News story: New commitments in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

first_imgPublic Health Minister Seema Kennedy has confirmed the government will be retaining the world-leading expertise of outgoing Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies, as UK special envoy on AMR. Dame Sally will be working across all sectors to deliver a ‘One Health’ response to AMR, which includes health, agriculture and the environment.Professor Dame Sally played a critical role in putting AMR on the global agenda, driving forward the UK’s world-leading strategy and advising the UN in her role as Co-Convenor for the Interagency Coordination Group on AMR.Last year the government committed £32 million funding to accelerate the UK’s work in the global fight against AMR. Ten leading research centres across the country will now use the funding to explore new ways to inform prescribing and identify patterns of resistance.The awarded funding will support the development of a state-of-the-art, virtual ‘open access’ centre that will link health outcomes and prescribing data. This technology, led by Public Health England (PHE), will gather real-time patient data on resistant infections, helping clinicians to make more targeted choices about when to use antibiotics and cutting unnecessary prescriptions.PHE will use £5 million in funding to develop a fully functional model ward, the first of its kind in the UK, to better understand how hospital facilities can be designed to improve infection control and reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant infections.Other successful funds include £4.4 million to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to test ‘individualised’ approaches to antibiotic prescribing by bringing together patient care and clinical research, and £3.5 million to the University of Liverpool to apply innovative genome sequencing to enable more personalised antibiotic prescribing.Today’s announcement follows the government’s 20-year vision and 5-year national action plan published earlier this year, setting out how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling AMR by 2040.List of programmes funded (PDF, 64.6KB, 2 pages)Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy said: Innovation is critical to tackle the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance. With this investment we will be able to create the most sophisticated AMR data set globally, enhancing our ability to monitor AMR and design effective interventions to halt its rise. By increasing our laboratory capacity to study novel agents and the healthcare environment, we’ll be able to take bold steps to preserve antibiotics for when we really need them and improve care and outcomes for patients. Dr Susan Hopkins, Public Health England, said: Professor Dame Sally Davies said:center_img Antibiotic resistance poses an enormous risk to our NHS – we are already seeing the harmful effect resistant bugs can have on patient safety in our hospitals. It is vital that we retain the irreplaceable expertise of Professor Dame Sally Davies – an international expert in AMR – and continue to invest in research. This funding to prop up the facilities for novel ideas and technologies, supported by the continued leadership of Dame Sally, will play a vital role in helping us to tackle this threat. AMR is a complex challenge which needs local, national and global action. The UK should be proud of its world-leading work on AMR. We have made tangible progress but it is essential we maintain momentum. I am honoured to have been asked to continue this vital work on behalf of the UK government.last_img read more

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The Color Purple Star Cynthia Erivo on Meeting Oprah & the Movie That Always Makes Her Cry

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Star Files View Comments The Color Purple Related Shows Cynthia Erivo Age: “28 going 15.”Hometown: London, EnglandCurrent Role: Making her Broadway debut and reprising her acclaimed London performance as Celie in the revival of The Color Purple.Stage and Screen Cred: Erivo’s breakout performance was in the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, followed by the starring role in the U.K. tour of Sister Act. She went on to appear in Simon Cowell and Harry Hill’s I Can’t Sing and take on the title role in Dessa Rose. Her other credits include Marine Parade, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain and Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed Henry IV. She received an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination for her performance as Celie in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2013 production of The Color Purple.last_img read more

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Boxing news: Malignaggi gives advice to Pacquiao

first_imgFormer champion Paulie Malignaggi offers this piece of advice to Manny Pacquiao, who is now preparing to face the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather: Use the jab properly.The former IBF light welterweight and WBA welterweight champion said the only way to beat Mayweather is to disrupt his rhythm.“You should know how to use a very good jab. You should know how to use a jab correctly, with patience, but be busy with that,” the boxer dubbed “The Magic Man” said in an interview with Fight Hype.“Sometimes you gotta know how to use the jab on its own with speed and mixed rhythm and break Floyd’s rhythm.”The worst thing a boxer could do against Mayweather is to launch a combination after a jab Malignaggi said, noting that the undefeated American is very good at picking his shots.“You gotta be patient and not throw combinations behind every time you throw the jab,” said Malignaggi. “I feel that that’s the problem with Pacquiao. He doesn’t know how to throw his jab on his own. If he throws a jab, he gotta throw combinations behind it.” “You gotta watch him (Mayweather) all the time and if you don’t watch Floyd, you’re gonna get your ass kicked.”Despite lacking knockout power, Malignaggi managed to pile victories by utilizing a slick defensive style. Of his 39 fights, he won 33 and lost six. Seven of his victories came by way of knockouts.Malignaggi is also known as a harsh critic of Pacquiao and has repeatedly insinuated that the Filipino boxer was into performance enhancing drugs.”For the rest of us who have a clear head and are looking at things diplomatically, it’s kind of hard because who the [expletive] grows as much as Pacquiao was growing after their 28th birthday? Nobody grows that much,” he said in an interview with Fight Saga years ago.”Nobody gets that much bigger after their 28th birthday. No one is growing and filling out that much after they’re fully grown. Especially a guy with Manny’s genetics.”last_img read more

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Masters 2019: Bettor wins record $1.19M on Tiger Woods’ comeback

first_imgRemember that gutsy gambler who placed an $85,000 bet on Tiger Woods to win the Masters at 14-1 odds? Well, his risk turned into a massive reward.The unidentified bettor earned a record $1.19 million payout from William Hill after Woods triumphed Sunday at Augusta National following an eventful final round to claim his first major title in almost 11 years. JUST IN: William Hill will present the largest single golf payout in its US history to bettor who won $1.19 million on an $85,000 bet on Tiger to win the Masters. Bettor flying into Vegas, will be given check where he placed the bet — the @SLSLasVegas in person at 5pm ET. pic.twitter.com/t5NfD8ISNx— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 15, 2019″Pretty good first bet,” William Hill U.S. director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said in a statement. “It’s great to see Tiger back. It’s a painful day for William Hill — our biggest loss ever — but a great day for golf.”But William Hill wasn’t the only sportsbook to underestimate Woods, as ESPN notes the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas reported a high-five-figure net loss on its Masters futures and offshore sportsbook BetOnline.ag suffered the company’s biggest loss on a futures market.As for Woods, he secured his best ranking since 2014 following his triumphant Masters campaign as he improved to a world ranking of sixth. Not too shabby considering the 43-year-old had fallen to 1,199th in the world after being plagued by injuries and off-course issues. The payout was the largest single golf ticket in the William Hill’s U.S. history and the biggest since the sportsbook paid out more than $4.5 million over three bets on the Eagles after they defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in February 2018.It’s also believed to be just the fourth seven-figure payout on a bet at a William Hill U.S. sportsbook. Related News Tiger Woods rises in rankings after memorable Masters wincenter_img What’s even crazier? It was the first wager ever placed by the unidentified customer at William Hill, which will mark the occasion by presenting the bettor with his check in person Monday afternoon. The unidentified gambler will fly to Las Vegas to accept the payout. Tiger Woods on Masters win: It’s ‘something I will never forget’last_img read more

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