“It is early to open the restaurants, before we must protect our team and our customers”

For years it has been the loose verse of French gastronomy and Mauro Colagreco has again distanced himself from the position of the guild Gallic of haute cuisine launching a message of prudence in the face of the lack of confidence demanded by his colleagues, led by Alain Ducasse. “It is still early, there is no need to open to open, putting our customers and teams at unnecessary risk”, said the chef from Mirazur, current number 1 in the world according to the 50Best list, in an online chat with students from the Basque Culinary Center. Colagreco, who is part of the chefs association that last Monday set out his demands in a gallery of the newspaper ‘Le Figaro’, revealed that he has preferred not to sign the letter.

Mr President, help us make this terrible ordeal an opportunity to invent a better world in which living is a pleasure. Reopen the restaurants », 17 members of the French Culinary College were demanding Among which are some of the most prestigious professionals in the country, such as Ducasse himself, Éric Pras, Yannick Alléno or Anne-Sophie Pic. They also set out a series of commitments to food security and social distancing that would allow the blind to be lifted with certain sanitary guarantees.

However, Colageco believes that “if too many restrictions are put in, it may not be worth opening because it will not be attractive to customers”. In his opinion, when the confinement is finally lifted “the customer will be much more sensitive when choosing” and he maintains that “the economic factor is not going to be the only one that will guide their consumption.” In this sense, although he acknowledges that it is difficult to predict the mood of the public, he ventures that “customers will leave less, but they will prioritize quality in those outings.”

Aware that the request for lack of confidence of his colleagues is also a cry for financial help For a sector that is drowning due to social distancing, Colagreco recognizes that “the economic situation is terrible, but it is even more terrible for people to become ill, first of all we must protect the people who work with us and those who visit us. In his case, the crisis comes after an epic year in which he has achieved the third Michelin star and the world number 1, which has provided him with “a cash surplus that allows us to survive for a few months assuming 100% of the salary of our template”.

The chef of Argentine origin currently manages 14 restaurants in Europe, Asia and America, of which the vast majority remain closed, except for the Au Basier du Mitron bakery, the Pecora Negra pizzeria and the Carne hamburger, which operate thanks to home delivery. In his talk with future professionals, Colagreco urged them to «To be flexible in order to react quickly to crises and to be creative in seeking new business formulas». Despite its catastrophic consequences in the short and medium term, he stated that this crisis “will bring opportunities for new gastronomic businesses.”

Meanwhile, he and his Mirazur team cook twice a week for the hospital in the border town of Menton and for the homeless in the town. “We all have a commitment in the situation we are experiencing, and the stars or the awards only increase that responsibility, because the world looks at us and we must set an example.”


Frana limits Amazon’s activity by not protecting the workforce

A French court has ordered Amazon to restrict its activity in France and will only allow you to sell essential products such as foods, hygiene products and medical products. The company faces a daily fine of one million euros if it violates the court decision, according to the French press. The restriction will apply on a day, month, or until Amazon makes one assessment of occupational risks for workers of their stores. French justice partially gives reason to employees who complained about the company’s failure to protect them from covid-19, who had called for a full shutdown of distribution centers.


Mini Facial Screens to Protect Babies Against Coronavirus | Global World Blog

The incidence of Covid-19 is much lower in children than in older adults, but any measure of protection seems little for a Thai hospital, which has ordered the protection of newborns in its facilities to prevent them from getting as much as possible. exposure to contagion by coronavirus.

The hospital center Praram 9 is located in the capital of the country, Bangkok, it is private and has luxurious facilities. In images released by various agencies, newborns are seen in the arms of nurses wearing a mask and with protective screens placed over their faces, held to the forehead by a pink girdle with the hospital logo.

A woman makes a photo of a newborn protected with a face screen.

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A woman makes a photo of a newborn protected with a face screen. AFP

Thailand has suffered less than other Asian countries from the Covid-19 coup. There have been 2,473 cases of the disease in the country and 33 people have died from the infection. 1,013 patients have fully recovered.

After masks, face shields have become a desired item. A homemade solutions to manufacture them from folders or bottles Designs from technology companies come together. This Thursday, Apple introduced its own, which allows, as the brand has disclosed, to separate the plastic screen from the face to avoid condensation of the breath and fogging.

Thai authorities have decreed a state of emergency for at least a month, which allows the government to impose special measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictive measures to economic activity do not affect construction workers, including the 600,000 legal immigrants who work in that sector.

The recommendation does not seem to have had the desired effect and, to prevent the celebration of street parties on the occasion of the celebration of the lunar new year, the authorities have prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages in Bangkok, since this Friday and for 10 days. Hours before the measure went into effect, queues have been registered in supermarkets for numerous customers who wanted to stock up on alcohol before the purchase restriction was activated. In the Thai capital it is possible to buy face masks from vending, made by prisoners in jails.

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Privacy and security issues shake up Zoom’s success | Innovation

A simple line of code has opened the Pandora box for the privacy and security of the Zoom video conferencing app. A line with which the company itself activated a software development kit – better known as the SDK for its Facebook acronym – that allowed both the social network and the application to collect certain data, such as IP, without the consent of the users. , the type of device, the operating system, and the location and time use of the connection. “It has only affected the Apple ecosystem. This Monday they already amended the error, but the damage has been done. They have amassed massive data whether you have a Facebook account or not. Now they can profile those who have connected, “says attorney Natalia Martos, founder of Legal Army.

These practices have prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to open a judicial investigation. In a letter sent to the organization, it asks that it specify what kind of information it collects, for what purposes and to what other entities it provides consumer data. “It is a company that does not take privacy into account. Although difficult to prove, this is a full-blown data sale. It has taken a slice. No one sells information for free. More or less is what happened with Cambridge Analytica ”, argues Martos. But this lack of privacy only represents the tip of the iceberg of all the controversies that the coronavirus-imposed quarantine has uncovered in an application whose downloads have grown thanks to 86% confinement in a month, according to the Crunchbase portal.

An investigation of The New York Times It has revealed this Thursday that the application had a data mining function, just start the session, which automatically linked user names and email addresses with LinkedIn profiles. It didn’t matter that during the call someone used a pseudonym or opted for anonymity. If a user activated the LinkedIn Sales Navigator service, they could access the profiles of this social network of other participants in the video call by clicking on an icon next to their names. The CEO of the company, Eric S. Yuan, has announced that for the next 90 days he will freeze these types of options to correct them and reverse the security and privacy problems detected.

Attacks of trolls, intrusion into external video calls, public links to the rooms, a default configuration for file sharing that allows sending malware… An excessive accumulation of vulnerabilities for recently reaped success. The use of Zoom has become popular during this crisis thanks to the arrival at forced marches of telework, video calls between friends and family, distance classes and all kinds of remote connections.

As the days go by, the controversies multiply. Some users have confirmed that it is relatively easy for someone to monitor their activity while using the application. For example, the One Zoom feature alerts the caller if a guest has been more than 30 seconds without the open program in the foreground. That way a boss could know if someone has followed a meeting with more or less attention. The management of emails has also generated controversy. The app automatically adds other people to a user’s contact list if they sign in with a mail that shares the same domain. It can help in the search for a specific partner, although the hidden face is that the company, by unifying them as if they worked for the same organization, exposes the personal information among everyone. “If this occurs in the European Union, the fine would be impressive,” ditch Martos.

Zoom has defended itself against the allegations with an entry on its corporate blog. He argues that he does not sell any type of personal information; that it respects privacy laws such as the European Data Protection Regulation and the California regulations, known as CCPA; and that it does not control meetings or the content exchanged. The latter has raised a stir. It was advanced by the digital medium The Intercept by claiming that there is no true end-to-end encryption in video calls, but one TLS. That is, third parties do not access audio and video, but the app Yes, you can do it through the server through which the information runs. “We will continue to improve and evolve our privacy approach to ensure that we are doing the right thing for our users,” says the company.

In the meantime, the cybercriminals take advantage of the moment to scam users. Despite being a free application, in mobile stores we can find it for about four euros. It is an obvious example of phishing –A set of techniques that seek to deceive a victim, earning their trust by posing as a trusted person, company or service. They supplant the Zoom image with an identical one, as if they superimposed the false identity on the original one. “There are no magic recipes to detect it. You have to be very careful and check everything. If we look closely, companies often incorporate authenticity data, ”says Óscar Lage, a cybersecurity expert at Tecnalia.

Repairing part of the errors is already impossible. As Lage maintains, these problems are the result of products that simply focus on functionality. “Privacy and security are not included from the beginning. The only solution they have left is to patch the app. The ideal would be to use open source, community-maintained and auditable applications, ”he explains. There are more options to maintain digital contact or continue working from home. Each with its characteristics and limitations, but the success of Zoom has not monopolized video calls. “Google Hangouts and Skype would be good alternatives. They are subject to very strict privacy, “concludes Martos.


Here’s what parents need to know

If you have a baby, you may be concerned that they catch the coronavirus, particularly after the media has reported on an Australian child being diagnosed.

The good news is that so far, evidence shows that children never get seriously ill with coronavirus. And even if infected, they may have no symptoms.

However, coronavirus could affect infants in other ways. For example, there may be difficulties in accessing healthcare, consumer goods and childcare.

Thinking about these possibilities now and preparing yourself can help you manage what might happen.

Access to healthcare can be complicated, but there are ways

If the coronavirus spreads, the healthcare system will struggle to cope for a while.

Up to 20% of people receiving COVID-19 need hospital treatment for up to two weeks or more.

Hospitals and general practices can be overwhelmed by other coronavirus sufferers, which can make access to healthcare difficult if the child gets sick for any reason.

Recognizing this, the Australian government recently announced special provisions for parents of newborn babies who need to be billed in bulk when consulting a doctor or nurse via telephone or video call rather than in person.

There are also things you can do to help keep your baby healthy so they don’t need medical attention. By protecting them, you also protect the people around them who may be more vulnerable to serious coronavirus diseases.

Think about hygiene

The first thing you can do is practice good hygiene yourself. This includes washing hands frequently, avoiding close contact with other people as much as possible, coughing or sneezing in the elbow or in a folded tissue and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth.

Since children put their hands in their mouths, whatever happens, washing their faces and hands frequently and cleaning the surfaces and objects they could touch will help protect them from any infection.

How about nursery?

It is not surprising to most parents that children attending kindergarten are sick more often.

This is because babies and young children have an immature immune system, are in close contact with each other and may end up sharing saliva with each other by talking and touching the same toys.

So if you can, keep the child away from kindergarten. However, if you need to use it, when you take your baby from kindergarten, wash your hands and face, change clothes, then wash your hands, before picking them up in that big, warm hug.

Make sure the vaccinations are up to date

Routine vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect infants and children from disease.

So, keep your child’s vaccinations up to date to minimize the chance that they need medical attention while the health system is dealing with coronavirus.

If you are breastfeeding

Breast milk contains many ingredients to help prevent and fight infections. Babies are recommended to be fed only with breast milk until they are six months old and continue breastfeeding with other foods until the second year of life.

If the baby is less than six months old and breastfeeding, offering them only breast milk protects them from a range of infections and reduces the need for medical treatment or hospitalization.

If your baby is breastfeeding and using the formula, consider replacing the feed with breastfeeding.

If you have stopped breastfeeding entirely, you can start breastfeeding again if you wish (contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline for assistance).

If you have an older child who is still breastfeeding, breastfeeding will help protect him from other diseases until the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

If you are using the formula

It is easy to accidentally introduce germs into bottles while preparing baby formula. Therefore, since medical care can be difficult to access, it is worth paying special attention to avoid it.

Be very careful in preparing the bottles. This means always washing your hands thoroughly with soap, washing the bottles thoroughly, sterilizing them after each use and putting on the formula with hot water.

Remember to cool the bottle in the refrigerator, shake it gently and check that it is not too hot before giving it to your baby.

Buy supplies, such as diapers

Supply chains could be broken if many people get sick. And you may not be able to shop if you need to isolate yourself from home.

We recommend having two to three weeks of home supplies to prepare for this possibility. Consider stocking up on diapers for this period of time or keeping washable (cloth) diapers handy.

If you are breastfeeding infant formula, buy enough infant formula for three weeks but check the expiration dates.

What if mum contracted the coronavirus?

Mothers are more at risk of getting coronavirus than their babies.

And if you are breastfeeding and infected, it is recommended that you continue breastfeeding. This is because the virus has not been found in breast milk.

Wearing a mask when you are with the baby (even while feeding), washing your hands before and after contact with the baby and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and any feeding equipment will help prevent virus capture by of child.

If you are hospitalized or separated from your baby, you can express breast milk for them.

Think about protecting grandparents

If you or your partner gets sick, someone else may need help taking care of the baby or other children.

Children like to share their saliva with their caregivers and can become infected with the coronavirus but have no symptoms. So they can easily spread the infection to the people who care for them.

Many parents call grandparents to help with childcare. Unfortunately people over 60 are more likely to get seriously ill or die from coronavirus.

So if your standby companions are over 60, now is the time to think about making alternative arrangements for childcare.

Talk to grandparents about how they can reduce the risk of infection if they need to take care of the baby. The conversation

Karleen Gribble, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and Nina Jane Chad, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

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How wildlife and humans cohabit in the coldest place in Greece | Science

One of the white wolves of the sanctum of Arcturos. In the video, a brief tour of the trip with images of the animals of the region.

The trip to the west from Thessaloniki (Greece), is made by a road surrounded by a landscape of mountainous reliefs and solitary houses, cornered by half a dozen thermal power plants. The road leads to Two shelters that protect wildlife. There, near a town called Aëtós, it is possible to meet a wolf in the corner of a farm or wake up having lost part of the harvest after the passage of the brown bear. What most attracts the attention of this region, the coldest in the country, where there are two other villages, Agrapidia (home of the wolves), and Nymfaio (bear zone), is silence. At the foot of the hills, about twenty meters from a cemetery, there is a veterinary center where six bears who are not afraid to look into their eyes live between electrified barriers.

These animals come from zoos in Georgia and Bulgaria and are not fit to live in the wild world. The team of the Arcturos association, which was born in 1992 and has been supported in different phases by the European Commission with more than 5.7 million euros, takes care of them, heals their wounds, teaches them again to develop in their natural habitat and analyzes their behavior over several months. When they are “ready,” they say in the association, they put a collar on them to monitor them and release them in the five-hectare sanctuary, which is one and a half kilometers from Nymfaio, through which 55 bears have passed.

Manolis, one of the bears of the sanctuary near the gate.

Manolis, one of the bears of the sanctuary near the gate. Arctures

Andreas, whose photo adorns the wall of the offices of the association, was rescued after spending 25 years in the street as “dancing bear”. This abuse of wildlife is an illegal practice since 1969 that really ended in the 1990s, according to Panos Stefanou, head of Arcturos communication, on the occasion of a trip organized by the European Commission to which THE COUNTRY has been invited. At that time, the population of bears was between 100 and 200. Stefanou explains that nobody cared and that there was a clear lack of awareness about what this abuse, which had become fashionable, implied. “If it wasn’t for Arcturos[[that was created for this reason] there would probably be no bears in the area [ahora hay unos 500]”, Add. Andreas mHe urged in May 2013 with 50 years after becoming an icon of the sanctuary of Nymfaio.

Another current project focuses on the rescue of orphan cubs of only three or four months. The first night, after discovering the young, the team puts it in a wooden box in the hope that his mother will return. If that doesn’t happen, they take him away and educate him for a year before prompting him to walk away again. Last May, they released, in two remote places, two little ones who had grown up together in the center. They lived six months by his side before meeting again to hibernate. For Alexandros Karamanlidis, a biologist at the University of Thessaloniki and scientific coordinator of Arcturos, it is very curious to see how the bear is able to reintegrate into the wild world and survive without his mother. Now the association takes care of Bradley Y Cooper, two cubs that walk through the center waiting to be released soon.

Wolf Elisabeth trapped in a portal, outside Thessaloniki.

Wolf Elisabeth trapped in a portal, outside Thessaloniki. Arctures

The fragmentation of the habitat is one of the problems that are tried and managed to alleviate. In this area where there seems to be no one and where traffic is scarce, the Egnatía Odós highway threatens the reproduction of bears. This barrier imposed by human activity caused until 2003 between 5 and 10 accidents per year where only animals died, never people. That year, the Government, driven by numerous requests, added underground areas to the infrastructure to allow the natural genetic exchange of the species. Understanding the behavior of bears was not an easy task, says Karamanlidis. “We had to implement a methodology that required great settlement and high cost,” he explains. The researchers focused on the behavior of bears. Since the animal rubs against the trees leaving behind its hair, it was possible to reveal the DNA. “We recognize the race thanks to genetics. We can understand how it travels and what obstacles stand in its way, ”explains the expert.

A little further from the veterinary center, on a hill very close to the town of Agrapidia, after crossing a bridge and climbing some wooden stairs, the visitor comes across an immense thick grid that cuts through the natural landscape. Two Arcturos employees are dedicated to reinforce it while, in the sky, crows sing. On the other side, an unnameable amount of bloody bones are scattered on the ground. Three white wolves raise their heads and run away with a piece of meat between their teeth. The seven-hectare site has welcomed 60 wolves in total, the time to recover before being released again and currently live together 10. The last to arrive has been Elisabeth, a wolf of about seven years that was found this Wednesday on the outskirts of the city of Thessaloniki with the skewer of a portal through one of its hind legs. It has been rescued, cured and displaced. Experts estimate that in a month you can return home.

The Arcturos team curing the wolf this Wednesday.

The Arcturos team curing the wolf this Wednesday. Arctures

In Greece, between 800 and 1,000 wolves live and are mainly concentrated in the north of the country. The figure dances without materializing due to the incessant migration of these animals to neighboring countries. Vassilis Fourkiotis, recognized by the European Union as the “hero” of the protection project, has always lived surrounded by wolves. “Since I was little, I see them approaching my father’s farm. They are incredible. I like them much more than bears, ”he says. The 30-year-old expert, long hair and thick beard, insists that the nature of wildlife must be respected. “It is impossible to be friends with a wolf. You have to protect them, yes, but not want to tame them. The most important thing, to take care of them, is to protect the farmers and teach them how to preserve their assets. It is finding a balance to allow coexistence, ”he explains.

The key to living together

The region is a sweet home for bears and wolves for various reasons. Since the 2000s, the rural area of ​​the country has been depopulated, according to the scientist Karamanlidis. “The areas were left uninhabited leaving space for nature to be restored,” he explains. “It’s a region with a lot of wild and human-dominated terrain,” he adds. But bears don’t dislike this presence, on the contrary. Near towns, they are protected and also find food in crops. Wolves are more elusive What interests them are the cattle and the pile of garbage to put the snout in. What surprised the expert most is the ability of these canines to adapt, understand human activities and find food sources.

One of the bears of the sanctuary in the north of Nymfeio.

One of the bears of the sanctuary in the north of Nymfeio. Arctures

The key to understanding with humans is dogs. At the entrance to the sanctuary of Agrapidia, 17 purebred Greek shepherd dogs start barking as soon as someone looks out. The wolf lover explains that those in the center are only dedicated to reproduction and thus be able to sell to the inhabitants who need to protect themselves. Dogs reproductive they spend their entire lives there, in an open-air cage of about five square meters, but Fourkiotis ensures that they go for a walk often. Arcturos has already distributed a total of 1,500 puppies throughout Greece that now care for cattle and property.

Three wolves in the sanctuary of Agrapidia among the bones of the food provided by Arcturos.

Three wolves in the sanctuary of Agrapidia among the bones of the food provided by Arcturos. Arctures

Stiliadis Vaggelis has 10 dogs to handle its 100 cows. The farmer explains that since then he has not suffered any problems. “Dogs face wolves. They are not afraid of them. They prevent them from approaching less than 300 meters, ”he says. The pastor has inherited his grandfather’s farm and has been working on it for 20 years. There was a time where they had no dogs. “I have heard many stories about wolves. A donkey from my grandfather was eaten by one, ”he says. Two or three dogs were not enough either. “Bears don’t care,” says Vaggelis, who lost a dog, struck down by a bear’s claw. Despite this, the 42-year-old man says he is not afraid of wildlife. “We are from the same world,” he concludes. Karamanlidis recalls the biological importance of these two predators in the ecosystem and the role they play for biodiversity. “The rehabilitation of wildlife is a natural phenomenon. The human being does not have to be scared. We have to get involved in it and throw benefits, ”he says.

The bus with journalists moves away along the highway that divides the habitat of these wild animals in two. The sun leaves a reddish blanket on the mountain tops. The bears are still sleeping, waiting for the temperature to rise in the coldest part of Greece. It is very likely that tonight, like many others, the inhabitants hear the wolves howl.