Denver Public Schools (DPS) says it’s struggling to get enough milk to serve at breakfast and lunch.
Pupils are instead being encouraged to bring refillable water bottles with them.
Schools across Denver are struggling to supply enough milk and food to their pupils, which their school district credited to supply-chain problems.
Denver Public Schools (DPS), which includes more than 200 schools with a total of just over 90,000 students, is instead encouraging pupils to bring refillable water bottles with them.
“DPS is struggling to receive enough milk to serve to every child at breakfast and lunch every day,” Theresa Hafner, DPS executive director of Food Services, told Insider in an email.
“When the milk is available, we are prioritizing serving milk at breakfast at all schools and at our elementary schools for lunch,” she said.
“I think the milk company is trying its best to give most schools at least some milk, but not a complete order,” she added.
DPS told parents and guardians in a newsletter on October 8 that it was experiencing “unprecedented supply-chain challenges with food and milk this fall,” DPS Food services outreach and engagement officer Theresa Peña said.
DPS told parents and guardians that some of the food served to students might differ from what’s listed on its menu.
Peña told Insider that Meadow Gold, a brand by Dean Foods, was the milk vendor for most of the Denver metro school districts. Dean Foods, which is now owned by the Dairy Farmers of America cooperative, didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
WhatsApp for iOS working on new message reaction feature
WhatsApp has been working on new features for quite some time now to make the app more interesting and interactive for its users. The Facebook-owned company recently introduced new reaction features on its beta version that helps its subscribers to manage reaction notifications with new settings to disable them or change their tone for iOS users.
With the new feature, users will be alerted by new reactions the same way they are with messages and groups notifications citing WABetaInfo, 9To5Mac reported on Saturday.
As per reports, even though WhatsApp is working on this feature, reactions are still not available for public beta testers to try it out. Previously, WABetaInfo said messages can have an infinite amount of reactions but they will stop being counted when reaching 999 of them, after that a “+” sign will appear.
Not only this, but WhatsApp has also been working on its multi-device support for a long time that will bring an iPad app and let users connect to the app even without an internet connection with their phones or with it off.
Currently, the public beta testers for its desktop app are already able to join the multi-device beta programme, which lets you use WhatsApp with up to four devices paired without the need of a smartphone connected to the internet.
Recently, WhatsApp finally started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users globally. With the new update, if a user chooses to back up his chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to him, and no one will be able to unlock the backup.
Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to access their end-to-end encryption backup, according to a recent report.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 13 imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 3 lakh on Mumbai-based The Sahyadri Sahakari Bank Limited over non-compliance with RBI directions on Frauds – Classification and Reporting, the central bank said in a release.
The inspection report of the bank with the bank’s position as of March 31, 2019, revealed the bank had not transferred unclaimed amounts in accounts for more than ten years to Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEA Fund).
Further, the bank had reported frauds to RBI with an inordinate delay.
The central bank issued a notice as to why it shouldn’t impose a penalty for non-compliance. Upon hearing the response, RBI came to the conclusion of aforesaid charges were substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty, RBI said.
In a further boost to its fleet of fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force is set to get three more Rafale fighter jets on Wednesday. They are going to land shortly in Gujarat’s Jamnagar after flying for over six hours from a French airbase earlier today.
The three new aircraft coming from France would take the Indian Rafale fleet to 29, giving India more options to deploy a significant number of these highly capable planes on both the northern borders and eastern frontier.
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, 2020.
The Rafale fighters are capable of defeating enemy air defence mechanisms and strike targets in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The Indian Air Force had formally inducted Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on July 28 this year. 101st is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft.
India and France had signed an inter-governmental agreement in 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets at a cost Rs 59,000 crore.
The twin-engine Rafale jets are capable of carrying out a variety of missions, such as ground and sea attack, air defence and air superiority, reconnaissance, and nuclear strike deterrence.
The last batch of Rafale aircraft will land next year, which are to be the most capable of the entire lot.
India is now going to place orders for 114 multi-role fighter aircraft along with the indigenously developed stealth fighters Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft whose seven squadrons would join the Air Force in the next 15-20 years.
Indian Space Association: India has this week got the Indian Space Association or ISpA, a premier industry association of space and satellite companies. In line with the recent measures taken to expand the role of private players in the space sector, the Indian Space Association aims to serve as a body that brings public and private entities together so that they can work in tandem for the expansion of the Indian space programme. A statement shared by ISRO quoted PM Narendra Modi as saying that the Indian space sector has largely been dominated by the Indian Government and the public institutions. He said that while scientists have caused the sector to grow leaps and bounds, it is now needed that the Indian talent is not restricted by division of public and private sector entities. He added that the Indian Space Association would help in facilitating the collaboration between private and public players and would lead to India’s space mission growing in an organised way.
During the launch, PM Modi said that the country’s approach to space reforms was based on four pillars – the government acting as an enabler, the private sector being given the freedom to innovate, preparation of the youth for the future, and the space sector acting as a resource for progress. He also shared how the progress of the space sector can help people in their daily lives, saying that it is through the space sector that better imaging, mapping and connectivity facilities can be provided. Apart from this, farmers can take advantage of forecast technologies in order to better protect the ecology from any impending adversities, while entrepreneurs can harness the space sector to quicken the speed of operations from shipment to deliveries.
PM Modi also asserted that 21st century India would ensure that space plays a key role in facilitating world unity.
Financial Express Online has learnt that in order to join the Indian Space Association, there is a yearly subscription fee that needs to be paid.
To understand more about the initiative from the perspective of private players, Financial Express Online spoke to Space Kidz India CEO and Founder Dr Srimathy Kesan. She said, “We need some coordination. In India, so many things are available but we, private players, do not know what is available. This even happened in our case, where we needed testing facilities but we were not sure whom to approach, because sometimes, players having these facilities have phone numbers on their websites but they are mostly unreachable. With an association of organisations, a lot of time can be saved because we can know whom to directly approach. This can help in saving a lot of time, because in the space sector there is not a lot of time to waste.”
She added that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the private sector has not been able to receive a lot of information about the frequency of launches, and therefore, “a liaison between ISRO and the private sector can help in this area as well”.
“The ISpA will also play a pivotal role in coordinating with the defence sector and other nodal space organisations, and this would particularly be helpful for startups. When you enter this field, you do not know much, and so this can help. A collaborative effort can be taken for a successful launch. There are major companies who have technical know-how and testing facilities, but directly approaching them is not always fruitful for small organisations. Hence, if we approach them via ISpA, it can be much easier,” Dr Kesan added.
There are, however, a few aspects that Dr Kesan does want to bring to limelight. “Though the core committee has not yet been formed of the association, the meeting that was held between the private players and the government during the launch makes it look like it would be an all-male team. Since the theme of 2021 is women in space, I hope that there are indeed at least two to three women who are a part of the core committee and can represent all of us women who are trying to grow and make place for ourselves in this male-dominated field. Moreover, not only is gender diversity needed, but I feel that the association should also look at having representatives from academics and startups along with industry professionals in key roles, so that there is a diversity in that sense as well,” she said.
“There is also a need to work on children and provide them with hands-on experience so that they can get exposure early on to this sector. This is something I already suggested to PM Modi last year and he received it with enthusiasm and positivity. I am hoping that something is done by the government in this aspect as well, because for the space sector to grow, it is important to provide students with exposure to this aspect as well, because that would be the real ground-level change. This is something that NASA and ESA are already doing and I think we need to do it too. Most children are excited to learn about space, but they do not have the opportunity to learn about it in-depth other than via Google,” she shared.
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