Canadian tech companies look to cash in on cannabis with innovations and

first_imgTORONTO – One of John Lem’s first hints that the technology behind his DNA testing company Spartan Bioscience could be a hit with cannabis users came years ago when an executive asked him if genetics could have caused a bad reaction to pot.The question intrigued Lem so much that he eventually applied Spartan’s technology to a new Toronto-based venture called Lobo Genetics. Through Lobo, he created a genetic testing device that fits in the palm of a hand and uses cells obtained through a cheek swab to measure a person’s ability to metabolize THC — the main psychoactive component in cannabis — and determine someone’s predisposition to short- and long-term side effects.Lobo believes it could be a hit with health-care practitioners and medical marijuana users, but has also recently experienced a flurry of interest from the recreational industry.“We thought the med pool was going to be first in terms of adoption, but dramatically on the rec side, there are a lot of potential opportunities,” Lem said.The boom Lem is seeing puts Lobo Genetics among a wave of tech companies benefiting from the Oct. 17 legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada.Already the pot tech industry has seen the debut of Toronto start-up Strainprint Technologies Inc., which makes it easy to track and manage the dosage and effects of pot, and California-founded Weedmaps, which helps users find locations throughout Canada where they can buy the substance. Also cashing in on the pot tech rush are Ottawa-based Shopify, which powers provincial and private marijuana e-commerce offerings, and cannabis companies like Lift & Co., which runs a reviews app.“There has been no shortage of entrepreneurs getting out there,” said Dan Skilleter, Lobo’s director of policy and communications. “The last year has been so busy for cannabis and certainly Lobo saw the opportunity.”Skilleter and Lem said Lobo has only launched on a pilot basis, but is already seeing enthusiasm.Those high hopes have spread to Winnipeg, where Save the Drive is readying a platform that allows people to hire a personal shopper to buy and deliver weed.Its chief executive officer Chanel Graham said it has yet to launch because of weed shortages and required changes to legislation, but legalization has already brought a spike in interest.“I am surprised how many people reached out right on Oct. 17, hoping that we were in operation,” said Graham. “We have had quite a few customers contacting us.”The same is true for cannabis-centric social networking platform High There!The Florida-based venture, which helps users find buds to, well, smoke buds with, said it has seen a 300 per cent increase in sign-ups since legalization and plenty of those new users are based in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.Over at Strainprint, chief executive officer Andrew Muroff said users in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto have flocked to the app it launched in 2016 the most.Strainprint, which has focused on medical marijuana users but works just as well for recreational users, unveiled an education resource the day before legalization to take advantage of the attention pot would garner.However, with its launch and legalization lining up, Muroff said, “We did see a lift, but it is hard for me to know if it came from legalization.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated Strainprint’s launch date.last_img read more

Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgHe says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.” The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 percent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. CALGARY, A.B. – A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.last_img read more

Breaking another glass ceiling

first_imgWhen Laibi Oinam got in the front seat of a second-hand auto-rickshaw as a driver almost a decade ago, she received a lot of negative attention from people in her home state of Manipur in northeast India. But her life took a new turn in 2015 when her struggle to get passengers and earn her daily bread to support her ailing husband and young sons caught a filmmakers attention. Now in her 50s, Laibi has bought herself a new auto-rickshaw, her younger son is inching closer to his football dream and she enjoys respect in the same society that once looked down upon her for driving an auto and breaking another glass ceiling for women without really knowing it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainLaibi says that she didn’t take up the job of an autodriver in 2011 to challenge stereotypes. Her husband’s deteriorating health and sons’ education demanded more money. What she earned by working in a brick kiln was insufficient. So, she collected money through chit fund and bought a second-hand auto. “I rented it out to others but we didn’t get much money out of it. Meanwhile my husband got unwell, so I decided to start driving,” Laibi said. Whether it is fighting for a cause or selling vegetables or handloom weaving, traditional male bastions, women in Manipur have always been in the forefront of society. But the same can’t be said about autodrivers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”When I started driving auto in 2011, I used to wear phanek (traditional wear of Manipuri women). Later on, I changed to pants as people often refused to take rides because of my gender and outfit,” said Laibi, who learnt how to drive on a Vespa. Since the sight of women autodrivers was not a common one in Manipur, it caught the attention of film director Meena Longjam. “I met her in 2012. It was an accidental encounter. There were many male autodrivers in the market and then there was this one woman waiting to get passengers in her auto. I had never thought that a woman could drive an auto in Manipur,” said the Madras Christian College alumnus. An article on Laibi piqued Meena’s interest. “Someone had written an article on her. Then I thought of talking to her. Also, I remember back in 2011, there was an economic blockade in Manipur for so many months that it crippled all of us. I thought of sending out a message to people through my film. “I wanted to show how despite all the problems in the state, a woman is working hard to support her family,” said the filmmaker. The documentary Autodriver is barely of 30 minutes but Meena gave about three years of her life to it. “While talking to her, I noticed that Laibi has big dreams for her children. Though one of her sons had to drop out of a Sainik school due to her financial condition, she still dreams big. She wants her elder son to become an IAS officer and younger son a footballer. “Her journey is very emotional. She does all the household chores and then heads out to earn money as an autodriver – a challenging job for a woman in Manipur,” she added. The emotional story connected with many. It even bagged the best social issue film in the non-feature category at the 63rd edition of National Film awards. “Now I am a known face. A lot of people have started supporting me. Even traffic police officials don’t bother me much. My younger son is studying in a football academy in Chandigarh. The elder one is almost done with his graduation. I earn around Rs 1,000 per day,” said Laibi. She also revealed that the amount is almost twice what she earned when she started out on her challenging journey.. So once her sons start earning, will she quit driving? About that, Laibi said, “I know how to make ‘phee’ (traditional Manipuri handloom long scarf) but I don’t enjoy doing it. I think I will drive my auto all my life. I like driving. It suits me.”last_img read more

Floods kill two and destroy scores of homes in southern Sudan –

27 July 2010Heavy rain in southern Sudan’s Jonglei state has caused floods that have killed two people and destroyed more than 130 homes during the past 10 days, a United Nations agency has reported, saying that those affected are in need of shelter material, food and drinking water. The most affected area is Akobo county, where three schools badly damaged by the floods are in urgent need of reconstruction and two others will require renovation, according to a situation report issued yesterday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its aid partners. “It is expected that these floods will continue until early September based on the frequency of the rains, which means there will be more displacement and ruining of the harvest,” according to the report. The humanitarian team in southern Sudan will continuously monitor the situation for signs of disease outbreaks because floods can create unhealthy living conditions. read more

Appeals court vacates key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

RICHMOND, Va. — A U.S. appeals court has tossed a key federal permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that deals with impacts on threatened or endangered species.A panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday vacated the permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The court wrote that the agency’s decisions had been fast-tracked and the agency “appears to have lost sight” of its mandate. Four species that would be affected by the 600-mile (965-kilometre) natural gas pipeline were at issue in the appeal.A Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The decision is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the pipeline, construction of which has been on hold since December.Lead developer Dominion Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press read more

Myanmar UN expert calls for underlying causes of tensions in Rakhine state

“It is vital for the Government and all concerned to prevent further violence and to defuse tensions between the two communities,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, said in presenting a report on his work to the General Assembly on Thursday. “Buddhist and Muslim communities continue to suffer from the violence in Rakhine State, so it is imperative that the Government pursues a policy of integration and long-term reconciliation between the two communities,” he added. “This will necessarily involve addressing the underlying causes of the tensions, which includes the endemic discrimination against the Rohingya community.”In addition to highlighting the importance of keeping human rights on the agenda for Myanmar, the Special Rapporteur’s report considers, among other things, the situation in Rakhine state where – according to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – violence between communities has left scores dead, over 850 people detained and tens of thousands displaced.According to media reports, Government officials have said that at least 56 people have been killed and hundreds of homes torched since Sunday in the north of Rakhine state, located in western Myanmar.In June, serious disturbances – between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims – led to the Government declaring a state of emergency there. The violence reportedly left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, while internally displacing tens of thousands of people.On Thursday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the authorities in Myanmar to take action to bring an end to the lawlessness currently affecting the state, with the UN chief’s spokesperson describing the most recent outbreak of communal violence in five townships in the state’s north as “deeply troubling.”In his report to the Assembly, Mr. Ojea Quintana emphasizes that human rights should lie at the heart of Myanmar’s reform process, driving it forward and keeping it focused on improving the lives of the population, at a time when changes continue to move at a rapid pace and considerable progress has been made. “Human rights considerations need to shape the process of economic growth, legislative reform and institutional change, while also guiding responses to ongoing serious human rights situations, including in Rakhine and Kachin States,” he said.The Special Rapporteur welcomed the progress achieved in negotiating ceasefire agreements with ethnic armed groups, but expressed concerns over continuing allegations of human rights violations in conflict-affected ethnic border areas.“I have received allegations of attacks (in the Kachin State) against civilian populations, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, internal displacement, torture, forced labour and portering, as well as the ongoing use of landmines and the recruitment of child soldiers, by all parties to the conflict,” he noted.The Special Rapporteur urged Myanmar authorities to address the situation and provide the United Nations and its partners with regular, independent and predictable access to all in need of humanitarian assistance. “The Government should continue to engage ethnic groups in serious dialogue to resolve long-standing and deep-rooted concerns to forge durable political solutions,” he said.Other matters covered in his report included a renewed call for the release of all remaining prisoners of conscience, a call for a concerted effort to clarify exactly how many remain in detention and steps to ensure the reintegration of released prisoners into society, as well as the creation of a truth commission, amongst other recommendations.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Ojea Quintana, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

UN agencies join forces with Qatar to promote education among vulnerable children

The partnership agreements was signed today at the launch of Sheikha Moza’s global ‘Educate a Child’ initiative during the World Innovation Summit for Education that gathered over 10,000 participants from 100 countries in the Qatari capital, Doha. The agreement with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) sets out a plan to advance primary education for Palestine refugee children, with a special focus on those whose access to school has been hampered by conflict.“Vulnerable populations know best that primary education is one of the fundamental building blocks of a productive and happy life,” said UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, adding that the new partnership recognized “the urgent needs of these children to be assisted with their education despite the deplorable conditions in which they live.” Meanwhile, the agreement signed with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will provide technical and institutional support to scale up the provision of quality education to vulnerable out-of-school children in Iraq. Over 18 months, the project will reach 30,000 children, half of whom are girls.“Educate a Child goes to where the needs are greatest and operates in a spirit of partnership and national ownership,” said UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. “Together, working where educational deprivation runs high, where conflict has torn the social fabric, we will build the capacity of authorities and train teachers to set up and run accelerated learning programmes.”Addressing the opening of the summit yesterday, Ms. Bokova stressed that education is becoming the big issue of the 21st century.“If we want to bridge the gap between poverty and prosperity, between tolerance and intolerance, if we want to promote sustainable development and foster global citizenship, education has to be the priority and it is only through partnerships that we will achieve progress,” she said.Educate a Child aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide missing out on their fundamental right to education, and will catalyse innovative learning solutions for the hardest-to-reach children – those affected by extreme poverty, conflict, natural disaster and prejudice.The initiative is an extension of Sheikha Moza’s mandate as UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, as a UN Millennium Development Goal Advocate, and Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Education First Initiative. read more

5 arrested charged for raping 2 Bartica teens

…While police in Berbice probing rape of another teenPolice ranks in ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations) have arrested and charged five men for allegedly raping two teenagers in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) earlier this year.Romario Smartt, Ryan Boodhoo, Dale Edwards and Cadacy Degees were on Friday charged and placed before the courts for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years.The joint charge alleged that between January 1st and January 31st, 2017 at 9th Street Bartica, Essequibo River, they raped two teenage girls.The men were arraigned before the Bartica Magistrate at about 10:00h on Friday, and were read the charge, to which they each pleaded not guilty. They were then placed on $150,000 bail each.Another Bartician, Shawn Peters, was charged on Thursday with the offence of raping one of same two girls during the same period. During his arraignment, he was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 after also pleading not guilty to the rape of a child under 16 years old.According to Police Divisional Commander Ravindranauth Budhram, these charges were instituted against the suspects following advice sought from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).Of recent, sexual assault cases have been on the rise in Bartica, and teenage girls are principally the victims. Residents are therefore complaining bitterly about this situation. In fact, one resident had spoken out about the situation, revealing that there is a gang of men in the town luring 13, 14 and 15-year-old school girls, and in some cases drugging them before having sexual intercourse with them.The Police Force had, back in June, disclosed that some 14 reports of sexual assault against females in Bartica were reported over the first half of the year. At that time, 10 of those matters were before the courts. One has since been dismissed for want of prosecution; two were sent for legal advice, and advice was obtained for one but the suspect no longer resides in the area although he is being sought.Berbice reportMeanwhile, investigators from the Sexual Offence Unit in Berbice are investigating a report of an alleged rape of a 15-year-old female.The incident is said to have been committed in a Corentyne village on Thursday evening.According to reports, the teenager was walking along the Corentyne Highway at about 20:00h when the 21-year-old suspect called her into a yard and forced her into a house, where the act was committed.The teen told investigators that the suspect left the premises after the act, and she reported the matter to her father. The police were then alerted, and the suspect was subsequently arrested.A medical examination confirmed that the female had been violated.   Investigations are ongoing, and the suspect is expected to be charged soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice men charged with rape of minorMarch 31, 2015In “Crime”3 men appear in court on rape, sexual assault chargesApril 26, 2016In “Court”Taxi driver accused of raping teen granted bailSeptember 14, 2018In “Court” read more

Linux users rejoice SecureBoot can be disabled on the Surface Pro

first_imgOne of the major concerns surrounding the Surface Pro was the inclusion of SecureBoot, and the fear that you may not be able to install Linux on this tablet PC. Fortunately, during a Reddit AMA with the Surface Team, those fears were sent to the recycling bin.There comes a time in every young computer geeks life when they decide to experiment with alternative operating systems. Some dabble in Linux, while others take comfort in the soft glow of Apple’s OS X. Some may claim that they were born with the urge to love these other operating systems. It’s important that we not judge others for their alternative lifestyles, and allow them to safely explore what makes them happy.The Surface RT is Microsoft’s first attempt at a ARM-powered tablet, and one of the big problems with their implementation of Windows RT was that you were locked in. In other words, you can’t put Windows RT on an Android tablet, and you can’t install Android on the Surface RT. Microsoft’s silence on the question of whether or not the Surface Pro would have the same issue was deafening, until a brief conversation on Reddit cleared the whole thing up.Plasma ActiveWhile the Linux community has been toiling away at bypassing SecureBoot in Windows 8 machines, you’ll be able to disable this feature entirely in Windows 8. The process will be no different than any other Windows 8 machine, in that you just navigate to the advanced boot options and disable the feature. This is exciting for anyone interested in running Linux on the tablet PC, but there are still a few steps in between disable and install.The Surface Pro is still a fairly unique piece of hardware, and supporting everything from the Wacom screen and pen to the Touch or Type covers is unlikely to happen overnight. Once Linux us running well, it would be interesting to see as touch friendly Linux environments like Unity and Plasma Active running on the Surface Pro.Microsoft has made more than a few seemingly open decisions with the Surface Pro. The use of the royalty free DisplayPort and the ability to disable SecureBoot are examples of a company that is far less interested in locking their users into a forced experience. More and more it seems that Microsoft has really paid attention to what users want and used that information to make the Surface Pro.last_img read more

FBI requests public assistance to identify San Diego bank robber

first_img Updated: 9:47 AM FBI requests public assistance to identify San Diego bank robber Posted: October 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individual responsible for two bank robberies in San Diego, California.On September 11, 2018, the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 5522 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California was robbed by a lone male.On October 6, 2018, the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 276 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA was also robbed by a lone male.The suspect is described as a white, middle-aged man with dark gray hair and an athletic build.Investigators believe that the same individual is responsible for both robberies.  In each robbery, the robber approached the teller and presented a note demanding money from the bank in a similar manner.  The robber wore a hat and sunglasses in an attempt to cover his face. Each time, the robber was provided a sum of cash and departed the bank on foot.Anyone with information regarding the robber is urged to contact San Diego FBI at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888 580-8477). October 16, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Golden Labrador OK after rescue from West MiamiDade canal

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A dog is back home after a “ruff” rescue in West Miami-Dade, Sunday morning.Cleo, a male golden Labrador, was pulled from a canal along Southwest Eighth Street and 87th Avenue. Rescue crews shared pictures of the dog on social media showing him back on dry land.Melissa Castro, Cleo’s owner, said he wandered from their home, just blocks away from the canal where he was found.After a chaotic day, the 12-year-old Lab is back in the arms of his loved ones. “He’s OK. We see him a limping a little, so we may have to get that checked out, but for the most part, he is happy,” said Castro. “He is excited, a little scared, I think, from everything that happened and occurred, but overall he’s good.”Fortunately, Cleo had on a dog tag, making it easy for officials to reunite him with his owners.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Alexander T Fairweather 90

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Anthony Charles Mack, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries” NORTH READING, MA — Alexander T. Fairweather, 90, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, November 30, 2018.Born in Somerville, MA on October 31, 1928. He was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Jane (Scott) Fairweather. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School, Class of 1948.He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954, he served on the USS Howard Gilmore and he received an honorable discharge.Alex went into the plumbing trade, he was member of the Plumbing Local 12 in Boston, 283 in Lawrence and Local 138 in Salem.He loved his family, hunting and fishing, his boat, playing the drums and listening to classical music. Alex was also an avid Patriot fan. He has been a resident of North Reading for 55 years.Family members include his loving wife of 56 years, Joan A. (Turner) Fairweather; his son, Lee Fairweather and his wife Evelyn; his grandson, Scott Fairweather and late grandson, Joseph Fairweather; he was the brother of the late James Fairweather, Betty Long and Mary Hollenbeck.Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com.Alexander T. Fairweather(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

Flawed autopsy makes murder into suicide

first_imgFlawed autopsy makes murder into suicide. Prothom Alo IllustrationFlawed autopsy reports submitted by investigating officers to the court merely often make murder seem like suicide, according to a report of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).The PBI report says the forensic reports of dead bodies clearly state marks of injuries. In some incidents, surroundings also indicate the evidence of murder. But investigating officers did not take all these matters into account. Incidents earlier called suicide were often later found to be murder.The investigation organisation PBI submitted a report of 10 incidents of such murders to the police headquarters.Analysing the report, Prothom Alo found police often did not carry out any investigation of a murder. Due to political influence, bribes, negligence and partiality, police has submitted reports of suicide rather than murder.Experts said it is a failure of investigation to declare suicide despite clear evidence of murder.Former inspector general of police (IGP) Nurul Huda said, “It seems the investigating officers and physicians are influenced. Bribes may be exchanged. It is a flaw of the entire system. Those who are involved in the process should be brought to book.”Police recovered a body identified as Anisur Rahman from a residence at Chawk Bazar in the capital on 23 June in 2010. After an autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, physicians stated that Anisur Rahman had committed suicide. Members of the police, detective branch (DB) of police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) made a similar observation.As Anisur Rahman’s brother Jahangir Mia, plaintiff of the case, rejected the investigation report for the third time, the court ordered PBI to carry out further investigation. After five years, the PBI investigation unearthed that Anisur Rahman was killed due to a love affair. Two accused persons arrested in connection with the incident gave confessional statements before the court. PBI Dhaka Metropolitan police super Abul Kalam Azad said there were stab marks and evidence of bleeding on the back of his head, three stab marks on the left thigh and a bruise on the left of his chest. These were also mentioned in the forensic report. A bloodstained chisel was left on the spot. But physicians who carried out autopsy and the investigation officers did not consider these. Without carrying out autopsy properly, physicians said ti was suicide.The forensic report of the body of housemaid SumaiaAkhtar Farhana from Sreepur, Gazipur, pointed to different injuries on her body. According to the autopsy report, Sumaia committed suicide. Accordingly, police submitted the investigation report to the court as an incident of suicide.Nilufar Akhtar Bakhara, 25, mother of three, was throttled to death by her brother-in-law in Sreenagar of Munsiganj on 11 February 2016. Following the autopsy and other reports, physicians at Sir Salimullah Medical College said she committed suicide. Police and CID in their reports mentioned the incident as suicide. Later PBI investigation found her brother-in-law throttled her to death after failing to rape her.Mizanur Rahman, a second-year student at Islamic history department of Rajshahi University, was choked to death. His girlfriend Sumaia Nasrin was suffocated to death with a pillow after being raped. But according to the autopsy report, Mizanur committed suicide. The rape of Sumaia was not confirmed through DNA test.According to PBI, physicians involved in carrying out autopsy are highly dependent on morgue assistants. The autopsy report is changed under influence of different influential people while senior physicians do not participate in the autopsy for fear of becoming witnesses. Additional deputy inspector general at PBI, Mainul Islam said good quality equipment has to be utilised for the autopsy report. Physicians involved in carrying out the autopsy report should be given financial incentives, he said.Chairman of the forensic medicine department of Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and president of Medicolegal Society of Bangladesh, Selim Reza observed physicians are influenced by political and influential quarters.Deputy inspector general of CID, Bhanu Lal Das, said physicians should not give any opinion as to whether a person was killed or committed suicide. “The physicians will tell the cause of death. Police will dig out murder or suicide.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

The Biggest Revelations and Strangest Moments From Mark Zuckerbergs Congressional Testimony

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 9 min read Enroll Now for Freecenter_img April 11, 2018 After about 10 hours of questioning spread across two days — and many demure sips of water — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was released on Wednesday from Congress. His testimony strategy focused on taking accountability, owning the bigger problem and outlining future action.Those 10 hours of testimony resulted in some overarching questions, a few revelations about Facebook’s policies and more than a few strange moments from Zuckerberg and lawmakers alike. Here’s the breakdown.Shadow profilesOn Wednesday, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján brought up reports of “shadow profiles” — or the idea that Facebook stores data on people who aren’t users — and mentioned an aspect of the platform that only discloses the data Facebook collects on users once someone becomes a user. Zuckerberg said he wasn’t specifically familiar with “shadow profiles,” but he told House members that Facebook collects data on people who aren’t signed up for security reasons — for example, to protect users against malicious actors attempting to repeatedly access the platform to collect public information.Lawmakers flub internet questionsExperts worry that lawmakers’ lack of familiarity with the internet could lead to problems crafting the right legislation down the line. Some key flubs from senators during Tuesday’s hearing? Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz seemed to think Facebook’s text-messaging tool WhatsApp was an email service, and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito asked if Facebook could bring fiber — a form of high-speed Internet — to her state, even though the company doesn’t offer it. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch also asked Zuckerberg how he sustains a business model without users paying for service. After a brief silence, the CEO responded with a slight smirk, “Senator, we run ads.”To regulate or not to regulate?The European Union’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) was a crowd favorite on both Tuesday and Wednesday, with senators and representatives alike mentioning that regulating Facebook might be a necessity moving forward.“I was happy to hear Mr. Zuckerberg concede that his industry needed to be regulated,” said New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone on Wednesday. “We need comprehensive privacy and data legislation.”Photographs of Zuckerberg’s notes for the hearing show one section that reads, “Don’t say we already do what GDPR requires.”Image Credit: Getty ImagesNo conspiracy hereThe theory that Facebook activates background mics to listen in on users in order to display relevant ads came up in the hearing, but Zuckerberg flat-out denied it, calling the idea a “conspiracy theory.” Michigan Sen. Gary Peters asked if Facebook used microphones to inform advertising data and specified that he wanted a yes or no answer. Zuckerberg said no, but he did share that Facebook can use audio from videos uploaded by users.’Which hotel did you stay in last night?’In the case of an award for most awkward silence during the hearing, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin would be a clear winner. In making a point about personal information and privacy, Durbin asked Zuckerberg if he’d feel comfortable sharing the name of the hotel he stayed in. After a laugh and a pause, Zuckerberg said no — and viewers wondered where Durbin was going with the line of questioning. The senator then asked if Zuckerberg would share who he’d recently talked with on Messenger, and the CEO declined again.Related: Here’s What Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony Could Mean for the Future of FacebookComing clean about data scrapingLast week, Facebook admitted that “malicious actors” might have scraped public profile data from more than 2 billion users. In Wednesday’s House hearing, New Mexico Rep. Ben Luján reprimanded Zuckerberg for not shutting down the feature that allowed data scraping sooner — even though the company was likely aware of the practice in 2013 and 2015. “You didn’t turn the feature off until Wednesday of last week,” Lujan said. “This is essentially a tool for these malicious actors to steal a person’s identity and put the finishing touches on it.”2015 hindsight is 20/20Facebook’s initial response to finding out about Cambridge Analytica in 2015 is murky at best. California Sen. Kamala Harris asked Zuckerberg about internal company conversations immediately after the company found out about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data — and why users weren’t notified right away. Zuckerberg replied, “I wasn’t in a lot of meetings on the subject” and admitted that he couldn’t speak to whether there was a meeting at the time. In fact, it was only this week that Facebook users have begun to be notified if their data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.Another key point? Facebook didn’t announce it was suspending Cambridge Analytica from the platform until March 16, 2018 — and that timing coordinates with investigative pieces published by The New York Times and The Guardian. In Wednesday’s hearing, Zuckerberg disclosed that his own profile data had also been sold to a malicious third party.The Chick-fil-A controversy (and is Facebook polarizing?)Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked Zuckerberg about suppressing conservative content, suggesting Facebook had a “pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship.” He referenced Gizmodo’s 2016 reporting that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative-leaning news from its trending section — as well as the idea that Facebook shut down both the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” page and the page of two pro-Trump personalities known as “Diamond and Silk.” Zuckerberg still hasn’t shed light on the News Feed algorithm and how it treats right- and left-leaning content. However, when Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise asked on Wednesday if Facebook gave special permissions to President Barack Obama’s 2012 election campaign, Zuckerberg said the company treated all candidates equally.  Taking responsibility?Texas Sen. John Cornyn said that in the past, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been viewed as “neutral platforms” with the operators bearing no responsibility for the content. “I agree that we’re responsible for the content,” Zuckerberg told him, but he clarified that since Facebook isn’t producing the content, it’s not a media company.Facebook and chocolateMost out-of-left field example goes to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. “[Let’s say] I’m communicating with my friends on Facebook and indicate that I love a certain kind of chocolate, and all of a sudden I start receiving advertisements for chocolate,” Nelson said. “What if I don’t want to receive those commercial advertisements?” Zuckerberg responded that people have the ability to “turn off third-party information” if they don’t want their ads to be targeted using their personal information.Related: Mark Zuckerberg Has Been Doing Extensive Prep for His Congressional Hearing. Here’s What to Expect.Nothing in life is freeNelson asked the CEO a more pointed question about personal data and ads. “If it got … more personal … and I want to cut it off, I’m going to have to pay you in order not to send me, using my personal information, something that I don’t want?” Zuckerberg said yes. When Utah Senator Orrin Hatch touched on the same idea in his questioning, Zuckerberg said that “a version of Facebook” would always be free. In another section of the hearing, the CEO clarified: “In order to not run ads at all, we would still need some sort of business model.” Image Credit: Getty ImagesOn selling dataMultiple senators asked Zuckerberg about Facebook’s sale of user data to advertisers, but he was clear on the platform’s stance, saying that the company doesn’t provide data to advertisers; instead, Facebook places the ads itself based on who advertisers want to reach. “If an advertiser comes to us and says, ‘Alright, I’m a ski shop and I want to sell skis to women,’ then we might have some sense because people shared skiing-related content or said they were interested in that,” he said. “They shared whether they’re a woman. And then we can show the ads to the right people without that data ever changing hands and going to the advertiser.”Monopoly man?South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Zuckerberg sparred over whether Facebook could be classified as a monopoly. The CEO initially balked when asked to identify Facebook’s largest competitor, eventually naming the likes of Google and Amazon. Graham kept on pressing with the example that if he bought a Ford and didn’t like it, he could then purchase a Chevy. “If I’m upset with Facebook, what’s the equivalent product I can go sign up for?” Graham asked. Later on, when Graham asked, “You don’t think you have a monopoly?” Zuckerberg replied, “It certainly doesn’t feel that way to me.” But Graham made his point: If Facebook buys up competitors (Instagram) or introduces its own version of their products (Snapchat), how can the company self-regulate?‘Your user agreement sucks’Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy called out Zuckerberg on his platform’s user agreement, saying it was established to protect Facebook from a legal standpoint and not with user experience in mind. “Your user agreement sucks,” said Kennedy, urging the CEO to rewrite it in layman’s terms. Zuckerberg admitted that most people probably don’t read the agreement in its entirety.Instagram shoutoutMissouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s son Charlie might be en route to Instagram stardom thanks to his father’s shoutout on national television. “My son Charlie, who’s 13, is dedicated to Instagram, so he’d want to be sure I mention him while I was here with you,” he said.Related: Mark Zuckerberg Says There’s No Quick Fix for Facebook’s Issueslast_img read more

Red Label Holdings Joe DeMarinis announces retirement

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Share TORONTO — Industry veteran Joe DeMarinis says he’s retiring from Red Label Holdings, the company that he and his brothers built from the ground up.Earlier this year Red Label announced its acquisition by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group. Red Label Holdings is the parent company for Redtag.ca, itravel2000.com, The Travel Experts and TravelBrands. The H.I.S. Group acquisition came into effect March 1.With over 30 years in the industry DeMarinis says he has decided to retire from travel and spend time with his wife and family.“Over the years I have had many partners and colleagues become great friends,” says DeMarinis. “I thank you for the great memories that I take with me, and will miss each and everyone of you.“I’m excited to see what lies ahead and will update you.”Red Label owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis got into the travel business in 1983 with Bel Air Travel.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIn 2001 Bel Air was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.The DeMarinis brothers returned in 2004 with Redtag.ca. Their 2013 deal, when they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc for $5.3 million – after Airtours PLC (which later merged with Thomas Cook) paid a reported $79.8 million in 1995 for Sunquest alone – also included their very own Bel Air Travel / belairtravel.com, later folded into Redtag.ca.In 2016 Red Label added to its holdings with itravel2000.center_img Red Label Holdings’ Joe DeMarinis announces retirement Tags: People, Retirement Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses A rare find: African voices in the Costa Rican National Archives Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s First Vice President, Epsy Campbell, spoke this week as a guest of honor at the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Jamaican Diaspora in Kingston.Campbell, the first female vice president of African descent in Latin America, recalled her grandmother’s efforts to provide a better life for her children.Here’s what she said, per a transcript from Casa Presidencial:Nearly 100 years ago, she crossed the sea with her father. In Jamaica were her mother and brothers. She was only 10 years old, but she already had the assignment to take care of the domestic chores while her father, a mechanical engineer, worked in the railroad in the Costa Rican Caribbean.My name is Epsy, like my grandmother, a brave black woman. I never met her, but my father told me beautiful stories and for me, Miss Epsy is one of the central pillars of my life.My grandmother left early every day to work in the fields and came back at night to do the jobs at home, day after day, day after day. She was the first person to get up and the last to go to bed. She worked tirelessly so that her children and grandchildren would not go through the same difficulties.Being the first is not easy, and nobody said it would be. But even in the most difficult moments of my political career, I had the memory of my grandmother, of my ancestors, of all those who worked in inhuman conditions, to create for us an easier path.Since I was a child I understood the power of my voice. That is why I have dedicated my whole life to defend the rights of all, to speak for those who are silent, for those who suffer, for those who are afraid.During her speech, Vice President Campbell called for building equitable, just and non-discriminatory societies.“For me, the seed of hope that is beginning to germinate are the younger people who raise their voices bravely, reminding even the oldest people to dream of a world full of opportunities,” she said.As part of her visit to Jamaica, Campbell met with the Caribbean country’s Security Minister to “discuss the serious situation of illicit drug and arms trafficking between Jamaica and Costa Rica,” according to Casa Presidencial.She will return to Costa Rica on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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first_imgLaunched under the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Great Outdoors Campaign, a new pilot scheme is encouraging visitors to take a closer look at Hong Kong’s lesser-known natural treasures with a range of new green tours. The first five featured tours, each run by qualified eco-tour guides, will operate over a trial period until the end of June 2018. HKTB Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark said the introduction of these new activities will enhance Hong Kong’s tourism product and provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Hong Kong’s local geology and ecology.“The HKTB initiated scheme will provide funding support for local travel operators to assist them in developing new green tour products, whilst also encouraging visitors to explore the enchanting landscapes beyond the city,” Mr Clark said. The new green tours include:Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour. Dating back more than 400 years Lai Chi Wo was once among the most affluent villages in the Northeastern New Territories. Lai Chi Wo TourThe guided tour leads visitors to the largest bed of Coastal Heritiera (Heritiera Littoralis) in Hong Kong and the White-flower Derris which forms a ‘natural swing’ along the mangroves. The tour runs for eight hours and starts at HK$1,000 (approx AUD$170) per person including lunch. Geopark Hiking Tour. The long and sinuous coastline at Sai Kung is a natural geological gallery, featuring spectacular landforms and rock formations shaped by volcanic activity 140 million years ago, as well as waves and weathering. The guided tour takes visitors through magnificent hexagonal columnar joints, a natural tombolo at Sharp Island and an inland water dam wall at High Island Reservoir. The tour runs for eight hours and starts at HK$1,000 (approx AUD$170) per person including lunch. Sai Kung GeoparkGeopark Boat Tour – Sai Kung Islands. Sai Kung boasts the longest stretch of coastline and the most outlying islands in Hong Kong, with unique scenery and extraordinary rugged profiles. The tour showcases the region’s rich geo-diversity which includes magnificent sea stacks, breathtaking tubular rock columns and sea caves, typical coastal terrain, the rare acidic hexagonal volcanic rock columns of High Island, and rhyolite on Sharp Island. The tour runs for three hours and starts at HK$975 (approx AUD$166) per person. For further details or to book these tours CLICK HERE. TOP IMAGE: Lai Chi Wo Tourlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFor jetsetters looking to explore Rome and beyond in a new and exciting fashion, the Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, has announced four “Above the Clouds” luxury vacation packages, based on a two-night stay at the Hotel Hassler, and one night abroad in another European city in a comparable five-star hotel.The “Above the Clouds” packages are available now through September 2011 and include:* Christmas Shopping (Rome-London-Rome): Guests can discover Rome’s Christmas market in Piazza Navona, the life-sized Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square and various concerts in Rome’s historic churches. The experience is topped off with a flight by private jet to London where guests can enjoy Christmas shopping at Harrods and the city’s other finest boutiques. Priced from $6,300 per night, the package is available through December 23, 2010. * St. Moritz Ski Trip (Rome-St. Moritz-Rome): After a night in Rome to unwind, guests fly by private jet to St. Moritz where they can ski the town’s freshly powdered slopes, returning to Rome the next day. Priced from $4,080) per night, the package is valid for arrivals from January 2 through March 31, 2011. * Carnevale di Venezia (Rome-Venice-Rome): This itinerary includes a thrilling journey to Venice where guests can experience some of the city’s finest events, including Carnival and the famous masquerade balls along the Grand Canal. Priced from $3,575 per night, the package is valid for arrivals from February 17 through March 8, 2011. * Arena di Verona (Rome-Verona-Rome): Theater lovers will jet off to Verona—home of the world famous Arena which hosts year-round opera performances, including The Barber of Seville and Romeo and Juliet. Upon returning to Rome the next day, guests may experience the city’s summertime events and festivals. Priced from $3,740 per night, the package is valid for arrivals from June 15 through September 3, 2011.Each package includes two nights in a Grand Deluxe double room or Classic Suite at the Hotel Hassler Roma, one night abroad in a comparable five-star hotel, daily breakfast, a complimentary bottle of champagne and VIP amenities. Additional nights are available upon request. Package based on availability.www.hotelhasslerroma.comlast_img read more

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