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Five accused behind terrorist’s escape from SMHS hospital in NIA custody

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday took the custody of five accused arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from the SMHS hospital, an official spokesman said here. The NIA spokesman said the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here granted a two-day transit remand of the five accused who had been nabbed by the police on February 8, two days after the escape of 22-year-old Jhatt alias Abu Hanzalla from the busy hospital in the city. The five accused — Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Tika Khan, Syed Tajamul Islam, Mohammed Shafi Wani and Jan Mohammed Ganai — were arrested by the police for allegedly conspiring in the escape of Jhatt. All the five accused are residents of Pulwama. The NIA re-registered the case pertaining to the escape from custody of Jhatt from the SMHS hospital where he was brought in for treatment on February 6. The accused will be produced before the NIA special court at Jammu tomorrow for seeking police custody, the spokesman said. The designated court for the NIA is in Jammu, the winter capital of the state. Two policemen — head constable Mushtaq Ahmed and constable Babar Ahmed — of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed by Jhatt and his accomplice on the fateful day. Bhat is believed to be one of the masterminds of the escape of Jhatt and his motorcycle had been used in the escape of the terrorist, police said. Khan, a resident of Pulwama, is alleged to have provided his car for further transportation of Jhatt out of the city, police said. Jhatt is at present believed to be in the Pulwama area of South Kashmir, they said. Shafi, who is from Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar city, had posed as a patient to provide cover for the terrorists escape. Jhatt had managed to escape on February 6 after at least two other militants attacked the police escort team at the SMHS Hospital here, killing two cops.last_img read more

Footage from ‘lost’ Marathi film classic makes its way to NFAI vaults

first_imgAficionados of Marathi cinema and fans of iconic Marathi litterateur P.L. Deshpande — affectionately known as ‘Pu La’ — have news to cheer about as the city-based National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired rare footage from a ‘lost’ Marathi film classic of the 1940s which starred Deshpande.The film, Vande Mataram (1948) directed by Ram Gabale, is a much sought-after memorabilia item high on the lists of Marathi film collectors and devotees of Pu La’s work.It marked the first time that the multi-faceted Deshpande, who starred alongside his wife Sunita, played the lead role following minor appearances in earlier films, Kuber (1947) and Bhagyaresha (1948).“The 35-minute footage that we have received has rekindled hopes that the complete film may yet be discovered. The footage, in form of a VHS tape, was given to us by Dinesh Thakur (Sunita Deshpande’s nephew) and film historian Satish Jakatdar along with U-matic tapes which contain previously unseen footage of Pu La playing the harmonium,” said Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI.He informed that while the sound quality was all right, there was dire need to enhance the picture quality of the footage.Vande Mataram, made immediately after Independence but set during the freedom struggle, was a heady confluence of the most formidable talents to grace Marathi cinema during its heyday in the late 1940s. The film, shot in Kolhapur, was written by yet another legendary Marathi literary figure, the famed poet-writer Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar who also provided the lyrics, while the music was composed by renowned singer Sudhir Phadke.It was edited by Raja Thakur (who later became a director in his own right), helmed by the talented Mr. Gabale, a Prabhat Studios regular, and was produced by the maverick P.R. Bhide.The film, with its memorable music and songs, focuses on the patriotism of ordinary folks and is laced with gentle humour.“VandeMataram is indeed remarkable for the dazzling array of talent associated with it as Madgulkar, Pu La and Phadke constituted the veritable trinity of Marathi cinema during its golden age in the late 1940s and 50s. Its ‘lost film’ status has lent it a certain aura. The film was very dear to its composer, Sudhir Phadke, who had in fact visited Mr. Thakur’s residence in Mumbai following Pu La’s death in 2000 to search if the latter had preserved it in his collection,” said Mr. Magdum, speaking to The Hindu.He said that the footage featured a couple of songs and has Pu La singing a powada (ballad).“In particular, one song from this film, Ved Mantrahun Vandya, became a huge hit and endures in its popularity even till this day,” said Mr. Magdum.He further said that the acquisition was doubly delightful as by a happy coincidence this year happens to be the birth centenary of P.L. Deshpande, G.D. Madgulkar and Sudhir Phadke. Incidentally 2018 was the birth centenary of the film’s producer, P.R. Bhide.“Bhide was an interesting character who dabbled in a number of things including the cinema. Besides Vande Mataram, the other notable film he produced was Lalat (1947) where his auteurist tendencies were in full display in his highly innovative experiment of using 16 mm film to record sound instead of film,” Mr. Magdum said, remarking that Bhide later exited cinema to become a spiritual godman, establishing the Manashakti Center in Lonavla and assuming the name of ‘Swami Vijnananand’.Of the other memorabilia acquired by the NFAI, one of the two hour-long U-matic cassettes showcase the considerable Harmonium skills of the versatile Mr. Deshpande and were recorded sometime in Mumbai in the 1980s.The other cassette has his inimitable recitation of some of his beloved characters from his literary ouvre.In December 2015, the NFAI had received another rare ‘Pu La’ memorabilia in the form of Deshpande’s original handwritten script of the enduring 1953 Marathi classic Gulacha Ganpati which was later digitized by them.last_img read more

162 medical teams to tackle diseases after deluge in Maharashtra

first_imgFollowing the floods across the State due to heavy rainfall over the past week, the government fears a surge in cases of leptospirosis, dengue, malaria, and viral fevers. The health department has formed 162 medical teams to conduct house-to-house visits for early symptom diagnosis and treatment.Of these, 114 teams are working in the Thane region, 37 in Kolhapur and 10 in Pune.A health department official said a four-member team of two male and female medical worker each would visit bigger areas and villages, while the smaller villages would be covered by two-member teams.A press release issued on Tuesday by Health Minister Eknath Shinde said nearly 1.14 lakh people have been affected by the floods and heavy rainfall across the State. As many as 36 villages in the Kolhapur region, 18 in Thane and two to three villages in Satara and Nashik have been severely affected.“So far, the teams have covered more than 14,000 households. In the flood-affected areas, we have also undertaken work for cleaning water in the wells,” Mr. Shinde said.Fear of outbreakFor those who have waded through floodwater, leptospirosis is the biggest risk. It is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans through rat and cattle urine and excreta and commonly caused when one wades through contaminated water and the bacteria is transmitted through unhealed wounds in the skin, abrasions, and cuts especially on the foot. Mumbai has recorded 62 cases, and one death, due to leptospirosis in July this year.As the floodwaters recede, a surge in vector-borne disease is also most likely as mosquito breeding sees a rise. “Konkan, Navi Mumbai, and Thane region have recorded very high rainfall. The civic administration should be prompt in vector control measures. Those who have waded through water should get easy access to prophylactic medication as well,” Mr. Shinde said.last_img read more

Heat complete another season series over Mavs with 95-88 win

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments The Mavericks hit the road for four games over nine nights, starting Wednesday at Phoenix. MOST READ Harrison Barnes had 20 points and Wesley Matthews 19 for the Mavericks (16-35), who have dropped four games in a row and seven of eight overall.This is the 14th time in their 30 seasons that the Heat, who beat Dallas 113-101 at home on Dec. 22, have swept the regular-season series. These teams twice met in the NBA Finals, with Miami getting its first championship in 2006 and the Mavs winning their only title in 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiami (29-21) led 51-41 when Josh Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first half. But the Mavs trimmed that in half when rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made a defended buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 27 feet to make it 51-46. James Johnson had a hand up in front of Smiths’ face with Whiteside coming from the side.Richardson had 14 points for the Heat, while Gragic had 13 and Kelly Olynyk 12. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Smith scored 14 for Dallas, and Nowitzki 10.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside had his 18th double-double this season. … For the second game in a row, Miami won to complete a season sweep. The Heat beat Charlotte on Saturday night to complete a four-game series sweep. … The only team the Heat have swept more in the regular season is Sacramento at 15 times. The lost to the Kings already this season.Mavericks: Nowitziki has now played 49,941 minutes, only 59 shy of becoming only the sixth player in NBA history with 50,000 career minutes. Elvin Hayes had exactly 50,000 career minutes, and former Mavs guard Jason Kidd is fourth on the league’s career list at 50,111. “It’s a very staggering accomplishment and done with such grace and such little hype that it’s probably very much taken for granted,” coach Rick Carlisle said. … G J.J. Barea missed his second straight game because of a left oblique strain.UP NEXTMiami still has three games left on its four-game trip, and play Cleveland on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis, Delly spark Bucks in 107-95 win over 76ers Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) works against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) for a shot-attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Miami Heat completed another season series sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a 95-88 victory Monday night.The Heat never trailed after Goran Dragic had a steal that led to Tyler Johnson’s tiebreaking 3-pointer to make it 38-35 just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Their lead went to double-digits again after Whiteside had consecutive baskets midway through the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Google to overhaul video sharing website YouTube

first_imgGoogle’s popular video sharing website YouTube will soon be overhauled and turned into a premium content competitor with organised channels and professionally produced video.YouTube is trying to position itself to better handle the age of Internet-connected televisions, a report said, citing people familiar with the matter.YouTube is reorganising its home page around “channels,” or topics, such as sports and arts.The website is working to include about 20 “premium channels” that would showcase five to 10 hours of professionally produced, original programming each week.The changes, which reportedly will cost YouTube about USD 100 million, should start to be phased in by the end of the year.The YouTube is looking to align itself with the growing trend of Internet-connected television.YouTube designers are working to develop channels that would make it easier for users — who would be viewing the site on their computers and on their TVs — to find the content that they want to watch.Analysts say that this is the time when You Tube need to make changes as not much has changed since it started.The report says that YouTube will now have categorised channels (‘such as arts and sports’), and that premium-grade content is on its way.”YouTube is looking to introduce 20 or so ‘premium channels’ that would feature five to 10 hours of professionally-produced original programming a week,” an insider told WSJ.These changes are slated to roll in by the end of the year, and Google is looking for new recruits to work on the project.advertisementAnd Google isn’t simply working on adding organisation to YouTube; meetings with reputable Hollywood talent firms would suggest it’s serious about nabbing some famous personnel, be those behind or in front of the camera.YouTube certainly is enough of a household name to command at least some attention, and if it plans to keep and grow its user base and make the type of money it wants to off advertising, this is a natural step.With such massive change, there’s always the possibility of isolating passionate YouTubers who have been there since its start, but it’s probably worth it for Google to further break into our living rooms.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Warriors’ investor banned for 1 year, fined $500,000 by NBA

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Lowry said Stevens has not reached out to him to apologize. Stevens, however, released a statement through the Warriors later Thursday saying he attempted to reach out and offer a direct apology to Lowry, the Raptors and the Warriors.“I don’t know him. I don’t care to know him,” Lowry said. “He showed his true colors at the time. And you show what you’re really about in that time and at that moment. … No, you showed what you really are.”Stevens said he accepted the punishment from the NBA.“I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry,” Stevens said. “I need to be better and look forward to making it right.”Lowry scored 23 points in Toronto’s 123-109 victory. The Raptors lead the series 2-1 going into Friday’s Game 4 at Oracle Arena.Thursday’s series of events began with an apology from the Warriors and an announcement that Stevens would not be allowed at any more games in this series. Players like Los Angeles Lakers standout LeBron James said that wasn’t enough, and James reached out to Lowry personally to offer his support. Hours later, the NBA came out with the decision to fine and ban Stevens.The NBA’s ban covers all league games and also forbids Stevens from being part of any team events.“If Kyle was to then hit back, a lot more than a fine would have then happened to Kyle,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said.This was not the first high-profile incident between players and fans this season.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook was involved in at least two such scenes during the regular season, one of them leading to a fan’s permanent ban from all events at the arena the Utah Jazz call home. Westbrook reacted angrily after he said a fan at a Utah game made racist comments to him, and the league fined Westbrook $25,000 for responding in a vulgar manner. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img MOST READ “It sucks that this has to take the front page of the finals,” Lowry said. “It’s been a fun finals. It’s been a competitive finals. It really sucks that this has to take part and had to be a part of it.”Warriors players and coaches lauded the way Lowry was able to keep his emotions in check, and many followed their team’s statement and offered apologies to both the Raptors and their point guard.“Obviously, when you see the video, it’s pretty clear who was in the wrong,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said, who added that he doesn’t personally know Stevens.It’s unclear how large a stake Stevens has in the Warriors, and if the team will allow him to remain part of the organization. The team’s media guide lists Stevens – a Silicon Valley billionaire – as a member of the six-person executive board.“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too In this photo taken Wednesday, June 5, 2019, referee Marc Davis, left, gestures toward Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens, partially obscured in blue shirt, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Toronto guard Kyle Lowry wanted the Golden State Warriors’ executive who shoved him during an NBA Finals game ousted from the league.The NBA decided a one-year ban and $500,000 fine is enough for now.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Stevens, a Warriors’ investor and a member of the team’s executive board, was banned from the NBA for one year and fined Thursday – one day after he shoved Lowry during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Toronto-Golden State finals matchup. The NBA announced its decision not long after Lowry said Stevens “shouldn’t be a part of our league.”“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standard that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a release. “We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLowry dove into a row of courtside seats in an effort to save a loose ball. Stevens, wearing an NBA-issued credential, was seated about two spots away from where Lowry landed. Stevens shoved Lowry in the upper body, and Lowry said he repeated a vulgar phrase to him about four times during the brief incident.The incident, and the fallout, was the dominant story on the off day between Games 3 and 4 of the series, which resumes Friday. Defense first for Gin Kings Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Westbrook also was touched by a young fan who was seated courtside at another game, and reacted calmly.While not a player-fan exchange, New York Knicks owner James Dolan made headlines when a fan at Madison Square Garden told him to “sell the team” in an incident that was captured on video. Dolan told the fan he was rude, asked if he wanted to come to any more games and then told him to “enjoy watching them on TV.” And earlier in these playoffs, Raptors fan Drake actually massaged Toronto coach Nick Nurse’s shoulders during play – to the dismay of the league.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league has “redoubled” efforts to make sure that fans understand what conduct is appropriate and what isn’t.“We have had lots of conversations directly with the players’ association, the players, because absolutely we want them to feel that they’re in a safe environment,” Silver said last week in Toronto when the NBA Finals were beginning. “And we don’t want them to be distracted during the game or think that they have to take matters into their own hand.”But Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said more needs to be done.“We have to do a better job, the NBA, just of making sure these fans don’t come in and think they can just touch guys and hit them,” Leonard said. “That’s a little extreme.”Lowry said fans who sit inches from the sideline or baseline should understand that they may get in on the action. Dwyane Wade famously fell on entertainment icons John Legend and Chrissy Teigen as they sat courtside for his final home game with the Miami Heat two months ago; luckily in that case, all three parties could laugh about it afterward.This was no laughing matter, and the Raptors were stunned to learn that Stevens was part of the Warriors’ organization.“I was shocked,” Toronto guard Danny Green said. “And a little appalled.”last_img read more

Some activities of ISIS but no alarming situation: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) There have been “some cases” of ISIS activities in India but the country does not face any alarming situation as the Muslims here are committed to the values of life and wont allow it to spread its tentacles here, the government told the Rajya Sabha today. Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed confidence that there will be no increase in the dreaded terror outfits activities in India in future too. Replying to questions on spread of ISIS activities in India and whether any Muslim organisation was involved, he said the Muslim community is well entrenched in the Indian traditions and cultures. “There is no alarming situation in our country relating to ISIS activites as of now. I am fully confident that ISIS activities are not going to increase in India. “I know the Indian muslim community very well and all countrymen know that it is fully entrenched with Indian traditions and cultures and is committed to life values of the nation. They will not allow ISIS activities to spread in this country,” he said. Earlier, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said there have been some activities in India perpetrated by ISIS but the situation is “not very alarming as some may try to project” as the Indian security and intelligence agencies and are alert both at the Centre and state level. “There are some cases which have been registered and number of arrests have also been made. These are all under investigation. There is nothing much to worry. Our country is able to contain the threat from ISIL,” he said. Asked how many cases have been registered and arrested, Rijiju said, “As of now, six cases have been registered. In six cases, many people have been arrested. Investigation is going on and it is not possible to provide all details. We cannot fix the time limit of completing investigations.” He said it is a dynamic situation and the government is seriously pursuing it. The National Investigative Agency (NIA), which registered these cases, is working very professionally and no innocent should be troubled. Rijiju said the NIA is working to reach to the right prople who have committed the wrong. To a question on whether any Muslim leader or organisation is involved, he said, “No organisation is involved. Muslims leaders and organisations have openly opposed ISIS in this country.” PTI SKC AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

England want to be the best in the world – Henderson

first_imgEngland England want to be the best in the world – Henderson Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 06:47 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jordan henderson - cropped Getty Images England Malta v England England v Slovakia Malta Slovakia WC Qualification Europe The Liverpool man says England want to be the world’s best team and make up for disappointing recent tournament showings. Jordan Henderson says England’s aim is to become the number one team in world football and challenge to win a World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side sit top of Group F and are on course to qualify for Russia 2018 ahead of upcoming matches against Malta and Slovakia.England at 20/1 to win the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina England have made a habit of producing strong qualifying campaigns before falling flat when it comes to major tournament finals, having failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage of the World Cup or European Championship since 1996.But Henderson insists they are ready to improve on that record in the coming years.”As a team, that is what we want to achieve: to get to the World Cup, first and foremost, and then when we get there we want to do well,” said the Liverpool captain. “We will definitely think about it but at the end of the day, you have got to do the business in the next few games that we play to qualify. “We have spoken together as a squad and the target is to be the number one team in the world, however long it takes, we don’t know. It is down to us as a team how far we want to go and how far we want to push ourselves.”Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later. I know it is going to take time, but I feel as though we have a great set of lads, a great set of players, a lot of talent, a lot of hard work goes into it.”At the same time, we have not performed in the last few tournaments I have been to, definitely, and a lot more before that. We need to change something.”First and foremost, we have to get there and make sure we are there. Then the mentality has to change and we need to go and be better than we have been. Obviously, we know the Euros was not good enough and the World Cup was disappointing. It is a big challenge but one I feel we are ready for.”The 27-year-old is one of the candidates to take over as captain following the retirement of Wayne Rooney, having worn the armband in matches against Slovenia and Spain last term.Henderson would relish the chance to be named Rooney’s permanent successor but accepts there is competition from the likes of Harry Kane, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.”It’s a massive honour,” he said. “When Gareth gave me the opportunity to captain for the first time, in November, it was a huge honour for me and looking at Harry when he captained the squad, it was a huge honour for him.”Joe has done it, Gary has done it. There’s a lot of lads in the team that have done it and that can do it so, like I say, it’s totally down to the manager and what he feels is right for him and the team.”last_img read more

Mendelssohn a top contender to end Europe’s duck in Kentucky Derby

first_imgKentucky Derby news Read more Hide Quick guide Horse racing tips for Easter Monday Share on Facebook Aidan O’Brien’s Mendelssohn firmly on Kentucky Derby trail after Dubai win Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Scat Daddy’s final crop of yearlings were the subject of a buying frenzy at last year’s autumn sales, and now that his last runners are reaching the track, everyone is trying to unearth his heir. A win for one of his sons at Churchill Downs next month could conceivably be worth hundreds of millions of dollars over a productive lifetime as a stallion.What a nerve-tingling possibility for Mendelssohn’s owners in the Coolmore Stud syndicate, as well as for both O’Brien and Ryan Moore as they look forward to one of the few races where victory would represent a significant new achievement for them both.It is still significantly odds-against, and there is so much that could go wrong both before and during the race. Mendelssohn could get to Kentucky and draw the coffin box against the rail, which has not supplied the winner since 1986. Or he could miss the kick, as O’Brien’s horses have sometimes been prone to do in the past when racing against opponents conditioned to go like fury from the bell. He could boil over when faced with a 150,000-strong crowd, or get caught in a pocket in the big field, or succumb for any number of reasons that have little to do with his raw talent and everything to do with bad luck. He might simply come up against a better dirt-bred three-year-old.In Dubai last week, Bob Baffert was telling anyone who asked that Justify, another son of Scat Daddy who has posted the two-best speed figures by a three-year-old this year in the US, could be the next American Pharoah. But Mendelssohn has the pedigree, the running style and above all the class to win in Kentucky given normal racing luck. Moore, who was blown away by his first and so far only experience of the Kentucky Derby and has a burning desire to win it, will surely never have a better chance.No horse shipping in from Europe has ever won the Kentucky Derby, though Clive Brittain, never a man to duck a challenge, went close with Bold Arrangement, who finished runner-up to Ferdinand in 1986. Arazi, who had knee surgery after his famous win in the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and then drew stall 17 of 18 at Churchill, trailed home in eighth in 1992 (just behind Dr Devious, who took the Derby at Epsom a few weeks later). Mendelssohn will be the first runner since Arazi to travel from Europe to Kentucky as a potential favourite.For the second year running, following Arrogate’s brilliance in last year’s World Cup, it was a race on Meydan’s dirt track that fired the international Flat season into life. It turned out to be the beginning of the end for Arrogate’s racing career, but there are strong grounds to hope and believe that Mendelssohn’s story has only just begun. Aidan O’Brien Support The Guardian Ryan Moorecenter_img Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Horse racing tips Topics Show Horse racing Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Wolverhampton 1.00 USS Missouri 1.30 Midnightly 2.00 Kyllachy Dragon 2.35 Scrutiny 3.10 Morning Skye 3.45 Vale Of Kent 4.20 Prince Jai Plumpton 1.55 Sussex Ranger 2.25 Tara Bridge 3.00 Bagging Turf 3.35 Beau Bay 4.10 Cassivellaunus 4.45 Mr Muddle 5.15 Moving In Style Market Rasen 2.10 The Blue Bomber 2.45 Whoshotwho 3.20 Zayfire Aramis 3.55 Admiral’s Secret 4.30 Monfass (nb) 5.05 Clondaw Bisto 5.35 Scorpion Haze Fakenham 2.15 Ascendant 2.50 Diplomate Sivola 3.25 Gran Maestro 4.00 Holbrook Park 4.35 Sackett 5.10 Argot 5.40 It’s O Kay Chepstow 2.30 Pineapple Rush 3.05 The Kings Writ 3.40 Arian 4.15 Tornado In Milan (nap) 4.50 Great Tempo (nb) 5.25 Major Hindrance 6.00 Unwin VC Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Messenger There were at least a few commentators on social media on Saturday evening who were left disappointed after the UAE Derby at Meydan. “I thought Mendelssohn was trending to celebrate the great classical composer,” someone said on Twitter. “But it turns out it was just about a horse.”Some horse, though. He did his stuff in daylight, long before the most valuable races card were played out under the floodlights, yet Mendelssohn’s win was still the enduring memory as the spectators streamed out to join the world’s longest taxi queue. His time was a new track record and so was his 18‑and‑a‑half lengths winning margin, and he was value for every inch of it.The Trakus system at Meydan logged Mendelssohn as having run 12 metres further than Rayya, the runner-up – and she crossed the line a second quicker than she had when winning the UAE Oaks by nearly four lengths on her previous start. This was a Group Two contest, several divisions below the standard of competition that Mendelssohn will face in the Kentucky Derby on 5 May, but they were certainly not platers and Aidan O’Brien’s colt crushed them without breaking sweat.Astonishing though his performance was, there is a sense in which Mendelssohn was doing only what he was bred and bought to do. The early death of Scat Daddy, Mendelssohn’s sire, in December 2015 meant that his remaining foals were sure to command a premium price, but Mendelssohn was still among the pricier examples when he was knocked down for $3m at Keeneland’s Select sale in 2016. Beholder, his half-sister, won 11 Grade One races on dirt in the States in a stellar career which concluded with her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita in 2016.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Collects USD 175 Mn from Bond Issue

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen has managed to collect up to USD 175 million from its latest senior unsecured bonds placement.Net proceeds from the bond issue are set to be used for the refinancing of outstanding bonds and general corporate purposes.The company completed the placement of senior unsecured bonds in the Nordic bond market in a new 5-year bond issue carrying a fixed coupon of 6.375%. Stolt-Nielesen informed that the placement was oversubscribed.The shipowner added that the settlement date for the bonds will be September 21, 2017 and the maturity date will be September 21, 2022.Additionally, an application will be made for listing the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange as soon as possible.Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nordea and Swedbank acted as joint lead managers for the bond issue.last_img read more

Valles Steamship Orders 112000 dwt Tanker from South Korea

first_imgHong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.last_img read more

Bridges at New France Closed to Vehicles

first_imgA bridge in New France Provincial Park Reserve, Digby Co., and a bridge just outside the park reserve boundary, in the proposed Silver River Wilderness Area, are closed to most vehicles for safety reasons. The two bridges are still accessible for light, off-highway vehicles. A proposed plan for protected lands in the area will be presented to the public for feedback in the fall. Decisions on park access routes will be made as part of the proposed plan. -30-last_img

Get to live so many lives as an actor says Kartik

first_imgMumbai: Kartik Aaryan says being an actor lets you live many lives in one life. “Leaving behind one character… his world and getting into another character is a painful yet fun process. Perk of being an actor. You get to live so many lives in one life,” wrote Kartik, as the caption of a photograph he put out on July 15, to share the look of his character Chintu Yadav in the upcoming film, Pati Patni Aur Woh. Pati Patni Aur Woh is an adaptation of B R Chopra’s 1978 comedy classic of the same title. The original starred late actor Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur. The film is a comical take on extra-marital affairs. The 2019 remake, directed by Mudassar Aziz, features Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday with Kartik and releases on December 6.last_img read more

Nick Cannon Supports The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest

first_imgAfter a successful launch in 2014, The Salvation Army will continue to encourage Americans to share their reasons for giving this holiday season with the hashtag, #RedKettleReason.Nick Cannon and The Salvation Army invite supporters to enter for the chance to participate in The Salvation Army Giving SpreeNew this year, The Salvation Army will award one lucky winner of The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest with a paid trip to New York City to participate in a “Giving Spree,” to buy toys and necessities to benefit a Salvation Army program in their community. The Salvation Army Giving Spree shopping event will be featured on TODAY.Actor, producer, musician and Salvation Army supporter, Nick Cannon, will join the winner during the Giving Spree shopping event.“When approached with the opportunity to work with The Salvation Army, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to do it. This organization was there for me and my family when I was younger, and now it’s my turn to give back,” Nick Cannon said. “I can’t wait to hear all of the personal stories and connections to The Salvation Army and be able to experience the Giving Spree alongside the winner.”To enter, upload a video to Twitter sharing your reason for supporting The Salvation Army using the hashtags #RedKettleReason and #GivingSpreeSweeps. On Giving Tuesday, December 1, six finalists will be announced and the national voting period will begin at The winner will be revealed the week of December 7 and flown to New York City to shop for toys and necessities for The Salvation Army.Throughout the season, those who share their #RedKettleReason and those who enter The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest can view their posts and others on to learn why the rest of America is giving. The site will also feature an interactive mosaic and map of the conversations happening on social media, along with an easy way to donate to the Army.“We hear stories all the time about people remembering the first time they donated to the kettles as a child. Many times, it was their first exposure to giving and understanding what that word truly means,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary. “The Salvation Army wants to encourage parents and families to share these moments online through #RedKettleReason. People donate for all different reasons and these are the types of conversations we hope to ignite this year through #RedKettleReason and the Giving Spree.”During the holiday season, nearly 4.2 million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide their families with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve nearly 30 million people a year by providing over 10 million nights of shelter and roughly 57 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs, and emergency shelter for children and families in need.To donate to the 125th Red Kettle campaign, Americans can drop dollars and coins in the Red Kettles found in front of retail stores and on street corners, give $10 by texting KETTLE to 80888, or visit read more

Soccer in the Arctic

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen you think of sports in the Arctic the first one that comes to mind is probably hockey.But in fact there is another sport taking off and it has to nothing to do with snow and ice.APTN’s Wayne Rivers discovers it’s soccer.last_img

AIs challenge to businesses patenting machinecreated intellectual property

first_imgTORONTO – At a time when artificially intelligent music generator Aiva can be officially recognized as a composer by a society of professional French artists, the question of who owns the copyright to machine-generated works is as complex and complicated as understanding the algorithm behind it.Is it the German operators that created the AI in 2016, or is it the deep learning machine itself?That was one of the questions a panel of intellectual property experts grappled with at an AI conference in Toronto hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School last week.As businesses struggle to keep step with the rapid advancement in AI, policies and laws are also being stretched, said lawyer Carole Piovesan of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.“Canada is really at the precipice, as is much of the world, of trying to define what its legal framework is going to look like in the face of AI,” she said.“But with the current pace of AI innovation — it’s happening so quickly and it’s of such a transformative nature — that policy-makers are being forced to anticipate issues that don’t necessarily exist here and now.”Maya Medeiros, a patent and trademark agent with Norton Rose Fulbright, said the current legal regime doesn’t provide clear protection for AI creations, meaning registering patents and allocating copyright protection for AI inventions and works can be problematic.“What often become very important issues from a copyright and patent perspective is ownership, inventorship and authorship — because authorship and inventorship lead to ownership. You need to figure that all out when you’re looking at the chain of title,” she said.“So when you have machine-generated intellectual property, well, who is that author? Is this work even an artistic work? Is there creativity if the machine is generating that? Is this protectable by copyright? Does this protection actually extend to machines and who is ultimately the owner of this?”But all of this isn’t to say there aren’t any protections afforded to AI. Medeiros noted that copyright does protect computer code as a literary work, which is actually a technology product itself, “so that’s a very important aspect for an AI innovator.”Still, she added, the legal landscape around AI and intellectual property is shifting constantly, requiring companies to be savvy about how they practice.Medeiros said one of the ways her firm is helping companies navigate such issues is by bringing a person into the loop as much as possible to help create that link between a human creator and the work.“If the AI can come up with a solution on its own, that might be a more efficient mechanism,” she said. “But if the AI is processing, say, a thousand or million different options and presenting 20 to a human user, and then a human user selects one or two or three of those options, then perhaps that might help strengthen the claim to ownership.”For Piovesan, concerns over AI ownership could be seen as undermining to the founding legal principles behind intellectual property protection that innovation be incentivized through recognition and reward.“Is there any evidence to suggest that AI will be incentivized to create for reward? And if not, then are some of our first principles under IP law being challenged because of the nature of AI?” she asked.As for Aiva — lauded last year by French music society SACEM for its classical studio album Genesis — the jury is still out as to whether the algorithm can legally be considered a composer with its own copyright entitlements, as it has yet to be challenged in court, Medeiros said.“AI is creating music, it’s creating art, it’s writing — so it will be interesting to see how policies adapt and how protections will be granted.”last_img read more

Ministry of Health Refutes Numbeos Ranking on Moroccos Health Care System

Rabat – The Ministry of Health has refuted the findings of a report issued by database website numbeo. The online ranking lists Morocco’s healthcare system last on a list of 89 countries.The ministry issued a  statement  on Wednesday, August 21, emphasizing that the report lacks “scientific accuracy and the standards adopted by international organizations and competent authorities in the preparation of such reports.”“The data on which the countries were classified, including Morocco, lack scientific and objective accuracy and cannot be scientifically adopted to assess the level of health care at the national level,” added the ministry. The Ministry emphasized that the methodology used in the report also lacks credibility and does not meet the standards of organizations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO).The report, according to the ministry, is based on incorrect data and “not statistically represented to assess the national health system.”The Ministry also advised Moroccan news outlets against “inaccurate data and false reports “ by Numbeo. The ministry added that Numbeo is not affiliated with any international accredited institution for health statistics.The ministry concluded its statement by emphasizing the important “progress of health care, despite some constraints.” The ministry added that the progress enabled Morocco to achieve important results in several areas, including the reduction of maternal mortality by 35% and children under five by 28 % between 2011 and 2018.Numbeo’s findings are based on a survey made through the contribution of  only 125 people. The narrow test group calls the survey’s reliability and accuracy into question.While Morocco acknowledges challenges in the health sector, several reports listed Morocco higher than a number of Arab and African countries, including the Health Assessment Questionnaire without Disability Index in 2018. The index ranked Morocco in 112th place ahead of Paraguay, Nigeria and South Africa. read more

Stocks ease lower after the latest record high in the Standard Poors

Stocks ease lower after the latest record high in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is easing lower after another day of record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 42 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 15,986 in midday trading Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down four points, 0.3 per cent, to 1,803, just below its latest all-time high reached the day before. The Nasdaq composite fell six points, 0.1 per cent, to 4,062.Banking stocks were mostly higher after investors got some clarity on new banking regulations.Federal regulators voted to approve the so-called Volcker Rule, which bars banks from betting on the market with their own money.Goldman Sachs was up $2.48, or 1.5 per cent, to $179.16 while Morgan Stanley was up 36 cents, or 1 per cent, to $30.75. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 10:13 am MDT read more

UN mission vows full investigation into allegations of abuse by peacekeepers in

During the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, spokesperson Vannina Maestracci said, “investigations into recent allegations of sexual assault on a minor and killings by UN forces in Bangui are ongoing.”Information gathered by the Human Rights and Child Protection sections and the MINUSCA police have been submitted to the UN internal oversight body (OIOS), which is mandated to investigate cases of alleged misconduct by UN forces, identify perpetrators and ensure accountability for victims. “The investigation is complicated by the numerous nationalities of police and military personnel involved in the operations launched in the ‘PK5’ area of (the capital) Bangui on 2 and 3 August,” she continued. “MINUSCA will not publish preliminary findings that may be prejudicial to the ongoing investigation.”Adopting a position of transparency if its forces commit abuses, MINUSCA’s stance is that its own peacekeepers be held to the same high standards as that expected of others. Issuing its own statement, MINUSCA declared: “All allegations of misconduct by United Nations staff is the Central African Republic (CAR) are taken extremely seriously, and are the subject of thorough investigation.”MINUSCA stressed that it will work with troop contributing countries to ensure that any of its uniformed personnel found to be responsible for human rights violations in CAR, including sexual exploitation and abuse, are held to account. In July, six peacekeepers were repatriated for excessive use of force against detainees.Since its creation in April 2014, MINUSCA has investigated 57 cases of misconduct, of which 11 involve allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.Ms. Maestracci elaborated that the mission was determined to punish any acts of misconduct, including sexual violence by its personnel – hence the importance of protecting the integrity of the investigations and the confidentiality of victims and witnesses. “MINUSCA…reiterates its utter determination to enforce the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy against sexual exploitation or abuse by its personnel,” Ms. Maestracci concluded. The mission’s Child Protection Section, with UNICEF, is offering appropriate support to the victim of the alleged sexual assault. read more

Chantal Vallee stunned by international response to pro coaching appointment

TORONTO — Chantal Vallee was just 20 when she appointed head coach of a boys basketball team, more by accident than by design.That indelible season is forever etched in her brain. She calls it “one of the best memories of my life.” Vallee was coaching a high school girls squad in Montreal, when the men’s head coach had to leave the program suddenly.“The athletic director called me at home and said ‘Chantal, you have to coach the boys,’” Vallee said. “The guys were 17, 18. He said ‘We have a great team, we can win a championship, you need to coach that team.’”After some initial trepidation, Vallee took the boys team to the Quebec high school championships where they finished fourth.“It was a fantastic experience, a huge success,” she said. “But I remember we had our first team meeting . . . because of the age, I was a little bit nervous, of course. I didn’t know how they were going to react, and they looked at me so intently, and when I finished (my speech), my captain said ‘Let’s go Eagles!’ There was a team cheer, then boom, we went to practice, and that was it. They were great guys, I developed a great relationship with them, and they were actually protective of me.”One of the most successful coaches in Canadian university basketball will partly draw on that memorable year when she takes on her new challenge.Last week, the 43-year-old made international headlines when she was hired as both head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the fledgling Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), which is slated to tip off in May. She’s the first woman in history to hold both positions on a men’s pro team.While she cherishes the chance to blaze a trail for young women following in her footsteps, that wasn’t her top priority in accepting the position. And gender never came up when team president John Lashway was wooing Vallee for the job.  “It didn’t cross my mind in the sense of weighing in the decision making,” she said. “But knowing what has happened now for me, I wanted to continue to coach and it’s a great opportunity of course, and that’s what the essence of it was.“But I see now, I remember when I was a young girl and I saw coaches on TV and they were all guys, I’ve never had a female coach myself. Never. Never been coached by a woman. But when I started to see Pat Summitt (Tennessee’s late Hall of Fame coach) . . . Then I saw Becky Hammon getting an assistant coaching job with the (San Antonio) Spurs, I thought ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ It’s not something that I necessarily wanted to do or I pursued, I just remember thinking ‘It’s good to see women out there.’ But if this appointment can have an effect on younger females, they can say ‘Oh, whether I’m a male or female, I can aspire to coach at the professional ranks,’ then that’s fantastic.”Vallee is the second woman to be named head coach of a men’s pro team. Nancy Lieberman coached Texas in the NBA Development League (now G League) in 2010-11.Vallee will maintain her position with the University Windsor, where she’s led Lancers women’s team to a record five consecutive U Sport titles between 2001 and ’15.She’s currently on sabbatical, which has provided more time to dedicate to her GM duties with the Honey Badgers. Sunday, she was at the Toronto Raptors’ game versus Miami, doing a virtual car-wash of media interviews. She’s been stunned by the response. She and Lashway figure she’s at 25 interviews and counting.“I knew it was going to be a bit of a reaction, because it’s not something you see every day, but the level and extent of what it has turned into, we didn’t expect that at all,” Vallee said. “And seeing all the other countries (that requested interviews), from Argentina to London, England, I think ‘Wow, that’s incredible.’”Among notable people who tweeted their congratulations: Lieberman, and Canadian women’s soccer star Christine Sinclair.The CEBL begins play in 2019 with six teams: Hamilton, Edmonton, Niagara (St. Catharines, Ont.), Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Guelph, and Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, B.C.). Hamilton’s first-ever game is scheduled for May 12 against visiting Edmonton.Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press read more