‘Poisoned’ New Zealand mosque gunman’s road to extremism

first_imgDetails emerged of a socially awkward loner who became a gym junkie after being bullied as an overweight teenager.He was also apparently hit hard when his father died of cancer in 2010 at the age of just 49 — but there was nothing that remotely explained the searing hatred behind Tarrant’s crimes. ‘Act of revenge’ In a rambling “manifesto” posted before the massacre, Tarrant talked of being radicalized during trips to Europe and Asia, apparently financed by an inheritance that meant he did not have to work.An exceptional aspect of Tarrant’s personality seems to be his susceptibility to online hate and, eventually, his willingness to weaponize the internet to share his killing spree on social media via a helmet-mounted GoPro camera.Increasingly isolated in the real world, Tarrant dwelt in extremist chat rooms, sharing racist memes and in-jokes with online acquaintances who encouraged his views. Prosecutor Mark Zarifeh quoted from an interview prison authorities conducted with Tarrant in April, when he described his state of mind at the time of the attacks.”He said he had a poisoned emotional state and was terribly unhappy,” Zarifeh said.”He felt ostracized by society and wanted to damage society as an act of revenge.”Minutes before the massacre, Tarrant sent a message to the now-defunct extremist website 8Chan saying it was “time to make a real-life effort post”.”You are all top blokes and the best bunch of cobbers [friends] a man could ask for,” he wrote.Scrawled on his weapons were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in the Crusades or in fighting Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries.In court, Mirwais Waziri, who survived a bullet to the neck, punctured any self-aggrandizing illusions Tarrant may have held about being some sort of racial warrior on a historical mission.He reminded Tarrant that the youngest fatality in his attack on unarmed men, women and children was three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim, shot twice while clinging to his father’s leg for protection.”He did not have religion, faith or color. He didn’t know anything about that,” Waziri said. “How are you going to answer that… how are you going to face God on judgment day and answer how and why you killed a three-year-old boy?”Tarrant, despite the bluster contained in his pre-massacre manifesto, could find no words to try to justify himself, or express remorse, and he waived his right to speak at the hearing.Noticeably thinner than the bulked-up killer who flashed a white-power hand signal at the court the day after the attacks, he remained mute and submissive as jailers led him away to serve his life sentence. Only later did it emerge that Tarrant began amassing an arsenal of weapons soon after setting up home in Dunedin with the intention of carrying out an atrocity against New Zealand’s Muslim community.After meticulous preparation, the plan came to a ghastly conclusion on March 15 last year when Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, livestreaming the event as it happened.”He intended to instill fear into those he described as ‘invaders’, including the Muslim population or more generally non-European immigrants,” prosecutor Barnaby Hawes told a sentencing hearing at Christchurch High Court this week.As the world searched for answers, former friends and colleagues were quizzed about Tarrant’s background and possible motivations. Topics : There were no obvious warning signs when the Christchurch mosques gunman moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2017 — he had no criminal history and was not on any security watch list.But 29-year-old Brenton Tarrant will now go down in history as New Zealand’s first convicted terrorist, and the first person in the country ever sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.Born in the rural Australian town of Grafton, a six-hour drive north of Sydney, Tarrant worked as a gym instructor before arriving in New Zealand.last_img read more

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Falcao must earn his place – RVP

first_img United pulled off the most eye-catching transfer of deadline day when they signed the Colombia forward on loan from Monaco for £6million. Despite the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, United still have some formidable options in attack, including Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. For that reason, the Dutch striker believes the club’s new Colombian import will need to work hard to earn his place in manager Louis van Gaal’s starting XI. “I welcome his arrival, he makes us better,” Van Persie told Fox Sports NL. “At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy. Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to. We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who is playing.” Some speculated United signed Falcao as a replacement for Van Persie, who was rumoured to require knee surgery. Van Persie dismissed that speculation, adding: “I am impressed that people can pick up the imagination to invent something like that. “I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.” United, meanwhile, confirmed on Wednesday that their 21-year-old right-back Guillermo Varela has joined Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season. David Moyes made Varela his first signing as United boss, but the defender is yet to play for the Red Devils and will feature in Madrid’s reserve team. Robin van Persie has told Radamel Falcao he should not expect to walk straight into the Manchester United first team.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Aston Villa boss Remi Garde may call on psychologist to arrest slump

first_img Villa have not won in the Premier League since a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth on the season’s opening day, leaving Garde to accept he cannot discount any changes of method. When asked if now was the time for the help of psychologists, Garde replied: “No, not for the moment. “I’ve never used that in my teams, and that’s it. But I’m very open-minded and if the solution could be from there, then I could do that.” Captain Micah Richards side-footed Villa into the lead at Adams Park on Saturday, before trudging off with a leg injury and then attempting to allay the frustrations of mutinous travelling fans. Villa’s team bus was besieged by angry supporters on leaving the ground, though Garde remained unfazed and fully accepted the fans’ ire. Garde’s side host Crystal Palace at Villa Park in Tuesday night’s Premier League clash, with the former Arsenal defender warning his players no one will gift them a confidence boost. “As a manager yes I’ve never been involved in this kind of situation,” said Garde. “But in 35 years in football, I’ve been through this kind of situation as a player. Garde has refused to employ sports psychology so far in his managerial career, but accepted he may be forced into a rethink if Villa’s awful run continues. The midlands club remain winless in 16 matches after Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw at League Two side Wycombe, with Garde accountable for 10 games in that stint. Remi Garde has admitted he could be forced to abandon long-held principles and turn to sports psychologists to dig Aston Villa out of the relegation mire. “The extra game through the replay with Wycombe is not the best news, but we can only hope we have some players back after injury. “Every week I’m speaking about confidence but we have to try to have more confidence. I’m not waiting on a parcel in the post that will be full of confidence. “We have to be professional and generate it for ourselves.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Palm Beach County issues new orders

first_imgPalm Beach county has issued two new executive orders.The first order is to shut down all non-critical businesses. For example, retail stores, and commercial operations. Those businesses are allowed minimal operations like payroll, security and online shopping as long as there are no customers in their stores.The first order does not shut down essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, delivery businesses and day cares, with restrictions.The second order is to shut down all golf courses, and public parks.Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said these new directives are not shelter-in-place. “Some may see this as a precursor to shelter-in-place. Some may not,” he said. “Those orders will be forthcoming depending on how the community reacts and abides by these current orders.”Kerner made sure to note that the city plans to hand out more executive orders.last_img read more

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Cricket News Chris Silverwood Appointed England Head Coach Across All Formats

first_imgNew Delhi: England have appointed Chris Silverwood as the new head coach of the side across all three formats following the departure of Trevor Bayliss. The Australian was in charge of the England side following their debacle in the 2015 World Cup where they crashed out in the league stages. Under his stewardship, England staged a resurgence in white ball cricket that saw them turn their fortunes around and win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord’s. In Tests, England whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in Sri Lanka before drawing the 2019 Ashes series 2-2 against Australia. The ECB selection panel, comprising of former England spinner Ashley Giles, Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison and Head of Coach Development John Neal. Silverwood was one of the candidates along with other stalwarts like Alec Stewart, Gary Kirsten and Graham Ford. However, according to English media reports, Kirsten performed poorly in the interview and Silverwood was the unanimous choice. Also Read | Ben Stokes, World Cup And Ashes Hero, Gets THIS Special Award After End Of England’s International SummerSpeaking about Silverwood’s selection, Giles remarked, “I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward. He is somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years. He has performed exceptionally well during his role as an assistant coach and has the ultimate respect of the players’ that have worked with him. His relationships with the first-class game, in particular county coaches and Directors of Cricket, will be invaluable. Having led Essex to the County Championship title in 2017, his legacy is very much in evidence this campaign, which saw Essex win the domestic double of the Specsavers County Championship and the Vitality Blast.”Also Read | Essex Crowned England County Champions For 2nd Time After Dramatic Forfeit By SomersetSilverwood played only six Tests and seven ODIs during his international career that was plagued with injuries. His stand-out performance was a haul of 5/91 during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in a series where England lost 1-2 but the win in Centurion came under the scanner for match-fixing following the-then skipper Hansie Cronje’s forfeiture of one innings. Following his time in international cricket, Silverwood plunged into coaching and was instrumental in Essex winning the 2017 County Championship. He was appointed as the bowling coach under Bayliss during England’s tenure. “I am excited to get started and build teams that the whole game can be proud of. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth. The hard work starts now, and I am confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa,” Silverwood remarked after his selection.England will now embark on a tour of New Zealand that will include five Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests. However, the two Tests are not part of the World Test Championship. After New Zealand, England will embark on a tough tour to South Africa.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers due to coronavirus

first_imgMUMBAI (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200, according to a Reuters tally, since appearing in China at the end of last year.The pandemic has also brought global sport to a standstill and the ICC said in a statement the World Cup qualifiers would also be impacted.“In light of the significant global health concerns at the current time and the restrictions on movement imposed by governments across the world, the ICC has taken the decision to postpone all events up until the end of June subject to further review,” Chris Tetley, ICC head of events, said.“Work will continue on contingency plans and options for both men’s qualification pathways. We will provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year.”India host next year’s T20 World Cup and the 50-overs event in 2023. As many as eight events will now be postponed due to the ICC decision.This year’s women’s T20 World Cup was held in February-March in Australia, which will also host the men’s version starting in October. The World Cup trophy tour for the men’s event, which was scheduled to start next month, was also postponed.last_img read more

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Roski attempts reform following MFA controversy

first_imgThe Roski School of Art and Design has recently made changes to its Master’s of Fine Arts program following widespread criticism of the curriculum and the appointment of Erica Muhl as Dean.Over the summer, Muhl welcomed five new faculty members in a hiring decision that was described as “transformative” on the Roski website.However, despite these changes, problems persist that have affected Roski’s overall ranking on both a University-wide and a nationwide scale.In May 2015, all seven students of Roski’s MFA class of 2016 withdrew, protesting curriculum and funding changes, loss of faculty and the appointment of Muhl, whom the former students believed was unqualified to head the art school.These students created a Tumblr, “MFA NO MFA,” where they posted a letter addressed to Muhl, Provost Michael Quick, the Office of the Registrar and President C. L. Max Nikias.In the letter, they accused the administration of luring them into the program with promises of teaching assistant positions and scholarships that would cover 82 percent of their tuition. However, when the University attempted to renegotiate these terms in Spring 2015, the former MFA students were left with only 65 percent of their tuition covered and a large amount of debt, according to their letter.In response to the students’ complaints, Muhl issued a statement expressing her regret over the students’ collective withdrawal and her faith in the Roski MFA program, which she claimed was “one of the most generously funded programs in the country.”Shortly after, several current and former faculty members of the Roski School issued a statement in support of the seven former students.“For years, the University has been following a nationwide trend, shifting resources and focus away from the execution of our core educational mission and towards bloated administrative salaries, lavish infrastructure projects and a business model of education,” the statement said.As a result of the controversy, Roski enrolled only one MFA student the following year, HaeAhn Kwon, who also withdrew from the University after one year despite having her tuition and other expenses fully covered via a fellowship.Kwon said that she decided to leave because of the program’s lack of structure, according to a letter to Quick.“I had no functioning ‘Group Critique’ class, the central component of an MFA degree, for which I was registered to meet twice a week for three hours each session,” Kwon wrote in the letter. “Instead, there was a single one-and-a-half-hour session in November, hastily put together with a first-year [Master of Arts] student with a [Bachelor of Fine Arts] background, and one of the new faculty members.”Kwon also said that the fall term lacked the studio component of the program, with no midterm, no finals and no any review of her studio practice, which she called “the essential purpose of an MFA degree in visual art.”In response, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Robin Romans wrote that Roski offered Kwon numerous opportunities to succeed throughout the year and suggested that she did not take full advantage of these.“During her time in the fellowship program, [Kwon] requested numerous accommodations to offset the lack of MFA colleagues, including a request for double studio space, all of which were granted,” Romans said in the statement. “Her spring group critique included two graduate artists, award-winning senior artists and a trio of exceptional faculty in Nao Bustamente, Edgar Arceneaux and Tala Madani. In addition, we have an extensive list of other faculty and visiting artists with whom she also worked.”That spring, Roski’s U.S. News & World Report ranking for the MFA program dropped from No. 36 (in 2012) to No. 69.For John Gordon, who served as Roski’s dean from 1981 until 1987, this drop in ranking reflects a regression to a past in which USC was regarded as a second-tier institution.“Dean Muhl, while fully qualified to act as an academic leader and expert in her field of music composition, is not qualified to lead or otherwise chart the future of the Roski School,” Gordon wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “The University’s senior leadership certainly has the right to retrench to the mediocrity of its past, but those of us who worked so hard to build USC’s Art and Design programs are deeply saddened by the current path that President Nikias and Provost Quick have chosen to follow.”Nevertheless, Vice Dean of Art Nao Bustamante is confident in Muhl’s abilities and the trajectory of the art school.“I have every confidence in Dean Muhl’s ability to lead the Roski School of Art and Design into the future,” Bustamante said. “I’m looking forward to embarking on a new path with our students, faculty and staff to create a compelling learning environment where experimentation is the norm, and the production of art is linked to original research.”Amrin Khurana, a sophomore majoring in art, said that while she is skeptical of Muhl’s qualifications, she shares Bustamante’s faith in the program.“Roski provides students with direct access to high caliber job and internship opportunities,” Khurana said. “There is also a lot of liberty in choosing your classes, which essentially allows you to craft your own education.”Ultimately, Khurana said that she is optimistic about potential curriculum changes that may occur in the future.“There is an effort being made by the art school to hear students’ concerns,” Khurana said. “I don’t know whether changes are going to be made, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”last_img read more

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Dream11, Dabang Delhi KC vs UP Yoddha: Team predictions and team news

first_img COMMENT First Published: 5th October, 2019 14:31 IST Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 14:31 IST Dream11, Dabang Delhi KC Vs UP Yoddha: Team Predictions And Team News With PKL playoffs right around the corner, Joginder Narwal and Nitesh Kumar will face each other on October 5. Let us look at the DEL vs UP Dream11 predictions. LIVE TV R = Raider D = Defender AR = All-rounder DEL vs UP Dream11 prediction – Dabang Delhi KC As per the current PKL standings, Dabang Delhi KC are ranked first with a total of 82 points. In PKL season 7, Delhi have lost only three out of their 20 matches played. Naveen Kumar, with 256 raid points, is their best performer. Right corner defender Ravinder Pahal has earned 57 tackle points. Joginder Narwal, Chandran Ranjit and Vijay have also been performing consistently. Also read | PKL 2019: Details About The October Schedule And PKL PlayoffsDEL vs UP Dream11 prediction – UP YoddhaWith 58 points, UP Yoddha are placed sixth on the PKL points table. Out of 18 matches played, UP have won ten, lost six and tied two matches. For PKL 2019, Shrikant Jadhav is their star performer. He has a total of 114 raid points. For defence, Sumit has been leading with 61 tackle points. UP Yoddha also have Nitesh Kumar, Rishank Devadiga and Surender Gill, who have proved to be valuable assets to the team. Also read | PKL 2019: Puneri Paltan Knock Telugu Titans Out Of The PlayoffsDEL vs UP Dream11 prediction – Team  Also read | PKL 2019: Details About The October Schedule And PKL Playoffs DEL vs UP Dream11 predictions, October 5 NOTE –center_img Dabang Delhi KC – Naveen Kumar (R), Ravinder Pahal (D), Joginder Narwal (D), Chandran Ranjit (R), Vijay (AR) UP Yoddha – Shrikant Jadhav (R), Sumit (D) Devika Pawar With the PKL playoffs less than a week away, UP Yoddha are all set to face Dabang Delhi KC on Saturday, October 5. The match will take place at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida (19:30 IST). Let us take a look at the DEL vs UP Dream11 predictions for October 5.Also read | PKL Points Table: Dabang Delhi KC And Bengal Warriors Top PKL Chart SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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The Health Lottery reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority

first_imgShare Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reprimanded the Health Lottery over complaints made relating to a Facebook post on January 22 of this year.Amongst the lengthy post was the statement “Up to £500K can be won every week That’s 5 draws per week each with up to £100K jackpot,” claims which complainants challenged were misleading.Responding, the Health Lottery stated that the purpose of the wording was to highlight the fact that five draws a week were operated, each with a top prize of “up to £100k,” a claim used in ads since it commenced operation in October 2011.In addition it was also noted that prizes in society lotteries were tied to ticket sales, and rules governed under section 99 of the Gambling Act 2005, with jackpot calculations also set out in their terms and conditions.The Health Lottery, as part of their response, also stated that: “the monetary amount of a prize was determined by ticket sales. “Therefore if five of the winning numbers were matched on a player’s ticket, the player would win a prize equivalent to 10% of total ticket sales for that draw, up to a maximum prize value of £100k.”As well as this, discussions had also been undertaken with the Gambling Commission regarding appropriate advertising wording, with facts and figures of jackpots also supplied on a quarterly basis.In providing its final assessment the ASA took into account interpretations of the claim and the Gambling act, before concluding: “We acknowledged that the references to the jackpots were preceded with “up to”, making it clear that the top jackpot amounts were not always available. “However, we noted from the information provided by the Health Lottery that, although there had been winners of £100,000 in the past, there had been no winners of that amount since February 2015 when five weekly draws had been introduced. “We therefore considered the claim “up to £100k” no longer represented a realistic amount that was likely to be won as a jackpot prize. We therefore concluded that the ad was misleading.”The ad, which was found to have breached CAP Code rules 3.1 (misleading advertising), 3.7 (substantiation) and 3.9 (qualification), must not appear in its current form and The Health Lottery has also been told not to exaggerate any future winnings available. Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Chris Woods to Lead Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County…

first_imgFacebook588Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) announced long-serving Thurston County educator and school administrator, Chris Woods, as its Chief Executive Officer. Woods’ selection came following an extensive national search. Most recently, he served as Assistant Superintendent for the Tumwater School District and brings to BGCTC a long history of commitment to youth and community collaboration through his experiences as teacher, principal, coach, and administrator.Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County announced long-serving Thurston County educator and school administrator, Chris Woods, as its Chief Executive Officer. Photo courtesy: Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County“Chris has been an effective and dedicated educator and leader in Thurston County for decades,” said Whitney Holm, BGCTC Board President. “His commitment to youth and experience developing community and school partnerships are strengths that made him the ideal candidate to lead our organization and advance our mission to help youth realize their greatness.”While serving the Tumwater School District, Woods led the transition process moving the 6th grade program from six elementary schools to two middle schools. The process included navigating a transition plan that honored the needs and involvement of those impacted while providing extensive communications and timely information to all involved, including students. Other achievements in this position include:Refining the process for school improvement planning.Improving district-wide professional development.Expanding summer school programming.Building on BGCTC’s most recent successes, Woods will continue increasing program quality, advocating for youth development, and working to reach more youth. Woods assumes this new role on April 8, 2019.Raised in Thurston County, his commitment to youth and the community are evident in his having attended Olympia schools as well as 20+ years of experience and expertise serving youth of all ages and grade levels. He has also served as a board member for the Briggs YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Washington; a coach with Thurston County Youth Football League, South Sound Baseball, and the YMCA; and a volunteer with Greater Olympia Young Life and West Olympia Rotary.Chris and his wife Julie, a teacher with the Olympia School District, have three children. Their oldest son, Conner, attends Grand Canyon University; their son Tyler is a junior in high school; and their daughter, Hadley, is in 8th grade.last_img read more

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