At least four people were injured in an explosion in the Sukleswar ghat area in Guwahati on Saturday, police said. The explosion took place at a construction material dump in the Pan Bazar area when the four passersby, including a woman, were injured around 11.45 am, the sources said. “We don’t suspect it to be a bomb explosion as there were no splinters found and the injuries were due to stones hitting them,” said DCP Ranjan Bhuyan who is at the site. “We don’t suspect it to be a sabotage or terrorist activity from the nature of the blast. It happened in a dump of sand kept for roadside drain construction. It may have had an unexploded shell which went off today,” the DCP said. An expert bomb squad would be arriving soon, he added. The four injured suffered minor wounds and they were being provided medical care at the MMC Civil Hospital nearby, the police official said.
Sixth-placed Delhi Daredevils and bottom dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to finish the Indian Premier League (IPL) edition with a win when they meet at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.With 12 points from 13 games, Delhi are already out of the race for the play-offs and moving to the fifth place may also be difficult since Kings XI Punjab have 14 points and even if they lose, the Punjab outfit has a higher net run rate than the capital side.Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan-led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they are coming off two successive wins.In terms of batting, all eyes will be on youngsters Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair. Apart from Zaheer, Amit Mishra, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami will shoulder the bowling responsibility.Bangalore, on the other hand, will need to forget this edition after enduring eight defeats in 13 games. It has been a season of colossal failure for the Virat Kohli-led side which has delivered way below its expectations.The season has been marred by failures in every department and also injuries to key players.Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up.advertisementRCB’s three leg-spinners — Yuzvendra Chahal (14 wickets), Pawan Negi (13) and Samuel Badree (9 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and Delhi will be wary of that threat.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — European soccer’s ruling body says there will be a minute’s silence before Manchester United plays Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday as a mark of respect for victims of the bombing in Manchester.UEFA says “the opening ceremony will also be considerably reduced” in Stockholm after the attack on Monday in Manchester. At least 22 people were killed when an apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as the performance ended.Manchester United players observed a minute’s silence for the victims at a morning training session on Tuesday before flying to Sweden.Victims of attack in United’s ‘hearts,’ Jose Mourinho saysThe victims of a deadly bomb attack were in the “minds and hearts” of the Manchester United squad that flew to Stockholm for the Europa League final, Jose Mourinho said Tuesday.The club’s players and coaching staff observed a minute’s silence at a morning training session, a day after at least 22 people were killed when an apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester as the performance ended Monday.“We cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families,” said Mourinho, the United manager who lives in a hotel near the concert venue. “We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.”Mourinho’s scheduled news conference later in the day at the Friends Arena in Stockholm was canceled at the club’s request, European soccer’s governing body said. The final against Ajax is on Wednesday.UEFA also said it has “no specific intelligence” that the game will be a target, with security already intensified following a deadly truck attack in the Swedish capital last month.“The terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project,” UEFA said, noting it has worked with Swedish authorities “for many months” to plan for the game.Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said there has been no threat to the match.“Now, we are prepared for every possible and thinkable (thing) that could happen in Stockholm tomorrow, including terrorist attacks, and we are satisfied with our preparations,” Lindgren said.“We have been in contact with our English as well as Dutch colleagues and they are helping us with information, they are visiting us tomorrow, and we are quite satisfied with how we are prepared and the information that we get.”United vice chairman Ed Woodward, writing in an email to his staff, called the attack “senseless” and pledged the club’s help.“Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably difficult time,” Woodward wrote.Ajax joined many in the soccer world expressing support for the victims.“From Amsterdam with love to Manchester,” the Dutch team posted on its official Twitter account. “Our thoughts are with the victims and the loved ones of those affected.”Fnierop Ferdi, an Ajax fan in Stockholm, said he wasn’t concerned about another attack affecting Wednesday’s match.“We don’t think about it,” Ferdi said. “Let only idiots do what they want. We will always win, sport.”United greats used social media to show support for the northern city of Manchester.Cristiano Ronaldo, who now plays for Real Madrid, posted on his Twitter account a British flag with “MANCHESTER” written across the red central stripe.Former United midfielder David Beckham wrote on Facebook: “As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me.”Old Trafford, including a club store and museum, was closed on Tuesday.Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany wrote on Twitter: “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity.”STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Manchester United ‘Rashford harshly treated by Man Utd’ – Mourinho’s lack of support surprises Sharpe Chris Burton 22:33 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford England Premier League World Cup The ex-Red Devils winger feels an exciting talent should be given more chances at club level but is backing him to shine for England at the World Cup Marcus Rashford has been “harshly treated” by Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with an exciting talent deserving of more support from Jose Mourinho.Despite still being a regular part of the Red Devils’ plans in 2017-18, the 20-year-old forward found Premier League starts hard to come by as the season wore on.The January arrival of Alexis Sanchez did little to aid his cause, with Mourinho often leaving Rashford and fellow frontman Anthony Martial frustrated on the sidelines. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Those calls have been questioned by Sharpe, with the former United winger of the opinion that more should be done to keep a man now sparking transfer talk settled and happy.He told PA Sport: “I think he’s been a little bit harshly treated, dipping in and out of the team has not helped him.“It doesn’t seem like Jose Mourinho is building a team around him and he’s never been one for putting young ones in.“Having been a similar age in a similar sort of position to Marcus, I know how it feels and even though you get the odd week where you get tired you need to get that rhythm and to feel the manager is backing you. Sanchez coming in and taking a place hasn’t helped him.“To be in and out just isn’t great and it’s also a little tough for him being in a team who aren’t playing fluently, moving the ball around and dominating.”While Rashford endured a testing end to his domestic campaign, a summer of international football has been opened in some style.A stunning goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica has set the youngster up perfectly for World Cup duty, with Sharpe backing a player blessed with searing pace and a keen eye for goal to “scare” the very best defences on the planet.He added: “I think he could be huge for England at the tournament.“There are a few senior international defenders who will be absolutely petrified of him if he’s given licence to just run at people and do his stuff. He should be told to go and fill his boots and express himself.“Rashford could scare people to death out there, score a few goals and win a few penalties.”Rashford end the club season with a career-best 13 goals for United, while his latest effort for England means that he now has three for his country in 19 appearances.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has welcomed public-private partnerships, which will lead to the upgrading of existing sport infrastructure.“We are very aware that public-private partnerships will be needed to create a new velodrome and hockey field, as we seek to bolster our sport infrastructure,” Mrs. Neita Headley said, in her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of representatives on June 5.She noted that the private sector and the Diaspora continue to play very significant roles in sport development.“Jamaica, unlike many countries of our size and resources, has a wide range of organised sporting disciplines and National Associations,” she pointed out.The Sports Minister noted also that the private sector and the Diaspora have been stalwart partners through alumni associations and their community links in Jamaica.“Civic and professional bodies, through various creative means, have supported Jamaica’s sport development programme, not just through financial support, gifts of equipment and gear, but also their presence to support, cheer on and mentor our athletes when they travel overseas,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.Contact: Alphea Saunders
zoom Dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into agreements to sell four newbuilding Capesize vessels under construction in China to unaffiliated third parties, for an aggregate gross price of USD 148 million. The vessels are expected to be delivered to the buyers during the first and second quarter of 2016.The company said it would use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale to pay the remaining delivery installments and use the remainder for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures.The announcement comes in less than a month from the company’s sale of another four bulkers, namely two Capesizes and two Kamsarmax vessels for a total of USD 122 million as Star Bulk fights to maintain a strong liquidity position.Marshall Islands-incorporated company will have a fleet of 80 vessels on a full delivered basis, with an aggregate capacity of 9 million dwt. Star Bulk’s current fleet includes 70 operating vessels and 19 newbuilding vessels under construction at shipyards in Japan and China. Additionally, the company has one chartered-in Supramax vessel, under a time charter expiring in September 2017.
Un village traditionnel mi’kmaq, des concours de danse et de tambour autochtones, des démonstrations par des artisans des Premières nations, un concert gratuit de Buffy Sainte-Marie et une messe en plein air sont les faits saillants des événements prévus dans le cadre des célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Henri Membertou. Le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et le directeur provincial de Patrimoine canadien David Burton se sont joints aux députés, aux représentants de la MRH et aux membres du Grand conseil mi’kmaq à Province House, aujourd’hui 21 avril, pour le dévoilement du programme de cinq jours par le comité organisateur Membertou 400. Les célébrations auront lieu à Port-Royal et à Halifax, du 24 au 28 juin. Elles débuteront par une reconstitution historique du baptême au lieu historique national de Port-Royal le 24 juin, puis se poursuivront au Halifax Common où aura lieu le plus grand rassemblement de peuples des Premières nations au Canada atlantique. « Le gouvernement provincial est heureux de reconnaître cet événement unique et très significatif, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Il s’agit d’une merveilleuse occasion pour les gens de toutes les races et de toutes les religions de se joindre à la nation mi’kmaq pour célébrer sa fière histoire et sa riche culture. » L’événement familial gratuit, qui devrait attirer des milliers de personnes des Premières nations de partout au Canada et d’ailleurs, sera l’un des plus grands pow-wows, ou Mawio’mi en mi’kmaq, du pays. « Il s’agit d’un moment important dans l’histoire des Premières nations et de notre province, a dit Peter Kelly, maire de la MRH. La foi nous a réuni il y a quatre siècles, et cette foi est toujours présente aujourd’hui, nourrie par un esprit de coopération et de respect mutuel. » Le grand keptin Andrew Denny a remercié les gouvernements fédéral, provincial et municipal pour leur appui. « Le peuple mi’kmaq est reconnaissant de l’appui qu’il a reçu de tous les ordres de gouvernement alors qu’il se prépare à rendre hommage à la vie et à l’héritage d’un grand chef mi’kmaq et à célébrer sa culture, a dit M. Denny. L’investissement de Patrimoine canadien nous permettra d’élaborer des outils d’enseignement qui seront l’héritage durable des célébrations Membertou 400, et aussi de joindre l’ensemble de la communauté grâce à un programme extraordinaire d’événements éducatifs et divertissants. » « Nous remercions le ministre du Patrimoine canadien, James Moore, le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax pour nous avoir permis de mettre en vedette le grand chef Membertou et notre culture mi’kmaq. » Le grand chef Henri Membertou était un shaman et prophète mi’kmaq. Le 24 juin 1610, il est devenu la première personne du Dominion du Canada à être baptisée, un acte qui représentait le désir des Mi’kmaq d’établir des relations pacifiques avec les nations européennes. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Membertou, consultez le www.membertou400.com.
Wineries are being invited to apply for funding to grow more grapes as the provincial government invests up to $1 million in expansion. Premier Stephen McNeil, and Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, joined members of the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board to announce the Vineyard Development and Expansion program today, Dec. 8, at Avondale Sky Winery in Newport Landing, Hants Co. “Nova Scotia’s wine sector is a growing industry with huge potential and we want to help our growers and producers meet the demand for Nova Scotia’s high-quality wines,” said Premier McNeil. “The value of the wine industry will increase with more grapes available and that’s important to our rural communities because it secures jobs and creates economic spinoffs.” Nova Scotia’s wineries produce about 1.8 million litres of wine annually and had sales of $15.4 million in 2014. The industry wants to increase the amount of grapes grown to 1,000 acres by 2020 from 632 acres in production now. There are 20 wineries in Nova Scotia and the industry accounted for $7.3 million in wages last year. Wineries are important to tourism with 100,000 visitors to winery properties in 2014. The provincial government created the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board in 2014 to receive advice on ways to grow its potential to create jobs and increase sales. The board has identified increasing grape production as a priority. “The two major hurdles to vineyard expansion are the initial capital cost and the time required to achieve production, meaning a substantial investment is needed by a grower or winery,” said Stewart Creaser of Avondale Sky Winery. “The new assistance will help address these challenges, accelerate the rate of vineyard expansion in the province and produce much needed sustainable rural employment opportunities.” Existing growers with a minimum of five acres of grapes planted will be able to apply for up to $6550 in support for each additional acre planted. New entrants to grape growing and smaller producers will also be able to apply for the funding to increase their acreage up to the five-acre minimum. They will need to submit a plan demonstrating how they will achieve that target by March 31, 2018. To qualify for funding all applicants must be a member of either the Winery Association of Nova Scotia or the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The deadline for applications is Dec. 18. Guidelines and an application form for the program are available at http://novascotia.ca/programs/vineyard-development-and-expansion/.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The opioid crisis in Canada can be solved, according to a coalition of healthcare and patient groups.A report from the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management suggests Canadians need more access to other pain management strategies, including psychological treatments and physiotherapy, to reduce reliance on addictive opioids.RELATED: Boys and Girls Clubs to get free supply of opioid overdose-reversing sprayThe report’s authors believe that better coverage of non-pharmacological pain treatments could reduce the use of opioids as a first-line treatment for non-cancer pain.It says that many who become dependent on the drugs were looking for pain relief and didn’t know about alternative pain-management methods, or weren’t able to access them because of limits to funding through public healthcare or insurance.The CSEPM is a coalition of health system experts, associations of health professionals, and patient organizations that share the objective of reducing opioid prescriptions.
LONDON — British competition regulators have blocked J. Sainsbury Plc’s 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart’s Asda unit, which would have created the U.K.’s biggest supermarket chain.The Competition and Markets Authority says the deal would have increased prices and reduced the quality and range of products available to shoppers.Stuart McIntosh, who led the agency’s review of the deal, said Thursday that “we have concluded that there is no effective way of addressing our concerns, other than to block the merger.”Sainsbury announced plans to buy Asda last year as it sought to cut costs amid competition from discount chains that have increased their share of the U.K. grocery market. Walmart is pulling back from its international operations as it faces challenges in exporting its low-price strategy to foreign markets.The Associated Press
The first court martial which found Fonseka guilty of the charges against him in 2010 was led by Major General H.L. Weeratunga and included as the members Major General A.L.R. Wijetunga, Major General D.R.A.B. Jayatilake and the Judge Advocate W.J.S. Fernando. DRAB Jayatilake had decided to answer to the call of the country and serve the Motherland and his Nation. Having enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 03rd July 1978 to Intake 11 of the Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 10th April 1980. Young robust 2nd Lieutenant DRAB Jayatilake selected the path of soldiering in the family of infantry for his career in the military field and was posted to 1st Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment. With an extreme feeling of deep sorrow, sincerity and wholehearted emotional sympathy, the Commander of the Army, Officers and all Other Ranks express their sadness on the demise of Major General DRAB Jayatilake RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc on 18th August 2012.Dukganna Ralalage Aruna Bandara Jayatilake was born on 09th August 1958 in Matale. He studied at St Anthony’s College Katugastota and Government Science College Matale, where along with his distinguished education he shone in many sports during his school career, especially in athletics, karate and was a dynamic character in all aspects. Due to his dedication and commitment towards duties in all fields of military activity, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 10th October 1981, Captain on 04th October 1984, Major on 10th October 1988. His outstanding performance was rewarded by his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 01st February 1994, Colonel on 06th June 1997, Brigadier on 02nd December 2001 and Major General on 06th August 2006.The basis for his being clear headed, logical and intelligent in task assigned to this officer was improved from various local and overseas courses he followed as shown below. Major General D.R.A.B Jayatilake, one of the members of the military court martial which ruled against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, has died.Major General Jayatilake held the post of Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF), Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) and President of the Army Buddhist Association at the time of his untimely death yesterday. The ruling by the first court martial was challenged at the court of appeal by Fonseka. MAJOR GENERAL D.R.A.B JAYATILAKE RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc
Lecturers have been warned not to pressure students into avoiding classes ahead of the latest round of strikes.Students at Sheffiled University have told The Telegraph how they have been physically blocked from attending classes and made to turn away, while a department head at Sussex University wrote to students urging them to respect their peers’ decisions about whether to cross picket lines. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said that any suggestion that students are being intimidated when trying to attend classes is “completely unacceptable”. Julia Coulson, a first year student at Sheffield University, told how she was blocked from entering through the main entrance to a faculty building before her seminar, so was forced to use a back entrance, and then was shouted at on the way out.“The lecturers were stood by the gates in a line, about 15 of them…they were asking me not to go [to my seminar], not to cross the picket line,” she said.“I then tried to go and two of them moved and stopped me from going. I felt awful, I felt like such a criminal for going to something that was on.” Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said that any suggestion that students are being intimidated when trying to attend classes is “completely unacceptable” In his email, Professor Andrew Cornwall, head of the School of Global Studies, enclosed a complaint from a student who wrote to express how distressing she found being heckled by her lecturers and peers as she crossed a picket line.The student explained that she needed to enter the university to visit a therapist she was seeing about a recent sexual assault, adding: “I find it completely unacceptable that by attending these services and having to cross the picket line I could be faced with a query as to why I’m not supporting the strike”. “I had my seminar at 9am and there were these people picketing in front of Elmfield not letting anyone in,” she said.“I wanted to get through to get to my seminar but was stopped and asked to leave and to not attend my seminar, as a solidarity with teachers affected by the pensions cuts issue.“They were holding each other’s hands, so there was literally no gap where I could get through them, so I ended up going home.”Meanwhile, a department head at Sussex University wrote to students to urge them to be “respectful” towards one another during the strikes, and asked them to consider the issues raised in an email he received from a concerned student. A spokesperson for UCU said said they are “grateful for the fantastic support we have received from students throughout the action so far”.They added: “Picketing is a legal right and our members are encouraged to put their point of view robustly but politely. In addition to students and many politicians, we have welcomed a number of vice-chancellors to picket lines.” UCU has threatened to go on strike for another 14 days during the summer exam term Dasha Pervuhina, a 21-year-old student at Sheffield University said that she was physically blocked from entering the Politics department Mr Gyimah said: “I have been clear that students should not lose out on the education they are paying for. In the first instance universities should look to provide additional lectures where they are missed due to strike action.”Where a student’s experience has been seriously affected, universities should consider offering compensation, as some, like King’s College London, have already started looking in to.”This week Universities College Union (UCU) threatened to go on strike for another 14 days during the summer exam term, meaning that students at universities across the country face having their final-year exams scaled back or even cancelled altogether.Members of UCU, which represents lecturers and campus staff, are in a dispute with Universities UK (UUK), the vice-Chancellor membership body, over controversial pension reforms which they claim would make them £10,000 worse off each year in retirement.The National Union of Students has urged members to join their lecturers on the picket lines, despite fears that the walk out will harm their exams. A spokesperson at the University of Sheffield said that they have told lecturers that it is not acceptable to harangue students who wish to attend their classes and seminars during the strike action. “No student or member of staff should feel intimidated about crossing any picket line,” the spokesman said. “We have worked closely with both UCU and the Students’ Union who have communicated this clearly to their members and we will continue to ensure this is the case.” 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.
Now that things are finally drying out around here, it’s time to get back in the water.Go ahead and try for on the water only. The idea at Ridgefield’s annual Big Paddle Festival is launching as many landlubbers as possible onto Lake River in canoes, kayaks and paddleboards June 3. Staying dry during all that is a nice idea — but splashes do have a way of finding victims.The day is organized around two massive outings: a morning guided tour and a casual afternoon meander. Bring your own vessel or rent one, at the discounted event rate of $25, from Ridgefield Kayak; either way, registration is mandatory so nobody gets lost at sea. (Contacting Ridgefield Kayak ahead of time to reserve your boat is a good idea.)The morning journey, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m., has been titled an “interpretive paddle.” Think of it as a five-mile hike on the water that also celebrates National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June.A flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from the Port of Ridgefield at 5 W. Mill St. and paddle five miles, round-trip, to Lake River’s connection with the Columbia River. You’ll hear stories about the area’s rich history, from original inhabitants to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s passage; you’ll also experience the wonders of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge from a unique point of view.The flotilla will include the Chinook Tribe’s 30-foot canoe and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s two 34-foot canoes. This trip lasts approximately two hours and requires a $5 event fee, which gets you a guaranteed seat in one of those big canoes; if you are renting, that fee is deducted from your boat rental, so your total remains $25.
One person wounded in shooting near National City Golf Course April 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLINCOLN ACRES (KUSI) — A suspect who allegedly shot and wounded a woman in a neighborhood near National City Golf Course was taken into custody Monday following a standoff with SWAT officers. KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez UPDATE: @SDSheriff SWAT Standoff in Lincoln Acres over. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this incident. pic.twitter.com/qylmlwSWZx— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) April 3, 2018The gunfire in the 2800 block of Prospect Street in the unincorporated Lincoln Acres area was reported shortly before 4 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Medics took the victim to nearby Paradise Valley Hospital, Lt. David Gilmore said.The patient’s condition was not immediately available, and the circumstances of the shooting were unclear.The suspect was taken into custody following a standoff with SWAT officers, the sheriff’s department announced about 7:30 p.m.Residents were told to shelter in place while the standoff was ongoing, according to reports from the scene that stated the victim was a woman. Updated: 10:13 PM Posted: April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
In addition, the parent company, Bloomberg LP, is splitting into three units—news, data and financial products. (This part of the revamp is even more complicated than it would first appear. The financial products unit will include “data” products such as the trading systems and analytics tools. Whereas the data unit will house the company’s databases and its law unit.)It’s also worth noting that the restructuring is not related to any financial difficulties at the company. No layoffs are planned. The company continues to be a cash-producing machine.Second, let’s look at the why.Rafat at PaidContent says the restructuring sounds like Bloomberg is planning a spinoff or sale of the multimedia unit.I agree. Particularly since the restructuring comes amid rumors on Wall Street that Merrill Lynch, reeling from the credit crisis, is looking to sell its 20% stake in Bloomberg. (The most likely buyer is the trust of New York mayor and company founder Mike Bloomberg. Value of the stake is somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion.)It’s also worth noting that although Bloomberg continues to print money, the company’s core audience of Wall Street bigwigs and traders is hurting. Sales are likely to have declined in recent months. And it would take a very optimistic person indeed to suggest sales will rise in the near term.Third, let’s look at other details.Under the new structure, Matt Winkler, who has run Bloomberg’s news operations since the beginning, will lose control of the multimedia operation. Winkler will maintain control of the text unit.Bloomberg is also launching an incubator unit, dubbed Bloomberg Ventures, which will presumably look for new opportunities and acquisitions. It will be run by Lex Fenwick, the company’s former CEO.Portfolio suggests that the reorg may mean that Bloomberg’s “famously bizarre corporate culture (is) being slowly dismantled.” Certainly I hope that is true. Bloomberg is, by far, the least pleasant place I have ever worked. More importantly, it was a place where truly bizarre personalities tended to thrive. The Portfolio piece says that Bloomberg’s new president, Dan Doctoroff, had come to realize that, in the words of a company insider, “Matt Winkler’s reign of terror and crazy little rules” were hurting the organization.But here’s the part that intrigues me:The restructuring will create two, distinct groups of journalists in the company. One team will be dedicated to print and the terminals. It will report to Winkler. The second team will be dedicated to multimedia and the Web. The company is searching for someone to run that team.But I have to ask: why the split? and why now?Bloomberg’s move comes as the rest of the industry—both b-to-b and b-to-c—struggles to merge print, Web and television operations. Everyone from the Washington Post to Hanley-Wood is looking to create some form of Web-first publishing in which journalists are able to produce news for any medium.But Bloomberg seems to be moving in a different direction. Perhaps this is nothing more than a convoluted way to dilute Winkler’s power without hurting the core product—terminal sales. Or, perhaps, it is nothing more than a way to create two, state-of-the-art news organizations in anticipation of selling one of them. Or, perhaps, Bloomberg has a very different idea of what it will take to run a news company and make money in the future. Today is a day when all of us in b-to-b journalism should pause, look at the news in our industry, and ponder what it means for each of us, because it doesn’t get any bigger than this: Bloomberg LP is restructuring.Bloomberg is arguably the smartest and most profitable news operation in history. It is certainly the biggest money-making operation in the history of b-to-b. (Now that Reuters and Thomson have merged, Bloomberg may or may not be the biggest player in business journalism—depends on how you measure things.)So what does it mean when the best of the best in our industry decides to restructure? Why would it do so? Can other companies extract a lesson?First, let’s look at what is happening.In essence, Bloomberg News is separating its multimedia operation (which includes the Web, television and radio units) from its text operation (the news and data service that is delivered to Wall Street via dedicated terminals. This same unit will continue to rewrite terminal news for publication in client newspapers. The company’s print magazine will also reside in the new text division.)
The Anchorage School Board wants the district administration to look at how consolidating schools could help close the district’s anticipated $22 million budget gap. Preliminary data shows it may hurt more than help in the short term.ASD has compiled some preliminary data about school consolidation. Closing schools can save money on operating expenses – the district could cut administration and maintenance costs. But in most cases, consolidation would cause the district to lose revenue from the state. The state gives less money for each student at larger schools than they do for students at smaller schools.One exception would be closing Central Middle School and moving 6th graders out of Clark and Begich to make room for Central’s displaced 7th and 8th graders. The sixth graders would be redistributed to area elementary schools. That could save the district nearly $300,000.School Board member Pat Higgins says he wouldn’t support consolidating schools this year, but they need to look to the future.“We’re not going to be able to do this just cutting one out of every five teachers and all of the other odds and ends that are going to come out. It’s going to be dramatic.”Chief Financial Officer Mark Foster says school consolidation doesn’t save any money in the short term, but it could in the long term. They’d have fewer boilers and roofs to repair.School Board member Tam Agosti-Gisler says no one on the board wants to make any drastic cuts, but they don’t have a choice.“We do not have the luxury of producing revenue, raising revenue, therefore we are bound by law to put forth a balanced budget. So we are trying to deal with this hand we’ve been dealt.”The board also wants the administration to consider class sizes when making program cuts. They do not want to touch Pre-K or early literacy programs.All of the ideas are only guidance. The administration plans to meet with parents and others to get more input while developing the final budget.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s amazing how often the news media give big play to an academic report that tells us something Black mothers already knew. Another example of the old wisdom nothing is real until White people discover or acknowledge it. Does that seem harsh? Consider the splashy coverage given to a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.The AAP’s statement warned that the health dangers posed to children by racism “have become acute” and that racism, including racism experienced by the mother, “can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.” It’s received plenty of favorable news coverage.But with all due respect, every Black mother in America has known this for as long as there have been Black mothers in America. And we didn’t need an academic statement to tell us. Every precious baby to whom we have given birth over the course of the last 600 years has come into a world that profoundly devalues Black life. Enola Aird, Esq.What may be new to us is this devastating detail contained in the report: “The stress generated by experiences of racism may start through maternal exposures while in utero and continue after birth with the potential to create toxic stress. This transforms how the brain and body respond to stress, resulting in short- and long-term health impacts on achievement and mental and physical health. We see the manifestations of this stress as preterm births and low birth weights in newborns to subsequent development of heart disease, diabetes and depression as children become adults.”This should set off alarm bells throughout the Black community, particularly for Black mothers.We urgently need to find a way to protect the health and wellbeing of our beloved children in light of this deepening health crisis, the recent mass shootings in which children were among the victims-and the resurgence of White supremacy.Let’s begin with the AAP’s entirely accurate description of racism as “a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations leading to the inequities observed in our population today.”Exactly right. Here in the United States and around the world, Black children are seen as “less than” — less beautiful, less lovable, less capable, less intelligent, less worthy and less valuable.The AAP has made a range of reasonable recommendations using the usual language from our culture’s standard dictionary on racism, including “racial equality,” “racial equity,” “institutional structures,” and “implicit and explicit biases.” They point to the need for strategies to “optimize clinical care, workforce development, professional education, systems engagement and research in a manner designed to reduce the health effects of structural, personally mediated, and internalized racism, and improve the health and well-being of all children.”These are all good ideas, but we’ve heard some version of them before. What’s missing is a diagnosis and a cure that get to the root of the problem.So what can we, Black people, do to open the door to fresh recommendations that will yield something new and much better for our children? We can pinpoint the root cause of all the harms the AAP describes. It is the myth of Black inferiority.That myth – or as I prefer to call it, the lie – of Black inferiority, was devised centuries ago to justify the enslavement of African people. It dehumanized Black people, and placed us and our children at the bottom rung of humanity.Do you wonder why, with all the constitutional amendments and legislation and court decisions aimed at promoting racial equality, the same problems persist- and seem to be getting worse? It’s because the lie continues to negatively affect the world’s perceptions of Black children and Black children’s perceptions of themselves.The lie is at the root of the glaring disparities between Black and White children in health, safety, education, employment, wealth, mass incarceration, and nearly every other area of life. It is the reason why our children’s lives are devalued. It is the reason why doing anything while Black can be dangerous, and even deadly.The lie of Black inferiority is at the root of countless lost dreams, lost hopes, and lost lives. As a Black mother, I say that unless we, Black people, insist that pediatricians and anyone else concerned about the well being of Black children have the insight and courage to name and aggressively address that root cause, our children will continue to be devastated.Established in 2006, Community Healing Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization based in New Haven, CT. Since CHN was launched, its primary mission has been to actively address the psychological damage that people of African ancestry have suffered because of the centuries-old “lie” that Black people are inferior. CHN, in collaboration with the Association of Black Psychologists, is leading a global movement to train thousands of Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle support group leaders across the Diaspora to heal the wounds of racism and create a new culture of emotional healing, wellness and empowerment in Black communities. For more information, go to https://www.communityhealingnet.org By Enola Aird, Esq.,Founder & President, Community Healing Network
Hollywood, get ready to make holograms: Metastage, a new studio for volumetric video capture for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and holographic experiences, opened its doors at Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Tuesday.Housed on Stage 8 of the historic studio lot, Metastage is using cutting-edge volumetric capture technology developed by Microsoft. The software giant has been working on this technology for close to 8 years, and is operating its own Mixed Reality Capture Studios in San Francisco and Redmond, Wash., as well as licensing it to London’s Dimension Studios. Metastage is the first U.S. partner to license Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios technology.“We’re not a technology company, we’re a client-facing production company,” said Metastage CEO Christina Heller, formerly of VR Playhouse. “Our goal is to strip the complication from this as much as possible so by the time the talent gets here, all they have to do is walk on stage and you can say ‘action.’” Heller was impressed with the lack of artifacts in Microsoft’s volumetric capture as well as the company’s compression technology. The latter allows the facility to take the 10 gigabytes of data it captures per second and shrink it down to 10 megabits, allowing producers to easily import the files to Unity and Unreal game engines and use them for streaming mobile AR experiences.While Metastage’s neighbors on the Culver Studios lot include traditional big Hollywood productions such as the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” it’s not a typical soundstage build with freestanding walls that will be torn down immediately after shooting wraps. Designed by Cassidy Shipley and built by scenic construction company Jet Sets, it has a solid mid-century-industrial-meets-“Star Trek” look, all gray concrete walls, and blue carpet accented by recessed lighting.Visitors entering Metastage walk down a hallway into a waiting area, where they are greeted by four small sculptures of a ballerina in motion suspended over an island in the center of the room.“I wanted this to feel like an experience right when you walked through the door, and also make it a really fun place for people to hang out for hours and hours while we’re doing productions,” Heller said. The first round of projects booked into Metastage include an AR activation by a major newspaper publisher and an immersive documentary by Springbok Entertainment capturing a performance by a ballerina living with terminal cancer.Metastage has a one-year lease on the space, but Heller hopes to be there longer. And if the concept proves popular, they plan to open other Metastage locations internationally.“The real ambition here is to democratize the means of production so other people around the world can spring up and make great content and overcome that barrier to entry,” Grossmann said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage Partners in Metastage include Magnopus, a production company that has created VR experiences for Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” and Warner Bros.’ “Blade Runner 2049.”“Both Christina and I come from the world of immersive production, and that world looks a lot more like a mad scientist’s laboratory than it does content creation and creativity,” said Magnopus co-founder and CEO Ben Grossmann, who won an Oscar for his work as a visual effects supervisor on 2011’s “Hugo.” “With Metastage, the technology has been vetted, so we don’t have to focus on being the Q laboratory from a James Bond movie.”Applications of volumetric capture — which allows a virtual camera (or viewer) to move around live performers at will — range from games and movie-like experiences to education and training.“If you just put game engine characters in there, the closer they get to reality, the creepier they get,” Grossmann said. And with live capture, “you’re focused on directing an actor rather than a team of engineers or artists to build that performance, which can take months.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Metastage ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Metastage CEO Christina Heller.Metastage has a green room, a wardrobe department, craft services, production offices, a rehearsal space next to the capture stage, and a conference room upstairs. Behind the stage is the server and render farm, enclosed in a concrete structure designed to resemble the power station on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals,” will dual chimneys on top to help vent the heat.The heart of the operation is the capture stage itself, which measures 35 feet in diameter, capable of capturing a space of up to 10 feet in diameter volumetrically. The stage is equipped with 106 cameras (53 RGB and 53 infrared) future-proofed with 12 megapixel sensors, even though the software currently only accommodates 4 megapixels.“It will reveal itself over time, but our expectation is that we may get better captures right off the bat,” Heller said. Popular on Variety
Social media and internet reports can be used to reliably forecast infectious disease outbreaks, especially when data is scarce, a new study has found.”Our study offers proof of concept that publicly available online reports released in real-time by ministries of health, local surveillance systems, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and authoritative media outlets are useful to identify key information on exposure and transmission patterns during epidemic emergencies,” researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our Internet-based findings on exposure patterns are in good agreement with those derived from traditional epidemiological surveillance data, which can be available after considerable delays,” they said.Mathematical models forecasting disease transmission are often used to guide public health control strategies, but they can be difficult to formulate during the early stages of an outbreak when accurate data are scarce, according to the researchers from the Georgia State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”In the absence of detailed epidemiological information rapidly available from traditional surveillance systems, alternative data streams are worth exploring to gain a reliable understanding of disease dynamics in the early stages of an outbreak,” they said.To test the reliability of alternative data streams, researchers tracked and analysed reports from public health authorities and reputable media outlets posted via social media or their websites during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in South Korea. Researchers used the reports to collect data on the viruses’ exposure patterns and transmission chains.They also noted the West African Ebola outbreak was a particularly interesting case study because early data were limited to basic weekly case counts at the country level.They were able to use internet reports describing Ebola cases in the three hardest hit countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – to glean detailed stories about cases arising in clusters within families or through funerals or hospital exposure.”Our analysis of the temporal variation in exposure patterns provides useful information to assess the impact of control measures and behaviour changes during epidemics,” they said.The findings are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 18:45Slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. 17:43Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions near Hawthorne Avenue. 17:13Accident on D RoadReports of A500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to accident near A50 (Sideway Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Northwood and Mount Pleasant. 17:07Reports of Upper Belgrave Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Furnace Road.Affecting traffic between Florence and Normacot. 17:06Reports of A34 Newcastle Road Northbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A500 / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout).Affecting traffic Crackley and Butt Lane. 16:27Stop-start traffic on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 16:13Very slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. 16:07Fallen tree causing delays in Cheddleton RoadCheddleton Road, Leek (Image: Andrew Bradshaw)14:03Slow traffic on the M6 SouthboundSlow traffic on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.12:54A525 reopens A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The road closures that were in place in Audlem this morning have now been lifted. Thanks for your patience.”A man was left fighting for his life after being found in a critical condition near a pub on the stretch of road. More here.12:31Latest on the A50 Queueing traffic and one lane closed due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout). Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of two) is closed. Affecting traffic heading away from Sudbury towards Uttoxeter. 12:05Accident on A50 near NormacotVery slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident on A50 Eastbound at A50 / Upper Normacot Road, congestion to Stanley Matthews Way (Stadium Junction).11:40Warning to motorists about heavy rain in Cheshire11:29More on broken down lorry One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry and landslip on A50 Westbound between J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley) and A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout).Lane one (of two) is blocked. 11:23Slow traffic on the M6 NorthboundSlow traffic on M6 Northbound around J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.11:19Broken down lorry causing delays on A50 near Staffordshire/Derbyshire borderA Highways England spokesman said:A50 westbound we have a broken down HGV blocking 1 lane between the A515 and A518 DoveridgeBypass/Uttoxeter. Crews are en route. Lond delays on the approach. Please allow plenty of extra journey time. “11:00Firefighters ask motorists to take care in bad weather10:59Motorcyclist dies after collision with tractorThe 56-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident last night. More here.10:09Man fighting for life after being found with serious injuries near pubThe A525 remains closed following the incident in Audlem – and it is currently unclear how the man came to be injured. More here.10:08Queuing traffic in CongletonQueueing traffic on A54 Holmes Chapel Road Eastbound between Cumberland Road and A34 West Road. 09:57Broken down coach causing delaysM6 Southbound entry slip road partially blocked due to broken down coach at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Breakdown has occurred at the end of the entry slip. This is as you head from the roundabout down towards the main carriageway. Traffic is still able to join the motorway before the breakdown. 09:49Tree now being clearedWe’re now getting reports from people that the tree on the A521 has been cleared. This is yet to be confirmed.09:34Controlled explosion expected this morning after mortar shells found at Staffordshire building siteA 200m cordon remains in place. More here.The mortar shells found in Burntwood (Image: Staffordshire Police)09:22A525 shut due to police investigationThe A525 Whitchurch Road is currently closed in Audlem. More here.09:21Cordon remains in place after mortar shells found at building siteA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:The 200m cordon in Chasetown remains this morning as colleague from Explosive Ordnance Disposal continue to make the site safe. They are expecting to make one more controlled explosion this morning. Thank you for the local community’s cooperation, we will update you as soon as we can.” 09:11Reports A525 closed in AudlemWe’re getting reports police have closed the A525 in Audlem.09:07Police asking motorists to take extra care due to rain this morningA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said:Good morning.. ‘A’ unit with you today. Multiple reports of RTCs across the CMPG and West Mercia/Warwickshire areas. Rain and spray is obviously an issue. SLOW DOWN AND LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM.” 08:40Photo of the fallen tree in Blythe BridgeThe tree has come down near the level crossing. More here.Fallen tree in Blythe Bridge (Image: Sentinel reader)08:25Heavy traffic on the A527 and A50Heavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road Southbound between A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A500 D Road (Wolstanton Retail Park).There is also slow traffic on the A50 Westbound between A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton) and A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:21Road blocked by fallen treePolice are on their way to the scene. More here. Watch again Share this video Watch Next