It is not even three years since Claudio Ranieri pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in the modern era of football by guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title.Exactly how it happened still seems a bit of a mystery and even Ranieri must pinch himself when recalling the events of that year. But somehow, everything fell into place, the stars aligned and the Foxes were crowned champions of England.The task aheadIn contrast, the task of keeping Fulham in the top flight must seem simple. The newly promoted club spent big in the summer, but failed to replicate the kind of form that won them plaudits in their Championship promotion campaign. As a result, Slaviša Jokanović’s three-year reign was brought to an end and the club turned to the Italian miracle worker to revive their fortunes.After four games at the helm, Ranieri’s side are sat at the bottom of the Premier League table, but they are only five points adrift of 14th-ranked Cardiff City and a win could lift them out of the drop zone. Since his arrival, things seem to have improved and you can click here to find the latest prices from redbet, showing Fulham’s odds to be relegated have shortened slightly. His trophy cabinet suggests he can do itRanieri has form when it comes to taking newly promoted teams to greater heights. In 1993, he joined a Fiorentina side languishing in the Serie B and led them to promotion by winning the title at the first attempt. He then led them to the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana titles and guided them to fourth place in only their second term back in the top flight.In February 2007, he took over a Parma side threatened with relegation and led them to safety by winning seven and drawing three of their last 16 games. At the end of that season, he was offered the chance to coach Juventus. He accepted and led them to third place in Serie A and Champions League qualification just a year after they had been competing in Serie B following the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.In 2012, he took over at French second tier club Monaco and led them to Ligue 1, after achieving a Ligue 2 win for the club, for the first time in its history. The following season, he guided them to second place in Ligue 1 behind serial champions Paris Saint-Germain.But it hasn’t all been a bed of rosesRanieri’s high points have often been followed by slumps that have cost him his job. His biggest problem has been maintaining high standards once they have been met. His spell at Leicester offers a perfect example of that. In February 2017, just nine months after leading Leicester to their extraordinary title, the club was sat just a point above the drop zone with 13 games left to play and Ranieri was sacked.The Italian brings a wealth of experience and has good memories of working in West London from his time at Chelsea. He began his spell at Fulham with a win and almost doubled their point’s tally in his first three games in charge. If he can guide them to safety, it will be another good job done for the coach they once called the ‘Tinkerman’. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoDroneXProBig Drone Companies Are Furious Over New “Selfie Drone” Released OnlineDroneXProUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoOfficial IQ TestIQ Test: What is your IQ? Answer 30 Questions to find out!Official IQ TestUndoEldelperiodico.com您將離開輕產品後閱讀此Eldelperiodico.comUndoHealth & Human Research7 Best Herbs For Natural Kidney CleansingHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopGadgetAdvisorThis Device Lets You Translate 43 Languages, It’s Flying Off Shelves In Hong KongTopGadgetAdvisorUndo
The Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Mark Gladwin (04/25/2007) who said something the gentler sex will probably wince at: “Study the pregnant women, because that’s where you’ll see evolution in action.” No offense intended, we hope. A runner-up goes to Deborah Charlesworth, who in Current Biology April 17 named Darwin as a scientific hero and associated Darwin-doubters with militant ducks. Asked what is the biggest current challenge facing the scientific community, she said,I think it is the difficulty of communicating an understanding of what science really is. This is affecting young people who don’t feel the fascination of science, and it is allowing the spread of all kinds of irrational beliefs, such as quack medicine. Evolutionary biology is under repeated attack from those who think, or wish, that non-natural processes must be involved.Another contestant was Charles Lineweaver in Astrobiology Magazine who, in reviewing a book about the Gaia hypothesis, swept away Darwin-doubters with one hand while scratching his head over a fundamental Darwinian question with the other hand: “Forget the debates with creationists and intelligent designers; the scientific debate about the unit of selection is one of the most important challenges that Darwinism has ever had to face.” A new prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Month should probably be instituted for contestants like the following. David Brooks, a conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote in an editorial entitled “The Age of Darwin” that evolution has become the “unifying grand narrative” of the modern age. Writing from Jerusalem, where he compared the holy sites to the Rockefeller Museum, he wrote in superlatives that would make Darwin blush:And it occurred to me that while we postmoderns say we detest all-explaining narratives, in fact a newish grand narrative has crept upon us willy-nilly and is now all around. Once the Bible shaped all conversation, then Marx, then Freud, but today Darwin is everywhere…. According to this view, human beings, like all other creatures, are machines for passing along genetic code. We are driven primarily by a desire to perpetuate ourselves and our species…. The cosmologies of the societies represented in the Rockefeller Museum looked up toward the transcendent. Their descendants still fight over sacred spots like the Holy of Holies a short walk away. But the evolutionary society is built low to the ground. God may exist and may have set the process in motion, but he’s not active. Evolution doesn’t really lead to anything outside itself. Individuals are predisposed not by innate sinfulness or virtue, but by the epigenetic rules encoded in their cells.He ended, “We have a grand narrative that explains behavior and gives shape to history. We have a central cosmology to embrace, argue with or unconsciously submit to.” This editorial by David Brooks (read it in its entirety at Free Democracy) brought sharp rebukes from Richard Kirk at The American Spectator and Bruce Chapman at the Discovery Institute. Kirk accused Brooks of personification in his depiction of the “logic” of evolution: “One must slip a personifying image of Mother Nature through an intellectual back door to make the term mean what Brooks implies in his paean-of-sorts to Richard Dawkins’ ‘Blind Watchmaker.’” But the bluntness of the wording in the editorial led some to believe that surely Brooks was satirizing Darwin. That’s what Logan Gage at Discovery Institute first thought, but now he’s not sure. Maybe our readers can tell if it was all just a joke.Update 04/28/2007: The verdict is in. Logan Gage wrote again for Evolution News that despite his incredulity Brooks would say such things, he stands corrected: Brooks would, and did.For the sake of Mr. Brooks’ reputation, we certainly wish he had been joking. A worse statement of utter capitulation to Darwin could hardly be found. It is totally groundless, self refuting, simplistic and uninformed – if he meant it seriously. Current Biology, true to form, dredged up another Darwin lover for its biweekly interview. The answer to the obligatory question “Do you have any scientific heroes?” must include “Darwin” or else you get dunked. It’s all a game the editors play. Deborah Charlesworth, like her husband Brian, are card-carrying members of the Darwin Party attack force. This means they have to portray the peace-loving Visigoths as the attackers. At least she also included Gregor Mendel as a scientific hero. Charles Lineweaver showed the childlike faith in Darwin, characteristic of good disciples, that can permit the most damning questions to remain unanswered while ignoring those who have a different approach. Oddly, he can give the time of day to weird science like Gaia, but not offer one short sentence to the kind of theistic science that built modern science in the first place (online book). It’s quotes like these that lead one to resign oneself to the strategy of Max Planck who, when asked why quantum mechanics became accepted, remarked that the doubters simply died off. Sad to say, a younger generation of more open-minded scientists willing to consider design arguments will likely have to tolerate the rantings of Darwin’s old fogies (like certain Senators) for a few more years.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
This World Aids Day on 1 December the HIV epidemic gets a shot of hope with the launch of the Search for the Next Positive Hero SA, which aims to create HIV-positive role-models for the five million South Africans living with the virus.The project is an initiative by the Change the Stigma Project, founded by Charles Jacobs, the first openly HIV-positive finalist in the Mr Gay South Africa competition. In 2011, when Jacobs was nominated as a finalist, he took a courageous step. Having lived with the HIV virus for nine years, he decided to disclose his status publicly, the first time any finalist had done so, and challenge the humiliation associated with HIV and Aids.“People living with HIV often say the stigma they encounter is worse than the disease itself,” Jacobs says. “That stigma is exactly what prolongs the journey from denial to acceptance for anyone who is HIV positive, and is what we aim to change with the search.”In 2012 the NGO Positive Heroes chose Jacobs as their first positive hero. This prompted him to create the Change the Stigma Project, to search for more positive role-models.Watch Charles Jacobs discuss the Change the Stigma Project:“This is not a beauty pageant,” he says. “It is the exact opposite. It’s about sharing your journey that will help others accept who they are. It is about moving away from feeding HIV with fear, and filling it with hope instead.”Trevor Kleinhans, the author of Secrets Make You Sick, joins the search as a patron. Using his public speaking and press experience on the subjects of HIV, gay rights, sexual abuse and drug abuse, he will help spread the message of hope.“Disclosing one’s HIV-positive status is an immensely powerful act,” he says. “In one moment it takes everything negative that society assumes about the disease, and turns it on its head. To see a person full of vitality openly sharing their story, for someone afraid of the judgment of friends, family and the public, is quite simply life-changing.”Beginning on World Aids Day on 1 December 2014, contestants will be able to enter the search by visiting the Change the Stigma Project website. Once finalists have been selected in March 2015, the public will be able to vote for their favourite positive hero. It is then that the journey begins.Positive Hero finalists will share their personal HIV journey via a self-made video. They will then select their own South African HIV charity or non-profit organisation and create an awareness and fundraising project for them, in this way challenging misconceptions about people living with HIV.“Stigma and discrimination has helped the spread of HIV,” says Jacobs. “It’s made people afraid to test and prevented often the most vulnerable from getting care. It’s time that the human progress in how we handle HIV/Aids in our community begins to match the advances being made in the research lab.”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Google has just enabled a model of the moon in Google Earth. Moon in Google Earth features a 3D model of the moon with both current and historic images, panoramic, street view-like photos, and models of numerous lunar landers, as well as guided tours with videos (one narrated by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin). Google unveiled this new layer at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. today. Any user of Google Earth 5.0 can now roam around the moon without the need to update the program. Just click on the planet button in the top toolbar and select ‘Moon.’It’s worth noting that Google Moon already offered a Google Maps-like experience since 2005, but the 3D-view and the higher degree of interactivity (especially thanks to the embedded videos from Spacecraft Films) makes Google Earth a far better vehicle for these images. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting After Mars, the moon is the second planet in Google Earth’s repertoire, and it shows how extensible the software really is. Just a few months ago, Google also unveiled the Ocean layer in Google Earth, which gives users access to an area that we probably know even less about than Mars and the moon. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018 Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018
The Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter as well as an on-field screening of the original film will commemorate 1969’s epic concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 1:58 pm The lineup for the Woodstock anniversary celebration at the historic rock festival’s original site have been confirmed for Aug. 15–17 by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, with performances by the Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, and the Edgar Winter Band. Titled “A Season of Song & Celebration,” this is distinct from the official Woodstock 50 event being planned by the 1969 festival’s original organizer Michael Lang.On Aug. 15 — the day the original fest began — the Bethel Woods Center will screen Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on the historic field. Ringo Starr will be joined by Arlo Guthrie and the Edgar Winter Band on stage on Aug. 16. Carlos Santana and the Doobie Brothers’ Aug. 17 date at Bethel Woods is part of their summer Supernatural Now tour. Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods’ Woodstock Anniversary https://twitter.com/BethelWoods/status/1097866063247802369 Facebook Twitter Santana, Ringo Starr To Play At Woodstock’s 50th carlos-santana-ringo-starr-confirmed-bethel-woods-woodstock-anniversary “We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” said Darlene Fedun, the Center’s CEO. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song & Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”The Center also expects to announce an Aug. 18 event in the future and invites email sign-ups for news updates on their Golden Anniversary web page.Santana Plans Epic 2019 Supernatural Now Tour With The Doobie BrothersRead more News Email
Comments W-O-W! @JanelleMonae is giving us an unforgettable #GRAMMYs performance and we’re here for it. 🙌 🎶 pic.twitter.com/4cqjbOQwSu— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 Tags BTS loving the Dolly tribute is EXACTLY what I needed to see rn 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 #GRAMMYs #GRAMMYs @RecordingAcad @DollyParton @BTS_twt #BTS pic.twitter.com/PxegUz6zQF— GIPHY (@GIPHY) February 11, 2019 Share your voice Who dis bad-ass pianist? @iamcardib #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/VNMzbqbtnS— SandyLeeTV (@SandyLeeTV) February 11, 2019 3. Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug, Arturo Sandoval — HavanaHow to open the biggest music awards show? Take our hearts to Havana. Camila Cabello did just that, with a big dance crew and Young Thug, Ricky Martin, J Balvin and legendary Arturo Sandoval on trumpet solo playing her hit song. Check out the epic stage design involving massive colourful apartment units that need to become part of a Rear Window musical.4. Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson — ShallowExperimental dance moves to spare, Gaga showed us how to be happy in this modern world with Shallow, the song that featured in the Oscar-nominated A Star is Born and that won her Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at this year’s Grammys. Her talent runs deep and her rock star status was evident on stage, which she shared with equally up-for-it British DJ Mark Ronson.5. Cardi B — MoneyYes, girl on the piano who preceded Cardi B and whose name everyone wants to know now. That look right into the camera. Chills. Grammy-winning Cardi B (for Best Rap Album) — the actual main act — tore up a stage padded with purple straight out of an underground jazz club. Then she saluted Wakanda. Forever. Take our money! 14. Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus — In My BloodNot just Shawn Mendes on piano, Shawn Mendes on a piano with cracks emitting golden light. With Miley Cyrus, a backing orchestra and a shower of golden rain, it’s more than a party in the USA.15. H.E.R. — Hard PlaceSparkly disco ball suit, cool clear guitar and John Lennon round sunnies — never change, H.E.R. Having Everything Revealed represented for R&B, guitar solo included.16. Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson — Dancing in the Street, Please Mr. Postman, Money That’s What I Want, War (What is it good for) and moreWhat an entrance. J.Lo rose up through the floor for her Motown tribute (deemed controversial by some) and made a moment by getting everyone to sing My Girl. With an Alicia Keys cameo, Lopez was unflappable.17. Chloe x Halle — Where is the love?With a tribute to Donny Hathaway, the internet stars added Grammy performance to their CV, along with Beyonce opening act. And they didn’t disappoint with their singularly unique duet style.Correction, Feb. 11 at 1:20 p.m. PT: Corrects spelling of Shawn Mendes’ name and that Alicia Keys’ sang Empire State of Mind.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Adobe Post We’re still 😍 over @st_vincent and @DUALIPA’s #GRAMMYs performance. pic.twitter.com/DFvnnwKhgW— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 8. Dan + Shay — Tequila”When I, when I, when IIIII” — how do I get that playing in the background whenever I’m feeling nostalgic? And then that last note from Shay whenever that involves heartbreak. Drink a glass for this country music duo, winners of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their incredible song Tequila.9. St. Vincent, Dua Lipa — Masseduction, Respect, One KissWhen Dua Lipa crept out from the back of the stage to join St. Vincent out front, a perfect duo was made. Matching bob cuts and black-and-white outfits are all you need, apparently. Their interpretation of Aretha Franklin’s Respect was a highlight, along with St. Vincent’s guitar solo. The two were perfectly in sync, even if Dua Lipa, newly awarded Grammy winner for Best New Artist, needed bobby pins to hold up her dress. 🤯 @trvisXX jumping out of the cage #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/u7O1NSJzNq— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) February 11, 2019 23 6. Brandi Carlile — The JokeContrasting with the razzle dazzle, Brandi Carlile went lower key, bringing all the compassion with a song about the misrepresented out there. The most-nominated woman at the 61st Grammys delivered head-shaking goodness. Even Post Malone approved. Take a bow. 10. Kacey Musgraves — RainbowListen to these lyrics. Simple but incredibly elegant, Kacey Musgraves, Grammy winner for Best Album of the Year, filled Staples Center with her soulful rainbow of country music. “Everything is all right now.” Yes, it is.11. Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers — Stay, Rockstar, Dark NecessitiesA smoky spotlight lit up Post Malone, his acoustic guitar and his gold teeth with gold mic to match. It was gold. Add RHCP. More gold.12. Diana Ross — The Best Years of My Life, Reach Out And TouchShe turns 75 next month. The Detroit-born singer famous for The Supremes is one of the most successful Motown singers of all time. Introduced by her grandson, she burst onto the stage in a redder-than-red dress. Right to the end, she’s given us the best years of our lives. She couldn’t hold the tears back. Also, how can she be 74? Happy birthday!13. Travis Scott — Can’t SayCue soulful vibrato chorus. Then cue Travis Scott in a cage — with rambunctious hip hop guys climbing up the sides, precariously over Ross’ grandson. Scott had arguably one of the most impressive stages of the night — which he ditched to crowd-surf. Music We’re doing the same thing, @PostMalone and @PUSHA_T! When @brandicarlile is performing “The Joke” at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/AQI4J7uTGe— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019 Cardi B had an A+ performance. Kevin Winter/Getty Even without Beyonce or Taylor Swift, the 2019 Grammys showed up.On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards saw Childish Gambino win big with This is America for both Record and Song of the Year, and Kacey Musgraves for Album of the Year.While a few big names like Queen Bee and Swift didn’t even set foot in Staples Center in Los Angeles (the former saw her album with Jay-Z snubbed in the big categories and the latter didn’t show up last year either), there were some memorable moments from a, well, wide range of performances.From dual piano-playing to Motown tributes, these are the best Grammy performances ranked in order of awards show greatness. But did they reach pregnant Beyonce levels of greatness? That’s what you should be looking for below. (Disclosure: The Grammys aired on CBS, parent company of CNET.) Read: Winners of Grammy Awards 2019: The full listAlicia Keys is one talented woman. Kevin Winter 1. Alicia Keys — Killing Me Softly, Unforgettable, Use Somebody, Empire State Of Mind and moreShe plays two pianos at one time. She wears a Carmen Sandiego hat. What can’t the host of the 61st Grammys do? Alicia Keys’ love of music was radiant and one of the highlights of the show, not to mention her music itself. When she finally sang her own song, Empire State of Mind, it became … unforgettable. Fitting that she makes the top of this list.2. Janelle Monáe — Make Me FeelOh we feel. Janelle Monáe head-bopped her way to the top of this list with her army of women in space-themed suits Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Those blue lights, that purple smoke, that killer song that’s all about love — “Let the vagina have a monologue.” Thank you, good night. 7. Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and more — Dolly Parton tributeThis gets props simply for Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus knows her Jolene. That’s what we’ve learned here, as if we didn’t already know. With a host of other artists, along with Dolly herself (in red shoes), the Grammys’ Dolly Parton tribute did not disappoint. Easter egg: See BTS bopping along with every word in the audience. Review • Adobe Post review: Adobe Post for iPhone pretties up your pontifications
‘Yennai Arindhaal’.IBTimes India”Yennai Arindhaal” has now become the highest grossing Ajith film in the US by grossing $415K till Saturday, beating all time record of his previous best “Arrambam”, which had collected total of $380 K.Ajith starrer has achieved this feat in just three days since its release on 5 February. The distributors of the movie are now hoping that the movie will cross $500K in a few days.”#YennaiArindhaal bcoms highest grossing #Thala film in USA by Satday, $415K,more scrns to rept. prev best Arrambam $380K. Target $500K now!” tweeted Atmus Entertainment, the distributors of the movie in United States.Earlier, “Yennai Arindhaal” had broken the first day collection record of “Arrambam” by collecting $113,232 (approximately ₹69 Lakhs) from 75 screens in its premiere.”Yennai Arindhaal”, which released on 5 February in more than 1,000 screens worldwide, has received positive reviews and is showing stupendous performance in terms of box office collection. The film is also rewriting the records in terms of theatre occupancy.Industry analysts say that despite the film being released on a non-weekend day, it has done really well and the weekend reports suggest that the film is heading to be a big success.The movie has currently registered number one rank at the Chennai box office, followed by Vikram’s “I” and Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Shamitabh”.”Top 5 at CBO – Feb 5 to 8 – No.5 Isai, No.4 Darling , No.3 Shamitabh, No.2 I, No.1 Yennai Arindhaal,” tweeted industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai.Directed by Gautham Menon, “Yennai Arindhaal” also has an impressive star cast, which includes Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Arun Vijay, Daniel Balaji, Amit Bhargava, Rajasimman and Devi Ajith.
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Meenakshi GangulyThe Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances about human rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).It noted that the Bangladesh authorities rejected report of enforced disappearances instead of investigating them.The global rights body on Saturday came up with the criticism in a rebuttal of the Bangladesh home minister’s rejection of an 82-page report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, released by the HRW last week.”[The government is] Callously ignoring victims’ families who are desperately waiting for answers,” the HRW’s South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly wrote in her piece titled “No, Bangladesh, The Truth is Not a ‘Smear Campaign’” published on the HRW website Saturday.She observed that just hours after HRW released the report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan claimed it was a “smear campaign”.It was pointed out that under international law, a “disappeared person” is someone held (or last seen) in the custody of agents of the state, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or whereabouts of the person, which places them outside the protection of the law.Meenakshi Ganguly mentioned that HRW has “produced a detailed analysis of cases where individuals were picked up, often in front of witnesses or family members by security forces who identified themselves as members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB), or the ‘administration’”.She added: “When these people were not produced in court within 24 hours, as required under Bangladeshi law, family members repeatedly approached police and other officials, who denied the person was detained.”Several were later found killed in so-called gunfights or “cross-fire,” and scores remain “disappeared”, said the HRW official.She pointed out that instead of committing to investigate these incidents, Khan declared his government will “reject the report outright.””As head of the ministry responsible for internal security, the home minister claimed the United Nations had never mentioned enforced disappearances,” she wrote in the piece.”In fact, like the detailed letters sent by Human Rights Watch requesting comment on these abuses, the Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.”Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s promise, while in opposition, to bring an end to human rights violations, the HRW official said now nearing the end of its second consecutive term, “her Awami League government is not just echoing its abusive predecessors, but its security forces are secretly detaining and disappearing its political opponents and critics, as well as others it deems to be criminals.”Read more:Home minister rejects HRW report on disappearancesPolitical opponents held in secret detention: HRW