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The League – The dirty face of cricket as we see it today- Review
March 23, 2017
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Dirty League- Seven teams- no rules by Mr. Rajeev Rajendra

This is all about the latest book written by Rajiv Rajendra ‘The League’ is out to show the real face of not so real cricket being played these days especially the T-20 leagues, the fastest version of cricket. The novel is second by the author based on cricket and its timing must give it an instant reorganization, as the timing is so perfect when the IPL-6 is in its prime stage. The book is all about money, scams, match fixing, murders and involvement of big guns from different fields society and it has become dirtier with the latest spot betting incidents those took place recently to make things worse which were already gloomy.

Most character in the novel need no introduction as they introduce themselves, take Prince Abdel Raftar al for instance who started the league in this novel on Palmyra Island who look so similar to filthy rich UAE billionaire Abdul Rahaman Bukhatir who started it all in Sharjah. The author has given a new dimension to character of Raftar by mixing a little bit of Dawood Ibrahim into him to give it a touch of mafia connection and glamorous touch as well.

The League – This is serious matter

As we know the in the real cricketing world, the novel also revolves around the billion dollars The League Of Cricket that is played every year on an imaginary Palmyra Island started by a filthy rich Arabian Abdel Rafter al Rafter which has seven teams consisting famous cricket players from all over the world.

The teams have as unique names as we have in real cricketing leagues like- Violet Super Heroes, Yellow Scorchers, Orange Speeders, and Red Shooters etc. The league has seven teams, which look so close to real teams with so many similarities including real life players incidents, officials and owners including an interesting name Jahan Pnah Khan, which certainly needs no describing whom the author is mentioning here.

The book is having so many other real incidents like murder of famous South African coach Bob Woolmer, who was training Pakistani team when found dead in his hotel room. In addition, the incident when Pakistani wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider disappeared from his team hotel to emerge in England later seeking asylum fearing threat on his life by match fixers.

Then there is a character resembling to former under nineteen captain Virat Kohli who is leading a IPL team and one of the most successful members of Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game. Let us begin from the beginning as the book is all about money involved in the game especially in subcontinent where people go to any length just to watch a game of cricket with all their concern toward their favorite team.

As we are a nation who loves our movies, cricket and politics without any reason whatsoever but for the sake of our affiliation to a particular team, party or film star. Same is true for this book that is almost a real story of today’s cricket, which sounds less cricket but more of a manuscript of a crime thriller with every page unfolding a new suspense. The main lead of novel a superstar of cricket of yester years who came out of retirement to become part of the game finds himself in such a mass that he decides to overlook happenings around to be part of the system to keep safe himself and his family members.

The overall theme of the book matches more with a suspense thriller and as the writer has himself agrees that he chose the time for releasing the book during IPL to make it an instant success. He also thinks that readers can see the relations between fiction and realities as they know facts despite their love of game do not allow them to distract. The author has used a famous mafia line frequently, which says that ‘Once you entered into the gang you can stay here as long as you want to but cannot quit it alive’

Here are few words about author of this wonderful book. The author of the book Rajiv Rajendra is a computer engineer and PG in Marketing and Finance who served a global bank for years who is co-founder and lead advisor of Aktrea capital who trusts in reasons and fairness in business with genuine advices, real knowledge and true leadership.

Rajiv Rajendra has an art production house that helps different artists in production, art and cultural work on no profit basis. This book has 131 pages and it is available online with Amazon.com.

The League : Seven Teams. One Tournament. No rules. (Paperback)

It was available on another online site when I searched it- infibeam for INR 87/ which is almost US$1.2o only. I hope you will find this book informative as well thrilling.

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The Current Brazil Meat Scandal
March 21, 2017
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Brazil is no stranger to scandal.  But this one is going global.

There is a meat scandal in Brazil.

Rotten meat may  not only have been eaten by Brazilians, but exported.

There is evidence that the employees of some meat processing firms actually bribed inspectors to ignore the fact they were selling meat not only beyond its expiry date, but very much adulterated.

Brazil is one of the largest meat exporters in the world. A lot of its economy depends on meat.  There are over 150 countries which buy Brazilian meat.

Brazil’s federal police conducted a major search in six Brazilian states.  Over 1,100 officers carried out 200 different raids.    They found forty cases of breach, from the use of chemicals to change the smell of expired meat, and the insertion of flour and cardboard to fatten sausages.

One of the companies is JBS SA,  the world’s largest meat processor.  Although the company retaliated with media advertisements stressing its high-quality standards and denying the use of adulterated produce, no one believes them.

BRF SA, another company confirmed the arrest of one executive, but denied wrongdoing.  “BRF never sold rotten meat,” stated the company.

The European Union is halting imports of Brazilian meat.

It is stated that the companies involved used various chemicals.

This is not unique to Brazil, of course, many other countries have had the infamous ‘pink slime’ attack and the fact that many additives to process meat are anything but meat.

Brazil’s president met with ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat trying to minimize the damage.

President Michel Temer tried to assure the diplomats that Brazil’s “government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product.”

He said that only 33 of the 11,000 inspectors at the Agriculture Ministry are being investigated for taking bribes.

However, as some of the bad meat was exported to Europe, the E.U. is not amused which is why all imports are being stopped.

 

Threat of Impeachment Against Vice President Leni Robredo: A Case of Political Harassment?
March 20, 2017
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   It seems that the political game of impeachment is now an open season in the Philippines.

Just last week (March 16, 2017) an impeachment complaint against Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was filed before the Office of the Secretary-General in the the House of Representatives by Congressman Gary Alejano.

Now it is the turn of Vice-President Leni Robredo to be impeached. She is a known political opponent of Pres. Duterte. There were statements made by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of the House of Representatives on March 18, 2017 or merely two days after the impeachment complaint against Pres. Duterte was filed, to that effect that he is studying the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against Vice Pres. Leni Robredo.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvares is the political ally of Pres. Duterte. They have the majority control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the Philippine Congress.

Grounds of Impeachment against VP Robredo

   The alleged possible ground arises from the fact that Vice-President Leni Robredo has sent a video before the United Nations Commission On Narcotics Drugs which criticizes Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs.

It is the opinion of Speaker Alvarez that such act of Vice-Pres. Robredo may constitute “betrayal of the public trust”, which is among the ground for impeachment provided for under Section 2, Article XI, on Accountability Of Public Officers, in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Said section says among other things, that the Vice-President “may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of the public trust.”

Impeachment Move As Simple Political Harassment

   While it is highly probable that an impeachment complaint may be filed in the House of Representative and eventually an impeachment trial may ensue since Pres. Duterte’s political allies in the House of Representatives and the Senate has the “super majority control”, many Filipinos believes that this is a simple case of political harassment against the known political opponent of the Duterte Administration.

Will Vice-President Leni Robredo end up in jail just like Sen Leila de Lima, another known political opponent of Pres. Duterte if and when she’ll be impeach or remove from the Office of the Vice-President?

If she’ll be impeached from office, the effect is her removal from the office as Vice-President. However, it may not end there. There’s always the possibility that a criminal case might be filed against her just like what happened to Sen. Leila de Lima.

I don’t believed that the act of sending a video before the United Nation Commission On Drugs as constituting “betrayal of the public trust”.

In the first place, the Philippine Government is a member of the United Nation and as such under the United Nations Charter and other treaties and conventions.

Secondly, the act of sending video which is critical of Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs constitute a legitimate exercise of one’s Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech if not Freedom of the Press of Vice-Pres. Robredo, which is constitutionally recognized and constitutionally protected right under the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Thirdly, it was sent by the Vice-President under her official capacity and was done in the exercise of her official duties per her oath under the 1987 Philippine Constitution (Sec. 5, Art. VII, Executive Department) which explicitly commands her to “faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as Vice-President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself  to the service of the Nation.”

It seems to me that the political climate in the Philippines among the mighty and the powerful or the political elite are reaching its boiling point leading to political vengeance and political persecution to the disadvantaged of the people.

There are more urgent and pressing matters facing the country that the politicians ought to mind and attend to instead of engaging in such political circus.

 

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Extreme Poverty Situation, Looking Food in the Trash
March 20, 2017
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I was reading this news on the net. I feel bad after reading it. I am aware of the situation of a different country. There are lots of issues of lacking foods and shelter. There are lots of devastation brought my calamities. It is happening everywhere. One specific poverty issue is in Venezuela. I learned that 82% of the population in that country has severe poverty issue and most of the people are looking for food in the garbage cans/trash. This news is per AIS Foundation, the foundation which helps the poor and the children.

 

The economy is really collapsing. There are people in Venezuela who have jobs but they are looking for food in the trash because the salary is not enough for their necessities. The next case will be losing jobs because some of the company shut down. They can no longer sustain giving jobs if they know they can’t afford to pay their employees.

 

After reading this news, it feels like bad energy creeps on my neck going to my head. I feel like my nerve became tight and migraine attacks happen. I started to feel bad for the children in that country. How are them? Are the government do not have funds to save this person? This is really a serious case and one day it will happen to my country.

 

We have numerous people who are looking in the trash in my country. Some of them are homeless and some are squatting everywhere. There are those people who just went in the Metro to try if they could have a good life. They seem to think to have a job in the Metro is easy but the truth is, it is not. Even those who have graduated in college are struggling to find a decent job connected to the degree they finished. It is always hard without proper research and if you are not prepared to this kind of challenge.

 

Let me get back to looking for food in the trash, I think this is being practical but not healthy. However, if your stomach is growling and in need of food, do you think you have a choice if you don’t have enough to buy one? I do not wish that to happen to me and I will never anticipate that. It serves as an eye opener to me that I still have a chance to save money from whatever earnings I have. I am blessed to eat 3 times a day. We are not rich, the accumulative earnings of my family are never enough, but it will never happen to us. Not when I am still alive.

 

Yes, this situation is happening everywhere and every day, but everyone has a choice. If you don’t want this to happen to your life, you need to do everything to avoid this. Make this situation as your inspiration to earn more and save money. If you have problems with your earnings now, might as well find an opportunity to earn additionally. Time is gold, do not waste it. From this day, I will always remember this news to push myself to work hard and smart. I will save money. I will earn some more. Not to promise, but I do it.

 

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Clean Up and Recovery, Stella
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Stella hit us pretty hard. This was a historic blizzard that started locally around 2:55 a.m. on Tuesday morning. I know this because it’s part of my job. It was well into the night that I tracked the storm. Multiple reports came in from Pennsylvania around 2 a.m. that they were getting snow. Most were reporting light flurries, a few flakes.

As time past and Stella had yet to introduce herself to us, I focus radar in on the area to get a broad time frame when we might get hit. That’s when I saw it. Stella was tip toeing around us quietly with many unaware we were in the eye of the storm.

At 2:55 a.m. Stella hit and as I predicted, she hit with a steady flow of snow falling. We were covered in a matter of minutes. It was around 9 a.m. I took this photo that I’m sharing with you today. Conditions were a mess, schools closed, a travel ban was enforced, emergency teams were coming together because locally “no one could keep up”.

By 9 a.m. Tuesday morning we were roughly between 19 and 23 inches of snow. Stella was here to stay. It was a steady stream of snow with low visibility and I was out in the thick of it getting photos and video footage posting LIVE updates out on Twitter.

It wasn’t until mid-Thursday that the County-wide ban was officially removed. Some area schools opened which brought into question the safety of students. That’s when I got in touch with the Mayor Office,

 

“The National Guard is at present shoveling out fire hydrants which is our first priority.  Sidewalks are the responsibility of the individual homeowner, if you have a problem with an individual please let the Code Department know the specific address.  The School District makes their own decision on whether to open or close schools on their own.  Mayor Bertoni had requested not to have school today.”

I have to admit, I agreed with the Mayor. Sidewalks were untouched, unpassable and/or blocked off from students. This also led to a closer look at messages left for parents from local schools. In the message to parents, the school’s announced a 2-hour delay, asked parents NOT to drive students to school because of road condition and buses needing to get through. They also stressed that student walkers be “very very careful” coming into school because of all the snow and large piles.

Later on Thursday, the sun came out and it helped the area a great deal as well as the National Guard who had been called into the county and arrived late Wednesday night to help clean up. With a few areas still needing work, Friday was a major improvement over conditions on Thursday.

While the current forecast calls for another 2 – 4 inches of snow over the weekend. It doesn’t seem to be an issue. Roadways are wet, not snow covered and it doesn’t seem to be sticking. It’s 1:24 p.m. with current temperature at 32 F and our high for today was expected to be 33 F.

I’ll keep you posted as the clean up continues.

India Goes Free Mobile Calling And Unlimited 4G Internet Surfing.
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Hello everyone, if you are from India you must already have an Idea of what this topic is all about. Recently there has been a war between the Indian Telecom Industries for attracting more and more customers to their domain.

I still remember those days when even having a cell phone would be a big deal in India, only the top class people could afford one. But later when Reliance Telecom launched their cheap Mobile Handset costing only Rs. 500 ($ 7.65 USD), the picture suddenly changed.

Mobile phone was something that even a school kid could buy with his pocket money in a single night. That cheap handset almost ruined the top mobile manufacturing companies, as the handset offered was also offering the lowest call rates ever available.

I still remember that people started to get rid of their landline as affording a mobile phone became cheaper than having a landline at home. Reliance had trembled the Telecom as well as the Top Mobile manufacturing companies in those years; it was beginning of a new era.

Now that the company had attracted a huge number of customers within a short while it was time to introduce them to advance internet technology that was 3G speed. Way back in 2004 and 2005 we only had 2G internet services and much later 3G was introduced but the internet plans were way too high.

The high prices had kept the common man away from the knowledge of Internet usage and what all could be done with it. Reliance again launched their new 3G Internet plans with just Rs. 57 ($ 0.87 USD) and that to unlimited usage.

This again had a big hit on the Top Telecom Industries which had been fooling around for so many years with their valuable customers, forcing them to revise their plans. Now when things seemed to have cooled down there was a big boom again last year from Reliance, they introduced their new sister concern Telecom Company called as Jio.

This launch had something I don’t think any company in the world must have introduced. Reliance Jio had launched their new sim with Unlimited Calling to any network in India and Unlimited 4G internet usage for the whole year.

They even gave out their mobile sim’s for free advertising purpose.  In just 365 days this new launch had more than 10 Million customers connected with them making it a new record.

The company had promised that the free calling would continue for life, but the rival compitors had filed legal law suit against the company for launching such schemes which could be devastating for their business. But still the company was determined to stick to its promise but due to legal issues the company is forced to revamp the free calling and data plan to a much cheaper but to a rate that no other company is offering.

Taking into consideration that still this new launch can rune their business all the other companies are launching similar plans so that their business doesn’t sink.

I don’t know what this war is going to lead to but am sure the common is benefiting, and I am one of those lucky ones.

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The Difference Between Refugees and Migrants
March 18, 2017
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A refugee is some one running for their lives.   They are escaping a dangerous situation.   It could be due to famine.   It could be because of war.   It could be due to genocide.   The refugee needs to escape.   The refugee begs sanctuary from whomever s/he can get it.

To put a spotlight on this; Australia has those who try to land on their shores taken to two islands in the Pacific Ocean.   They are safe on those islands.   If they are refugees they are happy to be safe.   If they were looking to go to Australia for benefits, well, they won’t be so happy.

Many of those who leave the Middle East and Africa are refugees.  They are escaping the war in Syria, the oppression in Eritrea.  They arrive and are expected to be thankful they are safe.   Others have choices.  They want to go to this country or that country.  They are unhappy when they can not get into their country of choice.

This suggest that they may not really be refugees but migrants.

When there are ‘detention centres’ where all arrivants are taken and sorted, then the likelihood of a terrorist getting into a European nation is lessened.   Where there are no real centres, no real sorting, the possibility that persons who are not refugees will slip through the cracks and enter a nation in which they may be up to no good.

The fact is that the slogan;  ‘one bad apple’ does apply.

America is a nation of immigrants.   People came to America for ‘a better life’.   There was a specific island in the New York harbour where all immigrants were landed, examined, and registered.   Millions of people arrived at Ellis Island, and the majority were entered.

For America to become anti-immigrant, when everyone, save native Americans are immigrants, is more than ironic.

Trump’s Grandfather came to the United States in 1885 from Germany.  His mother was born in Scotland.  He is, on his father’s side, a second generation, on his mother’s side, a first generation American.

Angela Merkel’s mistake was not carefully vetting those who were allowed into Germany.   If she had been a bit more selective the arguments against her would be without impact.  She is not the only one who was not particularly careful in opening borders.   And it is this laxity which inspires many Far Right Xenophobes to become rabidly anti.

 

Wrapping food in newspapers is unhealthy
March 16, 2017
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Recently I have read in newspaper wrapping food items in newspaper is not good for health.

We all know that Indian street food has a huge fan following. And it is famouse all over the world.We can not imagine our lives without biting into chatpata golgappa, and chaats, and bhel puri, pakoras also,the list goes on. Since these treats are made on the streets without the sellers strict hygienic guidelines, the safety of the consumption is often debatable. And While some may argue that most Indians live on and love their street food, one can not completely rule out the consequences. It is not just the way the food is prepared that we need to worry about. It is also about how it is served.

wrapping food items in newspaper is bad for our health as ink used in the printing has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects and Wrapping food in newspapers is unhealthy practice and the consumption of such food is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically.And thhe Food, Safety and Standard Authority said in an advisory.

Printing inks may also contain the harmful colours, and pigments, binders, and additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, and presence of pathogenic micro organisms in the used newspapers also poses potential risk to human health.We should think about health first.

Even paper cardboard boxes made of recycled paper may be contaminated with harmful chemicals like phthalate which can cause the digestive problems and also the lead to the severe toxicity.

All Older people, and teenagers, children also and people with compromised the vital organs and immune systems are at a greater risk of acquiring cancer related health complications, if they are exposed to food packed in such material.

Polythin bag was also banned in India.But still it is using by shopkeepers.Government is doing all these things for us.We should support them.

We can not imagine strolling through Park street in Kolkata without having the lip smacking ‘puchkas golgappe’ or walking through the crowded lanes of Mumbai without grabbing Vada Pav. When it comes to the street food, India is one of the proud nation where every state. Every city has its own specialty. And the Our wide varieties of scrumptious.
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Carlos the Jackal; Back in the News
March 14, 2017
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We have all heard ot the “Jackal”, maybe we read the novel; Day of the Jackal. Maybe we have seen the movie. The Jackal I am writing about is a real person.

He was born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez in Venezuela.  His first name is a tribute to Lenin, for many people in those days,  were very fascinated with the Russian Revolution.   Ilich was Lenin’s middle name.

This Jackal claims to be a “professional revolutionary”.  He became the head of special operations for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.   He was more a ‘gun’ or ‘bomb’ for hire, and the violence in the middle east was attractive to him.

The nickname, “Carlos the Jackal”  was given him by the press.  This referred to the fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, The Day of the Jackal.    This was also made into a movie.

After some years of violence, murders, bombings, he was finally arrested in 1994  in Khartoum, the Capital of Sudan.  He had been on the run for many years.   His ability to evade capture had made him famous.

This ‘Carlos the Jackal’  was sentenced to and is serving a life sentence for murdering two policemen in Paris in 1975.  He was also charged for killing a Lebanese revolutionary.   On top of these murders, he was charged with four bombings in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983.   He was also charged for damaging trains, which killed 11 people and injured nearly 150.

He has been in prison for quite sometime.   Now he is sixty seven years old, and ‘accused’ of a grenade attack on a busy shop in the heart of Paris in September 1974.  This bombing is linked to the hostage-taking at the French embassy in the Hague, in the Netherlands, that had begun two days before.

Ramirez, The Jackal, admitted to throwing the grenade. He wanted to force the French government to give in to the demands of the communist militant group; the Japanese Red Army. They were demanding the release of one of its members who had been arrested in Paris two months earlier.

The particular terrorist he wanted released and sent to Yemen actually was.

The interesting fact is that these terrorist attacks which are so current, actually began back in the 1970s.

Scammers on the Rampage, Beware, Don’t Be a Victim
March 12, 2017
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In these days, it is easy to hide behind computer keyboards, or whatever gadget you have. There could be someone out there planning to victimize you with their wicked plans.

They will ride on your weakness; when they know you are being kind, so trusting, or so naive (pardon the term!), they thought they had found the next victim.

Friends in Social Media
If someone suddenly sent you a message asking to befriend you, would you give in, or just rely on your intuition that it is something so mysterious why a stranger would suddenly send you that message. Sometimes you will think that maybe his aim is good, just plain friendship aim.

This is common today when lots of people, mostly young people who are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, and they are often posting a lot about themselves. This makes them so vulnerable to crooks online.

Be Critical, Think First
Do not easily trust strangers online. They might be using a fake name, a fake picture, fake data about himself.

It is better to think first before giving your full trust to that stranger. If possible, research about him on the net, or look for the things he said, and from there, you can say if he is such a genuine person, a good person, or the opposite, a scalawag.

Nothing is Given Free

Do not think that an instant opportunity had come to your door when that stranger sent you a message he is looking for investment opportunity and will have you as a local partner.

First, he will appeal to your emotion, saying he had a broken family, his wife left him after their child died, and so on, with lots of sob stories. Knowing that you were swayed by such fake stories, he will ask for your personal data. And later, your financial records. All along, you did not suspect the he is already scamming you.

In some cases, many will be lured to come into their country, then ask you to bring something for them. They have some cohorts in your locality whom he will ask you to contact and get the baggage for him. Then at the airport of your destination, you would only realise you were duped when the police arrested you for carrying something illegal, like drugs! You were made as a “drug mule,” or carrier of illegal drugs.

Always think about the saying:”There is nothing as a free lunch!” Nothing is given free.

It takes a lot of advantages to be careful, to scrutinize strangers you meet online. Even on social blogging sites, there could be some fools who think that everyone can be a victim!

Anyway,there is an International Police who can trace their internet provider address and track them. Hope they will have their days in jail so their evil acts be stopped.