Share your voice Love Syncs Culture Comments Got a sec to chat? Image Source / Getty Welcome to CNET’s Love Syncs, where we answer your questions about online dating. I’m Erin Carson, staff reporter, resident young-enough person, refrigerdating correspondent, curator of oddities and the one most likely to leave you on “read.”This week, one reader wants to know what the deal is with video calling before meeting. Let me fix my hair real quick and we’ll get to it. Q: When did FaceTime before meeting become a thing? It’s weird.— S.A. HONESTLY? I have no idea. But yeah, sometimes people ask to video chat or hop on the phone before going out on a date. Let me walk you through a few reasons why that might be, and why it also might not be as weird as it seems. For one, let’s talk about the weird part. Look, anything’s weird if you think about it too much. Have you looked at a seal recently? Like really looked at it? I’d err less on the side of it being weird so much as awkward. And awkward isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just a byproduct of two randos trying to assess each other for dating and maybe even longterm romantic partnership purposes. (See, you can make anything weird if you think about it too much!)Setting up a call in advance of a date can serve as a safety precaution. As much as we want to assume the best of each other, there are people out there on the apps with bad intentions. The FTC even made this groovy little cartoon about what to do if someone on a dating app asks you for money. Spoiler: They’re scamming you. Hold onto your cash like the last big screen TV at a Walmart on Black Friday.For all you know, the person you’re talking to could be a penguin with an internet connection. And, possibly, thumbs. THAT would be something. Anyway. Bumble even rolled out in-app video calling and voice chat in June partially under the banner of safety. A quick call could also be helpful in determining if you want to go out with a person at all. A voice like Gilbert Gottfried might be a deal breaker for you. Or not! Maybe you’re into that. Good for you. Don’t forget, though, meeting IRL can also give you the benefit of reading body language and other non-verbal cues that can tell you what you need to know about a person. Ultimately, you’ve got to do what makes you comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask. If someone asks you for a call, now you know what could possibly be motivating that request. But also, if you’re super queasy about giving out personal info, that is also valid. If you feel sketched out at any point for any reason, unmatch, hang up, walk away or jetpack outta there. CNET’s Love Syncs is an advice column focusing on online dating. If you’ve got a question about finding love via app, send it to email@example.com for consideration. 4 Tags
Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioThis file photo shows Greg Abbott at an event. The Texas Governor has announced proposals to make access to bail more difficult for dangerous criminals.Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday proposals to make access to bail more difficult for dangerous criminals.During a press conference held in Waco, Abbott said the proposals are included in the Damon Allen Act, which the Governor wants the Texas Legislature to pass in its upcoming legislative session.Allen was a Texas trooper that was killed on Thanksgiving Day 2017 when he was conducting a traffic stop. Dabrett Montreal Black, the man accused of killing Allen, has a criminal history that includes aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest.Abbott’s proposals entail that bail for felony offenses and for serious misdemeanors dealing with assault and sexual offenses would only be set by State District judges.The Governor said State District judges have typically practiced law for several years before becoming a judge and, therefore, have the “expertise and the knowledge” to make right decisions in terms of bail for violent offenders.Abbott also wants to create a statewide case management system “so the judges and magistrates can have all the information they need before making a ruling on setting bail.”The Governor underscored his proposals are aimed at repeat offenders and, although he didn’t mention Harris County by name, he noted his proposals wouldn’t impact low risk offenders with limited financial resources to afford bail, which is the rationale for ongoing litigation in Harris County.ReactionsAbbott’s proposal was both supported and criticized by civic groups.The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities echoed the Governor’s rationale in the sense that judges must be equipped with the right information when determining release conditions for dangerous criminals and noted in a statement that “knowing defendants’ criminal history is integral to that goal.”However, Tarsha Jackson, criminal justice director of the Texas Organizing Project, criticized Abbott’s proposal and said that the state doesn’t need “harsher bail guidelines,” but, instead, “sane, just and humane bail reform.” Share
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Kolkata: The family members of a new-born baby, who died at Suri District Hospital in Birbhum, have brought charges of medical negligence against the hospital authorities on Friday.The incident triggered tension in the hospital when the family members staged a protest demonstration within the hospital campus. It was learnt that the new born baby boy was admitted to Suri District Hospital for the first time on last Wednesday as he was suffering from high fever. It was learnt that one Ambar Saha, a resident of Mahhamad Bazar area in Birbhum, took his wife Pinki Saha to Patelnagar health centre in the district a few days before she passed away. She gave birth to a baby boy there.As her condition deteriorated after delivery, the woman was rushed to Suri District Hospital.As her health condition improved, the hospital authorities released the patient and her new born baby. After being taken home, the baby caught high fever. As a result, the family members again took the baby to hospital on last Wednesday.The family members alleged that the doctors at the hospital prescribed some medicines and released the baby from the hospital. On Thursday evening, the baby fell unconscious. The family members again rushed the baby to the same hospital where the doctors pronounced the new born brought dead.Following the incident, the family members and some locals staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital campus.They alleged that the doctors did not properly treat the patient and discharged him from the hospital. The agitation spread tension among other patients admitted there. The situation was later brought under control through police intervention.The family members lodged a complaint with the hospital superintendent on Friday accusing negligence that led to the baby’s death. The hospital authorities have assured that a probe into the incident would conducted in this regard.
The audience were reeling in trance by listening to the melodies sung by the renowned Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet exponent on Monday. The program was arranged by the Bangladesh High Commission in the national Capital and a large number of diplomats, high officials and 1971-war veterans attended the event. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Nazma Heptullah, Minister for Minority Affairs of India. While welcoming the august gathering, Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, highlighted the invaluable contribution of Tagore in the evolution of Bengali literature. “Tagore immortal creations will remain ever relevant in the lives of all Bengalis,” he said.Chief guest Dr Nazma Heptullah mentioned the attachment of the people from both the countries to the works of Rabindranath Tagore. She emphasized that the creations of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore has passed the test of time and brought the souls of the people of the two countries closer in a common bond of friendship.