Sikhs honor rebirth, renewal in Los Angeles on their holiday

first_imgHe said Baisakhi is officially April 13, but it is sometimes celebrated on Easter Sunday in Los Angeles, when Sikhs from throughout Southern California and other parts of the country gather at the Convention Center. Baisakhi and Easter are both holidays of rebirth and renewal of the spirit, he said. Sikh leaders say there have been hundreds of documented hate crimes against their followers since the 9-11 attacks, including the murder of an Arizona Sikh who was gunned down within days of the 2001 attacks. Police say assailants have mistaken Sikhs, who wear turbans, for Muslims. Congressman Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who joined the festivities, decried the violence against Sikhs. “It’s bigotry wrapped in ignorance,” said Sherman, who is advocating new federal legislation to increase penalties for hate crimes. PHOTO GALLERY: Baisakhi Celebration More than 10,000 people celebrated the Sikh religious holiday of Baisakhi Sunday and denounced a series of hate crimes against the sect following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Sikhs shared food, music and art in the Los Angeles Convention Center and later paraded through the streets of downtown, singing prayers as they marched behind a dozen colorful floats. “We are trying to draw all the religious communities together to communicate better,” said Nirinjan Singh Khalsa, executive director of the California Sikh Council and a member of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. Further highlighting the need for more understanding, two non-Sikh men attending another event near the Convention Center on Sunday quipped that the Sikh gathering looked like “an al-Qaida convention.” Sikhism, whose followers practice the pursuit of salvation through disciplined meditation, started in India hundreds of years ago. Kirtan Singh Kahlsa, the program director of the Baisakhi celebration, said the religion stresses love, equality and tolerance. He added that support from Sherman and other officials was invaluable. “It’s important for people to understand that if they see a turban (in the United States), it’s a 99 percent chance it’s a Sikh,” he said. “The origin of the Sikh religion is in India, both philosophically and geographically a long way from everything that is going on in the Middle East.” A recent hate crime occurred on March 13 in Redding, Calif., where a man rammed a piece of heavy equipment repeatedly into a new Sikh temple, allegedly telling police he thought the Sikhs were Arabs. The Rev. Leonard B. Jackson, an adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, praised L.A.’s diversity. “Los Angeles is the only city in the nation where you can celebrate Easter at a sunrise service, then celebrate Baisakhi in the afternoon and go to a Greek festival in the evening. “I love L.A,” Jackson said. “Diversity is what makes L.A. great.” (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Win a Hair Dryer from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing on Day 11 of our 12 Days of Giveaways!

first_imgTo celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site,, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. The tenth prize was an amazing one night stay at the stunning Caste Grove Country House Hotel, with champagne afternoon tea and dinner for two. Congratulations to our Facebook follower Louise Crossan! You’re the winner!It’s time to bring you DAY ELEVEN’s fabulous prize.This next prize is from the top class Letterkenny hair salon Patrick Gildea Hairdressing. Patrick Gildea Hairdressing is a world of superb cuts, stunning colour, uncompromising standards and highly trained professionals. They are an award-winning salon, including the Best Salon In Ireland 2015/2016, as voted for by RSVP MAGAZINE.Renowned for excellence throughout Ireland and the UK, Patrick and his dynamic team deliver a five star experience from beginning to end at surprisingly affordable prices.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing use only the best tools, and are giving away one of their New Professional High Performance Wella Sahira Hair Dryers!The Sahira hair drying offers amazing results for the perfect finish every time. Styling is a dream with one of these dryers, which usually retail at €130.For more information about Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, follow them on Facebook here:’s how you can enter to winThis competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner. This competition is open from 5pm today (Wednesday, 21st December) to 12noon Friday (23rd December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook:Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friendTwitter: Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Patrick GildeaFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to donegalcompetitions@gmail.comPut PATRICK GILDEA GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply. Good luck!Win a Hair Dryer from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing on Day 11 of our 12 Days of Giveaways! was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Comlcille presents a unique opportunity to get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal and clothing and help your local GAA Club. All you have to do is bring the listed items below to our clubhouse on the following dates:Saturday 26th May 2012 between 9 am and 5pmIf you need assistance with collection/transportation of any materials please contact any of our committee below and arrangements will be made to assist you: Kieran Friel – 086 6056655 Gerard Curran – 086 1680281Anything that may contain Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Iron, Steel, Lead and Electric Cables, empty food cans, Saucepans, Toasters, Electric Cookers, Washing Machines, Dishwashers, , Microwaves, Tumble Dryers, Swings, Lawnmowers, Strimmers, Rakes Etc, Gardening Equipment, Car Parts, Alloy wheels (No Tyres), Car batteries, Kitchen sinks, Sink tops, Ironing Boards, Radiators, Solid Fuel Cookers, Food Mixers, Electric Knives, Cast Iron Fireplaces, Bicycles, Go Carts, Trampolines, Swing Frames, Goal Posts, Steel Oil Tanks, Coal Buckets, Steel Coal Bunkers, Steel Window Frames, Boilers, Steel Garden Furniture, Gas Heaters, Gas Cookers, Steel Gutters, Golf Irons, Clothes Lines, Sheep Wire, Fencing Wire, Barrels, Wheel Barrows, old Cars, Car Doors/Bonnets etc, Wheel Rims, Gates, Corrugated Iron. Old Farm Machinery, Trailers, Hay and Silage Bailers, Hay Turners, Mowing Machines, Ploughs, Transport Boxes, Toppers, Agitators, Slurry Tank Gates, Ring Feeders, Railway Lines, Cement Mixers, Diggers, Dozers, Combine Harvesters, Binders, Horse Machinery, Water Pumps, Electric Motors, Engine Parts, Milk Cans/Buckets, Milking machines, Milk Coolers and Car/Tractor/Lorrys. All clean clothing including Household Textiles, Clothes, Shoes, Handbags, Belts, Curtains, Bed Linen as well as soft and hard back books. U8’s Blitz:Under 8’s took part in their First ‘Go blitz’ in Letterkenny on Saturday hosted by Letterkenny Gaels. Well done to each and every one of the 11 U8’s that played, some playing in their first match. Excellent performances were given against Glenswilly A and B, Buncrana and Letterkenny Gaels. Big THANK YOU also to all the parents for the very vocal support, and to Stephen Doherty and Letterkenny Gaels for hosting the blitz and for all the refreshments for both the adults and kids.U12’s off to a fascinating start:The U12’s got off to attractive start last Monday night with a fascinating win over Convey, running out champions by 05-09 to 00-04.U14’s off to a winning start:The U14s got off to a winning start last Wednesday night with an emphatic win over Malin, running out winners by 7-10 to 3-04.Naomh Colmcille Training Schedule this week is as follows: Under 8’s training: will be on Saturday the 26th of May at 11:00 am at Páirc Colmcille.Under 10’s: Our first Under 10’s Go games blitz is on Saturday 26th of May in Buncrana. In an effort to reduce costs this year and as the majority of Parents go to the games, the Club would really appreciated if Parents would offer to take players to and from the games as this would greatly assist in reducing the cost of transport. Can all players be at the club house in Páirc Colmcille for 10:00 am on Saturday morning!If you are willing to help can you please let Pat, Andrew or Mark know. Our away Blitz’s this year are in Buncrana, Letterkenny, Glenswilly and Termon. Your help here would be very much appreciated.Under 12’s training: will be on Monday the 28th of May at 7:30 pm at Páirc Colmcille. Can all players please bring boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink. Under 14’s training: will be on Friday the 25th of May at 7:00pm at Páirc Colmcille.Under 16’s training: will continue this week as per notification via Facebook.Under 18’s training will be on Thursday 24th and Tuesday 29th of May at 6 pm at Páirc Colmcille.Senior training will continue this week as per notification via TEXT from Senior Manager Joe Higgins.Gaelic for Girls training: will be on Friday the 25th of May at 5pm at Páirc Colmcille.New players are always welcome!!Note: all updates about training and match fixtures will be on the Club’s website ( and Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille GAA.)Naomh Colmcille lotto numbers: lotto numbers this week are Congratulations to Vinnie McGrath who won €75 with the winning sequence of Next week Lotto jackpot is €870. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pass time.The Club are also registered for Tesco (Ireland) for schools and Clubs voucher scheme which is now up and running for 2012; this will allow the Club to avail of much needed extra Kit and equipment for our young members of the Club.The club is now registered for a ‘Lucozade sport promotion’ where we could get either €10,000 if we collect the most bottle caps, or entered into a draw for €5,000 if we collect over 500 caps, so start collecting your bottle caps now!’Naomh Colmcille would greatly appreciate if everyone in the local community and beyond could start collecting these vouchers and Tokens on behalf of the Club as it would mean a great deal to our local youth and bring much needed equipment to aid the development of our underage teams.Tokens can be given to any Club member, player, and coach or committee member.Lord and Lady of Naomh Colmcille will be held on Saturday 4th August in the Clanree Hotel. Pre orders for Tickets are currently being accepted; please contact Alison Ferry, Sharon Clarke or any team coach / committee member.The organising committee will be contacting local businesses soon offering a range of sponsorship options which offer various levels of promotion both at the live event and in accompanying promotional literature, please contact Sharon Clarke or Alison Ferry for further details.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 21st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Naomh Colmcille GAA noteslast_img read more

Will I ever be happy?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When was the last time you were happy? I muse on the thought constantly.I acknowledge that I am not unhappy, far from it actually. And I do not find myself lacking in joy because I am not accepted by my “peers,” but actually because I think constantly about my future.Will I have a happy marriage? Will I contribute to the lessening of ignorance in people, in my children? Finding myself so occupied with all these thoughts and an eternity of homework, I do not allow myself the opportunity to relax and bask in the gift that is life.I spend more time at school than I do at home; I only go home to sleep, and even then I dream about school situations constantly.For example, last night I had a dream where I was in Las Vegas with my advanced placement biology teachers. For some reason, I won $999 on a slot machine, and I dreamed I would be able to share it with my classmates so we could pay off our multiple AP tests.Yes, multiple, I kid you not.I am taking five AP classes this year. I have seven periods in school, one of which is a zero period. Other than my news staff class, my only other non-AP class is drill team – the pride of PiHi, of which I am president, rank leader and captain of the first-ever High Kick team.A loaded plate, I say!Despite my lack of sleep, and every engaged waking moment, I believe I have an uncommon appreciation for my life – especially for a teenager, and perhaps even among adults.Whenever I do see my mom, I embrace her for as long as I possibly can. I tell her ardently that I love her, wishing to engrave it in her mind, and I cherish her presence in my life because I believe life is too short.I appreciate my health infinitely – the fact that I am able to walk, to express my thoughts coherently, to do everything that a human being with all God-given liberty should and could be able to do.I appreciate that I have a love of nature and wish to become one with it, despite the fact that I live in Southern California and the infernal smog comes between me and my ambitious goal.I long for the day when I find peace and am able to transmit that serenity to those surrounding me and coexist in harmony and happiness.But if I am not experiencing that now, how will I ever? Christina Hernandez, 17, is a Pioneer High School senior. She plans to attend college and major in aerospace engineering, and hopes to work for NASA or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.last_img read more

192 New Generation Event launches this week at Kelly’s Toyota

first_imgToyota has unveiled its 192 offers ahead of the New Generation Event taking place from Wednesday 5th until Saturday 8th June. For the first time, all of Toyota’s new generation self-charging hybrid and petrol vehicles will be on display together. The Corolla Hatchback, Saloon and Touring Sport will all be on show, as well as the Camry, RAV4, Prius, Yaris, and not forgetting Ireland’s best-selling hybrid, the Toyota C-HR. Fantastic offers will be in place during the New Generation event, for both hybrid and petrol models. With trade-in boosters of up to €3,000, APR’s from 2.9% on passenger cars and 1.9% on commercial vehicles, it has never been easier for Irish drivers to upgrade to Toyota’s new generation models.Toyota’s self-charging hybrids, which are in electric mode on average over 50% of the time, produce less harmful emissions and allow drivers to make fuel savings on every trip. As an added advantage, all Toyota hybrids are automatic cars. There has been a surge in customers switching from diesel to a self-charging hybrid in the last year and with demand high, customers are encouraged to visit early to avoid disappointment in securing a 192 Toyota.Kelly’s Toyota, Port Road, LetterkennySummer 2019 also sees the return of the legendary, Land Cruiser Business model with a limited amount of first arrivals landing in July. Customers will also be able to inquire and place their orders during the New Generation event. There’s never been more choice and for 192 there’s more value too. It’s time to visit Kelly’s Toyota, Port Road Letterkenny & Drumbeigh Mountcharles from 5th -8th June for their 192 New Generation Event.Demand is high, so don’t miss out.Toyota, Built for a Better World.192 New Generation Event launches this week at Kelly’s Toyota was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:192192 New Generation EventhybridKelly’s Toyotalast_img read more

Promoting women’s voices on HIV/Aids

first_imgZeenat Abdool, SABC radio Channel AfricaTanja Bencun, SABC Digital NewsBianca Capazorio, Weekend ArgusEuline Fillis, SABC’s FOKUSMukelwa Hlatshwayo, eTVSibongile Mashaba, SowetanSipho Masombuka, The TimesIna Skosana, The New AgeBibi-Aisha Wadvalla, SciDevNomsa Zwane, Alex FM 1 June 2012 Eight of South Africa’s media houses have teamed up with the International Women’s Media Fund (IWMF) to improve their coverage of issues around HIV/Aids, the Washington-based organisation announced last week. This will be achieved through the organisation’s HIV/Aids investigative reporting fellowship, which was established in South Africa in 2011 to fill the gap in reporting about HIV/Aids. The programme is supported by the MAC Aids Fund. “HIV/Aids has had a devastating impact in South Africa, with more than 500 000 new infections each year and 1.2-million children orphaned as a result of Aids,” the IWMF’s Nadine Hoffman said in a statement. “Yet mainstream media coverage of the epidemic has been characterised by a lack of urgency, failure to examine the reasons behind stigma and denial, and inadequate engagement with people living with the disease,” she said. Women, in particular, are excluded from the discourse even though they are disproportionately affected by the disease. The second batch of journalists participating in the fellowship represent some of South Africa’s biggest media houses and come from various backgrounds, including print and broadcast. “Selected fellows will receive advanced training and coaching to produce innovative, high-quality investigative reporting on the complex, under-reported issues surrounding HIV/Aids, reflecting women’s voices and concerns,” Hoffman said. “Each will produce three to four investigations for their news organisations as part of the IWMF programme.” The 10 journalists taking part in the 2012 fellowship are:center_img These journalists will be following in the footsteps of the 2011 fellows, who produced over 30 investigative pieces covering issues such as HIV/Aids in the military, the spread of the diseases through rape in prisons, HIV among sex workers and the role of medical male circumcision in preventing the disease. This fellowship is only one that the IWMF runs. The IWMF was founded in 1990 as a non- profit organisation to strengthen the position and role of women in news media around the world. It has a network of both men and women working in the news media in over 130 countries and has conducted successful programmes in 25 countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

‘Teach your children about their rights’

first_img7 March 2014The government has encouraged South African parents and communities at large to educate their children on their rights during this year’s Human Rights month.Section 28 of South Africa’s Constitution a is devoted to children and outlines the rights that they are entitled to.“It is important that children are cognisant of their rights,” acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said in Pretoria on Friday, calling on parents, communities and children to engage in conversations around children’s rights, and to teach children to speak up when they feel that their rights have been violated.“Parents should continually engage their children about issues such as rape, inappropriate touching, bullying, violence and abuse, amongst others,” Williams said. “The important step is for a child to report any incident or behaviour that may be associated with the infringement of their rights.”Children are encouraged to report such incidents to parents, teachers, or any person that they trust. Children can also call Childline on 08 000 55 555.Williams said the government had gone to great lengths to ensure that laws and other mechanisms were in place to safeguard children’s rights.“There are also government-led outreach initiatives that educate the public on the rights of children. However, parents and communities also play an integral part in punting the message.”Call to celebrate Human Rights DayOn Thursday, meanwhile, the Cabinet called on South Africans to celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March. This year’s Human Rights Day will be held under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of changing lives through human rights”.President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the main Human Rights Day celebration in Sharpeville, Gauteng – the scene of the Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960, when police opened fire on unarmed people protesting against apartheid’s pass laws, killing 69 and injuring 180 others.South Africa declared 21 March a public holiday in 1994, following the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela.“Cabinet calls on South Africans to celebrate living in a country that guarantees that never again will humanity be taken from any South African, irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation,” Williams told reporters in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s latest meeting.“We all have a responsibility to ensure that our human rights record and history are preserved and strengthened for future generations.”Source: read more

Five Sikhs Among Eight Illegal Immigrants Released from Oregon Prison in U.S.

first_imgFive Sikh men are among the eight asylum seekers who have been released on bond from a federal prison in the United States, three months after they were detained for entering the country illegally. All the five men from India made their first public appearance on Aug. 22 and shared their experiences in the Oregon prison. “In the beginning I had no hope,” Karandeep Singh, 24, said during a press conference at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) office in Portland, Oregonlive reported. “Now it’s like a dream. I’m so happy. Thanks to all of the people who have helped us,” he added. “We were seriously depressed,” Lovpreet Singh, 22, said at the press conference. “We couldn’t get out of our cells at all, let alone use the phone to call our families. Even the prison officials didn’t know who we were. How were our families supposed to help us when they don’t know where we are?,” he was quoted as saying. The immigrants were released on bond payments ranging from $1,500 to $25,000.  After coming out of prison, they still have to convince an immigration judge that they deserve asylum in the United States. The immigrants were caught during the Trump administration’s crackdown under its controversial “zero-tolerance” policy. But instead of being kept in detention centers, they were shifted to the federal prison in the U.S. state of Oregon by authorities due to shortage in the centers meant for asylum seekers or other immigrants with pending crime convictions. A total of 52 Indians were among the 124 asylum-seeking illegal immigrants shifted to the Sheridan prison in May. They were detained at the southern border of the country and were among the approximately 1,600 immigrants transferred to federal prisons in five states of the country, AP reported. After visiting the Sheridan facility, local federal public defender had filed petitions on behalf of the detainees and claimed that the conditions in the prison were unconstitutional.  Detainees at the Sheridan prison were initially even prevented from meeting lawyers, after which rights activists came to their support to ask for the right to due process.  In June, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was ordered by a district court to allow the 121 migrants from 16 countries, being held at Sheridan, to meet lawyers.  Federal immigration officials determined in August that at least 79 of the detainees at Sheridan had legitimate asylum claims. They also said that these 79 persons have a “credible fear” of violence or reprisals on their return to home country, according to Oregonlive. After this determination, the immigrants asked a federal immigration judge to release them on bond while their immigration case is pending.  More people are expected to be released this month, as per media reports.   Related Itemsillegal immigrationOregonUnited Stateslast_img read more

$5.5 Million Baroda Prophet Carpet

first_imgA 150 year old carpet commissioned in India to decorate the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina was sold for almost $5.5m at a Sotheby’s auction in Doha. The red and blue rug, known as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda, has three large round rosettes that are embedded with almost two million natural seed pearls and 350 carats of diamonds, as well as sapphires, rubies and emeralds. It was commissioned by the Maharaja of Baroda, Khande Rao Gaekwad in the mid 1860s.  Related Itemslast_img