Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua

Jason Puracal, of Tacoma, WA, awaits a possible 23-year sentencing in Nicaraguan courts. (Photo via FreeJasonP.com)

Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term.

Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering.

A UN working group reviewing the case found that Purcal had been arrested without a warrant, held for 6 six months without charges and was refused the right to provide evidence in his defense, all of which are illegal under Nicaraguan law.

The Global Post reports on the full story here. 

Forget remotes, Swedish firm develops eye-controlled TVs

The eye-tracker device is mounted on the bottom of screens and responds to precise and subtle eye movements. The technology is less effective with users who wear glasses. (Product image via Tobii.com)

If watching TV wasn’t enough of a lethargic activity, soon we can change the channel without even moving.

Tobii, a Swedish firm, has developed technology where users can give commands to a TV by staring at it. The devices are still in a glitchy, beta form, but work by tracking the users eyes as they land on the top and bottom of the screen.

The technology could have incredible benefits for users with disabilities as the firm has already applied it to computers, and soon, eye-controlled cars.

Ugandan little league takes a Major League tour

Uganda’s little league team was the first African team to compete in the Little League World Series. Theses 11-year-olds also found themselves in the spotlight as they visited some major league teams, including the New York Yankees.

Sara McCaslin is an editor and visual journalist for The Seattle Globalist. She worked for several daily midwest newspapers including The Flint Journal, The Columbia Missourian and The Boone County Journal before moving to Seattle. Sara trains the next generation of journalists through the Globalist Apprenticeship Program and is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of Missouri.

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