The Influential Indians

first_imgThere is a lot of buzz around the coming US Presidential Elections which are scheduled to be held in the month of November this year. And why not? The whole world is eager to know who will run the White House for the next four years. India is also looking up to the elections in the US and also it has a lot to cheer about because the Indian community living in the US, popularly called as Indian Americans, will have a major role to play in the outcome of the elections. Although the population of Indians in America is meagre, i.e., 1.3 million Indian Americans out of the total population of around 330 million, but the presence of Indians in the States such as Texas, Houston, Florida, etc., which play a decisive role in the elections, makes their very presence an important and decisive one. The importance of the Indian community can be gauged by the fact that both Democrats and Republicans are trying every possible way to woo Indians to their side. While Democratic Presidential nominee and contender Joe Biden has declared Kamala Harris(Asian American) as his running mate. On the other hand,  President Trump (Republican defender) is doing every possible thing so that Indians remain on his side. Indians have traditionally voted in large numbers for Democratic party but this time it is not clear to whom will the Indians vote.last_img read more

Ali Nilforushan Wins Thunderbird’s $50,000 Grand Prix

first_imgLangley, BC – Of the 29 horse rider combinations to challenge Sunday’s $50,000 CSI2* Thunderbird Show Park Grand Prix held May 31, only two would go clear. The rest would find themselves at odds with many of the jumps on course. In the end, it was California-based Ali Nilforushan who rode to victory on the Darco son, Warco Van De Halhoevre. Washington’s Jennifer Crooks was the first to post a clear round on SF Sadin. Aboard her Belgium Warmblood mare, Jennifer beat the time allowed of 83 seconds to secure a spot in the jump-off.Dominique Shone, the youngest competitor in the class at 15 of age, was next into the ring but two rails and time faults would keep her from the leader board. With his first mount, Green Sleeps Vioco, Ali Nilforushan was the first to suffer the odds, taking down rails at several of the odd numbered fences before voluntarily withdrawing. Over the course of the afternoon, three more riders would follow suit and tip their hat to the crowd before leaving the ring.Jonathan Asselin, the Canadian team’s reserve rider at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, delivered a quick round on Coolio in 78.68 seconds, but posted four faults. Allen Kruger would do the same, as would Andrea Strain and her second mount, Luigi. Coming off a successful circuit in Florida, Calgary’s Tani Ziedler on Ranville looked to be second horse in the jump-off, but finished just off the pace at 85.47 seconds to incur time faults.Back in the ring with Warco Van De Halhoeve, Ali Nilforushan made no mistakes, posting the second clear round and guaranteeing a jump-off. Representing Iran in the 2000 Olympic Games, Nilforushan has already earned two World Cup titles on Warco in 2009.In the second half of the class, no clear rounds would be posted, as rider after rider dropped rails on jumps 3, 5, 9 and 11 a/b, including Jonathan Asselin on Rayana Chiara and Rich Fellers aboard Flexible.While the jump crew adjusted the course for the two-rider jump off, Jonathan Asselin shared his thoughts on international course designer, Peter Holmes, efforts.“The number 3 fence at the beginning was tricky,” noted Asselin. “It’s a skinny oxer set wide with a bunch of small stones underneath that were distracting to the horses, including mine.”Jennifer Crooks and SF Sadin were the first into the ring for the jump-off, delivering a smooth round in a solid time of 46.35. Aboard Warco, Nilforushan had his work cut out for him. By galloping forward at every span of more than a few strides and taking a tricky inside turn mid-course, Nilforushan was able to shave three seconds off Crooks’ time to take the win.$50,000 Thunderbird Show Park Grand Prix – Top 111. Ali Nilforushan Warco Van De Halhoeve Cardiff by the Sea, California2. Jennifer Crooks SF Sadin Kirkland, Washington3. Tani Zeidler Ranville Calgary, Alberta4. Jonathan Asselin Coolio Calgary, Alberta5. Jonathan Asselin Rayana Chiara Calgary, Alberta6. Allen Kruger Mrs Quinn Leduc, Alberta7. Brian Morton Spitfire Langley, British Columbia8. Christopher Lowe Jackpot Burnaby, British Columbia9. Andrea Strain Luigi Langley, British Columbia10. Brenda Riddell Monet Calgary, Alberta11. Gary Brewster Royal Viali Richmond, British ColumbiaFor more information on Thunderbird Show Park, visit www.thunderbirdshowpark.com. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Show Jumper to Become Anti-doping “Testimonee” After Steroids Offence

first_img SIGN UP Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Andrea Torres Guerreiro, daughter of Colombian show jumping Olympian Manuel Torres, has accepted a reduced suspension of 20 months for a banned anabolic steroids offence after the FEI decided leniency was warranted.The basic tariff for banned substance positives is two years ineligibility, but the FEI Tribunal agreed to a reduction of four months after the rider co-operated fully in proceedings and agreed to “engage actively” in anti-doping education. This will include being a featured testimonee at FEI education outreach events, especially the USA and Colombia.Her horse Fifty Shades tested positive t Boldenone and Boldenone Sulfate at the CSI4* in Tryon, North Carolina in June 2018, where Torres Guerreiro, 37, of Santa Catalina Farms in Virginia, had been aiming to qualify for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.Torres Guerreiro explained the source was Ganabol, a treatment informally recommended for Fifty Shades’ kissing spine condition. Her father, while giving a clinic in Honduras, had discussed it with an old veterinary friend who had treated many race horses for kissing spine. Horses tended to lose muscle on their backs, creating soreness.She injected off-the-counter Ganabol herself at the end of March 2018, without consulting her regular FEI vet. It was a “truly honest mistake,” she said, adding: “I want you to be assured that I have stable procedures and policies to make sure that the anti-doping rules are followed and to avoid my horses coming into contact with prohibited substances. I have always relied primarily on veterinarians to administer any necessary medication to our horses and since my violation I recognize that there can be no exceptions to this rule.“Further, I routinely check the Equine Prohibited Substances List on my app and I keep a medication logbook for all my horses. Since my violation, I have taken several anti-doping medication trainings to educate myself and have spent several hours learning about the resources on anti-doping that the FEI has readily available.”The Tribunal noted that anabolic steroids can stay in a horse’s system for several months. It was plausible that the injection in March caused the positive finding in June.The rider was “highly at fault” for not checking the contents of Ganabol, easily found with an internet search. The violation was not prevented by usual stable procedures because she was “misled by the fact that the product was recommended by a veterinarian her father held in high esteem.”She injected the Ganabol herself, despite not being a veterinarian.However, Tribunal showed leniency because “the PR admitted the violation promptly and has been very cooperative throughout the whole process, and the FEI highly appreciate such attitude.”The suspension was credited against time served by the rider’s provisional suspension and so expires on February 8th. She was also fined 3,000 Swiss francs. Tags: steroids, Andrea Torres Guerreiro, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Former Dallas cop claims self-defense as apartment mix-up murder trial begins

first_imgKuzma/iStock(DALLAS) — The trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man when she mistook his apartment for her own got underway Monday with a prosecutor telling a jury the officer fired first without making any effort to de-escalate the situation and a defense attorney countering that the exhausted officer made “innocent mistakes” that led her to fear for her life.In a case that sparked days of protests in Dallas and calls for justice from the victim’s family in the Caribbean, fired Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger, 31, is charged with murder stemming from the September 2018 fatal shooting of Botham “Bo” Jean at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas.But even before the trial began Monday, Guyger’s defense team requested the judge to declare a mistrial, arguing Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot violated a gag order by talking about the case in a TV interview aired Sunday night.After reviewing the interview and polling the jurors in private on whether they saw Creuzot’s interview on TV, Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp overruled the defense motion and ordered the trial to proceed. The judge also ordered the jury to be sequestered for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last up to two weeks.‘A wonderful, decent man’In his opening argument, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus told the jurors that Jean, an accountant for the international auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, was “a wonderful, decent man” and showed the jury a large photo of a smiling Jean posing while dressed in a sweater.Hermus pointed out Jean’s mother, father, brother, sister and grandmother seated in the courtroom gallery.“On Sept. 6, 2018, Bo was 26 years old, and he was sitting inside of his apartment, the sanctuary of his own home at the South Side Flats. He was doing no harm to anybody, which was his way,” Hermus said. “As a matter of fact, the evidence is going to show you that he was sitting in his living room in shorts and a T-shirt, watching TV, eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream, which any one of us would have been doing. When all of a sudden Amber Guyger comes through his front door uninvited.”Hermus said the evidence would show that Guyger’s intrusion scared Jean, prompting him to get up off his couch and confront the stranger. But before he could take a few steps toward the door, Guyger was “leveling her gun having acquired her target” and firing twice, hitting Jean in the chest. He said the bullet ripped through Jean’s heart, lung and intestine before lodging in his lower back.“No opportunity for de-escalation, no opportunity for him to surrender. Bang, bang. Rapid,” Hermus told the jury.Tracing Guyger’s steps on the day of the fatal incident, Hermus said that despite working a 13 1/2-hour shift on the day of the deadly encounter, she appeared to be planning a rendezvous with her police department partner and lover. He showed the jury text messages Guyger sent her partner moments before the shooting, writing “Wanna touch” and using more sexually explicit language in other text messages.Hermus argued that during her communications with her partner, Guyger became distracted and confused about where she was.“In the last 10 minutes of Bo’s life, Amber Guyger made a series of unreasonable errors, and unreasonable decisions, and unreasonable choices — the kind of choices and decisions that only she could have stopped,” Hermus said.He said Guyger’s apartment was directly beneath Jean’s fourth-floor unit. Not only did Guyger mistakenly park on the wrong floor of the complex, she walked down a long hallway, passing 16 different apartments but failed to realize she was not headed to her front door, Hermus said.Even when she reached Jean’s door and inserted a fob key, she failed to notice she was standing on a red mat, Hermus said. He said Guyger’s apartment did not have a mat outside the door.He said Guyger also failed to do what she was trained as a police officer to do if confronted by someone she suspected was a burglar: Retreat, take cover and call for back-up.“And for her errors … Botham paid the ultimate price,” said Hermus, asking the jury to find Guyger guilty of murder.Self-defense?Defense attorney Robert Rogers told the jury in his opening argument that Guyger was exhausted from working 40 hours in four days, including a long overtime shift helping a SWAT team arrest three robbers.He denied that Guyger, who was still in her police uniform when she shot Jean, was planning to rendezvous that night with her partner, calling the prosecution’s assertion “speculation.”Rogers told the jury that Guyger was keenly aware that residents of her apartment complex had experienced recent break-ins and car burglaries.“Amber was very aware, based on her job, that where she lived was, unfortunately, a high-crime area,” Rogers said.He described the configuration of the South Side Flats apartment complex, where Guyger had lived for about two months, as “a confusing place” with floors in the parking garage and apartment doors not clearly marked.“After this incident, the investigators interviewed and learned that 93 tenants had unintentionally parked on the wrong floor,” Rogers said.He said another 46 tenants who lived on the floors where Guyger and Jean resided had gone to the wrong apartment and placed their key in the door.Rogers said that after working a long shift, Guyger was on “auto-pilot” and didn’t see the red mat at Jean’s door when she inserted the key and noticed that the door was unlocked.He painted the picture of Guyger entering the apartment and seeing the figure of a large individual inside coming toward her, yelling, “Hey! Hey!” and drowning out her orders for him to show her his hands.Rogers said Guyger feared for her life and felt she had to use lethal force to defend herself.“She reacts like any police officer would who has a gun when confronting a burglary suspect,” Rogers said.‘He must want to kill me’While Rogers told the jury they would hear from Guyger themselves, he said that going through the officer’s mind in the split second before she pulled the trigger was, “‘My God, there’s a man in my apartment, and he’s big. He must have a weapon. He must want to kill me because I caught him burglarizing my apartment.’”He said that in that instant, Guyger had no time to retreat and call for back-up as Jean charged within 13 feet of her.“She fires twice because at that time she knows this man ‘is trying to kill me,’” Rogers said.He said Guyger immediately called 911 and asked for paramedics to come quick. He said Guyger told a dispatcher at least 22 times, “I thought I was in my apartment.”Rogers asked the jury to side with Guyger’s claim of self-defense, saying prosecutors are “holding Amber Guyger to an impossible standard” and “making innocent mistakes into evil acts.”“The only justice, in this case, is to find Amber Guyger not guilty,” Rogers said.Jean’s family, including his parents, brother and sister, held a prayer vigil on the steps of the Dallas courthouse Monday morning before entering the courtroom. But attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the family in a pending civil suit against the city of Dallas, said the case is far from a slam dunk for the prosecution.“Anytime you bring a case against a police officer it’s difficult anywhere in the country because there’s so much automatic credibility given to law enforcement officers,” Merritt told ABC News on Sunday. “We’re hoping to see a diverse jury that’s able to critically analyze testimony from law enforcement officers.”Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department 18 days after she fatally shot Jean. She had been a member of the department for five years and had been promoted to the department’s elite Crime Response Team.During his funeral in September 2018, Jean was recalled by mourners as a man of many talents: A strong Christian, a beloved friend, dependable work colleague and a gifted singer. Jean’s uncle said he had aspirations of becoming a politician in his native country of Saint Lucia.“The sound of gunshots did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but their impact was of nuclear proportions,” Jean’s uncle, Ignatius Jean, told mourners at the funeral. “A nuke had been unleashed on our family by someone charged to protect and serve.”Guyger was initially arrested and charged with manslaughter. But a Dallas County grand jury later indicted her on one count of murder.Guyger’s defense team had requested a change of venue for the trial, arguing Guyger couldn’t get a fair trial in Dallas County because of the publicity surrounding the case.A judge rejected the request. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Conflict looms over ban on animal testing

first_imgBut it intends to stick to its original schedule for stopping animal testing of finished cosmetic products from the beginning of 1998.The end-of-year deadline for a decision on the ban has, however, been thrown into doubt by intense lobbying from activists. Meanwhile, the Commission has been advised by its legal service that it risks possible conflict with the EU’s major trading partners if it goes ahead with a boycott of cosmetics tested on animals.Already threatened with retaliation by the US and others if it vetoes imports of furscaught using leghold traps, the Commission wants to avoid similar trouble in the massive cosmetics market. A ban on finished cosmetic products tested on animals could prevent some of the world’s largest cosmetic firms from marketing their goods in the EU. Under a directive agreed in 1993, the Union is due to end all testing of both ingredients and finished products on animals from the start of 1998 if alternatives can be found.Draft Commission proposals would maintain this deadline for finished cosmetic products, but delay the ban on animal testing of ingredients, calling instead for a review by June 2000.The European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (Colipa) claims the campaign against the industry is completely out of proportion to the amount of testing its members actually do. It maintains that testing of cosmetics accounts for just 0.03% of total animal trials.But the industry is fully aware that it is up against a very strong welfare lobby.Only last week, The Body Shop supremo Anita Roddick came to Brussels armed with a petition against testing signed by 4 million people.Anita Roddick interview p29last_img read more

Criticism mounts over the EU’s inefficiency

first_imgMuch criticism has come the eurozone’s way – most recently from US President Barack Obama – about how slowly countries are ratifying the deal reached at a summit on 21 July. The agreement was supposed to pave the way for Greece’s second bail-out and for changes to the flexibility of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), the eurozone bail-out fund. But the deal was criticised by many analysts at the time for being too opaque and, as the weeks have passed, it has been held up by wrangling between member states over Finland’s demands for collateral and by national parliaments that have been slow to approve the plan. Adding to the delay have been the Greek authorities themselves, which have been accused of reneging on their pledge to implement all the austerity measures that were a condition of the bail-out. On top of that, EU officials have admitted that it is increasingly likely that the number of holders of Greek bonds who agree to swap or roll over their debt will fall some way short of 90%, increasing the pressure on the public sector to provide extra financing once again.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Welcomes Warren Haynes For “Cortez The Killer” On Night Two At The Gorge [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday, Dave Matthews Band returned to The Gorge to continue their annual three-night Labor Day weekend run at the breathtaking George, WA venue. After Lettuce opened the show on Friday night, Saturday’s performance included an opening set by Gov’t Mule. Following Mule’s performance, DMB dove into their set with “Louisiana Bayou” followed by a well-received “So Much To Say” > “Anyone Seen The Bridge” > “Too Much” segment. A pair of less frequently-played tunes followed in “You Never Know” and “Again and Again” before the audience sang along to a rendition of “Satellite”.Dave Matthews Band – “You Never Know” – 8/31/19[Video: Savage Shiba]The first “Big Eyed Fish” since early July came next before segueing into an always-welcome “Bartender”. Fan-favorites “Warehouse” and “Can’t Stop” followed before the band took things down a notch for a tender “Grace Is Gone”.From there, Dave Matthews Band jumped into one of their recent go-to covers, Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”, before Dave issued a solo rendition of “Here On Out”. After “The Song That Jane Likes”, Matthews welcomed out Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes to assist on a rendition of Neil Young‘s “Cortez The Killer”.This marked DMB’s second “Cortez The Killer” of the year, as well as the second time it featured a high-profile guest sit-in (Susan Tedeschi joined in for the cover in her native Jacksonville, FL on 5/1/19). This was also not the first time in the last year that Warren Haynes had joined Dave Matthews onstage. Back in December 2018, Haynes sat in with DMB at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he played on both “Cortez The Killer” and the “Tripping Billies” that followed it. Watch a video of the Haynes/DMB collab at The Gorge below:Dave Matthews Band w/ Warren Haynes – “Cortez The Killer” [Neil Young cover] – 8/31/19[Video: Savage Shiba]After Haynes made his exit, the band wrapped up their main set with “Lover Lay Down”, “Shake Me Like A Monkey”, and “Ants Marching” before encoring with “Pig” and “Grey Street”.Dave Matthews Band will wrap their Gorge run tonight, Sunday, September 1st. For a full list of upcoming Dave Matthews Band tour dates, head here.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | The Gorge | George, WA | 8/31/19Set: Louisiana Bayou, So Much To Say > Anyone Seen The Bridge > Too Much, You Never Know, Again and Again, Satellite, Big Eyed Fish > Bartender, Warehouse, Can’t Stop, Grace Is Gone, Sledgehammer, Here On Out^, The Song That Jane Likes, Cortez The Killer*, Lover Lay Down, Shake Me Like A Monkey, Ants MarchingEncore: Pig, Grey Street*w/ Warren Haynes^Dave sololast_img read more

Bottle Makes Dirty Water Drinkable

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”The way fresh water is supplied to disaster-hit regions could be revolutionized with a bottle that makes foul-smelling water drinkable in seconds — possibly a life-saver for refugees in camps where access to clean drinking water is vital.” (Daily Telegraph) Thanks, Andrew!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Biology club sponsors ND Vision walk

first_imgThe Notre Dame Biology Club sponsored the 4th Annual Vision Walk on campus Sunday. The walk raised awareness for those suffering from retinal degeneration and collected money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, event chair Antoinette Pusateri said. “FoundationFighting Blindness is one of the largest non-profits for blindness research in the nation,” she said. Pusateri said Maria Sellers, a part of the Notre Dame class of 2011, founded the 5K walk in honor of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, She said Father Hesburgh suffers from macular degeneration, a retinal disease. “When I was a freshman, I had visited him in his office, and he had told me a little bit about his disease,” Sellers said. “This caused me to research blindness, and I learned about the Foundation Fighting Blindness.” Sellers said she interned at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, which Foundation Fighting Blindness supports. “I was actually able to see firsthand how people were being cured, and how research and the support [of those attending the walk] really does add in us restoring vision,” Sellers said. Before the walk began, local optometrists Dr. Steve Gerber and Dr. John Offerle offered a doctors’ perspective on research for retinal diseases, especially research supported by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. “It is the largest source of private funds for retinal research,” Gerber said. “We have people and patients right here in Michiana with these conditions.” Dr. John Offerle said he encounters patients with macular degeneration on a daily basis. “When I started in practice there wasn’t a lot you could do for it, and over the years incredible research has gone into developing new drugs,” he said. “We’ve actually seen legally blind patients get to a point where they can drive now. It’s pretty amazing, and we’ve been doing that for maybe the last 10 years.” Pusateri, who also chaired the event last year, said she worked this year to increase community outreach. “My big goal with it all is to make it a community event, not just the Notre Dame community, but also the South Bend community,” she said. “We reached out to a lot of the eyecare centers, and it was just so exciting to see how inspired they were to help with this cause.” Pusateri said the event committee worked with local businesses and eyecare professionals in the Michiana area to gain support for the walk, which raised nearly $8,000 last year. “Local businesses gave monetary donations, as well as in-kind, donations, like gift cards, for us to raffle and auction off,” she said. “It’s so inspiring to see all these community members and individuals …who have reached out to donate their time and talents.” Sophomore Caitlin McCreary said she participated in the walk in honor of her brother, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “Part of his condition is having problems with neurons in his eyes, so I felt like his condition was connected to this, and that’s why I’m here,” she said.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Aug. 31

first_imgDeath noticesEssie Mae Green, 95, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todayVollney Royce “V.R.” Rayburn, Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont, 10 a.m.Viva A. Woodall, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11:30 a.m. Judge Forrest E. Stewart, 90, of Rye died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Oscar “Jr.” Leonard McCullough, 89, of Nederland died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.last_img