Custody Cannot Be Extended Merely Because FSL Has Not Furnished Report; Delay In FSL Examination Affecting Right To Speedy Trial : Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesCustody Cannot Be Extended Merely Because FSL Has Not Furnished Report; Delay In FSL Examination Affecting Right To Speedy Trial : Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber4 Feb 2021 7:22 AMShare This – xTaking note of the lack of adequate Forensic Science Laboratories in the state, the Karnataka High Court recently issued several directions to the state government for ensuring that FSL reports are provided on time to aid speedy disposal of cases.”For a state like Karnataka, which is stated to be the front runner in Information Technology with Bangalore being the Silicon Valley of the east,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of the lack of adequate Forensic Science Laboratories in the state, the Karnataka High Court recently issued several directions to the state government for ensuring that FSL reports are provided on time to aid speedy disposal of cases.”For a state like Karnataka, which is stated to be the front runner in Information Technology with Bangalore being the Silicon Valley of the east, it is rather anamolous and unacceptable that there is only one FSL which has 13 sections functioning,” the Court observed. A single judge bench of Justice Suraj Govindaraj noted that “There are no specific guidelines laid down as regards the timelines to be followed by each of the stakeholders during the above process nor is there any monitoring system established to monitor the passage of the sample from the time it was collected to the date of submission of the report in Court.” The court took into account the fact that there are 6994 cases which are pending trial, on account of the reports from the FSL not having been received. There are more than 35738 samples pending examination. The court was also informed that the organisational set up of FSL in the State is that there is an apex State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) located in Bengaluru where 13 different Sections are functioning. The State has also established five Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) in five Police Range headquarters viz Mysuru, Mangaluru, Davanagere, Belagavi and Kalaburgi, however, out of 13 Sections a maximum of only two sections are functioning in as such, all the samples as regards the remaining 11 other Sections are required to be sent to the SFSL for examination. To which the bench said “The shocking and unacceptable aspect is the time taken for submission of reports – a Narcotic matter takes 1 year, Computer/mobile/audio-video forensics takes about 1 and half year, a DNA test takes 1 and half years, these being average time.” It added “If the accused is in custody, the delay would result in a large number of undertrials being kept in jail during the pendency of the above report. On account of the delay in receipt of the aforesaid scientific reports, there is a high social cost. If the report is received belatedly and the same does not support the case of the prosecution, many a time it could result in innocent persons being incarcerated.” Further it said “The other side of the coin is that the victim or victim’s family also suffers on account of such delay, not knowing what will happen and when. Each accused has a right of speedy trial. The victim or the victim’s family also has a right to a speedy trial. An Accused has a right to an expeditious trial, more so when he/she is in judicial custody. The said custody cannot be extended merely on the ground that the FSL is unable to furnish the reports in time and/or the number of FSL are lesser than that required. Such a delay infringes on the right to life of an accused under Article 21 of the constitution of India. Delay by the FSL in providing a report whatever the reason may be is resulting in a situation which cannot be countenanced under law.” The court also opined that “The effect of the delay in furnishing the reports not only delays the trial in a matter, it is also possible that due to the said delay the sample may degrade or get contaminated, thus negating the very purpose of forensic examination. The details of samples being degraded or contaminated have not been provided.” Noting that Forensic Evidence like DNA reports, chemical analysis reports, bioanalysis reports play a critical role in the investigation of serious crimes, like Murder, sexual assault cases, forgery etc., the bench said “The delay in submitting forensic reports by FSL necessarily hampers the proceedings in a case. One of the biggest impediments to a speedy trial is the delay in the filing of FSL reports. Cases are adjourned for years due to non-receipt of these reports. Some cases are not even committed to the sessions court or special Court as the case may be due to non-receipt of the reports.” Accordingly it issued the following directions: State is directed to make all sections in the RFSL’s operational within a period of twelve months from date of receipt of the copy of this order. Not only at the State level or the regional level that Forensic Science Laboratory are required, there would be a requirement of District level Forensic Science Laboratory, the State is directed to consider and establish Districts Level Forensic Science Laboratory in all Districts of the State as per the requirement of thereof within a period of 24 months from date of receipt of the certified copy of this order. State to act expeditiously and fill the existing vacancies at SFSL and RFSL as expeditiously as possible at any rate within a period of six months from date of receipt of certified copy of this order. There is no Joint Director appointed all 3 posts (100%) are vacant, 7 out of 10 posts (70%) of Deputy Directors are vacant, 18 of 46 posts (40%) of Assistant Directors is vacant, 35 out 88 posts (40%) of senior scientific officers are vacant, 138 of 186 posts (75%) of scientific officers is vacant.  A proper scientific study be made as regards the number of samples to be examined, nature of examination, the qualification of person who is required for such examination etc.,  To draw up an action plan as regards the pending samples, the timelines within which reports regarding these samples would be filed before the concerned court. Guidelines are required to be issued as regards the time period in which a particular kind of sample would be examined and report submitted to the concerned court, as regards future samples received. Establish a monitoring system to monitor the passage of the sample from the time it was collected to the date of submission of the report in Court. A study as regards the latest equipment available, modernisation of the Laboratories, a process of the equipment to be updated from time to time is also to be put in place. Even if the said officer of the FSL is required to appear and depose in a particular manner, it will also be advisable to permit the said evidence to be led through video conference facilitation. It is immediately required to connect the FSL’s with the Courts in a similar manner as the jails are connected to the Court. This would save a large number of man-days lost on account of such unnecessary travel by the FSL officers. The trial Courts to permit the examination and or cross-examination of the FSL officers through video conferencing. The trial Court has to maintain a strict vigil on adjournments being granted for the production of FSL reports, the trial Court ought to insist on the reports being submitted at the earliest. Case Details: Case Title: NAVEEN KUMAR And STATE OF KARNATAKA Case No: CRIMINAL PETITION NO.7019 OF 2020 Date of Order: 22ND DAY OF DECEMBER, 2020 Coram: JUSTICE SURAJ GOVINDARAJ Appearance: Advocate PRATHEEP K.C, for petitioner Advocate NAMITHA MAHESH B.G for respondentsClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Diver Training Agency RAID Lands New Investor

first_imgInverness Graham Investments, a private investment firm based in Philadelphia, has trough its recreational safety education portfolio company, Kalkomey Enterprises, invested in the RAID Scuba Diver Training agency.“We’ve been carefully researching the options to enter the scuba market for some time. We chose RAID because it has the values we look for in a company; world class programs driven by an enthusiastic and passionate team that is making Scuba fun for everyone involved,” said Inverness Graham managing principal, Michael Morrissey. “Their vast array of training programs and impressive technology platform make them a perfect match to partner with Kalkomey. This marriage positions RAID to challenge the current industry paradigm, which is exactly what we were looking for.”Kalkomey specializes in online recreational safety education for state required certifications and is an official provider of recreational safety education materialsin the USA, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Using a web‐based delivery model, Kalkomey has helped millions of students get educated to safely boat, hunt, and operate off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.Jason Alexander, Kalkomey CEO, said: “Our research indicates that people interested in outdoor recreation participate in many different activities over their lifetime. We believe there is enormous demand among the millions of Boat-Ed and Fresh Air enthusiasts we’ve already trained, as well as the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts that we newly teach each year, that will want to try scuba diving! We’re excited about the opportunity to apply our expertise in parallel industries to drive these potential customers through the doors of dive centers that join the RAID movement. Together with RAID we know we can truly Partner with dive shops to help their businesses grow and thrive.”RAID, which operates in more than 60 countries,  is advertised as an emerging dive training brand globally with a mission to innovate the dive industry through digitizing education, systems and processes.The virtually paper-free RAID online training platform has recently been recognized for ISO compliance, and its programs were also found to meet the RSTC’s minimum standards paving the way for RAID’s membership with the RSTC.“The RAID system focuses on training divers on critical skills such as proper trim and neutral buoyancy in the diver position, we believe it’s essential to also train dive professionals on those same skills to ensure they are best serving the needs of their students to be divers, not just certified,” said Jim Holliday who will continue on leading business operations as president of RAID.last_img read more

DMA ready to address issues affecting manufacturers in 2012

first_img 5 Views   no discussions Pictured: Locally manufactured products. Photo credit: investdominica.comPublic Relations Officer of the Dominica Manufactures Association (DMA) Severin McKenzie says his association is prepared to address several priority areas within the sector in 2012.He listed access to financing and the application of the Value Added Tax on products among twelve priority areas to be addressed.“We need to look at the whole taxation regime on manufacturing, the application of the VAT on manufactured products, also the fiscal incentives presently being offered to manufacturers, port charges and also shipping. Access to financing particularly as it relates to working capital. We are also looking at the possibility if lower interest rates for manufacturing,” he said.He said the DMA is also hoping to work with DEXIA and the Bureau of standards to address certification for manufacturers and products.“We will also be looking at the marketing of manufactures products on the region and international markets, the local distribution of local manufactures goods because some local manufacturers have problems in getting the products on the shelves here,” he explained.Quality standard is also another issue highlighted by McKenzie that will be given priority in the New Year.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews DMA ready to address issues affecting manufacturers in 2012 by: – December 22, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Jeffrey to compete at Silverstone

first_imgGUYANESE driver Kristian Jeffrey will take his trade to England this weekend for the MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) Championships at the Silverstone Raceway.Piloting his Suzuki Radical SR3, Jeffrey joins Barbadian representatives Mark and Stuart Maloney as well as David Simpson, in the series.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Jeffrey said, “I am excited after racing in Barbados in a Radical. Last weekend was definitely preparation for work for this weekend at Silverstone which is definitely hands-down the best facility I will be racing on, so every experience will be great.”The two-time Caribbean Motor Racing Association (CMRA) Group four Champion believes too, that this outing will offer a new scene and different competition.Meanwhile today will feature the first of the free practice sessions while tomorrow will see qualifying action as well as two races and another two on Sunday.last_img read more

Port St. Lucie man wins $2 million playing Florida Lottery scratch-off game

first_imgJackpot!A 64-year-old Port St. Lucie won $2 million on a Florida Lottery scratch-off game.Guido Chibas of Port St. Lucie recently claimed the top prize playing the $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC game, according to lottery officials.Chibas purchased his winning ticket from Bayshore Corner Store, located at 1308 Southwest Bayshore Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.Officials said the retailer will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.Chibas chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of more than $1.4 million.The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.49. However, the odds of winning $2 million are 1-in-3,360,000.last_img read more

New help for golf clubs to target more women

first_img6 May 2015 New help for golf clubs to target more women There’s new help available for golf clubs to attract more women to play the sport and to become club members.England Golf has produced a range of factsheets, supported by the findings from focus group research, golf clubs, other sports and other relevant insight.Women account for only 15 per cent of golf club members in England and, on average, there are 50 vacancies for women per club. In major European countries women account for around 30 per cent of golf club members.Lauren Spray, the Women and Girls’ Participation Manager for England Golf, commented: “Women offer the largest growth area in golf, with 63% of clubs targeting them for membership.“We’ve produced these factsheets to offer suggestions and recommendations based on the latest research and learnings from clubs which are having success.  Clubs which want to grow their women’s membership can pick and mix from a wide range of ideas.”The factsheets cover key areas including recruitment, retention, playing opportunities, membership, websites and social media, club environment and volunteers. Guidance on marketing and communication will be available shortly.The key messages are underlined by focus group research carried out for England Golf by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. This showed that:• Women prefer to learn golf in a group where everyone is new to the game. They feel uncomfortable making their first attempts in the presence of people who are already competent.• The social side of golf is very important to women. Introductory sessions should include time for a chat over coffee or a glass of wine.• Taster sessions should highlight the fun side of the game.• Equipment should be available so women can try the game and without spending much money.• It’s vital to challenge the view that golf clubs are not welcoming. Many women and young people are staying away from golf because of the misconception that clubs are elitist• Flexibility is all-important, whether it’s flexible membership packages or flexible ways of playing the game which take advantage of shorter formats.The factsheets are just one of England Golf’s initiatives to attract more women and girls into golf and a pilot scheme is to be launched shortly to target women in selected counties. In addition, a Women and Girls’ Advisory Group has been set up to create a forum for discussion and to provide feedback.Increasing the number of regular players and club members are two of the seven key themes of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, Raising Our Game. The strategy calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for golf.England Golf would be pleased to hear from any clubs experiencing success with women or girls’ recruitment and retention to add to our good practice case studies.  If clubs have any information to share please click here to email Lauren Spray.last_img read more

Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

first_imgIn this July 31, 2004 file photo former Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White poses next to a bronze statue of him during a dedication ceremony for the statue at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. White was a member of the team that won the World Series in 1985, the last time Kansas City made the playoffs. White calls the area home and is running for a spot on the Jackson County Legislature. Kansas City has changed greatly since White’s team won it all in 1985, even its fans, White says. “These fans are a totally different group of fans than we were accustomed to. They treat it more like a football game than baseball.” (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.A few miles away, at a bar and grill called McFadden’s, the party was just beginning.Greg Holland had showed up, the All-Star closer watching with a grin as highlights of the game played on television. Salvador Perez and Jarrod Dyson, both integral parts in the Royals’ playoff push, posed with fans for more pictures than they could count. First baseman Eric Hosmer put down his credit card and for a full hour picked up the tab for hundreds of strangers.“It’s fun to get to enjoy it with the whole entire city. It’s a special time,” Hosmer said a few days later. “I think the buildup to this, it’s been so long. They’ve been hungry for a winner. What we’re doing now has just been a blast.”So much so that Hosmer didn’t mind his credit card taking a hit — he shared the $15,000 bar bill with some teammates — after beating the Angels in their AL Divisional Series.“We realize how bad the fans want it, how bad the city wants it,” Hosmer explained. “I think this team symbolizes the attitude of this city — tough, we’re not going to quit and we’re going to fight to the end. It’s a pretty special bond we’ve created.”It’s a pretty rare bond, too, in modern professional sports.As the Royals prepare to play the San Francisco Giants in the World Series on Tuesday night, capping their first postseason appearance since winning the title in 1985, the relationship they have established with their long-suffering fans harkens back to a bygone era.It’s reminiscent of a time when players lived in the same neighborhood as working-class fans, because they too were working class. When they had to find offseason jobs just to make ends meet, long before million-dollar contracts. When you walked into the barbershop or the supermarket and would see Duke Snider or Red Schoendienst getting a trim or perusing the vegetables.Only now, players and fans are connecting over drinks at a bar in the trendy Power and Light District of Kansas City. Or they’re connecting on Twitter in 140-word bursts.Didn’t hear about that one? Well, life-long Royals fan Nicholas Knapple didn’t have the cash for playoff tickets, so he messaged a few players on Twitter with a plea. One of them was Brandon Finnegan. The rookie pitcher promptly hooked him up.Knapple found himself watching Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles with his girlfriend and Finnegan’s mom — and an entire section filled with friends and family of other Royals players.“After the seventh inning, his mom told us we were going downstairs for the celebration,” Knapple said in a phone interview. “So after the game, we got to go down outside the clubhouse. We got to meet Danny Duffy, take pictures. It was unbelievable.”About as unbelievable as the Royals’ postseason run.The happy marriage between the Royals and their fans was a rocky relationship earlier this summer. Third baseman Mike Moustakas was getting booed off the field. Manager Ned Yost had gone back to using an alias when he ordered at Starbucks. Even longtime designated hitter Billy Butler was starting to feel the wrath of a fan base that had been pining for success.Then two fans popped onto the Royals’ radar, and things seemed to change.One was Tim Grimes, a 28-year-old fan battling Stage 4 cancer. Doctors gave him a 5 percent chance of surviving the next 18 months. He is spending it relishing every pitch and every hit.The other was SungWoo Lee, a fan from South Korea. He wakes up in the middle of the night, every night, to watch the Royals online. In August, he finally made it to Kansas City.last_img read more

Artesians Get Bjorked in Loss to Stars

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Evergreen Premier League’s all-time leading scorer scored once in the third minute, again in the 20th, added another in the 74th, and once more in the 88th to lead the first place Seattle Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Oly Town Artesians on Saturday evening at French Field in Kent.Oly Town Artesians starters for the game against the Seattle Stars. Photo courtesy: Oly Town ArtesiansBjork scored his 42nd goal of his four year EPLWA career early on a sprint down the left side with a shot along the ground that just caught Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson on a weird angle and squeaked behind him. He then scored his 43rd goal 17 minutes later on a play that looked to the Artesians defense and bench to have been offside. The refs didn’t grant the call and Bjork poked it home to make it 2-0 Stars. MIles Sanchez then put the Stars up 3-0 in the 31st minute with a point blank header off of a rebound of a shot that hit the crossbar in front of him.Oly Town showed some life early in the second half when Kyle Wiese drew a penalty and Surafel Wodajo buried the penalty kick to cut the deficit to two goals. The two teams played even ball for the next twenty minutes before Mamadue Leigh just barely got the top of his head on a corner kick to slightly change the flight of the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 4-1.Bjork finished the Artesians off with two more goals, one in the 74th minute and another in the 88th to give him four in the game and 45 in his career. Seattle improved to 6-1-1 with 19 points to extend their lead in the EPLWA to six points over second place Bellingham.The Artesians fell to 2-4-1 with seven points at the halfway point of the season. They have next weekend off but return to action on Tuesday, June 27 with a road trip to Ridgefield to take on the Vancouver Victory. They return home on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. against the same Victory squad.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

$6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) Notes – Thursday November 3, 2016

first_imgArrogate/Hoppertunity – Bob Baffert’s two Breeders’ Cup Classic entrants both jogged 1m Thursday as the Hall of Fame trainer began the final approach to his 24th Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup weeks are always hectic and stressful for marquee trainers, but Baffert assessed this one as comparatively “quiet” for him.“It’s more stressful when you’re at home than on the road,” Baffert said. “But, I’d still rather be here.” Frosted – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo son of leading sire Tapit galloped approximately 1 1/2m and made a quick trip to the gate for schooling Thursday morning.Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he pleased with the way Frosted looks and acts as he approaches the Classic. The colt won the Met Mile and the Whitney Stakes with impressive performances this summer and finished third, beaten a neck, in a blanket finish of the Woodward Stakes. Despite that strong summer in New York, he is the third choice on the Classic morning line behind California Chrome and Travers winner Arrogate.“He’s under the radar a little bit but that’s because of California Chrome. He’s supposed to be under the radar,” McLaughlin said. “California Chrome is undefeated and has done everything right this year. We like our chances. We were the best that day in the Woodward, but we went 40 feet further and gave up weight. We were the best, but we finished third. We should be 3-for-3 this year, but we’re happy with the horse.”Keen Ice – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice galloped 1 3/8m Thursday at Santa Anita in preparation for his second start for trainer Todd Pletcher in Saturday’s Classic.“When he came back from Dubai he came to us, but he went for a vacation after that. He came to us at the beginning of the Saratoga meet,” Pletcher said. “The longer we were around him and the more we did with him the fitter he got and the more impressively he breezed. Everything we say was what we already knew – the further he goes the better he gets.”Keen Ice finished third in his first race for Pletcher in a one-turn mile allowance at Belmont Oct. 7.“We knew the mile would probably be too short for him, but at the same time, we felt like we needed to get a race into him to see where we were and get a race into him from a conditioning standpoint to move him forward for whatever his next start was,” Pletcher said. “I thought he ran well, galloped out well and came back and breezed well.”After considering the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in three weeks, the Classic seemed like a better fit.“He loves the mile-and-a-quarter,” Pletcher said. “It looks like on paper, if Melatonin, California Chrome and Arrogate go to a certain degree, maybe there will be a favorable pace set-up.” California Chrome – The ‘Chromies’ were out in force Thursday morning, erupting in loud cheers as the big chestnut horse passed Clocker’s Corner returning from his 1 5/8m gallop under Dihigi Gladney. Back at the stable, another throng awaited his arrival. Trainer Art Sherman playfully exclaimed, “It’s Chrome time,” as the son of Lucky Pulpit walked and bathed before his adoring fans.Gladney reported racing’s richest runner was a handful today. “I never really know exactly how far he’ll gallop each morning, because sometimes I have a hard time pulling him up,” he said.  “He’s really feeling strong in the mornings.”In addition to his duties as the exercise rider of the Classic favorite, Gladney shares his of love of horses with young children whose parents bring them to Santa Anita on weekends. Through his own enterprise, Got Ponies, Gladney offers rides in the infield with his modest stable of 10 horses.In the unlikeliest of scenarios, Gladney, now 41, acquired his love of horses from his grandfather, who raised and boarded them in the inner city of Los Angeles. “I was born in Gardena and raised in Watts,” Gladney said with a wide grin, “but I didn’t turn out to be a rapper. I might have been the only inner city kid to actually grow up with horses.”His love of the equine breed manifested itself when he became a professional Quarter Horse rider at Los Alamitos. But it was a racing injury that sidelined him and led him to starting his pony business, initially at children’s birthday parties.“I’ve been doing it at the racetrack now for three years. And, although it’s something I do primarily for kids, I recently had an 80-year-old woman enjoy her first-ever horseback ride,” he added.With California Chrome scheduled to make the penultimate start of his illustrious career on Saturday in the 1 1/4m Classic, will Gladney try to be in two places at one time?“No, no, no,” he laughed, “I’ll get them started on Saturday, then head over to the barn before the race. I’ve got to make sure ‘the Chrome brings it home’!”One final gallop slated for Friday is California Chrome’s final piece of training ahead of Saturday’s race. Win the Space – The 4yo gray Pulpit colt Win the Space galloped 1 1/2m over the main track at 7:45 with regular exercise  rider Amelia Green. War Story – Loooch Racing Stables et al.’s Breeders’ Cup Classic runner War Story left Barn 69 at 7:45 a.m. with a pony and galloped an easy mile for trainer Mario Serey Jr. Effinex/Shaman Ghost – Tri-Bone Stables’ Effinex and Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost galloped 1 5/8m Thursday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for their respective starts in Saturday’s Classic.“We might have breezed Shaman Ghost the last quarter of a mile,” trainer James Jerkens said.Effinex finished second in last year’s Classic, 6 ½ lengths behind Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and 4 ½ lengths ahead of Honor Code.“I think he doing about the same this year (going into the race),” Jerkens said. “He hasn’t been over-raced this year. We like how he’s doing.”Shaman Ghost, who captured the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine last year before being sidelined, has run four times for Jerkens this year, earning his first Grade 1 win in the Woodward at Saratoga in his most recent start Sept. 3.“He was a nice 3-year-old and had a lot of time off to recuperate from ankle surgery. It’s been a natural progression for him this year,” Jerkens said.The son of Ghostzapper won a photo finish over Mubtaahij and Frosted in the Whitney.“He only did win by a head. It was only three-quarters of a length between the first four finishers. It’s not like he blew them away, but this race being an extra eighth of a mile has to help him,” Jerkens said. Melatonin – On Oct. 26, 1996, trainer David Hofmans saddled Alphabet Soup to a nose victory over Louis Quatorze in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Woodbine in Toronto. Cigar, the most celebrated horse of the day, finished third, a half-length behind the first two.Hofmans is well aware that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the feat. And, as he prepares to saddle Melatonin to take on California Chrome, Arrogate and seven others in Saturday’s Classic, he can be excused if he’s feeling a little bit of deja vu.“Three days before the Breeders’ Cup, Alphabet Soup completely changed,” Hofmans said. “Something happened, I don’t know what it was, but he came back from training and he just was focused. He just changed. All he wanted to do was eat, do his job and just focus on what he had to do. He was a different horse than what he had been.“This horse (Melatonin) is the same. The other day I took him to the gate and it was just like Alphabet Soup, he changed and got that focus going. I think he knows he’s got something coming up. There are a lot of similarities.”Alphabet Soup paid $41.70 to win. Cigar went off odds of 3-5. Melatonin is 12-1 on the morning line, California Chrome the even-money morning line favorite.Hofmans has three Breeders’ Cup wins. Adoration (2003 Distaff) and Desert Code (2008 Turf Sprint) followed Alphabet Soup. The first win, especially since it came in the Classic, was the sweetest.“I had Dramatic Gold there (at Woodbine) also, and he didn’t change, but there was a notable change in Alphabet Soup,” Hofmans said. “Chris McCarron and I talked about it and he saw it too. Alphabet Soup was so game, and Chris said, ‘If I can get his head out (front) he might hold them off, and that’s exactly what happened.”Now, it’s Melatonin’s turn.“There are similarities,” Hofmans said. “They both try really hard, they’re both real smart and this would be another milestone with Scotty McClellan.”McClellan, the longtime agent for McCarron before his retirement, now has the book for Joe Talamo, the regular rider for Melatonin.last_img read more

SA companies visit Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

first_img26 November 2013 South Africa’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sadiq Jaffer, on Monday encouraged South African companies to start building relationships with their Saudi Arabian counterparts. Jaffer was speaking at the South Africa-Riyadh Chamber of Commerce Business Forum in Riyadh, where a South African business delegation is currently taking part in an outward selling mission organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The business delegation was due to visit various sites in Riyadh on Tuesday in order to engage with local companies on a one-to-one basis, before travelling to Kuwait on the second leg of their mission. At Monday’s forum, Jaffer said there was a new market for small businesses and emerging exporters to do business in Saudi Arabia. He said this could be in the form of co-operatives collectively supplying the volumes required for the Saudi market. “Saudi Arabia is an economic leader in the Middle East, and is constantly growing in different sectors, which then make it more attractive to invest in,” Jaffer said in a statement issued by the DTI. “There are great opportunities for South African businesses to look into and invest in different projects, especially the current Saudi government infrastructure programme.” The recent Infrastructure and Projects Forum held in Riyadh had detailed various projects and opportunities currently available in Saudi Arabia, Jaffer said, also citing agro-processing, agriculture, high-end manufacturing, safety and security, and mining exploration as some of the sectors that could be explored in the country. “Our trade relations with the country is also growing, and platforms such as the outward selling mission make it possible for us to be in constant contact with our government counterparts and expand on trade issues.” According to the DTI, Saudi Arabia is South Africa’s largest trading partner and second-largest export destination in the Gulf region. In 2012, total bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to R61.7-billion. SAinfo reporter and Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more