VeChain Joins China Animal Health And Food Safety Alliance (CAFA) As Council Member To Provide Blockchain Technology For Enterprise Members

CAFA is a government-backed organization directly under the Chinese National Agricultural Science Technology Innovation Alliance initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, which aims to build a trustworthy platform that connects the government, industry associations, producer enterprises and research institutes in the food sector.

Since its launch, CAFA has revealed more than 130 members that are already signed up as official members of the alliance. These members consist of massive companies and bodies across upstream and downstream parties in the food industry, including supermarkets, food and beverage manufacturers, e-commerce platforms and more. Other members also include major players in the CTI industry, research labs, agricultural and animal supplies.

As a council member of CAFA, VeChain intends to enhance CAFA’s strategy of “building a from-farm-to-table traceability system across the entire country.

By using VeChain ToolChain, all enterprise members of the

Read More

‘I don’t need this job. Fix it.’ School bus drivers question safety



a man in a car talking on a cell phone: Bert van Ingen, 67, has been driving a school bus since 2014.


© Provided by Ottawa Citizen
Bert van Ingen, 67, has been driving a school bus since 2014.

Bronson Richard has being driving school buses since February 2019. He was sanitizing his big yellow bus on Monday morning when he heard another driver’s query over the dispatch radio.

The other driver said that a student who was not wearing a mask was expecting entrance onto a bus. The dispatcher advised the other driver to allow it.

The exchange worried Richard, 24, who has Type 1 diabetes. He called his supervisor and said he would not be be driving.

“It’s not just a danger to my health, it’s a danger to the community. I want these kids to go to school. But it has to be done in a safe way,” said Richard.

Bus drivers do not have the leeway to refuse service in situations where they feel unsafe, he said.

“I

Read More

4 Idaho districts receive nearly $1 million in federal school safety grants

“Idaho’s students must be assured their schools have the resources to keep them safe,” said U.S. Attorney Bart Davis.

GENESEE, Idaho — Four school districts in Idaho have received school safety and violence prevention grants totaling nearly $1 million, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho announced Monday. 

The districts that got the $923,990 in federal grant money are  Genesee Joint Schools, Minidoka School District 331, Highland Joint School District 305, and Joint School District 391 in Kellogg.

The funding was provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program, which gave out nearly $50 million nationwide.

RELATED: Man who harassed Florida school shooting victims gets 5 years in prison

“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “Although this school year may look different at the start, now

Read More

Coronavirus: Ottawa giving provinces $2B for back-to-school safety

OTTAWA — The federal government is providing up to $2 billion in additional funding to help provinces and territories ensure that kids can safely return to class this fall.

The money is on top of $19 billion Ottawa has already promised to help them cope with the ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their economies and health-care systems.

Read more:
Lockdowns and a second wave? What the coronavirus pandemic could look like this fall

Education is not a federal responsibility and provinces are responsible for their own school reopening plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday, but he said he also wanted to calm the fears of parents by ensuring the provinces have additional resources to make schools safe.

“Over the past week or so I’ve heard from so many Liberal MPs, so many parents across the country who are still extremely worried about how that reopening is

Read More

Mount Airy school system gains funding for pandemic-related bus safety pilot program | Local News

Mount Airy City Schools has been chosen for a pilot program aimed at making the school bus ride safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third round of state COVID-19 relief legislation, which cleared the General Assembly in House Bill 1105 on Thursday, provides $115,000 to the state Department of Public Instruction to establish the Smart School Bus Safety pilot program.

The Mount Airy system was chosen in part because about 1,300 of its 1,700 students are being instructed in-class during the 2020-21 school year. About 500 students are bus riders, according to system Superintendent Kim Morrison.

The program would begin Nov. 23 and end on Jan. 1, 2024. The funding is required to be spent by Dec. 30. When the program concludes, the system would keep the equipment.

According to the bill, the purpose “is to transform and improve the transportation of public school students through technology in response to

Read More

School funding is needed for student well-being, not only coronavirus safety rules



a sign on the side of a building: A physical distancing sign is seen at Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Sept. 2, 2020.


© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A physical distancing sign is seen at Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Sept. 2, 2020.

As the first yellow buses filled with students pull up to schools this September, a critical window for planning to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in schools has closed. With an eye on the whole school year, and children’s long-term social and academic development, teachers and school administrators continue to advocate for long-term planning that goes beyond this month.

Some may be glad to know that in Alberta, districts will receive a “a portion of $262 million in federal funds … to be allocated toward staffing, cleaning and personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.” But educators also know that student wellness is about more than limiting viral spread.

Educators are concerned about how school closures have influenced their students’ academic progress and well-being. They are worried about

Read More

Governor’s education advisor hits back at teacher COVID-19 safety study

SALT LAKE CITY — The online insurance company Insurify caused tension when it released a COVID-19 safety study claiming Utah’s teachers are the most at-risk of contracting the virus in the country.

But during a news conference on Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert’s education adviser Tami Pyfer hit back at several of the study’s criteria.

“Some of the things that they looked at (to determine COVID-19 safety) were … the strength of our teacher union. They looked at our teacher pay, our school funding,” Pyfer said.

Pyfer acknowledged that social distancing was a challenge for many campuses, though she believes several districts were making it work.

“There are districts that are having A-B days and having half the student population come on one day and half the population come on the other day. That is one of those mitigation efforts that, as we see cases rise at schools, they will have

Read More

FSIS Recognizes September as Food Safety Education Month

Washington, Aug. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding the public to think about health and safety in the kitchen for National Food Safety Education Month this September. Consumers are encouraged to practice behaviors that will continue to help keep them and their loved ones safe from foodborne illness.

“My vision for food safety includes enhancing and emphasizing consumer education,” said Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears. “Consumers play a vital role in reducing foodborne illness – and by providing scientifically accurate and effective food safety information, we can help empower them to adopt and practice safe food handling behaviors in their own homes.”

Foodborne illness is a preventable public health challenge that results in millions of illnesses each year in the United States. To combat this public health challenge, FSIS engages with the public about food

Read More

Do You Know the Steps for Food Safety?

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — September is National Food Safety Education Month and it’s the perfect time to learn the key steps for food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. Not sure how to include these steps when prepping and cooking at home? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety in Your Kitchen materials provide food safety information to help you plan your next meal. You’ll find delicious recipes (with steps for food safety already built in), fact sheets, and tips on safe meal prep, storage, and shopping. And, if you are a young adult, the Everyday Food Safety materials can help you learn the basics of food safety. The materials include a helpful video and tip sheets on each of the steps below.

Clean

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Wash
Read More