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Family Filed Complaint Against Removal Company

A family from Mulbarton decided to take their case against a removal company to the property ombudsman. This is after the company declined their request for compensation due to the belongings they have damaged while on the move. In Australia, if the fault lies in the furniture removalists in Sydney then they are liable to pay for compensation.

Heidi Franklin and her husband bought a new build home located in Mulbarton. They decided to move on December 15 along with their two children, 10 year old twins. They contracted Hamiltons Removals to help them move for a day.

The family did not take up additional insurance during the move. Unfortunately, there were damages on their flat screen TV, dining room table as well as lounge chair while on transit. The removal company offered to pay them £400 for the items as a sign of good will.

Mrs. Franklin who is 43 years old said that two days prior to the move, a company representative went to their old house to check the amount of belongings they have. On the day of the actual move, Hamiltons brought boxes that are not enough for all their belongings. They ended up stocking all their clothes inside their car and her husband has to return not just once but twice using his van.

Once the packing of the boxes was done, she said there was a huge thump coming from the movers. She went downstairs to check if someone got hurt while packing but she saw that one of the movers damaged the dining room table with a metal plate.

Mrs. Franklin said that boxes left scuff on the walls, there was damaged on the lounge chair and one of their TV now has a hole because a screw punch through it while stacking. She said that the damage is approximately £2,795.

The sales director of Hamiltons, Tony Smith, said that they tried to settle with a 55pc return but only as a sign of goodwill since they do not have insurance.

The family has now decided that they will take the case to the property ombudsman. It is a reminder to all clients of furniture removalists in Sydney to take up insurance to make sure their belongings are covered during the move.

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San Francisco Looking To Open The US’s First Heroin Injection Sites

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has recently decided to endorse a recommendation made by a government-created task force. The recommendation in question is for the opening of the US’s first government-backed, safe injection sites, aimed at fighting back against the opioid epidemic that has struck the country.

These facilities provide a safe, controlled and professionally monitored space where people can consume drugs like fentanyl or heroin, under proper supervision of medical staff able to respond in case of an overdose or any other similar medical emergency. The facility also provides counseling, support and referrals to other needed social and health services, allowing users to get in touch with a Southern California Rehab facility, should they so desire.

The controversial facilities have drawn some flak, but with the state of affairs regarding the opioid epidemic, which has lead to a staggering number of overdose deaths in the US, Mayor Mark Farrell, San Francisco, says that they are needed. He said that he understands the issues a lot of people might have with the idea, and why some don’t support it, but he expresses the need to try this out as a solution to the current issue.

The US saw drug overdose deaths in 2016 pass 63,000, more than the number of casualties in the Vietnam War, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current data shows that if the current situation does not change, more than half a million Americans will die from overdoes within the next decade, which will surpass the casualties of World War II.

San Fran has an estimated 22,000 intravenous drug users, a large number of which openly take drugs in public areas in the city, with 100 people dying of drug overdose, according to a report from the San Francisco Safe Injection Services Task Force.

San Francisco plans to open the first two of these facilities by the beginning of its fiscal year, in July.

With regard to the sites, over 100 peer reviews of them have shown that they are pretty effective at reducing overdose deaths, as well as preventing the spread of intravenously acquired diseases like HIV and viral hepatitis.

State Director Laura Thomas, Drug Policy Alliance, says that she is excited for the opening of these facilities, an issue she’s been working on for a decade.

Whilst other US cities like Seattle and Baltimore are working on opening safe injection sites in order to work on the opioid epidemic, San Francisco is the first to actually open one.

San Francisco residents have expressed support of the idea, with David Binder Research data with their sample size of 500 having 67% of their respondents backing the idea, with 27% opposing it, with an additional 6% not aware of the idea.

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