Connect to share and comment

B.C. judge rules crooner Babe Coal's music isn't noise in court battle

VANCOUVER - Vancouver crooner Babe Coal is still singing the blues, even after winning a partial court battle over a local noise bylaw. The City of North Vancouver slapped the singer-songwriter, known in real life as Megan Regehr, with six bylaw notices for making a prohibited noise with equipment, specifically a 10-watt amplifier, at a civic plaza in the summer of 2012. Undeterred, Regehr took her next performance to the Supreme Court of B.C., where she launched two constitutional challenges of those rules.

Are noise machines hazardous to infants' hearing?

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If a so-called white noise machine is kept at full volume in a room with a sleeping baby, it may be potentially hazardous to the child's hearing, suggests a new study. The study cannot say exposure to the machines' noises is actually impairing children's hearing - just that the devices may be capable of creating sounds loud enough to cause hearing loss after prolonged exposure.

Are noise machines hazardous to infants' hearing?

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If a so-called white noise machine is kept at full volume in a room with a sleeping baby, it may be potentially hazardous to the child's hearing, suggests a new study. The study cannot say exposure to the machines' noises is actually impairing children's hearing - just that the devices may be capable of creating sounds loud enough to cause hearing loss after prolonged exposure.

China Exclusive: Festive noise annoys neighbors

SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Wu Xianzhou had to eventually call the police because firecrackers that were being set off by his neighbors kept him awake. "I felt dizzy all day long. Firecrackers woke me at 6 a.m. At 9 p.m., when I tried to sleep, another round of firecrackers went off," said Wu, who is in his 70s and lives in Xiangfuli Residential Community in the city of Tangshan in Hebei Province.

Aircraft noise linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise near busy international airports has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in two separate studies from Britain and the United States. Researchers in London studied data on noise and hospital admissions around London Heathrow airport while a separate team analyzed data for more than 6 million Americans living near 89 U.S. airports in 2009.

Shhhhhh! German parties appeal to voters' aversion to noise

By Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - "One in two Germans feels troubled by noise," Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) state in their election manifesto. "We want to change this". Germany already has some of the world's most stringent noise regulations and citizens only too eager to reprimand neighbors for loud children or taking out rubbish too early on a Sunday.

Noise and the city - Hong Kong's struggle for quiet

With its pounding construction sites and constant roar of traffic, Hong Kong is a cacophony of noise with experts and residents calling on authorities to keep a lid on the din for the sake of public health. In a densely-packed city with a shortage of housing, older buildings are frequently torn down and replaced as developers snap up prime real estate. On the roads the battle between buses, trams and cars is won by the piercing drone of continuous car horns.

Greying Japan complains of the noise of children

As Japan's population declines, intolerance of children and the noise they make is increasing in a society getting less accustomed to hearing them, childcare experts say. In a nation where convenience stores blare electronic greetings and political candidates shout through high-volume megaphones at train stations, day care centres are putting up sound barriers to muffle the din that toddlers make and sports clubs are restricting the times that youngsters can play outside to avoid upsetting the neighbours.

London pupils find novel way to beat aircraft noise

By Dasha Afanasieva LONDON (Reuters) - Pupils at a London school so close to Heathrow airport that it sometimes seems descending planes might land in the playground have found a novel way to fight the roar of jet engines. Hounslow Heath infants' school has erected four igloo-like adobe domes in its grounds, of a type normally used in earthquakes and emergency zones, to muffle the noise.
Syndicate content