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Man killed in Barishal gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Fultola of Barishal’s Ujirpur upazila early Tuesday.News agency UNB quoted police as saying that the deceased was Robiul Alam, 35, a resident of Madaripur district town and accused in six murder casesSaiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal police, said a team of police arrested Robiul from Madaripur district on Monday night in a case filed for killing Jalla union chairman Bishwajit Gosh Nantu.After gleaning information in primary interrogation, a team of police along with Rabiul conducted a drive in the area to recover arms.When the team reached there, his cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Rabiul injured with bullet.Later, he was taken to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a firearm and several sharp weapons from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Walkers should have right of way

first_imgAman (in Hindi and Urdu) means peace. However, a 10-year-old Aman was recently crushed to death in south Delhi by a maverick DTC driver, when he was walking on a zebra crossing. Every day, scores of pedestrians, young and old, are hit like pin balls across the country by incompetent, arrogant, and rogue vehicle drivers.  It is the same chaotic scene on every street in every city. Pedestrians scurry to cross roads as vehicles relentlessly race ahead at maddening speeds with scant regard for the vulnerable humans in the way. Crossing main arteries, boulevards and streets in residential areas is always risky, particularly for children and senior citizens. Vehicles, especially two-wheelers, may zoom in from nowhere. Walkers account for nearly 50 per cent of all fatalities on Indian roads. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justice Each day is an obstacle race for pedestrians. During monsoon, the game turns into hop, step, and jump. In most urban settings, sidewalks do not exist, and where they do, they are in a poor state of repair with crevices and pits making it difficult to navigate on foot. They are poorly designed and challengingly high, making climbing and descending painful, particularly for children, women, the aged, and the physically challenged. At many places, pavements are covered-up drains with manholes, at times left. During rains, unless careful, walkers may vanish into these death traps. Therefore, pedestrians are forced to walk on road shoulders. Also Read – Turning a blind eye Pedestrians compulsorily share their right of way with utilities, trees, streetlights, transformers, markers for gas and electricity feeder boxes, signboards, roadside vendors, and bus shelters. Dogs and cattle dirty them. Footpaths are converted into makeshift markets. Not to be outdone, bikers climb up to exhibit acrobatics.  The latest to join these trappings are the 4G high mast towers on traffic islands, which serve as crossroads and where traffic signals are installed, in Nagpur. These towers have created blind spots that block the view of motorists. Planners and engineers are yet to properly design and construct walkable pavements. Amid all this chaos, hapless traffic cops have no role to play.  Crossing roads any given time is a nightmare for pedestrians. Zebra crossings are haphazard, traffic lights are installed at will—the poles have varying heights and designs, some are hidden behind adjacent trees planted on the meridian or are hidden by billboards hung on poles. In such a scenario jay walking is the order of the day. Pedestrians mostly ignore foot over bridges, skywalks, and subways as most are badly designed and ill maintained. Underground passages stink, are poorly-lit, appear unsafe and are difficult to access.   Every day, a competition ensues on Indian roads. For motorised vehicle drivers, the motto is “you don’t stop for anyone”. And more determinedly, these vehicles do not stop for walkers. Unrelentingly, resolute walkers also do not stop for cars. The end is predictable, and both the pedestrians and drivers are to be blamed. A major share in the blame certainly goes to the Government, civic authorities, city planners and law enforcement officers for the haphazard management of road safety. Passenger-vehicle conflict requires a judicious mix of road engineering and strict law enforcement measures. Pedestrians are also responsible, though less, for accidents. While population has exploded, necessary infrastructure has not kept pace. Many innovative devices could be installed, and maintained to control traffic and avoid conflict. Radar speed signs (an interactive sign generally comprising LEDs) that display vehicle speed as motorists approach, warn drivers to slow their vehicles when they are driving at unsafe speeds. Mounted on poles and powered by a solar panel, these devices must be used in school zones, busy residential roads, construction zones, and definitely on highways. Currently, interceptors are placed inside traffic police patrol vans, but they are too insignificant. Initially, the devices should be placed along with CCTVs where traffic violations are high.CCTVs must be installed at/near all intersections and record red light infractions, rolling through stop signs and halting on zebra crossings by vehicles must be recorded and sent to central computers. A major hindrance to pedestrians is vehicles parked haphazardly.  As followed in several countries, traffic wardens should issue tickets, using hand-held computerised devices, by pasting them on windshields of these vehicles. Walking is a basic and common mode of transport the world over. But, walkers are the most abused in India. Due to the dramatic growth of motor vehicles and general neglect of pedestrian needs in roadway design and land-use planning, pedestrians are increasingly vulnerable to road traffic injury. Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. All road users have a role to play in  protecting the pedestrians better and making cities safe for walking–-even for pedestrians. Perhaps, to help both in India, a car maker in the US has introduced a new driver-assist vehicle safety system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians. The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, debuting this year in Europe, provides a collision warning to the driver. And, if the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply the vehicle brake, to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. It uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead.(The author is an independent journalist)last_img read more

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Fostering reduces stress levels in dogs

first_imgIs your canine friend nervous? Sleepovers and foster care homes could help reduce their stress level, says a new study. The findings, published in the journal PeerJ, indicate that short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increases rest in shelter dogs. “We are trying to improve the lives of shelter dogs by helping them find loving homes,” said co-author Clive Wynne, Professor at the Arizona State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the lead researcher, Lisa Gunter from the varsity, the sleepovers were like a weekend away from work as they provided a short break from the stress of living in a shelter. Sleepover or fostering refers to bringing in a dog at home for a while with the goal of nurturing them. For the study, the research team tracked 207 dogs’ stress level by measuring cortisol before, during and after sleepovers. Even though the five participating shelters were very different, the cortisol levels for all the dogs decreased during a sleepover. When the dogs returned to the shelter, their cortisol levels were the same as before, the team said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It was an open question if it would be stressful for dogs to come back to the shelter after being away for a weekend but because of this study, we know a sleepover is a very welcome break,” said Debbie McKnight, Vice President at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) in the US. AHS was one of the five shelters that participated in the study. Because sleepovers reduced the dogs’ cortisol levels and increased their time at rest, shelters that do not currently have short-term foster programmes should give sleepovers a try, Gunter suggested.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile Health Care and Fashion Innovations

first_img 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Techweek is one of the largest week-long tech industry festivals in the nation. Launched in 2011, the seven-day festival allows entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders to meet and enable the innovation ecosystem in cities across the U.S. and beyond. The festival curates compelling programming that casts a global spotlight on each community and its leaders. Al Roker, host and weatherman on NBC’s Today Show, headlined this year’s New York engagement.The technology festival takes place at locations currently including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and New York — and this year it breaks ground in Havana. The organization’s CEO, Katy Lynch, plans to launch at least five new markets in the next two years.“As an active member in the Chicago tech community, I’ve witnessed the explosive growth of Techweek over the years,” says Lynch. “Right now, we’re in six markets. I’m thrilled to lead the team and look forward to expanding our footprint to several cities, including Boston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Toronto.”Los Angeles was an early expansion in 2013. That year, Nicolas Dupont, a 14-year-old entrepreneur, showed off Spectrocable, a data-transfer technology. This year’s Techweek Los Angeles demonstrated just as much entrepreneurial enthusiasm.For the second year, Techweek Los Angeles set up shop on the Santa Monica Pier, hosting industry-topic panels, guest speakers and the event’s Launch startup competition. Launch Championship is the battle royale of pitch competitions, where top startups compete to be crowned Techweek’s Launch Grand Champion. The Launch Championship is Techweek’s top attraction and offers a chance for attendees to see which companies may soon be changing the world and to meet their founders and investors.This year’s Techweek Los Angeles featured some inspired new apps and platforms and a healthy group of startup finalists.MobileFresh from a Kickstarter campaign, Bezalel has introduced the first universal (dual mode) cell phone case that lets users power an iPhone using any wireless charger, including those at Starbucks and in GM and Toyota vehicles. This Latitude case joins a product line that already includes the Prelude mobile wireless charger and Samsung charging patch.HealthcarePaubox encrypted email is the only two-way, HIPAA-compliant email solution on the market. The solution was built to accommodate existing user processes and platforms, with zero learning curve. “Paubox has solved the HIPPA conundrum for us and really makes our patients feel like they have access to our team to resolve any issue,” says Chris Rehm, CEO of AfterOurs, Inc.Fashion Fashion meets gamification with new social app, Swggr. This hybrid of Instagram and Pinterest enables users to display an online collection of ingredients from their own closet, pair it with items from the Swggr collection and let their friends mix-and-match combinations. Users rack up reward points that can be used for brand and retailer discounts.GroomingUber meets barber with location-based service provider app, Hairdoo. Simplifying men’s haircut scheduling, Hairdoo’s traveling stylists can be viewed in real time, allowing the user to select the nearest option or schedule an appointment with their personal favorite. The haircuts can take place at home, in the office or even in public.The Los Angeles Techweek Launch FinalistsThe Los Angeles Launch Startup Championship Winner, Pick My Solar, also won the People’s Choice Award which is voted-on through social media. Pick My Solar will be headed to Miami next month to compete in the National Launch Startup Championship with the other five regional Techweek Launch Champions.1. Pick My Solar (Techweek Los Angeles Launch Champion and People’s Choice)Pick My Solar is an online solar marketplace. They find the best solar deals on the market.2. Kangarootime (Runner up)Kangarootime has digitized the childcare enrollment process, payment and record keeping in the cloud. The platform’s parent portal and parent mobile application provide easy document uploading and quick communication with childcare providers.3. Safe CatchSafe Catch developed a breakthrough technology capable of accurately and precisely testing tuna for its mercury concentration. The company only buys fish that meet strict purity, quality and sustainability standards.4. HearshotDesigned by sports enthusiasts, Hearshot headsets are built with well-proven communications technology which, combined with the company’s proprietary hi-fidelity audio technology, allows extreme sport and active users to communicate clearly with their group for up to 300 meters away.5. ComicBlitzThe marketplace for binge comic book reading, ComicBlitz offers an all-you-can-read platform. Featuring top publishers and a low, $9.99 per month price point, this service is for the dedicated comic reader. December 2, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more