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Xbox Series X stock drought to continue ‘until second half of 2022’

Xbox Series X stock drought to continue 'until second half of 2022'

IT’S been almost a year since the Xbox Series X first launched, but the powerful Microsoft console is still hard to come by. In a new update though Xbox fans have found out when the great Xbox Series X stock drought could all be over – unfortunately there could still be plenty more months ahead of scarce stock.

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Parkinson’s disease: The foods that can slash your risk of the disease by half

Parkinson’s disease: The foods that can slash your risk of the disease by half

PARKINSON’S disease is a degenerative illness characterised by restricted movement and tremors. Studies suggest the condition is caused by cells undergoing oxidative stress – a mechanism resulting from a bad diet. Some foods have been shown to reduce the risk of symptoms by half.Parkinson’s disease: The foods that can slash your risk of the disease by half

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Half of Unvaccinated in US Unconcerned About Delta Variant: Poll

Half of Unvaccinated in US Unconcerned About Delta Variant: Poll

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

About half of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Americans aren’t concerned about the contagious Delta variant, according to a new CBS/YouGov poll.

Among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, 48% said they were “personally concerned” about the Delta variant, as compared with 72% of fully vaccinated people who said they were concerned.

Public health officials have voiced warnings in recent weeks about the rapid spread of the Delta variant, especially in locations with low vaccination rates.

“I am worried about what is to come because we are seeing increasing cases among the unvaccinated in particular,” Vivek Murthy, MD, the U.S. surgeon general, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“And while, if you are vaccinated, you are very well protected against hospitalization and death, unfortunately, that is not true if you are not vaccinated,” he added.

About 68% of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the latest CDC tally updated on Sunday. About 59% are considered fully vaccinated.

The CBS/YouGov poll found that 53% of unvaccinated Americans said they wouldn’t get a shot due to potential side effects. About 50% said they don’t trust the U.S. government, and 45% said they don’t trust the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, 74% of the unvaccinated group said they’d still reject a COVID-19 vaccine, even if their own doctor recommended it. Conducted between July 14-17, the poll included more than 2,200 U.S. adults.

More than 186 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, and 161 million are fully vaccinated. A remaining 90 million eligible people have yet to receive a shot, according to Newsweek.

About 99.5% of current COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are occurring in unvaccinated patients, Murthy said Sunday.

“That’s why it is so important that we take every measure possible to make sure people have the information they need about the vaccine, to make sure they have access to the vaccine and to help them get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said. “It is our fastest, most effective way out of this pandemic.”


CBS News: “Biden nets positive marks for handling pandemic, but vaccine resistance, Delta concern remains — CBS News poll.”

CNN: “State of the Union, July 18, 2021.”

CDC: “COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States.”

Newsweek: “Over Half of Unvaccinated Americans Say They’re Not Concerned About Delta Variant: Poll.”

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This post originally posted here Medscape Medical News

Switch Was The Best-Selling Console In The US For The First Half Of 2021

Nintendo Switch© Nintendo Life

The June 2021 NPD report has just been published, and as well as detailing figures for the month, it also sums up US gaming sales performance for the first six months of 2021.

Despite the arrival of the Xbox Series X (and S) and Sony PlayStation 4, the Switch was the best-selling games platform in the United States for the first half of the year – in terms of both unit sales and total dollar sales. In the first half of 2021, consumer spending reached a total of $ 28.9 billion, which marks a 15% increase compared to the first six months of 2020.

The month of June did deliver one surprise, though, with the Xbox Series X and S being the best-selling hardware platform in terms of dollar sales – however, when it comes to units sold, Switch remained in top spot. It’s also worth noting that the PlayStation 5 remains the fastest unit-selling console hardware platform in US history, based on lifetime sales after 8 months on sale (this excludes portables).

The month of June saw video game hardware dollar sales leap by 112% year-on-year, hitting a total of $ 401M – according to NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, this is the highest total achieved in a June month since 2008 ($ 617M).

In terms of software, Sony’s PS5 exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was June’s best-selling game in the all-formats chart, while Mario Golf: Super Rush had to settle for 3rd place – even so, launch month dollar sales were the highest ever achieved by a Mario Golf game, beating the total set by 2003’s GameCube outing, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe held onto 7th place in the June software sales chart, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons dropped from 9th to 11th place. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, on the other hand, rose one position from 14th to 13th. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury dropped two places from 13th to 15th, while Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokémon Sword & Shield found themselves in 18th and 19th places respectively.

For the Nintendo sales chart – that’s just games sold on Nintendo platforms – the entire top ten for June was comprised of Nintendo-published titles. The only third-party offering was Minecraft in 10th place, which is published by Nintendo on Switch.

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This post originally posted here Nintendo Life | Latest News

This High-Grade Nintendo World Championships Cartridge Could Fetch Over Half A Million Dollars

Was previously traded for a mint Tom Brady card worth $ 556,000.

If you’re a regular reader of the site then you’ll be aware of the significance of the Nintendo World Championships cartridges. These were carts issued at the famous 1990 event which boasted unique challenges for participants to test their skills on.

They were never intended to make their way into the hands of the public and were supposed to be either destroyed or recycled, but under 100 carts made it into the wild, and some of these have been changing hands for high prices for the past few now. Last year, one was found in an attic, while back in 2014, a rare gold cartridge (which admittedly lacked a label) sold for $ 100,000. In the same year, another cart sold for just under that amount, again in a rather poor condition.

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Derek Chauvin Receives 22 and a Half Years for Murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin Receives 22 and a Half Years for Murder of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, was sentenced on Friday to 22 and a half years in prison, bringing a measure of closure to a case that set off waves of protest across the nation over police abuse of Black people.

The sentence, delivered by Judge Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County District Court, came more than a year after a widely shared cellphone video captured Mr. Chauvin pressing his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd for more than nine minutes along a Minneapolis street. Earlier this year, Mr. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, and the sentence followed emotional statements in court Friday by members of Mr. Floyd’s family as well as by Mr. Chauvin’s mother.

Mr. Chauvin, who spoke only briefly during the hearing on Friday, offering condolences to the Floyd family, has been behind bars since his trial, which ended in April. The judge said Mr. Chauvin would be credited with 199 days already served toward his sentence. Officials said he was being kept in solitary confinement for his own safety.

Before the sentencing hearing, Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, had pressed the court for leniency, asking for probation and time served. Mr. Nelson wrote in a memorandum that Mr. Chauvin had not known that he was committing a crime when he tried to arrest Mr. Floyd on a report that he had tried to use a fake $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes. Mr. Nelson also argued that placing Mr. Chauvin in prison would make him a target of other inmates.

In seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Mr. Chauvin, prosecutors had argued that the former officer’s actions had “traumatized Mr. Floyd’s family, the bystanders who watched Mr. Floyd die, and the community. And his conduct shocked the nation’s conscience.”

The killing of Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, by Mr. Chauvin, 45, who is white, led to a national reckoning over racial injustice in almost every aspect of American life. Calls emerged around the country to defund police budgets, remove statues of historical figures tied to racism and diversify predominantly white corporate boards.

The maximum sentence allowed under Minnesota law for second-degree murder, the most serious charge Mr. Chauvin was convicted of, is 40 years. Under Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines, though, a presumptive sentence for someone like Mr. Chauvin with no criminal history is 12.5 years. The jury, which deliberated for just over 10 hours following a six week trial, also convicted Mr. Chauvin of third-degree murder and manslaughter.

In recent weeks, Judge Cahill had ruled that four so-called “aggravating factors” applied to the case, raising the prospect of a harsher sentence. The judge found that Mr. Chauvin acted with particular cruelty; acted with the participation of three other individuals, who were fellow officers; abused his position of authority; and committed his crime in the presence of children, who witnessed the killing on a Minneapolis street corner on May 25, 2020.

Mr. Chauvin’s conviction was a rare rebuke by the criminal justice system against a police officer who killed someone while on duty. Officers are often given wide latitude to use force, and juries have historically been reluctant to second guess them, especially when they make split-second decisions under dangerous circumstances.

Mr. Chauvin is one of 11 police officers who have been convicted of murder for on-duty killings since 2005, according to research conducted by Philip M. Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University. The lightest sentence has been just less than seven years in prison, while the harshest was 40 years. The average sentence has been 21.7 years.

Mr. Chauvin’s sentencing on Friday, while a significant milestone, does not end the legal proceedings concerning Mr. Floyd’s death. Mr. Chauvin still faces criminal charges in federal court, where he is accused of violating Mr. Floyd’s constitutional rights. And three other police officers face a state trial, scheduled for March, on charges of aiding and abetting. Those officers, too, were indicted by a federal grand jury as well.

Author: Tim Arango
This post originally appeared on NYT > Top Stories