Even after the footballer came to the pre-season later than the rest of the team, the Liverpool boss has high expectationsFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp it doesn’t matter than Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson hasn’t had the same training time as the other elements.The Brazil international moved from Italian side Roma to The Reds for £65 million.And because of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he had to start training later with Liverpool.“Just be a goalkeeper. Be yourself, in this case, because he is very calm and laid back — and that helps,” said the Reds boss ahead of Sunday’s visit of West Ham.As reported by The Irish Times, Klopp added that now everything is about “making the right decisions in the right moments. It’s all good. He’s settled really quick.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Liverpool will start tomorrow is 2018-2019 Premier League season by hosting West Ham United at Anfield.This season, we want you to Stand Red with @StanChart. ?Get ready to Live Red. Breathe Red. #StandRed pic.twitter.com/2PHl6FT4P4— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 10, 2018
AS Roma sporting director Monchi announced that the club retain “100%” confidence in under-fire coach Eusebio Di FrancescoThe Giallorossi blew a two-goal lead on Saturday at Cagliari to settle for a 2-2 draw, which left them only eighth in the Serie A table after 15 games.It means that Roma’s five-season run of finishing in the top three in the league is in danger of ending with reports in the Italian media suggesting Di Francesco’s future is on the line.The Italian himself declared that his focus remains on the pitch with Monchi now announcing that the club board retain full confidence in him.“Unfortunately I have talked about this too many times: the position of the club has not changed and our confidence [in the coach] is the same,” Monchi told Sky Italia.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“When I have belief in a professional I do not easily change my mind. I am a bit confused when I read things about the directors: that there is a war between us, that I want to walk away, that I’m getting angry. Here we have 100% belief in the coach.“It is the same coach who finished third last season and took us to the Champions League semi-finals – nothing has changed.“Sometimes the responsibility falls on all of us, not just one person: we can’t put everything on the coach.”Roma will face Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic tonight at 18:55 (CET) with the hope of avoiding defeat to book a last-16 spot from Group G.
It’s going to be capital-C Cold in a large part of the country today. How cold? It’s “blow soap bubbles and watch them freeze” cold. It’s “throw hot water into the air and see it turn to steam” cold. It’s so cold in Minnesota that the newspaper I used to work for, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune, has a headline on its website asking, Can we catch Siberia?The cold is serious business. “Some 100 million people will experience temperatures near or below zero,” CNET sister site CBS News warns. The cold is so extreme that exposed skin can suffer frostbite in five minutes or less, CBS notes. Blame something called the polar vortex. CBS News describes it as a whirling mass of cold air that “usually stays closer to the poles, but sometimes breaks apart, sending chunks of Arctic air southward into the US during winter.” This week, the cold air is coming all at once, CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli writes.You can’t beat the cold, but you can survive it. Stay inside, if you can. Bundle up in layers, if you can’t. Keep your gas tank full, pack a car emergency kit and make hot soup. And have a sense of humor about it, as these Twitter users did. First off, there are many, many Star Wars jokes, thanks to the ice planet Hoth. “I’d like to go out for lunch, but not sure my Tauntaun will reach the first marker,” Eric J. Klinker wrote. Them: How did he die?Me: he went out sideOther Minnesotans: oh ya, ya can’t do that now, don’t cha know— Just Josh (@Jmann500) January 29, 2019 But the snark was mostly focused on our own planet. i’ve made a planet hoth joke at least 4 times today and nobody has gotten it :(— Selena 🌵 (@Selena_Cardiel) January 29, 2019 I’d like to go out for lunch, but not sure my Tauntaun will reach the first marker. #PolarVortex2019— Eric J. Klinker (@EricJKlinker) January 29, 2019 I just got to Atlanta, and I learned that school is cancelled, and tomorrow is a snow day. Its in the 40s. There is no snow on the ground. The city is projected to get 0.25 inches of snow tomorrow.I’m giving Atlanta some serious side-eye right now.— KatieEukel (@KTAndrea) January 29, 2019 How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. My generation when it snows: I’m Luke on Hoth!His generation when it snows: I’m Han on Vandor! pic.twitter.com/0uw2VhVOIE— Radio D’Qar (@RadioDQar) January 29, 2019 Post a comment Thoughts and prayers for Florida 🙏 https://t.co/vXgtQ2Hp8g— Mary McGuire (@mcguirereports) January 29, 2019 Looks like Justin Bieber wasn’t actually the worst thing to come out of Canada. #PolarVortex2019— Faber (@dfaber84) January 29, 2019 When it’s so cold, even your ghost freezes to death.#PolarVortex2019 #chiberia2019 pic.twitter.com/KhvVmmqVq3— Mikky J Wright (@mikkyjwright) January 28, 2019 0 Chicago will be colder than Antarctica this week. Wow! 🥶 #PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/ppA904HFJw— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) January 29, 2019 -On Wednesday we’ll be at -40.-Celsius or Fahrenheit?-Well, actually…#PolarVortex2019 arriving #TheDayAfterTomorrow. Stay warm! pic.twitter.com/cWInZDEmxz— Rafael Tinoco (@rafaelotinoco) January 29, 2019 This man is only showing what would be my top-most layer. pic.twitter.com/Zv7itTZTCv— U. S. Elaine™️ 🍳 (@USelaine) January 28, 2019 8” of snow down South: Buy all of the milk, bread and water possible while not planning to leave the house for a week!! 8” of snow up North: Looks like today is a good time to winterize my boat!! #TrueStory #NWIWeather #Iknowthisguy #PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/w5xL6j0S2Z— Clinton Griffiths 📺🎙📝 (@AgDayAnchor) January 28, 2019 Tags May the Force be with us. 🥶 #PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/qWhXMKSgcb— Jen 🏴 (@keribo1) January 29, 2019 Only 125 more days until I open my pool🥶 #OnStorm #Blessed #KillMeNow #PolarVortex2019 #YQG pic.twitter.com/2LSwKFPBOR— Jackie (@Jackstar009) January 28, 2019 I’m just a girl standing in front of January asking it to be April.— ℳ (@Love_bug1016) January 29, 2019 Colder than mars. #PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/ryi78u1s76— Guillaume MG (@GuillaumeKMG) January 28, 2019 And there’s nothing cold-weather citizens like more than dissing their warm-climate “friends” who keep posting photos of the temperature in Florida or other southern states right now. “Thoughts and prayers for Florida,” one wrote. Not a bad time to be in Florida😎🌴Temperatures this week: https://t.co/qzTQzzRmVl pic.twitter.com/6YMUE1iGHR— WPTV (@WPTV) January 29, 2019 I’ve seen all the “Chicago = Hoth” memes. Which made me wonder: Would a tauntaun even be the best mount for extreme cold/snow & ice?I think you’d need:✅ Endothermic❌ Huge amounts of fat stores❌ At least four limbs in contact with the ground pic.twitter.com/c1FlR3tGsr— 🦖 SUE el tiranosaurio rex 🦖 (@SUEtheTrex) January 29, 2019 They call it “Barney” because of its color on a weather map. It doesn’t love you. https://t.co/T7WalsmkqA #PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/dSDQQDzLJY— David Beard (@dabeard) January 29, 2019 Share your voice Minnesota Twitter today: “Why did we cancel school when we only got 6 inches of snow and the temperature is above 0?”Rest of the country: *backs away slowly*— David Montgomery (@dhmontgomery) January 28, 2019 Online As the rest of the country backs away I shudder to think of the calamity about to befell Tennessee with 1-3 inches of snow thanks to winter storm Jayden. I find humor in how ALL of us perceive weather around the country.— Thomas Holtz (@HolltzThomas) January 28, 2019
Now playing: Watch this: Tags How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition… 3:04 “Following the trend of the past year, this and related techniques require less and less data and are generating more and more sophisticated and compelling content,” Farid said. Even though Samsung’s process can create visual glitches, “these results are another step in the evolution of techniques … leading to the creation of multimedia content that will eventually be indistinguishable from the real thing.”Like Photoshop for video on steroids, deepfake software produces forgeries by using machine learning to convincingly fabricate a moving, speaking human. Though computer manipulation of video has existed for decades, deepfake systems have made doctored clips not only easier to create but also harder to detect. Think of them as photo-realistic digital puppets.Lots of deepfakes, like the one animating the Mona Lisa, are harmless fun. The technology has made possible an entire genre of memes, including one in which Nicolas Cage’s face is placed into movies and TV shows he wasn’t in. But deepfake technology can also be insidious, such as when it’s used to graft an unsuspecting person’s face into explicit adult movies, a technique sometimes used in revenge porn. Deepfake videos usually require a big data set of images to fabricate a fake video of someone, but an artificial intelligence system developed by Samsung created a fake clip from a single picture. Egor Zakharov In its paper, Samsung’s AI lab dubbed its creations “realistic neural talking heads.” The term “talking heads” refers to the genre of video the system can create; it’s similar to those video boxes of pundits you see on TV news. The word “neural” is a nod to neural networks, a type of machine learning that mimics the human brain. The researchers saw their breakthrough being used in a host of applications, including video games, film and TV. “Such ability has practical applications for telepresence, including videoconferencing and multi-player games, as well as special effects industry,” they wrote.The paper was accompanied by a video showing off the team’s creations, which also happened to be scored with a disconcertingly chill-vibes soundtrack. Usually, a synthesized talking head requires you to train an artificial intelligence system on a large data set of images of a single person. Because so many photos of an individual were needed, deepfake targets have usually been public figures, such as celebrities and politicians. The Samsung system uses a trick that seems inspired by Alexander Graham Bell’s famous quote about preparation being the key to success. The system starts with a lengthy “meta-learning stage” in which it watches lots of videos to learn how human faces move. It then applies what it’s learned to a single still or a small handful of pics to produce a reasonably realistic video clip. Unlike a true deepfake video, the results from a single or small number of images end up fudging fine details. For example, a fake of Marilyn Monroe in the Samsung lab’s demo video missed the icon’s famous mole. It also means the synthesized videos tend to retain some semblance of whoever played the role of the digital puppet, according to Siwei Lyu, a computer science professor at the University at Albany in New York who specializes in media forensics and machine learning. That’s why each of the moving Mona Lisa faces looks like a slightly different person.Generally, a deepfake system aims at eliminating those visual hiccups. That requires meaningful amounts of training data for both the input video and the target person. 37 Artificial intelligence developed by a Samsung lab in Russia can fabricate video from a single image, including a painting. Egor Zakharov Imagine someone creating a deepfake video of you simply by stealing your Facebook profile pic. The bad guys don’t have their hands on that tech yet, but Samsung has figured out how to make it happen. Software for creating deepfakes — fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did — usually requires big data sets of images in order to create a realistic forgery. Now Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system that can generate a fake clip by feeding it as little as one photo. The technology, of course, can be used for fun, like bringing a classic portrait to life. The Mona Lisa, which exists solely as a single still image, is animated in three different clips to demonstrate the new technology. A Samsung artificial intelligence lab in Russia developed the technology, which was detailed in a paper earlier this week. Here’s the downside: These kinds of techniques and their rapid development also create risks of misinformation, election tampering and fraud, according to Hany Farid, a Dartmouth researcher who specializes in media forensics to root out deepfakes. When even a crudely doctored video of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi can go viral on social media, deepfakes raise worries that their sophistication would make mass deception easier, since deepfakes are harder to debunk. Facial recognition Privacy Samsung Originally published May 23.Update, May 24: Adds information about a doctored Nancy Pelosi video. The few-shot or one-shot aspect of this approach is useful, Lyu said, because it means a large network can be trained on a large number of videos, which is the part that takes a long time. This kind of system can then quickly adapt to a new target person using only a few images without extensive retraining, he said. “This saves time in concept and makes the model generalizable.”The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence means that any time a researcher shares a breakthrough in deepfake creation, bad actors can begin scraping together their own jury-rigged tools to mimic it. Samsung’s techniques are likely to find their way into more people’s hands before long.The glitches in the fake videos made with Samsung’s new approach may be clear and obvious. But they’ll be cold comfort to anybody who ends up in a deepfake generated from that one smiling photo posted to Facebook. Share your voice Laptops Security Digital Media TV and Movies Comments
July 9 USA vs. Chinese Taipei Taichung, Taiwan 6:30 a.m. July 12 USA vs. Chinese Taipei Taichung, Taiwan 2:00 a.m. July 5 USA vs. Cuba Cary, N.C. 6:00 p.m. A freshman All-American in 2019, Binelas had a standout season for the Cardinals in his first year. The Oak Creek, Wis., native finished the season with a .291 average, 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. He was the first Louisville freshman to hit double-digit home runs since Chris Dominguez in 2007. Binelas was an All-ACC second team selection and earned freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the NCBWA. June 27 Red vs. Blue Cary, N.C. 2:00 p.m. Story Links July 10 USA vs. Chinese Taipei Taichung, Taiwan 6:30 a.m. DATE OPPONENT/EVENT LOCATION TIME (ET) Kirian had a breakout campaign in his second year with the Cardinals. The southpaw led UofL with a 1.69 ERA while going 3-1 with five saves in 26 overall appearances. Kirian gave up just six earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 32 innings. The New Reigel, Ohio, native kept his strong work going in the postseason, picking up a win and a save in the NCAA Louisville Regional and adding a save in Louisville’s win over Auburn at the NCAA College World Series. July 3 USA vs. Cuba Charlotte, N.C. 7:05 p.m. July 21 USA vs. Japan Tokyo, Japan TBA July 16 USA vs. Japan Matsuyama, Japan TBA July 6 USA vs. Cuba Durham, N.C. 6:05 p.m. June 28 Red vs. Blue Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. July 11 USA vs. Chinese Taipei Taichung, Taiwan 6:30 a.m. USA CNT Schedule Freshman Alex Binelas and sophomores Reid Detmers, Michael Kirian and Bobby Miller will represent the Cardinals at training camp with the hopes of making the final 24-man roster. July 18 USA vs. Japan Iwakuni, Japan TBA July 20 USA vs. Japan Kooriyama, Japan TBA July 1 USA vs. CPL Select Cary, N.C. 4:00 p.m. June 29 Red vs. Blue Cary, N.C. 2:00 p.m. July 2 USA vs. Cuba Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m. July 4 USA vs. Cuba Durham, N.C. 6:05 p.m. Starting as the closer for the Cardinals before moving into the starting rotation, Miller amassed a 7-1 mark in 2019 with a 3.83 ERA and a pair of saves in 80 innings of work. The sophomore was a force for the Cardinals during its run in the NCAA Championship, turning in three excellent starts. Miller tallied a victory in an elimination game in the NCAA Regional against Indiana, before twirling eight no-hit innings against East Carolina in the Super Regional round to send Louisville to the College World Series. In the CWS, the right-hander allowed just one run in four innings against Auburn before having his start cut short by rain.2019 USA Collegiate National Team Schedule July 11 USA vs. Chinese Taipei Taichung, Taiwan 2:00 a.m. July 17 USA vs. Japan Imabari City, Japan TBA USA CNT Roster LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four University of Louisville student-athletes will be in North Carolina this week participating in training camp for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Louisville has had 11 student-athletes compete with the USA Collegiate National Team previously, most recently with Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay in 2016. The four players are the most the Cardinals have had with the team in any one year. Detmers turned in arguably the most prolific single season by a pitcher in Louisville baseball history in 2019. The sophomore was 13-4 overall with a 2.78 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. His 13 wins matched UofL’s single-season record, while he went flying past the previous single-season mark of 146 strikeouts. Detmers garnered All-America honors from six different organizations, including first team recognition by the ABCA, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game, and became the seventh Louisville player to be named the conference pitcher of the year. June 30 Red vs. Blue Cary, N.C. 1:00 p.m. Training camp is underway at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., with the four-game Red-Blue Series set to take place Thursday through Sunday. The USA Collegiate National Team, managed this summer by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, is scheduled to play a five-game series against Cuba July 2-6 at multiple sites across North Carolina. They will then travel to Taichung, Taiwan for five games against Chinese Taipei July 9-12 and wrap up with five games at Japan July 16-21. Print Friendly Version
Awards across 13 categories celebrating various aspects of theatre including Stage Design, Lighting and Costumes apart from Best Play, Best Director, theatre groups from all over the nation are set to participate in a festival to receive the prestigious and most comprehensive awards recognizing Indian Theatre. Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) called for entries for this year’s edition of META, a weeklong theatre festival and award that stages the best of theatre of the year. Every year META Winners are also awarded handsome prize money across the various categories. The 10th META Festival is scheduled from March 21 to 26 at the Capital’s LTG and Kamani Auditoriums along with a Gala Awards Night on March 27 at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd said “We want to provide a platform in the form of META for encouraging all forms of theatre across its full spectrum in India. Through META, our aim is to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it one of the most important national platforms for recognizing and rewarding theatre. Apart from the glamorous and obvious awards for direction and acting we also celebrate and promote other elements of theatre Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixlike playwriting, set designing, costume and light designing.”In continuation of its commitment to promoting the arts, META 2015 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque for Rs.1 Lakh for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.Creative Director, META, Ravi Dubey says, “It’s fascinating how we started with 10 entries in our first year and now after a decade META has achieved a stature of being one of the most glamorous events of the fraternity with over 13 awards from the various corners of the country. META has been a wonderful journey for us as we engage with various groups as well as dynamic and colorful artists on and off the stage.” Ravi Dubey also shared that META has really contributed to theatre as envisaged and suggested to other corporate entities that they should also be supporting theatre since it still requires more support and motivation.A Coffee table book Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre encapsulating ten glorious years of META was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival by Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and Ravi Dubey, Creative Director, META along with Jaipur Literature Festival Producer and Teamwork Arts MD, Sanjoy Roy.Celebrated theatre personalities like M K Raina, Sushma Seth, Rajat Kapoor, Amal Allana, Manan Kaur, Neelam Mansingh, Ananda Lal have contributed to the book. Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre features their testimonials and chronicles on META and its instrumental role in encouraging and rewarding the theatre industry, bringing increased participation and showcasing exemplary work within this field.
In today’s digital age books are read on Kindle and desktop computers, but another installment to it could be the cell phone novel, where books can be delivered on cell phones on a chapter-by-chapter basis.On the final day of the Delhi Gymkhana Literature Festival, writers brainstormed on the future of books and debated how the traditional books continue to be cherished in the age of e-books.Sunil Sethi, Journalist and columnist, revealed big publishers like Chiki Sarkar, the former head of Penguin India, who has launched a new publishing venture ‘Juggernaut’, are onto something new. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Chiki’s idea is even more interesting, she says you can break a novel into installments. Why can’t you make an appointment, for instance on Friday night on your cellphones and that chapter will be delivered to you.” Earlier, authors like Charles Dickens or Premchand wrote series of stories in newspaper which kept on appearing for years, he pointed out.Vikas Swarup, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, and author of the novel Q & A which was adapted into multiple Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire said the experiment could be feasible. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe pointed out that the Japanese are thinking of doing something on the similar lines.“In Japan, they will be releasing the most revolutionary TV series in the history on Instagram. Each video will be of 30 seconds, you can watch the series in seven and a half minutes” he said.Swarup argued that the cell phone novel can come extremely handy for travellers citing the example of Japan where he had a stint as an IFS officer.“In Japan, everybody travels for 35-40 minutes in Metro trains, so you can read it on the go,” he said. Jaishree Misra, author, who was part of the panel, supported the idea. She said this could be the future and this is what the publishers are also demanding – to write short stories.“I think that is the future, this is the last frontier in the usage of this beautiful device (mobile). My publishers are also asking me to think small.” However, Milan Vora, who became the first Indian to be published by Mills and Boon, said writing short stories can be a challenge. However, this newly-conceived idea of releasing books in parts on the web didn’t go down well with some in the audience who cited a number of drawbacks.“If someone does not like the story, then the publisher might force you to change the contents,” said an audience member.“Downloading a content on the cell phone is okay but there are certain books like Jeffrey Archer’s and Dan Brown’s, you have to wait for it chapter after chapter. “It may be good for younger generation who get on to the cell phone and computer and read books. For us, we want a substantive part in our hands,” he said.Anuja Chauhan, who has authored Those Pricey Thakur Girls, couldn’t agree more. She said she feels “secure” when she knows she “can go back to it.”Another audience member who favoured the traditional books over the digital version said, “I got the copy of this book and have got it autographed by the author, but if I download the same book, I can’t get it autographed,” he remarked.
Kolkata: Alipurduar District Magistrate, Nikhil Nirmal, who courted controversy after a video went viral, in which he was seen thrashing a man inside a police station for allegedly making lewd comments at his wife on a social media platform, has been transferred. Nirmal has been transferred to the post of managing director of the state Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Ltd, a senior West Bengal government official said Thursday. The 2011-batch IAS officer had earlier been asked to go on leave for 10 days after the video surfaced on Monday. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal Subhanjan Das will be the new Alipurduar DM, the official said. In the video that went viral, Nirmal and his wife were seen beating up the man inside Falakata police station in the presence of the Inspector-in-Charge (IC). The IAS officer and his wife were also heard hurling abuses at the man in the video. Various human rights organisations had strongly condemned the incident and demanded action against the DM and the IC of Falakata PS.
Kolkata: People living on Bijli road and in surrounding areas under Beniapukur police station are seriously inconvenienced as some local residents are piling up garbage on the roadside.The garbage dumped in the area also pose environmental hazards and thereby affecting the local residents many of whom have taken up the matter with the local councillor but no steps have been taken yet, alleged some local residents. Senior officials at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have assured that the matter would be looked into and action will be taken against those found littering the place. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe offenders may be slapped with fines to check such practices. The municipal corporation had set up a vat at the nearby place. But, a section of the people in the vicinity has developed a strange habit of dumping the garbage on the open road turning the place almost into a dumping ground. These people are reluctant to dump their garbage at the proper place. It has become a bone of contention between two sections of people in the area. A local resident staying in the area said that they cannot open their windows as foul smell always emanates from the garbage dump. The matter was raised with the employees of the workshop run by the West Bengal state transport department at Nonapukur. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe area falls under ward 61 on Bijli Road close to the Nonapukur tram depot and workshop. The situation persists for quite a long time. People raised the objections but no significant steps have been taken so far in this regard. The matter triggers a sense of awe among a section of the KMC officials who have taken various initiatives to maintain the cleanliness of the city. The KMC has set up vats at various places in each ward so that people dump their garbage in a designated place. Giving stress on solid waste management and the disposal of garbage, the KMC also introduced the compactors machines. The incident comes to light at a time when the KMC and the present government are giving paramount importance to the cleanliness drive. A senior KMC official said that they would look into the matter and actions will be taken in this regard.
There’s an irony at the heart of the treatment of high blood pressure. The malady itself often has no symptoms, yet the medicines to treat it — and to prevent a stroke or heart attack later — can make people feel crummy.”It’s not that you don’t want to take it, because you know it’s going to help you. But it’s the getting used to it,” says Sharon Fulson, a customer service representative from Nashville, Tenn., who is trying to monitor and control her hypertension.The daily pills Fulson started taking last year make her feel groggy and nervous. Other people on the drugs report dizziness, nausea and diarrhea, and men, in particular, can have trouble with arousal.”All of these side effects are worse than the high blood pressure,” Fulson says.Research shows roughly half of patients don’t take their high blood pressure medicine as they should, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. For many unfortunate people, their first symptom of high blood pressure is a catastrophic cardiac event. That’s why hypertension is called the “silent killer.”A drug test is now available that can flag whether a patient is actually taking the prescribed medication. The screening, which requires a urine sample, is meant to spark a more truthful conversation between patient and doctor.Fulson’s blood pressure is a moving target, and when she shows me the way she usually checks it at home, it’s a little high.”Being on the radio might have an effect on me,” she jokes. Even being in a doctor’s office can add enough stress to elevate the results.This is why taking patients’ pressure — the familiar cuff test — doesn’t confirm for cardiologists whether patients are consistently taking their hypertension meds. The new drug test, dubbed KardiAssure, uses computers to analyze urine to search for 80 kinds of blood pressure and cholesterol medication, reporting the results in just three minutes.The test can determine only whether a patient has taken pills in the last day or two. But Aegis Sciences Corp.’s CEO Frank Basile says that’s a starting point.”What we give doctors is a tool that enables them to have a very focused conversation with their patients,” he says. Only after the problem is out in the open, he says, can doctors get to the reasons behind it.The conversation-starter has been effective for cardiologist Bryan Doherty in Dickson, Tenn., who has been working with Aegis to test the test. In one case, when the results showed a patient wasn’t regularly taking his medicine, though he’d claimed he was, he quickly confessed.”He immediately turned around and told me that the cost was an issue,” Doherty says. “I think there was a degree of embarrassment there, potentially, or a feeling of letting me down in some way — something that had not come up in a 25-minute initial encounter when we had spoken before.”Of course, the test has a cost, too — about $100 — though Doherty notes that insurance, including Medicare, has been covering it.The conversation is important, Doherty says, because he can try less expensive prescriptions if cost is the issue, or experiment with different kinds of drugs if side effects are the problem. It’s worth the potentially uncomfortable encounter with the patient, he says, since the medication might make the difference between life and death.The screening could also help a patient avoid other unnecessary tests or additional prescriptions, says Dr. Tom Johnston. He runs the hypertension clinic at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville and is board president of the local chapter of the American Heart Association.Other than calling the pharmacy to make sure people are refilling their prescription, he says he generally takes their word for it.”I think there are a lot of times where you’re questioning in your mind whether someone has taken their medicine or not,” he says. “I think it would be good for the patient, too, for the doctor to know that they’re not taking their medicine so that we may not go down the wrong pathway.”Johnston, who is not affiliated with Aegis, says his only concern about using a drug test would be running the risk of setting up an adversarial relationship with a patient. But there’s a way around that, too, he says, by making them understand how vital it is to take the drug properly.Sarah Avery of Nashville says she’s fully aware of the consequences.”My daddy died because he didn’t take his medicine,” she says.Hypertension runs in her family. Her mom and grandmother also battled high blood pressure. Still, the medication is such a drag, she’s decided at times to stop without consulting her doctor.”I lied. Really, I lied,” she admits. “He said, ‘Are you taking your medicine?’ I said, ‘Mmhmmm. Yeah, my momma makes sure that I do.’ I was just lying,” she says.That is, until she, too, had a stroke. Now, she has three blood pressure medications and says she takes them without fail.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with WPLN and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.
Eighteen-year-old Ethan Lindenberger appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Tuesday to talk about how he decided to get vaccinated against the wishes of his anti-vaccine mother.Lindenberger is a senior at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio. He gained attention in November by asking about how to get vaccinated despite the opposition of his “kind of stupid parents” in a discussion on Reddit.Anti-vaccine proponents espouse a widely discredited view that vaccines can cause autism or brain damage.Lindenberger grew up without common vaccinations like those for measles and chicken pox before finally getting immunizations starting in December. He described being pulled out of class each year and told he needed to get his shots, only to be opted out each time by his mother.Most states allow parents to claim a religious exemption to vaccination requirements for their children to attend school. Seventeen states currently allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for personal or philosophical reasons.But leaving children unvaccinated runs the risk of contracting and spreading diseases like measles, that can lead to death in extreme cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 206 cases of measles in 11 states in January and February of this year.Lindenberger’s mother got most of her misinformation about vaccines on Facebook, he told the committee. Meanwhile, he got information about vaccines from the CDC, the World Health Organization and scientific journals, he said.Facebook has come under scrutiny by health advocates and lawmakers over anti-vaccination groups and ads on its network. Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Mark Zuckerberg last month out of concern that Facebook and Instagram are “surfacing and recommending messages” that discourage children’s vaccination. The company told The Washington Post it has “taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do.”Lindenberger told the committee that as he “approached high school and began to critically think for myself, I saw that the information in defense of vaccines outweighed the concerns heavily.”He said his mother was victim of “deeply-rooted misinformation” online. He said parents who question vaccines are not acting out of malice but actual concern for their children. But at the same time, Lindenberger said organized groups that spread disinformation “instill fear into the public for their own gain, selfishly” and “should be the primary concern of the American people.”Lindenberger’s mother, Jill Wheeler, told The Associated Press that she “didn’t agree with anything he said” but was proud of his appearance before the committee. “They’ve made him the poster child for the pharmaceutical industry,” she told the AP.Measles is highly contagious and can live in a room for two hours after an infected person coughed or sneezed. The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 93 percent or more effective at preventing measles, according to the CDC. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned is to seek the help of the high court after a coroner refused for the second time to hold an inquest into his death.David Clapson (pictured), who had diabetes, died in 2013 as a result of an acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctioned.Because he had no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have kept the fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and he had also run out of food.But despite the circumstances of his death, and clear links with the sanctions system, no inquest was ever held.Now Clapson’s sister, Gill Thompson, is to ask the high court for a judicial review of the coroner’s decision not to hold an inquest.Her announcement came as new Department for Work and Pensions figures showed a sharp rise in the number of sanctions imposed on claimants of the out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance.In May 2016, there were 1,199 decisions taken to impose a sanction on an ESA claimant, but in June that shot up to 1,749. In January, the figure was as low as 900.The number of JSA sanctions also rose, although not as steeply, from 12,067 in May to 14,049 in June.Thompson has been campaigning for an inquest to be held in a bid to secure answers and change the sanctions system she believes led to her brother’s death.She has now set up a crowdfunding account to pay for the latest stage in her legal battle, and to take the case to the high court.She previously raised the money to pay for the earlier stages of the legal action through more than 900 crowd-funded donations.Her latest bid has already raised more than £5,000 of the initial £10,000 target in less than 48 hours.Her solicitor, Merry Varney, from human rights lawyers Leigh Day, is arguing that Clapson died an “unnatural death” because of the benefit sanction imposed on him shortly before he died.Earlier this month, Varney wrote to the Hertfordshire senior coroner, Geoffrey Sullivan, to ask him to overturn the decision not to hold an inquest.But he has now written back to say he will not order an inquest.Sullivan says in his letter that “the evidence does not support either a direct or contributory causal link between the imposition of the benefit sanction and Mr Clapson’s death.“In addition… there is no evidence as to whether the benefit sanction was imposed properly or not.”Thompson said she found the coroner’s decision “hard to understand”, because her brother “had no food in his stomach” at the time of his death and “was in the middle of a sanction”.She said the reason she was campaigning was not to “cause trouble” but “just to put something right”.She said: “I’m not a troublemaker. I’m not doing it to be awkward or for revenge.”Varney said: “We believe there is huge public interest in an investigation into the role played by the imposition of a benefit sanction in Mr Clapson’s death.”She said Clapson had not been entitled to an immediate hardship payment after being sanctioned, while Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) guidance on diabetes “does not in our view properly recognise the importance of food and access to chilled insulin for people like David”.She added: “Despite our client’s best efforts, there has been no open and thorough investigation of this matter at all.“There is an urgent need to assess the risks posed by benefit sanctions to those who receive them, and the decision-making of DWP staff when imposing benefit sanctions on vulnerable and at-risk individuals.”Clapson’s case was mentioned in prime minister’s questions earlier this month by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who described his and other such deaths as “institutionalised barbarity”.An autopsy held after Clapson’s death found his stomach was empty, and the only food left in his flat in Stevenage was six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account.But there has never been an inquest, even though DWP admitted that it knew he was insulin-dependent.Meanwhile, work and pensions secretary Damian Green announced this week that jobseekers who are homeless or have a mental health condition will now be able to access hardship payments immediately if they are sanctioned.The payments are supposed to act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs, and are issued immediately to claimants who meet certain criteria, such as having children, or certain long-term health conditions.Other claimants cannot claim hardship payments for the first 14 days of a sanction.Green said the change was expected to help about 10,000 people over four years from 2017-18.
Image credit: Eldadcarin | Getty Images Medical Cannabis Finds an Eager Market In Florida Retirees Sunshine State boomers suffering the aches of age discover rolling a joint, like riding a bike, is another one of those things you don’t forget. Guest Writer Andre Bourque –shares Cannabis May 23, 2017 Next Article Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends Florida voters last November passed a constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This amendment revises an earlier ruling that permitted low-THC prescriptions for a tightly limited group of patients.Over 70 percent of voters approved access to marijuana treatments for debilitating health conditions based on a physician’s certification and a current ID card. The law took effect as we entered the New Year, but Florida is still working on the process and distribution.40% of precincts reporting, Florida medical #cannabis leading 70% to 30%. #Election2016 Real-time live updates → https://t.co/KjiJW2T5GW pic.twitter.com/e9ynAlUj5R— Green Flower Media (@greenflwrmedia) November 9, 2016Marijuana advocates see this as breakthrough towards legalization of recreational use. But, focusing on the here and now, you might wonder how to market medical cannabis to eager Floridian retirees.Related: Cannabis Stock Index Grew 236% In 2016Covered conditionsThe referendum permits treatment of named health conditions, including:AIDSAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)CancerCrohn’s DiseaseEpilepsyGlaucomaPositive Status For Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)Multiple SclerosisParkinson’s DiseasePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)”Other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as those mentioned above, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”Related: 10 Cannabis Startups You Need to WatchThe marketAccording to Marketing-to-Seniors, “seniors save more than younger segments and have more discretionary income.” The website also indicates that seniors “control 60 percent of US assets” and that “People age 65+ have larger retirement accounts and investment portfolios larger than younger people.” As well, they state that, “Retirees have more time to engage with direct marketing messages.”The New Frontier Data and ArcView Market Research estimate “Florida’s market will grow to $1.6 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 140 percent. That would make it half the size of California’s projected $2.6 billion market and top the projected $1.5 billion medical marijuana market for Colorado.”Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?The processMarketing Segment: Successful marketing starts with the identification of the specific market segment. There are age parameters, ethnic differences, gender preferences and socio-economic distinctions. The narrower you can identify the segment, the more targeted the marketing. With Florida’s retirees, you’re dealing with golfers, sunbathers, shuffleboard players, crafters and more.You’re also talking about boomers who may have used weed in the past. Pamela Johnston, SVP of Electrum Partners, an advisory firm solely focused on cannabis business and policy says, “More interesting is the mindset of the Florida retiree who has lived through the Nixon-created war on drugs — and may already be comfortably familiar with modalities like smoking joints — who is now fueled by curiosity in the new modalities that innovation has inspired. Florida will likely produce some of the best market testing for the older age groups.”Because the law limits access to and possession by those with medical problems, so they are your primary market. A recent Cannabis Consumers Coalition study discovered there’s a large market for edibles that are 10 milligrams or less. According to the 2017 Report on Cannabis Consumer Demographics and Consumption Habits, 30 percent of cannabis consumers prefer edibles that are up to 10 milligrams, followed by 25 milligrams at around 18 percent.The report also shows a growing trend of preference for microdosing cannabis edibles. Microdoses are also a safe and effective way of introducing cannabis edibles to new cannabis consumers. Collectively, the data paints a story of a cannabis consumer as regular “everyday” people who are habitual consumers and use cannabis for both medical and adult recreational purposes.Target Budget: Retirees tend to live within their budgets. Those with plush pensions still watch their spending as inflation eats away at their nest eggs. Those living on Social Security-based fixed and limited incomes can’t splurge beyond necessities.The first group will think of medical marijuana cost as a sunk cost, and those in the second group will stretch dollars to relieve their pain.Identify Spenders: Not all seniors control their income and spending. Where they do, the man or woman in a couple may do all the shopping. Some retirees support partners suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or from a condition leaving them unable to decide for themselves. Where they don’t make their own spending decisions, the choices are left to children and caregivers. That can make targeted marketing difficult without some access to mailing lists or survey results.Locate Market: The first market for sales in Florida consists of the cities, counties and communities known to harbor large numbers of retirees. Despite the image, Florida doesn’t house retirees throughout the state. Floridians make big distinctions between west coasts and east coasts, and the Panhandle and South Florida.Population demographics will key marketers to those geographical regions. But, don’t forget that residents in Canada, New York and other northern climates are home to snowbirds and future Florida residents. Medical marijuana may be a very real attraction to people planning retirement.Why Cannabis Use Among Seniors is Increasing https://t.co/qCNeeWDNSD— Florida Cannabis Co (@Fl_cannabis) May 15, 2017Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana IndustryReach the market: Seniors respond to some approaches more than others. They’re used to large type direct mail approaches. They watch more television and listen to more radio than other market segments. And, they’re increasingly involved with web browsing.According to WeGrow, “Interest in home growing cannabis (medicinally) continues to increase in the senior market. However, this market segment is more easily frustrated by exhaustive online searches and sifting through hundreds of conflicting opinions to learn how to home grow. The data collected from our users indicate how important it is to simplify the learning process.” WeGrow’s platform provides coordinated educational modules and friendly chatbot conversations teaching adults about cannabis home cultivation and empowers users to cultivate their own wellness.Seniors also respond well to in-person events, like demonstrations, social events and group education. They’re open to workshops and presentations. They can hide their own interest in the group’s interest and listen carefully while shying in the back.“Bright colors and education-driven labeling go a long way in helping seniors understand specific strain effects, medical uses and terpene interactions,” said Mike Garganese Sr., co-founder of medical cannabis producer Lola Lola. “Education and guidance are particularly important for seniors, and mainstream packaging of cartridges and pre-rolls creates a comfortable and familiar purchase experience compared to the overwhelming process of buying flower (buds) in bulk.”Related: 6 New Social Apps to Help Cannabis Lovers Find Each OtherProfessional Opinion: Eager Floridians still need approval by a licensed physician. And, they can be ordered to defend their right to purchase and possess. So, medical professionals are the key players here.It won’t take long for word of mouth to promote doctors who are known to give permission. There are already websites with lists of “preferred” physicians. Even they have some obligation to the state to honor ethical and compliant behaviors. So, they shouldn’t be doling out medical marijuana cards without true cause.Marketing to those in pain in Florida.It’s also important to remember the law was amended to help those who truly suffer from debilitating and chronically painful conditions. Keeping that focus opens legitimate marketing paths forward like those pursued by pharmaceutical companies.Providers can visit doctor’s offices, retirement home directors, support groups and clinics to promote products, administration, effects and side effects. They can make their presence felt in communities through Chambers of Commerce and Better Business Bureaus. Prospective customers need a non-threatening way to locate the dispensaries.Providers must clarify what they offer. After all, retirees accustomed to smoking weed may be disappointed in being limited to oils, edibles, extracts, tinctures and the like. For instance, there is little or no high in low-THC products.As reported by Fox 13 News, “There are two types of cannabis products that may be ordered by qualified physicians who have completed an eight-hour training course regarding medical marijuana. Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis, which has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the ‘high’ commonly associated with cannabis.”The report went on to state that, a patient determined by two physicians to be suffering from a terminal condition “may qualify for medical cannabis, which can contain significant levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC and may produce the ‘high’ commonly associated with the drug.”Related: Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2020So, Florida presents a bit of a marketing challenge. There’s a sizable known potential customer base in the state. Most are of an age receptive to marijuana rights, and many can afford it.But, the legislation is so fresh, it will take time for distribution to hit the road running. Doctors need training, licensing procedures must be worked out, the compliance apparatus must shape itself and education must reach the community. This all means time is needed to define a market and marketing approach to meet the core needs of ailing Floridians with some promise of eager citizens waiting for additional liberalization. 9 min read Listen Now Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur Podcast Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Impresso is a smartphone app which allows any user to produce professional videos to enable individuals to leverage the power of videos to promote their brand on social media and engage their audience. Impresso is aimed at marketers, content specialists, influencers and small business owners with no prior technical knowledge or expertise in video making. The app empowers users to create engaging videos, with minimum effort and resource, generating videos in real-time so that users share their stories quickly and easily.To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8545651-pixery-launch-video-maker-app-impresso/ Pixery Launches Social Media Video Maker App Impresso V2.0 on App Store PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 9:19 pmJune 10, 2019 App StoreImpressoNewsSocial MediaVideoVideo Maker Previous ArticleDestination XL Group Selects Infor to Optimize Customer EngagementNext ArticleIntroducing Xandr Invest With their smartphones, users can make professional, high-quality videos in minutes including photos and videos from their existing photo library. Hundreds of video templates, styles and animated texts for every business are ready-to-use. A rich stock image and music library is also available. With flexible customization features, users can reflect their brand with a few taps.Marketing Technology News: Forging MarTech with Big Data: Salesforce Eyes Tableau’s Big Data Expertise with $15.7 Billion DealImpresso V2.0 has been completely re-written and re-developed. Optimized for Instagram it is far more flexible and powerful allowing users a greater degree of customization to fit their brand identity. The duration of videos can be adjusted to requirements and users can determine the text animation they prefer.“Today, short form video is the new way of storytelling as well as the most powerful way to deliver a message. And we believe it shouldn’t be too hard or costly to make a video that conveys message effectively. With Impresso, our aim is to empower marketers to become an effective storyteller by enabling them to create engaging videos with minimum effort and resource. Users can simply create and share their stories quickly at any time, no matter where they are with their smartphones,” says Pixery CEO and Cofounder Dr. Kemal Ugur.Marketing Technology News: Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer ServiceWhile Impresso can be used free of charge, some of the pro features are available with a monthly subscription.It has been featured globally on App Store and recommended as app of the day.Marketing Technology News: ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution Solution
By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jan 29 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A study conducted in Denmark has shown that patients with breast cancer may be at an increased risk of developing the heart condition atrial fibrillation (AF).sfam_photo | Shutterstock”This study was the first to show that women with recent breast cancer had an increased risk of developing AF,” said lead investigator Maria D’Souza from the cardiology department Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup.D’Souza and colleagues suggest that the reason this patient group may be more prone to AF is that breast cancer induces inflammation, a well-known risk factor for the condition.The findings have recently been published in the journal HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society and the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society.In a retrospective analysis of nationwide registries in Denmark, the researchers found that women with breast cancer were at an increased risk of developing AF within three years following their diagnosis, compared with female counterparts of the same age in the general population.D’Souza says that modern treatment regimens ensure that about 80% of breast cancer patients become long-term survivors. However, long-term complications arising from both the cancer and associated treatments can threaten survival.In particular, an increased incidence of heart disease, especially ischemic heart disease and heart failure have been observed in this patient group.The team therefore hypothesized that women with breast cancer may be more susceptible to developing AF as a result of inflammation.After identifying breast cancer patients diagnosed between 1998 and 2015 and matching 74,155 female patients with 222,465 age- and sex-matched controls form the general population, the researchers used cumulative incidence curves and multivariate Cox regression models to estimate the long-term incidence of AF.They found that breast cancer was associated with a greater risk of AF, in a manner that was dependent on current age and the time since diagnosis.Patients younger than 60 were at more than twice the risk in the first six months following their diagnosis and an 80% greater risk between six months to three years following diagnosis.Those older than 60 were at a similar risk to the general population during the first six months but were at a 14% greater risk during the six month- to three-year time frame. Our findings should encourage doctors to focus on the risk of AF in patients with recent breast cancer in order to diagnose and treat as early as possible, and researchers to search for increased risk of AF looking at the cancer itself, treatment, genetic predisposition, and shared life style risk factors.Maria D’Souza, Lead Investigator Source:Do women with breast cancer have a higher risk of atrial fibrillation? “Ultimately, earlier treatment may result in better stroke prevention.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 17 2019Death rates from sepsis fell faster in New York than expected and faster than in peer states following the introduction of the nation’s first state-mandated sepsis regulation, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh researchers and published today in JAMA. The policy requires all New York hospitals to quickly implement certain protocols when the deadly condition is suspected.The finding is good news for the nearly dozen other states in varying stages of adopting similar policies to reduce deaths from sepsis, the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Rory’s Regulations were issued by the New York State Department of Health in 2013 after 12-year-old Rory Staunton died of undiagnosed sepsis. The regulations require that hospitals in New York follow protocols for sepsis that include giving antibiotics within three hours and intravenous fluids within six hours of hospitalization. The hospitals also are required to regularly train staff in the protocols and to report adherence and clinical outcomes to the state.Kahn and his team analyzed records of more than a million sepsis admissions in 509 hospitals in New York and four control states without a sepsis regulation: Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The team looked at dates from two years before Rory’s Regulations were adopted, and two years after.Related StoriesResearchers find lower ER triage scores are linked to delayed antibiotics for sepsis patientsDoctors urge hospitals to reconsider the type of fluids used to treat children with sepsisScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisIn the years before the regulations went into place, 26.3% of the people diagnosed with sepsis in New York died while hospitalized, compared to a rate of 22% in the control states. Following the regulations, New York’s sepsis mortality rate dropped 4.3% to 22%, but the death rate only fell 2.9% to 19.1% in the control states.After accounting for patient and hospital characteristics, as well as pre-existing sepsis trends in the states, New York’s sepsis death rate was 3.2% lower following the regulation than would have been expected, relative to the control states. This comparison was crucial to estimating the improvement and sets this study apart from prior work. Sepsis outcomes are known to improve over time-;a study just looking in New York would not be able to differentiate the effects of the regulations from underlying trends. Because these improvements occurred more quickly in New York compared to other states, the researchers are more confident that the regulations are the source of the improvement.”Sepsis is a tremendous global health burden, so developing proven ways to quickly recognize and treat people who have it is a top public health priority,” said senior author Derek Angus, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair of Pitt’s Department of Critical Care Medicine and director of Pitt’s Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center. “While every state should consider their specific population and needs when developing regulations, our analysis reveals that policies enforcing evidence-based clinical protocols for the timely recognition and treatment of sepsis saves lives.” Source:Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Rarely in the U.S. do we force hospitals to implement specific clinical protocols. Typically, quality improvement is achieved through financial incentives and public reporting. For the first time, state officials are enshrining in regulations that hospitals must follow certain evidence-based protocols when it comes to sepsis. And our study finds that, at least in New York, it seemed to work.”Lead author Jeremy Kahn, M.D., M.S., professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Pitt’s School of Medicine and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside your favourite video game, movie or even a historical location? Provided by Particle One of the biggest hurdles has been price, and in just the past month, three ‘more affordable’ headsets have been announced to the marketplace.Judging by both the gaming industry’s interest and the hardware options, VR is heading towards the mainstream.”5 years from now, you’re likely to see a lot more VR, and it won’t be such a novelty any more,” Brad says.”The future is for those two [mainstream AAA titles and VR] to come together, either released as a VR version or having a VR option built in.”NOT JUST FOR GAMESWhile the team at Ready Team One are refining their system and working on their next game—a player versus player title—they’re also looking at other areas where this technology can be used.James feels it could be useful for everything from military training to remote site inductions for mining operations.”If you can train people for a dangerous environment—such as an oil rig—in the safety of a gym floor, then I think there’s some really good use cases,” James says.”It could also be used for product visualisation—imagine walking around a home before you’ve even built it to get a real scale of the plan.”James believes these applications are just a handful of an ocean of possibilities for VR.And in another 10 years, who knows where it could lead—maybe heading down to your local VR club to fight a dragon? The experience is really unlike any other. The backpack and equipment all are light and easy to move in. You can signal your teammates with a simple gesture or get instructions over the radio while playing.MAINSTREAMING VRMurdoch University’s Brad Power has been tracking the uptake of VR since it began development over a decade ago.As a lecturer in games art and design, Brad sees the potential the hardware has but still feels it has a while before it’s as mainstream as a gaming console.”For a long time, people assumed the uptake would be really quick,” Brad says. “It’s almost like a separate genre, and people don’t expect games like Assassin’s Creed in VR yet.”Brad sees the current wave of VR introduction mostly coming through console VR such as PlayStation’s VR headset or the Nintendo Switch’s upcoming VR releases.But while these are not complete VR solutions like Ready Player One, they are an affordable introduction to the technology, helping to make it more common. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Oculus looks to spur VR spread with Rift price cut Imagine walking around inside a restored Colosseum in Rome or helping Ridley take on the alien as you plan your escape. Or what about jumping on a light cycle for a while in Tron?Virtual reality (VR) has been making leaps and bounds in the past decade, but there’s still a big hurdle the hardware needs to overcome before it goes mainstream—the cable.Most modern VR headsets are limited by their need for a cable to power the hardware, tethering you to a computer if you want to enter the virtual world.Because of this, the terms ‘free roaming’ and ‘virtual reality’ don’t normally go hand in hand.But three WA engineers have come up with their own solution to VR’s cable problem, and it’s not just a prototype—you can try it out most weekends.THE VR ARENAReady Team One started developing their idea of a free-roaming VR environment back in 2017.Having seen a VR setup with limited movement and no body tracking, James Tang, Scott Whiteley and Chris Cheng set about making their own hardware system to make cableless VR a reality.”One of the hardest parts was getting people to understand exactly what we were offering,” James says. “No one in Perth is offering this type of experience we’ve built.”Using off-the-shelf parts, the trio built a custom backpack system to carry all the hardware needed to play VR untethered. This article first appeared on Particle, a science news website based at Scitech, Perth, Australia. Read the original article. It’s a whole new way to play with your friends – and it’s not sitting down. Credit: READY TEAM ONE They programmed a game, First Contact, where you can interact with both the environment and other players, working as a team to face the challenges in front of you—fighting off alien creatures and completing puzzles using your hands.”We wanted to bring in full body tracking,” James says, “so you can move all your fingers and your legs [inside the VR environment].””We want you to be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience.”This is accomplished through a piece of hardware on the front of the headset created by Leap Motion. It uses infrared cameras to track the movement of your hands, letting the software know what they’re doing in real time. 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