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May Is National Electric Safety Month

"Almeda Hanger" (2019-10-10)

Fake electrical products often come from China and have not been tested to the level of safety that is required in the U.S. This is why you will often find them at a ridiculously low price. As with many other products, the old adage "you get what you pay for" definitely applies to electrical products. The CPSC has established relationships with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security and the Chinese government to stop the flow of these dangerous electrical products into the U.S. However, the CPSC has recalled more than a million counterfeit electrical products in the past few years. Although it is very difficult to determine if an electrical product is fake, as a consumer, you need to be extremely careful when purchasing products such as extension cords, power strips, lighting fixtures and the like. · Know your product packaging and labels. The Internet is a good resource for this. If you see any variation in the logo or the packaging, the product may be a fake. · Look for the product testing laboratories certification label, such as the UL Underwriters Laboratories.

· Be familiar with your source. So-called "dollar stores", flea markets, and online retailers are an excellent outlet for these fake products. · Knowledge is the key. Not all product recalls are big enough to hit the national news so you should register with the CPSC for their email alerts. They will notify you of all product recalls as they occur. · Report all defective product to the manufacturer, if possible, or the CPSC. Once you sign up for the product safety alerts from the CPSC, you will be amazed at the number of defective products that are recalled. One such example is the Halogen Light sold at Lowe's, manufactured in China and recalled on May 9, 2007. As luck would have it, there were no injuries reported with this product as of the date of the recall. Many consumers are not so fortunate. Personal injuries from defective products are all too common due to poor design, the manufacturing process or quality control.

WASHINGTON — Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, was grilled behind closed doors on Capitol Hill Friday over his assessment that the whistleblower complaint now at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry was credible. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement after committee members heard roughly seven hours of testimony. Trump and another Republicans have accused Schiff — without evidence — of orchestrating the complaint after it was reported that his aide was contacted by the whistleblower for consultation before the whistleblower filed the complaint within the intelligence community. The future whistleblower, a CIA officer, came to the committee after he had already filed a complaint with the CIA general counsel, and was concerned that the complaint was not being properly handled, Democratic committee aides said. Democratic committee aides told NBC News that what happened was rather routine, and no different from the two to three times a month an intelligence agency employee comes to them with concerns.

They said they did what they usually do in that situation: They instructed the future whistleblower to file a formal document with the inspector general, as called for in the law. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member on the Intelligence panel, declined several times to speak to reporters about Atkinson's testimony. Atkinson also declined to answer questions from reporters. This marked the first time Atkinson had testified before the committee since last week’s public release of the whistleblower complaint, which focuses on Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Atkinson briefed the committee behind closed doors earlier last month about the complaint, but didn't reveal details about its substance at the time, NBC News reported. Upon emerging from Friday's deposition, Illinois Democratic Reps. Mike Quigley and Raja Krishnamoorthi said they found Atkinson's testimony useful. The congressman said Atkinson's testimony "reinforces" what lawmakers had learned about a July phone call between call between Trump and Zelenskiy. In the call, Trump asked the Ukrainian president to help investigate the Biden family's business dealings as well as matters related to the 2016 election, according to a detailed record released by the White House. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either of the Bidens. The whistleblower's complaint alleges that White House officials tried to "lock down" all records of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy because they were so concerned about what Trump said during the conversation. The whistleblower, whose name and gender has not been released, lodged the complaint out of a stated belief that Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 election. Atkinson had deemed the complaint an "urgent concern" that he was required by law to provide to the congressional intelligence committees. But acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire refused to do so on the advice of the Justice Department, resulting in a standoff with Congress that ultimately resulted in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backing the formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.

The Mobile World Congress 2010 (World 3GSM Congress) finally ended on Feb 18th, 2010 (local time at Barcelona). In this exciting world event, mobile device manufacturers and communication service providers tried their best to bring their cutting edge, brand new products and technologies to this show. As always, surprise hits cropped up frequently in these five days, now follow us and have a look at the devices and technologies that incorporated the top ten surprise hits of this congress. As the owner of NetFront Explorer, ACCESS brought us not only their brand new explorer, but also showed us an ELSE INTUITION platform at this congress. This platform is developed based on the ACCESS Linux Platform v3.0 version and its interface comes with a strong sense of high tech which brings revolutionary improvements to operating experience of mobile phones. The Vodafone150 and Vodafone250 released at MWC2010 are super-low end phones which come with support for only quad band network, inbuilt alarm & games, as well as ringtones.