News March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the Stalin-style prosecutions and trials of critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad’s reelection that are taking place in Tehran.“The defendants are being denied their most basic rights,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Not only are they not being allowed lawyer visits but the courts are rejecting the defence lawyers they choose. Only lawyers appointed by Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi are being allowed access to the courtrooms.”Online journalist Kaveh Mozafari wrote to the head of the judicial system, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, on 10 August criticising the many violations of his rights that have taken place since his arrest on 9 July.“After a month in detention and an arrest warrant issued by the first chamber of the prosecutor’s office for security, I still do not know what I am officially charged with,” the journalists wrote in his letter. “I do not know on what basis I am being accused of activities against national security, disturbing public order and destroying public property. Like others, all I have been given is a copy of the arrest warrant.”Mozafari’s letter continues: “After a month in detention and the end of the interrogations and investigation, I am still waiting, despite the prosecutor general’s promise to finish the investigation of all the cases by 7 August. I was blindfolded during interrogation. I was not questioned about the charges but about my private life and my beliefs. The authorities deny using physical torture at Evin prison but the psychological pressure and violence is real. The basic rights of citizens in detention are being violated.”Four lawyers – Nassrin Soutodeh, Mohammad Mostafai, Abdolssamad Khoramshahi and Mina Jafari – wrote to Ayatollah Shahroudi on 11 August protesting against the fact that officials denied them access to the courtrooms on 8 August and told them the defendants already had a lawyer, one who had been assigned to them. Soutodeh said he was threatened with arrest.On 12 August, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon received a letter signed by Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji and more than 260 intellectuals and human rights activists from all over the world – including Jürgen Habermas, Noam Chomsky and Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard – condemning the rigging of Ahmadinedjad’s reelection and urging the UN not to recognise it.The letter asked the UN secretary-general to propose the creation of an international commission of enquiry into the allegations of electoral fraud and to press the Iranian authorities to annul the results and organise new, free and fair, elections. It also asked him to demand the release of all those arrested during the recent demonstrations and to press the authorities to recognise the principle of free expression.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned of the release of two of the detained journalists. Farhikhtegan reporter Esmail Hagh Parast, who was arrested on 22 June, was freed on 6 August. Photographer Majid Saidi, who was arrested on 11 July, was freed on 10 August. News June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information August 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Details emerge about show trial detainees being denied their rights February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go further News
The return of the American robin to back yards across the country is a lovely sign of coming spring. But the little songbird with the orange-red breast and bright blue eggs has some not-so-lovely relatives: the crocodile and the alligator.The connection was made during a riveting lecture, “What Art Thou, Little Bird? Developmental Mechanisms for the Origin and Evolution of Birds” by Arkhat Abzhanov, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, on Jan. 31 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Geological Lecture Hall.The talk, introduced by Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, kicked off the five-part series “Evolution Matters,” made possible by a gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.Abzhanov is an expert in cranio-facial evolutionary development, and a pioneer in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (“evo-devo”). He’s been interested in birds since childhood, and Nature named his work on beak development one of the top evolutionary discoveries of the last decade. Abzhanov began his talk by pointing out that humans have long observed and portrayed birds in everything from prehistoric cave paintings to religions, fairy tales, and computer games.But what makes a bird?The taxonomic group Archosauria, Abzhanov explained, includes dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds.Abzhanov said birds’ feathers evolved from scales, and their wings evolved from the five-fingered hands and agile wrists of early reptiles. Birds’ beaks are used variously — to catch fish, shrimp, and bugs; to crack open nuts; to make nests — with shapes and sizes that depend on the bird, and its evolution.Beaks, along with wings and the ability to fly, Abzhanov said, make birds extremely successful and diverse. There are 29 orders and 10,000 species, making it the largest group of land vertebrates.In Abzhanov’s research, after identifying the molecules that control the shape the beak takes (long and good for drinking nectar, for example, or short and strong and good for cracking nuts), using the chicken embryo, he successfully made molecular changes that forced the expression of particular genes. Through that manipulation, Abzhanov was able to make a chicken’s beak grow much bigger.“When and how the molecules are used determine the bird,” he explained.Abzhanov showed a slide with an image of an alligator embryo, which looked strikingly similar to the image of a chicken embryo next to it.And while it’s been 75 million years since birds lost their teeth, to this day mutant chickens will grow teeth — teeth that bear a close resemblance to their ancient and remarkably close relative, the alligator.“I think [birds] developed gradually, step by step and piecemeal,”Abzhanov said.Abzhanov noted that fossils tell of some birdlike dinosaurs with plumage that didn’t fly; the Tyrannosaurus rex, he said, probably had big fluffy feathers as a juvenile. And as the audience gasped, chuckled, and murmured over the idea, the lecture ended.“Evolution Matters” continues at the Harvard Museum of Natural History at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 with “Looking for Signs of Evolution: Bees, Butterflies, and Bacteria.”
His thinly veiled rebuke was echoed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who said the task of the ECB is “not hindering but facilitating” and that the institution needs to create “favorable financial conditions.”Read also: Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market routThe leaders’ criticism came as they announced a fresh set of measures to fortify their countries against the spreading virus. Schools in France will remain shuttered indefinitely, alongside nurseries and universities. Rome’s diocese announced all churches would suspend service until April 3, blocking off another artery of public life and social interaction in the crippled country.Key event While the region’s leaders have vowed to collaborate, measures taken in recent days still vary. In Germany and the UK, schools remain open, though both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this might change as the disease spreads. Social gatherings should be avoided outright, Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday evening, while Johnson urged the frail and elderly to remain at home.“This is a key event that tests our resolve,” Merkel said. “We have to be prepared for the fact that this infection can’t be held up in any region.”The focus of the coronavirus epidemic that originated in China last year has shifted to Europe, where governments and institutions are still struggling to identify the right tools to stem the outbreak and ensuing financial meltdown. European stocks tumbled the most on record on Thursday after the ECB held off on cutting interest rates, charting a different path from the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which have both lowered borrowing costs.Using ammunitionCommenting on diverging bond prices, ECB President Christine Lagarde said “we are not here to close spreads, this is not the function or the mission of the ECB.”Instead, it’s the role of governments to be on the front line delivering fiscal stimulus to respond to the crisis, earning her a stinging rebuke from politicians in Italy and France.Italian Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli said Lagarde’s words were an “accident” that sparked the biggest loss on record for Milan’s stock exchange. Italian President Sergio Mattarella, departing from his largely ceremonial role, said his country “rightly expects, at least in consideration of the common interest, initiatives of solidarity rather than moves that may hinder its action.”Lagarde, who took office in November, later said in an interview with CNBC that she is “fully committed to avoid any fragmentation in a difficult moment for the euro area” and that the ECB would “use all the flexibility embedded in our asset purchase program.” A spokesman for the Frankfurt-based central bank declined to comment further.Read also: BI cuts reserve ratio, frees up $3.2b liquidity in local banks amid market sell-offECB governing member Klaas Knot said that as long as the virus isn’t under control, the ECB cannot bring back trust to the market. If the institution would have believed a rate cut was the right response, it would have acted accordingly, he said.“It’s better that we save this kind of ammunition until the moment we can use it,” Knott said on Dutch television.Travel banUnlike in the US, where Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has become a regular target for President Donald Trump’s demands to cut rates, governments in Europe seldom comment on the central bank’s policy, and even less so to offer criticism of the fiercely independent institution.The discord over the ECB highlights how governments and institutions are struggling to speak with a unified voice, despite all avowals that they can only fight the virus with a concerted effort. Adding to the sense of dislocation was Trump’s decision late on Wednesday to impose a ban on many Europeans entering the US to contain a disease he labeled a “foreign virus.” The UK, where officials said on Thursday that as many as 10,000 Britons may be infected, remains exempt from the blockade.In a jab at the US measures, Macron said “division won’t allow us to tackle what today is a global crisis,” instead calling for resolve and “our ability to act together.” The French president said he would speak to Trump on Friday to discuss measures that the G7 group of large economies can jointly take.No kissingCases in France have reached about 2,900, still far short of the 15,113 infections in Italy. German cases climbed to 2,369, with southern Germany and North-Rhine Westphalia, the country’s most populous federal state, particularly affected. There have been five reported fatalities so far, according to the Robert Koch Institute.School closures have become a prevalent feature across Europe, enacted in countries from Portugal to Ireland to Denmark, where the number of confirmed cases has spiked to over 500, a 10-fold increase within the span of just three days.Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virusMerkel said additional economic measures, including shorter, more flexible working hours, will be announced on Friday. The government has enough leeway to reconsider its pledge for a balanced budget, should extraordinary circumstances demand it. The chancellor warned that the outbreak will leave “deep marks” in the economy — industries like travel, banking and hospitality have been particularly hard hit, as people stay at home and flight restrictions cascade around the globe.Still, the worst may lie ahead, with the UK government suggesting the peak of the outbreak could be in 10-14 weeks. And the true scale of the outbreak may be “much higher” than the 590 confirmed cases in the UK so far, officials said.Given the severity, Macron appealed to his fellow citizens to dispense with a quintessentially French gesture: the ‘bise’ kisses on the cheeks to greet another person.“I count on you,” Macron said. “Because the government can’t do everything by itself.”Topics : France and Italy took a rare swipe at the European Central Bank after efforts to contain the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic failed to calm jittery markets and only deepened the rout.President Emmanuel Macron was joined by Italian officials in saying that an ECB stimulus package announced earlier in the day falls short of tackling the unfolding crisis. The virus has infected more than 17,000 people in Europe and killed in excess of 1,000 in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak.“The ECB today shared its first decisions,” Macron said in a national address from the Elysee Palace. “Will they be enough? I don’t think so.”
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Byrnes said: “I’m delighted he didn’t get a hard race. He might have a wee break now with the English Cesarewitch on October 12 as his target. He’s very ground dependant, though. He wants good ground. Davy said it wasn’t good enough for him down the back straight. “He hates soft ground and won’t run during the winter. We’ll have a look at a conditions hurdle for him in Galway in September because we could be waiting for the Cesarewitch and the ground could go against us. “He would jump a fence if you wanted him to, but there’s more money over hurdles, for the time being.” There was a 50-1 shock in the Follow Cork Racecourse On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle when Go Deimhin, who had plenty to do turning in, led going to the last under David Splaine and forged two and a quarter lengths clear. Training Go Deimhin was “worse than being married to a woman who was nagging you every day”, trainer William Hayes quipped, adding: “We had terrible trouble with her. We had an awful time of it. She gave us ladies’ troubles and scoped dirty in between races. It was an amount of frustration. The win was down to divine and extreme patience.” Patrick Cronin’s 16-1 shot Baidin Fheilimi collared long-time leader Samantha Jones going to the last in the Munster Handicap Hurdle and surged clear to win by six lengths under Pierce Gallagher. Cronin, who bred, owns and trains the seven-year-old mare, said: “I’m a farmer and I’ve a few broodmares and point-to-pointers. It’s a family outfit and we all help out. We have the licence three or four years and this is my third winner on the track. She’ll go to Killarney for an opportunity handicap hurdle.” Press Association Trainer Charles Byrnes is considering running the gelding (2-9 favourite) in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, but he is just as talented over hurdles as he is on the Flat. Silk Hall cut out most of the running until an error four out, where Supreme Doc took over, but Domination was coasting in behind them and when Davy Russell nudged him into the lead after the second-last, the six-year-old was soon in an unassailable position and extended his advantage to three lengths at the line without raising a sweat. Domination continued his smooth progress this season with an assured victory in the feature JP McManus Hurdle at Cork.
Cameroun is on two points with both Zambia and Algeria trailing on one point each.Broos himself seems to indirectly acknowledge this order from the FECAFOOT and has called Lions’ away trip to Nigeria August next year a crucial and decisive game that is likely going to determine the progress or otherwise of the team.“However, we know that the matches against Nigeria will be decisive. We will have to win to have another chance to go to the World Cup. We have eight months to prepare, ” observed the gaffer to local media in Cameroun monday.With a valuable away point from Algiers on Match-day I of the qualifiers, the Lions succumbed to a Collins Mbesuma opening shocker in Yaounde a fortnight ago when they played hosts to Zambia. Lions squandered many chances and were oft caught on the back foot peddling back into their part of the field until they were able to get an equalizer to share the points.Broos is now determined to find a way to balance Lions’ attack without committing too many men forward.When facing Nigeria this balance will be of uttermost importance as the Eagles showed against Algeria. The West Africans always talented, seem under German coach Gernot Rohr to have also developed the mental part of their game, and that should be a big worry to all their group opponents.In the last three outings under Rohr, Nigeria has remained composed while seeking to score and calm after taking the lead.The new look Eagles play unruffled and have yet to trail in any of the aforementioned games and the Lions will seek not so much as to score quickly in Nigeria, but score first.At home the tactics will change and their attack will start as soon as the anthems end.It won’t be easy but Broos is counting on two things. He has enough time to prepare and the Central Africans in football have always been a thorn in the flesh of the Eagles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportThe Cameroun Football Federation (FECAFOOT) is believed to have given an ultimatum to the Indomitable Lions to beat the Super Eagles in next year’s World Cup qualifier or Head Coach, Hugo Broos, may lose his job.After two back-to-back draws against Algeria and Zambia, Cameroun football authorities appear to have become nervous of their chances of making the trip to Russia 2018 from the Group B of the World Cup qualifier where Nigeria is in the driver’s seat on maximum six points.
Related Stories SELF-DESTRUCTION: Flurry of 2nd-half turnovers, mistakes by Syracuse lead to frustrating loss to RutgersAfter disappointing loss, time for players to take blameKrautman’s woes continue in loss to Rutgers; Thomas returns to field after taking bit hit Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jawan Jamison wore the target.On a Rutgers offense that’s been uninspiring this season, the Scarlet Knights running back has the ability to singlehandedly tilt the game in his team’s favor. Against Syracuse, he was mostly a nonfactor, as he could only muster 64 yards.The Orange’s defense did almost everything it needed to do, but it did not matter. Despite giving the offense more than enough chances, members of the unit took on a team-first attitude. They maintained they were not frustrated that that their efforts were mostly negated by Syracuse’s costly turnovers. In a game where SU’s defense was not flawless, but stout nonetheless, the Orange (2-4, 1-1 Big East) never took advantage and handed the Scarlet Knights (6-0, 2-0) a 23-15 win at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday.“Whatever the team needed, that’s what we’re going to do,” linebacker Siriki Diabate said. “If the team needs us to be out there the whole game, we’re going to be out there the whole game. We’ve got to make a stop. We’ve got to find a way to win.”Syracuse’s defense was on the field about four minutes longer than Rutgers’. It seemed much longer. Though the unit made mistakes, its performance should have been enough for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRutgers quarterback Gary Nova was held to 157 passing yards. Jamison, the Big East’s rushing leader at 112.5 yards per game, had run for at least 100 yards in each game this season, and seven of the last eight dating back to last year. But the Scarlet Knights finished with only 85 rushing yards on Saturday.Shut him down, and suddenly the door to a win opens wider. Or at least that was how it was supposed to be.On Rutgers’ first play of the game, quarterback Gary Nova handed off to Jamison. The running back rushed for no gain. The next play, Jamison earned two yards. He could not get anything going as the Syracuse defense executed its plan of attack.“That’s just who we are as a defense. We stop the run first and we earn the right to rush the passer,” defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. “That’s a goal of ours, stop the run, especially these backs coming in, rushing for a hundred and something every game.”Even when it was not stopping Jamison, the defense repeatedly gave SU opportunities to score.With Rutgers leading 17-7 at the end of the third quarter, the Orange could still come back. A couple of well-played drives could have swung the momentum. SU’s defense forced a Scarlet Knights’ three-and-out as Rutgers back-up tailback Savon Huggins ran for a total of 2 yards during the series.Syracuse could start chipping away from the opening seconds of the final quarter thanks to a well-played series by its defense. Except Steve Rene, back to take the punt, dropped the ball.RU recovered, and the Orange defense was right back out on the field.“I thought our defense did a very nice job during the game,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “The whole course of the game, despite being put in some very difficult situations.”Syracuse forced Rutgers into a situation it hasn’t dealt with this season. An offense that’s already lackluster lost its brightest hope each time Jamison was stuffed for a short gain.In the Scarlet Knights’ previous two Big East games, against South Florida and Connecticut, he ran for 151 and 110 yards, respectively.On Saturday, Jamison’s unspectacular numbers blended into the stat sheet.RU had to abandon its running game and resort to the air. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman finished with 104 yards, but one of his six catches was for 43 yards. Goggins said he was surprised Rutgers started passing so much so early. He only expected that if Syracuse was winning, he said.Goggins said to compensate for SU’s offensive mistakes, the defense needs to force more turnovers. Still, Goggins and his unit should not have needed anything extra on Saturday.They found an answer few other teams have in taking Jamison out of the game. But it was not enough.“It was a good thing on the stat sheet,” Goggins said. “But it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t come together as a team and win.” Comments
By John BurtonRED BANK — Borough workers will be conducting fire hydrant flow testing Thursday evening into early Friday morning on a portion of Broad Street.The testing will be done on Broad Street between Monmouth and West Front streets between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.The testing may affect water pressure in the area, but it is necessary to determine available water supply for building fire-protection systems, according to borough’s fire protection sub-code official .
Norberto Arroyo, Jr.9818141418%47%$763,758 Tyler Baze9718101319%42%$745,155 ESPINOZA PONDERS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEENVictor Espinoza was back on the beat at Santa Anita Sunday morning after having the chance to sleep on California Chrome’s harrowing half-length defeat by Arrogate in the Classic. Immediately after the race, while still astride California Chrome, he told an on-track interviewer that perhaps he should have moved sooner on America’s Horse.Sunday morning, he had second thoughts.“When you lose, you think too much, going over in your mind what you might have done differently,” he said. “I could have done that, I could have done this, but at the end of the day, if I moved early, I still might have lost. Then I’m thinking, no, maybe I should have waited longer.“It’s one of those things; Chrome ran a big race. You can’t think too much about the fact that he got beat.“The crowd was awesome, all the Chromies were here to see him and support him. The most important thing is he came out of the race safe and sound and we’ll go for the next one.”Noted 84-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally on Espinoza’s post-race interview: “It was the only time I ever saw Victor not smiling.”All in all, however, Espinoza took it in stride, and perhaps channeled his “inner Yogi Berra,” saying, “When you lose, you can’t win.” Joseph Talamo60910315%37%$394,075 Jerry Hollendorfer535769%34%$681,500 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Gary Stevens3756914%54%$1,587,990 Rafael Bejarano11221261319%54%$1,449,008 Mark Glatt35761020%66%$325,261 Eddie Truman1441329%57%$107,675 Peter Eurton2342317%39%$251,049 William Spawr1553133%60%$134,358 MEMORABLE BREEDERS’ CUP AT SANTA ANITAAnd so it came to pass that in the 77th year of racing at the storied venue known as Santa Anita Park, on the occasion of the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships occurring for an unprecedented ninth time at The Great Race Place, there was a Race for the Ages, not once, but twice.Friday, Nov. 4, 4:42 p.m.: Beholder and Songbird, together champions four times over, waged a stretch-long battle that at the end of nine furlongs was separated by a scant nose, the photo finish picture making it appear even slimmer than it did live, with the six-year-old and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder under 53-year-old Gary Stevens handing the two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird her first defeat after 11 straight dominating victories under 51-year-old Mike Smith.Saturday, Nov. 5, 5:45 p.m.: the reigning alpha male, California Chrome, and Arrogate, the “Now Horse,” in a deep-stretch dogfight won by Arrogate, who was a half-length in front after a mile and a quarter in the $6 million Classic. (Arrogate earned a Beyer Speed figure of 120, while Chrome got a career-high 119).Arrogate and Songbird have their futures ahead of them. They will race again next year. For Beholder and Chrome, their future is their past. The breeding farm awaits both.This was racing. This was the Breeders’ Cup. This was Santa Anita. This was the Sport of Kings. This was Doc Strub, Shoemaker, Longden, Arcaro and George Woolf. It was Whittingham, McAnally, Lukas, Frankel and Farrell Jones.It was Seabiscuit, Round Table, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid. It was John Henry, Best Pal, Winning Colors and Swaps.It was the joy of victory for Arrogate’s trainer Bob Baffert after the Classic, and the agony of defeat for Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman.Baffert, winning his third straight Breeders’ Cup Classic, was magnanimous in victory, crediting Chrome and his multitude of fanatics for attracting a crowd of 72,811 to Santa Anita on Saturday, the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders’ Cup since the event switched to a two-day format.He was right, of course. Chrome was the magnet, the headliner, the marquee performer, the horse that packed the house.But it was the Distaff and the Classic that lived up to pre-race billing and beyond. For Beholder in victory and California Chrome in defeat, their stature will only grow.As Tolkien wrote in Lord of the Rings, “History became legend. Legend became myth.” JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza78105313%23%$327,384 Kent Desormeaux761981425%54%$833,135 Peter Miller691611623%48%$571,300 Tiago Pereira7189111%25%$348,505 (Current Through Friday, Nov. 4) Carla Gaines1741224%41%$235,770 Mike Smith2756419%56%$1,346,205 Robert Hess, Jr.2042420%50%$141,755 BREEDERS’ CUP NO. 33 IS ONE FOR THE AGESESPINOZA PONDERS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEENCONGRATULATIONS TO PAPA JOE TALAMO TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Fernando Perez561131020%43%$315,800 Mario Gutierrez5156910%39%$488,055 Jeff Mullins1540327%47%$126,290 Flavien Prat10016171516%48%$1,359,148 Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$142,590 Mike Puype2741115%22%$135,960 BREEDERS’ CUPLETS:Richard Mandella said Beholder came out of Friday’s memorable Distaff triumph fine, “she’ll have a few days to settle down, then we’ll send her to the farm (of owner B. Wayne Hughes) in Kentucky.”Asked if he had a time agenda, Mandella, hoping to savor every last minute with his thrice champion mare, said, “I’ll take all the time I can. I’ll be like the guy in prison waiting for the Governor to call with a reprieve.”Jerry Hollendorfer reported that Songbird, who suffered her first defeat by an excruciating nose to Beholder in the Distaff, “will get a little break now. She’ll go to Kentucky at WinStar for 30 to 45 days, then come back and get ready for next year.”David Hofmans, back on the beat Sunday morning with assistant and nephew Brent Fabbri and son Grant Hofmans, visiting from Kentucky, said Melatonin came out of his fifth-place finish in the Classic “good, but very tired,” after his first race in more than four months. “He had a good mile in him and that was about it.“He ran hard, tried, but couldn’t catch those monsters (Arrogate and California Chrome, who were 10 ¾ lengths in front of third-place Keen Ice in the mile and a quarter Classic). Now I have two horses to duck. Melatonin will have a little teeny breather but we’ll stay here and run at Santa Anita for the Winter Meet.”Addressing the blockbuster Breeders’ Cup spectacular which attracted 118,574 fans on track over the two days, Hofmans said, “I thought it was terrific, great days, great venue, Santa Anita did a really good job. I thought the fans were terrific. The whole thing was great.”Martin Garcia and his agent, Tony Matos, endured a frustratingly disappointing meet with only one win from 46 rides through 22 days, thanks in large part to a separation mandate meted out for several months by Bob Baffert.The drought ended with a bang Saturday when Garcia guided Baffert trainee Drefong to a 1 ¼-length victory over favored Masochistic in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Garcia’s other win this meet also was for Baffert, aboard Air Pocket, who was dropping from a maiden allowance race into a $25,000 claimer on Oct.20, returning $4.20 as the favorite.“We’re very grateful to Bob for letting us back in his barn,” an appreciative Matos said. “Hopefully, it will last forever.”Gary Stevens was not a happy camper after being fined $500 by California Horse Racing Board stewards for not honoring his 10th race commitment Friday on Mr. Roary. The Hall of Fame rider was fulfilling a prior obligation, that of holding a Breeders’ Cup media conference following his Distaff victory on Beholder in the previous race.In the nine Breeders’ Cup races run yesterday, only one American-born jockey won, Mike Smith aboard Finest City in the Filly & Mare Sprint and on Arrogate in the Classic.Smith extended his lead for all-time Breeders’ Cup victories to 25 with three wins over the weekend. His mounts earned $5,345,345 elevating his record total to $34,280,605, more than $11 million over his closest pursuer, John Velazquez.Smith also won his third Bill Shoemaker Award presented to the most outstanding jockey in the Breeders’ Cup Championships. He previously won in 2012 and 2013, also at Santa Anita.There were six winning Pick 6 tickets Saturday, each worth $292,423.20, thanks to a two-day carryover of $511,261 and an influx of $4,053,425 in fresh money on Saturday. Philip D’Amato5392517%30%$499,355 Jamie Theriot615258%20%$223,869 Victor Espinoza4168415%44%$887,895 FINISH LINES: Joe Talamo took off his scheduled mounts today to spend time at Huntington Memorial Hospital with his wife, Elizabeth, who gave birth to a son, Vincent James, at 10:20 Sunday morning. The bouncing baby boy weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces and was 20 inches long . . . Today’s fourth race is named the Happy Trails Junior Hungerford in honor of Hungerford retiring after 42 years on the starting gate crew . . . Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three racing days (Nov. 13, 17 and 18) for causing interference on Kona Dream in the first race on Oct. 30 . . . Former trainer Paco Gonzalez was a visitor during Breeders’ Cup weekend.PHOTO COURTESY OF BREEDERS’ CUP / ECLIPSE SPORTSWIRE Doug O’Neill9015121717%49%$830,581 Richard Baltas671212718%46%$673,165 Bob Baffert38128432%63%$1,038,880
Incessant rains due and the subsequent deluge claimed five lives in Kolkata and adjoining districts on Tuesday. While two persons died when parts of an old dilapidated two storied building collapsed in the Taltala area in central Kolkata three others died in the districts of south Bengal.According to Kolkata Police at around 12.25 pm the old building collapsed. Three fire engines along with personnel of disaster management group were pressed into rescue operation, which went for several hours.“At around 4.25 pm the bodies of two persons-Himadri Pahar (38) and Hansa Shaw (20) were extricated from the debris and sent to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital for legal procedure,” a statement by Kolkata police said.Meanwhile, the situation remained grim in Birbhum, Purulia, Bankura, and Hooghly district of south Bengal. While two persons died in Purulia when a wall collapsed on them, one person died in Birbhum when he was washed away during the day.In Purulia two persons-Sikandar Mirza (30) and Siaz Khan (12)- died and five got injured in the Nanduara village in the district’s Raghunathpur sub-division when an earthen boundary wall of a house collapsed on them, District Magistrate of Purulia Alokesh Prasad Roy told The Hindu.He also said that so far waterlogging has not turned out to be severe in the district with only some areas of Jhalda I and Barabazr block witnessing some waterlogging.In Birbhum one person has died due to drowning in the afternoon in the Hatiea village of Labhpur block. While locals said that the situation in Labhpur has become “grim” with about 17 villages facing heavy waterlogging, the District Magistrate P.Mohangandhi claimed otherwise. “Labhpur being a low lying area, there is waterlogging in some areas. But so far it is not a cause of concern,” said Mr.Gandhi.As for Hooghly a senior district police official said that was a breach in an embankment on the Rupnarayan river at the Dhannobadi village under the Khanakul Assembly seat. “As a result nearly 16 villages in the area are facing severe waterlogging. The district administration is keeping an eye on the situation,” he said. One person Shyamal Sengupta (38) got washed away on Monday. However, Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain said that “Mr.Sengupta’s body has not been found yet.” Areas such as Khanakul, Goghal, Arambagh in the district are facing severe waterlogging.In Bankura 1,000 people had to be to be shifted to relief camps due to severe waterlogging. “ There is severe waterlogging in Bankura II, Joypur, Kotalpur, Patrasayer, Mejhia and Onda blocks. We have set up six relief camps,” District Magistrate of Bankura Moumita Godara said.Meanwhile State’s Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing waters from dams “without consulting” the State government. “The situation has become a cause of concern for us. Despite our repeated letters the DV is releasing water without consulting us,” he said. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Bengal is likely to receive heavy rain at isolated places on Wednesday.