An 18-year-old aspiring entrepreneur has won the inaugural ‘I am a big Deal’ Miss Berbice pageant.Farah Valentina Bates copped the title from eleven other contestants on Sunday morning at the Albion Sports Complex. Bates, a Rose Hall Town Corentyne resident who is pursuing a diploma in Public Management at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, competed under the platform ‘suicide awareness and prevention’.The queen, Farah BatesThe contest saw the delegates competing in four categories: talent, costume, beach wear and evening wear, with the top five having to answer a question based on their platform in the intelligence segment, to decide the winner and positions the others will occupy.The first runner-up is 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster of Rose Hall Town, who competed under the platform ‘climate change and its impact on Guyana’. Lancaster, who was a crowd favourite throughout the competition, is also a university student pursuing an associate degree in Social Work.Pre-contest favourite Lottoya Williamson, a 30-year-old English major at the University of Guyana, copped the third place spot, as she represented her platform, ‘violence against women’, an issue which has affected members of her close family.The top five contestants in the pageantThe fourth spot went to Atasha Pantlitz, 17, of Princetown, Corriverton, after she sought to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. Pantlitz attends the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre.Shaquilla Sharpe, a 22-year-old from Limlair Village, Corentyne, placed fifth.Meanwhile, Bates also won the best gown prize. Her gown was designed by Randy Madray. She also won best smile and best talent. The People’s Choice award was given to Latoya Williamson, while 19-year-old Kelisha Ramoutar, who chose domestic violence as her platform, was judged Miss Photogenic.The person with the best walk throughout the pageant was 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster, who performed under the platform of ‘global warming awareness’.The “I’m a Big Deal/Miss Berbice Beauty” pageant was promoted by RD Productions.Promoter Royston Drakes says the event will be an annual one. According to him, the concept is to “empower young women” in every aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.The pageant is also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. (Andrew Carmichael)
Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo. Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this: Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizon
Facebook / Harry PotterFans of JK Rowling are not happy after it was revealed that Albus Dumbledore was, in fact, a gay.As earlier reported, JK Rowling talked about Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in a Blu-Ray feature of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In the piece, the British author stated that they [Dumbledore and Grindelwald] were in an intense relationship adding, “But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling.”JK Rowling further added that she is less interested in the sexual side of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship but even believes that there was some sexual dimension to the relationship.”I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”After this news surfaced, several fans of Harry Potter world took to Twitter and other social media handles to share their disdain towards this revelation. There are several who are apparently not pleased that Rowling is exploring this tangent of Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality so late.One Twitter user posted, “I love Harry Potter so much but JK’s blatant (and failing) attempts to make Dumbledore any gayer without actually having the guts or motive to actually write it… Smh, making a character gay to seem woke or give them more depth… Sloppy, Rowling.” JK RowlingReutersWhile the other stated, “jk Rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count.”Acclaimed writer-director Hazel Hayes compared this announcement with James Cameron’s Avatar movie sequels. As per Hayes, just like Avatar sequels, no one asked for this.As mentioned already, Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality is not mentioned in the Harry Potter books and the adapted movies. At the same time, there were speculations that in Fantastic Beasts movie series, we will get to see Dumbledore’s intense sexual relationship drama with Gellert Grindelwald, but as it turned out, it was not touched in detail. Fans are hoping that with Fantastic Beasts 3, JK Rowling would try to cover this area as well.
The prime accused in a gang-rape case in Kabirhat of Noakhali plotted the arrest of the victim’s husband before the 30 December polls, official records and local sources confirmed.The 29-year-old victim, a mother of three, was raped allegedly at gunpoint by three persons early Saturday (19 January).The main suspect, Zaker Hossain alias Zahir, was detained the following day, following media reports and public outcry.Zaker is known in the area as a Jubo League leader of ward number-9 of Dhanshiri union of Kabirhat upazila.However, the local unit of Awami League, which is mother organisation of Jubo League, now claimed that Zaker is none of the party.The victim’s husband is a construction worker who is a supporter of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the locality.Ahead of the parliamentary elections on 30 December, the police detained him on 23 December and sent him to jail in an explosive case in which he was not charged, according to investigation. He was shown arrested as one of the unidentified accused.Following the rape incident, the victim’s husband was granted bail on Sunday.Coming out of the jail, he went to Noakhali General Hospital where his wife was undergoing treatment. Speaking to Prothom Alo at the hospital on Monday, he said two local leaders had him caught and handed ove3r to the police. One of them is Zaker Hossain and another is Murad, he alleged.Dhanshiri union Awami League president Abdul Mannan confirmed that Murad is a party activist.According to the victim’s husband, he is a construction worker. He is not directly involved in politics, but he is a supporter of the BNP.On 23 December, he was detained from his house, he said adding AL leaders Murad and Zaker Hossain Zahir were present during his arrest.”You do politics of the BNP. Go to jail and serve the jail term,” the victim’s husband quoted Murad as saying.He also said, “I didn’t know why I was being detained.”Kabirhat police station officer-in-charge Mirza Mohammad Hasan said the rape victim’s husband was arrested as an unidentified accused in an explosive case.The OC, however, denied the allegation that the Awami League and Jubo League men accompanied the police during the arrest.But the lawyer of the arrested person, Rabiul Hasan said there may be a link between the husband’s detention and rape of his wife.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.