India Slips 10 Spots to Rank 42 on Global Democracy Index

first_imgIndia has been ranked 42nd, 10 spots down from last year, on the recently-released Global Democracy Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). India remains classified under “flawed democracies,” and the slide in the ranking has been attributed to the “rise of conservative religious ideologies” in the country.“The rise of conservative religious ideologies also affected India. The strengthening of right-wing Hindu forces in an otherwise secular country led to a rise of vigilantism and violence against minority communities, particularly Muslims, as well as other dissenting voices,” the EIU, the research and analysis division of the UK-based media giant the Economist Group, said, PTI reported.The index also gauged media freedom and noted that Indian media was “partially free.” It said: “India has also become a more dangerous place for journalists, especially the central state of Chhattisgarh and the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The authorities there have restricted freedom of the press, closed down several newspapers and heavily controlled mobile internet services. Several journalists were murdered in India in 2017, as in the previous year.”The report has ranked 165 countries and two territories on these five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture. India scored well on electoral process and pluralism, while it did not do too well in political culture, functioning of government, political participation and civil liberties.After the ranking, the countries have been divided into four categories — full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime. The top 19 countries belong to the category of full democracies. Along with India, other flawed democracies are the United States, Japan, Italy, France, Israel, Singapore, and Hong Kong.The United States was demoted from a full democracy to a flawed democracy in 2016. Almost one-third of the world’s population is under an authoritarian regime, EIU observed.The top three positions have been occupied by Norway, Iceland and Sweden, respectively. Norway has the perfect 10 scores for electoral process, pluralism, political participation and political culture.The rest of the top 10 countries include New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Finland and Switzerland.The EIU was established in 1946 and helps businesses, financial firms and governments to understand how the world is changing and how that creates opportunities to be seized and risks to be managed. Related ItemsSocietylast_img read more

Some are ‘Crazy Rich,’ But Asians’ Inequality is Widest in the U.S.

first_imgThe leads of the new romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians, are precisely what you might expect, based on the title: picture-perfect images of the immigrant success story. Viewers might even get the impression from watching the film that every Asian lives a charmed life.But that is not a full picture of the Asian-American experience. They are now the most economically divided racial or ethnic group in the country, displacing African-Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data that shows income inequality among Asian-Americans has nearly doubled from 1970 to 2016.Asians in New York are the poorest immigrant group. The number of Asians living in poverty grew by 44 percent over about a decade and a half, to more than 245,000 in 2016, from 170,000 in 2000, according to the Asian American Federation.While rich Asians have become the highest-earning group in the nation, income growth among poor Asians has largely stagnated. This trend mirrors that of other racial groups, though income inequality has accelerated fastest among Asians.By 2016, Asians in the top 10th of income distribution earned about $120,000 more than those in the bottom 10th. Disparities among Asian-Americans are primarily driven by the different levels of education, skills and English-language proficiency. People from India and China have higher incomes than those from Southeast Asia because they have higher levels of education on average.For example, three-fourths of Taiwanese and Indians in America have a bachelor’s degree or higher, said sociologist Jennifer Lee of Columbia University. Southeast Asian groups from countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos lag well behind the average for other Asian-Americans.Asian immigrants make up a less monolithic group than they once did. In 1970, Asian immigrants came mostly from East Asia, but South Asian immigrants are fueling the growth that makes Asian-Americans the fastest-expanding group in the country, said Lee.Asian-Americans, who accounted for less than 1 percent of the population in 1970, are up to 6 percent today. South Asians and Southeast Asians together now outnumber East Asians. Family-sponsored migration remains the largest source of Asian immigration.The disparity in income is in part caused by the gap between immigrants who arrived on skills-based visas and those who did not. “Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, they’re primarily refugee populations,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of AAPI Data, which publishes demographic data on Asian-Americans.© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsAsian AmericanNew Yorklast_img read more

Mumbai’s Restaurant King

first_imgOver five decades ago, an aggressive trade union leader, George Fernandes, was tired and famished after leading a day-long agitation of taxi drivers.It was around midnight and there were no decent eateries open. Walking around the historic Girgaum Chowpatty area, he saw a small stall selling Mumbai’s favorite street food — paav-bhaji (soft bread-mixed vegetables) and fruit juice. The paav-bhaji is a spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables, either whole or mashed, a generous dose of fresh tomatoes, a dollop of butter, optional toppings of cheese and dry-fruits and fresh fruits, consumed with warm bread gently or crispy fried in butter — an all-time, anytime favorite with Mumbaikars.Sukh Sagar owner Suresh Poojari (73) with wife Santoshi and sons.A he ravenously munched on the tasty paav-bhaji served promptly by the young owner Suresh Poojari, Fernandes relaxed and his day’s tensions melted away.Later, he became a regular visitor to the joint — known as Sukh Sagar — and made it a point to meet Poojari even when he became an important leader in national politics. Fernandes was defence minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government (1998-2004).For Poojari, now 73, who came to Mumbai from Padukone village of Udupi, Karnataka, with dreams of making it big, boasting friendship with Fernandes in those days was a big achievement.After all, the humble Poojari made it big in the city through his two-dozen strong chain of eateries in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, as also several units in the Middle East, and now plans to capture North American markets.At the age of 10, Poojari started as a general help in a small eatery near Babulnath Temple in south Mumbai on a monthly salary of Rs 4. Two years later, he chucked it up for a waiter’s job in the Bombay Port Trust canteen at Rs 6 per month.“This was my real learning ground, understanding people as customers, their tastes, affordability, etc,” Poojari said.“I slogged there for nearly 18 hours, attended night school up to Std. IX, but could not complete my SSC. I loved reading and compensated by becoming a voracious reader. Now, I have a personal collection of over 1,000 books, each of which I have bought and read thoroughly.,” he said with a tinge of pride.Around 1962, Poojari saw a spark which ultimately lit his dreams for a big future. A distant, aged relative asked him to help out with a small juice and snack center opposite Naaz Cinema on Lamington Road, the country’s electronic hub.This is where Poojari picked up the nuances of entrepreneurship and that same year, he plunged into it independently.With a shoe-string budget, he placed a tiny wooden table, erected a hand-operated juicer and started selling fresh orange, pineapple, watermelon and sweet lime juices. There was a small handwritten board, Sukh Sagar (“Ocean of Happiness”).Later, it became a registered brand name and also inspired the various other Sagars all over the world and is currently celebrating its golden jubilee!“It became a hit as a majority of my middle- or lower middle-class customers wanted value for money and comprised the nearly two-thirds of (the then) Bombay population who eat outside for a variety of reasons,” Poojari explained.Pao Bhaji being served at a Sukh Sagar outlet in Mumbai. Photo: Sandeep MahankalOver the next few years, Poojari hosted and rubbed shoulders with Amitabh Bachchan, late scamster Harshad Mehta, top film and glamor world personalities, politicians, government and police officials and top industrialists who visited it once and became regulars.As the years passed, Poojari himself became a legend credited with bringing respect and dignity to Mumbai’s favourite street foods like ‘paav-bhaji’ or ‘puri-bhaji’ which was once consumed at corner carts. Poojari transported them into four-and-five star and international ambience!“Over the next two decades, the old single table was replaced by 20 Sukh Sagar restaurants in India and the Middle East, an ice cream factory, a shopping mall and a 50-room three-star hotel in Bangalore, all together employing more than 1,000 people,” Poojari said.Besides the all-time favorite paav-bhaji, Sukh Sagar now offers pure vegetarian fast food fare in South Indian, Punjabi, Gujarati, Jain, Continental, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Italian and other cuisines, ice-creams, sweets and savories, at the various outlets, depending on the local popular demands.In Bangalore, Poojari set up the city’s first full-fledged four-storeyed Food Court, introduced escalators, and even started the city’s first bakery for fresh bread for the ‘paav-bhaji’!“Years ago, when I started the Sukh Sagar in Bangalore, nobody could provide freshly baked bread in the desired quantity. So, I had to import this daily from Mumbai by train. As the business soared, local bakers were ready to bake bread for me. Then, I decided to set up my own bakery and later a small milk dairy for the milk-shakes and ice-creams,” Poojari said.In 1976, Poojari married Santoshi, and the couple have three sons — Dhanraj (looking after international operations), Siddharth (Indian operations) and Bharat (Mumbai operations).When queried about the competition toughening after international fast food giants set up shop in India, Poojari waved at his full restaurant at an off-peak hour.“Show me, where is the threat? The market is big enough for all to survive. But we shall give best quality and yet charge reasonable prices,” he declared.Poojari is at present making efforts to open additional outlets in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, as also in Gujarat and parts of Karnataka, and in the US and Canada, besides penning a coffee table book on his life story to inspire future generations. Related Itemslast_img read more

Skull of Indian Executed After 1857 Uprising Should Be Repatriated, Says British Academic

first_imgThe skull of an Indian man found in a pub in the United Kingdom’s Kent area should be repatriated and buried in India since he was wrongly accused of killing European missionaries during the 1857 revolt, an academic has said, the Telegraph reported.The skull was found at The Lord Clyde pub in 1963. The couple who inherited the pub gave the skull to Dr Kim Wagner, an expert in imperial history at Queen Mary University, London, who began to investigate its origins.The British High Commission in India and the Royal Asiatic Society, and non-Governmental Indian institutions have been involved in a preliminary discussion about possible repatriation, Wagner said.The skull was accompanied by a letter explaining the history behind its appearance at the English pub.The handwritten note was inserted into the eye socket and said that the skull belonged to one Havildar “Alum Bheg.” It said that he was a leader of the revolt in 1957 and murdered multiple missionaries and a doctor near Sialkot, now in Pakistan, according to the report.It said he had been a “principal leader in the mutiny of 1857 & of a most ruffianly disposition.” It added: “He took possession (at the head of a small party) of the road leading to the fort, to which place all the Europeans were hurrying for safety. His party surprised and killed Dr. Graham shooting him in his buggy by the side of his daughter. His next victim was the Rev. Mr. Hunter, a missionary, who was flying with his wife and daughters in the same direction. He murdered Mr Hunter, and his wife and daughters after being brutally treated were butchered by the road side.”Bheg was described as “about 32 years of age; 5 feet 7 ½ inches high and by no means an ill looking native.”Bheg was killed when he was tied to a cannon and fired as punishment for the crimes, which Wagner has found were not committed by him. The missionaries were killed by another man, but post-revolt the British had been “indiscriminate” about the punishment, he said.“There was very little concern about individual guilt,” Wagner told the Telegraph, adding that his aim “would be to bury it and put it to rest under respectful circumstances.”Pointing out that the skull was taken as a trophy, Wagner said, “It should be buried because the method of execution – he was blown from a cannon, so his body was physically destroyed.” He added:  “That was intended, when the British did that in 1857, as a kind of spiritual punishment, so that the body could not be buried.”The skull was brought to the United Kingdom by “Captain (AR) Costello (late Capt. 7th Drag. Guards), who was on duty when Alum Bheg was executed.”The 1857 revolt was the first collective uprising by Indians against the British East India Company. Related Itemsbritish colonialismHistoryUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

India, England Cricket Captains Wear Unique Khadi Poppy to Commemorate Role of Indian Soldiers in WWI

first_imgThe captains of the Indian and English cricket teams wore a unique poppy made of khadi during the fifth test match at Oval in England to recognize the efforts of Indian soldiers who fought during World War I. The initiative, a part of a British armed forces charity’s movement, was organized by the Royal British Legion Charity to mark the centenary of the end of the first World War.Today at @surreycricket England & India’s Cricket teams are saying Thank You for the British & Indian contributions to #WW1. England captain @root66 & India Captain @imVkohli are pictured here wearing the Khadi Poppy, a fabric made famous by Mahatma Gandhi. #ENGvIND #ThankYou100 pic.twitter.com/NWvMMTbgat— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) September 9, 2018A small friendly cricket match was played on Sept. 9 during the lunch break of the third day of the fifth test match by the charity and Surrey Cricket Club as part of their “Thank You” campaign. The event was a reenactment of a match that was played between the Royal Manchester Regiment and the Sikh Regiment on the Western Front. The players used wooden bats that closely resembled the ones used during the era and wore outfits made of khadi.Thanks to @surreycricket for having us at #ENGvIND today and helping us highlight the contribution of the #Commonwealth during #WW1 #ThankYou100 pic.twitter.com/AV3wrnvmo8— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) September 9, 2018“Surrey are proud to be partnering with The Royal British Legion to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Our country owes more to the sacrifices of this generation than it is possible to express and this anniversary seems a particularly appropriate time to say ‘Thank You.’ Through ‘The 48’ and the events being held during the Test Match, the club is honored to be doing its bit to help a very important national campaign,” Richard Gould, the Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club, said.The charity also released a video about the vast contribution made by the Commonwealth countries, especially undivided India, which turned the British alliance into the largest army by contributing more than 1.3 million people. Over 74,000 persons sacrificed their lives in the war and 67,000 came back wounded. Along with manpower, India contributed about £20 billion when adjusted to today’s inflation rates, along with 3.7 million tons of supplies, over 10,000 nurses, and 170,000 animals to support Britain in its war efforts, PTI reported.The video also reckons Khudadad Khan, described as a brave hero of WWI and the first Muslim to ever win the Victoria Cross.We’re recognising and celebrating Khudadad Khan, a brave hero of WW1 and the first Muslim to ever win the Victoria Cross. 🇮🇳☪️🇬🇧 Discover his tale of bravery ▶️ https://t.co/1w3PZjxXBU 🔴 #ThankYou100 pic.twitter.com/tky1HkZDWk— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) September 9, 2018Khadi, an intricate Indian cotton textile, was one of the symbols of Indian Independence movement spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi.The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war. It is used in several countries, including the United Kingdom, to honor soldiers. Related ItemsCricketUnited KingdomWorld Warlast_img read more

Corruption, Unemployment Biggest Worries for Indians, Says Survey

first_imgFinancial and political corruption and unemployment are the two biggest issues worrying the Indians most. A recent global survey has shown that among the 17 issues, Indians were worried about these two the most.However, Indians are third among the nations that think that their country is heading in the right direction. 67% of the Indians surveyed have said that they feel the country is going in the right direction. India followed China (92 %) and Saudi Arabia (78 %) in the list of the nations showing confidence in the direction of their country.The latest survey titled “What Worries the World,” by global market research and consulting firm Ipsos MORI, says that top most four concerns in the world are financial/political corruption (34 %), unemployment (33 %), poverty/social inequality (33 %) and crime/violence (31 %).Respondents were asked the question “Which three of the following topics do you find the most worrying in your country?” Other than the above-mentioned topics, they had to choose among other issues like healthcare, inflation, terrorism, climate change and so on.The global poll said that 44% of the Indians surveyed have admitted that corruption was their biggest worry in India. Same %age of people marked unemployment as their biggest worry.After these two top issues, came crime/violence (33 %), poverty/social inequality (31%) and terrorism (21 %).Of the countries surveyed, the biggest issue that was bothering people was corruption, with a total 34 % of the respondents marking it as their top worry. It was followed by unemployment and poverty/social inequality (33 % each). Crime and violence worried total 31 % of the global respondents.“What Worries the World” is a monthly online survey of adults aged under 65 in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. Related Itemslast_img read more

15 Largest Gifts by Indian Philanthropists in the United States

first_imgRajen A Kilachand, chairman and president of the Dubai based Dodsal Group, a mining, construction, manufacturing, and trading conglomerate, has gifted $115 million to his alma mater Boston University to create the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering. Kilachand’s gift last month is the single largest gift by an Indian to an institution in the United States. It was Kilachand’s third major gift to Boston University, from where he graduated with an MBA in 1974. In 2011, he pledged $25 million to establish the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College and one year later he contributed $10 million to renovate the student residences at Kilachand Hall.According to the university, Kilachand’s gifts “collectively constitute one of the 50 largest gifts to higher education ever in the United States.”On Sept 25, Tampa Cardiologist Kiran C Patel and his wife Pediatrician Pallavi Patel gifted $50 million to Nova Southeastern University to expand their programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, the fourth largest gift by an Indian philanthropist in the United States. Patel has committed an additional $150 million to build a Tampa campus for Nova, which will rent the facilities from the donors.Financial Advisors Chandrika Tandon and Ranjan Tandon’s $100 million gift to New York University is the second largest by an Indian to a U.S. institution. Photo: New York UniversityLast year, Chandrika Tandon, CEO of the financial advisory firm Tandon Capital Associates, and her husband Ranjan Tandon, chairman of the hedge fund Libra Advisors, gifted $100 million to New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, which was renamed the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Venture Capital Fund Manager Kavitark Shriram and his wife Vidjealatchoumy Shriram gifted $57 million to Stanford University in 2014 to construct the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering.Indians have made at least 15 gifts over $10 million to U.S. institutions since 2000, with four of them — Rajen Kilachand, Kiran and Pallavi Patel, Monte Ahuja and Raj Vattikuti — making multiple eight figure gifts. Collectively, the 15 gifts top $511 million. Largest Gifts by Indian American Philanthropists$115 million in 2017 by Rajen A Kilachand, chairman of Dubai-based Dodsal Group, a mining, construction, manufacturing, and trading conglomerate, to Boston University to establish the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering.$100 million in 2015 by Chandrika Tandon, CEO of the financial advisory firm Tandon Capital Associates, and Ranjan Tandon, chairman of  the hedge fund Libra Advisors, to New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering.$57 million in 2014 by Venture Capitalist Kavitark Shriram and his wife Vidjealatchoumy Shriram to Stanford University for the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering.$50 million in 2017 by Cardiologist Kiran C Patel, chairman of America’s 1st Choice Holdings, and his wife Pediatrician Pallavi Patel to Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida for the Pallavi Patel Center for Health Sciences and the Kiran C Patel Center for Osteopathic Medicine.$30 million in 2007 by Monte Ahuja, chief executive officer of Transtar Industries, an automobile-parts manufacturing company in Cleveland, to University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2007.$20 million each in 2001 by Raj Vattikuti, founder of Covansys Corp., a global consulting and technology services company, to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.$20 million each in 2001 by Raj Vattikuti, founder of Covansys Corp., a global consulting and technology services company, to William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.$20 million in 2002 by Sycamore cofounder Gururaj Deshpande and his wife Jaishree Deshpande to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, to establish the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.$20 millon in 2007 by Krishna Singh, chief executive officer of Holtec International, a Marlton, N.J., company that makes storage equipment for nuclear waste from power plants, for a nanotechnology center at the University of Pennsylvania.$13.8 million by Lalit Bahl, manager of the Speech Recognition Algorithms Group at the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and his wife Kavita Bahl to Stony Brook University Cancer Center to establish the to establish the Center for Metabolomics and Imaging.$12 million in 2013 by Satish Gupta, chief executive, and his wife Yasmin Gupta, executive vice president, of SB International, a steel company in Dallas, to the University of Dallas College of Business.$12 million in 2012 by Cardiologist Kiran C Patel and his wife Pediatrician Pallavi Patel to the University of South Florida to create the Kiran C Patel  College of Global Sustainability.$11 million in 2016 by Mani Lal Bhaumik, a physicist whose research helped develop Lasik eye surgery, to the University of California at Los Angeles to establish the Institute for Theoretical Physics.$10.5 million in 2009 by Shamim Dahod and her husband Ashraf Dahod, Starent Networks, a mobile wireless communications company in Tewksbury, Mass., to the Boston University School of Medicine to establish the Shamim and Ashraf Dahod Breast Cancer Research Center.$10 million in 2008 by Rajen Kilachand, chairman of Dodsal Group, Dodsal Group, a mining, construction, manufacturing, and trading conglomerate, to Pathfinder International, in Watertown, Mass to increase access to family-planning and reproductive-health services in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Uganda.$10 million in 2011 by Monte Ahuja, founder of Transtar Industries, a distributor of transmission replacement parts based in Cleveland, to Cleveland State University for scholarships and endow a professorship.See also, Indian American Physician Couple Pledge $50 to Florida College Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian American Man, Wife Cleared of Sex Felony Charges in Michigan

first_imgA sex felony case against an Indian-origin man and his wife, who is American, was dropped by a prosecutor on May 11 in western Michigan after exculpatory evidence was found. The couple, Anuj and Leslie Chopra, both 43-year-old residents of Hudsonville, were accused of trying to lure their teenage daughter’s friends for sex.Their attorney, Damian Nunzio, told the Grand Rapids Press that the case fell apart after he obtained thousands of text messages exchanged between the alleged victim and witnesses saying they “were pressured into keeping with their false stories,” according to the Associated Press.Nunzio accused the police of coaching and threatening witnesses to go along with the accusations against the Chopras.“Clearly, after the cases went to court, the alleged victim and witnesses were pressured into keeping with their false stories so that they wouldn’t get in trouble,” Grand Rapids attorney Damian Nunzio said on May 14, according to Mlive.com.While Anuj was charged with human trafficking for allegedly offering money to two teen boys if he could film them having sex, Leslie was accused of sending sexual messages and a selfie in lingerie over a social media app to teenagers. The teenagers were allegedly told by the police to “bait” Leslie Chopra. Anuj said he was joking about the offer.Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald Frantz said that “further investigation uncovered significant exculpatory evidence that resulted in a dismissal.”The couple caught the police’s eye after being “falsely blamed for sending nude photographs” of a student at Hudsonville High School during summer 2016, according to Nunzio.The police conducted a search of the Chopra’s home in October 2017 but did not find any evidence regarding the 2016 incident. The students were also warned to stay away from the family.After the incident, three 17-year-old male students — one an alleged victim, the other two witnesses — became friends with Chopras’ daughter, who also went to the same school.The alleged victim was a good friend of the “female student whose nude photographs were leaked in the summer of 2016,” Nunzio said. Once the school officials and police found out about the friendship of the three male students with the Chopras, they were brought in and questioned.“One of the witnesses said that if he did not say bad things about the Chopras – he would get in trouble and go to jail,” Nunzio said. Another one allegedly said that the Chopras did nothing wrong.“The witness said police told him what to say but admitted ‘none of that happened you guys have been so nice to us and I don’t know why they are trying to do this to you’,” the attorney wrote, in a statement.“The alleged victim revealed that he was merely joking around with the Chopras and that he, too, was threatened with jail if he did not cooperate with police. The alleged victim said that he told authorities what they wanted to hear,” Nunzio said. Related ItemsChild rightsMichiganSex felonylast_img read more

American Database Company Wins $50 Million in Lawsuit Against Former CEO

first_imgDatabase company Infogroup has won more than $50 million in a lawsuit filed against its former CEO Vinod Gupta and his company, DatabaseUSA, which was established in 2010 right after he was dethroned from the position over concerns about his lavish lifestyle and outrageous expenses.A federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, awarded the company $54 million in an intellectual property lawsuit that accused Gupta of stealing confidential information from Infogroup.Gupta will pay his former company an amount of $10 million while his company DatabaseUSA will have to pay $43.6 million, as ordered by the federal judge on Aug. 29.“The jury agreed that Infogroup’s industry leading techniques of database management qualified Infogroup’s database for protection under federal copyright law,” Greg Scaglione, who tried the case for Infogroup, was quoted as saying in a company statement.“These verdicts underscore our dedication to tenaciously protect our copyright, trademarks, customer lists and other property,” Mike Iaccarino, chairman and CEO of Infogroup, said in the statement.The Papillion-based Infogroup lodged a complaint in 2014 against Gupta and his company DatabaseUSA of stealing confidential information from Infogroup INC.Gupta and DatabaseUSA were accused of infringement of Infogroup’s database copyright and trademarks, unfair competition, false advertising and breach of various contracts. Infogroup argued that its processes of compiling its databases were so sophisticated that it qualified for copyright protection and that the defendants that unlawfully passed its proprietary database off as their own.Infogroup accused DatabaseUSA of trying to hire more than 20 of its employees in an attempt to get hold of their exclusive customer database. They also said that the ads of DatabaseUSA misguided the readers as they fails to show that both the companies are not related by any means.However, the judge ruled in 2015, “The information in Infogroup’s database is not wholly unavailable to the world at large — to begin with, while some data may come from private sources or Infogroup’s own information-gathering, a substantial amount of the data is compiled from publicly-available sources.”The case headed to discovery phase and jury trial after the judge issued preliminary rulings.Gupta and his company had denied all the allegations brought against them by referring to the fact that two companies functioned in different ways.According to previous reports, shareholders of infoUSA had filed a lawsuit against Gupta in 2007 expressing concens over his lavish lifestyle and expenses, following which he was ousted as the company’s CEO.Gupta reportedly grew Infogroup single-handedly and turned a $100 investment into an empire earning over $750 million in annual revenues. He sold the company in 2010 for $680 million and established DatabaseUSA, which continued to expand along with his other business ventures such as A to Z Databases, Express-Copy, InfoFree, JangoMail, LocatePlus, and LP Police, which are owned by the Everest Group, Gupta’s family invest corporation. Related ItemsomahaUnited Stateslast_img read more

PH paddlers reset world mark

first_imgThe Filipinos, who got a standing ovation from the huge crowd after the record feat, timed 40.48 seconds in the 200m big boat finale, beating Chinese Taipei’s Fitness Factory (43.57s) and Taiwan’s Ludong Township (47.01s).“We’re really after the clockings. Our next goal is to break the 39-second barrier this year and hopefully aim for 38 seconds prior to the Asian Games,” said Escollante of her paddlers who pocketed three gold medals in the ICF world championships last year in Moscow.The Philippines clocked 53.84s to defeat host Taiwan (54.30) and Hong Kong (54.80) in the 200m small boat before collecting their third gold in the 500m small boat in two minutes and 22 seconds.Assistant coaches Mark Jhon Frias and Ricky Sardena shared the coaching duties with Escollante in the team featuring team skipper Fernan Dungan, Hermie Macaranas, Alex Generalo, Ojay Fuentes, John Paul Selencio, Jordan De Guia, Raymart Nevado, Lee Robin Santos, Jonathan Ruz and Franc Feliciano.Also included in the squad supported by the Philippine Sports Commission were Fernan Dungan, Oliver Manaig, Christian Urso, Lester Delos Santos, Jerome Solis, Kim Gabriel Borromeo, Robert Pantaleon, Jericho Noay, John James Pelagio, Christian Macayan, Arche Baylosis, Ryan Vidal and Roger Manlangit.ADVERTISEMENT With Daniel Ortega and Roger Masbate at the helm, the world champions glided smoothly at the finish on the murky Fulu river and clocked 40.16 seconds that shadowed the team’s previous standard of 41 seconds during the 2014 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships in Poznan, Poland.“I had been challenging them to break their world record in every race. All the hard work of training twice a day finally paid off,” said Escollante, who gave Ortega US$200 after losing her wager.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe squad, which has drummer Patricia Ann Bustamante and steersman Christian Burgos, eventually pocketed the gold medal in the 200m 10 and 20 seaters prior to their victory in the men’s 500m 10-seater.“This is essentially the start of our preparations for the world championships and the Asian Games next year,” said Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation president Jonne Go. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The current Asian champions are also considered the top contenders in the 20-seater men’s 500m that could complete a sweep of all four races where they participated in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Quinto puts transfer issue behind as he and Calvo stay with Letran Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera INQUIRER PHOTOCHANGHUA, Taiwan—Coach Len Escollante had been longing to break their own world record and the Philippine dragon boat team didn’t disappoint her.The Filipino paddlers seized three gold medals in the 2017 Taiwan International Dragon Boat Championships on Sunday with their victory in the semifinals of the 20-seater men’s 200 meters erasing the world’s fastest time in the event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Khade fails to qualify for 100m freestyle finals

first_imgAfter ending India’s 24-year-old medal drought in the pool in Asian Games, teen swimming sensation Virdhawal Khade topped his 100m freestyle heats but the effort was not good enough to fetch a place in the finals of the event.Khade, who clinched a 50m butterfly bronze yesterday to become the first Indian swimmer in 24 years to clinch an Asian Games medal, clocked 51.25sec to top the 100m freestyle heats today but the eventual eight qualifiers returned timings of under 51 seconds.The 19-year-old Indian’s effort was not even his personal best in this event which stands at 49.47sec, clocked at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in 2008.The other Indian in the event, Aaron Agnel Dsouza finished second behind Khade by clocking 52.71sec.In the men’s 200m individual medley, Rehan Poncha failed to qualify for the finals after finishing sixth in the heats with a timing of 2:08.55sec.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Simply Kolkata decodes the hottest fashion and accessories trends in the city.

first_imgBack to weaves handloomMeghna Nayak, fashion designer, wearing her label LataSita.If you are in Kolkata during the Durga Puja, it seems unthinkable, impossible even to celebrate those days without turning to traditional and ethnic wear. And while there maybe a plethora of cuts, styles and fabrics to choose from, you can never go wrong with a handloom weave-a classic choice that can be repeated year after year. Popular social media movements like the “I wear handloom” campaign started by Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on National Textile Day, or the ‘100sareepact’-a movement started on Facebook-are making the humble nine yard drape a runway favourite now.”I think the very thought of having direct access to, or wearing your heritage, your roots and your tradition on your skin that makes the idea of wearing handlooms so great,” says Meghna Nayak, 31, designer and founder of sustainable fashion label LataSita. If you find wearing a sari or for that matter any kind of unstitched handloom cloth too cumbersome to drape, then there are plenty of other ways of wearing it too.Nayak has taken a simple red bordered tangail sari, a mainstay on Durga Puja days for mothers and grandmothers, and turned it in to a strapless dress. “Even youngsters who do wear a sari perhaps wouldn’t turn to such a simple basic weave. It’s such a pleasure to get an 18-yearold, who would never wear a sari, show interest in this skirt, and now they are quite literally wearing a bit of Bengal,” says Nayak. At facebook.com/latasitaadvertisementMake a statement minimalist wardrobeIn this festive season of shopping frenzy, a movement is slowly making brand toting fashionistas veer towards minimalism and focus on classics. Inspired by the supposedly French concept of a ten-piece wardrobe, the idea is steadily gaining ground in the city. Its details are in its simplicity.Instead of just amassing clothing and accessories, one should have a wardrobe of a few key pieces which may be more expensive than an average high street brand, but serve as investment pieces. “I think it’s more practical to prize quality over quantity. It makes more sense to have a good pair of heels or a classic bag instead of hording many that won’t last long,” says Saachi Bhasin, 19, model and actor. It also helps create a clean no-fuss look. “I think a good pair of jeans, a classic solid shirt or top, a good watch, a nice bag and simple jewellery can work for everyone.And with a little imagination one could make it work for most occasions,” says Bhasin. Indian staples you could add to the list of statement pieces are a few sari blouses in basic colours like black, red gold, silver and beige, suggests PR entrepreneur and consultant, Supreeta Singh, 35.”Kalamkari fabric blouses and multi-coloured check blouses also make for great contrasts that you can wear with nearly anything and would help maximise even a modest collection of saris,” says Singh. For a formal and corporate look, Singh suggests, “a couple of shirts, a few pairs of well-cut trousers and blazers, and a good watch could make for a smart office wardrobe, which works for any season”.Saachi Bhasin, model and actor, flaunts her favourite statement bags.Top five wardrobe staplesWell-cut Trousers BlazersStatement bags Designer watchesSari blouses in basic coloursModern Indian fusion wearKipling ay have predicted “never the twain shall meet”, but when it comes to our wardrobe, there is always a clash of traditional and contemporary. Crop tops aren’t just to be worn with western wear but as blouses for saris and dhoti pants that are currently in vogue can be teamed with fitted jackets. “One of my favourite pieces is this outfit by Abhishek Ray which can be worn as an anarkali as well as a gown.It all depends on how one wears it and how one styles it. It can work both ways,” says dancer Sreenanda Shankar. Another favourite of hers is an ivory and black asymmetric hemline, cotton voile kalidaar kurta. “It has a jamavar yoke and ombre dyed churi sleeves. This look was conceptualised to break the traditional norms of ethnic dressing and put in western elements in terms of styling with fishnet stockings, knee-high boots and chains in the ears. Yet the traditional nath and vermillion binditake us back to our roots.For me it was a powerful look which signifies the modern Indian woman who is deeply rooted in her culture, yet trendy, bold and experimental,” says Shankar. Fusion also makes ethnic wear more accessible for all body types.advertisementLadies who aren’t very comfortable sporting a fully Western silhouette, would find a tunic and palazzos flattering and yet modern. Women who are not quite inclined to wear a sari or battle a heavy dupatta while pandal hopping on Durga Puja, could easily wear an ethnic kurta as a tunic with white trainers for a hip new look. But it’s a look that can go wrong so wear it with care. “Fusion is a very common and happening word. My father Ananda Shankar, who was known for popularising fusion music across the world, used to tell me that if one doesn’t get it right then it can sound like cacophony. I think it’s the same with clothes,” says Shankar.Jewels of desire Offbeat JewelleryEina Ahluwalia, jewellery designer, wearing her own creation.Accessories are not just adornments anymore but conversation starters, feels fashion designer Sakshi Jhunjhunwala, 24. “I think people want to make a statement rather than just wearing the same old pieces. Which is why head gears and harnesses are huge hits right now,” says Jhunjhunwala.Polki, Meenakari, enamelled jewels have taken a backseat. What has replaced them, are quirky designs, experiments with various metal, wood as well as fabric. Kolkata’s fashionistas are no more sticking to the traditional bangles, rings and eleaborate neck pieces. Instead, earcuffs, bodychains, maangtikas in unconventional designs, waist chains, armlets and handcuffs are all the rage. Jewellery designer, Eina Ahluwalia, 41, too feels that there is a big shift towards the contemporary. Customers not just want to flaunt their jewellery, but understand the story behind it as well.With her new collection titled, Battlecry, Ahluwalia aims to show the transience of life. A recurring motif in the collections is that of the legendary creature-the Griffin. “The griffin’s body is shaped in a way that the hind is that of a lion and the head and wings are that of an eagle. It is a majestic combination of intelligence and strength.It is a symbol of divine power, known for guarding priceless possessions and treasures in the worlds beyond,” she explains Ahluwalia. Offbeat jewellery, like haathphools, maangtika and waist chains owe their current popularity to the fact that they aren’t as heavy as their older traditional avatars. The jewellery that was earlier restricted to weddings or formal functions is now being worn as an everyday essential.Ahluwalia also spots body positivity in this trend. “For women who have fuller figures, wearing a waist chain or a long necklace shows body confidence. It’s like a celebration of even our imperfections, which is wonderful,” she says, adding, “I had never made bodychains as part of my regular wear collection. Now I know people who just wear it through the day, eating sleeping and bathing in it”.Top jewellery trendsOffbeat lightweight jewelleryStatement pieces with a historyNew materials like wood and fabricTrending pickshaathphools, maangtika, waist chains, armlets, handcuffslast_img read more

Brought in fit youngsters to replace seniors:ex-selector Karim

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim today said that the previous selection committee, which he was part of, had taken some tough decisions in order to take the countrys cricket forward. In a discussion on Innovation in Play, organised by Pro Wrestling League (PWL) here today, Karim said that he along with other selectors focussed on bringing in fit and skillful youngsters to replace experienced seniors to make the transition phase of Indian cricket smooth. Talking about how innovation can become the core driver of growth in any sport, Karim said: “We came in as national cricket selectors in 2012, a year after India had won the ODI World Cup. There were a number of senior players with immense contribution to the teams success. But after winning the 2011 World Cup, India had lost a few series. “So we had a vision on what we wanted to do in the next four years and that was to see India becoming No.1 team across all three formats of the game. We chose to select players who had high fitness levels, besides talent and skills, and slowly included them in the team. And eventually we met our goal of becoming number one in Tests, ODIs as well as Twenty20 cricket,” the former cricketer said. Karim said while people talk about innovation and growth in sports in India but ultimate game plan or measures needed to be implemented properly in order to achieve the goal. Besides Karim, other members of the panel included VN Prasood (General Secretary, Wrestling Federation of India), Goldie Behl (Filmmaker/producer and Co-Owner PWL franchise Haryana Hammers), Anurag Batra (Chairman & Editor In Chief, Businessworld), Hemanshu Chaturvedi (Sports Guru – HTC Sense). Speakers exchanged views on advances in technology and innovation adopted by various small and big organisations to sustain in the competitive environment and grow eventually. The session also saw 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Marwa Amri from Tunis and Commonwealth gold medallist Yana Rattigan share their experiences. Prasood, secretary WFI, said: “We, as an association, are keen to improve the standards of wrestling. Be it a small town, district or a state, training methods needs to improvise for promoting the game and taking it to the next level.” The Chairman & Editor In Chief of Businessworld said for any league or sport to grow in the country one needed to have a long term horizon. “Tables cannot turn soon as it takes time for things to develop and create an impact. Innovation will happen when we stay committed to the growth of the game,” Batra said. Goldie Behl felt people who love sports must get involved in various capacities to take a particular game forward. “You can be a good player, a passionate player but for any sport to grow everyone with love for sport needs to be involved in some or the other way. Sports is a feasible career option and with the current eco system, there are too many opportunities. Options like sports administration, coaching, etc must be explored thoroughly,” said Behl. PTI CM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Yanks Use HR to Beat Bosox, 3-1

first_imgBOSTON — The New York Yankees capitalized on the few hits they got in between strikeouts.Brett Gardner homered and Stephen Drew hit a two-run double as the Yankees pieced together just enough offense to overcome Rick Porcello’s career-high 13 strikeouts and beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sept. 1.The Yankees had only five hits and struck out 15 times, but New York hit in key moments and Boston batters failed to give Porcello much help.“The gratifying thing at this time of year is wins, no matter how you do it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “If you get a break or however it happens, that’s the gratifying thing.”The Yankees helped themselves defensively, getting a strong start from Michael Pineda and catching the Red Sox in a double-steal attempt to quickly fizzle a promising rally in the eighth.Pineda (10-8) allowed one run and four hits and struck out seven and Andrew Miller picked up his 29th save with three strikeouts in the ninth.Porcello (6-12) scattered five hits over eight innings and the only earned run he allowed was Gardner’s solo homer in the eighth. He topped his previous high for strikeouts by two, but the Red Sox gave him little support at the plate.“You go out there and you want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think anybody would tell you that,” Porcello said. “It’s a nice night for me personally but as far as the team goes we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to.”Down 3-1 after Gardner’s homer to right, the Red Sox had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Mookie Betts led off with a single and Xander Bogaerts singled with one out, giving Boston runners at first and second for slugger David Ortiz.Ortiz struck out in his first three at-bats and the Red Sox sent both runners. The gamble failed as Betts was called out when he slid into third and briefly lost contact with the base.“At that point we figured it was a good risk,” interim manager Torey Luvollo said.Betts thought he was safe and told third-base umpire Vic Carapazza that if his foot came off, it was only because third baseman Chase Headley pushed him. The Red Sox challenged the call, which was confirmed after a video review.“I felt like I was safe the whole time,” Betts said. “It caught me a lot by surprise because I didn’t think my foot came off.”The Red Sox lost on the gamble, the review and again when Ortiz struck out for the fourth time and ended the inning.Boston’s only run came in the third, when Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and scored on Pablo Sandoval’s single to right.(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

APOEL Earns Draw Against 10-man Ajax in Champions League Playoff (Video)

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — Champions League semifinalist Ajax faces a fight to qualify for this season’s group stage after drawing at Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia 0-0 in the first leg of their playoff on Tuesday.Ajax started strongly but APOEL came close to winning the game in the last half hour, with Andrija Pavlovic heading against the bar and Ajax goalkeeper André Onana forced to make excellent saves.Ajax played the last 10 minutes with 10 men after right back Noussair Mazraoui was sent off in the 80th minute for a second yellow card.“We gave the ball away too easily and we must improve next week,” Ajax forward and captain Dusan Tadic said. “I expect the same compact defensive zone from APOEL in the second game. But we need to play much better in the second leg.”The four-time European champion has to play qualifying because of the relatively low UEFA ranking of the Dutch league, which it won last season. Ajax scraped through the previous round of qualifying, beating Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki 5-4 on aggregate.Also, Czech club Slavia Prague is on target to reach the group stage for the first time in 12 years after beating CFR Cluj 1-0 away in their first leg. Lukas Masopust scored from a corner in the first half.Romanian champion Cluj saw Mario Rondon hit the woodwork and Billel Omrani’s penalty saved. It’s been six years since a Romanian club last reached the group stage.Belgium’s Brugge won at LASK Linz 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Hans Vanaken, and could play in the group stage for the third time in four seasons if it holds on in the second leg.All second-leg games are next week.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Just Released: Updated Digital Giving Index

first_imgThe latest release of Network for Good’s Digital Giving Index provides a snapshot of online giving for the first half of this year. This update looks at $71 million in donations to 20,000 charities on Network for Good’s online donation platform from January to June 2013. Check out the full infographic below, or visit Network for Good to view the index and all of our previous updates. Thanks to our friends at Event 360 for partnering with us to analyze this data.last_img

Top 3 Storytelling Essentials for Fundraising

first_imgOnce Upon a Time…Everyone loves a good story. In celebration of National Tell a Story Day, we’re opening up early registration to our May Masterclass Webinar, “How to Tell Stories That Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate.” Discover the four steps to successful storytelling with Julia Campbell, author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits.Whether you prefer to curl up with a good book or get lost in a film, the story is what captures our imagination. A good narrative brings people together and forms a common ground; it evokes emotion, sparks passion, and creates empathy.For a nonprofit, a good story can:intrigue journalistsinspire donorsmotivate staff and boardrally supportersignite advocacysecure corporate sponsorshipStories are the basic building blocks for reaching our goals.As fundraisers, you’re responsible for arousing sympathetic emotions and inspiring action. The most powerful way to do that is to tell a great story. But what makes your story great? What do you need to include?The essential elements of any good story are the character, desire, and conflict.CharacterYour protagonist is who your audience relates to. Personalize your organization and mission. Look at your data and find those case studies that can serve as representational stories for the work you do. People are twice as likely to give a charitable gift when presented with an emotion-inducing personal story that focuses exclusively on one character’s plight.DesireWe all want something. What is the desire within your character’s story? Is it a need to change their world, to obtain something, get rid of something, restore order, or escape a threat? Make sure their need is powerful and immediate.ConflictConflict refers to the obstacles that arise and prevent the character from getting whatever she or he wants. Powerful stories about relatable people overcoming challenges inspire the reader (or listener) to help. Tap into those universal human emotions and your audience will engage with you.Particularly when it comes to telling your nonprofit’s origin story—whether you’re discovering how to tell it for the first time, or simply want to refresh your approach—a powerful narrative is the foundation of successful fundraising.Join us for our May webinar “How to Tell Stories That Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate” to explore more tips to create the ideal story for your fundraising.Early registration now open. Sign up today!last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Rezarta Haxhillari

first_imgRezarta joined the NFG family as Director of Customer Experience. She is passionate about making an impact and giving back in any way she can. Her goal is to empower nonprofits so they can “do more good” in their communities. Rezarta is a seasoned traveler and has been all around the world! In her free time, you can catch Rezarta watching The Bachelor franchise and planning her next adventure!“I love giving back to society in any way I can. Working alongside organizations with a strong mission and positive impact in their communities remains a passion of mine.”Q&A with Rezarta Haxhillari, Customer Experience DirectorWhat do you do at Network for Good?I lead our Customer Experience team, which ensures we deliver the best experience possible to all our customers. Our goal is to successfully on-board customers when they first join the NFG family and encourage continued engagement with our products and services throughout their journey with us. By doing so, we are helping them achieve their organizational goals that allow them to “Do More Good” in the communities they serve.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations outside of Network for Good?I served as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called The Gjergj Kastrioti Scholarship Fund for three years. I now serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. I believe this experience is very valuable for my current role at NFG as I have a deep understanding of the challenges some of our customers may face.What attracts you to nonprofits? I love giving back to society in any way I can. Working alongside organizations with a strong mission and positive impact in their communities remains a passion of mine. At NFG, we help thousands of nonprofits and charities daily. Consequently, we have an indirect influence on the ability to change people’s lives, which is an incredibly rewarding feeling!What do you enjoy most about your work? I enjoy speaking with our customers and hearing about the milestones and growth they are reaching as a result of using our products and services. I’m a proponent of adding convenience in everyday tasks. So, it’s extremely rewarding to hear when our platform makes their lives easier and helps them become successful.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I love to travel. In fact, I’ve visited over 40 countries! It’s gratifying to visit and learn about new cultures and historical facts unique to each country I visit. When I travel somewhere new, I visit local museums, take part in interesting attractions, and explore the restaurant scene (so much delicious food to be tried!)Lightning RoundDream vacation? Not sure about a dream vacation destination, but a two-week vacation to any new country is always a good idea! During the first week I would tour the city, eat local food, listen to local music and get a sense of the area’s unique characteristics. The second week would be just a period to relax. Maybe a beach in that country? Yes, that sounds like a lovely vacation Most recent book read? I just finished “End Game” by David Baldacci and I would absolutely recommend it if you’re into fast-paced thrillers. I’m also a fan of anything written by James Patterson and John Grisham. All three write quick page-turners!Last movie seen in movie theater? “Green Book”, an Oscar-nominated biographical comedy-dramaTheme song? “Happy” by PharrellFavorite color? FuchsiaAll time favorite athlete? Serena WilliamsRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Nedved: Dybala will never be a problem for Juve

first_imgPaulo Dybala’s presence is no hindrance to Juventus’ ongoing search for new signings, according to Pavel Nedved.The Serie A champions head into Saturday’s season opener against Parma with a host of new signings at their disposal, including Matthijs de Ligt, Aaron Ramsey and right-back Danilo.Argentina forward Dybala seemed set to make way amid the influx with Manchester United, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain all linked with his signature at various stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, none of those proposed moves have transpired and the 25-year-old is still standing at Allianz Stadium, a situation that sits comfortably with Nedved.”Dybala will never be a problem for us because he is a great player,” the former Bianconeri midfielder said on Friday, sitting in at a pre-match news conference as head coach Maurizio Sarri continues his recovery from a bout of pneumonia.”Maurizio is using him as a false nine and I believe he is playing the role very well. He had a great pre-season.” Nedved: “Our confidence is formed because of our players. I believe that we have created one of the best teams in Europe, and with a coach that will have the necessary time to develop his game.” #ParmaJuve #ForzaJuve — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 23, 2019 Nedved dodged questions about Inter outcast and rumoured Juve target Mauro Icardi but conceded there could yet be further new arrivals.”[Sporting director] Fabio Paratici has had done extraordinary things, some beautiful and important deals,” he said.”The transfer window is still open and we will see if there are opportunities we can seize.”We are not forced to do anything. If there are possibilities, we will do something. Otherwise, we will remain as we are.”Juve will, however, have to do without the guidance of head coach Sarri for their first two Serie A fixtures as he recuperates.The former Chelsea boss is due to return to work after the international break, Nedved confirmed.He said: “Pneumonia is not a simple thing. Sarri would like to be out the training pitch and in the office every day because he is a great professional, but he needs time. He is getting better.”Obviously there are difficulties for us, but we have managed them before.”last_img read more

Why do Liverpool fans boo the England national anthem?

first_imgIf you tuned into the Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City in August, chances are you heard a large chorus of boos ringing from the Red half of Wembley during ‘God Save the Queen’.Jeers and whistles rounded out loudly from Liverpool fans while the English national anthem was played before the match.On social media, spectators dismissed the reaction by Liverpool supporters as disrespectful as fans are expected to be standing while the anthem is played, with others left confused as to why the anthem was being met with such negative reception from the Merseysiders. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But why do Liverpool supporters boo the national anthem? Goal takes a look.There are a multitude of reasons as to why Liverpool fans – and Liverpudlians in general – choose not to associate themselves with the English national anthem and what it stands for. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!A flag baring the words ‘Scouse not English’ pops up regularly at Anfield, and it perhaps does the best to epitomise the sort of struggles that Liverpool natives feel in regard to patriotism and nationalism.A huge part of Liverpudlians feeling ‘othered’ on English soil comes from the treatment of Conservative-led governments dating back several decades. Having never truly felt the support of their government, people from Liverpool identify less as English and more as their own Scouse entity.Liverpool fansThis was especially prevalent in the 1980s during the reign of Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as her and her party were indifferent to the industrial decline of Merseyside.It led to severe and unemployment and poverty within the city, with the government largely unwilling to aid, and even cutting its public services.The city had played a key role in World War II, but after the war ended, Liverpool was hit with economic hardship as the trade at their ports – which were once dominating the industry – had slowed down.In 2011, official papers revealed that Margaret Thatcher was indeed secretly urged to consider abandoning Liverpool to a fate of “managed decline”.“In plain English that meant withdrawing resources from the region so that residents would be forced to leave,” states the Independent. “Effectively starving them out.”Files released under the 30-year rule showed senior Tory ministers urging her not to spend public money on the “stony ground” of Merseyside, with former prime minister’s Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe said it would be like “trying to make water flow uphill”.The reports affirmed what those in Liverpool had already been sure of for a while – that their region did not have the backing of the government, and that it was never a priority.Liverpool as a city has changed drastically since the 1980s, still retaining its status as a crucial sporting and cultural hub, but its citizens’ disregard and resentment towards a government who had never supported them still remains.Margaret ThatcherAnd so, the resentment has developed an “us against them” mentality amongst directed at the Conservatives in power, which is still strong.Moreover, Liverpool is famously a town of immigrants, with many of its residents not even considering themselves English. Its ports have attracted people internationally, and it is home to one of England’s oldest African and Chinese communities.The effects of the Irish famine also greatly impacted Merseyside, as a grand influx of the Irish population fled their homeland to migrate to Liverpool. As a result, Liverpool has a strong Irish identity, and yet Irish people had been made to feel ‘othered’ in their new home by other English people.There is also the matter of the handling of the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath.Former Conservative MP Irvine Patnick had a strong role in spreading the gross untruths and lies about the Liverpool supporters involved in the 1989 tragedy.While current MP Boris Johnson was editor of The Spectator in 2004, an article written by Simon Heffer spoke of the ‘victim’ mentality of the people of Liverpool.”A combination of economic misfortune — its docks were, fundamentally, on the wrong side of England when Britain entered what is now the European Union — and an excessive predilection for welfarism have created a peculiar, and deeply unattractive, psyche among many Liverpudlians,” wrote Heffer.”They see themselves whenever possible as victims, and resent their victim status; yet at the same time they wallow in it.”He also referred to the grave mishandling of the police as a scapegoat.PM refuses my request for him to apologise for his Spectator editorial repeating #Hillsborough untruths, accusing Liverpool people of wallowing in self pity. Bluster in response #NotMyPrimeMinister pic.twitter.com/KWi5HlP2Gr — Maria Eagle MP (@meaglemp) July 25, 2019 Johnson had also recently refused to apologise for the piece that was published under his time as editor in Parliament when Liverpool MP Maria Eagle requested him to – instead glossing over the issue without responding.And so, it’s not entirely surprising as to why Liverpool fans feel so strongly about singing the national anthem, as they feel that in doing so, they show to support to a monarchy and regime that had never really shown them any support to begin with. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more