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New Mac malware variant needs no password to infect

first_imgApple posted a support article earlier today which aimed to help users avoid the Mac Defender Trojan, or remove it if already present on a system. Beyond that, the posting stated that a system update was in the works which would automatically remove the Trojan and prompt users if they happened to download the malware at some point in the future. Some wondered how well this fix would work, since cybercriminals release iterations of their malware almost as fast as Google iterates Chrome.Intego has now discovered that Mac Defender has already evolved into a more intelligent attacker. A new variant, called MacGuard, has started making the rounds, and unlike its predecessors it does not require a password to be entered to install its malicious payload. On single-user Macs, the avRunner downloader can simply pop itself into the Applications folder and phone home for its payload.Bypassing the password prompt is a significant advance, since that prompt is a bit like the hinged, acrylic box covering the big red button. While an unwary user might happily launch and click through an installer, the password dialog is usually a bit more foreboding. Eliminating the opportunity to back out before the code has been entered makes it all the more likely that MacGuard will successfully manipulate users into completing the install.For now, the bottom line is to scrutinize any web pages you wind up on which appear to be impersonating Finder and screaming at you about being infected. If you see something like the image below, it’s guaranteed to be a hoax and you should close your browser tab or window immediately.More at Integolast_img read more

Découvrez la première image du nouveau télescope de lESO

first_imgDécouvrez la première image du nouveau télescope de l’ESOEntré en service récemment, le télescope VST, dernier né de l’Observatoire européen austral (ESO), a réalisé ses premiers clichés du ciel austral mercredi.Désigné par l’ESO comme le plus grand télescope au monde pour permettre l’observation du ciel, le VST, baptisé de ce nom pour VLT Survey Telescope, est le nouveau venu à l’Observatoire européen austral (ESO). Cet instrument est composé d’un immense miroir de 2,60 mètres de diamètre et d’un gigantesque objectif d’une résolution de 268 mégapixels. Deux composantes qui font de lui un appareil unique en son genre, capable de cartographier de larges zones du ciel, qui équivalent au double de la largeur d’une pleine lune, avec une longue profondeur de champ. Les clichés sont d’une rare netteté, réalisés en plus dans des temps très courts. À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletConfectionné par l’ESO, cet appareil vient compléter et enrichir les travaux déjà réalisés par un autre télescope, le VLT. En effet, le VST pourra prendre des images grand angle du ciel austral, ce que ne peut pas faire le VLT. Des clichés qu’utilisera ensuite le VLT pour explorer plus en détails les nouvelles zones du ciel dont il n’avait pas pu prendre connaissance auparavant. Par ailleurs, le VST vient de dévoiler ses premiers clichés. Et c’est la région de formation d’étoiles Messier 17, plus communément appelée nébuleuse Omega ou nébuleuse du Cygne, qui a été photographiée. Située au coeur de la Voie Lactée, au niveau de la constellation du Sagittaire, elle offre de somptueuses images dont celle qui illustre cette article.Le 9 juin 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les éditeurs français mettent fin à leur boycott du kiosque Apple

first_imgLes éditeurs français mettent fin à leur boycott du kiosque AppleLes éditeurs de journaux et magazines français ont mis fin à leur boycott du kiosque d’Apple, le Newsstand. Après quatre mois de protestation contre les conditions imposées par la firme à la pomme, ils ont décidé de renoncer lors d’un conseil d’administration du Syndicat de la Presse Magazine (SPM). Le boycott du kiosque d’Apple a pris fin. Les éditeurs de presse français ont décidé de renoncer  à ce mouvement décidé par quatre syndicats professionnels au moment du lancement du Newsstand sur iPad en octobre dernier, rapporte Les Echos. Seuls trois titres, France Soir, La Tribune, et Le Point étaient jusqu’alors disponibles sur le kiosque à journaux numérique du géant de Cupertino.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Les éditeurs de journaux et magazines entendaient ainsi faire pression pour Apple dont ils refusent les conditions. Ils déplorent notamment de ne pas avoir accès automatiquement aux données de leurs abonnés, mais aussi les prix de vente imposés par la firme à la pomme et la commission sur les ventes de 30% qu’elle s’octroie. Mais Apple n’a pas cédé.Lors d’un conseil d’administration du Syndicat de la Presse Magazine (SPM) la semaine dernière, ils ont donc décidé de mettre fin à leur boycott, désireux malgré tout de profiter de l’impact très positif du Newsstand sur les ventes numériques de la presse. Le Point, disponible depuis le mois de janvier sur le kiosque, a ainsi enregistré un bond de ses ventes hebdomadaires, qui ont augmenté de 1.000 exemplaires en deux semaines seulement. Dans les jours à venir, plusieurs titres devraient alors suivre l’exemple du magazine. D’après Les Echos, Mondadori proposera très prochainement Auto Plus sur le Newsstand, puis cinq magazines au mois de mars comme Grazia et Biba. Le groupe Lagardère Active devrait lui aussi lancer plusieurs titres dans les semaines à venir. Le 14 février 2012 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mariano Diaz wrote a goodbye letter to Lyon fans

first_imgThe Dominican Republic striker spend one year in the French Ligue 1 team and now goes back to Real Madrid in La LigaAfter spending playing for one year in French Ligue 1 side Lyon, Mariano Sanchez has said goodbye and will now join Real Madrid.The 25-year-old feels very grateful to the French team, where he played for 37 matches, scoring 18 goals.But he was not leaving without saying goodbye, and he published on Twitter a heartful letter to the club and fans.“With every effort, every action, every controlled pass, every goal, I have defended with my life the Olympique Lyonnais jersey,” he said on Twitter as reported by Marca.“Today is the day where I say goodbye to a club that helped me to progress as a player and as a person.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I can only be thankful to my teammates, to the member of the technical staff, the club’s employees and especially to the fans who are there every day.”The player will be presented in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium tomorrow.À bientôt et merci @OL pic.twitter.com/mbkNwFsViI— Mariano Diaz Mejia (@marianodiaz9) August 30, 2018last_img read more

2018 World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla

first_img2018 World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla Posted: December 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom LA JOLLA (KUSI)- The 2018 World Adaptive Surfing Championship began in La Jolla today with an opening ceremony much like the Olympics. It’s called the parade of nations.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was there. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Shocking Man bites into burger with glass pieces at this famous international

first_img[Representational image]Creative commonsSajid Ajmuddin Pathan, an auto driver, was rushed to a hospital after biting into a burger with glass pieces in Pune. He had vomited blood and had to undergo emergency surgery at Sahyadri hospital.The incident happened on May 15 at a Burger King outlet at Fergusson College Road in Pune.Pathan recalled that he had lost a game to his friends and had to treat them with burgers. He then took them to the Burger King outlet and bought burgers, french fries and soft drinks. When Pathan was eating his burger, he felt a sharp pain in his throat and started to spit blood. He tried wiping his mouth but the bleeding did not stop, reports The Times of India.When Pathan and his friends checked the burger, they found glass pieces. “We checked the burger in front of the outlet officials and found that there were several pieces of glass in it,” Pathan told TOI. “My friends rushed me to a hospital on the FC Road and then I was shifted to another hospital on Karve Road. I was admitted there for two days,” he added.His friends first rushed him to a hospital close by and they took him to Sahyadri hospital. There, they had to shell out Rs 15,000 for Pathan’s treatment and were told to bring Pathan the next day too. Pathan’s friends took him to the hospital the next day, this time paid Rs 30,000 for treatment. The doctors told them that the glass pieces would come out naturally through Pathan’s bowel movement.The Deccan Gymkhana police have booked the outlet under section 337 (causing hurt by act and endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. Close In-N-Out Burger Just Donated $25,000 To The Republican Party And Customers Are Furiouscenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Today is Drink Beer Day

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? Raise a glass of your favourite Castle Lager or any beer of your choice and celebrate ‘Drink Beer Day’!With hundreds of different new and traditional varieties available, ‘Drink Beer Day’ gives all drinkers a wonderful opportunity to sample both local and internationally brewed ales and lagers.Held annually, this exciting day is recognised in many different countries across the globe and taking part could not be easier.Simply gather a few friends and crack open a beer!Alternatively, celebrate by attending beer festivals or beer-tasting events held in your area. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Australian pilot arrested for indecently treating a child

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22541/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A Western Australia pilot for V Australia has faced court this week after being arrested on Australia Day for taking photos of a small boy while he was changing clothes.As the incident took place in Brisbane’s South Bank, the man in question faced a Brisbane magistrate’s court for his offences.During his arrest the pilot had allegedly told police that he had an obsession with circumcision and had a collection of photos of boys, ABC News reported.e-Travel Blackboard understands that the pilot in question is no longer employed with V Australia.  The carrier declined to offer any further comments as the matter is currently before the courts. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Because Mums Deserve to travel the World

first_imgBecause Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldBecause Mums Deserve [to travel] the WorldClub Med loves mums and make sure they do everything they can to give her the relaxing holiday she deserves. From ensuring the little ones are well looked-after in the award-winning Kids Club, to nutritional and delicious food, activities galore, open bar for added relaxation and an adults-only Zen Pool for those rare and sacred moments of tranquility.Help your clients to spoil mum this Mother’s Day with the ultimate island escape and a trip she’ll never forget. Thanks to Club Med’s limited Mother’s Day Offer, your client’s family could be swimming in the tranquil seas of the Maldives, relaxing on the magnificent beaches in Indonesia or discovering the local culture in Thailand. Go on, they deserve it!By quoting the code: MUMLOV, your client’s mums will receive an extra $200 off their trip to Club Med Bali, Kani, Bintan Island or Phuket, with a minimum 6 nights stay required. Club Med’s Mother’s Day Offer applies to bookings with a minimum of 2 people when booked between 7 – 18 May 2018 for travel until October 2018. Blackout dates apply.Making their mum’s escape truly hassle-free, Club Med’s infamous all-inclusive package includes gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, an open bar, a vast selection of activities, entertainment and kids clubs, in addition to accommodation.View details of this campaign, flyer, Facebook content and terms and conditions to assist sales here:https://www.clubmedta.com.au/special-offer/offers-for-clients-en-au/mothers-day-offer/Club Med Mother’s Day Offer is available for:Club Med Bali, Indonesia – Prices start from $890 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bali is a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, set between fields of rice paddies and temples, with masses of space to unwind. Featuring traditional Balinese must-try experiences, Club Med Bali’s cultural highlights include Bahasa language lessons, Balinese ceremonies as well as arts and crafts*. Club Med Bali now offers Bugaboo strollers within the resort as part of the all-inclusive package, making family holidays even easier for parents with young children. For guests with a passion for action, there’s surfing lessons* and white water rafting* or wind down with a walk through the resort’s botanical track. The contemporarydesign of the resort, inspired by local culture, is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul.Club Med Kani, the Maldives – Prices start from $1,610 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Kani is the ultimate endless turquoise playground in the Maldives, suitable for families looking for an indulgent escape. Enjoy unique must-try experiences of the Maldives including Kani’s new state of the art Dive Centre, coral rebuilding program allowing guests to help repair damaged reefs*, surfing*, flyboard* and more! For kids there’s the resorts new Mini Club and Junior Club. Kani brings together delicious local cuisine, colourful marine life and pristine waters in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It truly is a bucket-list destination.Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia – Prices start from $1,140 including ferry transfer per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Bintan Island is the ultimate holistic wellness escape, a short ferry ride from Singapore. The resort offers a new fitness and yoga menu including Yoga Palapa, night trapeze and juice bar all located in the heart of a magnificent tropical park, surrounded by private white sandy beach.Club Med Phuket, Thailand – Prices start from $745 per mum for 6 nights.At Club Med Phuket, take a moment to relax at the Zen pool, or experience the heart of Thai vibrancy. Enjoy unique experiences including a Thai boxing initiation, the resort’s photo zone with a Tuktuk*, and arts and crafts including Thai umbrella painting*.Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia – Prices start from $820 per mum for 6 nights.Club Med Cherating Beach is a step into the wild, where you can enjoy unique resort experiences including watching the release of turtle hatchlings* into the ocean at the nearby turtle sanctuary, jungle walks and yoga with breathtaking views. Whilst there, check out the resort’s must-try experiences including the new fitness and yoga menu or amazing firefly watching at night*.For bookings and enquiries call Club Med on 1800 258 263 or visit www.clubmed.com.au.Offer Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for sale from 7 May – 18 May 2018 for departures 7 May – 31 October 2018 for a minimum 6 nights consecutive stay. Offer is applicable for Club Med Bali, Club Med Kani, Club Med Bintan Island, Club Med Cherating Beach and Club Med Phuket only. Discount is applied to the standard price and is valid for the first female adult (18+) on a booking. Prices advertised are based on Adults (18+) in twin share accommodation. Pricing also available for Teens (12-17) and Children (4-11). Offer is valid for new bookings by Australian residents only and is subject to availability and may change without notice. Offer subject to quota per date of departure and to removal without notice once reached. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid for Group travel or in conjunction with any other offer. For full terms and conditions, please contact Club Med.Source = Club Medlast_img read more

VISIT FLORIDA conducts MICE VIP events in India

first_imgVISIT FLORIDA together with five partners recently hosted over fifty members of the travel trade industry in Mumbai for an exclusive MICE event at St Regis, Lower Parel. The evening saw Emirates, Starwood, 7M Tours, Experience Kissimmee and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment come together to showcase the infrastructural offering within Florida. During the two-hour networking event, members of the travel trade industry were provided with information from the partners about the latest updates each company had to offer the MICE market.VISIT FLORIDA had also organised a VIP event in Bengaluru, which was attended by more than 70 leading names in the travel trade industry. The evening was organised at ITC Gardenia in collaboration with Universal Parks & Resorts, 7M Tours, Experience Kissimmee and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  During the event, the partners showcased their newest offerings and interacted with the travel trade fraternity. The venue had interesting Florida photo backdrops, where the attendees could pose and post on social media using #LoveFL.Seldon Tenzing, Account Director India, VISIT FLORIDA, added, “This is the first time that we have hosted a MICE event, given that there has been a steady growing demand from MICE companies for Florida it is a best time to spread awareness about the destination. It is an ideal destination for MICE groups with ample hotels which offer convention facilities and good air connectivity; therefore we partnered with Emirates and Starwood to organize this event.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Ulu Cliffhouse the 50

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterUlu Cliffhouse, the 5000-square-metre clifftop playground nestled in Uluwatu, Bali, is set to have its grand opening on Saturday 2 December 2017 with its unparalleled ocean views, coastal-inspired kitchen creations, and imaginative tropical cocktails.The Bukit clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a music recording studio, an art space and food and drinks, from the open-air restaurant to the cliffside rock bar hanging over the waves. Tipping its hat to the surfers’ paradise location in Uluwatu, Ulu Cliffhouse also features a resident surfboard shaper.Commanding jaw-dropping views of the ocean, Ulu Cliffhouse is set to be home to Bali’s creative crowd, as well as being a space for wanderlusters to unwind or let loose. Designed by Shed London and Bali’s Design Assembly, the beach club draws on the 1950s Palm Springs aesthetic, enhancing its raw environment with modern edges, effortless chic and youthful cheek.Restaurant Headed by Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz, who led Astrid & Gaston to #14 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and now free-rider chef, Ulu Cliffhouse’s culinary offering goes beyond the typical beach club menu by incorporating the influence of Diego’s travels around the world and Bali’s local environment at the same time.The fresh, fun and locally sourced offerings reflect Diego’s ability to integrate culturally diverse flavours, resulting in a menu that includes a raw bar showcasing his personal take on ceviches, tiraditos and an array of other culinary delights.The restaurant and the bar, with a capacity of 80 and 100 respectively, house timber and rattan pavilions that provide a soft dappled shade, offering tiered dining with a no-filter-necessary view of the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of handcrafted furniture layered with bold tropical prints and pastel hues, guests can opt to unwind over Ulu Cliffhouse’s delicious menu with two cantilevered terraces that flank the cliff edge with shaded deep sun loungers.Besides offering its own recording studio, Ulu Cliffhouse will also be home to a rotating art space and lifestyle boutique.Ulu Cliffhouse is created and developed by F&B entrepreneurs – Out & Out Hospitality whose operations span Singapore (Operation Dagger, Oxwell & Co) and Bali (KILN on Petitenget and the new Mandala House).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Lucido testifies on bills to protect Michigan drivers

first_img Categories: Lucido News 25Oct Rep. Lucido testifies on bills to protect Michigan drivers State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of two bills that clarify rules for drivers and ensure their safety.The first bill stipulates that a license plate is to be considered “clearly visible” when the plate is free from any obstruction.“I would never think in a million years I would have to talk about a license plate obstruction,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township.  “But it’s obvious that we need some clarity in the law.”District Court Judge William Hackel III of Macomb County brought the idea of clarifying the law to Lucido.The current statute is very broad. Law enforcement can conduct a traffic stop if the individual’s license plate has a foreign object that obstructs any portion of the license plate regardless the circumstances or construction of the vehicle.The second bill requires the drivers training curriculum to include instruction on what to do when pulled over by law enforcement.This bill requires that people going through drivers training be taught what to do if they are pulled over and how to react to police officer commands, which is not a current educational requirement.Lucido said it recently became law in Illinois to require drivers education to teach students the proper procedure when pulled over by police.House Bills 4705 and 4881 remain under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###last_img read more

Rep Crawford Oakland Co schools resume with record investment increased focus on

first_img Categories: Crawford News 23Aug Rep. Crawford: Oakland Co. schools resume with record investment, increased focus on career prep Students headed back to school across Oakland County will be supported by record state funding and a renewed emphasis on preparing for the workforce, Rep. Kathy Crawford, of Novi, said today.“This is what consistent, responsible budgeting delivers – being able to prioritize funds toward things that matter most to our taxpayers,” said Crawford, who serves on the House Education Reform Committee. “Once again, our area school districts will be properly funded and better equipped to prepare our students for successful futures.”In Crawford’s last two years in the Michigan House, she has helped deliver an estimated $9.4 million funding increase for the Oakland County school districts she represents. That includes an increase of at least $120 per student in the state’s basic foundation allowance, which will be provided in the new academic year.The foundation increase this coming school year amounts to an estimated $538,938 for Northville Public Schools, $549,639 for Novi Community Schools, $1,317,741 for South Lyon Community Schools and nearly $1,602,681 for Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.With this increase, every school district in Michigan will receive at least $7,871 per student in the state’s basic foundation allowance this academic year. The annual per-student foundation allowance increase is the largest in 15 years.Michigan’s commitment to education goes well beyond the basic foundation allowance. The state also is allocating $100 million for the Marshall Plan for Talent, designed to expand and improve skilled trade career opportunities for students.“This record funding also continues the progress that has been made when focusing on Michigan’s most in-demand jobs by making sure future graduates are more than capable of filling them,” Crawford said. “Our students will have the opportunity to make Michigan’s future even brighter by bringing their experience and expertise learned in the classroom to the table.”More money will go to early literacy and special education programs this year on the heels of last year’s significant increase in funding for students who are considered at-risk either financially or academically.School safety also is a high priority with $25 million set aside statewide for grants to improve building security, plus additional resources to expand the OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.last_img read more

Michigan House approves Rep Alberts plan helping state police retirees

first_img Categories: Albert News,News 06Dec Michigan House approves Rep. Albert’s plan helping state police retirees The state House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan designed to ensure Michigan State Police retirees get their promised benefits while controlling long-term system costs.“These reforms will help troopers and taxpayers, which is a ‘win-win’ situation,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We’re another step closer to changes that will help Michigan State Police employees retire with the benefits they have been promised and have earned.”Albert worked with the Michigan State Police Troopers Association and other groups to help build support for the plan.The legislation updates state law to reflect the most recent collective bargaining agreement, helping preserve retirement benefits for troopers, sergeants, commanders and other employees. The legislation also includes significant changes to make retirement system costs more sustainable and predictable moving forward, Albert said, while preserving retirement benefits.Changes include lower payroll growth assumptions to reflect current trends, and a schedule to pay off retirement system debt by 2038, the same target date for eliminating unfunded liabilities in other state employee retirement systems. Debt will be paid off more along the lines of a fixed-rate car or home loan – a predictable system that lowers the risk of taxpayers getting stuck with unexpected, ballooning payments in later years.House Bills 6475-81 advance to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

Bill to Standardize Labels Aims to Combat Food Waste

first_imgShare26TweetShare14Email40 SharesBy The original uploader was Bando26 at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 28, 2016; Christian Science MonitorBefore you throw out those eggs that have passed their “best by” date, ask yourself if you know what exactly that label means. NPQ has written about the massive issue of food waste before. In the United States alone, 40 percent of food, equaling $165 billion, is thrown out or wasted, and some of that loss could have been prevented through basic education about food expiration, or a change in food labels altogether. A coalition of lawmakers, advocates, and industry groups is campaigning to clarify and “standardize” food labels through the Food Date Labeling Act, introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME). Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.“One of the most common arguments people seem to have at home is about whether or not food should be thrown out just because the date on the label has passed. It’s time to settle that argument, end the confusion and stop throwing away perfectly good food,” said Pingree.According to research in Europe and Britain cited by Food Safety News, food labels create confusion and cause about 20 percent of food waste. Food manufacturers create the labels, but, depending on the product, the labels often don’t in fact pertain to the safety of the food. Rather, they refer to the optimal taste of the product, misleading consumers into believing their food is unsafe to eat once it passes that “use by” date.According to the bill, in the United States, the labels cause up to 90 percent of individuals to throw out edible food. One consumer may understand a “best by” date as meaning a product expires after that date, while another may interpret the label as a soft cut-off point. Many consumers treat all such phrases as expiration dates.In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Sally Greenberg, the executive director of the advocacy group, National Consumers League, said, “Many consumers believe that…it’s a federal government label, and it’s actually a manufacturer label dealing with optimal freshness, or maybe optimal taste.” Greenberg’s group is part of the coalition supporting the act. Under the proposed legislation, this variety of verbiage would be replaced with uniform phrases on food packaging. One would be a voluntary “quality date”; the item within is “best if used by” that date, but is still acceptable for consumption afterward, even if the quality of the product has begun to deteriorate. A product would also have a “safety date” to serve as an official warning that consuming the product after this date would be harmful.Over the past several decades, food safety has become a serious concern due to the possible impact it could have on the environment. “For a while, we’ve been really focused on food safety,” said the director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Emily Broad Lieb. “There was a sense of, ‘When in doubt, throw it out.’ I think now we’ve woken up to this landscape of 40 percent of the food we produce in the U.S. gets thrown away.”Though some might be unnerved by increased government involvement in regulating food labels, NPQ reported that France, and, more recently, Italy, have taken an even bigger step in addressing food waste by mandating that supermarkets donate any unused food to charities. Denmark launched its first food waste supermarket, not unlike similar stores in the United States. And the “ugly fruit and vegetable” trend continues to encourage consumers and grocery stores to use imperfect produce; currently, most gets thrown away. Along with this legislation, efforts to raise awareness of the food waste issue may help us to make better use of our food supplies.—Shafaq HasanShare26TweetShare14Email40 Shareslast_img read more

Civics Education Teaching Anew the Art and Skills of Participation

first_imgShare46Tweet2Share40Email88 SharesNovember 16, 2016; ABC News (Associated Press)Recently, seven fifth-grade candidates found themselves in the running for Connecticut’s “kid governor” to promote student interest in government and civics. The program includes lessons about government, community engagement and community issues. California, Connecticut, and New York are revising their social studies frameworks to include civics and participatory skills. Illinois, one of a number of states with no civics requirement, recently added one. Discovering Justice recruits volunteers to help teachers run action-oriented civics projects to teach good citizenship. At Lowell High School in Massachusetts, students focused on rising Islamophobia after Muslim students were bullied. Students discovered that ignorance—lack of education—was at issue and created a plan to develop accurate information.These states, education-focused nonprofits, and schools, particularly charter schools, are attempting to prepare better-engaged citizens. Ted McConnell, executive director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, says, “Basic civics knowledge is wanting throughout our country.” Civics education receives less attention than it did in earlier decades. What is taught in classroom is what is funded, and the advent of high-stakes testing, teaching frameworks, and the civics-deficient Common Core has seen civics education elbowed aside for STEM-related studies. Yet, the National Assessment of Progress in Education still tests students in civics in grades 4, 8, and 12. Students are assessed in civic knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic disposition.Weak civics knowledge equals weak civil political participation. In 2014, “only 23 percent of U.S. students scored as ‘proficient’ in civics,” according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Is this, then, an opportunity for parents to revisit the Common Core and its relationship to civic education? Some civics proponents believe that parental involvement can be problematic; apparently parents like civic education as long as it teaches their children to think as they do. “Often, teachers are scared of parents,” says John Broome of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, whose dissertation focused on adolescent civic learning. “Teaching anything, teaching social studies, civics or not, is political.”Civics education has certainly moved into the political arena. A group of fourteen states, all with Republican governors, have instituted a mandatory one-hundred-question civics graduation test. (The goal, according to the conservative Joe Foss Civic Education Initiative, is that all fifty states adopt the test in 2017, the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.) Many believe this need for civic instruction has been apparent for years but was underscored by low voter turnout and vitriolic tone of the recent presidential race. After the results, proponents of civics and new converts want more in classrooms. But the election’s results should not drive the push for increased civics education. The process is what’s important.In its broadest definition, “civics education” means all the processes that affect people’s beliefs, commitments, capabilities, and actions as members or prospective members of communities.Civics doesn’t create Republicans. Civics doesn’t create Democrats. What it should do is to create an ongoing citizenry that is engaged, involved, and eager to participate on their terms. They participate in our democratic process by being involved, valuing and understanding our voting process and even completing the census, which is probably the most civic-minded thing citizens can do. Civics is much more than voting; there is discourse, participation, and the basic understanding that people can disagree without being disagreeable.The NAEP civics assessment defines civic dispositions as “the traits of private and public character essential to the preservation and improvement of American constitutional democracy.” It outlines five:Becoming an independent member of society;Assuming the personal, political, and economic responsibilities of a citizen;Respecting individual worth and human dignity;Participating in civic affairs in an informed, thoughtful, and effective manner; andPromoting the healthy functioning of American constitutional democracyThe goal of civics education is to create civic minded pupils, not political pupils.—Mary Frances MitchnerShare46Tweet2Share40Email88 Shareslast_img read more

San Francisco Considers Ban on PoliticianBacked Behested Fundraising

first_imgShare8Tweet24Share2Email34 Shares“Don’t let your ethics slip” by We Are NeoOctober 11, 2017; KPCC 89.3A nonprofit fundraising tactic broadly employed for years across America has come under scrutiny in San Francisco.Southern California Public Radio-KPCC reports that the San Francisco Ethics Commission is exploring strict new limits on “behested payments,” where local elected officials partner with community-based nonprofits to raise money for their pet causes, often approaching individuals and companies that do business with local government.The proposal under consideration would bar public officials from asking any person or group to donate to a civic or charitable cause if the person or group has business before that official, according to KPCC.The story comes on the heels of recent reports of more than $31 million in donations requested and raised by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, setting a statewide record and raising conflict of interest concerns among ethics experts. San Francisco’s proposal to restrict such payments is designed to reduce corruption and conflicts of interest, reports the station, with a penalty of $5,000 for each violation levied on the politician, but not the donor.It would be the first such regulation anywhere in California, city staff told KPCC. Government watchdogs view behested payments as a way to skirt contribution limits. Unlike campaign contributions, there’s no ceiling on behested payments, so donors can give as much as they want, buying influence and currying favor with local mayors and councilmembers, who take credit for raising money for charity.Meanwhile, local nonprofits enjoy the benefits of donations they would be unlikely to secure on their own, and many of them view the practice as a critical component of their overall fundraising strategies. With very rare exceptions, nobody questions the worthiness of the causes that reap the benefits of behested payments. It has been a common practice among nonprofit fundraisers and their political patrons for years, although it’s not well known among the general public.Many of the contributions Garcetti has solicited for the Mayor’s Fund and other causes are from companies doing business with the city, such as real estate developers and utility franchisees. These are the type of donations regulators in San Francisco are trying to ban, calling it “soft corruption.”San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors would have to approve any proposed ordinance dealing with behested payments, limiting their own fundraising. Another option would be to place the changes on the June 2018 ballot and ask voters to decide. If that measure becomes law, it will go far beyond the lax reporting requirements in Los Angeles.—Larry KaplanShare8Tweet24Share2Email34 Shareslast_img read more

International producer and distributor IMG Media i

first_imgInternational producer and distributor IMG Media is launching a 24-hour sports channel after striking a deal with electronics giant Panasonic Avionics Corporation.The channel – Sport 24 – will initially be available for airline passengers and cruise line passengers after the two companies inked deals with Gulf Air and Norwegian Cruise Liners.The channel will be broadcast via satellite and will air live coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, The Barclays Premier League, and Bundesliga, The Masters, The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup, Formula 1, Roland Garros and the Australian Open.Richard Wise, senior vice president, IMG Media, said: “Sport 24 will revolutionise the way passengers watch live sports on airlines and cruise ships. For the first time ever viewers will be able to enjoy the greatest sporting events live while travelling on business or holidaying abroad. Sport fans will no longer have to miss their favourite team, or event on this new dedicated sports channel.”last_img read more

Qatar Telecom Qtel has selected service monitori

first_imgQatar Telecom (Qtel) has selected service monitoring company Mariner’s IP monitoring solution, Mariner xVu.Qtel will use Mariner xVu for its Mozaic TV service, which delivers over 200 channels to 60,000 subscribers. The deal is the first for Mariner in the Middle East.Mariner said xVu offers Qtel video service monitoring of each subscriber. Statistics collected by external data sources are compiled and configured as status indicators on Mariner NetworkVu.“With this product enhancement, we can integrate with a new external data source and maximise NetworkVu’s ability to make quality assurance more cost-efficient and much less developmentally intensive,” said Curtis Howe, president and CEO of Mariner. “Probe integration is about creating greater value for the customer and bringing service-oriented monitoring to the edge network and the home.”last_img read more

Channel 4s ondemand service 4oD has launched on

first_imgChannel 4’s on-demand service 4oD has launched on UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat. The service joins BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube apps on Freesat’s   advanced set-top box and will offer both new and catalogue Channel 4 content.Freesat MD Emma Scott said the deployment further strengthened its on-demand offering and establishes Freesat as “the first UK TV platform to host the HTML5 version of 4oD.Freesat launched last Autumn, bringing new features to the service, including a backwards EPG and a new Showcase TV recommendations section. was built on open standards for hybrid TV, including elements of HbbTV and HTML5 browser technology.last_img read more