Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions for Ohio State vs Akron

3. What should you expect from redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman? At a Tuesday press conference, first-year coach Luke Fickell announced that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of Saturday’s game against Akron.For his career at OSU, Bauserman is 25-for-47 passing for 320 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.At the Buckeyes’ Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage, Bauserman demonstrated great accuracy and the ability to lead receivers with his throws. Assuming he has time to throw, you can expect more of the same from the fifth-year senior on Saturday.At a Tuesday press conference, senior tackle J.B. Shugarts’ spoke highly of Bauserman’s athleticism and scrambling.“(Bauserman) is a little more of a pocket passer,” Shugarts said, “but he’s a lot more athletic then people give him credit for when he gets out of the pocket.” 1. How will the suspensions of junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard impact Saturday’s game against Akron?OSU announced Thursday that Hall, Brown and Howard were suspended for the Akron game for receiving impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.Similar to the suspensions of DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the 2011 season, the latest round of Buckeyes’ suspensions significantly hurts the team.The latest OSU depth chart listed Howard as the starter at left corner back while Hall was slated to start as the Buckeyes’ punt and kick returner, as well as tailback.For starters, don’t be surprised if Akron sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore tests Howard’s replacement, sophomore Dominic Clarke, early and often.Perhaps more significant is the loss of Hall, who led all Buckeyes’ kick returners in 2010 while averaging 27.9 yards per return. He was also the only OSU kick returner to record a touchdown last season.As a rusher, Hall recorded modest numbers last season, gaining 169 yards on 37 attempts and scoring two touchdowns. However modest those statistics are, taking the team’s current No. 1 rusher out of the equation on Saturday is a negative development and limits the OSU ground game considerably. 4. Will Akron beat OSU for the first time in 117 years? In a word, no.Akron’s lone win against the Buckeyes — or any current member of the Big Ten for that matter — occurred at the Ohio State Fair on Sept. 5, 1894. The Zips defeated OSU, 12-6, that day.Don’t expect Akron to claim win No. 2 this Saturday.The Zips posted a 1-11 record in 2010 and it’s safe to say that 2011 is a rebuilding year for the program. Additionally, Ohio Stadium is a tough place to lay the groundwork for a rebuilding season.Thirteen returning starters on offense and defense should help Akron avoid an embarrassing result, but an upset win is unlikely.5. Assuming the Buckeyes win, is there reason to be concerned if they don’t win big? “Whether I’m playing against my brother or I’m playing against someone I don’t like, to me, it’s gotta be competitive,” Fickell said at an Aug. 20 press conference. “If I can beat them, I want to beat them as bad as I can.”Based on that quote, you can bet that no one wants OSU to beat Akron in convincing fashion more than the team itself.The Buckeyes are champing at the bit to take the field and play ball. You can’t quantify or measure the different emotions felt by the players in the OSU locker room during this off-season, but it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll be looking to upend any obstacles in their path — that includes Akron.I like the Buckeyes to win convincingly, but if Akron does make a game of it, keep the number of suspended players in mind, as well as the significance of those players. The suspensions that were announced Thursday are especially relevant as they could have possibly forced some last minute alterations to Saturday’s game plan.Suspensions aside, the Buckeyes will take care of business on Saturday.Game prediction — OSU 38 – 10 Akron 2. How will the Ohio State offensive line fare in protecting the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks against Akron?Ohio State coaches have already said that the team lacks depth at the offensive line position. That, coupled with the fact that the offensive line allowed 12 sacks in the April 23 spring game and the Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage combined, makes the position an area of concern. Akron collected only 17 sacks during the 2010 season, however.An unsuccessful showing by the offensive line against Akron would be cause for additional concern because OSU will face stronger and faster defensive opposition in almost every other game this season. Protecting the OSU quarterbacking tandem of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller shouldn’t be an overwhelming task for this weekend, though. read more

Volleyballs Mari Hole finds home at OSU

It took 7,596 miles for Mari Hole to find a school that felt right to her academically and athletically, but both she and the rest of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team agree it was worth every mile. The first 5,323 miles took place when the junior outside hitter left her hometown of Oslo, Norway to play at UCLA. The last 2,273 came when she decided to transfer to OSU after her first two years. It was all a part of an unusual journey for a girl who did not even start playing volleyball until six years ago. Hole said she played soccer and skied growing up but got into volleyball eventually because her mom’s side of the family plays. It eventually led to her decision to come to the U.S. “My mom played a year at Hawaii back in ‘86 or something so I kind of always heard of the possibility and she always talked about it so I decided to give it a try,” Hole said. “I was lucky enough to get a scholarship.” Hole now leads the team with her 282 kills and 323.5 points, both fifth-best in the Big Ten. It was the perfect addition for the 13-6 Buckeyes who lost 802 kills and 41 percent of their points from their two senior outside hitters last year . “It was kind of just like a big deep breath-and-relax kind of thing because we were kind of short on outside hitters,” senior libero Sarah Mignin said. “We really didn’t have any experience so having a player who did play in a big conference in the Pac-10 really helped us.” Hole was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in her first year at UCLA but a change of coaches and several other factors led to her decision to transfer. “I wasn’t too happy about my athletic situation and then academically there wasn’t anything I really wanted to study and I was kind of done with the culture there,” Hole said. “So it was kind of one of those things I decided to give something else a try.” Coach Geoff Carlston was looking for a player at the time, said he heard through the grapevine about Hole and got an official release to start talking to her. “We had the stats and saw a little bit of YouTube video but it was mostly just talking to people,” Carlston said. “We hadn’t seen her a lot because she didn’t play a lot her sophomore year.” Hole narrowed the transfer down to four schools that she visited and said academics played a major part in where she looked because UCLA did not have a major she wanted to do. Both Hole and fellow junior and outside hitter Emily Danks said Hole’s visit to OSU went really well. “I remember we were sitting around at someone’s house watching “The Bachelor” and just hanging out and everyone just thought she was the coolest girl ever,” Danks said. “We were all here coaching camps one night and Jayme, our assistant coach, came running down the ramp and said Mari is committing and it was like a big celebration.” Danks, Carlston and Mignin all agreed Hole is leader on the team and a big part of their success. “The kids love her and she feels really comfortable here,” Carlston said. “She’s just a great student, works hard, just everything across the board. We couldn’t ask for a better person to join our team.” Comfortable is the key word for Hole. Hole said she never felt that way in her two years trying to transition from Norway’s culture to the West Coast culture of Los Angeles and of the U.S. in general. “In Norway since it’s such a small sport, it isn’t a business,” Hole said. “Just to realize how big the sport really is. How much people put into it and how the support system around it is a big difference.” Because of its low popularity in Norway, Hole said volleyball was played more for fun, but now after two years she is used to the system and how it works here. “The more comfortable I get,” she said, “The more confident I get as a player and that’s when I play good.” The biggest challenge Hole still faces in the U.S. is missing her family back in Norway, with whom she is very close. “I love being home, so it’s never fun leaving,” Hole said. “That will probably never get easy, but it’s kind of one of those things when you get th read more

A real life story of struggle and a boy full of dreams

first_imgArjun RawatPR HandoutArjun Singh Rawat, now a well known face in North India, has had a hard life before making it big.Having faced major financial crisis in his early life, Rawat always wanted to do something for his villagers, and that is what motivated him.Arjun sensed that there are no big opportunities left in the village so he decided to move to Maharashtra Nilanga college of Engineering..He did B-Tech and came back with dreams to become a civil engineer and develop infrastructure. With no money in hand, he took loan and assembled things and with his hard work got his first government contract of a bridge over connecting his village to the city. But still the resources were not enough..However, somehow he completed his first project and since then he never looked back. People saw the rise of a man from nowhere to be one of the best Infrastructure developers in the country.During one of his interview he said, “Earlier i used to walk because i couldn’t afford a rickshaw and today it had been 15 years i haven’t travelled in a rickshaw”.He is now one of the owners of a news channel named News 1 India along side his friend Anurag Chaddha ( a familiar face in the industry).Now Arjun wants to open a food center for old age and poor people, and is working upon to give it back to the society. “Winning was the only option because i had nothing to lose,” he said.His message for aspiring entrepreneurs is, “There will be ups and downs in the business as well as in life. It’s the exact time when your trust on self will be tested. Never ever let anything make you feel you cannot do it”.He now wants to do something for animals by opening a shelter for stray dogs and make their life better.last_img read more

Daily Shokaler Khobor shut down temporarily

first_imgShokaler KhoborThe print edition of daily Shokaler Khobor was shut down ‘temporarily’ on Thursday.Mehnaj Kabir, chief marketing and communication officer of Rangkan Holdings Limited which owns the daily, said, “We had decided to publish the newspaper in 2009. But, the media house has failed to make profit. Thus, we have decided to shut down the print edition of the newspaper.”“Despite the loss, we continued running the project with subsidy. We even tried to sell the ownership, but to no avail.”He also said a committee, formed in this regard, has started working to look into what can be done with the newspaper.The daily’s journalists and other employees will be given their dues as per 8th Wage Board within 25 September, he added.A journalist, on condition of anonymity, said there were more than 300 journalists and employees in the media house.The authorities said their jobs will remain effective till 30 September.last_img read more

Trump condemns Charlottesville violence

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump’s condemnation of bigotry and hatred at a “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia that turned violent included white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, the White House insisted Sunday.“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” a spokesperson said.“He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”A young woman was killed and 19 people were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia after the rally, which had ignited bloody clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters.Trump has come under mounting fire, even from members of his own party, for blaming the violence on hatred and bigotry “on many sides,” and not explicitly condemning the white extremist groups at the rally.The president has long had a following among white supremacist groups attracted to his nationalist rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues.last_img read more

Sleaze racket busted in Salt Lake 6 held

first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) busted a sleaze racket from a hotel in Salt Lake, Sector II and arrested six persons, including the hotel manager. Six girls including two minor have been rescued by the CID.Acting on a tip off, a team of officers from the CID raided the hotel on Thursday night and arrested the persons who were allegedly involved in the sleaze racket. According to the preliminary investigation, the CID officials suspect that the racket has been operating from the hotel for quite sometime. The CID had specific information that illegal activities were going on in the hotel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe investigators also suspect that among the arrested persons, there are some child traffickers whose job was to deploy women, even minors in this flesh trade. According to the CID, among the six arrested persons, there is the manager of the hotel, three employees of the hotel, one female and one male trafficker. It was also confirmed by the CID sources that six women including two minors have been rescued from the hotel.The investigators suspect that they were lured by these traffickers with various false promises. Police are also investigating if the arrested persons were a part of any international trafficking racket. The officers are, however, not ruling out the possibility of their involvement in such a racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. The accused are being interrogated in this connection. A specific case has been started at Bidhannagar East police station. The arrested persons have been identified as Tanmoy Saha, a resident of Dr M N Saha Road in Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas, while Babu Sona Majhi, a resident of Ketugram in East Burdwan is found to be a trafficker. Raju Das and Tuhin Banerjee, both from Bankura district were found to be the employees of the hotel. Another hotel employee, Sandip Mishra, a resident of Naragoria under Raghunathpur in Purulia has also been arrested. Krishna Debnath from Surya Sen Colony area in Barasat is the manager of the hotel has been arrested as well.last_img read more

Online streaming service Viewster has launched a n

first_imgOnline streaming service Viewster has launched a new version of its mobile app for iOS and Android.The app allows vertical thumb-scrolling to find content, a new follow function where viewers are notified of new episodes of a series being available, instant push notification when a new episode becomes live, instant replay on mobile screens and ad-free viewing for the first two minutes.Viewster recently hit five million overall app installs on Android since the first version launched. The company said the new version had already seen a 52% rise in viewers watching further than episode one of a series, and a 300% increase in engaging with content, including the use of ‘watch later’, ‘like,’ share or follow features.Viewster CEO, Kai Henniges, said: “Forty-eight per cent of our users access Viewster via tablet or mobile phone, where they account for seventy-four per cent of all video views. The mobile device is the most flexible to use, and our young audience uses it to binge-watch the shows they are passionate about.”last_img read more

Platinum was in rally mode right from the 6 pm o

first_img Platinum was in rally mode right from the 6 p.m. open in New York on Wednesday evening, with the high tick coming around 12:30 p.m. Hong Kong time.  It was all down hill from there, with the low coming shortly after 9:30 a.m. in New York.  The subsequent rally got capped about 12:20 p.m. EST—and from there it got sold down a bit into the close.  Platinum finished the Thursday session at $1,237 spot, up a buck on the day. Alexandria doubles gold resources at 100% owned Sleepy Property in Val d’Or, Quebec; inferred resources have increased to 307,350 ounces of gold at a 3 g/t cut-off. Not only has the resource been expanded, but the grade has increased by 60% to an average of 5.1 g/t Au. The Sleepy project is now the size and grade of average historical mines in Val d’Or and, better, it is a disseminated gold-pyrite deposit rather than a narrow high grade deposit. Since Alexandria discovered Quebec’s next gold mine in 2012-2014 at the Akasaba West Zone, the company has embarked on an exploration program to find more similar gold-copper resources on the western half of its property package. Through the compilation and digitization of historical exploration data over the broader property package, company geologists have identified significant copper-gold targets. The company is in the midst of a 12,000 m drill program testing geophysical targets coincident with these gold-copper targets, including a 7 km long porphyry copper-gold trend in and around the contact zone of the East Sullivan granitic stock. Alexandria’s estimated current resources now total 1.6 million oz. of gold (696,000 M&I; 731,000 Inf.) from three advanced exploration projects on its large 35 km long property package in Val d’Or. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about twenty minutes away.  The gold price has been drifting quietly lower during Far East trading on their Friday—and is down 8 bucks or so a the moment.  Silver actually rallied a bit at the 6 p.m. open of trading in New York on Thursday evening, but is now trading down a nickel or so from yesterday’s close.  Gold volume is just over 18,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 3,200 contracts.  Both platinum and palladium are down a few dollars apiece.  The dollar index is chopping sideways—and is up 5 basis points at the moment. I’m certainly intrigued by these ‘circuit breakers’ in gold and silver that the NYMEX/COMEX has put into place, but as I’ve said before, I’ll wait for Ted’s take on this, as any meaning I would put on them would be strictly “amateur hour” stuff.  Ted traded commodities for a couple of decades for two different Wall Street firms—and his opinion over any other is what I would consider credible.  I’ll keep you posted. Today at 3:30 p.m. EST we get the new Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of trading on Tuesday, December 9—and hopefully all the volume/price action from Tuesday’s ‘orphan’ rallies in both gold and silver will be in it.  Whatever the numbers tell us, will be in my Saturday column. And as I fire today’s column off into cyberspace at 5:30 a.m. EST, I note that gold is barely off its earlier low—and is still down a couple of bucks on the day, but silver has managed to rally a bit above unchanged.  Gold volume is just over 33,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is now up to 6,100 contracts. Platinum and palladium are both hovering around unchanged, where they’ve been for most of the Friday session up until now.  The dollar index, which had been up 5 basis points earlier, began to roll over at 3 p.m. Hong Kong time—and it hit its current 88.31 low shortly after 9 a.m. in London.  It’s only down 12 basis points at the moment. As to what might happen for the remainder of the Friday session, I haven’t a clue.  But having listened to the Jim Rickards interview, I’m comforted by the thought that this whole price management scheme will end sooner rather than later.  That feeling is buoyed up by the internal goings-on in the silver market over the last three years or so that Ted Butler has been writing about in great detail—and another data point on that timeline are the new and about-to-be-implemented ‘circuit breakers’ in the precious metal markets that appeared out of the blue yesterday. All this should lead to the conclusion that something is definitely up.  But until that time, we must wait some more—and make our final preparations. When that day does arrive, it will be as Ted Butler has always said, as we won’t have to ask if this it is or not, as the precious metal price charts will tell us all we need to know. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Dateline—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Palladium continues to crawl higher, but is never allowed to close on its high tick and, like gold and platinum, its high tick came around 12:20 p.m. EST.  Palladium closed at $817 spot, up five bucks from Wednesday’s close. Although gold and silver prices haven’t changed much in the last couple of trading days, almost all the gains in the silver and gold equities since the ‘orphan’ rallies on Tuesday have vanished over the same period of time. The CME Daily Delivery Report was almost a bust, as it showed that one gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that December open interest in gold slid 10 contracts yesterday—and the o.i. outstanding is now 1,044 contracts.  Silver’s December o.i. declined by 120 contracts—and the report shows that there are still 397 contracts open. I don’t know if my heart will stand it or not, but an authorized participant added more gold to GLD for the third consecutive day.  It was only 30,502 troy ounces, but it’s better than the alternative.  And as of 9:33 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” updated his website with what happened within the SLV ETF during the reporting week ending at the close of trading on Wednesday—and this is what he had to say.  “Analysis of the 10 December 2014 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  4,789,802.2 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.” “The bars removed were from Russian State Refineries (1.7M oz), Britannia (0.7M oz), Australian Gold (0.4M oz) and 34 others.  As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 312.3 oz.” “There was a withdrawal of 2,873,718.0 oz on Wednesday that is not yet reflected on the bar list. Over 99% of the bars removed were old bars, that had been in SLV for many years.“ In case you missed it, dear reader, what Joshua’s report shows is that 7.8 million ounces of silver were withdrawn from SLV since December 1—and nothing was added during that period!  During the same time period, about 260,000 troy ounces of gold has added to GLD. Why isn’t anyone except Ted Butler screaming about this dichotomy from the rooftops, as this is real silver news—and has been going on for years!  Ted says that these are the one or two big buyers removing silver from the SLV before they exceed the 5 percent ownership that requires them to report their holdings to the SEC.  Ted is still open to any alternative suggestion as to what explains this dichotomy—and so am I. It’s also also a virtual certainty that the big buyers in SLV are the same as the big buyers of silver eagles and silver maple leafs, as the retail market in these bullion coins is virtually nonexistent at the moment. Rarely have I seen the ‘lunatic fringe’ mention either of these highly unusual activities—and if they do, they have no explanation as to why these events are occurring.  But they sure are great at making up stuff that isn’t true, or doesn’t matter even if it is.  It’s the 21st century equivalent of selling snake oil out of the back of a covered wagon. Another bunch of silver eagles were reported sold by the U.S. Mint yesterday.  This time it was 118,500 of them.  There were no reported gold sales once again. Over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday there was no in/out activity in gold whatsoever.  But, as is almost always the case, the in/out activity in silver continues to be manic.  This time 1,180,422 troy ounces were reported received—and 445,505 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. Since it’s Friday, the data is out for the weekly withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange.  This week it was ‘only’ 38.361 tonnes—and here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart. The gold stocks opened down—and then slid a bit lower until the London p.m. gold fix was out of the way.  The high of the day came minutes after 11:30 a.m. EST—and then the shares headed lower until 2 p.m.  They rallied back into positive territory by 3:30 p.m., but then sold down into the close.  The HUI closed down 1.29%. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon at 88.22—and promptly fell off the proverbial cliff shortly after trading began in New York on Wednesday evening.  As I said in The Wrap yesterday, it appeared that ‘gentle hands’ were at the ready—and from there the index chopped higher, printing its 88.77 high tick at 2 p.m. EST.  By 5 p.m. it had given up a bunch of its earlier gains—and then rallied a handful of basis points into the close.  The index finished the Thursday session at 88.55—up 33 basis points on the day.center_img The price chart for silver is very similar to gold’s, but since silver traded within a two bit price range all day long on Thursday, the high and low ticks don’t mean much. Silver finished the Thursday session at $17.095 spot, up 4 cents from Wednesday.  Volume, net of December and January, was 36,000 contracts—compared to the 50,000 contracts on Wednesday. I’m certainly intrigued by these ‘circuit breakers’ in gold and silver The high tick for gold on Thursday came at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and the low was at the London p.m. gold fix—3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. EST.  The subsequent rally ran into resistance at three different points, but was capped for good at 12:15 p.m. in New York.  From that high, the price sold off until 2 p.m. EST, before trading unsteadily sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,233.40 and $1,216.40 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,227.40 spot, up $1.30 from Wednesday’s close.  Volume, net of December and January, was 150,000 contracts—the same as Wednesday’s volume. I’m happy to report that I don’t have all that many stories for you today, but there should be two or three that hopefully float your boat. Based upon deposit/withdrawal patterns in the world’s largest silver ETF, SLV, a pattern of physical silver accumulation emerges. In the big silver price take down beginning in May 2011, some 60 million ounces of silver were redeemed from the trust as investors reacted to sharply falling prices by selling shares. The silver sold at this time was, obviously, bought by someone else; as there must be a buyer for every ounce sold. Who better a buyer than the world’s largest short holder at that time, JPMorgan? And over the past three and a half years, JPMorgan, by continuing to hold, albeit at a declining rate, the largest short silver holder becomes the de facto logical buying candidate. Additionally, over the past 4 years, an unusually large amount of Silver Eagles have been produced and sold by the U.S. Mint, some 160 million ounces, in a steadily declining price environment. Nearly as many Silver Eagles were sold by the U.S. Mint over the past 5 years as were sold in the previous 23 years of the program. For the past four years, the Mint struggled to keep up with demand for Silver Eagles and frequently resorted to rationing coins. However, consistent reports from the retail dealer community indicated a fall off in broad retail demand for Silver Eagles. The only plausible answer to this conundrum of record Silver Eagle sales and tepid retail demand was that a large entity, or entities, were behind the buying demand. Based upon the above, JPMorgan appears to me to the big buyer, accounting for 60-75 million coins over the past four years. All told, based upon SLV transaction, Silver Eagles and other forms of silver that could have been purchased, it is my guesstimate that JPMorgan could have accumulated 300 million oz of physical silver over the past four years; or three times what the Hunt Brothers were said to have bought by 1980. And please remember – there was a heck of a lot more silver in the world in 1980 than exists today; approximately 3 billion oz back then versus close to a billion oz today. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 10 December 2014 There wasn’t much action in the gold price yesterday—and what action there was during the New York session wasn’t allowed to develop into anything, as the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart at the top of this column indicates. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—along with West Texas Intermediate, which closed below $60 the barrel yesterday. The silver equities followed a similar chart pattern—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.85%. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the COMEX price action in more detail.last_img read more

Hospital openness linked to lower mortality rates

first_img Source:Bocconi University. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs.Hospital openness, defined as “an environment in which staff freely speak up if they see something that may negatively affect a patient and feel free to question those with more authority”, has already been linked with many positive outputs, such as better patient safety or better understanding of patients’ care goals, but this is the first time that an association with mortality rates has been demonstrated.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyFeeling safe and good sleep at night matter most to sick kids in hospitalHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesThe authors linked data on hospital mortality rates with hospital openness scores for 137 acute trusts in England in the period 2012-14. They used the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) as a measure of mortality and designed a standardized openness indicator that draws on staff surveys from the Picker Institute Europe’s National Staff Survey. (An acute trust is an organization within the English NHS that includes one or more hospitals providing secondary health care services).Two positive findings were highlighted in the study. First, fostering openness translates into lower mortality rates: a one-point increase in the standardized openness score is associated with a 6.48 percent decrease in hospital mortality rates. Second, as far England is concerned, openness is increasing: the score was 13.63 in 2012 and 16.49 in 2014.Part of the effect is due to the higher responsiveness of open organizations: the correlation between the standardized openness indicator and the percentage of staff reporting that the trust took action after an error is very high (0.84).”The single component of our indicator that most affects mortality rates is good hospital procedures for reporting errors, near misses, and incidents», Dr. Toffolutti says. &laquoMoreover, as defensive medical practices could stymie openness», she continues, &laquopreventing the blame game that holds practitioners responsible for errors, in favor of institutional responsibility, could help the shift to a greater culture of openness”.The results show that greater openness in the English NHS corresponds to improved health care quality and suggests that the reforms undertaken since 2016 – in part as a consequence of the results of the 2013 Francis Inquiry – are a step in the right direction.last_img read more

Designers of mixed reality experiences shouldnt overlook the communal nature of video

Explore further Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality headsets are gradually becoming more widespread. But the communal pleasure of video games is at risk when our friends disappear into solitary playing experiences that we can’t see. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Microsoft has been experimenting with this using a HoloLens attached to a GoPro camera and a computer to generate a spectator view, but it’s still very much a hack. They’ve also looked at adding mixed reality to special SciFi “reality rooms”.At a higher level, this could allow the spectator to participate in the simulation, possibly by providing them with some information that the headset wearer doesn’t have. Imagine a variation on the popular game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where the spectators can use a secondary device to see the bomb but not touch it, requiring them to circle around and give directions to the headset user in real-time, which they need to execute straight away. This model separates the spectator and the user whilst still allowing them both to be involved in the simulation – no more standing there whilst somebody else waves their arms around.Most importantly, this means that the situation can be adjusted for whatever makes the most sense in the moment. That might mean everyone wearing a headset, but it might also mean one user playing the game whilst the others passively or actively interact. And just like Dustin and his friends from Stranger Things, one good player and a bunch of spectators is fine, as long as you’re all having fun! Citation: Designers of mixed reality experiences shouldn’t overlook the communal nature of video games (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-reality-shouldnt-overlook-nature-video.html Intel ventures into virtual reality with headset and new studio Season two of the Netflix series Stranger Things featured a video game called Dragron’s Lair. Credit: Netflix But would the Stranger Things kids have played it? Perhaps not. Dactyl Nightmare was a distinctly solo experience, where you disappeared into the headset immersed in a world beyond the arcade. Even if you were playing with a friend, you were in different parts of the game. Anyone not playing was unable to watch or participate, they could only stand there watching you wearing a headset and waving your arms around. One could argue that in 27 years, not much has changed.Watch as I enter a digital world you can’t seeEven though virtual reality has improved since the original Dactyl Nightmare – and augmented reality and mixed reality has arrived to supplement it – the underlying experience is still very solitary. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Our research shows that there are solutions to this problem that could enable spectators to be involved in games, even if only one person has a headset.Single-player games can be group activitiesIf you’re a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, you’ll know that some of the key scenes in season two involved the characters of the show playing video games in an arcade. The star game of season two, called Dragon’s Lair, was a beautifully animated single-player cartoon game drawn by Don Bluth and played by the protagonists one at a time, as the other kids watched over the shoulder.Another game you might have found in that arcade just a few years later in 1991 is one of the first commercial virtual reality games: Dactyl Nightmare. In Dactyl Nightmare, the player donned a headset and wandered around a playscape, looking for and shooting pterodactyls. If you were lucky, the arcade would have two machines and you’d be able to play with a friend, each starting in a different part of the arena in VR Multiplayer. Mixed Reality by Microsoft. Some solutions, such as the proposed Facebook social VR system Spaces solve it by inserting multiple users into the experience using multiple headsets, and/or by having all those users inserted into a blended virtual world. But few seem to consider the Stranger Things viewer aspect. That is, sometimes the viewer doesn’t want to be part of the experience, they just want to view what’s going on. A good example is the arena of eSports, where it’s reported by E3 that the industry for watching others play video games will accelerate from roughly $200 million in revenue in 2015 to $1 billion by 2018.I don’t play football, but I still want to watch itGiven the emergence of AR/VR/MR as prominent new technologies to watch in 2018, we have been considering this problem in our work at The Mixed Reality Research Lab. As part of a paper we presented at the ASCILITE conference late last year, we proposed some solutions.One option is to feed the view of the user to a third party screen, either in 2-D or in another headset. Whilst this is possible (and often what is done today), it doesn’t give the spectator control of their own experience, and can actually make some people sick. Another option is to recognise the role of a spectator in a simulation, and build the simulation to allow the spectator to be involved.At it’s simplest level, this could simply be a passive interface into the world that the headset wearer is seeing. Imagine holding up your phone or tablet up to somebody wearing a headset, launching an app, and seeing from a spectator view all the digital objects they can see and are interacting with. New devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens and other solutions by Microsoft promise to seamlessly integrate the digital and the physical world, but they also typically limit the vision of those digital objects to the person wearing the headset. This has been acknowledged as a problem. Provided by The Conversation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more