Kelly 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.
Photo: Pexels.com During 2018, the three largest destinations in the European Union, in terms of the volume of arrivals of Chinese tourists, were the United Kingdom (+ 2,4%), Germany (+ 2,6%) and France (+ 7,7%). The three countries with the largest expansion were Croatia (+ 45,7%), Estonia (35,8%) and Hungary (+ 25,1%). More attached. Minister Shugang also stressed the importance of civilized tourism. “On the one hand, measures should be taken to guarantee the safety of tourists, but on the other hand, we must also advocate the civilized behavior of Chinese tourists, which would present the Chinese image and civilization in a positive light.” He also stressed the need to further modernize the infrastructure at tourist destinations, as well as improve the quality of reception and services, in order to make the travel environment as pleasant and comfortable as possible for tourists. He said that despite the fact that it would take another two years to address the shortage of toilets, the “toilet revolution” in the country has made steady progress over the past four years with the construction and renovation of 35 tourist toilets by the end of last year. Luo Shugang, China’s culture and tourism minister, said China has become the world’s largest source of tourists. Namely, the Chinese’s foreign travels reached the figure of 150 million in 2018, reports Travel and Tour World. CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECT TRADITIONAL CUISINE, NATURE PARKS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS FROM CROATIA JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND THE MOST ON HOLIDAYS RELATED NEWS: EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS Speaking about the “toilet revolution”, a campaign launched in 2015 to increase the number of toilets in tourist locations, Shugang said toilets, as well as sanitation, should be improved at major tourist attractions. EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS
Topics : The head of a Mexican drug cartel jailed after decapitating 12 people has died of COVID-19, official sources said on Monday.Los Zetas leader Moises Escamilla May — known as Gordo May (Fatty May) — was serving 37 years in the western state of Jalisco for organized crime and illegally carrying weapons.Among the offenses for which he was jailed was the beheading of 12 people in the southeastern state of Yucatan in 2008. Many citizens’ groups have warned the government about the risks of the coronavirus spreading in often overcrowded Mexican prisons.Mexico has recorded 35,000 cases of COVID-19 and almost 3,500 deaths.In April, the Senate approved an amnesty for those convicted of less serious crimes, allowing them to be freed to help prevent the disease spreading. “He wasn’t suffering from any disease and started showing breathing symptoms on May 6,” said the health ministry at the end of last week, without identifying Escamilla.A day later he was taken to hospital where he died.A source at the public prosecutor’s office in Jalisco confirmed to AFP on Monday that it was Escamilla who had died.The kingpin was arrested by federal police alongside eight associates in September 2008 in the southeastern seaside resort off Cancun, where he was based.