News Scan for Nov 18, 2014

first_imgECDC: Increased antibiotic resistance in Europe ‘truly alarming’Effective antimicrobial treatment options for certain infections in European countries continue to narrow, according to the newly released Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in Europe 2013 report, issued yesterday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).The report, compiled from European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) data, presents resistance data from 30 countries for seven microorganisms: K pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Actinotobacter, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Enterococci.Among the most concerning findings is increasing resistance of K pneumoniae to carbapenems, which are among the last-line agents for multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Carbapenem resistance remains relatively low in most countries, but in mean percentage for the population-weighted European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA), the resistance of K pneumoniae increased significantly, from 4.6% in 2010 to 8.3% in 2013.Said European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis in the ECDC release, “The near doubling of resistance in a certain bacteria in three years is truly alarming, and illustrates the need to tackle the issue from all directions.” He labeled antimicrobial resistance “one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.”Also of concern is that K pneumoniae showed resistance to polymyxin E (colistin), a backup drug for carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae, for the first time, being observed in 5% of isolates. ECDC Director Marc Springer called this a “worrying development.” He added, “We are gradually returning to the ‘pre-antibiotic era,’ when bacterial diseases could not be treated and most patients would die from their infection because there was no effective treatment.”Good news came regarding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A significant decreasing trend was seen from 2010 to 2013, although it was not as large as the drop in the previous 4-year period, and the EU/EEA population-weighted mean MRSA percentage remained above 25% in 7 of the 30 reporting countries. Nov 17 ECDC press releaseECDC full report Saudi Arabia reports new MERS case, recoveries, and deathSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported a new MERS-CoV case and a recovery from the disease in separate cities in Al-Kharj governorate. The MOH also reported 1 recovery yesterday and 1 death on Nov 16 in previously confirmed patients.The case reported today involves an 84-year-old Saudi woman from Al-Kharj city who is hospitalized in critical condition. She is not a healthcare worker (HCW) and had no exposure to animals. The MOH reports that she had a preexisting medical condition and is investigating whether she had contact with suspected or confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients.Today the MOH noted that a 32-year-old female expatriate from Riyadh has recovered from MERS. She is an HCW and had no preexisting disease. Yesterday the agency confirmed that a 33-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh had recovered from the disease. He had an underlying medical condition and is not an HCW.The patient whose death was reported on Nov 16 was a 57-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh. He was not an HCW and had a preexisting medical condition.The new case, recoveries, and death bring the Saudi MERS-CoV total to 806 cases. Fourteen cases are active, 449 people have recovered, and 343 people have died. Nov 18 Saudi MOH update Nov 17 Saudi MOH update Nov 16 Saudi MOH updatelast_img read more

JLL’s English chairman Stephen to leave

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Rockspring buys four multi-let estates for £27m

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New Zealand joint venture delivers outsized motorboat

first_imgThe motorboat was shrink-wrapped and cradled on a special mafi trailer before being loaded on to a vessel at Savannah port, Georgia.Upon arrival in New Zealand, TNL GAC Pindar made arrangements to complete the final leg of the transport – by road from Auckland port to the city’s dry stack at Westhaven Marina.The vessel had to be stored in port temporarily as New Zealand state regulations dictate how and when over-dimensional cargoes can travel by road. TNL GAC Pindar liaised with the local port authority and stevedores to waive the additional storage fees. It also negotiated all the required Customs clearance and taxation procedures.Richard Thorpe, manager of TNL GAC Pindar Australasia stated the vessel was successfully delivered: “By combining the specialist experience of GAC Pindar and the local knowledge of TNL International here in Auckland, the motorboat was in safe hands throughout.” read more

Build a world with kindness and compassion

first_imgI just went over your article and I don’t even know where to start (“Children need boundaries to grow”, May 4). I am a single parent and have two boys, aged 5 and 16. My kids don’t have boundaries. Raising children with love, which includes discipline and boundaries, is never easy. It requires parents to be able to be very thoughtful and to act with discernment including when to be loving and speak in a loving tone but to also know when they need to be firm and set firm and non-negotiable limits with their children. If you have not grown up with parents who parented you with love and discipline, this task of parenting can be even more difficult to undertake. In addition, having to raise children, especially boys, as a single mother really can complicate this already daunting task. But, it can be done. I know many single mothers who have raised their sons to become exemplary men in the world. A very close to home and good example is Nelson Mandela whose father died at a young age and his mother, with the help of his uncle, raised him to become an icon for many people. I believe one of the most important things to do as a single mother is to find your strength within. You are strong “by nature”, and this example of courage and strength are seen by your children. They need you to believe in yourself and your abilities as a mother and homemaker. Children internalise what they see on a day to day basis. Regularly give them your time and attention, take an interest in them and let them know with actions and words that they are loved. However, love also includes setting limits, so I would advise you to review your approach to discipline. Are you too soft and nag or beg them to do chores and tasks? Do you follow up on what you expected from them? Do you give in to their every demand? Or are you shouting and screaming at them or insulting them, or even hitting them? These approaches are shown not to work, especially with teenagers. Discipline is not punishment, instead it encompasses highly positive elements such as learning, teaching, guiding and socialising our children to become well-adjusted individuals. Firmness in setting clear, consistent boundaries is vital. With your children having all the power (permissive parenting) or the other extreme, where you have all the power with harsh and punitive measures (autocratic parenting), makes a “‘difficult” child even more rebellious. The aim is a more democratic style of parenting, where you and your children share the power age appropriately. With this style, boundaries are clear, fair and firm and the children are left feeling secure contained and happy. Limits and rules, which are consistent and are adhered to at all times by all involved, are essential aspects of a self-disciplined and organised life. As we go through life, even as adults, we need the security of boundaries, whether it is knowing our role at work, how we drive our cars and how we manage our relationships and money. We all need predictability to make us feel safe and securely balanced. I would like to know if you can help me. My son, who is 14 years old, has a habit of always sitting on his own in his room after school. He hardly talks and that worries me. He gets angry very quickly. When children go through the developmental phase of adolescence it can be challenging for them to deal with the sudden explosion of cognitive and emotional changes linked to brain development and hormonal shifts. Many parents worry about their children who are changing and becoming either more outgoing or more withdrawn and isolated, or both. Often these are linked to the teenagers’ need for socialising with friends but sometimes many of them may fear this push to engage with others, as well as many developing all other kinds of insecurities which become particularly pronounced during this phase in their lives. However, I am concerned that you say he “never talks” and “gets angry quickly”. I wonder that perhaps he has/is going through an experience that may be overwhelming for him and frightens him but he is too afraid to share this with anyone for fear of being judged. So he withdraws into his room for safety. I would suggest that you sit with him (with nobody else around) or take him out somewhere quiet like the beach, and let him know that you are concerned out of love for him. Respectfully explore what could be bothering him. Reassure him that you love him and will not judge him or think bad of him, whatever he shares with you. Let him know that problems carried alone get heavier and heavier, until it feels that the person cannot go on anymore and they feel isolated from the world. Let him know he is not alone, you are there for him, and others too but you need him to know he can talk to you or a professional helping people with emotional problems such as a trained psychologist or counsellor. Keep the communication lines open with him at all times, even if he ignores you or does not want to talk to you. Just keep on reminding him you are there to listen, no matter what. One day, he may surprise you and just come out with it, whatever “it” may be.I just want to compliment you on your articles – it’s really crucial for people to know these things about human nature. I can honestly say I learn a lot from your articles. Thank you! We all need to know and learn about the most important factors that keep us as individuals and families and communities intact, our hearts and minds. Freud, the “father” of psychoanalysis, said 95 to 97 percent of our actions are motivated by unconscious processes. When we don’t know our minds and emotions we are more prone to acting out and hurting ourselves and others, and are often more thoughtless instead of making well-considered choices and actions, with not just ourselves in mind but also whoever else it will impact on. If our inner world makes more sense to us, we can be with ourselves and others in ways that are respectful, kind and compassionate. A world without kindness and compassion is a very sad one indeed. * This column will appear every two weeks. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist in private practice. While she cannot enter into correspondence with individual readers, she will try to answer as many queries as possible through this column or refer you to organisations that can assist. You can write to her at or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774. 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Tallahassee veteran ordered to remove American flag from mailbox

first_img SHARE Published: August 4, 2017 6:37 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Tallahassee veteran ordered to remove American flag from mailbox TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) There’s a dispute brewing over a patriotic mailbox wrap in Tallahassee. The homeowners association says it’s not allowed.The Southwood Residential Community Association sent a letter to the veteran who put up the wrap, asking him to remove it or face penalties. However, the veteran said he’s not backing down without a fight.“It’s not in consonance with their aesthetic values here in Southwood,” said retired U.S. Navy Officer, John Ackert.Ackert received the notice last week.“As the holiday season comes to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap. Decoration may be displayed 30 days prior and must be taken down 15 days after,” Ackert continues. “That’s been there for four years. It was put there 30 days after I moved into this house.”Now, Ackert is standing up for what he believes in. He wrote an appeal and hopes the SRCA changes its mind.“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest. And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this,” Ackert said.Neighbors in Southwood said the patriotism is refreshing, and the letter was a bit harsh.“The man’s a veteran, he served the country. It’s just a mailbox with a flag, I don’t think it’s right. He owns the house, he can at least have that,” said neighbor, Mike Patel.Residents receive a binder full of rules and standards before moving into Southwood. Many said they’re not surprised by the H.O.A.’s actions.“They do things like this all the time. I think it’s ridiculous. What’s wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?” said neighbor, Mike Stephenson.The letter said Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap, or face a fine. He is appealing the request.On Thursday, the Southwood Residential Community Association responded to Ackert’s appeal, saying they will present it to the Covenants Committee for a decision on August 8.We reached out to the SRCA on this issue. They say they are investigating it, but they have no comment at this time.last_img read more

Human rights

first_img The claimant was the subject of a civil restraining order (CRO). A result of the CRO was that if he wished to seek permission to appeal the CRO, he was required to pay a fee of £80 (the fee requirement). If permission was subsequently granted, the fee would be refunded. The claimant commenced proceedings claiming that the fee requirement was incompatible with his rights under article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The claim would be dismissed. It was established law that the right of access to a court did not, in principle, prevent the state from taking action to control the activities of vexatious litigants provided that: (i) the limitations applied did not restrict the access left to the individual in such a way or to such an extent that the very essence of the right was impaired; and (ii) the restriction had to pursue a legitimate aim and have a reasonable relationship of proportionality to the aim sought to be achieved (see [17] of the judgment). In the instant case, the requirement to pay a fee was not incompatible with article 6 of the Convention. There was no doubt that the requirement to pay the fee was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim (see [22], [23] of the judgment). Bhamjee v Forsdick (No 2) [2003] All ER (D) 429 (Jul) applied; Tolstoy Miloslavsky v United Kingdom (Application 18139/91) [1995] ECHR 18139/91 considered; Kreuz v Poland (Application 28249/95) [2001] ECHR 28249/95 considered; Podbielski v Poland (Application 39199/98) [2005] ECHR 39199/98 considered. Senior-Milne v Secretary of State for Justice: Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court (London) (Mr Justice Coulson): 30 October 2012 Right to a fair hearing – Access to a court – Claimant being subject of civil restraining ordercenter_img The claimant did not appear and was not represented; Sarah-Jane Davies (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the secretary of state.last_img read more

MoJ put on notice by information commissioner

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has become the first central government department to be served with an enforcement notice by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It was rapped over the knuckles last month for delays in responding to ‘subject access requests’ – inquiries by individuals on data held about them. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires data controllers to respond to such requests ‘without undue delay’.According to the notice, dated 21 December, the information commissioner has considered ‘a large number’ of complaints about the department’s handling of subect access requests. ‘On 28 July 2017, the data controller had a backlog of 919 subject access requests from individuals, some of which dated back to 2012,’ the notice states. While progress had been made towards eliminating the backlog by October 2018, on 10 November 2017 the MoJ had 793 cases over 40 days old.’The commissioner takes the view that damage or distress to individuals is likely as a result of them being denied the opportunity of correcting inaccurate personal data about them, which may be processed by the data controller, because they are unable to establish what personal data are being processed within the statutory timescale.’The notice also cites article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, stating that the ‘right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence… has been unlawfully interfered with by reason of the failure of the data controller to respond to subject access requests in compliance with the DPA’.Among other measures, the notice requires the secretary of state for justice to inform the individuals with outstanding requests by 31 October 2018 whether any personal data about them has been processed and to supply each of them with a copy of any such personal data so processed. The secretary of state must also provide the commissioner with a monthly progress report. The serving of an enforcement notice on Whitehall is the latest indication of a tough approach by Elizabeth Denham, who took up the position of information commmissioner in July 2016. Over the past decade the ICO has issued some 155 enforcement notices, the largest number against marketing businesses. While 19 have been served on local authorities, this is the first against central government. In a formal statement, the MoJ said: ‘We have left no stone unturned in ensuring the historical backlog in responding to special access requests from offenders is addressed. The Information Commissioner has recognised our plan is robust and it is delivering results at pace and ahead of schedule.’Given the marked improvements already brought about by our urgent action in this area, we are very disappointed the Information Commissioner has decided to take formal action at this time.’We are committed to transparency and improving understanding of how the justice system works but the information we handle is often highly sensitive and we must weigh these interests with our responsibility never to put children, vulnerable victims, witnesses, staff or criminal investigations at risk.’last_img read more

UWF falls to Lee in penalty kicks in GSC Semifinal

first_img Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Preview Live Stats Watch Live vs. Nova Southeastern 11/13/2015 – 3:00 p.m. ET November 6, 2015 BOX SCORE FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team fell 4-3 in penalty kicks against Lee in Friday night’s Gulf South Conference Tournament semifinal match. Following the match, UWF’s record stands at 14-4-1 on the season. “Lee’s a very good team,” head coach Joe Bartlinski said. “Our kids were courageous. We went down a couple times in the match, and we battled back, so I’m very proud of the effort our players put in today. Hopefully, it’s enough to get into the next tournament, and if we advance, our youngsters will be prepared.” Like the first time these teams met this year, momentum shifted back and forth often during the match. Lee got the scoring started in the 21st minute, and Alisa Festagallo (Fort Pierce, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) netted her third goal of the season just 11 minutes later. In the 39th minute, Lee took a 2-1 lead off a corner kick from McKenzie Bricker. Bri Young (Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS) found the net with a thru ball from Daryl Bell (Sarasota, Fla./Southeast HS), which tied the match at 2-2 going into halftime. Shortly after the second half began, Lee jumped ahead and held the lead for much of the half. Momentum shifted yet again when Georgia Bailey (St. Catherine, Jamaica/St. Jago HS) knocked a Kaley Ward corner kick into the net with just six seconds remaining in regulation. “I really felt that our defenders did great,” Bartlinski said. “Although Lee scored some goals, they were all on set pieces and I felt our collective defense did very well. If we can sort out some small issues, we should do very well.” The teams tied with 12 shots apiece at the end of regulation, and Lee added just two more in the two 10-minute overtime periods. The Argos and Flames held each other scoreless in overtime and advanced into penalty kicks. The teams were also evenly matched in corner kicks, as they tied 3-3 after the first five attempts. Lee capitalized on the sixth kicker to take the win. Because UWF ranked fourth in the latest NCAA South Region rankings, the Argos remain in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. The NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Selection Show will take place Monday at 5:30 p.m. CT on, when UWF will learn about its playoff hopes. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# — –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Keystone Wildcats Put Up 22 in the Fourth Quarter to Upend the Cloverleaf Colts 29-21

first_imgBy Don DiFrancescoLAGRANGE, OHIO – When Cloverleaf’s Kodey Trent scored on a 30-yard sweep play with 11:13 left in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Colts were in business. They took a 21-7 lead, and had held Keystone scoreless since midway through the second quarter.But the Wildcats were not ready to give up quite yet.After an exchange of punts, Keystone’s offense suddenly came to life. Senior quarterback Jacob Shackelford finished off a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to cut the Cloverleaf lead to 7 with 5:25 to play. The key play of the drive was a 26-yard pass from Jacob to his freshman brother, Ryne Shackelford. Good coverage on the subsequent kickoff had Cloverleaf bottled up inside their 10-yard line. Three plays gained zero yards, so the Colts lined up to punt. And then—disaster. The ball was mishandled at the line of scrimmage and when the bodies were unpiled, Keystone had possession, first and goal at the Cloverleaf 9-yard line.Two plays later Shackelford scored on a 3-yard run, making the score Cloverleaf 21, Keystone 20. Wildcats Coach Don Griswold called time out, and the decision was made to go for two. It turned out to be the right call as Shackelford connected with sophomore receiver Evan Maiden to take the lead, 22-21.Cloverleaf had 2:33 to mount a comeback, but Shackelford was Johnny-on-the-spot again, this time from the defensive backfield. He picked off a pass from Colts’ quarterback Brody Stallings and took it all the way in for a touchdown—his third score within a span of 3:04. Final score: Keystone 29, Cloverleaf 21.Cloverleaf 7 0 7 7 = 21Keystone 0 7 0 22 = 291st QuarterCloverleaf Brody Stallings, 2 run (Logan Tierney kick)2nd QuarterKeystone Ryne Shackelford, 3 pass from Jacob Shackelford (Zac Marsh kick)3rd QuarterCloverleaf Kodey Trent, 24 pass from Stallings (Tierney kick)4th QuarterCloverleaf Trent, 30 run (Tierney kick)Keystone J. Shackelford, 2 run (Marsh kick)Keystone J. Shackelford, 3 run (Evan Maiden, pass from J. Shackelford)Keystone J. Shackelford, 38 interception return (Marsh kick) Related TopicsCloverleaf ColtsfeaturedKeystone Wildcats NEO HS Stafflast_img read more