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Asian American Federation arranges neighbourhood tour of Indo-Caribbean locality Richmond Hill

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Richmond Hill is known for housing multicultural communities. A large Indo-Caribbean community has developed in this area since the 1960s. However, despite existing in large numbers, the Indo-Caribbean community has always been in low-profile, with their needs often being sidelined.

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Asian American Federation will be hosting a neighborhood tour of Richmond Hill, Queens in partnership with the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) to highlight the contributions and needs of the largest Indo-Caribbean community in New York City.

The tour will take place from 2:00-4:00 PM, beginning at the Queens library at Lefferts, located at 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard.

The ICA, one of the few social service agencies serving the Indo-Caribbean community, will guide the tour through the commercial and residential districts of “Little Guyana,” as Richmond Hill is locally known, to discuss the community’s culture, small businesses, and housing issues.

The tour includes stoppage at one of the oldest Hindu temples in NYC, as well as seeing the only collection of Indo-Caribbean literature in the City.

Following the tour, there will be a meeting at the ICA office to discuss the best ways in which the Indo-Caribbean community, which is one of the fastest-growing yet one of the most underserved immigrant communities in the City, can be supported.

Through this event, the Federation aims to bring increased visibility to the Indo-Caribbean community and its pressing needs that must be addressed in order for Richmond Hill to become a thriving neighborhood. Participants will be given a copy of the first-ever neighborhood profile of Richmond Hill to take back to their organizations.

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“Buddhism Through its Scriptures”: Due to rising demand, now Harvard University has Online course on Buddhism!

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Delhi, Dec 15, 2016: Buddhism has spread to parts of South Asia and South East Asia to countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, and so on. Buddhist Monks have been conducting meditation sessions on New York City streets and other busy areas of the city.

Rise in demand to learn about Buddhism has led to the educational institutions wiring out a way for all the seekers of Buddhism centred education. Colleges and universities have thus, started offering courses in Buddhism.

Harvard University has therefore, ordered free online courses on Buddhism. A series of courses have been started by Harvard University like, World religions through their scriptures, Buddhism through its scriptures.

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This course has been designed in such a way that it consists of almost 40 hours of work spread over a time frame of four weeks. This is a very convenient option for those who are unable to find the time or means to spend a lot of time studying the religion.

Professor Charles Hallisey, who belongs to the faculty at Harvard Divinity School will be guiding this course. Professor Hallisey is an authority on Buddhist scriptures and literature and is the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist works. He also authored a book that featured poems by Buddhist women.

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It was called Therigatha: Poems of the first Buddhist Women. Professor Hallisey says, “the course is not about learning a Buddhist scripture because Buddhism doesn’t actually have a main book like the Abrahamic religions do.

The course will be an examination of various scriptures that the Buddhist considers sacred so that the course-taker will develop the right mindset to understand the Buddhist way of life better.” The course is going to be self-paced, which will give takers the opportunity to complete it, according to how time permits them.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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New York Bombings Update:Chelsea Bombings suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami arrested

The suspect, Ahmad Khan , a 28-year-old U.S. citizen of Afghan descent weighing in at 5-foot-6 and 200 pounds was arrested

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  • Latest Update:Ahmad Khan arrested in relation to the recent Chelsea bombings
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  • Five suspected bombs found in wake of weekend Manhattan bombing

The FBI said that Rahami, 28, was born in Afghanistan and is believed to be living in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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In a press release from the FBI, Rahami, who is a U.S. citizen, should “be considered armed and dangerous.”

A federal source confirms to the public that Rahami is considered separate from the five people who were detained by the FBI on Sunday night. Those individuals were taken in for questioning during a traffic stop at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the bridge that connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

The federal official also confirms that the same model flip-style cell phone was used as a detonator for the two bombs in Chelsea (a second device was discovered on Saturday night and disarmed by authorities) and the bomb that went off ahead of a charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey, which is about 85 miles south of Manhattan.

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Both bombings occurred within hours of each other on Saturday.

No one was injured in the Seaside Park bombing. Although twenty-nine people were injured in the Chelsea bombing but none of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening. (VOA)

 

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Remembering September 11th attacks in New York City, 15 years later

Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, hundreds gathered in lower Manhattan

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  • September 11, 2001, was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters: 343 were killed 
  • Structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel
  • Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks

September 12, 2016: Hundreds gathered in lower Manhattan Sunday morning to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and to honor thousands of people who lost their lives. Al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington, while one crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

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The ceremony began at 8:40 a.m. at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum with the national anthem and a reading of names of those killed in both the 2001 and 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center. Attended by the families of those killed in those attacks, elected officials, first responders and others, the event includes six moments of silence, timed to commemorate significant moments on Sept. 11, 2001.

President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence at the White House on Sunday. “We remember and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 beautiful lives taken from us so cruelly,” Obama said. “We wonder how their lives might have unfolded, how their dreams might have taken shape.”

He vowed that terrorists “will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as America,” praising the country’s diverse ethnic population comprised of people of all races and religions as “one of our greatest strengths.”

Graffiti by an artist. Picture Credits: Wikimedia common
Graffiti by an artist. Picture Credits: Wikimedia common

Obama, commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks for the last time as president before leaving office in January, said, “This is the America that was attacked that September morning. This is the America that we must remain true to.”

“Fifteen years ago, a September day that began like any other became one of the darkest in our nation’s history,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly address.

The president said those killed were “from all walks of life, all races and religions, all colors and creeds, from across America and around the world.” It was the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941 at the start of World War II.

People read the names of the victims during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. The country’s leading 2016 presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, paid their respects at Ground Zero but halted their political campaigns for the day.

As daylight ended Sunday in New York, spotlights projected two giant beams of light into the sky to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Nineteen hijackers, 15 of them from Saudi Arabia, were killed in the attacks, which led directly to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida trained attackers against the United States, and indirectly to the war in Iraq. The U.S. still has thousands of forces in Afghanistan and Iraq even as it has ended large-scale combat operations.

Writing on Twitter Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “On 9/11, we remember those we lost, those who tried to save them. We honor them by pursuing peace, security, justice worldwide.”Near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania Sunday, the Flight 93 National Memorial stands in memory of the passengers and crew members who carried out a sustained assault against the hijackers for control of the plane 15 years ago.

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A September 11 Museum has been erected on the New York site where the World Trade Center once stood, housing artifacts and photographs connected to the attack.

At the Pentagon, the 184 people who died on September 11, 2001 are honored with 184 benches over pools of water. A huge American flag was draped from the roof of the headquarters of the country’s Defense Department on the side of the building where the attack occurred.

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Before the ceremony began, hundreds gathered around the plaza, many holding posters and shirts dedicated to victims. As the Brooklyn Youth Chorus sang the national anthem, many in the crowd held up posters and framed pictures before loudly applauding. (VOA)