St. Louis gun couple sues photographer for ‘severe emotional distress’

first_imgBeing a bunch of litigious snowflakes is very much a part of the McCloskey family crest. They have a long history of being tremendous assholes, horrific neighbors, and legal bullies.  – Advertisement – ScreenShot2020-11-09at12.35.52PM.pngNot a bad shirtWell, the aggro Missouri marital team say that United Press International (UPI) photographer Bill Greenblatt’s images have added to the “significant national recognition and infamy” of the two McCloskeys. According to the McCloskeys, among other issues, Greenblatt’s photos have been used in Redbubble merchandising of t-shirts and coffee mugs, using their likeness without consent. More importantly, the couple says that these images and their accompanying meme-ing has caused them “humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit also casts the couple as the real victims here, alleging that the photographer and press agency “acted outrageously and beyond all reasonable bounds of decency, with their conduct regarded as atrocious and intolerable by any member of a civilized society.” The couple is looking for the image to cease being used in any capacity, as well as demanding damages.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Spider-Man PS4 Save Games Can Be Exported to PS5’s Spider-Man Remastered, Insomniac Says in About-Turn

first_imgAs seen in the photos in the tweet above, the three new suits — available in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on November 12, and coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man in late November — are the Amazing Suit, the Arachnid Rider Suit, and the Armoured Advanced suit. These were previously exclusive to the PS5 remastered version but they are now being offered to PS4 owners of Marvel’s Spider-Man too, at no additional cost.This solves most of the pain points Marvel’s Spider-Man fans had with Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. Of course, there’s still the tiny matter of Peter Parker’s face being recast, but it doesn’t look like Insomniac Games is going to budge on that.Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is available as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, out November 12 alongside the launch of the PlayStation 5 in select markets and November 19 elsewhere. The free update to Marvel’s Spider-Man arrives in late November.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Further reading: Spider Man, Marvels Spider Man, Spiderman PS4, Spider Man Remastered, Insomniac Games, PS4, PS5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Spider Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, Spider Man PS4 Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil …More We have heard you – in an upcoming update for #SpiderManPS4, we will add the ability to export your save to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. This update will also add the three new suits from Remastered to the PS4 game. We expect to bring you this update around Thanksgiving.— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) November 9, 2020- Advertisement –center_img Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 will soon allow you to export your save game file to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on the upcoming PlayStation 5. Sony-owned developer Insomniac Games made the announcement on Monday, in what marks an about-turn. Previously, Insomniac had taken the stance that PS5 players would have to start afresh with the remastered version of the 2018 critically-acclaimed superhero game, no matter how much they played on the PS4. But it’s now relented. The update to Marvel’s Spider-Man will be available around November 26.“We have heard you — in an upcoming update for #SpiderManPS4, we will add the ability to export your save to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered,” Insomniac Games said in a tweet on Monday local time in the US. “This update will also add the three new suits from Remastered to the PS4 game. We expect to bring you this update around Thanksgiving.”last_img read more

The Masters: Tiger Woods still believes he can contend for sixth win at Augusta | Golf News

first_imgTiger Woods is bidding to match Jack Nicklaus' six Masters wins
Tiger Woods is bidding to match Jack Nicklaus' six Masters wins

NFL considers changing rules next year as more teams go for it on fourth down

first_imgThrough Week 8, NFL clubs have attempted fourth-and-one 55.9% of the time this season, compared to an average of 42% from 2010 through 2019. And clubs have converted 69% of the fourth downs, which the memo notes is up 7% over the same period in seasons from 2010 through 2019.Also, through Week 8, there were 200 fewer punts when compared to the 2019 season. Goodell said the NFL discussed the metrics with clubs in October and aims to have the fourth-and-15 option in place next season.“We think this is a rule that we should bring back to the committee in the offseason and consider in the spring [meetings] for the 2021 season,” Goodell said on the call. “It is something that we have thought, and many clubs have thought, would be an exciting addition to the game, and it’s something that I think merits further decision.”The Denver Broncos proposed the fourth-and-15 option in 2019, and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie presented the idea earlier this year.The memo also notes return rates on kickoffs (34.6%) and punts (40.5%) are down. Hence, the NFL plans to further explore moving the kickoff line to the 30-yard-line from its current spot at the 35. The proposal was previously tabled for future consideration. Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.Mike Ehrmann | Getty Images The sun rises over Raymond James Stadium as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field for an NFL football training camp practice Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.Chris O’Meara | AP Goodell also reiterated the league’s competition committee would meet in the offseason to discuss adding the fourth and 15 option.The added rule would allow teams to attempt a first down from their own 25-yard line. Should the team fail, the opponent would gain possession with the same field position. The option would be an alternative to teams attempting an onside kick.According to a Nov. 4 league memo obtained by CNBC, the NFL noted to its competition committee that more teams are going for it on fourth downs and converting more often.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Not planning for a vaccineThe NFL released its latest Covid-19 testing results, which revealed 15 new confirmed positive tests among players and 41 new confirmed positives among other team personnel. Since testing commenced on Aug. 1, the NFL reported 78 players and 140 other personnel were confirmed positive cases.Despite the Covid-19 cases on the rise throughout the U.S., Goodell repeated the league plans to have fans at its Feb. 7 Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla. He didn’t specify how many spectators would be allowed at Raymond James Stadium but noted the plan calls for as many fans “that can be done safely.”Asked if news surrounding a possible vaccine would impact the NFL’s Super Bowl plans regarding spectators, Goodell said no. “We are starting on the basis that we are planning for fans in Tampa,” he said. “We are not doing it on the basis that there will be a vaccine.”Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech announced their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection. It still needs FDA approval.Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, while White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has said one that is 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable. With fourth downs at a high, the National Football League has more of an incentive to alter its gameplay rules next year.The NFL held a conference call after a two-hour league meeting on Tuesday to provide an update on its Covid-19 season. The NFL discussed contingencies plans surrounding games “should it be needed,” but commissioner Roger Goodell added the league remains “committed to completing the season as scheduled.”The NFL also established criteria for its playoff eligibility should teams not compete the season playing the same amount of games but tabled reseeding teams in the postseason under its new contingency resolution.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Goldman highlights vaccine approval stock plays as more good news boosts markets

first_img“We expect vaccine approval and distribution will serve as a catalyst for the trade and will drive positive EPS revisions in many of the hardest-hit industries and most virus exposed companies,” Kostin said in a note.The Pfizer vaccine development sparked a market rotation into value stocks and out of growth names last week, and the shift is slated to accelerate on Monday with Moderna’s news. Investors piled into companies that would benefit from an economic comeback next year while dumping high-flying technology shares which held up during the pandemic.Goldman screened the S&P 500 for companies whose earnings estimates still significantly lag their pre-pandemic levels. The bank believes these names could see a drastic rebound in profit expectations and have the potential to lead the market gains. – Advertisement – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today a purposed plan to convert dormitories and a hotel into temporary hospital rooms like the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.Justin Heiman | Getty Images (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)More positive news on the vaccine front is set to send stocks higher on Monday, especially names tied to an economic reopening. For investors looking to ride the big vaccine-driven rally, Goldman Sachs has a basket of deep value stocks poised to benefit the most.David Kostin, the bank’s chief U.S. equity strategy, advised clients to own tactical positions in value stocks amid the promising vaccine news. Moderna said Monday preliminary trial data showed its coronavirus vaccine was more than 94% effective, following Pfizer’s announcement last week saying its vaccine candidate is over 90% successful in preventing the virus.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Study: Poultry most likely to bring H5N1 to Americas

first_imgDec 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza pose the greatest risk of bringing the disease to the Americas, according to a new study by British and US researchers that challenges US efforts to detect flu in migratory birds.Once on this continent, avian flu is likely to spread to migratory birds that will cross US borders—but the greatest risk will be birds from Central and South America that are not sampled in current wild-bird testing, the researchers said.The study, to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, employs a complex analytical method that compares the migratory routes of wild bird species thought to be the main reservoirs of avian flu with data on legal trade in poultry and wild birds and avian-flu gene sequences deposited in the public database GenBank.Plotting those pieces of data against each other allowed the researchers to hypothesize whether migratory birds, wild bird trade, or poultry were responsible for H5N1 influenza’s past spread across the globe, as well as to model its possible future paths.Heading their conclusions: The combination of poultry trade and bird migrations allowed the virus to spread much farther than either would have allowed on its own.Heading their predictions: The greatest threat to the continental United States will be the arrival of avian flu in Central and South America—where poultry trade is less restricted than in North America—via live poultry imports from countries where avian flu has affected either domesticated or wild birds. Strict regulation of poultry trade across US borders will not be adequate protection, they concluded.”The question is not just who you trade with, but who your neighbors trade with,” A. Marm Kilpatrick, PhD, a senior research scientist with the Consortium for Conservation Medicine and the lead author of the study, told CIDRAP News.The Consortium is a New York-based non-profit supported by six institutions: the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Wildlife Trust. Other authors came from the Royal Society for Protection of Birds and the Smithsonian Institution.Kilpatrick said the researchers’ analytical method allowed them to theorize about which population—poultry, migratory birds such as ducks and swans, or traded wild birds such as parrots and birds of prey—was responsible for the spread of H5N1 influenza across Asia and into Europe.Poultry played a greater role than wild birds in distributing H5N1 through Asia, they found, but migratory birds that picked up the virus from poultry carried it westward, introducing it to 20 of the 23 European countries where it has been found. In Africa, they suggested, both poultry and wild birds played a role, along with poultry products such as chicken droppings bought for fertilizer and fish feed.The findings challenge previous conclusions on the routes by which some countries were infected. For instance, plotting genetic sequences from H5N1 isolates against migratory routes revealed that bird flu arrived in Turkey, the first European-region country to be affected, not through previously blamed poultry imports from Thailand but via migratory birds winging from Russia.The researchers’ method—which combined estimates of “infectious bird days” (the product of the number of birds entering a country, the prevalence of infection in those populations, and the number of days birds are likely to shed virus) with data on trade and migration from U.S. and international agencies—does not consider the possible influence of the illegal trade in poultry and wild birds, an omission that Kilpatrick acknowledged is a weakness.But the analysis points so strongly to the influence of legal trade in spreading the pathogen that it argues for implementing trade controls, he said.”Although the risk of H5N1 introduction into the mainland United States by any single pathway is relatively low, the risk of introduction by poultry to other countries in the Americas, particularly Canada, Mexico and Brazil, is substantial unless all imported poultry are tested for H5N1 or trade restrictions on imports from the old world are imposed,” the report says.The argument over the relative roles played by poultry and migratory birds in spreading H5N1 has been bitter, with agricultural interests defending poultry and conservation groups contending that wild birds are victims rather than disease vectors. The researchers’ conclusions are likely to find favor with conservation groups, and appear to accord with past observations by avian virologists that migratory-bird importation to the United States is unlikely because flyways and feeding grounds allow relatively little overlap for viral exchange.But the research implicitly challenges the focus of the $29 million migratory-bird testing effort being conducted in the United States by the departments of Interior and Agriculture. Since April that effort has tested more than 21,000 samples from wild birds in the United States, primarily in Alaska, without finding any high-pathogenic avian flu.Because the wild birds sampled to date have shown such low prevalence of all avian flu strains—2.6% among Alaskan isolates, according to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.—surveillance should refocus on dead birds, the researchers said.But scientists at the National Wildlife Health Center—which leads the US sampling effort but is also a coalition partner of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine—said Monday’s study lacks enough data to persuade them to shift their efforts. In particular, they said a decision by the authors to exclude shorebirds from their analysis leaves out important information, because shorebirds congregate in large groups that facilitate viral exchange more than individual encounters do.”A model is only as good as the assumptions you make and the data you put into it,” said Leslie Dierauf, VMD, the center’s director. “There may be better data we can obtain on trade in domestic fowl. There is certainly in my mind at this point not good enough data for migratory birds.”Nevertheless, Dierauf, who reviewed the paper a year ago when it was in draft form, said the analysis raises questions that are vital for successful avian flu prevention and control.”I am not certain [the paper] makes a significant advance in knowledge, but I do know it sets a number of scientific matters on the table that we all need to look at, no matter whether we are looking from the wild-bird perspective or the poultry perspective or the trade perspective,” she said. “That is very good.”Kilpatrick AM, Chmura AA, Gibbons DW, et al. Predicting the global spread of H5N1 avian influenza. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006 (published online Dec 7) [Abstract]See also:Olsen B, Munster VJ, Wallensten A, et al. Global patterns of influenza A virus in wild birds. Science 2006 Apr 21;313(5772):384-8 [Full text]last_img read more

APIC seeks mandate for flu shots in health workers

first_imgOct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the face of chronic low influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers, the leading US society of infection control professionals says it’s time to require medically eligible workers to either get the immunization or sign a form saying they understand the risks to patients if they skip it.”As part of a comprehensive strategy, we recommend that influenza vaccine be required annually for all healthcare personnel with direct patient care,” the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) said in a policy statement released yesterday.”Organizations should adopt a system in which an informed declination is obtained from employees that decline for other than medical reasons,” the statement continues. “This information should be utilized by the facility to develop improvement strategies for the following vaccine season.”APIC urges vaccination for all medical and nonmedical personnel in contact with patients or patient samples, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, religious workers, and cleaning, kitchen, and laboratory personnel.Voluntary programs haven’t workedRecent national survey data show that only 42% of healthcare workers receive an annual flu shot, and the rate has not risen significantly in the past decade, the APIC statement notes. Long-standing recommendations from APIC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national organizations have made little difference.”Voluntary efforts are clearly not effective—it’s time for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require influenza immunization,” said Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, lead author of APIC’s position statement, in a press release.The policy statement notes that health workers can transmit the flu virus to others before they have any symptoms. Further, it says multiple studies show that 70% of health workers continue to work even when sick with the flu.A multifaceted approachAPIC has strongly advocated flu shots for healthcare workers for years, along with a variety of strategies to promote them, but this is the first time the organization has used the word “require,” Greene told CIDRAP News in an interview.She said the declination form is the major new element in APIC’s recommendation, but emphasized that it should be just part of a broad strategy for encouraging immunization.”This isn’t just a declination that says, ‘I don’t want to get it and here’s the reason.’ It’s an informed declination, where the employee really understands that by refusing to get the vaccine for other than medical reasons, they’re not only putting their patients at risk, but also themselves and their family and the community as a whole,” said Greene, who is director of infection prevention for Rochester General Health Systems in Rochester, N.Y.”This is the idea of active declination—it’s not just a form that’s floating around and you’re supposed to sign it sometime; you actually have a conversation about why this is important for you,” she added.But other measures must be linked with informed declination, she said.There is only limited evidence on how well declination forms work, she said. “But what we see is that declination alone, if you’re not going to employ the other measures, has not necessarily been particularly effective,” yielding only modest increases in immunization rates.For example, her institution used a declination approach last year, but it was not coupled with “a tremendously proactive statement about putting patients at risk.” The result was that the immunization rate increased about 10%, she said.Getting administrators’ buy-inGreene hopes for much better results with a more comprehensive approach this year. “This year our approach is very robust. The administration is encouraging it, the CEO sent a letter to employees, we’re going to post our [immunization] rates weekly. Managers must ensure that employees who didn’t get the vaccine are told of the risks to patients.”Our goal is at least 75% and hopefully higher; but what we’re seeing already is tremendous interest.”Greene said a key part of promoting flu immunization is enlisting the support of a facility’s administration and other departments, so “it’s not just sitting in occupational health.” Administrators can promote the effort by using the flu immunization rate as an important indicator of safety and quality for the facility, she said.In New York state, informed declination has been used successfully with hepatitis B vaccine for healthcare workers, Greene said. “We’ve found that we have a very, very high acceptance rate for the hepatitis vaccine.” The vaccine is offered to direct-care workers when they are hired, and they see it as a benefit for protecting themselves, she added.Some institutions now require workers to get a flu shot as a condition for being hired, but APIC decided not go that far in its recommendation, Greene said.Taking a stronger stanceAs for the timing of the new policy, Greene said a combination of factors was at work. They included many new studies about flu and flu immunization in recent years. Also, some other professional societies had taken much stronger positions on the issue than APIC had.”Some of my colleagues here said it would really help us if APIC had a much stronger statement,” she said. At the same time, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has challenged facilities to exceed the 42% immunization rate.”I think we’re going to see some results,” Greene said. “I think we’ll be surprised and pleased to see that vaccine rates will increase and continue to increase.”See also: Oct 9 APIC news releaseAPIC position paper on flu immunization for healthcare personnellast_img read more

DHT in Slavonia will be held from October 2 to 5 in Vukovar, Vinkovci and Osijek

first_imgAlthough we know this fact since the last DHT from Hvar and that we have already entered the month of July, there is still no official announcement of the date, nor the program and other important information, which leads to confusion among the profession who want to come to DHT in Slavonia, but they don’t know the details to get organized. RELATED NEWS: So, this year’s DHT in Slavonia will take place from October 02 to 05, 2019, in Vukovar, Vinkovci and Osijek. The grand opening of DHT will take place in Vukovar at Eltz Castle on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The second day, (Thursday 03.10) DHT will move to Vinkovci, where the first evening of the annual Croatian tourist awards and a gala dinner on the estate will take place LD Kunjevci. Days of Croatian Tourism, the largest gathering of tourism workers in Croatia, which brings together between 1500 and 2000 participants this year will be held in Slavonia. DHT organization in Slavonia As I am contacted on a daily basis by various tourist employees and companies, and regarding the organization of DHT in Slavonia, we must also react publicly in this way. APPLICATIONS for the annual Croatian Tourism Awards are still partially opencenter_img Personally, I am not part of the organizing committee and in no way participate in the organization of DHT in Slavonia. For all questions regarding the organization of DHT in Slavonia, please contact the Ministry of Tourism, which will forward your inquiries to the appropriate person and address, in accordance with the protocol. Register your ambassadors of our tourism / OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR ANNUAL CROATIAN TOURIST AWARDS The last day of DHT (Friday, October 04.10), which includes a gala evening, the second evening of the awards ceremony and a live broadcast of the annual Croatian tourist awards will be held at the Fortress in Osijek. The host of the Croatian Tourism Day 2019 was taken over by Slavonia (coordination of counties, cities and the Tourist Board system), and the organizers are the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. UHPA AND DHT DAYS ARE NOT IN VINKOVCI AND OSIJEK, BUT IN SLAVONIA The deadline for submitting nominations for the categories Destination of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Innovation of the Year, Attraction of the Year and “Man – the key to success, employee of the year” was July 1, 2019, while the deadline for submitting nominations for the Croatian Tourism Award , ie the Annual Award “Anton Štifanić” and the Lifetime Achievement Award, open until 31. August 2019. last_img read more