Bar association to boycott court activities for four hours in protest of the court verdict against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Photo: legalconseiller.comThe Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Tuesday announced to refrain from attending court activities for four hours on Wednesday protesting the High Court order that extended the jail term of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.SCBA president Zainul Abedin made the announcement at a press conference, held at its office in teh capital, to boycott the court activities from 9:00am till 1:00pm, reports UNB.The SCBA president threatened to resist those who will try to obstruct their programme. “We’ll go for tougher programme, if needed,” he added.Senior lawyer and BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, SCBA secretary and BNP joint secretary general barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and leaders of the association were present in the conference.Earlier in the day, the High Court extended the jail term of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.The ailing BNP chief is now undergoing medical treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROIt’s not just your imagination running away with you, so get ready.“Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” hits the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this week before landing in New York City for its Broadway debut.The cast of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy photo)The musical’s five-week run in D.C. ends July 22. The Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production chronicles The Temptations’ fabled journey from their humble Detroit origins in the 1960s through the Motown years where they achieved superstardom and finally to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.The legendary group recorded 42 top-ten hits and 14 number one singles — the musical includes the timeless hits “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Just My Imagination.”The bandmates endured bitter rivalries within the group, and bore witness to racism and the resulting Civil Rights Movement. Through it all, the band stayed relevant by changing its music with the times to include disco, funk, psychedelic soul and other influences.This production was directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo.For more information visit the Kennedy Center website, the Kennedy Center’s box office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.
Putrino said that there are some promising experimental methods to combat neuropathic pain. For example, he described a prototype medical device he called a “stentrode,” a combination of a stent–used to open up blocked passageways in the body–and an electrode. The premise is that the stentrode would be inserted into the brain of, say, an ALS patient. The stentrode would then be removed leaving behind the electrodes to heal into the blood vessel. The electrodes could then be used to monitor brain activity of the patient. From there, the possibilities are numerous. Putrino hopes to make significant headway on this project by the end of this year.As with any research, Mount Sinai has encountered its fair share of roadblocks along the way, the least of which is the dismal rate of success for health technology startups. Statistically, about 98 percent of health startups are declared dead before they even see a single patient. With the health technology industry generating over $85 billion a year, Putrino said there’s no excuse for such a statistic. Still, he’s optimistic about his team’s efforts.“I really think we’ve got a cool job,” he said closing out his talk.. “It’s been a really interesting experience, trying to understand agency within a virtual reality experience. We really hope this is something that we’ll be able to scale up to lots of people who are in pain.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Virtual reality is a technology with seemingly limitless potential, not just in the gaming space, but across a range of industries. The health field, in particular, is interested in the potential applications of VR tech to assist patients suffering from chronic pain. In his talk at GDC, David Putrino, Ph.D., walked through his organization’s efforts to leverage virtual reality in the medical space.Putrino works as an assistant professor at the Ichan School of Mount Sinai, an integrated network of hospitals and medical facilities spread out across New York City. Currently, the Mount Sinai health system encompasses eight hospitals, more than 45 ambulatory practices, and the Ichan School. In addition to being an assistant professor, Putrino runs Mount Sinai’s Abilities Research Center, where specialists are working to develop new ways to treat chronically painful illnesses. According to Putrino, there is only so much medications can do to help with chronic pain. In fact, he said that a very small percentage–less than 30 percent–of patients who experience neuropathic pain benefit from medications. Putrino and his team are looking for ways to bypass the need for medications, and VR may just be the solution they’re looking for. “We have this whole network of neurons that are affectionately called ‘mirror neurons…’ that will fire and get excited whether you’re performing a task, or just watching someone perform a task,” he said. “What that means is just the act of observation, or just the act of imagination can actually trigger a whole network of neurons.”Effectively, these mirror neurons are capable of serving as a backdoor to the human nervous system. By utilizing VR and presenting patients with an imagined or virtual space, their mirror neurons could potentially be triggered, opening up a host of possibilities in terms of neurological treatment. In theory, pain receptors could be tricked into submission this way. In Putrino’s sample, he noted that there was an average of a 40 percent reduction in pain for patients within ten minutes of exposure to a virtual space.According to Putrino, this theory has roots in the mirror box experiments pioneered by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran. These experiments were an effort to cure amputees of phantom limb syndrome, a neurological disorder that can cause pain in a hand or foot that doesn’t exist. By putting the intact limb into a box with a mirror, the presence of the reflection can create an illusion of having both limbs and allow the victim to stretch out the phantom pains. Now, Putrino hopes to adapt this sort of neural trickery to the VR space. The problem is that not all chronic pain patients can benefit from such a method. After all, while you may be able to replicate hands or feet in virtual reality, there’s no way to simulate a damaged spine.“Around 80 percent of people with chronic spinal cord injury also have a condition called ‘chronic neuropathic pain,’” he said. “This is basically your nervous system telling you that there is something wrong with one or many of your limbs, but there’s actually nothing wrong.” For these cases, pain medication doesn’t work, and neither does virtual reality.