Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jan 10, 2019

first_imgWyoming reports colistin-resistant MCR-1 infectionA patient in a Laramie County, Wyo., hospital has been confirmed to have an infection caused by an Enterobacteriaceae containing the MCR-1 resistance gene, which confers resistance to the critical antibiotic colistin, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) said yesterday in a news release.The patient is receiving care at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC), but officials say the infection was likely acquired outside the hospital. Hoo Feng Choo, MD, an infectious disease specialist at CRMC, said “Thankfully, the patient continues to receive care, has responded to treatment, and is in good condition.”Tests by a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab confirmed the findings.Alexia Harrist, MD, PhD, state health officer, said, “When bacteria become antibiotic-resistant, then certain categories of antibiotic medicines will not work to kill the bacteria to treat an infection. In this case, the organism found is resistant to a category of antibiotics sometimes described as ‘last resort’ medications used to fight infections. The gene found with this patient has been identified in only a handful of states over the past few years.”She added, “We believe the contact precautions already in place at the hospital have likely limited the potential spread of the bacteria.” WDH epidemiologist are working with CRMC staff to help with infection control.MCR-1 was first identified in China in 2015 and has since been reported in more than 30 nations.Jan 9 WDH news release CDC issues advisory over antibiotic-resistant infections in Tijuana, MexicoThe CDC yesterday warned the public and healthcare professionals about potential infections with an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria after US residents contracted the serious infections following medical procedures in Tijuana, Mexico.The agency issued a level 2 (out of 3) alert and recommended visitors to practice enhanced precautions. “All of the travelers with this particular infection had an invasive medical procedure performed in Tijuana,” the CDC said. “Most (but not all) of them had weight-loss surgery. About half of those infected had their surgery done at the Grand View Hospital.”Mexican officials have closed the hospital until further notice, the CDC said. It did not specify the number of cases but said, “Infections caused by this particular drug-resistant Pseudomonas are rare in the United States and difficult to treat.”The advisory includes several steps travelers should take, including seeing a travel medicine specialist at least a month before their trip, as well as recommendations for clinicians. Pseudomonas is found widely in the environment, and P aeruginosa is the most common type that infects people.Jan 9 CDC alertlast_img read more

Air Liquide turns rubbish into energy with new BIOGAZ project

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Nordan Smith acquisition will complement Airgas distribution business

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Insider dealing prosecution

first_imgTwo former City lawyers charged with eight counts of insider dealing by the Financial Services Authority have been committed to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court. Andrew Rimmington, former partner at US firm Dorsey & Whitney, and Michael McFall, former partner at US firm McDermott Will & Emery, were committed for trial after a contested hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week. They were granted unconditional bail ahead of a plea and case management hearing on 28 October. Both Rimmington and McFall previously worked in the London offices of their firms. The charges relate to the takeover of UK pharmaceutical company Neutec Pharma by Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis in 2006. The case is the FSA’s fifth insider-dealing criminal prosecution in the past 18 months. The FSA secured its first insider-dealing convictions in March. Christopher McQuoid, former general counsel at TTP Communications, was jailed for eight months. His father-in-law, James Melbourne, was given an eight-month suspended sentence. McQuoid’s appeal against his sentence was dismissed last week.last_img read more

Losing at Wembley

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Read of the Week

first_imgDie LeliemoordenaarLerina ErasmusHuman & RousseauReview: Simonéh de BruinThis nail-biting crime thriller is the first in the genre for celebrated author and actress Lerina Erasmus, who penned Die Mannheimsage Trilogy, a period drama set in the days of the Witwatersrand gold rush in 1886, which was adapted for television. Die Leliemoordenaar is set in modern-day Johannesburg but the story starts off in 1985 – a time that sounded the death rattle for the diabolical apartheid regime.Two friends, investigative journalist Braam Brink and SA Defence Force recce Adam Williams, meet for breakfast. Adam reveals his role as an assassin for a special unit in the SADF under the NP-led government, to eliminate political activists “ter wille van volk en vaderland”. He tells Braam about the unit’s involvement in the murders of various high-profile political activists, deemed problematic and whose deaths had to be orchestrated once “the signal” had been given. Shortly thereafter, Braam’s body is found in his house with a gun in his hand. The authorities conclude that it was suicide. Thirty years later, detective Daniella “Danny” Hector, Braam’s daughter, who is regarded as a top sleuth, is asked to investigate a series of murders in Johannesburg. However, Lieutenant Billy Venter, who up until Danny’s arrival was leading the investigation into the serial killer, sees her as a threat, and the two butt heads, but grudgingly she earns his respect as the investigation gathers momentum. All leads point to a serial killer, who leaves a particularly macabre calling card when he strikes every three weeks.While it would be easy to write the killer off as a heartless monster, the reader, through Erasmus’s skillful portrayal of her characters, gets to know him as a person and what has driven him to carry out the grotesque murders and why each victim has been singled out for retribution.A single parent, Danny also has to deal with her sly and philandering ex-husband who is trying to get custody of their daughter to get back at her where he knows it will hurt the most. And hovering in the background is who – and what – is behind Braam’s mysterious death. Could there be a connection to events three decades earlier and what is currently happening?The book ends on a cliffhanger – just when you think all the threads have been neatly brought together, from what really happened to Braam to the reference to a lily in the title of the book – Harm Hasslau, the mastermind behind the special SADF assassin unit, escapes, opening the way for a sequel, which will no doubt have the sharp Danny on the trail.Erasmus has crafted a pacey thriller, filled with tension and intrigue. The storyline, characters and dialogue all contribute to a grabber that keeps you riveted from page one.last_img read more

‘Fraud unravels all’: landmark Supreme Court ruling

first_imgIn a landmark ruling for lawyers and insurers, the Supreme Court has paved the way for personal injury settlements to be successfully challenged if the claimant is subsequently found to have lied.The court ruled that a settlement in Hayward v Zurich for almost £135,000 be set aside and the claimant instead be paid an award of £14,720.The court heard that the claimant Hayward – who had suffered an injury at work leading to what he said was a serious back injury – had ‘grossly and dishonestly exaggerated’ his condition before the 2003 settlement.His employer’s insurer Zurich claimed damages for deceit after evidence emerged two years after the settlement, casting doubt on his claim.The insurers were contacted by the claimant’s neighbours, who told them that the claimant had in fact recovered from his injuries at least a year before the settlement.But the Court of Appeal ruled last August that the original settlement should stand, saying the insurer went in with ‘eyes open’ and citing the ‘wider principle’ of finality of settlements.Five Supreme Court judges today overturned that judgment unanimously, ruling Hayward should be paid the reduced sum.Lord Clarke said it could not be fairly said that Zurich had full knowledge of the facts, and that in some cases the insurer could know a representation is false but nevertheless be held to rely upon the misrepresentation as a matter of fact.‘It is difficult to envisage any circumstances in which mere suspicion that a claim was fraudulent would preclude unravelling a settlement when fraud is subsequently established,’ he added.Lord Toulson, agreeing with Lord Clarke, said the claimant had achieved his ‘dishonest purpose’ and thereby induced Zurich to act to its detriment by paying almost ten times more.Speaking after the judgment, Catherine Burt, spokesperson for the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and head of counter-fraud at national firm DAC Beachcroft, said the ruling sends a strong message to anyone who exaggerates a personal injury claim.‘This decision confirms that fraud does unravel all,’ she said. ‘Insurance companies will be free to revisit settlements made before hard evidence of fraud comes to light and will be able to pursue those who thought they had got away with it.’Further background analysis is available here.last_img read more

UK MINISTERS FAILING TO ACT ON CONCERNS OVER FUTURE OF DUMFRIES FACTORY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has criticised the UK Treasury for their lack of urgency in addressing concerns from a Dumfries based factory over unfair import duties.Interfloor in Dumfries has been manufacturing “Gripperrods” carpet gripper since the 1980’s, and is the only manufacturer of this type of product in Europe. The company purchases beech plywood from Russia for the manufacturing of the product, which is liable for 7% import duty as it is imported from outside Europe. Previously this material was liable for 3% import duty until 2 years ago.However Carpet Gripper imported from China is liable for 0% import duty, even though it is also imported from outside Europe. The softer and cheaper Chinese product is made from poplar plywood.The reason for the different tariffs is that the woods are classified under two separate export categories. The duty applied to poplar birch wood originating from any third countries, who have not signed Free Trade or Trade Preference agreements with the EU, is 7%. Meanwhile the duty applied to poplar plywood originating from the same countries is 0%. Neither Russia nor China have signed relevant agreements with the EU meaning they are subjected to third country charges.Elaine wrote to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid last year to notify him of the issue and to request that it be rectified. She was advised that the matter had been transferred to HM Treasury but so far, there has been no response.Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:“Interfloor has been a great asset for our local area and the local economy for decades. We cannot allow what seems like more of an admin issue than anything else to threaten the future of this local employer.“In my view, the UK Government should either be extending the 7% import duty rate to the Chinese carpet gripper to allow an even playing field for UK companies, or at a bare minimum returning to the previous import duties for the Russian poplar birch wood which were increased 2 years ago.“I wrote to the UK Secretary of State for Business last year to raise this issue, but the UK Government’s failure to respond thus far obviously shows its total lack of interest in preserving our local manufacturing industry. The Government must give this issue much higher priority, rectify the unfair import duty rates which disadvantage manufacturing companies in the UK, and safeguard the dozens of local jobs which rely on the continuing manufacturing of this product.”last_img read more

Caricom panel recommends WICB be dissolved

first_img Share 128 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Caricom panel recommends WICB be dissolvedTHE Independent Review Panel of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Sub-Committee on Cricket Governance has recommended that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be disbanded and an interim committee installed to run the affairs of cricket in the region, the Jamaica Observer can report.The review panel submitted the report to Caricom last week after three months of consultations, during which it also conducted interviews and held deliberations. It was chaired by principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Professor V Eudine Barriteau, and included president of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Denis Byron, former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies cricketer Deryck Murray, president of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr Warren Smith, and president of the Grenada Cricket Association Dwain Gill. It worked through the Guyana-based Caribbean Community Secretariat.The committee was set up last April following an agreement at a meeting between the WICB and the Caricom Cricket Governance Sub-committee, the latter comprising prime ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua & Barbuda, Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada’s Dr Keith Mitchell.An advisory issued by the Grenada Information Service yesterday informed regional media organisations that a media conference would be held today at the Ministry of Works Conference Room in the Grenada capital of St George’s starting at 3:00 pm Eastern Caribbean time (2:00 pm Jamaica time) to announce the findings of the Review Panel.“The main issue to be addressed will be the committee’s report by the cricket review panel, as well as share the recommendations for the way forward for West Indies Cricket,” the advisory said.The media conference will be streamed live on GIS TV: http://www.gov.gd/tv.Prime Minister Mitchell, who chairs the Caricom Sub-commiteee on Cricket Governance, will jointly host the media conference with Professor Barriteau.The review, a copy of which was obtained by the Observer last week, cited, among other things, the outdated mode by which the affairs of the WICB were being conducted.“Caribbean societies and the West Indies game of cricket have changed drastically since the origins of the latter in its organised, competitive form in the British colonial Caribbean in the mid to late 19th century. In the 21st century, the game of cricket is now embedded in the global, corporate world of business. Caribbean people continue to experience excitement or despair about what happens on every field of play, to agonise about the fortunes, successes, failures or foibles of the West Indies teams; but Caribbean cricket is far more than the public’s support and consumption of West Indies cricket,” the report stated.“Cricket today constitutes a global, multi-billion-dollar social and economic enterprise. The responsibility for delivery of this product at the present time, given the corporate structure of the WICB, falls to the shareholders, comprised of the six territorial boards and the overarching regional West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).“The shareholders of West Indies cricket, led by the WICB, however, rely on the active involvement of other stakeholders of the game to deliver its product. These include several Caribbean governments who finance the construction and maintenance of the stadia where the game is played; several important industries, such as tourism, aviation, and food and beverages; former players, some of whom constitute an elite group of exemplary ambassadors of the game known as the legends, and the current players, both women and men, and their representative organisation, the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) constitute another key group of stakeholders,” the report said. “Finally, the Caribbean public completes the stakeholder community on which the delivery of the public good of West Indies cricket depends.”The review panel also said: “In spite of substantial transformation and modernisation of the business of cricket in other countries such as Australia (Cricket Australia) and England (England and Wales Cricket Board), the governance of West Indies cricket has failed to evolve in a manner which accords with the exigencies of the modern game, but continues to be governed by a structure that is not reflective of the transformation of the game elsewhere.“This is especially evident in relation to the requirements of the player-coaching community, stakeholder investors, and the expectations of the Caribbean cricketing public. The existing governance structure, in its most essential features, remains closely aligned to its origins in the early 20th century when it was established to co-ordinate inter-colonial tournaments, select West Indian XIs and touring teams, than with the modern governance, administration and ongoing commercial progress of the industry of cricket in other parts of the world.“The panel wishes to state unequivocally it has no issues with the individuals who occupy the leadership and composition of the WICB or the territorial boards. Instead, we are of the view that cricket is increasingly a growing social and economic subsector in the Caribbean. The requirements and inputs for its effective delivery, management and ongoing growth have evolved and changed considerably. These changes have made the existing systems of governance anachronistic.“The panel states that the current governance structure is out of alignment with the modern requirements of the game at the national, regional and international levels. The production, delivery and ongoing advance of what we call West Indies cricket has outgrown the governance and administrative systems by which it has been delivered, with some modifications, since the 1920s. Hence, if West Indies cricket is to realise its true potential as a dynamic and financially lucrative service export sector, capable of restoring the pride of Caribbean people and fostering their greater sense of togetherness, then the difficult decisions to modernise its governance arrangements must be taken without further delay. It is now past the time to accept that the current governance structures are obsolete,” the panel argued.In recommending the creation of a new “governance and management architecture” for West Indies cricket, the panel called for a radically new approach to restoring the fortunes of the game.“In the 21st century Caribbean, the sporting outcomes of the game of cricket will continue to dramatically affect the psyche of Caribbean people. The enduring and ongoing impact of the triumphs and tribulations of successive West Indies cricket teams on the cricketing public will continue to be well documented and researched.“Yet, we maintain that the issues confronting the governance and administration of cricket exceed the dynamics of the game on the field of play and its effect on the psyche of Caribbean people. There is an inherent and as yet unresolved tension between the evolution of the game of cricket into a powerful, professionally driven, entertainment and sporting industry and a system of governance predicated on an earlier, more simplified set of requirements,” the panel said.“In this regard, the panel strongly recommends the immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an Interim Board whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework.“The panel states that this is a fundamental and foundational requirement. These two key measures are absolutely necessary in order to transform and modernise the governance, management, administration, and the playing of the game. All other recommendations depend on these recommendations being implemented.“The transformation of the governance and administrative framework is necessary to improve conditions affecting all players. The introduction of a new governance structure is also required to build depth and continuity into women’s cricket about which we make specific recommendations. Historically, and for too long, challenges with the management and governance of West Indies Cricket have been approached as an issue primarily of the quality of the leadership. Instead, it is the panel’s view that the existing governance mechanisms do not provide an appropriate environment and framework to address the changes and challenges within the game of cricket, and the business of cricket. The outmoded governance structure does not prioritise accountability and transparency.”One source close to the findings lamented the state of West Indies cricket, and said that he was not surprised that the sub-committee came up with such a conclusion.“We are in the doldrums. Nowadays, if you mention the name West Indies, it is like a curse to some of the people who have followed the fortunes of the team for decades,” the former high-ranking administrator said.“It is clear that (WICB President) Mr (Whycliffe) Cameron is not capable of pulling the West Indies team or the West Indies Cricket Board from out of the mess.“It is time to move now on West Indies cricket. The patient is ailing and we cannot afford for it to die. We must act now, and the report must be taken seriously,” the official said.Some of the region’s main stakeholders in cricket, including the WICB, and political leaders of the various island states, have already received copies of the report, the Observer has been told.The recommendation to disband the WICB is almost certain to jolt the organisation, which has come in for flak, moreso in recent years, for its inability to halt the rapid decline in the state of the game, and the dismal international record of the West Indies cricket team.Questions have also been raised about the financial credibility of the organisation.The WICB said in a statement last night that it had acknowledged the report.“I have noted the findings and we will discuss these recommendations with a view to enhancing the existing work of the Secretariat and the board of directors. A full response will be sent to the chairman,” said Cameron.The team have lost three of their last four Test series, and only last month went down to hosts Sri Lanka in a two-match series. The team also lost the first One-Day International match between the two a few days ago, and were slated to meet the hosts in the second match starting early today, Caribbean time.Only yesterday, news emerged that one of two Trinidad & Tobago directors on the WICB, Baldath Mahabir, quit the board with immediate effect, highlighting what he called the “unprofessional” conduct of the WICB.Legal opinion is divided regarding how much power Caricom can wield in seeing that the recommendations are implemented, but precedence has been set in other member countries of the International Cricket Council. The cricket boards of Pakistan and Sri Lanka were once disbanded by the political leaders of their countries, while action was also taken against the cricket boards of India and Bangladesh by local politicians in a bid to improve the fortunes of the organisations. NewsRegionalSports Caricom panel recommends WICB be dissolved by: Jamaica Observer – November 4, 2015last_img read more

STMicroelectronics Launches Mobile-Security Chip with NFC, Secure Element & eSIM Functions

first_imgSTMicroelectronics has launched its highly integrated mobile-security solution, the ST54J. It is a system-on-chip (SoC) containing an NFC (Near-Field Communication) controller, Secure Element, and eSIM. The SoC delivers performance-boosting integration for mobile and IoT devices, with the added benefit of ST’s software-partner ecosystem for smoother user experiences in mobile payments and e-ticketing transactions, as well as more convenient, remote, mobile provisioning to support multiple operator subscriptions.Spearheading the fourth generation of ST’s proven embedded Secure Element family, the single-chip ST54J ensures faster contactless interaction than a discrete chipset by eliminating performance-limiting off-chip data exchanges between the Secure Element and NFC controller. In addition, a faster, state-of-the-art core for each function further accelerates contactless transactions with mobile terminals and enhances roaming by supporting secure-element cryptographic protocols used worldwide, including FeliCa and MIFARE.Packaging and design flexibility comes from the space savings of integrating three key functions onto a single chip. In addition, ST used its NFC booster technology to enhance the performance of the NFC controller, allowing it to establish robust contactless connections with a small-size antenna, allowing designers even more generous freedom to manage space inside the device and minimize the thickness of new smartphone generations.ST delivers the ST54J to customers with NFC firmware and the GlobalPlatform V2.3 secure element Operating System, which provides best-in class cryptographic performance and optimum eSIM interoperability. The OS also allows flexible configurations to support eSE-only or combined functionality. In addition, as the first chip maker accredited by the GSMA to personalize eSIMs for mobiles and connected IoT devices onto WLCSP packages, ST can shrink the supply chain and accelerate delivery to manufacturers.last_img read more