Enjoying the high life, up on the roof in Tel Aviv

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Ana Ashury, a mixed-media artist, stores away her artwork on her rooftop in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, November 19, 2017. While she works as a video artist most of her time, Ana has recently started to use her rooftop work space as a workshop for collage creations.


Le smartphone? France has another term in mind

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Even French President Emmanuel Macron checks his 'mobile multifonction'. Smartphones may have become ubiquitous in France, but the country's language mavens hope there's still time to keep the word from becoming ensconced in everyday speech. The Enrichment Commission for the French Language has come up with what it considers a more suitable expression: "le mobile multifonction", or the multifunction cellphone. It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but it fits with the commission's remit: Keep foreign words out of French. The ruling was published in France's official journal on Friday, meaning that government texts will have to use the new term. It annuls and replaces "terminal de poche", required -- in theory at least -- since 2009. A 'mobile multifonction' also comes in handy to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower. The commission, which works hand in hand with the language guardians at the Academie Francaise, also advised "reseau dorsal" for backbone network and "fibronique" for fiber optics.

Car flies, crashes into 1st floor

It looked like a scene straight out of a Hollywood action flick with a car half-stuck into the first floor of a building. But these images were taken by the Santa Ana, California fire department after a white sedan hit a centre divider and went flying right into a dental clinic in the building across the road.

The accident took place on Sunday in Southern California, according to reports in NDTV. apt. Stephen Horner, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority, said they received a call about a crash around 5. 30am, adding, the car was travelling at a high speed when it hit the concrete median.

Officials stated the impact sent the car into the air and it landed into the small office building post which a minor fire was immediately extinguished.

There were two people in the car and one managed to get out while the other was trapped for over an hour until authorities arrived at the scene. The two sustained minor injuries in the accident. Fire officials had to use a crane to pull the vehicle out of the building.


Disease in diagnosis

Disease in diagnosis

The quality of medical care in the port city is getting a bad name in recent times, leading to immense patient sufferings. And the diagnostic centres are partly to blame.

Healthcare is characterised by the treatment of the patient by taking into account the clinical reports, rather than just the symptoms of a disease. Getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect as it helps doctors decide on subsequent steps.

Bakteyar Hossen Saimon from Noapara village of Raozan upazila in Chittagong thought the worst was behind after his mother's gall bladder removal at Delta Hospital in Chittagong in the first week of June.

But a few days after the procedure, a diagnostic report showed the presence of malignancy (adenocarcinoma) that had spread and that she would require chemotherapy to heal.

We were absolutely devastated by the news. Thinking about what to do next, I decided to go to Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore, India for a second opinion.

Zipping through the visa procedure, they flew out the very next week. To our surprise, the medical report of the Department of Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery of CMC showed no evidence of cancer.

Mitu Chakraborty, 42, a resident of Akbar Shah in Chittagong, shares a similar narrative. She had heard of varying blood work results from her acquaintances before and so she gave blood samples at Popular Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science on September 5.

Her confusion knew no bounds when she got two diverse results – the report of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science showed her thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level at 3. 9 and Popular Diagnostic at 12. 72.

Three days later, she gave a blood sample at Sensive Diagnostic, and the result showed her TSH at 7. 44.

The head mistress at South Mosjiddha Government Primary School of Sitakunda Upazila is now apprehensive about further tests in the port city and has decided to go abroad for treatment as well.

In another incident, Farid Ahmed, a resident of Changragona union of Rangunia Upazila, said his wife was diagnosed with a tumour in her gall bladder through assessment at the Centre for Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound in the first week of March 2016.

My wife broke down in tears at the doctor's chambers after hearing the test results. However, a second assessment just after three days at Metro Diagnostic Centre showed no tumour.

We are now even more uncertain of what to do next.

One of the factors behind misdiagnosis could be the use of expired reagents in carrying out the tests, Chittagong Civil Surgeon Abdul Aziz Siddiqi told The Daily Star. A reagent is a substance or mixture that is used for chemical analysis or other reactions at laboratories.

RAB frequently conducts drives into these labs and fines them for using expired reagents. But the labs just pay the fines and its business as usual, added Siddiqi.

We formed a three member probe body to examine into the varying test results of Mitu Chakraborty and will take steps accordingly.

On why diagnostic reports vary at different centres, Dr Zillur Rahman, head of the pathology department of Chittagong Medical College, said test results may vary depending on the method, quality of reagents, skills of the technicians and the way the reagents are being preserved.

Hospitals and labs get frequent deliveries of fresh reagents, but some dishonest technicians make do with expired and diluted reagents and sell the new reagents outside, he added.

Many a labs may even procure low quality materials for diagnosis, as those are cheaper. And lastly, the skills of the technicians in conducting the tests and preserving the reagents is a determining factor as well,” he said.

What do the diagnostic centres have to say?

Abu Masud Hanif, assistant manager of Popular Diagnostic Centre, defended their report when Chakraborty returned to confront them about her TSH level, accompanied by journalists. We diagnosed her again and found the same result as before. We can say that our report is one hundred percent right.

Dr Tapan Poddar, in-charge of the pathology department at Delta Hospital, said a number of patients do not follow the right procedures before going through the medical tests. Sometimes, patients come in after having a meal, while he or she was asked to take the test in a fasted state. This makes it difficult to make the right diagnosis.

On the case of Mitu Chakraborty, Dr Moinul Islam Mahmud, director of Sensive Diagnostic Centre, said the Civil Surgeon Office formed a committee to look into the reports.

As the matter is under investigation, I prefer to not make a comment. The findings will reveal everything. But I can say that we use the best equipment and use cutting edge technology to ensure accurate readings.

The committee found no irregularities while investigating Popular Diagnostic Centre and Sensive Diagnostic Centre, sources said. It was still probing Institute of Nuclear Medicine.

Robiul Haque, director of Institute of Nuclear Medicine, could not be reached over the phone despite several attempts.


Bangladesh finds new natural gas reserve

Bangladesh finds new natural gas reserve

A total of 600 billion cubic feet of gas (CFT) has been found in Bheduria union, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam told reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat today.

It would be the 27th gas reserve in the country. In Bhola, this would contribute to the total 1. 5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) gas that it holds, the cabinet secretary said without specifying any further.

The news comes at a time when households are complaining of dwindling gas supplies and businesses doing the same. However, LNG import is expected to start off this year which might drive gas prices further up for commercial and domestic use.


Rahul bans use of 'Hindu extremists'

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked party leaders not to use words like "Hindu extremists" and "terrorists" for the BJP and RSS in poll-bound Karnataka.

Rahul Gandhi's advice came days after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah calling the BJP and RSS "terrorists".

In a meeting with the top brass of the party’s Karnataka unit yesterday, Rahul Gandhi prohibited use of these words in the run up to the assembly election.

Rahul said that we should refrain from making statements or using terms like 'terrorists' or 'Hindu extremists' on all levels, right from speech of leaders to our social media platforms," said Madhu Goud Yashki, the Congress secretary incharge-Karnataka.

While charting out the strategy for the Karnataka Assembly election, Rahul Gandhi stated that the leaders should not walk into the BJP's trap to polarise the state for election.

Earlier, Siddaramaiah and BJP leaders engaged in a heated war of words.

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, campaigning in Karnataka, dared Siddaramaiah to ban beef in the state if "he is a Hindu", latter compared the BJP and RSS with terror outfits.

Siddaramaiah later even refused to apologise for his controversial attack.


#aabm2 is trending at 7 in Japan

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