Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 24, 2018

first_imgNew platform to detect and track drug-resistant infections in the worksThe office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will partner with ILÚM Health Solutions to develop a research program to detect, track, and manage antibiotic-resistant infections at healthcare facilities across the state.According to a press release from the governor’s office, DOH and ILÚM—a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co.—will work together to develop an infectious disease platform and real-time information service that tracks drug-resistant organisms, patients, and outcomes,  delivers relevant insights to help healthcare providers make better treatments decisions, and connects DOH to state facilities. The collected data will also be used to aid in the development of new diagnostic tools.”Through public-private partnerships and investments in advanced research, New York State is working to help curb the spread of infectious diseases,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said in the press release. “This new partnership will make significant strides in detecting and managing infections, helping to ensure the health and safety of New Yorkers.”Under the terms of the agreement, ILÚM will invest up to $48.6 million in the project over 5 years, and the New York State Life Sciences Initiative will commit $22.4 million. A pilot program at select facilities will be evaluated for efficiency and efficacy before the program is expanded throughout the state.Sep 24 NY governor’s office press release  CTX-M genes found in E coli isolates from US cattle, retail meat samplesA new study by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers has identified and characterized Escherichia coli carrying the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) gene CTX-M in food-producing animals and animal products in the United States. The study was published in the September issue of Microbial Drug Resistance.While CTX-M-producing E coli strains have become increasingly prevalent in hospitals in the United States and around the world and have been identified in bacteria from healthy animals in several countries, there have been fewer reports of CTX-M ESBLs in bacteria from food animals and animal products in the United States. Intestinal carriage of CTX-M–producing bacteria in food-producing animals and contamination of retail meat is a concern because it may contribute to increased incidences of infections with ESBL-producing bacteria in humans.To investigate the presence of CTX-M–carrying E coli in US food animals, the researchers conducted antibiotic susceptibility tests to determine which E coli isolates from cattle, chicken breasts, ground turkey, ground beef, and pork chops collected by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) from 2011 through 2015 were likely ESBL producers. They then performed whole-genome sequencing on the 18 phenotypically positive ESBL E coli isolates to characterize the resistome, plasmids, and resistance genes in all strains.Their analysis revealed that all of the isolates were resistant to at least three antimicrobial classes and carried various CTX-M genes, including blaCTX-M-1, blaCTX-M-14, blaCTX-M-15, blaCTX-M-27, and blaCTX-M-32. Notably, this is the first report of E coli isolates from the NARMS retail meat program carrying blaCTX-M-14 and blaCTX-M-15, the two most frequently identified CTX-M genes worldwide. In addition, conjugation testing performed on seven of the isolates showed the CTX-M genes could be transferred to other E coli strains.The authors conclude, “While the prevalence of these two successful CTX-M enzymes is low from domestic food animal sources, monitoring will continue to help determine whether this mechanism is becoming more widespread among animal and food strains of E. coli in the United States.”Sep 1 Microb Drug Resist studylast_img read more

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Top nod for our businesses

first_imgBy KATELYN PINAL SEVERAL Cardinia Shire businesses were given a glowing endorsement by the Governor of Victoria last Friday during…[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

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Traffic sign conundrum

first_imgDear Editor,In less than 24 hours of your publication of my letter regarding misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and the parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road, the one-way arrow sign was completely removed.I am assuming that the arrow sign was removed by those authorised to do so. I do not know whether to fully compliment the expeditious action or become further perplexed. The arrow sign itself was not a problem. It was the direction in which the arrow pointed: the procession of traffic that was being contended.I believe it would have been more logical to change the sign’s direction as against removing it completely.With respect to the stop signs on the bridge connecting Vlissengen Road and Thomas Street, I am advised that they are necessary for traffic exiting Stanley Place onto Vlissengen Road, and not suggestive that Thomas Street is open for west-bound traffic.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

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The Increasing Demand for Flexible Work Arrangements

first_imgWorkplace learning, customized workflex, mentorship, a positive work culture, and employee-based innovation are just a few of the exciting workforce trends becoming a reality for employees.  Learn more about the 2018 When Work Works (WWW) Award winners here. When I attended a meeting recently at an offsite location, the office suite was an aesthetic experience in itself. I was lucky to get a quick office tour after the meeting ended and I couldn’t help but appreciate everything I saw— from the wall art to the spacious kitchen area, the plants, the workstations, and the scenic views from the large conference rooms. In one word, it was spectacular! However, I noticed that the office was almost empty. Out of curiosity, I asked where everyone was, and I learned that most of the employees either telecommute or have customized work hours.One of the HR predictions of workplace changes for 2018 was an increased demand for flexible work arrangements. The 2018 Mercer Global Talent Trends study identified five top talent trends: Change at Speed, Working with Purpose, Permanent Flexibility, Platform for Talent, and Digital from the Inside Out.Mercer’s survey involved over 5,000 employees, 1,800 HR professionals, 800 business executives and 50 board directors from 44 countries and 21 industries. Based on this study, 51 percent of all employees want their companies to offer more flexible work options. Employees want work arrangements that give them control over their personal and professional lives.In my experience, I know that executives raise concerns about the empty offices we find these days. However, I have also learned that the increased demand for flexible work options is causing business leaders to shift their focus from where, how, or when work is done to a focus on performance and output.With this shift to work flexibility, HR professionals are undoubtedly tasked with the responsibility of implementing or redesigning policies that support flexible work arrangements for employees, are equitable, and ensure that performance goals are met.What are you doing to provide more flexibility for your employees? Please join me on December 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET for a #Nextchat on creating an award-winning workflex program for your organization.  Stay tuned to the SHRM blog for the preview!last_img read more

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Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks

first_imgMOST READ The Cavs needed to clear two roster spots by Monday and in trading Jefferson and Felder, the club will avoid paying $12 million in NBA luxury tax penalties, according to the person who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal still has to be finalized. The Cavaliers also parted with two second-round picks in the deal.Cleveland will acquire the rights to two overseas players, the person said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 37-year-old Jefferson spent two seasons with Cleveland, which signed him as a free agent in 2015. He was a key contributor during the 2016 championship season, coming off the bench to provide an offensive spark. He appeared in 79 games last season, averaging 5.7 points in 20.4 minutes.Felder was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He played in 42 games for Cleveland last season. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Santos, Matias rule Senior Masters in Sletba Open Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Richard Jefferson of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP —CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade forward Richard Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to the Atlanta Hawks, according to a person familiar with the deal.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Victolero praises Ginebra’s defense in Magnolia loss

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I give credit to Ginebra because they played a very good defense, especially when they gave us low percentage shots,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero of his team’s struggles against the reigning 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup champions.Ginebra didn’t look like it missed a beat from its championship run, limiting Magnolia to 36 percent shooting from the field and a paltry 18 percent clip from threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We had tough shots and they weren’t going in. We can’t convert,” lamented Victolero in his team’s second outing this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.In contrast, the Gin Kings had their way as they shot 44 percent from the field, with the tandem of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar making a living down low as they scored 32 of the team’s 46 points in the paint. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Tenorio says Ginebra can’t be satisfied with win over Magnolia MOST READcenter_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “We allowed them to shoot 56 percent from two-points, and most of those were in the paint with Slaughter and Japeth. We had a hard time defending those two big guys and that’s the story of the game,” he said.Despite the defeat, Victolero could still draw positives from this game, especially with Ian Sangalang notching a career-best 25 points on top of 11 rebounds in the loss.“Ian has always been consistent for us since the last conference. I think he can still improve on a lot because he’s just 26 years old,” he said.Victolero sees the long break as a chance for the Hotshots to go back to basics and allow the injured players to heal up as they still await the full recovery of Paul Lee and Marc Pingris, as well as the return of Jio Jalalon and Rafi Reavis to their lineup.“At least, we have a long break to improve on the aspects of our game that we need to improve on. One loss won’t break our conference and I told them that these things happen,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Luckily for us, we have the time to wait for the other guys to be 100 percent. We’ll wait for Ping, Rafi, and Jio, and also with Paul because I want to see this team as a complete unit and what we can do with a complete lineup. Hopefully, by January they’ll be with us and let’s see how far we can go.”Magnolia’s next game is slated on January 10 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Defense wins championships.Unfortunately for Magnolia, it’s the same title-tested Ginebra defense which doomed the Hotshots in their Christmas Clasico clash at Philippine Arena on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Researchers Put Fake Wings on Ostrich to Learn About Flying Dinosaurs

first_img Pinpointing exactly when dinosaurs learned how to fly is difficult, considering we can not go back in time. However, researchers are suggesting that before dinosaurs had the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have started to flap their wings as a passive effect of running.Jing-Shan Zhao of Tsinghua University, Beijing and his team, which published their findings in PLOS Computational Biology, show new insights on the beginning of avian flight, which has been greatly debated since the discovery of Archaeopteryx in 1861. Even though a gliding type of flight is believed to have matured in early evolutionary history, the study explores how active flapping flight may have emerged without an intermediate gliding phase, said a PLOS press release.The researchers analyzed Caudipteryx, a primitive dinosaur that didn’t fly, but was known to have “proto-wings” which were like half-wings. This bizarre dinosaur weighed roughly 11 pounds and could run at speeds up to 18 mph, CNN reported. They lived during the early Cretaceous Period, which occurred between 122 million and 130 million years ago.First, the researchers used model effective mass theory, a mathematical approach, to study the mechanical effects of running on various areas of the Caudipteryx’s body. Their calculations showed that running speeds between roughly 2.5 to 5.8 meters per second would have sparked forced vibrations that caused its wings to flap.As a follow up to these calculations, the researchers built a life-sized Caudipteryx robot that had the ability to run at different speeds and confirmed that running generated a flapping wing motion. They placed the robot so it could “run” on a treadmill, enabling them to further calculate how fast or slow the wings were flapping.Taking it a step further, the researchers also placed fake wings on a young ostrich and discovered that the running caused the wings to flap, with longer and larger wings providing a greater lift force for the animal.  Zhao said the next research step is to study the lifting and thrusting motions of Caudipteryx‘s wings during the passive flapping process.“Our work shows that the motion of flapping feathered wings was developed passively and naturally as the dinosaur ran on the ground,” Zhao said in the press release. “Although this flapping motion could not lift the dinosaur into the air at that time, the motion of flapping wings may have developed earlier than gliding.”More on Geek.com:NASA Is Working With Cute Seals to Study Antarctica’s Ocean EnvironmentFour Critically Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at Chicago Zoo‘Mutant’ Three-Eyed Python Found in Australia Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Is Still Majestic in VR

first_img Considering the somewhat limited nature of Labo VR (both the modest power of the tech and the fact the headset is made of cardboard) we initially figured Nintendo would just keep it limited to the bite-sized experiences that came with the kit. After all, as fun as it was, comparisons between Labo and more powerful virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index wouldn’t do Nintendo any favors.And yet just days later Nintendo revealed that two of the Switch’s biggest games would be getting substantial VR support. Super Mario Odyssey got a handful of VR levels that felt like throwbacks to Super Mario 3D Land. Meanwhile, you can play all of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in should you choose to.Now, another unexpected Nintendo Switch heavy-hitter has entered the VR battle. A recent update brings VR support to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it kind of rules?Presumably to keep up performance and prevent players from becoming sick, you don’t have access to all of Smash Bros.’ chaotic content. In VR mode items and Final Smash attacks are disabled (making it accidentally perfect for tournament play), matches must have a time limit, and you can only play against (or just watch) the CPU offline. Your stage selection is also limited.But besides that, this is full-fat Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right in front of your face. You quickly realize that the stages that are here are the ones where the team went out of their way to create an immersive 3D space that doesn’t just stop at the edge of a 2D screen. Previously, messing around with the camera would let you see beyond these boundaries. But now seeing the entire Nintendogs living room, the vast sky around you in Pilotwings, and the full length of the Great Plateau is easy and intuitive as moving your head.Moving your head also lets you keep track of your character as they dart around the screen and get blasted into the air. It’s a thrilling panorama. Granted, the new camera angle makes it tougher to see what’s happening at the edge, putting you at a disadvantage for both recovery and edge-guarding. But even still I was able to crush level nine computers with my trusty main Ganondorf. It’s a testament to the game’s visual design, too, that the action is still clear and comprehensible despite the drastically lower resolution. After playing this, we totally believe the rumor that Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai was considering an offer from Oculus to make VR games.VR support (along with some sneaky Pichu nerfs) comes free as part of the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1 update. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate read our review and browse our guide on every character in the game.Buy Super Smash Bros. UltimateBuy Nintendo Labo VR KitView as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Intel ‘Twin River’ Prototype Teases Our Dual-Screen Tablet Future

first_imgStay on target Pencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersIntel Falcon 8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors Years ago, rumors that Microsoft was working on a dual-screen device called Courier captured the imaginations of geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, it never made it on to retail shelves.Now Intel seems intent on ushering in the dual-screen tablet era for real. At Computex last week in Taipei, Intel showed off a prototype device codenamed Twin River.Each of its panels measures 12.3 inches diagonally, the same as Microsoft’s Surface Pro. To give the prototype a journal-like feel, they’re held together by a fabric cover made of a polyester / polyamide / lycra blend.Intel did its best to make sure the Twin River’s weight was evenly distributed between the two sides. Each one contains a 30 WHr battery, which might not come as a surprise. Interestingly, though, the custom mainboard in the prototype is also split.I would seriously buy Intel’s Twin River 2-in-1 PC prototype for solely reading digital comics and magazines. The hardware felt surprisingly finished but Windows isn’t yet ready for a dual-screen world #twoscreensarebetterthanone pic.twitter.com/QYeaVLyfJ4— Krishan Sharma (@tweet_Krishan) June 3, 2019A 15-watt, quad-core  Intel Whiskey Lake U-series chip provides the processing power and a vapor chamber keeps temperatures under control without a fan.When the device is set up like a laptop, a full keyboard and a trackpad area can be displayed on the lower screen. Intel also brought a slick, ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard to Computex. You can slip it between the two panes and it looks a bit like a wide bookmark peeking out.(Photo Credit: Intel Corporation)The Twin River prototype has one more thing in common with the Surface Pro. It actually weighs the same as Microsoft’s Core i5 model at 1.7 pounds — even with a second display.Intel readily admits that there’s still a few rough edges that need to be smoothed out before devices based on Twin River are ready for store shelves. The design presents some unique problems, like keeping the screens aligned properly when rotating the device and keeping brightness settings synced up.Intel told Andrew Freeman of Tom’s Hardware that we’ll see manufacturers offering devices like this “within the next two years.”More on Geek.com:The New HP Envy Laptops Are Sporting WoodAsus Shrunk the Bezels on Its New Laptop to Just 2.5mmPencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From Poacherslast_img read more

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