Only Kebabs!

first_imgKebabs bring to mind images of meat on skewers. But kebabs are not made only of meat; vegetable, cottage cheese and seafood kebabs are equally tasty. Kebabs, which come in a variety of tastes, forms and textures, originated in Turkey and were introduced in India by Turkish nomads. Kebabs are now an integral part of Indian cuisine.Hyderabadi kebabs are made of large chunks of meat, which are marinated in spices and then barbequed. Lucknowi kebabs are made from ground meat, which is redolent with fiery chilies and raw mango tamarind and yoghurt, and shallow fried. Other popular Indian kebabs are chicken tikka, Malai kebabs, pahadi kebabs, and galaouti kebabs, which are made from chicken, goat or beef. Vegetarian options include paneer tikka, tandoori aloo, sabz gilawat ke kebabs, tandoori potato kebabs, etc.Kebabs are mostly served as cocktail snacks, but with roti, naan, paratha, chutney and a salad they can be hearty meal in themselves.Tandoori Potato KebabsIngredients 250 gms. small potatoes, almost cooked.½ tsp. tandoori masala.½ tsp. ground cumin seeds.1 tbsp. cashewnut paste.Salt and chili powder to taste.Filling 100 gms. cottage cheese crumbled.1 tbsp. each of boiled corn, peas, carrots.1 tbsp. of finely chopped coriander leaves.½ tsp. ground cumin seeds.½ tsp. garam masala.Salt and chili powder to taste.MethodHeat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan and add ginger and cumin seeds. When the seeds stop popping, mix in all the filling ingredients and cook for 1 minute remove from fire. Cut the potatoes into two portions breath wise. Scoop out the centers carefully leaving a thick skin all around. Fill both the potato halves with the filling. Now apply a paste of all purpose flour by mixing 1 tablespoon of flour with 2 tablespoons water to a paste. Apply the paste on both the open halves of the potatoes and stick them together to form whole potatoes again. Mix together curds, cashew nuts and spices and salt. Apply on the whole potatoes and grill in the griller basting often with the marinade to a golden color. Serve with tangy mint chutney.Tandoori Vegetable KebabsIngredients3.5 oz cottage cheese or tofu cut into square cubes1 tomato cut into bite sized pieces.¼ cup capsicums cut into big pieces.10 button mushrooms.1 tsp. tandoori masala.1 tsp. dry mango powder.2 tbsp. of corn flour.½ cup yogurt.½ tsp.ginger garlic paste.Salt and chili powder to taste.MethodMix together curds, ginger and garlic, spices and salt. Put in the vegetables and paneer and corn flour and set aside for 1 hour. Skewer paneer alternating with vegetables and grill over a barbecue flame by putting little oil on top regularly till done. Sprinkle chat masala and lime juice on top and serve with onion rings and chutney of your choice.Stuffed Kebab ChaatIngredients1/2 lb potatoes, boiled peeled and mashed. 3 slices bread soaked in water and squeezed dry. 3 tbsp. corn flour. Salt to taste. Filling 1/2 cup boiled and coarsely chopped green peas. 2 green chilies minced. 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves. 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds. 1/2 tsp. garam masala 1/2 tsp. ground cumin seeds. 1/4 tsp. grated ginger. Salt and chili powder to taste. 2 cups creamy yogurt Green chutney 1 cup each grated reddish, onion, tomatoes and chopped coriander leaves.MethodMix the potatoes with corn flour, bread and salt and knead to a smooth mixture. Form into round kebabs and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and add cumin seeds and ginger. When the seeds stop popping, add all the filling ingredients, mix well put a teaspoon of filling in each kebab and cover nicely so that the filling does not come out. Fry to a golden color. To serve, put each kebab in a plate, cover with yogurt. Pour green chutney on top and decorate with grated reddish, onion and chopped coriander leaves.Vegetable Shish KebabIngredients 3.5 oz tofu crumbled. 2 tbsp. gram flour. 2 green chilies minced. 1 tsp chat masala. 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves. 1/2 cup boiled and mashed green peas. 1 large potato and carrot boiled and mashed. 1 tsp. mango powder. 1 tsp. ground cumin seeds. 1 large tomato and capsicum minced. Salt and chili powder to taste.Method  Mix all the above ingredients with the exception of tomato and capsicum. Form the mixture into cigarette shaped kebabs on well oiled skewers, roll kebab into tomato and capsicum mixture and grill over barbecue flame basting often with oil to a golden color serve with mint chutney.Chicken Shish KebabIngredients1.2 lb minced chicken meat. 1 medium onion, minced. 1 tsp. each of ginger and garlic paste. 1 tbsp. ground papaya. 2 green chillies, minced. 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves minced. 2 tbsp. dhania-jeera powder. A few drops of orange red color. 2 tsp. gram flour. Salt to taste. Method Mix together all the above ingredients and set aside for an hour. Grease skewers and take small portions of the mixture and wrap around the skewer in a cigar shape 1 inch apart, grill over the barbecue flame till golden color basting often with oil.Fish Shish KebabIngredients 1.2 lb fish steaks. 1 cup beaten yogurt. 50 gms. cream. A few drops orange red food coloring. 1/4 tsp. saffron dissolved in 1 milk. 2 medium onions. 2 tbsp. chopped ginger. 6 red chilies 1 tbsp. garam masala. Salt and chili powder to taste.MethodCut the fish pieces into neat cubes. Grind together onions and ginger and extract juice. Mix all the ingredients along with 4 tablespoons of butter, set aside for a few hours in the fridge. Thread the pieces on skewers and grill on a barbecue fire basting frequently with the marinade till the pieces turn a rich golden in color. Serve with green chutney.Boti KebabsIngredients1.2 lb boneless mutton, preferably leg. 1/2 cup sour yogurt. 2 tbsp. garam masala. 2 tbsp. chopped ginger. 6 cloves of garlic. A few drops of orange and red food coloring. 4 tbsps. oil 2 green chilies. Salt and chili powder to taste. 2 tbsp. each of powdered almonds and cashewnuts. A few strands of saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp. milk. Method Cut the mutton into cubes. Grind ginger garlic and chilies to a paste. Mix in the rest of the above ingredients and set aside for 2 to 3 hours. Thread on skewers and grill on barbecue fire basting frequently with the marinade till golden in color serve hot with green chutney.ChutneysMint ChutneyIngredients1 cup mint leaves 1/4 cup coriander leaves. 1/2 tsp. ginger and garlic paste 1/4 cup grated mango or lime juice. 2 green chilies minced. 1 tsp. sugar (optional) salt to suit the taste Method  Grind together all the above ingredients to a paste.Green ChutneyIngredients1/2 cup each of mint and coriander leaves. 1 tbsp. grated coconut. 1/2 tsp. ginger and garlic paste. 2 green chilies minced. 1 small onion chopped . A few curry leaves. 2 tbsp. tamarind. Salt to taste.Method Grind together all the above ingredients to a paste.Spinach ChutneyIngredients1/2 cup chopped spinachl. 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves. 12 mint and curry leaves. 2 green chilies. 1/2 tsp. each of ginger and garlic paste. 2 tbsp. tamarind juice. 1 large tomato chopped. 1 small onion chopped. Salt to taste. Method Grind together all the above ingredients to a paste.Sweet ChutneyIngredients 1/2 cup thick tamarind juice. 4 tbsp. jaggery. 12 dates pitted and sliced. 3 tbsp. chopped raisins. 1 tsp. each of ground cumin seeds. Black salt and salt to taste.MethodGrind together all the above ingredients to a paste.SaladsKachumberIngredients 2 large onions thinly sliced. 2 medium tomatoes cut into strips. 6 green chilies, slit. 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves. 1 lime, cut into slices. Salt to taste. Method Mix together all the above ingredients and decorate with lime slices. Kachumber is an accompaniment and goes well with all types of kebabs.Creamy Dreamy Vegetable SaladIngredients1 cup grated cabbage. 1 cup cream. 1/2 cup capsicum, cut into strips. 1/4 cut tomato strips . 2 green chilies minced. 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves. Salt and chili powder to taste.MethodMix all the above ingredients and serve with kebabs.Mayonnaise Vegetable SaladIngredients 1 cup grated carrots and cabbage. 1/2 cup tomato and carrot strips. 1 cup mayonnaise. 1/2 cup cream. Salt and pepper to taste.MethodMix all the above ingredients and serve with kebabs.Tandoori MasalaIngredients 2 oz each of cumin seeds, black salt,pepper corns and salt. 1 tsp. asafetida. 30 green cardamoms. 15 cloves. 1/4 tsp. citric acid crystals. 4.5 oz mango powder. 1 tbsp. salt. 1 tsp. dry ginger powder. 1 oz dry mint leaves. 1/4 tsp. dry orange red color.MethodRoast spices for a few minutes. Grind to fine powder in a grinder. Related Itemslast_img read more

A Journey Into the Land of Happiness

first_imgLast May, as a 30th-anniversary gift to ourselves, my husband, Stuart, and I went on a tour of Nepal and Bhutan. Post-child-rearing but before (fingers crossed) grandchildren, we wanted something big, something different, something outside our comfort zone that would not actually be uncomfortable. Which meant hiring someone else to do the planning for us, in this case, a Massachusetts-based tour company called Odysseys Unlimited.Squeezed between the northeastern tip of India, where it loops around Bangladesh, and the southernmost curve of Tibet, Nepal has a population that is mostly Hindu. Bhutan, in the same neighborhood, is largely Buddhist. Bhutan is also the last of the Himalayan kingdoms to remain a kingdom, with a hereditary monarchy and a culture largely untouched by the ravages of Hollywood’s fashion and pop dominance on the one hand, and that of environmental degradation on the other.Until 1974, Bhutan did not let foreigners in. Since then, it has been reinventing itself, casting itself as the world’s happiest nation and measuring its overall welfare not in terms of GNP but by “gross national happiness,” as set forth in 2008 in the Constitution of Bhutan. For tourists, this means a $250-a-day tariff (typically folded into other costs, including the required guide).A country that, for many of the most ambitious mountaineers,all but invented trekking, plus a pristine sliver of the Himalayas that celebrates both happiness and Buddhism? We signed on.The Punakha Dzong is situated on the Mo Chu River, in Punakha, Bhutan, July 9, 2018. A couple hoping to experience “something big, something different” visited Nepal and Bhutan through a tour company. Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesBut we had some concerns, mainly having to do with our preconceived ideas of organized tours. My husband and I are youngsters in our pre-60s. What if the others on the trip turned out to be downright old? And what if the guides spent too much time on stuff we were not interested in? Could you even get off the bus if you wanted to? We had never been on an organized tour.Yet what did we know about stupas? Maybe we needed the kind of tour provided by professionals after all.Speaking of stupas, I had never seen oneuntil the morning after we arrived in Kathmandu. Delirious from lack of sleep, we met our fellow tourists in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency, boarded the first of the buses that would take us to and fro for the duration of the trip, and set off for Swayambhunath, a temple complex built atop a hill reached by hundreds of steps. At the very top is the stupa itself, white, with a 13-tiered golden spire.Stupas are hemispherical structures, focal points for worship and meditation. As our excellent tour guide, Sanjay Nepal, explained, they are typically painted with four sets of eyes pointing in four directions to symbolize the Buddha’s all-seeingness. My own set of eyes did not know what to look at first: the prayer flags fluttering in the sky, the prayer wheels being spun by the devout, the monks on their cellphones or the monks at their devotions?And then there were the monkeys. Monkeys, monkeys, everywhere — in the trees, on the sleeping Buddha statue, climbing the enormous stupa.By the end of the day, I would learn that the downside of being on a tour was not, in our case, our fellow tourgoers (who, though mostly older than we were by an average of 12 years, were an energetic, friendly bunch). Rather, it was exactly what the upside of the tour was supposed to be: the schedule, which included meal times and number of sites visited per day.You went where and when the tour took you, even if you would have preferred a good, long après-lunch nap.Pashupatinath Temple complex, a sacred Hindu shrine on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, July 9, 2018. A couple hoping to experience “something big, something different” visited Nepal and Bhutan through a tour company. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesInstead, Day 1 included not just Swayambhunath, but also Durbar Square, the historic city center. Still, despite my jet lag, every one of my sense organs woke up as we climbed off the bus and into a place unlike anything I had seen except in movies.It was here — specifically, to “Freak Street” — that the hippies who “discovered” Nepal in the 1960s flocked. They were attracted to the astonishing jumble of temples, alleys, courtyards, shrines, statuary, pagodas, friezes, vegetable-and-spice sellers, fishmongers, palaces and hashish shops.The hashish shops are long since closed. But still, I felt as if I was in an altered state when I saw the little girl, known as the Kumari, who is worshiped as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju. She lives in the 18th-century brick palace of Kumari Ghar; visitors may enter the courtyard and take snapshots of the richly carved reliefs, but may not photograph the goddess herself, should she appear — as she did — at the window of her royal cage, her little-girl eyes huge with ritual makeup.Kathmandu is home to some 4 1/2 million residents, if you include the towns that it has gobbled up. The city is all but choked, not only by motor vehicles, but also with garbage, pollution, pedestrians, cattle, oxen and stray dogs; and it is still rebuilding, in great plumes of grit and dust, from the 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured an additional 22,000.The city is also home to many religious traditions that have long rubbed up against one another, resulting not just in the parade of stupas that we would see, but also in an almost overwhelming profusion of gods, spirits, demons, carvings, masks, mendicants, monks, music, prayer, ritual and meditative practices.I would need a lifetime of study to understand the various manifestations of Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, tantric tradition and their offshoots. I can say, in extreme oversimplification, that most Hindu practice revolves around individual deity worship. Buddhism, which came out of the same ancient Indian religious culture as Hinduism, centers on its four Noble Truths, which articulate, among other things, that all suffering comes from craving.Men at the Punakha Dzong, situated on the Mo Chu River in Punakha, Bhutan, on July 9, 2018. Dzongs are majestic and usually whitewashed fortress-monasteries that are now home to both monks and government officials. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesIs one path more peaceful than the other? I would not know. I do know that in Nepal, they are often all mixed up, or coexist, with one another, or share the neighborhood, as they do in Patan Durbar Square — a different Durbar Square from the one we’d already visited, this one in the Kathmandu Valley city of Lalitpur, the ancient seat of the Malla dynasty. Though now subsumed by the greater Kathmandu sprawl, Patan’s Durbar Square is cleaner and more hippie-free than its counterpart to the north.Up a hill and over and around stood many temples devoted to numerous expressions of numerous deities. By now it was late afternoon on Day 1 of the tour, and my brain was exploding — or, rather, imploding. It was a lot to take in, particularly since it was well past bedtime in New Jersey. Not to mention that, because I enjoy low blood pressure, I tend to keel over when I am tired or hungry. At an elevation of 4,593 feet, Kathmandu would have been challenging for me even without the overstimulation. As if he could see into my soul, Sanjay sent us back to the bus via rickshaw.As the tour continued and I wandered through temple complexes, past statues of deities and among robed monks, I began to have a new appreciation of how being rooted in spiritual tradition might be a key to something akin to serenity, to life fully lived.But nothing quite excited my own lifelong quest for being in proximity to the divine like the Pashupatinath Temple complex, Nepal’s holiest Hindu shrine, where I witnessed my first cremation. My first seven or eight cremations, actually. Because here, along the banks of the Bagmati River — turgid and brown before the onset of the monsoons — is where the devout send their dead to the next world in accordance with the teachings of the Vedas.Outside the Pashupatinath Temple complex, a sacred Hindu shrine on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, July 9, 2018. A couple hoping to experience “something big, something different” visited Nepal and Bhutan through a tour company. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesThe Pashupatinath Temple is a pagoda-style building with copper and gold roofs, dating to the 15th century and surrounded by theadditional temples, ashrams and shrines that make up the complex. The whole of it is populated by priests, caretakers, scholars, mendicants, seekers, tourists, knick-knack-and-jewelry sellers, and children, beggars and others so impoverished that you feel guilty about your entire, cushy life.Still, even surrounded by poverty, I had a hard time dealing with the dearth — at least in public places — of modern, clean toilets. Hotels were fine. Open-air temple complexes, not so much.Speaking of plumbing, Bhaktapur, a small city some 8 miles east of Kathmandu and the center of a third of the once-independent city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, was until a few years ago something of an open-air toilet, or so Sanjay said.Now it is so pristine that you feel as if you have wandered onto a movie set. For the past 2,000 years or so, it has been home to the Newars, master craftsmen who in the medieval era built a splendid city of warm brickwork, back alleys, temples and squares, including the Nyatapola Temple, with five pagoda stories at the top of a steep flight of stairs flanked by statues of elephants, lions and griffins.A few days later, a short flight took us over Mount Everest and into another world, starting with our approach to the airport, set in a valley surrounded by hills that practically touched the wings of the airplane as we made our descent. By now I was feeling friendly enough with my fellow tour members to make jokes about being “stupa-fied.” I was also punch-drunk from a combination of nonstop touring and high altitude.An almost untouched swath of forest, mountains, waterways and fertile agricultural lowlands, with a population of fewer than 1 million residents who are governed by a constitutional monarchy, Bhutan is Edenic, and possibly even the world’s happiest country, as it claims to be. But I also wondered if it was not also somewhat, well, rigid.The famous Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro, Bhutan, on July 10, 2018. Tiger’s Nest is built into a cliff 3,000 feet above Paro and is more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesTake Bhutan’s “national dress” — colorful robes or skirts that certain classes of artisans and professionals must wear to work. Or the ubiquitous billboard-size photographs of the photogenic royal family. Or road signs urging hard work and sobriety.I did not observe a single person yelling, cursing, road-raging or even frowning. Except me, especially when, during our first night in the capital city of Thimphu, a passel of dogs had a howling contest under my window.Perhaps they were trying to communicate with the nearby and recently completed Great Buddha Dordenma. At 169 feet tall, it is massive, and as shiny as real gold — because it is real gold, or rather, gold plate. Inside its base, there are some 125,000 additional, much smaller gilded Buddha statues.The recently completed Great Buddha Dordenma at Buddha Point in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan, on July 10, 2018. The massive statue is 169 feet tall and covered in gold plate. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesNo one seemed bothered by the apparent contradiction of a golden statue in a poorly educated and developing country. But herein is the strange wonder of Bhutan: Being there, even with a guide whose job it is to show you an idealized version of the place, is like being immersed in a fairy tale. You want to believe it, too, even while knowing that gross national happiness was introduced as a government goal as recently as 2008.And why not? Until the 1960s, the country did not have cities (even now the largest city, Thimphu, has fewer than 100,000 people), but was made up of villages, forested uplands and rural, sometimes seminomadic, settlements.What the country did have were dzongs. These majestic and usually whitewashed fortress-monasteries, typically built along rivers, today are home to both monks and government officials, and are considered to be the physical manifestation of Buddhist principles.The most beautiful one we saw was in Punakha, where, on a spit of land between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers, the looming 17th-century dzong was surrounded by blooming jacaranda trees. Constructed of compacted earth, stone and timber with fanciful trimming, the building gives way to courtyards, doors, a large stupa and fanciful statuary, painting and friezes.We also walked through farming villages and flooded fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple and monastery devoted to Drukpa Kunley, the “divine madman” said to have introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 1499, and famous for the mystical powers of his penis. Thus, as we ascended to the divine madman’s temple, we were surrounded by shops selling phallus curios of varying sizes, including standing statues.The Nyatapola Temple overlooking Taumadhi Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal, July 8, 2018. A couple hoping to experience “something big, something different” visited Nepal and Bhutan through a tour company. Photo: Poras Chaudhary/The New York TimesI regret that I did not buy a single penis key fob. But I do not regret that, on our last day in Bhutan, I woke up in the gorgeous Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, took my altitude-sickness pills, and, despite being worried about fainting, hiked the steep, winding trail to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.Tiger’s Nest is built into a cliff 3,000 feet above Paro and is more than 10,000 feet above sea level. And there before my eyes was every single member of our group of seniors, all of whom had arrived at the much-photographed wonder considerably before me.I was happy to arrive with all my parts, including my brain, in functioning order, and couldn’t wait to return to our hotel so I could brag about my achievement on Facebook. So what if a bunch of oldsters and little kids had passed me, not to mention the locals who practically danced up the trail, some wearing little more on their feet than flip-flops? Even in flip-flops — or, in the case of some of the women, high heels — they seemed happy.Whether Bhutan really is the world’s happiest nation is impossible for me to discern, despite my overall impression of a populace that at the very least smiles a lot. Evidence of happiness? Who knows?All I knew was that I, a woman of a certain age who has had her share of trials and challenges, was standing at the doorway to Tiger’s Nest with a dizzying view of cliff, forest, valley and sky before me, and my true love of 30 years by my side. Related Itemslast_img read more

Amar Bose Inducted Into National Inventors Hall Of Fame

first_imgAmar Bose, a former MIT professor of electrical engineering, whose pioneering work in acoustics technology led to the creation of the globally renowned Bose Corporation, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Foundation, founded in 1973 by the US Patent and Trademark Office, has honored 380 inventors, many like Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Alva Edison, posthumously, for their technological advances.Bose is the second Indian American inducted into the hall of fame after Dr Rangaswamy Srinivasan, inventor of LASIK surgery.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Culture Bolsters Family Businesses: Author

first_imgThat India has the third highest number of family-owned businesses in the world is easy enough to explain, according to Mitzi Perdue, author of How to Make Your Family Business Last. The country, with its emphasis on relationships and family bonds, enjoys obvious benefits.“Hindus are all about family and they put, I feel, unusual effort into keeping strong and connected families,” says Perdue, the daughter of Sheraton hotels co-founder Ernest Henderson and wife of the late Frank Perdue, of the American chicken empire Perdue Farms. “My view is tradition is the lifeblood of identity, and I’m trying to think if there’s any culture that is as rich in tradition,” she adds, pointing out how Indian business families are blessed to have a culture that is effective at promoting family coherence.Perdue, 76, has put decades of her experience observing and being a part of two iconic American businesses in the book, offering practical advice on how a family business can develop a culture that supports its conservation and progress. The Henderson Estate Company, forerunner of the Sheraton Hotels that her father co-founded, was established in 1890. Perdue spent her initial years observing the part strong values and positive culture played in building a large business, before emerging as a successful businesswoman herself.The most important lesson that surfaced perhaps was on ways to deal with discord between family members. Only 30 per cent of family business will make it to the next generation, she says, with family strife playing a major role in the disintegration process.The discords are increasing with technological advancements, especially in developing countries. “I hear countless stories of the wrenching disruption that can happen in India, because the cultural gap between the past and today’s high-tech ultra-modern Indian business is, I feel, hard to imagine,” she says, describing how the enthusiasm of a Harvard-educated young family member can be a tough sell when he comes back to an established family business that has been doing well and isn’t keen on change.But then, times do change, requiring business patriarchs to mold their opinions. Giving the young women in the family a leadership role in the enterprise remains difficult for them, especially in countries such as India, where women still trail in social and economic indices. Perdue, however, is all praise for Indian women.“I attend dozens of family conferences each year and I’m blown away by how brilliant and savvy some of the Indian women I’ve met are,” she says. “In my own family, I don’t think it ever crossed my dear father’s mind that I would be a businesswoman, but I think in 2017, he would embrace it.”These and her other mantras for the success of family-owned groups often transcend countries and cultures. The businesses in India, a country with 108 publicly-listed family-owned businesses, behind China’s 167 and the United States’ corresponding figure of 121, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI) latest “CS Family 1000” report released in October, would find that many of the insights she brings in her book work for them.And it’s not difficult to figure out why. The culture of togetherness notwithstanding, Indian business families, including some of the largest empires like the Ambanis, have not been strangers to controversies arising out of differences that arose inside the house, and quickly entered public scrutiny. The Henderson family however, Perdue recalls, tried their best to tackle disagreements away from media glare.“In both the Henderson family, and in the Perdue family, which began as a business in 1920, enormous effort was put into learning how to deal with conflict,” she says, “because there never has been and never will be a family that can avoid all conflicts.”The tug-of-war between being an individual and belonging to the family, she says, is felt more in business families, because you tend to feel there’s a greater responsibility to the group. “There’s a whole world of others who are influenced by how the family is doing, including employees, stockholders, lenders, customers, and countless others who may be affected by the health of the family business,” she elaborates, talking about how her siblings and she were always made aware that with 20,000 employees and 25,000 stockholders, it would be unwise for family members to let quarrels escalate.Frank and Mitzi Perdue“We knew that a public family quarrel could mean we’d be vulnerable to competitors; it would be demoralizing to the employees; it would harm the brand,” she says, recounting an issue that erupted in 1968. Some of the family members wanted to take advantage of an attractive offer by ITT to buy the Sheraton chain. Though the offer dangled a huge amount of instant cash, many in the family, including her, were against the sale, since it meant giving up the identity, a business to which her father’s memory was linked, and the feeling of belongingness that they felt toward the company.“It’s a great big bubbling stew of some of your strongest feelings,” she says. “In the case of me and my siblings, emotions were at white-hot levels.” However, none of them ever spoke to lawyers or the press. “I don’t think anyone outside the family knew what we were feeling 50 years ago.”The family did sell Sheraton. They kept a united front, and nobody held a grudge.Perdue places enormous emphasis on the family’s culture that needs to teach the young members that they need to work and study harder than non-family members. “This may seem really harsh, but early on in his business life, my late husband fired his own brother-in-law!” she reveals. “It was the right thing to do, because if he hadn’t, other family members might have thought that they could get away with not working hard.”Though Perdue says she is not sure if her observations would apply to all nationalities and cultures, she believes “they apply exceptionally well to Hindus.” This idea, she says, is based on the fact that she has three times been invited to give her talk in front of the groups on keeping the family business together across the generations. “I’ve just had the privilege of addressing 450 Hindus for the Ekal Gala,” she adds. “Since they’re kind enough to keep inviting me back, I’m ready to believe that the message resonates.” Related ItemsFamily BusinessMitzi PerdueSheratonlast_img read more

Germany’s Blaupunkt Enters Indian TV Market with $300 Million Investment

first_imgGerman consumer electronics maker Blaupunkt will invest $300 million in India over the next 3-5 years to promote and manufacture its range of televisions.The company, mostly known for its audio and sound technologies, launched its range of LED televisions in the country on Sept. 11. Blaupunkt has partnered with local company Trigur Electronics to manufacture its televisions, which will be sold on the e-commerce platform, Flipkart.Blaupunkt said its televisions will be made at Trigur’s factory in Sonepat, Haryana, and will be sold in neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The company is looking at Rs 500 crore business over the next one year, Managing Director Andrzej Cebart told PTI. “We have plans to invest $300 million in next 3 to 5 years. This would be together with our local partner (Trigur Electronics),” he told the news  agency.Blaupunkt has a long-term contact with Trigur Electronics, Cebart added. “We have a long-time agreement. We have a minimum 10-year vision and beyond,” he said. Before launching its television models in India, Blaupunkt had launched several audio products last year. It first announced about entering the Indian television market at Berlin IFA 2018 last month.With this launch, India becomes one of those few countries where Blaupunkt sells its televisions. The firm is present in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Israel, the report added.Blaupunkt has no plans of selling TVs through offline distributors and for now will be a Flipkart-specific brand, Kiran Bedi, owner of Trigur Electronics and MD and CEO of Blaupunkt Televison, told PTI. The plant has the capacity to roll out one lakh TV units per month, he added.India’s television market is one of the fastest growing in the world, with close to 25 top television brands sold both online and offline. Almost all of them are either made or assembled in India by local manufacturers. Besides local firms, foreign brands such as Kodak, Xiaomi, Samsung, LG, and Thomson compete in the Indian market today. The market in the country currently consists of 12 to 14 million units, according to the report.The market, expected to grow at 14.7 percent annually over FYs 2016-21, is estimated to record 12.97 percent rise and reach a revenue of Rs 11.78 billion by the end of 2018, the report added. Related ItemsGermanylast_img read more

Monsoon finally arrives in Goa after a fortnight’s delay

first_imgAfter a delay of almost a fortnight, the south-west monsoon finally arrived in Goa on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The IMD had earlier predicted that the monsoon is likely to hit the Sate on Friday. However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, it said, “South-west monsoon has set in over Goa from today [June 20].” “Offshore trough at mean sea level is running from South Maharashtra to Kerala coast,” it added.Also Read Goa advisory instructs visitors to stay off beaches   Several parts of the State witnessed heavy rains throughout the day on Thursday. The IMD predicted that strong winds with speed reaching up to 40-50km per hour are likely to prevail over south-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea on Thursday and Friday. While a detailed weather bulletin is awaited, IMD officials said that generally, the monsoon arrives in Goa in the first week of June, but got delayed by almost a fortnight this year. The State agriculture department said that with the onset of monsoon, farmers will now start sowing paddy. “The Agriculture Department will now gear up to provide necessary help in the form of seeds and other infrastructure to the farmers,” a senior official said. The IMD has already warned fishermen against venturing into the sea. All the seven jetties operated by State fisheries Department have been shut for operations. A private agency manning the beaches in Goa has warned the tourists against venturing into the sea.last_img read more

U.P. Law Commission pushes for life term in lynching cases

first_imgTaking cognisance of incidents of mob lynching, including those by cow vigilantes, the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has submitted a draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the crime.Commission chairman Justice (retired) A.N. Mittal submitted a report on mob lynching, along with the draft Bill, to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday.The 128-page report cited various cases of lynching in the State and recommended immediate enactment of a law as per recommendations made by the Supreme Court in 2018. The commission said the existing laws to combat lynchings were not sufficient.It recommended a punishment ranging from seven years to life imprisonment for the offence.Suggesting that such a law may be called the Uttar Pradesh Combating of Mob Lynching Act, the commission specified the responsibilities of police officers and District Magistrates and spelt out the punishment for failing in their duty.The panel said the law should also provide for compensation to the family of the victim for grievous injury or loss of life and property.There should also be provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims and their families, it said.Suo motu studyAccording to data available from 2012 to 2019, 50 incidents of mob violence have taken place in the State. Eleven of the 50 victims have died in the attacks. Twenty-five of these were cases of major assault, including those by cow vigilantes.“In the backdrop of this situation, the commission took up the study suo motu and accordingly recommended the State government the need for having a comprehensive law to combat lynching,” said Law Commission secretary Sapna Tripathi.The report said only Manipur has made a special law against lynchings and, as per media reports, the Madhya Pradesh government is soon going to enact one.It referred to various cases of lynching and mob violence in the State, including the 2015 killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri on suspicion of beef consumption.It also mentioned the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh on December 3, 2018, in a clash between police and Hindutva groups in Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found in a field.“Incidents of mob violence have taken place in Farrukhabad, Unnao, Kanpur, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar districts. Police are also becoming victims as people have started thinking of them as their enemy,” Justice Mittal said in the report.The panel studied laws of different countries and States, and decisions of the Supreme Court while preparing the draft Bill. It suggested punishment for conspiracy, aid or abetment in such cases, as well as for obstructing the legal process.last_img read more

Haryana will soon become a policy-driven State: Khattar

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday asserted that Haryana would soon become a policy-driven State where welfare schemes and policies would be prepared as per the need of society and people would not be required to raise any demand for the same.Data base of families“For this, a data base of all families in the State is being prepared on the pattern of developed countries to ensure that people get the benefits of various social security schemes at their doorstep,” he said, while addressing the gathering after unfurling the national flag at the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in Sonipat.The Chief Minister said each family in the State would be provided with a unique identification number. “As welfare schemes and policies would be prepared keeping in view the requirement of people, they need not resort to dharnas or agitations to press for their demand for the schemes,” he said.Mr. Khattar said earlier, development projects were prepared keeping an eye on the political benefits. “But now under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State government has been working with the motto of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas,” he added.last_img read more

Fadnavis calls off yatra, to attend Jaitley’s funeral on Sunday

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called off the second phase of his mahajanadesh yatra on Saturday on receiving news of the death of former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. Earlier, on August 6 he cut short the first phase of the outreach programme that started at Yavatmal after the death of party stalwart Sushma Swaraj on August 6. The yatra was later cancelled due to the flood situation in western Maharashtra. Both phases were incidentally called off while passing through Buldhana. In his condolence message, Mr. Fadnavis said, “This is a sad moment for all of us. Mr. Jaitely rose as a student leader and became president of the Delhi University. He even spent 19 months in jail during Emergency.” The Chief Minister’s yatra started from Jalgaon district at 9.30 a.m. and was en route to Malkapur in Buldhana district when Mr. Fadnavis received news of Mr. Jaitley’s death. He called senior party leaders in Delhi, before calling off the yatra. “Please ask the cadres to not play music or offer flowers to the convoy,” he told Cabinet Minister Girish Mahajan who was accompanying him. The other public gatherings at Nandura, Khamgaon and Shegaon were also called off. “The Chief Minister will not participate in the remaining leg of the yatra. We have passed on the message to the cadre. The yatra will begin on Monday,” said organiser Sujit Singh Thakur.last_img read more

New Maharashtra Governor will purse land for resort in J&K

first_imgThe State government will request the new Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to his counterpart in Jammu & Kashmir for revenue land to construct two state-of-the-art tourism resorts in that State. Senior officials said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting to review the proposal for setting up tourism resorts in J&K and Ladakh this week. As per protocol only a Governor can request for facilitating joint agreements or collaboration on projects with another State being ruled by a Governor. Mr. Fadnavis has asked the State Tourism Department to send a team to survey land in J&K and simultaneously urge the Governor to forward the proposal to Satya Pal Malik, his J&K counterpart, according to senior officials. Mr. Koshyari recently replaced Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as Governor. “The Chief Minister has asked us to put together the final blueprint and forward it to Governor House. A letter will be drafted to the honourable Governor requesting him to facilitate the land deal. Since there is no democratic government in J&K, we (State government) cannot directly deal with the Governor,” said a senior official of the Maharashtra Tourism Department.Maharashtra and Karnataka have become the first States, following the abrogation of Article 370, to stake claim over land for development purposes in J&K. Maharashtra Cabinet cleared a proposal for the setting up of a tourism resort last week. Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had recently said the government was keen on catering to mountaineering tourists and those on pilgrimage as part of the plan. But senior officials said so far no final proposal has been put together, and a team will visit J&K to first survey the land. Last month, Mr. Rawal met Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi to present his demands, which included land for the resorts.Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his speech in Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 had said the bifurcation of the State (J&K) would open up the path of development, including construction projects and industries. The State government and Tourism Board will soon allocate funds for the same, the Minister had said. “The resorts will cater to not only tourists from our State but to everyone who visits J&K on a religious pilgrimage. Ours will be the first State to service this class of tourists in the entire country,” Mr. Rawal had said.last_img read more

Sena reigns supreme in Konkan, Rane’s designs come a cropper

first_imgWhile the 14 Assembly segments in the three districts of the Konkan region saw a fractious electoral battle between the Shiv Sena and Konkan strongman Narayan Rane of the BJP, the former effortlessly retained its strongholds, winning nine of these segments.Despite Mr. Rane, a former chief minister and Shiv Sainik, doing his best to checkmate the Sena in the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg belt by propping his own candidates, the BJP could win only two seats.The most notable of these was in Kankavli in Sindhudurg, where the BJP had fielded Mr. Rane’s son, Nitesh. Irked by this move, the Sena had fielded its own nominee, Satish Sawant. Nitesh Rane, however, trounced Mr. Sawant by 28,116 votes despite Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and other party leaders campaigning hard for the latter.However, the Sena foiled Mr. Rane’s designs on the other seats, as State Home Minister Deepak Kesarkar beat Independent candidate Rajan Teli, a close Rane aide, by 13,228 votes in Sawantwadi. Mr. Rane’s bête noire, the Sena’s Vaibhav Naik, retained the Kudal seat by defeating another Rane-backed Independent, Ranjit Desai, by 14,349 votes.In Rajapur, the Sena’s Rajan Salvi beat the Congress’s Avinash Lad, while in Ratnagiri, the Sena’s incumbent MLA Uday Samant won handsomely. NCP turncoat Bhaskar Jadhav, a new Sena entrant, won from the Guhagar segment. Mr. Thackeray’s party won the Dapoli, Mahad and Alibaug seats, while the NCP scored a notable success with Aditi Tatkare, the daughter of former minister Sunil Tatkare, winning the Shrivardhan seat by 39,621 votes.After Mr. Rane’s entry into the BJP earlier this month, Mr. Thackeray had warned his ally this would prove to be “a bitter experience”.last_img read more

Frequency of trains significantly increased in Kashmir: Railways

first_imgRail services resume in Kashmir Valley The railways has significantly increased the frequency of trains in Kashmir from Friday and extended daily run-time to allow more passengers to use the service, officials said here.There will be 14 train services on Friday and 16 services daily from Saturday onwards between various stations on the railway line in Kashmir, they said.Due to the demand of commuters, the railways increased the frequency of trains and also extended the timing of the service between different stations on the Baramulla-Banihal railway line, the officials said.The rail service was partially resumed in Kashmir — between Baramulla and Srinagar — on November 12 and later fully on November 17. Also Read The service was resumed over three months after it was suspended on August 3 due to security reasons. The move came days before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into Union territories.After it was resumed, the railways said there would be only two services of the train every day and the timing would be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to security considerations.They said the now timing of the train service has been extended as well and the first service will start at 8.30 a.m. and the trains would be operated till 5 p.m.This would benefit the people and allow more commuters to use the service, the officials said.last_img read more

Ateneo rips NU

first_imgMOST READ Lyceum targets finals berth BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Earlier, Adamson got back on the winning track after surviving a gritty challenge from University of the East, 66-57, to solidify its hold of third spot with a 6-3 record.The victory augurs well for the Falcons as they brace for a crucial clash with La Salle on Saturday, even as the Warriors saw their two-game winning run halted for a 2-7 record.“As you can see, it was a dogfight,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “It was really a struggle. It’s a good thing that we made some important stops in the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo didn’t look like it was in a rush to put away National U last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img But the pacesetting Blue Eagles’ latest victory in UAAP Season 80 took on a familiar theme: A close game for three quarters, before they methodically picked apart another opponent down the stretch.Thirdy Ravena fired 12 of his 15 points in the second half and the Eagles held the Bulldogs to just seven points in the final period on the way to an 85-72 victory that assured Ateneo of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMatt Nieto and Jolo Mendoza combined for 20 points, including five treys for the Eagles, who trailed at the end of the first half, 45-48, for the first time this season before making the Bulldogs bleed for their points in the last two quarters.The win lifted the Eagles to 9-0, while sending the Bulldogs to their sixth loss in nine games, putting their Final Four hopes in peril. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever

first_imgMOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum San Antonio Spurs guards Tony Parker (9) and Patty Mills (8) high-five after a scoring run forcd the Phoenix Suns to take a timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — The San Antonio Spurs opened their long, annual “rodeo road trip” with one of the biggest routs in the team’s history.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in 28 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs demolished Phoenix 129-81 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer lifts Cavs past Wolves Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We are, I think, obviously undermanned and they just walked all over us,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “They’re a veteran team, they play well and we had no answer.”The Spurs never trailed against a Suns team that has lost four straight and nine of 10. Phoenix’s 38 losses are the most in the NBA.San Antonio dominated from the opening tip and led 69-31 at the half. The 38-point margin was the largest halftime lead for the Spurs against a team in their history. Phoenix never got any closer than 36 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 53 in the fourth quarter.The Suns averted a 50-point loss with Danuel House’s dunk on a fastbreak lob pass with six seconds to play.“Guys made shots, the ball moved and guys competed on defense,” Aldridge said, “so hopefully it will carry over.”The level of competition will go up in a hurry. The Spurs play at Golden State Saturday night.TIP-INSSpurs: The “rodeo road trip” occurs when the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. … San Antonio swept the season series with Phoenix 4-0 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. … Spurs won’t play at home again until Feb. 28 (against New Orleans). … The center Bertans got his fifth start of the season, replacing Pao Gasol. … San Antonio will travel 6,546 miles on their annual “rodeo trip.” Spurs have been taking the trip every year since 2003.Suns: In the 49 seasons before this one, the Suns’ biggest loss was by 44 points. … Phoenix started a lineup with the ages 24, 21, 20, 21 and 22. … Suns are 3-9 without Booker this season. … With Booker and Ulis hurt, Josh Gray — called up last week from the G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns — was the team’s’ lone healthy point guard.UP NEXTSpurs: at Golden State Warriors Saturday night.Suns: host Denver Nuggets Saturday night. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alex Len scored 14 for the Suns, who shot 34 percent from the field and were 3-of-32 on 3-pointers.“I think it was an embarrassment for all of us out here tonight,” veteran Jared Dudley said. “I think the fans definitely earned an apology for the display. It’s definitely unexcusable.”But Popovich thought the Suns did have some mitigating factors.“Suns’ didn’t have all their bodies,” he said. “You got to have your bodies at this level or it is tough. To have the guys that they have out really hurts.”Phoenix was without leading scorer Devin Booker for the second game in a row due to a hip pointer. Center Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sore neck and Tyler Ulis left with back spasms in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT The 48-point blowout matched the most one-sided loss in Suns history — set against Portland in this season’s opener — and was the third-largest margin of victory for San Antonio.Only a 51-point Spurs win at Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2015, and a 49-point blowout of Vancouver on Nov. 5, 1995 were bigger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We made shots,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “You make shots, things get easy.”Patty Mills added 18 points and Danny Green 17 for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray scored 14 before leaving with a sprained ankle in the second quarter.last_img read more

Rockets beat Nuggets for 12th straight win

first_imgRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ His step-back jumper with 46 seconds left clinched it for Houston.   /kgacenter_img Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up to shoot against Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee (24) and Malik Beasley (25) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, February 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER — James Harden had 41 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul scored 23 points; and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 119-114 on Sunday night for their 12th straight victory.Harden had 27 in the first half and seven in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets held off a late Denver rally. Harden has scored 40 or more points nine times this season. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Greek match postponed after coach injured by toilet roll John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Denver, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Will Barton added 25 points.The Rockets are 21-4 since December 29 and own the best record (46-13) in the NBA. They are outscoring teams by an average of 12.5 points during the 12-game winning streak. The five-point win Sunday was their closest game during the streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 14 points in the last 2:47 of the first quarter and assisted on Houston’s other two baskets to end the period when the Rockets extended the lead from five to 13.Houston led by as many as 18 but Denver rallied in the fourth. Jokic’s tip with 2:12 left made it 110-106 and after Joe Johnson missed from the corner, Gary Harris had a chance to cut it to a point with a 3-pointer. But the Nuggets’ leading scorer, who finished with six points on 2-of-12 shooting, misfired and Harden hit two more free throws to make it 112-106 with 1:17 left. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “Uhhhhhhh, can U Say Bulls**t??!!Manny got F****d!!! That’s the Face of a Winner??!” posted the award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson on Twitter referring to Horn, whose face was swollen and had a cut above the right eye after taking a punch in the second round.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision win 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 stars“Boxing is wack!!!! Pac-man got robbed again…This is why MMA is so big now..SMH,” said retired NBA player Chauncey Billups, who was the Finals MVP during the Detroit Pistons’ championship run in 2004.In 2012, Pacquiao also suffered a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley by split decision in a bout where he yielded the same welterweight crown. Pacquiao regained the belt two years later in a one-sided rematch. Shortly after controversial decision was made, Kobe Bryant posted a GIF showing a shocked close-up of rapper and actor Ice Cube on Twitter that has been retweeted and liked for over 30,000 times as of posting.READ: Pacquiao easily makes weight, Horn ‘feeling better’Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves also had the eight-division champion’s back.“Disrespected @mannypacquiao like he not a legend. #PacquiaoHorn.”The numbers also showed Pacquiao got the better of Horn and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors let the people know about it, tweeting a post with a photo of the punch stats.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Round 11: Horn trying to preserve energy Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, lands a left, to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn came away with a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao on Sunday to claim the WBO welterweight title before a boisterous crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.Horn’s upset win, however, didn’t sit well with NBA stars and Hollywood celebrities, who did not hold back on social media in venting out their disappointment over the shocking turn of events.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’ “The sun must’ve been in the judges faces,” said the athletic swingman.Horn threw 52 more punches with 625 but Pacquiao landed 90 more shots with 182.Pacquiao landed 32% of his 573 total punches and also hit 123 power punches as compared to Horn’s 73.RELATED VIDEOHorn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns

first_imgView comments MOST READ Former Boston Celtics player Nate Driggers, (9) right, seen here in a scrimmage in 1996, was found guilty on April 20, 2017, of receiving guns that were stolen off a freight train in Chicago. (Joseph Rodriguez / Greensboro News & Record via AP)CHICAGO — An eight-year prison sentence has been handed to a former Boston Celtics player found guilty of receiving guns stolen off a freight train in Chicago.Nate Driggers was found guilty in April of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 22 and through: Indians’ AL record win streak stopped at 22 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Evidence presented at trial showed the 44-year-old Driggers bought 30 of 111 Rugers stolen by gang members in 2015 from a rail car parked in a rail yard and quickly resold 29 of them. Only 19 guns have been recovered.In asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors said Driggers’ actions have contributed to the “very dark place” Chicago finds itself in when it comes to gun violence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDriggers on Thursday again denied ever selling guns.Drafted by Celtics in 1996, Driggers appeared in 15 games that season. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

The best this month

first_imgQuick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine food.MAY 2AustraliaThink scrumptious grilled prawns, oysters, scallops, lobsters and the best Australian wine to go with it. Sample some of the most delectable seafood at Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival held annually at Brisbane. Being one of the most popular events in the city, locals don’t leave any opportunity to miss out on their favourite dishes. Top restaurants are willing to make any dish you fancy.CanadaAthletes from around the world come to Vancouver to take part in Canada’s largest marathon-Vancouver International Marathon. Besides running on the usual 42-km long track, you can also choose the half marathon or the eight-km long race. There is even a marathon for children. And feast your eyes on some of the most stunning places in the city while running.MAY 6 to 16UKWant to have a good laugh? Head to Liverpool for the ultimate comedy show-Liverpool Comedy Festival-that takes place at various locations in the city. Besides a comic play, there are a range of interesting shows for children as well and a number of acts you have not even heard about. It’s more exciting than you think. So our suggestion is just relax and get ready to roll on the floor with laughter.MAY 7 TO 9SpainThis is one race you would not want to miss. Gear up to watch the world’s best racers build up speed and take on each other at the race tracks at Catalunya outside Barcelona. Feel the surge of adrenaline at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, a much-awaited event in the city. A mix of different speed corners and track surfaces keeps the drivers challenged and viewers engaged.MAY 8GermanyNo city can hold more live concerts than Munich does during the Long Night of Music when more than 100 locations across the city come alive with over 400 live concerts. Think blues, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, rock and much more. From 8p.m. to 3 in the morning you can visit various venues and explore Munich’s vibrant music scene. And one ticket gets you entry to all the places.MAY 12 TO 23FranceThe red carpet is rolled out, the films have been shortlisted and there is a buzz in the air as one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals-Cannes Film Festival-is back. Running in its 63rd year, the red carpet is ready to welcome over 50,000 filmmakers and actors coming from across the world. Thousands of films from across the world are screened. So get ready to watch films and party.MAY 13 TO 16New ZealandThe New Zealand Boat Show is for serious boaters and for those who dream of owning a boat. The country’s biggest collection of new boats and accessories are displayed by over 200 exhibitors. This show attracts as many as 40,000 visitors. There are a number of workshops that take place over the days, which even includes tips on boating and fishing.MAY 17 TO 23AustraliaIf you are a bookworm the Sydney Writers’ Festival is right up your sleeve. It is clearly the biggest literary and book festival of the country where you come face to face with your favourite authors and books. It has the widest selection of books you can lay your hands on. Some of the best authors of Australia will come for talk shows. Get ready to live your fantasy of being surrounded by books.MAY 23 TO JUN 6FranceThe ultimate in tennis championship, the French Open is back. Hosted by one of the prettiest and romantic cities in the world-Paris-you can watch pros in action as they fight for the title at Roland Garros court. Famous for more than the world class tennis tournament, this grand slam event is also trademark of some things completely French. Book your tickets in advance and enjoy the game.MAY 24 TO 17SingaporeIt is time for children to go wild and show their creativity at the Sculpture Carnival held at Sculpture Square in Singapore. For four days artists conduct workshops and teach children from 10 to 18 years of age how to make sculptures perfectly. Everything on display is created by the youngsters who use bright and cheerful colours to create their perfect artwork.MAY 26 TO 28IndiaThis summer head to the coolest part of Rajasthan-Mount Abu-to experience Rajasthani warmth and hospitality at the Summer Festival. The first day you can catch traditional cultural performances. The second and third day are full of fun activities. Don’t forget to visit the food stalls and dig into Rajasthani food. The grand finale on the third day includes fireworks.MAY 27IndiaHead to the holy city of Varanasi to celebrate Buddha Purnima, the birth anniversary of the Buddha. Pilgrims from across the country gather here to pay homage to the Enlightened One. Prayer meetings, group meditation sessions and religious services also grace the occasion. Be one among the millions of people who scramble to take a dip in the sacred Ganges to wash away your sins. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

BCCI gives green signal to Kochi IPL team, to feature in IPL-4

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday allowed the squabbling Kochi franchisee to participate in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), ending the suspense over the fate of team.The IPL governing council, which had given a third deadline to Kochi last week after the consortium’s investors reached a last-minute agreement over their shareholding pattern, today approved their ownership structure and took it in its fold.”At their meeting today, the IPL Governing Council confirmed that the Kochi Franchisee had satisfactorily responded to the notice issued to them by the BCCI, and decided that the Franchisee Kochi Cricket Pvt. Ltd., would play in the IPL from 2011 onwards,” BCCI Secretary and President-Elect N Srinivasan said in a release.The decision comes on the backdrop of the legal developments involving the BCCI and expelled IPL franchisees – Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, the IPL governing council.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event.But the owners of the beleaguered franchise made a last ditch attempt to save the outfit by reaching a compromise.Before the compromise, the investors of the franchise, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL.That letter was sent after the BCCI, which had on October 10 expelled Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals for allegedly violating contractual agreements, gave a termination notice of 30 days to the franchise to sort out internal disputes regarding the shareholding pattern.advertisementThe investors in the consortium — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaekwad family — Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaekwad family.The Gaekwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least some of it to put an end to the squabbling which threatens the very existence of the team.The BCCI has made it clear that eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the league scheduled from April 8, just six days after the World Cup.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Narain, Karun in Force India’s simulator test

first_imgForce India have not yet decided who their two race drivers will be in the 2011 Formula One season, but what’s more intriguing is how they called India’s top two drivers for simulator tests on the outskirts of London at the same time last month.While it is public knowledge that Narain Karthikeyan did the simulator test and had spoken about it in public, news of Karun Chandhok also being part of that simulator test came to light only on Thursday.Informed sources told MAIL TODAY that the two Indian drivers were in for a shock when they realised they were not going to be alone during the exercise undertaken by Force India.Apparently, the simulator has been designed by McLaren Applied Technology and a few F1 teams use it to evaluate drivers.” It’s almost like the simulator for jet planes where conditions and parameters can be changed to test a pilot’s skills. In the F1 simulator, be it free practice, qualifying or race conditions, everything was changed to test the two Indians drivers’ skills,” said a top source.While Narain and Karun, the biggest faces of Indian racing, have avoided talking on this subject, those involved closely with Indian motorsports say that the two drivers were surprised that they had been kept in the dark about having company during the tests.The F1 simulator session included everything from changing track conditions to fuel load and then evaluating the speeds of the drivers. The exercise was watched by Force India boss Vijay Mallya and the race engineers of the team with over 100 sensors recording a plethora of information thrown out by the computers.advertisementIt is learnt that in all these sessions, Karun was faster than Narain by close to one second.This did baffle the Force India people, as they had been hoping for a different result.But what is more surprising is that all this was for the third driver’s slot, with no guarantee if they would actually get to race in the Indian Grand Prix next year.As MAIL TODAY has reported, Narain has huge financial backing from his sponsors Tatas and they have been in touch with a few other F1 teams as well. However, nothing has been finalised till now. Market sources say the Tatas are ready to spend in the region of $ 10 million for Narain’s Formula One seat.It is also learnt that the entire simulator programme was put out by the Force India team. As regards who could be the main drivers for Force India in 2011, there is a lot of guessing going on.One name doing the rounds is that of Paul di Resta, who is backed by Mercedes and managed by Anthony Hamilton, father of Lewis Hamilton. The other possible drivers are Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg.Sources have confirmed to MAIL TODAY that Force India is keen on an Indian driver in the 2011 season. The intrigue continues.last_img read more