Emergency response following acid attack on the junction of Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road, London, Britain July 13, 2017 in seen in this picture obtained from social media. SARAH COBBOLD via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WAS PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – During the last century, the world shifted from manual labour to a situation where manufacturing is almost completely automated. Quality control by visual inspection is a task people are quite good at – at least, for a short period of time. It is difficult for people to stay focused for very long, and suddenly they drift off thinking of what to do in the weekend. Computers are quite the opposite. They never take a break, and can focus on the exact same task 24/7 without ever drifting away.
The Irish government is advertising a 4m euro (£3.4m) contract to recruit vets to carry out animal inspections in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Northern Ireland has already recruited additional vets and says further appointments are planned. It remains unclear whether any checks could take place at the Irish border. But EU law says animal products (including livestock) have to be inspected at the point they enter the single market. "We could see a surge in demand for border checks on animals and animal products," says Aurelie Moralis, president of the Northern Ireland branch of the British Veterinary Association.
The transport ministry's working group on Friday released a set of measures to prevent any new manipulation of data on vehicles' fuel economy, including the introduction of punishment. The move came after Mitsubishi Motors Corp. admitted manipulating fuel economy data and Suzuki Motor Corp. admitted using unauthorized data-gathering methods. The preventive measures also include surprise inspections of automakers during the periods in which the firms collect vehicle fuel economy data. If any inappropriate practice is found, it will be made public and the government will stop type-designation screenings not only on the vehicle model involved but also the automaker's other models. The ministry is scheduled to decide next month whether it will revise the road transport vehicle law in order to start the new punishment.