NIA to Submit Fresh Request to Interpol for Red Corner Notice Against Islamic Preacher

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) will file a fresh request before the Interpol for issuing a red corner notice against controversial India-born Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is currently living in Malaysia. Interpol cancelled the red corner notice that it issued against Naik earlier this month, his aide was reported to have said on Dec. 16.NIA’s previous plea was rejected by the Interpol on the grounds that no charge sheet was filed against Naik when the request was submitted. A charge sheet has now been filed against him, and the NIA will once again approach the Interpol.“A red corner notice would have restricted international travel for Zakir Naik, who has been changing his base frequently after the NIA petitioned the Interpol for an international arrest warrant against him,” NIA officials said, according to media reports.Interpol accepted Naik’s demand to cancel the red corner notice request him because India was said to have made a “premature” request, the international organization had indicated earlier. The objective of a red notice is to assist a country in seeking the extradition of an accused charged for an offence, not a suspect under investigation, stressed Interpol’s panel that decides on such notices.After the cancellation of the red corner notice against him by Interpol last week, Naik urged the Indian government to clear his name in a video sent to a local Malaysian daily, reported Malay Mail Online.“You have heard of the news on the cancellation of the Interpol red-notice against me. I hope the Indian government would bring forth the necessary justice by clearing my name against the accusations made. The matter had happened as truth had prevail through unexpected means. It has happened at the international level, it can happen in India as well,” Naik apparently said in the 58-second video clip.India will soon make a formal request to Malaysia for Zakir Naik’s extradition, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said last month.Malaysia will send Naik back to India if its government requests that he be extradited, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said. However, no such request has been made so far.Naik, who is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), is being probed for charges such as inciting terror and money laundering. In July last year, Naik fled from India when terrorists in Bangladesh claimed that his speeches inspired them. This prompted security agencies in India looking deeper into his speeches and other activities.Naik was granted permanent residency status by Malaysia, and now shuttles between the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and African and Southeast Asian countries. Related ItemsMalaysiaTerrorismlast_img read more

20 Indian Startups Selected For London Mayor’s Business Program

first_imgTwenty Indian startups have been selected to join London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s India’s Emerging 20 (IE20) business program designed to help companies to expand in the UK city, IANS reported.The program, which looked into 300 applications from India’s business hubs, aims to identify India’s most ambitious companies that are looking to expand internationally. The 20 winners, including Hug Innovations of Hyderabad and Mumbai’s Furtados School of Music, were chosen among the applications that came from Mumbai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi.The program, in its third edition this year, was launched by London and Partners, the London mayor’s official promotional agency, and BDO,a major accounting and taxation network, along with Lalit Hotels.The winners will have the opportunity to benefit from discounted rates on London office, and tailored expert advice on marketing, and access to finance and local market analysis, London and Partners said in a statement on May 18.“London is a truly global business center and presents lots of opportunities for Indian companies looking to expand their business overseas,” Sadiq Khan was quoted as saying by the news agency. “I am delighted that my India Emerging 20 program is helping some of India’s fastest growing companies with their international growth.”Hug Innovations of Hyderabad is a wearable tech company developing IoT platforms which enable users to complete tasks, such as controlling apps, electronics, VR headsets, toys and home automation using just hand gestures.Furtados School of Music (FSM) is a music education company with a vision to provide accessible quality music education to all. The company is currently testing a mobile application to bring together people interested in learning music and contacting music teachers.The other winners include Appnomic Systems, BiOZEEN, BlackPepper Technologies, Chai Point (Mountain Trail Foods), Happay, Intello Labs, Ittisa Digital Media Services, Senseforth, Chakr Innovation, Dineout/inResto, Fork Media, Lucideus Tech, Morph.ai, Videonetics Technology, Wigzo Technologies, Gaia Smart Cities, Iksula Services and SaffronStays.India and the United Kingdom recently also announced a UK-India Tech Partnership, which aims to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others, thereby providing access routes to markets for British and Indian entrepreneurs, and small and medium enterprises.“IE20 is an important element of the UK-India Technology-Partnership which was agreed by our two Prime Ministers in April and formally launched in India last week by Digital and Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock,” Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, said, IANS reported.“The UK and India are global leaders in technology and two of the world’s most innovative countries. The new UK-India Tech Partnership will be testimony to that. A pilot soon to be launched in Karnataka will focus on augmented and virtual reality, advanced materials and artificial intelligence — technologies which a number of our winners today are already deploying,” McAllister added. Related ItemsLondonSadiq KhanStartuplast_img read more

India Emerges as Sixth Wealthiest Nation in the World: Report

first_imgIndia climbed up one spot to figure at the sixth place among the world’s top 10 wealthiest countries in 2017, a recent report shows. The private wealth of Indians increased 25 per cent between 2016 and 2017, contributing to India’s total wealth of $8,230 billion, according to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review 2018.India’s wealth is also projected to grow by 200 per cent between 2017 and 2027, achieving the fastest growth rate among the richest nations. The country, with total wealth of about $24,691 billion, is estimated to rise to the fourth rank on the list by 2027, buoyed by the large number of entrepreneurs, good education system, and positive outlook for IT, business process outsourcing, real estate, healthcare and media sectors.The United States is currently the wealthiest country in the world, with a total wealth of $62,584 billion, followed by China ($24,803 billion) and Japan ($19,522 billion), the report shows. While the United States grew richer by 15 per cent from 2016 to 2017, China’s wealth grew by 22 per cent in the corresponding period while India achieved 25 per cent wealth growth, up from $6,584 billion in 2016.Other countries on the list of wealthiest nations include the United Kingdom ($9,919 billion), and Germany ($9,660 billion) at the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. France, Canada, Australia, and Italy follow India to make up the top 10 richest countries on the list.Global wealth is projected to increase by 50 per cent over the next decade, reaching $321 trillion by 2027.The report takes into account the total private wealth held by the entire population of each country, including all their assets (property, cash, equities, business interests) less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from the figures.Global wealth rose by 12 per cent in 2017, from $192 trillion at the end of 2016 to $215 trillion at the end of 2017, according to the report, with India emerging as the best performing wealth market (25 per cent wealth growth during 2016-27) ahead of China (22 per cent wealth growth). Pakistan and Nigeria were hit by safety concerns, and stood as the worst performing wealth markets in 2016-17, with -10 per cent wealth growth in the period.There are about 15.2 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in the world, each with net assets of $1 million or more. There are approximately 584,000 multi-millionaires in the world, each with net assets of $10 million or more while the number of billionaires in the world is 2,252, each with net assets of $1 billion or more.The total number HNWIs in India is 330,400, and they hold 48 per cent of the country’s wealth, according to the report. “If HNWIs control over 40 per cent of a country’s wealth then there is very little space for a meaningful middle class. Ideally the ratio should be less than 30 per cent,” said the report.There are 20,730 multi-millionaires and 119 billionaires in India. The number of billionaires in India is the third highest in the world, after the United States (737) and China (249).With Indian HNWIs moving to the United States, UAE, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, India also experienced the second biggest wealth outflow in 2017, behind China. “The outflows of HNWIs from these countries are not particularly concerning as they are still producing far more new HNWIs than they are losing,” the report said. “Also, once the standard of living in these countries improves, we expect several wealthy people to move back,” it added. Related ItemsEconomyWealthlast_img read more

Trudeau Faces Flak Over India Trip Bills, Payment For Indo-Canadian Chef

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India visit continues to ignite controversies in Canada, months after he undertook the contentious trip. Trudeau is now facing criticism for the huge amount that the trip cost, including the $17,000 paid to fly Vancouver-based chef Vikram Vij to India, CTVNews reported.The total bill for the nine-day trip organized in February was over $1.5 million, according to new figures released by the government. As much as $323,000 was spent on hotel stays, while the cost of flying and staffing the VIP Airbus for 43.7 hours over the trip was $485,070, according to Global News. The trip also included payments of about $3,600 for Team Canada hockey jerseys, $5,235 for cell phone fees, and $5,100 for buying Canadian wines for official events.The expenditure covered by the government was disclosed through documents tabled in Parliament this week following a request by the Conservatives to furbish all government expenses over $1,000 associated with the trip, except invoices that have not been received yet, CTVNews reported.The $17,044.21 paid to Vij did not include the cost of the meals he created at a dinner for a meeting, and a reception at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi. The amount included cost of the transportation, accommodation, per diems and incidentals for the Amritsar-born Indo-Canadian restaurateur, the report added.Vij, a Liberal supporter, said he was part of the trip as “an unofficial culinary ambassador,” CTVNews.ca reported. He added in a statement emailed to the publication that he aimed to “showcase Canadian ingredients and produce” through his menus, and promote Canadian farmers, wines, tourism, and food safety standards to Indian dignitaries and politicians.Action-oriented meeting with the Canadian delegation, discussing our plans to strengthen Canada’s relationship with #India. Thank you to High Commissioner @NadirYPatel for your leadership and Chef Vikram Vij for the exquisite dinner! #TrudeauInIndia #Trade #Jobs pic.twitter.com/DPcYYzOZIp— Kamal Khera (@KamalKheraLib) February 19, 2018“Earlier this year, I was honored to be approached by the Government of Canada to accompany the Prime Minister on a trip to my homeland of India,” Vij was quoted as saying by the publication. “While my expenses such as flights and accommodation and a per diem were taken care of, I was not paid to be a part of this trip.”The inclusion of Vij, who co-owns the Indian cuisine restaurants Vij’s Restaurant and Rangoli Restaurant in Vancouver, in Trudeau’s trip is now drawing flak from the Canadian Opposition leaders.“I’m quite sure if you went to India, you’d be able to find some very good cooks,” Conservative MP Erin O’Toole said, according to CTVNews.ca. “The celebrity Indo-Canadian chef was for domestic political purposes so that they could entertain their own MPs (and) certain stakeholders that they were taking on the trip.”Global Affairs Canada, however, called Vij’s restaurants “world-renowned for melding Canadian ingredients and the traditions of Indian cuisine,” and told the publication that “it is accepted practice for Canadian missions to invite ‎chefs from Canada to showcase Canadian food products and cuisine.”The trip, which drew a lot of controversy regarding the over-the-top events and presence of convicted former Khalistan supporter Jaspal Atwal at an official Canadian event, was recently made fun of by Trudeau himself. Related ItemsCanadaJustin Trudeaulast_img read more

Young India in the Grip of Diabetes

first_imgRohin Sarin is midway through his 9th grade geography class when he starts feeling light-headed and dizzy, a sign that his blood sugar levels are dipping. He quietly removes his insulin pen from his school bag, gives himself one of four daily jabs and takes a bite of an energy bar. The 15-year-old’s classmates in New Delhi have seen the ritual so often they are no longer curious. Rohin is one of a growing number of Indians with diabetes, the disease increasingly afflicting children and adolescents in the fast-growing South Asian country.More than two decades of rapid economic growth has changed Indians’ lifestyles. People eat out more often, and prefer Western-style junk food such as burgers and pizza over traditional lentil and vegetable meals. They are also more sedentary, using cars and public transportation instead of walking or riding bicycles, and entertaining themselves with television.The changes have brought a sharp rise in obesity, along with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, even as India still has some of the world’s worst levels of malnourishment and stunted childhood growth due to a paucity of food.“Over the last 20 years, we are seeing a huge explosion … mainly because of increasing childhood obesity,” said Dr. Monica Arora, a specialist with the Public Health Foundation of India.Nearly 30 percent of India’s teenagers are obese, nearly twice the number in 2010, according to health ministry statistics.India has 70 million diabetics, though it has no data on how many are children and likely has millions more cases that haven’t been diagnosed due to spotty public health facilities and a lack of awareness outside big cities.Health experts warn that India is on track to reach 120 million cases, or nearly 10 percent of the population, in the next eight years. That would put it on par with the United States, which counts 9.3 percent of the population as diabetic, or China, where 11 percent of the population — or 109 million — have been diagnosed, according to the International Diabetes Federation.Alarmed by the trend, the government is working to screen 500 million people aged 30 and older for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases by 2019, and eventually hopes to roll out the screening program to the entire 1.3 billion population. Authorities are also working with schools to “catch children in the pre-diabetic stage,” Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said recently.Medical research suggests Indians are genetically more susceptible to developing diabetes, thanks to a tendency to put on weight around the belly, Arora said.Most patients come from wealthier families and live in urban areas. India’s countryside villages, meanwhile, are home to one of every five malnourished children in the world.“When you consider the long-term costs of the disease, it is an extremely worrisome prospect,” Arora said.Most of India’s diabetes cases are Type 2, often occurring when extra weight limits the body’s ability to produce or use insulin to turn food into energy. By comparison, Type 1 diabetes is a natural inability to produce insulin.Health experts are most worried about young people developing Type 2, which is also known as adult-onset diabetes. The disease requires a lifetime of attention to diet and exercise and access to proper medical treatment, without which diabetics are at risk of blindness, limb amputations, heart or kidney failure and stroke.They have advised healthier diets, even for Indians sticking with traditional cuisine. That may mean less of the starchy rice and flatbread now dominating Indians’ dinner plates. And no more adding oil and butter to richen long-favored curried vegetables. And finding substitutes for the syrupy, fried sweets popular on special occasions from official holidays to the birth of a child or a new car purchase.Today’s residents in the capital of New Delhi are eating about 20 percent more fat and 40 percent more sugar than they did six decades ago, according to the Indian Medical Association. And they’re doing so while burning fewer calories, taking public transportation or driving private cars instead of walking or bicycling.“People did not have worries about putting on weight,” said Dr. Sutapa Agrawal, an epidemiologist with the South Asia Network for Chronic Disease. Obesity was rare enough that a little “plumpness was desired, especially among children, as a sign of the family’s affluence.”Doctors are also urging families to encourage outdoor activities, rather than allowing kids to stay indoors playing video games.“Parents are happier if the children are indoors. They feel: at least they are safe,” Agrawal said.Rohin, already heeding the advice, is down at the cricket pitch most mornings for a rigorous game before school. In the five years since he was diagnosed with the disease, he’s learned to avoid sweets and sodas, and juggles his busy school schedule with sporting activities.He’s learned to live with the diabetes. “It’s something that’s not going to go away,” he said -AP Related Itemslast_img read more

An 11-Year-Old Girl Is Gang Raped in India and Blamed for It, Too

first_imgAfter school, when the 11-year-old girl rode her bicycle around the well-to-do apartment complex where she lived with her family in Chennai in southeastern India, an elevator attendant would find her and lead her to a basement, a rooftop or a public bathroom.Once there, he would inject her with an orange liquid or feed her a cold drink likely laced with drugs to immobilize her, then tie a belt around her neck and rape her, she later told her older sister. He invited the complex’s security guards, plumbers and electricians to join.Over the course of seven months, they, too, raped and molested her, possibly dozens of times, using makeup to cover any marks they left on her, her sister said.“She was blackmailed on the edge of a pocketknife,” the 11-year-old girl’s sister, a university student, said in an interview. She said the men had told her younger sister: “If you tell your mother, we will kill her.”A current of rage shot through Chennai last week after the police arrested 17 men, ages 23 to 66, for the assaults. Lawyers beat several of the men as they were curled up on the floor of a local courthouse.Frantic residents of the building where the girl lived organized round-the-clock shifts guarding the entrance.But a few days later, the police stopped answering calls from reporters. Around Chennai, people blamed the mother. They erroneously said the girl, who wears hearing aids and acted younger than her age, was “deaf and dumb.” They dismissed questions about women’s safety.The girl’s older sister, whose name cannot be revealed by Indian law, said she was furious at the turn of events. As with other violent assaults against women and girls that have shaken India this year, the victim was getting the blame, shifting the focus from the men’s behavior, she said.“If we shy away from conversations about sexual assault, the only thing we are conveying to young boys and girls is that the issue is not discussable,” the sister said. She referred angrily to a news report about a woman who said she was raped by 40 men over four days.“That’s how men grow up in the society. They are taught to dominate women.”Discussions about sexual assault are changing in parts of India, where harassment has long been dismissed indulgently as “eve teasing.” The transition accelerated in 2012, when a 23-year-old woman riding a private bus in Delhi was attacked by several young men, violated with an iron rod and left on the side of the road.Two weeks later, the woman, Jyoti Singh Pandey, died from her injuries and protesters flooded streets all over the country. The government created a fast-track court for rape cases and introduced capital punishment for especially brutal sexual crimes.But some of the country’s most vocal women’s rights advocates warned that passing tougher laws would not magically prevent crimes against India’s girls and women.A study released this year found that more than 99 percent of sexual assaults in India are never reported. And in those that are, police investigators intimidate women into changing their statements or use invasive “two-finger” tests to determine whether they had a prior sexual history.If the answer is yes, the conviction rate plummets. Even if a case makes it to court, women sometimes wait decades for justice.“The problem is not the law or the severity of the punishment,” said Shruti Kapoor, an Indian economist and women’s rights activist. “The problem is the broken judicial, political and administrative system. What use is a law if it’s not implemented properly, if the system is plagued with corruption and it takes years for victims to get justice?”Rajat Mitra, a psychologist with decades of experience interviewing convicted rapists and working with Indian officials, said that in parts of the country, it was still common for people to see rape “as less of a crime and more of a social deviation or aberration against the family honor.” Girls and women are often blamed, he said. Politics sometimes creeps in.This year, Hindu lawyers blocked police officers from charging a group of Hindu men accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old Muslim girl in northern India. They said the men had been set up and were innocent.In May, a teenage girl who was gang raped in central India was set on fire by one of her attackers after her parents reported the crime to a village council.It is hard to track the rise or fall of sex crimes anywhere in the world, partly because so many are not reported. But in India, Mitra, the psychologist, said the prevalence of gang rapes has risen as fissures over issues like caste are pushed into public view and men migrate to cities from rural communities, where regressive attitudes toward women are common.“There are a greater number of groups of men roaming the Indian streets who carry an aura of anonymity and are not rooted in the city,” he said.After the initial news of the Chennai assault, Kavya Menon, secretary of Aware India, a group that organizes local workshops about child sexual abuse, said her phone had been ringing constantly. Most callers were mothers worried about their daughters.Menon said she saw such responses after almost all of India’s widely reported rape cases. But then the initial outrage would subside, she said, and people would fall back into denial about the prevalence of sexual assault or rationalize the crime.“Shame is so strong,” she said. “And people really don’t understand that the shame has to be with the perpetrator.”Around Chennai, public conversations about the 11-year-old girl’s assault changed shortly after the men were arrested.A female police constable said that only one or two cases of sexual harassment were registered every year in the city, one of India’s largest and home to millions of people. A representative from Tulir, one of the few local organizations working to curb child sexual abuse, declined to speak about child sexual abuse or the case of the 11-year-old girl, saying the men had not been convicted.Asked about the prevalence of sexual crimes in Chennai, a senior police official, M.C. Sarangan, said he wouldn’t know.“Her parents did not care about her,” Sasikala, 30, a seamstress who goes by one name, said of the girl.The girl’s sister said it was hard to say whether any of the residents had seen anything suspicious. The men were familiar faces hired to guard and service the building of several hundred units.This month, the sister pulled the pieces together while visiting Chennai during a college break. As the sisters rode the elevator one day, the attendant touched the 11-year-old’s arm suggestively and she did not pull away.“I asked her, ‘Why didn’t you say anything to him?’” the sister recalled. “I kept asking her again and again, and then finally she opened up. My mother broke down. My dad did not eat anything for two days.”The family rushed to the police. Neighbors offered food and legal advice. The authorities found that many CCTV cameras were not working inside the complex, she said.At least three of the men confessed to raping the girl, the sister said the police told her. Hospital tests confirmed that she had been assaulted, a police officer said separately, and paraphernalia used to drug the girl was also recovered.But in the days after the men were arrested, the sister said attacks against her family became sharper and the focus on the men’s roles receded.“She was blackmailed by these men, saying that they will murder her mother,” the sister said. “The frightened daughter would not open up to her mother. Justice is a very significant part of the matter here and people want to hold the parents responsible.”New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

Contested Citizenship

first_imgEntertainment conglomerate Disney recently created its first ever Latina princess to join the ranks of its long lineage of white royalty princesses. The Latina princess, who debuted with the new animated television series Elena of Avalor on the Disney Channel, marks her presence by spouting the powerful first words, “It was finally my time.”Though the teenage princess in the series was talking about her conquest against the sorcerers, her words have an important and almost deliberate second meaning. Perhaps, this cute little entry of a dark-skinned princess in the kids’ fantasy world, reflects yet another repercussive idea of inclusiveness to which immigrant communities in the United States can relate.Indian Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor: “If a genuine dual citizenship (retaining both passports) was a viable and legal option, a majority of first-generation Indian immigrants in America would keep both.”The country is home to a record 42.4 million immigrants, of the 319 million American population in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Immigrants comprise nearly 13.3 percent of the national population, the highest in a century. The country has another 39 million U.S. born children of immigrants. These 81 million immigrants and their children constitute fully a quarter of the U.S. population.The 3.5 million Indian Americans comprise just a sliver of this immigrant population, about 5 percent, so an Indian Disney princess is not on the cards anytime soon, although it would no doubt be a sure-fire hit idea, given the pantheon of powerful Indian female mythological characters. But Indians command a U.S. presence disproportionate to their numbers.Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and former chairman of India’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, said in an interview from India: “I see much more self-confidence (amongst the Indian-American community) these days than was apparent when I first came to the U.S. in 1975.“Indians are now an accepted part of the landscape. There are several high achievers among them. The community is politically influential. They are also a fully-accepted part of American society as doctors, techies, legal-eagles, 7/11 operators, cab drivers and characters in sitcoms — and they know they are here to stay.”Indian Americans have cracked the highest ceilings of corporate leadership, such as Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, and Indira Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams have soared in space as astronauts. Nobel Prize winner Har Gobind Khorana, Actor Kal Penn and Author Jhumpa Lahiri have left indelible marks in fields ranging from biochemistry to Hollywood to literature. Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley have risen to the pinnacle of politics as governors of Louisiana and South Carolina respectively.For millions of Indians who have made the United States their new home for personal, professional or financial prospects, these American successes embalm the pangs of sentimentality they experience from time to time for the country of their origin. Millions of Indian Americans remain torn between their two worlds, alternating between insecurities, alienations, nostalgia and even racial insecurity in this land of possibilities.Nowhere does this struggle play out more poignantly than in the decision of eligible Indian Americans to acquire or defer U.S. citizenship. The experience is especially wrenching because India, unlike many other countries that allow dual citizenship, requires them to renounce their Indian citizenship when they acquire foreign citizenship.Between 37,000 to 50,000 Indians, a fraction of those eligible, have taken the naturalization step annually in recent years. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Census data, fewer than half of Indian Americans acquire U.S. citizenship upon eligibility, which is typically three to five years after acquiring a green card. DHS data found that just 58 percent of Indians who became permanent resident in 1995 had naturalized nine years later by 2004.Ajay Kapoor (seen here with his wife Rachyata) of Tampa, Fl.: “Giving up your Indian passport is a heavy feeling. I have known people who cried at the moment.”But citizenship does creep up upon most holdouts ultimately. The data found that 71 percent of Indians who became legal permanent residents in 1975 had acquired citizenship by 2004. Census data paints a somewhat different picture — one third of eligible Indian Americans taking out citizenship in nine years and 95 percent in 30 years. Even so, Indians acquire U.S. citizenship in far greater proportions than citizens of most countries.Deep AmbivalenceIn the complex web of paperwork and procedures involved in acquiring U.S. citizenship, most Indians experience deep ambivalence and multilayered feelings in abandoning the country of their birth.Ajay Kapoor, a first generation Indian-American settled in Tampa, Florida says, “Giving up your Indian passport is a heavy feeling. I have known people who cried at the moment.”Although Kapoor was able to overcome his emotions forpractical considerations, he says: “I did delay it for many years. It wasn’t certainly easy to come to terms with the fact that on paper I would no longer belong to a place I came from. But practically it felt right to do it for my children who were born here and were attuned to America as their home.”Like millions of other immigrant Indians, Kapoors’ is a classic dream story. He says: “I never planned to go abroad. No one in my family had ever been abroad. But one day a random job application resulted in selection and in a flash of a second I had the option to go and work in America. My mom got worried, but I came nonetheless thinking that it will be soon time for me to go home.”In the course of time, Kapoor found himself climbing the career ladder swiftly. His marriage to an Indian woman who embraced American life made the transition easier. He says, “I would be lying if I say that I didn’t try to go back. There were times when I sent the kids to India for a few months to observe how they adapt to life there. But I realized it felt forced for them.”Kapoor recognizes that opting for U.S. citizenship has its own ramifications: “There are factors such as you can’t own a property. India today is growing at a phenomenal rate; the GDP is growing 7 percent, so practically India is a place to invest right now. Even if you were to just deposit money in India right now you will get better returns. That apart the fact that even today I am more involved in Indian politics, but cannot vote, feels weird.”The limitations notwithstanding, practical considerations and especially the American roots of their children overcome the sentimentality for many Indians.Tharoor says: “I think Indians who have made the U.S. their permanent home opt for citizenship as a natural step forward in their complete integration into American life. It also has practical advantages, especially when it comes to travel, and though the emotional connect to India remains strong, the OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card means they don’t lose out on their connection to their homeland by giving up their Indian passport.”Still there’s no vox populi that can sum up the broader Indian sentiment. In most cases, it is a highly individual decision, driven by personal and professional factors. While for some, like Kapoor, it was a gradual process, where the option began acquiring greater importance, for many others the move to initiate a U.S. citizenship remains unnecessary.Rachna Tiwary, a design researcher working in the Bay Area, Calif., came to the United States in 2007. Her family is eligible to apply for citizenship, but despite the preference of her husband, she feels too rooted to let go of her Indian citizenship. She says, “I understand that U.S. gave me opportunities, but how do I deny the contributions my country made towards shaping my future.”She adds: “My studies at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore were sponsored by Government of India. A few years down the line, I would want to go and pay back to my country, the place that prepared me to pursue my dreams.”San Francisco based Bharat Kanodia: “Today after having lived half my life in India and other half in America, the option of choosing either seems brutal.”But even she is acutely aware that her visions and dreams may be different for her children. Tiwary says: “A few years down the line if I go back to India, I am very clear that it will be my dream. For my son, who’s born here and knows U.S. as his one and only home, it will seem unnatural to force that transition.”For all the confusion and gray areas, wherein Indian immigrants feel the pulls and tugs of their identity, it has not abated the enterprise with which they are making the new continent their home.A Dynamic Diaspora Indians are one of the largest and most successful diasporas around the world. Indian immigrants in the United States boast the highest educational attainment of any ethnic group, including Whites. According to the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates, of all temporary visa holders earning a doctorate from U.S. universities or colleges, 14 percent were Indians. Indians immigrants also have the highest household income.According to U.S. Census data, the median annual income of Indian immigrant households was almost double the national average $103,000, against $48,000 for the overall immigrant population and $53,000 for native households.Indians are asserting themselves in American public life — from protest lines to the judicial system. Bhairavi Desai leads the taxi drivers’ union, while Preeta Bansal is the New York solicitor general.Indeed, they have arrived at a point that they don’t feel the desperation to be clannish. In 2003, followed by 2007 and 2011, when Bobby Jindal ran for Congress and later governor, Indian Americans rallied to him because of his lineage, even though many differed from his political views and were offended by his attempt to distance himself from his Indian heritage. Cut to 2015, when Jindal became the first Indian to seek the nomination of the Republican Party for president, he garnered only tepid Indian American support.Rashi Verma, who was a student in 2003, says: “The departure from then and now was evident. The opinion of the new Indian Americans was pronounced. They didn’t just want a token in the form of an Indian surname, but someone who took pride in his past.”Indians poked fun of Jindal’s announcement on social media with a twitter hashtag #BobbyJindalsowhite trending for days.The decision to opt for American citizenship is no longer driven by a desire to elevate one’s social status. Instead growing numbers of Indian immigrants are applying logical and pragmatic yardsticks.Bharat Kanodia, who runs a successful venture valuation company Veristrat in San Francisco, says: “If a dual citizenship was possible I would choose that. But today after having lived half my life in India and other half in America, the option of choosing either seems brutal.”His professional life is as torn as his identity: “I came to the U.S. back in 1996 to study. After my engineering, I took up a job that was gratifying enough for me to spend eight years in it. I have ventured into many different things here in the U.S and I even went back to India for three years to work on a start up there.”On the contrast between the American and Indian work culture, he points out: “Of course there were difficult adjustment to make. India has genuine infrastructure problems. There is also rampant bureaucracy, but still it is the place I was born in and I still like finding my way through the mesh there.”If only for nostalgic reasons, Kanodia is holding on to his Indian passport: “U.S. is no less than a motherland for me. The only reasons for the moment could be that U.S. citizenship will come at a price. I will have to get a visa to visit India; I won’t be able to own land. And though all these things are workable and I can opt for an OIC card, let’s just say, if India is like my mother, U.S. is like my dad.How do I choose between the two?”New Jersey resident Priti Saldanha: “My intense experiences in this country has made me fall in love with it so much that it’s only natural for me to opt to apply for U.S. citizenship.”Not everyone struggles with that dilemma, however. Bharti Mukherjee, a popular Indian writer in English in America, who has written extensively on the subject of identities and cultural differences, is explicit in her own mind. She is on record saying that she considers herself an American writer and not an Indian expatriate one. She famously said in an interview, “Those were wonderful roots, but now my roots are here and my emotions are here in North America.”Almost depicting the transition, all of the protagonists in Mukherjee’s novels are immigrant women, experiencing the concussions of an uprooted life.But not all women feel that culture shock. Minoo Malik, an information technology consultant in Maryland, who has been in the United States since the 1990s, says: “Though I consciously haven’t applied for the U.S. citizenship so far, I haven’t ever felt any less Indian or American. I had a very cosmopolitan upbringing in India, attended a Catholic school so the transition to U.S. didn’t seem alien at all.”She hasn’t opted for naturalization though:“My reasons were totally emotional. My dad was in India and he didn’t want to shift to U.S., so I could never bring myself to cut my roots from India. However, with my dad’s passing away I feel I have lost that inevitable reason, so I am considering to go for it.”Malik says: “My reasons now remain totally practical. There are certain federal government jobs that are only available to citizens. The jobs may not give you great money, but come with benefits and then there are additional advantages, such as voting rights and the non-requirement of visa in many countries, which looks like a good reason.”Malik is married to an American, but she insists that the consideration for citizenship has nothing to do with her marriage: “My husband Curtis has been more accommodating and diligent about my traditional customs and practices than have been. He has reflected the inclusiveness that an expat experiences in America and perhaps that’s why it’s easier for so many of us to make it our home.”Her husband Curtis Bawroski, a special education teacher, says: “While I can’t claim to understand what it feels to adopt another citizenship as I am not in that situation, but in our household, there has been no major discussion over it. Minoo still holds an Indian passport and some of her other relatives too, who gave up their Indian citizenship, continue to be deeply involved in everything from Indian politics to movies. I would say to me it just means another paperwork.”HHe adds, “While I recall that once on a travel to Canada some of Minoo’s relatives required visas while we didn’t, but then again these are workable things.” Americans are unfazed by foreign nationalities, Bawroski says, “Growing up in the U.S. you are so exposed to an environment where you have varied nationalities that to me it seems almost natural to relate to non-Americans too.”Overlapping IdentitiesIndian Americans mark India’s Independence Day on Aug 15 with much fervor, holding parades across the country. The largest of these is the India Day Parade in New York City, which will be held on Sunday Aug 21 this year. The occasion reflects the unmistakable pride that resonates among Indians for their country of origin. At last year’s parade when Bollywood star Parineeti Chopra, said, “Indians have the perfect balance between modern and traditional and have great cultural values,” she may have unwittingly captured the qualities that enable Indians to assimilate into a new culture and yet retain their own unique identity.Rohit Tibrewala, CEO at an Indian food manufacturing company in St Louis, Mo., has struck a wonderful balance between two cultures he calls home, “I took up American citizenship, but I am very clear that legally we are American, but culturally we are Indian.”Rohit Tibrewala with wife Leena and sons Eshaan and Aryan: “I took up American citizenship, but I am very clear that legally we are American, but culturally we are Indian.”Tibrewala adds: “Taking American citizenship was logical, because we plan to stay here, but my practices, habits and forms of leisure continue to be Indian. I have never bothered whether I fit into the American set up. My legal status does not automatically make me similar to my American friends. I am still a vegetarian; I don’t touch alcohol, practices alien to American culture. But the beauty of American life is that they respect you for who you are. When you try to change your identity you get confused.”He has equal clarity about the identity of his kids: “While my wife and I were brought up in India, we are very clear that my sons who are born here should have no confusion about their nationality. They respectfully follow Indian traditions, but we make sure that their loyalties are towards America.”The journey from a temporary visitor to a citizen is a critical and extraordinary experience for every Indian American.New Jersey based Priti Saldanha, a mother who teaches art in after school programs, says citizenship was a long awaited and cherished moment: “My intense experiences in this country has made me fall in love with it so much that it’s only natural for me to opt to apply for U.S. citizenship.”She recalls her long U.S. journey: “I came to the U.S. soon after my marriage and initially I felt so lost that one day out of desperation I looked up the directory and phoned the first person with my maiden surname — D’Souza. Unbelievably the lady to answer the phone turned out to be an Indian American and on hearing about my loneliness, she drove to my place, took me to her home, introduced me to a 200-people strong Catholic community that she was a part of. I was blown away by the gesture and just felt a little bit at home instantly. A few years later when my son began his school I looked at the possibilities the U.S. offered for my son and I decided to apply for a green card, a process we had been deferring for years.“A few years ago I went through a divorce and the state helped me see through this very difficult period in my life. I was able to get help just by dialing 911 and also my fellow Americans sheltered me like family. One of the ladies I barely knew offered me her place to stay.”Saldanha couldn’t apply for citizenship when she became eligible, however: “In 2014, I lost everything I owned in a fire at my home. But it felt that all of the American humanity came to help me. Strangers raised money for me and donated stuff for my new home. These are the things I realized that make America special and this special place for me is now where I belong.”She has since taken the naturalization step, and experiences no pangs: “I love India and it’s my country of origin. It’s not that my American journey has been all rosy, I have had my share of racist moments, but still looking at the larger picture, for me applying for U.S. citizenship seems as obvious as eating food!”The Hobson choice is forced upon Indian Americans by Indian law. Tharoor says, “My guess, though, is that if a genuine dual citizenship (retaining both passports) was a viable and legal option, a majority of first-generation Indian immigrants in America would keep both.”Until genuine citizenship comes to pass though, most Indian Americans feel at least a tinge of regret in severing the umbilical cord with the home country.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Poverty Level of South African Indians Decreases

first_imgThe level of poverty among Indian-origin people in South Africa has consistently decreased over the past two decades, from almost 21 per cent to 6 per cent, according to Statistics South Africa. This makes the South African-Indian community, which consists of about 1.4 million people, close the gap with the white population, who had special privileges during the apartheid era and now have poverty rate of just one per cent.As per the statistics released on August 22, coloured (mixed race) and majority black Africans are much behind, with 41 and 61 per cent, respectively.The report, called the ‘Poverty Trends in South Africa’,  shows that despite general decline in poverty between 2006 and 2011, the overall poverty level in the country rose in 2015.The report was released by Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.The Cause“Three out of five blacks are poor. Poor whites are (almost) non-existent. Indians moved…,” Lehohla said, according to PTI. “We could see this in the numbers when we talked about education. (Indians) caught up with whites in education, poverty dropped and education increased. Unlike the other population groups, the proportion of poor Indians consistently decreased between 2006 and 2015, reporting a decrease of 71.8 per cent. It is worthwhile to note that the decrease between 2011 and 2015 was less pronounced than the decrease experienced between 2006 and 2011. Nevertheless, Indians appear to have made strong gains in the war on poverty.”The report elaborates this point. The first indentured labourers who arrived in South Africa in 1860 were subjected to restrictive apartheid laws. They placed huge emphasis on education, pooling resources from their meagre wages to build their own schools and send their children to universities.This was continued by future generations, which, over 167 years, resulted in poverty levels getting decreased. The report added that from 20.9 per cent poverty among the 1.4 million citizens of Indian origin in 2006, the figures dropped to 5.9 per cent in the latest survey, which measured poverty not only in terms of income and expenditure, but also in terms of assets, housing, access to services, living circumstances, and health.The Goals SetThe goals set by South Africa in its National Development Plan to eliminate poverty by 2030 are unlikely to be met. “When you look at economic growth, you can see that our target is 5.4% per year, but that the growth is not going in that direction,” Lehohla said, Business Day reported. He pointed out how the country has seen two quarters of negative growth — which is a technical recession.“We do know that unemployment is very high and we have seen that in our quarterly labour force survey,” he said, pointing out unemployment as the key driver of poverty. “The poverty situation in South Africa is never going to be won when you have all these things. When you have education, you resolve both problems.” Related ItemsApartheidLittle IndiaNational Development PlanNRIPali LehohlaStatistics South Africalast_img read more

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to Be Held at Varanasi in 2019

first_imgThe Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) will be held at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh from Jan. 21 to 23, 2019. The Indian diaspora will be given the option to participate in Kumbh snan in Allahabad and witness the Republic Day parade on Jan. 26 in New Delhi.Varanasi is also the parliamentary constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will inaugurate the PBD convention.The theme for next year’s event, being organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in association with the state government of Uttar Pradesh, is “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India.”The chief guest for the event is the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth.United States Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be a part of the event. She will attend the youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Jan. 21, 2019 along with Indian-origin politicians Himanshu Gulati from Norway, and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi from New Zealand.Special arrangements will be made for those interested in taking part in the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, which starts on Jan. 15 and ends on March 4, 2019. A special train will bring back the delegation to New Delhi by Jan. 25 so that they can attend the Republic Day celebration on Jan. 26, 2019, according to a statement by the Indian embassy in Germany.Other details of the event are being worked out, Anurag Kumar, Indian embassy’s Minister (Personnel & Community Affairs) at Washington DC, told a group of eminent Indian-American leaders from Washington, Maryland and Virginia, according to the Press Trust of India. Kumar was speaking at a reception organized for him by the National Community of Asian Indian Associations in collaboration with other community organizations, including Associations of Indian Muslims, Aligarh Alumni Association, Indian Cultural Coordination Committee, Sewa and Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington.Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed on Jan. 9 to commemorate the return of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from South Africa to India. Until now, it was celebrated between Jan. 7 and 9. However, the date of the event was shifted for 2019 to accommodate the wishes of the Indian diaspora, who have shown interest in attending the Ardh Kumbh and the Republic Day, according to the Indian embassy’s statement.In 2016, the Indian government decided to make it a biennial event. The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held during Jan. 7-9, 2017 at Bengaluru in Karnataka.Apart from the biennial event, the MEA organizes Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) periodically outside India to connect with the diaspora in specific regions. The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, held on Jan. 6-7, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, was attended by PIO delegations from ASEAN countries. Related ItemsKumbh MelaPravasi Bharatiya Divasvaranasilast_img read more

Indra Nooyi to Step Down as PepsiCo CEO

first_imgPepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is stepping down from the post, handing over the reins after 12 years, the food and beverages firm announced on Aug. 5. Company president Ramon Laguarta will take over the role in October.Nooyi, who was born in Chennai, became the first foreign-born CEO of Pepsi and the first woman to lead the giant business, when she rose to the position in 2006. She is credited with driving the company through challenging times, and overseeing its expansion to add healthier food and drinks to its portfolio of chips and aerated beverages.Nooyi, 62, will step down on Oct. 3 after spending 24 years with the company. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, the company said in a statement. Laguarta, 54, has also been elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective Oct. 3.“I’ve had a wonderful time being CEO, but at some point you sit back and say, look, it’s a responsible move to effect an orderly transition and to have somebody else take over the leadership of this company,” she said in an interview, Bloomberg reported.“Being a CEO requires strong legs and I feel like I ran two legs of a relay race and I want somebody else with nice strong legs and sharp eyes to come and lead this company.”During her tenure as the CEO, Nooyi has boosted sales of the Mountain Dew, Cheetos and Gatorade maker to $63.5 billion, up 80 percent from when she started, Reuters reported. The company’s share price has risen 78 percent in the same period, it added.Nooyi said the announcement of her stepping down from the post was an occasion of “mixed emotions,” since the company has been her life for nearly a quarter century.“Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company. Guided by our philosophy of Performance with Purpose—delivering sustained performance while making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and lifting up all the communities we serve—we’ve made a more meaningful impact in people’s lives than I ever dreamed possible,” she said in a statement.Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead an extraordinary company like @PepsiCo. Leading this company has been the honor of my lifetime. We’ve made more meaningful impact in people’s lives than I ever dreamed possible. https://t.co/sSNfPgVK6W— Indra Nooyi (@IndraNooyi) August 6, 2018I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve done over the past 12 years to advance the interests of our stakeholders in the communities we serve. What I admire about our global team is an incredible drive to compete – to be the best, to remain the best. https://t.co/sSNfPgVK6W pic.twitter.com/MT1jzwl9eF— Indra Nooyi (@IndraNooyi) August 6, 2018The IIM-Calcutta and Yale University alumnus joined New York-based Pepsi in 1994 as head of corporate strategy, and became the company’s Chief Financial Officer in 2001.“As CEO, she grew revenue more than 80 percent, outperforming our peers and adding a new billion-dollar brand almost every other year. And shareholders have benefited: $1,000 invested in PepsiCo in 2006 is worth more than two-and-a-half times that amount today,” Presiding Director Ian Cook said in a statement, speaking on behalf of PepsiCo’s Board of Directors.After 12 years as CEO, Indra K. Nooyi will step down Oct 3, 2018. Her leadership and vision propelled our performance, transformed our company and embedded sustainability into everything we do. Thank you, @IndraNooyi! https://t.co/gq2LwrwI0Q pic.twitter.com/uhEIeRaWfv— PepsiCo (@PepsiCo) August 6, 2018Laguarta, who has spent 22 years at PepsiCo, will become the sixth CEO in the firm’s 53-year history. Since September 2017, the Barcelona native has served as President of PepsiCo, overseeing global operations, corporate strategy, public policy and government affairs. Related ItemsIndra Nooyipepsilast_img read more

Belo explodes as Blackwater earns first win at expense of Rain or Shine

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Mac Belo exploded for 25 points on 5-of-9 shooting for three that went along with seven rebounds.Blackwater went on a 13-5 run late in the fourth with Belo capping off the spurt with a triple from the left wing that gave the Elite a 90-85 with 1:39 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Our defense needed to contain the firepower of Rain or Shine, and we needed to contain the shooters while we were able to convert on our side,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac whose team broke an 11-game losing streak to the Elasto Painters.“We’re hoping we could get a good new year, and with this win we hope it could boost our campaign in the All Filipino.” Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine basketball in 2017 Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities PBA IMAGESBlackwater used a late-game surge to dispatch Rain or Shine, 92-87, for its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elite tied the Elasto Painters’ record of 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues After Chris Tiu’s triple gave Rain or Shine a 72-67 lead early in the fourth, the Elasto Painters suddenly turned pale in the latter stages of the game failing to make a single field goal in the last 1:51.Mike Digregorio also had big numbers for Blackwater with 23 points, four assists, and two steals while Allein Maliksi had 10 points and 10 boards.Chris Tiu paced Rain or Shine with 14 points and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img read more

Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings

first_imgRead Next Zach Randolph scored 14 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 and four others scored 12 apiece for the Kings.Sacramento, which beat Cleveland 109-95 on Wednesday, fell to 2-22 when trailing after three quarters.Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run and Warren scored six consecutive points in the second to help the Suns to a 55-46 halftime lead. Warren made his first six shots and had 15 points in the first half.“I’m really impressed with T.J.’s game,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “He picks his spots out on the court and says, ’I’m just bigger than you,” and then he shoots up over the top.”After Sacramento closed within 71-68 on Hill’s two free throws midway through the third, Isaiah Canaan hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup, and Troy Daniels added a 3 to push Phoenix’s lead to 10.DEFENDING Z-BORandolph scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally Sacramento past Phoenix when the two teams played at Golden1 Center on Dec. 12 but was shut out over the final 12 minutes this time around while being defended most of the night by Chriss. “Zach is a beast and we know that,” Triano said. “We need to make him work for every single touch, and Marquese did that.”TIP-INSSuns: Chriss, the Sacramento native who was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2016 and traded that night to Phoenix, shot 5 of 6 and made all three of his 3-point attempts. … Chandler was called for a technical while on the bench in the third quarter. Josh Jackson picked up a technical in the second. . Booker missed six of his first eight shots and had one blocked.Kings: Skal Labissiere made his 13th start of the season and first since Dec. 14 after sitting out the previous three games because of coach’s decision. . Vince Carter, who scored a season-high 24 points against Cleveland on Wednesday, did not play. View comments MOST READ UP NEXTSuns: Returns to Phoenix to play Philadelphia on Sunday.Kings: Host Memphis on Sunday. Raptors suspend Ibaka after incident with team staff member Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Booker scored 13 of his 26 points over the final five minutes, Warren added a double-double and Phoenix came back to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-101 on Friday night.Booker missed nine games with a left adductor strain before returning to score 32 against Memphis on Tuesday. He wasn’t as crisp against the Kings, shooting 9 of 25 from the field, but helped rally the Suns with his late scoring flurry that keyed a 17-4 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Both of us are just natural scorers but in different ways,” Booker said of he and Warren. “Teams usually have one really good defender and sometimes they put it on me, sometimes they put it on him, and the other player gets to attack. It’s a good 1-2 punch.”Warren had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Marquese Chriss added 14 points and seven rebounds while Tyson Chandler had six points and 11 rebounds for the Suns. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Phoenix coach Jay Triano’s decision to move Devin Booker to point guard late in the fourth quarter worked out perfectly for the struggling Suns.A big night from T.J. Warren helped too, especially when Booker’s own shot was off most of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Triano said he put Booker at point guard to free him up more in Phoenix’s offense.“I think he’s going to take over anyway, and we want him to do that,” Triano said. “The idea is to put shooters around him and you could see how much space there was on the floor when (Troy Daniels) is on the floor and T.J.’s scoring the way that he was.”Phoenix led most of the game but fell behind early in the fourth after Sacramento scored nine consecutive points to go up 97-93.Booker brought the Suns back and scored the final seven points for Phoenix, including a layup past 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a buzzer-beating 15-footer and a 3-pointer.“He’s a special player,” Chandler said. “You can see it. Just some players that come into this league that just have it. They’re far and few in between, and he’s one of those players.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Raonic upset by De Minaur in 2nd round at Brisbane

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Milos Raonic of Canada plays a shot in his match against Alex De Minaur of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Former champion Milos Raonic lost in straight sets to 18-year-old Alex De Minaur in a second-round upset Wednesday at the Brisbane International.Raonic, who won the Brisbane title in 2016 and reached the Wimbledon final that year, struggled to find rhythm with his usually booming serve in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to the Australian wildcard entry.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 De Minaur pressured Raonic with his relentless service returns and only dropped serve once — when serving for the match at 5-2 in the second — en route to the biggest win of his career.The win put De Minaur into a quarterfinal match against American qualifier Michael Mmoh, who upset No. 8-seeded Mischa Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderNick Kyrgios was the first into the men’s quarterfinals, overcoming a knee problem to outlast fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-2.Third-seeded Kyrgios called for a medical timeout after nine games and had further treatment two games later to have his left knee taped. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LeBron older than 93 percent of active NBA players but insists he’s still ‘fresh’ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ His movement appeared to be hampered but he still had too much for Ebden and set up a quarterfinal match against former Brisbane International runner-up Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2.Elina Svitolina advanced to the women’s quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 second-round win over Croatia’s Ana Konjuh.The third-seeded Svitolina, who won five WTA titles last year and peaked at No. 3, will next play fifth-seeded Johanna Konta.Kaia Kanepi beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3 and qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich rallied for a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit to set up a quarterfinal match against Alize Cornet.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH 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 “We’re a young team. We’re a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we’re gonna just look at the positives,” he said.In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn’t close it down the stretch,” he said.“Our lack of team chemistry and our youth showed, but those are things we can improve on, and we will get better on that and we’ll learn to close out games down the stretch. We just got to learn quicker.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIEScenter_img Mixed feelings for Kevin after losing to dad Louie in PBA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The defeat spoiled Anthony’s third-highest scoring output in the PBA with 29 points as GlobalPort continued its search for its first win of the new season.Still, the hardworking forward is seeing signs of progress.”We’re growing and we’re getting better as a team.”“I think we went from 20-plus turnovers in the last game to 13 turnovers this game, so we’re cleaning it up, having more assists, shooting better percentages. Now it’s learning to play team defense down the stretch and limiting our mental turnovers,” he said. “Ginebra is such a smart team and a veteran team. They capitalized on our mental mistakes, and that’s something we’ll learn and get better from.”The Batang Pier seek to end their misery on Friday against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharge it to experience.Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Lady chiefs up; Lions drop to 4th

first_imgView comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Maria Lourdes Clemente led the Lady Altas with 14 points.In the football tournament, San Beda lost the top seeding and slid to fourth after its midfielder Dane Peñaflor was deemed ineligible.Arellano’s Peter Cayco, football organizing committee chair, said San Beda admitted its mistake and forfeited two of the three games Peñaflor played in.“San Beda discovered one of their players failed to meet eligibility requirements,” said Cayco.Peñaflor played when San Beda beat Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua and lost to Arellano.San Beda will face top seed College of St. Benilde and No. 2 Arellano will take on No. 3 Lyceum in Monday’s semifinal round. —BONG LOZADA, RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win also marked Arellano’s 14th straight win that started in Season 92.Arellano head coach Obet Javier said they have to start piling up wins as the format gives the team with the most victories a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“We can’t afford mistakes in this kind of format,” said Javier.In another game, Perpetual Help coach Macky Cariño debuted with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 victory over Lyceum. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ PSA shifts focus on small boat racing Defending champion Arellano University steamrolled Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-12, 25-11, for its second straight win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Necole Ebuen had 15 points while Jovielyn Prado added 12 for the Lady Chiefs who are atop the 12-team field at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Unification bout: Joshua won’t take Parker’s drug-cheat bait

first_img“There’s so much boring trash-talk that nothing is new anymore,” Joshua said after a news conference with Parker on Tuesday to launch their March 31 fight in Cardiff, Wales.“A lot of things used to bother me, seven or eight years ago. It takes a lot more to get to me now. Still savage, but I’m more mentally focused now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s why the IBF and WBA belt-holder can laugh off Parker using a radio interview in New Zealand to give him the moniker the “king of steroids” and claim he has evaded drug testing.“Can I sue?” Joshua quipped. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding There’s no prospect of Joshua taking on Parker in court, only in the ring to capture the New Zealander’s WBO crown.“I know my records are clean. Every time I am tested,” Joshua said in his hometown of London. “I know what I’ve paid to be voluntarily tested. That’s why I don’t bite at what he says.“If I’m not clean, you’ll find out during this fight. If I haven’t been clean for all my other fights, you’ll see me struggle against Parker because anything I have been taking will be out of my system.”The big-punching rivals will be defending unbeaten records in the Principality Stadium. Joshua is 20-0 and Parker 24-0.“You’ll find out in this fight whether I’m the super-human,” Joshua said, “or I’ve got something pushing on this super-human power that he claims I have.”ADVERTISEMENT Joshua already has Parker on the ropes after the doping accusations were withdrawn on Tuesday.“It’s not really my thing you know, playing the bad guy,” Parker said. “There has to be a good guy and a bad guy in order to hype it up and get some interest but I think we’ll go back to being nice guys, just two nice guys.”Parker left it to his promoter, David Higgins, to do the goading in London, saying his man has “definitely got a better chin and (is) mentally tougher.”While Joshua was knocked down as an amateur, the only time as a professional came in last year’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko when the Ukrainian was stopped in the 11th round.“All those (knockdowns) do you know what it taught me?” said Joshua, who is seeking to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999. “It will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Pacquiao, Ancajas fights most viewed on cable in 2017 Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Britain’s Anthony Joshua (L), WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (R), WBO world heavyweight champion, attend a press conference in central London on January 16, 2018 to promote their March 31 world heavyweight unification bout to be fought in Cardiff.Heavyweight boxing moved closer to having an undisputed world champion after it was announced Sunday that Britain’s Anthony Joshua and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker will meet for a multiple title bout in Cardiff on March 31. Joshua will put his World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) belts on the line against Parker, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISLONDON — If Joseph Parker wants to rile Anthony Joshua it’s going to be tough.Not even being branded a drugs cheat ahead of their heavyweight unification fight provoked a mellowed Joshua.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Concussion

first_imgDefinitionA concussion may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. A concussion is a minor or less severe type of brain injury, which may also be also called a traumatic brain injury.A concussion can affect how the brain works for awhile. It may lead to a bad headache, changes in alertness, or loss of consciousness.CausesA concussion can result from a fall, sports activities, or car accidents. A big movement of the brain (called jarring) in any direction can cause a person to lose alertness (become unconscious). How long the person stays unconscious may be a sign of how bad the concussion is.Concussions do not always lead to loss of consciousness. Most people never pass out. They may describe seeing all white, all black, or stars. A person can also have a concussion and not realize it.SymptomsSymptoms of a milder concussion can include:Acting somewhat confused, feeling unable to concentrate, or not thinking clearlyBeing drowsy, hard to wake up, or similar changesHeadacheLoss of consciousness for a fairly short period of timeMemory loss (amnesia) of events before the injury or right afterNausea and vomitingSeeing flashing lightsFeeling like you have “lost time”The following are emergency symptoms of a more severe head injury or concussion. Seek medical care right away if there are:Changes in alertness and consciousnessConfusion that does not go awaySeizuresMuscle weakness on one or both sidesPupils of the eyes that are not equal in sizeUnusual eye movementsRepeated vomitingWalking or balance problemsUnconsciousness for a longer period of time or that continues (coma)Head injuries that cause a concussion often occur with injury to the neck and spine. Take special care when moving people who have had a head injury.advertisementExams and TestsThe doctor will perform a physical exam. The persons nervous system will be checked. There may be changes in the persons pupil size, thinking ability, coordination, and reflexes.Tests that may be done:EEG (brain wave test) may be needed if seizures continueHead CT scanMRI of the brainTreatmentFor a mild head injury, no treatment may be needed. But be aware that the symptoms of a head injury can show up later.Your health care providers will explain what to expect, how to manage any headaches, how to treat your other symptoms, when to return to sports, school, work, and other activities, and signs or symptoms to worry about.Children will need to be watched and make activity changes.Adults also need close observation and activity changes.Both adults and children must follow the health care provider’s instructions about when it will be possible to return to sports.You will likely need to stay in the hospital if:Emergency or more severe symptoms of head injury are presentSkull fractureThere is any bleeding under your skull or in the brainOutlook (Prognosis)Healing or recovering from a concussion takes time. It may take days to weeks, or even months. During that time you may:Be withdrawn, easily upset, or confusedHave a hard time with tasks that require memory or concentrationHave mild headachesBe less tolerant of noiseBe very tiredFeel dizzyHave blurry vision at timesThese problems will probably recover slowly. You may want to get help from family or friends for making important decisions.In a small number of people, symptoms of the concussion do not go away. The risk of these long-term changes in the brain is higher after more than one concussion.Seizures may occur after more severe head injuries. You or your child may need to take anti-seizure medicines for a period of time.More severe traumatic brain injuries may result in many brain and nervous system problems.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall the health care provider if:A head injury causes changes in alertnessA person has other worrisome symptomsIf symptoms do not go away or are not improving after 2 or 3 weeksCall the doctor right away if the following symptoms occur:Increased sleepiness or difficulty waking upStiff neckChanges in behavior or unusual behaviorChanges in speech (slurred, difficult to understand, does not make sense)Confusion or problems thinking straightDouble vision or blurred visionFeverFluid or blood leaking from the nose or earsHeadache that is getting worse, lasts a long time, or does not get better with over-the-counter pain relieversProblems walking or talkingSeizures (jerking of the arms or legs without control)Vomiting more than three timesIf symptoms do not go away or are not improving a lot after 2 or 3 weeks, talk to your doctor.PreventionadvertisementAlthough no child is injury-proof, parents can take some simple steps to help keep their children from getting head injuries.Not all head injuries can be prevented. Increase safety for you and your child by following these steps:Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.Learn and follow bicycle safety recommendations.Do not drink and drive. Do not allow yourself to be driven by someone who may have been drinking alcohol or is otherwise impaired.ReferencesHeegaard WG, Biros MH, Head injury. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 41.Kerr HA. Closed head injury. Clin Sports Med. 32;(2013) 273-287.Landry GL. Head and neck injuries. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 680.Review Date:1/15/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Rangers Extinguish The Flames, 5-2

first_imgCALGARY, Alberta — Rick Nash is enjoying the best scoring stretch of his career, and the New York Rangers are reaping the benefits.Nash scored two goals to reach 20 for the season in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Dec. 16 that completed a three-game Western sweep and extended their winning streak to four.Nash has a career-best 11-game point streak, recording eight goals and six assists during the spurt. He tied Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the longest run in the NHL this season. The Rangers are 8-3 during Nash’s scoring streak.“We need him to play the way he is,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re no different than any other team in the league. You need your top players to be your top performers, and that’s what Rick is doing for us right now.”Twenty goals in 29 games is a torrid start for Nash, who had just 26 goals in 65 games last season.“Rick Nash is an elite hockey player,” said linemate Derek Stepan, who had a goal and assist. “He was playing the same way last year. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to find the back of the net (as much), but this year he’s been our best player.”Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin also scored for New York, which will finish its road swing at Carolina on Dec. 20.Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross — with just 1:15 left — scored for Calgary. After a terrific start to the season, the Flames have lost six straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 13-25, 2010.“It’s so easy when you’re winning to go out there and make things happen when things are bouncing your way,” Flames center Matt Stajan said. “The real test is when nothing’s going your way and you’re in a funk like we are. This is where we have to step up.”Henrik Lundqvist stopped two short-handed breakaways by Calgary: Lance Bouma on a 4-on-2 rush, and Josh Jooris on a 2-on-1 break. Lundqvist finished with 29 saves.Nash opened the scoring 11:22 in when he broke in alone and beat Karri Ramo on a backhand-to-forehand move.With the Rangers killing a penalty, Nash made it 3-0 at 3:06 of the second when he was set up by Stepan on a 2-on-1 break. His three short-handed goals are one shy of NHL-leader Tyler Toffoli of Los Angeles.“The biggest thing is Stepan is making great plays, and I’m getting lucky with pucks going around the boards,” Nash said. “It’s one of those things you don’t want to think about too much when they’re going right.”A key sequence came in the final minute of the first period. Mats Zucarello raced the puck up ice and fired a long shot that Ramo handled easily. Ramo expected Kris Russell to clear the puck away, but he shoved it back toward Ramo.Before Ramo could cover it, Kreider stuck in his stick and knocked the puck into the net to make it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 19:52.“Karri has to freeze it,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “He had the puck in front of him, and the referee made the right call. That puck was loose, so they came in and they whacked it in.”The frustrated Ramo gestured with his trapper in the direction of Russell.“At that time, it’s probably one of our best penalty kills of the season,” Hartley said. “We generated three great scoring chances, they didn’t get a sniff. They get that gift and that hurt us because right now, we’re fragile.”Down 3-0, the Flames nearly got on the board when Markus Granlund ripped a puck off the crossbar that fooled the goal judge.Stepan then made it 4-0 at 11:15 on a wrap-around. That ended the night for Ramo, who was pulled by Hartley after allowing four goals on 13 shots. In his previous start, Ramo gave up four goals on 19 shots in Buffalo.Hudler scored the Flames first goal at 11:56 of the second period, deflecting in Mark Giordano’s point shot.The Flames have scored only 10 times during their skid. However, they have held the edge in shots in five of the six games, including Dec.. 16.Lundqvist, who improved to 13-7-3, has given up a total of two goals in his last three starts.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more