FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. Elvira gets the nod
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has unveiled a plan to issue green bonds through a public offering in the country’s domestic market.To foster a deeper understanding of the MOL Group’s environmental initiatives among stakeholders, the bonds are targeted to both institutional and individual investors. This is the first time a company in Japan has issued green bonds aimed at individual investors, as explained by MOL.The company’s 20th and 21st series unsecured corporate bonds are expected to be issued in August and September 2018, respectively.The issued amount of each of the two series of bonds is JPY 5 billion (around USD 45 million). As informed, the funds will be used for MOL’s green projects including ballast water treatment systems, SOx scrubbers, LNG-fueled vessels, an LNG bunkering vessel, a new propeller boss cap fins (PBCF) and the Wind Challenger plan, a research project aimed at reducing vessels’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by maximizing the use of wind power.In addition, MOL acquired a second opinion about eligibility from an organization evaluating and accrediting the ESG performance, Vigeo Eiris of France, to secure eligibility and transparency of the green bonds and increase their appeal to investors.Green bonds are used to raise funds for businesses aimed at protecting and improving the environment. MOL established the MOL Group Environmental Vision 2030 in April 2017 and designated environment-related and emission-free businesses as core activities in its “Rolling Plan 2018” management plan.The MOL Group also views responses to stricter environmental regulations and activities to reduce its environmental impact as opportunities to create new businesses and diversify its business portfolio, and address new challenges in technical innovation.Earlier this year, another Japanese carrier, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), offered green bonds within the domestic market, becoming the world’s first shipping company to issue labeled green bonds in the sector.
Student held over ‘telephone conversation’ with BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury. Photo: UNBDetectives in a drive detained a student from Deura village in Barura upazila of Cumilla district early Sunday in connection with a ‘leaked phone conversation’ with BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury.The arrestee is Milhanur Rahman Naumi, son of a certain Siddiqur Rahman, reports UNB.Naumi completed his Bar-at-Law from a university in London and a friend of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Amir Khasru’s daughter.Naumi’s father Siddiqur said that a team of police raided the house of his sister and detained him. Naumi went to his aunt’s house to give an invitation card of his cousin’s marriage ceremony.Family members also said that the marriage ceremony of Naumi’s cousin is scheduled to be held on 5 August. Naumi made a phone call to the BNP leader to invite him to the marriage ceremony.Police also detained Naumi’s maternal uncle Manzurul Alam and paternal uncle Faridur Rahman. However, they were released later.A reported audio clip of telephonic conversation between BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and an unknown boy over intensifying the ongoing student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday.
Logo of BNPThe talks of formation of a greater political alliance between the BNP and the newly floated alliance of Jukta (United) Front are yet to produce concrete results due to certain differences of opinion over possible agenda of the movement, according to leaders concerned.As the archrival of the ruling Awami League, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) wants to see the fall of the regime through popular demonstration and holding of free and fair elections in the country.But, the main components of the Jukta Front and Gano Forum of eminent lawyer Kamal Hossain are in favour of ‘overall qualitative changes’ in the political system and culture, no matter whichever party comes to power through the elections.The leaders, who are enthusiastic about formation of a greater alliance or forging a national unity, have to ready answers to a few questions that are critical for political alignment as well as for determining the country’s next political course.However, the BNP leaders maintain that they do not have any disagreement over the qualitative changes in politics. They just think such changes are impossible without removing first the current government form power through constitutional process.The BNP’s possible joining of an alliance with the Front and other smaller parties is hanging in balance at a time when the Jukta Front itself is yet to take a clear shape. Kamal Hossain’s Gano Forum has said it will not join the Front but may be part of the national unity process.Formation of an opposition alliance that can pose formidable challenges to the AL regime and the ruling party is still limited to discussions, and debates over terms and conditions of making alignhment.A source in the BNP said apart from issues like exclusion of Jamaat-e-Islami from the BNP alliance and sharing seats with other parties in case of electoral contest, they are yet to reach consensus on objectives and goals of such an alliance.Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badroddoza Chowdhury and other leaders of Jukta Front have laid emphasis on balanced politics and balance in power structure in future governance.Gano Forum’s executive president Subrata Chowdhury too said they are for a positive change in political culture, but not against a particular party.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, however, pointed out that the AL’s ouster from power and bringing a qualitative change in politics are inter-related issues.“The people’s right to vote, good governance, democratic rights and independence of the judiciary are not ensured in the country. Freeing the country from an autocratic regime is a must to ensure these rights. We need to be united on those issues. Change in system and government is not any isolated matter. There should not be any disagreement over these issues,” Mosharraf added.Convener of Nagorik Oikkya, another component of the Front, Mahmudur Rahman Manna said to Prothom Alo, “We’ve told them (BNP leaders) that our goal is not bringing one party to power by removing another. They must agree on the issue of changes we are talking about.”He said Jukta Front and Gano Forum want radical changes in governance pattern in order to find answers to questions on corruption and terrorism.Manna, however said, “No one wants a poll-time government consisting only of the Awami League. There is no disagreement over unity against such an autocratic regime.”The Nagorik Oikkya leader also said they want balance of power so that the party coming to power after removal of the Awami League does not emerge as autocratic any longer.BNP has already given the other parties 10 proposals on the basis of which a common ground could be created.The BNP’s position emphasises the demand for release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia, apart from ensuring free and fair national elections in the country.Manna, however, said he is yet to formally receive the BNP’s proposals.Regarding the BNP’s demand for Khaleda Zia release as the first of the 10 points, Manna said, “Yes, it can be their number one priority when they talk as a party. But when the question of greater alliance arises, a national issue such as participatory election should come first.”Despite certain differences, the BNP’s Mosharraf said the announcement of the formation of the alliance should be made within September.The schedule for national elections is likely to be announced in October and the ballot is expected to be held in December.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met the BNP chairperson on 25 August in abandoned jail, where the latter stressed the need for expediting the formation of greater national alliance along with cementing the unity of the 20-party alliance.* This report, which has come out in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraf
Prothom Alo IllustrationA murder suspect was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Chattogram’s Agrabad early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Jabed, Jubo League activist, also accused in the murder former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Mohiuddin Sohel.Jubo League is the youth front of ruling Awami League while Bangladesh Chhatra League is its student wing.Sudip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Double Mooring police station, said that on information that a gang of terrorists were using drugs in the Jamburi field area, a team of police conducted the drive.Sensing the presence of police, the terrorists opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, leaving Jabed injured.Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Ashikur Rahman, senior assistant commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police, said that after spotting the location of Jabed, a team of police led by the OC conducted the drive around 12:20am.The OC was also shot in his right leg and is now in hospital.The police team also recovered a pistol and other firearms with several rounds of bullets from the spot.Earlier on 7 January, the former BCL leader Mohiuddin Sohel was lynched by an angry mob at Pahartali railway market of the city on allegation of extortion.Sohel’s family members later claimed at a press briefing that he was killed in a planned manner.Shakirul Islam Shishir, younger brother of Sohel, filed a case with Double Mooring police station accusing 27 named and 150 unnamed people. Jabed was one of the main accused in the case.