PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 May 2018 Redbridge Council election vote count. Picture: AARON WALAWALKAR Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Tories to blame for own defeat Trevor Wilding, Addison Road, Wanstead, writes: The Labour party swept the board at the local elections in Redbridge, including taking the Conservative stronghold of Wanstead. Was this due to • The popularity of their policies? No! • The quality of Conservative candidates? No! • The lack of hard working tellers on election day? No! Conservatives lost big time, due to their national policies and poor local organisation and have through their failings condemned the residents of Redbridge to four years of rising Council Tax and more cutbacks in public services from Labour. Who is to blame for this catastrophic failure? Was it the candidates, who spent many hours canvassing throughout the borough? They ran very good campaigns and were greeted with engagement on … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Elections and garden waste
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader by Tracy Jan and Rachel Siegel by Tracy Jan and Rachel Siegel Email the author April 17 at 8:09 PM Email the author Public outrage over the arrest of two African American men at a downtown Starbucks sparked a corporate crisis that led the company to take the unprecedented step of announcing it would close more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon in May to train baristas on how to recognize their racial biases. The scene of two black men in handcuffs being led out of the Philadelphia coffee shop by police last week delivered an uncomfortable reminder of the country’s racial disparities. The incident illustrates a pervasive … [Read more...] about Starbucks arrests: Who gets to decide whether you’re a patron or a trespasser?
Wisconsin is failing to keep farm pollution from fouling its water, says the leader of a nonprofit that represents conservation officers charged with enforcing state standards.“Failing not because conservationists and farmers don’t know what to do but because society does not expect agriculture to protect the environment,” Jim VandenBrook, director of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, said in a recent letter discussing a landmark study the group has completed. VandenBrook has never before made such a stark statement, and it saddens him to do so now, he said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal.But he said there is “stunning” evidence showing the state has lost ground in efforts to prevent manure and manufactured fertilizer from making drinking water a health hazard for nearly 100,000 families, and leaving portions of more than 1,000 of Wisconsin’s lakes and streams with unnatural growths of weeds and bacteria than can … [Read more...] about Failure and a call for patience amid rising farm pollution of state waters
Under Armour founder Kevin Plank responded Wednesday to criticism sparked by his comments last week about President Donald J. Trump, addressing the company's hometown of Baltimore to stress personal and brand values such as diversity, equal rights and opportunity.Plank penned an open letter to the city that appeared as a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun."In a business television interview last week, I answered a question with a choice of words that did not accurately reflect my intent," wrote Plank, company chairman and CEO. "I want to clarify for ourhometown exactly the values for which Under Armour and I stand."In the interview a week ago on CNBC, Plank praised the president's pro-business philosophy, saying Trump "wants to make bold decisions and be decisive" and that having "such a pro-business president is something that's a real asset to this country. People should grab that opportunity."Plank sits with other business executives on a manufacturing advisory panel … [Read more...] about Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank responds to Trump tempest with letter to Baltimore
Gone are the days of the Nigerian Prince scam, which is often discussed anecdotally about how easy it is to recognize a scam and to joke about those that fall victim. However, complacently believing that email scams are easily discovered has opened the door for criminals to hone their craft and target unsuspecting and unprepared victims.What is the Human Factor?Criminals have recognized that the user behind the computer screen remains the most vulnerable security feature when attempting to compromise and defraud a company or individual. Exploiting the 'human factor' can be done simply and cheaply without using any special tools, malware, or technical knowledge. With only a small amount of research, threat actors can effectively impersonate a trusted source of a targeted company.'Human factor' vulnerabilities are exposed by the inadvertent and non-malicious actions of someone from inside a company, for example clicking on a phishing link, misplacing unencrypted devices, or tossing … [Read more...] about We’re Only Human: Why Business Email Compromise Scams Still Work