Light tremor shakes Sylhet adjacent areas

first_imgA light earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook Sylhet and its adjacent regions at 11:27am on Sunday.  The epicenter of the tremor was in Manipur State of India, nearly 436 kilometers East-North-East of Bangladesh Metrological Department (BMD) Seismic Centre at Agargaon in Dhaka, said Ruhul Kuddus, a BMD meteorologist. The earthquake might hit some parts of Comilla and Moulvibazar districts as well, Kuddus added while talking to UNB. However, there was no immediate report of any damage or casualty till filing of the report at 12:30pm.last_img read more

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University student alleges sexual harassment

first_imgA female student of a private university has brought allegations of sexual harassment against a student of Jahangirnagar University (JU), reports news agency UNB.Md Sanwar Hossain, private secretary to the JU vice chancellor, said that the girl submitted the written complaint to the VC office on Thursday morning.In her complaint, the student of the law department of Prime University alleged that she had a relationship with Mohidul Islam Biplob of Bangla Department, also a residential student of the university’s AFM Kamal Uddin Hall, on 10 October 2012.Their affair continued and she discovered she was pregnant on January 24, 2016. Later she had an abortion as per the advice of doctors Rezwan and Taslima of Jahangirnagar University Medical Centre, she claimed.The girl also complained that Mohidul later forced her to continue physical relations with him and threatened her against disclosing this to others.Mohidul has now cut off relations with the girl and has been threatening her continuously, she complained.Dr Rezwan said that Mohidul went to the medical centre along with the girl introducing her as his wife.The accused, however, claimed that the girl is blackmailing him.last_img read more

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SUST expels 4 BCL men for assaulting 2 journos

first_imgThe authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on Saturday expelled four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for assaulting two journalists, reports UNB. The decision was taken during a syndicate meeting of the university, said SUST registrar Md Ishfakul Hossain.The four students – Mahmudul Hasan Rudra of Social Work Department, Sajjad Hossain Riad of Statistics Department, Rahat Siddique of Anthropology Department and Suman Sarker Jony of Political Studies Department – were expelled for a semester.Among them, Rahat Siddique and Suman Sarker Jony were fined Tk 1000 each.Earlier on 8 April, the BCL men reportedly assaulted Sarder Abbas Ali, SUST correspondent of an English national daily, and Syed Nabiul Alam Dipu, SUST correspondent of a vernacular daily as they protested the sexual harassment of a schoolgirl.last_img read more

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Another Avijit murder accused arrested

first_imgLaw enforcers on Friday night arrested a youth from Baradeshi area of Aminbazar in Savar in connection with blogger and writer Avijit Roy murder case, reports UNB.The arrested person is Arafat Rahman Siyam alias Sajjad, 24, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.A team of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and Detective Branch members conducted a drive in the area and arrested Arafat around 7:00 pm.After his arrest Arafat confessed to his involvement with several sensational murders including Avijit, USAID staff Xulhaz Mannan, blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon, he said.The mastermind of Avijit assassination is Mukul Rana alias Sharif while Arafat along with his two accomplices executed the murder by hacking Avijit and his wife at Teacher Student Centre (TSC), he said.CTTC members have so far arrested 11 people in connection with Avijit murder. Among them two have already given confessional statement in court.Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen and founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death, and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya was injured as unidentified killers attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University Campus on 26 February 2015.Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tanoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital’s Kalabagan area on 25 April 2015.On 7 August 2015, blogger Niloy, a resident of a rented flat on the 4th floor of a multi-storey building at Goran in the capital, was hacked to death by a group of assailants.Faisal Arefin Depon was also hacked to death at Aziz Super Market at Shahbagh on 31 October 2015.last_img read more

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Dhaka condemns New York blast

first_imgBangladesh condemned on Monday’s incident in New York which is seen as an attempted terror attack, reports UNB.“The government of Bangladesh is committed to its declared policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism, and condemns terrorism and violent extremism in all forms or manifestations anywhere in the world, including Monday morning’s incident in New York City,” the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington said.In an instant reaction, it said a terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of his or her ethnicity or religion, and must be brought to justice.A man detonated an improvised explosive device in an underground passageway at a major commuter hub in New York City Monday morning, international media reported quoting officials.New York Police commissioner James O’Neill identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27, who sustained injuries from the blast and was in police custody.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an attempted terror attack.last_img read more

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College girl kills self for smartphone

first_imgA college girl allegedly committed suicide in Parnanduali village of Magura sadar upazila on Thursday night following a family brawl over buying a smartphone.The deceased is Mita Khatun, daughter of a certain Hasain Sheikh, a resident of Parnanduali village, reports UNB.Quoting family members, police said Mita, a first year student of Magura Govt. Mohila College, demanded a smartphone from her father.As Mita’s tea seller father Hasan Sheikh could not fulfil the demand due to poverty, she locked into an altercation with him on Thursday night.Family members entered her room breaking the door only to see her hanging from the ceiling in the morning, said Magura sadar police station officer-in-charge Ilias Hossian.An unnatural death (UD) case was filed in this connection, the OC said.last_img read more

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Valentines Day gets chilly reception in parts of Asia

first_imgA Pakistani court has banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital Islamabad while Indonesian students plan to spurn the event, as the festival of love gets a chilly reception in parts of Asia.Lonely hearts looking for romance in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore were warned to beware of the growth in online love scams, while grumpy protesters in Japan rallied in recent days for an end to public smooching.Monday’s decision by the Islamabad high court was the latest attempt by authorities in the conservative Muslim country to outlaw a celebration seen by many as a vulgar and indecent Western import.The annual occasion is increasingly popular among young Pakistanis, many of whom seize the chance to honour romance by giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts.The court issued the order after a petitioner declared love was being used as a “cover” to spread “immorality, nudity and indecency… which is against our rich traditions and values”.The ruling, seen by AFP and greeted with approval by Islamist parties, also called for the electronic and print media to stop promoting Valentine’s Day.Meanwhile in Muslim-majority Indonesia, a group of school students in the city of Surabaya denounced the romantic day as a Western celebration that encourages casual sex and staged a protest.”Say no to Valentine!” chanted the students, who were aged between 13 and 15 and included many girls wearing headscarves.”This protest was organised as we have seen on television that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex,” said Pandu Satria, organiser of the demonstration. “That makes us afraid.”Several cities across the country also banned people from celebrating.In Malaysia, where Islam is also the dominant religion, a group called The National Muslim Youth Association urged females to avoid using emoticons and an excessive amount of fragrance in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.’Smooching is terrorism!’Days earlier in Japan, a group of marxist protesters known as “Kakuhido”, or the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find Unattractive, also called for an end to public displays of love, claiming it hurts their feelings.”Our aim is to crush this love capitalism,” the group’s public relations chief Takayuki Akimoto told AFP.”People like us who don’t seek value in love are being oppressed by society,” he added. “It’s a conspiracy by people who think unattractive guys are inferior, or losers — like cuddling in public, it makes us feel bad. It’s unforgivable.”Authorities in Malaysia, Australia and Singapore also warned of a growth in online scams cheating lonely people out of their savings.Romance scams cost Australians more money than any other form of cheating, with those aged over 45 more likely to be stung, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said.”Romance scammers are getting increasingly manipulative so if you are going online this Valentine’s Day to look for love, it’s absolutely vital that you’re able to recognise the warning signs,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.last_img read more

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AntiTrump protesters across US press him on tax returns

first_imgPeople carry signs and march at a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington. Photo: AFPThousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused.The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional 15 April deadline for annual tax filings, a massive date on the calendar for US households, and resulted in dozens of arrests.For decades, US presidents and presidential candidates have released their returns voluntarily, although there is no legal obligation to do so. US law requires only the publication of a financial statement that estimates assets, including debt and revenue, but does not give details on the amount of taxes paid.Trump, a billionaire property tycoon, released a financial statement but has kept his tax returns private, both during the election campaign and since taking office in January.Protesters and political rivals have said he should make a fuller disclosure to remove any inkling of potential conflicts of interest between his business interests and his political decisions.“Until he does, we’ll never know what he’s hiding or who his policies are designed to benefit,” said organizers of the “Tax March” demonstrations on its website.“We need a president who works for all Americans-and a tax system that does, too,” it added.At least 21 demonstrators were arrested after Trump opponents and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said.‘Real men pay their taxes’In Washington, several thousand protesters of all ages gathered in front of the Capitol building housing Congress, holding signs such as “What is he hiding?” and “Real men pay their taxes.”A huge inflatable chicken with an orange-gold beak and a swirl of hair resembling Trump’s mane was displayed on the sidelines of the Washington protest, and at other venues.It was seen by some as the unofficial mascot for the protest-to suggest that the Republican president was afraid, or chicken, to publish his records.“If he’s got nothing to hide, he should release his tax returns,” said protester Liz Turner, 31.Asked what she suspected was in them, Turner replied: “Maybe something to do with Russia?”Ellen Lodwick, 67, a retired corporate researcher from Maryland who has participated in anti-Trump demonstrations since his November 8 election, cast doubt on the president’s businesses.“There are probably many illegal or questionable investments in things that could affect how he looks at government and legislation, because he’s too connected,” she said.The protesters then marched along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House, shouting “shame” as they passed by the Trump International Hotel.Trump again at Mar-a-LagoIn New York, thousands also marched, and demonstrations were held from Boston and Philadelphia on the East Coast to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles out West, and cities and towns in between.The Berkeley protests saw hundreds gather at a park, including Trump supporters who held a free speech rally, while opponents of the president’s policies shouted and chanted. Several fights broke out, according to the East Bay Times newspaper.Activists waved signs reading: “No! Pussy-Grabbing! No! Patriarchy! No! Fascist USA! Drive out Trump-Pence regime!” and “Fascist scum your time is done.”Trump has justified his refusal to publish tax returns by noting they are being audited. Federal tax authorities say that does not bar him from releasing the documents. Trump has repeatedly said he has used legal loopholes to minimize his tax burden.“Disclosing tax returns is the very lowest ethical bar for a president, and we are going to insist that he clear it,” Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, told the Washington crowd.Trump was not in the capital during the demonstration; he is again spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where several hundred “Tax March” protesters demonstrated outside Saturday.“Pay your taxes!” several shouted One young girl held a small sign that read “Trump is a tax e-VADER” and showed an image of Darth Vader wearing a blond hairpiece.last_img read more

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Zafrullah sued again

first_imgGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury. File PhotoAnother case has been filed against Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury in Savar on charges of occupying a piece of land and demanding extortion, on the outskirts of the capital, reports UNB.Hasan Imam filed the case accusing Zafrullah Chowdhury, 85, Gono University registrar Delwar Hossain, 57, Gonoshasthya Kendra director Saiful Islam Sishir, 55, and Aulad Hossain, 48, with Ashulia police station on Friday, said its officer-in-charge Rizaul Haque Dipu.“Not influenced by the pressure of the government, police filed the cases against him after getting complaints from the victims,” said the OC.On Monday night, a certain Mohammad Ali from Harirampur upazila in Manikganj filed a case accusing four persons, including Zafrullah, with the same police station allegedly for attempting to grab a piece of land and demanding extortion.The accused have long been trying to occupy a 4.24-acare land, owned by Mohammad Ali of Pathalia union, said the OC Rizaul.They threatened and put pressure on Mohammad Ali in a bid to grab the land and demanded Tk 10 million from him as extortion, he added.last_img read more

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May asks for transition deal after Brexit

first_imgTheresa MayBritish Prime Minister Theresa May called for a two-year transition after Brexit on Friday in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union.In a major speech in Florence, May promised to meet Britain’s existing EU budget commitments until 2020 and outlined new legal guarantees for the rights of around three million Europeans living in the UK.She also committed to maintaining Europe’s security, saying in a direct pitch to EU leaders: “We want to be your strongest friend and partner as the EU and UK thrive side by side.”A fourth round of negotiations with the European Commission is due to start next week, with London keen to make progress on the terms of the divorce so that talks can move on to trade.“While the UK’s departure from the EU is inevitably a difficult process, it is in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed,” she said.May confirmed she wanted a transition period after Brexit of “around two years” in which EU citizens could continue to work in Britain but have to register.For both Britain and the EU, “access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms” during this period, she said.She also promised to honour Britain’s financial commitments for the remainder of the EU’s current budget plan, saying no member state would “pay more or receive less”.Britain’s contributions for two years would be at least 20 billion euros (£18 billion, $24 billion) — although this falls well below European estimates of Britain’s total Brexit bill.With new offers on money and citizens’ rights, the prime minister addressed two of the three priorities of the EU.Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform said May was “right to adopt a positive tone”, but added that her offers were “not enough to unblock” the talks.The suggestion that existing immigration and trading rules will continue for two years after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 sparked immediate condemnation from eurosceptics.“Theresa May’s Brexit vision is that we leave the EU in name only. All areas of integration we have currently will be rebadged,” said leading campaigner Nigel Farage.EU citizens’ rights -May’s speech came 15 months after Britain’s referendum vote to leave the EU and six months after she triggered the two-year Brexit process, amid increasing demands by Brussels for more clarity.One problem was that her own government is still divided-a fact highlighted this week when Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson laid out his own vision for life outside the EU.After the speech, he said May’s words were “uplifting”.Although May did not rule out her previous threat of walking away from the talks, she expressed optimism that a deal could be done.On the issue of EU citizens’ rights, she sought to break the deadlock over the role of the European Court of Justice as the arbiter in any disputes.She said the final deal agreed with Brussels would be fully incorporated into British law, to ensure parliament could not change it in the future.British courts could also “take into account” ECJ rulings in deciding cases, she said.A small group of British expatriates had gathered outside the Santa Maria Novella church complex where May spoke, holding up signs saying “Hands off our rights”.Carolyn Slater, a 69-year-old pensioner who moved to Italy from Scotland, said: “We’re very fed up with being given no information.“Brexit was absurd but it’s happened, we have to live with it now. From the start we’ve been told we’re a priority, but that’s wearing pretty thin.”‘Creative and practical’ -May is hoping her speech will be enough to unlock the talks in time for an EU leaders meeting on October 19-20, when her 27 counterparts will decide if talks can move onto trade.The shape of that future deal remains elusive-although the prime minister insisted there could be no role for the ECJ, a totemic issue for eurosceptics in Britain.She rejected the idea that Britain could adopt a model similar to that enjoyed by Norway, or a free trade agreement like the one recently struck between the EU and Canada.“Instead let us be creative as well as practical in designing an ambitious economic partnership,” she said.last_img read more

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Clashes erupt along GazaIsrael border

first_imgIsraeli soldiers shoot tear gas from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, as Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border, on 6 April 2018. ReutersClashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, AFP journalists said, a week after similar demonstrations led to violence in which Israeli force killed 19 Palestinians, the bloodiest day since a 2014 war.Palestinians burned tyres and threw stones at Israeli soldiers over the border fence, who responded with tear gas and live fire, the correspondents said.One person appeared to have been shot east of Gaza City, an AFP photographer on the scene said, but his condition was not immediately clear.last_img read more

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None of Oikya Front MPs to take oath

first_imgOikya Front leaders hold a meeting. Photo: Abdus SalamThe opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front on Sunday decided that the seven members of parliament (MPs) elected from the BNP and Gano Forum will not take oath.The decision has cleared the confusion after Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Saturday indicated that two Gano Forum MPs might take oath.With this decision, it has also been ascertained that there would be no representation from the opposition camp in the 11th parliament.General Ershad’s Jatiya Party, which has been an ally of the ruling Awami League for the past one decade, has decided to act as official opposition party in parliament.Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rab disclosed the decision of not joining parliament taken at a meeting of the Front in Motijheel in the city on Sunday.According to rules, if the newly elected MPs do not take oath of office, their seats will fall vacant within a certain period of time.On 31 December, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which won 5 seats, made it clear that the opposition members would not take oath since they rejected the results of 30 December general elections.Presided over by the Front leader, Kamal Hossain, Sunday’s meeting was also attended by the BNP secretary general, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Oikya Front leader Zafarullah Chowdhury.last_img read more

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Biswa Ijtema extended by a day

first_imgPeople attend the Biswa Ijtema. UNB File PhotoBiswa Ijtema, now being held on the bank of the Turag river with the participation of the followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi, has been extended by one day as heavy rain disrupted the congregation on Sunday, reports UNB.The Akheri Munajat of the Saad followers will now be held at 10:00am on Tuesday instead of Monday, said deputy commissioner Dewan Md Humayun Kabir.The duration of the Muslim congregation was extended following a request made by the Tabligh group, he added.Earlier in the morning, the third day of 54th Biswa Ijtema began after Fazr prayers through ‘Ambayan’ (general sermons) with the followers of Maulana Saad taking part in it.Indian Maulana Iqbal Hafiz conducted the bayan since morning and Maulana Abdullah of Kakrail Mosque translated it into Bangla on the bank of the Turag river.However, an early morning shower disrupted the activities at the venue.The capital and many other places across the country experienced rainfall coupled with hailstorm, thunderstorm and temporary gusty wind under the influence of seasonal low that lies over the South Bay.On Saturday morning, the Akheri Munajat of followers of Maulana Jubair Hassan was held on the same ground. Maulana Jubair Hassan conducted the munajat from 10:42am to 11:06am.The first phase of Biswa Ijtema was scheduled to be held from 11 to 13 January while the second one from 18 to 20 January last, but those were postponed due to the 30-December national election.Later, it was decided that the Biswa Ijtema would be held once instead of two phases this year.On 24 January, the government announced the schedule of Ijtema following a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat.Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967.The Ijtema was held in two phases from 2011 to 2017 to ease the accommodation and transportation problem.last_img read more

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No more missing in Banani fire Police

first_imgA Bangladeshi forensic expert looks on as he works at the scene of the burnt building in Dhaka on 29 March 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo: AFPPolice on Friday said they received no fresh report about anyone missing in Thursday’s Banani fire that killed 25 people.During previous major fire incidents, many gathered at the sites or hospitals looking for their missing relatives. But no one has been seen at the Banani fire site since morning.”We’ve received no report of anyone missing until now,” police chief Mohammad Javed Patwary told reporters after visiting the 22-storey building in the afternoon.Police chief Mohammad Javed Patwary. File photoA massive fire swept through the high-rise on Kemal Ataturk Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Six people were initially reported missing but rescuers later recovered the bodies from the building.”No one has contacted us about anyone missing in the fire,” Banani police’s inspector (investigation) Borhan Uddin told UNB in the afternoon.A top fire service official said the building had “minimal firefighting equipment” that were “unusable.” Housing minister Rezaul Karim later revealed that FR Tower was built violating the building code.last_img read more

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Man killed in BGB gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what law enforcers called a gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) near Golabari border area of Cumilla’s Sadar upazila early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased Abdul Malek, son of Abdul Khalek, resident of Ramchandrapur village in Chouddogram upazila was a drug trader, according to BGB.Abu Mohhammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer of BGB-10 battalion, said that on information about a gunfight between two groups of drug dealers, a team of BGB conducted a drive in Jaluapara area.When the BGB team reached the spot, the criminals fired shots towards the border troopers, triggering a skirmish.”His body and 30,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot after the gunfight,” he said.last_img read more

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Nusrat murder ExSonagazi OC seeks bail from HC

first_imgMoazzem HossainFormer Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain moved the High Court on Wednesday seeking bail in a case filed under the Digital Security Act, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.A tribunal ordered the OC’s arrest on 27 May after investigators found the allegations brought against him to be true.The former OC has been accused of unlawfully interrogating Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi and recording the incident on phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Lawyer Salma Sultana filed the bail petition on behalf of the OC. A copy of it was submitted to the office of the Attorney General.The petition said the matter will be heard by the bench of justice Habibul Goni and justice Mohiuddin Shamim through the surrender of the OC.Moazzem had summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajuddoula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman and used inappropriate language.The girl was set on fire on 6 April at an exam centre, reportedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

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Remembering The Innovations Of NASAs Predecessor — The NACA

first_img Share NASA ArchivesThe logo for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor of NASA.Most of us tend to know plenty about NASA and how it gave rise to Houston being known as “Space City.” But what about the organization that gave rise to it?Well, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was responsible for plenty of innovations in aerospace that flowed into the innovations made by NASA, many of which happened right here in Houston.We hear the story of the NACA from NASA’s chief historian, Bill Barry.Wikipedia/Public DomainThe first meeting of the NACA in 1915.last_img read more

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Apple Aims To Help Parents Crack Down On Kids iPhone Use

first_imgMark Lennihan/APA child plays with a mobile phone while riding in a New York subway in December. Two major Apple investors urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone use among children.Updated at 3:42 p.m. ETApple on Monday announced a new app to allow users to get reports on how much their kids are using particular apps on their iPhones and iPads.Apple is calling the app Screen Time, and it will let parents set time limits on how long their children can use apps, from Netflix to Snapchat, said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. Screen Time would also allow parents to limit access to some apps and websites. One option is designed to get kids to unplug from their devices at bedtime.The new feature — announced at the company’s annual conference for developers in San Jose, Calif. — will be part of the next Apple mobile operating system, iOS 12, which is expected out later this year.Users will now be able to get a few summary of the time they spend on the phone and how long they are on certain apps. Users will also be able to set a time limit for themselves on a particular app.“We know, this is something that can help families achieve the right balance for them,” Federighi said.Apple also launched a “Families” webpage in March, outlining ways in which parents can utilize the company’s pre-existing features.“We first introduced parental controls for iPhone in 2008, and our team has worked thoughtfully over the years to add features to help parents manage their children’s content,” Federighi said.Apple’s announcement Monday follows pressure from activist shareholders to take the lead in developing controls to help parents limit iPhone use by teens and children.In January, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS, wrote a letter to Apple about growing “societal unease” about overuse of technology and in particular smart phones, which at some point could turn people away from buying Apple products. They called upon Apple to take a stronger role in helping parents control their children’s use of electronic devices.CalSTRS and Jana, which, combined, owned about $2 billion in Apple stock, say the company could help minimize “unintentional negative consequences” of overusing digital devices and spending too much time on social media.Charles Penner, a partner with Jana Partners, said the investment firm sees Apple’s latest moves as positive.“We’re still reviewing it, but Apple appears to have addressed the vast majority of our concerns, and we look forward to seeing their follow-through,” Penner said.One study by nonprofit group Common Sense Media said that 78 percent of teens check their phones at least hourly and 50 percent report feeling “addicted” to their phones.Right now, controls give two options — all on or all off. Shareholders want more options for controls that help with screen-time management. They also requested that Apple convene a panel to study the issue.Monday’s announcement addresses some of the concerns of the shareholders.Apple’s initiative is the latest push from technology companies under pressure to address smartphone addiction.“We need to have tools and data to allow us to understand how we consume digital media,” Tony Fadell, a former senior Apple executive, told Bloomberg in May. “We need to get finer-grain language and start to understand that an iPhone is just a refrigerator, it’s not the addiction.”Google announced similar controls in May for its Android P operating system, which include expanded do-not-disturb controls and ways to track app usage. Google introduced a “wind down” mode that changes the screen’s brightness and color scale later in the evenings. The new software will also allow users to set time limits on apps, similar to what Apple plans to roll out.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Sessions Remarks About Illegal Immigration and Crime in Houston Are No Coincidence

first_img Share 00:00 /12:38 Listen Davis Land/Houston Public MediaU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to Attorney’s Office staff and reporters on August 10, 2018, in Houston, TX.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Houston Friday and talked about how illegal immigrants can engage in criminal activity and praised Texas lawmakers for passing SB4 in 2017, a state law that targets so called sanctuary cities. A political expert thinks that wasn’t a coincidence.Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters that, although some research studies have concluded increases in illegal immigration haven’t caused crime to go up, what could matter at the end of the day is a perception of whether or not that happens.“Since the 1990s, crime has fallen considerably and violent crimes have fallen even more,” Rottinghaus said, but “that’s not to say that there’s not a perception that violent crime is increasing.”“And that’s really what most academic work on the subject points to, that people don’t have to have a tangible view, a realistic sense of what’s happening. Rather, it’s what they feel and, so, when Republicans talk about these issues, about violent crime, about how first responders have to be backed in this way, it is something that they can make people feel, even if reality doesn’t match up,” the expert noted.GOP concernRottinghaus also thinks a reason why Sessions visited Houston is that “Republicans are worried that Texas may drift away from Trump” because of the economic issues the President has pushed.The expert explained that, for instance, tariffs or a NAFTA renegotiation that could end up hurting trade at the southern border could be good for some of Trump’s base, but may hurt Texas.Sessions said that the state of Texas and seven Texan mayors are filing a brief in court to support an effort by the Department of Justice to redirect federal grant money from jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies, which are commonly referred to as sanctuary cities, to those that do.Rottinghaus explained that the federal money that could be redirected can, for example, fund the staffing of certain judicial courts.For the expert, withholding federal funding won’t bring a local government to its knees, but “it definitely will hurt the bottom line because county and city government all over Texas and all over the country, frankly, are pretty strapped for cash.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X last_img read more

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Turner to Neighborhoods Still Recovering from Harvey You Are Not Forgotten

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Harvey’s landfall in Texas and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday he’ll spend that day touring Kashmere Gardens, Meyerland, and other neighborhoods that are still recovering from the storm.Turner said there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people still living in flood damaged homes. Many of those are senior citizens, people with disabilities, or middle income families who have exhausted their funds. “So that’s why I want to take the time this week, and specifically like on Saturday…to walk in these communities, to go and visit some of these individuals, just to say to them, if nothing else, ‘You are not forgotten. We’re still focusing on your situation, and we’re not going to leave you where you’ve been over the past year,’” the Mayor noted.Turner said he’s frustrated with the slow pace of federal aid. The city is still waiting on more than $1 billion in community development block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Turner expects that money to arrive in November.The Mayor urged residents to vote in Harris County’s bond election this Saturday, August 25. The county seeks to raise $2.5 billion for flood control and mitigation projects, including voluntary buyouts of homes too deep in flood plains to protect. Fewer than 6 percent of the county’s registered voters had cast ballots as of the end of early voting on Tuesday. 00:00 /00:50 X Listenlast_img read more

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