Search system – Chatologica http://chatologica.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 05:52:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://chatologica.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Search system – Chatologica http://chatologica.com/ 32 32 The high demand for pediatric beds emphasizes the system https://chatologica.com/the-high-demand-for-pediatric-beds-emphasizes-the-system/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:11:00 +0000 https://chatologica.com/the-high-demand-for-pediatric-beds-emphasizes-the-system/ Comment this story Comment Kristi Maeng didn’t panic when the oxygen levels of Jordan, her 5-year-old son with Down syndrome, plummeted, sending him to hospital. She could accept a week in a tiny, windowless emergency room. She even learned to deal with the broken television and the nurse call button that didn’t work. What really […]]]>

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Kristi Maeng didn’t panic when the oxygen levels of Jordan, her 5-year-old son with Down syndrome, plummeted, sending him to hospital. She could accept a week in a tiny, windowless emergency room. She even learned to deal with the broken television and the nurse call button that didn’t work.

What really alarmed this mother of three from Silver Spring was seeing doctors scrambling to find beds for their sickest pediatric patients.

As the country grapples with a surge in respiratory illnesses making very young children and babies sick, high demand for pediatric inpatient and intensive care beds means children are spending days and weeks in hospital wards. units designed for short-term assessment and treatment.

The surge has hit eastern and southeastern states particularly hard, with DC, Maryland and Virginia reporting the highest incidence of influenza-like illnesses, which includes RSV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The data.

Last week, pediatricians asked President Biden and Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to declare an emergency to give providers and hospitals more flexibility to care for sick children.

Letter from heads of Children’s Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics says in some states more than 90% of pediatric beds are full, meaning more kids like Jordan will languish on wards emergency and makeshift spaces.

A CHA spokeswoman said conversations with the administration and Congress are continuing but further action has not yet been taken.

Experts say the high demand for pediatric intensive care beds is due to the early onset of RSV, which is making children sicker than usual, as well as the start of flu season and continued traffic of the novel coronavirus in addition to an overall decrease in pediatric beds and chronic staffing shortages.

“It’s not fair that an ER doctor has to decide which child I’m going to send to bed,” Maeng, 42, said. “The system is not working.”

Theodore R. Delbridge, the governor-appointed head of a Maryland state agency tasked with coordinating statewide emergency management systems, saw this coming. A year ago, clinicians reported an off-season increase in RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, and feared flu and covid surges could overwhelm the system.

It expanded C4, the federally funded critical care coordination center, established in December 2020 to find critical care beds for adults with covid, to a pediatric call center called C4 Pediatrics. At all times, two physicians with expertise in pediatrics and two clinical coordinators with an overview of pediatric inpatient capacity and critical care beds in the region respond to calls from physicians requesting transfers for their patients seriously ill.

The pediatric division staffed in October 2021, but, to its surprise, Delbridge said, it wasn’t very busy, taking only about 20 calls a month, peaking at 64 calls in June.

“Everything changed in September,” he said.

DC-area children’s hospitals are at capacity

The center responded to 194 pediatric requests that month and more than three times as many – 639 – in October, including nearly 600 for respiratory illnesses, Delbridge said. The center is also on the pace of a busy month of November, with 359 calls from Tuesday noon.

“Over the past few weeks, there have been constant phone calls,” said Jennifer Anders, medical director of C4 Pediatrics and pediatric emergency physician at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “As soon as one ends, another begins for a 12-hour shift. It’s pretty relentless.

Calls typically come from physicians in community hospital emergency departments who can treat RSV patients with intravenous fluids and high-flow oxygen to keep the lungs open, interventions that, at best, require the constant monitoring available in an intensive care unit. .

Patients tend to be very young, with most under the age of 5, Anders said. They have difficulty breathing and cannot stop the struggle to breathe long enough to drink, eventually becoming dehydrated. Most recover with treatment, but their condition may get worse before it gets better, or their condition may deteriorate rapidly.

Physicians plead their case to call center staff who categorize patients into low, medium, and high acuity and repeatedly call hospitals in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, as well as Delaware, West Virginia, and from Pennsylvania, looking for beds. In the meantime, doctors are offering treatment advice, knowing that patients may never get intensive care beds.

“The system is overwhelmed,” Anders said. Sometimes a doctor with a patient in active distress will activate a pediatric transport team or call a colleague’s cellphone — no matter what, she said.

“They all look sick; they all need intensive care,” she said. “My goal with C4 Pediatrics is that no child should die in a community hospital while waiting for an intensive care bed.”

In September, when a seemingly simple cold caused Jordan’s oxygen saturation levels to plummet, paramedics rushed him by ambulance to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville. It took doctors all night to find a pediatric intensive care bed for the boy. At 3 a.m. he was taken to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where he remained for the next four days.

Then, on October 11, his oxygen level dropped again and his mother rushed him to the nearest emergency room, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was diagnosed with RSV and assigned an emergency room with a small bed for him and, later, a small lounge chair where Maeng slept, leaving only when her husband could relieve her after his day’s work.

“It was miserable,” she said. “I have never seen my son look so depressed, sad and depressed. You are in this very small room, constantly different doctors arrive. Only visits from his siblings Katelin, 7, and Michael, 4, seemed to be cheering on the boy, who goes by the name “JoJo.”

Holley Meers, head of emergency medicine at Holy Cross Hospital, declined to speak about any specific case, including that of the Maeng family, but said her staff were making accommodations, such as putting on besides drugs measured according to the child’s weight, pediatric gowns and oxygen supply tubing, to take care of children awaiting transfer.

“We will care for patients for as long as they need care – if that means in our hospital, [then] that’s what we’re going to do,” she said. “When beds are not available, care continues.”

The ER was not an ideal place for Jordan, who turned 6 after that stay. Along with the discomfort and closeness, the constant coming and going of different doctors and nurses meant that her mother constantly had to explain her unique situation and needs.

Friends, family members and their church community donated gift cards for hot meals, allowing the family to skip the boxed meals available in the emergency room.

Maeng watched as doctors first transferred a child even sicker than her son to a PICU bed, a decision she said she understood, given the condition of the other child. She said a doctor explained to her that “there are literally no pediatric intensive care beds in the entire DMV area.”

Doctors eventually found a bed for Jordan at Sinai in Baltimore, where he stayed a second time for four more days. Once home, his face was scrubbed raw by the high-flow oxygen cannula used to support his breathing, and being stuck in a hospital bed affected his gait; he walked like a penguin for a few days, said Maeng. Now he takes a daily steroid to keep his lungs open and avoid another ER visit.

Maeng said their Christian faith has helped her family see a higher purpose in the suffering her second child has endured.

“Although it was a crazy stay, seven days, I am grateful,” she said. “I can share our story and shed some light on the situation right now.”

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Review: Shay Kuebler and Radical System Art tackle loneliness in modern society with an exciting mix of dance genres and interactive technology https://chatologica.com/review-shay-kuebler-and-radical-system-art-tackle-loneliness-in-modern-society-with-an-exciting-mix-of-dance-genres-and-interactive-technology/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 01:35:52 +0000 https://chatologica.com/review-shay-kuebler-and-radical-system-art-tackle-loneliness-in-modern-society-with-an-exciting-mix-of-dance-genres-and-interactive-technology/ Radical System Art features Shay’s latest work, “Momentum of Isolation”, an exploration of how our digital existence divides us and yet how we find powerful ways to connect with each other. Photo: David Cooper. Shay Kuebler stamps documents and solves equations on an old-fashioned calculator. A bell rings and a green light flashes in approval. […]]]>
Radical System Art features Shay’s latest work, “Momentum of Isolation”, an exploration of how our digital existence divides us and yet how we find powerful ways to connect with each other. Photo: David Cooper.

Shay Kuebler stamps documents and solves equations on an old-fashioned calculator. A bell rings and a green light flashes in approval. Behind him, an idyllic seaside is projected onto a folding screen, but the connection falters and the image falters. Kuebler is oblivious to the ominous omen, walking away happily.

So begins Momentum of isolation (MOI)a work by Kuebler’s Radical System Art dance company and presented by White Bird at Lincoln Hall at PSU through Saturday, November 19e. According to the program notes, Kuebler was first inspired to create a work that examines how people experience loneliness and social isolation in 2018, after reading about the UK’s “Minister of Loneliness”. It goes without saying that, in the following years, Kuebler’s theme has become even more relevant.

You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely, and a physically isolated person doesn’t always feel lonely. Kuebler and his team of dancers illustrate the very different ways in which loneliness can manifest. In doing so, ME mixes genres and forms, from contemporary dance to physical theater, including hip hop and martial arts. Over the course of the evening, the karate Kuebler kicks, sprints in place indefinitely, and stumbles elegantly across the stage in a series of vignettes that often revolve around a lazzito borrow a term from Commedia dell’arte: a bit, or joke.

Radical System Art features Shay’s latest work, “Momentum of Isolation”, an exploration of how our digital existence divides us and yet how we find powerful ways to connect with each other. Photo: David Cooper.

Like Kuebler’s paperwork: an activity reminiscent of the isolation of working from home. The ball finally drops when Kuebler misclassifies a document. Instead of receiving a green light of approval, a red light flashes with a corresponding buzz. Kuebler is stunned. He tries again, but no dice. The music matches Kuebler’s panic, and he begins to dab and tap with astonishing speed. Kuebler’s hands go blurry as his desk turns into a drum set. But the furniture does not resist the assault for long; it splits in two and Kuebler is kicked out of his office into the no-man’s-land of the empty stage. did he just get fired? Probably, but in ME nothing is said explicitly. Kuebler draws sketches, leaving it to the audience to fill in the blanks.

The seven-member company of Radical System Art complements Kuebler’s solo work, which follows a single character’s journey through a forest of technology – envisioned in part by Kuebler and Paul Paroczai’s digital sound composition. Ensemble performances are performed between Kuebler’s sets, and when he is offstage, the company puts on a variety show.

Radical System Art features Shay’s latest work, “Momentum of Isolation”, an exploration of how our digital existence divides us and yet how we find powerful ways to connect with each other. Photo: Emilie Bland.

The set first appear during Kuebler’s stamping routine, like school children logging off from their computers and entering the real world for the first time. Various scenes include the company playing a group of talkers, an exercise group whose movements are controlled by a single leader, and a retinue of suitors, with a dancer sorting out perspectives like a DJ spinning a record. The final move brings to mind dating apps, where users must wade through a sea of ​​profiles in search of a match – an inherently lonely activity, as anyone who’s tried online dating well knows. As a whole, the ensemble explores peoples’ missed connections and the sometimes self-inflicted technological barriers that cause them.

We literally see these barriers in a sequence with dancers Sarah Hutton and Calder White. The pair share a waltz that’s meant to be romantic — except Calder controls a life-size puppet that separates his body from Hutton’s. The Calder doppelganger wears the same clothes as the real Calder, and while Hutton tries to maneuver past the puppet, she never fully reaches him: their pair are physically separated. Hutton is stuck dancing alone with Calder’s shadow.

Radical System Art features Shay’s latest work, “Momentum of Isolation”, an exploration of how our digital existence divides us and yet how we find powerful ways to connect with each other. Photo: David Cooper.

Another passage depicts a second pair of potential lovers, this time with Hutton opposite Aiden Cass, with the movement set to a broken recitation of “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Cass embodies the indecisive speaker, who can’t say a word – let alone a sentence – without backing off. Hutton is rooted in her chair, waiting for a profession of love that never comes. Cass slides towards her on her stomach, then jumps back, cowers in thought, then gestures at the moon. Cass impressively backs up this kinetic display of commitment issues, to great comedic effect. But his inability to express his feelings is emblematic of this more insidious tension of isolation: that experienced in the presence of others.

The company grows in importance as the evening progresses, but sometimes we come back to Kuebler’s story. His later setbacks include playing mole against a filing cabinet with faulty doors (another lazzi), as well as mourning his office factory during a cinematic death scene. Kuebler’s journey is entirely solitary. During ME he only interacts with inanimate objects, never another dancer. ME is a collage of different styles, which sometimes clash. But the strength of the piece lies in its fragmentation and in the concise visual power of the sketches. The ending suggests that all the scenes fit together, that the characters throughout are somehow connected to Kuebler’s on-stage alter ego journey. Maybe Kuebler’s character wasn’t so lonely after all. Or perhaps, although surrounded by other people, he nevertheless experienced his own personal social isolation.

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  • Shay Kuebler and Radical System Art with momentum of isolation continues Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, with both performances at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Hall on the Portland State University campus. For tickets, please visit the online box office.
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Coworker’s Organ Donation Surprise Filmed at KU Health System https://chatologica.com/coworkers-organ-donation-surprise-filmed-at-ku-health-system/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 03:44:05 +0000 https://chatologica.com/coworkers-organ-donation-surprise-filmed-at-ku-health-system/ KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Surprise of a Lifetime was filmed recently at the University of Kansas Health System. Alex Brown, who previously worked at FOX4, receives an amazing gift from a colleague. Brown needs a new kidney and was looking everywhere for a living donor. Turns out his match was in the next booth. […]]]>

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Surprise of a Lifetime was filmed recently at the University of Kansas Health System.

Alex Brown, who previously worked at FOX4, receives an amazing gift from a colleague. Brown needs a new kidney and was looking everywhere for a living donor. Turns out his match was in the next booth.

He was taking medication for a chronic digestive problem when he learned that the medication had damaged his kidneys beyond repair. At 33, he learned he would need a kidney transplant.

“That’s when they told me I needed a living kidney donor, which was a surprise at the time,” Brown recalled.

He and his family have spent more than a year looking for a match, with no clear timeline when he should turn to dialysis.

“The future has been pretty murky for a while and it’s a tough thing to live with,” Brown explained.

Potential candidates who volunteered were rejected. During her research, Brown began working full-time in the Department of Media Relations at the University of Kansas Health System. His colleague Logan Blankenship decided to get tested, without telling Brown. The tests took place over a two-day period this fall.

“I didn’t want to see that look on his face like I saw that day when he found out his friend couldn’t do it,” Blankenship explained.

Working for the hospital, Blankenship had written about transplants before, but there was one thing that even the doctors who performed them had never seen.

“We did all this fuss with living transplants and we never got that moment of surprise,” Blankenship said.

This moment when the recipient discovered that he was receiving an organ donation. So the team called a production meeting in the broadcast studio and invited Brown’s family.

“They didn’t even know because they were just told Alex was going to get this award, |” said Brown.
Then Blankenship broke the news with someone recording in the control room.

“You put yourself out there to make his big ask and I’m happy to say we have an answer to that. I’m your man of the match, I’m your match,” Blankenship exclaimed in the video.

“Dad has a kidney,” Brown’s wife, Jenna, told her daughter 5.

“Just then, being able to tell him and being there at the point of relief was so cool,” Blankenship said Tuesday of the surprise.

“I was obviously in shock when it happened. It sets in minutes later that wow someone would come up and do this for me and that’s the guy who’s sitting five feet away from me” , Brown said.

The University of Kansas Health System released the surprise during its Friday morning medical update, giving the two men a chance to talk about a gift you can never repay.

“That would be my message. If you know someone who needs a live organ and you have the ability to go get tested, make that call,” Brown said.

Doctors realistically say the pain and recovery is worse for the donor than the recipient, which will take several weeks. It’s a huge sacrifice, but you can very well live with just one kidney.

Blankenship comforted his own family by explaining that if he himself needed a transplant as a donor, he would automatically put himself at the top of the list.

The procedure is expected to take place in the spring of 2023.

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Students remain concerned about housing as UT pursues ‘lottery system’ for 2023-2024 school year | Campus news https://chatologica.com/students-remain-concerned-about-housing-as-ut-pursues-lottery-system-for-2023-2024-school-year-campus-news/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:35:00 +0000 https://chatologica.com/students-remain-concerned-about-housing-as-ut-pursues-lottery-system-for-2023-2024-school-year-campus-news/ In recent years, universities across the country have experienced housing crises due to overstaffing. Universities have proposed solutions in offer financial incentives for delaying enrollment and convert buildings on campus into temporary residences as they draw up plans for new rooms. In other areas, administrators have not been able to find a solution, leave students […]]]>

In recent years, universities across the country have experienced housing crises due to overstaffing. Universities have proposed solutions in offer financial incentives for delaying enrollment and convert buildings on campus into temporary residences as they draw up plans for new rooms. In other areas, administrators have not been able to find a solution, leave students put your life plans on hold because they cannot afford housing.

The University of Tennessee is currently facing a similar problem. After admitting approximately 6,800 incoming students in fall 2022 — largest recorded class in UT history — students faced difficulties in finding accommodation for the 2023-2024 school year. Even though UT is rent a Holiday Inn and apartments in Quarry Trailstudents still struggle to find accommodation.

Jaxx Fox, a first-year graduate student majoring in information science, explained his feelings about the situation.

“The university absolutely does not handle freshmen appropriately and just shrugs when they express their struggle with housing and the cost of living. For some of you, you can get by, but a lot of students can’t and end up in dire financial straits on their own or with their families,” Fox said.

Fox had a unique experience with UT housing. They moved to Knoxville in 2008 to attend UT and graduated in 2012. Since then they have remained in Knoxville and now own a home in the area. Fox noted how times have changed since their undergrad at UT.

“I remember when the upper classes could be in dorms. My husband, who graduated from UT the same year as me, left campus as a junior and then came back as a senior to focus on his studies,” Fox said.

Although upperclassmen can still live in dorms, students are finding it increasingly difficult to find a room with the policies UT has started using. Last year, UT implemented the “Lottery System” where students submit their housing applications and those who receive housing are chosen at random.

Many students think this system is unfair, especially upperclass students looking to continue living in Laurel or Vol Hall. In the past, UT used a “same room, new year” method of providing housing for its students, but due to high demandthis is no longer guaranteed.

Just ten years ago, Fox’s husband was able to live off campus and return because it allowed him to better focus on his studies. This is not an option for some students, however, as they must live on campus in order to maintain their enrollment. Many students use their financial aid and scholarships to pay for on-campus housing. One such student is junior Madeline Sims, who is majoring in social work.

“My financial aid pays for my housing, without it I can’t afford to go to UT,” Sims said. “Part of the stipulation of my financial aid is that I live on campus. If I don’t get aid, I can’t live in Knoxville. I can’t pay for it.

With the “lottery system” that UT has in place to determine housing availability for upperclassmen, many students have had to find off-campus housing. Some students are even camp outside popular apartment complexes near campus in order to find accommodation.

“I waited to get a tenn lease for, like, twenty hours, and luckily I got it. Before I got my lease, it was stressful and I didn’t know what to do. Housing in Knoxville is expensive and rare, so I’m lucky to know where I live,” said Riley Brennan, a sophomore majoring in marketing.

Not every student can say the same as Brennan. Michela Campe, a sophomore studying business analytics and management, signed a lease in an apartment complex near campus for the upcoming school year, but received an email after signing saying that his signed lease did not guarantee the accommodation.

“[The email] said, “Having a signed lease does NOT guarantee your placement at this time due to the volume of applicants.” Like, why are you even giving leases then? They did that to tons of kids,” Campe said. “I waited too long to quit at my current resort and the price has gone up almost $300 over what I’m paying now. This is nonsense.”

There are still students on the waiting list for on-campus housing and obviously not everyone will receive housing. Students who already live off-campus are suffering from rising rates and limited space in their current complex, so they continue to look elsewhere.

There are off-campus housing options available, but some of these options are now fully leased, so they are no longer available to students. There is currently availability at Flagship Kerns, Knox High Apartments, The Orchard of Knoxville, Barclay House, Maplehurst Park and select URE Housing properties.

If a student is looking for accommodation, these properties are worth researching and viewing. Other than that, there’s not much to do other than sit and wait.

Sitting and waiting isn’t an option for some students, like Sims.

“I don’t have a backup plan. I have a meeting next week with my advisor to move into the College of Social Work’s online bachelor’s degree program,” Sims said.

Not every student has time to wait 8 p.m. for a lease, like Brennan. If housing isn’t even guaranteed for those who have signed off-campus leases, as Campe said, students feel confused and helpless.

“UT has been so focused on their incoming classes that they have forgotten about their upper classes. We’re just as important as incoming freshmen for enrollment, so it seems unfair that we’ve been stiffed that way,” Sims said.

As part of a solution to this housing crisis, UT plans to build two new halls of residence as part of their master plan for housing, although the construction schedule is unclear at this time. As plans stand, one of the wards will house around 525 beds and the other around 750. The finished product does not come soon enough in the minds of the upper classes who are frantically looking for a place to live.

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Launch of an AI-based system for sentiment analysis for media and sports mega-events https://chatologica.com/launch-of-an-ai-based-system-for-sentiment-analysis-for-media-and-sports-mega-events/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 19:48:00 +0000 https://chatologica.com/launch-of-an-ai-based-system-for-sentiment-analysis-for-media-and-sports-mega-events/ (Left to right) Dr Othman Al-Thawadi, Dr Kamilla Swart and Dr James She – The Sada Insight research team leads Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Qatar University in Doha. Doha: An artificial intelligence (AI)-based system capable of providing lightning-fast sentiment analysis, research, statistics and alerts on various aspects of a mega-event like the FIFA World […]]]>

(Left to right) Dr Othman Al-Thawadi, Dr Kamilla Swart and Dr James She – The Sada Insight research team leads Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Qatar University in Doha.

Doha: An artificial intelligence (AI)-based system capable of providing lightning-fast sentiment analysis, research, statistics and alerts on various aspects of a mega-event like the FIFA World Cup was launched on Wednesday by a group of researchers from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Qatar University in Doha.

According to the researchers, Sada (Arabic for ‘echo’) Insight: AI for Sport Media and Events was born out of a research project on “sentiment analysis on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 using Artificial Intelligence and Twitter”, by Dr James She and Dr Kamilla Swart.

This project was initially funded by the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy and CyPhy Limited, then collaborated with Michael Linley, University of Victoria, and Dr Othman Al-Thawadi, Qatar University.

“The technology, methodology and system derived from the research can provide us with the ultra-fast AI-based sentiment analysis, research, statistics and alerts on various aspects of a mega sporting event like the FIFA World Cup Therefore, media channels, journalists, organizers and even individual professionals could acquire near real-time summary and timely insights into high-profile topics and incidents perceived by the public at about a sporting event,” the research report states.

Social media is an important source for gathering public opinion, with Twitter being one of the most popular international platforms for social media.

More than 400 million tweets are posted every day on Twitter, and more than half a billion tweets were obtained during the previous World Cup. This vast set of data helps to analyze the audience’s reaction to an event like the World Cup, providing insights into audience perceptions and attitudes. This research investigates the relationship between sentiment based on Twitter tweets and the 2022 World Cup.

“The unique capabilities of our AI technologies and data system – Sada, developed in this project are the ultra-fast access and continuous sentiment insights for different aspects of a mega sporting event by analyzing the increasing amount and the complex content of the tweets. So far, more than 1 million highly relevant tweets for the World Cup event, the first in the community, are collected and analyzed. The AI ​​system, Sada, will collect more highly related tweets every day, then will continuously analyze and report the sentiments of concepts and keywords identified from newly accumulated tweets containing text, emoji or even images shared by the user later using advanced machine learning techniques and system technologies,” emphasized Dr. James She, the project leader.

These tweets are only collected with relevant Qatar 2022 World Cup hashtags or keywords. Using our AI-based Sada system and derived data and methodologies, we uncovered sentiments and facts fun of some important characteristics for the feelings on the period before the World Cup. The result shows that people are positive about the upcoming World Cup.

Other breakthroughs and powerful features of the Sada system include smart social media language analysis, daily mobile alerts and summary overview of total and daily tweet amount, average sentiment and smart information visualization.

“We are delighted with the ability of the Sada system and the information generated to assist in better management and decision-making at all phases of event bidding, planning and implementation” , said Dr. Othman Al-Thawadi. “Additionally, the Sada system and the information produced is applicable to different types and sizes of special events, ranging from sports to non-sports, mega and annual sporting events,” he added.

“The initial groundwork for this project was a legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup presented an opportunity to evolve public opinion analysis using of AI technologies and big data from social media that can provide real-time insights to create smarter events,” said Dr Kamilla Swart, who launched the World Cup research program of FIFA 2010 and has been part of several research initiatives aimed at improving knowledge on mega sporting events in the Middle East, North Africa and Qatar region in particular.

For future work, the collaborative project team will investigate public sentiment by advancing HBKU’s new AI, data and system technologies to help uncover other key aspects or even predict the winner of the Golden Ball of this World Cup.

For example, the sentiment of football players can reflect their performance on the field, and the higher the sentiment, the more the sentiment can help us track and predict the winner. Since many tweets may involve complicated sentences and even contain trending multimedia content like emojis, images or even videos, the AI ​​technologies, system and methodologies involved in Sada are considered to provide much insight. more precise and earlier on the feelings of the public. mega sporting event faster than hearing your sound echo!

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In search of life beyond our system https://chatologica.com/in-search-of-life-beyond-our-system/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 10:38:46 +0000 https://chatologica.com/in-search-of-life-beyond-our-system/ Finding a planet similar to Earth or that could be inhabited is possible. The James Webb Space Telescope is equipped with near-infrared (NIR) cameras and spectrometers that are already helping astronomers observe the chemical makeup of distant planets. In the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, many molecular signatures are detected. Spectroscopic techniques make […]]]>

Finding a planet similar to Earth or that could be inhabited is possible. The James Webb Space Telescope is equipped with near-infrared (NIR) cameras and spectrometers that are already helping astronomers observe the chemical makeup of distant planets. In the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, many molecular signatures are detected. Spectroscopic techniques make it possible to identify the atmospheric composition of planets as they move around their star. Their sun will act as a source of light that will shine through the planet’s atmosphere. The resulting light is then compared to the energy before and after the planet has moved through the light shining towards us.

The exoplanet’s atmospheric molecules leave their molecular signature in the near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum where the telescope’s spectrometers are tuned. NASA has a great explanation of this process on their website.1 Molecular signatures are extremely faint, but many molecules are discernible with repeated measurements, and all of this data should allow scientists to determine which molecules are present and the relative amounts of each. Reports are already published. For example, carbon dioxide was identified in the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-39b using the telescope.2

The James Webb Space Telescope mirror hangs from the ceiling of a NASA warehouse. Workers in white coveralls are dwarfs standing below. The mirror is made of 18 metallic hexagonal tiles in gold color.

Factors needed for a habitable planet

What molecules can the telescope detect? The list includes molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methanol, ammonia, and methane. This is a very interesting list of atmospheric molecules that seem to give some idea of ​​the habitability of a planet. What we might forget is that these molecules are all active in the infrared, which makes them good greenhouse gases. That’s not a bad thing, but the telescope’s spectrometers can’t pick up other important vital molecules like oxygen and nitrogen. Detecting water in the atmospheres of distant planets is right in the wheelhouse of this new telescope, and many scientists are trying to set aside time on the telescope to help with this detection process.3 Information about the water content of extraterrestrial atmospheres will be extremely useful in understanding the prevalence of water in the cosmos. A recent study of the atmosphere of exoplanet VHS 1256-1257 b suggests that water is present along with silicates, methane, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.4 Would it be a habitable place for life?

When determining whether these planets are habitable, a whole host of chemical factors must be considered, and the telescope will provide some of those details. Unfortunately, this won’t provide the complete picture. By most reports, the general meaning of a planet’s habitability is that it resides in the habitable zone, which allows liquid water to exist. However, a planet needs more than liquid water. I would say that the presence of oxygen and nitrogen is equally important. These gases can support complex life with a small variable amount of greenhouse gases to heat the planet.

The planet can’t have too many greenhouse gases, because many of them are toxic or too heavy, and they could displace oxygen and suffocate the inhabitants. A habitable planet needs oxygen and nitrogen in almost the same proportions as on Earth. Oxygen is essential for the existence of complex and larger life forms.5 It’s possible that some microbes could exist on planets without oxygen, but creatures larger than single-celled anaerobes need oxygen to fuel their metabolism.

The importance of nitrogen, other parameters

Why is nitrogen so critical? In my study, I identified at least 10 parameters that make nitrogen the ideal partner for oxygen. Observing nitrogen with oxygen in the atmospheres of potentially habitable planets will provide a more accurate picture. Unfortunately, these diatomic molecules have their spectral signatures in the X-ray and UV region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is not part of the telescope’s instrumentation. The planet’s atmosphere is responsible for maintaining liquid water with a pressure of about 15 psi (pounds per square inch). Dioxygen is about 3 psi, but the remaining 12 psi must come from a diatomic molecule similar in density to oxygen and must have the following attributes:

» non reactive to oxygen

” non-flammable

» transparent in the visible/infrared

» not forming a greenhouse

» some ability to absorb harmful short-wavelength radiation (UV, X-rays and gamma rays)

» non-reactive to life (inert)

» poorly soluble in water

» non-acidifying in water

» useful for life

No other molecule matches these criteria as precisely as dinitrogen. Total air pressure is critical, as it sets the proper pressure to hold water in liquid form. Too little pressure and the water evaporates into the air, causing increased humidity, global warming and the removal of water from lakes, rivers and organisms. Too much air pressure will effectively stop the water cycle which cleans and desalinates water for reuse. For finding a habitable planet for humans, Earth’s atmosphere sets the standard for many chemical reasons.

The local star near an exoplanet must also be a good match that resembles our own sun in terms of spectral output. If the star produces too much infrared or near-infrared energy, that light does not have enough energy to drive photosynthesis and other life-sustaining chemical reactions. If the star produces too much energy in the UV range (or X-rays and gamma rays), it will destroy all molecules based on carbon, which is the only type of atom that meets the requirements for fitness for life .6

The number of parameters is quite long, making the earth a rare exception in the universe, according to some scientists.seven The telescope broadens our view and understanding of the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres. All of this new information will help us understand how common certain atmospheric molecules are in the universe. The scientific community will better understand the probability of finding an Earth-like planet. But will we find the equal of the earth? The telescope is a nice step in this search, but the probability seems quite low, considering all the requirements. Until we can get a full chemical profile of an exoplanet’s atmosphere, searching for water and other infrared-active gases will be a good step forward, but it won’t be the last. case.

What does the Scripture say about other habitable planets? Is there a chance that some worlds can support life? Some have suggested that the “sons of God”, mentioned in Job 1:6, 7, who visit the heavens could indicate other planets with human-like inhabitants. From the writings of Ellen White, we know that other inhabited worlds exist but are beyond our reach. In Early writings White writes: “Then the angel said, ‘You must go again, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, you will have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and seeing the work of God.’ ”8 I firmly believe that there are other habitable planets, but they exist by God’s design and only by His handiwork. The telescope will help determine the possibility of a habitable planet, and this new information will help the world see the power and might of our Creator’s hand.

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1 C. Pulliam, “NASA’s Webb Space Telescope to inspect the atmospheres of gas giant exoplanets”, NASA.gov, July 11, 2018, https://www.nasa. gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-webb-space-telescope-to-inspect-atmospheres-of-gas-giant-exoplanets.

2 T. Pultarova, “James Webb Space Telescope Sniffs Carbon Dioxide Around an Alien World”, Espace.com2022, https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-exoplanet-carbon-dioxide.

3 K. Cooper, “Possible Aquatic World Spotted Orbiting Alien Star”, Space.com2022, https://www.space.com/ocean-world-habitable-zone-potential-detection.

4 BE Miles et al., “The TELESCOPE: Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems II: A 1 to 20 Micron Spectrum of the Planetary-Mass Companion VHS 1256-1257 b,” 2022, arXiv:2209.00620v1.

5 N.Lane, Oxygen: the molecule that created the world (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

6 Mr Denton, The Fate of Nature: How the Laws of Biology Reveal the Purpose of the Universe (New York: Free Press, 2002).

seven See, for example, G. Gonzalez and JW Richards, The privileged planet: how our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery (Washington, DC: Gateway Editions, 2020) and PD Ward and D. Brownlee, Rare earth: why complex life is rare in the universe (New York: Springer, 2000).

8 Ellen G. White, Early writings (Washington, DC: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1882, 1945), p. 40.

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Restaurant Ranking System Fails • NAACP Responds to Karamo Lawsuit • Competing Mentions in 7th District https://chatologica.com/restaurant-ranking-system-fails-naacp-responds-to-karamo-lawsuit-competing-mentions-in-7th-district/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:48:06 +0000 https://chatologica.com/restaurant-ranking-system-fails-naacp-responds-to-karamo-lawsuit-competing-mentions-in-7th-district/ Detroit City Council votes against restaurant signage system Councilman Scott Benson’s measure would have required Detroit restaurants to post a color-coded sign outside of their business. WEDNESDAY NEWS – A proposed ordinance requiring restaurants to release their health inspection ratings is off the menu in Detroit. The city council voted 6 to 3 to reject […]]]>

A proposed ordinance requiring restaurants to release their health inspection ratings is off the menu in Detroit.

The city council voted 6 to 3 to reject the measure that Scott Benson has been advocating for three years.

“It’s really important,” Benson said. “All you have to do is go back to 2018, to Popeyes selling meat bloated with parasites. You have to go back to 2021 last year, to Church’s Chicken. They were selling rotten, moldy old meat.”

And who could forget that the famous Lafayette Coney Island was closed in September after videos of rats inside the restaurant surfaced on social media.

Benson’s measure would have required restaurants in Detroit to display a color-coded sign that would display outside of their business.

Green would mean they passed their last health inspection and are good to go. Yellow would mean they are in the process of execution. Red would mean the health department closed the restaurant.

But many saw the ordinance as too burdensome for businesses.

“The ordinance does nothing more than create an uneven playing field, exempting food trucks, pop-up restaurants, gas stations that provide prepared meals, and pitting them against brick-and-mortar establishments,” said one. criticism during a public comment.

Benson says more than 90% of restaurants in Detroit have passed their health inspections. And similar ordinances boosting transparency and food safety are in place in cities like San Diego, San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio.

Detroit will not join them yet.

“While today was a setback, it’s not the end,” Benson said. “So what we’re going to do, we’re going to go back and look and see how we can get something like this through, and something that my colleagues will support, at least five of them.”

Council President Mary Sheffield voted against the restaurant classification ordinance.

“Despite my opposition to the order at this time, I support my colleague, Member Benson, in his attempt to improve public safety with respect to food service,” she said. “While I cannot support the order in its current form, I am committed to finding a solution that will result in improvements to our ability to protect the public.”

Sheffield also said the measure could return in another form next year if certain changes are made to it.

Michigan candidates earn concurrent endorsements

If there’s any sign of the weirdness of the election, it’s the competition round of endorsements in the race for the 7th congressional district. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat, received an endorsement for the seat from Republican Liz Cheney last night. And two days ago, his Republican opponent Tom Barrett was backed by former Democratic Party member Tulsi Gabbard.

The race, which has become one of the most expensive in the country, presents an exciting window into the political season just a week before the election. Tens of millions of dollars are funneled into the race, which features a two-time starter battling a well-known State House representative.

While the race is local to citizens of counties surrounding Lansing and along the I-96 corridor, it also has national implications with the balance of power in the United States House expected to shift from Democrats to Republicans.

This week, Gabbard appeared in a campaign video endorsing Barrett after leaving the Democratic Party in September. Cheney visited East Lansing to strain for Slotkin last night. Learn more about the event here.

NAACP responds to Karamo lawsuit

The NAACP is calling Kristina Karamo for her lawsuit that seeks to stop Detroit from voting by mail. The Reverend Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit chapter of the civil rights organization, said the lawsuit, which was filed last week, is only meant to disenfranchise voters in the city.

“There is no evidence of voter fraud, there is no pattern of mail-in voting abuse,” he said. “It’s simply a lawsuit seeking violation. It’s not voter protection, it’s really voter suppression.”

Karamo made several unsubstantiated allegations about fraudulent ballots and shady voting practices in the city during his Monday press conference. Her position as the Republican Party’s nominee for Secretary of State makes the lawsuit significant since it comes from someone who is running to govern Michigan’s electoral systems for the next four years.

Neither Janice Winfrey nor city of Detroit election officials have commented on the lawsuit. But Anthony made it clear on Tuesday that he would not tolerate voter intimidation or any effort to prevent registered voters from having their voices heard. In Detroit, 47,000 mail-in ballots were received by the clerk, the secretary of state said.

Learn more here.

DPD sued for $50 million in Porter Burks shooting case

The family of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by Detroit police while in the midst of a mental health crisis is suing the department for $50 million. Porter Burks was shot 38 times by four police officers after he charged them with a knife in October.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger chastised the department for failing to identify the officers involved in the shooting. “You don’t even have to be a police officer to realize that there must have been 1,000 different things that could have been done other than shooting him,” he said.

Body camera footage of the incident was released shortly after the shooting, sparking public outcry over the use of force. Chief James White defended the officer’s actions.

It could take up to 2.5 years before this case is heard in the courts of Wayne County. Fieger said they may also file another separate lawsuit in federal court for civil rights violations.

More fallout from the UM-MSU brawl

A total of eight Michigan State players have been suspended for their role in the alleged assault on University of Michigan players after Saturday’s game.

Four additional players were suspended on Tuesday afternoon: Malcolm Jones, Justin White, Jacoby Windmon and Brandon White – in addition to the original group of Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young while police investigate. The State of Michigan announced that the suspensions will remain active until the investigation is complete.

Gemon Green, the University of Michigan footballer seen being attacked by Michigan State University players after Saturday’s game, has hired an attorney. Video showed a fight involving at least 10 MSU players when two U of M players entered the tunnel at Michigan Stadium. Green suffered a concussion.

“Not only does Gemon Green deserve to be compensated for his injuries, but the serious consequences in this case will deter others who might think they can get away with brutally beating an opposing player and getting tapped on the wrist. I have news for the MSU players who did this to Gemon. They are going to feel the full extent of the law,” his attorney said.

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Daily forecast

Temperatures are warming up for an off-season start to November. This week will be full of temperatures reaching the 60s and 70s – the first time a full week in November has ever done that in Michigan.

What else are we looking at

  1. The Powerball jackpot has soared to $1.2 billion, exploding in recent days as no one has been able to pick the winning numbers. Have you chosen your lucky numbers?
  2. FedEx is partnering with a nonprofit organization to distribute hundreds of winter coats to Detroit children in need. The collaboration between the delivery service and Operation Warm is a 15-year partnership.
  3. A self-service tap room has opened at Royal Oak in the former Roak space. It is owned by the same people who oversee Eastern Market operations and the Ferndale Project. Check them out on The Nine today.
  4. Wyatt’s Law, the bill that created a registry that keeps updates on offenders with a registry, is now officially in effect. The journey that Bill has taken spans years.
  5. If anyone is having trouble voting, they can call the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline for assistance. The Nonpartisan Voter Protection Line will answer any questions or help with any challenges someone may have.

The first edition of the American Constitution put up for auction

A copy of the first edition of the US Constitution from 1787 – one of only two still in private hands – will be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month and is expected to land bids of up to $30 million.

About 500 original copies of the Constitution were printed for delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Thirteen of them still exist, 11 of which are on public display at various locations, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library of Congress, the Delaware Hall of Records, and the Huntington Library.

Last year, Sotheby’s auctioned the only other private copy for $43.2 million to Chicago hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin, who loaned it to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Read the full story here.

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Halifax transit workers fight for a better transit system https://chatologica.com/halifax-transit-workers-fight-for-a-better-transit-system/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 05:34:47 +0000 https://chatologica.com/halifax-transit-workers-fight-for-a-better-transit-system/ Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 508 represents transit workers in Halifax and their collective agreement expired over 420 days ago. They are currently negotiating a new contract for better pay, better hours and better treatment for their members. Shane O’Leary is President and Business Officer for ATU Local 508 in Halifax. He has 23 years […]]]>

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 508 represents transit workers in Halifax and their collective agreement expired over 420 days ago. They are currently negotiating a new contract for better pay, better hours and better treatment for their members.

Shane O’Leary is President and Business Officer for ATU Local 508 in Halifax. He has 23 years of experience as a bus driver. spring review spoke to O’Leary about Local 508’s fight for better working conditions for transit workers.

Can you tell us about the working conditions faced by transit workers in Halifax?

We are severely understaffed in all departments, but especially in the operations department like ferries and accessible buses. There are a lot of overtime piling up. This is partly due to our schedule, we may start in a garage but end our shift in a totally different area. We then have to take a bus back to the garage where we started in order to get back to our own vehicles. This is unpaid travel time and society is no longer about working to death.

We want to earn enough money to live on and have time to enjoy our families. We don’t want to work 96 hours a week, but many of our workers are racking up an incredible amount of overtime. They work double shifts and they are exhausted. Meanwhile, there are 14 people on the sunny roster who are in management and not working a minute of overtime.

What would help address the problem of excessive hours and poor working conditions?

We need more employees. We need more transport union members to work and the only way to do it fast is to raise wages. Higher increases will attract workers and better working conditions will make them want to stay. People are quitting en masse because of our poor working conditions and low wages. This week alone, five people quit. It’s so exhausting.

The starting salary is also not a living wage. We start at $21.45 an hour, and you have to work at least two years before you even hit a living wage for the city. Our highest pay rate is $28.61 an hour, but you must work at least four years before you’ll even be considered for that raise. Not to mention that drivers who drive accessible buses earn two dollars less per hour.

That seems unacceptable — especially considering that the living wage for the city is now $23.50 an hour. Did COVID play a role in worsening working conditions?

COVID has played a partial role in this – what people need to understand is that we are essential workers too. We cough, sneeze, people argue with us about masks. We had to fight to even have shields in our buses to protect us. We carry people to the hospital, to work, we carry the disease with us. We are more likely to get sick.

We’ve been told throughout the pandemic that we’re essential, but we’re not treated the way we are, we’re not paid the way we are. A good employer cares about their employees, but to the city we are just numbers. Management runs a business, but we workers care about people.

It’s stressful work, you always have to be vigilant, we care about the lives of all our passengers, pedestrians, other drivers and motorcyclists. -It is not easy. We lost 130 workers to attrition this year and only 88 were hired. New workers come in and say “I didn’t sign up for 60 hours a week, I didn’t sign up to be on the road looking for a place with a bathroom, I didn’t sign up to be abused by the public, I didn’t sign up for that.

Low wages and shifting work to fewer and fewer workers are not the recipe for a strong transit system. What else should the public know about your working condition and public transit?

They should know the city keeps breaking our contract. We have to keep fighting them just to respect ourselves. I also want people to understand that your bus driver, your ferry employee, we don’t make the schedule or the routes, we just do what we’re told and we do it in the safest way possible .

The city is growing and doing nothing to make the transit system more efficient. We will probably reach half a million people soon, but we still operate like a small town, we still use a paper transfer system. Our public transportation system is so behind. We live in a very car-centric city. But it’s not hard to imagine how efficient public transit could be in this city.

A strong public transit system can also play a key role in fighting climate change. If the city council does not invest in better public transport and better working conditions for staff, of course more people will refuse to use the public transport system. It just means more cars on the road. How can people support transit workers in their fight for better working conditions and a better transit system?

Contact your councilor and tell him that the public transport service needs to be improved. Every successful city has a good public transit system, and we don’t have one right now. Like all workers, we deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, we deserve better wages and protections, and transit users deserve better too.

Contact your councilor and let them know you support ATU Local 508 – better working conditions for us means better public transit for everyone.

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Pixel 7 Face Unlock Wallet https://chatologica.com/pixel-7-face-unlock-wallet/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 22:24:00 +0000 https://chatologica.com/pixel-7-face-unlock-wallet/ Google begins revealing improvements to Android phones, TVs, watches and other devices as part of October 2022 Google Play system updates, including a fix for using Google Wallet with Face Unlock on the Pixel 7 Whether you’re using an Android phone, smartwatch, TV or tablet, an important part of what makes the experience possible is […]]]>

Google begins revealing improvements to Android phones, TVs, watches and other devices as part of October 2022 Google Play system updates, including a fix for using Google Wallet with Face Unlock on the Pixel 7

Whether you’re using an Android phone, smartwatch, TV or tablet, an important part of what makes the experience possible is the deep integration with Google apps and services. Google Play Services, the Play Store, and Android’s somewhat recent “Google Play System Updates” are all rolled into a collective that the company has dubbed “Google System Updates.”

The easiest way to check if you need to update Google Play Services on your phone is to follow a direct link to the app’s Play Store listing and update it from there, if available. To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then tap “Settings.” In the “About” section, you will see an option to “Update the Play Store”. Meanwhile, Google Play system updates can be found through the Settings app, under About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.

Following the Made by Google event, Android fans received the first information about what’s to come with Google’s October system updates. For now, however, the only notable and non-repetitive part of the patch notes is that Android TV and Google TV will now show a dialog reminding when a system update is yet to be installed. Beyond that, Android TV and Google TV are both getting a few other “bug fixes.”


Update 10/18: The latest batch of information on Google’s October system updates is now available, revealing that the Play Store is set to improve its “search results experience” on phones. Elsewhere in the Play Store, Android TV and Google TV owners will be able to leave a rating/review of an app’s widescreen experience separate from their phone app rating. For example, your Play Store review on the Netflix app for Android TV may be separate from your Netflix review for your phone.

Meanwhile, Wear OS devices are gaining new “network-based location APIs” with the latest Google Play Services update.


Update 10/25: A flaw some have found in the Pixel 7 series (unlike the Pixel 4) is that Google Pay transactions will be declined if your phone was unlocked with your face instead of your fingerprint or PIN/pattern. According to Google’s support page, this issue will be fixed with Google Play Services version 22.43.

Once the update is rolled out, accessing the Wallet widget on your lock screen will open the full Google Wallet app, presumably ensuring you’re fully authenticated to access your contactless payments.

Other updates bring new improvements to your phone’s connection, privacy, and more. Additionally, Android developers are expected to find new machine learning and AI features for their apps.


Google Play system updates for October 2022

Critical fixes

  • [TV] Bug fixes for services related to system management and diagnostics.

Device Connectivity

  • [Wear OS] Enables network-based location APIs on Wear.

Google Play Store

  • New features to help you discover the apps and games you love.
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.
  • Ongoing improvements to Play Protect to protect your device.
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and security, stability, and accessibility improvements.
  • [Phone] Updates to the search results experience to help you discover better apps.
  • [TV] Users can now view and create TV-specific app ratings and reviews from their TV or phone.

Utilities

  • [Phone] Improvements to password autofill suggestion sorting.
  • [Phone] Accessing the wallet from the lock screen will redirect to the Google Wallet home screen on the Pixel 7 (Pro).

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support machine learning and AI-related developer services in their apps.

System management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity, device performance, network usage, privacy, security, stability, and upgradability.
  • [TV] A reminder dialog for pending system updates has been added.

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Keep Your Immune System Strong This Fall – Agweek https://chatologica.com/keep-your-immune-system-strong-this-fall-agweek/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:43:23 +0000 https://chatologica.com/keep-your-immune-system-strong-this-fall-agweek/ “Oh, no,” I thought to myself. I woke up with a stuffy nose and a headache. Julie GardenRobinsonCourtesy/NDSU Extension Service I’ve been on a lot of air travel lately. I heard people in the airport coughing and sneezing. Some people looked like they should be in a hospital. Did the lurking germs they expelled find […]]]>

“Oh, no,” I thought to myself.

I woke up with a stuffy nose and a headache.

Julie GardenRobinson

Courtesy/NDSU Extension Service

I’ve been on a lot of air travel lately. I heard people in the airport coughing and sneezing. Some people looked like they should be in a hospital.

Did the lurking germs they expelled find their way to me? Did I catch a cold, the flu, or something worse along the way?

With all the isolation and social distancing of the past two years, I haven’t had a cold or the flu in a long time. I had my annual flu shot later that week as a precaution.

We had turned on our furnace and the dry air probably caused my problems. I felt better after drinking a hot cup of tea. To be on the safe side, I took it easy that day, drank lots of hot drinks, and let my immune system do its job.

Most of us catch a cold or the flu occasionally. What’s the difference, anyway? I visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for clarification.

The flu is caused by influenza viruses, while the common cold can be caused by rhinoviruses, parainfluenza, and seasonal coronaviruses. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, and this disease is different from the common cold or the flu.

The common cold and flu share some symptoms such as tiredness, sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and sore throat, but the symptoms can be variable. See https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm for more information.

Catching the flu is more serious than catching a cold. Flu symptoms often include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, and sometimes vomiting and/or diarrhea.

The flu can lead to inflammation of the heart, brain and muscles. Serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, can occur after having the flu.

Specific tests are needed to determine if you have the flu or COVID-19.

Fortunately, for us, our body has a variety of disease-fighting cells and organs, including our spleen and bone marrow. Keep your immune system strong by following these tips.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing is considered the most important way to prevent the spread of infections. If you are not near a sink, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as directed.
  • If you have a cold, be sure to cover your cough with your arm, not your hands. Better yet, stay home when you’re sick and recover.
  • Eat a healthy diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables with lean protein, healthy fats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains to round out your plate. Drink lots of water too.
  • Be active at least five days a week, aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • Get plenty of rest. In general, people need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Search online for “NDSU Extension Nourish Your Immune System” for some of the specific nutrients your body needs to defend itself. Protein, vitamin D and antioxidants are some of the essential nutrients.

Soup is a great fall food to enjoy. A steaming bowl of soup can help fight respiratory illnesses. This step-by-step recipe from our “Pinchin’ Pennies in the Kitchen” series lets you use what you have on hand to create a custom soup.

1. Choose a fat.

  • 2 tablespoons canola, sunflower, olive, vegetable (soy) or other oil
  • Heat in a large saucepan on the stove.

2. Rinse and chop a medium onion.

  • Add to pot and cook over medium heat until tender.

3. Choose a broth. Add to pot.

  • 2 cans (16 ounces) chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water plus chicken, beef or vegetable broth or soup base prepared according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • 1 can (16 ounces) crushed or diced tomatoes and 3 cups water
  • 4 cups milk and chicken broth or soup base prepared according to manufacturer’s instructions

4. Choose a protein. Add to pot.

  • 1 pound cooked (or leftover) ground/diced beef, chicken, ham, lean sausage, firm tofu, etc.
  • 1 can (16 ounces) beef, chicken, ham
  • 1 can (16 ounces) beans (pinto, kidney, navy, black, etc.), drained and rinsed

5. Choose a starch. Add to pot.

  • 3 to 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 4 ounces egg noodles, macaroni, pasta (or 1½ cups leftover cooked noodles)
  • ½ cup uncooked rice (or 1½ cup leftover cooked rice)

6. Choose a mix of 2-3 cups of chopped vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned). Add to pot.
7. Choose one or more seasonings, add them to the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

  • 1-2 teaspoons dried herbs (oregano, basil, cumin, chili powder, thyme, rosemary, parsley, etc.)
  • Bay leaf (remove before serving)
  • Chopped garlic
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (add five minutes before serving)

The nutritional content will vary depending on the ingredients used.
Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., RD, LRD, is a food and nutrition specialist at North Dakota State University Extension and a professor in the Department of Health Sciences, nutrition and exercise. Follow her on Twitter @jgardenrobinson.

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