Muslim Students Association hosts Islam Awareness Week

first_imgThis week, the Muslim Students Association of Notre Dame (MSA) is hosting Islam Awareness Week,  featuring a series of events meant to increase understanding about the religion and its representations.Emily Danaher | The Observer MSA vice president and graduate student Fatemeh Elahi said the week’s events, whose co-sponsors include the Graduate Student Union and Multicultural Student Programs and Services and which include a panel discussion, a lecture and a film, focus on society’s perception of Islam and the role of the hijab, or head-covering veil, in the religion.“This is the most obvious appearance of a Muslim girl, that she is wearing a hijab,” Elahi said. “That’s also where it has been most misrepresented, that [people think] the hijab is a symbol of oppression. So we wanted to talk about how this is actually a misrepresentation, and how it actually means empowerment for girls.”To start the week, MSA held a panel discussion and Q&A Monday night about the importance of the hijab in the prayer life of Muslims. At the Fieldhouse Mall on Thursday, the group will also give out the garment, answer questions about the hijab and teach people how to wear it. Elahi said the goal is for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to understand why many Muslim women wear a hijab.“Hijab basically means modesty, and modesty is one of the biggest teachings of Islam for both men and women, so it’s very important that we internalize this, that our prayers are about modesty,” Elahi said. “… We can learn so much by understanding the concept of hijab.”Thursday evening, Islamic studies professor Ebrahim Moosa will give a lecture in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium about representations and misrepresentations of Muslims in the media, MSA president and senior Liyana Muhamad said.“People want to talk about this, so we want to provide a platform so people can talk about this and stop blaming each other for things that none of us are accountable for,” Muhamad said. “That’s pretty much the idea, watching out for each other. The whole idea of wars and things like that are very much motivated by the media, and not by our innate role.”The week will end with a screening of “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football,” a documentary that explores the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on a Muslim community through the eyes of a predominantly Arab-American football team. Elahi said MSA chose the film because it was relevant to the lives of Muslims in the United States today.“After 9/11, their lives changed,” Elahi said. “It wasn’t because of something they had done … it was just, the media was painting the whole group with a broad brush and they were suffering for that. We just realized it was a good movie because people can connect with it, and it’s very educational.”Tags: islam awareness week, Muslim Students Association of Notre Damelast_img read more

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Peru Exceeds Coca Eradication Goal

first_img So far this year, Peru eradicated 34,651 acres of illegal crops of cocaine, exceeding the goal of 34,594 acres promised in early 2012, Minister of Interior Wilfredo Pedraza said on December 6. “This is excellent news for the nation,” highlighted Pedraza during a press conference at the Government Palace. Peru is one of the main producers of cocaine and coca leaves worldwide, along with Colombia, according to figures by the U.S. government and the United Nations. In 2011, coca crops in Peru – the main source used by drug cartels to make cocaine – extended over 154,440 acres, ranking second worldwide, behind Colombia and ahead of Bolivia, according to an annual U.N. report issued in September. In 2011, the government eradicated 25,427 acres of coca crops. Last October, Pedraza said he was confident they would reach the objective of eradicating 34,594 drug acres during 2012. The minister also declared that the government had set the goal of destroying 39,536 acres of illegal crops by 2013. Counterdrug actions were applied not only in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley (VRAEM), the main coca area in Peru, but around the whole nation, said the Ministry of Interior. The Drug Enforcement Agency said that by July 2012, coca production in Peru was at 325 metric tons, ahead of Bolivia (265 tons) and Colombia (195). By Dialogo December 07, 2012last_img read more

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Chilean Navy: Leader in Tsunami Disaster Prevention

first_imgLatest technology By Felipe Lagos/Diálogo February 23, 2018 A few minutes can make the difference between a natural disaster that claims many human lives and one that only accrues material losses. The goal for the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA, in Spanish) is to send tsunami alerts at the opportune time. SHOA also expanded its sea level monitoring network from 16 to 42 stations. The stations along Chile’s more than 6,400 kilometers of coastline monitor variables such as temperature and pressure, which can detect crucial changes in the face of a tsunami threat. “Basically, the system uses pre-modeled tsunami, and, in the event an earthquake happens with a possible tsunami occurrence, the seismic parameters of the event are entered to determine the threat level.” Lessons learned Chile sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the largest concentration of tectonic plate movement zones in the world—an incubator of tsunami-generating earthquakes that includes all nations with a Pacific coastline. In modern times, Chile suffered a number of seismic events that enabled the Navy to learn from these experiences. “Since the February 27 [2010] earthquake and tsunami, SHOA has implemented tools […], initiatives, and innovations that beg to be replicated by other countries and that fill us with pride,” said Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, director of SHOA. “This is all part of a self-imposed process of the entire SHOA organization—the concept of ongoing improvement over time—which is ingrained in every professional who works at the institution.” The advances the Navy made were well received by participants of the workshop, who hailed the measures implemented by this military force, which counts nearly 200 years of experience studying bodies of water. “This workshop has been an excellent opportunity to learn about Chile’s system from the standpoint of a tsunami warning center […] and to learn about the response to a natural event like this,” said Laura Kong, director of the International Tsunami Information Center, an organization established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The APEC nations’ national tsunami warning centers assessed tsunami threats December 5th-7th, in Valparaíso, Chile. The workshop sought to share lessons learned to make progress on managing risks, exchange knowledge and experience to improve capabilities, and deal with upcoming natural events. The measures the Navy developed and presented at the workshop include the implementation of a new tsunami forecasting and warning system created in coordination with Federico Santa María Technical University in Valparaíso. “It works with a database of pre-modeled events […] which is validated against records of recent tsunamis,” SHOA told Diálogo in a release. Additionally, the Navy improved its procedures for delivering information to national and international authorities once notification of an earthquake has been received and tsunami risk confirmed. “Our biggest challenge is getting our assessment of the tsunami warning out within 5 minutes,” Lt. Cmdr. Zúñiga said. “For that […], we use all our tools and modeling systems to come up with the answer in 5 minutes. It then goes to the competent authorities who later […] take the proper measures, whether that be just evacuating the coastline or moving to safety zones.” “Our intent was to grasp the state-of-the-art in terms of technological advances in decision support systems and the strengths and weaknesses of each of them,” Chilean Navy Lieutenant Commander Carlos Zúñiga Araya, head of the Oceanography Department at SHOA, told Diálogo. “And [it was also] to present this to the various APEC economies so that those in charge of decision-making would know that these [systems] are available and could determine whether this was something that would meet their needs.” The earthquake of February 27, 2010, was a decisive factor in prompting the Navy to improve its tsunami warning systems in the country. With a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale, the earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the Chilean coastal region of Maule with waves up to 15 meters high. Some 400,000 homes were damaged, and more than 500 people lost their lives. To meet this objective, SHOA developed tools and initiatives whose capabilities the institution brought to light at a workshop with global experts. In late 2017, military officers and civilian members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), whose coastal areas are at risk from the devastating giant waves, participated in a workshop organized by SHOA with the support of the Chilean National Emergency Office. “Showing APEC economies and invited experts where we stand was part of the idea,” Lt. Cmdr. Zúñiga concluded. “The progress our country has made left attendees of the event surprised.”last_img read more

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Hunt, in The Hill, shares credit union worries about future regulations

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt shared credit unions’ concerns about being swept into a whole new batch of banking rules in light of Wells Fargo’s fraudulent actions in an article in The Hill Monday.Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, said the recent problems at Wells Fargo provide proof that a sweeping law like the Dodd-Frank Act does not solve all the issues in the banking arena. She said credit unions worry that more sweeping regulations are to come, despite regulators not knowing the exact source of Wells Fargo’s problems.“That is a fear we certainly wouldn’t want to come to fruition,” she said. She also noted the stress credit unions are already under from current Dodd-Frank regulations. She said data now show that some of those broad-brush rules do “have a negative effect.”Similar concerns have been aired by some of the lawmakers who have questioned Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf.During last week’s House Financial Services Committee hearing where Stumpf testified, Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, pointed out that credit unions and community banks bear the brunt of regulations inspired by bad actors like Wells Fargo. Poliquin referenced the 58 credit unions in his district. continue reading »last_img read more

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FIFA requests improved visuals for VAR offside decisions | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – The lines used to demonstrate marginal offside calls currently often leave viewers and even pundits confused as to what the correct decision should be, and FIFA clearly hopes a new system can provide greater clarity.In a separate but related development, three firms are interested in working on the next phase of developing semi-automated technology to assist referees and VARs with the review process on offside decisions. – Advertisement – Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher gives his verdict on Patrick Bamford’s offside goal by VAR at Crystal Palace Technology companies have been asked to come up with better visuals around marginal offside calls by world governing body FIFA.Firms will be sent datasets of different offside incidents and asked to present solutions to FIFA’s Working Group for Innovation Excellence.- Advertisement – 4:53 FIFA said the next phase should take place “as early as possible next year” after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The group also continues to work on “VAR light”, the aim of which is to create more affordable VAR systems for use at lower levels of the sport.Offline testing of more cost-efficient technology was conducted by European football’s governing body UEFA, the Asian Football Confederation and the French football federation, FIFA said.“Based on the discussions and the results of research and testing, a recommendation on the next steps to implement the VAR “light” concept in the world of football will now be presented within FIFA and the IFAB,” a FIFA statement read. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid interested in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in summer transfer

first_imgAtletico Madrid interested in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in summer transfer Griezmann confirmed this week he was leaving Atletico (Picture: Getty)While no formal talks with Arsenal have been opened, the Gunners will be concerned about another side registering an interest in their frontman.AdvertisementAdvertisementLacazette is a crucial player in Arsenal’s squad, having struck up an excellent partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 27-year-old scored 13 times in the Premier League this season, as well as chipping in with eight assists. Coral BarryThursday 16 May 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link557Shares Comment Lacazette is a big favourite at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Lacazette has also struck five times in the Europa League, as Arsenal prepare for the final in Baku against Chelsea at the end of the month.While Atletico weigh up whether to move for Lacazette, the La Liga side are also interested in Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.Lacazette responded to Barcelona’s interest in him last weekend, admitting he was ‘flattered’ to be linked with the Catalan giants.MORE: Edu confirms talks with Arsenal over technical director role but wants to focus on Brazil jobcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Lacazette is wanted by two Spanish clubs (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports.Barcelona were linked to Lacazette as a potential alternative to Antoine Griezmann, but now Atletico are considering the Arsenal striker as their replacement for their wantaway talisman.Griezmann announced this week he would be leaving Atletico at the end of the season, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain installed as favourites to land the Frenchman.Le 10 Sport claim Atletico have made initial contact to gather information on Lacazette and a potential deal.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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High-end Westlake close to water finds traction

first_imgInside 5 Riverview Close, Westlake.Mrs Karatau said the size of the home and its riverfront position was attractive to buyers.“The fact is that it could suit a lot of families these days, with children staying at home longer. It certainly had a floor plan that suited multi-generational living.“The people who bought it fell in love with it straight away, but they weren’t in a position to buy at auction so they waited until after auction,” she said.Mrs Karatau said the Centenary suburbs offered facilities families were looking for. She expects the market across Brisbane to perform steadily in 2018. The home at 5 Riverview Close, Westlake.BEAUTIFUL riverfront homes in the Centenary suburbs are finding favour with buyers, although sales success can take time.The sale of 5 Riverview Close, Westlake, for $950,000 on November 27 was the culmination of long marketing campaign, according to LJ Hooker New Farm agent Pauline Karatau.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mrs Karatau said their marketing campaign involved a slow stream of potential purchasers. “Over a period of six weeks I probably only had 12 to 14 people through. It was originally an auction campaign,” she said.last_img read more

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Building key to finding best location in Townsville

first_imgBeverly Richards, 74, with AP Williams new home sales consultant Deb Attlee and Greater Ascott sales agent Jess Baker, at her new home under construction at Greater Ascott. Picture: Evan Morgan“After coming off a larger block on the outskirts of town, Beverly wanted to be closer to amenities and downsize to something more manageable,” Ms Baker said. “Greater Ascot has the advantage of Laneway Living, where rear entry and minimal direct neighbours provide a spacious feeling in a compact setting. “Beverly loved the fact the homesite overlooked the park directly across the road.”AP Williams new home and design consultant Deb Attlee agreed that location was hard to compromise on once Ms Richards had decided on it. “At one stage, we were trying to bring the price down but no other position was as lovely,” Ms Attlee said.“Bev had fallen in love with the land and we had designed a home that she just loved.” Beverly Richards is building her new house at Greater Ascot EstateShe said she chose to build instead of buying an established home because she felt safer. “I’m building a three-bedroom house, with one bathroom and an open area for the lounge and dining area,” Ms Richards said.“It’s on a corner block overlooking the park. It was a bit more expensive but I decided it was worth it to be comfortable with where I was living. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The areas where I looked at existing houses didn’t make me feel safe, and when I looked at Greater Ascot, I just felt so comfortable there, It’s a lovely neighbourhood.”Ms Richards said the building process had been easy, and she had been able to make all the changes she wanted. “Anything that I’ve wanted to change about the design or build, there has been no problems with. It’s just been so easy,” she said. “I wanted enough space for my daughter to come and stay with me, and a guest room for my grandchildren. “There were two bathrooms in the original design but I decided to take one out because I wouldn’t need both.”Next Level Land Marketing sales agent Jess Baker said convenient location was a major factor for Ms Richards when choosing what to buy. Townsville residents are sitting on property goldcenter_img Beverly Richards, 74, with her new home under construction at Greater Ascott. Picture: Evan MorganIt’s the age-old question, ‘to buy or to build?’ The answer is unique to circumstance, but in the case of 74-year-old Beverly Richards, building has been key to the best location. Ms Richards is building her first house after the recent death of her husband.MORE NEWS Building reboot begins for Townsville READ MORE NEWSlast_img read more

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Leon Balogun: My Super Eagles’ recall special

first_img Promoted Content”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Sportinglife.ng reports that the 31-year-old has missed out on the national team due to lack of playing time at Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albions. However, the former Mainz 05 defender now enjoyed more game time since moving to Championship side, Wigan on loan in January.He was subsequently named in Genort Rohr 24-man list to face Sierra Leone last month for the AFCON 2021 qualifier but the match had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.In interview with Tolu Olasoji monitored on YouTube by our correspondence, Balogun said he is looking forward to join the Super Eagles team.“It’s not a big difference to the general situation because we are just not allowed to play football.“Obviously, it’s special because I haven’t been with the Super Eagles for the last three matches simply because I was not playing at all, I didn’t make the matchday squad at Brighton. Read Also: Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – Xavi“So, it was sad because I was looking forward to being back home in Nigeria again for some time. Enjoy good vibe, different vibe, nice weather, happy people like the group that the team is.“I can’t even say ‘we were’ because not much has changed, just some few additions to the team. It’s always fun and it’s just a different vibe and I was looking forward to it but I mean, it’s not that it’s never going to happen again, it’s just postponed,” he said.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has described his recall to the national team setup as special.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cricket News India should be ready to forfeit World Cup final if they play Pakistan: Gautam Gambhir

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup clash on June 16 in Manchester is under a cloud following the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans. Following the attack, there has been calls from Indian sporting personalities to boycott the World Cup encounter. Gautam Gambhir has been vocal about his stance that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup and they should be mentally prepared to give up two points. The move by India could result in a backlash, with world sporting bodies proposing to boycott events in India in the near future. In an interaction recently, Gambhir said the nation comes first.“All of us need to decide if sport is more important or lives of our soldiers? I am all for facing backlash if the international sporting federations decide to ostracise us. Sentiment of the country is far more important than sports, Bollywood, art or culture. If we get boycotted at sports events, we should be ready for it,” Gambhir said. highlights The United World Wrestling (UWW) asked all the national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the recent World Cup in New Delhi. The denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the Delhi World Cup last month has jeopardised India’s chances of hosting the Olympics or any global event with the IOC suspending all such discussions with the country and recommending that no big tournament be awarded to it.Although India are facing Pakistan in the league stage, there is every possibility that the two sides can meet in the final of the World Cup as well. In the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, India defeated Pakistan by five runs while in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to complete the set of ICC titles. When asked whether India will be ready to boycott Pakistan if they meet in the final, Gambhir was forthright.“Two points are not that important. Country is important, those 40 soldiers who lost their lives are far more important than a cricket match. If we let go of a World Cup final, the country should be ready for it. Certain section of society says that don’t mix sports with politics but Jawans are far more important than a game of cricket,” Gambhir said.The left-hander, who played a key role in India’s triumphs in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup, has said even England boycotted the game against Zimbabwe in the 2003 World Cup in Harare in protest of the Robert Mugabe regime in the country. The forfeiture proved to be costly as England were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.“England decided in 2003 and they wouldn’t go to Zimbabwe, they forfeited. If BCCI decides not to play against Pakistan, everyone should be mentally ready to give those two points,” Gambhir said. India will take on Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.England forfeited the 2003 World Cup clash against Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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