Safe food talk

first_imgHow safe is the food we eat? Can we protect ourselves from unsafe imported foods and products?The University of Georgia College of Public Health and Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute hope to answer these questions with a public lecture on food safety at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Masters Hall at the UGA Center for Continuing Education.”Is your food safe to eat?” will be presented by UGA food safety expert Michael Doyle as part of a new series featuring Georgia experts. The series’ purpose is to increase community knowledge and awareness about the public health issues in the media and at home. Doyle is a Regents professor of food microbiology and director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin and one of the country’s leading authorities on E. coli bacteria. His research focuses on developing methods to detect and control foodborne pathogens from the farm to the table. Claude Burnett, director of the Georgia Division of Health Northeast Health District and CPH adjunct professor, will lead a discussion of the restaurant inspection process and other food safety issues. For more information about this event and the UGA Community Lecture Series on Public Health Issues, go to the Web site University of Georgialast_img read more

Cuba Controls Internet Networks To Block Opposition

first_img“Authorities recognize that updating their economy requires greater connectivity, but they worry that greater access can encourage dissidence,” William Leo Grande, professor of Latin American Politics at American University in Washington, D.C., told The New York Times. “There is always tension between the political risk of giving internet access and the economic need of expansion.”The Cuban State must cease any form of internet surveillance, as it constitutes interference in the private lives of people, said the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in its December 2018 report Freedom of Expression in Cuba. “For a totalitarian system like the Cuban one, any empowerment or association that exists outside official spaces is dangerous,” Gallego concluded. Clandestine wireless antennas and mesh networks remain at some houses in Havana, after the government authorized regulated and censored access to internet, on July 29, 2019. (Photo: STR/AFP) By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo October 24, 2019 On July 29, 2019, the Cuban government authorized the use of private data networks to establish remote internet connections. The new regulations, however, contain a series of restrictions that violate international norms and prohibit the participation of basic components that managed to connect entire municipalities.“It’s unbelievable that a country like Cuba, which should promote socialization of relations, would attack this kind of network, built and managed by the community itself in a nonprofit and apolitical way,” José Raúl Gallego, professor at the School of Languages and Communication at the University of Camagüey Ignacio Agramonte in Cuba, told Diálogo.The norms regulating the use of private networks and data, as well as the use of high-speed wireless systems of the Cuban Ministry of Communications (MINCOM, in Spanish), have criminalized shared mesh networks, which allow people to communicate, and also restrict the output of wireless equipment, said Spanish news agency EFE. The regulations did away with the country’s first nongovernmental self-managed network — a service users would extend through many houses connected to a single cable. The network, created in 2001, because of difficulties in getting internet services, allowed more than 100,000 users to share content and opinion through virtual forums.When the norms were enforced, the self-managed network fought to avoid being dismantled. After government security agents threatened and detained system users and administrators, state-owned computer network Joven Club arbitrarily absorbed the internet infrastructure, said Yucabyte, a Cuban website that focuses on information technology. In its 35 years of existence, Yucabyte added, Joven Club has connected via fiber optics a little under half of its facilities throughout the country. According to the MINCOM website, Joven Club only has 600 facilities.“These kinds of networks are promoted at the international level not only for economic reasons, but also because they empower people, promote literacy and participation, and create new job opportunities,” said Gallego. “Cuba needs self-managed networks to guarantee the social use of the radio spectrum,” Fidel Alejandro Rodríguez, lecturer at the University of Havana’s School of Communication, said on Facebook.Regulations on Cuban digitalization prohibit “having websites abroad and spreading information through networks that is contrary to social interest, moral standards, good practices, and people’s integrity,” said the 45th State Official Gazette. Decrees impose fines and equipment seizures for offenders.Cuba is among the countries with the highest censorship rates; the government offers citizens a controlled intranet, according to Washington-based nongovernmental organization Freedom House. In addition, network surveillance is used to identify independent journalists and political dissidents.last_img read more

2 Ex-Agape Workers Convicted of Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two people have been convicted of helping a Long Island Ponzi schemer dubbed “Mini-Madoff” con about 3,800 investors out of $147 million before the scam unraveled in the 2008 Wall Street crisis.Diane Kaylor, 39, of Bethpage, and 38-year-old Jason Keryc of Wantagh were found guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court of securities fraud, conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. The both worked for the now-infamous Hauppauge-based Agape World, Inc.“Kaylor and Keryc convinced thousands of hard-working, middle class Americans to invest their life savings, their children’s college funds, or their retirement money in Agape, knowing that Agape was a Ponzi scheme,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the duo made commission off of the investments they secured with Agape, which was founded by Nicholas Cosmo, who was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail and wire fraud.Instead of investing the money, Agape used investors’ funds to pay returns to previous investors, authorities said.Kaylor and Keryc made approximately $3.4 million and $8.9 million, respectively, according to investigators.Six other Agape workers have also been convicted but have yet to be sentenced by Judge Denis Hurley.Kaylor and Keryc face up to 20 years in prison on each count when they are sentenced July 23.Kaylor’s attorney reportedly plans to appeal the verdict.last_img read more

Learning from the legacy of Johnny Cash

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You don’t have to be from Nashville to appreciate country music or its rich history—and you certainly don’t have to be from there to understand the impact of the Man in Black on music and American culture.Of the many things that I learned in studying the life of Johnny Cash, I want to share three that had an impact on me well beyond his music:1. Pursue your dream.When he was about four years old, he heard a song on a Victrola. Immediately, he knew that singing on the radio was his goal. Nothing could stop his determination to make that dream a reality. continue reading »last_img

Woman Found Dead in Baldwin, Foul Play Suspected

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was found dead behind a Baldwin pizzeria on Wednesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a call and found the body behind Defrancisco’s Pizzeria on Merrick Road at 12:48 p.m., police said.Neither the victim’s name nor her cause of death was immediately available.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Great Portland’s NAV takes 18% dive

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Coronavirus claims three more lives in Seattle-area as outbreak goes cross-country

first_imgThree more deaths from the coronavirus were reported by Washington state on Tuesday as the nation’s largest and only fatal outbreak of the respiratory disease reached beyond the Seattle area in what appeared to be the first known instance of coast-to-coast transmission.A North Carolina resident tested positive after returning from a trip to Washington state, where the individual was exposed, and apparently infected, during a visit to a nursing facility at the center of a recent surge in cases in suburban Seattle.The total number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus in the greater Seattle area rose to 27 on Tuesday, including nine deaths, up from 18 cases and six deaths tallied on Monday, the state Department of Health reported. President Donald Trump told reporters his administration may cut off overseas travel from the United States to areas abroad with high rates of coronavirus, but said officials were not weighing any restrictions on domestic travel.A multibillion-dollar funding bill was moving slowly through Congress after Democrats raised questions about the availability of testing for the new virus.The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates in an emergency move designed to shield the world’s largest economy from the impact of the coronavirus as Group of Seven finance officials pledged all appropriate policy moves.The North Carolina diagnosis, the first presumptive positive case announced in that state, was not part of the Seattle-area case cluster, which ranks as the largest concentration detected to date in the United States, and the only one yet to prove deadly. NURSING HOME OUTBREAKEight of those who died in Washington state were in King County and one was in neighboring Snohomish County, officials said.”This is a very fluid, fast-moving situation as we aggressively respond to this outbreak,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, a public health officer for Seattle and King County.Of the 27 cases documented as of Tuesday, nine of them were connected to a long-term nursing-care facility called LifeCare in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, according to the Seattle & King County Public Health agency. Five of those who died had been LifeCare residents.The latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed 108 confirmed and presumed cases in the United States. That tally consists of 60 reported by public health authorities in 12 states plus 48 among people repatriated from abroad, most of them from an outbreak aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan.The number of US cases beyond the repatriated patients has mushroomed from just 15 reported by the CDC on Friday, as the first handful of infections believed to have emerged from community transmission were detected in the Pacific Northwest. Before that, all US cases were deemed travel-related, essentially imported from abroad.In New York, a man in his 50s who lives in a New York City suburb and works at a Manhattan law firm tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of confirmed cases in that state to two, New York officials said.He has severe pneumonia and is hospitalized, officials said. The patient had not traveled to countries hardest hit in the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China in December and is now present in nearly 80 countries and territories, killing more than 3,000 people.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said confirmation of the case was made by the city’s public health laboratory on its first day of testing.FUNDING DISPUTEPreviously, all testing was conducted by the CDC, creating a delay of several days before the result was known. US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Congress that testing kits should be available by the end of the week that would give labs the capacity to perform about 1 million coronavirus tests.Trump said his administration was working with Congress to pass an emergency spending measure, adding that he expected lawmakers to authorize about $8.5 billion.Senate Democrats said a dispute with Republicans over the affordability of coronavirus tests and vaccinations were holding up agreement on a funding bill.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the government’s coronavirus task force, was unable to answer “vital questions” about the availability of tests during a 45-minute meeting.Stocks on Wall Street initially rose more than 2% on the Fed’s surprise statement it was cutting rates by a half percentage point to a target range of 1% to 1.25%. But the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 later all fell by nearly 3% by the end of the session.International travel to the United States will fall 6% over the next three months, the US Travel Association, an industry group, forecast.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds Treasurer Torsella’s Move to Passive Investment

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Treasurer Torsella’s Move to Passive Investment Efficiency,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Treasurer Joe Torsella announced his plan to transition nearly $1 billion in public equity to a passive investment strategy. The move will significantly reduce fees to investment managers, a key goal of Governor Tom Wolf. Treasurer Torsella’s efforts will save an estimated $5 million per year in fees.“The Commonwealth cannot afford to pay excessive fees to investment managers, and I applaud Treasurer Torsella’s efforts to move toward passive management,” said Gov. Wolf. “Treasurer Torsella’s actions will save money and provide an important blueprint for efforts to cut out investment managers and save Pennsylvania money.”Earlier this year, Gov. Wolf announced the consolidation and transfer of three investment funds that will help cut millions in tax dollars spent yearly. The consolidation moved the investment management of the State Workers’ Insurance Fund, Workers’ Compensation Security Fund, and Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund to the Department of Treasury eliminating private managers and achieving savings of $5.6 million annually.center_img April 10, 2017last_img read more

Former Blockheads’ vintage van could be all yours

first_imgMany Australians have a growing interest in mobile and tiny homes – and it’s not hard to see why.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 pearls of caravan wisdom02:06With housing costs often causing mortgage and rental stress across our capital cities, the micro-home movement offers an appealing alternative with unique lifestyle options – like this renovated vintage caravan currently on the market.Former The Block contestants, husband-and-wife team Michael and Carlene Duffy, have renovated four vintage vans and their latest makeover, Bumblebee is up for sale privately.Former ‘Blockheads’ Carlene and Michael Duffy are selling their latest vintage van reno, Bumblebee. Picture: Hannah PhotographyWith a sunny yellow exterior and calming neutral tones inside, the mobile makeover proves caravans can be compact and chic.Interested parties can get in touch with the pair for a price guide. If the renovated Franklin van doesn’t sell beforehand, it will go under the hammer at Ray White New Farm’s ‘Auction Under The Stars’ bi-annual event on 26 March.“Bumblebee is a quirky addition and is bound to add an extra ‘buzz’ to the night, which will see over 20 properties offered under the hammer,” says Haesley Cush, Principal at Ray White New Farm.Natural materials and pastel hues are a perfect choice for small spaces. Picture: Hannah PhotographyThe 12-foot van, which may better suited to vacays rather than as a fixed abode, is perfectly put together to create a sense of space and a welcoming laid-back vibe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“Bumblebee is a little ray of sunshine,” says Carlene. “The oak and rattan cabinetry provide casual sophistication and all your holiday feels.”While the couple don’t have a reserve for the caravan, they encourage potential buyers to get in touch for a price guide.RELATED: Small space styling tips with Carlene DuffyHow to transform a caravan exteriorlast_img read more

Government set to receive advice on lifejacket rules

first_imgStuff 21 January 2015Pressure is mounting on the Government to make lifejackets compulsory for recreational boaties after another drowning.Police yesterday named Thomas Angove, 60, as the Waikawa Beach man who drowned on Saturday after a small vessel he and his 22-year-old boating partner were in flipped about 100 metres off Otaki Beach.Angove did not appear to have been wearing a lifejacket. The younger man, who was, survived.LIFEJACKET RULES VARY NATIONWIDEA chief criticism of lifejacket rules from water-safety lobby groups has been that there is not one rule for all.Recreational boaties are legally required to carry enough approved lifejackets for everyone on board.But local councils set their own bylaws, meaning rules setting who decides when boaties have to wear a lifejacket on pleasure craft – those measuring less than 6 metres – vary throughout the country.The rules have been toughened in some parts, but councils have stopped short of enforcing mandatory lifejackets, because of public opposition.The Greater Wellington Regional Council, which covers the region from the capital’s south coast to Otaki, has a 2009 bylaw requiring pleasure craft users to wear a lifejacket unless the skipper judges the conditions are not “risky” and specifically says they don’t have to wear one.As part of Auckland Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaw which came into force at Labour Weekend last year, skippers of boats under 6m long are responsible for ensuring everyone on board wears a life vest. It is a requirement that passengers wear them unless the skipper determines the conditions are suitable for them to be taken off.Police can prosecute skippers under the Maritime Transport Act in serious boating incidents. read more