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Think For Yourself

first_imgI have written 3,925 posts here since starting this little venture, and what is indeed a labor of love. I have also written three books, recorded over 300 YouTube videos, and recorded over 100 podcasts. I have shared my thoughts, ideas, and opinions with people who care about sales, selling, leadership, success, and doing meaningful work.Dozens of times I have revised my beliefs and opinions, writing posts and pointing to the fact that my views have changed based on new information and experiences. I have been called to account for the conflicts between earlier work and later work, but if you don’t change what you believe, you are not growing.I’ve had a few significant disagreements, certainly fewer than the opportunities presented to me, and I should have engaged in more than I did. I’ve let many things go without so much as a response, even when what was written or spoken was done so only to provoke, lacking any gravity. It’s always possible to take the high road, especially when one realizes that words from relative strangers can do one no harm, but can undoubtedly amuse.Which brings me to the point of this dispatch.As you wander around the internet, reading, listening, and watching content produced by others, decide for yourself what you believe to be good and right and true.One of the most significant changes, perhaps the greatest, in the last few decades has been the elimination of the gatekeepers when it comes to publishing, whether it be blog posts, articles, news commentary, videos, movies, films, or anything else that might pass as art.One of the most dangerous changes, and in some ways equally great, has been the elimination of gatekeepers. Anyone can write or record anything and publish it with no real controls. Because the vetting processes are absent, poor ideas of even poorer quality proliferate as fast or faster than good ideas. When one wants attention, the idea need only provoke, and where titles and headlines were once clickbait, what follows is mostly banal and vapid.As you consume content, you might think of it the same way you consider what you eat or drink, as something that you are taking into your mind in the same way you take things into your body. You might discriminate, asking yourself if you believe what you take in is good and right and true. You might question whether the idea conflicts with what you know to be true, whether it makes sense, or whether it is folly. More still, you might ask if the idea serves you—or whether it was written to serve its creator.Read, and especially read widely. But while doing so, it is critical that you think for yourself. Consider ideas and judge them for yourself.Moreover, treat the content you read here following the guidance in the paragraphs above. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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India a New Haven For Sex Change Surgeries

first_imgLate last year when Olympian and reality TV personality Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, she became the poster child for America’s transgender community. The media reported that Jenner underwent plastic surgeries, including facial feminization and breast augmentation, which brought into forefront the often, encapsulated realities of the transgender world.While recent reports of her contemplating to go back to being Bruce again may give fodder to skeptics, for many of those struggling with gender identity issues,her predicament reflects the conflicting roller coaster life of a transgender person.According to recent federal and state data, 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify themselves as transgender. While this translates to just 0.6 percent of the U.S. adult population, the number is double the previous estimate only a few years earlier.Growing awareness, coupled with celebrities, such as Jenner and actress and reality TV star Laverne Cox, championing the cause of the trans population are likely reasons behind the increasing willingness of people to embrace their transgender identity.India counted its transgender population for the first time in the 2011 Census, which recorded 490,000 transgenders. Trans activists, estimate the actual number to be six to seven times higher.In recent years the number of transgender people opting for Sex or Gender Reassignment Surgery (SRS or GRS) in the United States has been growing. While it’s difficult to estimate the number of people undergoing SRSes each year, as most procedures are done in private facilities, which are not obligated to report data, the numbers are likely in the hundreds.SRS is a surgical procedure in which a transgender person’s anatomical appearance and the functions of existing sexual parts are altered to resemble that of a gender they mentally identify with.In a surprising twist, a number of transgender Americans are opting to travel halfway across the world to India for gender reassignment surgery.Ironically, India is far more socially conservative than other Western countries on transgender issues.Betty Ann Archer, a 64-year-old American from Arizona, flew to Delhi for sex change surgery.But that didn’t stop Betty Ann Archer, a 64-year-old American from Arizona, who flew to Delhi for sex change surgery. Born Dale Archer, she felt that it was the most exhilarating and important trip of her lifetime. Dr Narendra Kaushik, who performed the surgery on Archer, says: “In the past 3-4 years an increasingly large number of patients from Western countries are coming to India for SRSes. I see patients from UK, Australia, Brazil, London and USA regularly.”Dr Kaushik’s facility, Olmec Cosmetic Surgery Centre in North Delhi, is a premier transgender surgery institute in India. The center provides everything for sex change surgery, from psychiatric evaluation to post–op care. For visiting patients from abroad, they throw in concierge services that include airport transfers, stay and even a post operation tourist visit to the Taj Mahal. In a thoughtful Indian touch, Dr Kaushik added that his center has a practice of gifting every male to female transitioned patient a sari to celebrate her new life.Surgical CostsLower surgical costs are main drivers attracting foreign transgender patients to India. Clinics in Indian metro cities, such as Delhi and Mumbai, say that they see an average of 4-5 patients monthly from America and Europe.In the United States, costs for a typical gender reassignment surgery run between $10,000-$24,000 for male to female reassignment and $50,000-$100,000 for female to male reassignment. By contrast in India a full transition may cost between Rs 10-12 lakhs ($15,000-$18,000). The primary procedure runs around Rs 3.5 lakhs ($5,500). Services such as breast augmentation may cost Rs 1.5 lakhs ($2,000) and facial feminization between Rs 1-4 lakhs ($1,500-$6,000).For American Betty Ann Archer, the entire treatment cost $6,000, almost a fifth of what she estimates it would have cost her in the United States.Pulkit Sharma, a leading clinical psychologists and psychoanalyst in Delhi, says: “The fact that Westerners are coming to India for such a private procedure is ironical in an amusing way. On the one hand, we have medical professionals who are exceptionally skilled at their work and equipped to handle such complicated procedures. On the other hand, a societal apathy towards such conditions still exists. Even amongst the physicians.”Sharma, who offers psychological help to people suffering from identity issues, admits that amongst his Indian patients the ones who approach a psychologist or a psychiatrist are from privileged backgrounds. For a majority of the trans population in India both the means and the awareness are limited.Dr Anup Dhir, president of the Indian Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, says: “Unlike their Western counterpart, most Indian trans people do not want to undergo a total change of their private parts. Some just want removal or construction of breast, reduction of hair, etc., only.”Dr Kaushik disputes the popular notion that transgenders in India are deterred from the surgery because of costs: “The major problem is awareness not money.”Dhir said that Thailand and Singapore are the biggest hubs for sex change services: “Usually people who want to travel for medical tourism look for places within 2-8 hours of flying time. USA is a bit far for many to consider coming all the way.”The process for complete gender reassignment is long and complicated. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recommends one year of hormone treatment for the surgery. The hormone therapy is meant to tilt the patients internal chemical balance in favor of their preferred gender.Dr Kaushik says, “A lot of people from the West come to us for reconstructive surgeries too. Many are victims of botched up aesthetic surgeries.”Long waiting periods in their home country also prod some patients to turn to India. Dr Kaushik said that that in the United Kingdom, where National Health Service covers reassignment surgery, the waiting period can run 12 years. In New Zealand, which has an acute shortage of practicing sex change surgeons, patients are sent abroad and the waiting period can be as long as 40 years.INDIA A UNIQUE TRANS CULTUREContrary to popular perception, those who work closely with the trans community maintain that India can offer a safe familial atmosphere for visiting transgenders. Kalki Subramaniam, a transgender activist and artist from India, underwent GRS a decade ago in India at a clinic she would not disclose.She says: “The beautiful thing about India is that here transgender people form a strong artificial family. They have strong network and family like bonds with each other…. The hijra culture, as it is called in India, is a strong family structure. The guru chella bond is just like a mother son bond and people who follow it are fiercely protective. Life inside the hijra community is full of strict discipline, where there is defined hierarchy and elders are respected. Sadly, this 2,000 year old tradition has been abused lately.”Those who work closely with trans people say that American and European LGBT groups are fascinated by India’s hijra tradition. Dr Kaushik says, “The subcontinent is the only place in the world where transgender have formed a community within community.”A TABOO NO MORE?It may appear particularly perplexing that transgender Americans are turning to India for their medical services, given the country’s notoriously biased treatment of its own transgender population.The Indian census data revealed significantly lower literacy rates amongst the third gender — 46 percent, against 74 percent nationally — as well as lower employment rates — 38 percent, compared to 46 percent for the general population.The Union Cabinet of India in July approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, which attempts to destigmatize and prohibit discrimination and abuse against transgenders. Nevertheless, the transgender community is one of the most marginalized in the country, compared to their counterparts in countries, such as the United States.Pres. Barack Obama has issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against a transgender person by the federal government and its contractors. A 2012 Human Rights study found that out of 636 U.S. companies analyzed, roughly a third provided health care coverage to their transgender employees.On how Westerners cope with the stigma associated with transgenders in India, Dr Dhir says: “Stigmas exist everywhere. Even the Catholic school of thought has stigma. In India the stigmas are more cultural.”Subramaniam, while acknowledging her own challenges growing up as a trans in India says: “People around the world discriminate against the third gender. Even in Thailand which is considered a haven for transgender, I have seen them discriminated.”About her own coming out as a trans person in India, Subramaniam says: “While growing up as a woman trapped in a man’s body I was bullied and disregarded. My parents though uncomfortable with the thought were supportive and took me to a psychiatrist who himself knew precious little about transgender. I took to self-educate myself through Internet and international forums.”Today a confident Subramaniam leads seminars and discussions on gender identity issues across India.The trans community around the world is well knit and thanks to social media it has become easier for word to spread. Doctors say that patients with satisfactory results are bound to bring along others like them struggling to come out and lead fulfilling lives.Sharma, the Delhi psychologist, says progress for the community will be slow: “It will be centuries before we dream that India is free from biases towards the alternate sex.”While it may be financially a sound decision to get a surgery in India, he says, many of his Indian patients struggling with gender dysphoria chose to settle abroad as they find better acceptance there. 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Keeping Marathi Alive in Jerusalem

first_imgOne house in the hills of Ramot in Northwest Jerusalem stands out from others. On its lawn, the Indian tricolor takes its place alongside the blue and white flag of Israel. Inside the house lives a portly, friendly, Marathi Jew named Noah Massil and his wife Sybia.Now 65, the one time Mumbai electrician, and long time president of the Central Organization of Indian Jews, immigrated to Israel in 1970. Most of the Maharashtra-rooted Bene Israel community, to which Massil belongs, came here on the heels of Israel’s victorious Six Day War in 1967. They are by far the largest of the three Indian émigré groups that together number around 75,000. Jews from Cochin and the Baghdadis from Calcutta mainly, are the other two. There are perhaps 30,000 Bene Israel, but estimates vary. Some put the figure much higher.New jobs were opening up with the expanded economy, and for the religious, it was a chance to fulfill the exilic longing of Passover: Next year in Jerusalem.Massil’s organization has 29 branches throughout Israel. It prints a booklet in Marathi on the rights of new immigrants. It accompanies elderly immigrants to Jewish Agency offices, so they can get the help they need. It has set up an education fund for Indian children in Israel, as private schools in Israel are quite expensive. It also organizes celebrations for India’s Independence Day, and conducts festivals of Indian song and dance performed by Indian-2- Israeli children.”In India,” said Massil with a chuckle, “we were once known as the ‘Saturday olive pressers’ because we didn’t work on Saturday. The Bene Israel arrived in Maharashtra 2,300 years ago from this country after a shipwreck that left only 14 people alive. The story passed down to us was that seven men and seven women survived, and they paid Hindus for the land to bury their dead and start their lives over again. The first village our people settled in was Nawgaon. All of us take our surnames from the villages we settled in. My last name was originally Mhashilkar.”A people that arose from the sea in India and arrived in Israel without a written history is odd for a Jewish community. The part of Massil that is Indian regards with unthreatened laughter the cultural bias of European Jews who maintain that what is written is what is real. “The Israeli rabbinate gave us a problem when we arrived. They said, ‘You didn’t have rabbis, so how did people get Jewish divorces?’ The Bene Israel may not have had rabbis, but we also didn’t have divorce. In India, poor people don’t get divorced. In the rare case of someone wanting a divorce, they went before a group of elders in the synagogue to resolve the matter.”Acceptance took a while. Eventually, the rabbinate backed off, and the Bene Israel earned the reputation as a hard working people. They began as textile workers in Dimona. Many are now dock-workers in Ashdod, with the younger generation increasingly surrendering to the allure of high-tech.Massil estimates that as many as 80% of the Bene Israel still marry within the community, a high figure for Israel, where the intermingling of Jews from all over world is facilitated by the public school system, the learning of Hebrew and military service.“As per the Indian-Jewish tradition, and the Indian tradition in general, parents used to arrange their children’s marriages. In Israel, they prefer that their children marry Indian-Jewish children.” But Massil admitted with a good-natured shrug that all his four children have married out. “I have three sons and a daughter. One of my sons is married to a girl of Syrian-Turkish parents, another to a Russian, the third to a Romanian. My one daughter married to a Moroccan boy. My associates tease me. They say, ‘You can’t be president anymore.’”In a country where immigrants often cut ties definitively to their native lands, Massil and his wife, like many in his community, return every year to visit old friends, places from their youth. In one of his poems for his Marathi quarterly magazine, Mai Boli (My Mother Tongue), Massil writes: “I want to be happy,/but my heart is not happy./ Why?/ I remember India./ Here, nothing is missing,/but always I remember you, India.”“We publish seasonal stories, first person stories, poems about India and about Israel,” he says.Massil himself is the author of two books of Marathi poetry, Kawya Nad (1970) and Mazi Mai Marathi (2002). Though its subscriber base, at just over 500, is modest, it was praised by Madhav Gadkari, the late editor of the Marathi daily, Loksatta, as “a bridge between Israel and all Marathi speakers,” deserving “to be saluted for their contribution in strengthening bonds between India, Israel and abroad.”In 1996, a delegation from the International Marathi Speakers Conference arrived in Jerusalem, along with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, to honor Massil for his efforts in keeping the Marathi language alive among Indians abroad. Massil still glows over the certificate that hangs on his wall over the piano.Of his four children, all of whom heard Marathi spoken at home, only his daughter speaks the language, albeit poorly, and cannot read or write it. “My sons understand Marathi only partially. They also cannot read or write it.”In Israel, that is understandable. Hebrew is more than just the national language. It was resurrected from Biblical times by Jewish settlers in the early twentieth century. Synonymous with Jewish liberation, it has evolved into a quasi-mystical entity that is very hard to compete with. There are no Marathi classes in Israel, even in places like Ashdod, where the Bene Israel community is strong. The young are too busy assimilating. The job of preserving the Marathi language and culture is left to the old.But Massil isn’t complaining. Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Indian Migrant’s Table

first_imgEarlier last month a new American TV series Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian began airing on E!online. On the show, the first sister of reality TV, Khloe Kardashian, helps participants struggling with weight issues through diet and exercise. In a recent episode, an Indian girl made her debut. Sukhda Anand, a New Delhi native, announced how she found herself wolfing down American fast food to cope with her migration to the United States and ended up piling up weight. Athough Anand was eventually booted off the show for her poor attitude and lack of dedication, she brought attention to how Indian immigrants alter their eating practices in their adopted home.When Anand famously boasted on the show that she had the luxury of cooks to serve her hot, fresh meals on demand, she drew out one of the foremost differences in immigrant cuisine. In India it is fairly common, even for middle-class families, to hire a cook.But devoid of cheaply and readily available household help to whip up everything from breakfast to dinner and do the dishes, in the United States, most Indian immigrant families end up stocking their refrigerator with processed and canned food — a practice almost frowned upon in India.Even though Indian immigrants have come a long way since the 1970s, when Indian grocery stores began springing up in the United States selling everything from anardana to amchoor, many immigrants still find themselves relying on frozen food for quick weeknight cooking.Today, small mom and pop grocery stores to retail chains, such as the 52-store chain Patel Brothers, Sabzi Mandi, India Mart and Bombay Bazaar, etc., are easily accessible in major U.S. cities. Online Indian grocery stores, like indiangrocery.com, grocerybabu.com and ishopindian.com, that sell everything from Sanjeev Kapoor’s masalas to incense sticks are also proliferating on the web. Major U.S. retailers Costco and Walmart, as well as grocery chains, also stock Indian ingredients, such as Basmati rice, dals, frozen foods and even ghee!Despite this relatively easy access to Indian ingredients, cereals and pasta are jostling for space beside pickles and chivda in Indian household pantries. In an interesting cross-assimilation of eating practices and customs, while Maryland based American spices and herbs producer McCormick stocks a garam masala blend in its repertoire of products, Indian grocery chains stock frozen ready-to-serve meals, such as burgers and chicken nuggets along with kadai paneer and dal masala. The products of Deep Foods, one of the leading manufacturers of frozen Indian food ranging from parathas and undhiu to samosas, can be found not just at Indian grocers, but in the international food aisles of American supermarket chains as well.The American melting pot, food experts predict, will be serving up many more Indian fused flavors in the years ahead as their population explodes. The Asian American population is projected to grow from 16.5 million in 2010 to 40.6 million by 2050; the number of Asian Indians is projected to almost triple to 10 million.Even so, Indians may be more adaptive to multicultural cuisines than most other immigrants. In the process, nutritionists warn, many non-natives end up picking unhealthy choices.Seema Singh, a Jersey City, NJ resident, who came to the United States a decade ago, says: “Once the kids began demanding foods, such as tacos or tortillas, which we normally did not prepare in our household, we began looking for readymade options. Even before we knew it the dal and rice was getting replaced with mac and cheese.”Dr Ashish Mathur, executive director of the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Fremont, California, says: “The most common and noticeable dietary changes experienced by Indian immigrants today are actually no different from those experienced with urbanization in India itself — carbohydrate overload with access to sugary drinks, snacks rich in refined and processed grains typically stripped off their fiber content, and quick carbohydrate laden lunches and dinners facilitated by fast food vendors.’’He says, the problem is that: “Frozen ready-made and microwaveable foods dominate the dietary preferences compared to the also widely available frozen non-starchy vegetables.”The U.S. frozen food market size topped $52 billion in 2015. And while many regulations have ensured healthy options, such as fruits and vegetables frozen to retain their best nutritive value, most pre-made, processed food is laden with transfats and other unhealthy ingredients.Most households turn to the TV dinner category of frozen foods to ease their already bulging workload. Frozen pizza is the third largest frozen food category, accounting for nearly $1 billion in sales. The frozen food category is such an integral part of the the American lifestyle that the month of March is designated as the National Frozen Food Month.Srishti Shah, who came to the United States to study journalism, says: “I have lived all my life in hostels so having hot fresh meals was always a luxury. But back in Delhi, since there were only a few and very expensive frozen food options, I ended up cooking a quick anda-bhurji or aloo sabji most nights. But my healthy eating habits took a beating once I landed in Boston. After all, when you have a $1 frozen pizza staring at you from the aisle, you wouldn’t want to go back and slave in your kitchen. In hindsight though, I wished that the options were not so ready and so cheap.”She adds, jokingly, “A health tax sometimes may not be a bad idea.”Nutritionists stress it’s the choice of food, not necessarily the fact that it is frozen. Dubai-based obesity consultant and bariatric surgeon Dr Rohit Kumar, who is a committee member for Asian Metabolic Society says: “The trouble arises when nutrient rich food is swapped for processed food, which increases risk of certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. The high fat, sugar and salt content makes it unhealthy while added sodium used to prevent spoilage increases the risk of heart diseases.” Americans on average consume 3.4 milligrams of sodium daily, against a recommended daily intake of 2.3 mgs, increasing the risk of heart diseases.” Kumar says that it is important people read the constituents carefully before picking ready-to-eat meals.Mathur adds: “The most common health implications of the dietary changes are disorders associated with dismetabolism such as impaired levels of fasting blood glucose, insulin abnormalities, elevations in body mass index, waist circumference, waist to height ratio leading to obesity and elevated HbA1c levels.”Many Indian immigrants also adopt unhealthier choices in an attempt to fit in. An office lunch of roti and sabji is replaced with pasta and weekend cooking changes from overnight soaked rajma with rice to a seemingly equally healthy looking barbecued steak. And sometimes excited about a new dish, immigrants discount that it’s coming with additional cheese or processed fat.Kumar says, one of the most effective ways to gauge the changing eating habits of a community is by looking at the school box lunches of children: “In America, if you look, almost all lunchboxes that kids carry to school look alike. Thus establishing that Asians are mimicking the eating habits of locals. Though this does not mean that kids are carrying unhealthy food, as most schools follow the healthy eating guidelines.”Nevertheless, he adds, “It won’t be wrong to say that the Indian dining table, in America has changed completely.”Often immigrants end up adopting ready-made meal choices because Indian cooking is perceived to be labor intensive and time consuming. Alamelu Vairavan, a cookbook author who hosts a cookery show, Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu, on the PBS channel Create TV, says: “When Indians come to me for cookery classes, their most common grouse is that they do not have time for intensive cooking everyday. But the fact is if you are cooking with fresh vegetables it does not take long.”Vairavan, who promotes authentic cooking and use of fresh vegetables on her show, explains: “Indian cooking is understood to be a process where the ingredients are to be brought fresh, spices are roasted then ground and curries and sauces are simmered to perfection. While this does sound like something in which half a day is gone, through my shows I tell people how to set up a basic Indian pantry at home for easy weeknight cooking.”For many Indians, the increasing reliance on ready-made meals starts when they move out of their family homes for study or work. Vairavan says, “Many Indian girls who come to U.S. as new brides or to study do not necessarily know how to cook.” She cites her own example: “I grew up in India and for 18 years of my life, I did not bother about food preparation. We had cooks and it was as if the food was magically replenished on the dining tables! It remains the case with many new immigrants.”A lack of understanding on how to effectively consume the locally available ingredients also sometimes leads to poor eating choices. Shah says: “New in America, I often felt at loss on how to effectively cook butternut squash or pinto beans, and thus stuck to familiar looking fried chicken or burgers.”Vairavan says: “People are surprised to discover how versatile Indian cooking can be. I often use kohl rabi, brussel sprouts and broccoli in my Indian cooking and people assume that I discovered these ingredients after I came here. But the truth is I grew up in Chennai and we would visit nearby hill stations like Ooty or Kodaikanal, where these veggies were commonly grown, because of colder climes. We would bring them home, freeze them and our cooks would make various Chettiyar preparations using these.” She adds: “By virtue of being in America, in fact one is exposed to so many cuisines that give rise to various fusion cooking experiments. My favorite being a place in Chicago that does Indian and Latin fusion. The idea is to pick the best health practices from various cultures and make them our own.”Indeed, Sapna Sharma, a first generation Indian American, insists that her dietary habits are healthier than her cousins in India: “I may not be preparing Indian food, but I have plenty of salads as meals. We also consume a lot of whole grains topped on our food. The ingredients here are so readily available that one has no reason to believe that a healthy lifestyle is not possible.”Historically, the confluence of cultures stirs cooking pots as well. It’s not just the Indians in America who are passing tortillas for parathas. In the 18th century when the East India Company established its foothold in India, Britishers borrowed heavily from local food traditions. Slowly the mash potato stew and partridges got mixed with lentils and masalas, resulting in some interesting cross cultural food.Dishes such as Mulligatawny soup (millagu thanni translates into pepper soup in Tamil) or kedgeree inspired from the household staple khichri in India are a result of these culinary exchanges. Anglo Indian cuisine is a mish mash of what British and Indian kitchen combined to offer.Kumar says: “Every eating culture has its pros and cons. I myself grew up eating aloo parathas and pooris for breakfast, which is as unhealthy. The Western practice of having cereals is any day preferable. One has to choose carefully.” The best result for migrants, according to health experts, is when we optimally absorb the goodness from other eating cultures and incorporate them in our lives. But in a bid for short cuts, we are losing out on not just our own cuisine’s strengths, but adding empty calories and harmful additives.The trick, Vairavan says, is to eat smart: “I eat everything from Moroccan to Italian to Chinese food. I just choose carefully. And as for my breakfast — it’s always hearty American with cereals and boiled eggs … that ain’t going anywhere.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sikhs in America Question Gender Inequality at Golden Temple

first_imgSikh women should be allowed to perform kirtan at the Darbar Sahib, known as the Golden Temple, a group of Sikh-Americans demanded at a gathering at Maryland suburb of Washington this month.Rajwant Singh, one of the Sikh Americans who taught the campers, told PTI:“It is clear from the many other historical references that Sikh women were crucial to the success of the 5th largest religion and it is extremely important that we give them their deserving role in Sikh affairs, especially being able to sing shabads or hymns at the very heart of Sikhism, in Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple”The Sikh youth camp, attended by about 120 young members of the community, amonth others, was organised by the Washington-based Guru Gobind Singh Foundation.Sikhs Gurus Preach Gender EqualitySikhism is known for the equality and inclusivity it offers to women. About 500 years ago, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, preached that women are equal to men.“From her (woman), kings are born. From a woman, woman is born; without woman there would be no one at all.” (Guru Granth Sahib, 473).The Sikh Gurus made no distinction between men and women, according to Manmeet Kaur Sodhi of the Institute of Sikh Studies. They included women with the men in the Langar (common kitchen), and encouraged them to participate in all other religious, social, and cultural activities of the Gurdwara Sahib, he writes.More than five centuries later, the issue of inequality in Sikhism raises questions. In the past, women have often questioned why they are not allowed to do the kirtans.In 2004, Bibi Jagir Kaur, the then president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), sought to pass the resolution for allowing women to perform kirtan in Harmandar Sahib, but it was unsuccessful.International AttentionIn 2003, gender discrimination in the Golden Temple was highlighted at the international level after two England-based Sikh women were allegedly assaulted by SGPC sevadars during ‘sukhasan’ (carrying Guru Granth Sahib in a palanquin) at the Golden Temple .Even though many in India have protested against the inequality, the issue hasn’t garnered the attention it needs in the country. “I think we need to first convince the Sikh masses to accept the idea. But one thing we all know, the Gurus never discriminated against women,” Harjinder Kaur, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate, was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.Significance of Women in SikhismCalling it the most modern religion, Rishiwant Singh of United Sikhs, a Malaysia-based humanitarian aid organiser, told the Times of India:  “There is no question whether women should be allowed to do sewa of kirtan or not.”US-based Sikh activist Rajwant Singh highlighted the significant role women have played during the history of the religion. He spoke about Bebe Nanki, Guru Nanak Dev’s sister who was the first Sikh to play an important role in organising the community in the initial stages. “Similarly, Mata Khivi, who is the only woman mentioned in the Sikh scriptures, is the main person who popularised langar, a vegetarian community meal which is still in practice. Her daughter, Bibi Amro, was also installed as a Sikh preacher by Guru Amardas — the third Sikh guru,” he told the Times of India.Petitions and GatheringsThis time, however, the questions came from Sikhs living abroad. A petition was started last year by a Canada-based Sikh woman who wasn’t allowed to do any service of God or recite hymns at the Golden Temple. In her petition, she writes:“Sikhism is a religion founded on the principle of equality. Because God created us all equally. Regardless of gender, of race, or sexual orientation, of ability, of money, of anything. The only thing that matters is our actions.”She questioned, “So then why is this happening today? The very thing the Gurus protested against?”Sikhs in America are highlighting the issue that many religious alliances have been ignoring so far. “This Panth would not be where it is today without the actions of Sikh women, so we should recognise their contributions,” Sehejneet Kaur, one of the counselors, told PTI. Related ItemsAmericaGolden TempleKhalsaReligious RightsSGPCSikh womenSikhismlast_img read more

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Indian-origin Man Brutally Beaten in New Zealand

first_imgA man, believed to be of Indian-origin was left severely beaten on a footpath on Tuesday night in Auckland city, New Zealand. The 25-year-old man, was brutally beaten with a baseball bat by an unidentified person on a road in Takanini. He is currently in a critical condition, as per the media reports.The incident took place at approximately 10.20pm local time on Tuesday night on Great South Road, Takanini. Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the man, senior sergeant Karen Bright of Counties Manukau Police, said.Critical Condition“He is in a critical condition in Auckland Hospital and Police are requesting the public’s help to identify this man so we (can) contact his family,” Bright said in a press release.He described the man as wearing “a grey collared shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers with white soles.”Police Seeking Public HelpHe said it is important to identify the man as he will need his family and friends to support him while he remains in a serious condition. The police are also seeking to talk to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has any information about who the man is. Related ItemsAucklandIndia New ZealandIndian-origin man beatenLittle Indiaunidentified Indian-originlast_img read more

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British Government Plans New Fund for Indian Soldiers of World Wars

first_imgA British MP has said that there are plans to introduce a new fund to provide support to Indian soldiers who fought for the British during the world wars but didn’t get pension or other benefits like their British counterparts.According to a PTI report, Penny Mordaunt, UK International Development Secretary, said that the British government acknowledges that veterans from India and other Commonwealth nations faced injustice and now it wants to rectify that. She also said that kin of many of these veterans are leading a tough life in their respective countries.Mordaunt said these while addressing people at the annual gala of Punjabi Society of the British Isles on Oct.31. She said that those veterans fought for a common cause but didn’t get their due. They were not given the pensions or the other benefits, due to which many are living in harsh conditions today.The news agency quoted her as saying in the event, “These veterans were cast off, not taken care of and not given pensions and looked after. There are about 8,500 of these individuals and their widows around the world who are living on one meal a day and have no access to healthcare.”Mordaunt further said that she will announce a new program which will look after these servicemen, veterans, and their widows throughout their lives. This program will be a collaborated effort of Royal British Legion, the UK’s armed forces charity, and the Department for International Development’s UK Aid initiative, reported All India Radio.The program will be formally announced on Nov.11, which is Armistice Day as well as Remembrance Sunday this year. Armistice Day is to commemorate the Armistice treaty signed by Allies of the World War I and Germany in France. While Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday of the November in the UK and Commonwealth nations to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.This year’s Armistice Day marks the centenary of the end of first world war and a khadi poppy has been launched to commemorate 74,000 Indian soldiers, who gave their lives in WW I. British PM Theresa May has also said that she would like to wear khadi poppy to honor Indian soldiers. Related Itemslast_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: JRU halts two-game skid, blasts Benilde

first_img3×3 hoop wars reaches finale at Taguig Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Jose Rizal University went back to the winning track after stopping College of St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Read Next MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments “It’s already in them, they just have to use it properly.”Ranya Musa led Benilde with 12 points while Rachel Austero added 10 as the Lady Blazers lost three of their last four games. LATEST STORIES The Lady Bombers improved to 3-3 and tied the Lady Blazers at the fifth spot after starting off the season on a 2-1 run. Shola Alvarez paced JRU’s offense with 21 points while Dolly Verzosa added 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJRU head coach Mia Tioseco said lack of mental and emotional strength was key to their doom against Arellano and University of Perpetual Help.“I think we lacked the confidence and the composure,” said Tioseco in Filipino. “They already have the skills and they just have to use it in the game, but when we lost our composure and fear takes over they forget about their skills.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Exclusive: Have to remind people I am only 31, says Parthiv Patel following India comeback

first_imgParthiv Patel, who got an SOS to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the Mohali Test against England, is the only one from the current team to have played in the Sourav Ganguly-John Wright era of Indian cricket.Parthiv last played a Test match for India in 2008 and would have missed the most Tests (83) by an Indian before making a comeback when he plays in the third Test of the five-match ongoing series starting Saturday. These stats do not bother Parthiv, much who like many of his generation had given up up hope when MS Dhoni was going strong. “It’s great news to play for India again. It’s been eight years and I have always been working hard and striving to stay fit. The belief has always been there,” he told India Today.Parthiv will travel from Hubli, where he was playing a Ranji game, to Belgaum before taking a flight to Mumbai and then another connecting flight to reach Chandigarh. But he will not mind clocking these kilometres and air miles one bit in his quest to play Test cricket for India again.”I have heard a lot of great things about the current Indian team. I haven’t played India for a while but have played with all of them in franchisee cricket and it will be great to join forces for national duty,” he speaks on the prospects of being part of team India which is now top ranked in the world. (Gautam Gambhir dropped, Bhuvneshwar Kumar recalled for remaining three Tests vs England)advertisement”It’s not that I have to remind people that I am only 31 yet. I made an early international debut but have been performing consistency at domestic cricket,” he answers a question on being repeatedly reminded how much of an old pro he is. Incidentally, Parthiv’s Test debut in 2002 as a 17-year-old also happened against England.The Gujarat skipper has scored 415 runs this season in his eight Ranji innings averaging 59 with three fifties and a hundred. But his 20-match stop-start Test career never took off, initially competing with Dinesh Karthik for being India’s glovesman before Dhoni came around.Parthiv was part of the 2008 test series against Sri Lanka where the DRS was first introduced in international cricket. He knows it will be another aspect team will rely on him for. “Yes I have done it before. Its not rocket science, using DRS. I will use my experience and try to help the team best,” he says.With Saha now having found his space in international cricket with his glovework and gutsy lower order strokeplay, Parthiv knows this opportunity may be nothing but a stop gap arrangement. But for someone who has happily stuck it out being a journeymen in domestic cricket for a decade and a half, he would not mind another shot of being in combat mode at the highest level.last_img read more

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Olympiakos to Face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League Last 32

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 32 of the Europa League:First LegFeb. 12-14Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Salzburg (Austria)Rapid Vienna (Austria) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Genk (Belgium)Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Napoli (Italy)Malmo (Sweden) vs. Chelsea (England)Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)Celtic (Scotland) vs. Valencia (Spain)Rennes (France) vs. Real Betis (Spain)Olympiakos (Greece) vs. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)Lazio (Italy) vs. Sevilla (Spain)Fenerbahce (Turkey) vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) vs. Villarreal (Spain)BATE Borisov (Belarus) vs. Arsenal (England)Galatasaray (Turkey) vs. Benfica (Portugal)___Second LegFeb. 20-21Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) vs. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)Salzburg (Austria) vs. Club Brugge (Belgium)Inter Milan (Italy) vs. Rapid Vienna (Austria)Genk (Belgium) vs. Slavia Prague (Czech Republic)Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs. Krasnodar (Russia)Napoli (Italy) vs. Zurich (Switzerland)Chelsea (England) vs. Malmo (Sweden)Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)Valencia (Spain) vs. Celtic (Scotland)Real Betis (Spain) vs. Rennes (France)Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs. Olympiakos (Greece)Sevilla (Spain) vs. Lazio (Italy)Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) vs. Fenerbahce (Turkey)Villarreal (Spain) vs. Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)Arsenal (England) vs. BATE Borisov (Belarus)Benfica (Portugal) vs. Galatasaray (Turkey)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zach Smith Calls Out “Vindictive” Ex-Wife After Recent Arrest

first_img Just a man who wants to see his kids when the law and courts have dictated I should see them. pic.twitter.com/VVZL68cKd6— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) May 11, 2019Smith’s statement claims his “vindictive” ex-wife is a “dangerous force.”“I will continue to be what I have ALWAYS been. A great dad. Fighting to see his kids when the United States COURTS say I should. And also protecting them from the craziest, mentally ill human being I have ever encountered. Another court case, another screw up by Delaware county…all will be righted,” Smith said in his statement.Ohio State relieved Smith of his duties as the team’s wide receivers coach following his alleged involvement in a domestic violence scandal involving his wife. Smith denied the allegations.Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation. zach smith gives an interview on espnEarlier this week, police arrested former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith for violating his Civil Protection Order.According to multiple reports, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.On Saturday morning, Smith took to Twitter to clarify the situation. According to Smith, he informed the school he would be picking his kids up, but the principal alerted his ex-wife, Courtney.She then traveled to the school, putting Smith in violation of his CPO. He asked the principal to call the police, though Courtney Smith placed a call to the police instead.last_img read more

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PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors crowned champions after beating Dabang Delhi in final

first_img Next India Today Web Desk AhmedabadOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 21:50 IST Mohammad Nabibakhsh claimed 10 points as Bengal Warriors won their maiden PKL title. (Twitter/@BengalWarriors)HIGHLIGHTSBengal Warriors defeated Dabang Delhi 39-35 to win Pro Kabaddi League season 7Mohammad Nabibakhsh was the star performer for Bengal with 10 raid pointsNaveen Kumar of Delhi was leading scorer from both the teams with 18 pointsNaveen Kumar claimed his 22nd successive Super Ten but it was Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh who ruled the mat in the Pro Kabaddi grand finale on Saturday where Bengal Warriors were crowned the champions of season 7 defeating Delhi 39-34 in a money-worth summit clash.Delhi started off strong as they took a hefty 8 point lead in the initial stage after forcing an all-out on Bengal Warriors but the latter bounced back in a sensational manner to win their maiden title.Bengal Warriors were playing with out their captain Maninder Singh, who had 205 points this season, but Nabibakhsh did not let Maninder’s absence felt. The captain for the final completed an All Out to help Warriors make a comeback right before the end of the first half to help the scores level 17-all.It was no turning back for Bengal thereon as as they inflicted two All Outs in the second half. Delhi were very weak on their defence as the two corners did not win the crucial points for the side. Warriors, on the other side, were strong on both their attack and defence.Nabibakhsh was phenomenal throughout the game and so was his teammate Sukesh Hegde, who bagged a total of eight points.Naveen looked a little dull in the first half as he failed to get the touch points and relied mostly on bonus points. However, towards the end of the game, his oozed fire and showed his rapid pace but it was too late by then. The young 20-year-old sensation was the leading scorer from both the teams with 18 points.advertisementAlso Read | ISL 2019-20: Full schedule, fixtures, date, time and squads listAlso Read | It is not his business: Mary Kom replies to Abhinav Bindra on Nikhat Zareen controversyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors crowned champions after beating Dabang Delhi in finalPro Kabaddi League: Bengal Warriors defeated Dabang Delhi 39-34 to claim their maiden PKL title. Mohammad Nabibakhsh was the highest point scorer for his Bengal.advertisementlast_img read more

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New film Maina brings battle between Inuit and Innu to a Quebec

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe battle between Innu and Inuit will be coming to a Quebec theatre near you.‘Maina’ is a film inspired by the contact of two Aboriginal nations, thousands of years ago.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

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First Nation activists fear potential sting of new antiterror law

first_imgAPTN National NewsA newly-tabled bill has the House of Commons rising in opposition.Its intent is to keep Canadians safe, but many are asking if it goes too far.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

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Dubai Charges Moroccan with ‘Assault, Drink-Driving, Stealing Taxi’

Rabat – The Dubai criminal court has charged a Moroccan man with “stealing a taxi, crashing it into a villa and then assaulting two police officers,” the Emirati news outlet the National reported Tuesday.The incident goes back to the early hours of September 13 last year when the 24-year-old Moroccan suspect called a taxi to take him to Mirdif area in Dubai after spending the evening drinking.When the suspect arrived to his destination, he got out of the taxi to bring money to pay the Pakistani taxi driver, according to court hearing. “I dropped him off and he asked me to wait for him so he could get money to pay me,” the taxi driver told the hearing.After waiting for long, the Pakistani driver went looking for the Moroccan man, but left “his car keys in the ignition,” according to the National.The suspect came back, taking advantage of the absence of the driver, accelerated the car and smashed it against a nearby villa.Read Also: Moroccan Athlete Wins 2018 Dubai 270-Kilometer Ultra MarathonNot only did the Moroccan crash the car but he wanted to smash another one as well.“But he didn’t return after entering the house. Then I saw him near the villa using a bicycle to smash a parked Toyota car,” the taxi driver said.The story went on as the suspect assaulted two police officers who came to arrest him.“He repeatedly kicked the back door of our police patrol vehicle as we were trying to get him inside it,” said one of the officers.The Moroccan suspect was charged with “assault, drink driving and damaging property,” reported the National.Since the Moroccan man was blind drunk, he could not remember anything of the damage he caused.“I can’t recall what happened that day,” he told the court.Read Also: Mariam Amjoun, 9-Year-Old Moroccan, Wins Dubai’s Arab Reading Challenge read more

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Senators clash with FAA officials over Boeing Max oversight

Members of a Senate subcommittee clashed with Federal Aviation Administration officials Wednesday, contending the agency was too deferential to Boeing in approving the 737 Max.Senators cited reports of lax oversight as the jet and flight control software called MCAS were developed. MCAS has been implicated in two deadly crashes.Rhode Island Republican Jack Reed asked about a report that the FAA let Boeing do an interim fix after an Indonesian Lion Air Max crashed in October, knowing that a safer, permanent fix was needed. The software points the plane’s nose down to avoid aerodynamic stalling.FAA Associate Administrator Ali Bahrami said the fix was reviewed by FAA engineers and in line with normal practices. He said the agency recognized it was urgent to tell pilots how to disable MCAS.The Associated Press read more

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TT urged to remain earthquake alert

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T, Grenada rattled by earthquakeNovember 12, 2018In “Regional”T&T rattled by 9th quake in just over a weekNovember 1, 2018In “Regional”T&T rattled by another quake, over 100 aftershocks since last TuesdayDecember 13, 2016In “over 100 aftershocks since last Tuesday” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Wednesday said that Trinidad and Tobago must continue to ensure that all necessary measures are in place to respond appropriately to any large magnitude earthquake which may potentially cause significant damage and loss of life.The SRC said that the oil-rich twin-island republic would continue to experience earthquakes in keeping with the pattern expected after it experienced a 6.9 magnitude quake in August.Trinidad and Tobago has over the past nine days recorded quakes with magnitudes ranging from  4.2 to 4.5 and the SRC said that “moderate to strong earthquakes such as these, are usually associated with aftershocks, with those at shallow depth producing a higher number.“The earthquakes currently being recorded, in the Gulf of Paria, with some being felt, is in keeping with the pattern expected after such events. The other areas around Trinidad will continue to produce their normal annual magnitude output; on average, we expect just over 50 events of magnitude greater than 3.5 every year.On August 21, the country was rocked by a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 causing widespread panic and damage to several buildings. No one was killed.The SRC said that the quake, which occurred off the coast of eastern Venezuela, about 130 km west of Port of Spain, with a depth of 127 km, was widely reported as felt in Trinidad and Tobago and neighbouring islands.It said that in addition, during the period 26th-28th January, 2018, there was a burst of more than 20 earthquakes in the Gulf of Paria, about 70 km south-west of Port of Spain; the largest was of magnitude 5.3 km. The SRC said that the activity currently being recorded has little bearing on the larger magnitude earthquakes, like the one that occurred in 1766 with a magnitude of 7.9 “that can happen at any time.“Therefore, we here in Trinidad and Tobago, along with all relevant, regional agencies and communities, must continue to ensure that all necessary measures are in place to respond appropriately to any large magnitude earthquake which may potentially cause significant damage and loss of life,” the SRC added. read more

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Check out this geeky NES electric guitar mod

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered what Harmonix and Activision‘s Guitar Hero franchise would look like on an NES, YouTube’s got more than one great parody videos exploring just that concept.But let’s ask a different question: what would a Guitar Hero guitar controller for the NES actually look like? This incredible custom mod smashing together a vintage NES and an electric guitar probably gives a good idea.AdChoices广告This custom six-string electric guitar uses an old Nintendo Entertainment System console as the body, alongside a standard neck and a hard-tail bridge. A single coil pickup with volume control and an output jack rounds the modifications out.It’s pretty easy to see how this concept would have been adapted by Nintendo back in the 80s, when slot-loading cartridge technology would have probably inspired them to tackle a Guitar Hero peripheral by having a player plug his console into his guitar, and not vice versa.Either way, this is one geeky guitar, and it’s available right now for only $150… an absolute steal, as long as you only want to play Zelda‘s theme and not the game itself.Read more at Get Lofilast_img read more

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Gerrard shuts down promising Rangers January transfer report

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard has dismissed reports that his side were considering a move for Wigan Athletic midfielder Nick Powell this window.There were reports on Sunday that the Gers were ready to offer him a pre-contract deal, competing with the likes of Celtic and RB Leipzig for his signature.However, the Rangers gaffer claimed not to know about it as he told Sky Sports via Rangers vital football: “It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Signing Powell will be ideal for Rangers who look to end the season on a high as the midfielder has been impressive for Wigan scoring 15 goals from midfield last season to help his club gain promotion to the English Championship.Despite having injury concerns this term, the versatile midfielder has managed to contribute with four goals and five assists to his side’s campaign.It is yet unclear what manager Gerrard is up to but time will tell.last_img read more

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Hiker dies in fall from Columbia River Gorge trail

first_imgPORTLAND — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says a hiker died after falling from a trail in the Columbia River Gorge.Lt. Steve Alexander says the man fell Saturday from near the top of the Angel’s Rest trail. The man was hiking with a woman when he fell an estimated 75 feet. The woman called 9-1-1, leading rescue workers to the area.The hiker’s name won’t be released until after his relatives have been notified.last_img

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