Dutch votes to be counted manually over hacking fears

first_imgThe Netherlands is to change the way it counts votes in elections because of software problems and fears of Russian hacking.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk told the broadcaster RTL on Wednesday that all votes cast in the March 15 national election will be counted manually.”Since there is international evidence that the Russians might have interest in the electoral process, we must rely on good old paper,” Plasterk said. RTL reported earlier this week that cybersecurity experts in the Netherlands had warned of vulnerabilities in the country’s electoral system. The Electoral Council had known about some of the issues since 2011 but no action had been taken.Dutch voters already make their choice using paper and pencil. The results of the manual count are then transferred to a USB stick. Experts said the USB is not encrypted and is easy to manipulate.Foreign Minister Bert Koenders earlier this month said the government was on “high alert” for any Russian attempts to intervene in the election. Also On POLITICO Czech foreign ministry cyberattacked by ‘foreign state’ By Laurens Cerulus EU fights Russian fake news machine from the shadows By Jacopo Barigazzi and Ryan Heath Jens Stoltenberg: Cyberattacks targeting NATO have spiked By Cynthia Kroetlast_img read more

Model Village for Alzheimer’s Patients in France Makes Residents Feel Like They’re Still Independent

first_img“It’s like being at home,” 82-year-old Madeleine Elissalde, one of the village’s first residents, told Reuters. “We’re well looked after.”The program costs in the neighborhood of 6.7 million euros to run each year. Residents and their families kick in about 24,000 euros in annual fees, but more than half the total expense is subsidized by government authorities.Expensive? Perhaps, but researchers at France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research Shows closely studying how such model conditions impact the progression of dementia may ultimately conclude the insights they gain for future treatment standards will be well worth the cost.RELATED: Though Her Alzheimer’s Worsened, Supermarket Still Found Creative Ways to Keep Her on the TeamIn the meantime, residents of villages in France, the Netherlands, and another prototype community in Canada are able to live out the remainder of their years with not only a measure of self-esteem, dignity, and sense of purpose but some true “liberté, égalité, et fraternité” as well.(WATCH the video tour of this French village below.)Build Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Built in the same spirit as De Hogeweyk, a purpose-built village for dementia patients in the Netherlands, it’s the first such facility in France.In addition to nursing facilities, the Landais campus includes a grocery store, hair salon, cafeteria, library, and music room.Residents are given as much freedom as their conditions allow, and treated to numerous entertainments.They’re also encouraged to participate in daily activities that can include shopping, cooking, and regular hairstyling appointments, as it’s believed sticking to a familiar routine may actually hinder the advance of the disease’s worst symptoms.WATCH: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual Reality AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but it seems that same wisdom may also hold true when it comes to caring for elderly Alzheimer’s patients.Village Landais AlzheimerRather than placing them in traditional memory care units, some groups charged with the care of these special seniors are taking a more innovative approach.In southwestern France near the city of Dax, a community has been created with the specific needs of its 105 residents—all of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s in varying stages.last_img read more

Jamaica to focus on gastronomy tourism

first_imgThe Jamaican government says it is renewing the focus on culinary assets or gastronomy to boost the tourism sector after indicating that gastronomy has grown into a US$150-billion industry globally.Tremendous value-added potentialTourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, speaking at the opening of the US$7.2-million “renovated and rebranded” Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in the parish of St. Elizabeth last  weekend, said the gastronomy industry “is now ripe for our taking.If we can get even two per cent of that market that would be tremendous value added to what we are doing.“Attractions like the Appleton Estate Rum Experience contribute significantly to our efforts to develop Jamaica into a gastronomy center of excellence, as visitors are taken on a journey through the history of rum and view first-hand the development of the spirits from cane to cup,” he added.Bartlett said more people are travelling to experience the food culture of other destinations, “whether it is local restaurants” or “bars, farms and markets, vineyards and distilleries.Jamaica is second to none“The fact is that gastronomy tourism has grown considerably and has become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism globally,” he said, noting that as competition between destinations increases, it will be cultural heritage, entertainment offerings and the unique local and regional intangibles like food and cuisine that will make the difference, and Jamaica is second to none in this regard.Gastronomy networkBartlett said the fusion of cultures has created a delicious melting pot of wonderfully diverse foods that “make us ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing phenomenon of culinary travel.“This is why the Ministry has put in place the framework to develop our culinary offerings. Our Gastronomy Network, which falls under the aegis of our Tourism Linkages Network, has been rolling out a number of innovative initiatives to strengthen Jamaica’s competitiveness in this subsector, including establishing the island’s first Gastronomy Centre at Devon House and the Blue Mountain Culinary Tour,” he added.Bartlett lauded J. Wray and Nephew’s parent company, Gruppo Campari, “for your vision and belief in Jamaica”, noting that the US$7.2-million investment was a testament “for love of country and the people of the south coast.“As the island’s oldest distillery, Appleton Estate is already the biggest tourist attraction on the south coast, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors a year. With the new upgrade, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the home of Appleton over time to experience how the world-leading premium rums are produced,” he said.last_img read more

Courtois fine for Atletico game despite injury scare

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBoss Antonio Conte says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be fit for Chelsea’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday despite needing treatment after a nasty fall during the 4-0 win over Stoke.Courtois came to claim a corner but collided with Gary Cahill when in mid air and landed awkwardly.AdChoices广告But the Belgian did not suffer concussion and was able to carry on.Conte was about to bring on Cesc Fabregas at the time and waited for confirmation Courtois was OK before making the change.“I spoke with the doctor and I asked if Thibaut was OK and the answer was positive. He said you can make another substitution,” the Italian explained.“The player is OK to play the next game at Atletico Madrid.” See also:Morata scores hat-trick as Chelsea thrash StokeHughes insists Alonso should have been sent offAlonso substitution was tactical, says ConteFive Chelsea players in England’s Under-17 World Cup squadConte: It’s the right moment for HazardStoke v Chelsea player ratingsCosta completes move back to Atletico Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more