first_imgRichard Baltas621112918%52%$598,163 Doug O’Neill698151112%49%$650,258 Mark Glatt3165419%48%$225,650 Jerry Hollendorfer591081117%49%$891,304 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 Stewart Elliott70871311%40%$347,490 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 2) UNIQUE BELLA MEETS CHAMP IN GRADE II LAS VIRGENESThere are those who have mentioned Unique Bella in the same breath with herstablemate,  two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Songbird, although Jerry Hollendorfer likely would say that’s putting the cart before the horse, although he allows that Unique Bella is “a special filly.”The daughter of Tapit tries two turns for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, and is the 3-5 morning line favorite to succeed.Unique Bella won the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs by 7 ½ lengths while geared down in her three-year-old debut, beating stablemate It Tiz Well. Competition is likely to be stiffer Sunday in the form of Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly Champagne Room, who has been firing morning bullets for her three-year-old debut.Trained by Peter Eurton, Champagne Room has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. FINISH LINES: Happy Birthday wishes are in order for the Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona.  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Wrona was foaled 51 years ago today . . .  Midnight Storm, a multiple graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt, remains ticketed for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Absolutely,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “That’s what we’re planning. We’re going to breeze this weekend and keep him on that schedule all the way into the race.” Marathoner Big John B. worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:02. “He’s doing great,” D’Amato said. “I missed the San Marcos with him, but we’ll probably hit the next one (San Luis Rey at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25) or the Tokyo City Cup (at 1 ½ miles on dirt April 2), which he won last year.” Also scheduled to work Saturday is three-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind for John Sadler . . . Suspension City: Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, third in the standings with 14 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 12, 16 and 17) for careless riding aboard Aotearoa in Sunday’s ninth race; Martin Garcia has been banished the same three days for careless riding on Senator Robert in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from second to fifth; Flavien Prat is banned Feb. 9, 10 and 11 for careless riding on Run Macho Run in the second race Feb. 2; and the CHRB has denied Norberto Arroyo Jr.’s appeal from last October, suspending him six days (Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17) . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Thursday worth $319,148, bought through TwinSpires.com for $648 . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to see it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Flavien Prat9522101623%51%$1,283,793 Martin Pedroza5377913%43%$269,443 Mike Smith2161429%52%$607,500 HOLLENDORFER TARGETS THREE STAKES THIS WEEKENDJerry Hollendorfer has horses entered in six races this weekend, three of them stakes, so the Hall of Fame trainer and his assistant Dan Ward will be busy, as is their wont.The 70-year-old Hollendorfer adheres to the U.S. Postal Service credo. Be it rain, sleet or snow, the mail must get through.Hollendorfer has Ike Walker entered in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for four-year-olds and up at six furlongs and Sheer Flattery in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both on Saturday. Sunday, Unique Bella tries two turns for the first time in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.Ike Walker sticks out like a sore thumb in the Palos Verdes, because on form, he doesn’t seem to fit. The five-year-old Bellamy Road gelding was claimed for $50,000 last out when he finished third on a wet/fast track at a mile Jan. 1. Prior to that, his previous 12 starts were all a mile or longer.“The reason we nominated and are running is because we’ve been entering him in other races and they didn’t go,” Hollendorfer said. “I don’t just want to just keep sitting on him. I didn’t have a race picked out for him at Golden Gate, and we couldn’t get in here.“We heard the Palos Verdes was going to come up short so we nominated and decided to run.“It’s probably a bad spot, but if you just keep training them, they can get hurt.”As to Sheer Flattery, who won a maiden allowance race by a nose on a sloppy track Dec. 31, Hollendorfer said, “We think he’s been training well and if he can transfer the race he ran last time to this one, he should have a fairly good chance.”The Palos Verdes, race three: Ike Walker, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Distinctive B, Tyler Baze, 7-2; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 7-2; and Moe Candy, Victor Espinoza, 2-1. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze972119822%49%$903,417 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Santiago Gonzalez5168612%39%$264,716 Kent Desormeaux651410722%48%$913,683 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN ROBERT B. LEWISWith three horses entered, Doug O’Neill has 60 percent in a field of five for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, but it’s not a personal record for the trainer, who won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and last year with champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist.“I remember having three in the Malibu in 2004 when Lava Man ran second (to Rock Hard Ten),” O’Neill said between intermittent rain drops that were not enough to cancel training Friday morning.O’Neill also sent out Harvard Avenue to finish second and Perfect Moon to run third behind Rock Hard Ten, but accounted for only 30 percent of the field as there were 10 starters.O’Neill has Oak Tree Juvenile winner Dangerfield, the maiden Irap, and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art going in the Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“The pressure’s on,” O’Neill said with a chuckle, alluding to his Lewis majority. “Seriously, all three are doing well. They have the pedigree, they have the class, they’ve got the stride. They’ve all showed glimpses of being that kind of horse, so we’re optimistic.’The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano7912101615%48%$740,768 Peter Eurton2373030%43%$324,340 Joseph Talamo60651110%37%$247,090 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 William Spawr1360246%62%$172,461 J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Luis Contreras58681710%53%$316,054 DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR TEXAS RYANOTexas Ryano has a win and a second at a mile and a quarter on turf at Santa Anita.Jockey Joe Talamo hopes the horse’s fancy for those conditions is in tact for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“He kind of got backed up in his training with all the rain, like everyone else, but he’s been working very good and the distance is good for him, although to me, he’s a true mile and a half horse,” said Talamo, who has ridden the six-year-old Curlin horse eight times, winning twice, including the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last out on Nov. 25.“If you look at his races at a mile and an eighth and a mile and a quarter, he kind of comes running, but the farther the better with him,” Talamo said. “He’s doing well enough where he can try and run ’em down.”Trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson, Texas Ryano boasts a 5-3-3 record from 18 starts with earnings of $438,355.The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Gustnado, Conquest Daddyo and Some in Tieme were scratched. UNIQUE BELLA ODDS-ON FOR SUNDAY’S LAS VIRGENESO’NEILL HOPES TO ‘PASS GO’ WITH LEWIS MONOPOLYBUSY WEEKEND AS USUAL FOR TEAM HOLLENDORFERTEXAS RYANO SHOULD COME RUNNING IN SAN MARCOS Peter Miller451113624%67%$666,510 John Sadler2355622%70%$273,824last_img read more

first_img Dell Intel Meet Alienware’s Aurora and Dell’s G5 gaming desktops 0 4:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Although IFA 2019, Europe’s largest consumer tech show, doesn’t start until Sept. 6, Dell is already getting its big news out. The company’s top ultraportable laptop, the XPS 13, will be updated with Intel’s 10th-gen 14nm processors, including a six-core Intel Core i7-10710U. In fact, most of Dell’s Inspiron lineup will be flipped to the new chips as well. To be clear, these are not the 10th-generation 10nm Ice Lake Core processors that you’ll find in Dell’s XPS 13 two-in-one, the world’s first Project Athena-verified laptop. Instead, these are 14nm Comet Lake CPUs that include the aforementioned six-core i7 and a speed bump in supported memory up to LP4x-2933, LPDDR3-2133 and DDR4-2666 (the XPS 13 uses up to 16GB DDR3 2,133MHz). Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 are in the supporting chipset, unlike Ice Lake, which incorporates those into the CPU die. 26 Photos Post a comment Share your voice The current XPS 13 earned a CNET Editors’ Choice award earlier this year due to its overall design, features, performance and lengthy 12-hour battery life. The new six-core processor should help it retain its title as “the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class” by boosting its speed while still letting us work through a flight or binge-watch shows from morning to night.  The updated Dell XPS 13 will be available Aug. 27. 02-dell-inspiron-14-7000Dell’s new Inspiron 14 7000 weighs less than 2.5 pounds. Sarah Tew/CNET Several of Dell’s Inspiron laptops will be updated with the new 10th-gen Comet Lake processors and joined by a new Inspiron 14 7000. Though the Inspiron models don’t typically have the premium touches of the XPS line, the 14 7000 is build from lightweight magnesium alloy to keep its weight under 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). An updated hinge design lets you open it one-handed and there’s a new lid sensor, so the laptop will boot the instant you lift the lid. Other upscale touches include a fingerprint reader, narrow bezels around its 14-inch FHD display — available with or without touch — and a 100% sRGB color gamut. It’ll be available with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX250 discrete GPU, too.The new Inspiron 14 7000 is currently expected to be available in October.  A few simple tweaks make the Dell XPS 13 a near-perfect… Tags Computers Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgPicture: A fuel tanker moves past Air India passenger jets parked at an airport in Kolkata. [Representational Image]Reuters fileAir India is planning for road shows in India and abroad to attract buyers as the Narendra Modi government is all set to sell the loss-making state-owned airline.The company has now laid down details of a tender requesting proposals for engagement of advisers and also said that it is planning on “conducting road shows in India and abroad,” Mint reported.The report also suggests that the government is aware of the possibilities of international players showing interest in the airline. So, they may amend rules, which at the present bar international companies from bidding.On the modalities of strategic disinvestment, timing, and positioning of the strategic sale, merchant bankers will assist and advice the government.The government will have the option of getting the valuation done by another agency and will also consider the report of the asset value, Mint reported.”The bidder needs to have at least five years of experience in providing similar advisory services for disinvestment, strategic sale, merger and acquisition activities, private equity transaction etc., and should have advised, handled and successfully completed at least one transaction of merger/acquisition/takeover/strategic disinvestment/private equity transaction of the size of Rs 4,000 crore or more between April 2012 and 30 June 2017,” the business daily quoted the release as saying.The pre-bid meeting will be held by the Finance Ministry’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) on September 25and final bids from the buyer must reach the department by October 12.The tender has also outlined the detailed offer — Air India has an operating fleet of 142 aircraft comprising 65 Airbus A-320, 15 Boeing B777, 24 787, 23 737-800, 11 ATRs and 4 B747. The carrier plies in 42 international and 70 domestic destinations.Low-cost carrier IndiGo’s parent company InterGlobe Aviation and Bird Group have already expressed interest in bidding for Air India and have written to the Civil Aviation Ministry.In July, IndiGo’s co-founder Rakesh Gangwal had said that the budget airline is interested in Air India’s international operations and that of its low-cost international subsidiary Air India Express.Currently, Air India has an accumulated debt of about Rs 50,000 crore and staff strength of around 20,000. It earned an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015-16 on total sales of Rs 20,526 crore.The carrier is owned by the central government and its share capital as on March 31 was Rs 24,425 crore.Back in June, the Modi government had approved an in-principle sale of Air India. “The Cabinet today gave an in-principle approval to the divestment of Air India,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said.last_img read more

first_imgNational Human Rights CommissionThe murder of Nusrat could have been avoided had the local administration and madrasa management council duly acted, National Human Rights Commission said in its investigation report.The commission said both the police officials concerned and the district administration showed negligence in performing their duties.NHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday disclosed the report at the commission’s office in the city’s Kawran Bazar area.NHRC director (complaints and investigation) Al-Mahmud Foyzul Kabir and deputy director (complaints and investigation) M Rabiul Islam carried out the investigation.On 27 March, the student’s mother filed a case against the principal on charges of sexually abusing her daughter.On 6 April, the student had gone to Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa to take the Alim examination. She was set on fire after being tricked into going to the rooftop of the madrasa, after refusing to withdraw the case against the principal. She was admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.On 10 April, Nusrat died at the hospital. Her death triggered huge outcry across the country, demanding justice. Many of the accused have been arrested.According to the NHRC report, principal Siraj Ud Doula had abused Nusrat sexually at his room. People loyal to him had poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.The report said the police station asked immodest questions to Nusrat, and they tried to show the matter very lightly.The video of Nusrat’s interview with police was posted on social media. Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge discharged his duties in an irresponsible manner. It went against the Digital Security Act, the report further said. Nusrat Jahan RafiThe report said, “Siraj Ud Doula was the super at a Doulatpur madrasa in 1995. He had gay relationship with madrasa students. A number of fraudulent cases against him are going on in the court.”Students and guardians lodged complaints against the principal to upazila nirbahi officer, additional district magistrate, madrasa governing body and police station, NHRC said in its report adding that local administration and madrasa authorities did not take any steps.It is unbelievable how someone gets appointed as a madrasa principal despite having so many allegations against him, NHRC commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said.He said an investigation should be carried out to find out people behind his appointment.Reazul Hoque said, “Nusrat’s soul will be in peace if her killers are punished duly.”The NRCH chairman said the members of police have already been closed. Their punishment has to be ensured if they were found guilty, he added.The NHRC report has made a seven-point recommendation. It recommend taking action against those police and admin officials who showed negligence in their duties. It also recommended taking action against those who assisted the madrasa principal.The madrasa governing body has to be reconstituted, the NHRC report observed, adding that the security of the family members have to be ensured as well.last_img read more