France’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s highest administrative court, has expressed concerns about several aspects of the government’s pensions reform bill and accompanying documents.It said there were still gaps in the financial forecasts in the impact assessment despite the government having done work to improve them upon previous feedback from the Conseil.It called on the government to improve the study before the pensions reform bill is tabled in parliament, in particular by including more analysis of how the proposed reforms could affect the employment rate among senior citizens and welfare-related spending.The Conseil d’Etat, which advises the government on legislation, was also critical about the tight deadlines the government had given for feedback. It said the three weeks it had been given had prevented it from “carrying out its mission with the serenity and amount of time needed to best ensure the legal security” of its assessment. Source: Dircom / JB EyguesierThe Conseil d’Etat in ParisAccording to the Conseil d’Etat the government had also on several occasions made changes to the reform bills during the short period it had been given to review them.The body also expressed concerns about the number of “ordonnances” provided for by the reform bill, noting that the draft legislation empowered the government to issue 29 of these statutory instruments. An ordinance is a type of decree passed by the government in an area normally reserved for primary legislation enacted by the parliament.The Conseil d’Etat also challenged the way the government has characterised the reform, saying the government’s line that “chaque euro cotisé ouvre les mêmes droits pour tous” – roughly translated as “every euro contributed gives access to the same rights for all” – was an “imperfect reflection of the complexity and the diversity of the rules defined by the bill”.According to the Conseil, the government has made a change to the text to address this.The lower house of parliament is due to debate the draft reform legislation starting 17 February. It was presented to cabinet ministers on Friday.There have been multiple rounds of demonstrations against the reform plan, as well as a transport strike that is reportedly the longest in recent history in France. “This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills are for a pension system reform that is unprecedented since 1945 and intends to transform for decades to come a social system that is one of the major components of the social contract,” it added.
“Although this is the first confirmed case of an animal infection with the coronavirus strain in the UK, there is no evidence to suggest that the animal was involved in transmission of the disease,” it said. LONDON – A pet cat has become the first UK animal to be infected with coronavirus, health officials said Monday, insisting there was “no evidence” it could pass on the disease. The case was confirmed by the UK’s chief veterinary officer after laboratory tests carried out earlier this month in Surrey, near London. A pet cat in UK has tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said Monday. PA IMAGES The cat was initially diagnosed by a private vet as having the feline herpes virus but the sample was also subsequently tested for COVID-19 and proved positive. Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss called it “a very rare event,” adding that there was “no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans.” (AFP) Officials said that “all available evidence” indicated the cat likely contracted the disease from its owners who had tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from the environment ministry said the cat poses no risk.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 12.Crimes against a personAt 2:17 p.m. on Sept. 10, a staff member reported his ex-wife violated a restraining order when she showed up at his office. The staff member did not report the incident to DPS at the time, but filed a report with his local police station.Crimes against propertyAt 11:02 A.m. on Sept. 10, officers responded to a female whose vehicle was damaged when an automatic parking gate at Parking Structure B lowered on her rear bumper.At 4:04 P.m. on Sept. 10, a student’s vehicle was immobilized in the Exposition Boulevard Parking Structure because it displayed a forged USC parking permit. After the student contacted Transportation Service and agreed to pay the fine, the vehicle was released and the matter referred to Judicial Affairs.at 1:50 p.m. on Sept. 11, a suspect removed a wallet left unattended on the lawn outside of Marks Residence Hall.Miscellaneous incidentsat 5:20 P.m. on Sept. 11, a student was cited to Judicial Affairs after attempting to use a fake ID at Ralphs Supermarket.At 5:25 P.M. on Sept. 11, a suspect was reported to be staring at females inside of Doheny Library. He left before DPS arrived and could not be found in a subsequent search of the area.At 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, DPS detained a suspect who was observed riding his bicycle without lights at Bank of America. A check of his name revealed that he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.
MASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center says they no longer need handmade facial masks. MercyOne late last week had asked the public to donate handmade masks to help with the shortage of personal protective equipment. The Mason City-based hospital says they no longer are in need of the handmade masks, but they are asking for donations of factory-made, new, in the packaging PPE equipment donations, including N95 masks, gowns or face shields. If you are able to donate factory-made personal protective equipment, please e-mail [email protected] MercyOne reminds people that the very best way to show your support is to practice social distancing and staying home whenever possible.
Le’Veon Bell (26) enters Heinz Field through the smoke at the beginning of the game against the Baltimore Ravenson Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries. (AP Photo/Don Wright) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The faces of one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries may be changing. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel insists the intensity is not.Considering the final minutes of Pittsburgh’s 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, it’s hard to argue.“It’s still violent, it’s still smashmouth, it still came down to the very end,” Keisel said. “That’s what these games are all about. That’s why we consider it one of the greatest rivalries in all of football.”The Ravens trailed all day only to tie the game with 1:58 to go on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Dallas Clark. All it did was set the stage for Ben Roethlisberger and Shaun Suisham. The Pittsburgh quarterback calmly drove the Steelers 39 yards to set up Suisham’s game-winning 42-yard field goal, the fourth straight game between the two teams that’s been decided by three points.“To get the ball, tied with two time outs, you just have confidence,” Roethlisberger said. “I told the line and I told the guys lets go win it, and we did. Give them credit we went down and won it.”Pittsburgh (2-4) won its second straight at it begins the long climb out of an 0-4 start while Baltimore (3-4) heads into a bye week having lost three of four.Here are five things we learned from two teams heading in opposite directions, at least at the moment:SUISHAM IS SWEET: Suisham knocked in four field goals for the second straight week and is now 14 of 14 on the season. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin awarded his kicker the game ball, though Suisham isn’t quite sure he deserved it.“That’s my job,” Suisham said. “I’m happy that I did it. A lot of guys out there did their job tonight too. It’s a big win for us.”The Steelers needed Suisham to be perfect as its red zone offense continued to have issues. Pittsburgh managed just one touchdown in four trips inside the Baltimore 20.BALTIMORE BLUES: The Ravens’ last three losses have come by a total of eight points. The journey to get things turned around may be short, but Baltimore can’t afford to look like a team that’s dealing with a mild Super Bowl hangover. The defending champions are under .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2009. They rallied to make the postseason back then and remain confident they can do it again.“It’s going to be a dog fight just like it always is in this division,” Flacco said. “Cincinnati won today and they probably have a little bit of a stronghold on it right now, but we haven’t played them yet. We still have a lot of games to go.”THE BELL TOLLS: Pittsburgh rookie running back Le’Veon Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards, the highest total by a Steelers back since Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards against the New York Giants nearly a year ago.Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley opened up the playbook to get Bell involved. Bell lined up in the wildcat formation several times, with Roethlisberger lining up at wide receiver.Bell played quarterback in high school, though he’s going to stick to his day job at the moment. There are no plans for him to start throwing it around.“We kind of all put our heads together and came up with some fun, funky-good plays for us,” Roethlisberger said. “They worked out.”JOHN HARBAUGH LIKES TO GAMBLE: The Ravens kicked a field goal to draw within 13-9 early in the fourth quarter when coach John Harbaugh decided it was time for an onside kick. Justin Tucker’s “bunt” however, failed to go the required 10 yards. The Steelers took over and turned the good field position into three points to build a 16-9 edge.With his defense having trouble getting off the field quickly, Harbaugh doesn’t regret the call.“We’re going to try it because we think we can get it,” Harbaugh said. “We thought we had a great shot at getting it. Their guy made a nice play there, made a great play.”THE STEELERS HAVE LIFE: Pittsburgh’s 0-4 start is beginning to look like a distant memory. While the Steelers remain well back of the Bengals, they also aren’t buried yet. Pittsburgh travels to Oakland next week – where the Steelers have struggled – but after such a shaky September they’ll take it.“At 0-4, a lot of people counted us out and we still have an opportunity to turn this thing around,” linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “Right now we just have to keep marching in the right direction.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP