LAPD traffic cameras not the picture of success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But they still have not been installed at six of the intersections, and the success rate in issuing tickets to motorists who are photographed is about 65 percent – far below the promised 80 percent. “It’s better than the 50 percent rate we were getting before, but it is still far below the 80percent we were promised,” Councilman Bernard Parks said. “I went along with this recommendation because we were told we would get an 80percent success rate.” Officials with the contractor, Nestor Traffic Systems, said problems have included construction delays and difficulty identifying some motorists in the photos because of glare on windshields and unregistered vehicles. But Councilman Greig Smith wasn’t buying the contractor’s defense. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Los Angeles officials voiced frustration Monday with the status of the city’s $15 million red-light camera enforcement program amid installation delays and other problems. Designed to catch motorists who speed through red lights, the cameras were supposed to be operating at 32 intersections by June. “To say it has something to do with construction is ludicrous,” Smith said. “That has nothing to do with the quality of the tickets you write. I understand you have some problems but we have to look at this in terms of our budget. “We approved this contract with the expectation there would be a certain level of revenue. And it was known going in that there would be a problem with the glare from the sun. That there were cars without license plates. Your explanation, to me, sounds like a bureaucratic dance.” Officials with the company and the city said they are working on reducing the problems and increasing the rate of ticketing. And despite the problems, Los Angeles Police Department officials said the cameras have had a positive effect in reducing the number of accidents and speeding motorists. The cameras were installed as part of a public safety effort, officials said, and not for the revenue they would bring in through citations. Members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee said they want an updated report from the contractor after the final six cameras are installed by the end of November. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Creating opportunities for underprivileged women

first_imgWomen have come a long way after battling against all odds but still there are women, who are yet to take their first step. Le Meridien, in association with Joining Hands (a non-profit organisation), has come up with a new initiative that will train underprivileged women from economically weaker sections in the national Capital, to become a part of hospitality sector. The women will be trained in various sections within the hospitality sector, which would enhance their chance of acquiring jobs for a better livelihood.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The training will take place for six months where 25 women will learn the intricacies of different departments under the operational section of the hospitality sector. The sole aim is to help them transform into confident women, who can face all the challenges of life.Nidhi Bhasin, trustee of Joining Hands said: “We are very excited about this initiative- the hospitality industry offers huge opportunities for employment. The sector is manpower intensive and people also good exposure to health, hygiene and general grooming. The women participating in this initiative will inspire other women in their communities and will be drivers of change towards cleaner and healthier communities.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe added that these women will take back home the lessons taught in this profession and it will instill confidence in them to achieve their goals. Meneka Gandhi, Union minister for Women and Child Development was present at the launch and she emphasised on the need for encouragement.  She said: “The craftsmen of this country carry legacy of unique artworks that are very well known but they don’t know how to adapt to change. This is where we have to step in to help them improve their livelihood.” The course has been designed in such a manner that it will provide a hands-on experience to the women. The students will work in the hotel for experience and be later employed if they’re good at it. For others there will be a placement drive, which will give them opportunities to work in other hotels. When Millennium Post asked about the fee structure, Nidhi Bhasin said: “We’re charging a nominal fee of Rs 300 per month so that the women, who’ve joined the course, do not take this lightly.”Some of the students were present at the launch and they happily spoke about it. “I am excited about this course. Till now we have learnt the basics as the course started in January. We are being taught the basics of English language as well such as the usage of ‘has’ and ‘have,” said Samikhsha, a student of the pilot batch.Talking more about the potential that this sector has, Meena Bhatia, vice president, Marketing and Operations, Le Meridien New Delhi said: “There is a growing need to include women in the organised sector and the hospitality industry offers great opportunities for women to join the work force. In my experience, women do exceedingly well in the key areas of housekeeping, food and beverage service, food and beverage production and the front office.last_img read more

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