Abu Salem and Arun Gawli live life on their own terms in jail

first_imgAbu SalemA remote prison on the fringes of the city holds the only two crime lords Mumbai Police has collared: Abu Salem alias ‘Captain’ and Arun Gawli alias ‘Daddy’. The star inmates share little in common except a lengthy criminal record and a mutual loathing of Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi-based crime,Abu SalemA remote prison on the fringes of the city holds the only two crime lords Mumbai Police has collared: Abu Salem alias ‘Captain’ and Arun Gawli alias ‘Daddy’. The star inmates share little in common except a lengthy criminal record and a mutual loathing of Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi-based crime syndicate. That could be the reason why deported gangster Salem, 44, and Mumbai’s only resident don Gawli, 60, chat occasionally in the open spaces within the 20-foot-high walls of Taloja Jail. Gawli was shifted here in 2009, Salem a year later. Located off the Mumbai-Pune expressway, nearly 50 km from the city centre, the prison was inaugurated in 2008 in a distant rocky crop of hills. Since then, the long arm of Mumbai’s real estate-a signature sprawl of 20-storey apartment blocks-has begun snaking towards the prison boundary.As the newest destination for the city’s undertrials, Taloja Jail was meant to decongest the Arthur Road Jail in Byculla, bursting with over 2,100 prisoners, more than double its designated capacity. The jail, which takes its name from a village nearby, is still under construction and will accommodate 2,427 prisoners when it is completed in two years. For now, it has 867 inmates, including Somali pirates, Bangladeshi migrants, members of the Indian Mujahideen and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as well as eight accused in the September 2007 Malegaon blast case including Lt-Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, 39. It has members of the Bharat Nepali, Ashwin Naik and Salem gangs. Salem and Gawli, however, are the stars.Click here to EnlargeA Maharashtra home department official says the state government always sends Dawood gang rivals to Taloja to avoid showdowns in Arthur Road Jail. However, the bifurcation has helped the gangsters virtually run their activities from behind bars. Arthur Road Jail is close to Dawood’s den in Nagpada; it’s easy for the gangsters’ couriers to pass on his messages to the prisoners. Taloja Jail is close to Dawood’s rival Chhota Rajan’s stronghold, Navi Mumbai. Rajan’s trusted aide D.K. Rao was sent here instead of Arthur Road Jail after his arrest in journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s murder case in 2011. However, the others arrested in the case, including prime accused Satish Kalia, a sharpshooter of the Rajan gang, are lodged in the Arthur Road Jail.Taloja Jail features double-storeyed ‘anda’ high-security cells-thus called for their circular shape. Each floor has 50 10×5 cells. Salem inhabits one of these. Former Taloja inmates such as Irfan Ali (pseudonym) recall meetings between Salem and Gawli as being hot on the jail grapevine. “Simply because there was little else to do. No satellite TV, no movies, everybody watched everyone else,” says the property dealer from Thane who recently served a six-month term in a cheating case. “You get the idea how different the dons are from the way they dress,” he says. Salem stills looks the way he did when he got off the flight that brought him back from Portugal in 2005: Impeccably dressed in jeans, T-shirt, white sneakers and, unusually for humid Mumbai, a dark velvet jacket. Gawli, the earthy don who is known to have never set foot outside India, sports white kurta pyjamas and his trademark Gandhi topi.advertisementArun GawliBoth lord over tiny empires in prison. Salem has two gang members with him. Gawli, arrested within days of the March 2008 murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlesh Jamsandikar, has six gang members for company. Ali says Gawli is particular about his health, but with no major ailments warranting his shifting to a government hospital, he spends most of his time in one of the barracks doubling as a hospital, being ‘treated’ for minor ailments. He is guarded by his henchmen including Dinesh Narkar, a tall, well-built man, and spends most of his time smoking hashish smuggled into the prison by human couriers. Salem, on the other hand, smokes only imported Marlboros. He works out regularly in his cell and plays badminton, a court-granted privilege. He walks in the prison with a touch-me-not menace, ignoring the salutations of fellow inmates. He once snarled “Goli yahaan khayega ya bahar khayega? (Do you want to be shot inside or outside the prison?)” at a jail staffer who asked him to hurry up a meeting with his lawyer in the common meeting area.Yet it was an aluminum spoon that landed Salem in Taloja Jail. Gangster Mustafa Dossa slashed Salem’s face with the improvised prison weapon in the Arthur Road Jail in July 2010. The man who prides himself on his movie-star looks briefly appeared with a bandaged face. The attack on Salem was not a stray one. Two criminals, John D’Souza and Azgar Ali Mehendi, were killed in the jail in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In September 2010, Salem’s aide Mehendi Hassan, an accused in the Pradeep Jain murder case, was attacked in Arthur Road Jail by two undertrials. In January this year, a murder accused, Akram Khan, was beaten to death by another inmate.advertisementIt is not known what sparked the argument, but Dossa and Salem were instantly separated: Salem to Taloja and Dossa, deported from Dubai in 2003 for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, to the humbler Thane prison. Police officials believe the argument was a set-up, meant to move the two high-profile gangsters away from the blinding glare of India’s most famous prisoner: Ajmal Amir Kasab. Ever since the sole surviving gunman of the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attack arrived, the colonial prison has been under heightened scrutiny and security, stifling the gang bosses’ lifestyle. While Gawli is known to pay for services within the prison-his gang is still active in central Mumbai-Salem has stridently refused to pay the estimated Rs 1 lakh per month for special privileges, including meals from outside twice a day. A lawyer who knows Gawli well reveals that the gangster has informants everywhere in and outside the jail premises. “Be it a vada pav vendor or a tea stall proprietor, everyone is loyal to Gawli,” he says.Jail is the safest place for gangsters to run their syndicate, says a well-known criminal lawyer who has handled several high-profile gangsters. Their modus operandi is very simple. A gang member deliberately commits a crime and refuses bail. Eventually, he is lodged in the same jail where his master is. He takes instructions and contacts from his boss, secures bail in two or three days, comes out of the jail and executes the supari (contract) he has taken. “Salem and Gawli have also adopted the same tactic. That is why their operations are in full swing from behind bars,” the lawyer says.”Salem has only two cases pending against him in the Delhi High Court. He will be free soon, in two or three years,” predicts his former lawyer Ashok Saraogi. “He has time on his side,” he says. Salem discontinued Saraogi’s services in 2008 following differences. Salem wanted to contest the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by floating his own party. He suspected that Saraogi was serving his own political ambitions in his client’s name. Saraogi, however, refutes the charge. “Salem could not contest the election because he was not a voter in the state. His name was removed from the voting list soon after he fled Mumbai.”A school dropout, Salem hawked electronics at a departmental store in Andheri, Mumbai, in the 1990s and began work as a courier for the Dawood gang before parting ways in 1998 after a turf war with another Dawood lieutenant, Chhota Shakeel. Salem has spent an estimated Rs 40 lakh in legal fees in the past few years. He has generated the cash through hawala transactions for some influential politicians. “When he was deported in 2005, Salem entered into a pact with one of the leading investigative agencies in India. The agency agreed not to give him third-degree treatment in the jail in lieu of his destroying evidence against the politicians’ hawala rackets,” a senior officer told india today. The “friends and well wishers” are still bearing the expenses of his legal case.advertisement”Gawli is safest in prison,” says Billu, a police informant in his early 30s. “Understand his psyche. This is a gangster petrified of death. He once refused to step out of a police van during a drive of over 200 km from Pune’s Yerwada Jail to Mumbai because he feared he would be shot in an encounter. In October 2004, when he was contesting an election from Chinchpokli as an independent, Gawli had refused to cast his own vote fearing senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar posted outside his home would kill him in an encounter. Gawli is known to stay alert in Taloja. He stands with his back to the wall when his cell is being cleaned. Having spent over two decades in prison, he knows the four walls are not safe.”State Home Minister R.R. Patil had admitted in the Legislative Council in March that there was inadequate security in the state’s prisons. “The jails in the state are over populated. Some jails are very old and need to be repaired,” he said.With curbs on police recruitment, the demand for higher security is unlikely to be met anytime soon. In effect, the crime lords will continue to rule in prison till they are freed.last_img read more

BCCI overhaul: Supreme Court paves way for reform

first_imgThe Supreme Court today paved the way for reform in the world’s richest cricket board – Board of Cricket Control of India. Accepting most of the recommendations given by the Lodha panel, the Supreme Court referred only one point back to the Lodha panel which is whether IPL franchise will have representation at the apex governing body or not.The court accepted the recommendation of ‘one state one vote’ suggested by the Lodha panel but allowing the state of Maharashtra and Gujarat to have multiple associations though only one would have the voting rights on a rotational basis.Another major reform move is that the Supreme Court has made it amply clear that no civil servants or ministers can hold any office with the BCCI. Also no officer can hold a dual post at the level of state and centre. The court has also accepted the appointment of an Ombudsman by the CAG which would have a representation at the governing council.The Supreme Court appointed Lodha panel will also oversee the transition from the old to the new system of administration within six months. SC has also put a cap on retirement age of 70 years.SC has asked the Parliament to decide on betting and whether to bring BCCI under the purview of RTI. The only relief to BCCI is that the SC has allowed BCCI to decide policy pertaining to advertising.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ renders show gorgeous design, improved fingerprint placement

first_imgA new day and a new live render of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy phone is here. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are going to be the flagship phones of Samsung in the year 2018. There is lot of inquisitiveness in people to see the final design of new Galaxy S9s but it is only possible when the phones are officially unveiled. Until then, it is the leaks and rumours that help us get an idea of what Samsung could bring to the table with its upcoming Galaxy phones.One of such leaks is the new CAD-based render and a video that reveals the phone in all its glory. The phone can be seen from every possible angles. Going by the video, it is safe to say that the Galaxy S9 would sport a similar design as that of S8 but with few major changes.Here’s the video.Remember the misplaced fingerprint placement in the Galaxy S8. Samsung tried being innovative with the fingerpirnt placement in the Galaxy S8 and ended up placing it on one such place where it should have never been- right next to the camera lens. However, it seems that company could fix this issue in the upcoming Galaxy S9. Atleast that’s what the video says. The phone in question is seen having a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, placed below the camera module. This is in contrast with the past rumours that suggest that Samsung could bring the in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S9.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy S9 to be launched in early 2018: Possible specs and featuresadvertisementThe second apparent and big change is the dual camera at the back. Galaxy S8 chose to stick to the one-camera rule but chances are that its younger sibling could join the dual camera phone bandwagon. The video shows the bigger S9+ with two cameras at the back aligned vertically to each other. The curves and slim bezels remain similar to the S8. Design wise, the S9 is expected to feature a glass body with metal frame. Samsung will continue with its Bixby button and 3.5 mm audio jack in the new Galaxy S9s. The new Galaxy phones could be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset but only for US. The rest of the world will receive an Exynos version of the phone.  Expect the device to run on Android 8.0 Oreo.last_img read more

Priming Your Brain to Percolate Brilliant Ideas at ESC Minneapolis 2017

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous Will the iPhone 8 include a dedicated neural network engine?Next A DIY project to monitor Internet downtimecenter_img Have you heard of Ransom Stephens? This is a man who has written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from signal integrity to quantum physics to parenting teens and two novels. His new book, The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs (Viva Editions, 2016), is an irreverent look at the neuroscience of innovation in technology, art, and science. A pioneer in jitter analysis, Ransom has invented new methods for extracting signals from noise and has served on several high data rate standards. He has given thousands of speeches across the US, Europe, and Asia, and has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny.The reason I mention all of this here is that I was just meandering my way through the full schedule for the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held November 8-9, in Minneapolis.OMG. That’s only eight weeks away as I pen these words. I’m not ready. I’m too young for all this excitement. Quite apart from anything else, I’ll be giving the keynote presentation at the Electronics of Tomorrow (EOT) conference in Denmark the week before (see Electronics of Tomorrow in Denmark Today). By the time I get to ESC, my head will be spinning like a top, but that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about…The thing is that, while rooting around the ESC schedule, I saw that young Ransom will be giving one of the keynote presentations: The Keys to Innovation: Priming Your Brain to Percolate Brilliant Ideas . As it says in the official blurb:Whether you’re designing a circuit, debugging a SerDes, or painting a lily pad, you call on your innovative powers every day. In this presentation, best-selling author and renowned physicist and engineer Ransom Stephens will examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness: the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you’re even aware of them. Methods for fine-tuning the balance of stress and confidence, concentration and distraction that prime our brains to innovate our way to solutions of the challenges that we each face, as well as those that we face together, will also be discussed, as will the neuroaesthetics of what makes products and discoveries good, bad, and valuable.Now, your knee-jerk reaction might be to exclaim: “What?” I know what you mean. Generally speaking, when I hear someone say things like “processes that percolate insights” and “the power of perspective” and “neuroaesthetics,” I tend to nod my head thoughtfully, plaster a smile on my face, and sidle my way towards the nearest exit.But wait! I was in the audience when Ransom gave this presentation at a previous conference, and I can honestly say that it’s a must-see event. I have an almost insatiable thirst for tidbits of trivia, and Ransom’s presentation left me stuffed and satiated and gorged and replete with more nuggets of knowledge than you could swing a stick at.In fact, Ransom’s presentation was so good that I cannot wait to see it again, which is saying something because I rarely like to do anything more than once.Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis? If so, perhaps I’ll see you at Ransom’s keynote. Happily, this will be open to anyone to attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention.last_img read more

a month agoLazio boss Simone Inzaghi: We controlled Inter Milan

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi: We controlled Inter Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi insists they didn’t deserve defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the winner, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic outstanding.“We did well in the first half and the only thing we really got wrong was not scoring one of our many chances,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“I don’t remember Thomas Strakosha making any saves in the first half and we had three or four big scoring opportunities. There are regrets, because not everyone comes to San Siro and controls the play like this.“Naturally, in the final 20 minutes we got a bit stretched out and allowed some Inter counter-attacks. We should’ve been more determined in front of goal, but I cannot complain about the overall approach.“We are on the right path and emerge with heads held high, albeit with zero points. We’re talking about Inter, they are top of the table and won every game so far, but in terms of performance and quality of football, Lazio did better this evening.” last_img read more

Even I did not get 15 chances to prove myself: Virat Kohli

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service DharamsalaSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 21:45 IST India captain Virat Kohli (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMen in Blue will play around 30 T20I matches before the World CupVirat Kohli said that each individual coming in the team should have a mindset to make their markWe feel both the T20Is and the Test championship are in our focus, said India skipperICC World T20, scheduled to be held next year, will have to prove themselves in a short span of time as the team management is trying to figure out a perfect balance before the mega event.The Men in Blue will play around 30 T20I matches before the World Cup and Kohli said that each individual coming in the team should have a mindset to make their mark.”We are very clear. It is not that anyone will get 30 chances. Even when I came in the team, I didn’t think I will get 15-20 games and I knew I will mostly get chances in three to five games and I have to prove myself. One will get suppose five chances and he will have to prove himself. That is the level we are playing at. As the team management has that mindset, the individual should also have the same,” Kohli said in an interaction on bcci.tv”It is a delicate balance to strike but as we have 30 games before it (World Cup), so we have to figure out how much time each individual gets,” he added.Asked whether the roadmap for the T20 World Cup starts from Sunday, when India take on South Africa in Dharamsala in the first affair of the three-match rubber, Kohli said: “We feel both the T20Is and the Test championship are in our focus as both of them are milestones and that is why youngsters are being pushed in from time to time as it is important to settle the team combination because we have to figure out the guys who will take the team forward.”advertisementEarlier on Thursday, Kohli had tweeted a picture of him sitting on his haunches with M.S. Dhoni on the other end after India had defeated Australia in a league game of the 2016 World T20 in Mohali.”A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test,” Kohli had tweeted which led to rumours of Dhoni’s retirement in the social media.Clarifying the issue, Kohli explained: “I posted about that Mohali game with MS (Dhoni) as it was a very special game and people thought he is retiring. I just don’t know as where did my caption read ‘thanks MS’ or any such things.””I was like…..whatever goes in their (people) mind, they relate it,” he concluded.Also Read | Give a call to Dhoni: Aakash Chopra suggests Tim Paine for better use of DRSAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Ravi Shastri Even I did not get 15 chances to prove myself: Virat KohliIndia are looking to get perfect team combination before the T20 World Cup next year. India skipper Virat Kohli said youngsters are given chances in the team but no one would get 15 opportunities to prove themselves.advertisementlast_img read more

The Manual Meet Up: Welcomes Brothers and Craft To Charleston

first_img1. Brothers and Craft 2. Brothers and Craft 3. Brothers and Craft 4. Brothers and Craft 5. Brothers and Craft 6. Brothers and Craft 7. Brothers and Craft 8. Brothers and Craft 9. Brothers and Craft 10. Brothers and Craft 11. Brothers and Craft 12. Brothers and Craft 13. Brothers and Craft 14. Brothers and Craft 15. Brothers and Craft 16. Brothers and Craft 17. Brothers and Craft Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream It was a PBR and hushpuppy kind of evening last night when The Manual and Leon’s Oyster Shop welcomed the Brothers & Craft boys to their new hometown of Charleston.As many of you know, The Manual doesn’t like to sit still and we have bases in New York, Portland and Charleston. In the depth of the sweltering Charleston summer we met Kirk Chambers, the eldest brother, who has lived here for quite some time. When he told us that his two brothers were uprooting from Brooklyn and moving down South we thought hosting a welcome party the gentlemanly thing to do.Mother Nature was kind to us and we were graced with cool weather (well 70, but that is cool for the Holy City) and a golden-pink sunset. The light cast a warm glow on Leon’s newest edition, The Oyster Shed. Located directly behind the now iconic oyster shop, the shed is a 19th century home that was one derelict and now decadent with exposed beams, reclaimed doors and one long communal table where we had hushpuppies, duck pate and avocado toast laid out for all to enjoy.Great friends came out to welcome the boys including Erik from J. Stark, Amy and Courtney from Stitch Design, photographer Jeff Holt, Coffee Kind’s Luke Correale, David and Bill from Sugar Bake Shop, Mary Mac McFadden Wilson from Print, Jay Fletcher and even some real live Citadel cadets.We wish the boys great success here in Charleston, although following them on Instagram, you know they are on the go go go.Finally we would like to thank Cole Haan for the generous VIP cards for all of our guests. We will have some very well heeled tastemakers around town this fall.All photography by Clay Austin.center_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Pair Oysters with Martinis 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Give PEP A Chance to Succeed – Education Minister

first_img He said it is important that the new assessment “is given the chance to succeed.” Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is urging all stakeholders to come together to ensure the success of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).He said it is important that the new assessment “is given the chance to succeed.”“This is a new system and there will inevitably be things to iron out. However, together we can address these in a spirit of cooperation and partnership. So while it is (the Ministry’s) responsibility to ensure that implementation of…PEP is successful, as stakeholders, we all must collaborate to achieve the desired outcomes,” he said.Senator Reid was addressing a sensitisation and consultation session for teachers at the Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann on Wednesday (September 12).PEP, which will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary-school entrance test, is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.It comprises a Performance Task, Ability Test and a Curriculum-based Test. The first sitting of the examination will take place in 2019.Minister Reid said that the Ministry will continue to host teacher sensitisation sessions and workshops across the island in order to ensure a greater degree of comfort with the assessment.He said that acceptance and support of the changes is important in enhancing the teaching-learning process.PEP is part of the implementation of the National Standards Curriculum (NSC), which places emphasis on project-based and problem-solving learning, with science, technology, engineering and mathematics/science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEM/STEAM) integrated at all levels.“During the past year, the Ministry completed the phased implementation of the NSC, which started in 2016 after two years of piloting,” the Minister informed.He noted that more than $200 million was provided to schools to execute the new curriculum.“We have started the distribution of the full curriculum publication to our schools for each teacher. This will be completed by this week,” the Minister indicated. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is urging all stakeholders to come together to ensure the success of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). “This is a new system and there will inevitably be things to iron out. However, together we can address these in a spirit of cooperation and partnership. So while it is (the Ministry’s) responsibility to ensure that implementation of…PEP is successful, as stakeholders, we all must collaborate to achieve the desired outcomes,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

CMA CGM Sells 90 Pct Stake in Global Gateway South Terminal

first_imgzoom French shipping major CMA CGM completed the sale of a 90 percent equity interest in Global Gateway South terminal (GGS) in Los Angeles on December 1.The stake was purchased by EQT Infrastructure III and its partner P5 Infrastructure (P5), for an enterprise value of USD 875 million. CMA CGM received a cash consideration of about USD 820 million.The French carrier will remain a minority shareholder with 10 percent of the GGS terminal, which it acquired last year as part of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), and will continue to be a major user of the facility, the company informed.CMA CGM signed a binding agreement for the transaction on July 1, 2017.The disposal of GGS enables CMA CGM to strengthen its financial structure in line with the plan communicated at the time of NOL’s acquisition in June 2016 and its strategy to focus on the shipping business while securing its operations through shared ownership of key terminals.BNP Paribas and HSBC acted as financial advisors and Willkie Farr & Gallagher acted as legal advisor to CMA CGM.last_img read more

78th death anniversary of Tagore observed in city

first_imgKolkata/Darjeeling: The 78th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed on Thursday with due solemnity.The statue of Tagore was garlanded and the students of Rabindra Bharati University sung his songs at the Jorasanko campus of the university, where the bard had breathed his last. Professor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, vice-chancellor of RBU, said an exhibition on the lives of Tagore and Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in October, was inaugurated on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThough the differences between Tagore and Gandhi are well known, it did not affect their friendship. Gandhi had visited Santiniketan four times and on two occasions he was accompanied by his wife Kasturba. Gandhi had given Tagore a cheque of Rs 60,000, when the latter needed the money. Similarly, on one occasion Tagore had gone to see Gandhi when he was on hunger strike in jail and gave him a glass of fruit juice to break the fast. The exhibition will be held for one month and may be extended further. Professor Basu Ray Chaudhury said such an elaborate exhibition on the lives of two great personalities is the only of its kind held in Kolkata so far. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere was also a discussion on ‘Tagore and Gandhi: A noble debate’, in which Professor A Annamalai took part. Mayor Firhad Hakim garlanded the statue of Tagore at Nimtala crematorium. The death anniversary of Tagore was observed at New Town as well. At Upasanasthal, the residents took part in a prayer in the morning. This was followed by singing of Tagore’s songs. In the afternoon, saplings were planted in the campus of Rabindra Tirtha by scholars and important persons. Noted Sanskrit scholar Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri was the chief guest of the programme. Rabindra Tirtha will organise programmes on Tagore on Saturdays and Sundays in August. Meanwhile, the death anniversary of Tagore was also commemorated at Mongpu in Darjeeling. Deepap Priya P, the District Magistrate, Darjeeling garlanded the statue of the bard there. Addressing the gathering, the DM stated that very soon renovation work of the museum, bungalow and the surroundings will be taken up. “In order to promote Mongpu we will organise a three-day-long tourist festival at Yogighat in December this year,” stated the District Magistrate. Mongpu, 32 km from Darjeeling was the bard’s favourite haunt. Tagore had visited the place in 1938, 1939 and 1940 –the year in which his birthday was also celebrated here. This was his last visit as he fell ill and had to return to Kolkata.last_img read more

Normans lawyers hint at more codenames as Sajjans chief of staff takes

first_imgOTTAWA — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s lawyer is raising the prospect that government officials used several more undisclosed identifiers to refer to her client in internal communications and hide any paper trial.Lawyer Marie Henein referenced several potential identifiers while questioning Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s chief of staff this morning about efforts to gather thousands of government documents requested by Norman’s team.Zita Astravas told Henein that she could not recall whether she’d ever referred to Norman in messages on her personal iPhone or email account as “a certain naval officer,” “a certain naval fellow,” or “a naval colleague.”Henein did not say just why she was asking about those terms, though Astravas did confirm that she had only searched her work phone and email account and not her own phone and account for records about Norman after being subpoenaed.Court has heard contradictory accounts from witnesses during eight days of pre-trial hearings over whether Defence Department officials used codenames to refer to Norman or simply commonplace military acronyms.Norman was suspended as the military’s second-in-command in January 2017 and charged last March with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets. He denies any wrongdoing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

La Loche trying to cope as alleged shooter makes first court appearance

first_imgJaydon Flett APTN National NewsThe northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche is still trying to cope from the mass shooting that took place there Friday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to visit and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there will be financial support.As the community looks to make sense of the incident the alleged shooter made his first court appearance Monday.last_img

Quebecors cable subsidiary becomes partner in new Montreal comedy festival

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecor Inc.’s cable subsidiary is becoming a partner of the new Montreal comedy festival that will be launched this summer.The director general of the Grand Montreal comedie fest, Diane Arseneau, said in a statement Monday that Videotron is an ambitious partner and that the agreement could open the door to other partnerships.The new festival was originally announced last November and was the idea of standup comedian Martin Petit. It will be held July 1-15.Monday’s announcement came three days after it was revealed that Quebecor had chosen to not exercise its right of first refusal in the sale of Just For Laughs.The comedy company is expected to now fall into the hands of ICM Partners, a Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency that has reportedly signed an agreement in principle to buy the controlling shares of Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon.Rozon announced he would sell his majority stake in the company amid allegations last fall he sexually harassed and assaulted several women.He has denied the allegations and they have not been proven in courtCompanies in this story: (QBR.B)last_img read more

Libya proposes summit meeting on Security Council reform

The international community should convene a summit in the coming years on reform of the Security Council, bringing together national leaders from across the world to break the impasse on the issue, a senior Libyan official told the General Assembly today.Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, Secretary of the General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation, said the UN has achieved its goals in a number of areas on the reform agenda, but there has been an absence of progress towards reforming the Security Council despite intensive consultations. A number of proposals were realistic, based on the principles of the sovereign equality of all nations, but other ideas “involve confirming control by the powerful of the organs of the United Nations and the concept that those with privileges in the Security Council hold fast to those privileges, while rejecting any active role for other actors in this respect,” he told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.That attitude, he said, “cannot lead to any true reform which will contribute to the realization of the purposes embodied in the UN Charter.”Given the impasse, he proposed convening a meeting of top national leaders to address the issue. “There is an urgent need for a new world summit conference to push forward the reform process, bringing to an end the work which we began two years ago,” he said. The summit should be held at the UN Office at Geneva within the framework of the next session of the General Assembly in 2008 “dedicated to the reform process and the expansion of the Security Council.”Holding the meting in Geneva “will provide the opportunity for all world leaders to attend, to present constructive proposals and to participate in the decision-making process regarding this thorny issue – an issue with which the entire international community is concerned,” he said.Efforts to reform the Security Council should involve consideration of a new formula for permanent membership under which it would be awarded “to geographical blocs and not to specific countries,” he said.The African Union, he added, should be granted permanent membership on the Council “with all the privileges enjoyed by other permanent members, since Africa is the only continent which has no representative among the permanent members.”He said Libya supports the position adopted at the 2005 African Union Summit, held in Sirte, where countries agreed that the continent should be granted five non-permanent seats and two permanent seats. 1 October 2007The international community should convene a summit in the coming years on reform of the Security Council, bringing together national leaders from across the world to break the impasse on the issue, a senior Libyan official told the General Assembly today. read more

British childrens author named Artist for Peace by UNESCO

The author’s appointment comes in recognition of her commitment and support of Programme for the Education of Children in Need and she will be formally inducted to the post by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at a ceremony in Paris on 12 December.Under a partnership launched earlier in the year, Ms. Child and her publisher, Hachette Children’s Books, agreed to donate three years of royalties from her best-selling book That Pesky Rat to UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need. The funds will finance various UNESCO-supported projects for children in need, such as those of the Renacimiento Foundation, which works for street children in Mexico City. Also part of the initiative is “My Life is a Story,” a campaign begun by Ms. Child to collect stories from children around the world, initially from those who are benefiting from UNESCO-supported projects, so that kids from differing backgrounds can compare their experiences. Several of these writings will be made available on line at www.mylifeisastory.org.UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote the agency’s message and programmes. The artists include Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician; Patricia Velasquez, Venezuelan actress; Gilberto Gil, a Brazilian musician; Miyako Yoshida, a Japanese dancer; Sumi Jo, a Republic of Korea soprano; and Valery Gergiev, a Russian conductor. 5 December 2008The prize-winning British children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child has been selected as the latest Artist for Peace by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today. read more

Nations join forces with UN to stamp out rights abuses in conflict

Areas wracked by fighting “attract illicit enterprises who treat them as lawless zones,” John Ruggie, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, told reporters in New York.Even well-recognized firms can become involved in some of the most serious abuses, including complicity in forced labour and genocide, he added.The first meeting of the more than one dozen nations, to be held next month, will be an informal and off-the-record session to come up with practical administrative and legal measures Mr. Ruggie could then propose to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.The governments will “bring their experiences to the table and we will pick and choose from what makes the most sense,” he said.Countries that have agreed to take part include Brazil, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom and the United States.On criticism over the actions of Chinese firms in Africa and Latin America, Mr. Ruggie likened their situation to that of North American mining companies when they first entered the Andean region.“Their operations were run by cowboys who thought they’d never left Denver or Calgary and they did a miserable job and made a mess of things,” but ultimately they were forced to change their practices, he said. “My aim in this project is to shorten the learning curve significantly and to make sure that everybody does learn.”The mandate of Mr. Ruggie, who was first appointed to his role in 2005, includes operationalizing a three-pronged framework which emphasizes the need for the State to protect against rights abuses by third parties; corporations’ responsibilities to respect human rights; and access to remedies, be they judicial or mediation services. 22 October 2009With the worst abuses of human rights by corporations taking place in areas of conflict, an independent United Nations expert today announced that a group of nations is joining forces with the world body to identify how to quash such violations in war zones. read more

No molecular evidence Vitamin E prevents cancer heart disease Brockled study

Vitamin E-rich foodsNutritionists have long debated the exact merits of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the body from the harmful effects of unstable molecules called free radicals.As we age, cellular damage from free radicals accumulates, possibly paving the way for certain cancers and heart disease. Past research had hoped that doses of Vitamin E could be used to actively prevent or delay cancers, heart diseases and other age-related conditions, but so far, without much success. This has led to alternate theories of what good Vitamin E does for us.But a new Brock University-led study hopes to put an end to that debate.“What we’re saying is that Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and the conventional wisdom is correct, and it is not more than that,” says physics professor Thad Harroun, one of the study’s researchers.The study – featured on the cover of the April 21, 2015 issue of Langmuir, the journal of the American Chemical Society – examines the molecular structure of Vitamin E to greater understand its properties as the body processes fats contained in the foods we eat.The research team, led by physics graduate student Drew Marquardt and assisted by chemistry professor Jeffery Atkinson, looked at the location of a Vitamin E component called alpha-tocopherol within a lipid bilayer, a membrane that form a continuous barrier around all cells.The team found that the portion of tocopherol most active in protecting cells against free radical damage is located near the membrane surface as a “first line of defense,” confirming its role as an antioxidant.But tocopherol’s “tail” does not extend deep into the membrane, suggesting that it does not get rid of free radicals that have managed to make it to the membrane’s centre.Harroun explains that the molecular evidence shows that taking in more tocopherol than we naturally do in our diet will not reverse damage to membranes’ centres,“We have the new, biophysical evidence that Vitamin E locates itself in cells’ membranes where it needs to be, among the parts of the membrane of our lipids that need protection from free radicals,” says Harroun. “It doesn’t move around a lot, it’s not affected by the composition of the cell, it really is a ‘vanguard’ against free radicals and protects our cells from attack.”Tocopherol is the second-most common component of Vitamin E in the North American diet and can be found mostly in wheat germ oil, sunflower, and safflower oils.Another component of Vitamin E – y-tocopherol – is the most common in the North American diet, found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine, and dressings.Vitamin E is a “fat-soluble” vitamin, meaning that it is stored in the body for long periods of time. Harroun says most people get enough Vitamin E through a healthy diet that includes polyunsaturated fats found in fish, avocados, oils and some vegetables.He warns against consuming too much trans fat, mostly manufactured using a chemical process that transforms liquid oils into solids. Trans fats, found largely in processed foods such as margarines, crackers, cookies, French Fries and other fast foods, increase so-called “bad cholesterol” in the body that eventually can lead to heart disease and stroke. read more

Police 3yearold Kentucky boy fatally mauled by dogs

Mitchell said the dogs were taken by Louisville Metro Animal Services.He says an investigation is ongoing to determine what happened and whether any charges will be filed. Courtesy: WHAS LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Police say a 3-year-old child has been fatally mauled in Kentucky.Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell told news outlets the boy was attacked Tuesday morning by two Rottweilers owned by his family. According to 911 audio, the attack happened in the family’s backyard.- Advertisement –

Got a Billion Dollars Buy the Clippers

UPDATE (May 29, 7:45 p.m.): The Los Angeles Times has reported that Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, will purchase the Clippers for $2 billion. Earlier this month Nate Silver wrote about team valuations in the NBA, and whether the Clippers were worth more than was commonly believed. The original piece is below.A billion dollars? For the Clippers?That’s the price my Grantland colleague Zach Lowe’s sources are saying the Los Angeles NBA team could fetch if its current owner, Donald Sterling, agrees to sell the franchise or is forced to do so. With stars from Magic Johnson to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., to Oprah Winfrey to Larry Ellison reportedly interested in a piece of the club, it’s not hard to see why league officials have starry-eyed visions about what the team could be worth.And yet, when Forbes Magazine published its valuations of the 30 NBA teams earlier this year, its figure for the Clippers was considerably more modest: $575 million.1It’s not as though the valuation doesn’t account for the Clippers’ recent on-court success. Two years ago, Forbes valued the Clippers at only $324 million. NBA officials, I’ve found in the past, aren’t fond of the Forbes figures. The league has incentives to underplay its financial performance when in the midst of a labor dispute, and to frame its finances in a more favorable light when it has a couple of franchises up for sale.In this case, however, there’s reason to think Forbes considerably undervalues the Clippers. You might describe why with the old real estate adage: location, location, location. It’s not breaking news that there are lots of people with lots of money in Los Angeles and its suburbs. What’s more interesting is that the number of billionaires in a given community historically has been a strong predictor of the degree to which its NBA franchise appreciates in value.Take a look at the annualized change in NBA franchise values from 2004 to 2014, according to the Forbes estimates. In the chart below, we’ve highlighted the teams that played in metro areas that had a gross domestic product of at least $250 billion as of 2004. You can see that there’s a relationship. The New York Knicks, despite their mostly poor play over the past decade, saw their franchise value appreciate by 13.3 percent per year, according to Forbes. The Lakers and Clippers saw theirs grow by 11.7 percent and 10.7 percent per year, respectively. Most other big-market teams, like the Chicago Bulls and the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, have also done well.There are also some exceptions to the pattern, the most obvious being the Seattle Supersonics, who saw their franchise value increase a lot after moving to Oklahoma City and becoming the Thunder.2This even though Oklahoma City is a considerably smaller and less wealthy market. The Miami Heat, despite playing in a mid-sized market, have seen a massive increase in franchise value. On the flip side, the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards have considerably underperformed the rest of the league despite playing in reasonably large markets.These differences partly reflect on-court success: Building a future around LeBron James is a much more attractive option than building one around Gilbert Arenas. But they also reflect the differences in the number of super-wealthy people in these cities. In 2004, there were 14 people from the Miami metro area3The Forbes lists do not specifically break out the list of wealthy people by metro area; I did this by hand. I tried to follow the Census Bureau’s definition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas as much as possible — however, there are some debatable cases. Those interested in using this data for rigorous research should double-check my work and ensure that it corresponds to the particular definition of urban areas that is most suitable for their project. on the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest people, compared to eight from Washington and seven from Philadelphia. The differences have grown since then: On last year’s Forbes 400 list, whose threshold was about $1.3 billion in net worth, there were 26 really rich people in Miami, compared to eight in Washington and just three in Philly.4The Forbes 400 list includes data on the United States only. For Toronto, I’ve compiled data from other sources to reflect the number of Torontonians that would have made the Forbes 400 list if Toronto were in the U.S. The coefficient on the 2004 franchise value variable is statistically significant and negative. What that means is that a franchise can be overvalued by Forbes, and prone to seeing its value revert to the mean, when that value is out of line with the number of billionaires in the area.We can use this regression equation to create estimates of NBA franchise values that may be more reliable than Forbes’s. (The process for this is explained in the footnotes.9To do this, I used the regression equation to determine each team’s projected rate of return over the next 10 years, based on its current Forbes franchise value and the number of billionaires in its metro area. However, I assumed that rates of return in excess of the league average would be captured immediately and reflected in a team’s potential sale price. This is how a rational market would behave, unless the higher projected rates of return were associated with higher risk.) I calibrated the estimates such that the average value of an NBA franchise is the same as what Forbes lists — about $630 million. (The NBA would probably contend that Forbes’s estimates are low across the board — based on the recent sale prices of the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks, for instance — but our interest here is mainly in seeing how franchises are valued relative to one another.) Because the estimates are not all that precise, I’ve listed them as a range based on their standard error.For the Clippers, for instance, the range runs between about $580 million and $950 million. So the billion-dollar estimate might be a little high, but the Forbes valuation of $575 million is probably too low.There are two other teams whose Forbes valuations fall outside the recalibrated range. One is the Brooklyn Nets, which our formula estimates is worth between about $900 billion and $1.5 billion, and not the $780 million that Forbes estimates. Perhaps Mikhail Prokhorov knows what he’s doing in throwing his resources behind establishing the Nets as a major brand in New York. The number of billionaires in New York continues to skyrocket — so he’ll have plenty of people to sell the franchise to at a profit down the line.The other team that falls outside of the range is the Lakers. The formula implies that their Forbes valuation, at $1.35 billion, is a little too high.I personally don’t think the Lakers would have much trouble selling for something in that range if the team were put on the market today. But the logic behind the calculation is something like this: Sure, the Lakers have a much more powerful brand than the Clippers, but they don’t have much of an advantage apart from that brand. The two teams play in the same city, in the same arena. The Clippers have the better roster and a very good coach. The brand advantage can shift over time: At various points in the past 50 years, for instance, the New York Mets have outdrawn the New York Yankees. Another couple years of Blake and CP3 making deep runs into the playoffs while the Lakers struggle with the albatross of Kobe Bryant’s contract will erode some of the Lakers’ edge.Are the Lakers still worth more? Yes, but the formula implies that they should be worth 20 or 25 percent more than the Clippers — and not 135 percent more, as the Forbes valuations say. Perhaps that means the Clippers are undervalued and not that the Lakers are overvalued. If you’d consider buying the Lakers at the Forbes price of $1.35 billion, and would require a 25 percent discount to take the Clippers instead, that implies you’d pay about $1.1 billion for the Clips.The Clippers’ other big handicap, of course, has been Donald Sterling. But that problem resolves itself the moment he sells. He may be banned from basketball. He may have embarrassed himself and his franchise. But if he sells quickly — before doing further damage to the Clippers’ brand — he could have a billion-dollar check coming his way.Correction (May 3, 11:20 a.m.): An earlier version of the NBA Team Valuations chart misstated what the range in green indicated. It signifies a team’s valuation adjusted for number of billionaires in metro area. The correlation between the rate of increase in franchise value and the number of billionaires in a metro area has been reasonably strong,5The correlation coefficient is 0.53, or 0.67 without the Sonics/Thunder included. as I’ve mentioned, with the Sonics/Thunder representing the main outlier. This helps explain why the Golden State Warriors have seen their value increase so much, for instance. The San Francisco-Oakland metro area6By the Census Bureau’s definition, this MSA does not include San Jose, Calif., or most of Silicon Valley. ranks 11th in the U.S. in population and eighth in gross domestic product. But it has ranked second or third in billionaires, behind only New York and sometimes Los Angeles, depending on the year.Why do we see this relationship? Owners of sports franchises tend to hold onto their teams for a long time — the average NBA franchise last changed hands 14 years ago. In a period that long, the player roster will completely turn over, perhaps several times. The coaching and front office staff will very likely turn over, too. A team’s uniform might change; its nickname might change; it might move into a new arena. What’s a lot more permanent is a team’s home city. Franchises can move, but that doesn’t happen often. The Clippers’ greatest asset isn’t Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. It’s the City of Los Angeles and the billionaires who live there.We’ve seen evidence in other sports that franchise values are driven less by profits and losses — many player contracts are plainly irrational from that standpoint — and more by the extent to which a team can be resold to another billionaire or multimillionaire at a higher price down the line. There aren’t that many billionaires in the United States — about 500 — but there are far fewer NBA franchises. In a city like Los Angeles or New York or San Francisco, there will be several billionaires, perhaps even dozens of them, competing for sports franchises when one comes up for sale.7The limited supply of sports franchises may also explain why we don’t see much, if any, of a valuation penalty for NBA franchises that play in multi-team markets. The Lakers and the Clippers, like the Knicks and the Nets, compete with one another to some extent for fans. However, there’s an undersupply of NBA franchises relative to the number of billionaires in these large cities. If one of the 77 billionaires in the New York metro area buys the Knicks, there are still 76 billionaires left to buy the Nets.It’s also worth contemplating whether cities that attract hedge-fund billionaires and oil barons have an intrinsic advantage in recruiting multimillionaire NBA players. Compare Miami and Philadelphia, for example. Philadelphia’s gross domestic product is about 33 percent higher. But — and meaning no offense to Philadelphia — Miami is presumably a lot more fun for a really rich person. Miami will still have South Beach long after LeBron takes his talents to the next town. It will also have no state income tax.But if NBA franchises in billionaire-rich cities can be counted on to appreciate at a higher rate, shouldn’t the market account for that? In other words, shouldn’t they be selling at a higher value to begin with?Keep in mind that we’re looking at Forbes’s estimates of franchise values and not actual sale prices. It could be that Forbes is lowballing the values of big-market clubs. We don’t get all that many data points on actual sale prices because the rate of franchise turnover is low, and because the transactions are often complicated and involve other assets that are bundled with the sports teams. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with some real estate assets) sold for $2 billion two years ago, a figure that far exceeded Forbes’s estimated value of the MLB team.Nonetheless, it’s plausible that the market will eventually catch up to the pattern, or that it already has to some degree. To check this, I ran a regression analysis that sought to explain the increase in NBA franchise values from 2004 to 2014 based on two variables: the number of people a team’s metro area had on the 2004 Forbes 400 list, and its Forbes franchise value in 2004 relative to the league average.8I included the Sonics/Thunder in the regression despite their having changed locations. Although NBA franchises change metro areas only rarely and face restrictions when seeking to do so, some of the value in purchasing an underperforming franchise consists of the potential to relocate the team. read more

OSU gymnast falls short at Olympic trials

Junior Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athletics“If you don’t want it, it’s not going to happen.”This mantra is what junior gymnast Sean Melton lives by. He said it applies to both his team play with the Ohio State Men’s gymnastics team and his personal endeavors to go for gold in Rio.Melton travelled to St. Louis this weekend for the first step in accomplishing his Olympic dream, to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials. 18 participants were vying for the coveted spot to represent Team USA and to hopefully earn gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.With only five gymnasts named to the U.S. Olympic team, Melton’s quest for Rio came to an end Sunday when he finished 12th. Melton was disappointed about his finish.“Trials didn’t go as well as planned,” Melton said. “I wasn’t able to do all-around either day because I was battling with some shoulder problems throughout the year. It kind of just acted up at the wrong time.”Even with battling shoulder injuries, Melton managed to finish ninth in rings and tenth in floor exercise.He feels an Olympic berth is not far away.“I’m definitely headed in the right direction,” Melton said. “It comes between a couple of tenths to who makes the Olympic team and who doesn’t. I just need to get better on everything.”His accolades as a member of OSU’s gymnastics team is what got him to participate in the Trials. A six time All-American and five time Big Ten champion, Melton won 2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. The 2015 team captain also led his team to a third place finish at the NCAA Championship in April.Looking back at his accomplishments this year, Melton said he feels like he has improved immensely.“I became more of a professional in the sport,” Melton said. “I really just dedicated my life to the sport because I know that is what it takes to get to this level and to make the Olympic team.”That same dedication is what fuels his leadership ability. Melton made an extra effort to become a more established leader for his college teammates.“I stopped talking as much and started doing what I thought was right,” Melton said. “They see me having success and they want success also. It made me train harder in the gym just knowing I’m doing it for 20 other guys and not just myself. It really just made me better in all aspects of the sport.”The team is Melton’s next focus after falling short of Rio.“I’m going right back to Columbus,” Melton said. “First, I’m going to get fully healthy again. Then I’m right back to training. Start preseason for college and get ready for the NCAA season.”As for his Olympic dreams, they are still alive and well. Melton now knows exactly what he needs to do to make that leap to Olympic glory.“I know I want it just as bad as everyone else if not more because now I have a taste of it and didn’t get it,” Melton said. “It’s definitely a huge learning process. I just need to take my gymnastics to another level now.” read more