Another minor raped in Aligarh

first_imgLucknow: Even before the dust could settle on the murder of a two-and-a-half year old girl in Aligarh, the news of the rape of a four-year-old girl has sent shock waves in the Uttar Pradesh city. According to reports, the incident took place on Friday night in Zakir Nagar locality. The accused lured he girl with a Rs 10 note and took her away to a secluded spot and raped her. The girl was later found in critical condition by her family members. She has been admitted to the Deen Dayal Hospital. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Police officials said that the accused, who has been identified, is presently absconding but would be arrested soon. A case has been registered in the matter and further investigations are on. On June 2, the body of the two-and-a-half year old girl was recovered in a mutilated condition from a garbage dump. There were injury marks around the neck and her eyes had been gouged out. It was later revealed that the accused had killed the girl because her father owed them Rs 10,000 and could not pay back the money. The accused were arrested but the incident led to national outrage.last_img read more

Fete nationale uproar after Montreal borough opts for inclusive solstice festival

first_imgMONTREAL — One Montreal neighbourhood’s decision to rebrand Quebec’s Fete nationale celebrations as a summer solstice festival has ruffled feathers from the mayor’s office right up to the Quebec premier.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante called on organizers of the first-ever Festival du Solstice — a three-day celebration on the Fete nationale weekend — to add mention of the province’s national holiday in their promotional material.And Quebec Premier Francois Legault weighed in today, saying that the omission of the Fete nationale from the name of the event showed a lack of judgment.The promotional material released on Monday for the June 22-24 event made no explicit mention of Quebec’s national holiday, despite the release saying it will be at the heart of the celebrations and noting the involvement of the Mouvement national des Quebecoises et Quebecois — the federation that co-ordinates festivities for the June 24 holiday.The mayor of the southwestern Montreal borough said while Fete nationale is already a popular celebration, the aim was to give celebrations a more inclusive and unifying feel.Plante said today she believes it was a mistake made in good faith, but she wants organizers to put the national holiday front-and-centre.“If there is a moment to display, assert and not allow it (the Fete nationale holiday) to fade away, this is it,” she tweeted.In Quebec City, Legault said Quebecers should be proud of the holiday.“What an error in judgment,” Legault told reporters. “This is our national holiday, we are proud to be Quebecers, we are proud of our nation. Let’s say it loud and clear: Happy Fete nationale.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pot firms have deficiencies in disclosures to investors securities regulators

first_imgTORONTO – Cannabis industry companies have several “deficiencies” in their disclosures to investors, including insufficient information in their financial statements, Canadian securities regulators say.The Canadian Securities Administrators reviewed the disclosures of 70 public companies in the marijuana industry and found licensed producers often did not provide enough information for an investor to understand their performances.The umbrella organization of the country’s provincial securities regulators noted that 100 per cent of the licensed cannabis producers reviewed needed to improve disclosures regarding the fair value of their marijuana plants.The accounting practice, in which a value is put on pot plants before they are harvested, has been criticized because it is confusing for investors and approaches differ among companies.“The cannabis industry has benefited from increasingly permissive legal frameworks and has grown significantly as an emerging public market sector,” the CSA said in notice published Wednesday.“Our review identified industry specific disclosure deficiencies, which are notable given the recent rapid growth of this industry.”The CSA also noted that 74 per cent of publicly listed cannabis companies with operations in the U.S. — where marijuana is legal in some states but illegal at the federal level — did not provide sufficient disclosure about the related risks, as previously requested by the umbrella organization.In a previous notice, the CSA said marijuana industry companies with U.S. operations would be allowed to list on Canadian exchanges if they made proper disclosures about certain risks given the drug’s murky legal status south of the border.The notice seeking improvement in disclosures from cannabis companies comes one week before recreational marijuana is legalized across Canada on Oct. 17.In the lead up to legalization, investor interest in the volatile sector has soared. Valuations of some cannabis companies now rival those of firms in more established industries.For example, shares of Nanaimo, B.C.-based licensed producer Tilray Inc. rose as high as US$300 last month on the Nasdaq market — up from US$17 per share during its initial public offering in July.The requirements outlined by the CSA will do much to improve investor understanding, said Mark Rosen, co-founder of independent research firm and forensic accounting firm Accountability Research Corp, who has voiced his concerns about industry accounting practices in the past“This should help to improve comparability across companies, which helps for investing and valuation purposes,” he said. “Within the next year, the quality of the financial reporting of the LPs will become very relevant once the euphoria in the sector wears off, growth slows, and reality sets in.”The CSA’s findings of “initial challenges” are not surprising, said Allan Rewak, the executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada, which represents licensed medical marijuana producers.“This is an entirely new legal industry and the valuation of biological assets can be a challenge for even the most savvy LP’s,” he said in an email. “The guidance and recommendations made in the report will help our members achieve and indeed exceed the highest disclosure rules possible.”The CSA said its staff reviewed the disclosure of issuers that have varying levels of involvement in the industry and with operations in different countries.“Where deficient disclosure was identified during our review, issuers either committed to prospective improvements or, when the deficiencies were pervasive, refiled certain documents,” the notice said.With respect to licensed producers specifically, the CSA pointed to issues with fair value or fair value-related disclosures. Companies with agricultural activities, such as growing cannabis, are required to measure living plants at their fair value under IFRS accounting standards.In turn, a licensed producer’s statement of profit and loss often includes unrealized fair value gains related to the growth of the plants before they are harvested or sold. The accounting practice has been criticized previously because it is confusing for investors and approaches differ among companies on how to apply the guideline.The CSA found in its review that 71 per cent of licensed producers did not disclose these fair value amounts separately — instead, the adjustments were often embedded in the cost of goods sold.As well, licensed producers were not providing enough information about how they calculated the fair value of their plants, also known as biological assets, the CSA said.All the licensed producers reviewed had “deficient” disclosure, including not providing a description of the valuation techniques and processes used, CSA said.“Growing cannabis plants may progress through various stages prior to harvest, requiring management to make judgments at each financial reporting date,” the CSA said. “Investors should be able to understand these judgments.”last_img read more

Western Sahara UN envoy wraps up regional visit

This was Christopher Ross’ second trip to the area since he was appointed to the position this January.Yesterday, he met with the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos in the country’s capital, Madrid, on the last leg of a trip which also took him to Algiers and Tindouf in Algeria; Nouakchott, Mauritania; and Rabat, Morocco.Morocco has presented a plan to give autonomy to Western Sahara, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option.Several rounds of UN-led talks held last year resulted in the parties agreeing to continue negotiations in good faith towards a solution to the issue.The envoy said he was “optimistic about an upcoming informal meeting intended to pave the way for a fifth round of negotiations,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York today.Such a meeting would “make an important contribution to the search for a resolution to the conflict, which has gone on too long and is hindering the work which needs to be done on regional integration,” she added.The UN mission, known as MINURSO, tasked with organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara and monitoring the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario, has been in place since September 1991. 1 July 2009The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy who is trying to help broker a political solution regarding the status of Western Sahara has wrapped up a visit to the region which took him to Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Spain. read more

Sri Lanka resolution has 38 cosponsors

As of yesterday Estonia, France, Ireland,  Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland came in as additional co-sponsors. (Colombo Gazette) The resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and adopted without a vote on Thursday had 38 co-sponsors as of yesterday (Friday), the last day of the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva.The deadline for more co-sponsors to add their names to the list is October 16, according to the UNHRC Secretariat. Albania, Australia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America were the original sponsors and co-sponsors. read more

Faculty grad students needed for research ethics boards

Brock’s Bioscience and Social Science Research Ethics Boards are recruiting faculty and graduate student members.These dynamic volunteer boards provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into human research ethics. The boards are responsible for reviewing and assessing protocols for research involving human participants within the University or under University auspices. The boards ensure that the physical safety and personal integrity of human participants in research are respected and protected by interpreting and applying the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) and relevant legislation.The boards are currently looking for:         Faculty members to serve a two-year term;         Master’s or doctorate students to serve a one- or two-year term.Faculty applicants need to provide a current C.V. and a copy of their TCPS2 CORE Tutorial.Graduate student applicants must provide a current C.V., a written academic reference (attesting to their ability to handle the extra work load), and a cover letter outlining their research interests and why they are interested in joining the Bioscience REB (BREB) or Social Science REB (SREB). If interested, please send a completed application to reb@brocku.ca by Friday, July 14.For more information, contact the Research Ethics Office at 905-688-5550, x3035 or e-mail reb@brocku.ca.Information about the boards can be found at: https://brocku.ca/research/ethics-and-research-reviews/human-ethics read more

Mens Tennis Mikael Torpegaard heads into final Ohio State home match with

Then-junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFollowing the end of his junior career, Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard was encouraged to play tennis professionally.Instead, the Denmark native decided he would return to Columbus for one more season in scarlet and gray.Now with just two more home matches remaining in the men’s tennis regular season, Torpegaard can see the start of his professional career just in front of him. And he is hoping that by breaking out more ready than ever, he will be able to show that playing at the collegiate level was the best decision for his game.“When I told the federation that I was going to college, I was one of the first ones to do it. Because of that, the relationship I’ve had with the federation hasn’t been the greatest,” Torpegaard said. “They always thought I should’ve gone pro right away, which in my eyes would’ve been a terrible mistake because I would’ve ran dry in it.”Torpegaard is currently the fourth-ranked men’s collegiate player in the country and had the opportunity to forgo his senior season and play professional tennis, but felt that he had unfinished business at Ohio State.He said more than anything, he just wanted to come away with a collegiate title before turning pro.“I [also] wanted to improve a couple things in my game still that I felt like I lacked a little bit,” Torpegaard said. “So I came back to keep on practicing, and getting better and maturing into my game both on and off the court.”The decision to play professionally was something he was initially encouraged to do from the onset of his career, but he decided it was in his best interest to play collegiate tennis. And having a chance to watch the success former Ohio State players had playing professionally ultimately influenced Torpegaard’s decision to play at the collegiate level after leaving high school.Torpegaard believed that Ohio State gave him the best training and helped further develop his skills to give him the greatest opportunity to succeed at the professional level.“I’m satisfied with this decision of coming to college,” Torpegaard said. “I think my game has taken such a huge jump, that without Ohio State, there’s no chance I would’ve ever made it.”Ohio State men’s tennis head coach Ty Tucker said that Torpegaard is not only a leader on his team, but has a great influence on the collegiate tennis community.“His presence is felt and he’s been a very positive leader because he takes pride in working as hard as he can throughout a tough long season,” Tucker said. “Any guy who comes to play college tennis knows the name Mikael Torpegaard.”That hard work mentality was shown at the 2017 NCAA semifinals when he faced Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos for the clinching point, a match that Torpegaard remembers as his favorite college moment.He can remember the match being tied at three, and as the last match during the event, he knew all eyes were on him.“I fall down on my wrist, I can’t really hit back-hands for the rest of the match and end up somehow winning the match 7-6 in the third anyways,” Torpegaard said. “The feeling of having everyone rush in and jump on top of me as I lay on the court is an unbelievable memory to have and that’s why I play these matches.”Though Torpegaard has largely dominated tennis to this point in his career, dominating professional tennis players requires plenty more refining. Tucker said it is not easy to become one of the top tennis players in the world, but Torpegaard has all of the qualities needed to make it to the top.“I see Mikael being a top 200 player in the world in the next 16 to 18 months,” Tucker said. “It’s not easy to get to the top 100 in the world in professional tennis to where the big money is, but I see him able to be self-sufficient on the pro tour for a long time.”He will be given a chance to prove he’s ready for tougher challenges when he and the rest of Ohio State face off against Illinois, who the team will face Saturday for the top spot in the Big Ten.But win or lose in that match, Torpegaard feels it will not come close to defining his career. He has accomplished too much for it to be defined by how his collegiate career ends.“I feel like I’ve had a good career in college, [and] if I can add a little bit to it obviously I’m going to try my best to do so, but I’m also ready to start the pro thing right now,” Torpegaard said.Torpegaard is now looking forward to the next chapter of his career playing professionally, something he said he was not prepared for last season.He hopes that he can show other European junior athletes that playing college tennis is an opportunity that can further develop players in the sport.“I’d like to be remembered for setting the standard that or changing the mentality that college is not just a place where good players go to die,” Torpegaard said. “I’ve done that to some sort of degree already, but it’s about changing some minds and really making tennis, the college way, available for other upcoming juniors in my country.” read more

Geekcom Holiday Gaming Guide Part 1

first_imgThis isn’t a gift guide, it’s a round up of some of the games that have been released for the 2010 holiday season. There are a lot out there vying for your precious money, so we’ll keep things short and try to give you just enough information so that you can decide which games you want to pick up before the year is out, which you can wait for, and which you can just forget about.Fable 3 – Xbox 360 – Rent itAdChoices广告For me, the Fable series has gone downhill in every game since the original. These games have tons of promise (and promises made about them) but then largely fail to deliver. Fable 3 has some great ideas, but also some annoying concepts and mechanics (like a screen fade every time you want to shake hands with someone). The quirks kept me from enjoying the game and the jumping back and forth from the main world to your palace where you change your clothes and weapons pulled me from the game experience over and over.Overall, the game falls short on its promises and wasn’t able to follow up on its ambitions. It exists in a sort of uncanny valley of immersion where the harder it tries to get you involved in the world, the more I felt disconnected from it. There are lots of high points, like great voice acting and high production values, but ultimately I don’t think it ever gave me the connection with the hero or Albion that I want from a Fable game. Don’t discount how accessible or entertaining Fable 3 is though–it’s worth a try when you get around to it.Game Dev Story – iOS devices – Buy itGDS is an iPhone app that has become a hit among gamers because it finally let’s you take control of a game studio. In this simulation you hire developers, built games, and them market them, in order to turn your company from a startup into a publishing powerhouse. Sounds fun sure, but be prepared for a super addictive game that will eat up hours of your time as you figure out the perfect gameplay formulas and turn your top games into best-selling franchises. It gets old after awhile, especially after you’ve built your own console, but it’s well worth the $3.Goldeneye 007 – Wii –Buy itGoldeneye, one of the best games from the Nintendo 64 era, is back for the Wii. It’s as fun as ever, though don’t expect something as awesome as the original because the FPS genre has advanced incredibly since them. Anyway, it’s one of the best games on the Wii and a standout for Nintendo’s console this holiday season. Check out our full coverage for more info.Guitar Hero 5 – multi-platform – It’s a good game, but do your researchMusic games are great around the holidays because they can be fun for a group of people. That said, don’t blindly one–the music game genre has progressed enough that you don’t always need to get the newest game. Plus there is a wide division between fans of each title, so fans of DJ Hero might not even like Rock Band. Guitar Hero 5 is up against Rock Band 3, and both are good games, but certain buyers will prefer one or the other. GH5 takes the videogame-y route, complete with a quest mode, while Rock Band 3 is getting more musical with its Pro mode.GH5 adds in the ability for four players to play at the same time with any instruments (as in, four drummers at once) as well as drop-in-drop-out party play. There is a good selection of songs but many of them are locked when you first get the game, and you need to unlock them with the career mode. It’s a bit frustrating to have to unlock songs that you’ve already paid for, but this won’t bother everyone.It’s hard to summarize the game in just a paragraph or two, given the nuances from one music game to the next, but GH5 marks a nice progression of the series. It feels every evolutionary so I’d lean towards Rock Band 3, but that’s just me.FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus – Wii – Buy it if you need a controller and have kidsThis is sort of a tech demo for Wii Motion Plus. You can tell this because it has a super simple concept and includes a Wii Motion Plus controller with the game. The game costs $50 and the Motion Plus-integrated controller is about $40, so you can’t really go too far off with this one, in fact even if you just get an hour or two from it, you come away a winner. The game itself involves you flinging a fun little yellow character through blocks as the screen scrolls. It’s all very simple and super kid friendly, in fact the target age can’t be over 12. It will keep people entertained (at least for a few minutes) because, let’s face it, Wii Motion Plus is really cool.It’s not a great game by any stretch and there some accuracy issues with the flinging (though Motion Plus remains amazing), but you get the controller and it’s a family-friendly title for people all ages. So this one is recommended for young kids, especially those new to gaming and people in need of a Wii Motion Plus controller, though regular gamers won’t get $10 of value from this overly simplistic game.Kirby’s Epic Yarn – Wii – Buy it if you have kids or rent it for yourself. A great gift.Kirby is back, but this time everything is made of yarn. This a a delightful, family-friendly game that is truly unique and it worth playing, regardless of how old or cynical you are. Check out our full review.Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem – Nintendo DS – Buy itDK is back in a second title this holiday season, although this time the star is a wind-up toy version of Mario. Mini-land Mayhem is a puzzle game where you walk robot-like characters through a level, not by controlling them, but the rather the objects around them. It’s a bit like Lemmings, but with all the Nintendo characters that you’ve grown to know and love.The goal of the game is to navigate the mini characters through each stage and finally to an exit door. Along the way you can collect coins, keys, and cards, which add an element of replayability to each level and stop the player from just taking the easiest route every time. There is an element of timing as well because you have limited materials to work with. So if you need to, say, build a bridge, you have to remove that material from somewhere else in the stage. With multiple minis walking around and many objects that need to be shifted, the game will keep your stylus active and you thinking on your feet.Mario vs. Donkey Kong has tight controls and fun mechanics. The game has some quirks later on, but nothing that is enough to hold people back from playing. It anything I’d love to see a “speed increase” setting, to get those wind-up Marios walking a bit faster when you know you’ve solved the puzzle. It’s a fun puzzle game that is good for all people over the age of about 12.Metroid: The Other M – Wii – Rent itTo a certain extent the release of any Metroid game is a can’t-miss experience, but The Other M was a bit disappointing. The return to a Super Metroid-like experience could have been huge, but instead it’s a largely forgettable game with controls that some people will take serious issue with. It’s not at all a bad game, but there are frustrating moments that keep it from being the hit people expected when they saw Team Ninja and Nintendo join forces.I do think it’s worth playing, but unless you are a big Samus fan this one to rent.mario_v_donkeymario_v_donkeygh5fable3Some of the game in this article were provided by their respective publishers.last_img read more

AMD and Nvidia promise 10 hour laptops

first_imgIn 2012, the computing crown won’t necessarily be worn by the company with the biggest, baddest processor. There are other important considerations in the dawning of the Metro era as touch takes center stage on Windows PCs — like efficiency and stealth. AMD and Nvidia are promising to challenge Intel in both those areas.Nvidia is claiming that their Tegra 3+ will offer more than ten hours of unplugged use in Windows RT tablets, laptops, and hybrids. The chip is a slightly-modified version of the one that powers scores of Android devices, though Nvidia hasn’t offered specifics on the changes. They’re also promising computational quietude: no fans will be required in Tegra 3+ powered devices.Then there’s AMD, who have just announced their second-generation Brazos processor. AMD says the chip will allow OEMs to produce sub-$600 ultra-thin laptops, and they’ll feature 11-hour endurance. A number of top manufacturers have signed on to use the new E-Series in laptops and tablets, including HP, Lenovo, Asus, Sony, and Acer.One advantage Brazos offers over the Tegra chips is compatibility. Since it’s an x86/x64 chip, computers outfitted with AMD’s chip will be able to run legacy Windows desktop apps. Tegra 3 and other ARM processors, of course, are limited to Metro apps and freshly recompiled apps in Windows RT. AMD’s latest aren’t on par when it comes to power consumption, however. The new chips are rated at 18W, compared to the Tegra 3 at around 3W.AMD is also promising optimizations for HTML5, which should help boost performance of Metro and Web apps.Whether you choose a system powered by Intel, AMD, or Nvidia, one thing’s for sure: upcoming systems are going to run cooler and quieter and get better battery life — and prices should be better than ever, too.More at The Verge and Engadgetlast_img read more

Shazam actress Faithe Herman visits Good Morning San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 18, 2019 Shazam! actress Faithe Herman visits Good Morning San Diego KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego resident and actress Faithe Herman is staring in the Warner Brothers/DC Comics movie Shazam!Herman plays the character Darla Dudley who is one of Billy Baston’s group home pals. Faithe also stars as Annie Pearson in the critically acclaimed NBC series This Is Us.Faithe said she is a proud resident of San Diego and discussed her current projects and favorite parts of growing up in the area. April 18, 2019last_img read more

Netflixs dunk on Oscar backlash It might buy its own movie theater

first_img Comments Share your voice Netflix’s attitude about theatrical release — that movies should be available to stream the same day they open in theaters, or soon thereafter — underpins most of these divisions. Should the early talks succeed in Netflix buying the Egyptian for tens of millions of dollars, the company would use the cinema as a place for its own screenings and events during the week and allow the nonprofit that leases it, American Cinematheque, to continue to program art-house and classic films during the weekends. That could represent Netflix using some of its eye-popping budget to buttress a cinematic institution in the heart of Hollywood.  3 Now playing: Watch this: Netflix TV and Movies Digital Media Netflix hauled in Oscars but couldn’t quite land best… Tags Yalitza Aparicio attended Netflix’s premiere of Roma at the Egyptian Theatre in December.   Rachel Murray Netflix may not win over Steven Spielberg with this one, but we’ll see. The video streaming company is in preliminary talks to buy the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, a historic cinema that screens classic films and other cinephile fare, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Deadline first reported the news.) Netflix isn’t about to become the next Cinemark or AMC — this doesn’t presage Netflix making a wider push into becoming a movie theater chain, the person said. Nor would it change Netflix’s existing partnerships with theater chains like iPic and Landmark that already screen Netflix’s films theatrically (and also help make its films eligible for Oscars).egyptian-courtyardThe Egyptian Theater is a historic 1922 cinema. American Cinematheque But owning this particular theater — and supporting the nonprofit that programs the events there — could be a small step toward building its bona fides as a company that appreciates old-school theatrical experiences for film, countering a perception that Netflix actually wants to tear them down. After the Cannes Film Festival effectively banned Netflix last year from competing for its most prestigious awards, Netflix had its best year ever at the Oscars in February. It took home four statues total, including high-profile wins for Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white Roma. But corners of traditional Hollywood bristled at Netflix’s approach to the film-award game and how close Netflix got to a hallowed Best Picture statue. Theater chains and high-profile figures like Spielberg, who is on the Oscars’ influential Board of Governors, have spoken out against Netflix’s Oscars progress, saying that its films are “made-for-TV movies” or that they are more suitable for Emmy awards instead. 2:06last_img read more

OC withdrawn over schoolgirls suicide after rape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationThe officer-in-charge of Mohanpur police station has been withdrawn for negligence of duty over the suicide of schoolgirl Sumaiya Akhter Barsha after her ‘rape’, reports UNB.Ifte Khayer Alam, additional superintendent of police (Sadar circle) and also the spokesperson of district police, said OC Abul Hossain was closed to the district police lines on Monday afternoon following an order of superintendent of police Md Shahidullah.Barsha, 14, a Class-IX student of Bakshimul High School in the upazila and daughter of Abdul Mannan Chand, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan on 17 May having failed to bear the insult after being abducted and raped.Barsha’s sister alleged that their neighbour Mukul, son of Anis Uddin, had been harassing her for the past six months on her way to and from school as she turned down his love proposal. She had also informed the matter to her family.On 23 April, Barsha was taken to a coaching centre by her friend Sonia against her will. However, Mukul allegedly abducted her and raped her.The schoolgirl was found lying unconscious by the Mohanpur-Kaliganj road in Khanpur Bagbazar area, 6 kms off her house, on the same day.Later, the victim’s father rescued her and first took her to Mohanpur Health Complex. Then, she was shifted to the one-stop crisis centre at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Barsha’s father went to the police station in the evening to file an abduction case. However, the OC kept him waiting at the police station until midnight without recording any case.As Barsha’s condition deteriorated, police took him to the RMCH on their vehicle around 12:30am on 24 April.Police arrested Mukul in the early hours of the day only to release him in the morning.Although Mannan went to the police station for four consecutive days later, police did not record the case, rather they kept him waiting for hours.When he asked the OC why he was harassing him, he got angry and threatened to beat him.Later, Mannan informed the matter to additional deputy commissioner Alamgir Kabir who was the former upazila nirbahi officer of Mohanpur over phone.The ADC informed the matter to the police superintendent. Later, Mannan along with Barsha went to the SP and informed him of the incident in details.Finally, an abduction case was recorded on 27 April. But the OC refused to record any rape case.The victim’s family alleged that Barsha took her life following an insult to her and her family and continued threat from the accused family.The victim’s father filed another case against 13 people over the suicide and police arrested three accused.The SP said the case was transferred to Detective Branch of police for investigation.Two committees were formed to probe the allegation against the OC, he said.last_img read more

NPRIpsos Poll Most Americans Support Teachers Right To Strike

first_img Share LA Johnson/NPRAs the wave of teacher walkouts moves to Arizona and Colorado this week, an NPR/Ipsos poll shows strong support among Americans for improving teachers’ pay and for their right to strike.Just 1 in 4 Americans believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Nearly two-thirds approve of national teachers’ unions, and three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike. That last figure includes two-thirds of Republicans, three-quarters of independents and nearly 9 in 10 Democrats.“Our teachers have not been able to have raises for the last several years and I’m certain it’s the same issue that’s going on around the country,” said Marla Hackett of Queen Creek, Ariz., who responded to the survey and said she has a daughter who is a teacher. “They are underappreciated, underpaid and they work ridiculously long hours.”Just over 1,000 Americans were surveyed in the second week of April, when teachers were marching in several mostly red states.Arizona, where Hackett lives, is one of the latest states where teachers are walking off the job in protest of low pay and inadequate school funding, after Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia. Colorado teachers, too, have scheduled demonstrations, and schools are closing this Thursday and Friday.In the NPR/Ipsos poll, a little less than two-thirds of the respondents said they had recently seen media reports on teacher unions.Gloria Weathers, of Louisville, Ky., was personally affected by the walkout in that state. She said her daughter, a middle schooler, had been out of school for two Fridays. Nevertheless, she said, “The teachers are in the right for fighting for their pensions. I think most people support them. I think the governor of my state is in the wrong.”Despite broad support for the right to strike, the public’s view of unions wasn’t all roses. Just half of respondents overall agreed that “teacher unions improve the quality of education” and that “teacher unions improve the quality of teachers.”There were deep partisan divides on these two issues, with Democrats being far more favorable towards unions than Republicans, and independents in the middle. Marla Hackett said that in her community in Arizona, “we have really mixed feelings,” over unions.Another of the respondents, Angela Lee, of Baltimore, expressed qualified support for unions. “I only approve if the unions work toward the teachers getting the finances they need to support their families,” she says. “If they’re not doing that, it’s a waste of time.”Lee, a mother of three public school graduates, said she had trained Baltimore public school teachers as an HIV educator, and many confided in her about being underpaid and even needing to rely on public assistance. “They’re overworked and understaffed, if you ask me.”While sympathetic to the unions, 63 percent of respondents, including 53 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans, saw a drawback as well, agreeing with the statement “teacher unions make it harder to fire bad teachers.”Still, the 63 percent approval rating of “national teachers’ unions” among the general public was 21 points higher than the approval expressed for “the U.S. Department of Education leadership.”That difference was driven by Democrats, 80 percent of whom approved of the unions, while just 37 percent supported the Department of Ed. Among Republicans, 55 percent expressed support for unions and 54 percent supported the Education Department.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Alia keen to learn from SRK

first_imgBollywood actor Alia Bhatt, who would be seen alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Johar’s upcoming film, says working with the superstar would be a great learning opportunity for her.Johar has announced his next home production with Alia and SRK to be helmed by Gauri Shinde of English Vinglish fame.It is not clear yet if SRK and Alia would be romantically paired opposite each other in the film. The 22-year-old actor is very excited to share space with the ‘Om Shanti Om’ star. ‘I am very excited to be working with him (Shah Rukh Khan). He is the biggest superstar. It is a dream come true moment,’ Alia told a media person. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“He is one of the best and respectable actors in the industry. I would get so much to learn from him. It is a great learning opportunity for me,’ she said. The pressure comes with every film. As actors we need to do our best… impress the audience as they are the king.We need to justify their faith and give our best,’ the Highway actor said.‘It is too early to talk about the concept of the film,’ she added. Reportedly, the Student of the Year actor has begun shooting for Gauri Khan’s film while Shah Rukh is busy with Dilwale. On this Alia says, ‘The details would be given out soon.’ Alia is also looking forward to the release of Shaandaar in which she is paired opposite Shahid Kapoor.last_img read more

Konica Minolta Featuring Sonimage HS1 Version 20 Wireless Ultrasound at RSNA 2015

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | November 17, 2015 Konica Minolta Featuring Sonimage HS1 Version 2.0 Wireless Ultrasound at RSNA 2015 New hand carry ultrasound solution improves image quality, maximizes workflow and increases ease-of-use Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Image courtesy of Konica Minolta Medical ImagingNovember 17, 2015 — Konica Minolta introduces version 2.0 of its Sonimage HS1 hand carry ultrasound system at the 2015 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Version 2.0 combines features of the first-generation system with new enhancements to image quality, ease-of-use and wireless connectivity to provide a more streamlined approach for radiologists treating at the point-of-care.The system includes better differentiation, allowing clinicians to view subtle variations in the far field of the image to provide more accurate care for the patient. Additionally, due to an increase of sensitivity to color flow in the next generation of the Sonimage HS1, physicians will now have the ability to more clearly see the blood flow within a specific area of the body. An added benefit includes better sensitivity to simple needle visualizations, which allows radiologists to visualize the needle more clearly within the tissue even at deep angles, enabling safer and more efficient procedures.The next generation of the Sonimage HS1 also gives physicians a wireless hand carry ultrasound that will help in workflow efficiency during diagnosis and treatment when hardwire connection is not possible. Based on feedback from customers and Konica Minolta’s specialty ultrasound R&D team, version 2.0 also includes optional features, such as the triple transducer port, keyboard kit, three-pedal foot switch, and has reduced keystrokes to just one touch of a button on many operations to speed workflow and improve patient experiences.In addition, the cloud backup solution will automatically create a mirror image of the Sonimage HS1/ImagePilot system, including images, patient demographics and system settings.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more last_img read more

National Airlines grounded in St Johns until outstanding fees are paid

first_img Posted by Share Monday, October 31, 2016 Travelweek Group Tags: National Airlinescenter_img National Airlines grounded in St. John’s until outstanding fees are paid ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A commercial National Airlines jet has been grounded at the international airport in St. John’s, N.L. under a court order preventing take off until the airline takes care of the payments it owes the airport authority.St. John’s International Airport Authority issued a statement on Sunday saying the Boeing 757 aircraft has been sitting idle since Friday and will not leave until the operator pays its outstanding fees.The authority also said it “exhausted all avenues” to collect the payments before turning to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador for a court order.CBC reports that the plane landed in St. John’s at 6:28 p.m. on Friday, inbound from Orlando. But the scheduled return flight to Florida was cancelled, with passengers unable to rebook on the discount airline. They were either booked on another flight or reimbursed for the full cost of their ticket.By Sunday afternoon, a notice on the airline’s website stated: “We regret to inform you that we are cancelling several flights in November and December and have decided to not extend our service to St. John’s beyond Jan. 6, 2017.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNational Airlines has offered a direct flight from St. John’s to Orlando since January, and initially held a partnership with Provincial Airlines, which ended in the spring.With file from The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

French president says UN climate fund could help Caribbean

first_img Top Stories FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) — French President Francois Hollande told Caribbean leaders on Saturday that a planned international green fund could help the vulnerable, tourism-dependent region mitigate the effects of climate change.Hollande headlined the Caribbean Climate Summit, which drew about 40 leaders or top officials from regional nations including the Bahamas, Trinidad and Cuba, as well as experts talking about renewable energy, waste and water management. Before the session, Hollande visited the tomb of Aime Cesaire, a renowned poet and politician who supported increased autonomy for the French Caribbean and urged blacks to cultivate pride in their heritage. He died in April 2008.Hollande arrived late Friday as part of a five-day tour through the French Caribbean before heading to Cuba and Haiti. He previously visited St. Barts and St. Martin and planned to meet with officials in Guadeloupe late Saturday and Sunday.Pascal Saffache, a university professor of geography in Martinique, said Hollande’s presence would help draw attention to climate change effects in a region vulnerable to hurricanes, rising sea levels and coastal erosion.“The Caribbean is made up of tiny countries that people generally don’t understand,” he said. “The words from a president carry weight.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life The meeting came ahead of a global climate conference in Paris that activists hope will mark the first time that all countries take collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally.Hollande said the Paris session would highlight the importance of the U.N. climate fund, which is struggling to find donors.“Thanks to this fund, we will be able to find solutions to the problem of global warming,” he said.Officials have said they hope to secure at least 50 percent of the $10 billion that governments have pledged for the fund before the Paris summit begins.Hollande said climate change is a pressing issue that represents $600 million a year in costs to the Caribbean region alone, adding that he promises to reinforce and expand a local natural disaster fund.“This is a human issue that has displaced millions of people and caused the disappearance of species every year,” he said.Roosevelt Skerrit, with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, and other regional officials warned that the Caribbean faces rising sea levels that will hit economies largely dependent on tourism.“We are among the smallest (nations), but we are one of the most vulnerable,” Skerrit said. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Could Big Tech Compete With Banks for Homebuyers Business

first_img February 5, 2019 1,299 Views Big Tech Companies Digital Mortgage Fannie Mae Steve Deggendorf 2019-02-05 Donna Joseph Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Online services offered by banks are appreciated by consumers, however, big tech competitors loom, stated a new Fannie Mae survey that looked into the American perspective on banking experiences, and the shifting patterns in consumer digital experiences. According to respondents of the Q3 2018 National Housing Survey, while 43 percent of Americans say they are “very likely” to recommend their bank, 24 percent said they tend to stay with them out of convenience and trust. Some choose to stay on account of their bank’s speed, rates, or online interface. Sixty-nine percent of consumers reported overall satisfaction with their primary bank’s online interface as they are easy. Several respondents stated that they prefer performing simple tasks online—such as depositing money and paying bills—and are less comfortable performing more complex tasks online, including applying for a mortgage. Sixty-eight percent of young Americans do online banking, and approximately one-third of those surveyed use Big Tech payment services for mobile payments. The survey’s findings come at a time when traditional banks and financial institutions face increasing competition from start-ups and established Big Tech companies that have started rolling out financial services. These companies, however, do not inspire much trust among consumers, the survey noted. However, 20 percent of Americans, when thinking of their favorite technology companies—Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook— are more likely to trust that particular Big Tech company to handle their financial activities, including mortgages.“These new entrants are looking to offer financial services and are often credited with offering dazzling consumer digital experiences significantly better than those of traditional banks. Given the digital and customer experience prowess and resources of Big Tech firms, they may be especially well-situated to compete against traditional financial institutions,” said Steve Deggendorf, Director of Market Insights Research at Fannie Mae. The survey also pointed out most banks do not currently provide the experience that fulfills consumers’ financial needs on the digital front compared to the Big Tech giants. Fannie Mae’s prior research also shows that a majority of recent homebuyers have some interest in a fully digital mortgage. The survey findings also indicate that now is the time for banks “to step up their digital game and, more specifically, to consider how to best digitize more complex financial tasks before Big Tech does.”Read the full report here. Could Big Tech Compete With Banks for Homebuyers’ Business?last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals’ NFC Championship loss to the Carolina Panthers closed the book on the 2015 season. Now, it’s time to start writing 2016’s edition.Fresh off a 49-15 defeat, general manager Steve Keim says this disappointment will fuel him heading into next season.“I’ll get back to work in a couple hours here,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “I’ll be on a plane to Mobile, Alabama starting to look at the 2016 draft class at the all-star game at the Senior Bowl, and I couldn’t be more excited to start putting the team back together.” “I will certainly answer the bell and get that started today,” Keim said. “I will try to put a team on the field that all our fans can be proud of.” – / 69 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians answers questions after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers won 49-15 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   An offseason priority for #AZCardinals: Locking up Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal, despite a year left. Should be a highest-paid safety— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2016Keim is determined to assess what went wrong against Carolina and construct a championship team for 2016. When asked what the Cardinals will have to do in order to reach Super Bowl 51, Keim emphasized the necessity of a pass rush.“I don’t care who it is, whether it’s Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers, you have to affect the quarterback on a lot of snaps,” Keim said.Aside from the upcoming draft in late April, where the Cardinals will have the 29th overall pick, free agency gets underway on March 15, and Arizona has a lot on its plate.The team currently has 13 soon-to-be unrestricted free agents, including running back Chris Johnson, linebacker Dwight Freeny and corner backs Jerraud Powers and Rashad Johnson.Darren Urban wrote on Cardinals Blog that both Powers and Johnson “emphasized how much they want to return”.But the most important priority this offseason may involve the Honey Badger.According to NFL Network and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, securing safety Tyrann Mathieu will be high on the Cardinals’ offseason list. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Viking Cruises is celebrating its 20th anniversary

first_imgViking Cruises is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, marking two decades of innovation in the cruising category.Founded in 1997 by Chairman Torstein Hagen with the purchase of four river ships in Russia, Viking now employs over 4000 staff worldwide. In 2000, Viking purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises to grow its fleet, to leverage 175 years of river cruising experience and to acquire rights to prime docking locations in key European cities.Viking is continuing its significant rate of expansion in its 20th year of operation. The company has already welcomed two new Viking Longships in Europe and its third ocean ship, Viking Sky was christened in February. Its fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, will debut in October and will visit Cuba before embarking on a 141-day World Cruise. Viking Spirit will join the fleet in 2018, and will sail itineraries in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Alaska. A sixth, yet-to-be-named sister ship will be delivered in 2019.“2017 is an exciting year for Viking, as we continue to welcome new ships to our fleet and offer new itineraries across the world,” said Michelle Black, managing director, Australia and New Zealand. “We also have seen a great response from the Australian and New Zealand market for our ocean offering. Our destination-focused approach with compelling itineraries, combined with our extensive on-board inclusions and beautiful ships are proving to be a winning formula with this market.”To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Viking is offering the opportunity to fly free to Russia where it all began and save either $3000 per couple or fly free to Russia and save $2000 per couple, when booking a 2018 Russian river cruise. Offer is only valid until 30 June 2017.last_img read more