Month: July 2017

Cosmetic Continuity

The opening lines from The Isley Brothers 1969 Tamla Motown song, Behind a Painted smile, echo the sentiments of many I imagine. Some people wear a painted smile to hide their own emotions and feelings; for the sake of either being 'decent' or not wanting to give the 'game' away.

The rise of being “social”

The social responsibility movement started with debates about corporations having a responsibility to society – it is now recognized that people, planet and profit are mutually inclusive. Since these early discussions, the concept has seen many transformative moments, including the launch of ISO 26000, a standard which has gained traction and credibility in less than ...

Rehab camp aims to put young cyber-crooks on right track

Teenagers caught carrying out hacking and cyber-attacks could soon be attending a rehab camp that aims to divert them away from a life of crime. The first weekend camp for offenders was held in Bristol this month as part of the National Crime Agency's (NCA) work with young computer criminals. Attendees learned about responsible use ...

Belgium fights for its fries… and wins as European Union pardons national dish!

European Union excuses Belgian fries from new Food Safety regulations.

Europe moving toward reducing acrylamide in food

Last week, European Member States decided to approve the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food. Once new regulations are in place, they will require food business operators to “apply mandatory measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide, proportionate to the size and nature of their establishment.” 'Today we took an ...

US will not resume Brazil beef imports until food safety addressed

The United States will not resume imports of beef from Brazil until food safety issues have been addressed, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced. Purdue met with his Brazilian counterpart, Blairo Maggi, to discuss the issue after Washington late last month halted all beef imports from the country following a rash of bad shipments discovered ...

How soon will peak oil demand arrive?

Predictions vary by decades, but most agree it is coming, with major implications. In the first decade of the 2000s, there was growing concern about so-called "Peak Oil," based on a theory developed by Shell oil engineer M. King Hubbert, who in the 1940s predicted that output of oil in the lower 48 states in ...

Become a certified ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager

Risks affecting organisations can have consequences in terms of economic performance and professional reputation, as well as environmental, safety and societal outcomes. Managing risk effectively helps organisations to perform well in an environment full of uncertainty. That’s why they turn to ISO 31000 to support themselves in this task! Become a certified ISO 31000 Lead ...

How will Brexit impact the European logistics industry?

As political heavyweights made their way to Brussels for the second round of Brexit talks, British Brexit Secretary David Davis urged all sides to ‘get down to business’. The European logistics and supply chain industry will be hoping more than most that they do just that. In June 2016, British voters chose to leave the ...

Mexico’s spyware scandal is a gift for organized crime

Recent revelations about the government of Mexico's widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime. The New York Times first reported in June that Mexican journalists, lawyers, human-rights activists and their families had been targeted by government-owned spyware, which would allow eavesdroppers ...

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is a wake-up call on internet security

A security expert examines if the hackers of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs could actually take over a real smart city (interview) One of the appealing parts about Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs video game is just how plausible its scenario is in the real world. In Watch Dogs, a hacker named Aiden Pearce and his friends take ...

It’s happening! Wisconsin company becomes first in the U.S. to microchip employees

A Wisconsin company called "Three Square Market" will have employees (voluntary) receive RFID (microchip) implants that will allow them to access doors, vending machines and other facilities around the workplace. This may sound good on paper, but could have very dangerous consequences in the future if RFID implants become accepted and mandatory worldwide. The rice ...