taking the stairs with his partner at their apartment building in the Louis H. Pink Houses, a public housing project in East New York, Brooklyn, when he was shot to death on Nov. 20 by members of the New York Police Department.This working-class community is mostly Black, West Indian and Latino/a.The NYPD who fired at and killed Gurley then called another cop, instead of trying to get medical care for Gurley. The NYPD issued a statement calling the killing an “accident.”In spite of a cold, day-long downpour, some 150 Pink Houses tenants and others held a militant, spirited rally today in honor of Gurley and all those murdered by police. Today is New York’s fourth day in a row of protests against police brutality and murders of innocent people of color, coming on the heels of Eric Garner’s killer walking free. The crowd was moved by rousing talks — especially from women of color.Nubia said, ” We are powerful pioneers! We are out to fight the power! The time is crucial. Oppression breeds resistance!  We will unite!”Carla Reyes of Answer said, “The system is broken! What do we do?  Where do we find hope? Out in the streets!’Marlami Curly spoke of the plight of parents, especially mothers who dread every day “not knowing where the bullet will come from.”  She spoke of so many “mothers who have lost sons and family lives stolen!”Palestinian warrior Nancy of “Existence is Resistance” compared the plight of her family and nation to those of oppressed people in the U.S. Her support was welcomed and appreciated.The feeling of unity was summed up and felt by all when several speakers repeated their demand: “We will not be bullied by NYPD! NYPD out of our community!”Today’s rally, called by Answer, Malcolm X Grassroots Mobilization, Crystal House New Yorkers and Parents Against Police Brutality, received coverage by several media. Many police observed from an apartment building nearby.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Over 15 buses leave Donegal for Water Charge Protest in Dublin

first_img GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleOrange Weather Warning in place as strong winds hit NWNext articleTyrone elects GAA’s first ever female County Board Chairperson News Highland Homepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Over 15 buses leave Donegal for Water Charge Protest in Dublin Hundreds of people from Co Donegal are travelling to Dublin today for a national demonstration against water charges.Over 15 buses left the County at around 6:30am this morning, and they will join thousands of people outside Leinster House this afternoon.Gardai have said “plans are being put into place” to deal with events today, but the extent of potential diversions and road closures will depend on the number of people taking part.Right 2 Water PRO, Cllr Gary Doherty, says there is a huge contigent travelling from the county to Dublin this morning…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/gdocweds.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – December 10, 2014 Pinterest Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly last_img read more

No Extra Chance For UPSC Exams; Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates

first_imgTop StoriesNo Extra Chance For UPSC Exams; Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Feb 2021 10:36 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition seeking extra chance in UPSC civil service exams for the candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020.The petitioners, who had given their last attempt in Civil Service Examination 2020, had sought for an extra chance citing difficulties created by COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. The petitioners argued that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition seeking extra chance in UPSC civil service exams for the candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020.The petitioners, who had given their last attempt in Civil Service Examination 2020, had sought for an extra chance citing difficulties created by COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. The petitioners argued that the pandemic affected their preparation and sought for extra attempt.Justice AM Rastogi, who read out the operative part of the judgment, appreciated the efforts of the Advocate on Record of the petitioner, Anushree Kapadia.”You argued well. You were clear on facts”, the judge told the lawyer.The Centre had initially made an offer to give extra attempt, subject to the age-bar. However, the petitioners argued for age-relaxation as well. Thereafter, the bench decided to hear the case on merits.On 9th February, 2021, a Bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi had reserved judgment in the matter(Rachna v Union of India). WHAT DID THE COURT SAY? The Court observed that the question before them was whether the Petitioners/Intervenors and other similarly placed candidates are entitled to another/additional chance for CSE 2021 on account of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The Judgement states that while what is prayed by the Petitioners “in the first blush appears to be attractive but it lacks legal strength and foundation for various reasons”. Present Petitioners’ complaint cannot be taken into isolation The Judgement states that the State Commissions/recruiting agencies must have conducted their examinations/recruitment tests for various services and merely because the present Petitioners have made a complaint to the Court, their prayer cannot be taken into isolation and does not give them a legitimate right to claim additional attempt/benefit, which is otherwise not permissible under the scheme of Rules 2020. Further, it has been observed that “…what is being claimed and prayed for under the guise of COVID 19 pandemic is nothing but a lame excuse in taking additional attempt to participate in the Civil Service Examination 2021 to be held in the future…”. “The data furnished to this Court by the Commission clearly indicate that various selections have been held by the Commission for the Central Services…, if this Court shows indulgence to few who had participated in the Examination 2020, it well set down a precedent and also have a cascading effect on examinations in other streams, for which we are dissuaded to exercise plenary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.” Solely providing relaxation to candidates who are not age-barred is discriminatory The Judgement goes on to record that Rule 4 and Rule 6 of the Rules for Competitive Examination, 2020 prescribe the eligibility with regard to number of attempts and age respectively, with Rule 6 categorically stating that the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed. “So far as the candidates who appear in the general category and have crossed the age of 32 years, no discretion is left with the authority to grant any relaxation in upper age limit prescribed for the candidates appeared in the instant Examination 2020”. When the Centre decided to provide a one-time relaxation to candidates who were not age-barred, it had been opposed by the Petitioners on the ground that excluding those who were age-barred was discriminatory. The Court has found in the submission of the Petitioners and noted that all attemptees, irrespective of the nature of attempts, must have faced the same consequences as a result of the pandemic and consequently, it would be advisable to avoid any concession that is not envisaged by the Rules. “….we are also of the view that it is advisable to avoid this situation and any relaxation which is not permissible either in attempt or age under the scheme of Rules 2020 apart from being in contravention to the rules, it may be discriminatory and it is advisable not to exercise discretion in implementing what is being proposed by the 1st respondent in compliance of the order of this Court dated 30th September, 2020”. No substance in submission of Petitioners that Respondent has exercised discretion in earlier selections The Court observed that there was no substance in the submission of the Petitioners that the Respondent had exercised discretion as a matter of policy in earlier selections and that the Petitioners had a legitimate expectation that the Government would do the same in the instant matter in view of the unprecedented situation. This was rejected “for the reason that the policy decisions which had been taken by the executive on earlier occasions of which a reference has been made always depend on the facts and circumstances at the given point of time and has to be tested independently in the circumstances in which it has been exercised by the competent authority or the 1st respondent as in the instant case”. Judicial review of policy decision and issuing mandamus to frame policy in a particular manner are absolutely different The Court has held that while it is within the realm of the executive to take a policy decision based on the prevailing circumstances for better administration and in meeting out the exigencies but at the same time, it is not within the domain of the Courts to legislate. Therefore, in the given situation, no assistance can be claimed by the Petitioners in seeking mandamus to the Centre to come out with a policy granting relaxation.’Life has to move on in COVID’The court also observed :”..the Covid­19 pandemic has left its footprints for us to learn from the unprecedented situation, which everyone has come across and suddenly changed the lifestyle of every individual in the society, his way of working, from social security to individual human rights, from macro economy to household income and has made us more stronger to face, if any difficult situation arises in future and this is what by experience we learn. There is an old saying “there is good in every evil”. Still life has to move on in all situations, and this is what this country has faced, but resiliently fought back this unprecedented situation and the economy and life of the common man is on the path towards normalcy in a short period of time than expected”In light of the above, the Supreme Court has dismissed the writ petition. Arguments by partiesAt the final hearing, ASG SV Raju, appearing for the Centre had made submissions against the demand for extra chance and stated that the same was unwarranted as candidates were given sufficient time to prepare for the examination in 2020.The hardships due to COVID19 affected all candidates uniformly and if extra chance is given to last-attempt candidates, other candidates will also start demanding the same, leading to an “endless cycle”, the ASG had added.Senior Advocates Shyam Divan, CU Singh and PS Narasimha, appearing for the Petitioners, had submitted that not granting the relaxation in the age-bar was arbitrary and unreasonable.Earlier, the Centre had agreed to give an extra chance to such last attempt candidates but with a condition that the concession will be subject to age-bar.The Petitioners and the intervenors, while welcoming the offer of extra chance, opposed the Centre’s decision to confine it only to candidates not hit by the age-bar. On 5th February, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that the Centre and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had agreed to grant a “one-time, restricted relaxation to prospective candidates” who had given their last attempt of the UPSC exam in October 2020, and were not age-barred.On 25th January, the Department of Personnel and Training filed an Affidavit before the Supreme Court submitting that an extra chance would not be provided to candidates who had exhausted all their attempts at giving the UPSC examination. It was contended that provision of an extra chance would create a differential treatment.This was in departure from the previous submission of the Central Government that the issue was under “active consideration” and that the government was not adopting an adversarial stance.However, the Court orally suggested that an extra chance could be given, without necessarily increasing the age-limit.On 18th December, 2020, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, had submitted that the Centre was not taking an “adversarial stand” with respect to the plea for extra chance and that a decision in that regard was likely within three or four weeks. The rules might need amendment for granting extra chance, he added.On September 30, the Supreme Court had directed the Central Government and the Union Public Service Commission to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who otherwise have their last attempt in 2020, with corresponding extension of the upper age-limit.That direction was given by a Bench led by Justice Khanwilkar in the case Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash v UPSC while rejecting the petitioners’ plea to postpone the UPSC exams scheduled in October 2020 in view of the COVID19 pandemic.The Court directed the authorities to take a decision in that regard “expeditiously”.The relevant observations in the Court order are as follows:”The fourth point raised before us is that some of the candidates may be giving last attempt and also likely to become age-barred for the next examination, and if such candidates are unable to appear in the examination due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, it would cause great prejudice to them .In this regard, we have impressed upon Mr. S.V.Raju, learned Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to explore the possibility of providing one more attempt to such candidates with corresponding extension of age limit. He has agreed to convey the sentiments of the Court to all concerned and to take a formal decision thereon expeditiously”.On October 26, the Department of Personnel and Training informed the Supreme Court that the issue regarding grant of extra attempt to last chance candidates was under the consideration of the authorities.Based on that submission, a Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar disposed of another petition (Abhishek Anand Sinha v Union of India) observing that it was not appropriate for the Court to pass orders when the matter was under the consideration of the concerned authorities.”The issue raised in this Writ Petition is under consideration of the appropriate authority and in light of the observations made by this Court in order dated 30.09.2020 in Writ Petition(C) No. 1012 of 2020, needful is being done in the matter. As a result, it may not be appropriate to precipitate the matter further. We leave it to the competent authorities to assuage the grievance of the Petitioners, as brought before this Court in the present Writ Petition appropriately”, the Bench observed in the order.The present petition had been filed as a sequel to the above proceedings seeking compensatory extra chance for civil service candidates.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Storylast_img read more

News roundup

first_img This month’s news.E-learners report lack of supportThe majority of e-learners want extra support from their employers, yet more than a third are failing to provide it.Research published this month by the Campaign for Learning, in association with the University for Industry, Peter Honey Learning and KPMG, found that although individuals have a positive attitude towards e-learning they would like some human contact and learning support. But 37 per cent of employers do not offer it.The most favoured form of back-up respondents would like is telephone support, cited by 28 per cent. Other popular forms of assistance are advice via e-mail, workplace learning centres or one-to-one tuition. Overall, e-learners are positive about the potential for e-learning in relation to other learning methods. As many as six in 10 think it is possible to learn as effectively through e-learning as other media. Employers themselves are also positive about e-learning, but are failing to collect the relevant data about it within their companies. As many as two in five do not know how many e-learners there are in their organisations and the same number have no idea about how much of their training budget is being spent on e-learning. Of those who are aware, three-quarters spend less than 10 per cent.web link www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk Net no threat to coaching skillsTraining specialists have nothing to fear from the Internet as their coaching and interpersonal skills will always be in demand, according to chief executive of the Further Education and Development Agency Chris Hughes.”There is no substitute for the guiding hand of the trainer,” he told Training magazine. “Experience in the US and now in the UK shows that users can feel isolated.”The impact of the Internet will be one subject covered in next month’s Learning 2010 conference, organised by Feda and the University for Industry. Speakers including Lord Puttnam, chairman of the General Teaching Council, and Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain will look at the workplace of the future and how skills can be updated.Web link www.feda.ac.uk Training key to stress-free staffBetter management development programmes, not occupational health initiatives, are the key to preventing stress at work, claims a new report from The Industrial Society.New Work, New Stress, launched at the Labour Party conference by the society’s chief executive Will Hutton, is critical of employer initiatives such as counselling and says companies should instead consider the impact of organisational changes, “concentrating on training managers to spot signs of job strain and deteriorating mental health before they become a problem”.Web link www.indsoc.co.uk Customer care put to the testTraining in customer service will soon be put to the test as anonymous callers visit the 64 finalists in the Customer Service Awards 2000.Known as “service verification” teams, the undercover agents secretly visit the contenders before reporting back to the judges on issues of customer care and attention to detail.The results of the competition, which was organised by the Daily Telegraph and Energis, will be announced on 24 November. News roundupOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

MLS still waiting to hear from players on new CBA proposal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMajor League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the MLS Players Association hasn’t responded yet to the league’s proposed changes to the collective bargaining agreement.Garber says he understands players need an opportunity to review the league’s proposal. But he says time is also becoming a major factor as the sides have less than three weeks to come to an agreement on a revised CBA.The league presented revisions to the CBA last week that propose players receive their full salaries after taking a 5% pay cut last season.MLS wants the current CBA extended through 2027 as part of the new proposal. January 12, 2021 /Sports News – Local MLS still waiting to hear from players on new CBA proposal Tags: MLS/Real Salt Lake Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Ice cream shack up for auction

first_imgClive Emson says business is continuing to boom so far this year, selling properties to the value of £65million. Managing Director James Emson said, “Our success rate of 85 per cent is well above the national average. I put this down to the quality of the lots we are offering – right across the board – and to a firm commitment to the exceptional service we offer both vendors and purchasers.”Highlights of their next auction include an ice cream kiosk in a Dorset tourist hot spot made famous by the hit TV drama Broadchurch.The Shack at West Bay, near Bridport, is guide priced £55,000 to £65,000 and is close to where stars such as David Tennant and Olivia Colman are currently filming the third and final series of the drama.Another fascinating lot is the Vale Royal Methodist Church in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, which has a freehold guide price of £500,000 to £600,000. It is considered to have development potential.A block of nine flats at the former Magpie pub in Portsmouth, let at £58,728 per annum, is guide priced at £750,000-plus. Other lots include a former telephone exchange in Norfolk; a chalet at Camber Sands holiday park, Sussex; a five bedroom house in six acres near Brentwood, Essex and a block of six flats in three end terrace buildings in Brighton.ice cream hut auction Broadchurch Clive Emson The Shack Tunbridge Wells church July 2, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Ice cream shack up for auction previous nextProducts & ServicesIce cream shack up for auctionThe Negotiator2nd July 20160634 Viewslast_img read more

32% more complaints resolved by The Property Ombudsman in 2015

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » 32% more complaints resolved by The Property Ombudsman in 2015 previous nextAssociations & Bodies32% more complaints resolved by The Property Ombudsman in 2015But why has the number of people moved to complain to TPO about agents risen so much?Nigel Lewis12th October 20160627 Views As several hundred agents gather for The Property Ombudsman’s second annual conference in Birmingham today, the TPO has revealed that the number of complaints it resolved during 2015 increased by 32% compared to the year before.TPO says this is mostly down to the high number of agents joining its scheme during 2015 after membership of one of the three schemes became mandatory following legislative changes in 2014. TPO is now the largest of the redress schemes with 35,374 member branches and, over the past five years, it has seen membership grow by 82%.Katrine says that during 2015 TPO received 16,265 enquiries from the public about sales and letting agents and resolved 3,304 complaints (up 32% on 2014) including 1,955 complaints about letting agents (up 33%) and 1,220 complaints about sales agents (up 27%).The largest number of complaints came from agents’ clients such as landlords and sellers and the most common complaints in lettings were about poor management, communication and record keeping, and end of tenancy issues.A majority of complaints about sales agents concerned communication and record keeping as well as marketing and advertising issues and terms of business disputes.“Overall, this is good news for consumers and redress, but not so great for the reputation of agents who collectively paid out over £800,000 in awards,” says Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman.“My message for those agents is simple; pay more attention to TPO’s Codes of Practice and raise your standards.”TPO has also published several examples of complaints that it has resolved recently, including one example involving letting fees. It details how an agent took a £250 holding deposit from a tenant and only afterwards informed them that they would also have to pay a further £200 admin fee and didn’t make it clear the fees would include VAT. The complainants asked to be compensated £250 but TPO decided instead to award them £150 for “aggravation caused”.Read more examples of formally resolved cases.Katrine Sporle The Property Ombudsman October 12, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Surge in buyer and vendor enquiries follows stamp duty holiday

first_imgLatest industry figures from two reliable sources reveal that the Chancellor’s six-month stamp duty holiday for those buying homes under £500,00 has stimulated the housing market in the way agents had hoped it might.Both Rightmove and Yomdel have published data this morning revealing significant surges in vendor and buyer enquiries to estate agents.Yomdel says its data for the week ending midnight 12 July which covers the four days following Sunak’s announcement, the numbers of vendors requesting home valuations via live chat shot up almost 30% compared to the previous week, and an astonishing 105% higher than the same week in 2019.Rightmove has reported similar figures for on the demand side. This includes a 46% surge in enquiries to agents for homes priced between £400,000 and £500,000. And due to a tax saving of £15,000 created by the stamp duty holiday, demand for properties priced between £500,001 and £750,000 also increased, by 40%.“The uplift in enquiries is likely a mixture of people looking in new areas to see what they can now afford, changing their search criteria to bigger, slightly more expensive homes, and new movers coming into the market because they now have enough extra budget to move home,” says Rightmove’s Commercial Director Miles Shipside (left).“Although low deposit mortgage options are slowly coming back to the market, first-time buyers who were already exempt from stamp duty up to £300,000 may find that they will be competing with some buy-to-let investors also looking to make the most of the stamp duty savings in this sector of the market.”Stamp Duty holiday Rishi Sunak Rightmove Miles Shipside Yomdel July 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » COVID-19 support » Surge in buyer and vendor enquiries follows stamp duty holiday previous nextHousing MarketSurge in buyer and vendor enquiries follows stamp duty holidayResearch by both Rightmove and Yomdel show huge increase in market activity since Rishi Sunak’s announcement last week.Nigel Lewis15th July 202001,170 Viewslast_img read more

HMCS Montréal Changes Captain for a Day

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Montréal Changes Captain for a Day View post tag: Navy July 17, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Captain Share this article HMCS Montréal Changes Captain for a Day Canadian Navy’s ship HMCS Montréal set sail July 10, 2015 with Odin Camus, a 13-year-old boy from Peterborough, Ont., who obtained the rank of honorary ship’s Captain before the ship returned to port that evening.Odin’s journey to Captaincy saw him perform a series of duties aboard HMCS Montréal, receiving promotions throughout the evening’s sail until reaching the rank of Commander, the same rank as Montréal’s Captain. He held the ceremonial rank until Montréal returned alongside Halifax.Odin began his sail as an Ordinary Seaman and performed a series of ship-related activities to achieve promotion through the ranks. These events included assisting with engine flash-up, participating in departure routine and manoeuvring the ship.Odin currently serves in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and has spoken about a career with the RCN since he was a young boy.During the evening’s sail, Odin and his family also witnessed HMCS Montréal escort the cruise ship Queen Mary 2 out of Halifax Harbour. Montréal is providing the escort as part of Cunard Cruise Line’s celebration of the 175th anniversary of their first Atlantic Crossing.Commander Kristjan Monaghan, Commanding Officer of Montréal, said:The crew of HMCS Montréal was excited to show off our ship to Odin Camus and his family, and to help fulfill his dream of becoming Captain of HMCS Montréal.Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMCS Montréallast_img read more

Fire deaths on the rise in NJ: eight child victims since…

first_imgDear Editor:How many more families will have to suffer the loss of loved ones due to fire?Tragically, 37 lives have been lost since January, including eight innocent children, in 27 home fires that broke out in single and two-family homes, multi-family homes, townhomes and apartments across New Jersey.The most recent incident was a devastating fire that broke out in a multi-family home in Union City that injured dozens, including firefighters, and claimed the lives of five young children.Our hearts bleed for these families and their community. Nobody should have to suffer this kind of loss due to fire, especially when we have the technology to prevent large fire growth.Unfortunately, none of the homes impacted by deadly fires this year had fire sprinklers.Fire sprinklers are not required in smaller one and two-family residences in New Jersey, unlike about 20 other states in the nation. We are falling behind, which is unacceptable. The time for action is now.The sobering fact is, fire sprinkler systems could have changed the heart-wrenching outcome of the Union City fire and many others. Fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 80% and the extent of property damage by 70 percent. When the State legislature returns to session they will have an opportunity to consider a new bill, the “New Home Fire Safety Act,” (A3974 A. Quijano/S2539 T. Ruiz) that would help protect residents by requiring the installation of fire suppression systems in new single and two-family homes during construction.We encourage you to contact your local legislators and let them know that you support initiatives like the “New Home Fire Safety Act” and that New Jersey should join other states that have put fire safety in the forefront to protect their residents. David Kurasz,Executive DirectorThe New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB)last_img read more