Arya Samaj celebrates 143rd anniversary

first_imgThe Guyana Central Arya Samaj and the Berbice Central Arya Samaj, along with all the affiliates and associates across Guyana, celebrated the anniversary of the Arya Samaj Foundation Day on April 10. The Arya Samaj was established on April 10, 1875 in Bombay, India by its iconic spiritual founder, Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Since then, Arya Samaj ideals and practices have spread all over the world and today, there are many temples and persons in numerous countries that preach and teach the Word of God because of the Arya Samaj and its zeal for truth and logic.A primary objective of the Arya Samaj is to do good to and for the world in such a way as to promote physical, spiritual, and social upliftment for everyone. To achieve this, our conduct is always to be guided by unselfishness, love, righteousness, and justice.These, among other core values, remain the focus of the Arya Samaj in a world that continues to be pulled into every conceivable realm of negative thoughts and emotions. It continues to look for the ultimate good of our children and parents; the advancement of our countries and economic and social values and the overall cohesion of our peoples.Over the short but impactful history of the Arya Samaj since its formation in 1875, there have been undeniable contributions to nationhood in many countries. Humanity as a whole has benefited from the modernistic, logic-driven approach to Hinduism as practised by the Arya Samaj.In a message, Guyana Central Arya Samaj President, Dr Yog Mahadeo noted that among its many appeals, the Arya Samaj was people-focused. “Our life-long mission is to make the world a noble place. All of our actions and intent is supposed to be focused on helping others.”He continued, “The bedrock to our growth and development as a nation is in education and healthy lifestyle. One of our goals, therefore, is to learn, practise, teach and preach the word of God and to inculcate healthy living habits that focus on building and maintaining strong families. To preach and practise unity and love is ultimate.”The President noted that all the temples across the country were celebrating this anniversary. “In Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo, across the mandirs, there are a number of activities at various mandirs during the month of April. In Berbice, there is a multi-kunda havan at the 64-66 Vedic Mandir and a day of devotion and singing. In West Demerara, there will be a multi-kunda havan at the Windsor Forest Mandir, youth camp and a week of devotion and songs at all the mandirs. At East Coast Demerara and Georgetown, there will also be special services, and a youth activity on April 29 at the Georgetown Mandir.General Secretary to the organisation, Bahen Renuka Lall said that the Arya Samaj movement taught everyone to be kind, courteous, and loving toward everyone. “Our belief is that everyone is equal and that all are entitled to happiness and prosperity.” She reminds everyone to go to temple and to do good.Berbice Central Arya Samaj President, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo noted that the Arya Samaj movement all across the world is observing the anniversary. “We are joining hands with many countries in a universal movement that believes in helping everyone and letting everyone grow and develop. We believe that our personal happiness lies in the happiness of everyone and our personal contentment is experienced when others are contented.”The West Demerara Arya Samaj, under the leadership of Pandita Dolly of Windsor Forest, also launched a week-long celebration across the mandirs of West Demerara, culminating with a grand celebration at the Windsor Forest and Central Mandirs. East Coast Demerara’s head, Pandit Seu from Enmore also announced a week-long activity and participation in the grand celebrations on April 29 at the Central Mandir.A member of the Essequibo group, Rakesh Ramballi called on all members to be reminded of special celebrations in Essequibo in June this year. “Krinvanto vishvam aryam – Make the world noble.”last_img read more

Meetings 5/15

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPacoima Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at the Pacoima Youth and Family Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima. Call (818) 590-4792. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Encino Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 24 at the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040. Panorama City Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. May 24 in the second floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. North Hills East Neighborhood Council (forming), 7 p.m. June 5 at the Valley Korean Central Presbyterian Church, 15204 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. The San Fernando Valley advisory neighborhood councils are the only city-sanctioned forum for neighborhoods to convey their concerns to City Hall so it’s important for concerned citizens to get involved. We invite members of the councils to keep us informed of upcoming meetings and key agenda items. Here is a list of upcoming neighborhood council meetings: Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today at Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 896-5860. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 7 at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511. West Hills Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 7 at the 911 Communication Center, 23001 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 719-8656 or see Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or e-mail local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCara House Family Resource Centre in Letterkenny is increasing its range of services for parents and children with the addition of two new services.Cara HouseDuring Halloween Week (Tuesday to Friday) they are offering full day care from 9 – 5pm for €20 a day – €10 a half day. Parents can book for the week or chose days as they need it. The children will engage in a range of different activities each day. Snacks and a hot midday meal will be provided.After Halloween Cara Children’s Centre is starting a breakfast club from 7.45am to facilitate parents who start work at 8am. Transport to local schools is available. The cost will be €5 a day. These services are in addition to their regular afterschool clubs (€7 a day, 2 – 6pm) and the weekday morning drop-in creche for toddlers (10.30am – 12.30, €5 a day).All the services in Cara House are designed to support families and individuals in their daily life at affordable prices.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LETTERKENNY’S CARA HOUSE was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CARA HOUSElast_img read more


first_imgGardai have appealed to walkers, joggers and cyclists to wear high-visibility clothing and lights when out exercising.The plea comes after a number of near misses in towns across the county including Letterkenny, Donegal Town and Buncrana following the spell of bright weather.A Garda spokesman said hat people are being caught out after deciding to go out in the evening time to get some exercise. “We are enjoying a spell of good, clear weather at present and there is a stretch in the evening times.“It’s great that so many people are out on our roads exercising be that on bikes, or walking or jogging.“But the problem is that people are being caught short by not wearing reflective clothing or taking lights with them.“Darkness is still setting in very quickly and it’s far from the summer just yet. “We would appeal to people to think about this when they decide to exercise and not get caught out,” he said.* Reflective vests can be got from the Road Safety Authority for FREE by emailing them at APPEAL TO WALKERS, JOGGERS AND CYCLISTS AFTER A NUMBER OF NEAR ACCIDENTS was last modified: February 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cyclistsGardaijoggerswalkerslast_img read more

Wigan ‘will not cut asking price for Moses’

first_imgWigan supremo Dave Whelan has warned Chelsea he will not cut his £10m asking price for Victor Moses, the Daily Mail report.Chelsea are expected to bid about £7m with add-ons over the weekend.QPR boss Mark Hughes plans to pip Cardiff City to the signing of Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, the South Wales Echo believe.Cardiff are keen to take the Wales international back to the club where he had a loan spell, but it is suggested that Hughes is also interested in signing him.Linked with move for Bellamy.Hughes’ imminent signing of Park Ji-sung from Manchester United is among the headlines, with the Mail suggesting Rangers have offered £5m for the Korean.Related West London Sport story: Korean star Park set to join QPR from UnitedQPR hope to beat off competition from Everton and Sunderland to capture winger Junior Hoilett from Blackburn, according to the Daily Mirror.Former Rovers boss Hughes has been interested in signing Hoilett for some time.And it is claimed that he has offered more money than Everton, who are also keen on the Canadian.Hoilett is out-of-contract and plans to leave Ewood Park this summer. At 22, he is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer, so Blackburn will be due compensation unless they accept an offer.Sunderland and German club Borussia Monchengladbach are also said to be interested.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 3 Fulham 0

first_imgScott Hogan scored twice as Brentford embarrassed Fulham in the first half of the west London derby at Griffin Park. The Bees raced into a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes, with former Fulham youth player Sam Saunders chipping keeper Marcus Bettinelli on the breakaway for the opener.Striker Hogan, making his first start for Brentford, ruthlessly fired home the second having been put through by Konstantin Kerschbaumer.And Hogan bagged his fifth goal since returning from long-term knee injury just before the break when he smashed in Saunders’ corner on the volley.Fulham struggled to create chances, with 19-year-old left-back Tom Field impressive on his Brentford debut, but the Whites hit the post through Ross McCormack on 42 minutes.McCormack had earlier missed the target with a free-kick and put Jazz Richards through on goal only for the full-back to misdirect a close-range header.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Field; Yennaris, Woods; Saunders, Kerschbaumer, Canos; Hogan.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, O’Connell, Cole, Swift, Gogia, Hofmann.Fulham: Bettinelli, Richards, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker, Ince; Cairney, Christensen, Tunnicliffe; McCormack.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, O’Hara, Hyndman, Dembele, Smith.last_img read more

Darwin’s Finches: Researchers Tweak the Beak

first_imgEvery once in awhile, a new angle on Darwin’s finches (an icon of evolution) appears in print.  Peter and Rosemary Grant, who have devoted their life to studying everything possible about these related species of birds that inhabit the Galápagos Islands – only to find that evolutionary changes are reversible (see 04/26/2002 headline) – have a new molecular story to tell.  In an effort to tie the evolution of beak shape to embryonic development, they and three Harvard geneticists searched for the actual proteins that build beaks in the egg, and found one named Bmp4 (bone morphogenetic protein #4) that appears to singlehandedly influence beak width and stubbiness.  Their results are printed in the Sept. 3 issue of Science.1    In the same issue,2 USC scientists Ping Wu et al. studied the same protein in chickens and ducks.  They studied Bmp4 expression in the growth zones of developing beaks, and found that “By ‘tinkering’ with BMP4 in beak prominences, the shapes of the chicken beak can be modulated.”  It was not clear, however, whether BMP4, a signalling molecule, is solely responsible or affects other upstream factors in the developmental process.    Each article assumes these studies are important to evolutionary theory.  The Grants say, “Darwin’s finches are a classic example of species diversification by natural selection.”  Ping Wu et al. generalize, “Beak shape is a classic example of evolutionary diversification.”  Elizabeth Pennisi, Science writer who usually makes evolutionary stories grist for her mill, writes in the same issue,3 “Darwin’s finches are to evolutionary biology what Newton’s apple is to physics.”  (Did she mean the obvious comparison, considering that the story of an apple hitting Newton led to his theory of gravitation is a myth?)  “Today,” she continues, “these songbirds are often cited as a perfect example of how new species arise by exploiting ecological niches.” (Emphasis added).  Yet the classification of these birds into separate species is controversial, since apparently most of them (at least) are interfertile.    Though the scientists Pennisi quotes are impressed with the studies, and find the evidence convincing that BMP4 shapes beaks, one cautions that “Other genes and molecules will also be involved.”  Indeed, Pennisi admits, “neither group knows what makes the BMP4 gene more active in birds with bigger bills.”  And neither study explains “why some birds, such as the finches, rapidly form new species—with the different lifestyles that are possible because of changes in their shapes—while others living in the same place, for example, warblers, do not.”  Nevertheless, Pennisi is confident, “Darwin would be pleased.”1Abzhanov, Protas, Tabin, Peter and Rosemary Grant, “Bmp4 and Morphological Variation of Beaks in Darwin’s Finches,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1462-1465, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098095].2Ping Wu et al., “Molecular Shaping of the Beak,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1465-1466, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098109].3Elizabeth Pennisi, “Bonemaking Protein Shapes Beaks of Darwin’s Finches,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1383, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5689.1383].The findings are really no help to evolutionary theory.  Neither of these studies account for the origin of BMP4 and the many other complex proteins that interact with it; they just show you can get freaks by tweaking the beaks.  We already knew that with humans.  Failures in the complex developmental pathways of any embryo can produce grotesque or useless deformities.  These studies only tinkered with expression of existing genes, not with the origin of new genes or their “improvement.”  The studies were not tied to adaptation, which is what Darwinism purports to explain.    Picture the highly specialized beaks of hummingbirds, spoonbills, pelicans, owls, hornbills, woodpeckers, eagles, ducks, and the other thousands of species of birds.  To explain these, an evolutionist is going to need a lot more than just differences in the local expression of BMP4.  He or she is going to need millions of transitional forms, and proof of heritable adaptive changes in all the developmental pathways that affect beak morphology.  Even if the Grants can tie finch beak changes to this molecule, and show that beak changes are adaptive for various ecological niches on the islands, they have not explained the origin of BMP4, the beak, or the finch itself.    Creationists and evolutionists both are comfortable with slight morphological changes in existing species.  It is very probable that a tougher beak will aid a finch in a drought, so that it can crack the nuts and get to the seeds better than a cousin with a thinner beak.  But when the rains return, and seeds are plentiful, the change is no longer adaptive and the populations can revert back.  Over time, no one has shown that these slight changes to Darwin’s finches have led to any long-term morphological change.  Certainly they have not shown that they came from, or are leading to, anything other than finches.    If the Grants want to spend their lives measuring beaks to fractions of a millimeter, and weighing the little birds to fractions of a gram, and studying the ways their eggs grow and what genes and proteins are expressed, that’s fine and wonderful and praiseworthy.  But if anyone claims their work has defended Chairman Charlie’s wild speculation that humans had bacteria ancestors, beak airful.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tuatara Genes Are Running in Place

first_imgOne would expect a living fossil to show extreme stasis at the genetic level.  Not so for the tuatara, a New Zealand reptile, reported EurekAlert: researchers found that “although tuatara have remained largely physically unchanged over very long periods of evolution, they are evolving – at a DNA level – faster than any other animal yet examined.”    The tuatara is said to be the lone survivor of a class of beak-headed reptiles that co-existed with the dinosaurs 200 million years ago (see Live Science for picture).  The rate of molecular evolution of this lizard-like animal, the researchers said, is much faster than that of cave bears, lions, oxen and horses, which supposedly evolved from primitive mammals in far less time.    Based on this study, the authors are claiming that molecular evolution and morphological evolution have nothing to do with each other: “Many scientists have thought that molecular evolution would be fastest in animals whose physical form, or morphology, also evolved swiftly,” the article says.  “The tuatara finding suggests otherwise, that there is no relationship between the two rates.”  But if evolution does not cause fitness changes at the genetic level that translate into body changes, where did elephants and giraffes come from?    See also the discussion of this paper by David Tyler on Access Research Network, and the 03/31/2002 entry about tuatara resilience to climate change.Molecular changes is not evolution in the sense of creating new organs and functions.  That is clear from the fact that the tuatara is unchanged from its fossil counterparts.  The tuatara was already a complete embarrassment for the Darwinists – as are all living fossils.  This counter-intuitive result should make them consider the possibility that something is completely wrong with their assumptions.  The first one that should go on the chopping block is the assumption of millions of years.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Boost for SA aerospace industry

first_img31 August 2007The government this week endorsed three initiatives aimed at boosting South Africa’s aerospace industry: building a multi-million rand component supplier park outside Pretoria; expanding an existing support programme for suppliers; and tackling the shortage of skills in the industry.According to Business Day, the supplier park, the Centurion Aerospace Village, will be built with R29-million provided by the European Union, which has also pledged a further R40-million for the project over the next two years.The supplier park will cluster aerospace manufacturing companies that cater for international markets.The second initiative involves expansion of the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, which aims to develop an industry supplier base through a supply-chain improvement programme and a supplier development programme.According to Business Day, the support initiative will involve the incubation of programmes worth R10-million per year.Taking up the skills challengeThe third initiative involves work done by the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NACoE) to address the scarcity of skills and capacity in the local aerospace industry.Engineering News reported this week that European commercial and military airline manufacturer Airbus had entered into a research and technology development partnership with the NACoE, Stellenbosch University and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.Under the partnership, Airbus and the NACoE have committed to fund 30 South African postgraduate positions for work focussing on aerospace-related topics, with core themes such as the development and application of automation and smart structures techniques, technologies and processes.According to Engineering News, Airbus is also working closely with the Department of Science and Technology and the NACoE to develop a scheme that will eventually encompass all areas of aerospace, aerostructures, systems engineering, manufacturing, aircraft operations and management.“This symbiotic relationship will also benefit local small and medium-sized enterprises wanting to position themselves as suppliers to Airbus and other original equipment manufacturers,” Airbus international cooperation manager Remy Moreau told Engineering News.“It will enable them to source local students who are familiar with Airbus, its processes and culture, but without any additional cost to themselves.”Export growth potentialThe government’s prioritising of SA’s aerospace industry is in line with its aim to increase the country’s exports. It also seeks to exploit the growth in commercial air traffic, and the consequent need for aircraft maintenance and modification, around the continent.According to Business Day, government research shows that technology-intensive industries in developing countries grew by 20% over a 13-year period, as opposed to slower growth for lower-tech and resource-based industries.Speaking to journalists at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria this week, Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the government, in deciding whether to back the aerospace sector, was “acutely aware that technology and knowledge are crucial factors of production in modern advanced economies, and those new technological developments can create platforms for further innovations.”Mpahlwa added that as much as three-quarters the more than 200 local companies involved in aerospace-related work were smaller firms, pointing to a thriving medium-sized industry base.In a further boost to South Africa’s aerospace ambitions, the Department of Science and Technology announced this week that the long-awaited South African Space Agency, which will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the country’s space and technology programmes, will be set up by March reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bafana beat the Mambas to kickstart Chan 2014

first_imgThe opening ceremony of Chan 2014 at Cape Town Stadium didn’t disappoint, but the crowd numbers did.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS• Eric MwanzaCAF Media Officer Cape Town+ 27 612593821Bafana Bafana made a perfect start to the Africa Nations Championship, or Chan 2014 tournament, with a gritty 3-1 win over Mozambique’s Mambas in an exciting opening game at Cape Town Stadium on 11 January 2014.The match, which observed a minute of silence for legendary Mozambican-born Portuguese international Eusebio, who died last week, was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, president of CAF Issa Hayatou, Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan.The first five minutes saw Bafana Bafana on the Mozambican half, but the national team failed to get an early goal as the Mambas’ solid defence kept them at bay.The visitors took a shock lead in the 10th minute when Diogo Alberto took a wicked deflection shot off Thato Mokeke to give the minnows a surprise 1-0 lead.The goal sparked Bafana to life as they began to put their opponents under pressure just outside the box, but they kept disappointing their home fans with their poor finishing.Bafana Bafana got a free kick on the 26th minute after Simphiwe Tshabalala was brought down just out the box, but Katlego Mashego wasted the opportunity to equalise when his strike went wide and very high.However, as Bafana kept on putting pressure at the Mozambican goal, Lobo brought down Barnard Parker in the box and the referee did not hesitate to award Bafana a penalty.Parker did not disappoint and converted the penalty easily bringing the silent Cape Town stadium to life once again.Bafana kept on pilling the pressure and Mashego then hit the post as Bafana continued to pour forward.Parker was foiled by the Mamba’s keeper a minute after resumption but with opportunities coming thick and fast, it was just a matter of time.The second goal for Bafana came as Hlompo Kekana kicked home a screamer from just inside the halfway line in the 57th minute with a spectacular shot that shook the roof of the net as Cape Town Stadium erupted with cheers.Parker sealed the match for Bafana with a third goal in the 81st minute. Other gamesGoals from Abdoulaye Sissoko in the 17th minute and a second-half cracker from roving left-winger Adama Traore gave Mali a stunning start to the competition when they beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles 2-1 on Saturday night.Fuad Salami scored the only consolation goal for the Eagles.Zimbabwe and Morocco played to a goalless draw on Sunday in the in the opening match of the Group B at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.Yunus Sentamu’s two goals gave Uganda first spot in Group B when they beat Burkina Faso 2-1 at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday night. Cyrille Bayala got a late consolation goal for the Burkinabe in the 87th minute.last_img read more