• ScienceShot: Scrambled Eggs, Hold the Lead

    first_imgChicken keeping is all the rage among urbanites interested in affordable, local food, but the eggs may be less wholesome than they presume. Lead, a potent neurotoxin that is especially harmful to young children, commonly contaminates city soils, and urban chickens can pass it into their eggs, researchers report in Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Nearly half the eggs the team collected from chickens raised in New York City community gardens contained detectable levels of lead, whereas none of the store-bought eggs did, and the degree of contamination tracked that of the soil where the chickens lived. So just how dangerous are urban eggs? While no safety standards specifically govern lead in eggs, all but one of the city eggs that the researchers tested had concentrations deemed acceptable for other foods—good news. Still, the researchers estimated that eating an egg a day with the highest lead concentration they found, 167 parts per billion (ppb), could increase kids’ blood lead levels by an amount linked to a loss of roughly one IQ point. And eggs could easily become even more contaminated: Those they tested came from chickens living on soil that maxed out at about 600 ppm of lead, but levels greater than 1000 ppm are common in some cities. Fortunately, urban farmers who prefer their eggs unleaded can take action, including adding clean soil to chicken runs and giving calcium supplements to their flock.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 13 December, 11 a.m.: This item has been corrected. The figure 167 parts per million has been changed to 167 parts per billion. Science regrets the error.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

  • Termite-Inspired Robots Build With Bricks

    first_imgA termite mound is a model of insect engineering. Some are meters high and consist of a complex network of tunnels. Even more impressive, millions of the bugs work together to build the mound, all without a blueprint or foreman telling them what to do. Could robots do the same?That’s a question that has now been tackled by Justin Werfel, a computer scientist at Harvard University Today, he and his colleagues introduced a computer program that figures out how autonomous robots can make specific structures, including small-scale skyscrapers and pyramids, simply by following the same set of rules. The researchers started small, tasking three compact robots, or bots, with making a one-story, three-pronged structure all on their own, a job they completed in 30 minutes.The structure “is a proof of principle, a first step,” says Laurent Keller, an evolutionary biologist who uses robots to study social behavior in insects at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and who was not involved in the work. “It would be interesting to see something [built] that is more complex.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)It’s a long-awaited first step, however. In 1995, researchers had proposed that such a feat might be possible, says Dario Floreano, a roboticist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne who was not involved in the work. “But it took almost 20 years before this could be realized—with [this] set of mobile robots.”Werfel and his colleagues envision autonomous robots building sandbag barriers to prevent flooding or doing other types of hazardous work that people either couldn’t or would prefer not to do themselves. Their approach makes possible the use of many simple robots, any of which is expendable, instead of relying on a few sophisticated ones, where the loss of one might jeopardize a project.To get robots to build specific structures, Werfel thought about how termites use a limited repertoire of behaviors to build their mounds. He developed a computer program that works backward from the desired structure, breaking its construction into a series of rules that the robots follow about which way to move and where to put down bricks. The order of the bricklaying is not specified, nor do the robots know what they’ve accomplished. Instead, the robots adjust what they are doing based on the presence of other robots and bricks already in their paths, Werfel and his colleagues report online today in Science and at the annual meeting of AAAS, Science’s publisher, in Chicago, Illinois. Like their termite models, the robots “don’t have explicit instructions to do specific things,” Werfel explains. “Each is just reacting to what it encounters.”To test whether this computer program and this decentralized approach to construction work, Harvard engineer Kirstin Petersen built liter carton-sized robots named Isis, Kali, and Nargun, equipped with four wheel-legs, called whegs, and a front-loader that could pick up and hold 21.5-square-centimeter foam bricks about 4 centimeters high. Sensors enable the bots to detect a black-and-white grid pattern on the bricks to help them navigate, and to sense the presence of the structure’s perimeter and other robots. The robots go forward, backward, turn, and climb up and down one step at a time.Petersen programmed the three robots with the rules needed to make a 10-brick trident (see video). The researchers kicked off the process by laying down three bricks in a row and putting a white arrow on the floor next to these bricks. Each robot circled the bricks until it found the arrow, which prompted it to climb onto the starting bricks, turn to pick up a brick, then move and turn so it could place its brick on the base, and later, on one of the growing prongs of the trident. Then it climbed down and circled until it once again found the arrow to repeat the cycle. The robots don’t know when the structure is done—only when there are no more places to put bricks—and they keep circling until they run out of battery or are turned off, Petersen says.The work “shows that with a simple behavior which was programmed into the robots, you can get a type of construction done,” Keller says. “From their models, they show that using similar rules, you can have more complex structures that can be built.”The trident is not very complex, but as Barbara Webb, a bioroboticist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom who was not involved with the work, points out, “it’s always really hard to make these things work in the real world.” Indeed, Werfel says getting the bots up to speed for the job was quite the challenge, as robots tend to make small errors—they drift off course and can fall off the structure, they fail to pick up the brick, and so on—that add up and need to be corrected.Nonetheless, Floreano says, “the paper shows that robots can be used for construction without a global supervision, making the concept applicable to environments where humans cannot go.”last_img read more

  • The Saga of Indian Hand-woven Fabrics

    first_imgOn August 7 every year since 2015, India celebrates (it would perhaps be more appropriate to use the word ‘observes’) National Handloom Day. The Indian handloom industry is the largest cottage industry in the country. The sector is very important in terms of its size and employment potential. It provides direct and indirect employment to over 13 million weavers and is the single largest economic activity, second only to agriculture.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

  • Ungentlemanly Conduct

    first_imgThe murder of Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer and the explosive, even violent, reaction of cricket fans in India and Pakistan following their elimination from the World Cup has cast a pall of gloom over the games and roiled the cricket world.Woolmer’s death in his hotel room in Jamaica a day after Pakistan was ousted from the tournament was initially attributed to a heart attack, then rumored to have been a suicide before an autopsy concluded that he had been murdered by strangulation. Rumors abound that Woolmer was the victim of betting syndicates and suspicion has even been cast on the Pakistan squad. Jamaican police interrogated, fingerprinted and secured DNA samples of all team members before they left the island for home.In both India and Pakistan angry fans went berserk following their teams’ defeats. Mobs attacked the homes of cricket players in Karachi and in several parts of Pakistan marched to slogans of “Death to Woolmer” and “Death to Inzamam-ul-Haq,” the team’s captain, who has since announced his retirement from international one-day cricket. Likewise, in India fans burnt effigies and held mock funeral processions of players. Wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home in Ranchi, currently under construction, was attacked by rampaging mobs livid at his poor performance. Police were deployed to protect Indian Captain Rahul Dravid’s home in Bangalore, batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s house in Bandra, Mumbai, and bowler Zaheer Khan’s restaurant in Pune. Both Indian coach Greg Chappell and captain Dravid have expressed concerns for their safety.The pain, disappointment and anger — especially after slick marketing and publicity hype ramped up exaggerated expectations — that fans in the sub-continent feel in the aftermath of the disastrous performance of their teams is understandable. A through examination of the commitment and competence of players and sport management, as well as investigations into the overt politicization and over-commercialization of the game is clearly warranted. Without question, half-hearted or lack-luster performance should be called to account and even penalized.But the violence unleashed by angry mobs can neither be justified nor rationalized. Indeed, the obsession and raucousness that sub-continental cricket fans are demonstrating is escalating to the dangerous levels of their fanatical soccer counterparts in Europe.Unsavory bookies are destroying a game that once had a reputation as a gentleman’s sport, in which teams break for lunch, tea and dinner. Less than a decade ago, the game was mired in scandals involving match-fixing that ensnared several prominent players. It now seems patently clear that the International Cricket Council has not moved aggressively enough to police the sport. The time has also come to reign in the excessive commercialization of teams and players, which is increasingly undermining performance and fanning irrational fan behavior. Otherwise, as Mike Atherton wrote recently in London’s Telegraph, the game is “seriously close to losing its soul.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

  • A Touch of Spice

    first_imgThis year Pantone, the global authority on colors, selected Chili Pepper, a deep spicy red, as the color of the year, for everything from interior design to cell phones. Now vegetarians can eat Veggie Delites’ vegetarian kebabs and chicken“In 2007, there is an awareness of the melding of diverse cultural influences, and Chili Pepper is a hreflection of exotic tastes both on the tongue and to the eye,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, adding that painting a wall in Chili Pepper will stir the appetite in a dining room, spark up a kitchen or add glamour and sensuality in a bedroom.What a sea-change for American palates that could not bear the heat and fire of spicy, flavorful foods. Now chili and spice are a part of the American diet and you see them making their way even into desserts and candy! All good news for Indian food, as it shifts from the margins into the mainstream.The new Packaged Facts report, The U.S. Market for Asian Foods, notes: “One of the fastest-growing and most diverse segments of the U.S. population, Asian Americans, are both driving the growth of Asian and Indian foods through their own spending power and, at the same time, changing the palates of their fellow Americans. A broad spectrum of food products from an increasingly wide range of Asian cuisines is fast finding a place in mainstream grocery channels and on mainstream American tables. Along with Chinese food, American consumers are embracing Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and other Asian cuisines, as well as Asian-inspired fusion dishes.” Likewise, Specialty Food Magazine recently observed in an article on emerging food trends, “Mirroring the menus, cocktails are enticing consumers with Latin American, Asian and Indian flavors, too.”At long last, the future of desi khana seems assured in America now that Americans have finally got the Indian spice mix into their blood. Thanks to celebrity chefs, Indian restaurants, ready prepared foods and a number of cookbooks, Indian food has infiltrated the country. Maya Kaimal: The people that I know who really love Indian food and who are American, came to love it because an Indian person fed them, not because they ate it in an Indian restaurant or because they bought a bottle of Indian sauce or pickleIndia is also playing a part in food diplomacy, endearing its way into the international community’s heart through its stomach. It started this year with the export of Indian mangoes to the U.S. and continued with a heightened presence at the recent International Fancy Food and Confections Show organized by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).The Indian pavilion, under the aegis of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) brought in basmati rice, processed foods and a whole kiosk of fresh mangoes, which were sliced up and fed to the thousands attending.A California chef demonstrated mango and basmati recipes to a receptive audience to generate mango-awareness. India produces over 50 percent of the total world production of mangoes and is vying to grab a major share of the export market. Recipes incorporating mangoes into just about everything from martinis to margaritas are being handed out at trade shows.Indian food products were also a part of the repertoire of companies from countries like Malaysia, Singapore, the Caribbean, South Africa and the UK. Some products are entirely Indian, while others have flavors or spices that Indian traders long ago brought to these countries.American manufacturers also seem to be cashing in on the new fad for Indian food and spices. Three years ago, Amy’s Kitchen in California introduced Indian heat-and-eat cuisine to mainstream audiences through major supermarkets and gourmet stores.Our samosas are finally going mainstream! Celebrated TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor has launched his Khazana line of foodsDafur Pastry Kitchens of New York manufactures samosas as part of its hors d’oeuvres line, which includes Indian “salsa” curry Phyllo triangle – a salsa of toasted spices and tomatoes with paneer (homemade Indian cheese). It also sells curry pastry shells with Indian spices brightening the crispy cup.Kabobs Inc. in Lake City, Ga., offers several Indian products along with many other international ones. In poultry it has Chili Lime Chicken Kabob and Tandoori Chicken Satays. And yes, they offer chicken and vegetable samosas too.American companies are also sourcing their spices from India. Victoria Gourmet, a manufacturer and marketer of spice blends, has introduced new organic Tellicherry Peppercorns. “Black peppercorns are common, but a verified single source is uncommon,” says Victoria Taylor, who acquires the best Tellicherry Peppercorns from a trusted, small co-op farmers in India: “These come from Peermade, India, a plantation town south of the Idukki district with lush pepper vines and ideal growing conditions. They are certified organic.”This year Indian food at the specialty foods fair was very visible from three sources – local Indian American manufacturers, an entire pavilion of manufacturers from India, and manufacturers from the Diaspora.The Cremica Group Company founded by Rajni Bector, already established in Europe, UK, Australia and Middle East, was launched at the fair. It offers a range of Indian products, such as vegetarian mayonnaise, Indian flavored dips and syrups, ketchups, cookies and jams. In India, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, and several airlines are using its products. Will these ubiquitous products catch on in America? Imagine Mrs. Bector as the next Mrs. Fields or Sara Lee! A California chef demonstrated mango and basmati recipes to a receptive audience to generate mango awareness at a New York food trade showThe rising global aspirations can be seen in Clique Exports, a Mumbai based company headed by Manish and Amrita Majithia, which manufactures and exports West Indian, Jamaican, Caribbean and African food, such as Jamaican jerk seasoning, cassava flour, yam fufu and noodles from India.A number of Indian American companies have also jumped on to the Indian food train, manufacturing their own products both in the U.S. and India. All the major Indian American players, like Deep Foods, House of Spices, Raja Foods, Kohinoor and Maya Overseas Foods, are thriving and adding new products to their lines.The new buzzword seems to be “healthy” and Indian manufacturers are starting to capitalize on the trend. Deep Foods has introduced vegetarian masala burgers while Raja Foods is offering spicy veggie chicken nuggets and spicy burgers. Master chef Sanjeev Kapoor, celebrated TV host, restaurant consultant and author of best selling cookbooks, has branched out into processed food with his brand Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana, which has 123 Ready to Cook mixes for such dishes as Goan Fish Masala, Methi Chaman Biryani and Chikoo Walnut Kheer, blended masala, chutneys and sprinklers.The globalization of Indian cuisine is opening a new market for new products. A case in point is Narinder Jaisinghani of Veggie Delites and the Kebab Factory, which manufactures ready to eat, frozen vegetarian and non-vegetarian products. One of its exciting new products is Veggie Delites – just heat and eat, but with a difference. Now vegetarians can eat kebabs and chicken, which is so close to the original as to be almost scary! Veg Lolly, spicy vegetable mix on edible bread stick, and vegetable fingers, shami kebabs, paneer rolls, Hare Bhare Kebab and soya kebabs are some of the choices for vegetarians who generally are limited to deep fried samosas and pakoras.Indian food businesses are sprouting up all over the U.S. Taste of Malacca, headed by Susheela Raghavan, offers gourmet spice blends with four product lines. In San Ramon, Calif., the noted cookbook author Laxmi Hiremath has launched Laxmi Delights, which introduces her own creations, including organic Flaxseed Spread with Ginger and Honey, Date Spread with Orange Juice, and sweet, spiced nuts. Kerala curry Brand’s Ann Varkey has introduced Southern ranchers to chicken curryCAS Foods in Charlottesville, Va., offers several products, including Goa Coconut Curry and Madras Masala Curry. Another company Chanteclere Foods has launched a salad dressing, the Indian Curry Mango Dressing, a blend of exotic flavors, which can be used for marinating ingredients as well as dressings for salads. Cinnabar Specialty Foods, founded by Neera Tandon, in Prescott, Ariz., has several products, including Neera’s Urad and Channa Dal Mix and Neera’s Vegetable Chutney. Another company in Los Angeles, Calif., Commissariat Imports Inc., is distributing products under the Bombay Brand label and its Eggplant Pickle was a winner of the NASFT’s best aisle product.Award winning cookbook author Maya Kaimal has introduced a new line of chutneys recently while her line of simmer sauces, Tikka Masala, Coconut Curry, Tamarind Curry, Vindaloo and Classic Korma, hit the market in 2003. The products are hrefrigerated, all natural, vegetarian, preservative-free and made with high-quality ingredients, including fresh curry leaves, freshly ground spices and slowly caramelized onions“The market was already overcrowded with jarred sauces, but sauces were a great way to give people a shortcut to making Indian curries, so to differentiate our line we decided to make it hrefrigerated,” she says. “We were able to occupy a unique niche in the market and at the same time we were able to give Indian food a kind of gourmet cachet, because the part of the store we’d be shelved would it be near high end products like fine cheese, fresh pestos and pasta sauces. It gave us an opportunity to present Indian food as a more gourmet, high end, high quality product.”At the food show, she served the chutneys, which will be launched in October, in innovative ways – as dips, relishes, in salads and on crackers – targeting it as a crossover item. Curious crowds gathered to taste something new served in familiar ways.“Globalization is changing the face of India and Americans are seeing it as a glamorous, sophisticated place,” Kaimal says, which accounts for Indian food’s emerging star status. “There’s now a special appreciation of all things Indian. Indian food is finally being presented in a restaurant form that’s very elegant. This has been going on in the UK for a very long time, but finally in the U.S. you are getting people who are ready to spend a lot of money on a fine Indian meal.”She says that historically people thought of Indian food as inexpensive and couldn’t bring themselves to spend $20 on an entrée, but that’s changing and is hreflected in the rise of celebrity Indian chefs in America and Europe.Cuisine mirrors the fashion world: Designer labels inspire cheaper knock offs and the styles and innovations trickle down to the masses. In much the same way, packaged goods are reaching a larger market, because of the increased appeal of Indian food.“People are seeing many more Indians than they ever have in this country. Chances that people know Indians and have tasted their food, and chances of Americans traveling to India are high now,” says Kaimal. “The people that I know who really love Indian food and who are American, came to love it because an Indian person fed them, not because they ate it in an Indian restaurant or because they bought a bottle of Indian sauce or pickle.”Indian Americans in very personal and intimate ways are introducing Americans to the foods they have known since childhood. By eating a meal in someone’s house or sharing a co-worker’s packed lunch, Americans get to taste an authentic version of Indian food.A remarkable story of creating change at the grassroots is that of Rollo and Ann Varkey, two lone Indians in the small town of Pittsboro, N.C., which has only 3,000 residents. Most of them know about Indian cuisine, thanks to the Varkeys, who are creators of the Kerala Curry brand.“My wife Ann and I used to work for Nortel Networks at Research Triangle Park for over 16 years and started this food manufacturing business in 2002 when the telecommunication industry slowed down,” says Varkey, who is from Kerala. His small company is located in Pittsboro, in rural Chatham County, in a federally inspected USDA plant.“Under the Goodness Grows in North Carolina program, we try to buy most of our ingredients from North Carolina for our manufacturing needs, except spices, which come from Kerala,” he says. The couple use fresh North Carolina chicken in their products and raise Angus cattle on their 100-acre ranch. Starting with one product, a ready-to-eat chicken curry in a can five years ago, they now have 25 shelf stable products, bulk frozen curry products and fresh chilled individual meals in specialty and gourmet stores in over 22 states, including Hawaii. They are introducing a new line of frozen meals in sealed trays this year.Their products are sold at major stores like Whole Foods and a number of cooperatives, where most customers are mainstream Americans. All the products are manufactured in Pittsboro, except for the pappadams, which are imported from India.Yet even in this very rural Southern town, people are buying Kerala Curry. Varkey says all his neighbors love his wife’s chicken curry, and the ranchers wedge it between Southern biscuits and eat it as a sandwich. He says, “One of my neighbors does a lot of barbecue cooking and uses my meat masala on his pork and other meat cuts. Ranchers also use it for their venison meat, rural Southerners really love the curries!”And so, bite by bite and plate by plate, the spice revolution rolls on! Related Itemslast_img read more

  • How Data Analytics Is Shaping What You Watch

    first_imgWhen Netflix decided to go into the entertainment-producing business by commissioning the streaming series House of Cards, there was a lot of data to be crunched before the first download ever took place, said Dave Hastings, Netflix’s director of product analytics, data science and engineering.“You do not make a $100 million investment these days without an awful lot of analytics,” Hastings said at the recent Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Conference in Philadelphia. While some may claim that Netflix over-analyzed House of Cards, Hastings is adamant that it was the way to go. “We have had a whole catalogue of things we did not make. We wanted early on to be careful, and it has worked out.”Just four years after the March 2011 release of that first season of House of Cards, Hastings said Netflix has as many as 60 series seasons in the works or soon to arrive, from season two of comic book adaptation Marvel’s Daredevil to another House of Cards season to a new comedy talk show with Chelsea Handler. All of them will undergo thorough analytics before release.“We live and breathe the customer,” said Hastings. “We want to be the world’s leader in Internet TV. When you have aspirations of being the largest, that means shaping demand. What is Internet TV and how does it differ from linear TV — the questions around that are what we use analytics for.”In terms of corporate maneuvering, the speed at which Netflix has altered course in its business practices could give anyone along for the ride whiplash. Started in 1997 after CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings got irked about a $40 video store late-fee for the movie Apollo 13, it rapidly became the No. 1 DVD-by-mail rental service, shipping out its billionth DVD by 2007.However, recognizing that streaming video would eventually displace physical movie rentals, its management team slowly de-emphasized the DVD mailing business and expanded into streaming. By 2010, that business had become its calling card. The move into producing entertainment, said Hastings, was the natural next step, and it was heavily planned, taking into account a lot of big data.“House of Cards is an outstanding show, but it was a huge bet from the company to get into that business,” Hastings noted. “We were a technology company, and it took some highly creative education to move into entertainment production. There was a lot of analysis.“But it was not what urban legend had it,” he added. “People said the whole show concept was made analytically — that we needed Kevin Spacey as the lead in a political drama, and so forth. I mean, in theory you could do those things with analytics, but there is a far gap between that and what we did. On the other hand, we hope now to be the biggest original studio in a few years.”Netflix had to establish a strong analytics infrastructure early on, Hastings noted. The company, for instance, had to determine how many DVDs of which movies it would need on hand to meet demand. And that focus only became more important as the company moved to streaming.“The foundation of the streaming business was analytics,” he said. “Our catalogue was extremely limited when we started streaming. We had to be right in what we were trying to deliver.”Getting to Know Your CustomerHastings said that currently the company is using analytics to see how to expand services in a variety of ways. For instance, it uses data on different regions to see what to promote in the American South or in urban areas or in Australia – Netflix’s newest streaming market. The company also needs to know what sorts of customers are using the service on televisions versus those who are using hand-held devices.“You integrate all this together, and you really get to know who your customer is,” he said.Bill Franks, chief analytics officer for Teradata, which works with Netflix on big data, was on the dais with Hastings, and noted that it’s not enough for a company to have powerful analytics tools; applying them correctly to an end product is the key.“Analytics cannot replace execution,” said Franks. “If you can’t deliver a good experience, analytics are irrelevant. Netflix made sure those videos were delivered and they were not stopping every 10 minutes.“Sometimes you go overboard on theories, but Netflix was pragmatic and looking for the best solution with the data they got,” he said.Hastings said Netflix can use as much data as it can get on customers, distribution and the like, and it’s always looking to improve its algorithms. He noted that Netflix’s streaming services are so vast that the company is the largest user of downstream North American web traffic, accounting for as much as a third of traffic.“It is a huge amount of data to wade through,” he said. “You have an issue then of scale with the analytics you do.”Though Netflix has $5.5 billion in sales, it has only 1,600 employees. Hastings said the company hired 187 people last quarter, which seemed a lot to those there, but was, he realized, a small number for a company with its reach. Because of that, Teradata’s Franks said, Netflix has to be careful in what its staff does with analytics to ensure that it does not overreach.“We are getting to the point, with all the data we can have, that there will be tradeoffs,” said Franks. “The focus has to be on achieving a gain, not just analytics for its own sake.”That said, according to Hastings, there is little in the new entertainment realm that will go online without a lot of advance study.“I can say that no changes in Netflix’s products are not tested and validated, and we do not just test to test,” he said. “If we do not believe it will improve, it will not be tested. We have 300 major tests of products and dozens of variations within. When you go into Netflix, hopefully we are improving your experience. How do we increase streaming? How do we increase customer retention? We mine lots of data for those sorts of things.”‘Morphing and Twisting’Sometimes, though, Hastings admits, the results of analytics get overruled at Netflix. For instance, he said, data would indicate that the company should make it hard to cancel its service – that making it difficult to quit would increase retention rates. But, he said, the founders of the company early on knew they wanted to make it easy for a customer to cancel: It would, they hoped, give the company a good reputation, and they realized that ultimately, making their customers frustrated would not be a good thing.“The data said we should not have done that,” he noted, but he admits it worked, enhancing Netflix’s reputation in the long run.Teradata’s Franks said that if it wanted to, Netflix could almost be a stand-alone analytics firm.“It is getting blurry out there as to what companies are in,” said Franks. “AT&T is not just a phone provider. It is providing TV, and then has its own data. Nike is now manufacturing high-tech electronics and housing data in its data center, not just doing knitted sportswear. Companies can commercialize the use of their data outside of their core business. It is a fascinating time, and a lot of companies will be morphing and twisting.”Hastings said, however, that despite all the change the company has gone through in its 18 years, Netflix is not looking to be constantly shifting businesses.“We are really careful about doing things outside our core,” he said. “If you are distracted, you waver from being the best. There are [ways to use our data that] could theoretically make money, but it would be a distraction from using those analytics to be the best we can be in our core businesses.”According to Franks and Hastings, there are sometimes things analytics cannot measure effectively, at least at not given the current state of the art.“Mood is an interesting thing to try to go after. When you sit down in front of your iPad, we do not know what your mood is. There is only so much information we have,” said Hastings. “Maybe we can tell certain things by the time of the day, but I don’t know what I am going to do tomorrow and I don’t know what I will want to watch tonight, so getting that mood right is not part of analytics right now.”Franks agreed, but said that outliers in analytic data have to be expected.“Even if I go to such-and-such restaurant every day and order such-and-such sandwich all the time, today I might decide to go with the other submarine sandwich,” said Franks. “Even perfect data will not always lead you to a perfect conclusion. But, like Netflix, if you go with the aggregate, you will be successful.” Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Farmers’ delegation meets U.P. Governor

    first_imgA delegation of Rampur farmers met Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik here on Sunday, urging him to help them get back the “land of farmers” from senior SP leader Azam Khan.The former Uttar Pradesh Minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor.In a statement issued here, Congress leader Faisal Khan Lala said: “A 12-member delegation met U.P. Governor Ram Naik and handed over a memorandum to him, informing him that despite being mentioned in the list of land grabbers, Azam Khan was unwilling to leave the land of farmers and poor people.”“Despite a large number of cases registered against him, the police are yet to arrest him,” he added.Governor’s assuranceMr. Lala said the Governor assured the delegation of taking up the matter with the Chief Minister. Family members of those whose land was allegedly grabbed by the Rampur MP were part of the delegation.Recently, Rampur MP Azam Khan’s name was put on an online list of “land mafias” by the district administration.“The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of the anti-land mafia portal of the State government after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) J.P. Gupta had said.last_img read more

  • Rajasthan Human Rights Commission seeks law against live-in relationships

    first_imgThe Rajasthan Human Rights Commission demanded on Wednesday that the State government enact a law against live-in relationships to secure the rights of a woman to live a dignified life in the society.A Bench of the State Human Rights Commission, comprising justices Prakash Tatia and Mahesh Chandra Sharma, sent a recommendation letter in this regard to the Chief Secretary and the Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department), urging the State to enact a law and also request the Centre to follow suit.In live-in relationships, a woman has to sacrifice her right to a dignified life, it said.The commission added that it had invited suggestions from stakeholders, including police and the civil society, on whether a law be enacted to provide security to women in live-in relationships.It said since women in live-in relationships are not able to secure their fundamental rights, it was the duty of the State government and human right activists to run awareness campaigns against such cohabitation outside marital boundaries. It is the duty of the State and the central governments to take immediate steps and prohibit live-in relationships by enacting a law, the Bench added.last_img read more

  • NDA will get three-fourth majority in Maharashtra assembly polls, says Amit Shah

    first_imgVisiting Mumbai, a day after announcement of Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday chose not to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray maintaining secrecy over whether or not both parties will contest the election as an alliance.Addressing a public rally in Goregaon, Mr. Shah announced that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would continue at the post even after the polls. The BJP president went on to say that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would get three-fourth majority in the Assembly of 288 seats. While his reference to the NDA has sent mix signals, Mr. Shah did not mention Shiv Sena in his speech. This is being viewed as a snub to the Sena which is projecting Aaditya Thackeray, son of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, as its nominee for the CM’s post.“The Fadnavis government worked alongside Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The Modi government got a second term and I am clear voters have made up their minds to give Fadnavis another term,” Mr. Shah said.However, throughout the day Mr. Shah did not hold any political meeting either with the BJP leaders or with Mr. Thackeray, as speculated. It was widely believed that the meeting between both the leaders would iron out any wrinkles in their partnership and an alliance between two parties would be finalised.The Sena chief has already said that he is hopeful of an alliance with the BJP while Mr. Fadnavis too has said that both parties will contest as part of a coalition. Mr. Thackeray has also said that the seat-sharing formula for the Assembly polls was decided by himself, Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Shah before Lok Sabha polls. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai on Friday said that the Sena would accept the number of seats given to it by the BJP.Intense speculation is continuing on the number of seats each part would contest, with the latest version being BJP would contest 162 seats with Sena contesting on 126. The smaller parties would be accommodated from BJP’s quota.Senior Sena leader Divakar Raote had said that party expects 50:50 seat sharing formula and failing to do so would result in the breaking of the alliance. The BJP however has retorted by saying those not part of the seat-sharing talks should not get involved.last_img read more

  • Ayodhya verdict: Sunni Waqf Board likely to take decision on accepting land on Nov. 26

    first_imgThe Sunni Central Waqf Board on Sunday said a decision on whether to accept a 5-acre land for building a mosque in Ayodhya will be taken at its meeting likely on November 26.In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, while directing the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.UP Sunni Central Waqf Board Chairman, Zufar Farooqui told PTI that he was getting diverse views on whether to take the land.“Board’s general body meeting is expected on November 26 in which it will be decided whether to take 5-acre land as directed by the Supreme Court or not,” he said.Also Read Ayodhya verdictVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3201:32  Ayodhya verdict| Not a victory or a defeat for anyone, says RSS “The meeting was earlier scheduled on November 13 but it was postponed and is now expected on November 26. I am getting diverse views on taking the land but I personally feel negativity can be won only with positivity,” Mr. Farooqui said.He said some persons are advising that land should not be taken for the Babri mosque but “I think it will increase negativity.”Noting that he had advocated for mediation to resolve Ayodhya issue, Farooqui said, “Though mediation did not succeed my views are clear.”“Some persons are also advising that the land should be taken by Waqf board and an educational institution, with a mosque established in its premises,” he said. He said as far as land is concerned, government has to follow the Supreme Court verdict.“We will decide whether we will take it or not. If the Board decides to take land in its meeting, we will decide how it is to be taken and what will be its condition,” he added.“We welcome the Supreme Court verdict in the case. The Board has no plans to challenge it.The Board had last month proposed withdrawing claim on the disputed land with some conditions in national interest.last_img read more

  • Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines

    first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Thirty years ago, Benjie Paras proudly trotted out his gold medal after leading the Philippines to the championship in the men’s basketball competition in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.Fast forward to today. It’s now his son Kobe’s turn to wear the gold around his neck for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img 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 PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia “I’m really happy because I was telling ever since that I want to play five-on-five. I was given the chance and I really made the most of it. I just hope that I made the Filipinos proud,” he said.The younger Paras now embarks on a new journey with Cal State Northridge as he reboots his collegiate career in the United States.“When I go to the States, it’s strictly business. It’s not like here that I’m fighting for our country. There, I’ll play for myself and the future,” he said. “I love my teammates, I love everyone, and I can’t wait to get back there.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The younger Paras said he’s honored to have achieved something his dad has also done.“It feels good. When we won against Indonesia, my dad called me right away and joked that we both won gold. It just feels good that I was able to do something he has done at this age,” the young prodigy said.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 shutoutKobe and Benjie were both 19 when they won the gold in the biennial meet, making the parallelism more interesting for the father-and-son tandem.The 6-foot-6 swingman, though, is just glad to finally have the opportunity to don the national colors and represent the country in five-on-five competition after years of strutting his stuff in the 3×3 scene.last_img read more

  • Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea

    first_imgEverton’s English striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stockport Magsitrates court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017.Rooney, England’s all-time record goalscorer and former captain, appeared at court after being arrested by on September 1, and consequently charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFFormer England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drunk-driving.The Everton striker apologised for an “unforgivable lack of judgement” following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the drink-drive limit while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Rooney first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton and went on to score 17 goals in 77 appearances for the “Toffees” before moving to Manchester United, where he won multiple trophies, including the Champions League. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  His legal team asked the judge to consider not imposing a community order because of his ongoing charitable work but he said he was “not convinced” that imposing a large fine “would have the same effect”.Rooney, who rejoined boyhood club Everton after 13 trophy-laden years at Manchester United in July, tweeted an apology to his 16.4 million followers.“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” Rooney said in a statement.“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight He was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT) on September 1 and later arrested and bailed.Stockport Magistrates’ Court was told a breathalyser test showed Rooney’s alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.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 shutoutThe drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.Rooney, 31, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charity workEarlier, Rooney entered court in a dark blue suit and black tie and sat in the public gallery next to his agent Paul Stretford.When asked how he pleaded to the charge that he drove under the influence of alcohol while over the prescribed limit, he replied guilty.Michael Rainford, defending, said Rooney accepted the facts of the prosecution case in full and highlighted his charity work.“He is not somebody who pays lip service to the charities as so many often do,” he said. “This is somebody who is actually hands-on with the work he carries out. It is something that is very close to his heart.”Following the hearing, the footballer left court with his lawyers again followed by a media scrum of TV cameras, press photographers and reporters.His entourage fought their way through the throng to a waiting people-carrier with tinted windows and Rooney was driven away.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with internally, adding that he was “disappointed” by the drink-driving charge.Rooney has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.He was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton.last_img read more

  • Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks

    first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought we played with a great spirit,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “Our mindset was right where it needs to be. It’s defending and passing the ball. It was a simple game plan but they did it with great effort, great passion. Now we just need to keep doing it.”Markieff Morris matched his season high with 23 points while making four 3-pointers. Frazier had a season-high 14 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think everybody just picked up the slack for John Wall not playing,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Wall, selected to his fifth All-Star team as a reserve Tuesday, was held out due to a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. He missed nine games earlier in the season with soreness in the knee. Anthony reaches milestone as Thunder beat Pistons 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Wizards pulled away with an 11-2 run to open the second quarter. Kelly Oubre Jr. opened the quarter with a powerful left-handed jam and free throw. Oubre, who had 15 points, capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 38-20 lead.Washington’s superior long-range shooting was decisive. While Atlanta made only 2 of its first 16 3-pointers, the Wizards made 10 of 17 in the first half and led 61-45 at the break. Morris made each of his three 3s in the half and four of five for the game.Satoransky, making his first start of the season, sank a 3-pointer for the first points of the game. He had 11 points. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Wizards, who had lost two straight and four of five, pulled away with a strong start to the second quarter and never trailed.“No offense to Atlanta, but we’re a lot better team than they are,” Morris said. “They’re a young team.”Mike Scott, who began his career in Atlanta, had 19 points. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. each had 18 for Washington.Washington made 18 3-pointers, matching its high mark for the season.Taurean Prince, Tyler Dorsey and Dewayne Dedmon each had 14 points to lead Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney (5) crashes into Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. APATLANTA — With John Wall held out with a sore knee, Washington’s winning game plan was executed to near perfection by his backups.Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier combined for 21 assists with only three turnovers and Washington used balanced scoring and strong 3-point shooting for a 129-104 runaway victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police 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 commentslast_img read more

  • No excuses for Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum after 2nd loss

    first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFatigue finally caught up on CJ Perez and Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Going through the grindhouse for the better part of the last two weeks in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup and the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Gilas Pilipinas “23-for-23” cadet admitted that their tough schedule may have lead to to its 85-91 defeat to CEU on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sta. Lucia nabs first win in PSL Grand Prix Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Maybe, that’s a factor too,” he said in Filipino.But not one make excuses, Perez knows that the Jawbreakers should know better to manage these circumstances and still compete up until the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t want to make excuses. We have to learn how to finish the games regardless of our situation,” he said.Perez was largely kept in check in the game, going on a paltry 7-of-20 shooting from the field to wound up with 17 points and eight rebounds against his four turnovers. The Jawbreakers return to the court next Tuesday against another NCAA rival in Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting His struggles were further typified when he missed two treys and a pair of freebies in the final 13 seconds when Zark’s-Lyceum was trying to mount a belated run.“Maybe, they really prepared well for me,” said Perez, giving praise to the defensive job by the CEU swingmen. “They know that I’m going to get my touches and I really had to work hard in this game.”Several things didn’t go the Jawbreakers way with Perez misfiring and Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu staying on the bench due to an ankle injury sustained in the first half, but they refused to go down without a fight.Despite the loss, which was only Zark’s-Lyceum’s second in six contests, Perez opted to stay positive and look at the game as a a learning curve.“They were better than us. It was close, but we fell in the end and that’s where we need to learn from,” he said. “It was still a great experience for us. We just have to learn from it.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA

    first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba,” the Brooklyn-native wrote on his personal Twitter account.It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekFFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017 Prior to becoming the Chinese league’s most popular adoptive son, “Starbury” was considered one of the NBA’s premier point guards and was named an All Star twice, in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 seasons.He was selected fourth overall in the 1996 NBA draft and formed one the most exciting duos in the league alongside Kevin Garnett with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He also made stops with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns and his hometown New York Knicks.After seeing his production slip after 14 years in the league, Marbury elected to take his talents to China in 2010, where he experienced a career resurgence—winning three CBA championships, a CBA Finals MVP award, a CBA Foreign MVP award and getting named an All-Star on six occasions, according to Bleacher Report.It’s going to be quite a task for Marbury, who’s now 40, to land an NBA contract, considering the amount of young and talented players at his position today. /raADVERTISEMENT In this April 9, 2017, photo, former NBA All Star Stephon Marbury attends an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Stephen Marbury has made himself at home in the Chinese Baskeball Association (CBA), but it looks like he is ready to return to where he started.The 40-year-old guard, who last played for the Boston Celtics in 2009, bared his desire to return to the National Basketball Association (NBA).ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ RELATED STORY:Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&ASports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Read Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

  • What’s down

    first_imgPreity Zinta. She went underwater for her 36th birthday, snorkelling in the Maldives to celebrate.Sonu Nigam.Sonu Nigam. With fewer songs on hand, the 37-year-old singer is now concentrating on his hair, with bizarre results. The bun atop his head at an awards show was an all-time low. Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan. The man behind this summer’s genius blockbuster, Inception, was not among the list of Oscar nominees for Best Director. Is it a bad dream? Pooja BediPooja Bedi splits from beau Dwiti Vikramaditya days after announcing to the world that they were to get married.  Veena MalikVeena Malik. A case has been filed in a Lahore court against her for “immoral acts”. Salman Khan.Salman Khan’s alcoholic consumption. The actor is off drinks till he completes his new film.  Preity ZintaPreity Zinta. The Kings XI Punjab owner had a spat with Siddharth Mallya of Royal Challengers over Saurabh Tiwary who had already been sold to the latter for USD 1.4 million.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 24, 2011)GovindaGovinda’s weight. The actor is trimming the excess baggage to look fit for his upcoming film Naughty @ 40. He has lost 8 kg. (From India Today magazine issue dated January 24, 2011) Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL auction. Sigh. One gentleman less in a very gentleman-less version of the game.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 17, 2011) Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh. The Indian batsman finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the Top 10 Sporting Egos of recent times.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 17, 2011) advertisementlast_img read more