June 12

Bangladeshi journalist found alive after being missing for 53 days

first_imgNews Shocking detention Help by sharing this information RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage “The first thing he told me was that he was alive and that he was glad to be able to tell me so himself,” Monorom Polok told RSF, describing the phone call he received from his father, at 2:40 a.m. yesterday. RSF_en The day before he disappeared, ruling party MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor brought a complaint against him, accusing him of publishing “false information” about the alleged involvement of well-known figures in a female escort service at a luxury Dhaka hotel. Two other  journalists, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, the editor of the Manabzamin daily newspaper, and one of Chowdhury’s reporters, are also accused in the same case. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately free Shafiqul Kajol, a journalist who was arrested after being found blindfolded and bound hand and foot at the Indian border, and to investigate how he came to be abducted for 53 days. May 4, 2020 – Updated on December 28, 2020 Bangladeshi journalist found alive after being missing for 53 days News “While it is an immense relief that Shafiqul Kajol has been found safe and sound, his arrest is extremely shocking,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on the Bangladeshi prosecutor’s office to order this journalist’s immediate release and to appoint a serious team of investigators to establish how he came to be abducted all this time, which is very mysterious.” BangladeshAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources DisappearancesImprisonedJudicial harassment Shafiqul Islam Kajol called his son from the Bangladeshi border post at Benapole, near the western city of Jashore, where border officials arrested him after spotting him, bound and blindfolded, in the no-man’s land between Bangladesh and India, at midday on 2 May. Polok told RSF that he was able to see his father yesterday, but the meeting was short and his father was not able to talk about this abduction in any detail. He was handcuffed and was “really scared,” Polok said. A Dhaka-based photojournalist and editor with the Dainik Pakkhakal daily newspaper, Kajol disappeared after leaving his office on the evening of 10 March. An investigation was ordered after his family reported him missing the next day. News February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladesh Receive email alerts to go further As he was not carrying a passport, they arrested him for entering Bangladesh illegally and took him to Jashore, where a district court ordered him held under section 54 of the criminal procedure code, which allows detention where “a reasonable suspicion exists.” He is not due to reappear in court until 19 May. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladesh is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, one place lower than in 2019. Shafiqul Islam Kajol (left), handcuffed, met his son on 3 May in Jashore (photo: MP / RSF). May 19, 2021 Find out more —————————————————————————-UpdateShafiqul Islam Kajol was finally released on bail on 25 December as a result of a decision by the Dhaka high court on 17 December. RSF welcomes this development but regrets that Kajol had to endure being detained for 237 days after being abducted for 53 days, and calls on Dhaka prosecutors to drop all charges against this journalist. —————————————————————————– News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources DisappearancesImprisonedJudicial harassment February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

September 23

Persistence pays off for Thomas with first career Sprint Series of Oklahoma victory

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (Sept. 23) – Marcus Thomas finally made a slider stick in lapped traffic and captured his first career Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series feature Friday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.Thomas began utilizing sliders through each turn on lap five and each time fellow front row starter Dacus edged out front at the completion of each lap.The torrid pace up front stayed that way as the leaders began approaching slower cars on lap seven and that’s when Thomas appeared to have taken the lead exiting turn two but the feature’s first caution fell, nullifying the pass.On the restart, Dacus again motored ahead with Thomas right there on his rear bumper, once again pulling sliders in each turn, only to come up short.Lap sixteen is when the outcome of the race came into play as the leaders began entering slower cars once again. Using the top of the three-eighths mile oval as he had all race long, Dacus got hung up in lapped traffic just enough entering turns one and two and saw one of Thomas’ sliders finally pay off as he edged in front to take the lead entering down the backstretch.From there it was all Thomas as he led the final three laps to claim the victory. Dacus settled with a season-best runner-up finish while Cody Whitworth was third.Feature results – 1. Marcus Thomas; 2. Blake Dacus; 3. Cody Whitworth; 4. Andy Shouse; 5. Dalton Stevens; 6. Sheldon Barksdale; 7. Chad Wilson; 8. Joe Wood Jr.; 9. Gary Owens; 10. Reagan Reed; 11. Michelle Melton; 12. Justin Fisk; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Michael Scott; 15. Shayla Waddell; 16. Alison Slaton; 17. Jerry Jumper; 18. Derek Cottrell; 19. Robert Vetter; 20. Lloyd Clevenger; 21. Blake Scott; 22. Chris Kelly; 23. Brandon Jennings; 24. Matt Etzlemiller.last_img read more

August 31

Guyanese man remanded in custody on murder charges

first_imgA 26-year-old who allegedly killed his uncle by chopping off his head was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court charged with murder.The former Guyana Defense Force soldier, Dwayne Tappin, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George and was not required to plead to the indictable offence.Remanded until SeptemberParticulars of the charge alleged that Tappin on August 6, 2017, at Lot 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, murdered 51-year-old Randolph Seenauth.Magistrate George remanded Tappin until September 28.According to reports, Seenauth and his nephew lived in separate apartments on the plot of land.Killed over land disputeHowever, the family has a dispute over the plot of land which the dead man’s mother had occupied before she died.On August 6, 2017 around 04:30hrs, neighbors heard a loud commotion coming from one of the apartments, but then there was silence for a few minutes which led them to suspect something was amiss.Neighbors called out for Seenauth but got no response and later contacted the Sparendaam Police Station.Police arrived shortly after and upon pushing the front door to Seenauth’s apartment, found his head lying in a passageway between the living room and kitchen.Further checks were made in the apartment and the rest of the man’s body was discovered on a mattress in the bedroom.The murder weapon was not recovered despite searches on both apartments.Tappin, hours after the murder, turned himself over to cops at the Sparendaam Police Station.last_img read more

August 4

New Jersey’s “Other” Red Bank

first_imgby Maria MulleveyThere’s an “other” Red Bank?  Yes, that’s correct, but this “other” Red Bank has little in common with the thriving hub on the Jersey Shore that is rich with shopping, restaurants, arts and culture.Several years ago, I was studying a map of New Jersey and quite by accident I discovered the “other” Red Bank in Gloucester County.  It is located in the shores of the Delaware River across from Philadelphia and south of Cherry Hill.An on-line search revealed a story of our American history that neither I, nor my family and friends, had any knowledge of.The Red Bank Battlefield was the location of a significant Revolutionary event.With my curiosity, and now my husband’s, piquing, we planned our trip to the “other” Red Bank on the “other” Jersey Shore.The autumnal weather was sunny and glorious as we traveled on the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.  The fall foliage didn’t disappoint us and either did our lunch at the Westville Diner, a should be-destination for **ITALSDiners, Drive Ins and Dives.***ENDWithin minutes after lunch, we crossed over a small bridge to National Park, New Jersey, home of the Red Bank Battlefield.  We were greeted with signs that told of the history of Red Bank as we drove on Red Bank Road.Our arrival at Red Bank Battlefield and Whitall House was breathtaking with the magnificent Delaware River as backdrop.  A spacious and beautifully designed park complete with rolling lawns, gazebos, memorial benches and promenade lay before us.Red Bank was the location of a plantation owned by James and Ann Whitall, wealthy Quakers who built their home in 1748.  Peace and tranquility did not last for long. The Continental Army seized the property and Fort Mercer was constricted as a defense for Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.In October 1777, the British sent the Hessians, German mercenaries, to attack this small garrison at Red Bank.  The battle lasted less than an hour, during which only 400 Americans remarkably defeated 1,200 Hessians.  The American Revolution literally came to the Whitall’s doorstep at Red Bank.A reenactment of the battle is presented every year around October 22.  You can tour the beautiful Whitall House and view its lovely period rooms.  Is that old blood I see?  The “other Red Bank is not like “our” Red Bank, but certainly worth the ride.last_img read more

August 2

SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD WINNER MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF TROPHY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied on April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.–30–last_img read more

December 20

Good guy show: 49ers’ Sanders explains quick kinship with Garoppolo

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Emmanuel Sanders’ instant chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo is easily evident, what with two touchdowns in two games for the still-unbeaten 49ers.It goes beyond those scores, however.“We’ve got a lot of similarities in general, just in who we are as human beings,” Samuel said. “That transitions over to the football field.”Jimmy Garoppolo (10) high-fives Emmanuel Sanders (17) after a touchdown by the 49ers’ Tevin Coleman (26) against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium on …last_img read more

December 19

Lizards Pre-Programmed to Adapt Their Coloration

first_img(Visited 451 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lizards put onto lava can change color within a week. Over time, the population blends into the darker environment.“Plasticity precedes and facilitates adaptation” in side-blotched lizards. Behind this piece of jargon is an interesting story that flies in the face of Darwinian evolution, although Darwinists are trying to make the most of it.There’s a volcano out in the California desert called Pisgah Crater. It sticks out like a solitary black mountain in a tan-colored environment, surrounded by black lava flows. Most of the side-blotched lizards that live in that part of the Mojave desert have tan-colored patterns, but their relatives living on the volcano are nearly jet black. How did that come about? Is this evolution in action?Pisgah Crater (DFC)Before proceeding, we should recognize that the two varieties of side-blotched lizards are interfertile, so this is not a case of the “origin of species” but rather of color adaptation to a new habitat. A press release from the University of California at Santa Cruz tries to make this a story of natural selection:One explanation has been that many of an animal’s traits are not fixed, but can change during its lifetime. This “phenotypic plasticity” enables individual animals to alter their appearance or behavior enough to survive in a new environment. Eventually, new adaptations promoting survival arise in the population through genetic changes and natural selection, which acts on the population over generations. This is known as the “Baldwin effect” after the psychologist James Mark Baldwin, who presented the idea in a landmark paper published in 1896.This cannot be a case of Darwinian evolution, because a single lizard can begin changing its color within a week. Zoologist Ammon Corl describes what they found:When researchers move side-blotched lizards from one background to another (for example, from sand to lava rock), changes in coloration start to appear within a week, and gradual changes in coloration continue for months afterwards. “It seems like there’s a slow, gradual build-up of the dark melanin pigment,” Corl said.In classic neo-Darwinism, only the offspring with chance mutations for darker color would be selected. The ‘Baldwin Effect’ implies a degree of plasticity (internal ability to adapt) that comes pre-programmed in the lizard genome. It can be expressed within the lifetime of a single individual, suggesting that adaptability is epigenetically regulated. It is not due to chance mutations.A male lizard from the Pisgah Lava Flow photographed five days after collection in the field (left), and the same lizard (right) after being housed for four months in the lab on light-colored sand. (Image credit: Corl et al., Current Biology, 2018)Mutations will continue within either population, however. Over generations—for the population living entirely on the volcano—the in-built plasticity can be reduced, just like the genes for eyes in blind cave fish are no longer needed. Mutations that do not prevent melanin production can become fixed in the population, giving the appearance of Darwinian natural selection. The paper in Current Biology explains:Overall, our results suggest that ancestral plasticity for coloration facilitated initial survival in the lava environment and was followed by genetic changes that modified the phenotype in the direction of the induced plastic response, possibly through de novo mutations. These observations provide a detailed example supporting the hypothesis that plasticity aids in the initial colonization of a novel habitat, with natural selection subsequently refining the phenotype with genetic adaptations to the new environment.But natural selection was not the cause of the adaptation in this closely-researched example. If anything, it was a johnny-come-lately artifact of the Stuff Happens Law that did not prevent the black lizards from keeping mutations that enhanced dark coloration. The potential to quickly adapt to dark background was already present in the plasticity of the lizard genome.If pre-programmed adaptability explains lizard coloration, the possibility of “phenotypic plasticity” explaining many of the classic icons of evolution (e.g., peppered moths, Galapagos finches) cannot be dismissed.Plasticity implies design. Imagine trying to design robots to operate on an alien planet. A good designer would include plenty of “if-then” routines to help it operate under a variety of circumstances. A bad designer would turn adaptation over to luck (the Stuff Happens Law), thinking, “Well, if I send out a million robots, the ones that just happen to continue operating will survive, and all the rest will die.” The former is adaptation by intelligent design. The latter expresses what neo-Darwinians believe happens in living organisms. Which view makes more sense? Which one matches the real world? If the side-blotched lizards had to wait for neo-Darwinian mechanisms, they would never survive on the lava. It would take far too long for lucky mutations to show up in the offspring and be “selected” by the Stuff Happens Law. The observations published by this research team show that the plasticity to adapt to a novel habitat was built-in ahead of time.Dr Randy Guliuzza at ICR has written extensively on pre-programmed adaptability, which he calls “engineered adaptability.” In his most recent entry in ICR’s Acts & Facts monthly magazine, he says, The Institute for Creation Research is developing an engineering-based, organism-focused model called continuous environmental tracking (CET) to explain how organisms self-adjust to changing conditions. Our model anticipates that the adaptive solutions creatures express can also be characterized as directed, rapid, and highly targeted. As we’ve highlighted in this Engineered Adaptability article series, research results are aligning with this expectation.While the evolutionists struggle to encompass their observations within neo-Darwinism, Guliuzza could celebrate the dark coloration of the Pisgah Crater lizard population as a recent confirmation of his model. last_img read more

December 17

Late-season weather impacts corn and soybean growth and development

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, OhioPhysiological maturity of a soybean seed occurs when the seed has completely lost all green color and turns yellow. At this point grain moisture is still over 50%, but a harvestable moisture of near 13% can be reached in as little as two weeks under good drying conditions. In order to time harvest perfectly, it is necessary to monitor soybean drying very closely. At full maturity (R8), 95% of pods have reached their mature pod color. At the R8 growth stage, only five to 10 good drying days are needed before harvest. Begin checking grain moisture before all the leaves have dropped off all the plants as various stresses can cause soybeans to retain some leaves. It is not uncommon to see a few green leaves and stems on some plants after the pods are fully ripe and the soybeans are dry enough for harvest.Soybeans should be harvested the first time they reach 13% to 14% moisture. Moisture above 13% will incur a price discount, but moisture below 13% results in less weight at the elevator. What is the cost in lost yield from shrink when soybean moisture levels get down to 10% or less? Delivering soybeans at 12% moisture is a 1.14% yield loss; at 10% moisture there is a 3.3% yield reduction. If a field of soybeans yields 60 bushels per acre at 13% moisture, but if harvest moisture is at 10% moisture than the amount of bushels sold will be reduced by 2.3 bushels per acre from just the moisture shrink. Additionally, when harvest is delayed, a number of potential losses may occur, including increased tendency to shatter.Several factors affect the rate at which crops develop — photoperiod, heat, moisture, and fertility. Heat and photoperiod are the two primary factors influencing soybean maturity. Soybeans are considered short-day plants, meaning that physiological development is accelerated as daylength shortens. However, the rate of maturity is sped up by hotter temperatures and slowed down by cooler weather. Soybeans can compensate for stresses/shortcomings that occur during early to mid-reproduction provided ample sunlight, adequate temperatures, and soil moisture is available. Favorable late-season temperatures (not too hot) and rainfall during late stages of development (R5 to R6) can create larger seed weight by extending the seed fill duration.For corn, the reproductive stages last for approximately 65 days. Nearly half of this time during reproduction is spent in the dent stage (R5). At the beginning of R5, the kernel has accumulated about 45% of its total dry weight. Kernels will begin to “dent” as the soft dough at the top of the kernel begins to be convert into a solid starch. A visible “milk line” on the kernel marks the progression of the solid starch formation as it moves from the kernel cap towards the kernel tip.Stress during the R5 growth stage can reduce the time for additional starch accumulation thereby reducing yield potential. At the beginning of dent stage approximately 60% of yield potential has been reached. At growth stage R5.5 (50% kernel milk) nearly 90% of a corn plant’s yield is final. Visual signs of stress that are speeding crop maturation and negatively impacting yield include leaf firing, ears prematurely tipping over, or plant top die-back from anthracnose stalk rot. Physiological maturity, also known as black layer (R6), is complete when an abscission layer forms at the base of the kernel eliminating further dry matter accumulation.Kernel drying following black layer is entirely due to evaporative moisture loss. In standing corn, kernel moisture loss requires approximately 30 GDUs to remove 1% of grain moisture between 30 and 25% moisture. As corn continues to dry down, approximately 45 GDUs are needed to remove each moisture point between 25% to 20% moisture. When weather conditions are warm and dry, corn may lose 1% of grain moisture per day, but during periods of cool and/or wet weather moisture loss may be minimal. Hybrid characteristics such as husk leaf coverage, husk leaf senescence, ear angle, and kernel pericarp thickness can affect drydown. Corn that matures earlier will dry down faster due to more favorable drying conditions early in the harvest season. Later maturing corn has fewer warm days to aid in drying thus will dry down at a slower rate.last_img read more

December 16

Firefox Creative Lead Leaves to Launch Stealth Healthcare Startup

first_imgAza Raskin, the eccentric lead designer at Mozilla’s Firefox, announced today that he’s leaving his position to co-found a startup in the healthcare market with mobile entrepreneur Sutha Kamal and at least one still-unnamed co-founder.Already well funded by undisclosed investors, Raskin says the company, called Massive Health, will bring a User Experience designer’s sensibility to healthcare. “With health-case costs rising faster than inflation, a crisis is on the horizon,” he writes in a blog post announcing the move. “We need to apply cognitive psychology, the principles of design, and tighter feedback loops to our own health. Health care needs to have its design Renaissance, where products and services are redesigned to be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.”Raskin is an accomplished technologist, having developed projects ranging from the Firefox Mobile concept to the original W3C Geolocation standard. A number of his projects never gained much traction, though; Ubiquity and Jetpack were Raskin-initiated Firefox technologies that never felt finished and didn’t seem to go anywhere.A frequent and fascinating public speaker, Raskin’s efforts to move into the much maligned health care sector could really shake things up. His move was first reported on TechCrunch, where Erick Schonfeld says they’ll be watching Massive Health closely once it launches. We’ll try to follow it more closely, here at ReadWriteWeb. See also: Your Memories Will Be Rewritten: Mozilla’s Raskin Says Product Placement is Coming Soon to Your Facebook Photos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more