Chandigarh stalking case accused Vikas Barala. Photo: Special Arrangement Pursued by danger: on the Haryana stalking case Both interrogated at length, says DGPMr. Luthra said both were interrogated at length on Wednesday and the police collected vital information during the interrogation.“They [accused] were thoroughly interrogated and we were able to collect vital information that will help us in the investigation,” he said, adding that at this point he would refrain to divulge minute details. “There are many thing for which we need the accused to reconstruct the scene to verify facts,” he observed. Mr. Luthra refuted allegations of working under political pressure. “There’s no political pressure on us and we are working independently and professionally,” he said.To a question on the on the slapping of the abduction charge, he said pressing of new sections were based on many facts, including a statement of a witness and other evidences, besides legal opinion.Also Read The police had summoned Vikas and Ashish for investigation at the city’s Sector-26 police station in connection with the investigation of the ”stalking case” by 11 a.m. on Wednesday. But both reached the police station in a white sport utility vehicle only at 2:30 pm.The police had been facing flak for not invoking Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC to the previous FIR. Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, on Wednesday were arrested again after the Chandigarh police added Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC in the FIR registered already against them for allegedly stalking and harassing a young woman on on the roads of Chandigarh last week end.Vikas and Ashish were arrested on last Friday night but released later.(Section 365 pertains to kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly or wrongfully to confine a person) and Section 511 refers to punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment.)“We have decided to press Sections 365 and 511 against both the accused and arrested them. We will produce them before the court tomorrow and demand their police custody,” Chandigarh DGP Tajender Singh Luthra told reporters.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Over the past several years, a torrent of small earthquakes has accompanied the glut of oil and gas produced by industrial operations across the central United States. In 2014, Oklahoma saw three times as many earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater than California. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is not the main culprit. Rather, most of the small earthquakes have been linked to injection wells, which dispose of huge quantities of water used to flush out oil and gas in extraction operations. Here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science), Science had a chance to catch up with three experts working at the forefront of this field of induced seismicity: William Ellsworth, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California; Mark Zoback, a geophysicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; and John Parrish, the California state geologist in Sacramento.So far, most of the earthquakes associated with injection have been small—things that might rattle the china cabinet. What is the potential for larger, life threatening earthquakes?Ellsworth: That’s really one of the hardest problems we have. It requires knowing where the faults are, and what their dimensions are. And knowing if they’re oriented properly, and if there is sufficient stress to drive them. We’re really stuck using what we’ve seen happen in the past. In Oklahoma, we know that there was an earthquake about magnitude 7, 1300 years ago. We also saw the magnitude 5.7 just in 2011. 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The challenge is, can we find those faults and avoid them. The thing the public has to remember is that not all faults are dangerous.USGS is trying to incorporate induced earthquakes in its hazard maps. You’re saying that places like northern and central Oklahoma are becoming potentially as hazardous as places like the New Madrid region near Memphis, Tennessee, and Charleston, South Carolina, which have a history of highly damaging earthquakes?Ellsworth: Over the short term—what’s likely tomorrow—those would be areas of high hazard. Whether they’re high over the timescales we think about for building codes is a whole other question. That I don’t think we have an answer to.This could eventually force stricter building codes in places like Oklahoma. Is it fair for those additional costs to be born by builders when the earthquake risk is essentially a dial controlled by oil and gas industry?Zoback: That’s a policy question. If you go back to building bridges and roads, trucks pay fees, because they’re hard on bridges and roads. How these things get paid for is a policy decision.Parrish: It’s really going to be a local decision.Sometimes you say there’s a strong link between certain wells and earthquakes. Other times you say there’s a lot of uncertainty in making that connection. What allows you to make a definitive diagnosis?Ellsworth: If there’s one well, and there are earthquakes directly beneath that well … then you can make a pretty good connection as to what’s going on. If you have multiple wells, we know that the pressure field is going to be distributed, and it can be very far reaching.Why does California see so many fewer induced earthquakes than places like Oklahoma?Parrish: Our geology is quite a bit different from the geology in the midcontinent and the eastern states. For one thing, their production formations are very old. California, we have very poorly consolidated sediments that are much younger.Ellsworth: The change has been when water begins to be injected in virgin formations, places where no perturbations have happened before. That seems to be to me at least one of the signatures for situations where can say these earthquakes have been induced.Aside from identifying problematic faults, what other techniques are there that industry can adopt to minimize induced earthquakes?Zoback: Let’s take Youngstown, Ohio. It’s right on the border with Pennsylvania. What was happening in Pennsylvania is that the flowback water after hydraulic fracturing was being trucked to Ohio so that it could be injected into … permitted injection wells where the geology was better. They’ve migrated from trucking water out, to recycling the water.Are these good times to be an earthquake scientist?Zoback: It’s always a good time.Ellsworth: We have new challenges, which is good.Parrish: I like the saying: Love a geologist, and feel the earthquake.Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? Tell us on Twitter and Vine with #msgtospace!
A profligate defending champion Saina Nehwal faltered at the final hurdle, failing to complete the hat-trick of titles at the Indonesia Open Super Series after losing to Chinese world number three Yihan Wang in the final in Jakarta on Sunday.Fourth seed Saina, who won the title in 2009 and 2010, frittered away a match point en route to a 21-12 21-23 14-21 loss to her equally error-prone rival.In a contest which lasted a little over an hour, Saina gained from Wang’s numerous errors of judgments, misplaced shots and her own trademark smashes to clinch the opening game rather easily.Wang committed 12 unforced errors in the opening game.But the Chinese recovered in the second game and although the number of unforced errors did not improve, Saina helped her rival’s cause by trying too hard to hurry up the proceedings.The result was 10 unforced errors for the Indian, who also struggled to connect the smashes that more often than not had bailed her out in crunch situations.Wang was quick to pounce on the chance and took 11-8 lead at the change of ends.The Chinese was cruising along 17-14 before Saina smashed her way back again to make it 20-19. The Indian had a match point in hand but Wang fought back to make the scoreline 21-21 before clinching the game 23-21.The shift in momentum was evident in the third game and though the two players went neck-and-neck till 9-9, it was clear that Wang had gained in confidence while Saina’s game began to fall apart.advertisementSaina’s stock smashes were not getting the desired result as Wang showed better judgment on the baseline. In fact, Wang managed nine smash winners compared to Saina’s two in the deciding game.The heartbreaking loss continues a rather unimpressive year for Saina who had won three titles — Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, Singapore Super Series and Indonesian Super Series — in June 2010, before winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal and the Hong Kong Super Series.Half-way through 2011, Saina has just one title — Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold to her name.- With PTI inputs
Kolkata, Apr 3 (PTI) After skipper Darren Sammy, it was the turn of premier all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to launch a tirade on his countrys cricket board stating that “even BCCI does more” for them. “The countrys cricket is not in right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. Thats not a good thing. We know that they did not want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” Bravo told the Star Sports in a post-final interview. He also questioned as to how pkayers like him, Gayle and Russell are being kept out of the West Indies ODI side. “If we look at the calender, we dont have anymore T20 matches this year. We are not picked for the ODIs. Theres a series thats going to happen with South Africa but we will be playing in England (Natwest Blast) whereas we should have been playing for the West Indies. Look at the love we get over here. Even the BCCI does more for us than our board,” said Bravo. “But its nice that the CARICOM people are coming together. Cricket is a way that unites people in the Caribbean,” concluded Bravo. PTI KHS KHS
Pakistan’s newly-appointed chief coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday acknowledged that not playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has hit the performance of the country’s cricketers in the shortest format.Political tensions between the arch-rivals have resulted in the Pakistani players being barred from taking part in the lucrative league since the second edition in 2009. But Arthur, who succeeded the legendary Waqar Younis as the head coach, reckoned that players learn a lot participating in such tournaments.NOT PLAYING IPL HURTING”You learn such a lot from franchise cricket tournaments and I think that could be playing a large role,” Arthur, who coached the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), was quoted as saying by pakpassion.net.”Yes it is probably right that not playing in the IPL could be affecting the performances of the Pakistan team in the 20-over format.”Buoyed by the lethal bowling attack at his disposal, the 48-year-old is confident that the team will get the advantage in that department.”With both pace and spin there is certainly enough depth there for this bowling attack to be very good. Pakistan have produced a lot of good quick bowlers and they continue to do that and they also have some really good spin bowlers and that clearly gives them the advantage and edge at the moment,” Arthur said.’RIGHT ENVIRONMENT’ Having worked with South Africa and Australia, Arthur said he wanted to create an environment in the Pakistan dressing room which will ensure the best results from his players.advertisement”I just want to create an environment that allows the players to perform and I know that any environment with structure where there is proper values has got a far better chance of success than one that has not,” he said.”So I am going to create a culture that the players can go into and perform and where they also enjoy their cricket.”I want to stimulate the players in the right way and ensure they are enjoying their cricket and perform. The important thing is that when people enjoy their cricket they get the best out of themselves,” he added.AFRIDI STILL IN CONTENTION Arthur felt that veteran allrounder Shahid Afridi, who was left out of the preparatory camp for the upcoming tour of England, is not out of national contention yet.Afridi stepped down as skipper following Pakistan’s dismal Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 campaign.”Shahid has been a fantastic player for Pakistan for many years so you do not discard phenomenal players like that very easily,” he said.”If we think there is a role for him we will certainly bring him back but that is a discussion for the future and another time. There is a lot of cricket to be played before we get to that discussion.”
Maria Sharapova is still waiting to hear if she can play at the French Open later this month but men’s world number one Andy Murray expects her to be at Wimbledon in July.Sharapova returned last month from a doping ban to reach the semi-finals at the Stuttgart Open, but did not earn enough points to qualify for Roland Garros and is reliant on a wildcard for the qualifying tournament.The French Tennis Federation will announce their decision on May 16.Murray, however, said he expected the five-times grand slam champion would be on the grasscourts of south-west London.”I think there’s a good chance Wimbledon would give her one (a wild card) to get into qualifying,” Murray told reporters at an event for June’s Aegon Championships tournament at the Queen’s Club in London.”I think we’ve got to wait and see what happens because there might not even be a decision to be made because she might be in the main draw after Madrid or Rome, so there’s a good chance she can get in by right.”The Russian can qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon by reaching the semi-final of either the Madrid or Rome tournaments.The rankings deadline for Wimbledon qualification is May 29.Murray, who sustained an injury in March, returned to action at the Barcelona Open last month and said he was feeling good as he looked ahead to Roland Garros.”I feel much better than I did three or four weeks ago,” he added.”I feel like physically I am getting back to where I need to be and I feel like I am able to put in the work I need to, to be able to play my best tennis.”advertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.”
How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash How to Cook Steak in the Oven A few months ago, I got into a conversation with a bunch of friends about steak. It started as a debate about the best type of cut you can get, but eventually evolved into a discussion of the best cooking techniques, and by the end of it we all just started telling stories and reminiscing about the best steaks we’d ever eaten.Being guys, this conversation naturally started a kind of one-uppery between us all. Every person seemed to have a more impressive steak story than the last. It was a silly conversation, but it got me thinking — is there an upper limit on how “good” a steak can be? Could you, in theory, create “the ultimate steak” if you got the best possible cut of meat known to man and cooked it in the most scientifically perfect way possible?The answer is most definitely yes. I know because I did it, and the resulting steaks were hands down the best I’ve ever had — miles ahead of anything I’ve ordered at a ritzy steakhouse. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but these steaks were so good that they successfully coaxed two die-hard vegans over to the dark side for a sample. So how do you cook such magnificent meat? It’s actually pretty straightforward — but you’ll need some special equipment to pull it off.Step one is simply going out and getting a badass cut of meat. We went with a 60 day dry-aged bone-in fillet mignon — but you might want to roll with a ribeye or a porterhouse. The type of cut you get is up to you, but you’ll definitely want to call around and find one that’s been dry aged for an extended period of time. Dry aging concentrates the flavors of the beef and allows enzymes to break down the connective tissues, making the steak more tender.Once you’re back home with your ideal cut, resist your urge to fire up the grill. To cook your perfect steak in the most scientifically perfect way possible, you need to get yourself an immersion circulator and cook it sous vide.If you’re not familiar, sous vide is a cooking technique that involves placing food in an airtight, vacuum-sealed bag and cooking it in a controlled low-temperature water bath. This way, you’re able to keep the temperature of the water at the exact temperature that you want your food to reach, and after a certain amount of time, any food you’ve placed in the bath will eventually reach your desired temp without any risk of overcooking. The benefit of this method is that cooking at lower temperatures generally prevents the food’s cell walls from bursting, which helps make it more succulent and retain nutrients. Sous vide also makes it possible for tough collagens in the meat’s connective tissue to be hydrolized into gelatin without overheating the proteins, which is generally what causes meat to lose moisture and develop a tougher texture.But sous vide alone won’t make your steak perfect. It’ll cook it medium rare all the way through, but won’t give you any of that tasty browning on the outside. So to finish it off properly, you’ll need to get yourself a blowtorch, and a special attachment called a SearzallDesigned by the mad scientists over at Booker & Dax, Searzall is basically a fixture that fits onto the end of any standard-sized blowtorch and makes it better for cooking food. It works by forcing the flame through two layers of heatproof alloy mesh, thereby diffusing the heat of the flame and making it radiate out in a less direct way. The diffused heat helps cook food more evenly, and also eliminates that gassy taste that torches often impart into the foods they sear.After that, you’re done. Grab a steak knife and go nuts! NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Milk prices will increase across the province next week. Part ofthe increase will go to farmers and part to milk processors. Itmeans that consumers may pay an additional eight cents for alitre of milk. Dairy farmers will receive an additional five cents per litre fortheir product. The Nova Scotia Natural Products Marketing Councilapproved the increase, which will come into effect on Tuesday,Feb. 1. Processors are expected to add three cents to the cost of a litreof milk in order to cover rising costs of processing anddistribution. The dairy farmers’ portion is part of an increase announced bythe Canadian Dairy Commission in December 2004. The five centsper litre will cover increasing farm costs, as well as farmrevenue reductions resulting from the closure of the UnitedStates border to Canadian cattle. The Natural Products Marketing Council is an independent agencyof the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Thecouncil oversees nine farm marketing boards, including DairyFarmers of Nova Scotia, which sets the farm price of milk,subject to ratification by the council. The price of milk under the Nova Scotia school milk program willnot increase.
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Canadian comedian, entertainer and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will host Just for Laugh’s final gala, July 30 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place-des-Arts.More than 11 million people subscribe to Singh’s YouTube channel where she is known as IISuperwomanII. In 2016 she made Forbes’s 2016 30 under 30: Hollywood and Entertainment list and her book How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life was recently published.Thanks to her YouTube personality, then comedy career, Singh has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and in feature films like Bad Moms. Facebook Just for Laughs announced multiple gala lineups and solo shows Tuesday morning.The gala lineupsThe David Spade Gala: Jeff Ross, The Lucas Bros, Katherine Ryan, K. Trevor Wilson, Godfrey and Tim Meadows will join host Spade July 26, 7 p.m., Place-des-Arts.The Colin Jost & Michael Che Gala: Lil Rel Howery, Ivan Decker, Phil Hanley, Steve Byrne and Sarah Millican will join the co-hosts on July 26, 9:45 p.m., Place-des-Arts.The Rick Mercer Gala: Arthur Simeon, David Baddiel, Carl Barron, W. Kamau Bell and Jessica Kirson will join host Mercer July 27, 7 p.m., Place-des-Arts.The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala: Special guest Cedric the Entertainer, along with Ron Funches, Cristela Alonzo, Sasheer Zamata and Orny Adams will join host Mandel July 29, 6:30 p.m., Place-des-Arts.The solo showsTim Meadows, July 26, 9:30 p.m., L’AstralVir Das, July 27, 7 p.m., L’AstralChris Fleming: Showpig, July 27, 9:30 p.m., Maison TheatreJim Norton: Far from Delightful, July 27, 9:30 p.m., Gesù Theatre LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:
BEIJING — A Chinese official says Beijing will go along with World Trade Organization reforms meant to update global trade rules but they must protect China’s status as a developing country.The deputy commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, said Friday that any changes must address protectionism, abuse of export controls and security reviews — a reference to Beijing’s clash with U.S. President Donald Trump over technology policy.The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as too slow to deal with complaints about Chinese industry policy. The European Union says the trade referee should focus on subsidies, technology transfers and state industry — all areas in which Beijing faces complaints.Wang said Beijing will “not allow other members to deprive China of the special and differential treatment that developing members deserve.”The Associated Press
Video of the interview as well as a 190-page transcript were filed in court during pretrial discussions and obtained by National Post. Normally, media would not be allowed to reveal the content of such an interview, especially one so incendiary and incriminating, until it was entered as a public exhibit at trial. However, Postmedia and other news organizations asked the trial judge to allow publication now, because Minassian’s guilt or innocence will be decided by a judge without a jury and because of the compelling public importance of the material.Minassian’s interview has not yet faced legal objections or challenges to its truth. For now, it stands as a disturbing, graphic and uncontradicted account of the accused man’s own blunt words, as told to police just hours after his arrest.“I’m a little shaken, to be honest,” Minassian said near the beginning of the interview, when asked how he was doing.“It’s not my usual day, obviously.”It wasn’t a usual day for anyone in the city.————At about 1:22 p.m. on April 23, 2018, a rental van started barreling along the sidewalks of Yonge Street between Finch and Sheppard avenues, crashing into and over pedestrians.After 10 minutes of chaos and carnage, Minassian was arrested unharmed, despite trying to provoke a police officer to shoot him by pretending he had a gun.He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.About nine hours later, Minassian was led into a Toronto police interview room where everything was recorded. Stripped of his clothing and wearing only his underwear and a white police-issue cover-all, Minassian was told he legally did not have to answer questions. He was taken to a private room where he telephoned a lawyer for advice, first, who advised him not to answer any questions.Even so, Minassian was drawn into conversation through patient and clever questioning by Det. Rob Thomas, an investigator with Toronto police’s Sex Crimes, Behavioural Assessment Section.Despite the gravity of the situation, Minassian sat placidly, only occasionally shifting his weight in the chair placed by police in the corner of the room, crossing or uncrossing his legs, or splaying them in front of him.He spoke in a steady, flat tone with precise, clipped enunciation, devoid of any emotional displays. He had a decidedly cold manner, even when discussing his victims, to the point of sounding like a machine when describing killing as “to convert the life status of certain individuals to death status.”The interview began at 10:46 p.m.After early reluctance to open up — declining to answer 20 of Thomas’s first substantive questions — Minassian was soon speaking in granular detail, about his life, about why and how he did the van attack, and explaining the destructive worldview of the incels, such as dividing humanity into categories of betas, Stacys, Chads and normies. Police couldn’t crack Toronto van attack driver’s laptop, phone passwords despite eight months of trying U.S. Army warns of possible incel shootings at Joker film screenings He claimed he had communicated online with two other notorious incels — including the man he called the movement’s “founding forefather” — prior to them committing their own massacres: Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in California in 2014, and Chris Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people in Oregon in 2015.Together they plotted “timed strikes” in an incel rebellion, Minassian claimed.Minassian claimed that Rodger even confided in him about his plans three days before Rodger’s killing spree. Minassian wished him luck.Such startling declarations of his self-described “radicalization” and overt intent behind the van attack were made by Minassian during an almost 4-1/2 hour post-arrest interview with police. Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian. He wanted something bigger than a car “to inflict severe damage.” While he told Ryder he wanted to help a friend move furniture, he told police the van was really meant to be a “tool for the rebellion.”He reserved a van for 1 p.m. on April 23.Then, he waited.“I didn’t need to make any further preparations.” While he waited, he was “preoccupied” with the idea.“I was thinking that I would inspire future masses to join me in my uprising,” he said. “How the foundations of the world would be shooken by this event.”The day before the attack he posted a message on 4chan, using coded language to avoid detection, he said.“I stated there will be a beta uprising tomorrow, I encourage others to follow suit.”He said he received several congratulatory replies, including someone from Edmonton who said he would do his part on Nov. 15. Thomas probed for details about the threat, but Minassian offered nothing more. (Edmonton police told the Post the force did not have enough information to even begin looking into whether the threat was forwarded to them or whether it was investigated.)————On the day of the van attack, Minassian woke about 7 a.m. after a solid eight hours sleep. He ate breakfast, cleaned up and checked his email to see if there were any school emails or job offers, he said.There were none.He then went for a walk around his neighbourhood before heading to pick up the van.Just before he started driving it, he posted a Facebook message from his phone.(That post provided the first public link between the attack and the incel ideology. In part, it said: “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” It also referenced 4chan.)Minassian drove the van towards Yonge St., “because I knew it would be a busy area,” he said.“I’m thinking that this is it, this is the day of retribution.” (This is a phrase Rodger used in a video he posted on YouTube just before his own killing spree.)This is the day of retribution“That’s the only thing that’s in my mind, it’s just burning in my mind,” Minassian said. He drove along Yonge St., “and then as soon as I saw there were pedestrians, I just decided to go for it.”He said he pushed the gas pedal to the floor.“I just started using it as a weapon,” he said.“I speed the van towards them, and I allow the van to collide with them,” he said. “The vehicle collided with several pedestrians, some of who are no longer alive as a result.“To be honest, the only reason I stopped my attack was because someone’s drink got splashed on my windshield and I was worried that I would crash the van.“I wanted to do more,” he said, but he could hardly see. “I saw the cops approaching so I decided to pull over and get out of my van.”He purposely pointed his wallet at the arriving police officer, hoping he would think it was a gun and shoot him. That was part of his plan, he said, “suicide by cop.”He considered buying a toy gun to provoke police but he worried someone at the rental company might see it and decline to give him the van.“So I decided to go as stealthily as possible.” Alek Minassian, charged with murdering 10 people in the April 2018 van attack in Toronto, is questioned by police detective Rob Thomas after the attack. (A beta is an incel; Stacy is the generic name for attractive women who shun betas; Chad is the name for sexually successful men who attract women despite being seen as dumb; normies are the masses in between, with average looks and intelligence.)Minassian explained what the “incel rebellion” was.“It’s basically a movement of angry incels such as myself who are unable to get laid, therefore we want to overthrow the Chads, which would force the Stacys to be forced to reproduce with the incels.”But it took the detective a while to get Minassian to that point. Thomas started by gently asking Minassian about his relationships.“Have you ever had a relationship with a female?”“I don’t wish to answer that,” Minassian said, at first. He had trouble resisting the topic, however.“I would say that sometimes I am a bit upset that they choose to date obnoxious men instead of a gentleman,” he said. He traced his feelings of alienation to an incident in 2012.“I did ask a girl out once but she rejected me,” he said. “I felt crushed at that point.”I consider myself a supreme gentlemanAnother defining moment for him came when he went to a Halloween party in 2013. He “attempted to socialize with some girls, however they all laughed at me and held the arms of the big guys instead.“I felt angry they would give their love and affection to obnoxious brutes,” he said, “because I consider myself a supreme gentleman.”When he started college in Toronto in 2014, taking a bachelor of software development degree program at Seneca College, he found he wasn’t alone in this anger.A friend he met at college pointed him to online forums where the incel community was quietly burgeoning.Minassian connected with likeminded men primarily through message boards on 4chan and Reddit, he said. The forums reveal incel discussions dwelling on outrageous expressions of misogyny. Primary themes include: vivid threats of rape, death and subjugation of women; urging violence against men who are sexually active; and bleak, often suicidal self-denigration.Although he said he doesn’t hold “any political views,” he was attracted to forums featuring “political discussions with an alt-right bias,” he said. “It was very blunt and honest,” he said of the online posts. There he learned the “red pill truths about why women choose to date obnoxious men.“I know of several other guys over the internet who feel the same way, but,” Minassian said, “I would consider them too cowardly to act on their anger.” Ontario Superior Court Cole Burston/Getty Images TORONTO — Soon after Alek Minassian was charged with killing 10 people by purposely crashing a van into them along a crowded Toronto sidewalk last year, a police officer asked him how he felt about it.“I feel like I accomplished my mission,” Minassian calmly replied.That mission, he declared in a lengthy interview with police, was to cause mass casualties and panic as part of the “involuntary celibate” rebellion, a violent ideology — known as incel for short — held by some men who feel dangerously aggrieved by their inability to attract sexual interest from women.Minassian, 26, explicitly declared his fealty to the incel doctrine, and his links to the incel movement went far deeper and were more structured than previously known, according to his own account of planning and executing his “mission.”Related LinkedIn via CP A police officer stands near a body covered by a tarp on the sidewalk along Yonge Street near Finch Avenue after a man drove a rental van down the sidewalk and hit and killed multiple pedestrians in Toronto, April 23, 2018. Emergency responders at the scene on Yonge Street after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto. Cole Burston/Getty Images Tyler Anderson/National Post Police inspect a van which struck and killed multiple pedestrians on Yonge Street in Toronto, April 23, 2018. He refused to identify them or his college friend who introduced him to the online world of incels.Minassian was a receptive student — and mimic — of incel culture. He spoke with authority on incel terminology and people. He knew its history and key dates by heart. Several phrases he used are common in incel forums.Online he connected directly with Rodger and Harper-Mercer, he said. (Both men later committed suicide by shooting themselves in the head after launching separate deadly attacks.)Minassian said he first sent a private message to Rodger on Reddit after Minassian read one of his posts in January 2014. It started an online back-and-forth, most of it through 4chan, he claimed.“We found each other very interesting. We both had the same frustrations,” he said, “despite being separate by distance so far apart.” He never met Rodger in person, but wished he had.Minassian said he last communicated with Rodger on May 20, 2014, three days before Rodger’s attacks near a university campus in Isla Vista, California.“He told me that he has to go, he must, he’s on a very important mission and he might not make it back alive.“I kind of had an idea in my head of what he was planning but I didn’t want to think it was true at the time, so I said, so I replied, and said, I wish you good luck with that.”We discussed our frustrations at society and being unable to get laidMinassian claimed he, Rodger and Harper-Mercer plotted staggered incel attacks.“We discussed our frustrations at society and being unable to get laid and we were plotting a certain timed strikes on society, in order to confuse and shake the foundations, just to put all the normies in a state of panic.”There is no independent corroboration of Minassian’s account of his ties to Rodger or Harper-Mercer, and it is not yet known if he was telling the truth or aggrandizing his place in the incel world.Minassian said he learned of Rodger’s attacks and suicide on the news.“I felt kind of proud of him for his acts of bravery,” he said. He credits Rodger with starting the “beta uprising.” Rodger’s acts made him “feel radicalized.”Thomas asked him what he meant.“I felt it was time to take action and not just sit on the sidelines and just fester in my own sadness.”————Minassian spent a large portion of his life online. Logging in seemed his default state. He owned two laptops. At Seneca College, there was a specific computer in the school’s library he obsessively used. He also had his phone.He played a lot of video games, about five hours each day, “especially the violent ones,” he said. “I just like to let out all my urges into the TV screen.“I would classify myself as a hardcore gamer,” he said, also saying, “I watch too much TV,” favouring crime shows.He enlisted in the Canadian Forces, with plans to join the infantry as a soldier on the frontlines.“I was interested in learning how to use weapons,” especially assault rifles, “because these you can actually hold in your hand.” But he never made it far enough in his training to fire any guns in the military. (The Department of National Defence said Minassian was judged to be an unsuitable recruit and voluntarily left basic training after 16 days, although the military saw no “red flags” of violence.)Instead, he enrolled in college.He did not excel in high school, spending most of it in special needs classes. “I was kind of a nerd in high school,” he said, but seemed to do well in his four-year software program.He had completed the requirements for his degree — his last day of classes was five days before the attack.The timing was not a coincidence. He felt the attack would be “more symbolic” if he had finished his college degree first, he said.After years of feeling radicalized — “just thinking and day dreaming,” he said — he started planning an attack a few weeks before it occurred.“I was thinking that it was time that I stood up to the Chads and Stacys,” Minassian said.While he was at his campus library in early April, he read online reviews for various vehicle rental companies. He dismissed some companies because people complained about poor customer service before settling on Ryder. “People loved Ryder,” he said.Minassian phoned and asked for a van or a truck. They had a 10-foot van available. It sounded “perfect” — “big enough to have an effect but not too big that I can’t manoeuvre with it.” Once he realized the officer wasn’t going to shoot, he surrendered.“I realize I had no choice but to get on the ground because I was probably going to be tackled anyway or tased,” he said. “If I’m going to live, I’d rather not encounter a physically painful experience.”————It was at this point in the interview, after almost four hours, that Minassian abandoned his original reluctance to talk about his personal experience with women.After a bathroom break, during which Minassian displayed obsessive-compulsive qualities — using paper towel to turn off the taps then taking fresh paper towel to avoid touching the doorknob to open the door, explaining “I had to ensure that there would be no germs on my hand” — Thomas revisited his question of whether he had ever been intimate with a woman.“Unfortunately, I haven’t,” Minassian said. He has never had a girlfriend and didn’t go to his high school prom.He said he hadn’t had sex because, “I’m too nice.”Minassian wasn’t asked detailed questions about his mental health. Several former classmates earlier described him as socially awkward and having behavioural issues. His mother, in an unrelated media interview before the attack, said her son had Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.Asked about his religion, he said he was an atheist.“I wasn’t raised with any religion,” he said.In answer to questions about his travels, Minassian spoke of visiting Quebec for summer hiking at Mont-Tremblant, of family Christmas vacations in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles and a spring trip to Boston.Thomas then confronted Minassian about his claim he took a bus to pick up the van. Minassian insisted he was telling the truth, but Thomas told him that Minassian’s father, Vahe, had already told police he dropped him off at a coffee shop nearby.Minassian then admitted that was the case. He said he lied to protect his father. “I was worried that you would think he was an accomplice,” Minassian said, “but he was not aware of this.”Minassian assured Thomas that everything else he said was true.As the interview wound down, Thomas asked Minassian about his reaction to the deaths and injuries he was charged with. That’s when he chillingly said he accomplished his mission.Thomas asked him if that is what he would tell the families of the van attack victims if they came into the room.“I honestly don’t know what I would say,” Minassian answered.“Would you apologize?”“I honestly don’t know.”Minassian was led out of the room at 3:04 a.m.His trial is scheduled for next February.
According of a UN spokesperson in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative for Liberia, Abou Moussa, and UN Resident Coordinator Marc de Bernis returned to Monrovia over the weekend.In a letter to the Security Council last week, the Secretary-General had said he was sending the two back to Monrovia to assist in preparations for the return of UN and associated personnel. At the height of the conflict, precarious security conditions forced the suspension of virtually all international relief operations in most parts of the country.Mr. Annan’s letter informed the Council of a number of other urgent initiatives he had taken to address the grave situation, notably, naming Jacques Klein, former head of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), as his Special Representative for Liberia to lead and coordinate the activities of the UN in that country.In other news, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned last Friday of a growing food crisis in Liberia, saying that hundreds of thousands of displaced people in camps outside Monrovia will soon face starvation if a peaceful solution is not reached immediately. Arnold Vercken, WFP’s Deputy Director for West Africa, said, “Our trucks are loaded and ready to go, but we have no guarantees of security.”
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(The list could have also included a few other notable snoozers, such as Washington’s 42-10 win over Denver in 1988 and Denver’s own easy 34-19 win over Atlanta in 1999.)Sure, there were a few all-time-great Super Bowls interspersed among those stinkers — such as Joe Montana’s final-drive victory in 1989, the aforementioned Giants-Bills classic from 1991, Elway’s first Super Bowl win in 1998 and the Rams’ epic finish against the Titans in 2000. But for most of the Super Bowl’s first four decades of existence, there were just as many duds, games that could make you wonder why so much hoopla was devoted to what would frequently turn into a boring blowout.More recently, though, we’ve been treated to far better games on the Super Bowl stage — and practically no true laughers. How can we prove it? Statistically, there are a number of ways we can measure the excitement of any given game, and this post from ESPN’s Brian Burke lays out a few of my favorites:Excitement Index is the sum total of movement in win probability across an entire game. This rewards back-and-forth games with a lot of uncertainty about the eventual winner until the very end of the game. Super Bowl XXIV (1990) — San Francisco 55, Denver 10Average score margin: +/-23.2 pointsTies/lead changes: 1John Elway’s Broncos were no match for Joe Montana and the 49ers, who took a 41-3 lead five-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter and cruised to the most dominating victory in Super Bowl history. Fewer than 15 minutes in this game were spent with Denver even being within one score of the lead. On paper, Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams has all the earmarks of an instant classic. The teams are evenly matched in their strengths and weaknesses, and the favored Patriots’ pregame chance of victory — 52.8 percent, according to our Elo model — is among the lowest113th-lowest, to be exact. of any favorite in Super Bowl history, meaning the game is close to a toss-up.In the past, though, this would have guaranteed nothing — and even could have been viewed as a bad omen. (Or at least, it wouldn’t have been reliably good.) It wasn’t too long ago that we were in an era of total Super Bowl stink bombs being a regular occurrence. Some of the best (i.e., worst) examples of this, in terms of time spent with the score lopsided, included:Super Bowl XX (1986) — Chicago 46, New England 10Average score margin:2Or the average of the game score differential at every second of the game. +/-19.6 pointsTies/lead changes:3Excluding the initial 0-0 tie. 3After the Pats took a quick 3-0 lead, the Bears rattled off 44 consecutive points. Chicago ended up with 167 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while burying New England QBs Tony Eason and Steve Grogan under relentless defensive pressure. Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) — Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21Average score margin: +/-11.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 3Led by another of history’s great defenses, Tampa jumped out to a 34-3 third-quarter lead and never looked back. (As it turns out, maybe you should change up your audibles and play calls when facing your former coach in the Super Bowl.) Comeback Factor is the eventual loser’s highest win probability in the game. This essentially measures how dramatic a comeback the winning team needed to stage, with larger numbers representing more unlikely victories.In concert, these metrics tend to do a good job of measuring what we want out of a thrilling Super Bowl — late-game heroics, big comebacks and results that come down to the wire. With win probability data provided by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group,4Using the version of win probability that doesn’t have the pregame odds baked into the formula, to make sure we’re focusing only on the way a game played out once the teams actually took the field. I calculated both metrics for every Super Bowl (since the first game was played in 1967) and plotted them out as a time series by season: Super Bowl XXVI (1992) — Washington 37, Buffalo 24Average score margin: +/-12.9 pointsTies/lead changes: 1A year after losing one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever, the Bills were undone by Washington’s 24-0 run in the second and third quarters. Buffalo eventually found itself in a 37-10 hole before a couple of meaningless TDs made the final score seem far more respectable than it actually was. In recent years, you can see a pattern emerge: Very few Super Bowls have been duds, according to the Excitement Index. Since that Bucs-Raiders debacle in 2003, 13 of the past 15 matchups have registered an Excitement Index above the all-time average for Super Bowls.5The average Excitement Index for all Super Bowls ever is 4.4. And of the two that didn’t, one was New England’s unprecedented 28-3 comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, which only graded as below average because so much of the game was spent with the Falcons in command, before the Pats stormed back. (It made up for that lower Excitement Index with the highest Comeback Factor of any Super Bowl by far.)Over the past decade-and-a-half, the only genuinely terrible Super Bowl came in 2014, when the Legion of Boom Seahawks thoroughly routed Peyton Manning’s favored Broncos, 43-8. That game nearly set new records for the lowest Excitement Index and most lopsided average score margin in a Super Bowl (it ranks second in both categories). But it was also an aberration in an era when great Super Bowls are the norm and duds are very much the exception.Some of that may be because of the matchups actually becoming closer over time. According to our Elo ratings, the average Super Bowl’s pregame spread during the 2010s has been 2.1 points, the smallest in any decade since the 1970s. By comparison, that number was 3.2 from the 1980s through the 2000s. So it’s not exactly a coincidence that the games have gotten better in the same span — though that fact alone doesn’t necessarily explain all of the uptick in great Super Bowls.So does all of this mean we’re “due” for a dull game Sunday? No. But we’ve also been extremely spoiled by seeing so many great ones in recent history. We’ve watched just as many Super Bowls hit an Excitement Index of 5.0 in the past 14 seasons as we had in the 38 seasons beforehand. Something might have to give eventually, even if all signs point to this weekend’s game continuing the exciting run.ESPN’s Brian Burke contributed research. Super Bowl XXXV (2001) — Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7Average score margin: +/-11.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 1Baltimore’s defense completely owned this game, keeping the New York offense from crossing the 50-yard line until late in the first half (they would only run four plays in Raven territory at all) and harassing Kerry Collins into the second-lowest-rated passing performance in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl XXIX (1995) — San Francisco 49, San Diego 26Average score margin: +/-19.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 1Any hope that this matchup might be competitive vanished when Steve Young hit Jerry Rice for a 44-yard TD a scant 1:24 into the game. It was the first of seven 49er touchdowns on the day and part of the 35-10 lead San Francisco would build minutes into the third quarter. Check out our latest NFL predictions.
I LISTENED IN DISMAY earlier this week as I was informed that the state broadcaster, RTE, had agreed to pay damages to a number of parties who felt they had being wronged by having the word ‘homophobic’ attributed to them. If this proves to be true, then major questions have got to be asked about the role of the public service broadcaster in public discourse.While some people may argue the toss over the definition of the words homophobe or homophobia, nobody can dispute the definition of the word equality. The Oxford Dictionary defines equality as: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. Clearly, if you disagree that another person, by virtue of their sexuality, is not entitled to equal status, rights or opportunities, then you are not an advocate of equality.The purpose of public discourseIn relation to this particular incident, the primary tenet here is the difference between public discourse and private discourse. In private discourse you are entitled to express any belief you so wish, whereas in public discourse the debate must be balanced and allow for equality of views. A balanced media, particularly the state broadcaster, has a duty to challenge opinions that promote inequality.There is an insistence, by some, in public discourse that we must listen to the voice telling us that a gay person’s relationship is somehow lesser than a straight relationship – essentially that they are unequal. That is the promotion of inequality. If inequality is to become the currency of public discourse then we have a societal problem that will continue to grow.Let’s, for a second, presume that women had never been given the right to vote and they were now fighting for that right. Imagine now, that every debate on the topic focused on women’s mental capacity to participate in civic life. Would you have a problem with that? If you believe in equality, you believe that men and women are equal. The same holds true with every category of people.Different types of news mediaMost people could very easily point to certain sections of the international, privately-owned media and easily describe them as having a particular editorial slant, be it conservative anti-immigrant, anti-gay etc, or liberal and openly left-leaning in its views on social reform. However, when we consider the role of a public service broadcaster we expect it to be free of those types of biases. We expect an impartial service that delivers rounded debate, a plethora of opinions and provides equal opportunities to all sides of the argument. Indeed it is for this reason that we pay a licence fee.If we have a situation where the public service broadcaster is so easily intimidated by some litigious conservatives – or any other group for that matter – then we have a problem, a big problem. How can we honestly expect there to be reasoned and equal debate on any topic if a strongly worded letter from someone who perceives an insult, will result in the mitigation of that debate, its removal from the airwaves, and a public apology for the fact that it ever happened!We can be pedants or we can be realists. Whilst one might not like a particular word attributed to them, one cannot dispute the definition of a word. Utilising the Oxford Dictionary again, we see that the definition of homophobia is a “aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people”. If you argue that homosexual people are not entitled to the same consideration as straight people then you are, by definition, a homophobe.Espousing beliefsIf the public service broadcaster is to capitulate every time someone cries foul when a well-founded and fair opinion is expressed about them, then they will find that the budget very quickly runs dry but – more importantly – so too does public discourse. For example, I am always introduced as an Independent TD. This is, by dictionary definition, correct. Now suppose I decide I’m not happy with that label despite the fact that it is accurate. Should I write a letter to RTE and expect a cheque by return? Where does it end?You cannot openly espouse a belief then decide to be offended when the appropriate label for that belief is applied to you. The public service broadcaster has a duty here to exercise discretion, common sense and most importantly, to provide an equal platform where one side, or the other, is not afraid to openly address an issue using appropriate wording, not slurs, but actual dictionary definitions that are not open to dispute by pedants with well-paid solicitors behind them.Catherine Murphy is an Irish independent politician from Leixlip in County Kildare. Follow her on Twitter @CathMurphyTDOpen Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O’NeillRead: RTÉ apologises for ‘distress’ caused by Saturday Night Show guest’s commentsRead: Part of The Saturday Night Show removed from RTÉ Player over ‘legal issues’Share your story: firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s no doubting that Google’s Project Glass is one of the best Geek toys that has yet to be released. Just the idea of the wearable technology being less than a year away has been a cause for constant and increasing fervor inside the tech world.In an attempt to give everyone in the rest of the world a reason to start talking about Project Glass, Google has given a handful of DVF models one of the developer unit prototypes and had them walk out on stage during Fashion Week to show them off.One of the least likely places you would expect to see anyone talking about Project Glass is inside the world of fashion. For these dedicated few, Fashion Week is one of the biggest events of the year. This week is one where models walk the stage and photographers from around the world capture them in the latest gear from every major designer. This year, equipped with the camera in a Project Glass unit, some of the models got to fire back.The DVF Google+ page is filled with photos taken by the models wearing Project Glass. These photos have been uploaded straight from the units, and include a little bit more insight into how these units interact with Google+. The photos are uploaded using the same rules as the Google+ app for iOS or Android, and the photo details are now completely filled in. Previous Glass photos were were missing any real information. These photos are published at 2048 x 1536, which is the default resolution for Google+, and the photos are labeled as having been taken from “Glass 1”.It looks like all the photos on the DVF page were uploaded straight from Glass devices, and there are no obvious signs of photo editing of any kind. It’s not clear whether or not the models were intentionally taking the photos, or if the camera app was set to take the shots at pre-determined intervals as we’ve seen in previous Glass demonstrations.Putting Project Glass into the mainstream for attention is an incredibly valuable experiment. The idea of a wearable computer is still pretty sci-fi to most people, and events like this will help raise overall awareness. For the moment, Google’s Project Glass seems to be leading the charge, but I doubt it will be long before we see real competition in this emerging market.More at the DVF Google+ page
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John ‘J.J.’ BurkeOccupation: Semi-retired business owner and computer technician.Age: 59Background: Woodland City Council, 2002-presentFunds raised: Not available (less than $5,000)Endorsements: None providedwebsite: jjformayor.webs.comGrover LasekeOccupation: Cowlitz County emergency managerAge: 58Background: Retired 30-year law enforcement officerFunds raised: $5,000Endorsements: Building Association of Clark Countywebsite: groverformayor.blogspot.comTwo candidates with long experience in local government are vying to succeed Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum, who chose not to seek re-election. John “J.J.” Burke has served nine years as a member of the Woodland City Council and lost narrowly to Blum in the 2007 mayoral race. He is a member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee and several other civic groups. Grover Laseke, Cowlitz County’s emergency manager, has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, including eight years as Woodland’s police chief. He served as mayor of Toledo from 1988 to 1993 and has served as a volunteer with Medical Teams International.Laseke finished first in the four-way August primary race for mayor, with about 44 percent of the vote. Burke finished second, winning 27 percent of the vote.The candidates agree that addressing city traffic issues and working to improve communications between the mayor and city council are among Woodland’s most pressing needs.Burke also calls for development of an aggressive strategy to attract and retain more businesses. If elected, he said, he will work directly with the council, the Port of Woodland and the Chamber of Commerce to develop that strategy and will meet monthly with interested business owners to hear their concerns, involving the city’s entire public works team in those meetings. He promises to use his veto power to kill any measure that would hurt existing businesses and to consider changing the city’s sign code to accommodate larger businesses looking to attract new customers.
4 12 Photos SpaceX launches hush-hush space plane (probably) Secretive space plane lands after nearly two years in orbit Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan kept things plenty vague when he visited the X-37B facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in July. “The X-37B is a key component to America’s future in space dominance,” he said in an Air Force release.The Air Force didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the X-37B’s current flight.The X-37B, which began as a NASA project, made its first flight in 2010. A second model took off on its first mission in 2011.We don’t know X-37B’s purpose, but we do know it’s been hanging out in orbit for longer and longer periods of time. As for when we can expect it to rejoin us on Earth, that’s classified, too. We’ll just have to live with the mystery. X-37B: The space plane of mystery (pictures) 3:52 4 game-changing experimental aircraft Now playing: Watch this: Tags Sci-Tech Space plane Enlarge ImageIn March 2010, back before it ever flew, the X-37B posed for this picture on a runway in Titusville, Florida. Boeing We know what it looks like: a cute little space shuttle. We know where it is: in orbit around Earth. We know who sent it there: the US Air Force, via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in September 2017. Why just don’t know why.The uncrewed Boeing-built X-37B space plane has now been in orbit for 719 days, breaking the previous record of nearly 718 days set during its last mission, which returned to Earth in early 2017. The Air Force hasn’t revealed the exact purpose of the drone, but it did at least let us know when it landed last time. “The X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft that performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies,” the Air Force said in a boilerplate description it’s repeated over the years. Share your voice Comments Boeing Space