Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Antimicrobial resistance is as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare".Over the last few decades, development of new antibiotics has nearly ground to a halt as big pharma does not think it is worth the low return on investment. "It is vital that we tackle the spread of drug-resistant infections before routine operations and minor illnesses become life-threatening", UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in response to the plan, in a statement released Thursday. Cooperation with Europe is therefore paramount to research and surveillance efforts that can better enable us to plan for pandemics and respond to global health threats.In its five-year plan on tackling antimicrobial resistance in the United Kingdom, published today (January 24) the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) committed to "enhancing the role of pharmacists" in community and primary care "to review the dose and duration of antimicrobial prescriptions (especially … [Read more...] about Britain launches 5-year antimicrobial resistance action plan
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Residents of Edmonton's Griesbach neighbourhood who were flooded out by sewage after heavy rain backed up the sewer system are considering legal action. Around 130 basements in the north Edmonton neighbourhood were flooded on Friday, July 19, two days after it had begun to rain heavily. The volume of water exceeded the capacity of the Epcor sanitary trunk line, forcing raw sewage up drain pipes. Michelle Miles — whose rental home filled with more than a metre of raw sewage — is organizing a class action lawsuit against the utility company. "This is Epcor's fault and it's crummy that they're not taking any accountability," Miles said. "They flood my house with sewage from all over the area and I can't even get a 10-per-cent discount on my bill." Miles has canvassed the neighbourhood, gathering names and insurance details, which she submitted to a legal firm. So far, 25 households have expressed interest in pursuing a case, … [Read more...] about Griesbach residents consider legal action following raw sewage flood
Amusement parks are designed to deliver thrills. They are places for splashing and screaming and laughing, often on rides that defy common sense, not to mention the laws of physics. But a park in New Jersey routinely delivered a lot worse — bloody noses, bruises, broken teeth and bones, concussions and even death. People who spent a day at Action Park in its prime, in the 1980s and 1990s, often left with something to show for it: scars. “People were bleeding all over the place,” said Susie McKeown, who is now 52 and remembers going to Action Park after she graduated from high school more than 30 years ago. “People were walking around the park with scraped elbows or knees.’’ She went home with her own badge of honor, having broken one of her front teeth on a ride that ended with a 15- or 20-foot plunge into a chilly pond. “You went so fast that if your chin hit the water at the wrong angle, you chipped your teeth,” she said. She is … [Read more...] about ‘People Were Bleeding All Over’: America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park
A new front in the NYCLASS war Cornwall, N.Y.: I’m a supporter of NYCLASS and will continue that support (“NYCLASS ends fight for ban on Central Park carriage horses,” July 18). Look, there is abuse of animals throughout the globe and a group of us tries to limit the amount of this abuse. It exists in our food supply industry (I’m vegan), in medical experiments, in the garment industry and in entertainment. These horses are part of the entertainment abuse, so we should do what we can to bring safety and maybe even some pleasure to these animals. If you have ever watched a video of wild horses, you would see them run free and play. Carriage horses have none of that, but we can show them some mercy. I applaud NYCLASS for seeking another way to move forward and mitigate some of the harsher elements of these horse’s lives. Tom DiCarrado Un-stable situation Manhattan: Regarding NYCLASS’s questionable suggestions for the horse-drawn carriage … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on carriage horses, health care and hip hop
PARIS — The man the alt-right claims as its spiritual father is a 74-year-old who lives with four cats in a Paris apartment around the corner from a Creole restaurant, a West African clothing store, and a Peruvian supermarket.His name is Alain de Benoist, and he has published more than 100 books in his nearly 60-year writing career that encompass topics from anthropology to paganism. As the leader of a movement begun in the 1960s known as the “New Right,” he won one of France’s most prestigious intellectual prizes, was a columnist for several of its leading newspapers, and helped build the canon of fascist and radical writers familiar to political players ranging from Richard Spencer to Steve Bannon.His core arguments are at the heart of many nationalist movements around the world, echoed even by those who do not know his name. His work helped give an aura of respectability to the notion that European “identity” needs to be defended against erasure … [Read more...] about They Wanted To Be A Better Class Of White Nationalists. They Claimed This Man As Their Father.