MU Extension project helps 93-year-old farmer – Houston Herald

Farmers like 93-year-old Harry Keutzer don’t quit just because their body parts slow down.

His hens, cows and pets depend on him. So do customers at the Kansas City-area farmers markets where he sells produce, eggs and hand-loomed rugs.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project, through University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, provides aging farmers with information, referrals and a variety of resources to keep working.

Lincoln University Extension farm and AgrAbility outreach worker Susan Jaster carried out an assessment of accessibility at Keutzer’s Lafayette County farm and made recommendations on how to make the home safer and more accessible.

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MU Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said AgrAbility helps farmers with disabilities caused by age, injury or illness to keep farming. The program provides research-based information and appropriate referrals to other agencies as needed.

America’s farm population has been aging rapidly over the last 30 years. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, released in 2014, the average age of U.S. farmers is 58.3 years. There are now more farmers over 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44, Funkenbusch said.

Keutzer and his daughter-in-law, Stacy, grew 3,000 tomato plants in a high tunnel last year. They also planted a three-acre garden and put in a large plot of potatoes on a neighbor’s garden spot. Stacy picks all of the produce and Harry sorts it. Both wash and pack it.

Mobility is a challenge. When it rains, Keutzer has to stay inside and can’t work. But Keutzer’s energy level and stamina during the three-hour farm assessment surprised Jaster.

“He has the energy and deserves to be able to carry on his active life,” she said.

AgrAbility recommended a different type of scooter to reduce fatigue and help him maneuver around the farm over muddy and rough ground. The program also recommended a hydraulic lift to move pallets from the ground to make it easier to load produce onto the enclosed truck the Keutzers take to farmers markets.

Harry’s weathered hands are rarely idle and his mind remains active with farmer ingenuity. He finds it increasingly difficult to plant, so he and his son, Virgil, built a transplanter for their small tractor. It plants and waters the plant plug and lays weed-barrier plastic.

He uses his scooter to check on 100 chickens and takes buckets of water to livestock. He milks a three-teated cow that provides milk for two calves and a gallon a day for milk, butter, homemade ice cream and tapioca for the Keutzers.

He still enjoys cutting wood. He makes wine and helps his daughter-in-law cut fabric strips to make into loomed rugs. In October, he assisted a calving cow with a difficult birth.

Keutzer grew up working with his brothers on his father’s 500-acre farm at Creighton, Mo. He was so small when he started milking cows that his father had a special milking stool made for him.

He went to a country school until eighth grade. He said boys carried .22-caliber single-shot rifles to school, shooting rabbits and squirrels along the way to feed their families. And all boys had a two-bladed pocketknife, he says, to skin wild game and play “mumblepeg” at recess.

After school each day, he listened to 15 minutes of the Tom Mix cowboy show on the radio before starting chores. The radio wasn’t turned on again until 9:30 p.m., when the family listened to “Amos ’n’ Andy” and the news.

He farmed with a team of horses before buying his first tractor, a Farmall F-20. In 1942, Harry bought his second tractor, an Allis-Chalmers WC, at auction for $870.

He and other farmers anxiously awaited electrification through REA. On Jan. 7, 1945, he and his wife, Johnnie, celebrated her birthday in nearby Clinton. They returned home to a house lit with electricity, and their new Montgomery Ward refrigerator was plugged in and running.

He, his wife and a hired hand traveled the area baling hay from spring to fall. His wife drove the tractor as he put the 8 ½-foot wires into the baler. The hired hand tied the bales. It was hard work, but Keutzer and his wife made enough money to buy a new Kaiser automobile with cash.

In 1952, the Keutzers moved to southern Minnesota, where his uncles lived. He rented 320 acres on shares and was one of the first to plant soybean. Corn was selling for $1.25 a bushel under a government price-protection system.

Times were different then, Harry recalls. Farm implement dealers and oil companies helped young farmers get started by extending credit until crops were sold. He bought a four-row cultivator, planter, disk, a new corn picker and two new tractors – a John Deere 720 diesel and an IH Farmall 400 – on credit.

He and Johnnie also opened their home to 50 foster children during their time in Minnesota. The dinner table was often set for more than 20. He taught the children the value of rural life, hard work and being self-sufficient.

In 1959, his father quit farming and he returned to Missouri. Harry rented the farm next to his father’s and had 1,000 acres of South Grand River bottomland.

They farmed the home place until 1972, when Truman Reservoir took much of their land. They sold out and returned to Minnesota to a 45-head dairy farm.

His son met Stacy and married. She wasn’t a farm girl but quickly learned how to care for 45 bucket calves. They farmed there until Harry’s wife died, then moved to Iowa. He worked until he was 81 as a night watchman for Spee-Dee Delivery Services before moving to Napoleon.

Keutzer’s farming practices and lifestyle evolved as times and technology changed. He keeps current with technology by following farm auctions and news online.

Just as he learned to incorporate new farming methods throughout his life, he has learned to adjust as a farming nonagenarian.

AgrAbility gives him the resources to continue doing what he loves to do-provide food to feed America.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of USDA, administers the AgrAbility Project.

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Brighten up your home – Waterbury Republican American

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CHICAGO TRIBUNENo need to break out the crayons. Beat the winter grays with bright stuff for your home. Here are some products to get you started.

1. Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders’ cheeky designs make clashing colors harmonious. His Herringbone carpet for The Rug Company is a case in point. $129 per square foot at The Rug Company, Chicago.

2. Primary colors and simple organic shapes mark the chairs from the Swedish design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini. The Kelly E Chair is $2,300, at Orange Skin, Chicago.

3. The Lindona Necklace from Songa Designs, an eco-friendly accessories line made by women in Rwanda as a way to establish their economic independence. Each handmade piece is made of repurposed natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, and cow horn. $48 at songadesigns. com.

4. Improve your mood by upholstering Vitra’s Mariposa sofa in a bold hue. Pick from dozens of colors including poppy red, grass green, magenta and lemon, pictured. $7,520 at hivemodern.com.

5. Four shades in different hues give the Tam Tam suspension lamp by Design Fabien Dumas a colorful personality. $1,093 at hivemodern.com.

6. Give time the attention it deserves with a clock that steals the proverbial show. Normann Copenhagen’s Watch Me Wall Clock is $50 at normann-copenhagen.com

7. Studio Job’s paper lamp for Moooi is inspired by classic lamps but draws on a crafty material. $1,703.00 at moooi.com.

8. Warm up any seat in the room with Maharam’s Millerstripe Pillow with fabric designed by famed 20th-century industrial designer Alexander Girard. The 17-inch pillow is 92 percent wool and 8 percent nylon and sports a cotton insert with a duck feather fill. $175 at maharam.com.

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Adorable Photo of a Cow Shows What Happens When We Treat Them Kindly – One Green Planet

If you ever been lucky enough to spend time with a cow, then you already know they are extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Did you know that cows, just like humans, have best friends? Studies have shown that when cows are with their best friends, their stress levels decrease and when separated from them, their stress levels increase. Sounds pretty familiar, huh? Like humans, cows seek pleasure and love to play. When let outside after being cooped up for too long, cows run, prance and jump with joy. Cows also have strong maternal bonds and are attentive, protective, and loving parents.

This sweet photo shared by an Imgur user shows all animals, regardless of species, want to be loved. 

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Cows are just like our cats and dogs. They crave affection and enjoy building bonds and relationships with others – no matter the species. Sadly, because cows and other farm animals are typically considered “food,” they are treated like commodities rather than individuals. Most never get to experience the incredible bonds of family or friendship. Instead, they are subjected to a life filled with fear, stress, and sadness – but we can change that.

Please share this post with your friends and family so that they too can see how affectionate and intelligent animals are. You can also learn more about these amazing animals by visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries where cows get to live in peace.

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Some Factors In Making Cow Culling Decisions – Yankton Daily Press

As the saying goes, there’s a few bad apples in every barrel. The same can be said with a cow herd, as every herd has cows that underperform compared to their peers. Since it is best to get rid of these cows before you spend a small fortune in winter feed, now is the time to make some culling decisions for the year. By removing the unproductive cows and replacing them with better cows, your profitability will increase.

This process starts by eliminating the most unprofitable animal — the open cow. Open cows do not have the potential to generate revenue for at least two years, while incurring costs through feed and vaccines. No matter how good of a cow her mother was, or how great of calves she’s had in the past, when a cow isn’t bred she is going to cost you too much money to keep until she weans a calf in two years. That, of course, assumes she will be bred next fall.

Preg check is also a great time to reduce your labor cost by sorting out the late calving cows. Even if you don’t hire labor to calve, your time spent with cows has an opportunity cost. Instead of checking back on the late calvers, you could be planting corn, fixing fence, or doing a host of other projects. In addition, late calving cows will wean a smaller calf while consuming the same amount of feed. Why do more work to make less money? Sell them now as breds and they will match up better with someone else’s herd.

The next group to cull are the dry cows, which are the cows that did not wean a calf this year. This could be from losing a calf at calving, from pneumonia or scours, or many other reasons. Even if these cows are bred, eliminating them is a good idea because they didn’t produce a saleable product for you this year. Why take the chance they will do it again next year? In particular, this is important for cows that lost their calves due to disease. Since many times the cause of the disease can be linked back to a failure of the calf to receive adequate colostrum, the blame rests on the cow.

This now leaves you with cows that weaned a calf and have another one in utero for next year. Culling in this group should start with the cows that have an attitude problem. Cows that like to charge the 4-wheeler, or cows that are so spooky they rile up the herd when you want to get them in should head out the door. Broken gates and broken arms are expensive.

Next, look for cows with structural problems. Do you have any cows that have corkscrew toes, cracked hooves, or an on again/off again limp? What about bad udders or old gummers with no teeth? Why wait until they are in rough shape to sell them? Get rid of these cows while they are still healthy and still have value.

Lastly, any cows that consistently produce a small calf for their size should be culled. If a 1600 pound cow weans a 400 pound calf, that’s a lot of feed going to produce very little beef. This doesn’t mean cull the mothers that wean small calves every time, as a 1000 pound cow weaning a 400 pound calf is pretty efficient. Rather, look for the big old cow that has the tiny, scrubby calf and cull her.

While there are more criteria that can be used in culling decisions, if adhering to these suggestions seem to be cutting your herd numbers short it may make you hesitant to cull this deep. In this case, start by working your way down the list from the first criteria, being open, and then stop when you’ve reached a limit. Then next year, do the same thing. What you will find is that the more you cull now, the less you have to cull later.

It is hard to measure the costs that poor producing cows create, but good culling decisions will show progress in the one category that matters — pounds of calf weaned. Making the effort to remove the cows that impede profitability now may sting a little, but will pay next fall at weaning and every year after that.

Jake Geis, DVM, works out of the Tyndall Veterinary Clinic.

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Ask the Contractor: Mantle required to hang stockings properly – Prescott Valley Tribune

A mantle serves many purposes in addition to providing a place to hang your stockings. (Metro Creative Services)

A mantle serves many purposes in addition to providing a place to hang your stockings. (Metro Creative Services)

We recently relocated to Prescott from North Carolina and coming from the South, we truly loved our well-styled ornamented and trimmed fireplace mantle for the holiday season. We have a lovely masonry rock fireplace however we are missing our beloved mantle. Where can we go in town to purchase a mantle that will give us years of enjoyment?

— Bob and Helen, Prescott

A fireplace without a mantle is like pumpkin pie without the whip cream or the hot fudge sundae without the chocolate sauce. Mantles can add so much to the heart of a home. Mantles can be layered varying sizes of framed or unframed art, family photos, keep sakes and trinkets of all kinds.

Bill Searle and his wife, Helene, own Wade’s Furniture and they sell all types, sizes and wood species and finishes of mantles. Each of their wood fireplace mantles are crafted in the USA. Their mantles are beautifully crafted and are affordable and economical. We know that a hearth just isn’t complete without a mantle so stop in and meet Bill and Helene and let them help you transform your fireplace into a centerpiece.

Wade’s Furniture is located on Rhinestone Dr. Hwy 69 Diamond Valley area. Phone: 928-443-9233. In addition to mantles, this family owned and family run company specializes in rustic, western and cabin furniture and decor. They carry a wide selection of log, leather, and cow hide furniture. They also feature antler lighting and furniture, western lighting and decor, pillows, bedding, rugs, cowhides and many items made by artists right here in Arizona. At Wade’s Furniture you will find solid wood furniture made from aspen, cedar, hickory, pine, mesquite, 100-year-old barn wood and many more species of wood. Many of their furniture lines are available in custom sizes and many different finishes. All of their furniture is constructed with quality that will last for generations. Each piece is made with precision and care. Wades Furniture is truly a company that values their customers and they aspire to provide exceptional customer care to all.

Sandy, we need YCCA to be our judge and jury. My husband and I are having a discussion, not an argument yet, but I think I am right! Wallace is a DIY guy and we are going to install chair rail in the dining room. What is the proper height for chair rail? Wallace wants to install the chair rail at 50 percent of the wall height and I am saying that is way too high.

— Pam and Wallace, Prescott

As we know chair rail is a lovely touch that adds a sense of sophistication, finesse and class to a room, even more so if you are planning to install crown molding. In talking with some local trim contractors, they all said that many DIY folks make the mistake of installing chair rail at the wrong height — a mistake that can make a room feel lopsided and out of proportion.

The purpose of chair rail and molding is to establish the scale and proportion of a space and no molding does this job better than chair rail because it visually divides the room and instantly allows you to read the size and scale of the space.

The old wives tail is that chair rail is to protect walls from damage caused by the backs of chairs. The truth is that architects as far back as the ancient Romans and Greeks used chair rails and wood trim to divide walls into visually pleasing proportions, often with different colors to accentuate scale. The name “chair rail” came into popular usage with the Shakers, who installed boards with pegs on dining room walls to hang chairs off the floor for sweeping and cleaning.

Our local trim carpenters place chair rails at one-third the distance of the ceiling height. For a standard 8-foot ceiling, the chair rail should be installed about 32 inches from the floor. Most people install chair rails too high on their walls. About 28 to 32 inches is an optimum range for chair rail height and lower is always better than higher. A good rule of thumb as they say is to install chair rail molding at 25 percent of the height of the room. In a room with a 10-foot-high ceiling, the chair rail should be 30 inches off the floor. The baseline width for chair rail should be 2-to-3 inches.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time twice each weekend Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KQNA 1130AM/99.9FZM 105.5FM or the web kqna.com. Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry meet local community partners, contractors and businesses. It’s fun and entertaining.

Sandy Griffis is executive director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association. Email your questions to her at ycca@cableone.net or call 928-778-0040.

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3 Top Cash-Cow Stocks | Fox Business – Fox Business

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The best businesses churn out cash faster than it can be used. Plenty of free cash flow (FCF) — the amount of cash from operating activities left over after capital investments are made — allows a company to invest in the future as well as return cash to shareholders. Dividends, buybacks, and acquisitions are all fueled by a company’s free cash flow.

What makes a company a cash cow? A high free cash flow margin(the percentage of revenue converted into FCF) and a high cash return on invested capital (how much FCF is generated from each dollar invested back into the business) usually indicate that a company is producing excessive amounts of cash. Here’s why Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Disney (NYSE: DIS), and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) are three top cash cows.

Moving to the cloud

The PC market may not be on fire, but Microsoft continues to produce impressive profits. During fiscal 2016, which ended in June, Microsoft generated $25 billion of free cash flow, driven by Windows, Office, and the company’s growing cloud-computing business. With revenue of $85.3 billion, that puts Microsoft’s free cash flow margin at an impressive 29.3%.

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A quick look at the balance sheet shows that Microsoft doesn’t quite know what to do with all of this cash. Net of debt, the company had nearly $60 billion in cash collecting dust at the end of fiscal 2016, despite paying a dividend and funding expansive share buybacks.

Microsoft’s cash return on invested capital is also impressive, clocking in at 19.9%. The excess cash on the balance sheet weighs this number down, but it’s clear that cash invested back into the business generates an exceptional return.

Microsoft is aggressively transforming into a cloud computing company, shifting much of its software to a subscription model and rapidly growing its Azure cloud platform. Azure revenue is more than doubling each year, putting Microsoft in a strong No. 2 position behind Amazon.com‘s Web Services in the cloud infrastructure market. With the cloud business growing swiftly, Microsoft is making the necessary moves to retain its cash-cow status far into the future.

The online advertising king

Alphabet, despite its size, continues to grow at a double-digit pace. Revenue surged 20% year over year during the latest quarter, driven entirely by Google. Other Bets, which includes all of the company’s other businesses and moonshots, remains a source of little revenue and substantial losses.

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Google’s core advertising business drives incredible cash generation for the company. During the trailing-12-month period, Alphabet produced $23.5 billion of free cash flow on $85.5 billion of revenue. Free cash flow margin was an impressive 27.5%, nipping at the heels of Microsoft.

Alphabet also has a mountain of cash on its balance sheet, totaling $79 billion net of debt. Cash return on invested capital is 17%, a bit lower than that of Microsoft. Google doesn’t pay a dividend, but it did recently begin buying back its own shares. It certainly generates enough cash to return substantially more to shareholders in the future.

Alphabet is showing no sign of slowing down, with its core Google business driving its results. Even if none of its moonshots work out, the company remains one of the biggest cash cows around.

An entertainment juggernaut

One of Disney’s biggest cash-cow businesses, cable sports network ESPN, is facing an uncertain future, with a declining subscriber base and the ever-present threat of cord cutting. But the company remains an undisputed cash cow, with a broad set of business churning out billions each year. The company produced $8.4 billion of free cash flow in fiscal 2016 on $55.6 billion of revenue. That’s good for a free cash flow margin of about 15.1%.

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About half of Disney’s operating income in 2016 came from its media networks, and about 87% of media network operating income came from cable networks. ESPN is the big hitter in that category, and its ongoing problems are a real concern. But other businesses are generating cash as well. Disney’s parks and resorts spit out $3.3 billion of operating income during 2016, with the movie business contributing $2.7 billion and consumer products adding another $2 billion.

Disney’s cash return on invested capital isn’t quite as impressive as Microsoft’s or Alphabet’s, coming in at a lower 12.5%. Still, Disney throws off enough cash to pay a decent dividend, spend billions on share buybacks, and fund acquisitions — like Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012 — that broaden its entertainment portfolio. ESPN represents a challenge, but Disney’s cash-cow status allows it to make the investments necessary to drive long-term growth.

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Leading Edge Genetics competition: 'Great legs' impress cow judge – Weekly Times Now

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Ask the Contractor: French Mantle required to hang stockings properly – Prescott Valley Tribune

A mantle serves many purposes in addition to providing a place to hang your stockings. (Metro Creative Services)

A mantle serves many purposes in addition to providing a place to hang your stockings. (Metro Creative Services)

We recently relocated to Prescott from North Carolina and coming from the South, we truly loved our well-styled ornamented and trimmed fireplace mantle for the holiday season. We have a lovely masonry rock fireplace however we are missing our beloved mantle. Where can we go in town to purchase a mantle that will give us years of enjoyment?

— Bob and Helen, Prescott

A fireplace without a mantle is like pumpkin pie without the whip cream or the hot fudge sundae without the chocolate sauce. Mantles can add so much to the heart of a home. Mantles can be layered varying sizes of framed or unframed art, family photos, keep sakes and trinkets of all kinds.

Bill Searle and his wife, Helene, own Wade’s Furniture and they sell all types, sizes and wood species and finishes of mantles. Each of their wood fireplace mantles are crafted in the USA. Their mantles are beautifully crafted and are affordable and economical. We know that a hearth just isn’t complete without a mantle so stop in and meet Bill and Helene and let them help you transform your fireplace into a centerpiece.

Wade’s Furniture is located on Rhinestone Dr. Hwy 69 Diamond Valley area. Phone: 928-443-9233. In addition to mantles, this family owned and family run company specializes in rustic, western and cabin furniture and decor. They carry a wide selection of log, leather, and cow hide furniture. They also feature antler lighting and furniture, western lighting and decor, pillows, bedding, rugs, cowhides and many items made by artists right here in Arizona. At Wade’s Furniture you will find solid wood furniture made from aspen, cedar, hickory, pine, mesquite, 100-year-old barn wood and many more species of wood. Many of their furniture lines are available in custom sizes and many different finishes. All of their furniture is constructed with quality that will last for generations. Each piece is made with precision and care. Wades Furniture is truly a company that values their customers and they aspire to provide exceptional customer care to all.

Sandy, we need YCCA to be our judge and jury. My husband and I are having a discussion, not an argument yet, but I think I am right! Wallace is a DIY guy and we are going to install chair rail in the dining room. What is the proper height for chair rail? Wallace wants to install the chair rail at 50 percent of the wall height and I am saying that is way too high.

— Pam and Wallace, Prescott

As we know chair rail is a lovely touch that adds a sense of sophistication, finesse and class to a room, even more so if you are planning to install crown molding. In talking with some local trim contractors, they all said that many DIY folks make the mistake of installing chair rail at the wrong height — a mistake that can make a room feel lopsided and out of proportion.

The purpose of chair rail and molding is to establish the scale and proportion of a space and no molding does this job better than chair rail because it visually divides the room and instantly allows you to read the size and scale of the space.

The old wives tail is that chair rail is to protect walls from damage caused by the backs of chairs. The truth is that architects as far back as the ancient Romans and Greeks used chair rails and wood trim to divide walls into visually pleasing proportions, often with different colors to accentuate scale. The name “chair rail” came into popular usage with the Shakers, who installed boards with pegs on dining room walls to hang chairs off the floor for sweeping and cleaning.

Our local trim carpenters place chair rails at one-third the distance of the ceiling height. For a standard 8-foot ceiling, the chair rail should be installed about 32 inches from the floor. Most people install chair rails too high on their walls. About 28 to 32 inches is an optimum range for chair rail height and lower is always better than higher. A good rule of thumb as they say is to install chair rail molding at 25 percent of the height of the room. In a room with a 10-foot-high ceiling, the chair rail should be 30 inches off the floor. The baseline width for chair rail should be 2-to-3 inches.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time twice each weekend Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KQNA 1130AM/99.9FZM 105.5FM or the web kqna.com. Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry meet local community partners, contractors and businesses. It’s fun and entertaining.

Sandy Griffis is executive director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association. Email your questions to her at ycca@cableone.net or call 928-778-0040.

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Latest Android security update fixes Dirty COW, GPS vulnerabilities … – PCWorld

The monthly Android security update released this week fixes the serious Dirty COW privilege escalation attack that can allow malicious apps to take full control of devices.

Dirty COW (copy-on-write) is a privilege escalation vulnerability that has existed in the Linux kernel for the past nine years and is already being exploited in the wild. It affects Android because the mobile OS is based on Linux, but it was initially believed that the SELinux security policies enforced by default in Android provided some mitigation against the attack.

That’s not necessarily the case, according to security researchers from Trend Micro, who devised a new Dirty COW attack variant that bypasses SELinux restrictions by injecting malicious code directly into other processes.

“Our proof of concept patches libbinder.so to give our app system/root privileges,” the Trend Micro researchers said Tuesday in a blog post. “We used this ability to bypass Android’s permission security model to steal information and control system functions.”

Google developed a patch for Dirty COW last month and shared it with device manufacturers. However, it didn’t include it in its firmware updates for Nexus and Pixel devices at the time and didn’t make its inclusion mandatory for manufacturers either, until this month.

This month’s security update also fixes an interesting security vulnerability in the mechanism that downloads GPS satellite information, known as the GPS almanac.

Researchers from security consultancy Nightwatch Cybersecurity have found that some Android devices with Qualcomm chipsets download this GPS information file from Internet servers without authentication, encryption or file signature verification. This means that an attacker in a position to intercept the download requests from Android phones can serve bogus GPS assistance files to the devices.

Google has rated this vulnerability as high severity, because it can result in a denial-of-service attack that delays the phone’s GPS receiver from establishing a GPS lock.

According to the Nightwatch researchers, Qualcomm has known about the GPS almanac issue since 2014 and has advised its OEM customers to download the GPS assistance files over HTTPS or to switch to their latest format which includes a digital signature.

The December Android security update also includes patches for critical vulnerabilities in the kernel memory subsystem, NVIDIA GPU driver, NVIDIA video driver, kernel ION driver and various Qualcomm components.

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Kremlin to sell own-brand dairy products online – WFMZ Allentown

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These Stunning Rugs Are A By-product Of Brazil's Meat Trade – Huffington Post Australia

Anyone into interior design will know that cow hide rugs came back into fashion about five years ago.

Starting as a high-end trend, as all trends do, they then trickled down into mass retailer, until could buy large cowhide rugs from the likes of IKEA.

Yet it looks like they are here to stay. And understandably so, seeing as they lend themselves to almost any interior aesthetic from country to Scandinavian.

While your basic cowhide rugs all look fairly similar — organically shaped with white and either black or brown markings — Australian sisters Kura Perkins and Bree Hay-Hendry set out seven years ago to use the raw material in a totally new way.

Enter, Art Hide.

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“My sister and I created Art Hide in 2009. My travels in South America introduced me to some third generation makers and I was impressed with the quality, natural characteristics, durability and potential of cowhide as a material for interior applications,” Co-founder Kura Perkins told The Huffington Post Australia.

“My sister, Bree, has skills as a specialist textile and fashion designer, and so she brought our concept to life.”

The cowhide used in their range is from Brazil and Argentina, and is a by-product from the country’s meat consumption. That’s not always the case with leather products.

Art Hide

“We make our products from ‘A Grade’ cowhide leather only, which ensures a beautiful lustre, using Argentinean and Brazilian hide, as well as some from Italy. We have three different teams manufacturing our products, according to their specialisms,” Perkins said.

“The cowhide we use is sourced as a by-product of the meat industry from regulated tanneries, where methods involved in tanning and dyeing are always safe for workers and are non pollutant.”

“We’re proud to work with the most talented leather craftspeople and the most reputable suppliers. Workers are paid well, and everything we do is vetted for quality, safety and sustainability,” Perkins said.

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When it comes to working with leather, not all materials and processes are created equal, and that affects the quality of the end product.

“Inferior hide rugs usually use cheap cotton thread which unravels and snaps, causing the rug to come apart. Often the hide has a dull quality and may smell because of substandard tanning practices, and they can thin very quickly. Many are produced from factory scraps in India or Bangladesh, where unregulated tannery conditions are polluted and dangerous for workers,” Perkins said.

As for the use of cow skin as rugs, it’s sometimes a mental barrier people need to get through, not marrying the same material to shoes, or bags that they wear.

“It’s interesting to note that not removing the hair from hide is far less polluting than the process that does remove it [to create smooth leather]. It’s also interesting to gauge the public interest, versus, say people buying leather shoes, bags, cushions or couches — many forget it’s the same textile!,” Perkins said.

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After the hides are sourced the next step is to create unique designs using colour, laser-cutting and metallic motifs.

“We introduce contemporary design and colour and a range of innovative hide finishing techniques, such as laser burning and fine metallic motif work, while still respecting and playing to the strengths of cowhide’s natural beauty.”

“Colour is hugely important to us and we’re always developing new tones that may involve anything up to a dozen lab dips to get the exact right shade,” Perkins said.

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Cow hide is a great option for people with allergies as its hypoallergenic.

“Unlike wool, cowhide is hypoallergenic, making it fabulous for the whole family, kids included! Dirt, dust and even liquids are repelled, which is all down to the fabulous natural oils within the hide. To clean cowhide all it needs is a light vacuum, or take it outside and shake any dust off.”

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Raid on illegal slaughter house in Bhilgaon – The Hitavada

Raid on illegal slaughter house in Bhilgaon

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2016 10:15:15

Staff Reporter,

JARIPATKA Police on Friday evening raided an authorised slaughter house-cum-godown in Bhilgaon behind Dukes Bar & Restaurant and seized 6,000 cowhide rugs, 1,500 tins of beef fat and a truck (MH-18/AA-9169) collectively worth Rs 17 lakh. Cops arrested three persons, including the godown owner, in this connection. The accused have been identified as Abdul Hafeez Haji Sheikh Karim (63), a resident of 11/3, Chitnis Layout, near Regional Mental Hospital, Hattu Madia Barde (27), a resident of Banur, taluka Bhagwanpur, district Khargone (MP) and Dinesh Roopsingh Ajnarey (27), a resident of Jamia Pali, district Khargone (MP). According to Police, accused Abdul Hafeez allegedly used to slaughter cows and buffaloes in his godown. He was allegedly supplying cowhide rugs and beef fat to some parties in different places. Acting on a tip off, a police team raided the godown and seized cowhide, beef fat and the truck. An offence under Sections 429 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 9 and 11 of the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act against the accused persons.PSI N V Dorlikar is investigating
the case.

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