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

EPL: Reds, Spurs renew rivalry at Anfield

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool vs. TottenhamVenue: Anfield StadiumKick off: 5:30PMLiverpool and Tottenham Hotspur meet in a repeat of the 2019 Champions League final this afternoon as the Premier League leaders welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s languishing Londoners to Anfield.The hosts dropped their first points of the season at the ninth time of asking last time out, but they returned to winning ways in midweek and take on a Spurs side struggling for form so far in 2019-20.The outcome of a Champions League final is always as polarising as it gets in club football, but the way teams respond to their respective fortunes can vary greatly.So far this season, Liverpool seem to have picked up exactly where they left off in Madrid, whereas Tottenham have suffered a vicious hangover which is still very much being felt five months later.The feeling that last season may have been the peak of this Spurs team could well have engendered a desire to leave the club for many of their star players whose contracts are nearing an end, which is one of a growing list of reasons given for such a poor start to the season.Compare that to Liverpool, who have swept almost all before them so far this term, and within less than half a year the two-goal margin which ultimately separated them in Madrid has stretched to a 13-point lead after only nine games of the Premier League season.Such a disparity between the two sides should be kept in context; Liverpool have enjoyed a historically good start to the season – victory today would see them equal the Premier League record of 28 points from the first 30 available – whereas Spurs have amassed their lowest points tally at this stage of a season since Pochettino took charge in 2014-15.Both can be regarded as anomalies to a certain extent, then, but Liverpool will still go into the match as overwhelming favourites given what had been, up to last weekend, a faultless start to the season.The Reds fell short of the top-flight record of 18 successive wins at Old Trafford and came within five minutes of losing just their second league game in 48 before Adam Lallana at least rescued a point at the end of an uncharacteristically turgid display at the home of their greatest rivals.The draw may have ended their perfect start to the campaign, but they are still unbeaten in 26 league games and returned to winning ways with an overdue away Champions League group-stage triumph over Genk in midweek.Liverpool’s travel sickness has been nowhere near as bad in the league as it has been in Europe recently, but there is no doubt that they are still most formidable in front of their own fans.Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side go into this match having gone 44 league games without defeat at Anfield, the last 11 of which have all ended in victory – the club’s longest home winning streak since a run of 13 in 1985.Anfield is a daunting place to visit for any team in world football right now, then, but Spurs in particular will be dreading the trip having failed to win an away game of any kind all season – the last three of which have all ended in defeat.Remarkably, you have to go all the way back to January for Tottenham’s last league win on the road, during which time they have picked up two points from a possible 30. The last time Spurs went more than 10 away league games without a win was in 2000-01.Some encouragement can be drawn from the fact that those two points came away to Manchester City and Arsenal, but Spurs have also lost 20 and failed to win any of their last 23 Premier League games against the team starting the day top of the table.Recent history seems to be against the visitors, then, and on current form it would take a major upset for Spurs to get something out of the game – Liverpool have more than double the number of points this season and seem to be a squad in sync compared to the disharmony around Spurs.There was at least a rare cause for joy in midweek as Tottenham thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in a performance which saw the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela all on top form.It was a welcome relief for a side that had only won twice in 12 games since the opening day of the season, and the return to form of such key players will have also been a significant milestone on Pochettino’s road back to glory.Liverpool at Anfield is an entirely different proposition, though, and certainly not the ground Spurs would have chosen to finally end their away duck. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Ndombele, Winks, Rose, Alli, Kane, Son.Tags: AnfieldLiverpoolRedslast_img read more

T&T, Bermuda cop gold in Time Trials

first_imgTHE 13th edition of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships pedalled off in the green Town of Bartica under brilliant sunshine yesterday with the Individual Time Trials.Bermuda took top honours in the Juveniles category while Trinidad and Tobago won the Juniors segment.   Trinidad and Tobago’s Enrique De Cormamond on the ramp, before winning the gold medal in the Juniors time trials.Barticans came out in their numbers to witness Bermuda’s Alexander Miller stop the clock at 13 minutes 41.93 seconds to give his country gold. So brilliant was his performance that second-placed Rico Dexex Sequara finished a full minute behind him. Sequara, who represented Puerto Rico, took 14 mins 44.09 secs while another Bermudan Liam Flannery crossed the finish line in 14 mins 59.36 secs to grab bronze.Meanwhile, in the Juniors segment; the Twin Island Republic’s Enrique De Comarmond commanded a comfortable time of 27 mins 0.36 secs to cop gold ahead of Bermuda’s Nicholas Narraway, who had to settle for silver in a time of 27 mins 59.76 secs. Bronze went to Antigua’s Rene Gayral who came in at 28 mins 38.95 secs The route for the Time Trials saw the cyclists come off the ramp at Second Avenue and Third Street before heading east into Third Street, south into Sixth Avenue, onto the Bartica/Potaro Road where they made a U-turn at Three Miles Secondary School and headed back down to One Mile.They then made a right turn into the Arcade, right into Sixth Street, north onto Second Avenue and finished at the Sixth Street Avenue.The Championships, which Guyana is hosting for the first time, will conclude today with the respective road races in the Juveniles and Juniors categories.last_img read more

Ghana to play South Korea in final pre-World Cup friendly match

first_imgBlack Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has confirmed that Ghana will be playing South Korea instead of Honduras in their final friendly match before the 2014 World Cup.The Black Stars were initially billed to take on Honduras in their final pre-World Cup warm up game as earlier announced by Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.The GFA has however had to abandon their plans to play Honduras for reasons yet to be communicated.The Black Stars will now face South Korea in a repeat of one of the friendlies plays by Ghana in the lead up to their first World Cup appearance in Germany 2006.“We will be going to the Netherlands on May 25th and then play their national team on 31st,” Maxwell Konadu disclosed.“We will then travel to the USA on June 1st and then stay there and play South Korea on June 9. We then leave for Brazil on June 10. That is the program we have.” There was a friendly match [against Honduras] but we were later called and told that match cannot be honoured.”Ghana is making a third successive appearance in this year’s World Cup in Brazil.The Black Stars must however make it out of a tough group which include Germany, Portugal and the USA if they are to achieve the preferred target of going at least one better than the quarter final finish in the last World Cup four years ago in South Africa.last_img read more

Meet The Woman Who’s Tackling The Energy Industry’s PR & Pipeline Problem

first_imgKatie Mehnert was an unlikely energy executive:  a communications major who found herself not only in the industry, but quickly rising through the ranks at firms like Shell and BP.But Mehnert was troubled by the lack of diversity in the sector’s workforce. She worried the industry would stay homogenous and misunderstood due to its insular nature and unwillingness to court the press. So she left the corporate world to create Pink Petro, a learning community and social platform aimed at pulling more women and minorities into the energy sector.Here, she explains why an engineering degree isn’t a prerequisite to an energy job, how applicants can make their resumes shine, and why an offhand comment on a plane inspired her to launch Pink Petro.You worked at some of the largest energy companies, including Shell and BP. What spurred you to leave and start Pink Petro?I consider myself a “tweener” — I’m no longer officially inside [the industry], but I’m not an outsider either. I wanted Pink Petro to be the rational middle.I studied journalism in school, but I landed in [oil & gas] in part because my dad had been an engineer. And I found the energy companies are pretty standoffish to media. A lot of what they do is difficult, serious work – handling hydrocarbons and electric current – and there are men and women risking their lives every day to make sure we can get hot coffee and power our iPads. Energy underpins every aspect of modern life.But unfortunately, that’s a great story that gets no press at all. You generally only hear about energy in the press if something goes wrong. The industry is terrible at telling its story because it’s been deathly afraid of the outside world. So it gets vilified. Meanwhile, you don’t hear about the women and minorities who are changing the old storyline, so it doesn’t inspire others to come join.I really wanted to be in the thick of telling that story. It began after Hurricane Katrina, when I was at Shell. I saw how the company sprang into action to get people fuel, how they flew people to the Gulf to figure out how to handle this disaster and get energy to people when the platforms were turned over. I was thinking, “God, life has come to a screeching halt here because of the lack of energy. But nobody sees what we do unless we screw up.” It was this massive a-ha moment.The big push for Pink Petro came a few years later, when I was on a flight in 2013. The man next to me and I got to talking, and he ended up saying, “What’s a nice, pretty lady like you doing in a dark, dangerous business like energy?” I thought, Dammit, I’m doing something about this.My husband thought I was nuts. I was on the path to take a big, big job in the sector. And I was leaving it to start…a website? But I said, “the time has come.” The industry needs to get rid of its camera shyness. Otherwise, everyone else is telling the story, based on incorrect assumptions. If we’re going to attract new kinds of talent, we need to tell our own story.Browse Thousands of Oil & Gas Jobs — Open NowWhat is the key to getting that new talent – namely women and minorities – into the energy sector, and how is Pink Petro working toward that goal?I’ve been talking to executive women in the sector who are retiring, asking: Is it getting better? They’re saying no, sadly. We’re seeing some women rise to C-suite positions – Susan Ellerbusch [new CEO of Air Liquide USA], Vicki Hollub [CEO of Occidental Petroleum], Jessica Uhl [CFO of Shell] – but the pipeline for the next generation is pretty dry.There’s a perfect storm: a generational, gender, and reputation gap. To bring people from different backgrounds into the industry, the biggest thing is showing them it’s possible. On the C-suite side, it takes measureable performance to make it happen. It’s taken a couple of major incidents in our business to realize safety is a license to operate. The CEOs who get it understand diversity is a license to operate too.So in order to engage CEOs, at Pink Petro we’ve focused on how inclusion offers great ROI. You need to clearly show the business case, and measure the results, to create change. A lot of people get nervous about quotas and the like. But if you don’t measure, it doesn’t happen. Safety is measured religiously as part of a company’s sustainability report. Inclusion should be measured the same – for example, inclusive companies have a 22% lower turnover rate, and if you have an engaged workforce they’re likely feeling empowered and extra-responsible for keeping everyone safe. It all ties together.I always correct people when they call us a “women’s networking group.” That’s so transactional. Pink Petro is a global business community —  all about the business case tied to diversity. We’ve had companies come to us and want to throw money at us, but we’re not looking to have people just slap our name on something. We’re asking, “Where are you in your journey, and how can we get you to the next level?”On the side of individuals, we provide professional development training, hold an annual conference and other events, perform resume reviews, enable conversations between people in the industry, post job listings at our Experience Energy site, and do anything we can to support our people. And we include men. There’s no room for the boys’ or girls’ clubs when you’re tackling a problem like this. In fact, 40% of the traffic to our site is men. Not all of them may be active in speaking up yet, but they’re consuming the information and I think that means they’re taking pause. We can’t do it unless we’re all working toward these goals.What Do We Need to Get More Women in STEM? 7 Experts Weigh InHow can someone break into oil and gas? What kinds of skills do you think are vital for success, and how can applicants make their resumes shine?Whether you do it through Pink Petro or otherwise, get to know someone who has worked inside oil and gas. Accessibility is key – it’s an insular industry that has bred from its own, and that talent strategy is not going to work in the future. We’ve got to show the role models and bring new blood in. Even in the past five years, I think people have become more willing to hear from and help new applicants.When it comes to training, I wasn’t a technical person myself. But a woman at Shell recommended me for a safety job and explained she needed someone who could get into hearts and minds. So I had to learn a lot about processes. I asked a million questions of people on the rig. What does this piece of equipment do? An engineer could take 20 minutes and explain if this piece breaks it costs a million dollars and we’ll have to take it out of distribution and it will affect supply…it was a lot. But I kept asking until I really got it. So don’t count yourself out if you weren’t an engineering major.The number one thing I look for, period — male or female, industry agnostic — is someone who is curious and hungry to learn. “I went to school and got X degree” doesn’t cut it anymore. I want to see on your resume that you’re always striving to take more on, you’re able to adapt in a volatile environment, you’re flexible and nimble. It can be hard to articulate that on a resume, so Pink Petro offers a free resume review on our careers site. Our approach is, before you put your name in the hat let’s put your best foot forward.It’s helping an individual, but it helps us all. This industry has been in a cave, and it’s an industry that affects everyone’s lives. It’s time to open it up.The Brilliant Career Advice from Deloitte’s CEO in One Sentencelast_img read more