If you have ever purchased something and needed to return it, you have exercised your consumer’s rights. These rights have not always been something that was easily defined or enforced. The organization Consumers International has been bringing awareness to these rights with World Consumer Rights Day.
History of World Consumer Rights Day
Consumers International was founded in 1960 with the goal to fight for a fair, safe and sustainable future for consumers in a global market dominated by international corporations. Citing President John F. Kennedy’s groundbreaking address to Congress, they take his definition of consumer rights as their definition. It is also agreed that the President’s remarks set the ball in motion to make these rights something more than just words on paper, but rights that would come to be something enforceable.
World Consumer Rights Day originated in 1983 to mobilize citizen action. Citizen action groups have been a large part of bringing change into the marketplace. They have lobbied for safer products and protections from harmful practices and products. Over time, the consumer movement has worked to write what is now regarded as the 8 basic consumer rights. These rights include ideas such as the right to safety, the right to satisfaction of basic needs, the right to redress and the right to be informed.
Consumers International has over 200 members and spans 100 countries. They take their mission of being a voice and champion for consumers in policy-making forums and in the global marketplace. They work outside of any political parties and maintains their independence so that they can make sure that consumers are treated properly.
Joke of the Day
THE COMPLETE EXAMINATION
As the doctor completed an examination of the patient, he said, ”I can’t find a cause for your complaint. Frankly, I think it’s due to drinking.”
”In that case,” said the patient, ”I’ll come back when you’re sober”
Word of the Day
noun: A state of ostracism.
After Coventry, a city in central England. It’s unclear how Coventry developed this sense. One conjecture is that Royalist prisoners were sent there during the English Civil War. Earliest documented use: 1691.
“When I was about twelve, all the girls at school stopped talking to me … I arrived at school and gradually realized that I had been sent to Coventry. It made me miserable, so upset.”
Rowan Coleman; The Day We Met; Ballantine; 2015.
Idiom of the Day
What does ‘At a stretch’ mean?
If you work for a period of time, like ten hours, at a stretch, you work without breaks or interruptions.
If You Were Born Today, March 15
You possess much personal magnetism and inner strength. Often you are drawn to the more challenging of any chosen paths, and you have a strong sense of responsibility. Success comes to you through hard work, as well as a personality that is sweetly persuasive and very likeable. It’s important for you that others see you in a favorable light, and you are helpful and thoughtful not only with the people close to you but also with strangers. Famous people born today:
270 Saint Nicholas [Nikolaos of Myra], Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, born in Patara, Asia Minor (d. 343)
1912 Lightnin’ [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)
(Not So) Totally Useless Facts of The Day:
What do the city of San Francisco and Disney World in Orlando have in common? They are roughly the same size, approximately 40 square miles.
Yes, it’s real. On April 9, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mario Anastasov was crowned the first ever USARPS (USA Rock Paper Scissors) League champion.
Sloths are even slow at digesting food. The full digestion process of a sloth takes up to two weeks.
On this day, the Lerner and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway.
Composer Frederick Loewe, left, and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, right.
March 16, 1969 –
The musical 1776 opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway. The musical focused on the signing of the Declaration of Independence and included historical figures such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Ron Holgate, who played Richard Henry Lee) and Best Direction of a Musical (Peter Hunt). William Daniels, who starred as John Adams, was ruled ineligible for the Best Actor nomination because his name was not billed above the title. He was nominated for Best Featured Actor, but refused the nomination. The play was adapted into a film of the same name which was released in 1972. Many of the actors from the Broadway cast, including Daniels, also appeared in the film. The original Broadway production closed on Feb 13, 1972, after 1,217 performances.
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent
Pictures of the Day
Cockroaches are often found around garbage and in the kitchen. Female cockroaches, or henroaches, are sometimes seen carrying egg cases on the end of their abdomen. The eggs hatch from the combined pressure of the hatchlings gulping air and are initially bright white nymphs that continue inflating themselves with air and harden and darken within about 4 hours. Their transient white stage while hatching and later while molting has led to many individuals claiming to have seen albino cockroaches. The world’s largest cockroach is the Australian giant burrowing cockroach, which can grow to 90 mm in length and weigh more than 30 grams.
A woman in the small fishing village of Phan Rang in southern Vietnam is making a traditional fishing net. Handmade fishing nets are typically manufactured by women while the men are responsible for catching fish.