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Indigenous school division proposed for Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of parents and educators in Winnipeg want to improve dismal graduation rates and a loss of language and culture.Nearly two-hundred of them met Tuesday night to discuss forming an Indigenous school division in the city.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.last_img

Jose Mourinho Bans Chelsea Doctor from Matches

Rabat – Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro will not attend the game against Man City after she was told by manager Jose Mourinho that she will no longer be sitting on the bench on matchdays and trainings.The Chelsea manager criticized Carneiro after she rushed in to the field to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League over the weekend.As a result, the Belgian player was forced off the pitch and left Chelsea down to only nine men for a short time after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was already shown a red card. The Gibraltar-born Carneiro will continue in her role as first-team doctor, but she will no longer attend games and trainings.A furious Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game that he was “not happy” with his medical staff.“Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.“You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player, you have to make sure your player has a serious injury.“I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He had a knock, he was very tired. But my medical department left me with eight outfield players in a counter-attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.”Born to a Spanish father and an English mother, Carneiro joined Chelsea in 2009 as a reserve-team doctor before being promoted by Andre Villas-Boas to take the first-team role in 2011.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

‘Insulting and Undiplomatic’: Tunisians Respond to Benkirane’s Comments

Rabat – Tunisian media have hit back at Abdelilah Benkirane’s “insulting comments,” telling the former Moroccan prime minister to “shut up” and mind his own business.Yesterday, a number of Tunisian radio stations ran programs that reacted to Benkirane’s recent comments about Tunisia, responding to what they called “an insult to the country’s pride and image.”Benkirane made his remarks on Sunday, January 13, while speaking to members of Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD). “Tunisia is an undisciplined country, even if its democracy is better [than Morocco’s],” Benkirane told fellow PJD members at his Rabat home. “When I visit the country, I find general strikes, dirt, and disorder. I have the feeling that some parties want to go back to dictatorship…. Tunisia is socially unstable,” Benkirane said. The former PJD boss, apparently comparing the Moroccan and Tunisian political experience, added: “Morocco is probably the best Arab country.”Read Also: Tunisia’s Essebsi Invites King Mohammed VI to Arab SummitThe Tunisian media’s response came on Tuesday, after waiting for two days for an official response from the government.Wondering what could have motivated the PJD official’s jibe at a neighboring country, Nessma TV called his remarks “a violation of all international and diplomatic norms.”Mosaique Radio followed suit, although uninterested in the reasons. The comments were sufficient proof that Benkirane has no “regard for Tunisia.” The radio noted on its website that Benkirane “did not mince his words about Tunisia. His remarks breach all diplomatic rules and are insulting to our country’s image.”However, in addition to rebuking Benkirane, the Tunisian radio wondered why government officials have said nothing so far. “The remarks were made days ago, and there has so far been no reaction from the Tunisian authorities.”Tunisia is widely considered one of the MENA region’s best democracies. “Democracy Index 2018,” a recent report by Britain’s the Economist on the state of democracy in the world, ranked Tunisia first in the Arab world in terms of democratic experience. Morocco, said to be oscillating between “authoritarianism” and “flawed democracy,” came second in the Arab world. read more

Public right to information essential to good governance Ban stresses

Mr. Ban told a panel discussion being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day that “there is a global trend towards new laws which recognize the universal right to publicly held information.“But these new laws do not always translate into action. Requests for official information are often refused, or delayed, for years. At times, poor information management is to blame. But all too often, this happens because of a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability.”The Secretary-General called for efforts “to change attitudes and to raise awareness” on the importance of a free flow of information.“People have a right to information that affects their lives,” he stressed. “States have a duty to provide this information. Such transparency is essential to good government.”Today’s panel discussion – held in advance of World Press Freedom Day, which will be observed on Monday – considered freedom of information and the public’s right to know and was focused on South-East AsiaThe Secretary-General said countries in the region had a broad spectrum of press freedom standards. Some have high standards while others are plagued by serious problems that ranged from impunity for violations to State repression.The global picture, he noted, is bleak. Mr. Ban cited last year’s records by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicating that 77 journalists were murdered around the world.“These were not high-profile war correspondents, killed in the heat of battle,” said Mr. Ban. “Most of them worked for small, local publications in peacetime. They were killed for attempting to expose wrongdoing or corruption,” he said.He condemned the killings and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice.“Impunity gives the green light to criminals and murderers, and empowers those who have something to hide. Over the long term, it has a corrosive and corrupting effect on society as a whole,” the Secretary-General said.He said that around the world, there are governments and other powerful forces which seek ways to obstruct the freedom of press.“They impose high taxes on newsprint, making newspapers so expensive that people can’t afford to buy them. Independent radio and TV stations are forced off the air if they criticize government policies. The censors are active in cyberspace too, preventing people from accessing websites for political reasons, and arresting citizen journalists,” Mr. Ban said. 29 April 2010Everyone has a right to information affecting their lives but too often government secrecy and a lack of accountability ensure that the public are deprived of vital facts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he called for a wholesale change in attitudes towards press freedom. read more

Lanka firm against outside intervention

The delegation from Sri Lanka was speaking during the debate on the human rights situation in Belarus. The delegation said that Sri Lanka feels that action contemplated with regards to Belarus must have the country’s consent. The Sri Lankan delegation also said that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism is the appropriate forum to address the human rights situation of all countries in a constructive and equal spirit of engagement. Sri Lanka informed the UN Human Rights Council that it is firmly against outside intervention in any country to address human rights concerns without the consent of that country.The Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva told the council during its ongoing 20th session today that any action on a specific country should be based on the principles of cooperation and genuine dialogue. Sri Lanka urged the Council not to permit debates and resolutions on country specific situations by virtue of selective processes that run counter to its founding principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.Sri Lanka also says it is against the current trend of unnecessary duplication or multiplication of country specific mandates which leads to their continuation and politicization of the council. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Malaysian police arrest 7 over Lankans death

Malaysian Police have arrested seven men for investigation into the death of a Sri Lanka man who was allegedly assaulted while attempting to break into an apartment at Kota Kemuning.Shah Alam district police chief ACP Shafien Mamat said the incident occurred about 3 am when occupants of the apartment saw the suspect attempting to prise open the door and gave chase when he attempted to flee, the New Straits Times reported. “Several individuals at the apartment also went after the man and assaulted him after catching him,” he told a media conference at his office. He said the man died on the way to a hospital. Shafien said the suspects, age between 20 and 30, were detained for investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. read more

Guarantee the health of every child to achieve sustainable development – Annan

In a message marking World Health Day, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to guarantee the health of every child as the starting point to achieve sustainable development.“Healthy children are crucial to sustainable development,” Mr. Annan said. “That is why this year’s World Health Day carries the theme ‘Shape the Future of Life: Healthy Environment for Children’.”He stressed that a child’s world was centred around the home, the school and the local community, places where children should be able to play, thrive and develop, and be protected from disease.“But in reality, these are often places where children – particularly children in poverty – face multiple threats to their health,” he said, noting the common risks of unsafe drinking water, air pollution, poor housing, lack of hygiene and sanitation, as well as inadequate waste disposal.“The only sustainable response is to make sure that children can live, learn and play in safe environments,” he declared. “This will not only save many lives; it will have positive consequences for economic development. It will prevent many children from being taken out of school due to chronic disease, and thus, help society as a whole build the skill-base it needs for economic growth.”That meant recognizing that “children are our future – and that a future of sustainable development begins with safeguarding the health of every child,” he concluded. “On this World Health Day, let us rededicate ourselves to that mission.”For his part, the President of the General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, noted that 5 million children between birth and 14 years of age die annually, mainly in the developing world, from avoidable environmental hazards. “These are appalling statistics, because most of these deaths are regarded as preventable,” he said. “The dire situation facing children in unhealthy environments is intimately linked with issues such as poverty, lack of adequate nutrition, education and poor sanitary conditions.”Underlining the priority these issues have within the UN Millennium Development Goals, Mr. Kavan declared: “It is obvious that affording children at least the minimum in environmental standards is necessary to empower them for their future. As such, I believe it is imperative that we continue to push for measures at all levels of society that alleviate these worsening conditions.” read more

Collective action now the only way to meet global challenges Guterres reaffirms

UNFig 2: UN 2019 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. Fig. 1Fig. 2 With the UN’s help last year, $15 billion was mobilized for humanitarian assistance for 133 million people in need, and more than 40 political and peacekeeping missions and offices worked to promote peace and prevent conflict.In addition, the Organization revamped the entire UN development system so that $33 billion in development aid, across 165 countries, could be better delivered. The past year saw the UN chief launch a new agenda for disarmament, and at least 600 million people were reached through a campaign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Yet, rising inequality, extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, increasing violence against women and girls, and pervasive poverty, continue to make humanitarian assistance essential, the Secretary-General said.As the Organization nears its 75th anniversary next year, Mr. Guterres said “across these diverse circumstances” he has seen, “a common thread: a deep conviction by people all over the world, that the United Nations must live up to its ideals.”Mr. Guterres says the past year has only reinforced his conviction that “there is no other way to address global challenges but to act collectively.”“Commitment to this vision is needed now more than ever,” he urged. More than 100 UN colleagues contributed to the report, which is available in all six official languages. UNFig 1: UN 2019 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. The 120-page report documents the Organization’s progress over the past year, when it comes to sustainable development, peace and security; Africa’s development, human rights, humanitarian assistance, international law, disarmament, and crime prevention, together with the fight against terrorism.“Global challenges require global solutions,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in the Report’s introduction.“It is not enough to proclaim the virtue of multilateralism; we must prove its added value,” he stressed, highlighting that the world’s grave challenges require attention no single Member State or organization can solve alone, above all, the risks posed by runaway climate change.The 2019 Report on the Work of the Organization aims to set a new standard for transparency and accountability at the UN, giving readers a new perspective on the state of the world and how the UN is meeting its aims, through concrete results.The Secretary-General says the past year illustrates both what the UN system “can accomplish when we work together, and what we need to do to generate further progress.”Select long-term UN objectives 1995-2018 read more

Mooy scores 2 as Huddersfield jumps to 14th from last

WOLVERHAMPTON, England — Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton on Sunday.The Australia midfielder found the net in each half as the Terriers were deserved winners at Molineux, where the hosts looked off the pace on their return from the international break.Mooy’s double was the first time Huddersfield had scored twice in a league game this season and its second win of the campaign lifted David Wagner’s team up to 14th in the table. Wolverhampton is now without a win in five league games, losing four.The game started at a frantic pace, with Wolves doing much of the attacking. But it was Huddersfield which took the lead after six minutes.Matt Doherty failed to track his man, allowing Erik Durm to get in behind the Wolves defence on the left. His low cross went perfectly into the path of Mooy, whose measured side-foot finish flew into the bottom corner of the net, giving goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance.For all Woverhampton’s dominance in possession, it created nothing in the first half and Huddersfield had chances to extend its lead before the break, with Steve Mounie having three chances in quick succession to get his first goal of the season.Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo made two changes at halftime and only a superb goal-line clearance from Philip Billing denied the hosts an equalizing goal as Raul Jimenez’s far-post header from Adama Traore’s cross was somehow kept out.Mooy doubled his tally in the 74th minute with a superb curling free kick, bending the ball around the outside of the defensive wall and beating Patricio down by the post.___More AP English soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Masiello will miss AtalantaFiorentina clash

first_imgAccording to coach Gian Piero Gasperini, the defender will be out for at least one week and will miss today’s Lega Serie A matchDefender Andrea Masiello has been with Atalanta since 2011.The 32-year-old footballer started his professional career with Lucchese, but after some years with Juventus, Avellino, Siena, Genoa, and Bari, he ended up in Atalanta.Since he joined his recent club, he has appeared in 127 matches, scoring eight goals in the process.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.But he will miss today’s match between his team and Fiorentina, after being ruled out by a muscular lesion in the adductor.“Masiello and Arkadiusz Reca are out, while Josip Ilicic is still struggling. We are having to adopt a different training regime with him,” explained coach Gian Piero Gasperini according to Football Italia.“Fiorentina are in great shape and scored a lot of goals so far this season, so their results speak for themselves. We’re coming off two good performances against Milan and Torino, which allow us to look at Florence as an important and significant test.”“We tend to play with our usual solid identity away from home and intend to maintain that in every stadium,” he concluded.last_img read more

Kiwanis Graceway Supermarkets team up feed nearly 500 students

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Kiwanis & Graceway Supermarkets team up to feed nearly 500 GSAT exam candidates.   This is the first year the partnership is nationwide.  Above is the volunteer team at Gus Lightbourne Gym in Provo for day one of the initiative where children get a sandwich, fruit and drink.South Caicos groupNorth Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #IwannatakeGSATnowtoo#kiwanisTCI#GracewaySupermarketslast_img read more

DPM tells Grand Bahamians to focus on the benefits new oil refinery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 23, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said that while he’s aware of all the talk among the public about the $4 billion oil refinery project by Oban Energies, he urged Bahamians – particularly Grand Bahamians – to focus on the benefits such a project will bring to Grand Bahama.“There’s more to the story than what you see,” Minister Turnquest told participants of the 20th Annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook, which took place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Grand Lucayan resort.“You will be hearing more about that as the project proceeds.  Today, as a matter of fact, the group is in East Grand Bahama beginning the final stages of their Environmental Impact Assessment.  And we will continue to see activity, going forward through to the shovels in the ground.“We have confidence that this project is going to go forward, that the funding is available, that the environmental concerns will be addressed and that at the end of the day, we will have a project that will be a catalyst for the development of Grand Bahama as a whole, east Grand Bahama in particular.”Minister Turnquest reminded Grand Bahamians that what helped to bring about the “glory days” of Grand Bahama, when the economy was on the incline, was the industrial sector.“So we have an opportunity and we have to see it through. Again, in the Heads of Agreement, we have requirements and everything is contingent on those requirements,” the Minister Pointed out. “As the Prime Minister has indicated, that Heads of Agreement will be Tabled and everyone will be able to see what it contains – the benefit and the risk to us as an island, as a country.”As the Representative for Grand Bahama, Minister Turnquest said that he’s pleased that there are a number of prospective developments slated for his constituency, including the Oban Energies Oil refinery in East Grand Bahama.He said that a number of projects have been slated for Grand Bahama, including the purchase and development of the former Ginn property in West Grand Bahama. He also mentioned the purchase and eventual refurbishment of the Grand Lucayan resort by the Wynn Group.“The re-opening of this property is absolutely vital to the city of Freeport, particularly the Lucayan strip, which is a major contributor to the Grand Bahama economy,” added Minister Turnquest.“I know that there was some rumor that because Mr. Wynn was not here to speak at this Business Outlook, that there was some trouble with the deal. I just got off the phone with Mr. Wynn before I came into this room and I assure you that is not the case at all. There was some miscommunication and he is actually in the Dominican Republic, opening a property there.“But this deal is very much on track and we expect to have this wrapped up relatively soon; the brands that are associated with their proposal are very well known brands to us and they will give Grand Bahama the kind of variety of offering that we have been missing.”Interestingly enough, Minister Turnquest said that Grand Bahama continues to attract interest with respect to the tourism industry.“As the Minister of State said, 2018 is poised to be a very significant watershed year for us,” added Minister Turnquest.  “Between the government and our partners at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, we have to lock arms on these opportunities and ensure that we provide the best opportunity for these projects to become successful.”Drawing on a farming analogy, the Deputy Prime Minister told the audience that when one is planting, you don’t see results right away; it takes a while and in the meantime, the seed has to be watered and nurtured before it begins to spring up.“That’s the phase where we’re at,” said Minister Turnquest. “After years of going backwards, we’re now starting to go forward and we must celebrate that.“Prospects for the economy in 2018 are for furthering strengthening of activities, with growth estimated at 2.5 percent.  Conditions in the Labor market are also consequently set to improve.  These developments will be underpinned by the completion of the Baha Mar phased opening and by various foreign investment related projects, which have been foreshadowed by the Prime Minister.“As well, we expect the growth of both the tourism sector and the national economy to be favorably impacted by stronger projected growth in the United States, our major trading partner.  The increase in investor consumer confidence in the United States bodes well for continued growth in tourist related travel and investment interest in The Bahamas.”Minister Turnquest said that the government is on track to bring the country’s financial house in order and that the Government remains on track to meet its budgetary target by year’s end.“The Government anticipates continued growth in the economy, which will be very much associated with improvements that we expect to happen here in Grand Bahama. As was pointed out by the Minister of State for Grand Bahama, various projects are being negotiated and/or are already in progress.“This signals a significant spike in the Grand Bahama economy and, in the words of the Honourable Prime Minister, what’s good for Grand Bahama, is good for The Bahamas.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Tewksburys Public Health Museum Seeks Volunteers

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Public Health Museum, located in Tewksbury on East Street, is seeking volunteers to help with museum activities and to give public tours. Flexible schedules welcomed and full training is provided.Opportunities include archival processing, research and writing, and public tours and programming.  Whatever your interest, the museum can use your help. It’s a great place for fans of history, museum studies, and public health professionals.Contact the museum at http://www.publichealthmuseum.org/volunteer. Help share the history of Public Health in Massachusetts.(NOTE: The above announcement was submitted by Paige Impink.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPublic Health Museum Offers FREE Camp For WHS Juniors & Seniors Interested In Public Health CareersIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender peoples status in Indian society

first_imgSoumya Shankar Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. By: Soumya Shankar peepsqueek says: News • Photos of the Week February 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm I really don’t like the words “gender confused”. I know this is not your intention, but it’s a Christianist term which simply displays christianist ignorance and the inability to understand that not everyone falls into the nice neat categories of “conservative”. “Christian” “Theology”– multiple quote intentional. February 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm Yes, the term is recent. My area of interest was the plains Indians. The gays and transvestites were called Winkte. They were left alone. In some groups they were thought to have spiritual powers. The point, which so I guess is wasted, is that not all cultures had a problem with homosexuality. That, of course, makes no difference to you as the Bible lays out your positions. News In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice I’ve heard that bandied about, usually by phobes. Thankfully it’s still considered part of canonical scripture. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 two spirit idea is baloney Jim. I grew up with indians and never heard of it – it is another lie of the homosexual agenda All Native Americans have the same traditions? Because you grew up around a certain tribe or two means that you know about how all tribes feel?Actually you are correct that the two-spirit designation is recent. LGBTQ Native Americans chose it for themselves as an embodiment of their diverse tribal same sex traditions. February 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm “India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.”Did they get that from Wikipedia? February 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm The story of the “adultrous woman” doesn’t appear in the oldest manuscripts of John. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm Sandi in EL says: February 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm peepsqueek says: David Allen says: February 22, 2019 at 8:01 pm Sandi in EL says: None of the heads of the akharas quoted a doctrine for, or against, transgenders. One more data point that the Indian traditions are not religions. February 21, 2019 at 9:46 am In what part of the Bible did he every say that except to an adulterous woman? Please be specific Share This! By: Soumya Shankar February 21, 2019 at 8:30 am Sandi in EL says: center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Soumya Shankar,16 Comments Click here to post a comment February 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm repent and sin no more Jim Johnson says: Elagabalus says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 What would Jesus have said?? Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Sandi in EL says: By: Soumya Shankar Share This! I am not a Christian and I do not want to hurt anyone that is suffering with gender identity issues. Tagsakharas Ayodhya Hinduism India Kumbh Mela Laxmi Narayan Tripathi LGBT LGBTQ Ram temple Top Story transgender issues,You may also like February 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm Many cultures have no problem with gays and transgenders. In Native America, many tribes held them in high esteem, the two-spirits. I guess they were unfortunate in not having scriptures to tell them they were wrong, eh? No. It has been made up by the homosexual agenda to incorporate others. Nothing more; nothing less than another lie from them Ananth Sethuraman says: February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am David Allen says: peepsqueek says: peepsqueek says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Who knows, as it is mostly fantasy and fiction and second hand re-writes of original. And besides, none of that is important or relevant in unnecessarily shaming the gender confused. Not in my culture they were not. This is entirely a manufacture of the gay activists.,Ahead of St. Louis meeting, one United Methodist offers prayers along the way Ben in Oakland says: February 23, 2019 at 7:43 am Jim Johnson says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts February 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Sandi in EL says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,PRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — On a warm January evening, sadhus and devotees surrounded Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the former reality TV star, jostling to get a selfie with her. She obliged them one by one, posing with hands gracefully folded into a namaskar.In this northern Indian city historically known as Allahabad, it is the festival of Kumbh Mela, when millions of Hindus come to take a dip at the confluence of the three holy rivers — Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, the latter long dried up and known only in myth — and to catch a glimpse of the holy men and women who camp at the weekslong festival.Tripathi, 40, now a transgender activist and founder of the first monastic order of transgender people in Hinduism, made her splashing debut earlier in the day with a dip the Indian media covered as if it were a movie premiere.Outside the tent where Tripathi was receiving her followers, the crowd became impatient, but she beckoned to those swarming the entrance, giving out generous hugs, a pat on the head or a little slap of adoration on the cheek, keeping order by dispensing blessings.Mahant Pavitra Nimbhorkar, right, a leader of the Kinnar Akhara, greets visitors in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 8, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaThat evening, after the long lines had dissipated, Tripathi removed her ceremonial makeup and discussed her transformation from television personality to activist to a religious leader. “Effeminate and sickly” as a child in a family of Brahmins, the highest priestly caste, she grew up in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. In addition to being different from an early age, Tripathi was abused sexually as a child.A dancer and choreographer, Tripathi embarked on a career that ranged from music videos to Mumbai’s infamously seedy dance bars. For years she battled with being called gay for her innate femininity, until she met prominent members of Mumbai’s hijra community — as trans people are referred to here — and aligned with her true identity. In 2011, she became a household name while starring in the Indian version of “Big Brother.”India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.It was the 19th-century British colonizers who laid the foundation for the systematic oppression of trans people, criminalizing them and classifying homosexuality as “against the order of nature.”The colonial legacy has reduced India’s trans people to lives of misery and estrangement from the mainstream. “Hijra” has become a derogatory term, often referring to the trans sex workers who beg and offer their services at traffic lights in major cities. But hijras also retain a sacred function, blessing marriages and newborns.Beginning in the 1990s, when the AIDS epidemic hit India and decimated the trans community, Tripathi set out into the world of activism, creating a new platform for hijras to address their peculiar status.In 2008, she became the first transgender person from Asia Pacific to speak about AIDS awareness at the United Nations.Kinnar Akhara members bless commoners as they make their way to take their first holy dip at Sangam. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarHer court petition, along with those of many other activists, led to the 2014 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India legally establishing a “third gender.” In September 2018, the Supreme Court abolished Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality.It was about this time that Tripathi began to challenge the underlying stigmas against hijras, merging her activism with a challenge to Hinduism, which had long since disengaged with transgender and other sexual minorities. “Religion is the one avenue that connects with the masses and fills the gap that activism cannot,” she said. “Activists in the LGBTQ community are only connected with only a certain group of people in their own community. It’s an echo chamber.”The founding of Kinnar Akhara, the trans monastic order, is Tripathi’s way of both breaking out of activism’s limits and changing religious attitudes toward her community.Adi Shankara, the eighth-century scholar and philosopher, is credited with establishing the first Hindu monastic order. The akharas, or “armies” of holy sages — sadhus — safeguard the tenets of the Hindu way of life. Over time, the system branched out into the 13 present-day akharas, dominated almost entirely by men.In 2015, right before the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Tripathi said she had a transformative experience after visiting the Mahakaleshwar temple. She began rallying transgender people from across 22 Indian states and sought their support in establishing a monastic order of their own — the Kinnar Akhara.“The night I went to Mahakala, I fell in love with him. He’s the hottest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. My lord is so sexy, so beautiful,” she said.Tripathi’s proclamation of a 14th akhara at the Ujjain Kumbh of trans people defies both authority and conventionality, rattling many conservatives.“They (the kinnars) were never an akhara and never will be,” said Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the supreme administrative body of the 13 akharas, whose clout is not only religious but political. “They won’t be able to sustain the monastic order. Their way of life is different than ours.”Tripathi remains unfazed. “We have started the journey to reclaim our lost lineage and heritage. Why are they so worried about us?” she said.Artists design a symbol ahead of a Kinnar art fair during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, India. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarThe elders of Juna Akhara, the first and oldest of the monastic orders, have helped her cause by welcoming Tripathi and her followers to take the ceremonial dip this year under their aegis. “Juna Akhara had enough manhood to accept femininity and walk with it,” Tripathi said.“In Juna Akhara there is a new consensus and consciousness. We believe in everybody’s rights, dignity, individuality and sensitivities,” said Avadheshananda Giri Maharaj, chief saint of Juna. “This is the age of equality, and dharma (the religious way of life) is an ocean where all streams should converge, and differences should evaporate.”As head of his ancient institution, the Maharaj has been opening the akhara’s doors to many oppressed communities, taking on the challenging task of steering the ancient order of monks and godmen into the 21st century.He recently appointed Dalits (formerly the “untouchable” caste) to positions of authority within the order. He is determined to help restore the dignity of the trans community as well. “They need that sensitivity and care which they have been deprived of,” he said, of the Kinnar Akhara.Attracting attention from the nation at large while mobilizing the Indian trans community, Tripathi is part political leader, part patron saint and goddess.People take selfies with members of Kinnar Akhara, standing, the trans monastic order, while working on art in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 11, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaIn the West, said Antoinette DeNapoli, associate professor of religion at Texas Christian University, “many trans groups, feminists and LBGQT are striving to change religious cultures of shaming and more in the Abrahamic traditions. And it seems that India is setting a precedent particularly with religious patriarchal institutions.”With national elections coming this spring, Tripathi has jumped into one of the most polarizing political debates in Indian politics, the proposed construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a 16th-century Mughal mosque in Ayodhya, also held to be the birthplace of the god Ram. For years, the Ram Temple issue has caused Hindu-Muslim clashes.In November, Tripathi said that her akhara fully supports this cause, drawing censure from other transgender activists who claimed she was appeasing right-wing Hindu politicians and fueling division.“I have nothing to do with any political party. I feel that where my lord was born, his temple should be there. It’s common sense,” Tripathi said. February 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm last_img read more

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first_imgWe have no idea how Valve manages to cram so much personality into its turret bots, but they make for a very compelling trailer. Give it a watch and we’re guessing you’ll be that much more excited for Portal 2.The video above, with voice-over by Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson, talks a bit about the company’s turret and why exactly they are so effective. It’s because the turrets fire the whole bullet. That’s 65% more bullet, according to Johnston. (Does that technically make the turret some kind of automatic musket? Or is it as simple as jacket-less ammo? We’re definitely curious, but this is very far removed from the point…) The turret also come in hundreds of colors and patterns, including some snazzy camouflages and a brick pattern.Anyway, it’s a great commercial and if Valve is bringing this kind of humor to Portal 2, and even some minor appearances by Johnson, it’s going to be one of the best games of 2011.via Blues Newslast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy was earlier a member of Trinamool Congress but later joined BJP, while Banerjee is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the TMC.”It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” the court said.The court rejected Roy’s contention that the legal notice sent to him by Banerjee was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice,” the judge said.The court dismissed Roy’s allegations of defamation based on a ‘tweet’, saying it was not made by Banerjee.It also rejected Roy’s statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a ‘traitor’, saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using “defamatory statement” in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered. “The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” Roy’s complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.”Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy had quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.last_img read more

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first_imgCosta Rica’s sub-21 men’s soccer team faces Honduras at 3 p.m. today in a must-win game to advance to the knockout stage of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia.The women’s team has already advanced after being the only team to complete a clean sweep, winning all three games to reach the top of their group. They will face either Mexico, Nicaragua or Trinidad on Tobago on Friday at 6 p.m. in the semi-finals.The men’s team, on the other hand, will need to win today after losing their opening game against Colombia. A 3-2 victory against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday kept their hopes of passing to the knockout stage alive.All three of Costa Rica’s goals against Trinidad and Tobago came from an early barrage in the first half. Midfielder Randall Leal Arley kicked off the party with a goal in the first 10 minutes and then forward Andres Gomez followed it up with a clean strike for a 2-0 lead a few minutes later.Then it was Leal again. Trinidad and Tobago’s Darnell Hospedales fouled Costa Rica’s Barlon Sequeira deep in Trinidad and Tobago’s zone to give the young Sele a penalty. Leal took the shot and scored his second goal of the game.It was the last goal Costa Rica scored that game and Trinidad and Tobago nearly mounted a comeback in the second half.The multi-island nation scored their first goal in the 60th minute thanks to another penalty and then Nickel Orr scored seven minutes later to make it a one-goal game. Trinidad and Tobago had a flurry of chances in overtime but weren’t able to tie the game.Trinidad and Tobago has no chance of advancing while Costa Rica needs to beat Honduras today to make it to the knockout stage. If Costa Rica ties today and the game between Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago also ends in a tie; then Costa Rica and Colombia will tie in points, but the goal differential would push Colombia into the knockout stage and leave Costa Rica out. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ticos in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games Costa Rica smashes human smuggling ring; 5 cops arrested, 47 Nicaraguan immigrants discovered in stash house Rodríguez rocket earns Colombia a clash with Brazil Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana lawslast_img read more

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