International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to ask how women have responded to and been impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has many faces, those of illness and lives lost, but also the face of the Great Revealer. The pandemic has taken situations we assumed were fine, if benignly flawed, and shown them to be outworn and failing. It has revealed the fragile fault-lines in our institutions, social structures and hearts. It made us recognize the injustices and inequities that previously bred complacency, forcing us to challenge them. This applies to the position of women in society. COVID-19 has revealed the strength and indispensability of women to our survival, and starkly underlined the inequitable treatment of those very women. Let’s start with the strength and indispensability of women. Suddenly, women are right up there on our TV screens, running things, making judgments and giving orders about how best to preserve our lives. The cameras that have taken us inside … [Read more...] about What the pandemic tells us about women’s place in our world
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Shoe Zone clearly takes its name seriously - the retailer has announced that Terry Boot will be its next finance boss, replacing Peter Foot. Mr Boot will take the position after four years working with The Company of Master Jewellers, which followed roles at Brantano and Jones Bootmaker. He likely became a shoe-in for the job after Mr Foot unexpectedly walked away from the business last month, coming after only seven months in the role. Anthony Smith, chief executive of Shoe Zone, said: "We are delighted that Terry has agreed to join Shoe Zone and are confident that his considerable experience will strengthen the board." The appointment comes during a challenging time for the high street due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, with shops not allowed to reopen in England until 12 April at the earliest. Advertisement Shoe Zone said it is unlikely to pay a dividend out to shareholders until it is able to pay off its £12m debt - likely not before 2025 - due … [Read more...] about Shoe Zone announces Terry Boot as next finance boss – replacing Peter Foot
Developers in China have published what appears to be a reliable and malware-free jailbreak for most iPhones and iPads running the latest version of Apple's iOS. The release underscores how hard it is to keep such jailbreak exploits out of the public domain, since the code vulnerability that makes it possible appears to come from a highly secretive training class on iOS exploit development. Jailbreaks allow iOS users to bypass Apple's iron-clad technical restrictions and install unauthorized third-party software that is not included in the App Store. The technique appeals to many users, but it also comes with significant risks. One is that the process could temporarily or possibly damage the device. Another is that jailbreak developers may bundle keyloggers or other types of malware inside the software that performs the operation, leaving users with a device that steals passwords, tracks geographic whereabouts, or performs other nefarious deeds. Neither of those risks appears to … [Read more...] about Surprise iOS 7.1 jailbreak for most iPhones and iPads uses year-old flaw
Source: Tijana87/istockphoto This post was written by Gia Marson, Ed.D. Having a positive outlook can be challenging these days. With a pandemic at peak levels, online school, canceled activities, political upheavals, and other major stressors, it’s no wonder our day-to-day mindset may be more pessimistic than usual. You can thank evolution for a bias toward the negative Social scientists hypothesize that we are wired to focus more on negative events than equivalent positive ones because doing so helps us survive. Imagine yourself hiking down a hilly, rocky trail. Fixating on a potentially lethal rock slide, rather than a beautiful migration of geese overhead, certainly increases the odds of you reaching your destination safely. The problem with having this negative bias is that it can impact your health physically and mentally. It may sow fear , limit your potential, and keep you from living a full life. Of the myriad problems correlated with a negative … [Read more...] about Can Optimism Reduce Your Eating Disorder Symptoms?
Amelie Harding considers herself to be one of the lucky members of an unofficial club she never signed up for: dognapping victims in Acadiana. Harding's story has a happy ending unlike many others. After her 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier was snatched from her Lafayette yard in January, he was eventually recovered 30 miles away in Lawtell. "It really is a miracle," Harding said. "We never should have gotten him back." Harding never knew how many purebred dogs are thought to be stolen until she found herself in the situation and others reached out to offer support. Without video footage or another form of concrete evidence, many victims find it virtually impossible to recover their missing pups. Sr. Cpl. Bridgette Dugas, spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department, said there doesn't seem to be a rise in dognapping in the area, although she admitted that many people, such as Harding, do not file a police report when their dogs go missing because they don't suspect criminal … [Read more...] about The story of purebred pups being targeted by thieves across Acadiana