Twitter Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 31, 2021 0 360 (95.3 MNC) An Indiana pet food company has issued a recall due to salmonella issues.Midwestern Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of a number of dog and cat food brands, including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Meridian, Pro Pac, Sportmix, and Venture, after discovering the potential contamination during a routine inspection.It comes just three months after they had to recall pet foods due to a poison risk. You can find a link to the full FDA recall details by clicking here. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pet food recall issued over salmonella concerns Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Previous articleIs April 6th too soon to lift Indiana’s mask mandate?Next articleElkhart County testing new voting machines on Thursday Tommie Lee
There remains a severe lack of diversity in the cyber industry. Cyber security is among the most important aspects of our national defence today, so we need talent from every part of society enriching our workforces. Women have been pioneers in security and technology, and we want to see this reflected in the cyber security sector too. Women make up just 11% of the global cyber security workforce Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington MP, calls for more to be done to encourage women into the cyber security industry As well as reaching out to the cyber-pros of tomorrow, NCSC launches new online training tool to meet security demands of today Cyber-savvy female students who took part in an online competition founded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) were praised today in a speech by David Lidington. Speaking at the ‘Women in Security Network’ conference, the Minister for the Cabinet Office also warned that more needs to be done to open up opportunities in cyber security for women.Nearly 12,000 girls aged 12 – 13 from across the UK took part in the competition in 2019, which was launched by the NCSC as part of the CyberFirst initiative. The competition breaks down gender barriers by encouraging girls to engage with cyber security before they make their GCSE choices, with over 24,000 female students having taken part since the competition was launched in 2016. Promising youngsters from across the UK have been attending cyber security courses throughout the year, with some securing bursaries and apprenticeships through the CyberFirst programme.However, with women accounting for just 7% of the cyber security workforce across Europe, David Lidington called for more to be done to encourage women into the sector: As well as reaching out to the cyber professionals of tomorrow, the NCSC has developed an online learning tool to give workers of today the skills they need to protect themselves from potential cyber attacks.Aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, the brand new, targeted 30-minute programme ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff’ educates users about how attacks happen, where vulnerabilities lie and how to defend themselves. During his speech, David Lidington said the new training package will empower any user – not just cyber experts – to play their part in boosting their organisations’ cyber resilience.Commenting on the new software, Clare Gardiner, NCSC Director of Engagement, said: We all have a part to play in making the UK the safest place to live and work online. Employees are vital in helping keep their organisations’ networks safe and need to be aware of how to protect themselves. Our recent Cyber Survey discovered that 25% of organisations don’t see cyber security as a top priority and we hope this tool will empower staff to start conversations around best practice. Once people are more cyber literate as a whole, we hope to see this having a positive impact on the diversity of people that are interested in working in the sector.
Currently supporting his 13th studio album Colors, Beck stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night. The American singer/songwriter brought the upbeat, dancey anthem “Wow” to the stage to help showcase of his first album since 2014’s Grammy-winning “Album of the Year”, Morning Phase. While Colors was officially released in October 2017, Beck continues to sport it loud and proud across the U.S. (he will hit Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight, Thursday, July 19th). Watch the online exclusive performance of “Wow” below:Beck – “Wow”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Beck has a good chunk of dates left in his Colors Tour, including festival appearances at Outside Lands, Riot Fest, and Mempho Music Festival; as well as stops in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago; Los Angeles, and more; with multi-night runs in Japan for Summer Sonic and Morrison, CO at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For more information on upcoming dates, head to his official website.
Dell EMC Splunk Ready System on VxRail Manage machine data without all the machinations.If you know machine data can help you drive operational performance and business results but don’t know how to get a handle on it, or if you’re intimidated by deploying infrastructure for the leading machine data analytics application, Dell EMC makes it easy with new Ready Systems for Splunk.Enterprises are using data generated by many different types of machines like infrastructure, security solutions and business applications to identify application failures, understand cyberattacks, investigate data breaches, and summarize authorized and unauthorized configurations—in real time. Machine data is the largest and fastest-growing section of big data, and if you’re not making it accessible and usable to your business, you’re definitely missing out.Splunk has become a business critical application and having the right infrastructure is key to being successful with Splunk. Dell EMC and Splunk have partnered to make adopting or expanding Splunk much simpler, by engineering a portfolio of purpose-built systems that leverage the automation of VMware® to create optimal infrastructure for Splunk.Dell EMC Ready Systems for Splunk are purpose-built for the needs of Splunk, helping consolidate, simplify and protect machine data while delivering high levels of performance and data retention.Choose the Ready System that’s right for your business: Small to medium enterprises, especially those that:Would benefit from a Splunk appliancePrefer VMware vSAN™Want to start small but may need to scaleRequire a solution with fewer than 64 nodes Medium to larger enterprises, especially those that:Require rack scalePrefer or are using ScaleIORequire support for multi-hypervisors, operating systems and bare metal configurationsWant to run multiple workloads in a single rack Dell EMC Splunk Ready System on VxRack FLEX To learn more, download our solution overview or come talk to us at the 8th annual Splunk Conference, September 25–28 in Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Walker in ‘American Psycho'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Despite a catchy score and acclaimed engagements in London, American Psycho received little Tony love this year and is set to shutter on Broadway on June 5 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Headlined by Benjamin Walker, the new tuner officially opened on April 21 and at time of closing will have played a total of 81 performances.The Rupert Goold-helmed musical boasts a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and a score by Duncan Sheik. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), American Psycho follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, affluent and devastatingly handsome Wall Street tycoon in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a picture-perfect apartment. There’s just one snag: he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.The cast also includes Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Heléne Yorke, Theo Stockman, Brandon Kalm, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Alex Michael Stoll and Morgan Weed.London fans feasted their eyes on the to-die-for musical during its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013. The thriller’s subsequent off-Broadway engagement was axed, clearing its direct shot at the Great White Way.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. American Psycho View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016
The Teamsters Union supports efforts by the US Senate to crack down on businesses that illegally classify their employees as independent contractors, an egregious practice that companies use to avoid paying millions in state and federal taxes. The Teamsters referenced a new law in Vermont in this regard that requires coverage of workers with workers’ compensation insurance.The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing today to discuss efforts to crack down on the growing problem of misclassification. More than 40 states are currently looking into ways to punish bad-acting employers who misclassify workers, and 15 states have said that collectively, misclassification costs them $3.2 billion annually.”Irresponsible employers who misclassify workers do this for one main reason: to avoid paying their share of state and federal taxes so they can pad their profits,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “These companies also hurt workers by not properly giving them the benefits they deserve as full-time workers.””Workers who are misclassified as independent contractors get no sick time, vacation, health benefits or any of the rights or legal protections afforded to full-time employees under the law,” Hoffa added. “The Teamsters are determined to make sure this practice comes to an end.”The Teamsters have been waging a successful campaign to battle misclassification. In April, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill making it illegal for employers to improperly classify workers as independent contractors. Teamsters Local 554 inOmaha, Neb., worked for nearly two years to get the bill passed.Other states have been making great strides in fighting misclassification. In Nevada, the State Commission on Misclassification adopted recommendations on bad-acting employers that included fines of up to $25,000 per misclassified worker. It also has recommended the creation of a state misclassification task force.In just one year, the Iowa Workforce Development Agency found 182 employers out of 251 investigated had misclassified 1,565 workers. The agency recouped more than $1 million in taxes and $342,000 in penalties.In Vermont, a new law mandates that the Labor Department must issue a stop-work order if an investigation reveals that there are workers who are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance. The new law also enhances existing penalties and adds new ones, including civil and criminal fines and imprisonment for violating a stop-work order.At the Port of Los Angeles, truck drivers work long hours, but are paid by the load because they are classified as independent contractors. If they are hurt or sick and cannot work, they are not paid. It’s no wonder their trucks have been called “sweatshops on wheels.”The Teamsters also praised other efforts to crack down on misclassification. In April, a bill was introduced that would make worker misclassification a violation of federal labor laws. Another bill would close the tax loopholes that let businesses off the hook for misclassification. And the Obama administration has proposed a new Labor Department initiative to step up enforcement and help states that are doing a good job of going after violators.Each year, more than $4.7 billion in federal income and employment tax revenue is lost due to misclassification and billions more are lost at the state level.Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.Teamster.org(link is external).SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters. WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Elevation Outdoors Magazine and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine are hiring a new Live Outside and Play roadie team for our 2017 season. The program runs from March thru October 2017 and spans the East Coast (from Georgia through Pennsylvania) to Colorado. We are looking for the perfect pair of creative and outgoing individuals to make this another great year on the road.Job Responsibilities– Promote and execute all Live Outside and Play meet-ups– Work booth at 20 major festivals– Update social media with experiences from the road– Create monthly road life video series April-October 2017– Keep inventory of festival swag and giveaways– Track sponsor deliverables and communicate with said sponsors monthlyHow to applyCreate a team video submission! All videos must be 90 seconds or less. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, how you like to go outside and play, and why we should choose you to live on the road and share your adventures for Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors Magazines. All entries should be uploaded to personal YouTube or Vimeo accounts. Applicants should then send resume, social media hyperlinks, and video URL to [email protected] All submissions are due January 6, 2017, by end of day MST.Want to see what this year’s Live Outside and Play team was up to? Check out their Instagram handle here. Do You Have What It Takes? from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.
Adopting a tactic that has been used by officials ranging from Sarah Palin to staffers of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are sending emails from private accounts to conduct official business.I know because I got one myself. And three other people who interact with the governor’s office on policy or media matters told me they have too. None of the others wanted to be named.The tactic appears to be another item in the toolbox of an administration that, despite Cuomo’s early vows of unprecedented transparency, has become known for an obsession with secrecy. Emailing from private accounts can help officials hide communications and discussions that are supposed to be available to the public.“Government business should never be conducted through private email accounts. Not only does it make it difficult to retrieve what is a government record, but it just invites the suspicion that a government employee is attempting to evade accountability by supervisors and the public,” said Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, a frequent requester of records under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.Emailing from private accounts also may violate state policy. State employees are not to “use a personal email account to conduct State business unless explicitly authorized,” according to a policy bearing the governor’s name published by the Office of Information Technology Services.The Cuomo administration declined to comment on whether any employees are authorized to use private accounts.Back when he was running for governor, Cuomo pledged, “We must use technology to bring more sunlight to the operation of government.”The governor himself uses a BlackBerry messaging system that does not save messages to communicate with aides, the Daily News reported in 2012. Under the Freedom of Information Law, those records would typically not have to be released because there is an exemption for internal deliberative material.But emails with anyone outside of the administration—such as lobbyists, company executives, or reporters—usually have to be made public upon request. It is for those communications, with people outside the administration, that private email accounts have been used.Last year, I was poking around on a possible story and filed some public records requests that sought emails from Director of State Operations Howard Glaser, a top Cuomo adviser. One day in October, just hours after filing a request with the governor’s office, an email appeared in my inbox from Glaser himself.The email, inquiring what I was working on, was sent from a @glasergroup.net address rather than a government account. The note had a signature line about not using the email address for official business (even though it appeared to be doing just that). My interest was piqued.So I filed a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Law, asking for all records sent to and from Glaser’s private account. It is not supposed to matter if an email is sent from an official account or a private one: If it pertains to government business, it typically has to be released.A couple of months later, the Cuomo administration responded with a terse denial: “Please be advised that the New York State Executive Chamber has conducted a diligent search, but does not possess records responsive to your request.”I appealed, noting that I had in my possession a record responsive to the request 2013 Glaser’s email to me 2013 and included it as an attachment.The administration upheld its original denial, now citing a retention issue.“[T]he fact that this record is in your possession does not mean that the Chamber failed to produce a responsive record in its possession. Emails and certain other correspondence are not required to be preserved indefinitely,” the March letter said.When I asked about the email this month, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi took a different tack, now disputing that Glaser was emailing me in his official capacity at all and calling the email “informal.”“It would be inaccurate to characterize Howard’s email as official business—as he noted, your official business was being handled by the FOIL office, not him,” Azzopardi said.But I have no personal relationship with Glaser, and my Freedom of Information Law requests focused only on his activities as a state official. When I recently asked Glaser about his email practices, he said, “I don’t use personal email to conduct official business.” He would not say how he defines “official business.”In its letter denying my request for emails from Glaser’s private account, the administration cited the general retention policy of the State Archives. That policy says that “many email communications are not records and are therefore suitable for immediate destruction” but also that those emails which are records must be preserved.So how does one determine which emails are “records”?The governor’s office seems to take a particularly narrow view. The governor’s policy says that emails are only “records” if they are formal documents like press releases and nominations. Azzopardi, the Cuomo spokesman, said: “Official email is not required to be retained unless it meets the definition of a particular kind of record (eg—contract), consistent with the State Archives policy.”But the Archives, which Cuomo’s office itself cited, takes a more expansive view, even as state law gives the governor leeway to determine which records should be kept.Quoting the official definition of records, Archives spokeswoman Antonia Valentine said an email is a record if it is created “in connection with the transaction of public business (and provides) 2026 evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities (of an agency).”In practice, Glaser seems to be either eschewing his official email account or promptly deleting messages of substance. When I asked for a 10-day sample of emails from Glaser’s official account, I got back little actual communication: 147 pages that are largely filled with newsletters, press releases, and the occasional terse email to set up a phone call.The use of private accounts can result in even more roadblocks when an official leaves the government. (Glaser is reportedly leaving the administration in June.)The issue has come up before.In 2007, executives from the insurance giant AIG filed a public records request with the Office of the Attorney General, seeking, among other things, former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s communications with the press from the period when he had sued the insurance giant. That request was resisted for years by Spitzer’s successor as attorney general: Andrew Cuomo.While Cuomo’s office eventually released emails sent from official accounts, it maintained that Spitzer’s use of a private account put any of those emails beyond its reach.“[T]he reality is that the Office of the Attorney General lacks access to this account and possession of whatever e-mails it may contain, thus rendering them beyond the scope of petitioner’s FOIL request both practically and legally,” Cuomo’s office said in a 2009 court filing.A judge ruled against the attorney general’s office, which has appealed. Seven years since the original request, the case is still in the courts and Spitzer’s private email account—which he was known to use in his capacity as a state official—has never been searched for records.Lawyers for Spitzer joined the case this year, arguing in a March filing that because Spitzer is now a former employee and a private citizen, the Freedom of Information Law doesn’t apply.Beyond the governor’s office, the state is reportedly moving toward an email system that would automatically delete emails after 90 days except for those marked by users to save.It’s not clear how that process would work or how the state will ensure that records are not destroyed. The Office of Information and Technology Services declined to provide the memo describing the new policy, requiring that I file a formal public records request to get it.Transparency advocates have criticized 90 days as too short a period because emails may only become relevant months later after a scandal or other event.A document on the IT office’s website references the possibility in a state email system for “recovery of deleted mailbox contents for the length of the retention period”—another capability that would not exist for officials using private accounts.Across the river in New Jersey, private email accounts are at the center of the Bridgegate scandal.The infamous “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email was sent from a Christie aide’s Yahoo account to another official’s Gmail account. That tactic held off public access to the email for a time.In December, the Christie administration claimed it did not have records in response to a request from the Record of Bergen, N.J. The emails became public later, only after the officials were subpoenaed by the state Assembly.If you have gotten emails from the private account of an official in the governor’s office or other state or city agencies, email me at [email protected] Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Editor’s note: The numbers in this story were revised on Apr 15 to reflect a correction issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA originally said the outbreak involved 23 cases in 14 states, but on Apr 15 the agency said the correct numbers were 21 cases in 13 states.Apr 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked at least 21 illnesses in 13 states to a Salmonella strain that triggered a recent recall of puffed rice and puffed wheat cereals made by Malt-O-Meal, based in Minneapolis.According to federal and state public health officials, the outbreak involves the same uncommon strain, Salmonella enterica serotype Agona, that caused an outbreak 10 years ago that was linked to toasted oats cereal produced at Malt-O-Meal’s Northfield, Minn., plant.The FDA, in an Apr 12 statement, said the products—originally recalled on Apr 5—include unsweetened puffed rice and puffed wheat cereals that were distributed nationally under the Malt-O-Meal label, as well as several other private-label brands such as Acme, America’s Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewell, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, Shaw’s, ShopRite, Tops, and Weis Quality. The products have “best if used by” dates that range from Apr 8, 2008, to Mar 18, 2009.Malt-O-Meal said in an Apr 11 press release that routine sampling revealed Salmonella on a product that was produced on Mar 24, and a follow-up investigation determined additional products may have been exposed to the pathogen.In a statement issued Apr 11, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed that an S Agona isolate obtained from the state’s Malt-O-Meal plant had the same pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern as isolates from people who were ill.According to the CDC’s most recent count, as of Apr 11 the outbreak had sickened 21 patients in 13 states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Illness onset dates were known for 9 patients and ranged from Jan 22 to Mar 2. Patients’ ages range from 1 to 95 years, and 62% are female. Three hospitalizations have been reported, but no deaths.The CDC said the PulseNet system notified its outbreak team on Apr 7 about a cluster of human S Agona isolates from several states that had the same genetic fingerprint. Three days later, several state health departments notified the CDC that patients who had S Agona infections had eaten Malt-O-Meal cereal products.State health departments, the CDC, and the FDA are in the process of identifying additional cases and are investigating what led to the outbreak, according to the CDC statement. However, Malt-O-Meal said its own investigation into the source of the Salmonella had “determined a root cause of this situation and corrective measures have been taken to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of this issue.” The company did not specify what the root cause was.Chris Neugent, Malt-O-Meal’s president and chief executive officer, said in the press release that the company has had a strong food safety record with systems that exceed industry standards, including a new program that requires suppliers to use third-party audits to prove they have effective food safety programs.”We will take any additional measures necessary to preserve our customers’ confidence in the safety and wholesomeness of the products we offer to consumers,” he said.In April and May of 1998, at least 209 people from 11 states were sickened in an S Agona outbreak involving Malt-O-Meal’s toasted oats cereal, according to a Jun 12, 1998, report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). At least 47 patients were hospitalized. According to the MMWR report, the outbreak only involved the Millville brand of toasted-oats cereal made by Malt-O-Meal.In the MMWR report, the CDC said S Agona is an uncommon serotype that accounts for about 1.5% of human Salmonella isolates and is found in several animal reservoirs, including poultry, cattle, and pigs, and in animal feed. Other outbreaks involving S Agona have been linked to dried milk and a commercial peanut-flavored snack.Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert and associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that there may an environmental source of S Agona at the plant, despite the steps that Malt-O-Meal reportedly took in response to the previous outbreak in 1998.”My guess is that the bug may have been in the plant the whole time, but that to have enough contamination to cause an outbreak also required an amplifying event,” he said.Hedberg said that if this is, in fact, the same strain that caused the previous outbreak, it would be interesting to review PulseNet data see if health officials have missed other cases involving the outbreak strain over the past 10 years.This latest Salmonella outbreak underlines a finding the CDC released a few days ago in its annual FoodNet update, he said. “We haven’t made much progress in controlling Salmonella,” Hedberg said. Data from the CDC’s 10-state FoodNet surveillance system suggested that in 2007 rates of infection with Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, E coli O157, and Yersinia did not decline significantly compared with the previous 3 years.Of 17,883 foodborne infections that were reported through FoodNet in 2007, up slightly from the 17,252 reported in 2006, Salmonella led the list, with 6,790 confirmed cases (38% of the total).See also:Apr 12 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116880.htmCDC Salmonella Agona pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/agona/CDC. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Agona infections linked to toasted oats cereal—United States, April-May, 1998. MMWR 1998 Jun 12;47(22):462-4 [Full text]Apr 10 CIDRAP News story “Foodborne disease rates changed little in 2007”