When amputee athlete Jacky Hunt-Broersma says her mantra is, “I can do hard things,” she’s not kidding — the amputee athlete has run 104 marathons in as many days, all using a carbon-fiber prosthesis. Hunt-Broersma, 46, completed that epic quest on Saturday near her home in suburban Phoenix, setting an unofficial world record along the way. “What a journey,” she tweeted. The South Africa native, who lost her left leg below the knee to a rare cancer, gained worldwide attention and a huge social media following after beginning her record attempt on Jan. 17. Brick Runners, an organization that supports athletes who raise money for charities, even designed a Jacky-inspired Lego-style character complete with one of her favorite T-shirts, which reads: “Strong Has Many Forms.” Also Read: Tips to keep home cool in summer without AC Hunt-Broersma also raised more than $67,000 to help fellow amputee blade runners get the expensive prostheses they need. Health insurance typically doesn’t cover the cost, which can exceed $10,000. Every day since mid-January, she covered the classic 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) marathon distance either on a loop course laid out near her home in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill indoors. Her original goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days so she’d beat a record of 95 set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a nondisabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who did it as a pandemic coping strategy. But last month, after nondisabled British runner Kate Jayden unofficially broke Clark’s record with 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt-Broersma realized she’d need to run at least 102. In an interview with The Associated Press, she said she hoped her quest would inspire people everywhere to push themselves regardless of their physical limitations. Guinness World Records spokesperson Amanda Marcus said the Britain-based organization was aware of Hunt-Broersma’s attempt, and that it would take 12 to 15 weeks to review the evidence before the record can be confirmed. Guinness lists the men’s record for consecutive daily marathons as 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy. Also Read: Newborn baby, infant care tips during summer
After suffering the wrath of the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 for the majority of the past two years, the film industry in Bangladesh finally made its long-awaited glorious comeback this year with a handful of quality films and queues for tickets outside the cinema halls. The “almost dying industry,” according to many tired and retired moviegoers and industry-experts, observed the return of the cinephiles at the multiplexes and cinema halls across the country, celebrating a few major releases - which set the year on a restarting mode, seeking an even better future. According to the data collected from the producers, distributors and cinema hall authorities across the country, there are less than 60 active cinema halls currently showcasing films in Bangladesh. The number is astonishingly poor, considering the fact that Bangladesh had approximately 250 active cinema halls before the pandemic, and more than a thousand running halls back in the 90’s. It is an undeniable fact that the cinema industry around the world suffered the havoc of the pandemic; however, the situation in Bangladesh had been worsening for such a long time even before the pandemic. The industry drastically drowned during the pandemic lockdown without the presence of in-house audiences, the bloodstream in the vessels of the entertainment industry through the cinema halls. That being said, there was a lack of quality content over the years which did not thrive the moviegoers to the theatres, and thankfully that situation got slightly improved this year with the arrival of a good number of quality movies. Read: Rickshaw Girl: A Movie by Amitabh Reza won Award in International Film Festival Undoubtedly, the trailblazing film for this year has been the much talked about and several accolades conquering film ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’. The second directorial venture of talented filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad earned the glory of becoming the first Bangladeshi film showcased in the prestigious Un Certain Regard category at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival this year. After being screened at the Sal Dubusi Theater in the Cane Pale Do Festival building on July 7, the film finally hit the silver screens across the country on November 12, and till now the Azmeri Haque Badhon starrer film is enthralling the local and international cinephiles and bagging awards all over the world, namely the "Best Actress" award for Badhon at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for her stellar performance, while director Saad received the “Jury Grand Prize”. The film has also bagged the "New Talent Award" at the HongKong Asian Film Festival 2021, “Best Actress” award for Badhon at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2021 and more, while also being nominated for the official nomination from Bangladesh for the Oscar 2022. Another film which has similarly created the buzz around the world was young filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's maiden film 'Nonajoler Kabbo’ (The Salt in our Waters), released for the moviegoers in Bangladesh on November 26. Regarding the film's unique and heart-warming promotional activities, Sumit told UNB: "We have successfully organised 3 screening sessions on November 23 and 24, as part of our coastal screening in Patuakhali, honouring the fact that the film is made on the life of our coastal fishing community - so they were the first ones to watch it in the country, as per my commitment to the community. The area which we used for the shooting, a remote fishing community in Patuakhali, has lost its existence due to river erosion. They were as emotional to see the land and story of their lives unfold on the silver screen, and it was emotional for me as well, also because of my 7 years long journey behind this dream project.”
Bicyclist Tony Quinones had only just shaken hands with a fellow cyclist and wished him good luck in this weekend’s community race in an Arizona mountain town when a truck sped into a crowd of bike riders. Suddenly, Quinones said in an interview Sunday, he was “watching bodies going on top of the hood, bodies going to the left, bodies going to the right” about six minutes after the race had started. The sounds of breaking and smashing as the truck plowed through the cyclists on Saturday was quickly replaced by their groans of pain — including those of the cyclist Quinones had just met. Read:Driver rams cyclists in Arizona race, critically injuring 6 Authorities in the small city of Show Low said the unidentified 35-year-old male suspect fled the crash scene in the pickup and was shot and wounded by officers a short time later. Of the seven cyclists hospitalized, six were in critical condition, and one was in stable condition on Sunday, police said in a statement. The suspect, described as a local resident, was in stable condition, police said. Quinones, 55, said the man he had met before the race was a fellow New Mexican and that blood was flowing from his head and his nose after the pickup hit him. “He’s got a compound fracture, and I’m just saying, ‘Hey man keep breathing, keep breathing. Help’s on its way. Hey man, you’re going to be OK.’” Quinones said. “I mean, that’s just insane. It’s not just one. There’s like six, seven, eight other guys like who are all around doing the same thing.” Authorities were trying to determine why the man driving the truck rammed into the group of cyclists participating in the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff race that drew hundreds of participants. He was shot by police nearby outside a hardware store in Show Low, which is about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix. Read: Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade in Florida; 1 dead “We don’t know the motivation,” said Show Low city spokeswoman Grace Payne. Quinones said some cyclists wondered at first whether the driver of the truck had fallen asleep at the wheel. But Quinones said he saw the man accelerate toward the cyclists. “He went right at us,” he said. Witnesses said helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was wedged into the grill of the truck that rammed the cyclists at about 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low. “I just remember, you know, this is surreal,” Quinones said. “I can’t believe I just shook this guy’s hand and we wished each other luck, and now I’m watching him with blood all over the place. And not a little blood. It wasn’t trickling out. There’s like a pool of blood.” The truck had damage to its top and sides and a bullet hole in a window. Read:Bangladeshi Lyft driver killed in NYC crash “This has been a horrible event,” police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement. “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.” After the truck’s driver hit a telephone pole, cyclists ran up to the truck and started pounding on the windows, screaming at the driver to get out. Instead of stopping, Quinones said the driver hit the accelerator and backed out, drove down the road, made a U-turn and then headed back toward the cyclists but did not hit them again and drove away. Payne said the driver did not comply when officers tried to arrest him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately made public.
A driver in a pickup truck plowed into bicyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday, critically injuring several riders before police chased the driver and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, authorities said. Six people were taken to a hospital in critical condition after the crash in the mountain town of Show Low, about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix, police said. Helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was wedged into the grill of the truck, which had damage to its top and sides and a bullet hole in a window. Read:Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade in Florida; 1 dead Two other people went to a hospital themselves, city spokeswoman Grace Payne said, and one of the severely injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital. The suspect, a 35-year-old man, also was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. “We don’t know the motivation,” Payne told The Associated Press. “We know he fled the scene.” Read:Bangladeshi Lyft driver killed in NYC crash Police said a Ford pickup truck struck the bicyclists about 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low during the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff race, then fled. Officers pursued the driver and tried to stop him before he was shot, authorities said. Payne said the driver did not comply when officers tried to arrest him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately released. Neither were the identities of the suspect and victims. Officials said the race had 270 participants. Read: Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement. The Navajo County sheriff’s office and Arizona Department of Public Safety were helping investigate. U.S. 60, the main street in the town tucked in the White Mountains, was closed in the area.
Bicycles are one of the most important parts of our lives today because it is a very simple means of communication. Especially young people in modern times like bicycles very much and there is no special reason for it, but the flexibility and ability to walk on the bike has made it different which is the reason why bicycles are so popular among the youth. When you are planning to get a bicycle, many questions may thistle in your mind. Because we all know that the design and quality of a bicycle are related to the rider's age, location, road, and economic condition. Read this article to know how to buy a bicycle and the price range of bicycles in Bangladesh. Things to Look at Before Buying a Bicycle If someone takes the wrong decision while choosing a bicycle, it may lead to distress. So before buying a cycle, you must think carefully and make the right decision. There are some things to keep in mind when buying a bicycle, such as: Budget First of all, you have to decide exactly how much money you are willing to spend to buy the bicycle. Not everyone can afford it, but you may not want to spend more than you can afford. So, you have to decide exactly how much your budget is. Bicycles worth five thousand to one lakh rupees are available in the market. So, decide which bike to buy after determining your budget. Brand In Bangladesh, you will find many renowned brands of bicycles. When it comes to buying a bicycle, you should buy a bicycle from a reputed brand. This is because the brand's bicycles are usually made according to the correct frame geometry, which increases the comfort of riding many times over the non-brand. However, the brand cannot be absolutely fascinated. If the budget is low, you should not look at the brand but buy the bike according to your choice and specification. Don’t forget, you are choosing a bicycle, not the brand. Read Barbells vs. Dumbbells: Which is better for Workout, Strength, and Muscle Growth? Frame material Bicycle frames are made of many types of materials, such as iron frames, alloy frames, titanium frames, carbon fiber frames, and more. Considering the weight, price and availability, alloy frame bicycles are the most convenient. However, if your budget is much (like a lakh), you can buy a carbon fiber frame bicycle. Frame Size This is a very important issue when buying a bike that most people avoid, and it hurts in different parts of the body after the ride if you buy the wrong frame size bike. The frame size depends on the height of the rider. If the rider is tall, the large size frame is comfortable. On the other hand, if the rider is short, he should buy a small frame bike. Read: Bodybuilding Vs Powerlifting: Similarities, Differences, Pros, Cons Top Bicycles in Bangladesh Duranta CB Rider 20 Inch Duranta bicycles have been getting popular. The Duranta CB Rider comes framed with 20'x11," and the tig is welded. Besides, the rigid steel form gives a robust structure. It offers a steel career on the tail. The single alloy rim is protected by the steel MTB mudguard. Nevertheless, the V brake set provides the safest journey with the alloy 2.5 fingers. The 86 links chain comes with 36 teeth and a 140 mm crank length. Furthermore, the steel gear bell BCP can get you a safe ride. Duranta CB Rider 20 Inch costs Tk. 6,585. Hero Neon DX Lady 26T This bicycle is specially made for women, and it weighs 18.1 Kg. Hero Neon DX Lady 26T is a rigid type bike that comes in two colors, red and blue. However, this bike is not beginner-friendly, and intermediate-level riders can ride it easily. The rigid steel frame weighs 3 Kg. The 1730x590x1090 mm size is perfect for any woman to ride. You can buy it for Tk. 7,150. Read TRX vs. Other Gym Equipments: A Detailed Comparison Phoenix Hurricane This bicycle is best for the time-to-time ride and for the occasional trips. Being a mountain bike can get you quite comfortable riding. It came in black and sky-blue color and was sized at 26". The aluminum alloy frame gives an elegant, stylish, fast, and durable look. Besides, the fork is 100mm, and the transmission is 3 x 8 speed. However, some riders may feel the headset is weak and listen to some cracking sound while riding. With all these astonishing features, you can buy this cycle for Tk. 10,000. Atlas Upland Atlas is a popular bicycle brand in Bangladesh, which is known for its robust build. Atlas Upland is made with a Carbon fiber frame and offers stylish graphics. Sized at 26" comes with 24-speed gear. The brake disk has an amazing Aluminum alloy lever. Further, the pedals are made with aluminum alloy and come with a reflector. Saddle PU top cushioned gives you comfort while riding. Atlas Upland's wheels are sized at 26x2.1. Buy this robust bicycle for Tk. 9,500. Camp XC206 Camp might not have a wide range of bicycles in their collection, but they have few strong bikes that are good enough to go camping on the mountain. The 17" alloy frame is actually a good size to ride in any environment. The 63mm forks also help the Camp XC206 to get a strong build. Shimano EF-51 shifters get you easy control of your cycle. However, the NECO alloy handle stem can give you a versatile riding experience. Camp XC206 will cost Tk. 11,500. Read: Effectiveness of Compound Exercises for Muscle Definition Falcon Legend 900 One of the oldest bike companies that started in 1930. Over the years, they have brought a range of bicycles on different bicycles. Falcon Legend 900 will cost Tk. 10,000, and you will certainly be happy after using it. It is sturdy and well-balanced, which comes with a heavy build. It offers 24-speed changes. The good suspension and the sturdy tire will let you ride in any weather condition. Bianchi KUMA 5300 If you want a high-range bike, you may check out the Bianchi KUMA 5300. It is sized at 38cm made with high-quality products. The accessories are cables under TT and KUMA Alu TT curved frame, SunTour XCM RL 26 fork, Shimano Acera shifters, Mach 1 Sub-Zero Disc 26", alloy 6063, 32H rims. Due to its high-quality build, KUMA 5300 will cost you Tk. 51,500. Read Cycling Benefits: How Indoor and Outdoor Cycling Strengthens Your Immune System
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A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children, who were found dead inside the family's home after firefighters got a call about a drowning, authorities said Tuesday.