Penalties Assessed for Scanner Violations

first_imgKelly LoftusPublic Information OfficerVermont Agency ofAgriculture(802) 828-3829www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external) The violations were discovered during routine inspections conducted byinspectors from the Vermont Agency Agriculture’s Food Safety and ConsumerProtection Division. In all the stores assessed a penalty, inspectors found thatprices at the registers were higher than prices advertised on shelves forcertain items. Those discrepancies ranged from 4 percent error to 12 percent.Rite Aid Vermont alone had a range of scanner discrepancies from 4% error to 8%error with over $15,000 in penalties assessed. “Even the slightest inaccuracy in pricing can have enormous cost impactto the consumer. This is especially true during times of economic strain whenfood and transportation budgets are squeezed even further with rising costs,”said Henry Marckres, Chief of the Division of Consumer Protection for theagency. “Our goal is to work cooperatively with Vermont businesses and to takecorrective action when necessary to make sure the problem doesn’t happen againto protect consumers.” You can protect yourself, as well. Keep track of the price of items,especially items marked on sale, as you go through the store. Monitor theseitems as they are rung up at the check out. Also, it’s important to check yourreceipt before you leave the store and notify an employee of any discrepancies.For more information contact the Consumer Protection Division of the VermontAgency of Agriculture at 802-828-2436 or visit www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external). Retailer Penalty Dollar General,Colchester $420.00 GU Markets of VT, S. Burlington $1,235.00 GU Markets of VT, Swanton $3,105.00 Kinney Drugs, Lyndonville $820.00 Kinney Drugs, S. Burlington $1,305.00 Mac’s Market, Essex $3,510.00 Mac’s Market, Essex Junction $200.00 Mac’s Market, Woodstock $1,305.00 Natural Provisions, Williston $970.00 Rite Aid, St. Albans $1,305.00 Rite Aide, Derby  $1,605.00 Rite Aid, Lyndonville $4,255.00 Rite Aid, Colchester $1,035.00 Rite Aid, Essex $1,305.00 Rite Aid, Enosburg $1,905.00 Rite Aid, St. Johnsbury $2,070.00 Rite Aid, Randolph $2,140.00 Rite Aid Pharmacy, Burlington $1,035.00 Shelburne Supermarket, Shelburne $890.00 The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food andMarkets recently assessed penalties to numerous retail establishments forviolating Vermont retail pricing laws. The Dollar General Store, Rite Aid ofVermont, Kinney Drugs, and Mac’s Market are among the retail outlets that havebeen assessed penalties ranging from $420.00 to $4,255.00 for overchargingconsumers for items purchased in their stores. This year to date, 134inspections were completed that resulted in no corrective action or assessmentof penalties.  “Laser scanner checkout systems fall under the state’s weights andmeasures laws which come under the jurisdiction of the Agency of Agriculture,”commented Mike Duane, assistant attorney general, who serves as the agency’sgeneral counsel. “In most instances the charges are not contested and the storeshave paid the penalties assessed. There was no evidence of any intentional wrongdoing in any of these cases,” Duane said.last_img read more

King: NSA ‘Relieved’ with Obama’s Changes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Obama during his highly-anticipated speech regarding NSA surveillance.NSA officials appear to be “relieved” and satisfied with several key changes that President Barack Obama outlined in a highly-anticipated speech Friday regarding surveillance at home and abroad, according to a homeland security expert from Long Island.“They’re not delighted, but they’re satisfied,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the former chairmen of the House homeland security committee, told the Press. “They feel they can make this work.”King, who was sitting in the second row behind NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander during Obama’s speech at the Justice Department in Washington D.C., said that he “certainly got the impression from them that they can live with everything that was proposed today.”“If you would ask them a month or two ago what was going to happen I think they were expecting a lot worse,” he said.The most significant changes coming to the NSA include moving the bulk data stored by the agency as part of its “metadata” program to a third party, establishing a panel of advocates that will represent the public at the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court—an effort to make proceedings more transparent—and discontinuing electronic surveillance of allied heads of states.Obama was not only speaking to the American public, but also foreigners who have grown concerned about the United State’s ability to store phone data beyond its borders. The president said he was taking the “unprecedented step” of extending certain protections afforded to Americans to people overseas.Though the president made some concessions, his remarks did not appease many privacy advocates calling for wholesale changes to the NSA’s spy dragnet. Critics were particularly disheartened that Obama didn’t further limit NSA’s ability to collect massive amounts of phone data.“The president’s decision not to end bulk collection and retention of all Americans’ data remains highly troubling,” the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement shortly after Obama’s speech. “The president outlined a process to study the issue further and appears open to alternatives. But the president should end–not mend–the government’s collection and retention of all law-abiding Americans’ data.”During his remarks, Obama fiercely defended the NSA’s techniques as essential to preventing attacks both at home and abroad, while also appearing sensitive to criticisms from privacy advocates who have aggressively condemned the spy agencies perceived invasive tactics.“We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals and our Constitution require,” Obama said. “We need to do so not only because it is right, but because the challenges posed by threats like terrorism and proliferation and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon.”“They are going to continue to be a major problem,” he continued. “And for our intelligence community to be effective over the long haul, we must maintain the trust of the American people, and people around the world.”Specifically, Obama said the millions of pieces of data collected under the metadata program collection—phone numbers, times and length of calls—would be handled by a third party. But he added that storing the data with phone service providers or another entity “pose difficult problems.”Obama charged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and officials within the intelligence community to develop options to safely store data. They were ordered to report back to him an alternative approach before the program comes up for reauthorization on March 28. The change in strategy will require Congressional approval.He is also calling on Congress to authorize and establish a panel of advocates from outside government to “provide an independent voice in significant cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”Peter King (Chris Twarowski/Long Island Press)Obama also ordered the NSA to transition away from its existing program of pursuing phone calls from a number associated with a terrorist organization from three steps to two.While taking a swipe at other countries for feigning surprise over the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that mentioned surveillance of heads of state, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama said the United States will no longer monitor the communications of leaders and governments of close allies.“Now let me be clear:  Our intelligence agencies will continue to gather information about the intentions of governments—as opposed to ordinary citizens—around the world, in the same way that the intelligence services of every other nation does,” he said. “We will not apologize simply because our services may be more effective.  But heads of state and government with whom we work closely, and on whose cooperation we depend, should feel confident that we are treating them as real partners.  And the changes I’ve ordered do just that.”Overall, King said he was “satisfied” with changes coming to the NSA, but admitted there would be no reforms if it was up to him.“I think the system works,” he said. “I think it’s constitutional and no rights have been violated so I would’ve made no reforms. Having said that, considering all that was being said before hand, to me the system is basically in tact.”King added that he’s concerned about extending privacy rights to foreigners, especially those who the U.S. may want to monitor if “it’s a person we’re not sure of.”“As an American,” he said, “I want to have the right to monitor that person’s conversations.”last_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Michael Crabtree, Cardinals can’t reach deal; wideout remains unsigned

first_imgHe caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games during his lone season with the Ravens, marking his fewest receptions since he played only five games for the 49ers in 2013. Before his single season with the Ravens, the veteran spent three seasons with the Raiders and six with the 49ers after San Francisco selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft.  Related News Crabtree’s best season came in 2012 when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. Over the course of his 10-year NFL career, Crabtree has 633 career receptions for 7,477 yards and 54 touchdowns in 141 games. Cardinals cut ‘not in shape’ Robert Nkemdiche after 3 seasons Cardinals newly minted coach Kliff Kingsbury unhappy with Madden look Cardinals’ Kyler Murray just focused on playing well: ‘I don’t feel pressure’ Free agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree worked out for the Cardinals Monday, but walked away without a deal as the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement, ESPN reports. Crabtree, who turns 32 next month, remains unsigned after the Ravens released him in February, even though Baltimore had signed the wideout to a three-year, $21 million deal last offseason. last_img read more