Campus groups celebrate Hindu festival Diwali

first_imgCampus Ministry, along with the Indian Association of Notre Dame, the Graduate Student Union and International Student Services and Activities, hosted a Diwali festival celebration Sunday in LaFortune Ballroom as part of the Prayer from Around the World series.Diwali, a major Hindu festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over darkness, recognizes the return of Lord Rama, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, from a 14-year exile and the banishment of the demon Ravana, according to the Notre Dame website.Emily McConville Priscilla Wong, senior advisor to graduate and multi-cultural student ministry, said the celebration was first organized a decade ago with the help of physics professor Umesh Garg, who helped coordinate a Hindu prayer session as one of the first events.“About 10 years ago, at the initiative of students, Campus Ministry started the series, offering the opportunities for various faith traditions to share their forms of praying with the campus communities,” Wong said.Nishant Singh, graduate co-president of the Indian Association of Notre Dame (IAND), said Diwali is one of the biggest events on the Hindu calendar, although different sects of Hinduism celebrate it for different reasons.“Diwali is the most ancient of Hindu festivals,” Singh said. “It is based on the Ramayana, in which Lord Rama returns from his exile and finds that Ravana has abducted his wife.“He has a massive battle with Ravana, and after he wins the battle, he returns home. The people celebrated his return by lighting every room in every house, filling the city with light.”In Hindu homes around the world, Diwali – named the festival of lights – is celebrated by lighting oil lamps, candles and all the lights in the house, bursting firecrackers and fireworks, saying prayers to many of the Hindu deities and inviting many people over for dinner and sweets, Singh said. Diwali is celebrated in the fall season after the monsoon and during the harvest, and it also marks the beginning of a new year.“I am always reminded of Diwali during Halloween because as a child I would go around to my neighbors’ houses and eat candies and sweets during the Diwali festival,” Singh said. “But Diwali is much bigger than Halloween. It is like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years combined into one.”Despite not being Hindu, Wong said she and her family still take part in Diwali celebrations.“My son was friends with some Hindu boys when he was growing up so he always went over to their house for Diwali to celebrate with his friends,” Wong said. “My daughter also married a Hindu so although I am not Hindu, Diwali is a very important time for me.”The celebration on Sunday began with prayers, called puja, that were offered to the gods by graduate students Shailaja Kunda and Rashi Talwar. The prayers were concluded with a traditional closing song, called the aarti. After the aarti, guests were invited to a dinner of traditional Indian cuisine.“The meal, much like the festival, is heavily based on color,” Singh said. “Each different color represents a different god, and we invite the gods to sit upon the food and join us during the festival.”After the meal, the festival concluded with dancing to Indian songs.Tags: Campus Ministry, Diwali, festival, Hindu, Indian Association of Notre Dame, multi-cultural student ministry, prayer, Prayer from Around the World serieslast_img read more

Cuomo Proposes Legislation To Hold Utilities Accountable For Storm Failures

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pool photo by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.ALBANY — Saying the response by utilities in New York during recent storms was unacceptable, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation to hold utilities more accountable for their storm responses.In response to what Cuomo calls unacceptable performance of multiple electric and telecom service providers during tropical storm Isaias, the legislation will increase the current legal limits on penalties and create a streamlined process for revocation of a utility’s operating certificate for recurring failures.“The response by the utility companies to Isaias was unacceptable and it’s even worse that they continue to have such problems during storms and in the aftermath. We know these storms are going to happen. We don’t pay for utilities to function on a nice day, the essence of what we pay for is be ready for a storm — give me information when my power goes out and get it back on quickly,” Cuomo said.“The laws are too protective of the utility companies and that has to change. I am proposing legislation that will create penalties that are significant and will force utilities to change their behavior. The bill will also create a faster revocation process so that if they’re not providing that service then we will find someone else who can and do it quickly. We must pass this new law and do it right away.” Currently, penalties related to reliability and continuity of electric service, including restoration following a major outage or event, start at $100,000 or .02 of 1 percent of annual intrastate gross operating revenue, whichever is greater, for each separate and distinct offense. Penalties rise to $500,000 or .04 of 1 percent, whichever is greater, for combo gas and electric utilities in the restoration of electric service following a major outage event or emergency.In addition, the bill will require utilities to clearly communicate with customers during outages and give accurate information regarding power restoration so New Yorkers can make informed decisions and plan based on the time of the outage.last_img read more

Jessie Mueller’s Upcoming Carnegie Hall Debut Is All About the Kids

first_img Jessie Mueller Star Files View Commentscenter_img On April 18, Tony winner Jessie Mueller will make her Carnegie Hall debut in Take the Stage With Broadway Stars, an interactive family concert. But although it’s her first time playing the iconic venue, Mueller is no stranger to the idea of a Carnegie premiere; she depicted Carole King’s in Beautiful for over a year.“It’s funny. The first day I walked on the stage at Carnegie,” Mueller recently told Broadway.com, “I was thinking about that very moment in the show.” Of course, her debut is different from the songwriter she played. This weekend’s crowd will have more youngsters.“It’s exposing kids to all the jobs that are available in this world,” Mueller explained. “It lets them see the inner workings of how a show comes to be.” Mueller commended the effort to provide a new kind of arts programming, and recalled her own childhood in a family of performers: “I knew the arts were out there, but I didn’t have the opportunity to explore that when I was younger.” The threat of budget cuts to arts education is fresh in her mind.This concert aims to change that for a new generation with the help of several Broadway alums, including Mueller’s sister Abby (currently in Kinky Boots.) And the Muellers won’t be the only ones making their Carnegie Hall debut. “There might be a chance for some kids to get on stage with us. How cool is that? You get to actually perform at Carnegie Hall.”Mueller looks forward to some downtime following the concert—at least until she heads to Massachusetts to headline the premiere of Waitress at the American Repertory Theater.last_img read more

Major Texas coal generator concedes ‘coal is on its way out’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Yahoo Finance:The latest sign that coal is losing its sway in the U.S. power market: Vistra Energy Corp. — one of Texas’s largest power generators and coal plant owners — says that fossil fuel’s days are numbered.“Coal is on its way out,” Vistra Chief Executive Officer Curtis Morgan said during a panel discussion. “More and more plants are being retired.”And Morgan would know. The company has had to close four massive coal plants as their margins were squeezed out of the market by cheaper resources. Renewable energy is replacing them, and Morgan said he sees solar power in particular taking a bigger market share.Solar and wind power together account for a quarter of Texas’s generation capacity and have sent electricity prices plunging below zero on some days.More: Coal ‘on its way out,’ Vistra CEO says Major Texas coal generator concedes ‘coal is on its way out’last_img read more

Charlotte, NC company announces world’s first adventure tour for dogs

first_imgEvery pet lover knows that an outdoor adventure isn’t quite the same without your four-legged friends. That’s why David Blank, professional dog trainer and 27-year veteran adventure tour operator, started Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours. The Charlotte, NC based company’s next adventure will be an eight-day eco-tour across the Southwest called Peaceful Paws- A Canine/Human Spiritual Adventure. Participants and their dogs will explore The Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Monument Valley Tribal Park while hiking, boating, and touring by jeep. The tour will also include daily meditation, yoga, and discussions on holistic living with dogs. “Some of my most precious memories are of camping and hiking with my dogs but too many times I was forced to leave my favorite companions at home due to rules, logistics and lodging,” says Blank. “I knew there were others out there like me that want to experience the great outdoors with their best friends, so I had to create this experience on my own.”last_img read more

Central American Presidents Seek Funds to Combat Drug Trafficking

first_img In Guatemala on March 24, the Central American presidents will analyze progress on the regional security plan they approved eight months ago to combat drug trafficking and how to obtain the 320 million dollars needed for its implementation, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said. “Saturday [March 24], we’ll be discussing that plan,” which calls for 22 projects to strengthen police forces and armies and make an impact on society, Ortega affirmed after receiving the Army’s annual report at an event in Managua. The region currently has only 70 million dollars, for which reason “the next step that we have to debate in Guatemala is what we’re going to do” with the countries that promised to support the plan during the regional meeting in Guatemala last June, in order to obtain the remaining 230 million, he added. The international community promised “to support the Central American region, which is a victim of the consumers in the United States, Canada, and of large-scale producers who are in the south, in Colombia,” Ortega affirmed. The president referred to the special fund of 2 billion dollars that the international community agreed to finance for the region, 320 million of which is needed immediately. By Dialogo March 23, 2012last_img read more

Argentina, Chile Combine Efforts in Antarctica

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo February 06, 2019 The Argentine and Chilean navies combined efforts once more to guarantee ship security and protect southern waters through the Combined Antarctic Naval Patrol (PANC, in Spanish). PANC’s 21st edition will patrol Antarctic waters until March 31. The objective of the binational military component is to keep vessels secure as they navigate Antarctic waters and respond to maritime emergencies. Naval units also bring logistics support to scientific activities and Antarctic bases. “PANC’s role is to provide search and rescue, maritime rescue, and pollution control,” Argentine Navy Lieutenant Commander Augusto Lizondo, chief of Southern Naval Operations (ANAU, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “The goal [is to] secure navigation and human life at sea, and help keep the waters free of pollution.” For the four-month mission, the Argentine Navy deployed the dispatch boat ARA Islas Malvinas, while Chile contributed with the tug vessel ATF-67 Lautaro and the maritime patrol boat OPV-83 Marinero Fuentealba. A total of 120 service members from both countries take part in PANC, including sailors, medical personnel, meteorologists, and tactical and rescue divers. Broad responsibility PANC’s tasks are performed in maritime areas beyond Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. “The activity period is divided into four stages of 33 days each, with a unit either from Chile or Argentina stationed in the Antarctic sector at each stage,” said Lt. Cdr. Lizondo. The Argentine and Chilean navy ships alternate the four periods—named Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta—configured as Antarctic service or support ships. Chile’s ATF-67 Lautaro kicked off PANC activities on November 15, 2018. On December 19, the ARA Islas Malvinas began patrolling the icy waters of Antarctica until January 22. The Chilean Navy leads the Charlie stage until February 26, while the ARA Islas Malvinas will conclude the patrol upon returning to its home port in Ushuaia in late March. “We conduct search-and-rescue missions and maritime rescue, and we provide support to units and bases in the Antarctic sector,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lizondo. “That way, mutual trust is established between the two countries, as well as support in monitoring the Antarctic areas of responsibility.” Other activities include meteorological support for vessels navigating the area, emergency medical assistance, transport of people—especially scientists between Antarctic bases or stations—and logistics supply. “Since PANC began, it assisted with many emergencies occurring in the area of responsibility, including rescuing ship crews stranded in this area,” Chilean Navy Captain Miguel Alarcón, chief of the Navy’s Antarctic Affairs, told Diálogo. Mutual trust To facilitate operations, an exchange officer of each navy boards each ship so that operations can run smoothly. ANAU and the Chilean Navy’s Third Naval Zone Command lead the activities that strengthen mutual trust between military institutions. “Considering that, based on the Antarctic Treaty, the continent is an area devoted to peace and science, with special care for the environment and its condition as a natural reserve, it’s been particularly relevant for both countries to combine work in activities meant to safeguard human life at sea,” said Capt. Alarcón. “In addition, it’s important to consider that PANC helps shorten response times and enable prompt, effective assistance in the area in case of emergencies.” Enduring friendship PANC was created after the 1984 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Argentina, and has been conducted without interruption since 1998. According to Capt. Alarcón, Antarctica is crucial to both countries. “We should keep in mind that Chile and Argentina are the closest countries to the Antarctic Peninsula,” said Capt. Alarcón. “In Chile and Argentina’s maritime domains, this activity enabled us to standardize procedures, and increase interoperability between the two navies, as well as in search-and-rescue missions in Antarctica, contributing to the optimization of human and material resources for both institutions.” During the last edition of PANC, the binational military component provided support to 11 Antarctic bases, navigating more than 14,000 nautical miles in 120 days. “This joint effort shows the excellent level of interoperability in our combined maritime operations, achieved through a long process of fostering trust and friendship,” said Admiral José Luis Villán, chairman of the Argentine Navy’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.last_img read more

Former Number 5 building to undergo $5 million renovation

first_img“This project preserves and protects two historic South Side buildings, while redeveloping an underutilized parking lot on a major commercial corridor,” said Mayor David. “With a focus on walkable access, landscaping and building aesthetics, this project will be a neighborhood asset for South Side residents.” In addition, the mayor’s office said Pritchard will construct a new gas station, convenience store, bank and restaurant. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A developer is spending millions to rehabilitate two historic Binghamton buildings, Mayor Richard C. David announced at a groundbreaking Monday at 33 S. Washington St. The city said the tenants who will occupy the new spaces will be announced soon. The former restaurant and fire station will be transformed into commercial office space. The former flood-damaged LA Tazza coffee shop will be converted into retail and office space. center_img Workers have begun demolishing a home at 28 Mary St. Additionally, the project will create 60 short term construction jobs, the mayor’s office said. Developer Brett Pritchard aims to spend $5 million to renovate the former Number 5 restaurant building and historic Binghamton fire station on the city’s south side. last_img read more

Two bidders are fighting for the contractor of the Electronic Toll Collection System Study

first_imgIn the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, financial offers were opened yesterday in the process of selecting the contractor for the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System.In accordance with the tender proposals, a total of four technical and financial bids were received: Community of Bidders Ernst & Young Consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany, Bidder MultiContract Consulting from Hungary, Bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain, Bidder CGI Czech Republic from the Czech Republic.After the evaluation of technical bids in which it was determined that two bidders meet the technical requirements, the commission conducted a second round in which the public opening of financial bids was carried out. communities of bidders Ernst & Young consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany (Value of financial bid – 1.124.080,00 euros) and the bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain (Value of financial offer 875.526.43 euros). Both bidders offered project teams formed by domestic and foreign experts, according to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.The consultant selection procedure is carried out with the consent of the World Bank and in accordance with the procedure (QCBS – Quality and Cost Based Selection), which consists of 8 steps. The final selection of advisors for the preparation of the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System, which is being carried out as part of the Project for Modernization and Restructuring of the Road Sector of the Republic of Croatia, is expected in early July.Seasonal toll prices from June 15 to September 14 bring a 10% price increase From Friday, June 15 to September 14, seasonal toll prices will be introduced on motorways operated by Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway (ARZ). Seasonal toll prices are introduced for IA, I. and from this year and for II. group of vehicles, and on III. and IV. vehicle group does not apply. In the seasonal period, the unit toll price for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups increases by 10%.The model of seasonal toll prices, which was introduced last year, during the 3 summer months in a period of increased traffic intensity, is one of the accepted measures of financial restructuring of companies in the road sector. The introduction of seasonal toll prices for certain categories of vehicles stems from the fact that about 40% of total annual traffic is realized in the summer months, and on some motorways the number of vehicles increases up to three times in summer compared to the rest of the year.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian mission in Pyongyang to remain operational: Envoy

first_imgThe envoy’s statement comes following the closure of several embassies in the North Korean capital on Monday after the government ordered hundreds of foreigners including diplomats to go into virtual lockdown in their own premises, AFP reports.These restrictions were finally eased last week after more than a month, and more than 200 foreigners were allowed to leave their compounds.Monday’s evacuation efforts also came after reports that special flights were being arranged to fly diplomats and other foreigners out of Pyongyang to the Russian city of Vladivostok.”Sad to say farewell this morning to colleagues from German Embassy and French Office #NorthKorea which are closing temporarily,” tweeted Colin Crooks, the British ambassador to North Korea, who added that the United Kingdom embassy would remain open.North Korea has not confirmed a single case of infection from the coronavirus but has imposed strict measures, including closing off its borders and putting thousands of its own people in isolation.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned last month of “serious consequences” if the virus reached his country, which has also banned tourists from entering and suspended international train travel and flights.The North Korean regime, which is subject to multiple international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, has weak medical infrastructure and analysts say that prevention is its only option.Topics : The Indonesian mission to North Korea in Pyongyang will remain operational despite the closures of other foreign embassies and the evacuation of diplomats from the city, following weeks of tight quarantine restrictions imposed in response to the continued global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.“Based on our own assessment of the conditions on the ground until present, we will remain open,” Indonesian Ambassador Berlian Napitupulu told The Jakarta Post on Monday.As many as 20 Indonesian nationals currently live in North Korea, almost all of whom are embassy staffers.last_img read more