Indian High Commission celebrates Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

first_imgThe Indian High Commission on Thursday celebrated Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019, which was also held in commemoration with World Hindi Day at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Bel Air, New Haven, Georgetown.Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is usually celebrated on January 9 each year in recognition of the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of their country.From left: Haji Roshan Khan with Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam and Pandit Rabindranauth PersaudThe simple ceremony was held in the company of the Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam; guest speaker, Pandit Rabindranauth Persaud; Haji Roshan Khan; students of the High Commission and other stakeholders.While sharing his opening remarks, the High Commissioner stated, “We have chosen what binds Guyana and India so that we can focus on that more and also, the image of modern India amongst Guyanese so that we know how Guyanese look at India.”After cultural performances by students of the Centre, Pandit Persaud elaborated on the focal points which link Guyana to India, while highlighting their contributions in the various sectors.“The East Indian’s contributions are visible in every aspect of nation-building. For instance, agriculture continues to head the list while other fields such as business, education and medicine, engineering, culture, sport and politics continue to enhance growth in various regards.”Calls were made for the relationship between the two countries to be further strengthened which will lead to both nations learning more about each other. At present, youth are provided with the opportunity to learn more about India and its culture by visiting for some time.“These experiences fuse the relationship with their ancestral land and the people of India and other parts of the world. What is more enlightening is visiting the place of birth of our fore-parents. India and Guyana continue to strengthen their relationship in the interest of humanity,” said the Pandit.Meanwhile, Haji Khan spoke on the image that is created in the minds of young Guyanese about the modernisation of India, which has been unfolding for some years.“India’s diversity and culture, land of numerous groups, the global giant, the international educator and human inspiration. I stand in awe that our motherland has 15 official languages, over 300 minor languages and 3000 dialects,” Khan stated.He added, “As Guyanese, we see India that is aggressively working towards further establishing itself as a leader in industrialisation and technological development.”Winners of the Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz were awarded as well as the winner of the essay writing competition.last_img read more

Program’s goal to find jobs for youth

first_img“One in five of our young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are out of school and out of work,” Villaraigosa said. “The lessons we all learned as young people need to be taught to a new generation.” Villaraigosa said the city hopes to find jobs for 10,000 young people and the Los Angeles Unified School District wants to create 3,000 more. “There is nothing more important for a young person than their first job,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who cleaned toilets and warehouses at her parents’ building-supply firm, where she also worked a forklift once she was old enough to drive. Cardenas worked on a painting crew at the local Boys Club, where he was frequently asked which college he would be attending – not whether he planned to attend at all. Councilman Eric Garcetti sold ties at a store owned by his grandfather while Councilman Ed Reyes, like Villaraigosa, worked on a janitorial crew at Cathedral High School. Councilman Dennis Zine had a newspaper route for the now-defunct Herald-Express newspaper. They sold newspapers and neckties, painted buildings and mowed lawns, cleaned toilets and worked a forklift when they were teens. Today, they help run the city – a task, they say, they’re able to accomplish because of where and how they started. That first job also helped develop a work ethic they hope to pass down to the next generation through a summer youth program launched Monday. “We all smile today when we remember our first job, but I know we weren’t smiling when we were cleaning toilets or mowing laws in the heat of the summer in the San Fernando Valley,” Councilman Tony Cardenas said at a City Hall news conference. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa _ who shined shoes, sold newspapers and worked as janitor at Cathedral High School – said the jobs program is one of the most important of the city and will help alleviate a host of problems plaguing the city – gangs, truancy and school dropouts. Councilman Bill Rosendahl had, what he said was the ideal job for a 14-year-old – a clerk at a delicatessen where he was able to eat all he wanted. (213) 978-0390 Help wanted: For information on the summer youth employment program, employers and job-seekers can call the city’s 311 hotline or (800) FORAJOB or see www.layoutthat 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fort St. John Council will be updated on Fair Share Negotiations Monday

first_imgThe Province was then forced to provide the communities in the Peace with the original amount negotiated under the 2005 agreement. That amount was just over 46 million.According to a post on the City of Fort St. John’s twitter account, the 1 p.m. meeting on Monday will give Council an update on the negotiations and help provide the negotiating team with direction.In February the Province, told the communities of the Peace they had until April 30, to agree to a new Fair Share deal, even though the original deal wasn’t supposed to expire until 2020.- Advertisement –last_img

Argentina-Israel friendly called off- Israel embassy

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi and his team-mates were due to face Israel on Saturday in their final warm-up match before heading to Russia for the World Cup © AFP / PAU BARRENABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jun 6 – Argentina’s upcoming friendly with Israel in Jerusalem has been cancelled, the Israeli embassy confirmed on Tuesday, citing unspecified threats against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.The World Cup warmup match had been scheduled to take place on Saturday. But its status had been placed in doubt earlier, following protests by Palestinian football authorities who had urged Messi not to take part.“The Embassy of Israel regrets to communicate the suspension of the match between Israel and Argentina,” a statement said, referring to “threats and provocations” against Messi.Local media had reported earlier Tuesday that the game was set to be scrapped, depriving Messi and his team-mates of a final warm-up game before they open their World Cup campaign in Russia.Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie told reporters in Washington on the sidelines of the Organization of American States meeting that he believed Argentina’s players had been reluctant to travel to Israel for the game.“As far as I know, the players of the national team were not willing to play the game,” Faurie said before confirmation of the game’s cancellation.Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had last week aired misgivings about having to travel to Israel, noting he would have preferred to remain in Barcelona, where the team is holding its pre-World Cup training camp.“From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona,” Sampaoli said.“But that’s the way it is, we have to travel on the day before the match, play Israel in Israel and then from there go on to Russia.”On Sunday, Palestinian football boss Jibril Rajoub urged Messi not to play in the game in Jerusalem and urged fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.At a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Rajoub told journalists he had written to Argentina’s government asking that Messi not take part in the June 9 friendly.“This match has become a political tool,” Rajoub said in Arabic.“The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem.”The Palestinian Football Federation welcomed the cancellation of the match and said that with it, sport will not be used as “a tool of political blackmail.”It praised the Argentine players “led by the star Messi for refusing to be used as a bridge to achieve non-sporting goals.”Palestinians are outraged at US President Donald Trump’s decision last December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with decades of policy, and move his country’s embassy there.The embassy opened on May 14, fanning Palestinian anger and intensifying protests on the Gaza border, with Israeli forces killing at least 61 Gazans that day.Palestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state. The Jewish state considers the entire city its own “indivisible” capital.“Messi is a symbol of peace and love,” Rajoub said. “We ask him not to participate in laundering the crimes of the occupation.”Messi, he added, “has tens of millions of fans in the Arab and Muslim countries… we ask everyone to burn their shirts which bear his name and posters (with his image).”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Belgium 0-0 Wales: Dragons stay top of Group B with battling draw

first_img1 Wales remain on top of Group B after a determined 0-0 draw away at group-favourites Belgium, continuing an unbeaten start to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign.The visitors defended resolutely throughout, keeping the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini at bay while talisman Gareth Bale operated as the lone striker.And it was Bale’s trademark dipping free-kick which forced Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into the first save of the match before Hazard’s mazy run, evading five Welsh defenders in the process, tested the hands of Wayne Hennessey during a lively start to the match.Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts later rattled the post after connecting with Hazard’s cross, before Liverpool youngster Divock Origi prodded wide with the rebound.After the break, Belgium altered to a 4-4-2 formation with Christian Benteke joining Origi up-front in a bid to add more potency in the final-third. But Wales looked dangerous on the counter-attack when Hal Robson-Kanu unleashed a low drive after combining with Bale.The match endured a lengthy delay after a nasty clash of heads between George Williams and Dries Mertens, which left the Belgian winger unconscious for several minutes.And with six additional minutes signalled by the fourth official, Wales survived a late scare deep in stoppage-time when James Chester cleared Adnan Januzaj’s fizzing cross.The result means Wales sit three points clear of fourth-placed Belgium, although Chris Coleman’s side have played one game more. Gareth Bale in action for Wales last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – February 6

first_imgAndy Goldstein rounds up the highlights from another brilliant week of Sports Bar shows. This week’s podcast includes studio guest and Queens Park Rangers club captain Clint Hill , Wednesday’s co-host and West Ham legend Alvin Martin, along with Stoke City chairman Peter Coates who discussed the Potters’ deadline day activity. We also had the return of DAVE LOVE!last_img

Appeal after livestock stolen from lands in Milford

first_imgGardai are investigating the theft of a number of animals from lands in Kilmacrennan.A total of eight ewes and three lambs were stolen from the land at Leiter between October 2nd and 9th last.Gardai in Milford have appealed to anybody who may have been offered the livestock for sale or may know of their whereabouts to contact Milford Gardai on 0749153060. Appeal after livestock stolen from lands in Milford was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiMilfordsheepostolenlast_img read more

Scientists Dodge Youthfulness of Saturn Moon Enceladus

first_img(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Planetary scientists have figured out that the geysers of Enceladus vary during its orbit, but seem oddly silent about the question of how long the little moon could remain so active.Cassini scientists have observed the brightness of the Enceladus geysers for several years now, from various angles. It appears, according to a new paper in Nature, that the geysers are brightest when the moon is farthest from Saturn. They suspect that the southern-hemisphere cracks or “tiger stripes” are under tension at that point, opening them up for greater escape of salty water. When Enceladus is closer to Saturn, the cracks are under compression and close up a bit more, like a constricting hose nozzle. This is explained in another Nature article by John Spencer, who also suggested that the findings hint “at a subsurface source of liquid water and a probable subsurface ocean.”Whether Enceladus has an ocean remains debatable, however. A recent paper in Icarus found that the only way to sustain a liquid ocean under the crust was to assume that the ice is not as elastic as previously assumed—and then, only under specific conditions:Though anelastic behavior increases the heating rate, it is insufficient to maintain a global subsurface ocean if the ice layer is convecting, even though a wide parameter range is taken into account. One possibility to maintain a global ocean is that Enceladus’ ice shell is conductive and its tidal response is similar to that of the Burgers body with comparatively small transient shear modulus and viscosity. If the surface ice with large viscosity is dissipative by anelastic response, the heat produced in the ice layer would supersede the cooling rate and a subsurface ocean could be maintained without freezing.Water = life?The popular press reported the findings about the orbital variability of the geysers, but said nothing about the sustainability of this level of activity for billions of years. Instead, they latched onto the suggestion that Enceladus might have a liquid ocean, implying it might have life. A BBC News article, for instance, focused attention on Spencer’s brief suggestion about this:“The likely presence of liquid water and complex organic chemistry makes Enceladus especially intriguing as a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life, providing additional motivation for investigating its interior.”Science Daily, regurgitating a JPL press release, quoted paper co-author Christophe Sotin:“Liquid water was key to the development of life on Earth, so these discoveries whet the appetite to know whether life exists everywhere water is present.”None of the papers or articles, however, addressed the more perplexing question of how Enceladus could maintain this level of activity for billions of years. Ever since the geysers were detected in 2005, it has been a major mystery to account for the sustainability of such activity for long ages (search “Enceladus” in these pages, e.g., 4/06/13, “Bimbo Eruptions in the Solar System”).Et tu, Dione?An earlier article on Science Daily reported that Saturn’s larger moon Dione might also have activity–also ignoring the age question, but leaping onto the life suggestion:Other bodies in the solar system thought to have a subsurface ocean — including Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan and Jupiter’s moon Europa — are among the most geologically active worlds in our solar system. They have been intriguing targets for geologists and scientists looking for the building blocks of life elsewhere in the solar system. The presence of a subsurface ocean at Dione would boost the astrobiological potential of this once-boring iceball.The Nature paper about Enceladus said nothing about life, oceans, or habitability – but it ignored the age question, too.Talk of biology and “building blocks of life” at the mere hint of water is a classic red herring, a distraction or sidestep around the major conundrum facing planetary scientists: how to keep Enceladus going for billions of years. It’s not a problem for Biblical creationists who expect Enceladus, Io and the other active bodies in the solar system to be thousands of years old but it’s a major problem for secularists who count ages in billions. We need a new word to describe this tactic of quickly focusing on life whenever water is suspected on another world. How about “hydrobioscopy“? We’ll add that to our Darwin Dictionary.There’s no way evolutionists and other secular scientists could face up to this hard evidence if it might give aid and comfort to their sworn enemies, so they change the subject rapidly, thinking that talk of the possibility of life on a frozen, airless world might be more sexy than hand-wringing in public over the falsification of their long-age beliefs. For comfort, they run to gulp down more Darwine. We need to hold their feet to the fire, not their mouths to the firewater.last_img read more

Cooking in Cariema Isaacs’ Cape Malay kitchen

first_imgCape Malay cooking has left its unique mark on South Africa’s collective heritage. It is known and loved across the country. Cariema Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, gives deeper insight into this cuisine and its history.As Cariema Isaacs wrote Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, she relived some of her best childhood memories. (Image: Supplied, Penguin Random House South Africa)Priya PitamberAsked about her favourite childhood memory involving food, Cariema Isaacs could not help but smile because it invoked heart-warming recollections.“It takes me back to a Sunday morning in Bo-Kaap and the smell of warm and aromatic aniseed-infused koesisters glistening with sweet sugar syrup and dusted with beautifully white, desiccated coconut,” said Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen.“It’s a memory that rings true for every Cape Malay and to this day, the tradition of having warm koesisters served for breakfast or as a snack on Sunday morning is still kept alive in our community.”Isaacs wrote her cookbook in honour of her father following his death in 2013. Working in Dubai, she said she found it exceptionally difficult to mourn his passing. This prompted her to write a book to capture the memories – mostly related to food, their heritage and the Cape Malay culture – that made them both so happy.“It’s with ease that blank pages were filled with moments that I remember cooking with him, meals we ate together and his simple philosophy about food… Many of these moments were underpinned by my childhood memories of growing up in Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay quarter where I was born.”The book, she said, took you on a culinary journey through Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, the food and festivals that represented the community, the spirit of caring and sharing and the celebration of “togetherness”.Isaacs always had a love for cooking, baking and, naturally, eating. But it was moving to Dubai that ignited her curiosity about world cuisine. “The more I explore it, the more I am intrigued.”She said what she had deemed everyday, home cooking became a form of art. “I saw what I was creating being captured through someone else’s lens, styled by someone else’s interpretation of my dish. It’s a thing of beauty.”Cape Malay cooking contains many different flavours from around the world, making it uniquely South African, says Cariema Isaacs. (Image: supplied, photographed by Ian Du Toit)Cape Malay cuisine was an important part of South Africa’s heritage, she explained, because it dated back to the first settlers who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. The Dutch East India Company delegation set up a refreshment post for traders on their way between the Netherlands and the East.Her Cape Malay forefathers arrived here as slaves from various places in Southeast Asia. “The roots of Cape Malay culture and cuisine are largely influenced by its Indonesian, Javanese and Malay forefathers. The famous Afrikaans poet, C Louis Leipoldt (1880-1947), claimed in an article that the earliest authorities behind original South African dishes came from the ‘Cape Malay’ population of the Western Cape.”Many of their forefathers worked as cooks or kitchen hands, she explained, and adapted recipes from their homelands for the palates of the households in which they worked. But there were also influences from the masters of the homes, who were predominantly Dutch or British.“In order to fully appreciate the Cape Malay cuisine, you need to understand its history and in understanding its history you very quickly come to learn that every dish tells a story,” Isaacs said.“Every story could depict either a particular spice that links us to another part of the globe or places from which our forefathers hailed.”The type of food cooked in the past also depended on the day of the week, she said. On Sundays, there was chicken or expensive cuts of meat; Mondays were fish days or the left-overs from Sunday. “Food passed on from our past, tells the story of celebration, of religion, of struggle but it’s always been a way to bring the community together.”The tapestry of flavours and spices woven together from countries such as the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, France and Britain made Cape Malay cuisine uniquely South African, she said. The cuisine was also influenced by the Islamic faith, so all food was halaal.Instead of hot and pungent, Cape Malay spice combinations were more fragrant and aromatic. The dishes that had their roots in Malaysia, Java and Indonesia consisted of aromatics such as cloves, bay leaves, all spice pimentos, cardamom, fresh ginger and garlic, and tamarind paste. The curries, known for their lush sauces, had ground spices such as turmeric, cumin and a blended leaf or roasted masala.“It is also important to mention that Cape Malay cooking is complete only when it can be enjoyed with friends and family (never alone) and, more importantly, shared with neighbours and the community (especially as a form of charity).”Isaacs said her favourite recipe from her book was Braised Sausage. Make it yourself:Braised Sausage (Gesmore Soeseis)Cape Town boasts some of the finest halaal butcheries around which specialise in a wide variety of sausages and cold meats such as viennas, polonies and penny polonies. An essential requirement for this very popular dish is to ensure that a good quality sausage is used, in other words, one that consists of a higher pure meat ratio compared to that of the other sausage ingredients. Good-quality sausage will expand and plump up when cooked and must contain a fair amount of moisture inside the casing. You need a juicy sausage for this recipe. Serves 4–6.Notes: Steer away from plaaswors or boerewors for this recipe, because the taste of it is way too pungent and the meat ratio is disproportionate. If the sausage is spicy, then omit the chilli and pepper. Salt is optional or to taste, as some sausages have added salt and seasoning.1 Tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil2 large onions, finely chopped1 green chilli, halved lengthways1 ripe tomato, roughly chopped1 C (250 ml) water3–4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered1 kg sausage¼ tsp (1.25 ml) freshly ground black pepper1 tsp (5 ml) sugarSalt to tasteHeat the oil over medium heat and add the onions and chilli. Cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently, and then add the tomato. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.Just as the onions and tomato are about to catch on the bottom of the pot, gradually add ½ C (125 ml) of the water, small amounts at a time, and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the potatoes and gently scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot.Add the remaining ½ C (125 ml) water and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes over a medium heat, until the potatoes are slightly browned and the water has transformed into a fairly thick sauce.Place the sausage on top of the potatoes – DO NOT stir!The sausage will act as a blanket and will provide just enough moisture for the potatoes to continue cooking and softening.Increase the heat to high and allow the sausage and potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes. Then turn the heat down to medium for about 20 minutes.Sprinkle over the pepper and sugar and fold in carefully.You can add a little water if you prefer a slightly thinner sauce. Do a taste test and add salt if needed.Serve hot with fresh bread or fluffy white rice. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Under-fire IOA approaches Tendulkar, Rahman

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Drawing flak for naming Salman Khan as the Indian Olympic contingents goodwill ambassador, the IOA has now approached cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman to take up the same role along side the controversial Bollywood star. “We are in communication with Sachin Tendulkar and A R Rahman to become brand ambassadors of the Indian Olympic contingent. We are yet to get their reply,” said Indian Olympic Association (IOA) vice president Tarlochan Singh. “We will rope in more people. Salman Khan will also remain,” he added. Salmans appointment as goodwill ambassador had kicked up a storm last week when star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioned the move even though the IOA and some other athletes backed the decision. Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, was named goodwill ambassador by the in the presence of star woman boxer M C Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others. Yogeshwar started the debate by tweeting that Salman has done nothing to merit such an appointment but the IOA stood firm on its decision and said that it would rope in more icons from cricket, music and other sports to motivate the Olympic contingent ahead of the Games in August. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more