Bakers are being urged to sign up to a service designed to help consumers find local bakery businesses that deliver.The Cybake team at Redblack Software is set to launch Baker Direct, an online directory of bakeries offering a delivery service in the UK and Ireland.The initiative was created after users of the Cybake bakery management system told Redblack they were introducing home deliveries to support their local communities.Bakers, many of whom have seen their wholesale trade to restaurants, hotels and schools disappear virtually overnight, are encouraged to register with the service.Demand for fresh bakery products had been brought into stark focus by the recent panic-buying, said Redblack managing director Jane Tyler.“Households in lockdown are already missing fresh bread and other bakery products, so bakeries that continue through the crisis are doing their respective nations proud. Our aim is to support them all the way.“Bakers Direct is very easy to use with postcode search,” explained Tyler. “We want to encourage people to buy locally rather than from the over-stretched supermarkets. If you have already switched to home deliveries or are thinking about doing so as a way of serving your community and keeping your ovens going through the emergency, please get in touch.”Bakeries that want to be included on the site should contact [email protected]
Over the past decade, an increasing number of families in India appear to be aborting their second child if prenatal tests indicate the child is female, presumably to ensure that at least one child in the family will be a boy, according to a May 24, 2011, study published online in The Lancet. The authors, led by a University of Toronto researcher and colleagues in India, estimate there have been 3.1 to 6 million abortions of female fetuses over the past decade throughout India, most occurring among educated, wealthy families.In an accompanying Lancet commentary, “Can India Achieve a Balance of Sexes at Birth?” S V Subramanian, associate professor of society, human development, and health at Harvard School of Public Health, and Daniel J Corsi, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, write: “The demand for sons among wealthy parents is being satisfied by the medical community through the provision of illegal services of fetal sex-determination and sex-selective abortion. The financial incentive for physicians to undertake this illegal activity seems to be far greater than the penalties associated with breaking the law.”The lower than normal female-to-male ratio in India has been a concern since the nation’s first census in 1871, Subramanian and Corsi write. Currently, the ratio in children ages 0-6 years in India—914 girls to 1,000 boys—is the lowest ratio recorded since data became available in 1961, despite improved female literacy and per capita income. Read Full Story
The third report released this week, Transforming Information Security: Focusing on Strategic Technologies, identifies some of the essential technologies for evolving information security programs.These reports provide recommendations on transforming security programs and practices to effectively manage the ever-increasing risks.The information security mission is no longer just “implementing and operating security controls.” It requires greater visibility at a more granular level, and the ability to leverage that visibility and new analytic methods to deduce new insights into where the problems are. Today’s security programs include advanced technical and business-centric activities such as business risk analysis, asset valuation, IT supply chain integrity, cyber intelligence, security data analytics, data warehousing, and process optimization.The very composition and characteristics of security teams are themselves in transition. The information security function has become a cross-organizational endeavor with the right security processes deeply embedded into business processes. The right technologies strengthen and scale the organizations’ security talent.Let’s go back to the BLT sandwich. Remove any of the ingredients and you don’t have a BLT. The same can be said for information security. The right technologies will enable higher quality analysis and achieve better scale with the talent you have. They can also help enforce and automate time-consuming processes. Without the right technologies, you’ve simply got a lettuce and tomato sandwich. Without the right people and process, you’ve simply got a side of bacon. The second report, Transforming Information Security: Future-Proofing Processes explores the forefront of information security processes. Information security today can be likened to a classic American sandwich – the BLT. Simply, information security is not just about the technology. It’s also about the people that manage it and the processes built around it. Just as you can’t make a BLT without bacon, lettuce and tomato, an information security program is not truly effective unless the right people, process and technology are all in place.The recent announcement of the Heartbleed bug was a perfect opportunity for organizations to scrutinize their existing information security programs. All too often practitioners are responding to crisis after crisis and not thinking proactively about risk. People, process and technology are completely intertwined resulting in a proactive and agile risk management program or one which succumbs regularly to major security incidents.It is clear that in an era of disruptive innovation and rapidly evolving threats, simply adding point solutions or working on incremental adjustments to traditional security approaches is no longer sufficient. A foundational change in information security is necessary to face today’s issues and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. But what does an effective and forward-leaning information security program look like today?Sponsored by RSA, the Security for Business Innovation Council (SBIC) combines the knowledge and vision of some of the world’s leading information security executives to answer that question in a three-part series on building a next-generation information security program. Fusing the knowledge and vision of top information security leaders, the reports deliver actionable recommendations.The first report, Transforming Information Security: How to Build a State-of-the Art Extended Team is a playbook for finding and developing the right security talent.
Coronavirus deaths in the United States have surpassed 450,000. The number of daily deaths remains stubbornly high at more than 3,000 a day, despite falling infections and the arrival of multiple vaccines. Infectious disease specialists expect deaths to start dropping soon, after new cases hit a peak right around the beginning of the year. The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says new COVID-19 deaths could ebb as early as next week. But there’s also the risk that improving trends in infections and hospitalizations could be offset by people relaxing and coming together — including this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl.
Furthermore, 477 devices of “high explosive power” were confiscated in the city of Lago Agrio, Amazonia, allegedly intended for Colombian insurgent groups, according to the Army. Explosives and weapons were seized by the Ecuadorean Military during two operations conducted in different areas of the country, the Armed Forces Joint Command reported on May 7. The materials were presumably destined for Colombian insurgent groups. One of the operations was performed in the city of Cañar, where the Army seized about “17 tons of dynamite; 15,500 meters of detonating cord; and two revolvers,” the Armed Forces said in a statement. The seizure was made at a company that “did not meet the security standards prescribed by the Armed Forces for explosive storage,” the institution added. Last March, the Ecuadorean Army reported the seizure of rifle ammunition and supplies that could have been used to fabricate bombs in operations conducted on the Colombian border. On May 3, Ecuadorean Military members confiscated eight antitank rockets that were transported by two civilians, who were arrested on a road northwest of Quito. By Dialogo May 08, 2013 Ecuador shares a 720–km. border with Colombia, extending from the Pacific Ocean towards the Amazon jungle. Illegal groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operate on the other side.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver struck a 22-year-old woman and left her for dead while the victim was walking in Mastic Beach over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.The pedestrian was walking on Pineway Avenue when she was struck by an eastbound dark-colored SUV just east of Mill Drive at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, according to Seventh Squad detectives.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue, where she was treated for numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvis.The driver was last seen making a right turn onto southbound Stackyard Drive, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
by: Allyn Hughes, AdviceIQYour financial plan needs to keep pace with larger socioeconomic trends. Here are smart ways to manage the five trends that we think are important to you over the next five years.1. Your cash and bank savings accounts will continue to earn next to nothing. The combination of too much global debt,aging demographics and low energy prices force many countries in the developed world to lower the interest rates they pay on short-term notes. European countries are paying negative interest rates to short-term lenders, meaning the lenders must pay a fee to own debt securities.Global economic growth remains muted, and there’s little reason for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates significantly over the next five years. This means that savers and investors continue to earn very low returns on their savings and fixed income portfolios.To do: The distinct downside of this trend is an increase of the overall risk and volatility of your investment portfolios. To earn higher returns, you have to modestly increase your allocation to global stocks and real estate. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This post is currently collecting data… 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The COVID-19 pandemic provided the impetus for a lot of members who had been reticent about digital channels and payments to try them out—and for their credit unions to start planning the next steps to streamline and improve the payment experience.“Once you go digital, you don’t go back,” says Fran Duggan, CEO of CUES Supplier member Payrailz, Glastonbury, Connecticut. “Once people start paying for things with a digital method that ultimately is much simpler, easier and faster, there’s no need to go back.”Going forward could lead credit unions toward new solutions that dovetail with members’ embrace of their smartphones, watches and other devices and digital assistants. Rather than encouraging members to enter their card numbers in Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Duggan suggests that the movement could offer its own payment app, such as a product that Payrailz plans to introduce in 2021. The goal is to develop a payment option as part of its mobile app, so that members could press a button on the app and wave their phone or watch to pay at contactless point-of-sale terminals.As more consumers embrace these new payment forms, some credit unions are looking to step up their digital delivery and launch P2P payments to win back business from members who’ve turned to Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash. “I believe people still prefer to use their credit union as their trusted financial institution and main source of transactions, but if we don’t offer P2P payments, they’re going to find another way,” he says. This is placeholder text continue reading »
Mar 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In one of the largest head-to-head studies comparing two different seasonal flu vaccines in a healthy, adult population, those who received trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) had fewer medical visits for respiratory illnesses compared to those who received the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).The difference between the injected TIV vaccine and the nasal-spray LAIV vaccine, however, was not as great for those who hadn’t been vaccinated in the past season or two.The study, which was posted ahead of print and will appear in the Mar 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was conducted in military personnel who were stationed in the United States during three flu seasons, from 2004 through 2007.Since 2004, the Department of Defense has increased its use of LAIV—FluMist, made by MedImmune—because it is easier to use and is typically available earlier in the season, according to the report. The surveillance study was conducted to guide military vaccine policy.For each of the three flu seasons, the investigators from the Armed Forces Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Md., measured the incidence of healthcare visits for pneumonia and influenza-like illness among just over 1 million active-duty service members between the ages of 17 and 49 who were eligible to receive the vaccine. They used data from the Defense Medical Surveillance System, which contains demographic information, occupational history, immunization status, and medical encounters throughout each soldier’s military career.The percentage of military personnel who received LAIV rose each year from 33.5% during the 2004-05 season to 47.9% in the 2006-07 season.Service members who had no record of immunization for each of the seasons were considered unimmunized. To reduce bias between the immunized and unimmunized groups, the researchers matched each immunized service member with an unimmunized member who had a similar age, sex, service branch, and basic medical history.The researchers found that the unimmunized group had the highest rates of pneumonia and influenza healthcare encounters for each of the three seasons, followed by the LAIV group then the TIV group.When the study’s authors singled out hospitalizations for pneumonia and influenza, they found that rates were highest in the LAIV group for each of the three seasons, though the difference was significant from unimmunized group only during the 2004-05 season.Results differ for vaccine-naiveHowever, they found that the LAIV and TIV effects were similar in vaccine-naive service members—those who had not been immunized in the previous one or two seasons.”This suggests that preexisting vaccine-induced immunity may play a role in determining the effectiveness of LAIV,” the authors wrote, suggesting that the presence of neutralizing antibodies may blunt the self-replication needed for LAIV immunization to be effective. The same factors might be able to predict a better effect for LAIV in different populations such as young recruits and children, they added.They cautioned readers to keep in mind that the system they used to minimize bias wasn’t able to eliminate important confounders such as smoking. They also wrote that vaccination status could have been recorded incorrectly in the database for some of the service members, though an assessment of anthrax vaccine data showed that the vaccine data collection was solid.Though the findings suggest that TIV may be more effective than LAIV in a highly- immunized population such active-duty military, they warned that the results may not be generalizable to the entire US adult population.Chris Ambrose, MD, director of medical affairs for MedImmune, the maker of FluMist, told CIDRAP News that efficacy findings in adults have been variable and that more data are needed. The idea that preexisting vaccine-based immunity may influence LAIV effectiveness in adults in their 20s and 30s is theoretical, he said.More retrospective studies that can further limit bias between groups would be useful, he said, adding that even before the military service study was published, MedImmune had already discussed the possibility of studying the vaccine issues in a large health maintenance organization (HMO) setting. “This is an area we’ve agreed on,” he said.However, Ambrose said the company has no evidence that casts doubt on LAIV efficacy in children. “The pediatric data have been very consistent,” he said.Effect on recommendations unclearIn an editorial that appears in the same issue of JAMA, David M. Weinstock, MD, an oncologist from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Gianna Zuccotti, MD, an infectious disease specialist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, wrote that, given concerns about oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in H1N1 seasonal influenza, vaccination remains the most important tool for controlling the disease.They echoed speculation about the presence of neutralizing antibodies possibly compromising the efficacy of LAIV. “Not surprisingly, LAIV is equally or possibly more efficacious in children, who presumably lack preexisting influenza-specific immunity,” they wrote.Weinstock and Zuccotti wrote that it’s unclear if the latest study comparing TIV and LAIV will affect vaccination recommendations. It may be prudent to use TIV in patients who were vaccinated at least once in the past 2 years, they said, but LAIV against pandemic strains maybe be more protective than inactivated vaccines, because the population will probably lack preexisting immunity.Wang Z, Tobler S, Roayaei J, et al. Live attenuated or inactivated influenza vaccines and medical encounters for respiratory illnesses among US military personnel. JAMA 2009 Mar 4;301(9):945-53 [Full text]Weinstock D, Zuccotti G. The evolution of influenza resistance and treatment. JAMA 2009 Mar 4;301(9):[Early online edition]
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