Can Right Of Woman To Reside In Shared Household Under DV Act Be Defeated By Power Of Eviction U/S 23 of Senior Citizens Act?: SC Reserves Judgement

first_imgTop StoriesCan Right Of Woman To Reside In Shared Household Under DV Act Be Defeated By Power Of Eviction U/S 23 of Senior Citizens Act?: SC Reserves Judgement Mehal Jain25 Nov 2020 1:52 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday considered if the right of a woman to reside in the share household under section 17 of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 could be defeated by the power of eviction under section 23 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007The bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee was hearing the plea of a married…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday considered if the right of a woman to reside in the share household under section 17 of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 could be defeated by the power of eviction under section 23 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007The bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee was hearing the plea of a married Hindu woman, residing at her in-laws’ residence, challenging the order of eviction passed against her by the Deputy Commissioner. The property in question was purchased three months after the marriage, and was claimed to be partly paid for out of the money given by the petitioner’s father to her husband at the time of marriage. Subsequently, the plot was sold by the husband to the petitioner’s father-in-law, who, on construction of the house, gifted the same to the petitioner’s mother-in-law. An order for payment of maintenance of Rs. 10,000 per month to his parents by the husband has also been passed. The facts of the case are that the husband has deserted the petitioner and is not living with her, and has married for a second time, even as the petition for divorce stands remanded. It was alleged by the petitioner that the proceedings under the 2007 Act have been initiated in connivance with each other by the petitioner’s in-laws and her husband.”The Senior Citizens Act is intended to prevent destitution of senior citizens. But we can’t create a situation where the daughter-in-law is left in a lurch…there is no doubt that senior citizens are subject to grave abuse, as are women in a marital relationship. We need to balance the two ends of the spectrum”, observed Justice Chandrachud.”Yes, the High Courts have upheld the power of eviction as being implicit in section 23, but that is in the case of sons refusing to maintain their parents. Those facts don’t arise before us”, continued the judge.”Can the 2007 Act even be used in this case? The land is purchased in the name of the son, 4 years later, thinking that the woman would create trouble, the son sells it to his father and files for divorce, the father gifts it to his wife, and a suit for eviction is filed against the daughter-in-law? Section 23(2) doesn’t say the transaction would be void but only speaks of enforcement of the right of maintenance. Where do you get the power to evict the daughter-in-law and the grandchild? Can the daughter-in-law be evicted by the summary procedure under the Act?”, reflected Justice Chandrachud.”Even if we take your case (the respondents) at the highest and deem her as a trespasser, we can’t apply the norms of a commercial transaction here! We are aware of the judgment of this court of October 15 (holding that the right to residence under Section 19 of the DV Act is not an indefeasible right of residence in shared household, especially when the daughter-in-law is pitted against an aged father-in-law and mother-in-law, and while granting relief both in application under Section 12 of the D.V. Act or in any civil proceedings, the Court has to balance the rights of both the parties). But this is a poor woman who has been deserted by her husband and is struggling to bring up her child!”, said the judge.”By the time you have a daughter-in-law and grandchildren, you have crossed the age of 60. But if we allow this sort of a thing, what would be the repercussions? I have grave doubt that the power of eviction is implicit in section 23. 23(1) only says that the transfer would be void. You may stretch that and go to a civil court. But under 23(2)? It says that the right to receive maintenance may be enforced against the transferee. Was a transfer ever made by you to your daughter-in-law?…”, observed Justice Chandrachud.”‘A’, a senior citizen, transfers his property to his son or daughter, subject to the pre-existing right of maintenance, and if the son/daughter does not maintain him, the transfer would be void…here, nothing has become void”, said the judge.Noting that the petitioner has not initiated any proceedings under the DV Act to claim her right and that the husband and the in-laws have come to be acquitted under section 498A, IPC (dowry), Justice Chandrachud said, “498A is not dispositive of any claim of the daughter-in-law. We can’t find fault with her for being non-litigious!”. Justice Banerjee also pointed out that by virtue of section 26 of the DV Act, the petitioner can take recourse to the relief under the Act at any stage.”In the 498A proceedings, the woman herself said that she had brought only Rs. 30,000, a gold chain and a gold ring! It is false that the property was purchased out of the dowry!”, it was argued by the respondents counsel.”In India, everyone knows that dowry is not always by cash. You bought the plot for Rs. 1 lakh and four years later, sold the property to your father for the exact same amount? And it is strange that the son should transfer property to his father, it generally the reverse- parents transfer to children”, remarked Justice Malhotra. The argument that it was the respondent-father-in-law who had incurred the cost of construction of the house from his pension fund did not find favour with the bench.”If it were in the husband’s name, the right to matrimonial home was established. Now it is inchoate because it is the father-in-law’s and the mother-in-law’s property. The transfer was to defeat the claim of the wife at the onset of matrimonial disputes?”, wondered Justice Chandrachud.The judge asked if in view of the chain of transactions, the maintenance tribunal under the 2007 Act, which exercises its powers in a summary procedure, could adjudicate such rights of the parties.”This is an interesting point”, said Justice Chandrachud, reserving the judgment.The bench also pulled up the respondent-husband- “A father’s responsibility does not end at what the trial court says. The trial court has asked you to pay a maintenance of Rs. 3000 per month to your daughter, but in today’s times, can you bring up a child with this amount? She is doing engineering, is it not part of your obligation to maintain your child? You will only pay Rs. 3000 even if she is to starve and there is no school, no college? You will leave her to the winds?”, asked Justice Chandrachud.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Dwight Asset gives $21,000 to Champlain’s EMC project to address violence against women

first_imgAbout Champlain CollegeA private, residential college founded in 1878, Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, has a long tradition of educating professionals for leadership roles by providing a high-quality, career-oriented education. Champlain s distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain was named a Top-Up-and-Coming School by U.S. News & World Report s America s Best Colleges 2010. To learn more about Champlain College, visit is external).About Dwight Asset Management Company LLCDwight Asset Management Company LLC focuses exclusively on fixed income investment management services for institutional clients including retirement plans, corporations, public funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, and Taft-Hartley plans. It is based in Burlington, VT.Source: Champlain College. 2.19.2010 Champlain College s Emergent Media Center is the recipient of three gifts, totaling $21,000, given in honor of former Dwight Asset Management CEO Laura Dagan s 22 years of service to the company and her recent retirement.The financial gifts from Dwight Asset Management, its parent company, Old Mutual Asset Management and its client, Graybar Electric Company, were presented to Ann DeMarle, director of Champlain College s Emergent Media Center (EMC). Dwight Asset wanted to thank and honor Laura for more than two decades of service to our company and the community with these gifts, said David J. Thompson, Dwight s CEO and President. Supporting the EMC and the project they are currently working on with the Population Media Center and the United Nations Population Fund to create an e-game designed to help reduce violence against women, fit perfectly with Laura s desire to make a significant difference in the community.The goal of the project, dubbed Breakaway, is to engage and educate boys ages 10-13 through episodic, interactive game and social networking applications delivered globally via web and mobile technology. The game uses skill-building soccer gameplay with a narrative designed to encourage positive attitudes and behaviors in combating violence against women worldwide. Plans call for Breakaway to make its debut this summer at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June.  Dagan, who lives in South Hero with her husband, Barry, has been a member of the Champlain College Board of Trustees since 2006 and will continue to serve in that role. I am inspired by the Champlain College students, the activities at the EMC and how the Breakaway project is already changing lives around the world, said Dagan.  The results of these gifts will be far reaching and represent a perfect conclusion to the wonderful career I have enjoyed at Dwight.Under her leadership, Dwight Asset was active in reaching out to the communities in which Dwight s employees work and live by supporting various charitable organizations, educational institutions and the arts. Over the years, the firm has targeted children and families, aging and wellness and historical and land preservation, for its contributions and volunteer time.Champlain s Emergent Media Center, located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, works directly with industry, public institutions and non-profits, to provide a laboratory/studio environment for discovering concepts, processes and applications in electronic and video games and emergent media. At the heart of the EMC s educational value are two key objectives, DeMarle explained, To enable Champlain students to become thoughtful leaders in areas of technology, media and learning; and to help define the future of immersive mediums and technologies.The EMC brings together Champlain students and faculty in collaboration with industry professionals to also work on projects such as the Cystic Fibrosis breath biofeedback game for the UVM College of Medicine, the Visualize Burlington 3D mapping project with the City of Burlington and a virtual archeology museum in conjunction with the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Division of Historic Preservation. Champlain College was founded in 1878 and currently has nearly 2,000 undergraduate students. To learn more about Champlain College, visit is external)last_img read more

Shorts: Blue Ridge Briefs

first_imgEastern Cougar Declared Extinct?In June the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided it was ready to call the eastern cougar extinct. The particular subspecies of big cats has been on the Endangered Species List since 1973, and although there have been recent confirmed cougar sightings in the East, officials say those were likely western mountain lions that migrated to the right coast.“We recognize that people have seen cougars in the wild in the eastern U.S.,” said Martin Miller, northeast chief of endangered species, in an AP report. “Those cougars are not of the eastern cougar subspecies.”Eastern cougar populations declined rapidly in the 1800s, killed by European settlers protecting livestock as they harvested native forests. The large cats, known as mountain lions, pumas, and other names in different parts of the country, are still being spotted on the East Coast. A cougar was killed in Kentucky last December. A 60-day comment period on the proposal to remove the specific eastern cougar subspecies from the endangered list ends later this month.Two Virginia Friends Visiting Every National Park in a YearTwo buddies from Charlottesville are currently on an epic road trip, traveling across the country with plans to visit all 59 National Parks in the continental U.S. within the next year. In June, Trevor Kemp and Darius Nabors both quit their jobs at the University of Virginia and set off to visit the 59 parks within 59 weeks, an excursion undertaken to commemorate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “I’ve always wanted to go on the great American road trip, and this is like an extreme version of that,” Nabors told the Daily Progress. The pair left Virginia in a Dodge Ram truck borrowed from Nabors’ parents. They started at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and plan to finish next August at Maine’s Arcadia National Park. Along the way adventure plans include canoeing in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and hiking the 93-mile Wonderland Trail in Washington.—Follow the journey at A.T. Plate Sales Raise a Million Dollars in N.C. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced in June that it has raised more than $1 million from sales of the A.T. license plate in North Carolina. Trail lovers willing to spend a little extra for the specialty plate, first offered in the state in 2005, are making a big difference along America’s Favorite Footpath. The conservancy funnels the cash raised from the plates—also offered in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—straight to trail maintenance through grants given to trail clubs and other organizations. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, this year the ATC has already given $30,000 to trail projects, monitoring, and outreach.5point Film Fest Headed to Asheville, N.C.On August 14-16, Asheville will host a celebration of the country’s top boundary-pushing adventure films. The festival weekend will kickoff with a free outdoor party before the films roll at 7pm on Friday. Saturday’s line up will include a community picnic, ice cream social, van life rally, dance party with DJ Marley, a youth adventure film program, and an amazing lineup of powerful films. BRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan will moderate a panel of top regional athletes on Saturday morning at the New Mountain Sol Bar—including elite triathlete and runner Jay Curwen, Girls at Play founder Anna Levesque, ultra running wild man Adam Hill, pro paddler Pat Keller, and champion mountain biker Sam Koerber—who embody the spirit of the film fest. Unlike other film fests, 5Point features films that are about more than heart-pumping adrenaline. They highlight people who go deeper and give voice to the places and issues that matter Bare AllOn June 13 groups of cyclists around the world once again stripped down and pedaled in unity as part of the World Naked Bike Ride. With bare butts on seats, bikers in cities across the globe from Barcelona to Chicago took short rides to raise awareness for alternative transportation and cyclist safety. In Portland, Oregon, an estimated 10,000 riders pedaled in the buff. A spokesperson explained why: “We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil and other forms of non-renewable energy.”500-Pound Man Planning Marathon in DecemberDerek Mitchell is shedding pounds on race courses. Since March the Kansas City-based Mitchell has committed to running at least one 5K a month in an effort to lose weight, and so far it’s working. In March he weighed 570 pounds, and in late June he was down to 538 after finishing five races. Now he’s raising the bar and planning to run the Honolulu Marathon in December. He picked the race because it doesn’t have a time limit, but he’s taking the endeavor seriously, telling Runner’s World that he recently started a six-month endurance-building training plan. “I’m losing about 12 pounds per month, so if I keep that up, I’ll be at about 450 pounds by December, which, to think about that is awesome,” Mitchell told RW.last_img read more

5 Long Islanders Competing in 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five athletes from Long Island are among 242 members of Team USA going for the gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which runs Feb. 9 to 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.Hometown heroes competing on the world’s stage include ice hockey defenseman Matt Gilroy, Skeleton athlete John Daly, Luge athletes Justin Krewson and Matt Mortensen and freestyle skier Devin Logan, who’s also competing in the ski halfpipe competition.“Qualifying for the Olympic team is pretty tricky and sometimes it even confuses me – throw in two disciplines and it is a complicated math equation,” said Logan. “I am still in a little bit of shock that something that I had worked so hard for the last eight years is now my reality!”Of the five, Daly is the most tenured with three Olympic appearances under his belt, Mortensen and Logan are making their sophomore effort while Gilroy and Krewson are first timers. Freeskier Logan is the only one to have medaled, bringing home silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympics slopestyle competition.The last winter Olympian from LI to take home gold was Great Neck-born figure skater Sarah Hughes in 2002.Vying to be LI’s first gold medalist since then is 33-year-old Gilroy, who was born in Mineola and grew up in North Bellmore. He previously played for the New York Rangers before moving to Russia, where he is currently signed to the Kontinental Hockey League.Huntington Station native Mortensen, 32, is aiming for a doubles luge medal with his partner, Jayson Terdiman. Mortensen finished 14th in the Sochi Olympics.Olympic rookie Justin Krewson, 21, of Eastport, will be making his debut luge run in Seoul. He placed 6th in 2017 Lake Placid World Cup to secure Olympic berth.Olympic veteran Daly, 33, originally from Smithtown, is hoping to continue to improve his showing in the Skeleton competition after placing 17th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 15th in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.“I went for 1 more Olympics because I never wanted to look back and say ‘what if,’” he tweeted. “I thought it was impossible to qualify with a year of training & a full time job. But I’m a dreamer, and I’m proof that you’re never too old to dream a new dream.”A sixth Long Islander, Alex Gamelin, an ice dancer who grew up in North Merrick, will also be competing, but not for Team USA. He will be skating for South Korea with his partner, Yura Min, the Merrick Herald reported.last_img read more

Ramey follows learning season with 2018 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national title

first_imgKevin Ramey followed his RaceSaver Nationals title with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national championship. He is pictured at left with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)FORT WORTH, Texas – A learning season in 2017 paid national championship dividends for Kevin Ramey in 2018.Ramey won a division-best 16 features en route to his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national crown.“We could not have asked for a better season. We were blessed,” said Ramey, from Fort Worth and track champion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and RPM Speedway and Texas State champion as well. “It was just a phenomenal year.”He won eight times at Devil’s Bowl and seven times at RPM, plus a checkered flag run in the June 29 Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Red Dirt Raceway.“We lost a lot of races to rain, but we were consistent when we did race and when we looked at them, we saw we were up there in national points,” Ramey said. “There are a lot of good drivers at both our weekly tracks but this was one of those seasons where no matter what happened, it worked in my favor.”Ramey had 31 starts on the season. He finished outside the top five just once, breaking late while running fourth in a July show at Mesquite.“We got shock help from (defending national champion) Marcus Thomas and picked up our motor program.” Ramey explained. “Obviously our cars are good and we work on them every week. I do the same thing over and over and it works for me. We didn’t change setup more than a couple times all season.”Ramey’s son Dylan was in charge of regular service maintenance. He spends considerable time in the shop and also races a factory stock.“I’ve raced a Sprint Car since the 1990s and had raced IMCA off and on before this year,” Ramey said. “Last year I had back surgery but raced more later in the season. We tried some different things and made it a learning season. Some things worked, some didn’t.”Enough of those things worked that Ramey won six of 13 IMCA starts, then finished third in the main event and won the Jake Ita Memorial at the RaceSaver Nationals.He became the first driver with both national and RaceSaver Nationals titles on his IMCA resume by winning the sixth annual event at Eagle Raceway this September.“The RaceSaver Nationals are like the Chili Bowl to me. I don’t know why I’d ever miss it,” Ramey said. “The best of the best were at Eagle and it was a privilege racing with them.”While most of the hardware Ramey has taken home over the course of his career is displayed in the shop, the RaceSaver Nationals trophies and championship belt have their own special place in the house.“If I was going to guess,” he said, “the national championship trophy will go somewhere in the house, too, probably in Dylan’s room.”Wins                                   Top Five Finishes                       Starts16                                       30                                             31HIS CREW: Son Dylan, Jaime Geer and Brent Bullard.HIS SPONSORS: Jambo BBQ Pits of Fort Worth; Smiley’s Racing Products of Mesquite; Dirt Defender of Red Oak; Graham’s Wrecker Service of Dallas; Lightning Wings of Tulsa, Okla.; Precise Racing Products of Bennington, Neb.; Keizer Wheels of Orange City, Iowa; and Hoosier Tire.last_img read more

Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_img“We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League. The L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon.last_img read more


first_imgBreeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsSaturday, November 5, 2016Joe CiagliaMario GutierrezPeter EurtonPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to get started. The winner of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies was Champagne Room, and we’re very fortunate now to be joined by the winning connections on the right, Mario Gutierrez; in the center, the managing partner of a very large partnership, we’ll learn more about them, is Joe Ciaglia; and on the left, trainer, Peter Eurton. Congratulations, gentlemen, and thank you for joining us here. Peter, let’s hear from you first, if we could get your impressions of how the race was run today.PETER EURTON: Well, I mean, our whole thought today was just not get in her way, meaning don’t choke her down. She’s still a very aggressive by nature, and I think she’s going to grow up out of that and maybe be a little more relaxed early on, so we just wanted to let her run out of there and think about where we are after that. Mario did an excellent job on getting her into good position.THE MODERATOR: Mario, can you tell us about that trip as well as instructions that you might have gotten from Peter beforehand and how it played out.MARIO GUTIERREZ: Everything played out good, right? We got the win. We got the win. Just like how he said, you know, the main thing was like not to get in trouble with her. He helped a lot that she breaks really fast out of the gate, so that was a plus for us. She broke on top, and from that point on, the position really helped her as well. Then she was a little bit strong, but I was able to relax a bit in the backstretch and follow the buffer horse. From that point on, she was waiting until I said in the end, when I asked her, she was all game, she was all heart, and she demonstrated that all the way to the wire.THE MODERATOR: Joe, congratulations to you. I heard in your interview with Jay Privman, you’re a local. Tell us about the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race here at your home track.JOE CIAGLIA: Well, we started out really kind of claiming horses, Pete and I, and Mr. Alesia, and another man named Mike Mellon. We were just happy winning. Slowly we started buying horses and learning from that, and Larry Zap, our Bloodstock agent, and we started spending a little bit more and a little bit more. We were fortunate five years ago to run the same race at Churchill, and we ran third, and that was our first graded winner that we ran with, it was a great experience.As we continue to progress, we have some new good friends and good partners. We have Ryan Exline, Justin Border, Dan Legan, Robin Christensen over here. Am I missing anybody else? Phil, Phil. So it’s nice when you have a great group of people. And we go to the sales with Larry Zap and Peter Eurton, we give them the opportunity to buy what they think is right. And they only buy horses that they love, and they love this one.So it’s great to have a group of people that can support us and buy in together. It’s a lot of fun winning as a group. This little guy, Mario, next to me, I would not want to win with anybody else. He’s got the greatest personality and greatest attitude. He’s shorter than me, which I love, and we’re good friends.THE MODERATOR: Well, we want to learn more about Champagne Room. But I’m going to open it up for the media if they have any questions. If not, I’ll keep going. Peter, if you can just take us through the last race where she had a little bit of trouble, which I’m sure is why she was overlooked by the betters today, but what happened last time out?PETER EURTON: Well, she broke well, and the whole theory was just to sit behind the speed. So she broke a little slow. Mike just kind of sat on her for a couple of strides and she grabbed the bridle. She was stuck inside for, I would say, probably a good 5/8th a mile, literally running off. But that was her first time going two turns, and I think that had a lot to do with it. And that’s why we didn’t want to get in her way today. Just let her run her race, and it turned out pretty good.Q. Coming up to this race today, on paper you’re an outsider, but how were you feeling? Obviously if you want to stay out of trouble, you felt like you had a live horse.PETER EURTON: The beginning, the best part was we got the outside this time. We drew the six hole. It gave us an opportunity in case we were outrun to just stay outside of the speed. And, I mean, going into her races, her last work, she happened to break in with Hoppertunity, and that didn’t work out too well. But it still probably made her the fittest horse in the race.Q. This is sort of the obligatory question after this race every year, but now you can’t help but think about next spring and the trail to the Oaks. So just talk about what your thoughts are on her future potential, and what will be her schedule the next few months?PETER EURTON: Well, I haven’t spoken to the owners at all, but I think they’re going to want to go to the Oaks. We’ll just have to sit down and enjoy this one first and then chart out a plan for next year.THE MODERATOR: Joe, do you have anything to add to that?JOE CIAGLIA: I thought Brandy Eurton said she wanted to go to the Derby.Q. Watching this race from up above, what do you think Uncle Frank would be saying to you right now?PETER EURTON: I think he’d be pretty proud of everybody. And Sharon, he’s just loving her. And we all miss Frank. I don’t know what he would be saying, but he was very, very happy for us all. And go Cubs, I think, was the big thing with Uncle Frank. To Uncle Frank.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Millionaire Ashleyluvssugar and Grade I winning Ralis head a field of 10 veterans in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, to be contested at a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf. For older horses bred or sired in California, the Turf Classic will be run for the 28th time. RALIS: Owned and bred by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, he was listed as a probable starter in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday as recently as a week ago, but his connections decided to stay home and run against state-bred in the Turf Classic. Trained by Doug O’Neill and a winner of the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Ralis made little impact from off the pace here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at a mile and one half on Nov. 5. A 4-year-old colt by top California-based stallion Square Eddie, Ralis is winless in his 11 starts since winning the Hopeful in September, 2015. He may be best suited as a deep closer on turf and would therefore appreciate a fast pace on Saturday. He has three seconds from as many tries at the Classic distance of a 1 1/8 miles on turf and is 16-2-4-0 overall with earnings of $424,428. PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, CLASSIC ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 FOUR YEAR OLDS & UP AND IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR: Handled deftly by trainer Peter Eurton throughout his 19-race career, this 6-year-old Game Plan gelding has been idle since running second, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and half on Nov. 25 at Del Mar. A winner of the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles turf John Henry Turf Cup three starts back here on Oct. 2, he was subsequently fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 5. A four-time graded stakes winner, Ashleyluvssugar has proven effective on the lead or coming from behind. Owned and bred by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, he is 19-8-3-3 with earnings of $1,007,504. With regular rider Gary Stevens on the mend due to hip replacement surgery, he’ll be ridden by Flavien Prat for the first time on Saturday. THE $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 3:12 p.m. PST Ashleyluvssugar–Flavien Prat–126Ward ‘n Jerry–Stewart Elliott–122Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–120Temple Keys–Santiago Gonzalez–120Cardiac–Corey Nakatani–120What a View–Tyler Baze–126He Will–Rafael Bejarano–122Patriots Rule–Joe Talamo–124Tamarando–Martin Garcia–122Poshky–Jamie Theriot–124 There will be a special early first post time on Saturday of 11:45 a.m. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Mars Is Not a “Life-Friendly” Star Wars Planet

first_img(Visited 415 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The new Mars InSight lander that launched this morning will be digging for geology, not life. Most likely, as before, it will find lifeless dirt and rock.In a pre-launch piece at the Los Angeles Times, Amina Khan speaks of the planet Mars with the suggestive phrase “life-friendly” twice: e.g.,Rovers, landers and orbiting spacecraft have found evidence of lakes, rivers, volcanoes and life-friendly chemical combinations on Mars. Seismology allows scientists to glimpse the internal machinations that led to those features.It takes a vivid imagination, though, to speak of a dry, dusty surface permeated with salts and toxic perchlorates as “life-friendly.” One cannot blame Khan alone for having an overactive imagination. NASA itself, perennially saturated with a hydrobioscopic view of the universe, justifies almost all of its Mars propaganda with the illogical syllogism that water implies life. Mars, however, is not much more habitable than Europa, Titan, Enceladus or its other favorite candidates for watery lagoons replete with evolved organisms.NASA PlanetQuest tweets the day before InSight launch.Another result of NASA’s “life-friendly” astrobiological perspective shows up in its support for the Star Wars cult. The NASA/JPL “PlanetQuest” Twitter account capitalized on “Star Wars Day” and the launch of the latest sequel, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with a series of tweets comparing the film franchise’s fake planets with real exoplanets found by NASA’s Kepler mission.The Mars InSight mission overview page, however, does not mention life. It doesn’t even mention searching for water. The mission will be looking at raw geology:Previous missions to Mars have investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil. However, signatures of the planet’s formation can only be found by sensing and studying its “vital signs” far below the surface.In comparison to the other terrestrial planets, Mars is neither too big nor too small. This means that it preserves the record of its formation and can give us insight into how the terrestrial planets formed. It is the perfect laboratory from which to study the formation and evolution of rocky planets. Scientists know that Mars has low levels of geological activity. But a lander like InSight can also reveal just how active Mars really is.Here, “vital signs” and “evolution” refer to geological processes, not life. The primary instruments on InSight are a seismometer and a heat sensor that will be driven 5 meters down below the surface. It has no instruments to look for life.Do the NASA publicists at JPL feel a need to titillate the public with tweets about life, when the real mission scientists are more interested in geology? None of the spokespersons in Khan’s article talk about life, either. Khan must have just assumed that JPL is digging for “life-friendly” conditions because of the lab’s perennial promotion of astrobiology.The pseudoscience of astrobiology, as we reported (11 Apr 2018), has nothing to show for it since the “science” was invented in 1996. It came about because of another media flap about Mars life when overactive imaginations saw possible organisms in a Martian meteorite that landed in Antarctica. Later falsified, the rock did its damage. Duped by all the fake science of Martian life, the federal government funded NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which continues promoting hydrobioscopy and SETI to this day in its Astrobiology Magazine., complete with its cartoons like “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.”Some of the narrators and guests in mission control after the launch continued fact-free speculation about the possibility of life on Mars. Fox News said, “Scientists say they hope the experiment will provide them with clues about what Mars was like in the past and if those conditions could have accommodated life.”Update 5/08/18: Another paper on equated water with life, and yet admitted that perchlorate is hostile to prebiotic chemistry: “A new experiment designed to detect amino acids on Mars, in spite of the reactive perchlorate in the Martian soil that typically breaks organic compounds down, could fly on a future mission to Mars to help in the search for life there.” The word ‘life’ appears two dozen times in this short article.Mars InSight streaks across southern California skies (DFC)CEH supports planetary exploration. The astrobiology part is superfluous, useless and illogical, but the gathering of new data from space has a long track record of supporting creation. How? By showing that the solar system is young, and by showing the uniqueness of the Earth. We expect that trend will continue if InSight succeeds. Place your bets now.last_img read more

Optimism in the Canadian economy for the coming year falls poll

first_imgTORONTO – Optimism about the Canadian economy in the first quarter fell to its lowest level since 2016 in a poll of senior accounting executives.The survey by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada says optimism in the first quarter of this year fell to 34 per cent compared with 48 per cent in the final quarter of last year.The percentage of those neutral about the economy increased to 47 per cent for the quarter, up from 36 per cent, while those with a negative outlook increased to 20 per cent from 16 per cent.The report says 67 per cent of respondents believe Canada is now a less competitive place to invest and do business than the United States compared to a year ago.The top three challenges to the Canadian economy cited were U.S. trade protectionism, uncertainty in the Canadian economy and U.S. tax reforms.The CPA report was based on 408 responses to 4,943 surveys that were emailed to executives in senior positions including chief executives, chief financial officers, chief operating officers and other leadership roles.The survey was conducted from March 13 to March 29.last_img read more