first_imgKashmir Valley’s apple growers welcome govt.’s scheme  The severe restrictions imposed in J&K since August 5 following the revoking of the State’s special status under Article 370, included curbs on vehicular movement which hit the transport of the fruit. The official restrictions were followed by threats and attacks by militants on fruit growers and farmers in the Valley against selling their produce to the government.Bumper crop, no buyersShopian, Pulwama, Sopore and Batengo in Anantnag are the four main mandis (wholesale markets) in the Kashmir Valley. Shopian’s orchards produce 3.5 lakh tonnes on average and this season a bumper crop is expected. However, the mandi wore a deserted look last week. “We have suffered 100% loss. The shutdown here is also to protest the government’s action on Article 370. Nobody has asked us and we are not following any calendar issued by the separatists. This is voluntary,” Mohammad Isar, another resident, said. According to Shopian Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Yasin Choudhary, around 60% of the apple growers sell their produce to contacts with whom they have old business ties; 40% come to the mandis to participate in the bidding process where they interact with buyers. The government has also said it will encourage and provide security to truck drivers to come to the mandis and collect the produce.For small farmersMr. Choudhary, however, said the market invention scheme was not a bid to disrupt the decades-old trade practice. “We are expecting demand and supply to be disrupted in our favour. Earlier the big farmers were selling apples to old dealers for a price. Now the government is offering a better price. So far, 50,000 growers have registered with us; our scheme will help the 40% farmers who are not able to sell it to anyone,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu. He added that government would take care of the transportation.Also Read Mohammad Younus Bhat is not impressed with the government’s offer to buy apples from farmers in Jammu and Kashmir at double the market rate. Mr. Bhat of Shopian in south Kashmir, the largest apple producing area in J&K, says he cannot betray his trade partners of several decades in Lucknow and Delhi. He fears the government’s offer can damage the age-old social and economic ties the Valley have with the rest of India. “We took advance payment from traders in Delhi and Lucknow and have been doing business with them for decades. We will not sell our produce to the government… cannot afford to betray our friends for a little extra money, with whom we have family relations,” Mr. Bhat said.In August, J&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam announced the government’s plan to procure almost 12 lakh tonnes of apples directly from farmers under the Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) with the help of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). J&K contributes to over 70% of the apple production in the country. Also Read Kashmir apples to escape lockdown  An official said the government was offering ₹900 a box instead of the ₹500 fixed by the dealers before the clampdown.Mr. Choudhary said the administration was advertising its scheme through radio, pamphlets and local cable channels.He said the idea was to eliminate the middlemen so that the money reached the farmer in his account through direct benefit transfer.“The farmers will get the money in 48 hours. We have held outreach programmes to explain the benefit of government scheme to people,” Mr. Choudhary said, adding that a new mandi has been built for ₹31 crore in Shopian. He said a new cold storage facility with a capacity of 21,500 tonnes would become operational this year.In Pulwama district, which produces 1.56 lakh tonnes, a farmer said they would prefer to store the apples in cold storage rather than sell it to the government.“Will the government protect us next season? They cannot force us to sell to NAFED. We will store the produce in cold storage and sell when normalcy returns. Trucks are not able to come to mandis,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Hotshots built a 17-point bubble early in the second period and kept the Dyip within arm’s length the rest of the way, rising to 3-4 in the process to stay on target towards finishing in the upper half of the playoff bracket.It was the sixth loss in 10 games for the Dyip, who don’t have their playoff fate in their hands as they would need to win their last outing–which would be against TNT KaTropa on Friday next week–and hope that some of the other teams lose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Magnolia defense held the Dyip to just 12 first quarter points and didn’t need Paul Lee to dominate the scoring for a change in pulling out the authoritative win.Magnolia will have all the confidence it needs when it squares off with Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia grabbed control early and wielded it all game against Columbian on Wednesday night, scoring a 109-83 victory that gave the Hotshots their first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT Louie Alas, Caloy Garcia set to coach PBA All-Star teams for first time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Brewster hauled off U23 pitch after just 15 minsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster was hauled off the U23 pitch yesterday after just 15 minutes.The Mirror says Brewster was substituted after just 15 minutes of Liverpool under 23s clash with Derby in response to Divock Origi’s injury.Belgium international Origi was forced out of the first team’s lunchtime victory over Newcastle with an ankle issue.While Origi limped off in the 37th minute at Anfield, Neil Critchley had already named Brewster in his starting XI for the youth side on the other side of Liverpool for the 3pm kick off.A message was sent to Melwood soon after to take Brewster off as a precaution ahead of the Reds’ Champions League opener with Napoli on Tuesday.Origi will undergo a scan in the next few days, but while Jurgen Klopp waits for the results he is ready to promoted 19-year-old Brewster to the travelling squad to Italy. last_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder?— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_img RelatedLondon Olympics set to boost regional tourismSkyscanner reveals that London 2012 will cause an influx of foreign visitors to regional destinationsOlympic success sees foreigners flock to LondonHost city could become the world’s most popular capital.Disabled travel: expert advice for planning your trip to Rio 2016 and beyondWith the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching, Skyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers heading to Rio this summer. More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid.Rio de Janeiro fought off competition from rival cities in the US, Spain and Japan to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.According to Journey Latin America, this could lead to increase in demand from tourists for Brazil’s beaches, waterfalls and jungles.Company spokesperson Laura Rendell-Dunn said it is “such a big thing” to have the Olympics in South America, a continent where it has never been held before.”[Rio] is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is incredible to have such an important event take place there surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean,” she commented.”It is great for tourism as anyone visiting the Games will like to spend the rest of their time in Brazil.”Figures from the Brazilian Tourist Board recently revealed that the number of Brits travelling to the country in 2008 rose by more than 2.3 percent compared with 2007.This amounts to a total of 181,000 visitors, compared with the previous year’s total of 177,000.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgAs Florence lurches across the state, it brings with it many hazards: high-speed winds capable of downing trees, and those same trees falling on power lines.And as of mid-day Friday, there had been four reported fatalities in North Carolina, including a mother and infant who were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their home.Craig Fugate is a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says that the biggest threat from Hurricane Florence could be the rain, with some coastal communities already seeing storm surges as high as 10 feet.“I think again the term life-threatening, catastrophic, flash flooding, needs to be taken seriously,” says Fugate. “The problem is it’s going to be hard to know with certainty which areas will see the heaviest rainfall. That’s why the entire region has to be prepared for this.”And as the storm continues to creep inland, it’s bringing significant rainfall, with many areas of North Carolina under a flash flood watch.“And that’s one of the harder things to forecast,” says Fugate. “We know generally, [and] we’re seeing now forecast range is 20 inches plus or more in some areas, but until that rain starts coming down it’s really hard to tell what the local impacts are going to be.”As of this afternoon, hundreds of people have been rescued from rising waters in New Bern, N.C., and that number is expected to climb.last_img read more

first_imgLast updated on May 14th, 2019 at 05:05 amThe Village of Mount Pleasant will end its contract with Real Racine, the Racine County visitor’s bureau, on Jan. 1, 2019 to start its own tourism commission.Currently, the village contributes just under $700,000 annually to Real Racine through a percentage of the hotel room tax. State law allows an 8 percent hotel tax of the gross receipts collected by lodging facilities. Mount Pleasant, which has two of Real Racine’s 19 board seats would like more control of how its hotel room tax money is spent.“We don’t want to speak ill of Real Racine, but we have always felt like it is a little City of Racine centric,” said Dave DeGroot, village president.Of Racine County’s nearly 1,400 hotel rooms, Mount Pleasant has 782 rooms.The Mount Pleasant contract makes up 54 percent of Real Racine’s budget, said the organization’s CEO Dave Blank.“It is a large cut,” Blank said. “I’m starting to look at all of the alternatives as far as the budget goes and talking to other potential partners. Racine County is in a great spot right now to do a lot of exciting things, and we would like to be able to continue to help with that.”State law mandates that municipalities can only keep 30 percent of the revenue generated by their hotel room tax for their general fund. The remaining money has to be spent promoting tourism.Mount Pleasant village attorney Chris Smith said if Mount Pleasant forms a tourism commission (the village board still has to vote on forming the commission), they could still decide to spend the hotel tax money with Real Racine.“There are a lot of ways this could go, as long as it promotes tourism development,” Smith said.Tourism promotion includes marketing projects such as advertising, distribution of printed or electronic promotional materials and media buys, or a tangible municipal development, such as a convention center or conference center.For more than a year, Racine officials discussed plans for a $55 million, 208,000-square-foot hotel and event center downtown along Lake Michigan The project would have included a three-story, 3,500-seat event center and a seven-story, 150-room adjoining hotel.But the Racine hotel and convention center proposal died in December following the City Council’s decision not to override Mayor Cory Mason’s veto to fund the project.On Thursday, Foxconn hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese company plans to build a $10 billion LCD screen manufacturing complex that could eventually have 13,000 jobs. Foxconn will make a dramatic impact on the village and it is changing how officials handle numerous issues, including the hotel room tax.“Foxconn has been a very positive, disruptive change element and is impacting everything we do and how we look at everything,” DeGroot said.Once a tourism commission is formed, how the village spends the hotel tax money will be discussed, he said.“We like the idea of a convention center or our own visitor’s bureau right on our campus,” DeGroot said. “We are very, very early in the process. Ending our contract with Real Racine was a legal step we had to do for us to be able to go through our strategic planning process.”Mount Pleasant is not the first municipality to pull out of a visitor’s bureau contract. In January, the Village of Pleasant Prairie ended its relationship with the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with plans to create its own tourism bureau. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgFour out of five MEP candidates who replied to a questionnaire by Birdlife Malta believe that the EU’s policies on protecting Malta’s marine habitats and fishing should be dealt with nationally.  Alternattiva Demokratika’s Chairman Carmel Cacopardo, the Nationalist Michael Briguglio and the Partit Demokratika leader Godfrey Farrugia, provided views around this area.  However, this differs with Independent candidate Antoine Borg who believes that this is a European problem and that a solution must be collectively found by the European Union.These responses came following the submission of questions to all 41 MEP candidates by the Birdlife NGO. Each MEP was asked to submit his or her response to 10 questions on 5 key local and global environmental priorities the NGO believes the candidates should, ‘consider, promote and endorse.’ These were presented prior to a Breakfast discussion hosted by Birdlife.Protection and mappingBirdlife asked, ‘Mapping and protection of sensitive species and habitats should precede determination of human activities in the marine environment.  Do you agree? What steps will you take to ensure that spatial planning and management plans truly ensure sustainable use of the seas, especially with regards to our Maltese Coastal and Marine Protected Areas?This is how the candidates responded…Antoine Borg – Brain Not EgoThe independent MEP candidate Antoine Borg told Birdlife Malta that he sees the issue of fishing and marine planning as one that must be dealt with through European institutions and not on the national level.Borg said that Europe must have, ‘the authority to work as a single entity to protect our common marine environment,’ and ‘should not be left to national interests.This he says ensures the ‘entire problem’ is handled ‘holistically.’Carmel Cacopardo – Chairman of Alternattiva DemokratikaAlternattiva Demokratika’s Chairman Carmel Cacopardo explained that it was, ‘The role of the EU institutions to monitor government’s implementation as much that this is in line with the acquis. I will take an active role to ensure that government is held to account.’Godfrey Farrugia – Leader of Partit DemokratikaPartit Demokratika leader Godfrey Farrugia also agrees with the questions stating that he has, ‘been upfront to protect our coastal waters and marine life and marine natura 2000 sites.’  He outlines three key points including the creation of a National Aquaculture Strategy based on scientific evidence on fish farming, an end to the leaks of raw drainage from the Gozo Treatment Sewage plant and a condemnation of the dumping of construction waste at sea and land reclamation.Michael Briguglio – Nationalist Party The Nationalist Party MEP candidate Michael Briguglio said that, ‘The marine environment should benefit from spatial planning and management plans which are based on scientific evidence and expertise.’He also added there should be ‘proper enforcement’ of the Coastal and Marine protected areas.Arnold Cassola – Independent The Independent MEP Arnold Cassola takes a harder line on the question, stating that while agreeing with the statements, he believed that the ‘yesmen (and/or women) from Fisheries Directorate should be removed. He also called for a limit in the number of fish farms and those operating should ensure that they fit the rules. This would also include programmes, ‘for sustainable fishing by small scale traditional fishermen and methods.’Increasing EU budgets and the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystemsBirdlife Malta also asks prospective MEP candidates about whether the EU budget should be increased and of the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Birdlife states that according to the European Commission only between (9 and 19%) of the EU budget was co-financing the implementation of the Natura 2000 programme.Antoine Borg – Brain Not EgoBorg explains that with the EU investing in hi-tech Research and Development and ‘precision agriculture’, with this potentially being used to protect the environment. Use of this technology could be ‘tied’ to payments from the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), he adds.He explains that this would mean that there would be no longer be a need to ‘take money away from some other interest group to fund Natura 2000.’Carmel Cacopardo – Chairman of Alternattiva DemokratikaWhile Borg focuses on a solution linked to technology, the AD leader explains that increasing the budget ‘is only part of the problem.’ It is really a case of ‘changing mindset’ and making the ecosystem more appreciated, Cacopardo says.Michael Briguglio – Nationalist Party The PN MEP candidate Michael Briguglio states the budget should increase and is used towards protecting the biodiversity and natural ecosystem.Briguglio also points out that there should be more flexibility over the budget in relation to the ‘needs of the small islands’ and that funding for Malta, ‘should be used wisely to meet local specifications.’Godfrey Farrugia – Leader of Partit DemokratikaFarrugia is also in agreement on increasing the budget and that the funds are ‘formulated on the premise that they are guided by the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.’While listing a series of local goals including legislation on noise and light pollution, a circular economy for waste management and sustainable construction and demolition, Farrugia also points out that he would ‘declare a war’ on misused chemicals.‘I would definitely declare a war on the use or misuse of certain pesticides and herbicides, commit myself to the reduction in use of single use plastics, ensure that the drinking water directive is more ably worded and stricter targets on carbon footprints are established,’ he explains.Arnold Cassola – Independent Cassola promises to be put pressure on the EU Commissioner and highlight ‘inconsistencies’ of the Maltese government on encroaching development on Natura 2000 and ODZ land.‘Will put pressure on the EU commissioner for the Environment through my role as an MEP. And then, in Malta, highlight all the inconsistencies of the Maltese government that is allowing unbridled development to encroach on Natura 2000 areas and other ODZ areas.’These are just some of the MEP’s responses shared prior to a Breakfast discussion hosted by the conservation NGO, in which MEPs explained their views.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgMEETING DAVE CLARK (part 3) MEETING DAVE CLARK (part 2) There’s a few shorties on the card and I’ll leave those for you navigate through.The bet for me is Cafe Au Lait in the closing 4:35 Visit Our Shop ‘Star Sports Mayfair’ Handicap Hurdle.The handicapper has left him on 96 after a half length second to Age Of Glory at Wetherby last time out – if the half length had gone the other way he would no doubt have been nudged up a couple of pounds such is life.… if you go back far enough in the form book you’ll see he won over course and distance off 108 in 2014.What it did show was that he is more than capable of winning off this level. Indeed, if you go back far enough in the form book you’ll see he won over course and distance off 108 in 2014.Having gone close in three starts for Dan Skelton he surely deserves another win here. I’m hoping an each-way wager has very limited downside.I can’t be having hat-trick seeking Goodnight Charlie whose win here last time was 262 days ago and on good to firm ground whilst Just Spot is up 4lb for scrambling home at Wincanton. See what I mean about the handicapper not liking winners…RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CAFE AU LAIT (4.35 Towcester) 4 points each-way at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 108.54 points MEETING DAVE CLARK (part 1) It’s a Star day at Towcester this afternoon with us sponsoring all six races on the card and soft ground is predicted, or more accurately ‘dead and holding’ according to the BHA web site.Check out the Star Specials below including money back offer if you lead over the last and get collared. How many times has that happened up the Towcester hill?The Star six race card gets underway at 1.40pm and look out for Simon Nott’s tweets this afternoon direct from the course – cold day, current temp +2c, some guys get all the good jobs 1:40 Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle2:15 Call Star Sports On 0800 521321 Handicap Hurdle2:50 Star Sports Daily Specials Handicap Chase3:25 Star Sports Daily Specials Novices’ Hurdle4:00 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase4:35 Visit Our Shop ‘Sports Mayfair’ Handicap HurdleEarlier Lofty (Martin Chapman) ran through the card to give his thoughts to racegoers….LOFTY AT TOWCESTERlast_img read more

first_imgAndroid Provides Flexibility to Users in Terms of Hardware, International Availability, and Customization Options for Both Non-Touch and Touch Display PanelsSkykit LLC, an Agosto Holdings company and the first digital signage content management system (CMS) built on Google Cloud and integrated with G Suite and Drive, announced the availability of Skykit for Android. The Android offering gives customers an expanded choice of hardware devices that Skykit can support. It also makes Skykit available to organizations that may not be using Chrome.Android provides more options for specialized player deployments, including off-the-shelf media players, integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) players, and customized options for both touch and display panels. SoC displays eliminate the need to purchase a media player, saving space and power usage, which is especially beneficial to high volume enterprise installations as it reduces installation times, field service costs, and the overall capital outlay.“Skykit on Android amplifies the product’s inherent flexibility by supporting a variety of devices running Android all while using our existing cloud services,” said Irfan Khan, CEO of Skykit. “This is simply an expansion of Skykit’s ability to serve our customers’ digital signage requirements.”Marketing Technology News: Ping Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust DeploymentsSkykit is debuting its Android version at InfoComm, North America’s largest trade event for the audiovisual industry, taking place in Orlando, Florida. Skykit can be found from June 12-14 in the Exhibit Hall on West Level 2 (see map here) in the following partner booths: Agosto Holdingscontent management systemIrfan KhanMarketing TechnologyNewsSkykit for AndroidSystem-on-Chip Previous ArticleAltran expands European Data Science and AI capabilitiesNext ArticleCapgemini and ISAI Announce the Launch of a Fund for B2B Start-Ups and Scale-Ups PartnerBoothFocus Elo249Corporate communications use cases, best practices and branding. Skykit Launches Android Version of Digital Signage Product at InfoComm Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 7:14 pmJune 12, 2019 Peerless3429Education industry use cases, best practices and branding. “The Philips partnership with Skykit reflects our ability to bring innovative products and solutions to our clients,” said Joseph King, Senior Director Commercial Displays, North America at Philips. “System-on-chip (SOC) displays powered by Android allow users to tap into the power of the graphics processor in Philips displays, which are strong enough to handle complex multimedia output.”Marketing Technology News: OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale SystemsSkykit is a fully managed SaaS built on Google Cloud Platform which means there is nothing to install, update, or patch for the CMS, device administration, or reporting applications. Its media players are supported by cloud services that are built out on the infinitely scalable Google Cloud. The CMS web-based interface lets users create and edit content with tools they already use—such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Slides, YouTube videos, web streams and more—and easily publish content to one screen or thousands with the click of a button.Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform Philips3421Transportation industry use cases, best practices and branding. AOPEN220Skykit Meeting Manager (beta). Preview capabilities that let users book meeting rooms and manage conference room devices using Skykit.last_img read more

first_img Source:–publications-new/articles/2019/BACTERIA-IN-URINE-DOESNT-ALWAYS-INDICATE-INFECTION/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019Doctors should think carefully before testing patients for a urinary tract infection (UTI) to avoid over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic treatment, according to updated asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.ASB – the presence of bacteria in the urine without the symptoms of an infection – is quite common and has been identified as a contributor to antibiotic misuse, which promotes resistance. While the updated guidelines follow previous recommendations to avoid testing certain groups of patients who don’t have symptoms (called screening) – including healthy non-pregnant women, the elderly, people with diabetes and those with spinal cord injuries – they also include groups that weren’t previously addressed, such as infants and children, people who have had joint replacement or other non-urologic surgery and those who have had organ transplants.Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections’Scissors’ component of CRISPR/Cas9 sometimes gets stuckNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they work”Screening these patients is far too common and leads to the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics, which some studies suggest may actually increase the risk of a UTI, as well as contribute to other serious infections such as Clostridioides difficile,” said Lindsay E. Nicolle, MD, FIDSA, chair of the committee that developed the guidelines and professor emeritus at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. “Generally, physicians should not obtain urine cultures unless patients have symptoms consistent with an infection, such as burning during urination, frequent urination or abdominal pain or tenderness on the back near the lower ribs.”Some symptoms that people assume indicate a UTI – such as urine odor and confusion in the elderly – are usually caused by other conditions that should be ruled out before testing, Dr. Nicolle said.About 3 to 7 percent of healthy women have ASB at any given time, especially those who are sexually active, she said. About 50 percent of people with spinal injuries and 30 to 50 percent of people in nursing homes have ASB.The updated guidelines follow previous guideline recommendations to screen and treat only patients who are at risk of developing complications of ASB, including pregnant women and those undergoing endoscopic urologic procedures.last_img read more

first_imgWe are pleased to be the exclusive distributor for EIKEN’s newly developed test for detecting P. vivax infections and to provide access to a reliable diagnosis through our worldwide network.”Dr. Petra Rehberger, Vice President Marketing & Strategic Purchase at HUMAN Apr 23 2019Human Diagnostics Worldwide (HUMAN), EIKEN CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (EIKEN) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) announced today the launch of the first commercially available molecular diagnostic test for the detection of malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax parasites. Malaria-LAMP is a molecular test that works using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), developed by EIKEN with exclusive distribution by HUMAN. FIND evaluated the prototype test in collaboration with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, UK, and coordinated in-country clinical performance studies in Colombia and Peru. The test was unveiled at the sixty-seventh annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in November 2018. Eliminating malaria is a global health priority, but without effective diagnostics it just cannot happen. P. vivax is challenging to diagnose, and this test represents an important new tool that can support elimination efforts.”Catharina Boehme, CEO of FIND Related StoriesHuman liver cell protein aids development of malaria parasite, study findsMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionProteasome inhibitors show potential for combating multidrug-resistant malariaMalaria is an urgent public health threat, with 2.5 billion people at risk globally. Of the five malaria species, P. vivax is geographically the most widespread form of disease. It accounts for more than half of all malaria cases outside sub-Saharan Africa, but control strategies to date have focused on Plasmodium falciparum. P. vivax malaria is not easy to detect, largely due to much lower densities of parasites in the blood compared with P. falciparum and, unlike P. falciparum, P. vivax parasites can lie dormant in the liver and cause relapses. However, the proportion of malaria due to P. vivax is increasing in many regions; in 2017, a total of about 7.5 million cases of P. vivax occurred worldwide.To control malaria caused by P. vivax, sensitive and reliable tools are needed, especially in areas close to elimination. Different species require different treatment strategies, but while current diagnostic tests can identify P. falciparum, they are generally not able to differentiate between the various malaria species. There is currently no diagnostic that can effectively detect inactive parasites in the liver – which is why effective and highly sensitive blood-stage diagnosis is key.Malaria-LAMP is a comprehensive molecular solution introduced for the diagnosis of malaria. The test can differentiate between Plasmodium pan species, P. falciparum and P. vivax, and has a sensitivity of 84–94%, a specificity of >92% and a limit of detection of 1–2 parasites/µL. Source: read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Overwatch video games will be broadcast live on US television under an agreement by the game maker and Walt Disney Co. to bring eSports to viewers Disney and its ESPN channels will be exclusive partners for broadcasting “Overwatch” matches on television in the US, in the “most significant commitment” they have made to video games as spectator sport, Activision Blizzard eSports league chief Pete Vlastelica told AFP.The alliance is part of an effort to establish “Overwatch” eSports audiences and business models akin to those in traditional sports such as basketball or football.Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed.Playoff games beginning this week along with finals taking place in Brooklyn the last weekend of July will be on Disney XD or ESPN channels, according to the programming schedule.”The Overwatch League Grand Finals is by far our most comprehensive television distribution for an eSports event over a single weekend,” Disney and ESPN media networks executive vice president Justin Connolly said in a release.A recap of the championship will be broadcast on Disney-owned ABC on July 29.Coverage will include Disney airing matches during “prime time” television viewing for the first time, according to Vlastelica.”It is a chance to increase the reach of our league content,” Vlastelica said.In a relatively short space of time, the Overwatch League has developed its own stars and legions of fans who follow the tournament either virtually or in person at live events.Launched in January, the 12-team competition comprises franchises representing cities on three continents, with nine teams from the United States and one each from Britain, China and South Korea.The league’s models are the major US professional sports leagues such as the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, with a postseason culminating in a July 26-28 grand final where a $1 million prize will be up for grabs.Overwatch itself is a first-person shooter video game which sees teams of six players battle rival teams in a fast-paced, futuristic setting. The game was developed by Blizzard, the California-based company best known for creating the “World of Warcraft” online phenomenon.The vision is for Overwatch League to become a true global competition, expanding to 28 teams, and featuring regular matches between teams on opposite sides of the world, such as Paris taking on Beijing.”We are building this league for the very long term,” Vlastelica said. Explore further Fans of the “Overwatch” video game will soon be able to watch competitions on television under a deal announced Wednesday by Activision Blizzard and Walt Disney Co.center_img © 2018 AFP Citation: Disney to put live ‘Overwatch’ eSports matches on TV (2018, July 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from ESPN, to broadcast Madden eSport matcheslast_img read more

first_imgPersonal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained. Citation: German politicians’ data posted online, govt probes source (2019, January 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The data breach hit politicians at all levels, including the European, German and state parliaments as well as municipal officials, said Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel.”The German government takes this incident very seriously,” she said Friday, adding that the country’s cyber-defense center was investigating the breach.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said an initial analysis suggests that the material was obtained from cloud services, email accounts or social networks. He said there was no indication that federal government or parliament computer systems were compromised.Fietz told reporters that “it appears, at first sight, that no sensitive information and data are included in what was published, including regarding the chancellor.”Public broadcaster RBB, which first reported on the issue Friday morning, said there appeared to be no method to what was posted via a Twitter account.Although the data reportedly include information such as cellphone numbers, addresses, internal party communications and in some cases personal bills and credit card details—some of the data years old—RBB said there appeared to be no politically sensitive documents.The German news agency dpa reported that the information included a fax number and email address belonging to Merkel and several letters to and from the chancellor.The Twitter account in question, which was still online early Friday with about 17,000 followers but was later suspended, had been active since mid-2017.The links it posted suggested that information on politicians from all parties in parliament except the far-right Alternative for Germany had been shared in daily batches before Christmas along with data on YouTubers and some other public figures. The last post was on Dec. 28.The head of Germany’s IT security agency, Arne Schoenbohm, said authorities had been aware of individual cases in December but material was posted online on a large scale Thursday evening. He said the agency believes data on about 1,000 people were involved, and confirmed that one party in parliament wasn’t affected—though he wouldn’t name it.Schoenbohm said there had been “a high two-digit number of attacks which were very successful” in which accounts were infiltrated and data and documents, such as copies of ID cards, extracted.”Via this infection, it seems that other data could be tapped, such as first and last names but also cellphone numbers,” he added.In many cases, he said, the information was limited or already publicly available. Schoenbohm’s agency was still working to figure out how the attack started and who was behind it.Schoenbohm said checks on some of the information shared in this case showed it was genuine, but authorities couldn’t rule out fake data having been mixed in.Germany has seen cyberattacks on government and parliament computer systems in recent years in which Russian-backed hackers were suspected. Berlin has been a leading backer of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine.German officials didn’t comment Friday on whether there were any indications foreign intelligence services were involved, citing the ongoing investigation.Tom Kellermann, the chief cybersecurity officer of Carbon Black, said the latest hack had all the hallmarks of Russian state-backed hackers.He said it made perfect sense that none of the targets in this hacking campaign was from Germany’s far right, and that it appeared aimed at “undermining the German political process and essentially stoking fires of the mob.””It’s in Russia’s best interests for the far-right politicians to be successful,” Kellermann added.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this picture taken Nov.21, 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks in the Bundestag. (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP) German Parliament chief to OK probe of WikiLeaks documentslast_img read more