signal event

signal event

Public health An event, usually man-made, in which there is a tremendous 'signal,' often in the form of a 'disaster,' eg Love Canal or the Libby Zion case, which engenders multiple 'ripple' effects of legislation and 'landmark' legal cases, due in part to a popular outcry against prevailing policies that were inadequate or incapable of addressing the event. See Libby Zion, Love canal, Sentinel event.
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Diversity in exhibits and design covering every type of home and office furniture and decor is sure to make the 35th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) a signal event with its theme of "Furniture for Everyone.
He also called himself "the Arab Slayer" The signal event in his life, he claimed, was Sept.
Health care is on everyone's mind, and the launching of Montana's Health Insurance Marketplace is a signal event.
ALL EYES ARE ON BOSTON--just a few short weeks until NAA conies together again to celebrate the signal event of the year for our apartment industry.
Meaney conclusively demonstrates that the Great War had a long and lasting effect on Australian policy and his argument that the plebiscites on conscription were "a signal event in the history of Australia's relations with the world" (p.
Although Ferrer had not been invited to participate in that signal event, he was permitted, in a last-minute compromise, to cover the flights of stairs leading to the exhibition with leaves.
We look forward to another successful year of participation at this signal event,' he added.
The hypothesis we're testing is that binding of cell surface receptors to asbestos fibers triggers a signal event, which initiates the cancer.
Perhaps the signal event of Obama's overseas trip will be a forthcoming speech before tens of thousands in Germany later this week.
The expropriation of the oil company Yukos, valued at $100 billion, was the signal event, and was followed by rising corruption.
The signal event marking the start of the school year, the dance is the only one of its kind during the course of the year in which members of all classes, from freshman to seniors, may participate together.
This double kerbstone of a biography is a signal event in English musical theatre publishing, and the author is to be thanked for bringing so many peripheral figures into sharp focus, though the lack of an index, despite his apologium, markedly reduces his works usefulness: 'it's not a reference book,' he insists, 'as so many of my other works are, it's a read'.