Slice music to ‘an hour a day’


Persons ought to hear to songs for no much more than a person hour a working day to protect their listening to, the Globe Wellbeing Organization suggests.
It suggests 1.1 billion young adults and younger grown ups are at danger of permanently detrimental their hearing by listening to “too significantly, far too loudly”.

It reported audio players, concert events and bars ended up posing a “serious risk”.

WHO figures present forty three million people aged 12-35 have listening to reduction and the prevalence is increasing.

In that age team, the WHO mentioned, fifty percent of people in abundant and center-revenue nations ended up exposed to unsafe seem concentrations from personalized audio devices.

Meanwhile 40% have been uncovered to harmful stages of sound from golf equipment and bars
The proportion of US youngsters with hearing loss went from three.5% in 1994 to 5.3% in 2006.

WHO v The Who
Dr Etienne Krug, the WHO’s director for damage avoidance, instructed the BBC: “What we’re trying to do is raise consciousness of an issue that is not talked about more than enough, but has the probable to do a ton of damage that can be very easily prevented.”

The total report argued: “While it is crucial to hold the volume down, restricting the use of private audio equipment to a lot less than a person hour a working day would do substantially to minimize noise publicity.”

Dr Krug said that a superior ambition intention: “That’s a rough recommendation, it is not by the minute, to give an thought to those people spending ten hours a working day listening to an mp3-participant.

“But even an hour can be much too considerably if the volume is way too loud.”
Protected listening levels Vuvuzela Retain that vuvuzela absent from me
The louder the sound (calculated in decibels), the more rapidly it damages the ear.

The WHO’s secure listening situations are:

eighty five dB – the stage of sounds inside of a vehicle – eight hrs
90 dB – garden mower – two several hours 30 minutes
95 dB – an ordinary bike – forty seven minutes
100 dB – auto horn or underground train – 15 minutes
a hundred and five dB – mp3 player at maximum volume – 4 minutes
one hundred fifteen dB – loud rock concert – 28 seconds
120 dB – vuvuzela or sirens – nine seconds
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The Planet Wellness Firm recommends trying to keep the quantity to 60% of the utmost as a fantastic rule of thumb.

For people seeking to drown out the sound of flying or train journeys, it claims noise-cancelling headphones make it possible for audio to be read obviously at a reduce volume.

And the WHO provides that ear plugs should be worn at noisy venues and advises using “listening breaks” and standing much away from speakers at gigs.

But what is the level of a live performance if you are going to stay clear of the tunes?

“We do realise this is a little bit of a struggle, like alcohol intake, so lots of danger factors joined to pleasure are not effortless to alter, but we have to make folks informed,” Dr Krug reported.

But as effectively as contacting for personal duty, the WHO claims governments and companies have a responsibility.

It suggests clubs need to deliver chill-out rooms and give out free ear plugs, headphone producers must set boundaries on the quantity, and governments have to have to undertake stricter regulations.

Paul Breckell, the chief government of the charity Motion on Hearing Reduction, mentioned: ‘When listening to loud new music, for every single three decibel improve in stage, to remain safe and sound you need to halve your listening time.

“For case in point, at 88 dB, safe allowable exposure is lower to four several hours, at ninety one dB, two hours and so on.

“I urge songs fans to take into consideration the lengthy expression hazards of listening to loud audio from their particular new music gamers in excess of the 85dB safe stage, as above exposure can cause tinnitus, and recall that a superior pair of noise cancelling headphones can make all the change.”

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Bangladeshis protest after blogger is hacked to death in the street


Students and teachers protested in central Dhaka yesterday, demanding swift action by police after the author and blogger Avijit Roy, an outspoken secularist who frequently criticised Islamist tendencies in his native land, was hacked to death on a city street.

Dr Roy, of Bangladeshi origin but a US citizen, and his wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, were walking home from a book festival at 8.45pm on Thursday when a mob armed with machetes ambushed them. Photographs posted online showed three youths, who had made no attempt to disguise their appearance, attempting to hack Dr Roy’s head from his body. Others showed him lying lifelessly, his face in a pool of blood, while his wife – her face and clothes streaked with blood – appealed for help. Bystanders stared impassively at the writer’s body.

His wife, Rafida Bhanna, who suffered head injuries and reportedly lost a finger in the attack, remains in hospital in a serious condition.
Bangladeshi Islamists quickly tweeted their jubilation at the fate of a man who had defied their death threats for several years. “Target is Down,” one wrote. Another tweeted: “Lol!! They have switched off the target’s blogsite… No prob. Target is Down & wait for the next… InshaAllah.”
According to The Daily Star, witnesses said there were police in the vicinity, but “no one came forward to resist or catch the attackers even as Banna screamed for help”.

Dr Roy had returned to his native city a week ago to attend the literary festival and was due to go back to the US.

In December, Bangladeshi media reported that Farabi Shafiur Rahman, an outspoken Islamist, had written on Facebook: “Avijit Roy lives in America and so it is not possible to kill him right now. He will be murdered when he comes back.” Subsequently Rahman and other Islamists who had made similar threats were arrested. It was not clear whether they were free at the time of Dr Roy’s murder.

Krishna Pada Roy, the deputy commissioner of detectives with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said police were investigating several possible motives for the killing, including extremism. The climate of intolerance against secularists has worsened dramatically in recent years in Bangladesh, a nation that is more than 90 per cent Muslim but founded on the “Four Principles” of nationalism, democracy, secularism and socialism. Exactly two years ago a new group calling itself Ansar-al-Islam (Defenders of Islam) claimed responsibility for the fatal stabbing of a sociology professor, Shafiul Islam, who was one of three Bangladeshi bloggers killed within the space of a few weeks.

Yesterday a group calling itself Ansar Bangla-7 claimed responsibility for Dr Roy’s death. It is not known if it is linked with the earlier group.

Dr Roy was the author of several books in the Bengali language, many of them dealing positively with subjects that are anathema to Islamic fundamentalists including atheism, the theory of evolution, scepticism and rationalism. His two most recent books were Obisshahser Dorhson (“The Philosophy of Disbelief”) and Biswasher Virus (“The Virus of Faith”).

Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladeshi poet and novelist who fled her homeland in the mid-1990s after threats to her life, tweeted from Delhi: “We’re living in Dark Ages.” On her website she wrote that Dr Roy “dedicated his life to enlightening people who live in the darkness of ignorance”, adding: “Bangladesh has become a secret Isis land. Islamic terrorists can do whatever they like. They can kill people with no qualms whatsoever.”

The killing occurred against a background of high political tensions in the country, with strikes and protests by the Bangladesh National Party and allies, including the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, against the government of Sheikh Hasina

German nurse admittedly overdosed 90 patients, killed 30


A court in Germany has sentenced a male nurse to life in prison for killing patients with overdoses of heart medication.

News agency dpa reported that the Oldenburg regional court found the 38-year-old guilty of charges including two counts of murder, and two counts of attempted murder.

Prosecutors had accused the man, identified only as Niels H in line with German privacy rules, of three murders and two attempted murders during his time working at a clinic in the town of Delmenhorst.

But H said during the trial that he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He said 30 patients died.

He was previously sentenced to 7½ years in prison for attempted murder in 2008.

Husband of murdered T&T TV host released from hospital, declines to give police statement


Sheldon Henville, a person of interest in the murder of his wife Marcia Henville, declined last night to be interviewed by police investigators, according to his attorney.

Henville was released from hospital on Tuesday where he was treated for burns suffered the night of his wife’s death on January 23.

Henville’s attorney, Fareed Ali, said that Henville has been left in “solitary confinement” in the Maloney Police Station.

Ali said that Henville was not given a sheet or a towel, neither a toothbrush or soap to have a bath.

Ali said the cell was “dirty and the cold concrete he has been made to sleep on without the benefit of a bed was aggravating his injuries”.

Henville is also being monitored at half hour intervals.

Marcia Henville, 51, the host of TV6’s Point Blank talk/reality show was beaten, stabbed, and her throat cut, at her home at Fidelis Heights, St Augustine.

Her body was also set on fire.

Sheldon Henville was also injured in the fire, but the couple’s two children escaped without injury.

A senior investigator of the Homicide Division in Arouca has refuted the attorney’s claims.

The investigator said “Henville is being afforded all the rights and privileges of an arrested person. That includes being allowed to take a bath and brush his teeth. We are interested in human dignity, worth and pride. And we seek to maintain that.”

The senior officer said that the Maloney Police Station where Henville is being kept “is a new station, less than a year old”, and the cells are fitted with bathrooms and toilets can be used without police interference.

Young Canadians head to Syria to join IS


At least six young Canadian men and women from Montreal and its suburbs travelled overseas last month to join the Islamic State group, local media reported Thursday.

Some of them, including two young women, were students at Montreal CEGEP College de Maisonneuve.

They flew to Turkey on January 16 with the aim of crossing its border into Syria, the Montreal daily La Presse said.

It is unclear if they reached their final destination.

The father of one of the young men, fearing his son’s downward spiral since taking up religious and Arabic studies, seized his passport. But his son reported it lost and obtained a replacement from authorities.

The six are aged 18 to 19 and of Mideast and North African descent.

A spokeswoman for Montreal CEGEP College de Maisonneuve confirmed that three of them had attended the high school last semester, but did not know if they knew each other.

Their departure follows the alleged radicalization of a 23-year-old Alberta woman who left her family mid-2014 to join the Islamic State group in Syria.

Western governments are increasingly concerned about a rising number of foreign fighters travelling to Syria through Turkey to join extremist groups.

US intelligence officials warned earlier this month that more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world had gone to Syria to link up with extremists.

Passage of Ganja Bill doesn’t mean free-for-all


MINISTER of National Security Peter Bunting has warned that amendments to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, decriminalising the use of ganja, does not create a free-for-all in growing, transporting, dealing in, or exporting the drug.

“The security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaican laws, consistent with our international treaty obligations,” Bunting told the House as it debated the Bill, Tuesday.

He said that the Bill has been drafted to ensure compliance with Jamaica’s international treaty obligations, and signals its strengthened resolve to combat organised crime by increasing the cost for offences involving transnational illegal trafficking in all forms of prohibited drugs.

He said that Jamaican law enforcement agencies have worked hard with its international partners to make significant inroads against narcotics trafficking and transnational crime organisations over the last 15 years, and there will be no relaxation in that regard.

He added that Jamaica recognises that monitoring, reporting and enforcement mechanisms must be implemented to safeguard against the licensed activity being used as pretext for illicit drug trade or to contribute to financing criminal enterprises.

He said that these reforms would be supported by a regulatory framework to be developed and included in the Bill’s regulations.

Responding, Opposition spokesman on health, Dr Kenneth Baugh, said that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is on record supporting the decriminalisation of small amounts of ganja and the removal of custodial sentences and records of a crime committed by using the drug.

He said that the JLP agreed and accepted that there is a potential industry in medicinal marijuana. However, he said that legalisation have raised unresolved issues in the party, including geo-politics, as international agreements and obligations have not changed.

“More public education is needed on the benefits and adverse effects of the recreational use of marijuana. There must be a legal framework for the expanded legal use of marijuana,” Dr Baugh suggested.

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Delroy Chuck recalled that in 2011 the JLP did propose that there should be a scheduling of the amount of ganja for which persons could be charged and prosecuted in the Resident Magistrate’s Court.

“We did this because we recognised that there was a high level of injustice imposed on so many of our young poor, inner-city young men,” Chuck said.

However, he noted that, after the JLP Administration had done so, a number of foreign diplomats contacted him to express their concern.

“It took a great amount of explanation to say that we were not legalising, we were just ensuring that where a small amount is used, they don’t have to go to court, as they can just pay the fine like a road traffic offence,” he explained.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton said that while, the cannabis industry has been developing organically, every effort must now be made for it to achieve its full potential.

“This means adopting a strong commercial approach which, based on entrepreneurial practices that are market-driven, is broad-based and results in value-added products for both goods and service,” he explained.

But, Opposition MP Pearnel Charles felt that it was a “sad day” for Jamaicans to have the Bill passed in its current form.

“It is classified as a dangerous drug, and I believe it should not be (passed) after a few hours of discussion one evening in this Parliament,” he reasoned.

Charles suggested that the Bill should have been sent to a joint select committee, which would allow for public scrutiny of the provisions.

Government member from St Elizabeth North Eastern, Raymond Pryce, said that he did not agree with the need for Rastafarians to satisfy the minister of justice that they were members of that faith in order to get exemptions to use the drug as a sacrament, when other religions do not have to.

Pryce said that he is hoping that the stipulation be removed as soon as possible.

Another Government MP, Dr Dayton Campbell, questioned how would the medical and security experts determine what is a safe level for smoking ganja.

Campbell also suggested that some people were mistaking medical use for personal use.

“It must be crystal clear that we are not encouraging persons to just get up and go and smoke marijuana…but how do we work with them to ensure that we prevent them from going down that road?” he asked.

The Bill was passed without any amendment in the House of Representatives. However, there were five minor amendments when it was passed in the Senate on February 6.