February 10, 2020

Spurs cut Leicester’s lead to five points

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Video series about LNG features Fort St. John residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A new video series from the BC LNG Alliance features residents from Fort St. John, including Mayor Lori Ackerman.The series, called ‘What I Know’, is made up of 15-second TV spot style videos featuring residents from across northern B.C., and figures from the oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -“LNG is an opportunity for the province of British Columbia, it’s going to offer jobs for generations to come,” Mayor Ackerman says in the clip. “We’re looking at a 40-year industry — LNG will definitely provide a future for our youth.”In another video, she says, “LNG is not only going to bring jobs, good, secure jobs. But also revenue to the province to make sure our education system and our health system are secure.”The third video features a resident named Lyle, who says LNG is ‘right for British Columbia.’‘The sustainable, long-term promise of LNG is really what we need as an engine to drive our province forward into the future,” he concludes.Advertisement In a video posted at the beginning of March, Lynette Kitt says her family loves the lifestyle of living in rural B.C.“I believe LNG is good for Fort St. John because it brings economic diversification to our region.”The ‘What I Know’ videos were posted to YouTube on April 4.last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

West Ham on course for European spot, claims Hammers star

first_img1 West Ham midfielder Mark Noble West Ham midfielder Mark Noble believes the club have still got a strong chance of securing European football despite suffering heartache at White Hart Lane last weekend.The east London club were heading for all three points against Tottenham after going two goals in front, but could not believe their luck after Harry Kane missed a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time but fired home the rebound with the last kick of the game to salvage a 2-2 draw.After conceding another injury time goal against Manchester United in their last home game, West Ham have now thrown away four crucial points which prove costly in their attempts to finish in the top six.But despite the setbacks, Noble feels there is enough quality in the squad to have a successful end to the campaign and hopes they will take out all their frustrations on Crystal Palace and his former manager Alan Pardew on Saturday.Noble said: “If we play like we did [against Tottenham] then we have got a great chance [of playing in Europe].“But we have got to stop conceding late goals. We did it against Manchester United and have now dropped four points.“But we played well and had a great away performance at Tottenham and we need to push on for next week.“We were 2-0 up and in control of the game.  They didn’t look like hurting us one bit and if anything we looked like we were going to score more goals. But it all went wrong from there.“It will be nice to see Pards [Alan Pardew] but if we play like we did against Tottenham then we have got a great chance.”last_img read more

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December 28, 2019


first_imgA Donegal man who was found in possession of cannabis when pulled over by Gardaí has had his case adjourned.Shane Higgins, 23, with an address at 45 Parkview Letterkenny admitted to being in unlawful possession of cannabis. Garda Enda Jennings stopped the defendant’s car at Magherawarden, Kerrykeel on June 5th of this year.Garda Jennings told the court, “I came across the vehicle in a car park close to Portsalon and approached the driver.“I got a strong smell of cannabis – and after searching the car I found a small amount of cannabis.“Mr Higgins, the driver of the vehicle, admitted the cannabis was his and took responsibility for it being in his car.“He was polite and co-operative and the street value of the cannabis was about €10.“He was very forthcoming with me, and had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant for Mr Higgins to appear before him in 2016 and adjourned the case.MAN IN POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WHEN DRIVING HAS CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cannabiscarcourtsGardanewsShane Higginsvehiclelast_img read more

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December 24, 2019


first_imgEVERTON star Seamus Coleman is fit enough to start against Arsenal at the weekend, his manager has said.Roberto Martinez says the Killybegs man, who was a sub against Leicester last weekend, is available to start this time around. “Seamus was fully fit from a medical point of view on Saturday and that was a real boost,” said Martinez ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal. “He has been working really well, and he was desperate to be part of the squad on Saturday.“I think now it’s fair to say that he’s considered fully fit and ready to join the group and help the team in any game.”The fitness boost is good news form Martin O’Neill ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.  COLEMAN FIT FOR FULL RETURN AGAINST ARSENAL was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsenaldonegalevertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

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December 22, 2019

Algeria squeeze past Senegal to storm last 16

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaBalde KeitaGroup CRiyad MahrezSadio ManeSenegalYoucef Belaili Algeria are three points clear at the top of Group C.AFCON 2019Senegal 0-1 Algeria30 June Stadium, CairoThursday, 27-06-2019Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in a Group C contest at 30 June Stadium on Thursday evening.Sadio Mane made his first appearance in this year’s showpiece after missing the game against Tanzania due to suspension.Aliou Cisse’s side made a bright star in the opening minutes of the first period with Mane, Keita Balde threatening the Algerian defence.The Desert foxes however, grew up in the game and were unlucky not to hit the target at the half hour mark when Baghdad Bounedjah’s clip over custodian Meny was comfortably cleared by Kalidou Koulibaly. It was goalless at the break.Four minutes after the recess, Youcef Belaili fired the 1990 continental champions into the lead with a powerful shot off a Sofiane Feghouli quality ballIn the 72nd minute, Riyad Mahrez nearly doubled the Algerians lead but his effort went wide. Moments later, Bounedjah almost scored into his own net.Senegal introduced on Sada Thioub for Keita Balde, Henri Saivet for Alfred N’Diaye and Mbaye Diagne for Krepin Diatta whereas Algeria brought on Andy Delort for goal scorer Youcef Belaili, Mohamed Fares for Ramy Bensebaini and Mehdi Abeid for Ismael Bennacer.Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Keita Balde were both cautioned while Youcef Atal and Djamel Benlamri also went into the referee’s book on the Algerian side.Algeria top group C with six points from two games while Senegal have three. The Lions of Teranga will play Kenya in their last group game on Monday whereas Algeria will face off with Tanzania on the same day.Comments last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Ford looks to SA for Dakar success

first_img7 August 2013Team Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two South African-built Ford Rangers in the gruelling 2014 Dakar Rally, which takes place from 5 to 18 January 2014 in South America.Ford’s decision follows the success of South African-built Toyota Hiluxes in the Dakar, with Giniel de Villiers finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012.The design team responsible for bringing Ford’s Dakar contender to fruition includes a mix of South African and global minds.The purpose-built Ford Rangers are being prepared by Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), while logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing.The drivers’ line-up is also mixed and features Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez and South African Chris Visser.“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, Jeff Nemeth, said in a statement.“Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”Over one-billion TV viewers from across the world tuned in to watch the 2013 Dakar, with 4.6-million spectators making their way to South America to witness the event.Global collaborationThe newly designed Ford Ranger has been built in Pietermaritzburg with assistance from Ford Motor Company’s Global Product Development group, and every aspect of the vehicle has been carefully considered and built with precision and performance in mind.“A complex jigging system was used in the manufacturing process in order to ensure that each part is built as per the design in order to achieve the perfect fit on every vehicle built,” explained team manager Neil Woolridge, a former Dakar contestant.“Although the two new Rangers are locally built, we received tremendous support from our global counterparts including the likes of Ford’s SVT division.”The technical aspects of the project will be managed from the NWM workshops in Pietermaritzburg, which will serve as the main headquarters of the project.One of the two FIA Ford Rangers is already complete and will start testing this month. The second is under construction with planned completion at the end of October. They will be supported by a dedicated team of 24 full time staff in their quest for the top honours in the Dakar battle.The logistics and European operations are being managed by South Racing GmbH, based near Frankfurt, Germany. South Racing is owned and managed by Scott Abraham whose family has a long history in South African motorsport. His father Arthur was a stalwart of South African motorsport for several decades.Knowledge and experienceAbraham has been based in Europe for the past 10 years during which time he has worked as team manager for X-raid BMW/MINI and Overdrive Toyota. He was integral to the launch of the Toyota Dakar project and thus has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience.South Racing will be supplying the team logistic structure including the MAN 6X6 Service Trucks, MAN T4 Race Trucks and service equipment. In addition to the vehicles and equipment, South Racing will manage all logistic and administration requirements for the team.“The combination of NWM and South Racing will ensure that the project has the necessary expertise and depth to be able to deliver the results,” Abraham said.Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue have been confirmed as the first driver crew. They are part of the younger generation of drivers coming through the sport and have delivered impressive results in previous editions of the Dakar.In their first outing in 2011, they finished 17th overall. In 2012, they managed to finish in an impressive fifth place, while in 2013 they were lying third overall before mechanical problems dropped them down to 27th place. Demonstrating huge determination, they fought back to finish in 10th place.The second Ford Ranger will be crewed by South African Cross Country competitors Chris Visser and navigator Japie Badenhorst.Both are well known in South African motorsport, having won the 2011 South African Cross Country Championship. They’re currently one of the leading contenders in the 2013 Donaldson South Africa National Cross Country Championship. It will be their first time competing on the Dakar.The 2014 Dakar Rally will be the 35th running of the event and the sixth successive running in South America. It will start in Rosario, Argentina and finish in Valparaiso, Chile after 13 stages, which will comprise a total distance of over 8 500 kilometres.Ford fans will be able to keep track of the team’s progress in the lead-up to the event as well as follow the teams’ progress during the 2014 Dakar on Ford South Africa’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Join the conversation by using #FordDakar.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Remembering the voices of the women of 1956

first_imgTwenty thousand brave women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 protesting the apartheid pass laws. (Image: Randburgsun) • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 www.nelsonmandela.org • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • The strength of South Africa’s democracy • The Union Buildings: now a national treasure • Women in the struggle rememberedRomaana NaidooSouth Africans celebrate Women’s Month by commemorating the 20 000 brave women who marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 protesting the apartheid pass laws being extended to black women.The crowd marched to Pretoria to deliver to then-Prime Minister JG Strijdom a petition protesting their freedom being restricted by the passes.Organised by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw), the march was led by Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and Lilian Ngoyi.Among those incredible women of all races and ages, from all walks of life, was Amina Cachalia. Cachalia (28 June 1930 – 31 January 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist, women’s rights activist, and politician.She was married to political activist Yusuf Cachalia and was also a long-time friend and ally of former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.Born Amina Asvat in Vereeniging, South Africa, she began campaigning against apartheid and racial discrimination as a teenager and went on to become a women’s rights activist. She spent some 15 years under house arrest throughout the 60s and 70s because of her anti-apartheid activities.Cachalia was the treasurer at Fedsaw, a leading supporter of the Federation of Transvaal Women, and a member of both the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress and Transvaal Indian Congress during the apartheid era.Memories of the Women’s MarchBefore her passing last year, Cachalia spoke about the day with a broad smile and says that, for her, it was, “a significant day and a day remembered every year and all year”.“It was a truly splendid day, weather-wise not so great – it was a cold winter’s morning.“We planned it [the protest] for quite a few months ahead. The executives of the Federation of South African Women took it upon themselves and organised this demonstration and march.”She recalled that the organisers faced many obstacles. As public gatherings were out of the question, it was decided that every women would get an individual petition as they arrived at the Union Buildings. These petitions were to indicate why the women were going to Pretoria.Cachalia, who was heavily pregnant at the time, was advised by doctors not to march because of a heart condition. So instead she was taken by car to Pretoria early that morning. She recalled that she waited in the clock tower and then, suddenly, a group of women wearing colourful blankets came into view and walked to the amphitheatre, where they sat on the grass, silently.“It was a wonderful sight; it meant that the women were coming,” she said.You strike a woman, you strike a rockAfter leaving the petitions at the door, on windowsills and in the passageway of the minister’s empty office, Ngoyi said that the minister had run away, Cachalia recounted, with a laugh. During the march, Ngoyi led the women in a song, the words – “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo”, meaning “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” – now an infamous reminder of their strength as the bedrock of their families and communities.The women stayed at the Union Buildings for about an hour or so before quietly retiring.“There were no police difficulty and there were no incidences of violence. Everything went off absolutely beautifully,” Cachalia said.Anti-Pass CampaignThe 1956 Women’s March was a culmination of several years of defiance and activism.South African History Online explains: “In 1952, the Native Laws Amendment Act tightened influx control, making it an offence for any African (including women) to be in any urban area for more than 72 hours unless in possession of the necessary documentation. The only women who could live legally in the townships were the wives and unmarried daughters of the African men who were eligible for permanent residence.”In that same year, the Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents Act was passed. Under this act, the many different documents black men had been required to carry were replaced by a single one – the reference book – that gave details of the holder’s identity, employment, place of legal residence, payment of taxes and permission to be in the urban areas.The act further made it clear that black women would, for the first time, be required to carry reference books. This outraged South African women and posed a threat to their freedom of movement. It added fuel to the anti-pass campaign.During one of the protests, Dora Tamana, a member of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and later a founding member of Fedsaw, said: “We women will never carry these passes. This is something that touches my heart. I appeal to young Africans to come forward and fight. These passes make the road even narrower for us.“We have seen unemployment, lack of accommodation and families broken because of passes. We have seen it with our men. Who will look after our children when we go to jail for a small technical offence – not having a pass?”Tamana (née Ntloko) was born in 1901 in Hlobo, Transkei. She married John Tamana, who had been injured in the Bulhoek Massacre. The Tamana family had to move to Cape Town where they rented a converted stable in District Six.After parting ways with her husband, Tamana got involved in the politics of the region when the government wanted to clear and re-house squatters living in Blouvlei.The meeting held by the Blouvlei community was attended by over 500 residents and addressed by a number of leading Communist Party members. In 1942, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) became the first of many organisations that Tamana joined, ostensibly because of the threat to her home.Over the next few years Tamana became increasing drawn into political activity, becoming an executive member of the Cape Town Women’s Food Committee and a member of the ANC.The Defiance CampaignIn June 1952, a co-operative group known as the Defiance Campaign exerted pressure on the government through radical acts of defiance. Women were prominent in conducting these acts, notes South African History Online.One of these women was Fatima Meer. Meer was arrested for her defiant behaviour along with Ngoyi, who later became president of the ANCWL and Fedsaw.In 1946, Meer joined many other South African Indians in a passive resistance campaign against apartheid. It was at this time that she started the Student Passive Resistance Committee and helped establish the Durban District Women’s League, an organisation to build alliances between Africans and Indians after riots between the two race groups in 1949.After the National Party gained power in 1948 and started implementing its apartheid policies, Meer’s activism stepped up; she was one of the founding members of Fedsaw.Fedsaw was launched on 17 April 1954 in the Trades Hall on Rissik Street, in central Johannesburg. It was the first attempt at establishing a national, broad-based women’s organisation. A group of 146 delegates, representing 230 000 women from across the country, attended the inaugural conference to pledge their support.Fedsaw aimed to bring South African women together to secure equal opportunities regardless of race and colour and to remove social, legal and economic disabilities.According to South African History Online, a draft Women’s Charter was presented and called for the enfranchisement of men and women of all races; for equality in employment opportunities; for equal pay for equal work; for rights in relation to property, marriage and children; and for the removal of all laws and customs that denied women such equality.The Freedom CharterThese demands were later incorporated into the Freedom Charter, adopted by the Congress of the People in Kliptown, Soweto, on 25 and 26 June 1955.In the run up to the Kliptown gathering, in August 1954, the Congress Alliance asked Fedsaw to help organise the Congress of the People and the women agreed. They successfully helped to organise local bodies and conferences in 1955 and lobbied for the incorporation of some of their demands into the Freedom Charter.In September 1955, the issue of passes came to a head after the government announced that it would start issuing the reference books to black women from January 1956. Several protests were held, culminating in the mass march to Pretoria in August. In commemoration of the bravery of these women, and in tribute to them, the country now celebrates National Women’s Day each year on 9 August.last_img read more

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December 2, 2019

Kurti And The Pretty Floral Bag

first_imgGrowing up as an Indian American in Queens, New York, with my conservative, Bengali father, slightly liberal, Punjabi mother, and younger brother in a nice three-bedroom apartment in Richmond Hill was never difficult. Richmond Hill was developing into a small Indian hub, providing opportunities for families who recently arrived from India. We had white neighbors, Spanish neighbors, and neighbors from Guyana, but for the most part our neighbors were Indian.It wasn’t uncommon to see a group of nanijis walking down the street in their white salwar kameezes. Our local library had a large stock of Bollywood movies. Looking back at old school photographs, most of my classmates were all brown. We were all children of immigrant parents. There was no such thing as trying to fit in or becoming too modernized. We listened to what our parents told us, believed that our own cultural values were superior to “western” ones, and stayed with our “Indian” kind. White American people just lived in a place where houses were separated by vast forests and spent their weekends at elementary school soccer games. We never thought we were different from anyone else, simply because we were all the same.At age 7, when my brother was born, my parents began giving a lot of thought to moving to Long Island. It was not the first time they thought about moving. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of getting into the family’s old car with my parents and driving out to Montauk on the Long Island Expressway for hours. We’d stop, every now and then, to attend an open house my parents saw advertised in Newsday or the New York Times. I remember these trips because they were the first time I would see life outside of Queens.As a child, it never occurred to me that people who lived on Long Island were wealthier, or better educated than those who lived in Queens. All I remember thinking was how odd it was that nobody walked along the streets or played in front of their homes. We would visit house after house after house. Most of them were huge with great backyards and pools, but had been outgrown by families after their kids went off to college and moved on.On those Long Island visits, I never thought that I was different from anyone else. After all, I was born in America, spoke English (I had only a faltering understanding of Hindi), watched American shows and movies, and listened to American music. So, at the age of 11, when my parents made the decision to finally move I was not nervous. There was a small part of me, however, that knew that I would be different from everyone else. We were, after all, moving to a predominately white neighborhood. I had a darker skin and a different religion. In short, I would be Indian.For the most part, this small unease remained silent, but popped out whenever I heard of hate crimes on the news. By 11, I knew what racism was and was terrified that I would have to experience it. I remember spending afternoons after school in my neighbor’s backyard, shooting foul shots into basketball hoops. I would set stupid little goals for myself. If I shot three baskets in a row I would not be made fun of at my new school. If I shot five baskets in a row I would make friends easily. Ten baskets meant that I would be popular.I remember my first day at my new school. I was placed in a fifth grade class where the only other non white kid was another Indian boy. The kids were nice, like kids at my old school. One girl, in particular, stood out. She, like most other girls, had curly blond hair, wore Soffe cheerleader shorts and a summer camp tank top. I remember she had a very pretty, floral print bag.“Thanks,” she said when I complimented it. “It is a Hervé Chapelier.”It would not be until my seventh grade French class (I sat next to the same girl) that I learned that Hervé Chapelier was a French accessory designer. So just what exactly was a fifth grader doing with a backpack that today costs as much as a tank of gas? It was, I discovered, the subtle difference between Queens and Long Island.In Queens, you had your clothes, your backpack, your shoes; all from nameless companies and bought after several markdowns. What you wore and bought mattered to nobody, because everyone was in the same boat. On Long Island, you are never on the same boat as your neighbor. Instead, you make sure that you are on a bigger, better, more expensive boat.It was pretty obvious to me that one difference, between my classmates and me, was they would have better clothes than me. In hindsight, this observation seems shameful and embarrassing. Nevertheless, I knew I could not ask my parents to buy me clothes like the ones that girls in my school wore. I would be admonished for wearing shorts that were too short, or shirts with barely-there sleeves. I asked only once, the night before my fifth grade graduation dance. My request to wear short shorts was met with a resounding “no.” I’ll admit that I was upset, but not the least bit surprised. Subconsciously I was relieved. I was afraid that if I began to dress like the girls in my school I would no longer be like my parents, or belong to my family. My years in middle school were uneventful. I befriended a group of kids who, like me, did not really fit in with the “popular” kids, but we were not exactly at the bottom of the totem pole either. We were smart, we joked, and hung out on weekends. Our parents bought our clothes for us and it never occurred to us to read the latest fashion magazines. During my freshman year in high school, I befriended a girl who, like me, was Indian. She went clothes shopping with an older sister who at the time was in college. After reminding them of my A+ average, I convinced my parents to let me go shopping with them. They went to the trendiest stores buying blouses, skirts, and dresses that I couldn’t imagine Indian girls wearing.For an Indian girl trying to uphold her parents’ Indian values, shopping in American stores can be difficult. Clothes that everyone else wears become too tight, too revealing, too low-cut, too small, or too short. My two prerequisites for buying clothes were that they a) had to have sleeves and b) had to be reasonably priced.I once complained to my dad about the problem. He offered me two solutions. The first was study (his solution to everything). The second was to wear a kurti to school. Kurtis were the last thing I would wear anywhere outside a puja or my masi’s home.Naturally, I was surprised therefore the next time I went to the mall to see kurtis, churiyan, ghaghraas, behind almost every store window.  I never noticed the growing influence Indian styles were having on American and international fashion. Bangles I had worn to the annual Saraswati Puja adorned the hands of models on Parisian runways. The blouse an editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine wore during New York’s fashion week looked exactly like the top of a lehnga I owned. All of a sudden, I could wear a kurti to school and people would think I got it at Bloomingdales!The realization that I could finally wear my own kind of clothes to school did not make me as happy as I thought. It made me wonder if I placed greater value on the opinion of my peers than of my family. All along my father had prodded me to wear a kurti to school, which I never did until it became the latest fashion trend. Was I okay with wearing Indian-style clothes to school only because American culture had finally accepted it?My mom once told me, “No matter what you do or what you become people will always see you as an Indian. So be proud of being Indian.”First generation Indians have to be proud of our Indian heritage. We need to be able to bring India to mainstream culture, and not wait for someone else to do it. We have the privilege of being Indian American. We should sift through both ideologies and create a lifestyle that adapts the best of both worlds. Only then will we have the satisfaction of knowing that we managed to live in a modern world without sacrificing our rich heritage. After all, a black Hervé Chapelier tote bag complements any salwar kameez wonderfully.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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November 28, 2019

Ajay Maken hopeful of getting Sports Bill cleared next time

first_imgThe National Sports Bill might have been rejected for now but Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday said he remains confident that it will get the cabinet’s approval the next time around.Maken sees the development as a setback but will try and complete the finetuning work of the bill as quickly as possible.”We are waiting for the minutes of the cabinet meeting. Once we get that, we will start reworking the National Sports Development Bill and place it before the cabinet again,” said Maken.”We will consult the ministers to know their specific objections and address those as much as possible in the bill. Hopefully we will be able to get the cabinet’s clearance next time around,” he said.Maken did not give a timeframe on when he would complete the finetuning work but admitted that it would no longer be possible to introduce the bill in this monsoon session of the parliament.The Sports Ministry was keen to get the bill passed by parliament in the ongoing monsoon session but the cabinet’s rejection has put a spanner.Maken said that his sole intention is to bring about transparency and accountability in sports and he was convinced that the bill will serve the purpose.The cabinet had yesterday rejected the bill with ministers such as ICC President Sharad Pawar, Mumbai Cricket Association chief Vilasrao Deshmukh and J&K Cricket Association head Farooq Abdullah opposing it.The Ministers felt that the bill was seeking to control rather than facilitate the development of sports and had raised objections on the age and tenure restrictions.advertisementlast_img read more

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