A prominent member of the Scottish parliament is taking up the cause of a young Nova Scotia woman and the Scottish island school that wants her to be its Gaelic teacher.Sine Halfpenny of Antigonish, N.S., was the only applicant for a Gaelic-language teaching job at Bunessan Primary School in Isle of Mull, Scotland.But she encountered visa issues, and couldn’t get approval to immigrate. She ultimately took a job in Manitoba that doesn’t allow her to use her Gaelic skills.“It’s frustrating because you got kids with no teacher,” Halfpenny said in a phone interview. “The kids are going into year two and they still don’t have a teacher.”Her story garnered the attention of British newspapers, with articles in The Telegraph and Scotland’s The Herald last fall.Now, Michael Russell, the local member in the Scottish parliament as well as the minister for U.K. Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, has written to the new British home secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to reconsider Halfpenny’s case.“The local community affected by this decision have worked extremely hard to secure Gaelic education for their children and we must not let them down,” Russell said on Twitter this week.Halfpenny said she learned Gaelic from a childhood caretaker and fell in love with the language. She studied Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University and became a certified teacher.The Isle of Mull opportunity intrigued her, and she obtained an additional teaching certificate qualifying her to work in Scotland.Halfpenny said the school gave her a conditional offer, which she accepted. Her trouble began when she tried applying for a work visa.“We kept getting denied,” she said.First, she said the government had filled its work visa quota for the month, so her application was rejected. When her application was finally accepted, she said she failed to show that she had a sponsor.Her sponsors, the regional councillors, couldn’t vouch that she would be making at least 30,000 pounds a year, a requirement of all visa applicants.“It’s not fair to keep a teacher that can be there and is willing to settle down in their area away,” said Halfpenny.Frustrated, Halfpenny moved on with her life.“It got to the point where I couldn’t stay in Nova Scotia,” she said. “It’s not easy to sub at home and keep your head afloat.”Halfpenny moved to northern Manitoba, where she now teaches English at Garden Hill First Nation High School.Russell, a member of the Scottish National Party, said he is disappointed with the Home Office’s immigration policies because they are “preventing good, qualified Gaelic-speaking professionals” from teaching in Scotland.He called for a “more progressive approach to immigration,” and asked the home secretary to reconsider Halfpenny’s case because of the school’s urgency to fill the position.Halfpenny said all she can do now is watch from afar as Russell and the local councillors continue to lobby for her.“They’ve been champions for me. I wish the process was easier on them so that we can just get to work. They’re good people and hopefully things will work out for the school,” she said.
West Ham winger Michail Antonio has come out in support of Raheem Sterling and described the City forward as “brave” for his stand against racism.Sterling was the target of an alleged racial abuse on Saturday during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and Antonio who have had a similar experience is supporting the England international for his stand on the issue of racism in football.“I experienced it when I was younger. I was like 10 or 11. A kid called me a monkey,” Antonio told Sky Sports.“I’ve not experienced it as a professional footballer myself, but it’s just one of those things where it happens. It’s just how it gets dealt with.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“To be honest, I think he’s a very brave man.“He’s showing facts and I honestly believe he’s done the right thing.“You can blame one person, but putting it out there and showing it’s not just one person that’s doing it, he’s saying the media, if we can stop it being in the papers, if we can stop it from the source, that’s how it ends.”
Game of Thrones Netflix 3:38 50 Photos Tags Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed an overall deal to develop new films and series for Netflix pic.twitter.com/57gLQOSTLE— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 7, 2019 Share your voice 0 In a joint statement, the pair said, “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home.” They say they are “honored” Netflix has brought them on board.”We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement. “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”A brief glance at the response to this new signing, on Twitter, isn’t particularly kind to D&D. Some users balked at the signing just days after Netflix cancelled The OA.The anger stems from a divisive final season of Thrones. Many fans have torched the Game of Thrones creators after they failed to stick the landing in the show’s final year. Even though the public response was relatively brutal, the show managed to rack up 32 Emmy nominations this year. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jeff Kravitz The two minds behind HBO’s mega-hit turned mega-disappointment Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have struck a multiyear deal with Netflix, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday. The duo will create exclusive content for the streaming giant outside their deal with Disney to direct an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.D&D, as they’ve come to be known, were in high demand, with media giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney all in talks to secure their services. Netflix ultimately won out with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter the deal is worth $200 million and will include film and TV projects. The pair had spent over 10 years at HBO working on Game of Thrones.
PR HandoutAfter winning hearts with her performance in Marathi films, actress Monalisa Bagal started her own film distribution company.It has just been 3 years since she made her stunning debut in the acting world. However, she is all set to take a plunge in her career. Her film distribution company is called ‘Box Hit Movies’.In a statement, the actress said, “I’ve released 4-5 films under my film distribution company. I got into film distribution to learn what the audience expects from actors and what kind of cinema they love to watch. My distribution company has different centres like A, B, C. So I see if cinema reaches to these different centres and what kind of cinema they love to watch. After this, I will be doing an exhibition. But it will take some time.”She added, “I think, along with shooting the film, it’s necessary to see if it is reaching right places, in how many theatres it was released. I wanted to study all these factors. With the help of my film distribution company, I am understanding all this. It helps to understand different kind of cinemas, where we are lacking behind and how much we need to focus and put efforts on it.”Monalisa Bagal has worked in Marathi films like Zhalla Bobhata, Dry Day, Sobat and Perfume.
India, which imports about 80 per cent of its fuel needs, could see its finances going haywire if a recent statement by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih proves right. On Sunday, the minister said that crude oil prices are “nearing their end” since the demand-supply dynamics are improving.”The current down cycle is nearing an end. Market fundamentals, in terms of supply and demand, have begun to improve. We are optimistic that oil prices will continue to improve in the future,” Khalid al-Falih told a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak on Sunday after a Gulf ministerial meeting in Riyadh, reports AFP.Oil prices have rebounded sharply from $30 per barrel in January this year to levels of $50 currently in the global market.As a businessman put it aptly, it could well end India’s honeymoon on inflation.”As oil touches 50$, India’s honeymoon on inflation, current account may be over. Micro needs to improve faster as macro tail winds slow down,” Uday Kotak, executive vice-chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, tweeted in May.India’s disproportionate dependence on crude oil to fulfil its massive fuel consumption makes it vulnerable to rise in prices in the international market. If the cost of landing crude goes up, there is a cascading effect on domestic petrol, diesel and aviation fuel prices, spiking inflation.This could be politically disadvantageous for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is eyeing a comeback in Uttar Pradesh where elections are due early next year.A win in India’s largest state would not only strengthen the ruling party at the Centre, but also enable it to improve its numbers in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha), crucial to pushing economic reforms that have a pan-India effect.The international crude oil price for India was $49.41 per barrel on October 21, up from $24.47 on January 21, 2016, according to data published by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.India’s crude oil imports rose 9.1 per cent to 18.81 million metric tons in August 2016, year-on-year.Most of the refining and fuel retailing business in India is handled by state-run companies — Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Oil India Limited. All the firms are listed on stock exchanges.The two prominent players in the private sector are Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Essar Oil. The latter recently sold 98 per cent stake to a consortium led by Russia’s Rosneft for $12.9 billion.
Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Evicted sharecroppers along Highway 60 in New Madrid County, Mo., in January 1939. Photo by Arthur Rothstein/LOC/Creative CommonsWASHINGTON (RNS) — A Christian anti-hunger group has released a devotional guide to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Va.“Lament and Hope: A Pan-African Devotional Guide” was produced by Bread for the World and is set to be dedicated at a prayer service at a Washington church on Thursday (Feb. 28), the last day of Black History Month.The free guide addresses past and current issues of unequal access to land, housing and education. It begins with verses from the Bible’s Book of Lamentations that speak of homelessness and affliction and conclude with a proclamation of the “steadfast love of the Lord.”The Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith speaks at a Religious Freedom Center class for black theological students on Jan. 8, 2019, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks“We are saying that the history of people of African identity has been a legacy of spiritual resistance,” said the Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith, editor of the guide. “There’s been that resistance against the evils of enslavement and all the things that accompanied that.”The devotional has been released at the start of a year in which many activities commemorating the arrival of the first African captives in Jamestown are planned, including some by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 400 Years of African-American History Commission that was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Trump in early January.Walker-Smith, senior associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church relations at Bread for the World, said a delegation of young adults from across Africa plans to represent her organization in August at events planned in Jamestown, where people from the modern-day southwest African country of Angola were brought 400 years ago.Bread for the World’s 2019 Pan-African Devotional Guide. Image courtesy of Bread for the WorldBread for the World’s guide was produced to help readers answer questions about how to move from lamentation to hope, drawing on the example of African people who were forced into slavery and protested it, she said.“That spiritual resistance is actually a source of hope and still is a source of hope,” Walker-Smith said.The guide will be promoted through partnerships with global, African and American networks of churches. It features monthly entries written by current and former leaders of the Angola Council of Churches, the United Theological College of the West Indies and the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative.The dedication service and the guide itself will encourage participants to contemplate disparities that remain across the globe and determine ways to advocate to eliminate them, Walker-Smith said.“At the end of the service, there will be a call to action to say you have a role in this narrative, you have an opportunity to be a part of this legacy,” she said. “What are you doing and how can you further this sense of hope?” Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Jewish youth organization nabs $25 million gift to help empower young women Tags400 years Angelique Walker-Smith Black History Month Bread for the World devotional homepage featured Jamestown Pan-African slavery Virginia,You may also like Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Catholicism We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jonathan Harounoff Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW YORK (RNS) — After the latest wave of attacks at places of worship, from Poway, to Sri Lanka, to New Zealand and Pittsburgh, Mohammad Modarres felt an added sense of urgency in his latest business venture, Abe’s Eats. Modarres, an Iranian-American entrepreneur, seeks to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths’ most stringent dietary laws. It is Modarres’ hope that his company will make the point that the Muslim and Jewish communities, often thought to be opposed, can find strength in combating rising bigotry and hate crimes.To ensure the meat reaches what is considered the gold standard of kashrut (Glatt kosher) and halal (Zabihah), the butchering process for Abe’s Eats is overseen by a Shokhet, or kosher slaughterer, alongside a Muslim equivalent who gives a prayer at the moment of sacrifice. Mohammad Modarres. Courtesy photoBefore Abe’s Eats, Modarres, a Muslim, founded Interfaith Ventures, a nonprofit that hosts Friday night interfaith dinners, known as Shabbat Salaam, nationwide for the past few years. The synagogue and mosque attacks are part of a sharp rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes. A 2017 FBI report showed that in the United States hate crimes had increased for the third consecutive year, with an almost 23-percent spike in religion-based hate crimes and a 37-percent rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes alone. “When a more established immigrant community helps another one be better embraced in the larger American narrative, it means we all become stronger,” Modarres said at the close of a TED talk he gave last June about Abe’s Eats that was titled “How to build a more inclusive dinner table.” Modarres was quick to note that Abe’s Eats is not just a meat company. “We are using something as tangible as food to normalize our religious diversity and alleviate Jews and Muslims of hate crimes. Meat happens to be one of the more complex foods to produce under both Kosher and Halal dietary laws; so I started there.”“In these tumultuous times, if you can bridge gaps, rather than divide them, then that’s really important,” said James Chambers, executive director of Halal Food Standards Alliance of America, who added that he was intrigued by the concept of Abe’s Eats. But he stressed that production of halal and kosher meats are intricate processes and expressed concern that Abe’s Eats will not make interfaith understanding a priority over proper butchering.Over the past few years, Modarres has worked with mashgiachs (kosher supervisors), halal experts, imams, rabbis and sustainable farmers to create a product that he believes will promote inclusivity and bridge religious divides through the medium of food. “The idea stemmed from when I invited my Muslim and Jewish friends to Shabbat Salaam dinners in California two years ago in order to discuss how we were going to tackle the latest wave of religious bigotry,” said Modarres.“What I found fascinating was that even though we were coming together at these events to celebrate our commonalities, we still separated over our dietary habits.”In late 2017, Modarres organized an outdoor interfaith food gathering in Times Square, drawing 600 people who lit Shabbat candles and celebrated religious diversity. Its success inspired Modarres to produce high-quality religious foods that are not restricted to a single religious community.Hundreds gathered at Times Square for an interfaith Shabbat lighting ceremony in late 2017 to celebrate religious diversity. Photo courtesy of Abe’s EatsAbe’s Eats has a sound business model, too. With the kosher and halal food industry in the United States alone worth an estimated $38 billion, the two-in-one meat venture will be able to serve “multiple faith communities while allowing (strictly observant) Jews and Muslims to eat from the same plate,” according to Modarres. Since 85 percent of kosher and halal foods are bought by Americans with no affiliation to Judaism or Islam, he said, the consumer-base potential is enormous for meat that is produced to high standards. “Demand is growing for sustainably sourced foods not found in factory farming,” said Modarres, which is why his venture promises 100 percent grass-fed, organic meat raised by American ranchers for environmentally conscious consumers. But Modarres is taking no chances and will launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to help finance a marketing campaign and defray other expenses, using the hashtag ‘#UnityInDiversity,’ which Modarres says is designed to “show the world that behind the color of our skin and the stereotypes of our religious or cultural beliefs, there are dreams and passions that can resonate with everyone on a human level.”Modarres believes that support from Kickstarter will also go to prove that identifying with Islamic and Jewish communities can withstand the uptick in attacks on religious communities. 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Singing, songwriting, beatboxing, live looping, and producing sounds with an array of gadgets on stage, this one woman army does it all by herself. Blending classical Indian, folk and western contemporary styles, Vasudha Sharma enlivens her audience through her music. Being out on a solo journey is a conscious decision? No, I am not trying to do it individually. I do collaborate and jam with other musicians at times. It’s just that I like to make my basic compositions and then get others on board. I like to control the inception phase. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Your music carries Indian folk and western sensibilities at the same time, how did this come about?I made a great leap that way. When I was four, my summer vacations were spent learning braj music in Mathura. I had no inkling of even Bollywood music back then. After I joined Hindu college for my graduation, I was introduced to Alanis Morissette. That’s when I started imbibing her style of music; you know the way youngsters do. That was my transition from Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixbraj rasiya to western.And which way did you decide to go from that juncture?I was really confused as I knew very little about western music. Then I got this scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston,USA. That’s when I decided to delve into western theory of music. Now, I can fuse both the styles together.Coming back to India, you dabbled in Bollywood as the music director of ‘Sharukh Bola Khubsoorat Hai Tu’. (Cuts in) I used to frequently visit Prithvi theatre for plays. One day I saw Makrand Deshpande in a café. I casually went up and told him that I was a singer songwriter and would like to make music for theatre. A year later or so, this offer came along.Bollywood, indie music or both, which way do you plan to steer ahead?Being your own master is another kind of high. I love the space I am in. I am producing my own album Attuned Spirits, for which I had recorded some songs in Boston. Jaagi Jaagi Raina, one of the singles from the album is already out in the market. I am enjoying the way things are panning out for me.
Kolkata: The temperature in various South Bengal districts will start sliding down from Monday, as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system.The people in South Bengal will get much awaited relief from the scorching summer heat next week, as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted thundershower in a couple of days from Tuesday. It may be mentioned that entire South Bengal has been under an intense heat spell for the past few days, with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through the districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople in all the poll-bound districts felt intense discomfort due to the hot and humid weather. Eight constituencies went to poll on Sunday. A senior official of the MeT office said: “The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty wind. The rain and thundershower are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts, including the city, during the afternoon hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe temperature continued to shoot up to 40-43 degree Celsius in Western districts including Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and some parts of West Burdwan and Birbhum. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature remained between 36 and 38 degree Celsius in the past few days. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high due to the inflow of northwesterly wind into the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal since, preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system.
Dine & Dash: 24-hour food race kicks off tomorrow << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Posted by TORONTO — 24 hours, 2 men, 1 airline and 150 years. This is the gist of an epic coast-to-coast race set to launch tomorrow in Charlottetown.Dubbed a ‘great Canadian food race’, the event teams up Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Executive Chef Daniel Craig with Culinary Adventure Co. owner Kevin Durkee on a 24-hour cross-country journey celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.The edible adventure will begin on June 21 at the home of Confederation in Charlottetown before jetting off via Air Canada to Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary. The race ends in Vancouver at midnight on June 22.Sounds impossible? Maybe. But one thing’s for sure: there’ll be lots of eats, and plenty of Canadiana to make Canadians proud.The pair of racers will source ingredients to be used in a Taste of Canada menu at the hotel’s signature restaurant, TOCA, starting July 1.“Whether it’s Nova Scotia blueberries or sustainable fish farmed off the coast of B.C., our aim is to sample food from as many cities as we can within one day,” said Chef Craig. “We’re excited to share our adventure with guests when we return to Toronto and create a truly Canadian menu in honour of Canada’s 150th.”More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The coast-to-coast tour is part of the hotel’s new culinary program, ‘Off the Eaten Track’, a customized series of culinary tours curated exclusively for guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto by Culinary Adventure Co.You can watch the team live @facebook/ritzcarltontoronto or on Instagram @culinaryadvco, or visit ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/canada/toronto/area-activities/off-the-eaten-track for more information. Tags: Ritz Carlton Travelweek Group