Disappointed Christians were not invited to National Indian Orchestra launch

first_imgDear Editor,I am delighted to read in your newspaper that Bhaskar Sharma will soon launch the ‘National Indian Orchestra’ (NIO) with the aim of encouraging the Indian arts, including classical music, playing Indian instruments, dance, etc.Such a gesture has beckoned for a long time, considering that the only form of Indian music most local Guyanese are comfortable with is the commonplace “chatney” music.This news is music to my ears. However, I am saddened and disappointed that Mr Sharma is inviting “all heads of the Hindu religious organisations in Guyana – including the Arya Samaj, and also Islamic groups nationwide — to participate and support this musical initiative,” but is not extending the invitation to the Christian community.I do understand why Guyanese feel that Christians have no affinity to Indian music. Traditionally, Indian music has been perceived as a sinister entity that has no place in the Christian church, community or home. Many surmise that only music of the West or creole music would please God. However, times are changing, and Christians are recognizing the error of our past ways and coming to grips with the realisation that God could be worshipped with all kinds of music and all kinds of instruments.At present, the Jeewan Ki Roti programme is aired on Channel 28 (the first two Fridays of every month), and Guyanese are expressing great appreciation for the beautiful music accentuated in the (Christian) programme. I am an ardent evangelical Christian, who happens to think that Indian music is perhaps the ‘sweetest’ in the whole world. I love the sounds of the sitar, tabla, dholak, harmonium and so on. The various genres with which Indian culture and music are expressed (including dance) are rich and beautiful.I am also pleased to know that Mr Sharma’s planned NIO will promote the teaching and use of the Hindi and Urdu languages. A significant number of people in Guyana have some affinity to those languages, so this is a welcome move.I trust that the NIO will not be concentrated only in the Georgetown area. (Unfortunately, though the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) is playing a magnificent role equipping Guyanese with the Indian arts, the scope is limited, as only the elite or those with “transp” can access the ICC.) I hope the NIO will spread its wings to many parts of Guyana.Thank you, Bhaskar, for this initiative. You have my support. And please remember to also extend your invitations to Christians.Sincerely,Devanand Bhagwanlast_img read more

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Remarks At the Opening of the 3rd India – Africa…

first_imgExcellency Mr. Prime Minister,Excellency Chairperson of the African Union Authority;Excellency Chairperson of the African Union Commission;Distinguished Colleagues and Delegates:On behalf of the people of Liberia, I want to thank you for organizing this 3rd India Africa Forum Summit. We wish to express profound gratitude to you, Mr. Prime Minister, and to the government and people of India for the very warm welcome and hospitality we have received since our arrival in New Delhi.This Summit forms part of a series of historic processes and events scheduled this year that will determine the state of our world in the next several years, the world that will be bequeathed to future generations.This year, the call for Africa’s transformation under Agenda 2063 can be seen as a continental commitment to a bold departure from the past, a call for ownership and self-dependence, for value addition, for regional integration, and continental interconnectivity through infrastructure development. For women, this year of empowerment gives impetus to action for higher levels of participation and elevation.This year, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, building upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals, is a call for global commitment to ending poverty, inequalities and injustices, a commitment of governments to people, nation to nation, old to young, rich to poor, a commitment that recognizes the interdependence of nations, big and small.This year, at the Financing Conference for Development resulting in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we registered a faith in the promises of a global partnership with financing mechanism and monitoring systems that ensures equitable sharing of benefits and returns from national endowment. This year, we look forward to the closing chapter of our Global Vision 2030 at the Paris Climate Change Conference that will, through resource allocation, right historical wrongs in accepting the principle of common, but differentiated responsibility for the destruction of our planet.Mr. Prime Minister, we are told that this Forum Summit brings together in India the largest number of foreign leaders since the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Delhi in 1983 and the Commonwealth Summit the same year. It builds upon the first India-Africa Forum Summit in 2008 and the second in Addis Ababa in 2011. We believe firmly that the implementation of the Global Goals will only take place in a changed administrative architecture of the United Nations as called for in the Ezulwini Consensus.We take note that these summits have led to a deepening of the relationship between India and Africa with significant expansion in trade, in private sector investment, and in bilateral programs and financing arrangements aimed at supporting development across all sectors, as well as capacity building and institutional development. We welcome the formation of the India-Africa Business Council, which will promote business partnerships and joint ventures, thereby expanding investment and trade between Africa and India.Mr. Prime Minister, Liberia – India relations span over six decades of strong bonds of friendship and economic cooperation. Our countries have benefitted from bilateral assistance in the area of public transport, education, and agriculture. The level of trade continues to expand as large numbers of Indian owned companies are now moving into manufacturing enterprises. Our access to India’s Duty Free Tariff Preferred Status enhances the partnership even further. The Indian Female Police Unit, included in our security sector reform, is the first ever women contingent in the history of UN peacekeeping. This has transformed the thinking of Liberian women in the role they can play in the security sector.Mr. Prime Minister, we were pleased to welcome in 2009 the first visit of an Indian Foreign Minister in 38 years along with a confederation of industry and business delegation, which was followed by another ministerial delegation in 2015. Several of our ministers have had the pleasure to visit India between 2009 and 2013. I was pleased to have visited in 2013, where several agreements and bilateral instruments were concluded; and I was deeply honored to visit the site of Mahindra Gandhi and to have been conferred, during the visit, the 2012 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.Finally, Mr. Prime Minister, I wish to thank you and the government and people of India for the sympathy and support which Liberia received as we successfully combat the Ebola Virus. We look forward to concluding ongoing bilateral programs aimed at supporting Liberia and the other affected countries in building a resilient health system and meeting the challenges of post-Ebola economic recovery.As we prepare for the 10th World Trade Organization Conference in Nairobi, the first in Africa, Liberia wishes to thank all our sister African countries and India as well as other partners who helped to put us on the fast track to accession. We expect to expand on the outcome of the Trade Ministers Meeting in Delhi last week to build on economic and commercial cooperation at the WTO.Mr. Prime Minister, Excellencies, I thank you for your kind attention. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tenants protest eviction at landlord’s real estate class

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A university real estate instructor got a lecture from his Echo Park tenants who are facing eviction because the landlord wants to opt out of a federal subsidy program and raise rents. Some three dozen Morton Avenue tenants boarded a bus and rode to UCLA, where business school instructor Eric Sussman was teaching a class. Wearing bright red T-shirts and hoisting signs telling Sussman he should be ashamed, the tenants marched toward their landlord’s class clutching a piggy bank. They also had a letter asking UCLA’s chancellor to review Sussman’s business practices. Campus police wouldn’t allow the demonstrators inside the classroom. A short time later, Sussman went outside to chants of “Shame on you!” Sussman said he thought it was inappropriate for the tenants to attempt to “harass and intimidate me,” adding government must do more to provide affordable housing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sussman and his partners want out of the federally subsidized Section 8 program, which partially pays the rent for 22 families in the Morton Gardens complex. The government’s fair market calculations are up to $1,000 less than what the units can fetch on the open market. Some tenants, Sussman said, are paying $1,200 for two- and three-bedroom apartments that are worth more than $2,000. Last year, Sussman served eviction notices on the Section 8 tenants, but tenant advocates claim the city’s tough eviction rules prevent the poor from being tossed out and a federal lawsuit was filed. The tenants can stay until a judge issues a decision – a ruling is expected in August. Sussman was being targeted to “send a message to all landlords,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. last_img read more

FOOTBALL: BONAGEE UNITED 4 LETTERBARROW CELTIC 2

first_imgCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 2Bonagee came close on six minutes when Ross Hanlyn broke down the right and his shot was well saved by the keeper. Alan Lyons for the visitors shot just wide of the post on ten minutes from a Paul Moran cross. Mark Hunter had a good effort from the edge of the box saved on twelve minutes. Letterbarrow took the lead on fifteen minutes when a free kick by John Roper from the left was headed home from ten yards by Alan Lyons. Paddy Mc Laughlin for Bonagee had a great chance to level the match on thirty minutes when a cross from the right from Darren Hunter he blasted over from ten yards. Letterbarrow had a few strikes on goal from Alan Lyons and Declan Gallagher but Carr did well in the home goal. Bonagee got the equalizer on forty minutes when Glen Rainey shot home from a Darren Coyle corner. Bonagee were awarded a penalty on forty four minutes when Mark Hunter was brought down in the box by the keeper who made a great save from Darren Coyle’s spot kick. Bonagee started the second half on top and went ahead on fifty minutes when after good play by Aiden Mc Laughlin in the middle of the park he played a great through ball to Ross Hanlyn and he slid the ball past the keeper from twelve yards out. Declan Gallagher for the visitors had a great strike on goal well saved by the keeper from fifteen yards. Bonagee got their third on sixty five minutes when Darren Coyle broke down the right and his cross into the box found Ross Hanlyn who shot home from ten yards. Bonagee got their fourth on eighty two minutes when Aiden Mc Laughlin played a good ball through to Darren Hunter who crossed to Shane Kelly on the edge of the box and his shot found the top corner of the net. Letterbarrow pulled one back three minutes later when a free from the left was crossed in by Stephen Graham and found Garry Byrne at the near post and he hammered home from five yards. Best for the visitors were Alan Lyons, Stephen Graham and Paul Moran. Bonagee Team effort. Referee: Paul Doherty  FOOTBALL: BONAGEE UNITED 4 LETTERBARROW CELTIC 2 was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: BONAGEE UNITED 4 LETTERBARROW CELTIC 2last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SENIORS ENJOY GOOD WIN OVER GLENTIES

first_imgThe winning Lotto numbers this week are 4,16,18,22. Match three winner is Paddy Doherty of Ballinamore Fintown.This weeks sellers are Bryan Faul and Noel Mc Devitt with the jackpot standing at an inviting €5140.On football matters The Seniors had a great victory over Glenties by a single score to pick up two more points in the league,while the Reserves were narrowley beaten by a good Glenties team.The Reserves have a home fixture in the League this Saturday To Malin at 6pm.The Thirds meanwhile march on and are in the Junior B County final this Sunday Sept 14th at 3pm. They play Ardara in Tir Conaill Park Donegal Town. This is a fantastic achievement and your support for the boys will be much appreciated. The Minors lost to Termon by 2 points in the Championship last Wednesday night.The under 13 boys had a comfortable victory away to Letterkenny Gaels by a scoreline of 2-4 to 9-13. The under16s had a great victory over Milford in the Championship on Monday evening Sept 8th the score was 4-13 to 3-8. They are now into the Quarter Final with date and venue yet to be decided.The Mothers and Others continues every Wednesday with a new training time of 7.30 to 8.30 at the training pitch.There will be a Coffee Morning in aid of the Girls Underage training fund in The Club house this Sunday 14th from 11am to 2pm. There will also be a draw on the day with lines being sold at €1 per line.There are prizes galore, so call in on Sunday morning for a cuppa and lend your support to a fantastic cause.A special thanks must go to the following who are sponsoring prizes on the day: Donegal Stationery Co. Cormac Gallagher Go Station,Nail Guns Letterkenny, Hughie Mc Daid Bread,and Sarah Mc Devitt of “Sarahs Dozen Treats” GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SENIORS ENJOY GOOD WIN OVER GLENTIES was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgBOUNDARY WARSTHE boundary dispute between Letterkenny Gaels and St Eunan’s is to be debated at Letterkenny Council next week. Cllr Tadgh Culbert has put forward a motion calling on “all relevant clubs and all administrators to desist from dividing a community we have all worked so hard to build.”FINE APPEAL Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill GAA clubs are to appeal €2,500 fines imposed by the CCC are a fight involving players in July. Two Naomh Conaill players were also banned from playing for eight weeks.CRIME WAVEBurglaries in Letterkenny are up 34 per cent on last year, new figures show. However less than one in five are solved.BOXING CONCERN Concerns are being expressed about ‘white collar’ boxing bouts, amid fears someone may be seriously hurt. A 28-year-old man ended up in hospital for two nights last weekend after being knocked out in a charity bout at the Milford Inn.FIREWORKSGardai have issued their annual warning about the illegal use of fireworks.LARKIN POINTS THE FINGER!Cllr Dessie Larkin has welcomed a reduction in the fee paid by businesses to erect ‘finger signs’. Council will now charge €50 instead of the previous €650. GARDA STATIONS CLOSEDCllr PJ Blake insists many rural Garda stations are ‘practically closed anyway’ saying the part-time nature of some of them should never have been allowed to happen.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Splits Matches At Nebraska

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University women’s tennis team split its pair of matches on Saturday at the Dillon Tennis Center, as the Bulldogs fell to host Nebraska, 4-0, before beating South Dakota, 4-0, to finish their day.The Huskers managed to win courts one and three to earn the doubles point.Despite losing in singles matches on courts one, four and six, the Bulldogs were ahead on courts three and five before they went unfinished. Sophomore Maddie Johnson was up a set and led in the second 2-1, while freshman Joely Lomas won the first set 6-3.The Bulldogs ended their trip to Nebraska with a dominating victory over the Coyotes. Summer Brills and Mela Jaglarz cruised past Yuliya Sidenko and Anastasia Bondarenko, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot, while Johnson and Lomas beat Milica Pavloic and Elise van Zijst 6-2 to clinch the doubles point.Johnson put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 3 spot. Lomas continued her strong play and defeated Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot as Mariel Ante clinched the match for Drake with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 2.The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday, March 5 as they host Marquette and Gustavus Adolphus.Nebraska 4, Drake 0Feb 27, 2016Singles competition1. Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) def. Brills, Summer (DU) 6-1, 6-22. Lisa Anersson (NEB) vs. Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished3. Katerian Matysova (NEB) vs. Johnson, Maddie (DU) 5-7, 1-2, unfinished4. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Herder, Tess (DU) 6-1, 6-45. Paula Del Cueto Cas (NEB) vs. Lomas, Joely (DU) 3-6, 3-5, unfinished6. Sydney Harlow (NEB) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles competition1. Maggy Lehmicke/Lisa Anersson (NEB) def. Ante, Mariel/Herder, Tess (DU) 6-02. Mary Hanna/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Johnson, Maddie/Lomas, Joely (DU) 5-6, unfinished3. Katerian Matysova/Sydney Harlow (NEB) def. Brills, Summer/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 7-5 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,4) Drake 5, South Dakota 0Singles competition1. Brills, Summer (DU) vs. Burns,Ellie (USD) 4-6, 3-3, unfinished2. Ante, Mariel (DU) def. Sidenko,Yuliya (USD) 6-3, 6-13. Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Kranendonk,Emma (USD) 6-2, 6-04. Herder, Tess (DU) vs. van Zijst,Elise (USD) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished5. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Bondarenko,Anastasia (USD) 6-3, 6-26. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) vs. Pandya,Maria (USD) 6-4, 1-6, 2-0, unfinished Doubles competition1. Ante, Mariel/Herder, Tess (DU) vs. Kranendonk,Emma/Burns,Ellie (USD) 5-3, unfinished2. Lomas, Joely/Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Pavlovic,Milica/van Zijst,Elise (USD) 6-23. Brills, Summer/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Sidenko,Yuliya/Bondarenko,Anastasia (USD) 6-0  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Landon Gomes throws four TDs, Ferndale beats McKinleyville in Jeremy Griffith’s debut

first_imgMcKinleyville >> With new jerseys in toe, the Ferndale Wildcats made Jeremy Griffith’s head coaching debut quite the successful one.Sophomore quarterback Landon Gomes threw four first-half touchdown passes to lead a new-look Ferndale offense, as the Wildcats opened the 2017 season with a 35-0 win over McKinleyville at Panther Field on Friday night.“It’s a momentum builder,” Gomes said of getting the opening-week win. “No matter who’s coaching us, we’re going to come out and work hard and try …last_img

Praise for SA’s human rights record

first_img12 June 2012 South Africa’s report to the United Nations on its progress on human rights has been well received, with a number of member countries praising SA for its commitment to improving the lives of its citizens, and for its leading role on the UN Human Rights Council. South Africa presented its second report to the UN Universal Peer Review Mechanism Working Group in Geneva on 31 May. The group reviews the human rights records of all 192 UN member states every four years. In Johannesburg on Monday, the departments of Justice and International Relations and Cooperation met with representatives from South Africa’s Chapter 9 Institutions – including the SA Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality – to give feedback on the country’s presentation to the UN. “South Africa’s country report highlighted a consolidation of constitutional democracy, as well as progress made in the realisation of socio-economic and cultural rights such as housing, health and social development as well as civil and political rights enshrined in the Constitution,” said Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel.Positive achievements According to Nel, the report was warmly received by many member states, who commended South Africa for its commitment to human rights and improving the lives of its citizens, and for the delivery of basic services such as housing, health and education. In addition, South Africa was also praised for its leading role in the UN Human Rights Council, especially with regards the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. Positive achievements were also noted in areas such as: Step up efforts to combat racism, racial discrimination and, in particular, xenophobia.Intensify the prevention, investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and publicly denounce such crimes.Ensure that the new Protection of State Information Bill fully complied with international human rights laws so as to ensure the freedom of the press, and engage civil society, activists, NGOs and media to seek common ground on the Bill.Ensure that efforts to eliminate HIV/Aids-related discrimination continued.Maintain and build on HIV/Aids prevention and treatment programmes.Take measures to guarantee access to clean drinking water for all. Nel said South Africa’s report generated a number of recommendations on how to tackle racism and xenophobia, gender-based violence, maternal and infant mortality, the ratification of international instruments, as well as the protection of state information.Recommendations Member countries made a number of recommendations, including that South Africa: Efforts to provide universal healthcare and steps taken to improve school enrolment rates.The provision of ARV treatment for HIV/AIDS and the fight against HIV/AIDS in general.Setting up a national agency on youth development.Promoting regional human rights programmes.Promulgating a law on national languages.Setting up the Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Nel said the government would consider the recommendations carefully before deciding which were acceptable to South Africa. “An indication in this regard will be submitted to the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva during September 2012.” South Africa’s Chapter 9 institutions – statutory bodies set up in terms of the Constitution to promote democracy and a culture of human rights in the country – are expected to study the recommendations. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Signal the Frog® celebrates Australia Day

first_imgFrom January 26-28, 2018 geocachers all over the world got together to celebrate Australia Day!Geocaching events were held in 85 countries, with more than 31,800 geocachers in attendance. The “Where in the World is Signal? Australia Day 2018” souvenir was awarded 25,700 times. Signal also brought a gift to the party: A country souvenir for Australia! All geocachers who have found or will find a geocache in Australia will earn the new country souvenir on their profiles! So far, the souvenir was awarded 168,772 times.From a chilly barbecue event in Borgsum, Germany to Signal’s vacation in Australia, we’ve gathered photos from events photos to show how Australia is celebrated around the world.View the photos! 12345678910111213141516171819<> Do you have a favorite moment from your Australia Day event? Share how you celebrated in the comments!Share with your Friends:More Germany, Schleswig-Holstein (GC7GH12) United States, Idaho (GC7GNVN) France, Bretagne (GC7GRGY) Australia, Queensland (GC7GH4J) Finland (GC7GZR5) France, Bretagne (GC7FV15) Netherlands, Groningen (GC7FRMB) Germany, Niedersachsen (GC7GQWF) Netherlands, Zuid-Holland (GC7GXBF) UK, Northwest England (GC7H2Z3) Germany, Schleswig-Holstein (GC7G2QQ) Japan, Aichi (GC7G92V) Australia, New South Wales (GC7FVX8) Netherlands, Zuid-Holland (GC7G67N) UK, Northern Scotland (GC7FR4F) Australia, Victoria (GC7F50C) Slovenia (GC7GEVA) United States, Washington (GC7GX26) Australia, Queensland (GC7GF3Q) SharePrint RelatedCanada Day celebrations from around the globeJuly 11, 2017In “News”Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Australia!December 5, 2017In “Community”Dönerstag celebrations from around the worldApril 24, 2017In “Community”last_img read more