New York, Apr 13 (AP/UNB) — Fisher-Price recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.
Fisher-Price and the CPSC said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.
A safety warning was issued last week, but The American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly."
In a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions."
The recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $40 and $149 since 2009.
Tokyo, Apr 10 (AP/UNB) — Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne.
The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament remembered as a "love match." Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future emperor to wed a commoner and someone who was Catholic-educated. Both are among many changes he brought to Japan's 1,500-year-old monarchy.
Akihito and Michiko broke with tradition, especially in choosing to raise their three children, in speaking far more often to the public, and making amends for the war victims in and outside the country as he kept searching for what his constitutional role of "a symbol" should be.
Unlike their predecessors, Akihito and Michiko are almost always together — Akihito kneeling beside Michiko speaking intimately with disaster victims at evacuation centers, or to residents at nursing homes or a handicapped people's workshop. Their friendly interactions have won deep affection among the Japanese.
That is now known as the "Heisei" style, after the name of Akihito's era — the opposite of a more charismatic, invisible and deified emperor that conservatives want to restore from Japan's militaristic past, experts say. Akihito succeeded the throne in 1989 after the death of his father, Hirohito, the longest serving emperor whose 64-year reign spanned World War II and Japan's postwar economic recovery.
In his birthday remark in December, Akihito thanked the people for accepting and supporting him, especially Michiko for her yearslong dedication and understanding for his role.
"Looking back, it was soon after I embarked on my life's journey as an adult member of the Imperial Family that I met the Empress. Feeling a bond of deep trust, I asked her to be my fellow traveler and have journeyed with her as my partner to this day," Akihito said.
"I am also truly grateful to the Empress, who herself was once one of the people, but who chose to walk this path with me, and over 60 long years continued to serve with great devotion both the Imperial Family and the people of Japan," Akihito said, with his voice trembling with emotion.
As emperor, Akihito has also made unprecedented visits to the Philippines and other Pacific islands conquered by Japan that were devastated in fierce fighting as the U.S.-led allies took them back. Though the emperor has avoided outright apologies, he has subtly stepped up his expressions of regret in carefully scripted statements on the war.
Akihito and Michiko visited all of Japan's 47 prefectures at least twice and traveled to 36 countries.
Wednesday's celebration is their last in Akihito's 30-year reign. The 85-year-old emperor is abdicating on April 30 and handing the Chrysanthemum throne to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, the next day.
During the ceremony at the palace, Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako, and other royal family members congratulated Akihito. He wore a tuxedo and Michiko a light-purple long dress. The couple will have an anniversary dinner with their three children and their spouses at the palace later Wednesday.
Salem, Apr 10 (AP/UNB) — Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs — except for her heart — were in the wrong place.
The discovery of the rare condition, which was presented this week to a conference of anatomists, was astounding — especially because Bentley had lived so long. People with the condition known as situs inversus with levocardia often have life-threatening cardiac ailments and other abnormalities, according to Oregon Health & Science University.
Cameron Walker's class at the university in Portland was examining the heart of a cadaver last year when they noticed the blood vessels were different. When they opened the abdominal cavity, they saw that all the other organs were on the wrong side. The unusual blood vessels helped the heart compensate.
In a telephone interview Tuesday, Walker described his reaction to the find as "definitely a mix of curiosity, fascination and a sense of wanting to explore a little bit of a medical mystery — a medical marvel really — that was in front of us."
"And I would say the students felt something very similar," Walker, an assistant professor of anatomy, told The Associated Press.
Bentley's family had not known about the condition, which OHSU says occurs only once in every 22,000 births. Apparently Bentley didn't either.
Bentley, who lived in Molalla, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Portland, had led a normal life. Her only recurrent physical complaint was arthritis, her daughter Louise Allee remembered.
But there were signs.
When Bentley was in her 50s, she underwent a hysterectomy, and the doctor also wanted to remove the appendix but couldn't find it, Allee said in a phone interview. She said it was removed later. Oregon Health & Science University noted that Bentley had three organs removed during her life, but only the surgeon who removed her appendix recorded its unusual location.
When Bentley had her gallbladder removed, it was on the opposite side of where it should have been, Allee said.
"No one said a thing," Allee said. "I was surprised. This was before they did it with a scope, and she had a good-sized incision. You'd think they would have said something, but they didn't."
Walker expressed his gratitude for Bentley agreeing to donate her body to OHSU, Oregon's only academic health center.
"This is an important case that really gave us an opportunity to talk about the importance of future clinicians paying attention to subtle anatomic variations, not just large anatomic variations, in terms of addressing their future patients as individuals," Walker said. "Don't judge a book by its cover, and always check and see what you've got before you talk about care."
He has researched how long people with the condition have lived, and he found no documented cases in which a person lived beyond age 73. Bentley surpassed that by 26 years.
Allee said her mother would have been delighted that the donation of her body led to a learning experience.
"She would have been tickled to know she could educate with something unusual," Allee said. "Dad would have loved to know about it so he could tease her."
Her husband, James, died about 15 years ago.
Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) - April showers bring May flowers! We are well into monsoon and it’s time to update our wardrobes with the change of the seasons. The weather in Dhaka can be quite unpredictable with heavy rain pouring down on us one minute and a surge of heat wave hitting us the next. However, you can still stay trendy while remaining comfortable to fight all the storms (or the lack thereof).
Street style has had a great impact on the fashion scene all around the world and Dhaka is no exception. It is the perfect gateway for minimalistic and sleek fashion. Mixing up elements from both cooler and warmer seasons may help you execute the perfect outfit for a transitory season like this. While many suggest wearing brighter colours to stand out in the dull and gloomy days, it is better to make the transition smoother by choosing the best of both worlds. You can opt for basic crew neck t-shirts with breezy wide-legged denims and accessorize with a pop of colour, adding some light to the darker hues. So, darker fabrics but brighter accessories – the perfect mix!
You can also wear long sleeveless dresses with a plain black, grey or white tee to stay warm yet breezy. Culottes, flared jeans, bell bottoms and maxi skirts are the best options for this season. Pair these with fitted tops – maybe in pastel or floral prints and you will look divine thanks to the flattering proportions.
Never underestimate the power of accessories! As I mentioned earlier bright colours are the way to go. Boho rattan bags were all the rave last summer but this year we saw a shift to micro bags. Yes, we are channeling the early 2000s fashion and summoning the tiny handbags and sunglasses. You can wear a pair of perky statement earrings and carry a small messenger or hobo bag for that retro feel. In terms of shoes – you can easily pair up all of these looks with a pair of sneakers. The ‘ugly’ sneaker trend is still peaking but you can also style up these with a pair of Old Skool Vans or any white sneakers. If you want a more feminine touch, then go for a pair of peep toe wedges to stay classy. The most functional accessory that you can carry is your umbrella and a transparent one would be super cute!
In terms of makeup, less is definitely more this season. It is best to wear a breathable base e.g. concealer and powder or just BB cream and powder with a pinch of coral blush. For eyes, matte eyeshadows and volumising mascara would be the dream team. You can add brighter colours to the inner corner of your eyes for highlighting e.g. mustard yellow or salmon pink making the look much more interesting. Another major trend in makeup which is returning are monochrome tones – one single shade instead of lighter to darker transitions. You can simply add a wash of matte rose gold eyeshadow for some added warmth to your subtle base. For highlighter, glossy ones are the way to go instead of super shimmery ones. It is best to stick to warmer nude tones for lipstick and save the dramatic and loud shades for summer.
Let’s not surrender ourselves to the impulsive weather but embrace it in our own style. Dress up, show up and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!
By: Nazila Nihad
Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB)- It’s not just an island, it’s an experience. Yes, I’m in love with this sparkling white sandy beach, crystal clear turquoise water, endless blue sky and vibrant beach life.
The first time I heard about Gili islands, it was a few years back while I was planning my trip to Bali. My travel agent suggested me a name and said- `Why don’t you add Gili Islands to your Bali itineraries?’
I was like ‘what islands!!!
I started checking on Google and discovered three tiny islands in the middle of the sea.
The Gili islands are part of Bali’s neighbouring island Lombok: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. When I googled for images, I got to see some pictures on a swing, in the middle of crystal clear water and I knew I wanted to go there. The inner me screamed with excitement – Woohhh! I so want this ‘swing in the sea’ photo on my Insta feed.
I immediately confirmed my agent to include this island on the list. Since it was not-so-long one week trip, I decided to explore only one island. So Gili Trawangan or the much-easier-to-pronounce Gili T it is!
There are several ways to get to the Gili islands from Bali. We took the fast boat from Padang Bai (southeast of Bali) and went straight to Gili Trawangan. This boat journey took about 2 hours. We were greeted by crystal clear turquoise water as soon as we arrived. Hello Gili T!
We quickly noticed that there was no single motor vehicle. To get around, you have to walk or rent a bicycle. But our resort was out of walking distance and we got large luggage. So, we hailed a cidomo (horse carriage) to reach our resort. They are pretty expensive though.
We checked in to Aston Sunset Beach Resort which is situated on the quieter far side of the island. The island is so tiny, it takes less than two hours to walk around the whole island!
We freshened up and headed to the beach. While walking around the island, we spotted all the iconic beach swings: Searching for that perfect photo on one of those trendy beach swings.
I picked the best one and snapped the perfect Insta shot. It was a blissful moment to remember as I swung above the ocean, enjoying the salty aromatic breeze. PEACE!
We came across a beach-side sunset bar, grabbed a seat, ordered some amazing food and fresh drink and waited to watch the Gili sunset. I was totally overwhelmed to witness the most unreal sky with blue, purple and pink hue and it was undoubtedly the best sunset of my entire life.
Next day we hopped the colorful beach, clicked some awesome pictures in different cute spots, stood in the calm water, enjoyed the beach vibe to the fullest, YAY!
This Gili Island was gorgeous and definitely worth exploring. Though it was a bit expensive than we expected, the experiences we had were more than worth it!
If you are planning your trip to Bali, then it would be incomplete without a visit to at least to one of the Gilis.
By: Farah Seraj