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12 troy ounces and is primarily used to weigh precious metals and gemstones.
The Tower pound, the merchant’s pound and the London pound are
all now obsolete. The Imperial Standard Pound is defined as having a mass
of 0.45359237 kilograms, which matches the definition of the international
pound. The avoirdupois pound is based on a pound of 16 ounces or 7,000
grains and is equal to 453.59 grams, used in the U.S. to weigh everything
except gems, precious metals and drugs. It means “goods of weight” in
French and came into usage in the 15th century.
Speaking of heft, Reuters reported in 2011 that “two workers at a reptile
park near Sydney were all shook up on Wednesday, running for their lives
when a 500 kg crocodile named Elvis suddenly lunged at them, making off
with their lawnmower”. As the operations manager described: “Elvis is quite
a dangerous croc, he’s a real firecracker … He came flying out and before
we knew it he had the mower in his mouth and he’s taken it back into the
water, dropping a couple of teeth in the process.”
And then what did you observe, officer? “Officers originally thought the victim
had died of natural causes because of recent keyhole surgery to his
chest, but it later emerged that he had been shot six times at close range.”
Erin L. Frew was recently reappointed as a member and the vice-chair of
the Property Assessment Appeal Board until July 21, 2024.
Donna M. Turko, Q.C., was appointed as a director of the Legal Services
Society for a term ending April 15, 2022.
Kasari Govender, the executive director of West Coast LEAF, has been
appointed as B.C.’s human rights commissioner. She starts in September.
A grieving widow in York recently spoke fondly of her husband, a pest controller,
who died while attending to a wasp nest: “He was the kindest man
and would not harm a fly.”
The term “fireworks” is defined in B.C.’s Fireworks Act as including “cannon
crackers, fireballs, firecrackers, mines, Roman candles, skyrockets, squibs,
torpedoes and any other explosive designated as a firework by regulation”.
In 2005 the U.S. Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms
Act, which restricts lawsuits against the manufacturers and vendors of