Wrenching mix-up at coma’s end

first_imgCALEDONIA, Mich. – A couple sat by their daughter’s hospital bedside for weeks after an auto crash until she came out of a coma – and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck. Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried. In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma. The two young women – both students at Indiana’s Taylor University – looked remarkably alike, and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones and cuts and bruises, and was in a neck brace. In a statement, the two families said they took their concerns to hospital officials, and dental records confirmed that the injured woman was Whitney Cerak. “Both families understand how this could have happened,” said Bruce Rossman, a spokesman for Spectrum Health, which operated the rehab center. Frank, a retired minister in Portland, Maine, said his granddaughter’s parents declined to look at the body before the funeral. “They wanted to remember her the way she was,” he said. An official at Taylor University, an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Ind., about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, said the Grant County coroner had notified the school of the error. “We rejoice with the Ceraks. We grieve with the VanRyns,” said Taylor spokesman Jim Garringer. Coroner Ron Mowery, whose office handled the death investigation, apologized for the mistake. He described an accident scene strewn with purses and wallets and said acquaintances of the students had identified the survivor as VanRyn. No scientific testing was conducted to verify the identifications. “I can’t stress enough that we did everything we knew to do under those circumstances, and trusted the same processes and the same policies that we always do,” Mowery said. “And this tragedy unfolded like we could never have imagined.” Four Taylor students and an employee were killed when their van was struck by a tractor-trailer that had drifted across a highway median. Those in the van worked for Taylor’s dining services and were preparing for a banquet for the inauguration of a new president of the 1,850-student school. It was not clear who mistakenly identified the victims or how the error happened. The coroner’s office did not immediately return a call. But the VanRyns, who are from Caledonia, Mich., said their daughter and Cerak, 18, of Gaylord, Mich., bore an “uncanny resemblance.” Most of the crash victims had funerals with closed caskets. A month ago, an overflow crowd of more than 1,400 people turned out for what they thought was Cerak’s funeral in Gaylord, Mich. Joe Sereno, associate pastor at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church, said the casket was closed both for visitation and for the funeral. “We did everything you usually do,” Sereno said. “We had a memorial service at the church. The family did a private burial the next day. Everybody thought it was Whitney.” The VanRyn family used the blog to provide progress reports on the young woman, reporting, for example, that her hair was in pigtails or braids, that she managed to feed herself some applesauce, that she played a game of “Connect Four” with one of the therapists and did quite well, and that she performed an exercise in which her therapist gave her a word and she had to supply the word’s opposite. Calls to the VanRyns and Ceraks were not immediately returned, and a young man outside the VanRyns’ home declined to comment to a reporter. An attorney for the Cerak family did not return a call either. Prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against the truck driver, saying he may having fallen asleep at the wheel. A memorial service for VanRyn is scheduled Sunday in Grand Rapids.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The family of Laura VanRyn, 22, disclosed the mix-up Wednesday on a Web log that they had used to record detailed updates on the young woman’s recovery. “Our hearts are aching as we have learned that the young woman we have been taking care of over the past five weeks has not been our dear Laura, but instead a fellow Taylor student of hers, Whitney Cerak,” the VanRyns said on the blog. Cerak’s grandfather, Emil Frank, said news of his granddaughter’s survival was a shock. “I still can’t get over it. It’s like a fairy tale,” he said. The family said that as the young woman began regaining consciousness at a rehabilitation center in Grand Rapids, Mich., she said things that made them question her identity. As recently as Monday, the VanRyns reported: “While certain things seem to be coming back to her, she still has times where she’ll say things that don’t make much sense.” last_img read more

NYK Impact of Embezzlement Case in China Minimal

first_imgzoom The impact of the embezzlement case in NYK Car Carrier China on Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha’s (NYK) consolidated financial results will be minimal, the company said following an investigation into the matter.NYK explained that the “inappropriate accounting” by former locally-hired management personnel from its Shanghai-based subsidiary engaged in finished car logistics would not require any changes to be made to the previous consolidated results, including those for the nine-month period ending December 2017.“Furthermore, it is estimated that the amount which may be influenced in the future due to the above tax reassessment is approx. RMB 53.4 million (approx USD 8.4 million) and the entire amount of this is scheduled to be reflected in the financial results for the year ending in March 2018,” NYK added.The Japanese shipping giant reported the case in February 2018, saying that an investigation had been launched into suspected “unlawful expenditure” being committed from 2013 to 2017.The investigation report revealed, among other things, that approx. RMB 47.4 million (USD 7.5 million) was paid from NCCC in the name of service fees for services which had never been provided, in addition to the payment of around USD 500,000 for an “unnecessary and inappropriate agreement”.The misappropriated money by the former management would be difficult to collect, according to NYK, hence the company estimates around USD 8.4 million in additional taxes and penalties arising from the case.The investigation is being reported on the back of a USD 486.6 million fine imposed on maritime car carriers by the European Commission.These include Chilean maritime carrier CSAV, the Japanese carriers “K” Line, MOL and NYK, and the Norwegian/Swedish carrier WWL-EUKOR, which participated in a cartel concerning the intercontinental maritime transport of vehicles.NYK, which was fined EUR 141.82 million (USD 175 million), explained that it had already recognized USD 186 million as provision for the fines in its nine-month report ending December 31, 2017.Hence, the company doesn’t expect to be impacted by the fine when it announces results for the fiscal year ending March 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Firefoxs new logo is starting to arrive

first_imgThe new logo features an even more stylized, leg-less version of the fox.  Mozilla; Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla has released a new test version of its web browser that introduces the new Firefox logo and drops “Quantum” from its name.Mozilla long ago moved the Firefox icon to a more stylized look, but the newest version is another step away from the original drawing of a fox wrapped around the globe. Even though the fox’s face is now in view and its limbs have vanished, it’s still easily recognized.The new icon arrived over the weekend in version 70 of Firefox Nightly, the incarnation designed for people who want to test the latest features and who can put up with crashes or other problems. Firefox Nightly will settle down into a beta version in coming weeks, then into the main version everyone gets a few weeks after that — Oct. 20, according to Mozilla’s plans. The new logo should follow that course, said Tim Murray, creative director at Mozilla.The logo in Firefox Nightly has a different blue/purple color scheme. The regular Firefox will stick with the red, orange and yellow colors.A simplified new Firefox iconThis is what the regular Firefox logo will look like once today’s Nightly version matures enough for release to everyone. Mozilla The new version also will drop the “Quantum” label Mozilla has attached to the Firefox name since the November 2017 release of Firefox 57, Mozilla said. The Quantum signified a major effort to speed up Firefox to better compete with Google’s Chrome, which dominates browser usage. A number of Quantum programs rebuilt parts of Firefox’s engine, and one such change — the GPU-acclerated Quantum Render technology to display a web page once Firefox figures out what it’s supposed to look like — is still gradually spreading to more computer types. The project also was called WebRender.”Our goal is that WebRender will be the primary rendering engine for the Firefox Browser and we will continue to roll it out to additional platforms throughout the coming months,” said Jessie Bonisteel, a Firefox engineering manager.Mozilla’s newest challenge to Chrome centers on protecting your privacy online — for example, by blocking websites and online ads that try to track you. Chrome has lagged other browsers like Safari, Firefox and Brave in that regard.Firefox usage is gradually decreasing, at least based on statistics Mozilla gathers from people willing to share that data. However, use of Firefox’s new tracking protection is increasing. “Following our release of Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default, we’ve seen our share of users keeping ETP on all the time rise as well,” said Porfirio Landeros, Mozilla’s senior director of product marketing.First published Aug. 12.Update, Aug. 13: Adds more details about the new logo and Firefox’s changes. 1:38 Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking tools Post a comment 0 Firefox Mozillacenter_img Share your voice Computers Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Journalist Amanullah Kabir passes away

first_imgAmanullah Kabir. Photo: UNBEminent journalist Amanullah Kabir passed away at a hospital here early Wednesday. He was 71.The veteran journalist was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and breathed his last around 12:45am.Amanullah Kabir was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU on 2 January with diabetes and other complications.Earlier on 5 January, he was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases after suffering a massive heart attack. He was later taken to the coronary care unit from the emergency unit.He has been working as the Senior Editor of the online news portal bdnews24.com.He served as executive editor of the Independent, news editor of The Daily Star, editor of Bangla Daily Amar Desh, and chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).last_img read more

Woman commits suicide after poisoning daughters

first_imgA woman apparently killed herself after allegedly poisoning her two daughters at Shikderpara in Rangunia upazila of Chattogram early Tuesday over a family feud, reports UNB. The deceased were Doly Akhter, 28, wife of Nurnabi and her daughters Ela Akhter, 6 and Esrat Nur, 10.Quoting family members, Imtiaz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Rangunia police station, said that Doly poisoned her daughters and then killed herself around 12:30am.Other members of the family took the trio to Rangunia Upazila Health Complex. They were later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. The doctors pronounced them dead around 1:30am.The OC said that they are investigating family members’ claim.last_img read more