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Annual Gala: Indo-Caribbean Alliance to Honor NYS Senator Roxanne Persaud and Community Leaders on October 28

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Jamaica, New York, October 8, 2016:

Come October 28, and Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) will felicitate New York senator Roxxane Persaud and other leaders on their 4th annual gala.

The event will be held at NYC Arena located at 91-12 144th Place, Jamaica, NY 11435 at 8pm.

For the event, one attractive theme would be a Grand Masquerade Ball reminiscent of “A Night In Venice.”

The emcee will be Shamina Rai, former producer and host of the Emmy Award Winning PIX 11 News and will feature an evening of food, cocktails and live entertainment by Amit Inderdeo.

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New York Senator Roxanne Persaud will be honored at the upcoming Indo-Caribbean Alliance gala to be held on October 28,2016 in New York

About Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA): It is a nonprofit organisation that provides vital programs, services, and advocacy in New York City. The gala will highlight ICA’s work over the past year, and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Indo-Caribbean society in America. The event raises funds to enhance and expand ICA’s efforts to empower the community and strengthen the fight for social justice.

Senator Roxanne J. Persaud was elected to the 19th Senatorial District in November 2015 after serving in the State Assembly. Roxanne spent many years as a Higher Education Administrator prior to being elected to the State Legislature.

Shamina Rai
Shamina Rai will be the Emcee for the upcoming Indo-Caribbean Alliance gala to be held on October 28,2016 in New York

In addition, she was a member of Community Action Board of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board – District 18. Her dedication towards community involvement and her interest in helping others stretches well beyond Brooklyn.

Roxanne was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the United States with her parents and siblings. She is a graduate of Pace University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education Administration.

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“I thank the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) for selecting me as an Honoree. ICA’s commitment to advocating for the community in general and the Indo-Caribbean population specifically must be commended. Their work speaks of true commitment to education and involvement while bridging the gap between generations” said Senator Roxanne J. Persaud. “I look forward to their success as the organisation continues its growth.”

ICA’s Chairperson Faudia Baijnauth said: “We are excited for this year’s Venetian masquerade-themed gala honoring Senator Persaud and other leaders. It’s one of the highly anticipated events in the community with the most influential individuals. It’s also an opportunity for us to show how we have improved and expanded our programs”.

“We are thrilled to support the important work ICA does every day in the neighbourhood and look forward to continuing to partner with them” said Hero Sponsor and Host Committee Member Patrick Kearns of Leo F. Kearns Funeral Homes.

“For decades Indo-Caribbean business owners, entrepreneurs and immigrant community have contributed so much to making Jamaica the #1 neighbourhood in NYC. We are so grateful for ICA and their contributions especially in educating and empowering the youth in Jamaica and look forward to another record-breaking gala at the NYC Arena.” said Rhonda Binda, Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District and Host Committee Member.

“ICA helps to ensure that the community we call home continues to thrive. I am proud to contribute in a very small way to support these collective triumphs” said Adrian Drepaul, Hero Sponsor. “Indo-Caribbeans and South Asians are a growing force in Queens and I am inspired by the great work our people are doing.”

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Tickets and more information available online at www.indocaribbean.org/gala-2016For more information, email gala@indocaribbean.org or call 347-566-1422.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?