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Killexams : EC-Council EC-Council basics - BingNews Search results Killexams : EC-Council EC-Council basics - BingNews Killexams : NetCom Learning Announces EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker Version 12

"NetCom Learning launches C|EH v12 training program for organizations looking to train their employees on essential ethical hacking skills"

EC-Council recently announced the launch of the latest version of the world’s no. 1 credential in ethical hacking – C|EH v12. NetCom Learning, a leading IT and business training organization, being an official partner of EC-Council is offering C|EH v12 training program.

C|EH needs no introduction when it comes to ethical hacking. It is well recognized in the cybersecurity industry among the top enterprises. In its 12th version, C|EH not only provides comprehensive training but also in-depth hands-on lab, practice range experience, certification assessments, and global hacking competitions. The C|EH v12 program is curated through a new learning framework: 1. Learn 2. Certify 3. Engage 4. Compete.

The C|EH v12 course and more details about the program can be accessed on NetCom Learning’s website.

The key features of the C|EH v12 training program:

  • Unique learn, certify, engage and compete methodology
  • Structured professional course covering 20 modules
  • Over 220 hands-on labs
  • 500+ unique attack techniques with over 3,500 hacking tools
  • Real-world ethical hacking assignment
  • New challenges every month 

NetCom Learning CEO Russell Sarder commented, "As an Accredited Training Partner of EC-Council, we're thrilled to announce the all-new Certified Ethical Hacker version 12. We emphasize the importance of having skilled cybersecurity professionals in every organization to maintain and enhance its security posture owing to the ever-increasing cyber threats and breaches. Upskilling IT teams regularly helps them tremendously as it bridges the cybersecurity skills gap. We stay true to our commitment to instill lifelong learning, and all our initiatives are carefully planned and executed with this goal in mind.”

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Killexams : EC&M Tech Talk Video, Episode 19 — Electrical Theory & Practical Tips for Applying the NEC

In this episode of “EC&M Tech Talks,” Randy Barnett, a journeyman electrician, inspector, author, trainer, and electrical safety expert, takes a typically dry subject — electrical theory — and reviews the basics that benefit workers in the field. Electrical codes and standards are based on the physical attributes of electricity. Sine waves, RMS meter readings, single- and 3-phase power, and harmonics are examples of electrical need-to-know basics in order to interpret portions of the NEC.

Very basic explanations of voltage, current, and resistance are provided. The generation of the single-phase sine wave is used to show how the multimeter reads RMS values of the sine wave while peak values are significantly higher. The 3-phase sine wave is drawn on the digital white board demonstrating the advantages of 3-phase power. Article 250, Grounding and Bonding, requires minimum impedance to divert voltage surges into the earth and clear ground faults when required.

The most common 3-phase transformer is the delta-wye connection — the primary side of the transformer being delta connected and the secondary being wye-connected. It is important for electrical workers to understand the development of the 480Y/277V and 208Y/120V levels. The term “wye-connected” is used in the National Electrical Code, and workers should understand the terminology to understand the applications.

References to harmonics in Art. 310 of the NEC are noted. The origins of harmonic currents are explained. A power quality analyzer is displayed in the Tech Talk, and Randy explains the problems created, particularly by the third (180 Hz) and fifth (300 Hz) harmonics. Three-phase wye connections and harmonic currents help with understanding the NEC requirements regarding when to consider the neutral a current-carrying conductor.         

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 00:04:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Basics of Buying a Manufactured Home

Loan Application

If you’re not paying cash for your manufactured home (formerly called mobile homes or trailers) begin with a loan application to know which Hames home you can afford. You’ll be asked about your income, down payment, and other expenses. Apply online at or make an appointment with Curtis or Clint at (319) 377-4863 to apply in person. From there, Hames will help connect you with a lender who fits your needs.

Community Application

Hames communities are desirable places to live because they’re safe. Background checks are completed for all adults applying to live in Grand View Village and Summit View Village. There’s NO application fee.

Select Your Home

It’s time to look at model homes! Hames knowledgeable sales staff will show you available homes that match your needs and budget.

If the perfect Hames home is not available now, a special order from the manufacturer might be the answer.

Underwriter Review and Approval

Once you have chosen a manufactured or mobile home, the banker will finalize the loan. Lenders have different requirements, so additional information may be requested before the final loan approval is granted.

Closing and Community Sign-In

During closing, the final loan and titling documents are signed. The next step is to meet with the manager where your manufactured home is located — either Grand View Village or Summit View Village. The Community Manager will explain neighborhood guidelines and answer your questions.

Final Walk Through/New Homeowner Orientation

Hames sales staff will inspect the home with you and point out important equipment. They will provide maintenance recommendations like how often to change the furnace filter and when to check heat tape. You’ll be shown the location of the data plate in your home, which is an informative summary unique to each manufactured home.

You don’t have to be an expert at purchasing a manufactured home. Hames — The Homes People are the area’s certified on beautiful manufactured homes in desirable neighborhoods. View the large selection of new and used, singlewide and doublewide manufactured homes at, or in person at 5410 Wabash St. SW, Cedar Rapids, 7 days a week

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Killexams : The Commission’s Initiative for New Hazard Classes Under CLP: Scientific Evolution or Legal Revolution?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The Commission released on September 20, 2022, a Draft Delegated Regulation[1] amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (‘CLP Regulation’)[2] for the purpose of adding new hazard classes (‘CLP Amendment’). This groundbreaking amendment will add five new hazard classes, namely ED, PBT/vPvB, and PMT/vPvM. The draft is under public consultation until October 18, 2022 (midnight Brussels time). The final adoption is expected by the end of 2022.

In addition to the CLP Amendment, the Commission is also going to issue (likely later in October 2022) a legislative proposal to amend the CLP with some additional provisions, including changes in the procedure for harmonized classification and labeling and provisions related to fold-out multilingual labels. This proposal will be independent from the current CLP Amendment and will be subject to the full legislative procedure involving the European Parliament and the Council. As elaborated below, the choice of the Commission to subject the CLP Amendment to a non-legislative delegated act rather than to the full legislative procedure is problematic and may be subject to legal challenge. 

So far, the new hazard classes have only been identified on an ad hoc basis under REACH and sectoral legislation (notably for EDs, pesticides, and biocides legislation). The CLP Amendment will introduce these classes into the CLP as follows.

Endocrine disruptors (‘ED’)

The Commission’s Draft integrates two categories, namely ‘presumed’ (Cat. 1) and ‘suspected’ (Cat. 2) EDs. Substances classified as ED would be the ones 1) presenting an endocrine activity, 2) having an effect on an intact organism or its offspring and future generation, and 3) having a biologically plausible link identified between the endocrine activity and the adverse effect. 

To address the issue of the potential overlap of ED hazard classes with existing ones, the amendment provides that where the endocrine-related adverse effects occur together with other toxic effects, endocrine-related adverse effects shall be considered to be present where they are not conclusively demonstrated to be a solely non-specific consequence of the other toxic effects. However, the usability of this provision may be limited to only include a situation where the toxic effect affects the endocrine organ (such as the thyroid). It will not exclude substances such as, e.g., phthalates that are reprotoxic and also have ED properties.

As is the case for the other hazards included in the Draft, the Commission foresees that the classification should be based on a weight of evidence determination using all available data. Thus, the relevant actors should gather all available data on the ED endpoint (such as animal data on the reprotoxic endpoint), including read-across data. There is currently an abundance of available in vitro data in the public domain for this endpoint. The extent to which the outcome of these screening studies would trigger the need for the relevant actors to generate additional in vivo data is, however, uncertain in the absence of further precision in the draft. 

In this respect, we note that next year, the European Commission is planning to issue a REACH revision proposal to introduce new data requirements, including those related to the ED endpoint. Thus, REACH registrants will have to generate new data related to ED anyway (the Commission is envisaging a tiered approach to the testing, with screening data being a trigger for animal data). 

Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic (PBT), and Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) Substances 

The criteria to identify PBT and vPvB substances are identical to those currently included in Annex XIII REACH. Importantly, the CLP amendment does not include a subcategory for ‘suspected’ PBT/vPvB that would typically be based on the screening data. Thus, it is expected that only substances that meet the numerical identification criteria for P and B will be considered PBT. That said, based on the REACH registration dissemination website, so far only 98 registrants identified their substance to be PBT/vPvB. In addition, the PBT/vPvB assessment is only mandatory for substances above 10 tons. We expect that as a result of the CLP Amendment, more substances will be identified, also because the CLP Amendment will make the enforcement of the PBT/vPvB classification easier.

Persistent, Mobile, Toxic (PMT), and very Persistent and very Mobile (vPvM)

PMT (vPvM) is a relatively new hazard category first introduced by the German Environmental Agency and then taken over by ECHA (in 2019) as a new category of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) identified under Article 57(f) REACH.

Substances classified as PMT/vPvB are targeted due to their high persistence, low absorption, and high mobility, enabling them to enter the water cycle and spread across long distances. These properties result in a risk of cumulative exposure. 

The M element will be based exclusively on the logarithm of the water to organic carbon partition coefficient (logKoc). The relevant actors will either have to use results of adsorption/desorption testing, or other suitable information, such as QSAR models. As these data are typically not available, we are of the view that the actors may have to generate some M data to fulfill their CLP obligations, if warranted. 

  • Impact of the CLP Amendment 

The CLP Amendment will require all manufacturers and importers to gather relevant data (see above) to make classification decisions and label substances accordingly (and notify the classification to ECHA and update the REACH dossier). This also indirectly applies to non-EU manufacturers/formulators who market in the EU. 

In Commission’s estimations,[3] while 67 substances are currently identified under the REACH Candidate List as presenting one of those properties, the introduction of the new classes would raise that number to a minimum of 1650 substances.

The CLP Amendment will also provide a basis for the consideration of the new hazards in the safety assessment and prioritization of certain substances for phase-out under REACH, but also under other pieces of chemicals legislation. In the context of the revision of the Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 on food contact materials, for instance, the Commission foresees the prioritization of certain hazard classes in the safety assessment, including CMRs, EDs, PBTs, and vPvBs. The classification of a substance for such classes under the CLP would therefore have a direct impact on the safety assessment relating to its use in food contact materials, potentially leading to their phase-out.

The new classes will also introduce discrepancies between the EU and GHS, thereby affecting non-EU companies selling on the EU market.

  • A Contestable Procedural Choice

With such a substantial impact, the Commission’s decision to rely on a Delegated Act, a non-legislative instrument that is intended for the adaptation of non-essential elements to technical and scientific progress, appears contestable.

The Commission’s power to adopt such acts is circumscribed by the scope of the mandate conferred upon it in the basic legislation (here, the CLP Regulation). However, what the Commission considers here as a mere adaptation of the CLP to scientific and technical progress actually entails a political choice that does not stem from the language of the CLP Regulation. Also, other arguments used by the European Commission during the procedure to justify the choice of a Delegated Act are not very convincing. Thus, we are of the view that there are reasonable grounds to file an action for annulment of the CLP Amendment in the General Court of the EU. The action for annulment will have to be filed within 2 months (+10 days) of the date when the CLP Amendment will be published in the EU Official Journal.

[1] The Draft is available on the Commission’s dedicated consultation page, at: 

[2] Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, OJ L 353, 31.12.2008, p. 1–1355.

[3] Commission non-paper, “Impact assessment for the revision of the CLP Regulation”, p. 3. Available at: 

Wed, 12 Oct 2022 11:36:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Brand Basics: Building Community In The Metaverse

Alexander is co-founder and CEO of Streamline Media Group; he writes about video games, diversity and inclusion, and the metaverse.

Beyond the real world there's opportunity. The metaverse is an online virtual reality platform that allows users to interact with each other through avatars. It's a virtual world, an immersive experience and a virtual showroom.

Business models have changed and opportunities for online experiences—especially through remote work and retail—have exploded. People are chasing virtual experiences, and all types of brands have followed. The Metaverse seems to have leapt into the imaginations of CEOs of some of the largest and most successful brands on the planet: Nike, Microsoft, Sony, Coca-Cola, Gucci, Apple. The role call is impressive and includes industries as wide as travel and commerce.

I believe the brands that are looking to significantly impact their industries over the next decade should have a plan in place to expand both within the metaverse and in the real world—something called digital twinning. However, this plan is not just for big-name brands. The beauty of the burgeoning metaverse space is that any person, any brand can create an impact.

Building a presence in the Metaverse means you can increase brand awareness and reach and engage with more customers.

Learn From The Pioneers

Look at the brands moving quickly into digital spaces. Who are they? What are they doing? Who are their customers?

• Warner Bros. Pictures hosted a Roblox event to celebrate the animated musical comedy film In the Heart of the Sea. The event featured an exclusive virtual tour of the movie’s fictional New Bedford, Massachusetts, and included a virtual scavenger hunt, virtual band practice session and virtual dance lesson. The event also offered a virtual store featuring exclusive merchandise and a virtual mural of the main character, Ishmael.

• Gucci also partnered with Roblox to create a virtual reality experience called “Garden Archetypes.” Visitors enter the Garden and interact with the mannequins. Each person experienced the space differently, absorbing the pieces of the exhibit and leaving behind their own unique interpretation.

• Coca-Cola teamed up with Tafi to create a virtual wearable for Coca-Cola’s first ever nonfungible token. The Coca-Cola Friendship Box is a fully functional vending machine that you can buy on OpenSea. Once you purchase your own box, you will receive a unique code that unlocks a loot box inside. Inside the box is a futuristic Coca-Cola Bubble Jacket Wearable, Sound Visualizer, and a Friendship card inspired by Coca-Cola’ s trading cards from the 1940s.

Nike acquired a company that creates digital collectibles called RTFKT. These collectibles are designed to be used within video games and social media platforms. The non-fungible tokens allow users to trade them like any other asset. The goal of the company is to create a new type of currency that can be traded online. This will help with the problem of scalability when it comes to cryptocurrency.

Plan Your Brand Metaverse

Before you jump into the metaverse, pause to plan your entrance. Take some time to personally explore the digital world; create avatars and experience what other brands are creating. While you’re learning, consider these three points:

1. What trends will resonate most with your community?

Understanding your community's needs, engaging them with content they want and nurturing their interactions are all practices rooted in video game culture. As a brand or business, you can adopt these methods. Instead of creating one-off activations, build longer-term experiences that engage your community, foster loyalty and scaffold the journey.

2. Is the marketing team prepared?

Savvy marketers know that it's best to focus marketing efforts on your loyal audience instead of spreading yourself thin trying to reach everybody. This principle is the same when interacting with your audience on social media or in the metaverse. Don’t tell your marketing team to get into the metaverse; build a strategy with them to drive engagement and success.

3. Where are the best opportunities to connect with customers through the metaverse?

Currently, you may feel the metaverse is a niche space for your core audience. But let's be clear, the metaverse is not limited to VR (virtual reality) headsets or extravagant tech set-ups. You can access a shared, collaborative, immersive digital space from your mobile phone right now. If you understand where your core audience hangs out, you'll know where to build or set up your metaverse space.

The Metaverse As A Tool

One thing to keep in mind when marketing your brand is that the metaverse is a tool, just like social media applications, commercials, etc. You can use it to reach a broad consumer base, but casting a smaller targeted net will yield better results. The years you've spent cultivating your brand can be easily transferrable to the metaverse, and you can create a genuinely interactive experience beyond replying to a tweet or posting a video. You don't need to recreate what you're doing. You just need to give your fans what they want.

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Killexams : Unix Basics It Pays To Know

When writing about digital technology, or any topic, is something you do, it takes time to accumulate credibility. Even if you put in the study time up front to know your stuff, building trust takes time.

I’ve been fortunate that, after years expanding my portfolio and the knowledge base under it, people come to me for advice on related subject matter. I’m still not totally comfortable in this position, but I roll with it.

As more professionals put stock in my technical background, I have been exposed to more specialized technical environments and use cases. Friends asking for consumer electronics troubleshooting is worlds apart from professionals looking to overcome a technical hurdle.

This new class of advice I’m prompted to provide has elucidated the challenges that professionals confront. Moreover, when I field the same question multiple times, it hints at a potential gap in computer science training. Naturally, I want to do my part to close it.

To be clear, I’m not putting anyone down. There are plenty of things I don’t know and probably should. I simply want to draw attention to concepts that I’m surprised that competent individuals struggle with. Specifically, what I regard as key Unix principles I’ve found notably missing.

I’m not totally surprised, as a lot of “tech sector” professionals work in levels of abstraction above the OS. But it pays to know these Unix basics considering there is often a Unix/Unix-like OS somewhere in the abstraction hierarchy. If that layer is unsound, the whole edifice risks collapse.

To that end, I want to highlight questions I’ve been asked about Unixy (my substitute for “Unix and Unix-like”) systems, and the fundamentals to grasp to become self-sufficient.

To Run Programs, It’s Best To Stay on the $PATH

While it’s easier than ever for software developers to escape the command line interface, sometimes it’s unavoidable.

If a program comes preinstalled on a Unixy system or can be installed from an official OS repository, it’s usually easy to invoke. But when the CLI program is some executable downloaded from the internet, this can trip people up.

Running it from within its directory is no big deal. Clicking on it in the file browser might even pop open a terminal emulator and run it. But once some (mainly neophyte) developers leave that directory, they’re not sure why the command is inaccessible without giving the absolute or relative path to it.

This has to do with the shell’s PATH environment variable. When you enter a command into a shell like Bash, the shell has to know where it is. In Unix, everything is a file, and every file is somewhere in the file tree (starting at /). But if the system had to search every file, that would take too long.

Instead, your shell only looks in the directories in the PATH variable. If there is no executable file with the name you entered in one of those directories, a Unixy system doesn’t know where that command is.

To see what directories are in your PATH, open a terminal and run echo $PATH. This outputs the value of the PATH variable as it is currently set in the shell.

If you want to add more places for your system to check for executables, just update PATH. Define the PATH variable explicitly in your shell’s configuration file (e.g. for Bash, ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_profile or something similar). One common practice is to make a directory in the user’s home directory called “bin” and add $HOME/bin to your PATH (HOME being the current user’s home).

Remember, you don’t want to replace your PATH with just the desired directory. That would make it the only place your shell looks. You just want one more place to search. You could copy the output of echo $PATH as is and paste it into your shell config file. The more conventional method is to add this line:


Just as with many common programming languages, this assignment statement works because the right side of the “=” sign is evaluated first and then assigned to the left side. In other words, your current PATH is returned, your new directory is concatenated to the end, and then PATH is set to that.

Set It So Your Shell Won’t Forget It

There’s another property of environment variables I’ve seen developers overlook: how long they persist.

It’s not uncommon for devs to utilize CLI tools that expect certain environment variables. In Unixy systems, you’re free to define any arbitrary environment variable with any arbitrary value. When they need one, I typically see devs run the same environment variable definition every time they launch their terminal.

This is because every time most terminal emulators (and with them, a shell) start for the first time (from not running anywhere on the system), they start a new session. When the last of the shell processes associated with the terminal emulator terminates, so too does the session. Notably, environment variables set via export command only last for the session.

As you probably intuited, we can set our environment variable in our shell config file just as we did with PATH. Just refer to the PATH definition syntax above to see how. Now enjoy all the time you saved.

Always Know Who’s Listening

While I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a core Unix concept, this next trick is so handy that I’m surprised more devs don’t know it.

In the course of managing some Unixy system, eventually you may need to know what network ports are actively listening. Doing so by checking all running services can be cumbersome because, depending on the system’s available tooling, open ports may not appear in the summarized output. It’s easier to skip the service utility and analyze the ports directly.

My preferred approach is to use lsof. This useful command returns all open files. “Wait,” you might say, “I’m looking for ports, not files.” Ah, but remember, in Unix, everything is a file. That includes ports.

Even better, lsof is tailored for this use case (among many others), as its -i flag limits output to files used as part of Internet Protocol communication. By running lsof -i you can see every open port, including listening ones.

You may want to throw in other flags or pipe it through a regular expression filter via grep to narrow down your search, but the above command alone will get you most of the way there.

Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Penguin-Man

What drew me most to the idea for this article was its direct applicability to a whole class of people who need quick, reliable answers. As I invest more into professional dialog with developers, I hope to uncover more areas where I’m able to light the Unix way I’ve grown so fond of.

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Please email your ideas to me and I’ll consider them for a future column.

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Killexams : 25 of the Best Amazon Basics Products You Can Get for Less During October Prime Day This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

We’ll let you in on a little secret: Even though you can get tons of incredible deals right now during Amazon’s October Prime Day event (including some great finds under $50), there’s another big way to save during this 48-hour sale, and that’s by checking out Amazon Basics.

The online retailer’s in-house brand is known for its affordable pricing as it is, but during Prime Day, you stand to save even more. You can shop for top-rated cookware and appliances, but that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, because the line also offers weighted blankets, storage solutions, pet supplies, and plenty of other budget-friendly household essentials.

If you’re looking to really stack up the savings this year, these Amazon Basics discounts are worth taking a closer look at. Below are 25 of the best that you still have time to scoop up before this event, which is exclusive to Prime members, and ends tonight at midnight.

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Killexams : Lynchburg business owner seeks at-large seat on city council

Larry Taylor has had one message throughout the Lynchburg City Council campaign season: Bring the local government back to the people.

“I want to be [on council] to look the people in the eyes and say, ‘Talk to me, I’m here for you,’” Taylor, a local business owner and career carpenter, said in a recent interview.

This year is the third time Taylor has pursued a seat on council, having run both times prior to represent Ward II. Taylor was defeated by Ceasor Johnson in 2012 and by current Ward II Councilman Sterling Wilder in 2020.

“It’s the love of people, you know. Even in 2012 and 2020, it’s the same story. They say ‘Larry, who is serving us downtown?’ My desire is to serve the people and bring the government back to the people. The Constitution says ‘we the people,’ not ‘they’re the people.’”

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Council is made up of seven members, four of whom represent the city’s four wards and three of whom are chosen at large. This year, the three at-large seats will be on the ballot, with the three highest vote-getters earning four-year terms.

Taylor joins other new candidates Patrick Earl, Marty Misjuns, Stephanie Reed and Walter Virgil Jr., as well as incumbents Treney Tweedy and Beau Wright on the ballot, rounding out all of the candidates for this November’s election.

Taylor, along with Misjuns and Reed, have been endorsed by the Lynchburg Republican City Committee.

A 34-year resident of the city, Taylor operates his own construction company, Larry Taylor Restoration. He said he still can remember coming to the city for the first time looking to build something for himself.

“I was lost. I had lost a job, but I had tools left and a 10-speed bicycle. I would ride to the job sites on my bicycle with my tool belt on,” Taylor said.

Now, Taylor said, he wants to give back to the city that gave him a place to grow.

Taylor’s main priority is public safety, citing recent criminal activity in Lynchburg as proof that current leadership isn’t working.

“We’ve had quite a few robberies in the last few weeks, stabbings, open-air shooting. Is crime down? It doesn’t sound like crime is down to me,” Taylor said. “We need to be able to prosecute our criminals, not just say, ‘Here’s a slap on the wrist and go home.’ They need to be straightened up or they’re going to jail.”

In recent campaign events, Taylor has said the city needs to make criminals “uncomfortable,” especially in neighborhoods like his own, White Rock Hill, which he has called “crime-ridden.”

In addition to what he has called “proactive policing,” Taylor has advocated better community relations when it comes to public safety, saying “it starts in the home” in regards to building a community that follows the law.

Additionally, Taylor believes the same approach will work with the school system, saying, “Discipline starts at home. We need to teach our parents ... that you do not allow your kids to go to school and disrupt classrooms.

“Our teachers get paid, but I don’t think they get paid enough to be subject to children in that way.”

During town halls and in a recent interview, Taylor said he would completely support elected school boards in Lynchburg.

“Friendship is fine, but friendship is not always right,” Taylor said about the current appointment process for the Lynchburg City School Board. “We’ve got to give that decision back to the people.”

Taylor also is focused on economic development. His neighborhood is home to KDC/One, which announced in June it will be closing its Lynchburg facility at the end of 2023.

“We’re losing KDC,” Taylor said. “We need to have a plan in place right now that when that place closes, we have another business ready to come into that neighborhood.”

In a prior town hall, Taylor said he would “take the lead” on finding businesses that would be interested in opening up shop in the neighborhood, if he is elected.

The White Rock Hill neighborhood is special to Taylor, beyond the fact that he’s a resident.

Just a couple of years ago, Taylor said, he took a plot of land where a derelict house sat in that neighborhood and went through the demolition process.

On that land now sits a community playground used by many residents in the neighborhood. And soon, Taylor said he has plans to expand the park into an adjacent lot that currently has a derelict house.

That’s the mentality he said he wants to bring to city council.

“I’m a doer,” Taylor said. “... Let’s get this done for the people.”

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Killexams : Amarone — A Guide to the Basics

Corvina Veronese grapes on a vine in a vineyard in the Valpolicella area north of Verona in Italy

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Amarone has a well-earned reputation for power. After all, it's not uncommon to find bottles that clear 15.5% ABV and approach 16% or more. But the best examples are about much more than sheer strength: They are layered, deeply complex reds that are inextricably tied to the land in which their constituent grapes are grown. Because of the unusual technique employed in their production, these wines have the ability to showcase an entirely different aspect of both the varieties in the blend and the terroir in which their roots are sunk.

What is Amarone Wine?

Amarone is a rich, expressive red wine from the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. Its full name is Amarone della Valpolicella, and it's produced from a blend of grapes including Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and (less commonly these days) Molinara. These are the same grapes that go into Valpolicella, the more traditionally produced red wine (harvest grapes, crush them, macerate the juice and skins, ferment the juice, etc.). However, for Amarone, those grapes are dried following harvest, and it's the raisinated fruit that gets pressed and fermented. This drying of the grapes concentrates the sugars and completely changes the balance of juice and skin. The combination of both means that there is more sugar for the yeast to ferment into alcohol, leading to more powerful wines. There is also more tannin, since the skins play a more significant role. Amarone, in fact, loosely translates to "big bitter."

Where Does Amarone Wine Come From?

Amarone comes from Valpolicella, which is in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. There are four main types of wine that are produced there: Valpolicella, which is made like most other red wines; Valpolicella Ripasso, for which red wine is then refermented with the dried skins of grapes that were crushed for Amarone, which lends Ripasso greater power and complexity than ordinary Valpolicella yet less assertive power than Amarone itself; Amarone; and Recioto della Valpolicella, a sweet wine from the region. Within the category of Amarone della Valpolicella, there are several distinctions, including Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (sometimes called Amarone Classico della Valpolicella) and Amarone della Valpolicella Superiore.

All Amarone wines are produced using the grape-drying technique, which is called appassimento in Italian. For an excellent expression of Valpolicella that's not Amarone, check out Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, whose bright red cherry and black raspberry notes are anchored by leather, tobacco, cocoa powder, and dark woodsy spices.

Why Should You Drink Amarone Wine?

Amarone is a thoroughly unique wine not just in Italy, but in the entire world. Of course, there are other wines that are produced using the grape-drying or appassimento method, but Amarone brings together the unique characteristics of its various Valpolicella terroirs and the character of its main constituent grape varieties to result in a wine that is unlike any other. At its best, Amarone is just as nuanced as it is powerful.

Amarone is also a remarkably age-worthy wine. Not all examples are meant to be laid down in a cellar for decades, and shifting consumer preferences mean that there are plenty of bottles that can absolutely be enjoyed in the short term, but Amarone is still a category with a preponderance of producers whose best wines can continue improving for decades. Still, the world of Amarone has changed: A generation ago, many of them were difficult to enjoy in their youth, with overwhelming tannic structures that more or less required several years' of age before they became pleasurable. But that has changed today, and consumers can enjoy many Amarones at various stages throughout their evolution in the bottle, and even in their youth.

For fans of richer foods, Amarone is a fantastic option. With braised meats like oxtails and short ribs, Amarone is a great pairing partner. Smoked meats and barbecue across the range of regional styles often find a phenomenal partner in Amarone: It can frame spice rubs brilliantly, and won't likely be overwhelmed by sweeter or more tangy sauces. It also is a great choice for creamy and hard cheeses, as well as dessert, especially chocolate-based ones and even cheesecake. Amarone also tends to work well with fruit-based desserts, assuming they aren't too sweet.

Because of its higher alcohol content, Amarone is best enjoyed at slightly less than room temperature, but too much of a chill will make the tannins come to the fore in too assertive a manner and seem bitter. To that end, a large glass, like a Cabernet Sauvignon or big-bowled universal glass, is a good choice, the better to facilitate vigorous swirling, which will help soften up those tannins and allow the underlying characteristics to shine through.

What Does Amarone Taste Like?

Amarone is a rich wine with a prominent tannic structure. It often smells as if it will be sweet, with ripe black and red cherries, blackberries, dried figs, raisins, coffee notes, and chocolate, but the first sip tends to prove the opposite: For all of the ripe, generous fruit, Amarone is a dry wine, and the sweet assumptions from the nose often result in a riveting sense of tension when the first sip proves the opposite to be true. Amarone can also be aged for an extended period of time in barrels, and depending on the nature of the wood that they're composed of, and how old they are, sweet spices like vanilla and cinnamon may also be present, as well as chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee.

There are countless great Amarone wines on the market today. These five producers, listed alphabetically, are a perfect way to start exploring all that Amarone has to offer.


One of the more well-known names in the world of Amarone, Bertani produces Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso, Recioto della Valpolicella, and more. Their 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is remarkable: Powerful yet elegant, savory yet still with a maturing core of fruit, and boasting a long, harmonious finish. The palate here runs the gamut from dried figs and brambly berries to leather, olive pit, maduro cigar tobacco, and star anise, all of it haunted in the background by dried flowers.

Dal Forno Romano

Dal Forno is one of the legends of Amarone, an icon, and a producer of wines that have earned their place on top wine lists around the world. In vintages that aren't up to their exacting levels of excellence they just don't make an Amarone, and in the past 20 years they've chosen to skip 2005, 2007, and 2014. Their 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta dramatically proves why this strategy is worth missing the occasional release: It's an unforgettable wine, complex and impossibly long, concentrated and impeccably balanced, and scented with tar, crushed flowers, and blackberry liqueur that pave the way for a palate that drips with blackberry liqueur, black cherries, candied violets, very high-cacao dark chocolate, espresso beans, Chinese five-spice powder, and dried figs. The finish shimmers with black licorice and leather and lingers for a full minute. Now or in two decades (or more, easily), this is a wine of astounding accomplishment.

Famiglia Pasqua

With roots stretching back nearly a century (it was founded in 1925), Pasqua is a thoroughly forward-thinking company, with a focus on not just the liquid inside the bottle but the aesthetics of the packaging itself. Their 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella is a silky, polished expression of Amarone, with kirsch-filled dark-chocolate ganache, cinnamon-dusted espresso, and dried black figs.


Masi produces one of the most familiar Amarone bottlings on the American market, the Costasera, but they also make the brooding-yet-expressive Vaio Armaron Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. It's grown on the Serego Alighieri estate, which was purchased in 1353 by Piero Alighieri, the son of Dante. The 2013 is outstanding, a dark-fruited wine that unfolds in layers of dried black figs, dark chocolate ganache, blackberries, licorice, and cafe mocha, all of it gently spiced with cinnamon and star anise.

Podere Poiana

The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella is dense, deep, and rich, dramatic with raisins, sweet spices, melted chocolate ganache, rooibos, and Earl Grey tea flavors rolling through the long, dried-flower-flecked finish.

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Killexams : What is Netflix Basics With Ads and what restrictions does it have?

In a bid to lure new customers, Netflix has revealed its Basic With Adverts package that will cost £4.99 when its starts in the UK next month — but the cut-price offer will come with restrictions

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Feeling the pinch? Well, the truth is, Netflix is as well.

The streaming giant lost almost a million subscribers globally between April and July — reportedly its first audience loss since 2011 — as households respond to soaring inflation and the streaming market toughens.

With so many premium services vying for subscribers and Disney+ entering the market for pay-monthly customers, Netflix has decided to shake things up in a bid to lure people to sign up or return.

The US mega platform — which was forced to cut jobs after losing customers — had prided itself on having ad-free viewing.

But it has decided to reverse that thinking by offering viewers a cheaper deal, caveated by the fact they will have the slight inconvenience of having to watch commercials.

What is Netflix Basics With Ads?

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Netflix will offer UK subscribers the chance to watch programmes for £4.99 per month, with four-to-five minutes of adverts thrown in for every hour of viewing.

That means TV-fans can get Netflix originals such as The Crown, Stranger Things and films like The Fundamentals of Caring and Don’t Look Up at a more budget offering.

The deal will be available from November 3 at 4pm for those interested in the price-cut offer.

The firm said the idea is that adverts will be 15 or 30 seconds in length, with the breaks playing before and during series and films.

How does the Netflix advert package compare with what is already on offer?

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The current cheapest UK Netflix deal is £6.99 a month, with subscribers on the “basic” deal allowed to watch on one device at a time.

To upgrade to HD and be permitted to stream on two devices, the “standard” package then jumps to £10.99.

For those in a busy multi-screen household, a “premium” subscription will set you back £15.99 per month.

That bags viewers Ultra HD for bingeing and allows streaming to be done simultaneously on four devices at a time.

All three tiers went up in price in April, with the basic and standard offering put up by £1, and the premium subscription rising by £2.

For standard and premium payers, it was the second time in 18 months that their packages had been put up in price.

As well as the UK, the Basics With Adverts offer will be available in 11 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain and the US.

What restrictions does Netflix Basic With Ads have?

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The lower price comes with a series of restrictions, on top of the arrival of advertisements.

Netflix said the new budget tier would have video quality of up to 720p/HD.

Its decision to put its Basic deal onto HD as well means the offering is only slightly worse than those on a standard deal —and those customers are paying £6 more for the privilege.

With the Basic With Ads, there will be no ability to obtain titles.

And, at least for the initial stages of the offer, a “limited number of films and TV series won't be available due to licensing restrictions”, Netflix said.

The service said it was working to change that, however.

Customers will still be able to cancel or change plans whenever they want, like they currently can.

Greg Peters, chief operating officer at Netflix, said: “Basic with Adverts will launch just six months after we first announced the option of a lower priced adverts tier.

“We’re confident that with Netflix starting at £4.99 a month, we now have a price and plan for every fan.

“While it’s still very early days, we’re pleased with the interest from both consumers and the advertising community and couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead.

“As we learn from and Improve the experience, we expect to launch in more countries over time.”


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