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Steadview, an India-focused hedge fund seeded by former Goldman Sachs (Asia) chairman Mark Schwartz, has made 12 times the returns of peers with bets on consumer and tech stocks, helping the fund grow its assets to $500 million in nearly five years. Related Items
India saved $9 billion with help from the Aadhaar Card system that prevented misuse of beneficiary welfare schemes, Nandan Nilekani, the first chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said on Oct. 13.“By having a unique number, you eliminate fakes and duplicates from your beneficiary and employee lists. That alone has saved the government $9 billion,” Nilekani said at a World Bank panel discussion on “Digital Economy for Development” in Washington.The UIDAI project, launched by the previous Congress-led UPA government in 2009, was supported by the BJP government under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi after coming to power in 2014. Nilekani, the 62-year-old non-executive chairman of technology firm Infosys, steered the Aadhaar system, the world’s largest digital identity number project.“It has really been a bipartisan thing. I was given a mandate by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on how to give everyone in India a unique digital ID. We have 1.18 billion in the system we have built with an architecture that could enroll 1.5 million people a day at 35,000 stations across the country,” Nilekani said.“We also have half a billion (500 million) people who have connected their (Aadhaar) ID to their bank accounts. The government has transferred about $12 billion to their accounts electronically real time, which is the world’s largest cash transfer system in real-time.”Nilekani pointed out that India is the only country in the world where a billion people carry out paperless, cashless transactions on their mobile phones using the Aadhaar infrastructure, and added that further lowering of transaction cost would lead to an increase in numbers.He stressed that the perception of what is digital infrastructure has to change from seeing it as a way to provide communication and internet to the new world of data economy, identity, authentication, frictionless payments and paperless transactions. This is what India has done, he said.Talking about the Supreme Court ruling upholding individual privacy as a fundamental right, Nilekani added that the apex court also laid down a framework for the government to work around this issue for achieving state objectives of national security, prevention of crime, protection of revenue or for social welfare.“The Supreme Court, however, said every time you circumscribe some privacies, there has be a certain law, it needs to be reasonable. It’s a brilliantly drafted judgement,” he said. — (With IANS inputs) Related ItemsAadhaar benefitsLittle IndiaNandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani AadhaarNandan Nilekani UIDAI
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), along with 10 other businesses and advocacy groups, has written to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in support of the H-4 visa. Besides USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna, the letter was also sent to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.A large number of H-4 visa holders are Indian wives of H-1B visa holders, and are allowed to work in the United States. The ITI, which comprises members such as Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Microsoft Corp, urged the Trump administration to maintain the program because of its benefits to the American economy. “Rescinding this program would harm America’s economic competitiveness and hinder efforts to recruit and retain the most qualified employees,” they said.In the letter, the ITI wrote that the H-4 rule extends employment authorization eligibility for a limited number of H-4 dependent spouses. Individuals looking to obtain H-4 authorization already legally reside in the United States and are on the path to permanent residency. They are also eager to work in order to support their families, contribute to their communities by paying taxes, and utilize their skills to help the United States’ economy grow.The letter was co-signed by BSA | The Software Alliance, Compete America, CompTIA, Council for Global Immigration, FWD.us, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), National Association of Manufacturers, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), TechNet and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.ITI advocated that the H-4 visa holders often have experience and education in vital occupations and are qualified academic researchers, medical technicians and professionals, small-business owners, and have a positive impact on the economy.The letter was in response to the Homeland Security department’s announcement on Dec.15 that it is looking to end work authorization of the H-4 visa holders. The work authorization was permitted for H-4 visa holders in 2015 by former U.S. President Barack Obama. If the authorization is rescinded, more than 100,000 people will become ineligible to hold jobs. Related Itemsh-4 visaUnited States
Over 2,300 visa applications of doctors from foreign countries looking to work in the United Kingdom were rejected from December 2017 to April 2018, figures obtained by a UK law firm through a freedom of information (FOI) request revealed, the Guardian reported.Out of the 3,597 requests from doctors for tier 2 visas between Nov. 6, 2017 and Apr. 5, 2018, only 34 per cent were successful. As many as 2,360 visa applications by overseas doctors who are from outside the European Economic Area were denied in the period covered by the FOI request made by the law firm Eversheds Sutherland.These findings come after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said recently that the United Kingdom will review the country’s visa system for highly skilled immigrants. Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of National Health Service Employers, had then welcomed the move of the review of tier 2 visa system, urging for a speedy, effective solution which he said is required to clear the backlog.The figures showed that the chances of success for junior doctors were even worse. While 90 of 97 applications by consultants were successful, only 733 out of 2,341 (31 percent) among registrars were granted a visa. In total, there were 18,517 applications made during the five months, out of which 8,330 were successful, the Guardian reported.The number of applications from December 2017 to April 2018 for doctors who would earn annual salaries below £50,000 was 3,004 and the number of applications approved was 890, the figures showed.“These figures demonstrate that the tier 2 visa cap is resulting in thousands of highly trained, experienced doctors being blocked from taking up empty posts in the health service that the NHS is unable to fill,” a British Medical Association spokesman was quoted as saying by the publication. The spokesperson added that the National Health Service (NHS) is under unmanageable pressure from increasing demand, stagnating budgets and huge staff shortages.Data obtained by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) released on May 16 revealed that the UK government refused 6,080 applications for skilled overseas workers holding a job offer because of an arbitrary cap on visas since December 2017. This included Indian professionals such as engineers, tech professionals, doctors and teachers.As many as 1,226 IT or tech professionals were refused visas in this period, with 429 refusals in March this year. The corresponding figure for medical professionals was 1,518, with 487 refusals taking place in March this year.Reports had emerged earlier that 100 Indian doctors who had been recruited for 30 NHS trusts in the north west of England were not granted a visa to enter the United Kingdom. Related ItemsNHSUnited Kingdom
What does a New York restaurateur give his sweetheart? A brand new restaurant to reflect her personality!Kedar Shah, whose family owns several hotels and the restaurants Salaam Bombay in New York and Passage to India in New Jersey, is a former Wall Streeter and an MBA in finance. On a visit to Mumbai’s famous Siddhivinayak Temple he literally bumped into Hritu Deepak, the popular Indian soap opera star who’s also anchored shows on Zee and Star Plus. It must have been divine intervention, because says Hritu, “One thing led to another. It was all very film-like. We got married and I came to New York only for love.”When they landed in New York, Kedar didn’t merely take her out to restaurants; he gave her one! As a second-generation restaurateur, he wanted their new space to be a fun, chic interpretation of Indian food. The result is Yuva, which means youth, the newest kid on a Manhattan block that already has three Indian eateries – Ada, Chola and Dawat. “Kedar and I are very extroverted personalities. We like people and here we are interacting with new people every day,” she says. Since they are the new-generation part of an Indian restaurant family, the couple brainstormed on what they would like the perfect Indian restaurant to be. “I would not like tired, slow music playing. I want happy energy and I wanted an Indian restaurant where there’s good music, good energy and the entire dining experience is very pleasant,” says Hritu. So they created a stylish contemporary atmosphere and fun, colorful cocktails like Indian Smooch, Monsoon Wedding and Yuva Masti. At the same time, you can’t eat atmosphere and the couple has ensured that the food is what draws people in to taste the offerings of the noted tandoori master chef Dhandu Ram, who was earlier at the acclaimed Bukhara at the Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. You won’t find any heavy curries here, but light barbequed cuisine. The dishes include a variety of kebabs, slow cooked Chicken Molee, Rann (leg of lamb), Mint Chicken and Grilled Scallops as well as Eggplant Raita. The unstoppable appetizers include Sea Crisps, Spiced Mushrooms and Okra Crunch.Yes, the food is traditional frontier fare presented with New York flair, but the atmosphere is as far from the rugged rough and tough northwest frontier province as you can get! Related Items
Four British master chefs showcased popular British curries at the Taste of Britain Curry Festival in Kolkatta in April.The festival played to packed diners, who dished out almost $30 apiece at Hotel Hindustan International for British curries, which typically based on nut pastes, are milder, sweeter and thicker than curries in India, which are commonly tomato based.Indian food is the most popular cuisine in Britain and chicken tikka masala is frequently referred to as the country’s national dish. An estimated 12,000 Indian restaurants in Britain rake in $6.4 billion sales annually. Syed Belal Ahmed, the festival’s director, argues that British curry is “healthier, has better ingredients, and is milder.” But now, “The great British curry is going back to its roots — Kolkata. Once the proud seat of the British Raj in India, Kolkata is the place where the curry trail really started.” Related Items
Elena Tuteja came under the spotlight when she participated in the Mrs India Earth pageant earlier this year in New Delhi. As a Russian woman married to an Indian man, the journey from participating in the pageant to being crowned as the second runner-up at the event was fraught with questions: How could a Russian woman compete in an Indian pageant?“I am an Indian Mrs,” Elena, 34, had then clarified her stand about her eligibility to compete in the pageant in an interview with the Diplomat.Tuteja shuttles between Mumbai, where she works as a model and an actress, and Haryana where her husband and son live.She tells Little India about her life in India over the last 10 years and how she feels at home in the country:Moving to IndiaI was brought up in the Moscow region and the society there is very liberal. My husband and I met in college in Moscow. We became friends and as the song goes “pyaar hua, yeh mat pucho kab hua” (we fell in love, we don’t know when).After we got married, we moved to Haryana and it wasn’t easy for me to adjust to all the rules and restrictions of the Indian society. The society in Haryana is quite conservative and the place is known as one of the most unsafe states in India. That feeling bothered me. Every woman in Haryana experiences the same problem.The fact that I had a family in Haryana made it easier for me to survive in a different country. A family helps you adjust, leads you in many ways and supports you when needed.Elena Tuteja at the Mrs India Earth pageantAs I loved Indian culture and Bollywood since childhood, my life here was an adventure. It was difficult and interesting at the same time. I am now fluent in Hindi and can cook a number of Indian delicacies. My favorite dishes are rajma chawal and bhindi ki sabji. I also love kulfi, rasgulla and rasmalai.Carving a CareerWhen I started my career as a model and actress two years ago, I understood that it will be not easy for people to accept me since India has a very male-dominated society. My marital status and origin were proving to be an obstacle for my career. Then a friend suggested that I participate in the pageant. I thought it was a great idea and I applied for Mrs India Earth 2017.The pageant was well organized and I had a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was warm and that made me feel at home.After I won the crown and the title, it became a bit easier for me to represent myself in the country, although I still face some problems as I am a foreigner. People usually don’t take women from foreign countries seriously here. So, I would like them to change their opinion.The Many HomesElena Tuteja with her sonI have been to a few cities in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Goa. I spend most of my time in Mumbai. Needless to say it’s my most favorite place in India. My idea of a holiday is by the sea and if you add a happy face of my son playing in the sea or building sand castles, I cannot imagine a better holiday than that.Mumbai and Goa are the easiest places to live in when it comes to the quality of life and the openness of the society.I cannot deny that sometimes, I do miss the snow and green breezy summers of Russia. I also miss my parents and home. I love India, but Russia is my motherland and my heart will always belong to the country.The interview has been condensed and edited.Expat Voice is regular column on expats in India. Email us at email@example.com to nominate yourself or another expat for the column. Related ItemsHaryanaRussia
Have you ever noticed how your shadow sticks close to you, is a part of you? Family and friends might leave you – but your shadow, never! Imagine then your surprise and consternation if suddenly one fine evening, this nameless, faceless part of you were to get up and simply wander away! Yet, for many immigrants who came to America some two decades ago, often as dewy-eyed idealistic students, this is beginning to happen. After 20 years in this country, they are no longer the same people. Nor are their dreams and goals the same. Their shadow selves are emerging – with very different needs and desires – and often they want to tread a very different path, to a very different destination.People everywhere go through the proverbial 7-year itch and midlife crisis, as they cross their 30’s into the 40’s and 50’s. For Indian Americans it’s a little bit of that too, but they are also saddled with a 20-year identity angst. They are the In-between Generation, not quite the desis who landed on foreign shores with a clear-eyed picture of who they were, nor do they have the strong convictions of the second-generation Indian Americans, who, born on American soil, see themselves as belonging to this land, and India is a far-off ancestors’ land while America is here, now, immediate with all the cacophony of contemporary pop culture.This In-Between Generation, sandwiched between the American Born Confused Desis (ABCDs) and the Fresh of the Boat folks (FOBs), is the one that has been transformed most dramatically by its encounter with America. It is the generation which has had to carry its homeland, its culture in its suitcase, in its head and always, always in its heart.The In-Betweens have had to do a trapeze-balancing act between their worldview and the changing world around them. They’ve had to negotiate a pact between past and present, between cultures and even between generations. They’ve been changed by the American workplace, by the neighbors next door, by the American ethos – and indeed by their own American-born children.Even the face in the mirror remembers another younger face, different dreams and quite a different way of thinking. Outwardly, they may look the same – the glowing bronzed skin, the sparkling Indian eyes. Yet if they were to land upon a mustard field in their hometown in the Punjab or in their old apartment block in Colaba in Bombay – old acquaintances would have to say, “This is not the same person. I know him and yet I don’t.” Satya Rana of Markham, Ontario, is not returning to his homeland, but his ashes are: “I would have loved to die in India, but atleast my ashes are going back to India, back to the Ganges.”While the promise of untold wealth may have been the lure for most Indian immigrants, in the long run much more than just their financial status gets changed. Vociferous as they may be about India’s 5000 years of culture, they find that American ideals and human values, even the tabloid and pop culture all impact and transforms them. And sometimes, America actually reinterprets India for these immigrants in new and wonderful ways.Over the course of two and three decades, the immigrant who came to America apprehensive and elated, lugging his belongings, has evolved. It’s almost as if he’s crested the hill and has a wider view of the surrounding panorama. What seemed to glitter from the distance has turned out to be Fool’s Gold, and now other horizons shimmer in the distance, catching the red-gold sheen of the setting sun.Ask Andy Iyengar of New Jersey, who today leads Sysfour Solutions, a $12 million telecommunications company. When he boarded the plane from Bangalore in 1984, he had a simple goal rather than any grandiose American Dream in mind . “My dream, honestly, was just to be able to buy a house in Bangalore and go back. That’s the truth. I wanted to buy a big, comfortable house back home.” It took him 10 years to achieve that goal. A mechanical engineer, he had worked with Dunlop and Wendt India before moving to Michigan to work for a hardware company. But his plan did not quite proceed according to script, because the economy stalled, especially in Michigan with the woes of the automotive industry. The company closed down and he was out of a job.“My wife and I moved to Jersey City and we were willing to do anything and everything in life. Both of us had to start from scratch, with hardly anything in our pockets. We lived in a basement apartment and my daughter attended Public School 123, which was also known as Mahatma Gandhi School.”After a few months of struggle, the mechanical engineer found a job hawking computer hardware in a retail store and his wife Rama was hired by Panam Airlines. But there were other ups and downs to come. “The funny part is that a year after we get our jobs, both our companies filed for bankruptcy! Those days we had free tickets – and we were happily vacationing in India and my wife gets a call from Panam that you’d better take a flight on such and such date, that’s the last Panam flight out of India!”As if that wasn’t bad enough, Iyengar also got a call from a colleague in his own office, basically saying, ‘You know what, you might as well take an extended vacation – you don’t have a job here anymore!’ He says, “So we came back and had to start our life all over again. It was not easy.”Today, Iyengar can laugh about it, because he’s experienced the proverbial rags to riches transformation, but those tough days were very tough, and very real. He would pound the pavements, going to literally every retail store in Manhattan for jobs. He says, “I would do anything for a dollar in those days.”As is often the case in America, the Iyengars did find jobs and did better than survive. Around 1994, the computer software industry had started to boom, and Iyengar realizing the potential in management of software professionals, found a job recruiting such workers. “I’m one of the beneficiaries of the boom,” he acknowledges.After working in human resources with Key Data Solutions and Comsys, he floated his own company in 1998. Sysfour Solutions handles turnkey projects and employs over 200 people. So in a decade, the house in Bangalore became a reality. Not just any old house, but “a real nice place, right across from the house of my favorite Kannada superstar, Raj Kumar.” Andy Iyengar, shown here with family: “When I land in Bangalore, I have tears in my eyes.”But the second part of his dream – going back to Bangalore – has not quite panned out. His wife works with American Express and his daughter is majoring in journalism, and in the last two decades, since he has built up a business, a family and a community that has roots in Plainsboro, NJ, the dream now embraces America.Has the engineer who set out from India changed? “Yes, big time. The vision was much narrower then. I was focused on making money, now I’m more focused on charity. Earlier I had my bills to pay, I had my responsibilities and commitments. But there’s a comfort zone this country gave me; you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make it here. If you do simple, straight work and plan your finances and keep your money right, you can make a decent life.”Now, Iyengar’s goals include working in the preservation of an ancient temple in Mysore, a Rs. 28 lakh project, and helping needy students in India with their fees. He is also involved with a Rotary Club, the first in New Jersey with an all-Indian membership.In his 30’s and 40’s, Iyengar saw himself as that “all-American” Indian. “But these days, I feel different. I feel that India is my motherland, and America is my fatherland. It’s like a typical Indian family where the father earns and takes care of the family in terms of its monetary needs and the mother takes care of its emotional needs. That’s exactly how I feel.“When I land in Bangalore, I have tears in my eyes. I feel like I’ve seen my mom! But when I’m there, believe me, I miss this country. America gave me the confidence and the comfort zone. If you think about it for a minute, if your day-to-day needs are not met, would you even be able to think about anything else?”The man who came to America was an Indian. How does he see himself now? Says Iyengar, ” I’m an American with a lot of Indian values.”Yet interestingly enough, it is American values that are sometimes a draw for immigrants. America’s celebration of the rights of the individual is a resonating allure in political upheavels worldwide and it does not leave those who come into contact with it, unchanged. The law protects so many freedoms from racial equality to the rights of the disabled that even the weakest are assured of their day in court.Bhajan Singh Gill is an immigrant who was compelled to spend ten years away from his wife and daughters, enticed by just such an America. Indeed, while he had been drawn by the siren call of consumerism in American television shows that he saw in his hometown, what has been transforming for him is the value Americans place on human life and dignity.He missed a decade of his children’s growing up years and gave up the post of assistant district attorney in India to become a part of America. Very few people would go down to go up, but that is what happened to this lawyer from India, who discovered that the next rung in the ladder when he came to America was – pumping gas!“I worked ten hours every day in the night shift in a gas station in downtown San Francisco,” he recalls. ” It was a very rough neighborhood where nobody wanted to live, but I worked and lived there.”Gill, who grew up in Rurka, 20 kms. from the industrial city of Ludhiana in Punjab, served in the Indian Air Force before getting his license to practice law. He worked as an attorney for five years before coming to the U.S. for a visit: “I held that post (of district attorney) for just six months; there was just so much corruption in the police department that I resigned. I just didn’t want to live that kind of life.”Gill struggled at the gas station until he met a fellow law graduate from Ludhiana who encouraged him to study and helped him secure a job at The Mann Law Firm as a legal assistant. In 1995 he was able to buy a three-bedroom condo in Union City and finally call over his wife and four daughters.With his legal background, Gill is impressed by the deference to the law in this society. “They say honesty pays everywhere but I don’t see it pays in India. I feel here in America if you work hard and you’re honest you can get anything in this country.”He recalls what he used to tell his fellow villagers, “In America, a man is treated as a man. If there is an auto accident, within few minutes his life is saved – they don’t see his color or his station in life. It’s like ‘Let the whole of America be sold out but this person must be saved.’ Even a cop who gives you a speeding ticket will tell you to have a nice day.”America’s promise of financial security, which attracted Gill, has come through for him: he recently sold his condo and bought a big, brand new home with four bedrooms and three full baths and a big backyard. “I have five cars – four cars and a van. How can you dream of such things back in India, even if you work very hard?” Bhajan Singh Gill: “They say honesty pays everywhere but I don’t see it pays in India. I feel here in America if you work hard and you’re honest you can get anything in this country.” But his deeper transformation has been personal. Many immigrants bring antiquated stereotypes of how daughters should be reared and dictate what their future should be.For Gill, however, educating his daughters has become an important objective, giving them the freedom to pursue their goals.Back in the Punjab, he says, the pressure would have been on the girls to get married and his eldest would probably have been the mother of two or three kids by now. He says, “I feel they should be on their own feet and self-sufficient before they step into their married lives so they need not be dependent on their husbands. Both husband and wife can work and have a good life.”One of his daughters graduated from San Jose State University as a registered nurse while the other has a bachelor’s in business administration. His two younger daughters are in college. He says, “Everyone is working, including my wife Surinder. It’s so peaceful and such a happy life.”America has also inculcated a philanthropic streak in him as he seeks to help others, like a girl from their village who needed funding for education: “We see here how much people help others and that’s changed my opinion too – if I’m able to help someone, I must.” For some immigrants the journey from India takes them half a globe away – back to their roots! Growing up in India, many young people were fascinated by the west, by Hollywood films, by the Beatles and Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Everyone knew what the Statue of Liberty looked like, but few had ventured to the far recesses of their own land. And if one can venture further, there were perhaps hang-ups of the Raj too, where everything western was so much better, and Coke was It.Ironically, many immigrants have got to know their own culture in a more meaningful way here, seeing remote idylls on public television, encountering paintings and sculptures in landmark exhibitions and listening to concerts of noted Hindustani musicians in American cities. America’s blatant love affair with everything Indian from fashion to food and literature has also spiked the interest of Indian Americans in their own culture.Vanita Sakhrani, for example, had to come all the way from Bombay to New York to discover the joys of yoga! A diehard businesswoman, it took her two decades to embrace this lifestyle. A certified yoga teacher for the past five years, she laughs: “The funny part is when we got married, my husband used to do yoga – and I used to think he’s weird! He would practice the headstand every morning and I would say to myself, how does he do that? Now it’s the other way around, I must practice yoga every morning and he doesn’t.”Sakhrani was in her teens when her parents expanded the family business to London and moved the children there for higher education. She literally grew up with a silver spoon, attending an elite boarding school for girls and then joining her father’s business. She traveled on business to Europe, especially Hamburg, where the family had another office. The business training really came in handy after her marriage to Girdhari, a Sindhi businessman in Bombay.It was Girdhari who came first to the United States and set up a store in New York. Within a year he was able to arrange visas for his wife and two children. Says Sakhrani: “We wanted to start something new for our children. It was like new pastures, and we wanted to start a-new. My dreams were for my children – that’s why we came here, to have a better life for them.”The family stayed in a modest hotel in Manhattan until they got a three bedroom apartment in Queens. She recalls, “I was overjoyed! I got nothing but bare walls and my first job was to run to Alexander’s to buy the cleaning stuff and other essentials. We slept on the floor till we could get real furniture; it was a real new way of beginning a life.“In the beginning I had no career goals or aspirations. I wanted to be with the children and be the best mother that I could. That was my goal.” After the children were in high school, she joined Girdhari in his export and import business. Then in 1986, both her husband and her 86-year-old mother-in-law whom they had brought over from India to live with them, had heart attacks.Recalls Sakhrani, “The real battle had just begun and I vowed to put up a fight to hold on to my sanity. Life is about choices that we make as the circumstances play in front of us. When my mother-in-law became very ill, she was adamant about going back to India. Girdhari and I decided that we would now have to set up a second home in Pune, India.”The short sojourn turned out to be a five-year stay for Girdhari who decided to give up everything to take care of his ailing mother while his wife commuted between Pune and New York, keeping both sides connected.It was during one of those visits that Sakhrani’s life started changing. “I was going through a lot of stress and I think this stress went to my shoulder. I couldn’t lift my right shoulder. The doctors told me I needed surgery, which I wasn’t ready to have.” She saw the Iyengar Institute of Yoga in Pune and decided to give it a try. The pain ebbed: Slowly she learned to enjoy the painful stretches. “That was my first step towards changing my lifestyle and it’s basically the best thing I’ve ever done.”Back in New York, she tried finding a yoga center in Queens to continue her practice and found none. This was five years back when yoga hadn’t really mainstreamed. She finally found an ashram in Queens that was running yoga classes. She later furthered her training at the Yoga Teachers Training Institute on Long Island, and graduated in 2000. All the while in her frequent commutes to India she kept taking advanced classes with expert teachers.For Sakhrani, yoga become a profession, a passion and a way of life. She rented a studio in the Ballet School of Forest Hills in Queens where she started to teach yoga twice a week. She was then invited to give a yoga demonstration at St. John’s Hospital, which was initiating diverse health related programs for the community. Starting with a weekly class, she now teaches six classes every week at the hospital and also at two senior centers in Queens.“Even though my roots are from India, I did not appreciate the true wealth and meaning of my heritage until I was in severe pain,” says Sakhrani.“For me the philosophy and the research in this field is a never-ending goal. I feel that besides learning from my peers, I am forever learning from my own students who make teaching a pleasurable adventure.“They are a gift that I learn to unwrap everyday and I believe that learning yoga can make a lot of difference to each and every soul that is open to embrace it. I am still amazed to discover the hidden potential of my body and the difference I can make to others and myself.” Vanita Sakhrani, seen here with her family, came all the way from Bombay to New York to discover the joys of Yoga. With her two sons professionally established in New York, Sakhrani’s goals now encapsulate the larger community. She recalls the joy of teaching yoga to senior citizens who could not even cross their legs when they started. She laughs, “Never in my dreams had I thought that I’d be a yoga instructor! It’s been the joy of my life. I want to breathe, talk about it, and to feel a difference in every person I touch.”Where does this immigrant from India place herself in the American landscape?“I’m American with a deep-rooted background of India, which I admire. I love my culture as much as myself and particularly more so now that I have become part of the heritage that I have connected myself with. I’ve been able to assimilate a lot of different cultures and become more open to understanding other people.”Indian. American. Indian American. American with Indian values. So many descriptions for a state of mind that defies description. At what point does one shut off one’s Indian-ness and become a full-fledged American? Does this – can this – ever happen? Does the identity struggle ever end, especially as the In-Between Generation passes the 40’s and 50’s into retirement and final good-byes?The pull of the homeland contends fiercely with the pull of children and grandchildren. Continents, oceans and thousands of air miles separate the two and many immigrants in their sunset years realize finally that their original dream of returning to the homeland is just that – a dream.Just too many intangibles like a grandchild’s first steps or a toddler’s embrace bind them to this land. With their belief in reincarnation, many can hope to go back to India to live, if not in this life, then in the next.Satya Rana of Markham, Ontario, is not going back to the homeland, but he says his ashes are: “I would have loved to die in India but at least my ashes are going back to India, back to the Ganges.”Life is about many journeys and for Rana, the most traumatic began in 1947 when, as a 9th grade student, he had to leave his home in the small town of Gujrat in Punjab, about 100 miles west of Lahore. “Everything got disrupted with the Partition. Our family was totally ruined, nothing was left.”His father, a medical professional, started over again in Pathankot in India, and Rana secured his masters in journalism and political science. He ran a paper called Book Times but that soon folded and with the job market bleak, he immigrated to Kenya with his wife Lalita to work with a publication called Industry Journal.As his children were growing up, Rana moved once again to Ontario, Canada, to work with a weekly magazine called The Northern Miner. Here he and his wife raised two daughters. After 14 years as a journalist, Rana jumped into real estate, first as a sales person, and then into buying and selling properties, and that’s where he made his fortune.Rana acknowledges the bond to his adopted land, which has given him many choices in every field for his children and even for himself: “I could not have done what I did in real estate – starting out as an agent and moving to buying and selling, and becoming a landlord. What money did I leave India with? Just $8. What could you do with that?”Transformed by his sojourn in the West he might be, but India has a hold on him even as he reconciles to never moving back: “I’m a Canadian citizen but in hearts of hearts, India never leaves me. I always was an Indian, and I remain an Indian.”What moves him the most about India? “Sights, the land itself, the smell of it. Whenever I go to India, I rejuvenate myself. There’s hardly any spiritual side here and moreover, roots are very important. I tell my kids: without roots you cannot stand anywhere in the world.”But certainly his perception of India has changed over the years: “Sure we cannot settle back in India because our lifestyles have changed, our lives have changed, the language has changed. When we go back to India, they know immediately, within a second, that we are foreigners.”Rana now feels the pull of his children and grandchildren, and yet inexorably he also feels the pull of the homeland. His father left him an apartment and properties in Pathankot, but it doesn’t look like anyone will set up home there any time soon.Says Rana, who is settling into a comfortable retirement in Markham, Ontario: “We always thought we’d go back but hardly anyone knows me back there, my children are not going back so there’s no purpose in going back.”All six of Rana’s siblings are settled with their families in the United States and Canada, so the ancestral land lies abandoned. Says Rana, “The homeland never disappears, but in the closing days of your life there’s not much left there; it’s the people that make a life – children, brothers and sisters – there’s nobody left there to hold you. Yet, you cannot forget your motherland.”For the In-Between-Generation, time is moving on. While some may actually return home, the vast majority scout out retirement spots in America and Canada, close to their children and grandchildren. But India is never far from their minds. In Rana’s circle in Toronto, the immigrant generation talks about India constantly.“We read all the papers on the Internet these days. Sometimes we are more informed about what’s happening in India than the Indians there, because they read one newspaper, we read ten.“We keep track of all the news and this is the way we pass it on to our children and grandchildren. I just told my grandchildren about Partition, about how we were running. It’s very important. We do not want them to forget who they are, from where they came and what’s their heritage. Without heritage, they are lost people.”Immigrants can never quite go back, at least not to the home in the yellowed snapshot because the India of their youth has metamorphosed, but increasingly it’s a part of their new reality.Indian memories, colors, fragrances and philosophies, like myriad pieces of glass embedded in a child’s fanciful kaleidoscope, create startlingly beautiful new patterns in the ever-evolving mosaic of their perceptions and identity.For every nameless, faceless immigrant, the story always begins with a mighty steel bird making a leap into the sky, leaving terra firma for an adventure in rediscovering the self. Was it meant to be – or was each immigrant writing his own part in his own play? Vanita Sakhrani thinks it is all written in the stars: “I believe that sometimes our choices are made for us, we just have to play our parts, even though we believe that we are the masters of our destiny, our destiny is already written; we just do our part for the day. “I am grateful for every second of my life and the way the Creator has designed it for me.” Related Items
The 16th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), set to begin on April 11, will pay tribute to deceased actress Sridevi with a screening of the hit Bollywood film, Chandni. Started 16 years ago as a platform for Indian cinema in the United States, the film festival screens 30 films today, offers industry opportunities to filmmakers, organizes panel discussions and master classes as part of its itinerary, things that founder Christina Marouda believes make up the “sweet spot” for a festival.“We are happy with the size, mix of films, and special programs we present, and our focus is to continue to present a high quality program and expand our audience,” Marouda tells Little India.In 2001, when the idea of a film festival about Indian cinema germinated in her mind, Marouda was working at the American Film Institute Fest, which screened more than 150 films from across the world but overlooked Indian cinema.Christina Marouda, IFFLA Founder and Chair.“To me, this did not make sense given the volume, magnitude, and legacy of Indian cinema. I happened to love Indian cinema as I watched some Indian films in Greece as a teenager (I grew up in Crete). 2001-2002 was also an interesting time for Indian cinema crossing the boundaries, with Lagaan being nominated for Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards and the success of Monsoon Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham that I felt it was the right moment for IFFLA to launch,” she says.IFFLA has long been “the only outlet for Indian independent cinema in Los Angeles,” Mike Dougherty, IFFLA’s director of programming, says. While audience members come expecting to watch Bollywood-style cinema, they are instead introduced to the diverse cinematic and cultural experience of India. IFFLA has also given space to diaspora cinema to show how Indian culture has made a global mark, Dougherty adds.The festival in April, which will take place at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, will begin with the Manoj Bajpayee-starring In the Shadows, and will conclude with Village Rockstars, an Assamese coming-of-age film. In 2003, it began with 20 films and 3,000 attendees, and has grown to feature 30 films and more than 7,000 attendees. The 2018 chapter consists of films in 12 languages.Director of Programming Mike DoughertyBesides their attempt at raising awareness about the culture of India, the organizers are also trying to connect the Indian and diaspora filmmakers with the industry in the United States.The festival works with all the major studios, including HBO, Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony, Amazon, and NBC Universal, and through their one-on-one program, brings top executives to the event to have brief meetings with filmmakers.Since the festival is in Los Angeles, filmmakers have access to distributors, agents, managers, and executives and, meetings and collaborations are easier to hold, Dougherty adds.Not only has the festival been a good platform for the filmmakers for trade purposes it has also had a positive reaction from the audience, the organizers believe.“The Indian community, particularly the true cinephiles within the community, as well as the younger, second-generation Indian Americans, have embraced the festival,” says Marouda. “Though the core audience tends to be South Asian based in Los Angeles, it has expanded every year to include film lovers of all stripes.” Related Itemscinemaiffla 2018los angeles
One morning in early June, men in orange vests boarded up the subway entrances at 86th Street and Central Park West and posted signs: “Extensive renovation in progress.”Veteran news purveyor that he is, Ram Badan Singh eyed the message skeptically and suggested this rewrite: “Extensive misuse of money in progress.”The closing of three Upper West Side stations — at 72nd, 86th and 110th streets — for several months of work has meant inconvenience and annoyance for people who live near the park. But for Singh, the subject of an April profile in The New York Times, the project is a threat to his livelihood.Singh, who turned 81 this month, is one of only a handful of independent newspaper hawkers still plying his trade on the streets of New York. He has sold papers on the sidewalk outside the 86th Street station every night and morning for 36 years with no newsstand or shelter, and rarely a day off. Bundled in several layers of clothing, he has persisted through blizzards, hurricanes and even the summers that turn the Upper West Side into a ghost town; his only concession to the recent heat has been to shed his wool hat and scarf.But this latest disruption is hitting where it hurts: In the seven weeks since the station closed, diverting the usual flow of commuters, he estimates he has forfeited more than $1,000 in sales. On Sundays, he used to finish with five or six of his 135 papers unsold; now he is left with about 35.Luckily, Singh has a New Yorker’s seen-it-all unflappability and a deep bench of faithful customers. Before the closings, one of them asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to compensate the vendor for lost business; the agency said it couldn’t offer money but would try to find some creative way to help. This past week, the MTA said the most it had been able to do was to encourage the workers in orange to buy papers. (Singh said that none have.)So the customers have taken charge. Tira Grey, who produces hedge-fund conferences and lives down the street, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to tide him through to the station’s reopening in October.Grey began buying from him in 1999, when she was booking guests for “60 Minutes” and needed to comb the papers every day for story ideas. She moved downtown four years later, and when she returned to the neighborhood in 2016, she was astonished to find Singh still in his spot.“I texted all my friends,” she said. “When people ask why I like living on the Upper West Side, it’s my go-to story: 13 years later, here’s the same newspaper seller on the same corner, looking like he hasn’t aged a bit.”Her fundraising effort has collected more than $9,600 from 52 donors. A contributor in the Sunnyside neighborhood of the Queens borough, in New York, express-mailed $1,000 in cash to The Times, along with a letter that proclaimed Singh “an extraordinary human being.” It was signed: “Ho, Ho, Ho. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”Singh was a civil engineer in his native India. After coming to New York in 1980, he tried a number of jobs before settling into his solo act outside the subway.Even with the station shuttered, he won’t move to a different spot; this is where his regulars know where to find him. Over the years, he has jealously guarded the corner against interlopers: He outlasted the hawkers of free papers who appeared a decade ago. When a rival salesman showed up one night on an opposite corner, Singh and his customers stared him down until the man gave up a few days later. (Once, back in India, Singh shot an intruding cobra, but that’s another story.)Shortly before the subway station closed June 4, Singh was thrown a fresh curveball: The Times turned over its retail distribution in Manhattan to another company, National Distribution Alliance. Singh, who buys his papers from The Times and other publishers, has had to acclimate to new delivery times and payment methods.The Times article brought him a flurry of celebrity. A married couple visiting the city from South Africa made a special trip uptown to be photographed with him; a young woman from Japan sought him out and handed him $100. Readers from around the world praised him on social media — though Singh seemed only vaguely aware of the stir. He has no phone or computer. He lives alone and reads the news only in print.His longer-term fans continue to trickle by every morning. On Thursday, three of them arrived with some belated birthday cake, a New York City-branded towel and a new umbrella. Singh was cheered, but still mourning the recent death of a loyal customer.“You see this man for so many years, and then suddenly he is gone,” he said. “I will miss him.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related Items
Gurkeerat Singh’s all-round brilliance enabled India A to comfortably crush Bangladesh A by 96 runs in the first one-dayer of the three-match series here on Wednesday.Gurkeerat contributed a quickfire 58-ball 65 to ensure a commanding total of 322 for seven for the hosts, and then effectively bowled his off-breaks to return figures of 5/29 in 7.3 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 226 in 42.3 overs.Gurkeerat’s five-for, In fact, was his best figures in List A as the last five Bangladesh wickets fell for just 19 runs to him.Much was expected of India’s limited-overs specialist Suresh Raina, who was coming into competitive match after a three-month rest, but he looked completely rusty during his 28-ball 16.Also read: Crisis man Cheteshwar Pujara recounts how he made it back It was Gurkeerat along with young Sanju Samson (73) and Rishi Dhawan (56), who steadied the innings as India were reduced to 125 for five at the halfway stage after opener Mayank Agarwal’s (56) steady innings.This was the 25-year-old Gurkeerat’s second successive Man-of-the-Match performance after his unbeaten 87 won India A the tri-series final against Australia A.His 58-ball innings had nine boundaries as he added 102 runs in 14.5 overs with Samson and another 78 in eight overs with Dhawan whose 56 came off 34 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Dhawan also did well with the ball getting 2/51 in eight overs.Also read: Bangar helped me score the second-innings ton in Colombo, says RahanePut into bat by rival skipper Mominul Haque, opener Agarwal and Unmukt Chand (16) took the team’s total to 44 with India A skipper hitting four boundaries before Taskin Ahmed’s extra pace induced him to edge one to Litton Das behind the stumps.Manish Pandey (1) did not last long as he edged one from seamer Shafiul Islam to Litton. Raina scratched around a bit as he played a few dot balls before he was fooled by a straighter one from offspinner Nasir Hossain.Kedar Jadhav (0) fell short of his crease before opening his account as India were reduced to 76 for four. Along with Samson, Agarwal steadied the innings by adding 49 runs for the fifth wicket as he completed another List A half-century.
Share on Pinterest Australia sport Share on Messenger When a follower asked what the plan was for gay people, Folau responded: “HELL – unless they repent their sins and turn to God.”On Friday Qantas, which is the major sponsor of the national side, said it had made it clear to Rugby Australia that it found the comments “very disappointing”.“As a sponsor of Rugby Australia, we’re supportive of their approach towards tolerance and inclusion, which aligns with our own,” the airline said.Australian rugby quickly distanced itself from Folau’s comments.The chief executives of Rugby NSW and Rugby Australia said on Thursday they would meet with Folau to discuss his comments.“Israel’s comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia or NSW Rugby,” they said. “We are aligned in our view that Rugby is a game for all, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or gender, which is clearly articulated in Rugby’s inclusion policy.“We understand that Israel’s comment has upset a number of people and we will discuss the matter with him as soon as possible.”His teammate Nick Phipps told Fox Sports the squad was a “diverse” group. “[Folau’s view] is certainly not something that, as a club or as the rest of the squad, we share, but for him that’s just his beliefs at the moment and we’ve got to support that and it’s not a big deal for the squad moving forward.”The former Wallabies player Drew Mitchell defended Folau’s right to free speech, and said the most important shared belief in a team was that they could “go on and win the title”.Folau removed the offending comments but not the Instagram post. On Friday there were a number of comments from followers expressing their disappointment in the player, and some supporting him. Israel Folau asked to explain post claiming gay people will go to hell Share on LinkedIn Qantas Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Qantas has expressed its disappointment to Rugby Australia after the star player Israel Folau made homophobic comments on his personal Instagram account saying gay people were destined for “hell”.The 29-year-old fullback, who plays for the Australian Wallabies and the New South Wales Waratahs, is a devout Christian and posted a cartoon depicting “God’s plan” on his Instagram on Monday. Share on Facebook Qantas boss tops LGBT leaders list for backing same-sex marriage in Australia Support The Guardian Religion Christianity Read more He has previously spoken about his Christian beliefs and expressed anti-gay sentiments. Last year he said he would vote against marriage equality in the postal plebiscite, in opposition to the official position taken by the Wallabies and Rugby Australia.The Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, was one of the most prominent advocates in the yes campaign during last year’s same-sex marriage postal vote. He was also its single largest donor, contributing $1m to the cause. Joyce has faced criticism for using Qantas to promote same-sex marriage – as well as Indigenous reconciliation and other causes – but he has defended the right of business to speak up on social issues.“We are vocal on gender-equality issues, Indigenous issues and on LGBTI issues,” he told the AFR. “That’s what good businesses do. They’re part of society. They help promote societal changes. They help promote what’s good for our people.” Rugby union news Since you’re here… LGBT rights Share via Email Topics Australia rugby union team Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content
The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Do you love a good macchiato, but have literally no idea what witchcraft it takes to make one? Well, do we have the mug for you. We present — in all its glassy, soon-to-be-caffeinated glory — the Multi-ccino.Created by designer Josh Corn and sold at the Museum of Modern Art Design Store, the Multi-ccino solves both the issue of actually knowing what goes into a coffee drink and hee issue of smelling like a coffee shop all day long if you decide to venture out to get your fix.The mug offers up seven different coffee-based drinks, including an espresso, a macchiato, a cortado, and the hot drink of 2017, a flat white (you may not have ever had or wanted to have a flat white, but at the very least, now you’ll know what all the fuss is about).The mug is made of borosilicate glass and can hold 16 ounces, according to the site. Borosilicate glass, for those that have never thought about it and probably never will again, is a type of glass that is extremely heat resistant — it can handle temperature fluctuations without cracking — which uses boric oxide in its composition. It was first created German glassmaker Otto Schott in the late 19th century. The more you know, right?Members of the MoMa (you can get an individual membership for $85, $82 of which is tax deductible) can snag the mug for $14.40, but it’ll cost everyone else $16. The price tag isn’t bad when you consider how much you will save by not going to Starbucks (or the hipster coffee place down the street where the baristas all have handlebar mustaches).You can buy the mug here and, if you’re interested in finding out more about Josh Corn’s other work (including Blup, the Bubble Notifier), you can visit his site here.If you get the mug and realize you need something to actually make the espresso for the drinks, check out this portable espresso maker or any of the machines on this list. Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters
APTN National NewsA positive learning environment and a sense of belonging are important to all students.But if you’re First Nation, Inuit or Metis in an urban environment it could be tough to feel connected in place without culture.That’s why the Ottawa District School Board and Aboriginal community are making changes in local schools.APTN’s Annette Francis has that story.
Top sports officials from 89 countries have resolved most of the remaining questions for a preliminary international convention against doping to be submitted for adoption by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October. “The state of progress of the drafting of the convention and the political will demonstrated by Member States help us nurture the hope that this new legal instrument may be ratified in time for the Winter Olympics of 2006 in Turin, Italy, although this is an extremely tight deadline,” UNESCO Assistant Director-General Françoise Rivière said yesterday at the end of the ministerial meeting in Athens, Greece. “More than a repressive instrument, this text will give education and information the prominence they deserve… about the ill-effects of doping in both physical and ethical terms.” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told the opening session of the Fourth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Sport and Physical Education (MINEPS IV).The three-day meeting, which brought together some 270 representatives from 89 countries, among them 40 ministers, adopted the Athens Declaration undertaking to “implement coherent policies and take specific measures for the development of physical education.” The consensus reached on most of the remaining questions for the Draft International Convention Against Doping in Sport should enable experts meeting in Paris in January to finalize the preliminary text for adoption by the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference in October, the agency said. “Urgency and determination to take action were the two overriding sentiments that marked the debates at MINEPS IV, whether on the quality of physical education and the practice of sport, or the reaffirmation of ladies’ participation, and the need to combat doping,” Ms. Rivière said. The idea of the new legal instrument was launched during a ministerial round-table meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in January, 2003, bringing together 360 participants from 103 countries.
President Gervan Fearon invites Brock faculty and staff to kick off the new year by joining him for a coffee break, Thursday, Jan. 18 in Market Hall. Employees are welcome to drop in anytime between 2 and 3 p.m. to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, sweets and conversation. No registration is required.With the majority of employees back from their holiday breaks, Fearon looks forward to catching up and having conversations with colleagues and meeting new people.“The event is purposely informal,” he said. “There won’t be any formal speeches or agendas. I want to chat and engage in conversation with faculty, staff and colleagues about their holidays, to introduce myself and provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to share and engage in dialogue.”
← Previous Story FC Barcelona Intersport celebrate new trophy – Spanish Super Cup! Next Story → PSG WIN ONLY IN “SMALL FINAL”: Chambery Savoie win French Super Cup! Many interesting matches have seen the handball fans across Germany at the DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014 Round 3. The great derby match between HSV and Kiel 26:32 at “O2 Arena” in front of 12.000 spectators was a highlight of the weekend at the best handball league in the world:Here are the complete results:SC Magdeburg – SG Flensburg 29:27SC Magdeburg: Eijlers (10 saves), Quenstedt (3 saves) – Rojewski (6), Musche (4), Bezjak (5), Weber (3/1), Jurecki (2), Kneer (4), Oneto (2), Natek (3)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Rasmussen (12 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (6/3), Glandorf (7), Mogensen (4), Svan, Weinhold (4), Heinl, Gottfridsson (1), Radivojevic (3), Knudsen (2)GWD Minden – Rhein Neckar Lowen 20:30HSV Handball – THW Kiel 26:32MT Melsungen – TV Emsdetten 31:24VfL Gumersbach – Bergischer HC 24:30ThSV Eisenach – TBV Lemgo 32:32Frisch Auf Goppingen – TSV Hannover Burgdorf 28:32 best handballbest handball leagueDKB Bundesliga 2013/2014SG Flensburg
A MONTHLY SURVEY by AA Ireland has found that the average cost of a litre of motor fuel has risen for the first time in five months.The monthly data for February shows that an average litre of petrol costs 159.4 cent, while an average litre of diesel costs 153.7 cent.Petrol prices are up 1.5 cent a litre from January’s figures, while diesel is up 2.9 cent.Prices had fallen steadily each month since September, when they had reached an all-time Irish record of 170.0 cent for petrol and 160.0 cent for diesel.AA Ireland’s director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said 2012 was “an appalling year for fuel prices – the worst we have ever had,” but that the price of oil had been relatively stable since then because of the rising value of the euro.“Internationally, it is hard to fathom the reasons for a rise right now,” he said.“Forecasts for oil demand in 2013 are quite weak, mirroring economic data, and we even had a relatively mild winter. For the price of fuel to be rising now is surprising and very disappointing.”AA’s data suggests that an average motorist who drives 1,000 miles (1,605 kilometres) per month would have to pay €240 a month for petrol – of which €131.50 was tax which would be returned to the government.AA surveys ten years ago showed the average price of petrol then to be 89.5 cent per litre, while diesel cost 82.1 cent per litre.August: Irish petrol prices some of the world’s highest
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Schools Police took a 17-year-old into custody, Monday morning, near Country Club Middle School, after a brief pursuit.According to Miami-Dade Schools Police, an officer tried to stop the teen driving a red pickup truck near the school, at around 10 a.m.The officer noticed the teen was driving erratically. The pursuit quickly ended after the driver crashed into several parked vehicles in the area of Northwest 59th Avenue and Northwest 171st Street.Police later learned that the 17-year-old suffered a medical condition while driving. Police did arrest him, however.According to police, he was not a student at Country Club Middle School.There were no reports of injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.