Video Player Close People line up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Nice, southern France, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Serge Haouzi/Xinhua) In a bid to start easing restrictions by mid-May, the French government pledged to go all out on vaccine rollout to bring down the coronavirus-linked infections and deaths. With the aim, it plans to open about 40 mass vaccination centers this month, and allows shots to be administrated in doctors' offices and pharmacies. PARIS, April 13 (Xinhua) -- A drive-in vaccination center was opened on Tuesday in southern France to further ramp up vaccination pace and counter accelerating COVID-19 spread, local media reported. "The idea is to offer an additional means of getting vaccinated," Alexandre Pascal, delegate of Regional Health Agency of Occitanie was quoted by Franceinfo radio as saying. The country's first "vaccidrive" is implemented in a clinic's emergency parking in Saint-Jean-de-Vedas, on … [Read more...] about France opens first drive-in vaccination center to boost vaccine rollout
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The world's wealthiest 1% produce twice as much carbon emissions as the poorest 50%, according to a new report. "Despite sharp falls in carbon emissions in 2020 linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis - which is driven by the accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere over time - continued to grow," the Cambridge Sustainability Commission has warned. Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, it says that government "must use this historic juncture to build fairer economies within the limits our planet can bear". Watch: The Daily Climate Show Dramatic lifestyle changes are needed among the so-called "polluter elite" to limit global warming to the 1.5 Celsius target set out in the Paris Agreement, the report said. Advertisement To avoid passing this limit, the richest 1% will need to reduce their emissions by a factor of at least 30 by 2030 - while the world's poorest 50% should be able increase their emissions by three times … [Read more...] about Climate change: Wealthiest 1% are driving global carbon emissions, says new report
Intel-owned Mobileye and Udelv, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company, have announced to produce more than 35,000 autonomous vehicles by 2028, with commercial operations beginning in 2023. Mobileye's self-driving system -- Mobileye Drive -- will "drive" the next-generation Udelv autonomous delivery vehicles (ADV), called "Transporters." "Our deal with Udelv is significant for its size, scope and rapid deployment timeline, demonstrating our ability to deliver Mobileye Drive for commercial use now and in volume," said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye president and CEO. "COVID-19 has accelerated demand for autonomous goods delivery, and we are delighted to partner with Udelv to address this demand in the near term," he said in statement on Monday. Donlen, one of America's largest commercial fleet management companies at the forefront of fleet management innovation and technology, has placed the first pre-order for 1,000 'Transporters' — believed to be the largest … [Read more...] about Intel-owned Mobileye, Udelv partner to build autonomous vehicles
Rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court in unrelated cases this week could make it more difficult for police officers to testify about certain evidence in criminal trials. The court ruled that trial witnesses, including police officers, who have interpreted blood evidence in thousands of criminal cases can’t testify as “lay” witnesses and must first be qualified as experts before they can testify. That’s a much higher standard than officers currently face. The decision Monday in People versus Ramos helps determine who doesn’t qualify as a “lay” witness, or someone with an ordinary citizen’s knowledge and experiences. Judges do not have to qualify lay witnesses before they testify. Experts testify only after they have demonstrated they have relevant specialized experiences, knowledge or training. Denver criminal and civil defense attorney Iris Eytan said she considers the Ramos decision a landmark case that could impede Colorado prosecutors from filing charges in some cases and … [Read more...] about Colorado Supreme Court decisions could make it tougher for cops to testify
By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory and political environment. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine’s close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs. But the drug is still against federal law. A closer look at what it all means for workers and businesses: CAN MY EMPLOYER STILL TEST ME FOR POT? Bottom line: You can’t come to work high. You can still be drug tested. And you can still be fired — or not hired — for … [Read more...] about Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?