By Blogs Desk Published: November 1, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Yesterday was indeed a historic day for Pakistan, with a landmark verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi on the charges of blasphemy against her. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE It will not be an overstatement to suggest that yesterday was indeed a historic day for Pakistan, with a landmark verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi on the charges of blasphemy against her. The victory is unfortunately bittersweet; not only has an innocent woman spent the past nine odd years in prison for charges now proven to be insubstantial, we also cannot forget those who championed her cause and lost their lives in the process. There is of course a sense of euphoria at the justice Aasia’s freedom delivers not only to herself, but to slain Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, who dared to align themselves to her cause and consequently served as examples of the price we have to pay for demanding justice … [Read more...] about Aasia Bibi’s acquittal is not a loss for religion – it is a win for humanity, justice and law
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By Hamza Junaid Published: August 2, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Wasim Akram is as good as you can get when it comes to understanding the game, but being the PCB chief requires administrative skills. The verdict is out and the nation has spoken – Naya Pakistan is on its way, and the bandwagon of rejected politicians isn’t going to stop it. This ‘new’ Pakistan comes with a lot of new promises as well, but as the saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Severe challenges lie ahead for Imran Khan, particularly the economy. Axing Najam Sethi from his job as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as the rumours suggest, would simply open up another wound that is unwarranted. Wasim Akram, the rumoured replacement, isn’t a weak candidate by any means. He enjoys love from the masses and in the cricket community for his legendary career. In any other part of the world, Akram’s services would have been … [Read more...] about If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: If you think Wasim Akram should replace Najam Sethi, think again!
(CNN)In the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. Virginia Apgar noticed something odd. Despite the US infant mortality rate decreasing overall, a high number of infants were still dying within 24 hours of birth. Part of the problem was that there was no standard of comparison for newborns; babies often went home with undiagnosed problems. Apgar challenged this practice and set the foundations of neonatology when she created the Apgar score in 1952, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The scoring system, which has since saved countless babies, evaluates newborns' health on five factors: heart rate, respiration, skin color, muscle tone, and reflexes. The test is conducted in the first five minutes after birth, allowing doctors to determine which babies need immediate care. Apgar even linked the scores to infant mortality; the lowest-scoring babies had a mortality rate of 14%, compared to 0.13% for the highest-scoring babies. Read More The Apgar score was quickly adopted by hospitals … [Read more...] about Virginia Apgar’s test has saved millions of babies; Google Doodle says thank you
A college degree has long been touted as society’s great leveler, essential for entry into the middle class. Nearly 20 million students enrolled in an undergraduate program in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Movies and television tend to portray an idealized college experience, featuring 18- to 21-year-olds who attend four-year institutions and live on campus. But in reality the college experience is far more varied. Only 15 percent of the undergraduate population fit the traditional profile in 2015, compared with 35 percent in 1986. A college student today is more likely to be female, to attend a four-year public college full time, to live off campus and to graduate with student loan debt. About 43 percent of full-time undergraduate students also work at least part time.To try to capture a more representative snapshot of what college looks like today, we dispatched two reporters to shadow two undergrads — Sheila Suarez, 23, a commuter at the … [Read more...] about One day, two students: What college looks like from opposite ends of the income gap
Hungry, but can't get away from your desk? Too tired to cook something or run out to a restaurant? Uber Eats has got you. The online and mobile food delivery service is now available in most of western Lake County. The Uber Eats website shows it now offers deliveries from hundreds of local restaurants to destinations in Munster, Highland, Griffith, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Dyer, St. John, Schererville, Whiting, East Chicago and Gary. The service is not yet available in most of Hobart, Lake Station, New Chicago, Miller Beach, Lake of the Four Seasons, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Porter County or LaPorte County.The website shows that Merrillville residents or office workers can have food delivered from a number of restaurants including IHOP, Bar Louie, Big Daddy's BBQ, Mastercue, Aladdin Pita, Pork Chop, Villa Del Sol and Qdoba.Uber Eats touted food from Round the Clock, Rosati's, Ciao Bella and Harold's Chicken in a message to customers."You can use the Uber Eats app … [Read more...] about Uber Eats now delivering restaurant meals to most of Lake County