China’s ZTE Corp. Has A Plan To Defuse U.S. Espionage Concerns

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Politics and business can be a capricious combination, and one pawn in a recent game of international brinksmanship, Chinese telecom vendor ZTE Corporation, is looking for a little fairness when judging the merits of its products and services.It would be folly to suggest that the United States and China were anything like best buds. At best (and this could be a stretch), they’re “frenemies” in their political and business relationships. The nations circle warily around each other’s interests – while simultaneously depending heavily on the other side for trade and commerce.In the midst of this friction between the two nations lie companies that claim a desire to just do business, but still find themselves cast in the role of villain based on the winds of political change. That’s what happend to telecommunications vendor ZTE last fall, when the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence fingered ZTE, Huawei and a number of other unnamed Chinese companies as creators of potentially dangerous technology.Deconstructing And Rebuilding TrustThe October report drafted by the Committee, recommended “…[t]he United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies” as a backdrop to dealing with all Chinese firms in that sector, specifically calling out ZTE and Huawei.Naturally, ZTE and Huawei denied the allegations at the time, and ZTE is now making further moves to clear its name. The Shenzhen-based firm is proposing a concrete plan to assure both private and governmental U.S.buyers that the components it sells and delivers are free of any code that might “phone home” to ZTE and its alleged connections to government intelligence agencies within the People’s Republic of China.The plan is known as a trusted delivery mechanism, an industry euphemism for pulling in a trusted third-party to check and monitor hardware and software delivered to a customer. In this case, ZTE wants to use Virginia-based Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a defense and logistics contractor that performs services such as transportation of toxic materials, electronic signal intelligence and incident response. Think “spook-shop” for hire, and you get the idea.Most importantly for ZTE, EWA is a known quantity for U.S. companies and could be enough to give ZTE the extra trust factor it needs to get past the accusations of the House Committee.How It Would WorkPeter Ruffoo, Director of Government Relations for ZTE USA, explained how the trusted delivery mechanism would work, when used with a hypothetical customer, such as a telecommunications carrier in the U.S.ZTE would ship the materials or code to the carrier, which would then get the products to EWA. Next, EWA would examine the components and source code within the product (be it hardware or software), reporting to the U.S. government, the customer and ZTE of any anomalous code or other problems it might find. Once cleared, the product would be shipped back to the carrier for deployment.The process Ruffo described would be used for new equipment as well as updates to software.Ruffo hopes that this solution will be enough to ease the concerns of the Committee as well as any potential customers that might have been alarmed by the recommendations of the Committee.Uphill Battle AheadIt will be an uphill battle for the company. According to Ruffo, when ZTE worked with members of the Committee throughout 2012 as the House was working on this report, ZTE offered a briefing to the Committee by EWA, which was declined.In a broader sense, the company is facing a U.S. industrial and political environment that has grown increasingly cold to Chinese incursions in the U.S. marketplace. This chilling effect, which Ruffo likened to a similar reaction to Japan’s strengthening within U.S. markets in the ’80s and early ’90s, has put a lot of Chinese companies in the position of having to defend themselves as being something other than puppets of the Chinese government.“There’s an assumption that all Chinese companies are the same,” Ruffo said, maintaining that is not the case.In reality, Ruffo emphasized, while some companies in China do have close ties to the PRC government, that is not necessarily true for all private entities in mainland China. Ruffo, as one would expect, firmly defended ZTE as an independent private organization, and pointed to the company’s efforts to be transparent and work with U.S. partners to create opportunities for profit and jobs in both companies.Tip Of The Iceberg?Ruffo also reiterated a point made by his boss Zhu Jinyun, senior vice president for North America and Europe, when he testified before the Committee in September. Zhu said that if the Committee was worried about espionage from Chinese companies, picking out just ZTE and a few other vendors was short-sighted.“As the Committee undoubtedly understands, virtually all of the telecom equipment now sold in the United States and throughout the world contains components made, in whole or in part, in China. That includes the equipment manufactured and sold by every Western vendor, much of which is made by Chinese joint-venture partners and suppliers,” Zhu testified. “We respectfully suggest that the Committee’s focus on ZTE, to the exclusion of the Western telecom vendors, addresses the overall issue of risk so narrowly that it omits from the Committee’s inquiry the suppliers of the vast majority of equipment used in the U.S. market.”It was a point Ruffo made this week too. If you ask me, the wisdom of pointing out that the potential for spying exists within virtually every electronic component sold in the U.S. today could be questioned in a political atmosphere that seems to like nothing more than use China as a convenient punching bag, but that seems to be one of ZTE’s main defenses.Overall, ZTE is hoping that the power of the marketplace will get China’s companies to be more accepted in the U.S., just as Japan was eventually accepted decades ago. But it recognizes it that’s a tough sell in the U.S. these days.“Right now, we’d like it to be more Tom Friedman and less Tom Clancy,” Ruffo lamented, comparing the very different approaches by the authors of The World Is Flat and Red Storm Rising. Image courtesy of BartlomiejMagierowski / Shutterstock. Tags:#China brian proffitt Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Indian Envoys Face Protests At Melbourne Gurudwara

first_imgThe Indian High Commissioner to Australia, Ajay Gondane, was recently prevented from entering the Tarneit Gurudwara Sahib in Melbourne by a group of protesters. Gondane, who was on an official trip to Melbourne, had made the visit as he was keen to visit religious places in the area.The diplomat was, however, stopped from entering the gurudwara on Nov. 18, SBS Punjabi reported. The protesters argued with Gondane for a long time at the entrance. After he was subjected to several minutes of protests and slogans that asked to “free Jaggi”, he was let inside the gurudwara to pay obeisance. He left after taking his prasad. The area has a dense population of the Indian diaspora.“This is an extremely unfortunate incident,” Gunwant Kaur, the secretary of the gurudwara management committee, was quoted by the publication. She added that there was a group of around 25-30 protesters, who started arriving at the gurudwara from 7.15 am onwards. “They were very loud and aggressive, and had surrounded Indian Consul General Manika Jain, who had arrived earlier,” she said. “They created quite a scene and crossed all limits. They were extremely disruptive and were trying to intimidate the Gurudwara committee members as well.”Kaur added: “There are much better ways to protest. This is certainly not the way. These people didn’t behave like Sikhs are meant to, and have brought a bad name to the entire community.”A video of the incident has been doing the rounds on social media, in which Gondane is seen trying to reason with them. In the video, protesters can be seen telling Gondane that he could enter the premises as a devotee but “not as a representative of the Indian government.”A protester can be clearly heard in the video saying that no Indian official would be allowed to enter any gurudwara in Australia.“ We were protesting the arrest of 47 Sikh youths in Punjab in recent times, the latest example being the arrest of Jagtar Singh Johal who was in India for his own wedding,” Harkirat Singh Ajnoha, one of the protesters seen in the video, told SBS Punjabi. “We want to raise awareness about the human rights violations in Punjab and recognition of the Sikh genocide. Although everyone is welcome at any Gurudwara, but we won’t let officials use their visit to influence our youngsters from our stages.”The reference to Jaggi pertains to Jagtar Singh Johal, a British Sikh who is in Punjab Police’s custody. While the police say Johal is allegedly linked to killings of Hindu leaders in the state, there has been uproar at many places among the community over alleged torture he has faced while in custody.Gondane told the publication that his purpose is to foster a sense of community and brotherhood. “There is no question of ‘us’ and ‘them’. It’s all about ‘we’. We are all together as one community,” he said. “If anyone has any grievance, they can bring it to me and I’ll be happy to look into these.” Related ItemsAustraliaMelbourneSikhslast_img read more

From One Project to Next, Mindy Kaling Remains a Role Model

first_imgWith earnings of $13 million this year, Mindy Kaling has secured the third spot on the Forbes’ list of highest paid television actresses this year. She has consistently figured among the 10 highest paid TV actresses since 2014. As The Mindy Project, the series which she creates and stars in,  comes to an end this month, her income is expected to take a hit. However, with the movies Oceans 8 and A Wrinkle in Time lined up, the star is here to stay.Vera Mindy Chokalingam (her stage name is Mindy Kaling) was born to Avu Chokalingam, an architect, and Swati Chokalingam, a gynecologist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. America’s “unlikely darling” graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in playwriting. Her rise to fame, over a decade of writing and acting, stems from her ability to charm the audience with her comfort in her own faults and embarrassments.The 38-year-old actress began as an intern on Late Nights with Conan O Brien where she was quoted by media publications as saying she was a more of “stalk Conan intern than make copies intern”. She did stand-up comedy for a while and was spotted by The Office showrunner Greg Daniels when she was portraying Ben Affleck in an off-Broadway play that she co-wrote with a friend. The Office, where she was the only female writer in the room, was when it all began.“Where do you get your confidence?” is one of the most oft-asked questions to her. Indeed, the announcement of her pregnancy that she made on August 15 without naming the father has put her on a pedestal for the issue of single motherhood.She writes in her best-selling book, Why Not Me?: “When an adult white man asks me ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ the tacit assumption behind it is: ‘Because you don’t look like a person who should have any confidence. You’re not white, you’re not a man, and you’re not thin or conventionally attractive. How were you able to overlook these obvious shortcomings to feel confident?’”She answers the question: “People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work. I work a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Confidence is like respect; you have to earn it.”And work she does. As a creator, producer and star of The Mindy Project, she is involved in every aspect of production. The show, surprisingly, does not rely on “Indian out of the boat” premise that seems to infuse every character of color — even as she is the first Indian woman to star in her own show, according to The Boston Magazine.The Mindy Project follows the life of Indian American obstetrician/ gynaecologist Mindy Lahiri, a nod to Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri, and her quirky colleagues. It follows her as she tries to balance personal and professional life, which is a fertile ground for experimentation in the genre of romantic comedy.She has earned six Emmy nominations as writer-producer, director, and cast member of the show that launched her in the TV scape, The Office, which is an adaptation of the BBC comedy series of the same title. The show follows the lives of employees in Scranton, and was filmed in a documentary format without a laugh track. Mindy plays Kelly Kapoor, the office “chatterbox” with on-again, off-again relationship with Ryan Howard, the character played by BJ Novak.Says Novak in The Elle magazine: “A friend of mine who doesn’t know Mindy told me that for a year she considered Mindy’s book one of her closest friends. People really respond to her voice. It’s extremely intelligent without being the least bit pretentious.”Her two books Why Not Me? And Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) are noted for their breezy comedy, anecdotes and inspirational advice delivered in big sisterly fashion.The New York Times review said: Why Not Me? shares an extemporaneous, picaresque quality with its predecessors, weaving together stories about nerdy, complicated childhoods; college misadventures at top-tier institutions; early success in improv or Off Broadway; big-time mentors; lucky breaks; artistic triumphs and setbacks; romantic foibles; strange encounters with fame; and some funny (if extraneous) filler. Add to this thoughts on identity, body issues, body issues made worse by Internet trolls, body issues made even worse by journalists at glossy magazines writing about your body, and the weirdness of constantly having to explain why you are portraying an average woman on TV while looking like an average woman.”As her show The Mindy Project comes to an end, Mindy reflects that she took all the character traits of the men she loved in other sitcoms — from Ricky Gervais to Steve Carrell — the ones who were flawed, to be Mindy Lahiri. She talks to the New York Times about how that could be a legacy: “If that can be the legacy, and (that) I had really funny jokes and said crazy things that women had not said before, then that’s really nice.” Related ItemsBJ NovakIndian American actressKaling ForbesLittle IndiaMindy BJ NovakMindy KalingNRI TV actressThe Mindy ProjectThe Officelast_img read more

153 Parliamentary Crooks

first_imgCivic activists claim that over a quarter of newly elected parliamentarians in India’s national elections have criminal cases pending against them. The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch say, “There are now 153 MPs with criminal charges and 74 of them with serious criminal charges,” including murder. The BJP has the highest number of criminally tainted MPs, with 43, followed by the Congress with 41.  Related Itemslast_img

The $1 Million Stain

first_imgA cleaner at a museum in Dortmund, Germany, permanently damaged a $1 million art installation after she mistook the artist’s discoloration on the piece for a stain.The installation, “When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling,” by famed artist Martin Kippenberger had a brown painted bowl that was discolored by dripping water.The cleaning woman mistook it for a stain and scrubbed it clean. “It is now impossible to return it to its original state,” according to a museum spokesperson. Related Itemslast_img

Why Indians & Indian Americans Respond Differently To Apu

first_img“I think it’s a time in our culture when people love to pretend they’re offended.” That reaction by Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s to Hari Kondabalu’s 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu, not only reduces a complicated conversation around representation and appropriation to a comically overused cliché, but also serves to invalidate any slight or stereotype that is part and parcel of the South Asian immigrant experience. As a resident Indian who spent his formative college years in the United States, I have difficulty empathizing with Groening, as my experiences mirror those voiced by Hari Kondabalu, Kal Penn and Aziz Ansari. From inviting guests over only to hear playful jabs about how the house smells like “curry,” to getting asked whether Halloween came early when dressing up for Diwali, cultural faux pas, whether intentional or unintentional, have followed us wherever we go.As an ardent fan of The Simpsons, I have shared a love-and-hate relationship with the beloved, Bengal-born Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, relishing his importance to the show while simultaneously agonizing over the cultural tropes in much the same way that Kondabalu describes.Despite the seemingly endless Twitter wars over Apu’s relevance, the most interesting response to this controversy came from Soutik Biswas who recently penned a piece titled “Not all Indians think Apu is a racist stereotype” for the BBC. In it, Biswas takes us through the diverging responses to Apu’s character, but what strikes me most is the nebulous distinction he makes between Indian Americans and the residents of “Apu’s native land.” Indian fans of The Simpsons in the homeland, he argues, seem to have no problem with Apu’s character. While Indians and Indian Americans are not monoliths by any stretch of the imagination, there are notable differences in the ways in which the two diverse groups have responded to The Problem With Apu. Biswas quotes several prominent Indian elites, including the founder editor of the Wire, who feels Apu represents a unique element of the Indian American diaspora. A cursory glance through Indian Twitter demonstrates mainstream support for such views: “Are there actually Indian people who find #Apu offensive? The guy was the first Indian I saw on my TV set and one of the funniest in the show. #KeepApu.”When I broached this topic with friends and strangers in Delhi, the most common responses ranged from Groening’s “people love being offended” to “is this really what we should be arguing about?” In other words, Mr. Biswas is correct — there is very little outrage coming from the homeland.And yet, this is entirely predictable. There is nothing surprising about a muted reaction from Indians when compared to the online outrage of a vast section of Indian Americans. Remember Avril Lavigne’s Hello Kitty? The response among Japanese Americans to the video was virtually the polar opposite of folks residing in Japan. We cannot divorce the discourse around cultural representation or appropriation from the context in which it takes place. The context here is the Indian immigrant experience in America. Indian Americans constitute 1 percent of the U.S. population and are found at all levels of American society, from CEOs to astronauts, taxi drivers to restaurant owners. When such a heterogeneous population gets whittled down to a harmless, head-bobbing caricature and proud owner of a Kwik-E-Mart however, we suddenly reduce this vibrant diversity into a single stereotype.This isn’t readily apparent when you’re thousands of miles away and part of the majority culture. It was not till I landed in the land of the free and home of the brave that I became acutely aware of my identity as an Indian foreigner. It was not till I was escorted by an abrasive Customs and Border Patrol officer to a separate room for further questioning that I became aware of what it means to be brown in America.When I tried to have this conversation with friends back home however, I was usually met with “well, what did you expect” or “you’re being dramatic.” Perhaps, but this doesn’t change a few fundamental facts about the differences between the Indian and Indian American experiences.You are never going to be mocked for your head bob in India. You are never going to be ridiculed for the scent of dal tadka and jeera rice in your lunchbox in India. These VIP experiences are reserved for the privileged immigrants who manage to make it to America’s shores. We put up with it because we believe it is the price we have to pay for entry. As a minority, race underpins every encounter you have in America, even for the more privileged immigrant groups. Some are benign, while others may end up costing you your life. In this context, representation matters. What you see on screen can wield a powerful influence on how you perceive entire communities. Having Indian Americans such as Mindy Kaling, Kal Penn, Hari Kondabalu, and Hasan Minhaj get the screen time they deserve represents the breadth of the immigrant experience far better than a caricature ever could.So, with all due respect to Mr. Groening, asking for better representation at the drawing board, in the fictional and real world, is not simply a matter of being offended. It is about not only recognizing, but actively celebrating and embracing the diversity that constitutes America. It is about understanding that having a White man voice a caricature of an Indian can do real damage to some communities. Hank Azaria clearly understands this, judging by his call for better representation and an unprecedented offer to step aside. It is time for us to shift the conversation away from the fractures between groups fighting for proper representation and instead focus on creating a more inclusive media for everyone. The fact that some Indians residing in India do not find Apu offensive does not invalidate the grievances of those Indian immigrants who have experienced America’s wonders and flaws firsthand. As we continue the conversation in the media and beyond, I hope we can bid adieu to stereotyped depictions tolerated in the America of yore, and embrace a more inclusive and accurate depictions of the vast, messy, beautiful diversity around us. To my good friend Mr. Nahasapeemapetilon, I say “thank you, come again!” Related ItemscultureSimpsonstelevisionlast_img read more

Buss Up Shut: The Caribbean Roti With a Catchy Name

first_imgThere are many styles of roti – none of which should be confused with the fast-casual chain Roti Modern Mediterranean. In places serving the food of Trinidad and Tobago, you’re bound to find paratha, also called “buss up shut” (the vernacular for “busted-up shirt”), apropos of the bread’s remarkable resemblance to a torn shirt.Roti – a generic term for flatbread, derived from the Sanskrit for “bread” – came to Trinidad and Tobago by way of indentured servants from the Indian subcontinent in the 1800s. After its arrival, explains David Nagar of Teddy’s Roti Shop in Washington, roti was revolutionized over the years, becoming a beloved and popular food on the islands. Buss up shut, in particular, is often found at parties, weddings and other celebrations. No matter the occasion, though, eat it with your hands: Tear into the flaky bread and use it to scoop up every last bit of your chosen accompaniment.Or just eat it plain – it practically melts in your mouth, requiring no ceremony.BreadIt’s the star of the show: Cooked on a tawa, or a flat griddle, the bread is extra flaky, thanks to liberal application of fat (ghee, butter, oil, margarine or shortening – it depends on the cook) as well as the cooking method, in which two spatulas are used to fold and beat the bread, creating texture and that signature busted-up appearance.SidesCurried chana (chickpeas) and potatoes add yet another boost of protein and starch. You will not be hungry after eating this.MainBuss up shut goes with anything, but you’ll usually find curried goat, chicken, shrimp or a mix of vegetables.CondimentsFiery pepper sauce, chunky amchar (a condiment made of spiced green mango) or tangy tambran (tamarind) sauce can be added.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related ItemsCaribbeanTrinidad and Tobagolast_img read more

Breast Cancer Survivors Turn Showstoppers for Premal Badiani’s Show at NYFW

first_imgBreast cancer survivors Marry Ann DAchille and Ozlem turned showstoppers for Premal Badiani during her show at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The Indian designer paid tribute to real life fighters and survivors through her collection.Her collection, titled Valentia that means brave in Latin, was feminine and sexy, encouraging women, especially the breast cancer fighters and survivors, to embrace their womanhood with boldness, confidence and a touch of sensuality.“I wanted to force people to re imagine the disease that is supposed to make a woman feel unattractive and lose her womanhood. My aim with this collection was to showcase the breast cancer fighters and survivors as any other woman – strong, sexy and sensuous while they took each step on the runway,” the designer said in a statement.The unconventional hand embroidery on each silhouette gave the collection a slightly mythical look that further enhanced the femininity. The colour palette with the hues of pink mixed with grey and green was carefully chosen to highlight breast cancer awareness, staying true to the brand’s philosophy of being one truly with heart and soul.Badiani complemented her collection with exclusively designed, beautiful hand-crafted floral and elk horn headpieces that symbolised strength and fighter spirit while being feminine and gorgeous.Cancer survivor Marry Ann D’Achille said about walking the ramp, “My biggest excitement is serving the American Cancer Society and serving the designer and being introduced to her beautiful designs. I love the influence of her ideas.”Cancer survivor Ozlem added: “Having the opportunity to walk the runway for Premal Badiani is an honour for me. It’s a reflection of the support that I’ve received and as a result of that the courage and strength it has provided me to be able to now be a breast cancer survivor.”This is not the first time Badiani is showcasing her work at NYFW. The collection presented by her last season used the primary fabric made from natural cellulose fibres and produced from wood pulp, a natural renewable resource.The label supported the American Cancer Society where VIP tickets and outfits were auctioned to raise funds for the charity. The designer tied up with brand Belsi as their jewellery partner.“We decided to come onboard with Premal Badiani as we strongly believe in the cause and have always been a huge fan and supporter of everything that Premal does in and outside of fashion. We have always been a proponent of cancer awareness and we are happy to associate with a cause on this scale,” Riddhi Fazal, Belsi’s founder, said.-IANS Related ItemsAmerican Indian designerIndian designer New York Fashion WeekIndian-origin designerLittle IndiaPremal BadianiPremal Badiani New York Fashion WeekPremal Badiani NYFWlast_img read more

Four Friends Charged in 2013 Case Involving NRI Youth’s Death in New Delhi

first_imgFour Indian men who were friends of Anmol Sarna, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) youth who died in 2013 in New Delhi under mysterious circumstances, were charge-sheeted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act by the Delhi Police.Sarna, who was 20 then, was under the influence of “designer drugs and cannabis,” according to the charge-sheet presented in the court. Apart from the four men — Ridham Girhotra, Shivank Gambhir, Madhav Bhandari, and Pranil Shah — two drug peddlers and two security guards were also charge-sheeted in the case.The drug peddlers were charged under the NDPS Act while the guards were charged for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, according to the Indian Express.“The medical board stated in its report that Sarna’s behavior was erratic, violent, abusive and hallucinating — typically seen in drug abuse cases, also known as ‘run-amok’ condition. Such behavior is seen in cases of excessive intake of narcotic drugs where a person is unable to control his actions due to the effect of the intoxicating substances/drug leading to erratic behavior,” the police stated in its charge-sheet.Sarna, who finished high school in New York, was supposed to go to Canada. But he was found dead outside his friend Pranil Shah’s house in Kalkaji on Sept. 13, 2013. Sarna was beaten up by the two guards for creating a ruckus in the complex after a party at Shah’s house lasted until midnight.Sarna was found bleeding in the apartment complex around 2 am and was taken to the hospital, where he died.Nine people were arrested for the murder and consumption of narcotics. One of the accused, Dushyant Lamba, committed suicide later. He was a drug peddler who had procured LSD from China hidden in books that he ordered online.“He was procuring LSD from a Beijing-based contact, identified as Eric, via email. Later, payments were made through a money transfer service. He paid around $300-500 for one sheet,” the police stated in the charge-sheet.The incident made headlines in 2013. Initially, the police had blamed only the two guards who beat up Sarna after he became violent for his murder, but the investigation was later expanded to also include his friends and the peddlers. Related Itemslast_img read more

RCA polling result: Fate of Lalit Modi’s son, CP Joshi to be decided out on June 2

first_imgResult of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections are expected to be declared on June 2.Counting of votes will begin at 12 noon.Ruchir Modi, son of former IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi, was in a direct contest with senior Congress leader, CP Joshi for the post of President of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).Mehmood Abdi, from the Modi camp, told India Today, “Ruchir Modi can be present in Jaipur at the time of counting.”After polling for five posts of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) got over in Jaipur, Modi camp came out claiming Ruchir Modi, son of Lalit Modi, would emerge victorious in the fight for the President’s post. The Modi camp believes he will get majority of the votes out of a total of 33 votes.”We are expecting 19 votes (in favour of Ruchir Modi)… yes, that is our calculation but subject to the final outcome. So, there is no posturing now. The ballot is done, it is sealed. So, this is what we expect,” Mehmood M. Abdi told India Today.Elections for the RCA were held on 29th of May. The date for filing the nominations was the 26th of May and the last date of withdrawal of nominations was fixed as 28th of May. Mehmood Abdi and Rajya Sabha MP Harshvardhan Singh withdrew their names from the fray thus making it a direct fight between Modi and Joshi.Rajasthan High Court had, last month, intervened on a petition of Bhilwara District Association’s Ramlal Sharma and directed the RCA to hold elections for the cricket body in May itself. The court set aside the observer’s order which had earlier called off the elections.advertisementLalit Modi fast became a prominent name in Rajasthan cricket after 2005. Later, he also became a name to be reckoned with in Indian cricket after he became the first IPL Commissioner. However, he later fell out with the BCCI. It has been believed in the cricketing circles in Rajasthan that the sport in the state has suffered due to the tussle between Lalit Modi and the BCCI. However, there is hope that once the result is out, cricket in Rajasthan will take a turn for the better.ALSO READ:RCA elections: Direct contest between Lalit Modi’s son and Congress’ CP Joshilast_img read more

Liverpool win 1,000th Premier League home point

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool win 1,000th home point in Premier League after Burnley draw Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 00:33 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mohammed Salah Getty Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Burnley Burnley The Reds became the fourth side to reach the milestone though they will be disappointed they did not get more at Anfield Liverpool created a bit of history on Saturday against Burnley, but Jurgen Klopp and his players will wish they were able to do so more emphatically.Mohamed Salah’s first-half equaliser, after Scott Arfield had given the visitors a surprise lead, saw Liverpool and Burnley battle to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.The result netted Liverpool their 1,000th point at home in the Premier League as they became the fourth team to reach that landmark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing 1000 – Liverpool have become the 4th team to win 1000 points in @premierleague home games. Consolation.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017Previously Manchester United and Arsenal passed the milestone, with Chelsea joining them as the third team last season.But, given the opposition and their prior struggles against Burnley, the Reds will almost certainly be disappointed they did not achieve that mark with three points rather than one.It was not for lack of trying as Liverpool fired in 30 more shots than Burnley in the contest, but only once found the back of the net.30 – Liverpool had 30 more shots than Burnley today – the most in any PL game since Man Utd had 31 more than Burnley in Oct 2016. Deluge.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017It was the greatest difference in shots attempted in the Premier League since October 2016, when Manchester United took 31 more shots than Burnley.Liverpool may take a small consolation they found the net with one of their shots, but the results were the same as United played out a scoreless draw in that contest with Burnley once more bending but not breaking. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Cooking Made Easy: 3 Delicious Meal Delivery Services

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven The meal kit trend is a good one: pre-portioned food, complete with a recipe delivered to your door. No grocery shopping, no wondering what to eat, no left over ingredients you’ll never use again and you learn some great new skills. But there are so many companies it’s tough to know where to start. Here are three unique meal delivery services.Salted EatsThe hook: It’s recipes are created by major chefs in the LA-area, so it’s LA-only currently.How it works: The service offers a meat and vegetarian option and as with others, the ingredients come pre-portioned. They make every effort to use only local and organic meats and veggies, all of which arrive in an insulated bag, so no need to be home when it arrives. Plus, they promise the items will stay fresh in your fridge for up to five days, so also no pressure to cook it the night it arrives. They don’t make substitutions for food allergies or taste preferences–definitely read the menus carefully before ordering.Instructions come in the form of a video on Salted Eat’s website where chef will prepare the meal step-by-step. While the menus are full of delicious, sophisticated options, they promise even the most novice cook can complete them in around half an hour.Unlike many others, Salted Eats does not require a subscription. Currently, they provide the meal kit once a month, the second Thursday of the month, so you just sign up whenever you feel like it.How many does it feed? Just you! Unless you want more. The kit is good for one portion. Most meal kit services start at two servings, so the idea that you can just cook for yourself is pretty rad. You can order additional servings if you’re having friends or family over– it might be the most foolproof way to cook for a dinner party.A taste of the menu:Meat: from Chef Corina Weibel of CaneléFlattened “Brick” Chicken with Peppers and North African Chermoula SauceVegetarian: from Chef Christy Vega of Casa VegaVegan Sweet Potato Tacos with Fresh TomatoesOne PotatoThe hook: Healthy, organic meals for picky eaters. And it always comes with their own slice-and-bake cookie dough. Frankly, that’s reason enough.How it works: Technically, this service is geared towards families, offering the option of child-sized portions, but procreation is not a requirement. You tell One Potato how many people you’ll be feeding and you food preferences and you’ll receive emails with pictures and recipes hand-picked for your tastes. You can make the dishes in 30 minutes or less, which is probably true given they do so much of the prep work for you.All the ingredients arrive pre-portioned and chopped! Some detractors of the meal kit services complain about all the waste produced by the packaging: One Potato has thought of that. All of their packaging is recyclable or made to biodegrade.It is a subscription service, but you’re able to cancel anytime or skip weeks whenever needed so long as you’re in the 6 day-before-delivery-window. It currently only delivers to California, Nevada, and Arizona but is expanding.A taste of the menu:Omnivore box: Oven Fried Chicken with Smashed Peas, Cheesy Biscuits and ColeslawVegetarian box: Crispy Tofu Rice BowlTerra’s KitchenThe hook: Transparency and earth-friendly practices. They give you the details on every farm and meat supplier they use as well as using a revolutionary new packing option, the vessel!How it works: No customization here: pick from their weekly menu options, but they give you a lot to choose from. You can pause and cancel your subscription at anytime. They do offer gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and Paleo options.Their ingredients are all fresh, seasonal, and sourced from sustainable, ethical farms. You can read about their suppliers here. All of the ingredients are washed, pre-portioned, and prepped so you’re ready to start cooking the minute you get home. A recipe card with instructions is included for your chosen meal and includes suggested beer and wine pairings.Terra’s Kitchen also makes people with allergies a prime focus. Their suppliers segregate allergens during storage and preparation. Anything that might leak onto other ingredients is given a secondary barrier to prevent any contact during delivery.Everything arrives in what they call the vessel. It’s a locked refrigerated plastic storage unit that is delivered to your door. Once you’ve finished with it, peel off the sticker to reveal the return address label and put it back outside your door for pick up. That means zero waste is created.They have 1-serving options they call Grab-n-Go which are about $3.99 and the 2-serving dinners are anywhere from $9.99-$17.99 per serving. Shipping is free, however they have a minimum price of $64.99 for delivery. It’s all over the place!A taste of the menu:Meat: One Skillet Bison Tacos (also happens to be gluten free)Vegetarian: Creamy Black Bean Sliders The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Two people charged after police seize 2500 worth of prepaid credit

A 33-year-old Burlington man and a 45-year-old Oakville woman are facing charges after police seized dozens of pre-paid credit and gift cards. On Monday, police arrested Matthew William Ticknor for allegedly stealing merchandise from various Walmart locations in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga.Police allege Ticknor took the stolen items to other Walmart stores and returned them for gifts card. He would then use the gift cards to buy pre-paid credit cards.Shortly after 4:30 p.m., investigators stopped a vehicle being driven by Ticknor and found $2505.00 worth of pre-paid MasterCard’s, pre-paid VISA cards, several other gift cards and clothing. He was arrested along with his female passenger, Tara Lee Marchesin. Police are still investigating and say further charges may be laid.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Jeff Sawatzky of the Burlington Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2384. read more

Loonie up amid disappointing GDP read greenback lower ahead of Fed announcement

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 8:41 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar shook off early losses late Wednesday morning despite data showing the economy performed weaker than expected during May.The loonie was up 0.17 of a cent to 97.24 cents US as the American currency weakened ahead of the end of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve on interest rates.There has been much speculation surrounding the Fed over the last two months, since chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank could start to taper its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases later this year if economic conditions warrant. This key piece of economic stimulus is credited with keeping long term rates low and fuelling a strong rally on markets.Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.2 per cent. Economists had looked for a 0.3 per cent rise from April.The growth picture was better in the U.S., where GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.7 per cent during the second quarter, higher than the one per cent advance that was expected.There was also some positive news two days before the release of the U.S. government’s release of employment data.Payroll firm ADP reported that private sector employment increased by a better than expected 200,000 during this month. Economists expect the economy cranked out about 190,000 jobs during July.Commodity prices were mainly higher as the September crude contract in New York moved up 79 cents to US$103.87 a barrel even as U.S. inventories increased by 400,000 barrels last week. Analysts had looked for a three-million-barrel decline.But inventories have declined 30 million barrels over the past month.September copper rose four cents to US$3.08 after falling seven cents Tuesday. December bullion shed early gains following the release of the positive jobs and economic growth data, falling $17.20 to US$1,307.60 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie up amid disappointing GDP read, greenback lower ahead of Fed announcement read more

SMMT statement regarding Ford announcement

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This is difficult and disappointing news for all the people and families affected by today’s announcement, but it is part of wider restructuring to ensure a stronger and more competitive European automotive industry. The immediate priority is to help those impacted secure alternative employment. The decline in European vehicle markets and the uncertain future growth prospects has resulted in a number of vehicle manufacturers restructuring their operations. These are difficult times for the European automotive industry as manufacturers adapt to new market conditions and changing patterns of global demand.“Ford has renewed its commitment to the company’s core R&D, design and engine manufacturing operations in the UK and these will continue to provide long-term and high value employment to many thousands of people. The UK automotive industry has seen £6 billion of new investment from a wide-range of global vehicle manufacturers during the last two years and there is demand for skilled workers in the automotive industry and other high value manufacturing sectors.”Click through to read the full press release on the Ford media website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Knicks Cant Even Get The Draft Lottery Right

Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: Basketball-reference.com 20109Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 200416Stephon Marbury28 YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20027Antonio McDyess1 200118Glen Rice6 20079Eddy Curry9 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 201216Tracy McGrady0 PICK TRADED FOR … read more

Stephen Poliakoff says it is striking how few Jewish characters are portrayed

“Anti-Semitism does recur through this piece and there is an important plot development that involves it and I wanted it to be subtle initially,” he told an audience at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival in London. “There are very few Jews in British drama. Since the death of the great Jack Rosenthal [the playwright]… Launching his new BBC drama Summer of Rockets, which stars Keeley Hawes and Timothy Spall, Poliakoff spoke of his concern over the rise of anti-Semitism, a theme that runs through the series. Television dramas are lacking in their representation of Judaism and it is “striking” how few Jewish characters are portrayed in British dramas, playwright Stephen Poliakoff has said.