Joseph Mariathasan: India and the US – a new special relationship?

first_imgBlackwill and Tellis argue that if the US’ aim is to turn India into a close ally, formal or otherwise, it will come to grief. Indeed, while in the 21st century India has become a strong supporter of the US-led international order, it appears to be showing no interest in an alliance with Washington. At the corporate and academic levels, India’s relationship with the US is particularly strong, with many leading US corporations and academic institutions led by people of Indian origin. Indeed, until Trump’s clampdown on visas, large numbers of the 9,000 or so world-class engineers graduating from the renowned Indian institutes of technology emigrated to the US after taking post-graduate degrees there. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump meet at the G7 summit in France in August 2019The greatest obstacle to a deeper partnership between the two countries “is wishful thinking about what it can achieve”, say Blackwill and Tellis. What Washington and New Delhi should strive for, they say, is to forge a partnership oriented toward furthering common interests without expecting an alliance of any kind.“If New Delhi puts in the economic and political work to make itself a major power – especially at a time of growing Chinese influence – Washington’s ambition to sustain what then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice once called ‘a balance of power that favours freedom’ will have been satisfied in Asia,” they write.That appears to be happening. India looks to be on the cusp of structural changes despite controversies over Modi’s reforms. It may not be possible to tell whether India really has reached an inflection point in its growth trajectory, but the long-term prospects look better than they have ever been since independence.For foreign investors as well as the domestic population that bodes well. But, say Blackwill and Tellis, the relationship between the US and India should not be driven by trade but by common foreign policy objectives.Rather than agreeing on sanctions on Iran or Russia, the authors say this involves coping with the power of a rising China in the coming decades. As two great democracies, protecting the liberal international order remains the lodestar, they argue.For Blackwill and Tellis, “the actions that both sides take toward that goal, both unilaterally and bilaterally, will be more than worth all the inevitable disagreements on other issues”.Such sentiments may not be appreciated by Trump’s administration, but for liberal democracies everywhere, having an alignment of interests between the most powerful with the most populous of their group should be a cause for celebration.Further readingIndia: Promising signs for the future Recent economic reforms and structural changes have created a positive outlook for India  Defining the emerging market universe A rising number of wealthy developed countries are still considered emerging market economies. Does this make sense? Can and should the world’s most populous democracy, India, be in formal alliance with the world’s most powerful democracy, the US?That is the subject of a recent article in Foreign Affairs magazine by former US ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, and Ashley Tellis, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.Under president Donald Trump’s “America First” stance, such questions may seem irrelevant. As the authors argue, Trump has upturned the post-second world war agreement that the US would accept asymmetric burdens for its friends with the knowledge that the collective success of democratic states would serve Washington’s interests in its struggle against greater authoritarian threats. The relationship between the two countries, and between Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, is too important and too complex to ignore.last_img read more

In Defense Of Text Messaging: Seven Reasons A Text Is Better Than A Call.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships In Defense Of Text Messaging: Seven Reasons A Text Is Better Than A Call. by: – April 29, 2011 43 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Some people really hate text messages: they find that it’s too informal, and that long, drawn-out text conversations are an inefficient way of communicating. But here’s something crazy: I think, when it comes to dating, that texting is better.Of course there are situations in which a phone call is vastly preferable, but when it comes to the early stages of dating, the text message can’t be beat.7 Reasons Texts Are Better Than Phone CallsBecause you can actually think about what you’re going to say. Hand me a telephone, and I will say something stupid into it. Hand me a telephone with someone I like on the other end, and I will say something really stupid. With a text, you can plan, and yes, even revise.2.  Because phone calls can be painfully awkward. Even if you have perfect elocution, a great speaking voice, and fantastic oratorical skills, factors such as poor cell-phone reception or other interruptions (another call, an ambulance driving by, a barking dog) can lead to uncomfortable interruptions. There’s nothing worse than speaking to someone on the phone for the first time and having to continually say “Wait–what? Sorry, can you hear me? Wait, hold on, walking by construction site…” over and over.3. Because a good text message will say a lot about a personA perfect text message requires wit, brevity, and flirtation. A good texter is smart, sharp, and good with words. Additionally, someone who uses unnecessary text abbreviations, or, god help him, emoticons is immediately ruled out as a potential love interest.4. Because texting can be great foreplay. It’s a prolonged flirtation that can span the course of the week or day leading up to a date.5. Because there is nothing sexy about a perfunctory “let’s set up a date” call.Sure, a phone call is “to the point”, and on a purely utilitarian level more efficient than texting when it comes to making plans. But are you really looking for “efficiency” in your dating life? You call to quickly make an appointment with your dentist, not with your date.6. Because a text lets you write what you’re too shy to say.Sometimes, especially during the early stages of dating, it can be hard to straight out say the things you’re feeling, especially if you’re unsure of how it will be reciprocated. A “You looked beautiful last night” or “I had an amazing time with you” the next morning is a safe (and always appreciated!) way of doing this.7. Because a text is forever. I usually don’t swoon at phone calls, but if I get an excellently crafted text, I will save that thing forever, and pull it up and read it again and again.By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe. Sharelast_img read more

Madison man killed in Jefferson County crash

first_imgJefferson County, In. — Indiana State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department investigated a crash that killed a Madison man Wednesday morning.Reports indicate around 7:25 a.m. a car driven by Miko McRoy, 41, of Seymour, was eastbound on State Road 56 near Amber Waves Blvd. when he collided with a car driven by Dallas Jackson, 22, of Madison. Investigators have been unable to determine which motorist crossed the centerline.Jackson died at the scene. McRoy was transported for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Toxicology results are pending. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Former FA chairman says current English football season must be completed

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ A former English Football Association Chairman, Greg Dyke, on Monday said it would be nonsensical for the Premier League to abandon the current season and scratch the rankings. Dyke argued that such a move would lead to huge financial losses. The Premier League has been suspended until at least April 4 following an emergency meeting sparked by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus last week. Premier League chiefs and clubs will meet to discuss the options this week. Current FA chairman Greg Clarke had said at the weekend that he did not think the season would be completed. Dyke said scrapping the season would prove costly for the FA, thanks to unpaid broadcast fees and lawsuits from clubs. He said the Premier League could take advantage of the likely cancellation of Euro 2020 to play into August. Dyke said: “You might have to play behind closed doors to fulfil the contracts for the broadcasters. Otherwise, they’re not going to pay up and that could mean hundreds of millions of pounds. “You may even have to play three matches a week to get them done. “I can see if you are a Norwich fan or of a team like West Ham, you might be delighted if the season was cancelled. “At a club like Leeds (top of the second tier), fans would go nuts. You can also imagine clubs taking legal action.” Liverpool require two wins to secure their first English top-flight title in 30 years and former manager Kenny Dalglish said it would be a travesty if the season is cancelled. “That wouldn’t be fair and any person with football at heart would admit that would be totally out of order,” Dalglish wrote in his column for The Sunday Post newspaper. Karen Brady, vice-chairman of relegation-threatened West Ham United, said on Saturday those who hoped the Premier League would resume next month were in “dreamland” and the season could be cancelled. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusGreg DykeMikel ArtetaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Mourinho: We deserved the break

first_img Press Association It appeared two points would be dropped by Jose Mourinho’s men as an entertaining contest looked likely to end goalless until Phil Jagielka was adjudged to have fouled Ramires in the left channel. Frank Lampard’s inswinging free-kick was glanced down by Branislav Ivanovic and captain John Terry, returning from a three-game absence with a gluteal muscle problem, slid in to score past Tim Howard. “We had to defend dead-ball situations well, but unfortunately in the 93rd minute they got a goal that I don’t think reflects the performance. “We defended really, really well. In that one, John Terry throws himself, brave and he gets the luck of the bounce and they score.” Mourinho had sympathy for Everton as it appeared Chelsea’s winless run would be extended to three games. Instead Chelsea stayed top of the standings entering Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash at Galatasaray. The Portuguese added: “I feel sorry for them (Everton) because maybe a point for them is fair after their good performance. “If today we had only one point, if the teams that are behind us win we lose that position. “Every victory keeps us there, every defeat or draw we lose a position. “We just want to try to keep the position, not to give (it away) for free to the opponent. “We have to fight, we have to play and it’s a good feeling to win in the end. “The team wanted to win. You score, it’s fantastic. Even if you don’t score my feeling would be a positive feeling with them. They tried everything.” Mourinho praised Cesar Azpilicueta’s all-action performance as “representative of the desire the team put into the game” and bemoaned an injury to Oscar which brought the Brazil playmaker’s afternoon to a premature end. Oscar carried an undisclosed problem into the game and could be a doubt for Istanbul. Mourinho said: “There was no risk to make it worse. He thought he could cope, but he couldn’t.” Terry’s return was a boost following the win over Newcastle, the draw at West Brom and FA Cup exit at Manchester City. Mourinho added: “Again one great defensive performance by the whole team. It was not (just) John. “The defensive organisation is good and strong, but when you (are) captain, your voice, the stability, the complete understanding of him with (Gary) Cahill. I think it’s good. “He didn’t play three matches and we clearly missed him.” Everton were on top for periods in the match, especially in the first half, and Martinez maintained an optimistic outlook despite the loss. Martinez said: “We need to make sure that when we play well, when we deserve to get a positive result for the performance we do that. “We came here, we showed that we can play eye-to-eye to the league leaders. “The only disappointment is we couldn’t hit the back of the net when we had a couple of good moments of control in the game.” Lacina Traore withdrew after feeling his hamstring in the warm-up, forcing a late change in tactics, with Steven Naismith replacing him. “It was a blow, but I thought we were lucky it didn’t happen in the game,” Martinez added. Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea deserved the late lucky break which earned a 1-0 win over Everton and saw his side consolidate their position at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. “When you score minute 90-something you can speak about being lucky,” Mourinho said. “The reality is that the boys chased that. We were the team that was really trying to win, which is our responsibility. “We deserved it. I never thought we would score so late. I had hope that we could score a goal before that. Destiny wanted last minute.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez was frustrated with referee Lee Probert’s decision to award Ramires the free-kick. The Spaniard suggested Chelsea were cute in winning set-pieces around the area. “Ramires looks for the contact and if you watch the replay it’s not a free-kick at all,” Martinez said. “That happened with other incidents, four or five before that. “It is very soft. (But) that happens in the game. I don’t blame the referee at all. “It’s an incredible know-how, using every single trick in the book to get dangerous positions. last_img read more

Winner Luiten a relieved man

first_imgHolland’s Joost Luiten breathed a massive sigh of relief after overcoming a poor start and nervous finish to claim his fourth European Tour title in the ISPS Handa Wales Open. Luiten, who was fifth in the defence of his KLM Open title on home soil last week, saw his two-shot overnight lead disappear when he bogeyed the first two holes of the final round at Celtic Manor. But the 28-year-old hit back with three birdies and one bogey on the back nine to card a closing 71 and finish 14 under par, one shot ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. Press Association Fleetwood had looked out of contention following a double bogey on the 13th, but then chipped in for a birdie on the 14th, holed from five feet for eagle on the next and also birdied the last three holes for a closing 67. That left Luiten needing to par the last three holes to win and he looked to have done the hard part with a superb up and down from a greenside bunker on the 17th, only to hit an amazingly wild drive on the last. It took several minutes for the ball to be found in dense rough but Luiten was able to hack it across the fairway and into more rough, from where he found the green with his approach and two-putted from long range. “It was tough, it was hard work down the last,” Luiten admitted. “I didn’t have the start I wanted with two bogeys and I just tried to hang in there and wait for my chances and made some nice birdies at the end and a par down the last was luckily enough.” Luiten was considered as a wild card for the Ryder Cup by European captain Paul McGinley and admitted his superb recent form had come just too late to make the team for Gleneagles. “I knew when the qualification ended and I needed to play better,” said Luiten, who was fourth in the final qualifying event and fifth last week. “Luckily I am in good form now and I wish the team all the best and hopefully they can win.” Fleetwood has also come into form late in the season, finishing fifth in both the Czech Masters and European Masters recently. The 23-year-old, who won his maiden European Tour title at Gleneagles last year, said: “After the double bogey on 13 I definitely wasn’t thinking about getting to 13-under, just try your best on the last few and see what you can get. I wanted to get back to level par or under par for the day. I thought that would have been a good effort. “After a poor summer, I wanted to finish the season well. I’ve been playing well recently and the more you get up there, the better. This is how you learn. You can’t practice this on the range when you’re coming down the stretch in the top five and just the more you do it, the better it is.” Lowry was never able to get on level terms with the leaders, carding two bogeys and one birdie in his first five holes, but birdied the last for a round of 70 and to jump out of a large group of players on 12 under. Five players shared fourth place, Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson carding a 67 to finish alongside Nicolas Colsaerts, Eddie Pepperell, Marc Warren and Edoardo Molinari. “I’m very pleased,” Donaldson said. “Celtic Manor is a tough golf course which doesn’t quite suit my eye. It’s been hard for me this week to keep focused and try and see the shots. If you take your foot off the pedal and there’s a lot of trouble about. “I ‘m happy the way I played over the last four or five weeks, building up to the Ryder Cup. I couldn’t have asked for any more, really.” Team-mates Thomas Bjorn and Lee Westwood carded closing rounds of 74 and 76 respectively, Westwood having to birdie the 16th and 18th to avoid an even worse score. “I needed to play some competitive golf and I’ve done that,” said the 41-year-old ahead of his ninth Ryder Cup. ” I hit a few good shots (this week), not so good today, but I probably had one eye on next week. I don’t think the concentration and the focus was there. “The Ryder Cup is very special, I am looking forward to getting there tonight and preparing for Friday when it starts.” last_img read more

Officials: Five Victims of Weekend Broward Shooting Not Cooperating

first_imgSunrise Police are still investigating a shooting that sent five men to area hospitals early Saturday morning.Officer Otishia Browning-Smith, police spokeswoman, says the men, all of whom are between the ages of 26 and 44, are expected to survive.Authorities have not released their identities, and Browning-Smith says none of the men are cooperating with detectives at this time.Police responded to a call about possible gunfire outside of the Peppa Seed restaurant on the 7700 block of NW 44 St. just after 1 a.m. Saturday.“When we got there, their friends had already taken them to different hospitals,” says Browning-Smith.However, Sunrise Police believe the shooting may have been the result of a parking lot party that got out of control.last_img read more

Police: Child, Woman Shot in Fort Lauderdale “Innocent Victims”

first_imgTwo people, including an 11-year-old child, were shot near the Broward Metro Transit Center on Saturday evening, according to Fort Lauderdale police.The other injured person is an adult woman.Fort Lauderdale police say the two were innocent victims. They were walking near Broward Blvd. around 6:40 p.m. when a group of people next to them got into an argument.Someone began shooting, and the child and woman were caught in the crossfire.“They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Frank Sousa, assistant chief for Fort Lauderdale Police.He explains there was some “some sort of disturbance” in the area of NW 1st St. and NW 1st Ave. “Eventually that disturbance led to gunfire,” Sousa adds. “This is a senseless shooting. This shouldn’t have happened, where ultimately it ended up impacting a young child who was out here innocently.”#Ftlauderdalepolice is unfortunately investigating a shooting which has left an innocent adult & child wounded. This incident occurred in the area of NW 1 ST / NW 1 AVE. We’re encouraging the public to bring forward any info. Tipsters may remain anonymous.— Fort Lauderdale Police (@ftlauderdalepd) August 9, 2020 Police sealed off the area where the shooting occurred, to search for clues.“We don’t have much in terms of a description at this point. Investigators are on the scene combing through surveillance cameras and speaking to witnesses,” Sousa says.The two individuals were taken to Broward Medical Center. Their conditions have not been released.Police do not have a description of the shooter and are asking the public for assistance that could help lead them to the person or persons responsible.Contact Fort Lauderdale Police at (954) 764-4357 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477 with any information that could help solve this case.last_img read more

Players adopting new condition: AATA secretary Ankush Dutta

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The All Assam Tennis Association (AATA) became the first sports association in the State to start the training after lockdown was imposed in March. In an interaction with The Sentinel, the secretary of the AATA Ankush Dutta said the situation is little different from the normal condition but players are adopting it quickly. Here is the excerpt. The Sentinel (TS): AATA is the first organization to start training in post COVID-19 lockdown. Share your experience. Ankush: It’s going according to the plan. Recently national level players were allowed to start training. We received Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the All India Tennis Association in this regard and also following the guidelines of the government. TS: Are you facing any trouble to adjust the new condition? Ankush: Obviously the situation is little bit different now. Earlier players arrive at the court, do their practice and return home. But now we have to monitor them once they arrive in the campus and it continues until they leave for their home. However good thing is that the players are adopting the new condition quickly. TS: What are the mandatory rules that players are following during their stay at the campus? Ankush: There are several rules which a player and coach have to follow during their stay at our campus. Thermal screening and sanitization of hand are mandatory once player and coach arrive. All have to use mask during their stay at the campus however mask is not allowed during the practice. Players must use their own racquet and we are even giving separate balls to the players with marking. It was also instructed the players that if ball goes to the other courts they should not touch it. The balls should be returned either kicking or by pushing it through racquet. TS: What about the training of other players spreading across the state! Ankush: We have already prepared SOP for them and are waiting for the next announcement on lock down. If the restriction is relaxed we will send it to our different units. They too have to follow all the guide lines that are imposed by the government and AITA. TS: Will lockdown make any impact on the schedule of your domestic calendar? Ankush: Our domestic calendar will not be hampered because it starts in November and continues till March. But AITF championship series and OIL AITF Super Series Tennis tournament, which are supposed to be held during next two months, are postponed. On the other hand one of our promising players Jigyashman Hazarika missed to play the Rode to Wimbledon this time because of lockdown.last_img read more

The Utah Jazz say Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at 78

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz say Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at 78.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Utah Jazz say Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at 78center_img May 22, 2020last_img