News Scan for May 13, 2015

first_imgUSDA to require labeling of mechanically tenderized beefMechanically tenderized beef will need to be so labeled by May 2016, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The new labeling requirements cover raw or partially cooked beef products, the FSIS said in a statement.”This commonsense change will lead to safer meals and fewer foodborne illnesses,” said USDA Deputy Undersecretary Al Almanza.Some cuts of beef are tenderized mechanically by piercing them with needles or small blades in order to break up tissue. But the process can introduce pathogens from the surface of the cut to the interior, making proper cooking very important.The potential presence of pathogens in the interior of these products means they should be cooked differently than intact cuts, the statements said. “FSIS is finalizing these new labeling requirements because mechanically tenderized products look no different than intact product, but it is important for consumers to know that they need to handle them differently,” the agency said.Labels must include not only that the meat was mechanically tenderized, but validated cooking instructions as well, including minimum internal temperature, the FSIS said. Since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of six outbreaks attributable to needle- or blade-tenderized beef products, the statement said.May 13 FSIS statement May 13 Federal Register notice H1N1v case reported in OhioA person in Ohio was fatally infected with a variant H1N1 influenza strain (H1N1v), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in its weekly FluView update late last week.The patient worked at a livestock facility that housed swine but reported no direct contact with pigs in the week before becoming ill, the CDC said. The patient died from complications of the H1N1v infection.”No ongoing human-to-human transmission has been identified,” the CDC added.The case is the second confirmed H1N1v infection this year. The first, reported by the CDC on Jan 30, was in Minnesota. That patient fully recovered. After the CDC confirmed more than 300 cases of variant H3N2 (H3N2v) in the summer of 2012, the annual number of variant influenza cases has dropped dramatically.May 8 CDC FluView report PCV-13 tied to less pneumonia, but not less pneumococcal meningitisAlthough the introduction of the 13-valent (13-strain) pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) in 2010 was associated with fewer cases of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) at eight US children’s hospitals, it was not linked to reduced pneumococcal meningitis (PM), according to a study today in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Researchers from the eight hospitals, located in different regions, compared cases of PM before and after 2010, when PCV-13 was introduced. They noted that PM accounted for 76 (12%) of 645 IPD cases from 2007 through 2009, compared with 69 of 394 cases (18%) in 2011 through 2013. In addition, severe PM cases were more prevalent after PCV-13 introduction.The proportion of PM cases attributed to the 13 vaccine strains, however, dropped from 54% in 2007-09 to 27% in 2011-13 as the proportion of cases caused by the non-vaccine strains rose. Also, isolates with resistance to ceftriaxone dropped from 13% in the pre–PCV-13 years to 3% after vaccine introduction.The number of IPD cases dropped from an average of 215 per year in 2007-09 to 131 in 2011-13.A related commentary in the same journal said that the introduction of a 15-strain vaccine, which is currently in clinical trials, might help, but ultimately a universal vaccine should provide a better solution. That, however, is many years off, so optimizing the use of conjugate vaccine must be a priority as scientists continue to monitor vaccine efficacy, said the authors from Public Health England.May 13 Clin Infect Dis abstract May 13 Clin Infect Dis commentary WHO sees mixed results on health targets in 2015 development goalsThe world has made progress on many of the health-related targets in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were set in 2000 with the end of this year as the deadline, but the overall results are mixed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.”By the end of this year if current trends continue, the world will have met global targets for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis and increasing access to safe drinking water,” the agency said. But despite progress, the goals for reducing maternal and child deaths and increasing access to basic sanitation will not be met.This year’s edition of the WHO’s World Health Statistics, published today, assesses progress toward the goals in 194 countries.”The MDGs have been good for public health. They have focused political attention and generated badly needed funds for many important public health challenges,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, said in the statement. “While progress has been very encouraging, there are still wide gaps between and within countries. Today’s report underscores the need to sustain efforts to ensure the world’s most vulnerable people have access to health services.”The agency said the world has begun to reverse the spread of HIV, with 2.1 million new infections reported in 2013, down from 3.4 million in 2001. And it seems likely that the world will exceed the target of placing 15 million people in low- and middle-income countries on antiretroviral therapy this year.The global goal for increasing access to safe drinking water was met in 2010, but the goal for access to basic sanitation is unlikely to be reached, the WHO said. Around 1 billion people lack such access and are forced to defecate in the open.The UN General Assembly is scheduled to set new goals for 2030 in September, the WHO said.May 13 WHO statement May 13 full report Study: TB test produces genetic sequence data in under 1 weekA test could detect and provide genetic sequence data on Mycobacterium tuberculosis in less than a week and allow for individualized tuberculosis (TB) therapy, according to a study today in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.A UK, US, and Danish team captured the full M tuberculosis genomes directly from 24 infected sputum samples, results that have previously been achievable only via lab cultures, which can take weeks, the authors wrote. The sequencing data were deemed high quality for 20 of the 24 samples, and the results were comparable to those obtained via conventional methods.”Using the conventional methods, patients with resistant TB would need to wait for up to 6 weeks for antibiotic resistance testing,” said senior author Prof. Judith Breuer of University College London (UCL), in a UCL press release. “Our technique and the associated software could reduce testing for antimicrobial resistance to a few days, allowing doctors to give precise antimicrobial treatment earlier than is currently possible.”May 13 J Clin Microbiol abstract May 13 UCL press releaselast_img read more

Digicel launches LTE

first_img Share Share LocalNews Digicel launches LTE by: – January 17, 2019 Digicel launched its new and improved LTE network to Dominicans on Tuesday 15th January, 2019.The launch of the LTE network was held at the Fort Young Hotel.Chief Executive Officer at Digicel Dominica Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste says the launch of the new LTE network will transform the sector.She says Digicel is committed to ensuring that the upgrades will enable customers to enjoy more of what they love most, offering them the best quality and experience possible.The launch of LTE continues to demonstrate Digicel innovation and is a major step in equipping Dominica with most modern communication and entertainment infrastructure while improving the countries rates of internet penetration. LTE is the very latest in commercial available data technology with speeds of up to “ten times faster than 4G,” Mrs. Royer – Jno Baptiste said.Meantime Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology Darroux says customers should take advantage of the newly introduced LTE network.Mr. Darroux said government must congratulate Digicel for its aggressive competitive strategy which has caused prices for services such as mobile internet and data to be attractive.“As new services and technology are introduced to the customers, service providers must continue to educate the public on the effective and efficient use of their service in order to encourage greater consumer access to the technology which in turn increases services obtained,” Darroux said. Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 401 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Science for development at Insite

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneScientists from across the world will head to South Africa later this year for the third International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) to share new knowledge and advancements science and technology.Organisers of the exhibition, taking place from 15 to 17 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, say this year’s Insite will be the biggest and best yet, with some of the best international science exhibitions to be showcased.With the theme “The role of science, technology and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and sustainable development”, the exhibition will highlight the role of the sciences in finding solutions to world problems, particularly advancing economic growth and sustainable development in poorer countries.South African Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena says technological innovations are needed to address pressing issues such as housing and energy shortages. “As a continent we are hard pressed to find affordable but durable building materials in the place of bricks and mortar, and to develop a sustainable supply of cheaper and safer forms of energy,” he says. “We expect this exhibition to provide opportunities for collaborative efforts between our researchers and their international counterparts.”A Department of Science and Technology initiative, Insite is held every two years and draws participants from over 50 countries, attracting 5 900 visitors in 2004 and 6 300 in 2006. These included key decision makers, big business, the public, students and teachers, as well as local and international science and technology practitioners and the private sector.The biannual Professor Phillip Tobias Lecture and Award will be one of this year’s highlights. The lecture the contribution of Tobias, a globally respected veteran South African scientist, to the sciences in the fields of palaeoanthopology and genetics through anatomical studies.This year, the organisers say the event will:embrace technological solutions for the developed and developing world,provide an international marketplace for innovation, science and technology, particularly in the context of long-term sustainability,promote partnerships for global sustainable development, andprovide networking opportunities across industries to enable experts from across the globe to identify joint objectives, activities and initiatives.According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa has a critical shortage of science and technology skills, a shortage that must be urgently addressed.Statistics indicate that the average annual output of engineers from the higher education sector must increase by 1 000 to a total of 2 400 a year for the country to meet its short-term demand.In 2008, skill shortages in the information, communication and technology sector are said to be well over 300 000, while government’s Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunication Technologies Training Authority has capacity to train only 7 000 per year.Currently, South Africa produces only 1 400 qualified engineers a year, and only half of these graduates go on to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa as practising professionals.“South Africa needs to embrace the current skills shortages in science, engineering and technology and Insite 2008 will address some of these issues,” said Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general of the Department of Science and Technology.Part of the department’s strategy to increase these numbers includes exposing learners to events such as Insite, especially emphasising the important of maths and science.Useful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologyProfessor Phillip TobiasEngineering Council of South Africalast_img read more

Gettin’ techie wit it

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Development richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img I’ve noticed some excellent techie posts lately, so I feel duty-bound to point them out.Phil Pearson, XML expert Kimbro Staken and Movable Type consultant Chad Everett have been working on a Structured Blogging plugin for WordPress and MT. This is to enable ordinary folks (like me) to publish “new microcontent types, support microformats and other standards like Media RSS”. Phil’s looking for feedback, so if you’re technically inclined jump over to his blog and add your 2 cents.Also I found a great resource via the 9rules homepage, an article at Fiftyfoureleven.com about how to use the Yahoo! API. As it states in the intro:“Looking at Yahoo!s APIs, you can see a little of that “openess” that Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel referred to at 2005’s Web 2.0 conference. From images to movies to maps and search, they offer a lot of data through their APIs.”Fiftyfoureleven.com also offers an ongoing API series. Great stuff and I’ll be reading this very closely and experimenting when I get some free time (in about a week!). Also check out ProgrammableWeb’s How to Make Your Own Web Mashup article. The beauty of mashups is that anyone can play, thanks to great resources like these and the backend work of folks like Phil Pearson. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Where You Can Check Out Apple Pay Today

first_imgiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apple’s site spans hundreds of thousands of locations, which should give curiosity seekers numerous options to road test the new tap-to-pay features. These include: BloomingdalesChevronDuane ReadeFoot Locker (and its House of Hoops, Kids and Lady branches)Macy’sMcDonaldsNikeOffice DepotPanera BreadPetCoRadio ShackSubwayToys ‘R UsWalgreensWhole FoodsOne notable omission is Starbucks, an early partner that wound up only being able to offer a watered-down experience using the Apple Pay mobile app. Turns out, those coffee joints don’t have compatible terminals, so don’t bother knocking your device to their barcode scanners.  See also: PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper AdsApple Pay will work at various e-commerce retail sites too. But where’s the fun in that? Chances are, most people will want to roll up to a counter and order a Big Mac by bopping their iPhones to a terminal. It’s like a taste of the future awaits within those combo meals, and with a side of fries to boot. Owners of iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will also be able to try out Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay features, but only if they buy the Apple Watch when it comes out early next year. The watch will feature the Near Field Communication chip necessary for tap-to-pay functionality, which those older phones lack. This launch period will be key for gauging initial interest in Apple Pay, which may offer an inkling of the initiative’s potential longer-term success. However, early numbers probably won’t be available in time for Apple’s earnings call, later today.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#iOS 8.1#iPhone#iPHone 6#iPhone 6 Plus#Mobile Payments last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery: I’m taking senior players to Blackpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will not be taking Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackpool lightly, according to manager Unai Emery.The Gunners fielded a weakened side against the League One club in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.But Emery says he is serious about winning England’s premier knockout trophy and will take senior players with him to Bloomfield Road.He said: “It’s a new competition we are going to start, the FA Cup. In the history, it’s been very important for us.”Arsenal is the team that has won this competition 13 times, more than anyone else. It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.”We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition. It’s a way to [win] a title.”The Spaniard added: “I am going to play with the players to be competitive.”If we need some young players to do one mix, but finding this power to be stronger with them, we will do it. The priority now is Blackpool.” last_img read more

Unfair beer markup Judge orders Alberta to pay outofprovince breweries 2M

first_imgCALGARY – A judge has ruled the Alberta government’s markup on craft beer is unconstitutional and has awarded two breweries in Ontario and Saskatchewan more than $2 million.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Gillian Marriott said in a written decision that the markup is discriminatory.It “is intended to operate simultaneously with the grant program to discriminate between craft brewers and craft beer on the basis of provincial origin, creating a trade barrier relating to a provincial boundary,” she said.Great Western Brewing Co. of Saskatoon is to receive the majority of the restitution — $1.9 million — while Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing is entitled to nearly $164,000.The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, sole wholesaler of alcohol in Alberta, imposed the markup in 2015 with a revamped version the following year.Lawyers for Great Western and Steam Whistle argued that Alberta’s markup is basically a tax. The government charges all small breweries $1.25 per litre sold, but returns much of that to Alberta producers as a grant.The province argued it has the right to support its small breweries.Last week, an appeal panel under the Agreement on Internal Trade upheld an earlier decision that provincial subsidies to assist smaller Alberta craft brewers are unfair and violate interprovincial free-trade rules.Finance Minister Joe Ceci said at the time the province would be changing the program in a way that continues to support Alberta brewers.He said Wednesday the government will be looking at the latest court ruling and deciding whether or not to appeal.“In the meantime, I want small brewers and liquor manufacturers in this province to know that we’ll continue to have their backs,” he said.He added brewers in Alberta have told him they face unfair barriers in other provinces — tasting panels, expensive applications and limited shelf space — and he’s looking at whether to challenge those practices as discriminatory.last_img read more

Its still hot outside Heat Warning continued for Northeast BC and Northwest

first_imgResidents and visitors are advised to take precautions to protect themselves from the elevated temperatures, such as rescheduling outdoor activities to the cooler hours of the day; taking frequent breaks from the heat; spending time outdoors at home or in air-conditioned public buildings; and drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated. People or pets should not be left inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.Residents should also monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.The risks of developing heat-related illnesses are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.Environment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperatures or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Heat Warning that was issued by Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions remains in effect this morning.Meteorologists say that a ridge of high pressure that has moved over most of B.C. will be causing maximum daily temperatures to reach at least 29 degrees, with overnight low temperatures near 14 degrees. The ridge is forecast to persist until at least Wednesday.The heat warning has also been issued for nearly all of Northwest Alberta, including the regions surrounding Grande Prairie, Peace River, and High Level.last_img read more

Weekend incident at residence on Red Creek Road leads to arrest

first_imgA 47-year-old man was arrested without incident at 5 p.m. on Saturday and held in custody pending a court appearance.The people involved are known to each other and the police have no information to suggest the greater public is at further risk. The investigation is ongoing. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – An incident that took place on Saturday, September 14th at a residence on the Red Creek Road has lead to the arrest of a 47-year-old man.RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson shares, what can be confirmed is that on 7:21 AM, Fort St John RCMP responded to a report of an assault in progress at a residence on Red Creek Road in the Charlie Lake area.Two female victims reported that a man had assaulted them. The initial report alluded to the possibility of firearms being involved, although there were no shots fired. Therefore assistance from the Emergency Response Team was obtained.last_img read more