US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Meet Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman in India

first_imgUnited States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will conduct talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during his visit to the country next week.This is the first time that a Cabinet-level visit under US President Donald Trump’s administration is being made to India.“Mattis will emphasize that the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia,” a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defence said. “The secretary will also express US’ appreciation for India’s important contributions toward Afghanistan’s democracy, stability, prosperity, and security.”During his visit from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, Mattis will also participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at India Gate. The visit comes a few days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’ s bilateral meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meet. Tillerson and Swaraj discussed various issues associated with Pakistan, Afghanistan and global terrorism.“One major factor that contributes to the India-U.S. global partnership is the challenges that the world faces,” Navtej Sarna, the Indian Ambassador to the United States said, Outlook India reported. “Today, India and U.S. stand together on many world issues. India and U.S. have alignment, strong convergence on countering terrorism, maritime. There is a challenge to keep your waters free for legitimate navigation, trade, and energy transport and again, India has a convergence of connectivity, various theatres particularly like Afghanistan.”The bilateral talks between Swaraj and Tillerson and the upcoming visit of Mattis follow the announcement of two-plus-two strategic and defense dialogue between the two countries at the White House in June after the India-US summit between Modi and Trump. Related ItemsDonald Trump IndiaJim Mattis IndiaLittle IndiaNarendra Modi USNirmala SitharamanRex Tillerson Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj UNGAUS India tieslast_img read more

The Other Indian Americans

first_imgIt’s so near and yet so far.It’s a country spanning 5,514 kms and six time zones from east to west.Its land area, third only after Russia and China, could contain 18 countries the size of France or 40 United Kingdoms.Oceans on three sides surround it and its maritime boundary could circle the earth more than six times. And nearly a million people of Indian origin call it home.The country? Canada, of course! It’s America’s closest neighbor, that perennially forgotten cousin. Canada and America are both nations in North America, yet the Land of the Maple Leaf is overshadowed by its flashier sibling.It’s within shouting distance of New York. In fact, stand on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls and you can see, almost like a mirror image, American tourists waving from across the border. Yet few Indian Americans have connected with their desi biradri across the border – socially, culturally or economically.Indians have been coming to Canada since the 1890’s and though Lake Ontario may not have Lady Liberty holding up her lamp, this country is one of the most immigrant-friendly nations in the world and quite partial to Indians. Ten percent of Toronto’s population is South Asian, the highest proportion outside India.Indeed, at a time when America is turning increasingly paranoid and inward-looking, closing its doors to anyone who’s brown or has a strange-sounding last name, Canada is spreading out the welcome mat and turning on the porch light.“We need immigrants. We cannot survive without immigration,” says Chantal Ramsay, manager, Business Immigration Section, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade in Toronto, in what would surely sound like music to would-be immigrants’ ears. “By the year 2013, a 100 percent of our labor market growth will come from immigration. There is no question in anybody’s mind that we as a country are in the business of attracting immigrants.”The Indian community in Canada traces its origins to Vancouver in the 1890’s when Sikhs worked on the Canadian National Railroad, alongside Chinese laborers. While Vancouver has a large Sikh and Ismaili community, Toronto has drawn people from practically every part of India.“Today the Indian origin community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is truly diverse, coming from India, East Africa and the Gulf and are from backgrounds from all over India,” says Divyabh Manchanda, Consul General of India in Toronto. “Their professions are also very wide ranging: business, professors, engineers, doctors, taxi and lorry drivers and consultants.”According to Manchanda, in the late 1960’s there were only about 500 people of Indian origin in Toronto; by the early 1970s their numbers rose to about 5,000 and in 2004, their number is estimated at almost 500,000. He says, “It is the probably the largest population of Indian-origin people in one area in the world.” The Indian population in Greater Toronto tops 500,000, the largest in any metro outside India.The 2001 Census recorded a South Asian population of 917,000 and projections are that the population has tipped well over a million by now. Over half the Indian population is concentrated in the Toronto Metro. The 500,000 South Asians in the city constitute fully 10 percent of the metro’s population and are the single largest minority group in the city, larger than even the Chinese and the Black population.The next largest Indian concentration is in Vancouver, which recorded a South Asian population in 2001 of 164,000. Other major Indian concentrations are found in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.Ten percent of Toronto’s population is South Asian, the highest proportion outside India.  As we journeyed to Toronto from New York by Amtrak, we encountered several Indian families on the train, headed to meet relatives for the summer. And yes, the very first Indian we saw as we emerged out of Union Square Station in the heart of downtown Toronto was a desi taxi driver.New York or Toronto, some things never change! Indeed, walk through Toronto or drive through its suburbs, and you cannot fail to see the Indian presence. The beautiful city with its skyscrapers, its CN Tower, the world’s largest structure, and the lush Harborfront Center, is like a cooler, calmer version of New York with an almost relaxed, European feel to it.At the downtown hotel where we stayed, the Novotel, the manager happened to be Indian. A Pakistani owned the small gift shop in the hotel, and he became our instant guide and advisor. In the lobby we met a young Bangladeshi couple, both academics with new jobs at the university, who had emigrated just a few days earlier and were putting up at the hotel while they hunted for an apartment. The father cradled a little boy in his arms, and looking at these new migrants, you could feel a sense of movement, of being in the midst of a churning sea of immigration. Gerard Street boasts no fewer than five paan shops.When we turned on the radio at random, we caught a Punjabi station, a lively call-in show for drivers; another time on another channel, it was very catchy Tamil bhajans set to Bollywood music. Canada has a significant Tamil population, not only from India, but also hrefugees from the civil war in Sri Lanka, who have found a welcoming home in Canada.In fact, the Greater Toronto area boasts of nearly 30 South Asian ethnic publications, including 16 Punjabi newspapers, six in English, two Urdu papers as well as a few in Hindi and Gujarati. One radio station, CMR, Canadian Multicultural Radio, has been designated exclusively for ethnic communities, and Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu programs are all a large part of it. There are also an estimated 30-40 South Asian radio programs, most of which have bought time on mainstream stations and some of these are very interactive call-in programs in Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu and Hindi.Walk down colorful Gerard Street in Toronto and you see hundreds of sari boutiques, gold jewelry shops, eateries and grocery stores and no fewer than five paan shops! This continues to be the strongest Little India. You will see a microcosm of South Asia – Sikhs in turbans, women with hijabs, Sri Lankans, Muslims from many different countries besides Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshi,s as well as Arabs and Afghans. In many areas, the enclaves juxtapose, so that it’s possible to purchase Hindu temple accessories, Sri Lankan curries, hallal meat, or five samosas for $1 – all in the same mall.Traveling to the suburbs, to the towns of Mississauga, Brampton, and Scarborough was even more of an eye-opener. Indians have settled in large numbers in Missisauga, and driving through the town you could see signs that told the story of a nation in change: Nader Hallal Meat, Pakwanchi, Royal Jewelers, Tandoor.We ate lunch at Brar Sweets, a small restaurant franchise in a strip mall, whose owners belong to the Radhaswami sect and are strict vegetarians. The huge buffet boasted many meatless delicacies that we had not tasted even in New York, such as chutney and paneer fritters with a dab of chili ketchup hidden inside the fried center. We were told the food was cooked by elderly Sikh women and no wonder it had such wholesome, home-cooked taste.In all these towns, Little Indias have sprung up in strip malls, and Little Sri Lankas too. You could call them Little South Asias, because almost all the regions are represented. In many places the enclaves juxtapose so that it’s possible to purchase Hindu temple accessories, Sri Lankan curries or hoppers, hallal meat and five samosas for $1 – all in the same mall. Kiran Ahluwalia receiving the World Music Album on the Year.America may have many thriving Indian communities, but nowhere does one see the scores of temples, gurudwaras, churches, mosques and jamat khanas for Ismailis, who are the followers of the Aga Khan. The Toronto area alone has over 20 gurudwaras and over 50 temples, as well as 100 mosques, which cater to Muslims from many different countries.While the Indian population in New York or California is large, neither holds a candle to Toronto, both in size, but even more significantly in proportion of the total city population. Consequently, the different religious institutions have a strong following. Visit one of the temples on a festival day and you see thousands of devotees and the sheer energy they bring. While some of these houses of worship are grand structures, others are makeshift ones in old houses or industrial complexes, some next to auto shops and Kung Fu Centers.“Toronto is unique in the way of preserved culture with more than 250 organizations which vary from cultural, language, religion to community based,” says Arti Chandaria, an arts activist who has been in Toronto since the 80’s. “Living far away from home this helps in celebrating festivals and religious events, and to showcase artistes within the community.” She points out that individuals belong to multiple organizations, based on their language, religion, community group and cultural interests.She adds, “Today the most amazing and promising cultural renaissance is happening in the community as the next generation has grown up and are at the age where they are involved in the fabric of Canada and are growing up as Canadians of Indian origin rather than as Indians living in Canada.” Pamela Arora, editor of Anokhi Vibe: “Canada is a hotbed for successful and creative Indo-Canadians.”Pradeep Sood, president of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, a national body with business councils in Ottawa and Montreal, which celebrated its 27th anniversary this year, has been in Toronto since 1990, moving from Delhi via Kenya and Tanzania.He says many Indians came to Canada from Africa with Kenyan or Tanzania passports, not necessarily as Indian nationals. Says Sood, who is himself an Indian citizen: “In Kenya it was very common for a family to have one son in Canada and another in London. Sort of hedging their bets.”Gerard Street boasts no fewer than five paan shops. br/>Indians are the second largest immigrant population in Canada, after the Chinese. India is also the second largest source of new immigration to Canada, after China. In 2003, almost 25,000 Indians and another 12,000 Pakistanis immigrated to Canada.“Unlike earlier, now they are more educated – 75 percent are skilled workers,” Sood says, pointing out that the Indian community is young and vibrant, constantly growing, with over a third of the population under the age of 24.The average household income of Indians in Canada at $54291 (US$41,748), is almost 16 percent higher than the national median household income of $46,752 (US$35,966). You’ve got to understand our community is one of those who keep quiet about what they’re doing. They downplay what they have, so very often you don’t know the size of the person.”Says Sood, “Most come from India with zero income base, they literally start from scratch and because every year 20,000 are coming, the averages move down. Yet, there are many making six figure incomes too.”Surjit Babra, whose company SkyLink began operating over 20 years ago with a single travel agency, has grown to include several operating companies and joint ventures, including a network of worldwide travel offices representing over 30 major airlines. It also has its own fleet of aircraft to provide international charter flights.For those living in Canada, it’s a good place to be. Sood says Indian Canadians have blended well, partly also because the country is so adapting and accommodating: “The community here is very well knit, and accessing or meeting people here is very easy as compared to the U.S. Here everything’s much closer – even though Indians are spread out. There are really no ghettos.”Indians are well entrenched in the transportations sector, as truck drivers and taxi drivers. Many others have ventured into small businesses and franchises like Tim Horton, Second Cup, Pizza Hut and Burger King, as well as the hotel and motel business, like in the United States. Sood says it’s difficult to fully gauge the economic muscle of the community, “You’ve got to understand our community is one of those who keep quiet about what they’re doing. They downplay what they have so very often you don’t know the size of the person.” Ruby Dhalla, seen here with Prime Minister Paul Martin, became the first Indian woman member of the federal parliament. Another Indian Ujjal Dosanjh has served as premier of a Canadian province.Ajit Adophia, a community activist and journalist who has written for The Toronto Star, has lived in Mississauga for many years. He observes about the strong, close-knit Sikh community: “Because of their demographic strength they are able to exert quite a bit of political clout, both federally and provincially, and they have elected eight members of parliament in Canada because of their numbers and concentration.”Canada also has a large community of Ismailis from Africa, who chose to re-emigrate all over the world, especially Canada and the United States.In many areas, the enclaves juxtapose, so that it’s possible to purchase Hindu temple accessories, Sri Lankan curries, hallal meat, or five samosas for $1 – all in the same mall.There’s also a significant population of people of Indian origin from the West Indies, from Trinidad and Guyana. Many of them, in fact, had journeyed from Goa to the West Indies and one encounters many Fernandezs and De Silvas.“Another interesting phenomenon is that we have a lot of Indian and Pakistani nationals coming in but they don’t come in from their home countries, they come in from the Middle East or they come in from Africa,” says Ramsey. ” It’s a very complex thing and we track less by ethnicity as by nationality.”Yet no matter where the sea of immigrants of Indian origin comes from, they generally come into Canada as skilled workers, rather than through the business immigration category, which has largely been used by the Chinese community, who often were bootstrap entrepreneurs.According to Ramsay, for Indians, the business immigration category, as a whole, accounts for 6 to 10 percent of the overall immigration in any one given year. She says, “It’s a relatively small portion, but you don’t have to have a huge movement for it to be successful. And there are lots of immigrants who come under other categories, such as family or professional, who end up going into business anyway.” Ramsay adds, “The three big cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, are draws for our immigrants because there is the infrastructure, both cultural and social.”America and Canada may be neighbors, but the immigration policies seem worlds apart. “You don’t have quotas in Canada and we have an active program to attract skilled workers to Canada,” says Ramsay. “The U.S. program is largely family-based and quota based, so it might take you 20 years to bring over your relative in the U.S. There is an independent movement, but it’s so elitist that it’s very hard to qualify for it.”In Canada, immigration is structured on merit, with a point system based on age, profession, education, adaptability and language skills. In Canada, unlike the United States, immigration is a shared jurisdiction between the federal and provincial government. The provinces are interested in attracting people to their areas so immigration fairs are held in different parts of the world.Says Ramsay, “It’s like doing any kind of trade show. You set up booths and you try to sell them on the idea of coming to Canada first, and then the provinces have friendly competition in saying ‘Pick me, pick me.’”There has clearly been a change in the American attitude to the immigration movement, post 9/11, which has impacted South Asian immigrant groups in the United States disproportionately. Has that meant greater interest in Canada? Says Ramsay, “I certainly receive more phone calls from South Asians who are concerned about their tenuous status.” The Sears Department Store featured an Indian costume display in collaboration with the Indian consulate.And what may be useful for Indians in America to know is that Canada is particularly attracted to Indians on H1-B visas, many of whom are forced to return home when their visa runs out and they can’t find employment in the United States.“From a Canadian standpoint, these individuals make fabulous potential immigrants, because they have North American work experience, they are usually working in hi-tech industry and they are motivated to remain in the North American context, and they speak English. How great is that?” says Ramsay. The Canadian government has conducted seminars in the United States targeting H1-B visa holders, working with TiE Tri-State in New York.Says Ramsay, “Without appearing to be a poacher, I believe there are opportunities for us to look to the United States for many third country nationals that are there who may wish to avail themselves of a country that is not only perceived to be, but I believe, is, more immigrant friendly.”  Kiran Ahluwalia receiving the World Music Album on the Year.  While Indian Americans and Indian Canadians have not usually been big business partners, Canada is trying to build those bridges by working with TiE to jump start collaborations to expand to Canada. In fact two TiE companies actually ultimately made a business decision to set up operations in Canada. Others, like Satyam Computers, are multinational, with offices in both Canada and the U.S.Sood, of the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, acknowledges the lack of Indian Canadian and Indian American businesses linkups with a few notable exceptions. Robin Hood, a mainstream Canadian company, is the largest supplier of atta flour and produces Golden Temple atta, which is exported to America. Since Canada is a rich source of Durham wheat, several mills cater to the Indian food industry. Rubicon is one of the largest companies dealing in processed foods and juices. Several other Indian Canadian grocery suppliers have also entered the U.S. market.Dr. Sen Gelda, who’s originally from Rajasthan, came in 1954 to the United States for further studies in dairy science and secured his PhD from the University of Minnesota. After teaching in the United States he was hired by Borden in Canada. On retiring he started Gelda Foods and his sons joined him in the business, which has four divisions – pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, research lab and food manufacturing and distributing. The company, now in its 27th year is now run by his two sons.Gelda shared his observations as a businessman in Canada for 40 years: “We call it more of a friendly country. People who’ve been to the U.S. find that country a little bit rough, not that friendly and there’s more prejudice there they think. Since 9/11 a lot of these situations are more, especially the Sikh community in the U.S. finds it more – if you have turbans or beards – more prejudice is automatically there.” He says that even some Indians from the Middle East are leaving the United States and moving to Canada for the same reasons.He feels even the climate for business is discouraging. Any sample of food going to a customer has to be registered with the FDA first, and the customer has to be registered with the FDA to be allowed to receive the sample now. A box of rotis he sent to a client in Dallas was destroyed and the empty box taped and sent to the client.“A lot of Americans are very high strung about America: how big and almighty they are, but they think very little of Canada itself. It’s just a small country up north. They have very little knowledge of Canada itself, how big it is, how beautiful it is, which we find. Even Indians who live in America become Americanized – all they talk about is America.”At the same time, Gelda admits that the opportunities are greater in America, with more risk taking. He says, “Here in Canada we have an overflow of too many doctors and professionals from India who are working at jobs which are not utilizing their talents. Any professionals who come here, it takes them at least two years to get into their own field, because Canada doesn’t recognize the degrees that you have from India.”While many of these degrees are not recognized in the United States either, Gelda says that because of greater opportunities, professionals find it easier in the United States. Some people in Canada, he says, have to move away from their own field and go into business even though they are doctors or lawyers.While new immigrants take some time to settle down, he says the ones who came in the 70’s have done exceedingly well.   You’ve got to understand our community is one of those who keep quiet about what they’re doing. They downplay what they have, so very often you don’t know the size of the person.”  In this breathtaking global world, businesses are interlinked in strange ways. Diamonds have become a major industry in Canada and almost $750 million worth of diamonds go to Gujarat in India for cutting.Sood says, “They don’t go directly, but via Amsterdam, so it gets recorded as Amsterdam trade and not Indian. But it’s a trade that has started from here and gone and helped the economy in India, because the cutting is done there and then is sent out all over the world. So there are a lot of these things that don’t get recorded.”But perhaps the greatest distinction between the Indian community across the border is in the political arena. Indian Canadians have penetrated the glass ceiling of some of the highest political offices in the country, which seems so remote for most Indian Americans, who are still at the fundraising and photo ops stage, with very few actually running for office.Ujjal Dosanjh, who served as premier and attorney general of British Columbia, serves as minister for health in Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government. Ten Indian serve as members in the federal parliament, including Dr. Ruby Dhalla, the first Indian woman to be ever elected to this position.The Indian Canadian community is also entrenched in the cultural and social life of Canada, both with its own organizations as well as mainstream ones. Arti Chandaria, publisher of artsNow, an email newsletter that promotes South Asian art and artists, says, “People say in Canada the multiculturalism is a mosaic,” she says. “I find that the mosaic is important, because it helps people to co-exist, but I would like to see people integrate and interact with each other more.” She sees this interaction strengthening with the younger generation.Pamela Arora, a second generation Indian Canadian whose parents emigrated from Amritsar is the editor of Anokhi Vibe, a glossy magazine aimed at young Indian Canadians, which celebrates their success in music, arts, medicine and technology.“Canada is a hotbed for successful and creative Indo-Canadians,” she says. “ºThey are so many bright, second gen South Asians who are choosing non-traditional and traditional paths as career options.There also is a great entrepreneurial spirit that exists here.”Chat with Arora and you see the range of ventures this young, vibrant generation is engaged in: There’s Nisha Pahuja, whose lively documentary Bollywood Bound is about young Indian Canadians yearning to make it big in Bollywood;Pamela Arora, editor of Anokhi Vibe: “Canada is a hotbed for successful and creative Indo-Canadians.”  Mitra Sen, who produced and directed the very empathic short film Little Red Dot about cultural understanding; Sen also plays a big role in the ReelWorld Film Festival where many South Asian films that make their debut appearance.Mohit Rajhans has created Filmi, a South Asian film festival that is attached to the Mehndi Masti Masala Festival.Then there’s, a social organization that is well known in Canada for its interaction with second-generation Indian Canadians. Young South Asians are also contributing their pulsating rhythms to Canadian music, including such groups as Riksha and Lal, both in Toronto and the Mantraboys in Vancouver. Acclaimed Canadian ghazal artist Kiran Ahluwalia won a 2004 Juno Award in the Best World Music Album category for her latest release Beyond Boundaries.“Yes, the mainstream media has opened up to Indians simply because they are sharp, talented young people that are highly qualified for the job,” says Arora. “There are a few role models for us. People like Ian Hanomansing, Suhanna Merachand and Monika Deol broke into the industry at a time when seeing an ethnic person on prime time news was not likely. They are highly respected and recognized for blazing a trail and making headway for the many South Asian media personalities that are part of Canadian media today.”Then of course there are the big names, which are recognized internationally and whom Canada has embraced as its own. Director Deepa Mehta has made deeply moving films from Fire and Earth to the comedy Bollywood/Hollywood, which are viewed as Canadian movies, opening at the Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim.Writer Rohinton Mistry, who was born in Bombay, now lives near Toronto, and received the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year for his first novel Such a long Journey and the Giller Prize for A Fine Balance, besides many other awards.M.G. Vassanji, who was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania, came to Canada in 1978. He is the author of five acclaimed novels, including The Gunny Sack, which won a regional Commonwealth Prize, The Book of Secrets that won the very first Giller Prize and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, the winner of the 2003 Giller Prize, which awards $25,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English.Vassanji, whose multilayered, absorbing novels have been very well received in Canada over the years, was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 as one of 12 Canadians on Maclean’s Honor Roll. This year he was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It’s hard to think of any Indian American author who has been honored as much in America.“In the early 70’s there was a phobia in Canada about the immigrants coming in from the newly independent countries in Africa and Caribbean,” Vassanji says. “The people were not really used to it, but now it’s a place where it’s so comfortable for immigrants, especially in the big cities.”Nearly a quarter of Canada’s population is foreign born. Says Vassanji. “People everywhere just accept differences whereas earlier it was seen as an encroachment on their territory or on their country or culture,” he says.“Now it is a part of Canadian culture and identity to celebrate differences and diversity of society. I believe – and I think many people believe that – it is the identity of the country.”   Arti Chandaria: “Toronto is unique in the way of preserved culture with more than 250 organizations.” He travels to remote parts of Canada, to small towns and big cities in New Brunswick or Alberta for readings, to find attentive audiences. He says, “I get to travel quite a bit through Canada and really I feel very comfortable. Nobody questions the fact that I was born elsewhere and I feel proud to say I was born elsewhere.”“The Indians are not assimilated because that concept doesn’t exist in Canada, fortunately,” says Vassanji. ” In England or the U.S. assimilation is still a concept. People are coming in all the time so Canada itself has changed. Every culture is legitimate.”Vassanji’s wife Nurjehan Aziz heads TSAR Publications, which is dedicated to bringing the reading public fresh writing whichreflects the global influences, multicultural works pertaining especially to Asia and Africa.The company publishes 6-8 titles a year and Aziz emphasizes that these works are well received, reviewed by mainstream publications and the authors invited on television programs.The Sears Department Store featured an Indian costume display in collaboration with the Indian consulate.  Indian writers who have bagged prizes in Canada include Nalini Warriar who won the Quebec Writers’ Federation prize for First Book for Blues from the Malabar Coast, and Rajinderpal S Pal, author of Papaji Wrote Poetry in a Language I Cannot Read, who won the Alberta Prize for First Work.The noted poet Cyril Dabydeen, who was born in Guyana, has written powerful poetry juxtaposing his life in Canada and the Caribbean, often harking back to his Indian origins. His books include My Brahmin Days and Other stories and Hemisphere of Love.In a review, the Toronto Star called him simply “A gifted Canadian poet.” Not Indian, not Indian Canadian, not West Indian Canadian.Simply Canadian.And that, perhaps, is the strength of Canada. You can be any color or ethnicity, but in this country, which is remaking itself every day in the mirror image of its changing population, you can be every inch a Canadian. So is this a real Utopia for immigrants – or just a shimmering Shangri-La of the imagination? The opinions are mixed. Binoy Thomas, the editor of The Weekly Voice, an Indian weekly newspaper in Toronto, has seen the gap between promise and actual results in the lives of new immigrants.He insists that immigrants are doing much better in the United States. Many people from India and Pakistan came to Canada during the past few years on the assumption that Canada wants skilled people, but in spite of their qualifications, they did not find work and some even returned home.“It’s not a very open society. They need immigrants, but their local systems are closed. It’s a very discriminatory system with a regimented approach to employment,” he says. “There is a big debate in Canada and many politicians admit that this is a problem, but the debate is just beginning.”He points out that there are over 2,500 doctors who are unable to practice their calling and some are reduced to delivering pizzas: “According to Health Canada Statistics they have a huge deficit of 2,000-3,000 doctors but the regulatory bodies are all powerful. And these foreign qualified doctors are not being given a chance to practice.”He adds, “It’s ghettoization in the name of multiculturalism and it’s not working. Arti Chandaria: “Toronto is unique in the way of preserved culture with more than 250 organizations.”People always look at you for your turban, they don’t see that under the turban you could have a brain.In a job situation, they give you dignity in an ethnic sense, but they don’t want to accept you as a capable, perhaps even better person than they are.”The problems stem in part from an anemic economy. Says Thomas, “There are far too many immigrants and too few opportunities.Ruby Dhalla, seen here with Prime Minister Paul Martin, became the first Indian woman member of the federal parliament. Another Indian Ujjal Dosanjh has served as premier of a Canadian province.There was a time when Canada paid for your plane ticket and brought you to your workplace the next day after you landed. The good old times, you talk about it. But now it’s a very different society. Even politicians have realized it. If you don’t or can’t use the talent then the country doesn’t benefit.”But for many, Canada is a place to start over.Rita Sadhwani lost her husband just as they were set to immigrate to Canada from Poona. As a young widow with three little children, it seemed hard to imagine any kind of a future. Yet she gathered her courage and with few resources, left for this unknown new –country.On arrival, she found a job as a substitute teacher and in a few years became a full time teacher in the Canadian school system. Today, she has a wonderful success story to tell. She loves her job and her three children are all grown and doing brilliantly in university.She feels that the plane journey from India to Canada was the best step she undertook, because it enabled her to fulfill the family’s dreams and allowed the children to reach their full potential. With shining eyes, she showed us around the house she has finally purchased, a cosy three-bedroom house in North York with a small garden bursting with roses, lilies and marigolds.She says simply, “Canada has been very good to us.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

India Sets up Center to Help Stranded Sailors

first_imgThe Indian government has set up a new center to address the grievances of stranded sailors. The decision was taken in an attempt to stop the exploitation of Indian sailors in the UAE waters.The new center, named Directorate General of Shipping Communication Centre (DGCOM), will act as a nodal point to report all complaints, issues and grievances of Indian seafarers.Announcing the move, the Directorate General of Shipping in India said anyone can report incidents of their exploitation to DGCOM.Relief to Stranded Indian Seafarers“A number of cases are being reported of Indian seafarers being stranded at foreign ports, working on foreign flagships, nonpayment of wages for months, nonavailability of provisions on board a ship,” according to the statement from the Directorate General of Shipping. “In order to create a centralized data base of such incidents, it has been decided that any person receiving information about such cases would intimate such cases to the Directorate General of Shipping Communication (DGCOM) center along with the detail of the ship and the IMO number, port at which the ship is anchored or its next port of call, name and INDOS number of the seafarers, name of the RPS, name of the shipping company etc.”Vipul, the Consul General of India in Dubai, said that any Indian sailor facing problems abroad can register the grievance with DGCOM, and the center will address the issue and coordinate with relevant authorities.“There have been several steps taken in the past few months to help such sailors. Consulate has also been helping sailors with the support of the Federal Transport Authority of the UAE and Indian authorities,” Vipul said, according to Gulf News.He added that the Government of India has enabled various missions to offer legal help for sailors who face distress.“But now at least that option is there so that we can lodge cases on behalf of our seafarers in courts if they are not being given food, water and salary and the ship is located in the territorial waters of the UAE or on the port. It would be a lengthy process and that might be the last recourse we will have to resort to,” Vipin said.The setting up of the new center is the latest among the steps taken by the government to ensure the safety of Indian sailors in the UAE waters. Earlier, India had tightened the recruitment rules for sailors and mandated that the employment should only be made through the eMigrate online system. Officials also issue repeated appeals to people, asking them to exercise caution while recruitment, and take employment only through registered companies with Recruitment and Placement Service Licence (RPSL).How to Contact DGCOMDGCOM is headquartered in Mumbai, and can be reached on the email id and, and on the phone number 00912222614646. Related ItemsDGCOMDGCOMMDirectorate of Shipping in IndiaIndian govt sailors UAEIndian sailors UAELittle IndiaStranded Indian sailorslast_img read more

Indians in South Africa Mark 100 Years of Abolition of Indentured Labor

first_imgThe centenary of the abolition of bonded labor by the British Empire in South Africa was observed by the 1860 Heritage Centre, a museum and archive of the indentured laborers, in Durban this week.Indians were brought to Durban in 1860 as indentured laborers to work in sugarcane fields. They were promised wealth for working on farmland for five years, but the promises were not fulfilled. At an event held in the city to observe the occasion, difficulties faced by the fifth and sixth generation Indians in South Africa were discussed, even as the government is going pro Black African and tensions between Indians, other people of color and Black Africans are mounting.“The fact that they were brought out here under false pretenses is what hurts the most. They thought they would go back after five years with lots of wealth and that didn’t happen,” Sylvia Garib, whose great grandmother came to what was then known as Natal in 1860, said.The 1860 Heritage Centre was handed over to Indians in 2014 and it opened its gates to the common public in May 2017. In November 2016, the center celebrated the 156 years of arrival of Indians in South Africa in Durban.Meanwhile, tensions between the Indian diaspora and the Black African community has been growing. The KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (KZN ANC) wants to stop Indians and other colored people from getting state contracts of more than R50 million.“The contribution of South African Indians in the struggle against apartheid is not widely known in contemporary South Africa today particularly among the youth,” psychologist and author Devi Moodley Rajab said, according to a PTI report.Professor Brij Maharaj, an academician at the University of KwaZulu- Natal, said that Indians have had to face calls to return to their country even though they have been citizens since 160 years, the news agency added.“In South Africa, Indians constitute a vulnerable ethnic minority, and have been sandwiched between the economically dominant whites and the African majority,” Maharaj said. “Historically, there have been tensions between Indians and Africans because the former enjoyed a relatively privileged position compared to the majority, primarily because of community survival strategies, and their religious and cultural heritage,” he said.Calls have been made to give more preference to Black Africans as part of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policies, which includes Indian, colored, and Chinese citizens who were in South Africa before 1994. The policies are meant to offset the damage done by Apartheid over decades.Indians have often been accused of treating Africans disrespectfully. Economic Freedom Fighters commander-in- chief Julius Malema said in July this year that Indians in Natal should respect Africans. “They are ill-treating them worse than Afrikaners will do. We don’t want that to continue here in Natal. This is not anti-Indian statement, it is the truth,” he was quoted as saying by Mail & Guardian.Meanwhile, in the run-up to changes expected to happen in the government in December, when ANC’s Jacob Zuma is expected to step down from his party position due to numerous corruption scandals, the province of KwaZulu-Natal is witnessing incidents of violence. The province, which happens to be the ANC’s heartland, has faced the major brunt of violence because whoever controls the area is likely to be the chief of the party. Related Itemsapartheid Indiansindentured laborJacob zumasouth africa Indiansouth african politics indianslast_img read more

I Like the Idea of Being South African, But I’m Indian, says Writer Imraan Coovadia

first_imgAuthors begin writing with that which is familiar, says Imraan Coovadia, whose ancestors first came to South Africa at the same time as Gandhi. For writers belonging to the Indian diaspora, what is familiar is the feeling of growing up in a nation that should have been home but still makes them feel estranged.“I had knowledge about the Indian community in South Africa,” says Coovadia, who is also the director of creative writing at the University of Cape Town. “As you get older you want to write about more universal themes, you want to write about humanity as a whole.”His first novel, The Wedding, was based in Mumbai and South Africa, and is partly based on the story of his grandparents and loosely on the Taming of the Shrew.“I’m clearly Indian and Muslim at some level. I like the idea of being South African,” he says, adding half in jest that one must live in Cape Town for 30 years to be accepted. Coovadia, 47, believes it becomes difficult to sustain identities at a certain point. As a Muslim, he doesn’t want to be dragged along with actions of some extremist groups.“When you watch South Africa collapsing it’s quite hard to think that I will die for this country or I want to devote my life to a country that’s unraveling. It makes no sense. I ask myself if these are particular identities that I would sacrifice for? You sacrifice for your children, for your family, to your values to some level, for other things you need to make sure that you’re sacrificing for the right thing,” he says.He is clearly perturbed with the unwillingness shown by Indians in South Africa to mingle with the rest of the population. In fact, political leaders in the nation have accused Indians of treating Black Africans as inferior.“People were living in specimen boxes, everybody was caught in a particular situation. I also became interested in it from a literary point of view,” he says, talking about how people are involved in their particular situations in a local, narrow way, where they wake up in the morning and go through the day. “Not really connected to the world, that was my thinking behind what I was trying to do,” he says of his early novels, The Wedding, Green Eyed Thieves, and High Low In-Between. His latest work, Tales of the Metric System, also focuses on South Africa.Despite the years he spent in the United States, studying philosophy at Harvard, and then earning his doctorate at Yale, Coovadia says he could not write very successfully about the American experience. “There was a real problem with me living there,” he elaborates. “I somehow couldn’t see it from outside in a way that you need to see it.”However, geography, he feels, only plays a role to some extent to influence one’s writing. “Sometimes it’s quite hard to write about your home and then actually when you move you can see your home more clearly,” he says, talking about how a writer should be able to make up the mood of a society despite never visiting the place. His next novel, for instance, has scenes set in future Morocco, where he has never been.Interestingly, Coovadia, who runs a creative writing program at the University of Cape Town, also feels that everybody is right when they say that writing cannot be taught. Writing, after all, can be an arduous process, even for writers. Dorothy Parker had succinctly described it when she said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”Coovadia, whose writing process is “pretty straightforward”, stresses upon the need for people to have spaces to progress, to come to their conclusion, especially with an art form. Writers, he believes, cannot be given 10 rules and a clear process that they can adopt. So the process becomes much more about having space where one can think about certain artistic process and subject matter that cannot be found in books.The writer-academician is deeply distressed by the state of current affairs in South Africa. The recent violent protests at South African universities over access to education and rising tuition prices highlighted the divide among various economic and race groups, making the government take affirmative action where only Black Africans would receive state contracts of over R50 million in KwaZulu-Natal, barring Indians and coloreds from gaining economically.“It’s just one aspect of the whole South African state’s collapse,” stresses Coovadia. “All the things you expect from the state — roads, mail, post office, security, electricity — collapsed several years ago so nobody got mail for six months.” Cape Town, he says, is about to run out of water. “The collapse of the university is part of the national systematic process. It is disturbing for me because when you look from outside it’s hard to understand how countries self-destruct.”He blames the hateful political movements that are coming into power in different countries. Coovadia has lived through and protested against Apartheid. He equates the current situation, where students don’t want White South Africans in universities, to that of the Apartheid era.“People say things that are very hateful and they’re after the library to burn down or determined that there won’t be anymore universities, they want to have meetings where there are no white people, or courses where white authors are not taught. They want to abolish western science and have only African culture. Things that are so off-the-wall, unless you believe them then it seems natural,” he says.Watching such people makes interesting political education, but he is not sure if he wants the education. Writers like adventure, risk and change, he points out, but they want underlying stability like universities, publishers and readers.“The country is in chaos, there’s very little authority and order and in that vacuum all kinds of criminal networks have come up,” he cautions. “South Africa might be headed towards a very serious lapse if we’re not careful.” Related Itemsbee policiesimraan coovadiaindians in south africaNRI university of cape townsouth african indiantales of the metric systemlast_img read more

British Sikhs Feel “Islamophobia” on Them Being Overlooked

first_imgRaising their doubts over the effectiveness of the UK government’s recently updated strategy against hate crimes, British Sikhs have said that these actions don’t acknowledge the problem of “Islamophobia on Sikhs” and also don’t address the problem of attacks on Sikhs while being mistaken as Muslims, reported PTI.The Network of Sikh Organizations (NSO), a representative body for more than 130 UK gurdwaras and other Sikh organizations across the UK said in its statement on Oct.21 that the “refresh” of government’s hate crime strategy  has again isolated the Sikh community by not considering the Islamophobia and the attacks against Sikhs or other people looking like Muslims in their appearance.It said that Sikh groups like the NSO, The Sikh Council, The Sikh Federation UK, and City Sikhs had expressed these concerns even in past when the Action Against Hate (2016) was first published. The NSO expressed its disappointment by saying that the UK government is not willing to take these problems into account.“The government is unwilling to address the wider ramifications of Islamophobia on Sikhs, or the ‘Muslim looking other,’” the NSO said in its statement. “A simple acknowledgment that Sikhs face Islamophobia would have allayed concerns. Like us, many will be right to ask the government why ministerial ’round tables’ are the preserve of Jews and Muslims,” it added.The NSO’s reaction comes right after the recently concluded National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Britain, where it was announced that it will be reviewed if additional offenses like misogyny and ageism should be counted as hate crimes, the news agency said.The NSO also said that it had data (through Freedom of Information right) which showed that “the significant numbers of non-Muslims and those of no recorded faith are being recorded as victims of ‘Islamophobic hate crime’ by the MET police.”NSO also cited its Director Lord Indarjit Singh’s speech, that he gave in a parliamentary debate on the motion ‘This House takes note of the challenges posed by religious intolerance and prejudice in the United Kingdom’ few days back.  He underlined that Sikhs have been targeted under Islamophobic crimes.“Many of the hate crimes described as Islamophobic are directed against Sikhs out of ignorance or mistaken identity. In the States, a Sikh was the first person murdered in reprisal after 9/11, and six worshippers in a gurdwara there were shot by a white supremacist in another mistaken-identity killing,” he had said in his speech.In the debate, he said that attacks against Sikhs are not being considered while making anti-hate policies.“I do not in any way begrudge the protection that Jews and Muslims receive against hate crime… All I ask is that the Government are a little more even-handed to non-Abrahamic faiths in both policies and resourcing,” he said.The PTI quoted UK Faith Minister Lord Nick Bourne as saying, “This government abhors all forms of hate crime, including that directed at Sikhs. The refreshed Hate Crime Action Plan to tackle race and religious crime applies equally to Sikhs as it does other religions and races.”“Our Anti-Muslim Hatred working group will be addressing the issue of Sikhs being mistaken for Muslims and being subjected to hate crimes. We are absolutely clear that no one, of any race or religion, should be subjected to hate crime,” he said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Charges Dropped Against Indian-Origin Doctor Who Performed Genital Mutilation on Nine Minor Girls

first_imgA U.S. court has dropped key charges against an Indian-origin doctor, who performed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on at least nine underaged girls in the U.S. This ruling has outraged the people who have been raising their voice against such inhumane traditional practice.While quashing almost all the charges against Indian-origin doctor Jamuna Nagarwala, 44, and two others, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said that American law over this practice is unconstitutional, reported PTI.FGM is a tradition in many cultures, which is performed by intentionally cutting or removing external female genitalia. Internationally, it is considered a human rights violation.Other than Jumana, Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, were facing court proceedings in April 2017 related to genital mutilation of at least nine underaged girls.The judge said that Congress was not authorized to pass the law against Female Genital Mutilation, reported the New York Times.“As laudable as the prohibition of a particular type of abuse of girls may be,” judge wrote in judgment adding that prosecutors have failed to prove that the federal government has right to bring such charges.The publication quoted the judge from his 28-page ruling as saying, “Federalism concerns deprive Congress of the power to enact this statute.”He said that Congress overstepped its boundaries by legislating to prohibit FGM.“FGM is a ‘local criminal activity’ which, in keeping with longstanding tradition and our federal system of government, is for the states to regulate, not Congress,” the judge said as per the report.U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the judge’s opinion is being reviewed by the government and after the review, it will be decided on whether or not to appeal.Maintaining the stance of Nagarwala’s “no involvement” in FGM, her lawyer Shannon Smith said that they are confident of their win even if the government opts to appeal.Sahiyo is a group of Dawoodi Bohra community members who have been raising their voice against FGM. Its co-founder Mariya Taher appreciated that ruling didn’t approve FGM and said that states have the options to bring cases in these matters.But at the same time, she is worried that supporters of FGM can draw the wrong conclusion from the ruling.“Is this something that proponents will use as a reason to say that ‘what we do isn’t harmful,’ almost giving them permission to do this?” she said in NYT report. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian shooters’ dream run continues

first_imgIndian shooters continued to call the shots in the Commonwealth Games as they clinched one gold medal, one silver and a bronze with Harpreet Singh winning the yellow metal in 25-metre centrefire pistol singles at the Karni Singh Range on Sunday.In a one-two finish for the hosts, Harpreet and Vijay Kumar clinched the gold and silver medals respectively in the 25-metre range, thus continuing their medal-winning spree in the Games.Manavijit Singh Sandhu then capped off the day by managing a bronze in men’s singles trap, finishing ahead of Australia’s Adam Vella in the tie-shoot. England’s Aaron Heading (147) won the gold, while two-time Olympic champion and master trap shooter Michael Diamond (146) bagged the silver.There was, however, disappointment for women shooters Suma Shirur and Kavitha Yadav as they failed to finish among the top three in 10m air rifle singles. They had won bronze in the pairs event yesterday.Harpreet shot 580 (288 in precision and 292 in rapid stage) to clinch his second gold of the Games, the first coming in the pairs event in which he partnered Vijay. Vijay bagged the silver after prevailing in a shoot-off in which four shooters ? Australia’s Michelangelo Giustiniano, England’s Michael Gault, Singapore’s Meng Lip Poh and Vijay ? were tied for second spot at 574 points.Vijay scored 49 out of a possible 50 in the shoot-off, just one point better than bronze medallist Poh.Shirur scored 495.4 while Yadav totalled 495.1, to finish behind gold medallist Jasmine Wei Xiang Ser of Singapore (501.7). Malaysia’s Ayuni Nur Halim bagged the bronze after scoring 497.5 while Nur Suryani (496.9) had to be content with a bronze.advertisementJasmine, in the process, bettered the previous Games record of 500.8 held by India’s Anjali Bhahwat. The Indian had achieved the feat during the Manchester Games in 2002.Earlier in the day, there was some confusion over who had scored more in shoot-off in the 25-metre range. Giustiniano, using a reserve gun after a malfunction to his main gun and who had limited rounds left with him, didn’t do the sighting (five trial shots) to save his pellets for the final round and, as a result, his final scores didn’t appear on the electronic scorecard. In such a scenario, the defaulter often ends up hitting the wrong target — the shooter standing next to him who can both benefit or suffer.Poh, who was standing next to Giustiniano, protested after Vijay was awarded the silver, a range official was heard saying. The Singaporean’s claim was that he had shot a perfect 50 – 10 in all round – but that was overtuned by the jury.”There is a method, actually a trajectory, through which it can be found out which shot go straight and which comes from an angle,” said India’s national coach Sunny Thomas.”This is very, very rare,” said Thomas referring to the confusion.Giustiniano, who had won gold in Victoria and Kuala Lumpur Games in 1994 and 1998 , respectively, is officially the most experienced shooter in the the Australian contingent.”I feel it’s unbelievable and unfortunate. But I think something was wrong in my mind that failed me today,” an upset Giustiniano said.Indian shooters now lead the table with 13 gold, eight silver and 3 bronze. England are close second with four gold and equal number of silver and bronze. Australia have three gold, two gold and two bronze.last_img read more

Chinas movie firm ties up with Warner Bros to make films

first_imgFrom K J M Varma Beijing, Sep 20 (PTI) With its film industry raking up huge profits, China is looking to foray into Hollywood as a Chinese firm has tied up with Warner Bros to make movies in English and Mandarin for domestic and international markets. China Media Capital (CMC) and Warner Bros Entertainment are teaming up on a joint venture, Flagship Entertainment Group Limited, to develop Chinese and English-language movies for the international market, the two firms announced. As a concrete move in China-US cultural exchange and cooperation, the announcement is made days ahead of the scheduled state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States from September 22 to 25. “This partnership with Hollywoods most iconic studio will bring Warner Bros deep experience in creative storytelling and unparallelled expertise in producing global titles to Chinas film industry,” Li Ruigang, Founding Chairman of CMC said. Targeting at the rapidly growing market for premium content and the increasing demand for high-quality Chinese language movies around the world, the new entity will combine the expertise of Hollywoods largest studio with Chinas preeminent investment and operational platform. “We look forward to working with CMC in this exciting new venture, as we gain additional insight into the Chinese film industry,” said Warner Bros Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “Warner Bros has a long history of making great movies, and we are excited to share that expertise with our colleagues in China. The countrys incredibly rich history and culture provide a huge trove of great stories, and we want to help tell those stories for new generations of filmgoers, in China and around the world,” he said. Flagship plans to develop, invest in, acquire and produce a range of Chinese-language and global tent poles, for distribution throughout China and around the world. The first titles bearing the new imprint could be released as early as 2016, state run Xinhua news agency reported. Flagship Entertainment will be owned 51 per cent by CMC, with Hong Kong Broadcaster TVB holding 10 per cent of the CMC-led consortium, and 49 per cent by Warner Bros. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing and Los Angeles, Flagship will have full access to the well-established legal and financial systems in Hong Kong and Hollywood, as well as a wealth of filmmaking talent stemming from the long-standing film, television and creative industries of these regions. Chinese film industry has raked-up USD 4.82 billion box office revenue last year making it the next biggest film industry next to Hollywood. Seeing that potential, the Chinese film industry too has struck chord with Bollywood to make joint productions as some of the Indian films like superstar Aamir Khans “PK” crossed USD 100 million at the box office. There are currently four India-China productions in the pipeline. PTI KJV JCHadvertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho: Casillas confronted me secretly at Madrid

first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed that Iker Casillas “secretly” challenged his authority while the pair worked together at Real Madrid.Casillas spoke bluntly about Mourinho’s spell in charge of Los Blancos during a recent interview, five years on from the Portuguese tactician becoming the first coach to drop the goalkeeper.A broken hand in January 2013 ruled the Spanish shot-stopper out for two months and the club acted by bringing in Diego Lopez from Sevilla – the Madrid youth product subsequently keeping his place even after Casillas returned to fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho departed at the end of the 2012-13 season, though Casillas remained the second choice to Lopez during the first campaign under successor Carlo Ancelotti.Casillas said he would take “the bull by the horns and confront Mourinho” if he could have his time again, but also insisted that he hopes to avoid being drawn into a dispute about the issue once again, so as not to “stain the values of Real Madrid”.However, the Manchester United manager thinks he instigated the conflict initially behind the scenes, with reports at the time suggesting it was the Spaniard leaking stories to the media.”It seems like an interview with someone who is at the end of his career,” Mourinho told Record.”But when it comes to me when he says he has never confronted me, that is not the truth. He did it in a way that no one does better than him; secretly.”Mourinho is now plying his trade in the Premier League with Manchester United, while Casillas plays in the Primera Liga with FC Porto.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.” last_img read more

Notre Dame Welcomes Wisconsin To The Under Armour Family In Spectacular Fashion

first_imgEarly "Badgers Badgers Badgers" viral video.badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.last_img

Henderson reveals message which inspired him to CL glory

first_imgIt was the morning of the Champions League final, and a picture message dropped into Jordan Henderson’s inbox.It showed his younger self, maybe 10 or 11 years of age, kissing a gold trophy.He was a dreamer back then, a football-mad Sunderland supporter with a passion for the game and a burning desire to win things. It was, he says, all he thought about. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Now, aged 28, he can reflect on the greatest night of his career. Liverpool captain, European Cup-winning captain. It doesn’t get much better, surely?“Yes, not bad!” he says, with typical understatement. “It was an amazing feeling, when the final whistle goes it’s an amazing feeling to know we have done it, and then to lift the trophy was a special feeling, one that we will never forget. “My dream as a kid was to win trophies. My best friend sent us a picture this morning of me kissing a trophy when I was about 10, so that gave me even more motivation. The trophy was gold, quite big and I’m kissing it. That gave us a lot of motivation.”You’ll have seen all the images by now. The teary-eyed hugs with Jurgen Klopp, those incredible pictures of the trophy lift. The one of Henderson on Liverpool’s flight back from Madrid, using the European Cup as a footrest. Those epic scenes as the Reds returned to Merseyside to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of eager supporters.Memories to last a lifetime, though perhaps the most poignant moment of all involved a simple embrace between a father and his son, an outpouring of pure emotion on a remarkable night. “My dad has been through a lot over the past few years,” says Henderson. “Not only with himself [his father, Brian, fought a successful battle with throat cancer in 2014] but with his family as well. “I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.”Not just his dad’s face. Victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium confirms Liverpool’s status as Europe’s top dogs once more. Their sixth European Cup will have tasted as sweet as any, especially given the disappointment of losing in the final last season.“It’s nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy,” Henderson agreed. “It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future.”Jordan Henderson, Jurgen Klopp, LiverpoolHenderson revealed he and his team-mates had been inspired by seeing videos of Liverpool’s supporters as they took over the bars and squares of Madrid. It was estimated that around 50,000 fans had made the trip to the Spanish capital.“The videos get sent to us, don’t worry!” smiled Henderson. “The fans have been incredible ever since I have come to the club, but this past couple of years they have travelled everywhere with us in Europe. It costs them a lot of money and tonight makes it all worth it.“I am so proud of this team and I am happy we can give something [to the fans], they give everything, and so have we. I am so happy we can take the trophy back for them.”Henderson, of course, becomes only the fifth man to captain Liverpool to a European Cup. The four who went before him – Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard – are club legends. So has it sunk in yet that he will be forever there alongside them?“Probably it will be after I finish football, to be honest,” he said. “But there is still a long way to go. I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now.“That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back for pre-season we will be focused on looking to the future.”Henderson had gathered Liverpool for a team meeting at Melwood ahead of the final, in which a number of senior players had their say. “I think we would have regretted if we didn’t have it,” he said. “I felt it was important to speak as a group before the final, it was an important conversation as a group. “A few of us said a few things. It was just about the game really, what we could experience in the game and how we could deal with them situations and obviously use the experiences that we had to use.“Hopefully it helped!”last_img read more

How a Finnish Startup Brewery Is Reducing Its Carbon Footprint

first_img Everyman’s Right BreweryEveryman’s Right Brewery co-founder and head brewer Jussi Hukkanen has economic reasons for this ambitious goal, in addition to just being a concerned global citizen. “Consumers’ interest in craft beer has been growing for years. And around the world, they are asking more questions about the products they consume, about how they are made and how sustainable they are,” says Hukkanen. “Our target is to export our beer globally, so differentiating from the competition is very important for us. If we can also influence climate change at the same time, everyone wins.”Hukkanen hopes his brewery will serve as an example, setting a trend toward a more climate-friendly and sustainable brewing industry. He is joined by Antti Suikkari and Keijo Kemppainen, a team with experience in brewing, but also importing and distributing alcoholic beverages, industrial-scale production, and marketing.Everyman’s Right Brewery is just getting started and is soliciting initial investments via crowdfunding with a minimal goal of raising 480,000 euros ($565,101). If you’d like to learn more about how you can be involved, find out more at the brewery’s Funded by Me page. Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear Editors’ Recommendations The Finnish startup Everyman’s Right Brewery is passionate about both beer and the environment. That’s why its nascent production plans include using 100-percent renewable energy sources.A carbon footprint study conducted by LCA Consulting Oy, a lifecycle assessment company based in Finland, confirmed that the brewery’s production plans will start Everyman’s Right at carbon neutral status, with the opportunity to improve and become carbon negative as it ramps up. The initial production level is estimated at 1 million liters. If it succeeds in expanding, Everyman’s Right Brewery contends that it will be the first carbon-negative brewery in the world.Everyman’s Right Brewery contends that it will be the first carbon-negative brewery in the world.As a part of the brewery’s commitment to the environment, Everyman’s Right will recycle spent grains and produce its own biogas, which is formed from the breakdown of organic material. This fuel will provide energy to sustain the beer’s production. In the result of excess biogas, it can be used to generate electricity or be further refined for other applications.The brewery will also collect and purify carbon dioxide, then recycle it into production. Excess carbon dioxide can be pressurized and sold to third parties. Finally, the brewery plans to use green electricity from solar fields and use heat recovery systems. All of these items add up to one extremely energy-conscious brewery. Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Treecenter_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

Alfa Laval to Secure Equipment for North Sea Offshore …

first_imgzoom Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply equipment to an offshore oil platform in the North Sea.The order, booked in Energy & Environment segment, has a value of approximately SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2014.The Alfa Laval equipment will be part of the important auxiliary system on the platform.“This is the third large oil and gas order within a month, reflecting the good activity level in the sector. It confirms our strong position as a reliable supplier,” says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.Alfa Laval, December 18, 2013last_img

Program Improves GuysboroughAntigonishStrait Cancer Care

first_img The evaluation also indicates that patients had a high level ofsatisfaction with the navigators’ ability to address theemotional impact of the disease, physical symptoms andcomplications, the challenges of travelling to the cancer centresin Halifax and Sydney and associated financial impacts. “The patient navigator guides our cancer patients to the manyservices and resources that are available both inside and outsideof our district. Bridging this gap has made all the difference tothese patients,” said Kevin MacDonald, chief executive officer,Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. “The role of the patient navigator is in keeping with ourmission, vision and values as an organization. It is a stepforward in providing integrated, quality health care services tomembers of our community.” Judith Breau, a cancer patient from West Arichat, said beingdiagnosed with cancer was the lowest point of her life. “Myfamily doctor referred me to my navigator, Charlene Porter, whohas supported me since the beginning. She helped me accessreliable, up-to-date information. She also helped me connect withsomeone who has had a similar cancer experience and that wasreally helpful. I’m spreading the word about navigation toeveryone I know.” “Patient Navigation is an immense help to both patients andphysicians,” said Dr. Robert Sers, head of the department ofsurgery, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. “The cancer system iscomplex and Charlene Porter, our patient navigator, is at thepatient’s side co-ordinating their care to ensure that thenecessary tests are completed and results are available at theright time. She provides education and information and addressesissues including financial concerns and transportation needs.Before Charlene joined our team, I spent a lot of time dealingwith these issues. Now I’m able to focus my time on clinicalcare.” Based on these evaluation findings, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, willcontinue to work with health districts and the Department ofHealth to ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to PatientNavigation in the near future. As a result of preliminaryfindings from the evaluation, South Shore Health and AnnapolisValley Health introduced Patient Navigation in September 2003.Patient Navigation is currently available in five of nine healthdistricts. The evaluation was conducted by Corporate Research Associates,following a competitive bidding process. It incorporated bothqualitative and quantitative research methods. Data was collectedthrough 16 focus groups, 57 one-on-one interviews, 162 patientsurveys and a review of 808 records in the patient navigationdatabase. The evaluation was designed to objectively measure theimpact of Patient Navigation. Patient Navigation is the result of extensive consultation withcancer patients, family members, health professionals, communityorganizations and volunteers in Nova Scotia. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families,and the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research. Cancer Patient Navigation — a service which supports cancerpatients, their families and health professionals — has helped improve overall cancer care in the Guysborough-Antigonish-Straitarea, one of the first three Nova Scotia health districts toimplement it, says an evaluation released today, Jan. 23, byCancer Care Nova Scotia. The report says programs in all three districts — GuysboroughAntigonish Strait Health Authority, South West Health and PictouCounty Health Authority — have been well received by healthprofessionals and by patients and their families. It stronglyrecommends that Patient Navigation be implemented in all healthdistricts throughout Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia’s plan for better health care, Your Health Matters,is all about improving care for patients and their families,”said Premier John Hamm. “All Nova Scotians should be proud of theprogress made in cancer care through Patient Navigation.” Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer CareNova Scotia, said the evaluation proves that the program is doingwhat it intended to do — improve community care for NovaScotians. “The navigators, working closely with family doctorsand cancer specialists, improve access to treatment andco-ordination of care, follow-up and support services forpatients and families,” she said. “Nova Scotians can be proud of the work done by Cancer Care NovaScotia,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “By investing inthis program, Cancer Care Nova Scotia reinforces its commitmentto helping Nova Scotians in their communities deal with cancer.” Findings outlined in the evaluation indicate: CANCER CARE N.S.–Program Improves Guysborough-Antigonish-StraitCancer Carecenter_img Patients, families, physicians and health professionals are extremely satisfied; Patients are more knowledgeable about their disease and are better prepared for appointments with cancer specialists, which is resulting in better, more efficient care; Through Patient Navigation, patients are often able to access more services in their home community; Patient Navigation is increasing collaboration among health professionals; and Cancer Care Nova Scotia leadership, district commitment and good communication are critical to the success of Patient Navigation.last_img read more

Seventh Annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Set to Launch

first_img For more information and a detailed list events, visit . An interactive community education display at shopping malls in each target community. Visitors will receive takeaway information and can take part in a responsible gambling quiz that will help increase knowledge of ways to gamble responsibly, if they choose to gamble. A two-day Responsible Gambling Conference will be held Monday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Halifax. The conference will feature expert speakers and leading authorities on gambling issues, innovative presentation formats and discussions about preventing problem gambling and the latest trends and challenges in responsible gambling and corporate social responsibility. The launch of a new, comprehensive, player-focused responsible gambling website on Oct. 6. A talk by Ms. Mullally at a Halifax Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 7 about the province’s gaming industry. Complete with interactive community education displays, a new awareness program and a two-day international conference, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation is set to launch its seventh annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Events are aimed at increasing public awareness of responsible gambling and corporate social responsibility in Nova Scotia and will be held across the province Oct. 5 to 11. “Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is about education, awareness and preventing problems before they start,” Marie Mullally, president and CEO of the gaming corporation, said today, Oct. 3. “Gaming is a form of entertainment and we want to ensure that if Nova Scotians play, they do so responsibility. That’s why, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation believes in providing the information that players need to make informed decisions.” Responsible Gambling Awareness Week events are happening across the province, with a will focus on six target communities: Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Halifax Regional Municipality, Municipality of Digby, Municipality of Lunenburg, New Glasgow and Truro. Events and education programs includes: last_img read more

SLC security delegation visiting Pakistan to find out feasibility of Test series

first_imgKarachi: A high-level security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket Board, led by its secretary Mohan de Silva, will reach Karachi on Tuesday to find out if it is safe to send its team for a Test series against Pakistan later this year. The four-member delegation, which will also visit Lahore, will prepare a report on the basis of which the SLC will take a decision on whether to send its Test team to Pakistan in October. The other members of the delegation are Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, SLC’s head of international cricket Chandima Mapatuna and assistant manager anti-corruption and security Mudiyanselage Palitha Seneviratne. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh They will be in Karachi till Wednesday and then proceed to Lahore on Thursday before flying back home on August 9. The delegation has been sent by SLC after the Pakistan Cricket Board requested them to play a two-match Test series of the ICC World Test Championship in Pakistan. The delegation will visit the match venues, team hotels and also meet PCB officials and top security and police officers during their three-day visit. Sri Lanka was the last team to play a Test in Pakistan in March 2009 when it came under terrorist attack in Lahore which eventually led to top Test teams refusing to tour Pakistan because of security concerns. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Zakir Khan, who is the Director of International Cricket Operations in the PCB, said that Pakistan was confident that it would be able to host the two Tests in Karachi and Lahore. “But we can’t say anything for certain until the SLC security delegation returns home and submits its report to their board,” he said. Khan said the fact that the Sri Lankan board was sending a high-powered delegation to Pakistan showed they were seriously considering PCB’s request for the tour. The PCB is hoping that if Sri Lanka sends its team to Pakistan, it would become easier to convince the Bangladesh Cricket Board to also play Tests in Pakistan early next year. The PCB is also eagerly awaiting a visit by top officials of Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board to Lahore sometime in October.last_img read more