3 Indicted In Detroit On Charges of Female Genital Mutilation

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the arrest of a Detroit physician and his wife on charges of violating the federal ban on female genital mutilation. (Full text of criminal complaint.) Fakhruddin Attar and his wife Farida were charged with conspiring with Dr. Jumana Nagarwala who was arrested earlier this month in Detroit and ordered detained on pending trial. (Press release and criminal complaint in Nagarwala case.) As reported yesterday in a background article in the Detroit Free Press:

All three defendants  belong to a small, Indian-Muslim community known as the Dawoodi Bohra, whose members say genital cutting is a deeply entrenched social and cultural norm, with some women viewing it as normal as having a period. Celebration parties are held after the cuttings, and the women and girls are supposed to keep it a secret. One of the key reasons for the procedure, victims say, is to curb a woman’s sexuality.

According to an earlier Detroit Free Press report:

Nagarwala has claimed through her lawyer that she did not engage in any actual cutting, but rather that she removed a membrane from the genital area using a “scraper” and gave it to the parents to bury in the ground as part of a religious custom within  the Dawoodi Bohra community.

On Friday, Anjuman-e-Najmi Detroit, an umbrella organization for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Detroit, issued a statement reading in part:

The Dawoodi Bohras do not support the violation of any U.S. law, local, state or federal.  We offer our assistance to the investigating authorities. Any violation of U.S. law is counter to instructions to our community members.  It does not reflect the everyday lives of the Dawoodi Bohras in America.

Apparently these are the first defendants charged under 18 USC 116 prohibiting female genital mutilation.

3 Indicted In Detroit On Charges of Female Genital Mutilation

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the arrest of a Detroit physician and his wife on charges of violating the federal ban on female genital mutilation. (Full text of criminal complaint.) Fakhruddin Attar and his wife Farida were charged with conspiring with Dr. Jumana Nagarwala who was arrested earlier this month in Detroit and ordered detained on pending trial. (Press release and criminal complaint in Nagarwala case.) As reported yesterday in a background article in the Detroit Free Press:

All three defendants  belong to a small, Indian-Muslim community known as the Dawoodi Bohra, whose members say genital cutting is a deeply entrenched social and cultural norm, with some women viewing it as normal as having a period. Celebration parties are held after the cuttings, and the women and girls are supposed to keep it a secret. One of the key reasons for the procedure, victims say, is to curb a woman’s sexuality.

According to an earlier Detroit Free Press report:

Nagarwala has claimed through her lawyer that she did not engage in any actual cutting, but rather that she removed a membrane from the genital area using a “scraper” and gave it to the parents to bury in the ground as part of a religious custom within  the Dawoodi Bohra community.

On Friday, Anjuman-e-Najmi Detroit, an umbrella organization for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Detroit, issued a statement reading in part:

The Dawoodi Bohras do not support the violation of any U.S. law, local, state or federal.  We offer our assistance to the investigating authorities. Any violation of U.S. law is counter to instructions to our community members.  It does not reflect the everyday lives of the Dawoodi Bohras in America.

Apparently these are the first defendants charged under 18 USC 116 prohibiting female genital mutilation.

More traumatic brain injuries sustained in spring

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer, Green Bay WI

Warmer weather usually means people spend more time outside.

Hiking, boating, playing sports and traveling to vacation destinations means people are exposed to potential risky activities and experts say because of that, they tend to see more traumatic brain injuries reported in the spring.

Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe trauma, but following a blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury can lead to life-long physical and mental issues.

Dr. Gerald York, a neuroradiologist at Imaging Associates, monitors patients and looks at what’s known as white matter in the brain, an article on the KTUU website reads.

Activities such as skateboarding, contact sports, water skiing, swimming and roller skating puts individuals — especially young children — at risk of traumatic brain injury. York says in the article that the best way to prevent TBI is to wear a helmet, especially during sports or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle.

“While 80 percent of head injuries are mild, Dr. York said there are some tell-tale symptoms, when people should see a physician,” the article reads.

Some symptoms to look out for include dizziness, nausea, headaches, trouble with eyesight or speech, or unconsciousness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or even death.

Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.

“If they have persistent headaches, they have dizziness-nausea, [or] they have severe worsening headaches – those are the patients we want to get in to see a provider and do imaging,” York said in the article. “Other symptoms can include a loss of consciousness, memory loss and difficulty processing or performing daily functions.”

More traumatic brain injuries sustained in spring

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer, Green Bay WI

Warmer weather usually means people spend more time outside.

Hiking, boating, playing sports and traveling to vacation destinations means people are exposed to potential risky activities and experts say because of that, they tend to see more traumatic brain injuries reported in the spring.

Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe trauma, but following a blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury can lead to life-long physical and mental issues.

Dr. Gerald York, a neuroradiologist at Imaging Associates, monitors patients and looks at what’s known as white matter in the brain, an article on the KTUU website reads.

Activities such as skateboarding, contact sports, water skiing, swimming and roller skating puts individuals — especially young children — at risk of traumatic brain injury. York says in the article that the best way to prevent TBI is to wear a helmet, especially during sports or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle.

“While 80 percent of head injuries are mild, Dr. York said there are some tell-tale symptoms, when people should see a physician,” the article reads.

Some symptoms to look out for include dizziness, nausea, headaches, trouble with eyesight or speech, or unconsciousness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or even death.

Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.

“If they have persistent headaches, they have dizziness-nausea, [or] they have severe worsening headaches – those are the patients we want to get in to see a provider and do imaging,” York said in the article. “Other symptoms can include a loss of consciousness, memory loss and difficulty processing or performing daily functions.”

More traumatic brain injuries sustained in spring

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer, Green Bay WI

Warmer weather usually means people spend more time outside.

Hiking, boating, playing sports and traveling to vacation destinations means people are exposed to potential risky activities and experts say because of that, they tend to see more traumatic brain injuries reported in the spring.

Brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe trauma, but following a blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury can lead to life-long physical and mental issues.

Dr. Gerald York, a neuroradiologist at Imaging Associates, monitors patients and looks at what’s known as white matter in the brain, an article on the KTUU website reads.

Activities such as skateboarding, contact sports, water skiing, swimming and roller skating puts individuals — especially young children — at risk of traumatic brain injury. York says in the article that the best way to prevent TBI is to wear a helmet, especially during sports or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle.

“While 80 percent of head injuries are mild, Dr. York said there are some tell-tale symptoms, when people should see a physician,” the article reads.

Some symptoms to look out for include dizziness, nausea, headaches, trouble with eyesight or speech, or unconsciousness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or even death.

Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.

“If they have persistent headaches, they have dizziness-nausea, [or] they have severe worsening headaches – those are the patients we want to get in to see a provider and do imaging,” York said in the article. “Other symptoms can include a loss of consciousness, memory loss and difficulty processing or performing daily functions.”

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Donald Trump Jr. shoots dogs — prairie dogs.

He’s going to Montana to help Greg Gianforte with his campaign for the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke (the new Secretary of the Interior). Gianforte is reveling in the the occasion:

“As good Montanans, we want to show good hospitality to people. What can be more fun than to spend an afternoon shooting the little rodents?”

That’s quoted at Yahoo News, where the headline says there’s “backlash.” Backlash at taking out plague-ridden vermin? Who is backlashing?

[P]rairie dogs are also listed as a species of concern by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks because their numbers have declined and because of threats like disease.

They carry disease. The disease is bubonic plague! Isn’t this a concern that supports culling them?

More than 100 other animals depend on the prairie dog as food or move into the burrows they dig, said Lindsey Sterling Krank, the organization’s director for its Prairie Dog Coalition. Now is the time year when prairie dogs are still nursing their new offspring, meaning hunters who shoot lactating females are condemning the pups to starvation, Sterling Krank said.

“I would love to take Donald Trump Jr. out with a spotting scope and shoot the prairie dog with our cameras,” Sterling Krank said. “Shooting a prairie dog colony is not a good conservation message.”

Gianforte, whose campaign has focused on gun rights, dismissed the organization’s concerns. “Clearly they’ve never shot a prairie dog,” he said. “They don’t know how much fun it is.”

The lines are drawn. Montanans will vote and get the Congressperson they want. I’ll just say I love the name Lindsey Sterling Krank. Oh! I see I’ve said that before

… the director of the Prairie Dog Coalition, an “environmental scientist,” with the sublimely perfect name Lindsey Sterling Krank….

That was back in 2015, in the context of Boulder, Colorado’s Naropa University, which had a big prairie dog colony on land where it wanted to put up some new buildings.

“All of sudden it was, ‘The Buddhists want to kill the prairie dogs,’ but we had no intention of killing them,” said [Naropa spokesman Bill] Rigler, who isn’t a Buddhist. “The very act of applying for a [lethal control] permit triggers an open comment period, which gives everyone the opportunity to say, ‘I have a site for relocation,’ or put forward other ideas.”

I wonder how that dispute worked out? Did the Buddhists give in to the dogs?

Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI

With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week’s Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different manufacturers, and a fair bit of it adds new features, rather than being limited just to bug fixes.

Without any further ado, let’s get right down to it!

Canon 5D Mark IV

It seems like only days ago that we were telling you about firmware version 1.0.4, a bugfixing release for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR….

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Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI

With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week’s Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different manufacturers, and a fair bit of it adds new features, rather than being limited just to bug fixes.

Without any further ado, let’s get right down to it!

Canon 5D Mark IV

It seems like only days ago that we were telling you about firmware version 1.0.4, a bugfixing release for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR….

(read more)