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League Of Legends Targets New Offenses

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The League of Legends Tribunal system has already existed as a tool to weed out toxic and offensive players, but new functionality will test the ability to target one of the major gripes in any given MOBA game – Intentional feeding.

Offenders will be given a 14-day or permanent ban, making this a punishing tool to take on those players that choose to join games, possibly complain about feeding or feed themselves, and then make the game a miserable slog to the surrender mark as they  intentionally die over and over again.

You can check out some behavior that might be flagged as intentional feeding here (even though it was quite unintentional!), and read more about the updated systems here.

Our Take
MOBAS are notorious for negative team interactions causing strife, and as systems to punish offenders get more advanced it’s a good thing for the large communities these free-to-play titles attract. Care will have to be given to prevent the system from punishing new players who may feed unintentionally.

 League Of Legends Targets New Offenses

A Hotline for End-of-Life Care

Imagine you’re at home. Maybe that’s in Florida, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, wherever. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

“My name is Kate. I’m a health care counselor,” the gentle voice says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J..

This is no telemarketing call … it’s about the end of your life.  

Kate Schleicher, 27,  is a licensed clinical social worker, who knows almost as little about you as you do about her. Except she knows your phone number, your insurance provider, and that you are pretty sick.

Schleicher is one of 50 social workers at a company called Vital Decisions. After sending a letter (people rarely respond) counselors essentially cold-call to offer what they describe as “nondirected” end-of-life counseling. The company gave a reporter permission to listen to and record the social workers’ side of some of these calls.

 “When you say that getting better is the most important thing on your mind, what does that look like for you?” Schleicher asks a man in Rhode Island.

“Breathing. Ok,” she repeats back, as he describes what a struggle it has become for him. “I also hear concern from you that I don’t think that’s necessarily going to happen,” Schleicher continues. “Has someone told you that, or is that your own feeling?”

The call lasts about 15 minutes. Schleicher asks if it’s ok to follow up, in a month or so. The hope of this program, she says, is to build a relationship over the phone, so he might be comfortable discussing his situation and his goals. Then he’ll be empowered to communicate those things with others, including his family and his doctors. He could also choose to allow the counselor to talk to his doctors or family directly. It’s paid for by insurers and federal privacy rules permit this for business purposes.  

CEO Mitchell Daitz believes critical conversations about end-of-life care just aren’t happening enough and the company’s goal is to foster them.

“The accepted norm in terms of the role of the individual who’s going through this advanced illness experience is to be passive and be along for the ride, not to take charge, not to take control and ask for help,” says Daitz, adding that navigating care and an individual’s priorities can become increasingly difficult as a disease progresses. “So when you’re faced with a set of choices, that none of which represent a really good choice, you become ambivalent.”

To underscore this reality, here’s a partial transcript of another patient-counselor conversation. In this case, the patient gave permission for a reporter to hear and broadcast his side of the conversation:   

“I have a malignant brain tumor. I’ve been fighting it for over a year now,” the man tells Ariana Noto. “The meds make me dizzy and when I’m that dizzy I can’t drive, I’m trapped in the house, I’m going nuts.”

“That’s a lot. I’m so sorry to hear that,” she responds.

Over the course of minutes the conversation goes from one between complete strangers to one of raw intimacy. The man confides information he may not have told anyone else. His meds make it difficult to function and do simple things like sitting around a table with friends, having a beer.

The two talk about what whether he understands about the effectiveness of his medicine. He’s not sure. They go over what he might want to clarify with his doctor.

“… You can control how much treatment you want and how you want symptoms to be managed as it does get worse,” Noto says.

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Vital Decisions counselor Kate Schleicher speaks to
a terminally ill patient. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

“But I can’t talk that way with my son in the room,” he tells her.

CEO Daitz says jumpstarting unbiased, honest discussions around end-of-life care, early on, could improve the quality of life for patients with advanced illnesses and their families in those final weeks and months together.

Such topics are still sensitive, but Daitz says insurers and patients are more open to addressing this now. The effort to reimburse doctors for these end of life conversations recently made a comeback in Congress.

That’s the thinking behind the company, formed in 2008, and a wave of other similar initiatives. It wasn’t popular at first, says Daitz, recalling the uproar over unsuccessful attempts to add to the health law payments to doctors for advanced-planning and end-of-life conversations and false rumors of “death panels.”

“No one ever accused me of having good timing,” he says.

The goal is for patients to receive care in those final months that aligns with what the patient wants, even if that’s the most aggressive treatment available. But it “turns out when you’re able to have more effective decision making amongst the family and physicians, an individual often has values and priorities” that are met by palliative care instead of more treatment, according to Daitz.

And when these conversations do happen, there’s can be another byproduct: reduced costs. Research is finding that when patients fully understand aggressive care, many choose less of it. By Daitz’ own rough estimate, the company’s services have resulted in about $ 10,000 less in health care spending per patient, “$ 100 million to the health care system in 2014.” 

But some people are wary of the company’s approach. Dr. Lauris Kaldjian, professor of bioethics at the University of Iowa, has concerns about the social worker, patient and family never actually meeting. “Because if you don’t have enough knowledge about what’s actually going on with the patient, it would actually be irresponsible to pretend to have discussion that depends upon such knowledge.” 

End-of-life decisions are hard to keep totally neutral, he says, so that’s why he’d want full transparency from insurers and the company to guard against bias in the sessions.

Dr. Robert Arnold, who heads the palliative care division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says insurers may be well situated to address the communication disconnect, at least while providers work through their own discomfort and improve their skills. He sees companies like Vital Decisions as part of a larger trend.

“Would I prefer that we live in a health care systems where doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and social workers who knew the patient were having these conversations? Yes,” he says. “This is better than what patients have currently been getting.”

Meanwhile, Vital Decisions’ Daitz says he looks forward to the day when these conversations are taking place and his company is no longer needed.


This post appears courtesy of Kaiser Health News.

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Pleasure and pain for new archery talent Lee Woo Seok

The 17-year-old is the latest talent to emerge from the archery superpower of Republic of Korea, and even Brazilian prodigy Marcus Carvalho Lopes Dalmeida could not come close to denting Lee’s dominance of the Youth Olympic tournament.

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But the pleasure of victory was not without a cost. When asked how he had managed such a consistently high standard, Lee let go of the gold medal dangling from his neck and opened his hand to display deep calluses.

“These fingers show. There is a lot of pain,” he said. “To come to Nanjing, I had domestic competitions and it is world class. It is very stressful.”

Lee beat Carvalho Lopes Dalmeida 7-3 in the final of what was his first competition on a 60m range. The seniors shoot 70m.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s 60m or 70m,” added the Korean. “It’s about the target, and the medal and distance does not matter.”

Carvalho Lopes Dalmeida only dropped four points in five sets against Lee and accepted that he had been beaten by the better man. The silver medallist has emerged from World Archery’s development programme ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I didn’t lose that match, the Korean guy was amazing,” reflected the Brazilians. “It is still a dream come true for me to win a medal and now I am looking to Rio [for the Olympic Games in 2016] to win a medal there.”

Both Lee and Carvalho Lopes Dalmeida sliced their way through the opposition in a high-quality contest.

The Brazilian beat Great Britain’s Bradley Denny in the quarter-finals and had to come from behind to overcome India’s Atul Verma in the final four.

“I’m not disappointed by the result, actually I’m pretty pleased,” said Denny. “It’s the best individual result I’ve ever had so to do it at a Youth Olympic Games means I’m quite happy.” Verma recovered from his semi-final defeat to win the bronze medal match 6-4 against Mete Gazoz (TUR).

“This is just the start,” said a delighted Verma. “This was the first Olympic medal in archery won by India and now I want to get a medal at senior level. “I shot well in my semi-final [against Carvalho Lopes Dalmeida] but I had a few problems during the match and I was not lucky enough to win it.”

[via olympic.org]

Glee Season 6 Spoilers: What Brings Rachel Home?

The more things change, the more they stay the same?

FOX has released the official synopsis for Glee Season 6 and it promises a return to the show’s core premise, as Rachel finds herself back in Lima and the New Directions find themselves as underdogs once again.

What brings Lea Michele’s character home? What will Rachel’s Season 6 mission be?

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Catch up on the series prior to its 2015 return when you watch Glee online at TV Fanatic and scroll down for the network description:

After her humiliating failure as a TV actress, New Directions’ original star, RACHEL BERRY, comes home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next. Upon discovering that SUE SYLVESTER has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the glee club.

Meanwhile, BLAINE ANDERSON, SAM EVANS and WILL SCHUESTER have all found surprising new gigs in Ohio. Throughout the season, other alumnae also will return to McKinley.

Just for the (HOT!) heck of it, here are some Lea Michele bikini photos. Enjoy!

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Nice rear end, Lea Michele! The actress happily shows it off in this Instagram picture.

[via thehollywoodgossip]

Iowa Politician Admits To Accepting Illegal Money From Ron Paul Campaign

The end of an ugly 2012 scandal.

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WASHINGTON — A former Iowa state senator has pleaded guilty to hiding money received from Ron Paul's presidential campaign in exchange for ending his support for Michele Bachmann, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

Kent Sorenson was a supporter of Bachmann's campaign in the 2012 primaries. He later switched his allegiance to Paul's campaign, after Paul deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari wrote him a $ 25,000 check, the Associated Press reported. Sorenson eventually received $ 73,000 in payments that were linked to the campaign, an investigator found. Sorenson has now admitted taking the bribes, and pleaded guilty to one count of concealing federal campaign expenditures.

“According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted that he had supported one campaign for the 2012 presidential election, but from October to December 2011, he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $ 73,000,” the Department of Justice wrote in a release on Wednesday. “On Dec. 28, 2011, at a political event in Des Moines, Iowa, Sorenson publicly announced his switch of support and work from one candidate to the other.”

According to the DOJ, the payments came in monthly installments of $ 8,000 each, concealed by paying them out to a film production company before they made it to Sorenson.

The controversy over Sorenson's switching sides and allegations of bribery led to several ugly incidents, including a former Paul staffer secretly recording and releasing a conversation with Paul's 2012 campaign manager.

[source BuzzFeed]

Gold for ‘Sport for Hope Centre’ athlete Sydney Siame

The multi-sport complex in Lusaka, inaugurated in 2010, aims to promote and facilitate access to sports for young athletes and local communities.

The 16-year old won with the impressive time of 10.56sec, just one hundredth of a second ahead of Kenta Oshima (JPN) who took second place. Sydney’s achievement will no doubt prove an inspiration to other young athletes at the Sport for Hope Centre and help encourage more young Zambians to take up sport.

With the emphasis on having a positive impact within the community, Sydney Siame really has embodied what the Sport for Hope Centre set out to achieve.

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Sydney commented “It’s been so long for Zambia to win a medal like this. I think the people at home are very happy.”

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The Sport for Hope Programme aims to provide athletes in developing countries with the opportunities to practice sport and be educated in the values of Olympism. Believing that every individual should have access to sport, the IOC works continuously towards making this vision a reality.

A second Sport for Hope Centre opened a few weeks ago in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Discover the International Olympic Committee’s Sport for Hope Centre in Zambia

 

[via olympic.org]

Forza Horizon 2 Xbox One Demo On The Way

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Forza Horizon 2 takes place in southern Europe, and you can get your first taste of the game's new surroundings in a demo for Xbox One next month.

The Xbox One demo hits on September 16, and Microsoft has also announced the full list of the game's achievements.

For more on the Forza Horizon 2, take a look at this quick video tour with me, Jeff Cork, and the game's community manager, Brian Ekberg.

The game comes out for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 30. Microsoft has not announced whether there will also be a demo for the Xbox 360 version.

 Forza Horizon 2 Xbox One Demo On The Way