3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Brewing Controversy
BBC World Service – South African brewing company, Vale Bru has apologized for the branding of its new range of craft beers, which has sparked recent outcry, especially among women.
The marketing campaign happily highlighting beers with names such as Filthy Brunette‚ Easy Blonde‚ Raven Porra and Ripe Redhead accompanies brew with pitches equal to their namesakes.
As result, the Johannesburg-based company issued its first apology, which has since been deleted via Instagram, posting: “Our attempt at making you‚ and ourselves‚ uncomfortable‚ worked. However‚ we never meant to belittle or degrade you.”
Brew, Easy Blonde, as it happens, still comes with tagline “All your friends have already had her.”
NATIONWIDE – Not Yesterday’s ‘Net’
CNN – Internet regulation within the US is about to change.
Controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect this week, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to maintain current rules.
The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted in December to repeal rules which, initially, were intended to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.
Today’s concern among net neutrality advocates is that repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered. And, in effect, encourage a monopoly-esque environment against next generation online services.
More than 20 states have filed suit to stop the net neutrality repeal. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California have gone so far as to push legislation enforcing the principles of net neutrality within their borders.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Fecal Matters
KTUU News – Bio-minded scientists are set to resume testing waters off Kenai beaches to see if efforts aimed at reducing fecal bacteria have been working.
The Peninsula Clarion reports fecal coliform and enterococci, which grow intestinally within most animals, have been found to exceed the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s standards for several summers in the area.
The conservation nonprofit Kenai Watershed Forum, who conducted previous testing on behalf of the department, found that gulls were a major contributor of the bacteria, which is often found alongside more harmful pathogens.