first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ CHARITY GAME TONIGHTThe 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played tonight at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.When asked who he thought would lead the jockeys in scoring this year, Smith opined: “It’s between Drayden (Van Dyke) and Kent (Desormeaux). I’d have to give it to Drayden, maybe with 12 to 15 points. Kent’s more of a facilitator these days, moving the ball around. (He and I) are getting a little older, so I don’t think he’ll be scoring like he did 20 years ago.”TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be coaching the jockeys for his 15th consecutive year, and while his stewardship has produced mixed results, Hoover is confident in his “Big Two.”“We’ve got Desormeaux back and that’s really all we need,” said Hoover. “And the way Van Dyke played last year, we should be very tough to beat with those two guys alone. I’d make us a 7 ½ point favorite.”PRESS BOX STRAW POLL: Santa Anita Jockeys, 37, Holy Angels Boys, 26. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won YOUNG AT HEART OBVIOUSLY KEEPS ON GOINGAt the ripe old age of eight, Obviously just keeps rolling along.The Irish-bred gelding has one way of going: speed, speed and more speed. In 22 starts in the United States, Obviously has been on the lead at some point in the race 19 times.The late Mike Mitchell, who previously campaigned Obviously for owners Anthony Fanticola or Joe Scardino, did not attempt to change his running style, nor does Phil D’Amato, who conditions the bay now.“He’s the same,” D’Amato said of Obviously, who drew post position six in a field of seven in the Arcadia, which should enable him to get the jump on his major rival, Om, another speedster, who drew the rail.“Obviously runs his race all the time,” said D’Amato, the meet’s leading trainer through 27 days with 15 wins, three more than runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert.“Even though he’s eight, he’s lightly raced and he trains in the morning like he’s still four, so I don’t think he knows he’s eight.”Obviously will have a new rider in Mike Smith, taking over for Joe Talamo, who had ridden the gelding in his last 19 consecutive starts, winning eight, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile twice.“I’m just trying to mix something up,” D’Amato explained. “Joe’s been a great pilot for years and will still be. He hasn’t won on him in a little while and has always ridden some big races for us, obviously. The owners conceived doing something different might get us in the Winner’s Circle.”The Arcadia field: Om, Gary Stevens, 7-5; Cape Wolfe, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Yes Yes Yes, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Big Cazanova, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Bolo, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Obviously, Mike Smith, 6-5; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1. (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 7) David Lopez1032081519%42%$585,296 NYQUIST HAS TEAM O’NEILL CAUTIOUSLY EXCITEDRACE STRATEGY FOR OBVIOUSLY REMAINS OBVIOUSDISTANCE SHOULD BENEFIT KYRIAKI IN SANTA MARIASANTA ANITA JOCKS FACE HOLY ANGELS BOYS TONIGHT Edwin Maldonado92168917%36%$604,590 Doug O’Neill9012151613%48%$656,782 Peter Miller6693714%29%$334,675 SANTA MARIA DISTANCE MORE SUITABLE FOR KYRIAKITrainer Peter Eurton expects an improved performance from Kyriaki in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles after the six-year-old Scat Daddy mare faded to eighth in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 23.Victorious longshot Lost Bus set rapid fractions of 44.80 and 1:09 flat in the Santa Monica, discouraging Kyriaki.             “Seven-eighths is not her cup of tea; the fractions are too fast,” Eurton said. “She likes a much easier pace where she can get in her comfort zone. Trying to run with them as fast as they went in the Santa Monica fried her.”The Santa Maria: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith,5-2; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Living the Life, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano12327271022%52%$1,320,995 Philip D’Amato6715111222%57%$856,120 Richard Baltas5688514%38%$643,804 Santiago Gonzalez13225181319%42%$1,002,199 Flavien Prat11319131617%42%$1,258,248 NYQUIST SET FOR SAN VICENTE; BAFFERT EYES 10TH WINMonday is D Day for Nyquist and Team O’Neill, “D” as in the three-year-old “debut” for the undefeated two-year-old male champion of 2015, who runs in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.It will mark the first race for Nyquist since he captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Oct. 31, his fifth victory for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill.“I think just getting him back to competition is mandatory, obviously, so we’re all exited and pumped the way he’s coming into it,” O’Neill said, “but the bottom line is, you can’t say too much until he runs the race. Hopefully, he runs big.”A short field is expected for the San Vicente. Electrifying, one of seven horses Bob Baffert has nominated to a race the Hall of Fame trainer has won a record nine times, worked five furlongs in company Wednesday in 1:02. Stablemate Big Red Rocket went in 1:02.80.Baffert won the San Vicente last year with Lord Nelson. His other winners were Silver Charm (1997), Exploit (1999), Kafwain (2003), Fusaichi Rock Star (2005), Too Much Bling (2006), The Factor (2011), Drill (2012) and Shakin It Up (2013).In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita will celebrate Presidents’ Day with another of its popular Dollar Days. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be available for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Bob Baffert571271021%51%$1,000,855 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: Santa Anita resumes its lucrative guaranteed pools today, tomorrow and this weekend, as follows: Thursday and Friday, $300,000 Late Pick 4; Saturday and Sunday, $150,000 Pick 6 and $500,000 Late Pick 4; and Monday, $300,000 Late Pick 4 . . . For the first time in Santa Anita history, two female riders were on the morning line favorites in the same race, Rosie Higgins aboard Blue Law (5-2) and Geena Lattanzio on My Ole Bud (3-1) in today’s second race . . . Line of the meet likely came in Sunday’s fifth race, the Super Bowl Starter Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Following is Jon White‘s morning line on the 11 starters, with the closing odds in parentheses: 7-2 (7-2); 15-1 (40-1); 9-2 (9-2); 20-1 (30-1); 8-1 (16-1); 4-1 (2-1); 10-1 (11-1); 6-1 (7-1); 15-1 (25-1); 8-1 (10-1); and 12-1 (12-1) . . . Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guests this weekend at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be clocker for Andy Harrington Saturday; Toby Turrell of the Winners’ Card Yellow Sheet Sunday; and private clocker Gary Young Monday . . . Nancy Dollase, spokesperson for the Holy Angels Boys Basketball Team, informs Liana Bartolome, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Holy Angels who is known to her classmates as “Leyonce,” will sing tonight’s National Anthem, and popular public address announcer Pat Wickhem will emcee basketball festivities tonight at La Salle High in Pasadena. Jerry Hollendorfer79861210%33%$627,781last_img read more

Locals gain from medicinal herb deal

first_imgThe miracle plant, Sceletium tortuosum orkanna, grows freely in the arid areas ofSouthern Africa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) !Khwa ttu guide Carlos Korokagho Munawgo, originally from Angola, gained his knowledge the traditional way – from the generations who went before. (Image: !Khwa ttu) MEDIA CONTACTS • Albi ModiseDepartment of Environmental Affairs+27 12 310 3123 or +27 83 490 2871• !Khwa ttu+27 22 492 2998 RELATED ARTICLES • Big medicine from a little plant• African herbs’ healing potential • SA landscape takes root in UK • !Khwa ttu – the way of the San• Tracing the origins of humankindJanine ErasmusLocal San Bushman communities will benefit from a royalty-sharing agreement with a pharmaceutical company which hopes to market a stress-busting product based on a medicinal plant.The 10 000 members of the communities are participants in South Africa’s first bio-prospecting licence, awarded to Cape-based HGH Pharmaceuticals. Bio-prospecting describes the research conducted into indigenous knowledge and biological resources.The plant in question is Sceletium tortuosum, also known as kanna or kougoed (Afrikaans, meaning “something to chew”), a ground-covering succulent herb indigenous to Southern Africa.HGH plans to develop and market, both locally and internationally, an anxiety-relieving extract of the plant under the name Zembrin, to the benefit of the local economy.New Jersey-based company PL Thomas is expected to distribute the product in the US from the first half of 2011, subject to approval from the Food and Drug Administration.Bio-prospecting is related to the less scrupulous practice of bio-piracy – this is the appropriation of any form of life and its accompanying indigenous knowledge, to exploit it for commercial gain and without thought for the people who developed and refined the techniques over many years.The issue is controversial, with some arguing that any claim to ownership of the earth’s biodiversity cannot be supported, and others saying that those who have used natural resources to develop biomedical techniques should rightly benefit from commercial use of those techniques. There are also those who claim that bio-prospecting may lead to bio-piracy.However, the HGH licence will see the pharmaceutical company paying a yearly royalty fee to the beneficiaries, which include the South African San Council, and the Paulshoek and Nama communities. For the first three years royalties will only be due on net profits of more than R5-million ($500 000).The San Council will receive the royalties and will pay 50% of the sum to the Paulshoek and Nourivier communities. Also, HGH will carry a logo on the product to acknowledge the local contribution.Under South Africa’s National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004, a permit is required to carry out pharmacological and clinical research on any biological resource, as well as to export any such resource from South Africa. The legislation also stipulates that financial benefits must be shared with the holders of the indigenous knowledge.Wealth of biodiversityThe ceremony to mark the official handing over of the permit took place in early October at the !Khwa ttu San Cultural and Educational Centre, near Yzerfontein, a tranquil fishing village on South Africa’s west coast.Addressing the gathering, Minister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica said the initiative was especially fitting as 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. In terms of the number of endemic species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, South Africa is the fifth richest country in Africa and the 24th richest in the world.The country is one of 193 parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a legally binding treaty designed to protect life on earth. The convention came into force in 1993, and its secretariat is based in Montreal, Canada.“I believe that this project will contribute in advancing the ongoing negotiations of the Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing under the CBD which is due for adoption in the upcoming 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to be held in Nagoya, Japan, this month,” said Sonjica, adding that the initiation of the project was an auspicious occasion.In the past, she said, a lack of relevant policy has led to free access to South Africa’s vast biological resources and indigenous knowledge. The harvesting of these precious resources, sometimes in excessive quantities, has benefited only those foreign institutions who have taken the knowledge for their own financial gain.This absence of policy has also hindered the implementation of meaningful benefit-sharing for the country’s poorer communities – but since the change of government in 1994, a number of strategies, policies and programmes as well as legislation have been developed to manage biodiversity, including medicinal plants. These regulations are now administered at national, provincial and municipal level.The HGH permit, said Sonjica, was carefully evaluated and all parties were consulted in the drawing up of the benefit-sharing agreement. Of 52 bio-prospecting applications submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs, only two were approved. The licence was granted by Sonjica in December 2009.San Council chairperson Andries Steenkamp thanked the government for granting the licence, saying that it complied fully with CBD requirements.”This profit-sharing initiative will help support, grow and develop the communities, who are very poor.”HGH research director Dr Nigel Gericke said his company was honoured to be the first recipient of a bio-prospecting permit. He also explained that the issuing of the license now rendered other kanna-selling initiatives, of which there are several online, illegal.“This permit allows us to research, commercialise and export a valuable indigenous biological resource, and is a testament to our commitment to working in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way.”HGH will source its kanna supplies from contracted growers, so that wild stocks will not be affected. The labour-intensive operation will also create jobs for local people.“We’re positioning the product for everyday people who are having a stressful time in the office, feeling a bit of social anxiety or tension, or are in a low mood,” said Gericke.Powerful herbSceletium tortuosum has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years by San Bushmen, at least as far back as the 17th century, said Sonjica.In 1662, 10 years after his arrival in the Cape, Dutch colonial administrator Jan van Riebeeck bartered with locals and received kanna and sheep from them.Later, Van Riebeeck’s successor Simon van der Stel noticed that the plant had a curious, almost intoxicating effect on the locals who chewed it, and described it in his journal.Swedish botanist Carl Peter Thunberg, sometimes called the father of South African botany, lived in South Africa between 1772 and 1775 and conducted three research expeditions into the country’s interior.He studied the effects of kanna, and noted the trade value placed on it by the locals. “They come far and near to fetch this shrub with the root, leaves and all, which they beat together, and afterwards twist them up like pig-tail tobacco; after which they let the mass ferment and keep it by them for chewing, especially when they are thirsty,” observed the botanist in 1774.Kanna may be chewed, brewed as a tea, smoked, or taken as snuff. It is able to reduce stress, elevate moods, induce relaxation, and relieve hunger and thirst, and is said to contain a number of alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. These compounds interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors to alter the mood.Although it works on the central nervous system, botany professor Ben-Erik van Wyk of the University of Johannesburg said his research into the plant did not reveal any adverse effects or potential for dependency.“So often traditional remedies are looked down upon as old-fashioned and outdated,” he said. “If this product becomes a huge success, the San Bushman culture will become more respected and better known.” read more

The Coming Flight to Relationships

first_imgYou’ve heard that relationship selling is dead. It isn’t. And because we are human beings, relationships aren’t going anywhere, even if that doesn’t mean that our business relationships aren’t going to include some economic value creating component.By my count, we’ve spent the past couple decades trying to turn our relationships as buyers and sellers into something transactional—all the while bemoaning the repercussions of that choice, like commoditization, disintermediation, low margins, and high customer churn rates. Clients have relentlessly complained about poor service, poor results, and a lack of caring.We’ve chased the bottom for too long. And this is where it’s gotten us.We are on the front end of a flight to value. And we are on the front end of a flight to relationships. We want relationships back—with all of the benefits that come with them.We Want to Be More Than a TransactionWe want the people and companies we buy from to know us. We want them to know our names.We want to know people. We want them to know what we like and what we don’t like. We want them to look out for us, to make sure that what we buy is really going to serve our needs.We want the people and companies we buy from to go the extra mile because we have a relationship. We want them to anticipate our needs, to give us a heads-up when something that they know we would love comes available.We want to trust them. We want to know that they will always do right by us, even when doing right might cost them a few bucks.We want the people and companies we buy from to be worth paying more to obtain. We want them to deliver additional value, and we want them to capture some of that value.We Want Our Clients to Be Loyal, Raving FansWe want our clients and customers to love us. We want them to be loyal customers. We don’t want them to buy from anyone else, especially not to save a few pennies. We want them to rave to the people they know to buy from us, too.We want our clients to know us. We want them to trust us. We want them to look at us as part of their team, their trusted advisors. We want them to treat us like consultative salespeople, not transactional salespeople.We want deep relationships with our clients. We want the kind of relationships where we aren’t treated like a transaction and where we aren’t expected to behave like a transaction.We want them to give us a 100% of their wallet share. We want them to pay us more than they’d pay the other guys, and we want them to let us capture some of the value we create. And we want them to let us help them invest enough to get the results that they really need.We want the chance to do the work that makes all of this possible, especially creating the deep, trusted relationships that make our business more human, more value creating, and less transactional.The flight to relationships is coming. For some of us, it’s already here.QuestionsHow important are relationships to how you sell?How important to you are relationships when you are making a major, strategic purchase?How do your relationships add value to a deal?Why are people more and more willing to pay more for the results they need?Why are people more willing to invest in relationships, even if costs a bit more? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS

first_img“It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was delighted with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.Eden Hazard came off the bench to hit the winner and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham.Loftus-Cheek was a danger on the right wing and hit the post in the second half.Zola said, “I was impressed with him. He has done very well as one of the wide players, but he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder. He was getting tired towards the end but he was still disciplined and gave the team a hand.”He has come far since the beginning of the season. He has improved in many ways, and I’m pleased because he is a good boy and he works very hard on his game.” last_img read more

11 days agoTottenham enter talks with free agent Michel Vorm

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham enter talks with free agent Michel Vormby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have entered talks with Michel Vorm about re-signing the Dutch goalkeeper on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover for injured captain Hugo Lloris.Vorm, 35, has been without a club since being released by Spurs at the end of his contract in June, says the London Evening Standard. He joined Spurs from Swansea in July 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions as stand-in for No.1 Lloris.The 15-cap former Dutch international fell behind Paulo Gazzaniga in the pecking order at the start of last season and will now deputise for the Argentine until at least January, when Lloris is expected to return to training following a dislocated left elbow.Alfie Whiteman, 21, has been acting as the club’s third goalkeeper since Vorm’s departure but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club. last_img read more

Public warned away from ship containers lost off Dutch coast

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch authorities are warning the public to stay away from some of the 270 containers that a cargo ship lost off the northern coast of the Netherlands because they contained a hazardous chemical.The Dutch coast guard said three containers carried closed-off barrels of an organic peroxide, a flammable and highly toxic compound.The container ship is suspected to have lost cargo that included toys, light bulbs and flat screens during an overnight storm off the coastal border between Germany and the Netherlands.By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, more than 20 containers had washed ashore on the Wadden Islands, a North Sea archipelago.Some beaches on the islands already saw a surge of curious people checking out what washed up.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cheat arrested for forging dead mans signature

first_imgNEW DELHI: A man, in an attempt of cheating, forged the signature of a dead. But later he got caught as the date mentioned on the forged signature was of December 2009 date while the man whose signature was forged died in July 2009.A case was registered on the complaint of Dharmender Yadav, a resident of Village Kanganheri, Badu Sarai Road. He complained that the accused Sanjay forged the signature of late Bharat Lal on a receipt allegedly dated December 3, 2009, upon which the said deceased along with his brothers were shown to have received a sum of Rs. 34,50,000 for allegedly selling an agricultural land situated in the revenue state of Village Pandwala Kalan, New Delhi. Whereas, the said Bharat Lal died on July 6, 2009. The accused produced the said forged receipt before the Delhi High Court as the proof of the land deal. On April 13, in a drive to catch the absconded accused, a police team minutely scrutinized the details about him and zeroed on his possible hideouts, contacts and other details. The efforts of the police team yielded result when the team apprehended Sanjay from Old tehsil, Gurugram and booked him under section 41.1 CrPC. On further enquiry, it was learnt that a reward of Rs. 20,000 was declared upon him by the Delhi Police. “Accused Sanjay was born in Kanganheri village, New Delhi. He studied up to 12th standard. Thereafter, he started working as an accomplice to a property dealer,” said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP crime.last_img read more

Over Rs 1L seized from Bharati Ghoshs car at West Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: More than one lakh rupees was seized from former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s car late on Thursday night at Pingla in West Midnapore, where election is scheduled to be held on Sunday.According to sources, on Thursday night at around 10:45 pm, Ghosh was returning from election campaign in a car bearing registration number WB 02 AG 6684. It was intercepted in a naka-checking point at Mundumari in Pingla. It has been alleged that despite repeated instructions by police officials, Ghosh refused to stop and let her car be checked. Immediately, senior police and Election Commission officials were informed and after a few kilometres near Mondalbari, Ghosh’s car was intercepted again. This time the car was thoroughly checked and sleuths found Rs 1,13,000 from the vehicle. According to the rules and regulations of an election, a candidate can carry a maximum Rs 50,000, along with proper documents. As Ghosh was carrying more than the stipulated amount, she violated the norms. Police seized the money and asked Ghosh to sign on the seizure list, which she denied. She claimed that she had around Rs 49,000 and the rest of the amount belonged to other passengers of the car. Ghosh alleged that police personnel had asked them to put the money in one bag, which was later seized and shown as her money. According to sources, at the time of search and seizure, Ghosh got involved in an altercation with the police personnel. She demanded that all others inside the car must be allowed to sign on the seizure list as well, as their money had also been seized. Ghosh was later detained and taken to the police station for questioning. Almost after three hours at around 2 am, she was released. On Friday, police lodged a complaint and initiated an FIR against her. The information of Thursday night’s incident was also conveyed to the Election Commission in the state. On Friday afternoon, information was forwarded to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.last_img read more