ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Court records say a British Columbia man has been handed a two-month conditional sentence plus one year probation for assault in connection with a video of a racist rant that went viral last year.Karry Corbett of Hope was charged with assault following the incident on Oct. 21, 2016, which Abbotsford police said at the time was filmed by a lawyer from a nearby office where a pickup truck was illegally parked in a reserved spot.Abbotsford lawyer Ravi Duhra confirmed he shot the video that was posted on YouTube showing a man yelling racist slurs.The man in the video yells at Duhra, “When did you come to Canada?” and “go back to India,” before beating his chest while yelling “white power” as he gets into the passenger’s side of the truck.Neither Corbett nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment, but provincial court records say Corbett pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 22.Duhra did not submit a victim impact statement in the case and declined to comment on the outcome.“I would really just like to put the whole incident behind me and move forward,” he said in an email.Judge Kenneth Skilnick also sentenced Corbett to a 10-year firearms prohibition.
A number of stars attended the Third Annual Paul Rudd All-Star Bowling Benefit to support SAY (The Stuttering Association for the Young) on January 12.The event – held at Lucky Strike Lanes in New York City – attracted stars such as Mariska Hargitay, Gina Gershon, Lucy DeVito, Peter Hermann, Andy Karl and many more.The event raised money to help send kids to Camp SAY, where young people who stutter can learn effective communication skills and build self-confidence.“To see these kids get in front of an audience and speak, which is difficult for anyone, is incredibly moving,” said Paul Rudd. “What they do just speaks to the power of joining a group and gaining confidence.”Find out more about the event here.
6 March 2009The top United Nations human rights official in Nepal is urging all sides in the troubled Chitwan district to exercise restraint and to resolve their differences through dialogue, following the deaths of two protesters and a policeman in the past two days. “I have spoken with the Government, the police and representatives of some protesting groups, and voiced my concerns about violent protests and the use of lethal force,” said Richard Bennett, representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal). “OHCHR-Nepal is extremely concerned about the use of live ammunition by police,” the Office added, saying that one person was reportedly killed and several others injured, three critically, after police fired live ammunition in the Tandi area on the night of 5 March. A curfew has since been declared in the local municipality. While police claimed they fired in self-defence after protests turned violent, OHCHR-Nepal is stressing that firearms must not be used in policing demonstrations unless there is a very serious threat to life and only once all other methods have been exhausted.The Office is also extremely concerned at reports that two members of the Armed Police Force (APF) were attacked by protesters with khukuris (large knives) during a demonstration on 6 March. One constable has since died and the other is seriously injured.“OHCHR-Nepal reiterates its call for thorough and independent investigations into all killings which have occurred,” the Office said.An estimated 13,000 people lost their lives in Nepal during a decade-long civil war that came to an end when the Government and Maoists signed a peace deal in 2006, leading to landmark elections last year.
“It is extremely important that the National Transitional Council (NTC) and all armed groups in Libya ensure that all detainees under their control, irrespective of their affiliations, are treated with due respect for their human rights in accordance with international standards,” said Philippe Kirsch, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry in Libya, which was established in February by the Human Rights Council.“In particular, I would urge all armed forces to refrain from revenge killings and arbitrary repression of Libyans and foreigners,” Mr. Kirsch added in a press statement issued by the commission, saying the investigations were essential to ensure the new State was built on a strong foundation of human rights.In its report to the Human Rights Council in June, the commission recorded serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by the ousted regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. But the commission said it was encouraged by recent public announcements made by NTC leaders expressing a commitment to human rights.“The dawn of a new era provides an opportunity for the NTC and the future interim Government in Libya to make a break from that past by establishing laws and reconstructing state institutions based on respect for human rights and the rule of law,” said Mr. Kirsch.The commission states in a news release that as it continues its work in the country it hopes to record the steps taken by the NTC and future authorities to prevent human rights abuses.As the fighting subsides, the focus is also shifting to providing immediate assistance in the areas most affected by the conflict.Georg Charpentier, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, who is part of an assessment mission to the cities of Sirte and Bani Walid, said relief supplies such as food and drinking water will be provided to meet the immediate needs of the population. “Immediate priorities for response include the restoration of electricity and water services, rapid clean-up of explosive remnants of war, as well as the rehabilitation of housing for returning residents,” he said.The assessment mission will look at the populations current needs and will progressively phase out its assistance according to Libyans’ capacity to meet their own emergency needs. 25 October 2011The United Nations-ordered panel investigating human rights abuses in Libya today urged the country’s interim authorities to undertake impartial investigations into allegations of violations of the rights of detainees in their custody, recommending they seek support from the international community.
Two horses were saved from a burning barn in Lincoln this morning. It caused about $200,000 worth of damage.The Lincoln Fire Department is still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.Cindy Csordas has the story.
by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 2:26 am MDT Samsung patents sports glasses connected to smartphone; hints at Google Glass rival SEOUL, South Korea – A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics Co. is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google’s Internet-connected eyewear.A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.It said the glasses can play music and receive phone calls through earphones built into the eyewear’s frame. It also gives hands-free control over the smartphone.Reminiscent of the Google Glass design, Samsung’s sketch shows a thumbnail-sized display over the left eyeglass. Google’s eyewear has a tiny display over the right eyeglass that shows information and websites.It was not clear from Samsung’s sketch and description whether its eyewear would be equipped with a touch control and a camera like Google Glass nor whether it would connect directly to the mobile Internet or be a slave to a smartphone.The name and the description specify the Samsung product is designed for outdoors activities or sports.Samsung did not respond to an email and a call seeking comment.Google Inc. is testing an early version of Google Glass with 10,000 people in the U.S. after giving the public a first look at its Internet-connected eyewear in June last year. The early version can take pictures, record videos, navigate maps and works without a smartphone.Other tech companies are also exploring ways to bring mobile computing to everyday objects such as watches and glasses.Samsung introduced a smartphone-connected watch called the Galaxy Gear last month. Sony also announced a smart watch.Samsung filed the application for the eyewear design patent on March 8.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter: www.twitter.com/YKLeeAP AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 9:17 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Rocky Mountain town gets OK to build affordable housing project BANFF, Alta. – The Alberta Rocky Mountain town of Banff has been given the go-ahead for its affordable housing project, subject to any appeals.The municipal planning commission approved of the town’s plan on Monday, and since then, the town has gotten word of two appeals.The resort community has struggled with high rents and low vacancy.Sharon Oakley, housing sustainability co-ordinator, says it’s been a constant problem for the town, which has been constrained from growing by the fact that it’s located in a national park.Parks Canada released 14 lots to the town in December 2015, and Oakley hopes to see some solutions for those struggling to find housing.She says she’s seen a single mother with two teenaged boys living in a makeshift apartment in a parkade filled with exhaust fumes, and a person who was living in the garage of a friend that had no plumbing or heating.At the seniors’ centre in town, Oakley says it was common to find mattresses stored under the ramp and women in their 50s living in their cars during the winter.She says the economic downturn caused by low oil and gas prices has made things worse.“Based on the studies from 2012, if we continue on the trajectory of growth that we are currently on, we are short 430 to 755 units,” says Oakley. “It’s a significant shortage, so we have zero vacancy, and it’s been like that for three years.”She is excited to see that the town will now build a $22 million affordable housing project, which will provide 132 units reserved for people who fall under the guideline of 32 per cent of income used for housing.“It impacts everyone, from people who come here that can’t find a place to live and then they leave and we have less employees to work for the businesses,” she says. “We are a tourist community, the need is across the board.”The project is expected to break ground in January and will take 20 months to build.(CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)
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Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) works his way into the paint in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) has survived a few scares. On Jan. 17, it came within four points of losing to Northwestern in the final minute in an eventual 71-65 win and was trading leads with Nebraska Monday, until pulling away late to a 64-59 win.Now it welcomes a struggling Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of its past six games, to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, with eyes set on a 10-0 start to Big Ten play.Projected StartersPenn State:G — Jamari Wheeler — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 170 lbs., 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs., 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Shep Garner —Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs., 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs., 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateThe Nittany Lions have been involved in plenty of close games this season. Nine of their 21 games have been decided by single digits, and two have gone into overtime.Part of the reason they are in so many close games has been their defense. Penn State has the 43rd-best defensive efficiency in the country and has held opponents to just a 47 percent effective field goal percentage (37th-best), according to the advanced statistics website KenPom.com. It also ranks in the top 25 in blocking and steal percentages.However, this defense matches up poorly against Ohio State. It typically plays man-to-man, a type of defense Ohio State has flourished against this season. The best way to slow down Ohio State’s 31st-best offensive attack has been to run a zone defense. Penn State’s offense also will not match up well against Ohio State’s defense. Though the Nittany Lions have shot 37.4 percent from the 3, they generate 54.4 percent of their offense from inside the arc, the 57th-highest rate in the nation.Teams that have been able to beat Ohio State do so from long range, with 36.4 percent of opponents’ points coming from 3-point range, 36th-highest in the country. Opposing teams have mustered only the 257th-highest 2-point percentage in its point distribution at 46.9 percent.Monitoring Kaleb Wesson’s minutesOhio State has relied heavily on freshman center Kaleb Wesson this season. After sophomore center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the fourth game of the season, Wesson took over as the starter and has not let up.As a starter, Wesson has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. While the numbers don’t jump out, Wesson has become a better defender and has avoided foul trouble more. He has fouled out three times as a starter, but only once in his past 10 games.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that even though Wesson has shown improvements and has been a key cog in the team’s success this season, he still does not want to put much pressure on his young big man by playing him too much.“It’s a lot to expect a kid of his size as a freshman really even to play 20 minutes,” Holtmann said. “I think his minutes are probably where we’d like for them to be. I think sometimes he could play a little more, sometimes a little less depending on how he’s playing. He’s done a very good job with the minutes, but I wouldn’t want to put 30 minutes on him right now as a freshman.”Wesson’s conditioning has improved, but it is clear after five minutes on the court that he gets worn out. He starts to breathe heavily and is slower to post and seal, meaning the team needs to bring in a fresher defender to maintain solid interior play. As he continues to develop and adjust to the workload, Wesson will turn his raw tools into game skills and be able to keep using those tools later into games, Holtmann said.“He’s so gifted with his hands and I think his feet can get better,” Holtmann said. “They’re not bad right now, but they’ve got to get a lot better in the offseason. His explosiveness, his movement. But I think that you can tell pretty early on when he’s [tired].”
Jan 19th 2017, 12:49 PM Short URL A GROUP OF NASA-funded researchers are to enter an isolated dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behaviour in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.The six scientists enter their new home on Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay.The team will have no physical contact with people in the outside world and will work with a 20-minute delay in communications, the time it would take for an email to reach Earth from Mars.The study will assess the psychological difficulties associated with living in isolated and confined conditions for an extended time.The project is designed to help the US space agency send humans on long space voyages including to Mars by the 2030s.“We’re hoping to figure out how best to select individual astronauts, how to compose a crew and how to support that crew on long-duration space missions,” principal investigator Kim Binstead, a University of Hawaii science professor. Inside the dome. Source: APShe said NASA’s timeline is realistic unless the agency is “directed to do something different by the new administration.”Trump’s transition team did not respond to an emailed request for comment on NASA’s plan.Leading the crew is mission commander James Bevington, a freelance space scientist who has acted as a visiting researcher for the International Space University. The other team members include engineers, a computer scientist, a doctoral candidate and a biomedical expert.High demandThey were selected from a group of 700 applicants that went through cognitive and personality tests as well as extensive interviews.“When I started, my biggest fear was that we were going to be that crew that turned out like Biosphere 2, which wasn’t a very pretty picture,” Bevington said.Biosphere 2 was a 1990s experimental greenhouse-like habitat in Arizona. It housed different natural ecosystems and a small crew in an effort to understand what would be needed for humans to live on other planets.The experiment quickly spiraled out of control as the habitat failed to maintain safe levels of carbon dioxide and the crew grew discontent.The latest HI-SEAS mission is the third round of research funded by NASA, which has dedicated over $2 million to the Hawaii project. Previous missions focused on food requirements and crew cohesion.“Mars is one of the best places in the solar system to look for signs of past or current life,” said Binstead, adding that would be the most significant scientific discovery “of all time”.Catastrophes Furthermore, man-made disasters or natural catastrophes such as an asteroid hit could force a human exodus from Earth, she said. “Right now, all of our eggs for life are in one basket. I think it’s a good overall strategy for us as a species to spread out further.” The dome will house six researchers. Source: APThe researchers will wear devices around their necks that measure their moods and proximity to other team members. They’ll also use virtual reality devices to simulate familiar and comforting surroundings they wouldn’t have access to while living on Mars.They will wear space suits whenever they leave the compound to conduct daily tasks including geological and mapping studies. The crew eats mostly freeze-dried foods that have a long shelf life. Some canned food and lightweight snacks are also brought in, including one of Hawaii’s favorites.“Spam gets quite popular,” Binstead said.Occasional resupply deliveries are recovered with a robot in order to maintain the crew’s isolation. The 1200-square-foot simulated space home has small sleeping quarters for each member as well as a kitchen, laboratory and bathroom.The University of Hawaii operates the facility called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS.There are a number of other Mars simulation projects around the world, but the Hawaii project has been receiving federal funding for several years and is unique, the university says, because of its accessibility, weather and Mars-like geography, tucked away on a rocky, red plain below the summit of the world’s largest active volcano.Read: ‘I was flat on my back, in a neck brace, head brace and spinal board. It was scary.’ >Read: Gardaí arrest man with sawn off shotgun after chasing him through gardens in Dublin > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,947 Views Share7 Tweet Email1 16 Comments NASA scientists to spend eight months in Hawaiian dome for ‘Mars simulation’ The study will assess the psychological difficulties associated with living in isolation. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 12:49 PM https://jrnl.ie/3194338 Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images By Associated Press
Tags Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Fitbit Fitness Fitbit’s new lineup: Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2 The new Fitbit Versa Lite shaves some features, but adds vivid colors. Sarah Tew/CNET (Fitbit’s newest smartwatch, the Versa 2, has been announced. But below is information on the budget Versa Lite that was released earlier this year, and is still available.)There used to be a ton of Fitbit trackers to choose from. But now the list is smaller: Fitbit’s streamlined its lineup and added a handful of new trackers that are aiming to be more affordable.The Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is a more budget-targeted $160 version of the company’s 2018 Fitbit Versa watch. Meanwhile the new Inspire and Inspire HR replace the company’s Alta, Flex and Zip lines. They cost less too, priced at $70 and $100, instead of $100 and $130. Budget version of Fitbit VersaThe Versa Lite Edition also seems like a better choice than last year’s Versa, if you’re OKk with the slight compromises. It’s nearly the same watch, with downloadable apps and watch faces. It also cuts some features: NFC mobile payments, onboard music storage, stair-climbing via altimeter, swim lap and calorie tracking, and support for Fitbit’s on-screen workout routines on Fitbit Coach are all gone. (Fitbit’s music and payment functions have never worked all that well for me anyway.) Fitbit’s still going to offer those features on slightly more expensive Versa variants. The Versa Lite Edition otherwise looks just like the Versa and supports the same bands, but it comes in a few more vibrant colors, including a blue-green and magenta purple. A set of new woven and elastomer bands look vivid, too.The Fitbit Ace 2: the flower pot blossoms as an activity goal. Sarah Tew/CNET Kid fitness: Fitbit Ace 2Fitbit’s also making a new, kid-targeted fitness tracker, the Ace 2, arriving this summer for $70. It’s a follow-up to the company’s first kid’s fitness tracker, Fitbit Ace, released last year. The Fitbit Ace 2 is really just the Fitbit Inspire with a rubberized kid-friendly outer case and straps, animated watch fitness-goal watch faces, plus algorithms that are meant to track kid fitness. The Ace 2 targets even younger children (age 6 and up, while the first Ace was for ages 8 and up), is fully water resistant and can track swimming, which the first Ace couldn’t. Fitbit allows the Ace 2 to be set up as a subset of a parent’s account.It’s debatable whether kids really need fitness trackers, but this one might not be a bad place to start, and Fitbit boasts that it will transform into a regular Inspire-like design by working with other bands and watch faces, should a kid suddenly find the kid-like design less appealing.Maybe this is part of a larger trend: Samsung’s newest smartwatch has gotten far more affordable, and recent Wear OS watches have dipped into a similar, sub-$200 range. This leaves Apple in a significantly different price tier for the Apple Watch, which currently starts at $279. Aiming to get on more wrists?There’s nothing very notable about the new features on these Fitbits, but the focus on price says something about where Fitbit is headed. With more advanced sleep tracking tech on the horizon and a larger focus on enterprise, corporate health plans and insurance-friendly devices, Fitbit’s current goal this year seems to be to just get on more people.The Versa Lite Edition, Inspire and Inspire HR are available to preorder now, while the kid-friendly Ace 2 is coming this summer. Stay tuned for more impressions and reviews soon. Fitbit’s new Versa Lite, Inspire and Ace 2 go for affordable Share your voice 2:47 Wearable Tech 0 Fitbit Inspire The Fitbit Inspire looks to be the company’s new entry-level tracker. It has a touchscreen, it’s got a slim design, and it has optional always-on heart-rate monitoring on the step-up Inspire HR model. It’s also water resistant for swimming, but it does not track swim laps like the Fitbit Versa, Ionic and Charge 3: instead, it just logs swim time. It lacks the Charge 3’s extra Weather mini-app, but still does timers, stopwatch functions, exercise shortcuts, and launches the meditative Breathe app (on the Inspire HR), and gets phone notifications for messages.The Fitbit Inspire looks like a variation on the company’s previous Fitbit Alta, with added swim tracking. Sarah Tew/CNET The Inspire HR has always-on heart-rate monitoring and about a five day battery, but doesn’t have the extra SpO2 sensor that the Charge 3, Versa and Ionic do, which could lead to more accurate heart and sleep tracking (and maybe apnea detection) down the road. But it’s also $50 less than the Charge 3, has a slimmer design, and now seems like a better bet for most people. The heart rate-free Inspire also works with a $20 clip-on accessory that turns the tracker into a replacement for the classic clip-based Zip tracker. The Inspire and Inspire HR have a more plastic design than the previous steel-cased Alta, but both sport a clean look and have a much-improved touchscreen and display animations, similar to the Charge 3. 52 Photos
US President Donald TrumpReutersUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration is “seriously” considering ending citizenship rights of US-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants.”We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” Trump told reporters.The President’s contentious crackdown on immigrants follows the recent proposal that will allow indefinite detention of undocumented families. The proposal replaced the agreement that set a 20-day limit for detaining children.The issue of ending birthright citizenship made headlines last year after Trump stated that he would end the provision through an executive order. Echoing his recent claims of the citizenship law being “ridiculous’, he had told Axios news portal, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits.” He further added, “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Acting DHS Secretary Says There Is No Intent To Hold Families For A Long Period Of Time His remarks were criticised by lawmakers, including his own judicial nominees, the then-House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said his plans would afoul the US constitution that guarantees birthright citizenship. The 14th Amendment of the US constitution, ratified in 1868, was passed after the American Civil War to ensure that black Americans had full citizenship rights in the country. It states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told CNN on Wednesday that Trump’s move was racist. “It’s a ridiculous notion to overturn the 14th Amendment. It’s racist on its face.”Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud from Detroit, Michigan who had lived in the United States since he was an infant, died due to unavailability of diabetes medication in Iraq shortly after the US administration deported him.Human Rights Watch said that Aldaoud’s death is a “shocking but not unpredictable result of cruel US immigration policies”.
*The article is rewritten in English by Saimul Huda M Siddiqur RahmanIndian physicians of Shankar Netralaya in Chennai on Monday said there is no way to restore the eyesight of Government Titumir College student M Siddiqur Rahman.Shankar Netralaya physician Lingam Gopal said the tests confirmed that it is not possible to restore the eyesight of Siddiqur and even surgery would not do any good.Siddiqur’s classmate Sheikh Farid told Prothom Alo that Siddiqur and his brother Nayeb Ali cried for a long time after hearing the news. They were shattered after talking with the physicians, he added.Assistant professor of National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital Zahidul Islam, who is with Siddiqur in Chennai, refrained from commenting to Prothom Alo on a social site. He only said the reports were sent to the Bangladesh government.Siddiqur was flown to Chennai in India last Thursday for better treatment.Titumir College student Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when the police fired tear shells on agitating students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, at Shahbagh in the city.Siddiqur was undergoing treatment in the capital’s National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital where surgeries on both of his eyes were done on 22 July.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 However, being a public company also comes with a much bigger spotlight for Sonos, which booked revenues of $992.5 million in 2017. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The added press that comes with the IPO will lead to more people becoming familiar with the brand, which can potentially help it sell more product. “Sonos has been a relatively quiet company,” said Groeninger. “An IPO does raise a company’s profile.”It also invites more scrutiny, and makes the company’s valuation more susceptible to external factors, even politics. The Trump administration’s trade wars will likely be on investors minds for some time to come, with a recent report indicating that Sonos speakers could be subject to a 10% tariff. Groeninger acknowledged Thursday that tariffs could have a short-term impact on Sonos. “We are certainly watching it,” he said. “We don’t believe tariffs will be good for consumers.” However, he expressed confidence that there wouldn’t be a long-term impact.The bigger challenge for Sonos will be to tell investors its story, which includes convincing them that it won’t be another GoPro. The old adage that hardware is hard does apply ever more so to companies that have decided to go public, and there are plenty of examples of hardware makers who haven’t fared so well, including the struggling action cam maker.“We really struggled to find comparable companies,” admitted Groeninger Thursday. “We are a very unconventional consumer electronics company.”Sonos has separated itself from some of its competition by investing into the production of long-lasting products; the company proudly still supports its very first streaming music adapter, which shipped all the way back in 2005. That has been a boon for consumers. One of the challenges Sonos is facing now is that it has to explain investors why it doesn’t nudge consumers towards upgrading their devices every two to three years.“We are not trying to chase growth,” Groeninger said. “Our strategy is about sustainable, profitable growth.”Another big part of the story Sonos has to tell investors going forward is how it is different from Google, Apple and Amazon, all of which are making their own speakers. What’s more, Sonos cooperates with all of them, and has integrated Amazon’s Alexa voice control and Apple’s Airplay 2 wireless streaming technology into its speakers. It has also announced support for Google Assistant, which it is looking to add “by the end of the year,” according to Millington. Sonos ended its first day of trading at Nasdaq with its share prices up more than 32% over this morning’s opening price, with a share price of $19.91 at the close of markets. It’s a successful IPO for the smart speaker maker, which now has to adjust to public company life.“It doesn’t really change anything for our strategy, for our product roadmap perspective,” said Sonos VP of corporate finance Michael Groeninger, trying to downplay the effect the IPO will have on the company. In a conversation with Variety this morning, he argued that the public listing was merely “a different ownership vehicle” for the company.“It’s not going to change our mission,” agreed Sonos chief product officer Nick Millington.For more on Sonos, read our recent feature story: How Smart-Speaker Maker Sonos Plans to Take on Apple, Google and Amazon Sonos has in recent months focused on positioning its products as a kind of Switzerland, telling consumers that they will eventually be able to pick and choose the voice assistant of their liking to interact with on voice-enabled Sonos speakers.Burt as the company adds more of these third-party services to its speakers, another part of that story is starting to emerge, one that has perhaps not gotten enough attention: Sonos has built its own software platform, capable of interacting with third-party products and services, while at the same time still connecting legacy hardware.One example: When it launched support for Apple’s Airplay 2 format in recent weeks, it could only bring the technology to a few of its most recent speakers. But anyone who has one of those new speakers can still use Airplay 2 to blast music on their home’s entire Sonos setup, even if that setup includes 13-year-old Sonos hardware — all thanks to the software layer built by the company.Said Millington: “Sonos is a system of products that work together.”That’s a powerful argument for consumers looking to jump onto the multiroom audio, voice control and IoT bandwagon, especially as standards are still evolving. The next few quarters will tell whether investors see the value in it as well. Popular on Variety
Kolkata: The body of a youth, who was missing for the past two days, was found in river Hooghly on Wednesday. The victim’s family members identified the body on Thursday.Police said the victim, Sourav Bakuli, was a resident of Salua area near the Kolkata Airport and was the owner of a sweet shop.Investigating officers came to know from his family members that he was to get married on Tuesday and he went missing on Monday afternoon after.His family members told the police that he had left home saying that he was going to an astrologer. The astrologer had asked him to meet at Chinar Park. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut he didn’t return home after that. It was around two hours he had left his home, the astrologer went to his house and enquired that why he didn’t meet him at Chinar Park.The victim’s family members searched him at all possible places but they couldn’t find him anywhere. The family members had lodged a complaint and the police also initiated a search for Sourav.It was on Wednesday night, the policemen of North Port Police Station under Kolkata Police came to know that a body was found near Baghbazar canal.The body was fished out and on Thursday, the victim’s family members were asked to identify it. The victim’s family members confirmed to the police that it was Sourav’s body.The family members alleged that there is a foul play behind the incident. Police initiated a probe in this connection and questioned the astrologer.
Kolkata: SSKM Hospital authorities have made some special arrangements for patients on the occasion of New Year.The patients who have been undergoing treatment at the ITU department of the hospital for a long time, did not get any opportunity to step out of the hospital room and soak in the spirit of New Year celebration. As the patients inside the hospital cannot feel the ambience outside, the hospital authorities have made some special arrangements inside the ITU. The ITU has been decorated with balloons, flowers and various other items. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe patients admitted at the ITU had celebrated Christmas in a similar fashion as well. On Monday night, when the whole world celebrated the New Year, the patients at the hospital were no exceptions. A senior official of the ITU said that the patients undergoing treatment at the ITU often suffer from depression. So, arrangements have been made to let them celebrate Christmas and New Year. “Around 30-40 percent patients undergoing treatment at the ITU can see and understand what is happening around them. Staying away from family members, the patients often become homesick. The ITU has been beautifully decorated so that the patients can feel at home. A cake was also cut inside the ITU, welcoming the New Year. The initiative was taken to make the patients feel a change from the monotonous daily life inside the hospital rooms,” a senior official of the hospital said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe official also said that the doctors and nursing staff members often bring food from their houses and share them with the patients, so that they feel at home. This gives enough mental boost to the patients who have become like family members of the hospital staff. The hospital authorities also thanked the family members of the patients, whose constant help made their initiative a success. The move will also strengthen the bond between the patients and doctors and nurses. The family members of the patients also appreciated the gesture by the hospital authorities. It may be mentioned here that the hospital authorities make special arrangements during various occasions throughout the year. During Durga Puja, special food items were supplied to all the departments by the hospital canteens.
Related posts:Ex-rebel commander favored in El Salvador runoff Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls as political divisions intensify Voters head to the polls in El Salvador to elect legislators, mayors Final election results in El Salvador give ARENA majority in congress SAN SALVADOR – The parties of both candidates in El Salvador’s surprisingly tight presidential runoff clash claimed victory late Sunday.Pre-election polls indicated that ex-guerrilla leader Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) would easily defeat Norman Quijano with the conservative ARENA party.But with all of the returns tallied, the leftist candidate was leading by a tiny margin: 50.11 percent to 49.98, electoral authorities reported.“We won the first round and now we have triumphed again in the runoff,” Sánchez Cerén told enthusiastic supporters amid an explosion of fireworks.But his ARENA counterpart was convinced its side had won.Quijano claimed victory in a speech to supporters, and insisted that he would not allow “fraud of the Chavista or [Nicolás] Maduro style like in Venezuela.”He claimed that El Salvador’s military was “aware of the fraud that is being perpetrated” by election authorities along with the FMLN.Sánchez Cerén had conciliatory words for his rival.“We can say right now that you have the doors open to work with us to move El Salvador forward,” he said.Election officials, likely expecting that vote results will be challenged and there will be calls for a recount, urged both sides to wait for final results.“This tribunal recommends and orders that no party declare itself winner given such close results,” said Supreme Electoral Tribunal president Eugenio Chicas in a TV and radio message. Salvadoran presidential candidate for the National Republican Alliance party, Norman Quijano, right, accompanied by one of his daughters, gives a thumbs up after casting his vote during the runoff election, in San Salvador, on March 9, 2014. AFP/Inti OCONTeacher, rebel, vice presidentSánchez Cerén, 69, is El Salvador’s vice president. A former teacher and ex-education minister, he was one of five top guerrilla commanders during El Salvador’s bitter 1979-92 civil war, which pitted the FMLN against the U.S.-backed conservative government.Conservatives were in power for two decades until 2009, when Salvadorans elected FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes, a former journalist, as their first leftist president.The FMLN fell just shy of an outright victory in a first round vote last month, and Sánchez Cerén was expected to easily win the runoff vote.Meanwhile Quijano, 67, the mayor of the capital city San Salvador, is a law and order candidate who campaigned on the country’s high crime rate and the notorious “mara” street gangs behind much of El Salvador’s drug dealing and extortion.After the first-round vote, Quijano overhauled his image and talked more about keeping children out of gangs and rehabilitating those already ensnared by them.Quijano however suffered from his links to ex-president Francisco Flores, a former campaign adviser, under scrutiny over $10 million donated by Taiwan that went missing during his 1999-2004 government.ARENA removed Flores from his advisory job, but the controversy has damaged Quijano.A civil war legacyAfter the civil war, El Salvador found itself facing violence from the street gangs, which control whole neighborhoods and run drug distribution and extortion rackets.Homicides were running at 14 per day until a truce was reached between the two main gangs in March 2012, which helped to halve the murder rate. But extortion and other crimes persist.The maras are believed have around 60,000 members, 10,000 of whom are behind bars.Sánchez Cerén wants to rehabilitate former gang members, but said he would fight those who refuse to give up street life.Whoever wins and takes office on June 1 will face a shaky economy.Forty percent of El Salvador’s six million people live in poverty, and the country relies heavily on remittances sent by Salvadorans living abroad — around $4 billion a year, or 16 percent of the country’s GDP.Sánchez Cerén vows to spend more money on social programs which he said he would finance via a “progressive fiscal policy.”“The main thing is to use those funds honestly,” he has said. Facebook Comments
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Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … Proponents of pesticide deregulation say that the current process for getting approval for pesticides is too cumbersome and that streamlining it would increase crop production. Brazilian lawmakers have reportedly resurrected a 2002 bill that would severely reduce the role of government health and environment departments in authorizing new pesticides, the LA Times reported.A second bill would ban the sale of organic foods to supermarkets and other major retail outlets.The main pro-pesticide proposal, which was dubbed the “poison package” by environmentalists when it was introduced 16 years ago, would leave the job of approval to the Agriculture Ministry. “In the midst of the recession and a political crisis that weakened the left, the ruralists became even more important,” Mauricio Santoro, a political science professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, told the publication. Brazil starts orange season, forecasts 36% rise in … But environmentalists and other opponents of the proposed changes say that deregulation would increase a range of health problems linked to pesticide exposure — including cancer and infertility — and contaminate soil and water.Photo: Shutterstock LPS ’19: Brazil aspires to become one of the most … The bill sat dormant until June this year, and is now being debated in the lower house of Congress.Meanwhile, the bill on organic foods was approved in early July by an agriculture commission in the lower house, but must get through another congressional commission before a full vote.The LA Times reported that the revival of the old legislation comes as a result of the increasing power of the ruralistas — a faction of legislators who now hold a majority in Congress and are allied with Brazil’s pro-business president, Michel Temer, and Big Agriculture, which is driving the country’s economy. You might also be interested in “If it were not for the impact of agribusiness on the economy, Brazil would still be in recession.” EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … August 14 , 2018