Porn ring busted in Chittagong

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday detained 18 people from Singapore-Bangkok market in Agrabad of Chittagong for allegedly running a pornography ring.RAB-7 senior assistant director Mimtanur Rahman said the detainees had been selling vulgar songs, pirated versions of newly released video songs, and pornographic videos to the youths, violating existing copyright laws.The elite force also seized 19 computers from the market, reports UNB.last_img

New Risk Assessment Tool Meant To Make Harris County Bail Rulings More

first_img 00:00 /01:10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Midtown Bail Bonds on Austin StreetWhen judges consider someone’s eligibility for bail, they look at a variety of factors, including the severity of the crime and flight risk.“The tool that we had prior to now was an interview-based tool, which only allowed us to interview as well as assess 80 percent of the people,” Kelvin Banks, Harris County director of pretrial services, said.The new risk assessment tool, which went into effect on July 29, includes nine factors focused on criminal history, including previous convictions and failure to appear in court. That pretty much covers all defendants, Banks said. They’ll then get a score that tells a judge whether someone is low or high risk.The tool was developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and is currently used in several jurisdictions across the country.The foundation’s Matt Alsdorf said it levels the playing field for suspected offenders regardless of income.“There end up being many people who are low-risk, non-violent defendants who end up in jail for long periods,” he said. “And at the other end of the spectrum, there are many higher-risk defendants who are able to quickly get out.”Banks and Alsdorf were guests on Houston Matters.The Texas Legislature this year considered a bail reform bill based on the same risk assessment, according to the office of state Sen. John Whitmire, who authored SB 1338.It passed the Senate but died in the House.And a lawsuit currently pending in an appeals court challenges the constitutionality of the Harris County bail system, arguing it discriminates against low-income people. X Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Names Facebook and Google Alum as Chief Communications Officer

first_imgNetflix has tapped Facebook and Google alum Rachel Whetstone as chief communications officer.Whetstone succeeds Jonathan Friedland, who was fired in June after complaints from Netflix staffers that he used the N-word in meetings. Friedland had held the top communications post at Netflix for six years.Whetstone joins Netflix from Facebook, where she was VP of communications after joining the social media giant last July. She reports to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.“Rachel is a proven communications leader and a strong addition to the Netflix team,” said Hastings. “Her deep knowledge and international expertise will be invaluable as we bring Netflix and its expanding lineup of original content to an increasingly global audience.”Whetstone worked in politics in the U.K. before joining Google in 2005. She was senior VP of communications and public policy from 2010-2015. She held the same post at Uber from 2015 until joining Facebook last year. Popular on Variety “I’m so excited to be joining Netflix and being part of this amazing company’s story,” said Whetstone.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Forest dept to put cork on use of plastic in parks

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is going to impose some restrictions on the usage of plastic material in the parks that are owned by the department.During a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day at Central Park in Salt Lake, state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said that the visitors will not be allowed to enter parks with any plastic items or bags. During the programme, some saplings were planted in the park while some others were distributed among the people by the Forest department. The principal secretary of the department Chandan Sinha was also present at the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBurman said that his department will impose restrictions on the entry of people who are carrying plastic substances. The step has been taken to protect the environment of the parks. It is often seen that people dump plastic bags and other items in the waterbodies inside the parks, which in turn cause damage to the animals and plants in the water.The minister also instructed the senior officials of his department to carry out extensive campaigns against the use of plastic items, which disrupt the ecological balance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious awareness programmes would be held by the department to make people aware about the ill effects of the plastic items. He also urged the people to plant more trees in their neighbourhood, which is one of the steps to keep the nature intact.The Forest department would also urge the stalls situating near the parks not to sell plastic items to the people. It may be mentioned here that the Forest department often distributes saplings among the people for protection of the environment.last_img read more

Did you know Why flights are longer now than they were in

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 TORONTO — The 1970s will always be remembered for disco music and platform shoes, and not so much for technological advances. Back then, computers were big and clunky, phones were still of the rotary kind, and the Walkman was considered a breakthrough achievement. It was not a time known for science and technology, but then how do you explain the fact that commercial flights were actually faster back then compared to those today?According to Business Insider, a flight between New York and Houston took just two hours and 37 minutes in 1973, compared to three hours and 50 minutes today. The reason? Today’s high price of fuel.As it turns out, airlines today are instructing pilots to fly at slower speeds in an effort to save on fuel costs. Business Insider reports that between 2002 and 2012, the price of fuel increased from US$0.70 per gallon to more than $3.Flying slower has paid off for many airlines, including Northwest Airlines, which in 2008 was able to trim 162 gallons of fuel off a flight between Paris and Minneapolis after the pilot cut his average speed by two miles per hour. This reduction in speed resulted in an additional eight minutes to the total flight time, but also saved the airline about $365, reports the Daily Mail.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksSo there you have it. Now when your flight runs over on time, rather than blaming the airline you can actually blame inflation. Did you know? Why flights are longer now than they were in the 1970s Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch party

first_imgTags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Transat Thursday, March 9, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch partycenter_img TORONTO — Bahia Principe officially launched its new Bahia Principe Rewards program last night in Toronto to an audience filled with travel agents, media and Transat representatives. Transat also received an award from Bahia Principe as an appreciation for their continuous support.Travel agents enrolled in the loyalty program will have the opportunity to select from a variety of rewards and experiences. These include free stays at any of Bahia Principe’s properties, spa treatments, golf, entries for destination parties and transportation and excursion vouchers throughout 2017. Plus, registered agents will receive special travel rates and discounts at all Bahia Principe properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R.“We’ve like to get as many travel agents to experience Bahia Principe for themselves,” said Sal Buccellato, National Accounts Director for Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts. “This is finally an opportunity for them to earn points that they can redeem towards a free stay at any one of our Bahia Principe hotels.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemJust for registering, agents will receive 250 points as a welcome to the program. Afterwards, 100 points will be rewarded for each room night booked at a Grand Bahia Principe Hotel and 125 points awarded for each room night booked at a Luxury Bahia Principe Hotel.“They experience the hotels, when they come back and a client asks for it, it’s the confidence that they have in selling the Bahia Principe product,” said Buccellato. “Once you’ve experience it, you’ll see everything the resorts have to offer. It makes it that much easier for an agent to sell it to the consumer.”“Travel agents are trusted by our customers and on the front lines of our business,” said Lluisa Salord, VP of Global Sales and Contracting at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “The launch of this new program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the travel agent community and rewarding them with carefully designed experiences so they can become expert sellers of the Bahia Principe brand. Canada is our main market and we have become what we are now thanks to the Canadian market, who has supported us since we opened our first Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic, nearly 22 years ago.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTo register agents can visit bahia-principe.com/b2b and gain access to the Bahia Principe B2B Portal. Here they can also access the latest information on all Bahia Principe properties and receive updates on services and products. A specific section will allow members to report, track and manage the number of bookings made for the brand. For more information, visit bahia-principe.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more