Men’s basketball looks to extend win streak against Utah

first_img“Honestly, this was the most confident game I’ve had all season,” Okongwu said per the Associated Press after USC’s win over the Beavers. “It was really fun coming out there and playing against a sold-out crowd.” USC is coming back from a two-game road trip in the Beaver State, where the Trojans fell to No. 12 Oregon in double overtime but triumphed over Oregon State. A couple of costly turnovers and mistakes late in the Oregon game caused USC to suffer their second Pac-12 loss, but the win over Oregon State proved the Trojans’ potential is still alive and well in the conference. Okongwu is top-five in the Pac-12 in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage this season and does not seem to show any signs of slowing down. He and the Trojans — the best in the Pac-12 in rebounds and the worst in free-throw percentage and turnovers committed — will attempt to stop a Utah team that currently ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage. Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu has been a top rebounder and shot blocker in the Pac-12 this year. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Having won four of its last five games and sitting in a tie for second place in the Pac-12, the USC men’s basketball team will face Utah Thursday night at Galen Center. Led by phenom freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, the Trojans are set to play a Utes team led by sophomore forward Timmy Allen that is coming off two straight wins against Washington State and Washington. USC will also have to look out for Utah redshirt freshman center Lahat Thioune in the paint, as the Senegal native is the Utes’ leader in field goal percentage at 72.2%, making him their most efficient player while averaging just 17 minutes per game. Expect Allen, Thioune and freshman guard Rylan Jones to run a majority of Utah’s offense and look for Okongwu and Rakocevic to make important plays near the rim on both sides of the ball. Senior forward Nick Rakocevic is 8-15 from beyond the arc, leading USC in 3-point percentage. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “Rakocevic and [Okongwu], those guys are a load inside,” Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said at a press conference Tuesday. “[USC is] an elite rebounding team in our league, shot-blocking team. They provide a great post presence for those guys and then they’ve got a bunch of capable shooters and athletes.” USC head coach Andy Enfield and his team should also expect Utah to both commit and draw lots of fouls given the two teams’ shooting percentages from the charity stripe. The Trojans have arguably struggled at the free-throw line more than they have anywhere else on the court this season. However, as Enfield said after the Oregon State win, USC’s resilience both at home and on the road “is a credit to [USC’s] players” at this point of the season and is what has helped the Trojans catapult themselves into a tie with No. 20 Colorado for second place in the conference. The crowd of more than 9,000 in Corvallis, Ore. was in for a treat as they got a chance to watch a united USC team that has excited college basketball fans with acrobatic plays from Okongwu and freshman guard Ethan Anderson, a clutch comeback win against Stanford led by sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and solid 3-point shooting from senior forward Nick Rakocevic and redshirt senior guards Quinton Adlesh and Daniel Utomi. USC and Utah will tip off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Galen Center.last_img read more

Stil time to enter the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgOf course the goal of the event is to raise money for MS research.MS Bike is the largest cycling series event in North America. MS Bike is a fun cycling event that is suitable for various fitness levels, while bringing people together for an important cause ‒ to end MS. Over 10,000 cyclists participate in 27 tours across Canada between June and September.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatorydisease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsFor more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] If you ever wanted to ride around Kokanee Glacier, then the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is just what the doctor ordered.The event, set for August 17-18, starts riders in New Denver Saturday (August 17) for the first leg of the 222 kilometer ride.Starting from Greer Park in New Denver, riders trek along Highway 6 before turning left an onto Nelson for Day one of the event.After a nice evening barbecue at Lakeside Rotary Park, riders resume the second leg of the ride in Nelson and concluding later Sunday back in New Denver.last_img read more

Crescent Valley man studies for sixth Dan Black Belt

first_imgDuring the past 15 years his own TKD schools (KCMA) have positively affected hundreds of students and families in the Nelson and Castlegar area and now he is leading a global fight for justice for the poor as founder of  According to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts. Master Dean Seminoff, who has been studying martial arts for more than 20 years, was in Florida to study for his sixth Dan Black Belt in the martial art of Taekwondo.Seminoff, of Crescent Valley an operator of a school in Nelson and Slocan Valley, is currently a fifth Dan WTF black belt as a member of the USCDKA.last_img read more

Nelson’s Finn Megale eyes BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals

first_imgMegale has had his sights on snowboard cross racing since he was four years old.Last year he placed first in the BC provincials (U13), earning an invite to join the BC team in the U15 nationals where he placed eighth. The Western Canada Snowboard Cross series races were Finn’s first event of the 2017 season.Snowboard cross is a competitive race whefre athletes run individual time trials to qualify, and then race four-at-a-time in heats against each other.The fastest racer advances to the next heat.At Lake Louise, Megale qualified and raced seven heats over two days, making it to the final heat in each of two races. He was very pleased with his second place finishes, and he is aiming for a strong result at the BC provincials finals next weekend with the final prize, national finals in Mount Tremblant, Quebec, in April. Watch out world, here comes Finnegan Megale.The Nelson boarder is off to the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals next weekend at Big White Resort near Kelowna after capturing a pair of silver medals during a meet over the weekend in Lake Louise.Megale, 14, was one of more than 100 boarders who participated at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES WHAT MIGHT BE NEXT? “If we do decide to go two turns, we’re looking at the mile and a sixteenth race here on June 7 (Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes).” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, KENTUCKIAN, WINNER: “He drew real well in this race and we were hoping to have a clear run at the speed today, which there was a lot of. It’s nice to have an owner like Rick (Porter, of Fox Hill Farms, Inc.), who lets you do the things you need to do. He had a small foot problem down here so we decided to take him to Golden Gate. He was training well up there and Rick told me, ‘Let’s go ahead and run him there.’ He wasn’t concerned about the smaller purse because he knows we’re trying to develop the horse. In order to do well you have to have a horse that can run and you have to have owners that let you do your thing. JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, KENTUCKIAN, WINNER: “He reminds me of Holy Bull. He has an unbelievably high cruising speed and stride.“He jumps a long ways and he was really running and they were still two or three in front of me so I was thinking ‘how fast are we going?!’ I knew we were going quick, but after a quarter mile he just took a deep breath and got into a fluid stride. I thought ‘there you are, now we’re OK.’ In the beginning he was scrambling and was kind of tight and when they do that, they don’t always breathe right. I just kept waiting for him, waiting for him… and then I felt really confident.“The last furlong I pulled my stick up just because I heard Trevor saying someone was coming but, when I looked on the big screen, I put it back down.”center_img NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc. Rick Porter lives in Lexington, KY. -30-last_img read more

Are The Fortune 100 Now Beginning To Embrace Social Media Tools?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#NYT Let’s take a quick look at some of the findings for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and corporate blogs:TwitterThe report says that Deutsche Telekom uses Twitter for announcements while Volkswagen uses it to RT and Home Depot for customer service. Conclusion? Fortune 100 companies are still searching for the best way to use Twitter. But just posting announcements seems pretty sterile. From the white paper:“Leaders of the pack on the Fortune Global 100 are Sony’s SonyPlayStation with well over 115,000 followers and SonyPictures who is followed by almost 50,000 people and following over 6,000 Twitterers themselves.”Burson-Marsteller also states that Fortune 100 companies are supporting multiple accounts. This is perhaps most encouraging: customer engagement is beginning to be more widespread across product groups.FacebookFacebook shows some of the most promise. Most of the Fortune 100 companies have tens of thousands of users. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Perhaps the strongest sing of acceptance is in the number of corporate product groups that use Facebook. Companies like Sony have multiple fan pages.YouTubeYouTube is used mostly by U.S. companies. Entertainment, electronics and auto companies are the most likely to have YouTube channels. Viewership shows promise. Consumers want to see product videos. Connecting YouTube with Twitter, Facebook and a blog can make for a potent combination if all are updated on a regular basis. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now A study by Burson-Marsteller finds that 79 percent of the largest 100 companies in the Fortune Global 500 index are using social media tools.At first glance, this may seem significant. But a closer look shows that Fortune 100 companies are showing interest but nothing to prove that social media tools are gaining significant corporate acceptance. Here’s a copy of the full report and an accompanying power point presentation.But it is early in the game and these are results show that social media tools are making credible gains. The services of choice? No surprise: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blog platforms.Twitter is number one, followed by Facebook, YouTube and corporate blogs.The study found that 65 percent of the largest 100 international companies have active accounts on Twitter, 54 percent have a Facebook fan page, 50 percent have a YouTube channel, and one-third (33 percent) have corporate blogs. Only 20 percent of the major international companies are utilizing all four platforms to engage with stakeholders.The fact that the Fortune 100 do not leverage multiple tools is a sign of how consumer-based social media tools are not fully understood or leveraged for maximum benefit. It’s also evident of just how much of an opportunity big companies have in using the social Web if they use it to its full extent. Companies that extend to multiple media networks still have a chance to get ahead of competitors.The frequency of posts illustrates that companies are posting but not nearly as often as they could. BlogsFifty-percent of the Fortune 100 companies from the Asia Pacific have blogs. Burson-Marsteller says Asian companies prefer blogging due to the control they can have over the conversation.“Only 11% of active U.S. company blogs had posts in the past three months as compared to 83% of European blogs and 77% of Asia-Pacific blogs. The U.S. blogs also had fewer blog posts.”The results show the increasing popularity of the real-time web and its use across the enterprise. But is it smart not to update a blog? We wonder what company fares better. The one that is active on its Twitter account and its blogs or the one that has an active Twitter account but infrequently updates its blog?ConclusionCorporate America is using the social Web. It’s apparent that companies have waded a bit deeper into the water but the opportunities are clear. The companies that embrace multiple mediums and keep up with a consistent volume of updates will be the big winners, no matter if they are a Fortune 100 or a Fortune 1,000 company.last_img read more

Scribes allegedly locked in during CM Adityanath’s inspection at Moradabad hospital

first_imgThe Moradabad District Magistrate (DM) was allegedly said to have locked up over two dozen mediapersons inside an emergency ward for two hours while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath was visiting the district hospital.DM Rakesh Kumar Singh allegedly posted guards outside the gate to ensure that the journalists did not come out during Adityanath’s visit on Saturday. After half-an-hour when the Chief Minister left, Mr. Singh unlocked the gate, saying that the mediapersons were responsible for his act. He asked the mediapersons not to visit the district hospital. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized Mr. Adityanath for banning mediapersons from covering his routine visit.In a post on Twitter, she said: “Journalists are being held as hostages, questions are being shielded and problems are being sidelined. The BJP government, which got a majority in the Lok Sabha elections, is turning a blind eye to the questions of the public.”The incident has been criticized on social media and many have also slammed the DM for giving such an order.However, Mr. Singh later clarified on Twitter that no such incident occurred.“It is not correct. During inspection, many mediapersons were inside the ward and we simply requested media persons not to go inside the ward,” he said.last_img read more

Unbeaten La Salle welcomes Mbala back vs Adamson

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open Ayo actually expects a much-improved version of Mbala when the reigning MVP finally plays for the Archers. Mbala showed flashes of a more polished outside shot in Afrobasket.“When Ben comes in, he can play, the 5, 4, 3, or he can even play 2 depending on our schemes,” said Ayo. “We’ll find a way to put in Ben and in spots where he can be comfortable.”Mbala’s absence actually gave the likes of Abu Tratter, Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar to flourish, while Aljun Melecio took over the offense, averaging 24.5 points in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready looking formidable in the first two games of its campaign, unbeaten La Salle gets another boost as reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala suits up for the first time in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.Mbala, who missed the games against Far Eastern U and National U due to national team duties with Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, returns to the lineup as the Green Archers gun for their third straight win against the Adamson Falcons in the 4 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight National U clashes with University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Tigers shooting for a first victory in three outings.The Bulldogs hope to return to winning ways after dropping a 110-115 decision to the Archers last Saturday in a game where rookie Josh Bartlett delivered 23 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the spotlight will be on Mbala and the rest of the Archers as they go up against an Adamson team which pulled off its first win of the season against UST, 88-81, last Saturday.“Maybe we’re on this level now, but when Ben plays, we will just raise our level with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Archers won a high-scoring affair over the Bulldogs. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory

first_imgRead Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston (12-2) was playing without Kyrie Irving after he took an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes on Friday night against Charlotte. Irving has a minor facial fracture but has not been diagnosed with a concussion as initially feared.Jaylen Brown added 18 points, and Rozier helped fill in for Irving with 16 points off the bench. Boston shot just 40.2 percent from the field.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, and Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for Toronto. The Raptors dropped to 7-5 after winning two straight.“They are the best team in the NBA right now, 12 in a row,” Lowry said. “They’re playing unbelievable, everyone is picking up slack.”Jayson Tatum’s acrobatic layup with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Celtics up 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeRozan missed a potential go-ahead stepback jumper with 19 seconds remaining. Tatum got the rebound, but elbowed Fred VanVleet in the face for an offensive foul that was confirmed by video review.DeRozan had another look to give Toronto the win, but missed a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds left. Serge Ibaka scooped up the rebound, but lost the ball as time expired.“He shook him, he was wide open, vaulted up, and I’ll take that shot 999 times out of 1,000,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan’s effort.Brown, who was guarding DeRozan on the final possession, was a bit surprised himself that the shot didn’t go down.“That’s a shot that DeMar DeRozan probably hits nine times out of ten,” Brown said. “I got a late contest, but he missed this one so we’ll take the win.”STREAKINGBoston’s 12-game winning streak is tied for its third-longest in the last 30 years. The Celtics also won 12 straight from Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2009. Toronto has never snapped an opponent’s winning streak of 10 or more games in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.MASKED KYRIEIrving visited a facial specialist Sunday and was fitted for a mask after being injured Friday. The last time Irving played in a mask was on Dec. 15, 2012, when he scored a then-career-high 41 points versus New York with Cleveland.PASSING BARGNANI Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate at the buzzer as Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) and Fred VanVleet walk off the court after an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Al Horford turned back the clock in his return from a two-game absence with a concussion.Horford scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the Boston Celtics hang on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “He’s playing young again,” teammate Terry Rozier said.Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against his former team in Atlanta on Monday night, the same day an elbow to the head from Kent Bazemore sent him into the NBA’s concussion protocol. Horford also missed nine games last season with a concussion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHorford disagreed with Rozier’s assessment, thinking he’s playing even better.“I don’t know if young Al Horford played like this, to be honest,” the former four-time All-Star said. “You know, it’s been years of just working on my game and try to play this new way.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Lowry’s 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first quarter moved him past Andrea Bargnani (6,581 points) into fourth place on Toronto’s scoring list. Vince Carter is third with 9,420 points.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan had 20 or more points for the seventh straight regular season game in Boston and is averaging 22 points in that stretch. … Norman Powell left the game with a right hip pointer.Celtics: Boston held an opponent under 100 points for the 11th time in its last 12 games. Opponents are averaging 92.2 points during the winning streak. … Rozier scored at least 10 points in a career-best three straight games.UP NEXTRaptors: Continue a three-game trip Tuesday night against Houston.Celtics: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night in a tuneup for Thursday night’s home showdown with defending champion Golden State. United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

With Abu Salem’s arrest in Lisbon, the sun sets on his Rs 300 crore underworld empire

first_imgTake I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and,Take I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and crash into the kerb. The officers lend him a hand and cuff him. Take II: 284, Rua Da Palma Apartments, Martin Moniz. A svelte siren clad in designer togs walks down wooden stairs. The lackey walking alongside cracks a cheap joke as they step outside. Even as their laughter rings into the balmy air, the smiles freeze on their faces. They are surrounded by a team of armed officers who handcuff them and push them into a van while another team of officers rushes to search the apartment.THE CHAMELEON: Switching looks and passports, Salem had eluded arrestThis could well have been the climax of a Bollywood blockbuster. And Ali, sporting a Sanjay Dutt hairstyle and demeanour, driving around in flashy jeeps and Mercedes cars, could well have been the archetypal baddie. Except that this is real life.Though the woman, Sana Malik Kamal, was indeed a starlet – also known as Monica Bedi – 34-year-old Ali, aka Abu Salem, is among the 20 most wanted men in India, running an underworld empire worth over Rs 300 crore. The IRA dossier (No. A 103/3/ 1995) cites his involvement in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and 45 other heinous crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion from Bollywood stars and producers.Salem’s arrest was the culmination of 180 days of tracking by officials across three continents. The don was using several passports and identities – among them Ramil Kamal Malik, Danish Beg, Akhil Ahmed Azmi, Arsalan Mohsin Ali and Ramesh Kumar. Police officers in India, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US and Interpol had been tracking Salem on nine cellphone numbers and three satellite phones as he flitted in and out of London, Dubai, Singapore, Kathmandu, Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Zurich before being trapped in Lisbon.This is not the first time he has been detained. In 1997,  the UAE authorities let off Salem – then travelling as Azmi – after he was arrested in Sharjah. Last year he was detained in Abu Dhabi as Hamid Atiq but slipped away to Nairobi in Kenya. Salem, it would seem, is not third time lucky. Thanks to the FBI which put him on the International Fugitive Tracking system. Besides intercepting Salem’s e-mails – which were passed to the CBI-FBI agents also tracked Bedi to confirm their findings.Salem’s end really began in February when the FBI sent a detailed description to the Interpol in Lisbon as they suspected a possible link with the Al-Qaida, which matched the dossier provided by India. Salem apparently acquired his fake passport from the same source as four key suspects probed by the FBI after the 9/11 attack. Interestingly, the FBI also got unsolicited help as a series of e-mails – now believed to have originated from arch rival Chhota Shakeel in Karachi – kept it informed about Salem’s movements.Indeed, Salem and Bedi would have been nabbed in Lisbon this summer but they slipped out to the US where Salem was trying to set up a legitimate business. But his property – buying binge attracted a decoy from the FBI and Salem fled back to Lisbon.Lisbon seemed a safe harbour as he could blend in among the large Asian immigrant population from Goa and Mozambique. Salem and Bedi had purchased property, showed downtown Anjos as their domicile and, to the surprise of the Portuguese Police, even acquired a residency permit to live in Portugal. In Lisbon, Salem mostly stayed at a downmarket 25-Euro guesthouse, puzzling his neighbours with a lifestyle rather too high-flying for someone who introduced himself as a Pakistani national and was known to fix travel documents for illegal Asian immigrants.If only they knew it was Salem. His interests in the overseas rights of Hindi movies and earnings from Bollywood stars’ overseas stage shows have fetched him between Rs 70 crore and Rs 100 crore. Investments, extortion, counterfeit currency rackets and hawala operations contribute the rest of the kitty. Abdul Qayum Ansari, the 14-year-old boy who ran away from Sarai Meer near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in 1982, is now estimated to be worth over Rs 300 crore.advertisementThe Fugitive’s TrailClick here to EnlargeSalem, now lodged at Estrada National, 2475, Tires Paradede – courtesy Judge Fatima Mata Mouros – may not get to keep his ill-gotten wealth. Charged with carrying illegal travel documents Salem argued for three hours that he was Ali, a Pakistani. But when his fingerprints matched prints taken 18 years ago in Bandra, the judge signed the 90-day detention order. Says Sara Pina, press attache of the Portuguese Police and Judiciary Department: “We have confirmed the identity of Salem”, and are investigating possible links with terrorist groups.In India, the Government has launched a concerted move to bring Salem to book. To back its claim and the Portuguese charge of travelling on illegal documents, the Government has initiated a series of arrests. In Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Assistant Sub-Inspector S.A. Sattar, passport office clerk G. Srinivas and revenue inspector Mohammed Yunus have been arrested for aiding Salem get fake passports. In Bhopal, Siraz Khan, who helped Salem and his wives get passports – as Danish Beg, Rubina Beg and Fauzia Usman – has apparently spilled the beans and has even been attacked by Salem’s goons.Unlike in the past, the Indian initiative is not unidimensional. A CBI team led by Additional Director Vijay Shankar and Superintendent of Police O.P Chatwal is in Lisbon with every bit of evidence against Salem that could get him extradited, if not deported.While Rajesh Ranjan, India’s representative at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, is doing his bit, the CBI in Delhi has been coordinating action with Paul Ralf Houghton, who represents the FBI in the US Embassy in Delhi, CBI Director PC. Sharma also spoke directly to FBI director Robert Muller and sought US assistance in bringing Salem back.Action is not just at the bureaucratic level. Since India does not have an extradition treaty with Portugal, it is keenly aware that the key to getting Salem booked is to put to use the US leverage with the Portuguese Government. External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has spoken to US Secretary of State Colin Powell and asked for “US assistance in keeping things on track in the Abu Salem case”.advertisementSinha has also written to the Portuguese Government apprising it of the heinous nature of Salem’s crimes and the need to put him on trial in India. Portugal and EU nations have guidelines about not extraditing criminals to countries where capital punishment is awarded. Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has suggested that India could consider waiving the death penalty to secure Salem’s custody.It is not going to be easy though. Joanna Ferreira, public prosecutor, international cooperation department, points out that this is not a normal extradition situation. Salem, she says, has been arrested not just on the Red Corner notice put out by Interpol but also for committing a crime in Portugal. “If he has criminal responsibility in the present case of having travelled on false documents, then he has to fulfil that first. If proven guilty in this case, he could be jailed for one to five years.”In other words, it will be a time-consuming affair. Even if Salem is not tried in Portugal, the extradition process could take as long as 11 months. While India hopes that in the post 9/11 circumstances the US leverage should help, one thing is certain: unlike previous occasions, Salem won’t be able to escape this time. Even if he manages to avoid Indian custody, his game is quite literally over. -with bureau reportsadvertisementlast_img read more