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DRUG RESISTANCE SCAN: Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, drug-resistant bacteria in Switzerland

first_imgMay 23, 2013Advocacy groups, lawmakers call for action on antibiotic-resistant SalmonellaSaying “antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food will make foodborne illness harder to treat,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other consumer advocacy groups renewed CSPI’s 2011 demand that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ban meat containing antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. CSPI also published a 22-page report documenting 55 outbreaks from 1973 through 2011 caused by drug-resistant pathogens, and two US congresswomen also called for government action. The report found that 34 of the outbreaks (58%) occurred since 2000, and 56% of the pathogens were resistant to five or more antibiotics. CSPI food safety attorney Sarah Klein said in a May 16 press release, “The evidence is clear that antibiotic-resistant pathogens in food are very dangerous for consumers, and USDA could help solve the problem by making crystal clear that it won’t accept these superbugs in meat and poultry.” In a press release yesterday, Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., called for stronger government action on the issue. “We have evidence that the practice of overusing antibiotics in food-animals is ruining these drugs’ effectiveness, and every day that the government stands idly by, we move closer to the nightmare scenario where routine infections can no longer be cured with antibiotic treatment,” Slaughter said in the release. Fourteen consumer advocacy groups supported CSPI in a petition to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 16 asking the agency to enact the ban.May 16 CSPI news releaseMay 16 CSPI reportMay 22 press release from Rep. Slaughter’s officeMay 16 petition to Sec. VilsackDrug-resistant E coli, Klebsiella increase dramatically in SwitzerlandRates of extended-spectrum cephalosporin-resistant (ESC-R) Enterobacteriaceae in Switzerland more than quadrupled from 2004 to 2011, according to a report today in Eurosurveillance. Swiss researchers analyzed data from a lab-based nationwide surveillance system that included inpatients and outpatients. ESC-R rates rose from 1% to 5.8% in Escherichia coli and from 1.1% to 4.4% in Klebsiella pneumoniae in that span. For ESC-R E coli, the increase was significantly higher in inpatients, patients living in eastern Switzerland, those older than 45 years, and male patients.May 23 Eurosurveillance reportlast_img read more

Faf won’t ditch Proteas captaincy just because of ‘pressure’

first_img“The worst thing a leader can do is pull the plug mid-series.”Embattled Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis sent that strong message on Monday after his team’s loss by an innings and 53 runs against England in Port Elizabeth renewed speculation over whether he’ll announce his international retirement.Instead, the 35-year-old middle-order stalwart reiterated that his initial plan remains in place, which will see him keep going until the ICC World T2o in October this year.ALSO READ: Proteas slump to heavy defeat despite Maharaj heroicsBut there’s a “possibility” that the final Test at the Wanderers, commencing on Friday, will be his last red-ball outing on home soil.“I have committed until the T20 World Cup,” Du Plessis said after the defeat at St George’s Park.“There isn’t a lot of Test cricket left this year: one massive Test where we need everyone to be as strong as possible. Afterwards there’s quite a big gap. I have said before, there is an opportunity to release some of the captaincy. Two Test matches in the West Indies (in the middle of the year), and the rest of the year is white-ball stuff. Most probably after that, Test cricket will be something that won’t see me.”That will come as a relief to a team in serious transition and very low on confidence.Du Plessis himself has incentive to prove critics wrong as he’s only averaged just over 21 in his past 12 Test innings.“I don’t think that’s what’s leadership is about. I felt that the team has needed a leader to stand up and guide the ship through a difficult time.“If you leave the team when they need you most, that’s not my style. I have been under pressure a few times and I’ve played my best innings under pressure,” said Du Plessis.“I can’t leave the team when they need me most. We are in a transition but I can’t do it forever. It has been chipping away at your character. For now, that’s what we need. I think it will make it worse if I say I’m out.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones 139th overall

first_imgOhio State’s Cardale Jones reacts to a question during a news conference after the NCAA college football playoff championship game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Dallas. Ohio State defeated Oregon 42-20 on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.  Jones was names the offensive player of the game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ByORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ The Buffalo Bills filled their most pressing defensive needs early in the NFL draft before adding an intriguing long-term prospect at quarterback on Saturday.That left general manager Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan in a particularly jubilant mood Saturday night.“I’m going to have a tough time believing somebody had a better draft,” Ryan said. “But it will be proved out as the years go on … it just so happened that these landed really great.”The Bills’ immediate focus was to improve a defense that disappointed and underwhelmed in Ryan’s first year on the job. Buffalo’s first three selections were on defense, and all three players are expected to contribute right away.With the 19th overall pick, the Bills added Clemson pass rusher Shaq Lawson. Lawson is expected to line up as an outside linebacker opposite Jerry Hughes and will replace the departed Mario Williams.“He has that Buffalo and Bills mentality,” Ryan said. “He’s going to fit great in the community. He’s a tough guy, a passionate guy. … There’s not going to be anybody that’s going to play harder than this kid.”In the second round, Buffalo traded up eight spots to select hard-hitting Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. Ragland fills arguably Buffalo’s most pressing need at inside linebacker and will line up in the weak side role in the 3-4.“You hit it on the head, physical,” Ryan said. “That’s what we said we were going to bring here and that’s what we’re used to and that’s what we want. And I’ve been around the Bart Scotts of the world and things like that. This young man, there’s a lot of similarities in his play.”Buffalo’s third-round pick, Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, should contribute right away in a rotational role.“When you add the three young men at the top of our draft, these three guys will have a major impact on our football team,” Ryan said.After focusing on defense, the Bills turned to offense with one of their most interesting picks of the draft. Buffalo chose former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones with the 139th pick.Jones is a raw, developmental prospect who displayed signs of greatness along with inconsistency throughout his time with the Buckeyes. At 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, Jones has a strong arm and tremendous size.“We told you we’d get a quarterback,” Whaley said. “Tired of going defense. We like this guy.”After replacing injured quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, Jones led the Buckeyes to the 2015 national championship. He threw for 2,323 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 23 games.Jones went undefeated (11-0) as a starter with the Buckeyes but is coming off an inconsistent 2015 campaign. Jones opened the season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback but struggled with his consistency and accuracy under center as the season progressed. He was benched for Barrett late in the season.“I feel like my ceiling is extremely high,” Jones said.Starter Tyrod Taylor is coming off a breakout season but his long-term future is in question as he enters the final year of his contract.Buffalo now has three quarterbacks on its roster with Taylor, Jones and former first-round pick EJ Manuel.“He’s going to come in and be a three, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for a while with EJ and Tyrod,” Whaley said. “We like his skill set. He’s got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy.”Whaley added that he is “very comfortable” with Manuel as Buffalo’s No. 2 QB as Buffalo looks to develop Jones. Manuel struggled in his only two starts last season in place of an injured Taylor, going 0-2 as a starter.After selecting Jones, the offensive picks continued for Buffalo on Saturday before one final selection on defense.Buffalo selected Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams 156th overall. Williams missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury.Speedster Kolby Listenbee was selected by Buffalo at 192nd overall. Listenbee is one of the fastest players in the draft and ran a 4.39 40 while dealing with a double sports hernia.The Bills went back to defense for their final pick at 218th overall with USC cornerback Kevon Seymour. Like Listenbee, Seymour is known for his speed and also ran a 4.39 40.After the draft, the Bills agreed to a deal with Glenn Gronkowski, a fullback from Kansas State who went undrafted and is the brother of Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.Gronkowski tweeted after the draft ended: “staying home. Go bills!”Two officials familiar with the deal confirmed it to The Associated Press on Saturday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.___AP sports writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: and read more

Barça’s Rafinha: I want to stay at Inter Milan

first_img Despite it being far from certain that Inter make next season’s Champions League (which would oblige them to sign him for 35 million euros,), Rafinha has no doubts about his future.  Inter, however, have still not said anything with regards to their option to buy.  Upd. at 13:33 12/04/2018 RELATED STORIES Proof of that is in how quickly he’s settled into the mechanisms of Luciano Spalletti and he has no plans on returning to Camp Nou.  Rafinha: “Quiero quedarme en el Inter” Meanwhile, Rafinha was also asked about this season Champions League: “The favourites to win it? My brother, [Bayern Munich’s], Thiago.” CEST The secret pact in Barcelona’s deal for Rafinha with Inter Sources close to the club, though, say they will try to reduce the price they agreed with Barcelona earlier this year for Rafinha if they don’t make the top European competition.  IN SPORT.ES The option is obligatory if the team qualifies for the Champions League, which they are close to achieving.  Rafinha Alcantara left Barcelona on loan for Inter Milan in January. The midfielder’s adapted quickly to life in Italy and is enjoying his football again.  “I wanted to come to Inter from the very first moment and now I want to stay here,” Rafinha told Premium Sport, making his position clear.  CdS: Rafinha’s resentment towards Barcelonalast_img read more

Commuters hit by rail chaos

first_imgA TRESPASSER has halted City Loop trains on the Pakenham and Cranbourne line and commuters leaving the city have been…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Sr. Girls Basketball

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers take flight this weekend to Invermere to participate in the David Thompson Lakers Invitational Girl’s Basketball Tournament. This is the first taste of East Kootenay opposition for LVR, which has attended two tournaments this season in Vernon. Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to give the girl’s grand send off with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Val Gibson, Erica Augsten, Brittany Wheeler, Melinda Halstead, Jayden Roch and Rachel McKenzie. Front, Samantha Einarson, Devyn Parker, Kiandra McLaren, Taryn Scarff and Kylie Mirva. Missing assistant coach Sarah Fuhr.last_img

Nelson’s Julien Locke finds a place on medal podium at Senior National Cross Country Ski Championships

first_imgThat, however, is now in the past as Locke finally skied to his potential in Thunder Bay.“The Nationals sprint is always a great race as every racer in the field is extremely motivated, and people take more risks than usual to give themselves a shot at success,” Locke explained.“For me, the day went quite well. My shape was good, skis were fast and everything came together.”Locke said the heats were fast right from the quarterfinals, which was just what the doctor ordered for the skier who loves competing on hard surfaces.“I was able to ski tactically and conserve energy through the rounds, skiing only as fast as needed to move through,” Locke said.In the A-Final, Jess Cockney pushed the pace from the gun and attacked on the first hill to open up a gap at the front.Locke said he was confident in his speed in the last half of the race so I played the waiting game and held back in third.On the final, smaller climb, Locke made a move around the Norwegian skier to move into second and held that position until the finish.“My podium was the first Senior Men’s National Championships podium for BC since Black Jack’s George Grey retired in 2011,” Locke said.Senior National Team member and 2014 Olympian, Jesse Cockney won the race.Locke is currently in Sun Valley, Idaho for the US Super Tour Finals.Obviously looking to build on the success experienced in Thunder Bay.function DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) { object.DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url);} };function Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url); };function NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url); }function Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url); }; For Nelson’s Julien Locke, good things really do come to those who wait.The local cross country skier finally found a place on the podium recently after winning a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Locke placed second in the in the classic sprint race, finishing as the top U23 skier.“After some back luck this year, I am extremely happy to make the podium at the National Championships,” a pleased Locke told The Nelson Daily.“I have been in good shape all winter, but some races just haven’t gone my way.”Locke, who was hampered by a cold at the recent Canada Winter Games in Prince George, did find a spot on the medal podium as he helped power Team BC to a bronze in the men’s cross country team race.However, the 21-year-old Nelsonite who started his skiing at the Nelson Nordic Club but now competes for Black Jack club in Rossland, finished 22nd in the 10-kilometer classic race and sixth in the men’s 1.5 km classic sprint.The result came on the heels of a crash landing in the final round at the World Championships trials.The bad luck left Locke off the Canadian National squad that competed at the U23 World Championships.last_img read more

Galway sides continue on the Road to Aviva in FAI Junior Cup

first_imgSalthill Devon FC v Colga FCMaree Oranmore FC v Athenry FCMervue Utd v West Coast UtdLoughrea Rams FC v Galway HibsEast Utd v Kiltullagh Pioneers FCNUI Galway v West UtdGames to be played the weekend of 22nd October 2016 The third round of the FAI Junior Cup continues on the 22nd October as clubs from all over the country continue on the #RoadToAviva in Europe’s largest amateur football competition. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email #RoadToAvivaAviva’s Sponsorship Commitments – FAI Junior Cup 2016 / 2017Final to be held in the Aviva Stadium for the 5th consecutive year.Matches from Round 3 onwards to be filmed for national TV / Online broadcast.Every game from the Quarter Finals onwards to be filmed for national TV & Online broadcast.Aviva Performance of the Round Award for the best performance of a team in every round from Round 3 onwards.Aviva’s “Put Your Name On It” campaign open to all clubs with the opportunity to get awarded Junior Cup improvement incentives including High Performance Training Sessions, Training and Match Video Analysis, new training equipment and first team kit. A general view of the FAI Junior Cup. This is Aviva’s 5th year sponsoring the FAI Junior Cup, the largest amateur football competition in Europe with over 600 teams beginning on the #RoadToAviva this weekend. Aviva’s sponsorship ensures the Final will be played at the Aviva Stadium next May while they have also launched the “Put Your Name on It” campaign which encourages clubs to put their name on the competition in different ways to be in with a chance to secure unique prizes for their clubs including High Performance Training Sessions and Training & Match Video Analysis. For more information log on to #RoadToAviva. Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfilecenter_img Aviva officially launched their sponsorship of this year’s FAI Junior Cup with Ambassador Kevin Kilbane and this season promises to be even better for every club involved with Aviva increasing their commitment to the competition including additional TV coverage.  Aviva want each club to leave their mark on this season’s competition by launching the “Put Your Name On It” campaign.This allows every club that has entered the FAI Junior Cup the chance to be awarded unique prizes such as High Performance Training Sessions, Training Equipment, Training & Match Video Analysis and New Team Kits.It will also encourage teams to Put Their Name on the competition with their performances, as an Aviva Performance of the Round award is being introduced given to the best performance from Round Three onwards.For more information on Aviva’s sponsorship of the FAI Junior Cup and the “Put Your Name on It” campaign, log on to To view the new Aviva Put Your Name On It Video click – Kilbane, Aviva’s FAI Junior Cup Ambassador, said; “This promises to be the most exciting season yet for the FAI Junior Cup, particularly with the new elements that Aviva are adding in for teams and it should see the competition get even more exposure right from the start through to the Final in the Aviva Stadium.  Every team playing this weekend can dare to dream about walking out here next May and that’s something special.”Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva Ireland, said; “We are delighted to be sponsoring the FAI Junior Cup for the fifth year.  Year on year this competition has gotten bigger and better and to be able to continue to provide the Aviva Stadium as a venue to host the Final is something we are honoured to be able to do to give these 600 clubs the dream of playing in the home of Irish football.  We are also bringing in a range of new prizes and incentives for clubs to Put Their Name On It and make their mark on this year’s tournament and increasing our TV coverage to heighten the exposure that these clubs deserve.”       Galway Region – Round 3last_img read more

South Africa: the ‘most open country for FDI in the world’

first_img20 January 2015South Africa is committed to improving its global competitiveness and reputation with a view to delivering on its growth and developmental imperatives. South Africa continues to compare well with other emerging markets.According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Restrictiveness Index, South Africa ranks among the most open jurisdictions for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world.Openness is reflected in the overall trend of growing FDI into South Africa over the past 22 years post-1994. South Africa’s stock of FDI now accounts for around 42% of GDP.Over the past five years, South Africa accounted for the bulk of new investment projects in Africa with investment arriving from the USA, some member states of the EU, and increasingly from China, India and other Asian countries.The country attracted around 24% of all the FDI projects in Africa between 2007 and 2013. In this light, and notwithstanding the challenging global economic conditions, in August 2013, the Global Financial Times Magazine of United Kingdom voted South Africa overall winner for best investment destination in Africa for 2013 and 2014.Confidence indexThe 2014 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Confidence Index ranks South Africa in position 13 among 25 leading economies moving up two places from 2013. South Africa ranks higher than countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands.Research by the International Investment Initiative director at the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute, Dr Stephen Gelb, shows that more than 130 foreign firms either entered South Africa or expanded their investments during 2013; that is about 2.5 foreign firms per week announced an investment in South Africa.Ease of doing businessThe 2015 Ease of Doing Business report that ranks 189 countries has been released by the World Bank. The results of the report show that South Africa’s overall performance in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index dropped from 41st to 43rd this year, and this comes at a time of subdued GDP outlook.The report attributes the drop in rankings to South Africa’s poor or limited access to electricity, which is one of the biggest hurdles to doing business in the country, where it takes on average five procedures and 226 days to get connected to the grid.Despite this, South Africa has improved in a range of indicators:Starting a business – 64 to 61Registering Property – 99 to 97Trading across borders – 106 to 100Enforcing contracts – 80 to 46Paying taxes – 24 to 19The improvement in the trading across borders indicator is a critical area that impacts on performance of a range of manufactured and mineral products shipped from South Africa to international markets.South Africa’s fall in the rankings can also be attributed to counter-productive credit policies, namely making access to credit information more difficult by requiring credit bureaus to remove negative credit information from their databases.Collective responsibilityThe results of the 2015 Ease of Doing Business Report suggest that South Africa has some work to do in creating an enabling environment to attract inward flows of investment. The challenges are, however, not insurmountable and many are already being addressed by the relevant authorities.South Africa’s global competitiveness is our collective responsibility and in line with the National Development Plan, we need to begin to collectively respond to creating the conditions that improve our competitiveness.According the World Bank, “the 20 economies at the top of the ease of doing business ranking perform well not only on the Doing Business indicators but also in other international data sets capturing dimensions of competitiveness”.Powerful interventionsAs a developing nation, South Africa will be continually confronted with considerable socio-economic challenges that need to be resolved.However, the development of powerful interventions such as the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, provide broad yet strong blueprints for dealing with these structural issues, and the focus should remain firmly on the implementation of such plans for the good of the country and all its citizens.We must not lose sight of the things we are getting right and government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour. In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much “open for business”.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Davies is South Africa’s Minister of Trade and IndustrySource: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Artificial Intelligence: The Coming Migration to AI-Powered Enterprises

first_imgOnly  four percent of CIOs say that their organization is using artificial intelligence, according to a survey by Gartner.  That number is low now, but is expected to increase dramatically over the next couple of years.  About another quarter have pilot projects currently in the works and a fifth have plans to begin projects soon.IDC reports that globally, revenue from cognitive and AI systems topped $12.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 60 percent over 2016, and they predict 54.4 percent annual growth through 2020.The three biggest problems that could block growth include: skills, data access, and trust.   More than half of organizations say that they don’t have enough properly trained and skilled staff members.  Organizations struggle to use AI because of data issues, either they don’t gather enough or they have it, but for whatever reason, are not able to access or properly clean it. An finally, it takes some convincing to make people feel comfortable with and trust the computer-generated recommendations.There is a lot of optimism about what AI will be able to do. Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that “AI makes it possible for humans to be better at being human. We’re just getting started on this chapter.”last_img read more