‘Russia Wi Seh’ The public is being reminded that tickets for Jamaica’s start in the 2018 World Cup Journey, ‘RUSSIA WI SEH’, are now on sale at outlets right across the island. Ticket prices are Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500 and Bleachers $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight today, or until stocks last within the period. The Jamaica Football Federation is encouraging patrons to buy tickets very early and attend the match early on Friday, September 4. Match time is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Overseas-based members of the Reggae Boyz squad began arriving in the island on Sunday, with Darren Mattocks, Je-Vaughn Watson and Demar Phillips. The Nicaraguan team arrived yesterday evening. Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Captain’s Bakery (all locations), Richie B’s Liquor Centre (Mary Brown’s Corner). JustBet plugs into World Championships sales With Jamaica finishing second after accumulating 12 medals – 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze – JustBet bettors are not the only ones to win in sports betting. Since the release of top betting odds in the market for the IAAF World Championships, JustBet terminal operators have been turning up sales. Additionally, bettors have been rolling in to place their wagers on The Barclays English Premier League, La Liga, and other sporting events, as JustBet continues to offer the most competitive odds. There are more than 200 JustBet agents islandwide, all increasing their sales targets and far exceeding earnings from the previous year. For their exemplary efforts, Supreme Ventures Limited, through its JustBet sports betting brand, is rewarding the terminal operators with various prizes. Operators are being given the opportunity to win attractive cash prizes, back-to-school vouchers, utility vouchers, grocery vouchers, mobile credit vouchers, etc. There are also two top monthly rewards that will be given to the JustBet operators who have shown the most significant increases in sales. “We have always encouraged our agents to adopt marketing strategies that will allow them to earn more revenue and ensure the success of their business,” said Karetha Wilson, customer relations manager, JustBet. She added: “The agents and terminal operators who continue to excel at growing their business are rewarded for their efforts. We want our agents to know that it pays to play with JustBet, so get on board with us. JustBet continues to guarantee the fastest payout of winnings to its players and offers very competitive odds on a wide range of sporting events.” National Self-Serve top Clarendon Business House football KINGSTON: National Self-Serve Wholesale defeated Island Farm Supplies 3-1 in the final of the Clarendon Football Association/Tait’s Pharmacy/Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Six-A-Side Football competition at Bushy Park on Sunday. A double strike from Tevin Dias and one goal from Lloyd Salmon earned the champions a come-from-behind victory, after Tevin Powell’s headed goal gave Island Farm a deserved half-time lead In the curtain-raiser, National Water Commission beat Young’s Limited 4-2 in the play-off for third. Dias was selected Most Valuable Player of the 10-team competition, while Young’s Limited were rewarded for being the most disciplined team. Michael McLaren, head of Tait’s Pharmacy, said it was important to revitalise the competition, which was dormant for the last two years. After receiving a special award for more than 30 years of service to business house football in the parish, McLaren said the programme forms part of the company’s corporate responsibility to the communities in Clarendon. McLaren was also lauded by Michael Ricketts, president of the Clarendon FA and Andrew Hancel, who is the media relations officer at the government-run INSPORTS. Everton’s Gibson in drunk-driving crash MANCHESTER, England (AP): A Premier League footballer must serve a 12-month community order and has been banned from driving for 20 months after driving into three cyclists when over the legal alcohol limit and failing to report the crash. Darron Gibson, the former Manchester United midfielder who now plays for Everton, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident had occurred on August 16. The 27-year-old Gibson’s car mounted a pavement and struck three men who had stopped at the roadside to fix a broken bicycle chain. Gibson drove off and then pulled into a gas station where he collided with a petrol pump. Gibson must pay a total of about £6,000 ($9,200) in damages, compensation and costs.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Associated Press (AP) Correspondent Jonathan Paye Layleh, who fled the country nearly a month ago, following an outburst against him by President George Manneh Weah, returned to the country last Sunday.Paye Layleh became shocked at President Weah’s response when, during a press stake out with United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, Jonathan asked the Liberian leader whether he would establish a war crimes tribunal. President Weah, to everyone’s surprise, in the presence of his guest, Deputy SG Mohammed, told Jonathan that he had been “against” him (Weah).“You were one person who was against me when I was advocating for peace and human rights in the country,” the President told Paye-Layleh. Such a bold, direct accusatory remark against a journalist in the presence of a top UN official was, in Jonathan’s perception, beyond threatening. He immediately wrote to the President seeking clarification, but got no response. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan left the country and later surfaced in New York City.The President’s remark against Jonathan took the entire Liberian and the international media, too, by complete surprise. In Liberia, no journalist could afford to take this lightly. As we used to say in the 1980s, during the regime of military dictator Samuel K. Doe, when the entire Liberian media lay under siege, “If they come for you in the evening, they’re coming for me in the morning.”We all learned during that period that under such a dangerously repressive regime, no one could take anything for granted. Jonathan clearly wasn’t taking lightly this totally unexpected encounter with Liberia’s most powerful person, the President of the republic. So Jonathan immediately fled the country.But the Daily Observer newspaper, where as a typesetter, he learned the craft of journalism, immediately published an Editorial urging Jonathan to return home, contending that he had “nothing to fear but fear itself,” quoting American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.President Weah, meanwhile, invited the Liberian media to a conversation at the Executive Mansion. It was a free and frank exchange, when many journalists, including President Charles Coffey of the Press Union of Liberia and the nation’s oldest practicing journalist, Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best, told President Weah in no uncertain terms that he should welcome Jonathan back home to reassure the Liberian media that they are NOT under siege.The President responded forthrightly by stating that he had nothing against Jonathan Paye Layleh or the Liberian media. “The BBC Correspondent asked me a critical question and I gave him a critical answer,” President Weah noted, then proceeded to recall his personal relations with several Liberian journalists, including Paye Layleh. Weah said he had shared with many of them his hospitality in Liberia and Ghana, some of whom he had even given lots of money.And though the President maintained that he had evidence that Jonathan had been undermining his (Weah’s) efforts, he encouraged the BBC Correspondent to return home without fear. We strongly believe that Jonathan’s return gives the President an opportunity to kick-start Liberia’s reconciliation process. First, he should invite Jonathan for a conversation to make peace and reassure him and the two organizations with whom he is associated — BBC and AP — that all is well.We think it is important to begin with the media because it is we who have the responsibility to publicize and promote any reconciliatory initiatives the President makes. Heaven knows that this deeply divided nation needs to be reconciled.The past administration downplayed reconciliation first by ignoring the Report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and by failing to organize a single “town hall” meeting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promised. As the public noticed on page 11 of the Daily Observer last Tuesday, the families of the 13 top officials executed by Samuel Doe’s People’s Redemption Council (PRC) are still hurting, longing for some kind of national gesture to console and reconcile them.There are also the relatives of the brutally murdered ELBC/TV broadcaster Charles Gbenyon and eminent Liberian artist R. Vanjah Richards, the over 600 persons hacked to death in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 14th Street, Monrovia on July 29, 1990 by President Samuel Doe and his henchmen; the truckloads of holy innocent children from Nimba County and elsewhere who, en route to the Children’s Village in Congo Town, Monrovia disappeared in 1990, some say buried alive on the beach in Schiefflin on orders of Samuel Doe; the massacres on Du Port Road, Paynesville and in Firestone and the murder of the five Roman Catholic nuns in Gardinersville, all on orders of Charles Taylor; the murder of pop singer Tecumsay Roberts, banker Phillip Bowen, Forester Melvin Thornes, Samuel Doe and his fellow PRC members eliminated at the Free Port of Monrovia and elsewhere and so many others on the orders of General Prince Y. Johnson; the elimination of Jackson Fiah Doe, Samuel Dokie and his family and thousands of others on orders of Charles G. Taylor and his henchmen.The list goes on. President George Weah was elected, among other reasons, to reconcile Liberia, to end poverty in the country and to jumpstart national development. Reconciliation is first on the national agenda, and it should begin with Jonathan Paye Layleh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-14-17No change in our pattern this morning. We still see 3 systems moving through Ohio over the coming 10 days. The map below shows cumulative rain potential through those 3 systems. We do expect today to be better than yesterday, as we should have better potential for sunshine. High pressure is moving off to the east, and south winds will allow clouds to break up.A front moves into the area tomorrow and brings some minor rains with it. The arrival is tomorrow afternoon and action goes up to midnight tomorrow night. We are keeping our rain totals at a few hundredths to .4” over 70% of the state. The rains look light and gentle.A slight pause brings dry weather for Thursday, but clouds likely hold on thanks to colder air pushing in. Our next system is moving a little faster, and may start to bring rains as soon as Friday late afternoon. This faster arrival is part of the reason we are thinking clouds may dim the sun again for at least part of Thursday. Rains continue for Friday overnight and most of Saturday. We may see some action last past midnight Saturday night but it still should be well east of the state by Sunday morning. The threat of thunderstorms does not look as strong this morning, thanks to less heating and instability. Still, we are looking for some fairly good rain totals over time. From Friday midday through sunset Saturday we still look for .25”-.75” over 90% of the state.The weekend system arriving a little sooner means we are drier a bit sooner as well. We stay dry for Sunday and Monday, but think that we have a better chance for sun by Sunday midday. High pressure will move through, and colder air will be here. The winds to not look as strong for Sunday, but can still be brisk.Moisture is back for next Tuesday as another quick moving system comes in from the west and southwest. Rain totals are not overly impressive, but can give us a few hundredths to as much as .3” over 70% of the state. This system will be more looked at for the air mass it leads in. We expect a nice push of cold, Canadian air to move into the region for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Temps likely move to below normal levels at midweek and stay there through the holiday weekend.In the extended period, we are starting to trend just a little drier on the whole, mostly due to the cold Canadian air that wants to camp over the eastern US. The upper level high steers most systems by to the north or erodes the small moisture content that tries to nose in. At this point, we will keep an eye out for a few flurries around the 24th into the 25th, but those are not likely a big story. We may have to talk about a chance of some lake effect snow in northern parts of the state, with strong winds coming across Lake Erie for Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news It’s the machine-to-machine communication that makes this most significant. In many respects it’s a reminder of how far we have come since the first versions of RSS became such an integral part of the Web. RSS, Atom and other syndication technologies have shown us how the Web can be programmed for machines to communicate, trigger events and provide us with information and insights for our daily work.It’s that connection which makes annotations powerful. Apps can be connected by providing, to use a metaphor, an invisible thread that finds the event and pulls it to the surface.But is this new? It’s similar to Salesforce.com’s activity stream that surfaces events from the Force.com platform. It’s also similar to Socialcast, which pulls in updates from legacy applications into an activity stream.The annotations that Socialtext is adopting is part of a deeper effort to build on the work done in recent years to preserve what many call the open Web. The Socialtext news is also a sign that the enterprise is advancing faster with activity streams than their consumer counterparts.Today, the Web is transforming in a way that requires machines to better communicate. This is especially true in the enterprise where the Web is the network that operates both internally and externally to systems of multiple varieties, such as wireless networks and fast emerging smart systems. One trillion sensors will emerge in the next five years on everything from smart meters to heart devices. That means the Web becomes just a part of the Internet, serving as a system to connect other systems.Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield says activity streams are quickly evolving into application streams. As more software emerges so will be the need to connect machines to trigger events. People will be notified through this complex network. Socialtext Connect will provide the ability for events from these systems to be passed as a message that people or machines can subscribe to and follow. An application could subscribe to another application that triggers an event such as a reminder to a system to replenish an inventory system.These “app bots,” as Mayfield calls them, serve as an environment for messaging.Michael Cote, an analyst with Red Monk, made the point in conversation that there is this new interest in messaging services. Annotations fit that bill to some extent. Is middleware the new hot stuff? It is starting to seem that way as the need continues for that special glue that can connect all aspects of the dynamic supply chain. alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Socailtext is adopting Twitter annotations for a new service it is calling Socailtext Connect. The service is a method for connecting legacy apps by surfacing events that appear in an activity stream.The service, now in beta, uses the work done on the Twitter annotations spec to create a social layer that makes events in systems readable both by machines and human. The connector serves as a bridge between an on-premise or cloud-based enterprise application.
National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENT
DONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has AGREED to a pre-contract with Juventus, it has been claimed.Sportmediaset says he is preparing to head to Italy after penning a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.And Ramsey, 28, will pocket £145,000-a-week at Juventus.A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for the popular ace.However, it now looks certain that Ramsey will be lining-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady next season.He has made over 300 appearances for the North London side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Hamburg-based shipping company United Product Tankers (UPT) informed that its UPT Handy Pool Fleet has been expanded with two tankers. Namely, Sea World Management from Monaco has added two Handysize vessels to the UPT-managed fleet.The MR1 ships in question are the 36,000 dwt Aston I and the 40,050 dwt Duke I.The Monaco-flagged Aston I was built at South Korean Daedong shipyard in 2001 and the Panama-flagged Duke I at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in 2002.As explained, Aston I is joining the UPT Pool within August, while Duke I will start trading in the company’s fleet after the completion of its present employment.The fleet entrusted to UPT comprises double hull product tankers between 33,000 and 75,000 dwt.
A long drive, deep over the outfield wall … without a boost from performance-enhancing drugs.It’s an old-time ideal that Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has played out over and over again. Earlier this week, he smashed two home runs, closing in on a relatively exclusive honor: membership in the 400 home run club. (Beltre needs one more dinger to become a card-carrying member.)In our view, and according to advanced stats, Beltre should be a Hall of Famer someday. But we worry that he won’t be because his conventional stats lack that Cooperstown shine.Why do we think Beltre should be enshrined alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Bill Mazeroski (more on him in a minute)? Beltre is a rarity — a player who excels at both offense and defense. And in both cases, that excellence is best illustrated using sabermetric measurements.1His offensive bona fides are also clear from such traditional statistics as home runs, of course. Among third basemen, Beltre, with his nearly 400 long balls, ranks fifth all-time; three of the four ahead of him are either already in Cooperstown or are locks to make it someday (Chipper Jones).For instance, in terms of per-plate appearance rates, Beltre ranks in the 80th percentile of his peers2Qualified hitters (according to Fangraphs’ leaderboard) who played between 1998 and 2015. in isolated power, the 70th percentile in contact rate, the 50th percentile in speed and the 82nd percentile as an overall hitter. (His only real offensive weakness is a 27th-percentile walk rate.) And those are just the rate statistics; Beltre’s durability has also seen him notch the second-most at-bats of any active player and the 53rd-most of any player ever.That longevity is a big reason why Beltre ranks ninth all-time in offensive wins above replacement (oWAR) among third basemen. Only one non-Hall of Famer, the easily forgettable Toby Harrah, ranks higher, and Beltre should pass him (plus Home Run Baker) this season, assuming that Beltre’s 2015 oWAR resembles his yearly output over the past five seasons. In fact, based on projections from Baseball Prospectus, there’s a good chance that the only players ahead of Beltre in oWAR by the end of his career will be offensive juggernauts Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews and Mike Schmidt.And defensively, Beltre’s advanced numbers are among the best ever. Per defensive WAR (dWAR) and defensive runs saved above average (DRAA),3Defense is harder to measure than offense, and traditional measurements have a way of propping up horrible defenders (see Jeter, Derek). But advanced statistics such as dWAR and DRAA (which is based on video-tracking data for recent seasons and estimated “zone ratings” for years before that) seem to capture defensive skill well. All modern players in the top 10 for DRAA have won at least one Gold Glove, and all but two have won at least four. Beltre is the second-best defensive third baseman in baseball history. Only Brooks Robinson, whom Reds manager Sparky Anderson had nightmares about after Robinson’s unforgettable defensive performance in the 1970 World Series, ranks better. According to dWAR, only 19 other players (across all positions) in baseball history were more valuable defensively than Beltre has been.The defender most like Beltre at this point is Mazeroski, who made it to the Hall almost entirely on his defense. Beltre, by contrast, combines Mazeroski-like defense with vastly superior offensive stats and greater durability.Yet, we worry about Beltre’s fate because his traditional measurements lag behind his advanced ones. The case against Beltre starts by saying that his nearly 400 home runs may be somewhat devalued by the steroid era — more than half of the club’s 51 members hit the majority of their home runs in the 1990s or 2000s — even if Beltre has never been implicated for steroid use. And Beltre’s other impressive credentials (four Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and four All-Star Game nods) are good, but not great. Eric Chavez, for example, will only see Cooperstown as a visitor, but he won six Gold Gloves at third base. In addition, Beltre is unlikely to hit above .290 for his career or win a most valuable player award, and he has never won a World Series (only playing in a single Fall Classic).Simply put, Beltre’s conventional résumé falls short of Cooperstown’s traditional benchmarks. While there is no generally accepted baseball equivalent of Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame probability metric, Bill James developed a few good ways to gauge a player’s traditional statistical portfolio: the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. Together, those metrics measure how well a player met certain (admittedly arbitrary) benchmarks that, historically speaking, are strongly correlated with Hall of Fame induction.In the “Ink” tests — which measure how often a player led the league and finished among the top 10 in important statistical categories — Beltre sits well behind the typical Hall member. He does fare somewhat better in the other, benchmark-based calculations (though he still ranks below average in both the Standards and Monitor tests), and at just 36 years old, Beltre still has time to add to his totals. But overall, he may not even have a coin flip’s chance at the Hall of Fame, according to traditional gauges. A logistic regression between the James metrics and Hall of Fame enshrinement for the eligible players on Baseball-Reference.com’s leaderboards4With additional variables for a player’s era and whether a player was publicly linked to steroids. would assign Beltre a mere 18 percent chance of induction if he retired today.But our hope is that Hall of Fame voters are slowly moving past the older considerations. If they look instead at Beltre’s advanced numbers, they’ll see a Hall of Fame worthy outlier. Look at the Jaffe WAR Score system, or JAWS.5For those curious, the eponym behind the number is Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. Built on the foundation of WAR, JAWS attempts to strike a balance between players who compiled value over a long period of time (think Paul Molitor, whose JAWS was 57.5) and those who burned brightly for a shorter span of seasons (think Jackie Robinson, whose JAWS was 56.8). And the difference between Beltre’s actual JAWS and what we’d predict from his conventional credentials6As measured by a regression using the James metrics. is stark.Beltre is one of only 10 non-Hall of Famers7Among either eligible players who were not elected or those ineligible for induction. in major league history to produce a JAWS rating above that of the average Hall of Famer, despite a predicted JAWS below the average Hall of Famer.8Predicted JAWS is designed so that its average equals the average JAWS.How can there be such a big difference? It’s partly because predicted JAWS doesn’t take into account defense (because it’s using conventional stats) and actual JAWS does. As we noted previously, defense is very hard to measure in a conventional sense. That’s especially the case at third base, where people can’t even agree on the best skill set for the position. It used to be impossible to say what exactly a player’s defensive range was, for instance. That’s why James’s metrics don’t make much of an attempt at incorporating defense, with the exception of taking into account a player’s position and where it sits on the defensive spectrum.But now we can understand how valuable Beltre is defensively. And we know that his mixture of offensive and defensive production for a third baseman is very rare.The question left is whether Hall of Fame voters will see things that way, conventions be damned.
End-of-life dreams and visions (ELDVs) are an intrinsic and comforting part of the dying process, new research has found.“These dreams and visions may improve quality of life and should be treated accordingly,” says James Donnelly, associate professor of counselling and human services at Canisius College in New York.The 66 patients in the study were receiving end-of-life care at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Cheektowaga, New York. Donnelly and his colleagues interviewed the patients daily about the content, frequency and comfort level of their ELDVs. The researchers found that “the most common dreams and visions were of deceased relatives or friends.” Dreams and visions about the deceased were “significantly more comforting” to patients than other kinds of ELDVs, and became more frequent as the person approached death. “This study demonstrates that ELDVs are commonly experienced and characterised by a consistent pattern of realism and emotional significance,” Donnelly said.The study noted that some medical professionals tend to discount pre-death dreams and visions. “If they are seen as delusions or hallucinations, they are treated as problems to be controlled,” Donnelly pointed out. But there is an important distinction between ELDVs and delirium. “During a delirium state, the person has lost their connection to reality and ability to communicate rationally. Delirium is distressing and dangerous, and must be treated medically,” the study said.“In contrast, our study shows that ELDVs are typically comforting, realistic and often very meaningful, highlighting a critical difference,” the researchers noted.The study appeared in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has launched a new MaxBox package and renamed its existing packages MiniBox and SuperBox, adding more channels.MiniBox now offers 78 channels, 13 more than the old basic digital package, including six HD service for PLN49 (€12). SuperBox now includes 108 channels, as opposed to 95 in the previous Comfort package, including nin HD services for PLN59.The all-new MaxBox package comprises 127 channels including 13 HD channels and a range of kids, movie, TV and sports services for PLN69. A full multi-play package of MaxBox with DVR, internet and telephony will cost PLN120.Basic, Family and Comfort packages will continue to be made available to analogue customers.