Saltman writes no Evel

first_imgWhen Knievel took aim at Idaho’s Snake River gorge in a rocket-powered motorcycle in 1974, Saltman signed on as one of the stunt’s promoters. They agreed that Saltman could write a book about the project afterward. The Skycycle floated into the canyon, and three years later when the book came out, the men’s cordial relationship hit the rocks too. Saltman, by then an executive of 20th Century Fox Sports, says he brightened as Knievel walked toward him on the studio’s backlot, thinking the showman was there to talk about another jump. As two of Knievel’s friends grabbed Saltman, the hero of millions of American kids took an aluminum bat to the older man, who put his hands up to try to protect his head. Because this happened on the kind of studio street used for movie scenes, witnesses evidently thought it was an act – until Knievel fled and Saltman stayed down in a blood puddle. Knievel was sentenced to six months on a county work farm but avoided paying Saltman millions in civil damages by declaring bankruptcy. Saltman recovered from two broken arms, with a steel plate in his left forearm, and went back to business. He says he came to feel pity for Knievel, whose All-American image never was the same. Knievel had been upset at his portrayal in the book, although Saltman says the stuff about drinking, gambling and womanizing was nothing the former Robert Craig Knievel Jr. hadn’t said about himself. “He always said, `I broke his wrist so he couldn’t write again,’ ” Saltman said. And for nearly all this time, Saltman didn’t write again. He let the Knievel episode speak for itself. Until the day a grandson asked a question. “Poppy,” the 13-year-old said, “why don’t you like EvelKnievel?” Saltman, 75 and living near Palm Springs with his wife Mollie, decided to write his own story. He dictated it into a tape recorder, often at the San Fernando Valley facility where Mollie undergoes dialysis. The process, he said, was “catharsis.” The book is called “Fear NoEvel: An Insider’s Look at Hollywood,” but only one chapter is about Knievel, and that was written by co-author Thomas Lyons. It’s mostly – I’ve read excerpts, not the whole book – about the people he’s met and done business with, from Madame Chiang Kai-shek (avisitor to the family home when Saltman was a kid), Tip O’Neill (his godfather) and the Kennedy boys, to Cary Grant, Bob Hope and Steve Allen, to Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Wayne Gretzky. He even played tennis with Boris Yeltsin once. “I only drop the names of people I know,” Saltman said. A two-hour chat with Sheldon Arthur Saltman over dessert at Jerry’s Famous Deli didn’t turn serious until the man dressed casually in a green cardigan, polo shirt and jeans had spun a few stories about brushes – and direct collisions – with greatness. About watching Andy Williams threaten to cancel an appearance in Jackson, Miss., when a hotel refused to give a room key to saxophonist Plaz Johnson: “Everybody out, everything back in the car,” Saltman remembers Williams saying. “That was heroism.” About working for Jack Kent Cooke, for the Ali-Frazier promotion and with the Lakers in the ’70s: “I didn’t like the way he treated people,” Saltman said, though he admired Cooke’s business sense. “Mr. Cooke had raised the (Lakers) seats on the floor to $25. I said, `Sports is for families. One man isn’t going to pay $100 to take his family to the game.’ Mr. Cooke said, `Not only will they pay $100, but one day they’ll pay a lot more than that.’ Mr. Cooke was prophetic.” About his respect for Ali, and a not-so-prophetic remark ringside at a Jerry Quarry bout: “Ali turned around to my wife and said, `What a terrible way to make a living. My son will carry a briefcase.’ Now his daughter is a fighter.” About discovering that Robinson, greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, had one mortal fear: “He was afraid of elevators. I took an elevator to the 16th floor once, and then I waited for him to walk up the stairs. He was Sugar Ray Robinson, so he could do it.” About a bawdy line Father Robert Drinan, the former Massachusetts congressman, dropped on a law-school class: “How is a good contract like a tight skirt?” Saltman recites. “It binds the assignees.” From the days when “The Andy Williams Show” was cutting-edge TV and contracts were sealed with a handshake, Saltman says he has realized the entertainment and sports world has changed for the worse. “I didn’t see it happening,” he said. “I’m not that profound. I was just a guy doing a job. … My job, to a great extent, was to (publicize) people who were true celebrities. Unfortunately, I also had to make heroes out of bums. “There’s no appreciation (now), no respect for history,” Saltman said. “There are a lot of one-night, one-song wonders. The only way a lot of these people stay in the press is by being antisocial, breaking laws. They seem to get by on the shock. The Lindsay Lohans, the Paris Hiltons, the Britney Spears, they don’t respect their audience. “Our values are all wrong. Just because a guy is born with an overactive pituitary gland, that doesn’t make him a valued member of society (or) an example to be followed. Celebrity is a danger in the hands of the wrong people. “In my experience, the real celebrities are those who never take anything for granted. … A real celebrity is somebody who has the ability to give something back – and does.” Of course, Saltman admits, this is no recent trend. He remembers hearing a young movie-maker reject Gregory Peck for a role with the words: “But Mr. Peck, what have you done recently?” He refuses to sound like an old guy complaining about These Kids Today. “I love the kids today,” Saltman said. “There are a lot (of young performers) who are wonderful.” And he hopes his book will help. “There was a dignity in the old days,” Saltman said. “(Because) I’ve had those good old days, maybe I can influence somebody.” In semi-retirement, Saltman is involved with the Tour of California bicycle race, teaches at UC Riverside, and serves on the board of the Kidney Research Association. Recently, after a TV appearance to promote “Fear No Evel,” he said he got a surprise phone call from Matthew Broderick, who thought Saltman would be perfect for a small movie role, which they filmed in a day at the Santa Anita turf club. Another brush with celebrity for a man with a nearly unerring knack for being in the right place at the right time. “It’s all coincidences, all my life,” Saltman said. “Happy ones – except for Knievel.” Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shelly Saltman didn’t need to get hit over the head by a junk-sports superstar to realize something is wrong with the celebrity culture he helped create. But coming to in intensive care after a baseball-bat attack by Evel Knievel, the daredevil angered by the Snake River promoter’s tell-all book, would tend to waken new perspective in a man, now, wouldn’t it? center_img “I had a near-death experience,” Saltman said the other day across a deli booth in Woodland Hills. “It molded my future thinking. You look at celebrity in a different way after something like that.” Thirty years ago, Saltman was living in Encino and at the height of his career as a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, a Massachusetts-born sportscaster turned promoter credited with such diverse entrepreneurial triumphs as Ali-Frazier I, the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes, the Andy Williams San Diego Golf Classic, Osmond Brothers singing tours and the syndication of “Mr.Ed.” last_img

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Remembering Hugh Masekela, South African legend: 1939-2018

first_imgSouth African jazz maestro Hugh Masekela died on 23 January 2018, aged 78, following a nine-year battle against prostate cancer.Almost never seen without his trusty trumpet, Hugh Masekela was more than just a legendary South African musician; he was a global iconoclast who celebrated his continent and its people through his music. Masekela died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 January 2018. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonMore than just an internationally acclaimed musician, “Bra Hugh” was a South African cultural iconoclast for more than 50 years, whose work was the soundtrack of a political movement and gave a voice to the people of South Africa.Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born in 1939, in the Kwa-Guqa township of Witbank, Mpumalanga. Musically inclined from a young age, Masekela was inspired to find his calling in jazz music by Kirk Douglas in the film Man with the Horn; he was particularly fascinated by the trumpet.Early life and careerHe received his first trumpet at the age of 14, a gift from anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Trevor Huddleston; and it seemingly never left his hands since. He quickly became a master of the instrument, as well as of the flugelhorn and cornet. He played in a number of bands in high school and as a young adult, including Huddleston’s Jazz Band youth orchestra, the Manhattan Brothers and the legendary Jazz Epistles, alongside fellow future legends of South Africa music, Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand; Kippie Moeketsi; and Jonas Gwangwa.The Epistles were a regular house band for the Sophiatown cultural and political boom of the late 1950s.Masekela got his big break when he joined the cast of Todd Matshikiza’s jazz opera, King Kong, which toured the world in 1961. During a tumultuous political period in South Africa, which included the Sharpeville massacre and the injustices of institutionalised apartheid, Masekela chose to live in exile following the London run of King Kong.In exileHe spent the early 1960s mastering his musical craft at the London Guildhall School of Music and at the Manhattan School of Music. At the time, he met fellow African political exiles and anti-apartheid campaigners, including American actor Harry Belafonte, with whom he worked to bring the real story of apartheid and racial discrimination to the world’s attention. He was married to fellow King Kong cast member and exile Miriam Makeba from 1964 to 1966. Although they divorced, Masekela and Makeba had a lifelong personal and musical friendship until the latter’s death in 2008.His growing canon of recorded work increasingly took a political slant, particularly on the album, The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela, released in 1966. Masekela scored his first US top ten hit with an African-infused instrumental version of the Jimmy Webb pop hit, Up, Up and Away, in 1967.In 1967, Masekela and his band played their first breakout high-profile show, the Monterey Pop Festival, alongside the era’s biggest musical legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Booker T and the MGs, and Otis Redding. Masekela featured in the official film and soundtrack of the festival.His 1968 single, Grazing in the Grass, reached number one on the US pop charts. The song became his signature for much of the 1970s and was later featured in a number of film soundtracks, including The Last King of Scotland and The Lion King.A return to AfricaMasekela continued to record and tour prodigiously throughout the 1970s and 1980s, circling ever closer, both musically and physically, to Africa. He toured across Africa with the likes of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and Ghanaian jazz band Hedzoleh Soundz, as well as with fellow South African exiles Makeba and Gwangwa. In 1974, he was one of the organisers of the Zaire 74 festival, which brought together the best of African and American soul and jazz artists to compliment the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Forman in Kinshasa.During this time, he also featured on recordings with US rock band The Byrds and jazz pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, as well as on the early solo albums of Paul Simon, with whom he would later work on the 1987 Graceland album and tour.During the 1980s Masekela made his African home base Botswana, opening a music school and once again recording with big names in African music, as well as working with ANC cultural organisations in exile to formulate a cultural manifesto for a free South Africa sometime in the future.His 1987 hit, Bring Him Back Home, was adopted as the anthem calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners, as well as a call-to-arms for African exiles around the world to return to their motherland. Masekela finally got to play the song live for Mandela himself when he was released in 1990.HomecomingThe musician had returned to South Africa around the same time. He continued to record and mentor new generations of South African musicians. In 2004, he published his entertaining and candid autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, in which he highlighted not only his successes but also his struggles with homesickness and alcohol abuse. In the book, he vowed that his story was not yet over; he was determined to keep on creating new music that celebrated his country, the continent and its people until the day he died.A number of top music and academic awards were bestowed on Masekela throughout his life, among them the National Order of Ikhamanga in 2010, an honorary doctorate in music from the University of York and Rhodes University, and an African Music Legend Award.In one of his final performances, in 2016, Masekela reunited in Johannesburg with Ibrahim to perform as the Jazz Epistles again, to not only celebrate the history of South African music but also to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic 16 June 1976 youth demonstrations.Masekela is survived by his wife, Elinam Cofie, and children, Pula Twala and Selema “Sal” Masekela, from his previous relationship with Jessie Marie Lapierre.Five from Bra Hugh: five memorable Hugh Masekela songs to celebrate his life and artSource: Wikipedia, South African History Online, News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Panel to probe ‘errors’ in BU results

first_imgThe Higher Education Department in Odisha has decided that a special committee would probe the allegations regarding errors and irregularities in the results of second semester examination of Plus III degree courses of Berhampur University even as the students continue their agitation over the issue.On Thursday, students from five colleges of Berhampur and its outskirts demonstrated in front of the administrative block of Berhampur University demanding immediate rectification of their results.Meeting with officialsSpeaking to media persons, Vice-Chancellor Rajendra Prasad Das said a delegation of the university had been called to Bhubaneswar by the State Higher Education Minister for discussion in the matter. The delegation included the V-C, Registrar, PG Council Chairman and Controller of Examinations. Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy and senior officials of the department attended the meeting.Four-member panel After reviewing the allegations brought up by the students, the Higher Education Department decided to get the issue probed by a special four-member committee, said the V-C.The committee will visit Berhampur University on August 4 for an on-the-spot enquiry. The committee will file its report to the Ministry by August 10. Based on the report, the department will direct the university authorities regarding future action related to the matter.last_img read more

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Portuguese man-of-war spotted on Goa beach

first_imgThe Drishti Marine, Goa Tourism’s beach safety agency has issued an advisory for tourists as well as residents to refrain from venturing into the sea on Baga beach, as lifeguards have spotted a cluster of Portuguese man-of-war, a jelly-like marine organism, washed ashore on the popular beach in north Goa.The marine organism is commonly known as ‘bluebottle’ or ‘floating terror’.The bluebottle spotted on Friday were less than an inch in size, said Drishti Marine in its communiction to the State Tourism department.Drishti Marine has cautioned that the bluebottle could possibly be present in the waters or along the shoreline. Even wading into the waters is not advisable during the monsoon as the sea and weather conditions are not favourable for swimming. While most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only a mild irritation, species like the bluebottle are venomous and can cause harm on contact. Even a dead bluebottle washed up on shore can deliver a sting, said the advisory to tourists.First aidFirst aid that can be delivered include washing the stung area with hot water, as heat breaks down the toxins. Vinegar is also known to diffuse the poison present in the tentacles. Ice packs can reduce swelling but a visit to the doctor is recommended, the advisory added.last_img read more

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Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Jarencio, Globalport welcome long break before crucial battles ahead 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Yuzuru Hanyu was introduced as the Olympic gold medalist, skated over to the podium and jumped high onto it. With a perfect landing, naturally.He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952.ADVERTISEMENT Adam Rippon doesn’t do quads, but his presentation and dramatic flair earn him points. The 28-year-old dropped from seventh to 10th, but these were successful games for him, and his arm pumps to bolster the audience’s cheers when he was done lent a comical touch.“They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody’s life changes forever,” Rippon said. “A lot of times it’s the gold medalist, but I have a feeling that my life has changed forever.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Just happy. I can’t say anymore, just happy,” Hanyu said through his ever-present smile. “I just did my best today. I don’t know if this is the best of my skating life, but I can say from my heart that I skated my best today.”He held off countryman Shoma Uno and Spain’s Javier Fernandez in the free skate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Brian Orser met Hanyu as he left the ice after his strong but slightly flawed performance. Then Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist who also coaches Fernandez, rushed back to behind the sideboards to help encourage the Spaniard.Fernandez couldn’t match Hanyu. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img As always, Hanyu skated to raucous support from the crowd , with thousands of Japanese flags filling the stands. He was terrific, though not perfect, particularly messing up a combination jump.As always, he left the ice to a swarm of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls flooding the ice.Uno might have won the gold if not for his magnificent countryman. His energy throughout, particularly in the back end of his routine to “Turandot,” permeated the arena, and he pumped his arms wildly when he finished.Fernandez, skating to “Man of La Mancha,” was a worthy medalist, finishing just 1.66 points behind Uno.“It means a lot for my country,” Fernandez said. “We’ve never had a figure skating Olympic medal. We have such few Winter Olympic medals in any sports, so I hope it means a lot to everyone back home.”The 18-year-old Chen had succumbed to the pressure and massive expectations in the short program, a day earlier . On Saturday, he nailed virtually every element. He even did the sixth quad, a loop, getting full credit for the four rotations though he put his hands down on the ice on it.“I think after having such a disastrous short program and being so, so low in the ranking — lower than I usually ever am — it allowed me to completely forget the results and focus on enjoying myself out on the ice,” Chen said, “and getting rid of expectations helped a lot.”He led all three U.S. skaters into the top 10 as his 127.64 points for technical virtuosity put him in another stratosphere, and his 215.08 points for the free skate were a personal high.Chen’s 17-year-old teammate Vincent Zhou, put down five quads — as if to say, “Hey buddy, I can do this, too” — in another spectacular jumping show. Zhou also soared in the standings, winding up sixth.“It’s been such a wild ride over my short 17 years,” Zhou said. “I’ve been through so much, it would take me hours to say it all. But to skate like that, to have a successful performance means so much to me.” Hanyu later congratulated Fernandez and told him he wished both of them could have won.“I told him, ‘Yes, Yuzu, but only one can be champion. Only one can have the gold medal,’” Fernandez said.Uno moved from third Friday to second, loading a high-scoring quad and three triples into the final minute of his routine.“I knew which level of performance I performed,” he said through a translator. “I did what I intended to do.”American Nathan Chen surged from a fiasco of a short program, when he was 17th, by winning the free skate to wind up fifth. He did it with an historic routine featuring six quads.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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ED to probe financial set up of Speak Asia

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) would begin a probe into the financial set up of Singapore-based online survey company Speak Asia. The development comes about a month after Headlines Today blew the lid off the controversial company. The ED would investigate the money flow of Speak Asia and how it collected crores of rupees from 19 lakh Indian investors through various entities, opened accounts in Indian banks and than transferred the money to Haren Ventures Ltd in Singapore. Haren Ventures is the front company, owned by Speak Asia CEO Harender Kaur. ED would track the flow of money to find out if the company was involved in money laundering. Speak Asia was in the spotlight recently for giving more than 500 per cent return to investors violating the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rules. It had also violated RBI norms by collecting crores of rupees from gullible investors and transacting abroad without a head office in India. The ministry of corporate affairs had earlier said that it could not investigate Speak Asia because the company was not registered in India and the ministry did not have the company’s database. Singapore-based United Overseas Bank had closed the bank accounts of Speak Asia following the Headlines Today expose last month. Speak Asia however said on Tuesday that it had not received any intimation about the ED probe. In a statement, the company said: “We are yet to receive any intimation, notice, letter or questionnaire from the Enforcement Directorate or any other wing or department of any government agency/authority.” “As stated previously, we would like to reiterate that we will extend our fullest cooperation to any agency that approaches us for any investigation. Speak Asia is committed to the growth and prosperity of its panellists in India and is here to stay,” the statement added.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Malayalam superstar Mohanlal helped Irfan realise his dream

first_imgKolathum Thodi Irfan may have finished 10th in the 20km walk at the London Olympics, but it was the culmination of a year-long marathon effort to land on the Olympic arena.Irfan has to thank Malayalam superstar Mohanlal to help him realise his dream.The athlete, his family, friends and well wishers are not the least bit disappointed that he did not finish among the medallists. On the contrary, they are in an ecstatic mood over his performance, which set a national record of 1: 20: 21.”We are happy. He became a national hero overnight. We are planning a welcome for him when he lands here next week,” said his childhood friend Imran.As Irfan was selected much after the Olympic coaching camps started, the earmarked financial aid did not come from either the Athletics Federation of India or the sports ministry.The coaching expenses burnt a hole in the pocket of the 22-year old Irfan, a seepoy in the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army. “He had to buy six or seven pairs of special shoes annually for practice for which he had to shell out Rs 40,000 which he can hardly afford,” said Imran. Irfan’s father Musthafa, a small time coconut merchant, and brother working in the Gulf have not much money to spare for Irfan’s passion. That is where Mohanlal came into the picture.last_img read more

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Brazil police pull US swimmers from flight amid robbery probe

first_img2016 Rio Olympics – Swimming – Final – Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final – Olympic Aquatics Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/08/2016. Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray   –  Reuters sport August 18, 2016 crime, law and justice × SHARE SHARE EMAIL James Feigen of the U.S. poses with his silver medal at the men’s 100m freestyle victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona August 1, 2013. Feigen was among three US Olympic swimmers stopped from boarding a flight in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files   –  Reuters James Feigen of the U.S. poses with his silver medal at the men’s 100m freestyle victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona August 1, 2013. Feigen was among three US Olympic swimmers stopped from boarding a flight in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files   –  Reuters COMMENTcenter_img SHARE Published on Brazilian police stopped two US Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts.A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the US Olympic Committee (USOC).Federal police also want to question US gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of swimming’s most decorated Olympians, but he had already flown home to the United States on Monday, a police spokesman said.The four swimmers have said they were robbed by gunmen while returning to the Athletes’ Village in a taxi in the early hours of Sunday after a party — an incident that stoked fears for the safety of athletes and visitors at South America’s first Games.The Rio Olympics have been dogged by a series of security scares, including the robbery of two visiting government ministers, a mugger being shot dead outside the opening ceremony and stray bullets being fired into the equestrian centre.On Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper reported that a British team member had been held up at gunpoint while enjoying a night out in Rio in the early hours of Tuesday. The person was not seriously hurt, the newspaper added.However, in the case of the four swimmers, police sources have said investigators have not found any evidence so far to back up their accounts.Television images showed U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger walking into a police office at the airport to give testimony. A spokesman for the US Olympic Committee (USOC) confirmed the two men were taken from their flight.“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” said Patrick Sandusky, the USOC spokesperson.“They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.”No charges madeEarlier on Wednesday, a judge had ordered police to seize the passports of Lochte and Feigen to prevent them leaving the country, apparently unaware that Lochte had already left.None of the swimmers face charges, the source said.Police have taken the passports of Bentz and Conger pending their testimony, O Globo newspaper said on its web site.People magazine reported that Lochte was spotted at an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday with his girlfriend, Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy model. Reuters could not verify this.Lochte’s attorney did not return calls for comment.Judicial sources said the judge would consider whether to ask Lochte to return to Brazil to give testimony or allow him to do so in the United States. He had already given testimony to Brazilian police before leaving the country.Taxi driver soughtOn Sunday, Lochte told US media the robbers had carried police badges when they pulled the taxi over. They ordered them to drop to the ground and demanded their wallets and belongings, he said, adding he had initially tried to resist.“The guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever’,” he told NBC. “He took our money, he took my wallet – he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”In a fresh interview with NBC that has yet to be aired, Lochte had slightly modified an aspect of his story, Today Show host Matt Lauer said.Instead of being pulled over by the men, Lochte said the swimmers stopped at a gas station to go to the bathroom when the robbers showed up. He also said a gun was not put to his head but was pointed in his direction.“I think he feels it was more of a traumatic mischaracterisation,” said Lauer.Police sources have told Reuters in recent days they have been unable to find the taxi driver or to corroborate any testimony provided by the swimmers. On Wednesday, police issued an appeal for the taxi driver to come forward.The judicial sources said the judge in her ruling pointed to an inconsistency between Lochte, who had said only one man was involved in the robbery, and his team mate, who testified that several men had robbed them.The judge also noted that video footage of the swimmers showed them returning to the Athletes Village joking with one another and in possession of many of their belongings, including cellular phones and Olympic accreditation.She also highlighted that some of the swimmers testified to leaving a party at the French Olympic delegation just after 4 am but security cameras showed them arriving at the Athletes Village at around 7 am, the sources said. That journey would normally only take around 30 minutes at that hour of day.On his official Twitter account, Lochte said: “My hair is going back to its normal colour tomorrow”, in what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to changing his appearance. The swimmer competed in Rio with his hair dyed peroxide blond. 2016 Rio Olympics – Swimming – Final – Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final – Olympic Aquatics Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/08/2016. Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray   –  Reuters 1/2 2/2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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If you want to invest in a market with scale come to

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told US companies that if they want to invest in a market with scale, they should come to India. He was addressing at Global Business Forum in New York. He also said that his government’s recent move on Corporate tax cut was to invite investments. If you want to invest in realty, come to India, he said while asserting that the country is investing heavily in developing infrastructure.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img

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