The Latest May to speak to UK lawmakers Brexit vote looms

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on the debate over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):12:20 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an emergency statement to Parliament about Brexit, amid reports that a crucial vote on her EU divorce deal will be postponed.The House of Commons Speaker’s office says May will make the previously unscheduled statement at about 3:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST).The announcement came as May held talks with her Cabinet about the next steps in the Brexit process. The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to accept or reject the Brexit deal, and signs point to a big defeat for the prime minister.May’s office said the vote was definitely going ahead, but the BBC and other outlets reported it would be delayed.___9 a.m.The European Union’s top court has ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed.The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, “that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification.”Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process.Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely.The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that given the absence of any exit provision in Article 50, countries are able to change their mind in line with their own constitutional arrangements and that such a move “reflects a sovereign decision.”The British government is free to do so as long as no withdrawal agreement has entered force.___Lawless reported from London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Rain and Cold Sweep Morocco Today

Rabat – Rain and cold weather are making their comeback today in most of Morocco, says the National Meteorological Directorate.Clouds and stormy showers will sweep over Souss, Chiadma, Abda, Doukkala, southern High Atlas as well as the northern and southern provinces.In the afternoon, clouds will become dense with rain and thunderstorms on the north, the reliefs of the Atlas, the western plains, the east, the Mediterranean and the south-east slopes and will be moderate to strong on the north of the High Atlas and the Rif at night. Snowfall on the reliefs of the High and Middle Atlas will reach more than 1,600 m.Strong winds are forecasted on the northern and central plains, the east, the Saiss, the reliefs of the High and Middle Atlas and the southeast.Minimum temperatures will  range from -04 to 02 ° C on the reliefs of the Atlas, from 02 to 07 ° C on the Oriental, the Rif, the Saiss, the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes and the southeast, from 07 to 12 ° C on the interior plains, the Mediterranean, Loukos, Gharb, Chaouia, the plains of Tadla, Rhamna and the northeastern provinces of the South and 12 to 16 ° C elsewhere.Maximum temperatures will be around 08 and 13 ° C on the reliefs of the Atlas and the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes, 13 and 20 ° C on the north, the center, the interior plains, the Oriental, the Saiss, the southeastern slopes and the north of the southern provinces and between 20 and 25 ° C over the rest of the southern provinces.Mediterranean waters will be calm, while the coast of the Atlantic will be agitated. read more

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Google Celebrates Moroccos Independence Day

Rabat – Like every year, Google honored Morocco’s Independence Day with a new doodle featuring Morocco’s red and green flag waving.Besides the Moroccan flag, the doodle and Google signs have been rendered in light and dark brown color, which symbolize the color of earth and stability.Read Also: Independence Day: Importance of November 18 in Morocco’s HistoryMorocco celebrates its independence on November 18 which marks the end of the French and Spanish colonial rule. In 2017, Google celebrated Morocco’s independence day with a doodle featuring the outstanding architecture of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate. The letters of the word Google were also featured with red and green to symbolize the colors of the Moroccan flag. read more

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UN agency hails draft law in Ireland that would speed asylum for

31 January 2008The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country. The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country.The new Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill offered “a unique opportunity to strengthen Ireland’s existing asylum system by introducing a single asylum procedure,” said Manuel Jordão, Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ireland.The draft legislation, which must be tabled in parliament, would bring Irish law in line with the European Union’s asylum directives while simplifying the asylum process. The current multi-stage system, criticized by Ireland’s Department of Justice as far too lengthy, would enable decision-makers to examine grounds for protection with wider scope to make a ruling at the initial and appeals stages of the asylum process.Mr. Jordão said the bill would enhance the quality of asylum decisions, greatly reduce the risk of gaps occurring in the assessment of asylum claims, speed up decision-making and reduce the time asylum seekers live in accommodation centres. read more

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Talisman Energy reports unexpected billiondollar loss in fourth quarter

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Talisman Energy reports unexpected billion-dollar loss in fourth quarter by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2014 4:14 am MDT CALGARY – Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) posted an unexpected US$1-billion net loss in the fourth quarter, reflecting the reduced value of its North Sea operations, which have been a long-running headache for the Calgary-based oil and gas producer.The asset and goodwill impairments totalled US$826 million after tax for the quarter, much of which was related to its European offshore activitiesThat included a $277-million charge on its U.K. North Sea joint venture with China’s Sinopec, “as a result of negative reserves revisions influenced by poor reservoir and asset performance, increased decommissioning cost estimates and higher development and operating cost estimates.”Since taking over as CEO in 2012, Hal Kvisle has been steering Talisman in a more focused direction, concentrating on the Americas — North American shales and Colombian oilfields — and Asia Pacific. Talisman has announced $2.2 billion in asset sales since then and said Wednesday that it aims to shed another $2 billion over the next 12 to 18 months.The North Sea assets, which are mature and prone to operational upsets, are not seen as core to Talisman’s new strategy.“So the best case scenario is that we convey our ownership interests to somebody else that sees that as a longer-term game,” Kvisle said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s not a bad game. It’s just that it takes a lot of capital and we can’t afford to do the North Sea as well as North America, Asia Pacific and Colombia.”“So we’ve chosen to focus on the other areas and the best-case outcome is that we have a smooth exit and turn the North Sea over to somebody else that’s committed to it,” he said.John Stephenson, a portfolio manager at First Asset Investment Management, said earlier this week that the market was expecting the North Sea writedowns. He said it would be best for Talisman to get the ugly news out of the way and move on.“It’s all been a disaster for them and that’s the problem for the stock,” Stephenson said.“Any kind of action on the North Sea, even if it’s ugly, is better than just a continued slow drip, drip, drip of problems.”Last year, the company also booked an after-tax impairment expense of $252 million on conventional dry natural gas properties as it lowered its long-term outlook for natural gas prices while raising its expectations for costs in some areas.Talisman shares rose two per cent to close at $11.92 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Its fourth-quarter net loss, reported in U.S. currency, amounted to 98 cents per share. A year earlier, Talisman posted a fourth-quarter net profit of $376 million, or 37 cents per share.It also reported a loss from operations of $116 million, or 11 cents a share, widening from an operating loss of $107 million, or 10 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.Analysts had expected Talisman to break even on an operating basis and have a small net profit equal to four cents per share, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Talisman is looking to sell down part of its position in Alberta’s Duvernay shale to a potential partner.“Our land position in the Duvernay is so large that there’s no way that Talisman could fund the full appraisal and development of that Duvernay position,” Kvisle said.“So, if we go it alone, we maybe only ever work our way through half the land, whereas if we could bring in a partner, between us, we can work the whole spread and I think that’s the better value for us at the end of the day,” he said.While a recent run-up in natural gas prices adds some optimism to what has been a weak deal-making environment in Western Canada, Kvisle said he’s not getting his hopes up.“Things continue to be slow and I think that’s just going to be the reality for a little bit longer yet.”Talisman may also look for deals in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, where it has a potentially huge oil discovery, as well as processing infrastructure in the massive Marcellus shale formation in the northeastern United States. However, the company isn’t holding its breath for the North Sea to contribute much towards reaching its divestiture goals.Talisman has set a capital budget of $3.2 billion, about the same as last year but down 20 per cent from 2012.It lowered its general and administrative expenses — in part through layoffs — by 20 per cent over the past year and is aiming for a further 10 per cent reduction in 2014.Pressure for a quick-turnaround at Talisman mounted in October when activist investor Carl Icahn began amassing a seven per cent stake in the company. Two representatives from Icahn’s firm joined Talisman’s board of directors in December and Kvisle described his company’s relationship with Icahn as “constructive.”Kvisle also dismissed as “complete misinformation” a media report out of London last month that French utility GDF Suez had made a $17-billion takeover bid for Talisman, which was rejected. The two firms had discussed assets in the North Sea and other non-core areas, but nothing more, he said. GDF’s CEO also denied the report.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. read more

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Parents retrace late daughters roundtheworld trip to meet Tongan baby girl she

After dinner with Meleane, the couple made their final stop at Paradise Hotel in Ta’anea, which Dr Clark had stayed at during her trip.”As I slowly shut the door to room 115 [where she had stayed], I felt a strong sense of personal closure,” Mr Clark said.”We had followed Lisa’s footsteps though her diaries, we had seen what she wanted us to see, we had touched on her foreign experiences.” 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. She told her father on her deathbed: “Dad, I don’t want to be forgotten.”The trip, from December 15, 2018 to January 17, 2019, saw Mr and Mrs Clark travel from Chandler’s Ford, Hants, to Macquarie Island near New Zealand to photograph rare Royal penguins, the New Zealand Northlands, and the Tongan Island of Vava’u, where the baby was delivered. Lisa holding baby MeleaneCredit:Solent News Roger Clark with Meleane, the baby girl delivered 21 years ago Writing about the delivery in her journal, Lisa said: “I went to the hospital and after a lot of waiting around I delivered my first baby and it weighed 9lb 12oz.”It was all a bit nerve wracking but I loved it. It was the mother’s eighth baby – she was 40 – and it was a little girl this time.”The lady was very proud though and even named her after me.”After a visit Ta’anea hospital where the child was born on January 28, 1997, a village resident recognised the mother from the Clark’s photograph and directed them to the family’s house.Mr Clark said that, after a halting introduction, they had managed to communicate with the Tongan family via one member who spoke English, eventually being introduced to the 21-year-old girl, who is now called Meleane. Roger Clark with Meleane, the baby girl delivered 21 years agoCredit:Solent News Dr Clark, who worked as an A&E consultant, was 26 when she was sent to train in Tonga by her London medical school in 1997, and wrote letters to her parents recommending places for them to stay. Lisa Clark in room 115 of the Paradise Hotel, Tonga Lisa Clark in room 115 of the Paradise Hotel, TongaCredit:Solent News Lisa holding baby Meleane “We had to prove to them we were friendly and honest, and we ended up having a wonderful connection with Meleane and the family.” Meleane, who was delivered by Lisa Clark  Meleane, who was delivered by Lisa Clark Credit:Solent News “I really felt very humbled to meet the family,” said Mr Clark. “I knew, for me, it was a really important moment and I wanted to make this girl feel special, but I thought about it from her angle – we were just some tourists with some loose connection to her. Parents who have travelled the world in memory of their late daughter have retraced her steps to Tonga to find the first baby she ever delivered.Roger and Lynette Clark, who are in their 70s, followed entries in the travel journal kept by their daughter Lisa, who died aged 40 of ovarian cancer in October 2012.In 2016, they travelled 8,000 miles to photograph the same breed of penguin that featured an old postcard from Lisa from her holiday in Australia, then made the trip a second time after realising they had captured the wrong bird.They have now completed a mission to meet the baby girl Lisa, a doctor, delivered 21 years ago during her medical training in Tonga. Armed with just a name and a picture of the mother and baby after the birth, Mr Clark spent a month trying to trace the girl before embarking on the month-long trip.He contacted genealogy experts, the hospital where the baby was delivered, the Ministry of Tourism in Tonga and the Tonga Registry Office, even posting on Facebook, before finally getting the name of the girl’s village, Ta’anea, from the Tonga High Commission in London. read more

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The scientific reason your earphones always get tangled

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change IT HAPPENS TO everyone who owns an iPhone: you reach into your bag or pocket to listen to some music or take a call, and your earbuds have conspired against you.They’ve tangled themselves into a knot so vicious that you risk snapping the wire to get them undone (especially the little thin wires that go to each earpiece).It happens to all earbuds, not just Apple’s, but iPhone tangles seem more visibly conspicuous because their wires are white.Strangely, the knots even occur when you coil them carefully before putting them away. Unless they’re on that plastic spindle that came with the box — and no one ever keeps that — those headphone wires will knot themselves on a daily basis.It turns out that there is a reason this happens, and it has been the subject of scientific research. iPhone earbud tangles are a function of the length of the wire and the amount of “agitation” the wire is subjected to. When the two are plotted against each other — length versus agitation — the rate of knots and tangles obeys a statistical pattern that describes a curve.A paper titled “Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string” by Dorian M. Raymer and Douglas E. Smith of the University of California at San Diego Department of Physics demonstrated this phenomenon.It revealed that a cord of less than 46 centimeters in length (about one foot. six inches) will almost never tangle itself when sealed inside a rotating box for a period. But between 46 centimeters and 150 centimeters (about five feet), the probability of a knot forming rises dramatically.With a cord longer than that, the probability of a knot forming reaches a plateau of 50%. It turns out that the odds of getting a knot do not go higher because the cord wedges itself inside the shape of the box and that prevents further tangles from forming. Raymer and Smith performed 3,415 trials to demonstrate this.Here is what that curve looks like:Apple’s iPhone earbuds are 139 cm long and thus right at the 50% tangle-rate-sweet-spot at the top of the curve.In other words, if you place your earbuds in a bag the odds of them tangling into a knot as you carry them around are 50%, at least.“At least” because earbuds are, of course, a Y-shaped string, and thus the knotting frequency is confounded further. (Raymer and Smith didn’t look at strings with more than one branch, but anecdotally I can confirm that the tangle-rate is pretty high.)Finally, here is a schematic showing how a cord that starts off neatly coiled — you don’t just stuff them in there, do you? — quickly becomes tangled inside a rotating box, even though there is no gremlin inside tying them into reef knots. It shows that one end of a wire only has to cross another part of the wire twice in order to start spontaneously knotting itself:That last part is perhaps the most magical of all: The research shows that your earphones are indeed spontaneously knotting themselves. Sure, it’s because of their length and the agitation of the container they’re in. But the knots really do form as a matter of physics, not because of your personal lack of neatness.Though Apple has shipped its white in-ear headphones with every iDevice since the iPod in 2001, Apple most recently updated its earbuds — now called EarPods — in late 2012. Hopefully Apple will pay attention to the science of tangling — and its own patent application filed in 2011, which proposed thicker wires to prevent bending and looping — when it decides to release new earbuds at some point in the future.Looking for a simpler smartphone? This could be what you’re looking forlast_img read more

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Wexford set up Limerick quarterfinal with nervy win over Waterford

first_imgScorers for Waterford: Colin Dunford 2-1, Pauric Mahony 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1’65), Austin Gleeson 0-3, Jake Dillion 0-2, Stephen Molumphy and Shane Walsh 0-1 each.WEXFORD1. Mark Fanning (Glynn Barntown)2. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)3. Matthew O’Hanlon (St. James’)4. Keith Rossiter (Oulart the Ballagh)5. Andrew Shore (Parnells, Dublin)6. Eoin Moore (Oulart the Ballagh)7. Ciaran Kenny (Buffers Alley)8. David Redmond (Oulart the Ballagh)9. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)23. Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn)11. Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien)13. Jack Guiney (Rathnure)10. Paul Morris (Ferns St. Aidan’s)14. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna)15. Liam Og McGovern (St. Anne’s)Subs: Diarmuid O’Keeffe for Kehoe (22); Willie Devereux for Rossiter (27); Ian Byrne for Devereux (54); Garrett Sinnott for Redmond (64); Rory Jacob for McGovern (67).WATERFORD1. Stephen O Keeffe (Ballygunner)4. Noel Connors (Passage)3. Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater)9. Padraig Prendergast (Lismore)2. Shane Fives (Carrigtwohill)6. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)5. Darragh Fives (Tourin)8. Michael Walsh (Stradbally) (Captain)7. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)10. Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner)11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)12. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)14. Shane Walsh (Fourmilewater)13. Colin Dunford (Colligan)15. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)Subs: Gavin O’Brien for Walsh (14); Stephen Molumphy for Fives (43); Seamus Prendergast for Dillon (43);  Martin O’Neill for Mahony (56); Shane McNulty for Lawlor (61).Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork).Kildare narrowly get past a spirited Clare after a huge turnaround in EnnisArmagh momentum builds as Rossies fall short in qualifier Wexford 3-15Waterford 2-15THERE WAS NO need for extra-time this week as Wexford overcame a nervy final few minutes to set up their first All-Ireland SHC quarter-final since 2008 with a three point win over Waterford this evening.In front of a crowd of nearly 19,000 people in Nowlan Park, the sides looked evenly matched in the early stages, trading seven points before Paul Morris gave Stephen O’Keeffe no chance in the Waterford goal to make it 1-4 to 0-3 after 12 minutes.Waterford had a chance to reply almost immediately but Austin Gleeson’s penalty was stopped by Eoin Moore on the line before Pauric Mahony made no mistake with the resulting 65.Indeed, it was Mahony’s place-ball striking that kept the Déise in the game and his side took the lead on 26 minutes with his fourth free of the half.However, a late Conor McDonald effort raised the green flag in injury time to ensure Wexford went into the break with a 2-9 to 0-12 lead.Six minutes after the restart, Liam Dunne’s men led by seven when David Redmond’s powerful run went unchecked and the Oulart the Ballagh midfielder buried the sliotar past the helpless O’Keeffe. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThat looked like game set and match for Wexford but, credit to Waterford, two goals in three minutes from Colin Dunford put his side back in front, 2-14 to 3-10. However, Derek McGrath’s charges would only score once more in the final 21 minutes.While Wexford were also wasteful towards the end, Morris and Ian Byrne’s scores were enough to help the six-time All-Ireland winners book a quarter-final spot against Limerick next Sunday; their fourth championship game in as many weeks. Scorers for Wexford: Paul Morris 1-6 (0-3f), Conor McDonald 1-2, David Redmond 1-0, Podge Doran and Liam Og McGovern 0-2 each, Ian Byrne, Jack Guiney and Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-1 each.last_img read more

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Star Wars Battlefront II Cant Resist the Force of Nostalgia

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Let’s get one thing out of the way. I don’t care about the multiplayer, arguably the biggest part, of Star Wars Battlefront II. I don’t really enjoy online shooters and the first game’s focus on multiplayer exclusively is what kept me from touching it, even if you could play as Emperor Sheev Palpatine. So if you’re looking for an exhaustive review of that part of the game, I can’t really give it to you. Plus, reviewing the performance of an online multiplayer game before the servers are live for everyone can only be so useful.That said, I did sample much of what Battlefront II has to offer. There’s an appreciable increase in the amount of modes and features and overall content. You can shoot Clone Troopers in the waves of Kamino, take down AT-ATs on Hoth, and fly above Maz Kanata’s cantina on Takodana. There are some cool offline multiplayer modes, too, like playing split-screen with a friend or tackling solo “Battle Scenarios” where you try to mow through hordes of soldiers as a famous Star Wars hero/villain.It’s too bad the whole experience is tainted by the specter of loot boxes, the idea that your initial $60 investment isn’t enough to give you the whole game in a timely fashion. Even forgetting fears that paying for new skills gives you a competitive advantage over folks who didn’t, I was almost ready to put the controller down when I saw how much grinding was required to unlock what felt like most of the multiplayer game. At launch EA now plans to drastically reduce the amount of in-game credits needed to unlock heroes, which would’ve been nice to have during this review period.As one of the few remaining T-rated shooters, and the biggest game based on the biggest brand this holiday, Star Wars Battlefront II is destined to sell an unfathomable amount of copies just like it’s predecessor. So it’s a shame EA and Lucasfilm view customers as wallets to be infinitely mined, not fans to be satisfied and entertained.All that said, there is a safe haven for Battlefront II owners like me who don’t want to mess around with loot boxes and massive, occasionally aimless, Battlefield-esque multiplayer matches. Unlike the first (third) Battlefront, there’s now a story-driven single-player mode that’s the closest thing you’ll find to a cinematic Star Wars experience before The Last Jedi hits.I already shared my initial thoughts on the campaign when I played the first few missions a few weeks ago. In that article you can also read my interview with lead actress Janina Gavankar. But now that I’ve played the whole thing I can confirm that despite a fresh start, like the new Star Wars films, Star Wars Battlefront II ultimately succumbs to nostalgia.Like most modern shooter campaigns, Star Wars Battlefront II’s single-player mode isn’t very long. And it leans more toward Call of Duty’s spectacle than EA’s own Titanfall II’s mind-bending mechanical creativity. But that’s okay. I enjoyed how exaggerated the shooting is, whether you’re charging a laser pistol or shooting rockets at an AT-ST. And the game does a good job of teaching all the different quirks of the playable characters. You can do things like stealthily shock far away foes with your droid, shoot through a smoke grenade cloud with thermal vision, or do a crazy Force leap and pull all enemies toward your twirling lightsaber.Managing these different skills gives you some amount of expression in how you play despite the missions themselves being quite linear. You can also equip different cards to buff various stats or grant temporary bonuses like MOBA abilities on cooldown. One mission basically places you in a huge multiplayer match in the streets of Naboo, and being able to quickly quadruple my health for a short time proved very useful indeed.I was surprised just how much space combat there is, too, and how it’s integrated with the on-foot gameplay. One of my favorite parts of the maligned Star Fox Zero (itself taking much inspiration from Star Wars) was seamlessly transitioning from a space battle to a shoot-out in a corridor. Battlefront II also occasionally let’s you do that. Going from not-quite Rogue Squadron in space to shooting panicking Stormtroopers in a hangar to storming the inside of the base was so cool it made me nearly forget how similar all the corridors look.So as a compact piece of Star Wars action, Battlefront II essentially delivers. Like Star Wars these days, the gameplay won’t surprise you, but it will give you what you want. Unfortunately, that pull towards the familiar also applies to the story itself, and in that context it is harder to forgive. Some spoilers ahead.The initial premise starts strong. The crumbling of the Empire following the end of Return of the Jedi is a cool narrative space to explore. And playing as ruthless Imperial soldier Iden Versio and her Inferno Squad is morally ambiguous in a tense and kind of fascinating way. It may appeal to some deplorable parts of gamer culture, but shooting through diverse rebels as a faceless, armored defender of the already dead Empire was a cool kind of uncomfortable, especially since the woman beneath that mask is a well-written and well-acted (and weirdly skin-lightened) woman of color.However, my first major groan (after earning an achievement called “ Dark Forces”) happened during an early mission when all of a sudden the camera revealed I would now be playing as Luke Skywalker. Lightsaber combat is an important part of the game, and the campaign was right to incorporate it. But knowing the campaign wouldn’t be that long, I worried over whether the story could afford to spend time on this fan service digression.It turns out the answer is no. The more I played the more the story cut away from ostensibly the main plot starring Versio and instead put me in control of folks like Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and bearded Han Solo. While these tangents were fun in their own right, this left the main characters with too little room for their own plots to meaningfully develop. And it makes all of the familiar Star Wars story beats (an evil father, a turn toward the Light side, a big dogfight finale) seem that more cliche compared to the subversive opening. Even the Kylo Ren cliffhanger really only exists to tease a DLC follow-up tie-in to The Last Jedi.I get it. Folks who buy the shiny new Star Wars game are expecting to see the Star Wars stuff they already know and love. And that Star Wars stuff is gorgeously rendered thanks to the Frostbite engine being allowed to powerd the type of shooter game it was built for. But the shift toward the familiar just makes the initial pitch with the new Inferno Squad seem a bit deceptive.And it’s symptomatic of the larger modern Star Wars problem of leaning too heavily on what we’ve already seen. There’s no need whatsoever for a Han Solo spin-off movie. For Star Wars to move forward, we need to purge this obsession with nostalgia in every revisitation out of our shared cultural system, if that’s even possible. Help us, Rian Johnson. You’re our only hope!Disappointing story aside, if Battlefront II’s campaign is what we can reasonably expect from EA single-player Star Wars games from now on, it’s a pretty good start and a format I would like to see continue. So congratulations, EA. You fixed one part of Star Wars: Battlefront. Now ditch the paid loot boxes and crank up the Sheev.Buy Star Wars: Battlefront IIView as: One Page Slides1/51. Star Wars: Battlefront II is EA’s latest attempt at a modern AAA Star Wars shooter.2. Fight against tons of other players online in scenarios based on any and all Star Wars movies.3. Shooting happens both on-foot and in the sky thanks to vehicle combat.4. There’s also now a brief but action-packed single-player campaign featuring the morally ambiguous Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad.5. But like the recent Star Wars films, Battlefront II’s new ideas eventually give way to the force of nostalgia.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Drivers cautioned to watch for school buses

first_imgWith classes underway at a handful of area schools and more to follow next week, the Washington State Patrol warns drivers to carefully navigate around buses picking up and dropping off children. The state patrol posted a video on YouTube focused on safety and making clear when drivers must stop, and when they can proceed. A $394 ticket for failure to stop for a school bus cannot be reduced, suspended or waived. “We cannot stress enough how important it is to practice safe driving, especially when children are present,” the state patrol said in the release. For more information, visit the “Hot Topics” section of state patrol’s web site at www.wsp.wa.gov.last_img read more

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UAFs Walsh wins international science award

first_imgDownload AudioA University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist is receiving the recognition of his peers. Dr. John Walsh recently garnered a medal from the International Arctic Science Committee. The prestigious award recognizes Walsh’s sustained work in far north.last_img

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Delhi temple vandalism Amit Shah summons police commissioner after brawl turns communal

first_imgThe Delhi Police have arrested four people in total in connection with alleged vandalising of the temple.IANSUnion Home Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Wednesday, July 3, summoned Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik after Sunday’s communal clash over the Chandni Chowk temple vandalisation incident.News agency ANI reported that Amit Shah reprimanded the Delhi Police over the delay in action in the case. Amit Shah, the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Reuters FileAfter meeting Amit Shah, Amulya Patnaik said, “I have briefed him about the situation here. Things are now normal in the Hauz Qazi area.”Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have arrested four people in total in connection with alleged vandalising of the temple.The Congress party targeted the Modi-led BJP government over “no action” in Delhi “temple incident”. Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Day 2 of the temple incident and no action yet by Home Minister, Delhi Police under the BJP rules Centre. We know the ruling party doesn’t care about minorities but does it also not care for the sentiments of majority?”How a scuffle led to communal tension Tension gripped Old Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar after a fight over parking a scooter snowballed into a confrontation between Hindus and Muslims on Monday, July 1. The trouble began when 20-year-old Aas Mohammad parked his scooter outside a building, which was objected by Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of the building.Violence broke out and both communities resorted to stone pelting following which a temple was vandalised. Security has been beefed up at Lal Kuan to prevent any flare-up.A number of videos which were doing the rounds on the internet showed a man allegedly being thrashed by some people.The temple priest, Anil Kumar Pandey, said that a mob came to the temple and vandalised it. The two sides reportedly raised slogans which added fuel to the fire.last_img read more

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Khaleda goes to HC challenging EC

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the election commission’s decision that rejected all her three nominations for contesting the 30 December election, reports UNB.Lawyer Nowshad Jamin, on behalf of Khaleda Zia, filed the petition with the concerned High Court bench on Saturday morning.The bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir is likely to hear the petition on Tuesday, said lawyer Kaiser Kamal, a counsel of Khaleda Zia.Earlier on Saturday, the election commission upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election.On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to it to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies.The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday filed appeals with the election commission against rejection of her nomination papers of three constituencies.On behalf of Khaleda Zia, lawyer Kaisar Kamal submitted the appeal for Feni-1 constituency while lawyer Nowshad Jamin for Bogura-6 and lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7 constituencies at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.Earlier, the EC on Sunday (2 Dec) ditched Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft case.On 29 October, Khaleda was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.Khaleda landed in jail after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case by the same court on 8 February. The High Court later on 30 October extended her jail terms in the case to 10 years.last_img read more

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Prayer Breakfast

first_imgThe Dunbar Alumni Association are having their annual prayer breakfast on Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join them at the United Auto Workers Hall, 1010 Oldham Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21234. Donations are $30.00. For more information and for tickets call William Taylor at (443) 854-8660 or Louis eating at (410) 935-3845.last_img

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Being Black in Baltimore A History

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comJuly 1 is my birthday, and it also marks the exact midpoint of the year.Tragically, as we approach the halfway point of 2019 we are once again on pace to eclipse the 300 murder mark, continuing the grisly narrative we began the year of the Uprising in 2015.As I write this, the city’s latest murder victim, an unidentified 32-year old male (almost assuredly Black) was shot to death on June 24 in the 4300 block of Wabash ave., in West Baltimore. He is the 151st homicide victim of the year with a few days to go before we reach the middle of the year on July 1.It’s hard to measure the burden of being Black in Baltimore.However, a historic context always helps provide insight for me when seeking perspective on that burden.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)I recently shared some of that history during a speech I delivered to members of the Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty and Staff Association on June 21.One of the eras in the history of Black Baltimore I am most fascinated by is the decade prior to the start of the Civil War. I talk about the plight of Baltimore’s burgeoning Free Black community in my book, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.I write:According to the 1850 federal census Blacks made up 17 percent of the city’s population of 169,154; 25,442 were free, compared to 2,946 slaves. By 1860, Baltimore’s population had grown to 212,418 and free Blacks increased to 25,680 while slaves dwindled to 2,218.In the decade prior to the start of the Civil War in 1861, Baltimore’s Black community had established a viable religious, cultural, educational, political and economic infrastructure and this prototype of Black American freedom and independence seemed to threaten many of the state’s White population.In the 1850’s, a pro re-enslavement movement led by Curtis Jacobs, a state legislator who owned 38 slaves on the Eastern Shore, literally imperiled the lives and freedom of Baltimore’s free Black population. However, the community mobilized its formidable infrastructure; delivering speeches, crafting petitions, praying and engaging in political activism, among other tactics, which helped beat back the re-enslavement movement and defeat Jacobs’ bill by a margin of three to one. In addition to Jacobs’ machinations, roaming bands of White hooligans, mostly rabid Confederate sympathizers made the streets of Baltimore City a chaotic and extremely dangerous place in the 19th century. Their main targets were local and federal officials (including law enforcement and officers of the courts), the burgeoning immigrant population (mostly from Germany and Ireland arriving via the Port of Baltimore, which was the second busiest in the U.S. behind New York), and the Black population. Lynchings and vigilante violence wielded against free Blacks and slaves was commonplace, contributing to an air of anarchy in Baltimore, which led to the city’s nickname, “Mobtown.”Yet, Black Baltimore not only survived the onslaught against it, but thrived in spite of it. From the mid 19th century, the city’s Black community embarked upon an odyssey that saw it become a vanguard community in the struggle for freedom and justice in the 20th century, rivaling other Black enclaves in New York (Harlem), Chicago (Bronzeville), Detroit (Black Bottom), and Pittsburgh (the Hill District).I titled the final chapter (seven) of Baltimore After Freddie Gray (BAFG), “The Most Beautifully Resilient People.” That description of the vast majority of 21st century Black Baltimore is rooted in the 19th century heroics of our magnificent Ancestors.Honestly, I recognize their spirit in most of the so-called Squeegee Kids I encounter around the city (despite the fact Mayor Jack Young seemingly criminalized them a couple of weeks ago).It’s the spirit to survive in the face of often horrific odds.“We just want to be represented as kids that make things better for themselves, that’s all,” one young man named Zion told my colleagues Stephen Janis and Taya Graham last week.“There are people out here who have mom’s struggling with bills, rent overdue. We have to help our moms, we’re in the projects.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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Twitter Reveals Password Bug Recommends Users Change Passwords

first_img Popular on Variety Twitter disclosed that it discovered a bug in its system for storing passwords — which left them exposed in an internal log — and its top technology exec said that “out of an abundance of caution” users should consider changing their passwords.Twitter shares dropped as much as 2.7% in after-hours trading Thursday after the social-media company disclosed the bug.In a blog post, Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal said the company had fixed the glitch and that its internal investigation “shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.”“We are very sorry this happened,” Agrawal wrote. “We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day.”Twitter didn’t say how many users’ passwords were being stored in clear text. For the first quarter of 2018, it reported an average monthly active user base of 336 million accounts worldwide. Twitter users are able to change their password on the password settings page, available at this link. Agrawal also pointed users to Twitter’s two-factor authentication login settings, which sends a six-digit code to a user’s phone number that is required to log in to the service in addition to username and password.Twitter uses an industry-standard “hashing” mechanism to mask passwords; that replaces the actual password with a “random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system,” Agrawal explained.However, the bug in Twitter’s password-storage system caused user passwords to be stored before completing the hashing process. “We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” Agrawal wrote.In February 2016, Twitter disclosed that it had discovered and fixed a bug in its password-recovery systems within 24 hours after identifying it. That bug, which affected almost 10,000 accounts, didn’t expose passwords but “had the potential to expose the email address and phone number associated with a small number of accounts,” according to the company. In the past, several high-profile Twitter accounts have been hijacked by hackers — including those of Netflix, HBO, Marvel, and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself. Those incidents don’t appear to be related the bug Twitter just disclosed. It’s also worth noting that Twitter isn’t alone in being susceptible to account hacks: For example, last summer someone broke into the Instagram account of Selena Gomez and posted a nude pic of ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Loot Gamings GEAR UP Crate is Kind of Questionable

first_imgLoot Crate’s Loot Gaming boxes are usually pretty strong hits. In the past they’ve included canteens, miniature space ships, keychains, even hood ornaments. I was excited to hear that April 2017’s Loot Gaming theme was GEAR UP, because it seems like a natural theme that could have some rad stuff in it.Loot Crate sent us one, and it sadly fell a bit flat. Part of it is my own taste because I just am not a big fan of Halo, but a bigger part is because the big centerpiece item in the crate is a baffling misfire. But let’s start with the good.The Halo Icons Spartan Figure is actually two Spartans, squared against each other. They’re in slightly big-headed super-deformed proportions, but they still look really dynamic on their base. They work with other Halo Icons figures, because each one has the same D-shaped peg for the base.Overwatch is still a really strong game and Blizzard has been pushing it surprisingly far. It still has less in-game lore than Destiny, but it’s a great multiplayer shooter that has rightfully replaced Team Fortress 2 as the big, long-standing class-based non-military shooter in gaming. This is a Cute But Deadly figure of Pharah in her Titanium skin. It’s super-deformed to almost Funko Pop proportions, but more detailed and looks way nicer.Injustice 2 comes out soon, and so the crate includes an Injustice 2 t-shirt. The GEAR UP theme applies for this game, because it features a loot system where you can customize each fighter’s costume with different pieces of equipment. The resulting look doesn’t seem to be as strong as when character designs are built from the ground up with a single vision, but it should add an interesting bit of variety. Though Batman and Harley Quinn squaring off against the menacing visage of Superman seems pretty silly unless her bat is filled with kryptonite.The coin pin is pretty great. It’s a power armor helmet, not from any specific series but with elements that invoke Halo. It’s two-toned, with a silver outside and gold visor.Then there’s this. It’s The Coon’s flag, promoting the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But WholeOkay, I’m not going to call the flag “problematic,” and I’ll do my best to not sound like a hand-wringing SJW because I know how much that upsets some people. But it’s a really weird choice. It’s a comedic misfire, because its detachment from the humor of that joke (from Cartman’s premiere as The Coon in the episode “The Coon” from season 13, episode 2 in 2009) makes it loop back around into what made the original joke work.Cartman from the beginning has been an incredibly tone-deaf (and often outright bigoted) individual in regards to race. His superhero alter-ego “The Coon” comes from shortening the word raccoon, and invokes the animal like Batman invokes bats in his design. It’s also an outmoded racial slur for black people. It’s not directly addressed in his appearances on the show, but the humor of his name comes from the unspoken racial biases and ignorance Cartman holds. He didn’t choose the name to be racist, but the choice was a weird, tone-deaf one that would give most people pause.Now, after several other episodes featuring The Coon and an upcoming game where he is a main character, we now have a “Coon and Friends” flag in a Loot Gaming crate. And it’s a replica of the flag Cartman used with his team “Coon and Friends.” So that’s pretty great, as a concept.But it’s also literally a big red flag that says “COON” on it. I’m not offended by it, but it’s really weird to see as a physical thing not in a cartoon, away from the buffer of detachment South Park provides. It’s just a bizarre choice where the joke is undermined by taking it out of the context of the edginess of South Park and making it something you receive in the mail and could hang up on your wall.I’m not calling Loot Crate or South Park racist. I’m not calling anyone racist (except Cartman, who’s written as a character to be racist for comedy). I’m not even calling the flag racist. (Black Guy Editor’s Note: I am) I just think it’s a really, really weird choice that gets away from the layer of detachment and characterized ignorance that made the joke work in the first place.I’m still excited about the next Loot Gaming crate! The theme for this month is ROAD RAGE, and it includes items from Rocket League, Mario Kart 8, and Twisted Metal. And Destiny. I’m not sure why.As always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box that sends you geek collectibles for $13.37 per month plus shipping (about $20 total). Loot Crate offers a variety of specialized crate subscriptions like Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, and Loot Pets, as well as licensed crates for properties like Firefly, Halo, and Harry Potter. Loot Crate sends us sample crates for unboxing and review.last_img read more

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Ultrasound is Transforming Care Delivery for the Bariatric Patient

first_imgReferences:1. Adult Obesity Facts [Internet]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2018 Aug [cited 2019 May]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html.2. “Fat-shaming” Patients Can Cause Real Harm [Internet]. WebMD, HealthDay Reporter; 2017 Aug [cited 2019 May]. Available from: https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/news/20170803/fat-shaming-patients-can-cause-real-harm.3. Execessive Weight Gain, Obesity, and Cancer. Opportunities for Clinical Intervention [Internet]. JAMA; 2017 Nov 28 [cited 2019 May]. Available from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2656710.4. Economic Costs [Internet]. Harvard T.N. Chan, Obesity Prevention Source; 2019 [cited 2019 May]. Available from: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/5. Uppot R, Sahani D, Hahn P, Kalra M, Saini S, Mueller P. Effect of obesity on image quality: fifteen-year longitudinal study for evaluation of dictated radiology reports. Radiological Society of North America. Radiology. 2006 Aug; 240(2): 435-9. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The DAX employs an advanced form of Multi-D beam formation to enable high quality imaging up to 40 cm for the technically difficult patient.“With our present technology, we often struggle with large patients,” said Richard G. Barr, M.D., Ph.D., at Southwoods Imaging. “With the new ACUSON Sequoia ultrasound system, we have the availability of the Deep Abdominal Transducer (DAX). This new technology allows us to get much deeper into the abdomen in those challenging patients. This is important because if we are looking for multiple lesions, we need to be able to scan the entire liver.” A radiologist for more than 25 years, Dr. Barr is president of Radiology Consultants, Inc. and a diagnostic radiology specialist at Southwoods Imaging, both in Youngstown, Ohio. With the new DAX technology, Dr. Barr can obtain diagnostic information on high BMI patients where traditional technology, such as B-mode, color, pulsed wave doppler, elastography and contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) exams, fails.The DAX transducer is available on the ACUSON Sequoia ultrasound system, which was designed with a new BioAcoustic Imaging architecture able to compensate for energy loss and adapt the signal to each patient’s bioacoustic characteristics. A unique and patented imaging transducer, the DAX leverages the power of BioAcoustic Imaging technology and penetrates up to 40 cm deep in the abdomen. DAX was also designed to work in advanced modes, including shear wave elastography, contrast enhanced ultrasound, and multimodality fusion imaging. The Acuson Sequoia with Deep Abdominal Transducer (DAX) scanning a 600 pound patient. The Technical ChallengeIn obese patients, it can be challenging to get reliable and diagnostic ultrasound images both from a technical aspect due to ultrasound physics, and ergonomically as the operator is often required to increase the pressure of the transducer on the body.Due to the increased subcutaneous fat and adipose tissue, the ultrasound beam can be significantly attenuated due to ultrasound wave absorption and scattering that occurs with increasing depth.The impact of obesity on image quality is highlighted in a 15-year longitudinal study.5 This study analyzed more than 5 million radiology reports and determined that abdominal ultrasonography was the modality most commonly associated with habitus-limited reports. “If a patient has a habitus-limited report on an abdominal ultrasound, it is likely that the next step would be additional imaging with CT or MRI … likely with contrast. If we could confidently answer those tough clinical questions right away in ultrasound, we could help to reduce these types of follow-up exams, associated costs, and unnecessary patient anxiety,” said Dr. Barr. The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. A Novel ApproachThe Deep Abdominal Transducer (DAX) on the ACUSON Sequoia employs an advanced form of Multi-D beam formation that controls the beam thickness and beam formation, enabling unprecedented imaging throughout a 40 cm depth. This novel approach may allow the DAX to obtain clinically relevant information when conventional technology fails. “What we are finding is that the ACUSON Sequoia with DAX transducer is providing us with clinical advantages in a few specific areas compared to conventional technology. First, we are noticing that we are able to get color and Doppler information much deeper and easier in the abdomen, which is critical for evaluating abdominal vasculature. Second, we are also seeing increased penetration and improved accuracy and reliability in our liver elastography exams on high BMI patients when assessing chronic liver disease. Third, the DAX allows us to perform contrast enhancedultrasound exams much deeper with a high sensitivity for evaluating focal liver lesions. CEUS exams are traditionally limited in depth of penetration so this expands our clinical capabilities in CEUS,” saidDr. Barr. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The DAX employs an advanced form of Multi-D beam formation to enable high quality imaging up to 40 cm for the technically difficult patient. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Case: 87 yo male with BMI of 27, abdominal pain/liver function testsAn 87-year-old male with a BMI of 27 (overweight) came in for an abdominal ultrasound for abdominal pain and increased liver function tests. The patient stated that he was told over 25 years ago that he had a liver infection but hasn’t had any additional follow-up. No previous imaging was conducted.Performed on a conventional ultrasound system, the ultrasound exam demonstrated multiple liver masses as well as a potential portal vein thrombosis. As the exam was technically challenging and required sensitive color Doppler at depth, the ACUSON Sequoia with DAX was brought in for additionalpatient assessment.“The portal vein was relatively deep, and we wanted to see if the DAX could provide any additional useful information. Since the DAX can penetrate much deeper in CEUS mode, we decided to inject ultrasound contrast agents to confirm a portal vein thrombosis,” said Dr. Barr. Upon injection of the ultrasound contrast agents, the main portal vein demonstrated arterial flow. Typical presentation of non-malignant portal vein thrombosis on CEUS is no arterial flow is seen. Further analysis on the ACUSON Sequoia using Pulsed Wave Doppler confirmed pulsatile flow not seen on the conventional ultrasound system. The pulsatile flow within the main portal vein is an indication of tumor in the vessel. The diagnosis for this patient was advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with tumor in vessel. Due to several factors, including tumor in vessel, this patient is not a candidate for liver transplant.“With deeper penetration in CEUS and the deep Doppler capabilities of the DAX, we were able to make a confident diagnosis and distinguish between portal vein thrombosis and portal vein tumor thrombosis, which is a critical finding for transplant candidates, as it precludes transplantation,” said Dr. Barr. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay ConclusionAs precision medicine expands and the delivery of healthcare evolves, there is a need for specialized technology that addresses all patient variations and body types. The increased incidence of obesity makes imaging the high-BMI patient a critical population to address with ultrasound.However, obesity is shown to have a negative impact on image quality. As patients get larger, the number of inconclusive results proportionally increases. Ultrasound is the modality most highly impacted by this trend. The new ACUSON Sequoia was designed to address many of the key challenges in ultrasound, which includes obtaining high-quality, reliable images on the high-BMI patient in an ergonomic and economic way. “On the ACUSON Sequoia and with DAX technology, I feel confident when scanning patients ranging from the pediatric patient, all the way to the bariatric patient,” said Dr. Barr. The Population ChallengeObesity is a growing problem in the United States. In 2016 alone, obesity affected 107 million people in the country. Of those, 39.8 percent were adults and 18.5 percent were youth.1For all patients, accurate and timely diagnosis is vital. Yet, a recent study found that obese patients are 1.65 times more likely to have significant undiagnosed conditions.2 With obesity linked to more than 60 chronic diseases and associated with almost 50 percent of all cancers in patients younger than 65, this is a critical population to address.3At an estimated $190 billion, obesity-related medical costs are high.4 If the obesity incidence continues to increase, these costs will likely rise, particularly as the obese youth of today become the obese adults of tomorrow.center_img 12345PreviousNext Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more A New Level of ConfidenceCase: 61 yo with BMI of 41.8, generalized abdominal painA 61-year-old female with a BMI of 41.8 (extremely obese) presented for an abdominal ultrasound with liver elastography for generalized abdominal pain and a history of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).To assess liver stiffness, an abdominal ultrasound with liver elastography was conducted on a conventional ultrasound system at the imaging center. Liver elastography shear waves are known to attenuate quickly; the attenuation increases with increased subcutaneous tissue. This makes obese patients a challenge for liver elastography exams. Most patient-related confounding factors increase the stiffness value; therefore, a normal value of elastography can be accepted as normal, whereas an increased value must be taken in clinical context.When conducting the liver elastography exam on the conventional ultrasound system, there were some challenges in acquiring the elastography values due to drop out and limited areas of good quality in the acquisition. The shear wave values that were obtained were extremely elevated and consistent with that of a cirrhotic patient with a median stiffness of 2.05 m/s (13.05 kPa). The patient’s previous lab work and clinical history presented with a normal but fatty liver. For this patient, Dr. Barr brought in the ACUSON Sequoia with DAX to correlate the liver elastography results. Using the DAX, the values obtained were a median stiffness of 0.88 (2.35 kPa) indicating no clinically significant liver stiffness. The liver elastography results on the ACUSON Sequoia with DAX were consistent with the patient’s labs and other clinical considerations. For confirmation, a FibroSure blood test was performed, which came back as normal, confirming the data acquired with the DAX.“Obesity is a patient factor known as a source of variability in liver elastography exams on conventional technology,” said Dr. Barr. “The pulse generating the shear wave attenuates as it traverses the patient and reaches a point where adequate shear waves are not generated for accurate measurements on conventional technology. What we experienced on this patient was that the ACUSON Sequoia with DAX was able to provide quick, accurate, and reliable elastography measurements even in an extremely obese patient. Now she can continue her routine yearly follow-up for NAFLD.” Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Case study supplied by Siemens Healthineers. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing Max flights

first_img United Airlines is cancelling another month’s worth of flights with Boeing 737 Max planes that were grounded after two deadly accidents.United said Friday it has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously cancelled all Max flights through early July.Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August.Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The company is expected to soon formally submit its changes and a proposal for additional pilot training to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval.Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said that his agency is conducting a wide-ranging review of the crashes that will guide its analysis of Boeing’s changes to the Max and additional training for pilots.“We are looking at everything,” Elwell said, adding that the list included pilot procedures, training and aircraft maintenance.Elwell said no final decision has been made on pilot training, and he declined to give a timetable for the agency’s review, saying only that the FAA won’t allow the Max to return to the skies until it is convinced the plane is safe.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed government officials, reported Friday that the decision to review emergency procedures used by pilots on previous models of the Boeing 737 could contribute to delays in approving the Max’s return to flying. Those procedures include how pilots should respond when onboard computers push the plane’s nose down, the newspaper said.In a statement, Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers said, “We are working with the FAA to review all procedures.” He said the safety of the previous version of the 737, called the NG, “is not in question” after more than 200 million flight hours in over 20 years.The FAA held a meeting Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, with nearly 60 officials from more than 30 countries to explain its process for analyzing Boeing’s changes to the Max.In a setback to FAA’s prestige, other regulators around the world grounded the plane in March after the second crash without waiting for the FAA to do so. The FAA hopes that this time, other regulators _ some of whom are doing their own separate reviews _ will approve Boeing’s changes at the same time or soon after FAA does.“Our review of the Max design changes, the software upgrade, is already underway,” said Nicolas Robinson, the head of civil aviation for Transport Canada, that country’s counterpart to FAA.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backRobinson said, however, that it’s “difficult to put a time limit on that” because the length of the review will depend on how quickly Canada gets answers to questions it has about Boeing’s work.Robinson said that at Thursday’s FAA meeting in Fort Worth, some attendees put timelines on the review process but the consensus _ and the view of FAA _ was that “this is not about meeting a deadline, it’s about getting safety done properly. It will be done when we feel comfortable.”United’s decision to cancel more Max flights puts the carrier more closely in line with Southwest and American, the other two U.S. airlines with Max jets, which had already dropped the Max from their schedules into August.United is using other planes to cover some flights that had been scheduled with its 14 Max jets. However, the airline said that because of the Max’s grounding it will cancel about 1,120 flights in June and about 1,290 in July. By: The Associated Press Tags: Boeing 737 MAX, United Airlines Share Monday, May 27, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing Max flightslast_img read more

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Fistfights tear gas sobs as Kiev tallies vote

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories The standoff at No. 223 began soon after polls closed Sunday when election monitors reported that district election officials had inflated votes in favor of Pylypyshyn. Central Elections Commission officials intervened and corrected some of the results. But district officials then started throwing out opposition votes over various technicalities.The deputy head of the district election commission, Anastasia Prymak, acknowledged that her commission initially reported incorrect figures, but claimed a computer malfunction was the cause. “It was a purely technical mistake. I don’t understand how that happened,” the distraught Prymak told The Associated Press on Friday.Prymak said she had slept on her office floor since the vote-count began and hasn’t bathed in three days. On Thursday, Prymak sobbed uncontrollably after she got into a melee between opposition and pro-government supporters as she tried to leave a vote-counting session.Olha Haharina, a member of Prymak’s commission, confirmed that her colleagues have tended to accept most votes in favor of Pylypyshyn and invalidate those of opposition candidate Yuri Levchenko, a 28-year-old British-educated economist. Haharina voted against those decisions, but was defeated by Pylypyshyn loyalists on the commission. Opposition leaders are threatening to take to the streets if the alleged vote-rigging isn’t stopped _ a potentially serious move in a country where massive demonstrations in 2004 forced the rerun of a fraud-ridden presidential election.Western observers have denounced Sunday’s election as unfair. They said the imprisonment of President Viktor Yanukovych’s arch-foe, Yulia Tymoshenko, and non-transparent vote tallying were a step back from democracy.With counting completed for most of parliament’s 450 seats, Yanukovych’s party and its allies appeared sure to have enough seats for a majority. But the opposition is intent on denying Yanukovych the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution and is fighting for every seat in the legislature.The opposition claims its candidate in Kiev’s district commission No. 223 defeated the pro-government candidate, but that election officials are trying to inflate the winner’s tally and undercount opposition votes.The stakes are high for the government-aligned candidate Viktor Pylypyshyn, 51, a former Kiev district head who faces charges of abuse of office that prosecutors say cost the city nearly $2 million. Fearing imprisonment, Pylypysyhyn is desperate to get the immunity granted to Ukrainian lawmakers. Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Nearly a week after Ukraine’s parliamentary election, officials on Friday were still counting votes in eight key districts across the country, in what the opposition says was a clear example of widespread vote-rigging by the ruling party.The disorderly count has touched off Ukraine’s penchant for violent political passions. As the count dragged on at one election commission in the capital, fistfights broke out, tear gas was fired and an election official broke down in sobs. At another election commission in Kiev, police pushed the opposition candidate when he tried to approach a table where ballots were located and he broke a rib and finger when he fell. “Never in my life, have I seen such an outrage,” said Demchuk. “Even in the Soviet times, it never got this bad.”When vote-tallying finally began, emotions ran high.“You are engaged in direct falsification,” shouted Levchenko, the young opposition candidate. “You are all simply bandits!”“You are going to end up in jail, we guarantee you that!” yelled a Levchenko supporter, dressed in a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt. “Your neighbors will come for you. You won’t be able to live in this country anymore!”“I cannot take this anymore, these threats, these insults,” yelled back a commission member.Central Election Commission officials said they hope to tally all votes by Saturday night, but one commission member suggested the contested individual races may have to be decided with a new vote.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   “Sometimes everything is done according to the law, but is still unfair,” Haharina said. “The dose of adrenaline I received during these elections is too high.”Volodymyr Serhiyenko, whose local election commission reports to No. 223, has been trying to register results from his polling station, which show Levchenko winning, since Wednesday night, but Prymak and her colleagues have refused to accept them without any explanation, he said.Chaos reigned in the small room at the district election commission where the 18-member body was tallying votes amid piles of brown cardboard boxes where election protocols were kept. One election monitor slept on the floor, next to a pile of sweets, and rolls of pink toilet paper brought by volunteers, using clothes as a pillow. Others dozed off on narrow wooden chairs.Most opposition activists and monitors looked visibly exhausted, having occupied the room for days in a bid to guard the ballot boxes. Outside, amid a heavy drizzle, opposition activists handed out pastry, candy bars and cups of hot tea, while police in full riot gear protected the building from a group of menacing-looking men.Rostislav Demchuk, an election observer affiliated with the opposition, said beefy young men from Pylypyshyn’s campaign once tried to steal a backpack where opposition activists were keeping photocopies of election protocols, leading to a brawl. On Wednesday someone fired tear gas during another melee between the two camps. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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