This from dailymaverick.co.za:
A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday.
The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin.
“It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I call nightmare bacteria,” a family of germs known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), said Thomas Frieden, chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and Europe.
Its emergence in the United States for the first time “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria,” said a report on the finding, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
The report gave no details about the outcome of the Pennsylvania woman’s case. Superbugs can be deadly, but not in all cases.
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The Western Cape High Court, on Wednesday 25 May 2016, granted the City of Cape Town a final and permanent interdict against violent protesters, among them the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civic Organisation and members of their executive, preventing them from disrupting the MyCiTi service or conducting any protest action at the MyCiTi stations along the T04 trunk route. Read more below:
I am very relieved and grateful for this final order by the Western Cape High Court.
The City cannot allow protesters to vandalise and damage our infrastructure, inconvenience our commuters, and disrupt the MyCiTi service which is providing a vital and important service to the communities of Dunoon and Joe Slovo. Vandalism and the destruction of City property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law-abiding citizens, is unacceptable. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Council has today given its in-principle approval for the granting of long-term rights to use, control and/or manage a large gravel overflow-parking site next to the Cape Town Stadium on Granger Bay Boulevard. It is expected that the development of this site will be a catalyst for the commercialisation of the Stadium Precinct which holds investment- and job creation benefits for the people of Cape Town. The City also wishes to enhance public use of the space. Read more below:
Based on the City’s in-house valuation, the market rental value of this property, comprising a gravelled parking area site of 7 385 m² in size, is estimated to be either an upfront payment of R100 million (excluding VAT) or a monthly rental of R750 000 (excluding VAT). This rental is valid for a proposed lease term of 25 years, with an escalation of 8% per annum.
The City expects the construction value of the site to be approximately R600 million. Continue reading
The illegal strike by a group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), is still ongoing.
Commuters traveling on the T01 and T04 trunk routes should expect significant delays to the MyCiTi service in the peak hour of this afternoon, 26 May 2016. The MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View, as well as Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, are also severely affected.
‘Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has requested the other two vehicle operating companies to assist where possible. However, commuters are advised to please make other arrangements where possible as the service along these routes will be severely delayed for as long as the illegal strike continues,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen embarked on an illegal strike as from 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016. Neither Kidrogen, nor Transport for Cape Town, was informed of their intention to strike. Continue reading
Cape Town’s selection as one of the final cohort of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network will bolster our efforts to prepare our organisation and communities for the opportunities and challenges associated with urbanisation, globalisation and climate change. Read more below:
Today we are pleased to announce that the City of Cape Town has been selected to join the100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. This programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to find 100 cities across the globe that are ready to build resilience to social, economic and physical challenges faced by urban environments.
Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.
As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st century. Continue reading
A group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company (VOC), this morning embarked on an illegal strike. Neither Kidrogen nor Transport for Cape Town – the City of Cape Town’s transport authority – was informed of the imminent strike that commenced at approximately 05:00 this morning, 26 May 2016.
The bus drivers who are participating in the illegal strike prevented the MyCiTi buses from leaving the depot in Dunoon to commence with the services along the very busy and popular T01 and T04 trunk routes.
As a result, the MyCiTi trunk routes from Dunoon to Table View and Dunoon to Century City were severely disrupted, as were the MyCiTi feeder Routes 213, 214, 215, 216 and 217 in Table View. Routes 260 and 262, serving commuters from Summer Greens and Century Gate, were also affected.
None of the routes mentioned above were operational this morning.
Buses are being added to these routes as and when drivers become available. Continue reading
This from dailymaverick.co.za:
by Ivan Couronne and Veronique Dupont Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump stumped Wednesday in California, the US state with the largest Hispanic population, doubling down on his anti-immigration position but assuring that “Mexican people” will vote for him in November.
The presumptive Republican nominee took the stage in Anaheim, outside Los Angeles, with police on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos.
Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least eight people were arrested.
Inside, Trump attacked his likely Democratic general election rival Hillary Clinton and railed against undocumented immigrants stealing US jobs.
But he insisted legal immigrants would vote for him in large numbers, despite polls showing they would overwhelmingly favor Clinton.
“The Mexican people are great, they’re going to vote for me like crazy, the ones that are legally in this country,” Trump said, as a woman waived a “Latinas for Trump” sign behind him.
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This from lionsworld.co.za forum:
Emirates Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies will undergo an operation on his fractured finger on Tuesday and should be ready to play 3-4 weeks.
It’s reported he’s been sacked over his defiance of the ANC leadership on governance issues.
JOHANNESBURG – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has reportedly resigned following a weekend of speculation about his fate.
According to news channel, eNCA, Mchunu was forced to resign over his defiance of the African National Congress’ (ANC) leadership on governance issues.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Mchunu had been ordered by provincial leadership to hand in his resignation this week.
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This from iol.co.za:
Poor Richard Stirton.
He’s the first ever winner of The Voice SA – a prize which includes R800 000 worth of goodies, and a recording contract with Universal Music SA. But that’s not what people are talking about this morning.
A big question mark hangs over Stirton’s win because of the voting fiasco that put a dampener on this reality singing show finale. The Voice’s online voting system is said to have collapsed, which meant only the votes recorded up until Thursday were used to determine the winner. According to M-Net, it is not yet known why the system collapsed and, as such, they also do not know who viewers were siding with in the final outcome. Perhaps their system couldn’t cope with the large number of votes cast. Nevertheless, who’s to say that Stirton is the true champion?
The Voice host Lungile Radu was forced into an embarrasing concession during the finale last night, telling his audience that the votes cast on Sunday would not count towards the final result. He blamed “intermittent” voting platform issues.
At the press conference following the show, M-Net’’s head of publicity Lani Lombard tried her best to put a positive spin on proceedings.
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