Seven suspected armed robbers, specialized in robbing in police uniforms, were on Tuesday September 9, arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Ammunitions, DVDs, cell phone and other materials were also arrested during the early morning raid by the police force, police spokesmen, Sam Collins told the press Wednesday, September 10.Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the LNP, Collins said the men along with their female accomplices, were rounded-up at the Chugbor area, in the Road Old Community, Monrovia.From their confessions, Collins further explained, it was gathered that the robbers were among the most notorious criminals being pursued by the LNP.He was quick to point out that the suspected robbers were undergoing investigations.The latest arrest comes nearly two days, after 10 suspected armed robbers and a Lebanese national were apprehended by the police in separate raids in the Somalia Drive and Paynesville communities.“During the arrest our men managed to seize guns, ammunitions and other materials that were used to perpetrate their operations against peaceful individuals,” the police’s chief spokesperson added.“We are going to crackdown on armed robbers and those people who would like to take the law into their own hands. People who are terrorizing peaceful civilians, won’t thrive. We will pursue and arrest them. We are not going to relent in our duty to protect lives and properties throughout the length and breadth of this nation,” he warned.Before their arrest, Collins noted the gang had terrorized and raided innocent people thereby making away with valuable items, in the Old Road area.Meanwhile, the police spokesmen, disclosed that they have arrested a man identified as Marco, who is described as a notorious armed robber.Collins said Marco was a member of a gang that robbed the Ecobank, Bong County branch in 2012.In that robbery, the police spokesmen claimed, one and a half million of United States Dollars and two million Liberian Dollars were stolen from the bank.Marco who had evaded arrest for 2 years was finally arrested recently at his home in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the police spokesmen said.He assured that officers were currently working hard to ensure that the wave of armed robbery in the country stops immediately.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Guyanese man is facing human trafficking charges in the United States after allegations that he engaged in sexual activities with a minor who had been trafficked by a relative.Latchman KaladeenLatchman Kaladeen, 49, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was on May 17, 2019, identified by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in Florida as one of nine men allegedly involved in sexual activities with the same minor.The men were charged with human trafficking, conspiracy to commit human trafficking and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.Kaladeen, according to Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis, was previously deported in 2005 and is currently on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer and is expected to be deported again once the current case is completed.According to Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Kaladeen had also been arrested last year for solicitation of a prostitute and was able to avoid a detainer by using one of several aliases which the department has identified.According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip in May 2017 about ads on the now-shuttered website, Backpage, featuring the girl. An undercover operation was launched within 24 hours and led investigators to a filthy Hernando County home with bare concrete floors strewn with animal urine and faeces, the Sheriff said, where the victim lived with the accused trafficker. The victim was taken to a safe house for juvenile victims of trafficking outside the area.According to the report, the two-year investigation relied on interviews and documents to work through the prior six months, Nienhuis said. Investigators found that the accused trafficker posted the ads on Backpage and took money from clients, and sometimes left the girl with them overnight in other counties. Also arrested were Luigi Barile of Spring Hill who was arrested in Hernando County, Matthew Doyle of Spring Hill arrested in Hernando County, Joseph Easton of Inverness, Bryan Joseph Giguire, James William Hancock, Shawn Christopher Henson, Jason Michael Raulerson and Lawrence Edward Kemble. Doyle is a 39-year-old Fire Service lieutenant, while Luigi Barile is a 38-year-old restaurateur and co-owner of the popular Chefs of Napoli II.
He equalled the record of Jupp Heynckes, Bayern’s head coach, who missed Saturday’s game with flu.Heynckes also scored in 11 consecutive home games for Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1972/73.Despite Lewandowski’s feat, Bayern captain Thomas Mueller scored the goal of the day in Germany to seal the win which restored Munich’s 18-point lead as Schalke drop to sixth.With barely five minutes gone, Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann blocked Mueller’s fierce shot, but Lewandowski was on hand to tap in his 19th league goal of the season to equal the record.Schalke drew level when Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern next season, mistimed a bicycle kick from a cross, but Franco di Santo fired home on 29 minutes.However, Mueller then scored one of his finest goals in the famour red shirt on 36 minutes.He sprinted onto a Arjen Robben pass in the area, but instead of passing inside as the defence expected, fired home from the tightest of angles past the despairing Faehrmann.“It was bitter to concede the goals, especially the second,” admitted Faehrmann.“I thought it was going to be pulled back inside, but you can’t assume things like that against Mueller.”Mueller said it was a lucky strike.“Arjen played it deep, I didn’t really have time to see where to put it, I just hit it and had a bit of luck that it went in,” said the Germany star.Bayern have now won 21 of their last 22 games in all competitions.– Batshuayi nets again –Earlier, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored his third Bundesliga goal in two games in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 home win over Hamburg. Dortmund signed the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season after selling top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal last month.Batshuayi is supplying the goals after marking his debut by netting twice in a 3-2 win at bottom side Cologne a week ago.“I’m very happy, the most important thing is we won and remain high in the table,” said Batshuayi with Dortmund third.As promised, the Belgian celebrated with a somersault after scoring on his home debut.US winger Christian Pulisic threaded a pass through the Hamburg defence, which Batshuayi met at the far post for a tap in on 49 minutes.A dull match was lit up by Dortmund’s second in the dying stages when Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze netted after coming off the bench.Loan star: Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring for Dortmund again © DPA/AFP / Guido KirchnerDortmund’s injury-prone Germany winger Marco Reus returned after 259 days sidelined by a torn knee ligament.The win left Dortmund third, a point behind second-placed RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at home to Augsburg on Friday with Liverpool-bound Naby Keita hammering home a free-kick.– Frankfurt go fourth –Eintracht Frankfurt stormed up to fourth with a 4-2 thrashing of bottom side Cologne. Ante Rebic gave Frankfurt an early lead, but Cologne striker Simon Terrode equalised with a second-half penalty.Frankfurt defender Marco Russ headed the hosts back into the lead for his first goal since overcoming cancer in 2016.French defender Simon Falette and midfielder Marius Wolf scored in quick succession to stretch Frankfurt’s lead to 4-1 before Terrode grabbed Cologne’s second with a header.Bayer Leverkusen dropped to fifth after a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin as Valentino Lazaro and Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou scored.Hoffenheim earned their first win in six games with a 4-2 thrashing of Mainz as strikers Adam Szalai and Andrej Kramaric scored twice.Freiburg lost for the first time in nine league games, crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Hanover 96, whose midfielder Felix Klaus scored the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Heaven eleven: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scores against Schalke © AFP / Guenter SCHIFFMANNBerlin, Germany, Feb 10 – Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski scored in his 11th consecutive home league match in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Schalke to equal the Bundesliga record.The Poland striker, who now has 26 in all competitions, has netted in all of Bayern’s league games this season at the Allianz Arena.
NEW YORK – A giant, inflated cartoon character was led down Broadway six months ahead of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade so its maneuverability in high wind could be analyzed. Monday’s test of the yellow Pikachu balloon follows last year’s accident in which two girls were injured when an M&Ms balloon struck a light fixture along the parade route and debris fell on them. Engineers and parade experts will examine photos and video of the Pikachu balloon’s movement and the work of several dozen handlers on the ground and report to a panel that is studying balloon safety. Pikachu is one of the characters from the Pokemon series of video games, cartoons, books and trading cards. The balloon bobbed along about 20 to 30 feet above the street Monday. The weather service said wind in Manhattan gusted to 20 mph during the day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsGuidelines say the balloons must be grounded if winds reach 23 mph with gusts stronger than 34 mph. Last year in Times Square, tethers of the M&Ms balloon knocked off part of a street lamp. Two sisters, visiting from Albany, were hit by debris. One needed nine stitches for a head wound; the other suffered a bump on her forehead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining REVEALED Chelsea target Sandro Tonali has had a £22million price tag put on his head by Brescia, according to Sport Mediaset.The 18-year-old is currently catching the eye in Serie B, but he has been tipped to have a big future at a higher level. MONEY Chelsea and Inter Milan are interested in the midfielder, who has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, and have already sent scouts to watch him in action.Brescia are aware of the growing interest in Tonali and will do all they can to keep him for as long as possible.But they have now set an asking price of £22million for the youngster. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow BEST OF ADVICE Sandro Tonali in action for his nation. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football Stories no dice RANKED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Brescia believe that it is a fair price for Tonali, who starred at the European Under-19 Championship in the summer as Italy reached the final.Inter Milan are reportedly ready to meet the asking price, which may spark Chelsea into action.Arsenal and Juventus have both looked at Tonali in the past, but their interest is said to have cooled.
24 August 2009: Charlotte, North CarolineSocial FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. Get 15% off by using code RSS15 and follow the conference on Twitter (@SoFresh) for other discounts and updates. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only Here we go with another edition our weekly events guide, a regular feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.13 July 2009: Tel AvivTWS2009TWS2009, scheduled for July 13th, aims to find and present the 10 most promising Internet startups in Israel. The event is of, for, and about the leading figures and companies that are driving innovation in the Israeli Internet economy. Well-known professionals worldwide, such as Brian Solis, Rafe Needleman, Ron Conway, Stowe Boyd, Dave Sifry, Jeff Pulver, Deborah Schultz, Marc Goldberg, and Saul Klein, will choose the 10 winning startups. The event is organized by Yaron Orenstein, who also runs Israel’s biggest blog the.co.ils, with Globes as a partner. ReadWriteWeb readers get a 40% discount on admission. 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 Conference — Denver, ColoradoAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 21 July 2009: Palo Alto, California, and 23 July 2009: Los Angeles, and 11 August 2009: New York CitySilicon Valley Angel & Venture Conference and SoCal Angel & Venture Conference and NYC Angel & Venture ConferenceFundingPost has hosted 150+ sold-out venture events in 17 cities over the past 7 years. At these next two events, the panel of investors will focus on early-stage venture investing: how to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, hot sectors, sectors that these angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the investor panelists, both before the panel and after the panel at the cocktail party! 4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Tags:#Events Guide#web 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. andrew lobo 22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 16 July 2009: San FranciscoMobileBeat 2009Join the most influential investors, mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, press, and analysts at MobileBeat 2009 (presented by VentureBeat) for one day of in-depth discussion, debate, and power networking. Join us July 16th at the Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco. Related Posts 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies15 – 16 March 2010: London2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. 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ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block… How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security Tags:#Agtech#Blockchain#iot supply chain of trust#supply chain#zest labs With all the hype around blockchain, it’s a technology that’s still finding its feet when it comes to wide, mainstream adoption. Therefore it’s not every day when you come across a company that uses both IoT sensor technology and the blockchain to solve a common agricultural problem. Zest Labs have created a fresh food management solution that focuses on consistent food quality, reduced waste, and improved food safety and use technology to achieve this. I spoke to CTO Scott Durgin to find out more.Durgin explained:“We provide a solution from grower to grocer. We use sensor-based technologies to help suppliers and retailers manage the freshness and quality as well as tracking and traceability. And core to this concept is the fact that waste is a fairly big problem in the industry. This stems from the fact that 30% of products aren’t handled correctly, and it is difficult to differentiate them from the 70% that are. There are literally tens of millions of tonnes of produce shipped. You can’t individually check all the pallets.”Food waste costs the nation an estimated $218 billion per year according to the NRDC. Produce picked on the same day is not all equal and will not necessarily have the same shelf life, depending on metrics such as humidity and field and storage temperatures. This brings best by dates into question. In response, Zest Labs has derived a single freshness metric — the ZIPR code — which is based on the specific product type, growing location, and actual harvest and processing conditions, that enable significantly improved freshness management decisions.Zest Fresh software calculates a ZIPR code for each tracked pallet, using patented methodology and sensors, ensuring inventory and shipping decisions are based on actual freshness. Growers, retailers, and restaurateurs can benefit from intelligent routing, meaning that produce with a closer best-by date can be re-routed earlier, to a nearer location or a juicer.Testing has shown that using Zest Fresh with the ZIPR code can reduce that waste by roughly half, and significantly improve the customer experience. This provides continuous real-time visibility of the remaining freshness capacity of produce and then directs intelligent routing to optimize delivery for required shelf-life.As Durgin explained:“We see an opportunity to help suppliers in that they get paid the same amount today regardless of the freshness capacity of the product they’re putting out. So imagine if you could differentiate your product offering to be a competitive advantage in regard to its freshness.”Zest labs introduces the blockchainZest Labs announced this week that they are now also offering free blockchain set up for growers and shippers using the Zest Fresh platform. Durgin believes that the blockchain creates an added layer of security and trust throughout the fresh food supply chain by creating true transparency about all key food freshness factors to all participants within the network.“Zest Fresh quickly delivers access to blockchain technology for its customers by leveraging secure and authenticated data collection from its wireless IoT sensors, through its intelligent access points, and into the secure Zest Cloud. Further, by combining our predictive analytics, we can extend the value of blockchain through smart contracts that can automatically recognize when fresh products meet contracted specifications throughout the supply chain.”With most industries considering how the blockchain may benefit their operations, food suppliers, in particular, are paying close attention since there’s a very real possibility that large companies may eventually require their supply chain partners to participate. This could mean many growers are forced to adopt blockchain, whether they like it or not. Forced technology adoption has happened before such as with RFID where adoption was successful until large companies mandated its use and none of the smaller suppliers could afford the tags.Durgin believes that the blockchain solves the problem of trust but it isn’t a replacement for conventional IoT data processing and storage:“Would we use blockchain for our core internal processing of the system? No, it’s not designed to do that. We have the Zest platform underneath which is actually a data streaming complex event processing system and it’s designed to scale in the world of IoT and it does things in a very real time fashion and handles very complex event streams that could never be applicable to being processed in a blockchain.If you think about quality in freshness, it’s more than just sensor data thrown into a block or a transaction in a block and so we see the opportunity to take this universal ZIPR code and for those folks where blockchain makes sense to their business. Given the very nature of what blockchain does it creates a very interesting information sharing network opportunity that ensures consistency up and down the supply chain.”Durgin also likens the blockchain’s adoption challenges to his days as Product Manager at IBM working on Lotus Notes :“Back in the day we actually used to license the TCAP IP protocol and the AppleTalk protocol amongst others. We had to license the protocols and include them in the product so that it could talk with a client server. Such a thing would be unheard of today. So when you think about blockchain technologies, I liken them to when we had to do extra heavy lifting to build a platform like Lotus Notes, designed to make it easy for people to solve business problems also.”As agtech becomes increasingly automated and connected, the blockchain may just become another business tool in a farmer’s arsenal. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts Cate Lawrence Why is Bitcoin Soaring?
Often times it can be difficult as you work with service members and their families to get them to really open up to you in order to better identify appropriate services to meet their specific needs. In some cases, service members and their families may be reluctant to opening up to you as a professional for fear of their reputation, stigma associated with receiving help, denial about his/her condition(s), or the overall unknown (Brintnall-Peterson, 2014).We asked a variety of military professionals from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor in Washington state, that work with wounded service members and families, on advice they would offer to getting their clients to open up.Watch and listen as each professional provides key tips and strategies on communicating with their service members and families to get the conversation flowing.After listening how each individual responds, can you relate to their feedback? What are some strategies that have worked in your profession to getting service members and families to open up? (Insert your response in the comment box below.)The ‘Professionals Helping Professional’ video series was developed in order to highlight various military service professionals and their work with wounded service members and families throughout the branches of service. The goal of the video series is to enhance the work of military helping professionals and provide educational development to better support our service members and their families.This post written by Mikala Whitaker of the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team and was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 9, 2015.
They aren’t only each other’s best friends or worst enemies. There is much more to the relationships women build with other women. Two authors of food guides, a social activist and two doctors talk about what interactions with different women have meant to them at different points in their lives, what shaped their attitudes and how they have balanced their relationships despite the demands of marriage.Sisters-in-Law: Shivani Sibal and Ruchi SibalDiscovering the connectionIf television serials are to be believed, Shivani Sibal, 30, and Ruchi Sibal, 34, should be bitter rivals; together, they wrote a book instead. Married to Kapil Sibal’s son Akhil Sibal, 34, and nephew Bipin Sibal, 39, sisters-in-law Ruchi and Shivani, had no choice but to meet each other. It would have been easy to carry on a traditional relationship, but it was during an evening chat in July 2008 that the idea of compiling a food guide came up. Within a week, the sisters-in-law were working together on the book they had decided to call Go Delhi, scanning the food scene in the Capital, collecting information and building contacts. In the meanwhile, the two relatives were also discovering each other as professionals. “It happened so quickly,” says Ruchi, “now when I look back I think it was meant to happen.” For Shivani it was rediscovering someone she had known for over a decade. “Going through the highs and lows of work together kept us bonded,” she says. While Ruchi and Shivani discovered each other’s professional aspect through a personal relationship, for gynaecologist Tripti Sharan, 41, and dietician Shachi Sohal, 26, it was the reverse. Working together in the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, Delhi, spending more time in the hospital than at home and working long, odd hours, the two often served as counselors to each other’s patients.It was while working together that they discovered each other as people, sensitive and dedicated to a common cause. Dr Sharan recalls an incident when a patient from Afghanistan refused to eat anything that was given to her. It was then that Sohal stepped in; she not only calmed down the patient but also offered to cook things her way. Soon she was looking forward to eating again. “The manner in which she dealt with the patient was admirable, I discovered that Shachi had touched her in a way that medicine could not,” says Sharan. “She went back to her country happy and till date whenever she visits me, she makes it a point to go and meet Shachi.”Like every daughter, Kavita Ramdas, 48, former President, Global Fund for Women, was heavily influenced by her mother, Lalita Ramdas, 71, member of the Board of Directors, Greenpeace International. Kavita saw her mother, who was till then a nursery school teacher in Germany, in a different light when Lalita started bringing home feminist views and socialist ideas after she met a nun with radical ideas in a Catholic school. It was this rediscovery that gave Kavita the push to model a life of social activism for herself.Co-workers: Tripti Sharan and Shachi SohalFrom little beginningsAll these women attribute their attitude to their families. Ramdas, who grew up in an educated, middle-class family has seen her father, Laxminarayan Ramdas, transform over the years because of his arguments with her mother. A former chief of the Indian Navy, he fought three wars against Pakistan. Now, however, he works as a peace activist serving as Chairperson, Greenpeace International. “He has gone through a transition,” Ramdas says, attributing the change to her mother’s activism. “My parents argued often, especially about my mother’s belief that a poor country like India should be investing in the human capital of its citizens rather than in submarines, nuclear weapons and destroyers,” she says. A father of three daughters, he supported them to be assertive and active in all aspects of their lives, from sports to academics to public life and leadership. “He would get up early to take me to track meets and taught us how to throw a ball hard and well. When I was shy about being the tallest girl in my class in Class IV, he brought home a magazine called Seventeen that had a headline, Tall is Terrific. “Stand tall and be proud of who you are. Don’t slouch, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.Born as theosophist Rameshwar Prasad’s granddaughter in Gaya, Bihar, Sharan grew up reading Tagore, listening to Madonna and watching all kinds of cinema. Her mother Nirmala Sharan, 70, spent a major part of her time taking Sharan and her two siblings out to movies, teaching them, arranging parties for them and looking after Sharan when she was studying medicine. The roles have reversed with the years that have gone by. “She is really ill now, so I do for her all that she did for us,” says Sharan.Daughter of author Namita Gokhale, 55, Shivani Sibal shifted into her maternal grandmother’s home in Delhi after she lost her father at the age of 15. “It was a woman-oriented, liberal and intellectual atmosphere,” she reminisces. “All of us were encouraged to have strong views of our own. It never occurred to anyone to be second.”Mother, Daughter: Lalita Ramdas and Kavita N RamdasMarrying into oblivion?Did marriage affect their relationships with the women in their lives? Each one of these women answers in the negative. Sharan says it isn’t often that women lose touch with their friends as women communicate their feelings better than men. Ramdas feels that she has remained close to both her women and men friends through the 27 years that she has been with her husband Zulfiqar Ahmad. “He has always valued my friendships and seen them as being key emotional sources of support. I have tried to do the same for him,” she says.However, having worked with women belonging to different cultures all over the world, she knows that the other side of the story is often true. “If women are not able to maintain those friendships, it may be due to the pressures placed on them by their role within the marriage,” she says. She explains how Ahmad and she have experimented with switching roles in their marriage. “For many years now, I have been the primary bread winner, while my husband, who is a writer and researcher on issues of peace and conflict, has been the stay-at-home parent for our 17-year old daughter Mira, and carried out the responsibility for running our household.”Packed into Ramdas’s story is a punch for all those with a cynical take on stereotypical gender relationships. “Our daughter has definitely benefited from seeing women and men in less traditionally gendered roles,” she asserts. And it’s something.advertisementadvertisement
Out-of-form young batsmen seem to be India’s only concern as they aim to sign off their Caribbean sojourn on a high by clinching the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, starting here tomorrow.The Indians, leading the three-match series 1-0, may have to make some changes to their batting line-up on a Windsor Park track which is expected to offer pace and bounce. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured a continuation of his unbeaten record in this series but he would have to take a call if Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are to get yet another chance after their disastrous outings so far.The two already have the writing on the wall as they haven’t been picked for the series against England, starting mid-July.While Vijay has hurt his position with an aggregate of 22 runs (5.50 avg) from the four innings of two matches, Kohli has done no better than 46 runs (11.50) and is only now realising the vast chasm between a limited overs and a longer format game.Vijay’s nemesis has been Ravi Rampaul who has got him in all the four innings while Kohli has found Fidel Edwards too hot to handle, having been dismissed by the Barbadian in three of the four innings he has batted.India needs their replacement as the West Indies’ new ball bowlers have had the complete measure of these two young batsmen.Thus Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath can fancy their chances in the final Test if Dhoni prefers to reshuffle his cards.advertisementBoth Patel and Badrinath have had little batting since the one-day series ended, more so with the Chennai batsman who wasn’t picked for the last ODI in Jamaica and has been out of action for three weeks.Interestingly, the choice is not as straightforward as it seems. Badrinath played two Tests against South Africa at home 16 months ago and aggregated a meagre 63 runs (21.00 avg), having been claimed by speedster Dale Steyn in two of his three innings.Patel has played just 20 Tests since first turning out for India against England at Trent Bridge nine seasons ago. He last played a Test against Sri Lanka three years ago.His career statistics of 683 runs (29.70) aren’t too pretty either. But such has been the disintegration of Vijay and Kohli that Dhoni would be tempted to replace them, more so since the pitch for the final Test could again have his batsmen’s trial by fire.If Dhoni persists with Vijay and Kohli, with the realisation that they are better bets for future than either Patel or Badrinath, he would have no such hesitation in replacing Abhimanyu Mithun with Munaf Patel who himself hasn’t played a Test for over two years, despite his limited overs heroics this year.West Indies, if anything, are in a bigger batting mess than India.While India has turned to experienced Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to bail them out in the two Tests, West Indies haven’t had such luck with Ramnaresh Sarwan who has been left out in favour of Kieran Powell.So West Indies must have a batting replacement of Sarwan (29 runs at 7.25 avg), if not of opener Lendl Simmons who too has been all at sea against Indian pacers, having made 46 at 11.50. His performance is completely at odds to what he did in the preceding one-day series (177 runs at 35.40 avg).Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell are two youngsters waiting in the wings. The former has the reputation to bat for long hours and the latter an attacking young colt – qualities which are presently sorely missing in the present West Indian batting line-up.There is little else that West Indies can do though there is a general perception that Kemar Roach, widely regarded as the fastest of all, would be a better bet than someone like skipper Darren Sammy, especially given the pitches on offer.India are hoping that two of its key members hit their strides in this Test.Dhoni, despite two wrong decisions awarded against him, has only 23 runs at 5.75 average from the series, and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is still two short of his 400-wicket haul, having claimed five wickets at 35.60 average from the two Tests.Squads:West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt-wk), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma.advertisementUmpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Richard Kettleborough (England)The match will start at 7.30 p.m Indian Standard Time (IST).