Open Challenges

first_imgImagine this scene when we get back to your respective workplaces – “Hey you look just the same yaar” (तू एकदम बदला नहीं)!!However, some employees may have to be told that there are about 3 kgs of them that haven’t been legally appointed by the company (and this may even become the new definition of ‘downsizing’)! Anyway, as to when the above events will happen, we will only have to ‘weight’ and watch. Till then, here’s a summary of events of the last few days:– Nowadays, there is nothing more exciting than watching the vegetable vendor pass by. If you ask him “क्या मिलेगा”, his immediate reply is “सब जी”! These guys even sell mangoes, and I am glad to see that people maintain an आमs length while buying them.– In such times (when one can’t cross the Lakshman Rekha), if anyone can give an ‘ocean’ of ‘happiness’, it can only be “Ram-आनंद सागर” – as his “Ramayan” has broken all TRP ratings. इतना popular होगा कोई “अनुमान” नहीं लगाया था ! After all, what other alternative do people have during a lockdown – it is either ‘Door’-दर्शन or “दूरदर्शन”!!– The TOI has reported that people are spending a lot more time reading papers. I thought that was pretty obvious as people now have “time for press” as against our normal days when they are “pressed for time”!– The fact that migrant workers were charged for train tickets was clearly un’fare’ and something to ‘rail’ about. Numerous politicians jumped into the fray saying “Here’s “my-grant” for ‘migrant’! One can only plead saying “ऐसा politics ‘bus’ करो”.– At Office: it is “साब, उन” को Manage करो; whereas at home: it is साबुन को Manage करो ! Men doing household works thought that this whole thing was ‘temporary’. They are afraid that a few more days and they will get ‘confirmed’ !!– Plane travels have gone up in “thin air”. Once they reopen, airlines are even considering whether to do away with the middle rows (B & E). For them, “to B, E or not to B, E, that is the question”. If they do so, it is likely that they will jack up fares under the heading “Space’ travel”.– With so much population, Railways may choose to exercise ‘berth’ control. On the same lines, even Highway collections have taken a ‘toll’!!!– “The rue” of not having “दारू” has been answered and most liquor shops have been opened with a view to “Stimulate” the economy and bring it back to the old ‘high’. This is despite them knowing the fact that, “the Rue” (street) to “दारू” would become unending. Govts should also bear in mind that excessive drinking is “दारू-t” of all evil.– Market Caps have now become Market Masks – as most shares seem to have lost their “face value”.– Haircuts are being given by better halves. One has no option but to say it is a really “नाईs” haircut – despite the fact that there are a few stray strands sticking out. Now, dare you to call them Barbera Straystrand!– A world leader has suggested injecting or consuming disinfectants. That, really speaking, is विषful thinking.– About the North Korean leader, people were wondering “किम् जातम्**?” There was a lot of ‘murmur’ about his मर मर and all of them turned out to be ‘dead’ wrong.For the governments, the virus has posed an open challenge – a challenge as to when they should open. But, as I see it, it is only a matter of time that they will have no alternative but to ‘खोल’ it a day!!** किम् जातम् = kim jatam = “what happened” in Sanskritlast_img read more

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Las Vegas police release 158-page report detailing deadly 2017 concert shooting

first_imgPage Light Studios/iStock(LAS VEGAS) — A new report detailing the handling of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history found a number of ways in which fellow law enforcement agencies may be able to improve upon their own future responses to their own active shooter and mass casualty incidents.Nearly two years after the shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 victims dead, the city’s police department released their definitive review of the incident.“In our chosen profession of policing, we often cannot control what takes place on the ground that we have been commissioned to protect and serve,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) sheriff Joe Lombardo wrote at the beginning of the report. “However, we always have control over how we respond in the aftermath.”The 158-page report gives a minute-by-minute account of the attack and the police response, while also illuminating new details of the chaos that unfolded on the ground that night.Fleeing, confused concertgoers warned police of “an older suspicious white male, wearing dark fatigues and a black backpack, who they thought might have been an additional shooter,” according to the report.After seeing that man enter a nearby RV, a strike team responded, according to the report, addressing the man in the RV and realizing then “he was not a threat but rather a survivor of the incident.”That incident was just one of a spectrum of necessary distractions police faced. For nearly three hours after the attack, police dispatch continued fielding frightening new reports of “active shooters” and “shots fired.”The analysis includes 93 recommendations for law enforcement officials, including increased training and practice drills, the reinforcement of existing protocols, and recommended placement of incident command posts and multi-agency coordination centers.One recommendation, for instance, calls for expanded active-shooter training “to include a barricaded active shooter when the shooter is in a position of advantage.”Another recommendation, number 45, was born out of decision by the LVMPD — under relentless and extraordinary pressure for information from a terrified public — to release a preliminary timeline in the early hours after the shooting rather than waiting for all evidence to be collected.“In hindsight, the rush to put out information led not only to confusion but also to the birth of multiple conspiracy theories that continue to plague this mass shooting today,” the report concluded.As a result, another recommendation calls for more precise phrasing to be used — like “sequence of events” and “preliminary details” — to “ensure accuracy while maintaining a commitment to transparency.”In addition to the chaos and confusion, the report also highlights moving moments of unity and compassion.The LVMPD report describes its own officers’ response as “extremely compassionate, supportive, and helpful to those in need,” and that the concession stands gave survivors food and water, and good Samaritans “dropped off cell phone chargers, food, water, and blankets.”Some heartbreaking new details are included in the report as well.Elsewhere, the report describes how some victims and survivors who had gathered at an arena on the campus of University of Nevada – Las Vegas, but “as the sun came up, survivors reported that they did not want to leave… because they felt safe where they were and did not know what to do next.”At the conclusion of the report, the authors acknowledge how first responders “have a difficult and heavily scrutinized profession.”They praised the work of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department but added that “it is apparent to us as an agency that there are many areas where we must improve.”And they hope they aren’t the only ones, teeing up this report as a possible guide that can “provide insight and drive positive change for first-responder agencies across the world.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Bear Attack Update: High Fighting Injuries

first_imgHigh was not reportedly carrying a firearm or bear spray. Troopers were not initially able to locate the bear. Alaska State Troopers were called just after 4:30 PM to mile 11 of Funny River Road for the report of the mauling. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KSRM has received confirmation from a neighbor that as of 8am this morning, 62-year-old Danny High is still fighting major injuries sustained during a bear mauling in Funny River Sunday afternoon. Neighbors say High, a Funny River resident, was walking a neighbor’s dog when he encountered the brown bear near mile 11 of Funny River Road. He sustained extensive injuries, including a collapsed lung, fractures, and wounds and was first airlifted to Providence Hospital and then to Seattle last night. Further details will be posted as they become available.last_img read more

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BYU women’s basketball notebook: Return to Chicago is all business

first_imgROSEMONT, Ill. — The BYU women thought they were probably going to West Lafayette, Indiana or College Station, Texas for the NCAA tournament, but were pleasantly surprised to be headed to Chicago, one of the great cities of the world, when their name came up Monday night.Since they flew in on Thursday, they must have been out sightseeing — riding to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower, walking around Navy Pier, touring the Art Institute or taking an Architecture River Cruise, right?Nope, the only fun the Cougars hope to have on this trip is on the basketball floor.”We actually came to Chicago last year and did a lot of fun things,” said BYU guard Haley Steed of a tournament the Cougars played in over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010. “This trip is more about winning basketball. I’m sure we will eat at nice places and do fun things as a team, but we aren’t worried about seeing too much.”So the Cougars didn’t go downtown Friday morning before their mid-afternoon press conference and practice.”We come and enjoy the cities we visit, but these ladies are focused,” said coach Jeff Judkins.And don’t count on the Cougars going downtown Saturday to check out the Chicago River, which is dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day.WEATHER REPORT: There were no real garden spots among the various women’s NCAA sites, with the aforementioned West Lafayette and College Station, not to mention Ames, Iowa, and Norfolk, Va.But the Cougars may have gotten the best venue of all. The weather in the Chicago area has been outstanding with the temperature hitting 81 degrees Friday for the third day in a row. That broke a record for the most days in March with temperatures over 80 and nearly half of the month to come.COACHSPEAK: When asked about BYU, DePaul coach Doug Bruno said, “I really don’t think they are a team that has weaknesses” and then went on to talk about what a great point guard Haley Steed is and the inside presence of Kristen Riley.When told what Bruno said, BYU’s Judkins just laughed and said, “That sounds like a coach, doesn’t it.”Judkins had his own praise for DePaul and Bruno, saying, “DePaul is a very good team and very well-coached. (Bruno) has done a marvelous job for 26 years.”HOME EDGE: Unlike the men’s NCAA tournament, women are allowed to play games in their home arenas and hometowns for NCAA tournament games.While DePaul is not playing in its home gym, which is in downtown Chicago, the Blue Demons will have a home crowd advantage Saturday evening.”It’s nice to get to play in Chicago,” said DePaul forward Jasmine Perry. “We’re not playing at home, but we’re in Chicago, so we’ll get to have all of our home fans here, which will be fun and exciting.”However, coach Bruno downplayed any edge his team might have, saying the only one is that it didn’t have to fly to Chicago.”We haven’t played in this gym or shot in this gym more than anybody else,” he said. “This is as neutral for us as it is for Tennessee, Tennessee-Martin and Brigham Young. That’s just the way it works. If we were playing at McGrath-Phillips Arena, I would tell you that it’s a home-court advantage but since our players haven’t played here, it’s hard to call it home-court advantage.”email: [email protected]last_img read more

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