Past the finishing postTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1700 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. BALLON D’OR LSteadman3 52.52. SHINE HPottinger4 56.0 11 1/2L3. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 54.0 11 1/2L4. SEQUOYAH OnBeckford4 54.0 7LLate scratch : #4 LITTLEMISSEMMYWIN: $72.00Final Time : 1:47.4 Splits : 24.4, 47.4, 1:13.3,Winner : 4yo ch colt – FOREST DANGER – WAPTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CHRISTOPHER M. BOORMAN & E. HALOUTE & S.NARINESINGH & M. ROBERTSBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $90.00 Ex: $108.00Trifecta: $80.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MAMETA OFoster 53.52. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST DDawkins3 50.0 2 1/4L3. BRAVE HEART CBudhai 55.0 2 3/4L4. CONNOR JPatterson4 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $63.00, $1483.00, $131.00Final Time : 1:11.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.4Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – BISCAYNE STARRTrainer: PATRICK LYNCH Owner : JUNEIL RACING STABLESBred by ONEIL PHILLIPSQu: $439.00 Ex: $693.00D/E: $126.00Superfecta: $6,165.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. LEGENDARY PLEASURE SEllis 57.0*2. CAMOUFLAGE BebHarvey3 53.0 10 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO JErwin 54.0 1 1/2L4. MISS DOROTHY JInnis4 48.0 NeckWIN: $185.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.4, 1:14.2Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $304.00 Ex: $894.00D/E: $744.00Trifecta: $344.00Rolling Triple: $1,074.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.I)1. LADY CARMEN WHenry 53.0*2. LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 55.0 5 1/2L3. COLLEEN JInnis4 49.0 7 1/2L4. IGNITION OMullings 53.0 1/2LLate scratch : #7 A VESSEL OF LOVEWIN: $147.00PLACE: $63.00, $55.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PRINCESS TALIATrainer : WINSTON MORRIS Owner : S.A.S. SYNDICATEBred by STAFFORD A. SUBRATIEQu: $137.00 Ex: $366.00D/E: $1,184.00Superfecta: $5,114.00Rolling Triple: $2,340.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.II)*1. LIKE A LADY SEllis 53.02. MONTEGONIAN CBudhai 53.0 7L3. PHOTOGENIC HPottinger4 50.0 2 3/4 L4. RUNNING STAR BebHarvey3 53.0 Head5. RUNAWAY GAL OWalker 55.0 Neck6. MIRACLE RIVER OEdwards3 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $106.00PLACE: $70.00, $157.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.1Winner : 3yo gr filly – MARKET RALLY – KNIGHTLEYTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $543.00 Ex: $748.00D/E: $289.00Trifecta: $2,479.00Hit-6: $161,738.50Rolling Triple: $2,635.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)NB4YO(NW4)*1. FORCE DE JOUR JPatterson4 53.0 4/52. SUPERIOR QUALITY AMartin 54.0 6 1/2L3. CRUISING MOTION JInnis4 53.0 Neck4. ZACKONTHEATTACK AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $55.00, $91.00, $83.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits: 22.3, 45.2Winner : 5yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $1,022.00 Ex: $1,172.00D/E: $272.00Superfecta: $6,332.00Rolling Triple: $1,430.00Super-6: $8,765.40Race 7 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. DREAMCOMETRUE JErwin 52.52. RAS EMANUEL RWilson 54.0 15/1 1 3/4L*3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 3/4L4. BONGO KING SEllis 54.0 4/1 3 1/4WIN: $431.00Final Time : 1:20.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, 1:12.4Winner : 4yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SPACEDOUTTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner: PATRICK MCKENZIEBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $1,914.00 Ex: $3,726.00D/E: $1,612.00Trifecta: $2,572.00Rolling Triple: $3,179.00Pick-4: $13,664.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. JESSE’S FAVORITE OMullings 51.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL HPottinger4 50.5 2 1/2L3. KING WITHIN DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #6 RISING POWERWIN: $85.00PLACE: $64.00, $306.00, $146.00Final Time : 1:01.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $710.00 Ex: $873.00D/E: $799.00 (3-6) $525.00Superfecta: $5,765.00Rolling Triple: $3,651.00Race 9 800 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. WINESHA LSteadman3 53.0 *3/52. REAL VIBES MACHINE RWilson 53.0 5 1/2L3. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 Neck4. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger4 52.0 Neck5. SHE GOOSE SEllis 55.0 1/2L5. DOOLAHIN JJackson 55.0 dead heatDNF #3 AWESOME MARQUE JErwin 52.0 14/1Late scratch : #1 BASIC INSTINCT, #12 MAC MACWIN: $86.00PLACE: $60.00, $124.00, $167.00Final Time : 0:46.3 Splits: 23.1Winner : 6yo ch mare – STORM CRAFT – POSITIVE VIBESTrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SOLDIER CAMPBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $466.00 Ex: $606.00D/E: (8-11) $106.00 (8-1) $68.00 (8-12) $146.00Trifecta: $3,433.00Hi-5: (11-7-14-10-9) $11,311.50 (11-7-14-10-13) $15,080.50Rolling Triple: $2,030.00PlacePot 8: $3,739.00LADY GEETA TROPHYRace 10 1200 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 53.02. UPPA TUNE BebHarvey3 52.0 3/4L3. POTCHEEN JErwin 52.5 4 1/2L4. HOVER CRAFT JInnis4 47.5 HeadDNF: *POKER STAR RHalledeen 57.0WIN: $246.00Final Time : 1:12.2 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $725.00 Exacta: $1,425.00D/E: $1,141.00Trifecta: $1,058.00Rolling Triple: $1,685.00Race 11 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. GENUINE FRIEND LSteadman3 53.02. WATER WAVE BebHarvey3 52.5 2L*3. MARIA’S GLORY HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/4L4. PARTY PRINCESS AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/4L5. LARUSA OnBeckford4 50.0 4 1/2LDNF: #9 ROUGH PATRICK DDawkins3 54.0 9/5Late scratch : #7 GENERAL TOGO, #8 TROPICALDEPRESSIONWIN: $316.00PLACE: $103.00, $104.00, $68.00Final Time: 2:03.3 Splits: 27.2, 53.1, 1:19.3, 1:47.4Winner : 6yo b mare – ZAHAAZEH – GENUINE GOLDTrainer : LINTON CALDER Owner: LINTON CALDERBred by LINTON CALDERQu: $768.00 Ex: $2,150.00D/E: $1,792.00Trifecta: $1,428.00Hi-5: $145,383.00Rolling Triple: $9,503.00Pick-4: $8,432.00Super-6: $89,927.20Pick-9: $15,340.00; $411.00 Carry-over : $1,483,205.80
A college researcher in Co Donegal may just have come up with an answer for a very “turf” Irish problem.For centuries those gathering turf on the country’s boglands had to time the collection of turf to perfection for fear of the fuel getting too wet.Now a researcher at Letterkenny Institute of Technology has come up with a very ‘bog standard’ solution. Electronic engineer Martin Bradley decided to monitor the drying process of turf and how it could be harvested at just the right time.In conjunction with neighbour Kevin Doherty in Drumfries on the Inishowen Peninsula, an experiment was put into place.Using a monitoring device and a simple network known as Sigfox which does not require bluetooth or WiFi, Martin was able to monitor the moisture in the turf.When the moisture had dipped to a certain level, a text message was then sent from the bog at Moss Hill in Ballinlough to tell him the turf was ready to be footed or completely dried. The benefits of the early-warning systems mean that those gathering turf just have to have a mobile phone and the system is relatively inexpensive.Martin Bradley’s experiment.Martin added that anyone can get the phone notification when the turf is ready by downloading a simple APP.He said the experiment has created huge debate among locals.“I just did it for a bit of fun but to see if it could help in any way.“The aim was to get data that would be a good estimate for when the turf should be turned or footed or ready for taking home. “I’ve been thinking about the process and I’m curious that it could be used to detect the right time to bring home hay or other crops before they get too wet,” he said.All of the technology used is part of the Electronic Engineering and Embedded Systems courses in LYIT.US Multinational Cypress Semiconductor, whose products were used to carry out the project, has now published an article on the project on their website.Researchers come up with a solution for a very ‘turf’ Donegal problem! was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bogLYITMartin Bradleyturf
The divination experts see a new vision emerging from meteorites, portending disaster.If there was ever a coherent theory of how the earth got its oceans, it’s gone. The new reading of meteorites forbids it. Now, inventors of solar system models have to go back to square one. Whatever they come up with is bound to take more heat.Because the early earth was pictured to be molten with volcanoes going off and meteors hitting repeatedly, cosmogonists were forced into thinking that water arrived later. The ‘late veneer’ theory (which we call the ‘water balloon’ theory) claimed that the oceans were late arrivals, the water being delivered by comets and meteorites after things cooled down a bit.*For empirical support, they appealed to elements in chondritic meteorites, believing that elements embedded in the stones can act as “fingerprints” of conditions at the time of their formation. A new paper in Nature, however, claims that stable isotopes of ruthenium falsify the late veneer theory: “these data refute an outer Solar System origin for the late veneer and imply that the late veneer was not the primary source of volatiles and water on the Earth.” Moreover, these isotopes don’t match those in earth’s crust.What this implies is that earth’s water had to arrive earlier somehow. In “Meteorite Studies Reveal Surprises About Earth’s Formation” on Space.com, Elizabeth Howell speaks of double toil and trouble:Two studies published Wednesday (Jan. 25) in the journal Nature suggest that Earth’s main building blocks were rocks similar to meteorites known as enstatite chondrites, and that the planet got most of its water gradually during the formation process, rather than in one big burst toward the end.“The results presented in these papers lead to the troubling conclusion that the meteorites in our collection are not particularly good examples of Earth’s building blocks,” Richard Carlson, a geochemist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., wrote in a commentary article that accompanied the two studies in Nature. (Carlson was not involved in either study.)At New Scientist, Chelsea White interprets the hidden message in the stones, concluding, “Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought.” (Who’s “we”, Paleface?)THE arrival of water on our planet is shrouded in mystery. Our leading theory says icy meteorites brought it here after most of the planet and its core had formed, about 4.5 billion years ago. But now an analysis of isotopes from meteorites seems to imply that the wet stuff got here much sooner.One of the authors is sufficiently confident to declare falsification of the late veneer theory. “We can now rule out water arriving on icy comets after the planet was mostly formed.” But if, as White concludes, “Earth’s water may in fact have been part of the very dust cloud from which the planet first condensed,” a number of new demons rise out of the shroud of mystery, scaring the scientist-diviners back to reality. They know that volatiles like water would have likely escaped during the violent, hot conditions that the spirits of the meteorites tell them must have taken millions of years, with up to 20 huge impacts needed to form the moon (1/10/17). The dust-cloud origin theory also begs the question of how the dust cloud got its water in the first place. Not surprisingly, all the articles and papers ignore this new, larger mystery: how did water survive on a violent early earth?*The ‘water balloon’ theory has long had problems. See 3/26/02, 12/27/07, 10/11/11, 7/23/12, and 12/11/14.Update 1/28/17: New Scientist offers a new idea: the earth made its own water from scratch. Andy Coghlan quotes a Canadian who concocted a model showing how chemical reactions in the mantle could produce water. Pressure would increase, emitting water through volcanoes. A Brit thinks most of the water produced that way would be “small scale and localized,” so most of earth’s ocean water still had to arrive from comets. Coghlan indicates that the pressure is more likely in the scientists’ heads, not in the mantle. “A study published this week, for example, based on isotopes from meteorites and Earth’s mantle, also found that water is unlikely to have arrived on icy comets after Earth formed, as has long been assumed.” Right after that, he quotes the Brit who says it had to come from comets – a contradiction, leaving the reader thinking neither model is workable.The scientists did not see the origin of the earth or its oceans. They did not see “the arrival of water on our planet” (notice the dodge; using passive voice “the arrival of water” avoids having to explain how it arrived). Their models are emanations of their starting assumptions. The only things they can measure scientifically are elemental abundances in meteorites and earth rocks. The rest is divination.Everyone has access to, however, an Eyewitness account. That account is corroborated by our own eyewitness testimony that earth’s water is not only vital for our planet’s habitability, but is beautiful, fun, and health-giving. It looks designed for a purpose. Chelsea may be more correct than she knows when she says, “Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought.”Now read the Bible’s warnings about those who use divination instead of believing God’s word: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah. Substitute “scientists” for “prophets” since today’s secular scientists, entering their Yoda trances, prophesy to the people about the “arrival” of earth, its water, the moon, and everything else, using modern divination techniques.(Visited 94 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Huawei, Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and service provider has expanded its product line up with the launch of Honor 4 Play. Priced at CNY 799 (Close to INR 8000) the device will be available in China as of now.The gadget boasts of a 64-Bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor, Adreno 306 GPU (320MHz) clubbed with 1GB of RAM. It may be noteworthy that the given processor used to be configured in high-end smartphones including iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5, but now is being introduced in the lower range phones also. Honor 4 Play comes with a 5 inch HD (720X1280) display with IPS panel and runs on latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS linked with Emotion UI 2.3. It features an 8 MP rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a 2 MP front camera. The device offers 8 GB internal storage which can be further expanded to up to 32 GB and comes packed with a 2000 mAh battery. Honor 4 play sports dual SIM, 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Press Release: TCIG Press Office#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The Youth Ministries Department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists celebrated last weekend beginning January 21, with an investiture service of 80 youth of all ages from throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. This investiture is the largest the Mission here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The theme for the joint service was “Lord, transform me for your service”.The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Connolly, attended the event and brought remarks on behalf of her Ministry. She said; “It is my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services at this very important ceremony. I want to acknowledge all of the elders and leaders of the Seven Day Adventist Church who are here with us today to support all of these amazing young people. Today you are making a very important public commitment. You are making a commitment to service, service to your God, your church, your community and your people. I congratulate you! I am proud of you!”She further told the youth present that; “I understand that the Pathfinders Club is a very well established and important one for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When I heard of the work that you do with young people, assisting with homework, conducting evangelism, visiting the children’s home and giving of your time and talents to our country, I was more than proud of you and even more elated to be here.“Willingly engaging in service is a commendable act. This will prepare you well for the future, not only on your CVs but for leadership on a whole. The Bible itself admonishes that if you want to be Great in the Kingdom, you must be a servant of all! Indeed, we are admonished in 1 Peter 4 verses 10 and 11 to ‘use our gifts to serve one another, so that God may be Glorified’. You heeded that call!”She encouraged the gathering of youth by reminding them that they have a role to play in today’s society. She told them that; “You are powerful and you have potential! Remember David was only a boy when he killed a giant, Jehoash was 7 years old when he became King of Judah and Josiah was 8 years old when he became King in Jerusalem. Look around you, Look at how many people have invested in you being here; your parents, your minister, your teachers and your friends. You have to take the opportunity today to encourage one another.”“I look at you and I am reminded that today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Each of you have something that you are destined to do, whether that is raising a beautiful family, succeeding in a profession, being CEO of a large cooperation or leading your community into a better future. You all have a role to play. We, The Turks and Caicos Islands, need you. As you move forward in your journey towards being an adult, a responsible citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I want you to remember that you are never alone.” Hon. Connolly stated that she enjoyed the event and the participation of the youth in the service. She left words of encouragement for the youth at the service and hoped that she was an inspiration to them. She said; “I want to leave these few words of encouragement with you because I know as young people, involved in community work you will have some challenging times. When you feel discouraged or heartbroken, ask God to transform you so that you can be of service to Him.“Concentrate on what God is calling you to do rather than the naysayer’s personal agendas. You will struggle with this all your life, so the sooner you discipline yourself the better. Just like Elijah, you probably have more supporters than you think you have. Hang around positive-minded people, people you trust and who trust you, to help you continually mature as a person and leader.“I’m so proud of all of you here today. I’m proud of this gathering. I know you all can move forward with God as the center of your life. Live to serve Him. I believe in you, and I can’t wait to see everything you all will achieve for your generation and generations to come.” Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez with their kidsInstagramJennifer Lopez has finally responded to the cheating allegations directed towards Alex Rodriguez by former MLB player Jose Canseco. Shrugging off the rumours as, “I know who he is,” Lopez clarified that she is unaffected by all the claims.After Jennifer Lopez got engaged to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez back in March, former MLB player Jose Canseco stated that Rodriguez was cheating on her with his ex-wife. In a series of tweets by Canseco, he wrote, “Watching World of Dance watching JLo text Alex Rodriguez little does she know that he is cheating on her with my ex-wife Jessica poor girl she has no idea who he really is,” and added, “I was there a few months back with her when he called her on her phone.” He concluded his rant with this tweet, “Alex Rodriguez I challenge you to a boxing match or an MMA match anytime you want.”Watching World of Dance watching J.Lo text Alex Rodriguez little does she know that he is cheating on her with my ex-wife Jessica poor girl she has no idea who he really is— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 11, 2019Jose Canseco’s tweetTwitter Jennifer Lopez and Alex RodriguezInstagramEver since the cheating allegations surfaced, Lopez maintained a stoic silence over it. However, in a recent talk show with power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, the Hustlers actress expressed how she was unaffected by it. She quoted, “It doesn’t matter. I know what truth is. I know who he is. He knows who I am.” Lopez further added, “We’re not going to let other people come out and tell us what our relationship is. I know what our relationship is.”Clearing out the claims, Canseco’s ex-wife Jessica also responded to the claims with a twee that read, “Those false accusations Jose is making are not true!I have known Alex for many years and haven’t even seen him for over 5. I certainly did not sleep with him. I am friendly with both him and Jennifer. As for Jose he can keep playing with his Alien friends.”Jennifer and Alex’s engagement was quite a romantic one as it happened in the Bahamas. He went on one knee and popped the question with a gorgeous sunset in the background. While a wedding date hasn’t been fixed yet, the couple is excited to raise their blended family which includes Lopez’s 10-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex Marc Anthony and Rodriguez’s daughters Natasha, 13, and Ella, 9.
-The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why it should not order them to compensate the victims of Chikungunya.Secretaries to the ministries of health and LGRD, and mayors and chief executive officers of two city corporations in Dhaka were made respondents in the rule.An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice Ataur Rahman Khan asked the respondents to answer within three weeks after holding primary hearing on a writ petition.Supreme Court lawyer, also the writ petitioner Sujauddaula Akanda moved in favour of the writ in the court while deputy attorney general Amit Talukder moved for the state.The rule also asked why the court should not order the respondents to spray pesticides properly to kill aedes and other mosquitoes.The rule further wanted to know why the authorities should not initiate awareness programmes across the country as preventive measures as well as clean the dumping spots of Dhaka and other endemic areas.Sujauddaula Akanda filed the writ on 4 July.
A group of BCL activists attacked Mahmudur Rahman on Sunday, 22 July, on Kushtia court premises.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) have strongly condemned attack on Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia Sunday.The New York-based organisation that promotes press freedom around the world, on Tuesday urged the Bangladesh authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.In a press statement on Tuesday, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) strongly condemned the attack on Mahmudur Rahman, 65, by the activists of the ruling Awami League’s student political organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), outside the court room in Kushtia district.The daily Amar Desh had been closed down by Awami League government since 2013.“The attack came as a response to the bail granted by Kushtia senior judicial magistrate to Mr. Rahman in a defamation case filed by BCL leader, Yasir Arafat Tushar, against Mr. Rahman in December 2017, for his allegedly derogatory remarks against the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, former President of Bangladesh and father of Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip Siddiqui (at present a British Parliament Member) at a seminar in Dhaka in December 2017,” read the AFAD statement.“After he was granted bail around 100 BCL activists confined Mr. Rahman in the court room where he was assaulted, verbally and physically. He was able to come out of the courtroom with police protection only after 4.30pm despite having received bail by noon time. However, the BCL activists attacked his car with bricks and bamboo sticks causing injuries to his face and head,” AFAD gave an account of the incident of the attack.It also alleged that police were remained silent instead of protecting him from attackers when Mahmudur was attacked by “armed BCL goons”. “This attack on Mr. Rahman is indicative of the escalating intolerance of the Bangladeshi government towards the opposition and dissenters,” observed the human rights body.CPJ quoted Mahmudur Rahman from the hospital as alleging, supporters of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League’s student wing, attacked and injured him as he was leaving a defamation hearing in Kushtia.The daily newspaper Mahmudur Rahman edited was forced to shut down in 2013 and he has been jailed in the past in connection with his journalistic work, CPJ said.”The attack against Mahmudur Rahman is illustrative of the environment in which journalists critical of the Sheikh Hasina government struggle to do their work,” said Robert Mahoney, CPJ’s deputy executive director.”Authorities must condemn and take swift action against those who attacked Rahman and bring them to justice.”Rahman had just been granted bail in the defamation case when around 100 activists assembled outside the courtroom, according to reports. The men confined him to the courtroom for several hours and then attacked him with stones and sticks when he tried to leave, he was quoted to have said.He also alleged that he requested police help but they were slow to respond and did not offer any first aid after the attack, despite his profuse bleeding. Rahman received several head injuries, including a gash on the back of his head and on his cheek, which required stitches.Kushtia police did not immediately respond to CPJ’s emailed request for comment.CPJ has documented that Bangladesh’s journalists face a diverse range of threats, from criminal defamation, to enforced disappearances, and intimidation from government and authorities, leading to high rates of self-censorship.CPJ also said it has further documented how the present government in Bangladesh has targeted the opposition press.Mahmudur Rahman has been seen as a dissenter by the ruling Awami League. In 2013, he was arrested on charges of sedition and inciting violence through criticism and was arbitrarily held in pre-trial detention for 1,322 days until his release on bail on 24 November 2016. Mahmudur Rahman was also tortured while in police remand several times. There were over 118 charges against him across the country, mainly on defamation and sedition.
trainA passenger train smashed into a truck at a level crossing in South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, injuring 180 and throwing several carriages off the rails.Flames ripped through the twisted wreckage and choking black smoke rose into the air as desperate passengers clambered out of the train to escape the inferno.Rescuers rushed to the scene to search for survivors and treat the injured. Officials warned the toll could rise as operations continued to clear the crash site.”Police are investigating. The truck driver was taking chances… that cost lots of lives,” Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi told reporters at the scene.”The truck driver has been taken to hospital where we are going to do a blood test to verify if he was sober or not, or what was the problem.”The Shosholoza Meyl rail company, which operates long-distance trains in South Africa, said the train travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg collided with the truck at about 09:00 am (0700 GMT).- Fierce fire -It said in a statement that the truck had made an “untimely” crossing of the tracks when it was hit by a train at high speed, between the towns of Hennenman and Kroonstad, 200 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.One of the derailed carriages was the power generator — the car, sitting behind the locomotive, that provides power to the rest of the train. The car caught fire and the flames spread rapidly.Shosholoza Meyl said there were 429 passengers on board, though Maswanganyi put the number at 730.”The death toll has increased to 14,” provincial government health spokesman Mondli Mvambi told AFP, adding that at least 180 people had been injured — two of them critically.”It is feared that they could find more bodies as the search, recovery and rescue work is ongoing.”The number of injury reports also varied widely in the immediate aftermath of the crash.”We still have to lift the carriages to see to whether there are any other people that are still trapped there or not. We still don’t know what is underneath,” said one railway official at the accident site, promising a full investigation.Some victims were treated on a strip of grass beside the railway line while others were taken to hospital. Uninjured passengers waited on a nearby road, some of them carrying their luggage.The New Year is a busy period for transport in South Africa, with railways and roads carrying passengers returning to work after the holidays.