DEBATE: Is there any point in having a televised debate over Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

first_imgThursday 29 November 2018 9:09 am Mo LovattMo Lovatt is a lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-chair of The Great Debate. and Alex Deane City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp The strategy is a cynical attempt by Number 10 to reach over the heads of divided parliamentarians, in a direct appeal to the electorate, because people – it is calculated – are so fed-up that they’ll accept the deal.But Theresa May has misjudged the public mood. If there is one thing that people are still passionate about, it’s Brexit. We’ve spent hours in pubs, lecture halls, on social media, arguing our case. We’ve fallen out with friends, colleagues, and family members. In my lifetime, nothing has impassioned the electorate more.So, May must face the electorate in a televised debate. Putting her case to the people is absolutely the right decision. The question is, will she listen to their response? We could prove a more formidable opponent than this tin-eared Prime Minister bargained for.Alex Deane, a Conservative commentator, says NO.Think about it. The side debating against Theresa May’s deal (presumably headlined by Jeremy Corbyn) would be able to pepper their argument with criticism from each of the opposing perspectives: ranging from continuity remoaning to headbanging that this is not Brexit enough. Like primal screaming or public emesis, it might feel good to the person doing it, but it yields little by way of enlightenment.Contrariwise, whoever takes the Prime Minister’s position (presumably Amber Rudd, if last time was anything to go by) will Geoffrey Boycott the whole thing out, making the arguments we have heard already.A real debate would be between the sovereign perspective that sees Britain leaving the bloc, and the increasingly integrationist EU views of Donald Tusk and co. That would provide some genuinely helpful insight into the nature of the club we are leaving. But we’re not going to get it. I was an enthusiastic student debater and enjoy public discourse, but I fail to see what we gain from a debate on the Brexit deal. Is there any point in having a televised debate over Theresa May’s Brexit deal?Mo Lovatt, lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-chair of The Great Debate, says YES.The message coming out of the Prime Minister’s office this week is that “people are bored with Brexit”, so it’s time to #BackTheBrexitDeal.center_img Share Tags: Brexit Donald Tusk Jeremy Corbyn People Theresa May Opinion DEBATE: Is there any point in having a televised debate over Theresa May’s Brexit deal? whatsapplast_img read more

One in three UK businesses has no Brexit plan in place

first_imgMain image credit: Getty One in three UK businesses has no Brexit plan in place as Halloween deadline looms Read more: Senior official for Brexit planning and head of the Border Delivery Group set to quit whatsapp Almost half of businesses that have put plans in place expect to reduce costs, with a third expecting to reduce headcount and raise prices. Monday 30 September 2019 12:01 am James Warrington Share “For businesses with little or no experience of trading internationally, expanding into overseas markets can understandably be a daunting process, so it’s encouraging to see more and more businesses are looking to seize exciting trade opportunities with non-EU countries like the US and China,” Carroll added. The US, China and Australia topped the list of the most-desired trade deals and were considered the regions with the most growth potential over the next year. Read more: Bank of England could cut interest rates if Brexit uncertainty persists, says MPC member A senior minister yesterday suggested the UK may use EU law in order to deliver Brexit by Halloween. whatsapp As reported in this newspaper, this “legal wheeze” has support among senior Downing Street aides. “Brexit could have implications for companies of all sizes, regardless of whether they currently trade internationally, so it’s crucial that every business considers what it may mean for them.” With just weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, 35 per cent of companies said they have no Brexit strategy, rising to 54 per cent among firms that operate solely in the UK. Nearly a quarter are considering moving some business functions overseas, while one in ten are considering relocating their business entirely. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest “It’s concerning that with just weeks to go, so many businesses still have no Brexit plans in place, even though two thirds of businesses say it is already impacting them,” said John Carroll, head of international and transactional banking at Santander UK. The barometer revealed UK business confidence has fallen to the lowest level since the research started three years ago, with faltering confidence largely blamed on Brexit uncertainty. Confirming revelations in City A.M., foreign secretary Dominic Raab told the Mail on Sunday that EU law supersedes UK law and so in theory the 31 October departure date, enshrined in European law, would be unaffected by UK legislation demanding the government delay Brexit. Just 22 per cent on businesses said they were very confident of growth over the next three years, while 19 per cent said they were pessimistic or very pessimistic. However, the research showed almost 40 per cent are already looking to increase trade with non-EU countries as part of their plans for growth after Brexit. The figures, published in the bank’s latest trade barometer, highlight the amount of preparation still needed ahead of the Halloween Brexit deadline. Tags: Brexit It came as a new poll from Santander revealed more than a third of British businesses still have no plans in place for Brexit.last_img read more

“Take Our Land, Take Our Life” | MIDNIGHT OIL: Episode 02

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk“Take Our Land, Take Our Life” | MIDNIGHT OIL: Episode 02June 27, 2017 by Rachel Waldholz and Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:When Alaska became a state, the federal government agreed to hand over more than 100 million acres. There was just one problem. Alaska Native people already claimed that land. Then Alaska struck oil, and the question of who owned what land in the 49th state went all the way to the White House.Listen to the full series at this story:last_img

Bill seeks to require jail time in cases similar to infamous Anchorage assault

first_imgCrime & Courts | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | Southcentral | Southwest | State GovernmentBill seeks to require jail time in cases similar to infamous Anchorage assaultMarch 12, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prime sponsor of SB 12, participates in a discussion about the bill in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. The bill would change the law regarding sexual assault, harassment, electronic monitoring and sentencing guidelines. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Senators are weighing a bill that would make a series of changes in response to an infamous case in Anchorage that involved sexual misconduct and physical assault but resulted in no time in prison.Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, the bill sponsor, said the measure would prevent a case like that of Justin Schneider from happening again.“The public was — and most of us were — just so disturbed by the fact that that could occur today in this state, (which is) number one in the nation for sexual assaults,” he said.Senate Bill 12 would include actions similar to Schneider’s as a sex crime, adding unwanted contact with certain bodily fluids as a crime, and it would require that people convicted of similar offenses register as sex offenders. The bill increases the penalty for knowingly causing another person to become unconscious by means which could include strangulation. It would no longer allow jail-time credit for for pretrial electronic monitoring for crimes against a person. It also would require formal consultation with victims on plea agreements.In August 2017, Schneider drove a woman a short distance. After he stopped and she walked away, the woman reported to police that he tackled her and choked her to the point of unconsciousness before masturbating on her.Schneider pleaded guilty to assault and served a year with electronic monitoring, without going to jail. Public outrage over the lack of jail time led to then-Judge Michael Corey losing his retention election.Corey called in to testify in favor of the bill.“I followed the law as it was, as I was required by my oath,” he said. “And quite frankly, I was crucified for it.”The provision to end pretrial credit for electronic monitoring for some crimes would partially repeal a law the Legislature passed four years ago by wide margins.Sterling resident Marie McConnell testified against this provision. She said people being monitored face significant restrictions and pay large fines.“Ankle monitoring is a severe reduction in freedom and liberties,” she said. “It is a form of punishment. It’s like the adult version of being grounded as a kid, with costs.”The Senate Finance Committee discussed the bill on Monday and will consider it again at a future meeting. The Senate Judiciary Committee has already advanced the measure.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska: Share this story:last_img read more

Grek debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras now faces scrap in Athens over new deal

first_imgEmbattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing a backlash from supporters after accepting the broad terms of a new bailout deal.The agreement requires Greece to undertake more reforms and austerity in return for cash, despite the country rejecting such a deal in a national referendum just over one week ago.Workers from the public sector union Adedy will strike tomorrow in response to the deal, it said last night.Pharmacies will also shut for the day, the Panhellenic Pharmacists’ Association announced last night. The heavily protected industry fears that a new programme will come with orders to deregulate the sector, with supermarkets likely to be able to open their own pharmacies. Such a move would increase competition and take businesses from current operators. Greece faced similar troubles when it tried to issue more licences for truck drivers as part of its first bailout programme. The move led to a week-long strike by drivers, causing widespread disruption to supply chains.Tsipras also faces a backlash in parliament. He must get a host of bills passed by tomorrow to rebuild trust with Europe before formal negotiations on a new bailout can take place. The new legislation will require him to streamline the VAT system, make pensions more sustainable and overhaul the justice system. The proposed bailout would see Greece receive €86bn (£61bn) from Europe over the next three years. The legislation is set to be voted against by the so-called hard-left of his Syriza party – around 30 MPs.Yet he may gain enough support from the rest of Syriza and elsewhere to pass the new laws through the 300-seat parliament. Opposition party New Democracy, which has 76 seats, supports the deal. The head of To Potami, which has 17 seats, also welcomed the developments. Grek debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras now faces scrap in Athens over new deal Monday 13 July 2015 9:07 pm Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Tags: Greek debt crisis Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Sharelast_img read more

With genome sequencing, some sick infants are getting a shot at healthy lives

first_imgHealthWith genome sequencing, some sick infants are getting a shot at healthy lives “Whole genome sequencing in the NICU is a no-brainer,” said Lucy Raymond, a professor of medical genetics and neurodevelopment at the University of Cambridge.The field’s still in its nascency, and only a handful of hospitals offer whole-genome sequencing for babies — typically those who are among the sickest. As costs for genetic analysis become less prohibitive, however, an increasing number of hospitals are showing an interest in offering comprehensive testing.advertisement Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. SAN DIEGO — When babies become intensely ill, it can be difficult to know what has gone wrong. But the answer, quite often, is hidden somewhere in their genes.Whole-genome sequencing — in which scientists can read the nearly 3 billion chemical letters in DNA — can help turn up that answer. And scientists, increasingly, are laying out a case for using that tool in an intensive care setting, despite the upfront costs.The data, they say, show over and over that early diagnosis of genetic disorders not only saves lives, but can keep long-term health care costs down.advertisement Meghana Keshavan Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Tags geneticspatientspediatrics By Meghana Keshavan Oct. 19, 2018 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprintscenter_img Please enter a valid email address. Trending Now: @megkesh Privacy Policy Adobe [email protected] The need is real: Dr. David Dimmock, senior medical director of the Genomics Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, estimates that 1 in 4 children in level 4 NICUs — the units that can offer the most complex level of care — have an unrecognized genetic disorder. That translates to about 40,000 infants hospitalized in the U.S. each year, sickened by something going haywire in their genes.Scientists at Rady’s have probed the complete genomes of nearly 500 critically ill babies in the past few years. The hospital partnered with San Diego sequencing giant Illumina back in 2015 to churn out rapid results, offering a full genomic analysis in four days, on average — and in as fast as 37 hours.Speaking at this week’s conference of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Diego, Shareef Nahas, a senior director of the Rady’s project, said that a genetic disorder was ascertained in 163 of the 487 infants studied — about one-third. The results allowed doctors to change their treatment protocol for 117 of the families, about 77 percent. Rady’s estimates the program has ultimately saved it about $3 million on treatments that would have been unnecessary.Whole-genome sequencing has been making the greatest impact in infants with neurological disease, Nahas said. In the study he did with his colleagues, 18 patients who came in with seizures were tested. Eight carried genes linked to epileptic encephalopathy, so they were treated accordingly.Congenital heart disease is another area that could benefit tremendously from whole-genome sequencing, Nahas said. These are costly conditions, with more than $1.9 billion spent each year in the U.S. to mitigate their symptoms.Nahas detailed one case in which a 5-week-old was brought to the hospital, breathing rapidly and turning blue. Scientists at Rady’s sequenced his genome. They found two pathogenic genes that interfered with certain metabolic pathways, leading to respiratory and heart failure. Leave this field empty if you’re human: “Most patients survive less than six months with this condition; the majority are diagnosed postmortem,” Nahas said. The baby is doing well today.Whole-genome sequencing is typically reserved for young patients whose physicians already suspect a genetic disorder. By the time the symptoms are severe enough to indicate a genetic condition, however, it may be too late to offer an effective therapy.At the University of Cambridge, Raymond and her team sequenced the genomes of 145 sick children. Most notably, she found that there wasn’t much correlation between genotype and phenotype — meaning that doctors conducting standardized testing would have no reason to suspect a specific genetic disorder. When babies are very young, they may be hospitalized for being ill, but the form of illness won’t necessarily fit the existing diagnostic criteria for the rare disease they have, she said. In her study, only 13 percent of the children showed symptoms that correlated with their eventual genetic diagnosis.Without whole-genome sequencing in the NICU, she said, most of these genetic disorders might only be diagnosed later in life, when they’re far more challenging to treat.Other hospitals are anxious to begin similar programs, though issues of scalability are a serious concern. Genome sequencing costs have come down, to be sure, but who will pay for these analyses? And will hospitals be equipped to carry out the necessary testing?Rady’s work is currently supported through philanthropy and grants — insurers have yet to cover whole genome sequencing in a neonatal setting.With a $2 million grant from the state of California, Rady’s is trying to explore how to scale whole-genome sequencing for infants in a new initiative dubbed “Project Baby Bear.” It’s also working with Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for about 6 million children from low-income families. The project aims to diagnose another 100 critically — and inexplicably — ill infants admitted to the NICU unit using whole-genome sequencing.“From there, we’ll go back to the state, show them the economic and clinical utility,” Nahas said. “We hope that they’ll like what they see, and approve reimbursement for whole genome sequencing in the NICU.”last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Additional $58 Million to Fight Malaria

first_imgRelatedCabinet Approves Additional $58 Million to Fight Malaria RelatedCabinet Approves Additional $58 Million to Fight Malaria RelatedCabinet Approves Additional $58 Million to Fight Malaria FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet yesterday (Dec.18) approved an additional $58 million to fight the malaria outbreak, bringing to more than $88 million, the total allocated by government to the effort.Information and Development Minister, Donald Buchanan made the announcement at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.He informed that the Ministry of Health and “the health teams, which are directly overseeing the efforts of the Ministry to complete the process of malaria elimination from the areas identified and to continue to ensure Jamaica’s malaria-free status, having been working successfully towards that end.”Meanwhile, Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, told journalists that the government laboratory had recently received the first of two batches of blood samples, dispatched last week to the Atlanta-based Centre for Disease Control and that 15 out of those 317 samples, were confirmed positive for malaria.She informed that the second batch of some 334 blood samples, were expected back into the island today.Dr. Campbell-Forrester assured that despite the increased number of positive results, the disease was contained to the previously disclosed areas and was not spreading. “All of those 15 cases were from the affected areas; no new zone has emerged,” she stated.The Acting Chief Medical Officer outlined that health teams were still on the ground doing regular tests and surveillance. “We are still receiving samples, 200-300 on a daily basis, so there will still be some that remain for us to test, but we are making headway in getting the smears tested”.She said that whilst it may appear that there was a backlog, “everyday, we have a number of specimens going to the government laboratory.” She noted however that there was a contingency plan in place to source additional technicians to help clear the number of tests to be done.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, at a recent meeting with health officials, gave instructions for the Health Ministry to be modernized in order to keep apace with the rising demands on the sector.“Further modernization would mean enhancing the ability of the government laboratory to undertake all the functions and we also have to remember that we are in a dynamic situation, where, for instance, we are planning for avian influenza, and have to build our capacity to meet the emerging needs,” Mrs. Simpson Miller had said.Dr. Campbell-Forrester, at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, said that the scope of the modernization would include putting in new equipment and making administrative improvements. “There is a programme now in place to strengthen the quality control of the (government) laboratory,” she pointed out.center_img Cabinet Approves Additional $58 Million to Fight Malaria UncategorizedDecember 19, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Councils leading local job recovery

first_imgCouncils leading local job recovery NSW’s peak body for councils today launched a new NSW locally led jobs plan, calling for stronger partnerships between State, Federal and local governments to drive a strong employment and economic recovery for NSW.Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott said the launch of this battleplan for NSW local communities has local governments at the centre, as councils have the strongest proven track record of creating jobs to support local communities.“As the preferred partner for State and Federal governments, each day councils are demonstrating our ability to respond fast and effectively to support NSW communities by creating jobs,” Cr Scott said.“This strong partnership approach has driven home a powerful lesson: when councils are empowered with the support they need, they well and truly deliver jobs and economic leadership in every corner of our great state – from Barangaroo to Broken Hill.“Throughout COVID, councils averted the risk of significant local job losses in their communities, showing that in partnership with Federal and State governments they could create new jobs.“Today, with the launch of our NSW Locally Led Jobs Plan, we want to build on this success and launch more local jobs for NSW into the future.”LGNSW launched its Locally Led plan today, designed to highlight councils’ ability to lead the economic recovery for their communities through job-creating improvements and initiatives, and advocating for State and Federal governments to invest to grow this economic approach.The plan calls for State and Federal partnerships with councils right across NSW to support jobs growth.“No level of government is closer to their community than local government. Councils know where jobs need to be created, and can support their communities to do so,” Cr Scott said.“Local governments drive a dollar further than any other level of government, and our initiatives make a real difference and foster job creation.“As the preferred partner of State and Federal governments, we hope they share our vision and support councils to create quality new jobs across NSW.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Broken Hill, community, employment, Federal, federal government, Government, job loss, launch, leadership, LGNSW, local council, Local Government, Local Government NSW, NSW, peak body, President, qualitylast_img read more

Ten ways to reduce the chances of getting a ticket

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In this file photo, Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mike Primeau speaks to Jackie Lacroix, after he pulled the driver over for talking on her cellphone while driving  Dan Janisse Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” With summer comes more long weekends and road trips, and with it an increased police presence. Many drivers will, of course, be pulled over and cited for doing stupid things – from speeding and carrying too much furniture on the roof, to texting behind the wheel (the stupidest of all). While most of the time the tickets we receive are well-deserved, some might be borderline and may well be reduced to a warning if drivers do all the right things upon seeing those red-and-blue lights in the mirror.Based off police comments and traffic court specialists, none of the suggested behaviours below are certain to get you out of a ticket when pulled over by police. But collectively, they contribute to the chances of getting off the hook a little easier. Even if they don’t work, these strategies will have at least made the work of the issuing officer less difficult. The officer doesn’t know who you are or who they are dealing with, so everything you do to make their job easier helps your case. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever When the lights go onThe second you see police are behind you with lights activated – and they are indeed after you, not the speeding Audi driver – signal that you are pulling over and find a safe spot to do so as quickly as possible. Pull as far right as the road allows, well into the grass on the shoulder if necessary to give the officer ample space to approach your vehicle safely. This shows some consideration for the safety of the officer who will be standing dangerously close to high-speed traffic. If you are wearing a hoodie, sunglasses or a hat, remove them so your face is visible.Now what?Apply your emergency flashers and pull out your licence, insurance and registration. Sit tight. Do not exit the car, stick your head out the window, look back or throw your arms up in astonishment that nothing is happening. Do not honk, do not use your phone or take photos of the police vehicle behind you. Be patient; the officer will be running your licence plate to check the provenance of your vehicle to see if it’s stolen or if the registered owner has a warrant for arrest. Note: If you’re passing police who have someone pulled over, it’s the law in most provinces to move over one lane or face a stiff fine.RELATEDTop reasons you’ll be pulled over by police this driving seasonThe lamest excuses police hear for distracted drivingAt the roadsideEnsure all your windows are down, especially if you have tinted windows. Turn on your interior lights and place your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel when the officer approaches so he or she can get a clear view inside the car to assess whether you pose a danger. Do not flirt, which will only insult the officer’s integrity. Greet the officer in a professional fashion using sir or ma’am — it’s no mystery why you are both here. The more you appear as non-threatening, the more favourable the officer is likely to be.Licence and registrationYou should know exactly where your registration and insurance papers live, and have retrieved them, not having to go searching amid the old Subway bags in the glovebox. Be ready to reveal the documents along with your driver’s licence. Of course, those documents should be current, along with your licence plate sticker, because you dutifully updated the renewal slips. It’s a good idea to keep the papers under the armrest in a special pouch — showing you are a responsible, organized motorist — who knows the importance of valid, required documentation.Consider every moveWhen the officer asks for the documents, and if you haven’t already retrieved them, ask the officer if it’s okay for you to reach for them, whether it’s in your inside pocket or the overstuffed glovebox. Again, this reveals you are cognizant the officer is on guard for dangers — such as a gun or knife — and he or she will likely appreciate your awareness of the risks in their job. Recognize that if it’s raining, snowing or blistering hot outside, a quick apology for making them work in the weather might help, the simple small talk suggesting you are a normal human being.Do you know why I pulled you over?Do not plead utter ignorance, which will only frustrate the officer and demonstrate you were not paying attention behind the wheel and are trying to be evasive and/or difficult. Do not ask for proof. Do not accuse the officer of anything, of getting something wrong, or asking whether they have something better to do, which will only cement your ticket and eliminate any chance of getting a break. Do not say you are married to a judge or the chief’s sister or if they know who you are, even if you’re Peter Mansbridge. Do not make excuses; he or she will have heard them all. Do not crack jokes in a vain attempt to diminish the severity of the situation.Know what to say, what not to sayIf you’ve been caught red-handed and are certain you have no plans to fight the ticket, admit what you believe you did and succinctly apologize — but be concise, don’t blather. Say something like: “I am really sorry, sir, I really do know better.” Or, “I should have seen that sign, I am usually excellent at obeying rules. I’m sorry.” If you think you might possibly fight the ticket, however, avoid any admission of guilt, but you can say, “Sorry you had to pull me over.” Doesn’t hurt to askPlenty of police departments keep track of the number of warnings police issue, and officers can be rewarded for how many they hand out. While there’s no assurance, in circumstances where the infraction is small or very close to the line, ask the officer if he or she might consider issuing you with a warning instead. The officer’s goal, ultimately, is to get you to be a safer driver, protect the community and obey the rules, and if she can see you are contrite and are likely to learn from the mistake, the chances of a verbal or written warning increase.Your best behaviourAt all times, be exceedingly polite, show respect for the officer and the dangerous work they are committed to do. Be diplomatic, courteous, professional. Show you are a good, normally law-abiding citizen who momentarily lost focus and made an error. This makes you look human, and it will probably make the officer feel better about giving a kind person a break rather than punishing them. Or cry profusely, and only the coldest-hearted officer will be unwilling to cut you some slack.If all else failsSure, the easiest thing of all is to avoid getting stopped in the first place by obeying all the rules; but if you do get stopped and receive a ticket — and the chances are good you will — either pay the fine promptly when you get home, before you lose the ticket, or sign the back of the ticket within a few weeks of the citation and declare you are going to fight the infraction and mail it. Then wait for the court to set a date for your hearing. But remember that your actions at the roadside can still come into play: if you are a total combative jerk to the cop, the officer will be highly motivated to show up in court to challenge your assertions. And he or she will bring evidence, experience and a Crown prosecutor. 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News Roundup: Ford says it knows where you’re going to crash

first_img RELATED TAGSFordGeneral MotorsGM PlantNews Unifor president wants to save Oshawa plant by hitting GM with Trump-style tariffsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Unifor National President Jerry Dias holds a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The state of Kansas is recalling 731 license plates that contained three letters forming a racial slur, “JAP.” A California man noticed the inadvertently racist Kansas plate on a car and snapped a pic, which he sent to a bunch of important people including the governor, but it wasn’t until a Kansas couple took up the cause that the plates were recalled. Canada has already cleared this hurdle, believe it or not. Find out which province printed the exact same unintentionally racist plates back in 2013 here.GM shuffles the cards, moves President to take over self-driving unitCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2From left, Cruise Automation’s Dan Kan and Kyle Vogt pose for a photo with General Motors’ Dan Ammann at Cruise Automation offices in San Francisco, California. ‹ Previous Next › Handout / GM Trending in Canada Taking a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook can be risky, but Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s largest autoworkers union, Unifor, is suggesting just that. Following the announced closure of GM’s Oshawa plant and flushing of 14,000 jobs, Dias told media in Washington that not only should Canada slap a 40-per-cent tariff on GMs made in Mexico, but that we should also hold off on signing the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It’d be a bold move, but would it be justified? Inform yourself. Ford proposes Big Data tech that could predict the location of future accidentsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Car accident. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos Dixipix / Deposit Photo We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Cold Start is a roundup of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.Kansas recalls hundreds of license plates containing racial slurCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wall of American licence plates in a Maine bar. Fred Chartrand / Canadian Press In what is clearly a vote of confidence for the future of self-driving cars, GM President Dan Ammann is leaving his post at the core automotive company to head up the company’s self-driving unit, Cruise, as CEO. The move comes as GM mines for profit in the burgeoning sector while making drastic cuts elsewhere, like the recent plant closures. Learn more about the new job opening chez GM here. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Traffic lights cycle everyone through with electronic efficiency and the intersection runs on smooth tracks until the inevitable collision, vehicle stall or construction snarl causes both roads to become traffic nightmares. Then all you-know-what breaks loose. Ford is attempting to use data to predict where accidents will happen. They’ve analyzed over 500 million data points gathered by an algorithm tracking 15 vans driven for one million kilometers over a combined 15,000 days in London, and suggest the resulting science could be used to “help authorities proactively investigate high-risk roads and junctions” and “empower city planners to re-design safer streets.” The Data will save us all! That is unless it consumes us first. Read more.How winter weather can disrupt auto start/stop systemsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The dash design is clean and crisp. Before you bring your vehicle into the shop because its automatic start/stop feature that you’ve become accustomed to has recently stopped working, you might want to read this piece about how and why winter weather can hinder your car’s system. There’s a chance the small battery that powers most auto start/stop systems just needs a little more time to charge as the engine reaches normal operating temperature. The irony of having to warm your vehicle up by letting it run longer so that the very feature meant to reduce idling time will function properly is so very perfect. 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