Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has slammed supermarkets, coffee shops and sandwich chains for selling Christmas bakery products that contain high levels of salt.The pressure group, which argues that salt is responsible for raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of strokes and heart disease, surveyed 87 products in seasonal ranges. These included sandwiches, salads, pies and desserts. The highest salt product found on the high street was the Christmas Full Works Sandwich from EAT, which contained 4.2g salt per portion, over two-thirds of the daily maximum salt intake for adults. Other sandwiches with high salt levels included Marks & Spencer’s Three Wise Sarnies (3.07g), the Co-op Festive Triple (2.6g) and Subway Chicken and Stuffing (2.5g).CASH was also critical of some sweet treats, pointing out that a Costa Christmas Chocolate cake had 0.94g salt per portion – the equivalent of nearly two packets of crisps. “The huge level of salt seen in some of the products is particularly shocking when you consider that many children may be eating these products,” said Katharine Jenner, nutritionist and CASH campaign manager. “To offer new high-salt options on the menu, when the nation is trying to reduce its salt intake, is quite simply irresponsible.” read more
Load remaining images On Saturday evening, Marco Benevento performed The Fox Theatre in Boulder, finishing up a three-night stint in Colorado’s Front Range before heading west to Vail tonight. These past three shows in Colorado—at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins on Thursday, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, and the Fox Theatre last night—mark the start of the West Coast leg of Benevento’s tour with bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andrew Borger. The trio will work their way northwest in the coming week, landing in Seattle by next weekend, before winding their way down the West Coast and ending the tour in Los Angeles on April 15th. This latest tour supports Benevento’s recently released live album, Woodstock Sessions, which was recorded at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, over the summer to a sold-out crowd. The trio joins Medeski Martin & Wood with Nels Cline, Bad Brains, and others on the list of renowned performers who have taken part in the critically acclaimed series, which invites fans into the recording studio for an intimate live performance that doubles as a recording session.For the performance in Boulder last night, Marco Benevento certainly paid tribute to this newest album, with him and his trio playing this new material during the first half of the show. Because yesterday was April Fool’s Day, Benevento had some tricks up his sleeve for the special Boulder performance as well, letting a big fan and follower of the group write the second half of the group’s setlist for the night, which was a fun twist to end the night on. Their performance was a high-energy affair, with the band taking those in attendance on a journey with them as they moved through their older and newer catalog. However, what stood out the most throughout the night was the love and gratitude emanating from Marco Benevento that propelled the performance forward. Throughout the show he made it clear that he loves performing in Colorado, a note that fans frequently hear at shows in the state. He also had high praises for twenty-three year old Karina Rykman, his new bassist, who is an absolute slayer despite being relatively green on the scene.You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Sam Berenson. Make sure to check out Marco Benevento’s touring schedule to catch him when he’s in a town near you as well as to check out this latest album, Woodstock Sessions. You can also check him out when he returns to Colorado later in the month with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Red Rocks. read more
Under the gaze of past presidents and deans, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) administrators and staff gathered this week to thank co-workers and colleagues for their professionalism and thoughtfulness — and to reach out to those less fortunate in the community.Held in University Hall, the third annual FAS “Giving Thanks” event provided thank-you notes, refreshments, and even a station accepting clothing and food donations for the homeless. One of many such events held at Schools across Harvard — including Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Medical School — last year’s FAS open house collected more than 3,000 notes of appreciation.“In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we rarely get a chance to step back and take stock of the contributions so many around us make,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “This event makes space for that kind of intentional pause. Once I start thinking of all the people who deserve my gratitude, I realize that I have a lot of notes to write. Thankfully, there are cookies.”“Many of us spend so much time at work,” said Chris Ciotti, associate dean for Human Resources at FAS. “People enjoy taking a moment to say thank you to those who help them along the way — and those who receive these notes tell us that means a lot to them. It’s a great opportunity to connect those dots and let people know that their efforts are appreciated.”Students were also on hand to reach out to the community. Representing the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, Conor Paterson ’16 collected donations from staff, administrators, and students for the shelter.“The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is an entirely student-run, volunteer shelter,” said Paterson, who has been volunteering with the organization for five years. “The best part is interacting with people that you wouldn’t normally interact with. There are many misconceptions about homeless people. I’ve gotten to know people who are very intelligent, very kind, people who have earned their college degrees. Interacting with these people really advances your view of the world, and your ability to respect people from all walks of society.”The donation station accepted canned goods, cash donations, and gently used clothing and blankets. Coordinated through the Harvard Community Gifts program, last year’s collection included more than $1,500 and several hundred pounds of food for the shelter.“What I’ve found is that people at the shelter are almost entirely people who are in their situation not through their own fault, but through unfortunate circumstance,” Paterson said. “It’s great to have this chance for people at Harvard to reach out to them.” read more
In 2020, we launched a brand-new, fraud-focused webinar series, “Let’s Talk Fraud.” During these webinars, Allied’s fraud experts answered credit unions’ pressing fraud questions.Here are the top 5 fraud topics we were asked to address during these 2020 events:ACH FraudQuestion: What are ACH fraud risks financial institutions face today and what are prevention techniques for these attacks?Answer: ACH fraud risks take many forms today, including ACH credit, ACH debit, and ACH loan fraud attacks. ACH credit fraud attacks on unemployment insurance disbursements have been especially prevalent in 2020 with the spike in unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are fraud prevention strategies you can adopt to manage these attacks:To prevent ACH credit fraudLimit the dollar amount on outgoing ACH creditsSet up multiple layers to authenticate ACH credit requests (e.g., passwords/passcodes, security questions, callbacks/text authorization)Don’t provide immediate credit on ACH funds requested ATM FraudQuestion: What tips do you have to mitigate trending ATM risks in 2020 and beyond?Answer: Above all else, update all of your ATMs to be chip-enabled to prevent fraud and self-retained fraud losses on these devices. Non-EMV machines are much easier for fraudsters to break into. Additionally, you will retain any of the losses that occur from magnetic stripe fallback transactions occurring on chip-enabled cards at non-chip-enabled ATMs. With ATM cash-out and skimming attacks continuing to be major threats today, it is also important to:Block non-EMV card use and fallback authorizations if you have chip-enabled ATMsSet transaction and dollar limits for cards used at your ATMs that are non-chip-enabled to reduce possible fallback loss exposuresEstablish daily dollar and transaction limitsInstall security software and hardware to prevent and be notified of tampering on your devices, such as an anti-skimming device and a code-protected locking mechanismPerform daily inspections of these devices to find the installation of unauthorized devices or settings Check FraudQuestion: What are other financial institutions seeing as far as check fraud, especially for checks deposited through remote and ATM channels?Answer: Counterfeit business, consumer, and cashier checks continued to be a big concern in 2020. Follow these steps to reduce counterfeit check fraud exposure at an ATM, via remote deposit, or in-branch:Adopt automated software that captures and reports counterfeit checksPlace holds on checks over a selected dollar amountMonitor and secure all possible points of entry for check fraudPhysically review each remote deposit before releasing the fundsSet daily transaction and/or dollar limits on remote depositsEstablish a required waiting period before making any check funds availableEducate accountholders and employees on the key indicators of counterfeit consumer, cashier, and corporate checksAdopt internal audit procedures and technology tools to spot fake or duplicate checks before the funds are released This post is currently collecting data… Payment App FraudQuestion: What are some key methods to prevent fraud on payments apps like Venmo, Zelle, and Cash App?Answer: Payment app fraud spiked significantly in 2020. These attacks primarily occur via phishing, vishing, or calling consumers to obtain their card or account information and fraudulently sign them up for a payment app. Managing these fraud attacks requires a mix of detection and protection methods, including:Validating if you offer the Payment Apps using the accountholders account number versus a debit card to properly monitor and detect possible fraud across either/both transaction channelsSetting daily velocity limits: a max number of ACH and debit card transactions within a 24-hour timeframeSetting a max daily dollar limit for both ACH and debit card payment app authorizationsOffering text or email alerts to accountholders so they may detect and report any unauthorized transactionsEstablishing strong identification requirements for all account access and information requests, across all channelsIf an online password reset is requested, wait until the accountholder has approved this via email or text before authorizing any additional account changes, such as change of address, phone number, or email requests 2020 was full of new hurdles and challenges, and on top of it all, fraud criminals remained steadfast in their efforts. However, we can all help protect our consumers and institutions from these nasty crimes if we continue to work together.Attend our “Let’s Talk Fraud” Webinar Series to receive fraud insights, advice, and prevention strategies from Allied’s fraud and risk experts. Click here to register for these virtual events, which will kick off anew in 2021! Remote Fraud AttacksQuestion: What are key authentication strategies to prevent fraud attempted remotely (online, through call centers, and via mobile apps)?Answer: With the COVID-19 pandemic, remote attacks and online consumer scams grew exponentially throughout 2020. Managing these attacks requires diligent accountholder fraud education, as well as the enforcement of robust authentication requirements. Strong authentication requirements include:Set up complex password requirements for online and mobile account accessAsk for both identifying information (e.g., SSN) and personal information (e.g., pet’s name) for online and over-the-phone account accessEnforce multi-factor authentication requirements (e.g., signature requirements, account passwords, PINs, security questions, code verification, and biometric identifiers) for account access or transaction requestsEnsure your financial institution is signed up to participate in 3DSecure to better protect your accountholders from online, card-not-present fraud attacksShare education with accountholders and call center staff on methods they can take to protect themselves from common email, text, or phone scams To prevent ACH loan fraud, place holds or block ACH payments on any line of credit disbursementsTo prevent ACH debit fraud, place a hold on any incoming ACH deposit and validate where and from whom the funds came This is placeholder text 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details read more
Toronto Sun 2 Oct 2012An astounding link on the Toronto District School Board website which entices children to experiment sexually with vegetables has a Christian group calling for a criminal investigation.It has a lot of others vexed, perplexed and scratching their heads. Who is behind the school board’s curtain pulling these curious strings?In the interest of protecting children, an outraged Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, has written Attorney General John Gerretsen and does not hold back on his animus and disgust.“The TDSB — through its website — is corrupting Ontario’s children with extraordinary explicit instruction,” wrote McVety in a letter sent Wednesday. “It is the responsibility of the Ontario government to protect our children. According to Section 172 of the Criminal Code of Canada, it is an indictable offence to ‘endanger the morals of the child.’”Not one adult — no matter how liberal — I spoke with Wednesday seemed to have any background, knowledge, experience or reference point concerning sex with vegetables.Yet, on the TDSB site, you will find — under the heading Coalition for Positive Sexuality — a link called “Just Say Yes, pro sex” which champions encounters with vegetables and other experimental options.“Most of us learn that our bodies, and our sex, are things to be ashamed of,” states the link. “Most of us learn that sex means a man on top of a woman, and that the only other choice is abstinence. But sex can be lots of things … women have sex with women, men have sex with men, women have sex with men — and sometimes the best sex is with yourself!”It then says: “There are lots of safe and fun ways to get off, which you probably won’t learn in school … don’t feel like you have to do everything on this page, but don’t feel like anything is automatically off limits either.”It describes how an individual “could suck, kiss, touch, bite, fondle, nibble, squeeze and lick someone’s body, nipples, calves, toes, neck” and other areas. It talks of masturbation in front of the mirror, acting out fantasies and using sex toys.It was already way over the top to find a link like this on the TDSB website. But it’s the next passage that caught the eye of the eagle-eyed Blazing Cat Fur blogspot that has McVety and others concerned.“Play with your own or someone else’s a– or vagina, put your fingers, dildoes, vegetables, or butt plugs into them,” is what it states.McVety makes the excellent point if any of these things were repeated by an adult on a TDSB school grounds the police would be called in immediately.http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/26/sex-advice-on-tdsb-website-angers-christian-advocate read more
If you weren’t at the Batesville Middle School last Saturday night, you missed an exciting evening when the newest members of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame were inducted. Paul Ketchum, Batesville’s Superintendent of Schools, was the MC and he introduced Batesville’s Shelley Meyer Prickel and Dan Kerker, Sunman’s Larry Bauman, Jac-Cen-Del’s Ryan Sparks, and Holton’s Gene Wagner as the newest members.There was a lot of fun for all of us who enjoy stories about Ripley County basketball. This year’s inductees were all-county, all-conference, and all-sectional pics during their careers. All 5 members still live in or very close to their roots in Ripley County.Congratulations to the 5 inductees! read more
Facebook Twitter Google+ SAN JOSE, Calif. — Brandon Triche and James Southerland laughed, smiled and joked atop the podium. They were jovial, enjoying the moment and an accurate barometer of a team whose confidence is quite possibly the highest it’s been all season.Syracuse limped into the Big East tournament last week, losing four of its last five games in the regular season and slipping all the way to No. 19 in the rankings. But just as suddenly as it lost control, the team was reborn in the form of a three-game winning streak during which its offense resurfaced and a pair of struggling shooters came to life.Now, after a march to the Big East tournament title game, the Orange enters the NCAA Tournament as a confident team hoping to make a deep run through the East Regional. That process begins Thursday, when fourth-seeded Syracuse faces No. 13-seed Montana at 9:57 p.m. And the biggest question — the one that has plagued this bunch all season — is which team will show up.“We’re used to playing well,” Triche said. “We’re used to playing bad, too. So I think we could play either way. But we used the Big East to our benefit, and that’s to play well and get our offense going.”The three-and-a-half-game resurgence in New York — Syracuse collapsed in the second half of the final against Louisville — saw Triche break out of a slump that lasted the better part of six weeks and Southerland catch fire in the greatest shooting stretch in Big East tournament history. It added new dimensions to an offense that had grown stagnant. It bred new confidence after levels of belief started to recede.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt sent the Orange cruising into San Jose seemingly peaking at the right time.“Our offense was pretty much terrible for the whole month of February,” Triche said. “But we got it going at the right time. That’s all we needed to do, just go in the Big East, knock off a few games and get back playing well.”Even Kareem Jamar, Montana’s leading scorer among its active players, said the second half against Louisville “didn’t sum up what type of team” Syracuse is. And he expects the Orange to come out with a bit of a chip on its shoulder, following several college basketball experts putting SU on upset alert.Will Cherry is billing this game as Montana against the world. He said very few people are giving his team a chance against the fourth-seeded Orange, based on what he’s heard, but a win over such a prestigious program is something Montana would always remember.“It’s definitely a tremendous honor (to play against them),” Cherry said. “I had one other tremendous honor of going up against UCLA, another powerhouse that’s predicated on basketball and has a lot of history. Jim Boeheim is a terrific coach. He has a lot of wins under his belt and he knows what he’s doing.”What Boeheim will be doing on Thursday is attempting to stifle a Montana team that is full of shooters. Triche compared the Grizzlies to Seton Hall, a team Syracuse beat twice this year, because of its multitude of players capable of connecting from behind the 3-point line.The Orange defeated Seton Hall in the Big East tournament last week, but the Pirates shot 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. Closing out on Montana’s shooters, who are led by Jamar, Jordan Gregory and Mike Weisner, will be a big focus of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.“I just think they’re a really good, well-balanced basketball team,” Boeheim said. “I think they move the ball really well, offensively. They shoot it from the perimeter extremely well. I think that, offensively, they’re a really good basketball team.”When asked what, if anything, he could do or say to motivate his team to perform with the same intensity it displayed in New York City last week, Boeheim said there’s nothing specific to ensure a similar performance. After playing more than 30 games this season — some way up and others horrifyingly down — Syracuse is what it is, Boeheim said.And so in the NCAA Tournament, where one loss ends your season, that is both a delightful and deadly realization. For the moment, Syracuse is up, but who knows how, if or when it will fall.“We did a great job of finding our chemistry and beating some great teams (in New York),” Southerland said. “I feel like that’s the only motivation we need going into this tournament.” Comments Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse practices in San Jose a day before taking on Montana in the NCAA TournamentSyracuse not getting distracted in wake of reports of NCAA investigationSyracuse and Montana have never played in basketball, but 98 years ago they fought to a tie in footballQ&A with Montana beat writer Bob Meseroll of the MissoulianBearing down: Despite injuries to key players, Montana carries momentum from stellar regular season into NCAA Tournament Published on March 21, 2013 at 2:13 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 read more
Scrum half Conor Murray says there’s a buzz in the camp.The tournament kicks off this evening as England take on Fiji in the opening match of Pool A. Kick off at Twickenham is at 8.