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Staphylococcal infections have high occurrence in Jordanian patients. This study was carried out to determine the rates of high- and low-level mupirocin resistance (MupH and MupL) among staphylococci with the molecular characterization. Two hundred and thirty-two non-duplicate Staphylococcus spp. isolated from different clinical specimens were tested for mupirocin susceptibility using disk diffusion method and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Resistance genes and clone relatedness was studied using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus primers (Eric-PCR) for the latter. Plasmid curing was performed to determine the genetic location of MupA gene. Among the 232 strains, 144 (62%) were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 33 (14.2%) methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and 55 (23.7%) were of other coagulase-negative Staphylococcus spp. (CoNS). Of all strains tested, only 6 (2.6%) were mupirocin resistant. MecA gene was detected in both MupL and MupH strains but MupA gene was only detected in MupH. Plasmid curing improved the plasmidic location of MupA gene. Molecular typing by Eric-PCR method revealed heterogenicity of the genetic make up of our MupL and MupH strains. Staphylococci with MupA-carrying genes are present in Jordanian hospitals, but thank to the limited use of mupirocin, they remain rare.

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This paper aims at studying a group of fourteen Safaitic inscriptions collected during an epigraphical survey in the Haroun Region in Western Bādiyah of Jordan. The research deals with the verbs and names semantically and syntactically, with an outlook to their parallels in other Semitic languages. This group of inscriptions contains some new personal names, terms and nouns hitherto unrecorded in Safaitic inscriptions: šrr (No. 1), jrml (No. 2), fjl (No. 3), hdrs (No. 6), zblt (No. 7), kyl (No. 8), ′t (No. 9) and bdy (No. 9) are all new personal names in Safaitic; the term ′ns-h (No. 11) is attested for the first time in Safaitic in this form, and jfrt (No. 14) “young female camel” is a noun hitherto unrecorded elsewhere in Safaitic or other northwestern Semitic inscriptions.

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References A.M. Abed 1985 On the supposed Precambrian paleosuture along the Dead Sea rift, Jordan Journal

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Four endangered medicinal plants in Wadi Rum (S Jordan) were investigated because they are used heavily by the local inhabitants. The traditional, indigenous and conservational knowledge of utilisation of these medicinal plants and other plants are poorly recorded and is suffering from dramatic erosion. Further investigations regarding the value of these native medicinal plants and the documentation of its traditional and ethnopharmacological knowledge is an indispensable priority in WadiRumin particular and in Jordan in general.

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Amman Message: http://ammanmessage.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80&Itemid=54&xml:lang=en (downloaded: 15 April 2007) Bibi, A.: Political Reform in Jordan. Conference speech

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors:
M. Aloudat
,
A. Papp
,
N. Magyar
,
L. Simon Sarkadi
, and
A. Lugasi

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2016 more than 1.9 billion adults (≥18 years) were overweight, 650 million of these adults were obese ( WHO, 2018 ). In Jordan, an overall prevalence rate of 30.5% overweight and 35.9% obesity among the

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This essay is an analytical study of sixteen new Ancient North Arabian inscriptions collected by the author during an epigraphical survey in 2010 in the area of Ġadīr Al-Aḥmar in Al-Ṣafāwī Region Northeast Jordan. On the grounds of the shape of script and the language, these inscriptions are classified as Safaitic. The script was known in the region to the south and southeast of Damascus (including north and northeast of Jordan) and in north and northwest Saudi Arabia.

The goal of this analysis is to study the inscriptions, the semantics and morphology of the words and the proper nouns contained therein. Furthermore, the paper also identifies certain new vocabulary items, such as four personal names mentioned for the first time in the corpus of the Safaitic inscriptions.

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The related factors concern the dates of the appearance of pollen grains in the air, the duration of the presence of sporomorphs and the maximum concentrations in particular seasons were investigated. The aim of the study was to compare the airborne concentrations of allergenic pollen produced by three dominant early flowering tree taxa (Cupressus, Pinus and Olea) in the three different sites (Ajlun city (A), Rabbad castle (C), and Debbeen (D)) of Ajlun during the years 2006–2007. Measurements were performed by the volumetric method. Pollen seasons were defined as the periods in which 95% of the total catch occurred. Significant differences in the pollen count of the examined taxa were observed between two seasons: the pollen count of Cupressus was higher in 2006 than in 2007, while for Pinus and Olea the opposite was the case. The highest concentration and annual pollen counts of Pinus, Cupressus and Olea were measured in Ajlun city in both seasons, where the annual pollen count of Olea in 2007 was four times higher than in 2006 and equalled 4,215 grains in m3 per 24 h. The longest pollen seasons were observed at low annual pollen counts for the pollen of Cupressus. Results of the study reveal significant differences between the seasons and the cities. The pollen counts of Cupressus, Pinus and Olea trees are determined by the weather, diversity of local flora and specific rhythm of pollination of particular taxa.

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1 Introduction The Jordan Museum is Jordan's most important modern archeological museum [ 1 ]. The Jordan Museum concept emerged in the 1960s [ 2 ]. However, it was recently turned into a reality benefiting from generous financial support from the

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