Last year I did a series of entries on the opportunity to avoid brick and mortar ( or steel and drywall in most cases ) data center expansion. The math was pretty compelling. If you have depreciated enterprise servers in production, and at 10% utilization today, and the current “state of the art” Xeon servers will easily give you 5x or more performance gain. In this scenario, you can get 50x the capacity in the same space and power. My formula was pretty conservative – 5x performance, 5x utilization with virtualization, and 2x the rack density by measuring actual power and using high efficiency designs.Intel’s Core i-7 variant for Xeon ( code named Nehalem) only enhances this opportunity. The Xeon 5500 series processor launches in March 2009, and although performance benchmarks are still pretty scarce, the buzz in the industry is that this is the biggest leap in Intel Xeon performance in many years. Consider the impact – if this processor doubles current Xeon 5400 performance, that could yield 100x the compute capacity in the same footprint and power. Before you get out the sledge hammer you really should evaluate server refresh. An aggressive server refresh with state of the art Intel Xeon based systems can deliver the performance and capacity for business needs, AND avoid capital data center expansion. In this economy, avoiding real estate expansion should make you a hero at work.If this is not enough, take a look at optimizing your cooling ratio. see whitepaper_energy efficiency in the data center.pdf or Reducing Data Center Cost with an Air Economizer. This could give you another few thousand watts per rack, to increase density and push your multipliers even higher.
In fact, our survey showed infrastructure updates topped the strategic priority list, beating out big data, mobility, and cloud—because each of these three initiatives require a newly designed data center. Innovating with older architecture can be difficult and expensive and can add to complexity.A data center infrastructure upgrade optimizes performance; delivers more capacity; and balances necessary compute, networking, and storage resources. Newer infrastructure featuring servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 familyOpens in a new window was designed for this purpose. These new servers pack more power into a smaller footprint, handle virtualization more efficiently, scale elastically to adapt to fluctuating workloads, and support 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) and intelligent storage solutions.Real-time Big Data ProcessingAnother insight from our research is a shift in the way data is processed by IT and delivered to business leaders. The importance of real-time processing is growing, as you can see in the charts below. This is an excellent example of the changing demands on our infrastructure and the need for a balanced approach that improves performance and makes real-time analytics a reality. Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Big Data InfrastructureBig data, mobility, and cloud represent the great technology trio that enterprises consider top IT prioritiesOpens in a new window. However, right up there with these high-visibility initiatives is updating data center infrastructure—a more mundane initiative but critically important to the success of the other three. Intel’s 2013 big data surveyOpens in a new window found that 50 percent of respondents listed modernizing infrastructure as one of their top three priorities.Why Infrastructure Matters Step 4: Deploying new data analytics software running the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop* helped achieve the final processing time: seven minutes. Step 1: Upgrading to new servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family cut processing time in half. Step 3: Implementing new networking with Intel 10 GbE solutions were faster still. Step 2: Deploying new storage solutions using Intel Solid-State Drives (SSDs) shaved significantly more processing time. The benefits of a balanced infrastructure are significant. Intel recently evaluated how a new and balanced infrastructure dramatically reduced big data processing time from four hours to seven minutesOpens in a new window. There were four steps involved in achieving this result.The infographic featured here shows how each of these infrastructure upgrades contribute to the processing time reductionOpens in a new window.The testing team began with a basic configuration of older Intel servers. Processing time benchmark: four hours. Discover all the details of how these technologies were used together to deliver balanced infrastructure for real-time, big data analytics in the Intel IT Center white paper Big Data Technologies for Near-Real-Time Results.From the Lab to the BusinessA growing number of companies are experiencing the advantages of a balanced approach to upgrading infrastructure.Public cloud service provider MiCloudOpens in a new window optimized cloud performance to address increasing big data demands by building an architecture that included a similar approach to what I outlined above. They boosted internal processing speed and reduced data transmission delays by 80 percent for storage and 40 percent for network adapters.BMW estimates it will have 10 million cloud-connected carsOpens in a new window generating 100 million requests and 1 terabyte of data per day by 2018. The company is in the process of implementing a two-phase planOpens in a new window using Open Data Center Alliance* usage models for upgrading their cloud infrastructure to handle the demand.If your organization is thinking about deploying a big data solution, is infrastructure modernization part of the plan? Be sure to join the conversation and share your challenges and successes.Chris Peters Chris Peters is a business strategist with more than 21 years of experience ranging from Information Technology, manufacturing, supply chain, nuclear power and consumer products.Find him on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Follow him on TwitterOpens in a new window (@Chris_P_Intel)Check out his previous posts and discussions#ITCenterOpens in a new window #BigdataOpens in a new window #IntelXeonOpens in a new window
Indian IT companies have not yet woken up to the challenges posed by other countries, especially those in Eastern Europe, where the talent pool is burgeoning. Related Items
The Bank of Baroda played a key role in allowing the Gupta family, accused of “state capture” in South Africa, to move hundreds of millions of dollars linked to alleged backroom deals into offshore accounts as far flung as Hong Kong, UK, and the U.S, according to an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Hindu.While the bank’s headquarters in India denies any wrongdoing, the Hindu reported on Feb. 27 that its reporters got access to interviews and documents that show that the bank’s South African branch issued unapproved loan guarantees, nipped internal compliance efforts in the bud, and prevented regulators from learning about suspicious transactions, which ultimately benefited the Gupta empire.The report says that the bank, whose account the Guptas used since 2005, hosted numerous suspicious transactions with their real companies and shell companies controlled by the family, such as back-to-back loans and transfers with no apparent legal or commercial purpose. The investigators suspect that were used to disguise the origin of the money.The transactions of Gupta accounts dominated the entire Bank of Baroda branch in Johannesburg, and 4.5 billion rand (about $532 million) was transferred among the companies between 2007 and 2017. Zuma’s son Duduzane and one of his wives, who has a position in the family’s company, were beneficiaries of numerous dodgy transactions, the report added.The documents state that while bank employees filed alerts about irregularities, the bank managers used their authority to suppress them and to mark these transactions as “genuine.” Reports of suspicious activity never reached the South African Financial Intelligence Centre, the state body in charge of reviewing and acting on them.The Hindu reported quoting a senior Indian government official that the bank asked the Central Vigilance Commission to initiate penalty proceedings against two officials — one of them being the South African branch’s head Sanjiv Gupta, who may face disciplinary action or dismissal over the bank’s functioning in the country. The bank announced on Feb. 12 that it is shutting down its South African branch.The Bank of Baroda in a response to the Hindu-OCCRP questions, stated: “The South African operations of the Bank have always been, and continue to be conducted in accordance with the laws and regulations of the home and host country regulators.”The Indian state-owned bank came under probe as it emerged in April 2016 that it was the only bank willing to do business with the Gupta brothers. The Guptas came under public heat after details of their dealings were made public in the 2016 report, State of Capture, by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.The Gupta brothers, who are currently on the run, are accused of influence peddling and state capture along with former South African President Jacob Zuma, who resigned on Feb. 14 under pressure from the ruling party African National Congress. South African elite police unit Hawks also raided the family’s mansion in Saxonworld, Johannesburg, froze their assets, and issued an arrest warrant for Ajay Gupta. The former president’s son Duduzane, who has been pointed out as key beneficiary in Gupta’s financial dealings, is also believed to be on the run. The family and Duduzane are said to be in Dubai. Related Itemsbank of barodaGupta FamilySouth Africa
As the Australian Labor Party and Australian Greens Party gear up for battle for Batman by-election this week, Greens’ perennial Batman candidate Alex Bhathal has found herself in the middle of a controversy. In weeks leading up to the by-election, Bhathal has become the a subject of a 101-page internal complaint by 18 party volunteers, the Australian reported.While the party leadership stepped in last week, saying that the “internal matter” has been resolved, federal Greens leader Richard Di Natalie affirmed the party’s support to their Batman candidate. “We’re now in a position where Alex has been endorsed completely, comprehensively by her branch, by the state party and indeed by so many people in this electorate,” Di Natalie said, news.com.au reported.Di Natalie added that the complainants had requested “confidentiality.” However, several party workers told ABC news website that they would prefer that Bhathal loses the election, since the due process for investigation as per party rules was not followed.The issues raised against Bhathal, going far back as 2013, ranged from intimidation to bullying, according to the Australian, which obtained a copy of the complaint. “This misconduct has included systematic intimidation, and malicious and reckless false statements about members and party decisions,” the document, which was filed mid-January, states.The document also talks of Bhathal’s alleged misuse of confidential party information in 2013 and 2014. A spokesman for Bhathal’s campaign was quoted by the ABC as saying that the issues raised “relate to a period over five years ago when the party was undertaking significant reforms, including the establishment of a position of state director. These reforms were vigorously debated but once passed, have been an important factor in the Greens recent success.”Bhathal, a social worker, told news.com.au that people can make their own judgments, saying: “I think the people of my community have known me for over 30 years, they’ve known me as a mum at the local school, as a committed volunteer, as a social worker and I trust that they will rely on their first-hand knowledge of me when they go to vote.”These revelations have also led to caustic attacks against her on social media, with people targeting her heritage, saying Bhathal should open her “bullying chakra.” Bhathal, in response, released a statement saying that she is proud of her South Asian heritage and is “disappointed” by attacks on her “culture.” Bhathal’s father hails from Punjab and moved to Australia at the age of 17.The Batman by-election, which is scheduled to be held on March 17, was announced after Labour MP David Feeney resigned on Jan. 31 following questions over his dual citizenship. Feeney, who defeated Bhathal in the 2016 elections, told the parliament that he had no confirmation of whether his British citizenship, inherited through his Irish father, has been renounced.This will be Bhathal’s sixth attempt at the Batman seat — she has run for the seat repeatedly since 2001. Batman is the seat covering inner north of Melbourne, which covers Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir. Related ItemsAustraliaMelbourne
It’s a Saturday night in Gainesville, Florida. Sari-clad Indian mothers on one side, tipsy college students on the other. Penn Masala, a 14-man fusion a capella group, is singing in their silk kurta pyjamas to a packed auditorium.Karan Shah* spends most of the concert with his head bowed under a conductor’s cap, thumbs darting across his Blackberry. As the final Bollywood song fades, the University of Florida students head home for more rum and cokes before heading downtown. Shah eats a slice of New York style pizza with friends and is dropped at his apartment while the group makes plans. At midnight he drives an hour and a half west to meet one of the “big guys.” They chat. They smoke. Shah gives him money and receives his share of marijuana and some hash. At 4 a.m. he pulls back into his apartment complex, waving to his friends who stumble outside their doors.“I want to be my own boss. I want to be a partner in my law firm, I want to be the CEO of my company, I want to be the founder of my company, I want to work on my own schedule. I want to be a serial entrepreneur,” Shah, 19, said one evening as he played hip-hop videos on YouTube.Right now the young entrepreneur, a philosophy and business student, pays for his rent, social life and gas with the $450 he makes each week from selling pot.His parents, who he describes as laid back, but “hardcore about academics,” think that his scholarships are paying for his tuition and they provide him money for food. And that isn’t unlikely. Shah scored almost perfect on his SATs and maintains a 3.6 GPA. He plans to go to law school.The ABCD’s – American Born Confused Desis – is a subculture expected to become the next batch of medical students, entrepreneurs and cancer-curing researchers for which Indian parents laid the foundation. They are expected to become neurosurgeons, marry from the same state in India and embody the best of both cultures. Yada, yada….On their own time, they drink, maybe smoke, date non-desis, or take classes in poetry and acting. While not all are hiding drug-dealing careers or two-year relationships, not just a few find themselves lying in bed on Sunday morning saying, “Yea Mom, I’m at the library,” and “Yes, I aced my Organic Chemistry exam.” This is not a story about the bad eggs or the exceptions. You don’t have to reach far to find hidden tales. This is story about my friends, their friends and our families – the struggle to straddle two countries and remain true to our self.It starts at home with the spelling bees, the reading competitions and gifted classes. Get an A plus, not just an A, parents say before the kids can tie their shoelaces or lose a tooth. Nikhil Palekar, 30, a New York-based psychiatrist originally from Mumbai, says that parents see their child’s performance as a reflection of themselves, “The Indian parent takes it 10 notches further.”And it doesn’t stop at report cards. When it is time to choose a profession, the pressure is turned up. “The idea of liberal arts doesn’t make sense to my parents,” said Tufts student Sonali Narayanan*.The 21-year-old challenges her parent’s conservative ideals. She pierced her belly button, studied (and dated) in Argentina, and became a bartender. But she is frustrated at having to lie about something as simple as taking a science course at school. While her track in psychology is acceptable to her family, she knows they would rather she get an M.D.Fellow student and friend, Molly Lorenzo, said Narayanan’s strong personality and intelligence made her retaliation against her family more extreme. “It definitely backfired on her parents,” she said.When Narayanan grew up in affluent New Jersey suburbs, she battled early curfews, frantic “paranoid” calls from her mother, and the idea that as an Indian, she was held to different standards. She credited the mindset to their financial status. “It’s like ‘look at what we gave you in life,’” she said. “They think if they give you a car, you should get good grades and come home by 11.” But she sees hypocrisy in her upbringing. She can’t speak her mother tongue, understand Hindu philosophy or relate to India. The cultural aspect was not imparted as much as the fear that she would become a crazy American teenager.Palekar says that parents’ extending their bank accounts and cushy lifestyle to the kids results in a dependency that keeps their sons and daughters from saying, “screw you” and doing what they want. “It is their way of asserting independence and feeling comfort in their country,” he said.Purnima Sahgal, a Boston-based mother of two boys, rebelled to pursue her passion for the arts. Back in Hyderabad, when she wore her hair to her hips and pulled on bellbottoms, her military father disapproved. “Especially in the Indian community, we don’t see the arts as something to aspire to, or something intellectual,” she said. “They see creative writing as some loosey-goosey thing that people who aren’t as bright do.”Her escape was an art school in the U.S., which she pretended was the only one to offer her admission. Now, more than 20 years later, Sahgal, a graphic designer, is watching her eldest son graduate high school and pursue acting and computer science.Other parents are not optimistic about her son’s career choice and tell her that it is impractical. But, she said, a limited understanding of life and spiritual needs has closed the minds of Indian parents. “If you tell your kid constantly they can’t do something, of course they’re going to have a hard time doing it,” Sahgal said.Her son, a senior in high school, was accepted into a prestigious acting recently and she could not be more excited.What animates most Indian parents is the five-day, bejeweled Indian marriage, which is the subject of books, endless dinner table conversation and movies like Monsoon Wedding and Bride and Prejudice.“The whole idea of marriage, relationships, is completely a 180 from the traditional way of looking at it in India,” said Shanti Kale*, 22, of her parents.The willowy business major was told all her life that her parents would find her a Hindu husband who spoke the same language. During her last year in high school she started seriously dating a “white kid,” a relationship that would involve almost three years of lying to her parents.A dialogue was not an option. “They’d say that’s cool for white people, but that’s not cool for you, because you’re Indian and you’re our kid. You’re going to have a good life because we had a good life,” Kale said.Palekar believes this lack of communication leads to depression, anxiety and more lies. He adds that the immigrant perception of their homeland is outdated. “They always feel like America is threatening for their children. But in big cities in India, people date, have one night stands and have relationships with people from other backgrounds.”Twenty-eight-year-old Amrita Singh* is a confident, Ivy League-educated woman who has dated black, white and Indian men. She told her parents about her first boyfriend, a black coworker, when the relationship became serious. They agreed to meet him, but were instantly critical. “They claim it has nothing to do with the fact that he was black. They claim it was because he didn’t come across as being very well educated and he came from a broken home,” she said.On a trip to India, her aunts and uncles sat her down and told her that she was “killing her father” and destroying the family. Her parents told her that she wouldn’t be a part of the family if she stayed with her boyfriend. “The first time (my boyfriend) experienced it, he stayed up crying. He wanted so badly for my parents to accept him, but he knew no matter what he did, they wouldn’t.”Singh became depressed. She was fighting with her parents and bickering with her boyfriend. Her father was drinking heavily and her relatives were not letting up. She didn’t want to end her relationship, because her parents would win, but eventually she moved on.When her mother and aunt mentioned an Indian in New York she was hesitant. But she relented, she said, mostly to keep everyone quiet. He turned out to be what she was looking for. She said culture didn’t play a role in their compatibility: “That’s what I liked about him. Everything about him wasn’t that ‘I’m Indian and I want to date an Indian girl.’ He had his past and I had mine.”Now with lavish wedding plans and parents involved, Singh said, she is relieved not having to explain a Hindu ceremony or deciding what religion to raise their children.But she remains convinced that love has no race or religious barrier. Singh said that unlike her parents, she would accept anybody that her kids want to marry if they are good people. “I’ll be happy whether they’re Indian, white, black, Chinese – it doesn’t make a difference.”*Names have been changed to protect identity Breaking the CoconutI spent all of middle school and most of high school pretending there was nothing different about me. I was “white-washed.” I had a few close Indian friends, but I cringed if they mentioned anything Bollywood or desi in public.Sure, I made concessions. I liked dancing, so I participated in a few cultural shows. But not like the other girls, whose backstage moms would furiously change their complicated chanya cholis and smear pale makeup and red lipstick on their face in a matter of seconds. I dabbled. But I was a coconut: brown on the outside, white on the inside.I avoided the cliques of Indian American kids who would go to Sunday school together to take extra math and travel on those Europe-in-five-days trips with three other Indian families.Yoga was a part of my culture and religion. From the chanting, to the downward dogs, to the Himalayan yogi who would stay at my house for a month in the spring – it resonated.But being Indian wasn’t cool yet. I wanted a white boyfriend, and I thought I was Republican. It didn’t help that some of my friends were less than open minded.“Do you think I’m pretty?” I asked my closest male friend in ninth grade.“Uh, I don’t know, you’re just…Indian,” he replied, unapologetically.It was a blow – reinforcement that I was seen as something, a label, before I was seen as myself.But suppressing my Indian American identity was different than my connection with India.Summer trips to visit my family were always welcome, and I enjoyed praying in temples, eating hot rice and daal and wearing long kurtas for a month. It was nice to be in a place where people could pronounce my name and speak in Hindi.I felt more comfortable with Indians in India than the strange cliques of semi-adapted desi kids back at home. It was all or nothing. In the summer between high school and college I went to Hyderabad, alone, to stay with my cousin. We spent most of June hanging out until 3 a.m. at clubs with friends, waking only when namaz prayers flooded in from the mosques.It was this summer that I fully appreciated where I came from. I saw the way that my cousin and his friends helped each other. They would drive for hours to pick someone up, or visit a friend’s mom in the hospital.They poked fun at each other relentlessly. And even though they were the same age, lived in the same city their whole lives, spoke the same language, they were Muslims, Christians and Hindus who meshed seamlessly.Back at the University of Florida, I felt compelled to repossess this part of me that I had avoided for years. I still felt uncomfortable being in groups of only Indian friends like some tended to do, but my culture led me to other methods of connection. I took courses in Hindi, Sanskrit and Hindu Mythology at school.I received my yoga teachers training and became engrossed in Vedic scriptures, chanting and other ancient aspects of my religion. I finally understood why sitting in front of a cast-iron elephant with a bunch of incense was relevant to my life.Bollywood music found its way to my iPod for the first time. I read Jhumpa Lahiri for other stories like mine. I put an Om candleholder on my shelf at school.My friends, of all races and religions and schemas, were now the kind that thought it was cool if I felt like wearing a kurta or practicing tabla. They thought I looked beautiful in a sari and asked about India and my parents and Hinduism. And finally, I was happy to answer. –Ankita Rao Starting the Desi DialogueI’ve seen it happen: gruff, monosyllabic answers from the parents. Frustrated, bitter questions from the kids. How do you expect us to utter the words: “I’m dating someone,” or “I got a C in Calculus ” when the tension hangs like a foggy, orange Mumbai morning?New York City psychiatrist Dr. Nikhil Palekar gives us the lowdown:Buddy Up“A model that really works is a friendly approach to your children,” Palekar says. “The comfort they experience will enable them to talk about issues that would strengthen the bond between parent and child.”It doesn’t have to be the Gilmore Girls, but more of Switzerland-style diplomacy of discussing each other’s lives. Toss the time machine“They are really culturally confused. Home is 1980s India and the moment the kid steps out it’s 2009 America,” Palekar said.India has changed, and it is time for American desi families to keep up. Parents can do their part by learning and assimilating.Don’t channel the evil stepmotherLocking doors and windows will not stop them from doing what they want.“It reaches an automatic fashion where kids learn what to say to keep parents quiet. But then they go out and do what they want to do,” says Palekar.Italian teens don’t binge drink because their parents give them some wine before they are even teenagers. Desi parents can at least ease up the 10 p.m. curfew.Start before the bracesTrying to talk to a 15-year-old after years of being authoritarian can be difficult.“That boat has sailed,” Palekar said.Start early with open conversations and by the time you get to the hard stuff (sex, drugs) the warzone will be less KGB and more Canadian/American.Wave two flagsThe fact is that you brought them here and they are American.Palekar said the Indian philosophy tells you to sacrifice for the better of the group, while America promotes individual growth: “If you approach it through fear or intimidation, it is always going to backfire. The way to approach is through loving, caring and understanding the needs of children growing up in this diverse culture.” The ABCD’s FavoritesWith American Idol stars and Bollywood crossovers, the invasion of Indians in mainstream media is undeniable. Here are some desi crowd pleasers:Kal Penn – Sure Harold was great, but Kumar scored a bag of weed by performing an on-the-spot surgery without going to med school. Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack – Finally, the Oscars recognize A.R. Rahman, a musician parents have played in their cars since the 1994 Bollywood hit, Dil Se.Russell Peters – The Canadian comedian who we love for making fun of us. He perfected Dad’s accent and popularized the phrase, “Somebody gonna get a hurt, real bad.”Aishwarya Rai – The former Miss World might be cheesy, overexposed and can pass for a Latina, but she put hot Indian women on the global list.Bhangra – Even before Jay-Z mixed the Punjabi beats into “Beware of the Boyz,” this heart-thumping music was inspiring dance teams, national competitions and underground DJs in New York City.Benny Lava – The ridiculous pseudo-subtitles of this YouTube hit were posted on Facebook pages around the world. 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Three Indian researchers in Scotland have designed a laser test to distinguish genuine Scotch whisky from counterfeits.A hand-held device developed by Praveen Ashok, Kishan Dholakia and Bavishna Praveen, physicists at Scotland’s St Andrews University, tests for the origin, cask type and age of a whisky by firing a micro-laser beam through a drop of alcohol to establish its alcohol content and color clarity. Related Items
A few months ago, Lynbrook, N.Y. based, Gourmet Ghee Co. received an unusual request. A bride in Connecticut, wanted to source ghee made by the small manufacturer for her Rose Ghee Wedding Cake.Indian American, Nazia DeFrank, who runs the company with her Sicilian husband Steven DeFrank says: “The bride was very Paleo (diet) driven and feared that she wouldn’t enjoy her wedding cake because of all the butter or lard in it. She had also been using ghee and inspired by the benefits of it, put us in touch with her baker who came up with a rose ghee cake to complement the flavors with the Indian household staple.”Elsewhere in California, a new social trend is gaining some traction. Ghee parties, organized by homemakers, nutritionists or just enthusiastic home cooks are generating a buzz. Often these ghee party hosts stock ghee jars and conduct an experiential ghee talk followed by a cooking session using ghee recipes. The women participating in these parties can buy the ghee jars and also learn ways to use this ancient kitchen Indian staple.Simone Facinella’s Ghee Rose Wedding Cake. Photo Courtesy: Gourmet Ghee Co.The ghee’s growing visibility has not gone unnoticed by U.S. supermarket chains; several, including Whole Foods and Costco now stock them in their aisles. Celebrity chefs have been endorsing ghee and using it in everything from their recipes to smoothies. Ayurveda inspired benefits of ghee are increasingly being listed in new-age keto and paleo cookbooks.The golden liquid is also making a cameo in ‘it’ millennial shot drinks. In Santa Monica, Calif., at the famous Bulletproof Coffee Shop a shot of ghee spiked bulletproof coffee is the new Instagram de-riguer. If that’s not all, reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian, a stickler for vegan and healthy diet, famously announced on social media that her day begins with a spoonful of ghee. Twitter handle Paleoplan posted a tutorial on how to make ghee using an instant pot and celebrity chef Alton Brown tweeted a recipe to make ghee to millions of his followers.It would not be an exaggeration to say that ghee is having its moment under the sun, or well, the moon, considering that a few companies, such as Ancient Organics based in the Bay Area, claim to make all their ghee under a full moon night during the waxing phases of the moon!According to market research company IMCAR’s latest study, Ghee Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-23, the global ghee market grew at a cumulative annual growth rate of 3.8% between 2010-17, topping 5.6 million tons in 2017. Ghee startups in the U.S. are inundated with queries on how to store ghee or use it in everyday recipes.New Jersey based Pure Indian Foods, which retails its organic ghee at Whole Foods and Nature’s Harvest, amongst other U.S. retailers, was started in 2008 by Sandeep Agarwal. Agarwal, who left his Wall Street job to venture into ghee in the United States, admits that when he started his target audience were Indian immigrants. “However,” he says, “I was surprised to find that the Americans were more receptive to the idea of all organic, 100% pure ghee that was just being discovered as the new secret to good health.”“Today most of our customers are Americans and not Indians,” he says.Bulletproof cofee with ghee. Photo Credit: BigstockBut how did ghee, which ruled for centuries in Indian households mostly in the form of ghee chupdi roti (flatbread smeared with ghee), transform into this new cool health potion, served in chic cafes in the form of bullet shots and mentioned as the holy grail in paleo, keto and whole 30 diet cook books? Can ghee, a potion traditionally made from bovine milk in India, go the way of Yoga and capture the health superfood space in America?Agarwal thinks so: “Look at what is happening with turmeric. Ghee with its plethora of benefits is fast becoming a necessary craze. Americans may not be using it actively in their food, but they are finding ways to incorporate it in their diets.”Interestingly, until recently only sparingly mentioned as clarified butter in U.S. recipes, the term ghee is now used clearly and robustly (often without an explanation) in another nod to the acceptance of diverse cultures.According to ghee purists though, clarified butter does not accurately describe the potion, but it was used nonetheless to help Westerners understand the difference between ghee and butter. Nazia Aibani, founder of Gourmet Ghee Co., says, “We sell our product on Amazon as ghee butter because many Americans still do not understand ghee and thus it is important for them to have a connection.”But as ghee becomes more commonly known, the understanding of its composition and health benefits has grown too. Renowned eateries are proudly proclaiming ghee in their menu. At Rasa Indian restaurant in Washington, ghee roasted lamb chops are a popular item. At the just concluded Mrs Universe pageant in Florida, the contestants were served ghee because of its collagen boosting properties. It also served as a better substitute for caffeine for contestants who had ghee shots in tea.Photo: Gourmet Ghee Co.While the American shift toward ethnic health food secrets and rising disdain against processed food led the way for health experts to bring ghee to the continent, new-age food diets, such as keto, paleo, etc., set the ball really rolling for acceptance of ghee in American kitchens.The bringing of ghee into the American fold by many young Indian American entrepreneurs also reflects an embracing of their identity moment. Aibani says: “I ventured into the ghee making trade because I wanted to reclaim it from many people who had little or no knowledge about the basics of ghee consumption and were selling it. I wanted to bring the ancient wisdom that Indians have about ghee to help propagate it like it should be, and not as a fad.”Aggarwal concurs, mocking certain practices such as making ghee on a full moon night: “It may sound very mystic, but it has no scientific co-relation. In Ayurveda, it is prescribed that certain medications should be prepared under the full moon for them to absorb the energy, but if you are simmering ghee inside a building on a full moon night, nothing’s gonna change. Also American laws forbid any cooking in open air, so the whole basis of this practice goes for a toss.”Several companies are now wooing a newly interested crop of ghee lovers with interesting flavors and fads. While Pure Indian foods sells everything from Brahmi, Shatavari to turmeric ghee, it also has on its website a recipe for paleo ghee popsicles with a list of paleo friendly fruits. Ancient Organics claims to chant the mahamrutnjay mantra during the making of their artisanal ghee to create a healing environment. Gourmet Ghee Co. has ghee in Indian and Italian flavors, such as Gulkand and Black Truffle, besides a 24-carat gold leaf ghee sold for a cool $29.99 for 9 oz jar. Fourth & Heart ghee comes in flavors such as Madgascar vanilla bean and Himalayan pink salt and Tin Star Foods has launched brown butter ghee in small sachets for easy portability.But defying the fads, many Indian American ghee makers insist that their love for ghee originated from deeply personal reasons. Says Aibani: “I was in a high-stress TV job while pregnant. My water broke five-weeks early and when I had my baby I really struggled with breast feeding. During this time, my mum asked me to consume ghee. Skeptical, when I had ghee with coconut flakes oatmeal, I was surprised at the amount of milk I produced. Later when I struggled with post-partum weight, I took to ghee again on my mum’s insistence and I began losing weight. I knew that this potent ingredient had to be discovered in its entirety.”Aggarwal, likewise, has another personal story to share: “When we had my first baby, he really struggled with allergies and asthma. Hapless, we began taking stock of our diets and the moment we switched to all organic natural ghee things began changing. Back home in India, I had a ghee business for generations. It took me no time to decide that I need to bring the business here in the U.S. But instead of importing we tied up with farms in U.S. and made our own pure organic ghee. Most ghee makers operate out of small, commercial kitchens to ensure that the product is made personally and with a lot of care.”The Skinny on Ghee v Clarified ButterButter comprises of about 80 percent butterfat, 18 percent water and 1-2 percent butter solids. When butter is heated over a low flame, it foams as the water evaporates. The milk solids separate and bubble to the top, where they are skimmed off, yielding clarified butter. Clarified butter can be used much like any oil since, unlike butter, it does not burn at higher temperatures.If you keep heating the butter past evaporation of the water, the milk solids fall to the bottom of the pan and begin to caramelize. The strained mixture is called ghee, which has a nuttier, toasted flavor compared to clarified butter.Photo Credit: BigstockIn another strain, known as brown butter, (buerre noisette in French), butter is heated until the water evaporates and milk solids brown, turning the mixture fragrant and nutty. In brown butter, the mixture, unlike ghee or clarified butter, is not strained. Brown butter is principally used as a flavoring agent on gnocci, scallops, vegetable dressing,, etc. Since it still has the mild solids it cannot be heated to high temperatures.So here is the skinny on the three types: ghee and clarified butter can be used interchangeably, although ghee has a better fragrance and nuttier taste. Brown butter can’t be used in high heat cooking, but is tastier as a flavoring. Next time consider smearing the chapatis with brown butter; keep the ghee for the parathas. — LIFSJolen’s ‘natural’ whitening cream, Fair and Lovely’s skin whitening face wash, Pond’s White Beauty night cream, Fem’s ‘natural’ skin bleach. – LIFS Related Items
The Delhi High Court came to the aid of an Indian-origin German couple who wanted to adopt their relatives’ son but found a roadblock in the processes cited by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). The court directed CARA to give Dalip Arora and his wife a no-objection letter within two weeks so that they could take their 13-year-old adoptive child with them to Germany.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that it would be a great injustice if the child was not united with the adoptive family despite severing ties with the biological one. “For over two and a half years, the minor child is living with uncertainty and, till date, has not been integrated with his adoptive family in the new country of residence,” he said.Apart from directing the agency to issue a no-objection certificate, the court also asked the Ministry of External Affairs to issue a passport for the child.The Aroras, who are in their 50s, are childless despite several medical procedures. The 13-year-old boy is the son of Dalip’s younger brother, Rajesh. CARA had not accepted the legal documents ratifying the adoption under the Guardianship Act from the trial court. The central adoption agency’s nod is required for an intercountry adoption.“My brother and his wife were upset with the fact that they were living a life without a child,” Rajesh Arora told Mail Today, adding that the child is extremely fond of them and would ask them to take him along.The adoption by the Aroras was done under the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, which permits adoption of children up to the age of 14 years. The child was handed over to the adoptive parents in 2015. Since then the couple has been knocking on the doors of CARA, which had withheld its approval.“Despite the fact that there is a valid adoption of the child by the adoptive parents and there is an adoption deed along with a judgment from the competent court ratifying the adoption, CARA asked the couple to go through a cumbersome process by making an application for adoption to CARA,” Sumita Kapil, the counsel for the couple, said.The nodal agency said in court that it was important that all the documents were presented since it is an intercountry adoption. Related ItemsAdoptionCentral Adoption Resource Authorityintercountry adoption
Actors of South Asian origin, including Mindy Kaling and Riz Ahmed, are all excited about the plans of Marvel Cinematic Universe to introduce the studio’s first Muslim superhero, Ms Marvel, in a movie. While Ahmed, a British Pakistani actor-musician, took to Twitter to ask Disney and Marvel Studios if he can work on the Ms Marvel screenplay, social media users have been engaged in discussions over the possibility of Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra featuring in the project.“So when do @MarvelStudios want me @mindykaling @kumailn to get started on the MsMarvel screenplay?’ Ahmed tweeted on May 16.Kaling retweeted Ahmed’s request and added: “Riz! I am obsessed with this comic book, I’ve read them all. I love Kamala Khan.”Plans about the new film character were recently confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who told BBC about the idea of making a movie on Ms Marvel (also known as Kamala Khan). “Ms Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world,” Feige said.The news comes after the success of Black Panther, which pushed the barrier for diversity and representation of colored people in a superhero film.The tweets by Ahmed and Kaling, however, faced backlash, with several social media users pointing out that they do not have an understanding of an experience of a young Pakistani Muslim American girl.Ahmed is British Pakistani, while Kaling is an Indian American and Nanjiani is a Pakistani American man. Many even went as far as saying that they don’t want Nanjiani near the screenplay as his movie, The Big Sick, reduced brown women to stereotypes.This is so offensive cause @kumailn in his whole movie ALL he did was trash brown women and make them seem so crazy. I don’t want him near this film, we need a strong young Pakistani woman to represent us and nobody else.— faتima (@fatimamirite) May 16, 2018Because there aren’t enough desi Muslim women screenwriters to write it? Also, Kumail should be banned from writing about desis until the end of time.— Eissa मिकी मिनाश Saeed (@senoreissa) May 16, 2018“While this is a well-intentioned idea and I love all of y’all, and all 3 of you being established figures in Hollywood helps the cause, none of you have the relevant experience growing up as a Pakistani Muslim-American girl? Maybe give a shout-out to a writer who fits the bill?,” a Twitter user called Annie posted.https://twitter.com/magicmustangs/status/996634719579238401Another Twitter user suggested that the writers of the award-winning comics themselves should write the screenplay. “Muslim women and their experiences are already so heavily misconstrued by the media, I think actual Muslim women, @MiniB622 @GWillowWilson , who created MsMarvel, are most appropriate,” wrote @Samaira_Saleem. “Stop discrediting their work by assuming any brown person with a platform would do a good job.”Muslim women and their experiences are already so heavily misconstrued by the media, I think actual Muslim women, @MiniB622 @GWillowWilson , who created MsMarvel, are most appropriate. Stop discrediting their work by assuming any brown person with a platform would do a good job.— Samaira (@Samaira_Saleem) May 16, 2018It is not just the idea of three of them penning the screenplay that is getting a mixed response, it is also the casting. While several users rallied behind actor Priyanka Chopra for playing the part, as she has already voiced the character in the Avengers Academy video game, many pointed out that she is of Indian descent and not a Pakistani.We are here for Priyanka chopra playing the role. You can take all of my money 💵 @priyankachopra pic.twitter.com/mBdCnDGbU8— S ♡ (@Shezx_) May 12, 2018https://twitter.com/yasiru_vismini/status/995360005699264512stop fancasting priyanka chopra as ms marvel she’s supposed to be a pakistani teenager not an adult indian woman don’t take rep away from pakistanis and perpetuate the racist idea that indians and pakistanis are the same and interchangeable thanks for coming to my ted talk— JULIETTE DAY!!!! neelam! (@mrbenwyatt) May 12, 2018the fact that stan twitter are fan casting priyanka chopra- an indian woman in her 30s- as kamala khan aka ms marvel- a 15 year old muslim pakistani teenager- is proof that y’all only know like three (3) brown people— ˗ˏˋ reena ˎˊ˗ (@KlNGTAEYEON) May 12, 2018Kamala Khan made her debut appearance in the comics in 2013 as a fan of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), after which she had her own comic series. The character is created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona. Related ItemsMarvelMindy KalingPriyanka Chopra
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’re (sort of) title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is adamant they’re title contenders after victory at Everton.Tottenham have now won seven of their last eight league games and remarkably have gone 18 games since the start of the season without a draw – their second-best ever start to a top flight campaign. The best-ever was by the double-winning side of 1960-61.Pochettino said: “I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League. We are there but (so are) Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“I think there is still a long way for me to say we are real contenders. In the past years, it wasn’t enough. If you compare the result with the past of Tottenham, yes, we were consistent, but not enough to be a real contender.“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game. We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.”
Twitter/@TheSpunMark May may really hate Ohio State, but he’s not down on every Big Ten program. In fact, earlier tonight he was on Twitter promoting Iowa football.The Hawkeyes knocked off Maryland today 23-0. It was a very Iowa football experience.The team ran the ball 52 times for 224 yards. Nate Stanley didn’t have a good game at all, finishing with just 86 yards, but he didn’t need to do much.Iowa held the Terrapins to just 115 yards on the day.Iowa football is now 6-1, and Mark May thinks the Hawkeyes deserve more respect.He hopped on Twitter to argue as much.Why am I the only one giving the Hawkeyes love? Very quiet with 1 loss, a great defense, good QB, O-Line and WR play!— Mark May (@mark_may) October 20, 2018Iowa’s resume is pretty solid. The team’s lone loss came by 11 points to Big Ten West favorite Wisconsin.Since that game, the Hawkeyes scored blowout wins on the road against Minnesota and Indiana, ahead of today’s game.We’ll find out a lot more next weekend, when Iowa heads to Penn State. The rest of the schedule features games at Purdue, at home vs. Northwestern, at Illinois, and vs. Nebraska.The team probably isn’t getting itself into the Playoff conversation or anything crazy, but Iowa is in line for a really nice bowl game, and another very strong season overall.
Alabama freshman kicker Will Reichard is headed to the locker room.Was just in the medical tent.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 21, 2019Reichard will reportedly not return to the game, according to Alabama’s sideline report.“Alabama sideline reporter, Rashad Johnson reports on the Crimson Tide Sports Network that Reichard will not return today, he has a lower extremity injury,” Ryan C. Fowler tweeted.Alabama sideline reporter, Rashad Johnson reports on the Crimson Tide Sports Network that Reichard will not return today, he has a lower extremity injury https://t.co/Np5gAptqKS— Ryan C. Fowler (@RyanCFowler) September 21, 2019Reichard was 4 of 7 on the season with a long of 49 yards coming into today’s game against Southern Miss. He was 19 of 20 on extra points.Alabama has had several kicking issues in recent years and it appears that another thing can be added to the list.Stay tuned for the latest on Reichard.Update: Reichard, according to Nick Saban, has a pulled hip flexor. “Will Reichard has a pulled hip flexor, which as a kicker may be difficult for him to manage.”It’s unclear how long Reichard will be out. TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama is having little difficulty with Southern Miss at Bryant Denny Stadium today, as the Crimson Tide are leading the Golden Eagles, 28-0, early in the second quarter.Nick Saban’s team is having some injury trouble at kicker, though.Alabama freshman kicker Will Reichard was getting looked at in the medical tent at the beginning of the second quarter.Reichard has since gone into the locker room with the trainers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Butch Jones of the Cincinnati Bearcats (L) shakes hands with head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights after a game at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Rutgers may seem completely overmatched in the Big Ten. But that isn’t stopping the Scarlet Knights from pursuing top candidates to replace Chris Ash.According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, Rutgers has contacted three notable coaches about their head coaching vacancy. Per the report, Greg Schiano, Butch Jones, and Jim Leavitt have all been contacted in the past two weeks to gauge their interest.Rutgers fired Chris Ash following a 1-3 start, capped off on Saturday by a 52-0 loss to Michigan. Ash went 8-32 as Rutgers’ head coach after being hired in 2016.After going 2-10 in 2016, Ash led Rutgers to some slight improvement with a 4-8 record in 2017. But the team regressed in 2018, going 1-11. Individuals representing Rutgers contacted Greg Schiano, Butch Jones & Jim Leavitt among others in past 2 weeks to gauge interest in RU job, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 29, 2019Schiano, of course, has the strongest ties to Rutgers. He led the Scarlet Knights to national prominence in the mid-2000s before leaving to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano spent the previous three years at Ohio State before joining the New England Patriots coaching staff at the start of 2019. But he curiously left the team just one month later for vague reasons.Butch Jones made his name as head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He won four conference titles and had two top 25 finishes before getting his big break at Tennessee. But Jones was fired from the Vols in 2017 and has since found work as an analyst at Alabama.Leavitt is the oldest and most experienced coach on the list. He was the head coach of South Florida from 1997 until he was controversially fired in 2009. Since then he has taken up various jobs in the NFL and across college football and now works for FSU.Whoever Rutgers ultimately hires will need to have a strong acumen for recruiting. The Scarlet Knights have seen the top prospects from New Jersey go everywhere but Rutgers for years.Who will be the next head coach of Rutgers?
zoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Qatar Navigation (Milaha) closed 2018 with a 10% rise in its net profit. The company delivered a net profit of QAR 516 million (USD 141.7 million) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, compared to QAR 470 million for the same period in 2017.“We are pleased with the year-on-year improvement in performance. There are still some challenges in the markets in which we operate, but we remain well-positioned to continue driving sustainable growth and delivering value for our clients and shareholders,” H.E. Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha’s Board of Directors, commented.On the other hand, operating revenues dropped to QAR 2.4 billion in 2018, from QAR 2.5 billion seen in 2017.Milaha’s operating profit stood at QAR 397 million in 2018, down by 11.4% from QAR 448 million recorded in 2017.Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ operating revenue decreased by QAR 41 million, and net profit decreased by QAR 54 million, mainly due to vessel impairments taken in the company’s container shipping unit and competitive pressures on container pricing.Additionally, Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s operating revenue and net profit essentially remained flat with the same period last year.Furthermore, Milaha Offshore’s operating revenue improved by QAR 122 million, and bottom line improved by QAR 177 million due to the addition of new vessels, stronger vessel utilization and lower impairment charges.Finally, Milaha Capital’s net profit decreased by QAR 62 million due to lower financial portfolio trading returns.“We started and ended the year on the right track financially as well as operationally. We continue to focus on our core business growth, cost control, and disciplined capital allocation. This all translated into better performance and shareholder value,” Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO, said.“In 2018 we expanded our container shipping reach into new markets, launched the first phase of the Milaha Logistics City, and significantly improved our offshore segment’s performance. We believe this is a testament to our capability to act on the right opportunities as they arise, and to our confidence in the future of the maritime and logistics sector in Qatar and the region,” he added.On February 24, Milaha and terminal operating company QTerminals signed a Terminal Services Agreement for operations at Hamad Port. Milaha and QTerminals will work to promote trade in and out of Qatar.QTerminals was established by Milaha and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) to provide container, general cargo, RORO, livestock and offshore supply services in Phase I of Hamad Port.
Patna: Five more people died in Bihar floods, taking the death toll to 102 Sunday, the state’s disaster management department said. All the five deaths were reported since Saturday from Madhubani district, which accounted for 23 casualties. Sitamarhi, with 27 deaths, remained the worst-affected district, the disaster management department said in its report. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited relief camps in Sitamarhi and Darbhanga.
The Canadian Press TORONTO — A man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter has reportedly died in hospital.Roopesh Rajkumar died on Wednesday, according to media reports, after spending days in hospital with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.His daughter, Riya Rajkumar, became the subject of an Amber Alert late Thursday night.Shortly after the alert was sent out, police found her body inside her father’s home.Rajkumar was charged with first-degree murder in Riya’s death.The day Riya died — Valentine’s Day — was also her and her mother’s birthdays.