Passage to Oak Tree Road

first_imgIn her novel, Desirable Daughters, author Bharati Mukherjee describes Jackson Heights, NY, thus: “sidewalks full of Indians, every face is Indian, every shop and storefront features Indian jewelry, Indian clothing, Indian travel, Indian food and spices, Indian sweets and restaurants. The smells and the noises are familiar; Seventy-eighth Street and all the side streets are clogged by double-parked cars and delivery vans.” These days, that same description can be fittingly applied to Edison, New Jersey, undoubtedly the “home to thousands of Indian immigrants landing at Newark and JFK.”Indian immigrants, especially along the Eastern seaboard, are familiar with Edison, NJ, as the location of Oak Tree Road, the one-stop shopping destination for all things Indian. In Suburban Sahibs, an incisive book on the growth of Indian immigrants in Central New Jersey, Washington Post reporter S. Mitra Kalita follows the lives of three very different Indian families all pursuing the American dream in Edison.“Perhaps Edison is the Central New Jersey town best known among Americans, for being the place where Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb in 1876,” says Kalita. Today, Edison mirrors New Jersey on the whole, which has witnessed a burgeoning Indian population.  Between 1990 and 2000, for example, the Indian population in Edison nearly tripled from nearly 6,000 to about 17,000. Sanjay ShahKalita chooses three representative families she hopes will hreflect the socio-economic diversity of the Indians making Edison their home: there is long-time resident Pradip (Peter) Kothari, a local businessman and wannabe politician, Harish Patel and his family, who are struggling to stay afloat on the minimum wage, and newer residents Lipi and Sanku Sarma trying to dodge uncertain economic times on H-1B visas.Kalita expertly follows these families over the course of one year – from October 2000 to Election Day, 2001. Kalita rightly observes that this one year was probably the best to observe the effects of momentous events on lives: the 2000 Presidential elections that lasted nearly a month, the economic downturn that started right around the time, the massive earthquake that hit Gujarat, and of course, the events of Sept. 11.Carefully interspersing past histories with current facts, Kalita expertly chronicles the lives of the families she follows. Pradip Kothari came to America in 1972 and soon settled with his family in New Jersey. A long-time resident of Edison, Kothari has seen the effects simmering race relations can have on the political climate of the state and town. Kothari was around when the infamous “Dotbusters” made their mark in New Jersey. When Pradip first set up shop in Edison, he was greeted with broken store windows. That was when he decided to “take action” to get involved locally and galvanize the growing Indian population into taking measures for change. Soon enough, Kothari stood for elections in local state government and Kalita traces his run expertly in these pages.The Sarmas, Lipi and Sanku, immigrated to America at a time when skilled technical labor was in high demand, during the late ’90’s. Entering the USA on H-1B visas, the Sarmas were fully aware that they were inextricably tied to the fortunes of one company, the one they were assigned to. In tough times, if they were to be laid off, visa regulations would require them to leave the country immediately. Suburban Sahibs documents the Sarmas’ roller coaster ride as they face economic downturns together.Probably the most poignant and touching story in Suburban Sahibs is that of Harish Patel and his family, all trying to eke out an existence in a rundown apartment complex in Edison, Hilltop Estates. Theirs is the story of the elusive American dream and about barely making do. “Among his jobs in the United States, he pumped gas, packed boxes, filled pill bottles rolling off an assembly line, watched for shoplifters, and sold newspapers,” says Kalita of Harish Patel, “his two brothers who had preceded him to the States never told him of the hardship that came with living in there. Instead, their stories of America – the cars, the jeans, the money – impressed Harish Patel enough to lure him away from home. Since then, Harish had spent every day in America convincing himself the greater opportunity, especially the chance for his daughters to get a good education, was worth turning his back on home.”In Suburban Sahibs, Kalita skillfully narrates the families’ stories within the larger context of their past lives and their coming to America. She also expertly hints at larger issues: the division amongst Indians in America into multi-regional groups (Lipi once remarks that she had never had so many Assamese friends even in India!), the effects of a “model minority” on local school systems and the tensions even between successive waves of Indian immigrants.In the end, Pradip Kothari runs in a local election and loses, the Sarmas hold on to precarious jobs here, and the Patels are still struggling along, with daughter Kajal also working at the local Shop Rite.Kalita often suggests in the book that Suburban Sahibs is part of a larger phenomenon – it is but a small snapshot of the immigrant experience and shows America as a nation of suburbs. While this phenomenon is true and rightly observed, it is often tough to make that logical extension from Kalita’s tightly focused work on the Indian community. Broader generalizations need more examples from without. Suburban Sahibs is a wonderful piece of journalism and a long overdue book. It grants New Jersey, specifically Edison, the rightful place as the launching pad for many an Indian immigrant. That even the Indians who live there occupy different rungs on the socio-economic ladder, should surprise nobody, even those of us who only visit to eat bhelpuri and to stock up on bhindi from Oak Tree Road.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Nice Concept, Lousy Taste

first_imgThe idea of substituting Vodka for pani in that classic Indian chat pani puri is likely to evoke disdain from some within the Indian American community. It is probably deemed extraordinarily innovative by some others. But most, we suspect, are just bemused by it, just as we are by hamburger dosa or bacon kachuri.The range of reactions toward the Vodka twist to the pani puri, recently introduced at an Indian lounge in New York, is a telling window to the evolving Indian American identity.Our encounters with America have been transforming for us, individually and collectively. They alter, to varying degrees, our looks, our accents, our tastes, our likes and dislikes, just about everything.We have been transformed whether we want it, or like it, or know it.Some Indians immerse themselves into America with a passion that even natives would have difficulty matching. It’s out with Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai, masala dosa, and cricket. Say hello to Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, quarter pounder with cheese and the NFL.If their skin color, and ever so occasionally, at least for the first generation, the strain in the accent, did not betray them, you might never know they are Indian. Indeed, over the telephone you might well be deceived.For some other Indians, the American encounter has been transforming in quite the reverse manner. They have discovered Ustad Vilayat Khan and Bharat Natyam. They find themselves soaking in dense encyclopedias on Hindu civilization and and ever so often organizing Diwali and Navratri celebrations.Indians who might never have set foot in a mandir before coming to America, are now leading fund raising campaigns for temples, not to say holding classes on language and culture for their children.Thinking outside the pani puri is the perfect metaphor for what we do at Little India. We see the magazine as the community’s interpretive agent. We seek to make conscious the often unconscious process of identity transformation.Over the years, we have been among the first to chronicle the community’s expansion into new states, such as New Jersey and Georgia; the impact on Indian American health and diet; the fusion food, culture and entertainment; the shift in family life and gender and generational roles; the trend toward Anglicization of Indian names; the rise and fall and rise again of Indian techies, entrepreneurs and professionals. We peered into space with Kalpana Chawla and we went behind the sets of Broadway.The most significant lesson we have hopefully celebrated in our role as the community peeping toms, is that Indian Americans have a multiplicity of identities. The only identity relevant and valid for you is that with which you are most comfortable.You are uniquely privileged to feast on two great experiences and histories; pick whatever suits your fancy.    If attending a baseball game with its attendant hot dog is a chore, drop it. On the other hand, if your kids forever seem pushing excuses for skipping those Gujarati classes, ease up on them, will you?If you are wrestling with your identity, that is your biggest problem.Abandon the struggle and your identity will discover you.If you are like me, you don’t quite go hunting for pani puri, and if you should encounter it, you likely prefer the pani to not be quite as spicy as you once did.And yes, you might want to give that vodka pani puri a try for novelty’s sake, although ….Ugghh, it tastes real lousy.Nice concept though, don’t you think?  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick

first_imgHowever, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come at a cost in the form of their potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.For coach Yeng Guiao, though, he could care less on where his team falls in the annual rookie selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re no longer thinking about it. That will take care of itself,” said the veteran mentor.After finishing at the cellar in the first two conferences, the Road Warriors were poised to claim the number one pick in this year’s draft. NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday.That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games But the recent string of wins put the squad in the upper half of the standings, and if the current order stands, Kia may very well secure the top selection with Blackwater getting the inside track for the second overall pick.Guiao, though, isn’t losing sleep on those draft picks. He said his focus remains on the present as he expressed elation with how the Road Warriors have been playing in the season-ending conference.“I like it very much,” he said. “Even our loss against Blackwater, they needed to shoot 17 three-pointers just to beat us by one point. That’s a great consolation for us.”As for the draft, Guiao is confident that regardless of where NLEX ends up this conference, his team can still nab at least a top three selection.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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‘Caption this’: Paul Pogba deletes cryptic post after Jose Mourinho axed

first_img[#PL] Paul Pogba sur Instagram « Caption this ! » 😁 pic.twitter.com/CLePpzsJhA— Footballogue⭐️⭐️ (@Footballogue) December 18, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pogba joined United for a club record £89 million ($112 million) just weeks after Mourinho was hired in 2016.But the former Juventus player was repeatedly criticized by Mourinho during his two-and-a-half year reign.After his inspired performances helped France win the World Cup in Russia in July, Mourinho opted not to praise Pogba, instead infuriating the star by publicly asking why he did not try as hard for United.Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy earlier this season.The pair were captured having a frosty exchange on the training ground as Mourinho grew angry with his key midfielder’s lethargic performances, dropping him on several occasions to spark talk he would be sold by the end of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The volatile Mourinho’s exit was in part triggered by the breakdown of his relationship with France midfielder Pogba, who did not even make an appearance as a substitute for Sunday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Pogba took to Instagram just moments after news of Mourinho’s sacking broke, posting a picture of himself smiling and writing ‘caption this’ next to it.The 25-year-old’s post was widely interpreted as celebrating Mourinho’s departure and he was criticized by former United defender Gary Neville, who responded on Twitter by writing: “You do one as well!”, suggesting he should leave the club as well.Over 64,000 people had ‘liked’ Pogba’s cheeky message, but he deleted the post 10 minutes later amid claims it was actually part of a marketing campaign for Adidas.The controversy was an appropriately rancorous end to the World Cup winner’s stormy relationship with Mourinho.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after United’s worst start in 28 years left them trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lionel Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top scorer View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

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After learning from respected mentors, Dylan Ababou relishes coaching gig

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Dylan Ababou could’ve been one of the basketball stars of his generation, but several devastating injuries left him out of the PBA in what would’ve been eighth season in the league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director “Coach Pido is amazing when it comes to motivating players and of course his inbound plays from the sidelines. Coach Pido also does a great job on how to make his players more courageous and of course that’s our dad.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ababou was the 10th pick of the 2011 Draft and was seen as a viable candidate for the Rookie of the Year plum but a knee injury derailed his progress.Overall, Ababou suffered injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, calf muscles, and hamstring that ultimately ended his PBA career after playing for six clubs.Ababou said that if he’s given a chance to be a coach, he’d like to emulate Rajko Toroman’s plays and Pido Jarencio’s motivational style.Toroman was Ababou’s head coach with Gilas 1 while Jarencio was his mentor in UST where he won the 2006 UAAP title and the MVP in 2009.“Coach Rajko Toroman has some great plays with Gilas 1, and they were different from the ones Philippine basketball teams use and I still have the playbook,” said Ababou.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess After suiting up for Columbian in the 2017-18 PBA season, Ababou found himself as an integral part of Team Grindhouse Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 but playing in the halfcourt setting isn’t just his priority.Ababou found himself in his first coaching job when he was tapped to guide Team Dedication in the 2019 NBTC National Finals Division II All-Star game against Paul Desiderio’s Team Passion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd the former UAAP MVP said he hopes this won’t be the last coaching stint he’ll get in his career especially after outcoaching Desiderio 98-89 Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches because I played for a lot of coaches in different teams,” said Ababou laughing. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201303:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Historic Day For Touch Football

first_img“The women’s match between the Roosters and the Sea Eagles couldn’t be a more fitting curtain-raiser leading into the second match of Saturday between the Roosters and Sea Eagles.” The game will commence at 6:06pm. “Rugby League is moving into our finals series and the Touch Football season has just started. “Tomorrow’s match is a great demonstration of why the new partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia works so well,” NRL General Manager League Integration and Game Development, Mr Andrew Hill. The reigning Vawdon Cup champions will play an exhibition match against the Manly Sea Eagles, just a month after the NRL and Touch Football Australia announced an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.center_img “People can now get involved in our sport all year round. For the first time, women’s Touch Football will be played during an NRL Finals Series with the champion Eastern Suburbs Sydney Roosters taking centre-stage tomorrow during the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series double-header at Allianz Stadium. Related LinksWomen’s Game at NRL Finalslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: I should have won the Australia match for Pakistan, rues Imam-ul-Haq

first_img Next World Cup 2019: I should have won the Australia match for Pakistan, rues Imam-ul-HaqWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan need to bat first and hope beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs in their final group match to have chance of advancing to the semi-finals.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 10:58 IST Pakistan won just one of their first five World Cup matches but bounced back strongly after the India defeat (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand’s defeat vs England on Wednesday has virtually knocked out PakistanPakistan need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs to have a chance of advancingSarfaraz Ahmed’s men have been undefeated since their loss against India on June 16Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq conceded on Wednesday that the team is just looking to finish their campaign with a bang against Bangladesh as their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals all but diminished after England’s massive win over New Zealand at Chester-le-Street.Pakistan need to bat first and hope beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs to have chance of advancing to the knockouts. If they bowl first then they will be knocked out of the semi-finals race even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.”We are not thinking on the lines of not reaching semi-finals. Our plan is to play the semi-final with an all-out effort and at the end if that doesn’t happen then we have to play positive cricket and end on a high,” opener Imam-ul-Haq said on Wednesday.Pakistan had lost their first match against West Indies and then went on to lose against Australia and India while their game against Sri Lanka got washed out which hurt their chances in the first-half of the tournament itself.But they pulled up their socks after the loss against India and have been undefeated since then with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan.Imam though, is still hurting after the Australia loss as he felt that he should have finished the game for his team. Pakistan were chasing 308 for victory but they fell short by 41 runs with Imam getting out for 53.”I think the Australia defeat hurts me a lot. I was set and playing well. I should have won that match for Pakistan. We lost four quick wickets and I think I should have won that game and we would have beaten a big team in the World Cup.”advertisement”I think what expectations I had from myself I could not do like that,” said Imam, who has so far scored 205 in seven innings.”I had starts but couldn’t score big. I am very young so I have learned a lot in this World Cup. What mistakes I have committed, I have learned from them and I am sure that will help me,” said the 23-year-old Imam.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Imam-ul-HaqFollow Pakistan vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

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Anne Hathaway And Harrison Ford Join Got Your 6 Celebrity PSA

first_imgAnne Hathaway, Anna Kendrick, Harrison Ford, Bradley Cooper, Gabourey Sidibe, Martin Sheen, Bette Midler, Sally Field, Jason Sudeikis, Goldie Hawn and Glenn Close have taken part in a new PSA for Got Your 6.Video: Got Your 6 Official Celebrity PSA- 2014As our service members were taught to wage war, they were also taught to wage leadership… and loyalty… and teamwork. They were also trained to wage compassion and problem solving. They were taught to wage good. Join Got Your 6 to empower returning veterans and military families, and help Wage Good.Got Your 6 is a campaign designed to change the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are seen as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our community. The campaign combines the reach and resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations.last_img read more

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Meet Celebrity Mom Olunike Adeliyi

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Olunike Adeliyi is a film, television and theatre actress whose resume is as diverse as she is talented. Olunike was introduced to us from her role as Leah Kerns on the popular Canadian television show, Flashpoint. Coming from a theatrical background, Olunike has gone on to play a variety of roles in films such as BOOST and Darken and television shows like Workin’ Moms. Inspired by her role as a mom, Olunike seeks to do more than make a living, but works to leave the world better than she found it. CEOMOM caught up with Olunike to talk about how she got into acting, her upcoming roles and what it means to be a working mother.Your big break was Flashpoint where you played Leah Kerns. Did you always want to be an actress?I am pretty sure I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer of some sort. I started young in my grandparents’ church in Jamaica doing a lot of performances during harvest and Easter. From there, my love for performing took on a life of its own. It was something that was fun for me to do. My grade six music teacher saw that I was very animated and a very hyper child. She suggested that I audition for the school play. I did and ended up getting the lead role in the Princess and the Dragon. l acted all through junior high and high school. When I got out of high school, I continued touring in dance troupes and doing background work. While doing theatrical work I got some inspiration from Denzel Washington who told me to focus on one thing and make it really great and the other talents will follow. He asked me if I ever thought about studying in New York. I applied and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon graduation, I came back to Toronto and everything else is history. I started in theatre because that was my educational background. At the end of the run of one of my plays, Flashpoint called me in for an audition and I nailed it. Acting is something that found me because I love it so much. It is an art form that keeps me alive and interested in humanity.You are an accomplished actress with roles in television, theatre and film. Which are you most passionate?I don’t know. If I had to choose, I think I would be most passionate about theatre, however I am passionate about all three avenues of art. They all bring different elements to the work. I love theatre, because of the writing. All of the characters are heroes and they express themselves fully. They say the things you want to say and do the things you want to do without fear of consequence. I love TV, because you get to try out different characters more frequently and learn the art of speedy dialogue and filming. If you are a recurring or a regular character you get to play with different artists every episode and support their work. It doesn’t get boring when you’re serving other artists. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Acquittal of accused in Tina Fontaines death disappoints Winnipeg police chief

first_imgThe Canadian PressWinnipeg’s police chief says he’s disappointed that a jury acquitted a man accused of killing 15-year-old teenager Tina Fontaine.Raymond Cormier was found not guilty last week of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of the teen, whose body was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks when it was found in the Red River.Chief Danny Smyth told the city’s police services board that he had hoped for a different outcome.He said it’s clear the jury didn’t find enough evidence to convict and he wished police could have brought forward a more compelling case.But Smyth commended the officers who he said worked hard on the case and thanked prosecutors for taking it to trial.He said Tina’s death has prompted change and pointed to Manitoba no longer housing children in care in hotels.“If not anything else, this trial provided transparency,” Smyth said Friday. “The community was able to learn about the investigation. They were able to see evidence and learn about the circumstances that led up to Tina’s death.”Tina was raised by her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. She left to visit her mother in Winnipeg at the end of June 2014 and became an exploited youth.Favel called Child and Family Services with concerns about Tina, who ran away repeatedly from a youth shelter and hotels where she was placed.She was last seen leaving a downtown hotel, where she told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.It’s not known how Tina died. A pathologist testified at the trial that the girl’s death was suspicious because of the manner in which her body was found.last_img read more

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Dangerous to let viable cos close down says IBBI chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Committees of Creditors (CoCs) should provide all relevant information and share their vision for companies under the insolvency process, a senior official said Saturday as he asserted that it will be dangerous to let viable firms to close down. Amid rising number of stressed assets being referred for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), IBBI chief M S Sahoo said the law also gives opportunities to rectify the mistakes during the insolvency process. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe objective of the law is to rescue viable companies and close down unviable ones, he said. “If due to incompetence (of market participants) the reverse happens, then it is dangerous,” Sahoo said here. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) Chairperson also noted that CoCs must provide all relevant information to resolution applicants so that they find interest in the companies. “Commercial decisions are not black and white. There is no mathematical formula to say that a company is unviable and another is viable. It depends on so much considerations and it depends on who is looking at it,” he noted. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSpeaking at an event, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) Chairperson Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said that financial creditors should not play foul while going through the viability and commercial aspects of a resolution plan. Citing examples, he indicated that operational creditors should also be getting money and not just the financial creditors in a resolution process. Responding to a query on whether operational creditors are not getting their dues, Sahoo cited data till December 2018 to say that both operational and financial creditors “on average, got about 48 per cent each of their claims”. About haircuts taken by creditors, he wondered what can be done if the resolution process started very late. “Today about 370-380 companies have been ordered into liquidation. Most of them, 80 per cent, were in BIFR (Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction) or defunct companies. So when there is nothing to really recover, when the liquidation value almost zero, you will have to take haircut,” he noted. According to him, it also needs to be seen how much one gets in comparison to his claim and in comparison to the liquidation value. “Up to March data, creditors have got about 195 per cent of the liquidation value. That means companies have been rescued and thereafter creditors have got 195 per cent of the liquidation value. Anything above liquidation value is bonus and that has come because of the IBC,” he said. National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) President and Chief Justice (Rtd) M M Kumar said that 32 more members would be joining the tribunal, which would help in stabilising the system. At present, it has 25 members. Despite the adjudicating authority functioning with a very poor infrastructure, the average timeline for resolution of cases is around 300 days, Kumar said. Under the IBC, the timeline for resolution of a case is a maximum of 270 days. Kumar also said the institution of resolution professionals needs to be strengthened and such professionals must be more equipped and full of knowledge. They were speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by industry body Assocham. The IBC provides for market-driven and time-bound resolution of stressed assets.last_img read more

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UN FAO Morocco Threatened by Locusts

Rabat – Regions below the Atlas Mountains in Morocco could be at risk for new desert locust infestations from the “hundreds of small hopper bands” that have formed in the Western Sahara, in southern Morocco, according to a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released on Tuesday.The statement said groups of adult desert locust groups and a “few” small swarms could form and move to breeding areas south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria in April for the springtime. Two aircraft are currently on standby in the Western Sahara in case of further outbreaks.“Strict vigilance is required in all areas,” the statement read, specifically urging authorities to closely monitor developments in the Draa Valley, formed by a river that flows into Algeria. Earlier this year, “hopper groups” formed in the northern areas of Mauritania that border Morocco, an FAO statement said last week, adding that ground control operations are active in the two neighboring countries and 5,000 hectares of Moroccan land received corrective and preventative treatment in March.The FAO said “[small] hopper bands” and “swarms” of desert locusts recently formed in southern Yemen after the area received heavy rains last November from two back-to-back cyclones from the Arabian Sea. The U.N. Agency also said the civil unrest in the country is limiting the scope and effectiveness of the protocols in place to prevent and fight against locusts.The most detrimental effect of locusts on human society remains their ability to devour entire fields of crops within days, the organization said.“A very small swarm eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people and the devastating impact locusts can have on crops poses a major threat to food security, especially in already vulnerable areas,” the FAO said.The last major locust infestation in Morocco occurred in 2004 – a year during which the Western Sahara received 100 millimeters of rain when the region usually receives less than 1 mm. One swarm in between Tarfaya and Tan-Tan in Morocco held a total of 69 billion locusts and was 250 kilometers long. The FAO estimated that locusts ate approximately USD 2.5 billion worth of crops in Africa that year. read more

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Canadians turn to comparison shopping as cost of food rises survey

TORONTO — A recent survey of Canadian adult consumers found that a large majority of them believe the price of foods they buy has gone up in the past year and more than half said they are doing more comparison shopping than before.The Ipsos Reid study done for RBC suggests the average monthly food bill for the 3,024 people it surveyed last month was $411.Ontario had the lowest provincial average at $379 per month and Quebec had the highest at $448 per month.The online survey also found about one-third of the respondents said food has a significant impact on their daily budget.About 15 % of the respondents said they were looking at other parts of their life, such as using their vehicles less, in order to deal with rising food prices.“In light of concerns over escalating food prices, more Canadians are looking for cost-saving strategies they can use on their next trip to the grocery store,” said Jason Round, head of the bank’s financial planning unit.According to the survey, 84% of respondents across the country said their food prices have increased over the past year.Ontario — where competition between grocery retailers has been intense for several years — was the only province below the national average, with 80% of respondents saying they felt food prices had gone up.The other regional averages were: British Columbia 86%; Alberta, 88%, Saskatchewan/Manitoba 89%, Quebec 86% and Atlantic Canada 88%.The average monthly food costs, apart from Ontario and Quebec, were: British Columbia, $415; Alberta, $440; Saskatchewan-Manitoba, $401 and Atlantic Canada, $420.The survey, conducted April 2 to 15, found 57% of respondents across the country said they comparison shop more than before and 41% said they were more budget conscious or less likely to make impulsive purchases.The national averages for an online survey of this size considered to be accurate within two percentage points.Canadian Press read more

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Two businessmen in custody for discharging firearm assaulting obstructing officers Police

Two of three businessmen who are accused of assaulting a peace officer, damaging property, discharging a loaded firearm and obstructing officers from executing their duties on Sunday evening at Kingston, Georgetown are presently in police custody.According to a press statement issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the incident occurred against two officers at about 20:00hrs.Investigations revealed that the two police ranks were responding to a report of simple larceny in the vicinity of Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown when they stopped an ATV –which was traversing without registration plates.However, while the officers were reportedly engaging the driver, the three businessmen-two of whom are in custody- approached, reportedly obstructed the ranks from performing their duties and behaved in a very hostile manner against the law enforcement officials who were  forced to call for assistance.As a result, the driver of the ATV reportedly drove away, while one of the suspects allegedly assaulted one of the ranks and violently kicked and damaged one of the rear lights of the Force’s Vehicle.According to the police, the other suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the two officers, before discharging several rounds into the air.The duo then fled the scene in a motorcar, driven by the alleged shooter.However, this vehicle was pursued and intercepted.A search conducted revealed that the driver was carrying a .32 Pistol with five rounds. He also managed to produce a licence for the said weapon but reportedly escaped the scene with his vehicle, leaving the weapon with the police.His accomplice was promptly detained.Two spent shells were found at the scene by investigators.Police have also reported that at about 08:00h on Monday morning, the licenced firearm holder turned himself in at the Brickdam Police Station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinibus driver, conductor charged for assaulting peace officerFebruary 18, 2019In “Court”Cops hoping for major breakthrough “soon” in Festival City drive-by shootingJuly 29, 2019Similar postSmuggled AK-47 not Police property- BlanhumMarch 7, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Revised NSPS for greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants embrace todays technologies

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed revised New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions provide a path forward for commercially viable, advanced coal technology to reduce emissions and support a diverse, reliable and affordable electricity supply, the National Mining Association (NMA) has said.“The proposed standard for new coal plants represents smart energy policy by preserving the optionality, diversity and security in our nation’s power supply with the use of more efficient, demonstrated coal technologies,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and CEO.“EPA’s proposed revision corrects a glaring example of counterproductive regulatory overreach from the last administration. The current standard accepts only carbon capture and sequestration – technology that is promising but not yet demonstrated and available on a broad, commercial scale. In doing so, it purposefully excluded the wide range of advanced coal technologies that are being deployed successfully elsewhere around the world to reduce emissions, but were effectively outlawed here in the US.”The 2015 NSPS aimed to make it all but impossible to build a new coal plant in the USA. The standard established partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) along with supercritical pulverized coal as the best system of emission reduction (BSER). At the time of the rule-making, no end-to-end CCS technologies had been demonstrated at scale for coal-fired baseload electricity generation. This technology was unviable and its cost exorbitant and unreasonable. CCS should have been disqualified as BSER for baseload power plants. Its inclusion for coal-based electricity generating units was arbitrary and unreasoned.At the time of the rulemaking, NMA argued that EPA should adopt a sound and balanced standard aligned with emission performance of new, highly efficient supercritical and integrated gasification combined cycle technologies. These technologies were proven, commercially offered and capable of achieving real and substantial emissions reductions 20% lower than the average emissions rates of subcritical plants that dominate the current coal fleet.last_img read more

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What Irish phrases will Gardaí need to learn

first_img“Is leatsa an gluaisteán seo, a Stig?” (Photocall Ireland)Go on, sure I’ll have a cupAr aghaidh leat, ólfaidh mé cupan mar sinWhere are you coming from?Cá raibh tú?What’s the story with the aul NCT?Cad é an scéal leis on NCT?Do you have any idea what speed you were doing?An bhfuil fhios agat an luas a raibh agat?It’s a speed limit, not a speed targetIs teorainn luais é, níl targaid luais é“Weed? I’d legalise immediately”: Anonymous garda invites you to “ask me anything”>Gardaí examine practices after complaint about use of Irish language> AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA is among the bodies being criticised for its lack of promotion of or competence in the Irish language today.The Language Commissioner has said that trained Gardaí need to have more of a command of the native tongue.A language awareness programme is being developed.Gardaí will also be issued with laminated cards with basic Irish phrases on them.Here are our suggestions…Have you drink taken?An bhfuil tú ar meisce?Is this your vehicle?An leatsa an gluaisteán seo?Thank you, I AM looking wellGo raibh maith agat, táim an-daithiúllast_img read more

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Sumatra le bilan du séisme rehaussé à 10 morts

first_imgSumatra : le bilan du séisme rehaussé à 10 mortsAlors que le dernier bilan faisait état de cinq morts, les autorités ont annoncé que dix personnes étaient décédées suite au séisme survenu au large de Sumatra en Indonésie. Huit des décès sont dus à une crise cardiaque.Bien qu’aucun dégât majeur n’ait été rapporté, le bilan du séisme de magnitude 8,6 survenu le 11 avril dernier s’est alourdi ce week-end. Alors que les autorités faisaient état de cinq morts, ce sont désormais dix victimes qui sont à déplorer, dont huit seraient décédées des suites d’une crise cardiaque. Elles ont été recensées dans la province d’Aceh sur l’île indonésienne de Sumatra au large de laquelle s’est déclenchée la secousse. L’origine des deux autres morts restent cependant inconnues. Malgré la force du séisme, celui-ci s’est avéré beaucoup moins dévastateur que celui survenu en décembre 2004 dans la même région, notamment parce que son épicentre était bien plus éloigné. Néanmoins, les autorités ont déclaré que cette secousse avait permis de tester les procédures mises en place justement après cette catastrophe et d’identifier les points à améliorer. Contrairement à ce qui s’était passé il y a huit ans, les sirènes d’alarme ont retenti et les autorités ont procédé aux évacuations de millions de personnes vivant sur les rivages de l’océan Indien.En effet, en 2004, les communautés avaient été prises de court par l’arrivée d’une vague découlant du séisme. En Thaïlande, au plus fort de la saison touristique, le mur d’eau s’était abattu sur des stations balnéaires surpeuplées. Le tsunami avait ainsi fait 230.000 morts, dont 170.000 dans la seule région du nord de l’Indonésie. Si le système d’alerte s’est révélé plus au point cette fois-ci, les spécialistes estiment toutefois que les mesures sont loin d’être optimales : si une vague avait déferlé, la situation aurait pu de nouveau tourner au drame.Un système d’alerte à perfectionner Dans la province indonésienne d’Aceh, les routes ont rapidement été congestionnées, bloquant l’évacuation des populations, et des coupures du réseau d’alimentation électrique ont réduit au silence les sirènes d’alarme. En outre, il a fallu également une demi-heure entre le séisme et le déclenchement des alertes. “L’idéal, c’est d’alerter les populations d’un risque de tsunami dans un délai de cinq à dix minutes après un tremblement de terre. Mais le réseau électrique a été totalement coupé et les opérateurs ont eu peur de basculer sur le réseau de secours parce que nous avons vu des câbles qui se balançaient dangereusement dans les rues”, a expliqué Armia, un responsable de l’agence de gestion des crises.”Le message est simple : dans des circonstances aussi critiques que cela, il est impossible d’évacuer tout le monde à temps”, note Keith Loveard, analyste risque pour la société Concord Consulting basée à Djakarta. “Le système d’alerte au tsunami a fonctionné jusqu’à un certain point. Mais si la prise de conscience s’est améliorée, renforcée par le précédent de 2004, il y a encore des choses à améliorer par le biais de l’éducation de la population et de campagnes gouvernementales”, a t-il également estimé cité par l’AFP. Les spécialistes estiment notamment que les infrastructures routières sont inadaptées à une évacuation massive.Relayer l’alerte le plus vite possible À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Intervenu la semaine dernière, le Système d’alerte au tsunami de l’océan Indien, qui repose sur un réseau de stations sismographiques et de capteurs océaniques immergés, a été inauguré en juin 2006. Lorsqu’un tremblement de terre est enregistré, les données sont d’abord adressées au Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre de Hawaï et à l’Agence météorologique du Japon, qui se coordonnent avec les autres centres nationaux de la région. Un délai de quinze à vingt minutes peut être alors nécessaire pour analyser les données et lancer une alerte au tsunami. Une fois l’alerte émise, les autorités peuvent user de plusieurs moyens pour relayer l’information : radio, télévision, sms, sirènes, et même les haut-parleurs des mosquées. Certains pays ont en revanche leur propre système d’alerte. C’est le cas notamment du Sri Lanka dont le système est centralisé depuis Colombo, la capitale, où il suffit de presser un bouton pour que 75 tours de relais soient activées à travers le pays. Mercredi, trois millions de personnes ont ainsi été évacuées du littoral vers l’intérieur des terres en 20 minutes.La Thaïlande s’est dotée elle d’un Centre national d’alerte aux catastrophes installé à Bangkok. Ajouté à cela, des procédures d’évacuation, indiquant les routes à prendre et des points de rassemblement, ont été mises au point.Le 16 avril 2012 à 14:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr to retire at end of season

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from a head injury. He had delayed contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner will call it quits when the season ends in November.Hendrick Motorsports said Earnhardt informed his team of his decision early Tuesday, though he first discussed retirement with his boss on March 29. Earnhardt and team owner Rick Hendrick scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss his decision.“Dale Jr. has had a huge impact on our sport – and you can see that every week with his legion of fans and Junior Nation,” Jeff Gordon said in a statement released by Fox Sports, where he now works as an analyst after spending much of last season filling in for the injured Earnhardt. “He has a tremendous sense of the history of NASCAR and, while he shares his father’s name, Dale has made a name for himself with his accomplishments in racing. While we will miss Dale on the track next year, he loves this sport, those working in the industry and the fans too much to ever be too far away.”A third-generation racer, Earnhardt turns 43 in October, is newly married and has said he wants to start a family. He has become a vocal advocate for research into sports-related brain injuries, and the hit he took last June led to months of rehabilitation that gave him a new perspective on his life. The concussions left him with nausea, double vision, anxiety and other symptoms that he has discussed in great detail.last_img read more

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Man appears in court following alleged shooting standoff

first_imgA man accused of firing a rifle during a dispute with a neighboring business — prompting an hourslong police standoff Tuesday northeast of Hazel Dell — has a previous manslaughter conviction in Oregon, a prosecutor said Wednesday.James A. Froehlich, 48, was wheeled into Clark County Superior Court in a restraint chair and wore a suicide-prevention smock, given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing. He appeared to be agitated and had a difficult time answering the court’s questions about his name and birth date.When asked if he could spell his last name, Froehlich said, “You guys are messing with me, so I won’t.”Judge Scott Collier found probable cause for two counts of first-degree assault, one count of felony harassment and six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.Collier appointed Vancouver Defenders to represent Froehlich and ordered a competency evaluation. Froehlich will be back in court Friday to enter the order.last_img read more

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