25 attorneys honored at Lee County Bar Association pro bono luncheon

first_img25 attorneys honored at Lee County Bar Association pro bono luncheon CELEBRATING THE SIGNIFICANT WORK of dedicated attorneys who believe in giving back to their community, Florida Rural Legal Services honored 25 attorneys for their pro bono work at the recent FRLS Pro Bono Awards Luncheon at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Ft. Myers. The attorneys were recognized for giving of their time and talents to assist those who otherwise could not afford legal fees in the tax clinic, with family law issues, and other legal work. The lawyers honored include Scott Atwood, Shanthy Bala, Albert V. Batista, Norma H. Brill, Daniel Dalesandro, Theresa Daniels, Che Diaz, Tina M. Dedtrick, Kelly Fayer, Cary Goggin, Kim E. Howard, Richard Johnston, Jeffrey R. Kuhns, Lisa Musial, Greg Nussbickel, Christina O’Brien, Ryan O’Halloran, Frank Pavese, Jr., Richard Ricciardi, Kayla Richmond, Alexis Sitka, Steven Spence, David Steckler, Joseph Trunkett, and John Webb. Also recognized were several interns from Florida Gulf Coast University who worked with Naples lawyer David Steckler. Dec 05, 2019 News in Photoslast_img read more

To See Who Holds The Power In Your Relationships, Check Your Old Emails

first_imgio9:Power dynamics are everywhere, from our personal relationships to our professional ones. Do you know where do you stand in yours? Here’s a little psychology experiment you can run at home. Finding out could be as simple as reading through your old e-mails.…I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs introducing this subject, partly to contextualize what it is we’re talking about, but also because it’s just a fascinating subject. What we’re dealing with here is language, specifically those parts of language that we often overlook, and how we use it.“The,” “this,” “a,” “and,” “an,” “there,” “that,” are all examples of what are called “function words.” You can think of them as the glue that bind together so-called “content words” – which convey information by denoting key people, places, things, and situations – into meaningful statements.There’s no question function words are important from a structural standpoint, but according to UT Austin psychologist James Pennebaker, they’re basically invisible to humans; as we read, or listen to someone speak, our brains tend to overlook them as we search for meaning in a statement’s meatier, more consequential content words. And that’s a shame, he says, because there’s a lot of information hidden in how we use function words.Read the whole story: i09 More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 28, 2017

first_imgLetter urges Congress to oppose Trump administration’s AMR cutsThe Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today sent a letter to members of congressional appropriations committees urging them to reject President Trump’s proposed cuts to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) initiatives.The letter, signed by more than 60 organizations representing the human and animal health sectors, expresses concern that the “gravity and importance” of AMR is not reflected in the president’s budget request, which was released in May. The president’s FY18 budget seeks reductions to AMR programs administered by several different agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).The budget cuts $22.7 million from the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative (ARSI), which funds statewide efforts to detect and track resistance threats, and seeks to move ARSI’s funding source to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which would disappear if Congress is successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act. “A cut of this magnitude would impact every aspect of CDC’s work to protect us from AMR, including its support for state public health labs and research collaborations with academic institutions,” the letter says.In addition, the budget proposes a $76 million cut from the CDC’s Center for Global Health, which studies global resistance patterns, a $1.1 billion cut to the NIAID, a significant funder of research into new antimicrobials, and a $50 million cut to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which promotes antimicrobial stewardship in agriculture. A $62.6 million cut to USAID’s global tuberculosis program would diminish efforts to screen, diagnose, and treat patients who have multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.The letter asks the chairs and ranking members of the Labor-HHS-Education, Agriculture, and State-Foreign Ops Appropriations subcommittees to not only reject the cuts detailed in the budget but “continue Congress’s bipartisan support for AMR that reflects the US commitment to infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance, and innovation.”Jun 28 IDSA letter Study finds benefit for antibiotic treatment of simple skin woundsA study today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that the use of clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) in conjunction with incision and drainage, when compared with incision and drainage alone, improves short-term outcomes in patients who have uncomplicated skin abscesses.The multicenter, prospective, double-blind trial involved 786 participants who had a skin abscess of 5 centimeters or smaller. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from 527 participants, and methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) was isolated from 388. After abscess incision and drainage, participants were randomly assigned to receive clindamycin, TMP-SMX, or placebo for 10 days. The primary outcome was clinical cure 7 to days after treatment.The results showed that the cure rates for participants in the clindamycin group (83.1%) and the TMP-SMX group (81.7%) were significantly higher than in the placebo group (68.9%). The beneficial effects were limited to patients with S aureus infection. Among participants who were initially cured, new infections at 1 month follow-up were less common in the clindamycin group (6.8%) than in the TMP-SMX (13.5%) or the placebo group (12.4%), while adverse events were more frequent with clindamycin (21.9%) than with TMP-SMX (11.1%) or placebo (12.5%).The authors say the benefits of adding treatment with clindamycin or TMP-SMX after incision and drainage of simple skin abscesses should be weighed against the known side-effect profiles of these antibioticsJun 29 N Engl J Med studylast_img read more

States’ report card highlights threat of weather, infectious diseases

first_imgToday Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a Washington, D.C.–based health advocacy group, in its annual report card ranking states’ preparedness for public health threats, noted that the leading challenges this year took the form of natural weather disasters, including hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”Preparedness was weather-related this year,” said John Auerbach, MBA, the president and chief executive officer of TFAH, in a press conference. “But preparedness is inconsistent across states.””As a nation, we—year after year—fail to fully support public health and preparedness,” Auerbach added in a TFAH press release. “If we don’t improve our baseline funding and capabilities, we’ll continue to be caught completely off-guard when hurricanes, wildfires, and infectious disease outbreaks hit.”The report also noted that preparedness in general—including for infectious disease threats—was down among states compared with last year, and preparedness is being undermined by underfunding. Experts also underscored the problem of vaccine hesitancy.”What it takes to prepare for bioterrorism, major disease threats or major disasters is also essential to respond to ongoing health threats,” TFAH said in the report. “The bad news is that the accomplishments achieved to improve public health and preparedness for all hazards are being undermined due to severe budget cuts and lack of prioritization.”Half of states scored 5 or lowerAccording to the TFAH report, US states and territories experienced 15 separate weather and climate disaster events, each with losses exceeding $1 billion, and that excluded recent wildfires in California. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria alone killed nearly 200 people, displaced thousands in Texas and Louisiana, and produced catastrophic flooding and major public health emergencies.Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) said her state faced Zika last year and then Hurricane Irma this year—major public health crises that have tested Florida Health’s ability to  rapidly respond to a situation.”Federal investment is critical for building a public health infrastructure that has the capacity to prepare for and recover from weather and other hazardous situations,” Philip said in the TFAH report.The report card is based on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness. Half of all states scored a 5 or lower (out of 10), with Alaska scoring the lowest (2), and Massachusetts and Rhode Island scoring the highest (9). Delaware, North Carolina, and Virginia each scored 8 out of 10. Florida received a 6.That is down from last year, when Massachusetts scored a 10, North Carolina and Washington state scored a 9, only 9 states scored 5 or lower, and no state scored lower than 3.But Auerbach said the report card, a 116-page document called “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism,” is not a comprehensive analysis.”Some of the states lacking several of the indicators have protected the public well this year,” said Auerbach. “But the report card is necessary to provide the public a better understanding of preparedness.”Focus on federal fundingThroughout the press conference, Auerbach emphasized the lack of federal funding for public health threats. Time and again, Auerbach said, an emergency, whether it’s in the form of Zika or wildfires, leaves states scrambling for federal dollars.”Federal funding has been cut by more than half since 2002,” Auerbach said. In 2002, federal officials spent $940 million on health emergencies. In 2017, that number dropped to $667 million.In the report card, TFAH called for a complementary Public Health Emergency Fund to provide immediate surge funding for specific actions regarding major emerging threats.Auerbach said that money is crucial, especially because only 19 states plus Washington, DC, increased or maintained their public health budgets this year. Last year 26 states increased or maintained public health funding.Public health funding commitment was the first indicator of a state’s preparedness. Other indicators included national health security preparedness, public health department accreditation, antibiotic resistance efforts, flu vaccination rates, enhanced nurse licensure compact participation, United States climate alliance, public health laboratories, and paid sick leave laws.Addressing undervaccinationKaren Remley, MD, MBA, CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) spoke during the press conference about the need for more vaccination efforts across the country, citing outbreaks of measles and whooping coughs as costly public health crises that could have been avoided with routine immunizations.”The AAP maintains that vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives,” Remley said. Only 20 states reported vaccinating more than half of their populations against seasonal influenza, a rate that climbed from 10 states in last year’s report.Auerbach and Remley said that states across the nation had to focus on—in addition to vaccination—antimicrobial resistance, calling it one of the biggest threats facing the public. Twenty states plus Washington, DC, had 70% or more of hospitals reporting that they met antibiotic stewardship program core elements in 2016.See also: Dec 19 TFAH press releaseDec 19 TFAH “Ready or Not?” reportAug 30 CIDRAP News story “Experts: Avoid unneeded tetanus shots in wake of Harvey”Apr 20 CIDRAP News story “US preparedness index finds sluggish, uneven response”last_img read more

Global COVID trend shows hint of plateau; NZ suspicion shifts to quarantine breach in flare-up

first_imgGlobal COVID-19 cases showed early signs of a plateau, though countries continue to battle large outbreaks, new surges, and smaller flare-ups, such as in New Zealand, where officials now suspect a quarantine breach may be what triggered a recent case cluster.The pandemic total today reached 2,728,874, and 751,448 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Signs of a plateau, but rises in India and some Middle East countriesWhen asked about global patterns at a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing today, Mike Ryan, MD, director of its health emergencies program, said there is a plateau, but he said numbers vary from week to week, and he urged nations to be careful in interpreting the trends. He emphasized that based on studies, a small number of people have been exposed to the virus, and most of the world remains vulnerable. “This virus has a long way to burn if we allow it,” Ryan said. “If you take pressure off [the virus], it will slip back to community transmission.”Countries are facing hard choices, such as whether to open schools, and that they need good data and knowledge to guide them. “Calm waters do not mean the storm is over,” he added.India today reported a record daily high of nearly 67,000 cases, Reuters reported. And at today’s WHO briefing, Ryan said rapid increases are being reported in Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. For example, Iraq today reported a daily record high of 3,841 cases, according to CNN.Also at today’s briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the International Monetary Fund estimated that the pandemic is costing the global economy $375 billion a month and that G20 countries have already spent $10 trillion on stimulus and mitigation.He warned that economies won’t rebound anywhere if the virus isn’t stamped out everywhere, and that the ACT Accelerator, designed to speed the development of and provide equitable distribution of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics, provides the best route out of the pandemic, but it requires $31.3 billion, a fraction of continued damage to economies and cost of further stimulus.NZ probe shifts to quarantine breachYesterday, New Zealand officials said they are weighing freight contamination as one potential trigger for a newly identified cluster, its first locally acquired cases in 102 days. However, today Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said he suspected the virus came from a breach of quarantine, and he said he hoped there will be more information shortly.The WHO has said there is no evidence that people can contract the virus from food or food packaging. And at today’s briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said the WHO is aware of the investigation development. She said China has been testing packaging, with samples numbering a few hundred thousand, and so far they have found less than 10 positives.Ryan added that people are already scared enough about COVID-19, and there is no evidence that food or the food chain is contributing to transmission. He added that it’s important that the WHO tracks developments with the testing, but people can go about their daily lives regarding COVID-19 and food, and the sample findings should be not be conflated as a major risk.In related developments, New Zealand’s health ministry today reported 13 more cases linked to the recent local cluster, raising the total to 17. One of the new cases involves a grammar school student who is a relative of the index patient’s family. Others include three coworkers of the index case and seven of their family members, an employee from the workplace of an earlier confirmed patient, and one of that person’s family members.The ministry also said health officials are tracking contacts confirmed case-patients had at the grammar school, at a nursing home, and at a resort in Rotorua that the family connected to the initial four cases recently visited.Health officials are still doing a genetic analysis of the virus involved in the cluster, and so far, evidence suggests a similarity to strains from Australia and the United Kingdom.China reports another possible reinfection caseFor the second day in a row, China reported another COVID-19 infection in someone who recovered months ago. Yesterday, it said a 68-year-old woman from Jingzhou in Hubei province was sick again, 6 months after her initial infection.The second patient is a man who was sick in April after returning to China from abroad and tested positive again in Shanghai on Aug 10 and doesn’t have any symptoms, Bloomberg News reported. So far, testing hasn’t turned up any other infections in the patients’ contacts.The cases raise worrying questions about the duration of immunity after COVID-19 infection, a factor that could complicate vaccination against the disease.At today’s WHO briefing, Van Kerkhove said there are examples of possible reinfection, though the cases still not confirmed. She added that patients can remain PCR positive, which doesn’t mean they are infectious, for as long as 10 weeks. In examining the cases, the WHO is looking at how patients were tested, and whether false positives or false negatives were possible.Ideally, scientists would like to isolate live virus to examine in such cases, she said.Researchers don’t yet know how long or strong immunity lasts, Van Kerkhove said. “We are actively following up on any examples.”last_img read more

Aaronia to display the Fastest Spectrum Analyzer at EuMW 2015

first_img SPECTRAN V5 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Series (1Hz – 20GHz) Patent pending magnetic-field antenna “Magnotracker” (1Hz – 1MHz) SPECTRAN V4 Analyzer as handheld, USB & 19″ rack version Series of Signal Generators, portable and 19” rack version Latest version of the PC/Mac/Linux software “MCS” and “RTSA Suite” Active antennas of the HyperLOG X and BicoLOG X series Aaronia will be showcasing the its fastest Spectrum Analyzer (200GHz/second) with a high resolution (up to 20000px) at the EuMW 2105 in Paris from 8-10 September. In addition to the analyzer they will also be showcasing the following: Stop by booth E114 at the EUMW or click here to learn more about what Aaronia has on display.last_img

Housing report tanks

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A REPORT indicating that more than half of the homes in Cardinia and Clyde were empty last…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Park warning after mystery scare

first_img[ UPDATE ] Happy April Fools Day… A NUMBER of distressed residents reported sightings of an unidentified animal near Bunyip…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Reins of leadership

first_imgBy Rebecca Skilton “Someone could go into the round yard with all guns blazing and the horse is going to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Challenge Galway takes place this weekend

first_img 更多 Galway Bay FM Sport Challenge Galway takes place this weekend Back 15 seconds Challenge Galway takes place around the City and County this weekend with the feature events being held on Sunday. Currently Playing Forward 60 seconds Challenge Galway takes place this weekend print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Challenge Galway takes place this weekend Forward 60 seconds CEO of Challenge Galway Liam Heavin joined John on Over The Line to look forward to the weekendAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/LIAM+HEAVEN+CHALLENGE+GALWAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds Galway Bay FM Sportlast_img