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Dr Paul Wright: Swift decision needed to fix horse racing industry

first_img NEGOTIATIONS Last week, the best kept secret in horse racing in Jamaica was officially exposed. There was a statement from the Government that Supreme Ventures was now the preferred bidder in the much ballyhooed divestment of Caymanas Park, the only racetrack in the island. Although everybody at the track knew that Supreme Ventures had won months before, the comments from the vice president of the trainers’ association and the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners Association (JROA) reflected sentiments at the track that racing NEEDED divestment. Some of the older (and wiser?) fans and punters at the track were very wary of the announcement, however, as they remembered that there were two previous ‘preferred bidders’ in the planned divestment of racing out of the hands of Government and into the hands of private individuals (or companies) with the knowledge and the money that is so vital in the successful promotion of racing, as the Danny Melville-led Board showed some year s ago. Both bids came to nought. So after the collective sigh of relief from the representatives of the stakeholders in racing, came the return to reality by statements from Paul Hoo, a representative of Supreme Ventures and from lawyers representing the present champion jockey at the track, Shane Ellis. First, Mr Hoo reminded all of us in racing that the title ‘preferred bidder’ only means that negotiations for the divestment will now begin in earnest and the lawyers for Mr Ellis obtained an injunction in the courts that restrained the planned divestment until the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), settled a lawsuit brought by Mr Ellis against the CEO of the track, who made comments (deemed derogatory by Mr Ellis and his lawyers). Those comments were made after Mr Ellis fell from a horse during a race some years ago. So for at least the next 9-12 months the status quo at the track remains – no Board in place and management that has become decidedly worse after the ‘preferred bidder’ official statement. For example, ‘technical difficulties’ is now the official response to queries about race day incidents that reek of incompetence. Last Saturday, a race was held up for at least 15 minutes because of ‘technical difficulties’ at the starting gate. It turned out that the gates “malfunctioned” because of a “lack of power”. This was quickly remedied by the frantic call for an electrician – obviously transported in a van racing from the starting gate to the grandstand area over and over again – to correct a problem that scheduled and regular maintenance checks could have prevented. The first race, on more than one occasion, has been delayed by “technical difficulties” when investigations revealed that a crucial member of the management team was “late” coming to work. Betting terminals at Off Track betting stations are turned on up to one hour late on race days because of “technical difficulties”, which on investigation revealed that crucial operatives “came to work late”. Horses are withdrawn from races because of lameness or illness the day before racing are not declared as late non-starters until a few minutes before the scheduled start of the race, playing havoc with the important exotic wagers of punters whose selection is now transferred to the ‘on time favourite’, which in some case have very little or no chance of winning and therefore depriving the knowledgeable punter from choosing another horse with a more realistic winning chance. I could go on and on. Racing cannot continue like this. The Chinese ambassador has praised the present Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, for his penchant for making “quick decisions”. Racing people are now calling for a swift decision by his Government to try to correct the present promotion of racing. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIESlast_img read more

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Touring dairy farms and FARC country in Colombia – Part I

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Being hired to write an analysis report for an international bank is more adventurous than it sounds. At least that was my experience in June, when the International Finance Corporation (IFC), one of the operating divisions of the World Bank, sent me to Colombia to tour several dairy farms and consult with dairy industry personnel. My overall mission, which I accepted, was to assess the current state of the industry and share in a report my findings and recommendations on opportunities to improve the economic health and productivity of the country’s dairy herds. The IFC wanted my input on how they could best put their financing resources to work.In my travels across the country, I was accompanied by an international bank representative from Australia, a translator, and Jordan, a Colombian dairy technician from the local dairy cooperative. Jordan served as our driver.As I’ll share in this and next month’s column, we experienced a land of extremes and adventure on the way to creating my report. Initially, we visited farms near Colombia’s capital, Bogota. They had ready-access to a large milk processing plant. Typically, these farms had milking parlors, modern dairy equipment and Holstein or Jersey cattle, with a few Simmental or Normandy cattle mixed in.As it was winter in the Southern Hemisphere, temperatures in north central Colombia ranged from 45to 75 degrees. And it rained nearly every day. The southern part of Colombia is about 10 degrees warmer and was rainy until we got into the mountains. In the mountains, at 12,000 feet, it was downright chilly, requiring a warm jacket. I was surprised to find that many hectares of potatoes were growing in plateaus on the mountains.The country is beautiful, but dairymen in southern Colombia face lots of adversity, as I will describe. I first met the team in Bogota, a modern city of 10 million people and traffic jams that make the congestion of New York and LA look like a Sunday afternoon drive. From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, traffic is restricted. Only vehicles with even numbered license plates are permitted on the city’s streets and freeways during these hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Vehicles with odd numbered plates are permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This schedule alternates each week.Drivers who disregard these restrictions risk arrest. However, on their off days, motorists start lining up their cars along the streets about 6:30 p.m., poised to reclaim freedom on the freeways at 7:30.Traffic, however, is one of the least of Colombia’s worries. A few months before my trip, the Colombian government signed a peace treaty with the rebel group FARC. FARC has a 20-plus-year history of producing and trafficking cocaine while flouting the police and intimidating the Colombian army and citizenry. Plus, they have supplemented their income with other nefarious activities like kidnapping and extortion. Supposedly, the treaty will make it safe to drive and work in southern Colombia.Long before the treaty, FARC ran the army out of southern Colombia and imposed their own rules on the citizenry. Citizens not affiliated with FARC kept their heads down. Many moved away. Those who remained were tied to the land by cattle ranches, small dairy operations, and food and retail businesses.FARC and the cocaine industry permeated all parts of society. My driver, Jordan, shared through our interpreter that his neighbor was a FARC general. His and the general’s children went to school together. By his harsh, guttural tone, I understood without the interpreter Jordan’s feelings for the general.Since kidnappings were a big income generator for FARC, wealthy citizens maintained private security forces. I saw this in action on a previous trip I made a year and a half ago with my wife, Kris. That time, I presented a program at a large agricultural expo similar to our Farm Science Review.On that trip, several security personnel armed with automatic rifles followed us everywhere. When we had lunch in a restaurant with a dairyman with a large herd, the security team sat in the back, watching the front entrance, which was an open-air patio.On this latest trip, I learned that four years ago a paramilitary group of ex-military troopers organized independently to challenge FARC. Their standard policy when someone from FARC stepped out of line was murder. And they buried land mines in some areas. There are no records or reliable recollections of where the mines were placed. As a result, people occasionally lose a limb or their life.The recently signed treaty called for:FARC and the paramilitary to turn in their weapons and restore ownership of private propertyThe government to grant amnesty to outlaw groups, except for capital crimes (maximum sentences for murder were set at only three years), and provide FARC members job training for lawful careers such as farming and dairy management.Progress with the peace treaty has been slow. The FARC and the paramilitary didn’t turn in their weapons until a few days ago, which was way past the deadline. Job training programs for FARC members, however, have begun. Money and land, for the most part, have yet to be returned to local citizens. As Jordan pointed out, “It is crazy to think FARC will give people their money back.”A third group of thugs, small-time hoods called dissidents, continue extorting citizens. They were not included in treaty negotiations. Apparently, the government thought of them as part of FARC. In some places, dissidents tax local citizens 30 pesos a day (2,900 pesos equal one U.S. dollar). Obviously, it isn’t much money. But as Jordan said, shrugging, “When you live next door to a FARC general and on the other side, a dissident guy, and their kids and your kids go to school together, what are you to do?” I gathered that meant he was paying the tariff.I got my own personal wakeup call to the troubles of Colombia as we headed toward the southern part of the country. Our driver handed me what I assumed was a pager, which I just stuck in my pocket. Our translator instructed that whenever I felt my life was in imminent danger, to press the button on the device and authorities would rescue me immediately.I didn’t really take it that seriously until our driver got a phone call from the security group. They demanded that I turn the device on — now!Join me back here next month, when I continue my adventures in Colombia, including a story about crossing a river as wide and mighty as the Ohio River — in a truck, without a bridge!last_img read more

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House Committee Tackles Refinery Waiver

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Siouxland Energy Cooperative in Iowa has experienced firsthand the recent ups and downs of the Renewable Fuel Standard.When the EPA granted 31 new small-refinery exemptions on August 9, it was the final straw for the corn-ethanol plant. Company officials were left with no choice but to shut down production.The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday examined the effects 85 small-refinery exemptions have had on biofuels and agriculture since 2016, during a hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.The legislation would, among other things, require the EPA to make available more information on refinery exemptions.In recent weeks Siouxland Energy has returned to 50% production thanks to a change in the plant’s carbon emissions score from the California Air Resources Board. The change opened the California market to the Midwest producer.Primghar, Iowa, farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis, president of Siouxland Energy, told the committee increased transparency on the exemptions process would help.“We’ve had farm subsidies and everyone sitting in this room can go online and see how much I’ve seen in farm subsidies,” Nieuwenhuis said. “I think small-refinery exemptions should be transparent.”Biofuels and agriculture interests say the more than 4 billion gallons in lost biofuels blending between 2016 and 2018, led to a fall in the volume of ethanol gallons blended in the United States for the first time in about 20 years.WAIVERS IN PUBLICCommittee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, said EPA decisions on exemptions should be made in the public eye because they are “far too consequential.“President Trump is pitting farmers and refiners against each other to the detriment of all stakeholders and consumers,” he said. “As a result, the RFS does not appear to be working the way it should for anyone involved.”Biofuels and agriculture groups point to the expansion of approved waivers as a reason for lost biofuels demand.During the hearing Chet Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, said data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show the blend rate is at its highest level in history at 10.2% — effectively undermining claims of lost demand.“Contrary to the premise of today’s hearing and much of the narrative around this issue, however, small-refinery waivers have not had any demonstrable impact on domestic biofuels demand, which is at or near record highs,” Thompson said.“In fact, until recently, the administration’s RFS policy reduced compliance costs while enabling record biofuel use. EPA recently departed from this balance with a proposed reallocation that amounts to nothing more than an unjustified increase in the regulatory burden for non-exempt parties.”PLANTS SHUTTING DOWNRenewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cooper countered by pointing to the fact 19 ethanol plants have halted production as a result of small-refinery exemptions and historically low margins.The slowdown in production at those plants has affected about 700 direct jobs and about 2,800 indirect jobs, Cooper said.“In response to sustained weak or negative margins, ethanol plants have been forced to idle or shut down permanently,” he said.“Since the spring of 2018 — when the public began to recognize EPA’s massive expansion of the SRE program — at least 19 ethanol plants with combined production capacity of about 1.1 billion gallons have temporarily idled production or permanently closed. When an ethanol plant goes down, the local community suffers. The idling of an ethanol plant — even if temporary — sends damaging shockwaves throughout the entire community in which the facility operates, including lost jobs, the immediate loss of a local market for corn, and a sudden drop in local corn prices.”As president of Siouxland Energy, Nieuwenhuis said he was put in a tough spot when EPA announced the 31 exemptions in August.“Each year our plant produces up to 90 million gallons of clean, renewable biofuel,” he said.“And nearly all the corn I produce on my 2,100 acres is normally sold to this ethanol plant. Because of EPA’s actions to help pad the oil industry’s bottom line at the expense of farmers and biofuel producers, about six weeks ago, we had to make the hard decision to shut our local plant down and shut off a key local market for hundreds of farmers, including myself. Our plant has been operating for two decades — including throughout the great recession — without ever having to shut down operations.”On Oct. 15, the EPA announced a supplemental proposal to the 2020 renewable volume obligations rule, designed to account for small-refinery exemptions for 2020. The EPA proposed using average numbers from the U.S. Department of Energy on exempted gallons that come in far below actual waived gallons.Gene Gebolys, founder, president and chief executive officer of biodiesel producer World Energy, said his company has experienced the ill effects of small-refinery exemptions.“The impact on the industry is devastating,” he said.“World Energy, alone, has been forced to close three facilities, impacting more than 100 workers. EPA’s recent proposal to estimate small-refinery exemptions in 2020 will never make up for its past demand destruction. When EPA finalizes its 2020 renewable fuel obligations rule by the end of this year, it must fully account for small-refinery exemptions, or industry contraction and job losses will continue throughout the biofuels and broader agricultural economy.”The EPA is holding a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Wednesday on the agency’s latest supplemental proposal to the RFS.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CCSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Night Surveys: The Lights Are On, But Nobody is Home

first_imgReprogramming the controlsNot more than a couple of weeks after our Hendrie Hall Night Survey, Julie sent me a graph (see Image #6), saying, “After the survey, we met again with Tara Deming and our electrical supervisor Ed Grund [Hendrie Hall Facilities staff] to review lighting schedules in the public corridors and front foyer. We reprogrammed the Lutron system to better reflect building use – and have saved approximately 100 kWh/day (the equivalent of three Connecticut homes.) We are following up on a number of additional items.”When I asked Julie just what sort of return on investment there has been for her Night Survey, she said that Night surveys are a key component to building energy project portfolios that offer simple payback periods less than 5 years and significant cumulative long term savings. Opportunities found at night are among the lowest cost, highest value carbon abatement strategies.Julie concluded: “The Night Surveys work.”Sometimes it’s the simple stuff that works best, especially if someone is taking responsibility for building performance over time. Someone like Julie, just walking her Yale buildings at night. Infrared thermometer checksAs we walk Hendrie Hall, starting about 10 p.m., my students are snapping photos of spaces. One student is reinforcing Julie’s DIT shots with infrared camera shots.It becomes pretty clear that quite a bit of energy is being wasted. From the official Yale Energy Management Hendrie Hall report:General hallway and lobby lighting is higher than needed, especially in the evening hours. Operationally, lower level lights would be helpful to signify that the building is closing.Lutron system can be reprogrammed to set back public lighting.Replace row of PAR 38 Halogens in student lounge with LED type (see Images #2 and #3,below).Individual offices had sporadic computer screens left on and printers left on.AV systems left on in all larger spaces. Need to work with Yale AV staff to put into sleep / hibernate mode (see Images #4 and #5).Air handling units were operating during walk-through past scheduled operating hours. Investigate programming and space condition trending. Initial assumption is that air handling units are operating because of humidity setpoints.Band and glee rooms are used sporadically during the day and primarily in the evenings for rehearsal. Investigate appropriate schedule changes. This past October, as usual, my Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies graduate students joined Julie’s team to survey Hendrie Hall. Hendrie Hall, shared by the School of Music and just about all of the Yale performing ensembles, recently went through a two-year extensive renovation and addition, completed around the start of 2017. So this night survey was checking up on how the building is measuring up over the last nine months or so compared to energy performance predictions.“Tonight we’ll be focused on how we use this building,” Paquette says. “There are always ways to learn more about energy use and how we might adapt that use.” Julie places the night survey in context with a simple graphic (see Image 1 at the top of the page). Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?Energy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateHome Dashboards Help to Reduce Energy UseU.S. Towns Race for Conservation SupremacyStupid Energy-Saving Tipscenter_img Julie Paquette has been Director of Energy Management at Yale University for about 6 years. That means the buck stops at Julie’s desk for the energy consumption of over 400 buildings on campus. Yale has a pretty sophisticated approach to energy, including the Yale Facilities Energy Explorer, an energy dashboard system that shows energy consumption and details for every one of those 400 Yale buildings.But as a practicing engineer, Julie recognizes the benefits of less sophisticated approaches to understanding building energy consumption, including “night surveys.” Armed with just a digital infrared thermometer (DIT) and maybe a dozen pages of recent reports (energy consumption, building’s controls schedule, and even the custodial schedule), Julie walks her buildings with the members of the facility staff working in that particular building. They do this after the building is technically “closed” for the day. In the last four years, Julie has “night-surveyed” more than 35 Yale buildings, from labs to museums to classroom buildings. RELATED ARTICLES In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter.last_img read more

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Resources from Home Ownership: When is the right time?

first_imgMore than 160 participants joined the May 8 session of Home Ownership: When is the right time? presented by Certified Housing Counselor and N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Jayne McBurney and Dr. Carolyn Bird, Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Concentration area principal investigator and N.C. State University associate professor. Our presenters, and participants, shared a number of great resources related to the home buying process. Here are some that were captured.If you’d like to share a resource not listed here, please do so in the comments section below this post.Know Before you OweHousing & Foreclosure for Military Families archived webinar from Feb. 2, 2012Basic Allowance for Housing calculatorFree FICO score for Military personnel from FINRAFree annual credit reportNational Guard Joint Services SupportResource from Fair Isaac about their FICO ScoreAbout VA loansFees listed for VA home loansPrivate Mortgage Insurance (PMI)About C.L.U.E.S. reportsEmergency Help Military Call Center: 1-877-272-7337 (food, temporary lodging, travel urgent medical needs, and utility assistance).Foreclosure Protections for Servicemembers Receiving Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger PayServicemembers Civil Relief ActDOD’s Homeowner’s Assistance ProgramOSU Homebuyer’s Guide: Print and PDFFind a local Cooperative Extension officeMaking Home AffordableAmerican Red Cross Emergency Financial Services for Active Duty Military PersonnelKiplinger’s Financial Field ManualAuthor: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon, @MollyCHerndon)last_img read more

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How to treat symptoms from the webinar: Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult oncology patients

first_imgPhotospin.com by David Castillo Dominiciby Robin AllenWe listened to such valuable information on nutrition and the treatment of cancer.  I have decided present some highlights that we ran out of time to discuss.  The following are highlights from the Webinar:Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult oncology patientsManaging symptoms of Cancer treatment:Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss, CachexiaSeveral small meals per dayHigh-protein foods firstLargest meal when hungriestKeep food interestingPush high-calorie foods and beveragesProtein shakes, milkshakes, smoothiesEnteral feeding or TPN may be necessaryDysguesiaBitter or metallic tasteMoist and naturally sweet foodsMarinate meatsAdd small amounts of sugar to foodsSour candiesRinse mouth and brush teeth several times a day to keep taste buds cleanMucositisUlceration/soreness of tongue and throatEasy-to-swallow foodsRoom temperatureAvoid smoking and alcoholRinse mouth regularly DysphagiaDifficulty swallowingSmall, frequent mealsPuree foods, thin out mashed foodsDeep breathes before trying to swallow, exhale or cough after swallowingPlenty of fluidsSLP to help learn effective swallowing techniquesNauseaSmall amounts often and slowlyAvoid eating in stuffy room, or has strong odorsFewer liquids with mealsSip liquids throughout the dayConsume food and beverages at room temperature or coolerSit upright when eatingDry toast or crackers in morning before getting upAvoid eating for 1-2 hours before RT or chemoAnti-nausea medicationsTrack when nausea occurs and what is causing it VomitingDo not eat or drink until vomiting is under controlSit upright for a period of time after vomitingOnce controlled, small amounts of clear liquidsOnce clear liquids can be kept down, full liquid dietCarbonated beverages may cause fullness, bloating or burping, triggering vomitingDiarrheaAvoid dairy if increase indigestion and diarrheaEat small amounts of food and liquids throughout the dayDrink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydrationAvoid very hot or very cold foodsDrink liquids at room temperatureEat plenty of foods and liquids high in sodium and potassiumClear liquid diet during first 12-24 hours of onset For more information, you can listen to the recording on the event page.References:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hed.23599/abstracthttps://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment/staying-active/nutrition/nutrition-during-treatment.htmlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hed.20447/fullhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21142/fullThis blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Google takes a step beyond passwords with Android authentication

first_img Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Tags See it 2:46 Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) 17 Photos But it’s only a small step for now. Google offers it only in “step-up” situations where you’re confirming your authentication rather than first-time logins. So this demotes passwords without actually getting rid of them. Microsoft is a notch more aggressive in moving its online services like Outlook.com, Skype, OneDrive and Xbox Live to a post-password design.Both the moves are made possible with an open authentication standard called FIDO2 that Google helped to develop through a consortium called the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance.For higher-security situations, like logging onto a new device for the first time, Google offers support for hardware security keys, including its own Titan models and third-party models from companies like Yubico. That, too, is enabled by FIDO2. How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone $219 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Chrome Google Now Google Microsoftcenter_img Mobile Security All the different Android versions through the years Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Google Pixel Comments 12 Who needs a password when you’ve always got this at your disposal? James Martin/CNET Google has taken an important step into a future that doesn’t require passwords, letting phone users log on to some websites using just their Android phones. That means you’ll be able to sign into a site using a passcode or fingerprint, starting with Google’s Pixel phones Monday and spreading to other relatively recent Android phones in coming days, Google said.”This new capability marks another step on our journey to making authentication safer and easier for everyone to use,” said two Google team members, Dongjing He and Christiaan Brand, in a blog post Monday. For now, the service works on Google’s passwords.google.com website, but the company plans to expand it to other Google services.In case you hadn’t got the memo, passwords are awful — the ones that are most secure happen to be the ones that are hardest to type and remember. That’s even leaving aside the issue of the many breaches that have splattered passwords and other personal data all over the internet. Google’s use of Android as an authentication device is an important step beyond password problems. Inside a password-free future CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

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Gas fire kills youth

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA young man, who along with his wife sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out at their house from a gas cylinder explosion in the city’s Mohammadpur area early Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Saiful Islam Rubel, 28.Sub-inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of DMCH police outpost, said the originated at the tin-shed house on Road-13 in Nabinagar Housing after a cooking gas cylinder exploded around 5:00am, leaving the couple injured.They were admitted to the hospital around 6:30am, he added.Saiful succumbed to his injuries around 7:00pm while his wife Sajena Akhter, 18, was undergoing treatment at the hospital.last_img read more

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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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Man detained for rape attempt on minor girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA man has been arrested for ‘trying to rape’ a four-year-old girl at Charkhasia Roypara village in Belkuchi upazila.The arrestee is Jhantu Mia, 45, son of late Saiful Islam of the village.Officer-in-charge of Belkuchi police station Anwarul Islam said Jhantu took the girl to his house on Friday evening and tried to rape her.Hearing victim’s scream, neighbours rushed in and caught Jhantu red-handed.Later, they beat him before handing him over to police. A court sent him to jail on Saturday when police produced him before it, the OC said.last_img read more

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