Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.

Mempengaruhi

Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.

PEMENANG NOBEL YAHUDI

Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)



Literature

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat

Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
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1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
(son)
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire

Physics

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
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          The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star   

ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.

The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.

His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.

He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.

At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.

Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.

But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.

There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."

He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.

But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.

His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.

And the Braves organization loves him.

"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."

The difference?

It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.

"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.

"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.

"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."


Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.

He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.

The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.

Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.

"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."

He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.

"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."

Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.

"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."

He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.

He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.

"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."

Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.

"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."

The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.

Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.

Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.

"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."


The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:

Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.

Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.

Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.

"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."

In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.

His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.


2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.

"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"

Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."

"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...

"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."

Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.

"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."

The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.

"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."

With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.

But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.

"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.

Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."

When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.

"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."

Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."

"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."

Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.

"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."

When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.

"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."


Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.

Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.

"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."

The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.

How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.

But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.

"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."

Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.

"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.

"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"

Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.

"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory.  If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.

"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."

There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."

 

Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.

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          Advertiser WPP says that some operations still affected by cyber attack   

LONDON (Reuters) - WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursday that some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack that went around the world earlier in the week, but that services were gradually being restored.

On Tuesday a major global cyber attack disrupted computers at a range of multinational firms, including WPP, Russia's biggest oil company and Ukrainian banks, with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.

"While the attack did not affect the entire Group, and many of our companies are fully functional, some continue to be disrupted," WPP said in a statement, adding that it took steps on Tuesday to ensure client data was protected.

"Steady progress is being made towards restoring services. However, in doing so, our emphasis is not only on speed but on safety, and on minimising the impact for our people, partners and clients."

(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Esha Vaish. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)


          Andujar shows patience in first big league game   

CHICAGO – Miguel Andujar was called up to the big league club on Wednesday night following the news that Matt Holliday was going to be placed on the disabled list with an infection. The rookie dominated in the minor leagues and his play carried over into his first game for the New York Yankees, as […]

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          How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts   

Broke your screen? Avoid dodgy repair shops – your private sexy selfies will thank you later

A group of researchers has shown how, for instance, a repair shop could siphon data from Android handsets or infect them with malware with nothing more than a screen repair.…


          Wally World Price Glitch Online Lysol Disinfectant foam cleaner $3.62 by Wally YMMV   
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           Household structure and infectious disease transmission    
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          Good Foods For Health and Keeping the Weight Off   
Here are five "good for you" foods that will fill you full of nutrients, fill you up (to help you lose weight easier and quicker), and provide plenty of antioxidant fighting power to help prevent disease -- even the simple common cold.




1. Papaya




An untapped treasure of nutrients. One-half of this exotic fruit provides almost as much potassium as a banana and more than 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C. It's also a good source of the cancer-fighting beta-carotene. Plus, papaya is also low in calories for its bulk and size. 1 papaya = only 58 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber (1 papaya has over 12% of your daily recommended allowance).




Papaya is also an excellent source of natural digestive enzymes. Giving your digestive system a little help with your 5-6 meals a day eating pattern is a smart thing to do. Folic acid is another strong point for papaya as it contains 15% of the USRDA.




2. Kiwi




The strange little fruit in the fuzzy brown wrapper imported from New Zealand proves that good things come in small packages. Each sweet and tangy kiwi fruit provides 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C and 12% of your daily fiber requirement. For a powerful antioxidant punch, kiwi fruit is right up there at the top of the list.




3. Essential Fats




The best sources of this "can't live without" nutrient are fish and plant sources (such as flax seed). Also, another great way to get it is to supplement with carefully pressed oils. The FLORA COMPANY makes the best ones; they invented the extraction process of getting oil from the seeds without using heat (heat destroys the beneficial effects of essential fats).




Finally, don't be scared of the word fat. This type of fat actually helps you lose fat. Salud!




4. Cottage Cheese




Cottage cheese has long been known as the "dieter's friend". And it deserves its reputation as the one food a dieter should never be without. It is one of the most bioavailable sources of protein available. There are few better protein sources for building muscle and helping you lose fat.




And it's in the "helping you lose fat" department where it shines. You see, almost all dairy foods contain a very powerful substance called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Numerous studies have revealed the powerful fat-inducing and muscle building effects of this compound.




However, with the push for lower fat foods over the past couple of decades, including low-fat dairy, the amount of CLA we get today pales in comparison to what we used to receive. You see, CLA is found in high concentrations in the fat of dairy products. And with the push to lower our overall fat intake we inadvertently are also lowering our CLA intake as well.




This is not insignificant, as the studies on CLA have shown it is a very powerful fat loss stimulator. Animals and human subjects supplementing with CLA have shown over a 60%+ decrease in body fat.




This is one of the reasons I recommend full-fat, not low-fat, cottage cheese. The fat in the cottage cheese contains high amounts of the CLA that will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle (another beneficial effect the studies discovered).




If your overall diet is derived from mostly natural foods that contain little fat then eating full-fat cottage cheese will still place you far below the amounts typically eaten by most people. Plus, the fat it does contain promotes fat loss.




Finally, the protein found in cottage cheese contains 2 important muscle-building properties.




First, it contains high amounts of Glutamine, which is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It is extremely important to make sure you get enough glutamine in your diet because of the high demand for it by your body. If not supplied by your diet your body will pull it from other areas in your body high in glutamine. And this is practically any muscle group in your body. This can potentially compromise the lean muscle you're trying desperately hard to increase.




Finally, cottage cheese is composed of effective combinations of whey and casein protein. Whey is a fast acting protein that, when eaten, gets into your bloodstream very quickly. Casein is a much slower, timed-release type of protein. It's important to get both of these as they each have unique benefits that will help build muscle quicker and more effectively than most any other natural protein source.




5. Protein Powders




Protein powders are probably the food product most responsible for building better bodies than any other supplement in the world. And I say this with conviction. From numerous studies and real-world experience, an increased protein intake ALWAYS leads to greater muscularity and increased lean muscle mass, especially for those that were not supplementing with protein powder supplements before. The effect, in most cases, is very dramatic.




Increasing one's protein intake is a very reliable way to increase lean muscle accretion on your body. Most people don't take this serious enough. They think, "I get plenty of protein from the foods I eat."




Nothing could be further from the truth. In order to put serious amounts of lean muscle on your body you have to supplement with much more protein than the USRDA recommends (and even women want to build as much lean muscle tissue as they can - more muscle helps burn more fat).




Of course it's assumed you're also employing a serious weight-training program as well. Extra protein all by itself will do very little to build more muscle tissue. You have to create the demand in the weight room in order to use the extra protein to rebuild your muscles.




Even if you've been taking in 1 gram of protein for every pound of bodyweight in the past, once you up your protein intake into the neighborhood of 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, you should see immediate results.




Your muscles will feel fuller and harder, and you should also feel leaner. A higher protein intake (as long as carbohydrates are kept in check) almost always leads to increased muscularity and reduced body fat.


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          Organic Meats are Healthy to Eat   
The organic meat is made in accordance with definite production standards. Nowadays the use of non-organic insecticides, herbicides and pesticides is largely restricted. The production of organic food is becoming greatly a regulated industry. The processed organic contains only organic ingredients. People believe that organic meat is free from all the chemicals and is vital to good health. Organic meats are birthed also organically. The feed that is fed to the animals should be organic like the hay, grains and even pastures. Its approved by the naturopathic physicians that the organic meat is always better than the commercially available meat.




An organic meat is very cautiously scrutinized and it is also tested for the purpose of food safety. Animals which are organically grown are naturally healthy and do not get sick very often. The nutrient content in organic food is more than that in commercially produced meat like selenium which protects against heart diseases and also cancer is 390% more in organic meat.




Calcium along with Boron is around 63% more in organic food. Lithium which prevents depression is 188% more in organic meat. Organic meat also tastes better. When you are buying an organic meat you are not only assured that you are buying a meat which is practically free from residues but you are also getting the meat of an animal which was robust throughout its existence. Organic meats are grass-fed which will result in more content of the acid called the Conjugated Linoleic. It is said that it is a fatty acid in meats which reduces the bad less-density lipoprotein, which is cholesterol and also prevents cancers. Organic animals are provided with a stress-free environment in order to maintain their health. Though you have to pay more for an organic meat but you will be satisfied that the meat you are eating is very safe than all other meats.




The organic meats have more amount of fat content as compared to conventional meat but that definitely have lesser impurities. It is suggested that pregnant women, children and lactating women should specially have organic meats because they are more sensitive to chemical residues than others. You can also get more information about organic meat online also. You can even order the meat online. But it is recommended that customers should double check the addresses they give. So ordering organic meat online is a very convenient way of buying.


http://www.nimanranch.com/ offers great deals on organic meat. Get the tastiest natural meat from Niman Ranch. Art Gib is a freelance writer.

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          Global Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market (Applications and Geography) - Reports and Intelligence   

Global Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market (Applications and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2012 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/02/2014 -- IVIG is a blood product which is administered in the body through veins. These are used in the treatment of three major categories of diseases, namely immune diseases, autoimmune diseases and acute infections. These are administered in patients to maintain an optimum level of antibodies so as to upgrade immunity or avoid infections. The factors driving this market are increasing number of patients with bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases and asthma, increasing awareness and expenditure on health products and technological developments. The resulting side effects with the use of intravenous immunoglobulin such as venous thrombosis, dermatitis and acute kidney disorders and high cost involved in treatment are restraining the growth of this market. The introduction of improved therapies for the treatment of these diseases would provide opportunity for growth of this market.

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GLOBAL INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) APPLICATION MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of application, this market can be classified into neurology, haematology, dermatology, nephrology and ophthalmology. Among all areas where intravenous immunoglobulin is used, its application is maximum in heamatology. This is due to the increasing number of people with bleeding disorders.

INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN (IVIG) GEOGRAPHY MARKET ANALYSIS
On the basis of geography, this market can be classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world (RoW). Presently, North America is the major contributor to the market of IVIG followed by Europe. This is due to increasing number of people suffering from autoimmune diseases.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
The major players in this market are Biotest AG, Octapharma AG, CSL, Baxter International, Inc., Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd., Talecris, Grifols S.A., OMRIX Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, and Kedrion Biopharma. The companies in the report are seeking approval as a strategy for the commercialization of their in the pipeline drugs. Therefore, the companies are adopting approval and clearance as key developmental strategies.

HIGH LEVEL ANALYSIS
The Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) market is an emerging field of therapeutics. The market is facing challenges due to stringent regulations. However, these regulations are strategically dealt in this report and more emphasis is given on the commercial polices available for the Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Market. The clinical trials conducted for the development of novel therapies are critically analyzed so that key players competing in this market can take strategic decisions. . The market dynamics show that the impact of drivers is more in the market compared to the restraints.

KEY BENEFITS
- The estimations in the report are made by considering present market scenario and future market potential for the period of 2014-2020
- Key developmental strategies adopted by top market players engaged in this business are described so that companies involved in development of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can get competitive intelligence about their competitors
- Market estimation for geographic segments is derived from current market scenarios and forecasted market trends.
- Market attractiveness analysis has been included for geographic regions with detailed analysis of factors responsible for rapid growth of the market segments
- In-depth analysis of market drivers, restraints and opportunities of the market is dealt in the report.

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          Start the mas...   

As we move into the month of July, just the seventh month of the year, it is safe to say that Carnival 2018 has started. The first mas band to launch its presentation for next year was Jus Wee and Friends and its unveiling was held last Sunday at 16 Newbury Extension, Glencoe. Next year Jus Wee and Friends, a past Band of the Year winner, will be playing Wee Taking Flight.

Wee Taking Flight will consist of 14 sections and among the band’s designers are Michel Huggins, Janelle Greaves, Devon Jerome, Marcus Gooding, Dominique Mitchell and Marion George. The band’s camp is at Newbury Hill Extension. Bandleader Annmarie Placide revealed that the band’s costumes are reasonably priced at $1,000-$2,750, and the band is all-inclusive.

She added that one of the band’s attractions on Carnival Monday is that live road music will be supplied by Pelham Goddard & Roots. Playing with Roots on Monday, DJ Mr Desmond will provide road music on the Tuesday.

Potpourri of arts this weekend

This weekend’s entertainment fun list actually begins at 6 pm this evening when Pan Trinbago holds an After Work Jam at bpTT Renegades Pan Theatre, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain. Supplying live music will be Massy Trinidad All Stars, Fusion Steel, Pan Jammers, Sapophonics and DJ KC Klass is Klass.

 

Another Friday evening steelband jam also begins at 6 pm when Phase II Pan Groove with Hadco opens up its yard at Hamilton Street, Woodbrook for Friday Night Live—band arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe says it will be “an odyssey of pan.” Aside from Phase II and lots of food and drink, there will also be entertainment by Martin Cain & Road Block Steel Orchestra, featuring Deja and DeJan Cain.

This evening also sees the eagerly awaited opening of Uppa Level Club at Cascadia Hotel, 67 Ariapita Road, St Ann’s, by Elegant Promotions. Wall-to-wall music can be expected all night by H2O Phlo, Kevon Cartar, Oscar B, plus old school Uper Level DJ Darryl, and his partners in crime DJs Richard Simply Smooth, Scoobie and Billy J.

Kaiso Blues Cafe is also on tonight with its Passing Thorugh Jazz Cuatro Concert, featuring Jeanine Ruiz, Kennth Clarke, Michel Germain, Raul Landaeta and more, from 9 pm.

 

At the theatre

Not to be left out tonight there’s much theatre in a big way with Kingdom Arts & Performances staging Reba, Rachel, Ria...Their Story at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, at 7.30 pm; RJ Productions, in collaboration with Urban Jungle Entertainment, by overwhelming public demand, staging Eileen & Me at Little Carib Theatre, White Street, Woodbrook, at 8.30 pm; and Raymond Choo Kong Productions premiering Choose Your Partner Wisely, at CLR James Auditorium, Cipriani College, Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Valsayn, at 8 pm.

RS/RR is premiering Man Callaloo, starring Nikki Crosby, Richard Ragoobarsingh, Debra Boucaud Mason, Sunny Bling and Aaron Schneider, tomorrow, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, at 8.30 pm. The show will be repeated on Sunday evening at 6.30 pm, at the same venue.

Tomorrow’s action continues when St Ann’s RC Church stages its Tea Oneness Style Tea & Concert at Lions Civic Centre, Fitz Blackman Drive, Port-of-Spain, from 3 pm. Wall-to-wall entertainment will be by David Bereaux, Errol Fabien, Jason “Fridge” Seecheran, Wendy Sheppard, Krystal Khayne, Stephen Marcelle, Frenz in Muzik and more.

There’s also the Sangeet Opera, at Central Bank Auditorium, Lower St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, featuring Neval Chatelal and John Thomas, at 7.30 pm.

 

Dance events

Dance is also on the weekend’s agenda with Abeo Jackson’s farewell performance – Dance Fuh Yuh Life – being staged at The Big Black Box, Murray Street, Woodbrook, at 8 pm, and Malick Folk Performing Company and OrigiNation Cultural Arts Centre of Boston premiering Just The Two Of Us II, at La Joya Auditorium, EMR, St Joseph at the same time. Both events are billed for tomorrow.

 

Pan in Diego Martin and Tacarigua

Tomorrow also sees Panatics Steel Orchestra celebrating its 30th anniversary by staging Pan Jamboree at the Waterwheel Compound, Diego Martin, at 7 pm. Steelbands to perform include Phase II Pan Groove in association with HADCO, CAL Invaders, Ice Water Pan Ensemble, Sapophonics Steel Orchestra and host band Panatics Steel Orchestra.

One of this weekend’s big shows takes place on Sunday evening in the east at Rush Sports Bar & Night Club, located on the Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua. On a show themed Live in Love & Music, crackshot pan musician Kern Summerville and musicians he has selected will be performing. Summerville’s band will include Kyle Peters (guitar); Kevin Fraser (keyboards); BJ Saunders (bass); Gerion Williams (drum); Jamie Ghany (alto saxophone); Nicholas Jones (tenor saxophone); and Barry Homer (trumpet).

Guest performers for Live in Love & Music are vocalists Marisa Diaz and Kay Alleyne, violinist Anna Clair Roberts, guitarist Kashiff Wilson, Spoken Word artiste Askala George and Keishon Jack.

 

Riddim in the north

Action galore is promised on Sunday night, from 8 pm, at Howdy Dan’s Restaurant, located in MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, as LA Records launches its RIIbirth Riddim. Artistes on the label billed to perform are Crazy, Fireball, Jamelody, King David, Blessed Messenger, Tobago’s Kervern Carter, Marley Palmer, Jah Disciple, Jaron Nurse, Zion Nurse, Zion Starr, Brittany Gonzales, Dre Star, Frankie Dan and Linelle Hamilton.

 

In memory of Brigo

Across the seas, calypso is also holding centre stage tomorrow as the children of the late Brigo will celebrate his birthday in a special way in New Jersey, USA. The children are being joined by Brigo’s Cultural Theatre Roots & Branches to hold a free show and fair from noon.

Brigo’s daughter Janeel Keisha Abraham said this week: “Our mission is to protect the legacy of passion my father had for calypso as well as to celebrate the numerous young artistes he helped nurture. We are celebrating the life he lived and the lessons and values he taught us.

“Beside lots of music and BBQ on sale, we will also be giving food and clothing to the poor. We are determined to keep my father’s music and legacy alive here in North America, in T&T, and across the Caribbean.”

 

A deed deserving of mention

Full kudos are well deserved by the past and current student body and staff of Presentation College (San Fernando) for going above and beyond to assist the needy. In four short days they raised approximately $50,000 in cash and supplies for those adversely affected by Tropical Storm Bret.

A spokesman for the group told Pulse this week: “We have acquired mattresses, pillows, mops, brooms, flashlights, disinfectants, canned goods, rice, flour, legumes, snacks, water, tarpaulins, garbage bags, new and clean used clothing (folded and sorted by gender and size), disposable diapers and sanitary napkins.

“These items will be given to people living in the Siparia and Penal/Debe regions and we will be guided by their regional corps as to who receives supplies.”

Also assisting the less fortunate were the delegates ion this year’s Miss TT World Pageant. On Friday, at the Tea Party, Talent and Top Model Competition, auctioned a bottle of champagne for $8,600 and donated the proceeds to the San Fernando City Corporation for distribution to the flood victims.

 

Party for a cause

Come July 8, a fund-raising party for stroke victim Wendy Hector will be held at All Out Sports Bar, Queen’s Park Oval, Woodbrook. In addition to some foot-stomping DJ music, there will be a live performance by The Malcontents, Chris Mouttet, Richard Law, Gary Hector, Stuart “Fowl” Abraham, Paul Amar and Phil Hill.

This is a dress up/costume party and guests are invited to don the Hippy, funky and groovy styles of the 60’s and 70’s.

Tickets cost $150 advanced and $200 at the door and they are limited tickets and already going like hot bread.

There will be drinks specials all night long door prizes for the Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Hippy.


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          Culture - Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition) (2017)   

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Artist: Culture
Title: Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition)
Year Of Release: 1977/2017
Label: VP Music Group, Inc
Genre: Reggae, Roots/Lovers Rock
Quality: MP3 CBR, 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:25:52
Total Size: 196 MB
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One of the masterpieces of the roots era, no album better defines its time and place than Two Sevens Clash, which encompasses both the religious fervor of its day and the rich sounds of contemporary Jamaica. Avowed Rastafarians, Culture had formed in 1976, and cut two singles before beginning work on their debut album with producers the Mighty Two (aka Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson). Their second single, "Two Sevens Clash," would title the album and provide its focal point. The song swept across the island like a wildfire, its power fed by the apocalyptic fever that held the island in its clutches throughout late 1976 and into 1977. (Rastafarians believed the apocalypse would begin when the two sevens clashed, with July 7, 1977, when the four sevens clashed, the most fearsome date of concern.) However, the song itself was fearless, celebrating the impending apocalypse, while simultaneously reminding listeners of a series of prophesies by Marcus Garvey and twinning them to the island's current state. For those of true faith, the end of the world did not spell doom, but release from the misery of life into the eternal and heavenly arms of Jah. Thus, Clash is filled with a sense of joy mixed with deep spirituality, and a belief that historical injustice was soon to be righted. The music, provided by the Revolutionaries, perfectly complements the lyrics' ultimate optimism, and is quite distinct from most dread albums of the period.
Although definitely rootsy, Culture had a lighter sound than most of their contemporaries. Not for them the radical anger of Black Uhuru, the fire of Burning Spear (although Hill's singsong delivery was obviously influenced by Winston Rodney), nor even the hymnal devotion of the Abyssinians. In fact, Clash is one of the most eclectic albums of the day, a wondrous blend of styles and sounds. Often the vocal trio works in a totally different style from the band, as on "Calling Rasta Far I," where the close harmonies, dread-based but African-tinged, entwine around a straight reggae backing. Several of the songs are rocksteady-esque with a rootsy rhythm, most notably the infectious "See Them Come"; others are performed in a rockers style, with "I'm Alone in the Wilderness" an exquisite blend of guitar and vocal harmonies. One of the best tracks, "Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion," is a superb hybrid of roots, rocksteady, and burbling electro wizardry; its roaring lion (created who knows how) is a brilliant piece of musical theater. "Natty Dread Take Over" twines together roots rhythms, close harmonies, and big-band swing, while even funk and hints of calypso put in appearances elsewhere on the album. Inevitably, the roots genre was defined by its minor-key melodies, filled with a sense of melancholy, and emphasized by most groups' lyrics. But for a brief moment, roots possibilities were endless. Sadly, no other group followed Culture's lead, and even the trio itself did not take advantage of it, especially after parting ways with Gibbs. When Culture re-emerged in the mid-'80s, they swiftly moved into a reggae lite/world music mode a world apart from where they started. Thus, Clash remains forever in a class all its own. [Shanachie issued a 30th anniversary edition of the album in 2007 that adds expanded liner notes and five extra tracks made up of dubs and 12" mixes.]
Tracklist:
01. Culture - Calling Rasta for I
02. Culture - I'm Alone in the Wilderness
03. Culture - Pirate Days
04. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
05. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed
06. Culture - Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion
07. Culture - Black Starliner Must Come
08. Culture - Jah Pretty Face
09. Culture - See Them a Come
10. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over
11. Culture - Two Sevens Clash Prophecy Revealed (feat. Mr. Bojangles)
12. The Mighty Two - Fulfillment
13. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed Under Tight Wraps (feat. I Roy)
14. The Mighty Two - I Am Not Ashamed (Version)
15. Culture - See Them a Come Mask Mi Mask (feat. Prince Weedy)
16. Culture - Informer
17. The Mighty Two - Informer (Version)
18. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - State of Emergncy
19. Shorty the President - Natty Pass His GCE
20. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over Invasion (feat. I-Roy)
21. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Natty Gone Clear
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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.

 

 

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So why does it feel like it's getting worse? Well, that's because it is getting worse.

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Popp, who had a PhD from Harvard, was an evolutionary biologist and fell outside of what we think of today as a stereotypical hacker.

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New Fluoroquinolone Baxdela Approved for Certain Skin Infections Roughly 3 million patients are hospitalized each year in the U.S. with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs), some of which may be difficult-to-treat and...
          Cutaneous Kaposi sarcoma during treatment with superpotent topical steroids and methotrexate for bullous pemphigoid: three cases.   
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Cutaneous Kaposi sarcoma during treatment with superpotent topical steroids and methotrexate for bullous pemphigoid: three cases.

Eur J Dermatol. 2017 Jun 28;:

Authors: Binois R, Nadal M, Esteve E, De Muret A, Kerdraon R, Gheit T, Tommasino M, Gaboriaud P, Touze A, Samimi M

Abstract
Iatrogenic Kaposi sarcoma (KS) has previously been reported in patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP), in relation to systemic steroids. To report three cases of previously unreported cutaneous KS during treatment with superpotent topical steroids (STS) and methotrexate (MTX). All patients were elderly men with BP treated with STS for 2 to 32 months (cumulative doses: 2,700-9,150 g) before MTX was introduced (dosage: 10-12.5 mg/week). KS occurred one to nine months after the combined therapy. In one case, KS rapidly resolved after withdrawal of MTX. In two cases, vinblastine and/or radiotherapy were required to achieve regression of KS. Human herpes virus 8 (HHV8) latency-associated nuclear antigen was not expressed in BP lesions biopsied prior to development of KS (n = 3), but HHV8 DNA was detected in BP lesions from the patient with the most aggressive KS. Several predisposing factors were identified, including sex and age, high cumulative doses of STS, combination with MTX, and impaired immune status. In such cases, serum antibodies against HHV8 infection may be investigated in BP patients before introduction of MTX in order to guide clinical monitoring.

PMID: 28659250 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped   
Doctors call it a "medication administration error." During a routine check-up at her pediatrician's office, 4-month old Aniya was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and she hasn't been the same since. Anita Vasquez of Victoria, Texas, herself a nurse, says that "doctors are in denial" that any of the medical issues that began after her daughter received the shot are related to the vaccine. Aniya was a happy and healthy breastfed baby before her 4-month doctor visit. Her only illness was an ear infection which had been cleared up with antibiotics shortly before that fateful day of December 29, 2016. Since then, she has suffered numerous health issues and several hospitalizations. Rather than acknowledge the possibility that the Gardasil 9 vaccine contributed to the decline in Aniya's health, doctors and Child Protective Services have reportedly blamed the mother. Her desperate search for answers has led instead to her being accused of Munchausen by Proxy, or "medical child abuse," and her baby has been seized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Anita told Health Impact News that her concerns about the vaccine have been dismissed and ignored by virtually everyone involved in her daughter's care. DFPS refers to her "unfounded concerns" about the Gardasil 9 vaccine. She believes that they are trying to cover up the dangers of the vaccine. This is any mother's worst nightmare, and no one deserves this.

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          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   
PARIS – A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said.

While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate "ransomware," that may have just been a ruse.

"It is clear that this was targeted indiscriminately at Ukrainian businesses, and the Ukrainian government," Jake Williams, president of the security firm Rendition Infosec and a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency's elite cyberwarfare group, said in an online chat. "The 'ransomware' component is just a smokescreen (and a bad one)."

UKRAINE IN PAIN

Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Many of these organizations said they had recovered by Thursday, although some experts suspected that work was incomplete.

"There is still a lot of damage, especially in banks," said Victor Zhora, CEO of the Kiev cybersecurity firm InfoSafe. "ATMS are working (again) but some bank operations are still limited." He estimated damage in "the millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions."

And that's just in Ukraine. Microsoft said the malware hit at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. "I expect that we will see additional fallout from this is the coming days," said Williams.

In Ukraine, suspicion immediately fell on hackers affiliated with Vladimir Putin's regime, although there is no direct, public evidence tying Russia to the attack. Relations between the two nations have been tense since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Pro-Russian fighters are still battling the government in eastern Ukraine.

Experts have also blamed pro-Russian hackers for major cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, assaults that have turned the eastern European nation into the world's leading cyberwarfare testing ground. A disruptive attack on the nation's voting system ahead of 2014 national elections is also attributed to Russia.

THE MOSCOW CONNECTION

The malicious program, which is known by a variety of names, including NotPetya, initially appeared to be ransomware. Such malware locks up victims' files by encrypting them, then holds them hostage while demanding payment – usually in bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency.

But researchers said the culprits would have been hard-pressed to make money off the scheme. They appear to have relied on a single email address that was blocked almost immediately and a single bitcoin account that collected the relatively puny sum of $10,000.

Firms including Russia's anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program's authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen.

The timing was intriguing, too. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

"Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack," said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine's power grid.

What's most worrisome and reprehensible, said Lee, is that whoever was behind the attack was unconcerned about the indiscriminate, collateral damage it caused – much of it within Russia itself. That's highly atypical behavior for nation-states.

ACCOUNTING FOR MALWARE

Williams and other researchers said all evidence indicates that NotPetya was introduced via Ukrainian financial software provider MeDoc. It is one of just two companies in the eastern European nation that supplies required tax software, Zhora said.

Security experts believe MeDoc was the unwitting victim of something akin to a "watering-hole attack," where a malicious program surreptitiously planted at a popular destination infects parties that visit. MeDoc's user base is heavily financial – and includes multinational corporations with offices in Ukraine.

NotPetya was cleverly engineered to spread laterally within Windows networks and across the globe via private network connections. Globally, dozens of major corporations and government agencies have been disrupted, including FedEx subsidiary TNT.

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, one of the global companies hit hardest, said Thursday that most of its terminals were running again, though some are operating in a limited way or more slowly than usual.

Problems have been reported across the shippers' global business, from Mobile, Alabama, to Mumbai in India. At Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port, several hundred containers could be seen piled up at just two of more than a dozen yards.

"The vessels are coming, the ships are coming, but they are not able to take the container because all the systems are down," trading and clearing agent Rajeshree Verma said. "We are actually in a fix because of all this."


          L-lysine based lipidated biphenyls as agents with anti-biofilm and anti-inflammatory properties that also inhibit intracellular bacteria   
Chem. Commun., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC04206J, Communication
Chandradhish Ghosh, Paramita Sarkar, Sandip Samaddar, Divakara S. S. M. Uppu , Jayanta Haldar
L-lysines were conjugated to lipidated biphenyls using simple synthetic chemistry to obtain selective membrane-active antibacterial agents that inhibited cell-wall biosynthesis. The most selective compound bore promising activity against biofilm-related infections...
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          Brooklyn Based: Early Riser gets ready to tour with their infectious brand of fun   
Early Riser has a new record, is about to go on tour, and recently released a hilarious new video about crossing off bucket list items. The post Early Riser gets 
          Area Doméstica : Pájaro en apuros   
Autor: mibell
Tema: Pájaro en apuros
Escrito el: 03 Junio 2017 a las 10:10am

Escrito originalmente por cdm2

Yo lo de bañarla lo veo un estrés innecesario, si tiene una herida se desinfecta con antiséptico y es más seguro y rápido. A algunos pájaros les gusta bañarse pero para eso le pondría un cuenco y que se meta si le apetece.


El tema es que muchas veces la herida está tapada por veces, barro y cosas pegadas y si no as enjuaga no se ve ni dónde poner el antiséptico. A mi siempre me ha resultado más sencillo darle una enjuagada rápida que andarle trajinando la herida, que al final tardo más y acaba siendo más estrésante aún.
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          Former Penn State AD Tim Curley Seeks House Arrest After Cancer Diagnosis   

Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley wants his prison sentence changed to house arrest and work release after a medical review showed he has lung cancer and liver damage.

On Wednesday, Lori Falce of the Centre Daily Times reported Curley, who received seven to 23 months of incarceration for failing to report the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal, filed a court motion to change the punishment due to his health problems.

The filing noted the diagnosis "makes him susceptible to infection and illness." Chief deputy attorney general Laura Ditka said she would "respectfully defer to the discretion of the court" after prosecutors didn't oppose the request.

Teresa Bonner of Penn Live reported Curley was originally sentenced to serve three months in jail and four months under house arrest during a June 2 hearing. He also had to pay $5,000 in fines and complete 200 hours of community service.

He was one of three former Penn State officials, joining President Graham Spanier and Vice President Gary Schultz, sentenced for failing to come forward with information about Sandusky's actions.

In 2012, Sandusky, the longtime Nittany Lions assistant coach, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Read more NCAA news on BleacherReport.com


          Oregon infant's illness prompts warning about placenta pills   
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant's infection was tied to the practice.
          Dollar despairs on hawkish central banks, Asia stocks join global slump   

By Nichola Saminather

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The dollar extended its losses on Friday as major central banks signalled that the era of cheap money was coming to an end in a boon to sterling, the euro and the Canadian dollar, while Asian shares were hit by dismal performances of European and U.S. markets.

European markets were set to open a little lower, with financial spreadbetter LCG expecting Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to all start the day down 0.1 percent. All three lost between 0.5 percent and 1.9 percent on Thursday.

But global stock market indexes are set for more gains by the end of this year, driven by an economic revival in Europe and bright prospects for much of Asia, a Reuters poll of around 300 financial professionals showed.

The dollar index fell 0.1 percent to 95.549, poised for a 1.8 percent slide this week, having fallen in all sessions but one. It is down 1.4 percent for the month, and 4.8 percent for the quarter.

The Korean won weakened against the dollar after the country reported industrial production rose by 0.2 percent in May from a month earlier, missing expectations for growth of 1.5 percent. That followed a 2.2 percent decline in April

The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 1,142.5 won.

But the greenback remained lower against other major currencies. Adding to the dollar's weakness against the yen was data showing Japanese core consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in May from a year earlier in its fifth straight month of gains, although inflation remains well below the central bank's 2 percent target.

The dollar fell 0.25 percent to 111.95 yen, after losing 0.2 percent on Thursday. It was heading for a 1.2 percent gain for the month, but is down 4.2 percent this year.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised many on Wednesday by conceding a rate hike was likely to be needed as the economy came closer to running at full capacity.

Sterling was 0.1 percent higher on Friday at $1.3017, adding to Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

Two top policymakers at the Bank of Canada also suggested they might tighten monetary policy there as early as July.

The dollar slipped 0.15 percent to C$1.2984, extending Thursday's 0.26 percent loss.

Despite comments by sources that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi had intended to signal tolerance for a period of weaker inflation, not an imminent policy tightening, the euro on Friday revisited the 13-month high of $1.1445 hit on Thursday.

The euro remained close to that level and was at $1.1439 on Friday, retaining most of Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

"Obviously there's a shift afoot. It really seems that there's some coordinated effort going on out here among the G10 central banks," said Stephen Innes, head of trading in Asia-Pacific for OANDA in Singapore, referring to the series of hawkish-sounding comments on monetary policy.

In stocks, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent, after hitting a two-year high on Thursday. It is up 5.3 percent for the quarter and has risen 18.3 percent this year.

The negative sentiment infected Chinese shares despite surveys showing activity in the country's manufacturing and services sector accelerated in June from the previous month. Manufacturers appeared to enjoy strong external demand, as new orders and production rose at a solid pace.

The CSI 300 index fell 0.3 percent, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.1 percent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 0.9 percent.

Japan's Nikkei tumbled 1.2 percent, shrinking its monthly gain to 1.7 percent. It is up 4.5 percent this year.

Overnight, the tech-heavy Nasdaq led declines on Wall Street with a 1.4 percent loss. The Nasdaq is poised to post a 0.9 percent loss for the month, but is still up 14 percent this year.

The drop in tech stocks overnight was due to a rotation into bank shares, which have lagged this year, after the biggest U.S. banks revealed buyback and dividend plans that beat analysts' expectations after the Fed approved their capital proposals in its annual stress test program.

The S&P financials index rose as much as 2 percent overnight, while the S&P technology index fell as much as 2.7 percent.

In commodities, oil prices continued their recovery this week on a decline in weekly U.S. crude production.

U.S. crude added 0.7 percent to $45.15 a barrel in its seventh straight session of gains, bringing its weekly increase to 5.05 percent, and narrowing its quarterly loss to 10.75 percent.

Global benchmark Brent gained 0.6 percent to $47.67 a barrel, poised to post a 9.8 percent for the quarter.

The dollar's weakness this year has been a boon for gold, which is up 8.25 percent in the same period. It was up 0.1 percent at $1,246.46 an ounce on Friday.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Additional reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Christian Schmollinger)


          GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar despairs on hawkish central banks, Asia stocks join global slump   

* Dollar slides versus peers on hawkish global central banks

* European stocks poised for slightly lower open

* Poll shows global stocks set for further gains this year

* Asia ex-Japan, Nikkei fall on risk aversion but up forquarter

* China stocks drop despite solid manufacturing, servicesPMIs

* Oil posts 7th session of gains on decline in U.S. crudesupplies

By Nichola Saminather

SINGAPORE, June 30 (Reuters) - The dollar extended itslosses on Friday as major central banks signalled that the eraof cheap money was coming to an end in a boon to sterling, theeuro and the Canadian dollar, while Asian shares were hit bydismal performances of European and U.S. markets.

European markets were set to open a little lower, withfinancial spreadbetter LCG expecting Britain's FTSE 100,Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to all startthe day down 0.1 percent. All three lost between 0.5 percentand 1.9 percent on Thursday.

But global stock market indexes are set for more gains bythe end of this year, driven by an economic revival in Europeand bright prospects for much of Asia, a Reuters poll of around300 financial professionals showed.

The dollar index fell 0.1 percent to 95.549, poisedfor a 1.8 percent slide this week, having fallen in all sessionsbut one. It is down 1.4 percent for the month, and 4.8 percentfor the quarter.

The Korean won weakened against the dollar after the countryreported industrial production rose by 0.2 percent in May from amonth earlier, missing expectations for growth of 1.5 percent.That followed a 2.2 percent decline in April

The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 1,142.5 won.

But the greenback remained lower against other majorcurrencies. Adding to the dollar's weakness against the yen wasdata showing Japanese core consumer prices rose 0.4 percent inMay from a year earlier in its fifth straight month of gains,although inflation remains well below the central bank's 2percent target.

The dollar fell 0.25 percent to 111.95 yen, after losing 0.2percent on Thursday. It was heading for a 1.2 percent gain forthe month, but is down 4.2 percent this year.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised many onWednesday by conceding a rate hike was likely to be needed asthe economy came closer to running at full capacity.

Sterling was 0.1 percent higher on Friday at$1.3017, adding to Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

Two top policymakers at the Bank of Canada also suggestedthey might tighten monetary policy there as early as July.

The dollar slipped 0.15 percent to C$1.2984,extending Thursday's 0.26 percent loss.

Despite comments by sources that European Central BankPresident Mario Draghi had intended to signal tolerance for aperiod of weaker inflation, not an imminent policy tightening,the euro on Friday revisited the 13-month high of $1.1445 hit onThursday.

The euro remained close to that level and was at$1.1439 on Friday, retaining most of Thursday's 0.6 percentgain.

"Obviously there's a shift afoot. It really seems thatthere's some coordinated effort going on out here among the G10central banks," said Stephen Innes, head of trading inAsia-Pacific for OANDA in Singapore, referring to the series ofhawkish-sounding comments on monetary policy.

In stocks, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific sharesoutside Japan fell 0.7 percent, after hitting atwo-year high on Thursday. It is up 5.3 percent for the quarterand has risen 18.3 percent this year.

The negative sentiment infected Chinese shares despitesurveys showing activity in the country's manufacturing andservices sector accelerated in June from the previous month.Manufacturers appeared to enjoy strong external demand, as neworders and production rose at a solid pace.

The CSI 300 index fell 0.3 percent, while theShanghai Composite slipped 0.1 percent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 0.9 percent.

Japan's Nikkei tumbled 1.2 percent, shrinking itsmonthly gain to 1.7 percent. It is up 4.5 percent this year.

Overnight, the tech-heavy Nasdaq led declines onWall Street with a 1.4 percent loss. The Nasdaq is poised topost a 0.9 percent loss for the month, but is still up 14percent this year.

The drop in tech stocks overnight was due to a rotation intobank shares, which have lagged this year, after the biggest U.S.banks revealed buyback and dividend plans that beat analysts'expectations after the Fed approved their capital proposals inits annual stress test program.

The S&P financials index rose as much as 2 percentovernight, while the S&P technology index fell as muchas 2.7 percent.

In commodities, oil prices continued their recovery thisweek on a decline in weekly U.S. crude production.

U.S. crude added 0.7 percent to $45.15 a barrel inits seventh straight session of gains, bringing its weeklyincrease to 5.05 percent, and narrowing its quarterly loss to10.75 percent.

Global benchmark Brent gained 0.6 percent to $47.67a barrel, poised to post a 9.8 percent for the quarter.

The dollar's weakness this year has been a boon for gold,which is up 8.25 percent in the same period. It was up 0.1percent at $1,246.46 an ounce on Friday.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Additional reporting byMasayuki Kitano; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and ChristianSchmollinger)


          Do Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not.    

This story is being co-published with the Genetic Literacy Project.

On Thursday, Science published a large-scale study on the relationship between bees and a pesticide, neonicotinoids. It got quite a bit of pickup in the press—Nature touted that the “Largest-Ever Study of Controversial Pesticides Finds Harm to Bees,” while the BBC explained that a “Large-Scale Study ‘Shows Neonic Pesticides Harm Bees.’ ” The Scientist said the same, with “Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees,” and PBS followed suit with “Neonicotinoid Pesticides Are Slowly Killing Bees.”

These headlines seem to reflect a line included in the abstract of the study itself: “These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.”

Sure sounds like a bummer for the bees. One problem: The data in the paper (and hundreds of pages of supporting data not included but available in background form to reporters) do not support that bold conclusion. No, there is no consensus evidence that neonics are “slowly killing bees.” No, this study did not add to the evidence that neonics are driving bee health problems.

Unfortunately, and predictably, the overheated mainstream news headlines also generated a slew of even more exaggerated stories on activist and quack websites where undermining agricultural chemicals is a top priority (e.g., Greenpeace, End Times Headlines, and Friends of the Earth). The takeaway: The “beepocalypse” is accelerating. A few news outlets, such as Reuters (“Field Studies Fuel Dispute Over Whether Banned Pesticides Harm Bees”) and the Washington Post (“Controversial Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives Could Be Worse.”), got the contradictory findings of the study and the headline right.

But based on the study’s data, the headline could just as easily have read: “Landmark Study Shows Neonic Pesticides Improve Bee Health”—and it would have been equally correct. So how did so many people get this so wrong?

This much-anticipated two year, $3.6 million study is particularly interesting because it was primarily funded by two major producers of neonicotinoids, Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta. They had no involvement with the analysis of the data. The three-country study was led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, or CEH, in the U.K.—a group known for its skepticism of pesticides in general and neonics in particular.

The raw data—more than 1,000 pages of it (only a tiny fraction is reproduced in the study)—are solid. It’s a reservoir of important information for entomologists and ecologists trying to figure out the challenges facing bees. It’s particularly important because to date, the problem with much of the research on neonicotinoids has been the wide gulf between the findings from laboratory-based studies and field studies.

Some, but not all, results from lab research have claimed neonics cause health problems in honeybees and wild bees, endangering the world food supply. This has been widely and often breathlessly echoed in the popular media—remember the execrably reported Time cover story on “A World Without Bees.” But the doses and time of exposure have varied dramatically from lab study to lab study, so many entomologists remain skeptical of these sweeping conclusions. Field studies have consistently shown a different result—in the field, neonics seem to pose little or no harm. The overwhelming threat to bee health, entomologists now agree, is a combination of factors led by the deadly Varroa destructor mite, the miticides used to control them, and bee practices. Relative to these factors, neonics are seen as relatively inconsequential.

I’ve addressed this disparity between field and lab research in a series of articles at the Genetic Literacy Project, and specifically summarized two dozen key field studies, many of which were independently funded and executed. This study was designed in part to bridge that gulf. And the devil is in the interpretation.

According to the lead researcher Richard Pywell of the CEH:

We’ve shown for the first time negative effects of neonicotinoid-coated seed dressings on honeybees and we’ve also shown similar negative effects on wild bees. … Our findings are a cause for serious concern.

I agree that there might be cause for serious concern if the studies had shown convincing evidence of negative effects. But a review of the data—by the GLP and independent scientists—concludes differently. The European study focused on three types of bees placed in fields across three countries—Germany, Hungary, and the U.K. As Jenna Gallegos noted in her particularly nuanced analysis in the Washington Post:

[T]he results were not as clear-cut as experts had hoped. … The differences between bees in treated or untreated fields were largely insignificant, and many of the bees in both groups died before they could be counted.

Overall, the data collected from 33 different fields covered 42 analyses and 258 endpoints—a staggering number. The paper only presented a sliver of that data—a selective glimpse of what the research, in its entirety showed.

What patterns emerged when examining the entire data set? Here is a chart assembled from data supplied to the research funders by the CEH (but not released in the published study) with the findings summarized (light green indicates “no impact,” red points to “negative impact,” and dark green suggests neonics had a positive impact).

In sum, of 258 endpoints, 238—92 percent—showed no effects. (Four endpoints didn’t yield data.) Only 16 showed effects. Negative effects showed up 9 times—3.5 percent of all outcomes; 7 showed a benefit from using neonics—2.7 percent.

As one scientist pointed out, in statistics there is a widely accepted standard that random results are generated about 5 percent of the time—which means by chance alone we would expect 13 results meaninglessly showing up positive or negative.

Norman Carreck, science director of the International Bee Research Association, who was not part of either study, noted, the small number of significant effects “makes it difficult to draw any reliable conclusions.”

When pressed, even Pywell acknowledged the conflicting data.

The data were rife with other contradictions. Worker bees and drones in Britain struggled to survive the winter, but the same variety of wild bees increased in Germany. Egg production also increased in Germany but fell in Hungary.

The health problems seemed to have little to do with pesticides. A fungal infection ran roughshod over Hungary’s bees. In Britain, they were decimated by the deadly and unrelenting Varroa destructor mite—even the controls suffered losses 400 percent greater than the national average. These catastrophic loss numbers suggest the field experiments may have been poorly constructed—raising doubts about the standard of research for the entire research project.

The broader context of the bee health controversy is also important to understand; bees are not in sharp decline—not in North America nor in Europe, where neonics are under a temporary ban that shows signs of becoming permanent, nor worldwide. Earlier this week, Canada reported that its honeybee colonies grew 10 percent year over year and now stand at about 800,000. That’s a new record, and the growth tracks the increased use of neonics, which are critical to canola crops in Western Canada, where 80 percent of the nation’s honey originates.

Managed beehives in the U.S. had been in steady decline since the 1940s, as farm land disappeared to urbanization, but began stabilizing in the mid-1990s, coinciding with the introduction of neonicotinoids. They hit a 22-year high in the last count.

Global hive numbers have steadily increased since the 1960s except for two brief periods—the emergency of the Varroa mite in the late 1980s and the brief outbreak of colony collapse disorder, mostly in the U.S., in the mid-2000s.

So the bees, contrary to widespread popular belief, are actually doing all right in terms of numbers, although the Varroa mite remains a dangerous challenge. But still, a cadre of scientists well known for their vocal opposition to and lobbying against neonics have already begun trying to leverage the misinterpretation of the data. “In the light of this new study, continuing to claim that use of neonicotinoids in farming does not harm bees is no longer a tenable position,” David Goulson, a University of Sussex bee biologist, known in anti-neonic circles as a scientist-for-hire, told the U.K.’s Science Media Centre.

But other, less ideologically invested scientists were far more circumspect. “We learn again: It’s complicated,” said biologist Tjeerd Blacquière of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The mixed findings are likely to intensify ongoing debates about restricting or banning the compounds, with both sides claiming vindication.

The study, while problematic and contradictory in its results, is not without value. It has underscored that it’s possible or even likely that exposure to miticides or insecticides—including neonics, which like all insecticides are designed to target insects—increases the vulnerability of bees to disease and other threats. But that could be said about any chemical, including organic treatments. In Europe, where neonics have been banned since 2013 (based almost entirely on disputed lab studies), farmers have turned to alternatives that are far more toxic to both bees and humans, such as Lorsban and pyrethrins. Canola production is down, and bee health has shown no appreciable change. Farmers are in open revolt, and bees are arguably the worse for it.

Within hours of the release of the study, advocacy groups opposed to intensive agricultural techniques had already begun weaponizing the misreported headlines.

“It shows that industry claims that neonicotinoids do not harm bees at field-relevant concentrations are baseless,” said a Greenpeace senior scientist, a marine biologist with no background in entomology.

“Pressure mounts for a complete ban on neonicotinoid pesticides as landmark study confirms these chemicals are harming bees,” wrote Friends of the Earth.

But viewing the date from the European study in context makes it even more obvious that sweeping statements about the continuing beepocalypse and the deadly dangers to bees from pesticides, and neonicotinoids in particular, are irresponsible. That’s on both the scientists, and the media.


          250535-2017: Roumanie-Timisoara: Anti-infectieux généraux à usage systémique   
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          250524-2017: Roumanie-Iasi: Antiseptiques et désinfectants   
Date de publication: 30/06/2017 | Date limite: 13-07-2017 | Document: Informations complémentaires
          (USA-NJ-Essex) Home Health Aide (Full Time Hospice)   
VNA Health Group is a premiere Medicare/Medicaid-certified provider of home health, hospice, and community-based services. We’ve been serving families and individuals with the most advanced, comprehensive clinical home care in NJ since 1912. We are currently looking for a Home Health Aide to join our team. This position would be responsible for providing personal care services to patients in their home or alternate community setting. + Supports organization’s mission by striving for excellence in all aspects of their job with a focus on positive interpersonal relationship with co-workers + Provides personal care services as established in the plan of care + Assists patients with mobilization and rehabilitation + Communicates with patients and their families on a regular basis + Submits required documentation as per agency policy and procedures + Ensures compliance of agency infection control and safety policies + Adheres to the organization’s policy in regards to absenteeism and appearance + Omission of specific duties does not exclude them from this position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position + Home Health Aide certification required + High School Diploma/GED preferred + Strong communication and organizational skills + Car and a valid driver’s license + Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills Working Conditions/Physical Demand: Working indoors with client/customer contact; use of specific equipment as braces, bedpan, crutches, electrical bed, hoyer lift, personal automobile, walker, wheelchair, household appliances, vacuum cleaner etc. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the Home Health Aide’s position and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position ID: 2017-2994 # of Openings: 5 External Company Name: Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey External Company URL: www.vnacj.org
          (USA-MI-Romulus) Caregiver/Home Health Aide   

Job Description

Caregiver/Home Health Aide needed for Private Duty Home Care

Romulus, MI and Surrounding Areas

AmeriStaff Nursing is one of Michigan’s largest Private Duty Homecare Agencies and has been in business over 37 years. AmeriStaff is proud to be CHAP accredited which sets a high standard of patient care, which other private duty companies rarely invest in.

Required Skills
  • Experience providing personal care including all ADL's
  • Light housekeeping, laundry, and other homemaker maintenance
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Run errands
Shift Hours Available
  • 8, 10, 12 hour shifts
  • Weekdays or Weekends
What We Offer
  • Weekly Paychecks
  • Direct Deposit
  • Referral Bonuses
  • Quarterly Bonuses based on hours worked
  • Time and 1/2 for worked Holidays
  • Flexible schedule
Requirements
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in home health care is required
  • Ability to document according to standard of care
  • Adhere to universal precautions and infection control
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Have valid drivers license and proof of automobile insurance
  • Must pass a skills verification test
  • Must pass criminal background check
AmeriStaff Nursing Services
We Touch Humanity

Company Description

AmeriCare Medical is proud to have been in business for over 32 year, servicing residents across eight counties in Southeast Michigan. Our company consists of three healthcare branches; AmeriStaff Nursing Services (Homecare), RxiV Incorporated (Infusion & Specialty Pharmacy) and Sun Medical Equipment (Home Medical Equipment & Supplies). AmeriCare Medical and its affiliated companies are Nationally Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) promoting the highest standards of excellence in health services.

          248788-2017: France-Strasbourg: Dispositifs de stérilisation, de désinfection et d'hygiène   
Date de publication: 30/06/2017 | Date limite: 31-07-2017 | Document: Avis de marché
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Physical Therapist Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations and develops effective resident treatment plans to restore, maintain or prevent decline of resident function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing the facility. Essential Job Functions Meets the client's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining treatment plans in consultation with physicians, and by prescription. Helps residents accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment for residents to facilitate independence. Administers therapy statements according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician. Directs treatments given by aides and assistants. Complies with company protocol for patient rounding. Evaluates effects of therapy treatments by observing, noting and evaluating client's progress; providing medically necessary treatment plan and modifications. Documents resident care services by charting in resident and department records according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Records daily treatment charges per corporate procedures. Maintains resident confidence and protects nursing home operations by keeping information confidential. Protects clients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations. Complies with company protocol for denial management. Ensure appropriate daily billing of services. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks. Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions. Travel required as needed to perform job. Provides community based services such as health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple sites as determined by patient/resident need. Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Physical Therapy. - Current license as a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience - Must be able to travel as needed to perform job. - Must meet all local health regulations, pass post-offer drug test, and pass post-employment physical exam if required. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must be able to relate professionally, positively, and cooperatively with residents, resident's family members and employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-IL-Freeport) Physical Therapist / PT SNF & Home Health   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations and develops effective resident treatment plans to restore, maintain or prevent decline of resident function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing the facility. Essential Job Functions Meets the client's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining treatment plans in consultation with physicians, and by prescription. Helps residents accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment for residents to facilitate independence. Administers therapy statements according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician. Directs treatments given by aides and assistants. Complies with company protocol for patient rounding. Evaluates effects of therapy treatments by observing, noting and evaluating client's progress; providing medically necessary treatment plan and modifications. Documents resident care services by charting in resident and department records according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Records daily treatment charges per corporate procedures. Maintains resident confidence and protects nursing home operations by keeping information confidential. Protects clients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations. Complies with company protocol for denial management. Ensure appropriate daily billing of services. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks. Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions. Travel required as needed to perform job. Provides community based services such as health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple sites as determined by patient/resident need. Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Physical Therapy. - Current license as a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience - Must be able to travel as needed to perform job. - Must meet all local health regulations, pass post-offer drug test, and pass post-employment physical exam if required. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must be able to relate professionally, positively, and cooperatively with residents, resident's family members and employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Illinois, Freeport Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job Department Address: 900 S Kiwanis Drive* Department City: Freeport Department State: IL Department Zipcode: 61032 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Freeport, IL Freeport, Illinois EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-FL-Zephyrhills) Physical Therapist / PT - Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations and develops effective resident treatment plans to restore, maintain or prevent decline of resident function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing the facility. Essential Job Functions Meets the client's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining treatment plans in consultation with physicians, and by prescription. Helps residents accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment for residents to facilitate independence. Administers therapy statements according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician. Directs treatments given by aides and assistants. Complies with company protocol for patient rounding. Evaluates effects of therapy treatments by observing, noting and evaluating client's progress; providing medically necessary treatment plan and modifications. Documents resident care services by charting in resident and department records according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Records daily treatment charges per corporate procedures. Maintains resident confidence and protects nursing home operations by keeping information confidential. Protects clients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations. Complies with company protocol for denial management. Ensure appropriate daily billing of services. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks. Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions. Travel required as needed to perform job. Provides community based services such as health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple sites as determined by patient/resident need. Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Physical Therapy. - Current license as a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience - Must be able to travel as needed to perform job. - Must meet all local health regulations, pass post-offer drug test, and pass post-employment physical exam if required. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must be able to relate professionally, positively, and cooperatively with residents, resident's family members and employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Florida, Zephyrhills Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 2189 Cleveland StreetSte 266 Department City: Zephyrhills Department State: FL Department Zipcode: 33765 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Zephyrhills, FL Zephyrhills, Florida EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-PA-Sayre) Occupational Therapist Home Health   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations, develops and implements effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing their discipline. Essential Job Functions PERFORMANCE CULTURE: Participates in activities related to identification of patients in need of therapy services. Conducts evaluations, assesses, develops, and implements treatment plans to meet goals and needs of patients. Effectively utilizes an interdisciplinary model. Develops an effective discharge plan in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team throughout LOS. Communicates treatment plans and progress to patient, family and caregivers. Supervises assistants, aides, and others in accordance with state practice acts and local, state and federal regulations. Ensures patient rights and privacy are protected when delivering treatment and in discussions regarding patient at other times. Maintains positive working relationship and demonstrates flexibility in problem solving with the team. Uses clinical competency checklist to implement a plan for professional growth in conjunction with agency leadership. Shares knowledge with district and company to assist in developing or maintaining the clinical excellence of the agency. Maintains a high level of customer service. Proactively communicates with agency leadership regarding time away from work to ensure patient's needs may be met in absences.CREATE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE: Documents according to company policy, state and federal guidelines, and applicable accreditation bodies. Documentation is timely and supports the medical necessity of the skilled services rendered. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Completes all billing records, payroll records or any other required reporting systems, timely and accurately, as per company standards. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with agency and company procedures for infection control, OSHA regulations. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy and maintains adequate inventory. Operates equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and reports malfunctions immediately to immediate supervisor. Assists agency leadership with non-patient specific time related activities as requested. Is knowledgeable of and stays in compliance with all company policies, state practice acts Federal guidelines (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) and rulings. This includes the items in the Quality Management Program, Code of Conduct and occurrence reporting. Participates in quality assurance reviews. Makes recommendations for improving and enhancing the overall functioning of the agency. Will comply with the companies Code of Conduct, policies and procedures contained in company, Federal and State requirements and regulations.MARKET MAXIMIZATION: Establishes and fosters relationships with referral sources. Manages the clinically appropriate therapy minutes for patients in conjunction with interdisciplinary team. Utilizes cost-effective service delivery techniques when appropriate. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Occupational Therapy. - Must possess and maintain a current license in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must have own transportation to travel between sites as needed. - Must possess computer skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish specific job duties and assignments. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements upon hire and as needed. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must demonstrate good time management and organizational skills. - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must have the ability to relate professionally and positively with patients and patient's family members, and work cooperatively with other employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: New Jersey, Moorestown Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job Department Address: 1001 N Elmer Road* Department City: Sayre Department State: PA Department Zipcode: 18840 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Sayre, PA Sayre, Pennsylvania EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Occupational Therapist Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations, develops and implements effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing their discipline. Essential Job Functions PERFORMANCE CULTURE: Participates in activities related to identification of patients in need of therapy services. Conducts evaluations, assesses, develops, and implements treatment plans to meet goals and needs of patients. Effectively utilizes an interdisciplinary model. Develops an effective discharge plan in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team throughout LOS. Communicates treatment plans and progress to patient, family and caregivers. Supervises assistants, aides, and others in accordance with state practice acts and local, state and federal regulations. Ensures patient rights and privacy are protected when delivering treatment and in discussions regarding patient at other times. Maintains positive working relationship and demonstrates flexibility in problem solving with the team. Uses clinical competency checklist to implement a plan for professional growth in conjunction with agency leadership. Shares knowledge with district and company to assist in developing or maintaining the clinical excellence of the agency. Maintains a high level of customer service. Proactively communicates with agency leadership regarding time away from work to ensure patient's needs may be met in absences.CREATE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE: Documents according to company policy, state and federal guidelines, and applicable accreditation bodies. Documentation is timely and supports the medical necessity of the skilled services rendered. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Completes all billing records, payroll records or any other required reporting systems, timely and accurately, as per company standards. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with agency and company procedures for infection control, OSHA regulations. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy and maintains adequate inventory. Operates equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and reports malfunctions immediately to immediate supervisor. Assists agency leadership with non-patient specific time related activities as requested. Is knowledgeable of and stays in compliance with all company policies, state practice acts Federal guidelines (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) and rulings. This includes the items in the Quality Management Program, Code of Conduct and occurrence reporting. Participates in quality assurance reviews. Makes recommendations for improving and enhancing the overall functioning of the agency. Will comply with the companies Code of Conduct, policies and procedures contained in company, Federal and State requirements and regulations.MARKET MAXIMIZATION: Establishes and fosters relationships with referral sources. Manages the clinically appropriate therapy minutes for patients in conjunction with interdisciplinary team. Utilizes cost-effective service delivery techniques when appropriate. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Occupational Therapy. - Must possess and maintain a current license in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must have own transportation to travel between sites as needed. - Must possess computer skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish specific job duties and assignments. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements upon hire and as needed. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must demonstrate good time management and organizational skills. - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must have the ability to relate professionally and positively with patients and patient's family members, and work cooperatively with other employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-FL-Zephyrhills) Occupational Therapist Assistant / OTA - Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the occupational therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed occupational therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with licensed therapist s knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Florida, Zephyrhills Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 2189 Cleveland StreetSte 266 Department City: Zephyrhills Department State: FL Department Zipcode: 33765 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Zephyrhills, FL Zephyrhills, Florida EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-IL-Geneseo) Occupational Therapist / OTR SNF & Home Health   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations and develops effective patient treatment plans to restore, maintain or prevent decline of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing the treatment location. Essential Job Functions Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining treatment plans in consultation with physicians, and by prescription. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment for patients to facilitate independence. Administers therapy statements according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician. Directs treatments given by aides and assistants. Complies with company protocol for patient rounding. Evaluates effects of therapy treatments by observing, noting and evaluating patient's progress; providing medically necessary treatment plan and modifications. Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care workers; Participates in the Q & A process for rehab related issues. Manages the appropriate therapy minutes per RUGS category for patients Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing patient specific maintenance programs; instructing patients, families and/or caregivers in follow-up maintenance programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs. Accuracy in completion of MDS or OASIS items per workflow model Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines. Records daily treatment charges per corporate procedures. Maintains patient confidence and protects nursing home operations by keeping information confidential. Protects patients and employees by adhering to facility infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with facility and department procedures, rules and regulations. Complies with company protocol for denial management. Ensure appropriate daily billing of services. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks. Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions. Travel required as needed to perform job. Provides community based services such as health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple sites as determined by patient/patient need. Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Occupational Therapy - Current license as a Occupational Therapist in the state of practice as required - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Ability to travel as needed to perform job - Capable of maintaining regular attendance Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Illinois, Prophetstown Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job Department Address: 704 S Illinois Street* Department City: Geneseo Department State: IL Department Zipcode: 61254 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Geneseo, IL Geneseo, Illinois EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-FL-Zephyrhills) Occupational Therapist / OTR - Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations, develops and implements effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing their discipline. Essential Job Functions PERFORMANCE CULTURE: Participates in activities related to identification of patients in need of therapy services. Conducts evaluations, assesses, develops, and implements treatment plans to meet goals and needs of patients. Effectively utilizes an interdisciplinary model. Develops an effective discharge plan in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team throughout LOS. Communicates treatment plans and progress to patient, family and caregivers. Supervises assistants, aides, and others in accordance with state practice acts and local, state and federal regulations. Ensures patient rights and privacy are protected when delivering treatment and in discussions regarding patient at other times. Maintains positive working relationship and demonstrates flexibility in problem solving with the team. Uses clinical competency checklist to implement a plan for professional growth in conjunction with agency leadership. Shares knowledge with district and company to assist in developing or maintaining the clinical excellence of the agency. Maintains a high level of customer service. Proactively communicates with agency leadership regarding time away from work to ensure patient's needs may be met in absences.CREATE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE: Documents according to company policy, state and federal guidelines, and applicable accreditation bodies. Documentation is timely and supports the medical necessity of the skilled services rendered. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Completes all billing records, payroll records or any other required reporting systems, timely and accurately, as per company standards. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with agency and company procedures for infection control, OSHA regulations. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy and maintains adequate inventory. Operates equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and reports malfunctions immediately to immediate supervisor. Assists agency leadership with non-patient specific time related activities as requested. Is knowledgeable of and stays in compliance with all company policies, state practice acts Federal guidelines (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) and rulings. This includes the items in the Quality Management Program, Code of Conduct and occurrence reporting. Participates in quality assurance reviews. Makes recommendations for improving and enhancing the overall functioning of the agency. Will comply with the companies Code of Conduct, policies and procedures contained in company, Federal and State requirements and regulations.MARKET MAXIMIZATION: Establishes and fosters relationships with referral sources. Manages the clinically appropriate therapy minutes for patients in conjunction with interdisciplinary team. Utilizes cost-effective service delivery techniques when appropriate. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Occupational Therapy. - Must possess and maintain a current license in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must have own transportation to travel between sites as needed. - Must possess computer skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish specific job duties and assignments. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements upon hire and as needed. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must demonstrate good time management and organizational skills. - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must have the ability to relate professionally and positively with patients and patient's family members, and work cooperatively with other employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Florida, Zephyrhills Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 2189 Cleveland StreetSte 266 Department City: Zephyrhills Department State: FL Department Zipcode: 33765 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Zephyrhills, FL Zephyrhills, Florida EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-FL-Zephyrhills) Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant / PTA - Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the physical therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed physical therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with therapist Is knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: Florida, Zephyrhills Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 2189 Cleveland StreetSte 266 Department City: Zephyrhills Department State: FL Department Zipcode: 33765 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we’re able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It’s more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It’s more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It’s having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you’ll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we’re leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Zephyrhills, FL Zephyrhills, Florida EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Lic Physical Therapist Asst Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the physical therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed physical therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with therapist Is knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Putting patients first. It is a promise we keep each and every day. At Aegis Therapies, our managers are therapists first; we are truly committed to giving you the technologies and the resources you need to make a difference. We are equally committed to offering you every opportunity to reach your most ambitious goals. No wonder we are one of the nation's leading providers of rehabilitation services. If you are ready to build a career with endless potential, build your future with us. We currently provide therapy in over 1,000 facilities nationwide, so you can choose a location that is perfect for your aspirations. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Cert Occupational Ther Asst Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the occupational therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed occupational therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with licensed therapist s knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-San Mateo) RN - Primary Care Clinician - Home Health (Full Time / San Mateo)   
Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Primary Care Clinician (PCC) is an experienced RN who is responsible for the overall management of approximately 25 patients including the provision of direct care with a designated visit productivity standard. This position plans, organizes, and directs all patient care services for patients in the assigned caseload in accordance with current standards and regulations, ensuring the optimal degree of quality care is maintained. Responsible for coordinating the interdisciplinary team to implement the established plan of patient care and ensuring effective management of visit utilization and control of expenses. May assist in agency wide orientation, competency evaluations and consultation to clinical staff related to specific expertise as requested by Clinical Manager. Education RN graduate from an accredited curriculum. Bachelor’s degree in nursing or health related field preferred. Licensure Current California RN license; valid California driver’s license; current auto insurance; current BCLS/CPR certification. Experience One year of professional experience in an acute or similar setting required. One year of experience in a home health and/or hospice position preferred. Direct patient care experience within the past five years required. Knowledge Thorough understanding of home care and/or hospice services, Title XXII, Medicare Conditions of Participation, JCAHO home health and/or hospice accreditation requirements, QI outcomes/benchmarking, infection control; good understanding of reimbursement patterns for Medicare and other payors; good working understanding of budget and other financial reports. Clinical competency that meets and exceeds testing levels on a regular basis. Special Skills/Equipment: Self-starter with a high degree of initiative, motivation, flexibility, energy and creativity. Ability to form harmonious working relationships with internal and external customers. Demonstrated leadership and negotiation skills and the ability to manage resources for patient care in a cost effective manner. Excellent collaborative and problem solving skills with customers and management. Ability to exercise independent sound judgment in planning and providing patient care. Demonstrated ability in physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills and in implementing plan of treatment. Excellent organizational skills. With appropriate training, demonstrates an ability to competently work with the computerized documentation tools and systems of the organization. Access to a reliable automobile. Must be able to meet company productivity standards as indicated by organization and manager. Must be able to handle sensitive issues, conflict with or among others, respectively direct and reinforce staff efforts; effectively plan and organize and prioritize work, think critically to both effectively plan and organize department operations consistent with Sutter Care at Home’s strategic and operating objectives and to effectively solve unique problems as they arise or identify when to consult supervisor. Must be able to deal with challenging work environment with time demands and occasional conflicting priorities. Maintain a positive and professional image and demonstrate self-directed learning to meet professional development and/or license requirements. Is responsible for maintaining all required licensure and certifications. At orientation and annually thereafter, must be able to meet Sutter VNA & Hospice core competencies for position and area of specialty, as appropriate. **Organization:** **Sutter Care at Home* **Title:** *RN - Primary Care Clinician - Home Health (Full Time / San Mateo)* **Location:** *California-Peninsula/South Bay and Santa Cruz-San Mateo* **Requisition ID:** *SCAH-1709756* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
          Steampunk zombies in Seattle   
Well, I am slowly emerging from my reading funk. I had an opportunity to focus on reading yesterday. I managed a charity golf tournament, which mostly means waiting for the people to come back, so you can hand out prizes. Anyway, there was a lot of reading time. One of the books I read was Cherie Priest's Boneshaker. Her prior work has mostly been in Southern gothic horror. Here she takes a different tack with a steampunk science fiction tale.

If you don't know steampunk, it is a style of science fiction usually set in the 19th century that uses high technology based on the tech of the day. So there are dirigibles, babbage engines, and various steam powered mechanisms. Priest's tale is set in a Seattle devastated by a steam powered drill machine meant to explore for gold in the Klondike. The machine went wild one day and wrecked much of the city. Even worse, it released a gas, called the blight, that killed many and turned others in zombies. The outside world protected itself by throwing a wall around Seattle.

15 years later the son of the man whose Boneshaker wrecked the town heads back in to clear his name. His mom, with whom he has a tenuous relationship, chases after him. The two quests give Priest the chance to show off her creative world building, with Confederate (the war has been going on for nearly two decades) airships, cyborgs, hellish factories designed to bring clean air into the Blight-infected Seattle and all manner of odd characters.

In the end, I liked the world more than the story itself. I liked the plot of the mother seeking our her son, but thought the son's wanderings were less interesting. Priest is working on another book in this world, which I will most likely try.

By the way, the book had one very nice design element I appreciated. To give the book a nice steampunk patina, the text is printed in a sepia color. It is quite attractive and subtle.
          Pub Spy: This venue has a great atmosphere which is buzzy and infectious   
The sun was shining and all was well in the world as I approached The Basketmakers Arms.
          Marinduque - Our doze of Vitamin SEA!   

A Long Chillax Weekend
Tres Reyes / Maniwaya Island
Marinduque
August 23-24, 2014


left to right
Me, Ellidel, Elaine, Dahlia, Elmer and Eman at Maniwaya Island
photo by Elmer

Our 2nd time in Marinduque was... perfectly awesome! Despite the long traffic at Sariaya (it takes us 7 hours to get to Balancan Port and ruin our itinerary for the day), Gaspar Island really did surpass our expectations. I tell you why, the moment we get there, a few meters to the shore, a bunch of small fishes in different groups circling around and jumping as if they're saying to the fisherman on the banks to "come and get me" plus beautiful marine life and crystal clear water. The first 5 minutes snorkeling near the shore, we get to see a Lion Fish and a pair of young Eel hiding in a coral and a lot of small and cute little fishes. For our last day, we saw a Green Sea Turtle exploring the sea bed and Eman saw a little Shark.

Lion Fish
photo by Elmer
Funny looking Eels
photo by Elmer
This is how clear the water is
You can see the fishes below
One of the best sunsets. Taken at Maniwaya Island
Just be careful of the sea urchins on the shallow part in Gaspar Island.
Luckily, it wasn't deep and no infections occurred.
My failed "selfie" photo with the Milky Way  :(
taken at Gaspar Island


Notes:
  • 1st trip to Marinduque is 12mn then 4:00am at Dalahican Port in Lucena.
  • Buses are available at JAC Liner Kamias and LRT-Taft Buendia Terminal.
  • Trip to Lucena from Manila is 3-4 hours.
  • Trip to Balanacan Port (Marinduque) takes about 2-3 hours.
  • If your are camping at Gaspar Island, bring food and water. There are public toilets in Gaspar Island but uses seawater.
  • Water is scarce at Gaspar Island, so bring your own.
  • Overnight Camping only. There are cottages you can use.

Daily RoRo Trips at Dalahican Port in Lucena

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Fees as of August 2014:
Php  219.00  Jac Lines bus LRT Buendia - Lucena-Dalahican Port
Php    30.00  Terminal Fee Dalahican Port
Php  260.00  RoRo to Balanacan Port
Php    20.00  Terminal Fee Balanacan Port
Php   100.00 Jeep form Balanacan Port to Castillos (port to Gaspar Island)
Php   100.00 Trike from Sta. Cruz town proper to Buyabod Port (port to Maniwaya Island)
Php 3500.00 Chartered Boat to Maniwaya Island (includes Island hopping)
Php   300.00 per tent pitching at Wawie's Resort
Php    50.00 Cottage Wawie's Resort
Php    80.00 Van Sta. Cruz to Balanacan Port
Php  220.00 Bus Lucena to Edsa (Ortigas)


Contact Infos:
Boat to Gaspar Island = Kuya Nelson @ +63 948 715 5955
Wawie's Resort @ Maniwaya Island = Mang Carlito @ +63 946 649 4757
Boat Rental to Maniwaya = Capt. Ronald Reforma @ +63 928 320 4000


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Itinerary 3-day Tres Reyes/Maniwaya

DAY 1 SATURDAY
23:00 Meet-up JAC Liner Kamias
03:00 ETA Lucena (Dalahican Port). Buy tickets to Balanacan Port, Marinduque
04:00 ETD to Marinduque (Balanacan Port)
06:00 ETA Balanacan Port. Take jeep to Brgy. Pingan, Gasan. Drop off at Castillos
09:00 ETA Castillejos. Rent boat to Gaspar Island.
09:30 ETA Gaspar Island. Pitch Tent. Early Lunch
12:00 Island hopping and swimming onwards.

DAY 2: SUNDAY
06:00 Wake up. Breakfast. Swim-photo ops-swim
07:00 Break Camp.
08:00 ETD to Brgy. Pingan
08:30 ETA Brgy. Pingan. Wait for jeep to Boac.
09:00 ETD Boac to Sta. Cruz.
10:30 ETA Sta. Cruz Town proper (PNB landmark). Lunch. Hire trike to Buyabod Port.
11:00 ETA Buyabod Port. Chartered boat to Maniwaya Island.
12:00 ETA Maniwaya Island (Wowie’s resort). Lunch
13:00 Island Hopping.

DAY 3: MONDAY
07:00 Wake up. Breakfast. Prepare for island hopping.
08:00 Island hopping and swimming onwards
14:00 break camp/clean-up
15:00 ETD to Buyabod Port
16:00 ETA Buyabod Port. But tickets to Lucena Port.
20:00 ETA Manila




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Toylab bloggers have made no secret that they are excited about the direction of Valiant Entertainment. With the launch of X-O Manowar comic, the upcoming Secret Weapons series and of course the upcoming live action Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. We are thrilled to bring you an interview with one of the star's from Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe, Ciera Foster. Ciera Foster is playing one of my favorite Valiant characters, Livewire. When casting for Ninjak vs was going on I openly wondered if they would find an actress who could portray the mixture of intelligence and bad assness that is Livewire and with Ciera they just flat out nailed it. She is intelligent, beautiful, and a good person as well. On top of all that she brings a legit athletic and martial arts resume to the table. Toylab's Marvel Matt sought out Ciera on questions about playing Livewire and she kindly answered.

If you love Valiant, if you are curious about Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe then you need to read this interview. Ciera has an infectious enthusiasm for playing Livewire that has pushed my excitement for seeing her in action to 11.
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Ciera we are very excited to see you play Livewire in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.  What was the first thing that excited you as an actress about playing Livewire?

Firstly, thank you and the enthusiasm is certainly mutual!!! Thinking how to respond to that question is a bit tricky because it's a loaded answer. - The first thing that comes to mind is hands down the simple fact that I am a comic book, cartoon, video game fan. Yes, ME!!! I grew up with my older brother Nick and my guy cousins Keion and Cedric and we practically lived (and still do I might add) all things superhero,... seriously! But that's just the tip of the iceberg. I love playing Livewire not only because of what she is "a superhero" but because of WHO she is. Livewire is a natural leader with boundless compassion yet yields uncompromising strength. She's both admired and respected and hates wrongdoing particularly at the cost of the defenseless. Daily I'm blown away at the blessing of playing this character whose values are so aligned with my own. She continues to amaze me. With my background in athletics and my previous and current endeavors in the humanitarian field I couldn't have written a better character for me to play, which is a credit to the founding creators and the current exceptional team of writers working for and with Valiant.


 Speaking of Valiant I legitimately cannot answer this question without acknowledging how thrilled I am (Not to mention damn proud) to be a part of the Valiant Universe. I know I could easily sound biased but the fact is the more anyone delves into Valiant the more apparent it will be that there is no other major super universe with as much diversity in character, craftsmanship, and artistry plus overall badassness. From Harbinger, to Faith, to Bloodshot to one of my favorites Britannia (Just to name a few). I mean seriously it doesn't get more diverse than that! No slight on other comic universes but Valiant isn't creating a league of its own, it already is one. People are just seeing it on a larger scale and that makes me pretty damn excited to be your Livewire.


Livewire is the star of a comic series coming out called Secret Weapons have you been able to get a preview of that?

Valiant does a phenomenal job of providing us plenty of material. But it's no secret as Valiant continues to get bigger and bigger that our CEO Dinesh Shamdasani and VP of marketing Hunter Gorinson have made secrecy Valiant's "Secret Weapon" (See what I did there...) - I have a bit of a preview on the way from H.Q. but the hard hitting stuff I get to read with everyone else, which is cool with me. I get to share the journey as a fan and with the fans. I think that's important as an artist especially when playing a comic book character to be along for the ride at the same pace. Otherwise it's easy to project stuff onto to the scene or character that hasn't happened. Which I feel does everyone an injustice. - I've certainly done my research and since the book is about the emergence of the Harbinger program, I'm just as excited as the Valiant fans.

Livewire may seem like the star but I believe my character has the honor of being somewhat of a guiding force for some incredible new characters that will be introduced. I personally love that. It is my understanding Secret Weapons conceptually challenges the notion of being a "misfit". I believe the world could use a little more of that these days.

The Bat and the Sun is producing the series how did you meet them and get the part as Livewire?
Ciera Foster playing Livewire in Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Pure hustle. I went to audition almost two years ago for a role I submitted myself for. It was an extremely small, low budget, independent project. I have managers and agents of course but I like to search out new creative challenges for myself (Maybe that is the artist/athlete in me) because the role was pretty controversial and the project as I stated didn't pay much. I'd just gotten back from holiday, when I received the callback and I was pretty tired but I love what I do and I don't miss auditions so I went happily and did my thing. - I didn't get the part lol!

Apparently, I just wasn't right for the role, but the director liked my energy and work. He looked at my resume and said, "I gotta ask you about your martial arts and athletic background..." I filled him and the assistant CD in. Per usual I started geeking out over my love for superheroes. He told he might have a referral for me. I left and that was that. I had no expectations. I actually forgot until months later I got a phone call from Aaron Schoenke to play Storm for Bat in the Sun's Wonder Woman vs. Wolverine. After about 5 minutes of me talking about Ororo Munroe's history a little Street Fighter, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and a dash of Mortal Kombat I got the part. Almost a year later I got another phone call out of the blue from Aaron, I remember his exact words.

"Are you available next month to work? ... There is a thing...Its cool....really cool....you'll like it...I can't tell anything else but if you interested I think you should audition for it....that's all I can say.  I'll be in touch."

Yep, it was at that moment for exactly 17 seconds I thought I'd finally got the call to be a real life spy LOL. Auditioning for Livewire was actually not too far off. A week later I got another call then another with limited info. I was sent audition sides (1-2 pages of material) I was told to send them back the same day as soon as possible. Reading the small bit of information I was given about the character (Still almost nothing not even a mention of Valiant) I had to make choices based off of a combination of training and instinct. I even overrode some of the direction I was given. As I worked on it with my older brother Nick we let our knowledge and passion of superheroes guide us. We had so little info we worked on it all over about three hours straight (discussing it constantly) until it felt right. I sent in my taped audition to Aaron and Sean at Bat in the Sun. After that Bat in the Sun sent it to Valiant in New York. About ten minutes later Aaron texted me I got the part - No better feeling. I know I didn't know someone, there were no favors, just my hard work paying off step by step. The best woman got the job. I was (am) Livewire.

The Valiant Universe is full of bad asses and Livewire is one of the biggest bad asses of them all, what was it like to film action sequences in Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe? 


What a fun question. It's literally a dream come true. As long as I can remember I've pretended to be a superhero, ninja, secret agent, etc. This is a lot cooler because its for real! I LIVE for this stuff! As you mentioned being such a powerful character one of the most powerful in the entire Valiant Universe especially as a woman is beyond exhilarating. When we film the fight scenes in particular I enter into a whole other zone. It's like a shark when they smell blood ...Was that too crazy LOL. I spent ample time on set not only on Livewire as a character but her characteristics in combat which is a huge part of the storytelling. As an artist but above all as a fan, I can tell a lot about character by the way they fight. I think a lot of comic hero heads would agree.

I fused my knowledge of the character with martial arts, artistry, and comics together to give Livewire an action personality that is so dynamic. I truly hope our fans and viewers enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed portraying it. Ultimately, a large part of Livewire is her fighting because that’s when you see how powerful she is when it all becomes unleashed. It gives me chills just thinking about it!

None of it would be possible without the involvement of the Valiant heads Dinish Shamdasani (CEO) and Joshua Johns (Dir. of Digital Media / Development) giving me the freedom to be an artist and working so collaboratively with Bat in the Sun. All of the fights in Ninjak Vs would be a nothing without the full cast and crew (Seriously you've seen our cast, athletes for days.) Credit is especially due to our director Aaron Schenoke he was born to create epic fight and action sequences. The direction let alone the vision of Aaron and his father Sean Schenoke combined is priceless. Lastly, but certainly not least our special affects composer Nikolay Zamkovoy is just a beast and creative genius that kills it every time.

You were an NCAA athlete and have trained heavily in martial arts.  Can you go into you're training in martial arts and did that help you land this role.


My dad is a 7th degree black belt and Tang Soo Do master. He was also sparring partners with the legendary Chuck Norris. My father trained me in his dojo where I had to attend classes until I was about eleven. We also trained at the park outside of class. After a break my mother kept me involved in Taekwondo and Karate. When I was twelve I was recruited to play basketball. I traded theater club at the time for basketball practice in hopes of earning a scholarship. I played basketball for eleven years straight including competitive national and international summer leagues. As my skills developed I began to only play "up" on teams with athletes older than me. The same happened in high school by the end of my freshmen year I was on varsity already and playing in regional finals. Club or school ball I was always on regional, sectional, or state championship teams. I also played competitive softball two years, track and field for three years (undefeated), and was recruited to play volleyball at the collegiate level. More often than not I was the captain on many of my teams especially through college. I was a COAA California State Championship finalist. From there I was recruited to SoCal where I became an NCAA athlete and received a scholarship to play basketball.

Afterwards I returned to martial arts mainly Taekwondo testing for my black belt, while also pursuing my acting career. During both regular school and acting school I also attended two film fighting schools. I attended Theatrical Academy of Combat under the instruction of Dan and Jan Spreaker who choreographed the films Hook and Master and Commander. There I learned my film fighting foundation and weapons technique. My best weapons are the broad sword, quarter staff, and the cutlass. After that I attended Film Fighting LA under the instruction of Robert Goodwin who helped train Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. There was a big emphasis of the three points of Shaolin Kung Fu Martial Arts Method which I fell in love with. The school incorporated several art forms of camera fighting, stunt work, wrestling and firearms.   I've also had to do various training for a variety of roles and I still take classes and workshops. I will never stop learning and improving, I love this expression of the body and I'm blessed with the physicality to do something dynamic with it.

What does it feel like to join the ranks of Super Heroes? Playing Livewire makes you into a role model how does that change your mindset?

Playing Livewire doesn't change my mindset in regard to being a role model its quite the opposite, it affirms it. I've always had something inside of me pushing me to help others and to inspire. Its simple really, acting is my passion but helping others is my purpose. As I reflect on my career and life up to this point it adds up to this moment, this platform. When I was in college I was a paid activist for the CAA California Teachers Association I fought for educational rights, teacher rights and fair tuition costs. I was one of three student activist ambassadors hired by the CAA to represent SQE Students for Quality Education in which I was trained on activism techniques and school reform. My job was to bridge the gap between legislation and student rights.

In athletics as an NCAA athlete I was the captain and placed in charge of the team community service out reach programs. As an artist I've been to Haiti as an ambassador to Artists for Peace and Justice founded by writer/director Paul Haggis. I'm also an ambassador for the Water Underground Project and supporter of Children International. Now more than ever I feel these experiences have been part of a greater purpose which supersedes fame and popularity and has everything to do with passion. 
I say all this only to make the point that now I am Livewire,  I am just getting started. Be it a student athlete captain, activist, ambassador, acting class, or even growing up at home I've always been held to a higher standard. Livewire just raised the bar. I'm apart of something much bigger than myself.   As you stated I realize that makes me a role model, especially for little girls and young women. Challenge Accepted.

There have not been many black female super heroes in live action media?  Halle Berry comes to mind as Storm in X-Men but mind is drawing blanks on others.  At any rate it is a very small club of actresses that you are joining, does that add meaning to portrayal of Livewire.

I know what this means and I don't take it for granted. I'm humbled and honored, I think about it daily. People write me and post things about me regarding that very point. It's a blessing and a privilege. I always wanted to be a superhero but besides Storm there were no other heroes in all of the great universes that looked like me. It was a bit disheartening as a kid. Naturally, I assumed I'd play Storm if there ever were a Strom Origins film developed. This was my goal. By the way Alexandra Shipp is killing that role. But I realize now I was only thinking at the level of what I was shown possible. In the emerging age of the female lead heroine / superhero and with me as Livewire as a lead female superhero of color I take great pride and happiness in knowing that girls and boys of all races and backgrounds will see me and other upcoming heroes, and know that anything is possible. The best part is one day it won't even be a thought and the word "Black" or "Female" hero won't be a big deal. We will all just be superheroes from all walks of life representing everyone. That said let me clearly say in this moment in time I'm extremely proud to hold the torch for both female heroines and heroes of color until the goal of visibility amongst both is reached.

What is the future of Livewire?  We know that Valiant has a variety of film projects in the future.  Will Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe lead to role in those projects?

All I can say is that I'm blessed to be a part of something very special. I'm the face of Livewire for the first time, ever. To be so well received playing a character that was seemingly physically designed for me and virtually my whole life has been preparing me to play is pure joy. I'm certainly enjoying every minute of it. Since my character reveal and trailer premier/panel discussion at NYC Comic Con reception and the over all presence of this remarkable character continuing to expand. As you noted for the first time since the dawn of Valiant a series highlighting Livewire is being released now in Secret Weapons. That's major. Additionally, you mentioned its no secret Valiant is developing films. Eric Heisserer the Oscar nominated screen writer for Arrival not only wrote Secret Weapons but is writing the Harbinger film as well. To me what that says for not only the future of my character but the future of Valiant Comics and comics period is not lost on me. Playing Livewire as an artist (Especially a woman) being considered a fan-favorite character and being a fan myself means the world to me. I would love to play Livewire in the Harbinger films. I am Livewire. I was born to do this. I also look forward to continue to expanding and growing with the fans. We have the best fans hands down, period. I feel we are in this journey together and I mean that with everything in me. - Ninjak is something special, the Valiant Universe is special. The fans are beyond special. Valiant Entertainment / Valiant Digital are doing amazing things in both entertainment and comics. Valiant is so creative they plan things out far in advance. I think we will just have to stay tuned to see what unfolds.

What is the coolest moment you have had at a Convention since becoming Livewire?

When Bobby Leet a father of two recognized me walking around Comic Con NYC during my press day. The trailer and character reveal were not until the following day but he was such a big Valiant fan that he already knew who I was and asked for a picture. That memory sticks out to me as clear as day. He was the first one, we still follow each other on Instagram. By far to me the most impactful moment was the next day at the trailer premier and panel discussion. A guy (granted he was dressed as Armstrong lol) came up to me with tears in his eyes. He said he'd grown up reading the original Valiant Comics when he was a kid. He was so overwhelmed he could barely talk. He said Livewire was one of his favorite characters and he was emotional because I was everything he'd imagined her to be and more. The man said my being Livewire and the entire Ninjak Vs. experience was overwhelming and surreal for him. He assured me his tears were that of joy. I could feel his emotion then and now. I gave him a hug and thanked him. I still have the picture we took. I have many incredible moments with Valiant fans but that one will always be in my heart. It was at that moment that I truly realized what it meant to be and "Stay Valiant".


As you can Ciera is already a real hero and doing great things with this role I recommend checking her out on social media and her website.  Also look for her at Cons as I expect her to be going to a few.

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          (USA-MI-Battle Creek) Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse (LPN/RN)   
Overview The Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse (WOCN) oversees and provides care for residents with wounds, ostomies, or continence disorders. Nurses in wound care management work with residents who have gastrointestinal stomas for feeding tubes or colostomy bags, skin ulcers, drains, surgical incisions, or pressure sores. Any type of breach in the skin qualifies as a wound and would be monitored by the WOCN. Qualifications: Must have a current state license to practice Nursing in the State of Michigan. A registered nurse (RN) preferred. WOCN Certification desired. Two years experience in skin and wound management. Excellent knowledge of Infection Control processes. Basic computer skills and experience with Electronic Medical Records Preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical journals and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Essential Functions and Responsibilities Advantage Living Centers expects their employees to promote an atmosphere of teamwork, exemplify the values of CARING (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Nimbleness and Generosity and uphold the pursuit of creating a person-centered culture for Residents and Team Members. To perform this job successfully, an individual must also be able to perform each key function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key functions. Coordinates, implements and monitors the wound, ostomy, skin and continence programs within the facility to assure regulatory and quality outcomes are achieved and risk factors for wound development are addressed. Provides wound care for residents with stage 2 and higher wounds vascular, stasis, diabetic, fistulas and surgical wounds using proper infection control techniques. Assures skin management formulary is followed and works with the Director of Clinical Services if formulary adjustments are recommended. Conducts weekly wound rounds with Wound Physician. Maintains an up to date wound log and records wound measurements on the wound log. Recommends alternative treatments if wound healing has stagnated. Works closely with facility dietitian to monitor nutritional status of residents. Monitors the need for and assure positioning and supportive devices needed by residents are in place. Notifies the Administrator of equipment needed that is not available within the facility. Develops and updates plans of care to prevent wound development and promote healing. Monitors stomas to assure skin is protected and proper appliances are applied. Coordinates and monitors staff completion of quarterly skin assessments and that care plans are updated according to findings. Monitors staff adherence to skin care and assessment protocols and audits records to assure documentation is completed. Addresses new skin conditions promptly to prevent worsening Monitors resident pain needs as part of the assessment process and evaluates residents before, during and after dressing procedures to address pain needs and minimize resident discomfort during procedures. Notifies the physician timely if pain interventions need to be adjusted. Conducts bedside observations of staff performing skin/wound care to assure proper technique is used. Tracks the use of Wound Vacs and assures the system for ordering and returning is followed. Complies with departmental policies and procedures and works closely with surveyors during annual surveys. Educates nursing staff on wound, stoma and skin care management at least annually. Participates in the QAPI process and completes root cause analysis for each wound that develops. Through analysis of skin issues, makes recommendations to the Director of Nursing on preventative measures needed to minimize risk of interruptions in skin integrity. Conducts rounds several times a week to assure positioning devices are in place and resident positioning aligns with the plan of care. Communicates with the physician, resident and resident representative timely related to new skin conditions, progress of healing, and updates in interventions. Timely documents assessments, interventions, progress and changes in the resident record. Monitors treatment records to assure nursing staff is completing wound care assignments and documenting treatments provided. Monitors the use of incontinence products and makes recommendations about the type of product best for the resident including the use of incontinence pads, extended use briefs, and continence monitoring devices. Consults with, utilizes and initiates referrals to appropriate community agencies and healthcare resources to provide continuity of care. Uses nursing equipment and supplies according to manufacturer’s guidelines. Accepts only those nursing assignments that are commensurate with one’s own education preparation, experience, knowledge and ability; obtains instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices. Follows the policies and procedures of the facility. Performs other duties or functions as directed by the Administrator or Director of Nursing.
          (USA-MI-Battle Creek) Custodian   
Currently hiring for FT/PT janitorial positions in a manufacturing setting.Shifts available: Mon - Fri, 3 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Mon - Fri, 8 p.m. - 4 a.m. and Sun 3-4 hrs flexible Sat, Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., substitute for all shifts on other days Responsibilities included, but are not limited to, cleaning offices, bathrooms, and breakrooms. Dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, disinfecting, cleaning walls, doors, vents, glass, pulling trash.Must be reliableMust have positive attitude, a desire to please the customer, and good communication skillsMust be able to work independentlyMust pass criminal background check and drug screenMust have own reliable transportation
          Hard Lessons about Life   
Well, I haven't posted in a couple weeks. My grandpa became very ill the very night of my last post. He is 83 years old. He came down with an infection in his lungs because he tends to aspirate his food (everything he eats ends up being breathed into his lungs). So, he was on the ventilator and became well enough to get off of that. Now it is found out that he can't eat anything at all because he does not swallow properly. So he has been laying in that hospital bed with IV's all over him and his oxygen on, not being able to eat. He can't drink anything either and his mouth has been terribly dry.

Now today the doctor called and told me he needs to be put on the ventilator again and asked for my consent. He does have a living will and in that will he does not want to be sustained if he is in a permanently unconcsious state. Such a hard, impossible decision to make. My uncle wants him sustained for as long as possible to be sure there is no chance of recovery, which is absolutely understandable, but I think it is has come to that point. They are putting a tracheotomy in him today and after that, I think the feeding tube in his stomach. My uncle does not want to accept the fact that this may be it. His anger is directed towards the doctors and the nurses saying that they are not doing all they could be doing. I understand, I do. I just don't want to be putting my grandpa in such terrible situations either. It was his wish to only be sustained once. But my uncle, he doesn't want to let go and I just can't bring myself to go against him. I mean, eventually the anger has to fade, reality has to sink in and acceptance needs to take over. But it is his dad - it is hard to let go.
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          Afternoon Brief, June 28   

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          Google Peringatkan Komputer Bervirus   
Tech Info - Sepanjang pekan ini, raksasa internet nomor satu di dunia, Google, memberi peringatan terhadap beberapa pengguna mesin pencarinya yang  komputernya terinfeksi virus.

Salah satu data centre Google yang melakukan pemeliharaan rutin mengungkapkan adanya traffic yang tidak biasa dari komputer yang terinfeksi software jahat.

Komputer Bervirus
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"The traffic sent to Google through the server computer intermediary called 'proxy'," (Traffic tersebut dikirim ke Google melalui server komputer intermediary yang disebut 'proxy') kata Damian Menscher selaku Security Engineer dari Google.

Seperti yang dikutip dari AFP, pada hari Kamis, 21 Juli 2011, kini Google mulai mengirimkan pesan berupa peringatan di dalam hasil pencarian pada komputer yang terinfeksi virus.

"We hope by inform to the users could help them to updating their antivirus and removing the virus infections (Kami berharap dengan menginformasikan kepada pengguna dapat membantu mereka memperbarui antivirus mereka dan menghapus infeksi virus)," tanbah Menscher.

Menscher menjelaskan, Google mempergunakan informasi yang dikumpulkan untuk membantu sebanyak mungkin pengguna komputer agar mereka bisa terhindar dari serangan virus.

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          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Patient Navigator - Substance Abuse   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking a Patient Navigator-Substance Abuse who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will work in our newly grant funded Opioid Overdose Response program, ensuring that individuals who have been seen at an ER will be connected with services. The candidate will serve as primary clinician for individuals enrolled in this outreach program, and will assist with face to face assessments, phone calls and outreach visits to help coordinate care. This person will be knowledgeable about and actively support 1) culturally competent, recovery based practices, 2) person centered planning as a shared decision making process with the individual, who defines his or her own life goals and is assisted in developing a unique path toward those goals and 3) a trauma informed culture to aid consumers in their recovery process. The position is grant funded through 9/30/18. Specialized Training, Skills, Abilities, Experience:ulliMaster’s degree in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology or related field strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of experience required./liliMinimum of 1 year experience in clinical settings working with target population and extensive knowledge of the current DSM diagnostic criteria, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, evidence-based and promising practice interventions, and familiarity with psychotropic medications, experience with involuntary hospitalization procedures and the ability to work in a fast paced environment./liliRequired licenses: CAADC and valid Michigan Motor Vehicle Operator’s license./li/ulWe offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; 10 paid holidays, generous paid time off (PTO) plan, continuing education, defined benefit pension plan and deferred compensation plan. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Programmer (SQL)   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking a Programmer who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The Programmer will support the on-going goals and objectives of our Information Technology Services department. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing programming tasks, reports, and fundamental designs to meet the needs of end users. This position offers opportunities to learn new and varied computer skills.A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or equivalent combination of training and experience is required. The successful candidate must have 2 years of experience developing in Microsoft SQL Reporting Services, Analysis Services, and Integration services. Knowledge and experience in Sharepoint, VB.net, C#., Power BI, and/or Web Services development is highly desirable.We offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; disability and workers compensation insurance; paid holidays, Paid Time Off plan, continuing education, retirement plan and Deferred Compensation Plan. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Nurse RN - Contingent   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services is seeking a Registered Nurse to provide nursing services on a contingent basis. Previous phone triage and clinic experience as well as knowledge of psychotropic medications and psychiatric illness preferred. Knowledge of substance abuse disorders and treatments is also beneficial. The ideal candidate must have effective communication skills and the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. An Associates degree in Nursing, Applied Science, or related field is required along with current RN licensure in the state of Michigan. A minimum of two years experience in the mental health field are also required. Special consideration will be given to RN’s with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related field. Strong computer skills are essential for this position. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Registered Medical Assistant   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has an opportunity for an individual who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to work as a Registered Medical Assistant in our busy outpatient behavioral health practice. A High School Diploma/GED, certification as an RMA or CMA, and strong evidence-based recovery philosophy are required. Experience in psychiatric or medical practice and experience working with children are strongly preferred. We offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; disability and workers compensation insurance; paid holidays, annual leave, sick leave, continuing education, retirement plan and Deferred Compensation Plan. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Outpatient Therapist - CAADC   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking an Outpatient Therapist who has experience working with individuals and families of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will split job duties between mental health and addiction counseling services/therapy to individuals, help to lead groups including (intensive outpatient program, relapse prevention), educate and support groups for individuals, families and the community promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy choices. The candidate should have considerable knowledge of community resources, cognitive behavioral therapy, personality development, diagnosis, different treatment theories and techniques, such as insight oriented therapy, solution focus therapy, interpersonal therapy, reality therapy, and value clarification.Position requires a Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field. Minimum of three years experience in supporting families in supporting their loved ones, working within a clinical settings with target population and extensive knowledge of the DSM V diagnostic criteria, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, evidence-based and promising practice interventions, familiarity with psychotropic medications, experience with involuntary hospitalization procedures and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Required licenses: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) preferred; Limited License Psychologist (LLP); Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Advance Addiction and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and valid Michigan Motor Vehicle Operator's license. We offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; 10 paid holidays, generous paid time off (PTO) plan, continuing education, defined benefit pension plan and deferred compensation plan. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Peer Recovery and Outreach Coach - Contingent   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking a Contingent Peer Recovery and Outreach Coach who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will work on a grant funded opioid response overdose team, responding to emergencies. KCMHSAS is hiring a pool of on call recovery coaches to provide after hours and weekend coverage for this program. These on call recovery coaches will see individuals in local ERs and community settings, helping to link with treatment and community services. This team will provide 24/7 coverage to the Kalamazoo community and will work together with a patient navigator to track and provide follow up services to individuals in this community who have experienced an overdose. A knowledge of the social service system in Kalamazoo and a willingness to be part of a team based approach to care are necessary for this job. This is a grant position funded through 9/30/18. Required Qualifications: HS Diploma or GED with 1-2 years’ experience working in a peer capacity; uMichigan Certified Recovery Coach;/u valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable transportation. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Lead Programmer   
KCMHSAS is seeking a full-time Lead Programmer to develop solutions to allow for effective and efficient service delivery. Development will be done in the Microsoft technology stack. (SQLServer, C#, .Net, sharepoint). Deep knowledge of SQLServer Analysis Services, Integration Services, Reporting services are necessary. Open source systems (linux, bsd) and python GIT, knowledge is a plus. Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science with 3 years of relevant experience required. Understanding of the public mental health system preferred.We offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; disability and workers compensation insurance; paid holidays, generous Paid Time Off plan, continuing education, retirement plan and Deferred Compensation Plan.Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Nurse RN   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services is seeking a full time Registered Nurse who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to provide nursing services at our outpatient psychiatric clinic. Previous phone triage and clinic experience as well as knowledge of psychotropic medications and psychiatric illness preferred. Knowledge of substance abuse disorders and treatments is also beneficial. The ideal candidate must have effective communication skills and the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. This position provides for great work/life balance! Primary hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm. No holidays or weekends! An Associate's degree in Nursing, Applied Science, or related field is required along with current RN licensure in the state of Michigan. A minimum of one year experience in the mental health field or working with patients with mental illness is also required. Special consideration will be given to RN’s with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related field. Strong computer skills are essential for this position. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. We offer excellent benefits including: ulliAffordable Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance /liliShort/Long Term Disability/lili10 Paid Holidays /lili23 days of PTO/liliDefined Benefit Pension Plan /lili401a Money Purchase Pension Plan/liliWellness Program/liliContinuing Education/lili457b Deferred Compensation Plan /liliPhysical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot./liliPhysical Requirements / Working Conditions:/liliIndividuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. /li/ulWorking Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          (USA-MI-Kalamazoo) Peer Recovery and Outreach Coach   
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking a full-time Peer Recovery and Outreach Coach who has experience working with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will work on a grant funded opioid response overdose team, responding to emergencies. This recovery coach will see individuals in local ERs and community settings, helping to link individuals with treatment and community services. This team will provide 24/7 coverage to the Kalamazoo community and will work together with a patient navigator to track and provide follow up services to individuals in this community who have experienced an overdose. A knowledge of the social service system in Kalamazoo and a willingness to be part of a team based approach to care are necessary for this job. This is a grant position funded through 9/30/18. Required Qualifications: HS Diploma or GED with 1-2 years’ experience working in a peer capacity; uMichigan Certified Recovery Coach;/u valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable transportation. We offer competitive compensation and fringe benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance; 10 paid holidays, generous paid time off (PTO) plan, continuing education, defined benefit pension plan and deferred compensation plan. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. KCMHSAS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity and inclusion among its workforce. We strive to empower people to succeed. Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Physical Efforts – Job demands include prolonged sitting and standing as appropriate. May occasionally require light lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or bending as appropriate. Requires coordination of hands and/or eye/hand/foot. Working Conditions – Office environment with noise from computers, copy machine, and telephones. Use of video display terminal (VDT) for periods in excess of 30 minutes at a time. Possible eyestrain from extended periods of viewing VDT. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, and parasites. Travel throughout the Kalamazoo area is required.
          Windows 10 va permite protejarea directoarelor de fişiere împotriva atacurilor cu ransomware (Software)   

Tot mai răspândite, atacurile de tip ransomware au determinat întărirea facilităţilor de securitate puse la dispoziţia utilizatorilor de Windows 10, sistemul de operare urmând să primească o funcţie numită Controlled Folders care permite restricţionarea accesului la fişierele importante.

Disponibilă deja pentru testare utilizatorilor înrolaţi în programul Windows Insider, Controlled Folders va fi printre funcţiile nou introduse de actualizarea Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Aceasta va permite utilizatorilor să protejeze orice director în care sunt găzduite fişiere importante împotriva modificărilor neautorizate, excepţie făcând doar aplicaţiile care sunt incluse manual pe o listă de aplicaţii acceptate.

Orice încercare neautorizată de modificare a fişierelor va declanşa afişarea unei alerte, cu opţiuni pentru aprobarea sau blocarea permanentă a aplicaţiei detectate.

Mizând pe abilitatea utilizatorilor de a discerne între aplicaţii familiare care nu prezintă nici un risc şi aplicaţii infectate care doar sunt deghizate pentru a imita nume cunoscute, noua funcţie Controlled Folders este departe de a oferi protecţie completă, însă este un prim pas în direcţia neutralizării acestui tip de atac informatic tot mai răspândit în ultimii ani.

 

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Cuvinte cheie: Windows 10

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          Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016 - Letter Y   
Disney World Vacation:
  Planning, Prepping, Packing and Postponing a trip of a lifetime and things I learned along the way.

Yes: I am happy to say that Alison is recovered. I stayed for about a week after she came home from the hospital. I watched her sleep on the couch a lot and gave her her meds. Then her grown kids started coming home for the Holidays so I took my two big red suitcases (the Disney one I never even opened) and went on home. She struggled through the holidays with a houseful of family but she left most things to her grown children to do and slept.

In January, when she saw her regular doctor for a followup, he told her that she was very lucky that it turned out to be a viral infection, which is less serious than the bacterial type. The virus takes several months to clear out and although the medicines she took in the beginning were helpful, he said the best thing for her to do was let her body heal itself by resting and sleeping any time she felt tired. He said our bodies have these viruses all the time and when our immune systems get weakened they attack. He said she probably got this from having the bad cold she caught from her grandson.

It took several months for the headache to disappear, for her ears to clear and for the overwhelming tiredness to pass. I was there in March for a visit and she was probably 85% back up to speed.

But what about Mickey Mouse you, my faithful reader, ask? And our beautifully planned trip? Stay tuned for tomorrow's final episode and find out. 
 

          What is ringworm, how you get it and how to treat it naturally   
In the world of rashes, ringworm is an annoying, itchy, hard to get rid of pain in the….well, skin. The name “ring worm” is a bit misleading because it has nothing to do with parasites or worms. Actually ringworm is a fungal infection. It’s called “ring worm” because of the way the fungus can grow […]
          Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016 - Letter W   
Disney World Vacation:
  Planning, Prepping, Packing and Postponing a trip of a lifetime and things I learned along the way.

What, Where, When, Why and sometimes Who- Questions, questions and never any answers. 

Alison was admitted very late that Tuesday night, with the help of her husband (the admitting people said they had no info from her doctor). I stayed back at her house to unpack my stay at her house suitcase because I realized I was going to be there for a while. I would be driving back and forth to keep her company and translate the hospitalese for her (I am a former RN and have personally been in hospitals more times for operations and procedures than you can shake a thermometer at). 

Alison ended up staying there until Saturday. They kept her in Quarantine, with everyone entering her room gowned, masked and gloved, until late Thursday when the Infectious Control doctor came in to announce that "It is Viral", and took out her iv with the meds in case she was bacterial and got rid of the masks. He acted as if he had saved her single-handedly. He came back several times during the next days to confirm as other test results came back that "it's Viral." That has become a catch phrase for us.

Although everyone was wonderful during her stay, no one explained about what the illness really was. I had my daughter and husband google information about it for us because I was vague on the details. It is an infection in the covering of the brain- the meninges. The infection causes swelling and puts pressure on the brain and the nerves serving the brain. That is where the intense headache and confusion was originating. It also affected her ears and eyes, thus the loss of hearing and sensitivity to bright lights.  

She was given meds to reduce the swelling and some pain meds to dull the headache and some to help her sleep and some other stuff- well you get the picture. She found no matter how hard you try to sleep in the hospital there is always someone there in a mask to scare the heck out of you by waking you to see if you need anything or give you a pill.

I found despite being a less than eager driver, I could make the trip to and from (in the dark- oh my) the hospital with ease. I spent hours keeping up with family and friends who were stunned to hear Alison had Meningitis, "where would she have gotten that?" I remembered to ask all the questions that Alison and I had thought of and translate the garbled answers back to her. We did find out near the end of her stay that this hospital almost never saw cases of Meningitis so Alison was a rarity.

 Best of all, I had found a Tim Horton's Coffee Shop (like Starbucks but way better) at the entrance of the hospital so I had coffee and food at hand for both of us. Now if there had been a Cold Stone Creamery, I would have considered moving in.

 

          Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016 - Letters U and V   
Disney World Vacation:
  Planning, Prepping, Packing and Postponing a trip of a lifetime and things I learned along the way.

 Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, U is combined with V today; the unforeseen technicalities being a gremlin who took my completed and published U article off into the ether yesterday never to be seen again.

Unbelievable- Continuing our story... bright and early Tuesday morning , I drive Alison back to the medical complex that is close to her home. We have managed to get an appointment with a neurologist who will see us right away. She listens to Alison's longer and longer story- when she thinks she got the cold, the meds she's taken, the headache which is now the worst she has ever had, the ER doctor (no help there) the confusion (I am really stressing the confusion). The doctor walks across the room, feels Alison's neck, asks her to move her neck and says "I am sending you to the hospital, I want you to have a lumbar puncture; it will give us a definitive answer. I think you have Meningitis."

We mention that we are supposed to leave for Disney with the vague hope we can still go and the doctor immediately squashes that hope.

"You are a very sick woman, with a very compromised immune system right now- you can't be thinking you are going to get on a plane and possibly be infected by other passengers or have them infect you. And Disney- that has be be the most germ filled place in the world. You'll get there and be so sick you'll be in bed, and what- your sister will have to show herself around? You are in no shape to go anywhere.

Viral or Bacterial- To make the story move along for you, my faithful reader, I will skip the fact that Alison has been lucky in her life and has had little contact with the ugly side of medical care and hospitals. I will overlook that she is very scared to have anyone mess with her spine. I won't talk about her resources that are very low and she needs to rest and she is so easily brought to tears now.

We drive 30 minutes out of our way (there are other hospitals closer to home but this is the one the doctor is associated with), have the test done (which is very painful for her) and meet in the lobby with Tony, her husband. Realizing how sick she is, he has called the travel agent to find out what we can do about the trip. We can postpone into 2016.

Alison is sobbing, she is so afraid and Disney gave her something to hold on to. Ultimately, we decide to postpone the trip of a lifetime and concentrate on getting her better (one of us could see this coming when she stepped off the train Sunday night, to another of us it is a big surprise. She just doesn't realize how sick she is).

Around 4 o'clock, I drive her home on a major highway and two things happen simultaneously 5 minutes from home, we run out of gas ( a story for another day) and we get a call from the neurologist. 

She says she is surprised the hospital released Alison. She says since we are so close to home we should go there, get Alison some dinner and then Alison should pack a bag and go back up to the hospital because she is being admitted.

"You have Meningitis... now we have to determine whether it is Viral- serious but treatable or Bacterial- contagious and possible deadly and harder to treat."  

 

          Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016 - Letter Q   
Disney World Vacation:
  Planning, Prepping, Packing and Postponing a trip of a lifetime and things I learned along the way.

All's QUIET on the Western New York Front: It's Saturday and I am not hearing the usual chatter from Alison. When I am going for just a few days, we are always talking and texting together right up til the last minute. We should be burning up the wi-fi between here and Buffalo.

I call. She sounds all stuffed up. She's had this earache and the headache for over a week. She went to the doctor and got stuff to help her feel better. Doctor thinks it's a sinus infection. Alison is sure she will be better before Wednesday. She is so happy I am coming up early so I can help her pack and do last minute things at her house. She is just so tired.
I leave tomorrow on the train. 

          Pennsylvania ransomware attack a warning to practices to boost IT security   
Tuesday’s global ransomware attack, the second one in as many months, infected the Sewickley, Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health System with a malware virus known as Petya.
          Another malware attack stalks the world’s computers   

Heavy NotPety’ing

A LITTLE over a month ago a piece of malicious computer software called WannaCry spread around the world, freezing Chinese cash machines, trashing German railway timetables and causing chaos in British hospitals. On June 27th the world was treated to a re-run. As The Economist went to press, a different piece of malicious software, tentatively dubbed NotPetya, had infected tens of thousands of PCs.

This outbreak started in Ukraine, hitting the electricity network, shutting down payment terminals and even locking up radiation monitors at Chernobyl. But it soon spread. Those affected included Rosneft, a Russian oil firm, Maersk, a Danish shipping company, and Merck, an American drugmaker.

Analysis by Microsoft suggests NotPetya spread via accounting software, popular in Ukraine, that is made by a firm called M.E. Doc. The malware’s creators seem to have used the process by which M.E. Doc...


          "Zombieland", de Ruben Fleischer (2009)   
TÍTULO ORIGINAL: Zombieland
AÑO: 2009
DURACIÓN: 85 min.
PAÍS: Estados Unidos
DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer
GUIÓN: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
MÚSICA: David Sardy
FOTOGRAFÍA: Michael Bonvillain
REPARTO: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
PRODUCTORA: Columbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Pariah
WEB OFICIAL: http://www.sites.sonypicturesreleasing.es/sites/zombieland_site/#/home/

Valoración: 7.

El sub-género terrorífico de zombies, que inventara el maestro George A. Romero allá por el año 1968 con La Noche de los Muertos Vivientes, goza en la actualidad de una salud envidiable, ya sea en el cine, en la literatura o en los comics. Cintas como 28 días despues de Danny Boyle, libros como La Guía de Supervivencia Zombi de Max Brooks o excelentes comics como Los Muertos Vivientes de Robert Kirkman, demuestran a las claras que los no muertos estan de moda, ahora más que nunca.

Uno de los atractivos del cine de zombies ha sido siempre su capacidad metafórica y representativa de nuestra sociedad real, como muy bien entendió George A. Romero en sus películas, que realizo cine de autor bajo un envoltorio de cine de género. Además, películas como Zombies Party de Edgar Wright y esta Zombieland que nos ocupa, han explorado las posibilidades cómicas que ofrece, que son muchas. No obstante, y aunque en los últimos años el cine de zombis ha evolucionado hacia fórmulas más acordes con los tiempos, transformando a zombis en infectados hiperactivos, los planteamientos y maneras no han cambiado en lo esencial: volver de la muerte, ya sea por radiaciones electromagnéticas o pavorosas pandemias, da mucha hambre.

Zombieland cuenta las andanzas de Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), un nerd fracasado que deambula por unos Estados Unidos desolados por un holocausto zombi siguiendo un estricto manual de normas de supervivencia que, hasta el momento, le han salvado el pellejo. En su camino se cruzaran algunos compañeros de viaje que no espera, como Tallahassse (Woody Harrelson) y las hermanas Wichita (Emma Stone) y Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), que le obligarán a plantearse si ha de romper o no las reglas que el mismo se ha impuesto.

Tras unos fantásticos créditos iniciales, Zombieland se desarrolla entre la comedia gamberra, el terror clásico y el cine independiente, pero a mi me da la sensación de que con tanta mezcolanza se quedaron cortos con la pimienta. A Zombieland le falta un poco más de mala baba, algo que espero corrijan en la secuela, consecuencia comprensible gracias a sus buenos ingresos en taquilla. Zombieland, por tanto, aún siendo muy entretenida y con momentos memorables (como cierto cameo que encantará a muchos de vosotros), se queda a medio gas con un cierto regustillo happy end que planea sobre todo el metraje. Zombieland, bajo su caparazón salvaje, palpita un corazón tan blando como el del personaje de Tallahassse.

El reparto, todo un acierto. Jesse Eisenberg, el protagonista, interpreta con solvencia a un nerd que, paradójicamente, comienza a socializarse cuando la sociedad que conocía se ha derrumbado. Woody Harrelson, que se nota que se lo pasó muy bien rodando esta película, no tiene problemas en dar vida a un tipo duro no demasiado inteligente, pero con gran corazón., entregándose a histrionismos y desmanes que requería el papel. Emma Stone (guapísima) y Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), que poco a poco interpreta papeles alejados del personaje inocente y angelical que la descubrio para el gran público, dan la réplica femenina.

Si te gusta el cine de zombis, las películas gamberras y quieres echarte unas risas, Zombieland es tu película para este fin de semana.

          Críticas de cine: Ágora, de Alejandro Amenabar (2009).   
TITULO ORIGINAL : Ágora
AÑO: 2009
DURACIÓN: 126 min.
PAÍS: España
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Amenábar
GUIÓN: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
MÚSICA: Dario Marianelli
FOTOGRAFÍA: Xavi Giménez
REPARTO: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Ashraf Barhom, Oscar Isaac, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, Homayoun Ershadi, Richard Durden, Sami Samir, Manuel Cauchi, Homayoun Ershadi, Oshri Cohen
WEB: http://agorathemovie.com/

Valoración: 9.

No creo que nadie a estas alturas se atreviera a cuestionar el talento que Alejandro Amenabar tiene tras las cámaras, ya sea inquietándonos con Tesis, asustandónos con Los Otros o aleccionándonos con Mar Adentro sobre la libertad individual de morir. En Ágora, aunque con el disfraz de una superproducción, Amenabar firma la que podría ser una de sus películas más intímistas, arriesgadas, comprometidas y extremas de toda su carrera.

Hipatia, filósofa, matemática y astronóma, vivió en Alejandria a mediados del siglo IV D.C y fué miembro y líder de la escuela neoplátonica de Alejandria. Siendo la primera matemática de la que se tiene constancia histórica, murió a manos de una turba de cristianos en la primera década del siglo V, cuando en la ciudad egipcia se libraba una batalla de poder entre el floreciente cristianismo, el patriarcado alejandrino y una Roma que iba declinando poco a poco.

Se ha dicho que Ágora no emociona, pero si lo hace en los momentos en que quiere el director, que no son, desde luego, los que esperaría el público, algo que en mi opinión dice mucho de su honestidad para consigo mismo y deja ver claramente hasta que punto es ya libre creativamente en sus producciones, por no hablar de, como ya dije más arriba, la valentía de su propuesta.

Amenabar hace de Ágora una declaración de amor incondicional a Hipatia y por ende, a la ciencia que esta representa y por otro lado, escupe sin compasión a cuanta religión haya sido o es sobre la tierra y a las políticas que bajo su amparo se han llevado a cabo. De esto, y no de otro tema, trata Ágora.

Los planos cenitales que pueblan toda la cinta (impresionante el asalto de la bibllioteca por parte de los cristianos, a los que muestra como una nube de insectos infectos) o los planos desde el espacio del planeta tierra, nos intentan hacer ver qué miserables, cruéles, inútiles y animales son nuestras estúpidas luchas terrenas, en contraposición con la quietud y la maravilla del universo.

Cuando Hipatia especula con las órbitas del sistema solar, el director presta toda su atención, mimando al personaje, emocionándose con ella ante la posibilidad de desentrañar otro enigma cósmico. Paradójicamente, es en la ciencia y en el pensamiento racional dónde el hombre se hace realmente libre y se acerca a la perfección que representa la idea de dios, algo que Amenabar, encomiablemente, nos intenta hacer ver una y otra vez en Ágora.

En los momentos en que la cámara enfoca la Alejandria mundana y deja de mirar las estrellas, nos muestra, en mi opinión muy brillantemente, hasta que punto se prostituyen las creencias, como se alian con la política y cómo la mentira y la manipulación son poderosas herramientas en los estómagos vacíos.

Amparados por un guión muy robusto, la labor de los actores brilla a gran altura. Rachel Weisz, tan guapa como buena actriz, compone una Hipatia excepcional. Tal y como, muy problabemente, hizo la filósofa real, dedica la vida a la ciencia, ajena a las luchas que la rodean o los pretendientes que la acechan, siempre por encima de sus semejantes, blanca y pura entre la multitud. Max Minguella y Oscar Isaac, sus réplicas masculinas en esta película, interpretan con solvencia a dos hombres enamorados de la filósofa, incapaces a su vez de alcanzarla, presas ambos de sus propias miserias y vencidos de antemano por el cosmos, que es el verdadero amor de Hipatia. Todos los personajes de esta película tienen meridianamente clara su motivación y actuan conforme a ella hasta su conclusión.

Por último, cabe destacar la extraordinaria puesta en escena de la película, desde la ambientación, el diseño artístico, el sorprendente vestuario, la verosimilitud de cuánto se muestra en pantalla y el brio de las escenas de acción.

En definitiva, una grandísima película de este talentoso director, que sin embargo, no llegará, me temo, a los corazones del gran público, pues donde esperaban amores imposibles, vieron en cambio, tal vez sin comprender, la emoción incomensurable que hay en las estrellas.

          Sitges 2016 | 'Swiss Army Man' es la mejor película de la 49ª edición   

Swiss Army Man

Ya conocemos el palmarés de la 49ª edición del Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Cataluña. La mejor película es 'Swiss Army Man', ópera prima del dúo Daniels. Es una sorprendente comedia donde Paul Dano encarna a un "náufrago", a punto de suicidarse por la soledad, que encuentra el cadáver de un joven ahogado (Daniel Radcliffe). Entre ambos surge una peculiar amistad...

No he visto el resto de la sección oficial así que no puedo decir si el triunfo es justo pero 'Swiss Army Man' es una de mis películas favoritas de este año, una experiencia única. Daniel Radcliffe se ha llevado el galardón al mejor actor por su papel de pedorro "muerto viviente" (debería estar nominado al Oscar, y no es broma) mientras que Sennia Nanua se alzó con el premio de interpretación femenina por 'The Girl With All The Gifts'.

A continuación puedes consultar la EXTENSA lista de premiados de Sitges 2016:

Sección Oficial Fantàstic Sitges 49ª

  • Premio Mejor Película: SWISS ARMY MAN, de Daniels
  • Premio Especial del Jurado: LA AUTOPSIA DE JANE DOE (THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE), de André Øvredal
  • Premio Mejor Dirección: Yeong Sang-ho, por TRAIN TO BUSAN
  • Premio Mejor Interpretación Femenina: Sennia Nanua, por MELANIE. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
  • Premio Mejor Interpretación Masculina: Daniel Radcliffe, por SWISS ARMY MAN
  • Premio Mejor Guión: Jeremy Slater, por PET
  • Premio Mejores Efectos Especiales: Jung Hwang-su, por TRAIN TO BUSAN
  • Premio Mejor Fotografía: Hong Kyung-pyo, por EL EXTRAÑO (THE WAILING)
  • Gran Premio del Público: THE HANDMAIDEN, de Park Chan-wook

Premio Mejor Cortometraje Sección Oficial Fantàstic

  • CURVE, de Tim Egan
  • Mención especial a LIMBO, de Konstantina Kotzamani

Premio José Luis Guarner (Jurado de la Crítica)

  • THE NEON DEMON, de Nicolas Winding-Refn

Premio Citizen Kane a la Mejor Dirección Novel

  • Julia Ducournau, por GRAVE (CRUDO)

Premio Jurado Carnet Jove a la Mejor Película

  • GRAVE (CRUDO), de Julia Ducournau
  • Menciones especiales a THE LURE, d’Agnieszka Smoczynska y SWISS ARMY MAN, de Daniels

Noves Visions ONE

  • Mejor película: UNDER THE SHADOW, de Babak Anvari
  • Mención especial a PREVENGE, de Alice Lowe

Noves Visions PLUS

  • Mejor película: A DRAGON ARRIVES, de Mani Haghighi
  • Mención especial a ARE WE NOT CATS, de Xander Robin
  • Premio Mejor Cortometraje Noves Visions Pequeño Formato: LA FEMME ET LE TGV, de Timo Von Gunten

Panorama Fantàstic

  • Mejor película: I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, de Billy O'Brien

Òrbita

  • Mejor película: LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT, de Gabriele Mainetti

Focus Àsia

  • Mejor película: EL EXTRAÑO (THE WAILING), de Na Hong-jin
  • Mención especial a DEAREST SISTER, de Mattie Do

Anima’t

  • Premio Mejor Película: YOUR NAME, de Makoto Shinkai
  • Premio Mejor Cortometraje: DARREL, de Marc Briones y Alan Carabantes

Midnight X-Treme

  • Mejor película: IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, de Colin Minihan

Brigadoon

  • Mejor película: ARCANA, de Jerónimo Rocha

Méliès d’Argent

  • Premio Mejor Película Europea SOFC 49: GRAVE (CRUDO), de Julia Ducournau
  • Premio Mejor Cortometraje Europeo SOFC 49: DAWN OF THE DEAF, de Rob Savage

Premis SGAE Nova Autoria

  • Premio Mejor Guión: EN LA AZOTEA, de Miguel Casanova y Damià Serra
  • Premio Mejor Dirección: CABEZA DE ORQUÍDEA, de Violeta Blasco, Germán Andrés López, Carlotta Napolitano, Angélica Sánchez y Claudia Zegarra
  • Premio Mejor Música Original: ROGER, de Jan Fité
  • Premio IV Laboratorio de Escritura de Guión Cinematográfico: LOS INVITADOS, de Carla Guimarães

Vía | Festival de Sitges


          First malaria vaccine to be introduced in Africa   
It kills hundreds of thousands a year and infects many millions more across the globe, but no place bears the brunt of malaria like Africa.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 90 percent of 2015\'s malaria cases occurred in Africa, as did 92 percent of malaria deaths. It is...
          Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug   
Scientists from the University of Liverpool\'s Institute of Infection and Global Health have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibitotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections.  Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas...
          What Makes Covering Maternity Care Different?   

The United States has a higher maternal mortality rate than any other developed country, but federal policy makers are considering reducing access to insurance coverage for pregnancy care. Last week, the US Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, following the passage of the American Health Care Act in the US House of Representatives. Both pieces of legislation would allow states to waive out of the requirement that insurance plans in the individual market cover maternity and newborn care, as part of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA requires that all individual market health insurance plans cover 10 essential health benefits, including maternity and newborn care. Ever since the passage of the ACA, some people have objected to the maternity requirement, claiming it is unfair to men and some women who do not expect to become pregnant. The maternity requirement seems to be targeted more publicly than other essential health benefits, such as pediatric services, mental health and substance use services, and prescription drug coverage. This raises the question: Is maternity care different than other medical services?

Maternity care is different.

When a woman receives maternity care, the health care services are provided to the woman, but lasting benefits of maternity care affect both the woman and the child. The importance of maternity coverage in improving child health has long been recognized in our public health programs. The oldest federal-state partnership, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program, has aimed to improve the health of mothers and children since 1935, in part by providing access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care. Medicaid has had a special category covering pregnant women up to a higher-income level than other adults for 30 years, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides affordable coverage to pregnant women up to a minimum of 185 percent of the federal poverty level. CHIP coverage for pregnant women technically covers the “unborn child” and not the woman. This is an important distinction because it is a reminder that the intent of the coverage is to improve health outcomes for children. Reducing infant mortality and improving health outcomes for children is an important public health goal that is extended through the ACA by requiring insurance coverage of maternity and newborn care, but it should not be the only goal of maternity coverage.

We cannot ignore the importance of maternity care for the health of women, in addition to the health of children. Routine prenatal care improves health outcomes for women by identifying treatable complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and ectopic pregnancies. Postnatal care screens for postpartum depression and infection. If a woman does not have health coverage for her pregnancy, she may forgo prenatal and postnatal care that could identify risks and help her and her provider take steps to prevent life-threatening complications.

Yet, just as the policy discussion to eliminate access to insurance coverage for pregnancy services occurs, women are dying from preventable complications of childbirth in the United States. A recent study by the CDC Foundation found that 60 percent of maternal mortality deaths are preventable. There are numerous factors besides health coverage that result in the high maternal mortality rate in our country. However, taking away access to affordable coverage for pregnancy care will no doubt place women’s health at risk.

We do not need to imagine what the future of maternity coverage would be without a benefit requirement. Less than 10 years ago, because there was no federal maternity requirement in the individual insurance market, women in three-quarters of the states were often unable to find or afford maternity coverage. At the time, only 12 states imposed a requirement on individual market insurers to cover maternity benefits.

In many states, the only way to purchase maternity coverage on the individual market was by purchasing a rider in addition to a health insurance plan. A rider is supplementary insurance, available for an additional premium cost that provides coverage for benefits not otherwise covered in the base policy. Riders varied but generally cost thousands of dollars a year, sometimes more than the base premium. For example, under a rider offered in Topeka, Kansas, a woman would have paid $9,682 between the annual cost of premiums just for the maternity rider and the deductible for her maternity rider and care. In addition, riders often covered only a small proportion of pregnancy related costs, with annual maximums as low as $2,000.

In its analysis of the House bill, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that maternity riders will cost more than $1,000 a month if states waive out of the maternity coverage requirement. The CBO also estimated that the cost of pregnancy care and delivery will be $17,000 for women covered by private insurance. The actual health care charges, which a woman without insurance might be billed, may be almost double—in 2010, the average billed costs of prenatal care alone was about $6,200. Women could face similar bills for a stillbirth or later-term miscarriage. Without maternity coverage, children start their life in a family in economic hardship because they are born into families facing thousands of dollars of medical debt.

For three years now, women have had options to purchase comprehensive insurance with maternity care outside of employer-based coverage. Many women purchasing this coverage are also eligible for tax subsidies that reduce their premium and cost sharing, making both the coverage and care more affordable. We have moved forward toward ensuring that all women in the United States have access to affordable prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal services. Eliminating the requirement for health insurance plans to cover maternity would place the health of women and children at risk and place financial hardship on families welcoming a new child.


          Rz’s Thursday Tunes!! 06-29-2017   
Tonight On Rz’s Thursday Tunes: It’s Rock, It’s The Blues, It’s Whatever Is Catching My Attention At Any Given Moment. Hit Us Up In The Chatroom, And See Who Is Hanging Around. I’ll Play Some Tunes, And We Can Kick Back, And Get Some Peace.   Alternate Feed Here: http://mixlr.com/the-reactionaries-speak/  “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ? Cicero
          (USA-TN-Chattanooga) Sewer Project Coordinator   
Job Title: Sewer Project Coordinator Closing Date/Time: Fri. 07/14/17 4:30 PM Eastern Time Salary: $1,404.65 - $2,210.81 Biweekly $36,521.00 - $57,481.00 Annually Job Type: Full Time Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee Print Job Information | Apply Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions WORK HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM WORK LOCATION: Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant Incumbents in this classification are responsible for serving as a project coordinator. Duties include coordinating sanitary sewer projects; collecting and reviewing sanitary sewer flow and pump station operation data; ascertaining trends, inflow and infiltration problems and overseeing and inspecting contractors' work. Work requires limited supervision and the use of independent judgment and discretion. Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.) Collects and reviews sanitary sewer flow data and pump station operation data at multiple sites located throughout the collection system to determine trends, inflow and infiltration problems; analyzes situations and makes recommendations to resolve problems based on finding. Oversees and inspects contractor daily field activities to ensure adherence to contract specifications. Coordinates smoke testing activities conducted by City crews. Compiles and monitors a variety of statistical data related to departmental operations; prepares related research; makes applicable calculations; analyzes trends and prepares and maintains related reports and records. Prepares, disseminates and maintains a variety of forms, reports, correspondence, maps, cost estimates, schedules and/or other applicable documents. Coordinates contracted projects related to sewer cleaning, manhole surveying and inspection, interceptor sewer inspections, root control and flow monitoring; investigates project locations; assists with assembling bid documents and reviews bid estimates. Coordinates environmental management system programs which includes but is not limited to organizing, monitoring and evaluating program plans, goals and objectives; managing data storage; documenting and implementing revisions; providing training and support for team members; developing and updating forms and procedures; presenting and communicating program status and progress to management; managing carbon footprint and greenhouse gas programs and creating and maintaining records and document library. Implements energy management program which includes but is not limited to coordinating, monitoring and evaluating program plans, goals and objectives; managing data storage; documenting and implementing revisions; providing training and support for team members; developing and updating forms and procedures; performing annual energy audit updates; monitoring utility usage trends; presenting and communicating program status and progress with management. Uses, carries and answers their cell phone for business purposes as determined by the assigned job duties and the department head. Performs other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: Seven (7) years of any combination of relevant education, training or experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job will be considered. Examples of relevant education include a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering or a related field. Relevant experience would include three years of related construction, engineering or environmental project management experience. LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS: Valid Tennessee Driver's License. Supplemental Information: KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Knowledge of contract management principles and practices; wastewater collection system operations; GIS applications; energy and utility applications; asset and system management practices; principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrology and project management principles. Skill in evaluating, auditing, deducing and assessing data utilizing established criteria; collecting and reviewing sanitary sewer flow and pump station data; assessing energy and utility usage; identifying trends and/or potential problems; administering and managing contracts; using a computer and related software applications; coordinating project activities; communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Positions in this class typically require reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work. Incumbents may be subjected to fumes, dusts, extreme temperatures, work space restrictions and infectious diseases. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Safety Sensitive: Y Department of Transportation - CDL: N The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. All appointments are made at beginning salary unless otherwise authorized. All employees must maintain Tennessee residency from date of hire. Only applicants who provide a valid email address will be notified when the position has been filled. Paper notices will no longer be mailed. 17-00154 JP
          (USA-TN-Chattanooga) Internist opportunity with well-establsied busy group   
Primary Care Practice – Internal Medicine Opportunity + Internal Medicine physician practice group of 6 + Partner transitioning to Hospitalist position only + Full practice and have patients from the start + Board Certified (or within one year of employment) + Hospital Employed + Adult based practice based on campus + Competitive base salary with wRVU tiered schedule + Quality Bonus + Full Benefits, CME, Professional Dues, Malpractice, Retirement and Relocation + Signing/Commencement Bonus + NO State Income Taxes CHI Memorial employed multi-specialty group + Largest medical group in Chattanooga + 183 providers – 126 physicians + 22 Primary Care locations and 10 Specialty practices + 2 Memorial Convenient Care locations – Primary Care/Urgent Care + Physician specialties are: Primary Care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics), Infectious Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Breast Surgery, General Surgery, GYN, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Interventional Pulmonology, Critical Care and Urology + Hospital Base Medicine – Hospitalists, Neuro & Psych Hospitalists, Intensivists, and Palliative Care + CHI Memorial does not deliver babies + ED typically does not see Peds or Trauma + Adult based patient population Chattanooga's ONLY 4 STAR Hospital. CHI Memorial tops CMS rating list in the region. CHI Memorial is ranked the 4th BEST HOSPITAL in Tennessee by U.S. News. Tennessee has about 150 hospitals, with Vanderbilt Medical Center being ranked first. CHI Memorial is recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, the health care industry's leading source of information on hospital quality. Recently named as "100 Great Community Hospitals" by Becker's Hospital Review. A U.S. government survey, by Medicare.gov, intended to help consumers purchase the best health care insurance ranks CHI Memorial Healthcare System as tops in the Chattanooga area for patient satisfaction. To see the story:Times Free Press _ CHI Memorial Our Center of Excellence core service lines include Oncology, Cardiac, and Orthopedics. With the completion of our 320 million dollar renovation, there is a 50 bed, State of the Art, ICU; State of the Art Cardiac Short Stay and CCU; CHI Memorial is a not-for-profit, faith-based 405-bed healthcare organization with 2 campuses. Memorial is a regional referral center of choice having over 700 Physicians on staff and over 4,000 associates, and 550 very active volunteers providing healthcare throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. #1 OUTSIDE CITY by Outside Magazine! Chattanooga, Tennessee, a progressive city and noted as "The Scenic City"; it is nestled in the heart of the mountains where the states of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee meet. Two hours to Atlanta and Nashville. "America's Top-Rated Cities" and "Top 10 City" in which to live and play by; "Top 10 Southern Mid-Markets with Highly Diversified Economies and as one of the "Smartest Cities in the World" in which to live. This vibrant city blends "Big City" amenities with an ease of a smaller city offering: a family friendly and safe atmosphere in which to live, easily commutable, moderate cost of living, $120 million revitalized riverfront, very active Arts Council, Museums and an extensive green way system. Outdoor activities are abundant ranging from hang-gliding off Lookout Mountain, to floating down the Sequatchie River, to biking and horseback riding through the scenic countryside. If you are a water sport enthusiast, you will want to visit nearby Nickajack and Chickamauga Lakes or kayak/raft down the Great Ocoee River (host to the Summer Olympics). Chattanooga also has numerous challenging golf courses (Chattanooga plays host to the PGA Event - Provident Classic).The public school system in the area is very good and offers excellent local private schools providing unsurpassed educational opportunities from Signal Mountain to Lookout Mountain. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a wide range of majors in undergraduate, graduate courses as well as medical education – Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programsTennessee has no Personal Income Tax and East TN boasts a moderate climate with four distinctive seasons. City InformationNO State Income Tax, Very Low Property taxes, MSA Population: 550,922, Median Age: 39.7, Average Temp: 60.5 degrees F, Great Public Schools and Academic Excellence Private Schools! Area AttractionsTennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, IMAX 3D Theater, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga Zoo, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, 98 Parks & 23 Golf Courses, White Water Rafting, Mountain Climbing, 5 Regional Shopping Malls (Hamilton Place Mall is one of TN's largest malls) and Chattanooga Lookouts AA Baseball Team (LA Dodgers affiliate) Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. The nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 104 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit – a 13% increase over the previous year -- for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled more than $2 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2016, has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.org Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers and support a drug-free work environment.
          Video: Squidnice - "Trap By My Lonely" (@SquidniceMusic)   
Video: Squidnice - "Trap By My Lonely" Matt: After gaining attention both online and in the streets with his buzzing songs "Everywhere I Go" and "Trap By My Lonely," 20 year-old Staten Island rapper Squidnice returns today with the official video for the infectious trap anthem "Trap By My Lonely" which premiered via Pigeons & Planes. The video is directed by Ferrari Xavi.

          Manager, Quality and Patient Safety - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Reporting to the VP Patient Care Services/CNE, you will be responsible for inspiring a team of leaders in Professional Practice, Quality &amp; Risk and Infection...
From North Wellington Health Care - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:49:15 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Environmental Services Worker - Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) - Shelburne, NS   
The Environmental Services Worker contributes toward the protection against cross infection while keeping the facility safe and visibly clean and is responsible... $15.94 - $16.61 an hour
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          Stratford taking money from residents   

I have been speaking monthly in the public forum at Stratford Town Council meetings for this past year, mostly to the topic of the deeply embedded and pandemic dirty dealings of cronyism/nepotism/quid pro quo corruption infecting Town of Stratford.

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           Amazing benefits of curry leaves for hair and skin    
Soft and flawless skin, clean and dandruff-free scalp, gorgeous hair... are the things of beauty every women long to have. Those who are naturally blessed with good skin and silky hair are lucky, but others struggle for it. There could be many easy solutions to having the crowning glory and lovely skin. Curry leave is one. Curry leaves not only add flavour to food, but it can also treat your skin and hair. Rich in carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help fight all kinds of infections, including
          Ancient viral 'fossils' reveal evolutionary mechanisms   
[NEWS] Studying DNA fragments left by ancient viruses in their host's genome has shown even non-autonomous viruses could prosper by helping each other. By analysing ancient viral footprints in the rice genome, Hokkaido University researchers have discovered different virus species infecting the same plant helped each other by exchanging DNA. Many viruses including “pararetroviruses (PRVs)” have the ability to insert their DNA into their host's genome. I…
          Wikileaks: La CIA desarrolla un malware para el Sistemas Operativos basados en Linux   

Wikileaks está desvelando en el programa Vault 7 en su página web todos los detalles sobre los cientos de herramientas de hackeo que tenía (y tiene) la CIA en su poder para todo tipo de dispositivos. Mientras que ayer conocimos Elsa, un malware para geolocalizar a usuarios a través del WiFi, hoy se ha desvelado Outlaw Country, el malware de la CIA para ordenadores con Linux.
 

Outlaw Country: utilizado para manipular paquetes de red de manera oculta en Linux

Mientras que prácticamente todo lo que Wikileaks ha desvelado de la CIA tiene que ver con malware para ordenadores con Windows, es especialmente destacable que Outlaw Country sea la primera herramienta pensada explícitamente para Linux, que como todos sabemos es mucho más seguro que otros sistemas operativos y parchea mucho más rápido sus vulnerabilidades.
 
Outlaw Country permite redirigir todo el tráfico saliente de un ordenador objetivo a ordenadores controlados por la CIA con el objetivo de poder robar archivos del ordenador infectado, o también para enviar archivos a ese ordenador.

El malware consiste en un módulo de kernel que crea tablas netfilter invisibles en el ordenador objetivo con Linux, con lo cual se pueden manipular paquetes de red. Conociendo el nombre de la tabla, un operador puede crear reglas que tengan preferencia sobre las que existen en las iptables, las cuales no pueden verse ni por un usuario normal ni incluso por el administrador del sistema.
 
Relacionado:https://www.adslzone.net/2017/06/01/es-realmente-mas-seguro-linux-que-windows/
 
Y es que Linux es muy utilizado en servidores, por lo que es un objetivo prioritario para la CIA, que busca infiltrarse de cualquier manera en redes ajenas para realizar labores de espionaje, como hemos visto con otras herramientas como Brutal Kangaroo o Pandemic. 
 
Outlaw Country permite redirigir todo el tráfico saliente de un ordenador objetivo a ordenadores controlados por la CIA con el objetivo de poder robar archivos del ordenador infectado, o también para enviar archivos a ese ordenador.
 
El malware consiste en un módulo de kernel que crea tablas netfilter invisibles en el ordenador objetivo con Linux, con lo cual se pueden manipular paquetes de red. Conociendo el nombre de la tabla, un operador puede crear reglas que tengan preferencia sobre las que existen en las iptables, las cuales no pueden verse ni por un usuario normal ni incluso por el administrador del sistema.
 

El último documento del malware data de 2015

El mecanismo de instalación y persistencia del malware no viene muy bien detallado en los documentos a las que tuvo acceso Wikileaks. Para poder hacer uso de este malware, un operador de la CIA tiene que hacer primero uso de otros exploits o puertas traseras para inyectar el módulo del kernel en el sistema operativo objetivo.
 
 
La versión de Outlaw Country 1.0 contiene un módulo para el kernel de la versión de 64 bits de CentOS/RHEL 6.x. La primera versión de esa rama fue publicada en 2011, mientras que la última fue lanzada en 2013, siendo la última disponible hasta verano de 2014 cuando llegó la versión 7. El módulo sólo funciona con los kernel por defecto, y además, la versión 1.0 del malware sólo soporta DNAT (Destination NAT) a través de la cadena PREROUTING.
 
La versión del documento que Wikileaks ha revelado tiene como fecha el 4 de junio de 2015. En ese mismo documento aparece referenciado como requisito utilizar la versión de CentOS 6.x o anterior, y que tenga como versión de kernel 2.6.32 (del año 2011) o inferior. No se sabe si la herramienta contaba con una versión más actualizada para versiones más recientes.
 
https://www.adslzone.net/2017/06/29/outlaw-country-wikileaks-desvela-malware-de-la-cia-para-linux/
 
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          Florida has a deadly brain-invading worm problem   
A new study published in Plos One suggests that a potentially deadly parasite called rat lungworm is now more prevalent in Florida than previously thought, mostly due to climate change.

Though fatality rates for what's referred to as an Angiostrongylus infection are relatively low, the parasite can still cause a form of meningitis, and if the infection is severe enough, it can also cause coma or death.…
          Starting to build my woodworking skills, first project progress.   

I thought I would take some time to share the progress so far on my first “real” project and the one that’s really gotten me hooked on woodworking. I’ve always had an interest for making things and working with my hands and always have had a strong DIY attitude. There’s something about the satisfaction one gets when they have a task in hand and you deal with it on your own even if it’s out of your comfort zone. You get to learn new things along the way and you get the reward of having done it yourself.

My journey into woodworking really started about a month ago when I was asking my son what he’d like to get or make for Grandma for Mother’s Day. She loves birds and he thought that building her a bird cage would be a great idea. I agreed and started to think about how to go about it. The more I thought about how to make it, the more I started to think that I wanted to make this something really special and make it a Mother’s Day to remember.

I couldn’t find a source for inexpensive PVC coated welded wire panels and didn’t want to go with a mesh or other metal screen so I sourced a large used cage that would be as good as new with a thorough cleaning/disinfecting. Once I had that I had an idea of what the cage dimensions could be. I built in a thin drawer to make it easier to clean and a couple for storage. The bottom drawers are one area that I did goof up. I figured getting them properly aligned so the gaps on the sides of the front face would be the hard part but that went pretty well. My error was making the inside of the drawers too tall so they couldn’t be inserted/removed with the hardware installed. Rather than tear the drawers apart and trimming them down I decided to just slide them in then install the hardware and live with the fact they can’t be removed.

Anyways, below is how it stands as of now. I still plan to add a strip of quarter round below the top of the frame to make it consistent with the lower part. I also need to plug some of the pocket holes inside the cage portion, most will be hidden once the wire panels are installed and the inside edges are covered with trim. The bulk of the work remaining will be finishing, once that’s done I’ll install the wire panels and trim and it should be good to go.

I’m pretty happy with it, there are certainly areas in which my craftsmanship will only improve but I feel pretty good about it and everyone who has seen it in person figured I had been doing woodworking for a little while. My mother used to do a lot of woodworking and made a nice supplemental income selling crafts at shows for many years, I suppose the enjoyment I get from this is in my blood. I used pine, not wanting to hone my skills on more expensive woods. This was my first real exposure to using a router, making miter cuts and building drawers so I learned an awful lot and feel much more comfortable with my skills and tools and feel eager to start working with more advanced techniques.

My first order of business after this is completed is going to be building a router table and a folding assembly table or two. Making up jigs to route grooves in the drawers with a handheld router got old pretty fast as did using a 2×4 sheet of plywood on sawhorses for assembly. I definitely need to make some improvements to the core of my shop before I tackle anything big like this again, I made due with what I had but it would have been far easier with a larger table to work on or if I didn’t have to spend so much setup time to route some simple grooves. A clamp rack and more tool organization is also in order. I accumulated enough extra tools, clamps, bits and other supplies during the build that the storage I did have became full and I started running into things laying around haphazardly throughout the shop and spent a lot of time hunting for a certain tools/hardware. I also need to spend some time to make sure my SCMS is setup correctly. I noticed the miters weren’t coming out square when assembled and when making straight cuts through wider stock where I’d have to use the sliding feature the cuts weren’t perfectly straight. Not sure yet if I can correct any of that or if it’s just a side effect of a low end saw which it may very well be and I half expected that as a possibility when I bought it so we’ll see. Through this though is how one improves so going forward things will only get better!


          New clues found to common respiratory virus   
Scientists have solved the structure of a protein that helps a common respiratory virus evade the immune system. The team has identified critical parts of the protein that could be targeted with drugs or vaccines, opening up the possibility of preventing or treating an infection that sickens thousands of babies and elderly people every year.
          Birds become immune to influenza   
An influenza infection in birds gives a good protection against other subtypes of the virus, like a natural vaccination, according to a new study.
          A perturbed skin microbiome can be 'contagious' and promote inflammation   
In a new study, researchers have shown for the first time that, not only can infection with the Leishmania parasite alter the skin microbiome of affected mice, but this altered microbial community can be passed to uninfected mice that share a cage with the infected animals.
          Common antimicrobials help patients recover from MRSA abscesses   
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and commonly cause skin infections that can lead to serious or life-threatening infection in other parts of the body. New research found that two common, inexpensive antimicrobials can help heal MRSA skin abscesses. The findings suggest that current treatment options for MRSA still have a role, even as scientists continue to search for new antimicrobial products.
          New system makes fast, customized antibiotic treatments possible   
Using nanotechnology, image processing tools and statistical analysis, researchers have developed a system that enables faster diagnostics, earlier and more effective treatment of infectious bacteria, and improved patient recovery times.
          New antiviral drug inhibits epidemic SARS, MERS and animal coronaviruses   
A new antiviral drug candidate inhibits a broad range of coronaviruses, including the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, a multi-institutional team of investigators reports. The findings support further development of the drug candidate for treating and preventing current coronavirus infections and potential future epidemic outbreaks.
          Flipping the switch on controlling disease-carrying insects   
Authorities in Florida and Brazil recently released thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia in an effort to curb Zika outbreaks. Find out how Wolbachia neutralizes insects.
          Moving closer to defeating 'superbugs' with simplified forms of teixobactin   
Scientists have produced new, effective and simplified forms of teixobactin -- a new generation antibiotic which defeats multi-drug resistant infections such as MRSA -- as part of a pioneering research effort to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
          Hospital Acquired Infection Treatment Market | Competitive Dynamics & Global Outlook 2024   
Hospital Acquired Infection Treatment Market | Competitive Dynamics & Global Outlook 2024 Global Hospital Acquired Infection Treatment Market: Overview This report on hospital acquired infection treatment, studies the current as well as future prospects of the market globally. Hospital infections are also referred to as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), or nosocomial infections or hospital-acquired

          Burkholderia Infections Market   
Burkholderia Infections Market Burkholderia infections are caused by Burkholderia cepacia. It is a gram negative bacillus found in aquatic environment. It is a low virulent bacteria and is a frequent colonizer of fluids used in the hospitals such as IV fluid, irrigation solution

          A Third of All Cancers Could Be Prevented With These Plant Based Nutrients   
Each year, over 10 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, one million of them are Americans. While there is a common misconception that whether or not you will get cancer is pretty much luck of the draw, in reality, only about 10 percent of cancers are attributable to genetic factors.

As many as 90 percent of all cancers can be blamed squarely on lifestyle and environmental factors, and are entirely avoidable. And there is even more good news: An article in the journal Nature states that a third of all cancer deaths are totally preventable “through increased consumption of natural compounds” which prevent cell duplication and induce apoptosis (cancer cell suicide).

A Third of All Cancers Could Be Prevented With These Plant Based Nutrients

These powerful phytochemicals include curcumin, ursolic acid, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, resveratrol, sulforaphane and 6-shogaol. But, how exactly do they prevent cancer?

UT News explains that one way in which these special compounds fight cancer is by preventing inflammation. Chronic inflammation caused by conditions like obesity, autoimmune diseases and chronic infections causes cell damage, which in turn leads to cancer.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 15 percent of all cancers are attributable to infections like Helicobacter pylori, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and C, and Epstein-Barr virus. These powerhouse compounds strengthen the immune system to fight off such diseases, another way in which they indirectly help prevent cancer.


Let’s take a closer look at some of these potent cancer-fighting compounds.


Curcumin

Curcumin, the anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. A 2011 study by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discovered that curcumin has the amazing ability to differentiate between normal, healthy cells and cancer cells, causing apoptosis in the diseased cells, while improving the cellular health of the non-cancerous cells.

When DNA damage occurs, a chain reaction of gene activation or inactivation is triggered, which results in cells becoming cancerous. The researchers determined that curcumin halts cancer in its tracks by modulating this process.

Another study by researchers from the Zheijian Provincial People’s Hospital in China discovered that curcumin can even trigger apoptosis in triple-negative breast cancer cells, which are totally resistant to all conventional treatment.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a naturally-occurring polyphenol compound found in grapes, red wine and chocolate, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that in animal trials, resveratrol was found to have antitumor properties and reduce cancer-causing inflammation.

A 2012 study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine reported that resveratrol naturally boosts production of two proteins known as perforin and granzyme B, which together target harmful cancer cells throughout the body. Prostate tumor cells already contain both these proteins, but resveratrol helps to produce even more of them, greatly boosting the chances of apoptosis and recovery.


Sulforaphane

Sulforaphane is a compound found in all cruciferous veggies, and particularly in broccoli. While mature broccoli still contains sulforaphane, levels are highest in young broccoli sprouts.

A groundbreaking 1991 cancer prevention study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine focused on sulforaphane as a potent cancer preventer. The researchers found that this compound boosts Phase 2 enzymes in the body, which “neutralize the processes of disease.”

The Truth About Cancer reports, “[The] team fed broccoli sprout extracts to female rats for five days. They then exposed them and a control group to a carcinogen. The rats that had received the extract developed fewer tumors. Those that did have tumors developed smaller ones that took longer to grow than the control group’s did.”

It is heartening to know that some simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, incorporating daily exercise, opting for organic fruits and veggies and increasing consumption of these miracle compounds can significantly reduce our chances of getting cancer. So, drink more red wine, have some dark chocolate every day, find ways to incorporate turmeric, eat more broccoli sprouts, and give cancer the kiss of death!

By Tracey Watson, Natural News
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          Dialysis Bloodstream Infections Higher With Central Lines   
Among most US outpatient dialysis centers, bloodstream infections were highest with central lines. This supports the 'Catheter Last' campaign; experts call for improved data quality.
Medscape Medical News
          28 Weeks Later   


*este review contiene spoilers*

"28 Weeks Later" es la secuela a la gran película "28 Days Later", donde una epidemia infesta Londres y gran parte del Reino Unido dejándolo totalmente desvastado. Esta primera parte, película que gozaba de gran atmósfera, buenas actuaciones y una increíble banda sonora, parecía revivir el genéro "virus estilo zombie" dentro del cine, dándole credibilidad, a diferencia de películas como la saga "Resident Evil" o los "etc. of the Dead", que lo único que logran es sacarnos risas de lo estúpido e incoherente de la trama, y cuyas actuaciones patéticas son sólo comparables con las de Schwarzenegger.

Siempre que se anuncia una secuela de una película que ha sido buena uno llega con espectativas bajas, de que no igualará en ninguna forma a la primera, que esta será un bodrio, etc. Así mismo me encontraba yo, pero me sorprendí al leer tantos reviews favorables de la cinta. Mucha gente osaba decir que era incluso mejor que la primera, que "28 Days Later" había sido fome, que había guateado hacia "la parte de los milicos", que esta 2da parte mantenía la consistencia durante su hora y media. Yo pensaba no ver esta película, pero tales proclamas me hicieron caer en la tentación. Gran error.

Esta segunda parte comienza con una escena potentísima, donde Don (Robert Carlyle), junto a un grupo de refugiados, son atacados por un grupo de "zombies", donde la tensión llega a su máximo punto con la disyuntiva de Don, entre salvar a su mujer de los infectados o correr por su vida. Unos segundos de vacilación le dan el toque exacto de adrenalina a la escena, para luego ver a Don corriendo por los verdes prados de Inglaterra, hacia un bote, consiguiendo escapar.

Al ver esta escena pensé realmente que lo que decían aquellos infames bastardos podia ser verdad, nació la esperanza de ver otro peliculón de zombies. Lástima que aquella esperanza no demoró en disiparse.

Luego de aquella escena la película se transformaría en una producción estilo Hollywood con poco presupuesto, totalmente predecible, y con una trama muy poco creíble. Ejemplos de esto último son un Robert Carlyle infectado "casi con radar" que seguía a sus hijos por toda la ciudad más rápido que un auto, un piloto de helicóptero asesinando 100 zombies por segundo, personas sobreviviendo a un gas venenoso, francotiradores expertos fallando contra blancos inmóviles, etc. Tales detalles hacen que la película caresca de credibilidad, y la suma y suma de estos, para el final de la película, ya la convertían en un chiste.

Un guión pésimamente desarrollado, con mucho potencial, como se demuestra en la escena inicial, con actores que se basan más en una cara bonita que en ponerle empeño a su trabajo y efectos especiales mediocres. Lo único rescatable vuelve a ser la banda sonora, que es lo único que logra mantenernos inmersos dentro de una sútil atmósfera de suspenso.

3/10.
          11 novembre 1916   

Ma chère Madeleine,

 

Je t’écris cette lettre profitant de ces quelques rares rayons de soleil au lever du jour. Cela fait plusieurs jours qu’il pleuvait sans discontinuer et nous déplacer dans ces maudites tranchées devenait un calvaire, aspirés par cette boue gluante et collante.

J’espère que le temps va bientôt être plus sec. Nous aurons toujours froid, je le sais, mais au moins nous ne serons plus trempés des pieds à la tête.

Dans moins de deux heures un assaut est prévu. Le haut commandement a décidé de lancer une contre offensive massive ce matin pour reprendre cette butte pour laquelle tant de nos camarades sont morts. Mes propos vont sans doute t’étonner mais dans les camarades, j’inclue aussi nos opposants. Après tout ils sont comme nous les « boches », pour la plupart, ils n’avaient rien demandé à personne.

Ta douceur, ta chaleur, ta voix, tes yeux, tout en toi me manque cruellement. C’est à la fois une joie intense et une tristesse infinie qui m’envahissent chaque fois que tu es dans mes pensées, c’est à dire à chaque instant.Ils me manquent aussi notre petit village, notre petite maison, ma classe et mes élèves turbulents, la cour de l’école où je rêvais de voir un jour s’ébattre nos futurs enfants.

Cette lettre ne te parviendra sans doute jamais car on ne nous autorise qu’à remplir un document réglementaire avant chaque bataille, la censure est partout, il ne faut pas donner une mauvaise image de nous à l’arrière.

Ici, la mort est partout, elle nous tient la main en permanence, prête à nous entraîner avec elle dès qu’elle le pourra. Tout n’est que boue, grisaille, bruit. L’odeur est infecte, les rats grouillent de partout, nous avons froid tout le temps mais ce qui est le plus difficile à supporter ce sont l’ennui et cette indicible peur qui nous tenaille le ventre en permanence.

Tant de mes copains sont déjà morts que j’ai arrêté de compter mais avec Jacques, le forgeron de Plapeville (une ville près de Metz), nous nous serrons les coudes. La camaraderie nous permet de tenir et j’espère qu’il pourra partir à la prochaine permission pour voir sa petite fille née il y a quelques semaines.

J’espère aussi que nous pourrons fêter mes 22 ans dans 3 jours. Grâce au colis que tu m’as envoyé avant hier, je partagerai avec Jacques et les copains pour mon anniversaire.

Je termine cette lettre à la hâte car dans quelques minutes, il va falloir « sortir ». Je vais la cacher dans une gamelle en attendant de te la faire parvenir comme je pourrais. Au mieux, nous la lirons ensemble lors de ma prochaine permission, blottis l’un contre l’autre.

Ma douce Madeleine , mon aimée, mon amour, je t’envoie mille baisers. Les mots ne sont pas assez forts pour dire combien je t’aime et combien tu me manques.

 

Ton Armand .

 

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Armand était le jeune instituteur d’un petit village du Cambrésis. Il a été tué quelques heures après avoir écrit cette lettre à son épouse Madeleine. Il a disparu lors de la bataille de Verdun le 11 novembre 1916, son corps n’a jamais été retrouvé.

Il n’aura jamais eu 22 ans...

 

Cette lettre est une pure fiction mais toute ressemblance avec des personnes ayant existé est totalement volontaire. Elle a pour but de rendre hommage à toute cette génération qui a alimentée cette énorme boucherie que fut la première guerre mondiale, à tous ces jeunes hommes quelles que soient leurs origines ou leur « camp » qu’on transforma en chair à canon et qui sont morts en vain. Vingt ans plus tard, les braises encore chaudes de ce conflit mondial allaient alimenter un foyer de haine et de violence et entraîner le monde dans un second conflit plus meurtrier encore.lettre.jpg


          Helldriver   
Japan, 2010
Original title: Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Starring: Yumiko Hara, Eihi Shiina, Kazuki Namioka

When I first saw Yoshihiro Nishimura's breakout film Tokyo Gore Police, I was excited. I thought here's a director with some GREAT ideas, an eye for constructing jaw-dropping set pieces, and an anarchistic approach to film-making that totally suited my twisted sensibilities. What could this guy do with more budget, more experience, and a better script? I couldn't wait.

That was 2008. Since then he's helmed 3 more movies. The first was 2009's Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, and even then I lamented that it was just more of the same. But it was an ok flick, and I still held hope that his masterpiece might be just around the corner. His next was titled 'Mutant Girls Squad', which admittedly doesn't sound like a masterpiece, and wasn't.

And now we have his latest film, Helldriver. If you've seen any of the previous three, the verdict is once again - more of the same. Except now the novelty has worn off and is starting to resemble a rut.

This time around, the Northern part of Japan has been hit with a zombie infection by way of alien invasion, and has been walled off to protect the rest of the country. In a sly jab at political correctness and slimeball politicians, it's not long before there are calls to protect the 'human rights' of the zombies. It's a clever touch, but about as deep as the social commentary gets.




What follows is balls-out zombie-dispensing mayhem with the usual top notch splatter effects mixed with equally amateurish ones. There are moments of visual brilliance, some great set pieces, and enough blood and severed body parts to fill 382 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It's all extremely over-the-top, contrived to shock, and very, very silly.

Which can be fun! But the problem here is that the script mines a well-worn zombie scenario, while bringing little new to the table beyond the shock and gore that Nishimura (a special effects guy by trade) is so well known for. There's smatterings of humour throughout, and even a little 'ero' to go with the 'guro' (which I think is a first for Nishimura, and welcomed). But nowhere near enough for a 2hr long movie with a plot that could be written on a paper napkin.


  

For this viewer at least, two hours of inventive splatter is just not enough to retain my interest. There needs to also be a good story, or great acting, or lots of humour ... hell, an oversupply of nudity wouldn't hurt the cause either. And if all of the above were to be thrown in at once, THEN we'd be talking about a pony with more than one trick!

The other problem is that the film feels like a 45 minute movie, with bits tacked on at front and back to flesh out the runtime. This isn't helped by the decision to run the title sequence a full 45 minutes into the movie! I don't know if this was an intentional quirk playfully thrown in by Nishimura to break convention, or whether he is in fact implying that he had nothing to do with the first 45, and that this is where 'his' movie really starts. Because basically the first 45 minutes are crap. I recommend skipping them entirely.

 
  

And then half an hour from the end, the movie grinds to a natural conclusion, only to kick-start itself back into action for a redundant further half hour. I would not be at all surprised to learn that Nishimura only worked on the middle 45 mins, with the remainder being jobbed out to a junior director. Especially as IMDB has Nishimura listed as 'special effects supervisor' on no less than 33 films in the last three years - no doubt his time is limited!

And so was the budget it seems. Many scenes come across as unfinished and/or rushed, there are some awful visual effects, and what seem like glaring continuity problems. Even within the context of b-grade J-splatter, the limited budget is more visible than you'd expect.




On the plus side, Eihi Shiina (Audition, Tokyo Gore Police) has a major role here, and that's always good in my book - even if she spends a majority of the movie buried beneath less-than-flattering zombie makeup and/or blood. B-grade go-to girl Asami makes an appearance, as does Yukihide Benny. I don't know too much about lead actress Yumiko Hara, except to note that she has a fascinatingly large mouth! She has the physicality to pull off this kind of role, but not the presence that an actress of Eihi Shiina's calibre brings.



First-timers to the hyper-twisted world of Yoshihiro Nishimura may still have a blast with this, especially after a case of beer and with suitably low expectations! The middle 45 minutes are classic Nishimura - and there's a lot to love buried within its two-hour runtime. But I'm still waiting for that masterpiece that proves he's more than a special-effects wizard -  ready and able to take up the mantle of driving a new wave of Japanese extreme cinema.

Rating: 5/10




 


          Cold Fish   
aka Tsumetai Nettaigyo
Japan, 2011
Director: Sion Sono
Starring: Denden, Makoto Ashikawa, Megumi Kagurazaka, Asuka Kurosawa

I've been a fan of director Sion Sono's films ever since Suicide Club introduced the world to his signature style. And his later effort, Strange Circus is one of my all-time favourite horror movies. If you're in the market for films inhabiting the twisted fringes of Japanese Horror cinema, or Ero Guro1, Sono is your guy.

So it was with much anticipation that I caught his latest flick at a Film Festival this weekend. I was expecting something surreal and gory, and I knew it was based on a real-life serial killer. But what I didn't expect was the funniest movie I've seen this year.

That is, if you prefer your humour black. While it may seem unlikely, harvesting comedy from the serial killer sub-genre actually makes dark sense. Films such as Happiness of the Katakuris and American Psycho have mined this field before ... and Cold Fish is about as gut-wrenchingly hilarious as they get.

There's also a lot of blood. But where films such as Hostel could be categorised as gore for gore's sake, here it's employed in the service of humour, which is certainly the way I prefer it. Sono even manages to turn a rape scene into a comedic opportunity. And while that might sound quite twisted .... well yeah I guess it is. But its also deliriously, eye-wateringly funny.




If that isn't enough to satisfy your twisted sensibilities, this Japanese production also goes the extra mile that Hollywood rarely travels - by throwing in an abundance of sex and nudity as well. Considering most of the characters in the movie have little or no moral compunction, not only is life cheap, but sex is too.

Wanton licentiousness abounds - infidelity, partner-swapping, exhibitionism - even a charmingly cute lesbian interlude. All of which makes for the exact kind of envelope-pushing cinema pundits of Japanese genre movies will appreciate.




The humour is helped along substantially by ex-comedian Denden (Uzumaki, Juon) whose larger-than-life character dominates the film, as well as the characters within it. Charming and vicious by turns, his ebullient good-nature is infectious and infuses the film with dark humour.

Inspired by true events known as the "Saitama serial murders of dog lovers", the movie transposes proceedings to a pair of rival Tropical Fish shops, one run by the meek Shamato (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), the other by the gregarious Murata (Denden). Their paths cross when Shamato's daughter Mitsuko is caught shoplifting, and Murata suggests she come and work in his shop.




Murata is a wildly successful entrepreneur in stark contrast to Shamato. Irresistably charming, the Shamato family are quickly drawn into his web, with little realisation of the darker side to his personality. At least at first. But extricating themselves won't be so easy.

The film won't dazzle with its visuals or production values ... but has a tight script that builds momentum ensuring you'll barely notice its 2.5 hr running time. This is a definite highlight of the year for genre fans, and is highly recommended.

Rating: 9/10

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For an interesting interview with the director, check out Channeling Chaos - An Interview with Sion Sono
          Advertiser WPP says that some operations still affected by cyber attack   

WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursday that some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack that went around the world earlier in the week, but that services were gradually being restored. On Tuesday a major global cyber attack disrupted computers at a range of multinational firms, including WPP, Russia's biggest oil company and Ukrainian banks, with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.


          Mandatory Vaccines?   

What is behind this whole mandatory vaccine thing? Before I moved my blog to blogger, I posted a bit about immunizations on October 12, 2006. I basically pointed out that the former CEO of Merck, Raymond Gilmartin, gave money to Texas Congressman Henry Bonilla, an advocate of "Shots Across Texas," a campaign to immunize all Texas' infants, a campaign which was triggered by a measles outbreak, and it just so happens that Merck makes two of the most popular measles vaccines on the market.


Now, an article that ran in yesterday's New York Times reports on a new Texas campaign for the mandatory inoculation of all 11 & 12 year old girls with Gardasil, a Merck vaccine that prevents against 4 (6, 11, 16, 18) of the over one hundred total types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The article hints at the political and financial conflicts of interest, but other articles from various sources have detailed the issue and similar pieces of legislature in other states.


About Gardasil and HPV: Gardasil only works in women, so man cannot directly benefit from the vaccine. HPV is a virus that causes warts. HPV can cause genital warts and lead to cervical and vulvar cancers in women, penile cancer in men, and anal, head and neck cancers in men and women. HPV is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) because about 30 types are transmitted through sexually contact. So, even though the majority of HPV types are transmitted through casual contact (70+ casually transmitted:about 30 sexually transmitted), HPV is still considered a STD.


Of the 4 types of HPV that Gardasil protects against, 2 (6 & 11) are known to cause 90% of the cases of genital warts while the other 2 (16 & 18) belong to a group of 8 (16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45 & 51) "high risk" types, where "high risk" indicates association with cervical cancer. So, even if a woman (or girl) is vaccinated, she can still become infected with any of the other approximately 24 types of sexually transmitted HPV or 70+ types of casually transmmitted HPV; she can still get warts or cancer. Merck states this point through their advertising of Gardasil, but is the point really getting across? Will Gardasil really be taken as an extra precaution against sexually transmitted HPV, or will it be taken as a substitute for other precautions such as safe-sex and regular medical screenings? Gardasil's marketing campaign slogan is "One Less," used to mean that through Gardasil you or your daughter could be one less case of cervical cancer. I think this marketing campaign makes people think that Gardasil immunizes you against cervical cancer itself, rather than only 1/4 of the types of HPV associated with cervical cancer. And, for that reason, I think people will use Gardasil as a substitute for other precautionary measures.


Aside from the problematic political and financial ties and the perception of total immunity, there are major issues regarding gender, power, control, etc. going on with this legislation. With all these issues running through my mind, I wonder, has someone written an anthropology of the vaccine? I can't find a definitive body of work on the subject, only case studies. Any suggestions on some good articles or books?


          Global and Chinese Household disinfection cabinet Industry, 2017 Market Research Report   
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          Christian Musician’s Wife Dies 8 Hours After Giving Birth to Their First Child   

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Early Tuesday morning, Christian guitarist, Nathan Johnson, was over the moon. His wife, Megan, had just given birth to their first child, Eilee Kate. But soon it became clear that Megan wouldn’t make it through the day. Eight hours later, she passed away from childbirth complications, although doctors are unclear what exactly caused Megan’s death, reports the Tennessean. However, it is likely that the complications related to Megan’s heart. At only 15, Megan fought a heart infection, and in 2010, she had to have a heart transplant. 

Now Johnson, who toured with Christian singer Francesca Battistelli last year, is left to care for their daughter. But he won’t be alone. His friend and fellow Christian musician, Josh Wilson, stepped up to help Nathan by creating a GoFundMe page. 

Wilson wrote on the page, “I have the privilege of knowing Nathan Johnson.  He plays guitar in my band.  Nathan loves life.  He loves people.  He loved his wife, Meg…. Needless to say, Nathan is devastated.  There are no words for this, so I won't really say much more.  Here is what I know.  Nathan is a wonderful man and an amazing father.  He loves his daughter dearly,” and added Wilson; he’s going to need all the help he can get.

Wilson initially hoped to raise forty thousand dollars to cover expenses so that Johnson could stay off the road for at least six months. He wrote, “Let's cover his bills and meals, so he doesn't have to think about any of that.  Let's sleep over at his house and feed sweet Eilee so Nate can rest.”

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But people gave more than Wilson could have ever imagined. As of 3:30 ET on Friday, Wilson had raised over $353,000 for Johnson and his daughter. On Thursday, he added an update. “You are all so kind. This is family. This is exactly how it should be. Eilee is going to college. Nathan is taken care of while he figures out what's next.  Thank you. Can't quit crying.”

Another Christian music star, Matthew West, says this is an example of the way that social media can be used for good. “I think this is one of those times where we get to see the upside of social media, above all the junk,” he told the Tennessean.

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Please pray for Nathan Johnson and his newborn daughter as he deals with the loss of his wife.


          Comentario en Microsoft elimina por error el navegador Chrome por Articulo Indexado en la Blogosfera de Sysmaya   
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          2656 – Le nombre de morts du SIDA diminue (Aids deaths down)   
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          Comment on Exploring Outpatient Antibiotic Programs by Harry MacMullan   
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          Comment on Will Corporate Greed Destroy Our Healthcare System? by Virginia Garcia   
Pharmacist Gets 9-Year Prison Term in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak: The injections were routine, often used to treat back pain. But, tainted with mold, the authorities have said, they instead sickened more than 700 people with fungal meningitis and other infections, eventually killing dozens. Mylan’s EpiPen Pricing Crossed Ethical Boundaries: Ass the CEO of the drug maker that sells the EpiPen allergy-reaction injector defended the company’s six-fold price increases before Congress last week, it’s appalling to see that Heather Bresch took no fault. The company’s price hikes on a life-saving drug is clearly unethical if we take a closer look. The fraud trial for Martin Shkreli, the founder of Founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, started Monday. Before that happened, the “pharma bro” gained notoriety in 2015 for raising the price of Daraprim, a drug that helps AIDS patients, from $13.50 a tablet to $750. And the list goes on and on...
          The hot new cyberattack that's sweeping the nation   
On Tuesday, a powerful and terrifying new cyberattackworm emerged in Ukraine, quickly spreading to the Russian Federation and other countries no one cared enough to report on because they weren't the US. It was hard to tell which infection was worse...
          Buratai: Decoding the True African General   
By: Karen Goulding

Africa suffers artificial drought of hardcore and outstanding professionals in every field. This plaque has become more visible with Africans joyful acceptance of the neo-colonial erroneous, biased and destructive verdict of Africa as a continent of failures.
 
And each time, these alien forces descend their imperial knives on the precious skins of Africans and Africa, it deposits far-reaching consequences. Africans exceptionally gifted are held back in giving out their best. They suffer a psychological inhibition based on these polluted verdicts imposed on people of the continent.

But Africans are equally and competitively, very intelligent like the white-skinned people. How Africans prefer to celebrate their foolery, instead of positive assertion of themselves is really a riddle. Nonetheless, as time ebbs, more courageous Africans have overcome these mental barriers and are steeping out to prove to the whole world the real substance or worth of an African.

No one can deny brilliance and intelligence of African people in every chosen field of human specialization. Nigerians in particular have carved a niche for themselves in their preferred careers. They are celebrities in academics’, science and indeed, in all professions.

As the largest black nation on earth, the conspiracy of foreign nations against Nigeria is really subject of a whole thesis. The blackmail of compelling the people to think more in failure and destruction, than progress has impinged on the psyche of Nigerians retardation. It has gone to sublime levels that optimal exhibition of skills is most times impeded in some people because of this belittlement.

As determined as ever, Nigerians are gradually breaking these barriers to demonstrate their excellence to the world. That’s why Nigerians are usually elated, anytime a Nigerian displays uncommon exploits or accomplishments in his career, especially in exceptional professions.
 
It explains why Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai’s embodiment of professionalism, perfection, discipline and courage in the war against terrorism excites the people. Upon leading the counter-insurgency war that humbled Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), Nigerians feted him with celebrations and Africa picked it up and expanded it. Today, Gen. Buratai is celebrated around the world, as an exceptional professional soldier of high esteem

To many, the Nigerian Army Chief is indescribable. Also, a peep into his persona does not provide easy insights either. What is however certain is that his personage undulates with unrivalled zeal for exceptional exploits and successes. He has an extremely infectious aura.

But what has worked more for this African Army General is his flair for professionalism, discipline, uprightness in leadership, selflessness, courage, transparency, principle of inclusiveness and hard work. And all these have been seared in the passion for positive results in all endeavors; which have made him a worthy assert to Nigeria, Africa and the world. Beyond flattery, Gen. Buratai is admittedly a special specie of humanity. By the dictates of his profession, he ought to be tough  and rugged; but to the contrary, he is amiable and humane in dealing with fellow men. It’s scarce to find such qualities and virtues buried in a single soul in the military, particularly in Nigeria.

Africans have seen Gen. Buratai as both a leader and soldier in the trenches, much as in the administrative boardroom of his vocation, bearing all risks, good or bad.  He does not chase shadows and nothing distracts his focus and concentration.

True to his type, Gen. Buratai personifies the Christ-like motif of troops under his command. He positions himself to feel their pains, sufferings, agonies; the heat in the trenches, the dejections and the defeats. He is not bossy, so shares the victories and joys of his troops in the same measure the least among troops would feel. It’s not unusual to see him spend Sallah or Christmas celebrations with troops in the battlefield, where he personally lights the candle of bonfire carnivals. This is a mark of leadership, very scarce nowadays.

Understanding the strength behind the modus operendi of Gen. Buratai has proven to be no easy path to walk. But suffice it to say, in achieving efficiency and effectiveness on targets, the COAS utilizes his unique talents  to create the needed impact. He is feted in Africa and beyond because Gen. Buratai extensively tapped and improvised on the wisdom, vision and intellectual prowess of men or globally acclaimed war veterans, upon his appointment as the ombudsman of the counter-insurgency war in Nigeria.

It gave birth to the reforms and innovations Buratai brought to bear on the Nigerian Army. Suddenly, Nigerian soldiers’ adjudged as weaklings, who could shamelessly bid an effeminate retreat in the battlefield became courageously, gallant soldiers to confront terrorists and defeat them.
Therefore, having prepared his house, this Soldier-General courageously broke new grounds and unimaginable records in terrorism warfare. It has continued to draw the inspiration of the world to his convictions, tactics and strategies.
As earlier hinted, there is no iota of doubt that Gen. Buratai must have drawn inspiration from great men, such as the famous English novelist, Ernest Hemmingway, author of the popular, “Old Man And The Sea.” Author Hemmingway timelessly asserted that “Once we have a war, there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat, brings worse things, than any that can ever happen in war.”

For this Nigerian Army Chief, the wise counsel of this author was his conviction and guiding principle. It compelled him to face the lethal Boko Haram terrorism war in Nigeria without flinching. He feared more the consequences of defeat, than the difficulties of surmounting the hurdles, some deliberate, on the battlefield to ensure victory.

And the wisdom, tactics and strategies of Chinese war veteran and father of the Chinese revolution, Mao Tse Tung was also of immense assistance to him, as leader of the counter-insurgency campaigns in Nigeria.  Mao Tse believed thus;
“Imaginative, intelligent, and bold leadership is absolutely essential.

 Commanders and leaders at every echelon must be selected with these specific qualities in mind. Officers and NCOs who are more than competent under normal conditions will frequently be hopelessly ineffective when confronted with dynamic and totally different situations.”

The unfaltering Nigerian Army Chief and Commander of the anti-terrorism war in Nigeria imbibed enough of these virtues and effectively applied them.  So, he risked advance on enemy troops, where his predecessors dreaded; he trailed insurgents and their agents, dynamically in tactics, from battlefield encounters to cyberspace terrorism manifestations and matched action for action.

He suffocated enemy forces' sources of food and ammunition supply.   He endured and ignored all manner of distractions back home to focus on his assignment to earn the victory today savoured by the whole world.

And in all instances, he moved centuries in thinking, ahead of the localized thoughts and strategies of enemy forces- the Boko Haramists. This Army General slept once in two weeks, always awake to strategize and personally supervise field operations. He left nothing to chance; while terrorists slept every day in their hideouts with the delusion of courage and invincibility.

So, he conquered them and their agents in the trenches, caves, cyberspace propaganda and everywhere. They scattered in confused directions, as his troops chased them to the point of conquer or surrender.
 
After the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian Army Chief also deployed the wisdom of Mao Tse in cleansing communities in  Northeast, Nigeria of remnants’ of Boko Haram terrorists. He commanded his troops to embark on “Operation Crackdown.” Mao Tse’s thoughts in this direction were that;
“After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do, nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes.”

Today, Nigeria has regained her freedom. The world stands up in stupefying relish of Buratai’s exploits and victories over terrorism warfare in Nigeria within the shortest possible time.

This Nigerian Army General perceived defeat in the eyes of troops, but meticulously inspired them into self-confidence, greatness and victory;  he triumphed over their disunity and inclination  for  mutiny and made them converts  of the new order of professionalism,  discipline, comradeship  and pursuit of the common agenda of defeat of enemy forces against Nigeria.

No doubt, Gen. Buratai strikes as an angel to civilians in his operational jurisdictions; but a very venomous snake to enemies of state. For Nigerians and millions of Africans, this Army Chief is simply one of the best Africans in recent times. This is attested or gleaned from the flurry of unsolicited awards and recognitions showered on him across the globe in the last few months. The Republic of Brazil recently feted and decorated him with the country’s highest military honour in global recognition of his battle against terrorism in Nigeria and the world.

Thus, Gen. Buratai can be described as a gentlemen soldier, a great soldier of repute, a hero of international dimensions, the conqueror of terrorists in Nigeria and environs.   He has replicated history in Nigeria and the world, by religiously deploying and improvising on the military wisdom of those before him to attain the unimaginable victories in war against terrorism.

Consequently, the world is prodded to utilize his wealth of wisdom to surmount the global monster of terrorism. This would be a step palpably illustrative of the global agenda on collective action against terrorism, a reality now, than yesterday and likely tomorrow. But if treasured masters of the game, like Buratai are factored into this global collaborative action against terrorism, the world may likely experience respite.

Goulding, a security expert writes from 199 Watford Way, Hendon, London, United Kingdom.
          C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics    
The bacterium C. difficile causes one of the most common infections in hospitals and nursing homes. After climbing for decades, the rate of new infections is now falling.
          Heroes Help Save a Dog With Huge Infected Wound on Half of His Face (VIDEO)   
Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.12.12 AMNo one can ever know the suffering this sweet boy has been through but thank goodness for the kindness of people like Mr. Soni. This kind man lives in a village nearby the rescue Guardians of the Voiceless and made the life-saving phone call about a dog named Taru.
          Eating Placenta Pills Might Actually Be Dangerous   
Post by Jeanne Sager.

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Eating the placenta. It's not for everyone, which is why an increasing number of moms have opted to take "placenta pills," wherein the afterbirth is encapsulated and popped daily by postpartum moms for a little pick-me-up. But new research is warning this growing trend may not be the best thing for new moms -- or their babies.

Scientists working for the CDC warn the popular pills, which are said to help ward off postpartum depression, have actually caused an illness in the child of one mom in Portland, Oregon.

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Born healthy, the baby was brought into an ER at 5 days old, with irritability, and tests were done. Docs eventually determined that the baby had late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS), which they traced back to the maker of Mom's placenta pills. 

The problem? Researchers say the process of encapsulating the placenta does not "eradicate infectious pathogen," which means that those pills a mom is swallowing may contain diseases. That's bad enough for moms, but if a mom is breastfeeding while popping placenta pills, it stands to reason that said disease could then pass to the baby.

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So far the CDC studies focus their solutions on doctors, rather than moms, and encourage them to ask mothers about what they may have ingested if an infant presents with a case of late-onset GBS infection. They also encourage educating mothers interested in placenta encapsulation about the potential risks of the process.

Countless parents have reported that they found benefits from eating their placenta. Among them are women like Real Housewives star Kim Zolciak, who sucked down a placenta smoothie, and Girls star Gabby Hoffmann.

But for moms who are debating whether or not to get their placenta encapsulated, this piece from the CDC findings may stand out: "No standards exist for processing placenta for consumption."


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          The Reahu and Wayu Itou: He Borara Chapter 10   
Warrior Lineup
     Lac sneezes as he sits down at the table with paper and pen. I’ve got a beaut of a cold, he writes. He’s quarantined himself in his hut, so he figured he may as well catch up on his correspondence, beginning with the letter to Ken he’s been meaning to write. I went monkey hunting with the gang this week, he continues, in preparation for a big feast in honor of a visiting village’s slain headman.

The Monou-teri were only here a few days before the hanky-panky started. The buildup to the club fight that ensued was nothing like the tectonic force accumulating over the course of the Mahekodo-teri’s visit. For one, the Monou-teri don’t have a leg to stand on; they need the Bisaasi-teri far more than the Bisaasi-teri need them—which is probably why the local guy felt entitled to a romp with one of the visiting men’s wives. Plus this time around it was only two men facing off (though there were threats galore from each man’s male kin). These squabbles over women, while not a daily occurrence, are an ever-present source of testiness and suspicion, and the risk of violence seems to intensify whenever you have a mingling of groups like this.

I keep barely missing the club fights in the village, he goes on writing; this was the first one I witnessed directly, and I got some great photos. (I missed the last one by a couple of hours; another happened while I was here but I didn’t actually see any of it.) The good thing about the fights is they get people talking. I can just hover about the crowd and listen. Sometimes they’ll even let a name slip out of their tobacco-stretched mouths. I’d love nothing more right now than to be in the shabono collecting data—i.e. recording gossip—but I keep thinking I could end up killing some poor kid if my cold spreads.

It started after I nearly overheated trying to keep up with the hunting band. I can’t describe the sensation; I mean, I’ve hunted plenty before, but not like this. Hurtling yourself headlong through the underbrush and threading your way through the trees, always with your eyes darting about the canopy in search of your quarry. I had my shotgun at the ready, braced in front of me, getting frustrated because I didn’t think it should be slowing me down as much as it was. I manage to shoot a monkey or a tapir with it here and there, but this time it was an arrow that brought down our target. When we got back to the village and I kept walking back to my hut, I had sweat gushing from every pore on every part of my body and I felt lightheaded, so I sort of floated right past my door, wrestled off my clinging wet clothes, and jumped in the river to cool off.

That night I awoke around 2 in morning with a cough and a sore throat.

Lac doesn’t write that he heard—not imagined but heard—his mother’s voice ringing out in the darkened hut, chiding him for his ill-conceived efforts at returning his body to homeostasis. He writes instead of the Monou-teri headman’s death and of how the women are going to eat his ashes during the feast, and perhaps have a little reciprocal raid afterward. He’s not sure exactly why his impulse is to downplay the counterattack—counter-counterattack—other than that, after all, it’s murder they’re talking about, sort of.

He tells Ken to expect more arrows in a shipment to the museum, the first and far less impressive batch having arrived safely according to Ken’s last letter. He’ll also be sending some ebene tubes and pack baskets. Finally, he writes about the archeological site he discovered at what may have once been a village. He found scads of potsherds, most of which look like they would be from pots quite similar to the ones they use in Bisaasi-teri today, when they’re not using the aluminum pots traded in from the Ye’kwana or the missionaries (or now from him). But some of the fragments are much more delicate, as though they came from a more advanced ceramic tradition, making him wonder if the Yąnomamö might have regressed from some former higher level of technological and artistic sophistication. Such backward lurches must have happened to societies throughout history. Pick your catastrophe: plague, war, famine, environmental degradation. Guys like Percy Fawcett spent their whole lives searching Amazonia for these lost civilizations.   

Lac writes about a stone ax he found, a relic of a time before madohe. The thought that neither he nor any other Westerner will ever see how the Yąnomamö made axes almost brings tears to his eyes. The Waica claim they find these ax heads all the time, he writes to Ken, but seeing is believing.
*****

Lac, feeling better for the past two days, is in his hut collecting names from an older man—in his mid-forties maybe—one he’s been finding delightfully easy to work with, so much so that he’s moved this informant to the top of his pay scale and begun going over the charts for the entire village with him. Theoretically, Lac thinks, I could get the names of everyone in Bisaasi-teri from this one man, whose own name is Kukumbrawa—according to his neighbor in the adjoining yahi, who’s also a parallel cousin, his father’s brother’s son. Lac moves his finger over the diagram, tracking the connection along the lines running between the names.

            He could fill in all the empty spaces with this one informant and then ask for the same information from some other similarly cooperative man, and then another, until it’s clear the names and relationships as diagrammed are consistent. The process shouldn’t take that long. He could collect all the preliminary data he needs—all the information Dr. Nelson has requested—and then move on to lineage histories. After that, he can start focusing on other villages. By mid-summer he could be ready to make an expedition inland from the Orinoco, maybe as far as the gigantic shabono near the headwaters of the Mavaca, the one Rowahirawa keeps telling him about.

            He’s leaning down to let Kukumbrawa whisper in his ear when he hears the drone of an outboard on the river. His informant stands up from the chair and walks to the door with him. Lac’s heart thuds with reverberations of his panic on the night last month when he was sure his hut was about to be besieged by raiders from another village. But he’s able to calm himself. That night, the boatman turned out to be Padre Morello; that’s probably who it is now—or else it’s more men from the Malarialogìa. They’ve been visiting the hut across the Orinoco a lot lately, the one he and Clemens stayed in his first night in the field. It could also be some of the padre’s other Salesian friends, the ones building the missionary compound across the river; Lac never hears from these men, but, though he’s loath to admit it, he’s been comforted by their propinquity.  

            The boat appears to be on a course for the bank near his hut, and Lac sees just one man sitting with his hand on the lever steering the engine. “Dr. Shackley,” the padre’s voice shudders out over the water before brittlely echoing back from the trees on the far bank. “How are you this fine day? You’re looking hale and formidable.” After his brief sickness, Lac finds these words relieving, the dubiousness of the flattery notwithstanding.

            Lac returns the greeting before telling Kukumbrawa they’ll have to continue the ohodemou later and giving him a portion of the standard payment he’s come to expect. Kukumbrawa is less disappointed with the payment than he is excited about the arrival of a visitor. Lac laughs silently. You wouldn’t be so excited, he thinks, if you knew even half of what this guy wants to persuade you of.

            As he steps down to the water’s edge, Lac sees the padre isn’t his old ruddy and buoyant self. Instead, he looks like he’s been missing too much sleep of late, and maybe done a little too much drinking. “Padre, I still haven’t adequately expressed my gratitude for all you did to help me make it to Caracas and back to visit my family.” Lac chuckles furtively at his own words, not because he’s fumbling with his Spanish, but because even in his current ragged state, the good padre has a way of inspiring excessive formality.

            “Now that you mention it,” Morello says as Lac reaches out for the canoe’s gunnel to pull it ashore, “there is something you can do for me.” He stands and wobbles his way along the length of the craft, where he grips Lac’s arm and steps onto dry land.

            “Sure,” Lac says. “Anything.”

            “Let’s discuss it inside,” the padre says, gesturing toward the hut. This gives Lac pause, not so much for the suggestion that they talk indoors—maybe he just wants to get out of the sun, away from the bugs—as for the reticence in his tone. He’s about to make an unpleasant request, Lac is sure.

            Lac guides him along the path through the high grass, on the lookout for snakes, exercising his now ingrained vigilance, as the padre enquires into the progress of his work. Now it’s Lac’s turn to be cagey; he looks around to see who’s in earshot before saying, “It’s going fantastic.” He feels his own face light up and sees a feeble reflection of his excited smile on his friend’s face. “I’ve finally started to get the names I need for my genealogies. I’ve already got the names of most people currently living here.”

            “That is fantastic! How did you get them to tell you their names?”

            Before proceeding to explain his name-gathering protocol in detail, Lac reminds himself that the only Spanish words any of the Bisaasi-teri know are sí and no. But he relishes finally being able to tell someone about his success. His excitement is too weightily palpable to keep to himself. Many of the villagers have emerged from the shabono to get a look at the visitor, and Lac takes a moment to explain to them in Yąnomamö who this new nabä is. Before continuing his description of his interview methods though, he guides the padre into the hut and closes the door to any curious Indians straggling along behind them.

            “Remarkable,” the padre says after hearing how Lac has accomplished the feat. “Ingenious.”

            Lac is suddenly his twelve-year-old self again on the day he held up a medium-sized trout to show his dad; Morello may as well be patting him on the head, saying, “Way to go, slugger.” Embarrassed by his swelling pride, Lac hastens to divert his guest from offering further praise and congratulations: “Now tell me, Padre, what’s bothering you? Something’s obviously been keeping you awake at night. Tell me how I can help.”

            Lac pulls a chair out for his guest, the same chair Kukumbrawa recently vacated. The padre puts both palms on the table and collapses onto the seat with a dignified grunt. “Hermano Marteens,” he says, “is having a great deal of difficulty with the Indians across the river.”

            Lac pulls out the other chair for himself. As he lowers himself into it, he looks over to see beads of sweat trundling from the padre’s forehead all the way down his cheeks into his thick wiry mass of beard. It would be hard to imagine a man more out of place—unless, that is, the good padre were to strip down, don a loincloth, scatter some buzzard feathers over his bald head, and dance in the courtyard with the villagers. Lac chokes back a laugh and says, “I gather Hermano Marteens is concentrating his efforts on the people across the Mavaca at Lower Bisaasi-teri; I’ve never encountered him here. Now that I think about it, it’s strange that no one from the other shabono ever mentions him either.”

            He’s speaking too fast, he realizes, because he’s uneasily anticipating that the padre is about to try to recruit him on behalf of the Salesians, to assist them in their efforts to accustom themselves to Yąnomamö ways. There’s no way I’m going to help them convert anyone, Lac thinks. I’ll agree to help with logistical stuff, sure, just as Morello has done for me. I don’t have anything against the padre personally of course, but the stark reality is that I’m completely opposed to the Salesians’ agenda for the Yąnomamö.

            Completely opposed? Even if it means medicine and protection for the women and kids?

            The padre says, “I’m afraid the good brother hasn’t been getting around to doing much mission work—which is the essence of the problem I’m currently working to remedy. When it was me first starting to build a mission compound, all those structures at Ocamo, I relied on many of the Ye’kwana from the area as a labor force. They have a long history with the Church and were accustomed to trading their work for things like tools, food, medicine.”

            “The Yąnomamö aren’t exactly slow to catch on to the value of our manufactured goods, Padre. Though trading with them comes with some pretty thorny complications.”

            “Yes, so I’ve been informed. The biggest challenge for Hermano Marteens—.” He breaks off midsentence, pauses for the span of a weighty thought, and begins again. “I’ve recently received word that your friend Mr. Clemens will soon be returning to the territory. He’s bringing his wife, and another couple will be accompanying them as well. It seems they plan to divide their time between the school at Tama Tama and the villages here at Bisaasi-teri, with each family taking up on its own side of the Mavaca.”

            Lac’s first thought is, that’s a lot of goddamned nabä. But his next thought is of Laura and how the presence of the other couples will make getting her here far easier. It will also make it a great deal safer for her and the kids to stay here when he travels to other villages. “Chuck’s coming back?” he says. “That’s great. I hadn’t heard.” He stops himself from saying, “But how the hell did you find out about all this?”

            “Dr. Shackley, do you know anything about a dictionary Mr. Clemens is working on?”

            “A dictionary? Like a Yąnomamö dictionary, one for translating the words to English or Spanish?”

            “Hermano Marteens, you see, he speaks both Spanish and English quite well.”
*****

            Bahikoawa looks fine one moment and then as if he’s in severe pain the next. With all the parties under the same roof—or sharing the same plaza and palisade anyway—the raid can be launched any day the headman chooses.

            “The pata has sent word to the Shamatari,” Rowahirawa says. “The Bisaasi-teri are waiting for men from Mömariböwei-teri and Reyaboböwei-teri to accompany them on the raid. The people here have done much to cultivate the alliances; now it’s time to see if their efforts will pay dividends.”

            Lac sits up in the hammock next to Rowarhirawa in his father-in-law’s yahi, where he’s been lazing away the day’s hottest hours and asks, “Will the men from those villages make that big of a difference to the raid’s chances of success?”

            “Shaki, stop being such an imbecile. Ma, it won’t make any difference; it’s to solidify the alliance.” He repeats the last phrase, as Yąnomamö often do, all but dancing to the rhythm of his own words, so enthusiastic is he in his gesticulating. Lac decides his friend looks like a jaguar, because Yąnomamö faces remain shamefully indistinct in his mind and he’s determined to train his mind to zero in on subtle differentiating features. Unfortunately a lot of their faces could be said to resemble a jaguar's.  

            “But then why is Bahikoawa still waiting? They’re already two days late, and I hear the other men saying there’s a risk of big rainfall with the start of the wet season. You guys don’t want to get stuck having to march all the way back to Bisaasi-teri on muddy or flooded trails. Isn’t that what you’re counting on to slow the Patanowä-teri pursuit after you attack?”

            “We can’t leave for a raid after announcing when we’ll be gone.”

            “But you only announced it to the people you’re waiting on to go on the raid with you.”

            “That’s why we’re waiting. If they’re not here yet, it’s probably because they’re planning something.”

            “Aren’t they your allies?”

            “Shaki, don’t be so naïve. Awei, they’re allies to the Bisaasi-teri. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to steal our women from us.”

            “Ma! So that’s why you’re waiting.” The Yąnomamö aren’t very principled, he thinks; it’s always the thing that’s right in front of their nose. Or maybe, he tells himself, there’s some wisdom to it you simply don’t understand. Still, he can’t help being disgusted. “Shori, how often do villages go on raids that don’t result in anyone getting killed?”

            “It happens.”

            “How often do the raiders themselves get killed?”

            “It happens, but that means the raid wasn’t successful, even if the raiders kill someone else. You’ll have to go on another raid after that.”

            “If I were to travel with you and the other men from Bisaasi-teri, would I get killed?”

            “Shaki, are you hungry for the flesh of the Patanowä-teri?”

            “Ma, Shori, I’m fascinated by the ways of the Yąnomamö, like I’ve told you, and I want to go with you so I can record what I see in my white leaves.”

            “Will you bring your shotgun?”

            Lac began this line of questioning on a whim; he hasn’t considered going along on the raid until now, at least not consciously. Would he bring the shotgun? “Ma.” Absolutely not. “I’ve made a promise not to kill any Yąnomamö—.”

Rowahirawa rolls out of his hammock and slams his fist into Lac’s shoulder. “Don’t say what you just said!”

            “But it’s true.”

            “If men know you’re a coward, they’ll treat you as they would a woman.”

            Lac shakes his head pointlessly. “I understand.” So it’s true, he thinks; the only reason my hut ever goes a day unviolated is that the Yąnomamö are afraid of my shotgun.

            Rowahirawa laughs and gives him a hard shove. “You’re hopeless without me, Shaki. You know that?”

            Lac spends the latter half of the afternoon conducting an interview with a man whose behavior seems entirely choreographed, his answers entirely rehearsed. The earlier interviewees must have relayed to him in detail what he should expect—and maybe he caught on there’s an audition mentality to the proceedings. His every answer is a story, and Lac can’t decide whether to admire the man’s flare for drama or disdain him as a purveyor of compelling lies. The facts of his stories, the main characters, all check out with the picture that’s emerging of the village’s history and current composition through all his efforts at questioning and crosschecking. Something about the guy though—he seems fundamentally untrustworthy.

            Not exactly an objective observation, Shackley, he says to himself.

            “Towahowä, he was waiteri,” the man says. “He seduced his own brother’s wife in Monou-teri.”

            True, Lac thinks. I’ve heard this before. “Ma!” he says, encouraging the man to continue.

            “Awei, Towahowä had sex with her, and then the brother returned and became so angry he fired an arrow at her. He meant to shoot her in the thigh, because he wanted her to survive the wound. But he is sina, like Uhudima in the time of Moonblood, and the arrow implanted itself in her gut. She bled to death, leaving her husband inconsolable.”

            Many of the women Lac sees in the village are missing parts of their ears, souvenirs of similar episodes of violent jealousy. He’s seen one woman hit another with a smoldering log from the hearth, seen the men do that too. It’s not the type of culture you’d want to raise your daughter in.

            And, you, Lachlan Shackley, are not the type of scientist who lets himself get so loose with such value-laden sentiments.

            As the man continues telling his stories about the separation of villages and their post-fissioning political histories, Lac’s mind wanders to Nakaweshimi. She must be close to term about now. But she’s nowhere to be seen lately. Lac assumes it’s Yąnomamö custom for a woman to seclude herself in the days leading up to childbirth. Those are details he could be investigating for his ethnography, but he doesn’t know where to begin enquiring after information that sensitive.

            What he will be able to see is how the birth of the second baby impacts how Nakaweshimi cares for her other child, who’s still a tiny infant. The other thing that’s been preoccupying him is this silly idea of his about going along on the raid to Patanowä-teri. He and Rowahirawa agreed it would be possible for him to tag along on the journey but not participate in any killing. Still, the Patanowä-teri will probably pursue the raiders, and it’s not like he’ll have the time to explain to them that he’s only there in the capacity of neutral observer. If he’s not killed, he’ll likely still be forfeiting the reputation for impartiality he’s counting on to make travelling among villages relatively safe and easy.

            You’ll be compromised, he thinks, too deeply enmeshed in the culture to observe its dynamic operations and ongoing development from a detached vantagepoint. But, then again, you’ll also be going along to witness a custom few ethnographers have ever witnessed. And this is the part, the coalitional killing, warfare at its most primitive, that your professors and colleagues will say you’ve misrepresented, or fabricated outright. “Did you actually see any Yąnomamö killing each other?” he imagines Dr. White asking him. “It’s quite possible the attacks you heard rumors of were purely ritualistic, and that the men your friends claimed to have killed are alive and well and boasting of their own ritual kills.”

            Yes, my boastful friends.

            Lac has seen enough to know that Yąnomamö violence, while steeped in ritual and embedded in an intricate web of superstition, is all too real in its impact. Whatever mysteries he uncovers through his genealogical efforts, it’ll be Yąnomamö warfare that gets people talking back home—just like it does here. As for being compromised, it doesn’t have to go down that way. I won’t follow the warriors when they make their final charge, he thinks. I’ll hold back, with any luck remaining in eyeshot of the incident without being seen by anyone inside the shabono.

            So you’re just going along to watch some poor bastard get shot out of a tree?

            You may have to, if only to bolster your conviction, give you the confidence to stick to your guns in the face of all the scrutiny your work is bound to attract.

            He’s debating with himself as he’s half-heartedly attending to his informant’s performance with a healthy dollop of dismissive skepticism when the hut goes silent. Lac turns to see the man stand up and move to the door. He pricks his ears and picks out the sound of whistling in the distance—friendly visitors announcing their presence. The villagers raise their voices from within the shabono. Lac and his informant begin walking back to the opening in the palisade so they can see who the visitors are. It must be the men they’re expecting from Mömariböwei-teri and Reyaboböwei-teri at last; they weren’t waiting to steal women after all—or if they were, they realized the Bisaasi-teri and Monou-teri were wise to their treachery, and so their best bet for capturing women is to raid Patanowä-teri alongside their new allies.

            Now the raid will take place. And Lac knows regardless of which decision he’s able to marshal the best arguments for, he’ll be traveling alongside the raiders as well—or following behind them anyway. “There may be no turning back after this,” he mumbles to himself. I’ll need to talk to Rowahirawa, he thinks, do a lot a planning.
*****

            The next day the overfull village is preparing for the feast, and Lac is looking right at Nakaweshimi, no longer pregnant, but not carrying a second infant. This could mean any number of things. He tries to think back to the two other births that have occurred since his arrival in Bisaasi-teri, but gets no useful insight from recalling them. Has she miscarried? Was the baby sick or deformed? He wants desperately to ask her, but she doesn’t look like she’s in any mood for questions. No one looks to be in the mood for questions today. Lac resigns himself to a full day of silent of observation, out of respect—and out of prudence.

He feels more unwelcome today than at any other time since his first entrance into the shabono. The Yąnomamö never hesitate to let him know how annoying they find him, but they usually also seem to find him amusing, or find it amusing to mess with him anyway. Today, though, people are preoccupied with their grieving, preoccupied with their efforts to keep the substrate of rage simmering beneath their sadness from boiling over. On any normal day, they’re not only short-tempered; they’re itching to show off how short their tempers are. His thumb still aches from the incident when Rowahirawa stubbed his toe and threw down the heavy log they were carrying together. That was probably getting off easy. But today he senses those tempers are even more raw.

The hours drag on as he either lies in a hammock next to Rowahirawa or minces from spot to spot around the plaza. Into the afternoon, the funereal mood hangs thicker and thicker in the air. There’s no laughter to be heard, no beaming expressions to behold. If I had just shown up from Caracas, Lac thinks, I might think there was tension mounting among the assembled villages—as when the Mahekodo-teri and Boreta-teri were here throwing their weight around—so nauseatingly palpable is this undercurrent of wrath to their mournfulness.

Moment by moment resisting his urge to ask questions, he instead wisps around with his cameras and tape recorder, doing his best impersonation of a cloud. He has to be subtle with his camera work, snapping photos only of incidents of highest import, because even on normal days the Yąnomamö sometimes get irritated with him for stealing their images, chasing him away with upraised clubs—or once, with flung rocks—but today the deterrents are bound to be more severe, the punishments more vicious.

The irritability isn’t the most ostensible of their emotional states though. He listens to the villagers’ tearful laments, as they call to the fallen headman with the most intimate of kinship terms, making pronouncements of never-ending sadness and forlorn longing to be reunited in hedu. This strikes Lac as strange because these same relatives of the Monou-teri headman have seemed emotionally even-keeled every time he’s seen them over the past few weeks. Towahowä was killed over a month ago, and yet it’s only now that the bereavement takes hold—or maybe it’s taking hold for the second time, the first having occurred when they learned of his death and cremated his body, producing the ashes the women are now consuming with their plantain soup.

It’s like they’ve all agreed now is the time to collectively wallow in grief, to sulk and cry out, so they’re deliberately concentrating on their loss, meanwhile reflecting each other’s sadness and anger, thus amplifying them both, the space of their passion spilling into an infinite regress of hitherto dormant devastation. Surprisingly, the spreading contagion of their emotions is affecting even him, a nabä who only encountered the deceased on a couple of occasions, never getting overly close.

What seems most bizarre to Lac however is that these people are so aggrieved about the death of a guy who treated many of them terribly. Towahowä was a total asshole. He seduced—or possibly raped—an untold number of these men’s wives, including his little brother’s. It was his stealing of another man’s wife that led to the fissioning of Monou-teri from Bisaasi-teri, which you could argue resulted in their present predicament. Then he further endangered the village by leaving them leaderless, because he was so reckless in his pursuit of women and greater renown. And who knows how many other women he’s abused, how many other men he’s intimated or assaulted or cuckolded—though none of these practices are exactly frowned upon by the Yąnomamö?

Lac tries to force himself to accept that they hold different virtues as praiseworthy, different vices as beneath contempt. That’s easy enough to understand in principle; it’s the liking part that confounds him. How could anyone have liked Towahowä? Or did they? Or is all this emotion on display separate from the discrete person of the former headman, more about his role than his individual identity? It’s a question he’ll have to return to when he’s attended more funeral feasts, more reahu, as the Yąnomamö call them.

            Throughout the day, villagers take turns shouting out formal speeches, somewhat like they do in their kąwa amou chants before bed but more lachrymose, about how their kinsman’s death has pierced to the depths of their being. “Ya buhii ahi,” he keeps hearing. My innermost soul is cold. One man sounds off in one part of the shabono, then another man somewhere else riffs on the theme. Hushuwo is another term he keeps hearing: angry and sad and volatile—much more volatile than usual.

            Lac wanders about the edge of the plaza, trying his hardest to be invisible, on the lookout for good spaces to tuck himself, vantages where he can witness the goings-on unseen. Late in the afternoon, the men, still in their yahis, all start doing something strange. Lac risks stepping closer to see a couple times. They’re biting into burnt logs, chewing the charcoal. Lac guesses it’s supposed to have some medicinal property at first, but then he sees them spitting it out and rubbing it between their hands. They’re mixing the masticated charcoal with their saliva to create a black sludge. He watches as they begin smearing it all over their arms and shoulders, going on to cover their entire bodies, painting them black.

Night camouflage.

Lac’s heart floats weightlessly, darting about like a hummingbird colliding with the bars of its cage. These sons of bitches are going to sneak up on another village, he thinks, and murder some poor bastard who doesn’t even know they’re coming. It hits him with all the absurd reality of a platypus waddling up to him with a stick of dynamite clamped in its bill. 

Lac’s been told that the mechanics of the pre-raid feast, if not the mood, are similar to those of feasts prefiguring morning trading sessions. Aside from the large troughs of plantain soup, though, the activities seem far different. Some time has passed since the women finished drinking their soup from calabashes, and now the men are busy dressing up a stripped-down tree trunk, evidently to make it look like a Yąnomamö, complete with wavy red lines down his torso, monkey tail headband, and sprinkling of white feathers atop the crown; the wooden man has donned his finest regalia for the occasion. The men lift this pithy white effigy onto a hammock—at maybe five feet tall, it fits nicely—before dispersing and preparing to stage a mock ambush. One of the raiders is a roughly eleven-year-old boy, Towahowä’s youngest son, and many of the charcoal-painted men pull him aside to give him instructions and advice.

             Now that the stage is set with the trunk swaying lazily in its hammock, a dozen warriors crouch down and make their way toward it from different parts of the plaza. Gesturing with weighty emphasis to each other, they waddle mostly in unison, deeply bent at the knees, coming from various angles—a band of hellfire-scorched demons capturing souls to build the ranks of their satanic subterranean army—until they’re close enough to make aiming all but moot.  All at once, they leap up to their full height to draw and fire their arrows. The tips bury themselves in the pulpy wood with a sickeningly rapid series of thuds. The victim is a pincushion before he could have ever known an attack was underway. All the men scream as they retreat, running out of the shabono in a series of sprints and halts, the warriors in front stopping to turn and cover the escape of the ones bringing up the rear in a repeating pattern.

            The mock raiders return one by one to their hammocks over time, but some of them remain in the plaza to practice and give the young boy plenty of coaching. Individually, no longer slithering toward their victim in a coiled mass of inhuman flesh, they’re less like demons than grown men playing dress-up. To Lac, all of these preparations and success rituals seem to be taking place at a distance, on the periphery of his sphere of concern. Yesterday, before deciding to travel along with the raiders, this same scene would have permeated his senses and thoughts with its dramatic implications: a young boy being taught to escape after being pressed to take lethal vengeance on his father’s killers.

As it is, he’s thinking more about the recent rains, how the rising waters will chase the poisonous snakes to higher ground, the same higher ground on which the Yąnomamö like to blaze their trails. The idea, if he understands Rowahirawa correctly, is to load up on plantains, walk slowly to the enemy’s village, deliberately pinpointing the ideal time to make the kill—likely when a suitable victim leaves the Patanowä-teri shabono to piss or fetch water—and, freshly unencumbered by the newly exhausted supply of food, run most of the way back, hastened by the knowledge that the people you just raided are fresh on your heels, eager to retaliate, desperate to avenge whoever just got killed. If the snakes don’t get you, he tells himself, the Patanowä-teri will.

            But I need to be there, he thinks. I need to see it happen at least once with my own two eyes. Or else it’ll live on as mere rumor, even to me, apt to rise and twist and disappear like a wisp of smoke. This is the part they won’t believe back home, those professors whose field experience consisted of living among highly acculturated Indians or Bushmen, conquered peoples, domesticated peoples. I need to be sure if I’m going to be able to stick to my guns. I need to see it happen.

As his thoughts and fears jostle about in his mind like bees in an agitated hive, he finds his eyes have come to rest on the effigy, the no owä, as he’s heard the Yąnomamö call it, still swaying in its hammock as if by its own exsanguinated volition—any man would surely have bled to death by now. He imagines the pool of blood on the floor, spreading toward the hearth. What percentage of the men here, he wonders, will be killed in their hammocks like this, or while they’re up in a tree harvesting fruit, or out in the forest searching for honey? How many will be killed taking a piss? What percentage of the women will be kidnapped and dragged off to some rival village to be sex slaves who graduate to become wives and mothers as though the original crime had never been committed?

            Those are empirical questions, he points out to himself, and it’s all information you can glean from exactly the kind of interviews you’re already conducting—if you could just find a more effective way to discuss people’s dead relatives. That’ll be my main focus when I get back. For now, I need to plan: what kind of food should I bring when I set out with the raiders tomorrow? How will I carry it? How am I going to keep up with them as they sprint home afterward? How am I going to avoid the snakes? How am I going to avoid impalement by half a dozen arrows, poison-tipped, all at once?

            Jesus, Lachlan, you’re either on the cusp of becoming a great anthropologist or you’re out of your god damned mind.

            It’s Bahikoawa, as racked with pain from his undiagnosed infection as he is, and Towahowä’s brother, as much as he’s struggling with a steady trickle of accusations of cowardice, who are directing the show today, and they’ll be the ones leading the raid tomorrow. It’ll be a miracle if they even manage to complete the two-day journey to Patanowä-teri, Lac thinks. He’s getting nervous. Rowahirawa has told him the Patanowä-teri are cultivating a new garden in some unknown spot, perhaps even returning to harvest the rasha from one of the Bisaasi-teri’s old sites. So once the raiding party has made it to the shabono they’ve set as a destination, they may have to do some tracking and searching before finding anyone to kill. That sounds to Lac like a greater chance they’ll be spotted and set upon by the rival village’s own waiteri, of whom there is a famously large number.

            Rowahirawa tells him the retreat is the tricky part, and he describes the two-by-two progression away from the enemy village, where two men stand hidden while another two or four flee along a path running right between them. It’s a preset trap for the pursuers, who unwittingly step into a crossfire and have their pursuit brought to a sudden, unsatisfying halt. That’s what he saw them practicing after shooting the no owä full of arrows as it reclined peacefully in its hammock.

Somehow, his mind has connected the upcoming post-raid sprint back to the mouth of the Mavaca with his running through the forest in pursuit of monkeys last week, and to his subsequent illness. He was stuck in his hut for days, hoarsely yelling at Rowahirawa through the door to come back another day. “Shaki, why don’t you do your ohodemou?” Hearing the phlegm in Lac’s voice, Rowahirawa suggested through the door that he let the shaboris free his soul from the hekura devouring it. Lac would have loved to participate in the ritual, but he couldn’t risk spreading the cold; for all he knew, it was something he picked up in Caracas, a crowd disease only people long accustomed to civilization have developed any immunity to. There are stories of careless outsiders decimating whole villages by merely showing up with the wrong sniffle. Still, he’s sure it was the heat and exertion of the hunt, followed by his impetuous plunge into the cold waters of the Mavaca, that laid him low, not any potentially village-destroying bug.

His biggest apprehension now is that he won’t be able to keep up with the men—and he harbors no illusion that they’ll wait for him. It’s a bad idea to go with them, plain and simple. Falling behind is far from the only thing that can go wrong. But he has to go at least once. And it’s not just for the sake of his confidence in any controversial ethnographic verdicts he arrives at; he’s also hoping it’ll help him break through another layer of the ice still separating him from the Yąnomamö, like when he danced at one of the feasts for the first time. Maybe after tagging along for a raid he’ll finally be able to get past all this edgy weirdness that still surrounds his genealogical work.

On the other hand, maybe the effects he hopes to bring about will be nullified by his being unarmed and making no effort to kill anyone. He has a feeling, though, they’ll be less impressed by his pacifism than by his willingness to accompany them on a mission so fraught with peril, such missions being their own preferred passport to heightened prestige.
*****

As the precipitous falling of night gets underway in earnest, all the men are back to laying around in their yahis, swinging in their hammocks with pained, unfocused eyes. Lac steps through the passage outside and farther past the palisade to piss. The air outside the shabono is lighter, the atmosphere refreshingly cool, in marked contrast to the overheated oven of the village. When he comes back, there’s a thick silence hanging over the plaza, making him pause before continuing the rest of the way in. He takes a breath before finally stepping in, then makes his way around the edge of the courtyard again, determined to move with the lightest of steps. The stillness unsettles him. He’s wondering if he may be offending them by not keeping still like everyone else, when the pall hanging over the courtyard is shredded by a freakish animal sound that sends him scampering to the nearest shelter.

            The cry rattles through the gray evening light, a half human howl of outrage and pain. Lac at first can’t be sure whether it’s a human being making the sound, bowel-shaking and otherworldly. Then he understands: he’s imitating an animal’s growl, and now a
          Beneficios del vinagre: el uso de vinagre en el hogar   

Desde la antigüedad la gente ha estado usando vinagre para todo, desde fines medicinales hasta desinfectantes. Usando vinagre para todo, desde fines medicinales hasta desinfectantes Sus usos son tan versátiles que usted podría substituir muchos artículos del hogar que utiliza normalmente y sustituirlos con las soluciones del vinagre. Considere el costo de un vaso de […]

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          Environmental Services Worker - Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) - Shelburne, NS   
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          Re: Another day, another opinion piece overselling breastfeeding   

The baby had a round of GBS sepsis immediately after birth, which means either the test was wrong or mom colonized after the swab.

Here's what I don't get. Your baby is in NICU with a congenital infection, and it doesn't occur to you that the placenta might be less than yummy?


          StarCraft: Remastered llega el 14 de agosto   

Finalmente Blizzard reveló StarCraft: Remastered, la nevus versión mejorada del clásico juego de estrategia, la cual llegará a nosotros el 14 de agosto. El juego será lanzado para PC y Mac con gráficos que alcancen los 4K, un modo mutijugador renovado y algunos extras más a los que podrás acceder si ore-ordenas el juego. Del mismo modo, Blizzard ha sorprendido a los fans con un precio bastante bajo para el precio, siendo este de $14.99. StarCraft: Remastered incluye el contenido del juego original más la expansión, Brood War. La trama del juego pone en movimiento el universo de la saga mostrando los primeros esfuerzos de los Terrans para colonizar el sector Koprulu, acciones que generan los primeros encuentros con las especies alienígenas como los Protoss quienes destruirán cualquier lugar infectado por los Zergs. El StarCraft original continúa siendo un juego bastante popular a pesar de los años, por lo cual es sencillo presumir que los esfuerzos de esta nueva versión se preocupará por mostrar mejoras a la infraestructura multijugador incluyendo un mejor sistema de matchmaking además de un ranking mundial por usuario. Del mismo modo, aquellos que les guste jugar de manera single player también podrás notar algunos cambios considerables, incluyendo el nuevo look de las unidades, edificios, los ambientes, un mejor audio y las nuevas ilustraciones que incluyen a Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor y Kerrigan. StarCraft: Remastered estará disponible a partir del 14 de agosto para Windows y Mac y acá puedes ver el primer trailer live-action que sirve como campaña publicitaria del juego.

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          Yankees' Dustin Fowler Suffers Knee Injury in MLB Debut, Will Undergo Surgery   

New York Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler suffered a knee injury in the first inning of his Major League debut Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox when he collided with a wall in right field trying to track down a fly ball. 

According to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo, Fowler was carted off the field to applause at Guaranteed Rate Field. 

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch later relayed word from the team that Fowler suffered an open rupture of the patella in his right knee and would undergo surgery.

On Friday, Hoch reported the Yankees had a closed-door meeting and facetimed Fowler in his hospital bed.

Fowler was called up for Thursday's contest following a stellar start to the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 70 appearances prior to his promotion, Fowler slashed .293/.329/.542 with an .871 OPS, 13 home runs and 43 RBI. 

For the Yankees, Fowler's injury represents another setback for a team that has battled serious injury woes of late. 

Over the past few weeks, the Yankees have watched designated hitter Matt Holliday (viral infection), second baseman Starlin Castro (hamstring strain), outfielder Aaron Hicks (oblique strain) and pitcher CC Sabathia (hamstring strain) all hit the 10-day disabled list. 

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           EU Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health adopted today   
Today, the European Commission has adopted its new EU 'One Health' Action Plan to tackle AMR, along with its first deliverable, EU Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health. The Guidelines aim to reduce inappropriate use and promote prudent use of antimicrobials in humans, with a special focus on antibacterial agents. They target all actors – national, regional and local governments, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospital administrators and others who play a role in antimicrobial use. They complement infection prevention and control guidelines which may exist at national level and will be published in all official EU languages.  

The guidelines are based on a technical report prepared by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with input from experts and stakeholders. They suggest measures, good clinical practices, systems and processes for EU countries to consider when developing and implementing their national strategies. They also include activities that may be taken by international organisations and agencies in support of national strategy development and implementation

Background
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a priority for the Commission and progress towards more prudent use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals are key objectives of the EU Action Plan on AMR. Guidelines on prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicines were published in 2015. In 2016 Council Conclusions called on the Commission and Member States to develop EU guidelines on prudent use of antimicrobials in human medicine to support national guidelines and recommendations.
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          Comprueba si eres vulnerable al exploit EternalBlue con Eternal Blues   

Si debemos hablar de los dos eventos informáticos más importantes de lo que vamos de 2017 sin duda hablaremos de WannaCry, el ransomware que llegó a infectar a millones de usuarios de todo el mundo, y de NotPetya, un wiper que ha borrado los discos duros de millones de usuarios. Sin embargo, estos dos software maliciosos

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          All You Need to Know About the Mysterious Petya Cyber Attack   
All You Need to Know About the Mysterious Petya Cyber AttackThe summer of 2017 hasn’t been that wonderful. May 2017 witnessed a ransomware attack at a global level. It was WannaCry Ransomware attack which created havoc across the world.This is followed by another attack namely, “Petya”. Many organisations in Europe, India and US have been infected by the same. But the worst hit nation is [...]
          L’affaire des onze vaccins : 200 grands médecins montent en première ligne dans Le Parisien   
  Bonjour Ils sont deux cents et, comme la ministre Agnès Buzyn, ils ont choisi Le Parisien : ils lancent aujourd’hui un appel en faveur de l’obligation vaccinale contre onze maladies infectieuses. Agnès Buzyn, elle, continue à « réfléchir ». « Ils sont 200. Grands médecins, responsables de services hospitaliers ou ayant exercé de hautes responsabilités, ils prennent fait […]
          New clues found to common respiratory virus   
(Washington University School of Medicine) Scientists have solved the structure of a protein that helps a common respiratory virus evade the immune system. The team, led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have identified critical parts of the protein that could be targeted with drugs or vaccines, opening up the possibility of preventing or treating an infection that sickens thousands of babies and elderly people every year.
           Glutamine supplementation suppresses herpes simplex virus reactivation    
Chronic viral infections are difficult to treat, and new approaches are needed, particularly those aimed at reducing reactivation by enhancing immune responses. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) establishes latency and reactivates frequently, and breakthrough reactivation can occur despite suppressive antiviral therapy. Virus-specific T cells are important to control HSV, and proliferation of activated T cells requires increased metabolism of glutamine. Here, we found that supplementation with oral glutamine reduced virus reactivation in latently HSV-1–infected mice and HSV-2–infected guinea pigs. Transcriptome analysis of trigeminal ganglia from latently HSV-1–infected, glutamine-treated WT mice showed upregulation of several IFN-γ–inducible genes. In contrast to WT mice, supplemental glutamine was ineffective in reducing the rate of HSV-1 reactivation in latently HSV-1–infected IFN-γ–KO mice. Mice treated with glutamine also had higher numbers of HSV-specific IFN-γ–producing CD8 T cells in latently infected ganglia. Thus, glutamine may enhance the IFN-γ–associated immune response and reduce the rate of reactivation of latent virus infection.
           Immunotherapy for transplantation-associated viral infections    
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Early clinical trials demonstrate that adoptive transfer of donor-derived virus-specific T cells to restore virus-specific immunity is an effective strategy to control CMV and EBV infection after HSCT, conferring protection in 70%–90% of patients. The field has evolved rapidly to develop solutions to some of the manufacturing challenges identified in early clinical studies, such as prolonged in vitro culture, optimization of the purity of the virus-specific T cell product, the potential limitations of targeting a single viral antigen, and how to manage the patient with a virus-naive donor. This Review both discusses the seminal early studies and explores cutting-edge novel technologies that broaden the feasibility of and the scope for delivering virus-specific T cells to patients after HSCT.
           Clonal expansion of genome-intact HIV-1 in functionally polarized Th1 CD4+ T cells    
HIV-1 causes a chronic, incurable disease due to its persistence in CD4+ T cells that contain replication-competent provirus, but exhibit little or no active viral gene expression and effectively resist combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). These latently infected T cells represent an extremely small proportion of all circulating CD4+ T cells but possess a remarkable long-term stability and typically persist throughout life, for reasons that are not fully understood. Here we performed massive single-genome, near-full-length next-generation sequencing of HIV-1 DNA derived from unfractionated peripheral blood mononuclear cells, ex vivo-isolated CD4+ T cells, and subsets of functionally polarized memory CD4+ T cells. This approach identified multiple sets of independent, near-full-length proviral sequences from cART-treated individuals that were completely identical, consistent with clonal expansion of CD4+ T cells harboring intact HIV-1. Intact, near-full-genome HIV-1 DNA sequences that were derived from such clonally expanded CD4+ T cells constituted 62% of all analyzed genome-intact sequences in memory CD4 T cells, were preferentially observed in Th1-polarized cells, were longitudinally detected over a duration of up to 5 years, and were fully replication- and infection-competent. Together, these data suggest that clonal proliferation of Th1-polarized CD4+ T cells encoding for intact HIV-1 represents a driving force for stabilizing the pool of latently infected CD4+ T cells.
           HIV persistence: clonal expansion of cells in the latent reservoir    
While antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce HIV-1 to undetectable levels, the virus generally reappears if treatment is stopped. Resurgence of the virus is due to the reactivation of T cells harboring latent integrated provirus, and recent studies indicate that proliferation of these latently infected cells helps maintain the HIV-1 reservoir. In this issue of the JCI, Lee et al. evaluated CD4+ T cell subsets to determine whether certain populations are more likely to harbor full-length, replication-competent provirus. The authors identified an enrichment of clonally expanded Th1 cells containing intact HIV-1 proviruses, suggesting that this polarized subset contributes to the persistence of the reservoir. Strategies to target these provirus-harboring cells need to be considered for future therapies aimed toward HIV-1 cure.
          Ya son 5 los casos de leptospirosis detectados tras el Bilbao Triathlon   

El Departamento de Salud del Gobierno vasco ha informado que son ya 5 los triatletas infectados por leptospirosis tras la participación en mayo del Triatlón de Bilbao el pasado 20 de mayo. Los tres primeros diagnósticos evolucionan de forma favorable y el estado de salud de los dos nuevos pacientes no parece grave. Están a... Seguir leyendo

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          Magazines: I recently miscarried, how will this affect my next pregnancy?   
I had a miscarriage that was treated with some tablets. I subsequently had an infection
          Commentaires sur Porter plainte pour une escroquerie ou une arnaque sur Internet par Séry Veronique   
hier j'ai cliqué sur une vidéo de l'emission du midi sur TF1 via facebook et tout de suite ecran bleu avec des indications non lisibles et un ecran blanc et sonnerie très forte avec un numéro de telephone urgent a appeler PC infecté par un virus ne sachant pas j'ai téléphoné cela à duré longtemps très poli et serviable m'a convaincu de faire les manipulations nécessaire au déblocage par leurs techniciens effectivement on pris en main mon PC ne pouvant rien faire, et tout du long explications toujours gentilles et convaicantes pour me dire qu'il faudra payer au final 299.99€ donné tous mes codes ! et n° cartes bleue ! je suis completement desarçonnée que faire maintenant j'ai réalisé trop tard de l'arnaque ! il peuvent surement se servir de ma carte bleue? je n'ai pas d'argent dejà 300€ envolé je n'ai plus rien!
          Host shift and cospeciation rate estimation from co-phylogenies.   

Host shift and cospeciation rate estimation from co-phylogenies.

Ecol Lett. 2017 Jun 29;:

Authors: Alcala N, Jenkins T, Christe P, Vuilleumier S

Abstract
Host shifts can cause novel infectious diseases, and is a key process in diversification. Disentangling the effects of host shift vs. those of cospeciation is non-trivial as both can result in phylogenic congruence. We develop a new framework based on network analysis and Approximate Bayesian Computation to quantify host shift and cospeciation rates in host-parasite systems. Our method enables estimation of the expected time to the next host shift or cospeciation event. We then apply it to avian haemosporidian parasite systems and to the pocket gophers-chewing lice system, and demonstrate that both host shift and cospeciation can be reliably estimated by our method. We confirm that host shifts have shaped the evolutionary history of avian haemosporidian parasites and have played a minor role in the gopher-chewing lice system. Our method is promising for predicting the rate of potential host shifts and thus the emergence of novel infectious diseases.

PMID: 28662544 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          A retrospective survey into the presence of Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in archived tissue samples from New Zealand raptors: New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae).   
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A retrospective survey into the presence of Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in archived tissue samples from New Zealand raptors: New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae).

Parasitol Res. 2017 Jun 28;:

Authors: Mirza V, Burrows EB, Gils S, Hunter S, Gartrell BD, Howe L

Abstract
Human colonisation of New Zealand has resulted in the introduction of emerging diseases, such as avian malaria and toxoplasmosis, which arrived with their exotic avian and mammalian hosts. Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii have a wide host range, and several species of endemic New Zealand birds have developed a fatal disease following infection with either pathogen. However, no reports of either toxoplasmosis or avian malaria in New Zealand raptors, namely, the New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae) exist in the literature. Therefore, this study was designed to determine if these two pathogens are present in these raptors through a retrospective analysis of archived tissue samples. Detection and isolate identification of these pathogens was determined using established histological and molecular techniques. All three species of New Zealand raptors tested positive for the presence of Plasmodium spp. (10/117; 8.5%) and an atypical genotype of T. gondii (9/117; 7.7%). Plasmodium lineages identified include P. elongatum GRW6, P. relictum SGS1, P. relictum PADOM02 and Plasmodium sp. LINN1. Two Australasian harriers and one morepork tested positive for the presence of both Plasmodium spp. and T. gondii. However, the pathogenicity of these organisms to the raptors is unclear as none of the tissues showed histological evidence of clinical disease associated with Plasmodium spp. and T. gondii infections. Thus, these results demonstrate for the first time that these two potential pathogens are present in New Zealand's raptors; however, further research is required to determine the prevalence and pathogenicity of these organisms among the living populations of these birds in the country.

PMID: 28660290 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          Parasite Carbohydrate Vaccines.   
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Parasite Carbohydrate Vaccines.

Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2017;7:248

Authors: Jaurigue JA, Seeberger PH

Abstract
Vaccination is an efficient means of combating infectious disease burden globally. However, routine vaccines for the world's major human parasitic diseases do not yet exist. Vaccines based on carbohydrate antigens are a viable option for parasite vaccine development, given the proven success of carbohydrate vaccines to combat bacterial infections. We will review the key components of carbohydrate vaccines that have remained largely consistent since their inception, and the success of bacterial carbohydrate vaccines. We will then explore the latest developments for both traditional and non-traditional carbohydrate vaccine approaches for three of the world's major protozoan parasitic diseases-malaria, toxoplasmosis, and leishmaniasis. The traditional prophylactic carbohydrate vaccine strategy is being explored for malaria. However, given that parasite disease biology is complex and often arises from host immune responses to parasite antigens, carbohydrate vaccines against deleterious immune responses in host-parasite interactions are also being explored. In particular, the highly abundant glycosylphosphatidylinositol molecules specific for Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Leishmania spp. are considered exploitable antigens for this non-traditional vaccine approach. Discussion will revolve around the application of these protozoan carbohydrate antigens for vaccines currently in preclinical development.

PMID: 28660174 [PubMed - in process]


          The Epimmunity Theory: The Single Cell Defenses against Infectious and Genetic Diseases.   
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The Epimmunity Theory: The Single Cell Defenses against Infectious and Genetic Diseases.

Front Immunol. 2017;8:694

Authors: Barghouthi SA

Abstract
Single cell defense against diseases defines "epimmunity." Epimmunity is complementary to the immune system and can neither be substituted by innate nor by acquired immunity. Epimmunity, the proposed new branch of immunity, is further explored and analyzed for enucleated mature mammalian erythrocytes and nucleated erythrocytes of non-mammalian vertebrates leading to the development of "The Epimmunity Theory." Enucleation of mammalian erythroblast and inactivation of nuclei in erythrocytes of non-mammalian vertebrates are major contributors to the collective immunity: epimmunity, innate, and acquired. The fact that diseases of mature erythrocytes (MEs) are rare supports the notion that a single cell can resist microbial and genetic diseases; MEs are refractory to malaria and cancer. Nucleated cells, such as B-cells, T-cells, hepatocytes, and cell developmental stages are susceptible to genetic and specific microbial diseases depending on their nuclear activities and the receptors they express; such cells show lower epimmunity relative to MEs. Epimmunity is important as a disease insulator that prevents the spread of diseases from an infected tissue to the majority of other tissues. Breakdown of epimmunity may lead to disease development.

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          Some notes on white monopoly capital: Definition, use and denial   

“The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas or principles that have been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer. They merely express, in general terms, actual relations springing from an existing class struggle, from a historical movement going on under our very eyes” - Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1848.

“Today, the main task of the working class is to abolish the white monopoly of power, to carry out the national democratic revolution for the liberation of African and other oppressed people”- Augmented Meeting of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party, 1970.

“We have in the past defined the forces which the NDR sought to defeat as the white ruling class, represented by monopoly capitalism and including other class and social strata within the white community, all whom had an objective interest in the continuation of white minority rule”, ANC Discussion Document, Umrabulo 8, 2000.

1. Context

A narrative is now gaining momentum that the concept “white monopoly capital” is an invention of some public relations firm called Bell Pottinger, which was founded in 1987, and that it does not exist in the literature of the national liberation movement.

Some have continued to maintain that “white monopoly capital” does not exist, while others acknowledge that it exists but, fearing for their positions in white monopoly establishments, their deals and careers, they say it is harmful to investment to keep on referring to “white monopoly capital”.

But, is it really true that the concept, “white monopoly capital”, does not exist in the annals of the South African revolution?

In his recent Open Letter, Justice Pitso says something very profound, “…where the fundamental principles of our scientific revolutionary theory of Marxism-Leninism are concerned, the question of who is right or wrong cannot be judged necessarily on the basis of the view of the majority”.

In these notes, we show that the claim that the concept “white monopoly capital” cannot be found in the literature of the national liberation movement is not true. As we have said before in our input titled: “Concerning the Current Situation”, which appeared on 7 April 2017, this narrative which seeks to deny the existence of white monopoly capital, or white monopolisation of South Africa, is aimed at ideologically confusing black people in general, Africans in particular.

This is done so as to hide the real class force that wields power in South African society, the class force which is responsible for much of the poverty, starvation and suppression of talent that is experienced by black people.

Others have decided to give up on the real situation and lurch on to idealism. We are now informed that we should suppress the facts and ignore the national character of monopoly capital in South Africa. All of a sudden, monopoly capital has turned colourless as pure water. This is revisionism.

Writing in the New Age, Nelson Mandela had this to say: “The system of white supremacy has its roots in the cheap labour need of the major economic groups in the country. South Africa’s economy is dominated by giant monopolies in the gold mining industry linked with big financial and farming interests whose tentacles reach also into secondary industry. These groups have been responsible for the reserve system, migratory labour, the low wage policy. These groups own and control the national wealth of our country and determine the basic structure of the South African state ...”

Mandela continued to say: “If tomorrow every discriminatory law on the statute book were repealed, but the mineral wealth, monopoly industry and financial empires were not transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole, the system of white superiority would in its basic essentials be perpetuated for many generations.”

We are exactly where Nelson Mandela warned us we would be, if we did not transfer the basic wealth to the ownership of the people as a whole. As Mzwakhe said, “the people’s patience is not endless”!

Needless to say, the concept “white monopoly capital” is an invention of the South African Communist Party. It emerged in revolutionary literature for the first time in the SACP 1962 programme, The Road to South African Freedom. That was way before the founding of Bell Pottinger.

2. The motive forces: some critical thoughts on the National Democratic Revolution

Some time ago, in 2002, I wrote a paper titled “The motive forces: Some critical thoughts on the NDR”, which was published in Umrabulo Number 14, inspired by the SACP 1962. In that paper, I attempted to scientifically outline the alignment of class forces in the NDR. I sought to define what the class forces of the national democratic revolution are and the forces of the enemy.

At that time in 2002, as it is now, there was confusion on the issue that was peddled by the neoliberals in the ANC. The neoliberals, worked hard to empty the ANC of its revolutionary theory. There was a dominant tendency, as it is to this day, that made the ANC to rapidly depart from a consistent class analysis in the formulation of the Strategy and Tactics document.

When the question “who is the enemy of the NDR?” kept on being asked by ANC activists, we were constantly told that “the enemy of the NDR is poverty, unemployment and inequality”. When we responded by saying that the ANC has defined the enemy to be “white monopoly capital”, we were told, “that was in the past”, now we have to “fight poverty, unemployment and inequality”.

This was obviously unsatisfactory. As young people in the ANC-led movement, we started searching for answers; we felt as though our elders were hiding a “family secret”, because the answer they gave did not make sense.

Another reason that set me off to write that paper was what I perceived to be an error that some of the comrades were committing. They postured in a way that meant the black bourgeoisie as a whole was not part of the motive forces. They ridiculed and rejected the concept of a “patriotic bourgeoisie”. I still think it is wrong to reject this concept.

The issues that were at stake then are still at stake today. In a way, one could argue that, substantially at the theoretical level, the ANC has come full circle to the old debate which we hoped would animate theoretical discussion and change the contents of subsequent Strategy and Tactics documents. Alas, the paper failed to catch the attention of comrades.

In that paper, I stated that: “South Africa's social formation was characterised in the historical papers of the movement as a colonialism of a special type (CST). Because the concept of colonialism does not specify the nature of class relations it was important to move beyond the form of the social formation to its content. Colonialism of a special type was found to be perpetrated by a capitalist class. This class came to be known as "white monopoly capital".

I continued to assert that, “The movement characterised the principal contradiction in SA as between apartheid colonialism led by white monopoly capital on one side, and national liberation led by the black working class on the other side”.

In fact the whole paper is replete with the concept “white monopoly capital”. That was in 2002. My confession is that I had no idea that I was pushing a Bell Pottinger concept which was invented more than ten years later, after 2012!

  1. White monopoly capital: Definition

One of the most disturbing tendencies to emerge from the debate about white monopoly capital is that some contenders claim that white monopoly capital has not been defined. These contenders express their ignorance.

Here we begin with how the national liberation movement defined the main opponent of the South African revolution and the idea of “white monopolisation” of South Africa.

3.1 The South African Communist Party

3.1.1 Extracts from “The Road to South African Freedom, 1962”

“The three million Whites hold a monopoly of political rights and economic opportunities. They alone can vote for and be elected to Parliament and other governing bodies. They are fortified behind a wall of privilege in the civil service, in jobs and professions, in educational opportunities and a hundred other fields. 87 per cent of the land is reserved for White ownership, and White capitalists own and control the mines, factories and banks and most of commerce. Their government inculcates a lying and insulting doctrine of race superiority”.

“Effective economic domination in South Africa is thus exercised by an alliance of local White monopoly interests in mining, industry and agriculture, together with foreign imperialists and representatives of state monopoly capitalism. These interests have conflicts among themselves, which are reflected in the main White political parties and groupings. But they find common ground in the perpetuation of the colonial-type subjugation of the non-White population”.

“In fact, however, real power is in the hands of the monopolists who own and control the mines, the banks and finance houses, and most of the farms and major industries. The gold and diamond mines are owned by seven mining-financial corporations and controlled by a handful of powerful financiers. These seven corporations are closely linked with British and American imperialist interests. They control capital investment in mining alone of R490 million, and employ almost 500,000 workers. In addition, they dominate large sections of manufacturing industries. They are linked with the main banks, two of which control assets of over R2,000 million, mainly in the form of loans to industry, commerce and estate.

They own vast tracts of arable land and mining rights in almost every part of the country. In agriculture, too, monopoly dominates. 4 per cent of the farms make up an area amounting to almost four-tenths of the total White-owned farmland. Thus, in mining, industry, commerce and farming, monopolists dominate the country’s economy. They are also closely linked with state monopoly capital ventures, such as Iscor (Iron and Steel), Escom (Electricity) and Sasol (Petrol).

These monopolists are the real power in South Africa. The special type of colonialism in South Africa serves, in the first place, their interests”.

“All positions of economic strength and influence are held as the jealously guarded monopoly of members of the White group alone”.

Whites have a monopoly of the best paid jobs, and of entry into skilled trades”.

“The once powerful Labour Party is dead. The White trade unions — with a few honourable exceptions — collaborated in the implementation of apartheid in industry and job reservation. In fact, most of these unions have become little more than societies to preserve a White monopoly of skilled jobs. For the most part, the White workers of this country support their capitalist rulers and exploiters in the maintenance of White supremacy and colonialism”.

3.1.2 Extracts from the African National Congress

Extracts from the Green Book, 1979

“The  principal  enemy of our revolution  is   the South   African ruling   class, which  is  distinguished  by  a  combination  of  several  key             characteristics. Like     its counterparts in other    capitalist countries, its power  is  rooted, in the first instance,  in         its        ownership       and      control of         the basic    means  of  production.  But  in South Africa, the  system  of  economic  exploitation  is  reinforced  and  deepened  by the national oppression of the black majority.  Thus, capitalist exploitation and racial oppression operate together and reinforce one another”.

To  maintain this system and safeguard         its        control, the       ruling   class    operates through         a            state    apparatus        whose  political           institutions      and instruments   of repression  -  the army,   police force,   civil            service,  judiciary etc.      -  protect            the existing      relations of         production                  and,     at  the  same            time, the race      rule      which excludes all who     are       not       within  the white   minority group   from    political    rights and        civil     liberties           in         the       land     of  their  birth.  Real  liberation  is  inconceivable without  the overthrow  of  the  economic  and  political   power  of this      class    and      the total destruction of its state apparatus.                                       

Extracts from “The Nature of the South African Ruling Class, 1985”

“But the war had also defined the future relationship of Britain and South Africa: economically, South Africa would be a satellite of British imperialism, an outlet for the export of capital and a source of raw materials; politically, the local ruling class would be allowed autonomy and could even be granted sovereignty. By the terms of Vereeniging, Milnerian policy and finally the terms of Union, this ruling class was to be exclusively white. Thus the `small group which owns South Africa`s wealth` is drawn from one racial community, the whites”.

“The ruling class does not rule on its own, since it is a minority within the white minority. In order to secure its position, it has had to come to terms with other class forces; make deals and reach compromises with class forces and fractions whose interests temporarily intersect with its own. From such alliances has emerged what we can refer to as a bloc led by the ruling class, which wields power. The matrix that holds this bloc together is the ideology of white supremacy which projects the particular interest of the ruling capitalist class as the general interest of all whites”.

“This type of democratic state we envisage is spelt out in the ten clauses of the Freedom Charter. Though we place equal weight on the separate clauses, the first five, setting out the most pressing political, economic and social reforms a democratic state will have to embark on, can be said to be its core. The enactment of these measures will place political power in the hands of the black masses and transform South Africa from a country belonging to and exploited by a small class of white capitalists and their imperialist [backers], into a country belonging to all who live in it, black and white”.

Extracts from “Apartheid South Africa: Colonialism of a Special Type, 1987”.

“This is why the ANC has always considered the two economic clauses of the Freedom Charter: "The People Shall Share in the Country`s Wealth" and "The Land Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It" to be the very core of its programme. These clauses envisage the seizure of economic assets, presently owned and controlled either by individual capitalists or capitalist companies drawn exclusively from the white minority or trans-national corporations”.

“This hierarchy of oppression was devised as a tool of divide-and-rule, as an expression of the warped minds of the white racist ruling clique and as a tactic to buttress the forces which would have a stake in the system of apartheid to defend”.

Extracts from “Strategy and Tactics, 1997”

“Over time, the policies of government and the tactical sensibilities of some white monopolists, have precipitated a situation in which some of the black propertied classes are expanding their positions within important sectors of the economy”.

“However, the improvement in Black and female ownership and control of wealth and access to management and many professions is still limited, with overall proportions which are inversely related to the country`s demographics. This is more starkly reflected in terms of land ownership. As such, while progressive forces have attained political power, economic power remains largely in the hands of the white minority.”

4. White monopoly capital: Use

In this part of the notes, we show the use of the concept as such. The point to demonstrate is that those who say the concept “white monopoly capital” does not exist in the documents of the national liberation movement are wrong.

4.1.1 Extracts from the South African Communist Party

“At the same time, in order to guarantee the abolition of racial oppression and White minority domination, the Freedom Charter necessarily and realistically calls for profound economic changes: drastic agrarian reform to restore the land to the people; widespread nationalisation of key industries to break the grip of White monopoly capital on the main centres of the country’s economy; radical improvements in the conditions and standards of living for the working people”- The Road to South African Freedom, 1962. [This is the first time the phrase “white monopoly capital”, appears in the literature of the national liberation movement].

“The form of domination developed by the Union of South Africa also perpetuated the racialised economic structures of the pre-Union period. There was a white monopoly of capitalist means of mining, industrial and agricultural production and of distribution. There was also a virtual white monopoly of skilled and supervisory jobs in the division of labour”- Path to Power, 1989.

“The struggle for national democracy is also an expression of the class contradiction between the black and democratic forces on the one hand, and the monopoly capitalists on the other. The stranglehold of a small number of white monopoly capitalists over the great bulk of our country`s wealth and resources is based on colonial dispossession and promotes racial oppression. This concentration of wealth and power perpetuates the super-exploitation of millions of black workers. It perpetuates the desperate plight of millions of the landless rural poor. And it blocks the advance of black business and other sectors of the oppressed. This reality, therefore, forms the basis of the antimonopoly content of the national democratic programme”-Path to Power, 1989.

“This is not to argue that the economic dominance enjoyed by white-dominated monopoly capital with its strong international links should be ignored. The SACP, in evaluating the first decade of our democracy, came to the conclusion that in economic terms white-dominated monopoly capital was the single biggest beneficiary, at the direct expense of the working class, which experienced casualisation, a job loss bloodbath and outsourcing. Therefore the first decade of our democracy, in economic terms, became the decade of the white-dominated bourgeoisie, joined by a small black elite”-The South African Road to Socialism.

“White monopoly capital in South Africa has, in fact, been the principal beneficiary of the post-1994 period. There is stabilisation and restored profitability, and many of our major corporations have used the period to trans-nationalise, some locating their head-quarters outside of South Africa, others re-locating major share-listings to foreign stock exchanges”. (Two steps forward…two steps back…SACP perspectives on the ANC’s draft Strategy and Tactics 2007, Bua Komanisi Volume 6 - Issue 1, May 2007).

“This central tenet is quite distinct from the core perspective of what we might call the “1988 class project” – we are referring to the strategic agenda of white monopoly capital that evolved primarily in the late 1980s”. (Seeing Double, SACP contribution to the debate on the ANC’s “Economic Transformation for a National Democratic Society” discussion paper).

“By the second half of the 1980s, the apartheid-colonial state and its deepening crisis had, however, indeed become an impediment to sustained growth for white monopoly capital”.

“The continued presence of this 1988 white monopoly class project within our own thinking is visible in parts of the current ANC policy discussion document”.

“Leaving aside the passing reference to a “democratic and redistributive state” which has its own problems and to which we will return below, it is obvious that, in the key concepts it evokes, this paragraph is located within the “liberate the market from apartheid constraints” paradigm of the 1988 white monopoly class project”.

“Clearly in the very last years of apartheid, white monopoly capital experienced regional and global mobility challenges – and, while removing mobility constraints on capital may or may not be one of our tasks, it can hardly be the central strategic task of the NDR to help white monopoly capital to recover its regional and global mobility”.

“But to rise to the challenge of that vision we will have to finally banish the ghost of the 1988 (white monopoly capital) class project from our imaginations, from our practice and…from our discussion papers!”

 “This impact has been deepened by the assiduous cultivation by white monopoly capital of a tiny stratum of ANC-linked black shareholders and board-members in the name of “black economic empowerment”.

“The two allies resolved to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, together with the ANC, in the struggle to deepen our national democratic revolution, to end the national oppression of the majority, the super-exploitation of workers by white monopoly capitalism and the triple oppression faced by women, in order to create a new non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa” (SACP-COSATU Bilateral, 3 April 2012).

We can thus see that the concept “white monopoly capital” is integral to the revolutionary theory of the national liberation movement. It originated from the classic SACP 1962 programme, and has since been used in various versions to explain the nature of South African society.

5. Leaders who used the concept

Several leaders of the national liberation movement emphasised white monopolisation and the dominance of white monopoly capital in the South African economy. In this part of the notes, we highlight a few instances where white monopoly and white monopoly capital were used explicitly. Here we just highlight a few instances to demonstrate the point.

Nelson Mandela 1990

“Our discussion on Strategy and Tactics began by recognising that the ANC and the De Klerk government approach the issue of negotiations with opposed agendas. The government`s aim is to reform the apartheid system out of existence while carrying over into the future the accumulated privileges and advantages the white monopoly on power” ( Speech by Nelson Mandela at an ANC rally after the close of the National Consultative Conference, 16 December 1990).

Joe Slovo 1988

“The immediate primacy of the struggle against race tyranny flows from the concrete realities of our existing situation. The concept of national domination is not a mystification to divert us from class approaches; it infects every level of class exploitation. Indeed, it divides our working class into colour compartments. Therefore, unusual categories such as 'white working class' and 'black working class' are not 'unscientific' but simply describe the facts.

We will come back to the need for immediate steps to be taken in the post-apartheid period to break the economic stranglehold of the monopolies and to transform a major portion of wealth from private into social property. Suffice it to say that such measures will, of necessity, result in an immediate sizeable contraction of the private sector. Ninety nine per cent of this sector is presently owned and controlled by white capitalists; a race monopoly which constitutes the key instrument of national domination.

In the world as a whole, capitalist exploitation does not necessarily involve race domination. But the historically-evolved connection between capitalist exploitation and race domination in South Africa creates a link between national liberation and social emancipation. In our conditions you don't have to be a doctrinaire Marxist to conclude that a liberation which deals only with a rearrangement of the voting system and leaves undisturbed the race monopoly of 99% of our wealth, is no liberation at all” (Joe Slovo, The South African Working Class and the National Democratic Revolution, 1988).

Blade Nzimande

“The call for only organised workers to make sacrifices, without calling for the same from white monopoly capital, is essentially a reactionary call for the maintenance of the super-exploitation of the black working class.” (Blade Nzimande, Address to COSATU Congress, September 18, 1997)

“The single biggest obstacle to the development of the SME and co-operative sector is the lack of finance. In the South African context we have a financial sector that is structured and geared towards supporting white monopoly capital”, (Blade Nzimande, Address to NAFCOC AGM, 4 October 2007 - Durban International Convention Centre).

“The above might appear to be just skirmishes, but in essence they are a reflection of the dominant and suffocating power of the monopolistic white finance capital in the South African economy, and the extent to which our own government is unwilling to confront this power”, (Blade Nzimande, The financial sector charter is on the brink of collapse, Umsebenzi Volume 6, No. 21, 21 November 2007).

“One thread that runs through all the groupings that have broken away or engaged in factionalist activity in our liberation movement is their anti-communism and anti-worker attitude, often expressing itself in exactly the same way as that of the apartheid regime and white monopoly capital”, (Blade Nzimande, The good boys and girls, the boss-class instruments’: The 2008 dissidents in their historical context, Umsebenzi Online 5 November 2008).

Jeremy Cronin

“In 1979 SASOL was privatised by the apartheid regime, with shares being sold at a discount to (white) monopoly capital, particularly in the mining sector” (Jeremy Cronin, Address to the SACTWU 12th Congress, 22 August 2013).

Sdumo Dlamini

“As COSATU, we are now moving forward to build unity of the federation on the ground through activities which takes us closer to the members and position us to heighten our battle against employers and white monopoly capital which is our primary enemy”, (Sdumo Dlamini, COSATU President, Address to the COSATU Gauteng Provincial Congress, 4 August 2015).

Mbhazima Shilowa

“As I  have  indicated  in  the past,  we  need to send     a clear message  that   the time for  white  monopoly  capital  to  pay  lip service to economic transformation and empowerment,  especially      for  women,  is  past     and      will  not  be rewarded  in Gauteng” (Mbhazima Shilowa, Address by Premier Mbhazima Shilowa at the Gauteng BBBEE Strategy launch, 18 April 2006).

Zwelinzima Vavi

“Economic power is still in the hands of white monopoly capital. The aspirant and vocal black bourgeoisie remains numerically small and depends heavily on the state and white business for its survival”, Zwelinzima Vavi, COSATU General Secretary at the SACP Special Congress, 08 April 2005).

Fikile “Slovo” Majola

“Using the superficial banner of our Constitution, the strategic opponent of the NDR – white monopoly capital which includes bourgeois monopoly media houses and its global imperialist connections – is increasingly setting itself on a political collision course with the ANC as part of this wider anti-majoritarian offensive” (Fikile “Slovo” Majola, Joe Slovo Memorial Lecture in North West, 27th January 2013).

Jacob Mamabolo

“But we also said at that Special National Congress that the momentum, pace and character of the NDR is deeply and severely constrained by the pain inflicted on the working class by the persistent and reproduced legacy of the Colonialism of a Special type. The working class in our country continues to suffer the pain inflicted by the many years of the crisis of white monopoly capital and its private accumulation of wealth. (Jacob Mamabolo, Acting Gauteng SACP Provincial Secretary, Message of Support to the 11th Gauteng Provincial Conference, 6-8 May 2010).

We can therefore see that this concept is standard in the language of the national liberation movement. Our own submission is that the concept of white monopoly capital simultaneously implies colonialism of a special type. The two concepts are theoretically inter-twined, one cannot exist without the other. To fail to mention the racial character of monopoly capital is to fail to acknowledge the colonial character of South Africa and the special nature of that colonialism.

6. White monopoly capital: Denials

It is to Hillary Joffe’s credit, in her article “Share ownership can be force for change”, published in the Business Day on 22 March 2017, to note that “We’re told UK’s public relations agency Bell Pottinger crafted the white monopoly capital narrative. Whoever did so seems sadly unfamiliar with Marxist texts from which the notion of monopoly capital comes”. We agree!

However Joffe then makes an unwarranted statement: “…in its original form monopoly capital could not, strictly speaking, have been white, black or any other colour. It was, rather, a particular stage of capitalism, and who owned the means of production didn’t have much to do with it”.

Now this is the problem of failing to express actual relations which arise from the historical movement going under our very eyes.

As Pitso correctly mentions in his Open Letter, it was Lenin who first elaborated in detail the idea of monopoly capitalism as a stage in the development of capitalism. However Lenin’s approach was concrete and historical, in that he understood the importance of identifying who owns the means of production in this stage because he was not just interested in interpreting the world, he wanted to change it.

That is why to us to specify who owns and controls monopoly capital, because our lived experiences, under our very eyes, dictate to us who is responsible for poverty, starvation and marginalisation, so that we can devise proper strategy and tactics to change this situation. Baran and Sweezy as well, did not elaborate the concept of “monopoly capital” in purely abstract terms, they in fact based their study on the concrete history of the United States, and they hinted that some of their conclusions may in fact apply in South Africa.

Baran and Sweezy’s concrete and historical articulation of the concept of monopoly capital leads them to dedicate a whole chapter (Chapter 9), on monopoly capital and race relations, which makes them also mention South Africa. In this chapter they show that “all the forces we have been discussing…are deeply rooted in monopoly capitalism and together are strong enough to account for the fact that Negroes have been unable to rise out of the lower depths of American society”.

Who owns and controls the means of production under monopoly capitalism mattered to Baran and Sweezy, because they would not have dedicated a chapter specifically dealing with the suppression and marginalisation of the Negroes, if the demographic composition of American monopoly capital was non-racial.

Furthermore, the fact that Baran and Sweezy criticise American monopoly capital on the “Negro question”, does not mean that they posit “Negro monopoly capital” as a solution to the “Negro problem”, as some of our intellectually dishonest detractors like to do. In other words, when we criticise white monopoly capital, we do not posit black monopoly capital as a solution. Instead, we posit democratic state monopoly of the strategic sectors under working class leadership as the solution.

But then, despite this repeated clarification, our detractors continue to deny the concept. For instance Jeremy Cronin, First Deputy General Secretary of the SACP, now claims:

“There is a world at play in the slippage between a consistent Marxist perspective and the illusions that arise from adding one small word "white" to "monopoly capital". And it is in this small slippage that you will find the ideological bed on which the Polokwane "marriage of convenience" was consecrated. When the "new tendency" and its demagogic vanguard rail against "white monopoly capital" what they are hearing is "white" and what they are thinking is "it`s our turn now". And while populist demagogues might scream about "imperialism" and "monopoly capital" – the threats to carry out nationalization and expropriation simply increase (as they are meant to) the length of the queues of wealthy supplicants outside their office doors, the numbers of sponsorships, the gifts of whisky and helicopter trips they are offered from the very monopoly capital they are threatening!” (Thinking about class - Part One: What were they doing in BUSA in the first place?, Bua Komanisi Volume 10 Number 15, 20 July 2011).

Thus to Cronin this concept derives its ideological basis from the “Polokwane marriage of convenience”, which was in 2007. But we all know that there was no “Polokwane marriage” in 1962!

In his response to Fikile Mbalula, Trevor Manuel writes:

“If you also took the trouble to read the Economics Resolutions of each ANC Conference since the 49th in 1994, you will not find the language of 'White Monopoly Capital' in any of them. This is because WMC is not part of the lexicon of terms used in ANC policy. It was conjured up as a red herring to obscure the misdeeds of the Guptas and those who benefit from their patronage network” (Fikile, do you remember the tears you shared over the Guptas? Daily Maverick, 09 June 2015).

This statement is very revealing. We can only underline the words “each ANC Conference since the 49th in 1994”. What about the ANC before 1994? What is it about the year 1994 which made the concept “white monopoly capital” to disappear?

Then Manuel makes the claim:

“I stand by what I said at the Nelson Mandela Foundation: the term "White Monopoly Capital" was conjured up by Bell Pottinger on behalf of the Guptas, and filtered into the political discourse to serve their agenda” (Fikile, do you remember the tears you shared over the Guptas? Daily Maverick, 09 June 2015).

In his rebuttal, Fikile Mbalula quoted the article I wrote, which he incorrectly attributes to the ANC. But the point he makes nevertheless remains valid, the concept was there long before the current talk about Bell Pottinger; it was not conjured up by Bell Pottinger.

Trevor Manuel has yet to sustain his argument.

As we have noted, a variation of the concept appears to have mistakenly slipped through into the 1997 ANC Strategy and Tactics, where the ANC spoke about “white monopolists”, or in 2000, where the ANC spoke about “the white ruling class, represented by monopoly capital and including other class and social strata within the white community”.

In his address to the SACP Imbizo held in 2017, the Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe said:

“There is an attempt to vulgarise monopoly capital debate; today vocabulary talks about white monopoly capital. It is vulgarisation of the revolution. We then use that vulgarised terminology to deal with each other”.

We all know that the SACP 1962 programme was not a vulgar programme and neither was the SACP 1989 programme vulgar Marxism.

The General Secretary of the SACP, in his address to the COSATU Central Committee in 2017, claimed:

“There is a new phrase that we do not have by the way…white monopoly capital. It’s not anywhere in the documents of the movement. I am challenging you to go. This thing is Gupta-inspired by this public relations company Bell Pottinger by the way, that is now in the emails that are being spoken about…”

But on several occasions he used the concept.

The SACP created this concept in its programme of 1962.

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          Freeze-dried placenta pills likely caused this newborn’s dangerous bacterial infection   
A case report describes a baby born in 2016 who suffered repeat strep infections — which were then traced back to the placenta pills taken by mother.
          Thread: Dark Moon:: Variants:: Becoming infected   

by flipscot


I miss the intrigue of becoming infected. Open to rule variant ideas to make this possible and curious what may need to be done to balance it out.

One easy example is that you do not draw your status card until you spend a negative die.


          Thread: Dark Moon:: Rules:: Extra Dice Tokens   

by flipscot


There seems to be a lot of extra dice tokens. I have not played too many times, but it doesn't seem to need that many. Are there more opportunities to increase your dice pool than I am aware of? Just making sure I am not missing a rule to the detriment of the uninfected.
          Upper Respiratory Tract Infection   
Title: Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
Category: Diseases and Conditions
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Last Editorial Review: 7/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
          Ophthalmic Technician   

Fast paced, large ophthalmology practice seeking experienced ophthalmic technician. The candidate must be able to perform an extensive number of data collection functions as delegated by the physicians to allow for proper professional diagnosis of patients' conditions. Ability to demonstrate comprehension of the ophthalmic technician skills as outlined by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Must have the ability to perform accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks to include, but not limited to the following:
visual acuity, manual lensometry, visual fields, pachymetry, A scan, B scan, GDx, OCT, angle assessment, advanced refractometry, pupillary function, applanation tonometry, ophthalmic imaging, as well as flourescien angiography.
Ability to assist physicians with laser procedures, minor surgery, and maintain practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.

High school graduate or equivalent a must. Experienced applicants only. COA, COT preferred but not required. Must possess strong communication skills and interpersonal skills. Must be a problem solver with analytical skills. Must have good organizational skills, with attention to detail. Ability to work as a team member a must. Computer literacy required.

Full or part-time position available.


          Ophthalmic Technician   

Wow!  You just found your dream job!  Join Team MAR for great pay, company funded profit sharing PLUS 401k, vacation time, semi-annual bonuses and an awesome team of physicians and staff to work with!

Job Description

Provide direct patient care by providing technical and clinical support to Ophthalmologists.

Essential Functions

Regular and predictable onsite attendance required.
Ability to work overtime as needed.
Ability to travel on rotation as needed.
Prepare patient and instrumentation appropriate to exam.
Room patient timely and accurately.
Collect patient medical history including chief complaint.
Update medications, allergies, health maintenance system at time patient is roomed.
Screen patient and perform accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks in relation to:  

Visual acuity, confrontational visual fields, evaluation of motility, papillary function tests, color plates, applanation tonometry, dilation of pupils, B Scan, ophthalmic imaging including fluorescein angiography, etc.

Assist provider with laser and injection procedures.
Provide patient home care instructions and counseling.
Clarify preop and postop instructions with patients.
Maintain practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.
Process pharmacy requests, patient phone calls, and provider messages appropriately.
Facilitate daily operations and responsibilities of the "patient flow" within the department.
Ensure smooth office operations which support teamwork, and generate a positive attitude between front and back office staff.
Ensure department maintains sanitary conditions in exam and procedure rooms.
Attend regular staff meetings. 
Consult with manager on problems and interpretation of policies and procedures to ensure patient and office needs are met.
Maintain appropriate inventory levels and order supplies and minor equipment as directed.
Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions; call for service as necessary.
Promote a high quality of care delivery through protocols.
Assist the manager review workflows to aid in process improvement and efficient patient care delivery.
Actively engage in discussion and review of processes, patient flow, EMR data input, and other office activities.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Competencies

Excellent clinical skills coupled with the ability train technical staff.
Strong knowledge of proper medical chart documentation and coding.
Strong knowledge of diagnostic ophthalmic equipment.  
Exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional medical office environment. This role routinely uses medical diagnostic equipment found in a retina clinic including lasers as well as  standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, communicate verbally in front of groups, one to one and over the telephone and in email.
This position is very active and requires standing and walking all day in order to get patients and bring them to rooms, assist physicians and rotate assignments with other staff.
Occasional bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching.
Lift or move objects weighing over 20 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Using hands to operate equipment, show manual or finger dexterity, handle things with precision or speed, use muscular coordination and physical stamina.
Use senses to observe and examine patients, paying attention to detail/  Working with data and numbers, calculating and manipulating numbers, processing data on a computer, attending to details, classifying, recording, storing or retrieving information.
Following through on plans or instructions.
Using words to communicate ideas, reading with comprehension, writing reports or other documentation, teaching or training patients.
Sustain physical contact with another person in order to guide them due to diminished vision.  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Occasional overtime may be required as job duties demand.

Travel   

Travel is required for this position.

Required Education and Experience

High school diploma or GED equivalent.
1 year health care work experience or equivalent medical training

EEO Statement

MAR is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

https://www.applicantpro.com/j/577193-164896 


          Ophthalmic Technician   

Wow!  You just found your dream job!  Join Team MAR for great pay, company funded profit sharing PLUS 401k, vacation time, semi-annual bonuses and an awesome team of physicians and staff to work with!

Job Description

Provide direct patient care by providing technical and clinical support to Ophthalmologists.

Essential Functions

Regular and predictable onsite attendance required.
Ability to work overtime as needed.
Ability to travel on rotation as needed.
Prepare patient and instrumentation appropriate to exam.
Room patient timely and accurately.
Collect patient medical history including chief complaint.
Update medications, allergies, health maintenance system at time patient is roomed.
Screen patient and perform accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks in relation to:  

Visual acuity, confrontational visual fields, evaluation of motility, papillary function tests, color plates, applanation tonometry, dilation of pupils, B Scan, ophthalmic imaging including fluorescein angiography, etc.

Assist provider with laser and injection procedures.
Provide patient home care instructions and counseling.
Clarify preop and postop instructions with patients.
Maintain practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.
Process pharmacy requests, patient phone calls, and provider messages appropriately.
Facilitate daily operations and responsibilities of the "patient flow" within the department.
Ensure smooth office operations which support teamwork, and generate a positive attitude between front and back office staff.
Ensure department maintains sanitary conditions in exam and procedure rooms.
Attend regular staff meetings. 
Consult with manager on problems and interpretation of policies and procedures to ensure patient and office needs are met.
Maintain appropriate inventory levels and order supplies and minor equipment as directed.
Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions; call for service as necessary.
Promote a high quality of care delivery through protocols.
Assist the manager review workflows to aid in process improvement and efficient patient care delivery.
Actively engage in discussion and review of processes, patient flow, EMR data input, and other office activities.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Competencies

Excellent clinical skills coupled with the ability train technical staff.
Strong knowledge of proper medical chart documentation and coding.
Strong knowledge of diagnostic ophthalmic equipment.  
Exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional medical office environment. This role routinely uses medical diagnostic equipment found in a retina clinic including lasers as well as  standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, communicate verbally in front of groups, one to one and over the telephone and in email.
This position is very active and requires standing and walking all day in order to get patients and bring them to rooms, assist physicians and rotate assignments with other staff.
Occasional bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching.
Lift or move objects weighing over 20 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Using hands to operate equipment, show manual or finger dexterity, handle things with precision or speed, use muscular coordination and physical stamina.
Use senses to observe and examine patients, paying attention to detail/  Working with data and numbers, calculating and manipulating numbers, processing data on a computer, attending to details, classifying, recording, storing or retrieving information.
Following through on plans or instructions.
Using words to communicate ideas, reading with comprehension, writing reports or other documentation, teaching or training patients.
Sustain physical contact with another person in order to guide them due to diminished vision.  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Occasional overtime may be required as job duties demand.

Travel   

Travel is required for this position.

Required Education and Experience

High school diploma or GED equivalent.
1 year health care work experience or equivalent medical training

EEO Statement

MAR is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

https://www.applicantpro.com/j/577193-164896 


          Songs We Love: Phat Lip, 'Stranger's Love'   
The new single from South Carolina musician Kelly Jo Ramirez's project is an infectious break-up song with Latin rhythms and pop harmonies. "I wanted to show the spectrum of Latino sound," she says.
          FRONTLINE HSA BLOODBANK STAFF TESTS POSITIVE FOR ACTIVE TB   

Dear A.S.S. Editor

The Health Science Authority (HSA) has confirmed that one of its staff was diagnosed and tested positive for active tuberculosis (TB). What is more worrying, the staff in question was working at at the front desk of Bloodbank @ HSA and handles donor registration. So, the interaction of the staff with the public should be quite high.

The staff member was tested positive in April and the staff member was given medical leave and has started on treatment. The Bloodbank@HSA is located within the HSA building in Outram, and handles the collection of blood from donors. TB is an airborne bacterial infection that is spread through close and prolonged contact with a person with the active form of the disease.

It is also understood that not all staff at the Bloodbank @ HSA were tested for TB. HSA had also not stated if any of its other staff members have latent TB. In a move to reassure the public, HSA said TBCU, which handles the national TB control programme and is responsible for the prevention and control of the disease, advised that there was "no risk to blood donors as they did not have prolonged contact with the affected staff".

Hairil Yusoff

A.S.S. Contributor

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          ¿Se debe pagar el rescate que pide Petya?   

¿Se debe pagar el rescate que pide Petya?


Forcepoint Security Labs seguirá refiriéndose a éste ataque como Petya, aunque otros proveedores han decidido darle distintos nombres. En términos llanos, las muestras analizadas han pasado el ‘test del pato’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_test) como Petya, las cuales han realizado antes las siguientes acciones: Encriptar archivos en el disco sin cambiar la extensión del archivo; Reiniciar la máquina cuando se infecta; Encriptar el Master Boot Record (registro de arranque...

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          Hot Dog: 4 Ways To Help Your Pets Cool Off Safely This Summer   

Hot Dog: 4 Ways To Help Your Pets Cool Off Safely This Summer

It is going to be a scorcher this summer, and the family dog is itching to get out in the sun and play. Before you subject your best friend to the outdoor heat, you will want to be sure you have thought out how to keep your dog cool. Remember, dogs do not have sweat glands all over their body like humans do, so when they pant, this is their primary method of cooling down. Consequently, it helps to have a plan for helping your dog remain cool during the hot summer days. Here are a few tips to help you make sure your dog does not get overheated.

If Your Dog Shows Signs of Heat Stroke

When your dog has been running around in the hot summer sun, they may start panting extremely hard, vomit, have diarrhea, or exhibit an overly increased heart rate while showing signs of disorientation. Chances are your dog is experiencing a mild to serious case of heat stroke. It is vital that you help your dog to cool down fast, but not too fast. Providing your dog cool water to drink and covering their coat with a towel soaked in cool water can help to bring their overall temperature down. Just make sure not to use ice cold water. The goal is to reduce their temperature slowly to not create further problems for your dog. Helping your dog find a hard, cool tile floor to lay on in front of a fan will also help matters along.

Bring the Dog Inside

It only stands to reason that your dog is not going to tolerate the extreme summer heat quite as well as you might. For this reason, it is generally best to bring your dog inside during the hottest summer days. The action of the inside AC will help to keep your dog as comfortable on a hot day as it keeps the rest of the family. Additionally, this will prevent your dog from being bothered by insects that are more active when it is hot outside.

Try the Pool

Swimming is a fun activity for most dogs who are not afraid of water. When introducing your dog to the idea of swimming in a pool, it may help to start them out in a kid's pool or the shallow end of the family pool. Once you are sure they are a capable swimmer, you will want to be aware of other safety concerns around the pool that will help to keep your dog safe and cool this summer.

Outfitting your dog with a life vest when swimming is one way to prevent your dog from accidentally drowning in the pool. It is important to also provide your dog with easy access out of the pool. The last thing you want is for your dog to become exhausted while swimming and be stuck with no way to get to dry ground for a much needed rest. This may require calling a professional to evaluate your pool and make adjustments. If you’re not sure who to choose, a simple google search for your area like “pool Portsmouth nh” can show you a bunch of options for pool builders and servicers.

It is also important to give your dog alternative sources of fresh water to prevent them from drinking chlorinated water. Rinsing your dog off after swimming is another good idea to remove any chlorine or other pool chemicals from their coat. Finally, it is a good idea to clean your dog’s ears out after a swim to prevent any sort of ear infection from occurring.

Proper Shade and Water

If your dog needs to be outside on a hot day, then you will want to make absolutely certain that your dog has adequate water and proper shade available. If the dog will be in the yard, then it is best to make sure that part of the dog's roaming space is covered with shade from large trees or a covering of some type like an outdoor dog tent. Alternatively, your dog may appreciate the comfort of a covered porch and a few pieces of ice in their water bowl for good measure. At the very least, this will help their water stay cooler longer.

 

With the summer heating up, you will want to be concerned with your dog's need to remain cool and free from heat-related health problems. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to help your dog remain cool when hot temperatures are an issue. From proper shading to bringing your dog inside to enjoy the air conditioning at your feet, know that your dog will appreciate any reasonable steps you take to ensure the heat does not get too much for them to bear.


          Incident Trichomonas vaginalis Is Associated With Partnership Concurrency: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.   
Background: Sexual partner concurrency (PC) has been shown to be a risk factor for a number of sexually transmitted infections but it is unknown if it is a risk factor for Trichomonas vaginalis (TV). Objective: We assess if there is an association between PC and incident TV infection. Study Design: We used mixed effects logistic regression to assess the association between PC and incident TV in the Longitudinal Study of Vaginal Flora, a cohort study of 3620 women followed quarterly for 5 visits. Results: Trichomonas vaginalis was more common in those reporting definite/possible/unknown PC (15.6%/15.0%/18.3%) than those reporting no PC (5.2%; P < 0.001 for all 3 comparisons). After controlling for a range of confounders, incident TV remained associated with reporting that one's partner definitely (adjusted odds ratio, 5.4; 95% confidence interval, 3.7-8.0) and possibly (adjusted odds ratio, 3.4; 95% confidence interval, 2.2-5.1) engaged in PC in the preceding period. Conclusions: Partner concurrency was associated with incident TV infection. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          The Need to Promote Sexual Health in America: A New Vision for Public Health Action.   
Sexual health is considered to be a state of wellness with physical, emotional, mental, and social dimensions. Sexual health can contribute to our overall well-being in each of these dimensions. However, despite the intrinsic importance and positive aspects of sexuality in our lives, the United States presently faces significant challenges related to the sexual health of its citizens, including human immunodeficiency virus, other sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, unintended pregnancies, sexual violence, sexual dysfunction, and cancers in reproductive tracts with serious disparities among the populations affected. In particular, high rates of poverty, income inequality, low educational attainment, stigma, racism, sexism, and homophobia can make it more difficult for some individuals and communities to protect their sexual health. Given that many pressing public health issues in the United States are related to sexual health and that sexual health has been increasingly recognized as an important national health priority, now is the time to energize and focus our efforts toward optimal sexual health of the population. In this paper, we outline the rationale for addressing sexual health as a means to better promote overall health and address sexuality related morbidities. In addition, we present a logic model outlining an approach for advancing sexual health in the United States, as well as a range of action steps for consideration by public health practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: Room for Improvement.   
Background: In the United States, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing is recommended at least annually for sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM). We evaluated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) providers' STI testing practices and frequency of positive test results. Methods: We analyzed data from HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) participants who, from 2007 to 2014, completed a confidential survey about risk behaviors. Using medical records data, we assessed the frequency of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis testing and positive results during the year after the survey for MSM who reported sex without a condom in the prior 6 months. We compared testing frequency and positivity for men having 1, 2 to 3, and 4 or more sexual partners. Correlates of STI testing were assessed using general linear model to derive relative risks (RR) with associated 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: Among 719 MSM, testing frequency was 74.5%, 74.3%, and 82.9% for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, respectively, and was higher in those men who reported more sexual partners (P < 0.001 for all). In multivariable analysis, testing for gonorrhea was significantly more likely among non-Hispanic black versus white men (RR, 1.17; 95% CI, 1.03-1.33), among men seen in private versus public clinics (RR, 1.16; 95% CI, 1.05-1.28), and among men with 2 to 3 and 4 or more sexual partners versus 1 partner (RR, 1.12; 95% CI, 1.02-1.23, and RR, 1.18; 95% CI, 1.08-1.30, respectively). Correlates of chlamydia and syphilis testing were similar. Test positivity was higher among men with more sexual partners: for gonorrhea 0.0%, 3.0%, and 6.7% for men with 1, 2 to 3, and 4 or more partners, respectively (P < 0.001, syphilis 3.7%, 3.8% and 12.5%, P < 0.001). Conclusions: Among HIV-infected MSM patients in HIV care who reported sex without a condom, subsequent testing was not documented in clinic records during the following year for up to a quarter of patients. Exploring why STI testing did not occur may improve patient care. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          Price Drop: Best Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Guide Pro (Healthcare & Fitness)   

Best Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Guide Pro 1.6


Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Price: $2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.6 (iTunes)

Description:

Live a healthier and happier life with essential oils. Ward off unnecessary symptoms and illnesses

Essential oils have the every possible remedy to your several health conditions and lifestyle. This app makes it easy for you, to get the highest benefit from essential oils. This app, containing six broad sections - guides, application, single oil, oil blends, aromatherapy and weight loss, is an easy-to-go reference for your several uses of essential oils. There are four functions to make easy access to the healing power of essential oils anytime, anywhere -

Search : Enable quick receipt of required information from the app.
Favorite : Keep mostly read contents together.
Store : Scope of purchasing real essential oil.
Add note : Option to add note against each content in one place.

In the guide section of this app, there are referential guidelines about the use of available single oil and oil blends for allergies, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anxiety, allergy, aphrodisiac, arthritis, antibacterial and antifungal, balances hormones, cancer, cleaning, cholesterol, children, circulation, muscles and joints, depression, diabetes, digestive aid, detoxification heartburn and acid reflux relief, household cleanser, infection, immune system, insomnia, liver, leukemia, muscle pain and spasms, mood enhancer, mosquito/bug repellent, pain reliever, parasites, PMS, phototoxicity, pregnancy, respiratory function mind etc. You can easily find the quick guidelines for your any health, mind, family and other issues here.

In the application section, this app contains direct/tropical, aromatically and internally application of essential oils. In detail, the direct application includes direct apply on the area, layering, on the feet, acupressure points, for the wash, as perfume, auricular therapy with definite auricle points, as shampoo etc. The aromatically application includes essential oils as the diffuser, the sniffing, the inhalation, inhaler, room spray. The internal application includes the use of essential oil in water, tea, cook, capsule etc.

Single oil section includes several single oil - aloe vera, amyris oil, anise oil, arnica oil, clary sage oil, clove bud oil, ginger oil, grapefruit oil, jasmine absolute oil, juniper berry oil, lavender, lemon oil, oregano oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, thyme oil, vanilla Oil etc. There is a discussion about the introduction of these essential oils, how to use them, the composition of them and the benefit of using them in detail.

Oil blend section contains detail about oil blends like - blend for mental clarity, energizing blend, blend for sensuality, holiday blend, insect repellent blend, blends for stress relief, mood lifting blend, essential oil blends for immunity support, blend for relaxation & sleep, blend for children, blend for trauma etc. From here, you can easily pick the right oil blends for you and also the methods to make them.

As a form of alternative to medicine, aromatherapy is a gaining momentum. Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. In this app, the healing properties of the essential oils, which is used in aromatherapy, can easily be accessible for the needs of you and your family.

Weight loss section includes the important essential oils - Grapefruit essential oil which works with body in activating enzymes that help body break down brown body fat, Cinnamon oil which helps regulate blood glucose levels and something in body called GTF, glucose tolerance factor and Ginger oil which also reduces sugar cravings and helps reduce inflammation in the body.Here you can easily access to the ways of using these essential oils for weight loss.

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          Prevalence of Anal Dysplasia in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Transgender Women.   
Although human immunodeficiency virus-infected men who have sex with men are at high risk for anal cancer, little is known about the prevalence of anal dysplasia in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected transgender women. Our study found that prevalence rates of abnormal anal cytology and histology in HIV-infected transgender women were similar to those in HIV-infected men who have sex with men. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          Human Immunodeficiency Virus Status Differentially Associated With Genital and Anal Human Papillomavirus Infection Among Chinese Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Cross-Sectional Survey.   
Background: Little is known about human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and genotypes when considering both anatomic site and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status among men who have sex with men (MSM) in low- and middle-income countries. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among MSM in Beijing, China. HIV serostatus was determined, and genital and anal HPV genotyping were performed from respective swabs. Results: Of 1155 MSM, 817 (70.7%) had testing for genital (611; 52.9%) and/or anal (671; 58.1%) HPV. Preference for insertive anal sex (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 2.60; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.42-4.75) and syphilis (aOR, 1.50; 95% CI, 1.01-2.23) were associated with genital HPV. Inconsistent condom use during receptive anal sex (aOR, 1.82; 95% CI, 1.17-2.84), and HIV seropositivity (aOR, 2.90; 95% CI, 1.91-4.42) were associated with anal HPV. Among 465 (40.3%) MSM with specimens from both anatomic sites, anal HPV (68%) was more common than genital HPV (37.8%). Prevalence of anal HPV was higher among HIV-infected than uninfected MSM (P < 0.01). Some oncogenic HPV types were more commonly found at the anal site of HIV-infected MSM (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Human papillomavirus is highly prevalent among Chinese MSM. Anal HPV was more common than genital HPV, and HIV seropositivity was associated with oncogenic HPV types at the anal site. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Mombasa, Kenya: Feasibility, Prevalence, and Correlates.   
Introduction: As adolescents and young women become sexually active, they are at risk of adverse reproductive health outcomes including sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We assessed feasibility and acceptability of STI screening among 15- to 24-year-old women in Mombasa, Kenya. Methods: After sensitization activities, participants were recruited from 3 high schools and 1 university. Study staff conducted informational sessions. Students interested in participating were given consent forms to take home, and invited to visit our clinic for STI screening. During clinic visits, participants completed a self-administered questionnaire and provided a urine specimen for STI testing using a nucleic acid amplification test. Results: Between August 2014 and March 2015, 463 high school and 165 university students collected consent forms. Of these, 293 (63%) from high schools versus 158 (95%) from university attended clinic for STI screening (P < 0.001). Of the 150 (33%) who reported any history of insertive vaginal sex, 78 (52.0%) reported condom use at the last sex act, 31 (20.7%) reported using modern nonbarrier contraceptive methods, and 37 (24.7%) reported not using any contraception at the last sex act. Twenty-six (5.8%) participants were diagnosed with STIs (7 [1.6%] Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 16 [3.6%] Chlamydia trachomatis, 3 [0.7%] Trichomonas vaginalis). In multivariable analyses, reporting receptive vaginal sex without a condom was associated with having a laboratory confirmed STI (odds ratio, 6.21; 95% confidence interval, 1.72-22.28). Conclusions: These findings support the need for reproductive health interventions to reduce the risk of STIs in a population of adolescent girls and young women in East Africa. (C) Copyright 2017 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
          Les hackers ont recolté 3.874 bitcoins … C’est moins de 10 000 $!   

Quelques jours après l’attaque du ransomware Petya, les analyses des différents éditeurs de sécurité commencent a sortir. A l’heure actuelle, il est identifié que le ransomware infecte les ordinateurs en utilisant les vulnérabilités déjà exploitées par les pirates lors de l’infection des ordinateurs à grande échelle par le ransomware WannaCry. Ainsi, lors de son démarrage [...]

La entrada Les hackers ont recolté 3.874 bitcoins … C’est moins de 10 000 $! aparece primero en Globb Security FR.


          Solutii pentru filtrarea apei - Purificare apa potabila   
Apa imbuteliata este exclusa ca si solutie alternativa din cauza transportarii si depozitarii necorespunzatoare a recipientelor, in urma studiilor constatandu-se compozitii chimice daunatoare. Afla alternativa simpla si eficienta, testata de catre mii de romani, pentru a obtine purificarea apei chiar de la robinetul bucatariei tale! Impactul poluantilor chimici asupra organismului Poluantii organici din apa sunt de o diversitate foarte mare, existand in prezent peste 10 000 000 de substante chimice, dintre care 600 au fost declarate ca prezentand un risc pentru sanatatea omului. S-a constatat existenta unei serii de compusi toxici care pot fi hepatotoxice, neurotoxice sau iritante cutanate gasite chiar si in conducte de alimentare cu apa potabila. Actiunea acestor substante se manifesta prin modificari organoleptice, cel mai des intalnite fiind substantele provenite din pesticide, din cauza degradarii lor incete dar si persistentei indelungate in apa, actionand negativ asupra ficatului, sistemului nervos sau asupra glandelor endocrine, presupunandu-se chiar ca ar avea actiuni cancerigene asupra oganismului uman. Datorita proprietatilor sale biologice, apa influenteaza calitatea sanatatii populatiei, iar cantitatea insuficienta de apa poate duce la mentinerea unei stari insalubre si implicit la raspandirea unor afectiuni digestive. Conform studiului efectuat de catre Ministerul Ecologiei, prin programul de aprovizionare cu apa a populatiei din localitatile rurale privind cauza maladiilor inregistrate in cadrul comunelor din Romania, s-au constatat afectiuni in cadrul aparatului respirator al consumatorilor de apa potabila in proportie de 6,3%, afectiuni cardiovasculare intr-un procent de 55,7% sau digestive intr-un procent de 11,4%. Conductele instalatiei de apa contin un procent ridicat de aluminiu sau plumb, acest aspect maximizand impactul negativ asupra consumatorilor de apa potabila, mai ales atunci cand apa nu circula si stagneaza pentru un timp indelungat, in special in timpul noptii, in combinatie cu clorul utilizat pentru dezinfectarea apei, cauzator pentru aparitia diverselor tipuri de cancer. Puturile reprezinta de asemenea o posibilitate ridicata de ingerare a unor substante chimice cu efect negativ asupra organismului, din cauza florei care se poate dezvolta pe peretii fantanii, cei mai afectati putand fii copiii. Supozitie: Consumul apei imbuteliate este un proces sigur / FALS Solutia rapida pentru renuntarea la consumul apei potabile curente a reprezentat achizitia apei imbuteliate, insa in urma studiilor efectuate in laboratoarele de specialitate s-au constatat compusi chimici datorati in urma transportarii si depozitarii necorespunzatoare a recipientelor in care este livrata apa imbuteliata. Depozitarea apei imbuteliate in contactul cu razele solare, precum si trecerea acesteia de la o temperatura la alta, reprezinta principala actiune cauzatoare de substante chimice nocive, la reactia dintre razele UV si materialul din care este confectionat recipientul, avand proprietati cancerigene. Misiunea Aquatech International Aquatech International si-a propus imbunatatirea stilului de viata al consumatorilor prin distributia si instalarea de echipamente profesionale pentru filtrarea, tratarea si purificarea apei, utilizand sisteme de filtre cu osmoza inversa, dedurizatoare clack, denitrificatoare sau sterilizatoare atat la nivel industrial cat si casnic. Activitatea Aquatech International cuprinde: - Filtrare grosiera si de sedimente - Filtrare cu carbune activ - Eliminare virusi si bacterii - Ultrafiltrare Solutia oferita de catre Aquatech International Seria produselor Aquatech International poate fi utilizata in diferite domenii de aplicare casnice sau industriale, avand diversi utilizatori, dupa cum urmeaza: - Scoli, gradinite, spitale, centre de infrumusetare si cosmetica - Centre comerciale, hoteluri si alte unitati de cazare turisti - Spalatorii si curatatorii auto sau de imbracaminte - Locuinte si spatii individuale Din seria sistemelor de filtrare si purificare a apei, aflate in gama Aquatech International, enumeram: - Sisteme de osmoza inversa - Purificator apa Aqua-EXCITO - Filtre cu cartus - Dedurizatoare - Denitrificatoare - Sterilizatoare UV - Valve Clack Valvele Clack sunt cele mai cunoscute si utilizate echipamente la nivel international, datorita fiabilitatii si setarilor avansate, moderne, putand fi adaptate cu usurinta in statii de dedurizare sau pentru filtrare sedimente. Descopera cele mai bune solutii pentru filtrarea apei, oferite de catre Aquatech International. Suna la 021.411.2000 / 0737.066.660 in cadrul programului de lucru L-V 9-18, scrie-ne la sales@aquatech.ro sau office@aquatech.ro pentru detalii sau oferta de pret. citeste in continuare
          An outbreak of dengue virus (DENV) type 2 Cosmopolitan genotype in Israeli travellers returning from the Seychelles, April 2017   

Dengue virus infection was diagnosed in six Israeli travellers returning from the Seychelles in April 2017. Phylogenetic analysis identified identical sequences belonging to the Cosmopolitan genotype of dengue virus type 2 in all samples sequenced, thus providing evidence for a probable dengue type 2 outbreak in the Seychelles. This report further demonstrates the role of travellers as sentinels for arboviral infections, especially in countries with limited diagnostic capabilities.


          Hepatitis E virus infection in Europe: surveillance and descriptive epidemiology of confirmed cases, 2005 to 2015   

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an under-recognised cause of acute hepatitis in high-income countries. The purpose of this study was to provide an overview of testing, diagnosis, surveillance activities, and data on confirmed cases in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). A semi-structured survey was developed and sent to 31 EU/EEA countries in February 2016, 30 responded. Twenty of these countries reported that they have specific surveillance systems for HEV infection. Applied specific case definition for HEV infection varied widely across countries. The number of reported cases has increased from 514 cases per year in 2005 to 5,617 in 2015, with most infections being locally acquired. This increase could not be explained by additional countries implementing surveillance for HEV infections over time. Hospitalisations increased from less than 100 in 2005 to more than 1,100 in 2015 and 28 fatal cases were reported over the study period. EU/EEA countries are at different stages in their surveillance, testing schemes and policy response to the emergence of HEV infection in humans. The available data demonstrated a Europe-wide increase in cases. Standardised case definitions and testing policies would allow a better understanding of the epidemiology of HEV as an emerging cause of liver-related morbidity.


          Dot map cartograms for detection of infectious disease outbreaks: an application to Q fever, the Netherlands and pertussis, Germany   

Geographical mapping of infectious diseases is an important tool for detecting and characterising outbreaks. Two common mapping methods, dot maps and incidence maps, have important shortcomings. The former does not represent population density and can compromise case privacy, and the latter relies on pre-defined administrative boundaries. We propose a method that overcomes these limitations: dot map cartograms. These create a point pattern of cases while reshaping spatial units, such that spatial area becomes proportional to population size. We compared these dot map cartograms with standard dot maps and incidence maps on four criteria, using two example datasets. Dot map cartograms were able to illustrate both incidence and absolute numbers of cases (criterion 1): they revealed potential source locations (Q fever, the Netherlands) and clusters with high incidence (pertussis, Germany). Unlike incidence maps, they were insensitive to choices regarding spatial scale (criterion 2). Dot map cartograms ensured the privacy of cases (criterion 3) by spatial distortion; however, this occurred at the expense of recognition of locations (criterion 4). We demonstrate that dot map cartograms are a valuable method for detection and visualisation of infectious disease outbreaks, which facilitates informed and appropriate actions by public health professionals, to investigate and control outbreaks.


          Fortis, Gurugram conducts first robotic joint replacement surgery in N.India   

[India], June 30 (ANI): Orthopedic surgeons led by Padmashree recipient Dr. Ashok Rajgopal at the Fortis Bone and Joint Institute, Gurugram, Haryana, conducted the first successful robot aided joint replacement surgery on a 61-year-old patient, who had been suffering from severe left knee pain for many years.

The surgery was executed using the NAVIO PFS surgical system, which is the latest robotic intervention in the field of joint replacement.

NAVIO enables the surgeon to fix only the damaged part of the knee to absolute perfection, saving all the other normal structures of the joint.

Robot-assisted surgery enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control even during the most complex procedure. It ensures lesser bone removal, preserves natural anatomy and facilitates better post-operative outcomes for the patient.

The robot-assisted system eliminates the possibilities of human error and this leads to perfect alignment, leading to the longevity of the joint implant.

Doctors say that globally patients who have been treated using this technology are able to gain full movement, including sitting cross legged and squatting.

Dr. Ashok Rajgopal, Chairman, Fortis Bone and Joint Institute said, "Robot-assisted joint replacement surgery offers the patient a huge advantage of immediate recovery, same or next day discharge and minimal blood loss. It is extremely satisfying for the patients since it preserves all the natural structures of the joint. It is equally beneficial for the young people who intend to return to their active lifestyle sooner and elderly people who are at risk of undergoing a knee replacement."

Dr Simmardeep Singh Gill, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institute said, "With advanced robotics entering the field of orthopedics, patients can now receive treatment in a manner similar to day-care surgeries. Fortis has always been at the helm of technology and a center of excellence in Orthopedics for patients from all across the world, which has always been a vision for us. With robot assisted joint replacement, we are driving this leadership ahead and ensuring that we are at par with the world because this technology has been launched in India immediately after the US and we are only the second country in the world to adopt it successfully!"

Expressing her happiness, the patient, a resident of Shealda in Kolkata said, "I have been living with this painful knee for close to five years since I was always fearful of surgery. Two months ago the pain became so unbearable that I had no other option but to look out for surgery. I was fearful since I had heard of long stays at hospitals and various post - operative infections associated in the elderly due to which I kept delaying treatment. However, I am glad that this opportunity came and I am going to make history by being the 1st in this part of the country to undergo a robot-assisted knee surgery and become pain free."

FMRI has established itself as a centre of excellence for robot-assisted surgeries in the fields of Urology, Oncology and Gynecology with the latest Da Vinci Robotic System that was introduced in the year 2015 and hundreds of patients have benefited from it in the past. (ANI)


          Hand-washing no defence against MRSA transmission in NICU babies   

[USA], Jun 30 (ANI): Turns out, even perfectly clean hands can lead to a superbug transmission among babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Drexel University researcher Neal D. Goldstein and his team decided to look at how the complex patient care environment of an NICU may lead to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission.

Focusing on hand hygiene, a top indicator of whether infections might spread in hospitals, the researchers examined transmission from baby to baby, with the hospital workers that come into contact with newborns standing as the link.

And as it turns out, even theoretically perfect compliance with hand hygiene won't completely eliminate the chance for MRSA to spread: the averaged risk reduction was 86 percent.

Goldstein said that the biggest implication is that hospitals should not just rely upon hand hygiene alone for protecting patients from becoming colonized and possibility infected with a difficult-to-treat organism. Rather, infection control is a multi-pronged strategy. It can incorporate early detection and measures to mitigate spread that include possible decolonization or using an antibiotic to treat a patient even before infection.

The study used MRSA, a difficult to treat pathogen that can be deadly for people with weak or underdeveloped immune systems, as its subject.

Goldstein discovered that even if health workers had absolutely perfect hand hygiene, just under one in every 100 contacts between a baby and a hospital worker could still result in a MRSA transmission. During the average nine day stay, an infant is likely to have about 250 contacts with NICU workers that carry risk for MRSA transmission. While each contact is an opportunity for hygiene compliance, it is also potential for hygienic practices to break down.

"This sheds light on just how complex the patient care environment of a NICU is," Goldstein said. "There are so many opportunities to potentially pass an organism between healthcare workers and their patients."

Although it seemed that MRSA could not be completely wiped out through perfect hand hygiene, the study did show that the better hand hygiene was, the more it cut down on the spread of MRSA. The effect never quite levelled off, but continued to get better as hygiene levels improved.

"We can follow hygiene procedures, use gowns or gloves as needed, keep a clean environment, not bring in possible fomites such as cell phones, watches, or jewellery, and be a watchdog for the hospital, requesting that healthcare workers do hand hygiene if we don't see it being done," Goldstein said. "Outside the hospital, patients and parents can be more vigilant in requesting and using antibiotics appropriately so as not to give rise to antimicrobial resistant organisms. We're all participants in infection control, not just the clinicians."

The study is published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. (ANI)


          Perturbed skin microbiome can be 'contagious'   

[USA], Jun 30 (ANI): A recent study has revealed that a perturbed skin microbiome can be contagious and promote inflammation.

Even in healthy individuals, the skin plays host to a menagerie of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Growing scientific evidence suggests that this lively community, collectively known as the skin microbiome, serves an important role in healing, allergies, inflammatory responses and protection from infection.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania showed for the first time that, not only can infection with the Leishmania parasite alter the skin microbiome of affected mice, but this altered microbial community can be passed to uninfected mice that share a cage with the infected animals.

Mice with the perturbed microbiome, or dysbiosis, had heightened inflammatory responses and more severe disease when they were subsequently infected with Leishmania.

"To my knowledge, this is the first case where anyone has shown that a pre-existing skin microbiome can influence the outcome of an infection or a disease," said co-senior author Elizabeth Grice. "This opens the door to many other avenues of research."

In addition, when the researchers examined samples from human Leishmania patients, they found similar patterns of dysbiosis as in the infected mice, a hint that the findings may extend to people.

"The transmission of dysbiosis in the skin from one animal to another is a key finding," said co-senior author Phillip Scott. "And the fact that we saw similar patterns of dysbiosis in humans suggests there could be some very practical implications of our work when it comes to treating people with leishmaniasis."

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a tropical disease caused by a parasite and transmitted by the bite of a sand fly. The disease results in sores on the skin, which can sometimes become severe and disfiguring. There is no vaccine for the disease and the limited drugs available often fail to provide a complete cure.

Curious about the influence of the skin microbiome on the disease, the Penn-led team swabbed the skin of 44 Leishmania patients, analyzing the microbiota not only of their lesions but also the area around them and a portion of skin on the opposite side of the bodies as the lesion. They noticed that the lesion samples contained less bacterial diversity than the samples of other skin sites. But not all of them were the same; they found three distinct community types: one dominated by Staphylococcus, one by Streptococcus and one that was mixed.

"I think an important next step will be to see if this sharing of microbiota occurs in people, and whether that could be a factor in affecting the severity of infections in humans," Grice said.

A final question was to determine whether this naturally transmitted dysbiosis would predispose the uninfected animals' response to an enhanced inflammatory response. And indeed, when infected with Leishmania, these mice had more severe inflammation and skin ulcers than mice with unperturbed skin microbiota. In a more general assay, the researchers used a contact hypersensitivity assay, which uses a skin irritant to elicit an immune response, on the mice that had been housed with Leishmania-infected mice. These dysbiotic mice, too, had a heightened inflammatory response.

To follow up on their findings, the researchers hope to examine whether sharing of a dysbiosis occurs in other infections and whether the resulting alteration in skin microbiota affect processes such as wound healing.

In addition, the researchers hope to determine whether there is a connection between the type of skin microbiome present in Leishmania lesions and the severity of disease, or the responsiveness to treatment.

If true, "this may make us rethink the role of antibiotics in treating leishmaniasis," Scott said.

The findings are published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. (ANI)


          Zika Virus a 'Serious Threat' to Pregnancy   
New CDC report shows 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika virus in U.S. territories had babies with birth defects.
          "Ich weine mir die Augen aus, wenn ich daran denke, dass ein Hund mehr Rechte hat als mein Sohn" – News vom 30. Juni 2017   
1. "Niedersachsens Männer sind weit höher verschuldet als die Frauen" berichtet die Hannoversche Allgemeine. Daran sollte man vielleicht denken, wenn man das nächste Mal Parolen wie "Armut ist weiblich" liest.



2. Dem Leiter des Umfrageinstituts Forsa zufolge ist die "Ehe für alle" KEINE Steilvorlage für die AfD.

Auch die ehemalige Frauenministerin Kristina Schröder (CDU) erklärte vor einer Stunde auf Facebook, dass sie dem Gesetzesvorschlag zustimmen werde.



3. In der aktuellen Druckausgabe des SPD-Propagandablattes "Vorwärts" findet sich der Info eines (Noch-)SPD-Parteimitglieds meiner Leser zufolge der Artikel "Feminismus bleibt unsere Aufgabe" der neuen spezialdemokratischen Frauenministerin Katarina Barley. Darin heißt es: "Feministinnen und Feministen kämpfen für eine offene und tolerante Demokratie, in der alle Menschen unabhängig von Geschlecht, sexueller Identität, Haufarbe, Religion, Beruf, Einkommen und Herkunft gleichberechtigt und respektvoll miteinander leben."

Wenn man solche Behauptungen oft genug wiederholt, werden sie vielleicht irgendwann wahr.



4. Die Washington Post titelt: A man helped a lost toddler find her parents, police say. He was smeared online as a predator and fled town.

Trotz solcher Meldungen halten es kaum geschätzte fünf Prozent aller Menschen für nötig, eine politische Bewegung für Männer zu unterstützen, weil Männer in unserer Gesellschaft bekanntlich herrschen und allenfalls unter dem Verlust ihrer Privilegien leiden.



5. Die BBC berichtet von einer Mutter, die überraschend feststellte, dass ihr Sohn ohne ihr Wissen geschweige denn ihre Zustimmung beschnitten worden war:

There was an investigation but the force deemed it not to be a criminal matter, and the case was referred to the General Medical Council.

The mother later got help from the anti-circumcision group Men Do Complain and leading human rights lawyer Saimo Chahal QC, who wrote to Nottinghamshire Police.

(T)he mother believes it amounts to MGM or "male genital mutilation", and should be viewed in the same way as female genital mutilation (FGM).

"It's even illegal to dock dogs' tails. I've come home crying my eyes out thinking a dog has got more rights than my child. There's something seriously not right with it all. You can protect a dog, you can protect a girl, but not a boy."


Ja, klar. Patriarchat halt. Da haben Jungen nun mal nicht so viel Rechte wie Hunde.

In the years since the circumcision, the mother said her son has suffered from recurring infections, and his penis regularly becomes inflamed and sore.

"It looks like he's been half circumcised is the only way to describe it. There's half the skin, it's not all the way over. It swells up, it gets red and a little bit sore in places."

She has been given cream to apply to her son and told he may need further surgery when he is older.

(...) "When he first started talking he did say a lot that it hurt," said the mother. "Now he doesn't really say much because it draws attention to it and he's getting a bit more private."

(...) She said a lot of people have failed to empathise with her and her son.

"Even a couple of police officers have made remarks like 'Oh my husband is circumcised, I think it's better'. Or 'Oh they are tougher than they look, it will toughen him up'. It's just silly little comments like that. It's just heartbreaking. I wrote to MPs and they basically shoved me off. Everybody you speak to it's like speaking to a brick wall."


"Es ist, wie gegen eine Mauer zu reden." Diese Erfahrung machen Männerrechtler mittlerweile seit Jahrzehnten. Wie gesagt: Patriarchat.



6. Ist feministische Kritik daran vorstellbar, dass sich eine Frau ZUVIEL über sexistische Diskriminierung von Frauen beklagt? Es mag euch überraschen, aber genau diese Kritik erfährt gerade der "Game-of-Thrones"-Star Emilia Clark. Sie beschwerte sich in einem Interview mit dem Magazin "Rolling Stone" darüber, dass Frauenfeindlichkeit ebenso allgegenwärtig wäre wie Rassismus. Klingt nach der üblichen Social-Justice-Warrors-Rhetorik – wurde auf feministischen Websites wie "Jezebel" aber eher ungnädig aufgenommen. Und der schwarze Publizist Michael Harriot schenkt der Schauspielerin sogar RICHTIG ein:

Emilia [Clark] is just like many other white women whose paths have so been littered with roses that when they encounter any personal hurdle, they cannot fathom anyone having experienced anything worse. That is the ultimate privilege.

There is nothing wrong with a beautiful millionaire who grew up on the shores of England traipsing through private schools thinking that she knows anything about racism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman complaining about the world treating her differently because she has tits — even after she displays her titties to the world on TV. There isn’t even anything wrong with a white woman lecturing me on how to express my anger over racism as if white women weren’t complicit in slavery, Jim Crow, the history of lynching and every other aspect of black people’s oppression.

The privilege is that they feel comfortable enough to say it out loud.




7. Die USA Today, eine der meistgelesenen Zeitschriften der Vereinigten Staaten, beteiligt sich an der Debatte um John McEnroe:

John McEnroe owes the world an apology — and now.

He was wrong when he said Serena Williams would probably rank around No. 700 in the world if she were competing against men. Her ranking would be more like No. 1,000.


Wenn Serena Williams sich nach McEnroes eingeschränktem Lob nicht aufgeführt hätte, als ob er sie durch den Schmutz ziehen wollte, wäre ihr diese öffentliche Demütigung erspart geblieben.



8. Die Washington Post lässt einen früheren Dekan der Elite-Universität Harvard zu Wort kommen, was eine bedenkliche Praktik dieser Hochschule angeht: Sie tut so, als engagiere sie sich gegen jegliche Diskriminierung, diskriminiert Männer jedoch ohne Bedenken:

Last spring, the university decided to attack the off-campus, all-male Final Clubs by disqualifying their members from Rhodes Scholarships and other distinctions — unless the clubs admitted women. A few of these clubs are infamous for loud parties and drunken misbehavior. The new strategy against them had the merit of novelty, even in the absence of evidence that coed clubs would behave any better.

Faculty members reacted with alarm, recalling Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s persecution of Harvard professors in the 1950s simply for belonging to a hated organization. Students deserve a better lesson from Harvard than an attempt to solve social problems by blackballing members of unpopular groups.




9. Ihr wisst ja, dass ich mich immer für männerpolitische News aus Ländern interessiere, von denen man bei uns nicht so viel hört. Aktuell beschäftigt sich in Jamaika The Gleaner mit häuslicher Gewalt gegen Männer und einer maskulistischen Gruppe, die dieses Problem angeht.



10. Und was wäre Genderama ohne ab und zu eine Meldung aus dem Frauen unterdrückenden Indien: "Männer begehen keinen Selbstmord" befand dort gerade Frauenministerin Gandhi:

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi believes men do not commit suicide and even says she hasn't heard of a single such case. Her answer to a query, during a Facebook Live session, about the government's initiative to reduce suicide rates among men has left people upset.

"Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide - I have not heard/read of a single case," said Ms Gandhi, the Women and Child Development minister.


Wohin man auch schaut auf dieser Welt: Es ist wirklich überall dasselbe. – Nein, Moment, in einer Sache ist die indische Ministerin der deutschen Geschlechterpolitik voraus (was allerdings weiß Gott nicht schwer ist):

At the very end of the session though, replying to a user who suggested that there be a ministry only for men, Ms Gandhi said that she would welcome it.


So etwas würde man von deutschen Politikerinnen wie Schwesig und Barley niemals hören.
          Placentofagia.   

Metto il bollino rosso a questo articolo perché mi rendo conto che possa essere per alcuni "disgustoso" ma la realtà non può esserlo in quanto realtà, va descritta ed ognuno decida se guardarla o meno.
La placenta è un "annesso" fetale, una di quelle parti che circondano il feto per aiutarlo a crescere e che poi, dopo il parto, sono eliminate perché hanno smesso di svolgere il loro compito. ha un aspetto spugnoso, è ricoperta da una membrana translucida ed è piena di vasi sanguigni, fondamentali per svolgere il suo compito di ossigenazione del feto. L'aspetto non è invitante ma, chiaro, non esiste per essere vista o mangiata ma per lavorare ed il suo lavoro lo svolge benissimo.

Placenta umana ripulita.

In alcune culture la placenta ha avuto anche un ruolo sacro, come "generatrice di vita" e nel regno animale può rappresentare un'immediata fonte di proteine per una madre che ha appena partorito ed è sfinita per riuscire a procurarsi del cibo in breve tempo. Nell'uomo, ovviamente, la placenta non ha ruoli sacri né alimentari e nessuna cultura, nemmeno antica, ne descrive il consumo.
Nell'uomo normale.
Poi noi esseri umani, in occidente, ci siamo annoiati delle comodità e cerchiamo sempre nuovi stimoli per motivare ogni nostro gesto. La placentofagia è probabilmente uno di questi, il ridurre a "rito magico" un normalissimo momento della vita umana.

Perché esistono persone che della placenta fanno un totem. Qualcuno la seppellisce nel proprio giardino, altri la conservano per farci un ciondolo, altre ancora, le più estremiste, la mangiano. In alcune sette è previsto il consumo della placenta dopo il parto. Seppellire o conservare la placenta è una scelta personale, io non lo farei ma pazienza, ognuno faccia ciò che vuole, non si fa del male a nessuno.


Pendagli di placenta.

Al contrario il consumo della placenta non ha alcuna utilità se non quella cerimoniale, quindi lascio ai sacerdoti o ai seguaci delle sette la spiegazione di questo atto inutile ma anche pericoloso. In genere si parla delle solite "energie" e di misteriosi poteri magici ma, come sappiamo, nel campo dell'esoterismo è praticamente inutile cercare di capire, ognuno si inventa ciò che vuole. L'usanza di mangiare la placenta ha avuto una spinta dalle dichiarazioni di alcuni "vip" (soprattutto attori statunitensi) che hanno dichiarato di aver mangiato la placenta o altri che hanno addirittura diffuso le foto mentre bevevano un frullato di placenta.
A me dispiace descrivere queste cose ma è la realtà.

Si sa però che le mode sono pericolose e così, soprattutto in certi ambienti "alternativi" ed annoiati della vita, si inizia a diffondere l'idea che mangiare placenta sia utile e salutare. La chiamano "placentofagia", ovvero l'abitudine a mangiare placenta (non solo la propria...) e viene "venduta" come una pratica utile, benefica, che ridurrebbe alcuni disturbi dopo il parto migliorando la ripresa. Chi la promuove mostra studi fatti su animali o teorie indimostrate ma c'è sempre un ostacolo a tutto, non scientifico ma pratico: il buon senso.
Mangiare placenta non serve a niente, nonostante ciò che dicono alcune modelle in calo di popolarità o alcune attrici che hanno perso il centro della ribalta.
Mangiare placenta è più o meno come mangiare una fetta di carne (un po' più piena di vasi sanguigni) e non approfondisco per non urtare gli stomaci più deboli ma esistono diverse aziende che offrono capsule di placenta, assaggini di placenta deidratata, dolci di placenta al cioccolato.

Alcune donne alle quali era stata chiesta una motivazione ed un giudizio sul loro utilizzo alimentare della placenta hanno descritto dei benefici dal consumo (soggettivi) e si sono dette pronte a rifarlo.
Il fatto è che la placenta non ha particolari utilità nutritive e non contiene sostanze che non troviamo in altro modo, il suo consumo è quindi totalmente ingiustificato e resta una semplice moda, oltre al fatto che è un "organo", un pezzo di carne che può essere sporco, contaminato, infetto. Anche rischioso. La placenta può infatti essere colonizzata da vari microorganismi (già durante la gravidanza, poi durante il parto ma anche dopo), alcuni dei quali molto pericolosi (l'infezione degli annessi fetali è una grave complicanza della gestazione). La sua conservazione è complicata e, l'eventuale e sconsigliato consumo, dovrebbe essere preceduto da attente procedure di pulizia e sterilizzazione, dalla cottura per esempio.
Ma non è sempre così. Alcune donne consumano la placenta anche cruda e persino aziende che ne offrono versioni in capsule o tintura non rispettano le procedure basali di sicurezza.

Quello che è successo in America.

Un'infezione grave che ha causato il ricovero di un neonato per insufficienza respiratoria. Il mistero era la causa. Dopo varie indagini si è scoperto che la mamma di quel bambino aveva assunto compresse di placenta, nuova frontiera dell'idiozia moderna, che però erano infettate da un batterio (Streptococco) che le avevano causato un'infezione.
Questa è stata poi contagiata al bambino che si è ammalato. Due ricoveri, uno in terapia intensiva e due cicli di terapia antibiotica, lo hanno salvato.
Il caso è descritto nel sito del CDC (ente sanitario statunitense).

L'argomento può sembrare ridicolo ed invece non lo è, visto che ci sono persone che si lasciano convincere da altre che esistano procedure come quella del consumo di placenta, che abbiano un senso e che servano dal punto di vista del benessere. Ognuno faccia ciò che vuole consapevole che una cosa del genere non ha nessuna utilità, non procura benefici ed ha qualche rischio.
E se proprio vi appassionate al consumo di placenta, almeno usate un libro di ricette.

Alla prossima.

          Source code for BadUSB vulnerability posted on GitHub   
(LiveHacking.Com) – Back in August, security researchers  Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated how a USB device can be reprogrammed and used to infect a computer without the user’s knowledge. Dubbed BadUSB, the pair published their findings during the Black Hat conference, however they did not publish the source code or the reversed engineered firmware needed to perform […]
          Oregon infant's illness prompts warning about placenta pills   
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant&apos;s infection was tied to the practice....
          Placenta Pills Blamed For Oregon Baby’s Dangerous Infection   
Placenta consumption is believed to aid in a new mother’s recovery and help prevent postpartum depression through its nutrients. But it's now blamed for strep infection in a newborn in Oregon.
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          Sources: Russia's Gazprom Hit by Global Cyber Attack on Tuesday   
Computers at Russian state gas giant Gazprom were infected as part of a global cyber attack, according to a government official and a person investigating the incident.
          Record Low Fertility Rate Makes Some Experts Worry The Sky Is Falling   
When it comes to sustaining a population, there's a fine line between too many and not enough babies. America is edging toward the latter. In other public health news: cancer, freeze-dried placenta pills, treatment-resistant infections and Salvador Dalí.
          Antibioticaresistentie stabiel, maar alertheid blijft noodzakelijk   
Antibioticaresistentie stabiel, maar alertheid blijft noodzakelijk

Het aantal bacteriën dat resistent is tegen antibiotica bij mensen is in Nederland het afgelopen jaar stabiel gebleven. Er worden echter incidenteel wel uitbraken van resistente bacteriën in zorginstellingen gemeld. Ook in de toekomst zal dit vaker voorkomen. Vooral kwetsbare mensen kunnen hier ziek van worden.

Resistentie
Wereldwijd neemt het aantal resistente bacteriën toe. Als steeds meer bacteriën resistent worden tegen antibiotica, worden de behandelmogelijkheden van infecties op den duur beperkt. Het wordt dan bijvoorbeeld moeilijker om een ‘gewone’ blaasontsteking te behandelen.
In Nederland is het aantal resistente bacteriën bij mensen stabiel gebleven, maar het is wel noodzakelijk alert te blijven. In zorginstellingen worden incidenteel uitbraken gerapporteerd  van resistente bacteriën. Deze bacteriën kunnen zich verder verspreiden naar andere instellingen of onder de bevolking.

Gebruik van antibiotica
Hoe meer antibiotica worden gebruikt, hoe groter de kans dat bacteriën resistent worden. In 2016 hebben huisartsen ongeveer 2 procent minder antibioticakuren voorgeschreven dan in 2015. In Nederlandse ziekenhuizen is het totale gebruik in 2015 stabiel gebleven (cijfers van 2016 zijn nog niet beschikbaar). Dit in tegenstelling tot een stijging van antibioticagebruik in 2014.

Dieren
Het gebruik van antibiotica voor dieren is in 2016 verder gedaald. De mate waarin resistente bacteriën bij dieren voorkomen blijkt ook verder te zijn afgenomen. Dit laat zien dat de in 2011 ingezette maatregelen in de veehouderij goed zijn geweest, maar blijvend aandacht moeten hebben om de bereikte resultaten vast te houden.

Maatregelen
Om resistentie tegen te gaan is het van belang per patiënt en per infectie te bepalen of er antibiotica moet worden voorgeschreven en zo ja welke. Ten tweede is het belangrijk dat snel duidelijk wordt wanneer er sprake is van resistente bacteriën. Ten derde is het van belang dat zorgverleners zorgvuldig de bestaande (hygiëne)maatregelen naleven, zoals handen wassen. Zo wordt voorkomen dat resistente bacteriën zich verspreiden. Door op deze manieren te handelen is bijvoorbeeld het aantal MRSA-bacteriën in ziekenhuizen de afgelopen jaren laag gebleven. Deze ‘ziekenhuisbacterie’ wordt overgedragen via direct huidcontact, vooral via handen, en is ongevoelig voor veel soorten antibiotica.

Nethmap/MARAN-rapport
De jaarlijkse rapportage NethMap/MARAN bevat gegevens over het antibioticagebruik en resistentie, zowel voor mensen als voor dieren. Het rapport is samengesteld door Centrum Infectieziektebestrijding van het RIVM , Stichting Werkgroep Antibioticabeleid (SWAB), Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, de Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit (NVWA) en de Stichting Diergeneesmiddelenautoriteit (SDa).


          o peso da tua ausência   
Resultado de imagem para O PESO DA TUA AUSÊNCIA
Ninguém tem regra para saber lidar com o luto do fim de uma relação. E, como se diria antigamente, às vezes demora demasiado para "cair a ficha". No caso o personagem da crônica representa muitos viúvos e viúvas de ex- parceiros e ex-parceiras que seguem vivos. Mas longe de nós para sempre. ( publicação original no DOM TOTAL . (CLIQUE AQUI )

O PESO DA TUA AUSÊNCIA
Por Ricardo Soares*
Levantei de um sono de sobressaltos, com pausas para a urina noturna e leves pesadelos e aí olhei pro lado e não te vi mais no seu lugar na cama grande. Em um primeiro momento imaginei que você tivesse levantado mais cedo, coado um café fresco e se arrumado para pegar a estrada cheia rumo ao trabalho. Em um segundo momento imaginei que você pudesse estar lavando e secando os cabelos ou levando longos e esticados minutos para fazer a maquiagem que acabava por desmanchar a sua beleza natural. Foi só então no terceiro momento quando não te vi com a escova de dentes entre os dedos a me dizer recados matinais que entendi  que você não estava mais no seu lugar na cama grande porque não estava mais na minha vida e essa triste realidade me demorou a ser apreendida. Uma ficha que demorou a cair como se diria antigamente.
Não posso esclarecer ao prezado leitor se você morreu ou me deixou o que no fundo é a mesma coisa. Deixo por conta da imaginação de quem lê. O que é fato, o que é liquido e certo é que você não está mais por aqui depois de tantos anos e por conta disso eu dei de falar com os cabides e rosnar para os rodapés pegando ojeriza dos gatos que gostavam mais de você do que de mim. Você não quis levar tantas boas recordações mas só as más lembranças e todas as suas bugigangas que entulhavam a minha vida e só agora vejo o quanto eu gostava disso. Ficou o vazio, o pétreo vazio de azulejos de hospital, de comidas que não mais farei, de chás que você não vai mais me levar até a cama até porque teriam que ser muitos porque agora passo grande parte do dia deitado. Doença ou depressão já não sei . Afinal não é tudo o mesmo?
Se escrevo essas mal cansadas linhas é  porque sei tardiamente agora que como na letra da bossa nova “é impossível ser feliz sozinho”. O resto é barulho de um mar remoto, de um dia silencioso, de pássaros que ignoram que eu me aposentei precocemente sem querer e que cabeça vazia é ferramenta do diabo. Assim vou, portanto, tentar plantar.
Um céu limpinho e um sol ardido me fazem suar plantando avencas, um pé de manacá , outro de jibóia. Tiro larvas de outras plantas, rego as flores que sobreviveram ao inverno e vejo lá longe no terreno o túmulo do nosso cãozinho que partiu dias antes de você. E aí penso que fugir do amor é uma espécie de morte. Porque o que é o amor além de uma jogada do destino , uma artimanha da sorte ? Amor , poderia se dizer de maneira óbvia, é a arte do encontro. Que prevê tantos desencontros que é preciso ter força pra  galgar ondas horríveis e superar as tormentas. Mas existem sim os triunfantes. Os que saem inteiros do mar encrespado.  E eu os invejo. Porque puderam resistir aos percalços do amor.
Não posso fumar nenhum cigarro e nem um uns últimos depois do último porque já não fumo. Não posso beber vinho ou aguardente porque o açúcar dessas bebidas me infecta o sangue. Não posso tampouco me entupir de doces e nem de lascívia porque estou enfarado disso. Muito já errei por esses caminhos.
Resta saber agora se tenho saudades de você ou saudades de mim ao seu lado. Porque com você, vejo agora, tudo tinha mais graça, um senso de humor se infiltrava entre as telhas e as calhas entupidas e o seu sorriso quando bem dado era mais que um presente com o perdão do baita lugar comum desse jargão.
Já muitas primaveras vivi nessa vida. Primaveras que vieram depois de tantas outras vividas pelos meus antepassados. Lido muito mal com a tristeza, também lido mal com a indelicadeza e com a privação de qualquer sentido. Assim é que não vejo nenhum sentido na sua ausência. Ela me dói, me dilacera, me faz ter uma dó danada de mim porque mesmo não tendo nascido junto de ti estava a ti umbilicalmente ligado. Jamais queria ter ficado sozinho a essa altura da vida.Queria ter alguém ao meu lado para envelhecer junto.Justo agora você foi cismar de morrer?


          Sénégal: Un expert préconise une plus grande surveillance des zoonoses   
[APS] Dakar -La préservation de la santé de la femme passe par une meilleure prise en compte de certaines maladies chez les animaux, 60 % des maladies infectieuses étant causées par les zoonoses et donc d'origine animale, a souligné, vendredi, à Dakar, le docteur Papa Serigne Seck, coordonnateur de la plateforme nationale One Health (Une seule santé).
          New Zealand zika virus 'linked to rates overseas and seasonal Kiwi travel patterns'   
Zika virus infected five New Zealanders - probably people on winter breaks - who travelled to Fiji during the incubation period, a surveillance report says.
          'Bloody freezing' Housing NZ property hampers recovery after surgery   
An elderly man recovering from surgery and nursing an infected leg is being forced to live in a freezing Housing New Zealand state house in Lower Hutt. 
          Oregon infant's illness prompts warning about placenta pills   
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant&apos;s infection was tied to the practice....
          Should I be concerned about ransomware attacking my Mac?   

Ransomware continues to grow in popularity as a sort of ‘gold rush’ has been underway in the cyber underworld.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been generated over the past couple of years with one security firm reporting that 64% of the victims they surveyed paid to get their files back.

Enterprising criminals are even posting ‘ready-to-go’ ransomware kits on the underground marketplace known as the ‘dark web’ with offers to split the revenue with users of their code.

The complexity of these attacks continues to grow as the security world and cyber-criminals face off in a high stakes game of ‘cat and mouse’.

The Bad News For Mac Users

All of the high profile ransomware attacks you’ve likely ever heard of have targeted Windows users, but some of the more recent code being made available via the dark web specifically targets all of the versions of the MacOS as well.

Since ransomware takes advantage of the user more than the operating system, there are few technical barriers to creating a Mac specific attack because the point of entry is getting the user to do something they shouldn’t do.

The most common attack vector for Macs so far has been through infected programs that are designed to bypass Apple’s built-in security (Xprotect and Gatekeeper).  These pre-made ransomware packages also claim to be able to bypass detection by at least 50 different anti-virus programs for both Mac and Windows.

The Good News

Unlike many of the Windows ransomware exploits that can compromise users through unpatched back-doors, clever phishing scams as well as rigged downloads, Mac users currently can only be exploited via a rigged download.

Despite the growing popularity of Mac computers, they still only account for roughly 7% of computers worldwide, so they still benefit from ‘security through obscurity’.

To further illustrate the difference in malware focus in general, one security firm puts the number that target Macs at roughly 450,000 while Windows has 23 million known threats.

From a practical standpoint, cyber thieves are always going to focus on the largest opportunity as they’re in it for the money.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

Having said all that, everything is subject to change and having the ‘I have a Mac, so I don’t have to worry’ attitude is a bit misguided – there’s a reason why Apple stopped running the ‘we don’t get PC viruses’ commercials back in 2012.

Making sure you only get programs and apps from reputable sources, install the updates when Apple alerts you and keeping all your other Internet tools, such as your browser, Java and Adobe programs updated are important ongoing tasks.

Every computer user should also have a solid backup process - using an automated online backup service such as Carbonite (https://goo.gl/XKum9f) provides an extra layer of security that will save the day whether it’s ransomware, viruses, fire, flood or theft.

Cyber criminals know that Mac computers are more expensive and that Mac owners statistically tend to be on the higher end of the socioeconomic scale, so keep your guard up!


          AMPHORA® (L-lactic Acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) Receives "Qualified Infectious Disease Product" (QIDP) Designation from the FDA   

www.evofem.comSAN DIEGO, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Evofem Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of women's health products, today announced that its drug candidate, AMPHORA, being studied for contraception and treating Sexually Transmitted...



          STDs on the Rise in Sioux Falls   
The Sioux Falls area saw a record number of sexually transmitted infections in 2016 and 2017 is on track to be a record breaker too. Continue reading…
          First Listen: Tristen, 'Sneaker Waves'   
Nashville indie-rock star Tristen Gaspadarek bears quietly lacerating witness to vulnerability on her infectious third album.
          Hydrograd - STONE SOUR   
STONE SOUR has long outgrown the dismissive and overgeneralized tag “supergroup," stemming of course from its obvious associations and history with mainstream metal juggernaut SLIPKNOT. Like SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR has cracked Billboard's charts too many times to count, yet its reached far beyond that band's demographic and deeper into the pockets of hard rock, radio rock and alternative fans with its inclination toward those styles as well as toward the histrionics of various eras of heavy metal. With "Hydrograd", the group's sixth full-length album, and first since the departure of longtime member and SLIPKNOT mainstay Jim Root, the Des Moines, Iowa-based band has perhaps taken its most noticeable stylistic leap(s). This/these act(s) of discovery can be attributed in many ways to the contributions of Root's replacement, Christian Martucci, as well as those of similarly newish bassist Johny Chow. The metallic hard rock band—rounded out by long-running, core members Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga—has unquestionably tightened its focal point upon all that is rock this go around and decidedly so. While the previous back-to-back "House of Gold & Bones" full-lengths in 2012 and 2013 were creatively rewarding for Taylor, they were significantly taxing and cumbersome for the iconic frontman to the point where he says the process robbed him of some of the pleasure involved in the creative process. With "Hydrograd", freedom from the constraints of elaborate, mapped out narratives allowed for unmistakably upbeat, highly charged anthemic rock songs like the adrenaline fueled "Fabuless" and the dramatic, riff-centric "Taipei Person / Allah Tea", the latter of which boasts an unforgettable chorus reminiscent of modern-day ANTHRAX. The over-the-top garb worn by SLIPKNOT's members is obviously an element of showmanship, but considering the style of music, it conveys that the members are not just dark, they're of a baleful or malevolent ilk. Ironically enough, for all of SLIPKNOT's theatrics and brutish energy and Taylor's role with them, his zest for life betrays the dark image of who he is in that band with this STONE SOUR release. One concludes this by considering the positive disposition and tendencies during Taylor's many interviews, let alone the “half cup full" and hopeful vibe of many of his melodies throughout the years and especially, more than ever, on "Hydrograd". This is more evident on cuts like "Fabuless", and tracks like "The Witness Trees" and "Mercy", which certainly emanate a sense of struggle and hope, in terms of lyrics, vocals and overall musical energy. "Hydrograd" isn't without blemishes, however. While the title track starts off strong enough, the chorus is nothing short of cringe-worthy. Elsewhere, formulaic radio rock infects "Song #3" from start to finish. Offsetting those shortcomings are tracks like the ALICE IN CHAINS-esque beautiful, melodious darkness of "Friday Knights", the barn burning rage of the metallic "Whiplash Pants", and the Southern-flavored stylings of "St. Marie"—a song replete with slide guitars. It's hard to believe that STONE SOUR first reared its ugly head 25 years ago. With the band's longevity in mind, STONE SOUR's ongoing musical curiosity is that much more impressive. "Hydrograd" isn't likely to be revered as a classic like "Appetite for Destruction", but that isn't to say that it isn't a solid metallic hard rock album worth revisiting.
          beatinfected antwortete zum Thema Fragerunde mit Ben Brode und Mike Donais heute um 19:30 Uhr HIER im Livestream verfolgen im Forum Neuigkeiten zu Hearthstone   
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          Um escândalo inominável? Nao...foi no Domingo   
Estas imagens do YouTube mostram aparentemente os carros da comitiva  em que seguiria o Primeiro-Ministro António Costa a passarem no IC8 no último Sábado ( errado, foi no Domingo), ainda a horas de se ver bem o dia.
Como se vê, o trânsito estava cortado à plebe..e nesse momento,( no dia anterior)  morriam pessoas na EN236 por causa destes cortes de estrada para deixar passar quem manda...
 Ainda se soubesse mandar bem!...



Perante o erro de indicação da data não faz sentido indicar demissão alguma, neste caso, mas apenas pedir desculpa a eventuais leitores desprevenidos, pela precipitação da publicação.

Como dizia o povo, "as cadelas apressadas parem crias cegas"...e é bem verdade.

ADITAMENTO:

Pessoas que prezo  alvitraram em conselho amigo a conveniência em retirar este postal. Não o farei para que se veja que o erro na internet deve ser corrigido, imediatamente, o que só é possível aqui.  Nos jornais ou mesmo redacções de notícias de televisão e rádio é mais difícil e moroso.  O caso do avião auto-tanque que caiu e afinal não caiu é um exemplo.
Por outro lado depois de cometido um erro destes não se apaga tal coisa assim, safando os vestígios da publicação. Quem fez isso e lamentavelmente foi um certo Vital Moreira, logo que leu um certo acórdão sobre um arguido excelentíssimo no caso Casa Pia, há uns bons dez anos, para cima. Leu à pressa ou leram-lhe à pressa os considerandos vertidos no proémio do acórdão da Relação que libertou Paulo Pedroso e o lente Vital colocou na sua loca infecta da Causa o veneno contra as autoridades judiciárias que tinham cometido o erro de prender o correlegionário que afinal estava inocente como uma pomba branca.
Fatal! O proémio era a transcrição da motivação de recurso do visado e não o teor da decisão que não dizia o que o lente dizia que dizia.

Quando deu conta do erro apagou à pressa e foi pior a emenda que o soneto porque tinham ficado registos atrás e o rabo felpudo do gato não ficou escondido de todo. Não quero fazer a mesma figura.



          Comment on WordPress Security – A Fresh Perspective for Your Website’s Security by Luca   
Hi Folks, i work as security specialist for an Italian hosting company and my job is to play with penetration testing and hacked sites. I recommend a new WordPress plugin named "WP Security Optimizer" (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-security-optimizer/). It prevent hackers to sabotage your rankings in search engines. Elude attackers that exploits your website and fight Negative SEO attacks made using Acunetix and WPScan and other penetration testing toolkit. Implement features preventing users to be enumerated, and in particular enumeration of installed themes (wpscan --enumerate t) and plugins (wpscan --enumerate vp), generating false positives and forwarding an alert to the site administrator when it detects a scan. And finally, can verify corrupted and infected PHP files stored into "wp-admin" and "wp-includes" folders. Hope it's useful
          Magic with metal    
Hello everyone
it certainly has been a long time between posts !!
Some health issues with my hubby
 have stopped me creating recently.
He had a massive cycling accident 
lots of internal bleeding and broken bones 
and cuts and bruises !!!
He has been diagnosed with Post traumatic Stress Disorder.
the last 5 years he has endured a massive infection from a hip replacement, 
cancer , heart disease and now his cycling accident 
no wonder he is stressed !!!!
 
He is improving little by little 
thank goodness.
I know we can get through this together .
Here is a textured LO 
I used a beautiful photo of a stunning piece of metal jewelery
created by the very talented 
Deryn Boyd Mentock
see her amazing creations on her FB page .
I titled this page MAGIC
 loaded with Dusty Attic chippies and texture.
love these delightful pieces of beauty .





thanks so much for popping by .
and taking a look at my work 
take care until next time 
happy scrapping 
love and hugz from Heather x

          Nothing is straightforward in the cancer world.   
More Men With Early Prostate Cancer Choosing to Avoid Treatment [Gina Kolata, New York Times] From the above link:
"In the Gleason system, which involves a pathologist's assessment of how ominous the prostate cells look, 6 is actually pretty much the lowest score for cells that are cancer, despite the Gleason scale officially starting at 2. The highest is a 10. But many men, hearing that their cancer is a 6, assume the worst. "In the new system, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, instead of calling the cells Gleason 6, they will be called Group 1 in a scale that goes from 1 to 5. "One issue complicating the active surveillance questions, said Dr. Alan J. Wein, the chief of urology at the Perelman School of Medicine, is that the long-term outcomes are unclear. "'We need follow-up of at least 10 to 15 years to be sure we are not hurting these people,' he said. 'The problem is we've been in the active surveillance business only since about 2000, and everyone started off very, very slowly. No one really has a number of patients who have gone for years and years."
Older Men Are Still Being Overtested for Prostate Cancer [Paula Span, NYT]
"There's little medical dispute, however, about stopping PSA screening for men unlikely to live more than nine or 10 years because of their age and health. That so many in this category continue to be screened nonetheless — two million men older than 75 in 2013, the Chicago researchers estimated — is cause for considerable dismay. "For starters, the PSA test loses accuracy at older ages. In fact, abnormal results quite often return to normal in subsequent testing. "Yet abnormal results often lead to more invasive testing and then to treatment — surgery or radiation — that can cause life-altering side effects, including incontinence and sexual dysfunction. "'A PSA screen is not just a blood test,' said Dr. Victoria Tang, a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and the lead author of the V.A. study. 'It's signing up for a prostate biopsy if the screening is positive. And that biopsy can cause pain, bleeding, infection.' "The biopsy, taken with a rectal probe, finds cancer in only 30 percent to 40 percent of men with abnormal PSAs, Dr. Eggener said. If it's a low-risk cancer in a man unlikely to live another 10 years, guidelines advise 'watchful waiting' or 'active surveillance.'"
Previously: Is innumeracy harming the quality of medical care?
          Research Associate IV   
CA-Emeryville, This position will support the diagnostics research function in Immunoassay and mAb development projects. This includes design of experiments for testing new immuno platforms for proteins corresponding to biomarkers of infection or other diseases. The research associate will work with a diverse team of scientists and will be directly involved in Client research initiatives and immunoassay developm
          Une des énormes saloperies de Touraine : les mutuelles d’entreprise obligatoires   
Gérard Delépine évoque dans son article l’infect bilan de Touraine. Il a raison, et notamment pour les mutuelles d’entreprise. L’imposition des mutuelles d’entreprise est pour ma part une arnaque. La première année l’entreprise nous a proposé une mutuelle moins chère et remboursant beaucoup plus que celle à laquelle on avait souscrit à titre individuel, puis […]
          2016 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winner Announced   
Amal, age 17, Maricopa County The Office of Infectious Disease just concluded its fifth annual Healthy Swimming Contest . This year, 50 healthy swimming posters were submitted from Arizona kids ranging in ages from two to 17 years old. All posters submitted suggested ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water [...]
          5 Essential items for your gym bag   
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If you have just started attending the gym, you have probably realized the importance of being properly prepared before, during, and after your workout. Having the right equipment on hand can mean the difference between a great workout and injury. Starving on the way home from the gym while you are caught in traffic? Being prepared with a snack on hand could save you from sabotaging your diet.

For the newbie, it is a matter of trial and error to find out what you need to take with you to the gym. Never be caught out in any situation again and stay prepared for any event that pops up. Here are five essential items that belong in the gym bag of any new trainee.

#1 Dry/wet bag & plastic sandals

There's nothing worse than the smell of a musty, damp gym bag filled with sweaty and wet clothing. Spare yourself the small and the possible bacterial infection with a wet-dry bag. Stuff your wet stuff in it after your shower and don’t worry about it till you get home and throw it in the laundry.

Gym change rooms and showers may appear to be clean, but they can still be a haven for bacteria and viruses such as athlete's foot. Keep your feet protected and away from the shower floor with a pair of foam sandals.

 

#2 Shaker cup with recovery powder

After your workout, you need to eat to replace the energy you burning and begin the recovery process. Keep a plastic shaker cup filled with a dry serving of recovery nutrition powder or a protein shake, in your bag. As soon as you are done with your workout, add in the water and drink it down. If you need a bit of a kick before you start your workout, add in another shaker cup filled with a serving of pre-workout powder.

#3 Compression gear

Aerobic exercise stresses your muscular system and creates micro-tears in your muscles. To recover your muscles, you need adequate nutrition and plenty of rest. Compression gear is another viable form of assisting recovery from workouts. The gear is tight against the skin and provides support in critical areas. Compression gear can be used during and after workouts to increase performance and enhance recovery.

#4 Protein snacks

To train well, you need to eat well. There are many times when we are caught for time and just can’t get a meal in. Using protein snacks at these moments gives you a nutritional boost when you need it most. Protein bars are not just candy bars, most are low in carbs and high in protein, making them a delicious, nutritious snack for anytime of the day. Avoid pulling into the drive-thru and ruining your diet with a few protein bars stashed in your gym bag.

#5 RFID wallet

Most people think of the gym as a safe space where they can focus on their training without distraction. Alas, the criminal element is everywhere in modern society and its at the gym as well. Your bank cards contain your personal data on a RFID chip. Criminals can use scanners to read the chip’s information, even if your wallet is locked up safely in a locker.

A RFID wallet from www.ibricraft.com contains an aluminum sheath that blocks the frequency of the scanner. Criminals are unable to scan the RFID chip and steal your information.

Keep pushing & stay dedicated!

With the five steps, you will be prepared to make the most out of your training sessions. Getting started with a training program and staying dedicated to a training schedule requires discipline. Your commitment to your health is admirable and deserves an eventual reward of achieving your health and fitness goals. Remember to log your results and ask for advice from people and instructors that look like they know what they are doing.

 

 


          Weekend Reading 1-2 July 2017   

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          A. Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea Tablets 120   
Product Description: Bioforce A.Vogel Echinaforce Tincture Tablets, Echinacea purpurea, treasured by Native Americans for its healing powers, flourished in Switzerland. Original plants are the forerunners of the fresh, healthy herbs used to make these tasty tincture tablets. Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used in Europe. Whilst there are two other species of Echinacea which may be found in use, tests have shown that Echinacea purpurea has the greatest activity. It is considered to be the prime remedy for the immune system and this view has been supported by extensive research. The Native Americans were the first to recognise the value of the plant, using it for wound healing and snakebites. HOW IT WORKS: Echinacea works by balancing the immune system so that it works efficiently. This means that you are less likely to catch colds etc, and may be less prone to allergies. It is best taken in a maintenance dose over a period of time to improve immune function. INGREDIENTS FOR USE OF Bioforce A.Vogel Echinaforce Tincture Tablets: • Extract of Echinacea purpurea herb and root; lactose starch and magnesium stearate. • One 250mg tablet contains 6.2mg Echinaforce concentrate, equivalent to 270mg of whole fresh plant or 60mg of whole dried plant. • This product is not suitable for people with milk related allergies. DIRECTIONS FOR USE OF Bioforce A.Vogel Echinaforce Tincture Tablets: • Adults: 2 tablets to be taken 2-3 times daily. • Children (6-12yrs): 1 tablet to be taken 2-3 times daily ADDITIONAL ADVICE: Those suffering from leukaemia or HIV should consult a Doctor before using Echinacea. Do not use if taking immunosuppressant medication. Avoid in cases of known hypersensitivity to Echinacea preparations. USES Bioforce A.Vogel Echinaforce Tincture Tablets: • Colds and flu • Minor infections • Wound healing • Acne • Allergies CAUTION: • Please seek medical advice if pregnant. • Keep out of reach and sight of children

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          A.Vogel Atrogel Arnica Gel 100ml   
Atrogel Arnica Gel a Natural Pain Relief you can trust Atrogel Arnica gel is a traditional herbal medicinal product for the symptomatic relief of muscular aches, pains and stiffness, sprains, bruises and swelling after contusions, exclusively based on long-standing use Atrogel Arnica Gel is made from fresh Arnica flowers within 24 hours of harvesting. This unique formulation gives a gel with higher levels of active ingredients and natural, powerful and effective pain relief suitable for long term use for following conditions: *Joint Stiffness *Sports injuries *Sprains *Muscle strains *Aches & Pains Research shows -Arnica Gel as effective as ibuprofen gel. Arthritis is one of the most common chronic complaints experienced in the western world. Approximately 9 million people in Britain suffer from various forms of arthritis. Bioforce Arnica Gel is more effective than ibuprofen gel in certain measurements. Arnica has been used in homoeopathic medicine for hundreds of years but has now been discovered to possess powerful anti-inflammatory action when used externally as a herbal preparation. It works faster than most topical applications, Is as effective, with no side effects, Is as effective in the long term KEY ARNICA FACTS Proven anti-inflammatory Organic Easily absorbed Backed by research Ingredients(INCI): Arnica montana extract, Ethanol, Purified water, Glycerin (plant origin) Hydroxyproply methylcellulose. Arnica montana, a member of the Asteraceae (dasiy) family, is also called Leopard's Bane and Wolf's Bane. It is a perennial with a bright yellow flower that blooms in July and is a native of central Europe. It has been used in homoeopathic medicine for hundreds of years. Ingredients (INCI): Arnica contains active components that have a marked anti-inflammatory action. Arnica stimulates the activity of white blood cells that disperse congested blood. It also releases fluid from bruised or traumatised areas, stimulating circulation and acting against bacterial infection. A pain-killing effect results from these actions. Arnica montana extract, Ethanol, Purified water, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose Directions for use: Apply sparingly to the required area and massage gently into the skin 2 to 4 times daily. Arnica Gel is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. For external use only. Do not apply to inflamed or broken skin. Wash hands thoroughly after use. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Store at room temperature in a dry place. Keep out of reach of children For external use only. Diabetics should never self treat for any condition of the leg or foot.

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          A.Vogel Menosan Sage Drops 50mls for Menopause Symptoms   
Made with freshly harvested Sage (Salvia officinalis). Menosan is for the relief of hot flushes and night sweats often experienced during the menopause. Sage is also recognised as a Sore Throat remedy. Sage has a balancing effect on hormones, is hypothalamic, antibacterial and an astringent. These drops are to be addded to water. Freshly harvested Sage (Salvia officinalis), a very popular herb with women, is used in this preparation. Sage has a balancing effect on the hypothalamus and temperature control. When drunk, it can also reduce the secretion of saliva. The volatile oils in Sage are good antiseptics and the Tannins in Sage are anti-inflammatory and anstingant. These elements combined, are useful for sore throats, mouth ulcers, and mouth infections. To treat these conditions, use Menosan as a gargle. Directions for Use: To take internally: 15-20 drops in a little water 3 times daily. If night sweats are severe, take 30 drops before bed. Maintenance: For long term management for chronic conditions - 15-20 drops in a little water once daily. To make a gargle: 1- drops in half a cup of hot (not boiling) water. Use up to 6 times a day when needed to soothe sore throats. Children: This product is not recommended for children. Important! Seek advice from a health care professional before taking this product if you are diabetic, epileptic, taking Tamoxifen or Oral Contraceptives. Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a cool dry place. Ingredients:Tinctures of organically grown fresh Salvia officinalis (Sage) leaves, extracted in alcohol (66% v/v).

Price: £9.15 Special Price: £8.25


          Brolene Eye Drops 0.1% W/v 10ml   
Minor eye infections 1-2 drops into affected eye upto 4 times a day Do not use when wearing contact lenses.

Price: £4.80 Special Price: £4.60


          Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily 1% w/w Cream 20g   

Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream treatment is advised to be used for 2-3 weeks to help clear up the symptoms of athlete's foot, including the itching and soreness.

Directions:
Wash and dry feet thoroughly. Apply Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream once a day thinly and evenly to the affected area and rub in gently. Ideally, the cream should be applied at night before going to bed.
Treatment should be continued for 2-3 weeks. If no improvement is seen after 7 days, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions:
Do not use Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream to treat nappy rash, vaginal infections or nail and scalp infections.
Do not use if you are allergic to bifonazole or any other ingredients.
Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it. Do not use if pregnant or during breastfeeding.

Ingredients: Bifonazole, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Palmitate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, 2-Octyldodecanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Purified Water.

Price: £5.49 Special Price: £4.99


          Canesten Cream 1% 20g   
Canesten Cream 1% provides soothing relief from the irritation caused by fungal infections of the skin. It can be applied directly to the skin to help soothe the symptoms including sweat rash, jock itch, nappy rash, ringworm or thrush affecting the outside of the vagina (vulva and labia) or the end of the penis. How does it work? Canesten 1% cream contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat fungi and yeast infections. Canesten cream should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin thinly two to three times daily and rubbed in gently. Treatment should be continued for at least one month for dermatophyte infections and at least two weeks for candidal infections. What is it used for? Skin infections caused by yeasts (eg Candida), dermatophytes (eg Trichophyton), moulds and other fungi, such as the following: Athlete's foot (tinea pedis). Fungal infection of the groin, ie jock itch (tinea cruris). Ringworm (tinea corporis). Fungal nappy rash caused by infection Sweat rash caused by infection Relieving the external symptoms (candidal vulvitis) of vaginal thrush (candidal vaginitis). Inflammation of the penis and/or foreskin (candidal balanitis) caused by infection with Candida albicans (also known as thrush). Clotrimazole 500mg (1% w/w). It also contains benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octydodecanol and purified water. Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. Irritation in area of use Burning sensation The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Price: £4.24 Special Price: £3.49


          Canesten Cream 1% 50g   
Canesten 1% cream provides soothing relief from the irritation caused by fungal infections of the skin. It can be applied directly to the skin to help soothe the symptoms including sweat rash, jock itch, nappy rash, ringworm or thrush affecting the outside of the vagina (vulva and labia) or the end of the penis. Wash your hand before and after applying the cream. Apply the cream thinly to affected areas 2 or 3 times a day and rub in gently. Generally a minimum of 2 weeks treatment is necessary for thrush although up to 4 weeks maybe necessary for other conditions. Clotrimazole 500mg (1% w/w). It also contains benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octydodecanol and purified water.

Price: £8.16 Special Price: £7.16


          Canesten Cream Combi Cream Internal/external 2/10% 5/10g   
Canesten Cream Combi is an ideal combination of creams - a tube of soothing cream to relieve external itching and a single-dose pre-filled applicator of internal cream to treat the cause of thrush. A Vaginal thrush infection may cause any of the following symptoms: Whitish, odourless discharge Persistent burning ItchingHow to use Canesten Cream Combi: Ages 16 to 60: wash your hands before and after using the creams. insert the contents of the pre filled applicator into the vagina preferably at night and apply the external cream thinly to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day. You should carefully read all product packaging and labels prior to use Redness Swelling and soreness of the vagina and vulva

Price: £13.49 Special Price: £11.50


          Canesten Oral & Cream Duo   
to those with a busy lifestyle who prefer the convenience of a single oral capsule but also need the immediate soothing relief of an external cream. The capsule is an effective single dose treatment for vaginal thrush or penile thrush. The cream provides immediate soothing relief from the external itching and soreness caused by the infection. Also suitable for male partners with thrush. A single oral capsule to clear infection. Modern, convenient and discreet A tube of double strength Canesten Oral 2% Thrush Cream Duo* for immediate soothing Contains: One Capsule: Fluconazole 150mg. Thrush Cream 10g: Clotrimazole 2% w/w Other ingredients are colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch and sodium lauryl sulphate. The capsule shell contains brilliant blue FCF (E133), titanium dioxide (E171) and gelatine. The printing ink contains black iron oxide (E172), shellac and soya lecithin Directions Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water (with or without food). The cream should only be used externally. Apply thinly and evenly over the affected area 2 or 3 times daily and rub in gently. Treatment should be continued until the symptoms disappear, or up to 1 week in women and up to 2 weeks in men. When using any medication always read the label. Canesten Creams and Pessaries contain Clotrimazole. Canesten Oral Capsules contain Fluconazole. Please note, Fluconazole should not be used during pregnancy. Please contact your doctor if you are suffering from thrush during pregnancy. What is thrush? Thrush is a common infection that mast women have at some time in their lives and is not caused by a lack of personal hygiene. Thrush is caused by a yeast (fungus) called Candida which may live harmlessly in the vagina without you even noticing it. However the natural pH balance of the vagina that keeps Candida under control can be upset by many factors such as hormonal changes (Menstruation, contraceptive pill, pregnancy, menopause), poor health, antibiotics, perfumed soaps, Bath & Bodycare additives and tight clothing For more serious symptoms you should visit your GP. Canesten Oral & Cream Duo is manufactured by: Wasdell Packaging Ltd., Upper Mills Estate, Bristol Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. GL10 2BJ If you have any questions or would like more information call our Canesten health advice line on 0845 758 5030 Calls charged at local rate If calling from outside the UK please dial 00 44 845 758 5030, please note that calls will be charged at national rate.

Price: £13.69 Special Price: £10.99


          Canesten Pessary (P) 500mg 1   
Canesten 500mg Pessary contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts. Canesten pessary is a single dose treatment for vaginal thrush. It uses an applicator which allows you to go straight to the site of the infection for effective treatment of vaginal thrush. What is thrush? Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast called Candida. This yeast normally lives in your body quite happily without doing you any harm. But when the natural pH balance of your vagina is upset - which can easily happen - Candida can multiply. And that's when you may start to itch and develop thrush. What are the symptoms? The main symptom - and by far the most irritating - is the itching. You may also feel a burning soreness and this can be accompanied by a whitish odourless discharge. Though very uncomfortable, these symptoms can be sorted out quickly and easily, by treating at the site of infection as well as soothing the irritation. Most women seek help for relief of external itching. However, it is important that the infection is treated internally as well as externally, to prevent symptoms from returning

Price: £8.97 Special Price: £8.49


          Canesten Thrush Cream   
partner's penis to prevent re-infection 16-60 years of age: apply thinly 2 or 3 times daily and rub in gently. Treatment should continue until symptoms of infection disappear. However, if after concomitant treatment of the vaginitis the symptoms do not improve within 7 days, the patient should consult a physician Under 16 and over 60 years: not recommended except on medical advice

Price: £7.49 Special Price: £6.49


          Curanail 5% Nail Lacquer Amorolfine Treatment 3ml   

Curanail kills a wide range of different fungi that can cause nail infections. This means that, for the majority of sufferers, Curanail can actually cure the infection. In addition, Curanail comes in the form of a nail lacquer (like a nail varnish), which only needs to be applied once a week. This combination of effectiveness and convenience makes Curanail a first choice over the counter treatment for mild fungal nail infection.
Each Curanail pack contains: 3ml bottle (approximately 3 months' supply) of lacquer Cleansing swabs Reusable applicators Nail files
How effective is it? Amorolfine nail lacquer is an effective treatment that has been shown to clear 85% of fungal infections of the fingernails and 76% of toenail infections (defined as clinical cure plus improvement) with 6 months treatment. Treatment for a fingernail infection is expected to take 6 months (the time for a new nail to re-grow) and about 9-12 months for an infection of the toenail.
Who can use Curanail? You can use Curanail to treat a mild fungal nail infection if: you are aged over 18 you have a mild infection infection affects up to two nails the infection shows up on the upper half or sides of the nail.
Who cannot use Curanail? Curanail should NOT be used by: those aged under 18 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding anyone who has ever suffered an allergic reaction to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients in Curanail those with severe nail infections those with an infection affecting more than two nails If these apply to you, you should see a doctor or podiatrist.
People with diabetes, a weak immune system or poor blood circulation should check with their doctor or pharmacist before using Curanail.
How do I use it? Curanail comes in a pack containing a small bottle of lacquer, cleansing swabs, reusable applicators and nail files.
Nails should be treated ONCE A WEEK. Curanail involves a simple 3 step process:
Step 1: Prepare the nail Using a new file, gently file down the infected areas of nail, including the nail surface. Protect any healthy nails while you are doing this so that you don't spread the infection.
CAUTION: Do not use the same nail file for infected nails and healthy nails, as this could spread the infection as well.
To prevent the spread of infection take care that no one else uses the files from your kit.
Step 2: Clean the nail Use one of the swabs provided to clean the nail surface. Do not throw the swab away as you will need it later to clean the applicator.
Step 3: Treat the nail Dip one of the re-usable applicators into the bottle of nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied. Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.
INFORMATION LEAFLET Before using Curanail, you should read the information leaflet (included inside the pack) carefully and familiarise yourself with the contents. Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions.
How long does it take to work? Treatment of mild fungal nail infections may take time, because the nail has to grow out before the infection is completely cured. For this reason, it is very important that you continue to use Curanail once weekly until the infection has cleared and a healthy nail has grown back. This takes about 6 months for fingernails and around 9 to 12 months for toenails.
Sticking to treatment Some tips to help inspire you to continue with treatment include: Making use of the nail templates which will be provided in the pack along with Curanail. These are drawings of nails for you to fill in to help you chart your progress and draw attention to even the small changes in nail condition.
Using a diary card Picking a day to always apply treatment and trying to build it into a routine for example, following a regular sporting activity or after Bath & Bodycareing Putting a reminder in your diary to see a healthcare professional (e.g. pharmacist, doctor or podiatrist) every 3 months for a treatment review.
This will be vital to monitor your progress and check that Curanail is working for you.
Are there any side effects? Fortunately side effects with Curanail are uncommon. Very rarely, there may be a slight burning sensation around the nails after application, but this soon wears off When using Curanail you should not wear nail varnish or artificial nails as they may stop the treatment from working properly Take care to avoid the lacquer coming into contact with eyes, ears, mouth or nose.
Where can I get it? Curanail is available from your pharmacist, without the need for an appointment or a prescription. The pharmacist will need to ask you a few questions to make sure: you have the type of fungal nail infection that can be treated in the pharmacy (e.g. mild infection)
Curanail is a suitable treatment for you (e.g. you don’t have medical conditions that mean the treatment is unsuitable) In some cases, the pharmacist may need to refer you to your doctor for further advice. 
Treatment review Because treatment is long term, you will need to speak to the pharmacist, podiatrist (also called chiropodist) or GP about how you are getting on with the treatment before buying the next pack of Curanail. This is a progress check to make sure that the treatment is working and that your nail is improving  you can use the nail templates in the pack to help you monitor progress.
The treatment review is also a good opportunity to check that you are using the lacquer correctly and to ask any questions you may have about your treatment. PLEASE READ THE LEAFLET BEFORE USE Precaution Do not store above 30'C Protect from heat Keep the bottle tightly closed after use
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Price: £19.99 Special Price: £15.99


          Daktarin Gold Cream 15g   
propylene glycol, cetyl and stearyl alcohol, sorbitan stearate, polysorbates 60 & 80 sodium sulphite (E221), isopropyl myristate, purified water. Directions: Wash the infected skin and dry well. For mild Athlete's foot: rub Daktarin Gold gently between the toes and surrounding area twice a day for one week. For more severe or extensive Athlete's Foot (eg also affecting the sole or sides of the feet) continue to apply the cream to the affected areas for at least 2-3 days after symptoms have cleared to prevent them coming back. For Dhobie Itch and Candidal Intertrigo: rub Daktarin Gold into the affected area once or twice daily for at least 2-3 days after symptoms have cleared to prevent them from coming back. For further information please read enclosed leaflet.

Price: £4.99 Special Price: £4.49


          Revolutionary Christianity   
In focusing more and more on what Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God, there is some new imagination required for what that would look like in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Especially when being a pastor in a community results in potential political activity.

I am disillusioned with our political reality in the USA. And I'm disappointed in how popular Christianity as aligned itself with politics in order to protect their assets, their power, their position, and their rights.

There is within me an instinctive repulsion to pastors and politics. What's the alternative to posturing and press statements? How to think about being a pastor and involved in politics without ending up as a pawn or a prig?

In these days of searching and listening, I turn again to Jacques EllulI found the following paragraphs to be immensely helpful to me as I seek confirmation of God's leading in my life's work.My interests and skills and calling have lead me into social and political work. In my vocation as a pastor, there is some inner questioning whether this direction is appropriate.  In seeking some kind of justification or spiritual foundation for what I sense to be right, Ellul is most helpful.

"The Christian can never regard himself as being on the winning side, nor can he look on with pleasure while everyone else goes to perdition; should
he do so, he would be lacking in the Spirit of Christ, and by that very fact he would cease to be a Christian.

Bound up with the lives of other men (be economic and sociological laws, and also by the will of God), he cannot accept the view that they will always remain in their anguish and their disorder, victims of tyranny and overwork, buoyed up only by a hope which seems unfounded.

Thus he must plunge into social and political problems in order to have an influence on the world, not in the hope of making a paradise, but simply in order to make it tolerable - not in order to diminish the opposition between this world and the Kingdom of God, but simply in order to modify the opposition between the disorder of this world and the order of preservation that God wills for it  - not in order to 'bring in' the Kingdom of God, but in order that the gospel may be proclaimed, that all men may really hear the good news of salvation, through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Thus there are three directions in which the Christian ought to action the world:First - starting from the point at which God has revealed to him the truth about the human person, he must try to discover the social and political conditions in which this person can live and develop in accordance with God's order.

Second - this person will develop within a certain framework which God has ordained for him. This is the order of preservation, without which man lacks his true setting. Man is not absolutely free in this sphere, any more than he is free in the physical or biological domain. There are certain limits which he cannot overstep without danger to the society to which he belongs. Thus the Christian must work, in order that the will of God may be incarnated in actual institutions and organisms.


Third - this order of preservation will have meaning only if it is directed towards the proclamation of salvation. Therefore, social and political institutions need to be 'open': that is, they must not claim to be all, or absolutes. Thus they must be constituted in such a way that they do not prevent man from hearing the Word of God. The Christian must be ceaselessly on the watch - intelligent and alert - to see that this 'order' is preserved.

But, in doing so, he will find that he is confronted by two possible errors. The one error consists in believing that by constant progress in this order we shall attain the Kingdom of God. It is enough to remind ourselves of the Book of Revelation, or of Matthew 24, to condemn this attitude.

The other error arises out of the conviction that by achieving certain reforms we shall have reached this order which God wills. In reality all solutions - all economic, political, and other achievements - are temporary. At no moment can the Christian believe either in their perfection or in their permanence. They are always vitiated by the sin which infects them, by the setting in which they take place.

Thus the Christian is constantly obliged to reiterate the claims of God, to reestablish this God-willed order, in presence of an order that constantly tends towards disorder. In consequence of the claims which God is always making on the world the Christian finds himself, by that very fact, involved in a state of permanent revolution.

Even when the institutions, the laws, the reforms which he has advocated have been achieved, even if society is reorganized according to his suggestions, he still has to be in opposition, he still must require more, for the claim of God is as infinite as His forgiveness.

Thus the Christian is called to question unceasingly all that man calls progress, discovery, facts, established results, reality, etc. He can never be satisfied with all this human labor, transcended, or replaced by something else.

In his judgment he is guided by the Holy Spirit - he is making an essentially revolutionary act. If the Christian is not being revolutionary, then in some way or another he has been unfaithful to his calling in the world."

Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom, pgs 35-37

          Earex Advance   
2 years and upwards. Earex Advance Ear Wax Removal Drops; The dual action formula of Earex Advance ear wax removal drops softens and removes hard ear wax. Used regularly it can also prevent the build up of hardened ear wax. It is suitable for use in adults, children, elderly people, hearing aid users and water sports enthusiasts. It is of particular use where there is excessive secretion of ear wax in the ear canal. Ingredients: Glycerin, 5.28% w/w urea peroxide, chamomile glycolic extract, purified water, propylene glycol, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, citric acid. Directions for use: Tilt the head on one side and squeeze 3-6 drops of Earex Advance into the ear. Keep them in the ear for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Warnings: Read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using Earex Advance. Do not use if you ear drum has been damaged, you have an ear infection or any other problems with your ears. Do not use if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients listed. Use only in the ear. Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Price: £4.99 Special Price: £4.75


          Eczmol Cream 1%w/w 250ml   
Eczmol 1% Cream has been specifically formulated for those who suffer from dry skin conditions. The active ingredient moisturises, relieves itching and prevents infection. The product can be used as a topical emollient or as soap substitute. Directions for Use: For application to the skin - Apply Eczmol to the affected areas, massage well, repeat as often as required. For use as a soap substitute - Use as you would your normal soap. Use with warm water and pat dry. Ingredients: CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 1% W/W, LIQUID PARAFFIN, WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN,CETOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, MACROGOL CETOSTERAYL ETHER, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PURIFIED WATER.

Price: £6.55 Special Price: £6.25


          Establishment of the Scottish Schistosomiasis National Advice, Investigation and Liaison Group (SNAIL).   
Background to Scottish context Schistosomiasis is the most frequently reported parasitic disease in Scottish travellers. Infection occurs following contact with fresh water where free-swimming cercar
          Travel health: Sentinel surveillance of imported infections: a worldwide issue    
Introduction Since 1998 the Scottish Centre for Infection & Environmental Health (SCIEH) has collaborated with clinicians in the collection, collation and analysis of travel-related infections/incide
          Launch of new European guidelines for control and prevention of travel associated legionnaires' disease   
On 1 July 2002 new European guidelines1, under which the European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) will operate, were introduced, as was a new identity for the scheme - EWGLINET. A work
          Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream 15g   

Active Ingredients: Clobetasone, Butyrate 0.05% w/w. Other ingredients: Glycerol, Glycerol Monostearate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Beeswax substitute 6621, Arlacel 165, Dimeticone 20, Chlorocresol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid Monohydrate and Purified water.
Adults & Children 12 Years of age and over: Apply to the affected area twice a day for up to seven days. If your skin does not improve or gets worse within a week, stop using Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream and see your doctor.
Don't use Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream: If you have ever had a reaction to Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream or any of its ingredients.
If you are pregnant, may be pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are using any other topical corticosteroids.
On children under 12. On broken or infected skin eg. cold sores, athletes foot, impetigo or thrush. To treat psoriasis.
To treat acne. In these cases ask a pharmacist or doctor for advice.
THE CREAM SHOULD NOT BE USED ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS: On your face On private parts Between the toes

Price: £6.39 Special Price: £5.99


          Exorex Coal Tar Lotion 5% 100ml   
Contains Prepared Coal Tar BP 1973 1% w/w WHAT IS IN YOUR MEDICINE? Exorex Lotion contains Prepared Coal Tar 1% w/w which is a treatment for Psoriasis. The other ingredients are Polysorbate 80, Vitamin E, Sodium Propyl Paraben 0.05%, Methyl Paraben 0.1%, Complex of Esterified Essential Fatty Acids, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Industrial Methylated Spirits, Xanthan Gum and Water. Exorex Lotion is a dermatological preparation for external use only. Exorex Lotion is available in bottles of 100ml and 250ml. USE OF THE MEDICINE Exorex Lotion can help treat Psoriasis BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR MEDICINE Exorex Lotion may not be suitable for a few users. You should tell your pharmacist if you think that you may be sensitive to any of the ingredients or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Exorex Lotion may be used by children under 12 years of age. Use with care around the eyes and other sensitive areas of the body such as the mouth. If any lotion accidentally enters the eyes, rinse with water immediately. Exorex Lotion should not be applied to the genital or rectal areas. DO NOT USE IF: • You suffer from folliculitis and acne vulgaris • You are allergic to sunlight • You suffer from a condition called lupus erythematosus • You suffer from infection of the skin or have broken skin CAN YOU USE EXOREX LOTION WITH OTHER MEDICINES? Yes, you can apply Exorex while taking other medicines. WHEN YOU APPLY YOUR MEDICINE Follow the instructions about when and how to use the product. Your pharmacist can help if you are not sure about anything. For use in adults and children over 12 years of age Ensure that all areas of affected skin are clean. Apply a thin layer of Exorex Lotion two to three times a day to these areas. Massage gently and leave to dry. For use in children under 12 years and the elderly The Lotion may be diluted by mixing with a few drops of freshly boiled and cooled water. The product is suitable for use on the skin and the scalp. Do not use the Lotion more frequently than this leaflet recommends. AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED THE MEDICINE. Previous users have found the application of a thin layer of an emollient cream to be helpful in keeping the affected areas moist after application of Exorex Lotion. Exorex Lotion can cause sensitivity to the skin in sunlight and exposure to this should be avoided after application of the product. If any Exorex Lotion is accidentally swallowed call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital casualty department. Always take the bottle with you so the product may be identified. CAN EXOREX LOTION CAUSE PROBLEMS? Exorex Lotion does not normally cause problems (side effects). Sometimes the product may cause skin irritation. If this happens discontinue use and consult your doctor. You should also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other side effects not listed.

Price: £15.27 Special Price: £14.95


          Exorex Coal Tar Lotion 5% 250ml   
Contains Prepared Coal Tar BP 1973 1% w/w WHAT IS IN YOUR MEDICINE? Exorex Lotion contains Prepared Coal Tar 1% w/w which is a treatment for Psoriasis. The other ingredients are Polysorbate 80, Vitamin E, Sodium Propyl Paraben 0.05%, Methyl Paraben 0.1%, Complex of Esterified Essential Fatty Acids, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Industrial Methylated Spirits, Xanthan Gum and Water. Exorex Lotion is a dermatological preparation for external use only. Exorex Lotion is available in bottles of 100ml and 250ml. USE OF THE MEDICINE Exorex Lotion can help treat Psoriasis BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR MEDICINE Exorex Lotion may not be suitable for a few users. You should tell your pharmacist if you think that you may be sensitive to any of the ingredients or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Exorex Lotion may be used by children under 12 years of age. Use with care around the eyes and other sensitive areas of the body such as the mouth. If any lotion accidentally enters the eyes, rinse with water immediately. Exorex Lotion should not be applied to the genital or rectal areas. DO NOT USE IF: • You suffer from folliculitis and acne vulgaris • You are allergic to sunlight • You suffer from a condition called lupus erythematosus • You suffer from infection of the skin or have broken skin CAN YOU USE EXOREX LOTION WITH OTHER MEDICINES? Yes, you can apply Exorex while taking other medicines. WHEN YOU APPLY YOUR MEDICINE Follow the instructions about when and how to use the product. Your pharmacist can help if you are not sure about anything. For use in adults and children over 12 years of age Ensure that all areas of affected skin are clean. Apply a thin layer of Exorex Lotion two to three times a day to these areas. Massage gently and leave to dry. For use in children under 12 years and the elderly The Lotion may be diluted by mixing with a few drops of freshly boiled and cooled water. The product is suitable for use on the skin and the scalp. Do not use the Lotion more frequently than this leaflet recommends. AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED THE MEDICINE. Previous users have found the application of a thin layer of an emollient cream to be helpful in keeping the affected areas moist after application of Exorex Lotion. Exorex Lotion can cause sensitivity to the skin in sunlight and exposure to this should be avoided after application of the product. If any Exorex Lotion is accidentally swallowed call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital casualty department. Always take the bottle with you so the product may be identified. CAN EXOREX LOTION CAUSE PROBLEMS? Exorex Lotion does not normally cause problems (side effects). Sometimes the product may cause skin irritation. If this happens discontinue use and consult your doctor. You should also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other side effects not listed.

Price: £30.58 Special Price: £28.99


          Full Marks Solution 100ml   
Low odour. One half of this bottle should contain sufficient solution to treat a head lice infection on one head. However, you should apply enough to cover scalp and hair to ensure complete success. 3 simple steps to kill head lice and eliminate eggs. Step 1-Comb through dry hair with a normal comb to remove any tangles. Shake the bottle, apply the solution to the dry hair and massage in, ensuring that the entire scalp and all the hair are coated with the solution. Leave on the hair for 10 minutes. Step 2-After 10 minutes you can comb through the hair using the special comb provided, to remove dead head lice and any eggs. TIP:To ensure a thorough job, divide the hair into four quarters and comb each separately. Take a small section of hair from the quarter and place the teeth of the comb as close as you can to the scalp and comb downwards away from the head to the tips of the hair. After each stroke, rinse out the comb to remove any hair and lice and wipe it with a tissue. Once an area is free of lice and eggs, push it to one side and continue until the quarter is completely clear. Once you have finished the treatment, wash out the solution using an ordinary non-conditioning shampoo. Conditioner is not necessary. Step 3-Repeat above steps on days 7 and /or 14 as required. Please read the enclosed instruction leaflet carefully. For external use only. Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store at room temperature . Keep bottle in carton and away from direct sunlight. Do not use after expiry date printed on the label and carton. Contains-cyclomethicone, isopropyl myristate. Used according to the instuctions, Full Marks Solution kills head lice and eliminates eggs. Unlike traditional head lice treatments which poison the lice, Full Marks Solution has a physical action on the lice causing them to dehydrate (lose water) and die, they can then be removed along with any eggs using the comb provided. Should a member of your family need treatment with Full Marks Solution check other members of your family for live lice with a plastic detector comb and treat if necessary. Precautions-There are no special precautions required when using this product. However, if you experience any sensitivity discontinue use, and please tell your doctor or pharmacist who will advise you on the necessary action to take. If the head lice solution comes into contact with skin or the eyes, it can be washed away with warm water. This product is an oily liquid, care should be taken when applying the product, since it might make hard surfaces such as floors or Bath & Bodycares slippery. Protect clothing and upholstery with a towel as this product can stain fabrics. Caution-This treatment is not a water based shampoo. Keep hair away from any naked flame or heat source, and do not smoke whilst using this product.

Price: £5.99 Special Price: £5.75


          Full Marks Solution 200ml   
Low odour. One quarter of this bottle should contain sufficient solution to treat a head lice infection on one head. However, you should apply enough to cover scalp and hair to ensure complete success. 3 simple steps to kill head lice and eliminate eggs. Step 1-Comb through dry hair with a normal comb to remove any tangles. Shake the bottle, apply the solution to the dry hair and massage in, ensuring that the entire scalp and all the hair are coated with the solution. Leave on the hair for 10 minutes. Step 2-After 10 minutes you can comb through the hair using the special comb provided, to remove dead head lice and any eggs. TIP:To ensure a thorough job, divide the hair into four quarters and comb each separately. Take a small section of hair from the quarter and place the teeth of the comb as close as you can to the scalp and comb downwards away from the head to the tips of the hair. After each stroke, rinse out the comb to remove any hair and lice and wipe it with a tissue. Once an area is free of lice and eggs, push it to one side and continue until the quarter is completely clear. Once you have finished the treatment, wash out the solution using an ordinary non-conditioning shampoo. Conditioner is not necessary. Step 3-Repeat above steps on days 7 and /or 14 as required. Please read the enclosed instruction leaflet carefully. For external use only. Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store at room temperature . Keep bottle in carton and away from direct sunlight. Do not use after expiry date printed on the label and carton. Contains-cyclomethicone, isopropyl myristate. Used according to the instuctions, Full Marks Solution kills head lice and eliminates eggs. Unlike traditional head lice treatments which poison the lice, Full Marks Solution has a physical action on the lice causing them to dehydrate (lose water) and die, they can then be removed along with any eggs using the comb provided. Should a member of your family need treatment with Full Marks Solution check other members of your family for live lice with a plastic detector comb and treat if necessary. Precautions-There are no special precautions required when using this product. However, if you experience any sensitivity discontinue use, and please tell your doctor or pharmacist who will advise you on the necessary action to take. If the head lice solution comes into contact with skin or the eyes, it can be washed away with warm water. This product is an oily liquid, care should be taken when applying the product, since it might make hard surfaces such as floors or Bath & Bodycares slippery. Protect clothing and upholstery with a towel as this product can stain fabrics. Caution-This treatment is not a water based shampoo. Keep hair away from any naked flame or heat source, and do not smoke whilst using this product.

Price: £11.99 Special Price: £10.99


          Iglu Gel for Mouth Ulcer Treatment Clinically Proven 8g   
Speeds healing Iglu gel is for fast-acting mouth ulcer treatment providing a pain-relieving , antiseptic and long-lasting protective coating. Key ingredients Lidocaine Hydrochloride 0.66%w/w and Aminoacridine Hydrochloride 0.05%w/w Directions for use in the mouth. For full details, please read and retain the enclosed patient information leaflet. For adults, the elderly and childrem: Apply sparingly, directly to the affected area(s) with a clean fingertip or cotton wool bud. Re-apply as neccessary to keep the affected area(s) protected with a thin layer of gel. Do not use in cases of known allergy to any of the ingredients. Keep away from the eyes. Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Iglu gel is A breakthrough treatment for mouth ulcers is being launched by a British company. Iglu gel, puts a protective cap around the ulcer that sticks even after eating and drinking. Clinical trials have proved that it cuts healing time by one-and-a-half days because the "glue" which makes the gel stick to the ulcer allows pain-relieving and antiseptic ingredients to work more effectively. Mouth ulcers can be triggered by accidentally biting the inside of the mouth, scalding by hot food and drink or rubbing with a rough toothbrush. Some sufferers repeatedly get ulcers when stressed, tired or from viral infections The iglu gel, developed by Diomed Developments, remains liquid while in the tube but changes into a firm protective shield when applied to the skin inside the mouth. This allows the active ingredients lidocaine hydrochloride, a local anaesthetic, and the antiseptic aminoacridine hydrochloride to reduce pain and resist bacterial infection. GP Dr Paul Stillman, who specialises in skin problems, said the pain from mouth ulcers comes from exposure of nerve endings when the surface of the skin is removed, but there are no prescription medicines available. "The clinical trial results show igl� is a breakthrough as it really sticks to the ulcer and protects it. It also withstands eating and drinking, which is an added bonus." In a clinical trial the healing time for those using iglu gel was shortened compared with another ulcer product, down from 5.5 days to four days. Altogether 50 volunteers took part in trials comparing igl� gel with an existing gel product. In all cases, the gel remained in place and for most people it did not need to be reappliedfor up to two hours. In total, 85 per cent of users rated the new treatment as more effective than their previous treatment.

Price: £6.12 Special Price: £5.99


          Lamisil Once 4g Single Dose Treatment for Athlete's Foot   
once. It releases the active ingredient into the skin where it continues to fight the cause and relieve the symptoms of Athlete's Foot. At three months after treatment with Lamisil Once, the incidence of relapse or reinfection was low. Directions: - Read the enclosed leaflet carefully before use. - Use the contents of the tube only once per episode of Athlete's Foot. Apply after a Bath & Bodycare or shower. - Ensure the product is applied to both feet. Using your fingers, apply between, under and over all toes, then to the soles and sides of each foot.Allow the product to dry. - Wash hands with soap and water after use. - Symptoms may persist for a few days as the skin heals.If they do not improve within 7 days, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Do not swallow. Avoid contact with eyes. Not recommended for patients under 18. Do not use while breast-feeding. Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Store in the original pack. For cutaneous use. Ingredients: Terbinafine 10mg/g (as hydrochloride), acrylates / octylacrylamide copolymer, hydroxypropyl cellulose, triglycerides and ethanol. Contains ethanol: avoid naked flames.

Price: £8.49 Special Price: £7.20


          Lifeplan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief Tablets 60 Tablets   

Traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections based on traditional use only. 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Each tablet contains 140mg of extract (as dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench, root (equivalent
to 840mg-1120mg) of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench, root.

Price: £7.99 Special Price: £3.99


          Metanium Everyday Barrier Ointment 40g   

A barrier ointment used on your baby’s skin at every nappy change can form part of a healthy skincare routine.

How to use: Use daily at every nappy change on clean dry skin, using clean dry hands. Apply a pea size amount to the skin, gently spreading the barrier ointment evenly to form a thin protective layer.

Precautions: Do not use if you or your child have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed or have broken, badly cracked, infected or bleeding skin. Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist in these cases. Metanium Everyday barrier ointment contains titanium dioxide, which may stain dark fabrics white. Avoid contact with the eyes. For external use only. If accidentally swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this carton.

Possible side effects: Rarely, mild skin irritation may occur. If you notice this or any other side effect from using the ointment, stop use and tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Price: £2.99 Special Price: £2.49


          Optibac Probiotic Food Supplements Daily Immunity Capsules 30   

Contains Lactobacillus, Acidophilus and super antioxidants. What's it for?
Supports the body's resistance to infection and promotes a healthy immune system. Who's it for? For those with active, demanding lifestyles.
Keeping you at your best. This OptiBac Probiotics formula is an advanced multi-strain probiotic and antioxidant blend developed to support the bodys resistance to infection and promote a healthy immune system. For daily immunity is recommended for people who lead active, demanding lifestyles and for those with weaker immune responses (e.g. people who catch every cold going round, the elderly etc.)
The varied types (strains) of friendly bacteria in OptiBac Probiotics For daily immunity ensure the intestinal lining throughout the gut is well colonised with a healthy coating of friendly bacteria.
A strong intestinal lining bars contaminants and harmful bacteria from entering into the bloodstream.
A rich probiotic balance also supports immune cells in the intestinal walls to help limit the growth of pathogenic organisms.
The antioxidants in for daily immunity are a unique and balanced combination of essential antioxidants as well as other potent natural extracts with very powerful regenerating and free radical neutralising properties.
A unique synergy exists between the advanced antioxidants and probiotic blend in this OptiBac Probiotics formula.
A healthy probiotic balance enhances nutrient and mineral absorption in the intestines, thereby ensuring that the antioxidants are more efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream and can make their way to the cells and organs where they are needed most.
The effect of this synergy makes for daily immunity the best antioxidant formulation available.
Ingredients: Antioxidants: Extracts of Grape Seed, Pine Bark, and Green Tea in OptiBac Probiotics For daily immunity contain powerful, natural and hypoallergenic free radical scavengers and bioflavonoid complexes which are rapidly absorbed and distributed throughout the body.
These antioxidants seek out the free radicals (chemicals produced from the breakdown of foods that can cause cell damage in the body) and neutralise them.
Grape Seed extract contains oligomeric procyanidins (or OPCs) known for their properties in performing regenerative functions such as maintaining the structural strength of blood vessels and assisting in the healthy development of capillary walls.
Probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus among the most well researched and documented species of friendly bacteria naturally resident in the human gut.
An ability to survive the gastric acids and bile salts expected at mealtimes and to reach the intestines without damage ensures that these health promoting bacteria colonise well in the gut where they support immune cells and create a healthy lactic acid environment that limits survival of harmful bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus or Bacillus cereus). Bifidobacteria strains: Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium infantis colonise primarily in the large intestine (or colon) where they play important roles in maintaining immunity.
In this region they promote the production of antibodies and maintain resistance to infection from undesirable bacteria by competitively excluding their attachment to the intestinal walls.
In addition, a healthy balance of bifidobacteria supports the intestines to assist transit and optimise a healthy frequency and regularity of bowel movements.

Price: £10.20 Special Price: £9.99


          Otex express Combi pack   
to soften hardened ear wax and gently libertate oxygen to help it disperse,and a bulb syringe to gently cleanse the ear after treatment. STEP 1-Use the ear drops to disperse ear wax as follows:Tilt head,and genntly squeeze up to 5 drops into ear.Leave for a few minutes and then wipe surplus with tissue.Wash hands after use.Repeat once or twice daily,If necessary,for appoximately 3 to 4 days while symptoms clear. STEP 2-After using the ear drops for 3 to 4 days, Cleanse the ear canal of any remaining ear wax drops by using the bulb syringe as follows: Fill bulb syringe with warm water.Gently position the nozzle of the bulb syringe into the opening of the ear canal but no futher.Cleanse the ear canal by gently squeezing the bulb,allowing the rinse water to run out of theear into wash basin. Ingredients: 5% urea hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. It also contains the inactive ingredients : 8-hydroxyquinoline and glycerol. Bulb syringe made from medical grade pvc. When NOT to use Otex: Do not use Otex if your ear drum is (or has been) damaged Do not use Otex if you suffer from dizziness, or if there is any other ear disorder (such as pain, discharge, inflammation, infection or tinnitus). Do not use Otex after ill-advised mechanical efforts to dislodge wax using fingernails, cotton buds or similar implements, as such efforts can cause the ear\'s delicate inner lining to become damaged, inflamed or infected, whereupon the use of ear drops can be painful. For similar reasons, it is inadvisable to use Otex within 2-3 days of syringing. Do not use Otex if anything else has been used in the ear Do not use Otex if you have a history of ear problems, unless under close medical supervision. Please Check that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients above before using this product. If you have any side effects from using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Price: £8.15 Special Price: £7.95


          Ovex Single Tablet   
However, it may not destroy their eggs, which can cause re-infection and also infect other people. It is therefore strongly recommended that all members of the family (except pregnant and breast feeding woman and children under two) are treated at the same time and that precautions are taken to prevent re-infection. Ingredients: One tablet contains 100mg Mebendazole. Microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, sodium saccharin, sodium lauryl sulphate, orange flavour and orange yellow S (E110). Dosage: For Oral administration. The treatment is a single tablet per person.. Adults and Children over 2 Years: Take one tablet only. The tablets are orange flavoured and may be chewed or swallowed whole. Crush tablet before giving to young children. Not recommended in children under 2 years. If symptoms continue, tell your doctor. In case of re-infection, a second tablet can be taken after two weeks. For further information, see enclosed leaflet. Keep all medicines out of reach of children.

Price: £2.99 Special Price: £2.89


          Panacur 10% Suspension Wormer For Cats & Dogs 100ml   

Panacur 10% oral suspension is an oral suspension for worming cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. Panacur oral suspension can be given direct into the mouth or placed onto the food. Useful for large litters and daily dosing of pregnant bitches.

Panacur 10% is a white oral suspension of fenbendazole as a ready to administer oral anthelmintic for domestic dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. 1 ml contains 100 mg active ingredient fenbendazole.

Panacur 10% is a broad spectrum anthelmintic for the treatment of domestic dogs and cats infected with immature and mature stages of nematodes of the gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Suitable for treatment of lungworm

If you have any queries about the usage or dosing for your pet please do not hesitate to contact us and we will resolve your query as quickly as we can

Price: £28.99 Special Price: £22.99


          Regaine For Men Extra Strength Scalp Foam 1 Month's Supply.   

Directions:

For men aged 18-49 years. For detailed instructions for use see enclosed leaflet. Your hair and scalp should be thoroughly dry before using Regaine for men Extra Strength Scalp Foam.Apply a dose 1 g (equivalent to the volume of half a capful) onto ypour hand and massage on to the scalp twice daily (with a 12- hour interval in-between). See leaflet for instructions on how to improve and at least maintain your hair re-growth. It takes time to re-grow your hair. Hair re-growth may become noticeable after 2 months.

This product should NOT be used by WOMEN. Your hair and scalp should be thoroughly dry before using Regaine for Men Extra Strength Scalp Foam. Apply a dose of 1 g (equivalent to the volume of half a capful) onto your hand and massage on to the scalp twice daily (with a 12 hour interval in between). Please refer to leaflet enclosed in box for instructions on how to apply this product. Replace cap on the can when not in use. Continuous use is necessary to improve and at least maintain your hair re-growth. It takes time to re-grow your hair. Hair re-growth may become noticeable after 2 months.

Warnings:

  • Do not exceed 2 g in one day and do not use more than twice a day (your hair will not re-grow any more quickly and you may risk side-effects). 
  • Wash hands after use. 

Do Not Use if you:

  • Are a Woman. 
  • Suffer from a problem with Blood Pressure. 
  • Don't know why you are losing your hair - See Your Doctor. 
  • Have Sudden or Patchy Hair Loss. 
  • Have a Red, Inflamed, Irritated, Infected or Painful Scalp, or Shaven Head. 
  • Have a Dressing or Bandage on your Scalp. 
  • Are Using Other Medications on your Scalp. 
  • Are Under 18 or over 49 Years of Age. 

Seek advice from your Doctor if you have heart disease (including abnormal heart rhythms or rates, angina or chest pains) and or circulation disorders before using this product. Avoid contact with the eyes. Caution extremely flammable: Pressurised Container. Protect from sunlight and do not expose to flame or any incandescent material. Keep away from sources of ignition - No smoking. Keep out of the sight and reach of children. For External Use Only.

Ingredients: Active: Minoxidil 50 mg/g. Also contains: Ethanol anhydrous, purified water, butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), lactic acid, citric acid anhydrous, glycerol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, propane, butane, isobutane, nitrogen.

FOR UK MARKET ONLY - PRESSURISED CONTAINER

Price: £34.95 Special Price: £26.95


          If You're Planning on Eating Placenta Pills, Think Again   

If you were thinking about taking placenta pills postbirth, you might want to reconsider after an Oregon mother passed an infection to her newborn shortly after ingesting pills made from the organ.

According to the Associated Press, the connection was made once health officials linked the baby's two cases of strep throat to bacteria found in the pills.

Although the practice has become more commonplace among mothers in recent years, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against the practice in its June 30 newsletter. The report stated: "Three days after the infant's birth, the mother had received the dehydrated, encapsulated placenta and began ingesting two capsules three times daily. The physician instructed the mother to stop consuming the capsules. A sample of the capsules was cultured, yielding penicillin-sensitive, clindamycin-sensitive GBS." Thankfully, the Oregon baby was treated with antibiotics and is well on his way to recovery.

Some new moms believe eating their placenta may help with breastfeeding and postpartum depression, but this incident proves it's best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your little one's health.


          The Gospel of the Kingdom   

Proclaim the gospel! This was a cornerstone of Jesus' teachings, and so, this article about Pope Francis and this recent address of his to the faithful caught my eye. The article is called: Pope Francis: Don't be afraid to proclaim the Gospel message, from the Independent Catholic News.

We will blog about the gospel as taught by Jesus in The Urantia Book below, but one thing that I wanted to see in this article was an explanation of just what the Catholic gospel is; I was not really able to find it, but I did want to share what I think comes closest to an explanation:

"In his Angelus address today, to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis urged Christians not to be afraid to proclaim the Gospel message. Although they might experience failure and even persecutions, Christians always live in the knowledge that Lord will always be with them.

"Reflecting on the liturgical reading of the day in which Jesus said to his disciples "Fear no one" but instructed them and prepared them to face the trials and persecutions the would suffer, the Pope said: 'Jesus' mission did not guarantee the disciples success, nor did it shield them from failure or suffering.... this is a bit scary, but it is the truth.'

"In fact, he explained, the disciple is called to conform his life to Christ, who was persecuted, rejected and abandoned to die on the cross."

Click to read the article

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What is the Christian Gospel?

I was surprised that there was not some sort of statement regarding the actual gospel in this article, as taught in the Catholic Church, so I went to try and find it. And these next two examples seemed to explain it pretty well. In essence, it is much the same as all other Christian versions of the gospel: Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised again on the third day.

The Basic [Christian] Gospel Message:

God is a loving Father.

Sin separates us from God.

Jesus died for our sins.

Jesus offers us eternal salvation.

Conversion and turn to Christ.

And here's another version of the Christian gospel:

That's it —the gospel in a nutshell: Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised again on the third day. That is the cornerstone, the foundation of our faith.

In the first example, the first two statement are entirely consistent with Urantia Book teachings, i.e., God is a loving Father, and sin separates us from God. But the rest of the statements are simply re-wordings of traditional Christian teachings about the atonement doctrine - that God required the sacrifice of an innocent person to make up for the sins of humanity.

In The Urantia Book, we learn that this doctrine is false; not only false, but an actual affront to the goodness of God. Once a person has read and has grasped the reality and nature of God as revealed in The Urantia Book, it does become impossible to reconcile the atonement doctrine with the beautiful portrayal of God that we understand from this revelation.

Why doesn't the atonement make sense?

The atonement assumes that mankind is inherently sinful. Jesus corrects that assumption. He declares:

156:5.8 Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful.

This is one piece of really good news that is revealed in The Urantia Book; and it is fully explained when we understand the revelations concerning the mission of Adam and Eve to our world. Rather than a Biblical fable about the first two humans whose sins forever stained mankind, we discover that the default of Adam and Eve (who were celestial personalities) while devastating to humanity, did not somehow infect all succeeding generations of humanity. We do not carry some kind of "original sin" with us as an evil birthright.

Instead, we see this default as what it really was: a failure of these celestial visitors to fulfill their mission of improving the races of mankind through genetic sharing of a higher form of life plasm. Their mission was to have helped humanity to advance materially, physically and spiritually by interbreeding with a superior race. Their default was realized because they were impatient to make it happen, and they did not follow the Divine plan in that regard. But this failure, while it did retard our progress, did not mark succeeding humans with some sort of inborn sin.

In that light, we can see that there was no original sin to be eradicated...no need for a ransomer...no need for an atonement, or a punishment that could only be effected by sacrificing an innocent Son of God.

What is the gospel according to Jesus?

To be clear, Urantia Book teachings are consistent with these truths: Jesus did die on the cross; he was buried; and he did rise again on the third day. But this is not the gospel that Jesus taught.

Jesus' gospel is truly good news...not only is mankind not destined to labor under sin from birth, Jesus declares that all humans are children of God. And by faith, anyone can grasp and accept this reality, thereby securing eternal salvation.

Additionally, this fact of sonship with God brings into reality the brotherhood of all people - a brother/sisterhood that is to be served by every child of God. We are all related - all brothers and sisters under this benevolent Fatherhood of God.

What Jesus taught

Simply go forth proclaiming: This is the kingdom of heaven: —God is your Father and you are his sons, and this good news, if you wholeheartedly believe it, is your eternal salvation." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (141:6.4)

Love is the greatest of all spirit realities. Truth is a liberating revelation, but love is the supreme relationship. And no matter what blunders your fellow men make in their world management of today, in an age to come the gospel which I declare to you will rule this very world. The ultimate goal of human progress is the reverent recognition of the fatherhood of God and the loving materialization of the brotherhood of man. ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (143:1.4)

"Today, the unbelievers may taunt you with preaching a gospel of nonresistance and with living lives of nonviolence, but you are the first volunteers of a long line of sincere believers in the gospel of this kingdom who will astonish all mankind by their heroic devotion to these teachings. No armies of the world have ever displayed more courage and bravery than will be portrayed by you and your loyal successors who shall go forth to all the world proclaiming the good news—the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of men. ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (143:1.7)

The gospel of Jesus is a simple one: it proclaims the Fatherhood of God and the resultant brother/sisterhood of men/women.

Sin and salvation?

It is true that sin can separate a soul from God; but sin, we learn in The Urantia Book, is a choice - it is not a stain placed on a soul without the soul's participation. Jesus helps us to understand sin; he re-frames sin in a clear and understandable way. Jesus taught:

148:4.3 "Evil is the unconscious or unintended transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Evil is likewise the measure of the imperfectness of obedience to the Father's will.

148:4.4 "Sin is the conscious, knowing, and deliberate transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Sin is the measure of unwillingness to be divinely led and spiritually directed.

148:4.5 "Iniquity is the willful, determined, and persistent transgression of the divine law, the Father's will. Iniquity is the measure of the continued rejection of the Father's loving plan of personality survival and the Sons' merciful ministry of salvation.

Click to read more of Jesus' teachings about evil, sin, and iniquity.

About sin and the gospel, Jesus teaches

In preaching the gospel of the kingdom, you are simply teaching friendship with God. And this fellowship will appeal alike to men and women in that both will find that which most truly satisfies their characteristic longings and ideals. Tell my children that I am not only tender of their feelings and patient with their frailties, but that I am also ruthless with sin and intolerant of iniquity. I am indeed meek and humble in the presence of my Father, but I am equally and relentlessly inexorable where there is deliberate evil-doing and sinful rebellion against the will of my Father in heaven. ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (159:3.9)

Salvation is the gift of God, and righteousness is the natural fruit of the spirit-born life of sonship in the kingdom. You are not to be saved because you live a righteous life; rather is it that you live a righteous life because you have already been saved, have recognized sonship as the gift of God and service in the kingdom as the supreme delight of life on earth. When men believe this gospel, which is a revelation of the goodness of God, they will be led to voluntary repentance of all known sin. Realization of sonship is incompatible with the desire to sin. Kingdom believers hunger for righteousness and thirst for divine perfection." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, (150:5.5)

Please see more about the Gospel of the Kingdom in TruthBook's Topical study on the Gospel

So, are we excited about proclaiming the Gospel? Yes! And we always want to remember this commission that Jesus left with us. This quote is from the Master's sixteenth resurrection appearance:

193:0.4"I admonish you ever to remember that your mission among men is to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom—the reality of the fatherhood of God and the truth of the sonship of man. Proclaim the whole truth of the good news, not just a part of the saving gospel. Your message is not changed by my resurrection experience. Sonship with God, by faith, is still the saving truth of the gospel of the kingdom. You are to go forth preaching the love of God and the service of man. That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth. My bestowal should help all men to know that they are the children of God, but such knowledge will not suffice if they fail personally to faith-grasp the saving truth that they are the living spirit sons of the eternal Father. The gospel of the kingdom is concerned with the love of the Father and the service of his children on earth.


          Strepsils Original 16 Lozenges   
throat medications. These are used for the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections. Each lozenge contains 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol. Also contains sucrose and glucose. (see insert leaflet for further information). How to use: Strepsils Original Lozenges are suitable for Adults and Children (over 6 Years Old) and the Elderly. Not suitable for children under 6 Years. Dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2 to 3 hours. No more than 12 lozenges per day. Do not exceed the stated dose. For oral administration only. Remember young children can choke on lozenges. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients do not use this product. If you are pregnant, or if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this product. May cause allergic reactions including asthma. This is more common if you are allergic to aspirin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if; You take too many lozenges. Anything unusual happens. If symptoms persist consult your doctor.

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          Strepsils Sore Throat and Cough 24 Lozenges   
Product Details.Soothing effective relief for sore throats 2,4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol, Amylmetacresol, Levomenthol. Strepsils® Sore Throat & Cough Lozenges contain two antiseptic ingredients (2, 4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol & Amylmetacresol) for use in throat medications. These are used for the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections and dry, irritating coughs associated with the common cold and nasal congestion. The Levomenthol ingredient has mild local anaesthetic action on the throat and also relieves the symptoms of nasal congestion. Each Lozenge contains 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol & 8.0mg of Levomenthol,Also contains Sucrose and Glucose ,See insert leaflet for further information

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          Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream 250g   

Sudocrem has a water-repellent base which forms a protective barrier, therefore helping to stop any irritants (urine and stools) coming into contact with the skin. In addition, the emollient effect of Sudocrem can help to soothe sore inflamed skin whilst leaving the skin feeling soft.

Sudocrem can ease the pain and irritation of nappy rash, whilst other ingredients can help to heal the skin. It can be applied at every nappy change, but please remember to only apply a thin layer as a little Sudocrem goes a long, long way. The general rule is to use a small amount and apply in a thin layer. Massage in small circular movements until the Sudocrem has disappeared leaving a translucent film. If this does not cover the affected area apply a little more. However, if the area stays white after application, too much has been applied. 

Although Sudocrem is the market leader in the nappy rash sector, it can also be used for other skin conditions such as spots and blemishes and eczema as a soothing, protective antiseptic cream with additional healing, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Contains Hypoallergenic lanolin,to help provide emollient properties. Zinc oxide is an astringent which reduces the loss of tissue fluid. Benzyl benzoate and benzyl cinnamate are amongst the ingredients of Peru Balsam, recognised for its healing properties. Benzyl alcohol is a weak local anaesthetic which acts to ease localised pain and irritation. It also acts as a disinfectant/antibacterial agent and is responsible for protection against common bacterial contaminants.

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          Tea Tree Foot & Leg Balm 150ml   
and aching limbs. Organic Tea Tree Oil is a proven antiseptic effective against fungal infections and bacteria. Natural Beeswax helps retain moisture. Organic Olive Oil helps soften and moisturise. Ingredients: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin. Cera Alba (Beeswax), Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nut) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Malaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Leaf Oil, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Directions: Simply massage well into the feet and legs, concentrating on hard or dry skin areas. Not tested on animals.

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          Vitabiotics Feroglobin B12 Capsules 30   

Iron is an essential mineral, which is required for the formation of haemoglobin. This carries oxygen to the tissues where it is used for the release of energy from food. As well as keeping blood healthy, iron is involved to help maintain resistance to infection and in helping to maintain intellectual performance. Sometimes our diets are not well balanced and everyday activities, even drinking tea or coffee, can inhibit iron absorption.
Feroglobin-B12 Capsules provide an effective source of vital blood forming nutrients including organic iron, folic acid and vitamin B12. Excess iron in the stomach is prevented by Feroglobin-B12's special slow release system. This ensures that the release of the blood forming nutrients is gradual and even.
This unique combination is particularly suitable during pregnancy and for women during the monthly cycle. Athletes and slimmers may also benefit from extra blood forming nutrients. No Artificial Colours No Gluten No Preservatives No Fat, Salt or Yeast Feroglobin-B12 is not tested on animals For further Nutritional Information please refer to back of packet.
Directions: One Capsule per Day with your main meal. Swallow with a glass of water or a cold drink. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed recommended intake.
Feroglobin-B12 should only be taken on a full stomach. As with all food supplements, seek professional advice before using if you are under medical supervision, pregnant, breast-feeding or suffer from food allergies. This product contains iron, which if taken in excess by very young children may be harmful.
This amount of iron may cause mild stomach upset in sensitive individuals.

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          Vitabiotics Immunace for your Immune System Tablets x30   

To Help Maintain Healthy Immune Resistance & Long Term Cell Protection Immunace provides a comprehensive formula for the immune system, with effective levels of antioxidants. Vitamins C and E circulate in the body to help protect against the damage caused by free radicals. Other nutrients such as betacarotene protect DNA and cells from within. Immunace helps safeguard nutrients required for:
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No Artificial Colours No Preservatives No Lactose or Gluten No Salt or Yeast Immunace is not tested on animals.
Directions: One Tablet Per Day with Your Main Meal. Swallow with glass of water or a cold drink. Not to be chewed.
Do not exceed recommended intake. Immunace should only be taken on a full stomach.

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          New effective, affordable HIV drug welcome   
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          Women's Parliament to meet over HIV infections   
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          Trendy new mom practice led to infant's infection   
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          Ramsey Lewis review – grandmaster of jazz delivers wit, warmth and poignancy   

Ronnie Scott’s, London
The Chicago superstar darted between soul, blues and Latin dance in an agile set that showcased his infectious funkiness

Like the late Nina Simone, Ramsey Lewis was a gifted church pianist who harboured childhood dreams of classical piano fame but found inspiration in jazz, blues and soul when he was told there were no jobs for African American classical recitalists in the 1940s. And like Simone, Lewis turned that disappointment into a unique fusion of song-rooted gospel communality, jazz spontaneity and European classical symmetries, which made him a much loved multiple recipient of gold records and Grammies.

Latterly, the Chicago musician, now 82, has launched a late-career renaissance as a long-form orchestral composer. His work now hasa playful funkiness and a sometimes whisper-quiet lyrical refinement – even if the soul hooks could hardly be more familiar and his fastidiously classical side sometimes makes him recede into a world of almost impenetrable privacy.

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          Equine GI and Respiratory Disease   
By Nettie Liburt, MS, PhD, PAS Diarrhea is a leading cause of disease in foals, affecting about 6% per year. In foals 7 days old and younger, it causes about 25% of disease. But diarrhea itself has many causes. One of the more worrisome causes to veterinarians is equine rotavirus (ERV) infection, which causes illness […]
          Three children infected by rabies in Sarawak   
KUALA LUMPUR: Three children including two siblings in Serian District, Sarawak have been infected by Rabies. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement Friday said the Health Ministry received a report from the Sarawak Health Department after being notified by the Sarawak General Hospital on June 22. He said the victims aged four, six and seven years were […]
          2014 ~ The year that was    



We find inspiration in many corners of the world, wether it be from fellow Mothers, world leaders, teachers, volunteers, friends or the woman next door. Inspiration is all around us. It is humbling to be told that you inspire another human, especially by another Mother. I have been overwhelmed by being given this title recently, an inspiration. To be the source of someone's inspiration is unexpected. As I am no-one special, I am not extraordinary, I am just a regular woman, an ordinary Mother. I spend my days balancing along the same line as we all do, walking the same roads as the rest of the world. There is no great divide between you and I, I do not consider myself a Mother above any other, I do not consider myself special, superb or overtly unique. I parent my children according to my core values, I have some areas in which I excel in and then I have others in which I fail miserably in. I do the very best I can do, and I give the very most I can give.

I began writing this blog and sharing stories of my parenting adventure as I had found myself living in Sydney with a very young child and totally isolated. I had not yet created myself a group of support, friends, people I could trust and rely on. I had only been living in Sydney for such a short while when Evelyn was born, I was suffering severe social anxiety and I was terribly lonely. So I built myself an online community and although they were not here to call upon on the days I struggled to shower, or I didn't eat until 11pm at night, or the days where all I wanted to do was cry. They were here, cheering me on and supporting me from the sidelines. I began to feel connected to other women, other Mothers and I learnt that I was not the only one who was having those days.

As my life evolved and my family grew, so did my community here. I have connected with more Mothers online than I actually did not expect. We have shared stories, we have supported each other, we have offered advice. I have been thanked, continuously for sharing my stories. But my reality is, I am no more deserving of your thanks, than you are of mine. 

Over the years I have shared some of the biggest struggles that I have been faced with. Evelyn's hair pulling, her lack of sleep. Zalia's reflux. Asher's sleep. My depression and anxiety. I have shared some of the most memorable moments I have been faced with, my pregnancies and my births, the story of my love with Anthony. I have shared childhood stories, dreams and goals, my grief and fears, my happiness. This blog has been a safe dwelling, a place I know I am able to speak freely, openly and honestly. It has surprised me to know that I have people who choose to listen, choose to read and to respond and I have been forever grateful for that open communication. I have grown so much over the years, this blog is testament to that.

This past year I have been unusually quiet here. This past year has been a monumental year of my life. I have been faced with many challenges and I found myself coming here and only writing about the negative. So I decided not to share all of those stories. I decided that I needed to find a place where I could accept those negative moments but also recognise the positives in the year. Because there have been many. So while I have been told, many a time, that I am inspiring some of you, I have not been inspiring myself. This year I have been trying to survive with my head above water. It has been a balancing act. It has been a dance. Two steps forward and one step back.But, as it is the end of the year, it is time to recap on what has been, both the negative and the positive. 

Having found out that we were pregnant with our third child at 11 weeks gestation at the end of 2013 was an unexpected discovery and one that took me by huge surprise. It wasn't that a third child was not in our plans, but rather that I was battling a very young child who was suffering awful reflux and I was still reeling from that. We had planned a third child, just not so soon. But once Zalia had begun to sleep, once I began to sleep, I could see clearly that this pregnancy was a blessing. If not then, than when? 

I took Evelyn to Tresillian as her sleeping was completely out of control. They tried to help. They suggested forcing a day nap, which in turn had her awake until 2am the next morning. They suggested no day sleep (der!). They sent us on our merry way saying there wasn't a thing they could do to help.

Not long after this I had to rush Evelyn to emergency as she had swallowed a $1 coin. She was gagging and was pale as a ghost. She ceased her dancing, her singing, her happy and in her place I had a child who was too scared to move for every time she did she began to vomit. We waiting in the hospital for hours and were finally taken to ER where she was put under general and had the coin removed. Watching my baby go under was very traumatic. A month later and she had to return to hospital to have her tonsils and adenoids removed. 

We found out that we were having a baby boy! We were both excited, for many different reasons!

Evelyn started Kindy. It has been one of the best decisions I have made for her to date, She has learnt, grown and evolved completely in the time that she has been there. 

I re-enrolled in Uni, studying a bachelor of social welfare. I received two credits and a pass this year. I have felt accomplished, successful and proud. I have taken the past 5 months off to focus on getting some sort of sleep in my home and plan on returning in the new year.

Zalia had high temperatures for over a week and there was no obvious reason for them. I took her to and from the drs and they were unable to tell me anything. Once it hit the almost two week mark I decided to take her to the hospital. While we were there they need to get a urine sample from her so attempted to insert a catheter. She was highly unimpressed and I was having to pin her on to the bed while they kept trying. In the end we took her home and I managed to catch wee in a bag and we found that she had a bladder infection. 

I started to build a great foundation of friendships and support and in doing so I have been able to manage my social anxiety, limit bashing myself with doubt and angst and boost my confidence in standing my ground in this world.

I began to a lot of babysitting work, which unexpectedly boosted my self confidence and helped me to believe that I was a likeable person.

Asher was born. He was incredible and beautiful and swept us all of our feet. His birth was beautiful and his introduction to our family has been seamless.

When Asher was 3 weeks old, Evelyn and I decided to bounce on the trampoline. While we were bouncing she took a stack and didn't get up. I knew it was serious, I suspected a dislocated knee or a torn muscle. I did not expect a broken femur but that is what we were presented with. She spent 7.5 weeks in a full leg cast and she blew me away with her resilience, strength and bravery. 

My Sister was married. It was a beautiful and romantic day. I was proud to play a part in her wedding and I am blessed with a wonderful Brother In Law.

I took up some casual waitressing work with a local catering woman. I look forward to those nights of work more than I expected I would.

Zalia decided to stick a small plastic bead up her nose. Which I thought was hilarious, until it disappeared. I had to rush her over to emergency and have them show me how to blow it out of her nose. Weeks later Zalia was playing on a friends trampoline and she ran full pelt at the open gate of the net, not realising, and she fell head first out onto the ground. I watched helplessly and seriously believed that if she hadn't have snapped her neck and died that she was going to be severely paralysed. She walked away with a chipped tooth and a scratch on the head. 

On the same day I was diagnosed with pneumonia. 

Evelyn continued her battle with sleep, only very rarely falling asleep before 10pm at night. Asher began to wake every 40 minutes and only be fed back to night, always sharing the bed with me. I was severely sleep deprived, completely sick and found myself on the way to the Drs to check my lungs as they had become worse, I had only Asher in the car with me and managed to walk inside without him. 

On that day I called tresillian, I called my therapist and I told my friends just how bad things have become. I decided to become more open with where I was so that if I wasn't sound of mind, clear thinking, then everyone around me would be which is when I started sharing openly here (and on Facebook) about my depression and anxiety. 

I took Asher to tresillian. It was amazing, I walked in there and felt like the world opened up and gave me a big warm hug for an entire week. We came home and Asher slept faultlessly, until he became sick with ear infections and he is now on a downward spiral.

I was clinically diagnosed my a psychiatrist with severe anxiety and moderate PND. This scared me to have an actual diagnosis.

I had a beautiful community of woman turn up on my door step each night for two weeks delivering hot, home cooked meals. I spent most nights afterwards in the most joyous tears at just how kind the world can be to a perfect stranger. It blew my mind. (Thank you Sonja!).

Zalia has been seeing an ENT and today was booked in to her grommets in and adenoids removed mid January next year with pending removal of her tonsils after she is two.

I am stronger, braver and more courageous than ever before. I am more honest and open about my feelings, my struggles and my happiness. I have more best friends than I actually ever realised was possible. My relationship is healthy, even though we live on barely any sleep. I am happy. I am overwhelmingly happy. The year has been huge and I have struggled, I will continue to struggle. But I have leaped and cleared each and every single hurdle with my family in tact, my friendships stronger and a clear mind. I have proven to myself that I am a wonderful Mother, I care about my children more than I knew. 

I love hard, I live honestly and I am forever self evolving.
I am living a successful life, I am excelling and I am failing but I am learning.
I am pretty okay with that!

Happy 2014 and may the next year be bigger, brighter and bolder,
thank you for sharing your lives with me and allowing me to share mine with you
xx




          Tresillian - The sleep School   
Hi, my name is Jess and I am a sleep-a-holic. Its been three and a half years since my last sleep. I haven't been able to contain my cravings or limit my desire. I spend my days waiting until I can have the next hit, but I have three little people who have made it their life mission to steal it away from me. 

I havent spoken much about Asher's sleep patterns, mainly because my biggest struggle has been watching Evelyn's nightly battle to head off to sleep. But the combination of three children and there constant fight with sleep had finally taken its toll on me and it became apparent that Asher was, in actual fact, the worst of them all. 

I had a week, about a month ago, where this sleep deprivation had wreaked havoc with my body and my mind. A throat infection that I had been fighting for months had travelled its way down and caused pneumonia and all I really needed was to sleep for a week, which was impossible. I was completely exhausted that I began to forget things. Things as simple as what day it was, my shoes, drink bottles, commitments I had made, important events in friends lives. But on this particular day, I forgot the most important of all the things. I had dropped the girls off at a girlfriends house so that I could go to the Drs and have my chest checked. I drove to the  Drs, I got out of the car, into the waiting room, sat down and sighed relief that I didn't have the children with me. It was then that I realised that I did actually have a child with me, only I didn't. I had left him behind in the car. I ran out to the car and had retrieved him in less than 5 minutes. But, I had forgotten him.

It was at that point that I realised just how broken this lack of sleep had made me. I never thought I would be the person who could forgot my child. But there I was, sitting in the Drs waiting room, in absolute shock. So while I was in the Drs I broke down and asked for a referral to tresillian and then I held my breath and waited for admission. Two and a half weeks, I only had to survive two and a half weeks.

On Monday the 17th I packed my packs and Asher and I left the family to spend four nights learning how to sleep. Walking into Tresillian (willoughby) was like walking into your Grand Mothers house. It felt like a big warm hug. The nurses greeted us with smiles, they were gently spoken and empathetic. We sat down and went through a welcome interview, telling them about what our patterns and habits were. I advised that he wakes every 30-40 minutes over night. I wasn't worried too much about his day sleeps. But his nights were an issue. We had been surviving the nights by pulling him into bed with me, feeding him and then co-sleeping. It was the only way I could ensure that I, and the house, would be able to get some sleep. 

So when Monday night arrived and he went to sleep without so much as a complaint, I worried that I would appear to be lying. However, within 30 minutes he started to wake. Waking four times between 7 and 8:30pm. He finally settled for a short two hours and then the party began. I was so shocked by just how bad it actually was. He was loud, he screamed, he was wide awake. At 3am the nurse removed him from my room and tried to settle him in the common room while I tried to get some sleep. I slept from 3am until 5am, when Asher was due for a feed. It was horrible, I was emotional.

Night two, we had the same experience. Asher was again removed from my room, just so I could get an hour or two sleep. The nurse, Michelle, who looked after him was so gentle and beautiful, towards both myself and to Asher. I felt safe and comfortable to return to my room and get some sleep. 

I woke the next morning and I was truly disheartened, I could not imagine that this was ever going to change. That this was to be my life, from here on in. It was so defeating. The nurse that morning readmitted me to return the following week, as Asher was just so impossible. Night three rolled around and I felt so extremely anxious and apprehensive. I didn't want to tackle ANOTHER night. 

I put him to bed at 7pm on night three and I sat on the lounge and I couldn't help but I cry. The hope and faith I had put into the magic that is Tresillian was quickly leaving me. I was surrounded by others Mothers who were just short of Angels, they were loving and supportive and encouraging. I took myself to bed in preparation for another night of torture. Asher woke as I entered the room and I gave him a bottle. It took him 1 and a half hours to settle. I drifted off into a nervous sleep and when I was woken by Asher's cry, I couldn't help but think "here we go again". Until I looked at the clock and it was 5am! Amazing! I was all smiles!

Night four came around and I found myself convinced the night before was just a fluke. But, he proved me wrong. When went to bed at 7:30pm, he woke at 2am and then slept until 7:30am! We woke up and had some play time and he rolled from back to tummy for the first ever time. I was able to cancel our re-admittance and come home positive that we will be okay!

Tresillian is the place that sleeping angels are made from! The support, the company, the sleep, the kindness, it is incredible. I left there feeling calm, confident and strong. I will be forever grateful to the women who supported me through what was such a highly emotional and physically draining week. I will remain confused about what we really did to change his habits. Other than stretching out his feed times and his wake times, I really do not know what the magic cure was! 

Last night, all three children were asleep at 10pm (the girls sharing a room for the very first time and Asher in his big man cot!). Anthony and I crawled into bed at 11pm and we weren't woken until 5:30am. 

Hi, my name is Jess and I am a sleep-a-holic and I think I may just find my hit in the next coming days!
          Astringent 101   

Astringent 101

You have probably heard talk of atringents before, especially if you have heard promises of skin care products that can tone or tighten the skin. But what does astringent really mean? How does an astringent work? What foods have these properties and how can you reap the benefits?

What it is and how it works

Astringent is a medical term that describes iterations of the body with medicines, herbs, and foods that cause a contraction of body tissues. Our tongue doesn’t necessarily have taste buds that pick up astringency but we have all tasted foods that leave the mouth feeling dry. What happens is, instead of taste buds sensing a flavor like sweet or sour, the astringent food tones and constricts tissues in the mouth. Tannins are one example of an astringent. Tannins, a polyphenol produced by plants as a self protection mechanism, bind saliva proteins. When these saliva proteins aggregate we sense a rough sandy sensation in the mouth.

This process can also relate to the entire body, not just oral sensations. Once ingested, astringents contract tissues inside of the body. One common use of astringents internally is to stop diarrhea; have you ever heard of people drinking cranberry juice when they have diarrhea? Astringents also affect the mucus system, slowing the body’s production. If applied externally, astringents work to tone and make the skin plumper by constricting it. Just imagine the act of pulling the skin tight and in turn, smoothing minor wrinkles.

Astringents can be used to stop bleeding. Native Americans used to apply wild sage to external wounds to stop blood. Another, more common, use of astringents on the skin is to combat acne. By constricting the skin the body cannot produce as many facial oils resulting in less irritated pores and therefore reducing breakouts. Other uses can be seen in relieving minor skin irritations, allergies, insect bites, athlete’s foot, or fungal infections.

Astringent Foods

The most common example of a strong astringent taste is green and black tea. These, especially if left unsweetened, leave the mouth feeling dry or dehydrated. In addition to tea, there are many other foods that are astringent. Another easy example would be grape skin. Just think of that dry malbec wine that leaves your mouth feeling puckered. Other examples include; green bananas, banana peels, pomegranate, cranberries, rosemary, the white part of citrus fruits, very cold water, witch hazel, distilled vinegar, or sage.

Most of us would benefit from the balancing effects provided by astringents, especially those inclined to the sweet and salty foods. When using astringents on the skin, be mindful of using them in dry or sunny climates.


          Ingredient Profile: Comfrey   

 Comfrey

In my home and travel first aid kit, I always include comfrey for its strong healing properties. Comfrey is a member of the borage family. It grows in all temperate regions and is native to Europe. In moist place, comfrey grows like a small shrub, with textured green leaves and purple flowers. Comfrey has been used historically to haisten wound healing and promote bone and wound regeneration. However, comfrey use is restricted in some countries because of concerns of toxicity when taken internally, particularly the root of the plant. (The leaves contain less of the harmful substance.) Regardless of its edibility, using comfrey on the skin has many wonderful benefits.

Medicinal Uses

Comfrey’s primary use is a remedy for wounds. It can also be used to heal bones, cartilage and prevent infection. Comfrey acts in four ways that make it one of the best choices for this job.

  1. Comfrey is an astringent, meaning that it causes contraction of the skin. This protects the skin and reduces bleeding in minor cuts.

  2. Comfrey is anti-inflammatory. In injuries and irritants where inflammation and swelling is present, comfrey use reduces it, lowering pain and helping to relieve acute and chronic inflammation.

  3. The reason that comfrey spreads healing is that it is a cell-proliferator. This means that it encourages cell growth and production to occur at a rapid pace.

  4. Honey has been used on wounds to keep the area moist, protect it from infection and to form a soothing layer over the wound. Comfrey acts in this way also, as it is a demulcent. This protective layer can reduce pain and provide the necessary environment for the wound to heal.

Comfrey contains two active ingredients that are responsible for it having the ability to act in this way. The first and most important active agent is allantoin. Allantoin is a chemical compound that is naturally produced in many plants and animals. It is produced in high levels in Comfrey and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is also the part of comfrey that encourages the growth of new cells, which speeds the process of bone, cartilage and muscle cell growth.

Because of allantoin, comfrey can be used to treat skin conditions, wounds, sprains and broken bones. Secondly, comfrey contains tannins that work with mucilage. Mucilage is a fluid that forms a gel-like form. Together, this sooths burns and scrapes in a similar way to the popular aloe vera plant. Making a poultice out of comfrey releases the mucilage in a way that can easily be applied to the body.

Comfrey is often used in salads and teas, but when taken internally, great care should be taken with the consultation of a professional herbalist. When in doubt, do not eat. Externally, however, no dangers have been found, and with such powerful and specific uses, comfrey is a necessary staple in any natural health care advocate’s, or self-sufficient individual’s cabinet.

 

 

Adina Ferrin

Nutrition Writter

naturalfootcareproducts.com


          Ingredient Profile: Tea Tree Oil   

10 uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, otherwise known as melaleuca oil, is extracted from the leaves of the tea tree through distillation. The tea tree itself is native to Southeast Queensland and the coast of New South Wales Australia, and is rumored to have gotten its name from sailors who enjoyed making tea from its leaves. Tea tree contains almost 100 compounds that make this essential oil special, and though it is toxic when consumes, tea tree has multiple uses outside of the body and round the home. Here are just ten of the numerous usages.

Skin Benefits

Tea tree oils strong germicidal properties kill germs, inhibit growth of infectious agents such as bacterial growth, viruses and fungi multiplication. The compounds in tea tree work by killing the bacteria and fungus which has many benefits to the skin.

  1. When applied to the skin, tea tree can calm allergies.

  2. When applied directly to insect bites, tea tree helps to quicken healing the bite and sooths the itch.

  3. Tea tree oils also sooths dry skin and can reduce symptoms as well as help to heal conditions like dandruff on the scalp.

  4. Tea tree oil has powerful sterilization properties and can be used on minor cuts and burns to cleans and prevent infection.

  5. Diluted with other oils, tea tree makes an excellent facial wash.

  6. 10% tea tree oil in cream helps with symptoms of scaling, inflammation, itching, and burning on skin, hands, feet and especially athletes foot. For fungus infections of the nails and infections on the hands or feet, a stronger concentration of tea tree oil in cream can be used as a remedy.

Other Benefits

Also because of its powerful sanitation properties, tea tree oil has many uses around the house as a cleanser. It can also be used for killing odors, preventing