HOSPITAL FOOD ‘DIABOLICAL’ Report shows half of hospitals are failing to meet basic government food standards

Rules brought in to drive up standards include providing “flexible” meals and drinks day and night. But new data from the Department of Health shows only 54 per cent are fully compliant. Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “The situation is diabolical. “When the hospital food standards were brought in two years ago, we were promised that these hospital food standards were legally binding. “With half of hospitals still not meeting even the basic standards, we can now see that this is demonstrably not the case….

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Z-Wave smart-home gadgets announce new IoT security standards

Less than a month ago, hackers took control of an ocean of unsecured connected home devices, then essentially crashed the entire internet by using them to flood the web’s largest internet management company with bogus traffic. Now, the makers of smart gadgets that communicate using Z-Wave are ratcheting up their security standards to help reassure consumers that their products don’t come with glaring vulnerabilities. “No one can afford to sit on their hands and wait,” says Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “Consumers deserve IoT devices in their…

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More education spending not raising standards, Productivity Commission says

Spending on education in Australia has increased yet standards have stagnated, because data is not being used effectively to improve student outcomes, according to the Productivity Commission. The federal government’s economic policy adviser said data collected across Australia’s school systems needed to be used not only to monitor performance but officials need to go the extra step of using the evidence to developing more effective programs, policies and teaching practices. “There has been a 14% increase in spending per student over the last 10 years, yet student performance remains broadly…

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