USC’s dynasty comes to an end

first_imgBirds circled the Coliseum after the game, but they might as well have been vultures, swooping in to prey on the dying legacy of the once-mighty Trojans.This is really it. It’s over.USC’s claim to the title of college football’s most dominant team officially came crashing down Saturday, when Stanford unabashedly dismantled the Trojans, 55-21.Headache · Injured receiver Damian Williams looks to console devastated running back Joe McKnight during the Trojans’ lopsided loss to Stanford. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanOregon was just the beginning. Stanford was the confirmation.The torch has been passed. USC’s reign atop the college football world and the Pac-10 is officially finished.This statement could have been written after the shellacking in Eugene, Ore. But after Oregon’s subsequent loss and USC’s belief that anything could happen, people inserted USC back into Rose Bowl consideration.Now, as USC used to gloriously proclaim, it left no doubt. Goodbye Rose Bowl, hello Sun Bowl — if that.There was no tricky spread offense like the Ducks used to blast the Trojans on Halloween. There was no hostile crowd.USC knew what was coming and it couldn’t do anything about it. All the Trojans could do was throw their hands in the air and concede, just like the rest of the conference used to do for them.“They ran the same plays we thought they were going to run,” senior safety Taylor Mays said. “They ran power lead. It wasn’t complicated or intricate like Oregon’s offense at all.”Stanford senior running back Toby Gerhart plowed through USC’s defense again and again, finishing with 178 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns.Gerhart, who USC coach Pete Carroll compared to Jerome “the Bus” Bettis earlier in the week, looked the part. And the entire USC defense went along for the ride.“They blocked us — time, after time, after time, after time,” Carroll said.USC appeared one step behind on nearly every play.The Trojans were not able to dig themselves out of a bad start like we’ve seen so many times in the past when they’ve fallen behind at home.They were not able to shore up the defense and stop the barrage either — Stanford just kept coming at them, not stopping until it put up 55 points, the most USC has ever given up.Stanford recognized this was not the USC team of old.“Everything wasn’t there,” Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman said. “It didn’t seem like they were playing as hard as they usually do.”This USC team just didn’t have the same fight.“In years past, you saw them destroy people,” Sherman said. “It didn’t matter what the score was, they were going to put 100 on everybody.”In case you didn’t check your calendar, the game was played in November, a month in which Carroll had never lost.Winning in November meant USC was always getting better every week.Winning in November meant USC continued to peak while the rest of the nation was leveling off.But to lose in such a lopsided way at home, in Carroll’s month and on Homecoming, signifies the end of an era.The end of that streak is a symbol for the end of USC’s hegemony.“The whole thing about November, I’ve never even known why that existed,” Carroll said. “But as a competitor, I freakin’ loved it. I loved the fact that we finished better than other teams.”Carroll hates to see the streak end because it now puts USC in the “other teams” category. The man who is penning a book called Win Forever just found out that dominance has its limits.Trojan fans also expected Carroll to be able to rebuild forever — to keep dominating even when he had to replace NFL-caliber players, year in and year out.Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley was spectacular at times this season, but Saturday he showed he is not yet ready to hold this team together.The boundless expectations placed on the 19-year-old were unfair and we all saw why firsthand. Barkley threw three bad interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also fumbled on USC’s first drive.“I’m not used to this. It doesn’t feel right,” Barkley said after the game.The inexperienced linebacker unit has held tough this season, but it couldn’t — and shouldn’t — have been expected to perform like the four NFL players who held those positions last season.Eventually, a team, no matter how great, finds itself on the other side. Sooner or later, the score is evened and the pendulum swings.Because no one stays on top forever.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit or email Joshat [email protected]last_img read more

Rocket’s Red Glare No Longer Slated for July 4 in …

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – First it was Red Bank. Then Rumson followed suit. Now Sea Bright officials have decided to cancel the town’s annual fireworks display.Borough Councilman Marc Leckstein announced plans earlier this week to forego the 2012 edition of the Fourth of July fireworks display.Leckstein, speaking at Tuesday’s council meeting, said the decision to cancel was based on recommendations from borough Police Chief John Sorrentino.“It’s not the funding issue,” Leckstein said. “It’s a manpower issue.”Last month council members and Sorrentino said they would have to do some last-minute brainstorming about this July’s fireworks.Borough officials were concerned with the decision in Feb­ru­ary by officials in Red Bank and neigh­­boring Rumson to cancel their respective fireworks.Red Bank’s annual July 3 Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink had become the largest fireworks show in the state, drawing more than 100,000 people to town, causing local police and emergency services to have to reach out to Monmouth County and neighboring communities for additional support and security resources.The organizers of the Red Bank show decided to abandon their plans this year as each year the cost rose and logistics got more complicated to support the event.Red Bank’s show generally cost about $300,000 with no taxpayer dollars allocated for support.Rumson’s fireworks, while smaller, had been done in coordination with Red Bank’s, by the same company. But when Red Bank officials nixed the display, Rumson officials followed suit, saying they feared larger than usual crowds with a further drain on costs and resources.With those two municipalities out of consideration, Sorrentino had asked for the council’s support for additional manpower as the small shorefront community could be­come the next go-to spot in the area for those intent on seeing Independence Day fireworks.“To be honest with you, we don’t know how big it’s going to be,” Sorrentino said last month.Sorrentino had been reaching out to neighboring communities and to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, seeking assistance.Sorrentino was on vacation this week and unavailable for comment, but Leckstein said the chief was not having luck finding departments that could commit officers that night to help Sea Bright.The sheriff’s, too, had to decline any additional manpower. It is already assigned to assisting Long Branch for its display that night.Sea Bright has been having a fireworks display since the early 1990s, Sorrentino recalled.Last year, the borough was operating at “full capacity” with the crowds and traffic the event generated, Sorrentino said last month.Traditionally, the borough had 12 to 15 officers on duty the night of the fireworks. Emergency services and volunteer firefighters also were available. The council in the past had spent about $12,000 to cover police overtime, public works department employee salaries, portable restrooms and public entertainment.This year the governing body agreed to increase that amount to about $20,000.The cost of the actual fireworks, however, was covered by the area beach clubs.The council also agreed to solicit private donations to help defray costs and to ensure the event’s continued success. The borough already received donations from a beach club and a local marina.“It wasn’t going to cost the taxpayers a cent,” Leckstein said of this year’s event. But, “obviously, it’s a public safety issue.“We’re committed to have it happen next year,” he said.Having additional officers for what could be an exceedingly large event is “critical,” observed Red Bank Police Chief Stephen McCarthy. “Without those additional out-of-town officers we would not be able to fulfill our mission to try and keep everyone safe,” he said.In Red Bank’s case, it literally tripled its entire force (with 41 officers) for the night of the fireworks, drawing from as many as 12 towns and county law enforcement, NJ Transit and sometimes New Jersey State Police resources, according to McCarthy and Captain Darren McConnell.“It’s literally months in the planning,” McConnell said.“I understand their concerns,” McConnell said of Sea Bright. “Without a number of outside agencies helping them – if they draw anywhere near the crowd we draw – they would have significant policing issues.”last_img read more

LVR athletic department crowns top Bombers for 2013

first_imgL.V. Rogers saluted its top athletes of the 2012-13 school term during a recent ceremony at the Fairview-based high school.Top scholar athlete honours were presented to Jordan Mulvihill and Jayden Roch.Mulvihill earned the award for his performance on the Bomber volleyball team and a number 1 Canadian ranking in skip rope during the recent championships.Roch was one of the top volleyball and basketball players on the Bomber squad this season. Both athletes averaged of over 80 percent in school along with an 18 /24 or better ranking from one of their coaches.Best All Around honours went to Devyn Parker and Trace Cooke.Winners must participate in two or more sports along with making significant contributions to the teams.Parker was a top swimmer for LVR as well as made significant contributions to the Bomber basketball and rugby squads.Cooke was key contributor to the Bomber soccer and rugby teams as well as earned top ranking in Canada for Freestyle Skiing.Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year went to Matt Zukowski for Basketball and Paige Mansveld for field hockey, soccer and basketball.last_img read more

South African film placed second in international competition

first_imgFilmmakers around the world made powerful public service announcement movies on human trafficking and modern day slavery for the HeardPSA campaign. The South African team impressed judges with their offering.Quentin Chong, a Muay Thai world champion, has been working in South Africa for more than 16 years. He and his team made a film, Open Your Eyes, that focuses on the effects of human trafficking for the HeardPSA campaign in 2017. (Image: Mark Wijsman)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African film Open Your Eyes, which shows the harsh realities of human trafficking and modern day slavery, has been placed second in the international HeardPSA campaign.HeardPSA took place to highlight “My Freedom Day” for 2017, in partnership with CNN and the Global Sustainability Network. Filmmakers around the world were tasked to submit powerful public service announcements (PSAs) relating to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. HeardPSA raises awareness of the issue.It says 49% of trafficking victims are women and 33% are children. “There are an estimated 45.8-million people in bondage today, more than at any time in human history. More than half of all cases of exploitation involve the sex trade,” reads the HeardPSA website“Slaves cannot raise their hand to be counted nor their voice to be heard.”Human traffickingHuman trafficking is the act of taking people from their homes under false pretences or by force, according to Tsireledzani!, the South African government initiative to combat the crime. The term “Tsireledzani” means “Protect” in Tshi-Venda, one of the South Africa’s 11 official languages.The programme is headed by the National Prosecuting Authority and involves government departments, international organisations and civil society partners.People who are trafficked are taken to another place or other places — inside or outside their countries — to be exploited.They are trafficked for different purposes, for example: prostitution, forced labour or the removal of their body parts. Debt bondage is one of the methods used to hold victims of human trafficking hostage.The invitationHeardPSA personally invited Quentin Chong, the Muay Thai world champion, to take part in creating a powerful announcement that would represent South Africa in the global competition, reads a press release.Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art in which practitioners use their fists, elbows, knees and shins. Chong is known for his charity work and efforts in South Africa to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery.“I have empowered many women and men through self-defence workshops and Muay Thai training as well as actively helping special ops teams infiltrate and take down illegal organisations involved in prostitution and drugs,” Chong said.He has spent more than 16 years working with the youth of South Africa through his Muaythai Against Drugs Foundation. His training has ensured the participating youth are physically, mentally and emotionally aware and prepared when confronting dark situations.The Open Your Eyes projectChong called on South African actor Roxane Hayward to lead the Open Your Eyes project, before submitting it to the international panel of judges.The panel included legendary music producer Quincy Jones; actor and producer Wesley Snipes; film and stage actor Joseph Fiennes; actor Olivier Martinez; and feature film and commercial director Philip Boston.Roxane Hayward says of the Open Your Eyes project that working on something for a good cause to help raise awareness and hopefully save lives is rewarding in itself. “Coming second is the cherry on top.” (Image supplied)She started Muay Thai training with Chong more than a year ago, Hayward explained. “I have since felt liberated and empowered when faced with situations that would have, in the past, taken advantage of me.“Quentin made a great executive producer and together, along with the integral help of Saadiq Behardien and Farhana Parker, we created a strong concept that would serve as the main narrative for our PSA,” she said.“I wanted to create a powerful PSA with the knowledge and skills I have acquired through my years spent in front of the camera as an actress — it was now time for me to find my feet behind the camera through writing, directing and producing.”Because of the seriousness and importance of the subject, it was imperative that this PSA was carried out with precision, she said. “An impact needed to be made.”Watch the film here:Open Your Eyes showed how human trafficking and modern day slavery affected the lives of all people — all ages, sexes and races, said Hayward.“The footage in the PSA is of real gang members, real people and real events that transpired — all fearlessly captured by Kai Linder alongside Quentin Chong, Saadiq Behardien and myself. A valiant act, carried out in order to expose the truth.”Hayward and Chong roped in several local actors and others to participate in the project including Parker, Kosta Scholiadis, Behardien, Melissa Harribi, Benedikt Sebastian, Charles Tertiens, Kia Johnson, Charne King and Melissa Haiden.The South African team were notified by the project organisers recently that they had come second in the international competition.How to combat human traffickingTo prevent human trafficking, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa advises the following:The Department of Labour in your area can help you validate job offers, particularly those outside your province or the country. Any suspicious conduct by prospective employers or their agents must be reported to the police.Look out for people — both men and women — who say they have job opportunities that promise you will earn a lot of money in a short space of time.Teach your children to be careful of adults who try to befriend them, whether in person, through cellphone or internet chat rooms.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Video: Jay Bilas Drops Hilarious “What Are Those?!” At West Virginia Player’s Gold Sneakers

first_imgCollege GameDay at Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: ESPN College GameDay hosts (L-R) Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)West Virginia guard Jevon Carter had to know he’d get a reaction with the shoes he’s wearing tonight. With the Mountaineers facing Virginia in a great match-up at Madison Square Garden, Carter broke out bright gold kicks for the occasion. They’re quite audacious.#WVU has arrived at MSG. Here’s Jevon Carter…— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) December 8, 2015Jay Bilas certainly noticed the kicks, hitting Carter with a loud “What Are Those?!” on air.  For those who aren’t as hip as Bilas, “What Are Those” is a meme that became popular over the summer, and is generally exclaimed at someone wearing lame or ridiculous shoes. Even Michael Jordan got hit with it this year, so don’t feel too bad, Jevon.[Reddit]last_img read more

Toronto stock market shut down while US markets flat Loonie edges down

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index was shut down early Friday afternoon after technical issues prevented users from accessing the Toronto Stock Exchange, while U.S. markets were mixed.Before an “internal technical issue” prompted the TMX Group to shut down its exchanges at 3 p.m., the latest data reading at 1:39 p.m. showed the S&P/TSX composite index was up 31.34 points to 15,668.93. Canada’s biggest exchange operator said it planned to release updated closing prices later on Friday.Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer of First Avenue Investment Counsel, said in his 20-year career this kind of shutdown was “rare” to see.“It’s premature to really assess what this means, but certainly it’s not an everyday occurrence,” he said in an interview. “And that in itself will raise questions.”The TMX Group said in a statement Friday that it had identified the issue and was working to fix it, and expects to resume trading on Monday.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were largely flat despite strong earnings including from Amazon Inc., whose shares surged to an all-time high on the e-commerce giant’s better-than-expected results. Amazon shares later closed up 3.6 per cent to US$1,572.62 on the Nasdaq.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 11.15 points to 24,311.19. The S&P 500 index closed up 2.97 points to 2,669.91 and the Nasdaq composite index closed up 1.12 points to 7,119.80.Earnings season is halfway through and has produced robust results, but it has not been reflected in the equity markets, said Pashootan.“You’re seeing the market take a cautious approach to share price appreciation, despite the fact that the numbers have been strong,” he said. “That speaks to the fact that there is more concern in the market for some of the variables that can cause a selloff.”He said concerns include the 10-year treasury yield creeping above the psychological level of three per cent earlier this week, which spooked investors, before retreating slightly towards the end of the week.The competition between stocks and bonds is heating up, he added, while geopolitical concerns continue to stoke concern.“Some new risks, many old risks, but the market is taking a more wait-and-see approach than it has in previous years,” Pashootan said.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.78 cents US, up 0.03 of a US cent.The June crude contract was down 9 cents to US$68.10 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 7 cents to US$2.77 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$5.50 to US$1,323.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 7 cents to US$3.07 a pound.last_img read more

Hotel Transylvania 3 tops charts Skyscraper stumbles

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, “Skyscraper,” in the dust.Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theatres. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it’s just slightly under the previous installment’s $48.5 million debut in September 2015.Worldwide, “Hotel Transylvania 3” has already earned more than $100 million.“It’s really terrific,” said Adrian Smith, Sony’s head of domestic distribution. “We’re positioned to take advantage of the valuable summer weekdays and there are six weeks of summer left.”The successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide to date.Going into the weekend, experts expected a three-way race to the top between “Hotel Transylvania 3,” ”Skyscraper” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but the family film won by a large margin.“There haven’t been a lot of options for families this summer,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “They become instant hits.”Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” a rare original summer blockbuster, remained earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically. “Skyscraper” cost a reported $125 million to produce, not accounting for marketing costs.Johnson has been a consistent presence in movie theatres this year with both “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Rampage” prior to “Skyscraper.” Both previous films opened in the $35 million range, and while “Jumanji” went on to be a worldwide box office juggernaut, “Rampage” petered out domestically just under $100 million. As with “Rampage,” however, the studio is expecting the majority of “Skyscraper” profits to come from international audiences.“‘Skyscraper’ is really engineered for a global release and it got a terrific start,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “We have great faith in a more than terrific run at the domestic box office going forward.”Internationally, “Skyscraper” grossed $40.4 million from 57 territories for a global total of $65.9 million.Second place went to Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second weekend, down 62 per cent from last week. It’s one of the steeper second week falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first “Ant-Man” fell 53 per cent.“Incredibles 2” took fourth place with $16.2 million and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” rounded out the top five with $15.5 million.A handful of smaller releases made notable splashes this weekend including Annapurna’s buzzy dystopian satire “Sorry to Bother You,” which opened in limited release last week and added 789 locations this weekend. It earned $4.3 million in its expansion for spot No. 7 on the charts.The coming of age film “Eighth Grade” also scored top marks, and the highest per theatre average of the year, with $252,284 from four theatres. The well-reviewed pic will expand nationwide in the coming weeks.And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the Fred Rogers doc “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” which added $1.9 million from 868 theatres, and “Three Identical Strangers” which expanded to 167 theatres and grossed $1.2 million.Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $44.1 million ($46.4 million international).2. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $28.8 million ($35.3 million international).3. “Skyscraper,” $25.5 million ($40.4 million international).4. “Incredibles 2,” $16.2 million ($33.3 million international).5. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $15.5 million ($26.7 million international).6. “The First Purge,” $9.1 million ($6.2 million international).7. “Sorry to Bother You,” $4.3 million.8. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $3.9 million ($1.7 million international).9. “Uncle Drew,” $3.2 million ($70,000 international).10. “Ocean’s 8,” $2.9 million ($4.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Dying to Survive,” $66.6 million.2. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $46.4 million.3. “Hidden Man,” $44.8 million.4. “Skyscraper,” $40.4 million.5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $35.3 million.6. “Incredibles 2,” $33.3 million.7. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $26.7 million.8. “Asura,” $6.6 million.9. “The First Purge,” $6.2 million.10. “Ocean’s 8,” $4.3 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: read more

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

Vadra plea to quash case not maintainable ED tells court

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court.The ED contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED and the Centre, raised objection over the maintainability of the two petitions and said no relief should be granted to them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let me file an affidavit to show that the petitioners (Vadra and Arora) are in suppression and not interested to reach to the root of the matter,” the law officer argued. ED, also represented by advocates D P Singh and Amit Mahajan, said Vadra has not approached the court with clean hands and there is suppression of the most crucial and material facts by him. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra, represented through senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. The bench asked as to why they have approached the high court when the Supreme Court is seized of various pleas challenging certain provisions of the PMLA, including its power to arrest and the burden of proof. To this, Singhvi said he has challenged six provisions of the PMLA here while the Supreme Court is only hearing the challenge on two of the provisions. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (burden of proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. He has contended that since these provisions constitute the main parts of the Act, the entire legislation was liable to be struck down on the grounds of being unconstitutional. On Vadra’s application seeking direction to the agency to not take any coercive step against him till the pendency of his quashing petition, the bench said he has already been granted interim protection by the trial court. The bench was informed that pleas by Vadra and Arora seeking anticipatory bail are listed for hearing before a trial court, which later on Monday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 27.last_img read more