2016 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE FEATURES 59 GRADE/GROUP 1 RACES IN 12 COUNTRIES

first_imgThe first North American race of the series will be the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park on June 4 for an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, followed by the Metropolitan Handicap (GI) (Dirt Mile) and the Ogden Phipps (GI) (Distaff) at Belmont Park on June 11. The series will include four new races: The Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf (G1) (Filly & Mare Turf), which was run on April 9 at Royal Randwick in Australia; Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) (Mile) at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile on May 25; Gran Premio Pamplona at Hipodromo Monterrico (G1) (Filly & Mare Turf) in Lima, Peru on June 26 and the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (G2) (Turf Sprint) at The Curragh in Ireland on September 11. In April at Royal Randwick in Australia, Chautauqua (AUS) won the Darley TJ Smith Stakes (G1) (Turf Sprint), Winx (AUS) won the Star Doncaster Mile (G1) (Mile), and Askandellia (NZ) won the Coolmore Legacy. Winners of 77 Races Earn Automatic Berths, Travel and Entry Fees Paid Into World ChampionshipsSeven “Win and You’re In” Races for Breeders’ Cup ClassicLEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup announced today that the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will consist of 77 automatic qualifying races, including four new races, into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with 49 Challenge races held in the U.S. and Canada, and 28 races to be run outside of North America. Breeders’ Cup will pay entry fees and provide travel allowances for the connections of the Challenge winners to compete in the Championships. (Complete 2016 schedule is available at http://www.breederscup.com/races/breeders-cup-challenge.)Horses from around the globe will be qualifying for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 4-5, and televised live in the U.S. by the NBC Sports Group.This year, the NBC Sports Group will also televise the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing,” featuring Challenge races across nine shows in the U.S. from June until the World Championships. (Full 2016 television schedule can be found at http://challenge.breederscup.com/schedule.The Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, now in its ninth year, will be held at many of the world’s premier racetracks in 12 countries: U.S., Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Peru and South Africa.As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships’ race for winners of all Challenge races. For the seventh consecutive year, the Breeders’ Cup will pay foal nominators of Challenge winners a $10,000 award.The international portion of the series began on January 9 in South Africa at Kenilworth Racecourse, when Smart Call (SAF) won the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) and qualified for an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and Legal Eagle (SAF) captured the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.  Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup (jim@breederscup.com) 212-230-9512center_img Breeders’ Cup will also provide travel allowances to all starters outside of California for this year’s Championships, including Challenge race winners. Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of each Challenge winner from outside of North America and a $10,000 travel allowance for winners within North America that are stabled outside of California. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be done by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 24 to receive the rewards.Last year, a record 39 participants in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships earned automatic starting positions through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series with six winning their respective divisions: American Pharoah (Classic), Stephanie’s Kitten (Filly & Mare Turf), Nyquist (Sentient Jet Juvenile), Songbird (14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies), Runhappy (TwinSpires Sprint) and Catch a Glimpse (Juvenile Fillies Turf). A total of 25 Challenge-winning starters earned first- through fifth-place purse money in the 2015 World Championships.“Over the years, horsemen around the world have realized that one of the best ways to qualify for the World Championships is through winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race and receiving the added benefits of an automatic starting position and free entry provided in the series,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “As we continue to encourage international participation in the Challenge series, we thank our partner race tracks and jurisdictions for their commitment in the administration and promotion of these races.”Some of the highlights of this year’s Challenge series are as follows: About Breeders’ Cup The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube -30- There will be seven automatic berths awarded for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, all grade I races: The Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 18; The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Park on June 25; the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 31; the Whitney at Saratoga Race Course on August 8; the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 20; the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park on October 1 and The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on October 8.last_img read more

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Simeone: “It was a great game”

first_imgSimeone attended the media after Valencia-Atlético (2-2) and valued the point obtained. Explanation to two goals to the ball stopped. “Now we don’t have the same characteristics. Just as we attack differently, we defend differently.”He also spoke to Movistar +:Assessment: “I am left with the performance of the team. It was an important, beautiful game, with many chances for both of us. Our cons were hurting, they were in the second half more in our field and we had to take good refuge. This is our way to compete, is the way … “Marcos Llorente: “To the people who work, work pays. It doesn’t matter where you play, but the way you get involved. He was out a lot, he waited for his chance, but now he plays and has the attitude.”Two other goals conceded to the ball stopped: “Two quick plays, the second one, worked well and we have to improve.”The future: 6 games in a month: “We do not think of six games, we think of Tuesday. We have made a competitive match against a strong opponent who has not lost here. It was not an easy start, but we competed well.”The fight for third place. “We are two points away from Getafe.” Feeling after getting ahead twice: “It was a great match between two teams, each looked for the victory in their own way. They settled better after half an hour. In the second half it was similar. They had more centers, but we did cons and a great job of Vitolo and Correa , that’s how the strikers have to play. “Saul, better than Lodi ?: “In his interpretations. Lodi was admonished and we were afraid that he would suffer an expulsion. We tried with Arias, but he didn’t have the left to attack and we lost the attack. It could happen that Saul suffered, but in the search for possibilities there is the risk, I don’t stay still. “Valencia. “At home it is a great team, today it went back twice, I leave with great feelings for the effort, the work and the pressure. I leave with the anger to not be able to win, but it was a great game.”last_img read more

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GAWU urges PM to get acquainted with misfortunes of affected workers

first_img…says Govt promoting policies that will make a bad situation worseEstate closuresAs sugar workers continue to contemplate an uncertain future, their representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has taken great objection to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s recent “affirmation” that the sugar industry would not be closed.The sugar industry will not be closed: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo speaking at the Rose Hall Sugar Estate Martyrs memorial on WednesdayOn Thursday, the Union suggested that the PM’s comments were inconsistent with moves that Government has undertaken via its reported intention to close operations at Enmore, the Rose Hall factory and to privatise the Skeldon plant.“The Prime Minister, Mr Nagamootoo, may also want to acquaint himself with the misfortunes that have beset the workers and linked interest groups with the recent closure of Wales Estate in total disregard of the sound advice from the Union,” GAWU stressed.On Wednesday, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying that he wished the Union had engaged Government in finding solutions to safeguard the sugar industry. However, GAWU sought to remind the senior Government official of engagements that took place on December 31, 2016; and February 3 and February 17, 2017 with Government, led by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, GAWU, the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine Wales estate “During those meetings, we provided a submission to the Government containing a number of workable proposals to safeguard the sugar industry without the sad recourse to closure and sell-out as is currently being advocated, seemingly, by the Administration,” GAWU pointed out on Thursday.The Union also reminded that it had called for submissions from the sugar Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and the parliamentary Economic Services Committee to be made, further suggesting that the Prime Minister was not involved when key decisions were made on the industry.“It seems that the Prime Minister is out at sea and clearly not au fait with what is taking place. That notwithstanding, we are prepared to engage the Prime Minister and his colleagues to share our ideas and proposals to put the sugar industry on a viable and sustainable path,” GAWU noted. Workers’ interestWhile sharing Government’s view that the industry should be made profitable, the Union says it cannot support any decision which would harm the livelihood of the workers.“We cannot countenance any proposal which will see estates closed and sold out; that will result in thousands being pushed on to the breadline and many communities adversely affected. It defies logic that a government is promoting profitability while at the same time pushing too many of our people into depravity and suffering,” the Union stressed.GAWU also urged the Prime Minister to look at proposals it had put forward during the consultation process, to avoid what it said were “harsh repercussions” of the proposals that the Administration and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) made.“Already, we have learnt from workers that cane planting has ceased at Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates indicating that those estates are being prepared for closure. Our Union has already written GuySuCo to seek a meeting to discuss this move and looks forward to an early engagement. GAWU holds strongly that the industry can be turned around and become profitable as we outlined in our position of February 17, 2017,” an official statement from the Union added.It was at the commemorative ceremony of the 104th anniversary of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate Martyrs that the Prime Minister made the declaration that the sugar industry would not be closed. According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), Nagamootoo related that while sugar estates are closing down very rapidly, Guyana has to ensure that GuySuCo does not come out of sugar.“We cannot give up the effort to transform the industry, to modernise [the] sugar industry…the sugar industry would not be closed. I do not see this ever happening in my lifetime,” the PM was quoted as saying.It was earlier this year that it was disclosed that the Albion, Uitvlugt and Blairmont Estates would continue functioning. This followed high-level sugar consultations at the end of December 2016 when Government, through dialogue with stakeholders, had first stated its intention to shut down two estates and privatise the Skeldon plant. Documents that Government tendered revealed that there would be divestment of Skeldon. In fact, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times in early March that Government wanted Skeldon out of its remit.“What we know is we have to get rid of Skeldon – Skeldon is a hole that we can’t come out of,” Holder had told this newspaper.ClosuresBut in response to the decisions, GAWU voiced heavy criticisms against the coalition Government for moving forward with plans to close estates. GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine had even questioned whether the Government had any vision for the country.“We don’t agree with it and we had made our presentation to the Government, explaining why we don’t agree…the people running this country don’t have any vision for the people who they govern over because they have not done any social impact studies,” Narine had strongly stated.Over the years, Government has given significant budgetary allocations to the cash-strapped sugar industry. In fact, when word spread that Wales Estate would cease sugar operations, after Guyana Times broke the story, the Government cited cost as the main factor for closure. However, hundreds of sugar workers, their families and surrounding communities have been affected and some are still awaiting severance packages after declining to be transferred to the Uitvlugt Estate.last_img read more

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‘Sterling to be Liverpool captain ahead of Henderson’ – The reaction from incredulous Liverpool fans!

first_imgThere have been plenty of stories written about Raheem Sterling this summer, but not many as eyebrow raising as this Guardian article… 2 2 Raheem Sterling to be Liverpool captain ahead of Jordan Henderson?! And it didn’t take long for Liverpool fans to express their views…What do you think? Is there any sense in the suggestion Sterling could be made captain? And do you rate Henderson’s leadership credentials?Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…last_img

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Donegal Ladies football star Aoife bringing Spanish lessons….to Glenveagh!

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies football star Aoife McDonnell is set to bring Spanish speaking classes to Donegal – with Glenveagh National Park as one of the venues.The courses are aimed at local Donegal students hoping to improve their Spanish proficiency.The intensive one week Spanish Program is for 1st-3rd and 4th-6th Year Students. This one week intensive Spanish course will suit students wanting to improve their level of Spanish. The program will be facilitated by an excellent native Spanish teacher who will be in Donegal for the month of August. Venues lined up for the classes include:Letterkenny- St. Eunan’s GAA Clubhouse on Monday 13th-Friday 17th August from 10am-1pm daily – with a tour on Thursday 16th to Glenveagh National Park – all conducted through Spanish!Donegal Town-Abbey Vocational School on Monday 20th- Friday 24th August from 10am-1pm daily.Naomh Conaill player Aoife is of course a teacher herself – her day job when she’s not playing for Donegal. Said Aoife: “It keeps me busy in the summer when I’m not training and playing with the county.“This is an excellent opportunity to get a step ahead in Spanish without having to visit a Spanish speaking country.“It is also a more cost-effective alternative to the euro languages colleges here in Ireland. Students will be exposed to all aspects of learning Spanish including; writing, speaking, listening and reading.”Each week is limited to 20 students with a booking closing date of June 25.Contact: Aoife McDonnell on 0871245587Email: atlanticwayexperience@gmail.comWebsite: www.atlanticwayexperience.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticWayExperience/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Donegal Ladies football star Aoife bringing Spanish lessons….to Glenveagh! was last modified: June 11th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aoife McDonnelldonegalSpanish lessonslast_img read more

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SICK TROLLS HIJACK ANOTHER LOCAL FACEBOOK PAGE IN DONEGAL

first_imgTrolls have targeted another local Buy and Sell Facebook page.A group of TROLLS whose despicable behaviour forced the closure of the Letterkenny Buy and Sell page have targeted another local Facebook page.The same group of TROLLS have turned their attention towards the Dungloe Buy, Sell or Swap page and have infiltrated the site with more offensive content.However, even more worryingly is the fact that one of these TROLLS is actually stealing photos from locals Facebook timelines and is sharing the photos on different platforms online. The creep has now been exposed locally and his behaviour has already been reported to Gardaí.The individual in question has stolen a number of photos from Facebook and is also photo-shopping their heads on to different images in an attempt to poke fun at them and cause them embarrassment.A number of other pages have been set-up by the TROLLS who are part of a group called trolanon.com.The TROLLS boasted and celebrate how they destroyed the Letterkenny Buy and Sell page which had over 11,000 followers. Donegal Daily has received a number of complaints from readers saying that one individual in particular is taking private pictures from their own accounts and is using them for his own twisted purposes.They feel violated and this man’s behaviour has upset quite a number of people in the Rosses locality and beyond.If these TROLLS have affected you in any way then please contact the Dungloe Garda Station on 074 952 1000.They are aware of his activities and have warned him of this behaviour already.SICK TROLLS HIJACK ANOTHER LOCAL FACEBOOK PAGE IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ContentDungloe Buy sell and SwapFacebookimagesnewsOffensivephotostrollslast_img read more

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CSIR system helps deep-level mines talk to the surface

first_imgImpala Platinum mine in North West Province. (Image: Media Club South Africa)• Declan VogtStrategic Research ManagerCSIR Centre for Mining Innovation Organisation+27 11 358 0213dvogt@csir.co.zaLucille DavieIn the underground noise, dust and darkness of South Africa’s deep-level mines, efficient communication with the surface is essential for streamlined operations – and to save lives. A new innovation by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) does just that.The system, named AziSA – isiZulu for “to inform” – allows for timely communication that can be processed in a useful form, providing support for decision-making in the often dangerous conditions underground and reducing reliance on sometimes low-skilled workers. South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world, with some shafts reaching over three kilometres underground.“Labour-intensive drill-and-blast mining, as conducted on the major South African gold and platinum mines, is often not tightly managed due to the lack of good information about what is going on underground,” says the CSIR. The council, established 60 years ago, is one of Africa’s leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations. Its work includes multidisciplinary research, technological innovation, and industrial and scientific development.AziSA is “a specification for an open measurement and control network architecture that will facilitate decision making”. It will operate in underground mining environments in which there is limited power and communications infrastructure.A group of six South African researchers – Roger Stewart, Steve Donovan, Johann Haarhoff, Van Zyl Brink, Liam Candy and Declan Vogt, from the CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment division – have been working on the system since 2009.“AziSA is an architecture for how to measure, communicate and store measurements in an underground mining context. It isn’t a product as such, more a standardised way of doing things,” says Vogt, strategic research manager at the CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation. “Our aim is to provide a way for different equipment suppliers to work together to use the same communication and database infrastructure, saving time and money rolling out their own solutions.”The system will reference “existing open standards, chaining them together to form the various stages of a network, and only adding to the standards when desired functionality cannot be obtained from an existing standard”.AziSA was created to offer “support for low cost, low power and wireless networks, as well as organisation and openness”, says the CSIR.SensorsThe system works with AziSA-compliant sensors that are added to the network with a minimum of human intervention. A sensor refers to a sensing platform, a node on the sensors, with each transducer measuring an aspect of the underground situation. This results in accurate measurements with adequate precision that gives both the time and location of each measurement.“Sensors are required to be able to identify themselves and make their presence known to the network, send data to an aggregator and respond to instructions from the aggregator (eg to change a detector’s sampling rate), perform a health check and detect if these have been tampered with.”The system is sufficiently robust to monitor potentially hazardous conditions and provide for communications even if the link with the outside world is broken.Sensors would be small battery-powered devices that communicate wirelessly with the aggregators, which would be situated at the nearest power point. Each sensor will have several detectors attached to it, monitoring various aspects of the environment.“The sensors should be low cost and maintenance free (preferably disposable, with battery life as long as the sensing functionality is required), and would ideally have the capability of determining their own physical position,” says the CSIR.The aggregators transfer the data received from the sensors to some point at which a conventional IT infrastructure will send it on to the shaft, and from there fibre-optic communication is used to convey the data out of the mine to the network controller.Workplace safetyThe system has already been implemented, says the CSIR. “Several relatively small systems have been implemented using AziSA principles. These include systems for monitoring waste and ore separation, safety in the workplace, and the underground environment.”Roll out has taken place at Gold Fields (now Sibanye) in Gauteng, and the Impala Platinum in North West province, and at the New Denmark colliery in Mpumalanga.The CSIR is optimistic about the system’s future use. “It is hoped that CSIR efforts to develop AziSA as an open standard will cause a rapid uptake of the technology on South African mines, and lead to widespread use, with consequent benefits to safety, health and production.”last_img read more

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LEED Posts Top 10 List

first_imgThe U.S. Green Building Council released its list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and industrial space in 2014, collectively adding up to more than 5,700 acres.Rankings are made on a per-capita basis, comparing the square footage of LEED-certified projects to population. Illinois, with 174 certified projects, accounted for a total of 42.5 million square feet of space, or a per-capita total of 3.31. California had much more certified space, 69.8 million square feet in all, but a per capital ranking of only 1.87.Neither single-family nor multifamily residential projects are included in the tally. In a separate report last year, the USBGC said it had certified 12,995 single-family and 40,599 multifamily units; California was the top state, with 9,186 units.In the most recent report for commercial and industrial building, the rest of the top 10 list included (in descending order) Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, Georgia, Minnesota. Arizona, and New York were tied for 10th with per capita square footage of 1.74.Georgia and Arizona were new to the list.The District of Columbia was miles ahead of the rest of the pack with a per-capita rating of 29.44, but it’s not part of the state rankings because it’s a federal district without statehood status.In total, 1,662 projects became certified last year in the top 10 states, representing a total of 251.7 million square feet (5,779 acres). Worldwide, the total was 675.7 million square feet.last_img read more

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Personal Finance Webinar Has Ended Due to Server Issues

first_imgDear Web Conference Participants, A recording of the web conference will be available on Friday, September 14. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.Thank you for your support of the Military Families Learning Network. Thank you for participating in Tuesday’s Income Tax Filing Issues for Members of the Armed Forces web conference presented by the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance group. Unfortunately, the hosting system experienced some problems and the session was disrupted before completion. We apologize for this unforeseen problem and have been working to identify its cause, and prevent this from happening in future presentations. We are also working to assure those of you who are interested in hearing Guido van der Hoeven’s presentation in full will have the opportunity to do so.last_img read more

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For ULFA-I recruits, major strike is a ‘ticket’ to Myanmar camp

first_imgNew recruits of an extremist group could have gunned down five Bengali-speaking people in eastern Assam’s Bisonimukh-Kherbari on November 1 to earn a ‘ticket’ to its hideout in Myanmar.Assam police officials in Sadiya, the district where the five were killed, and adjoining Tinsukia said at least 10 youth from villages within 25-30 km radius of Bisonimukh-Kherbari joined the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) that Paresh Baruah heads. Four of them were arrested while two from Tengapani, a settlement straddling Assam and Aruanchal Pradesh and about 30 km from Bisonimukh-Kherbari, are believed to be in Myanmar. Officials of an intelligence agency said the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has virtually given a fresh lease of life to the anti-talks ULFA-I, which was down and almost out a couple of years ago. The ULFA-I claims to bat for the kind of ‘Assamese nationalism’ that the bill — viewed as a tool for dumping ‘Bangladeshi Hindus’ on Assam — is believed to have stoked.The ULFA-I has denied its hand in the latest killing, but police say the incident has “all the trappings” of the outfit’s operation. Though Mr. Baruah is believed to operate from Ruili on the Myanmar-China border, most cadres of his outfit operate from the camps of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland in Myanmar’s Sagaing division. “Almost like the 1980s, when the anti-foreigners movement had awakened Assamese nationalism, a number of young men have gravitated towards the ULFA-I. The outfit’s leaders and their masters in Myanmar and on the Myanmar-China border provide new recruits automatic weapons to carry out a major strike as a ticket for underground life in safe havens across the border,” an intelligence officer said, declining to be quoted.The strikes, over the last two decades, have usually been in villages bordering Arunachal Pradesh inhabited by “mainstream” communities such as Bihari and Bengali that the ULFA-I see as colonisers who replaced the British.In December 2000, the ULFA — not split into the pro-talks and anti-talks factions then — had killed 28 Bihari petty traders at Sadiya’s Sunpura on the border with Arunachal Pradesh. At least 70 more were killed in neighbouring areas.“Arunachal Pradesh, where policing is suspect, is a blind spot for us. The extremists conduct hit and run operations from the neighbouring State and from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Myanmar is only 50-60 km through jungles,” Prasanta Sagar Changmai, said former Superintendent of Police of Sadiya.“A difficult terrain comprising sandbars, water bodies and jungles with isolated villages of diverse communities make Sadiya vulnerable to extremist attacks. And because of lack of infrastructure, many locals feel alienated and are known to provide temporary shelter to the extremists to operate from,” he said.According to the State’s former Director General of Police G.M Srivastava, the Bisonimukh-Kherbari killing has exposed the lack of proper analysis of intelligence inputs on extremist activities. “There has been a pattern to extremist strikes over the years. Handling insurgency and counter-insurgency has taken a bad shape and last week’s killings were a case of failure to analyse intelligence inputs properly,” he told The Hindu.last_img read more

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