September 3, 2019 Missing Natore priest rescued in Sylhet

Missing Natore priest rescued in Sylhet

first_imgChristian priest William Walter Rosario rescued by South Surma police on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloChristian priest William Walter Rosario, who went missing on 27 November from Natore, has been rescued in Sylhet.Sylhet police said they rescued the priest at 3:00pm on Friday from Kadamtali Bus Terminal in South Surma.”He was found sitting in the terminal. He has already been sent to Dhaka. Dhaka police will inform newsmen more about his rescue,” said South Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal.Assistant priest of Jonail Borny Church and headmaster of St Lewis High School William Walter Rosario went missing nearly five days ago.He started from his residence by a motorcycle around 5:00pm to meet his elder brother at Jonail Dharmapalli, said his family members.He remained missing ever since, they said.Rosario’s brother Premal said they suspected that he was kidnapped.last_img read more

Read more
September 3, 2019 Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgBangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint media conference at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo on 29 May 2019. Photo: AFPPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday discussed ways to find a durable and early solution to the humanitarian and political crisis that has emanated from the displacement of over a million Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Hasina said Japan understands that the solution to this crisis lies in the early, safe and dignified return of this displaced people to their homeland in Myanmar.She said it is necessary for Myanmar to create conducive atmosphere in Rakhine State for the return of the displaced people.”I thank the Japanese government for its generous support to handle the crisis, and for its efforts to support early repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar,” Hasina said.Hasina and Abe reiterated their commitment to take Bangladesh-Japan relations to new a height of cooperation and partnership.”I’m confident we’ll achieve that much given the excellent understanding and friendship that exist between our two peoples and our governments,” said Hasina while delivering her statement at a joint press meet.Sheikh Hasina and Abe witnessed the signing of 40th ODA Loan Package of US dollar 2.5 billion to develop infrastructure and promote investment in Bangladesh.Hasina thanked Abe for this loan package.Hasina said they have also decided to strengthen mutual cooperation in international platforms to fight against terrorism and violent extremism, mitigating risk emanating from climate change, ensuring denuclearisation to keep children safe and extending support to each other’s efforts to expand the horizon of peace and knowledge.She said Japan occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. “The level of commitment that Japan has been showing since our independence in 1971 is truly remarkable.”Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of making Bangladesh a prosperous nation and his vision of development was greatly influenced by the development history of Japan.”After more than 48 years since our independence in 1971, we can now confidently say we’re moving in the right direction to fulfil that dream. And it’s reassuring to have Japan by our side always,” she said.Hasina said she and Abe discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed on several new ideas to enhance and strengthen the level of cooperation between the two countries.She said Bangladesh has achieved all the criteria to graduate from the least developed country to a developing one and they have set their goal to become a developed country by 2041.”Prime minister Abe has assured me that Japan will stand by Bangladesh and extend necessary support to reach that goal,” she said.The two leaders have agreed to explore all possible areas where two countries can find mutually beneficial outcomes.”Our discussion was greatly focused on enhancing regional connectivity to harness the full potentials of the countries and improving physical infrastructure would be a critical factor to establish effective connectivity,” Hasina said.She said prime minister Abe has assured her that Japan will continue to provide assistance to realise that target.”Considering the importance of developing the Southeast of Bangladesh, we’ve discussed ideas to build quality infrastructures in that region,” Hasina said.”We believe that international trade and flow of investment are key channels to strengthen economic cooperation. We have put special emphasis on regional stability and peace,” she added.Hasina said it is always a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country. “I’m particularly delighted to be here at the advent of the new era, Reiwa, ushering in beautiful harmony.”She extended her warmest felicitations to Emperor Naruhito, Members of the Imperial Family and the Japanese people on the joyous occasion of his enthronement.”I’m deeply moved by the hospitality that the government of Japan has extended to me and my delegation. My sincere thanks to all the officials of Japan who worked very hard to make my visit smooth and comfortable,” she added.last_img
Read more
September 3, 2019 Sri Lanka attacks What we know so far

Sri Lanka attacks What we know so far

first_imgA security officer stands in front of St Anthony`s shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Sri Lanka on 22 April 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lanka was rocked Sunday by a series of deadly blasts that has reportedly killed 290 people and injured 500 more.Here is what we know so far about one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation’s history:What happened?Powerful explosions struck in quick succession at three hotels in the capital Colombo. The Cinnamon Grand was hit at around 8:30 am (0300 GMT), and the high-end Shangri-La soon after at 9:05am.Three churches were also targeted in that wave of blasts: Colombo’s historic St Anthony’s Shrine, the St Sebastian’s church in the town of Negombo — north of the capital — and the Zion Church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa.Hours later, there were two more blasts — one of them at another Colombo hotel. At least two of the eight were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police sources and a hotel official.Who were the victims?The blasts hit the churches when they were full of worshippers gathered for Easter services. An AFP photographer saw bodies and debris lying on the floor at St Anthony’s.By Sunday evening, the toll stood at 207 dead and 450 people injured.Police said 35 foreigners were among the dead, including British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and American citizens, with the US and Britain later confirming their nationals were killed.Hospital sources also said British, Dutch and American citizens were among those killed, with Britons and Japanese also injured.India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj added three Indians were killed.A Portuguese man also died, according to the Iberian nation’s LUSA news agency. Two Chinese nationals were injured, the country’s embassy in Sri Lanka said, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency.Who did it?There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declined to identify any suspected perpetrators.At least eight people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, police said, and investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.The island nation has suffered deadly militant attacks for years, especially by ethnic Tamil militants during a decades-long civil war that ended in 2009 when Sri Lankan forces crushed the insurgency.In recent years, there have been clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, and in March last year the government imposed a 12-day state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots.Christian groups have also complained of increased harassment from hardline Buddhist groups.And, according to documents seen by AFP, the country’s police chief warned top officers 10 days ago of possible suicide bomb attacks on churches and the Indian high commission by the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka. He cited reports by a “foreign intelligence agency”, according to the documents.How did Sri Lanka react? Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all.”The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.The government beefed up security and imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the country. It also put in place a “temporary” ban on social media platforms “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread”.Security at Colombo’s airport was also enhanced, according to Sri Lankan Airlines, which advised its passengers to arrive four hours before their flights. It added that passengers with passports and tickets will be able to reach the airport during the curfew.Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place.last_img
Read more
September 1, 2019 Childhood Diabetes Continues to Climb Among Black Children

Childhood Diabetes Continues to Climb Among Black Children

first_imgMeagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y.  She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes.“I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” said Charles, now 22. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”Physicians and health experts continue to see a rise in the percentage of American children with type 2, which usually affects adults. The leading cause for diabetes in children, they said, is obesity, which is still on the rise. (Photo/Wikipedia Commons)Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food people eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for their bodies to use for energy. In diabetics, the pancreas can’t make enough of the hormone insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease; notable among them is actress Halle Berry.Type 2 is usually diagnosed in adults and can be genetically passed on by parents or grandparents. It is most often caused by obesity in children, and obesity is the leading cause in adults.The prevalence of childhood type 2 diabetes jumped more than 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a study by the Pediatric Academic Societies, and continues to climb. Nationwide, 35.1 percent of children were overweight or obese in 2016 — a sharp 4.7 percent increase from just two years earlier, according to a study by Duke University.Maintaining the proper diet is vital for diabetics. Too many sugar-creating carbohydrates or not enough can cause severe illness, and even death.Growing up, Charles said, she watched as her father struggled with diabetes and the health issues that can accompany the disease.“If my mom didn’t cook the right foods for my dad, or if he didn’t eat on time, he would feel sick,” she said. “Sometimes he would become so weak he wouldn’t be able to do much for a few days.”After Charles was diagnosed, her mother, Maxiene Charles, found herself caring for both her husband and her newly-diagnosed diabetic daughter.“It was scary knowing that my child was diabetic,” Maxiene said. “At times it got frustrating, if she didn’t want to eat what I had prepared. It’s still a struggle but we’re getting there.”Charles had difficulty transitioning to the new diet needed to keep her diabetes under control. She ended up in the hospital at age 17 after not monitoring her diet properly, she said.“I was on my way home from class when I started feeling dizzy,” she said. “I actually drove myself to the hospital and my father met me there.” Charles nearly slipped into a diabetic coma, which could have been fatal if she didn’t go the hospital when she did, her doctors told her.Dr. Shurla Charles-Gonsalves, a family medicine physician in New York City, said one of the leading causes of diabetes in children is obesity, largely from consuming sugar-laden beverages, overeating or eating foods high in sugar—candies, cakes, donuts, brownies—or too many carbohydrates.“We’re seeing more and more children become overweight and obese at young ages, this will often set them up for diabetes now or later in life.” Charles-Gonsalves said.“We have to understand that socioeconomic issues are also leading factors when it comes to dealing with diabetes,” she added. “It is a privilege to be able to eat healthy and pay for medications and treatments for diabetic patients.”Children are usually diagnosed with diabetes after displaying a symptom, the doctor said.“That child may be always thirsty, always going to the bathroom and even eating a lot of food but not gaining weight,” she said. “We often see diabetes affecting children physically, whether it be weight gain, injecting insulin, or feeling any of the symptoms signaling diabetes, but rarely do we acknowledge the psychological effects this disease can have on people, especially children.”Maureen Monaghan, a clinical and pediatric psychologist and certified diabetes educator in the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children’s National Health System, said children afflicted with diabetes can be affected psychologically.“Kids with diabetes are at higher risk for a depressive episode,” Monaghan said.According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency that works to advance the behavioral health of the nation, one in seven adolescents with diabetes had a major depressive episode in the past year.Monaghan said the effects of a diagnosis of diabetes on children varies from patient to patient“We have children as young as 1 and 2 that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” said Monaghan, “That is very different from a 14-, 15- or 16-year-old with Type 1 diabetes.  We have to think about the family and their ability to cope and adjust. There may be some grief and in-denial thinking, but some families are also impressed with how their child is handling their diagnosis.”As diabetes diagnosis rates are increasing, deaths among children are also occurring, Monaghan said.“We have lost a few of our patients to diabetes—I wouldn’t say a lot, thankfully it is fairly rare,” she said. “If patients do pass away due to Type 1 diabetes it is either because of an extreme high glucose level or an extreme low glucose level.”Or, she said, they can die because they can’t afford the insulin they desperately need. A month’s supply of insulin typically costs a few hundred dollars for those without medical insurance, and diabetics cannot survive without insulin injections or pills. Even though deaths from diabetes in children are less likely to occur, if diabetes isn’t managed correctly daily as a child and later as an adult, complications related to the disease can cause severe problems.Last year, Meagan Charles got a wake-up call when her father lost a limb to diabetes.“When my dad got his foot amputated, I knew things had to change.” Charles said.She urged anyone who suspects that they or someone they know might be diabetic to schedule an appointment with a doctor to be screened.“I think everyone should get screened for diabetes,” Charles said. “It’s better to know now, than be sorry later.”last_img read more

Read more
September 1, 2019 Durant is Mondawmin Santa For More Than Three Decades

Durant is Mondawmin Santa For More Than Three Decades

first_imgLuke Durant has been the Mondawmin Mall Santa Claus for 34 years. Here Kashton asks Santa for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ninja Megazoid. Mondawmin Mall, in the heart of West Baltimore, is one of the oldest malls in America.(Courtesy Photo)last_img

Read more
August 31, 2019 New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

first_imgKolkata: New Town is going to the first area in Bengal, where air-conditioned electric buses will be introduced soon.The vehicles will be introduced in the areas that are not connected by buses. Three buses will be introduced, which will follow a circular route. Two buses will be for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses will go up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses will be between 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe fare of the buses will be Rs 10. There will be no conductors. The drivers will collect the fare and a machine will be installed to generate the tickets.The bus drivers will be given special training to handle the buses along with collection of tickets. The battery needs to be charged and charging stations have come up. The body of the buses with 32 seats has been built by Eicher, while Karnataka based KPIT has installed the electrical systems. The buses are likely to be introduced in the middle of May. Trial runs are being made.New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

Read more
August 30, 2019

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

first_img If your company doesn’t have a mobile app yet, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Smartphones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. The majority of the 120 million smartphone owners in the U.S. use a shopping or retail app at least once a month, according to a recent Nielsen report. Yours could be one of them.If you’d like a mobile app that lets customers buy your products — or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons — you’ll need to hire an experienced developer you trust to custom build it.Here are 10 key questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right one for the job:1.Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed? Qualified candidates should be eager to provide you with a list of apps they are personally responsible for creating — or at least played a major role in developing — complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store, BlackBerry App World or Google Play, Google’s Android app store.”That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for,” says Chad Mureta, CEO of App Empire, a San Francisco-based app development firm, and author of App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You (Wiley, 2012).Related: The Basics: 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps2. May I have a list of your current and past clients? Unlike reading movie credits, there’s typically no way to tell who actually developed an app. This is why speaking directly with candidates’ current and former clients can be essential to verifying that the developers actually created the apps they claim to have worked on, Mureta says.Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidates are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.Candidates sometimes only offer references who have a favorable opinion of them, says Farhan Thawar, vice president of engineering at Xtreme Labs, an Ontario, Canada-based mobile strategy and product development firm. He suggests visiting a candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if you have any professional colleagues or former co-workers in common. If you do, contact your mutual connections and ask them about their impression of the candidate’s experience, capabilities and work ethic.3. What kind of smartphone do you use?This question can provide insight into how passionate and knowledgeable a candidate is about specific mobile platforms, Thawar says. “If you’re telling me that you can build an app for an iPhone, then you should have an iPhone, you should be playing with the apps that you are building and also playing with other people’s apps on a very regular basis.” The same goes for Android and BlackBerry.4. How can my app make money? If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the developer needs to know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.If you opt for a free app, be sure the candidate is well versed in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.5. How will we communicate during the development process? The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process.Does your app developer prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message or email — and how often? Or does he or she prefer to interact with you using a popular project and task management system like 37signals’ Basecamp? How often will he or she provide you with status updates?Related: 5 Tools for Building a Shopping App6. What kind of special features can you create? Apps rarely grab consumers’ attention without truly innovative and useful features. Figure out the bells and whistles you’d like and then assess your developer’s capabilities. For example, can your candidate add 3-D gaming, social media sharing, GPS check-ins or product coupon elements to your app?7. Who will own the mobile app? Typically the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product, Mureta says. To be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the app developer should sign a written “copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.8. How will you test my app? Generally, the best way to test an app is simply to run it on the smartphone it will be used on. The candidate should provide a thorough explanation of how he or she conducts an extensive beta test to weed out any glitches. If bugs are found, how will the candidate fix them — and how quickly?9. Will you submit my mobile app to app stores? After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your developer should already know how to successfully navigate.10. What are your fees and payment terms? Draft a written agreement specifying that you will pay the developer by the hour or with a flat fee. Most developers, like Mureta, ask for a one-time fee upfront. Others require a deposit at the beginning of a project, often for up to half of the estimated total cost, with the balance due when the app is completed.The most basic mobile apps can start between $1,000 and $5,000, but you could end up spending many times more if you pay a developer by the hour. More complicated mobile apps, including ones that are database driven or involve 3-D gaming, can cost thousands more.Related: Caterina Fake’s Findery Aims to Be an ‘Adventure Machine’ 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img April 8, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

Read more