Bakeries across the globe are celebrating additive-free loaves and the good baking can do as Real Bread Week, organised by the Real Bread Campaign, gets underway.Running from 22 February to 1 March, the 2020 initiative is highlighting enterprises and projects that help people benefit from the therapeutic, social and employment opportunities of baking.Bakeries, schools, mills and more are getting involved in the annual celebration by hosting events and activities and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #RealBreadWeek.Among the organisations taking part are:Bad Boys Bakery and Freedom Bakery, London and Glasgow: Employment and life skills training for inside and beyond the prison gateBetter Health Bakery, London: Training placements for adults distanced from employment by mental ill-healthThe Bread & Butter Project, Marrickville, Australia: Helping people seeking refuge and asylum to shape their livesThe Good Loaf, Northampton: Employment opportunities to help vulnerable local women break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and offendingHot Bread Kitchen, New York, US: Creating economic opportunity for women through careers in foodKnead Good Bread, East Midlands: Baking in ways that can contribute to a mindful and coping approach to lifeThe Lantern Community, Ringwood: Work and learning opportunities for people with different abilitiesLuminary Bakery, London: Empowering women at social and economic disadvantage to build a future for themselvesPlanet Leicester Bakers, Leicestershire: A range of community-focused projects, around mental wellbeing, growing old gracefullyStoneham Bakehouse, Hove: Projects include BreadShed, helping older people to tackle isolation through getting together to chat and bake breadYangon Bakehouse, Yangon, Myanmar: Empowering women with work and life skills.“The Real Bread Campaign has long believed that baking Real Bread can, and does, help to change people’s lives. That’s why, as part of the Together We Rise initiative, a key activity of this year’s Real Bread Week (22 February to 1 March) is throwing the spotlight on the bready brilliance that’s going on already,” said the Real Bread Campaign’s coordinator Chris Young.To find out more about how your bakery can give back to local communities, work with charities or start up a charitable initiative, read our latest piece ‘Bake well: how bakeries can give back in 2020’.Let us know how you are celebrating Real Bread Week by getting in touch with us via Twitter (@BritishBaker) or dropping us an email: [email protected]
A Boston College professor connected Saint Thomas Aquinas’ themes of solidarity, justice and natural law with contemporary global feminism in a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Thursday. Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill’s talk, titled “Aquinas and Natural Law: Resources for Women’s Equality,” was part of the College’s 16th Annual Symposium on Aquinas. It took place in the Student Center Lounge. Although Aquinas did not participate in the modern women’s movement, his ideas directly relate to contemporary Catholic social teaching, Cahill said. She said bringing Aquinas’ theory of natural law, which takes a ‘do good, avoid evil’ approach, into modern dialogue aids discussion about feminist theology. “This natural law theory, applied equitably with a 20th century lens, results in a basic notion of justice for all,” Cahill said. “Ethics of natural law offer modern Catholic feminists a solid base to seek equality and combat global problems.” Cahill said human beings must be responsible for each other. Solidarity should extend farther than a neighborhood or community and should cross cultures and religions, she said. Modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking, is an important issue facing contemporary feminism, Cahill said. “We have all this public rhetoric, but at the concrete level, there are more slaves in the world today than ever before,” she said. In order to increase gender equality, Cahill said the world must value four themes: lifting up women through empowerment and allowing them to prove their own capabilities, focusing on the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, creating cross-cultural dialogue and calling men and women to seek human flourishing for all persons. “Justice is a virtue that governs right relationships in society,” Cahill said. “Human laws and practices should be based on justice. Justice is rooted in Aquinas’ natural law theory.” Dr. Joseph Incandela, the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, sponsored the symposium. “Having Aquinas lectures at a Catholic college is a very significant way of calling attention to the ultimate harmony between faith and reason,” Incandela said. “Catholics colleges are founded on that harmony and work on the convergence of this approach with a significant emphasis on education.”
Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the world and in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines has been continuously reducing its planned flight schedule since March 10. Photo: CA It is important to point out that additional ones are possible changes in the already reduced flight plan, depending on the development of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia and abroad and the recommendations of the Croatian and world public health authorities, emphasize the CA. After the Civil Protection Headquarters passed a Decision banning leaving the place of residence and permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines consequently suspended all flights within Croatia from March 25 to April 19 this year. With the start of the summer flight schedule, which is valid from yesterday (March 29), the entire range of flights has been reduced to direct flights from Zagreb to Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam and London Heathrow in order to continue connecting Croatia with Europe and the rest of the world. and at the same time enabled the return of Croatian citizens to their homeland and the departure of foreign citizens to their home countries.
Submit Share Paul Marcantonio, ECOMMPAYAs technology advances, unscrupulous individuals are using increasingly inventive means to achieve financial gain. So, what’s next for online merchants who depend on payment security? Paul Marcantonio, Head of UK/Western Europe at ECOMMPAY, thinks he has the answer.Fraud, or attempts to defraud, are unavoidable. Where there is profit from successful business operations, there is the risk of fraudulent activity. As technology advances, the rapidly expanding e-Commerce industry becomes more of a target for modern day criminals.Let’s be clear, online merchants depend on payment security for their livelihoods. Without effective risk management, they face substantial financial losses, not to mention fines and reputational damages.Most payment service providers offer automated security systems as part of their payment solutions, engineering proprietary risk management solutions to defend against fraudulent activity without compromising client conversion rates.However, there is a growing demand for a comprehensive and well-rounded, yet ultimately individual and bespoke, service for e-Commerce merchants.Successful risk management relies on the combination of automated anti-fraud system capabilities and the manual monitoring of suspicious activity, in which analysts can immediately recognise unauthorised transactions, as well as any patterns suggesting a targeted attack.The key is to be preemptive, not reactive to security concerns. Though automation plays a significant role in negating risk, the importance of manual monitoring cannot be overstated.This takes us to the hallmark of ECOMMPAY’S FraudStop risk management system – the human factor, which provides added benefit by identifying fraud patterns and consulting clients on best practice.Over the past year, considerable resources have been dedicated to enhancing FraudStop’s capabilities. Tech-savvy risk analysts, working in tandem with software developers, successfully engineered the automated system to apply machine learning to the scoring principle, which assigns a predetermined weight to each transaction variable.Following a consultation to determine client objectives and business specifications, it is the members of ECOMMPAY’S Fraud/Chargebacks Monitoring Division who dynamically adapt existing FraudStop filters or, if necessary, create new ones to address merchant requirements. They then carefully monitor performance, adjusting where necessary.An example of the division’s success? FraudStop’s transaction scoring module flagged suspicious activity based on geolocation and transaction sums. Risk analysts then recognised the transactions as fraudulent, resulting from credit card theft related to a data breach in a large North American bank. Immediately ECOMMPAY was able to return funds for 170 illegal transactions worth up to $180,000.Another recent case demonstrated the importance of the human factor in detecting patterns of fraudulent activity. The team’s manual monitoring identified a notorious fraudster, who tried to register 20 different user profiles in an attempt to use stolen credit cards. Quickly recognising and negating the threat saved ECOMMPAY’s client from significant financial losses.The secret to effective risk management is ensuring that an automatic security service is complemented by manual transaction monitoring by highly experienced risk analysts. In ECOMMPAY’s case, this combination not only keeps the fraud detection rate above 97% but has also led to a 75% decrease in declined transactions, ensuring merchants collect maximum profits while safeguarding security.So, while fraud is unavoidable, it is certainly preventable. Share StumbleUpon