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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We first decided to bring it to the masses attention to encourage a POSITIVE POSTER DAY. https://www.facebook.com/
On the 30th May (next Monday) we plan to run this same project for a WEEK and encourage a POSITIVE POSTER WEEK. We are hoping that it will spread to a GLOBAL WEEK OF POSITIVE NEWS to remind us that we can and have to change things ourselves. It is astounding how this version of Democracy has made people complacent and willing to wait for politicians to change things for them. Instead of empowering the masses, it has taken our power away from us. Which is a direct contradiction to its original intent. The “Freedom of the Press” should not hamper the will of the people, by making them believe that bad is in the majority. NO! to me, that actually is a violation of the Freedom Charter and Constitution of South Africa, because it limits the peoples mental freedom and perception of themselves. We are inviting people from around the world to participate this time. https://www.facebook.
Suggested Action for Positive Poster Week
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
Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu and Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene march with more than 100 schoolgirls
At least 50 000 schoolgirls across South Africa were hosted today in offices and places of work as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign.
· Career milestone for South African referee Craig Joubert
Gauteng rivals the Vodacom Bulls and the Emirates Lions go head to head on Saturday afternoon in a mouth-watering Vodacom Super Rugby encounter at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. This Round 14 fixture will be the last local match before the break for the June internationals.
In the other fixture featuring local teams on Saturday, the DHL Stormers host the Toyota Cheetahs in the early 15h00 kick-off at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while the injury-hit Southern Kings entertain the visiting Jaguares on Friday evening at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Craig Joubert will on Saturday become only the third referee in history to officiate his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match when he takes charge of the clash in Pretoria.
The Loftus match will add another highlight to Joubert’s illustrious career, which includes officiating the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in New Zealand, as well as three Vodacom Super Rugby finals, in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Continue reading
There are only two words to describe the feeling of drinking an ice cold, crisp lemon and lime Sprite – ultimate refreshment, and for the next few months, Sprite will be taking the show on the road where they will literally be refreshing South Africa with never seen before misting umbrellas. As part of the activation, the youth also have an opportunity to explore self-expression through its latest brainchild ‘15 Seconds of Refreshing Truth’.
From mid-April until the end of May 2016, Sprite will be visiting various universities and hot spots around the country, engaging with their fans through an exciting nationwide roadshow.
As part of the campaign, Sprite made another pit stop at Nelspruit’s TUT campus on Tuesday 24th May 2016. Students had the opportunity to share their refreshing truth with the Sprite team, students also had the opportunity to shoot their refreshing truth videos with the assistance of the Sprite Team to share on their social media. 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