ACC seeks harsher punishment for Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed an appeal seeking tougher punishment for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was earlier sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. ACC lawyers submitted the appeal to the office concerned of the High Court in the morning. reports UNB.“We have completed the affidavit of the appeal seeking harsher punishment for Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case,” said Khurshid Alam Khan, one of lawyers for the ACC.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against HC order that granted bail to Khaleda fixing 8 May for next hearing.It also ordered the ACC and state to submit the concise statement of appeals within two weeks and BNP within four weeks.On 12 March, the High Court granted a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case.Khaleda was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made One Simple Change to Help Him Avoid

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Phone addiction has become such a worldwide problem that even the Pope weighed in this month.Pope Francis warned a group of high schoolers about it during a meeting at their school in Rome, reports the Catholic magazine America. He told the teens to “please, free yourselves from your phone addiction,” explaining that “when the phone is a drug,” there’s a danger of “communication being reduced to simple ‘contacts.'”On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed.Cook was asked about how ordinary people are touching their phones thousands of time a day during an on-stage interview at the Time 100 Summit.He agreed that many kids may be using their phones too much, and that this was the impetus for Apple’s Screen Time reports, whichrolled out in early 2018.”It’s also the parents that are using it too much. We all are, or many of us are,” Cook said.When asked about one study that found people, on average, touch their cell phones 2,617 times per day, he joked, “Ah, well you shouldn’t be doing that.”He explained that the folks at Apple “don’t want people using their phones all the time. This is never been an objective for us,” and said constant phone usage is not Apple’s business model.That’s a subtle dig at the ad-supported apps of the world — like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat — that try to keep people coming back for more interaction with their apps, which helps them sell more ads.”It is clear that there are certain apps that people can get in the mindset of just scrolling through mindlessly and continuously picking up their phones and looking to see what is happening this second,” Cook said.He also echoed the Pope’s assessment about how phones hurt communication, too.He said one change people should make is this: stop paying attention to your phone instead of the people in the room with you.”Every time you pick up the phone, it means you are taking your eyes off the person you are dealing with. If you are looking at your phone more than you are looking at someone’s eyes? You are doing the wrong thing!” Cook said.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGutting your notificationsCook said he learned that lesson personally by reading his own Apple Screen Time reports, which lead him to make another simple change that keeps him from being distracted by his phone thousands of times of day: He turned off app notifications.”What’s it’s done for me personally? I’ve gone and gutted the number of notifications, because I really asked myself, do I really need to be getting thousands of notifications a day?” Cook said. “It is not something that is adding value to my life or making me a better person. So I went in and chopped that.””I recommend you do this if you haven’t already,” he added.There are multiple ways to limit app notifications on an iPhone while still letting the device alert you to anything important. These include disabling notifications on each app through the “Notifications” tab in “Settings”; using “Do Not Disturb” both manually (while at dinner or the movies) and setting it up automatically (like at bedtime); and selectively earmarking contacts or email strings as VIPs, so you are alerted to their emails and don’t need to constantly check your phone for them. April 24, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Neanderthals may not have been as clever as thought

first_imgAccording to a study by the University of Tübingen and New York University (NYU), Neanderthals​ may not have been as clever as previously supposed. The experimental archaeology project found that a wood tar used by the cousins of Homo sapiens as a glue to construct tools didn’t require as complex a process as once thought, suggesting that Neanderthal tool making isn’t necessarily evidence of a high level of cognitive and cultural development.One of the problems in understanding the past is how much technology has advanced over the millennia while leaving little or no record of how things used to be done. The result is that archaeologists often look at ancient people doing something extremely complicated like smelting metal or baking bread and then throwing up their hands in frustration as to figuring out how they did it.It’s for this reason that experimental archaeology was developed, where researchers look at old folk skills or try to reverse engineer an ancient technology. As a result, many seemingly impossible technological feats became understandable because the processes were simpler or used for a different purpose. AllMedX What diseases can cause xerostomia? Learn which ones on Allmedx.com. We recommend Why is dry mouth worse at night? Learn the answer at Allmedx.com. Is dry mouth a concern for people with AIDS? Check the latest information Allmedx.com. Gel treatment for dry mouth. Learn more at Allmedx.com. Google Analytics settings What are the main ingredients in this spray for dry mout? Learn the answer on Allmedx.com Privacy policy AllMedX Does wearing dentures make dry mouth worse? Visit Allmedx.com to learn how to get relief. For example, experiments in how copper was first smelted started out by throwing chunks of malachite on a campfire and wondering why it wouldn’t melt, to eventually discovering that the first copper had more to do with a happy accident when ancient potters used copper ores to paint their fired pots, only to find beads of metal in their kilns.However, it’s an approach that can also produce some blind alleys. One case in point, according to the Tübingen/NYU team, is that of Neanderthals and wood tar.Making tar out of wood is a very well understood process that was practiced on an industrial scale until relatively recently and is still used today. But it’s a very complex process that requires either vessels made out of metal or ceramics, or the construction of charcoal burners where wood is meticulously stacked, sealed under earth and clay, and then set alight, so the wood turns into charcoal in the absence of oxygen, and tar, pitch, and turpentine distill out.This is one of the reasons why many scientists believe that Neanderthals were very advanced from an intellectual and cultural point of view. Studies of their tools showed that they used wood tar as glue to stick bits of flint to handles of wood or bone, so they must have been pretty hot stuff in the brain department to figure out how to make that tar.But when researchers at the University of Tübingen, NYU’s University’s Department of Anthropology and the Tandon School of Engineering looked at the problem, they found that there was a simple way to get tar out of a raw material like birch bark. Instead of constructing a complex apparatus, the team took fresh or dead birch bark and burned it near flat river stones.They found that after three hours, the stones were covered with a black, sticky mess – wood tar. This was easily scraped from the stones and analysis demonstrated that the tar was molecularly similar to that found on Neanderthal tools. AllMedX Yes No AllMedX I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more AllMedX AllMedX Powered by The team then used the tar to construct a test tool that a robot arm dragged with great precision across a test bed 170 times, yet it showed no signs of the adhesive bond weakening. In addition, they constructed a tool using the tar to attach a stone scraper to a wooden handle, which was then used to scrape the tough outer membrane from the thigh bone of a calf.Because the stone method is so simple and could have been discovered by the Neanderthals so easily at any camp site, the study concluded that the presence of tar-glued tools is not an indicator of complex behavior or organization.The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Source: New York Universitylast_img read more