Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

May 16, 2017

… Leahy acknowledged that the president has the authority to declassify information as he sees fit but that doing so and sharing it with the Russians would put America at risk. for allowing a photographer for the Russian state news agency TASS to cover the meeting, which American media had been barred from attending. The White House said it had been misled, but the Russian photographers access to the Oval Office sparked questions about a possible security breach. Deadly serious Q: Was it a …

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Pay will continue to be squeezed, employers’ survey suggests – BBC News

May 15, 2017

… manufacturing and production proving particularly buoyant,” said Gerwyn Davies of the CIPD. “The bad news is that there is a real risk that a significant proportion of workers will see a fall in their living standards as the year progresses, due to a slowdown in basic pay and expectations of inflation increases over the next few months. “This could create higher levels of economic insecurity and could have serious implications for consumer spending, which has helped to support …

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These stories show the importance of mentorship

May 13, 2017

… D’Arcangelo. Shenker is the CEO and Founder of a marketing company called The On Switch. D’Arcangelo, six years her younger, has helped her with content strategy and marketing tech. “He opened up a whole new range of career opportunities for me, just as my solid brand marketing skills ran the risk of becoming old school,” Shenker says. She believes that because of D’Arcangelo’s help, she’ll be able to continue her career for years to come.She describes …

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Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak

May 9, 2017

(CNN)A measles outbreak continues to strike Minnesota as health officials stress the importance of getting vaccinated. There are now 48 confirmed measles cases in Hennepin, Ramsey and Crow Wing counties, mostly affecting unvaccinated Somali-American children, according to data released by the state’s Department of Health on Monday. Of those impacted, 46 are children 10 and younger; 41 are Somali-American; and 45 have not been vaccinated against the disease, according to the data. …

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General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’ – BBC News

May 8, 2017

Over the weekend the Lib Dems did announce they would increase income tax by a penny-in-the-pound to boost investment in the NHS. Last year the Public Accounts Committee warned that the NHS in England was 50,000 people short of the front-line staff it needed – about 6% of the workforce. ‘Staff leaving to stack shelves’ NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said his members were now worried the situation was so bad that services were at risk. “Growing problems of …

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French centrist presidential candidate says campaign was massively hacked

May 7, 2017

… Macron’s centrist political movement “En Marche.” The hacking allegations come after months of other Russian hacking claims made by the Macron campaign, all denied by Russian president Vladimir Putin. In March, the French government suspended electronic voting for French citizens overseas after France’s National Cybersecurity Agency reported “an extremely high risk” of cyberattacks and hacking of the election. According tothe Post, Le Pen has multiple …

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Nuclear oversight needs ‘urgent’ action, MPs say – BBC News

May 2, 2017

It says there is a long-term risk the UK will become a “rule-taker” – unable to influence European rules and standards it has to comply with – and says plans to leave the European regulator Euratom have not been thought through. ‘Madness’ Committee chairman Iain Wright said: “Ministers must act as urgently as possible. The repercussions of failing to do so are huge. “The continued operations of the UK nuclear industry are at risk,” the …

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Here’s why these companies want Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

April 27, 2017

… Barack Obama’s climate change policies, which will likely make it impossible for the country to meet its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. Since all nations, including developing countries like China and India, are part of the agreement, the companies say staying in the Paris system will avoid the risk of “competitive imbalances” for U.S.-based companies. In addition, the letter states the Paris agreement would help create jobs by spurring the clean …

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Go with your gut: Harnessing the power of intution

April 26, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Robert Kneschke Intuition. Its that voice in the back of your head telling you that you should bring a raincoat or umbrella. Its that sinking feeling you have in the pit of your stomach when feeling that youve been betrayed. Its the instant connection that you have with your best friend. Its that hunch that you should make that investment or take a business risk. Intuition has long been studied. From Aristotle to Carl Jungs groundbreaking studies in the early 20th …

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Violence injury treatment ‘falls’ in England and Wales – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… 18 to 30 continued to be at most risk from violence. Violence-related injuries sustained by children aged up to 10 showed a year-on-year rise of 10% in 2016. Cost to health service The research does not examine the reasons for the decline in violence but better detection and reporting of serious violence by emergency departments and more targeted policing were also cited in the report as possible factors. Prof Shepherd told the BBC that increased CCTV which allowed police to target incidents …

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Brexit university brain drain warning – BBC News

April 25, 2017

… Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. “The government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff and avert the risk of a damaging brain drain of talent from our shores.” ‘Light-touch controls’ The MPs highlighted the economic value of the UK’s higher education sector – quoting an estimate that it was worth 73bn per year and supported 750,000 jobs. There are 127,000 students from …

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Police prepared to shoot terrorist attack drivers – BBC News

April 20, 2017

One of the biggest challenges previously faced by police was the risk of bullets bouncing off the glass on vehicles in such attacks, said Mr Chesterman, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. ‘Horrible tactics’ “We’ve seen some very horrible and different tactics lately involving vehicles and lorries,” he said. “Within our policy, we used to talk about not shooting at a moving vehicle because of the danger we might cause if we fired at a driver. …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

… to raise funds for UK charity Street Child. It provides shelter and education for homeless children, and estimates that 12,000 children were orphaned in Sierra Leone by the epidemic. It also says 1,400 of those orphans remain “critically at risk” regarding their health and security. “I’m excited to go back,” Ms Cafferkey said. “It’ll be great to see Sierra Leone in a different state, and also know that I might be able to help as well. We weren’t …

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Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future

April 9, 2017

In 2013 author Elizabeth Hand was invited to Washington DC by a think tank that thought her experience writing dystopian science fiction might give her a useful perspective on current climate change challenges. Hand is well-versed in doomsday scenarios, but what she learned at the think tank about the risk of massive fires really startled her. “We’re not looking at if a mega-fire is going to happen and overtake a major urban area, or a major residential area, its a matter of …

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Treating people like, well, people is key to leadership here’s how

April 9, 2017

Image:  Ilyafs/shutterstock At the risk of stating the obvious, leading is hard. Dealing with people, wrote Dale Carnegie over 80 years ago, is probably the biggest problem you face. Bleak as it may sound, the challenge of leading is just that: People. If anything, its gotten tougher. The once reigning champ of leading people at work wage increases now displays a very weak link to motivation, satisfaction, and performance. Even more pointed, a 2016 study from Fidelity found that 58 …

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Is the humble Lada now a classic car? – BBC News

April 6, 2017

… Capris, the original Mini, and even the Austin Maxi, are in big demand. Plus the Citroen 2CV and the original VW Beatle. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ford Capris are now much in demand Mr Bartholomeusz says that the best Ford Cortinas made in the first half of the 1970s can now sell for 18,000, but back in the 1980s were worth as little as 100. However, Mr Richards cautions that there is still some risk to buying a classic car, be it a Lada, Ford or Ferrari. …

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How taking the wrong funding will kill your business

March 29, 2017

… part of your business experience and reputation will also tell you what you can expect from the relationship. How has this investor handled previous challenges? You can even check in with other startups where your investor has supplied funds to learn more about how the experiences were for that founder. This due diligence can then provide the answer as to whether this investor is right or wrong for your company. Entrepreneurs are taking a risk just like the investors they are pitching to because …

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Unbeelieveable: Stung By Lawsuit, Trump Administration Lists Bumble Bee As Endangered

March 22, 2017

… Trump administration, arguing that it failed to give proper public notice of the delay, or safeguard a species currently facing an imminent risk of extinction. We will work with stakeholders to ensure collaborative conservation among landowners, farmers, industry, and developers in the areas where the species is native, Swift said. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which filed a petition calling for the species endangered listing, said Tuesday was an historic day. Federal …

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What makes gambling wrong but insurance right? – BBC News

March 20, 2017

… The ability to buy derivatives lets companies specialise in a particular market. Otherwise, they would have to diversify – like the Chinese merchants four millennia ago, who didn’t want all their goods in one ship. The more an economy specialises, the more it tends to produce. But unlike regular insurance, for derivatives you don’t need to find someone with a risk they need to protect themselves against. You just need to find someone willing to take a gamble on any uncertain …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… the Republican bill, many other Americans would end up getting bigger tax subsidies than they would under the Affordable Care Act. That includes people who get only a little financial assistance now, but still face premiums they find difficult to pay. The GOP plan could make those premiums easier to afford — although, again, those people could also end up with less comprehensive coverage. One other possibility for the Secrists would be a so-called high-risk pool a special insurance …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… “unauthorised” referendum? Possibly, but it would be even more of a risk – such a vote could get tied up in the courts before the ballot papers were even printed. Many at the SNP conference talked about how there “will” be a referendum but Scottish government officials say this is more because Mrs May’s position is untenable, rather than a signal towards a consultative vote. In the aftermath of Mrs May’s statement, someone wryly observed to me that …

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Disasters Emergency Committee makes East Africa appeal – BBC News

March 15, 2017

… the DEC, an umbrella organisation which brings together 13 UK aid charities to deal with international crises, said hunger was “looming” across East Africa. He said more than 800,000 children under five were severely malnourished. “Without urgent treatment, they are at risk of starving to death,” he said. “We are hearing that families are so desperate for food that they are resorting to eating leaves to survive. This is something no family should have to endure. …

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UK aid in Libya could be harmful – watchdog – BBC News

March 10, 2017

‘Unintended harm’ Libya is the main departure point for migrants attempting the sea crossing to Europe and is home to up to one million migrants and refugees, according to ICAI. All those detained by the Libyan government, including those rescued at sea, are held in often overcrowded detention centres where they risk being abused. The report by the ICAI, which monitors UK aid spending, said there were concerns about the risk that British aid was contributing to a system that …

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10,000 haulage firms on safety ‘red list’ – BBC News

March 7, 2017

… repaired or the operator is given a deadline to get it fixed. The agency scores operators on the likelihood their vehicles will be operating safely, with a green, amber or red rating. Mr Llewellyn said: “Where we believe there is something of imminent impact for the public, we will impound that vehicle – it is about making sure those things that are really posing a risk to the public are taken out very quickly.” But Chris Snelling, of the Freight Transport Association, said the …

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