Wounding incident lands 50-year-old in jail

first_imgA Middle Road, La Penitence man who attacked and wounded another at the Stabroek Market area in November 2017 was on Tuesday jailed for two years.Fifty-year-old Shawn Griffith, of Lot 137 Middle Road, La Penitence Georgetown, had the sentence handed down to him by Magistrate Annette Singh.Shawn GriffithThe Prosecution contended that Griffith, on November 18, 2017, wounded Kenton Vallet.Griffith was jointly charged for the offence with his son who was visiting from the United States. However, after the son had offered the virtual complainant (VC) a compensation of $10,000, which was accepted, the matter was dismissed against the son.Griffith, however, had originally denied the allegation, and was granted $30,000 bail.last_img read more

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Tragically Hip opens doors to Bathouse studio for a glimpse of music

first_imgThe Bathouse studio is a stone-cut structure that was built as a coach house, but became the Hip’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s. Here they put some of their biggest albums — including “Trouble at the Henhouse” and “Phantom Power” — to tape and filmed a number of music videos.Well over 100 other musicians, including Matt Good, Sarah Harmer and members of Broken Social Scene, have also hammered down ideas for their songs here over the years.Each artist leaves behind stories that Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, head of the Hip’s stage crew and the Bathouse’s caretaker, loves to share with visitors.One of his favourites is the time Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy recorded a song, strolled down the front porch and took a quick dip in the pool outside the house. He returned a few minutes later, still dripping wet, to listen to a playback of the tape.For most of the artists, the Bathouse becomes their temporary home away from home. They’ll sleep in one of its four bedrooms and balance studio time with enjoying the property, which is steps away from Lake Ontario.Gord Downie spent much time here, Koster said, and slept in an upstairs bedroom with a view of the waterfront through the trees.Tucked at the back of the property is an attached rehearsal space Koster called “the Hip’s sacred clubhouse.” It’s the only working space in the Bathouse that’s almost entirely off limits for musicians who rent the place to record.The Hip prepared for many of their concerts here, including the 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, which marked Downie’s final shows.Koster said the Hip maintained a strict regiment as they prepared for those important dates. They’d rehearse for an hour before taking a break to grab a beer or a smoke.But Downie remained focused during that time. While everyone else relaxed, he jumped on an exercise bike in the corner of the room and pedalled away to build his strength.“He worked incredibly hard here to be able to do those 14 shows,” Koster said.“We did more rehearsing for that entire tour than we did for all the other ones combined — just to get him back to where he was.”Aside from the stories, the Bathouse is stacked with memorabilia.In one room, they’ve framed the winning Juno Award envelopes for “Trouble at the Henhouse.” There’s also many pieces of artwork originally used on their album covers.Many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf.Koster said it’s actually an airplane’s flight line tester that drummer Johnny Fay purchased at a New York City junk shop.He’s known for “buying things and figuring out what they do later,” Koster explained.When Fay brought the hefty device back to Canada, and learned that it was useless for producing audio, the band decided it would make a cool album cover.They screwed a small “Phantom Power” title plate on the front and asked a photographer to shoot some photos.The rest is Tragically Hip history.by DAVID FRIEND, THE CANADIAN PRESS – Follow @dfriend on Twitter LOYALIST TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Stories from the Tragically Hip’s fabled Bathouse studio came to light on Thursday at a rare open house for a small group of friends and family.The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in.But as much as the night highlighted their stake in the legalization of marijuana, nothing could overshadow the legendary property. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in. A section of the studio, in which many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf, is seen on Thursday, May 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Friendcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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HC refuses to interfere in Panchayat polls throws out Oppn petition

first_imgKolkata: Refusing to interfere in the Panchayat election process on Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court dismissed a petition filed by the BJP and the Congress which sought court monitoring of the entire poll process. On the other hand, the State Election Commission (SEC) did not announce the dates for the polls even on Tuesday, being unable to arrive at a consensus with the state government.Justice Subrata Talukdar directed the SEC to hold meaningful consultations with all stakeholders on security arrangements for the Panchayat elections. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJustice Talukdar also asked the state poll body to inform a division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice J. Bhattacharya on the security arrangements. Justice Talukdar also directed the opposition parties to approach the division bench over the same.The High Court asked senior advocate and Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee to file a complaint against state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, if he wished to, over the latter ‘s inflammatory speeches. Justice Talukdar asked Banerjee to file a separate petition, if he so desired, regarding this, and added that the court would then take up the matter. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe SEC was expected to announce the dates for the elections on Tuesday. Sourav Das, OSD of the state Panchayat department held an hour-long meeting with the officials of the commission at the SEC office at Rawdon Street on Tuesday afternoon. Das then went directly to Nabanna and met state Chief Secretary Malay De and other senior officials. He was scheduled to come back and hold another meeting with SEC but the meeting was postponed till Wednesday afternoon. It is learnt that the SEC wants to make a proper scrutiny of the court order and then announce the dates.Meanwhile, allowing the use of social networking platforms in the elections, the Court directed the SEC to accept the nominations of 11 candidates contesting the Panchayat polls at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas through WhatsApp.Justice Talukdar cautioned the state poll panel that the high court might even stall the poll process if the directive was not followed. According to the judge, the 11 candidates should be allowed to fight the polls.The high court’s ruling came following a petition filed CPI-ML Red Star leader Sharmishtha Chowdhury.last_img read more

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Divisive agenda of groups may lead to riot says Mamata

first_imgTarakeshwar: Without naming the BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that some groups with vested interest were circulating rumours just to incite the Hindus against the Muslims which might snowball into a major riot before the Lok Sabha polls.Addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon, she said: “Rumours are being spread that child-lifters are loitering in some areas and women wearing burquas are seen in those areas. People are beating them up. Some groups are spreading rumours that Muslim women are being beaten up and heckled by the Hindus resulting in creating differences between the members of these two communities. Be careful and inform the police whenever you suspect anything. As the head of the government I will tell you that lies have been circulated in very subtle ways to confuse you and divide you. We are not going to tolerate any division of attempt to disturb social peace and harmony,” she said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee said saffron-coloured attire were worn by monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha and these monks were inspired by the philosophy of sacrifice and service. “Now some people are wearing saffron -coloured attire to pose as sadhus. They are fake sadhus who are trying to divide society,” she said. In Bengal the philosophy of Hinduism that speaks about toleration and acceptance is followed and nowhere children are taught to develop hatred for the people of other communities, she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I was born in a Hindu family but my parents never taught me to hate people belonging to other communities and religion. This is Bengal’s culture and we will continue to follow it. We will not allow those who try to organise riot in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. “We have renovated temples, mosques and churches and want that people from different religions, caste and creed continue to live peacefully in Bengal,” she further said. Referring to her movement in Singur in favour of the farmers who had been opposing acquisition of their farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government , she said during her 14-day dharna in Singur local people used to bring food for her. “How can I forget those days. This was followed by a fast that lasted for 26 days at Esplanade on the same issue. People of Singur had offered full support.” She said the state government had taken up a slew of projects for the development of the farmers. “Not only their annual income has trebled, in Singur the state government has returned the land of the farmers. It is a great achievement as we had promised them to return their land. A martyrs column will soon be set up at Singur,” she said. Banerjee said a project had been taken to control flood in Hooghly, Howrah and east Burdwan districts at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,300 crore. Another ecotourism hub is coming up at Balagarh. The birthplace of Raja Rammohan Roy will be renovated and a tourist centre will be set up, she said. Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Rani Rashmoni Green University and inaugurated Mati Tirtha.last_img read more

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Man clicks passengers photo in moving bus lands up in jail

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have arrested a youth, accused of clicking a woman’s photograph inside a moving bus within seven minutes after receiving the distress call. The incident took place on Sunday morning in front of NRS Medical College and Hospital.According to police, on Sunday, at 10:08 am, a woman called the police control room and stated that a youth is clicking her picture while she was traveling in a bus of Dhulagarh- Sealdah route bearing registration number WB-11-C-2645. The bus was moving towards Sealdah. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately all the traffic police personnel, police stations and divisional mobile vans were informed and instructed to intercept the bus. At 10:15 am, traffic police personnel of Sealdah traffic guard saw the bus in front of NRS Hospital. When the cops intercepted the bus, they found that the youth was being manhandled by other passengers The woman who called up the police control room was also there inside the bus. The accused youth identified as Md. Khan of Kulgachhia in Howrah was detained and handed over to Muchipara police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe victim woman also went to the police station and submitted a complaint following which the youth was arrested. The woman said she along with her husband and daughter boarded the bus from Baksara in Howrah to reach Sealdah. Khan was inside the bus earlier. Near Wellington crossing a passenger of the bus saw Khan clicking pictures of the woman. Police officers came to know that there was another youth with Khan who had managed to escape from the bus when the accused was caught red-handed. After that Khan was manhandled by other passengers of the bus till police intervened in the situation. Police are interrogating Khan in order to nab the other accused who was with him when the incident took place.last_img read more

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The Pivot That Transformed a Company and Your Next Repair Claim

first_imgApril 25, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Snapsheet in use.Image credit: Snapsheet Sometimes eighty percent of success really is showing up, even if that means showing up every day at an office where you no longer work. That simple step – and some old fashioned persistence – eventually led to $10 million in series B funding for one company looking to shake up the tired insurance industry. But things weren’t always so sunny for Brad Weisberg, that firm’s founder. Back in 2011, he’d lost a job he loved when the travel booking startup he was working at, WhereI’veBeen.com, was acquired by TripAdvisor. Although his job was gone, his keycard still worked. So for three months after he was let go, he showed up at his former office, a co-working space that also housed the early stage investment firm Lightbank. “I’d work out of the kitchen without anyone realizing I wasn’t supposed to be there,” Weisberg remembers. He began seeking out and befriending Lightbank analysts; outgoing and likeable, they taught Weisberg tips for pitching investors.Because while Weisberg no longer had a job, he did have an idea. Three years earlier, he’d gotten a fender bender; taking his car into the body shop for an estimate “was frustrating and time consuming,” Weisberg says. “I thought, why can’t I use a 10 megapixal camera and take photos of the damage from different angles and use those to get an estimate?” Turns out, he could. “I called 100 shops and sent them photos, and I was able to get the exact same estimates.”After running it by his new analyst friends, Weisberg decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge. “I took out my life savings to have an iPhone app and a website made,” he says, a move which scored him a meeting and $250,000 from Lightbank founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky (co-founders of Groupon). Register Now » Momentum grew from there. Weisberg brought on recent MBA graduate CJ Pryzbyl as a co-founder and together the duo raised an additional $1 million for the company then called BodyShopBids.But while BodyShopBids was getting a lot of positive feedback, it wasn’t getting a lot of actual business. Most body repair bids go directly through insurance companies and it was hard to draw repeat customers. Meanwhile, the company was pouring money into advertising, splurging on a Super Bowl commercial (“When one of our board members saw it, he said he almost spit out his beer,” Pryzbyl recalls). After three months of heavy marketing, dwindling cash and zero growth, Weisberg and Pryzbyl realized they needed to make a change.Enter Snapsheet. Since the majority of auto claims flowed through insurance carriers, why not sell directly to them? The duo began attending every body shop and auto insurance conference they could, finally wrangling a meeting with the chief claims officer of Farmer’s Insurance, who told them on the spot that he wanted a prototype within four months. Since then, Snapsheet has signed with seven other big name carriers, including National General, MetLife and USAA and is currently on pace to process 50,000 claims a year.The pivot – from B2C to B2B – was the key. “About 20 million claims a year go through insurance companies, so they are doing a lot of body work,” Pryzbyl says. With the Snapsheet app, claimants can take a picture of damage on their phone, send it to Snapsheet’s appraisers, and receive a direct deposit for their insurance carrier (Snapsheet receives a flat fee from the insurance agency every time it writes an estimate). Not only does the process eliminate hassle on the drivers’ side – a big deal, since most customers switch carriers after a bad claims experience – but it also reduces costs by 50 percent, Weisberg estimates.Thanks to new technologies, the auto insurance industry is primed for a radical facelift, says Thilo Koslowski, a senior analyst and vice president of the automotive practice at Gartner Inc. “We’ll start to see auto-claims assessed using video and other sensor inputs to look at damages on the vehicle,” he predicts.In general, the auto insurance industry is old-fashioned and cumbersome, and slow to embrace new and more seamless practices. That’s a huge boon for a service like Snapsheet, which benefits from the industry’s distaste for change; it’s easier for big carriers to partner with a technologically savvy middleman than update protocol internally. And the auto insurance industry provides a big enough market for a company like Snapsheet to maintain solid growth — there may be a limited number of carriers, but “it’s the market size that really matters,” Koslowski explains, “and there are 230 million vehicles in use in the United States.”Eventually, though, even the slowest industries update their practices, creating their own in-house technological solutions. When this happens, Koslowski says, Snapsheet may need to pivot again in order to stay ahead of the curve. “Once the industry understands how to leverage a certain technology, then you have to explore another area where it hasn’t moved forward. It’s always a race for chasing the next innovation that core companies within these industries haven’t even thought of yet.”So what’s next? Koslowski is full of predictions. One day, he says, carriers may charge customers on a ‘pay-as-you-drive’ model, which means they will “measure when you are driving, how far you are driving and look at the actual mileage to determine your risk factors.” After that, the next step would be the ‘pay-how-you-drive’ model, where insurers “measure how fast you accelerate, how much you are breaking and so on.” Ultimately, you’ll be able to pay for insurance based on how many miles you drive and how safely you do it. The entire auto insurance industry, he predicts, could one day base its estimates on real time information, which will force insurance providers to rethink their entire business model.Which, of course, leaves the door wide open for more disruption from companies like Snapsheet.last_img read more

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