News story: NHS to partner with Commonwealth nations to stop superbugs

first_imgIt will be delivered in collaboration with the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), an international NGO with expertise in delivering global health partnerships.AMR occurs when micro-organisms survive exposure to a medicine that would normally kill them, such as antibiotics, antimalarials and antivirals. These micro-organisms are often referred to as ‘superbugs’.The independent review on antimicrobial resistance estimated that at least 700,000 deaths globally each year are from drug-resistant infections such as bacterial infections, malaria and HIV/AIDS.The review also estimated that deaths from AMR could increase to 10 million each year by 2050 and cost the global economy up to $100 trillion US dollars.It is thought that 5,000 deaths are already caused every year in the UK alone by antibiotics no longer working for some infections. If we do not find a solution, everyday procedures such as caesarean sections, cancer therapy, and hip replacements will become extremely dangerous.Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: The new Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) scheme is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund.The scheme will send up to 12 volunteer NHS pharmacists and specialist nurses to Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to work with local health workers against AMR.It will see NHS and national teams work together to help to keep antibiotics working better for longer and stop the emergence of superbugs. They will do this by: improving the detection and monitoring of resistant infections at hospital level taking measures to reduce infection putting steps in place to use antibiotics effectivelycenter_img I am delighted that UK aid – provided through the government’s Fleming Fund – will enable these vital partnerships between our fantastic NHS staff and their counterparts overseas to take place. AMR poses a risk to us all, wherever we call home – collaboration of this kind with our friends and neighbours internationally will be all the more important if we are to tackle this challenge together. This scheme will play a crucial role in allowing specialists to share expertise and strengthen approaches to antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals both at home and abroad.last_img read more

Brexit set to cost 1,500 Scotland food jobs

first_imgThe impact of Brexit is set to cost Scotland’s food and drink sector around £150m, which could result in around 1,500 jobs losses in the Highlands, according to researchers.The report from the Fraser of Allander Institute predicted that, once the UK does leave the EU, between 500-1,500 food and drinks jobs could be lost in Scotland.The report said: “Brexit is predicted to have a negative impact on Scotland’s economy. Over the long term, a reduced level of trade is expected to result in Scottish gross domestic product (GDP) being between 2% and 5% lower than would otherwise be the case.”Despite this costing the industry around £75m, which could rise to £120m, the report suggested that the rest of Britain would be worse off.Katerina Lisenkova, head of economic modelling at Fraser of Allander Institute, told British Baker’s sister title Food Manufacture: “In our scenarios in the long term, the food and drink sector could potentially lose between 500 and 1,500 jobs. But there could be other jobs related to food and drink in adjacent sectors, such as in retail.”While some bakers have taken steps to counter the effects of Brexit, David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, said the impact of the UK leaving the EU was just a “storm in a teacup” and assumed that businesses would run as usual.last_img read more

Atwood discusses her work, the value of the humanities

first_imgFor author Margaret Atwood, known for novels such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” stories and story telling are a quintessential part of the human experience. Wednesday, she explained the value of a liberal arts education in the present day.“It’s something that the human race has always done,” she said. “They’ve not always done algebra. … The most distinguishing feature of us as human beings is that we are story tellers and we’re enabled to be story tellers because we have evolved grammars with past tenses and future tenses.”Her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” features women characters who have been barred from reading, but Atwood said that literature is important because of the stories being told. Katelyn Valley Margaret Atwood engages with the audience during the Christian Culture Lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday. In an interview, Atwood discussed the importance of a liberal arts education and the study of the humanities.“Story-telling is one of our primary means of communication and the humanities are about stories,” she said. “That is why it is important and why we should understand stories, understand how they work, and also be able to tell fake news from real news. … We should at least be aware. Words are powerful, stories are powerful.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” has most recently been adapted into a Hulu series, but it has also adapted as a ballet, a play, an opera and will soon be a graphic novel, she said.“Some books escape from their covers,” she said. “This is one of them. … It happens when that character or that story resonates with people in a way that something just in a book does not particularly.”Atwood said she approves of the Hulu show, despite certain creative liberties that were taken. She served as a consultant on the show, but the team that worked on it was dedicated to updating it to the modern day while still keeping the message and spirit of the novel.“The show runner and head writer, Bruce Miller, was determined … to be faithful to the premises of the book, and he remained faithful to them,” she said. “Also, luckily, they brought on a team — which included Elizabeth Moss as an executive producer — and a lot of women involved in it.“It’s not just a show for them, it’s not just another show. It’s a pivotal important thing in their life, so they gave it their all — you can tell.”Since the 2016 election, fans of Atwood have noted similarities between political beliefs in America and the fictional world of Gilead in her novel. However, Atwood said she could not have predicted this election when she published the novel in 1986, and the Hulu adaption was written before the election.“It’s a bizarre coincidence,” she said. “The election did not change any of that. It put a different frame around it, so people saw it differently. The election had not been that way, they would have said, ‘Phew, this isn’t happening,’ but instead they’re saying, ‘Gosh some of this is happening’ so that is a different frame.”Atwood said people are noticing these similarities because they read literature through the lens of the experiences they have.“We read stories different according to the time we’re in,” she said. “Some people become heroes who weren’t before and other people become villains that weren’t before. So where we are has a lot to do with how we see not only history, but also fictions [and] plays.”Atwood’s novel focuses on the oppression of women in a dystopian world. She said women’s education and empowerment is important not just because it helps women, but because it can positively affect society as a whole.“There’s always pushback when someone wants to change the status quo because the people who have power in the status quo are afraid they’re going to lose some of it,” she said. “As soon as you give women the power to create little businesses and the education to be able to do it, not only does the economy go up, but their status within that economy also goes up.”Atwood said students — especially women at institutions like Saint Mary’s — are well equipped to enter the workforce because companies look for liberal arts majors nowadays. She said a liberal arts education comes with enhanced lateral thinking, better communication skills, and an understanding of stories, which have been proven to help people learn better.“In your life, equipping you for life, it does help to know what Shakespeare play you’re in at the moment.”Tags: Liberal Arts, Margaret Atwood, storytelling, the handmaid’s talelast_img read more

Tickets Now Available for The Oldest Boy Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Oldest Boy Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy, starring three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Joel de la Fuente. The off-Broadway production, directed by Rebecca Taichman, will play Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater beginning October 9. Opening night is set for November 3. In The Oldest Boy, Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (de la Fuente), is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home. View Comments In addition to Keenan-Bolger and de la Fuente, the cast of The Oldest Boy includes Ernest Abuba, Tsering Dorjee, Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and Nami Yamamoto. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014last_img read more

Jaime Camil Will Razzle Dazzle ‘Em in Chicago

first_img View Comments Jaime Camil(Photo: William Callan) All he cares about is love! Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil will star in Broadway’s Chicago as Billy Flynn beginning May 31, stepping in for Ryan Silverman. He will play a five-week limited engagement in the Tony-winning revival at the Ambassador Theatre through July 3.Camil is one of the most well-known actors in the Spanish-speaking world. He plays Rogelio de la Vega in Jane the Virgin; other screen credits include Pulling Strings, 200 Cartas, La fea más bella, Por ella soy Eva and Qué pobres tan ricos. Camil has recorded four platinum-selling albums and has led many musicals in his native Mexico City including West Side Story, Hook, Aladdin and El diluvio que viene; he has also been seen on stage in The Mambo Kings. In 2005, he made his Broadway debut in Latinologues.Chicago also currently stars Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Related Showscenter_img Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

Brandon Victor Dixon Sets Date He’ll Blow Us All Away in Hamilton

first_img Brandon Victor Dixon [email protected], the next A. Burr in #HamiltonBway, has a special message for you. #WaitForIt— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) August 18, 2016 Brandon Victor Dixon(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows from $149.00 Hamilton View Comments Star Files We have the (previously announced) new Aaron Burr’s start date! Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will make his debut in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Hamilton on Broadway on August 23. Burr has been being played by the character’s understudies, Andrew Chappelle, Sydney James Harcourt and Austin Smith, after Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. departed the production on July 9.Dixon was nominated last season for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Shuffle Along, and was previously nominated for the original production of The Color Purple. Additional stage credits include Motown: The Musical on Broadway and The Scottsboro Boys off-Broadway and in the West End, where he received an Olivier nod.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.The current cast also includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Rory O’Malley as King George, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Michael Luwoye is the alternate Hamilton.last_img read more

Fair Haven, Richford, Barre receive public safety grants

first_imgVermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Wednesday that three Vermont towns will receive grants for the improvement of public safety services through the purchase of equipment and upgrades.  This funding comes from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.This Recovery Act funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas.  The funding for Vermont, is part of $33 million in funding assistance USDA Rural Development is providing to 74 community facility public safety projects in 26 states across the country.  Through this program, USDA ensures communities can provide essential public safety infrastructure to rural families.Below is a list of the Vermont recipients:· Town of Fair Haven: $157,500 loan and $44,600 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.· Town of Richford: $86,900 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.· Barre City: $37,400 grant. The funding will be used to refurbish an ambulance and purchase new defibrillator equipment.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. WASHINGTON (May 26, 2010) –# # # # #last_img read more

PREMIUMStudy reveals terrible toll of domestic violence on women workers

first_imgFacebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? #women Women violence-against-women #violence female-workers domestic-abuse domestic-violence #workers Sari, a 32-year-old garment factory worker, relies on over-the-counter painkillers just to get through the day. Her problem is not in the workplace, it’s at home, with her abusive husband.Sari, who lives in Jakarta, said her work was affected whenever she had a scuffle with him.“I cry and cannot sleep after a rough fight. I get awful headaches and arrive at work tired,” she said. “I need to take a higher dose of medicine just to be able to finish my work.”Sari’s story appears in a report published by women’s rights group Perempuan Mahardika, which conducted a study on 26 women workers who faced abuse at home. Other women in the study have been driven to even greater extremes than reliance on medication, including attempted suicide.All have experienced domestic abuse — physical, psychological and emotional —&n… Topics : Google Linkedinlast_img read more

UK public funds hit out at ‘simplistic’ pooling guidance

first_imgUK local authority pension funds have accused the government of imposing higher costs through changes in its stance towards asset pooling.The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published a consultation in January on new guidance for funds within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) regarding the ongoing asset pooling projects.LGPS funds in England and Wales have set up eight asset pooling vehicles designed to improve scale and cost efficiencies for the 88 schemes in the local authority system.The policy, brought in by former chancellor George Osborne in 2015, has required council finance officers to dedicate thousands of hours of work to setting up the vehicles, obtaining regulatory permissions, appointing new staff and systems providers, and conducting manager searches. With roughly a third of LGPS assets now overseen by the pools, some local councils have expressed “serious concerns regarding the appropriateness” of the latest guidance from central government. Source: Chris McAndrewRishi Sunak, UK local government ministerIn a letter to local government minister Rishi Sunak, the Northern LGPS – a £45bn (€52.5bn) collaboration between the pension funds for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire – said there were “many inconsistencies between the LGPS investment regulations and the draft guidance”.In particular, the letter highlighted a shift of stance from the ministry to require all pools to set up an entity directly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s main finance regulator.The Northern LGPS pool opted not to set up an authorised entity, maintaining that to do so would incur additional costs that would outweigh any benefits of pooling assets. So far it has established an infrastructure vehicle used by Northern’s three member funds along with the three LGPS funds within the Local Pensions Partnership, another pool. GLIL, as it is known, has so far raised more than £1.8bn from its investors.“Based on our research in this area, we estimate that establishing an FCA-regulated company would increase Northern LGPS’ costs by approximately £10m to £15m,” the letter said. Having initially estimated savings of £28m, the pool has since said the total saved could be “substantially higher”.It said it would expect central government to meet these additional costs as part of a 2018 agreement with the MHCLG not to impose excessive cost increases onto council tax payers.center_img Source: timajoThe Merseyside Pension Fund is one of several LGPS funds criticising government plansLondon funds weigh inMeanwhile, local authority pension funds in London have also criticised the MHCLG’s draft guidance. The pension committee for the £2.4bn Wandsworth Pension Fund, one of 32 LGPS funds in the London CIV pool, hit out at the “simplistic” guidance, which it said failed to take into account the diverse nature of individual pension funds.“If too much of the [investment] process is delegated to the pool operator there is a significant risk that offerings will be too generic to allow for differing attitudes to risk appetite, volatility, ESG considerations and… currency decisions,” Wandsworth said.It also argued that “enforcing too strict an approach will hinder the market and restrict who will be able to tender for any mandates”, including potential preventing “good quality boutique managers being able to bid due to capacity constraints”.The £1.5bn Lambeth Pension Fund said the draft guidance “introduces significant risks of consequence falling on council tax payers” due to its “dogmatic” demands on LGPS funds.In particular, the fund’s response highlighted a proposed 5% cap on investments individual funds would be permitted to make outside of the pool after 2020. As not all funds would be able to invest via pools by this point, given the timescales set out for launching new offerings, the proposed limit was “of no effect”, Lambeth argued.The fund called for the 5% limit to be scrapped and for the MHCLG to relax its requirements for investments outside the pool to allow for more time for establish the relevant expertise.In its draft response to MHCLG, the £1.3bn Islington Pension Fund said: “We do not believe the pools have had enough time to prove themselves on selection of managers to achieve optimum performance net of fees and value for money to pay our pensioners and sustain our funds and, as such, the mandated 2020 date should be flexible.”Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the MHCLG in January to funds within the £275bn LGPS system has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension fundslast_img read more

Nakilat takes over management of 8th LNG tanker from Shell

first_imgImage courtesy of NakilatQatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has taken over full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya from Shell’s trading and shipping unit.The 217,591-cbm Al Ghashamiya is the eighth LNG vessel that comes under the management of Nakilat as part of the planned transition with Shell Trading and Shipping Company (STASCo) revealed in October last year.This move brings the total number of vessels managed by Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL) to 16, comprising of 12 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.The Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by LNG producer Qatargas.The vessel was built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. It was delivered to Nakilat in April 2009.last_img read more