Pune: The violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon on New Year’s Day which left one person dead was not a riot, but a pre-planned attack, according to a report by the coordination committee to assist the police investigations.“Based on inputs from locals, we have gathered enough evidence to prove that the clashes were the culmination of a series of provocative acts orchestrated by Milind Ekbote and the followers of Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’,” RPI (A) leader Dr. Siddharth Dhende, Pune’s Deputy Mayor and a member of the committee, told The Hindu.According to another committee member, the board erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar communit, who is said to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son), was pulled down by Hindutva activists on Ekbote’s instigation three years ago as a precursor to the events of December 29 last year. “Ekbote used to visit Sambhaji’s tomb at Vadhu-Budruk village (4 km from Koregaon-Bhima) and had even floated a ‘committee’ dedicated to its preservation. However, his real purpose during the course of his visits appears to foment caste tensions,” said the member, requesting anonymity.The report further points to inflammatory messages circulating on social media which strongly hint at a conspiracy.On December 15, a provocative message posted by a person allegedly belonging to a Hindutva outfit and doing the rounds on Facebook spoke of “mourning for” Dalits gathering to celebrate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle on January 1.The report refers to social media posts which went viral on December 30 and 31 asking activists to assemble at Vadhu-Budruk. Others spoke of a rally to be addressed by Ekbote and Bhide Guruji.The report further observes (based on inputs from locals and the regional press) that Ekbote was slated to hold a press meet on December 30 at Hotel Sonai in Perne Phata on the Pune-Nagar Road. The meet was apparently called off.“The people we spoke to mention that he held a conference somewhere else. We demand that the police pursue these leads with due diligence,” said Dr. Dhende.He further said that local shopkeepers in Vadhu and surrounding villages said that they were forced to down shutters on December 31 itself.“The next day, the villages adjoining Bhima-Koregaon practiced a veritable social boycott on the Bhim Sainiks and Dalits come to do homage to the Ranstambh (Victory Pillar). The visitors were not given food or water,” said Dr. Dhende.A mob of 1,500-2000 strong comprising of Hindutva activists believed to be the followers of Ekbote and Bhide Guruji was believed to have gathered on January 1 near Bhima-Koregaon at around 9: 30 a.m. with the sole purpose of wreaking havoc and disturbing the peace of the occasion, alleges the report. “The mob split into three groups and began furiously pelting stones, smashing shop windows, damaging vehicles in which the Dalits arrived, not even sparing police vehicles,” said a committee member.The report censures tardy police action which might have precluded the violence.The committee, comprising leaders from major Dalit outfits, was set up under the aegis of Vishwas Nangare-Patil, Inspector-General of Police (Kolhapur Range) on January 9. The octogenarian Bhide ‘Guruji’, a fervent admirer of the Maratha warrior King Shivaji who founded the Shiv Pratishthan, has a formidable following in the Western Maharashtra sugar-belt districts of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur.Among his biggest followers include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, both of whom regard Bhide Guruji as an exemplar of simple living and an inspirational teacher.The complaint against Bhide, Ekbote and their supporters in Pimpri was lodged by Anita Ravindra Salve, a member of the Bahujan Republican Socialist Party. Another criminal case was lodged against the duo in Auranagabad. Both cases have been transferred to the Shikrapur police in Pune district.The 85-year-old Hindutva leader has in turn accused Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar for wrongly blaming him for the Koregaon Bhima ‘conspiracy’. Rahul Phatangale, a 28-year-old youth, lost his life in the crossfire while he was out to buy vegetables at the time the violence erupted. Around 50 vehicles were burnt in the melee which raged for several hours.
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “They had an off-shooting night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “but we participated in that.”READ: Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, finished the night shooting 29.2 percent so far in the pros. That’s the second-worst through a player’s first 12 games in the shot-clock era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Asked about people constantly analyzing his unusual shooting motion — it looks something like a right-handed shot put released from the left side of his head — the No. 2 overall draft pick said: “I really don’t even care, to be honest. I know I’ve got to just keep shooting and just improve it every game.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball’s cold-shooting start to his NBA career just keeps getting worse. For a change, the Washington Wizards managed to play the sort of defense that contributes to limiting an opponent’s scoring.John Wall and the Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal adding 22 while Washington held Ball to 3 for 12 on field-goal tries in a 111-95 victory over L.A. on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall When these teams played each other in Los Angeles last month in the fourth game of the season for each, the Wizards led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers wound up winning 102-99 in overtime.This time, L.A. pulled to 93-84 on Julius Randle’s two-handed slam with about 8 minutes left. But a 3 by Beal soon built the hosts’ advantage back to 15.Defense has seemed to optional at times for the Wizards this season. But they held the Lakers to 36 percent Thursday.“That’s been one of our downfalls — ball-watching too much and trying to steal it in the backcourt and leaving our transition at risk of getting scored on,” Beal said. “It was definitely a demand of Coach’s: Get back in transition. Make sure we’re defending our guy. Take pride in it.”TIP-INSLakers: Seven players scored at least 10 points apiece, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. … Came in averaging an NBA-high 56 points in the paint and 16 of their first 20 points came that way Thursday. L.A. finished with 48.Wizards: Centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi combined for 10 points and 11 personal fouls in 44 minutes.REMATCHThere was plenty of Wall vs. Ball hype leading into that one — initially fueled, not surprisingly, by Ball’s father, LaVar — although their matchup never become the game’s focus.WALL DOES ALLWall’s night included a resounding lefty dunk over Lopez that Wall said showed his recently sprained left shoulder — which had strips of black tape on it — is doing OK. “That was my testimony to say it’s cool,” Wall said. At the defensive end, he had a couple of his trademark chase-down blocks, including one on Ingram that drew a roar from the sellout crowd of 20,356. “He might be the best ever at doing that,” Brooks said. View comments Lakers coach Luke Walton’s take?READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall “He’s an incredible player. He’s 20 years old. He almost had a triple-double tonight. But any time you turn on any sports show, all they talk about is his shot,” Walton said. “Is it extra pressure? One hundred percent. He’s a rook who … gets dissected by everybody.”Washington’s Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris scored 16 points, including a pair of 3s to open the third quarter.Coming off a home loss in which they never held a lead against the NBA-worst Dallas Mavericks, the Wizards went up by as many as 21 against the Lakers, at 91-70 on Porter’s turnaround fadeaway jumper with about 75 seconds remaining in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Welsh football star Gareth Bale was left out of the official dream team of the 2016 European Championship. Bale was key as Wales stormed into the semis in their first appearance in Europe’s most prestigious tournament.However, Bales teammates, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen made the cut. Bale failed to make the team which includes the likes of Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann and even Cristiano Ronaldo. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo shows why he’s the undisputed boss of world football)Bale was superb for Wales as he led them to a semi-final spot almost single handedly scoring three goals and assisting one. However, Wales lost to a brilliant Ronaldo header and a Nani goal in the semis. Wales were playing the tournament for the first time and the Real Madrid man dodged all the challenges to take them on a dream run.The panel consisted of 13 members including Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Gareth Southgate who based their team on various points like exceptional skill and tactical awareness to name a few. (Also read: Euro 2016: Imperfect Portugal plot another escape against Wales in semis)The selected formation was 4-2-3-1 with Portugal dominating the line-up with four players, followed by three from Germany and two each from France and Wales.EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament: Rui Patricio (Portugal); Joshua Kimmich (Germany) Jerome Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphael Guerriero (Portugal); Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Antoine Griezmann (France), Dimitri Payet (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)Here’s the official #EURO2016 Team of the Tournament… ????????? pic.twitter.com/wnBmXUPxfdadvertisement UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 11, 2016
Rafael Nadal caught a journalist sleeping during his press conference after the second seed advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday. The No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal registered a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth.Rafael Nadal showed no signs of injury concerns during his straight sets victory in the first round.While addressing the media after his victory, funny side of Nadal was on display as he spotted a journalist sleeping. He made a gesture towards other reporters sitting in the room then said “it’s not interesting today”.The two then had a light-hearted exchange before Nadal says, “I know you were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I am saying.”OMG… Rafa can’t be more adorable when spotting the journo sleeping… and the journo is an “old friend” (Ubaldo) (https://t.co/gEvdERnZIv) pic.twitter.com/SrGL8IwtheGenny SS (@genny_ss) January 14, 2019The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he’s fit for the season-opening major.Apparently this reporter didn’t get the memo that #sleepisfortheweak.Tell him, Rafa.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/QcO7l4J9by#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019″Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury – I know it very well.advertisement”So that’s an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again.”Wearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams – to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016.(With inputs from Associated Press)
Premier League Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 6 Goal Last updated 9/25/17 17:10 9/25/17 Comments() Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Liverpool Watford Burnley Huddersfield Town Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion Southampton Stoke City Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle United West Ham United Swansea City Everton Leicester City Southampton v Manchester United Manchester City v Crystal Palace Burnley v Huddersfield Town Stoke City v Chelsea Leicester City v Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Everton v AFC Bournemouth Swansea City v Watford Goal keeps you up to date with the latest results from England’s top division, as well as the upcoming fixtures and the current standings The Premier League served up an action-packed Saturday over the weekend as its top clubs return to their European commitments this week.After Chelsea, Tottenham, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool had all won on Saturday, Brighton secured an important victory over Newcastle United in Sunday’s only fixture.And the sixth round of games was completed at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal were 2-0 winners over West Brom. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Goal has your complete guide to the latest set of fixtures, including the updated table.PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES Date Match Time TV? Sep 23 West Ham 2-3 Tottenham 12:30 Sky Sep 23 Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield Town 15:00 None Sep 23 Everton 2-1 Bournemouth 15:00 None Sep 23 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace 15:00 None Sep 23 Southampton 0-1 Manchester United 15:00 None Sep 23 Swansea City 1-2 Watford 15:00 None Sep 23 Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea 15:00 None Sep 23 Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool 17:30 BT Sep 24 Brighton 1-0 Newcastle 16:00 Sky Sep 25 Arsenal 2-0 West Brom 20:00 Sky The early kick-off was at the London Stadium, where Tottenham raced into a 3-0 lead in the second half.West Ham pulled one back before Serge Aurier was sent off, though, and Cheikhou Kouyate’s second made it a very nervy finish for Spurs, who just about held out for three points.At 3pm, Manchester United earned a 1-0 victory at Southampton despite withstanding late pressure thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s sixth league goal of the season.Defending champions Chelsea were more convincing winners, with Alvaro Morata’s hat-trick driving them to a 4-0 victory at Stoke City – as were Manchester City, who won 5-0 on the back of four second-half goals against Crystal Palace.Surprise packages Burnley and Huddersfield Town played out a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor but there was more drama at Swansea City and Everton.Watford emerged 2-1 winners in Wales thanks to Richarlison’s late winner, while the Toffees earned three points by the same scoreline over Bournemouth after a two-goal second-half cameo from Oumar Niasse.In the evening fixture, Liverpool’s defence was imperfect once again but goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson earned the Reds a 3-2 win over Leicester City.The busy Saturday schedule is a consequence of five clubs playing Champions League matches on Tuesday and Wednesday the following week.The sole Sunday fixture was between newly promoted Brighton and Newcastle United, with Chris Hughton’s Seagulls triumphing 1-0 thanks to a Tomer Hemed strike. That result sees them move ahead of Everton into 13th.On Monday night, Arsenal moved themselves into the top half of the table with a 2-0 win over West Brom courtesy of a pair of Alexandre Lacazette goals.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Pos Team Pld W D L GD Pts 1 Manchester City 6 5 1 0 +19 16 2 Manchester United 6 5 1 0 +15 16 3 Chelsea 6 4 1 1 +7 13 4 Tottenham 6 3 2 1 +5 11 5 Liverpool 6 3 2 1 +1 11 6 Watford 6 3 2 1 -1 11 7 Arsenal 6 3 1 2 1 10 8 Huddersfield Town 6 2 3 1 +2 9 9 Burnley 6 2 3 1 +1 9 10 Newcastle United 6 3 0 3 +1 9 11 Southampton 6 2 2 2 -1 8 12 West Brom 6 2 2 2 -2 8 13 Brighton 6 2 1 3 -2 7 14 Everton 6 2 1 3 -7 7 15 Swansea City 6 1 2 3 -4 5 16 Stoke City 6 1 2 3 -5 5 17 Leicester City 6 1 1 4 -3 4 18 West Ham 6 1 1 4 -7 4 19 Bournemouth 6 1 0 5 -9 3 20 Crystal Palace 6 0 0 6 -13 0 PREMIER LEAGUE TV COVERAGE In the UK, Premier League games will be available to watch live on Sky Sports and BT Sport, with the BBC broadcasting highlights on Match of the Day. Viewers will also be able to stream games live online using Sky Go and the BT Sport app. UK TV channel UK online stream Sky Sports / BT Sport Sky Go / BT Sport app In the US, up to 250 Premier League games will be available to watch live on television on NBC’s various channels, including NBC, NBCSN and CNBC. These games can be streamed on NBC Sports Live.The network also announced in June that a further 130 games would be exclusively available with the ‘Premier League Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. The ‘Premier League Pass’ service will cost $50. US TV channel US online stream NBC Sports NBC Sports Live LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS Date Match Time TV? Sep 15 Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton 20:00 Sky Sep 16 Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton 12:30 Sky Sep 16 Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City 15:00 None Sep 16 West Brom 0-0 West Ham 15:00 None Sep 16 Liverpool 1-1 Burnley 15:00 None Sep 16 Watford 0-6 Manchester City 15:00 None Sep 16 Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City 15:00 None Sep 16 Tottenham 0-0 Swansea City 17:30 BT Sep 17 Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal 13:30 Sky Sep 17 Manchester United 4-0 Everton 16:00 Sky Bournemouth and Brighton kicked off the fifth weekend of the campaign with a south-coast derby on Friday night and the Cherries were victorious, picking up their first win of the season.Roy Hodgson took charge of Crystal Palace for the first time on Saturday when they hosted Southampton at Selhurst Park, but it was a disappointing start for the former England boss as they lost 1-0.Manchester City continued to pad out their goals scored column with a 6-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, while Huddersfield Town held Leicester City to a 1-1 draw. West Ham followed their first win of the season against Huddersfield with a scoreless draw away to West Brom.A Liverpool side bereft of the talents of Sadio Mane were unable to beat Burnley at home as the Clarets secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield and Newcastle United bolstered their position in the top half by seeing off Stoke City at home.Late on Saturday, Swansea City frustrated Tottenham at Wembley, keeping Mauricio Pochettino’s side scoreless to pick up a valuable point.And to conclude the weekend, Chelsea was held to a scoreless at home by Arsenal before Rooney’s Old Trafford comeback with Everton was spoiled in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.
‘Technology in Media’ was the focus of a presentation by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) at the first Information Technology (IT) Exposition hosted on Friday, (November 16), by the Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha”. The event, held under the theme: ‘Technology in Motion’, was attended by a number of organisations, representatives of which presented on how technology enhances work in various fields. Explaining the reason for staging the event, Acting Head of the IT Department at the all-girls school, Patrice Pryce, pointed to the rapid growth of technology globally and the need for the students to understand how technology enhances the various career fields. “Technology is everywhere and we just want to get the girls sensitised. They think IT is a career by itself and we (also) want them to know that it is a part of every single career,” Mrs. Pryce told JIS News. She said that JIS was a good choice for showcasing the integration of technology into the daily activities of the media. As the information arm of the Government of Jamaica, the JIS is a multi-faceted communication agency, which offers a wide range of media products and services for print, radio, television and the web. “The young people are going into media and we want them to know that in media there is technology,” Mrs. Pryce said. JIS Systems Administrator, Andre Allen, conducted a dynamic presentation, illustrating technology and its various applications, including software and hardware, which are employed in the production of JIS’ programmes. “It is important to see that IT is not something that you just learn about in class as theory. It is something that we must utlise in our various departments at work in a very practical way to produce books, news releases, videos for TV, audio for radio and of course, all the material you find on our website,” Mr. Allen said. Sixth form IT student of the school, Toussan Cawley, acknowledged the importance of technology in modern lifestyles and how essential it is to keep abreast with the various gadgets and methods. “Technology is moving at a rapid pace, and I’m young so I don’t want to be left behind,” she stated. The exposition began with an opening ceremony, followed by presentations from representatives of various agencies to groups of students in various locations on the campus. Other organisations included GeoInformatics Institute, Hawkeye, Guardian Life, Johnson and Johnson, The Gleaner, Teens for Technology, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Supreme Court.
Islamabad: In a relief to jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, a Pakistani anti-corruption court on Friday dismissed a plea filed against her for submitting a fake document in the high-profile Avenfield Apartments case. Maryam, 45, the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) was accused of providing a fake trust deed during the hearing of the case. The deed was written in Calibri font in 2006 when the font was not available for public use. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe National Accountability Bureau (NAB) moved an application before the accountability judge Mohammad Bashir against Maryam for the bogus trust deed. Bashir after hearing the case reserved the judgment and after a while announced that the case was dismissed. Maryam, who was accompanied by her husband, former army captain, Mohmmad Safdar and senior party leaders, was wearing a shirt with a picture of Sharif that read- “Free Nawaz Sharif” when she arrived for the hearing. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpResponding to the judgement on Twitter, she said that the judge and the NAB made a spectacle of them in sheer frustration. She said the NAB suddenly remembered that after a year the case was decided, it should get her punished in the (fake deed) case. She was sentenced to seven years in jail in July 2018 in connection with the case that pertains to the ownership of the Sharif family’s posh apartments at Avenfield House, London. The sentence was, however, suspended by the Islamabad High Court. The case was one of the three filed by NAB last year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Sharif in the Panama Papers case. Summons for her in the fake deed case were issued on July 9 days after she posted a video on Twitter of accountability court judge Arshad Malik, saying that he awarded sentence to Sharif in Al-Azizia case on December 24, 2018 under pressure. Sharif, 69, is serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 in the Al-Azizia case. A large number of PML-N party workers protested outside the court in support of Maryam. Police arrested some of them for causing unrest. Talking to the media on her arrival at the court, Maryam condemned the workers’ arrest and said the Pakistan government was afraid of her presence in Islamabad. Their fear of Maryam Nawaz preceded my presence in the capital. If you were this afraid you should not have gotten selected, she said. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is trying to suppress the voices of PML-N leaders but they will continue to raise their voice against injustice, The Express Tribune reported.
Vancouver Coastal Health says it did nothing to contribute to the death of a 16-month-old boy at an unlicensed daycare, calling what happened a “tragic incident” in its response to a civil lawsuit launched by the boy’s parents.The health authority filed its response to the statement of claim in B.C. Supreme Court in early December.Macallan (Mac) Saini, was found dead in the Olive Branch Daycare in east Vancouver on Jan. 18, 2017.The lawsuit filed by the toddler’s mother, Shelley Sheppard, alleges he choked on an electrical cord and died because he was left alone. Documents filed with the court also allege the daycare was “overcrowded” and that the health authority and Ministry of Children and Family Development did not warn parents or close the facility, despite “multiple complaints” of overcrowding or operating without a licence.None of the allegations has been proven in court.The ministry, daycare operator Yasmine Saad and the landlords of the home where the daycare operated are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, but none has submitted a response with the court to the statement of claim.In its response, Vancouver Coastal Health says it had no knowledge that Saad was running an unlicensed daycare and no complaint had been received about it from any parents.The health authority’s response “denies that it owed any … duty of care to the plaintiff and her deceased son, Mac Saini,” and it also seeks dismissal of the claims against it, with costs.Sheppard’s suit says complaints against Saad were investigated in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and in 2016, and the lawsuit asserts the health authority identified her as a “moderate risk to health and safety.” It says Saad was never fined and no steps were taken to prevent the daycare from continuing operations.But the health authority says four complaints of too many children in care, all involving different addresses, were investigated against Saad over seven years and each was “dealt with by the licensing officers in exercise of their discretionary powers.”The response makes no mention of the original lawsuit’s claim that Vancouver Coastal Health allegedly identified Saad as a “moderate” health and safety risk.It also disputes Sheppard’s allegation that the health authority violated baby Mac’s charter right to life and security of the person, saying there is no legal standing for a charter argument.When the lawsuit was filed, the Ministry of Children and Family Development said it could not comment because the matter was before the courts but added that its legal counsel would review the lawsuit and “respond accordingly to the court.”“The death of a child is a tragedy no parent should ever face, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the parents,” the ministry said in an emailed statement.The statement of claim accuses the landlords of allowing Saad to operate a daycare without a licence, failing to supervise operations and failing to ensure the premises were safe and suitable for an infant.One of the property owners said at the time she was unaware her tenant was operating a daycare on the premises when she rented it to her and declined further comment. A second landlord and Saad could not be reached for comment.As a result of the death, Sheppard claims she has experienced ongoing trauma and health problems, suffering permanent disability, loss of earnings and loss of enjoyment of life.The health authority asks for proof of Sheppard’s claims in its response to the court, saying it “denies the plaintiff suffered or will suffer in the future, the injuries, loss, damage, or expense as alleged, or at all.”The Canadian Press
The Duke of Cambridge has delivered a speech on Chinese television on the urgent work needed to combat the illegal wildlife trade.Prince William With Yao Ming, Bear Grylls and Sir David AttenboroughCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHis Royal Highness’s speech, filmed at the Maughan Library at King’s College London, will air on CCTV1 – the station with the largest audience in China – as part of a series of programmes called Let’s Talk.The Duke is grateful to have this opportunity to explain how people around the world must work together to save some of the planet’s most critically endangered species before they are lost forever. His Royal Highness considers this issue an important test for his generation’s ability to solve the much more complex global challenges it will face in the decades to come.The Duke raised this issue with the President of China when they met in Bejing earlier this year and has been encouraged by China’s willingness to play its part in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.Before filming his speech, in front of a studio-style audience of around 80 King’s College London students and guests, The Duke of Cambridge met other participants in the programme – Sir David Attenborough, Yao Ming and Bear Grylls.Also today, the Duke of Cambridge attended the signing of a memorandum to help rangers fight poaching in Africa.The Duke was present as the Leading Chinese firm Sanpower joined United for Wildlife to support rangers in the fight against poaching in Africa.The Royal Foundation, United For Wildlife, of whom The Duke is President, and Sanpower will work together in the fight against the poaching of iconic species including elephants, rhinoceros, big cats and pangolins in Africa and the trafficking of animal body parts across borders. The unprecedented rise in the illegal wildlife trade has caused the slaughter of tens of thousands of endangered animals – 20% of the African elephant population has been killed in the last three years alone.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
People who claim to have experienced personal encounters with ‘God’ report positive changes in their psychological health lasting decades, scientists say. Over the millennia, people have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms or the Amazonian brew ayahuasca. A portion of those experiences have been encounters with what the person regards as “God” or “ultimate reality.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the US report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic. Moreover, a majority of respondents attributed lasting positive changes in their psychological health – life satisfaction, purpose and meaning – even decades after their initial experience. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe findings add to evidence that such deeply meaningful experiences may have healing properties, the researchers said. The study is the first to systematically and rigorously compare reports of spontaneous God encounter experiences with those occasioned, or catalysed, by psychedelic substances. “Experiences that people describe as encounters with God or a representative of God have been reported for thousands of years, and they likely form the basis of many of the world’s religions,” said Roland Griffiths, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. “And although modern Western medicine doesn’t typically consider ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ experiences as one of the tools in the arsenal against sickness, our findings suggest that these encounters often lead to improvements in mental health,” Griffiths said in a statement. For the study, the scientists used data from 4,285 people worldwide who responded to online advertisements to complete one of two 50-minute online surveys about God encounter experiences. The surveys asked participants to recall their single most memorable encounter experience with the “God of their understanding,” a “higher power,” “ultimate reality” or “an aspect or representative of God” They also asked how respondents felt about their experience and whether it changed their lives. The people who said they had a God encounter experience when on a psychedelic reported that these experiences happened at age 25 on average, whereas those whose experience was spontaneous reported having it at an average age of 35. About 75 per cent of respondents in both the non-drug and psychedelics groups rated their “God encounter” experience as among the most meaningful and spiritually significant in their lifetime, and both groups attributed to it positive changes. Independent of psychedelics use, more than two-thirds of those who said they were atheists before the experience no longer identified as such afterward. Although both groups reported a decreased fear of death, 70 per cent of participants in the psychedelics group reported this change, compared with 57 per cent among non-drug respondents. In both groups, about 15 per cent of the respondents said their experience was the most psychologically challenging of their lives. “Continuing to explore these experiences may provide new insights into spiritual beliefs that have been integral to shaping human culture,” said Griffiths. The research team caution that the study relied on self-reported responses to a questionnaire, a method that carries substantial possibilities for biased responses among participants. They don’t advocate that people use hallucinogenic substances on their own because they carry not only legal risks, but also behavioral risks associated with impaired judgment under the influence and the possibility of negative psychological consequences, particularly in vulnerable people or when experience is not safeguarded by qualified guides.
Fez- With the dispute between the government and SAMIR refinery having reached an impasse, the CEO of the company left Morocco leaving unpaid taxes and employees.SAMIR’s CEO, Saudi Arabian Mohamed Houssein El Amoudi, left Morocco on August 23 leaving 950 unpaid employees. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, “all paper operations had been carried out so that the employees could receive their salaries, but the company had no money to pay them.”Abdeslam Seddiki, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, said that the government had discussed how it would protect the rights of employees but did not elaborate on a plan. SAMIR also has dispute with banks, which are ready to sue the company because of unpaid debts. The situation was further exacerbated when Amoudi did not respond to the government’s proposed regulations and decided to leave the country. According to Moroccan website Hespress, “SAMIR had also not paid taxes on fuel consumption and value added taxes since 2010.”The same source added that the unpaid accumulated debt for customs service is approximately MAD 13 billion, and SAMIR’s total debt is around MAD 40 billion, including unpaid salaries for employees and importers, as well as loan repayments due.
A British Red Cross volunteer sorts donated items for those made homeless by the massive fire in Grenfell TowerCredit:Alastair Grant/AP Meanwhile, another public meeting between Grenfell residents and authorities is due to take place on Tuesday evening.The Grenfell Response Team will be holding a public meeting with residents, including an update on their work in the wake of the disaster. Other donations are being sold in charity shops or to recycling companies, with the proceeds returned to victims’ funds.Several millions of pounds in donations have been collected by charities and other groups since the tragedy, which is thought to have claimed the lives of at least 80 people and displaced hundreds more.Of the estimated £20 million in private donations made after the fire, less than £800,000 has been given out, the BBC said. Half of physical donations made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster are reportedly yet to be sorted.Eighty-seven tonnes of goods offered following the fire more than four weeks ago are still to be sifted through.In total, around 174 tonnes of items were donated to help survivors after the blaze, the British Red Cross said.The challenge in dealing with the masses of donations is “really off the scale”, Diana Goss from the charity told the BBC.The British Red Cross said 10 tonnes – less than six per cent – of items have been or will soon be made available to former residents of the burnt-out tower block. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Last week, Grenfell community leaders demanded to know how money collected for victims of the blaze will be distributed, with some volunteers and residents saying victims had not been consulted on how it would be spent.
Stay on target Apple has always been a company that closely guards its in-house research projects. Usually, the only glimpses we see are when they file yet another patent application. Now they’re going to open things up.According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has decided to publicly release their artificial intelligence research. Their lack of willingness to share was cited last year as one of the main reasons that Apple was falling behind the pack when it came to AI.While other industry players like Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft have been publishing away, Apple’s team has continued working in isolation. And not just from the outside. It’s also been reported that Apple’s AI researchers haven’t even been allowed to collaborate with other teams in Cupertino.This change in attitude shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, however, given the letter that Apple recently submitted to the NHSTA. Though the letter was about the safety of self-driving cars, director of product integrity Steve Kenner made several statements that related to artificial intelligence.AI does, after all, play a critical role in a self-driving vehicle’s systems. Speaking about crash data, Kenner said: “by sharing data, the industry will build a more comprehensive dataset than any one company could create alone.” You could apply that statement to AI research as well.Kenner also noted that “Apple looks forward to collaborating with other stakeholders,” and that the company “encourages collaboration.” One way to do that: sharing the results of in-house research.Another reason not to be surprised by the about-face: Apple’s recent hiring of prominent AI researcher Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon. As you’d expect from an academic, Salakhutdinov has published extensively… and he probably wouldn’t have agreed to join Apple if they didn’t plan on letting him continue. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
Zoo manager Alyn Cairns said the trees in the chimpanzees’ enclosure might have been weakened by the storms making them easier to break up.Visitor Danielle Monaghan, who shared video of the daring escape on Facebook, told the BBC she was “petrified” the chimp might “attack or take the kids.” But she said the animal was not aggressive and “just watched” and therefore the experience had been “amazing.”Zoo officials said zookeepers were present “as the chimpanzee quickly returned from an adjacent wall to the rest of the group inside the enclosure.”“They’re intelligent primates and know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves,” Cairns told the BBC. he said the zoo will review removing the trees in the enclosure, or making them a smaller level.Just two weeks ago a rare, red panda also escaped from Belfast Zoo when its electric fences failed. The animal was recaptured in the driveway of a nearby house.More on Geek.com:Rare Sumatran Tiger Killed By Potential Mate During First Meeting at ZooWatch: Spider Crab Molting Crawls Out of Own Shell in Fascinating Footage‘Frozen and Unresponsive’ Cat Brought Back to Life By Vets in Montana Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder for a daring zoo escape on Saturday.Video filmed by visitors to the Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland captured the chimps scaling a wall and perching atop it. One of the primates can be seen walking down a path outside the enclosure.Belfast Zoo told the BBC the chimpanzees made an improvised ladder from a large tree branch propped up against a wall.
People.com is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan where he talks about being a different person now and why he’s too old to ever return to the ring.Why he’s too old to wrestle:“I’m too old to wrestle. I embarrassed myself enough out there by moving too slow, so I don’t want to get back in there again. I don’t think I could. I could probably wrestle somebody like John Cena or Vince McMahon, but as soon as I’d be done they’d be taking me straight to the hospital to fix something … the body’s too worn out for that.”Why he feels he’s a different person now after making racially charged remarks that went public a few years ago leading to his WWE release:“I’m definitely not in the same place I was 12 or 13 years ago, you know, when I said such stupid words, what came out of my head. That’s not who I am.”Hogan also confirmed that it was Vince McMahon who convinced him to return to RAW and pay tribute to the late “Mean” Gene Okerlund as well.Bret Hart opens Pro Wrestling Tees storeWWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart has opened a new Pro Wrestling Tees store.The store currently features six new t-shirts.Hart also has an official Roots of Fight line associated with the Hart family.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame CeremonyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Bret Hart Tackled During WWE Hall of Fame Speech Facebook Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Harley Race memorial service set for August 11, Vince McMahon paid for hospital expense WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Pinterest Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next
Mysterious reports of mutilated cats in east Vancouver’s Fishers Landing neighborhood have emerged in the last week.Tim Lamb, who has family living in the neighborhood, said he came across a dead cat along Southeast 20th Street on Sunday evening as he was looking for his children’s missing cat. The cat, which turned out not to be his children’s pet, had its head cut off, Lamb said. The Portland man said the wound was a clean cut, and did not resemble a coyote attack.“I don’t think we are dealing with animal mutilation by another animal,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it at first.” Neighbors living near Southeast 20th Street have reported to the media that a total of two cats were found mutilated in the area. However, Vancouver police and Clark County Animal Control officers said they hadn’t received any reports before Portland’s KATU-TV station aired a story Monday evening.Paul Scarpelli, manager of Clark County Animal Control, said a woman who reported the cat attacks to KATU-TV left a voicemail message late Monday night, and officers were following up Tuesday. So far, the officers hadn’t been able to get in touch with the woman, Scarpelli said.Scarpelli said cat attacks happen occasionally.“We do get a number of cases over the years of cats being mutilated, usually by coyotes,” he said. “It does happen.”Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department’s spokeswoman, said officers received a report of a cat attack last summer in the area of Clearmeadows Park, but they ruled it was the result of an animal attack.
The working groups continued into the afternoon, and ended in the evening with FOLIO:’s “Dinner with a Stranger” event. The Summit will conclude tomorrow following a keynote presentation from Terry Snow, CEO of Bonnier Corporation, and additional working group sessions.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit the FPS page for an inside look into the keynote and working group discussions.] MIAMI—The FOLIO: Publishing Summit—redesigned as an “elite retreat” for top-level magazine management—kicked off today at the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida with a keynote presentation from Jack Griffin, president of Meredith Publishing Group. Griffin, on crutches and hobbled by a recent surgery, talked about navigating through a world of “discontinuous change” and steering Meredith from being “a shelter magazine company to…a leading content platform for women in the U.S.” Following the presentation, the more than 300 attendees—magazine publishers spanning the industry, hailing from locations all over the country—broke into eight working groups formed around categories including editorial and content management, finance and operations, executive management, and city and regional publishing, among others. Sessions were organized as roundtable conversations led by moderators focused on specific topics and targeting the issues of most concern to each group.Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton gave a luncheon keynote, sharing his list of “10 Deadly Sins” to avoid in b-to-b publishing.
WILMINGTON, MA — Longtime Wilmington School Committee member Peggy Kane has resigned.The announcement was made at the end of last night’s School Committee meeting, when Chair Julie Broussard read a letter from Kane, who was not present at the meeting.“Due to recent events in my life, I find it necessary to relinquish my position on the Wilmington School Committee effective June 13, 2018,” wrote Kane. “My time on the School Committee has been truly gratifying. I enjoyed being part of the education of Wilmington’s children. Thank you.”Kane was the School Committee’s stalwart, serving for nearly 18 years, including as Chair from 2007 to 2016. The Massachusetts Association of School Committees previously honored Kane with its “All-State School Committee” award for her dedication and accomplishments as a member of the Committee.Kane had previously announced she would not seek re-election when her current term expired in April 2019.School Committee Chair Julie Broussard told her colleagues she will speak with Town Clerk Sharon George regarding the procedure to fill the unexpected vacancy.According to School Committee policy — based on Massachusetts General Law (Title 7, Chapter 41, Section 11) — the remaining six members of the School Committee and the five members of the Board of Selectmen share the responsibility for finding Kane’s replacement.The policy reads:“The School Committee will notify the Selectmen that a vacancy has been created within 30 days after it has occurred. After one week’s notice has been given by the Committee to the Selectmen, so that voters of the town may have the opportunity to state their candidacy, the two governing bodies will meet to fill the vacancy by roll call vote.”“For election to fill a vacancy, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote. The person so elected will fill the seat on the Committee until the next town election, at which time a member will be elected to serve the remainder of the term.”It is expected that the Selectmen and School Committee will hold a joint meeting within the next 4-5 weeks to fill the vacancy. There will be 9-10 months remaining in Kane’s unexpired term when the appointment is made.Back in 2005, when the Selectmen and School Committee met under similar circumstances to fill a vacancy on the School Committee, it did not go smoothly.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Longtime School Committee Member, Community Leader Peggy Kane Passes AwayIn “Breaking News”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: New Chair Selected; Final Day of School FinalizedIn “Education”
Interactive orchestra at the Accenture Innovation hubPR HandoutThe Innovation Hub includes dedicated Accenture Delivery Center floors for each of Accenture’s five operating groups — Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources — to focus on delivering industry-specific solutions and services for clients. There are also dedicated floors for digital technologies and for emerging technologies and platforms.Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer, said, “Innovation is part of our DNA. As an innovation-led company, we are passionate about identifying, developing and even inventing the latest innovations to help our clients grow their businesses. We use the Accenture Innovation Architecture to guide them through the process, and the Innovation Hub will be a destination where clients can leverage our capabilities in the latest technologies to transform their business and better compete in a digital-first world.”The Innovation Hub features Accenture’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, intelligent automation, quantum computing, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things, data and analytics, intelligent applications, intelligent platforms, liquid applications management, and experience-led transformation, among others. It will also leverage Accenture’s innovation capabilities and broader ecosystem around the world — including Accenture Labs, Liquid Studios, Digital Studios, Interactive Studios, Innovation Centers and Cyber Fusion Centers. Accenture innovation hubPR HandoutAccenture has launched its first Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, a state-of- the-art facility that combines the broad range of Accenture’s leading technology capabilities in a vibrant and collaborative environment to help clients transform their businesses for the digital world.The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru offers clients access to Accenture’s deep industry knowledge, leading technology capabilities and business acumen in more than 40 industries, applied in a live technology delivery environment — enabling clients to experience innovation at scale through customized visits, design-thinking workshops, co-innovation workshops and cross-industry innovation.This location gives clients “hands on” access to all six elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture — Accenture Research, Accenture Ventures, Accenture Labs, Accenture Studios, Accenture Innovation Centers and Accenture Delivery Centers. The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru enables clients to identify and develop emerging trends and technologies and then quickly prototype, scale and implement innovative solutions.More than 4,000 people will work at the Innovation Hub, combining research and development capabilities, deep industry insights, creativity and leading technology skills to bring Accenture’s culture of innovation to life. This location will create and deliver solutions based on “New IT” — which includes digital, cloud and security-related technologies — and designed to help clients reinvent their business processes, accelerate the development of new products and services, and create more-personalized customer experiences.”Technology has a huge multiplier effect and enables organizations to drive competitive differentiation, transform customer experiences, create innovative business models and achieve breakthrough business results,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “At the Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, we are pioneering a shift in traditional technology strategy, development and delivery models to an approach that leverages ‘the New’ to help clients innovate more quickly.”Mohan Sekhar, a senior managing director in Accenture Technology Services, said, “The Innovation Hub combines our technology and world-class delivery capabilities to enable clients to drive innovation at any stage of their business. This groundbreaking new facility gives clients an unparalleled opportunity to understand, experiment with, adopt and quickly scale new and emerging technologies to unlock new value.”Comprising 440,000 square feet of space throughout 10 floors, the Innovation Hub features capabilities from across Accenture, including:Accenture Lab, which incubates new concepts through applied R&D;Accenture Liquid Studio, offering rapid development and prototyping of applications and the design and creation of digital services;Accenture Innovation Center, which builds and scales solutions across technologies and industries; andAvanade, which provides innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences through the Microsoft ecosystem and is majority-owned by Accenture.