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Eating Out: Fasting And Feast

first_imgEvery culture has its tradition of fasting and feasting. For Muslims that tradition falls in October, the holy month of Ramadan during which they pray and fast daily, culminating in the joyous festival of Eid-el-Fitr on the sighting of the new moon during the first week of November. The Ramadan fast is a strict regimen; believers try to avoid even a sip of water. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for the month of Ramadan, breaking their fast in the evening when the Azaan is called, with Iftiar, the breaking the fast meal.Walk down Jackson Heights, NY, or Decatur, GA , and you see the bustle of the festive crowd, shopping for groceries, clothes and bangles. If you’re around during the evening hour, you’ll be able to catch the fast-breaking tradition at restaurants like Sheereen Mahal, Shaheen or Kabab King. These are particularly popular with cab drivers, who stop by to greet each other and break the fast together.At Khaamar Baari, a store cum restaurant, you could pick up pre-packaged Iftiar boxes for $6.99 for take-out. At Kabab King, which is open 24 hours, Iftiar time is an amazing sight, with hundreds sitting down for a meal after fasting all day.At Kabab King, Abdul Razak explained that the menus change daily, but they often offer pakoras, vegetable samosas, kebabs, rooh afza (a drink) and sweets to break the fast. Dinner includes biryani, chicken korma, tandoori fish and other delicacies.The mosques and community centers organize free Iftiars for the community, but sometimes even restaurants chip in. Robina Niaz, who lives in Queens, recalls, “I have walked into restaurants during Iftar and they have offered me samosas and dates to break my fast with. I think it’s just such a moving gesture.”During Ramadan the regular routine of work continues, but there is a special focus on prayer. Says Niaz: “The special thing during Ramadan is waking up in the morning, a couple of hours before sunrise for Sehri, preparing a pre-dawn meal and having it and then doing prayers.“The whole idea of breaking your sleep to wake up for the sake of fasting and for Allah – it’s a very special thing we do all of Ramadan. You know, if you asked me to wake up at 4.30 a.m. at any other time of the year, I’m not a morning person and it would kill me! But during Ramadan, it comes naturally.” After waking up in the dark at 4.30 a.m, believers have a cup of tea and a meal and then wait for the Azaan, or call to prayer, one hour before sunrise. It’s a very spiritual occasion and in these troubled times, Niaz says, a new trend is interfaith Iftars.Niaz celebrated at an Iftiar organized at St. Pauls Andrews Church in Manhattan: “That was the day of Yom Kippur when the Jews, Muslims, Hindus and the Christians came together and the Christian pastor’s wife cooked a meal for everybody. The Jews were breaking fast one hour after we did, so they had brought their special breads, dates and almonds for us to break our fast, and we joined them in fast-breaking an hour later and it was just the most beautiful thing.”After the month of fasting and the sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-el-Fitr is celebrated. The lavish feast can include everything from chicken korma, biryani and kababs to halwa puri, different kinds of fruit chaats and alu chole. But the most typical delicacy is saviyan, very fine vermicelli cooked in milk in almost a dozen different ways, the most favorite form being sheer korma.Recalls Niaz: “My brothers and father would come back from the masjid and there would be a big bowl of saviyan sitting on the table. There hasn’t been one Eid in my entire life when there wasn’t saviyan in the morning when we finished our prayers and were ready to greet each other.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Diaspora in Fiction

first_imgPoliticians, business magnates, sports stars — the Indian diaspora has done well for itself in its new homes around the world and, on a literary basis, crossed another test of acceptance with their depiction in fiction as regular, non-stereotypical characters. From police inspectors to businessmen to cooks in nearly half a dozen countries across four continents, overseas Indians are increasingly figuring in a range of splendid tales by a number of non-Indian writers.Among the first possibly featured were way back in the early 20th century — and by no less than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Homes series. Andamanese aboriginal Tonga appears in the detective’s second outing The Sign of Four (1890) but the second character is more substantial.Daulat Ras is one of the three scholarship aspirants suspected of acting unfairly in The Adventure of the Three Students (The Return of Sherlock Holmes, 1904). Described by his tutor as “a quiet, inscrutable fellow, as most of those Indians are”, Dr. Watson finds him “a silent, little, hook-nosed fellow, who eyed us askance” when they meet but Holmes is more discerning.For the next, we must pick more recent authors.Mr. Patel, who runs a grocery store in Lochdubh village up in the Scottish highlands, is a frequently-appearing character in prolific British writer M.C. Beaton’s Sergeant Hamish Macbeth series of whodunits, which currently number 31 — from Death of a Gossip (1985) to “Death of a Liar” (2015).He debuts in the second, Death of a Cad (1987). As our policeman visits his shop-cum-house, it is first Mrs. Patel wearing a “bright red sari” he encounters. “Och, Mr Macbeth,” she said impatiently, “Whit d’ye want at this time o’night?” The husband, a “small brown man with liquid brown eyes and a beak of a nose” is more welcoming. “Evening, Mr Macbeth,” he said. “Will ye be havin’ a wee dram?”You can’t be more integrated than that!Then there is Lt. Raghavan of the New York Police Department in Matt Beynon Rees’ The Fourth Assassin (2010), the last installment of the Omar Yussef quartet. She is in charge of the investigation when our Palestinian schoolteacher-cum-investigator finds a headless body in his son’s apartment during a visit to New York. The “short, dark-skinned woman with straight black hair spraying across her narrow shoulders” with a “hard-pitched and sharp” voice is quite sardonic.As her Arab subordinate hesitates in reading a love letter seized as evidence, she goes: “Come on, bashful. Translate,” and when he still demurs, she says: “Okay, fine, we’ll go back to the precinct house and dim the lights, and you’ll read me Romantic Rania’s letter over a nice bubbly flute of Chateau Budweiser.”Colin Coterill’s Dr. Siri series set in the Laos of the 1970s has a pair of Indians resident in Vientiane. The extremely humble Bhikhu is the cook at the Happy Dine Restaurant and his estranged son Jogendranath or Crazy Rajid as he is known, wanders around stark naked and speechless.But his father reveals the traumatic basis for his condition — the deaths of their family by drowning in a shipwreck on their way to Southeast Asia. They debut in the second, Thirty Three Teeth (2005) and occasionally appear in others though Rajid plays a stellar role in the ninth, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die (2013), where he saves the life of Siri’s nurse and her child from a vengeance-seeking Frenchman by a colossal bluff — in crisp English!An endearing character is Nairobi businessman Mr. Malik in British-born, Australia-settled journalist-turned-writer Nicholas Drayson’s A Guide to the Birds of East Africa (2008), an ingenious (but warm-hearted) love story-cum-zoological caper.The short, slightly overweight, balding middle-aged widower develops a crush on his Tuesday morning bird-walk leader and intends to invite her to a ball, but a rival with the same target surfaces. To resolve the issue, club members A.B. Gopez, Mr. Patel and lawyer Tiger Singh devise a unique wager — and ensure plenty of misadventures for both. He returns in A Guide To Beasts of East Africa (2012).Southwards is Superintendent David Patel of the Johannesburg Central Police, the detective partner and (unaware love interest) of Private Investigator Jade de Jong, the daughter of his old police superior. He appears in three of the series by Jassy Mackenzie — Random Violence (2010), Stolen Lives (2011) and The Fallen (2012).Like real life, overseas Indians seem certain to continue leaving their mark in the printed world too. To adapt Leigh Hunt, “May their tribe increase!” Related Itemslast_img read more

6 Controversies Around Lord Ganesha From Across the World

first_imgIndians across the world are known to be sensitive about their gods. They have, some may argue, time and again proved themselves to be extremely protective about their religious practices and careful about the portrayal of their deities. The depiction of Hindu gods in manners considered insensitive by some has often landed individual and organisations in controversies.With the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi just round the corner, we look at some controversies that arose from the depiction of the Hindu ‘Elephant God’.1. Ganesha as Evil God in Dragon Ball Super In February this year, Dragon Ball Super drew flak from Universal Society of Hinduism because one of the eight Gods of Destruction in the popular Japanese anime series was related to Lord Ganesha. Hindu groups asked the producers, Toei Animation and FUNimation Entertainment, to immediately remove the character that seemed to be inspired by Lord Ganesha.2. Ganesha on Dog BedsKESS Inhouse, the Oceanside-based US company founded by Sara Gupta-O’Neill in 2016, got tangled in a controversy after objections were raised to dog beds and other products featuring images of Lord Ganesha. Hindu groups asked the company to pull down the products and issue an apology. But Gupta-O’Neill said that she grew up in a Hindu household and none of her family members found the products offensive. 3. Ganesha Duvet CoverUrban Outfitters is not new to controversies related to Hindu gods. Back in 2013, they upset the Hindu community by making socks featuring Ganesha’s image. The next year, they started selling Lord Ganesha duvet covers, which again angered the Hindu community.  4. Ganesha on SwimsuitsIn 2014, New York-based designer Mara Hoffman received backlash for selling low-cut swimsuits, mini-dresses and nylon shirts with multi-coloured elephant icons on the chest, which she called “ganesh sky print.” These  swimsuits were being sold at departmental stores like Bloomingdale’s and e-commerce websites such as Amazon, reported New York Daily News. “[It’s] upsetting to Hindus because we worship Lord Ganesh as our primary deity,” Uma Mysorekar, the president of the 20,000-member Ganesh Temple in Flushing, had said then. “To improperly represent him on swimwear is insulting to our religion.” 5. Ganesha’s Face on Beer BottlesAn Australian brewery, Brookvale Union, used the image of Ganesha on its ginger beer bottles in 2013. The previous year, Oregon-based Burnside Brewing Company had to apologise after it faced widespread outrage for naming a beer after the Hindu goddess Kali, reported News 18.The tagline for the beer bottle ad says, “Quality Nonsense”. The bottle on the company’s website had the image of Lord Ganesha moving across the page and when you put the cursor over the image, it replaced Ganesha’s head with that of popular Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and a plate of fire arose from Ganesha’s head.Even though Brookvale Union apologised, and the website does not feature the animation now, it has continued to sell such bottles.6. Portrayal of Lord Ganesha in a Sex ActIn a skit titled The Wrath of Ganesh on NBC’s SNL, Jim Carrey and Kenan Thomson demonstrated a sexual technique, mocking elephant-headed Lord Ganesh and his trunk during the act. Hindus found it highly offensive and disturbing, and asked Jim Carrey and NBC to apologise. Related ItemsGanesh ChaturthiGanesh products USGanesha Brookvale Union ginger beerGanesha controversiesGanesha Dragon Ball SuperGanesha objectionable depictionsJim Carrey Kenan Thomson Wrath of GaneshLittle Indialast_img read more

Sikh Soldier Becomes First to Wear Turban at Parade Marking Queen’s Birthday in Britain

first_imgIn a first for the over 250-year-old traditional event, a turban-wearing Sikh British soldier became part of the widely watched Trooping the Colour ceremony, which was held to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on June 9. Trooping the Colour, a ceremony that came from traditional preparations for the battle, has marked the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. It is staged every June by London’s Horse Guards Parade.Punjab-born Charanpreet Singh Lall of Coldstream Guards was among more than 1,000 soldiers who were part of the ceremony attended by the Queen and other members of royal family —  the newly -married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The turban of Lall, 22, featured the ceremonial capstar to match the bearskin hats of his fellow soldiers.Leicester-based Lall, who became the first turban-wearing guardsman at the event, said that he hopes that viewers of the ceremony will “look at it as a new change in history,” the Hindustan Times reported.“I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history. I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, will be encouraged to join the army,” he told the Press Association.Lall, who joined the British Army in January 2016, moved to the United Kingdom when he was a toddler.“I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well. It is a good feeling…For myself, being the first turban-wearing Sikh to Troop the Colour and to be part of the escort, it is a really high honor for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well,” he was quoted as saying.“My mum was crying on the day I passed out, so I wonder what is going to happen to her when she sees me in this,” he added.Meanwhile, many “extraordinary” professionals from the Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2018, that was released on June 8. The list honors achievements of a “wide range of extraordinary people” across the country, the official statement said. The list is published twice a year — the New Year and on the date of the queen’s official birthday.Among those honored this year were Gargi Patel, an officer in the department of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office in London, and Essex-based henna artist Pavandeep Ahluwalia. Jaswinder Singh Bamrah was chosen for services to mental health, diversity and the National Health Service, while Manoj Kumar Badale, the chair of the British Asian Trust, was named for services to the economy and charity. Also on the list were Pargan Singh Cheema, chief executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation, for services to business, community cohesion and charity; and Cambridgeshire-based Alpana Sengupta Taylor, who was named for an Order of British Empire (OBE) for contribution to South Asian dance.Other individuals named for the OBE are Dhruv Patel, Kumar Raval, Amandeep Singh Madra, Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Jagdev Singh Virdee, Hasmukhlal Vadilal Shah and Ruxmani Thakorbhai Patel for work in inter-faith relations; Ashok Roy, for services to people with learning disabilities, and Amarjit Kaur Samra, for services to defense medical research. Related ItemsBritainSikhismUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Golovkin and Alvarez to meet in May 5 rematch

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESGennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet in a May 5 rematch with the middleweight title on the line once again, promoters said Monday.Still to be announced is the location, though Las Vegas is considered the front runner for the fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial 12-round draw in September, after which both fighters said they wanted a rematch. It took promoters months to negotiate the terms for what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view fights of the year.The two fighters have only one loss between them, with Golovkin 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts and Alvarez 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Messi and Tevez set to play in Kolkata

first_imgThere’s good news for football- crazy fans of Kolkata as Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates are set to play a FIFA official international friendly match against Venezuela at Salt Lake’s Yuba Bharati Krirangan on September 2.After various rumours, the official confirmation came on Monday when Celebrity Management Group, along with the state government, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association announced this at a press conference.”The Argentina Football Association had indeed signed a contract to bring in the full- strength squad including Messi and Carlos Tevez among others. So the contract guarantees their participation,” said Bhaswar Goswami of CMG.The city-based sports management firm that had earlier brought football legend Diego Maradona in 2008 would also organise another international friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria in Dhaka on September 6.”We were given the match on the condition that we have to buy another. We did not think twice and bought both the matches just to make Messi play in Kolkata,” Goswami said.Argentina and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi. APThe Barcelona star forward and winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award was recently instrumental in his club’s Champions League win.Giving a brief detail about the itinerary, Goswami said Messi and Co. would stay in Kolkata for four days, beginning August 30.”We are also planning several other events which will be announced later. We are thinking of a minimum ticket price of Rs 1,000 – about $ 20 – a nominal price compared to the ticket prices in other international friendlies.”advertisement”For those who cannot afford to make the match, we would give them another chance as tickets for both teams’ practice sessions would be cheaper,” Goswami added.West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said he is getting full support from the chief minister to clean up the mess in the stadium where Messi is going to play.”The stadium is completely in a mess. We are leaving no stone unturned to make the stadium match- worthy,” he said.”It’s difficult to give YBK a complete facelift in such a short period. Our list of priorities include better toilets, changing rooms and passage ways. We will also bring a generator from Chennai to avoid the frequent blackouts in the stadium,” Mitra said.All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta said that the match would be a turning point in India’s football history.”This would inspire others to organise more such matches. It’s going to be a historical day,” Dutta said.In the same vein, IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said, “I don’t think it would improve our standard of the game but surely it would popularise the sport. I am sure it would help more and more people turn away from EPL and other leagues.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Mumbais Jamnabai Narsee bags triple crown at school TT meet

first_imgMumbai, Aug 31 (PTI) Jamnabai Narsee School, from the Mumbai suburb of Juhu, today bagged a grand treble, winning the senior girls, junior and senior boys team titles in the 11Even Sports Inter-School Table Tennis Maharashtra State Championships here. Nalanda Public School, also from Mumbai, claimed the junior girls team championship when they overcame Utpal Sanghvi Global School, also from the metropolis, 3-2 in a tense final at the Khar Gymkhana.In the senior girls final, Jamnabai Narsee, which was propped up by Maharashtra players Vidhi Shah and Mihika Rohira in their team, brooked little opposition from Utpal Sanghvi Global School, Juhu and coasted to a 3-0 triumph.Jamnabai boys produced a solid performance to trounce Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, 3-0 to clinch the junior boys title.The senior Jamnabai team had quite a fight on hand before they managed to shut out Fr Agnel Multipurpose HS, from Vashi in Navi Mumbai, by a close 3-2 margin in an engrossing senior boys final.All the four teams have qualified for the all-India finals to be held in December at a venue that has not been finalised. PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

NFL, Ravens Stymie Ray Rice Probe

first_imgThe attorney leading the NFL players’ union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case tells The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.Richard Craig Smith told the AP that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA’s investigators, while the Ravens have refused any cooperation with similar requests.“I am interested in the facts, and if we get cooperation from all the parties that were involved, we will have an understanding of what happened,” Smith said. “We cannot accept public statements that call for transparency, candor and openness and then not allow the investigators to do their jobs.”The union’s investigation, like a similar probe organized by the NFL, isn’t a law enforcement inquiry and the parties involved aren’t under any legal obligation to comply with requests. The league and the union, however, have each said separately that they wanted answers in the case.A spokesman for the NFL couldn’t comment immediately when reached while a spokesman for the Ravens didn’t immediately return a phone message.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, once video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.The players’ union hired Smith, a former federal prosecutor, one month ago to oversee its investigation into how the Ravens and the league handled themselves during the events that led to the suspension, as well as how the team handled issues like due process.Separately, the NFL hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct a probe into how the league handled evidence as it investigated the claims against Rice. NFL owners plan to make the findings of Mueller’s report public.Smith said the union’s investigation is important to ensuring the process was fair, and that requires transparency.“If the NFL is genuinely concerned about fixing the issues that led to an admitted mistake, then they should be honest and forthright about what they knew and when they knew it,” Smith said. “We want both our team and Bob Mueller’s team each to be able to conduct a thorough review of all the relevant facts.”Smith, the head of regulatory and governmental investigation for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, represented the union during the Saints bounty scandal that resulted in four players being reinstated from suspension through an appeal in 2012.Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games. Once the video became public, the Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.The players’ union appealed Rice’s suspension, saying he should not be punished twice. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones was selected by the Commissioner and the players’ union to hear the appeal. A person familiar with the case told the AP that Judge Jones told Goodel that he should testify at the hearing, which will be held Nov. 5-6.The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details haven’t been made public, said Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s Vice President for Labor Policy, league attorney Kevin Manara and Security Chief Jeffery Miller also are expected to testify along with Ravens President Dick Cass and General Manager Ozzie Newsome. Rice plans to testify and his wife, Janay, might testify, the person said.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me: Rishabh Pant

first_imgRishabh Pant said it “felt special” when Sourav Ganguly lifted him to celebrate the youngster’s blistering 78 that steered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals and the pole position in the IPL.Just as Pant hit the winning runs, finishing it off with a six here on Monday night, former India skipper entered the ground and lifted him up.”After I finished off the match and coming out, everyone was showering so much love. It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me, it was a different experience,” said Pant during a post-match interaction with teammate Prithvi Shaw.”We talk about finishing these big games for the team, and when we do it, feels really special,” he added.’Felt special when Sourav Sir lifted me’, Pant tells PrithviAdvisor @SGanguly99 wanted the @DelhiCapitals youngsters to finish games, which happened in Jaipur! @RishabPant777 and @PrithviShaw relive the chase. By @Moulinparikh. #RRvDCFull video – https://t.co/ucI6oYXieL pic.twitter.com/ifnMRzztBcIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019When asked how he felt about his innings, Pant replied, “It’s a great feeling, especially the fact that I was with you (Shaw) in the middle, I knew we would finish it.”Pant then asked Shaw about his lucky moment against Jofra Archer, when he missed a full toss and the ball went on to hit the stumps and light the bails, which didn’t fall on the ground.”This was a first time experience for me. I didn’t realise it had happened. I thought it had nicked my bat. It was only when someone, probably you only told me that the bails had lighted up,” revealed Shaw.advertisementOpener Shaw (42) and Pant added 84 runs for the third wicket in quick time to help Delhi Capitals cross the line in a steep chase of 192.Also Read | You are wow: Sourav Ganguly praises Rishabh Pant after Delhi Capitals beat RRAlso Read | World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRlast_img read more

Notre Dame Starter To Miss Tonight’s Game vs. Stanford

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame’s running back depth has taken a hit ahead of this evening’s game against Stanford, according to a new report.The Fighting Irish’s co-starting running back will not be able to play in the top 10 showdown against the Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.Irish Illustrated first reported the news.From the report:Irish Illustrated has learned that Notre Dame red-shirt freshman running back Jafar Armstrong will miss Saturday night’s home tilt with No. 7 Stanford with a left knee infection.Irish Illustrated was first informed of Armstrong’s status for the Stanford game Friday afternoon and confirmed it with multiple sources Friday night.Armstrong trails only kicker Justin Yoon for the team lead in points (30) and set a personal-high with 98 yards rushing in last week’s victory at Wake Forest. He made his Notre Dame debut in the season-opener against Michigan on Sept. 1 by scoring a pair of touchdowns.Notre Dame and Stanford are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on NBC.last_img read more

Hundreds Put to Work Under Farm Road Project/JEEP

first_img The Farm Road Maintenance Project was financed through the Petro Caribe Fund Approximately 800 Jamaicans received employment opportunities Approximately 800 Jamaicans received employment opportunities through projects associated with the Farm Road Maintenance Project.The work, which was carried out through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in partnership with the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) saw a total of 68 kilometres of rural roads being rehabilitated under the project.Speaking with JIS News, Director of Corporate Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, RADA, Shawn Baugh said the project, while creating employment prospects, also formed efforts to increase market access for rural farmers.“We did approximately two roads per parish across the entire island…Our target was to employ just around 400 rural folks in this process, we surpassed that and we managed to employ just over 800 persons directly through our farm road intervention,” he said, adding that some 30 kilometres of roadway were initially targeted for rehabilitation under the first phase of the project.The Farm Road Maintenance Project was financed through the Petro Caribe Fund in the amount of $78 million, of which $24 million was spent on the initial phase of the work.The Director noted that prior to the project the farm roads, which were in a dilapidated state, are now accessible to vehicular traffic allowing farmers easier access to markets for their produce.He noted that the rehabilitation work has also spurred economic activities in many of these farming communities.“We see in some areas where the economic activities have been taking place as a result of the intervention and also we’ve been able to enhance a lot of the programmes that we’ve been trying in these areas, one of them mainly being…looking on the whole issue of climate change and climate related activities,” he said.The JEEP is one of the Government’s strategies geared at countering chronic unemployment among some Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups. It also seeks to provide employment for persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels. Story Highlights The work saw a total of 68 kilometres of rural roads being rehabilitated under the projectlast_img read more

Shell Canada president optimistic about LNG Canada FID

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — The president of Shell Canada said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Shell and its partners in LNG Canada will make a positive Final Investment Decision later this year.According to Natural Gas World, Shell Canada president Michael Crothers made the statement at the ARC Energy Investment Forum ‘Playing to Win’ in Calgary on May 9th. Speaking to executives and investors in the oil and gas industry, Crothers pointed out that there has been an unexpected increase in global demand for LNG in the past year. He said the 30 percent increase in demand has largely come from China, and also spoke about the impact higher demand would have on the development of new LNG projects.“We’re quite bullish about that, and we think that this site for LNG Canada is the best site on the west coast,” said Corthers. “We’ve got fantastic transit times – eight days to get to Tokyo Bay – and we have a fantastic resource base in our Groundbirch asset in the Montney, which is getting more and more stranded with the collapse in gas prices at AECO and the steady erosion of markets for our gas in the US.”Crothers added that projects like LNG Canada are the only way to get Canadian gas to offshore markets, where there are “fantastic opportunities” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the use of coal with natural gas. Story courtesy Natural Gas World: https://www.naturalgasworld.com/shell-cda-head-bullish-on-lng-canada-project-61089last_img read more

You can pay your property taxes with Bitcoin in certain places if

Residents in a handful of Canadian municipalities have a new payment option for property taxes.The cities of Richmond Hill and Innisfil, both north of Toronto, have become the first in the country to accept cryptocurrency — a digital-based payment system operating without the central oversight of banks or credit card companies — for property tax payments. Other cities, including Toronto, have explored the option, but have yet to implement it.With the option being so new and cryptocurrency still largely unused by most Canadians, Maggie Xu, a 30-year-old cryptocurrency expert at Toronto-based blockchain company Decentral, shared what those thinking of paying for property taxes this way should know.The basicsThere are more than 1,300 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and XRP that all differ in value and transaction speed. One Bitcoin, for example, is currently worth about $13,500 and takes roughly 10 minutes to be sent.Many, including Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, have expressed concerns with cryptocurrencies because they are decentralized, meaning there is no central authority overseeing them. However, five per cent of Canadians still own some form of cryptocurrency, according to a 2017 study from the bank.The purchaseMost Canadian municipalities accepting cryptocurrency only accept Bitcoin for now, but are looking to expand their options, so Xu stresses the need to research what kind of cryptocurrency you can use before buying.To make a purchase, Xu says to register with a credible digital currency platform like Coinberry, Coinsquare or Coinbase, which allows you to buy cryptocurrency through electronic bank transfer, credit card or wire transfer and store it what they call a digital “wallet.” Richmond Hill and Innisfil have both partnered with Coinberry.The cryptocurrency buying process, Xu says, often involves filling out your personal information and providing some identification, which helps the platforms weed out potential money launderers.“When you want to pay for your property taxes, (the city) will have a special address, so you go into your wallet, copy and paste the address and that’s it,” says Xu. “It is pretty simple.”If you’re having trouble, Xu says YouTube is rife with videos demonstrating how to use cryptocurrency and most municipalities accepting it have explainers on their websites.Dealing with fluctuationsThe value of most cryptocurrencies fluctuates like a regular currency, says Xu. Plus, there’s often a delay in processing cryptocurrency transactions because of the large volume of them occurring.It’s important to know that if the value of your cryptocurrency drops between when you made a payment and when your transaction was processed, many municipalities will require you to make up the difference.If you don’t want to deal with fluctuations and your municipality accepts it, Xu says you can look to stablecoins, including Gemini Dollar, Tether and Dai.“If I buy $100 of stablecoin today, they’ll still be $100 next month when I pay my taxes,” Xu explained.TroubleshootingBecause cryptocurrencies don’t have bank oversight, finding someone to help you if something goes wrong can be tricky.Some municipalities offer contacts and online FAQs to help troubleshoot.Xu’s advice is to “go to the company’s support page and either call or email the customer support team with detailed questions.” Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press read more

Series of explosions fire tears through Texas oil field chemical supplier

Smoke rises from a series of explosions from the oil field chemical supply firm DrillChem in Conroe, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The dense column of thick, black smoke was visible for miles. (Brandon K. Scott/Conroe Courier via AP) Series of explosions, fire tears through Texas oil field chemical supplier by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 4:59 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CONROE, Texas – A series of explosions rocked an oil filed chemical supply company north of Houston on Friday, setting off a fire that sent a broad, dense column of thick, black smoke towering into the otherwise blue skies.DrillChem said no one was in the plant on the eastern fringe of Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, at the time of the explosions. Authorities said they knew of no one who was injured in the explosions or blaze that erupted about 4:30 p.m. Firefighters took about two hours to bring the fire under control.“The facility was empty at the time of the fire and we are thankful that no injuries have been reported,” said DrillChem CEO Brandon Hayes in a statement. “We are working closely with local authorities to determine the cause of the fire and assess the extent of the damage.”Units from several fire departments and a hazardous-materials team were at the scene. Residents up to 2 miles from the fire site were told to remain indoors. By nightfall, the alert had been reduced to a half-mile radius before being lifted completely about 7:30 p.m.Air monitors have been set up to check for toxic air pollutants, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been notified, Conroe Fire Marshal Mike Legoudes said.Wayne Patterson, who lives less than a mile from the facility, had just stepped from his back door with his dogs when he “saw a huge cloud of black smoke,” he told The (Conroe) Courier newspaper.“The last explosion … we heard about three or four, but the last one shook the house,” he said.Patterson said he received a text message requesting to turn his air conditioning off. His son, who lives about a half-mile away from the explosion, drove to Patterson’s house to seek shelter.“Our eyes were burning. It’s not too bad, but they are burning,” he said. read more

Delays in carrying out peace agreement harm Darfur says UN and other

The fifth Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) wrapped up in Doha, Qatar, on 9 April to review the progress made so far in the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).“We are on the right track and peace is the solution,” said the Chairperson for the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC), Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, who is also the deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.On 14 July 2011, the Sudanese Government – which has been fighting rebel groups in Darfur since 2003 – signed the DDPD with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), and more recently with the Justice and Equality Movement led by Mohamed Bashar (JEM-Bashar). The agreement focuses on seven areas: human rights; power-sharing; wealth-sharing; justice and reconciliation; compensation of refugees and internally displaced persons; ceasefire and security arrangements; and internal dialogue and consultation.It is overseen by a follow-up committee that includes Mohamed Ibn Chambas – the head of the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Joint Chief Mediator for the AU and UN – and representatives of the AU, the Sudanese Government, armed movements, the Qatari Government mediation and other organizations and governments. The committee meets regularly to review the progress made so far in implementing the DDPD.During the latest meeting, representatives from more than 15 countries acknowledged the continued cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the LJM, and reaffirmed the international community’s support to the DDPD as the only framework for peace in Darfur. “The DDPD has greatly contributed to the decline in levels of violence and to bringing security that large parts of Darfur are enjoying today,” said IFC Chairperson Al Mahmoud, speaking to the media after the meeting.“It is crucial to preserve and build on the various accomplishments made so far to achieve a sustainable peace in the region,” he added. He called on the hold-out movements to walk in the footsteps of the Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM-Sudan) and join the peace process on the basis of the DDPD. The meeting came one day after a pledging conference which organizers had hoped would raise $7.2 billion to cover reconstruction and development of Darfur over a six-year period. Meanwhile, thousands of civilians are seeking protection, many of them with their livestock, near joint AU-UN peacekeeping teams in Muhajeria and Labado, East Darfur State, after attacks and “possible air strikes” on the towns. UNAMID has condemned the 6 April attacks. The peacekeeping mission is working with UN agencies to ascertain the best means of supporting aid delivery to the population, particularly the civilians concentrated around the team site. read more