TORONTO – The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says the company has yet to respond to a comprehensive proposal put forward on the weekend.Unifor spokesman Mike Van Boekel says he expects it will take General Motors of Canada, which owns the plant, about a day to analyze the costs of the proposal.He wouldn’t discuss what’s in the formal proposal, put forward about a week after employees went on strike on Sept. 17.However, the union has said it wants the company to designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox sport utility vehicle — currently the only product built at the plant.Job security has become more of an issue for the union since GM shifted production of its Terrain SUV from the CAMI plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.A General Motors spokeswoman acknowledged in an email that the company is engaged in discussions with Unifor but provided no detailed response to its proposal.“We’re expecting an answer sometime today,” Van Boekel, who is chair of the CAMI unit at Unifor Local 88, said Monday morning.A GM plant in St. Catharines, Ont., one of the Ingersoll plant’s parts suppliers, has laid off some workers because of the CAMI strike.“Only a portion of the (St. Catharines) plant is impacted and we are working to minimize the impact,” GM spokeswoman Jennifer Wright said in an email.Unifor announced last week that it had been told at least 255 of the 350 union workers at the St. Catharines plant would be laid off starting Monday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the strike began Aug. 17.
DETROIT – Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles.Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, artificial intelligence, larger viewing screens that show more of the road, cameras that can read speed limit signs, and systems that slow cars ahead of curves and construction zones.Many of the new features repurpose cameras and radar that already are in cars for automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and other safety devices. The companies also are keeping a closer watch on drivers to make sure they’re paying attention.On Monday, Arizona’s governor suspended Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing privileges after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian last week. But auto engineers and industry analysts still say roads will become safer as more vehicles get automated features that either assist or replace human drivers. The government says 94 per cent of crashes are caused by human error.The cutting-edge devices usually come out first in more expensive vehicles, but go to mainstream vehicles as costs fall.Here are five new safety devices that are showing up in vehicles:STAY FOCUSED: A company called NVIDIA is using artificial intelligence and cameras to sense where a driver is looking and focus sensors everywhere else. If a pedestrian or another vehicle appears where the driver isn’t looking, the system will intervene, either sounding a warning or by stopping the car from moving, says Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive business for the Santa Clara, California, company. “Before we get to full automation, if the driver is still in control and responsible, we want to know when we should provide alerts and when we should not,” Shapiro says. NVIDIA has a contract with Volkswagen to deploy the system in the next two years. Other automakers are likely to follow.LOOKING BACKWARD: When a driver activates a turn signal, an 8-inch screen behind the steering wheel on Hyundai’s new Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle shows everything on that side of the car plus what’s directly behind it. The system uses existing cameras to let drivers see without turning their heads. “The information we can offer from a camera may be better than a live look over the shoulder,” says Cason Grover, senior manager of vehicle technology planning for Hyundai. Other cars have similar technology but most don’t have as wide of a view.SEEING SIGNS: Mercedes’ new S-Class cars have advanced navigation and global mapping, and cameras that read speed limit signs. These enable the car’s computers to warn drivers of the speed limit or keep them from exceeding it. The system also recognizes upcoming construction zones, curves or roundabouts, and can slow the car ahead of when a driver would. Volvo has a similar system that reads speed signs, including those in school zones.LASER GUIDED: Smaller versions of those spinning 360-degree mechanical laser sensors that sit atop self-driving cars are coming to mainstream vehicles. The lasers, called Lidar for Light Detection and Ranging, can see far-off objects in the dark, in bad weather, and in great detail. Audi plans to introduce a front-facing laser in the grille of the A8 sedan this fall as part of a limited self-driving system that takes control of the vehicle in freeway traffic jams below 37 miles per hour (60 kilometres per hour). Spokesman Mark Dahncke says Audi is still working to consolidate Lidar with radar and cameras as it steps from human control to limited automated driving.Audi’s system is the first step toward more widespread use of Lidar. Parts supplier Continental is working on a fully electronic version for an unspecified automaker that can see smaller objects such as bicycles and pedestrians in three dimensions, 200 metres (656 feet) ahead. Currently Continental sells a Lidar system that spots only vehicles and can see only 10 metres (33 feet) forward. The longer-range system integrated into the car’s body is the missing link in the march toward autonomous vehicles, says Arnaud Lagandré, a Continental vice-president. “You can see through fog, you can see through rain, you can see through the water splash from the car in front of you.”TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING: For more than a year, some Audi A4 cars and Q7 SUVs in Las Vegas have been linked to traffic light computers. They get a dashboard countdown telling them when lights will change. This can prevent drivers from running lights and can let them time their travel to avoid stopping. It’s the forerunner to vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will keep cars moving and could warn drivers that a car is about to run a red light. Audi is testing in several other cities. About 600 city traffic lights in Washington, D.C., were just added.
Kolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre on Monday sounded heat wave alert for the Western districts of the state for the next couple of days.Apart from the Western districts, hot and humid conditions will prevail in various South Bengal districts as the mercury is set to rise in the coming days. Scattered rainfall is likely in some parts of South Bengal but such drizzles will not bring any considerable respite from the heat. Districts such as Nadia, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah will witness high temperature. High humidity along with heat will add to the discomfort in the weather. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 35 to 37 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours. RealFeel, which is a measure of the effect of the weather on the human skin, may be slightly higher due to high-level of humidity in the air. According to a senior official of the MeT office, the humidity may shoot up further in all the South Bengal districts. A heat wave situation will prevail in the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, West Burdwan, East Burdwan, West Midanpore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The temperature in these districts may touch 42 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”A high-humidity level coupled with soaring temperature will affect the lives of residents in South Bengal districts. However, there will be a drop in the temperature during night in the city. There is a possibility of occasional thundershower in the next few days in North Bengal districts,” a weather official said. The official further said: “There will be an intense heat spell in all the Western districts for at least two days. The situation is likely to improve during the weekend. There is a possibility of scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal during the evening. However, the rain will not continue for a long time.” Many of the roadside eateries in Esplanade downed their shutters on Monday afternoon due to the scorching heat. People stood in queues to have Lassi and fruit juices to keep themselves hydrated. Swapan Mondal, who runs a roadside food stall in Esplanade, said: “I decided to close the stall on Sunday due to the elections. But unlike other vendors I decided to open the stall on Monday braving the heat because I need to provide for my family and can’t afford to remain shut for two days,” Mondal said.
Agadir- Ibtissam, the young Moroccan girl known as “Sina”, was arrested in Agadir on Tuesday for prostitution charges and drug possession.Sina was caught in possession of drugs, according to police sources.Author of a controversial video clip posted on YouTube, “Sinaa” has recently built a notorious household name. According to police sources, the security forces broke into one of the furnished apartments in Agadir where Sinaa was immediately arrested.“Sina” will appear before the General Prosecutor in the coming days.“Sina” has created a sensation in recent weeks after the publication of a video posted on YouTube, where the girl appears singing in a suggestive way that was considered by many as “indecent.” The video, which went viral on YouTube and had reached more than a million viewers in less than a week, had sparked the wrath of a broad proportion of the Moroccan public opinion.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed
Rabat – According to El Norte de Castilla, the province of Segovia, northwest of Madrid will offer 268 contract to Moroccan seasonal farmers, who have moved to Spainfor the harvest season.The news outlet reported that the number of Moroccan seasonal workers in Spain reached 20,000, representing an increase of 35 compared to last year.The news outlet added that the workers started arriving in Spain for the campaign in February. The recruitment of Moroccan seasonal workers comes amid sexual assault allegations filed by some farmers in Huelva. The allegations date back to 2018, when a group of Moroccan female seasonal workers filed complaints against managers for allegedsexual abuse in Huelva, Spain.In May, the Provincial Court of Huelva ordered the reopening of the case after closing in it December 2018, without the judge hearing the testimonies of the complainants.In a new documentary aired on Salvados, Moroccan women who worked as seasonal migrants described the conditions they work in. In the interviews, Moroccan women condemned overcrowded living conditions, sexual abuse, and long, irregular hours. In response to the complaints, Morocco’s Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad and Immigration Affairs signed an agreement to monitor the situation of the Moroccan farmers in Spain.The agreement put in place a joint commission with Spanish authorities to organize visits to the Spanish farms to examine working conditions.
Michael Churey and Mark BittorfA team from Brock’s Faculty of Business has made it to the national finals of the Nicol Competition.Mark Bittorf and Michael Churey are one of six pairs who will present at the business plan competition in Ottawa on March 27 and 28. Their venture, “Conquer Climbing,” won the first round at Brock, which brought a prize of $5,000.The six finalist teams are from Acadia, Brock, Carleton, Manitoba, St. Francis Xavier and Wilfrid Laurier.Last year, Brock students Marty Verhey and Nico Verhoef won the Nicol Award of Canada.
The leader of an Indigenous group that hopes to someday own a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline is encouraged that the Supreme Court of Canada’s rejection of an appeal by the anti-project City of Burnaby inches the expansion closer to construction.“I have the feeling, at the end of the day, it’s going to clear all the hurdles that remain of a legal nature and so I’m happy at this ruling,” said Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey.Canada’s top court announced Thursday it has dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby in British Columbia, which had asked it last spring to consider overturning a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That clears a significant hurdle for the pipeline, though it still faces a legal challenge from First Nations groups.When the federal government agreed in May to buy the pipeline that spans from Alberta to the B.C. coast and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., it signalled that it didn’t intend to own it for the long term and would sell it as soon as possible.Trans Mountain pipeline construction has been delayed, resource minister says, but project moving forwardSupreme Court to decide on hearing Burnaby’s case against Trans Mountain pipelineAs costs rise and pipe arrives, Ottawa insists Trans Mountain project is on trackAlthough many B.C. First Nations oppose the pipeline — and several are parties to a Federal Court of Appeal challenge of Ottawa’s project approval in 2016 — 43 First Nations have signed benefit agreements, Crey pointed out.“There is growing interest on the part of Indigenous people to take out a stake in the pipeline,” he said.“They (may) have the option of buying shares, of course, but my impression from the leadership I’ve talked to in Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., is they want a substantial interest in the pipeline.”The City of Burnaby and environmental groups vowed to continue to fight the pipeline despite the setback.“Burnaby is not going away. We intend to continue to oppose this project with all legal means available to us, and will be continuing with our other legal challenges,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan in a statement that listed three pending court challenges and an NEB proceeding.“We’re disappointed by today’s decision as what we are seeing is the federal government railroading over municipalities just trying to protect the health and safety of their citizens,” said Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema.He said the project still faces significant delays and court challenges, as well as growing resistance on the ground.The federal and Alberta governments welcomed the Supreme Court dismissal.A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government stands by its decision to buy the pipeline, noting it is needed because it will provide access to new markets for Canadian crude and create new jobs.“We have taken an approach to resource development that will grow our economy and protect the environment. These priorities go hand-in-hand,” said Emerson Vandenberg in an email.The Alberta government is “batting a thousand” when it comes to fighting for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Premier Rachel Notley said Thursday on social media, noting the courts have made 17 straight rulings in favour of Trans Mountain.“When the City of Burnaby tried to block the Trans Mountain pipeline in court, we intervened — and we won in court and we won again today,” she said.Alberta has pledged to spend up to $2 billion, if needed, to keep the project going.In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it was “pleased” with the Supreme Court decision.If the federal government succeeds in closing the deal to buy the pipeline, it faces remaining expansion construction costs estimated at $6.3 billion ($1.1 billion has already been spent), although a recent report from Kinder Morgan suggested those costs could rise by as much as $1.9 billion under certain scenarios.The government probably won’t try to sell the pipeline until the expansion is finished because it will be worth more when legal and construction risks are eliminated, said Richard Masson, executive fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.“My guess is the federal government will set up a company to own the pipeline,” he said.“Once it’s up and running and the risks are much lower, they would say, ’OK, now we’re going to consider either selling it to another company like Enbridge or TransCanada or we’re going to do an initial public offering of the shares.”’The NEB ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws regarding plan approvals and tree-cutting permits during construction in the Burnaby area for the expansion, which is to triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton area and the port. Kinder Morgan had complained of unreasonable delays by Burnaby in issuing the permits.Earlier this week, protesters outside a cabinet retreat in Nanaimo, B.C., accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of fiddling “while B.C. burns,” referring to the province’s raging wildfires that some have attributed to climate change.The cabinet met with B.C.’s NDP premier, John Horgan, who reiterated his government’s staunch opposition to the pipeline expansion project, which he said would result in a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast and, thus, increase the chances of a “catastrophic spill.”
Sources indicated that assumption was wide of the mark, with the couple said to have chosen an unknown number of friends on either side. Unlike the christenings of the three Cambridge children, members of the press will not be invited to capture the arrival of guests on behalf of the public, meaning that the party of around 25 people could remain a secret. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously faced criticism for their refusal to make Archie’s birth certificate available through the palace.The document, which eventually became a public document in line with all others in the UK, showed that Archie was born in the private Portland hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will keep the identity of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s godparents a secret, it has emerged, as they confirm his private christening service will go ahead on Saturday. The couple, whose son will be baptised exactly two months from his birth, have insisted that the names of his godparents will remain hidden “in keeping with their wishes”. The decision is a marked departure from traditional royal christenings, which have generally seen the palace announce limited details for the public historic record including the names of the family and friends entrusted with the infant’s spiritual wellbeing. A spokesman for the Sussexes said that they “look forward” to sharing select photographs, taken on the day by personal photographer Chris Allerton, afterwards. The announcement inspired speculation that a celebrity or public figure may be involved in the ceremony, as well as senior members of the Royal Family. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.”The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”The pictures will be taken by the same photograph selected to capture Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception and a behind-the-scenes shot of Archie with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Doria Ragland in May. Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and get royal news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday. The Cambridge family on their way to Prince Louis’ christeningCredit:PA Archie Mountbatten-WindsorCredit:Instagram
THE DECISION ON the man to lead Ireland through, and beyond, the November Tests may rest on a Tuesday morning training session.Most roads appear to be leading to the door of Paul O’Connell. The Munster lock may be bestowed the honour of once again leading his country if he proves his fitness after being held back, this week, by a calf strain.Ireland coach Joe Schmidt confirmed yesterday that all will be revealed on Tuesday… or Thursday. If O’Connell is fighting fit, he should get the nod. If he is held in reserve for the Australia and New Zealand tests, Peter O’Mahony or Rory Best may be asked to hold the fort against Samoa. Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip, the other candidates, have trained fully all week.Gordon D’Arcy does not believe any disruption has been caused by the delay in publicly naming the man to lead the team out against a trio of southern hemisphere opponents.“There’s a good core, leadership group,” he told TheScore.ie. ”Without naming names, everybody here could be pretty sure that it will be one of five guys. Everybody up in the room realises it is going to be one of the five guys. Luke Marshall looked a natural on his Ireland debut, against Scotland, and Stuart Olding came in for his debut at inside centre over the summer. D’Arcy’s defensive contribution is his trump card but Marshall is an enticing gamble and one who, in recent weeks, hit provincial form at the right time. The elder statesman explains that direct competition between himself and Marshall has not been forthcoming this week but adds that both a training ‘very, very well’.He commented, “Watching his performances for Ulster, he’s been very good; doing all the things he’s meant to do. He’s a big, solid lad, carries the ball well and he’s been in good form for Ulster.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Jonny Sexton flying back to France for Racing Metro duty Whoever it is, it’s irrelevant to everyone else as the core group is already there. That will be crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. It doesn’t make a massive difference.”D’Arcy is happy for the debate to rage away from Ireland’s training camp while players try to impress, and learn new plays under, a new coaching ticket. The Wexford native is a 73-cap veteran and training under a coach, in Schmidt, who trusted him for just about every big game he ever lead Leinster into. And yet there are now genuine challengers for the 12 jersey.
When Apple announced the new iOS 7 at WWDC earlier this week, the company showed off radically redesigned mobile operating system. Gone are the skeuomorphic textures that Apple held so dear for the life of its iPhone. Apple showed off a number of new features coming to the OS, but one you may have missed is actually one of the operating system’s prettiest — dynamic, panoramic wallpapers.The new mobile OS will allow you to set your phone’s wallpaper to a panoramic image in your Camera Roll, but you may be wondering how a vertical rectangle of a phone can display a panoramic image. Through use of the iPhone’s gyroscope, if you spin around with your phone, the background will scroll through the panoramic image. It’s quite attractive. Check out the wallpaper in action, and a tutorial on how to set it up…The new feature looks lovely, and gives your standard, now-boring wallpaper a classy upgrade. Here it is in action again, thanks to a Vine from Jeff Shin.While the new effect will surely provide some class — or inappropriate humor, which some of us may already planning — to our iPhone’s wallpaper, we shudder in fear to think of what this feature might do to battery life. Apple’s iOS 7 will likely drop sometime during fall of this year, which is when the next iPhone is expected.
Gaz à effet de serre : les émissions européennes ont chuté de 7% avec la criseEurope – Selon un récent rapport de l’Agence européenne pour l’environnement (AEE), la crise économique aurait engendré une chute de près de 7% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en 2009, au sein de l’Union européenne. L’UE s’approche ainsi de l’objectif qu’elle s’est fixé pour 2020.”Sur la base de ces estimations, les émissions des 27 membres de l’UE sont inférieures de 17,3% à leur niveau de 1990 et donc très proches de l’objectif de l’Union de réduire ses émissions de 20% d’ici 2020″, souligne l’AEE dans un communiqué.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ansC’est la diminution de la consommation de charbon qui est en majeure partie responsable de cette chute des émissions polluantes. Cette consommation a en effet baissé de 12,7% en 2009 par rapport à 2008, tandis que toutes énergies fossiles confondues (charbon, pétrole, gaz naturel), c’est une chute de 5,5% qui a été enregistrée.L’AEE note donc qu’une reprise de l’activité économique en 2010 pourrait “provoquer des émissions plus élevées en 2010 en comparaison à 2009, ou au moins une réduction moins rapide”.Formée en 2004, l’Union européenne à 27 n’a pas d’objectif de réduction des émissions de CO2 dans le cadre du protocole de Kyoto. Ce dernier a été signé lorsque l’UE ne comptait encore que quinze membres. Toutefois, les États membres se sont engagés suite au sommet de Copenhague à réduire leurs émissions de 20% d’ici 2020, et ce par rapport à 1990.Le 14 septembre 2010 à 08:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
McALLEN, Texas — Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Trump, visiting McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande to highlight what he says is a crisis of drugs and crime, said that “if for any reason we don’t get this going” — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — “I will declare a national emergency.”Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington was close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. Those markers — along with growing effects to national parks, food inspections and the economy overall — left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump’s demands.Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly “for people that have family members that have been killed” by criminals who came over the border.Trump was consulting with White House attorneys and allies about using presidential emergency powers to take unilateral action to construct the wall over the objections of Congress. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny “100 percent.”
A website and help line that provide a one-stop shop of Clark County senior-related services went live Tuesday.MyEncoreYears.org, developed by Leadership Clark County and backed by five other organizations, is a clearinghouse of local resources, from assisted living options to dog walking services, for residents 50 and older. The site also offers a toll-free help line, 888-637-6060, through the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disability.The remote resource center is the result of a volunteer project by Leadership Clark County and input and assistance from local seniors and the Clark County Aging Readiness Task Force.“The intent of the website was just to be a portal,” said John Vanderkin, a local business owner who served on Leadership Clark County’s 2011 Changing Demographics Project team. “It allows people to go to the website and not be overwhelmed. It’ll take them to most resources they need. If they can’t get it on the website, one phone call to SWAAD will help direct them, as well.”The clearinghouse was identified as a community need during a Feb. 16 roundtable meeting between the six-member Changing Demographics Project team and local seniors and task force members who already had been doing research on ways to better serve the county’s growing aging community. By 2025, one-fourth of Clark County residents are projected to be age 60 or older, according to the Washington Office of Financial Management.“We have so many organizations with elder services,” said Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, who initiated the aging task force. “Nobody ever put them together before this.”
Hyderabad: Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi, while addressing the IPS probationers, described them as young achievers and nation builders. He congratulated them for choosing to dedicate their lives to serve the nation. The Chief Justice was delivering the 33rd Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Lecture on the topic “Rule of Law in Modern Democracy” at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNA) here. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He recalled the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in making the Indian civil services as strong steel frame in Independent India. The Chief Justice explained that the true meaning of the democratic system. It constituted legal equanimity, political freedom and governance by the rule of law. He distinguished rule of law from rule of man and asserted that the rule of law has emerged now as the soul of modern democratic nations. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He also cautioned that the rule of law need not necessarily be intertwined with the policy of the government and judicial review became the cornerstone of the rule of law. The Chief Justice raised the issue of fairness in discharging duties and drew distinction between institutional fairness and fairness in the individual functioning. He expected all the probationers to take all necessary steps to exercise their legitimate powers in fair and reasonable manner. Advertise With Us Abhay, Director, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, said a stable political order required three features – a strong State, rule of law and democratic institutions of Accountability. Hence, for these young IPS officers on the verge of taking their careers, there cannot be a more apt topic than the one selected by the honourable CJI. The programme was attended by Justice Raghavendra Chauhan, the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, and all the Judges of Telangana High Court and all the Registrars, Mohammad Mahmood Ali, Minister of Home, M Mahendar Reddy, DGP, Telangana, Director General of Police, D Gautam Sawang, DGP, Andhra Pradesh, Aruna M Bahuguna, IPS (Retd) and former Director of the Academy and other distinguished guests from various services. The memorial lecture was attended by 156 IPS probationers of 2018 batch undergoing phase-I training, including 15 foreign officer trainees from Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives and also 103 probationers of 2017 batch undergoing phase-II training.
In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 photo,Jock Riggins looks over the fresh fruits and vegetables on the Fresh Stop bus, a mobile market, in Eatonville, Fla. The Fresh Stop brings fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with no supermarkets. The nations largest grocery chains have built new supermarkets in only a fraction of the neighborhoods where theyre needed most, according to an analysis of federal food stamp data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux)EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they’re far short.Moreover, an analysis of federal food stamp data by The Associated Press reveals that the nation’s largest chains — not just the handful involved in the first lady’s group — have since built new supermarkets in only a fraction of the neighborhoods where they’re needed most.The Partnership for a Healthier America, which also promotes good nutrition and exercise in its anti-obesity mission, considers improving access to fresh food a key part of the solution. But the AP’s research demonstrates that major grocers overwhelmingly avoid America’s food deserts instead of trying to turn a profit in high-poverty areas.Among the AP’s findings:— The nation’s top 75 food retailers opened almost 10,300 stores in new locations from 2011 to the first quarter of 2015, 2,434 of which were grocery stores. Take away convenience stores and “dollar stores,” which generally don’t sell fresh fruits, vegetables or meat, and barely more than 250 of the new supermarkets were in so-called food deserts, or neighborhoods without stores that offer fresh produce and meats.— As the largest supermarket chains have been slow to build in food deserts, dollar stores have multiplied rapidly. Three chains — Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree — made up two-thirds of new stores in food deserts. And the dollar store sector is consolidating: Dollar Tree merged with Family Dollar this year, creating the largest dollar-store chain in the nation and, in the process, less competition and less incentive to diversify what these stores offer.— Excluding dollar stores and 7-Elevens, just 1.4 million of the more than 18 million people the USDA says lived in food deserts as of 2010 got a new supermarket in the past four years.In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 photo, the side of the Fresh Stop mobile market bus is seen during a stop in Eatonville, Fla. The Fresh Stop brings fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with no supermarkets. The nations largest grocery chains have built new supermarkets in only a fraction of the neighborhoods where theyre needed most, according to an analysis of federal food stamp data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux)On top of all that, it’s difficult to say how many more people live in newer food deserts created by recent store closures.Viola Hill used to walk several times a week to a Schnucks supermarket a block away from her apartment in her struggling north St. Louis neighborhood, until that store shuttered last year. Now, she can get to a supermarket only once a month, when she pays a friend $10 to drive her to one several miles away.“I have to get enough food to last me a whole month,” said Hill, a retiree who likes to cook chicken and green beans. “It hurt us really badly when they closed because we depended on the Schnucks for medication and my food there. It was a lot of people hurt, not just me.”Schnucks officials said they were losing money on the store, which now sits boarded up with weeds growing in its parking lot.The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers a neighborhood a food desert if at least a fifth of the residents live in poverty and a third live more than a mile from a supermarket in urban areas, or more than 10 miles in rural areas, where residents are more likely to have cars.The first lady’s group’s 2014 progress report, its most recent, says the companies that made pledges have opened or renovated 602 grocery stores or other food retail locations, well below halfway toward their collective goal.The partnership counted companies as having met their commitments if the stores they opened or renovated fell within a mile of a USDA-designated food desert in a city, or within 10 miles of a rural one. The AP analyzed which of the new stores that opened lie directly within food deserts.In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 photo, a selection of fresh fruits available on the Fresh Stop bus, am obile market, are seen in Eatonville, Fla. The Fresh Stop brings fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with no supermarkets. The nations largest grocery chains have built new supermarkets in only a fraction of the neighborhoods where theyre needed most, according to an analysis of federal food stamp data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Research has shown that a lack of access to healthy foods contributes to health problems, such as obesity and diabetes. Proximity to a supermarket can make a big difference in what people eat, especially if they don’t drive, although other factors such as food culture also play a role.Even though a neighborhood without a supermarket may have a corner grocer, the large chains have much greater leverage and economies of scale to bring a wider of variety of products at cheaper prices.Jock Riggins likes to cook and tries as often as he can to make his favorite meal of cube steak with bell peppers, rice and gravy. But getting to the supermarket nearest to his home in Eatonville, Florida, north of Orlando, requires pedaling his rusted bicycle down a clogged, six-lane road with narrow shoulders, and balancing bags of groceries in each hand on the way back.“If I don’t have my vegetables for my food I substitute with sandwiches,” said Riggins, 51, who gets by working odd jobs. “If there was a supermarket closer, I wouldn’t have to go way out on Lee Road. It would be better.”___A FOOD OASISLess than 3 miles from Eatonville is what could only be described as a food oasis. In the span of a little over a mile on a single avenue in the tony Orlando suburb of Winter Park, there are two Publix supermarkets, a Trader Joe’s, a Chamberlin’s Natural Food Market and the site of a future 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market. With the exception of Chamberlin’s, where the offerings are mostly organic or specialized, prices in the food oasis are cheaper than what Riggins gets in his neighborhood, and the selections are boundless by comparison.There are no fresh fruits, vegetables or meats at the Family Dollar or Poncho’s Market corner store in Eatonville, and a $3 loaf of Nature’s Own wheat bread at those stores cost $2.19 at Publix on a recent visit. The same half-gallon of milk was 11 percent more expensive at the Family Dollar than at Publix, and Poncho’s was out of milk.Some of the dollar store chains have started dipping their toes into selling fresh produce. Dollar General has opened up about 150 Dollar General Market stores that sell fresh vegetables, fruit and meat, though that format makes up only 1 percent of the chain’s 12,000-plus stores.“The dollar stores are popping up everywhere in the food deserts, but that doesn’t mean anything if the owners don’t give customers the opportunity for fresh produce,” said Norman Wilson Sr., a food desert activist who is pastor of a Pentecostal church in Orlando.In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 photo, a customer pays for a purchase at the Fresh Stop, a mobile market, in Orlando, Fla. The Fresh Stop brings fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with no supermarkets. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Florida lawmaker Dwight Bullard introduced legislation this year with incentives to build stores in food deserts, which tend to have higher unemployment than other neighborhoods. In urban areas, food deserts also tend to have a high percentage of minorities.Bullard’s bill went nowhere.“Part of the frustration was centered around the fourth Publix I’d seen servicing the same community. … It made me scratch my head and say, ‘Geez, what about those communities where you can go blocks and blocks and blocks without seeing a real grocery store?’ It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Bullard, a Democratic state senator, whose district covering urban and rural parts of South Florida is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said he couldn’t comment on how store locations are decided due to their “strategic and proprietary nature.”Supermarkets often build stores close to each other to compete in an area and highlight each store’s niche, said Ira Goldstein, president of policy solutions at The Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based community development firm that has invested in grocery store construction in low-income neighborhoods. The stores typically look for neighborhoods that can support their format rather than changing their format to fit the neighborhood.“That brings choice and variety to the market but it doesn’t necessarily solve the problem in an inadequately served area,” Goldstein said.___BARRIERS TO ACCESSAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes stores that open in food deserts need to be attuned to the particulars of their communities to succeed.“You have to cater to the people who live there. You have to know who they are,” Vilsack said during a recent visit to Orlando.That’s where the large supermarket chains often run into trouble, since they have rigid formats that often miss the nuances of a community, said Jeff Brown, CEO of Brown’s Super Stores in the Philadelphia area.“They’re not selling what they should be selling because they don’t understand,” said Brown, whose company has seven stores in underserved neighborhoods.Stores that succeed generally have other amenities, such as a pharmacy, doctor’s clinic or a bank embedded in the supermarket, he said.Building stores in low-income neighborhoods comes with unique complications, according to the Food Marketing Institute, a Washington-based trade group for food retailers. A large customer base on food stamps creates erratic flows with a rush of business in the beginning of the month when food stamps are issued, but slow business at the end of the month. Insurance and security can be more costly in neighborhoods perceived to be high crime, and workers from neighborhoods with high unemployment sometimes need extra training for basic job skills.The average supermarket operates on a 1 or 2 percent profit margin and must be sustainable for at least a decade to recoup any profit, so retailers can’t afford to pick unprofitable locations, said David Fikes, vice president of consumer and community affairs for the Food Marketing Institute.The industry also is in flux. Two of its biggest players — Stop & Shop owner Ahold USA and Delhaize Group SA, the Brussels conglomerate that owns the Food Lion and Hannaford chains in the U.S. — recently announced merger plans. Safeway Inc. and Albertsons merged earlier this year, and Kroger announced last month that it would buy Roundy’s Supermarkets stores in Illinois and Wisconsin.One of the nation’s oldest large food retailers, A&P, recently returned to bankruptcy court, and SuperValu recently announced plans to spin off its Save-A-Lot stores. Even Wal-Mart warned recently that its profits would take a hit.All of that, analysts say, suggests the grocery industry isn’t likely to change its patterns for where it does business, and where it doesn’t.“We would love to have a supermarket in every neighborhood across America, whether if it’s a food desert or not,” Fikes said. “But it’s got to be sustainable for all involved.”___Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mikeschneiderap
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At a mean follow-up of 12 months, overall results were encouraging with excellent scores achieved in cosmesis and patient satisfaction. 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NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise adding new hate-crimes drama by The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2018 5:41 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise is adding what the network calls a “relevant” new series about hate crimes.The network said Tuesday that it’s ordered 13 episodes of “Law & Order: Hate Crimes.” The drama from “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf is based on New York state’s Hate Crimes Task Force.The fictional version of the task force will be introduced in the upcoming 20th season of sister program “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”Wolf said in a statement that he wants to shine a light on the wide range of crime victims in big U.S. cities and show that justice can prevail.A debut date hasn’t been announced for “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” created and produced by Wolf and Warren Leight.
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