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McDonald’s Reacts To Study On Fecal Contamination Of Its Touchscreen Ordering Kiosks

6FE1D3B0-6AC7-406B-BD98-56A83B4ABE49CHICAGO, Illinois (The Adobo Chronicles, Chicago Bureau) – Touchscreens installed at McDonald’s branches in Britain have tested positive for fecal matter, a journalistic investigation has revealed.

Samples were taken by experts from machines at eight restaurants, including six in London and two in Birmingham.

Customers use the touchscreens to choose and pay for their food and then they pick up their order at the counter.

Paul Matawele, senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, which carried out the study in conjunction with Metro.co.uk, said he was surprised at how much gut and faecal bacteria were on the machines, concluding that many people did not wash their hands before they used them.

Reacting to the damaging report, McDonald’s has ordered all its franchises with touchscreen machines to immediately install water faucets next to the ordering kiosks. In addition, notices will be posted on the machines asking customers to wash their hands before ordering.

Swift action by the fast-food giant.

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In Anticipation Of The Revocation Of Its Media License, Rappler Proposes To Buy Adobo Chronicles

3b2ffaa7-b486-4b72-984f-89787c9df8a7MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Now that the Court of Appeals has all but denied Rappler’s petition to reconsider the Securities and Exchange Commission’s earlier ruling revoking its media license for violation of the Constitution, CEO Maria Ressa now wants to buy the rights to The Adobo Chronicles.

Adobo Chronicles, while registered in the U.S., is 100% Filipino owned.

”My business venture with Rappler is in survival mode, and the only way to keep my business operating is to invest in a 100% Filipino-owned company,” Ressa said.

”Besides, Adobo Chronicles fits well into what Rappler has been all about in the years of its existence : propagating biased, fake, and  unbelievable news,” she added,

Ressa is offering $10 Million to buy out the Chronicles.

No word yet from the Adobo Chronicles publisher.

Feature: The Otter Side Of The Exotic Animal Trade Via Facebook

(Editor’s note: Every now and then, The Adobo Chronicles gets serious about issues regarding the destruction of our environment or removing wild animals from their natural habitat.  This feature article is in defense of baby otters)

Baby otters have become the new trend in the trade of exotic animals via Facebook

Anyone who has seen photos or video clips of otters “rafting” or holding hands, would have at some point of time dreamt of holding an otter’s hand! However, some people are taking this fantasy to another level wherein they look in the market to buy otters to keep as pets. There are many promoters that can be found on social media websites that are looking to sell exotic animals.

Most of these pet influencers operate with the motive of making a quick profit. This ends up risking the lives of many animals that are considered vulnerable in the risk of extinction index. One such animal is the small-clawed Otter that can be found in Asia. However, the current trend is not something that is uncommon. From time immemorial there have been many exotic animals that people have kept such as snakes, flying squirrels, Mexican red-legged tarantulas, thus making the otter trade only the latest trend.

The convenience of Facebook and online payments

According to a PhD researcher from Oxford Brookes University from Thailand, there has been a rapid increase in the number of posts aimed at the sale of otters.  As per his observations, Facebook is the most popular medium that is used for the purpose of offering the sale of both illegal and legal wildlife that are to be sold as pets.

In Thailand, the trade of otters is commonplace and there are many Facebook groups that exist for the same. The fact that such trade is not regulated and that most exchanges do not require face-to-face interaction between the buyer and the seller has caused for the trade to flourish. Furthermore, with the increased number of methods to conduct payment through online transactions the trade has become even more convenient.

Otters make bad pets

Despite the fact that otters are pretty, playful, cute animals that are quite the right size- with them being not too tiny or too big; they make terrible pets. This is because of their traits being more suited to exist in the wild. Unlike animals such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs or horses that have been domesticated over a period of many thousands of years, the domestication of otters is something that has been happening very recently.

It has been noticed by many researchers that otters require a lot of special care and attention. That coupled with the fact that they can tend to be very loud, leads to them being abandoned and left to be rescued.

The risk of trafficking

Owing to the fact that otters live in groups of around 15 members in sources of fresh water, taking them away from their natural habitat comes with many risks. The lucky ones only manage to get isolated and placed in bathtubs in unfamiliar places. Furthermore, the process of transportation does not allow for many of them to reach adulthood as they are deprived of the care that they could have received from their mothers.

In the current scenario, otters do not fall in the priority category in the eyes of law enforcement. There is no such legal process that is present that can aid in preventing the trade of otters. The only manner in which such a dangerous trade can be prevented is if platforms such as Facebook actually collaborate and help in finding those responsible for conducting it.