Researchers re-estimate annual deaths from multidrug-resistant infectionsInfectious disease specialists from Washington University School of Medicine estimate that the number of deaths caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) is more than six times higher than widely cited figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In a letter published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the researchers looked at data on inpatient and outpatient deaths in 2010 and estimated that a minimum of 153,113 deaths that year were caused by MDRO infections, with a worst-case scenario of 162,044. That would make MDROs the third-leading cause of death in the United States in 2010. The CDC estimated in a 2013 report that drug-resistant infections are responsible for 23,000 deaths a year, but because hospital codes don’t specify deaths caused by MDROs, the true burden remains uncertain.The researchers based the number of inpatient deaths caused by MDROs—70,837—on a conservative estimate of inpatient deaths due to sepsis (34.4%, 245,960) and the reported rate of MDR pathogens in sepsis cases (28.8%). The numbers for outpatient deaths—82,276 to 91,207—was determined by estimating how many outpatients died from infections in 2010 (17% to 19% of all cases, or 285,680 to 316,690 deaths) and then assuming that 28.8% were caused by MDROs.The authors of the letter say the estimates illustrate the need for better surveillance and reporting mechanisms for MDROs infections.”With rampant overuse of antibiotics, establishment of MDRO breeding and transmission centers (long-term acute-care hospitals and nursing facilities), and increasing rates of iatrogenic immunosuppression, the population at risk for MDRO infections and the likelihood of drug resistance will continue to increase,” they write. “To address this critical issue, establishing the burden of MDROs is crucial to guide research funding allocation.”Nov 22 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol letter Japanese ASP reduces use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, study findsJapanese researchers report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases that an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) centered around post-prescription review with feedback (PPRF) was tied to a reduction in the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and the average length of stay at a Tokyo hospital over 4 years.The before-after study conducted at Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center evaluated the impact of the ASP on antimicrobial use, patient-related outcomes, and changes in antimicrobial resistance in the inpatient setting by comparing two periods—the pre-intervention period (April 2012 to March 2014) and the intervention period (April 2014 to March 2018). The main activity in the ASP was a once-weekly PPRF meeting focused on auditing patients who were on carbapenems and piperacillin-tazobactam for more than 72 hours. Antimicrobial use was expressed as days of therapy (DOT) per 1,000 patient-days (PD).An interrupted time series analysis showed that the monthly average use of both carbapenems (from 17.33 DOT per 1,000 PD to 8.67) and piperacillin-tazobactam (25.43 DOT/1,000 PD to 20.95) was lower in the intervention period than in the pre-intervention period. But the change in slope for carbapenem use significantly diminished over the course of the intervention period (from -0.73 to -0.003 DOT/1,000 PD [P < 0.001]), and the change in slope for piperacillin-tazobactam did not reach statistical significance (-0.04 to -0.24 DOT/1,000 PD [P = 0.16]). Post-intervention use of narrower spectrum antimicrobials was higher, but only ampicillin-sulbactam use reflected a statistically significant change (+0.58 DOT/1,000 PD [P < 0.001]).The analysis also found that the monthly average length of hospital stay declined by -0.04 days per month (P < .001) and antimicrobial costs declined by -37.4 USD/1,000 PD per month (P < .001). Few post-intervention changes in the incidence of drug-resistant organisms were observed.The authors conclude, "While the trends in antimicrobial use seen in the current study failed to demonstrate statistical significance, the results do suggest that PPRF for broad-spectrum antimicrobials can contribute to a sustained reduction in the use of antimicrobials and conduce to a hospital-wide de-escalation in antimicrobial use without compromising patients’ clinical outcomes."Nov 22 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract Review: Stewardship studies lack qualityA comprehensive systematic review of studies on antimicrobial stewardship has found that the overall quality is low and has not improved over time, a team of Dutch and British researchers report in Clinical Microbiology and Infection.For the study, the researchers searched for all studies evaluating antimicrobial stewardship interventions published from 1950 through 2017. All studies underwent full-text evaluation, with reviewers assessing studies based on pre-specified design quality features (including use of randomized research design, multiple centers, and external controls) and factors that may influence design choices (including clinical setting, age-group studied, and financial support received.)In total, 825 studies were included for review; 205 were in the community setting and 620 were in the hospital setting. Studies in the community setting fulfilled a median of 5 of 10 quality features, while studies in hospital settings fulfilled 3 of 10 quality features; none of the studies fulfilled all 10 quality features. Community setting studies were more likely to use randomization (odds ratio [OR], 5.9; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.8 to 9.2), external controls (OR, 5.6; 95% CI, 3.6 to 8.5), and multiple centers (OR, 10.5; 95% CI, 7.1 to 15.7). Most studies focused exclusively on process measures, with only 48% of all studies reporting clinical outcomes and only 23% reporting microbiologic outcomes. No improvement in quality design over time was observed.The authors of the review say the findings will be used to formulate recommendations in a white paper that will "support investigators with key decisions, support funders assessing proposals for stewardship studies, and enhance the quality and impact of research in this crucial area."Nov 23 Clin Microbiol Infect study
In the first 3 months of the US coronavirus epidemic, the number of excess deaths in the United States was 122,300, 28% higher than the reported number of COVID-19 deaths, according to an observational study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.Led by researchers from Yale University, the study analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better characterize the burden of the novel coronavirus during the beginning of the US epidemic and compare death counts to those of the same period in previous years.Substantial variation among statesFrom Mar 1 to May 30, there were about 781,000 all-cause deaths in 48 states, 95,235 officially attributed to COVID-19, leaving 122,300 more than would be expected during that period. The researchers said that although they cannot classify the deaths as due to COVID-19, flu activity had fallen to historically low levels in March.In several states, the deaths occurred before the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic tests and thus weren’t counted as coronavirus deaths. The estimated number of excess deaths varied significantly among states.For example, in New York City, all-cause deaths were seven times higher than baseline at the pandemic peak, with 25,100 excess deaths, of which 26% were not attributed to COVID-19. In other parts of New York, excess deaths were only twice as high as baseline, with 12,300 excess deaths.Other states with high numbers of excess deaths were New Jersey, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Illinois, and Michigan, while there were few or no excess deaths reported in some smaller central states and northern New England.The gap between deaths attributed to COVID-19 and the estimated number of all-cause excess deaths also varied among states, with California reporting 4,046 coronavirus deaths and 6,800 excess deaths, leaving 41% of excess deaths not attributed to COVID-19.The gaps were even wider in Texas, with 55% of excess deaths not classified as due to the coronavirus, and in Arizona, where 53% of excess deaths were attributed to causes other than COVID-19. Minnesota showed the best agreement, with only 12% of excess deaths unattributed to COVID-19.Timing of increased testingThe authors noted that the discrepancies could be partly due to the intensity and timing of increased testing. For example, in states like Texas and California, excess all-cause death rates occurred several weeks before diagnostic COVID-19 testing was widely available. In contrast, states such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, where the gaps were smaller, were able to increase testing before or at the same time as the rise in excess deaths.The differences could also be the result of guidelines on the recording of deaths that are suspected but not confirmed to be due to COVID-19 and the location of death. For example, nursing home deaths may be more likely to be correctly attributed to the coronavirus because they have a higher chance of being recognized as part of the epidemic.The reported increase in excess deaths could also reflect increased numbers of deaths directly caused by the virus, avoidance of visiting the healthcare setting, and declines in deaths due to automobile crashes or air pollution.According to the researchers, official death counts became better matched with excess death estimates as the pandemic progressed, perhaps because of increased testing and recognition of the clinical signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For example, New York City added another 5,048 COVID-19 deaths after carefully reviewing death certificates, generating a number that more closely aligns with the researchers’ estimates.The authors noted that, in the early part of the pandemic, when diagnostic tests were in especially short supply, only about 10% to 15% of all coronavirus infections were diagnosed. “These findings demonstrate that estimates of the death toll of COVID-19 based on excess all-cause mortality may be more reliable than those relying only on reported deaths, particularly in places that lack widespread testing,” they wrote.
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMBLos Alamos“Knives Out” seems at first a simple ‘whodunit’ murder mystery. But, over its 2 hours and 10 minutes, the initial, simple explanation of who is to blame gets increasingly complex. An ensemble cast of many familiar faces (and a few new ones) adds fun to the drama. Happily, this story about a mysterious death turns into a dark comedy with laugh out loud twists.The story opens with an old gothic mansion, set above a lake, somewhere in a New England autumn. Black dogs run from the house and a tray is carried to an upper study. The study door opens to reveal an old man lying on a sofa with his throat slit, dead. There are no preliminaries to introduce the man or his family. The film gives that task to the detectives (and the consulting private investigator) who interview each household member in turn.The story goes from a loving family gathered to celebrate the old man’s birthday dinner, to numerous chinks in their armor: which family member might be on the outs; who may have yelled something at the old man; what he may have said to each of them about his new will. The members of this pleasant group of supportive offspring, who consider the nurse “a part of the family,” begin to show their true colors, recalling events and conversations that took place the night of his death.Director Rian Johnson (, Star Wars VIII: ) has assembled a compelling cast for this film. Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombley, a successful mystery writer with his own publishing empire. Jamie Lee Curtis is Linda Thrombley Drysdale, Harlan’s daughter, who built her own business with daddy’s help. Her husband, Richard Drysdale, is played by Don Johnson, and their entitled son, Ransom, is played by Chris Evans. Toni Collette plays the widowed Joni Thrombley, daughter-in-law to Harlan, and mother of college student Meg (Katherine Langford). Harlan’s other son, Walt Thrombley (Michael Shannon) runs Harlan’s publishing company. He is married to Donna (Riki Lindhome) and they have a son, the alt-right leaning Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Somewhat peripheral to the action is Harlan’s mother, Greatnana Wanetta Thrombley, played with quiet comic wisdom by K Callan.Also key to the story is Harlan’s nurse, Marta Cabrera played by Ana de Armas. Rounding out the ensemble are the detectives. Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) takes the lead, asking questions of each household member, backed up by a Thrombley novel fan, State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan). Present in the background, and eventually taking over the questioning, is a private investigator, Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig with a broad southern accent.There are wonderful details in this film: the strange items displayed around the house; Harlan’s research into methods of murder to write his books; Harlan’s touching friendship with Marta; Harlan’s family members as they reveal the poison that their wealth has become; Marta’s immigrant family and her own special gift for sensing the truth.Knives Out may not win any awards, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Understandably, it is “Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.” But there is not much of any of that. Instead, the film will keep you guessing, and should keep you smiling, with occasional outbursts of laughter.
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In connection with the collaboration, Marubeni will obtain the right to distribute and service Tyrata’s DOS in Japan, and Tyrata gains the support of a trusted technology partner in the Japanese market. Marubeni will start introducing DOS units in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2020. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementVeoneer Inc., a global company focused on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD), has appointed Mats Backman as chief financial officer (CFO). He joins from Autoliv, where he has held a similar position since 2016. Veoneer was spun off from Autoliv in July 2018.Backman will join Veoneer after ensuring a smooth transition of his current responsibilities in Autoliv, at the latest in early July 2019. H will replace Mathias Hermansson who has decided to seek new opportunities outside the company.“I warmly welcome Mats to Veoneer. He is a proven leader with a strong track record and I look forward to working together with him to take Veoneer through the next growth phase,” said Jan Carlson, chairman, president and CEO, Veoneer.“I look forward to joining Veoneer. The company is very well positioned in the growth area of automotive technology. The timing for this transition is good; I get to participate to the next part of the build-up of Veoneer and Autoliv is in a stable situation with a strong finance team,” said Backman.AdvertisementFollowing Backman’s departure from Autoliv, Christian Hanke, vice president, corporate control, will serve as interim CFO until the search process for a permanent CFO at Autoliv is completed.,Tyrata Inc. and Marubeni Corp. have announced a collaboration for distribution of Tyrata’s IntelliTreadDrive-Over System (DOS) in Japan. Tyrata’s DOS and corresponding data analytics platform have proven effective in the automation of tire tread depth monitoring and Marubeni will be introducing the new technology to its customer base in Japan.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We see a demand for low-cost, automated tire monitoring across our customer base and we believe that Tyrata’s products meet the cost and performance requirements in this market. Marubeni is pleased to be a partner for Tyrata in Japan and we look forward to providing customers with this innovative new technology,” said Kazuyoshi Hosoi, general manager, Tires and Rubber Materials Department.Advertisement “As we expand our efforts into the global market, Marubeni is an important element of our distribution strategy,” said Jesko von Windheim, Tyrata’s CEO. “Marubeni not only gives us a capable and trusted sales and service partner in Japan, but they also offer established channels into many other Asian markets.” Marubeni will introduce the DOS to Japan and, through demonstration tests with logistics companies, proceed with verification of demand for automatic tire wear measurement, improvement of driver safety, and reduction of tire maintenance costs. Marubeni plans to conclude an exclusive distributor contract with Tyrata after verification. As partners, Marubeni and Tyrata will utilize each other’s knowledge to promote the use of automated wear measurement equipment for tires, thereby contributing to the realization of a safe and smart society. Organizations interested in learning more about the IntelliTread portfolio may contact Luka Lojk at mailto:Luka.Lojk@Tyrata.com or +1-704-593-8418.
Already In Progress/OngoingRiverhead Light ShowThe Riverhead Holiday Light Show & Santa’s Village features dozens of new larger-than-life displays. Attendees can expect to take about 20 to 25 minutes to drive through the show in its entirety. This year, organizers BOLD Media introduced photos with Santa at Hotel Indigo. Attendees are able to buy packaged tickets for the Light Show and photos with Santa. Open select dates through December 29. A full schedule for the show is available online at www.RiverheadLightShow.com.Holiday Shoppes At East End ArtsGet some of your holiday shopping done at The Holiday Shoppes At East End Arts, located at the East End Arts Main Gallery, Fresh Pond School House, EEA Carriage House at 133 East Main Street, Riverhead. Also at Peconic Crossing Gallery, 11 West Main Street, Riverhead. Through December 22. Visit www.eastendarts.org to find out more.Wednesday, December 4East End Women’s NetworkThe East End Women’s Network Holiday Dinner, Gala, and Auction will be held at Stonewalls Restaurant, 967 Reeves Ave, Riverhead, from 5:30 to 8 PM. Cost: $45/members and $50/non-members. Tickets available through Eventbrite.Thursday, December 5Feast By The FireplaceTutto il Giorno x Urban Zen x The SHED Workspace host a fundraiser for Keep Sag Harbor Warm at Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor for Festa Al Camino, or “Feast by the Fireplace.” Sitting down together over a three-course, family-style dinner with wine, the focus of the evening will be around building community, increasing awareness, and raising money. Currently, the Sag Harbor Food Pantry assists around 75 families that reside within the Sag Harbor School District. Once winter comes, many of these same families have difficulty affording the cost of heating oil.All proceeds generated from Festa Al Camino, held from 6 to 9 PM, will continue funding a community-led initiative called Keep Sag Harbor Warm, which the Sag Harbor Food Pantry helps oversee. Tickets available on Eventbrite.Friday, December 6Baron’s Cove Tree LightingEat, drink and be merry with a traditional tree lighting and festive celebration with live music at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. Enjoy holiday favorites paired with a specialty seasonal cocktail from 3 to 9 PM. In the spirit of giving, Baron’s Cove asks that you to bring a donation of a warm hat, gloves, scarves, or socks which will be collected and donated to Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program on the East End.WHBPAC Holiday SpectacularWesthampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Nancy & Frederick DeMatteis Arts Academy and Our Fabulous Variety Show have collaborated to perform the Holiday Spectacular on Friday at 7 PM and Saturday, December 7, at 2 and 7 PM. Starring more than 50 student and professional performers from Montauk to Manorville, this seasonal variety show highlights holiday classics and carols alongside new twists on favorite holiday stories.Intermission will feature a visit from Santa and full-service concessions with cookies, cocoa, goodie bags, merchandise, and holiday raffles. Tickets can be purchased at www.whbpac.org.‘The Nutcracker’ At Guild HallThe Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents its 11th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” on Friday at 7 PM, Saturday, December 7, at 1 and 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8, at 2 PM at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. To reserve tickets in advance, call 888-933-4287 or go to www.hamptonballettheatreschool.com.Saturday, December 7Designer Tree AuctionJoin in this for a festive evening at the Rogers Mansion built during Southampton’s Gilded Age. There will be food, drinks, music, and a designer tree auction. All the trees will be expertly crafted and donated by professional interior designers and artisans to raise funds for the Southampton History Museum.The 20-room Rogers Mansion was developed by Samuel L. Parrish between 1899 and 1933. Ten period rooms, including a dining room set for dinner, parlors for entertaining, and cozy bed chambers with fireplaces are furnished to reflect a home during the Jazz Age. 5:30-7:30 PM.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.southamptonhistory.org/hearthside.Christmas Bazaar And LuncheonLots of Christmas and food items to brighten the season with the Southampton Presbyterian Women’s Association. First Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main St., Southampton, from 9 AM to 2 PM.For luncheon tickets, call 631-898-6252. Luncheon: 11:30 AM to 1 PM; $15 adults, $10 children.Southold Holiday FairThe Southold Historical Society Holiday Fair will feature great variety of vendors and local artisans on hand with unique holiday gifts from 9 AM to 4 PM. The holiday auction will feature gift baskets for all ages. There will be a bake sale and café for snacks as well as a crafts room and face painting for children. Santa will greet children from 11 AM to 2 PM. Photos with Santa and admission to the event are free. It will be held at the Southold Town Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane, Peconic.St. Mary’s Christmas FairSt. Mary’s Christmas Fair will feature the famous cookie walk, handmade holiday items and gifts, ornaments, fresh wreaths and greens, holiday décor, jams, pickles, soups, home-baked goods, jewelry, and more. Christmas Storytime at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Play Room; Santa Claus arrives at 11 AM. Special Christmas Fair Raffle: Win an Apple iPad Pro. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. It will be held from 9:30 AM to 2 PM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays. For more info, call 631-728-0776 or visit www.stmaryshb.org.Old Steeple Greenery SaleOld Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue is having its Chinese auction, holiday greenery sale, and luncheon. The Chinese auction drawing is at 1:30 PM. The sale, held from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, will include boxed homemade cookies, kitchen knives and tools, baked goods, wreaths, swags, poinsettias, about 80 baskets valued at over $50 each, and a raffle for a homemade quilt, plus a luncheon of salads, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, and beverages. Visit www.oldsteeplecommunitychurch.org.Lyzon Holiday FairJoin the Hampton Bays Historical Society at its annual Holiday Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Lyzon Hat Shop Museum. As you enjoy hot cider and cookies, explore the museum. Learn about milliner Walter King, view Lyzon hats, and hear about the mural reproduction that was completed this year.Holiday shop from a select group of craftspeople who will have their unique and handmade gifts available for purchase. In addition, Brian Heinz, a children’s author/illustrator of 18 books will personalize your book selection. This year, the Historical Society’s gift shop features the 2019 ornament of the Canoe Place Chapel and newly curated historic prints of Hampton Bays.Wooden WonderlandSee the historic building and galleries of the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum in Riverhead come to life in a display of holiday arts and crafts. Dozens of vendors will offer ornaments, home decor, wreaths, soaps and candles, rustic Santas and gnomes, wood carvings, hats & scarves, clothing, stained glass, pottery, and other one-of-a-kind, locally made, hand-crafted gifts. Plus, experience live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations inside the historic galleries and outside on the Great Lawn. Free admission, at 300 W. Main St., Riverhead, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Log onto www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.Homegrown For The HolidaysHayground School in Bridgehampton will hold its eighth annual artisanal food and craft bazaar, featuring the work of more than 50 local artists, food purveyors, and vendors. More details can be found on the Hayground School Homegrown for the Holidays Facebook and Instagram pages. The event, held from 10 AM to 4 PM at the school is free to the public, and features kids crafts, raffles for specialty items, holiday music, and an eco-friendly gift-wrapping station. Proceeds from the event directly support local artists and business owners.Friends BazaarShop for art and fine handmade crafts: ceramics, photography, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, felted wool, textiles, knits for babies and kids, wood-ware, home decor, bags, scarves, scrimshaw, ornaments, fine soaps and skin products, and more. Handmade items of quality, large and small, in every price range. Find all at Ashawagh Hall, corner of Springs-Fireplace Road and Old Stone Highway, Springs, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free.Cutchogue Holiday House TourSpread joy and cheer with friends and family by wining and dining your way through four stunning homes and the Old House from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. Self-guided tour. Walk through festive houses. Tickets are $79 plus tax. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards stocking the shelves of Community Action for Southold Town and supporting the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council.Visit www.cutchogueholidayhousetour.com.Christmas On The FarmSanta visits, and more will happen at 1760 Homestead Farm, 5412 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, beginning at 11 AM, several days. Check Facebook “Christmas on the Farm” to find out more.Holiday Open Houses At GreenportVisit the Railroad Museum of Long Island free of charge, decorated for the holidays. Santa will arrive both Saturday and Sunday, December 8, at 11 AM on the LIRR Greenport Scoot. Refreshments, gifts for good girls and boys, gift shop open, LIONEL Polar Express trainset raffle. It happens from 10:30 AM to 2 PM each day at the Railroad Museum of Long Island, 440 Fourth Street, Greenport. Check online for other locations and times: www.rmli.org.Santa In SouthamptonWelcome Santa’s arrival to the Southampton Chamber of Commerce by horse-drawn buggy complete with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Horse and Buggy rides: 1 to 4 PM. Santa’s Visit: 1:30 till 3:30 PM. See www.southamptonchamber.com.The Spur Holiday MarketThe popular holiday market is back for 2019. The Spur in Southampton has pulled together some of the best local crafts and artisan-made goods. Saturday and Sunday, Dec 8, 1 to 7 PM, at the Spur South, 280 Elm Street, Southampton. Visit www.thespur.com for details.Christmas Bazaar and TeaA Christmas Bazaar and Tea will be held from 1 to 3:30 PM at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church. Enjoy silver tea and shop for decorated wreaths, handmade ornaments, gift items, baked goods, and jewelry. Walk the cookie walk. The church is located at 90 Meeting House Road, Westhampton Beach. Call 631-288-2576 or log on to www.westhamptonpresbyterian.org.Caroline Doctorow Holiday ShowCaroline and the Ballad Makers will perform at the East Hampton Library, 1 PM. Register at www.easthamptonlibrary.org.EH Village Santa ParadeBeginning on Main Street, this year’s East Hampton Village Santa Parade will start at 2 PM and conclude at 3:30 PM at the Hook Mill at 34 N. Main Street, where Santa Claus will be in attendance to meet with children.Maidstone Tree LightingAn annual tradition at The Maidstone Restaurant & Hotel, across from Town Pond, East Hampton will happen at 4 PM.Light UP Amagansett!Join in a hamlet-wide holiday event in Amagansett. Meet Santa at the Amagansett Fire House at 4 PM, followed by the tree lighting and caroling. Pick up a copy of the Family Treasure Hunt and then head down Main Street where local shops will have special holiday deals and plenty of treats and surprises. This is a free, family-friendly event, hosted by the Amagansett Village Improvement Society, Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, Amagansett Fire Department, Scoville Hall, and the Amagansett Library. For more information, visit www.amagansettchamber.org.Cutchogue Tree LightingOn the Village Green, hear live holiday music with a string quartet, visit Santa in the Old School House, and more, from 4:30 to 6 PM. For details: www.cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org.Greenport’s Parade Of LightsGreenport Village will hold its holiday parade from 5 to 7 PM.Ornament Design WorkshopArtist Caroline Chriss will give an ornament design workshop at Serena & Lily Hamptons Design Shop from 5 to 7 PM. Ornaments will be packed in nice packaging to take away. Painting and wine night theme. RSVP at Eventbrite.Maureen’s Haven BenefitJoin at Seasons of Southampton and show your support for Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach. The second annual Winter Benefit, beginning at 6 PM, offers a fun-filled night of music, dancing, drinks, and appetizers. Each guest will be treated to one complimentary glass of wine or beer. There will also be a silent auction and a chance to take home items donated from local East End businesses. For the skinny, see www.maureenshaven.com/winter-benefit.Celtic Contra DanceTraditional New England contra dances will be taught by the caller Ted Crane with live Celtic music by the LITMA Orchestra. Family friendly, beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Dance at The Water Mill Community House, 743 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, from 7:45 to 10:30 PM. Get more info at www.LITMA.org or by calling 631-283-0554.EH Village Night MarketThe East Hampton Holiday Night Market will be held from 4 to 8:30 PM on Newtown Lane and Main Street. During the same times, visit Eileen Fisher for a “Santa’s Village Experience.” Come get photos with Santa, send a card from Santa Station, have bites and sips, and see Santa’s “Equine” Reindeer Exhibit provided by Spirit’s Promise Rescue Petting Zoo.Sunday, December 8Hamptons Holiday CabaretCelebrate the holidays with Valerie diLorenzo and Amanda Borsack Jones as they present seasonal favorites from the screen and stage, stories, and selections from the Great American Songbook at Hampton Bays Public Library at 2 PM. Visit www.hamptonbayslibrary.org.Tuesday, December 10‘Miracle On 34th Street’ LectureJoin lecturer Sal St. George for the backstory of the beloved 1947 motion picture classic that has touched the hearts of generations of moviegoers, “Miracle on 34th Street.” The winner of three Oscars, this film stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. Clips from the movie will be shown. Join in at the Hampton Bays Public Library from 7 to 8:30 PM. For more info, see www.hamptonbayslibrary.org.Friday, December 13Sag Harbor StrollThe Sag Harbor Stroll will happen beginning at 5 PM. Shoppers will discover deals as they navigate their way through participating boutiques, spas, and salons while toasting to the season with celebratory lite bites and warm drinks at each location. The toast will begin at near.main (11B Washington Street) at 5 PM, where several guides will lead shoppers to 25 participating businesses. The stroll will end at 7 PM at near main.Harmony For The HolidaysArt of Song presents Harmony for the Holidays with Duchess, a vocal trio in the tradition of the Boswell Sisters. Vocalists Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou join forces and voices; also featuring Jane Hastay and Peter Martin Weiss. Hear the music at First Presbyterian Church Session House, 120 Main Street, East Hampton, from 7:30 to 10 PM.Saturday, December 14Polar Bear PlungeTake a cold dip in the ocean for Heart of the Hamptons at Coopers Beach in Southampton at 10 AM.Mashomack Holiday Open HouseJoin friends and neighbors for refreshments, caroling, and holiday cheer. Tour Mashomack’s 19th-Century Victorian mansion, decked out in her holiday greens. Nature craft activities for kids. Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, 2 to 5 PM.Pop-Up Holiday MarketA pop-up holiday market for last-minute gifts (we won’t tell!), featuring goods from brands like Senlis and Joey Wölffer Jewelry Bar will be held at Serena & Lily Hamptons Design Shop, 332 Montauk Highway, in Wainscott from 10 AM to 6 PM.Southampton Village FunHorse-and-buggy rides, noon to 3 PM, Southampton Village Hall. Santa visit, Rogers Memorial Library, 2 to 4 PM.Riverhead’s Holiday Parade And BonfireFrosty temps are no match for Downtown Riverhead’s 20th annual Holiday Parade and Bonfire along the Peconic Riverfront. The parade along Main Street starts at 3 PM. Bonfire on Peconic Riverfront, 4 PM.EHTPS Holiday Dinner PartyJoin your fellow EHTPS members at its winter holiday party, returning this year to South Fork Country Club on Old Stone Highway in Amagansett at 6 PM. Cost is $63/person. Reserve by December 6. Contact Eva Moore, 631-238-5134 for more information. Visit www.ehtps.org.‘A Christmas Carol’Dickens’s classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, as he undergoes a redemptive transformation with the help of three spirits, is brought to life for this one-person show by Stuart Whalen. During the 90 minutes spent alone on stage with just a chair, a trunk, and some varied lighting, the actor will step into and out of more than 20 roles, adopting different voices and mannerisms for each. Shows are at 8 PM and Sunday, December 15, at 2:30 PM. There will be a pre-show reception at the Sunday performance beginning at 1:30 PM. See it at North Fork Community Theatre, 12700 Old Sound Avenue, Mattituck. Visit www.nfct.com.Talkhouse Christmas ShowA collection of little-known gems of Christmas songs — rock, country, blues, gospel — will be performed by Sarah Conway and The Playful Souls, plus special guests. It all starts at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett at 8 PM. See www.stephentalkhouse.com.Saturday, December 21Holiday Shopping And Lionel LayoutAnother chance to shop and see the cool Lionel Polar Express train at the Railroad Museum of Long Island will be from 10 AM to 4 PM. Visit www.rmli.org.Holiday CarolingCaroling On Love Lane in Mattituck with members of the North Fork Community Theatre will happen from noon to 1:30 PM. All are welcome to join in!Southampton Village FunHorse-and-buggy rides, noon to 3 PM, Southampton Village Hall.‘The Preacher’s Wife’ Live Tribute ConcertFeaturing Felicia Moss and the Genesis Ensemble. Hamptons United Methodist Church, 160 Main Street, Southampton at 7 PM. Free will offering. 7 PM. Visit Facebook page for more information.Holiday ConcertEnjoy the festive season with a concert that feature holidays and popular music by Shostakovich, Bartok, Beethoven, and Cui. Feel the warmth and joy of the holidays with your friends and family at Castello di Borghese Vineyards. The concert includes one glass of wine, chocolate, and pastries during the intermission. Festivities are from 5 to 7 PM. Visit www.castellodiborghese.com. Share
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CUBA: The UVZ-Logistik subsidiary of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod is to establish a transport logistics joint venture in Cuba, in partnership with Cuban metallurgy and engineering firm GESIME and national operator Unión Ferrocarriles de Cuba. Under an agreement signed at the 13th Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental Commission on Trade in Kazan, the joint venture will modernise and re-equip the Planta Mecánica forging and fabrication factory near Santa Clara in order to build and maintain freight wagons for the national railway. Currently employing around 700 staff, the GESIME factory provides machine tools and fabrication services to Cuba’s sugar industry and local steel mills, as well as manufacturing equipment for export. However, concerns had been growing for the plant’s future following a decline in its established customer base. According to UVZ-Logistik CEO Dmitry Eremeev, the joint venture is due to be operational by the end of this year. The project is being funded through an investment package valued at around €25m, which will include financing from Russian banks and the Export Insurance Agency of Russia; this should all be in place by 2016.
Gender equality is taking a step in the right direction As a “massive year for gender equality”, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said 2020 was all about “Generation Equality”, in which “we’re mobilizing to realize women’s rights, and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action” – the historic and landmark gender equality plan drawn up in the Chinese capital.Generation Equality is focusing on issues facing women across generations, with young women and girls at the centre. Related A woman measures products at a ceramic tile factory in Kenya. UN WOMEN/Lin Qi“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women are angry and concerned about the future”, she said. “They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka underscored that girls are disappointed with “the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education”.“My greatest impatience is with unmoving economic inequality”, calling it “a driver of repeating poverty”.She asserted that policies are needed that promote equality in childcare responsibilities and provide State support to families, and those who work in the informal economy.Though “radically impatient”, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “We are not giving up”.She cited as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers; a “driving will” for change across generations and countries; and that the last 25 years “have shown us what is needed to accelerate action for equality”.‘Just women’Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee drew loud applause from delegates at the General Assembly hall celebration. Having worked with former child soldiers in Liberia, she shared a conversation she had had with a 14-year-old amputee who had been nine when he was recruited.In a stark revelation of how women are sometimes viewed, he admitted to having committed rape many times saying, “isn’t that what women were made for”?The activist also explained how the term “just women”, is used to “underrate and undervalue the work of women” and downplay their significance “on a daily basis”.“We can’t even begin to have conversations about our human security needs because our values have been taken away”, she underscored. “‘Just women’ shuts the door firmly on any idea or intention to have a conversation about equality”, but the conversation must be held, she underscored.Ms. Gbowee stressed that in our unjust and unequal world, gender equality must be more than just numbers, spelling out: “Equality is linked to our collective humanity…to peace and justice”.She maintained that women’s right require actionable, radical transformation through political will, financial resources and ownership.In closing, the passionate activist urged women to “reclaim the spaces” they have lost.“It is time for us to own our issues, we must own our agenda, we must own our narrative…the struggle for equality is a long way ahead, but with young women on our side, we can surely win”, concluded Ms. Gbowee.Women on the front linesTaking the podium, the youngest female Prime Minister in the world, Finland’s Sanna Marin said that her country promotes gender equality as a cornerstone of society.Turning to inequalities in the labour market, she maintained that “the digital gender cap poses a serious threat to the continued advancement of women and girls”. And the only way to change this is “to get more girls coding, more women into tech, and more women into office where they can exert influence.A woman in Kenya receives training at an engineering workshop./UN Women/Lin QiIn support of all women and girls’ rights, she said “I will not walk back on the progress we have made…and I will push back on anyone who claims that women do not need to be present in government changes and boardrooms”.Armed with convictionInspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg, 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor has staged a climate strike every Friday – for the past 65 weeks.She said the wildfires engulfing her native California were a catalyst, noting that women are leading the climate movement and “creating the solutions we need for the climate crisis”.Meanwhile, the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Mher Margaryan, said: “Our world will never be at peace so long as gender equality and an exchange of basic human rights between men and women are regarded as privilege and luxury”.Trailblazing women warriorsSecretary-General Antonio Guterres bemoaned that 25 years after the Beijing conference, progress on women’s rights has stalled and even reversed.“Some countries have rolled back laws that protect women from violence; others are reducing civic space; still others are pursuing economic and immigration policies that indirectly discriminate against women”, he said, adding that “bias against gender equality is growing in some countries”.“I am a proud feminist”, avowed the UN chief. “Only through the equal participation of women can we benefit from the intelligence, experience and insights of all of humanity”.He spoke at length about unsung women heroes, such as American scientist Eunice Foote who proved that changes in carbon dioxide could affect the Earth’s temperature and Tu Youyou, who saved millions of lives around by turning to traditional Chinese medicine for a cure for malaria.“It is more important than ever for men to stand up for women’s rights and gender equality”, said Mr. Guterres, which is why he is “personally committed” to increasing support for women’s rights “across the board” at the UN.Over the next two years, he vowed to do everything in his power “to make sure women are represented in all decision-making at the United Nations, including in peace processes”.Much to doGeneral Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande called on everyone, to defend gender equality as “a necessity in upholding human rights”.Noting that no country has achieved gender parity, he stated, “we have much work to do”.As we enter the Decade of Action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Assembly president flagged the need to mainstream SDG 5 – Gender Equality – across all of our work.“This ensures that women and girls have the opportunity to participate equally in all decisions”, he explained.And in commemorating ten years of the UN Women entity, he called for support to ‘Generation Equality’ “to guarantee that equality becomes a lived experience for everyone, regardless of gender”.“By working together…we can galvanize multilateral action to realize the human rights of all women and girls”, he affirmed.The CelebrationThe day also included what was billed as an Inter-generational Fireside Chat in which the head of UN Women, Ms. Gbowee and Ms. Villaseñor were joined by 18-year old fashion model, Aaron Philip, and feminist author and organizer Charlotte Bunch, to discuss women-related issues.And it was capped by musical performances from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Awards winner, Angélique Kidjo and other signers.Elsewhere, hundreds of events had been mobilized to demand progress on closing the gender gap in countries worldwide. A global comic and cartoon competition, around the theme Beijing+25 and Generation Equality was launched in partnership with Belgium, France, Mexico and the European Commission, calling on the younger generation to envision how they see gender equality. The benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but “for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world”, the chief of UN Women said in her message for International Women’s Day- IWD at UN Headquarters on Friday, being celebrated in New York, ahead of the official day. FILE PHOTO: Somali women wait to collect water at the New Kabasa internally displaced camp in the northern Somali town of Dollow, Somalia, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo Africa marks International Women’s Day US honors Zimbabwean scholar for championing gender equality
Resonant has signed three new licensing agreements with a leading Tier one RFFE (RF Front End) component vendor. The new licensing agreements encompass two high volume bands that were converted from joint development agreements (JDAs), as well as a new quadplexer. Together, Resonant now has three designs under development with this customer, all of which are now under formal licensing agreements. Upfront payments and milestone payments have been agreed upon, but were not disclosed due to the confidential nature of such agreements.With the increasing complexity required by carrier aggregation and the industry-wide constraint on design capacity, the need for rapidly evolving technology capabilities is vital. The demand for smaller, lighter and thinner mobile devices with increasing video and other high data-rate capabilities is helping to fuel the need for Resonant’s sixth quadplexer design.Resonant’s new quadplexer is their sixth under development and leverages the power of their ISN platform to develop the complex RFFE solutions. Their patented ISN technology will enable the company to design complex filter products at approximately half the unit cost and in approximately half the time of traditional approaches. The company’s large suite of proprietary mathematical methods, software design tools and network synthesis techniques enable it to explore a much larger set of possible solutions and quickly derive the optimum solution.It is also worth noting that the customer doesn’t own its own fab, which demonstrates gaining momentum in a fabless filter model, which is similar to the model traditionally used in the production of semiconductors. By working with the RFFE customer, they can evaluate Resonant’s design tools, IP and services team to design and partner with a third party fab to cost-effectively deliver high value filters, duplexers and quadplexers.