AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The makers of Slumdog Millionaire have announced they are to donate £500,000 to a charity which will help children living in the slums of Mumbai. Director Danny Boyle said: “It is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city (where it was shot).” (Read full details at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Even though I am a purist at heart, I un-admittingly like how many choices we have in how we want to be “connected” during our ride. One of the most recent trends we’ve been seeing is an increase in options related to rider safety. There have been a couple of crash detection devices like ICEDOT, Bike Tag and the smart helmets from Livall, that notify your emergency contacts of a crash (afterwards) and some improved visual devices like the Blaze Laserlight, and Niterider’s Sentinel laser casting blinky light that help notify drivers of your presence. Aside from a helmet or bar mounted mirror, there has been little development in something that notifies the rider of what’s coming up on them until the Backtracker… now Varia, was developed.The Varia head unit and rear light use Garmin’s quarter-turn mount so you have an abundance of mounting options including any Garmin-compatible mount on the market. It also comes with an insert for the rear mount to fit aero posts as well which is nice since I’ve complained about this before when reviewing the Fuji Transonic.The Varia’s rear light contains a radar that has recently been listed as an Ant+ open source system, so we might start seeing software updates to current and new ANT+ receivers making them compatible. Though the unit’s casing seems to be refined, it basically has the same exact layout as the original Backtracker. Currently, the Varia rear radar (available separately for $199 or bundled with the Varia head unit for $299), is currently compatible with Garmin’s Edge 1000, 1000 Explorer, Edge 520, and Edge 25. Earlier in the year we learned of Garmin acquiring South African company iKubu, maker of the Backtracker radar detection system so it was no surprise when the slightly more refined Varia was announced soon after. We got our hands on one to put to the test to see how well it worked and how useful it really is.Head past the break to see the Varia in action and why I have such a strong opinion about this device after just one ride…. The head unit remains calm with a green LED indicating you’re in the clear (see very first pic), until a vehicle approaches. The pic on the left shows when a single vehicle is approaching and the right pic shows three. It was impressive to say the least on how accurate it was. It did pick up cars in the next lane which is fine as I would rather it be a little overly sensitive than not. The rear light is somewhat pointless being on if there are no vehicles in sight, but as soon as it senses on-coming traffic, the light and blinking pattern increases to better catch their attention. The one real beef I had with the Varia was that the light output was nothing to write home about. Considering the number of brighter options on the market, I would have liked if the Garmin was much brighter. Adding a light to it is no big deal, (other than having yet another device to charge), as I have quite the collection, Check out the short video below of the system in action to get an idea of how it works.I was completely addicted to the Varia within less than 5 miles of riding. I have this rather religious silly, long-time practice of, “If I have to load a bike on the rack, it’s to go ride trails”, so 95% of my road rides, (not counting my more adventurous urban or gravel rides on my cross’ish bike), are from my driveway starting off in a congested area before I hit some country roads. On most rides, I don’t always care to stare at my “specs” so being disconnected is nice. The Varia, rather than be a distraction on its own, takes another distraction that is far more worse (drivers in cars that texts), and humbles it quite a bit. One of the challenges I face on my goto route coming home is turning left into my neighborhood. Climbing up a curved road with little shoulder (I am only on this road for less than 1/8 of a mile), it is stressful holding a good line, looking back before, during and after, (because I just do), the actual turn. Though I would never completely trust it, the Varia at least lets me know when it was pointless to look, and once it indicated I was in the clear, I gave one good “safe” look, and took my turn.I’ll be doing a more long term review with the Varia paired with Garmin’s Edge 1000 Explorer with “Incident detection” in the near future, so keep an eye out.Garmin.com
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mark McWatters is scheduled to be sworn into office as an NCUA Board member this morning, in a private ceremony at the Dallas office of House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.McWatters served as Hensarling’s counsel in 2009, and served with him as a member of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Congressional Oversight Panel.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger congratulated McWatters on his new role, saying: “We congratulate Mr. McWatters on his new post and look forward to working with him in his new role and to continue our efforts with NCUA to support a positive regulatory environment for credit unions, particularly concerning the proposed risk-based capital rule.”According to the Credit Union Times, outgoing NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel will deliver the oath of office to McWatters.Only two of NCUA’s three board members may be from the same political party. McWatters is a Republican. Democrats Debbie Matz, the board’s chairman, and Rick Metsger, a member of the board, have terms that will continue through Aug. 2, 2015, and Aug. 2, 2017, respectively. McWatters’ term will last through Aug. 2, 2019. continue reading »
Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansStudy will examine risk factors for multidrug-resistant infectionsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 15The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) announced yesterday that it has received an $11 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct a 5-year study to better understand why some critically ill patients develop multidrug-resistant infections.Using state-of-the-art genomic analysis and microbiome analysis, researchers at UTHealth will seek to identify the microbial and clinical factors involved in infections caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococci, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase– and carbapenemase–producing Enterobacterales, and Clostridioides difficile. They’ll follow study participants hospitalized in intensive care units at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, as well as those in the bone marrow transplant unit at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, to understand why some patients colonized with these pathogens develop infections and others don’t.”We want to learn more about how these three classes of organisms colonize the gastrointestinal tract of critically ill patients and, eventually, cause infections in these patient populations,” Cesar Arias, MD, MSc, PhD, the study’s principal investigator and professor of infectious disease at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, said in a press release.Arias says the goals of the study will be to create an algorithm to determine whether patients have a low, medium, or high risk for these infections, and to develop future interventions based on that knowledge.Oct 14 UTHealth press release German researchers report C difficile pacemaker infectionOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 15In a case study yesterday in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, German researchers reported what they say is the first documented case of a pacemaker infection caused by Clostridioides difficile, a pathogen typically associated with intestinal infections.The case involved a 75-year-old man who underwent pacemaker implantation at a hospital in Munich following an acute ischemic stroke and treatment for aspiration pneumonia. No specific antibiotic prophylaxis was used for the procedure because the patient was still on antibiotics (piperacillin/tazobactam) for pneumonia. The patient was discharged to a rehabilitation facility 4 days after the procedure, then readmitted to the hospital 7 days later with fever and a reddened pacemaker incision site.Blood cultures and swab samples from the pacemaker, the leads connected to the device, and the pocket where the leads were implanted all came back positive for C difficile, as did stool samples tested to detect intestinal colonization. One toxigenic strain, RT014, was found in both the stool and the blood samples, but the patient showed no signs of gastrointestinal problems or diarrhea. Antibiotic treatment was switched to intravenous (IV) vancomycin and oral metronidazole, with oral antibiotic therapy switched to vancomycin after 3 days. After 42 days of IV and oral vancomycin, the pacemaker was reimplanted.Although the route of infection is unclear, the authors of the study suggest the C difficile bacteria could have been on the patient’s skin or in the hospital environment. Given the high numbers of asymptomatic C difficile carriers and the growing use of implantable cardiac devices, they say they’re surprised there haven’t been more reports of extra-intestinal C difficile infections.”With rising numbers of implanted cardiac electronic devices and the high incidence of C. difficileinfections and colonisations, bloodstream and device infections with C. difficile might be a potentially growing issue,” they wrote. “Recommendations for management of extra-intestinal C. difficile infection risk and treatment are needed.”C difficile is the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the United States and Europe.Oct 14 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract CARB-X taps Swiss company to develop antibiotic for EnterobacteriaceaeOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 14CARB-X announced today that it is awarding up to $2.62 million to Swiss biopharmaceutical company Polyphor AG to develop a new antibiotic to treat infections caused by Enterobacteriaceae, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).The antibiotic being developed by Polyphor is a thanatin-derivative peptide that targets the lipopolysaccharide transport protein in gram-negative bacteria to break down their outer membrane. The company says antibiotics in this class have shown potent and specific activity against Enterobacteriacea, including extremely drug-resistant strains like CRE.”Polyphor’s project enriches the pool of novel approaches to deliver a therapeutic that can treat infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens, for which only one new class since 1962 has been approved for use in patients,” CARB-X research and development director Erin Duffy, PhD, said in a press release. “It is in the early stages of development, and if successful and approved, it could potentially change the way these life-threatening infections are treated and save lives.”This is the second CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator) award for Polyphor. For today’s award, the company will be eligible for an additional $15.82 million in funding if certain project milestones are met.Since its launch in 2016, CARB-X has awarded more than $252 million to support early development of 70 antibacterial products. Oct 14 CARB-X press release Quality improvement program linked to reduce antibiotics in NICUOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 14An initiative aimed at addressing gaps in antibiotic stewardship was associated with decreased antibiotic use and exposure in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a New York children’s hospital, researchers reported today in Pediatrics.The quality improvement (QI) initiative begun in 2016 at the Golisano Children’s Hospital set out to decrease the antibiotic use rate (AUR) by 20% in the NICU by focusing on addressing gaps in the core elements of antibiotic stewardship programs outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Strategies for reducing antibiotic use included data collection and analysis, audit and feedback on prescribing patterns, development of written guidelines for common infections, implementation of a sepsis risk calculator (SRC) to determine if evaluation for sepsis was warranted, and a focus on antibiotic use in preterm infants. The primary outcome measure was AUR, and the secondary outcome measure was the percentage of infants discharged without receiving antibiotics while in the NICU.The monthly AUR decreased from 27.6% at baseline to 15.5%, a 43.8% reduction, and has been sustained for more than 18 months. The authors of the study attribute the decline to implementation of the SRC, adopting a 36-hour rule-out period for sepsis evaluations, a 36-hour antibiotic hard stop, and novel guidelines for early-onset sepsis (EOS) evaluation among infants younger than 35 weeks.The percentage of infants discharged without antibiotic exposure increased from 15.8% to 35.1%. The percent of infants younger than 36 weeks undergoing evaluation for EOS decreased by 42.3% and for those under 35 weeks by 26.0%.”We believe our methods for achieving improvement, which involved a rich understanding of our current system, rigorous testing, standardization of practices, and analyzing data over time, are applicable to all teams focused on QI,” the authors wrote.Oct 14 Pediatrics abstract $100 million next-generation genomics initiative begins in AfricaOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 13A group led by the African Commission through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), yesterday launched the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI), a $100 million, 4-year partnership to expand and integrate next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) capabilities across the continent to improve health surveillance and lab networks and better tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).”The Africa PGI will help Member States build their capacities to operate strong surveillance and laboratory networks supported by advanced technologies to reduce the burden of disease and respond to outbreaks quickly and effectively,” Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong, PhD, MS, said in a press release.While some institutions in Africa already have access to NGS technology, the necessary finances, training, and database infrastructure has not been in place for widespread use. To address this, critical partners in the effort include Illumina and Oxford Nanopore, which are providing NGS machines and training; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are providing funding and technological assistance such as the Advanced Molecular Detection program; and Microsoft, which will be working with Africa PGI on its digital architecture and more.Africa PGI hopes to create systems to better prevent, track, and control the approximately 140 infectious disease outbreaks that the continent sees each year as well as problems due to AMR. Besides creating a real-time, shared database, the initiative will also establish a training program for pathogen genomics and connect participants with international research opportunities. Oct 12 Africa CDC press release FDA considers revising criteria for ranking medically important antibioticsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 12The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last week published a concept paper outlining potential revisions to criteria that the agency uses to guide the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in veterinary medicine.The FDA says the proposed approach for updating the current ranking of antibiotics, which was created in 2003 under Guidance for Industry (GFI) #152, would take into account an improved understanding of antimicrobial resistance, changes in human clinical practices, and other scientific advances. The revised criteria would also more broadly consider the importance of these antibiotics in human medicine, beyond their use in treating foodborne bacterial infections.Under the current criteria, medically important antibiotics are ranked as critically important, highly important, or important for human medicine (a fourth category includes antibiotics not important for human medicine). The FDA uses these rankings to make decisions about how these antibiotics can be used in veterinary medicine, and to assess the antibiotic resistance risks involved. The approach outlined in the concept paper proposes categorizing antibiotics into three tiers—highest impact, intermediate impact, and lowest impact—that take into consideration the potential human health impact if resistance emerges to an antibiotic in one of these tiers.”These revised criteria are intended to better characterize the overall importance of a drug for treating human infections, whether or not they are foodborne,” the FDA said in a press release. “However, in addition to this importance ranking, other risk factors would be considered as part of an overall assessment of antimicrobial resistance risks associated with the use of an antimicrobial drug in animals.”The FDA is seeking comment on the concept paper and will hold a virtual meeting to discuss the details on Oct 16.Oct 9 FDA press release Oct 9 FDA concept paper
(Barbados Nation) SEYMOUR MacDONALD NURSE was born on November 10, 1933, at Jack-My-Nanny Gap, Black Rock, St Michael, in humble circumstances to his mother, a domestic, and his father, a carpenter. He was the youngest of four children, two boys and two girls. He was educated at St Stephen’s Boys’ School where he excelled in both football and cricket. He ultimately chose cricket after a severe leg injury ended his football career. He then heeded the advice of his father: “Stay in cricket and quit football; otherwise you are on your own.” ‘The Wehby Report’ Distributed to CWI Stakeholders Nurse started his cricketing career like many Barbadian cricketers – in the Barbados Cricket League. He played for the Bay Street Boys’ Club, the same club where Sir Garfield Sobers played as a young man. Nurse emerged as a heavy scorer in the Barbados Cricket League in the 1950s and moved to the famous Empire Cricket Club where his form and strokeplay blossomed. Red more at: Barbados Nation Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 14, 2019 Bid to include cricket in 2028 Olympics Jul 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Prime Minister Mottley Salutes Sir Everton Weekes Oct 17, 2019 Nurse was ‘special’(Barbados Nation) The iconic Sir Garfield Sobers has hailed the late Seymour Nurse as a special talent who made a “great contribution to Barbados and West Indies’ cricket”. Sir Garfield, who featured in four century partnerships with Nurse in Test cricket, told THE NATION his long-time mate was a dedicated…May 9, 2019In “Barbados”Gordon Greenidge gets knighthood(Barbados Nation) Former West Indies cricketing great Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge is to be conferred with a knighthood. In the New Year Honours announced today, he has been accorded Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG). Born in England, the 68-year-old represented Barbados and Hampshire Cricket…December 28, 2019In “Barbados”‘His was a good innings well played’ – CARICOM SG eulogises CozierThe body of work on cricket left behind by iconic cricket journalist, Tony Cozier, represented a running commentary and a history of the game in the Region for more than fifty years, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday. For him it was a labour of love and…May 13, 2016In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 17, 2020 Caribbean Needs Sports Science To Get To The Next Level
In those days, sheds had muscular marketing names like ‘Magnum’, the biggest speculative developments were badges of honour, banks were falling over themselves to lend… and then the music stopped.Through the mid-2000s, enormous leverage and cheap money fuelled a nationwide sheds boom.Then, after Lehman Brothers triggered the credit crunch, not only did the debt dry up, the subsequent recession choked off demand for sheds.Demand for warehouses had largely been centred on a small group of mainly food retailers, led by Tesco, and when it and the other supermarkets retrenched, the market was on its knees.Now, as the Sheds Conference marks its return, the picture couldn’t be more different.In 2016, according to the latest e-Retail Sales Index from Capgemini and IMRG, online retail sales in the UK topped £133bn – a staggering jump of 16% on 2015.For more information on the Property Week Sheds Conference, visit sheds.propertyweek.comA decade ago, the Royal Mail was the main carrier of parcels in the UK. Now, players such as DHL Express, DPD, UPS and FedEx predominate, showing how the customer base has been overhauled with the advance of the internet.Other types of retail format are driving demand too, with convenience and discount retailers also rethinking their supply chains in the light of ever-changing shopping habits.Globalisation of industrial real estate is having a significant impact: occupationally, with the rise of giants such as Amazon transforming the sector; and, as a source of capital, international investors like GIC and Blackstone are attracted to the sheds world.Industrial will remain the strongest sector until 2019. With the rate of growth we’re seeing in the sector, maybe that will extend to 2025!The supply chain hierarchy has been completely re-engineered. ‘Big boxes’ have got bigger and higher and now stock in-store and online stock-keeping units, while cross-dock warehouses operating as last-mile delivery centres in urban locations have become a recognised sub-type that simply didn’t exist 10 years ago.The supply of both is now extremely limited, with less than six months’ availability widely quoted.Sheds of the futureSo what will we be talking about at the Sheds Conference in another eight years, in 2025?We will undoubtedly have seen the continued rise of ecommerce, and it is crucial that metropolitan centres now cater for the likely explosive growth in deliveries in and around their conurbations. At SEGRO, we highlighted the risks of losing industrial land, particularly in the capital, in our ‘Keep London Working’ report published in February. Industrial land is being lost in London at five times the rate it should be. This trend is being repeated in other metropolitan centres. In 2025, will we be saying there’s nothing left?By that date, there will also have been continued urbanisation, more city living and consequently more congestion of an infrastructure already under strain.SEGRO’s Logistics Park PoznanAlternative, cleaner fuels will have been regulated if not adopted by then. The increasing use of low-noise electronic vehicles will enable more late-night deliveries, making warehouses more compatible with residential development. The necessary use of scarce land will probably also have made multi-storey warehouses more prevalent.Outside cities, autonomous vehicles may have expanded the footprint of the Midlands ‘Golden Triangle’ as vehicles would be able to cover more miles without drivers having to take breaks. And automation and robotics will increase productivity and complement the need for increasingly skilled jobs in logistics as management of the ecommerce supply chain becomes more complex and technical.JLL forecasts that industrial real estate will not only deliver the highest total return of all the commercial sectors this year but that it will also remain the strongest-performing sector until 2019. With the rate of growth we’re seeing in the sector, maybe that will extend to 2025! All of us at Sheds would drink to that.Andy Gulliford is chief operating officer of SEGRO
Tokyo-based shipping company NYK has decided to implement a new employment scheme in which Japanese seafarers will be engaged to work only on vessels and not within NYK’s offices.NYK says that seafarers with their specialized knowledge and skills are becoming more needed as the company becomes more active in its LNG and offshore businesses.The company is thus making this move to fill positions that will require seafarers with particular technical expertise. The employment of several officers and engineers is currently scheduled to take place from April or October 2016.
The Frankston City Council sent letters last week to every member of the Victorian Legislative Council, asking them to block the State Government’s bill for a long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne in a show of support for the environment and Melbourne’s outer south east.Mayor Sandra Mayer said that the Council understands that the State Government wants to fund rail crossing removal, which is “commendable”, but it should not come at the expense of the south east and in particular Frankston City.“A long-term lease will effectively kill off the Port of Hastings expansion for the foreseeable future, and that means killing off a major employment boost in our region,” Cr Mayer said.“In addition, if the Port of Melbourne remains our state’s only major port, further destructive dredging will be necessary at the Port Phillip heads to cater for larger container ships, potentially having a serious impact on the Mornington Peninsula tourism industry.“Given the Mornington Peninsula region was recently voted one of the world’s top 20 destinations by National Geographic, anything that jeopardizes our local environment would be grossly irresponsible.”The Mayor said that the Frankston City Council wants to see the wheels back in motion for the Port of Hastings expansion.“We want the studies on Port of Hastings reactivated, and if blocking the legislation in the upper house is the best way of doing so then Council supports this move,” Cr Mayer said.“Given the potential environmental impacts of dredging at the Port Phillip heads this is a matter of statewide importance, and I ask all members of the Legislative Council to vote in the best interests of Victoria.”
Crew members who are nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen shall be denied entry to US ports unless they hold a valid visa, according to the new executive order issued by US President Trump.The new executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” was issued on 6 March 2017 and it revokes and replaces the previously suspended EO on the subject.The new EO directs that entry into the US for nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen shall be suspended for 90 days from 16 March 2017, whilst a worldwide review is carried out by the US Secretary of Homeland Security.“If a vessel arrives at a U.S. port with crew from any of the six designated countries who do not have valid visas, those crew members will not be permitted to leave the vessel and it can be anticipated that the U.S. authorities may well order that armed guards be placed at the vessel’s gangway to prevent any such crew from departing the vessel,” US law firm Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP said.“In addition, if any crew member’s visa expires after March 16, the crew member must apply for a new visa.”The new executive order follows the repeal of Trump’s previous order issued on January 27, 2017, that banned for 90 days any immigrant or nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. of foreign citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and would have impacted vessels with crew members from those countries.However, that E.O. was suspended by a Federal district court judge on February 3rd and his ruling was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on February 9th.
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