Kolkata: One person was shot dead and three others were seriously injured in Bhatpara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as clashes broke out between two groups on Thursday, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw, while the details of those injured in the incident were yet to be ascertained, he said. According to reports, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near a newly constructed police station, which was scheduled for inauguration on Thursday. A team of police officers along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has been deployed in the area, with shops, market places and business establishments seen downing shutters following the unrest. Bhatpara has witnessed a series of clashes since May 19, when bypoll was held in the Assembly constituency.
OTTAWA – An Alberta man who tortured and starved his roommate is not getting a chance to appeal his conviction before Canada’s top court.The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Dustin Paxton’s request to challenge a 2016 ruling from the Alberta Court of Appeal which upheld a guilty verdict of aggravated assault and sexual assault.The Supreme Court, as usual, did not list reasons for its decision.Paxton was convicted in 2012 for the prolonged and brutal abuse of a man who was his friend and roommate. He was designated a dangerous offender and is serving an indeterminate jail sentence.The victim was dropped off, near death, at a Regina hospital in April 2010. He was emaciated, battered and bleeding.In its November 2016 ruling, the Alberta Appeal Court upheld the convictions and said there was no evidence to suggest that the victim was consenting to sexual contact with Paxton.The Appeal Court also rejected other arguments from Paxton’s lawyers, who said the trial judge made errors, showed bias and shouldn’t have excluded a defence expert who found the victim’s testimony unreliable. They also questioned the victim’s memory about events that had happened years before.“It is hard to imagine a situation more compelling than the one found to exist by the trial judge, of regular beatings inflicting serious bodily harm on (the victim), to support his evidence that he feared being beaten by Paxton if he did not comply with his sexual expectations,” wrote the judges.“Paxton created an atmosphere where (the victim) was required to provide total obedience through physical and psychological control of this vulnerable person.”During Paxton’s trial in Calgary, court heard that he humiliated, starved, beat and sexually assaulted his roommate over 18 months while they lived together in Alberta and Saskatchewan.The man, who cannot be identified, testified that he suffered a traumatic brain injury from the abuse and can no longer hold a job.He said he has trouble with his balance, can’t swallow properly and has to drink through a straw. The man lost some of his lip during the prolonged ordeal, had his ribs broken and sustained a ruptured bowel.“Before the assaults, I was extremely good-looking and very attractive to women and now I am disfigured,” he testified.The trial heard how the smallest things such as leftovers in the fridge would provoke an attack. The victim testified that he took the abuse because he didn’t want to look like “a sissy” and had dreams of making big money in a moving business he and Paxton had started.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world.Also today, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its 2015 World Drug Report, which estimated that 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs, and an estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. The report says that men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are more likely to misuse prescription opioids and tranquillizers.It also focuses on alternative development, “a long-term strategy aimed at developing alternative sources of income for farmers dependent on illicit drug cultivation.”UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message on the Day, said efforts against illicit drugs must be connected to work to promote opportunities through equitable and sustainable development.Mr. Ban said that in September, when leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all, they must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse. He said that “we must address the nexus between illicit drugs and violence, corruption and terrorism.”“A balanced approach recognizes the close connections between those who traffic in drugs and criminal networks involved in firearms smuggling, kidnapping, human trafficking and other crimes,” the UN chief said. “This work must also include redoubling efforts to prevent the supply of the precursor chemicals that are the foundation of so many illicit drugs.”Looking ahead, he said that the UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem, to be held in April 2016, can advance this cause, with countries sharing knowledge and forging common solutions.Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, upon release of the report at UN Headquarters, said “links between transnational organized crime, terrorism and armed violence are growing, with wide-ranging negative effects on security, governance and development, not to speak about the devastating effect on people and communities.”Mr. Eliasson also noted that “alternative development can change lives, and in doing so promote greater economic and social opportunities.” In his message, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov noted that Africa, particularly West and East Africa, remains vulnerable to the trafficking and the consumption of illicit drugs.“These trends are part of organized crime’s attack on the security, health and development of an already-fragile region,” he said. “The nexus of organized crime and terrorism-including the apparent role of drug trafficking-is a serious threat. Opium cultivation in Afghanistan remains a formidable challenge, as is the production of cocaine in Latin America.”He also said that at present, “only one in six people who use drugs globally has access to treatment. Women face numerous barriers to treatment-while one in three drug users globally are women, only one in five drug users in treatment are women.”“Alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops also has a major role. Alternative development promotes environmental protection, supports communities affected by other forms of crime, including wildlife and forest crime, and empowers women,” he said.But he said, “unfortunately, this year’s World Drug Report also shows that widespread political support for alternative development has not been matched by funding,” and urged for shared responsibility against illicit drugs. Funding allocated by OECD countries to support alternative development declined by 71 per cent between 2009 and 2013, amounting to only 0.1 per cent of global development assistance.Established by the UN General Assembly in 1987, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26, serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse.
In addition to the weak State response to the violence of armed groups, Mr. Touadéra regretted that even the staff of the UN Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, known by its’s French acronym, UNMISCA, is not sufficient to cope to the challenges of protecting civilian populations. “The increase in security threats due to violence imposed by armed groups required that steps be taken to curb the risks of widespread crisis,” he told UN Member delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate. With this in mind, he called on the international community to increase the military strength of MINUSCA, particularly in view of the immensity of the territory it must cover. Mr. Touadéra also urged that the operation’s mandate, which is coming to an end very soon, be revised to assist the Government in regaining control over areas with natural resources. He went on to welcome the unprecedented mobilization of international solidarity in for CAR towards the implementation of the Rehabilitation and Peacebuilding Programme (RCPCA), after the November 2016 Brussels Donor Conference. “To follow up on the implementation of this plan, we have concluded an Agreement serving as a new framework for mutual engagement between the Central African Republic and the international community,” said Mr. Touadera.He outlined his hope that steps would be taken in 2017 to establish dialogue with the armed groups, noting that other major efforts would focus on implementing the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme. He would also seek greater dialogue with regional actors in hopes they would provide political support for the road map for peace and national reconciliation. Full statement (in French) available here
Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced that he was gay, may not be among the 256 men chosen in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday. In fact, based on a historical assessment of players who were rated similarly by media scouting projections, Sam’s chances of being drafted are only about 50-50.Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is rated as a sixth-round pick on the Scouts Inc. draft board, which is available through ESPN Insider. That might seem to imply that he’s likely to be drafted, because the NFL draft has seven rounds.But players projected to be chosen late in the draft are hard to differentiate from one another. You can think of NFL prospects as representing the tail end of a bell curve. At the extreme end of the tail are a small number of potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Luck and Bo Jackson. The curve gets denser and denser with players the farther down the draft board you go, however. Players who are projected as sixth-round picks often fall out of the draft entirely.I looked at what happened to projected sixth-round picks since 2005, as according to the Scouts Inc. draft board. Specifically, I looked at defensive ends and outside linebackers, the two positions that Sam might play in the NFL. (That some scouts regard Sam as a “tweener” is one reason he may not be drafted highly.)There were 67 such players between 2005 and 2013. Of those, 37 players — 55 percent — were not drafted. Twenty-four others were drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds, while six were chosen in the fourth round or higher. Only about 10 percent were chosen in the sixth round exactly.Isn’t it a bit contradictory to describe prospects as sixth-round draft picks when they’re far more likely not to be drafted than to be chosen in the that round? There are more projected sixth-round picks than sixth-round slots. This year, for example, Scouts Inc. lists 71 players as sixth-round picks, but there are only 39 selections in that round (this includes a number of compensatory picks given to teams who lost free agents).The alternative, however, would imply a false precision in differentiating between sixth-round picks, seventh-round picks, guys just off the draft board and so forth. Picks late in the draft are intrinsically hard to project, because each team has different assessments of the players, and some teams prioritize need while others look for talent.But leave these semantics aside. There’s a more pressing issue in the case of Sam. Has his draft status been harmed by his public declaration of his sexuality?Sam’s ranking has fallen on some news media draft boards, including the one prepared by ESPN and Scouts Inc., since he came out as gay. Determining the cause and effect is harder. On the one hand, Sam got middling reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. On the other hand, some NFL scouts and general managers have told members of the media that they’re worried Sam could be a “distraction.” In a league that has employed the likes of Aaron Hernandez, that could be cover for homophobia.But suppose that Sam were projected as a fourth-round pick, which is how he was often described at the time he came out. Would he be assured of being drafted?Not quite. Among the 70 defensive ends and outside linebackers projected by Scouts Inc. as fourth-round picks since 2005, 15 — 21 percent — weren’t drafted. Others were chosen as high as the second round.In other words, if Sam is not chosen in the draft, we won’t be able to say for sure it’s because of his sexuality. Draft projections are an inexact science, especially in the late stages of the process. (If Sam is neither drafted nor signed as a free agent, that would be a clearer signal that the league is evaluating him on something other than his football talent.)Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.
Hot weather and dating apps are to blame for a rise in syphilis, according to medical professionals.Health chiefs have warned that the recent heatwave is behind an increase in the spread of the infection, as more people have been sexually active. Dating apps are also contributing to a rise in the number of people suffering from sexually transmitted diseases, as it is easier than ever for people to meet.A health board in South Wales has revealed it has seen five times as many people diagnosed with syphilis in the past four months compared with the same period last year.Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said that since April there have been 56 confirmed cases of the infection in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend – with 16 of those coming in the past two weeks alone. Most have been men, but several women have also tested positive.Symptoms for syphilis can include small painless sores or ulcers, blotchy red rashes, small skin growths or white patches in the mouth. It may also cause tiredness, headaches, joint pains and swollen glands, but some people may experience no symptoms at all. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Sixth team of Polish handball, MMTS Kwidzyn is forced to leave two important players Robert Orzechowski (24) and Michael Adamuszka at the end of the season. The first right wing of Polish NT Orzechowski certanly won’t have a problem to find a new team for the upcoming season:– In the case of Robert Orzechowski and Michael Adamuszka we weren’t able to meet their financial requirements, while Sebastian Suchowicz got a very attractive offer from another club. His contract is valid for one more year, but we will let him to go if he wants to leave club – said club’s president Jacek Wilke.source: sportowefakty.plphoto: www.mmts-kwidzyn.pl ← Previous Story EHF CL 1/4: THW Kiel – Veszprem, Atletico Madrid – Barcelona, Metalurg – Vive, Hamburg – Flensburg Next Story → Biljana Filipovic goes back to France – Nice! Polish HandballPolish national handball teamRobert Orzechowski
← Previous Story Azoty Pulawy with new head-coach – Dragan Markovic! Next Story → Arpad Sterbik next four years in RK Vardar Skopje! Slovenia beat Austria 34:29 (14:14) in the friendly match in Maribor. Both teams began preparation for the upcoming two weekends in which they will play matches of the WCh 2015 qualification for Qatar. Slovenians will meet Hungary, while Austria waiting clashes against Norway.Slovenia : Austria 34:29 (14:14)Slovenia: Bombač 1, Miklavčič, Pucelj, Kavtičnik 5, Bezjak 1, Natek 2, Dolenec 2, Skube 6, Medved 1, Bundalo 1, L. Žvižej, Gaber, Nosan 1, Gajić 14 (8), Škof (6 saves), Ferlin (5 saves), Prošt (4 saves – 1 x 7-m)Avstrija: Marinović (5 saves), Bauer (4 saves), Hermann 5, Ziura 2, Schmid 2, Božović 2, Woss 4, Mayer 3, Szilagyi 2, Posch, Wagesreiter 1, Kolar, T. Weber, R. Weber 7 (4), Edelmüller, Santos 1.
It must be borne in mind that most of these people do not know the plaintiff and have never met him. Nevertheless they felt free to name and brand him as a criminal.Previously: Eoin McKeogh loses anonymity case against newspapers > THE HIGH COURT has ordered a group of experts to see whether it is possible to remove from the internet a video which falsely accuses an Irish student of not paying a taxi fare.High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Peart said student Eoin McKeogh has said it is “technically possible” to have the video expunged from internet, but noted that the defendants in the case – including Facebook, Google and YouTube – disagree.The judge proposed that a group of experts meet with 14 days to examine whether or not it is possible.Mr Justice Michael Peart said he acknowledged that companies such as Google and Facebook may find it “inconvenient” to cooperate with the removal of the video, or may fear that it could “open that floodgate” but said that it remained the case that “people have availed of technology which is the property of the defendants in order to seriously defame the plaintiff”.He said he was surprised that Google and Facebook had not been more willing to help McKeogh with the removal of the video.“They ought in my view render more assistance to him than they appear to be willing to render thus far,” the judge said in his ruling.McKeogh had taken the case against Facebook, Google, YouTube, Yahoo and CrowdGather and three John Doe internet commenters.The judge said that McKeogh had been subject to “a miscellany of the most vile, crude, obscene and generally obnoxious comments” on both YouTube and on Facebook after he was misidentified as being the person who appeared in a YouTube video which showed a young man getting out of a taxi and not paying the fare.The video was posted online by the taxi driver who asked if the man could be identified and one commenter named McKeogh as the culprit. McKeogh had been in Japan on the day the video was taken.The judge was strongly critical of users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, saying:All manner of nasty and seemingly idle minds got to work on the plaintiff [McKeogh], and as seems to happen with apparent impunity nowadays on social media sites, said whatever thing first came into their vacant, idle and meddlesome heads, by posting statements and comments about the plaintiff, so vile and abusive that I ought not to repeat them here.
If you’ve ever spent much time in an area with large predatory birds, you know the fear: small family dogs, packed in harnesses with convenient happy meal handles on the back, carried off by a squawking death bomber from above. It’s often astonishing how much weight can be carried on such small wings, but at least eagles don’t have any sort of agenda. Keeping safe from birds of prey is as easy as keeping an eye on your Jack Russell — how will you keep things safe from a drone that can do the same thing?The latest in a long string of awesome and terrifying drone technologies is a grappling flier with all the speed and maneuverability of a normal quad-copter together with the deadly accuracy of an eagle-inspired “dual articulated gripper.” Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania designed their gripper drone after observations from slow-motion footage of predatory birds swooping to grab up prey. For instance, they found that the grab was much more successful after they incorporated the the claw back-swing seen in eagles immediately after contact with their target.Possibly applications for this tech are practically limitless. A reliable flying grasper could be revolutionary for bomb disposal or even a quick-and-dirty disarmament of a gunman. However, it could be just as adept at dropping off as picking up, conjuring images of grenades dropped through skylights. They could also be combined with small, sturdy robots designed for espionage, they could make them a very powerful insertion tool for surveillance equipment.It’s the swoop action that is on display here, however, the ability to acquire a small object without breaking movement. As with real birds of prey, this is primarily useful for grabbing surprised targets before they can react. It’s unlikely this sort of tech will be deployed with talons for attacking people; more likely, the only “live” targets these drones will see are other, smaller drones.Hunter-killer aerial robots sent out to neutralize an enemy force? That’s the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of.
Apr 24th 2017, 7:48 PM Share3 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3356565 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A victim of a suspected gas attack in Idlib. 10,140 Views By AFP Monday 24 Apr 2017, 7:48 PM The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.The Treasury’s action followed the US military’s firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on 7 April to punish the government and set a warning against any further chemical weapons attacks.“These sanctions are intended to hold the Assad regime and those who support it – directly or indirectly – accountable for the regime’s blatant violations of the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118,” Mnuchin said.The attack on Khan Sheikhun was also debated in the UN Security Council. But Russia, a close ally of Assad, vetoed a resolution on 12 April demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the attack.Assad has denied the attack, branding it a “fabrication” by the West.The US Treasury already had imposed sanctions against 18 Syrian officials in January. The sanctions effectively aim to shut those targeted out of global financial networks, making it difficult for them to do business or even travel.Mnuchin said the administration “will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities”.- © AFP, 2017Read: ‘So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?’: Obama returns to public spotlight> A victim of a suspected gas attack in Idlib. Image: Depo Photos/ABACA Image: Depo Photos/ABACA US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack It is one of the US’s largest-ever sanctions announcements. Short URL THE US GOVERNMENT put 271 Syrian chemists and other officials on its financial blacklist today, punishing them for their role in the deadly chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in early April.In one of its largest-ever sanctions announcements, the US Treasury Department took aim at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which it said was responsible for developing the alleged sarin gas weapon used in the April 4 attack.The attack left 87 dead, including many children, in the town of Khan Sheikhun, provoking outrage in the West, which accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being responsible.The sanctions include a freeze on all assets in the United States belonging to 271 individuals on the blacklist, and block any American person or business from dealing with them.Military linksAccording to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based think-tank, the SSRC is Syria’s leading scientific research centre, with close links to the country’s military.The centre itself was already the subject of two sanctions declarations, in 2005 and 2007, due to its alleged role in developing weapons of mass destruction.The Treasury said in a statement today that the SSRC is specifically behind the Syrian government’s efforts to develop chemical weapons and the means to deliver them.The 271 either have specific scientific expertise for the programme or have been involved in it since 2012, it said.“These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support centre for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s horrific chemical weapons attack on innocent civilian men, women, and children,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of land owners will fight the Wellington Council after its attempts to compensate them after they were not allowed to build on their land was minimal. People who bought beachfront subdivided lots on a section of Victoria’s coastline in the 1960s and 70s that have now become worthless, have vowed to fight a government-approved ban on developing their empty lots. Land owner Vassily Afcouliotis, who bought his lot for $750 in 1971 says he will take legal action to be better compensated. Wellington Shire is offering $1500 to landowners who transfer their lots to the council as part of a voluntary assistance scheme, but Mr Afcouliotis says that doesn’t cover his costs of maintaining the lot over the years and is demanding $10,000. Victorian government spokesman James Copsey said told the Herald Sun the amount offered was a matter for Wellington Council. Already 580 lots have been returned back to the Council’s hands since the scheme began in January 2012. The future of those who have kept their land also got another blow this week, with Attorney-General Robert Clark upholding the council’s policy to ban future developments between Glomar and Golden Beach. Source: Herald Sun.
Légionellose : renforcement des mesures préventivesFrance – Dès aujourd’hui 1er juillet, les établissements de santé et les établissements recevant du public doivent procéder à une mesure annuelle du taux de légionelles dans leurs installations sanitaires.Un arrêté du 1er février 2010 vise à renforcer la prévention contre la légionellose, une maladie respiratoire contractée après inhalation de légionelles, des bactéries appartenant au genre Legionella. Ces dernières se développent dans les circuits sanitaires d’eau chaude, ou les installations de climatisation, entre 25 et 45°C. L’homme peut donc être contaminé en respirant de la vapeur ou des gouttelettes hébergeant la bactérie. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Afin d’éviter sa prolifération, les établissements recevant du public doivent désormais vérifier une fois par an que le taux de légionelles dans leurs installations est inférieur au seuil de danger pour l’Homme, soit 1.000 ufc (unités formant colonie). Dans les établissements de santé, les mesures sont plus strictes puisque le taux doit être inférieur au seuil de détection. Des échantillons sont prélevés sur les points d’usage à risque et analysés par des laboratoires agréés. Le cas échéant, la direction de l’établissement concerné doit prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires à la diminution du taux.En ce sens, le Centre d’information du cuivre recommande l’utilisation d’une tuyauterie en cuivre. Il a été en effet démontré que ce matériau limitait l’apparition de la légionelle. Le 1 juillet 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Lenovo a conçu le plus petit PC de bureau au mondeLe fabricant chinois Lenovo revendique la fabrication du plus petit PC de bureau au monde. Le modèle Q180.Le fabricant chinois Lenovo aurait conçu le plus petit PC de bureau du monde. Le IdeaCentre Q180 ne mesurerait que 155 x 192 x 22mm ! Dans ce petit gabarit, on trouverait néanmoins un processeur Intel Atom D2500 double cœur cadencé à 1,86 Ghz, 4Go de RAM, un SSD de 128 Go ou un disque dur de 750 Go, une sortie HDMI, l’USB 3.0.Ce Q180 propse un GPU Radeon HD6540A doté de 512 Mo de mémoire vive, capable de supporter les Blu-ray 3D (en option). Le clavier de cet ordinateur en fait aussi un objet attractif. Ce dernier est en forme de manette et contient un trackpoint que son utilisateur va devoir apprivoiser. Il a été réalisé sur le modèle du N5902 de la firme.L’ordinateur est disponible pour 369 dollars en configuration de base. Les options peuvent faire grimper son prix jusqu’à 500 dollars (environ 373 euros). Le Q180 est déjà en ventre sur le site de Lenovo mais sa disponibilité prochaine en Europe requiert confirmation.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
When Overwatch started teasing change, many were expecting a new hero, but many were expecting Doomfist, a character integral to the events occurring within the game.What we’re getting instead is an entirely new character named Orisa, who is a tank support robot. Even more interesting is that we had been introduced to her before. We just didn’t know where to look.Blizzard Entertainment started teasing a new hero’s release earlier in the month, specifically on the Numbani map. A tweet from the official Overwatch account noted that there had been an attack at the Numbani airport, which players recognize as the starting point on the map. There weren’t any civilian casualties reported but a number of OR15 units had been destroyed. Stay on target ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… [BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/3XuXbCCugh— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 24, 2017This was also reflected in-game, with the airport in the map showcasing the carnage.Earlier in the month, Blizzard had teased a new character, but didn’t mention if she was playable. In a blog post on its website, the company introduced Efi Oladele, an 11-year-old genius grant recipient who had been making strides in artificial intelligence and robotics.Most fans theorized that Efi wouldn’t be playable based on her age. There’s something odd about having to beat up a child.However, unbeknownst to us, she’s the creater behind Orisa, and teased her existence in that blog post.“I want to create things that make our lives better. And someday, my dream is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s! I think that would be great.”Orisa is a former OR15 unit, actually the one that is pictured in the tweet embedded in the wall, according to her origin story video. Efi put Orisa together from disposed parts left over from the attack in an effort to create something that could protect the citizens of Numbani. Considering Doomfist was the one that initiated the attack on the airport, according to Efi, the city is going to need a lot of protecting.Orisa is described on the Overwatch website as a tank and a “central anchor of her team.” She has the ability to project barriers on the frontline–similar to Reinhardt–and can launch graviton charges to slow enemies–much like Zarya. Her ultimate attack is a “supercharger,” which is a device that increases the amount of damage inflicted on enemy team members caught in its path.Orisa is the third character introduced to the original Overwatch roster since the game’s launch. She follows Ana and Sombra, who are a support sniper and an offensive hacker respectively. In contrast to Ana and Sombra, Orisa contains elements from other characters, making her one of the first introduced heroes that isn’t completely unique. Considering that she’s a robot created with a lot of the same technologies available already, it makes sense.Orisa is currently available to try out on the PTR. There isn’t a date for her official release. But you can get Overwatch: Origins now from Amazon.
Just in time for this December’s cannibalistic Star Wars: The Last Jedi, EA and DICE have prepared a sequel to their reboot of the fan-favorite multiplayer shooter Star Wars Battlefront. The first trailer for Battlefront II was supposed to debut in a few days at Star Wars Celebration, but you can watch a leaked Star Wars Battlefront II trailer right now on Vimeo. Unlike its predecessor, it looks like Battlefront II will actually be a complete game.The hype (and sales) for 2015’s Battlefront were immense. Not only was it launching during peak Star Wars mania thanks to The Force Awakens, but the Battlefront name itself had a lot of its own nostalgia. Building on the underrated multiplayer mode of their Clone Wars game, with 2004’s Star Wars Battlefront and its sequel Pandemic Studios delivered two legitimately impressive games for you and dozens of friends to act out your Star Wars dreams on the battlefield.EA’s Battlefront reboot had its charms. It looked gorgeous on the Frostbite engine, and you could play as heroes such as famous Star Wars franchise character Emperor Sheev Palpatine. But the generic Battlefield gameplay, reduced player count, wonky vehicles (except in the Rogue One VR expansion), lack of single-player, and overall thin amount of content made this merely an okay Star Wars shooter instead of the true heir to Battlefront in the eyes of many.Based on the (gameplay-free) trailer, Battlefront II hopes to rectify some of those mistakes (perhaps because the team has had more time to actually develop the game). The single-player campaign seems to revolve around an Imperial soldier after the destruction of the Second Death Star. Maybe they are involved in the creation of the First Order? What if they’re Snoke?!? This might even be a call back to the similar plot of the original Battlefront II.Multiplayer will remain the focus and Battlefront II draws inspiration from “across all eras” of Star Wars. So expect battles from both before and after the reign of the Empire. New playable heroes include Yoda, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, and Rey (but not her parents).Star Wars Battlefront II isn’t the only Star Wars game EA has cooking now that it has its hands on that hot brand. Respawn is working on a Star Wars game that will hopefully be as good as and sell way better than Titanfall II. Meanwhile, Jade Raymond, Amy Hennig, and Dead Space developers Visceral Games are working on what might be the spiritual rebirth of cancelled Game of the Year Star Wars 1313.If Star Wars must exist forever, the least we can get is good video games. Will see if Star Wars Battlefront II holds up its end of the deal when it launches this holiday. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
This spook-tacular family fun event will be held on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Avenue Market on Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore. Come to trick or treat. Activities include a hunted scavenger hunt, free food and pumpkin painting. Starting at 10 a.m. the No Boundaries will be providing free rides to the polls for voters to cast their ballots during early voting for the 2016 general elections.
Last month there was a bit of excitement in the retro gaming community when not one, but two prototype Sega Pluto consoles were discovered. Neither one was final hardware, but hinted at Sega’s intention to release an updated version of the Saturn including a modem. That never happened and only two of these prototypes were produced. Now one of them has gone up for auction on eBay.The prototype being sold is actually the second one that hit the headlines last month. Where as the first was owned by a former Sega employee and is in perfect condition, the second one was acquired for $1 at a flea market and has a lid that doesn’t stay closed. Importantly though, it is fully functional as long as you put weight on the lid to keep it shut.The eBay auction started at $100, but has increased to $5,000 with 44 bids already made and 4 days still to go. However, the seller has set a high reserve and already failed to sell the console in a previous auction using GameGavel. In that auction the bidding reached $7,600, but failed to reach the reserve (see the comments below for clarification on this point).Whether the console sells this time depends on how high that reserve is. The fact the seller only paid a dollar for the machine and the lid is faulty suggests to me that $5,000 is a very good price to accept. I’d guess the reserve is somewhere around the $10,000 mark in which case I think he’ll be keeping it for a while longer.The gaming community wants access to the Pluto so they can open it up and take a look at the components. It doesn’t seem to be a standard Saturn board, so there’s a lot of interest in the internals of the machine.
Kolkata: The city has witnessed two green corridors within a gap of six days through which organs were transported from one hospital to the other in less than 15 minutes for urgent transplantations.On the wee hours of Thursday, one of the kidneys and the liver obtained from a patient, who was declared brain dead by the doctors at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on EM Bypass, were taken to SSKM Hospital for transplants on two patients.A similar incident had taken place on August 18 when the liver of a brain dead patient was transported to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital from SSKM for transplant, while her two kidneys were taken also out for transplants on two patients, who were undergoing renal treatment at SSKM Hospital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAditi Sinha (59), a resident of Chitpur, was declared brain dead on Wednesday night at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital.The hospital authorities urged the family members of the deceased to donate her organs, thereby keeping her memories alive in the lives of others. After counselling, the family members agreed to donate her organs.All the necessary procedures were completed in minimum possible time, including clearance from the state Health department. The doctors later obtained her kidneys, liver and corneas. A green corridor facilitated by Kolkata police ensured that the donated liver reached SSKM Hospital on time from Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOne of two kidneys and the liver were packed in a temperature-controlled box and sent in an ambulance to SSKM early on Thursday morning. The other kidney was transplanted on another patient at the private hospital itself.According to the sources at SSKM, the liver was transplanted on a 53-year-old patient, Chandicharan Ghosh, a resident of Nadia who was suffering for two years, while the kidney was given to another patient who was undergoing renal treatment at the hospital. The other kidney of the donor has been transplanted on Uma Parekh, a resident of Tangra, who was suffering for a while.These two separate incidents of organ transplants, within a gap of 6 days in the city, have opened up a new avenue, encouraging others to donate their organs.It may also be mentioned that the government’s continuous efforts to promote organ donation has once again proved fruitful. The incidents of organ donation have increased due to proactive efforts by the state Health department.It may be mentioned that family members of one Mira Dey, a middle-aged woman, who was declared dead at Apollo Gleneagles donated her organs but the hospital authority could not use them as they were in bad shape.
Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Image courtesy of Medic VisionWhile working with a patient with Crohn’s disease in my gastroenterology practice, I nearly ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan for her as I began to formulate a plan. After talking with her, I discovered she had received 18 CT scans at multiple hospitals in the prior three years. As a physics major, I knew medical radiation was potentially harmful, but nowhere was that harm calculated and put into real terms for me to assimilate in my plan. I spent about four hours over the next few days computing the radiation from the various studies, only to find that this patient had more than two-and-a-half times the equivalent radiation dose of standing one mile from the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima. On the back of my business card, I wrote the estimated effective radiation dose and the potential incremental cancer risk to her, telling her to show it to physicians in the future if someone thought a nineteenth scan may be useful. In the years since, she has not had another CT. That case and other anecdotal experiences have convinced me that physicians would be more thoughtful about their imaging decisions if they were more aware of the potential human consequences of their decisions. We are so vigilant about our imaging decisions with children; why not adults?Not every patient will be able to avoid another radiological exam and many will need them. But issues with overutilization are not a secret, as studies from the last decade indicate 20 to 50 percent of high-tech imaging procedures may be be unnecessary. This is due partly to “defensive medicine,” but also from a false sense of security physicians may have from imaging results. In order to help ordering physicians be more judicious in requesting radiological exams, information on the history of exposure and on potential exposure to radiation needs to be easily accessible and easily understood — a responsibility radiologists or digital health technology are best equipped to bear.This begs an important question in the radiology community on radiation exposure and its dangers: Is it better to have some form of metrically driven data or none at all because the data isn’t a perfect science? Why store the cumulative radiation exposure data in systems, but not reveal them to ordering clinicians, much less patients? Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. Feature | Medical 3-D Printing | April 29, 2019 | By Steve Jeffery The Development of Tungsten Collimators May Advance Medical Imaging In … read more News | Radiation Dose Management | April 10, 2019 Qaelum NV and Toyo Corp. Sign Japanese Distribution Agreement for Dose Monitoring Solution Qaelum NV of Leuven, Belgium, and Toyo Corp. of Tokyo, Japan announced they have entered into a cooperation agreement… read more A Collaborative FutureOverall, physicians and radiologists seem to be on the same page about the overutilization of imaging. Workflow is a challenge, yet collaboration — finding a more seamless way for both parties to communicate with each other — is key for appropriate use of imaging. Some of this future lies in changes to coding and compensation for radiologists. As doctors, even interventional radiologists are able to document and charge for encounters. Why can’t a radiologist charge for a “consult” where the labs are reviewed, notes are reviewed and a physician says, “I think my patient has cirrhosis given his jaundice, low platelet count and varices, but his CT is normal; what’s the next best imaging test if he can’t have an MRI?”Patients rely on the healthcare system as a whole to guide them as to what is in their best interest. They may mistakenly perceive an additional radiology exam to mean a provider is being more thorough. Unfortunately, the patient does not understand an “iatrogenic risk” or a “therapeutic cascade.” They also don’t understand how siloed portions of their care may actually be, assuming that various specialists communicate and collaborate more than they really do. It is the job of the ordering physician to make value judgments on care. To do so, physicians need the support and help of radiology counterparts that seek to enlighten them about exposure and risk. This level of collaboration is a win-win for radiologists, doctors and most importantly, patients. Current EHRs and third-party decision support systems have not gotten us much closer. Presenting cost, iatrogenic risks and incentivizing clinician-radiologist collaboration preserve physician autonomy, gratification and will reduce unnecessary testing. A 3-D printed tungsten X-ray system collimator. The tungsten alloy powder is printed into the form desired and is laser fused so it can be machined and finished. Previously, making collimators from Tungsten was labor intensive because it required working with sheets of the metal to create the collimator matrix. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more Mukul Mehra, M.D., is the CMO and co-founder of IllumiCare and practicing gastroenterologist in Birmingham, Ala. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Related Content Feature | Radiation Dose Management | September 06, 2018 | By Mukul Mehra, M.D. Improving Collaboration and Technology for Radiation Dose Management This article originally ran as an introduction to the Radiation Dose Management comparison chart that can be found here. Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Factors Contributing to ComplicationsThe American College of Radiology (ACR) has recognized the value in alerting physicians appropriately about levels of radiation. However, there are two challenges with the system we have in place to communicate this data from radiologist to physician: terminology and analysis.Radiation exposure terminology is not well understood by the average physician. To circumvent that, a radiation symbol scale was created, but delivers no real value. No physician can understand the real difference between one radiation symbol on the scale and two radiation symbols, much less three. Even if the symbols represent a range the impact is lost because symbols hide data. The cumulative effect of radiation is now being tallied by the machines, but this information does little for the ordering clinician if it’s not revealed and explained.Though it is mandated for radiologists to note radiation in reports, there is a gap in analysis of radiological data as well. The computed tomography dose index (CTDI) is reported from the CT scan, the report is put into the electronic health record (EHR), and that’s as far as the data makes it. There is much more potential for this data to be used with other patient data for analysis, providing a more complete picture of the patient’s past exposure. The Conversation About CostThe other consideration for curbing overutilization is that imaging is expensive to our health system. As tests are being overutilized, insurance decreases reimbursement to radiologists and to health systems, which hardly seems fair. It is not the radiologist’s fault. Physicians need and want cost transparency in all areas of treatment. A survey from Deloitte University discovered cost is a part of the information puzzle physicians find most valuable, but have the least access to. Looking at seven types of data, physicians considered cost data the third most important behind clinical outcomes and patient experience, yet it is the least available out of all of the data. While the physician orders the exam, understanding the impact of cost is important for driving a mentality of clinical stewardship within the healthcare system, including radiology.This mentality has taken off at a number of hospitals across the country through the deployment of technology that brings cost and risk data in front of providers at the point of care. This is not an obtrusive decision support system, which can become a source of frustration for end users because of an inordinate number of clicks to execute a radiographic order. Rather, this is a presentation of defined non-EHR metrics that influence and curb unnecessary imaging, but allow physician autonomy. Hospitals are deploying an EHR-agnostic, patent-pending Smart Ribbon of information that alerts providers to risks, costs, and alternatives on medications, labs and radiology without disrupting workflow. Both the Texas and Georgia Hospital Associations have been pioneers of this technology. Data from 50 hospitals in Texas has shown a 5.6 percent reduction in inpatient imaging tests as a result of the technology’s deployment. This technology demonstrates the potential of a collaborative relationship between radiology and ordering physicians, where cost and risk is not only measured and tracked, but properly communicated to the physician. There currently is no obtrusive clinical decision support system that can replicate the “next best radiographic test” advice that a human radiologist can impart. So why not call and collaborate with the radiologist in the imaging suite that day? Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more