Archive for May, 2013

Five Takeaways vs

Following Wild games, Managing Editor Glen Andresen will give the five takeaways that he’ll remember from each contest. Tonight, he looks back at a 32 win against Colorado.

A onegoal game is a foregone conclusion when the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche get together. Ten of the last 14 meetings between the two clubs have been decided by one goal. And considering the Avs are a desperate team in danger of falling into a tailspin, they weren about to get blown out in a must win game.

That what was most impressive about this 32 Wild victory. Leading 31 after two, the Wild had to be prepared for a third period onslaught. If they weren in the first 23 seconds when David Jones recorded his second goal of the game, they were the rest of the way. With the help of more Niklas Backstrom brilliance, and another solid defensive effort, the Wild withstood wave after wave of Colorado attacks, and they never buckled. In fact, the Wild applied some pressure of its own in the third, and didn look like a team trying to sit on a lead.

With 29 games to go, it time for a nightly postgame check of the standings. Lo and behold, there is your Minnesota Wild, once again sitting in the top eight in the Western Conference.

How do you measure the importance of a man? The number one method is whether or not he allowed to have his dog come to a Wild game. If you play 1,000 games in the NHL, you can pretty much do whatever you want, so Brunette was allowed to have his beloved Golden Retriever, Simon, accompany Jamie Brunette (Andrew brother) during the Let Play Hockey declaration.

Simon appearance was preceded by a wonderful video tribute that included appearances from Ray Ferraro, Joe Sakic and Wes Walz, and showed some great photos of Bruno in his youth. That was followed by an onice ceremony with Brunette family in which he was given a crystal from the NHL, a silver stick from Brad Bombardir and the Wild organization, a Rolex watch from Mikko Koivu and the rest of the Wild players, and a check for $15,000 in his honor to the Valley East Hockey organization, where he played his youth hockey.

Much to Bruno relief, the celebration of 1,000 NHL games will now die down, and he and his teammates can focus on a stretch run to the playoffs.

It funny how two teams that entered tonight with a combined nine periods of scoreless hockey can immediately start scoring goals like it easier than driving over orange cones with a Zamboni. The Wild was shut out in its last game on Saturday night in Phoenix. And the Avs were shutout in each of their last two games before tonight.

Sure enough, with five minutes left, Antti Miettinen pumped a slap shot into the upper corner. Eleven seconds later, David Jones slipped a low shot underneath Niklas Backstrom from the low slot. And 51 seconds after Miettinen opened the scoring Martin Havlat scored the third goal of the game with an outstanding effort, shaking off a persistent Paul Stastny and tucking a turnaround shot between the near post and Craig Anderson right toe.

Amazingly, that wasn’t the fastest threegoal flurry in Wild history. That happened on Dec. 28, 2002 when Buffalo’s Ales Kotalik and Stu Barnes and Minnesota’s Antti Laaksonen combined for three goals in 35 seconds of a 43 Wild win.

Two Wild players really stood out in this one for the red, and Backstrom doesn count because, quite frankly, I written enough about that ink hog.

It felt like Matt Cullen was out there for 60 minutes tonight. He set up two goals for his second twohelper game of the season, and his eighth and nine points in the last eight games. All night, he was hitting his teammates with passes right on the tape. He couldn miss, and that was huge on Madden gamewinner. Cullen danced in the offensive zone and then put a dart onto the stick.

He could have had one of his own on a third period power play. A tipped shot was kicked to the side of the cage. Cullen, showing no signs of being hampered by the lower body injury that sidelined him for a game, raced to the puck and fired a shot off the post.

He didn score, but he did provide a huge boost to the lineup, which certainly missed him in Phoenix.

The other noticeable force was Eric Nystrom, who once again was held off the scoresheet. But nobody battled harder and caused more havoc in the offensive zone than the gritty winger. He came close, putting a beautiful tip on a Brent Burns shot that clanked off the post, but he still racked up some nice numbers. Nystrom tied for the team lead with five hits tonight.

The previous two games against the Avalanche have been pretty docile, considering the animosity that grew during that December 23rd game in Denver. Tempers flared tonight, however, which may set the stage for an interesting battle on March 8, when these two teams meet for the last time.

In the third period, Burns pulled up short of Peter Budaj crease after the Avs netminder covered up a rebound. Several flakes of snow found their way into Budaj mask, and that sparked a minidonnybrook. Three guys in white went after Burns, and that brought everybody into the fracas. Well, except one.

I thought we might see the firstever Wild goalie fight when I saw Budaj in the corner going after several Wild players. Backstrom didn move. He apparently didn want to pull a Rick DiPietro, and considering he 310 with a 1.23 GAA and a .960 save percentage, I got zero problems with that decision.

The incident didn escalate into any punches being thrown, but it seemed to rile up the fans, and the Wild players, who refused to back down the rest of the way. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.

Fremont man indicted over alleged Web auction scams

Don’t Miss:Tahoe traps stolen’Late Night’ replacement’Gatsby’ box office shockWheelchair hiker’s Sierra gloryNBC’s post’Office’ plan49ersRaidersGiantsA’sWarriorsSharksQuakesNFLMLBNBANHLCollegePrepsGolfOutdoorsOtherOn TVTicketsShopVideoMoviesMusic NightlifePerformanceArtEventsBooksTV RadioHoroscopeComicsGamesThings To DoHome GardenStyleOutdoorsSki SnowHealthGreenLGBTHouzzDatingMomsPetsSponsored Content20070609 13:26:00 PDT FREMONT A Fremont man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he defrauded eBay and Yahoo users out of more than $31,000 in auctions for golf clubs, Rolex watches and television devices, court records show. District Court in San Jose on an indictment charging him with three counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud for the alleged scheme on the Internet auction sites.

Between February 2003 and June 2004, Wang offered on the eBay and Yahoo Web sites various items that included Rolex watches, golf clubs and “navigation television interface kits,” the indictment said.

Wang contacted winning bidders and told them to mail or wire him money, the indictment said.

“Once payment had been received, Wang then contacted the bidder and falsely and fraudulently stated that the item was being sent, all the while intending merely to take the victim’s payment without delivering the item,” according to the indictment. “The bidders never received the item for which they were paid.”

Wang conned at least nine people, bilking them out of $31,777, the indictment said.

Wang is free on $100,000 bond. At a hearing in San Jose last month, ordered Wang not to offer for sale or auction any goods or services, court records show.

T D Dasan Standard VI B is brilliant

That’s what we feltwhile watching the Malayalam film T D Dasan Standard VI B, a simple film the protagonist of which is yet to reach his adolescence. The film is about his efforts to reconnect with his father who had abandoned him when he was just a toddler.

The story occursagainstthe backdrop of a village that is fighting the might of a multinational cola company that has squeezed its natural water resources dry.

Dasan (Master Alexander) who is studying in the sixth standard finds the address of his father in mother Chandrika’s (Shwetha Menon) trunk. So, he secretly writes a letter to his father. He wants to silence the class bully who is alwaysteasing him for being fatherless.

Nandan requests the caretaker to find out the whereabouts of the person and deliver the letter to him. But Madhavan is not that enthusiastic and the letter ends up in the waste bin. Ammu sees this and feels bad about it. She picks up the letter and makes an effort to find the addressee but fails. Meanwhilea second letter arrives.

Director Mohan Raghavan, who is also credited with the writing, makes this tale multilayered.

The other thing that strikes us is the fact that the letter also makes Nandan’s imagination go wild. This becomes the best part of the film with Nandan and others imagining scenarios about Dasan’s father and trying to profit byit while his daughter makes a sincere effort to give happiness to the boy.

The treatment of this film resembles the Iranian master Majid Majidi’s style with children being the centre of the narrative yet the film is targeted at adults. The fable like quality works well without making us think about the implausibility of the situation. The credit for this should also be shared by the two kids. It is their spontaneity that ultimately wins the day.

The rest of the ensemble cast is just the support system that the two kids require to march forward.

In the final analysis; we can say without doubt that T D Dasan Standard VI B, directed by newcomer Mohan Raghavan is miles ahead of the films that are served in the garb of entertainment week after week, and leaves us with a sense of elation. A brillaint effort indeed!

Four defendents arraigned in Newark

Half of an eightperson smashandgrab jewelry theft ring that allegedly stole $1.27 million worth of merchandise from stores in four states were arraigned on robbery charges in Newark federal court today. Attorney’s Office, the eight members of the Newarkbased ring targeted stores from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida, making off with diamond jewelry and Rolex watches by smashing display cases with hammers. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp were William Valentin, 33, Hector Perez, 25, Angel Concepcion, 24 and Hiram Ortiz, 43. District Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. in Trenton. Also charged in the conspiracy to rob seven stores are Regaldo Hernandez, 26, Quadir Snell, 27, and Tanya Rivera, 29.

Concepcion was arrested at a Newark halfway house this morning, and Ortiz surrendered to the FBI today. The defendants face six counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and two counts of receiving stolen goods.

The alleged robberies all took place between July 2003 and September 2005. During one robbery on July, 21, 2003, police allege Valentin stole a car that he used to drive Hernandez, Concepcion and Perez to the Garden State Mall in Paramus. Hernandez, Concepcion and Perez allegedly smashed the glass cases at Bailey, Banks Biddle jewelry and stole $80,000 worth of diamond rings and Cartier watches.

A Sept. 28, 2003, smashandgrab robbery at Sherman Sons Jewelers at Bridgewater Commons Mall in Bridgewater netted $65,000 in Tag Heuer and Rolex watches.

In the group’s most lucrative robbery, Concepcion and Cedeno allegedly smashed glass cases at Mayors Jewelers at Seminole Towne Center Mall in Sanford, Fla., and made off with Rolex watches valued at $485,000.

Former Arsenal footballer Lauren reunited with Rolex

Police believe the watches recovered were stolen during armed robberies on jewellers and in household burglaries and thefts across southeast England between 1994 and 2010.

Using ‘every tool’

During the raids in July, police found other jewellery, silverware and antiques.

Several air rifles and a decommissioned pumpaction 308 Remington rifle were also recovered.

Many of the wrist and pocket watches found are highly collectable.

Police realised one of them recovered belonged to the retired Premier League player when inquiries with Rolex revealed information about how his watch was stolen.

With the help of Arsenal FC, officers were able to trace the former player to reunite him with his property.

Det Sgt Richard George, of the Tower Hamlets Crime Squad, said: “We are delighted to be able to reunite Lauren with his watch.

“We are utilising every tool available to us to identify as many victims as possible.”

The Met has set up an online Flickr page to show the watches in the hope that owners will come forward to identify them.

BBC links Mobile siteTerms of UseAbout the BBC Advertise With UsPrivacyBBC Help Ad ChoicesCookiesAccessibility Help Parental GuidanceContact Us

BBC 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an uptodate web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Rolex for investor who bilked Minnesotans of

A 38yearold man who rewarded himself with fancy cars and a $20,000 Rolex was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison for defrauding a Minneapolis radiologist and the son of his colleague out of $7.5 million.

Evan M. Flaxman, of Silverthorne, Colo., was sentenced in federal court in Minneapolis to four years and four months after pleading guilty six months ago to mail fraud.

In his plea agreement, Flaxman admitted that he fleeced Dr. William J. Ford III, a diagnostic radiologist, and Eric Barron, the son of St. Louis Park orthopedic surgeon Stephen E. Barron, and spent their money on Ferraris, a Porsche race car, a Rolex and payment of more than $100,000 in personal income taxes. Attorney Thomas CalhounLopez.

The government pushed for a sentence of five years and three months the top end of the advisory sentencing guideline to “provide just punishment for crimes motivated by greed and marked by a complete disregard for the traumatic impact of his crimes on his victims.”

“He left victims without financial means and in one case, contemplating suicide,” CalhounLopez said.

The defense argued for a light sentence, far below the bottom of the advisory sentencing guidelines, noting that Flaxman has accepted responsibility for his crimes, otherwise has no criminal record, holds MBA and law degrees from the University of Florida, deals with a serious back injury suffered when his car exploded soon after graduating from law school, and has other physical and psychological problems.

Court documents described a bizarre investment scheme in which Flaxman claimed to be a multimillionaire commodities trader and a partner in a Swiss hedge fund.

Later, he claimed to have connections with a former KGB agent and Russian mafia member named “Vladimir” and warned that anyone who crossed him would pay with their life.

Flaxman said he initially intended to invest the money that his friends entrusted to him. But when he began sending promissory notes to Ford and Eric Barron, along with statements showing that their money was earning profits, he knew he was committing a crime.

Ford met Flaxman through the Barrons during a trip to Colorado and sent him $6,959,000 over several years, according to court records. The Barrons have a home near Flaxman’s about 70 miles west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. Flaxman and Eric Barron became close friends.

Eric Barron told the judge that he was devastated by the fact that a trusted friend would use the proceeds of his brother’s life insurance on a fraud scheme.

Schiltz ordered Flaxman to spend three years on supervised release when his prison term ends. He also ordered restitution of $6,959,000 to Ford and $520,000 to Barron.

Flaxman has forfeited substantial amounts of cash, a 2009 MercedesBenz, a 2010 Range Rover, a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car and his Rolex.

Video moment

But from Manteo to Murphy and beyond, everyone now knows that on June 9 Etheridge had a roadrage moment on a Washington sidewalk, because this week that moment expanded into countless viewings of a video clip on the Internet. It shows a confrontation between Etheridge and a cameracarrying young man who asks “Do you fully support the Obama agenda?””Who are you?” the congressman responds, several times. He forcibly takes hold of the man’s wrist, then grabs him by the back of the neck. After a final “Who are you?” the answer was “just a student, sir” the incident ends with Etheridge walking off.Which is what he should have done at the start. “Ambush” videographers with unfriendly motives are thick on the ground these days. Political pros know how to disengage without saying anything of Internet interest.Instead, a conservativeoriented website gained a primetime video in an election year, complete with a “He goes BERSERK!” label.Having let his anger get the better of him, Etheridge promptly and fully apologized Monday, using none of the weasel words erring politicians often employ.That handsome apology, coupled with Etheridge’s roughly 25 years of thoughtful public service and his gentlemanly comportment a sidewalk flareup excepted should place this overheated controversy in cooler perspective.

Rafael Nadal reaches Monte Carlo tennis semifinals

It requires something special to steal the limelight from Rafael Nadal on a clay court, but Grigor Dimitrov managed to do that in the Rolex Masters despite losing a brilliant quarterfinal encounter, 62, 26, 64.

In the end, the Bulgarian chances of victory were ruined, not through a lack of skill but as a result of cramps in his thigh which struck at 44 in the third. Dimitrov turns 22 next month and that, in today incredibly physical game, is young. Being strong enough is all part of being able to compete at this elevated level and Dimitrov fell short in that regard.

Even if he had been able to continue to move with the fluency that had enabled him to contest numerous rallies of taxing length with his indefatigable opponent, there was no guarantee that he would have been able to dethrone the man who has not been beaten at the Monte Carlo Country Club since 2003.

was playing against a very good player and I won 64 in the third having a tough match, he said. know that when you have these tough matches it is decisive to keep fighting. These type of matches can change your year. I know that. I always did well (in these situations) and for that reason I was able to be very regular during my whole career, no? like most observers, Nadal is under no illusions as to just how dangerous Dimitrov will become in the near future.

a great player and has all the shots, Nadal said. has everything to be a really, really good player. Always depends on how he stays mentally, how he able to keep working and improving. packed stadium of 9,000 that included Prince Albert was given clear evidence of the Bulgarian talent as he whipped forehand crosscourt winners past Nadal and also showed he could score up the line off his backhand. Interestingly for a player who had doublefaulted four consecutive times when giving Novak Djokovic a run for his money at Miami last month, Dimitrov was rock solid on his serve in the third set, holding twice to love as the score moved on to 44, 30all on the champion serve.

It was then that Nadal stepped it up and saw his opposition crumble.

of all, it was a tough loss, Dimitrov said. must say, all credit to him. He an extraordinary player, an extraordinary fighter. Obviously I tried to maintain my game but it was not easy. He spinning the ball quite high up. I was trying to hang, actually. I thought I was playing good for a while. laughed off his physical problems but his little joke carried a ring of truth. was cramping at the end of the match. Last time I was cramping in the middle of the second set. That progress.

Actually it is. And the progress would not be there without the arduous training stint Dimitrov underwent in Stockholm last December when he joined the academy run by three former Swedish players Magnus Norman, Niklas Kulti and the man who now travels with Grigor, Michael Tillstroem. Earlymorning runs through the snow apparently were not to his liking but the fact that he acknowledged the necessity of them enabled this engaging young man to take a major step forward.

Dimitrov has the looks, the flashing smile, a game many compare to Roger Federer and some kind of relationship, as yet undefined, with Maria Sharapova. It enough to be going on with and it explains why the men game is excited by the emergence of a potential superstar.

Nadal, seeking his ninth straight title here, will now play the big Frenchman JoWilfried Tsonga, who proved too powerful for Stan Wawrinka, beating the Swiss who had downed Andy Murray in the previous round, 26, 63, 64.

The other Frenchman in the last eight, Richard Gasquet, did not fare so well. Despite having a set point to go one set up, Gasquet ran out of steam against the skillful Italian, Fabio Fognini and lost 76 (7), 62.

Novak Djokovic will be Fognini semifinal opponent. The world No. 1 showed no signs of discomfort from his troublesome ankle and defeated the Finn, Jaarko Nieminen 64, 63.

Rusty Wallace joins 4 pioneers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class

That why he might have been the most surprised person in the room when NASCAR chairman Brian France called his name along with Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas and Leonard Wood as the Hall newest inductees.humbled, said Wallace, whose 55 Cup victories during a career that lasted 19802005 are tied for eighth. feel like Jesse James. Like I grabbed something and run off with it. 55, is the most contemporary member of the Hall fourth class. Baker, Owens and Thomas all were pioneers of the sport. Wood, who still is involved with the legendary Wood Brothers team, has been around the sport for more than 60 years.They will be inducted into the Hall in uptown Charlotte on Feb. 2013.is a good mix, NASCAR President Mike Helton said of the Class of speaks to the beginning years, with pioneers like Buck, Herb and Cotton who played such a role early. Leonard Wood? I don know what to say about Leonard Wood. And Rusty is more recent, and not just what he done on the track, but for other things as well. who has had his hand in several racingrelated ventures since he retired, had to have a glass of wine after the announcement to steady himself.know what my numbers are, I got them memorized, he said. are they really what the Hall is all about? I still stay confused about what it about. Do we honor people for being just owners, drivers, crew chiefs and sponsors? To me, it what you have given back to the sport and how much you have helped build NASCAR.the reason I been a car owner, built a speedway and been in television to tell people about our sport. I love it. vote among a 54person panel was the closest in the Hall fouryear history. There was a tie for the fifth and final spot, with Baker being chosen in a revote over driver Fireball Roberts.Thomas and Wood led the voting with 57 followed by Wallace (52 percent), Owens (50 and Baker (39percent).After Roberts, the next top votegetters were Jerry Cook and Tim Flock.Charlotte Baker, who died in 2002, was the first driver to win consecutive championships in NASCAR top division in 195657.think it a plus to get recognized any time, said Leonard Wood, 77. stock goes up a little bit. I all for the team; all for the company. also won the 1989 Cup championship and won 36 poles in 706 starts. Robin Pemberton, who now is NASCAR vice president of competition, is a former crew chief of Wallace

’Sarabjit is a victim of mistaken identity

Awais Sheikh, the counsel for Sarabjit Singh, believes that the Indian convict on death row in Pakistan was the victim of a case of mistaken identity. Sheikh, the president of PakistanIndia Peace Initiatives, has also penned a book on his highprofile client called Sarabjit Singh Case of Mistaken Identity.

In an interview with Tahir Ali, Sheikh expresses hope that Sarabjit, who has been languishing in a Pakistan jail for over 20 years, will be soon pardoned by the powers that be in Islamabad.

This is a case of mistaken identity. The FIR does not carry his name. The culprit named Manjeet Singh and he frequently travelled to Pakistan under different names and different passports. He was a double agent. He brought a copy of a certificate from a religious school/madrassa certifying that he has changed his religion from Sikhism to Islam. With that, he managed to marry the daughter of a government servant in Pakistan. He divorced his wife in India.

In 1990, he was in Pakistan and was arrested on charges of carrying out some blasts. The very next day, Sarabjit, who had accidentally crossed the border while working in a field on the Indian side, was arrested. The police produced him in court as the culprit the called Manjeet Singh. He protested in court that he was Sarabjit and not Manjeet but nobody listened to him. The trial against him went on and he was sentenced to death.

Manjeet Singh was let off by the agencies or he disappeared mysteriously. The high court and the supreme court confirmed Sarabjit’s death sentence. In the supreme court, the review petition was dismissed on the nonappearance of the previous lawyer. Only two notices were issued. The lawyer failed to appear and the case was decided exparte. This has never happened in cases where capital punishment has been awarded. If the lawyer fails to appear, the SC asks the government to appoint a lawyer. This is clearly an unfair trial.

Later, after my appointment, I worked day and night and found the clue to Manjeet Singh. He went to Canada where he was arrested on murder charges. He remained in jail for four years. He is also a in the assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. I collected reports by the foreign media of his criminal record. Finally, Manjeet Singh was arrested in India and I filed a case in the SC for reopening the case.

Five mercy petitions have so far been filed to the president for commuting Sarabjit Singh’s death sentence to life imprisonment. I regularly meet Sarabjit at the Central Jail in Lahore. I hope the president pardons him and I can take him to India on August 14 (Pakistan’s Independence Day).

Do you see any possibility of the Pakistan government commuting Sarabjit Singh’s death sentence?

There is a lot of pressure on Pakistan from all over the world (over Sarabjit’s case). Again, this case has a direct bearing on IndiaPakistan relations. His release will help in relations between the two countries. I hope he will be pardoned on or before August 14.

What according to you were the mistakes committed by the courts during Sarabjit’s trial and while deciding on his appeals against the death sentence?

He is a victim of politics. In cases of death sentence, exparte decisions are not made. There is no direct evidence (against Sarabjit). The principal witness has later stated that he gave the statement due to police pressure. The most important point is that Sarabjit has never confessed. His statement before the special judge is available on record. He denied having given any confessional statement.

Mistaken identity can play a role in this case; first he was Manjeet Singh, and then became Sarabjit?

Yes, that is why not only India but the whole world is supporting him and urging Pakistan to release him, since he is innocent. The person convicted was Manjeet Singh

Is it true that Sarabjit has never confessed before any court of law or any agency that he worked for the Research and Analysis Wing?

His statement is clear on that point. He has denied receiving any training carry out bomb blasts or being an agent of RAW.

There are many prisoners both Indian Pakistani languishing in each other’s jails. Why are members of the civil society and NGOs not campaigning enough about this issue?

This is the question I have asked in my recent press conference. Civil society, NGOs and peace activists are silent. Unless they raise their voices and demand the release all crossborder prisoners at least those who have completed their prison terms neither government will take any action.

Do you think Pakistan should release Sarabjit as Dr Khalil Chishti was released by the Indian government?

After the release of Dr Chishti, the government and the people of India expect Pakistan to reciprocate the gesture and repatriate Sarabjit immediately.

How hopeful are you about taking Sarabjit to India on August 14?

I do hope and pray that Sarabjit is released on or before August 14 and I can take him back to India. In fact, the decision to release Sarabjit was taken and announced by the president’s spokesperson, but the statement was withdrawn after five hours. It was stated that Surjeet Singh, not Sarabjit, was being released.

In fact, Surjeet was serving a life imprisonment and I have fought his case for six months in the high court. The HC ordered his release. The two cases cannot be compared. The government’s clarification was not accepted by the world media, the people of India and its government.