Major police presence in Sealand as part of commercial drugs bust – Cheshire Live

A major police presence was spotted on a busy North Wales road this morning as a part of a series of drug raids.

Warrants were executed at rural premises on Deeside Lane in Sealand this morning (July 13) and equipment and chemicals were seized in connection with the commercial production of illegal drugs.

The raids, which were also conducted in Liverpool, are part of an international law enforcement operation including the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) and North Wales Police.

Detective Inspector Lee Boycott of the North Wales Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: "This mornings events have seen a large number of officers, numerous partner agencies from the North Wales Region and Merseyside come together to investigate suspected illicit drugs production and trafficking activities.

"Enquiries are continuing at various locations, and I would urge anyone with information relating to drugs dealing in their community to contact us or alternatively speak to CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Under code name Op Venetic - officers from the NCA and other agencies across the UK have been assessing and interpreting intelligence gained when law enforcement partners in France and Holland took down a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals to carry out their business.

With more than 60,000 users overseas and 10,000 in the UK, EncroChat is a secure mobile phone instant messaging service which is used by criminals to coordinate and plan the distribution of illicit commodities, money laundering and plots to kill rival criminals. keeping a close eye on the criminals involved.

Op Venetic has seen entire organised crime groups taken down as a result of the intelligence and nationally 746 arrests have been made and 54m criminal cash, 77 firearms and more than two tonnes of drugs seized.

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Task force approved to study Confederate flag on Williamson County seal after hours of debate – Tennessean

The entrance lobby in the Williamson County courthouse features the Williamson County seal on the floor, which includes a Confederate flag.(Photo: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean )

After a three-and-a-half hour debate with multiple amendments introduced, the Williamson County Board of Commissioners voted 18-5 to approve the formation of a nine-member task force to study the Williamson County seal, which has an image of the Confederate flag.

Commissioners voting against the move included Judy Herbert, 3rd District;Bert Chalfant, 7th District; GreggLawrence, 4th District; ErinNations, 6th District;and Barbara Sturgeon, 8th District.

Most commissioners said they received an enormous response from the community about the seal in emails, phone calls andpetitions some against the Confederate flag symbol on the seal and some in favor.

Adopted in 1968 in the era of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther KingJr., the Williamson County seal has drawnmountingcriticism from constituents.

Franklin resident Dustin Koctar, who launched a petition to change the seal,first criticized the presence of a Confederate flag on it at a community vigil in memory of George Floyd in Franklin last month.

Previously: Williamson budget committee approves task force to explore removal of Confederate flag on seal

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Theresolution, writtenby Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson's office, calls for the formation of a nine-member task force comprised of Blackcommunityand business leaders as well as representatives from various community organizations and the county historian.

The task forceis chargedwith discussingthe seal and submitting a recommendation to the county commission in September about whether to change it.

Williamson Inc., the county's chamber of commerce and county economic department, will chair the task force, including organizing meetings and collecting data. A representative from Williamson Inc. will also serve on the task force.

According to the resolution, the nine-member committee would consist of the following:

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Several commissioners proposed amendments, including how to direct the task force, whileothers wanted to bypass the task force altogether.

Commissioner Sean Aiello, 11th District,proposed an amendment that would appoint the county historianRick Warwick as chairman of the task force, instead of Williamson Inc. His proposalfailed.

Commissioner David Landrum, 10th District,proposed anamendment for the task forcetoonly study the upper left hand quadrant of the seal containing the Confederate flag, and leave the rest of the seal untouched. His amendment gained the most traction, but still failed11-12.

At one point, Commissioner Gregg Lawrence, 4th District, suggested deferring the discussion.

"Let's wait until things calm down in America so maybe we can be more reasonable," he said, also stating that the seal needs to change."I think it's going to be hard to get a consensus during this time on the seal."

Commissioner Dwight Bubba Jones, 1st District, later made an amendment to eliminate the entire county seal altogether.

"Let's just do away with the seal and remove the controversy," he said.

However, he later withdrew his amendment when Commissioner Chad Story, 4th District, proposed a separate amendmentcalling for theremovalthe Confederate flag on the seal instead of forming atask force gained momentum.

Story argued that he "feared" that the task force might alter other parts of the seal and thus compromise its full historical integrity.

"Let's remove the Confederate flag and take our resolution directly to the Tennessee Historical Commission," Story said.

Some commissioners who previously supported the task forcebegan to shift their perspective as Story presented his argument.

Commissioner Brian Beathard, 11th District, who initially sponsoredthe mayor's task force proposal, shifted his perspective tosupport instead Story's proposal.

"Some constituents have egregiously told me the commission doesn't have the gravitas to make this decision on our own," Beathard said. "Acommittee would have too much to tackle looking at whole seal, if the sensitive part isreally to remove the flag."

Commissioner Keith Hudson, 3rd District, the only Black member of the county commission, initiallysupported thetask force resolution but latervoiced his support ofStory's suggestion to removethe Confederate flag as well, while bypassing the task force.

Hudson also explained his view of the Confederate flag as a symbol.

Hesimply explained that for him and many other people of colorthe Confederate flag is "asymbol of hate."

"It's the same astheswastika for me," he said. "I tell myson to stay away. If it's displayed in a business,they are sending a message they don't want you as a patron."

He said the flag symbolizes different things for different people.

"Is it hate or is it heritage?You don't know so, son, stay away," Hudson said."I remember coming out of Woolworth's, and the Klan marching, and I saw the battle flag and that is mymemory."


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Ultimately, the momentum for Story's amendment fizzled when he removed it from consideration.The commission then voted on the initial resolutionpresented by the mayorandfive commission sponsors Hudson, Morton, Webb, Beathard and Commissioner Betsy Hester, 2nd District.

Other commissioners voiced why they supportthe formation of the task force.

"I am proud to support this proposal, this is a much needed change," Chas Morton, 9th District,said.

"Everything should have a look to be modernized,"Paul Webb, 6th District said."Let's have the discussion."

"We need to discuss this to be an authentic county," said Beth Lothers, 5th District, said.

The county commission will review the recommendations from the task force at its regular monthly commission meeting in September.

Kerri Bartlett covers issues affecting children, families, education and government in Williamson County. She can be contacted atkbartlett@gannett.com, 615-308-8324 or @keb1414 on Twitter.

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This saucy, smothered tofu with peppers and onions will have you dreaming of the Mexican coast – Seattle Times

Mexican cuisine, says Eddie Garza, doesnt have to be all about cheese, meat and lard. In his 2016 cookbook, Salud!, he points to pre-Hispanic Mesoamericas big focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. As his grandmother told him, Before the Spanish came to Mexico, food was provided by the sun and earth.

The son of Mexican immigrants who grew up in a border town at the southern tip of Texas, Garza now works for the Humane Society of the United States, where he helps reform food systems in Latinx communities and trains cooks in the joys of plant-based recipes. I first started cooking from Garzas book because his adaptations of traditional dishes are rooted in a deep understanding of Mexican cooking instilled by his abuelita. And the results have never disappointed me.

Theyre not all pre-Hispanic, either. My latest obsession is his Tofu Steak Veracruzana, seared cutlets smothered in a classic Veracruz-style salsa that includes bell peppers, tomato, olives, capers and white wine. Those capers and olives, he writes, represent some of the European ingredients that came to characterize the coastal states cooking, along with tropical fruit and, of course, seafood.

Tofu, famous for its mildness, works well with the salsas tart, salty, slightly spicy punch. But Garza adds flavor wherever he can, so before you sear it and sauce it, you treat the tofu to a lime-heavy marinade. Theres nothing fishy about that.


Active: 30 minutes | Total: 1 hour

Makes: 4 servings

Seared tofu cutlets get a classic coastal Mexican treatment usually reserved for seafood. Serve with rice and/or a green salad, if youd like.


One (14-ounce) package water-packed extra-firm tofu, drained

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided

1/4 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought vegetable broth

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium red onion (10 ounces), thinly sliced

1 medium red bell pepper (8 ounces), stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced

1 jalapeo chile pepper, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced

1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped

1/4 cup capers (from one 3.5-ounce jar), drained, rinsed and chopped

3 large plum tomatoes (12 ounces to 1 pound total), seeded and thinly sliced

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon vegan butter, such as Miyokos or Earth Balance


1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels or a clean dish towel and microwave on high for 1 minute. Unwrap, rewrap with fresh towels, and repeat. (This gets rid of excess liquid and is faster than pressing the tofu.) Unwrap, let cool, and cut into four planks.

2. Combine the tofu, half the garlic, the stock, lime juice, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl or zip-top bag. Cover or seal and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour, turning occasionally. (If desired, you can marinate the tofu in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.) Drain the tofu and reserve the marinade for another use.

3. In a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the drained tofu and sear it without disturbing until well browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn each piece over, and sear on the other side until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

4. Add the onion, bell pepper and jalapeo to the skillet and cook, stirring, until they start to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in the olives, capers and the remaining garlic and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.

5. Add the tomatoes and wine. Reduce the heat to medium, return the tofu to the skillet, and cook until the sauce reduces slightly and the tofu is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter, then taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. To serve, either leave the tofu planks whole or slice them on the bias, and spoon over the sauce and vegetables. Serve hot.

NOTE: Because of the marinade, ingredients are too variable for a meaningful nutritional analysis.

(Adapted from Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook by Eddie Garza. Rockridge Press, 2016.)

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It’s Time To Retire The Offensive Design Of The Mass. Flag And Seal – WBUR

The overdue discussion about inequities crippling and killing Americans of color shouldnt overlook the discrimination faced by the continents original citizens. Native Americans drown in widespread poverty; until recently, North Dakota tribes labored under longstanding voter suppression, an outrage that just this year, mercifully, has been abandoned. (Architects of the suppression never called it that, basking instead in justifications that would persuade only those who write with crayon.)

Compared to these life-stunting scourges, criticism of the Massachusetts state seal and flag as demeaning to Native Americans admittedly seems like swatting a fly amid a swarm of murder hornets. Yet as the welcome removal of monuments to the Confederacy (and that treasonous regimes flags from NASCAR races) attest, symbols matter as material, micro and not-so-micro aggressions. Theyre mute transmitters that announce societys values.

At least some lawmakers grasp that truth in this Black Lives Matter moment. A state Senate committee gave thumbs up on a bill authorizing study of a redesign of the flag and seal and passed it along to the joint Senate-House Rules Committee.

The seal and the flag bearing it feature a disembodied, sword-wielding arm above a Native American. The horseshoe of the state motto wraps around him in Latin, variously translated as by the sword we seek peace, but peace under liberty or [she] seeks with the sword a quiet peace under liberty.

... symbols matter as material, micro and not-so-micro aggressions. Theyre mute transmitters that announce societys values.

Native American Bay Staters have objected for decades to the design, saying it bespeaks the violent subjugation of their people, beginning with European colonizers and ravaging the arc of Native history through the Trail of Tears, the Plains Wars and Wounded Knee.

That some say the arm in question belongs to Myles Standish doesnt make things better, his documented brutality against Natives having appalled even fellow Pilgrims.

There is a reasonable though to me unconvincing case for keeping the current design. Heraldry experts say the sword isnt referring to conquest of the Natives but to the motto; together, the two of them refer to preserving liberty against the oppressive environment the Pilgrims had fled in England.

Normally, Im all for people educating themselves when their offense is based on misunderstanding. But the seal and flag arent like books or articles, which can be evaluated in the totality of their self-explanation. Visual images are more like headlines, shorn of lengthy context; if theyre not self-explanatory, they dont serve their purpose. Public symbols should be quickly understandable to the public, not just to a gnostic few. A sword brandished over a Native? Given our well-known mistreatment of Indigenous people, what are we who are uninitiated in heraldry supposed to think that means?

The Massachusetts legislation recognizes this. It would create a commission, including tribal members, to study features of the state seal and motto, including those which potentially have been unwittingly harmful to or misunderstood by the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The commission would consider a redesign, ensuring that any final seal and motto faithfully reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the commonwealth to peace, justice, liberty and equality.

Reforming symbols, wise heads remind us, wont redress more substantive injustices against Native Americans including those in Massachusetts. The states Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is jousting with the Trump Administration, which is trying to remove reservation status that the tribe needs to build a Taunton casino without state licensing approval. If that happens, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes, the beneficiaries would be other casino operators, including some with reported connections to President Trump.

A sword brandished over a Native? Given our well-known mistreatment of Indigenous people, what are we who are uninitiated in heraldry supposed to think that means?

Vennochi is right that gambling is not an economic development tool that King Solomon would devise. Shes also right that the government nevertheless offers it to tribes from whom we stole sovereignty and prosperity long ago, and that meddling with that process on behalf of cronies is presidential malfeasance. So Bay State Natives have more on their plate than a new seal and flag.

But more than half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson summed up our Indigenous people as The Forgotten American. Today, in an era when were asking whether offensive statues and flags belong in the public square, a seal-and-flag redesign could be the beginning of remembrance in Massachusetts.

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The Global Automotive Gasket & Seal Market is expected to grow from USD 9657.46 Million in 2019 to USD 12886.61 Million by the end of 2025 at a…

New York, July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Automotive Gasket & Seal Market Research Report by Product Type, by Vehicle Type - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05913409/?utm_source=GNW

On the basis of Product Type, the Automotive Gasket & Seal Market is studied across Gasket and Seal. The Gasket further studied across Metallic Gasket and Non- Metallic Gasket. The Seal further studied across Lip Seal, Mechanical Seal, O-Ring Seal, and Rotary Seal.

On the basis of Vehicle Type, the Automotive Gasket & Seal Market is studied across Heavy Commercial Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, and Passenger Car.

On the basis of Geography, the Automotive Gasket & Seal Market is studied across Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas region is studied across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and United States. The Asia-Pacific region is studied across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. The Europe, Middle East & Africa region is studied across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.

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Is Working with the Lincoln Project Sleeping with the Enemy? – The New Yorker

One night in 1984, when Heath Eiden was sixteen, he found himself at the Hotel Meridien in San Francisco, in the campaign suite of Walter Mondale. This was during the Democratic National Convention. Consultants and congressmen milled around, wreathed in cigar smoke. Eiden, then a high-school junior from Minneapolis, was there with Mondales son Ted, as a volunteer. He was next to Mondale when the candidate took a call from Lane Kirkland, the head of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. (You got it, Fritz), and then announced to the room that hed won enough delegates to secure the nomination. Eiden was bewitched. The spirit left the road and jumped up into me, he recalled. Fritz Mondale, the last honest politician: he actually said, Yeah, Im going to raise your taxes.

After Reagan beat Mondale that year in a landslide (Mondale won just one state: Minnesota), Eiden, an early adept with his schools Sony Betacam 1800, got the first on-camera interview with the loser. (It led to his short film, Triumph Over Tragedy: The Humphrey-Mondale Tradition, which is archived at the Minnesota Historical Society.) Eiden had TV-news aspirations, but before long disillusionment over sensationalism and dishonesty in the media soured him on it all. His last-ditch attempt was a documentary, in 2004, of another doomed White House bid, called Dean and Me: Lessons from an American Primary, which failed to change the world or to make him rich.

A couple of weeks ago, Eiden, who now lives in Stowe, Vermont, and works as a video producer, got a call from Stuart Stevens, the political consultant, who also has a house in Stowe. Stevens has advised five Republican Presidential candidates, including GeorgeW. Bush and Mitt Romney, but has recently abandoned the Party, in the belief that it has abandoned him. (His eighth book, to be published next month, is called It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump. Last week, he said, The Party always had a dark side. We thought it was a recessive gene, but it turned out to be the dominant gene. I feel like a sucker.)

Stevens was calling on behalf of the Lincoln Project, the confederation of G.O.P. apostates who, appalled by Trump, had formed a political-action committee to defeat him. The Lincoln Project had been producing sharply negative TV ads about Trump, which have run mostly in Washington, D.C., mainly to needle their subject, but which, because of their sass and their source, almost always go viral on social media.

Stevens wanted Eiden to shoot the Lincoln Projects new spot. This one would feature an emergency-room doctor down the road, in South Burlington, named Dan Barkhuff, a former Navy Seal and a graduate of the Naval Academy and of Harvard Medical School, who had started an organization called Veterans for Responsible Leadership. The occasion was the news that the President had ignored intelligence reports that a Russian military unit had been paying bounties to the Taliban for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Eiden was torn. On the one hand, work was scarce during the pandemic, and, of course, he abhorred Trump and had been frustrated by the Democrats failure to hit back. But, as a dyed-in-the-down Minnesota liberal, he had misgivings about working with what he called the dark sidesome of the Republican operatives who, by way of rough tactics, had engineered the demise of so many of his favored candidates through the years. Ultimately, though, the enemy-of-my-enemy principle pertained.

The previous week, hed driven to Minneapolis with his teen-age son, to pay their respects (and shoot some footage) at the memorial for George Floyd. That experience, plus a few days in the suburbs among Covid truthers, and an encounter with a waiter making an I cant breathe joke, had only quickened his revulsion. If it takes working with Republicans to get this fucker out of the White House, fine, he said.

What kind of style do you want? Eiden asked Stevens.

Think Swift Boat, Stevens replied.

I knew exactly what Id found myself in the middle of, Eiden recalled.

Eiden and Barkhuff met up at Stevenss house. The Lincoln Project had sent a script, by a screenwriter of the HBO series Band of Brothers, but Barkhuff ditched it for one of his own. Identifying himself as a pro-life gun-owning combat veteran, he said into the camera, Any Commander-in-Chief with a spine would be stomping the shit out of some Russians right now, diplomatically, economically, or, if necessary, with the sort of asymmetric warfare theyre using to send our kids home in body bags. Mr. Trump, youre either a coward who cant stand up to an ex-K.G.B. goon or youre complicit. Which is it?

Afterward, Eiden went home and uploaded the footage. An editor named Joey, in Denver, put it together overnight. The following afternoon, Stevens noted that the spot, called Betrayed, had been viewed online more than six million times. To what end, time will tell.


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U.S. Atty warns about fake ‘mask exemption’ cards – The Outer Banks Voice

By Outer Banks Voice on July 8, 2020

(Office of the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of NC)

The office of U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. issued a release on July 8 warning citizens that cards and other documents bearing the U.S. Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from mask requirements are fraudulent.

There have been reports of individuals in North Carolina and other parts of the country creating cards or other documents claiming that the bearer of the card is exempt from mask requirements. Some versions of these cards threaten businesses or organizations with fines if they take steps to require patrons to wear masks.

In an effort to make the cards or documents appear legitimate, fraudsters may include the U.S. Department of Justices seal or include other threatening language. The Department of Justice is also aware of efforts by some to sell these fake cards to members of the public.

The public should take note that the Department did not issue these documents, and the Department does not endorse them. Furthermore, the Department has not granted permission for the use of its seal for this purpose, and misusing the Department seal is a federal crime.

During this pandemic, false informationand fake cards like thesedo a grave disservice to us all as we try to understand and follow the public-health measures our governments have ordered, said U.S. Attorney Higdon. The public should be aware that these cards are fake, and rest assured that we will investigate those who are knowingly creating or peddling these fraudulent cards to the unsuspecting public.

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Signs That Your Car Engine Could Be Damaged – New Vision

Once its damaged, your car will not move well on the road, says Kasozi.

A car that has ever been involved in an accident would require to have its engine changed. Photos by Stella Naigino

Once its damaged, your car will not move well on the road, says Kasozi.


The car engine is the heart of the car and a lot goes on in it to enable the car to move from one place to another. Experts say it's important that motorists pay attention to their car engines to ensure proper functionality.

AnnetKasozi a mechanic at Bethel auto garage in Seeta notes that when an engine has issues, their usually warning signs and once these are ignored, the engine suffers more damage.

"Once it's damaged, your car will not move well on the road," says Kasozi.

She also reveals that a car that has ever been involved in an accident would require to have its engine changed.

Low pulling power

Kasozi notes that many times when motorists are driving and notice low pulling power, many rush to think that they don't have enough fuel. On further investigations they realise that their cars have issues with the engine.

"This means that a motorist is experiencing compression loss and this can be fixed by having an engine overhaul, "she says.

Fast engine consumption of oil and fuel

Umar Kasujja a mechanic in Nateete notes that investing in car fuel and oil doesn't come cheaply.

However, if you notice a change in oil and fuel consumption of your car engine, organise with your mechanic to check your engine and if possible have an engine overhaul done for a good fuel and oil consumption.

Abnormal smoke

Moses Kayiira a mechanic at Bakayiira diesel garage notes that many times when an engine needs to be revamped, it produces different kinds of smoke like the blue smoke which signifies oil consumption taking place in the engine.

At this point consider having an engine overhaul done to your car.

Black wetsuit in the exhaust pipe

Kayiira notes that while driving many motorists see black, grey smoke coming from their car exhaust system. This is not normal, it's a sign that oil is burning in the engine.

This reduces the effectiveness of the engine. To stop this from happening, check your engine value seal and piston cylinders but if possible have an engine overhaul for a best driving experience.

Noise coming from the engine

Kasujja notes many times motorist notice noise coming from their car engines but very few pay attention to the noise and this damages the car engine more.

"However, if you notice that your car engine produces some noise, consider having it checked and if the noise persists, have an engine over haul to give your car engine more life, "he says.

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SICPA Launches CERTUS – Covering the Printing Inks, Coatings and Allied Industries – Ink World Magazine

SICPA announced the launch of CERTUS, to provide digitally-enabled security for official documents, credentials, and certifications issued by public and private authorities.

The technology is specially designed to bridge the digital and physical worlds as the CERTUS credential can be digital or printed anytime, anywhere with no possibility for tampering.

CERTUS is a document security solution that enables government bodies, educational institutions, licensed professionals, and other document issuers to streamline and secure the issuance of official documents and certificates.

Credentials protected by CERTUS can be quickly and confidently validated by anyone to confirm the issuing authority and the authenticity of valuable credentials like diplomas, health records, business licenses, certificates of origin, certificates of compliance, property records, vehicle registrations, election documents, and financial and tax documents.

CERTUS records and protects key data in a secure QR code signed by a cryptographic seal and protected with proven KSI blockchain technology operational since 2008 and trusted by governments around the world.

Ideal for securing sensitive information, CERTUS does not store any private data centrally and guarantees the integrity of the certificate for life.

Officials use the CERTUS Document Manager through a web app or integrated into their existing systems to easily generate, activate, expire and revoke documents and certificates remotely.

These CERTUS-protected credentials can be provided to the document holder online, via email or SMS, and printed on demand gone are the challenges associated with lost or damaged credentials.

CERTUS Universal Verifier is available for free via web and mobile apps for independent verification.

Users simply scan the QR code and instantly receive confirmation of the date and time of issuance, name of the issuing authority, the validity of the credential (i.e. active, expired, revoked), and authenticity of the underlying claim based on the digital security seals.

In the event of an invalid or expired credential, the verifier is alerted immediately.

Leveraging decades of expertise in enabling trust in physical documents, SICPA is bringing its expertise to protect digital credentials with an easy and cost-effective solution that provides independent, third-party verification of documents, while protecting individual privacy, said Marco Aloe, director of Integrity Solutions at SICPA.

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Biohacking Market- Global Business Growing Strategies, Technological Innovation And Emerging Trends Outlook To 2027 – Owned

The biohacking market is anticipated to grow in the market by the advancement of new technologies. In addition, with rising demand for these devices is the key application for the growth of the industry. However, there is less awareness about this new device in the market. Furthermore, it has a superior ability to cut and seal and is rising demand in the forecast period. It has increased demand for minimally invasive surgeries that has the opportunity for market growth.

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PRESS RELEASE | JULY 14, 2020 Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Launched to Help People Respond Online US Census Bureau staff will begin going into…

JULY 14, 2020 - More than 3,000 U.S. Census Bureau staff will begin going into communities with the lowest 2020 Census response rates to encourage and assist people with responding on their own to the 2020 Census. This operation, known as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) program, is a separate activity from census takers going door to door to count households that have not yet responded. MQA is part of the Census Bureau's final push to encourage people to complete the 2020 Census before the Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) operation begins nationwide on August 11.

MQA representatives will encourage people to respond to the 2020 Census in open, public places in the lowest responding areas of the nation. These are places where people naturally visit when leaving home to help increase self-response rates. People are encouraged to respond on their own online or by phone. Locations for MQAs will include grocery stores and markets, food banks, laundromats, restaurants and grab-and-go eateries, unemployment offices, back to school drives, places of worship, and libraries.

The local census response representatives will help people complete the census on a 2020 Census tablet or on their own device, while practicing state and local social distancing protocols. All census workers have been trained in social distancing protocols and issued personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks to be worn during MQA support.

About 62% of households across the country have already responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations began arriving in mid-March. The Census Bureau is selecting where to provide MQA based on local response rates and conditions.

If people need help responding in a language other than English, Census Bureau staff can provide phone numbers or assistance responding online in 12 other languages. Staff will also have guides available in 59 languages that walk people through how to respond to the English questionnaire.

All staff will carry an ID badge with their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark seal, and an expiration date. They will have an official Census Bureau-issued bag and tablet. MQA locations will have banners bearing the 2020 Census logo.

In the interest of public health concerns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Census Bureau staff will decide on a weekly basis whether MQA activities will take place in a low-response area in coordination with local partners.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.

MQA will be available from July 13 through September 18.

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Carriers go contactless with BOLs and other docs due to COVID – Commercial Carrier Journal

Before the coronavirus pandemic, few could have imagined that paper shipping documents would become a health hazard. They were merely an inconvenience for drivers and office clerks to handle as part of the payroll and billing process.

When social distancing became the norm, new technology quickly emerged to digitally exchange bills of lading (BOLs) and capture signatures for proof of delivery (POD) documents to keep drivers safe and for office staff working remotely.

Contactless transactions

Speeding the flow of POD documents had already been simplified with mobile apps that drivers use to capture images remotely. What changed during the COVID-19 pandemic is that more shippers no longer print BOLs but instead send digital documents to carriers before drivers arrive to pick up loads.

EBE Technologies uses a secure application from SignEasy to capture a signature on a POD document.

Carriers receive the electronic BOLs via email typically as PDF attachments or as direct feeds into their transportation management software using electronic data interchange (EDI), said Larry Kerr, president of EBE Technologies, which provides workflow-based systems for transportation companies.

When picking up a load, shippers that use electronic BOLs may still give drivers a paper copy to take with them during transit.

EBE Technologies has a new eBOL module for carriers to use with its SHIPS document management and workflow automation platform. When carriers receive an electronic BOL from shippers, the software sends it to drivers before they make a pickup.

The eBOL goes to EBEs Connect Mobile Capture app, or to any third-party app that drivers and carriers use, he said.

When drivers arrive for a delivery the apps give drivers the option to email the eBOL to the consignee to sign electronically. EBE uses an electronic signature application from SignEasy, which gives the signee the option to sign the POD using a mouse or finger.

The eBOL module can automatically email the document to the consignee from the integration EBE has with the fleets dispatch software. The integration validates the delivery has taken place using location data from a telematics platform or stop code from the dispatch system, Kerr said.

The signee gets a confirmation email as soon as the document is signed and sent to the dispatch system, he said. When the eBOL is in transit to the office, the SHIPs platform can use optical character recognition to extract information to automate data entry and validate information such as addresses, BOL numbers or notations for over, short or damaged freight.

Expanding the footprint

Transflo, formerly Pegasus TransTech, has always had products and services used by carriers, freight brokers and drivers to speed the flow of proof-of-delivery documents. During the COVID-19 crisis, leaders decided to expand to help shippers and consignees go paperless, explained Doug Schrier, vice president of product and innovation.

Transflo added a contactless option for drivers to receive BOLs and signed PODs from shippers and receivers.

Creating a digital process for all shippers and receivers would be a complex undertaking since each company uses different software systems and has unique processes for loading and unloading.

To solve the challenge, Transflo started with a large footprint, he said, with more than one million drivers using its Transflo Mobile+ app and truck stop scanning network at more than 3,000 locations. Rather than develop a standard process for shippers and receivers, Transflo gathers their individual requirements to create an integrated eBOL and ePOD process.

Georgia-Pacific, one of the nations largest shippers, is one of the early adopters of the integrated eBOL and ePOD systems from Transflo.

When a driver breaks a geofence at a location, the app walks the driver through the unique workflow of the shipper or receiver to check in and receive or send an electronic BOL for signature. The email or phone number associated with the account is preloaded.

Nothing has to happen beyond the normal workflow of marking something completed and shipped, Schrier said.

Transflo has another option for shippers or receivers that do not have an integrated process. A shipper can upload a PDF document or send a BOL to Transflo through EDI, he said. When the document is received, Transflo sends the eBOL to the driver in Transflo Mobile+ with a notification.

When delivering a load, the driver can ask for an email or phone number to send an eBOL for signature.

Should a detention event occur, motor carriers can use the eBOL or ePOD for documentation. The driver and receiver can write annotations in a field within the document to record start and stop times, which the receiver can sign off on, he said.

Before carriers receive a completed ePOD, Transflo can use OCR to validate document types and extract data. If exceptions occur, Transflo has an operations center in Louisville that will manually validate or fix data and feed information directly into its customers systems, Schrier said.

Transflo is also working with shippers to install kiosks at their facilities to maintain social distancing if drivers do not already have Transflo Mobile+ app to complete the same eBOL and ePOD process.

Another recent development is the Consumer Brands Association starting a task force to develop a protocol for contactless pickup and delivery. The task force brings together 23 consumer packaged good companies with supply chain partners Accenture, Coyote Logistics and Vector, a transportation digitization and workflow provider and retailers.

The initial focus of the task force is to develop uniform standards for eBOLs.

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SCV News | City’s Annual Road Rehab to Begin July 13 – SCVNEWS.com

The Citys annual slurry seal and overlay road preservation and rehabilitation program, Road Rehab, is scheduled to begin construction Monday, July 13.

The Road Rehab program consists of slurry seal and overlay treatments on selected roadways throughout Santa Clarita. Slurry seal is a coating treatment designed to preserve and extend the life of the road, while overlay includes the removal and replacement of existing pavement that has extensive damage, where a slurry seal will no longer be adequate.

On Tuesday, June 9, the Santa Clarita City Council approved a contract with Toro Enterprises Inc. for the overlay portion and Pavement Coatings Co. for the slurry seal portion of the Road Rehab program. The overlay portion of this years Road Rehab project will consist of overlay treatments for selected arterial and neighborhood streets throughout the City. Major arterials include Placerita Canyon Road from Sand Canyon Road westerly to the City limit and Rye Canyon Road from Avenue Scott to Newhall Ranch Road. The slurry seal portion of this years Road Rehab project will be performed on neighborhood streets and collector streets citywide.

Road Rehab will continue through the summer months and residents are asked to be aware of construction notification signs on residential and arterial streets, and to follow altered traffic patterns and roadway restrictions carefully. Residents will be provided with multiple notifications prior to the start of construction in their area. All cars that are parked in a temporary No Parking zone during posted construction times will be towed.

The Citys Road Rehab website is located at santa-clarita.com/RoadRehab and features frequently asked questions and tips for residents to ensure resurfacing goes quickly and efficiently. An interactive map and full list of streets identified for Road Rehab in 2020 are available on the website. Residents will be able to navigate the list of streets and see the locations, approximate dates of proposed work and whether slurry seal or overlay will be administered.

Door hangers and handbills will be distributed to homes that will be directly affected throughout the course of the project, including dates and approximate construction hours. Construction will occur Monday through Friday. Work on residential streets will occur during daytime hours to cause the least disruption to residents. Work on arterial streets may occur during daytime hours or overnight to avoid major traffic impacts.

For the latest updates, including last-minute changes in scheduling, please follow the hashtag #SCRoadRehab on Twitter.

The city of Santa Clarita appreciates the communitys cooperation and support and will work hard to minimize inconveniences. Additional instructions and Road Rehab information, including the interactive map, can be found at santa-clarita.com/RoadRehab. For any questions or concerns, residents may contact the project hotline at (661) 290-2291.

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Seal and Pour Bag Clips Market Growth By Manufacturers, Type And Application, Forecast To 2026 – 3rd Watch News

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Dekel Agri-Vision tumbles after operational update on its Tiebissou project – Proactive Investors UK

() slipped 8.5% to 2.15p after it said would be four weeks before kit destined for its Tiebissou project arrives on site.

The agriculture company said 32 containers have arrived at the port of Abidjan in Cte d'Ivoire, destined ultimately for Tiebissoue where the company is developing a raw cashew nut processing project.

Manufacturing of the milling equipment for the Tiebissou Project continues in Italy. Groundworks are continuing at the site in Tiebissou, and management believes the mill will commence production in the second quarter of next year.

() shot up 62% to 1,834p after it recommended a cash takeover over offer valuing the oil and gas company at 247.5mln.

Viaro Energy, a global commodities trading firm, has offered a price of 18.50 per share to acquire Rockrose. It marks a premium of 64% to Fridays closing price and 91% to the volume weighted average price for the past three months.

Rockrose produces around 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from a portfolio of assets in the UK and Dutch North Sea.

() fell 11% to 2.35p after it said it would alter its business model to reflect the new reality in the restaurant sector.

The texchnology firm, which provides an app that enables restaurants to attract customers during times of low demand, will switch to a software-as-a-service model, charging a monthly service fee rather than charging on a per transaction basis.

11.45am:Mobile Streams tries its arm at an SaaS offering

() was on the move, rising 8% to 0.27p after it launched a new software as a service (SaaS) platform.

The SaaS Platform represents the natural evolution of the company's current 'Streams' platform, the technology firm said and provides many of the features available under the company's existing Streams platform, which is a software product that provides information on how well a customers digital marketing strategy is performing.

The company has signed up 30 initial customers to what is its first SaaS offering.

() shares dived 11% to 345.5p after it denied its working practices are partly responsible for the spike in coronavirus cases in Leicester.

Not for profit group Labour Behind the Label alleged staff at the online fashion giants factories in the city had worked as normal throughout the coronavirus crisis and been ordered to come to in even when sick.

Leicester was locked down for a second time this week after a surge in cases of the virus, with the citys manufacturing base cited as one reason. Labour Behind the Label claims that Boohoo accounts for at least 75% of clothing production in the city.

Sealand Capital Galaxy Limited (), up 88% at 3.10p, was the top riser in early deals on Monday after it formed a joint venture with Chinese e-commerce giant, Tencent.

The company said it had restructured its ePurse business, with the unit being folded into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tengwuyang Holdings, a newly formed joint venture company with Tenet, a subsidiary of Tencent-Dayuewang.

Dayuewang is a website with a Chinese user-base that is ultimately owned by Shenzhen Tencent Computer Co. Ltd and the Nanfang Media Group.

Another stock benefiting from a partnership agreement was (), which was up 12% to 3.75p after it signed a deal with Esri Inc.

The AIM-listed artificial intelligence specialist will work with Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software, on solutions for ARTC, an organisationthat manages most of Australias interstate railway network.

The plan is to replace the manual method of surveying rail track infringements and track clearances with the automated Machine Learning process from Maestrano subsidiary, Corridor Technology.

() (ASX:THR) said itsMolyhil tungsten project has been awarded Major Project status by the government of the Northern Territory in Australia. The chief minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA and Thor Mining chairman, Mick Billing, announced a Project Facilitation Agreement (PFA) between the government and the company on Saturday, July 4. The company is currently pursuing US$43mln in project finance for the development-ready Molyhil project.

() has said the crucial next stage of a cancer clinical study isunderway with four new sites added in the US to accelerate patient recruitment. Up to 30 people per tumour type will participate in Part B of the companys phase I/II trial to assess its live biotherapeutic, MRx0518, in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda. The assessment will look for a meaningful clinical impact on cancer patients that have become resistant to this type of therapy. Researchers are looking for a complete or partial response or stable disease for six months or longer.

i3 Energy PLC (I3E) has signed a binding agreement to acquire private Canadian oil and gas company Gain Energy through a reverse takeover for US$58.8mln. AIM-listed I3 had flagged the deal two weeks ago, but not named the target. Gain operates in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, the same area of operation as Toscana, another Canadian company I3 agreed to buy two weeks ago. Gain produced at a rate of around 11,000 barrels per day equivalent throughout 2019 and generated around US$34mln in underlying profits.

() has announced its first international distribution contract, with a deal in the Czech Republic and Slovakia for its Chill brand tobacco alternative CBD products. The company noted thatChill branded productsnow havea clear roadmap for distribution and sale across filling stations and tobacco retailers in the two countries. Further discussions are ongoing with distributors in other territories, it added

() has extended its distribution agreement with a company called CTC Holding to include an additional product. CTC will now sell WellBiome in Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in addition to OptiBiotix weight management products SlimBiome, SlimBiome Medical and GoFigure. WellBiome is a blend of prebiotic functional fibres, functional dietary fibres and mineral that promote the diversity of the gut microbiome.

() has entered into a 74.1mln sale and leaseback transaction with supermarket group, Waitrose & Partners, part of the . The acquired portfolio comprises six freehold supermarkets with an average gross internal area of 32,000 square feet. The stores are let to Waitrose on new 20-year leases with a tenant-only break option in year 15 and are subject to five-yearly, upward-only, CPIH inflation-linked rent reviews; the rent will go up by a minimum of 1% each year and a maximum of 3%.

() said its portfolio firm, Fieldwork Roboticshas signed an agreement with German engineering group Bosch to accelerate the development of its robot technology to harvest soft fruit and vegetables. The intellectual property investor said Bosch UK will collaborate with Fieldworks engineers to optimise its soft robotic arms and develop software to reduce the arms cost and increase their speed. Fieldwork is currently focused on developing robots to harvest raspberries, which are more delicate and more easily damaged than other soft fruits and grow on bushes with complex foliage and berry distribution. Frontier, which holds a 26.9% stake in Fieldwork, said the deal with Bosch was a significant step forward in commercialising the robotics groups technology.

() has updated on its support for a bid by Greencastle Capital to acquire Maximum Media Limited and for the assets of Joe Media Limited, the owner of the JOE social media publishing brand. In an announcement after Fridays close, the media technology group said, following its initial announcement of the bid on June 16, Greencastle is in continued discussions with Joe Media and should the bid be successful it will enter a management services agreement with Greencastle to manage the JOE assets. Meanwhile, Iconic said its planned acquisition of Social Alchemist, which was planned to complete in the first quarter of 2020, has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and that it is in talks to renegotiate the terms of the agreement to provide maximum flexibility.

(), the developer and manufacturer of biomaterials and regenerative medicines, has altered the repayments scheme on bonds it issued to Norgine Ventures. The company and Norgine have hammered out an amendment on the timing of principal repayments on the Tranche A and Tranche B Bonds. The variation provides for a reduction in the capital payments from July 1 and delays the balloon payments (a large payment due at the end of a loan) on the redemption of the bonds. Before this agreement, the company had repaid 1.96mln of the principal, having drawn down 3mln in total.

GalantasGold Corporation() ()has increased the size of the private placement it first announced in June. The money raised will now amount to C$637,454, or 376,240. The placementprice is 0.1328p per share.The net proceedswillbe used to support mine operations and provide general working capital for thecompany.

. () () announced that Dr Harrie Vredenburg, a non-executive director of the company exercised share options representing a total of 80,000 common shares of no par value on June 29, 2020, at C$0.33 (about 19.5p) per Common Share. It also noted that, on July 3, 2020, Vredenburg sold 38,282 common shares at a weighted average price of C$0.90 (approximately 53.2p) per common share on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Mum spends 15 hours giving her ugly patio a stunning makeover on the cheap and people say it was time well – The Sun

A MUM managed to transform her ugly patio in just 15 hours by giving it a lick of fresh paint.

Chloe Alexandra decided it was finally time to overhaul her back garden, which was just a drab slab of cracked concrete.


She rolled up her sleeves and ordered herself a stencil, and grabbed some masonry paint, with the whole project costing 50.

Chloe bought a tin of black and white paint and mixed it up to make her own shade of grey, which she painted on top of a plain white base.

She finished the whole thing by sealing it, confirming she didnt fill in the cracks first - just painted over them.

Chloe shared her handiwork to Facebook group Gardening On A Budget Official, where more than 3,000 people have admired her efforts.

She wrote: Ugly patio to lovely patio in 50 and 15 hours painting.

Not to everybody's taste but I love it.

Its just white masonry paint base then black and white masonry paint mixed together to make a dark grey for the stencil.

The stencil is from dizzy ducks. I sealed it after with Johnsons water seal and no I didnt fill the cracks first.


Hundreds of people have commented on her post, claiming her time was well spent.

One person said: Not to everybodys taste, are you kidding lol, its magnificent. Well blooming done.

Someone else wrote: Made an excellent job of that.

A third commented: WOW!! absolutely fantastic!

This person thought: Well done you, it looks amazing, you should be really proud of yourself.

While someone else added: Looks wonderful!! AND frugal! Even better. Thanks for sharing.

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Nigel Slaters recipes for pickled gooseberries with mackerel tartare and tomato pickle – The Guardian

An entire shelf of the fridge is home to the sour and the salty: fat-bellied jars of sliced pink onions in vinegar; thin coins of skinny cucumbers with soy and ginger; blackberries in a marinade the colour of beaujolais. Each jar is a testament to my love of the piquant. There is very little summer food that isnt improved by a spoonful of something sour. The cucumber with dill and mustard seeds served with a wedge of cold salmon; the crunch of a radish with a scoop of rose-pink chicken liver pt or perhaps rhubarb that has been steeped in red wine vinegar and black peppercorns with the glistening fat of a grilled pork chop.

Its not just the pickled vegetable itself that becomes the star of the show, but the aromatic liquor that acts as a green, pink or magenta dressing.

I dont long for a larder filled with fancy jars of vinegared preserves laid down for winter. The pickles I use most are those meant for almost immediate consumption. By which I mean those that respond to a few hours mingling with vinegar, salt and aromatics a quick fix for the lovers of sour. This week I added to the top shelf with red onions thinly sliced and steeped for hours rather than days with crisp gooseberries and yellow mustard seeds, and a pot of cauliflower florets and blanched green beans marinated in a fiery Korean chilli paste.

Making a small amount allows us to experiment and avoid the risk of boredom from a cupboard full of the same old chutney. (I have a seemingly bottomless well of chutney I made to use up unripe figs three years ago. I swear it multiplies in the night.) Small amounts of pickle tantalise and intrigue, the backlit colours as beautiful as stained glass in a church window. And it gives us the chance to make a single jar for a specific dish.

Those gooseberries were made with a tartare of fresh mackerel in mind, though we also ate them, a couple of days later, with cold roast pork. The gochujang-spiked cauliflower rather like a Korean-inspired piccalilli came out with an onion tart the size of a wheel of brie and then again, the day after, stirred through steamed sticky rice for lunch.

The gooseberries remain crunchy in this piquant accompaniment, but their tartness is tempered by their time in the vinegar. They need no longer than a few hours in the pickle liquor, but will last for several days. Serves 4

red onions 2, mediumgooseberries 350gyellow mustard seeds 1 tbspblack peppercorns 15malt vinegar 100mlwhite wine vinegar 300mlmackerel fillets 500gradishes 6dill 2 tbsp, choppedsmoked salt 1 tsprye bread 4 pieces

Peel the onions and cut them into thin rings, no thicker than 0.5cm. Put them into a bowl (or if you prefer, a zip-lock bag). Top and tail the gooseberries then add them to the onions. Add the mustard seeds, peppercorns and vinegars with 1 tsp of salt. Seal and set aside overnight.

Remove any sharp pin-bones from the centre of each mackerel fillet with a pair of tweezers. It is worth being fastidious about this ask the fishmonger if you cant do it. Place a medium-sized mixing bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice. Remove the skin from the fillets with a sharp, flexible knife then cut the fish into small dice and put into the chilled bowl.

Cut the radishes into similar small dice, add them to the mackerel, then add the dill and smoked salt. Stir lightly with a fork, only briefly just enough to combine the ingredients. Serve on a chilled plate, together with the pickled gooseberries and some buttered rye bread.

I tend to serve this rather spicy, crunchy little pickle as soon as it is made, though you can store it, covered and refrigerated, for several days. With its brick-red colour and fiery element, it has more than a touch of kimchee to it. The gochujang spice paste is available from major supermarkets and Korean and Japanese food stores. Enough for 2 medium storage jars

cauliflower or romesco 1, smallgreen beans 150gshallots 200g, small (pickling)tomatoes 450ggochujang paste 3 heaped tbspcornflour 2 tbsprice vinegar 200mlmalt vinegar 100ml

Trim the cauliflower or romesco, discarding any very thick stalks or tatty leaves. Cut into small florets. Put a large, deep pan of water on to boil.

Top and tail the green beans and cut into short, 3cm lengths. Peel the shallots then halve each one.

Put the cauliflower florets into the boiling water for 3 minutes, then lift out with a draining spoon and plunge them into iced water. Do the same with the beans. When the water returns to the boil, add the shallots and cook for 8-10 minutes until almost tender, but still with a crunchy texture. Lift out and set aside.

Roughly chop the tomatoes and put them in a saucepan with the gochujang and the vinegars and let them simmer for 10 minutes until the tomatoes are soft, crushing them with a spoon as you go. Using a stick blender, pure the tomatoes and spice paste until smooth.

Mix the cornflour to a thin paste with a little water then stir into the tomato mixture and bring back to the boil. Immediately the tomato pure starts to thicken, remove from the heat. Drain the cauliflower, beans and shallots, stir them into the tomato pure and spoon into a clean storage jar. Seal and refrigerate.

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EFF, Orin Kerr Ask The Supreme Court To Prevent Turning The CFAA Into A Convenient Way To Punish Site Users, Security Researchers – Techdirt

from the another-way-to-break-the-internet dept

As we reported here earlier, the Supreme Court is examining a CFAA case that could have far-reaching implications for well, just about anyone who uses any online service, website, platform, or device. The case deals with a cop who abused his access privileges to run unapproved searches of government databases in exchange for cash. Obviously, this is far from an ideal case to argue against overbroad readings of an overbroad law. But, given the abuses perpetrated under this law, non-ideal cases will have to do if we don't want to be turned into criminals by generous judicial interpretations of the phrase "unauthorized access."

Plenty of people and entities are lobbing briefs in the Supreme Court's direction, begging it to avoid criminalizing activities honest Americans participate in every day. It's not just about security research. But it definitely does affect researchers -- both those engaging in normal security research efforts, and those ignoring websites' terms of service in attempts to determine whether sites engage in biased practices.

The EFF's brief [PDF] focuses mainly on the negative effects on researchers -- security and otherwise. It points out security researchers are often threatened with CFAA prosecutions/lawsuits just because entities engaging in lax security practices don't like having their lapses noticed, much less pointed out publicly. These researchers perform a valuable public service.

Decades of experience have shown that independent auditing and testing of computers by members of the security research communityoften in a manner unanticipated and even disapproved by the computers ownersis particularly effective at discovering serious vulnerabilities in widely used software and devices.

But far too often they're punished for providing this service.

In 2008, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) invoked the CFAA to try to enjoin two independent security researchers from presenting truthful information about vulnerabilities in the MBTAs fare collection system at a security conference. And in United States v. McDanel, the government brought criminal CFAA charges against a defendant who discovered a security vulnerability, alerted the company, and then, when the company refused to fix the problem, alerted the companys customers

If arguments about security researchers are too esoteric, perhaps Orin Kerr's arguments [PDF] will hit closer to home. According to the Eleventh Circuit's interpretation of the CFAA, Kerr himself is a criminal.

Like the majority of American adults, I have a Facebook account. Facebooks terms of service require its users to [p]rovide accurate information about themselves. See Facebook Terms of Service, https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/plain_text_ terms (last visited July 1, 2020). I recently violated that term by listing my home city as Sealand. Sealand is an offshore platform in the North Sea near England built during World War II to host anti-aircraft guns. Its not actually my home city. I list it only to make a point about the CFAA. But under the governments position, my joke is no laughing matter. It is a federal crime.

Interpreting the CFAA this way makes every website owner a jokester and every website user the punchline. If you think the thousands of federal laws are arbitrary, just wait until you run into the whims of the thousands of people running sites and platforms.

Part of the problem is that written restrictions placed on computers can be entirely arbitrary. These days, anyone can run a website. Anyone can buy a computer for another person to use. And the computer owners or operators can impose whatever restrictions they want. Their limits dont need to serve an important interest. They dont even need to make sense.

Kerr cites the Lori Drew case as a real world example of how the law can be abused by federal prosecutors. Back in 2006, a teen girl committed suicide after being duped into an online relationship with a nonexistent 16-year-old male.

The Drew prosecution started with a terrible tragedy in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. In October 2006, a 13-year-old girl named Megan Meier committed suicide. Meier had regularly used the social media networking site MySpace, a then-popular forerunner to todays Facebook. In the weeks before her death, Meier had communicated with a MySpace profile of what appeared to be a handsome 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. The Evans account had befriended Meier, and Evans expressed his admiration and affection for Meier.

But the online friendship soured. In messages sent soon before Meier committed suicide, Evans had abruptly ended the relationship. According to one witness, the last message Evans had sent to Meier had said, Youre a shitty person, and the world would be a better place without you in it. Lauren Collins, The Friend Game, The New Yorker, Jan. 14, 2008.

An investigation into Meiers suicide revealed that Josh Evans did not exist. The account was fake. It had been created by a group that knew Meier and used it to learn what Meier was saying about her friend Sarah Drew. The senior member of the group was Sarahs mother, Lori Drew. Other participants included Ashley Grills, an 18-year-old employee of Mrs. Drew who actually devised the idea and used the account, and Sarah Drew herself.

This was abhorrent behavior by a bunch of adults who discovered the internet provided an avenue for the complete destruction of a person's life. But was it a criminal act? Local prosecutors said being an asshole isn't a crime, no matter how much we'd like it to be.

Despite intense public demand to punish Drew, Missouri state prosecutors declined to file charges. A law enforcement spokesperson explained that decision straightforwardly: Drews conduct mightve been rude, it mightve been immature, but it wasnt illegal.

With Drew facing intense criticism for her actions, the federal government stepped in with the CFAA in hand to engage in a prosecution for the clicks.

The terms of service gave prosecutors a hook. Because Josh Evans did not exist, using the account violated MySpaces terms of service. According to prosecutors, this rendered every use of the Evans account an unauthorized access in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(2). And because MySpaces computer servers were in Los Angeles County, federal prosecutors could bring charges in California even though everyone involved was in Missouri.

Ultimately, Drew was only convicted of misdemeanors. But the feds did such a good job convincing everyone she had broken the law that jury members expressed disappointment in their own verdict.

This -- along with Kerr's example about lying to Facebook about his personal info -- is the reality facing everyone if the Supreme Court decides the Eleventh Circuit is right about this and every other circuit that disagrees with it is wrong. It won't just be the Lori Drews of the world at the mercy of federal prosecutors. It will be everyone who ignores certain parts of terms of service agreements or engages with sites in ways the owners' did not anticipate or explicitly approve.

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Dozens of seals rescued by ‘fake mums’ in innovative wetsuit creation – shropshirestar.com

Dozens of orphaned seal pups who were swept away from their mothers during storms are being saved by wetsuit mums.

Seal Rescue Ireland in Co Wexford has seen a recent surge in orphaned seals, with many just days and weeks old.

The injured or orphaned pups are comforted by the fake mums which are made from old wetsuits.

The charity organisation which rescues, rehabilitates and releases native seals from across the coast, said it uses wetsuits that would have ended up in landfill.

Each of the pups needs months of care after being separated from their mother and would not survive if left alone in the wild.

The wetsuit mums are made to look and feel like an adult seal and are placed beside the pups in the centres intensive care unit.

Executive director of Seal Rescue Ireland Melanie Croce said that orphaned seals can become distressed when brought into the centre.

When they become separate from their mother very young they have virtually no chance of survival and thats when we have to step in, help them and bring them back to a healthy weight, and get them big and strong enough to be released into the wild, she said.

They can be very stressed and we look for ways to keep them calm.

The idea kind of evolved and we tried it out and it was a hit. Its a practical way to help them along, its very heart-warming and this is the closest thing they will have to a mother.

We have 17 pups and they all get a fake mum with them. We put them into an ICU container with a heat lamp its a quiet place for them to rest.

After storms we always get a huge amount of calls about abandoned pups so this is how climate change is impacting.

They also become orphaned through human disturbance. People dont realise that seals need to rest and they raise their young on the beach and if you approach a seal the mother might leave and not come back for their young.

The designer behind the wetsuit mum, Lynn Haughton, said she wanted it to resemble an adult seal.

Lynn, who is founder and designer of The Upcycle Movement, had been volunteering at the centre when she was asked to make the wetsuits.

I repurpose recyclable textiles and I have my own design collection focusing on wetsuits so we tried out this new creation and it worked, Ms Haughton said.

It has a recycled waterproof lining filled with off-cuts from old wetsuits so its great to get those used too.

The seals responded really well most have went straight to it but some arent bothered.

Its definitely effective. They are really happy with it and other rescue centres in the UK have contacted me about how they can do it.


Dozens of seals rescued by 'fake mums' in innovative wetsuit creation - shropshirestar.com