Sick Kids Hospital identifies case of infection linked to heart surgery

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital is advising former heart surgery patients about a single case of a bacterial infection likely linked to a device used during cardiovascular surgery between December 2013 and 2016.The non-tuberculous Mycobacterium chimaera infection has been associated with a device used to heat and cool the blood during heart surgery.Sick Kids started using the heater-cooler units in December 2013, but changed how they were implemented in 2016, based on recommendations from Health Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.Families of children who may have been exposed to the bacterium during heart surgery have been notified of the risk and what signs and symptoms to watch for. The CDC estimates the chances of getting the infection at less than one per cent.The hospital says a health provider should be contacted if a former patient experiences such symptoms as prolonged, unexplained fever; night sweats; unexplained weight loss or failure to thrive in infants; and chest pain.M. chimaera is commonly found in water and soil and typically doesn’t cause disease in humans. The types of the infection linked to heater-cooler devices can take several months or even years to become evident, and the infection is treated with antibiotics. It is not passed from person to person.Parents can call the hospital’s special information line 416-813-8880 or email [email protected] if they have concerns or questions.———Online:For frequently asked questions: http://www.sickkids.ca/VisitingSickKids/Infection-Prevention-and-Control/Current-Issues/72311-NTM%20infections%20FAQ%20for%20web.pdflast_img read more

Some Inuit women value testifying at MMIWG Inquiry in Iqaluit

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsTuesday marked the second day for the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Iqaluit.Unlike previous hearings, which focused on victims and their stories, these hearings are about history.Two Inuit women giving testimony talked to APTN News about what it meant to [email protected]@kentdriscolllast_img

Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson HURRICANE MATTHEW

first_img Related Items:Hon. Robinson says be prepared for the coming storm, hon. robinson urges employers to allow staff adequate time to secure home and property, hurricane matthew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 3, 2016 – “Overnight the Turks and Caicos Islands has gone from a Hurricane Watch to a Warning. Matthew is a slow moving, Category 4 Storm accompanied by heavy rains and whilst panic must not be the order of the day, we as a people must take its passage very seriously.”“This nation has been spared many times over and whilst we continue to pray for mercy, we must prepare for the worse. Those of us who experienced the passage of Hurricane Ike has fresh memories of a storm that left a trail of damage, and we often boast of no loss of life. I encourage us to recall only the need to prepare and not be reckless in trying to predict a similar outcome.”“I am encouraging all residents to take heed and to prepare by securing your properties and by ensuring that the important items for the emergency pack are in your home.  We have many low lying areas that are prone to flooding in lighter conditions and I am calling on these residents to seek higher ground and not to put their lives at risk or the lives of those who may be placed in difficult circumstances if called upon to rescue them in the event of an emergency during the Storm.”“I am calling on all employers to be compassionate and allow their employees adequate time to safeguard their homes and properties. I likewise await the Government’s Statement to hear of the timing for closure of Schools and Government offices.”“I wish to thank DDME for the updates and ask that we heed the call to be vigilant and prepared. The published list of Shelters, I am certain will be announced later today and I encourage you to please locate the one nearest you and if you feel that you have need to take shelter there, please do so before the Storm.”“We are still our brothers keepers and I trust that we will look out for those families and individuals that are most vulnerable especially our elderly and special needs residents.  Parliamentary colleagues and Pastors, I expect that we all will assist in whatever way that we can.  Let me also use this forum to thank the Government for continuing on the path of tradition and for arranging for the return of children and medical patients from Jamaica.  It is our responsibility to ensure that our people are brought to safety.”“As a blood donor, I will also like to encourage persons to take a few minutes today and donate blood at one of the Medical facilities.”“Let us pray for those emergency personnel who will be at work ensuring our safety and for the people of these Islands and all the other Islands who have suffered the wrath or are in path for Matthew.”“I wish for us a safe passage. May God continue to be with us.”Hon Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonLeader of the Opposition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hurricane Matthew ripping through Grand Bahamalast_img read more

Serie A needs young talent like Andrea Pinamonti – Moreno Longo

first_imgFrosinone boss Moreno Longo has maintained that Serie A ‘needs young talent like Andrea Pinamonti’ following his greatly needed equaliser against Fiorentina last Friday.Frosinone and Fiorentina played a 1-1 draw yesterday and Pinamonti who couldn’t impress in two seasons at Inter, scored the second goal of his loan spell at Frosinone yesterday to give his side ‘a very important point’ for his side.“It’s a very important point for us because it’s our fourth consecutive result that’s useful,” the Coach said after the game via Football Italia.“It moves us up the table and for a team who must survive, it’s a very important result.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I’m happy with how the team managed to stay in the game. Against a team like Fiorentina, you have to be good at staying in the game because they might not be clinical.“Therefore, you have the chance of equalising like we did tonight. I must congratulate Pinamonti because he’s very humble and he works very hard in training.“He has the quality to be an important player, not only for us but in a League that needs young talent like him.”last_img read more

A helping hand

first_imgIncreasingly school students, are using their spare time to go beyond academics into areas like social work, to lend a helping hand to those less privileged.‘Don’t do good work to see results in your lifetime. Do it so that others get motivated. It may be just a drop in the ocean but even that makes a difference’, says Anushka Mandal, a class 11 student, from Kolkata who played Secret Santa to the underprivileged during one Christmas.Anushka, student of a Kolkata school, says she helped 500 people who were living on the streets by distributing blankets to them during winters in 2012. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She claims to have raised a total of Rs 55,000 from friends and family to buy blankets. Organising volunteers into five teams Mandal says she went around the city on one cold, winter night and laid blankets on people sleeping on the pavements.‘During winters, there were stories of people dying. I really wanted to do something for them. My mother, who has been in social work since her school days, told me to go to some key companies and some friends and ask them to donate. On December 27, I asked some people to come with me. We went in different directions of the city and laid blankets on the poor, sleeping on streets. It felt good,’ says Anushka. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnushka says she moved by what she saw at a Chennai hospital when she was a ten years old and has continued to be motivated by that incident ever since.‘I was diagnosed a diabetic when I was eight years old. I was really young and no specialised doctors were available in Kolkata then. We then decided to go to a hospital in Chennai.There I saw the doctors giving medicines and injections to diabetic children, who could not afford it. That motivated me to help the needy,’ says Anushka. Anushka was among other school children who went to Washington recently to represent the country at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.Maneka, a class 12 student from Gurgaon aspires to become a social entrepreneur and deal with social issues.‘I taught English in slum areas near my house. There I met a girl named Pooja, who told me how her family received only three litres of water a day. I thought of writing about her story and about the benefits of conserving water,’ says Maneka.The school girl, who says she aims to become a social entrepreneur says she self-published her book titled Rohan On A Water Saving Spree. Written in a narrative style the illustrated book targets children aged 5 to 11 and shares important and practical tips to save water within their homes.While Maneka works towards conserving water, city-based boy Aakash Pawar strives hard to combat social evils like child marriage and child labour. A class eleven student Aakash Pawar has been teaching underprivileged children and conducting development programs for them for the past seven years.‘In class four, I used to play with some underprivileged children near my house. Gradually I started noticing that out of them three girls were not sent to school and assigned household chores, while the boys went to school. When I was in class 6, I started persuading people to send their daughters to school,’ says Aakash.Today with 20 members, his organisation, which receives funding from other NGOs and individuals uses simple, yet innovative methods to teach the children.‘I make them play puzzles. Spell out different words together and use simple games like Name, Place, Animal and Thing to teach the children,’ says Aakash ‘We have two hands. One is for us, while the other is to help the needy. Today, people are using their hand for their own prosperity but we should use both and make a difference to the society,” says Aakash.PTIlast_img read more

Google Pats Itself on Back for Response to EU Antitrust Probe

first_img 2 min read June 24, 2013 Google said on Monday it had done a good job coming up with concessions to allay EU antitrust concerns it blocks competitors in web search results, as it sought to deflect criticism the proposals would serve only to reinforce its dominance.The world’s most popular search engine has been under investigation for nearly three years by the European Commission, the EU executive.More than a dozen companies, including Microsoft, British price comparison site Foundem and German online mapping company Hotmaps, have accused it of squeezing them out of the market.Google proposed concessions in April, hoping to end a case which could otherwise lead to a fine of up to $5 billion. It offered to label its own products in internet search results and make it easier for advertisers to move to rival platforms.Its competitors, asked by the Commission to comment on the proposals, said the plans would actually strengthen Google’s dominance of internet searches by forcing rivals to compete among themselves, and would also raise their costs.EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Google would almost certainly be asked to improve its proposals.However Google’s general counsel Kent Walker said on Monday that its offer went far enough.”Our proposals are meaningful and comprehensive, providing additional choice and information while also leaving room for future innovation,” Walker said on the company’s Europe blog.”That’s why we focused on addressing the Commission’s specific concerns, and we think we did a pretty good job.”Walker’s were the first substantial comments from Google on the matter since it made its offer.If the Commission decides Google’s proposals resolve the competition concerns, they can make the commitments legally binding for the company.The U.S. Federal Trade Commission ended its investigation into the same matter without any significant action in January, handing Google a major victory. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Square Market Now Takes Bitcoin Payments

first_img 4 min read April 1, 2014 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img If you’re lucky enough to have bitcoins burning a hole in your digital wallet, you can now spend them over on whatever you want (or can afford) at Square Market. And, no, it’s not a lame April Fool’s PR stunt. We promise.  It’s true. We confirmed today that Square has indeed joined forces with Coinbase, a popular global Bitcoin wallet service, to allow merchants selling their wares through the mobile payment platform’s online store to easily, mostly painlessly accept the cryptocurrency as payment. And, of course, shoppers to pay with it.Related: Coinbase Snags Top Execs From Facebook, AmazonThe pain is in the per-transaction price, but it’s not really that much of a raw deal. As Recode pointed out, Square Market merchants will have to eat a 2.75-percent fee for each Bitcoin transaction. That’s the same cut Square takes for credit card purchases, yet notably more than a smidge higher than the 1 percent or less per transaction fee that most Bitcoin payment processors charge.    Square Market Lead Ajit Varma announced the Bitcoin news yesterday in a blog post. He laid out exactly how Square Market Bitcoin payments will go down. It’s a “simple” process, Varma said, and it’s “seamless” and “pretty magical to witness first hand!”   Seamless. Hmmm. Interesting word choice for a multi-step process that works like so: When a Square Market customer chooses the “Pay with Bitcoin” option, the e-retailer produces a new Bitcoin address to connect to his or her order. Then the company monitors that address throughout the checkout process to ensure that the payment is received.Next, the customer submits their payment by opening their mobile Bitcoin wallet and scanning the QR code to bring up the transaction details. If a buyer has a web hosted Bitcoin wallet, they’ll be instructed on exactly how to enter the necessary information.Related: More Major Retailers Are Getting Ready To Accept BitcoinHey, wait. Whatever happened to simple? Right. We are talking about Bitcoin here.So, when the payment details are delivered to the customer’s wallet, they submit their payment to the network, Varma said. Then Square Market confirms that their receiving address was “successfully funded and automatically advance the buy to the order confirmation page.”Also “keeping it simple for the seller,” Square Market merchants receive Bitcoin payments in USD “in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers’ customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk of Bitcoin value fluctuations.”Coinbase will reportedly process Square’s BTC to USD exchanges. Then — phew — at last, the seller fulfills the buyer’s order. (We contacted Coinbase for additional details, but company officials declined to comment, deferring to Square public relations. Square was also contacted, but did not comment.)Related: Another Score For Bitcoin: You Can Now Use It To Pay For CollegeTwitter co-founder Jack Dorsey launched San Francisco-based Square, best known for its small, slick and innovative iOS and Android plug-in mobile credit card readers, in 2010. The startup raised a total of $341 million in venture capital, with backing by heavy-hitter investors like billionaire Richard Branson, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Biz Stone (Dorsey’s original Twitter wingman) and about two dozen others. According to TechCrunch, the steadily skyrocketing company is slated to process some $30 billion payments “this calendar year” and is reported to be valued at $5 billion.Starbucks and Whole Foods recently partnered with Square to bring the company’s Square Stand iPad retail POS systems to their in-store checkout operations. Now, with Bitcoin payments expected to pour into Square Marketplace, we’re wondering how soon we’ll be able to pay for purchases with the virtual currency inside both and other Square-partnered brick-and-mortar businesses, if at all. We asked a Square spokesperson, who did not comment.   Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesWe’ll have to wait and see, but a Venti Starbucks Caramel Flan Latte paid for in BTC sure sounds good right about now. Anyone want to hook us up with a Starbucks gift card number to plug in over at Card For Coin? Uh, oh. Scratch that. It looks like Card For Coin, which once let Starbucks gift card holders trade gift cards for bitcoins, is down for the count while its owners predictably “sort out some regulatory issues.”Bummer. No Bitcoin Starbucks brew for you. Not yet at least. Listen Nowlast_img read more